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17 Jamaicans Deported From UK On Controversial Charter Flight Page 5

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Will Bernie Saunders the next Black becomes Bold in History President of the United States?


ebruary marks Black history month- a pause in time for the Black community to remember those who have helped in the abolition of slavery and those who have made a significant contribution to America and other parts of the world. All the greats such as Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Nelson Mandela, and Marcus Garvey are known as the front-liners. However, I want to highlight the behind the scenes freedom fighters and women who retaliated against injustice in their way. For this Black History month, I want to celebrate women who have made their mark in the quest for equality. Based on research, here are a few women freedom fighters who fought for freedom and black expressions. Sojourner Truth (1797-1883) a charismatic speaker and preacher who never learned to read or write, Sojourner Truth travelled throughout the North preaching human rights and women’s rights. She gained her freedom in the 1820s and worked her way through doing menial jobs. She was recognized for her women’s rights speeches, “Ain’t I a woman?” Then there is Harriet Tubman, whose right name was Araminta Ross, an emancipator who led hundreds of slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad. A recent film called ‘Harriet’ illustrated her courageous and relentless spirit as she led the black people out of captivity. African American Scholar Anna Julia Cooper (1863-1954) she worked hard to convince black women to counter the belief that black men’s experiences and needs were the same as theirs. Rosa Parks (1913-2005) who stood up for justice by sitting in silence as a way to boycott the Montgomery bus. She is known as the “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement.” Francis Ellen Watkins Harper (18251911) she used poetry to protest issues concerning women’s suffrage and black women’s right to vote.


By Solemn_Vow [email protected] Nannie Helen Burrough (1879-1961) devoted her life to empowering black women. Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin (18421924) a journalist who challenged the opposition to women’s suffrage in Boston through her editorials. These are only just a few women who have not only fought for equality and justice, but they used their gifts, talents, knowledge and their God-given women strength and leadership to get things done. Women are the solution to many problems, so let’s denounce any other rhetoric that states the opposite. These women fought the outside voices for freedom. Now let us continue the fight by fighting the inner negative voice, insecurities and lies that were told to us as we cannot defeat the enemy without before conquering the foe within. Let’s rise and take our place because we all have work to do. Let freedom reigns.

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onald Trump became President for two tenets of fire in belly and fitness. Does multiple reasons, one of which was his Biden manifest the same? use of the psychology of minority influence Now Bernie had a heart attack as in decision making. "If you are a minority Hillary had a fainting spell. The press was in a situation and you wish to be heard, you all over her. They are playing with Bernie must become visible, and you for the moment. Although the must create tension." Burn has the fire, can he jump That was what the up the steps of Airforce One as birther stuff was all about. It Obama did? was not racism. The DemocDoes he have the Black rats helped him because they hair to become grey in short had no respect for American spell as Obama did? How will political values. Americans the remaining aspects of the unvalue their politicians who written Constitution (No Gays; are TRUSTWORTHY. [No Black]; No Jews) impact Trump's trustworthiness did the Bern/Burn. not matter. He was a neoDid he say he wanted to phyte. It was, therefore, anytake away the Second (right to thing/anyone except Hillary. bear arms) as Bloomberg has? Americans also want By Dr Rupert Green Will Trump, trump the Burn their politicians to have fire in Contributing Writer and assure his second term by their belly; they must be fit, his pledge to remain faithful to and be a person who they (Americans) can the Second? These answers will determine have a beer with (Obama was a master). if Trump gets a second term. What do you Obama helped elect Trump with his pas- think? sage of same-sex marriage. He created a deep hatred in "NO American people" because they all loved the law. However, their reactions to the deviation from the accepted physics of like and unlike polarity, long established in marriage, were shown by their poll action. The church came out in support of Trump. Again, Democrats helped elect Trump because they dismissed Americans' concerns regarding Hillary being juxtaposed (close) to Obama's hip. Americans did not want a third term of Obama. When the Democrats realized the crap was going to hit the fan and asked Biden to come to the rescue, Hillary gave him a look; he then peed on himself and retracted his manhood. So, the Democrats are now saying the American people are fools. They do not know the difference between near and far. "Let's give them Obama's vice president as the candidate." Remember the

