Breaking News – Obama Issues 2015 Caribbean-American Heritage Month Proclamation

May 29, 2015

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President Obama’s proclamation comes on the heels of his Jamaica visit in April where he delivered remarks during a “Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative” town hall at the University of the West Indies. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

News Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C, Fri. May 29, 2015: U.S. President Barack Obama moments ago signed a proclamation declaring June 2015 National Caribbean-American Heritage Month. His recent proclamation comes on the heels of his trip to Jamaica in April and as Caribbean Americans, who still have no way of self-identifying on U.S. Census forms, gear up to celebrate the 9th anniversary of the month which was signed into law on June 5, 2006 by then U.S. President George W. Bush.

The full 2015 proclamation follows:

 

“NATIONAL CARIBBEAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH, 2015

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

For centuries, Americans have been united with our Caribbean neighbors not just by friendship and economic cooperation, but also by our common values and ties of kin. From a region of extraordinary beauty, generations of immigrants have brought their enormous spirit, unique talents, and vibrant culture to the United States. Their contributions have enriched our Nation and strengthened the deep bonds between our peoples. This month, we celebrate the Caribbean Americans whose legacies are woven into the fabric of our Nation, and we reaffirm our belief that throughout the region, we all share a stake in one another’s success.

As partners, our nations have reached for progress together, and in our diverse cultures and complex histories, we see a common trajectory toward a more free, equal, and prosperous community. Throughout the Caribbean, courageous peoples have thrown off the yoke of colonial rule, seizing the right to chart their own destinies, and they have overcome the stains of slavery and segregation to widen the circle of opportunity for all. Here in America, Caribbean Americans have followed in the footsteps of their ancestors, joining their voices with the chorus of patriots and carrying forward the baton of justice — from the battlefield and the outfield, in places like Selma and Seneca Falls, and through powerful song, poetry, and prose.

Just as our nations’ pasts are shared, our futures are inextricably linked. As millions of Caribbean Americans continue to innovate and thrive in the United States, my Administration is committed to lifting up hardworking individuals throughout the Caribbean and partnering with governments to build the foundation for the next century of progress and prosperity. We are investing in young business leaders and civil society activists, working to expand what is possible for the next generation of Caribbean leaders, and supporting entrepreneurship, student exchanges, and more effective job training. With new partnerships, we are helping to move the region toward cleaner, more affordable energy. And as the United States begins to normalize our relations with Cuba, we have the potential to empower a nation and end a legacy of mistrust in our hemisphere.

America is and always has been a Nation of immigrants, and today — as pillars of family and leaders in their communities — Caribbean Americans strengthen every aspect of our society. We must ensure our Nation remains a magnet for the best and the brightest around the world. Because of my 2012 DACA policy, thousands of DREAMers from the Caribbean have been able to live up to their potential, and last year, I announced my intent to take action that would allow more high-skilled immigrants, graduates, entrepreneurs, and families to contribute to our economy, including by expanding the existing DACA policy and creating a new policy to provide temporary relief to certain undocumented parents of American citizens and lawful permanent residents. And I continue to call on the Congress to finish the job by passing comprehensive immigration reform.

Caribbean Americans have shaped the course of our country since the earliest chapters of our history, and they continue to drive our Nation to realize the promise of our founding. During National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, we honor the courage and perseverance of the Caribbean-American community, and we rededicate ourselves to building opportunity and protecting human rights for all our citizens.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2015 as National Caribbean-American Heritage Month. I encourage all Americans to celebrate the history and culture of Caribbean Americans with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this

twenty-ninth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.

BARACK OBAMA.”

 

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Obama Issues 2015 Caribbean-American Heritage Month Proclamation

May 29, 2015

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President Obama’s proclamation comes on the heels of his Jamaica visit in April where he delivered remarks during a “Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative” town hall at the University of the West Indies. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

News Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C, Fri. May 29, 2015: U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday, May 29, 2015 signed a proclamation declaring June 2015 National Caribbean-American Heritage Month. His recent proclamation comes on the heels of his trip to Jamaica in April and as Caribbean Americans, who still have no way of self-identifying on U.S. Census forms, gear up to celebrate the 9th anniversary of the month, which was signed into law on June 5, 2006 by then U.S. President George W. Bush.

