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Jamaicans seek political offices
Joan Flowers Lenford Edie
Edie who is among five other candidates for District 12 in the Bronx said his platform entails “improvement for young people, employment, small-business owners, property owners

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our prominent Jamaican nationals are seeking political offices in New York City, while a fifth with deep connections to the island has abandoned his quest for higher office. St Mary-born attorney-atlaw Joan Flowers, real estate broker Lenford Edie also of St. Mary, Michael Duncan from Kingston are seeking seats on the New York City Council, while Kingston-born businessman Mark Escoffery-Bey is running to become Bronx borough president. All four have conquered the first hurdle-obtaining the needed signatures required by the New York City Board of Elections to get on the ballot. They will now face the Democratic primary elections, set for September 10, with the hope of making it through to the general elections in November. Flowers, who will be facing five other candidates, lists education, health care, affordable housing and employment opportunities as "areas of priority," if she is elected to the council. Flowers, who would become the first woman to represent the 27 council district if elected, has served the community in various capacities, but especially from a

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and the elderly.” Edie is said to have a passion for people and an eye for entrepreneurship. As a long-standing member of the community, he has maintained and created good relationships with the citizens.

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legal perspective, beginning with a three-year stint with the Queen's Legal Aid Society after leaving St John's University. She said that she has always been interested in politics and decided to run because she is "convinced that a lot can be achieved through this medium if it is approached and applied in the right context".

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ews surfaced in The New York Post last week that thousands of New Yorkers are regularly shipping groceries purchased from their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Benefits (formerly known as Food Stamps) to family members and other loved ones living in countries like Jamaica and the Dominican Republic, where living conditions are generally poor. The reports also alleged that large barrels filled with subsidized goods like rice, beans, and sausages are routinely shipped to the Caribbean effectively diverting resources that are intended for poor Americans. However, there are some 46.7 million Americans on The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program with almost an equal percent white (38.8 %) and black (39.8 %) and perhaps less than 2% from the Caribbean and Dominican Republic.

Food is the staff of life for people!
These recipients who are buying groceries with their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards and packing them in barrels for the trip overseas are not in violation of Federal laws, but insignificant when compare to the millions being used to purchase alcohol, cigarettes or exchange for cash. Furthermore, according to a recent World Bank study on “The Caribbean Diaspora: A source for venture investment,” a large percent of the Caribbean people are affluent with either net investable wealth or annual incomes in excess of USD100,000. This income is held primarily in cash savings and real estate. In addition, they are also well educated with 80 percent holding a bachelor’s degree or higher. Over 65 percent of these people are currently employed in the private sector with almost 40 percent owning

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their own businesses. Since most of these people earn more than the stipulated $1,000 per week, only a small percent of Caribbean people would be welfare recipients. We could therefore conclude that the abuse of “EBT cards” is insignificant among the Caribbean people. The New York Post should therefore focus on other people who are abusing the Federal food aid services. Nevertheless, we must understand that a large percent of the people from the Caribbean regions immigrated for economic reasons and would therefore have families back home who are depending on them to provide food shelter and clothing. It should not be a problem if individuals who qualify for federal food aid, ship a portion to their needy families at home as long as no laws are violated. But, food is the staff of life for people anywhere in the world.

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BRONx: ast week, the Bronx District Attorney’s Office began a new grand jury process to consider re-indicting Richard Haste, the NYPD officer who killed Ramarley Graham in his Bronx home on Feb. 2, 2012. This forward progress in the Haste case comes on the heels of the acquittal of George Zimmerman, who in the same month killed a different black youth in Florida – Trayvon Martin. Soon after Graham’s killing last year, a Bronx grand jury indicted Haste on two counts of manslaughter; the first indictment of an NYPD officer for killing a civilian since 2007. However, this past May, Judge Steven Barrett dismissed the indictment due to an error made by Assistant District Attorney Nancy Borko when instructing jurors. Now the process has begun again. The new grand jury will hear witness statements and consider evidence against Haste over the next several weeks behind closed doors. It will conclude with a decision to either reindict Haste or let him walk free. According to Civil Rights leaders and Graham’s supporters, racial profiling, the

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RAMARLEY GRAHAM CASE

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NYPD officer who killed Ramarley Graham in his Bronx home on Feb. 2, 2012.

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STATEN ISLAND: he man accused of trying to sell a baby on Craigslist has turned down a plea bargain. The Staten Island District Attorney says Paul Marquez, 23, was offered a chance to plead guilty to social services law and aggravated harassment, but he refused. He would have received 30 days in jail split with three years probation. Marquez's attorney also asked for bail to be cut from $1,000 to $500, but the judge denied that.

Craigslist Baby Seller Turns Down Plea

undervaluing of the lives Black and brown youth, and failures of the criminal justice system are common denominators of the Ramarley Graham and Trayvon Martin cases. “[The new grand jury] is an important victory and a first step in bringing justice to the family of Ramarley Graham," said Hazel N. Dukes, President of the NAACP New York State Conference.

