Joan Pinnock Esq. Elected Jamaica Diaspora Board Member, Tracy Tomlinson-Dixon Elected Alternate

November 25, 2014

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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY Wednesday November 25, 2014 – Voting to elect the next Jamaica Diaspora Northeast USA (JDNE) Advisory Board Member, Alternate, and Future Leader concluded on Monday afternoon at 4:00 PM. Over 2500 persons across the 12 states that comprise the region voted.

Chairman of the 2014 JDNE USA Nominations and Election Committee, Karlene Largie, announced the results following the ballot counting exercise that followed the close of voting.

Ms. Joan Pinnock, Esq. was declared the duly elected Advisory Board Member Representative, with Ms. Tracy Tomlinson-Dixon the Alternate. Ms. Erin Lue-Hing was declared the Future Leader representative.

The complete voting results for Advisory Board Member are:
Ms. Joan Pinnock, 731 votes
Ms.Tracy Tomlinson-Dixon, 451 votes
Ms. Sandra Morrison, 107 votes

The complete results for Future Leader are:

Ms. Erin Lue-Hing, 875 votes
Ms. Scherie Murray, 286 votes

The candidates were vying for the two-year volunteer position serving twelve (12) states in the North East USA – Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington DC.

Throughout the Nomination and Voting process fairness, honesty, integrity and transparency was always emphasized and encouraged.

Given the large geographical area of the North East USA, voting was conducted electronically and via mail-in ballots available on the web site. Voters were limited to one ballot by selecting one candidate in each category and were required to give their name and address.

Chairman Largie expressed her thanks to the media, community leaders, church leaders, community organizations and all those in the Jamaica north east Diaspora for participating in this democratic process that serves to benefit us across the Diaspora as well as our fellow citizens in Jamaica.

The efforts of the independent panel of Clive Williams -journalist, publisher and entrepreneur, Michael Duncan -2013 NYC candidate for City Council and Queens business owner and entrepreneur, Joan Flowers -2013 NYC candidate for City Council, Former State Committee Woman of the 29th Assembly District, and attorney, Rev. Patrick Perrin -Pastor of St. John’s United Methodist Church, Kevin Howell-entrepreneur and businessman, Karen Wilson-Robinson – Attorney, Ms. Pauline Gordon -Vice Consul, Consulate General of Jamaica, and Raymond Dugue actuary with the firm of AIG were commended for their service and giving of their time honorably. Candidates were invited to provide one representative observer for the count.

The voting results are posted on the web site www.jamaicadiasporane.com.

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Caribbean Celebrities Take To Social Media After Ferguson Verdict – A NAN First

November 25, 2014

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Barbados-born superstar Rihanna Tweeted this photo last night after the Ferguson verdict.

By NAN Staff Writer

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. Nov. 25, 2014: While hundreds protested in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Philadelphia and Chicago Monday night following the announcement that a grand jury in St. Louis County brought no criminal  charges against Darren Wilson, a white officer who shot and killed unarmed black teen Michael Brown this summer, Caribbean celebrities took to social media to voice their own disgust.

Barbados-born superstar Rihanna, always one to voice her opinion on issues of interest, tweeted a picture to her followers via Instagram that summed up the issue of police killings of blacks in America accurately. The photo featured a young black man holding up a sign that read in all-capped Yellow letters: “Justice For ……” And below it continued: “I left it blank because I’ll probably need this next year.”

Below it Riri wrote one word: “true.”

NBC The Voice Season 6 winner, Jamaican Tessanne Chin, took to Facebook to post a graphic of the slain teen, Michael Brown along with Trayvon Martin arm in arm under the caption:   “#‎WeSpeakOfJusticeButNobodyLivesThere ‪#‎PrayersGoingOut ‪#‎PrayersGoingUp ‪#‎PrayingForTheFamiliesThatAreInPain.”

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This Twitter user, Rachel O’Leary, posted this picture from Ferguson: “Was just in a cafe full of people resting from the #Ferguson protests when police shot tear gas at safe space.”

Jamaican American Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph also took to Twitter to urge for peace noting and for supporters to: “Remember a Mothers loss tonight.”

“ #stand with her and #pray for #peace across America,” Ralph added.

Speaking as a mother, Haitian American actress Garcelle Beauvais asked the difficult question many black mothers are asking across America. “What do I tell my children?”

“So sad by this verdict smh #FergusonDecision #WeMatter #keepourheadup,” she added on Twittter.