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Chinatown businesses taking a hit amidst Coronavirus outbreak


he University of the West Indies (The UWI) Alumni Association, New York Chapter, is pleased to announce the 2020 Pelican Awardee as Dr. Godfrey Gibbison, Dean, School of Professional Studies, College of Charleston and Interim Dean of the Graduate School, University of Charleston. He joins an illustrious cohort of distinguished graduates who have been recognised by the Alumni Association for their contribution in their specific spheres of work and the society at large. Recent past distinguished Pelican honorees include Mr. Marlon James author and 2015 winner of the Man Booker Prize, the UK’s most prestigious literary award and Her Excellency Penelope Beckles – Permanent Representative from the twin Island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations and Chair of UN Women. The award will be presented on February 19, 2020 at the American Foundation for The UWI, Legacy Awards Gala to be held at the Pierre Hotel, New York. The Pelican Award is presented to a graduate of the University of the West Indies who has excelled in his chosen field or an individual who has contributed significantly to the development of the University or has made an outstanding contribution to the Caribbean Region or the world at large. The awardee is selected from among nominees submitted by members of the Alumni chapter. From the community of Contrivance, Manchester Jamaica, Dr. Gibbison attended Knox College and Manchester High School prior to reading for a degree in Economics at the Mona Campus of The UWI. He graduated with honours and went on to the Iowa State University on a Fulbright Scholarship where he attained a master’s in Agricultural Economics. He then pursued the Doctor of Philosophy in Economics at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). Dr. Gibbison taught briefly at the Radford University and Virginia Tech, Blacksburg both in Virginia; and Centre College in Danville Kentucky. This prior to his returning to Jamaica where he taught at The UWI, Mona Campus as lecturer in the Department of Economics. He then transitioned to Georgia Southern University, as Assistant Professor in the School of Economic Development. He subsequently held the posts of Assurance Learning Coordinator in the College of Business, Associate Professor and finally Director of the School of Economic Development. In 2012 he was recruited as the Dean of College of Charleston North Campus and has subse-

Manhattan, NY: he owner of Amazing 66 on Mott Street in Manhattan's Chinatown neighborhood says, normally, the tables are full during lunch hour. But over the last week business has taken a big hit, down at least 50 percent. “Instantly you will see nobody show up, nobody's around, not even people on the street walking,” said Helen Ng, Owner, and Amazing 66 Restaurant. That's the case across Chinatown, according to business owners and elected officials, as customers stay away amid fears of the new coronavirus in China. So far, no cases of the potentially deadly respiratory illness have been confirmed in the city, but visitors are still staying away from Manhattan's Chinatown and other Chinese communities across the city. “The fear and the prejudice has to stop today. There are a lot of things in the social media and the news that are at best not rooted in science, and at worst offensive, demeaning and racist,” said Carlina Rivera, City Councilwoman. Business leaders are now launching a campaign to get people


DR. GODFREY GIBBISON Dean, School of Professional Studies, College of Charleston and Interim Dean of the Graduate School, University of Charleston.

quently taken on the roles of Dean, School of Professional Studies, which was created through his efforts, and Interim Dean, Graduate School, University of Charleston at the College of Charleston. At the College of Charleston Gibbison has worked to strategically position the College to serve the growing number of Americans who seek to complete a bachelor’s degree as a working adult. He is responsible for the creation of the first online undergraduate program at College of Charleston and for substantial policy changes to improve educational access for active duty military and student veterans. He has also served on the Board of the YMCA of Greater Charleston, serves on the Ingevity Community Advisory Board and the Charleston Metro Chamber Education Cabinet. He is a Board member of the Palmetto Goodwill Excel Centre, which seeks to establish high school for adults across South Carolina. In addition to teaching, Gibbison has been involved in research and projects that have impact across the Caribbean region, through consultancies with the World Bank. In Jamaica he was instrumental in establishing the evaluation mechanism utilised by the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH), a social intervention programme designed to break the intergenerational issues of poverty. For further information: Chris Benjamin, Co-President UWIAA New York Chapter [email protected]

