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The recent interaction between Jamaica
and West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle and
Australian sports journalist Mel McLaugh-
lin has attracted numerous comments
about the lack of respect and objectifica-
tion of women worldwide.
Gayle, who was fined US$7,000 for his
remark, invited the obviously perturbed
TV reporter to go out for a drink, made re-
marks about her appearance then referred
to her as "baby".
In a Jamaica Observer enquiry, Jamaican
women journalists have admitted to being
in similar interactions.
"I've had occasions and I've just simply
said, 'Look, I'm here to work and this is
about work.' I've had one sports person I
asked to interview and he said, 'Will you
go out with me?' and I said, 'and if I say no
does that mean I don't get the interview
because if that's what you're saying, then I
don't need the interview,' and I got the in-
terview," outlined Dahlia Harris who
worked as a sports reporter.
Highlighting that the phenomenon is
nothing new for Jamaican reporters, Har-
ris said: "Reporters in entertainment have
had occasions to extents like this. I'm sure
people in the business field, I'm sure peo-
ple have had occasions with politicians,"
In agreement, one other broadcaster
said that in her years as a journalist, she
has been in multiple situations where
males have been inappropriate with her
while she tries to conduct her duties.
It was a big scoop, and one
Rolling Stone may well regret.
The magazine made stunning
news over the weekend by revealing
that actor Sean Penn landed a rare
interview last fall with the notorious
drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guz-
man while Guzman was on the run
after escaping through a tunnel from
a maximum-security Mexican
prison. Guzman was recaptured Fri-
day in Mexico after a shootout that
killed five of his associates and
wounded one marine.
Penn s long and often rambling
essay, widely mocked on social
media, included comments from
Guzman on everything from his
childhood to his thoughts on the
It also raised questions of ethics
and judgment, namely whether
Penn should have met secretly with
one of the world s most-wanted
fugitives, whether the actor crossed
the line by giving Guzman approval
over the article before it was pub-
lished, and whether Penn trivialised
El Chapo s murderous past by ask-
ing him such questions as "Do you
have any dreams?" and "If you
could change the world, would
A Rolling Stone spokeswoman
did not immediately return requests
Penn s story ran nine months after
Rolling Stone retracted its discred-
ited story about a gang rape at a
fraternity party at the University of
Virginia. The magazine was strongly
criticised for relying too strongly
on the account of the alleged victim
and failing to carry out basic fact-
checking. It is being sued for tens
of millions of dollars by the frater-
nity, former frat members and a
Writing for Rolling Stone, Penn
acknowledged that Guzman was
granted prior approval over the arti-
cle (Guzman requested no changes,
according to the actor), a violation
of the commonly held rules of jour-
"Allowing any source control over
a story s content is inexcusable. The
practice of pre-approval discredits
the entire story---whether the sub-
ject requests changes or not,"
Andrew Seaman, chairman of the
ethics committee of the Society of
Professional Journalists, said in a
blog post titled "Rolling Stone Gath-
ers No Accolades."
"The writer, who in this case is
an actor and activist, may write the
story in a more favorable light and
omit unflattering facts in an attempt
to not to be rejected."
Penn, an Oscar-winning actor
who played a drug dealer in the
1985 movie "The Falcon and the
Snowman," has had news-making
encounters in other countries. In
2002, as the US was threatening
war against Saddam Hussein s Iraq,
Penn visited the country and met
with senior officials. He has also
spoken with such foreign critics of
the US as Fidel Castro and Venezue-
lan leader Hugo Chavez.
Rolling Stone has long mixed
aggressive investigative and political
reporting with coverage of rock stars
and other celebrities. Former staff
writers such as Greil Marcus and
Jim DeRagotis have accused pub-
lisher Jann Wenner of allowing
undue input from interview subjects
or interfering with music reviews
he found too negative about artists
"It s unfortunately in keeping with
Jann s tendency to ignore profes-
sional scruples in an effort to curry
favor with celebrities," said Robert
Draper, a correspondent for GQ and
author of "Rolling Stone Magazine:
The Uncensored History," said of
the El Chapo. (AP)
Disappointed you didn t win the
Powerball jackpot this weekend?
