Oxfam apologizes to Haiti government over sex scandal

Oxfam apologizes to Haiti government over sex scandal

Oxfam formally apologized to Haiti on Monday over the prostitution scandal rocking the aid charity, expressing its “shame” and vowing to do better as it handed over a damning internal report into the allegations. Made public earlier in the day, Oxfam’s 2011 report into the behavior of aid workers sent to Haiti following a devastating […]

‘Retired’ TTC bus to become mobile shower for the homeless

‘Retired’ TTC bus  to become mobile shower for the homeless

A “retired” Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) bus, now out of  service for several months, is expected to be ” soon back on the  road.” But   it  will  not  be picking up  regular passengers. Instead, it  will become a  mobile shower for the homeless. Dominica-born Deborah Daniel, a program manager with a  Toronto  organization  of women […]

Protect yourself from Hepatitis A

Protect yourself from Hepatitis A

By Sylvanus Thompson Hepatitis A is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus. The disease is primarily spread when an uninfected person ingests food or water that is contaminated with the faeces of an infected person. It is therefore closely associated with unsafe water or food, inadequate sanitation and poor personal hygiene. Hepatitis […]

Trump signs order to keep Guantanamo Bay prison open

Trump signs order to keep Guantanamo Bay prison open

WASHINGTON – United States President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to keep America’s detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, open. He signed it just before presenting his first State of the Union Address last week, saying that the US must “continue to have all necessary power to detain terrorists, wherever we chase them […]

Trinidad and Tobago elects first woman president

Trinidad and Tobago elects first woman president

Trinidad – Retired judge Paula-Mae Weekes was elected President of Trinidad and Tobago on Friday by the Electoral College comprising members of the country’s House of Representatives and the Senate. She is the first woman President of the two-island nation and will be the only female President in the region once Chile’s Michelle Bachelet leaves office on March […]

CARICOM slams Trump’s remarks

CARICOM slams Trump’s remarks

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has said that it is deeply disturbed by the use of derogatory and repulsive language reportedly used by U.S. President Donald Trump in referring to Haiti, one of its member states, and other developing countries. A statement from the Secretariat at the weekend said the grouping “condemns in the strongest terms, […]

New Governor General of Barbados installed

New Governor General of Barbados installed

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Dame Sandra Mason was installed on Monday as Barbados’ eighth Governor General.  In the presence of Members of Parliament, members of the Senate, the judiciary, the diplomatic corps, family and friends, the 68-year-old former Justice of Appeal took the Oath of Allegiance and the Oath of Office for the execution of the […]

Jamaica’s Prime Minister calls on the church to preach against violence

Jamaica’s Prime Minister calls on the church to preach against violence

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Prime Minister Andrew Holness has called on church leaders to preach against crime and violence, as it is undermining the family structure. “Bring it to your pulpit. We cannot allow much of what is happening, particularly the abuse that is happening within families,” he said at the recent 13th annual National Gathering […]

Toronto City Council approves Action Plan to confront Anti-Black racism

Toronto City Council approves Action Plan  to confront Anti-Black racism

Toronto City council last week voted unanimously to pass its proposed Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism. Mayor John Tory described the five-year Plan as ” an important first-step “in dealing with  the  problem and establishing ” a more inclusive city that benefits all Toronto residents.” The Plan includes 22 recommendations and 80 actions to […]

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