MOUNT VERNON: hree people were stabbed and four others face charges ranging from weapons possession to obstructing police efforts during a melee at the Mount Vernon Catering Hall, 4 N. 3rd Avenue, Mount Vernon on Saturday (August 2) According to police reports an officer on patrol came upon a large disturbance in front of the hall and observed an individual in possession of a handgun. As the officer attempted to investigate, the crowd became unruly. Additional Mount Vernon Police Officers responded along with Officers from the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) Police Department. Once order was restored it was learned that three male victims, ranging in age from fifteen to twenty years old were stabbed

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Law enforcement sources say Marquez admitted he posted the ad looking to sell a two-month old baby for $100. Marquez lives in a complex in Castleton Corners. According to sources he and the baby's mother briefly dated, and he placed the ad because he was angry she stopped paying attention to him. Prosecutors say Marquez gave the mother's phone number to at least one person who answered the ad. That person called the mother and made an offer to buy the child.

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BRONx: arly Sunday morning, a rookie police officer shot and killed a 14-year-old boy who, according to police, fired a handgun at another male on a street in the Melrose section of the Bronx. Authorities say two officers on patrol heard gun shots just after 3 a.m. and ran to East 151st Street and Courtlandt Avenue, where they saw Shaaliver Douse, seen above left, chasing another male with a gun.

Police killed Bronx teen

while inside the hall. The stabbing victims were transported to area hospitals and their injuries are not considered life-threatening. Dandre and Daquan Malcolm, both age 19 of Trenton, New Jersey were charged with Obstruction of Governmental Administration. This is the second similar incident at the Mount Vernon Catering Hall this summer. On June 22nd a 19-year-old man was stabbed during a disturbance at the establishment. At that time responding officers encountered a disorderly group of approximately 100 people. That victim has since recovered from his injuries and has no arrest has been made. Anyone with information regarding either incident is asked to call the Mount Vernon Police Department’s Detective Division at 914-665-2510.

After Douse fired at the pursued male, the officers identified themselves as police and ordered him to drop the gun. When Douse would not drop the weapon, one officer then fired a single shot and hit the teen in the lower left jaw. Douse was declared dead on the scene and police say they recovered his 9mm semi-automatic Astra A100, seen above right. Meanwhile, Douse family called the police account into question. “Show me a gun that came from his hand," said Quwana Barcene, Douse's aunt.

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By Patrick Maitland n Tuesday, August 5, the Campaign Finance Board allocated $23,296,484 million in the first public matching funds payments to 75 New York City candidates for the 2013 elections. New York City’s matching funds program provides public funds at a rate of $6to-$1 for the first $175 contributed by City residents, for a maximum of $1,050 in public funds per contributor. The low-dollar match encourages candidates to raise small contributions from New Yorkers living in the neighborhoods they hope to represent, instead of relying on large contributions from special interests. Mayoral candidates and New York City Council speaker Christine C Quinn, top the list of beneficiaries with $M3,357,585. Following rivals, Bill de Blasio; $M2,189,283, Anthony Dweiner; $M1,464,267, Joseph J Lhota, $1M,436,656 and William C Thompson, Jr. $1M,428,686. “With just five weeks remaining before the Primary, these first public funds payments represent a significant milestone in this election," said Amy Loprest, executive director of the CFB. "Matching

Candidates to get $23.30 M in public funds payments

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NEW YORK CITY MAYORAL CANDIDATES funds will allow candidates, at this critical fundraising personnel in positions of sigtime of the campaign, to focus on what nificant responsibility within his 2013 matters most: presenting their views on campaign cycle. the issues of the day and their plans for the Loprest notes that the Board’s conclufuture of our city. sion is based on evidence revealed during Democratic mayoral candidate and the prosecution of Liu's campaign’s treasthe City Comptroller, John Liu was not urer, Jia Hou, 25, who prosecutors accused approved for matching public funds pay- of helping to funnel illegal campaign ment because his campaign violated the money to Mr. Liu by using straw donors. rules and laws of the Campaign Finance In the final analysis, the Board is answerBoard. These violations are serious and ing a different question than the jury was pervasive and involved several key asked to consider.

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QUEENS: he Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that Gurmail Singh of Richmond Hill, Queens was arrested on Friday (July 19) following his indictment on July 11, 2013, for multiple tax crimes. According to the indictment, Singh owned Fancy and Vicky Construction Co. Inc., a construction company in Richmond Hill. As alleged in the indictment, Singh used check-cashing services to cash more than $2.9 million of checks paid to his construction company for services between 2006 and 2008. He concealed his checkcashing activities from his tax return preparers, and this income was not included as gross income on the company’s tax

