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Yvette Clark wins tough NY primary
City Councilwoman Yvette Clarke, a daughter of Jamaican immigrants, won a nasty, racially tinged race for the Democratic nomination to replace Rep. Major Owens in a historically black Brooklyn district in the recent primary elections.
Councilwoman Clarke, 41, narrowly beat three opponents to capture the seat, which has been held by blacks since the 1968 victory of Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to Congress.
This year’s campaign attracted national attention because of the strong run by the white councilman, David Yassky, whose candidacy raised questions about race and representation. The split in the black vote made him a strong contender.
Ms. Clarke won with 31.2 percent of the vote to Mr. Yassky’s 26.2 percent, according to unofficial returns tallied by The Associated Press. Of the other black candidates, State Senator Carl Andrews, who had the backing of many Brooklyn Democratic officials and renown NY Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, had 22.9 percent. Chris Owens, the son of the incumbent, Representative Major R. Owens, who is retiring, received 19.6 percent.
Winning the Democratic primary is usually tantamount to winning the seat in this overwhelmingly Democratic district. It was one of dozens created after the Voting Rights Act to increase minority representation in Congress, so Mr. Yassky shook many in the political world with his decision to enter the race. The congressional seat was created in the 1960s and was first held by Shirley Chisholm, who in 1968 became the first black woman elected to Congress. She was replaced by Owens, who was first elected in 1982.
Yvette Clarke is the daughter of the dynamic Una Clarke, the first Caribbean-born woman to serve on the City Council.
Vote for the Lesser of two Evils
From the Editor
To select the worse would be to select a Republican party that has:
I could go on.
Of course, I am dismayed that Democrats have often acquiesced or produced the most wishy-washy opposition to the most reprehensible Republican policy or actions. In Ohio, a black Republican engineered the black voter suppression there. In Maryland, black Clarence Thomas type Republican candidates like Michael Steele dare to ask for my vote. They may have made a pact with the devil but regardless of how dissatisfied I am with the Democratic Party, I will not consider for a moment voting for the worse of two evils, the black-vote-suppression Republican Party.
But I will not be voting on election day. I want my vote to count so I will be voting before election day by absentee ballot. The unsafe diabolical Diebold electronic voting machine, which may be programmed to switch my vote from Democratic will have no chance to tamper with my vote and I urge others to vote Democratic by absentee ballot too.
Former St. Lucian PM to switch parties
Former St. Lucian Prime Minister, Dr. Vaughan Lewis, who led the main
opposition United Workers Party (UWP), into general elections in 1997 is
expected to switch parties. A spokesman for Dr. Lewis said that an
announcement indicating his acceptance as a candidate for the ruling St.
Lucia Labour Party (SLP) was imminent. Dr. Lewis is expected to replace
Attorney General Phillip La Corbiniere as the SLP's candidate for Castries
Venezuela money to build eye clinic in Jamaica
Thanks to President Hugo Chavez, Jamaica has received US$5 million (J$330 million) from the Venezuelan Government through the PetroCaribe agreement, to construct a first-class ophthalmology center in the parish of St. Mary. In the words of Jamaica Health Minister Horace Dalley, "The center will be a center of excellence where we will have Jamaican ophthalmologists, Cuban ophthalmologists, Trinidadian ophthalmologists ... and ophthalmologists from anywhere in the world who want to offer their skills and expertise to the people of Jamaica" .
Minister Dalley made the disclosure at the one-year celebration of the Jamaica/Cuba Eye Care program held at the ministry's head office in Kingston. Since the Jamaica/Cuba "miracle eye care program" began on September 1 last year, more than 11,000 patients have been screened and just over 3,800 operations have been conducted.
US bribes journalists to write Anti-Castro news
Once again yellow journalism has reared its ugly head. The Miami Herald has revealed that at least 10 Florida journalists received regular payments from a U.S. government program aimed at undermining the Cuban government of Fidel Castro.
Total payments since 2001 ranged from $1,550 to $174,753 per
journalist, according to the newspaper, which said it found no instance in
which those involved had disclosed that they were being paid by the U.S.
Office of Cuba Broadcasting. That office runs Radio and TV Marti, U.S.
government programs broadcast to Cuba to promote democracy and freedom on
the island. Its programming cannot be broadcast within the United States
because of anti-propaganda laws.
