Raul Castro warns of ‘a setback’ in US-Cuba relations

Raul Castro warns of  ‘a setback’  in US-Cuba relations

HAVANA, Cuba – Cuban President Raul Castro said that Donald Trump’s hardline stance towards the country marks “a setback” in relations with the United States after ties were gradually restored in 2015. “The announcements made by the current president… mean a setback in bilateral relations,” Castro said  on Friday in remarks, broadcast on state television, […]

It’s now Peeks Toronto Caribbean carnival

It’s now Peeks Toronto Caribbean carnival

Back in 1967 it started out as Caribana. By the first decade of the twenty-first century it came to be known as the Toronto Caribbean carnival. Recently, it was called the Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean carnival. And now as it gets ready to hit the streets of Toronto for its 50th anniversary, it ‘s called Peeks […]

Drake beats Adele’s record at Billboard Music Awards

Drake beats Adele’s record at Billboard Music Awards

  Toronto rapper Drake picked up 13 awards at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, beating the previous record of 12 held by Adele. Drake had earned 10 awards in early winners announced Sunday morning and won an 11th for top male artist in the first minutes of the show He beat out Beyoncé, […]

Jeffers calls for suspension of school policing program

Jeffers calls for suspension of school policing program

Kenneth Jeffers, the lone black member of the Toronto Police Services Board, has called for the suspension of the School Resource Officer program after deputations by  several persons  who spoke at Tuesday’s board  meeting of the negative impact of police presence in schools. Through the program, police officers are now  stationed in 75 schools across […]

Ontario Police oversight review calls for greater transparency

Ontario Police oversight review calls for greater transparency

  After seven months of public consultations and private meetings, Ontario Justice Michael Tulloch last week released his report on police oversight in the province. The Independent Police Oversight Review, as the report is titled, calls for greater transparency of the province’s three police watchdogs – the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), the Office of the […]

BP to invest (US)$5-billion in Trinidad-Tobago – Prime Minister

BP to invest (US)$5-billion in Trinidad-Tobago – Prime Minister

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad  — The Trinidad and Tobago government says the oil giant British Petroleum ( BP)  will invest five billion US dollars in the country over the next five years. A statement from the Office of the Prime Minister said that the assurance was given during talks in the United States between a […]

Jamaican government to address mental illness among prison inmates

Jamaican government to address mental illness  among prison inmates

  KINGSTON, Jamaica – Senator Pearnel Charles Jr, State Minister for National Security,  says the Jamaican Government will be putting measures in place to deal with mentally ill people in lock-ups. “There are plans to allocate budgetary and manpower resources to meet the treatment needs of the mentally ill who are incarcerated. We also hope […]

Don Meredith has lost both senatorial and pastoral credibility

Don Meredith has lost both senatorial and pastoral credibility

Senator Don Meredith is being tried and convicted in the court of public opinion for the two-year sexual relationship which he had with a teenager. The outraged media and the public at large are convinced that he is guilty of moral depravity that is totally unacceptable for a senator. They are also being influenced by […]

VIEWS ON THE NEWS

VIEWS ON THE NEWS

This week’s question: A report, released last Thursday, found that Jamaica-born Senator Don Meredith breached the senate’s ethics code by engaging in an inappropriate sexual relationship with a young woman which started when she was 16 years old. The report found that he did not uphold the highest standard of dignity inherent to his position. […]

Action Plan to address crisis in Black education

Action Plan to address crisis in Black education

Do  Black students, especially males, not feel welcomed at school? Are they more encouraged to take applied rather than academic courses? Are there stereotypes that affect how they are treated at school? These are questions that keep cropping up when the “crisis in Black education” is discussed among parents and educators. Some of them say […]

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