Chile’s President ends visit to Haiti

first_imgHaiti has asked Chile to leave some of its military equipment in the country as its soldiers end a tour of duty with the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).President of the Senate Youri Latourue said the request had been made as Chilean President Michelle Bachelet wrapped up a one-day visit  on Monday.“We have asked that Chile leave some equipment to our military and also train our young soldiers, as Ecuador did,” said Latourue.The Chilean army members are due to leave here next month  and the issue was among matters discussed by Bachelet whose visit came ahead of an April 11 debate by the UN Security Council in New York on the fate of MINUSTAH and the recommendation by U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres that the mission, established in June 2004, close by October. 15.During her visit, the Chilean President met with her Haitian counterpart, Jovenel Moise and Prime MinisterDr. Jack Guy Lafontant.Bachelet, the first head of state to visit Haiti since Moise was sworn into office in February, also discussed the issue of illegal migration to her country.last_img read more

Recipe: Flan

first_imgWhat you need to do:1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees2. In a small nonstick saucepan, heat the sugar over medium heat. Shake and swirl occasionally until it dissolves and begins to brown. Lift pan over heat source and continue to brown sugar until it reaches a dark golden brown color.3. Pour caramelized sugar into a 1 ½ quart casserole dish and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan evenly.4. In a large bowl, beat eggs. Add condensed milk, evaporated milk and vanilla. Beat the mixture until smooth.5. Pour the mixture into casserole dish6. Bake in oven for 60 minutes. Let it cool completely7. Once cooled serve to hungry friends and family. The history of this common Hispanic dessert traces its origin back to the times of the Ancient Romans. During the Ancient Roman era, due to the surplus of eggs from domesticated chickens, the society created new egg related recipes, one of which is flan. After the fall of the Roman empire the recipe spread to nearby countries such as Spain, France, and eventually to the “New World”. Each adding their own unique twist to the delicious custard dish. What you’ll need:• 2/3 cups of white sugar• 1 can of sweetened condensed milk• 1 can of evaporated milk• 2 cups of heavy cream• 1 cups of milk• 5 eggs• 2 teaspoons vanilla extractlast_img read more

Jamaican-born female usher fired from White House

first_imgReid…sacked by Trump administration Jamaican Angella Reid, the first female chief usher at the White House, has been fired from the post.CNN reported Friday that Reid was abruptly sacked this week. She was appointed by the Obama administration in October, 2011 and took up her post the following month.Born in St. Thomas, Reid had worked with Ritz-Carlton companies for 25 years when she got the job.Her functions included managing the staff of butlers, maids, chefs, florists and electricians. She also worked closely with the first family, including providing guidance on the furnishings, art and décor.Reid was the second black person appointed chief usher. She succeeded the first, Admiral Stephen W. Rochon, who worked in the George W. Bush and Obama (first term) administrations.last_img read more

Bolt is slowing down Degrasse claims

first_imgRising Canadian sprint prodigy feels he can grab the sprint crown from the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt as the sprinter has lost pace over the years.The 30-year-old Bolt has been the dominant force in male sprinting for close to a decade. He has announced that he will retire after this year’s World Championships in London.  Bolt has declared that he will only contest the 100 meters at the event and hopes to go out on top, but De Grasse is scheming to scupper that dream.“He’s one of the best. For me to have people stop talking about it, I have to go out there and beat him,” De Grasse said.The 22-year-old is, however, yet to come close so far.  De Grasse finished in third place at the last two major championships, not only behind Bolt, but behind American Justin Gatlin as well.  The Canadian, however, feels experience and improved form could make the difference this year.  De Grasse recently clocked a heavily wind-aided 9.69 in Stockholm.  Bolt on the other hand opened his season with a 10.03 clocking in Kingston at the Racers Grand Prix.“Everyone knows he’s slowing down a little bit,” De Grasse said. “He’s getting older, but he’s still the man to beat.“He’s still running fast times.”last_img read more

