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President of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce and Attorney-at-Law Milton Samuda has challenged the University of the West Indies (UWI) to foster a stronger nexus between commerce and science and technology. Addressing the Board retreat of the American Foundation for the University of the West Indies (AFUWI) at Golden Castle in Montego Bay recently, Mr. Samuda lauded the Foundation for its efforts in garnering the resources to fund not just an institution but by extension the participation of deserving young people in our region.
Behind Robert Runcie’s serious demeanor is the spark of a precocious little boy from the parish of Trelawny in Jamaica. Runcie, who was recently named Broward County School Board superintendent, has come a long way from the small village of Perth Town where he was born. Coming to the United States in 1967 at age six with his two brothers,sister and parents Eulalee and David (now deceased), was indeed the beginning of a fairytale. â€œNeither one of my parents went beyond second or third grade,” explained Runcie.
The mainstream media has largely ignored the year. I have yet to see any serious coverage by US television, radio or print media on IYPAD. The black press in the U.S. has also barely covered any of the issues, events and programs associated with IYPAD. Therefore, the level of the awareness of the Black Diaspora in the U.S. has also been negligible. Main stream media coverage in the Caribbean, Africa and Latin America has been equally minimal. The United Nations clearly did not promote the year as it should. It made, in my opinion, no serious effort to raise the funds necessary to support the kind of events and programs that would align with their grandiose proclamations. The OHCHR (The Office of the High Commission for Human Rights) at most provided logos for print media. They were no radio or television spots produced. Consequently, the year has gone by quickly without much consequence.
The Obama administration continues to deport Haitians despite knowing many will be illegally jailed and risk cholera exposure upon arrival. The United States has deported more than 250 Haitians since January knowing that one in two will be jailed without charges in facilities so filthy they pose life-threatening health risks. An investigation by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting found that the Obama administration has not followed its own policy of seeking alternatives to deportation when there are serious medical and humanitarian concerns. One deportee who arrived in April suffered from asthma, hypertension, diabetes, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and head trauma, among other ailments. That same month, the U.S. government deported a mentally ill immigrant whose psychiatric medications were lost by Haitian authorities after his first day in jail.
You have to be fairly observant to make it in a business that’s affected by such fickle and hard-to-control phenomena as weather, bugs and human population trends. Florida famers have seen what’s happened recently to counterparts in Georgia and Alabama and they’re scared — not about locusts, fruit flies or droughts, but rather politicians.
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