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n a direct response to alarming stories of several individuals on the synthetic marijuana, or K2, drug is flooding emergency rooms and police departments, acting violent, delusional, anxious and combative several, Bronx elected officials are protesting against the widespread use of the drug in their respective communities.

New York City Council Member Andy King recently led a community march against the wide spread use of the syn-

thetic marijuana or K2 in Bronx.

New York City Council Member Andy King who led a community march recently that began and ended at the corner of East 216th Street and White Plains Road in 12th Council District said “the route encompassed much of the so-called “Zombieland” created by a presence of K2 in that area.” The marchers made stops in front of delis known for selling the K2 drug. He was joined by State Sen. Jamaal Bailey, State Assembly Member Victor Pichardo, Bronx Deputy Borough President Marricka Scott-McFadden as well as members of National Action Network, Bronx Chapter; Community Board 12, Williamsbridge NAACP, local school principals, clergy, parents, and youth. Continued on page 5


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A way to make paying your rent work for you! R ecently the NYC Comptroller, Scott M. Stringer visited the North East Bronx at a Town Hall meeting. The meeting was full as many Bronx residents came out to learn about the new changes that will occur in the Bronx; one of which is the “Making rent count pilot program initiative.” According to the NYC Comptroller, “One of the economic threats to our city is credit and the lack of access to it.” As Americans, we know that a credit score reveals a person’s financial power. It helps a person to get the things that he or she needs such as a loan or a credit card with the promise that they will pay later. Therefore, working towards increasing or maintaining a good credit score will get you the things that you need when you need it. In a nutshell, a good credit score is equivalent to having a good life. However, according to Scott M. Stringer, “one in five New Yorkers have no credit score at all and in communities with

By Solemn_Vow low credit scores. Seventy-eight percent of residents rent their homes, more than ninety percent of residents are black or Hispanic, and one in ten residents live in the New York City Housing projects.”

Therefore, to combat this disparity, Scott Stringer, and the Banana Kelly, Community Improvement Association launched a pilot program to help New Yorkers boost their credit scores by paying their rent. New York City renters will be able to apply their monthly rent payments toward their credit scores. This pilot program will be launched first in the South Bronx where six hundred tenants across twenty-seven buildings will now be able to add their rent payments to their credit histories. This will be similar to what homeowners do for their mortgage payments. Consequently, this will benefit those who usually pay their rent on time to boost their credit score. This will also help to encourage those who are delinquents in paying their rent, to start doing so now and on time to increase their credit score and in the same breath to improve their quality of life.

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ou should know that the City of New York has become the first city in the nation that has regulated Uber. It is also very important for you to know that even those responsible for Uber being the cause of drivers taking their lives, and the devastation of the Yellow Taxi industry, now are taking and claiming credit for what The For Hire Vehicle Committee has accomplished. The For Hire Vehicle Committee was created by Council Speaker Corey Johnson under a negotiation with Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., and the Bronx Democratic County Chairman, Assemblyman Marcos Crespo. After becoming aware of my efforts to solve the problems of The For Hire Vehicle drivers, and my serious commitment and concern for this industry, Assemblyman Crespo was very influential in convincing the Speaker, Corey Johnson to appoint me as the Chair of this newly created Committee. This Committee is geared toward exploring the issues that negatively impact the drivers of the taxi industry, especially the livery drivers under the Transportation Committee which was led by Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez. Councilmember Rodriguez and some of the same councilmembers that are now claiming credit were responsible, in 2016, for approving legislation to increase penalties up to $10,000.00 for those drivers picking up passengers in the street in order to give Uber and others the opportunity to be the ones allowed to do street hails. By taking away the Taxi Section from the Transportation Committee, and creating the newly independent Committee, Speaker Johnson gave me the authority and the opportunity to hold public hearings and to question, even The Taxi and Limousine Commissioner, about the abuses done to livery drivers and allowing Uber to devastate the Yellow Taxi industry. There were some central council staff and some councilmembers working to put an end to my efforts as The Committee Chairman,

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW By Councilman Rubén Díaz Sr. District 18 Bronx County, New York with the hopes of impeding some of my initial legislation. In their efforts, sometimes we were confronted by some individuals that even ignored the Speakers instructions. Today this legislation has passed, and I have to recognize the efforts of the Committee Counsel Mr. Christopher Lynn, who on many occasions had to become a thorn on the side of many. This was to ensure that what had to be done was done correctly.



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The support, that the For Hire Vehicles Committee, received from our Council Speaker Corey Johnson, and his chief of Staff, Mr. Jason Goldman was vital allowing us to move forward in accomplishing our goals on behalf of the Taxi industry. Their support was honest, sincere and greatly appreciated. The City Council’s Central staff, Ms. Malak Masderdean and Mr. Louis CholeaBrown, Mr. Hector Figueroa President of 32BJ, The Metropolitan Taxi Cab Board of Trade, Ms. Bhairavi Desai from The NY Taxi Workers Alliance and Mr. Richard Lipsky and the Drivers with the Yellow Cowboy Hats, Councilmembers Brad Lander and Steven Levin were all extremely helpful in our endeavors. Continued on page 4

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NEWS Congressman Collins Indicted on insider trading Charges NEW YORK: epublican U.S. Rep. Christopher Collins of New York was arrested Wednesday on charges he fed inside information that he gleaned from sitting on the board of a biotechnology company to his son, helping others dodge hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses when bad news came out. The charges were announced against Collins, a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump who is up for re-election in November.


Interns at city government: (l-r) Jaydah Glasgow, Keishaun George, Zene Willughby, Councilman Williams, Jahlil Rush, Hongxiang Zhao, and Olu Oladitan in the balcony of Council Chambers.

