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Death On The Caribbean High Seas

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Nov. 16, 2018: FBI and local authorities in Aruba are investigating the death of a 52-year-old American woman who was found dead Tuesday on a Princess Cruises ship sailing in the Caribbean.

The Royal Princess ship was traveling to Aruba when the death occurred. Her cause of death remains unclear but she plummeted from an upper deck of a Princess Cruises ship onto a lifeboat Tuesday, the Aruba-based newspaper Diario reported. Witnesses reportedly saw the woman struggling with a man who was seen choking her before she plunged from the upper deck according to Inside Edition.

The woman’s husband got off the ship in Aruba and is cooperating with investigators, a spokesman said. The cruise had departed from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Nov. 9th for a round-trip cruise in the Southern Caribbean. It is due to return on Nov. 17th.

“We are deeply saddened by this incident and offer our sincere condolences to the family and those affected,” the cruise line said in a statement continued.



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Jewish American Filmmaker Spotlights On The Unlikely Anti-Zionist Orthodox Jewish Supporters Of Palestinian Liberation


News Americas, PHILADELPHIA, PA, Fri. Nov. 9, 2018: Last Thursday, Israeli police arrested 13 anti-Zionist Orthodox Jews in Bnei Brak for protesting Israeli draft laws. So why are these men refusing military service and why should Americans care?

American Jewish filmmaker Heather Tenzer has been digging deep to tell the nuanced story about some of these anti-Zionist Orthodox Jewish military ‘refusers’ and their communities. Tenzer focuses her lens on Neturei Karta, a community of Jews who have long been speaking out in support of Palestinian liberation and against Israeli violence.

Filmmaker Heather Tenzer.

They are just one of many religious communities refusing to serve in Israel’s army and have been a consistent presence on the streets of New York, Washington DC, Jerusalem, and London. They paste the Palestinian flag on Jerusalem buildings and they increasingly face jail time for defying Israel’s military draft. They show up for most Palestine solidarity protests and over the years, have brought messages of solidarity to Palestinians – including the family of Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi when Israel imprisoned her.

But their fight remains misunderstood. Not by other Palestine solidarity activists – or the general public but to other Jews and Israelis, who call them “traitors,” “crazy,” and “a cult.”

So what’s motivating these rabbis to stand up for justice? That’s the question which Philadelphia-based award-winning filmmaker and Stanford graduate Heather Tenzer explores in the documentary she’s directing titled, The Rabbis’ Intifada.

“Neturei Karta are called ‘traitors’ by Israel. And I can relate to it because I’m also called a traitor,” says Israeli historian Ilan Pappe (The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine) in the film.

The Rabbis’ Intifada has really challenged me to interrogate my own biases against Neturei Karta and ultra-Orthodox movements more broadly within Judaism,” says Jewish Voice for Peace deputy director, Rabbi Alissa Wise.

“We salute our Jewish brothers who have a different voice – all those who have been struggling side by side with the Palestinian people,” the Palestinian Shamstep band 47SOUL says about Neturei Karta on the film’s campaign page.

Tenzer, whose short films have screened on public television and in international film festivals, is currently running a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds towards the film’s completion. So far, the campaign has raised over $14,000 and is in need of 100 more small donors by tonight to qualify for a $5,000 donation.

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Scotiabank named 2018 Bank of The Year by LatinFinance

TORONTO, Nov. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Scotiabank is proud to have been named 2018 Bank of the Year by LatinFinance for excellence in retail, commercial and investment banking services for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Scotiabank is the first Canadian bank to ever receive the Bank of the Year award from LatinFinance. The Bank was recognized for its, “overall strategy, volume and diversity of transactions; innovation and foresight; execution quality and success of transactions; role in particularly complex, innovative or large deals over the years; and quantity of transactions worked on over the year, and compared to previous years,” according to LatinFinance.

“We are honoured to have been recognized by LatinFinance as the 2018 Bank of the Year and would like to thank our customers for their loyalty and our employees for their hard work and dedication to providing an excellent customer experience,” said Ignacio (Nacho) Deschamps, Group Head of International Banking and Digital Transformation at Scotiabank. “This award recognizes Scotiabank for our long history in Latin America as well as our new acquisitions that add scale in the important markets we serve, especially in the Pacific Alliance countries.”

