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Biggest concern is that Kim Jong U...

Biggest concern is that Kim Jong Un will 'miscalculate,' US military official says

“Our biggest concern is that he's going to miscalculate," Bergeson said.
Trump ?will take action? to end an...

Trump ?will take action? to end any North Korea threat to US: top security adviser

National security adviser said Trump won't allow North Korea threat to continue.
Trump's rhetoric on North Korea ?m...

Trump's rhetoric on North Korea ?makes people nervous? but actions are positive: former US envoy

A former U.S. envoy said President Trump's aggressive rhetoric toward North Korea over its nuclear program "makes people nervous," but he praised some of the administration's actions in response to the North Korean threat as encouraging. Christopher Hill, former U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Korea, told ABC News' Martha Raddatz on “This Week” Sunday that he thinks President Trump "is trying to out-North Korean the North Koreans" with his tough rhetoric. "Let’s see if that works," Hill said. "Certainly it makes people nervous when they’re not quite sure what he means by it. And, you know, great powers can’t really bluff. So when you talk in those terms, you’ve got to be prepared to back it up. And I guess that’s what worries people the most." Hill added that he appreciates that President Trump has understood that North Korea’s nuclear program “is a major issue" and that the administration has made encouraging moves, including Vice President Mike Pence's trip to the Asia-Pacific...
Cleveland police searching for sus...

Cleveland police searching for suspect who broadcast killing on Facebook

The suspect is considered armed and dangerous.
Hundreds mourn bombing victims at ...

Hundreds mourn bombing victims at Egypt church

The church in Tanta, Egypt, was the site of one of two bombings last week.
North Korea's attempted missile la...

North Korea's attempted missile launch explodes on liftoff, U.S. officials say

Failed launch comes as North Korea celebrates founder's birthday

All Africa

Africa: Trump Administration to Del...

Africa: Trump Administration to Deliver Long-Awaited Africa Policy on December 13

[allAfrica] Cape Town -President Donald Trump will deliver his administration's long-awaited Africa Policy tomorrow. Kenya's Daily Nation reports that Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs John Bolton, "known for his hard-line foreign-policy views", will outline a new approach to Africa on Thursday.
Rwanda: Prosecution to Appeal Rwiga...

Rwanda: Prosecution to Appeal Rwigara Ruling

[New Times] The National Public Prosecution Agency (NPPA) says that it will appeal against the acquittal of Diane Shima Rwigara and her mother; Adeline Mukangemanyi Rwigara.
Nigeria: Why I Was Not at Signing o...

Nigeria: Why I Was Not at Signing of Peace Accord - Opposition's Atiku

[Premium Times] Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, said on Tuesday that he did not receive any invitation to take part at the signing of a peace accord for 2019 presidential candidates.
Kenya: Uproar as Rollout of New Edu...

Kenya: Uproar as Rollout of New Education Curriculum Put Off

[Capital FM] Nairobi -The rollout of the new education curriculum has been put on hold to give room for more preparation and the training of personnel.
Rwanda: Kagame Honours Army, Says N...

Rwanda: Kagame Honours Army, Says No Enemy Can Defeat Rwanda

[New Times] President Paul Kagame yesterday commended Rwandan men and women in uniform serving in the Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) for their bravery and dedication.
Mozambique: Govt Discovers 30,000 '...

Mozambique: Govt Discovers 30,000 'Ghost' Workers

[Deutsche Welle] Paying the salaries of the thousands of ficticious workers costs at least $250 million. The news is the latest in a series of financial scandals in Mozambique.

Reuters

New mother on migrant caravan hopes...

New mother on migrant caravan hopes Trump's heart softens

Erly Marcial of Honduras joined the United States-bound migrant caravan with her family even though the 21-year-old was nearly eight months pregnant. She gave birth to a healthy baby on the grueling trail and is now hoping for another miracle.
Company walks fine line to revive C...

Company walks fine line to revive Colombia emerald mine

A tiny company is trying to breathe new life into a fabled, four-century-old Colombian emerald mine without triggering unrest among wary locals who fear being shut out of the tunnels where they hunt for gems and make a meager living.
Bolivia court building razed during...

Bolivia court building razed during protest over Morales candidacy

The regional Supreme Electoral Court building in Bolivia's biggest city was burned down on Tuesday night during a protest against President Evo Morales' bid to seek a fourth term.
Italy's Salvini changes tack on EU ...

Italy's Salvini changes tack on EU in bid for center ground

Right-wing firebrand Matteo Salvini is softening his eurosceptic policies in a bid to capture the middle ground of Italian politics and eventually take centre-stage in Europe, even if it means disappointing his more radical supporters.
Nigerian opposition candidate signs...

Nigerian opposition candidate signs election peace accord

Nigerian opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar signed an election peace accord on Wednesday said, a day after his absence from the official signing ceremony raised concerns about the conduct of the February 2019 vote.
Saudi Arabia seeks new political bl...

