One Million TT Dollar Reward Offered For Info. On Murder Of Former Senator

May 4, 2014

Dana Seetahal

Murdered minutes from home! – Dana Seetahal, senior counsel and former independent senator of Trinidad & Tobago.

News Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C., Mon. May 5, 2014: A one million Trinidad and Tobago dollar reward or just over US$150,000 has been announced for information on the killers of senior counsel and former independent senator Dana Seetahal.

Seetahal was shot to death in her Volkswagen SUV in Woodbrook, Port-Of-Spain just at around 12:05 a.m. yesterday morning, May 4, 2014.

Reports indicate Seetahal was at a casino and was driving in the vicinity of the Woodbrook Youth Facility towards her One Woodbrook Place home  when two vehicles pulled alongside her causing her to come to a stop. One of the vehicles, a Nissan Wingroad, then drove ahead a short distance and pulled across the road, blocking it.

The other vehicle which was described as a panel van pulled alongside and the occupants of that vehicle pulled out their firearms and opened fire on the SUV before both vehicles fled the scene.

Residents of the area, on hearing the gunshots contacted the police and emergency health services. They found the attorney-at-law slumped along her driver’s seat dead.

“It’s shocking. Crime is a concern especially violent crime. It’s a shocking incident, one you least expect. “I had a conversation with her at around 12.45 pm on Saturday and everything was fine. “We need to work as a country together,” Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams said.

An autopsy report in pending.

Seetahal was formerly a lecturer at the Hugh Wooding Law School, Trinidad and Tobago, where she held the position of Course Director in Criminal Practice and Procedure. She was first appointed to Parliament in April 2002 as an Independent Senator in the 7th Republican Parliament. She was again appointed an Independent Senator in the 8th and 9th Parliaments (October 2002 and December 2007).

She was not re-appointed to the 10th Parliament. In January 2006 she was made Senior Counsel. Her first contribution in the senate was The Appropriation Bill, 2003, which she introduced on October 28, 2002.

In 2008 she opened her own private chambers “El Dorado Chambers” located in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Before being appointed as an Independent Senator, Seetahal also served as a State Prosecutor, Assistant Solicitor General and a Magistrate. She wrote a weekly column for the Saturday Express, having previously written for “The Guardian”, both local newspaper in Trinidad and Tobago.

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OAS Secretary General Congratulates New President Of Panama

May 4, 2014


Juan Carlos Varela is the new President-elect of Panama.

News Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C., Mon. May 5, 2014: The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, last night congratulated the next President of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, after he was declared the winner by the Electoral Tribunal of the presidential elections that took place on Sunday, May 4, 2014.

With 60 percent of ballots counted, officials said Varela led with 39 percent of the votes, compared to 32 percent for former Housing Minister Jose Domingo Arias, the preferred choice of Martinelli. Juan Carlos Navarro, a former mayor of the capital, was in third in the seven-candidate field with 27 percent.

Varela, who takes office July 1, dedicated his victory to Panama’s democracy when the Electoral Tribunal’s chief magistrate notified him by telephone of his victory.

Insulza sent his best wishes to Varela “in the tasks that await your administration” and made particular mention of “the exemplary manner in which the election was held.”

In his telephone conversation, Secretary General Insulza saluted “the calm atmosphere in which the electoral process took place” and congratulated the country´s next leader “on the civic responsibility of the Panamanian people reflected not only in today´s peaceful process but also in the large turnout in the presidential elections.”

Finally, the OAS Secretary General thanked the Chief of the Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization, Lourdes Flores Nano, former legislator and presidential candidate in Peru, and all of her team, for the dedication and professionalism shown since the beginning of the work of the EOM in Panama.

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Vice President Joe Biden Chows Down On Jamaican Food

May 3, 2014

Vice President Biden at the Island Restaurant

Vice President Biden at the Island Restaurant on Sat. May 3, 2014. Inset is the sample plate which Biden had. He also took time to pose for pics with his lunch partners.

News Americas, MIAMI, FL, Sat. May. 3, 2014: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden today chowed down on some real Jamaican food after delivering a commencement address at Miami Dade College, Kendall campus.

