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I n a direct response to alarming stories of several indi-

viduals on the synthetic marijuana, or K2, drug is flood-
ing emergency rooms and police departments, acting
violent, delusional, anxious and combative several, Bronx
elected officials are protesting against the widespread use
of the drug in their respective communities.
New York City Council Member Andy King who led a com-
munity march recently that began and ended at the corner of East
216th Street and White Plains Road in 12th Council District said THINKING OF
“the route encompassed much of the so-called “Zombieland” cre-
ated by a presence of K2 in that area.” The marchers made stops in GOING NATURAL?
front of delis known for selling the K2 drug. NEW BEGINNING
He was joined by State Sen. Jamaal Bailey, State Assembly BEAUTY STUDIO
Member Victor Pichardo, Bronx Deputy Borough President Mar- 501 South 8th Ave, Mt. Vernon
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work, Bronx Chapter; Community Board 12, Williamsbridge

New York City Council Member Andy King recently led a NAACP, local school principals, clergy, parents, and youth.
community march against the wide spread use of the syn-
Continued on page 5
thetic marijuana or K2 in Bronx.

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A way to make paying your rent work for you!
R ecently the NYC Comptroller, Scott
M. Stringer visited the North East
Bronx at a Town Hall meeting. The meet-
Therefore, to combat this disparity,
Scott Stringer, and the Banana Kelly, Com-
munity Improvement Association launched
ing was full as many Bronx residents came a pilot program to help New Yorkers boost
out to learn about the new changes that will their credit scores by paying their rent. New
occur in the Bronx; one of which is the York City renters will be able to apply their
“Making rent count pilot program initia- monthly rent payments toward their credit
tive.” scores. FLORIDA HOMES
According to the NYC Comptroller,
“One of the economic threats to our city is
This pilot program will be launched
first in the South Bronx where six hundred
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promise that they will pay later. Therefore,
working towards increasing or maintaining
quently, this will benefit those who usually
pay their rent on time to boost their credit
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a good credit score will get you the things score.
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low credit scores. Seventy-eight percent of
This will also help to encourage those
who are delinquents in paying their rent, to
start doing so now and on time to increase
residents rent their homes, more than ninety
However, according to Scott M. percent of residents are black or Hispanic, their credit score and in the same breath to
Stringer, “one in five New Yorkers have no and one in ten residents live in the New improve their quality of life.
credit score at all and in communities with York City Housing projects.”
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P e o p l e A r e Ta l k i n g . . . ! A re you concerned that you are

not getting a satisfactory re-
turn on your savings in the bank?
If you are, we can show you
Not for sale, not for rent, and not for hire how to get up to 15% interest on
your savings.
Y ou should know that the City of New
York has become the first city in the na-
tion that has regulated Uber.
The support, that the For Hire Vehicles
Committee, received from our Council
You are guaranteed not to fall
below a floor of 0.75% interest
It is also very important for you to know Speaker Corey Johnson, and his chief of Staff, and will never loose your money
that even those responsible for Uber being the Mr. Jason Goldman was vital allowing us to unlike other risky savings or in-
cause of drivers taking their lives, and the move forward in accomplishing our goals on vestments.
devastation of the Yellow Taxi industry, now behalf of the Taxi industry. Their support was
are taking and claiming credit for what The
For Hire Vehicle Committee has accom-
honest, sincere and greatly appreciated.
The City Council’s Central staff, Ms.
T his program also has an insur-
ance component that provides
long term care, loss of income
plished. Malak Masderdean and Mr. Louis Cholea-
The For Hire Vehicle Committee was cre- Brown, Mr. Hector Figueroa President of and life insurance benefits."
ated by Council Speaker Corey Johnson under 32BJ, The Metropolitan Taxi Cab Board of
a negotiation with Bronx Borough President Trade, Ms. Bhairavi Desai from The NY Taxi ———————————————————-
Ruben Diaz Jr., and the Bronx Democratic Workers Alliance and Mr. Richard Lipsky and For information, please call
County Chairman, Assemblyman Marcos Cre- the Drivers with the Yellow Cowboy Hats, Donovan Boyd, 917-670-2767
spo. Councilmembers Brad Lander and Steven or
After becoming aware of my efforts to WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW Levin were all extremely helpful in our en-
solve the problems of The For Hire Vehicle By Councilman Rubén Díaz Sr. deavors. For adverts call
drivers, and my serious commitment and con- District 18 Bronx County, New York Continued on page 4 914-6634973
cern for this industry, Assemblyman Crespo
was very influential in convincing the with the hopes of impeding some of my initial
Speaker, Corey Johnson to appoint me as the legislation. In their efforts, sometimes we
Chair of this newly created Committee. This were confronted by some individuals that even
Committee is geared toward exploring the is- ignored the Speakers instructions.
sues that negatively impact the drivers of the Today this legislation has passed, and I
taxi industry, especially the livery drivers have to recognize the efforts of the Committee
under the Transportation Committee which Counsel Mr. Christopher Lynn, who on many
was led by Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez. occasions had to become a thorn on the side
Councilmember Rodriguez and some of of many. This was to ensure that what had to
the same councilmembers that are now claim- be done was done correctly.
ing credit were responsible, in 2016, for ap-
proving legislation to increase penalties up to
$10,000.00 for those drivers picking up pas-
sengers in the street in order to give Uber and
others the opportunity to be the ones allowed
to do street hails. KADIA-LOY KNIGHT
By taking away the Taxi Section from Editor
the Transportation Committee, and creating
Consulting Editors:
the newly independent Committee, Speaker GLORIA BENT; PAULETTE GRANT
Johnson gave me the authority and the oppor- ANGELLA GOLDING; ANTHONY TURNER
tunity to hold public hearings and to question, PATRICK MAITLAND
even The Taxi and Limousine Commissioner, Business office:
about the abuses done to livery drivers and al- Street Hype Newspaper
lowing Uber to devastate the Yellow Taxi in- 329 Miller Place, Mount Vernon, NY 10550
dustry. Tel: 914-663-4972-3 • Fax: 914-663-4972
There were some central council staff and
some councilmembers working to put an end
to my efforts as The Committee Chairman,

Collins Indicted
on insider trad-
ing Charges

R epublican U.S. Rep. Christopher

Collins of New York was arrested
Wednesday on charges he fed inside in-
formation that he gleaned from sitting on
the board of a biotechnology company to
his son, helping others dodge hundreds of
thousands of dollars in losses when bad
news came out.
The charges were announced against
Collins, a staunch supporter of President
Donald Trump who is up for re-election
in November.

