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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

Nigeria:Another Nigerian Gets Top U...

Nigeria:Another Nigerian Gets Top UN Appointment

[Premium Times] The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, has confirmed the appointment of Bola Adesola of Nigeria to the Board of the United Nations Global Compact, the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative.
South Africa:Trevor Noah, Mnangagwa...

South Africa:Trevor Noah, Mnangagwa Named in TIME 100 Most Influential List

[allAfrica] Cape Town -Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangagwa and South African comedian Trevor Noah have been featured on TIME magazine's 100 Most Influential People.
Sierra Leone:Rebuilding in a Sierra...

Sierra Leone:Rebuilding in a Sierra Leone Village, Three Years On

[RFI] In the small village of Rogbasha in Bombali district, Sierra Leone, life has almost returned to normal, three-and-half years after the end of the Ebola outbreak. Villagers sit around the big tree just off the main road that cuts their village in two, discussing the issues with the crops they usually plant: cassava and rice and groundnuts. Things are better since Ebola, but the people still face a number of challenges.
Cameroon:UNHCR Alarmed By Continuin...

Cameroon:UNHCR Alarmed By Continuing Forced Returns of Nigerians By Cameroon

[UNHCR] UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is today expressing its alarm at continuing forced returns to Nigeria of refugees and asylum-seekers from Cameroon's Far North Region.
Kenya:Woman Claiming to Be Uhuru's ...

Kenya:Woman Claiming to Be Uhuru's Unknown 'Daughter' Arrested

[Nairobi News] A woman who caused a stir on the streets of Nairobi on Friday by displaying a placard claiming that she is the unknown daughter of President Uhuru Kenyatta has been arrested.
Sudan:Sudan Presidents Sacks Foreig...

Sudan:Sudan Presidents Sacks Foreign Minister Ghandour

[Radio Dabanga] Khartoum -Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir fired his foreign minister Ibrahim Ghandour following his criticism on the financial situation of the country's diplomatic corps on Thursday.

Reuters

North Korea says will stop nuclear ...

North Korea says will stop nuclear tests, scrap test site

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea will immediately suspend nuclear and missile tests and scrap its nuclear test site and instead pursue economic growth and peace, the North's state media said on Saturday, ahead of planned summits with South Korea and the United States.
Myanmar police 'set up' Reuters rep...

Myanmar police 'set up' Reuters reporters in sting-police witness

YANGON (Reuters) - A Myanmar police chief ordered officers to "trap" a Reuters reporter arrested in December, telling them to meet the journalist at a restaurant and give him "secret documents", prosecution witness Police Captain Moe Yan Naing told a court on Friday.
Israeli troops kill four more Pales...

Israeli troops kill four more Palestinians in border protest

GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli troops shot dead four Palestinians on the Gaza-Israel border on Friday, bringing to 35 the death toll in recent weeks among Palestinian protesters demanding the right to return to their former homeland.
Iran has 'expected and unexpected' ...

Iran has 'expected and unexpected' reactions if U.S. leaves deal: Rouhani

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday Iran's atomic agency was ready with "expected and unexpected" reactions if the United States pulls out of a multinational nuclear deal.
Insurgents south of Syrian capital ...

Insurgents south of Syrian capital surrender, says state TV

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Insurgents in the last area outside Syrian government control near Damascus agreed on Friday to withdraw, but the army's bombardment continued pending a full surrender deal, state media and a war monitor reported.
Castro bows out in Cuba but Cold Wa...

Castro bows out in Cuba but Cold War chill returns with U.S.

HAVANA (Reuters) - Raul Castro has stepped down as president and his brother Fidel is dead but U.S. relations with Cuba are frostier than in years, with their reopened embassies nearly empty and President Donald Trump hinting at measures that could further lower the temperature.

Caribbean 360

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Reuters

North Korea says will stop nuclear ...

North Korea says will stop nuclear tests, scrap test site

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea will immediately suspend nuclear and missile tests and scrap its nuclear test site and instead pursue economic growth and peace, the North's state media said on Saturday, ahead of planned summits with South Korea and the United States.
Myanmar police 'set up' Reuters rep...

Myanmar police 'set up' Reuters reporters in sting-police witness

YANGON (Reuters) - A Myanmar police chief ordered officers to "trap" a Reuters reporter arrested in December, telling them to meet the journalist at a restaurant and give him "secret documents", prosecution witness Police Captain Moe Yan Naing told a court on Friday.
Israeli troops kill four more Pales...

Israeli troops kill four more Palestinians in border protest

GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli troops shot dead four Palestinians on the Gaza-Israel border on Friday, bringing to 35 the death toll in recent weeks among Palestinian protesters demanding the right to return to their former homeland.
Iran has 'expected and unexpected' ...