Local organizations support House bill 159 combating human trafficking

first_imgTwo South Florida members of the Florida Legislature, State Representative and Caribbean-American Barrington Russell of Lauderhill, and State Senator Perry Thurston, of Fort Lauderdale, have sponsored House bill 159 and Senate bill 596 respectively. Both bills aim to reduce the scourge of human trafficking. Representative Russell was motivated to sponsor House Bill 159 because of evidence that human trafficking is on the rise in America. He cited information from the Florida Department of Children and Families that the number of reported cases of human trafficking was over 35 percent higher between 2016 and 2017 nationally and over 50 percent higher in Florida.Right in our backyardThis unfortunate information isn’t lost on South Florida’s Lavern Deer, President of the Female Development World Organization (FDWO), In a statement Deer said, “Human trafficking is happening right here in our backyard and an increased awareness is needed to prevent this. Children are being trafficked as early as the 6th grade! These are elementary school children.”  Deer says her organization fully supports the initiatives pending in the house through Russell’s and Thurston’s bills to curb human trafficking.HB 159 and SB 596House Bill (HB) 159 – Control of Human Trafficking, sponsored by State Representative Russell is seeking the Florida State Department of Legal Affairs to develop public awareness campaigns around human trafficking and to establish a toll-free human trafficking reporting hotline. The companion Senate bill ( SB 596) sponsored by Senator Thurston seeks similar objectives. If these bills are passed by the Florida Legislature there would be  identification of warning signs of trafficking, identification of a trafficked person, and overall increased awareness of human trafficking in Florida communities that are the most vulnerable.Could be effective July 1Once the bills are passed and signed by Florida’s governor, they would come into effect on July 1, 2018. However, according to Russel, “To make this happen, We will have to get the bills through their respective committees of reference. They are currently in their first stop in the Criminal Justice Subcommittee in both the House and Senate”. Organizations supporting billLocal humanitarian groups including the Female Development World Organization, the Metropolitan Dade County Section National Council of Negro Women Inc., Give Me Dignity Inc., Victor B Williams Founder of Quest2Freedom and Retired Special Agent, ICE/Homeland Security Investigations and the Kiwanis Club of Lauderhill have loaned their voices to the support of this bill through the House and Senate Criminal Justice Subcommittees to ensure it makes its way to the floor for a “yes” vote.Contact committee chairDeer says the FDWO is “encouraging every member of our Florida community to contact the chair of these committees and to implore them to schedule this desperately necessary bill for a hearing. Community members are also asked to contact their state legislators- this additional support may help ensure this bill’s success.”The chair of the respective committees are: Related to HB 159, Representative Ross Spano – House Criminal Justice Subcommittee, Tel. 850-717-5059; Re SB596 –  Senator Randolph Bracy, Senate Criminal Justice Subcommittee, Tel. 850-487-5011.According to Deer, the mission of the FDWO, headquartered in Pompano Beach, Florida, is to positively impact the Education, Health, and Social Development of girls and young women across the African Diaspora. She says this mission can be accomplished by aggressively engaging communities, their leaders, organizations, and government representatives to foster increased and consistent awareness of the systemic problems impeding such development across the diaspora and most specifically, in socio-economically challenged communities.last_img read more

Sting and Shaggy’s 44/876 place high on British charts

first_imgSting and Shaggy, the most unlikely combination, have made a favorable start with 44/876, their joint album which was released last week. It debuts at number nine in the British national chart alongside some heavy hitters.Rapper J. Cole tops the chart with The Greatest Showman for the 14th non-consecutive week. British group The Shires, veteran Australian singer Kylie Minogue and British star Ed Sheeran also have entries in the Top 10.Shaggy and Sting have been making the media rounds since announcing their surprise collaboration in late 2017. Their first appearance together was at the Shaggy and Friends charity show in Kingston, Jamaica in January.They have appeared on a number of high-profile shows including The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on NBC and The View on ABC.To date, two songs have been released from 44/876: Morning is Coming and Don’t Make Me Wait. The set sold 10,000 copies in its opening week.The album brings together two artists whose best days as mega sellers have long passed. Sting, a Briton, had remarkable success with reggae-pop band The Police during the 1980s. He was even more successful as a solo act with easy-listening songs like Fields of Gold and Englishman in New York.Kingston-born Shaggy is one of dancehall’s best-selling acts. His Boombastic and Hot Shots albums sold millions internationally on the backs of pop hits like Boombastic, In The Summertime, It Wasn’t Me and Angel.The two are expected to start a 31-date tour of Europe on June 19 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.last_img read more