Saudi Arabia seeks new political bloc in strategic Red Sea region

Saudi Arabia is seeking an alliance with six countries bordering the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, a strategic area vital to global shipping and increasingly an arena of contention with regional rivals like Iran, Turkey and Qatar.

Caribbean 360

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Reuters

New mother on migrant caravan hopes...

New mother on migrant caravan hopes Trump's heart softens

Erly Marcial of Honduras joined the United States-bound migrant caravan with her family even though the 21-year-old was nearly eight months pregnant. She gave birth to a healthy baby on the grueling trail and is now hoping for another miracle.
Company walks fine line to revive C...

Company walks fine line to revive Colombia emerald mine

A tiny company is trying to breathe new life into a fabled, four-century-old Colombian emerald mine without triggering unrest among wary locals who fear being shut out of the tunnels where they hunt for gems and make a meager living.
Bolivia court building razed during...

Bolivia court building razed during protest over Morales candidacy

The regional Supreme Electoral Court building in Bolivia's biggest city was burned down on Tuesday night during a protest against President Evo Morales' bid to seek a fourth term.
Italy's Salvini changes tack on EU ...

Italy's Salvini changes tack on EU in bid for center ground

Right-wing firebrand Matteo Salvini is softening his eurosceptic policies in a bid to capture the middle ground of Italian politics and eventually take centre-stage in Europe, even if it means disappointing his more radical supporters.
Nigerian opposition candidate signs...

Nigerian opposition candidate signs election peace accord

Nigerian opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar signed an election peace accord on Wednesday said, a day after his absence from the official signing ceremony raised concerns about the conduct of the February 2019 vote.
Saudi Arabia seeks new political bl...

Saudi Arabia seeks new political bloc in strategic Red Sea region

Saudi Arabia is seeking an alliance with six countries bordering the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, a strategic area vital to global shipping and increasingly an arena of contention with regional rivals like Iran, Turkey and Qatar.

NY Times

Theresa May Fights No-Confidence Vo...

Theresa May Fights No-Confidence Vote Amid Brexit Disarray

The U.K. prime minister promised to contest the ballot of her party?s lawmakers, scheduled for Wednesday evening, ?with everything I?ve got.?
France Declares Strasbourg Shooting...

France Declares Strasbourg Shooting to Be an Act of Terrorism

The primary suspect in the attack had been flagged by intelligence services for possible religious radicalization, and had served time in prison.
United Nations Dispatch: Runners Ex...

United Nations Dispatch: Runners Extend U.N.?s Reach, One Sweaty Huff After Another

United Nations representatives dispense with hierarchical diplomacy during runs in Central Park. It?s ?a bit like going to the sauna ? everyone is equal,? said one from Finland.
News Analysis: E.U. Hoped to Put It...

News Analysis: E.U. Hoped to Put Its House in Order This Year. Not Even Close.

Britain, France and Germany are all facing political change or upheaval. For the European Union, the question is who will guide the bloc into an uncertain future.
U.S. Diplomats With Mysterious Illn...

U.S. Diplomats With Mysterious Illness in Cuba Had Inner-Ear Damage, Doctors Say

A report by the first doctors to examine Americans who suffered mystifying symptoms after hearing a high-pitched sound at the embassy in Cuba confirms that their condition is real.
Unrest in France Hinders Macron?s P...

Unrest in France Hinders Macron?s Push to Revive Economy

The Yellow Vest protests roiling the country have cost businesses billions of euros and threatened President Emmanuel Macron?s strategy for growth.

Washington Post

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BBC

Tanzania dam: Power plant planned i...

Tanzania dam: Power plant planned in Selous Game Reserve

Environmentalists oppose the plan to build the plant in one of East Africa's best-known game reserves.
From Ebola survivor to trainee doct...

From Ebola survivor to trainee doctor

Five years ago, Daniel lost everything to Ebola. Now he's training to become a doctor.
Kenya coins replace leaders with an...

Kenya coins replace leaders with animals

Many saw the images of presidents on their currency as an attempt to glorify them.
African pro-wrestler Cindi Gold: I'...

African pro-wrestler Cindi Gold: I'm forging a path for other black women

Cindi Gold says she's carving a path for other black women to join Africa's pro-wrestling scene.
Nigeria's Fulani men who get whippe...

Nigeria's Fulani men who get whipped to find a wife

Some ethnic Fulanis in Nigeria enter a painful endurance contest in a bid to win female admirers.
Coloured wedding dresses are on tre...

Coloured wedding dresses are on trend: Designer Ogake Mosomi

Abandoning white gowns means women can wear them more than once, says Kenyan designer Ogake Mosomi.

Reuters

New mother on migrant caravan hopes...

