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amaica will lead the way among non-U.S. lands with more than half of such schools (33 of 62) registered for Penn Relays 2012 scheduled for April 26-28 in Franklin Field, Pennsylvania. Seven other Caribbean countries, including the Bahamas will have five teams competing at the prestigious event, Barbados three, US Virgin Islands two, and Cayman Islands, Grenada and St. Vincent will have one each. There will also be African participation at the meet, with six high school teams from Zambia and three from South Africa in attendance. The United States will field 985 teams. World 100m Men’s Champion, Yohan Blake, former 100m World Record Holder, Asafa Powell as well as Jamaican high school champion athletes Danielle Thomas and Fedrick Dacres are among the lead stars from Jamaica. The Jamaican athletes will be represented in individual events, with 18 females and 29 males entered. Newly crowned champions at the ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships, Edwin Allen, lead the way for female athletes. Double champion in the throws Thomas is among those down to compete in the discus and she will be accompanied by team-
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mates Tara Sue Bennett, the Champs Class One record holder in the event, along with Fayon Gonzales. The outstanding Chanice Porter of Manchester High, who broke the Class One long and high jump records at Champs, will be one of five Jamaicans entered in the event. Calabar High’s Dacres in the discus, and his teammate Ashinia Miller in the shot put, will be the leading males among Jamaicans in the field events. Wolmer’s Boys outstanding high jumper Christoffe Bryan, who broke the Class Two record
Yohan Blake World 100M Men’s Champion and Asafa Powel Former 100M World Record Holder
at Champs, will get a chance to prove his worth among the bigger boys as he will compete in the event, along with several Class One athletes. Jamaicans athletes are being sponsored by LIME with a sponsorship package valued at close to $2.3 million to support the 23 teams from local schools and a significant financial boost to Team Jamaica Bickle, a not-for-profit based in New York that hosts Jamaican and groups of Caribbean athletes during their participation in the Penn Relays. Continued on page 8
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ot many of us know and understand the power and influence of African-American people in the community. A significant number of blacks may be ranked among the poorest, but black buying power is expected to reach $1.1 trillion by 2015, according to the State of the African-American Consumer Report. The study also found that the percentage of black people attending college or earning a degree has increased to 44 percent for men and 53 percent for women, and the number of black households earning $75,000 or higher grew by almost 64 percent. These are positive signs that growth in social influence and household income will continue to impact the black community's economic power.
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Business people, including blacks, often overlook the buying power of the African-American populations. However, despite the challenges from racist and prejudice people, blacks are taking advantages of the social and economic polices of government that continue to provide “equal opportunity for all.” After several decades of very challenging work and long hours– juggling two and three jobs, African-Americans are reaping successes and enjoying the American dream. However, as people we cannot achieve sustainable economic growth without prudent saving and investment programs. It is often said, “it is not how much you earn, but how much you can save.” African-American people should understand that continuous growth and success would never be achieved in seclusion or isolation. Forging and building partnership and relationships with various segments or demographics, in the business environment are among the safe strategies to maintain and grow wealth. It is not by chance that most of the corner and fresh food stores in black communities are owned and operated by Koreans and people from other cultures who, in most cases, don’t live in the community. African-Americans especially Caribbean immigrants, spend millions on legal services, yet Caucasian lawyers handle most of their cases. There are hundreds of underutilized black lawyers, but they are not known, as the white lawyers outspend them on media commercials in their own communities. The mortgage and housing market is another area that African-
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Oh Yendi-pregnant and not married ! don’t! Many seem to have placed me in an anyone else remotely close to the public eye this the shocking news broke that unwanted fish bowl, making assumptions of as their only source of emulation. Each man is Phillips, the SoYendi week,and first runner-up inWorld2010 R e a l my character without even knowing the true put on this earth and given the ability to make Miss Universe a Miss Jamaica and Ta l k healthy choices, and many times we do fall reasons behind many of my decisions. Miss Jamaica Universe winner, was pregnant