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez named to the National League of Cities’…

first_imgOther task-force members Other members of the National League of Cities Task Force on Housing include:Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, D.C., ChairCouncilmember Jesse Matthews of Bessemer, Alabama            Mayor John Giles of Mesa, Arizona         Mayor Libby Schaaf of Oakland, California          Councilmember Albus Brooks of Denver, Colorado             Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms of Atlanta, Georgia             Councilmember Denise Moore of Peoria , IllinoisCouncilmember Brandon Scott of Baltimore, Maryland          Mayor Vi Lyles of Charlotte, North Carolina        Councilmember David Bobzien of Reno, NevadaMayor Lovely Warren of Rochester, New York    Mayor Jamael Tito Brown of Youngstown, Ohio Councilmember Greg Evans of Eugene, Oregon  Councilmember Lana Wolff of Arlington, Texas  Mayor Ron Nirenberg of San Antonio, Texas       Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda, Seattle, WashingtonCarolyn Coleman, executive director of the League of California CitiesDaniel P. Gilmartin, executive director & CEO, Michigan Municipal League      About The National League of CitiesThe National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans. Learn more at The mayor of the the City of Miami Francis Suarez has been appointed to the National League of Cities’ Task Force on Housing, a group tasked with addressing how communities can better respond to the growing challenge of housing availability, investment and quality. Seeking innovative, comprehensive housing solutions“I am honored to be selected as part of the National League of Cities’ Task Force on Housing. Being part of these initiatives is instrumental in our ongoing efforts to address our affordable housing crisis,” said Mayor Suarez. “Part of what will make us a model for resiliency is our ability to provide housing to residents of all income levels. This Task Force will help us continue building upon innovative and comprehensive housing solutions that will enhance our residents’ quality of life.”The task force is under the leadership of NLC President Karen Freeman-Wilson, mayor of Gary, Indiana, and chaired by Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.Providing security of a safe home“Every American deserves a place to call home. But in cities across the country, serious shortages of adequate housing mean that too many residents don’t have the security of a stable home,” said National League of Cities President Karen Freeman-Wilson, mayor of Gary, Indiana. “Local leaders are on the frontlines of ensuring that residents have safe, affordable housing and through the formation of this task force we will leverage our collective experience to help solve this urgent challenge.”Mayor Suarez joins a diverse group of mayors to develop a set of best and promising practices at the local level, as well as policy recommendations to federal and state governments.last_img read more