VP Biden headed out to a shopping mall in west Kendall in Miami to the Island Restaurant, a Jamaican café, where he enjoyed a sampling plate of curry chicken, jerk chicken, rice and peas, steamed veggies and ripe plantains.

Biden dined with Caribbean American community leaders in South Florida including Jamaicans: Don Daly of CRI Communications; Jessica Cameron of the Miami Dade College North Campus and president of the Tropical Beat Caribbean Students Association and attorney Marlon Hill;  Haitians: Dorette Darby, a business owner and member of Kendall Community Church of God; retired business owners Jacques & Yvette Laroche and Dr. Marie Lindor Latortue, a social services administrator and retired Trinidad & Tobago-born teacher Jerry Nagee.

The traveling press corps was encouraged to try the Jamaican beef patties.

After an hour lunch, the Vice President posed for pictures with the restaurant staff and patrons.

Biden also took the time to discuss his feelings about immigration reform with his lunch partners, noting that the importance of immigration reform is to take 11 million undocumented immigrants out of the shadows so that they can realize their American dream.

Biden’s speech was earlier interrupted at the commencement ceremony by a woman in the crowd screaming: “Stop deportations!” The vice president’s response came in familiar nonchalant fashion: “We’ll do that, too, kid, but let me finish my speech.”

Biden emphasized the importance of immigrants to the future success of the country, telling the audience that “a lack of reverence for the unorthodox” and a “constant stream of new immigrants” has served the nation well in the past.

“And that’s why we have to act to take 11 million people out of the shadows,” Biden said, amid loud approval from the crowd.



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Former Trinidad President/Prime Minister To Be Laid To Rest Today

May 2, 2014

Funeral of A.N.R. Robinson

Former President and Prime Minister, A.N.R. Robinson’s coffin was draped in the national flag and displayed at the Chamber where visitors passed by to pay respects and say farewell.

News Americas, PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Sat. May 3, 2014: The only man to serve as both President and Prime Minister of the twin-island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is set to be laid to rest today.

Arthur Napolean Raymond Robinson, more popularly known as A.N.R. Robinson, will be laid to rest after five days of mourning in the country.

Today, Saturday May, 3 2014, Robinson’s life will be celebrated with a State Ecumenical Service from 9:30 am at the Dwight Yorke Stadium in Bacolet followed by the Final Procession and Internment at 3:30 p.m. at the Coast Guard Base, Milford Road along the Milford Road Esplanade to the Methodist Cemetery.

The Chairman of the Tobago House of Assembly lay in state on Friday May, 2014 at the Chamber, Assembly Legislature Building, Scarborough, Tobago. His coffin was draped in the national flag and displayed at the Chamber where visitors passed by to pay respects and say farewell.

Robinson, 88, one of the country’s most iconic figure died on April 9th at the St Clair’s Medical Hospital, Trinidad.  He had survived being shot in the leg and beaten during the 1990 coup d’état attempt by the Jamaat al Muslimeen.

Robinson was elected to the Federal Parliament of the defunct Caribbean Federation in 1958 and to the Trinidad and Tobago Parliament as a representative for Tobago in 1961. He served as the first Minister of Finance of Trinidad and Tobago after Independence and later as Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Trinidadians paying respect to A.N.R. Robinson

Trinidadians paying respect to A.N.R. Robinson

He broke with the People’s National Movement (PNM) party following the Black Power disturbances in 1970 and founded the Action Committee of Democratic Citizens (ACDC). In conjunction with the Democratic Labour Party, Robinson led the ill-fated “No-vote” campaign of 1971.

Following the election, Robinson founded the Democratic Action Congress (DAC) which won the two Tobago seats in the 1976 and 1981 elections.

In 1981 Robinson joined forces with the United Labour Front (ULF) under the leadership of Basdeo Panday and the Tapia House Movement under the leadership of Lloyd Best to form the National Alliance. This group entered an Accommodation with the Organisation for National Reconstruction under the leadership of Karl Hudson-Phillips to fight (and win) the Local Government elections of 1983. Building on this victory the four parties combined to form the National Alliance for Reconstruction (NAR) which won the 1986 elections by a margin of 33-3 and Robinson was appointed the first non-PNM Prime Minister.

