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Educator diversity is low in NYC; a nationwide issue

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Educator diversity in New York City schools is disturbingly low says The Educator Trust-New York.

According to the organization, Latino and Black students represent 43 percent of New York State’s K-12 enrollment, yet only 16 percent of the state’s teachers are Latino or Black.

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Newark works to curb gentrification, long road ahead

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Working to curb gentrification, Newark’s City Council adopted inclusionary zoning ordinance mandating new projects with 30 or more residential units to set aside 20% affordable housing.

The city’s mayor, Ras Baraka has been pushing for more inclusionary policies from developers transforming the city with commercial and residential property that the average long-time resident cannot pay.

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Finding fatherhood: how to be a father in my fatherless world

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On June 18th, I celebrated my fourth Father’s Day. I woke up to well wishes from friends, family, and colleagues from around the country. Then I logged into Facebook – a site I typically avoid on this holiday.

I suffered through the annual disdain for fathers, peppered with a few positive posts about good dads. Before logging out of Facebook, I saw an unfamiliar face in the “Suggested Friends” category: my father’s.

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Ooh baby I like it raw: 4 benefits of oysters

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Let’s talk about the benefits of oysters, whether eaten raw, grilled, seared, fried or as soup base, there is a way to consume and give back to earth:

1. Oyster shells make excellent compost and used as fertilizer for gardens

2. Oysters in garden patches are buried to keep moles and other rodents who create complex underground systems, away from your produce.

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Crushing on Maltese cuisine

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Malta is a little island in the Mediterranean between Italy and North Africa, the cuisine reflects their geographical location as well as their complex history. British, African, Ottoman, Catholic overtones are everywhere in the food and culture.

Mark my words, Maltese cuisine is the one to watch in 2019. Malta will be in the world’s spotlight in 2018 and the world will be pleasantly surprised by their rich food history and culture.

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Republican backers of blues destination plan to replicate Antebellum South

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In Cleveland, Mississippi, a town in the Delta, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, sons of the POTUS, unveil a luxury, four-star hotel brand called, Scion, a building designed to replicate an antebellum plantation.

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In the game of taxis: Tokyo 1, Uber 0

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Tokyo taxis ensure dominance over on-demand private driver company, Uber Technologies Inc. Whereas, Uber draws blood in its fights in the US., Europe and Brazil, the company is de-clawed in Japan with making about 1 percent of sales.

One of the major person’s behind this is Ichiro Kawanabe, creator of taxi-hailing app called, Japan Taxi Co.. He is also the chairman of Japan’s taxi federation and grandson to the founder of popular cab company, Nishon Kotso. Kawanabe rallied taxi fleets and lawmakers to pass tough regulations for licensing and ensure competitive rates.

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Fragile economy force seniors to get creative

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The growing costs of healthcare and living expenses force many elders and retirees to enter back into the economy; however, age and limited physical abilities narrow the ways in which they can make money.

Trends see seniors using the sharing economy of hosting to supplement retirement income. AirBnB, the popular private short-term renting, hospitality service reports an increase of hosts 50 years and older in Europe and America.

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US Customs officers on trial for ‘rape table’

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“Rape table” at Terminal C in Newark Airport is a major crime scene in a federal court case involving three U.S. customs officers, Tito Catota, 38, Parmenio Perez, 40, and Michael Papagni, 32, all of New Jersey, were arrested in September and are on trial for sexual assault involving a hazing ritual simulating sex upon other Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officers.

Assaults described as entering a room where lights were turned off as others groped and help individuals down in a simulated sex act that happened to both male and female CBP officers. One woman recounts a gun being placed to her head. Complaints filed show assaults happened for years.

Now, if this happened to officers, what do they do to passengers?

Southern California county fights wildfire

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Southern California wildfires rage through Ventura County, searing 50,000 acres.

In early fall, northern California burned leaving billions of dollars in damage. With 17 fires igniting in 24 hours, the state pulled firefighters throughout the state, and even enlisted the help of incarcerated women and men who were paid $1 a day.

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