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and was not married. Her baby daddy, Daniel Chino McGregor, son of singing legend Freddie McGregor, proudly posted pictures of her belly for the world to see on Facebook and in the newspapers. Now, far be it for me to judge, but I must admit that I am a bit disappointed by this move. Let me be clear about my statement, as I am not disappointed about the new life which will come to this earth in a few months; however, I am a bit disappointed that she is not married. She is viewed as a role model to many of the young girls, not only in Jamaica but also around the world. It begs me to ask a further question of course, which is, “should public figures private lives be scrutinized and examined to the highest degree when they make mistakes?” To go even further with this question, “is it really any of our business what they do?” Far be it for me to judge Miss Phillips on the upcoming birth of her child, as I myself had a child out of wedlock when I was in my early twenties and paid dearly for that choice. Being a single mother is one of, if not the most, difficult job that one can ever imagine. I obviously do not know the circumstances under which this pregnancy has come about, whether or not it was planned, an accident, or if there are plans to marry in the future. What I am positive of though, is that over 72 percent of black babies born in the U.S. are born out of wedlock, and shockingly, Jamaica is on the top of the list of countries where children are born out of wedlock. What does this pregnancy say to the young women of Jamaica? What will their reaction be? The world, including Jamaica, has shown their disapproval, as many folks have made very derogatory comments about this union and the pregnancy over the last few days. These negative statements are all uncalled for in my opinion, but I do understand the disappointment, as it really does feel as if we have been kicked in the gut by this news. To be quite honest though, I do have to play devil’s advocate here and then also ask, “who cares if Yendi Phillips is pregnant and not married?” It is none of our concern correct, even if she is in the public eye, although she is a celebrity of sorts, her private life is her private life. I, who certainly am nowhere near the level of Yendi Phillips in regards to celebrity status, often feel the sting of a stranger’s cruel and mistaken judgement of me. They, of course, have never met me and do not know me on a personal level. The rumors that circle around about me sometimes are almost on the borderline of being placed on Anderson Cooper’s “The Ridiculous” list that he airs on CNN each night. I am damned if I do and damned if I
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Americans invested millions with companies owned by people of other cultures, while the blackowned are ignored. African-Americans are the target market for everybody, but no matter how good a black lawyer is, for example, he could not successfully survive in a predominantly white community. He cannot target or market to other cultures. We are not promoting or advocating any form of discrimination against any businesses based on race or culture of the owners or operators. However, a community of wealthy people is as strong as the person with the lowest income and least opportunity. Therefore, in order for any community to achieve prolong growth, the people must support each others business. In order words, keep the business in the family.
I then have no choice but to examine Yendi Phillips’ current situation and wish her nothing but the best of luck. Of course, my thoughts go to her and her unborn child, as I wish her a great pregnancy and a healthy birth. In the same breath, however, I also do have to encourage the young women of Jamaica to not look at either Yendi, Sandy or
down. Look neither to me nor Yendi Phillips as role models to live your own lives, as we are nothing but human beings, fraught with mistakes and bad choices. The great thing is that each day gives us another opportunity to turn our lives around, if we ever go down the wrong path in life.
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“The return of the Fireman with Capleton,” scheduled for Macedonia Center, Mount Vernon on April 22, was postponed as a result of the inclement weather and low turnout, according to show promoter Omar Bather of Magnum Entertainment. Bather explained that a decision was made for Capleton not to make an appearance at the venue due to weather conditions and as a safety precaution for patrons as well. The promoter is urging tickets holders to retain stubs as vouchers to the next show and he apologized for any inconvenience this may have caused.
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-Donovan Goopie Photo: CRYSTAL BOWL AWARD: George Hulse, VP of Health First (1st l) shows off his Crystal Bowl Award to the publishers of Carib News, Karl Rodney and wife Faye at the Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement, Inc. (HCCI) 3rd Annual “Let Us Break Bread Together" Awards Dinner at The Rainbow Room in New York City recently. Each year, HCCI honors community leaders for their contributions to the HCCI community.