The full 2015 proclamation follows:

 

“NATIONAL CARIBBEAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH, 2015

- – – – – – -

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

For centuries, Americans have been united with our Caribbean neighbors not just by friendship and economic cooperation, but also by our common values and ties of kin. From a region of extraordinary beauty, generations of immigrants have brought their enormous spirit, unique talents, and vibrant culture to the United States. Their contributions have enriched our Nation and strengthened the deep bonds between our peoples. This month, we celebrate the Caribbean Americans whose legacies are woven into the fabric of our Nation, and we reaffirm our belief that throughout the region, we all share a stake in one another’s success.

As partners, our nations have reached for progress together, and in our diverse cultures and complex histories, we see a common trajectory toward a more free, equal, and prosperous community. Throughout the Caribbean, courageous peoples have thrown off the yoke of colonial rule, seizing the right to chart their own destinies, and they have overcome the stains of slavery and segregation to widen the circle of opportunity for all. Here in America, Caribbean Americans have followed in the footsteps of their ancestors, joining their voices with the chorus of patriots and carrying forward the baton of justice — from the battlefield and the outfield, in places like Selma and Seneca Falls, and through powerful song, poetry, and prose.

Just as our nations’ pasts are shared, our futures are inextricably linked. As millions of Caribbean Americans continue to innovate and thrive in the United States, my Administration is committed to lifting up hardworking individuals throughout the Caribbean and partnering with governments to build the foundation for the next century of progress and prosperity. We are investing in young business leaders and civil society activists, working to expand what is possible for the next generation of Caribbean leaders, and supporting entrepreneurship, student exchanges, and more effective job training. With new partnerships, we are helping to move the region toward cleaner, more affordable energy. And as the United States begins to normalize our relations with Cuba, we have the potential to empower a nation and end a legacy of mistrust in our hemisphere.

America is and always has been a Nation of immigrants, and today — as pillars of family and leaders in their communities — Caribbean Americans strengthen every aspect of our society. We must ensure our Nation remains a magnet for the best and the brightest around the world. Because of my 2012 DACA policy, thousands of DREAMers from the Caribbean have been able to live up to their potential, and last year, I announced my intent to take action that would allow more high-skilled immigrants, graduates, entrepreneurs, and families to contribute to our economy, including by expanding the existing DACA policy and creating a new policy to provide temporary relief to certain undocumented parents of American citizens and lawful permanent residents. And I continue to call on the Congress to finish the job by passing comprehensive immigration reform.

Caribbean Americans have shaped the course of our country since the earliest chapters of our history, and they continue to drive our Nation to realize the promise of our founding. During National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, we honor the courage and perseverance of the Caribbean-American community, and we rededicate ourselves to building opportunity and protecting human rights for all our citizens.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2015 as National Caribbean-American Heritage Month. I encourage all Americans to celebrate the history and culture of Caribbean Americans with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this

twenty-ninth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.

BARACK OBAMA.”

 

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Jack Warner Defiant After Release From Frederick Street Prison

May 28, 2015

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Former Trinidad & Tobago national security minister and ILP leader Jack Warner remains defiant.

News Americas, MIAMI, FL, Fri. May 29, 2015: Former Trinidad & Tobago national security minister and FIFA vice president, Jack Warner, remained defiant last night, hours after his release on bail from Frederick Street Prison, Trinidad & Tobago.

Warner, who was remanded to the Port-Of-Spain prison Wednesday night following a delay in processing his TT$2.5 million bail, arrived at his party’s political meeting in Chaguanas East last night fired up and defiant in the face of bribery and corruption charges.

“My life feels threatened but I will not relent,” the Independent Labor Party founder told supporters who showed up to greet him.

But he said, “the gloves are off” and he will stay silent no more.

“I have decided that everything I have on Kamla I will bring out into the public,” Warner said, in reference to Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago Kamla Persad-Bissessar, his one time ally in the People’s Partnership government.

In parliament yesterday, Persad- Bissessar, underlined the seriousness of the charges facing her former Cabinet colleague, especially as it relates to the US’ extradition request.

“It brings me no pleasure,” the PM stated.

Warner’s latest scandal comes as the attorney general’s office in Trinidad and Tobago admitted on Wednesday that it had been working with the U.S. Justice Department investing the former FIFA vice president, who was forced out of the soccer body in 2011 over a bribery scandal.

