Sex scandal rocks the church

first_imgChurch and policemen are the main sex offenders against minors- CISOCABy Karyl WalkerIn the wake of reports concerning clergymen who were charged with having sex with a female when she was 12 and 14 years old; the head of the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA), Superintendent Enid Ross-Stewart, on Wednesday told a committee of Jamaica’s Parliament that pastors and policemen are among the main perpetrators of sex offences against children.“We have constantly arrested high-profile members of the society, and, in particular, the Church. The Church and policemen are really our two highest, high profile persons. The church and police. Yes, my colleagues,” Ross-Stewart told a joint-select committee of Parliament that is reviewing Jamaica’s sex laws.Gender Affairs Minister Olivia Grange, was not amused. “It’s distressing but not surprising,” she said.Interestingly while Ross-Stewart was making her report in Parliament cops from CISOCA arrested and charge yet another clergyman from the Seventh Day Adventist church for alleged sex offences against an underage female.The CISOCA head said that last year, her office received 1,094 reports of alleged sexual intercourse involving underage persons. Of that number, 664 reports came from Kingston. Most of the perpetrators were adult men. However, Ross-Stewart did not give much data on the number of cops and gospel preachers implicated in the sex offences. She lamented that the conviction rate was among the lowest compared with other categories of sex offences. Meanwhile, there was yet another development in the scandal that has been rocking the Moravian Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands when on the same day the accused – Dr. Paul Gardener, the former president of the Church and Revered Jermaine Gibson – a former deputy president, dropped a threat of a lawsuit against the alleged victim.Gardner and Gibson made the decision when they appeared in court in the central parish of Manchester.The two were arrested by cops from the CISOCA on January 20 and slapped with carnal abuse charges.Gibson allegedly had a sexual relationship with the complainant when she was 12 years old. Gardner allegedly also engaged in sexual relations with her when she was 14.However, Gardner denied the allegations, stating that he would clear his name.Both were held after the female, who is now an adult, made complaints against them to the police and were ordered to return to court February 8.last_img read more

Haitian Economy and Finance Minister Jude Alix Patrick Solomon distances himself…

first_imgEconomy and Finance Minister Jude Alix Patrick Solomon distances himself from fake news web site. Minister says a fake website is responsible for false information against himFake websiteEconomy and Finance Minister Jude Alix Patrick Solomon on Monday distanced his ministry from a fake website on social media which he said is being used “to spread false information and make allusions that have nothing to do with the Minister”.In a statement, Solomon said the Minister of the Economy and Finance (MEF) is aware of two fake Facebook accounts in his name and created by unidentified individuals.“In these accounts, counterfeiters spread false information and make allusions that have nothing to do with the Minister,” the statement said, adding that the minister “does not have any account on Facebook and disclaims any liability for information or actions emanating from these accounts.“The MEF reminds the authors of these false accounts that their act constitutes an identity theft, therefore a crime under public law punishable by both the laws of the Republic of Haiti and the international conventions on the rights to identification.”The statement noted that as a result, the authorities have set in motion efforts “to prosecute these persons and bring them to justice”.last_img read more

