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Fresh faces in prominent places emerged during 2016. Governments changed hands. The political landscape, and even the weather, became increasingly volatile. But a predictable figure from the Caribbean remained dominant, forcing the world to stand and salute the region. That’s why Jamaica’s sensational athlete Usain Bolt is the Caribbean’s 2016 “Person of the Year”.
“Master-Sergeant Clayton has a warm heart and a deep care for the community that she took an oath to serve and protect 17 years ago. When someone tells you, hey there is a murder suspect right there, we have to act. We’ve not like regular citizens where we can just go hide in our car, or wait, or call 911, we have to act,” says Orlando police Chief John Mina. Clayton was alone when she encountered Markeith Loyd at the Walmart at John Young Parkway and Princeton Street.
“Hello Chicago it’s good to be home – Tonight is Michelle and my turn to say thank you,” as President Obama starts his last speech as the President of the United States of America. It is very significant, because this is what the president means, when he says America is exceptional. As the first African American president, no one expected a bi-racial man with a white mother and a Kenyan father would win the presidency in 2008. Only in the American Democracy experiment could a person with humble beginning rise to become the most powerful man in the world.
So much has been written about love that it has filled volumes of books with poetry, prose, sonnets and even jumbled verse. Combine this with the countless movies, plays, serials, reality shows, speeches, soliloquies, monologues, dialogues and debates and you have a never ending litany of literary emotion. Scientists, priests, psychologists, physicians, philosophers and charlatans have all tried to fathom what this thing called love really is. So far none came up with anything that’s definitive or decisive.
For those, including United States President-elect Donald Trump, who believe the fear rising in black and brown America is unjustified – think again! On Nov. 18, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) issued a second report that said 701 incidents of hateful harassments have been reported to them in just one week – between Nov. 9 and Nov. 16!
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