Bronx: ark Goldberg, 32, owner of E&M Multiservice at 650 Westchester Avenue, Bronx, was recently arrested and charged with illegally receiving nearly $50,000 in refunds on his personal New York State tax filings. He was charged with one count of Grand Larceny in the 3rd degree, one count of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 3rd degree, and three counts each of Falsifying Business Records in the 1st degree and Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the 1st degree. The most serious offense, Grand Larceny in the 3rd degree, is a Class D felony punishable by a maximum sentence of up to seven years in prison. It is alleged that Goldberg filed New York State Tax returns for calendar years 2005, 2006 and 2007, in which his income was underreported and thereby resulted in the defendant receiving nearly $50,000 in
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refunds to which he was not entitled. It is also alleged that Goldberg falsely claimed to have derived his income as a city of New York employee when, in fact, Goldberg’s employment with the city had ended in 2003. Goldberg was released on his own recognizance by Criminal Court Judge Gia Morris, although the people had requested that bail be set in the amount of $250,000 because the defendant has a strong motivation to flee the jurisdiction. Among the arguments made in asking for high bail was that the defendant is also the subject of a wider tax fraud investigation by the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance, the Internal Revenue Service and the Bronx District Attorney’s Office. The people also cited the defendant’s admission that he had earned over $500,000 in fees this year for preparing tax returns for more than 2,500 clients.
QUEENS: homeless man who had been staying at a veterans, residence in Long Island City has been convicted of manslaughter in the September 2008 fatal assault of a Queens man who had come to the aid of a neighbor. Eric Cherry, 47, of a Borden Avenue address in Long Island City, Queens, was convicted on Monday after a three-week jury trial presided over by Queens Supreme Court Justice Gregory L. Lasak. The jury of six men and six women deliberated for a day before returning a verdict of guilty to first-degree manslaughter and second-degree assault. Justice Lasak set a sentencing date of June 6, 2012, at which time Cherry faces up to 25 years in prison. He has been held in jail in lieu of bail
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since his arrest in September 2008. According to testimony at trials, on the evening of September 3, 2008, a female neighbor of 65-year-old Nicholas Nowillo asked him to come outside because Cherry was hanging around and staring at her as she exited her car. Once outside, Nowillo observed Cherry standing in front of his house – located at 39-24 Crescent Street – banging and kicking his car. When Nowillo told Cherry to leave the defendant punched Nowillo numerous times, then grabbed and threw him to the ground, where he then proceeded to kick and punch him multiple times, causing his death. According to the medical examiner’s office, the victim suffered nine fractured ribs and blunt trauma to the body.
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Kingston, Jamaica: amaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller leaves the island on Monday for a number of engagements in New York and Philadelphia in the United States.
Jamaican PM to receive TIME 100 Most Influential Persons Award
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he nation's biggest bank announced that some customers in three states were accidentally charged twice for debit card purchases this week. If you use a Chase debit card and live in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut, you may want to check your online banking statement. While the bank says it is working to fix the problem, monitor your online statement in the next week or so and immediately report any charges that appear to be incorrect. The latest technological glitch is another blow to the financial giant's report card. Just last week, Twitter was abuzz with frustrated account holders who could not access their online statements as Chase struggled to repair a website outage that left many customers unable to manage their money. Of course, Chase isn't alone in its com-
IN HONOR OF OZZIE BROWN: Community and political leaders along with the children and widow of the late filmmaker Osbourne “Ozzie” Brown, Donna Brown (4th l) hold a replica of the nameplate erected in memory of Ozzie on Saturday at the corner of Fordham Road and Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx. Ozzie, who was a colorful, loquacious and dedicated member of Bronx’s Community Board 7, a civil rights activist and an advocate for diabetes awareness died on July 7, 2011 after a battle with cancer. He was 67 years old. Scores of community leaders and family were in attendance at the unveiling ceremony of the Ozzie Brown Triangle.
puter challenges. Plenty of other financial institutions occasionally report that their websites are down or their payment processing systems have made mistakes. Still, just because most banks face these difficulties doesn't mean customers will continue to excuse them. It's issues like these that make account holders wary of relying on online and mobile technologies for all of their banking needs.
ffective May 1, 2012, parking meter time will be extended to 8:00 p.m. in Mount Vernon, NY. The new time was approved by the Board of Estimate and Contract on April 3, 2012. On March 28, 2012 City Council enacted legislation authorizing the Parking Bureau to extend street parking meter time to 8:00 p.m.