The Bank of the Year is chosen by an editorial panel that reviews financial data and research, considers quantitative and qualitative factors, and weighs analyst opinion. Winners will be honoured at an Awards Ceremony in New York City on December 4, 2018 to celebrate LatinFinance’s 30th anniversary.

LatinFinance is the leading source of intelligence on the financial markets and economies of Latin America and the Caribbean, and has covered banking and capital markets in the region for more than 25 years. It also provides detailed transaction pipelines, underwriting and advisory league tables, polls and awards.

About Scotiabank

Scotiabank is Canada’s international bank and a leading financial services provider in the Americas. We are dedicated to helping our 25 million customers become better off through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets. With a team of more than 96,000 employees and assets of $947 billion (as at July 31, 2018), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: BNS) and New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BNS). For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter @ScotiabankViews.

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Malaysian Believed To Be St. Kitts Passport Holder Indicted In New York

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By NAN Contributor

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Nov. 2, 2018: A Malaysian financier who is believed to also be the holder of a St. Kitts and Nevis Passport according to Malay authorities, was on Thursday indicted in New York City.

A three-count criminal indictment was unsealed Thursday in federal court in the Eastern District of New York charging Low Taek Jho, also known as “Jho Low” with conspiring to launder billions of dollars embezzled from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), Malaysia’s investment development fund.

He was also charged with conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by paying bribes to various Malaysian and Abu Dhabi officials.

Also charged was Ng Chong Hwa, also known as “Roger Ng.”

As part of the three-count indictment, Ng is also charged with conspiring to violate the FCPA by circumventing the internal accounting controls of Goldman Sachs, which underwrote more than $6 billion in bonds issued by 1MDB in three separate bond offerings in 2012 and 2013, while Ng was employed at the Financial Institution as a managing director in Malaysia.

Ng was arrested on Thursday in Malaysia, pursuant to a provisional arrest warrant issued at the request of the United States.  Low remains at large.

Also unsealed Thursday was the guilty plea of Tim Leissner, the former Southeast Asia Chairman and participating managing director of Goldman. He was charged with a two-count criminal information and conspiring to launder money and conspiring to violate the FCPA by both paying bribes to various Malaysian and Abu Dhabi officials and circumventing the internal accounting controls of the Financial Institution while he was employed by it.  According to court filings, Leissner has been ordered to forfeit $43,700,000 as a result of his crimes.

1MDB is a Malaysian state-owned and controlled fund created to pursue investment and development projects for the economic benefit of Malaysia and its people.  As alleged in court filings, between approximately 2009 and 2014, as 1MDB raised money to fund its projects, billions of dollars were misappropriated and fraudulently diverted from 1MDB, including funds 1MDB raised in 2012 and 2013 through three bond transactions that it executed with the Financial Institution.

As part of the scheme, and as alleged in court filings, Low, Ng, Leissner and others conspired to bribe government officials in Malaysia, including at 1MDB, and Abu Dhabi to obtain and retain lucrative business for the Financial Institution, including the 2012 and 2013 bond deals.  They also allegedly conspired to launder the proceeds of their criminal conduct through the U.S. financial system by purchasing, among other things, luxury residential real estate in New York City and elsewhere, and artwork from a New York-based auction house, and by funding major Hollywood films.

As alleged, Low’s close relationships with high-ranking government officials in Malaysia and Abu Dhabi were central to the scheme.  Ng, Leissner, and others at the Financial Institution allegedly knew Low was close to these government officials, including a high-ranking Malaysian government official who had authority to approve 1MDB business decisions.

According to allegations in court filings, beginning in approximately 2009 and continuing through 2014, Low, Ng, Leissner and the other co-conspirators used Low’s relationships to obtain and retain business for the Financial Institution through the promise and payment of hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes, including to ensure 1MDB awarded the Financial Institution a role on three bond transactions known internally at the Financial Institution as “Project Magnolia,” “Project Maximus” and “Project Catalyze.”  As a result of its work for 1MDB during that time, the Financial Institution allegedly received approximately $600 million in fees and revenues along with increased reputational prestige.