Actress Megan Goode and Stacey Dash, whose roots stretch to Barbados, both also weighed in on the verdict.

Goodee posted via Instagram: “#PrayersForMikeBrownsFamily #NoJustice #ThisIsBs,” while Dash, added: “#PrayingforFerguson.”

Trinidad-American actor Romany Malco was less emotive and more visionary as he urged: “We could empower ourselves so much more if we collectively stopped spending. Don’t go spending this Black Friday.”

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@LeahMillis posted this from Oakland.

St. Louis County prosecutor, Robert P. McCulloch said at 8 p.m. central time Monday night that Officer Wilson had faced charges ranging from first-degree murder to involuntary manslaughter. He said the jury of nine whites and three blacks failed to indict Wilson.

Brown’s family issued a statement expressing sadness, but called for peaceful protest and a campaign to require body cameras on police officers nationwide.

“We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions,” the statement said. “While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen.”

President Obama also appealed for peaceful protest and “care and restraint,” even as he said the situation speaks to broader racial challenges in America.

But the news set off a new wave of anger. Bottles and rocks were thrown at officers and windows of businesses were smashed.

Several police cars were burned; buildings, including a Walgreens, a meat market and a storage facility, were set on fire, and looting was reported in several businesses.

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@grasswire posted protesters kneeling in support of Ferguson protesters in Seattle.

Jon Belmar, the St. Louis County police chief, said at least a dozen buildings had been set on fire.

Gunshots could also be heard along the streets of Ferguson, and law enforcement authorities deployed smoke and gas to control the crowds.

In St. Louis, protesters swarmed Interstate 44 and blocked all traffic near the neighborhood where another man was shot by police this fall. Police said 29 people were arrested as of late last night.

 

 

 

 

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Markel Corporation Names Britt Glisson Global Insurance Division President

November 24, 2014

Britt Glisson Global Insurance Division President , Markel Corporation.

Britt Glisson Global Insurance Division President , Markel Corporation.

RICHMOND, Va., Nov. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Markel Corporation (NYSE: MKL), a holding company with insurance operations and other investments around the world, announced that Britt Glisson has been appointed President of the Global Insurance division effective November 17, 2014.

Markel Global, which is dedicated to the specialized needs of sophisticated insureds and producers, was formed following the acquisition of Alterra Capital Holdings by Markel in May 2013. The Markel Global team underwrites marine, professional liability, property, and excess casualty products from offices in Bermuda, New York, Dublin, London, Atlanta, San Francisco, Chicago, and Dallas. Markel Global also includes US-based practice groups.

Glisson joined Markel in 1990 and continues to serve as corporate Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), a position he has held since 2009. Most recently, he took on an assignment in the Bermuda office to support the Markel – Alterra integration.  Previously, Glisson served as CFO, COO, and then President of Essex Insurance Company. In 1996, he was named President of Markel Insurance Company and continued in that post until his promotion to CAO.

In his new role, Glisson will report to Mike Crowley, Markel Corporation’s President and Co-Chief Operating Officer. He remains responsible for Markel’s ceded reinsurance administration team.

“Britt has worked closely with the Markel Global management team, and he brings strategic vision and a track record of success to this high profile position. He is an experienced leader and excels at bringing people together. As we expand our global brand, I am confident that Britt will represent us well and help the team to increase Markel’s market share of business with larger risks,” commented Crowley.

About Markel Corporation
Markel Corporation is a diverse financial holding company serving a variety of niche markets. The Company’s principal business markets and underwrites specialty insurance products. In each of the Company’s businesses, it seeks to provide quality products and excellent customer service so that it can be a market leader. The financial goals of the Company are to earn consistent underwriting and operating profits and superior investment returns to build shareholder value. Visit Markel Corporation on the web at markelcorp.com.

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CAB Conference Provides The Right Forum To Plan For Success In A Changing Economic Environment

November 24, 2014

Attendees at the Caribbean Association of Banks (CAB) 41st Conference and Annual General Meeting held in Grenada from November 12-15, 2014. (CAB image)

Attendees at the Caribbean Association of Banks (CAB) 41st Conference and Annual General Meeting held in Grenada from November 12-15, 2014. (CAB image)

News Americas, CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Monday November 24, 2014: The Caribbean Association of Banks (CAB) successfully completed its 41st Conference and Annual General Meeting in Grenada from 12-15th November.  As a primary objective, CAB provides a forum that enables members to solve their common challenges through understanding, education and co-operation.

