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December 19, 2013
By NAN Staff Writer
News Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C., Fri. Dec. 20, 2013: What will Latin America and the Caribbean do with over 357,000 deportees in one year?
Its leaders had better figure out a plan soon as the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement Agency Thursday revealed that the majority of deportees sent back to their native lands in Fiscal Year 2013 were from Latin America and Caribbean nations.
In fact, the top ten nations receiving deportees in 2013 are all in this region.
Mexico continued to be the leading country of origin for those removed with 241,493 deportees followed by Guatemala with 47,769, Honduras with 37,049 and El Salvador with 21,602.
The Dominican Republic led the way for the Caribbean with 2,462 while Ecuador received 1,616 deportees to take the sixth spot in the top ten.
Brazil with 1,500; Colombia with 1,429; Nicaragua with 1,383 and Jamaica with 1,119 rounded out the top ten to put the total number deported between October 2012 and October 2013 to Latin America and the Caribbean alone at 357,422.
Overall, U.S. ICE deported 368,644 immigrants globally in Fiscal Year 2013.
MOST ARE CRIMINAL MIGRANTS
The majority of those sent packing out of the United States are not the much talked about “illegal aliens” but convicted criminal immigrants. Eighty two percent of all removals from the U.S. were immigrants who were previously convicted of a criminal offense.
Of the 368,644 removed globally, 216,810 removals were convicted criminals – the highest percentage of removals recorded for the previous five fiscal years.
Convicted criminal aliens are ranked into three categories – Level 1, 2 and 3 where Level 1 equals “aggravated felonies,” or two or more crimes each punishable by more than one year. Level 2 offenders are immigrants convicted of any other felony or three or more crimes each punishable by less than one year, commonly referred to as “misdemeanors” while Level 3 offenders are migrants convicted of “misdemeanor” crime(s) punishable by less than one year.
Other than convicted criminals, the agency’s enforcement priorities focused on those apprehended while attempting to unlawfully enter the United States, illegal re-entrants – individuals who returned to the U.S. after being previously removed by ICE – and immigration fugitives.
“The FY2013 numbers make clear that we are enforcing our nation’s laws in a smart and effective way, meeting our enforcement priorities by focusing on convicted criminals while also continuing to secure our nation’s borders in partnership with CBP,” said Acting Director Sandweg. “Ninety eight percent of those removed in the last year met one of our key priorities – a record high and a testament to the men and women of ICE who are helping to implement a strong and focused immigration enforcement strategy.”
December 19, 2013
News Americas, PLAINFIELD, NJ, Fri. Dec. 20, 2013: A Barbadian immigrant will take the helm of the city of Plainfield, New Jersey when he’s sworn in as its mayor come January 1, 2014.
Adrian O. Mapp, an alumnus of the Barbados Seventh-day Adventist Secondary School, will lead the Metro-New York area community of 50,000, 50 per cent of whom are black and 40 per cent Hispanic.
Mapp won the November 5th election with 70 percent of the votes by beating Mustapha Muhammad, who received 14 percent of the votes, Scott Belin with 5 percent and Sandy Spector with 10 percent.
The former president of the Plainfield City Council for seven years, he recently tapped former Gov. James McGreevey to be an honorary member of the transition team that will help his administration take power next month.
“I have to use the experiences of people who walk the walk, and he has been a mayor and governor. Who better than him to be a sounding board?” asked Mapp, who will be taking over a municipal budge of US$74 million.
He noted that technology will play a key role in his transition and hopefully help him to more effectively manage the city.
“I want to use technology as a way to manage services, to reduce cost, and to make for a more efficiently run operation,” Mapp, a certified accountant, said. “I think technology has a big role to play in how we serve the public, how we deal with public safety, and how we communicate with the public.”
