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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

South Africa: The Apartheid Flag - ...

South Africa: The Apartheid Flag - 'Divisive Symbol of Oppression'

[allAfrica] Cape Town -The old South African flag which was outlawed by a court judgement this week was adopted two decades before the formal policy of apartheid was enforced. But the elements which go to make it up are embedded in centuries of colonial and settler oppression.
East Africa: Two Days After Burying...

East Africa: Two Days After Burying Hatchet, Rwanda and Uganda at it Again

[allAfrica] Cape Town -The soured diplomatic relations between Uganda and Rwanda have now sucked in media houses - with each country blocking what they regard as the other government's mouthpiece media houses, The Observer reports.
Zambia: What Govt Should Do to Clea...

Zambia: What Govt Should Do to Clean Up Poisonous Soil, Dust in Kabwe

[allAfrica] Johannesburg -Thousands of children in Kabwe are developing lead poisoning because of growing up in contaminated neighborhoods due to exposure around a former lead and zinc mine. Twenty-five years after the mine's closure, children living in nearby townships continue to be exposed to high levels of toxic lead in soil and dust in their homes, backyards, schools, play areas, and other public spaces.
Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa's Adviser Disgu...

Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa's Adviser Disgusted Over Continued Abductions

[263Chat] Presidential Advisor and Cleric, Shingi Munyeza Thursday morning took to social media to vent out his disgust at the continued reports of abductions of opposition and civil society members.
Africa: Reversing the Growing Unemp...

Africa: Reversing the Growing Unemployment among Trained Graduates

[allAfrica] Recently, I watched the heartbreaking story of a 24-year-old Kevin Ochieng, a first class honors degree graduate, whose excellent academic performance did not secure him a decent job. He articulated well how he worked hard, excelled in exams, and was looking forward to put his training and expertise into practice. Instead, he is still unemployed and living on the streets of Nairobi.
Nigeria: $11 Million Fraud - Obinwa...

Nigeria: $11 Million Fraud - Obinwanne Okeke Hires Nigerian Lawyer to Lead Trial

[Premium Times] Obinwanne Okeke, the Abuja-based businessman arrested earlier this month for Internet fraud in the United States, has hired a new lawyer to help fight off the criminal charges levelled against him by American authorities.

Reuters

Four Hong Kong stations close to he...

Four Hong Kong stations close to head off protest as China frees UK consulate worker

Hong Kong's rail operator shut down four stations ahead of a planned protest on Saturday as the Chinese-ruled city braced for further unrest and as China released an employee of the British consulate in Hong Kong whose detention had fueled tension.
North Korea launches short-range mi...

North Korea launches short-range missiles, complicating U.S. attempts to restart talks

North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast on Saturday, the South Korean military said, the latest in a series of launches in recent weeks amid stalled denuclearisation talks.
Trump says U.S. has really good rel...

Trump says U.S. has really good relationship with North Korea

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday the United States has a really good relationship with North Korea and that the country's leader, Kim Jong Un, has been "pretty straight" with him.
Employee of Britain's Hong Kong mis...

Employee of Britain's Hong Kong mission held in China released - police

An employee of the British consulate in Hong Kong who was detained in China's border city of Shenzhen amid accusations of outside interference in pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong was released on Saturday, Chinese police said.
'Shock' investment urged to stem fl...

'Shock' investment urged to stem flow of Central American migrants

Regional leaders on Friday called for "shock" investment in infrastructure in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador to reduce the number of migrants flowing from the three economically fragile countries, bound for the United States.
As EU threatens trade retaliation, ...

As EU threatens trade retaliation, Brazil sends army to fight Amazon fires

European leaders on Friday threatened to tear up a trade deal with South America, reflecting growing international anger at Brazil as a record number of fires in the Amazon rainforest intensified an unfolding environmental crisis.

Caribbean 360

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Reuters

Four Hong Kong stations close to he...