New mother on migrant caravan hopes Trump's heart softens

Erly Marcial of Honduras joined the United States-bound migrant caravan with her family even though the 21-year-old was nearly eight months pregnant. She gave birth to a healthy baby on the grueling trail and is now hoping for another miracle.
Company walks fine line to revive C...

Company walks fine line to revive Colombia emerald mine

A tiny company is trying to breathe new life into a fabled, four-century-old Colombian emerald mine without triggering unrest among wary locals who fear being shut out of the tunnels where they hunt for gems and make a meager living.
Bolivia court building razed during...

Bolivia court building razed during protest over Morales candidacy

The regional Supreme Electoral Court building in Bolivia's biggest city was burned down on Tuesday night during a protest against President Evo Morales' bid to seek a fourth term.
Italy's Salvini changes tack on EU ...

Italy's Salvini changes tack on EU in bid for center ground

Right-wing firebrand Matteo Salvini is softening his eurosceptic policies in a bid to capture the middle ground of Italian politics and eventually take centre-stage in Europe, even if it means disappointing his more radical supporters.
Nigerian opposition candidate signs...

Nigerian opposition candidate signs election peace accord

Nigerian opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar signed an election peace accord on Wednesday said, a day after his absence from the official signing ceremony raised concerns about the conduct of the February 2019 vote.
Saudi Arabia seeks new political bl...

Saudi Arabia seeks new political bloc in strategic Red Sea region

Saudi Arabia is seeking an alliance with six countries bordering the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, a strategic area vital to global shipping and increasingly an arena of contention with regional rivals like Iran, Turkey and Qatar.

Carib Daily

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BBC

Brazil shooting: Campinas cathedral...

Brazil shooting: Campinas cathedral gunman 'mentally ill'

The man opened fire inside a cathedral in the city of Campinas killing four before shooting himself.
Pope demotes two cardinals over sex...

Pope demotes two cardinals over sexual abuse scandals

Cardinals George Pell and Francisco Javier Errazuriz are removed from Pope Francis's inner circle.
Rodents in Colombia senate send law...

Rodents in Colombia senate send lawmakers scurrying

The animals were thrown onto the senate floor from the visitors' gallery as a protest.
Argentina Dirty War: Two former For...

Argentina Dirty War: Two former Ford executives jailed

They were found guilty of collaborating with Argentina's brutal military regime in 1976-83.
US-Russian spat over bombers landin...

US-Russian spat over bombers landing in Venezuela

Two Russian bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons land in Venezuela, angering US officials.
Venezuela crisis: Goodyear staff ge...

Venezuela crisis: Goodyear staff get '10 tyre' severance

Staff are given tyres as part of their severance payment, as the US firm pulls out of Venezuela.

The Grio

Tia Mowry?s pregnancy announcement ...

Tia Mowry?s pregnancy announcement is just adorable

Tia Mowry took to Instagram on Wednesday to announce that she is pregnant in the cutest way possible.
11 Black candidates who won big on ...

11 Black candidates who won big on Election Day

Election Day was on Tuesday, and across the country, people were rejecting Donald Trump and his policies and supporters.
Is Kanye West launching a streaming...

Is Kanye West launching a streaming company to compete with Jay-Z?

West has filed trademarks for a possible new streaming service called "Yeezy Sound."
Tia Mowry puts all angst to rest ov...

Tia Mowry puts all angst to rest over ?Sister, Sister? reboot

Fans of the '90s sitcom "Sister, Sister" can finally rejoice as a reboot is already in the works.
Donald Trump Jr. gets eviscerated f...

Donald Trump Jr. gets eviscerated for not knowing Election Day

Comedian Stephen Colbert and the internet tore up Donald Trump Jr. for apparently not knowing that Election Day was on Tuesday.
26 Nigerian women and girls found d...

26 Nigerian women and girls found dead in Mediterranean Sea

Investigators are also looking into suspicions that the women and girls may have been abused and killed.

News Americas Now

CARICOM Leaders Agree To Add These ...

CARICOM Leaders Agree To Add These Workers To ?Skilled? CSME Category

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Dec. 7, 2018: Caribbean leaders and members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) wrapped up a two-day meeting this week with a new declaration that promises to include a new category of workers to those who can move freely and seek employment within the Community. Under the St Ann?s Declaration […]

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2.5 Million Murders Occurred In Lat...

2.5 Million Murders Occurred In Latin America And The Caribbean In Less Than 20 Years

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Nov. 30, 2018: There have been more than 2.5 million murders in the Caribbean and Latin America in less than two decades, 75 percent of which were committed using firearms. That account for 39 percent of the world’s murders according to the latest Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) study published […]

The post 2.5 Million Murders Occurred In Latin America And The Caribbean In Less Than 20 Years appeared first on Caribbean and Latin America Daily News.

This Caribbean Woman Has Been Named...