Prior to the 1986 elections Robinson was instrumental in setting up the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) and was its chairman from December 1980 to 16 December 1986. This local government entity was established in 1980 to strengthen the position of Tobago within the unitary state of Trinidad and Tobago. His party, the DAC (and later the NAR), controlled the THA from 1980 until 2001, when the PNM gained control of the body.

During the 1990 coup d’état attempt by the Jamaat al Muslimeen the Prime Minister Robinson and much of his Cabinet were held hostage for six days by gunmen under the leadership of Yasin Abu Bakr.

When instructed to order the army to stop firing on the Red House (the seat of Parliament where they were held hostage) Robinson instead instructed them to “attack with full force,” an action that earned him a severe beating from his captors. He was also shot in his leg.

Former US Secretary of State, George Shultz, under President, Ronald Reagan, and Former Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago, A.N.R. Robinson, pose for photographers during a photo-up, before their bilateral meeting on 9/28/1987

Former US Secretary of State, George Shultz, under President, Ronald Reagan, and Former Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago, A.N.R. Robinson, pose for photographers during a photo-up, before their bilateral meeting on 9/28/1987, at One UN Millennium Hotel, in New York City. (Hayden Roger Celestin/File Photo)

Robinson served as the country’s third President from March 19, 1997 to March 17, 2003 and as Trinidad and Tobago’s third prime minister from December 18, 1986 to December 17, 1991.

His life was punctuated with numerous accolades, gaining international recognition for his proposal that eventually led to the founding of the International Criminal Court.

Robinson was also bestowed the following honors during his life time: Distinguished International Criminal Law Award, International Criminal Court Foundation 1977, Distinguished Merit Award for International Diplomatic Achievement 1986.

His name will live on in the annals of history including flying high on Trinidad & Tobago’s airport, which in 2011 was renamed the A.N.R. Robinson International Airport.

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US DEA Seeks Over Three Dozen Latin America, Caribbean Drug Dealers

May 2, 2014


US DEA listed Caribbean wanted drug dealers.

By NAN Staff Writer

News Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C., Fri. May 2, 2014: The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency is chasing over three dozen Latin and Caribbean-born drug dealers and need your help to find them.

One woman and 41 men are listed as the Most Wanted Caribbean fugitives by the DEA’s Caribbean Division. The majority comes from Puerto Rico but one national of Trinidad & Tobago as well as St. Kitts, Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela, respectively, have also made the list while there are three from the Dominican Republic.

Derly Katherine Zapata-Bermudez has the distinction of being the lone woman on the list of fugitives. The Venezuelan national is wanted for drugs. Also wanted on for narcotics are St. Kitts national Patrick Sylvester Warner and Dev Harrilal Maharaj of Trinidad & Tobago.

Wanted from the Dominican Republic are Miguel Perez; Enrique Rodriguez and Angel Nuñez.

Wanted DR man Miguel Perez

Wanted DR man Miguel Perez.

Perez is considered the most dangerous. He has been a DEA fugitive since October 16, 2000 and is known to be the head of a drug trafficking organization involved in smuggling drugs from Puerto Rico to the CONUS.

On July 29, 2000, Perez was arrested at the JFK Airport NY, regarding the involvement of 60 kilograms of cocaine and .665 kilograms of heroin seized at the Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport, San Juan Puerto Rico.

Perez was then extradited to San Juan, P.R. where he was charged on a federal arrest warrant issued in the District of Puerto Rico. On October 16, 2000 Perez was declared a fugitive for bond default.

Those wanted from Puerto Rico are Juan Velardo-Hernandez, Abimael Serrano-Figueroa, Edgardo Jose Sanchez-Martir, Aristides Ramos-Torres, Erik Omar Ortiz-Melendez, Luis Otero-Valentin, Carlos Pabon, Yanibal Ortiz-Arroyo, Roberto Negron-Latony, Charlie Osiris Martinez-Pimentel, Angel Melendez-Orsini, Cesar A. Martinez-Pena, Jose J. Lopez-Calero, Edwin Lorenzo-Nieves, Raul A. Figueroa-Barreto, David Ferreira-Garcia, Erwins Feliciano-Echevarria, Edward Cruz-Rivera, Edwin Barbosa-Vizcarrondo, Oscar Javier Brito-Contreras, Israel Adorno-Perez and Jose D. Alama-Vizcarrondo.