Little Haiti Takes Center Stage for Year 4 of Art Beat Miami…

first_imgArt Beat Miami opens December 6th with all the critical acclaim and fanfare of Art Basel. Little Haiti once again becomes the heartbeat of all things art and Caribbean during the 2017 Art Basel season. Art Beat Miami is the must attend conceptual pop-up event taking place at the Caribbean Marketplace from December 6 to 10.  Art BeatMiami is a collaboration of local galleries, businesses, community and civic arts organizations which includes The Little Haiti Optimist Club, the Northeast Second Avenue Project (NE2P), MJ Diversity Consulting Group and Chefs of the Caribbean.Mural MileFrom the Little Haiti Cultural Center and stretching the length of the NE 2nd Avenue corridor, the 2017 season again features the critically acclaimed Mural Mile public art walk, showcasing a collection of murals draped across 20 buildings.  This world-famous walk of art exhibits murals on buildings by some of the best muralists South Florida has to offer.Partnership with HaitiArt Beat Miami is partnering with Haiti’s Minister of Culture and Communication, who is sponsoring their visiting artists exhibiting at this year’s Art Basel/Miami Art Week: Francois Hazel, Levoy Exil, Payas and Valerie Noisette.The wealth of offerings at Art Beat Miami has something for everyone. The event features a cornucopia of art curated by Pulitzer Prize Winning Photojournalist, Carl Juste, gathered from artists, painters, sculptors and craftspeople from around the world, all with a unique strain of Caribbean DNA.Featured artistsFeatured are the art works of such celebrity notables like Slip and Slide Records’ Ted Lucas; lead vocalist and guitarist Roberto Martino of famed Kompa band T-Vice; Theo of the Kompa band Kreyol LA; Haitian-American novelist and short story writer Edwidge Danticat; the reigning queen of Haitian music, and one of the premier Haitian song writers of her generation, Emeline Michel; musician and co-founder of the dynamic Haitian duo Harmonik, Mac D; and Grammy nominated Blues and R&B artist and painter Valerie Woods.Art beyond musicians and other celebrity artists features the great works of Master Haitian Artist, Painter and Co-Founder of the Cinq Soleil, Levoy Exil; Trinidadian born artist to the stars, Stuart McClean; Haitian sculptor, painter and jewelry designer, Fabrice Benjamin Cospolite.Part of the artist proceeds and 100 percent of the celebrity artist proceeds will benefit Hurricane relief efforts. For a list of all participating artists: http://artbeatmiami.com/artists/Spice it UpArt Beat Miami highlights two days of the Art of Food with Spice It Up! Miami on Friday and Chefs of the Caribbean Celebrity Brunch on Saturday honoring world renowned Spanish-American James Beard Award Chef, Jose Andres, best known for bringing the small plate dining concept to America. Chef Andres is the guest of honor; he recently, with his team, served over 3 million hurricane survivors in Puerto Rico and has worked in Haiti and other countries. He will be presented with an award commissioned by the Little Haiti Optimist Club from renowned national artist CJ Latimore, as well as proclamations and special recognition from the City of Miami Commissioner, Keon Hardemon and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime.What’s on the Art Beat Miami?Ø  Wednesday, Dec. 6th – Preview Party | Caribbean Marketplace – 5925 NE 2nd Ave 7PM – 10PM.The Beat kicks off with an opening night mingle, with music, art, food and fun. More info – call:305-492-7868|email: info@artbeatmiami.com|visit:  www.artbeatmiami.comWednesday, Dec. 7th  – Sunday, Dec. 10th  – Little Haiti Mural Art Project | 8PM – Noon. Painting murals throughout the corridors of Little Haiti by local muralists.Ø  Thursday, Dec. 8th – Sunday, Dec. 10th  – Art Beat Miami Art Fair | Noon – 8PM.Free art fair, daily showcasing emerging, local and international artists and celebrities.Ø  Friday, Dec 8th – Spice it Up! Miami | Caribbean Marketplace – 5925 NE 2nd Ave 7PM – 10PM. Celebrity Chefs and restaurants show you how to create appetizing bites and mix tropical drinks featuring: Chef Malcolm Prude of Southern Spice, Chef Alejandro of Ales Paella, vegan Chef, Drigo the Culinary Alchemist, Chef Jenny Risonne of Pastry Is Art and Brand Ambassador/Mixologist Michael Ring of Coopers Craft. Learn to dance salsa, reggae, kompas, network the night away and so much more. $65 More info: 305-492-7868 RSVP for tickets: www.spiceitupmiami.eventbrite.comlast_img read more

Jamaica to spend billions on border security

first_imgThe Andrew Holness-led administration in Jamaica is taking steps to improve the country’s border security.On Wednesday, National Security Minister Robert Montague announced that the government is spending US$11 billion to among other things obtain six additional helicopters and four aircraft for the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF).The helicopters, which come with five year’s supply of spare parts and maintenance service, are being acquired at a cost of US$47.4 million. Current fleet nearly 20-years oldIn a release on Wednesday, Montague said the current JDF helicopter fleet is nearly 20 years old noting that industry standards recommend replacement at between seven and 10 years.He says a surveillance plane has also been purchased at a cost of US$16.9 million and that is now being outfitted with a suite of equipment.The National Security Minister says the surveillance plane will be commissioned into service later this year.Last year, two ships were acquired at a cost of US$26.4 million for the JDF Coast Guard.Several guns and ammunition seizedHe notes that over 850 illegal guns and nearly 22,000 rounds of ammunition were seized by the security forces last year. He also said the country’s 145 illegal points of entry offer a gateway for guns, ammunition as well as un-customed goods to enter the island. Montague says the money being spent on border security is part of the government’s five-pillar crime reduction strategy.last_img read more

