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A symposium exploring homophobia in the Caribbean will be held at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) on April 8-10.

The three-day symposium, featuring presentations, speakers and debates, will be held on NSU’s campus in the Health Professions Division’sAssembly Building at 3200 South University Drive. The event is free and open to the public.

“Homophobia is a multifaceted phenomena that touches upon varying perceptions of nationalism, independence and civil rights,” said Jane Cross, director of the Caribbean law programs at NSU’s Shepard Broad Law Center and one of the organizers of the symposium. “Several Commonwealth Caribbean countries retain pre-independence sodomy laws, which remain in effect due to both constitutional provisions and social, cultural and religious attitudes. Over the last decade, discrimination and violence against gays have increasingly become a focus of human rights efforts in the region.”

Now that most people in Broward County have received their 2010 Census form in the mail, it is time to fill it out and send it back.

However, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center, 10 percent of U.S. residents said they weren’t sure if they would fill out their census form.

According to the poll, the main reason respondents gave for not returning the form was that they saw little personal gain from answering the questionnaire. They also expressed uncertainty as to whether the government was asking for more information than it really needed, and many said they weren't confident that census information would be kept confidential.

Charles Leon Cutler (Cutler), a Miami-Dade County resident and the President/Director and Registered Agent for Veteran’s Employment Transition Services, Inc. (VETS), a Florida non-profit corporation, was arrested today as a result of an investigation by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office. Cutler was charged with three counts of Grand Theft, third degree felonies, for misappropriating grant funds received from the County and City, which were intended to benefit military veterans.

Caribbean nationals and Caribbean Americans across the U.S. are being reminded to ensure they write in their nationality on their 2010 Census forms this census.

The message was repeated many times over this past weekend as Carib ID founder, Felicia Persaud, took to the airwaves of Caribbean shows across the U.S. to drum home the write in message to Caribbean nationals.