Anyone with information on the fugitives is asked to call the U.S. Marshals Service 24-hour number 1-877-WANTED2 (1-877-926-8332) or the nearest DEA office.

Rewards are available at the discretion of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Haitian street gang member wanted

Fugitive - alleged enforcer for the Haitian street gang Zoe Pound, Wesnel Isaac.

Fugitive – alleged enforcer for the Haitian street gang Zoe Pound, Wesnel Isaac.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Marshals Service wants documented gang member and alleged enforcer for the Haitian street gang Zoe Pound, Wesnel Isaac.

Isaac is wanted by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in Florida for multiple violent offenses including triple homicide, attempted homicide, kidnapping, home invasion and felon in possession of a firearm.

Isaac has a violent reputation and many members of the community have been unwilling to cooperate with law enforcement in locating the fugitive. He is considered a dangerous fugitive and a threat to the community. A co-defendant, Loubert Jules, in the 2007 triple homicide investigation was sentenced in August 2010 to three life terms by the 20th Judicial Circuit Court in Lee County, Florida.

Authorities believe Isaac may have fled to Haiti in October 2007 to stay with family members. However, recent information indicates Isaac may have returned to the United States in 2010 after the major earthquake in Haiti.

Isaac has an extensive criminal history dating back to 2003, to include 34 prior arrests for burglary/larceny, narcotics, failure to appear, probation violation, resisting arrest and DUI. Given his criminal background and the offenses he is wanted for, Isaac should be considered armed and dangerous.

A reward of up to $25,000 is offered for information leading directly to Isaac’s arrest. Anyone with information is urged to contact the nearest U.S. Marshals office or the U.S. Marshals Service Communications Center at 1-800-336-0102.


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Caribbean, Latin American Gang Members Among Hundreds Nabbed

May 2, 2014

USICEgangbustNews Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C., Fri. May 2, 2014: Several South and Central Americans and Caribbean-born gang members and associates living in the United States has been arrested in a month.

That’s the word from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Thomas Winkowski.

The Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) unit has arrested more than 600 gang members and associates from 145 different gangs in 179 cities across the U.S. during a month-long operation called Project Southbound. The Project targeted gangs affiliated with the Sureños.

The Sureños, also known as Sur 13, is a transnational criminal street gang that originated in Southern California with hundreds of cliques around the United States.

Of the 638 gang members or associates arrested: 525 were charged with criminal offenses; 113 were arrested administratively for immigration violations; 414 had violent criminal histories, including seven individuals wanted for murder and five wanted for rape or sexual assault; and 256 were foreign nationals.

The Sureños and their affiliates pay tribute to the Mexican Mafia and the number “13″ is their symbol signifying “M” in the alphabet for Mexican Mafia. Membership and cliques associated with the Sureños are expanding faster than any other national-level gang in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Gang Intelligence Center’s 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment.

Sureños gang members are involved in a myriad of criminal activity, including murder, extortion, narcotics trafficking, human trafficking, prostitution and other crimes with a nexus to the border.

Through Project Southbound, which ran March 12 to April 13, HSI special agents worked with 150 federal, state and local law enforcement partners to apprehend individuals from various gangs affiliated with the Sureños. More than 73 percent of those arrested during this HSI National Gang Unit-led operation were members or associates of the Sureños.

In addition to the 638 gang members and associates, HSI agents also arrested – or assisted in the arrest of – 119 other individuals on federal and/or state criminal violations and administrative immigration violations, for a total of 757 arrests.

“Project Southbound is the largest-ever ICE operation targeting the Sureños gang,” said ICE Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Winkowski. “This gang now has more than 30,000 members in the United States and its numbers are growing. Targeting transnational gangs like the Sureños is a top priority for ICE and we will continue to disrupt and dismantle the violence and criminal activities that they inflict upon our neighborhoods.”