to come back to Manhattan's Chinatown. “We need some tender loving care,” said one business leader. They say businesses here are suffering a decline in revenues of 40 to 80 percent, and it's not just because of fears about the virus. The number of people visiting from China also is down, because airlines have canceled flights between the two countries and the U.S. has banned non-citizens who traveled recently to China from entry. Even before fears of the new coronavirus soared, Chinatown had been suffering, after a massive fire last month tore through a historic building. “We got a lot to offer in this community, and, yes, we have to turn a crisis into opportunity,” said City Councilwoman Margaret Chin. One way the community is trying to get people to spend more money is by holding a raffle. The Chinatown Partnership and the Chinatown BID say if you bring a receipt from a local business to their Kiosk on Baxter and Canal you will be entered into a raffle to win a variety of prizes, including an iPhone.

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NEWS Mount Vernon man sentenced to prison for presenting Police with forged documents


estchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced Ian Davis of Mount Vernon was sentenced to prison for presenting police with a forged document. In November, a jury found Davis guilty of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, a class D felony, and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the Second Degree, an unclassified misdemeanor. Judge David Zuckerman sentenced Davis to two and a half to five years on the felony, and six months on the misdemeanor. The sentences will run concurrently. On April 8, 2016, Ian Davis went to the Village of Irvington Police Department to obtain an impounded 2011 Land Rover. While there, he submitted a forged lien release to the Irvington Police in an attempt to get the vehicle out of impound despite a hold having been placed on it. Police told Davis they could not release the vehicle to him due to the hold and the defendant was also informed his license was suspended. Despite that warning, the defendant drove away in another vehicle, a 2012 BMW X5, in front of the Village Police Department headquarters. Irvington police officers observed the defendant driving and arrested him for driving with a suspended license. They subsequently determined the document was a forgery.

17 Jamaicans Deported From UK

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY: eventeen Jamaicans returned to Jamaica last Tuesday after being deported from the UK by the Home Office. The 17 were deported despite a lastminute court order stopping the deportation of detainees from Colnbrooke and Harmondsworth detention centres, near Heathrow, after lawyers argued mobile phone signal problems meant some of the detainees could not get legal advice. The ruling said the government must not deport anyone from those centres unless they had access to a functioning, non-O2 Sim card on or before 3 February. Twenty-five others were taken off the flight and spared deportation because of the order filed and won by the group, Detention Action. Tottenham MP, Guyanese-roots David Lammy, said it was an “outrage” that the flight had departed. “The government wants to give the impression that everyone who was deported was a hardened violent criminal, but the reality is many of those who were scheduled to be deported had committed non-violent, one-time drugs offences,” he said. “The lessons from Windrush have not been learned. Lives are being ruined because we don’t remember our history.” But in a defiant statement, the prime minister’s spokesman said “we bitterly regret” the court decision that stopped the 25 people from leaving, and will urgently appeal. “The offences which these people were responsible for include one manslaughter, one firearms offence, seven violent offences, two


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which are in the category of rape or sexual offences and 14 drugs offences,” the spokesman said. He added: “We make no apology whatsoever for seeking to remove serious foreign national offenders.” Chancellor Sajid Javid said no-one protected by the court ruling was on the flight. “It is absolutely right that when they have served their sentence that we send them out of the country,” Javid told BBC Radio 5 Live on Tuesday morning. “They are not British nationals, they are not members of the Windrush generation, they are all foreign national offenders.”

The #Jamaica50 deportation had drawn protests in the UK. On Monday evening, around 30 community groups participated in the second major protest demanding an end what they consider to be unfair deportation practices against British residents. Between 150 to 200 people endured low temperatures and intermittent pouring rain outside UK Prime Minister’s Boris Johnson’s residence to denounce the latest scheduled mass deportations of British residents to Jamaica. “We want human rights, no charter flights” they chanted. The demonstration against the charter flight began across Number 10 and travelled down Downing Street to the intersection with Parliament Street & Bridge Street, blocking four main roads. But the government has argued that the people due to be deported are hardened criminals and that their removal from the country is proportionate. “The people on this plane are people who have committed very serious crimes, whether it’s rape, manslaughter, murder,” said Rishi Sunak MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury. Lee Jasper of BAME Lawyers for Justice, however, said that deportees are made up of people with minor level convictions such as low level fighting, traffic violations and low level drug dealing, “not the serious psychopathic, rapist and murderers described by Boris Johnson.” People who would have been British, “had their parents not been denied citizenship under the Windrush Scandal” are now finding themselves “subject to arbitrary deportation,” Jasper said.

