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The Cruise Industry Is Open for Business with Destinations and Stakeholders: Registration Open for FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show

MIRAMAR, Florida, June 19, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), the trade association that represents the mutual interests of Caribbean and Latin American destinations and stakeholders along with Member Lines that operate 95 percent of the global cruising capacity, is pleased to announce that registration is open for the 26th annual FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show, the largest and only official cruise tourism conference and trade show in the region. Taking place in San Juan, Puerto Rico from October 21-25, it will link participants with more than 100 high-level executives expected from Member Lines for a series of meetings, workshops and networking opportunities focused on developing mutual understanding and success.

“Last year’s record attendance of more than 150 Member Line representatives – including 11 presidents and above – again displayed the cruise industry’s interest in not only working directly with destinations and stakeholders, but also listening to their needs and understanding how to develop long-term mutual success,” said Michele Paige, President, FCCA. “We look forward to again presenting those opportunities, while enhancing them with new features to further optimize Conference participants’ and Trade Show exhibitors’ invaluable interactions with Member Line representatives.”

All Conference participants will have access to workshops led by cruise executives and successful stakeholders concentrated on topics ranging from attracting and fulfilling diverse cruise guests and cruise lines, to filling ships with supplies and employees – and participants’ needs taking center stage through most workshops encouraging input.

All participants will also have unique opportunities to meet with cruise executives during networking functions throughout the event.

Plus, pre-registered Delegates will have a host of cruise executives to select for one-on-one meetings where they can give a pitch and receive everything from individualized input to potential deals – with nearly 100 cruise executives scheduling one-on-one meetings in 2018. Delegates will also enjoy premium features including the VIP Lounge, where cruise executives often lounge, and event transfers.

The Trade Show will expand the target on the influential audience. Any booth will display a product, company or destination, and Pavilion options are available to increase the impact with grand sizes, prime locations and the ability to showcase a destination or company as a team. Additionally, Trade Show Pavilions will again include space for private meetings coordinated by FCCA, with this year’s event launching new ways to maximize the popular initiative introduced last year.

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Five Caribbean Roots US Television Personalities You Should Know

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. June 7, 2019: It’s another Caribbean American Heritage Month and while many Caribbean nationals and Caribbean roots nationals remain largely hidden as part of the black or Asian ethnic groups of the US, millions are part of the fabric of these United States, including appearing on U.S. mainstream television. Here are five you should know:

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1:
Kendis Gibson

Kendis Gibson started
as a weekend anchor on MSNBC this past January 2019, after a stint at ABC News.
He is the latest hire by the NBCUniversal cable-news network as it continues to
emphasize live news programming on Saturdays and Sundays with Live Weekend.

Gibson was born in
Central America, Belize City in Belize to parents Alrick Gibson, who was a
cabinet maker in the city of Belize and his mother Hortense Gibson, a simple
homemaker.

His parents moved
the family to the United States in the 1980s where he completed his high school
education and proceeded to the State University of New York, Oswego where he
studied Political Science, earning a degree in the discipline in 1994. Having
graduated, Gibson sought work in journalism. He applied and got a job at the
NBC station in Rochester in New York and spent three years as a news reporter
for the station, delivering the news to the ears of New Yorkers before he moved
to Philadelphia and joined WTXF as a morning anchor and news reporter.

There he two Emmy
Awards for Outstanding News Reporting and Sports Feature. A completed stint at
Philadelphia meant a return to New York for the New York-raised Belizean turned
American. He became a lead reporter for the WNBC News Channel.

He joined ABC News
in 2014 and served as anchor of “World News Now” and “America This Morning,” an
early-morning program.  At ABC, he was
the first network correspondent at the Santa Barbara oil spill; reported on the
FIFA scandal in Switzerland and covered the shooting of an unarmed black man by
a white police officer in South Carolina.

Gibson has also worked for CBS News’ Newspath; for CNN and its sister network, HLN; and for Washington D.C.’s WJLA, among others.