Interns at city government: (l-r) Jaydah Glasgow, Keishaun George, Zene Willughby, Councilman Williams, Jahlil Rush,
Hongxiang Zhao, and Olu Oladitan in the balcony of Council Chambers. (Photo Credit: Ernest Skinner)

Intern class sees city government firsthand

R ecently, the summer intern class at Council
Member Jumaane D. Williams' office had
the opportunity to see New York City govern-
will follow his example in providing youth the
space for much-needed growth.
"It's exciting to see young people who are
fice for that growth. I want to thank them for
all of their hard work."
Applications are currently being accepted
Congressman Collins
ment operating up close, on a trip to City Hall so interested in engaging with city govern- for the fall internship program for District 45.
An indictment unsealed in federal
for the Council's Stated Meeting. During Stated ment," said Council Member Jumaane D. Interested candidates should send a letter of in-
court in Manhattan charges Collins, the meetings, large amounts of legislation are put Williams. "A summer job helps develop essen- terest and resume to Council Member
congressman’s son and the father of the before the full body for deliberation and a vote. tial skills for students, and it's always been a Williams' Chief of Staff, Rance Huff at
son’s fiance with conspiracy, wire fraud The intern class took the opportunity to priority for me to create opportunities in my of-
and other counts. watch the proceedings from the balcony of
Prosecutors say the charges relate to Council Chambers as a number of important
a scheme to gain insider information bills were discussed and voted upon. These in-
about Innate Immunotherapeutics Lim- cluded a proposed street co-naming by Council
ited, a biotechnology company headquar- Member Williams, creating Jean-Jacques
tered in Sydney, Australia, with offices in Dessalines Boulevard in Flatbush. The measure
Auckland, New Zealand. passed overwhelmingly.
The summer class of 2018 interns comes
According to the indictment, the de-
from all different backgrounds and schools, in-
fendants tried to get early word on the re-
cluding many from the 45th District. They
sults of trials of a drug the company work in various departments, including legisla-
developed to treat multiple sclerosis. tive, community outreach and constituent af-
The 68-year-old Collins, a conserva- fairs. The group visiting on Wednesday
tive who was first elected in 2014 to rep- operates primarily out of the district office in
resent parts of western New York East Flatbush.
between Buffalo and Rochester, has de- Council Member Williams has made it a
nied any wrongdoing. When the House priority to open up internship opportunities at
his district and legislative offices, providing
Natural &Organic
Ethics Committee began investigating the
stock trades a year ago, his spokeswoman
called it a “partisan witch hunt.”
summer employment for youth throughout the
city. It is his hope that other local businesses
& Caribbean

Not for sale, not for that this legislation was motivated by politi- Meals, Grocery
Juice Bar & Catering
cal contributions. This not true! And this is
rent, and not for hire not right.
You should know that my only intention
Continued on page 4 was to bring equality and justice to the taxi
By the way, it was Christopher Lynn
who was the most instrumental in writing and
industry, that for many years had been used,
abused, and ignored by everyone including
Open Monday - Saturday
helping others write their Legislations.
Finally, it was I who confronted every-
the NYC Administrations.
The press and some of my colleagues
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
one. Some confrontations were contentious
especially the ones I had with the Commis-
have refused to give me any credit or ac-
knowledge that it was the efforts of my Com- 7am–7pm
sioner of the TLC in order for everyone to mittee for this historic moment in NYC.
understand that this committee meant busi-
ness. Also, these confrontations were in-
However, everyone, Uber and company
know that no matter how much money, lies
3565C Boston Road
tended to send a message to those who were
not paying attention to the Committee in the
and scare tactics, there is now, a For Hire
Vehicles Committee, in the NYC Council
Bronx, N.Y. 10469
There were some reporters that tried to
with a Chairman that are not for sale, not for
rent, and not for hire.
make news by twisting everything, and ques-
tioning my integrity and honesty, implying
I am Councilman Ruben Diaz and this Fax 718-653-5499
what you should know.

Man pleads
guilty to rob-
bery charges

T ykeem Hines, 22 of the Bronx pleaded

guilty last Thursday to Robbery in the
Second Degree, a class C violent felony, fol-
lowing a January home robbery in Mount
Vernon. Westchester County Court Judge
Barry Warhit accepted the plea.

Tykeem Hines
On Jan. 14, 2018, Hines committed a gun- Bronx Councilman Andy King addressing protesters including State Sen. Jamaal Bailey, State Assembly Member Victor
point robbery in an apartment on South 13th Pichardo, Bronx Deputy Borough President Marricka Scott-McFadden as well as members of National Action Network, Bronx
Avenue in Mount Vernon. He negotiated to Chapter; Community Board 12, Williamsbridge NAACP, local school principals, clergy, parents, and youth during a street
sell a Moncler brand jacket to the victim march against the widespread use of the K2 drug in several Bronx communities.
over social media. Instead, when he met the
victim for the sale, he brandished a gun in-
side the victim’s apartment and demanded
At the time of the robbery, three adults
Councilman Leads Anti-K2 Campaign
Continued from page 1 “The bill proposes $100,000 fines to a Synthetic marijuana is a designer drug
and a 6-year-old child were present in the
“We want to shut down any stores and any- business or landlord whose storefront is made from lab-synthesized chemicals to
apartment. Hines threatened to shoot the vic-
body selling the K2 drug. We are standing found to have been selling K2 drugs,” said mimic the effect of tetrahydrocannabinol
tims and stole money and a bracelet before
here today united, with the support of the Council Member King. “Landlords, I say to (THC) the psychoactive ingredient in natu-
fleeing from the apartment.
governor, the mayor, the NYPD and the en- you that it’s time you pay attention to who rally marijuana (cannabis).
He ran from the scene and threw his un-
loaded gun to the ground, which was recov- tire community,” said Council Member you rent your storefronts to from now on.”
ered by Mount Vernon Police. He was King.
arrested Feb. 27, 2018, when he appeared in Drawing attention to the dangers of
Bronx Criminal Court for a pending gun K2, Council Member King announced that
charge. he would be introducing a piece of legisla-
Hines is expected to be sentenced Sept. tion in the City Council that will fine busi-
27, 2018. In accordance with his plea agree- nesses that sell K2 or landlords of
ment, he will receive a sentence of six years companies that sell K2.
in state prison.

Bharati S. Kemraj Joins

Patrick B. Jenkins & Associates
P atrick B. Jenkins & Associates, a consult-
ing firm specializing in strategic
of the team at Patrick B. Jenkins & Associ-
ates. Ms. Kemraj combines a knack
solutions for businesses and cam-
paigns, government relations and
community relations, an-
for public service and communica-
tions with a true love of commu-
nity engagement, and I wish
New York’s
Caribbean Voice!
nounced that Bharati S. Kem- her the best in her new en-
raj, has joined the firm as a deavor,” said Borough Presi-
Senior Associate. dent Diaz Jr.
She joins after serving “I had the pleasure of meet-
in the Community Boards ing Patrick over nine years
Unit for Bronx Borough ago and I look forward to New Avails spots for 2018
President Ruben Diaz Jr. working with him in this new
Kemraj has over a capacity,” said Kemraj. “I am
Book your program or
decade of experience working thankful for the years of work- commercials today
in media, non-profit, public and ing with Borough President
government settings. Diaz, from being in the Commu-
“I am excited to welcome her to
the team. My staff and I look forward to
nications and Media Department to
the Community Boards Unit, representing
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working with Ms. Kemraj and we know that him and serving over 1.4 million people of
her diverse background will be valuable to The Bronx.” Whitney Media
our firm,” ” said Patrick B. Jenkins, Presi- Kemraj has spent over twelve years
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office and our loss is undoubtedly the gain

