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NEW YORK – Caribbean and African American legislators here said last month that they intend to introduce new legislation requiring residency of police officers in the wake of what has been described as racist comments about West Indians on the social network, Facebook, by some members of the New York Police Department (NYPD).

"The vile and racist language used by police officers with respect to the West Indian Day Parade shocks the conscience and demands legislative action," New York State Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries said, adding he planned to table the legislation in the State Assembly. "We are not savages. We are not monkeys. We are sick and tired of officers who do not understand and respect our community."

portia_simpson_millerPortia Simpson-Miller returns to the corridor of power more than four years after she and the People’s National Party (PNP) was swept out of office by the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in 2007.

Simpson-Miller, 66, the first ever woman head of government in Jamaica, would regard the December 29 general election victory as sweet revenge, inflicting a heavy defeat on outgoing prime minister Andrew Holness, who at 39, had become the youngest ever prime minister in the country.


On Thursday, December 29, Miami-Dade Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson and City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado held their annual press conference at Williams Park in Overtown asking the community to cease celebratory gunfire on New Year’s Eve. Called “One Bullet Kills the Party,” the event brings together community leaders who all warn that shooting guns in the air can seriously injure or kill innocent victims. 

Two years ago, a 6-year-old Italian boy visiting the Design District with his family created headlines when he was struck by a stray bullet on New Year’s Eve and was treated at Jackson Memorial Hospital. According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), bullets shot into the air can climb two miles and then fall at a rate of 300 to 700 feet per second. 

Several community leaders joined Vice Chairwoman Edmonson and Mayor Regalado, including City of Miami Commissioners Michelle Spence-Jones and Willy Gort; City of Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa; Miami-Dade County Police Majors Garry Jeanniton and Mark Jeter; Demetrius Woody from Planet Pit, representing PitBull, a spokesperson of the campaign; Rev. James Paceley and Nathaniel Wilcox of PULSE; the Rev. Eddie Lake from Overtown's Greater Bethel AME Church, the Rev. Walter T. Richardson, chair of the Miami-Dade County Community Relations Board; Hector F. Schwerert representing Public Defender Carlos J. Martinez; Pastor Charles Dinkins from Hosanna Missionary Baptist Church; Allapattah activist Mariano Cruz; and other representatives from the community, clergy and law enforcement.

Trinidadian broadcaster David Martin (R) wins a free vacation to the United States Virgin Islands, compliments of the USVI Department of Tourism, JetBlue Airways & Bolongo Bay Beach Resort. Here he is pictured here with Commissioner of Tourism Beverly Nicholson-Doty (center) & Bolongo's Laura Doumeng.

The Caribbean-American community in Boston is celebrating increased air options for travel to the United States Virgin Islands this winter.
Media practitioners, travel representatives and community personalities joined officials from the USVI Department of Tourism at industry events in Boston last week to celebrate the start of new JetBlue Airways non-stop service to St. Thomas, and the connecting service to both St. Thomas and St. Croix via San Juan, Puerto Rico.