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Her first engagement will be on Tuesday where she will be honoured with the receipt of the TIME 100 Most Influential Persons Award at a special reception in New York. On Wednesday, she will meet with Jamaicans in the Diaspora and address a special town hall meeting in Brooklyn. On Thursday, April 26, she will engage in a series of meetings related to the economy including talks with important interests in the bauxite alumina industry. On Friday, April 27 and Saturday April 28 the Prime Minister will be in Philadelphia where, among other engagements, she will attend this year’s staging of the Penn Relays. The Prime Minister is being accompanied on the visit by a team including Information Minister Sen. Sandrea Falconer, Tourism Minister Wykeham McNeill, Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell, Special Advisors Delano Franklyn and Dr. Carlton Davis and Chairman of Clarendon Alumina Partners Dr. Vin Lawrence. The Prime Minister will return to the island on Sunday. Transport Minister Dr. Omar Davies will be in charge of the government during her absence.
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Kingston, Jamaica: wo high-speed boats loaded with more than 4,840 pounds (2,200 kilograms) of cocaine worth more than $362 million were recently seized. The vessels were reportedly spotted by a reconnaissance plane on April 20, about 120 miles off the east coast of Panama. Jamaican authorities gave chase after being notified. One vessel reportedly abandoned the contraband before being captured. A US Naval vessel operating close by reportedly retrieved 89 bales of the cocaine.
Some 4,840 lbs of cocaine seized the Caribbean
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS): pproximately 40 percent of the deaths recorded in Barbados are as a result of bad habits such as smoking, physical inactivity, alcohol abuse and poor diet. And, to make matters worse, Barbados ranks third among the top ten countries in the world with the highest mortality rates attributable to chronic non-communicable diseases.
Bad habits responsible for 40% of deaths in Barbados
US President Barack Obama (center) poses for a photo at a multilateral meeting with Caribbean leaders during the sixth Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia yesterday. Front row, from left: Barbados’ Prime Minister Freundel Jerome Stuart, Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, President Barack Obama, Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Belize’s Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega. Back row, from left: Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Winston Baldwin Spencer, Bahamas’ Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette, Dominican Republic’s President Leonel Fernandez and St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister Denzil Llewellyn Douglas. (Photo: AP)
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arbados will create history next month, if it becomes the first Caribbean island to take over the chairmanship of the World Health Organisation (WHO). The country is said to be heavily tipped to take over the chairmanship of the global health body, and there are suggestions that this would mean a greater presence within the organization for citizens from small island developing states. Barbados is a member of the Executive Board of the World Health Organisation. And the country's Health Minister, Donville Inniss says he wants to see more West Indians working in international organisations. Mr. Inniss adds that whenever there is a need for consultants, persons from Latin America or Eastern Europe are usually selected when the region has resource persons who are just as intelligent, qualified and capable of doing the job.
Barbados to chair WHO
ackers gained illicit access to the T&T Parliament web-site on Saturday, April 21. They reportedly replaced the home page with another page and posted a warning to the administrators. The message read “Greatz to admin your website hacked due to security vulnerabilities, patch your website, keep it updated. Don’t worry all your files and your database are still here. This is a warning, what other hackers can do to your website. Keep it in mind...CoD3X.” Information system technicians and the web-site’s service provider (FLOW) are reportedly trying to ascertain how the perpetrator/s hacked the site.