Singh Indicted for Tax Fraud
returns. Singh also diverted cash receipts earned by his companies for his own personal use. The indictment alleges that Singh filed false 2006 and 2007 corporate income tax returns for Fancy and Vicky Construction, failed to file a 2008 corporate income tax return for Fancy and Vicky Construction and failed to file individual income tax returns for 2007 and 2008. Singh faces a potential maximum sentence of nine years in prison and a potential fine of up to $800,000. A trial date has not been scheduled. An indictment merely alleges that a crime has been committed, and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Continued from page 1 Escoffery-Bey said that his priority, if elected Bronx borough president, is "to reform the electoral system in the borough." Arguing that he is "the only reform candidate" in that race, Escoffery-Bey criticized the system, which he said, is "fraught with corruption and cronyism.” There have been slews of investigations against several politicians in the Bronx on corruption and other charges in recent times with some ending in arrests and conviction. Escoffery-Bey, who will be facing incumbent borough president Ruben Diaz Jr, said that he would also be placing "a lot of attention on improving the education and economic opportunities in the borough." He said that this was important, as the many years of the corruption, which has affected

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the borough, "has reduced the South Bronx to the worst electoral district in the country." Duncan, who lost a special election in the 31st council district in February, is making a second bid for the seat. He listed job creation, safer communities, and education as his priorities. No Jamaican national has been elected to the New York City council since the famed Yvette Clarke left over five years ago and now represents the ninth congressional district in Brooklyn. Her mother, Una Clarke left the Council some 12 years ago. Meanwhile, sitting council member and Democrat Deputy Majority Leader, Leroy Comrie, whose parents are Jamaican, has suspended his bid to become Queens’s borough president, citing “personal” reasons.

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By Ken Richards BASSETERRE, St Kitts: amaica should not pull out of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) over trade differences with Trinidad and Tobago, according to former St Kitts and Nevis agriculture minister Cedric Liburd. Liburd is advocating discussions at the appropriate level to iron out the differences between these two leading CARICOM member states. “No I don’t think that any CARICOM country should really consider pulling out of CARICOM,” he told WINN FM. “All of us in the region do have our own concerns in some different way in terms of how CARICOM and how we operate in the past and sometimes some of us not benefiting,” the former agriculture minister said, adding that the solution is not abandoning the regional grouping. “Sometimes we have our differences but we need to find mechanisms to make sure

Jamaica urged not to abandon CARICOM

that we are able to make CARICOM work,” Liburd responded when asked to comment on the situation. What Kingston regards as unfair trade practices benefiting Port of Spain has prompted former prime minister Andrew Holness and one of his parliamentary Jamaica Labour Party colleagues to advocate a temporary pullout of CARICOM. However, foreign affairs minister, AJ Nicholson said a withdrawal would affect benefits under the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) that allows for the free movement of goods, skills, services and labour across the community. University of the West Indies lecturer Dickie Crawford said there is bitter anger in Kingston because there are some trade benefits that Trinidad and Tobago derives from the CARICOM legislation that Jamaica does not. He says the government’s position not to pull out of CARICOM is commendable.

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Kingston, Jamaica: r. Douglas Manley, a former member of the Jamaican Cabinet, died at his home in St. Andrew on Friday evening. Manley, a sociologist, followed his father's footsteps into politics and joined the cabinet of his more famous brother, Michael, who served twice as Prime Minister of Jamaica. Born in 1922, Douglas was the first son of National Hero Norman Washington Manley and Edna Manley, the famed sculptress, and older brother of Michael Manley. He served in Parliament for a period during the 1970s before returning to represent his old constituency, South Manchester, in 1989. During that second parliamentary stint he also served in the Cabinet as Minister of Youth & Community Development.

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By Marcia Braveboy Caribbean News Now PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad: ice president of the senate and long standing member of the United National Congress (UNC) Lyndira Oudit has defected from the Kamla PersadBissessar-led People’s Partnership coalition government to Jack Warner’s newly formed Independent Liberal Party (ILP). Oudit resigned from both posts on Tuesday. She told the media she resigned because the government is going down the wrong road of governance. She says they hold different philosophical views when it comes to politics and that they were on divergent paths. This is the third resignation that has undercut the People’s Partnership government and the UNC, the leading partner in the coalition itself. Sitting member of parliament for St Joseph and former high court judge Herbert Volney, who was fired from the government in 2012 over the controversial “section 34” legislation, also resigned his UNC membership on July 30. But the foundation of the People’s Partnership government, perhaps unknown to the parties concerned at the time, faced its first threat with the resignation of Jack Warner as national security

Trinidad coalition government faces more resignations

Jack Warner, Leader newly formed Independent Liberal Party (ILP)

minister back in April of this year. Warner later resigned as chairman of the UNC and as member of parliament for Chaguanas West; only to re-contest the seat – for the people of Chaguanas West to revalidate him, he said. Warner convincingly won the UNC heartland seat in a by-election battle on July 29 for his newly formed ILP. More than just the ground shifting under the UNC and subsequently the government, it was a tectonic shift in the political landscape.