Mapp moved to the U.S. in 1977 at the age of 21, he was formerly the council’s liaison to the Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority and served as chairman of the Finance Committee and liaison to the Board of Education. He also served on the Cable Advisory Committee, the Plainfield Redevelopment Authority and the board of directors of the Plainfield Health Center.
Mapp was the president of the Plainfield New Democrats, a trustee on the Raritan Valley Coalition and the finance-committee chair of the Green Brook Flood Control Commission and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Frontiers International Plainfield Area Club.
He is a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and the president of the Combined Islands Cricket Club.
December 19, 2013
The Caribbean population has become noticeably more prominent with many politicians courting voters including incoming Mayor Bill de Blasio. (File photo)
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Thurs. Dec. 19, 2013: What does the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Jamaica, Guyana, Ecuador, Haiti and Trinidad and Tobago all have in common?
Nationals from these nations all make up the top eight immigrant groups in the Big Apple.
According to the latest ‘Newest New Yorkers Immigration Report,’ released by New York City’s outgoing Mayor, Mike Bloomberg Wednesday, the city’s immigrants have reached new peak at more than 3 million residents with the majority being from the Caribbean and Latin America.
This new report shows that the largest immigrant group in the City continues to hail from the Dominican Republic, with 380,200 residents throughout the five boroughs.
Immigrants from Mexico (186,300 residents) were in the third place, with a 52 percent increase over the last decade, and were followed by Jamaicans (169,200) at fourth and Guyanese (139,900) at fifth.
Ecuador, Haiti and Trinidad and Tobago were ranked at sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively.
China, with 350,200 residents, too the number two spot with a growth of 34 percent. If these growth rates continue, Chinese would likely be the city’s largest immigrant group in the next few years.
Latin America is now the largest area of origin, comprising nearly one-third of the City’s foreign-born population, followed by Asia at 28 percent, and the non-Hispanic Caribbean at 19 percent. Africa accounts for 4 percent.
This large flow of immigrants from Latin America, Asia, and the Caribbean has reshaped the racial and ethnic composition of New York from a largely European white city to a diverse mix where no one group is in the majority, the report said.
The strength of immigrants is most evident in Queens, NY, where the largest percentage of the newest New Yorkers has settled with nearly one-half of the borough’s residents being foreign-born.
Immigrants comprise 47 percent of all employed residents across all major industries, including large concentrations in construction and services.
Immigrants also are disproportionately represented among those who start new businesses, providing a continuous infusion of economic vitality that serves the neighborhoods of New York.
The immigrant population also drives the demand for housing as close to one-half of all housing units that were occupied for the first time after 2000 had an immigrant householder.
“Having an accurate picture of our foreign born residents, and how they’re doing with respect to their housing, education, employment and economic status enables us to target support that helps immigrants establish themselves and participate in the diverse opportunities our city offers,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “Our nation has the opportunity to finally enact real immigration reform in Congress, and this edition of the Newest New Yorkers is an important resource that helps to build a case for reform so that we can continue to be a magnet of opportunity and also continue to attract some of the brightest minds in the world.”
Since the passage of the landmark Immigration and Nationality Amendments of 1965, New York’s foreign-born population has more than doubled and the foreign-born share of the City’s population, which was 18 percent in 1970, has risen to 37 percent.
December 18, 2013
ST. CROIX, U.S. Virgin Islands, Dec. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Seaborne Airlines announced today that it has reached agreement with the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to relocate corporate headquarters from St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands to San Juan, Puerto Rico, as part of a multi-faceted arrangement. Under the agreement, Puerto Rico will take an equity position in the airline and have two seats on the Board of Directors of the parent company of Seaborne, Coastal International Airways. Seaborne Airlines has committed to the creation of 400 jobs in Puerto Rico. 150 of the 400 positions will be added in Puerto Rico in the first quarter of 2014. This will bring total Seaborne employment in Puerto Rico to 250 people. The move is contemplated to be complete by March, 2014.