THE CHARGES

The US Department of Justice alleges massive corruption by Warner and 14 others, including serving and former high-ranking FIFA officials and sports marketing company executives alleged to have paid bribes.

Warner was president of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) and a FIFA executive committee member from 1990.

It was then that the US feds claim Warner “began to leverage his influence and exploit his official positions for personal gain.”

They claim his demand for and receipt of bribes was a key part of a 24-year racketeering and bribery conspiracy, dating from 1991 to 2015.

In the 164-page indictment, the DOJ alleges that a $10M payment was transferred by FIFA to the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) accounts that Warner controlled, in return for Warner, Chuck Blazer and an unnamed third FIFA “conspirator” voting for South Africa to host the 2010 World Cup.

The indictment alleges the South African government initially offered to make this payment to the CFU, with a stated purpose to “support the African Diaspora.”

From this $10M, Warner is alleged to have agreed to pay $1M to Chuck Blazer, New York City’s Blazer, a former member of the FIFA Executive Committee and a top boss for CONCACAF, who according to the US Department of Justice, has pleaded guilty to this and a series of other financial frauds and crimes.

Warner is accused of agreeing to pay Blazer’s $1M share in installments “as he had already spent it.”

The indictment also charges Warner over the infamous payments of $40,000 packs of cash to Caribbean delegates in 2011 by Mohamed bin Hammam, who was challenging Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency. Warner, discovering that one official had called Blazer at CONCACAF to tell him about the payments, is alleged to have become angry and said: “There are some people here who think they are more pious than thou. If you’re pious, open a church, friends. Our business is our business.”

WARNER’S SONS

Warner’s sons Daryll  and Daryan have already taken guilty pleas. On July 15, 2013, Daryll Warner, a former FIFA development officer, pled guilty to a two-count information charging him with wire fraud and the structuring of financial transactions.

On October 25, 2013, Daryan Warner, pled guilty to a three-count information charging him with wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, and the structuring of financial transactions. Daryan Warner forfeited over $1.1 million around the time of his plea and agreed to pay a second forfeiture money judgment at the time of sentencing.

 

 

 

 

 

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Markel Corporation names Mike Clancy Chief Operating Officer, Claims

May 28, 2015

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Mike Clancy has been named Chief Operating Officer, Markel Claims

RICHMOND, Va., May 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – Markel Corporation (NYSE: MKL) announced today that Mike Clancy has been named Chief Operating Officer, Markel Claims, effective June 15. In Clancy’s new position, he will be based in Richmond, Virginia and report to Nick Conca, Chief Claims Officer.

Clancy will focus primarily on accelerating efforts to improve the customer experience and manage the relationship between claims and underwriting teams. To support these initiatives he will be leveraging Markel’s data and analytics capabilities, driving process improvement efforts, and applying technology to make the claims process easier to navigate.

Clancy joined Markel in January 2012 as a Managing Director. In his current role, he has partnered with leadership teams across Markel’s divisions, departments, and the Office of the President to focus on creating business efficiencies and developing tools and resources to support operating discipline.

Prior to joining Markel, Clancy worked for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and was a consultant for Markel. He has more than 20 years of experience consulting to the insurance and financial services industries. He has worked extensively with both carriers and brokers in the insurance space, focusing on growth strategies, the consumer experience, and business transformation. Prior to joining BCG, he held various positions in financial services consulting, including co-founding research and advisory firms in New York and Washington, DC.

“Mike’s strong knowledge of Markel’s business, in all its complexity, combined with his industry expertise, will allow us to improve performance across the entire Claims organization,” said Conca. “I am excited to welcome him to our leadership team and look forward to reinforcing claims services as one of Markel’s core strengths and compelling competitive advantages.”

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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Dunkin’ Donuts invites guests across Latin America and the Caribbean to enjoy a free donut with the purchase of any beverage on June 5th

May 28, 2015

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Dunkin Donut is offering free donuts across some Latin America and Caribbean stores come June 5th.

