The fourth Annual Black-on-Black Crime Solutions panel was a huge success at Miami-Dade College, North Campus this past Saturday, June 10th 2017.The Caribbean History Month celebration event received an army of support from mentors, community and political leaders in Miami-Dade County. T. Willard Fair led the charge, along with Carlos Martinez, the Miami Dade public offender.“Our office has successfully worked towards reducing the lengthy prison sentences,” Martinez said.There were performances from hip-hop artists and poets such as Tru Tony and Haitian artist Mecca Grimmo. The featured performance came from the world- renowned Bush Family, an African-American symphony family group, BG Harmonies. They played several classical pieces, while the audience watched in the background a sneak peak of the documentary releasing this summer, Courage To Believe: Never Give Up.2017 Panelist consisted of Pastor Anthony Sanders, Commissioner of Hallandale * Amare Amari, NuGame Movement Mentoring * Sasha Smith, Miami Dade College, Caribbean Beats * Student Minister Brother Patrick Muhammad, Nation of Islam* Carolyn “Kiani” Nesbitt, CEO/President, Concerned African Women, Inc. * T. Willard Fair, President of Miami Urban League * Carlos Martinez, Miami-Dade Public Defender *Letters of support were read from Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, and Opa-Locka Mayor, Myra Taylor. Despite the light rain Courage To Believe International was able to put together a powerful group of panelist from Broward and Dade Counties.At the conclusion of the event, everyone came to an agreement that this annual event should be and will be a monthly occurrence. The organization’s founder, King Kevin Dorival asked the audience for the support of their local churches, politicians, and mentors to assist with a venue to host the community discussions.“We can’t afford to lose another generation to early deaths, and prisons, ” Dorival said.
The University of the West Indies will remove a bust of National Hero Marcus Garvey, one month after it was mounted at its Mona campus in Jamaica.Rastafarians and Garveyites marched near the campus Sunday, demanding the piece be removed. They said it bears little resemblance to the Pan African icon who died in London in 1940 at age 52.Professor Waibinte Wariboko, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Education, which commissioned the bust, said a new piece will be done and unveiled before the new academic year in August.Raymond Watson, who did the bronze resin, stone powder bust, said he is disappointed at the response. He admitted that he “took a few liberties to make Marcus appeal to a younger generation.”Watson was commissioned by the UWI to do the bust in late 2016. He wanted to project Garvey as a scholar based on a photo he saw of him in academic regalia on the Internet.But persons who attended the unveiling on May 18 were not impressed and openly criticized Watson’s work.Watson, who teaches drawing and sculpting at Edna Manley College of the Performing and Visual Arts in Kingston, said he did not intend to offend.“I respect Marcus greatly as a fantastic person. He was a thinker who spoke on multiple issues,” he said.Garvey was born in St. Ann parish in north-east Jamaica. He was a pillar of the Harlem Renaissance in the early 1900s and championed repatriation to Africa.He was imprisoned for mail fraud in 1923 and deported to Jamaica four years later. He was named Jamaica’s first National Hero in 1969.
City commissioners in Delray Beach have voted unanimously this week to retain an attorney and file a lawsuit again Big Pharma. Commissioners say saying the companies should shoulder much of the blame for the opioid crisis.“The human toll of this is something you can’t calculate,” said Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein. “But the financial side of this is something that is calculable.”Glickstein said the city has spent more than $3 million responding to and treating people who have overdosed as a result of misuse of opioids.Restitution sought“The lawsuit is looking for restitution,” he said. “There’s compensatory damages. There’s punitive damages.”The mayor said Big Pharma has been telling patients their drugs were not addictive, allowing people to get hooked.Purdue Pharma denies responsibilityOne company mayor Glickstein specifically mentioned is Purdue Pharma. The company told WPBF 25 News in a statement that they’re not to blame:“While we vigorously deny the allegations in the complaint, we share the officials’ concerns about the opioid crisis. We are committed to working collaboratively to find solutions. OxyContin accounts for less than 2 percent of the opioid analgesic prescription market nationally, but we are an industry leader in the development of abuse-deterrent technology. We are also advocating for the use of prescription drug monitoring programs and supporting access to Naloxone – all important components for combating the opioid crisis.”The City of Delray Beach’s lawsuit has not yet been filed but is currently in the process of being prepared by city announcements.The city is also contemplating file lawsuits against other people and entities involved with opioids, including insurance companies and doctors.
