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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Paid leave can help fix our imperfect marketplace

National: As a business person, there is one economics lesson I learn over and over again: The marketplace is essential but not perfect. It is not perfect in a variety of ways, but a big one is that not everyone can be a winner. I don’t mean winner in the sense of Bill Gates or Warren Buffett. Rather, a winner in the sense of middle class—with access to some discretionary income. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Cannibal (Unrated) Romantic thriller about a serial killer (Antonio de la Torre) who feels no remorse about devouring his victims until he falls in love with the sister (Olimpia Melinte) of his last meal. With Maria Alfonsa Rosso, Florin Fildan and Manolo Solo. (In Romanian and Spanish with subtitles) Comment.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Obama’s quick fix won’t solve the regional refugee crisis

National: SAN FRANCISCO, July 9, 2014 (IPS) - In recent months, an unprecedented surge of refugee women and children has been traveling alone to the United States to seek protection at our southern border. Comment.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Hurdlers set fast times in Paris

Jamaica: PARIS (AP) — Dawn Harper-Nelson of the United States ran a year-leading 12.44 seconds to win the 100-meter hurdles at the Paris Diamond League meeting on Saturday while Hansle Parchment of Jamaica set the fastest time in the 110 hurdles this season. Comment.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

US Navy appoints first female four-star admiral

People: Top ranking is how some Jamaicans might rank the first female four-star admiral ever appointed in the 236-year history of the U.S. Navy. Admiral Michelle Howard made history on July 1 when she was promoted at Arlington National Cemetery. The high ranking appointment named her the number one female admiral in the military. Comment.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Executive action to aid immigrants

National: President Barack Obama says he will use his executive power to make significant changes to the nation’s immigration system without Congressional approval, blaming Republicans for the collapse of legislative efforts. Comments (4).

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Ending the Taxpayer Subsidy for exorbitant executive bonuses

National: There is an outrage in our tax code and it’s costing you money. Federal law currently gives publicly–held corporations a special tax deduction when they pay their executives huge “performance-based” bonuses. The deduction can be worth millions of dollars. The more they shower their executives with such pay, the less publicly-held corporations pay in federal taxes. Comment.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Inexperience US at World Cup

People: USA men’s World Cup soccer manager Jurgen Klinsmann, like any coach, will live or die by his decisions and the prognosis isn’t good. The German-born Klinsmann, in an attempt to create ‘his’ team, discarded proven World Cuppers and selected a very inexperienced squad to compete at the highest level of the game at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, which started yesterday. Comment.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

U.S. education system not helping immigrant parents

National: WASHINGTON, June 5, 2014 (IPS) - Immigrant parents in the United States face serious challenges accessing early elementary programmes for their children, advocates here are warning. Comment.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Caribbean Heritage Month Salute

People: Not enough can ever be said of the long list of names from French, Dutch, Spanish and the English Caribbean nations who have left indelible imprints on the continents and nations they settled. Comment.

National Caribbean-American Heritage Month

National: Stating that the United States is expanding cooperation with its Caribbean partners, as it promotes social justice and “grow prosperity throughout the Americas, U.S. President Barack Obama has proclaimed June as National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, 2014. Comment.

Friday, May 30, 2014

MAYA ANGELOU: A phenomenal woman

People: Did you know that Maya Angelou was one of the first Black women to enjoy mainstream success as an author? She gained acclaim for her first book her autobiography entitled “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” Comment.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Poet, author Maya Angelou dies at 86

People: NEW YORK (AP) — Maya Angelou, a modern Renaissance woman who survived the harshest of childhoods to become a force on stage, screen, the printed page and the inaugural dais, died Wednesday, her son said. She was 86. Comment.
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