Daily Archives: November 27, 2019

US ELECTIONS: Too many Democrats are running for president in 2020. But there’s an easy fix – commentary

None of the four top Democratic candidates poll consistently above 30% – ranked-choice voting, however, can determine who people actually support

Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders at a Democratic debate in Atlanta, Georgia, on 20 November.
Photo: Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders at a Democratic debate in Atlanta, Georgia, on 20 November. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Democrats in Iowa will caucus in early February, barely two months away, and finally cast the first votes of presidential nomination season.

There’s an elite tier of four candidates: former vice-president Joe Biden, South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg, the Vermont senator Bernie Sanders and the Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren. None of them, however, poll consistently above 30% in national surveys. Many Democrats see one or more of them as too old or too inexperienced; too far left or too moderate.

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Spare a thought during Thanksgiving for the original citizens of Turtle Island – By Mohamed Hamaludin

– By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

It was nearly 400 years after English colonists arrived at Turtle Island, as natives call the land that would later become the United States of America.

Every year, some members of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe in South Dakota ride horses or run on a 300-mile pilgrimage to Mankato, Minnesota. The Crow Creek Sioux are descended from the Mdewakanton Dakota Tribe and the journey commemorates the United States government’s hanging of 38 Crow Creek tribesmen on Dec. 26, 1862. It was the largest mass execution ever carried out and came at the end of the U.S.-Dakota War. Last year, after taking part in the 13th annual Dakota 38 Memorial ride, J’von Justice Shields, 17, a star football player, killed himself. His was not an isolated case of Native American suicide.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in March last year that the has been rising since at least 2003 to 21.5 per 100,000 now — “more than 3.5 times higher than those among racial/ethnic groups with the lowest rates.” Around 35.7 percent of them are aged 10 to 24, compared with 11.1 percent for whites.        Continue reading

Guyana: Cassava Festival in Kwebanna – on December 14, 2019 ― ahead of Commissioning of Cassava Flour Factory

The Farmers Group along with the Hand-in-Hand Women’s Group in Kwebanna Village, Moruca sub-region, Barima/Waini, Region One, successfully concluded a one-week training exercise in preparation for the hosting of the first-ever Cassava Festival scheduled for December 14.

The session which was conducted by Hinterland Employment Youth Service (HEYS) Catering Facilitator, Margaret Cornette, saw fifty women participating in the five-day exercise.

The training targeted members of the two groups to creatively experiment with the Cassava Flour before the commissioning of the much-anticipated Cassava Flour Processing Facility.    Continue reading

Legislation to Legalize Marijuana Introduced in Trinidad and Tobago Parliament

Caribbean 360 – November 25, 2019

Marijuana plant

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Monday November 25, 2019 – The Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Faris Al-Rawi has introduced into Parliament, two pieces of legislation that would allow marijuana to be used for medicinal, religious and recreational purposes in the twin-island republic.

The two pieces of law approved by the Cabinet – the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Bill 2019 to decriminalise the possession of marijuana; and the Cannabis Control Bill which includes establishing a Cannabis Licensing Authority – will be debated at a later date. The Bills only require a simple majority, which the government has, to pass.          Continue reading

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