Archive for the ‘Issues’ Category

United Nations survey shows significant progress in Haiti


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Monday January 14, 2013 – A new United Nations-backed national household survey shows substantial progress has been made for children in the education, nutrition, health and sanitation sectors since 2006.

According to the initial results of the Haiti Demographic and Health Survey (DHS), which covered 13,350 households, 77 per cent of children aged 6-11 years attended primary school in 2012, compared to just below 50 per cent in 2005-2006 when the last survey was conducted.

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World Bank funded project to assist Antigua and Barbuda’s unemployed

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Thursday January 3, 2013 – The Antigua and Barbuda government says it is designing a project that offers temporary economic relief to unemployed people in the country.

Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer said that the three year project, which is being established with technical and financial assistance from the World Bank, will benefit at least 1,200 low-income unemployed people between the ages 17 and 50.

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Antigua government prepares for legal showdown in US courts


ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Tuesday March 12, 2013 – The Antigua and Barbuda government says it is preparing to deal with a motion filed by the son of the owner of a company based here who is asking the US courts to reconsider a previous ruling that dismissed a US$750,000 breach of contract lawsuit against the government.

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Guyana. Opposition has no grounds for cutting budget – President Ramotar


Following intense debates in the National Assembly and hints of slashing another budget,  President Donald Ramotar has asserted that any moves by the opposition parties to cut this year’s budget would be without grounds, thus highlighting vindictiveness on their part.
Speaking briefly  to media operatives yesterday,Mr. Ramotar opined that, “As far as the debate is concerned, (Moses) Nagamootoo summed it up that the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) won the debate, but still they want to cut the budget.”
“It seems to be so illogical. If you won the debate you expect that you have convinced them, but they’re still cutting the budget. So obviously they have no grounds and this is now down to vindictiveness.”

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EZjet’s boss applies for bail, after trial postponed to October


EZjet’s owner, Sonny Ramdeo, who is facing fraud charges in Florida, US, has managed to convince the court to postpone his trial for six months.
The new trial date is now October 21.

In the meantime, the embattled executive has now also moved to have the court grant him his pre-trial freedom.

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Carib Cement not backing down from freight fight


Caribbean Cement Company Limited (CCCL) is challenging a Supreme Court ruling in appellate court that it must pay US$330,000 (about J$32.8 million) with interest to marine operator Freight Management Limited (FML) for breach of contract.

Caribbean Cement, at a time when its truckers were restive, turned to Kingston-based FML to transport cement by sea from the Rockfort plant to Montego Bay, but cancelled the arrangement once the trucking dispute was resolved.

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Gully concerns – Dust, flooding worry residents as Fern Gully work drags on


Though construction to aid water flow through Fern Gully, St Ann, is ongoing, residents remain concerned that there are only two months remaining before the start of the 2013 hurricane season.

“I don’t feel safe,” said sculptor, Ralph Cameron, who resides near the entrance to Fern Gully and runs a shop at that location.

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Dr. Boyce Watkins and Russell Simmons Seek to Rebuild Families by Ending the Mass Incarceration Epidemic


Dr. Boyce Watkins and Russell Simmons Seek to Rebuild Families by Ending the Mass Incarceration Epidemic. They have gathered a coalition of supporters from various walks of life to stand together to correct the serious injustices of the prison industrial complex.  Rehabilitation and even punishment are acceptable in themselves, but when a nation builds an entire economy around the unjust incarceration of millions of its citizens, that nation is serving as a tool for its own demise.  Families are destroyed when citizens are given extraordinarily long prison sentences for even the smallest crimes, and the failed War on Drugs has created an entire generation of lost children, who’ve grown up without the support and guidance of two loving parents.

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Venture Capitalists Aren’t Investing In Black Entrepreneurs


By Mike Green, 04/05/11

It’s a simple formula: Investing in high-growth companies creates jobs while generating more wealth for investors. The formula has worked for America’s private venture capital investment community for 65 years.

Unfortunately, no such active community exists in Black America.

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African Football Dreams


By  on July 13th, 2008

Are African Football Dreams in a way similar to African Football Slavery?

FIFA president Sepp Blatter casually uses the term “slavery” in referring to the £ multi-million contract of Cristiano Ronaldo, who in turn “dreams” of leaving the greatest football club in the world to play in Madrid.

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