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Jamaican international and one of his country's team officials have been suspended for 30 days by FIFA after they failed drugs tests following a 2014 World Cup qualifier against Honduras on June 11. The Jamaican Football federation announced last month that an unidentified player tested positive for a banned substance, with FIFA saying the player declined to have his backup sample analysed. FIFA has now imposed a temporary ban but won't identify the player or official until the case is proven. Both have until August 12 to request a full disciplinary hearing and a further week to submit supporting documentary evidence. Jamaica lost 2-0 in Honduras and is bottom of its CONCACAF group that is led by the United States. The top three qualify directly to play in Brazil. With four games left to play in qualifying the Jamaicans have appointed a new head coach, German Winfried Schafer. The suspensions come just days after FIFA chief medical officer Prof. Jiří Dvořák announced that there was "no systematic doping culture in football". "We do more than 30,000 sampling procedures every year and we have between 70 to 90 positive cases, most of them for marijuana and cocaine and we have also anabolic steroids, but these are individual cases," he said. The Jamaica case nevertheless focuses more bad publicity on the Caribbean nation in the wake of a major doping scandal involving Jamaican athletes ahead of the upcoming world track and field championships in Moscow.

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the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on Saturday (August 10). After months of preparation following the fireworks at the London Olympic Games about 12 months ago, expectations will be high for the Jamaicans with global sprinting superstar Usain Bolt leading the charge from the first day when he runs in the first round of the men's 100m. Michael Clarke, head coach of the 44member Jamaican delegation, told Jamaican reporters yesterday after training that the team was "ready" to start the medal hunt. Despite two days of rain that affected the training sessions, the sun was out yesterday and was welcomed by the coaches and the athletes who went through a full session. Clarke said the Jamaicans knew what to expect from the competition but were all set to try and better the nine medals -- four golds, four silver and a bronze -- won in Daegu, South Korea, two years ago. "The vibes are good, the camaraderie is good and we are expecting a good champi-

The world’s fastest man, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt, rehearses his sprints at a training session inside the Luzhniki stadium, on Wednesday, ahead of Friday’s start to the 14th IAAF World Championships.

onships," Clarke said. Eight Jamaicans will be in action on the first day. They are Bolt, Kemar Bailey-Cole, Nickel Ashmeade and Nesta Carter who came in for the injured defending champion Yohan Blake in the men's 100m; StephenieAnn McPherson, Novlene Williams Mills

and Patricia Hall in the first round of the women's 400m, and also long jumper Francine Simpson who will compete in the preliminaries. Unlike last year, however, when the Jamaicans went into the English capital riding a wave, there will be some dark clouds surrounding the camp after six athletes, including three premier sprinters, retuned positive tests for banned substances earlier this year. Veronica Campbell Brown will give up her 200m title without a fight after she was suspended after testing positive for a stimulant at the Jamaica International Invitational in May, while former World Record holder Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson, the latter who was second in the 100m and 200m at the JAAA National Trials in June, will also be absent after also testing positive for a stimulant. The rash of tests have seen several pundits raise doubts about the credibility of the drug testing in Jamaica, but Bolt and ShellyAnn Fraser-Pryce who will both be chasing sprint double titles, have been quoted as saying they hoped their performances here will help to redeem the good name of Jamaica's track and field product.

BASSETERRE, St Kitts --Jamaica captured the West Indies Cricket Board Regional Under 19 3 Day title which concluded on Wednesday in St Kitts. Jamaica finished on 47.9 points to top the points table and regain the crown which they last held in 2011. Trinidad and Tobago (33.4 points) came a distant second followed by Guyana (30.4 points), Windward Islands (27 points), Barbados (26.5 points) and Leeward Islands took the cellar position with 17.6 points. This is Jamaica’s ninth 3 day Under 19 title and they have dethroned Barbados who won the title in 2012.

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merican Allyson Felix hopes a lighter load will yield better results at the World Championship in Moscow, Russia. Felix was unseated as world 200metre champion by Jamaica's Veronica CampbellBrown in Daegu, South Korea. Unlike two years ago, Felix will not have the 400 metres, or the 100 as at the Olympic Games last year. She expects this will work in her benefit. “Last year was a big year, everything came together. I’ve taken it slowly this year an remaining healthy. I’m taking it slowly, still having, still enjoying it, to see if I can put together a good performance.

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he Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced on Thursday (July 18) that Harry Neuhoff, a resident of Brooklyn has pleaded guilty to tax evasion. According to documents filed with the court, Neuhoff was president and an owner of EVA TEES Inc., formerly of Long Island City, N.Y. and presently located in Piscataway, N.J. From approximately 2006 to 2008, Neuhoff manipulated EVA TEES accounts through an accounting software program to delete cash sales from the general ledger accounts maintained on the computer accounting system. As a result, Neuhoff filed false corporate tax returns on behalf of EVA-TEES

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with the IRS that underreported the gross receipts of EVA TEES. Neuhoff’s conduct also correspondingly resulted in his filing of false personal income tax returns with the IRS for those years. According to the documents filed with the court, Neuhoff underreported the gross receipts of EVA TEES through computer manipulations by at least $1.5 million. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 8, 2013 before U.S. District Court Judge Edward Korman. Neuhoff faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison, three years of supervised release, a $250,000 fine and a $100 special assessment. He has agreed to pay restitution to the IRS.

