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Learning Japanese-style

Uncategorized November 28, 2002 at 12:00 am

On Nov. 21, The New York Japanese School (located in Greenwich, Conn; Principal: Kouji Yoshida) held open elementary arithmetic and upper-level math classes. The New York Japanese School has focused its resources on its arithmetic and math department for several years and began opening these classes for observation in collaborationRead More

A message in the music

Uncategorized November 27, 2002 at 12:00 am

“It’s Easy Like Sunday Morning.” Forgotten sounds of Jamaica’s yester-years: Buju Banton, Beres Hammond, Spragga Bens, Ruler Brown, and Wayne Wonder are serenading listeners across airwaves of 88.7FM WRSU, in New Brunswick, New Jersey. One can’t help but feel relaxed, perhaps nostalgic, as we remember home in the Caribbean “backRead More

“Hawala,” an informal money transfer system, is under investigation

Uncategorized November 27, 2002 at 12:00 am

American law enforcement agencies are beginning a drive to investigate all informal money transfer businesses. One of the effects of this is that a lot of people, Pakistanis both here and in Pakistan, who send money to or within Pakistan have increased their remittances, fearing that the U.S. authorities willRead More

Caravan of the brokenhearted: another 100 Pakistanis board a charter flight and are deported

Uncategorized November 27, 2002 at 12:00 am

Chartered flights took between 90 to 130 Pakistanis from New York to Louisiana, and eventually to Pakistan. One young man was not deported at the last moment, after a judge made a phone call from his mobile phone (the judge had accepted the application made by the American wife ofRead More

Racial profiling at the border

Uncategorized November 27, 2002 at 12:00 am

Bordering a farmer’s field on the U.S.-Canadian border, near Quebec, is a small gas station which has done business for many years. The gas station lies on the American side, and it has an entrance that is only on the American side, and has always attracted Canadians with its lowRead More

Brooklyn commemoration of Vertires and Haitian independence

Uncategorized November 26, 2002 at 12:00 am

On Nov. 14, about 150 people attended a program at Long Island University (LIU) in Brooklyn under the theme: “Prelude to the Haitian Bicentennial.” Daniel Simidor, a producer of the program “Haiti: The Struggle Goes On” on WBAI 99.5 FM in New York, made a presentation on the importance ofRead More

Bay Ridge Muslims reach out to the 68th Precinct

Uncategorized November 25, 2002 at 12:00 am

The 68th Precinct paid a visit to the Islamic Society of Bay Ridge on the evening of Nov. 8. At a previous meeting held at the precinct for Imams, the council of the mosque invited members of the department to communicate with members of the Muslim community. Almost 1,000 peopleRead More

Let’s get this party started

Uncategorized November 25, 2002 at 12:00 am

DJ Amir has been spinning records since he was 18. He learned his art from professional DJs in his native Cairo. Before moving to New York two years ago, he spun at the biggest clubs in Cairo and resorts throughout Egypt, as well as at clubs in Lebanon and Dubai.Read More

Strict new guidelines affect undocumented Filipinos

Uncategorized November 24, 2002 at 12:00 am

For many years, Felix Reyes, 51, consistently sent money to his family in the Philippines, and he never encountered any problem with his identification. But last week, the 51-year-old Filipino immigrant worker had a different experience as he approached a bank teller to remit $600 to his wife in theRead More

A constantly evolving identity

Uncategorized November 23, 2002 at 12:00 am

Over roughly a half century, more than two million Haitians have either found refuge or were born in the United States. America is the first place Haitians turn to as they flee the dictatorship in and misery of their homeland, the poorest in the West. Although the Haitian community hasRead More

Demonstrators demand justice for boy’s murder and security for the community

Uncategorized November 22, 2002 at 12:00 am

People from all walks of life in the Bangladeshi community protested the killing of Hossain Shakawat and demanded the punishment of his murderers at a rally on Sunday in Brooklyn. Among others, local Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez spoke, urging vigilant law enforcement in maintaining the peace. She also demanded the trialRead More

Keio Academy New York boys soccer team wins state championship for third time

Uncategorized November 22, 2002 at 12:00 am

On Nov. 17 in Oneonta, New York, Keio Academy’s boys soccer team (Captains: Hirofumi Kinoshita and Junji Okawa) defeated veteran Byron-Bergen High School 1-0 to capture the New York State C Class Soccer Championship. Last year, Keio Academy shared the honors with Spencer-Van Etten High School, but this year, theyRead More

Bloomberg’s policy: wipe out the poor but not the poverty

Uncategorized November 22, 2002 at 12:00 am

Did you know that the New York City government plans to eliminate 30,000 jobs? Do you know that your property taxes will go up very soon? Did you know that subway services may be reduced and the fare will be raised again? If you are waiting 15 minutes for aRead More

Al Sharpton leads protest against racism at Gramercy Park

Uncategorized November 21, 2002 at 12:00 am

Rev. Al Sharpton and the New York Chapter of the National Action Network (NAN) last Friday led a protest in front of the only privately owned park in New York City, Gramercy Park, located at 21st Street between Park Avenue South and Third Avenue in Manhattan. Joined by Police LieutenantRead More

Haiti; masculine or feminine?

Uncategorized November 20, 2002 at 12:00 am

To the Editors of “Le Petit Robert de Noms Propres” (The Petit Robert Dictionary of Proper Nouns) The Robert Dictionaries 107, Avenue Parmentier 75001 Paris France Dear Sirs: French reference works in general, and your dictionaries in particular, indicate that “Haiti” is of the masculine gender. First, this is surprisingRead More