Four Hong Kong stations close to head off protest as China frees UK consulate worker

Hong Kong's rail operator shut down four stations ahead of a planned protest on Saturday as the Chinese-ruled city braced for further unrest and as China released an employee of the British consulate in Hong Kong whose detention had fueled tension.
North Korea launches short-range mi...

North Korea launches short-range missiles, complicating U.S. attempts to restart talks

North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast on Saturday, the South Korean military said, the latest in a series of launches in recent weeks amid stalled denuclearisation talks.
Trump says U.S. has really good rel...

Trump says U.S. has really good relationship with North Korea

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday the United States has a really good relationship with North Korea and that the country's leader, Kim Jong Un, has been "pretty straight" with him.
Employee of Britain's Hong Kong mis...

Employee of Britain's Hong Kong mission held in China released - police

An employee of the British consulate in Hong Kong who was detained in China's border city of Shenzhen amid accusations of outside interference in pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong was released on Saturday, Chinese police said.
'Shock' investment urged to stem fl...

'Shock' investment urged to stem flow of Central American migrants

Regional leaders on Friday called for "shock" investment in infrastructure in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador to reduce the number of migrants flowing from the three economically fragile countries, bound for the United States.
As EU threatens trade retaliation, ...

As EU threatens trade retaliation, Brazil sends army to fight Amazon fires

European leaders on Friday threatened to tear up a trade deal with South America, reflecting growing international anger at Brazil as a record number of fires in the Amazon rainforest intensified an unfolding environmental crisis.

NY Times

As Amazon Fires Become Global Crisi...

As Amazon Fires Become Global Crisis, Brazil?s President Reverses Course

After days of downplaying the fires raging across the Amazon, President Bolsonaro orders the military to step in. But it?s not clear that will be enough.
Brazil?s Rainforest Fires Prompt Al...

Brazil?s Rainforest Fires Prompt Alarm and Anger in Europe

President Emmanuel Macron of France accused President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil of lying about climate change, and said he would try to kill a major trade deal.
Amazon Rain Forest Fires: Here?s Wh...

Amazon Rain Forest Fires: Here?s What?s Really Happening

How widespread are the fires? Is climate change to blame? Who?s at fault for the burning?
India?s Move in Kashmir: More Than ...

India?s Move in Kashmir: More Than 2,000 Rounded Up With No Recourse

Kashmiri politicians, business owners, activists and scholars are among those swept up as India tightens its grip ? critics say illegally ? on the territory.
Hong Kong Protesters Join Hands to ...

Hong Kong Protesters Join Hands to Form Human Chains Across the City

Inspired by a similar demonstration in the Baltic States 30 years ago, protesters formed human chains across many parts of the city on Friday.
Bomb Kills Israeli Girl, 17, at a W...

Bomb Kills Israeli Girl, 17, at a West Bank Oasis

Her father, who is a rabbi, and an older brother were both wounded. Israel set up roadblocks as part of a manhunt near Ramallah.

Washington Post

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BBC

US names Nigerians in massive fraud...

US names Nigerians in massive fraud investigation

Eighty people - most described as Nigerian citizens - are accused of stealing millions of dollars.
Kenya northern white rhinos: Vets h...

Kenya northern white rhinos: Vets harvest eggs from last two females

It is hoped the unprecedented procedure will prevent the extinction of the northern white rhino.
H&M collaborates with South African...

H&M collaborates with South African designer Palesa Mokubung

South African designer Palesa Mokubung says her success should inspire other African women.
Ocean Viking: EU nations to take in...

Ocean Viking: EU nations to take in migrants stuck near Malta

Six EU countries are to host 356 African migrants, who were stranded at sea for two weeks.
Soolking: Stampede at Algeria rap c...

Soolking: Stampede at Algeria rap concert 'kills at least five'

Fans had gathered to see rapper Soolking perform in Algiers when the stampede happened, reports say.
Giraffes given greater protection f...

Giraffes given greater protection from unregulated trade as numbers fall

Numbers of the world's tallest mammal have fallen in Africa by 40% in the past three decades.