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2: Abby Phillip

Abby Phillip joined
CNN in 2016 and covers the Trump Administration. Before CNN she worked at the
Washington Post, where her roles included national political reporting and
general assignments.

She was born to
Trinidadian parents, June C. Phillip and
Carlos W. Phillip, and grew up in Bowie, Maryland. Phillip
later attended and graduated from Harvard University in 2010 with a degree in
government.

Phillip began her
journalism career as a White House reporter and blogger for POLITICO covering
campaign finance issues and lobbying.

She also worked at
ABC News, where she was an ABC News Fellow as well as a digital reporter in New
York City.

Philip appears occasionally on Washington Week with Robert Costa, on PBS. She lives in Washington D.C. with her fiancé Marcus Richardson before they married in May 2018.


3: Yamiche Alcindor

Yamiche Léone
Alcindor is the White House correspondent for the PBS NewsHour and a political
contributor to NBC News and MSNBC. She was born in Miami to Haitian parents.

When she was in
high school, she was an intern at the Westside Gazette, a local
African-American newspaper, and the Miami Herald (2005) She would go on to earn
a bachelor’s degree in English and government with a minor in African-American
studies at Georgetown University in 2009. She would go on to work as a reporter
for USA Today, Newsday and The New York Times.

In 2015, Alcindor
received a master’s degree in “broadcast news and documentary
filmmaking” at New York University. In January 2018, she was named White
House correspondent of the PBS NewsHour, replacing John Yang, who was named the
NewsHour’s national correspondent. In this position Alcindor covers the Trump
presidency.[

4: Rachel McNeill

Born in Jamaica, Rachel
McNeill currently anchors the Today in AZ weekday mornings from 4:30 – 7 a.m. in
Arizona and the Today in AZ Facebook Live After Show at 7:30 a.m.

An Emmy-Award
winning journalist, she joined 12 News in April 2019 from KPRC 2, the Houston
NBC affiliate, where she anchored and reported for over 17 years. McNeill moved
to the Houston-area when she was 6-years old, after living in Galveston for two
years.

Earlier in her
career, she worked in the New Orleans, Raleigh, and Midland markets.  A proud graduate of the University of Texas
at Austin, McNeill earned her degree in Broadcast Journalism.

During her career,
Rachel has covered everything from the Newton School shootings, 2013
Presidential Inauguration, and Sochi and Rio Olympic Games.

Committed to
community service, Rachel volunteers her time with at-risk youth, and works
closely with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and Dress for Success.

She relocated to Arizona at the beginning of 2019 with her husband, Dr. Wayne Franklin, the Co-Director of the Heart Center at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and their two sons, Hudson and Lionel.


5: Marlie Hall

New York-born, Haitian
American Marlie Hall is currently a morning anchor at Early Today on NBC, News.

Hall earned a
bachelor’s degree in journalism from St. John’s University and also has an
M.B.A. from Dowling College.

Skilled in front
of and behind the camera, Hall began her career in broadcast journalism as an
anchor and correspondent for News 12 The Bronx. She was a general assignment
reporter for WCBS-TV; hosted her own show, Recipe for Success, and several
specials on the Food Network; and was a news anchor and correspondent for Cablevision’s
HDNews.

Hall has also worked
for PHL 17 in Philadelphia, One Caribbean Television and Cablevision’s HDNews
where she earned a Bronze Telly Award for her commentary on Haiti’s healthcare
crisis.

 

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Caribbean Countries Agree to Protect Endangered Largetooth Sawfish

ROATÁN, Honduras, June 5, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Today, on World Environment Day, the critically endangered largetooth sawfish gained a lifeline as Caribbean countries unanimously agreed to add the species to Annex II of the Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife (SPAW) Protocol under the Cartagena Convention. Seventeen member governments are thereby obligated to impose strict national protections for the species and cooperate regionally to recover populations.