CANTON, Mass., May 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – Dunkin’ Donuts, one of the world’s leading baked goods and coffee chains, today announced a sweet deal for donut lovers across Latin America and the Caribbean. On Friday, June 5, participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants across the region and around the world will offer guests a free donut of their choice (while supplies last) with the purchase of any beverage in honor of the brand’s third annual Global Donut Day celebration. Certain restrictions apply by country. See store for details.

“Global Donut Day is an event we look forward to every year and we’re pleased to offer our guests around the world this delicious promotion for the third year in a row,” said Chris Fuqua, Vice President, Brand Marketing, Global Consumer Insights & Product Innovation, Dunkin’ Brands. “We’re always looking for ways to surprise and delight our guests on a global scale, and celebrating our donut heritage is a fun way to do that. Our donuts bring happiness to our guests, so we hope our brand’s offer of a free donut with the purchase of any beverage on June 5th spreads even more joy worldwide.”

The special Global Donut Day offer for a free donut with the purchase of any beverage is available at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants across the region in Aruba, The Bahamas, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama and Peru. Certain restrictions apply by country. See store for details.

In addition, participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants around the world will also be featuring a delicious Smiley Face Donut to celebrate the smiles donuts bring to peoples’ faces. The Smiley Face Donut is a filled yeast shell donut decorated with an adorable smiley face. Fillings for the donut will vary by market to cater to local tastes, and include fillings such as Jelly, Bavarian Kreme and Chocolate Kreme.

This year, Dunkin’ Donuts is also giving guests worldwide the ability to choose the donut that best represents their positive state of mind, with the addition of Emoticon Donuts. Accompanying the Smiley Face Donut, guests will have additional smile designs to choose from, including a delicious Wink Donut. Emoticon Donuts are the perfect way to share smiles on Global Donut Day and throughout the month of June.

For 65 years, Dunkin’ Donuts has been a leader in the donut category, and last year sold more than 2.8 billion donuts and MUNCHKINS® donut hole treats at its more than 11,300 restaurants in 36 countries around the world. It offers an extensive variety of delicious and creative donuts, including beloved flavors such as Boston Kreme, Glazed and Chocolate Frosted.

About Dunkin’ Donuts 
Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for nine years running. The company has more than 11,300 restaurants in 37 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

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Jack Warner’s Party Executives Fired up Despite Charges

May 28, 2015

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former FIFA vice President and CONCACAF President Austin “Jack” Warner arriving at a Trinidad court on Wednesday, May 27, 205. (Facebook image)

News Americas, MIAMI, FL, Thurs. May 28, 2015: One facet of former FIFA vice President and CONCACAF President Austin “Jack” Warner’s personality that has rubbed off on his new party executives is his overwhelming confidence.

Despite being slapped with 12 charges of fraud, racketeering and money laundering in a Trinidad court and hours after an indictment accusing him of corruption was unveiled in a Brooklyn, NY federal court, Warner’s Independent Labor Party executives are fired up in defense of their leader.

Chairman Rekha Ramjit last night urged supporters in Sangre Grande to “mobilize” and “fight.”

“If ever there was a time to mobilize and to fight this government it is now,” Ramjit was quoted as saying on Warner’s Twitter page, which has over 79,000 followers.

While Warner was in jail last night following a court appearance earlier in Port-of-Spain; in Sangre Grande, supporters were told the former teacher, soccer king maker, minister of government and party leader, would be at the “cottage meeting” today, Thursday, May 28th.

“It was deliberately done for Mr Warner to not be able to have his bail in place in time,” Ramjit said, while adding that despite several media reports, the Rio Claro, south Trinidad-born Warner was not told to surrender his passport but he offered it.

“Today the wheels of justice were no longer slow,” said Ramjit. “The Department of Justice met with them this morning and in no time the AG signed the indictment. Usually this takes years for other people.”

He also told supporters that “Warner on learning of the warrant turned himself in to the police.”

“He did not try to run from anything,” added Ramjit.

WARNER COURT APPEARANCE

Warner appeared before a Trinidad magistrate Wednesday after noon, just hours after an indictment accusing him of corruption were unveiled in a Brooklyn federal court. He was slapped with 12 charges of fraud, racketeering and money laundering and ordered released on TT2.5 million bail. However, an untimely processing prevented his release and Warner was sent to jail for the night.

Warner did not enter a plea Wednesday and is set to make another court appearance on July 12.

