Archive for the ‘Issues’ Category

No Public Job or Wage Cuts for Antiguans

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Antigua St. John’s – Even as the government continues to grapple with the timely payment of wages and salaries to public servants in Antigua & Barbuda, a sore issue over the past few months, there is no threat to jobs or salaries for these workers.

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Nonprofit Changes Views On Fatherhood

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After being surprised by the comments people directed at him for being a conscientious new father, filmmaker and educator Derek Phillips co-directed and co-produced an award-winning documentary called “Real Dads–Black Men on Fatherhood,” which included commentary by the late Ossie Davis. Despite the film’s positive reception, Phillips–who has two daughters–and some of the men featured in the film continued to wonder what else they might do to educate the public about the critical role fathers play in their children’s lives. A few years later in 2004, along with Keith Honeywell, a public education administrator, Phillips launched Real Dads™ Network (RDN).

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Start Living Within Your Means

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For many people, money woes stem from lifestyle choices that their salaries cannot support, not a lack of income.

Do you long to feel a sense of financial freedom and wonder when you will ever get enough money to enjoy it? The truth is that if you are living beyond your means, you will never have that feeling, regardless of your salary. For many people, money woes stem from lifestyle choices that their salaries cannot support, not a lack of income. If that describes you, take these steps to start living within your means today. If you stick to it, you will find financial freedom, too.

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Operation PUSH (Rainbow PUSH Coalition)

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The Rainbow PUSH Coalition (RPC) is a multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive, international membership organization fighting for social change.

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A Better Chance, Inc. (ABC)

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Since 1963, A Better Chance has been opening the door to educational opportunities for thousands of young people of color in this nation.  Our mission is to increase substantially the number of well-educated young people of color who are capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society.

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U.S. Encounters Stumbling Blocks in Its Attempts to Rebuild Haiti

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Following the deadly earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010, the U.S. led a massive international effort to rebuild the shattered country. Billions of dollars were committed to help Haiti “build back better” and stop its dependency on foreign aid.  Unfortunately, few people realized the extent of Haiti’s many problems. Now, 2.5 years later, there’s little evidence of the $1.8 billion in aid from the U.S. having made any difference. The priority needs of medicine, bottled water and temporary shelter have been partially met. Meanwhile, projects to help Haiti overcome poverty, like permanent housing and electric plants in Port-au-Prince, have yet to materialize. What went wrong?

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Actor Isaiah Washington is bringing attention to an African tragedy fueled in part by our love of gadgets.

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(The Root) — A poll conducted just before the 2012 presidential election found that issues related to foreign affairs rank among the lowest priorities for Americans. For this reason it is not entirely surprising that media outlets rarely cover international stories, particularly conflicts and tragedies, with the enthusiasm and intensity increasingly reserved for stories about Kate Middleton’s and Kim Kardashian’s pregnancies.

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Prince George’s County was a symbol of African American prosperity. Then came the housing crisis.

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When Joe Parker was a young, newly married public-school administrator who wanted to buy a home in 1974, he didn’t even think about leaving Prince George’s County, Maryland. It was where he and his parents had grown up. But when Parker first tried to bid on a house in a new development in Mitchellville, a small farming community that was sprouting ranch and split-level homes on old plantation lands, the real-estate agent demurred, claiming there were other buyers. In truth, the development had been built to lure white, middle-class families to the county, which sits just east of Washington, D.C. Parker never told the agent that he served on a new county commission to enforce laws forbidding housing discrimination. He just persisted, he says, until he and his wife were able to bid. “My wife kept saying, ‘Why don’t you tell him?’” Parker recalls, but he refused to pull rank. “I said no, because what does the next black man do?”

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Jamaica seeks to reduce food import bill by US$300 million

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KINGSTON, Jamaica, Thursday April 4, 2013 – The Jamaica government says it intends to significantly reduce the island’s food import bill, which stands at a staggering one billion (US) dollars.

Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Roger Clarke said the intention is to reduce the bill to US$700 in the short to medium term.“We have targeted some 8,000 acres of government lands that we intend to put into the hands of farmers and we are committed to putting in the basic infrastructure to help to get those lands into production.

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Dominica TV company puts workers on the breadline.

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ROSEAU, Dominica, Thursday February 28, 2013 – The Waterfront and Allied Workers Union (WAWU) says it will hold talks with the board of directors of the television company, Marpin2K4, on Thursday after it sent redundancy letters to several senior staff on Wednesday.

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