Hurricane Maria West Indian
kills 1,400 in American
Puerto Rico Day Carnival
By Caribbean News Now contributor
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico —
President died
T he government of Puerto Rico has now
estimated in a report to Congress that
Hurricane Maria killed more than 1,400
By NAN Contributor
News Americas, Brooklyn:
people, though the official death toll re-
mains at 64.
The island’s government, citing up-
H ead of the West Indian American Day
Carnival Association, (WIADCA), of
New York, William R. (Bill) Howard,
dated statistics it first reported in June, said passed away Sunday at his home in Brook-
in its latest report to Congress in connection lyn, weeks before this year’s annual carnival
with a $139 billion reconstruction plan that celebration.
there were 1,427 more deaths from Septem-
ber to December 2017 than the average for
the same time period over the previous four Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator Program launched:
years. Jamaican Prime Minister, Andrew Holness (second right), greets Founder of the Virgin
The territory’s government said that the Group, Richard Branson, at the launch of the Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator Pro-
additional deaths resulted from the effects gramme, at the University of the West Indies Mona Campus on August 9. Vice Chancellor
of a storm that led to a “cascading failures” of the University of the West Indies, Hilary Beckles (right) and sprint legend Usain Bolt
in infrastructure across the island of 3.3 mil- also attended the launch which has the objective of making the region the world’s first
lion people. climate-smart zone. Some 26 Countries and more than 40 private- and public-sector part-
The administration of Governor Ri- ners have joined the accelerator, which will transform the region’s economy by fast-track-
cardo Rossello stopped updating its official ing sound public and private investment opportunities that support climate solutions for
death toll months ago and ordered an inves- resilience, social development and broad-based growth for the Caribbean.
tigation amid reports that the number was
substantially undercounted. Public Safety
Department Secretary Hector Pesquera said
Dominican Republic top the list
the new total will reflect the findings of the
investigation, which is expected in the com- for overstaying on their US visas
ing weeks. By NAN Staff Writer
———————————-——- News Americas, New York, NY:

Grenada PM to S ome 45,303 Caribbean nations entered

the U.S. on a business or visitor’s B1/B2
visa in fiscal year 2017 but never left, a
William R. (Bill) Howard

launch inquiry News Americas analysis has found. A press statement from the organization
The NAN analysis of latest Department said Howard, 75, was found dead in his
into citizenship by of Homeland Security data for last Fiscal Brooklyn home by his son William E.
Howard, Jr. shortly after 5 a.m. Sunday. A
investment program Year, shows the majority of Caribbean over-
stays from the last Fiscal Year were by na- coroner’s report has apparently indicated he
By Caribbean News Now contributor tionals from the Dominican Republic. died of natural causes.
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada: The US recently released its ‘Fiscal “We are all devastated,” Howard’s fam-
ily was quoted as saying. “We loved Bill
N ew chairman of the St Kitts-based
Eastern Caribbean Central Bank
(ECCB) Monetary Council, prime minister
Year 2017 Entry/Exit Overstay Report,’
which identifies all overstays, including of
The DHS defines an overstay as “a non-
dearly and will miss him terribly. We would
ask that our privacy is respected as we
foreign-born students, from across the
of Grenada, Dr Keith Mitchell, has an- immigrant who was lawfully admitted to the grieve during this very difficult time.”
world, shows 11, 349 DR nationals over-
nounced he will be launching an inquiry United States for an authorized period but Howard grew up in Fredericksburg,
stayed their visas in FY 2017 alone.
into whether the region’s citizenship by in- remained in the United States beyond his or Virginia before moving to New York. At 23,
The second largest number of
vestment programmes (CIPs) are making it her authorized period of admission.” he became campaign finance manager of
Caribbean overstays from FY 2017 were
mandatory for their applicants to go Meanwhile, 711 Jamaican students, then New York State Legislator Shirley
Haitians, who tallied at 10,558 according to Chisholm, a Caribbean-American lawmaker
through regional security due diligence, as the DHS data. who entered on F, M or J visas as non-im-
they have committed to doing. migrant students or exchange visitors, also who would go on to become a congressional
Jamaicans took the third spot with representative and later a candidate for Pres-
“There are reports circulating of some 9,553 overstaying in FY 2017. overstayed their visas after the period was
citizenship by investment applicants receiv- complete in FY 2017, the highest for any ident.
The Bahamas and Barbados rounded Howard went on to a celebrated career
ing passports without the regional body get- out the top 5 with 3,760 and 2,677 overstays Caribbean nation. They were followed by
in business and government, including a
ting the data about the applicant and not in FY 2017, respectively. 306 Haitian and 296 Dominican Republic
stint as a deputy trustee in the U.S. Justice
conducting the relevant due diligence,” nationals.
Department. He worked in a decades-long
Mitchell told reporters during his weekly
job as vice president for finance with the Eq-
post-cabinet briefing on Monday, according
to Now Grenada.
“Despite the fact that some are saying
Jamaica issues cultivating uitable Life Assurance Society, where he
was involved with making multi-million-
dollar loans to various municipalities, cor-
this doesn’t happen in their jurisdiction, the
fact is that rumours are out there, and I told
licence to grow medical cannabis porations and individuals.
Later, he also served on the Board of
my colleagues that we have to deal with KINGSTON, Jamaica: Pursuant to its licence, GCL has com- Brooklyn’s Jewish Hospital, which then be-
this. If it’s not true, then we have to con-
front it. We cannot just say it’s not true be-
cause the rumours are circulating, so they
G lobal Canna Labs Limited (GCL) has
now formally received its Tier 3 cultiva-
tion licence from the Jamaican Cannabis Li-
menced planting 8,000 seedlings for its first
cycle. The first harvest is anticipated in Q4
2018. GCL has also started the expansion of
came the Interfaith Hospital Cente, where he
chaired the finance committee and once was
president of the nursing school. In addition,
have mandated me to get the facts and to censing Agency, which allows the company its current growing facility in Montego Bay. he was a City University of New York board
examine the issue,” he continued. to cultivate organic medical cannabis at its GCL is committed to achieving its GGAP member from 1983 to 1995.
Applicants to the Caribbean’s various 270,000 square feet facility within its 6.23 (Global Good Agricultural Procedures), GMP Howard also served as First Vice Pres-
CIPs are supposed to get the green light acres site in Montego Bay, Jamaica. (Good Manufacturing Practices) and GMP ident of the Shirley Chisholm Cultural Insti-
from regional vetting bodies like CARI- The company was founded in 2015 and EU (Good Manufacturing Practices – Euro- tute for Children and also participated in the
COM’s Implementation Agency for Crime engages in cultivating, manufacturing, im- pean Union) certifications in months to come. former President Barak Obama’s Presiden-
and Security (IMPACS) and the Joint Re- port, export, distributing, and sell cannabis GCL is also working towards the acqui- tial Medal of Freedom ceremony in tribute
gional Communication Centre agency. for medical and recreational purposes in Ja- sition of an additional 300 acres of land in Ja- to Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm in
maica. maica. Washington, DC.