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An indictment unsealed in federal court in Manhattan charges Collins, the congressman’s son and the father of the son’s fiance with conspiracy, wire fraud and other counts. Prosecutors say the charges relate to a scheme to gain insider information about Innate Immunotherapeutics Limited, a biotechnology company headquartered in Sydney, Australia, with offices in Auckland, New Zealand. According to the indictment, the defendants tried to get early word on the results of trials of a drug the company developed to treat multiple sclerosis. The 68-year-old Collins, a conservative who was first elected in 2014 to represent parts of western New York between Buffalo and Rochester, has denied any wrongdoing. When the House Ethics Committee began investigating the stock trades a year ago, his spokeswoman called it a “partisan witch hunt.”

Not for sale, not for rent, and not for hire Continued on page 4 By the way, it was Christopher Lynn who was the most instrumental in writing and helping others write their Legislations. Finally, it was I who confronted everyone. Some confrontations were contentious especially the ones I had with the Commissioner of the TLC in order for everyone to understand that this committee meant business. Also, these confrontations were intended to send a message to those who were not paying attention to the Committee in the beginning. There were some reporters that tried to make news by twisting everything, and questioning my integrity and honesty, implying

ecently, the summer intern class at Council Member Jumaane D. Williams' office had the opportunity to see New York City government operating up close, on a trip to City Hall for the Council's Stated Meeting. During Stated meetings, large amounts of legislation are put before the full body for deliberation and a vote. The intern class took the opportunity to watch the proceedings from the balcony of Council Chambers as a number of important bills were discussed and voted upon. These included a proposed street co-naming by Council Member Williams, creating Jean-Jacques Dessalines Boulevard in Flatbush. The measure passed overwhelmingly. The summer class of 2018 interns comes from all different backgrounds and schools, including many from the 45th District. They work in various departments, including legislative, community outreach and constituent affairs. The group visiting on Wednesday operates primarily out of the district office in East Flatbush. Council Member Williams has made it a priority to open up internship opportunities at his district and legislative offices, providing summer employment for youth throughout the city. It is his hope that other local businesses

that this legislation was motivated by political contributions. This not true! And this is not right. You should know that my only intention was to bring equality and justice to the taxi industry, that for many years had been used, abused, and ignored by everyone including the NYC Administrations. The press and some of my colleagues have refused to give me any credit or acknowledge that it was the efforts of my Committee for this historic moment in NYC. However, everyone, Uber and company know that no matter how much money, lies and scare tactics, there is now, a For Hire Vehicles Committee, in the NYC Council with a Chairman that are not for sale, not for rent, and not for hire. I am Councilman Ruben Diaz and this what you should know.

will follow his example in providing youth the space for much-needed growth. "It's exciting to see young people who are so interested in engaging with city government," said Council Member Jumaane D. Williams. "A summer job helps develop essential skills for students, and it's always been a priority for me to create opportunities in my of-

fice for that growth. I want to thank them for all of their hard work." Applications are currently being accepted for the fall internship program for District 45. Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and resume to Council Member Williams' Chief of Staff, Rance Huff at

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Man pleads guilty to robbery charges WESTCHESTER: ykeem Hines, 22 of the Bronx pleaded guilty last Thursday to Robbery in the Second Degree, a class C violent felony, following a January home robbery in Mount Vernon. Westchester County Court Judge Barry Warhit accepted the plea.


Tykeem Hines On Jan. 14, 2018, Hines committed a gunpoint robbery in an apartment on South 13th Avenue in Mount Vernon. He negotiated to sell a Moncler brand jacket to the victim over social media. Instead, when he met the victim for the sale, he brandished a gun inside the victim’s apartment and demanded money. At the time of the robbery, three adults and a 6-year-old child were present in the apartment. Hines threatened to shoot the victims and stole money and a bracelet before fleeing from the apartment. He ran from the scene and threw his unloaded gun to the ground, which was recovered by Mount Vernon Police. He was arrested Feb. 27, 2018, when he appeared in Bronx Criminal Court for a pending gun charge. Hines is expected to be sentenced Sept. 27, 2018. In accordance with his plea agreement, he will receive a sentence of six years in state prison.

Bronx Councilman Andy King addressing protesters including State Sen. Jamaal Bailey, State Assembly Member Victor Pichardo, Bronx Deputy Borough President Marricka Scott-McFadden as well as members of National Action Network, Bronx Chapter; Community Board 12, Williamsbridge NAACP, local school principals, clergy, parents, and youth during a street march against the widespread use of the K2 drug in several Bronx communities.

Councilman Leads Anti-K2 Campaign Continued from page 1 “We want to shut down any stores and anybody selling the K2 drug. We are standing here today united, with the support of the governor, the mayor, the NYPD and the entire community,” said Council Member King. Drawing attention to the dangers of K2, Council Member King announced that he would be introducing a piece of legislation in the City Council that will fine businesses that sell K2 or landlords of companies that sell K2.

“The bill proposes $100,000 fines to a business or landlord whose storefront is found to have been selling K2 drugs,” said Council Member King. “Landlords, I say to you that it’s time you pay attention to who you rent your storefronts to from now on.”

Synthetic marijuana is a designer drug made from lab-synthesized chemicals to mimic the effect of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) the psychoactive ingredient in naturally marijuana (cannabis).

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atrick B. Jenkins & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in strategic solutions for businesses and campaigns, government relations and community relations, announced that Bharati S. Kemraj, has joined the firm as a Senior Associate. She joins after serving in the Community Boards Unit for Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. Kemraj has over a decade of experience working in media, non-profit, public and government settings. “I am excited to welcome her to the team. My staff and I look forward to working with Ms. Kemraj and we know that her diverse background will be valuable to our firm,” ” said Patrick B. Jenkins, President of Patrick B. Jenkins & Associates. “Bharati S. Kemraj was an asset to my office and our loss is undoubtedly the gain

of the team at Patrick B. Jenkins & Associates. Ms. Kemraj combines a knack for public service and communications with a true love of community engagement, and I wish her the best in her new endeavor,” said Borough President Diaz Jr. “I had the pleasure of meeting Patrick over nine years ago and I look forward to working with him in this new capacity,” said Kemraj. “I am thankful for the years of working with Borough President Diaz, from being in the Communications and Media Department to the Community Boards Unit, representing him and serving over 1.4 million people of The Bronx.” Kemraj has spent over twelve years working in public service with notable involvement in community engagements.