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Tribute To The Ancestors Turns 25

May 2, 2014



Guyanese Master Drummer Menes De Griot, r, pouring libation at last year’s Tribute to the Ancestors ceremony in Coney Island, Brookyln.

News Americas, BROOKLYN, NY, Fri. May 2, 2014: The annual tribute in remembrance of the millions of Africans who died during the Middle Passage, enters its 25th year this weekend in Brooklyn, NY, home to thousands of Caribbean nationals.

The tribute will include a drum invocation led by Guyanese Master Drummer Menes De Griot and his Congo Square drummers. The event will include a pictorial display and spoken word event at the Medgar Evers College, EOJ Auditorium at 1638 Bedford Avenue between Medgar Evers Lane & Carroll Street and will be held from noon to 8 p.m.

Performance will come from Akeem and Reelz, Ngoma, Osagyefo, Ras Atiba, Nena Blue, EKG, Osuntoyin, Poetry Flow, Her New She, James Gregory, Jessica Clarke, Finessa, Lyrisis, Imani Parker, New Generation, Jelani Akeem, Jibri Akeem, Wayne Russell, Hermina and Jordan Franklin among others.

The event is sponsored by Akeem Productions and the People of the Sun Middle Passage Collective in conjunction with Medgar Evers College Student Government Association.

The 25th year celebration of the ancestors of the Middle Passage comes as heads of state of 15 Caribbean nations recently unveiled a plan demanding reparations from Europe for the enduring suffering inflicted by the Atlantic slave trade. The claims are being channeled through the United Nations convention on the elimination of racial discrimination, and processed with the help of the London law firm Leigh Day.

Among the demands made on European former slave trade nations are that they:

• provide diplomatic help to persuade countries such as Ghana and Ethiopia to offer citizenship to the children of people from the Caribbean who “return” to Africa. Some 30,000 have made such a journey to Africa and have been offered generous settlement packages, but lack of citizenship rights for their children is causing difficulties;

• devise a development strategy to help improve the lives of poor communities in the Caribbean still devastated by the after-effects of slavery;

• support cultural exchanges between the Caribbean and west Africa to help Caribbean people of African descent rebuild their sense of history and identity;

• back literacy drives designed to improve education levels that are still dire in many Caribbean communities;

• provide medical assistance to the region that is struggling from high levels of chronic diseases such as hypertension and type 2 diabetes that the Caricom reparations commission links to the fallout from slavery.

For more on the Tribute to the Ancestors event, call Akeem @718-659-4999 or for further information.


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Walden University Offers Millions of Dollars in Scholarships, Grants and Tuition Assistance

April 30, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS, April 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — As part of its continuing commitment to make higher education accessible and affordable, Walden University is offering millions of dollars in tuition assistance in 2014 for online bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees across all programs through scholarships, grants and other tuition savings.

“Our tuition savings opportunities, grants and scholarships are an investment in the future of our students and the communities they serve as advocates for positive social change. It is our hope that tuition assistance initiatives such as these can help put a degree within reach for students of all programs,” said Dr. Cynthia Baum, president of Walden.

This includes more than $1 million in a variety of merit-based scholarships to help students reach their educational goals. These scholarships are based on a student’s particular area of study and specific goals, and are available for education programs, health sciences and nursing programs, social work programs and management programs. In addition, scholarships are available for new online master’s and doctoral students who reflect Walden’s mission and demonstrate the capacity to effect positive social change.

“I am so grateful that Walden granted me a scholarship to pursue my Ed.D. with a specialization in Teacher Leadership. It has afforded me the opportunity to take what I’ve learned in 23 years of classroom teaching and expand the positive impact I can have on others in the world of education,” said Derek Olson, a recipient of a scholarship from The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership.

For additional information and eligibility requirements, contact an enrollment advisor at 1-855-203-7874 in the United States or see a list of international toll-free phone numbers. To learn more about Walden’s tuition savings opportunities, visit

About Walden University
For more than 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 50,000 students from all 50 states and more than 150 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees online at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network—a global network of more than 75 campus-based and online universities in 30 countries.

Walden offers more than 80 degree programs with more than 370 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, social work, education, public health, nursing, public administration and information technology. For more information, visit Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association,

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