This Caribbean Woman Has Been Named Among The Most Powerful Globally

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. Nov. 21, 2018: A 53-year-old Caribbean woman has again made the 2018 Fortune Magazine List of Most Powerful Women. Jamaican-born Ann-Marie Campbell, was named at 16 on the list of 51, which includes Oprah Winfrey at 51st. She is also one of only two black women to make the […]

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Canada Updates Warning About Travel...

Canada Updates Warning About Travel To This Caribbean Country

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Nov. 16, 2018: Canada has again updated its warning about travel to a Caribbean country because of high crime rates there. The Canadian government this week updated its warning to nationals about Haiti because of high crime rates in various parts of the country and ongoing political and social […]

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Is This Reflective Of The Caribbean...

Is This Reflective Of The Caribbean Voting Bloc In South Florida?

By NAN Staff Writer News Americas, FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, Fri. Nov. 9, 2018: Florida?s much anticipated gubernatorial race ended in a loss for Democrats Tuesday night, Nov. 6th, by just about 80,000 votes much to the angst of many Caribbean immigrants stateside, in the US Diaspora nationally and even in the Caribbean region. But how […]

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This Caribbean Nation Has Been Ratt...

This Caribbean Nation Has Been Rattled By 9 Earthquakes In 11 Days

By NAN Staff Writer News Americas, NEW YORK, NY. Fri. Nov. 2, 2018:  The Caribbean twin-island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago has had nine earthquakes in 11 days according to the UWI Seismic Research Centre. The latest struck at 8:40 a.m. Local Time on Thursday, Nov. 1st and measured 4.0 on the Richter scale. It […]

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NY Times

Who Could Replace Theresa May? Here...

Who Could Replace Theresa May? Here Are the Main Contenders

If Mrs. May falls in a vote of no confidence among her party?s lawmakers Wednesday night, plenty of rivals stand ready to compete for her job.
France Declares Strasbourg Shooting...

France Declares Strasbourg Shooting to Be an Act of Terrorism

The primary suspect in the attack had been flagged by intelligence services for possible religious radicalization, and had served time in prison.
Theresa May Fights No-Confidence Vo...

Theresa May Fights No-Confidence Vote Amid Brexit Disarray

The U.K. prime minister promised to contest the ballot of her party?s lawmakers, scheduled for Wednesday evening, ?with everything I?ve got.?
Strasbourg, Brexit, the Arctic: You...

Strasbourg, Brexit, the Arctic: Your Wednesday Briefing

Let us help you start your day.
Macron?s Proposal to Mollify Yellow...

Macron?s Proposal to Mollify Yellow Vest Protesters Fails to Impress

The economic problems of the working poor and middle classes will be largely unaffected by the plan of President Emmanuel Macron to raise the minimum wage and exempt some income from taxes.
Gunman Traumatizes Strasbourg, Kill...

Gunman Traumatizes Strasbourg, Killing at Least 3 in Possible Terror Attack

Officials said that 12 people were wounded in the picturesque city, home to France?s biggest Christmas market. The Interior Ministry urged people to stay home.

Washington Post

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Black Enterprise

Freedom vs. Emancipation: The Celeb...

Freedom vs. Emancipation: The Celebration of Juneteenth

In 1866, freedman organized the first June 19, or Juneteenth, celebrations. Today, it is observed in 45 states as an annual holiday of freedom.

The post Freedom vs. Emancipation: The Celebration of Juneteenth appeared first on Black Enterprise.

Experience the Brand New BlackEnter...

Experience the Brand New BlackEnterprise.com

Black Enterprise, the premier business and financial resource for African Americans, today unveiled a completely new website, BlackEnterprise.com.

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Congressman John Conyers Jr.: ?I Am...

Congressman John Conyers Jr.: ?I Am Retiring Today?

?I am retiring today,? Rep. Conyers said on a local radio show, according to the New York Times. ?I am in the process of putting together my retirement plans. I will have more on that soon.?

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Exclusive: Not ?Selling Out?- Sundi...

Exclusive: Not ?Selling Out?- Sundial CEO, Richelieu Dennis, on Landmark Acquisition and How Deal Will Benefit Black Women Entrepreneurs

In this exclusive Black Enterprise interview, he breaks down how thousands of women entrepreneurs of color will benefit from Sundial...

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Study Finds Pollution Puts African ...

Study Finds Pollution Puts African Americans at a Greater Risk of Getting Sick

A new study found that African Americans are at an elevated risk of suffering from pollution-related health problems caused by of oil and gas refineries.

The post Study Finds Pollution Puts African Americans at a Greater Risk of Getting Sick appeared first on Black Enterprise.

New Orleans Elects an African Ameri...

New Orleans Elects an African American Woman as Mayor

LaToya Cantrell made history on Saturday, becoming the first woman to win a mayoral race in New Orleans' 300-year history.

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Reuters - Video

Christmas market gunman has 27 prio...