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kills 1,400 in Puerto Rico By Caribbean News Now contributor SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — he government of Puerto Rico has now estimated in a report to Congress that Hurricane Maria killed more than 1,400 people, though the official death toll remains at 64. The island’s government, citing updated statistics it first reported in June, said in its latest report to Congress in connection with a $139 billion reconstruction plan that there were 1,427 more deaths from September to December 2017 than the average for the same time period over the previous four years. The territory’s government said that the additional deaths resulted from the effects of a storm that led to a “cascading failures” in infrastructure across the island of 3.3 million people. The administration of Governor Ricardo Rossello stopped updating its official death toll months ago and ordered an investigation amid reports that the number was substantially undercounted. Public Safety Department Secretary Hector Pesquera said the new total will reflect the findings of the investigation, which is expected in the coming weeks.



Grenada PM to launch inquiry into citizenship by investment program By Caribbean News Now contributor ST GEORGE’S, Grenada: ew chairman of the St Kitts-based Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) Monetary Council, prime minister of Grenada, Dr Keith Mitchell, has announced he will be launching an inquiry into whether the region’s citizenship by investment programmes (CIPs) are making it mandatory for their applicants to go through regional security due diligence, as they have committed to doing. “There are reports circulating of some citizenship by investment applicants receiving passports without the regional body getting the data about the applicant and not conducting the relevant due diligence,” Mitchell told reporters during his weekly post-cabinet briefing on Monday, according to Now Grenada. “Despite the fact that some are saying this doesn’t happen in their jurisdiction, the fact is that rumours are out there, and I told my colleagues that we have to deal with this. If it’s not true, then we have to confront it. We cannot just say it’s not true because the rumours are circulating, so they have mandated me to get the facts and to examine the issue,” he continued. Applicants to the Caribbean’s various CIPs are supposed to get the green light from regional vetting bodies like CARICOM’s Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) and the Joint Regional Communication Centre agency.


By NAN Contributor News Americas, Brooklyn: ead of the West Indian American Day Carnival Association, (WIADCA), of New York, William R. (Bill) Howard, passed away Sunday at his home in Brooklyn, weeks before this year’s annual carnival celebration.

H Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator Program launched: Jamaican Prime Minister, Andrew Holness (second right), greets Founder of the Virgin Group, Richard Branson, at the launch of the Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator Programme, at the University of the West Indies Mona Campus on August 9. Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, Hilary Beckles (right) and sprint legend Usain Bolt also attended the launch which has the objective of making the region the world’s first climate-smart zone. Some 26 Countries and more than 40 private- and public-sector partners have joined the accelerator, which will transform the region’s economy by fast-tracking sound public and private investment opportunities that support climate solutions for resilience, social development and broad-based growth for the Caribbean.

Dominican Republic top the list for overstaying on their US visas By NAN Staff Writer News Americas, New York, NY: ome 45,303 Caribbean nations entered the U.S. on a business or visitor’s B1/B2 visa in fiscal year 2017 but never left, a News Americas analysis has found. The NAN analysis of latest Department of Homeland Security data for last Fiscal Year, shows the majority of Caribbean overstays from the last Fiscal Year were by nationals from the Dominican Republic. The US recently released its ‘Fiscal Year 2017 Entry/Exit Overstay Report,’ which identifies all overstays, including of foreign-born students, from across the world, shows 11, 349 DR nationals overstayed their visas in FY 2017 alone. The second largest number of Caribbean overstays from FY 2017 were Haitians, who tallied at 10,558 according to the DHS data. Jamaicans took the third spot with 9,553 overstaying in FY 2017. The Bahamas and Barbados rounded out the top 5 with 3,760 and 2,677 overstays in FY 2017, respectively.


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The DHS defines an overstay as “a nonimmigrant who was lawfully admitted to the United States for an authorized period but remained in the United States beyond his or her authorized period of admission.” Meanwhile, 711 Jamaican students, who entered on F, M or J visas as non-immigrant students or exchange visitors, also overstayed their visas after the period was complete in FY 2017, the highest for any Caribbean nation. They were followed by 306 Haitian and 296 Dominican Republic nationals.

Jamaica issues cultivating licence to grow medical cannabis KINGSTON, Jamaica: lobal Canna Labs Limited (GCL) has now formally received its Tier 3 cultivation licence from the Jamaican Cannabis Licensing Agency, which allows the company to cultivate organic medical cannabis at its 270,000 square feet facility within its 6.23 acres site in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The company was founded in 2015 and engages in cultivating, manufacturing, import, export, distributing, and sell cannabis for medical and recreational purposes in Jamaica.


Pursuant to its licence, GCL has commenced planting 8,000 seedlings for its first cycle. The first harvest is anticipated in Q4 2018. GCL has also started the expansion of its current growing facility in Montego Bay. GCL is committed to achieving its GGAP (Global Good Agricultural Procedures), GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) and GMP EU (Good Manufacturing Practices – European Union) certifications in months to come. GCL is also working towards the acquisition of an additional 300 acres of land in Jamaica.