Reuters

Four Hong Kong stations close to he...

Four Hong Kong stations close to head off protest as China frees UK consulate worker

Hong Kong's rail operator shut down four stations ahead of a planned protest on Saturday as the Chinese-ruled city braced for further unrest and as China released an employee of the British consulate in Hong Kong whose detention had fueled tension.
North Korea launches short-range mi...

North Korea launches short-range missiles, complicating U.S. attempts to restart talks

North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast on Saturday, the South Korean military said, the latest in a series of launches in recent weeks amid stalled denuclearisation talks.
Trump says U.S. has really good rel...

Trump says U.S. has really good relationship with North Korea

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday the United States has a really good relationship with North Korea and that the country's leader, Kim Jong Un, has been "pretty straight" with him.
Employee of Britain's Hong Kong mis...

Employee of Britain's Hong Kong mission held in China released - police

An employee of the British consulate in Hong Kong who was detained in China's border city of Shenzhen amid accusations of outside interference in pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong was released on Saturday, Chinese police said.
'Shock' investment urged to stem fl...

'Shock' investment urged to stem flow of Central American migrants

Regional leaders on Friday called for "shock" investment in infrastructure in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador to reduce the number of migrants flowing from the three economically fragile countries, bound for the United States.
As EU threatens trade retaliation, ...

As EU threatens trade retaliation, Brazil sends army to fight Amazon fires

European leaders on Friday threatened to tear up a trade deal with South America, reflecting growing international anger at Brazil as a record number of fires in the Amazon rainforest intensified an unfolding environmental crisis.

Carib Daily

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BBC

Amazon fires: Brazil sends army to ...

Amazon fires: Brazil sends army to help tackle blazes

President Jair Bolsonaro orders soldiers to be sent to the region, after pressure from EU leaders.
The Amazon in Brazil is on fire - h...

The Amazon in Brazil is on fire - how bad is it?

Thousands of fires are ravaging the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. How bad are they?
Argentina minister defends peso ami...

Argentina minister defends peso amid default risk

Debt ratings agency Fitch says the peso's recent depreciation "suggests a real risk of default".
US moves to abolish child migrant c...

US moves to abolish child migrant custody limits

Migrant families crossing the southern border of the US illegally could now be detained indefinitely.
Venezuela crisis: President Maduro ...

Venezuela crisis: President Maduro says he had secret talks with US

President Maduro says he has been talking to the US ? something that senior officials there deny.
Fidel Castro's crocodile bites man ...

Fidel Castro's crocodile bites man at Swedish aquarium

The man, in his 70s, had been delivering a speech when he was bitten by the animal.

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

Meet The Caribbean Player At This Y...

Meet The Caribbean Player At This Year?s U.S. Open

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Aug. 23, 2019: A Caribbean player has made it to the opening rounds of the U.S. Open this year. Here are 5 things to know about this player: 1: He is Darian King of Barbados who ranks at 179th. 2: King this week won his two opening matches by […]

The post Meet The Caribbean Player At This Year?s U.S. Open appeared first on Caribbean and Latin America Daily News.

Here?s Why Democratic Presidential ...

Here?s Why Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Should Make A Stop At The US? Largest Caribbean Carnival?

News Americas, WASHINGTON, Fri. Aug. 16, 2019: Billed as the largest Caribbean carnival in North America and presented annually by the West Indian American Day Carnival, it is a draw each Labor Day in Brooklyn, NY for many New York elected politicians and those who are running for elected office to rally for the Caribbean […]

The post Here?s Why Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Should Make A Stop At The US? Largest Caribbean Carnival? appeared first on Caribbean and Latin America Daily News.

This Caribbean Born National Makes ...

This Caribbean Born National Makes History As The New Master of University College, Oxford

News Americas, WASHINGTON, Fri. Aug. 9, 2019: A Caribbean national was recently named as the new master of the University College, Oxford, the oldest college of the university in the UK. She is also the first female master and the first black head of an Oxford college. Georgetown, Guyana-born Baroness Valerie Amos, 65, replaces Sir […]

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Here?s Why Instagram Is Saying Sorr...