LEGAL Monsanto ordered to pay $289M
NEWS in world's first Roundup cancer trial
Cooperator Tells Jury He Paid
Off Ex-Union Boss As A Favor
A real estate developer-turned-govern-
A California jury on Friday found Mon-
santo liable in a lawsuit filed by a man
who alleged the company’s glyphosate-
ment-cooperator told a Manhattan jury based weed-killers, including Roundup,
Tuesday that he carried a $60,000 cash caused his cancer and ordered the company
bribe to former union president Norman to pay $289 million in damages.
Seabrook on behalf of hedge fund owner The case of school groundskeeper De-
Murray Huberfeld because he thought wayne Johnson was the first lawsuit to go to
both men were "powerful" and he wanted trial alleging glyphosate causes cancer. Mon-
them each to owe him a favor. santo, a unit of Bayer AG following a $62.5
billion acquisition by the German conglom-
erate, faces more than 5,000 similar lawsuits
Silver Again Seeks Bail During
across the United States.
Appeal Of 2nd Conviction The jury at San Francisco’s Superior
Former New York State Assembly Court of California deliberated for three days
Speaker Sheldon Silver on Monday again before finding that Monsanto had failed to
sought a reprieve from prison while he warn Johnson and other consumers of the
appeals his second conviction on corrup- cancer risks posed by its weed killers.
tion charges, claiming the trial court It awarded $39 million in compensatory
wrongly told jurors that no quid pro quo and $250 million in punitive damages.
deal needed to be proven to find the for- Monsanto in a statement said it would
merly powerful Empire State politician appeal the verdict. “Today’s decision does
Groundskeeper, Dewayne Johnson to receive $289 million in damages.
guilty of bribery. not change the fact that more than 800 sci-
Roundup and Ranger Pro, another Monsanto Over the course of the four-week trial,
entific studies and the fact
glyphosate herbicide. Johnson’s doctors said jurors heard testimony by statisticians, doc-
Real Estate Rumors: Mack, that glyphosate does not cause cancer, and
he is unlikely to live past 2020. tors, public health researchers and epidemi-
Midtown Capital, Riviera Resort did not cause Mr. Johnson’s cancer,” the
A former pest control manager for a ologists who disagreed on whether
company said.
Mack Real Estate Credit Strategies has California county school system, Johnson, glyphosate can cause cancer.
Monsanto denies that glyphosate, the
reportedly loaned $125 million for a 46, applied the weed killer up to 30 times per The U.S. Environmental Protection
world’s most widely used herbicide, causes
Brooklyn residential and retail project, year. Agency in September 2017 concluded a
cancer and says decades of scientific studies
Midtown Capital is said to have bought a Brent Wisner, a lawyer for Johnson, in decades-long assessment of glyphosate risks
have shown the chemical to be safe for
Florida office property for $14.75 mil- human use.
a statement said jurors for the first time had and found the chemical not likely carcino-
lion, and Riviera Resort Club Developers seen internal company documents “proving genic to humans. But the World Health Or-
Johnson’s case, filed in 2016, was fast-
is said to have sold a shuttered Florida that Monsanto has known for decades that ganization’s cancer arm in 2015 classified
tracked for trial due to the severity of his
hotel for $17.27 million. glyphosate and specifically Roundup could glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to hu-
non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the
cause cancer.” He called on Monsanto to mans.”
lymph system that he alleges was caused by
FIFA Seeks Restitution From “put consumer safety first over profits.”
Former Execs In Bribery
FIFA on Monday asked a New York fed-
How USCIS Estimates Application
eral judge to hold a pair of South Ameri-
can soccer presidents responsible for
and Petition Processing Times
some of more than $28.1 million in legal
fees the organization claimed to have U .S. Citizenship and Immigration Serv-
ices (USCIS) has long been faulted for
releasing processing time estimates for im-
in an attempt to remedy this problem.
The pilot program changed how USCIS
estimates processing times for four of the
become more accurate for the four types of
applications included in the pilot program,
some problems remain. Additionally, the
racked up during the investigation and
migration benefit applications that are far most widely used immigration benefit appli- pilot program has not yet been extended to
trial that ended in their racketeering con-
shorter than the amount of time actually re- cations, such as those for green cards and cit- the many other types of immigration benefit
victions last year.
quired to process the applications. In March izenship. applications and petitions which fall under
2018, the agency introduced a pilot program While processing time estimates have the purview of USCIS.
Weed Killer In Rachael Ray's
'Natural' Dog Food, Suit Says
Celebrity chef Rachael Ray falsely
claims that her heavily advertised dog
food is “natural” because tests show it
contains an herbicide used to kill weeds,
according to a misleading-food-labeling
suit filed recently in New York federal

AGs Urge DC Circ. To

OK Block On Detainee
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World U20 Reggae Boyz to
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Kenya J amaica's national Under 23 football
team will face St Vincent and the

T he 18th staging of the IAAF World

Under-20 Championships in 2020
will be held from July 7 to 12 in Nirobi,
Grenadines in two friendly internationals
later this month in preparation for the
2020 Olympic Games qualifiers later this
Kenya. The governing body of athletics year.
made this announcement on Thursday The matches will be played on August
and they have awarded Nairobi to host 24 and 26 at Arnos Vale in Kingstown, St.
this event after staging the World Under- Vincent. The squad will be guided by
18 Championship last year, which saw head coach Donovan Duckie with Merron
over 60,000 spectators in the stands Gordon as his assistant.
every day during the event. The full squad for these two games
President of the IAAF Sebastian Coe reads: Deshane Beckford, Javain Brown,
says he hopes this event will continue to Jamoi Topey, Daniel Green, Alex Mar-
enhance the development of the Sport on shall, Kaheem Parris, Tevin Shaw, Ajani
the African continent. Jamaica won 4 Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt in training with Talbott, Ricardo Thomas, Peter Lee Vas-
gold, 5 silver and 3 bronze medals at the Norwegian side Stromsgodset earlier this year sell, Jeadine White, Eric Edwards, Cha-
vaney Willis, Ricardo Dennis, Venton
2018 edition of the World Under-20
Championships in Tampere, Finland. Bolt to train indefinitely Evans, Ray Campbell, Clifton Woodbine
This performance placed them second in and Shandel Senior.
the medal table behind Kenya. with Australian football club ——————

J amaican sprint legend Usain Bolt will
join Central Coast Mariners for an
"indefinite training period", the Aus-
for the first time on August 18.
Shaun Mielekamp, Chief Executive
Officer at the Central Coast Mariners, Boyz set
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draw from their large pool of players to
make up the squad for both games.
Asked by the Jamaica Observer
whether players would be employed in
both games, Ricketts said that while that
was a question for Head Coach Theodore
Whitmore, it was unlikely.
“We have a large squad and we will
be able to manoeuvre in an effective way
so that we have two different squads play-
ing both games,” Ricketts said. “We will
be bringing in some overseas-based play-
Russell assault powers Tallawahs to stunning win: ers, some from England and also from the
Andre Russell bludgeoned 13 sixes and 6 fours in his 49-ball innings. Russell's MLS, but the core of the teams will be
power-packed performance (121* off just 49 balls, a hat-trick and a stunning catch) made up of home-based players.”
in Jamaica Tallawahs' game against defending champions, Trinbago Knight Riders, The JFF president admitted it was a
in Trinidad, on Saturday (August 10). When Russell arrived at the crease, curious situation where Jamaica will be
Tallawahs were struggling at 41 for 5, chasing a massive target of 224. At that junc- playing a tougher team in a friendly two
ture, even the last whiff of hope seemed to be fast evaporating from Tallawahs' days before a full international against a
camp. But the all-rounder lifted the air of gloom surrounding the visiting side with weaker team. but the latter game would
a stunning assault and powered Tallawahs to a believe-it-or-not come-from-behind carry more importance.
four-wicket win. On the other side, the vanquished Knight Riders' players looked - Courtesy of Jamaica Observer
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Rihanna is the first black woman on Vogue's cover

Rihanna has become the first black woman on the cover of British Vogue's coveted
September issue in its 102 year history. The singer shared some images from her
Vogue photo shoot on Instagram, thanking Edward Enninful, who is the magazine's
first black editor-in-chief. The news comes after Beyonce's announcement of her own
Nicki Minaj releases fourth album Vogue feature.