Christmas market gunman has 27 prior convictions

A manhunt is underway in France for Cherif Chekatt, who authorities say killed several people and wounded at a Christmas market. He's a known religious extremist with 27 prior convictions across three countries, radicalized in prison.
Gunman kills two at Strasbourg Chri...

Gunman kills two at Strasbourg Christmas market

A manhunt is underway in France after a gunman killed at least three people and injured a dozen others at a Christmas market in Strasbourg.
Stay or go? Syrian refugees face hu...

Stay or go? Syrian refugees face huge choice

Lebanon says 90,000 Syrians have returned this year, more than a million remain in Lebanon, including many who fear reprisals or army conscription, or whose homes were destroyed in the war.
Macron faces a steep bill for Franc...

Macron faces a steep bill for France's protests

French President Emmanuel Macron doesn't know yet if his concessions will quell the anti-government protests that have gripped France. What is more certain is that they'll blow a multi-billion euro hole in his budget that could set France on a collision course with Brussels.
Monkeys terrorize India?s center of...

Monkeys terrorize India?s center of power

Monkeys by the thousands are lording over India's ministry buildings in the capital New Delhi, snatching food, breaking power lines and even tearing up stolen government documents.
May seeks Europe's help in Brexit d...

May seeks Europe's help in Brexit debacle

Theresa May meets European leaders hoping they can come to the rescue of her Brexit deal, the day after she cancelled a vote on it, certain she would lose.

Washington Post

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NY Times

U.S. Diplomats With Mysterious Illn...

U.S. Diplomats With Mysterious Illness in Cuba Had Inner-Ear Damage, Doctors Say

A report by the first doctors to examine Americans who suffered mystifying symptoms after hearing a high-pitched sound at the embassy in Cuba confirms that their condition is real.
United Nations Dispatch: Runners Ex...

United Nations Dispatch: Runners Extend U.N.?s Reach, One Sweaty Huff After Another

United Nations representatives dispense with hierarchical diplomacy during runs in Central Park. It?s ?a bit like going to the sauna ? everyone is equal,? said one from Finland.
Argentina Convicts Ex-Ford Executiv...

Argentina Convicts Ex-Ford Executives for Abuses During Dictatorship

Two former executives of Ford Motor were convicted of helping the country?s military dictators kidnap and torture 24 workers during the 1970s.
Helen Klaben Kahn, Survivor of a 49...

Helen Klaben Kahn, Survivor of a 49-Day Yukon Ordeal, Dies at 76

She was a 20-year-old Brooklynite seeking adventure when her plane crashed. But she and the pilot, both injured, endured in subzero weather until rescued.
Huawei Executive Granted Bail by Ca...

Huawei Executive Granted Bail by Canadian Court

Meng Wanzhou, a Huawei executive who American authorities want to extradite from Canada on fraud charges, was granted bail of 10 million dollars on Tuesday.
Lothar Baumgarten Dies at 74; Artis...

Lothar Baumgarten Dies at 74; Artist Explored Collision of Cultures

Many of his conceptual pieces drew on the months he spent living with a tribe in the Amazon.

The Root

Miss. Newspaper Announces Plans for...

Miss. Newspaper Announces Plans for ?Gangbangers? Rodeo?: ?Bang, Bang, You?re Dead?

Peter Rinaldi, owner and publisher of Miss-Lou Magazine and the Natchez Sun, has caused wide-spread anger with a racist column calling for black youth in Natchez, Miss. who may be involved in gang activity to go to a local park and murder each other for the amusement of observers. In Miss-Lou Magazine’s January 11-24, 2017 print […]
The Art Speaks for Itself

The Art Speaks for Itself

Every year, our congressional representatives hold an art contest for students in their districts, with the prize being a yearlong exhibition at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. It typically does not cause a murmur. This year’s unanimous winner in Missouri?s 1st District was my friend David Pulphus, a quiet, gentle, unassuming student. David?s painting […]
Fla. High School Students Protest t...

Fla. High School Students Protest to Make African-American History a Full-Year Course

Students at Terry Parker High School in Jacksonville, Fla., staged a sit-in earlier this week demanding a change in the way African-American history is taught in Duval County Public Schools, Action News Jax reports. The organizer of the sit-in, Angelina Roque, said that she and her other classmates wanted to protest because they believed that […]
Trump Logic: Ben Carson Grew Up Poo...

Trump Logic: Ben Carson Grew Up Poor, so He Understands Poverty

Updated Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, 12:48 p.m. EST: Ben Carson sat before a Senate committee Thursday morning to make the case that he should be confirmed to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Carson leaned on his upbringing growing up in inner-city Detroit and his family’s need for public assistance, although they never […]
2 Women Arrested for Helping Man Wa...