Jamaica’s most wanted Delano ‘Prekeh’ Wilmot shot and killed

first_imgKINGSTON, CMC – Police said Jamaica’s most wanted man  was shot and killed during a major military exercise in Richmond Hill, St. James,  a suburban parish on the north-west end of the island.They said Delano ‘Prekeh’ Wilmot, along with another alleged gangster, Richard Anderson, also known as ‘Cruz’, were accused of numerous crimes including multiple murders and shootings.Police said Anderson escaped and have issued a warning to residents that not only is it a crime to harbour a fugitive, but it is also very dangerous as this individual is extremely violent and heavily armed.The police have called on Anderson to turn himself in and called on residents to report any information or knowledge that they may have about his  whereabouts.last_img read more

Windies head into World Cup with heartbreaking defeat to Tigers

first_imgDUBLIN, Ireland, CMC – Left-arm spinner Fabian Allen sent down a costly 25-run over as West Indies failed to hold their nerve when it mattered most, and slumped to a five-wicket defeat to Bangladesh under Duckworth-Lewis-Stern in the Tri-Nations Series final here Friday.In their final competitive One-Day International ahead of the World Cup beginning month end, West Indies struggled to contain a buoyant Bangladesh as the Asian outfit easily chased down a difficult revised target of 210 with seven balls to spare, in the contest reduced to 24 overs per side.Left-handed opener Soumya Sarkar struck a sparkling 66 off 41 balls but it was Mosaddek Hossain, batting at number seven, who turned the screws on West Indies with a breathtaking 24-ball unbeaten 52 at the end.With Soumya in full flight, Bangladesh were cruising to victory at 109 for two in the 12th over but lost three wickets for 34 runs in the space of 25 balls, to leave the result open.However, Mosaddek slammed a 20-ball fifty – the fastest by a Bangladeshi in ODIs – in a 70-run, unbroken sixth wicket stand with Mahmudullah (19 not out) to snuff out any chance of a West Indies win.The game, though, was in still in the balance at the start of the 21st over from Allen, with 27 runs required from 18 balls.But Mosaddek switch-hit the left-arm spinner over the point boundary for six off the first ball and then cleared the ropes at long on with the second delivery. He dabbed the third ball to the third man boundary before lashing the fourth over extra cover for the maximum, to leave the Windies shell-shocked.All told, the right-hander smacked two fours and five sixes while Mahmudullah faced 21 balls and struck a single four.The defeat to Bangladesh was the third straight in the tournament for West Indies and seventh in nine meetings over the last 12 months.Man-of-the-Series Shai Hope had earlier top-scored with 74 while Sunil Ambris stroked an unbeaten 69 as West Indies finished on 152 for one after rain resulted in a five-hour break during their innings.Sent in, they had reached 131 without loss in the 21st over when the inclement weather drove players from the field.Once play restarted following a series of inspections, West Indies found themselves with just 23 balls left in the innings and managed only another 21 runs.Neither batsman looked troubled by Bangladesh’s attack with Hope hammering six fours and three sixes off 64 balls and Ambris notching seven fours in a 78-ball knock.Hope was the first to his half-century off exactly 50 balls when he struck seamer Mustafizur Rahman for a straight six in the 18th over which leaked 13 runs.Ambris, who had earlier smashed three boundaries in the 12th over from Mustafizur, reached his second half-century in ODIs with a couple to wide long off leg spinner Sabbir Rahman in the 19th over.When the rains arrived, Hope was perched on 68 and Ambris on 59 and on resumption, Hope added a further six runs before holing out to long on off off-spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraz in the penultimate over.Needing to score at nearly nine runs an over, Bangladesh took command of the run chase early through Soumya who played audaciously to belt nine fours and three sixes.He put on 59 for the first wicket with Tamim Iqbal (18) who was dropped on four off a sitter by Ashley Nurse running back from slip, with the score on 18 in the third over from seamer Kemar Roach.Left-hander Tamim eventually fell attempting a third straight four off speedster Shannon Gabriel (2-30) in the sixth over, caught at mid off by captain Jason Holder, and when Sabbir Rahman was hit in front without scoring in the same over to the second ball he faced, West Indies were back in the game.However, Soumya put on 49 for the third wicket with wicket-keeeper Mushfiqur Rahim whose 36 came from 22 balls and included two fours and sixes.And even though left-armer Raymon Reifer (2-23) got rid of both to claim his first wickets in ODIs and spark a Bangladesh slide, Mosaddek kept his composure to finish the game strongly.last_img read more

#TalkUp: Are You in Favor of Defunding the Police?