Dr. Lorna Lewis: Paving the way in New York’s Education System

first_imgEarlier this year, Jamaican, New York-based educator, Dr. Lorna Lewis, received an NAACP Legacy Award in recognition of her outstanding accomplishments in education. Lewis is a proud maker of history who has broken several racial barriers in New York’s education system. In 2018, she became the first woman of color to be named president of the New York State Council of School Superintendents. The role, which oversees over 800 educators across the state, will be hers until this July when the school year comes to close.In 2012, Lewis was the first black educator to gain the title of Superintendent of the Plainview-Old Bethpage school district in Long Island, New York, with nearly 5000 predominantly white students under her watch. She has held this post for seven years and counting. Before Plainview-Old Bethpage, Lewis was the Superintendent of the East Williston in Long Island for five years – also a first for a black educator. At the young age of 16, the celebrated leader among educators moved to New York from Jamaica and began studying for her bachelor’s degree at Fordham University, where she completed her degree in physics. She would then go on to obtain three master’s degrees, including one in physics from Rutgers University. Finally, she completed her doctorate degree in science education from Columbia University.When CNW asked Lewis if she believes her Jamaican upbringing has helped fuel her success, she responded with a resounding yes. “Without a doubt,” she said. “It framed my work ethic and my can do attitude. Nothing is too big for me to want to challenge, because at Wolmer’s my motto was Age Quod Agis – ‘Whatever you do, do it well’. I came from humble beginnings in Kendal, Hanover, and nothing was given to me. I had to work hard for what I have, and I do not take that for granted. The immigrant status in the current climate of USA makes us all determined to show how much richness we bring to this country, and what role we have played in bringing it to greatness,” she continued.Now 64, Lewis spent many years navigating a multifaceted and fulfilling career within the state’s education system.  She began at The Collegiate School where she taught Mathematics and Advanced Placement Physics. She has served in various administrative capacities in Rockville Centre school district, as science director in Uniondale school district, and as the Deputy Superintendent in the Three Village Central School District. She has also been an adjunct professor at Hofstra University. She is a founding member of the New York State’s Council of School Superintendent’s Commission on Diversity and Inclusivity and also co-chairs their curriculum committee. She is a past-president of the Long Island Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development and the Nassau County Council of School Superintendents. She’s a member of the Long Island Stem Hub Board of Champions, and serves on the board of ERASE RACISM and the American Heart Association. Lewis is also a lauded curriculum expert. She has conducted curriculum audits in several states, and has even testified before the New York Senate on The State of Assessments. She received an education award from the NAACP in 2004, and has received awards from the Korean Parents Association of Long Island, St John’s University Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, the Long Island Black Educators Association, the Suffolk County Commission, as well as several others. Undoubtedly, Lewis is a force to be reckoned with within the education system. However, she remains incredibly humble and spiritually grounded. When CNW asked Lewis how she managed to remain rounded and content over the years, she said, “First, having God in your life and being willing to allow him to direct your path. Also, being kind to all you meet on your journey, for it is in giving that we receive. And, being grateful for all of life’s lessons, and using them to pave the way for the next opportunity.” To her younger, Caribbean American counterparts who want to build a thriving career in the United States, Lewis’ sage advice is simple and thoughtful. “Be focused. Do your due diligence by being over-prepared for all opportunities that will come your way. Embrace and look forward to change as a way to grow,” she shared, as she continues to pave the way for those on their way up behind her.last_img read more

Sovereign School of Nursing Offers Grants and Scholarships to Prospective Nursing…

first_imgSOUTH FLORIDA – Sovereign School of Nursing, a South Florida based private school offering Practical Nursing (LPN) and Associate of Nursing (RN) programs, recently announced it is awarding grants to prospective LPN students who meet their eligibility requirements.As a private institution, Sovereign provides a pathway for students who have been denied admission into other nursing programs or have been placed on a waiting list in hopes of pursuing their nursing career.  Sovereign offers flexible day, evening and weekend classes, and tuition payment assistance.Lisia McLean, Campus Director, said, “At Sovereign School of Nursing we aim to produce competent graduates who will assist to make a difference as healthcare professionals. Through our LPN and RN programs, our goal is to deliver leading nursing students who can pass the NCLEX exam and upon entering the nursing field will become leaders who are able to think critically about how to serve their patients and facilities in excellence.”Sovereign’s RN program runs for 24-months for students who have not completed their prerequisites and classes start Monday, September 23, 2019; and the LPN program runs for 14-months and classes start Tuesday, October 15, 2019.Students desiring to enter the Practical Nursing (LPN) program in October can find out if they are eligible for a grant by arranging an in-person interview with the schools Admissions Department. Their grant eligibility expires on September 27, 2019. In addition to grants being offered, Sovereign offers scholarships for eligible students enrolled in their Associate of Nursing (RN) program.Era Williams, Director of Marketing, said, “Sovereign School of Nursing is unique in its approach as it is willing to be a true champion for assisting students who desire something different in a nursing program while acquiring a quality education that will set them up to enter the nursing field with confidence.”For more information on Sovereign School of Nursing’s Practical Nursing (LPN) or Associate of Nursing (RN) program, call (305) 945-5677 or visit School of Nursing is licensed by the Commission of Independent Education and approved by the Florida Board of Nursing.last_img read more