The conference, held under the theme – “The Changing Face of Caribbean Banking,” was officially opened by Her Excellency Dame Cecile La Grenade, Governor General of Grenada.  Featured speaker and industry veteran Mr. Ronald F. deC. Harford, Chairman of Republic Bank Limited, cited the main cause of the region’s struggle as its unsustainable economic model and the uncompetitive nature of its key sector, Tourism. The global financial crisis, he said, merely exposed the broken model on which the region’s economy is based.

On the first day of the conference, the keynote speaker, Hon. Ryan Pinder, Bahamas’ Minister of Financial Services, acknowledged an increasingly complex and regulated banking environment. He referred to some of the main challenges being faced now: global transparency, the impact of mandates from external multilateral institutions and the current state of volatility in Caribbean banking institutions. Hon. Pinder called for the industry to be creative when developing solutions and to be actively supportive of necessary public/private partnerships. He also emphasized the need to support collective human capacity development as “the Caribbean banking industry requires a platform where its employees and executives are able to refine their skills and knowledge to be able to react to a changing industry.”

During its two days, the CAB conference provided an excellent platform for many bankers and industry professionals to put forth their views, solutions and ideas on changes across the region; while providing time and a conducive environment for the executives to brainstorm on issues facing the industry including the challenging state of affairs. Some key topics discussed were: AML and CTF; Correspondent Banking Relationships; FATCA; Mergers, Acquisitions and Consolidations; Delivering differentiated value to clients; Strategic Leadership; and Leveraging IT Security.

The conference also received the support of regional and international sponsors who provide technological and professional services.

The CAB continues to support its members through advocacy, up to date training, growing member and partner networks and engagement at all levels in order to build a resilient financial services sector.

The increasingly popular CAB Conference and AGM will be held in St. Kitts and Nevis in November 2015.

Caribbean Association of Banks, Inc is a community of banks and other financial institutions in the Caribbean/CARICOM Region, which provides opportunities for discussion on issues impacting the regional banking/financial services community as well as for the sharing of experiences and networking. CAB provides effective advocacy to support members in achieving an efficient and effective operation of their respective institution.  It recommends and supports full compliance with the AML/CFT standards in order to protect all financial systems, within the region, from ongoing money laundering and terrorist financing risks and offers ongoing training and education for its members.

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Murder In Paradise

November 23, 2014

 

Hubertus and Birgid Keil. (Trinidad Express image)

Hubertus and Birgid Keil in an undated photo. (Trinidad Express image)

By NAN Staff Writer

News Americas, SCARBOROUGH, Tobago, Monday, November 24, 2014: A Jamaican, a Guyanese and two Trinidadians may be responsible for the murder of an elderly German couple were found this weekend murdered in the tranquil Caribbean island of Tobago.

Trinidad police yesterday continued investigating the murder of Hubertus and Birgid Keil, who kept a vacation home at 48 Bacolet Crescent in Tobago and whose bodies were found chopped to death Saturday by a passerby at a secluded area on Bacolet Beach.

Police say the four, including the Jamaican, who goes by the alias “Gunta,” have been robbing and breaking and entering into homes in Tobago and may be responsible for the murder of the German tourists.

The Keils’ had reportedly arrived on the island on October 25th and were expected to stay until March 2015, Trinidad Newsday reported. The couple was last seen alive on Friday night and apparently took frequent walks on the nearby beach.

A passer-by reportedly found the body of Mrs. Keil, 71, at 8.11 am Saturday and called police. Homicide officers and Crime Scene investigators later found the body of Mr. Keil, 74 nearby.

Both bodies bore marks of violence and had chop wounds about the neck, Newsday reported. An autopsy is to be performed to determine the cause of death.

Police in Trinidad & Tobago are now trying to ascertain if the couple was killed elsewhere and the bodies dumped on the beach or if they were robbed and left there. The couple’s home was untouched and police are still trying to figure out a motive for the horrific murder.

Anyone with  information is now being asked to come forward.

The Keils’ murder is a reminder of the 2009 chopping attack of British couple Peter and Murium Green in August 2009. The Greens’ home at 34 Bacolet Crescent was only a few houses away from the Keils’ house.

The German government like many others around the world warns its nationals travelling to Trinidad to exercise caution.

Trinidad & Tobago’s murder rate is past 300 for this year and includes the unsolved murder of senior counsel and Independent Senator, Dana Seetahal, who was murdered in May. The killings put Tobago’s murder toll at seven for  the year so far.