Bye-bye BWIA, hello Caribbean Airlines
The end is near for BWIA, the national airline of Trinidad and Tobago. It is to be shut down by December 31, 2006 with a new company, Caribbean Airlines, set to take its place.
This ends years of indecision by stakeholders, including the Trinidad and Tobago government, which is a major shareholder, whether to cut ties with an airline they say had been losing millions of dollars annually. BWIA reportedly lost in the vicinity of US$26 million last year with an average monthly loss since then of about US$1 million.
BWIA officials admitted to the failure of the airline, saying it had been unable to generate enough revenue to remain profitable and viable.
A number of factors contributed including:
It is reported that customers abandoned the airline in recent years by the thousands. There were numerous complaints by customers, especially about delays, coupled with uncertainty of arrival and departure schedules.
BWIA currently employs over 500 workers in Trinidad. All agreements, contracts and outstanding monies owed to workers will be settled on or before December 31, 2006 to make way for new carrier, Caribbean Airlines.
Transportation administrative woes plague Jamaica
Unpaid traffic ticket top 50,000 in Kingston alone
Half of bus fleet not working
Of course another big factor, to which I am sure ever Jamaican
motorist can attest, is bad roads. I am sure manufacturers had no
idea how bad Jamaican roads are when they considered bus life expectancy.
$J50 million traffic ticket tracking system not working
3 of 4
Highway 200 police patrol cars broken
Former NY Commish to lead police reform in Guyana
President Bharrat Jagdeo has selected former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik to lead his planned reform of the police force in Guyana, which has had to battle hardened criminals with access to illegal guns. Kerik headed New York City's police during the turbulent period after the 9-11 attacks. President Bush picked him in 2004 to be the second head of the Department of Homeland Security. Kerik withdrew after acknowledging that he failed to pay all of the taxes for a housekeeper who may have been in the country illegally.
But the appointment is controversial because Kerik himself has pleaded guilty to accepting tens of thousands of dollars in gifts from a company that was trying to do business with New York City. "Reformer, reform thyself". Critics believe that Kerik's admission of wrong doing is enough to rule him out of playing a role in the $20 million Inter-American Development Bank-funded project of reforming the police force, but President Jagdeo is sticking with him.
It is hoped that the reform of the police will drastically reduce murders and gun related crimes which rose by over 30 percent in the first eight months of this year.
Oil prices bring prosperity to T&T
Prosperity has come to Trinidad and Tobago. It is achieving astounding growth in its GDP. Between 2002 and 2005, the country's international trade balance increased from US$237.7 million to over US$2.64 billion, leading to large increases in foreign exchange reserves. This explosive economic performance is increasing external and fiscal surpluses as well as reducing public debt. Trinidad and Tobago's mounting energy revenues, stemming from increased production and favorable market prices, are leading to very low unemployment rates as well as increased levels of foreign direct investment (FDI).
Now if only the crime rate would go down!
Barbados rejects IMF advice
Barbados has rejected more bitter medicine from the International Monetary Fund. Granted it was not as bitter as structural adjustment, but they advised Barbados to raise VAT. Barbados (quite rightly) said no, saying that such a move would cause undue hardship for Barbadians.
Among the other recommendations coming out of the consultation which was concluded early last month, are:
It praised Barbados’ strong economic growth and positive outlook for continued economic expansion but claimed these measures need to be taken to avoid overheating of the economy and devaluation of the Barbados dollar. Minister of Economic Affairs and Economic Development, Mia Mottley noted that the hike was suggested by the IMF three years ago and was rejected and government's position has not changed.
3 fires in Guyana kill 6, destroy state TV transmitters
Three fires of unknown origin have killed six people in a house, destroyed the state-owned television transmitting station and a provincial headquarters in Guyana.
Labor unrest among teachers and police in Jamaica
Teacher strike averted
Army summoned as police get ‘blue flu’
Caribbean girls excel but still face dim prospects in UK
a report from the Equal Opportunity Commission (EOC) in Britain has indicated that black Caribbean girls are among a group of ethnic minorities in Britain who have been excelling academically, but face poor prospects when they enter the job market.
The report interviewed more than 1,000 16-year-old Black Caribbean, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi females who were found to be highly motivated and determined to achieve independence and success in their careers. It said that, in the vast majority of cases, their parents supported their ambitions. The report from the Commission says that, despite the performance of these ethnic minority groups, they face "heavy penalties" at work including low pay, poor job prospects and fewer job opportunities.
Among the key findings of the report was that:
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