R apper Nicki Minaj released her

fourth studio album, Queen, on
Queen includes previously released
singles Chun-Li, and the Ariana
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Beenie Man celebrating 40 years
She made the announcement dur-
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tures several collaborations with
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on Beats 1. The Weeknd, Future and Foxy Brown. T his year makes it 40 years since self
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Beenie Man has been in the music indus-
Samantha J recovering The entertainer will be celebrating the
occasion with his Summer Sizzle show at
from fall in Belize the Jamalco Sports Club in Clarendon on
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perating from injuries she received after paper, she explained that in addition to the
Wednesday at the Rocky Point Seafood
falling down a flight of stairs last Friday surgery she has to do on her jaw, her arm
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jaw, a fractured hand and swelling to her at events during Belize's biggest cultural show are Gyptian, Chris Martin, Tommy
lower back. celebration, the Costa Maya Festival. Lee, Aidonia, D'Angel, Jahvinci, Rygin
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Jamaica Celebrates its 56th year of Independence

T he Colony of Jamaica gained independ-
ence from the United Kingdom on 6 Au-
gust 1962. In Jamaica, this date is celebrated
as Independence Day, a national holiday.
The Caribbean island now known as Ja-
maica was first settled by the Arawak and
Taíno peoples, who originated in neighboring Church Service
South America. Genoan explorer Christopher
Columbus discovered Jamaica in 1494 dur- set for August 5
ing his second voyage to the New World, and
claimed it for Crown of Castile. At this time,
over two hundred villages existed in Jamaica, I n celebration of Jamaica’s 56th An-
niversary of Independence, the
Consulate General of Jamaica – New
largely located on the south coast and ruled
by caciques, or "chiefs of villages". York will be hosting its annual an In-
The Spanish Empire began its official dependence Church Service and Flag-
rule in Jamaica in 1509. After 146 years of raising Ceremony on August 5, 2018.
Spanish rule, a large group of British sailors The ceremony will be held at the
and soldiers landed in the Kingston Harbor Catholic Church of St. Frances of Rome
on 10 May 1655, during the Anglo-Spanish located at 761 East 236th Street, Bronx,
War. The English, who had set their sights on NY 10466. The Flag-raising ceremony
Jamaica after a disastrous defeat in an earlier
will begin at 3:00 pm to be followed by
attempt to take the island of Hispaniola,
the Church Service at 4:00 p.m.
marched toward Villa de la Vega, the admin-
Norman Manley and Alexander Bustamantee - Jamaica’s Founding Fathers Under the theme, “Jamaica 56, Grat-
istrative center of the island.
itude, Love, and Unity,” Consul General
Spanish forces surrendered without During the first half of the 20th century After Norman Manley was elected Chief Deans noted that as is customary, the Ja-
much fight on 11 May, many of them fleeing the most notable Black leader was Marcus Minister in 1955, he sped up the process of
to Spanish Cuba or the northern portion of maican community in the Tri-State area
Garvey, a labor leader and advocate of Black decolonization via several constitutional and greater New York will come together
the island. British colonial jurisdiction over Nationalism. Marcus Garvey is regarded as amendments.
the island was quickly established, with the in worship and fellowship as they seek
a national hero in present-day Jamaica. These amendments allowed for greater God’s continuous guidance and prosperity
newly renamed Spanish Town named the As World War II came to a close, a self-government and established a cabinet of
capital and home of the local House of As- for the people of Jamaica.
sweeping movement of decolonization over- ministers under a Prime Minister of Jamaica.
sembly, Jamaica's directly elected legislature. “Despite challenges over the years,
took the world. On 19 July 1962, the Parliament of the
Slavery was abolished in the British Em- the people of Jamaica have achieved sig-
British Government and local politicians United Kingdom passed the Jamaica Inde-
pire by the Slavery Abolition Act in 1834. nificant successes in both economic and
began a long transition of Jamaica from a pendence Act, granting independence as of 6
Following a period of intense debate, the na- social gains for which as a Christian na-
crown colony into an independent state. August with The Queen as Head of State. On
tive and African populace of Jamaica were The political scene was dominated by that day, the Union Jack was ceremonially tion we are very thankful to our God and
granted the right to vote; as the 19th century PNP and JLP, with the houses of legislature lowered and replaced by the Jamaican flag savior Jesus Christ. We could not achieve
continued the government allowed some of switching hands between the two throughout throughout the country. Princess Margaret much without a demonstration of genuine
them to hold public office. Despite these ac- the 1950s. opened the first session of the Parliament of love, unity, and respect for each other as
complishments, the white members of Ja- Jamaica on behalf of The Queen. suggested in the Holy Bible,” Consul
maican colonial society continued to hold the General Deans emphasized.
real power.


Never take this accomplishment for granted

F ifty-six years of democratic nationhood
for any country, particularly for a small
developing country like ours, is a major ac-
As you are well aware, the Govern-
ment of Jamaica has made economic
growth and job creation as well as the re-
munities, or establishing businesses, con-
tributes to our nation’s development, as we
continue to work towards achieving Vision
complishment! Jamaica has such a colorful duction of crime and violence its top prior- 2030 Jamaica National Development Plan.
history, making the transition from cen- ities, as we seek to position our country to As we celebrate the 56th anniversary
turies of colonial rule to decades of inde- achieve its fullest potential. of Jamaica’s independence, it is my sincere
pendent rule. Already, we are seeing some encouraging hope that we will become even more united
We celebrate this distinguished tradi- results of this approach: we have achieved as “….one family” in our joint effort to
tion of social and political stability and macroeconomic stability and low inflation; tackle the challenges we face, in order to
democratic rule, marked by free elections unemployment has fallen to 9.6%, the low- make “Jamaica the place of choice to live,
and seamless transition of government. We est recorded since October 2007; and there work, raise families and do business”. As
should never take this accomplishment for has been modest growth in the economy, we “give thanks and praise to the Lord…”,
granted. driven by an increase in exports in goods “let’s get together and feel alright”.
Our impact internationally also belies and services. Happy “Emanci-pendence” 2018. One
our small size. Jamaica is well known for Let me take this opportunity to express love!
the role it played in shaping the global my heartfelt appreciation to the members
human rights architecture as far back as the of the Jamaican Diaspora in the United
1960s, even before gaining independence. BY AUDREY MARKS States who continue to give sacrificially,
As host of the headquarters of the Interna- Ambassador of Jamaica to the USA volunteering their time, energy and re-
tional Seabed Authority in Kingston, our ——————————————— sources towards the well-being of the wider
outstanding role in shaping global gover- Reggae Music’s best known ambassa- Jamaican family, both those at home and
nance of the oceans is clearly recorded. dor, the late great, Bob Marley, is recog- abroad. I continue to be inspired by the fact
In addition, we have earned the nised in every corner of the globe as a that the years and distance that separate us
moniker, “sprint capital of the world”, cultural icon who, while advocating for so- have not in any way diminished your love,
which is attributed to the strong athletic cial justice, also promoted unity. affinity and strong ties to our beloved
prowess of our skillful athletes. We con- The celebration of the 56th anniver- homeland.
tinue to tantalise the tastebuds of many with sary of Jamaica’s independence with Mar- Jamaicans in the Diaspora have, over
our renowned jerk, the iconic Jamaican ley’s song “One Love” designated “Song of the years, touched our hearts with their re-
patty, the inimitable blue mountain coffee the Millennium” by BBC in 1999, as part markable spirit of generosity while flying
and several other gastronomic delights, of our theme is indeed quite fitting. “One the ‘black, green and gold’ with pride in
which characterise our exquisite cuisine. love…. One family” serves as a rallying their adopted countries. Your support,
Our reggae music, immortalised by call for Jamaicans, both at home and whether in the form of books and other re-
several of our talented artistes and musi- abroad, to unite to achieve our national de- sources to our children, the establishment
cians contributes not only to the music in- velopment goals. and refurbishing of basic schools, the reg-
dustry but also to global culture. ular visits of medical missions to rural com-