M-DCPS Provides Support to Students and Families During School Closures

first_imgMIAMI-DADE – Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) is continuing its efforts to provide support to students and their families during school closures, which begin on March 16. From distance learning, to community feedings, to facilitating childcare for essential medical personnel, M-DCPS stands firm in its commitment to support the South Florida community during this time of uncertainty.“For weeks, we have been hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst,” said Schools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho. “We have taken the necessary steps to provide our students with continuity of education and ensure that they do not go hungry. However, as with any challenging situation, we must all recognize that there will be bumps along the road. We ask parents and community members to exercise patience as we navigate through these uncharted waters.”Digital Connectivity EffortsSince Friday morning, M-DCPS has distributed more than 42,000 mobile devices to students who did not have them to ensure that students across the district will have continuity of learning from home.Beginning Monday, Comcast is offering free WiFi via Xfinity hotspots where Xfinity service is available for 60 days. This is in addition to the Internet Essentials Program, normally $9.95 per month, that will provide an in-home modem and 60 days of free service for eligible low-income M-DCPS families. Participation in this program is strongly recommended for those in need. More information about the free internet service can be found at Access to free WiFi connections via hotspots should be limited to educational use or other essential health and safety functions. Comcast has also agreed to provide flexibility on late fees and payment options. Those struggling to pay for internet service should contact 1-800-Comcast.Distance Learning FrameworkSince concern over coronavirus began, M-DCPS began preparing its comprehensive Instructional Continuity Plan (ICP) and shared it with teachers, students and parents. This information may be found at As part of the established plan, the District has also adapted content to be accessible for students with special needs. Students can access their applications via the Student Portal.The expectation is that students will continue to progress in their learning during the closure of schools under the consultation and guidance of their teachers and the collaboration of parents/guardians.Students were sent home with a School Closure Student Checklist on Friday, which also includes teachers’ ICPs. If they did not receive the checklist, parents/guardians should contact their child’s school. The M-DCPS ICP is cloud-based. Students do not need a M-DCPS-issued device if they have access to a computer or mobile device at home.On Monday, the District will be hosting a webinar for teachers to provide additional professional development regarding the ICP and Microsoft Teams to support distance learning.A support hotline has been established for teachers, students and parents/guardians seeking assistance with distance learning. The number for the hotline is 305-995-HELP. It will be in operation from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. this week.Meal Distribution for StudentsFood insecurity is a serious concern in our community. M-DCPS provides free breakfast for all students and free or reduced-price lunch to more than 73 percent of students. With the support of local community partners, M-DCPS is ready to implement a community feeding plan to provide meals for ALL students.Schools will provide hot grab-and-go meals for both breakfast and lunch between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday of next week. These meals will be prepared by M-DCPS food service personnel. Students can report to their enrolled school or their neighborhood school to collect the meals. Meal distribution will take place in an area along the external perimeter of the building.Sanitization EffortsM-DCPS will continually provide a deep sanitization of schools. Beginning on Monday at 6 a.m., teams consisting of regional custodians, supervised by master custodians, will begin visiting all schools conducting thorough cleanings. Nine teams, consisting of 20 to 30 custodians each (a total of 180 custodians), will be going to schools using hospital-grade germicides to clean floors, classrooms, restrooms, cafeterias, gyms, all common areas and contact points; wiping and mopping down surfaces and fogging where needed. Maintenance personnel will also  address air quality control by cleaning air conditioning filters and coils. The crews will be following contagious disease protocols which include personal protective gear and washing everything they use.Schools Police SupportThe Miami-Dade Schools Police Department (M-DSPD) will patrol school sites throughout the week. Officers will be assisting at food distribution centers, answering calls for service at all district sites and providing round-the-clock coverage at the Police Command Center. The M-DSPD will also assist local municipalities and Miami-Dade County with any incidents involving juveniles and continue to collaborate with local, state and federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, to monitor social media activity.M-DCPS Employee InformationThe following M-DCPS employee groups will continue to provide essential services: all school and District administrators (Managerial Exempt Personnel) and select administrative support personnel; limited safety and security personnel; and select food service, sanitization and maintenance teams. Employees in these groups who are required to report to work will be contacted by their worksite administrators.While most hourly employees will not report to work, as part of established School Board Policy 8420, Emergency Closure of Schools, every effort will be made to provide opportunities to make up the hours not worked during the emergency at a later time.With Spring Break approaching, many employees likely made plans for travel. We strongly recommend that employees  refrain from traveling to areas currently at Level 3 or Level 2, and defer from cruise ship travel. Should employees choose to travel against these advisories, they must heed the related guidance provided by the CDC regarding self-isolation protocols.Travel advisories and associated guidance continue to evolve as federal, state, and local entities learn more about COVID-19 and its impact. As such, employees are encouraged to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website regularly.Employees enrolled in a District health plan will incur no out-of-pocket costs for COVID-19 testing, if it is medically necessary.Other Important InformationMagnet application notifications, scheduled for March 15, have been postponed. No application is in jeopardy and there is no action needed by students or parents/guardians at this time. Once schools have been cleared to open, the notification process will resume. Parents/guardians may visit to submit questions to Magnet staff.Online curriculum modules have been created for adult education learners. Students can access lesson plans through their respective school websites.Miami-Dade Online Academy, the District’s full-time K-12 virtual school, has not been affected by school closures. Students in this online school should continue working on their virtual program.School sites scheduled to serve as polling sites for Election Day on Tuesday, March 17 will be open to the general public for voting as planned.While classes are suspended, construction and facility enhancement projects will continue on an accelerated timeline. All contractors and vendors have been directed to follow established CDC coronavirus protocols.The District will continue advocating at the federal level to support students and families by allowing flexibility to provide meals and providing the means to easily expand their Internet access.The District is also advocating for the provision of funding to support the continuity of services and relief for employees affected by school closures, illness of family or self, and lost wages. Congress is now considering H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.In an effort to support vital health services in South Florida, M-DCPS is working with partners to assist with the provision of childcare for employees of Jackson Health System nearJackson’s three campuses, in the north, central and southern parts of the county, as well as  select employees of the University of Miami Health System. The childcare centers, located at school sites, will be sanitized nightly by M-DCPS personnel, and all childcare employees are held to the same background screening standards and coronavirus protocols as M-DCPS employees. A healthcare professional will be onsite at each center to assess each student before they enter the facility. Two District administrators and a police officer will be present as well.M-DCPS Support Lines:·      District Emergency Operations hotline: 305-995-3000o   To answer questions from students, parents and other community members about school district-related coronavirus response efforts.o   Hours of Operation: M – F from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.·      Instructional Learning Plan hotline: 305-995-HELP (4357)o   To support students, parents and teachers in engaging in distance learning.o   Hours of Operation: M – F from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.·      Mental Health Services hotline: 305-995-7100o   To assist students and their families with mental health support..o   Hours of Operation: M – F from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.·      M-DCPS Employee Assistance Program: 305-995-7111o   To assist with wellness support for employees.o   Hours of Operation: M – F from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.M-DCPS Online Resources·      http://covid19.dadeschools.netProvides continual updates on M-DCPS actions connected to the coronavirus outbreak.·   Includes information on digital resources for educators and students.o   Provides information on free Comcast internet as well as useful digital tools and tutorials.·   Provides the M-DCPS framework for distance learning for pre-K-12 students.The District will continue to monitor all developments in this evolving situation and will communicate via the links above, as well as through automated messaging, media announcements and social media.last_img read more