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onty Alexander, Jamaica's legendary, international jazz pianist, will celebrate the 51st independence anniversary of his homeland with a return to Dizzy's Club Coca Cola in New York City from August 14-18, 2013. Alexander and his Grammy-nominated Harlem-Kingston Express band, will soar with his positive vibrations of 'One Love and Upliftment several stories above the expansive vista of Central Park at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center in the Time Warner building, 10 Columbus Circle in New York City. Show times each day are at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., respectively.

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s part of Brooklyn’s Caribbean Carnival, 2013, EVERYBODY’S, the Caribbean-American magazine, is presenting its annual Calypso-Soca Festival & Tent. The 5-nights, calypso-soca mini concerts popularly called a “Tent,” are August 27-31 at the air-conditioned Tropical Paradise Ballroom, 1367 Utica Ave., Brooklyn. Over 35 artists from across the region are performing. “We have a magnificent group of veteran and talented young calypso and soca artists. The orchestra, The Sunshine Band, is led by Don Diaz, son of the famed Cyril Diaz,” explains Michelle Young, coordinator of the Festival & Tent. “Fans of every age and nationality will enjoy five tantalizing nights of strictly calypso and soca plus celebration of Trinidad & Tobago 51st independence birthday.” Ladies and VIP Nite is Tuesday, August 27, 8 pm. Two persons enter on one ticket. The VIP Reception begins at 6:30pm.

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Several female calypso and soca artists including Singing Diane, Sexy Suzy and Superstar Jermaine will challenge the male calypsonians such as Brown Boy and Poster. Vincy and Nurses Nite is Wednesday, August 28, 8 pm. It is taste of Vincy calypso tent and carnival. Lively, Fabulous T, Cauldric Forbes, three-time Calypso Monarch D-Manage, Becket and Winston Soso are among Vincentian artists showcasing Vincy Calypso-Soca. As a tribute to nurses especially Caribbean Nurses, all nurses by showing their nurse ID will be admitted for only $15. August 29, 9 pm, is “White Jeans Labor Day Thursday.” This soca extravaganza is produced and promoted by World Soca Monarch Yankey Boy. White Jeans Thursday is hosted by Hollywood Sachy and Vibesman Redman. For additional info visit: www.everybodysmag.com or contact us via 718-941-1879; info@everybodysmag.com.

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n an effort to help build stronger communities and to promote social unity, Brooklyn Center for Quality Life, 67th Precinct Clergy Council and Mt. Zion Church of God (7th Day) have partnered with churches, elected officials, government agencies, businesses and scores of community organizations for the 2nd Annual Brooklyn Community Week (August 25-30, 2013).
Tuesday, August 27th, 6pm: Reducing Gun Violence Summit: A Community Response, is an open community dialogue hosted by The 67th Precinct Clergy Council and various anti-violence organizations. Its objective is to reduce neighborhood tensions as well as the volume and magnitude of conflict and violence; reverse community decay and juvenile delinquency. It will also offer training in youth leadership and personal responsibility; effective crime prevention and counseling and supporting parents and families who lost children and other family members to gun violence. St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, Founders Hall, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Wednesday, August 28th, 10am-3pm: The Mobile Legal Help Center is a partnership between the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) and the New York State Courts’ Access to Justice Program that provides free civil legal services to New Yorkers in need. Lawyers onboard the Mobile Legal Help Center will provide free legal assistance on issues related to: divorce, custody, employment, advance planning, housing, public benefits, healthcare, and consumer credit. To register, contact The Brooklyn Center by email at info@bcql.org or 718-280-1477 or 718-2844375. Mt. Zion Church of God 7th Day, 203 E 37th Street, Brooklyn, NY 1203.

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Deputy Brooklyn Borough President Sandra Chapman speaks at Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s press conference at Brooklyn Borough Hall calling for a bipartisan legislative solution this year that will restore the Voting Rights Act; they are joined by (left to right) Representative Nydia Velazquez, Neysa Alsina, board member of the Puerto Rican Bar Association, Assembly Member Felix Ortiz, Assembly Member Karim Camara (hidden), Representative Yvette D. Clarke, Arva Rice, president of the New York Urban League, and Council Member Stephen Levin. -Photo Credit: Kathryn Kirk/Brooklyn BP’s Office

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Sunday, August 25th 12noon-6pm:: 37th Street Kids Fair & Family Day is a special community day for children of all ages and the family. This will be a fun filled day with lots of free food, school supplies, games, health screenings and activities to keep you on your feet. Every child will receive a backpack filled with school and hygiene supplies. Mt. Zion Church of God 7th Day, 203 E 37th Street, (Btw Church Ave/Linden Blvd) Brooklyn, NY 1203. Monday, August 26th, 10am– 1pm: US Census: How to Get the Best Local Data About Your Community is a free workshop for churches, houses of worship, businesses, faith-based and community organizations on how to analyze and interpret data collected from Census 2010, how to understand the impact of data on nonprofit services, learn how to access, understand, and apply data to their work and to identify the changing demographics in Central Brooklyn and beyond. Kings County Hospital Center, “T” Building, 2nd Floor Auditorium, 451 Clarkson Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11203. Monday, August 26th, 6:30pm: Ready New York Disaster Preparation Training, is a free training by the Red Cross Greater New York. This training will equip attendees on how to create a family disaster plan, build and maintain a supply kit, and prepare individuals and families for emergencies. St. Lucia Community Center, 438 East 49th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11203.