Seaborne will also add a number of routes important to Puerto Rico’s tourism and export growth. On December 12, the carrier started service from San Juan’s Luis Munoz Marin International Airport to La Romana in the Dominican Republic. On January 15, the carrier will add service from San Juan to St. Kitts and Nevis. On February 14, Seaborne plans to begin service from San Juan to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. On March 1, new service from San Juan to St. Maarten, Seaborne’s 16th airport will launch. These San Juan routes are being serviced by four additional Saab 340B, 34-seat aircraft. Seaborne anticipates having a fleet of 16 Saabs based in Puerto Rico.
No change to existing routes, or Seaplane operations in the U.S. Virgin Islands, is planned as a result of this agreement.
The agreement also calls for rebranding of Seaborne’s San Juan-based operations.
“There is little that is more important to economic development than global air access” said Gary Foss, president and chief executive officer of Seaborne Airlines. “This agreement will strengthen Puerto Rico’s ties with the rest of the Caribbean and position Seaborne as being Puerto Rico’s favorite airline, for connecting customers from our partner carriers, or for customers traveling to or from Puerto Rico to neighboring islands”. Seaborne operates as an American codeshare partner in select markets at San Juan and has interline connecting agreements with JetBlue Airways and coming soon with Delta Air Lines.
“Seaborne’s thanks go out to the leaders of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico who have made this day a reality,” said Foss.
“We happily welcome Seaborne Airlines relocation to Puerto Rico, with their new hub of operations in San Juan, and our new partnership with Coastal International Airways. This partnership is important for reconnecting Puerto Rico to the Caribbean islands and also is an investment in jobs, commerce, new business opportunities and economic development. We have, in a year, recuperated routes that were discontinued during recent years in the Caribbean and now we are strengthening our position as the main hub in the region and connection to the United States”, said Governor Alejandro Garcia-Padilla.
About Seaborne Airlines Seaborne Airlines is giving the Caribbean the service they deserve with 98% of all scheduled flights operating. Seaborne has been operating in the Caribbean for over 20 years, carrying over two million customers safely. With over 2,600 monthly departures to sixteen airports planned by March, 2014. Seaborne serves San Juan’s Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, Vieques, St. Thomas airport and seaplane bases, St. Croix airport and seaplane bases, Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Dominica, Martinique, Guadeloupe and La Romana, Dominican Republic. St. Kitts, Nevis, Punta Cana and St Maarten are planned for the 1Q 2014. All flights operate with two pilots and twin engines under Federal Air Regulation Part 121, the strictest code of the US Federal Air Regulation governing air travel.
American Capital Energy & Infrastructure Partnership With BMR Energy Will Make Jamaica Wind Farm A Reality
December 18, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md., Dec. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — American Capital Energy & Infrastructure (“ACEI”) announced today that it has partnered with a veteran management team to create BMR Energy LLC (“BMR”), a new energy company focused on developing and investing in power and related energy infrastructure throughout Central America and the Caribbean.
Led by Bruce Levy as Chief Executive Officer, BMR’s management team has over 60 years of collective experience in global energy project development, acquisition and operations. Mr. Levy has held key executive positions in the U.S. and international energy sectors for the past 30 years, most recently as President and CEO of International Power North America (now part of GDF SUEZ Energy International). Mr. Levy is joined by Andrew Rovito and Pip Decker. Mr. Rovito has extensive experience in global energy project development and finance and most recently co-founded Development Partners Group, a developer of fossil fuel independent power projects throughout the U.S. Mr. Decker has been involved in the renewable energy industry, focused on the development, construction and operation of wind and solar facilities throughout the U.S., and, prior to BMR, focused on project development for Brookfield Renewable Power.
Mr. Paul Hanrahan, CEO and co-founder of ACEI, said: “We are excited to partner with Bruce, Andrew and Pip in building this new platform. Bruce is a knowledgeable and successful international executive who leads a talented team with strong energy infrastructure development and operational experience. This partnership will enable ACEI to expand into the Caribbean and Central American region with the development of competitive and environmentally responsible power and related energy infrastructure to serve the region’s growing energy needs.”
