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|Britain’s Royal Wedding Is Terrible News for Prince William Impersonators|
Meghan Markle’s marriage to Prince Harry is the only monarchical topic people care about, prompting career crises; Going to ‘milk it for as long as I can.’
|Mueller investigation enters 2nd year, where is it headed? – The Mercury|
|Trump denounces Russia probe one year after Mueller appointment – Boston 25 News|
|Trump: ‘Bigger Than Watergate’ if Obama’s FBI Spied on My Campaign – Daily Beast|
|Trump marks Mueller anniversary by claiming FBI ‘spied’ on his campaign – Washington Post|
|How Mueller’s First Year Compares To Watergate, Iran-Contra And Whitewater – FiveThirtyEight|
|FBI Director Sticks By Position: Mueller Probe Is Not A Witch Hunt – TPM|
|Trump Suggests the FBI Had an ‘Embedded Informant’ in His 2016 Campaign – TIME|
|‘Bigger Than Watergate!’: Trump Thinks the FBI Spied on His Campaign – New York Magazine|
|Trump team tries new tactics to discredit Mueller – Politico|
|DOJ inspector general completes long-awaited review of Hillary Clinton probe – Fox News|
|FBI Arrests ‘Rocket-Builder’ Former Boyfriend Of Woman Killed In California Explosion – NPR|
|Voice of America: International Edition 1305 EDT – May 17, 2018|
International Edition delivers insight into world news through eye-witnesses, correspondent reports and analysis from experts and news makers. We also keep you in touch with social media, science and entertainment trends
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|Asignan un FEI al exjuez Rafael Ramos Sáenz|
El Panel sobre el Fiscal Especial Independiente (FEI) informó hoy que la entidad realizará una investigación contra el expresidente de la Comisión Estatal de Elecciones (CEE), Rafael Ramos Sáenz por el caso del chat de WhatsApp.
La presidenta del FEI, Nydia Cotto Vives, indicó que del informe que presentó el Departamento de Justicia surge que el exfuncionario “pudo haber incurrido en violaciones a varios artículos del Código Penal, del Código Electoral, así como de la Ley de Ética Gubernamental”.
Entretanto, la entidad determinó que “no surge prueba ni recomendación que requiera ulterior investigación” contra el exsecretario de la Gobernación, William Villafañe, por su participación en el chat.
Cotto Vives informó que el fiscal especial independiente a cargo de la investigación contra Ramos Sáenz será Ramón Mendoza Rosario y Iris Meléndez Vega fungirá como fiscal delegada.
Según un comunicado de prensa, el FEI también “acogió la recomendación de Justicia para que se analice la prueba —en unión con la evidencia recopilada— a fin de determinar si Itza García Rodríguez, Waleska Claudio, Yoniel y Yesenia Díaz Román pudieron haber infringido la ley por su participación e interacción con el exjuez Sáenz”
Los fiscales asignados al caso tendrán 90 días para realizar la investigación sobre los hechos y posteriormente deberán presentar su informe ante el FEI.
El 2 de mayo la secretaria de Justicia, Wanda Vázquez, refirió al FEI su informe de la ivestigación e incluyó una recomendación para designar un fiscal especial a Ramos Sáenz, así como también a los otros funcionarios públicos que participaron en el chat mientras se confeccionaba el Plan para Puerto Rico que presentó el gobernador Ricardo Rosselló en su campaña eleccionaria.
En ese momento, la secretaria informó que los fiscales de Justicia examinaron 34,375 documentos y 108 participantes en los chats.
Vázquez añadió que “de la investigación se desprende que el exjuez Ramos Sáenz compartió información privilegiada relacionada a su puesto”.
Tanto Ramos Sáenz como Villafañe, y los otros funcionarios implicados en el caso, renunciaron a sus puestos en el gobierno.
|California Leaders Opposed To Sanctuary Law Meet With Trump – KPBS|
|This Trump Russia Conspiracy Theory Is Being Pushed By The President Himself – Bustle|
|From Russian Spies to Labor Discrimination: Trial Begins Against Federal Prosecutor’s Office in Puerto Rico|
The top federal official in Puerto Rico, Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez is implicated in a trial over retaliation and hostile work environment against the Federal Prosecutor’s Office that began this week.
|Héctor Pesquera: “Aquí hay que levantar a la Policía” – Primera Hora|
|Caribbean Recipes – Cook-Up Rice|
Caribbean Recipes – Cook-Up Rice
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. April 20, 2018: One of the more popular one-pot dishes from the South American CARICOM nation of Guyana is cook-up or cook-up rice. The meats here can be substituted with chicken or just plain beef or simply cooked down with coconut milk, vegetables like callaloo and ochros and seasonings and served as a vegetarian option but at the end of the day, this is one delicious meal. Here’s the typical Guyanese recipe:
Season fresh beef or other meat being used if any with all of your favorite dry and wet seasoning. Set aside.