This as the attorney general’s office in Trinidad and Tobago said the United States government had formally requested “the assistance of the Central Authority for the issuing of a Provisional Arrest Warrant for Warner, pending the commencement of extradition proceedings.”

Warner’s latest scandal comes as the attorney general’s office in Trinidad and Tobago admitted also on Wednesday that it had been working with the U.S. Justice Department investing the former FIFA vice president, who was forced out of the soccer body in 2011 over a bribery scandal.

THE CHARGES

The US Department of Justice alleges massive corruption by Warner and 14 others, including serving and former high-ranking FIFA officials and sports marketing company executives alleged to have paid bribes.

Warner was president of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) and a FIFA executive committee member from 1990.

It was then that the US feds claim Warner “began to leverage his influence and exploit his official positions for personal gain.”

They claim his demand for and receipt of bribes was a key part of a 24-year racketeering and bribery conspiracy, dating from 1991 to 2015.

In the 164-page indictment, the DOJ alleges that a $10M payment was transferred by FIFA to the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) accounts that Warner controlled, in return for Warner, Chuck Blazer and an unnamed third FIFA “conspirator” voting for South Africa to host the 2010 World Cup.

The indictment alleges the South African government initially offered to make this payment to the CFU, with a stated purpose to “support the African Diaspora.”

From this $10M, Warner is alleged to have agreed to pay $1M to Chuck Blazer, New York City’s Blazer, a former member of the FIFA Executive Committee and a top boss for CONCACAF, who according to the US Department of Justice, has pleaded guilty to this and a series of other financial frauds and crimes.

Warner is accused of agreeing to pay Blazer’s $1M share in installments “as he had already spent it.”

The indictment also charges Warner over the infamous payments of $40,000 packs of cash to Caribbean delegates in 2011 by Mohamed bin Hammam, who was challenging Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency. Warner, discovering that one official had called Blazer at CONCACAF to tell him about the payments, is alleged to have become angry and said: “There are some people here who think they are more pious than thou. If you’re pious, open a church, friends. Our business is our business.”

WARNER’S SONS

Warner’s sons Daryll  and Daryan have already taken guilty pleas. On July 15, 2013, Daryll Warner, a former FIFA development officer, pled guilty to a two-count information charging him with wire fraud and the structuring of financial transactions.

On October 25, 2013, Daryan Warner, pled guilty to a three-count information charging him with wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, and the structuring of financial transactions. Daryan Warner forfeited over $1.1 million around the time of his plea and agreed to pay a second forfeiture money judgment at the time of sentencing.

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Trinidad-Born Award-Winning Designer Completes Android App For Hilton Worldwide

May 28, 2015

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Two time Codie Award winner designer and Caribbean-born entrepreneur and mobile specialist, Anthony Phills. (Photo by: Madeline Eiden)

News Americas, LOS ANGELES, CA., Thurs. May 28, 2015:  Two time Codie Award winner designer and Caribbean-born entrepreneur and mobile specialist, Anthony Phills,  has just completed a mobile app for Hilton Hotels worldwide.

The Hilton HHonors 2.0 mobile app is now available in the Google Play Store.

Working with Hilton’s D3 and Mobileforming as lead Android designer, Phills redesigned the HHonors from the ground up. He incorporated Google’s new material design through the overall look and feel of the application.

With the new look, users will be presented with a better user experience, bolder look, edge-to-edge photography during the booking process and a total redesign process of multi-room bookings with interactive cards. After you have finished booking a room through the HHonors app, guests can take the time to look at the new RUA (Request Upon Arrival) sections with the updated design.

Phill’s designs have been featured in Disney’s 2014 movie, ‘The Million Dollar Arm’ and his client list includes Universal Music Group, AT&T application delivery service, FOX News, Jay-Z’s 40/40 club, Adobe InDesign, Microsoft, Real Networks and Siemens. Additionally, he was a finalist in 2013 for the Digital Magazine Awards for CariComm Magazine on the iPad and Android tablets.

 

 

 

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This Caribbean Nation Bucks Recent Election Trends

May 26, 2015

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A voter at a Suriname poll on Mon. May 25, 2015. (OAS image)

News Americas, Paramaribo, Suriname, Weds. May 27, 2015: Suriname’s ex-dictator and convicted drug trafficker, President Desi Bouterse, seems set to defy recent Caribbean electoral trends to lead his party to a second-term win Monday.