Here?s Why Instagram Is Saying Sorry To Caribbean Carnival Posters

News Americas, WASHINGTON, Fri. Aug. 2, 2019:  Instagram, the photo and video-sharing social networking service owned by Facebook, Inc., is saying ?sorry? to many Caribbean carnival posters after posts under hashtags related to carnivals in the Caribbean were hidden.  Instagram now says it was a ?mistake? for saying posters of Caribbean carnival photos ran afoul […]

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10 Things To Know About The Caribbe...

10 Things To Know About The Caribbean-Born Chef At The White House

News Americas, WASHINGTON, Fri. July 26, 2019:  A Caribbean-born chef is now the executive sous chef at The White House under the Donald Trump administration. Here are 10 things to know about this Caribbean immigrant: 1: He is Kashif Browne who was born in Guyana 29 years ago and grew up in Carmichael Street, Georgetown. […]

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10 Things To Know About The Caribbe...

10 Things To Know About The Caribbean Immigrant Republican Seeking To Challenge AOC

News Americas, WASHINGTON, Thurs. July 18, 2019:  On Wednesday, July 17th, many Caribbean Americans expressed disgust and dismay at the announcement nationally by a Caribbean immigrant from Queens, NY that she will be challenging vigilant Puerto Rico roots Congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, otherwise known as AOC, on the Republican Party line in 2020. Thirty-eight-year-old Jamaican-born immigrant […]

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NY Times

Putin Orders Russia to Respond Afte...

Putin Orders Russia to Respond After U.S. Missile Test

President Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian military on Friday to work out a quid pro quo response after the test of a new U.S. missile banned under a now-defunct arms treaty.
Turkey Vows to Tackle Violence Afte...

Turkey Vows to Tackle Violence After Woman?s Killing Sparks Social Media Backlash

Turkey?s ruling party has vowed to tackle violence against women and children after the brutal killing of a woman in front of her 10-year-old daughter appalled the country.
Never Mind Brexit. Peppa Pig and Br...

Never Mind Brexit. Peppa Pig and British Pubs Are Attracting Buyers.

As the British economy contracts, overseas businesses and investors are still looking to make deals.
Paris Prosecutor Opens Investigatio...

Paris Prosecutor Opens Investigation in Jeffrey Epstein Scandal

The authorities said the inquiry would aim to uncover any crimes committed on French territory or against French citizens.
American Jailed in Moscow on Spy Ch...

American Jailed in Moscow on Spy Charges Says Guards Injured Him

Paul N. Whelan, a former Marine held for eight months on charges he denies, said he was in ?great pain? and compared his treatment to the Salem witch trials.
Aleksei Navalny, Released From Jail...

Aleksei Navalny, Released From Jail, Says Anti-Putin Protests Will Intensify

Mr. Navalny, the high-profile Kremlin critic, was jailed last month after calling for protests against the exclusion of opposition candidates from Moscow elections.

Washington Post

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Black Enterprise

With Bankruptcy Filing, An End of A...

With Bankruptcy Filing, An End of An Era at Johnson Publishing

After years of trying to remake the former BE 100s company that launched such brands as Ebony and Jet magazines, Chicago-based Johnson Publishing Co. files for bankruptcy, succumbing to financial challenges and failure to find new funding sources.
UPDATE: Kentucky Airport To Be Rena...

UPDATE: Kentucky Airport To Be Renamed After Muhammad Ali

Robert Holmes III says the opposition to renaming the airport boils down to race and Muhammad Ali's outspoken political views against racism and war.
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.
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.?
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...
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.

Reuters - Video

Bolivia firefighters 'helpless' aga...

Bolivia firefighters 'helpless' against inferno

Bolivian firefighters trying to put out widespread tropical forest wildfires said on Friday they feel completely overwhelmed in the face of such disaster. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Justice Ginsburg treated for pancre...