At the same time, Ng, Leissner and others allegedly received large bonuses and enhanced their own reputations at the Financial Institution.  In total, according to allegations in court filings, more than $2.7 billion was misappropriated from 1MDB and Low, Ng, Leissner and others conspired to launder this money through the U.S. financial system to pay bribes to foreign officials and for the personal benefit of themselves and their relatives.

In July, Immigration Director-General of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali, said Jho Low, is believed to be using the same name on a Saint Kitts and Nevis passport.

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DoubleLine UCITS Funds Now Available on Allfunds Bank Platform

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 24, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — DoubleLine Capital LP has begun offering its Luxembourg-domiciled UCITS funds on the Allfunds Bank platform, an open architecture, worldwide distributor of mutual funds.

“Allfunds is one of the leading international distribution platforms,” said Ron Redell, executive vice president of DoubleLine. “The availability of DoubleLine Funds (Luxembourg) on this distribution network is strategically important for DoubleLine’s UCITS funds global expansion.”

The term UCITS stands for Undertakings for the Collective Investment of Transferable Securities, an open-end fund vehicle available in Europe, Latin America and many other countries outside the U.S. The sub-funds of the DoubleLine Funds (Luxembourg) UCITS currently include the DoubleLine Shiller Enhanced CAPE® equity sub-fund, which is co-managed by DoubleLine Alternatives LP and DoubleLine Capital LP, and DoubleLine Short Duration fixed income sub-fund, which is managed by DoubleLine Capital LP. Depending on an investor’s country of residence, the sub-funds are available via retail and institutional share classes denominated in various currencies.

Allfunds Bank Group offers integrated fund solutions (operational, analysis and information). Created in 2000, today Allfunds Bank has more than €370 Billion assets under administration and offers more than 64,400 funds from over 1,200 fund managers. Allfunds Bank Group has a local presence in Luxembourg, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Chile and Colombia and has more than 605 institutional clients, including major commercial banks, private banks, insurance companies, pension funds, fund managers, financial supermarkets, international brokers, and specialist firms from 45 different countries. Allfunds Bank Group operates in Asia through the entity of Allfunds Singapore Branch.

About DoubleLine Capital LP

DoubleLine Capital LP is an investment adviser registered under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. As of the September 30, 2018 end of the third quarter, DoubleLine Capital and its related companies (“DoubleLine”) managed approximately $123 billion in assets across all vehicles, including open-end mutual funds, collective investment trusts, closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds, hedge funds, variable annuities, UCITS and separate accounts. DoubleLine’s offices can be reached by telephone at (213) 633-8200 or by e-mail at Media can reach DoubleLine by e-mail at DoubleLine® is a registered trademark of DoubleLine Capital LP.

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Just Four Caribbean Countries Make The Latest Human Capital Index

By NAN Staff Writer

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Oct. 19, 2018: Just four Caribbean nations have made been ranked by the new World Bank Human Capital Index after being identified as countries that have recently made significant human capital gains.

The latest index ranked 157 countries by how much economic potential they’re losing in the long-term by not fully investing in human capital – “the knowledge, skills, and health that people accumulate over their lives,” as the World Bank defines it.

It does so by looking at five health and education indicators: child survival, school enrollment, quality of learning, healthy growth and adult survival.

Based on these indicators, the World Bank calculated a score between zero and one for each of the countries it looked at.

Those making the index are Trinidad and Tobago, followed by Jamaica, Guyana and the Dominican Republic, which have been identified as making some human capital gains.

But the World Bank said important gaps remain, pointing out that a child born today in Trinidad and Tobago will have 61 percent of the labor productivity it could have had if provided with complete education and full health.

In Jamaica, children born today, once they grow up, will be only 54 percent as productive as they could if they had enjoyed complete education and full health.

In Guyana and the in the Dominican Republic, that percentage dipped to 48.

