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Portia 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.
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."
City of Doral elected officials, employees, volunteers and donors prepare to load the last container full of supplies bound for the island of Haiti as part of the Doral Earthquake Relief effort.After four months of collecting food, water, clothing and medical supplies for the Haiti Earthquake Relief effort, the City of Doral and the Doral Rotary Club will pack and ship off the sixth and final container to the neighboring island on May 21, 2010.
Jamaica's Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has expressed deep sadness at the passing of Ambassador Dudley Joseph Thompson. Ambassador Thompson died Friday morning, one day after his 95th birthday. Mrs. Simpson Miller said she was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Mr. Thompson, an outstanding Jamaican politician, diplomat and statesman, and a personal and dear friend for more than four decades.
P.J. Patterson at FIUFormer Jamaican Prime Minister P. J. Patterson waxed warm on his topic with his relevant and thought-provoking delivery at the Twelfth Annual Eric E. Williams Memorial Lecture last Friday. The event was held at Florida International University’s South Campus, as part of its African & African Diaspora Studies Program Distinguished Africana Scholars Lecture Series.Due to the catastrophic devastation wrought by the January 2010 Haiti earthquake, this year’s Lecture, “The Renaissance of Haiti: A Template for Caribbean Integration,” addressed critical issues pertaining to Haiti’s rebirth and the special responsibility of metropolitan countries to ensure it.Mr. Patterson is an engaging and self-effacing lecturer, presently the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) Special Representative on Haiti’s Reconstruction and authorized by its government to represent it in appropriate fora. Most notable on Friday night, was his sound historical knowledge of Haiti’s - the then ‘Pearl of the Antilles’ - powerful 1791-1804 slave revolution. This was bolstered by a clear understanding of its potential and the current obstacles to achieving this. Mr. Patterson was firm in his assertion that history should not be repeated in the imposition of prescriptions for Haiti, whatever the context, but that the Haitian people, as one nation, should chart their own destiny. As he succinctly put it: “Every crisis presents an opportunity.”
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