Muslim Immigrant Joins California Lieutenant Governor Race A Pakistani-born doctor announced Wednesday that he was joining the 2018 race for lieutenant governor on a platform of saving Obamacare, providing free community college education and fighting what he termed "Donald Trump's hate."
"I am a proud Muslim and I love America," Dr. Asif Mahmood said at a news conference in front of the downtown federal building that houses a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement field office.
"President Trump continues to...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 18:11:02 -0400 US Imposes Sanctions on IS Leaders From Southeast Asia U.S. Treasury authorities on Thursday sanctioned two prominent Southeast Asian leaders of Islamic State in charge of recruiting and laundering money from bases in Iraq and Syria.
Muhammad Bahrun Naim Anggih Tamtomo, an Indonesian national, and Muhammad Wanndy Bin Mohamed Jedi, originally from Malaysia, were added to the Specially Designated Global Terrorists list for providing financial and operational support for IS in both countries and funneling money through Southeast Asia to recruit...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:20:06 -0400 White House Quiet on Report Two Trump Officials are Nunes’ Sources The Trump administration has declined to comment on a report that two White House officials reportedly provided the leader of a congressional investigation with intelligence that showed members of the Trump presidential transition team were caught up in incidental foreign surveillance by U.S. spy agencies.
The New York Times newspaper reports the White House "sources" are Ezra Cohen-Watnick, a senior director at the National Security Council, and Michael Ellis, an attorney at...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:05:29 -0400 Tillerson Underscores Importance of Turkey in IS Fight U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hailed Turkey as a trusted ally after meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other leaders Thursday during his visit to Ankara.
Tillerson underlined the importance of Turkey in the battle against Islamic State militants.
But the two NATO allies remain at loggerheads over Washington's support for the Syrian Kurdish PYD and its militia, the YPG, in fighting IS. Ankara accuses the PYD of being a terrorist organization...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:15:00 -0400 Traveling the Natchez Trace The Natchez Trace Parkway is a 700 km drive through exceptional scenery and 10,000 years of North American history.
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:12:00 -0400 Iranians, Engines of US University Research, Wait in Limbo Hundreds of Iranian students already accepted into U.S. graduate programs may not be able to come next fall because of the uncertainty around President Donald Trump's proposed travel ban, potentially derailing research projects and leaving some science programs scrambling to find new students.
With admission season still in full swing, 25 of America's largest research universities have already sent more than 500 acceptance letters to students from the six affected countries,...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:44:53 -0400 Jailed Vietnamese Blogger Honored by US The Vietnamese blogger known as Mẹ Nam, or Mother Mushroom, missed meeting Melania Trump when the first lady awarded the International Women of Courage Award to 13 women in Washington on Wednesday.
Social activist Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh spent the day in a Khanh Hoa Province prison, where she has been held since she was detained on October 10 after posting about people dying in police custody.
Mother Mushroom, who started blogging under that name in 2006, is a founding member of the...
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Adventures in Guatemala (Chapter 5 of 6): Gauntlet of Tortillas Where are we at this point of the story? Is this a story? You could call it that. More so a detailed recollection of my Guatemalan adventures. Hopefully you’re still around. We still have a few more stops to go. I lost my blessing somewhere on the floor of Max’s apartment as I rushed out the door.
2017-03-30 Bahamas-based banks implicated in Brazil bribery scandal NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamas has been named in a bribery scandal sweeping through Brazil’s state-owned oil company Petrobras. Brazilian prosecutors announced onTuesday the arrest of Roberto Goncalves, a former executive engineering manager of Petrobras, according to the...
2017-03-30 Caribbean Fisheries Forum meets in Jamaica this week KINGSTON, Jamaica (CRFM) -- Heads of national fisheries authorities from 17 member states of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) will be meeting with observers and partner agencies in Jamaica near the end of this week, for the 15th meeting of the Caribbean Fisheries Forum.
2017-03-30 ECTEL roadshow continues in Dominica ROSEAU, Dominica -- The Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority’s (ECTEL) legal and regulatory team is in Dominica this week continuing a series of roadshows that are being held in member states to further elaborate on the new suite of legislation that has been developed by ECTEL.
2017-03-30 Ecuador's 2017 choice: Continuity or change! QUITO, Ecuador -- Days ahead of Sunday’s keenly-contested April 2 presidential run-off election in Ecuador, the latest popularity polls – officially the last before the elections -- predicted a win for the ruling party’s left-wing candidate Lenin Moreno. The latest figures (by pollsters Perfiles de Opinion...
2017-03-30 Guyana may be just weeks away from economic crisis, says economist GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Having narrowly missed the economic after-effects of the 2008 Wall Street financial crash (the global financial crisis), and surviving a 2014 potential FOREX slide (since it is on the list of nations that could have suffered collateral damage from...