 

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Colombian Narcotic Kingpin Pleads Guilty To Cocaine Smuggling

November 23, 2014

jailed-newsamericasnowNews Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Nov. 24, 2014:  A narcotics kingpin who ran a manufacturing and drug smuggling syndicate out of Colombia has pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute and manufacture cocaine.

For decades, Daniel Barrera Barrera, 47, aka, Loco Barrera, a citizen of Colombia, manufactured and distributed hundreds of tons of cocaine and laundered tens of millions of dollars in drug proceeds. Barrera worked with two Colombian terrorist organizations to traffic cocaine to various parts of the world, including the United States.

In March 2010, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control designated Barrera as a “Special Designated Narcotics Trafficker,” pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act. Barrera was arrested in Venezuela on Sept. 18, 2012. Thereafter, he was sent to Colombia, from where the United States sought and obtained Barrera’s extradition. Federal agents extradited him from Colombia to the United States on July 9, 2013.

As alleged in the superseding indictment filed in the Southern District of New York, the superseding indictment filed in the Eastern District of New York, statements made at last week’s guilty plea and other court proceedings, and other information in the public record:

From 1998 until 2010, Barrera ran a cocaine manufacturing and trafficking syndicate out of Colombia. Barrera purchased the raw cocaine base or paste from the designated terrorist group Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or the FARC). The FARC, which has been and is dedicated to the violent overthrow of the democratically elected government of Colombia has been the world’s largest supplier of cocaine and has engaged in bombings, massacres, kidnappings, and other acts of violence within Colombia.

After purchasing the raw cocaine base from the FARC, Barrera converted the raw cocaine into powder at laboratories he owned and operated in an area of Colombia controlled by the since demobilized terrorist group, Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia (AUC). For years, the AUC’s main political objective was to defeat the FARC in armed conflict, and it financed its terrorist activities through the proceeds of cocaine trafficking in AUC-controlled regions of Colombia. At the time of Barrera’s criminal conduct, the FARC and the AUC were both designated by the U.S. Department of State as Foreign Terrorist Organizations.

After processing the cocaine powder in his laboratories, Barrera arranged for the shipment and transportation of the cocaine powder to locations on four continents, including the United States. Although Barrera purchased raw materials for cocaine production from the FARC, he was able to maintain his network of cocaine processing laboratories in AUC controlled territory, in part by paying monthly “taxes” to the AUC. The fees Barrera paid to the AUC also allowed him to safely move the processed cocaine through and out of Colombia.

Each month, Barrera processed approximately 30,000 kilograms of raw cocaine base into about the same amount of cocaine powder, resulting in approximately 400 tons of cocaine annually. In total, Barrera reaped tens of millions of dollars of profits from cocaine trafficking, which he laundered through illicit means.

Barrera pleaded guilty in the Southern District of New York to one count of conspiring to distribute and manufacture cocaine knowing it would be unlawfully imported into the United States. On that count, Barrera faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison. Barrera is scheduled for sentencing on Feb. 27, 2015.

On Oct. 9, Barrera pleaded guilty in the Eastern District of New York to one count of conspiring to launder money. On that count, Barrera faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Barrera is scheduled for sentencing for this charge on Jan. 22, 2015.

Barrera is also charged in the Southern District of Florida with one count of conspiring to import cocaine into the U.S. and one count of conspiring to manufacture and distribute cocaine knowing that it would be unlawfully imported into the United States. On those counts, Barrera faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison. Following his prosecutions in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, Barrera will be presented and arraigned in the Southern District of Florida. The charge and allegations contained in the Southern District of Florida indictment are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent of that charge unless and until proven guilty.

The November 20th guilty plea is the result of an ongoing joint investigation led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA), Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF).

 

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Dominican Republic National Jailed For DMV Fraud Scheme

November 19, 2014

Puerto-Rico-jailNews Americas, MARTINSBURG, West Virginia, Thurs. Nov. 20, 2014: A Dominican Republic national will have to spend the next eight months in prison for producing and selling forged state driver’s licenses.

Marcos Hernandez Hernandez, 40, pleaded guilty in August 2014 to aiding and abetting unlawful production of identification document along with two others. He was sentenced this week.

Hernandez along with Jesse Antonio Garcia, 28, of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania and Kermit Miller, 61, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, were involved in producing and selling forged state driver’s licenses in a West Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles fraud scheme.