Add oil and the pig tail and salt beef together into a pressure cooker and sauté until it runs off any liquids.
Add water and pressure for about 15 mins or until tender.
Drain the water, remove from pressure cooker, and set aside.
Add the seasoned fresh beef or other meat to the pot and sauté until it runs off any liquids.
Add oil and cassareep to meat and coconut milk and pressure until tender.
Add in can of peas – black eye, gungo etc.
Wash rice and add to pot.
Add back the salt beef and pig tail.
Add in all other seasoning and additional water to cover rice and bring to boil.
Then lower heat and cover pot to steam rice.
Half way through add ochros and callaloo.
Add a little bit more water if needed.
Steam rice until it is cooked though and loose, not pasted together. Season with salt to taste.
Serve with a cucumber salad and tomato ketchup and enjoy!
PS: When making the no meat version, simply add rice, peas, coconut milk, seasonings and veggies to one pot and cook until rice is tender and loose.
|Caribbean Recipes – Doubles|
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. April 27, 2018: Doubles is a Trinidadian delicacy that is basically a snack-sized sandwich made of two flat-breads known as bara, filled with a curried chickpea (or channa filling) and served with hot sauce. Here’s the recipe from our Trinidadian friends.
Flat Bread or Bara
1 lb flour
1 tsp turmeric
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp yeast
1/4 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 cups water
1 tbsp. oil
oil for frying
Chick Peas or Channa
2 cans of Chick Peas
2 tbsp. oil
1 tsp. curry
1 tsp. turmeric
1 tsp. cumin/geera
1 tsp. masala
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 onion, finely chopped
½ Scotch Bonnet Pepper
5 leaves cilantro or chadon beni chopped finely
Salt to taste
Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
Add water and knead until a smooth dough is formed.
Add a tablespoon of oil over the dough and cover with a cloth and let it rest for at least 1 hour or until double in size.
Spread a thin layer of oil over a clean flat surface and start making little dough balls, about 2 inches in diameter.
Heat oil over a medium to high flame.
Take each ball and flatten out the dough with your hands like you are making a tiny pizza.
Fry in hot oil on both sides for 7 to 10 seconds and then drain on paper towels.
Chick Peas Or Channa
Heat about two tablespoons of oil over a medium flame.
Add the onion, pepper and garlic and sauté.
Sauté until golden and the curry is just about to get dry.
Drain the cans of chick peas/channa and add, quoting all of the peas.
Pour enough water to cover the channa and simmer for about 15 minutes.
When its nearly finished, smash a few of the chick peas or channa to thicken the sauce.
Mix in the finely chopped chadon beni or cilantro and adjust salt to taste.
Overlap two of the small flatbreads or bara on wax paper.
Add the curried chick peas or channa filling and top with pepper sauce or a tamarind or mango chutney and serve hot.
|Caribbean Recipes – Baigan Choka|
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. May 11, 2018: This week, we bring you a unique Caribbean recipe that is especially known in parts of Guyana and Trinidad. It’s baigan choka or roasted eggplant. Here’s the recipe.
1 large eggplant
4 garlic cloves
1 medium tomatoes (seeded and cut into 6 wedges)
1⁄4 cup onion, finely chopped
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1⁄8 teaspoon scotch bonnet pepper (minced) (optional)
Wash eggplant and make slits in it with a knife.
Peel garlic cloves and stick into the slits made in the eggplant.
Insert tomato wedges into the slits.
Rub the eggplant with a teaspoon of oil.
Roast over an open flame (for example, a gas cooker) until soft. Do not grill because the taste will not be the same. The open flame imparts a smokey flavor which gives this dish its signature flavor.
Additionally you can place into a Ziploc bag and microwave on high for about 5-6 minutes.
When eggplant is soft, slit the charred or microwaved skin lengthways with a knife and scrape out the soft somewhat stringy pulp. Discard skin.
Mash the pulp, tomato and roasted garlic in a bowl with a fork.
Add 1 tsp oil to a non-stick frying pan and cook 1/4 cup onion until fragrant but not translucent.
Add the barely cooked finely chopped onion, salt to taste and scotch bonnet pepper to the eggplant pulp.
Serve with Sada Roti or Naan (Indian flatbread)
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|Policyholders suffer as natural disasters overwhelm industry; divert expert resourceshttps://go.cb.pr/2KmYWlg|
Policyholders suffer as natural disasters overwhelm industry; divert expert resources
Puerto Rico under tsunami of insurance claims caused by Hurricane Maria
|The Future Cost Of Trump’s ‘America First’ Policy On The Caribbean|
By David Jessop
News Americas, LONDON, England, Tues. May 15, 2018: At first sight, last week’s decision by the US President to abrogate the hard-won 2015 UN Security Council deal on nuclear weapons with Iran may seem to have little bearing on the Caribbean.