A press statement from the organization said Howard, 75, was found dead in his Brooklyn home by his son William E. Howard, Jr. shortly after 5 a.m. Sunday. A coroner’s report has apparently indicated he died of natural causes. “We are all devastated,” Howard’s family was quoted as saying. “We loved Bill dearly and will miss him terribly. We would ask that our privacy is respected as we grieve during this very difficult time.” Howard grew up in Fredericksburg, Virginia before moving to New York. At 23, he became campaign finance manager of then New York State Legislator Shirley Chisholm, a Caribbean-American lawmaker who would go on to become a congressional representative and later a candidate for President. Howard went on to a celebrated career in business and government, including a stint as a deputy trustee in the U.S. Justice Department. He worked in a decades-long job as vice president for finance with the Equitable Life Assurance Society, where he was involved with making multi-milliondollar loans to various municipalities, corporations and individuals. Later, he also served on the Board of Brooklyn’s Jewish Hospital, which then became the Interfaith Hospital Cente, where he chaired the finance committee and once was president of the nursing school. In addition, he was a City University of New York board member from 1983 to 1995. Howard also served as First Vice President of the Shirley Chisholm Cultural Institute for Children and also participated in the former President Barak Obama’s Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony in tribute to Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm in Washington, DC.



LEGAL AFFAIRS LEGAL NEWS Cooperator Tells Jury He Paid Off Ex-Union Boss As A Favor A real estate developer-turned-government-cooperator told a Manhattan jury Tuesday that he carried a $60,000 cash bribe to former union president Norman Seabrook on behalf of hedge fund owner Murray Huberfeld because he thought both men were "powerful" and he wanted them each to owe him a favor.

Silver Again Seeks Bail During Appeal Of 2nd Conviction Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on Monday again sought a reprieve from prison while he appeals his second conviction on corruption charges, claiming the trial court wrongly told jurors that no quid pro quo deal needed to be proven to find the formerly powerful Empire State politician guilty of bribery.

Real Estate Rumors: Mack, Midtown Capital, Riviera Resort Mack Real Estate Credit Strategies has reportedly loaned $125 million for a Brooklyn residential and retail project, Midtown Capital is said to have bought a Florida office property for $14.75 million, and Riviera Resort Club Developers is said to have sold a shuttered Florida hotel for $17.27 million.

FIFA Seeks Restitution From Former Execs In Bribery Probe FIFA on Monday asked a New York federal judge to hold a pair of South American soccer presidents responsible for some of more than $28.1 million in legal fees the organization claimed to have racked up during the investigation and trial that ended in their racketeering convictions last year.

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California jury on Friday found Monsanto liable in a lawsuit filed by a man who alleged the company’s glyphosatebased weed-killers, including Roundup, caused his cancer and ordered the company to pay $289 million in damages. The case of school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson was the first lawsuit to go to trial alleging glyphosate causes cancer. Monsanto, a unit of Bayer AG following a $62.5 billion acquisition by the German conglomerate, faces more than 5,000 similar lawsuits across the United States. The jury at San Francisco’s Superior Court of California deliberated for three days before finding that Monsanto had failed to warn Johnson and other consumers of the cancer risks posed by its weed killers. It awarded $39 million in compensatory and $250 million in punitive damages. Monsanto in a statement said it would appeal the verdict. “Today’s decision does not change the fact that more than 800 scientific studies and the fact that glyphosate does not cause cancer, and did not cause Mr. Johnson’s cancer,” the company said. Monsanto denies that glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide, causes cancer and says decades of scientific studies have shown the chemical to be safe for human use. Johnson’s case, filed in 2016, was fasttracked for trial due to the severity of his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph system that he alleges was caused by

Groundskeeper, Dewayne Johnson to receive $289 million in damages. Roundup and Ranger Pro, another Monsanto Over the course of the four-week trial, glyphosate herbicide. Johnson’s doctors said jurors heard testimony by statisticians, doche is unlikely to live past 2020. tors, public health researchers and epidemiA former pest control manager for a ologists who disagreed on whether California county school system, Johnson, glyphosate can cause cancer. 46, applied the weed killer up to 30 times per The U.S. Environmental Protection year. Agency in September 2017 concluded a Brent Wisner, a lawyer for Johnson, in decades-long assessment of glyphosate risks a statement said jurors for the first time had and found the chemical not likely carcinoseen internal company documents “proving genic to humans. But the World Health Orthat Monsanto has known for decades that ganization’s cancer arm in 2015 classified glyphosate and specifically Roundup could glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to hucause cancer.” He called on Monsanto to mans.” “put consumer safety first over profits.”

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Celebrity chef Rachael Ray falsely claims that her heavily advertised dog food is “natural” because tests show it contains an herbicide used to kill weeds, according to a misleading-food-labeling suit filed recently in New York federal court.

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he 18th staging of the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in 2020 will be held from July 7 to 12 in Nirobi, Kenya. The governing body of athletics made this announcement on Thursday and they have awarded Nairobi to host this event after staging the World Under18 Championship last year, which saw over 60,000 spectators in the stands every day during the event. President of the IAAF Sebastian Coe says he hopes this event will continue to enhance the development of the Sport on the African continent. Jamaica won 4 gold, 5 silver and 3 bronze medals at the 2018 edition of the World Under-20 Championships in Tampere, Finland. This performance placed them second in the medal table behind Kenya.

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Kingston, Jamaica WI: amaica's national Under 23 football team will face St Vincent and the Grenadines in two friendly internationals later this month in preparation for the 2020 Olympic Games qualifiers later this year. The matches will be played on August 24 and 26 at Arnos Vale in Kingstown, St. Vincent. The squad will be guided by head coach Donovan Duckie with Merron Gordon as his assistant. The full squad for these two games reads: Deshane Beckford, Javain Brown, Jamoi Topey, Daniel Green, Alex Marshall, Kaheem Parris, Tevin Shaw, Ajani Talbott, Ricardo Thomas, Peter Lee Vassell, Jeadine White, Eric Edwards, Chavaney Willis, Ricardo Dennis, Venton Evans, Ray Campbell, Clifton Woodbine and Shandel Senior.