first_imgKasha, FL – “Defunding the police is not the magic answer to solving the current issue in our country. The budget that goes into policing our cities is much needed; it allows the officers to receive the equipment, tools, and training they need to perform their jobs. While I do believe there is a need in the budgets for community social programs, it should need to be taken from other budgets or raised another way. Defunding a whole department will not make the streets safer, in fact, will make it unbearable. There will be more crime and fewer officers to respond. The money will not resolve this issue with a racist and prejudiced system—dealing with system head-on will.” Veronica, FL – “I absolutely agree with defunding the police and allocating the funds to other social entities, because our community is in need of help right now. If our community receives funds that they need to change everything that’s going on in society, it would definitely do good to the community. If police officers had more training and had to pass more strict background checks and psych evaluations, people might feel safer. I would move government funds and redistribute resources to make sure other social entities have what they need and support them 100 percent.” Monique, FL – “Yes, the police are not doing their job correctly so they should be defunded. The money should be given to organizations and people that deserve it. Usually, these organizations don’t have a way to get funded so this will be a good way to fund them. Are you in favor of defunding the police and redirecting funds to other social entities in the community? Why or why not? Alexis, FL – “I am not in favor of defunding the police force. Policing is a necessary evil. There is much training needed in the various police forces throughout the country. It would seem that some have an Us vs. Them mentality which needs to change immediately but, with everything in life, change takes time and during this time training is required. Such as sensitivity, diversity, and inclusion, and [police], in many cases, need to learn more about the community they serve. Therefore active community policing is necessary, as the art of de-escalation in a heated scenario, and anger management as well as communication. The shoot-first-ask-questions-later ideology has to end. We, as a nation, are losing brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, mothers, and fathers. center_img Abby – “I do think defunding the police would be a good idea. In order to use their funds for better training and to put more requirements and policies in place. It takes almost nothing to become a police officer. Also, using the funds to reassess all police officers, not just new incoming officers. I believe whether you want to get rid of police or make them less violent—cut the number of police in half and cut their budget in half and yes put it towards other social entities, as well as bettering police departments. Someone said “fewer police [officers] equals fewer opportunity for them to brutalize and kill people, innocent people” and I agree. This is the time for us as a community to take care of our neighbors.” I understand the fear that some may have especially during these unprecedented times, empathy and understanding is a MUST.” Maxine, FL – “Yes. I am in favor of defunding the police, or more accurately, redirecting some police funding to social entities. Throwing money at police departments does nothing to fix homelessness, addiction, or poverty. Money spent directly on these issues will do more to reduce crime than police overtime.”last_img read more