What it does, however, is take US exceptionalism to a new level. It ignores the interests of the co-signatories to the agreement including Russia and China and close allies in the EU, all of which continue to believe that the agreement represents a viable way of curbing Iran’s nuclear intent. More broadly, it demonstrates to every other state that Washington has abandoned multilateralism and in the singular pursuit of its own objectives will in future ignore previously valued allies.
Speaking about this in Brussels, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker observed that the US decision suggests that the US is turning its back on multilateral relations, “no longer wants to cooperate with other parts of the world” and is doing so “with a ferocity that can only surprise us”.
In moving against Iran, the US Administration has made clear that its policy will be applied in ways that will not only cause US companies to cease doing business there, but through the enforcement of secondary sanctions it will try to halt almost all third country trade with Tehran. Although the full details have yet to emerge, new US regulations will mean for example that EU companies from Airbus to Total engaged in any Iran-related commercial activity will potentially be subject to prosecution in the US courts, as will any bank facilitating related trade or investment decisions.
For Caribbean states other than Cuba, Iran is of little consequence as a trading partner. However, Washington’s ‘America First’ unilateralism may resurface next in a hemispheric context after Venezuela’s May 20th Presidential elections, if as widely expected, President Maduro is re-elected.
Discussions in Lima at the time of the Summit of the Americas and comments made subsequently by Mike Pence, the US Vice President, about the need for Latin American and Caribbean nations to do “more, much more” to impose sanctions on Venezuela, suggest that this is now the administration’s direction of travel.
If that happens, the economic and social consequences for the Caribbean could be severe, particularly if as some in Washington suggest, the US decides to place an embargo on Venezuelan oil exports which account for 95% of the country’s foreign-currency earnings.
In February, the US Council on Foreign Relations spelt out the implications of what this could mean for the region. In its report ‘A Venezuelan Refugee Crisis’, it noted: ‘The United States should consider not only the potential damage and disruption caused to Venezuela’s neighbors by a refugee crisis but also the implications of the crisis for US interests.
The economic, national security, and health costs imposed on the United States by a potential disruption in Venezuelan oil production, an increase in drug trafficking, or an epidemic, respectively, would be substantial. The United States can do little to prevent Venezuela’s further downward spiral. However, it can and should take measures to mitigate the political, economic, and humanitarian consequences of a potential mass emigration’.
For the geographically proximate Caribbean, the practical consequences of a unilateral change in US policy with such an outcome would be catastrophic. There are already three million Venezuelan’s who have felt they have no option other than to become economic refugees in Colombia, Brazil, Trinidad, Guyana and the Dutch speaking Caribbean, and there is little capacity to support more.
This is not to defend what is now happening Venezuela. Although Caracas blames external forces, the private sector and the divided opposition, this long ago ceased to be a plausible excuse for the continuing mismanagement of Venezuela’s vast oil wealth, the mistaken policies that have led to hyperinflation, the decisions that have resulted in hunger, corruption and violence, or the poverty and disease that now afflicts parts of the country.
Notwithstanding, President Maduro makes clear that his position is ideological, and that his government will not negotiate away its revolutionary principles with any nation. Rather, once re-elected he “will call for a great national dialogue for peace”, but how he intends on reviving the country’s collapsing economy or rapidly restoring stability, remains a mystery.
What this suggests is that short of supporting a military-led coup, the US will continue to pressure the Caribbean to engage in transactional politics over new sanctions on Venezuela or suffer the consequences of whatever it decides its post May 20 response will be.
Washington is now seeking a US made world based on unilateral foreign and economic policies that through tariffs, sanctions and dispensations seek to place it in a position of global economic supremacy.
Other nations, including those in the Caribbean, of course think differently and value multilateralism, seeing it as a way of maintaining their independence of thought and action.
Changing US policy suggests that a new global political climate is developing that will cause all economic and trade relationships to be subject to question and challenge, eventually destabilizing existing political and military alliances.
Despite Washington’s sometimes unwarranted past actions, it has always seemed reasonable to believe that US multilateralism would continue, and that its broadly liberal values, willingness to listen and debate would lead those at the highest levels in Washington to find and deliver rational and consensus-based solutions. It is what bestowed great power status and more recently enabled it to share peace globally through balance and proportionality.
The US decision on Iran marks a watershed in international relations. It will require even relatively powerless nations in divided regions like the Caribbean to determine how best to respond to the increasingly divergent positions of the US, China, the EU27, the UK, and Russia as well as to the region’s hemispheric neighbors.
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|Bahamas Seeks US Assistance on Illegal Immigration|
The Bahamas is seeking assistance from the United States of America in stemming the tide..
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North Korea’s latest tirade, threatening to shelve inter-Korean talks unless Seoul ends U.S. military exercises and muzzles criticism of the North, heralds a shift that will test the allies’ willingness to engage with Pyongyang.
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