The three along with Mexican citizen Garcia “Chicano” Campos, who was convicted last week in the scheme, conspired to obtain genuine identities for undocumented aliens and others in exchange for cash.

A U.S. ICE investigation identified Hernandez as a document vendor in Northern Virginia who referred people to obtain West Virginia identities from Miller, who was a DMV employee in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Campos and his son Garcia helped facilitated the scheme through direct contact with Miller.

 

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Walden University Survey Reveals Younger Adults Are Believed To Be More Passionate About Positive Social Change

November 19, 2014

WALDEN UNIVERSITY LOGOMINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – A young person’s passion can be powerful when it comes to positive social change, but knowledge and experience from older adults are necessary to transform it into action. According to Walden University’s 2014 Social Change Impact Report, a majority of adults (66%, on average) believe that younger adults are more passionate about positive social change than older adults, and 61%, on average, agree that young adults today are more involved in positive social change than they were 20 years ago.

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However, 57%, on average, agree that when it comes to positive social change, older adults can make more of a difference than younger adults. Paradoxically, adults in the countries surveyed with the youngest populations most likely agree: Brazil (62%), China (73%), India (71%), Jordan (52%) and Mexico (67%).

Commissioned by Walden and conducted online by Harris Poll June 1–17, 2014, the fourth annual survey about the state of social change around the world includes the perspectives of more than 9,000 adults in Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Jordan, Mexico and the United States. This year’s report builds on the findings from the 2011–2013 reports and was designed to examine people’s perceptions of the impact of their engagement in positive social change.

Although six in 10 adults believe that older adults can have a greater impact on social change than younger adults, nearly as many believe that older adults are more resistant to innovation. Half of adults (53%, on average) agree that older adults are not willing to try new ideas to make a difference in positive social change. Nevertheless, nearly nine in 10 adults (86%, on average) agree that in order for positive social change to happen, it is necessary for older adults to share their knowledge and experience about social change with younger adults.

“Regardless of age, everyone can play an important role in the future of positive social change. At Walden University, we believe knowledge is most valuable when put to use for the greater good, and we prepare the next generations of change agents with the skills and knowledge needed to make a difference in their communities and around the world,” said Dr. Cynthia Baum, president of Walden University. “Social change is important and continuous, especially if everyone does their part to create an enduring impact.”

In Brazil, China, Germany and the U.S., young millennials (18- to 24-year-olds) are more likely than older adults (over 40 years old) to agree that younger adults are more passionate about positive social change than older adults.

  • Brazil (18–24): 77% vs. (over 40): 61%
  • China (18–24): 73% vs. (over 40): 60%
  • Germany (18–24): 58% vs. (over 40): 42%
  • U.S. (18–24): 63% vs. (over 40): 48%

In Brazil, China, Germany and the U.S., millennials are more likely than older adults (over 40 years old) to agree that older adults are not willing to try new ideas to make a difference in positive social change.

  • Brazil (18–24): 56% vs. (over 40): 40%
  • China (18–24): 70% vs. (over 40): 58%
  • Germany (18–24): 54% vs. (over 40): 38%
  • U.S. (18–24): 53% vs. (over 40): 44%

In addition to shedding light on the roles of both younger and older generations in effecting positive social change, the 2014 Social Change Impact Report also gives insight into people’s perceptions of the impact of their engagement. For more detailed findings, visit www.WaldenU.edu/impactreport.

Since its founding in 1970, Walden has believed that knowledge is most valuable when put to use for the greater good and that educational institutions have an important role to play in supporting positive social change. As a result of these guiding principles, Walden has attracted a community of students and scholars who are actively engaged in all facets of positive social change—whether it’s through their profession, research aimed at making a difference in their fields or ongoing volunteerism. This report is one of the many ways that Walden is leading the conversation and contributing to positive social change worldwide. Visit www.WaldenU.edu/socialchange to learn more.

About the Study
Walden University first commissioned this annual survey in 2011 to discover the current state of social change around the world. Designed to provide a barometer of who is engaged in social change, what is important to them and how they work together to advance social change issues of interest now and in the future, Walden’s Social Change Impact Report includes attitudes, behaviors and motivations from members of the international community.