Miller-Uibo stumbles close to finish lineThe current London World Championships continue to very troubling to Caribbean athletes. Overwhelming favorites Usain Bolt and Elaine Thompson, both of Jamaica ran third and fifth in their respective 100 meters finals.On Wednesday, another overwhelming favorite, Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas, seemed to incur an injury in the final 15 meters of the 400 meters. Leading the race, she struggled to place fourth.The 400 meters finals had a surprise winner in Phyllis Francis of the USA in 49.02. Another pre-race favorite, the veteran Allyson Felix, also of the USA placed third in 50.08, while Salwa Eid Naser of Bahrain was the surprising silver medalist in a time of 50.06 secs.The fact that no Caribbean athlete finished in the top three was very disheartening as the race had four Caribbean athletes. Along with Miller-Uibo, Jamaicans Shericka Jackson, Stephanie-Ann McPherson and Novlene Williams-Mills also faced the starter gun. The trio placed 5th, 6th and 8th respectively in the finals.Jackson registered 50.76 seconds, McPherson 50.86 and Williams-Mills 51.48.Coming into the home stretch of the race, it seemed it would be a certain gold for Miller-Uibo as she was some five meters ahead of Felix. However, with 15 or so meters to go the Rio Olympic champion stumbled as if injured, With Felix struggling to find her legendary burst to the finish line, Francis seized the advantage and grabbed first place and the gold medal.There was more disappointment for Jamaica when in the 200 meters Jamaican Yohan Blake ran third in his semi-final heat. He missed making the finals as he was the slowest of the third placed finishers in the semis. The other Jamaican Rasheed Dwyer ran eighth in his semi=final heats.A bright light for the Caribbean is that Trinidad and Tobago athlete Jereem Richards is in the 200 meters men finals to be run today. He looked very impressive in winning the semi-finals heat in which Blake ran third.
The Ministry of the Interior and Territorial Communities (MICT) Monday expressed concern over the disappearance of the Mayor of the Commune of Estère, Senèque Estimable, who was last seen walking towards the capital five days ago.Unexplained disappearance In a statement, the Ministry said it is urging citizens to remain calm, especially the residents of Estere, a commune in the Gonaïves Arrondissement, in the Artibonite department of Haiti, which has ransacked public buildings “in reaction to this previously unexplained disappearance” of the Mayor.The Ministry said that Estimable was last seen on May 23 walking in the direction of the capital.Investigation launched “Since then, the family, relatives and sympathizers of the City Councilor have no news” regarding the Mayor, the Ministry said, noting that the authorities have already launched an investigation into the matter. It said that a team from the MICT has also visited Estère.“The Ministry of the Interior and Territorial Communities invites all persons with information likely to help shed light on this issue, to inform local authorities as soon as possible.”