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Bolt to train indefinitely with Australian football club


amaican sprint legend Usain Bolt will join Central Coast Mariners for an "indefinite training period", the Australian Club announced on Tuesday. The Jamaican, an eight-time Olympic champion and the 100m and 200m world record holder, will not be guaranteed a professional contract at the club. Bolt, who retired from athletics in 2017, will link up with the A-league side

for the first time on August 18. Shaun Mielekamp, Chief Executive Officer at the Central Coast Mariners, said Bolt would be welcomed "with open arms", but that the club remain "grounded and focused on the job in hand". 31 year old Bolt has already trained with Borussia Dortmund, South African club Sundowns and Norway's Stromsgodset.

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Russell assault powers Tallawahs to stunning win: Andre Russell bludgeoned 13 sixes and 6 fours in his 49-ball innings. Russell's power-packed performance (121* off just 49 balls, a hat-trick and a stunning catch) in Jamaica Tallawahs' game against defending champions, Trinbago Knight Riders, in Trinidad, on Saturday (August 10). When Russell arrived at the crease, Tallawahs were struggling at 41 for 5, chasing a massive target of 224. At that juncture, even the last whiff of hope seemed to be fast evaporating from Tallawahs' camp. But the all-rounder lifted the air of gloom surrounding the visiting side with a stunning assault and powered Tallawahs to a believe-it-or-not come-from-behind four-wicket win. On the other side, the vanquished Knight Riders' players looked shattered and dazed by the sheer onslaught of the Jamaican all-rounder.


Boyz set Sept 7 Ecuador friendly date ROSE HALL, St James: amaica's second tiered players and members of the Under-23 team could get a taste of international football after the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) yesterday announced a friendly international against South American nation Ecuador to be played at Red Bulls Stadium on September 7. With Jamaica set to start their CONCACAF Nations League two days later against the Cayman Islands on September 9 at the National Stadium, JFF President Michael Ricketts said in a briefing held at the Hilton Rose Hall yesterday, they will draw from their large pool of players to make up the squad for both games. Asked by the Jamaica Observer whether players would be employed in both games, Ricketts said that while that was a question for Head Coach Theodore Whitmore, it was unlikely. “We have a large squad and we will be able to manoeuvre in an effective way so that we have two different squads playing both games,” Ricketts said. “We will be bringing in some overseas-based players, some from England and also from the MLS, but the core of the teams will be made up of home-based players.” The JFF president admitted it was a curious situation where Jamaica will be playing a tougher team in a friendly two days before a full international against a weaker team. but the latter game would carry more importance. - Courtesy of Jamaica Observer





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apper Nicki Minaj released her fourth studio album, Queen, on Friday. She made the announcement during her debut episode of Queen Radio on Beats 1.

Queen includes previously released singles Chun-Li, and the Ariana Grande-assisted Bed. The album features several collaborations with artistes including Lil Wayne, Eminem, The Weeknd, Future and Foxy Brown.

Samantha J recovering from fall in Belize Jamaican-born singer Samantha J is recuperating from injuries she received after falling down a flight of stairs last Friday night at a hotel off the mainland of Belize. The injuries include broken teeth and jaw, a fractured hand and swelling to her lower back.

In an interview with The Star newspaper, she explained that in addition to the surgery she has to do on her jaw, her arm has to be placed in a temporary cast. Samantha J was in Belize to perform at events during Belize's biggest cultural celebration, the Costa Maya Festival.

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Gives school supplies to community MOUNT VERNON: or many children living in the City of Mount Vernon, school was not yet on their mind but they came out in their numbers to support the New York Ex-Police Association Inc. of the Bronx ‘Back to School Giveaway.’


Carol Harvey, First Mother of Jamaica, hosted the experience of a fun filled family day. The students received back backpack with supplies that will aid them, as they get ready for school in September. It is always good to give back to the community, “the benefits are obvious as it is a noble way to encourage hope,” Dr. Popeye C.G. Whittingham president New York Ex-Police Association Inc. of the Bronx noted. Dr. Whittingham, who developed and coordinated the project, said club members had diligently worked on Saturday July 28, 2018 along with sponsors to have the school supplies ready for the children of the community. Sponsors, he added, made it all possible with their donations.

These included Street Hype Newspaper; Dr. Popeye C.G. Whittingham; Lammy’s Restaurant; Dumpling Cove; Jamaica Ex-Police Club (Bronx Chapter); Inn at the Border, DGC Capital Construction; BJS Renovation; H&S Air Condition (Homer) and Jamex Sports Bar. The participation of the community was well received and it was great to see Ms. Harvey with her grandchildren along with the City of Mount Vernon Police Commissioner Shawn D Harris; Neddy, partner at Inn at the Border and Mayor Richard Thomas. The members of the New York Ex-Police Association Inc. of the Bronx felt satisfied that the service club was fulfilling its mandate and hopes that they will continue to give back to the children for a long time.

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he Colony of Jamaica gained independence from the United Kingdom on 6 August 1962. In Jamaica, this date is celebrated as Independence Day, a national holiday. The Caribbean island now known as Jamaica was first settled by the Arawak and Taíno peoples, who originated in neighboring South America. Genoan explorer Christopher Columbus discovered Jamaica in 1494 during his second voyage to the New World, and claimed it for Crown of Castile. At this time, over two hundred villages existed in Jamaica, largely located on the south coast and ruled by caciques, or "chiefs of villages". The Spanish Empire began its official rule in Jamaica in 1509. After 146 years of Spanish rule, a large group of British sailors and soldiers landed in the Kingston Harbor on 10 May 1655, during the Anglo-Spanish War. The English, who had set their sights on Jamaica after a disastrous defeat in an earlier attempt to take the island of Hispaniola, marched toward Villa de la Vega, the administrative center of the island. Spanish forces surrendered without much fight on 11 May, many of them fleeing to Spanish Cuba or the northern portion of the island. British colonial jurisdiction over the island was quickly established, with the newly renamed Spanish Town named the capital and home of the local House of Assembly, Jamaica's directly elected legislature. Slavery was abolished in the British Empire by the Slavery Abolition Act in 1834. Following a period of intense debate, the native and African populace of Jamaica were granted the right to vote; as the 19th century continued the government allowed some of them to hold public office. Despite these accomplishments, the white members of Jamaican colonial society continued to hold the real power.