Iran has 'expected and unexpected' reactions if U.S. leaves deal: Rouhani

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday Iran's atomic agency was ready with "expected and unexpected" reactions if the United States pulls out of a multinational nuclear deal.
Insurgents south of Syrian capital ...

Insurgents south of Syrian capital surrender, says state TV

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Insurgents in the last area outside Syrian government control near Damascus agreed on Friday to withdraw, but the army's bombardment continued pending a full surrender deal, state media and a war monitor reported.
Castro bows out in Cuba but Cold Wa...

Castro bows out in Cuba but Cold War chill returns with U.S.

HAVANA (Reuters) - Raul Castro has stepped down as president and his brother Fidel is dead but U.S. relations with Cuba are frostier than in years, with their reopened embassies nearly empty and President Donald Trump hinting at measures that could further lower the temperature.

NY Times

Sanctions Are Hurting North Korea. ...

Sanctions Are Hurting North Korea. Can They Make Kim Give In?

The isolated North is finding ways to cope with tough new penalties. Is the economic pressure enough to get Kim Jong-un to give up his weapons?
Sale at Heathrow Terminal 1. Everyt...

Sale at Heathrow Terminal 1. Everything Must Go.

The entire contents of the aged building, which opened in the 1960s, will be up for auction before it?s torn down to make way for Terminal 2?s expansion.
The Saturday Profile: Long Before C...

The Saturday Profile: Long Before Cambridge Analytica, a Belief in the ?Power of the Subliminal?

Decades ago, Nigel Oakes believed it was possible, using science, to influence human behavior on a mass scale. That ultimately led to data mining.
Who Is Miguel Díaz-Canel, Cuba?s Ne...

Who Is Miguel Díaz-Canel, Cuba?s New President?

Most expect Cuba?s new president to be a leader of continuity after Raúl Castro. But he also has to figure out how to resuscitate Cuba?s economy.
Rodrigo Duterte, Who Bristles at Fo...

Rodrigo Duterte, Who Bristles at Foreign Critics, Has Begun Deporting Them

The Philippine president has overseen the deportation or detention of two foreigners who oppose his policies in recent days, including a 71-year-old nun.
North Korean Leader Says ?We No Lon...

North Korean Leader Says ?We No Longer Need? Nuclear or Missile Tests

The announcement by Kim Jong-un came less than a week before he meets with the president of South Korea.

Washington Post

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BBC

Liberia warlord 'Jungle Jabbah' jai...

Liberia warlord 'Jungle Jabbah' jailed for 30 years in the US

One witness told the US court how he had ordered the heart of a captive to be cooked for his fighters.
Zimbabwe parliament summons Robert ...

Zimbabwe parliament summons Robert Mugabe over diamond theft claim

A parliamentary committee aims to establish the extent of diamond plundering in Zimbabwe.
Algerian woman denied French citize...

Algerian woman denied French citizenship over handshake

An Algerian woman is denied citizenship for refusing to shake the hand of an official.
South Africa: Ramaphosa leaves Comm...

South Africa: Ramaphosa leaves Commonwealth summit to deal with protests

Cyril Ramaphosa leaves the Commonwealth summit in London to deal with violent clashes at home.
Prince Charles to be next Commonwea...

Prince Charles to be next Commonwealth head

Commonwealth leaders agree that the Prince of Wales will be the next head of the organisation.
Swaziland king renames country 'the...

Swaziland king renames country 'the Kingdom of eSwatini'

King Mswati III declares a name change at events celebrating independence and his 50th birthday.

Reuters

North Korea says will stop nuclear ...

North Korea says will stop nuclear tests, scrap test site

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea will immediately suspend nuclear and missile tests and scrap its nuclear test site and instead pursue economic growth and peace, the North's state media said on Saturday, ahead of planned summits with South Korea and the United States.
Myanmar police 'set up' Reuters rep...

Myanmar police 'set up' Reuters reporters in sting-police witness

YANGON (Reuters) - A Myanmar police chief ordered officers to "trap" a Reuters reporter arrested in December, telling them to meet the journalist at a restaurant and give him "secret documents", prosecution witness Police Captain Moe Yan Naing told a court on Friday.
Israeli troops kill four more Pales...

Israeli troops kill four more Palestinians in border protest

GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli troops shot dead four Palestinians on the Gaza-Israel border on Friday, bringing to 35 the death toll in recent weeks among Palestinian protesters demanding the right to return to their former homeland.
Iran has 'expected and unexpected' ...