Jacksonville, Fla. — On Saturday, the family of Andrew Gillum, former Mayor of Tallahassee and last year’s Democratic Party candidate for Florida governor, announced the passing of Charles “Sonny” Gillum in Jacksonville. Born June 4, 1949, he was 69 years old.Andrew Gillum, shared the following thoughts about his father’s death:
SANTIAGO, Dominican Republic, CMC – National coach Kyle Lightbourne applauded Bermuda after they came from behind to beat hosts Dominican Republic 3-1 in their final CONCACAF Nations League qualifier at the Estadio Cibao here on Sunday March 24 and qualify for the Gold Cup for the first time.Despite falling a goal behind to a third-minute strike from Enmy Pena, Bermuda rallied with US-based Zeiko Lewis equalising in the 15th minute, before second-half goals from UK-based Nahki Wells (64) and substitute Justin Donawa (74), who plays in the United States, sealed the historic victory.Bermuda finished fifth in the standings, having earlier beaten Saint Maarten and El Salvador following defeat to Aruba in their opener.Lightbourne said qualifying for the Gold Cup was just the beginning of his team’s journey.“An emotional day for us, the coaching staff and the players, and hats off to everyone that made the trip down to watch the game,” Lightbourne said after the game.“This is the beginning of a journey for us and we can’t rest on our laurels.“We will enjoy the moment and we have to move forward now. We have to raise our level because we are going to a new level,” added Lightbourne.Danté Leverock, who plays for Sligo Rovers in Ireland, said he was “lost for words” after captaining Bermuda to victory against higher-ranked opponents on their home turf.“It’s an amazing feeling; it doesn’t feel real,” defender Leverock said. “I’m so proud of the players and staff. It’s a massive achievement. An amazing feeling, I’m still lost for words. We are in the Gold Cup!”The Gold Cup, which will be held from June 15 to July 7, is a biennial competition for teams in North America, Central America and the Caribbean.
On Monday, via a YouTube video, Sybrina Fulton the mother of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed Miami teenager who was shot and killed in 2012 as he walked to his father’s house in Sanford, Florida, by George Zimmerman, a white neighborhood volunteer, launched her bid for a seat on the Miami-Dade County Commission. On Saturday May 18 she announced her election bid saying, “Since 2012, I have advocated tirelessly to empower our communities and make them safer. But the work is not done. I am proud to announce that I will run to represent District 1 on the county commission.”Running against Miami Garden’s mayorThe District 1 seat is currently held by Commissioner Barbara Jordan who because of term limits will relinquish the seat in 2020. It has been reporting that incumbent Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert will also campaigning for that seat.If elected, Fulton hopes to use her platform to promote gun control through more thorough background checks and limiting private gun sales.In her campaign video she said, “This is an opportunity to continue to turn the tragedy in my family into positive action that helps thousands of other families……I’m a real, everyday Miami-Dade mom, but I’ve also worked my way up in county government,” Fulton said. “I know the need for new leaders focused on narrowing the gap between the rich and the poor. I’m determined to make economic and social change for my community.”Since her son’s murder in 2012, and the subsequent exoneration of Zimmernan by a Florida court, Fulton has become an inspiring spokesperson, along with Trayvon’s father Tracy Martin for parents, especially those who lost children to gun violence, and concerned citizens across the country. The couple also co-authored the book, Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin.Role modelThe publicity surrounding Trayvon’s death and the ensuing trial catapulted the country into national debate. Despite the intense struggle of losing a child, Fulton has become a role model to many by turning her grief into advocacy. Remaining strong throughout the trial and ensuing months, she lends her voice to speak against violence towards children and the need to build better, safer communities for all.A Miami native, Fulton graduated from Florida Memorial University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English. She worked for the Miami-Dade County Housing Development Agency for over 25 years, and is a member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of Miami Gardens.Although she has been an ardent advocate against gun violence since her son’s death Fulton has indicated she is not anti-gun. Campaigning for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016, she said, “We need to get to a place where people who own guns are responsible gun owners,” she says. “It’s not about being for or against guns. It’s about everybody being responsible.”Ending gun violence – a key issueShe plans to make ending gun violence a key issue of her election campaign, saying in a recent campaign statement, “Our county must continue moving forward so our families are safe from violence, can afford to live in Miami-Dade, and have access to good paying jobs. I am ready to take on these issues and many others in county government.”Along with ending gun violence she highlighted public safety, affordable housing, and reducing the cost of living as other key issues in her campaign video.