BMR’s first project is a 34 MW wind farm in Malvern, St. Elizabeth Parish, Jamaica. In September 2013, the Office of Utility Regulation in Jamaica selected BMR to build, own, and operate the wind project, which is expected to be operational in 2015. The company also has a mature project pipeline throughout the region.
Mr. Hanrahan added: “There is a tremendous opportunity for renewable and efficient fossil fueled generation and gas infrastructure to displace expensive oil-fired power plants in Jamaica, as well as throughout the Caribbean and Central American region. With most of Jamaica’s electrical power produced by diesel and heavy fuel oil, Jamaica depends on relatively expensive petroleum imports to satisfy its national energy needs. Renewable power and other energy infrastructure can substantially reduce the cost of power while also improving the environment in Jamaica.”
“ACEI’s deep operational and development knowledge, combined with its extensive global network in the industry, as well as its financial strength will add significant value to BMR and our first project in Jamaica,” said Mr. Levy. “Power from our Jamaica wind project should be among the lowest price available in the country. We are pursuing similar opportunities for wind, solar and fossil fueled energy projects and expect that our technical and development expertise as well as our financial strength will offer new options to governments and energy users across the region. We look forward to being a part of this effort.”
ABOUT AMERICAN CAPITAL ENERGY & INFRASTRUCTURE
American Capital Energy & Infrastructure invests in global energy infrastructure assets, including power generation facilities, power distribution and transmission networks, energy transportation assets, fuel production opportunities and product and service companies focused on the power and energy sectors. ACEI is part of American Capital, Ltd.’s (Nasdaq: ACAS) (“American Capital”) asset management affiliate, American Capital Asset Management, LLC. For further information, please refer to www.ACEI.com.
ABOUT AMERICAN CAPITAL
American Capital is a publicly traded private equity firm and global asset manager. American Capital, both directly and through its asset management business, originates, underwrites and manages investments in middle market private equity, leveraged finance, real estate, energy and infrastructure and structured products. American Capital manages $20 billion of assets, including assets on its balance sheet and fee earning assets under management by affiliated managers, with $117 billion of total assets under management (including levered assets). Through an affiliate, American Capital manages publicly traded American Capital Agency Corp. (Nasdaq: AGNC) with approximately $10 billion of net book value and American Capital Mortgage Investment Corp. (Nasdaq: MTGE) with approximately $1 billion of net book value. From its eight offices in the U.S. and Europe, American Capital and its affiliate, European Capital, will consider investment opportunities from $10 million to $750 million. For further information, please refer to www.americancapital.com.
ABOUT BMR ENERGY
Headquartered in New York City, BMR Energy was founded in 2013 to focus on acquiring, developing, owning and operating power and energy related assets in the Caribbean and Central America. The BMR team brings more than 60 years of combined international energy infrastructure development and operational experience.
December 17, 2013
CaribPR Wire, MIAMI, FL, Tues. Dec. 17, 2013: Radiologists at West Kendall Baptist Hospital have completed a clinical evaluation of a highly advanced new computed tomography (CT) system developed by GE Healthcare. A CT scan uses X-rays to make detailed, cross-sectional images of body organs.
GE Healthcare collaborated with West Kendall Baptist Hospital to demonstrate the capabilities of the new Revolution CT scanner. The clinical data obtained will be used to create sample clinical images for product and technology development, for FDA regulatory submission and inclusion in publications.
“This is innovation at its best and is really an all-in-one scanner,” said Ricardo Cury, M.D., Chairman of Radiology and Director of Cardiac Imaging at Baptist Health South Florida, who was the principal investigator of the study. “Diagnostic-quality images of the coronary vessels are now possible in patients with high heart rates with a single heartbeat acquisition, which is a significant advancement. The impressive ability of Revolution CT to combine improvements in coverage, spatial and temporal resolution in a single scanner will translate into many clinical applications and improved patient care.”