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ric Finger, 47, Mineola, New York, a real estate attorney; Reginald Johnson, 38, St. Albans, New York, a mortgage loan officer and Denise Parks, 46, Olive Branch, Mississippi, a mortgage loan processor, each pled guilty on Tuesday (April 17) for their roles in a $9 million mortgage fraud scheme. The defendants pled guilty before U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald. According to the allegations in the indictment previously filed in Manhattan federal court: Finger, Johnson and Parks, along with nine other individuals, engaged in an illegal scheme to defraud various lending institutions by using fictitious and fraudulent "straw identities" to apply for mortgage loans. Through the scheme, the defendants were able to obtain more than $9 million in mortgage loans for the purchase of dozens of residential properties throughout the New York
Lawyer, Loan Officer Admit to $9M Fraud
City metropolitan area and Long Island. Most of these loans quickly went into default. Finger was a real estate attorney who acted as the lawyer for the lenders on the transactions and submitted false information to the lenders to conceal the fraud; Johnson ran Reliable Capital Corporation, a mortgage brokerage firm that brokered and processed the fraudulent mortgage applications, and he also sold two of his own properties to straw identities as part of the scheme; and Parks was a loan processor who processed the fraudulent mortgage applications at Reliable Capital and another mortgage brokerage firm. Finger pled guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud. He faces a maximum sentence of 60 years in prison. Johnson pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud and two counts
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of wire fraud. He faces a maximum sentence of 70 years in prison. Parks pled guilty on Thursday, April 19 to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud. She faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. All three defendants will be sentenced by Judge Buchwald. Finger and Johnson will be sentenced on August 16, 2012, and Parks on August 21, 2012. Co-defendants Jeffrey Larochelle, Joell Barnett, Foriduzzaman Sarder, Sakat Hossain, Mikael Huq, Frederick Warren, Dorian Brown and Fritz Bonaventure previously pled guilty in this case. Sarder was sentenced on June 26, 2011 to 78 months in prison, and Hossain was sentenced on March 1, 2012 to 29 months in prison. Larochelle, Barnett, Huq, Warren, Brown and Bonaventure await sentencing.
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ROSEAU, Dominica: West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach and left-handed batsman Darren Bravo are both delighted following significant moves up the International Cricket Council’s Test match rankings. The two 23-year-olds, who are expected to form part of the future of West Indies cricket, have broken into the top 20 in bowling and batting, according to the official rankings released on Friday by the ICC after the drawn second Digicel Test at Queen’s Park Oval. Veteran left-hander Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who fell just six short of his 26th Test century in Trinidad to follow-up his 103 not out in Barbados last week, has moved into the top three in batting, while captain Darren Sammy has moved up two places to number 11 in the rankings for allrounders.
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Philanthropist Vincent Hosang (5th l) and his daughter Sabrina (4th l) of Caribbean Food Delights and Royal Caribbean Bakery announce donation of $10,000 to Team Jamaica Bickle Inc, while former Jamaican Consul General Geneive Brown Metzger (1st l), former Sports Minister Oliva Grange (3rd l) and JTB’s CEO Erwin Clare (6th l) look on.
Usain Bolt will run his first 100m race of the 2012 season at the JN Jamaica Invitational, an IAAF World Challenge Meet on 5 May at the National Stadium in Kingston. He is likely to face former World record holder Asafa Powell. Blake looks set to run the men's 200m. Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser, World 100m champion Carmelita Jeter of the U.S. and Melaine Walker will also be at the meet.
Bolt to compete in 100m meet
Continued from page 1 The support is wide-ranging but heavily focused on meals, transportation, medical chiropractic care and hospitality to the athletes during their stay in Philly. Caribbean nationals are asked to dig deeper into their pockets this year as its contingent to the annual Penn Relays increases to over 650 and an estimated cost of $143,000 to spearheads the hospitality support initiative to Caribbean athletes participating at the Penn Relays, said Team Jamaica Bickle officials. Team Jamaica Bickle Inc, TJB, the organization that spearheads the hospitality support initiative to Caribbean athletes participating at the Penn Relays, said their initial budget this year is estimated at just over $143, 000. “This budget is expanding because of unexpected additional costs, stemming
Jamaican athletes to dominate Penn Relays
mainly from airline flight arrangements landing a greater number of teams than in the past at New York City airports as opposed to Philadelphia International Airport, ” said Chief Financial Officer, Lance Clarke. TJB is calling on the Diaspora for much-needed financial assistance to satisfy its commitments and obligations to the athletes. “Our organization relies on partners, sponsors and donations from Jamaicans and other Caribbean nationals within the Diaspora and overseas to fund meals, medical services, transportation, lodging and other operational costs for athletes and officials,” said TJB’s founder Irwine Clare. “Of the total budget, the single largest cash payout of $60,000 is being projected for subsidized accommodations and this is where the budget shortfall impacts the most,” he said.
