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Published:Tuesday | November 18, 2014 | 12:00 AM
  • Jamaican dies on-board plane in The Bahamas


The police in The Bahamas are investigating the death of a Jamaican on-board an aircraft en route from New Providence to Bimini on the weekend.

The police report that on Saturday afternoon they received information that a man died on board a plane. When the plane landed at the Bimini International Airport, the police responded and a doctor from a nearby clinic pronounced the man dead. Up to late Sunday, his name was not released.

  • Congresswoman commends NY mayor on signing laws to prevent deportations


Caribbean-American Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has commended New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for signing laws that will restrict the city's cooperation with United States federal immigration enforcement authorities in deporting undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants from New York City.

"I commend Mayor de Blasio and City Council Speaker Mark-Viverito on their commitment to protecting the families of New York City from the threat of deportation," said Clarke on Sunday, while pointing out more than half a million people in the city had reason to fear that any interaction with the police, even an arrest on charges found to have been unsubstantiated, could result in forcible separation from their families.

"Individuals who are an integral part of our society were effectively deprived of a right basic to full membership in that society, the right to interact with their government without fear of reprisal," Clarke, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, who represents the 9th Congressional District in Brooklyn, New York, told the Caribbean Media Corporation.

  • Human rights group opposes new immigration policy


The Grand Bahamas Human Rights Association (GBHRA) has described as, "illegal, immoral", the new immigration policy of the Bahamas government, saying it is "designed to strike fear into the Haitian-Bahamian population".

GBHRA president, Fred Smith, said that the Perry Christie government's mass round-up policy is unconstitutional and a flagrant violation of the fundamental concept that individuals are innocent until proven guilty.

"It can only be described as institutional terrorism, if by that term we mean an inhuman and degrading policy designed to strike fear in the hearts of an entire community.

"They are breeding 'Haitian hatred', racism and discrimination. It seems The Bahamas is now into ethnic cleansing."