Iran has 'expected and unexpected' reactions if U.S. leaves deal: Rouhani

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday Iran's atomic agency was ready with "expected and unexpected" reactions if the United States pulls out of a multinational nuclear deal.
Insurgents south of Syrian capital ...

Insurgents south of Syrian capital surrender, says state TV

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Insurgents in the last area outside Syrian government control near Damascus agreed on Friday to withdraw, but the army's bombardment continued pending a full surrender deal, state media and a war monitor reported.
Castro bows out in Cuba but Cold Wa...

Castro bows out in Cuba but Cold War chill returns with U.S.

HAVANA (Reuters) - Raul Castro has stepped down as president and his brother Fidel is dead but U.S. relations with Cuba are frostier than in years, with their reopened embassies nearly empty and President Donald Trump hinting at measures that could further lower the temperature.

Carib Daily

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BBC

Nicaragua protesters over pensions ...

Nicaragua protesters over pensions called 'vampires'

Two protesters and a policeman are killed in the capital, Managua, during protests over pension reform.
Cuba's Raúl Castro hands over power...

Cuba's Raúl Castro hands over power to Miguel Díaz-Canel

For the first time in decades, Cuba has a leader who is not a Castro - but don't expect big changes.
Frida Kahlo Barbie doll banned from...

Frida Kahlo Barbie doll banned from shop shelves in Mexico

A court rules the artist's family, who said the doll was too light-coloured, own her image rights.
The battle over Colombia's coca fie...

The battle over Colombia's coca fields

Despite the 2016 peace deal, the country's cocaine trade is still flourishing.
London rapper Kenny Mukendi goes mi...

London rapper Kenny Mukendi goes missing in Brazil

Kenny Mukendi disappeared in Rio de Janeiro after telling his girlfriend he was coming home.
Fresh kidnapping by dissident rebel...

Fresh kidnapping by dissident rebel group rocks Ecuador

News of a fresh kidnapping days after three journalists were confirmed killed has shocked Ecuador.

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

Caribbean News ? Cuba Has A New Pre...

Caribbean News ? Cuba Has A New President

News Americas, HAVANA, Cuba, Fri. April 20, 2018: The Castro Presidency is over in Cuba. The island?s new President, Miguel Diaz-Canel, took the helm of the Caribbean nation yesterday, April 19, 2018. Cuba’s National Candidature Commission on Wednesday nominated the former First Vice President of the Council of State to succeed Raul Castro as president […]

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Caribbean News ? Former Prostitute ...

Caribbean News ? Former Prostitute In Barbados Does Not Support Prostitution

News Americas, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Fri. April 13, 2018: A former prostitute who is now an independent political candidate for The City of Bridgetown, Barbados, says she does not support prostitution. Natalie Harewood stressed recently that she is no longer a prostitute and wants to help young women from getting into that line of business. ?I […]

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Caribbean News ? TT Police Rescue V...

Caribbean News ? TT Police Rescue Venezuelan Child Bride

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. April 6, 2018: Trinidad and Tobago police say they have rescued a 13-year-old Venezuelan girl after she was brought into the country to marry a 24-year-old man. In a statement, the police said that the child, who was rescued from a house in the community of Penal, is now […]

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Caribbean News ? Haitian Media Asso...

Caribbean News ? Haitian Media Association Condemns Police Over Missing Journalist

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Thurs. Mar. 29, 2018: The National Association of Haitian Media, (ANMH), Tuesday said it is concerned at the silence of the police and judicial authorities following the disappearance of photo-journalist Vladjimir Legagneur. The ANMH, according to Caribbean National Weekly reports, said that he left for an assignment on March 14th […]

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Caribbean News ? South Florida Hait...

Caribbean News ? South Florida Haitians Suing Trump Administration Too

News Americas, MIAMI, FL, Fri. Mar. 23, 2018: Three South Florida Haitians have joined seven New York-based Haitian immigrants as well as a Haitian newspaper and a local advocacy group in suing the Donald Trump administration. In a federal lawsuit filed last Thursday in the Eastern District of New York, the plaintiffs argue that Trump […]

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Caribbean News ? Nineteen US Attorn...

Caribbean News ? Nineteen US Attorneys General Ask Congress To Protect Haitians

News Americas, MIAMI, FL, Fri. Mar. 16, 2018: Nineteen attorneys general from throughout the country have written a letter to Congress asking leaders to protect immigrants from Haiti as well as El Salvador. CARIBBEAN NOW Among them is New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. They are asking Congress to protest the immigrants who have lived […]

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NY Times

Suspects in Attack on Ex-Spy Are in...