2017-03-30 Letter: A response to the legal opinion on the Guatemalan claim to Belize Attorney David Fine and editor Evan X Hyde, as a Belizean I commend you for writing this extremely powerful legal opinion on Belizean rights to our country. Also, Mr Hyde for publishing this needed article in his Amandala newspaper to educate our people on this ongoing never ending false claim...
2017-03-30 Letter: Grenada's spiralling health care crisis The World Health Report on Grenada is in need of revision. Grenada is dealing with a pressing need in the health care system; its economic strife has left the healthcare system struggling to cope with a growing devastating health care crisis. Everyone, except the Grenadian government, knows...
2017-03-30 OECS needs a unified approach to development, says economist ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- The biggest impediment to growth of the economies of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is their small size and scale of production, and the lack of a unified regional approach to development. That’s the view of Dr Vanus James, economist...
2017-03-30 West Indies, Afghanistan to meet in T20Is, ODIs in June ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The West Indies Cricket Board has announced that Afghanistan will play three Twenty20 and three One-day Internationals on their tour of the Caribbean in May/June this year. It will be the first time that the Afghans will be playing West Indies in a series on Caribbean soil.
2017-03-30 'Solid case' exists in bribery scandal against Panama Papers law firm PANAMA CITY, Panama (ICIJ) -- Mossack Fonseca, the law firm at the heart of the Panama Papers affair, sold shell companies and held bank accounts that were used to help conceal bribes paid across South America, a Panamanian prosecutor alleged at a press conference last Thursday.
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:18:32 +0000 CDB provides funds for poverty reduction in 8 Caribbean countries The Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) says it is providing US$40 million in funding for poverty reduction in eight Caribbean through the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF). It said the resources will support improved access to quality education; water and sanitation; basic community access and drainage; livelihoods enhancement and human resource development services in low-income … Continue reading →
Wed, 08 Mar 2017 21:58:37 +0000 Global conference renews call to reduce greenhouse gas The fifth Regional Platform for disaster risk reduction in the Americas began in Canada today with the United Nations (UN) reiterating a call for the reduction of greenhouse gases that it has labelled “the single most urgent global disaster risk treatment”. Head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Robert Glasser told a … Continue reading →
Wed, 08 Mar 2017 15:45:58 +0000 Cuba Seeks To Revitalize Association Of Caribbean States Cuba is seeking to revitalize Association of Caribbean States (ACS) as ACS’ First Cooperation Conference to be held today, March 8, Cuba’s foreign ministry announced on Tuesday. At a press conference, Carlos Zamora, director of Latin America and the Caribbean of the Cuban Foreign Ministry, said this meeting seeks to evaluate the state of implementation … Continue reading →
Wed, 08 Mar 2017 14:30:21 +0000 Building climate resilience is integral to continued prosperity in the Caribbean The escalating cost of climate change to the Caribbean region makes a compelling argument for taking early action for adapting to climate change. An analysis of ten years of climate change research in the Caribbean found that sectors that are vital to regional economic and social development, including agriculture and tourism, are especially vulnerable to … Continue reading →
Tue, 07 Mar 2017 21:29:07 +0000 CARICOM prepares positions on imminent UN oceans agreement Senior environment officials from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) met recently in Belize as CARICOM rationalises its position on the United Nations (UN) process to establish an international legally binding agreement on sustainable use of marine resources. The two-day workshop held 20-22 February 2017, in Belize City, Belize, was titled, ‘CARICOM Regional Workshop on the Conservation … Continue reading →
Fri, 03 Mar 2017 15:38:56 +0000 Preparing the country’s readiness and resilience in a time of climate change Our country is surrounded by the deep blue Atlantic Ocean on one side the Caribbean Sea on the other. Small Island Developing States (SIDS) such as ours are particularly vulnerable to natural disasters. Global climate change is expected to increase natural disasters, such as hurricanes, floods and drought. In addition, to climate change, population growth … Continue reading →
Tue, 28 Feb 2017 21:20:52 +0000 UTech launches graduate degree in sustainable energy and climate change The University of Technology (UTECH), Jamaica through its Caribbean Sustainable Energy and Innovation Institute (CSEII) and the Faculty of The Built Environment (FOBE) will on Thursday launch the multidisciplinary Master of Science Degree in Sustainable Energy and Climate Change. The degree was developed in collaboration with technical assistance from partner the German Society for International … Continue reading →
CACCI celebrates Caribbean Heritage Month in Brooklyn, 2012. Above, at Medger Evers College, below, at Brooklyn Borough Hall.
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