The Revolution CT addresses the challenges of getting accurate diagnostic images for patients with high or irregular heartbeats. Due to the speed, coverage and the unique intelligent motion-correction capability of Revolution CT, motion-free cardiac images are possible even for these patients. The system offers shorter scan times and optimized X-ray dose. There are also scan modes for pediatric use.
“The opportunity to partner with GE Healthcare for this clinical evaluation is an important step in building our reputation as a research and teaching facility,” said West Kendall Baptist Hospital Chief Executive Officer Javier Hernández-Lichtl. “Our physicians are pleased to contribute their expertise to this important initiative.”
“This will be the first CT scanner that’s right for everybody in every clinical specialty,” said Steve Gray, president and CEO of MICT & AW for GE Healthcare. “Revolution CT is able to scan even the most challenging patients, day in and day out, with remarkably clear images. And we made sure that using it is productive, logical and intuitive.”
About Baptist Health International
Baptist Health International is one of the largest and most successful International programs in the United States. Thousands of people travel to Miami each year from around the world to receive care from our respected physicians at our medical facilities. Baptist Health International is dedicated to providing comprehensive, high-quality services for international physicians and their patients, including hospital admissions, outpatient testing and physician consult, as well as other concierge services.
About West Kendall Baptist Hospital
West Kendall Baptist Hospital is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization in the region. It includes Baptist Hospital, Baptist Children’s Hospital, South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Mariners Hospital, Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute, Baptist Outpatient Services and Baptist Health Medical Group. Baptist Health Foundation, the organization’s fundraising arm, supports services at all hospitals and facilities. For more information, visit BaptistHealth.net and connect with BaptistHealthSF on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
December 12, 2013
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Dec. 13, 2013: Come January 1, 2014, New York City will have its very first, First Lady, with roots that stretch to the Caribbean, specifically the island of Barbados, or BIM, as it’s commonly called.
Chirlane McCray, the wife of incoming NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, will undoubtedly be the city’s first Caribbean-American and Barbadian-American First Lady, and the news definitely has Barbadians in the city and on the rock, extremely buffed with pride.
Chirlane McCray is poised to be far more than any past First Lady of New York City. Her husband Bill de Blasio, the soon to be Mayor, has repeatedly referred to Chirlane as his most important advisor and his partner for the next four years.
That immediately separates her from every other past Fist Lady in the largest and most important city in the United States. It is not surprising since their marriage in 1994, and even before in 1991, Chirlane has been at the center of Bill de Blasio’s political career.
It remains to be seen how her Caribbean and Barbados roots will impact decision making in the city, but now is a time for hope that a usually invisible Caribbean American bloc can become more visible.
“I’m very proud that the new first lady of NYC is of Barbadian heritage,” Attorney Davida P. Holmes, the NY Asst. Treasurer of the Council of Barbadian Organizations, Inc., told News Americas. “Barbadians are making a name for themselves throughout the United States and the world. We have Bajan born or Bajan heritage in various positions in the US such as Eric Holder as the US attorney general, the new mayor of Plainfield NJ, Adrian Mapp, Dennis Walcott, NYC Dept of Education chancellor and of course our very own Rihanna.
McCray traces her Bajan roots as far back to her maternal great grandmother, Louisa Parris and her maternal grandmother Irene Quashie Edwards, who was born St. Lucia but grew up in Barbados before moving to the United States in or around 1908. There is no record of her arrival at Ellis Island.
But reports indicate she stayed in Brooklyn, New York before settling in Claremont, New Hampshire, where she married Valdemar Edwards, who also born in Barbados.