Don t be.
Lottery officials say the prize has
now swelled to an estimated $1.3
billion---the world s largest. Ever.
"Biggest jackpot in the history
of the world. Absolutely confirmed,"
Texas Lottery executive director
Gary Grief said.
The jackpot is so big that bill-
boards in Texas and around the
country have to advertise the price
as $999 million because they re not
built to show billions. The lottery
computers will handle the decimal
point without a problem.
No one matched all six Powerball
numbers Saturday night, leading to
the astronomical prize. And that is
all but certain to grow before the
next drawing Wednesday, according
to lottery officials.
"We ve never been at these lev-
els," said Grief, whose state lottery
is part of the Multi-State Lottery
Association that runs Powerball.
The odds to win are one in 292.2
million. Seventy-five percent of all
the possible combinations were
purchased before Saturday s draw-
ing, Grief said, and he expects that
enough tickets will be sold to cover
about 80 per cent by Wednesday.
About 95 per cent of Powerball
tickets have computer-generated
"I ve been in the industry over
20 years, and I ve seen jackpots hit
when we hardly have any of the
potential numbers covered - like 5
percent of the possible combina-
tions covered. And I ve seen other
jackpots when we ve had 95 percent
of the combinations covered and
it rolls," Grief said.
The jackpot has ballooned since
its Nov. 4 starting point of $40 mil-
lion and spurred huge ticket sales.
In Omaha, Les Wheeler said he
probably overdid it by buying $30
worth of tickets for Saturday s
drawing with a few friends, but
they plan to do the same for this
"I didn t expect to win, but I had
big dreams," said Wheeler, 53. He
said a new home in another state
away from Omaha s 16-degree tem-
peratures were at the top of his
Saturday s winning numbers---
16-19-32-34-57 and Powerball
number of 13 - did gain some peo-
ple a little wealth: 25 tickets won
$1 million by matching five num-
bers, and three other tickets won
$2 million because they paid extra
to multiply smaller prizes.
Darryl Collins, of Phoenix, and
his husband each won $24 from
the 70 Powerball tickets they
bought. They plan to use that
money toward buying more tickets
for the new, higher jackpot. Collins
said it was a shock that nobody
"It was like only 500 people who
missed it by one number," Collins
said. "It shows you how hard it is
The 55-year-old real estate agent
said he and his husband would def-
initely share the wealth.
"I would give a lot of it to family
and friends," Collins said. "Who
needs that much money?"
Michael Montecelo, a security
guard in San Francisco s financial
district, said he spent $20 on
Powerball tickets and hasn t yet
checked if he won anything. He
said he will buy another $20 worth
of tickets even if thinking about
winning more than a billion dollars
scares him a bit.
"I think I would go into a state
of anxiety, but it would be a good
anxiety," he said, smiling.
Montecelo, 50, said he would
retire and donate some of that
money and work on administering
"I would have to open an office
and get a team of experts. I think
my job would be to keep tabs on
that money," he said. "That would
be a full-time job."
The record jackpot lured an
unprecedented frenzy of purchases.
Between January 6 and Saturday s
drawings, more than $900 million
in Powerball tickets were sold.
Officials expect similar sales
before the next drawing, but Grief
said it s hard to predict how excite-
ment about the record jackpot will
"It s exponentially greater than
any sales that any of the states
involved have ever seen," he said.
Powerball jackpot biggest ever
Rolling Stone criticised over El Chapo interview
Jamaican women journalists detail sexism
Jose Garrido shows his Powerball tickets, Wednesday, at a local grocery
store in Hialeah, Florida. The estimated Powerball jackpot for Wednesday
night has soared to $500 million. The last time Powerball had grown this
large was in February 2015, when three winners split a $564.1 million prize.
Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El
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