Trinidad and Tobago:
A 47-count indictment was unsealed on Wednesday, May 27 in federal court in Brooklyn charging 14 defendants with racketeering, wire fraud, and money laundering conspiracies, among other offenses, in connection with the defendants’ participation in a 24-year scheme to enrich themselves through the corruption of international soccer. The guilty pleas of four individual defendants and two corporate defendants were also unsealed on Wednesday. Comment
A former strongman who formed and ran a political party while still head of the country’s military was this week elected as the civilian president of Suriname for the second time in a decade. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago:
Trinidad and Tobago Member of Parliament (MP) and Leader of the Independent Liberal Party (ILP) Jack Warner, has been named among several powerful global soccer figures facing charges of corruption, racketeering and money laundering. Comment
Tanya came to me for an abortion. She has two children and despite working two jobs, has the means to raise one and is pregnant with a third. She is a resilient woman, but this additional pregnancy is one too many. She feels stigma and shame walking into the abortion clinic, but this is actually more a commentary on our ethics and morality as society than on the “immorality” and shame of Tanya and thousands of American women like her who need abortions. Comments (1)
So, wouldn’t it be something else again if, following this squeaker of a win that ushered him into the presidency of Guyana in the May 11 elections, David Granger ultimately has himself a good, substantive run as the country’s leader? Ascending to office on the strength of the few thousand votes and one-seat plurality that separated the Granger-led coalition from the once seemingly invincible People’s Progressive Party (PPP), is hardly what one might call a solid mandate. Still, for Granger and his colleagues to have been declared victors by any margin was no small accomplishment. For inspiration, the new president might look at the arc (if not necessarily the political ideology) of Angela Merkel who, when she first became German chancellor in 2005, could do so only after protracted maneuvering across party lines, but is today considered one of the world’s most powerful leaders. Comment
Caribbean health ministers have joined health authorities of the Americas in discussing the creation of resilient health systems, while examining health challenges and achievements. Comment
Personal style goes far beyond the clothes on your back.
How you style your home after graduating from the cutesy designs of your college dorm room courtesy of Target, says a lot about you, your interests and maybe even your cultural background.
For the happily married Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason, interior design and culture go hand in hand. Comment
Violence that followed the police-shooting death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore affected the lives of police, civilians, students, teachers, businesses and in fact every resident of Maryland. Comment