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Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012

‘Baby Doc’ continues to evade justice

Haiti: Human Rights Watchdog Amnesty International said on Jan. 16 that former Haitian President Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier continues to evade justice, one year after authorities launched an investigation into crimes against humanity committed under his rule. Comment.

Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012

Historic verdict in Haiti prison massacre

Haiti: In a country where authorities who abuse their power are almost never held accountable, a judge in the southern Haitian city of Les Cayes on Jan. 19 found guilty seven of 13 Haitian police officials who stood trial for a prison massacre that occurred a week after the massive 2010 earthquake. Comment.

Haitians now eligible for US guest worker visas

Haiti: The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said on Jan. 18 that low-skilled Haitian workers can now apply for jobs in the U.S. under a federal guest worker program. Comment.

Unveiling of rare Lincoln document on The Abolition

People: As Black History Month begins and Abraham Lincoln’s birthday approaches, the New-York Historical Society is pleased to add to its displays a rare handwritten copy of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution—the measure that abolished slavery—signed by Lincoln himself. Comment.

Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012

New Yorkers pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King

Brooklyn: Kings County Hospital Center (KCHC) held its annual tribute to Dr. King on Friday, Jan. 13 featuring the world-renowned Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr., minister emeritus of Riverside Church and president of the Healing of the Nations Foundation as then keynotye speaker. Comment.

Monday, Jan. 16, 2012

Media legends slated for Black History honor

People: African-Americans who have distinguished themselves in journalism will be hailed on Feb. 1 when the Faces of Black History Month Awards ceremony marks the 10th anniversary of recognizing Blacks in media. Comment.

Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012

Pan in the spotlight at Tropicalfete countdown

Music: Steel pan was the focus at the recent Tropicalfete Countdown of the top-100 international Caribbean songs for 2011. Comments (1).

Friday, Jan. 13, 2012

‘Tia’ Iris Donaldson marks 101st birthday

Brooklyn: “Tia” Iris Donaldson as she is affectionately called by family and friends celebrated her 101st birthday in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with family and friends recently. Comment.

GNYCC Black History Month Trailblazer Awards

People: At a holiday networking event on December 1 at the landmark GNYCC building, The Greater New York Commerce held a surprise press conference to announce plans for a Black History Month celebration on February 29. Comment.

Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012

Trinidadians benefit from scholarships

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidadian college students who recently completed their first semester at Monroe College in New Rochelle, N.Y. are on-track to save thousands of dollars in college tuition costs. Comments (2).

Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012

Guyana bows to pressure; appoints Black envoys

Guyana: Unable anymore to deny that there was no racial motive behind nearly all of Guyana’s overseas-based diplomats being of East Indian ancestry, Guyana’s Indo-dominated government has bowed to stinging criticism from opposition parties and rights groups and has named two Blacks to senior ambassadorial positions and a third to head up a consulate in Barbados. Comment.

Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012

‘X Factor’ winner still has dreams of nursing

Music: NEW YORK (AP) — She’s got a $5 million recording contract, but Melanie Amaro still sees herself as a nurse someday. Comment.

Friday, Jan. 6, 2012

Jamaicans say political scandal doomed the JLP

Jamaica: Jamaicans at home and abroad say the political scandal over reputed drug lord Christopher “Dudus” Coke doomed the Jamaica Labor Party (JLP), according to a media report here. Comment.

Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012

BACK TO THE FUTURE

Jamaica: The swearing-in yesterday of Portia Simpson-Miller as Jamaica’s new prime minister was expected to usher in a new era of politics on the Caribbean island. Comment.

One-party politics must end: Granger

Guyana: Leader of Guyana’s parliamentary majority, David Granger, has called for the end of 50 years of one-party politics in the South American country. The possibility that a single party can rule the deeply divided country has been completely exhausted, he added. Comments (2).

Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012

NEW ROAD AHEAD

Jamaica: Newly-elected Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller has urged nationals to put aside their political difference and join her People’s National Party (PNP) in a building a new Jamaica. Comment.

Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012

Grenada cops detained in visitor’s death

Grenada: Two Grenadian police officers have been detained in the death of a Toronto man, while the government turns down his family’s call for an outside official to investigate the case. Comment.

Maroons mark 274th anniversary

Jamaica: Jamaicans voted change in government recently but on, Jan. 6, Maroons on the island will reflect on the 274 years since their leader Captain Cudjoe signed a peace treaty with the English colonial powers. Comment.

Harlem Business Alliance honors six

Bronx: The Harlem Business Alliance is “Leading the Way through Partnership” literally. This mantra is not just a slogan but HBA’s core philosophy. For 31 years, HBA has served as a strong and tireless advocate for the business community in Harlem. Comment.

Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011

Coast Guard intercepts $billions in Carib drug trade

People: A U.S. Coast Guard unit that uses armed helicopters to go after maritime drug runners in the Caribbean said on Dec. 29 that, working with other federal partners, it has intercepted more than US$10 billion in illegal drugs and related assets since it was commissioned in 1998. Comment.
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