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In addition to these blanket authorizations, DOS maintains the discretion to accept Form I-130 if a U.S. citizen petitioner meets the “exceptional circumstance” criteria as outlined in the Policy Manual update. All other petitioners residing overseas must file Form I-130 online or by mail through the USCIS Dallas Lockbox facility for domestic processing. For more information on USCIS and its programs, please visit or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), Instagram (/uscis), YouTube (/uscis), Facebook (/uscis), and LinkedIn (/uscis).

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Nrozae making strides with remake of Courtney Melody's 'modern Girl' By Anthony Turner Contributing Writer ronx based reggae singer Nardia Rose it seems was destined to purse a career in music. Her late dad, Patrick Flemming played the trumpet on Denroy Morgan's 1979 hit song 'I’ll Do Anything For You,' as well as Dennis Brown's 'Westbound Train.' "He whetted my appetite for music as a child and I have never been able to get it out of my system since" she disclosed. 14 years ago, Rose was living her best life in Jamaica. She was making strides with 'Real Hot Gal' that was recorded at Buju Banton's studio and her hit single 'If You Wanna Dance,' featuring Rolly Bop and Sample Six was being played at 'Passa Passa' in Kingston. 'If You Wanna Dance' had an international presence on BET/Tempo TV as well as being rotated on multiple radio stations in the Diaspora. In 2007, right when her music career was taking flight, Rose returned to New York to start a family and eventually went back to school. After a hiatus, the singer is back with a brand new name Nrozae and a new sound that she is confident will take her to the top. Looking back and making the comparisons, Nrozae said "I was young without much knowledge about life and the music business. Today, I am mature and knowledgeable about the business side of the industry. To be honest I was missing the stage, now I ready to unleash my talent for the world to see!" Musing on her journey and the decision to cover 'Modern Girl,' Nrozae said it was the brainchild of executive producer Sharmelle John of Diamond Queen Records. “Sharmelle had the idea. She wanted to inject new life into an old song and put an upbeat rhythm and feel to it. She choose 'Modern Girl' as the song and what a great choice it is turning out to be,” she shared. Sharmelle has some history in the entertainment industry. In the 80s she was a founding member of girl's group 'Sha-Lor' that was signed to Jumpstreet Records. The group shared stage with Soul To Soul, Shelly Thunder and the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Brixton Academy in London, England. John was also casted as an extra in the movie 'Crush Groove' starring Curtis Blow, LL Cool J and was featured in a TV commercial for the 1989 Oscar Awards on CBS TV. She eventually became host of Viddims TV, a NY based

“At first we were thinking I should say, 'I need a modern man,' but it just made sense to just stick with 'I am a modern girl',” Nrozae said. Originally co-produced by Robert Ffrench, 'Modern Girl' was a massive reggae hit in 1986, topping charts in Jamaica, US, Canada and parts of Europe and Japan. "Robert is very pleased with the finished product. He said I brought new life to the song and is confident it will be fire again!" she said. So far, social media has responded favorably to pre-promotion of the track. "I have been getting positive responses from fans here in the US and as far as Russia, England and Africa. It's crazy the feedback." When asked about describing her sound, the Bronx based singer said, "I have a ‘neo soul’ sound...a mixture of soul, lovers rock spiced with a little dancehall. It's a modern sound coming from a modern girl." Speaking about her influences, Whitney Houston, Phyllis Dillon, Toni Braxton and Nadine Sutherland have inspired her. "I just love Toni Braxton. Nadine Sutherland has a sound that I really love as well. These women are strong, powerful, modern girls. I would be absolutely thrilled to have an opportunity to collaborate with one or both of them" she noted.


