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JAMAICA - Gov't concerned about Buju Banton's welfare

Kingston, Jamaica , December 01, 2011 – Jamaica’s Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Olivia Grange, says she has received information through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that incarcerated DJ Buju Banton has been moved back to Florida to continue serving his time.

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DIASPORA - Caribbean teachers in New York cry foul

From the Trinidad Guardian - Ten years ago recruiters from the New York City Department of Education wooed Carib­bean teachers. It was an inviting offer that many of the region’s most seasoned and qualified educators readily accepted. Today, the promise of living the proverbial American dream has become nightmare. At the Wall Street office of the Black Institute, a public policy think tank, its executive director, attorney Princess Lyles, expressed bewilderment and outrage that a supposedly well-intentioned programme had created a sense of frustration, hopelessness and even fear.

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ST. KITTS/NEVIS - Skerritt attends Seventh African Diaspora Heritage Trail Conference in Halifax

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, 28th September – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Sen. Richard Skerritt, says the region is looking at ways of enriching visitors’ experiences, from teaching about the origin of spices in preparing food to the types of beats in music.

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CARICOM nations missing from South Carolina immigration suit

feliciapersaudsignatureNews Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Nov. 11, 2011: This week, sixteen countries from Latin America and the Dominican Republic asked to join the lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice against South Carolina over its new immigration law. Missing from the group of sixteen were – no surprise here – CARICOM nations, even though the history of this state links directly to the West Indies and more specifically to Barbados.

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CARICOM Secretary-General asks UN for continued support to Haiti

Georgetown, Guyana- Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has called on the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General His Excellency Ban ki Moon to provide further sustainable and long term assistance to the earthquake ravaged Member State of Haiti.

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US Justice Dept challenges South Carolina immigration law

South Carolina’s new immigration law is unconstitutional and should be declared invalid. So says the U.S. Justice Department in a lawsuit aimed at striking down that state’s new law.

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ST. KITTS - Astona Browne appointed OECS Commissioner-designate

astona_browneBASSETERRE, ST. Kitts, September 8, 2011 – Former Permanent Secretary in the defunct Ministry of  National Security, Mrs. Astona Browne  has been appointed St. Kitts and Nevis OECS  Commissioner-designate and will head up a new Regional Integration and Diaspora Affairs Unit, located in the Office of the Prime Minister.

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US Aviation Industry Protests Proposed Tax Increases

southwest-planeWASHINGTON - A united aviation industry coalition of nearly 30 organizations is opposing proposed tax increases, which would lead to significant job loss across all sectors of the industry and the nation.

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DIASPORA-Grenadian American Councilman arrested after altercation with police

NEW YORK, CMC – The Grenadian American Councilman Jumaane Williams was briefly arrested on Monday during the West Indian Day Carnival Parade after he and a group of men were alleged to have gotten into a scuffle with police.

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ECLA wants the Caribbean to have a voice in the international monetary system

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay - The executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Alicia Bárcena, wants the Caribbean to participate more in the debate on the international monetary system.

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IMMIGRATION-Caribbean students to benefit from new legislation

LOS  ANGELES, CMC – The California Legislature is poised to pass a law that would allow illegal Caribbean immigrants to receive state-financed aid for college.

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UNITED STATES - Staggering number of Caribbean immigrants sexually abused in detention centers

hutto-topperNEW YORK – The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said a staggering number of Caribbean and other immigrants are being sexually abused at US federal detention centers.

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Florida/Caribbean Initiative to stem narco traffic

Wifredo_FerrerFLORIDA—US Attorney for the Southern District of Florida Wifredo Ferrer has announced the creation of a Florida/Caribbean Basin Initiative aimed at combating and deterring drug trafficking in the region.

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PENNSYLVANIA - US lawyers come to the aid of illiterate Jamaican

Lawyers in the US have come to the defence of a Jamaican man who has been languishing in prison due to challenges with his asylum hearing as he is illiterate and has a severe speech impediment.

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DIASPORA-Caribbean legislators welcome new immigration policy

Yvette_Clarke3NEW YORK, CMC – After many decades of constant bad news about deportation of illegal Caribbean and other immigrants from the “Land of Many Opportunities,” Caribbean legislators in the United States have wholeheartedly embraced President Barack Obama’s bombshell announcement to suspend deportation proceedings against illegal, law-abiding immigrants.

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JAMAICA - Minister welcomes the Grand Jamaica Homecoming movement and pledges support

Kingston, October 14, 2011 - The Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Olivia Grange, has says that she is “delighted and excited” by what could be accomplished by the Grand Jamaica Homecoming movement.

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GUYANA- US Grand Jury indicts President Jagdeo's friend- Ed Ahmad

A federal grand jury in Brooklyn has returned an indictment charging the defendant Edul Ahmad with participating in a mortgage fraud scheme in which he and others fraudulently obtained more than $50 million in loans, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said Friday.

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HAITI - U.S. Congressional Delegation Visits Port-au-Prince to Meet with their Haitian Counterparts

Port-au-Prince, October 11 – An ten-member, bipartisan U.S. Congressional delegation, led by Chairman David Dreier, a Republican of California, visited Port-au-Prince as part of the ongoing House Democracy Partnership (HDP) program with the Haitian parliament

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UNITED STATES-US policy of deportations to the Caribbean draws protests

WASHINGTON, CMC – A programme that is key to United States President Barack Obama’s immigration enforcement strategy has drawn protests by many immigrant organizations and individuals in six cities over the last two days.

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JAMAICA - Hinchcliffe to serve on US State Department committee

PROMINENT Jamaican businesswoman Audrey Hinchcliffe has been invited by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to sit on the US Department of State's new International Council on Women's Business Leadership (ICWBL) for a two-year term.

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OAS - Central American and Caribbean CEOs to Meet with OAS Assistant Secretary

Approximately 25 CEOs and business leaders from Central America and the Caribbean are scheduled to meet this week in El Salvador with the Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Albert R. Ramdin, to discuss strengthening trade relations between both regions, in the face of economic challenges in the hemisphere.

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