JOHN CATSIMATIDIS with John Catsimatidis. Clearly, John is someone who understands the plight of small businesses and knows the value we bring to New York City. We wholeheartedly endorse his candidacy for Mayor and will ask all of our members to join the fight for a win in November," said Demetrios Kafchitsas, President of Pan Gregorian Enterprises Metro NY and Long Island, Inc. The Pan Gregorian Board of Directors has pledged to do everything possible to help John Catsimatidis' candidacy starting with a voter registration drive as the immediate first step. About Pan Gregorian Enterprises of Metro New York and Long Island, Inc. The Pan Gregorian Enterprises of Metro New York and Long Island, Inc. is a corporation of restaurateurs established in 1988 and licensed by Pan Gregorian Enterprises of New Jersey. Its primary mission is to leverage the buying power of its stockholders and members, as well as to negotiate valuable contracts that offer considerable savings and rebates to the participating restaurants.

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Gina Hargitay, 18, Miss Jamaica World 2013 (c) along with (l-r) Jenaae Jackson, 23, was first runner-up, and Amanda McCreath, 23, second runner-up at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James, Jamaica last Sunday. Hargitay took top honours from a field of 25 contestants at the event's 37 staging. The 18-year-old not only secured the top prize and a 2013 Suzuki Kizashi motor car, she also walked away with three sectional prizes — Most Aware, Most Sociable, and Best Smile.

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amaica is a constitutional monarchy and is a member of the Commonwealth. Therefore, the Queen of England, Elizabeth II is the titular head of the country. She is represented here by a Governor-General. The Jamaican Parliament is bicameral. This means that it consists of two Houses, the Senate, also called the Upper House, and the House of Representatives, also known as the Lower House. The members of the House of Representatives are elected under universal adult suffrage, with a maximum of five years between elections. There are 60 constituencies, each represented by one Member of Parliament. There are 21 members of the Senate who are appointed by the GovernorGeneral; thirteen are appointed on the advice of the Prime Minister; and eight on the advice of the Leader of the Opposition. The Senate functions mainly as a review chamber for legislation passed by the House of Representatives. The Cabinet is the main instrument of government policy. It consists of the Prime Minister and at least 13 other ministers of Government, whose membership is restricted to one of the two Houses of Parliament. Not more than four members of the Cabinet may be members of the Continued on page 14 Senate.

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Patrick Allen Governor General raises for Jamaica's achievements in sports, education, and the creative fields, tempered by the reality that much more needs to be done, summarize the theme of this year's Independence messages from Jamaican leaders. The Governor-General, the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition have used their messages to encourage Jamaicans to better themselves, and by extension make the country better. All Jamaicans have a responsibility to help restore country’s image - GovernorGeneral Governor-General, Patrick Allen, has argued that Jamaicans still have the capacity to pursue the mission of making the country a place where persons choose to live, work, raise families and do business. He reasoned that all Jamaicans have the responsibility to help restore the country's image and defend

Portia Simpson Miller Prime Minister what is good. However, Sir Patrick argued that we are far away from where we want to be, but this can be fixed. He added that the large majority of Jamaicans are decent, hard-working, lawabiding citizens and have the capacity to transform Jamaica. Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller wants Jamaicans to use their rich heritage to overcome the current hardships. She argued that Jamaicans, despite economic challenges, valiantly press on, defy the odds, and continue to work hard and reap successes that astonish the world. Mrs. Simpson Miller is encouraging Jamaicans to call on the strength of the nation's heroes to do more. She added that we must treasure our independence by working together to build a strong economic foundation and a prosperous nation.

Andrew Holness Opposition Leader Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Holness, while acknowledging the country's achievements, has recommended critical changes to the economic model in order to reap long term benefits. He encouraged Jamaicans not to totally rely on the IMF agreement, as it is not the cure-all for the country's economic problems. Mr. Holness argued that the country will not have success in its economic programmes unless it can show the political will to implement meaningful structural changes. “One such change must be tax reform which will see lower tax burden for all, a wider tax net and greater tax revenue. Let us renew our commitment to improving the productivity and efficiency of our economy by ensuring that all our labour force is trained and certified and that businesses are able to retool and incorporate the latest technology in their production,” said Mr. Holness.