“We are pleased that governments from across the Caribbean have seen the value of saving the iconic and irreplaceable largetooth sawfish from further regional extinction,” said Olga Koubrak, legal advisor for Sealife Law. “Sawfish are among the world’s most endangered marine species and urgently need strict legal protections wherever they remain.”

All five sawfish species worldwide are classified as Endangered or Critically Endangered under the IUCN Red List. Largetooth and smalltooth sawfish were once common in the Caribbean but are now seriously depleted. The smalltooth sawfish was added to SPAW Annex II in 2017. Caribbean countries thought to still have sawfish in their waters include the Bahamas, Cuba, Colombia, and Costa Rica. The level of national sawfish protection varies, however, and regional conservation initiatives are lacking.

“Today’s decision is warranted and welcome, as time is running out for sawfish,” said Sonja Fordham, president of Shark Advocates International. “The success of this measure depends on prompt and robust implementation of associated conservation commitments. We thank the Netherlands for proposing sawfish listing and urge continued engagement to ensure sawfish protection programs are developed across the Caribbean, before it’s too late.”

Found globally in warm waters, sawfish can grow to nearly 20 feet. Like other rays, low reproductive rates leave them exceptionally vulnerable to overfishing. Incidental catch is the main threat to sawfish; their tooth-studded snouts are easily entangled in nets. Despite increasing protections, sawfish parts are used for curios, food, medicine, and cockfighting. Habitat degradation also jeopardizes survival.

Sealife Law (SL) brings legal information and education to ocean conservation. Shark Advocates International (SAI) advances science-based policies for sharks and rays. SL and SAI have joined with marine researchers from Havenworth Coastal Conservation (HCC), CubaMar, and Florida State University to form a Caribbean sawfish coalition, supported by the Shark Conservation Fund. SAI, HCC, and CubaMar are projects of The Ocean Foundation.

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Paysett Corporation Continues Its Global Expansion Of Real Time Payments

ATLANTA and SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador, June 5, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — PaySett Corporation a global provider of Payment solutions along with ACH El Salvador announced today the start of the implementation of the PayExpedite® RTP platform based on the  ISO 20022 standard.

Laura Bowen the head of Treasury and Trade Solutions at Citi commented “For over 55 years we have been a trusted ally of our customers supporting their initiatives and entrepreneurship. As a member of the El Salvador financial system we are focused on modernizing the ACH in order to bring a better service to our customers”.

Jesus Garcia VP of Business Development added “The ease, speed, and security provided by a proven solution like PayExpedite® allows a financial entity to accommodate the future needs of the financial system while driving down costs of traditional payment methods such as cash and checks.”

“The ACH will evolve over the next several months into a more efficient system for the Salvadorians and businesses via the country’s interbank immediate funds transfer and payments system. This will be the path toward more mature and robust services of the payments system that we have been proposing” indicated Roberto Monterrosa, General Manager of ACH El Salvador.

Participants will be able to process consumer, corporate and government payments in real time through a multitude of banking channels.

About PaySett Corporation

Atlanta Georgia based PaySett Corporation is a global provider of payment software solutions. PaySett provides products/services to assist global financial entities to effectively manage the way money moves throughout their organizations and for their customers. PaySett’s two decades of experience moving payments through national and international payment networks has allowed for the development of advance payment software for assisting global banks with the capability to enhance their regional and global payment network processing capabilities.  Sixteen of the top twenty global banks process payments through PaySett software.

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Cloud Carib Joins Discussion on Caribbean Disaster Resiliency ahead of Hurricane Season at Barbados Conference


News Americas, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, June 04, 2019: Last week, organizations from across the globe, including 20 Caribbean countries gathered in Bridgetown, Barbados to discuss disaster resilience, priorities and solutions to tackle climate change and disaster risks at the Understanding Risk (UR) Caribbean conference.

Hosted by the World Bank in partnership with the Government of Barbados, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the European Union (EU), the week-long conference brought together leaders in risk and disaster management as well as private and public sector organizations to collectively discuss and formulate an action plan to address and take steps to reduce disaster risk within the Caribbean.