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uju Banton has been teasing fans with singles since his release, but is now ready to drop a full-length project. Banton's co-manager Donovan Germain says the album is almost complete. Germain says it will incorporate music for various groups, as it covers dancehall, lover's rock and social commentary. Throughout the course of his career, Buju Banton has released twelve studio albums, with the latest being 2010's 'Before The Dawn'. This new project has not yet been titled but has a tentative April release date.



Financial Tips for Teens (Family Features) hen it comes to economics, many teens’ mouths write checks their knowledge can’t cash. While 93% of American teens say they know how the economy works, 29% have had no economic schooling, according to a survey of 1,000 U.S. teens ages 13-18 by Wakefield Research on behalf of Junior Achievement and the Charles Koch Foundation. Even in light of their false confidence, teens are aware of the importance of financial education. Set goals. Managing your money is more meaningful when you’re doing it with purpose. This might mean budgeting to ensure you have enough money to maintain your auto insurance and keep gas in your car, or you may be saving for a big senior trip. Knowing what you want to achieve with your money can help you plan how you spend it more wisely. Weigh needs vs. wants. When you begin making your own money, it’s easier to indulge your own wishes and spend money on things you don’t necessarily need. To some extent, that’s not a bad thing; rewarding yourself is fine when you do so within reason. That means not exceeding your available funds, and not forsaking things you truly need, like gas money to get to and from a job or school. Get a debit card. Most people find that having cash on hand makes it easier to spend. If you use a debit card instead, you’re an extra step away from spending so you have a little more time to consider your purchase. Another benefit of a debit card is it helps track your purchases in real time so you can keep constant tabs on your balance and ensure you don’t overdraft your account. Start a savings habit. Even if your income doesn’t allow for much, it’s a good idea to get in the habit of setting aside a portion of each check. It may only be $10, but over time each $10 deposit can build your account toward a long-range goal. Protect your privacy. Teens who’ve grown up in the digital age tend to be less skeptical and cautious about privacy matters than their elder counterparts. It’s important that young people understand the potential impact of failing to protect their privacy when it comes to financial matters, including the possibility that their identities could be stolen and all of their money siphoned away. Teaching kids about security is an essential lesson in economics. Visit for more tips and information to help raise your teen’s financial literacy. Photo courtesy of Getty Images

W Alsion Wilson-Roach, Consul General of Jamaica to New York (center), joins the award-winning JTB team of Philip Rose, Regional Director, Northeast USA and Marcia Sinclair, District Sales Manager, Northeast USA on the red carpet to celebrate their win at the 2020 Travvys in midtown Manhattan

Destination Jamaica Wins Triple Gold at 2020 Travvys Awards NEW YORK, NY: amaica captured three gold awards at the 2020 Travvy Awards in New York City including Best Culinary Destination, Caribbean/Bahamas; Best Tourism Board Overall and Best Tourism Board, Caribbean/Bahamas. The destination also walked away with three silver awards: Best Destination Overall, Best Honeymoon Destination, Caribbean/Bahamas and Best Wedding Destination, Caribbean/Bahamas. On hand to collect the awards were the Jamaica Tourist Board’s (JTB) Philip Rose, Regional Director, Northeast USA and Marcia Sinclair, District Sales Manager, Northeast USA. With unceasingly strong arrival figures, Jamaica continues to be a premier Caribbean destination, praised by visitors around the globe. The awards were presented in the presence of hundreds of travel industry leaders, influencers and media at Gotham Hall. The annual Travvy Awards recognize the highest standards of excellence in the travel industry and honor travel companies, travel products, travel agencies, and destinations for their outstanding achievements. Over 39,000 agents, who sell the vast majority of these trips to tens of millions of consumers yearly, vote and award the very best in the travel industry. The Travvy Awards’ recognition continues to reaffirm Jamaica’s powerful and lasting impact on the world and all who visit the island. Now in its 6th year, the Travvy Awards have quickly earned the reputation as the Academy Awards of the travel industry. These new accolades reaffirms the island’s bold pronouncement that Jamaica is the Heartbeat of the World. For more information about Jamaica, please visit