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Continued from page 13 Local Government is structured on a parish basis, with two parishes, Kingston and St Andrew, amalgamated and administered by the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC). The island’s 63 constituencies are subdivided into 227 electoral divisions, each of which is represented by a Parish Councillor for Local Government. Some significant developments have taken place in the system over the last 100 years. These are: 1923–the Kingston City Council and St Andrew Parochial Board were amalgamated to form the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC). 1901–Port Royal was re-established as a parish. It was re-absorbed by KSAC in 1946. 1947–Universal adult suffrage was extended to Local Government. The term of office of the mayors, deputy mayors, chairmen, deputy chairmen was extended from one year to run with the life of the Council. 1956–The Municipal and Parish Councils Services Commissions and a Unified Service for the 12 Parish Councils were established.

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.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, last week extended best wishes to Jamaica to mark the island’s independence anniversary. Jamaica celebrates its 51st year of independence on August 6th. “The United States and Jamaica enjoy a close friendship based on common values, shared history, and a vibrant JamaicanAmerican community. Together, we are working to foster inclusive economic growth and expand social justice through initiatives such as the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative, including the recently implemented “No Witness, No Justice” Civic Education and Social Media program. We are also deepening our partnership for healthier communities through the President’s

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He said Coca-Cola had been trying to secure an exclusive pouring rights contract for all CUNY campuses and facilities. However, not only did it not get the contract, but Coke is being removed from all CUNY campuses, including six or seven campuses where the company has had exclusive contracts. Rogers says last year CUNY, with a population almost the size of Boston,

gram, the Joseph Murphy Institute,' he explains. On February 28, 2013, the Corporate Campaign delivered letters to Chancellor Matthew Goldstein and 17 members of the Board of Trustees. In addition, we met with leaders of the University Student Senate.

On May 20, 2013, seventeen thousand emails were sent out to CUNY faculty, staff and administrators and union leadership and staff. “The support for our position was very strong among students, faculty, staff and the union,” Rogers notes.

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News Americas: On the heels of the death of 18-year-old Rueshad Grant at the Toronto carnival last weekend, organizers of North America’s largest carnival insist security will again be of utmost priority at the staging of the 46th annual West Indian American Day Carnival. Spokesperson Jean Alexander insists that the organizers remain proactive as they have in past years when it comes to security to ensure nothing like what happens at the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto happens this Labor Day weekend. Grant died after being dragged under a tractor trailer in the hours following the Caribbean Carnival parade on Lake Shore

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bands at Steelband Panorama will take place that night, including the NYU steel pan band that will open the panorama. Dimanche Gras or fat Sunday – which is a huge competition where the Kings and Queens of the Carnival Bands are paraded before judges, as well as the performances by top calypsonians is set for September 1st at 7 p.m. On Labor Day, 2nd September 2nd from 11 a.m., tens of thousands of costumed masqueraders, dancing spectators and politicians, will celebrate with an all day presentation of the sights, sounds and taste of the Caribbean.
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he emotionally distant spouse can be a source of significant unhappiness, stress and conflict in marriages and families. Most often, we hear wives make this complaint about their husbands' behaviors. The pain of loneliness, insecurity, mistrust and anger caused by the emotionally distant spouse can intensify over the years of marriage and can lead to a desire to separate or even divorce. Unfortunately, in many marriages there is a failure to honestly discuss and address this weakness in self-giving. The good news is that this serious marital conflict can be uncovering and resolved through the hard work of growing in virtues. This healing process can lead to a strengthening of the romantic aspect of the marriage, marital friendship and betrothed love but primarily is the challenging movement of the heart and mind. The most common causes of emotionally distant marital behaviors are the result of men modeling after fathers who had this conflict and serious damage to the ability to trust caused by the trauma of their parent’s divorce or by a parent's controlling or angry behaviors. Although some spouses gave freely of themselves during the early years of

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their marriage, under the influence of numerous types of stress, the emotional wounds of mistrust from childhood and adolescence emerge. These can lead them to pull away or criticize in an unconscious attempt to protect themselves from further betrayal. Other important factors which can lead a spouse to withdraw love and selfgiving are various hurts over the years of the marriage, giving into the epidemic of selfishness in the culture and the use of oral contraceptives. The essence of a healthy marital friendship is the ability to give oneself to one's spouse with deeds, emotions and thoughts. An important aspect of martial self-giving is communication to a spouse which is essential to maintaining and strengthening the marital friendship. -Source: twoofus.org

Dear Divine Diva: our response to "Not Ungrateful in Brooklyn (December 20) missed the mark. Her boyfriend of eleven months is flying first class to Jamaica, but he's only paying for a coach ticket for her? I was a divorce lawyer for 31 years (now retired), so I know a few things about relationships. While Enton had no obligation to pay her way to Jamaica, once he invited her, he displayed a troubling character flaw. If he was going to pay her way, he should have paid for her to sit with him in first class. Her seat in coach is a warning sign: She'll always be in the back of the plane, the bus or his life. Of course buying a first class seat for the two of them is expensive, but if he's going to take her to his family's chateau, he should treat her as an equal -or not do it at all. –Representing Brooklyn.