Jamaican Independence Church Service set for August 5


n celebration of Jamaica’s 56th Anniversary of Independence, the Consulate General of Jamaica – New York will be hosting its annual an Independence Church Service and Flagraising Ceremony on August 5, 2018.

Norman Manley and Alexander Bustamantee - Jamaica’s Founding Fathers During the first half of the 20th century the most notable Black leader was Marcus Garvey, a labor leader and advocate of Black Nationalism. Marcus Garvey is regarded as a national hero in present-day Jamaica. As World War II came to a close, a sweeping movement of decolonization overtook the world. British Government and local politicians began a long transition of Jamaica from a crown colony into an independent state. The political scene was dominated by PNP and JLP, with the houses of legislature switching hands between the two throughout the 1950s.

After Norman Manley was elected Chief Minister in 1955, he sped up the process of decolonization via several constitutional amendments. These amendments allowed for greater self-government and established a cabinet of ministers under a Prime Minister of Jamaica. On 19 July 1962, the Parliament of the United Kingdom passed the Jamaica Independence Act, granting independence as of 6 August with The Queen as Head of State. On that day, the Union Jack was ceremonially lowered and replaced by the Jamaican flag throughout the country. Princess Margaret opened the first session of the Parliament of Jamaica on behalf of The Queen.

The ceremony will be held at the Catholic Church of St. Frances of Rome located at 761 East 236th Street, Bronx, NY 10466. The Flag-raising ceremony will begin at 3:00 pm to be followed by the Church Service at 4:00 p.m. Under the theme, “Jamaica 56, Gratitude, Love, and Unity,” Consul General Deans noted that as is customary, the Jamaican community in the Tri-State area and greater New York will come together in worship and fellowship as they seek God’s continuous guidance and prosperity for the people of Jamaica. “Despite challenges over the years, the people of Jamaica have achieved significant successes in both economic and social gains for which as a Christian nation we are very thankful to our God and savior Jesus Christ. We could not achieve much without a demonstration of genuine love, unity, and respect for each other as suggested in the Holy Bible,” Consul General Deans emphasized.




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ifty-six years of democratic nationhood for any country, particularly for a small developing country like ours, is a major accomplishment! Jamaica has such a colorful history, making the transition from centuries of colonial rule to decades of independent rule. We celebrate this distinguished tradition of social and political stability and democratic rule, marked by free elections and seamless transition of government. We should never take this accomplishment for granted. Our impact internationally also belies our small size. Jamaica is well known for the role it played in shaping the global human rights architecture as far back as the 1960s, even before gaining independence. As host of the headquarters of the International Seabed Authority in Kingston, our outstanding role in shaping global governance of the oceans is clearly recorded. In addition, we have earned the moniker, “sprint capital of the world�, which is attributed to the strong athletic prowess of our skillful athletes. We continue to tantalise the tastebuds of many with our renowned jerk, the iconic Jamaican patty, the inimitable blue mountain coffee and several other gastronomic delights, which characterise our exquisite cuisine. Our reggae music, immortalised by several of our talented artistes and musicians contributes not only to the music industry but also to global culture.

BY AUDREY MARKS Ambassador of Jamaica to the USA ——————————————— Reggae Music’s best known ambassador, the late great, Bob Marley, is recognised in every corner of the globe as a cultural icon who, while advocating for social justice, also promoted unity. The celebration of the 56th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence with Marley’s song “One Loveâ€? designated “Song of the Millenniumâ€? by BBC in 1999, as part of our theme is indeed quite fitting. “One love‌. One familyâ€? serves as a rallying call for Jamaicans, both at home and abroad, to unite to achieve our national development goals.

As you are well aware, the Government of Jamaica has made economic growth and job creation as well as the reduction of crime and violence its top priorities, as we seek to position our country to achieve its fullest potential. Already, we are seeing some encouraging results of this approach: we have achieved macroeconomic stability and low inflation; unemployment has fallen to 9.6%, the lowest recorded since October 2007; and there has been modest growth in the economy, driven by an increase in exports in goods and services. Let me take this opportunity to express my heartfelt appreciation to the members of the Jamaican Diaspora in the United States who continue to give sacrificially, volunteering their time, energy and resources towards the well-being of the wider Jamaican family, both those at home and abroad. I continue to be inspired by the fact that the years and distance that separate us have not in any way diminished your love, affinity and strong ties to our beloved homeland. Jamaicans in the Diaspora have, over the years, touched our hearts with their remarkable spirit of generosity while flying the ‘black, green and gold’ with pride in their adopted countries. Your support, whether in the form of books and other resources to our children, the establishment and refurbishing of basic schools, the regular visits of medical missions to rural com-


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munities, or establishing businesses, contributes to our nation’s development, as we continue to work towards achieving Vision 2030 Jamaica National Development Plan. As we celebrate the 56th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence, it is my sincere hope that we will become even more united as â€œâ€Ś.one familyâ€? in our joint effort to tackle the challenges we face, in order to make “Jamaica the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do businessâ€?. As we “give thanks and praise to the Lord‌â€?, “let’s get together and feel alrightâ€?. Happy “Emanci-pendenceâ€? 2018. One love!

