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Bittersweet – Portia bids farewell to a lifelong love affair and incredible journey of service

In what Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller described as a “bittersweet” contribution in her final Budget Debate presentation in Gordon House yesterday, the longest current serving political representative in Parliament said that despite moments of tears and regret, her relationship with the Jamaican people has been “a lifelong love affair”.

“I have seen the good, the bad, the happy, the sad, but above all, I have had an incredible journey of service to my beloved people and country,” she shared with colleague parliamentarians.

Simpson Miller, arguably one of the most popular political figures in Jamaica’s modern political history, yesterday received resounding acknowledgement from members on both sides of the parliamentary divide as they stood in unison, banging the tables after the veteran lawmaker completed a wide-ranging presentation.

‘Over To You’

Quoting from founding member of the People’s National Party Norman Manley, the outgoing president said that the “mission of the next generation is to achieve economic and social independence”, a task Simpson Miller said she had set out to accomplish during her tenure.

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Immigrants are going hungry so Trump won’t deport them

Luisa Fortin sometimes sits up at night, wondering what her clients are eating. She is the SNAP Outreach Coordinator for the Chattanooga Food Bank — but lately she has done less outreaching.

Her families, working immigrants in northwest Georgia, are spooked by the political climate, Fortin said. Increasingly, she’s being asked to explain how food stamps may impact immigration status, if not to outright cancel family food benefits.

Since mid-January, five of Fortin’s families have withdrawn from the SNAP program. One, the single mother of three citizen daughters, had fled to Georgia to escape an abusive husband. Another, two green-card holders with four young children, were thinking of taking on third jobs to compensate for the lost benefits. These families represent a small fraction of Fortin’s caseload — she estimates she has signed 200 immigrant families up for SNAP over the past six months — but based on the calls she gets from other clients, she fears more cancellations are imminent.

“I get calls from concerned parents all the time: ‘should I take my kids out of the program?’” Fortin said. “They’re risking hunger out of fear … and my heart just breaks for them.”

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Jamaican Takes Back #1 Spot On Reggae Charts

Here are the top stories making news on the Caribbean entertainment scene for the week-ending Mar. 17, 2017.

A Jamaican has at again taken the number one spot on the Billboard Reggae charts.

Reggae’s Queen Ifrica’s latest studio album “Climb” debuted at #1 this week. Sales of the album were bolstered by an in-store/acoustic performance event at VP Records’ Florida location as well as strong digital album downloads. Returning to the scene after a six year hiatus, Climb is receiving rave reviews from fans and music critics alike for its timely messages and inspirational lyrics. ”

The video and first single “Trueversation features Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley” and  is also growing at radio as the YouTube video nears 200,000 cumulative views…

Rihanna continues a historic climb up the Billboard Hot 100. With “Love on the Brain,” she lands her 22nd top five smash on the chart, breaking away from Elvis Presley on the most top fives of all time list. Now, the sole holder of fifth place, RiRi sits below The Beatles (29), Madonna (28), Mariah Carey (26), and Janet Jackson (24), according to Billboard…

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