The 2014 Social Change Impact Report survey was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Walden University between June 1 and 17, 2014, among a total of 9,138 adults within Brazil (1,009 adults ages 18–64), Canada (1,003 adults ages 18–64), China (1,021 adults ages 18–64), Germany (1,000 adults ages 18–64), India (1,021 adults ages 18–64), Jordan (1,027 adults ages 18 and older), Mexico (1,020 adults ages 18–64), and the U.S. (2,037 adults ages 18 and older). Data for each country were weighted to the general or online population within each country. The “Average Result” is the arithmetic average across the countries. This measure does not account for differences in population size and thus is not representative. This online survey is not based on a probability sample, and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. A complete survey methodology is available upon request by contacting Jen Raider at 1-443-627-7452 or jen.raider@waldenu.edu.

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 80 campus-based and online universities in 29 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 www.WaldenU.edu. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org.

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Busted With Cocaine On Montego Bay Flight To Philly

November 18, 2014

 

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested Jody Ann Graham, 22, of Brooklyn, N.Y., after they discovered two and one-half pounds of cocaine concealed inside her baggage at Philadelphia International Airport Nov. 10, 2014. (USCBP Photo/Handout)

News Americas, PHILADELPHIA, PA, Tues. Nov. 18, 2014: A 22-year-old New woman arriving from Montego Bay, Jamaica has been busted with over two pounds of cocaine worth about $80,000.

Jody Ann Graham was busted at the Philadelphia International Airport by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers’ rafter being referred to a random secondary inspection.

During that examination, CBP officers discovered one package of cocaine sewn inside the bottom of each of two bags Graham claimed were hers.

CBP officers turned Graham over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Graham was arraigned Nov. 11 before District Judge Nicholas Lippincott on charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, which is a felony, and misdemeanor intent to possess a controlled substance and use or possession of drug paraphernalia. She was sent to Delaware County Prison in lieu of $250,000 bail pending a preliminary hearing.

“This cocaine seizure exemplifies the vigilance exercised by our U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers to interdict harmful and illicit products, including deadly narcotics that poison our communities,” said Susan Stranieri, CBP Port Director for the Area Port of Philadelphia. “Narcotics enforcement at our nation’s borders remains a top priority for CBP and our law enforcement partners.”

 

 

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Guyanese With Links To Drug Dealer Roger Khan Helps In Decades Old Murder Case

November 16, 2014

David (Plot) Gill was among two others convicted by a federal jury Thursday in the drug-related murder of Michael Dawson, 23, on June 22, 1994. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Attorney's office)

David (Plot) Gill was among two others convicted by a federal jury in the drug-related murder of Michael Dawson, 23, on June 22, 1994 thanks to Paul Ford. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Attorney’s office)

By NAN Staff Writer

News Americas, BROOKLYN, N.Y., Mon. Nov. 17, 2014: A self-confessed Guyanese drug dealer with ties to Guyana “Phantom death squad” founder and drug lord, Shaheed ‘Roger’ Khan, has helped federal prosecutors convict three murderers in a two decades old crime.

Paul (Uncles) Ford, a drug supplier and admitted murderer from Guyana, told jurors in the trial of Brian ‘Brawl’ Gill, 46; David ‘Plot’ Gill, 43; and Samuel ‘Waco’ McIntosh, 40; that he saw the three kill Michael Dawson on June 22, 1994 in the Park Hill housing complex in the Clifton neighborhood of Staten Island, NY.

Ford testified to calmly watching Dawson’s killing as he sat in a taxi, because he was interested in seeing how the violent scene, and the brothers’ dispute with Dawson, would play out.

Ford told jurors that as he watched from a taxi, he saw all three brothers shoot and kill Dawson. Brian Gill used a machine gun, David Gill used a 9mm handgun, and McIntosh used a .38-caliber revolver, according to federal prosecutors.

After a three week trial, a federal jury in Brooklyn late last week returned guilty verdicts against the Gill brothers and McIntosh.

Ford came to the United States on a soccer scholarship and within a year he was making hundreds of thousands of dollars selling cocaine up and down the East [Coast], the defense told the court.

In the ’90s he began trafficking in drugs with Khan’s Phantom death squad.

The squad, run by Khan, is believed to be responsible for hundreds of killings in Guyana in the early to mid-2000s.

Brian Gill faces a mandatory minimum sentence of life imprisonment while David Gill and Samuel McIntosh each face a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

Ford, meanwhile, had also testified last month at the drugs-and-murder racketeering trial of brothers Anthony and Harvey Christian, who were accused of running the crack trade in the Park Hill complex for 20 years. Both were found guilty on Oct. 27, along with accomplice Jason Quinn.

 

 

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