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Dear Divine Diva: ot Ungrateful" is unbelievable! My husband cannot sit in coach unless he is at an exit row, and those seats aren't always easy to get. Because I'm short, I don't need the extra space and, if I am assigned an exit seat, I gladly give it up to a tall person. That woman will be in Jamaica (paid for!) by her boyfriend. I would go in the baggage compartment for such an opportunity. -Happy To Trade Places

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vulnerability now. However, your feelings are not ruled by reason, so allow yourself to experience the pleasure and pain of irrational passion. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21): Your view of the future is quite different from what you expected because everything is so much clearer. Nevertheless, this can be tricky territory to navigate, since it's not ultimately about anything tangible in your external world. You are the sole creator of your fantasies, and it's still up to you to figure out how to make them come true. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 – Dec.21): You might choose to escape by engaging in competitive sports, participating in exciting outdoor activities or simply heading out on an adventure to parts unknown. You have a different kind of excitement waiting for you now if you choose to share your feelings with someone special. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19): A number of little irritating events might happen at work but thankfully, none of them is likely to be significant. It's like having mosquitos follow you around so you can't lower your defenses all the way. You must pay attention to the annoying hums or you'll have to deal with the larger irritation of itchy bites. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18): It's challenging to feel at ease because it seems as if someone with a big ego is blocking your desire to just be your authentic self. Your current wariness has nothing to do with paranoia; you simply prefer to avoid the unnecessary disappointment that you might experience if you lower your protective walls too fast. PISCES (Feb. 19 – Mar. 20): You're a bit on edge but whatever discomfort you are experiencing isn't enough to push you into making a lifechanging decision. You might get into an emotional tussle with a friend or lover who is overly critical of you. Or a memory of an old wound could provoke you to start an unnecessary conflict with someone else.

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lood pressure is the force of blood against the walls of our arteries. Blood pressure rises and falls throughout the day. When the pressure stays elevated over time, it is considered high blood pressure. The medical term for high blood pressure is hypertension. High blood pressure is dangerous because it makes the heart work harder than it should and contributes to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). If hypertension remains untreated, it may lead to more serious health problems. It increases the risk of heart disease and stroke, the first and third-leading causes of death among Americans. High blood pressure also can result in other conditions, such as congestive heart failure, kidney disease, and blindness.

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News Americas: aribbean nationals may know how to party but major depression is a serious public health problem among older Caribbean adults according to a new study. New research by a Michigan State University scholar of nearly 2,000 people aged 50 and older, found that whites and blacks of Caribbean descent experience much higher rates of major depression than African-Americans. Amanda Toler Woodward, lead investigator on the study and MSU associate professor of social work, said the findings, taken as a whole, suggest major depression among older Caribbean people is worse than many believe and has serious implications as the massive baby boomer generation ages. The study examined rates of major depression among three ethnic groups – whites, African-Americans and black Caribbeans – making it the first comprehen-

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sive examination of major depression among older blacks. Specifically, the researchers found: About 23 percent of older black Caribbean immigrants experienced major depression during their lifetime, and 15 percent experienced major depressive symptoms in the previous 12 months. Older black men of Caribbean descent reported much higher rates of major depression than older black women of Caribbean descent. This runs counter to the other ethnic groups–whites and AfricanAmericans–which saw women report higher rates of major depression. While the study did not measure why black Caribbean nationals had significantly higher rates of major depression than African-Americans, Woodward said it may have to do with negative experiences related to immigration such as being separated from family and friends and adapting to U.S. culture.

Risk Factors for Heart Disease Risk factors are conditions or behaviors that increase your likelihood of developing a disease. When you have more than one for heart disease, your risk greatly multiplies. So if you have high blood pressure, you need to take action. Fortunately, most of the heart disease risk factors are largely within your control. High blood pressure affects about 50 million---or one in four--- American adults. Some people are more likely to develop it than others. It is especially common among African Americans, who tend to develop it earlier and more often than whites. Also, many Americans tend to develop high blood pressure as they get older, but hypertension is not a part of healthy aging. About 60 percent of all Americans age 60 and older have high blood pressure.

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By Monica Ward Contributing Writer atch out world here she comes! Jam-American Trina Purse, with roots from Kingston, Jamaica WI and Greenville, South Carolina, Trina is getting ready to take the hair industry by storm. Angela’s Hair Salon Studio located in the Bronx is a full-service mobile salon. This unique company will go to the clients and is known for providing multitude high-end services including licensed cosmetologists with years of experience.  The salon travels to shows, weddings and make personal visits to homes. What makes this salon even more upwardly mobile, is the ability to provide women with a variety of luxurious highquality 100% human virgin hair from their signature line, Angel Remy Hair. Trina started her company in November 2012. She says “This was the best decision of my life. I love getting my hair done in extensions. I’ve been weav-

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