Other Caribbean countries, including Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts & Nevis, Haiti and Suriname were not featured in the Human Capital Index due to the lack of internationally comparable data measuring quality of education.

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This Caribbean-Born Singer Will Spend The Next 8 Years In A US Jail


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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. Oct. 17, 2018:A Caribbean-born musician from Jamaica will spend the next 8 years in a US jail after being convicted of drug trafficking in Madison County.

Patrick Beadle, also known as BlackFire, 46, was sentenced by Madison County Circuit Judge William in Mississippi, for marijuana he said he obtained legally in Oregon for his personal use.

Beadle had faced a maximum 40 years in prison after a jury convicted him in July under the state’s drug trafficking law. Prosecutors said Patrick Beadle had 2.8 pounds of marijuana when he was stopped by a Madison County deputy in March 2017 on Interstate 55 near Canton.

He has claimed the marijuana he had with him was for his personal use and was obtained legally in Oregon where medical marijuana was legalized in 1998. Beadle said it was being used to treat chronic pain in both knees where cartilage has worn down from his years of playing college basketball.

Oregon voters approved recreational use of marijuana in 2014.

Beadle will have to serve the entire 8 years without parole and then faces deportation back to Jamaica. He has said he decided to travel through Mississippi after having visited his 8-year-old son in Ohio because of this state’s rich music heritage. He said his dreadlocks and out-of-state auto tag made him a target for racial profiling.

Beadle’s attorney, Cynthia Stewart, said the sentence will be appealed.






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Crashed Plane With Guyanese Instructor Was Heading To South Carolina

By NAN Contributor

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. Oct. 16, 2018: A plane that crashed in the Hamptons over the weekend killing three, including the Guyana-born flight instructor, was actually heading to South Carolina.

The twin-engine plane was bound for Charleston, South Carolina when it broke apart and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Long Island in New York late Saturday morning, according to Newsday.

Among the victims was 41-year-old Munidat “Raj” Persaud, a Guyanese immigrant who lived in Waterbury, Connecticut and ran a flight school.

Family members told Channel 3 that Persaud ran the Oxford Flight Training school and frequently flew out of Waterbury-Oxford Airport in Oxford and Danbury Airport.

His body was recovered along with two others off the coast of New York.

Persaud’s family said he’s left behind two daughters.

Persaud had more than 20 years of experience as a pilot and had been running the school for the last 14 years. In August 2004, Persaud, started teaching others how to fly. On the company’s website, it says Persaud was a former airline flight engineer who worked for several airlines, including Pan American World Airways, as a technical representative and avionics tech.

He was also a commercial pilot and FAA certified maintenance inspector and technician with a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Aeronautical Engineering Technology from the college of Aeronautics.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it is still looking for the exact cause of the crash.

Persaud owned a dozen other planes, the New York Times reported, citing the Federal Aviation Authority. Two of his other planes, the Times noted, have been involved in crashes in recent years. Earlier this year a similar plane owned by Persaud crashed into a mountain in Vermont. The newspaper said a preliminary accident report did not find any mechanical issues with the plane, but there was bad weather at the time. One person died in the crash.

In 2016, a student pilot flying one of Persaud’s planes missed a runway and crashed, the Times reported. In that case, the student pilot was injured, the newspaper said.

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This Caribbean Diaspora Organization Is Saving Young Students Lives One Defibrillator At A Time


News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Thurs. Oct. 11, 2018: A Caribbean Diaspora organization is on a mission of saving the lives of young students and athletes in Jamaica and the Caribbean one defibrillator at a time.

New York-based organization, Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB), began its Defibrillator to Schools Program in 2014 after the passing of student-athlete Cavahn McKenzie of St. Jago High in Jamaica.

Since then, it has donated dozens of units and facilitated several others with approximately 45 schools in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean. Defibrillation is a treatment for life-threatening cardiac dysrhythmias, specifically ventricular fibrillation and non-perfusing ventricular tachycardia. A defibrillator delivers a dose of electric current to the heart.