Justice Ginsburg treated for pancreatic cancer

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent radiation therapy to treat a tumor on her pancreas, a court spokeswoman said on Friday. Gavino Garay reports.
Trump's support is key for backgrou...

Trump's support is key for background checks: Murphy

Democratic Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy says he remains hopeful that President Trump will not walk away from talks on tougher background checks for gun purchases, adding that the president's support is crucial for the U.S. Congress to pass reform legislation when it returns to work next month. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
Oxfam climate protests on eve of G7...

Oxfam climate protests on eve of G7 summit meeting

Oxfam held a climate change protest on the eve of the G7 summit in Biarritz, as world leaders put pressure on Brazil to do more to save the amazon rainforest from wildfires. Joe Davies reports.
Florida scientists induce spawning ...

Florida scientists induce spawning of Atlantic coral in lab for first time

Scientists in Florida have artificially induced reproductive spawning of an endangered Atlantic coral species for the first time in an aquarium setting, a breakthrough they say holds great promise in efforts to restore depleted reefs in the wild. Ryan Brooks reports
'Until my last drop of blood' tribe...

'Until my last drop of blood' tribe vows to protect Amazon

In the heart of the Amazon, the Mura indigenous people have vowed to protect their traditional land amidst threats from farmers, logging and raging fires. Michelle Hennessy reports.

Washington Post

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NY Times

Two Takes on Justin Trudeau?s Time ...

Two Takes on Justin Trudeau?s Time as Prime Minister

Ahead of the election, Ian Austen reviews two books by Canadian journalists offering different views of Justin Trudeau?s four years as prime minister.
As Amazon Fires Spread, So Do the M...

As Amazon Fires Spread, So Do the Misleading Photos

The fires are real. But the photographs that celebrities and politicians are sharing? Well, it depends.
As Amazon Fires Become Global Crisi...

As Amazon Fires Become Global Crisis, Brazil?s President Reverses Course

After days of downplaying the fires raging across the Amazon, President Bolsonaro orders the military to step in. But it?s not clear that will be enough.
Brazil?s Rainforest Fires Prompt Al...

Brazil?s Rainforest Fires Prompt Alarm and Anger in Europe

President Emmanuel Macron of France accused President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil of lying about climate change, and said he would try to kill a major trade deal.
Amazon Rain Forest Fires: Here?s Wh...

Amazon Rain Forest Fires: Here?s What?s Really Happening

How widespread are the fires? Is climate change to blame? Who?s at fault for the burning?
With Amazon Rain Forest Ablaze, Bra...

With Amazon Rain Forest Ablaze, Brazil Faces Global Backlash

The fires scorching the Amazon come amid growing concern that Brazil?s weakening environmental policies could jeopardize the country?s trade and foreign relations.

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 […]

Aljazeera

North Korea test-fires missiles aga...

North Korea test-fires missiles again after joint drills end

The suspected short-range ballistic missile tests are the seventh weapons launch in a month.
Brazil's Bolsonaro sends army to fi...

Brazil's Bolsonaro sends army to fight Amazon fires

As EU threatens trade retaliation, Brazilian president announces he has authorised troops to help contain raging fires.
The Amazon is burning: What you nee...

The Amazon is burning: What you need to know

Where are the fires? Why is the Amazon important? Six things to know about the fires burning in the 'lungs of Earth'.
Trump challenges ruling barring him...

Trump challenges ruling barring him from blocking Twitter users

A federal appeals court previously ruled he violated the US Constitution by blocking people whose views his disliked.
Turkey's Erdogan to visit Moscow af...

Turkey's Erdogan to visit Moscow after convoy targeted in Syria

Surprise meeting comes after the leaders agreed to 'activate mutual efforts' to ease situation in Idlib, says Kremlin.
Why are millions of children not in...

Why are millions of children not in school in West Africa?

UNICEF highlights increased attacks on schools, teachers and students.

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...

Students from storm-damaged islands being placed in other schools

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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