While voters in Montserrat, Antigua & Barbuda, St. Kitts & Nevis, Anguilla and Guyana have given their incumbent governments the boot in recent months, Bouterse’s National Democratic Party (NDP) have secured enough votes to win 27 seats in the 51-member National Assembly and serve another term according to partial results to date.

So far, the NDP appears on track for the biggest win by a single party in Suriname’s history, enabling it to govern alone for the first time in a country used to coalition rule.

The results to date will allow Bouterse, 69, to possibly end his alliance with former guerrilla leader Ronnie Brunswijk. Bouterse  has been President of Suriname since 2010. From 1980 to 1987 he was Suriname’s de facto leader when the country was under military rule.

The win comes as Bouterse’s son Dino Bouterse, former head of the Suriname Anti-Terrorist Unit, is serving a 16-year sentence in the United States after being convicted in Manhattan, New York, on charges of drug smuggling and trying to help Hezbollah set up a base in Suriname and Latin America.

Full official results from Monday’s election, however, will be ratified in about two weeks.

The Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS/EOM) on Tuesday congratulated the citizens of Suriname for their exemplary civic participation but recommended Suriname lawmakers discuss and incorporate regulations regarding political-campaign financing and consider introducing some sort of public funding scheme for political parties.

 

 

 

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Newest Caribbean Head Of State Helps Mark 49th Independence Anniversary

May 26, 2015

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New Guyana President David Granger and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, witness the hoisting of the Golden Arrowhead at the wreath laying ceremony in observance of Guyana’s 49th Independence Anniversary on May 26, 2015. (GINA IMAGE)

News Americas, BRICKDAM, Guyana, Weds. May 27, 2015: The Caribbean’s newest head of state yesterday braved rain to lead his nation in celebration of the 49th independence anniversary at the newly refurbished Independence Arch on Brickdam, Guyana.

New Guyana President David Granger joined thousands of Guyanese early Tuesday morning in a wreath laying ceremony and hoisting of the country’s flag, the Golden Arrowhead, to mark the South American nation’s independence from Britain on May 26, 1966.

Also joining the celebration was new Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and his wife Seeta Nagamootoo as well as Guyana’s new First Lady, Sandra Granger and new ministers of the cabinet.

Upon his arrival, the President took the Presidential salute, which was followed by a two-minute silence for those who struggled for Guyana’s Independence.

In his address to the nation, President Granger said the event should be seen as a solemn remembrance of the lives and labor of Guyana’s heroes.

Guyanese workers, he said were the true pioneers of independence as they were the ones who rebelled against British colonialism, first during the distress after the first and second world wars in 1918 and 1945, respectively.

Independence, said Granger, is a means to an end but “the end must be to the changing of our society and the revolutionizing of the economy.”

“Let us resolve therefore to work together to change our society into one of greater equality, let us strive to change our economy into one of greater prosperity, let us change our country to a nation of love, a nation of unity,” he added.

Later in the afternoon, a celebration of the independence and the new APNU+AFC government’s public swearing in was held at the country’s National Stadium at Providence on the East Bank of Demerara.

The event saw over 19,000 people showing up with flags in tow to witness and celebrate at a pre-show that featured musicians, dancers and a color guard and guard of honor by the country’s Guyana Defense Force and the Guyana Police Force.

Also attending the event was former Commonwealth Secretary General, Guyana-born Sir Shridath Ramphal and Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Jerome Stuart.

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This Americas Body Gets A New Secretary General

May 26, 2015

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New OAS SG Luis Almagro Lemes

News Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C., Weds. May 27, 2015: The Organization of American States (OAS) officially has a new secretary general.

Former Foreign Minister of Uruguay, Luis Almagro Lemes, on Tuesday was sworn in during a meeting of the Permanent Council in Washington, DC.

The Uruguayan diplomat was elected Secretary General on March 18th with 33 votes in favor.

Secretary General Almagro was elected for a period of five years and will serve from May 2015 to May 2020. He is the second Uruguayan to lead the OAS, after Jose Antonio Mora (1956-1968).

He takes over from Chilean José Miguel Insulza who served as SG from 2005-2015.

 

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