Caribbean-American philanthropist Vincent Hosang and his companies Caribbean Food Delights and Royal Caribbean Bakery as well as Grace Kennedy Foods, Western Union and LIME provide financial support to offset feeding and accommodation expenses for the Jamaican athletes. Clare emphasized that along with the sponsor’s generous contributions, Hosang, for the last 18 years, personally gets involved and is physically on location each year to assist with the feeding of the athletes. This year marks the 118th staging of the annual Penn Relays and in keeping with its tradition, some 15,000 talented athletes from high schools, colleges and track clubs throughout the US and overseas will take center stage at Franklin Field at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Jamaica's Olympic 200-meter bronze medalist, Kerron Stewart became the fastest Jamaican female so far this season over the distance, winning in 22.79 seconds at the War Eagle Invitational Track and Field meet in Alabama on Saturday. Stewart won comfortably ahead of the Bahamas' Nivea Smith (23.22). Jamaica's senior representatives, Jovanee Jarrett and Eric Keddo, also won. World championships long jump representative, Jarrett, produced her second best season-opening, leaping 6.60 meters to defeat Breanna Smith (6.51m).
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Kingston, Jamaica WI: ancehall artist Rodney Price, more popularly known as Bounty Killer, is set to face the Gun Court on June 20. The artiste who is on bail, is charged jointly for Bo unty Ki l l er illegal possession of a firearm, assault at common-law and unlawful wounding arising from an incident on September 27, 2007. Allegations are that Bounty Killer and a group of men assaulted an off-duty policeman along St Lucia Avenue in New Kingston. It is reported that the policeman had left a club and noticed a number of vehicles blocking a section of the roadway. He reportedly signaled the men to clear the roadway who allegedly attacked him. A gun was reportedly pointed at the policeman. -------------------------------------------------------ancehall artiste, Popcaan continues to assert his presence on the international scene. The self-professed ‘Gaza Prefect’ was featured in the music section of Po pcaan the highly regarded New York Times newspaper. The feature spoke to the growing crossover impact that his song “Only Man She Want” has received since its release last August.
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amaican-born comedian, host and actor Leon Parkins, aka Lemon, will be in the spotlight at the “pre-Mother’s Day Dinner with the comedian scheduled for Friday, May 4, 2012 at the Country Kitchen Diner in BJ’s Shopping Center, Pelham Manor, New York. Fe- a new emerging artist and song writer who has a mixture of Pop/R&B/Alternative along with the award-winning DJ Ricky Genius will also be part of the entertainment. The event will be hosted by Sandy Daley. Lemon is currently in the USA with performances in Houston, Texas, NewJersey and New York City. Ticket/information: 914-663- 4973.