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An expression of our gratitude to God! W

e set foot on the path of nationhood August 6, 1962 and sang a new anthem, Jamaica Land We Love. The lyrics came from the pen of Reverend Hugh Sherlock, a man of God who led a ministry to the poor in Trench Town. The words were composed by the Hon. Robert Lightbourne, the then Minister of Trade and Industry and the arrangement was by the Lawyer and Musician, Mapletoft Poulle. Our anthem did not express the strain of militancy that characterizes many of the anthems in the world; ours was a prayer to god for guidance and protection as we entered the new estate, “Eternal Father Bless Our Land, Guard us with Thy Mighty Hand.” As we mark the 56th year of nationhood, it is fitting that we should express our gratitude to God for watching over us through these many years and the blessings that see us still living together in unity, still loving one another, and still loving our country. One of the distinguishing marks of Jamaica, is that the country is a living example of the fact that people of different cultures and ethnic origins can live together as one people as they move forward in their quest for political, social and economic success. One of the best expressions of this philosophy came from the pen of international reggae artiste, Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley in his song, “One Love, One Heart, let’s get together and feel all right.” This song, some years ago was recognized by the BBC as

BY TRUDY DEANS Consul General of Jamaica, New York ——————————————

the international song of the year and a goal to which all mankind should strive. But Marley is not the only Jamaican who has won international acclaim for the country; other persons like Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Veronica Campbell have been the toast of more than one renewal of the Olympic Games. Our second- generation Jamaicans such as Brianna Williams is making her mark on the world athletic stage. So too is Michael Rainey Jnr, as an Actor in the acclaimed Starz series, Power. In the field of science, the Jamaican Scientist, Dr. Henry Lowe is at the forefront of the effort to develop the healing properties of Cannabis for the benefit of those

who fall ill. Recently, Professor Reginald Blake, who hails from St. Catherine, received the United States Presidential Award for Excellence in teaching or mentoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. This award is the highest honour bestowed upon mentors who work to expand talent in the STEM fields. Jamaica continues to uphold at home and in the international community, the principles of government based on the will of the people and of open economies where people from disadvantaged groups may rise to the highest levels in the society. Jamaica continues to observe and promote the United Nations International Declaration of Human Rights and is active on many of the World Body’s committees that promote cultural diversity and the removal of the barriers to human development based on gender, religious belief, racial origin or social class. In these and other areas, Jamaica has and continues to give her best to the world. On behalf of the Prime Minister, the Government and people of Jamaica, and my staff at the Consulate, we express our sincere gratitude to the nations of the world, who have offered congratulations on our country’s attainment of its 56'" year of Independence. We look forward to continue to build partnerships with the rest of the world, in making Jamaica a better place, as we celebrate our theme, Jamaica 56...0ne Love...One Family! Happy Independence Jamaica!

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Thanksgiving Church Service & Flag-Raising Ceremony In Celebration of Jamaica’s 56th Anniversary of Independence Under the theme

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NEW JERSEY Man sentenced to 17 yrs for bank robberies NEWARK: Union County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 204 months in prison for robbing seven banks – and attempting to rob an eighth bank while brandishing a firearm – committing one carjacking and attempting to commit three additional carjackings, and taking a hostage at gunpoint while fleeing, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Marlon Peek, 42, of Plainfield, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Katharine S. Hayden in Newark federal court to Counts One through 11, 13, 15, and 17 of an indictment. The counts include: seven counts of bank robbery, one count of carjacking, one count of attempted bank robbery with a dangerous weapon, one count of use and brandishing of a firearm during a crime of violence, three counts of attempted carjacking, and one count of forced accompaniment in attempting to avoid apprehension for the attempted armed bank robbery. At each bank, Peek presented a note demanding cash from bank tellers, including, on at least six occasions, statements that he had a gun and would shoot. During the robbery of the TD Bank in Edison, New Jersey, on March 17, 2015, Peek handed a teller a note that read, in part, “I have gun will shoot to kill you have 3 seconds.” In the course of the attempted robbery of the Bank of America, Peek pointed a loaded firearm directly at a bank teller. ————


Police Chief arrested on drug charges M ichael Coppola, the chief of the Palisades Interstate Parkway Police Department, was arrested Thursday for allegedly buying cocaine and having it shipped to a Passaic County post office box, authorities said in a news release. Investigators believed Coppola was ordering drugs through the internet and having it delivered to the post office box, according to the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office.

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So prosecutor's office detectives ensnared Coppola, 43, by putting a package filled with imitation cocaine in the post office box in response to a recent order, according to the prosecutor's office. Coppola allegedly picked up the package, which he thought contained cocaine, on Thursday, according to the prosecutor's office. A team of detectives then stopped and arrested the chief on Route 80 in Ridgefield Park.

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s the song goes, breaking’ up is hard to do. Maybe you’re a partner hanging on for dear life wondering how to know when a relationship is over.