2 Women Arrested for Helping Man Wanted in Orlando, Fla., Police Shooting

Two women were arrested in Florida on Wednesday for helping a man wanted in the fatal shooting of his pregnant ex-girlfriend and an Orlando, Fla., police officer, officials announced, according to Reuters. The women reportedly helped the man on separate occasions over the last month. Jameis Slaughter, 25, an ex-girlfriend of murder suspect Markeith Loyd, […]
Spy Chief Tries to Make Peace With ...

Spy Chief Tries to Make Peace With Trump Over Russian Dossier

President-elect Donald Trump held his first press conference since winning the presidency to less-than-stellar reviews. Trump was combative and elusive when questioned about Russia’s involvement in his bid to become president and compared the U.S. intelligence agencies to Nazis after unclassified information was leaked to the press. On Wednesday evening, James R. Clapper Jr., the […]

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Washington Post

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Nassau Guardian

Former Post Office worker charged w...

Former Post Office worker charged with defrauding govt.

Former Post Office employee Darnell Kemp Lightbourne and businessman Quinton Ewing were arraigned in a magistrate?s court today with defrauding the government of more than $80,000 over a six-month period.

Lightbourne, 47, and Ewing, 49, were both charged with seven counts of fraud. Police believe Lightbourne and Ewing carried out the crimes between September 2016 and March 2017.

Lightbourne was also charged with seven counts of falsification of accounts. She was an accounting officer at the Post Office. It is alleged that she falsified payment records in relation to ABC Security Company, which is owned by Ewing.

Lighbourne and Ewing pleaded not guilty to the charges.

They were remanded to prison.

The trial date is set for November 9.

Cooper: Govt wasted money

Cooper: Govt wasted money

Shadow Minister of Finance Chester Cooper claims the government made an ?egregious and expensive error? when it decided to renew the Caribbean Catastrophic Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) policy the former administration dropped.

Cooper said because the government will only receive a payout of $234,000 after paying an annual premium of $2.6 million, The Bahamas will lose out.

?I am intimately familiar with the insurance industry, and it is a ridiculous notion that you will renegotiate a policy that has already taken effect with a potentially significant claim pending,? Cooper said.

He was responding to comments Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest made last week that the government wants to renegotiate the way payouts from the Caribbean disaster insurance facility are triggered by dividing The Bahamas into zones.

Cooper said, ?Perhaps the minister intends to negotiate better terms on the next policy.

?However, this begs [a] question: Why did the Minnis administration not properly assess and negotiate the current policy before signing it?

?On the face of it, it appears, in a time when the Free National Movement is preaching fiscal discipline and trimming government expenditure, the Minnis administration negotiated a deal that cost The Bahamas some $2.4 million it may never recoup.

?We look forward to the government explaining the circumstances of the current CCRIF in full view of the public, given its commitment to transparency and accountability.

?It appears that in the new government?s haste to find a smoking gun, it made an egregious and expensive error to which they must be held to account.

?The PLP supports identifying suitable mitigating strategies to natural disasters, given that we live in a hurricane zone.

?We anticipate that the government will be able to design over time an appropriate facility drawing on the expertise resident in the private insurance sector.?

On Thursday, Turnquest told The Nassau Guardian that the government must take the risks associated with the insurance premium in order to protect its assets.

In a press release on Wednesday, the CCRIF announced that Hurricane Irma triggered payments of approximately US$29.6 million, with The Bahamas receiving $234,000.

The insurance facility explained that the calculations for The Bahamas were not made based on the impact of Irma, but on the aggregate deductible cover (ADC).

During the budget debate, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis revealed that following Hurricane Matthew, The Bahamas would have received a payout amounting to about $32 million, which would have been the single largest payout to a country from the CCRIF.

However, The Bahamas missed out on receiving this payment from the CCRIF because the Christie administration did not pay the premium.

Opposition Leader Philip Brave Davis defended the former administration?s decision to withdraw from CCRIF, saying it was advised that it was unlikely that The Bahamas would benefit from it.

In his statement, Cooper said,??Though the prime minister has promised to table information regarding the low payout by and apparently exorbitant premium paid to the CCRIF with respect to this budget cycle and Hurricane Irma, there are some critical questions that bear asking.

?First, of course, is the essential question: How much was paid for the latest annual premium?

?I understand that the amount paid exceeds $2.6 million, which would be more than double what the Christie administration last paid before cancelling the policy ? a move the Minnis administration has been highly critical of.

?Second: Why was the policy continued, despite the advice of experts that it [should] not, without further examination of the risks versus benefits?

?Third: Why does the minister of finance now say he will seek to renegotiate the terms of the policy after having already paid for the contracted policy?

?Fourthly: If it is a group policy, how does the minister anticipate being able to negotiate the terms more favorable to The Bahamas than its joint-insureds??

Murders up 40%

Murders up 40%

The murder count for 2017 reached triple digits over the weekend after a gunman shot a 17-year-old boy while he was walking with another individual on Johnson Road shortly after 6 p.m. on Saturday.

