Historic Caribbean Census Bill Introduced In U.S. Congress

NEW YORK, NY, Fri. April 24, 2009: A historic bill that calls for Caribbean nationals to have their own origins category on the U.S. Census form was on April 23rd introduced by Caribbean American Congresswoman, Yvette D. Clarke of New York’s 11th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The Clarke bill calls for all questionnaires `used in the taking of any decennial census of the U.S. population, to include a checkbox or other similar option so that respondents may indicate Caribbean extraction or descent.`

Passenger lands turboprop plane after pilot dies


plane.jpgMIAMI, Florida (CNN)  — It’s a nightmarish scenario straight out of the movies: A passenger is forced to land a plane after its pilot becomes incapacitated.

“Descend and maintain 5,000. Just take your time, we’ll set you up for the airport,” an air traffic controller says.

In a calm voice, a passenger responds: “I need to get my throttle set for this descent. I don’t know where to set it at.”

The reality was playing aboard a plane over Florida on Sunday in what the National Air Traffic Controllers Association called “an Easter miracle.”

Caribbean Migrants Among Victims Of NYS Shooting Massacre


media-press-con.jpgNEW YORK, NY, Tues. April 7, 2009: Two nationals from the Caribbean were among 13 innocent victims shot down by a crazed gunman in Binghamton, NY, police there say.

The two were Haitian couple, Marc Henry Bernard, 44, and Maria Sonia Bernard, 46. Both were at the American Civic Center to learn English and lived in Endicott, NY. They moved to the Endicott Terrace apartment building only about a year ago.

Maria Sonia reportedly worked at a McDonald’s on East Main Street in Endicott. Her husband, Marc Henry Bernard, 44, had just been hired at the same restaurant after losing his job at a local manufacturing company recently.

U.S. Caribbean Nationals Urged To `Stand Up and Be Counted`


caribbean-nationals.jpgNEW YORK, NY, Thurs. April 2, 2009: More than five dozen Caribbean community leaders and the media gathered in Brooklyn, New York, the borough with the most migrants from the Caribbean region, to mark Census Day 2009 on Wednesday April 1 and the message was clear to all across the country – `Stand Up and Be Counted` or face being ignored by the U.S. government, politicians and corporations.

Obama arrives at Buckingham Palace to meet queen


obama_london.jpgLONDON – President Barack Obama has arrived at Buckingham Palace for a private meeting with Queen Elizabeth II. Several thousand well-wishers crowded the traffic circle in front of the gated palace on Wednesday to cheer and wave as the limousine carrying Obama and first lady Michelle Obama rolled past.

On the eve of a global economic summit, Obama promised world leaders he would listen, not lecture, as they seek a common fix to the financial crisis. “We can only meet this challenge together,” he said Wednesday as the U.S. and Russia spoke on the summit sidelines about nuclear warhead reduction.

FAA: Kids among 14 to 17 dead in MT plane crash



BUTTE, Mont. – A small plane — possibly carrying children on a ski trip — crashed Sunday as it approached the Butte airport, killing 14 to 17 people aboard, a federal official said. The single engine turboprop nose-dived into a cemetery 500 feet from its destination.

The aircraft crashed and burned while attempting to land, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Mike Fergus. The plane crashed in Holy Cross Cemetery.

An investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board offered few details at a press conference in Butte Sunday night. No cause of the crash was given.

“We are just beginning our investigation,” said Kristi Dunks. “We don’t have a lot of information at this time.

“Certain family members were contacted,” she said. “At this point, I don’t have an exact number.”