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he vision of some of the Caribbean's most prolific filmmakers join in a New York City celebration of the illustrious career of legendary Jamaican actress, Leonie Forbes. Caribbean ClassicsLeonie Forbes Film Fest features work from Lennie Little-White (Jamaica), Andrew Millington (Barbados) and Frances-Anne Solomon (Trinidad & Tobago), and takes place at Medgar Evers College on Saturday, May 5. An officially endorsed Jamaica 50th Independence Anniversary program, the day long festival is presented by a tripartite collation of Caribbean Diaspora cultural organizations, the Caribbean Cultural Theatre, Caribbean Research
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ASUS AFARI is a traveling poet, balancing and harmonizing entertainment with education, humanity with spirituality, and poetry with comedy. His latest showcase is entitled “The POMEDY Show” and brings poets and comedians together in a uniquely Jamaican way, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Jamaican Independence and renowned Jamaican resilience based on creativity and hard work. Yasus Afari’s signature poetic event, “Poetry in Motion,” will celebrate its 10th Anniversary in February 2013 as the annual rendition of Jamaica’s rich poetic heritage showcasing leading poets and entertainers. In August 2011, Yasus Afari established the “Jamaica Poetry Festival” at the Lousie Bennet Garden Theatre in Kingston. His first anthology, “EyePen” continues to be exceptionally well-received and his Poetry CD “Kiss Mi Neck ” has created waves, as he continues to delight audiences. Deeply rooted in his Rastafarian Faith, Yasus Afari is not only a dub poet, but also an author, philosopher and reggae artist of unprecedented insight and inspiration. Yasus Afari attended the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Melbourne, Australia, as an Ambassador of the Council for the Parliament of the World’s Religions to make a presentation on “Rastafari: The Livity of Spirituality” along with performances for delegates and local people. Yasus is one of the original Christian Souljahs who engineered the Cultural Renaissance in reggae and dancehall music and the dancehall culture alongside other Rastafarian artists such as Garnet Silk, Tony Rebel, Everton Blenda, Uton Green, Luciano, Buju Banton, Sizzla, Capleton and Louie Culture among others. In the mid 90's, Yasus teamed up with reggae legend Pablo Moses and Dele Mandeyah to form “Fathers of Africa” which toured the schools in Jamaica and did a tour of the USA led by Yasus, Everton Blenda, Determine and Dele Mandeyah. The 1990’s and beyond witnessed Yasus Afari touring the world as well as recording with the likes of Black Uhuru, Toots and The Maytals, Freddie McGregor & Beres Hammond, thereby enhancing his international profile and expanding his horizons and creating a “Revolution through Dub Poetry.” For more information check www.y asusafari.biz or contact edutainmentpromo@y ahoo.com
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eauty Queen Baby Mama Drama is hardly new to Jamaica nor the Caribbean. Unmarried queens have been quietly having their babies for decades, long before Facebook. Sometimes the pregnancies were met with raised eyebrows and other times nobody seemed to notice. But our neighbor, Trinidad & Tobago, stopped in freeze-frame in 2006 when their unmarried Miss Universe 1998 Wendy Fitzwilliam suddenly announced her pregnancy. Worse, she refrained from immediately naming a baby father. "Apparently, the news of my pregnancy is carried in every news outlet in the country", Wendy later wrote in a tell-all book, Letters to Ailan, as she described the turbulent relationship she shared with her son's Jamaican father. The following year, in 2007, twenty-two-year-old Miss Jamaica World Sara Lawrence relinquished her title in Kingston due to pregnancy. Today in Jamaica, years later, people are stunned at the announced pregnancy of Yendi Phillips, first runner-up in the Miss Universe 2010 pageant. Comments on social media suggest Yendi's pregnancy should have been preapproved by majority vote in CARICOM, the government, the opposition, trade unions and the Jamaica
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Please send questions and suggestions: email: firstname.lastname@example.org Divine Diva c/o Street Hype, 711 South Columbus Avenue, Mount Vernon, NY 10550 Di s co v eri ng an affai r The initial discovery of an affair can trigger a range of powerful emotions for both partners —shock, rage, shame, depression, guilt, remorse. You may cycle through all of these emotions many times in a single day, one minute vowing to end the marriage and the next wanting desperately to save it. At this point, it's important to take one step at a time: • Give each other space. The discovery of an affair can be intense. It's often helpful to take a "timeout" when emotions are running high. • Seek support. Share your feelings with trusted friends and loved ones or a spiritual leader or counselor. Objective, nonjudgmental support can help you clarify what you're feeling and put the affair into perspective. • Take your time. Avoid delving into the intimate details of the affair right away. Take time to absorb the situation, postponing any
Dear Divine Diva: attend a church with about 200 worshippers. The church provides a supervised nursery for infants up to 3 years of age. Most parents with babies use it. However, one couple has a 2-year-old child and a 5-month-old baby. These parents do not take advantage of the nursery, but keep the kids in the sanctuary. Last Sunday the baby, who was in the father's arms, cried during most of the service. The parents may be able to tune it out, but many of us were very distracted by the wailing. The father is a schoolteacher. I couldn't help but wonder how this teacher would handle a student who caused such a disruption in his classroom.