This Negative Socialization Must Be Reversed

first_imgA pervasive remnant of slavery, systemic racism is woven into the fabric of American society through a conscious and consistent negative socialization process. This means that since slavery, the American society at large has been processed to identify with, learn and accept social norms, values, behavior that demean the black race. Unless relentless efforts are made to reverse this negative socialization, whatever measures are taken to address the existing conflicts will be like placing a bandaid on a gunshot wound. Historically, whites were socialized to see blacks as conditioned for hard labor, violent, fearsome individuals on which force must be used, objects of illicit sex, and lower class people who didn’t warrant respect from white folks.  Policing Black Bodies  There was a conscious, prolonged systemic campaign to vilify and dehumanize black folks—from minstrel shows that portrayed blacks as lazy, illiterate buffoons to redlining and the criminalization of young black makes as “superpredators” in the 1990s—all to keep them from being afforded the same rights as whites. Dr. Gary Potter describes it best in The History of Policing in the United States:“Slave patrols had three primary functions: (1) to chase down, apprehend, and return to their owners, runaway slaves; (2) to provide a form of organized terror to deter slave revolts; and, (3) to maintain a form of discipline for slave-workers who were subject to summary justice, outside of the law…Following the Civil War, these vigilante-style organizations evolved in modern Southern police departments primarily as a means of controlling freed slaves…and enforcing “Jim Crow” segregation laws, designed to deny freed slaves equal rights and access to the political system.” The historic systematic dehumanization of the enslaved African is well documented—though much of it is whitewashed, misrepresented in history books, and is not properly taught in schools. In fact, slaves were considered to be two-thirds of a human—their primary function being to enhance their masters’ economic status, providing free labor on tobacco, cotton and other plantations.  It felt like a slap in the face. Even as Americans visibly protested police brutality against black Americans, a white police officer in Atlanta, Georgia, chased and shot a black man twice in his back killing him. The man had originally been apprehended by the officer and his partner, for sleeping in his car which blocked the drive-through lane at a Wendy’s restaurant. To understand why, even today, the police—or any white person for that matter—believe they have the unfettered right to police black bodies, one must look at slave patrols. Their job was simple—to control the movements and behaviors of slaves. If we look at how predominantly black communities are surveilled and policed, it is essentially the same concept. center_img As if one needed more proof, this latest incident, even amidst national protest, is solid evidence of systemic racism in America.   One positive sign emerging from the current protests, is most Americans seem tired of racism. Additionally, a significant number of white Americans are aware they are unfamiliar with the black experience, awaking to the realization they were involuntarily socialized over time to not accept blacks as equals.  The enslaved were underfed, forced to live in squalor, deliberately kept uneducated, denied medical care, and were easily dispensed with if they were ill and unable to produce. When slaves retaliated they were violently punished.  This negative socialization continued long after slavery, segregation, the civil rights movement, and is still pervasive today. This, despite black people making various significant contributions to American society in business, sports, entertainment, politics, medicine, academia, etc.  It’s not too late to reverse this negative socialization. However, it would need to be the collaborative effort of the best brains and profound commitment of black, white and brown America to develop and implement a national educational strategy from K1 to post graduate college, spilled over to societal institutions including the workplace, church, and chambers of all levels of government.  Today, blacks continue to be aggressively disciplined, punished, and abused by law enforcement. And, for over 400 years, relatively little has been done to reverse the negative stereotypes—therefore, blacks are often thought to deserve the treatment meted out by police.  As calls intensify to change brutal policing against blacks, remove symbols commemorating the humiliation and brutality of slavery, and to give more social rights and recognition to blacks, none of these measures will fundamentally reverse the negative way in which white America has been socialized to view black America.last_img read more

Photo – See Alvaro Morata Visit Stamford Bridge For The First Time

first_imgMorata will make his first competitive appearance for Chelsea on Sunday, August 6, at Wembley in the Community Shield. Chelsea new signing, Alvaro Morata, has taken a tour of Stamford Bridge for the first time since his £70m move from Real Madrid.The 24-year-old striker, who immediately joined up with his Chelsea team mates on their pre-season tour of Asia after signing, visited his new home ground for the first time on Monday alongside his wife.The Spaniard posted pictures of the visit on his Instagram page, with the caption: “Couldn’t wait to meet you…” However, the former Real Madrid striker will make his Stamford Bridge debut on the opening weekend of the Premier League with the visit of Burnley.RelatedAlvaro Morata Arrives Madrid to Complete Switch From ChelseaJanuary 27, 2019In “Transfers”Mourinho Not Intereted In Chelsea TransfersJuly 20, 2017In “England””I Want To Make An Explosion” At Chelsea – MorataAugust 20, 2017In “England”last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo Handed Five-Match Ban

first_imgMatches Cristiano Ronaldo will miss:Barcelona – Spanish Super Cup (August 16)Deportivo La Coruna – La Liga (August 20)Valencia – La Liga (August 27)Levante – La Liga (September 9)Real Sociedad – La Liga (September 17) RelatedCristiano Ronaldo Faces 12-match Ban For Pushing RefereeAugust 14, 2017In “Europe””This Is Called Persecution”, Cristiano Ronaldo Slams La Liga For Failed Ban AppealAugust 16, 2017In “Europe”Higuain Tenders Apology For Dismissal Against JuventusNovember 12, 2018In “Europe” Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has been handed a five-match ban after being sent off (and pushing the referee) in Real Madrid’s 3-1 win over Barcelona at Camp Nou on Sunday.Ronaldo ended an eventful evening by receiving two bookings in quick succession, which earned him a red card.The 31 year-old gets a one-match ban for the sending off, then a further four-match ban for shoving referee Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea before walking off the pitch.“Suspended for ONE GAME – Cristiano Ronaldo – for receiving two yellow cards and subsequently being sent off; the first for taking his shirt off whilst celebrating a goal and the second for simulation, with an accompanying fines of €350 euros for the club and €800 for the player, based on aritcles 111.1.h), 124, 113.1 and 52 of the RFEF’s Disciplinary Code.A four game ban has been given to the player – Cristiano Ronaldo – for breaking article 96 of the Disciplinary Code, with accompanying fines of €1400 for the club and €3005 for the player.”Ronaldo and Real Madrid can appeal the decision within the next ten working dayslast_img read more

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