According to reports, two men in a gray vehicle pulled up alongside the teenager and shot him before speeding off.

He died in hospital. The other person was unharmed.

There have been 100 murders for the year, according to The Nassau Guardian?s records.

This represents a more than 40 percent increase in murders, compared to the same period in 2016.

As of September 16, 2016, there were 72 murders.

There were 111 murders last year, down 23 percent, compared to the previous year.

The murder count for 2017 is on par with the record set in 2015.

That year, there were 146 murders.

Up to September 16, 2015, there were 107 murders.

This is the second teenager killed on New Providence in the last week.

A 16-year-old boy was shot dead behind a home on Brice Street, Fox Hill, around 11:30 p.m. last Tuesday.

Last Monday, a gunman shot two men in Garden Villas, Grand Bahama, killing one of them.

Since earlier this year, some analysts predicted there would be another murder record this year.

With more than three months remaining, authorities will be challenged to curb the trend.

Minister of National Security Marvin Dames is expected to make a communication to Parliament on?Wednesday to expound some of the strategies his ministry has implemented to fight crime, how the ministry will improve efficiency and accountability in the Royal Bahamas Police Force and the way the organization collects data.

While murders have notably trended upward this year, the overall crime trends remain unclear.

In the face of a recent murder in August, Dames announced several strategies to address crime in the short and medium-term.

Key among them are a pledge to increase intelligence operations to disrupt gangs; adopt a more aggressive approach to shutting down drug houses; increase closed circuit television (CCTV) surveillance in crime hot spots and establish a national crime prevention and neighborhood watch council, which is expected to facilitate the creation of more community-based crime watch groups.

At the time, murders were up 39 percent, compared to the same period last year.

The minister has also said he intends to establish crime reduction goals in various categories of crime.

He has repeated that while some of law enforcement?s short-term crime-fighting strategies have begun to yield results, any significant reduction in crime in the country will not happen overnight.

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PM promotes ?Caribbean-type evacuations?

With an increasing threat of devastating weather systems to the Caribbean, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said a time may come for widescale ?Caribbean-type evacuations? to protect the safety and future of the region.

Standing beside Grenada Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell, chairman of the Caribbean Community CARICOM), Minnis said the Caribbean suffered a massive blow from Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm, which claimed more than 60 lives ? 38 in the Caribbean and 23 in the United States.

Mitchell, CARICOM Secretary General Irwin LaRocque and other senior representatives of CARICOM met with Minnis at the British Colonial Hilton on Saturday.

Underscoring the region?s vulnerability to climate change in a press briefing, Minnis said, ?Their visit here is especially significant, because what it points out is that the strength of hurricanes [is] becoming more aggressive.

?We must consider with time how we are going to embark on, if necessary, a time may come, [for] Caribbean-type evacuations, to ensure safety of all of our Caribbean nations and every individual within the territory, especially [because] we are a growing nation ? the entire Caribbean nation ? we are growing, and it is essential for us to protect the future of the Caribbean.

?In order to protect it, we must ensure [its] safety, especially from the psychological trauma and insult that can occur as a result of hurricanes, not necessarily death as we know it in the true sense, but the psychological death, which can be even more devastating than death as we know it in the true sense.

?We can have an entire generation lost, and they are here to ensure that we are all on board; trying to save the future of the Caribbean, and understanding how to protect ourselves moving forward.?

Minnis pointed to Irma?s impact in the southern islands of The Bahamas like Ragged Island, which was deemed uninhabitable in the storm?s wake.

The small island has fewer than 70 residents.

?The Caribbean suffered similar... devastation,? Minnis said.

?They (CARICOM officials) are on a fact-finding mission to make a determination as to how we can rebuild, not The Bahamas, but the entire Caribbean, and how we can help each other.?

At its peak, Irma raged over Antigua, St. Martin, St. Barts, Anguilla, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Turks and Caicos and parts of The Bahamas with record winds of over 180 miles per hour.

Several of these Caribbean islands were flattened.

Irma also battered Cuba?s coast, killing at least 10 people, according to international reports.

Mitchell said Irma impacted more countries in the Caribbean than any other hurricane before it.

He said the region has a loud collective voice, but questioned the ?collective listening voice? when it comes to climate change.

?In this age of science and technology it is kind of surprising that anyone with any serious position can be talking about climate change is a hoax,? he said.

?This is frightening because it is there, and a practicable demonstration is every single [storm]; it is right in front of us.

?So, clearly we will be; I?know your prime minister, myself and other colleagues, I know that is going to be the talking point.

?As I mentioned at the conference in October with the World Bank and all the institutions ? financial and otherwise ? will be in Washington, and we will use another forum to make that case as strong as possible.?

LaRocque echoed that climate change is present, and the region must come together to support nation states amid these kinds of disasters.

The issue of climate change has been hard to miss, as it has been divisive.