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discussions with your partner until you can have a constructive conversation. Mendi ng a bro ken marri ag e Recovering from an affair is a difficult and ongoing process. Still, it's possible to survive an affair. Consider these steps to promote healing: • Be accountable. If you were unfaithful, take responsibility for your actions. End the affair, and stop all interaction or communication with the person. • Be honest. Once the initial shock is over, discuss what happened openly and honestly — no matter how difficult talking or hearing about the affair may be. • Consider shared goals. It may take time to sort out what's happened and to consider whether your relationship can heal. If you share a goal of reconciliation, realize that recovering the marriage will take time, energy and commitment.
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ernon and Associates, in association with the Door Restaurant will be hosting an “After Work Mixer & Cocktail Reception” at the elegant Door Restaurant on Wednesday, May 2, 2012. This event is in honor of Councilman Leroy Comrie, Deputy Majority Leader of the City Council, Leader of the Queens Delegation to the City Council and Council Chairman of the Land Use Committee. As one of the most effective elected officials, Councilman Comrie will be running for the Office of Borough President, Queens County. “To have the influence we need in this competitive city we must own our elected official. One way to exercise influence with the electeds, and thereby influence how resources are distributed is to invest in their campaigns, according to organizer, Donald P. Vernon. Co-organizer, Christopher Robert of Door Restaurant is urging the public to support Councilman Comrie in his political endeavor “so that he can support our ambitions wherever they may lie.” For info: Vernon and Associates at 718-206-2411
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he beauty of a home-based business operation is that you do not have to pay extra for rent or mortgage. If you are the parent of young children, you can monitor their welfare while still making money out of your home. You also save on traveling time and transportation costs. Setting up your office, may you live in an apartment or home, is a fun challenge. You should designate a specific area for your business may this be the basement, attic, a spare bedroom, the garage or a part of your living room. This writer, particularly, does not suggest the bedroom or kitchen for your business operation. Especially if you are not alone. You will need file cabinets, an answering machine, a desk with chairs, a phone system, a computer with printer and a calculator. Yes, you should have office stationery, business cards, file folders, postage stamps, invoice forms and a receipt book. Proper lighting and adequate space for your inventory or merchandise is also important. Having a successful home-based business is a goal of many individuals, but there are also challenges in running a homebased business. Dealing with family needs, domestic demands and concerns. A designated space or area to meet and greet customers. Having business hours that are convenient to your customers or clients, but respecting your neighbors. If you need to hire employees, you need a space for them to work. A creative solution may be outsourcing specific business tasks or assign to other home-based business operations such as accounting
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he Organization for International Development Inc. (OID) will host it’s annual Fund-raising Luncheon on Sunday, May 6,2012 at the VIP Country Club, 600 Davenport Avenue, New Rochelle, N.Y 10805 at 12 noon – 1 pm; contribution: $90 per guest. Under the motto, “Helping Others to Help Themselves” OID have been helping to rebuild homes in disrepair, fund academically talented students and help with the building of libraries and health centers. For ticket info: Dr Roy Streete, 718-652-3978; Gloria Stephens, 718994-6866 and Carol Biersay, 718-3255606.
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embers of the Jamaican community are mourning the death of Victor “Andy” Lewis, 48, store manager at People’s Choice Furniture in the Bronx. Scores of family members and friends attended a thanksgiving service in honor of Lewis on Friday (April 20) at the Bronx Bethany Church of Nazarene. Lewis’ body will be flown to Sherwood Content, Trelawny, Jamaica WI., for burial on April 28.
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His colleague and friend for several years, Dale Getfield, manager of People’s Choice Furniture said Lewis was a “very good and an honest person” and will be missed by everybody who knows him. Lewis died of an heart attack on April 7, 2012. He is survived by his wife Princess, daughter, mother, three sisters and a brother.
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