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Justin Mayweather to fight in Jamaica KINGSTON, JAMAICA: ustin Mayweather, the younger brother of renowned world welterweight boxer Floyd Mayweather, will headline the i-fight promotion 6-fight card on Saturday dubbed "A Night of Explosive Boxing" at the Jamaica College Auditorium. The announcement was made on Tuesday morning at Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records Sports Bar and Lounge as I-Fight Promotions and Justin Mayweather delivered on their promise made during Justin's visit to the island in August when he mentioned that his first fight for 2020 would have been in Jamaica. Jamaican boxing fans will see Justin Mayweather who is undefeated in his five professional fights with 4 coming by way of TKO going up against Christian Foster who has suffered three defeats from as many fights in the bantamweight division. The contest will be over 4 rounds in the welterweight class and according to Chris Joy, CEO of I-Fight Promotions, this is the first of several fights where worldrated boxers will showcase their skills infront of the Jamaican fans. Stephen "Bomber" Jones, president of Jamaica Boxing Board of Control (JBBC) says to have a member of the Mayweather family boxing in Jamaica is a great boost for the sport. The co-feature on the night will see Jamaica's Jermaine Bowen who is returning to the ring after a two year absence, going


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Justin Mayweather up against Angel Martinez in a middleweight contest. Bowen's record stands at 2 and 3, while Martinez is 8-10 and 3, but Bowen is promising the Jamaicans supporters an explosive affair over the four rounds. Bowen's gym-mate Martin Anderson will face Christopher Rodriquez in a welterweight bout. Anderson's record stands at 1, 9 and 2,while Rodriquez won on debut and promises to put on a show for the Jamaican fans. There will be five other local match-ups on the programme.

Asafa gets statue in his honor KINGSTON, JAMAICA ormer 100m World record holder Asafa Powell said he still can’t come to grips with the thought of a statue being erected in his honor. The 37-year-old Powell will witness the unveiling of the monument on Sunday, February 9th by Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness in a special ceremony at the National Stadium at 5:00 pm. “It’s a great honour and privilege for me,” said a smiling Powell moments after running the lead leg on the MVP 4x100m relay at Milo Western Relays at G C Foster College. The statues not only highlight Jamaican athletic success, but will serve as inspiration for all as to the possibilities when one tries. The renowned Jamaican sculptor Basil Watson was engaged by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport to design statues in honor of Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Veronica Campbell Brown and Asafa Powell.


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Woman charged for taking cash for ‘sham marriage’ Newark, New Jersey: 28-year-old New Jersey woman admitted she accepted $1,500 to enter into what authorities said was a “sham marriage” with a Nigerian man hoping to become a U.S. citizen. Ajia Strauss, of Newark, pleaded guilty in federal court in Pittsburgh to conspiracy to defraud the United States, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Western Pennsylvania said in a statement.

Strauss and Monsuru Ogunbiyi, 36, got married in New Jersey on June 3, 2016. Ogunbiyi, though, was already living in western Pennsylvania and returned there following the ceremony, authorities said. The next year, Ogunbiyi used Strauss’ Newark address when he began the process of becoming a citizen, according to court papers. The two also exchanged texts on multiple occasions so they could learn about one another, opened a joint


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public comment. The EPA’s proposed changes “misses the mark,” Gov. Phil Murphy said in a statement, and fails “to adequately address our nation’s rapidly deteriorating water infrastructure.” State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, who co-signed the letter, argued in a statement that more resources needed to be spent on lower-income communities.

