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The National Senior Citizens Law Center applauds President Barack Obama for his position in support of same sex marriage. For many low-income older Americans, many of the rights enjoyed by heterosexual couples prevent the impoverishment of a spouse when death or illness strikes. For example, if a spouse is living in a nursing home and the bill is being paid by Medicaid, there are laws protecting the other spouse from impoverishment or from losing a home. While the Obama Administration has issued directives giving states the flexibility to provide some protection to same sex couples in such situations, such protection is generally not available.
By Gayle Andrews Dean Colson, the Chairman of Florida’s state university system Board of Governors congratulated 8 Florida A & M University Board of Trustees for following his directive. Last week, Colson wrote a terse letter to the BOT demanding that FAMU President Dr. James Ammons be held “accountable.” Well, a majority of the board did just that by following Colson’s demand, essentially saying Ammons had not done enough. Ammons, in his usual stoic manner, said he got the message and would continue to work hard to improve the university. Many Alumni commented on how it took a certain type of  person to sit through two days of that board meeting.  But Ammons knew what he signed up for, after all leading FAMU is in a genre all its own.
Jamaican High School Alumni Associations across the globe are facing a more difficult task in assisting their Alma Maters with their ever increasing financial needs. This is mostly due to the Jamaican government's austere measure which has reduced funding for education in Jamaica and the degradation of society in general. Cornwall College is obviously affected as well. The first continuous Cornwall College Old Boys Association was formally established in New York City on January 25, 1959, with the purpose to assist their Alma Mater in every way possible, promoting good fellowship among Old Boys everywhere, and participate fully in their present community.
By JOE NOCERAOp-Ed ColumnistThe New York Times A man named Gerald Chertavian came by my office not long ago, and, by the time he left, I was filled with renewed appreciation for the potential of community colleges to help stem the decline of the middle class. There are few more urgent tasks. Chertavian is not the president of a community college or even a teacher at one. Rather, he runs a program, Year Up, which he founded, that makes it possible for poor high school graduates to land good jobs. It does so, in part, by imparting important soft skills that the upper-middle-class take for granted, like how to interact with colleagues in an office setting.
The current New Zealand tour of the West Indies provides an opportunity to remind ourselves of Lawrence Rowe’s immortal Test debut: double century (214) and 100 not out at Sabina Park. However the last time we heard anything about Lawrence Rowe it surrounded a controversial, if not a sad ‘out’. An honor extended by the Jamaica Cricket Board to name a pavilion at Sabina Park after him, was accepted, and bestowed, and then summarily withdrawn. In cricket parlance, Rowe who was at the non- striker’s end was called for a sharp single. He responded by backing up too far, only to be cruelly sent back, leaving him sprawled with soiled whites.
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