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An image from a Pepsi ad posted on YouTube, starring Kendall Jenner and featuring the song “Lions” by Skip Marley. Credit Pepsi Global, via YouTube

Pepsi Pulls Ad Accused of Trivializing Black Lives Matter

Pepsi has apologized for a controversial advertisement that borrowed imagery from the Black Lives Matter movement, after a day of intense criticism from people who said it trivialized the widespread protests against the killings of black people by the police.

“Pepsi was trying to project a global message of unity, peace and understanding. Clearly, we missed the mark and apologize,” the company said in a statement on Wednesday. “We did not intend to make light of any serious issue. We are pulling the content and halting any further rollout.”

The ad, posted to YouTube on Tuesday, shows attractive young people holding milquetoast signs with nonspecific pleas like “Join the conversation.” The protesters are uniformly smiling, laughing, clapping, hugging and high-fiving.

In the ad’s climactic scene, a police officer accepts a can of Pepsi from Kendall Jenner, a white woman, setting off raucous approval from the protesters and an appreciative grin from the officer.

It was, current activists say, precisely the opposite of their real-world experience of protesting police brutality…

Elle Hearns, the executive director of the Marsha P. Johnson Institute and formerly an organizer for Black Lives Matter, said the ad “plays down the sacrifices people have historically taken in utilizing protests.”

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C’bean nationals nabbed, face deportation in immigration sweep

NEW YORK, United States (CMC) — The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency says it has arrested a number of Caribbean nationals in a three-day immigration sweep.

ICE said that the unidentified Caribbean nationals were among 31 foreigners arrested during the operation “targeting at-large criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants and immigration fugitives.”

ICE said the immigrants will be deported either after serving jail sentences or after an immigration judge hearing.

The authorities said that two are from Trinidad and Tobago, two Haitians and a Guyanese were among the 29 men and two women nabbed during the operations with the others coming from Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala; Honduras; El Salvador; Korea; Pakistan; Indonesia; Nepal and Colombia.

ICE said of the people arrested, 30 had criminal histories, including prior convictions for sex crimes, drug offenses and fraud. The other has a pending dangerous drug charge and a final order of removal.

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Shocking! – Troubling increase in child abuse cases

The Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) yesterday jolted the nation with data stating that close to 70,000 cases of child abuse were reported in Jamaica over eight years, from 2007, and that preliminary figures show a troubling increase in the number of cases reported in 2015.

According to OCR Registrar Grieg Smith, the 13,948 reports received in 2015 represented an increase of close to 19 per cent over the previous year.

Smith was speaking at the Child Month 2017 media launch held yesterday morning at GraceKennedy Limited headquarters in downtown Kingston.

He noted that of the reports received, 9,883 represented children who were being reported to the OCR for the first time. Of this number, 55 per cent were girls, 43 per cent were boys, while the gender for the remaining two per cent was not specified.

“Unlike the previous year where there was a decline in the number of ‘first reports’ observed, there was a 15 per cent increase in the number of new cases received in 2015,” Smith told guests at the launch.

“Neglect continues to be the most common report received by the OCR over the years,” he said. “Fifty-one per cent of the total reports made to the OCR in 2015 had elements of neglect. The other categories which featured high percentages were children in need of care and protection (41 per cent), those who exhibited behavioural problems (35 per cent) and children who were sexually abused (27 per cent).”

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