Medical marijuana could soon be covered under workers comp in N.J tate lawmakers took steps on two bills on Thursday, February 13, 2020 that could bring protections for companies that insure cannabis-related companies in the Garden State and also allow those on workers’ compensation to have their medical weed covered. The state Assembly committee on financial institutions advanced the two bills, but the state Senate has yet to take up either. The first (A377) protects insurance companies and their employees from retaliation by state or local government if they engage with marijuana-related businesses. The bill cleared committee 11-1 with one abstention. The bill would not require insurance companies to take on cannabis-related clients. “As we move forward addressing marijuana as a medicine and holding up industries, we have to put in place, first protections for our residents, but also protections for professional businesses that participate in the industry,” said Assemblyman Joe Danielsen, D-Somerset, who sponsored the bill. Marijuana remains a federally illegal schedule 1 drug, even though states like New Jersey have legalized it for medical use. The contradicting federal and state laws have left banks and insurers wary of doing business with any pot-associated company. The Secure and Fair Enforcement, (SAFE) Banking Act passed the U.S. House in the fall, but has stalled in the Senate. It includes a provision sought by U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., that would allow companies to seek insurance. If passed, the proposed state law would not supersede federal regulations, meaning insurers could see federal actions against them. But federal officials have largely left state medical and legalized marijuana programs around the country untouched.


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RELATIONSHIP How to Handle Valentine’s Day When You’re In a New Relationship By Patrick Allan hen you’ve just started dating someone, Valentine’s Day is more awkward than romantic. You don’t know if you should plan a lavish night on the town, buy them a gift, or simply ignore the day altogether. Here’s what two dating and relationship experts recommend. No Matter What, Talk About It Beforehand: Before you make any sort of plans for Valentine’s Day, its best you talk things over with the person you’re seeing. Dr. Nerd love, dating columnist and author of New Game +: The Geek’s Guide to Love, Sex, & Dating, told us that this is especially true if you’re someone who feels strongly about the holiday one way or the other. If you don’t like the commercialism, cheesiness, or manufactured pressure of it all, it’s best to mention it sooner rather than later. Or if you like using the holiday to get into the spirit of romance, it’s important you let them know. As Vanessa Marin, licensed marriage and family therapist and Life hacker contributor, explains, surprising them with a lavish celebration can be a recipe for disaster. If you’re Not Exclusive, Ignore the Holiday: It’s hard to measure the seriousness of a relationship with time, says Marin, since relationships unfold at wildly different paces. For some couples, dating for


three weeks could mean you’ve only had one or two dates. For others, dating for three weeks could mean you’re already monogamous. So, as a general guideline, Marin recommends you base your plans off of your exclusivity, or lack thereof: I think a better guideline to use is whether or not you’ve had “the talk” about being exclusive. Or, if you’re in non-monogamous relationships, that you’ve talked about being serious. If you’re not exclusive, I would ignore the holiday altogether. You shouldn’t expect Valentine’s to be a big deal, especially if you’re in the first weeks of a relationship. Romance is just starting to blossom between you and your partner,

so there’s no need to put any extra pressure on each other because of your timing. If it works out, there’s always next year. If you feel the need to do something, Nerd love suggests you go with something small but cute like a cheesy card at most. If You Are Exclusive, a Date Is Fine, but Ditch the Gifts: If you’ve had “the talk” with your partner and are now exclusive, celebrating is fine as long as it’s within reason. That said, Nerd love still warns against anything too extravagant: If you’ve been dating for a couple months, a simple romantic date is certainly a good way to celebrate, although I wouldn’t go overboard. My advice for couples is, if

you’re not going to ignore it, then just stay home instead of trying to go out to a crowded restaurant that’s jacked up the prices. It’s more romantic, it’s cheaper and it’s a hell of a lot more fun. Marin echoes the “dinner at home” concept, and notes a couple other perks that go along with staying in. First off, you won’t have to stress about getting a reservation on one of the busiest nights of the year. Second, you won’t make each other feel uncomfortable by surrounding yourselves with a bunch of much more serious couples. It’s just you and your partner enjoying a nice meal together without any pressure. Even if you do have a date night, you should probably still avoid giving gifts. As Marin explains, one person inevitably ends up spending more than the other person, and both parties are left feeling awkward. And you should absolutely avoid giving any extravagant gifts, says Nerd love. Big gifts very early on in a relationship raises a huge red flag to most people and will probably freak them out. If you’ve been together for a few months, however, and you see each other at least once or twice a week, a gift around $30 is reasonable. Maybe a book by their favorite author, or a movie you both mentioned wanting to see. Regardless, if you talk about it beforehand as we’ve advised, there won’t be any problems.

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