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Tuesday, 12 April 2011 15:52

Donald Quarrie to be Honoured in NY

It is a time honored tradition for a community to honor its heroes. Come Tuesday April 12, 2011 Team Jamaica Bickle; an organization that serves Caribbean athletes who compete at annual Penn Relays Carnival, will bestow such a honor on Mr. Donald O. Quarrie, five time Olympian; a hero on the track and holder of numerous gold and silver medals and awards. His exemplary career in track and field, which spanned three decades, is one to be emulated. He is a true gentleman on and off the field. Join us as we celebrate a great man at 214 Sullivan Hall, in Manhattan. Formalities begin at 7:00 p.m. and will end at 9 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m. and festivities will run thru midnight.

Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson won approval for a resolution that would name NW 2nd Avenue from NW 30th Street to NW 36th Street as “Dorothy Quintana Avenue,” in honor of a local community activist who passed away this March at age 101.

Dorothy “Dottie” Quintana was born in 1909 in Ponce, Puerto Rico. She married Efrain Quintana in 1948, and moved to Miami two years later. Dorothy eventually settled in the Wynwood neighborhood in 1957, where she lived until her death.

Friday, 22 April 2011 15:18

Carib-News Owner Pleads Guilty

Karl RodneyThe Jamaican-born owner of the New York-based Carib News paper yesterday pleaded guilty to lying to congress before a D.C. court judge, who ordered him to be sentenced on July 22nd.

Seventy-three-year-old Karl B. Rodney admitted in a plea deal before Judge Emmet G. Sullivan that as founder of the related, Carib News Foundation, he misled several congressional staff about who paid for the travel expenses on the Private Sponsor Travel Certification Form submitted to the Ethics Committee in connection with the 12th Annual Caribbean Multi-National Business Conference held in Antigua and Barbuda from November 8-11, 2007. The plea deal with federal prosecutors spares his wife, Faye Rodney, from any prosecution.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011 16:50

Jacksonville elects first Black Mayor

The city of Jacksonville used to popularly claim the slogan, “the bold new city of the south”. To many of its minority citizens, that meant unspoken racism and a history of the “good ol’ boy” system” in practice. This week voters made the decision to take a step it’s never made before with the election of Alvin Brown as Mayor.

Some people thought it was a joke, not taking the homegrown talent seriously when he decided he was going to run for Mayor. But Alvin Brown didn’t pay any attention to naysayers. With a burning desire for public advocacy that flamed back over a decade ago with a failed attempt to unseat Cong. Corrine Brown, he kept his eye on the prize.

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