Suspects in Attack on Ex-Spy Are in Russia, U.K. Newspaper Reports

Investigators identified the suspects by scanning flight manifests for passengers entering and exiting Britain, The Daily Telegraph reported. The police would not confirm the report.
Nobel Panel Admits Inquiry Found Se...

Nobel Panel Admits Inquiry Found Sexual Misconduct, but Nothing Illegal

Charges against Jean-Claude Arnault, a cultural arbiter, have rocked the Swedish Academy. It is forwarding to the police some results of its investigation.
Museums Shake Things Up by Mixing O...

Museums Shake Things Up by Mixing Old and New

By placing old master paintings alongside contemporary art, curators hope to make us look at both differently.
A French Honor Not Always for the H...

A French Honor Not Always for the Honorable; Assad Returns His

The Legion of Honor goes to luminaries in many fields ? and also to some less-obvious figures. Noriega and Putin have been among the recipients.
A Trace of Novichok on Your Salad?

A Trace of Novichok on Your Salad?

A farmer in Russia has introduced a sunflower oil named for the military-grade nerve agent used to poison a Russian former spy and his daughter in Britain.
The Saturday Profile: Long Before C...

The Saturday Profile: Long Before Cambridge Analytica, a Belief in the ?Power of the Subliminal?

Decades ago, Nigel Oakes believed it was possible, using science, to influence human behavior on a mass scale. That ultimately led to data mining.

Washington Post

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Black Enterprise

Alabama?s African American Voters S...

Alabama?s African American Voters Say No Moore

African American voters showed up in massive numbers at the voting booth on Tuesday, helping Democrat Doug Jones defeat Republican Roy Moore

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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

Forced inspections for engines used...

Forced inspections for engines used in Southwest explosion

Regulators in the U.S. and Europe followed a recommendation made on Friday by the manufacturer of the engine involved in a fatal explosion on a Southwest flight this week, which orders airlines to inspect engines immediately.
Soros foundation says it might quit...

Soros foundation says it might quit Hungary

The foundation of financier George Soros says it's considering leaving Hungary, as right-wing Prime Minister Victor Orban vows to step up his fight against migrants and the NGOs that support them. Reuters' Marton Dunai reports.
Arsenal Manager Wenger to leave aft...

Arsenal Manager Wenger to leave after 22 years in charge

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is to leave at the end of the season after a reign of almost 22 years that made him the most successful boss in the Premier League club's history. Julian Satterthwaite reports.
Rebels south of Syrian capital surr...

Rebels south of Syrian capital surrender: State media

A Reuters source says some rebels from the Damascus suburbs will be evacuated to eastern Syria as President Bashar al-Assad accelerates efforts on the remaining holdouts.
Fresh clashes kill at least one on ...

Fresh clashes kill at least one on Gaza border

At least one Palestinian died during fresh clashes along the Israel-Gaza border, with Israel dropping leaflets warning residents not to approach its border fence. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
Africa's last absolute monarch rena...

Africa's last absolute monarch renames Swaziland as 'eSwatini'

Swaziland?s King Mswati III, Africa?s last absolute monarch, said he was officially renaming the country as the Kingdom of eSwatini. Julian Sattherthwaite reports.

Washington Post

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NY Times

D.E.A. Is Investigating a Former Ag...

D.E.A. Is Investigating a Former Agent on Misconduct Allegations

The accusations against the agent, who had been stationed in Colombia, could make it harder for U.S. officials to earn the trust of confidential informants in the shadowy world of drug trafficking.
From Janitor to Chief Justice: Coul...

From Janitor to Chief Justice: Could Joaquim Barbosa be Brazil?s Next President?

Brazil?s first black Supreme Court justice, a newcomer to politics, has emerged as a central figure in a race he has yet to formally join.
Nicaragua Roiled by Protests Over S...

Nicaragua Roiled by Protests Over Social Security Benefits

At least three people, including a police officer, have been killed in three days of sometimes violent demonstrations.
A Canadian Terrorism Disclosure on ...

A Canadian Terrorism Disclosure on a Times Podcast: the Canada Letter

In this week?s Canada Letter: a conversation with Rukmini Callimachi about covering terrorism and her new podcast which includes a startling confession.
Frugal Traveler: Escaping Mexico Ci...

Frugal Traveler: Escaping Mexico City?s Hustle Within City Limits

The quiet neighborhood of Coyoacán captures the capital?s understated cultural soul and, in many ways, is a getaway within Mexico City itself.
Sergio Pitol, Inventive and Honored...

Sergio Pitol, Inventive and Honored Mexican Author, Dies at 85

Mr. Pitol won the prestigious Cervantes Prize for a body of work that blended genres. King Juan Carlos I of Spain said it ?seduced us with the truth.?

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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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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