KINGSTON, Jamaica – As of Wednesday, September 18, Jamaica has successfully completed its borrowing relationship with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) after almost seven years.At a press conference yesterday with the ministry of finance and members of the press, Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced that Jamaica has completed the final review of the three-year precautionary stand-by arrangement (SBA) with the IMF. The SBA began in 2016, following the four-year US$932-million extended fund facility (EFF) which started back in 2013.Former Managing Director of the IMF Christine Lagarde sang the praises of the Holness-led administration upon the completion of the program. “Congratulations. Congratulations for six and a half years of partnerships with us, but more importantly a successful programme that has helped Jamaica and helped the Jamaican people. You owe it to yourself, to nobody else.”Since the beginning of the SBA in 2016, Jamaica has seen the reduction of taxes, the implementation of a new tax-threshold that puts more money in the pockets of residents, a record low unemployment rate, a new high business confidence, and much more.In 2013, then Prime Minister of Jamaica, Portia Simpson-Miller turned to the IMF to help the country recover from the global economic recession. Now, six years later, Andrew Holness is thanking the international organization for helping the country to re-establish economic stability. “This was a historic agreement which witnessed Jamaica taking responsibility for its economic choices and doing so in a collaborative environment with stakeholders which saw the formation of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC), the Public Sector Transformation Oversight Committee PSTOC among others. As we end our formal engagement with the IMF, I want to acknowledge Madame Christine Lagarde, former Managing Director of the IMF for the encouraging and insightful message”, Holness said.Jamaica Now Enters A Post-IMF EraWhile completing the IMF programme is a significant economic milestone, Jamaica is now faced with the task of maintaining financial discipline in a post-IMF era. Prime Minister Holness said that with the shield of an IMF agreement no longer in place, the Jamaican government will now have to ensure that they are completely committed to making the best economic decisions for the country and its people.“The real test, after this, with the IMF out of the room in some ways, is whether or not we can maintain and carry through the fiscal discipline that we have successfully committed to over the last 10 years.” He expressed confidence in Finance Minister Dr. Nigel Clarke, the ministry of finance and also the Jamaican people, saying that the culture of fiscal responsibility in the country has now become institutionalized.But while Holness expressed confidence in his people, both himself and Lagarde acknowledge that the country does have a far way to go, especially with dealing with several national issues, such as crime and violence, now at crisis levels.Lagarde said that with the country “now in a much safer fiscal position” will help the government better equipped to tackle crime and other issues. Jamaica will continue to benefit from technical advice from the IMF and their local offices will remain open for another two years.
The Washington-based hemispheric body noted that “the Chief Elections Officer of Guyana, in direct opposition to the instructions of the Chair of the Guyana Elections Commission, has submitted a final report which includes data compiled prior to the national recount; data which had already been deemed to be questionable. WASHINGTON – The United States on Monday called for the release of the official results of the disputed March 2 regional and general elections in Guyana. “There can be no justification for this action. As intimated in our statement of July 10, this confirms that the Chief Elections Officer is acting in bad faith and contrary to the interest of democracy in Guyana,” it added. Acting Assistant Secretary for U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affair, Michael Kozak, has endorsed a statement issued last weekend by the Organisation of American States (OAS) which noted that the only democratic solution for Guyana is respect for the results of the national recount. One of the three opposition nominated members on the seven-member GECOM, Sase Gunraj, told reporters that the report did not reflect the results of the national recount that ended on June 9 with the PPP/C claiming that it had won the polls by more than 15,000 votes. “We stand with @OAS_official in calling for respect of the results of the national recount in #Guyana. The peoples of the Americas have a right to democracy and their governments have an obligation to promote and defend it,” Kozak said in a message of the social network, Twitter. The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is likely to meet on Monday to discuss a report submitted by the Chief Elections Officer (CEO) Keith Lowebfield that gave the ruling coalition, A partnership for National Unity (APNU) victory in the elections. The OAS, which had sent an observer tam to monitor the elections and the recount, said that respect for the results of the national recount is Guyana’s “only democratic solution”. As a result, he has assigned coalition, 32 seats in the 65 member Parliament, 31 to the PPP/C and one seat to three of the smaller opposition parties. Lowenfield who last Saturday, had earlier missed the deadline for submitting the report given to him by GECOM chairman, retired justice Claudette Singh, in his new report, put the valid votes as 475,118, giving the coalition 236, 777 and the main opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) 229, 330. CMC