McCray’s mother, Katharine McCray, was one of eight children born on May 28, 1925 to the late Valdemar and Irene Quashie Edwards. She was a step-daughter to the late Kathryn Edwards and sister to sister to Mae Sanford, Lena Lowe, Sylvia Johnson and the late Edna Edwards, Vivian Edwards, Millicent Wake, Elinor Leithand Clarence Edwards.
In Claremont, New Hampshire, Katharine grew up and graduated from Stevens High School before moving to Springfield, Massachusetts. In Springfield, she married Leo Jackson and had a son, Reginald Jackson. After their divorce, she married the late Robert McCray with whom she had three children, Cynthia Davis, Cheryl McCray and Chirlane McCray, the NYC’s incoming first lady.
Holmes says with such roots “you never know … the aromatic smell of cou-cou and flying fish and rhythms of Alison Hinds, Mikey Blood and Edwin Yearwood might be heard wafting from Gracie Mansion and City Hall.”
While Sherry Grimes-Jenkins, another Bajan New Yorker, is hopeful McCray “will implement some of our Barbadian and Caribbean training into New York City; allowing more room for more improvement, diversification and support of the cultures that help to make New York what it is today.”
Walter Edey, the former president of the Council of Barbadian Organizations, is also full of pride.
“To know that New York’s First Lady has Bajan roots is something for Barbadians to celebrate and tell every young person with Bajan roots,” said Edey.
Jeremy Stephen, President of the Barbados Economics Society, called it “very pleasing to have a Bajan in such a position” while Philip Harrison, took expressed delight.
“As a proud, born and bred Bajan, I am very elated to have a First Lady of NY who will fly the Barbados Flag high,” said Harrison.
Michael A W Callender, CEO of SMAC Productions, is also bursting with pride.
“As a Bajan-New Yorker, I am personally very proud that NYC city has gained its first black first lady, and more so that she has Bajan family roots,” said Callender, noting that even though McCray was born in the U.S. and grew up in Massachusetts, he was happy to note that she showed interest in Barbados and visited the island.
Incoming Mayor De Blasio went to Barbados with his wife and their two children, Chiara 17, and Dante, 14, in 2009 to find McCray’s family there and managed to connect with relatives there from perusing the phone directory after recognizing the name of a cousin, Stella Mayers.
On Labor Day, at the West Indian Carnival in Brooklyn, McCray said the experience was now richer knowing she still has family in Barbados.
“Now when people ask if we have family there we can say what parish and who they are,” she said in September. “We have Barbados in our hearts.”
“The First Lady with her deep-set eyes, disarming smile and strong opinions on the issues that matter to millions of New Yorkers, will surely be an asset to her husband, family and Barbados,” added Callender.
Annette Alleyne-Merritt insists it will be “a happy day” when de Blasio takes the oath of office.
“She is a strong lady,” said Alleyne-Merritt. “And we all wish the family, good health, peace and happiness.
Her advice: “It’s not going to be easy but always put God first.”
New Jersey resident and Barbadian migrant, Marjorie Maloney, can’t wait to meet McCray and hopes the new mayor and his wife hosts the return of the West Indian American Day carnival reception at Gracie Mansion next summer so she can get to take a picture with the new First Lady.
“I hope I can meet her one day,” said Maloney.
The de Blasio transition team declined an interview with McCray for this article, saying she was doing no interviews at this time, so we’re not sure how she feels about all the attention. Hopefully, they will be true to their word and let us know in the near future, as promised.
December 12, 2013
News Americas, BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Fri. Dec. 13, 2014: The world’s fastest man will test his skills against Argentina’s Metrobus tomorrow, Dec. 14th in Buenos Aires.
“It’s going to be fun,” said Bolt of the run, that’s slated to be on the “Avenida 9 de Julio.”
The 9 de Julio Avenue or Avenida 9 de Julio is the widest avenue in the world and its name honors Argentina’s Independence Day, July 9, 1816.
The avenue runs roughly 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) to the west of the Río de la Plata waterfront, from the Retiro district in the north to Constitución station in the south in Buenos Aires.