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An expression of our gratitude to God! JAMAICAN

W e set foot on the path of nationhood
August 6, 1962 and sang a new an-
who fall ill. Recently, Professor Reginald
Blake, who hails from St. Catherine, re-
them, Jamaica Land We Love. The lyrics
came from the pen of Reverend Hugh Sher-
ceived the United States Presidential
Award for Excellence in teaching or
lock, a man of God who led a ministry to mentoring in Science, Technology, Engi-
the poor in Trench Town. neering and Mathematics. This award is the
The words were composed by the Hon. highest honour bestowed upon mentors
Robert Lightbourne, the then Minister of who work to expand talent in the STEM
Trade and Industry and the arrangement fields. Jamaica continues to uphold at home
was by the Lawyer and Musician, and in the international community, the
Mapletoft Poulle. Our anthem did not ex- principles of government based on the will
press the strain of militancy that character- of the people and of open economies where
izes many of the anthems in the world; ours people from disadvantaged groups may rise
was a prayer to god for guidance and pro- to the highest levels in the society.
tection as we entered the new estate, “Eter- Jamaica continues to observe and pro-
nal Father Bless Our Land, Guard us with mote the United Nations International Dec-
Thy Mighty Hand.” BY TRUDY DEANS laration of Human Rights and is active on
As we mark the 56th year of nation- Consul General of Jamaica, New York many of the World Body’s committees that
hood, it is fitting that we should express our —————————————— promote cultural diversity and the removal
gratitude to God for watching over us the international song of the year and a goal of the barriers to human development based
through these many years and the blessings to which all mankind should strive. on gender, religious belief, racial origin or
that see us still living together in unity, still But Marley is not the only Jamaican social class. In these and other areas, Ja-
loving one another, and still loving our who has won international acclaim for the maica has and continues to give her best to
One of the distinguishing marks of Ja-
country; other persons like Usain Bolt,
Asafa Powell, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce,
the world.
On behalf of the Prime Minister, the
S herene Hall is one of the Bronx’s
most young, powerful, influential
and dedicated civic leaders. Born and
maica, is that the country is a living exam- and Veronica Campbell have been the toast Government and people of Jamaica, and my
raised on the beautiful Caribbean Is-
ple of the fact that people of different of more than one renewal of the Olympic staff at the Consulate, we express our sin-
land of Jamaica, Ms. Hall’s dedication
cultures and ethnic origins can live together Games. Our second- generation Jamaicans cere gratitude to the nations of the world,
to family and community is unques-
as one people as they move forward in their such as Brianna Williams is making her who have offered congratulations on our
quest for political, social and economic suc- mark on the world athletic stage. So too is country’s attainment of its 56'" year of In-
Since the tender age of 12, she has al-
cess. Michael Rainey Jnr, as an Actor in the ac- dependence.
ways loved and been involved in commu-
One of the best expressions of this phi- claimed Starz series, Power. We look forward to continue to build
nity activities.
losophy came from the pen of international In the field of science, the Jamaican partnerships with the rest of the world, in
Hall has been a member of the
reggae artiste, Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley Scientist, Dr. Henry Lowe is at the forefront making Jamaica a better place, as we cele-
Northeast Bronx Community for over 17
in his song, “One Love, One Heart, let’s get of the effort to develop the healing proper- brate our theme, Jamaica 56...0ne
years. She, along with some of her fellow
together and feel all right.” This song, some ties of Cannabis for the benefit of those Love...One Family!
pioneers from the Bridgefield Civic
years ago was recognized by the BBC as Happy Independence Jamaica!
League Inc., began her foray into commu-
nity service five years ago.
She has given her time and talent to
several organizations and currently sits on
the Board of Directors for the Bridgefield
The hottest Civic League, Montefiore Hospital and
place for the Morris Heights Health Center, and she
serves as the Vice President of the 47th
Consulate General of Jamaica, New York
Under the distinguished patronage of latin chat. Precinct Community Council.
Hall’s main goal is to build a healthy
Consul General Trudy Deans relationship with police officers in her
community so that all can be safe and
cordially invites you to attend the enjoy mutual trust and respect. She is cur-
Thanksgiving Church Service rently embarking on a community build-
ing initiative program called “Civic
& Flag-Raising Ceremony Corner.”
This series of events will be geared
In Celebration of Jamaica’s 56th
toward providing the community with in-
Anniversary of Independence
valuable information and creating a
Under the theme medium through which lingering commu-
nity issues can be discussed and resolved.
‘Gratitude, Love and Unity’ Ms. Hall’s hope is to initiate positive
change among community members
to be held on
through these interactive, inspirational,
Sunday, August 5, 2018 empowering and educational sessions.
Flag-Raising Ceremony at 3:00 pm Her mantra has always been “service over
Catholic Church of St. Frances of Rome
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(Family Features) shoes. One inevitable truth about kids: they

I t's that time of year again. Parents are

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with a seemingly never-ending to-do list.
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your child needs a new pair of shoes just
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Rose Ensemble:
Land of 3 Faiths Performance
R ose Ensemble: Land of 3 Faiths will be
performed on Saturday, September 29
at 8:00 p.m. in the Academic Arts Theatre
on the Valhalla campus at Westchester
Community College.
This vocal concert will feature ancient
instruments and musical ideas from Arabic
and European traditions. The entertaining
and enlightening program is steeped in the
Medieval history of the three Abrahamic
faiths, achieving a perfect balance of edgy
improvisation, exotic vocal styles, and an-
cient traditions.
Laments of the Sephardic Jews mingle
with Arab-Andalusian dances and Spanish
court songs, while rhythmic cantigas, He-
brew cantillation, and Gregorian chant
meet the mystical world of Sufi poetry. and click on the “Buy
Tickets are $24 (general admission), Tickets” link.
$22 (students), and $18 (for children under For more information about this per-
13). They may be purchased in advance by formance or the many other exciting cul-
mailing with a check or with cash at the tural events, please call the Office of
Box Office, 30 minutes before the sched- Cultural Affairs at 914-606-6262 or visit us
uled performance time. For online credit online at
card purchases, please visit www.suny-

Chamber Music Shows scheduled for

September 16, 2018 and February 3, 2019
W estchester Community College is
presenting two chamber music mati-
nees in the Classroom Building, Room 200
Winter Interlude features Beethoven,
Mozart, and Schubert favorites on February
3, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.
on the Valhalla campus. Tickets are $20 (general admission),
Strictly Strings Fall Frolic, with works $18 (seniors), and $14 (students). See both
by Baroque masters including Vivaldi, shows for $34. For tickets or information,
Handel, and Bach will be performed on phone 914-606-6262. See the college web-
September 16, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. site for more information at www.suny-

