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Police need to ‘unpack stereotypical thinking’

By ed 07.10.2009

By RON FANFAIR

Racial profiling is an everyday lived reality that the Toronto Police Service (TPS) cannot deny, Deputy Chief Keith Forde told delegates at a one-day conference last week that examined the issue of racially-biased policing.

“Communities are not fabricating racial profiling,” Forde said. “Police services need to be cognizant and aware of the impact of this. Over-policing of certain communities, reinforcing negative stereotypes, lack of confidence in police and combative relationships between the police and certain communities serve to erode the public’s trust.

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Jamaican diplomats head home

By ed 07.10.2009

By RON FANFAIR

They worked together in Jamaica’s public service before being reunited as their country’s diplomatic representatives in Ottawa and Toronto.

Jamaica’s High Commissioner to Canada, Evadne Coye and Consul General to Toronto, Anne-Marie Bonner, have completed their tours of duty and are heading back home.

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Jamaica expecting record number of Canadian tourists

By ed 07.10.2009

KINGSTON, Jamaica: Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett says a record number of Canadians are expected to visit the nation during the upcoming winter tourist season.

“Canada is our fastest growing market,” Bartlett said. “Two years ago, the Canadian market was providing around 150,000 Canadian stopover visitors and, for this year, we’re looking at close to 300,000, which represents a 28 per cent increase over last year.”

Bartlett was speaking during a recent visit to Canada to thank travel partners for helping to make Canada the fastest growing market for Jamaica. He met with travel agents, airline officials and tour operators in Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg, which have shown strong growth in recent times.

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Black Youth Helpline volunteers honoured

By ed 29.07.2009

By RON FANFAIR

At a simple ceremony last Friday in North York, the federal government recognized volunteers in a community project that empowers Black women residing in priority neighbourhoods in the Greater Toronto Area.

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Caribana stalwarts honoured at gala

By ed 29.07.2009

By RON FANFAIR

Ian Jones began playing the steelpan 50 years ago with the popular Invaders Steel Orchestra in Trinidad while he was still a student at Queen’s Royal College.

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Young Toronto dancers off to Jamaica

By ed 29.07.2009

By RON FANFAIR

Members of a Toronto dance troupe will travel to Jamaica on Saturday for the 11th Dance & Child International one-week conference in Kingston.

The Children Dance Theatre’s 12-member group will make its first appearance at the conference which promotes opportunities throughout the world for children and young people to experience dance as creators, performers and spectators, ensures the dance interests of the youths are recognized and developed and provides for the exchange of ideas on dance programs in school and in the community.

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Test Story

By ed 25.07.2009

Test Story

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Helping patients with sickle cell is group’s focus

By ed 20.05.2009

By RON FANFAIR

Victoria Idowu has learned to cherish every moment of her life after a near-death experience almost two years ago.

Her family had already started to make funeral arrangements when she lapsed into a coma following a blood transfusion that helps reduce recurrent pain crises for sickle cell anemia patients.  She recovered after being hospitalized for three months and will graduate this semester from Philip Pocock Catholic Secondary School in Mississauga.

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Spencer returned to power in Antigua/Barbuda

By ed 18.03.2009

By RON FANFAIR

Antiguans and Barbudans have given the United Progressive Party (UPP) and its leader, Baldwin Spencer, another five-year mandate to govern the twin-island nation.

The party secured nine seats, which is three less than it captured in the 2004 elections while its main rival, the Antigua Labour Party (ALP), increased its seat total from four to seven in the 17-seat legislature. Trevor Walker, whose Barbuda People’s Movement is closely aligned with the ALP, retained his seat on the island that forms part of the state of Antigua & Barbuda.

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U.S. accuses Stanford of running a “Ponzi scheme”

By ed 09.03.2009

WASHINGTON, D.C.: The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has accused Texas financier, Allen Stanford, of committing a multi-billion-dollar fraud in a similar manner as Wall Street financier, Bernard Madoff.

“For at least a decade, R. Allen Stanford and (his accomplice) James M. Davis, through companies they control…executed a massive Ponzi scheme,” the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said in an amended complaint.

A Ponzi scheme, named after a crook in the 1920s, is a pyramid scheme where new investors’ money is used to pay profits to existing clients.

Madoff was accused in December of masterminding a similar scheme for $50 billion.

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