The event featured demonstrations hosted by the University of the West Indies, Harvard University, NASA, the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Nassau-based Cloud Carib and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, to name a few. All this in time to kick start efforts for improved hurricane preparedness.

Barbados Prime Minister, the Honorable Mia Amor Mottley offered these thoughts in a keynote address at the opening ceremony, “Failure to act is largely because we do not believe that the problem is important enough to require such action. That’s the hardest thing for us as Caribbean people to accept. It is our contention that it is only when moral and ethical leadership is given both at the national level and the international level that we must summon the courage to fight down these battles. Until such time, it is a form of idle entertainment for those who choose to watch,” Mottley continued, “I pray that those of you gathered here will help us as policymakers understand the art of the possible. For you, as technicians more than anything else, will frame what is technically possible, whether at the level of infrastructure, science and technology, capacity to finance or general policy making,” highlighting the importance of disaster preparedness and the need for agreement and action at all levels of government and the private sector. Mottley’s comments struck a chord for the importance of disaster recovery specialists like Cloud Carib who came on as a partnering sponsor for the conference.

The Bahamian company held a panel discussion on ‘Strategic Approaches to Infrastructure Sustainability’.  On the panel was Cloud Carib’s Mark Arruda, Vice President of Solutions, Shiva Bissessar, Managing Director of Pinaka Consulting, Ann Wyganowski, Vice President, of HZX Business Continuity Planning and Yohannes Kesete the Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist at the World Bank. The panel focused on the critical issues influencing infrastructure sustainability from physical to digital infrastructure and addressed strategies on how to approach maintaining sustainability and resilience in a region where natural disasters are common, and resources limited. To take a deeper dive into these complex issues Cloud Carib also hosted a half day workshop and training session led by Stelios Xeroudakis, Cloud Carib Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Mark Arruda, Eamon Sheehy, Cloud Carib, Director of Public Sector and Ann Wyganowski.

“This event is timely, the region is looking for a path to better resiliency, the last few hurricane seasons have devastated the region and with the current trends and impacts of climate change, we expect the devastation to only increase. It is important the private sector and organizations like Cloud Carib be involved in this discussion. Our services offer entities, both public and private, the opportunity to improve their resiliency and reduce their risk profile,” said Xeroudakis.

About Cloud Carib   

Cloud Carib is the region’s premier provider of managed cloud services founded upon the principles of delivering quality, agility, and value for every client. Solutions range from complex bespoke dedicated private cloud offerings to hybrid cloud services. Every solution provides clients with controlled costs, unrivaled levels of service, and unparalleled levels of data protection and privacy – when and where privacy matters.  

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The Canada Caribbean Resilience Facility Is Here

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News
Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. May 31, 2019:
The government of
Canada this week launched a $20 million (CAD), Canada Caribbean Resilience Facility initiative to help
Caribbean countries better prepare for and respond to natural disasters.

The Facility comes
some two years after the devastating 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. At the
time, Canada pledged $100 million (CAD) to support reconstruction and climate
resilience efforts in the Caribbean region over the next five years during the
UN-CARICOM High-Level Pledging Conference in November 2017.

The Caribbean
Resilience Facility will benefit nine eligible Official Development Assistance
(ODA) countries: Antigua & Barbuda, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana,
Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, and Suriname.

The facility, in partnership with the World Bank and
the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), will help
countries to strengthen response, recovery, and financial management systems so
that governments can be better prepared to respond to and rebuild after
disasters, and effectively use emergency funding for post-disaster recovery
activities.

It will also support capacity building to accelerate
project implementation and develop public financial management systems to
respond in case of disasters, with a focus on developing plans and training
programs that incorporate gender considerations.

On Wednesday,Marie
Legault, High Commissioner of Canada to Barbados and the OECS
said the new “initiative is being undertaken with
Canada’s Caribbean support as a direct response to the lessons learned following
the devastating hurricanes in the Caribbean in 2017 that have impacted our neighbouring countries so severely.”