Founder Irwine Clare says TJB’s goal to outfit each high school with an AED unit. Tomorrow, Friday, October 12, 2018, Clare and some members of his group will hand over 15 more Automated External Defibrillators (AEDS), to schools across the island of Jamaica.

Some external units, known as automated external defibrillators (AEDs), automate the diagnosis of treatable rhythms, meaning that lay responders or bystanders are able to use them successfully with little or no training.

The presentation and training ceremony will take place from 9 a.m. -1 p.m. at the JAMPRO Auditorium, 18 Trafalgar Road, Kingston 10.

Schools set to receive the units are: Edwin Allen High, McGrath High, Lacovia High, Oracabessa High, St Mary Technical High, Guy’s Hill High, Titchfield High, Horace Clarke High, Manning’s High, Kemps Hill High, Mile Gully High, Rhodes Hall High, Yallahs High, Cedric Titus High and Godfrey Stewart High.

The schools will also receive First Aid Kits.

Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator, Ruel Reid; Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange and the Minister of Health, Dr. Christopher Tufton are expected attend the event.

Training will be conducted by TJB’s long-standing resident trainers – Nurses, Sharon Thompson and Delores McGregor from the Diaspora Healthcare Sector.

Diaspora entities; Homesmart Realty, Irie Jam360, Jamaica Breezes Restaurant, Sandz Restaurant & Bar, The Door Restaurant, Tower Isles Frozen Foods and local entities, Jampro and The Airports Authority of Jamaica are among this year’s supporters and sponsors.

Team Jamaica Bickle, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation that was formed in 1994 to support Caribbean athletes and athletic programs in the Diaspora and Jamaica. For more visit or call 718.523.2861 for more information on how you can help this group save lives and support the Olympians of tomorrow.














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Novel Voter Education Message Targeting Caribbean American Voters Picks Up Pace


News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Oct. 5, 2018: With 32 days until the November 6, 2018 mid-term election in the U.S. from today, Oct. 5, 2018, CaribPR Wire’s original voter education message to the growing Caribbean-born immigrant voting bloc in the US is catching on.

The message, which taps into the carnival and party culture of the burgeoning Caribbean immigrant population across the US, is picking up interest. So far, it’s been featured in several news outlets including the New York Daily News, the Caribbean Life and South Florida Caribbean news and on Groovin Radio and Diaspora Dialog.

Interviews continue apace this weekend on Irie Jam radio and on CPR Reggae Live.

The promotion is the brain-child of CaribPR Wire founder, Felicia J. Persaud, to stimulate and drum-up voter turn-out among Caribbean immigrant voters in the U.S. this November, especially as the Donald Trump administration steps up its attack on immigrants and continues to slam the doors shut on immigration, including legal.

According to the recent U.S. Census’s American Community Survey, the Caribbean immigrant population in the US has grown by a projected 600,000 in recent years to surpass a conservative estimate of 3 million nationally. Over 50 percent are reported to be naturalized citizens, making them eligible to vote.

The creative social media targeted advertising campaign ahead of the Miami Carnival includes 9 Caribbean-centric messages as: “Lime, Wine, Vote” “Vote Or Your Lime Is History” and “Jam Up The Polls This Nov. 6th.” There are also culturally specific messages including: “Jab Jab To The Polls This Nov. 6th,” “Hot Gyal A Vote,” “Dutty Wine To The Polls This Nov. 6th” and “Ride De Riddim and Vote This Nov. 6th.” There is also a unique message for Haitian voters – “Bondye Fe San Di” or “God Acts And Doesn’t Talk.”

“This is the most critical election of our life-time as immigrants in this country, especially given the anti-immigrant policies being put in place by this administration,” said the Guyana-born, U.S. citizen and media entrepreneur. “This Miami Carnival it is important to party with a purpose by liming, wining and then voting come Nov. 6, 2018 or our carnival, mas and ‘lime’ time in these United States could be history.”

The campaign was conceptualized and created by award-winning digital media company, Hard Beat Communications and is aimed at keeping the beat of carnival going into the polls this November 6th.

The messages can accessed on CaribPR’s Facebook page here.

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