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Man sentenced Police Chief arrested on drug charges
to 17 yrs for M ichael Coppola, the chief of
the Palisades Interstate Park-
way Police Department, was ar-
So prosecutor's office detectives
ensnared Coppola, 43, by putting a
package filled with imitation co-
bank robberies rested Thursday for allegedly caine in the post office box in re-
buying cocaine and having it sponse to a recent order, according
shipped to a Passaic County post of- to the prosecutor's office.
A Union County, New Jersey, man was
sentenced today to 204 months in
prison for robbing seven banks – and at-
fice box, authorities said in a news
Coppola allegedly picked up the
package, which he thought con-
tempting to rob an eighth bank while Investigators believed Coppola tained cocaine, on Thursday, ac-
brandishing a firearm – committing one
carjacking and attempting to commit three
was ordering drugs through the in- cording to the prosecutor's office.
additional carjackings, and taking a ternet and having it delivered to the A team of detectives then
hostage at gunpoint while fleeing, U.S. post office box, according to the Michael Coppola stopped and arrested the chief on
Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Bergen County Prosecutor's Office. Chief, Palisades Interstate Route 80 in Ridgefield Park.
Marlon Peek, 42, of Plainfield, New Parkway Police Department
Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before
U.S. District Judge Katharine S. Hayden
in Newark federal court to Counts One
through 11, 13, 15, and 17 of an indict-
New Jersey reports first human
ment. The counts include: seven counts of
bank robbery, one count of carjacking, case of West Nile virus this year
one count of attempted bank robbery with
a dangerous weapon, one count of use and Hunterdon County: Health officials say that most peo- ous illness from the virus, one in 10 die,
brandishing of a firearm during a crime of
violence, three counts of attempted car-
jacking, and one count of forced accom-
N ew Jersey health officials report
that the state has seen its first case
of West Nile virus in a human this year.
ple infected with the virus do not see
any symptoms. The Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention say that one in
according to officials.
Several counties around the state are
spraying for mosquitoes to reduce the
paniment in attempting to avoid Officials say that the case was con- 150 people infected develop a serious number that could potentially carry the
apprehension for the attempted armed firmed in Hunterdon County and that illness that affects the central nervous virus.
bank robbery. two other potential cases are under in- system. Symptoms include high fever, Residents are urged to keep pets in-
At each bank, Peek presented a note vestigation. convulsions and muscle weakness, and doors overnight while spraying is un-
demanding cash from bank tellers, includ- Mosquito pools in every county in the illness can put someone in a coma- derway.
ing, on at least six occasions, statements
New Jersey except for Passaic have tose state. Of those who develop a seri-
that he had a gun and would shoot. During
the robbery of the TD Bank in Edison, tested positive for the virus. Officials

The hottest
New Jersey, on March 17, 2015, Peek say that 284 pools tested positive — al-
handed a teller a note that read, in part, “I most 100 more than at this time last
have gun will shoot to kill you have 3 sec- year. Bergen County may be the hardest
onds.” In the course of the attempted rob-
bery of the Bank of America, Peek
hit, with 20 of those pools located there.
More than 100 people across the place for
latin chat.
pointed a loaded firearm directly at a bank country have tested positive for the ill-
teller. ness this year.

Physician on
fraud charges
U nited States Attorney Trent Shores
announced that a federal grand jury
returned an indictment against Adam
Gallardo Arrendondo, 56, of Waxa-
hachie, Texas, charging him with Illegal
Remuneration for Health Care Referrals.
The indictment alleges that Arren-
dondo solicited and received checks in
exchange for referring compounding
prescriptions paid for by federal pro-
grams. Compounding prescriptions are
the result of combining or altering ingre-
dients to create a medication tailored to
the needs of an individual patient that are
not FDA approved. If convicted, he Advertising & Editorial
faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in
prison and a $100,000 fine. Contributions:
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referrals undermines the integrity of our Contributing Editor
health care system. The U.S. Attorney’s
Office will bring to justice those who en-
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Knowing when your relationship is really over

By Samantha Grasso the most important to talk with a partner

A s the song goes, breaking’ up is hard to

do. Maybe you’re a partner hanging on
for dear life wondering how to know when
about. He says that feeling a relationship is
“hopeless” may also be a predictor.
“People will end up saying, ‘Well, we’ll
a relationship is over. never agree on how I spend money, let’s just
Or maybe you’re the one who feels like not talk about it again. Or, ‘We’re never going
the relationship has run its course. Either way, to agree on sex, let’s just not have it anymore.’
reaching that agreement is no simple feat. We And you just wear each other out, because
asked two experts for relationship tips that those are the things that you actually have to
will help you know when your relationship is work through to keep the relationship going,”
over. International renowned sex and relation- Daly says. Daly says couples also clearly want
ship therapist, Cyndi Darnell, and John Daly, to be careful of abusive relationships, includ-
an interpersonal communications expert and ing physical and emotional abuse—he says
communications studies professor at the Uni- those are signs that the relationship is “really
versity of Texas at Austin. bad.”
There is no hard and fast sign indicat-
ing that a relationship is over- We’ll start by
saying that there is not a catch-all sign that
tells you, point blank, that a relationship is
over. As Darnell puts it, “life is not a series of
soundbites.” Daly, too, says that prescriptive-
ness about relationships doesn’t work, and
each couple is different. “We cannot say, cat-
egorically, these are the things that mean a re-
lationship is good, and these are the things that
mean a relationship is bad,” Darnell says.
“Life is really damn complex.”
One person in the relationship is to-
tally checked out-Darnell says less-invested
partners aren’t paying attention. You might
notice they’re spending more time answering
emails or perusing Facebook. Maybe you re-
alize that you haven’t gone on a date in a
while. And this doesn’t necessarily mean a
date where you spend money. Rather, it’s
spending intentional time doing something
that gives attention to the relationship. Darnell
says ultimately, someone decides a relation-
ship is over when they can’t be bothered to
participate, or are no longer willing.
Certain behaviors might indicate that
one person is investing less in a relation-
ship- Daly references the work of Dr. John
Gottman, who launched the world’s first cou-
ples laboratory—the Love Lab—at the Uni-
versity of Washington in 1986. Gottman
developed what Daly calls the “four deadly
sins that [show that] we need to break up,”
which Gottman called the “Four Horsemen:”
criticism, contempt, defensiveness, and
stonewalling. Partners criticize when they cri-
tique the person, instead of the behavior they
take issue with.
A partner may not want to spend time
with you and find excuses not to be around,
or might withdraw physically or emotionally
(though you should determine the reason for
withdrawal). They may exhibit cynicism
about the relationship, or relationships in gen-
eral, Daly says. For example, they might say,
“Wow, look at that couple cuddling over there.
They’re so cute, but they’re going to learn
how bad it is.”
One partner just isn’t ready for what
the other partner wants- Sometimes you’re
just not ready for what your partner is ready
for, like marriage or having children, Daly
says. Perhaps you’d be OK with these life
changes if you had met them 10 years from
now, but not today. That doesn’t mean the re-
lationship is bad, but if you’re on different
pages regarding life changes, things are going
to be “awkward,” to say the least. You may
love your partner, but this breakup may still
be necessary, even if it’s difficult.
You stop communicating about impor-
tant feelings and stressors- A person in a
shifting relationship may also start seeing their
partner’s gains as their own losses, instead of
not caring who “wins” or “loses.” Partners
might stop talking to each other about stres-
sors. That may seem good at first, but he says
that the things that stress us out are probably

Things you have to know to be computer literate
By Justin James 6: Common keyboard commands 7: Basic hardware terminology 8: Simple networking diagnosis computer. It is tough to claim to be