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The Canada Caribbean Resilience Facility Is Here

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News
Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. May 31, 2019:
The government of
Canada this week launched a $20 million (CAD), Canada Caribbean Resilience Facility initiative to help
Caribbean countries better prepare for and respond to natural disasters.

The Facility comes
some two years after the devastating 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. At the
time, Canada pledged $100 million (CAD) to support reconstruction and climate
resilience efforts in the Caribbean region over the next five years during the
UN-CARICOM High-Level Pledging Conference in November 2017.

The Caribbean
Resilience Facility will benefit nine eligible Official Development Assistance
(ODA) countries: Antigua & Barbuda, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana,
Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, and Suriname.

The facility, in partnership with the World Bank and
the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), will help
countries to strengthen response, recovery, and financial management systems so
that governments can be better prepared to respond to and rebuild after
disasters, and effectively use emergency funding for post-disaster recovery
activities.

It will also support capacity building to accelerate
project implementation and develop public financial management systems to
respond in case of disasters, with a focus on developing plans and training
programs that incorporate gender considerations.

On Wednesday,Marie
Legault, High Commissioner of Canada to Barbados and the OECS
said the new “initiative is being undertaken with
Canada’s Caribbean support as a direct response to the lessons learned following
the devastating hurricanes in the Caribbean in 2017 that have impacted our neighbouring countries so severely.”

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Life Fitness and Smart Fit celebrate partnership to equip 450 gyms in three years

SAO PAULO, May 20, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Life Fitness will equip 450 Smart Fit gyms by the end of 2021 in the region. With more than 600 units distributed in Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Dominican Republic, Peru, Colombia, Argentina and Ecuador, Smart Fit grew 34% last year, reaching 2 million customers.

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For the next three years, the company’s goal is to continue to grow in the region. Among the plans is the purchase of equipment for 600 units, between new facilities and refresh. “In order to continue to grow strongly, we needed a solid and robust company to be our partner in almost every unit of this Latam expansion. With Life Fitness, we have achieved the reliability to go through this process and fulfill our purpose of fitness’ democratization on high standards,” says Thiago Somera, Infrastructure director of the Bio Ritmo Group, of which the Smart Fit network is part.

“Smart Fit is one of our most important customers worldwide and I am sure that both sides will continue to put our best efforts to make this agreement an enduring and evolving partnership,” said Joel Pigott, vice president of Life Fitness for North and Latin America.

Considered as key accounts, the major fitness networks, such as Smart Fit, has a relevant representation on Life Fitness’ revenue. “It is a milestone in our partnership and we are delighted to be part of Bio Ritmo/Smart Fit group expansion, with great impact in the fitness industry in the entire Latin America,” says Pedro Goyn, general director of Life Fitness for Latin America.

About Life Fitness
A world leader in commercial fitness equipment, Life Fitness has for more than 50 years the mission of encouraging people to seek active lives. With its global headquarters in Chicago, Life Fitness manufactures and distributes cardiovascular, strength, group training, rehabilitation, billiard tables and accessories, and gaming furniture in more than 160 countries – in Brazil, it has a subsidiary since 1999 and already has stores in almost the entire country. Since 1968, when Lifecycle, the first electronic product of exercise equipment was invented, Life Fitness is dedicated to creating solutions that benefit both gyms and practitioners. Over the last few decades, concerns and innovations in the world of physical activity have completely changed, and Life Fitness has evolved together. Our family, made up of the brands Hammer Strength, Cybex, Indoor Cycling Group (ICG), SCIFIT and Brunswick Billiards, understands that exercise is an important part of daily routine and the best way to know everything we can about our products and solutions Fitness is utilizing them every day. Helping people live healthier lives is what we do, and devotion to that goal begins with our co-workers. www.lifefitness.com.br