Or maybe you’re the one who feels like the relationship has run its course. Either way, reaching that agreement is no simple feat. We asked two experts for relationship tips that will help you know when your relationship is over. International renowned sex and relationship therapist, Cyndi Darnell, and John Daly, an interpersonal communications expert and communications studies professor at the University of Texas at Austin. There is no hard and fast sign indicating that a relationship is over- We’ll start by saying that there is not a catch-all sign that tells you, point blank, that a relationship is over. As Darnell puts it, “life is not a series of soundbites.” Daly, too, says that prescriptiveness about relationships doesn’t work, and each couple is different. “We cannot say, categorically, these are the things that mean a relationship is good, and these are the things that mean a relationship is bad,” Darnell says. “Life is really damn complex.” One person in the relationship is totally checked out-Darnell says less-invested partners aren’t paying attention. You might notice they’re spending more time answering emails or perusing Facebook. Maybe you realize that you haven’t gone on a date in a while. And this doesn’t necessarily mean a date where you spend money. Rather, it’s spending intentional time doing something that gives attention to the relationship. Darnell says ultimately, someone decides a relationship is over when they can’t be bothered to participate, or are no longer willing. Certain behaviors might indicate that one person is investing less in a relationship- Daly references the work of Dr. John Gottman, who launched the world’s first couples laboratory—the Love Lab—at the University of Washington in 1986. Gottman developed what Daly calls the “four deadly sins that [show that] we need to break up,” which Gottman called the “Four Horsemen:” criticism, contempt, defensiveness, and stonewalling. Partners criticize when they critique the person, instead of the behavior they take issue with. A partner may not want to spend time with you and find excuses not to be around, or might withdraw physically or emotionally (though you should determine the reason for withdrawal). They may exhibit cynicism about the relationship, or relationships in general, Daly says. For example, they might say, “Wow, look at that couple cuddling over there. They’re so cute, but they’re going to learn how bad it is.” One partner just isn’t ready for what the other partner wants- Sometimes you’re just not ready for what your partner is ready for, like marriage or having children, Daly says. Perhaps you’d be OK with these life changes if you had met them 10 years from now, but not today. That doesn’t mean the relationship is bad, but if you’re on different pages regarding life changes, things are going to be “awkward,” to say the least. You may love your partner, but this breakup may still be necessary, even if it’s difficult. You stop communicating about important feelings and stressors- A person in a shifting relationship may also start seeing their partner’s gains as their own losses, instead of not caring who “wins” or “loses.” Partners might stop talking to each other about stressors. That may seem good at first, but he says that the things that stress us out are probably

the most important to talk with a partner about. He says that feeling a relationship is “hopeless” may also be a predictor. “People will end up saying, ‘Well, we’ll never agree on how I spend money, let’s just not talk about it again. Or, ‘We’re never going to agree on sex, let’s just not have it anymore.’ And you just wear each other out, because those are the things that you actually have to work through to keep the relationship going,” Daly says. Daly says couples also clearly want to be careful of abusive relationships, including physical and emotional abuse—he says those are signs that the relationship is “really bad.”




Things you have to know to be computer literate By Justin James any of your readers are coasting along without adequate computer knowledge. Help them close the gap by sharing this list of essential skills. It is tempting to think that because you have used a computer for a long time, you are "computer literate" or "computer savvy," but this is not the case. Here are some skills you absolutely must know to be considered computer literate.


1: Search engines Using a search engine is more than typing in the address, putting a couple of keywords into the big text box, clicking Search, and choosing the first result. While that may work, it won't give you the best results much of the time. Learning the advanced search, Boolean operators, and how to discern good results from bad results goes a long way toward enabling you to use a computer as a powerful research tool.

6: Common keyboard commands If you do not know how to copy/paste without a mouse, you are not computer literate. Sorry! Every operating system has some universal keyboard commands, and while knowing them won't add 30 minutes back into your day, it will take a lot of the "friction" out of using a computer. Learning these commands is more a matter of routine than anything else; a short tutorial done once a day for a week will probably be enough to put you in the habit, and it will make you a happier user.

7: Basic hardware terminology It is tough to have someone help you with a problem when you tell them that your "hard drive" is unplugged, when you really mean "the computer." There are a number of common hardware misunderstandings out there, and while some are understandable (for instance, confusing a NIC with a modem — the cables look similar and they serve the same purpose, networking), knowing basic hardware terminology is a must-have skill to be a savvy user.

8: Simple networking diagnosis Networking problems create the most common trouble with most computers. While you don't need to be able to program a Cisco router, you should know how to: Determine your IP address; Verify physical connectivity to the network; and Check that you have a logical connection to the network 9: How to hook it up Despite the color coding of connections and the fact that most cords can be plugged into only one hole, tons of people still can't hook up a

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2: Word processing Word processing is one of the oldest uses for a computer. And it continues to be extremely important, even though in many ways its functions have been put into other applications. (For example, people may write more emails than documents, but the task is nearly identical.) It is tough to claim to be computer literate if the basic functions of word processing — like spell check, table creation, and working with headers — are outside your capabilities. 3: Spreadsheets Spreadsheets were the killer application that got a lot of people willing to pony up big bucks for a PC in the early 1980s. Spreadsheets offer incredibly powerful analysis possibilities... if you know how to use them for more than storing the holiday card address list. (Okay, I use Excel for that too.) Being able to use formulas, references, and macros can turn a "grid of numbers" into actionable information in the hands of the right person. 4: Browser basics It is almost painful to watch some "computer savvy" people operate a Web browser. The most obvious goof is going to a search engine to type in the address of the site they want to go to. But folks are unaware of a lot of other things they do that make the Internet more difficult than it needs to be. Mastering techniques like opening links in new windows, using bookmarks, editing URLs to perform navigation, clearing the browser cache, and understanding common error messages will give you access to a world of unlimited information.

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Sickle Cell Disease Annual Walkathon set for Sept 8 By Gloria Rochester Founder/President/CEO Queens Sickle Cell Advocacy Network <> eptember is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month, and to commemorate the 108th Anniversary of Sickle Cell Discovery, Queens Sickle cell Advocacy Network, Inc., is organizing a Walk-A-Thon on Saturday, September 8, 2018 in an effort to raise the level of Awareness, Education and Research of this deadly disease. The Walk starts at 8:00 am on 160th St between Liberty and Archer Avenues and ends at Roy Wilkins Park. Early registration is available at:


age.php?groupingID=fundraiser. Sickle Cell Disease affects 100,000 Americans. It affects 1 in 500 African Americans and 1 in 36,000 Hispanic Americans. Sickle Cell Disease is a prominent life threatening disease that cause the blood cells of those afflicted to be in a sickle shape. The results are lack of oxygen and possible clogging of blood vessels. As a prominent debilitating disease, it does not have the recognition is needs to have. The purpose of this event is to raise awareness of Sickle Cell Disease and to raise funds to provide support services, resources, and benefits for individuals and families affected by Sickle Cell Disease.

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