M any of your readers are coast-

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computer knowledge. Help them
If you do not know how to
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are not computer literate. Sorry!
It is tough to have someone help
you with a problem when you tell
them that your "hard drive" is un-
Networking problems create the
most common trouble with most
computers. While you don't need to
computer literate if you can't even
get it hooked up and turned on
without some help.
close the gap by sharing this list of Every operating system has some plugged, when you really mean be able to program a Cisco router,
essential skills. It is tempting to universal keyboard commands, and "the computer." There are a number you should know how to: Deter- 10: Security/privacy 101
think that because you have used a while knowing them won't add 30 of common hardware misunder- mine your IP address; Verify phys- Artificial intelligence is ushering in
computer for a long time, you are minutes back into your day, it will standings out there, and while some ical connectivity to the network; a new era of supply chain optimiza-
"computer literate" or "computer take a lot of the "friction" out of are understandable (for instance, and Check that you have a logical tion: an era where supply chain sys-
savvy," but this is not the case. using a computer. Learning these confusing a NIC with a modem — connection to the network tems can think, analyze, present
Here are some skills you absolutely commands is more a matter of rou- the cables look similar and they findings and provide recommenda-
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puter literate. torial done once a day for a week ing), knowing basic hardware ter- Despite the color coding of connec- teractions with humans. With
will probably be enough to put you minology is a must-have skill to be tions and the fact that most cords Watson Supply Chain, IBM can el-
1: Search engines in the habit, and it will make you a a savvy user. can be plugged into only one hole, evate your existing supply chain
Using a search engine is more than happier user. tons of people still can't hook up a systems to provide greater visibility
typing in the address, putting a cou- and improved transparency.
ple of keywords into the big text
box, clicking Search, and choosing
the first result. While that may

work, it won't give you the best re-
sults much of the time. Learning
the advanced search, Boolean oper-
ators, and how to discern good re-
sults from bad results goes a long


way toward enabling you to use a
computer as a powerful research

2: Word processing
Word processing is one of the old-
est uses for a computer. And it con-
tinues to be extremely important,
even though in many ways its func-
tions have been put into other ap-
plications. (For example, people
may write more emails than docu-
ments, but the task is nearly identi-
cal.) It is tough to claim to be
computer literate if the basic func-
tions of word processing — like
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working with headers — are out-
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New Yorkers should continue
Depression and Anxiety to take precautions against tick bites
T he following nutrient-dense foods
come highly recommended for their
anxiety- and depression-busting proper- T he Health Department announced that a
recently recognized invasive tick species
ties by nutritional-psychiatry specialists now found in parts of the United States was
Dr. Uma Naidoo of Harvard Medical for the first time in New York City.
School and Dr. Drew Ramsey of Colum- The tick, Haemaphysalis longicornis,
bia University. also known as the “longhorned tick,” was
found in the southern section of Staten Is-
Like others in their field, both doctors
land. The tick is primarily found on livestock
emphasize that it’s not an eat-three-al- and wild animals, and has not been shown to
monds-and-call-me-in-the-morning situ- transmit disease in the United States. The
ation. These foods are most effective as Health Department identified this species The longhorned tick
(Haemaphysalis longicornis)
part of a larger program including regu- and worked with Rutgers University Center
lar exercise, a healthy sleep pattern, ther- for Vector Biology to confirm the identifica- missioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett. “As more re-
apy and, where appropriate, medication. tion. search is done, the Department will continue
• BEANS such as small red beans con- Last month, Mayor Bill de Blasio and to aggressively monitor and control ticks on
omega-3 fats, zinc, B vitamins, vitamin Staten Island Borough President Jimmy
tain B vitamins, thiamine, iron and mag- Staten Island and throughout the City and
E and selenium. Oddo announced a new initiative that will
nesium. urge all New Yorkers to take the necessary
• OILS such as olive and fish contain enhance tick surveillance, outreach and con- precautions against tick bites. Even simple
• FERMENTED FOODS such as kimchi omega-3 fats and vitamin E. trol measures on Staten Island to reduce the measures, such as using repellent and wear-
and pickles contain probiotics. • SEAFOOD such as clams, wild salmon risk of Lyme and other diseases that are ac- ing light colored clothing, can make a signif-
• FRUITS such as berries and avocados and anchovies contain zinc, iron, B vita- quired from certain types of ticks found on icant difference.”
(yes, that’s a fruit) contain potassium, B Staten Island including the blacklegged tick. “This new discovery underscores the
mins, omega- 3 fats, magnesium and se-
vitamins, vitamin C and magnesium. The City will increase spending by approxi- importance of our recent efforts to control the
lenium. mately $600,000 a year.“
• LEAFY GREENS such as spinach and • SEEDS such as sunflower and chia tick population and educate Staten Islanders
While it has been reported that the long- about protecting themselves from Lyme dis-
kale contain magnesium, iron, zinc, vi- contain vitamin E, vitamin B1, magne- horned tick has transmitted disease to hu- ease and other tick-borne illnesses,” said
tamin A, vitamin E and B vitamins. sium, zinc and omega 3 fats. mans in other parts of the world such as Staten Island Borough President James
• LEGUMES such as lentils contain • SPICES such as ginger and turmeric China, it has not been shown to transmit dis- Oddo.
magnesium, B vitamins, zinc and iron. contain magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin eases in the United States” said Health Com-
• MEATS such as grass-fed beef and B6, vitamin B1 and vitamin E.
organ meats contain vitamin A, B vita- • WHOLE GRAINS such as quinoa,
mins, zinc and iron. farro and wild rice contain zinc, iron, vi-
• NUTS AND DRUPES such as walnuts tamin B1, selenium and magnesium.
and cashews contain magnesium,

Sickle Cell Disease Annual

Walkathon set for Sept 8
By Gloria Rochester age.php?groupingID=fundraiser.
Founder/President/CEO Sickle Cell Disease affects 100,000
Queens Sickle Cell Advocacy Network Americans. It affects 1 in 500 African Amer-
<> icans and 1 in 36,000 Hispanic Americans.

S eptember is National Sickle Cell Aware-

ness Month, and to commemorate the
108th Anniversary of Sickle Cell Discovery,
Sickle Cell Disease is a prominent life
threatening disease that cause the blood cells
of those afflicted to be in a sickle shape.
Queens Sickle cell Advocacy Network, Inc., The results are lack of oxygen and pos-
is organizing a Walk-A-Thon on Saturday, sible clogging of blood vessels. As a promi-
September 8, 2018 in an effort to raise the nent debilitating disease, it does not have the
level of Awareness, Education and Research recognition is needs to have.
of this deadly disease. The purpose of this event is to raise
The Walk starts at 8:00 am on 160th St awareness of Sickle Cell Disease and to
between Liberty and Archer Avenues and raise funds to provide support services, re-
ends at Roy Wilkins Park. sources, and benefits for individuals and
Early registration is available at: families affected by Sickle Cell Disease.

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Highlighting the opportunities and challenges of local business

Compliance check helps my business to grow

A s the owner of a few busi-
nesses including Mangoville
and has been a resident and busi-
As citizens, we all have to com-
ply with the law so that our busi-
ness owner in the City of Mount ness can succeed and Mount
Vernon for over ten years. Vernon can become a better city.
In dealing with the compliance Resisting safety and health code
check and the various departments compliance measures is never good
within the city, several issues arose business.
within the Thomas Administration I too had to learn this harsh les-
which states that all businesses are son and work with the Mayor’s
to operate under the right code of team and departments in City Hall
conduct in the town. to implement new standards and
The laws are clear: you cannot policies over the noisy politics.
open a business nor live in a house The new approach has made
without a valid Certificate of Occu- my business better and stronger as
pancy. a result.
Every department in City Hall I want to commend Mayor
has a job that needs to get done, and Thomas, and his team keeps his
their primary goal is to make the Estrado “Freddy” Willis words and works with small busi-
City of Mount Vernon better and CEO, Mangoville Restaurant and Bar nesses to help them grow.

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