About Smart Fit
With 2 million customers in 10 years of activities, the Smart Fit Fitness Network has 600 units distributed throughout Brazil and Mexico, Chile, Dominican Republic, Peru, Colombia, Argentina and Ecuador. Created with the purpose of democratizing access to the practice of high-level physical activity, it offers accessible plans, with monthly fees starting at R$ 69.90, and facilitated membership. The brand is part of the Bio Ritmo Group, the 4th largest network in units in the last five years and the 5th in the ranking of the brands that most evolved in the same period, according to IHRSA’s 2017 global report. More information at www.smartfit.com.br

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Top 10 Caribbean Countries For US Visa Overstays


Compiled By Jordan Bowles

News Americas, DEERFIELD BEACH, FL,
Fri. May 17th, 2019:
Over 42,000 Caribbean nationals from across the region
overstayed their non-immigrant visas and stayed on in the US between October
2017 and September 2018.

That’s
according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s
2018 “Fiscal Year Entry/Exit Overstay Report.” The US overstay data for the
last fiscal year takes into account all foreign nationals who entered a US port
legally using a temporary visitor, business or student visa or as part of the
visa waiver program.

“An overstay,” is defined as “a
nonimmigrant who was lawfully admitted to the United States for an authorized
period but stayed in the United States beyond his or her authorized admission
period.” DHS classifies individuals as overstays by using the ADIS system to
match departure and status change records to arrival records collected during
the admission process and further identifies nonimmigrant status through manual
vetting processes to support possible enforcement action.

These are the top 10 nations in the Caribbean with the most US visa overstays for the last fiscal year:

1.)
Dominican Republic -14,641

2.)
Jamaica -10,626

3.)
Haiti – 6,917

4:
Guyana – 3,220

5.)
Cuba – 1,868

6.)
The Bahamas -1,545

7.)
Trinidad and Tobago -811

8.)
Barbados -757

9.)
Belize – 603

10.)
St. Lucia -318

Overall,
the US DHS said there were 666,582 overstays from
around the world.

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These Caribbean Americans Want To Replace Jumaane Williams On The New York City Council

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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. May 10, 2019: Several Caribbean-born and
Caribbean roots New Yorkers are among the Democratic candidates vying to replace
Jumaane Williams on the New York City Council.

Williams, son of Grenadian immigrants,
was recently elected public advocate of New York City, leaving his city on the
City Council now vacant. A special election to fill his 45th
councilmatic seat is set for May 14th.

Among those in the race are:

Jamaican-born L. Rickie Tulloch, a senior director at NYC Health
and Hospital, Office of Facilities Development. His top three issues are: creating
and preserving affordable housing; improving schools and employment
opportunities and advocating for criminal justice reform.

Trinidad and Tobago-born Anthony Alexis, who is also listed as unemployed. His
top three issues are: creating a rental voucher; eliminating Tax Lein Sales and
jobs and Job Training Programs.

Victor Jordan, a Guyana-born economist, says his
top three issues are to Protect community residents from displacement, formulate
plan to stop foreclosures and employment, housing and equitable school
resources.

Haitian American Farah Louis, who is currently unemployed but was Williams’ former deputy chief-of-staff and budget director. Her top issues are: preserving and expanding affordable housing, investing in education and supporting economic development and jobs.

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Monique Chandler-Waterman, the daughter of Jamaican and
Barbadian immigrants, also lists no occupation at the moment but the former
non-profit director’s top three issues are affordable housing, education and public
safety.

Jovia Radix, an attorney, is the daughter of
Barbadian and Grenadian immigrants and is also Brooklyn Regional Director for
NYS Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Her top three issues are: affordable housing, better
public schools and improving the quality of life.

Xamayla Rose, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants,
is currently Managing Director, Policy & Advocacy, CRCEC and former Policy
Analyst, Office of the Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. Her top
issues identified are fighting for affordable neighbourhoods; quality education
for children in the district and supporting immigrant communities.

The 45th district encompasses
East Flatbush, Flatbush, Flatlands, Marine Park and Midwood. More than 188,000
people live in the district, of which about 61 percent are either Caribbean
Americans or African Americans.

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