Mainstream scientific institutions accept global warming as a real occurrence.

Looking at The Bahamas? closest neighbor, the United States, there is a divide with skeptics on one side and believers on the next.

U.S. President Donald Trump previously called climate change a "hoax" perpetrated by the Chinese.

Despite back- to-back storms ??Hurricanes Irma and Harvey ? dealing widespread damage in Texas and Florida, Trump told U.S. media on Friday there have been larger storms recorded in the 30s and 40s, dodging climate change questions.

Minnis indicated that a greater appeal will be made to developed nations on this matter and to commit more funds for disaster aid.

?I hope they would see what we are talking about, because it is a serious problem, especially here in The Bahamas, where our GDP is greatly affected,? the prime minister said.

Notwithstanding the assistance from the international community, Mitchell added that Caribbean nations must help each other.

?We need to do everything we can to make each other feel we are there for them, and as the prime minister would know, we had an emergency meeting of heads in a video conference, and we agreed that we start a... conference very soon in the region, which looks at raising resources from inside and outside the region for the entire reconstruction effort of the countries affected,? he said.

?That should be done very soon.?

Climate change was a familiar speaking point for former Prime Minister Perry Christie, a former CARICOM chairman, both at home and on the international stage.

He consistently emphasized the need to mitigate against the posed risk of global warming and the potentially devastating blow.

Maria could pose threat to Bahamas

Maria could pose threat to Bahamas

While some people are still dealing with the devastation left behind by Hurricane Irma that passed through the southeastern Bahamas earlier this month, officials are ?closely monitoring? Tropical Storm Maria, which is projected to take a similar path.

Veteran meteorologist Wayne Neely said The Bahamas could be impacted by Maria as early as this week.

?On the forecast track, it should take it just over the southeast Bahamas sometime around Friday afternoon,? Neely said yesterday.

?We have it as a major hurricane.

?On that track, we have it coming over Puerto Rico and perhaps over Hispaniola, which means that it might be dissipated by the mountains of those two countries.

?But presently, we still have it as a major hurricane, which is expected to be Category 3 or higher.

?That is definitely not good for us. It?s not good for The Bahamas.

?I advise all Bahamians to continuously monitor the progress of the storm, because it could impact The Bahamas by the weekend.?

The storm was moving at 15 miles per hour yesterday with winds at 65 miles per hour.

Forecasters believe it could grow into a ?dangerous major hurricane? Category 3 or stronger, as it passes through the northeast Caribbean Islands by midweek due to a combination of low wind shear, a moist atmosphere and warm ocean temperatures.

Less than two weeks ago, Hurricane Irma impacted Mayaguana, Acklins, Crooked Island, Inagua, Long Cay, Ragged Island and Bimini.

After the storm, Ragged Island was deemed uninhabitable. Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said it was unlike anything he had ever seen.

In Salina Point, Acklins, many residents lost their homes and businesses.

Other islands were also damaged.

More than 1,000 people were evacuated from those islands to New Providence.

Across the Caribbean and Florida, more than 30 deaths were reported as a result of Irma. There were no deaths reported in The Bahamas.

While Neely reminded that the storm?s path can change before Friday, he said, ?In terms of on the track now, it has it... impacting Turks and Caicos Islands and Inagua again sometime on Friday afternoon.?

He said, ?It is unusual to be impacted by two hurricanes in one season.

?This will be the first time since 1933 that, that has happened.

?It?s unusual, and it is not a good thing.

?Hurricanes devastate countries in significant ways.

?Two hurricanes in one season would be a burden on the government.?

Neely said while the storm is expected to strengthen, it is too early to say whether evacuations would be necessary.

National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Director Captain Stephen Russell said, ?We are monitoring the system at the time, and that?s it.

?No discussion has been made with the government as yet in terms of evacuation for the islands that may be threatened.?

Students from storm-damaged islands...

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Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd said yesterday the students on the Family Islands whose schools were damaged by Hurricane Irma earlier this month are being placed in several schools on New Providence.

?They are being absorbed,? Lloyd said. ?They have been absorbed.?

He said, ?Really only three islands had damage to schools, and they are Ragged Island, of course, Salina Point (Acklins) and Bimini.

?Bimini is going to be up and running within this week.

?Ragged Island students have been absorbed. Students are being absorbed.

?They are being placed in schools in the areas where they are staying with their families.?

Lloyd could not say how many students are being absorbed.

He also did not give an estimate on the cost to repair the damaged buildings, as they are ?still being assessed?.

Hurricane Irma impacted Mayaguana, Acklins, Crooked Island, Inagua, Long Cay, Ragged Island and Bimini.

Ragged Island was deemed uninhabitable.

In Salina Point, Acklins, many lost their homes and businesses due to flooding and other structural damage.

More than 1,000 people were evacuated from the impacted islands before the storm.

Most have returned.

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