Daughter of Jamaican immigrants, Kristin Clarke has been nominated by Joe Biden to the US DOJ.

Kristen Clarke
Kristen Clarke, daughter of Jamaican immigrants was nominated by President-elect, Joe Biden to the Department of Justice (DOJ) on January 7, 2021.

Kristen Clarke is an American lawyer who is President of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. She previously headed the Civil Rights bureau of the New York Department of Law under Eric Schneiderman. In 2019 Clarke successfully represented Taylor Dumpson, the first Jamaican-American woman student body President of American University, in her landmark case against white supremacists. On January 6 Clarke was nominated to the position of United States Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights under the Biden administration.

Clarke's parents immigrated to Brooklyn from Jamaica.[1] She has

Kristen Clarke

said that she “grew up in a household that was about discipline, working hard in school and about making the most of every opportunity”.
[1] Clarke was a member of Prep for Prep, a non-profit organisation that looks to support students of colour in accessing private school education.[2][3] She attended Choate Rosemary Hall, where she was the only girl to join the boy's wrestling squad.[4] Clarke earned her bachelor's degree at Harvard University, where she was involved with initiatives to support and champion African-American students, and graduated in 1997.[5] She moved to Columbia University for her graduate studies, where she completed a Juris Doctor in 2000.[6] After graduating she worked as a trial attorney in the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. In this capacity, she served as a federal prosecutor and worked on voting rights, hate crimes and human trafficking cases.

Kristen is expected to be approved by the US Senate after Biden is sworn in as the 46th President.

WhatsApp updates terms as it moves to monetise the app ...Facebook aims to monetise WhatsApp by allowing businesses to contact their clients via the platform,

Thursday, January 07, 2021
 PARIS, France (AFP) — The popular messaging app WhatsApp asked its some two billion users on Thursday to accept new terms that will allow it to share more information with its parent company Facebook and roll out advertising and e-commerce.

The update sparked criticism among users as they must accept the changes or see their access to the service — which also allows encrypted voice and video calls — cut off from February 8.

Facebook aims to monetise WhatsApp by allowing businesses to contact their clients via the platform, even sell them products directly using the service as they already do in India.

"Privacy policy and terms updates are common in the industry and we're providing users with ample notice to review the changes, which go into effect on February 8th," a Facebook spokesperson said.

"All users need to accept the new terms of service if they want to continue using WhatsApp," added the spokesperson. more

HELP JAMAICA! Artistic Swimming Vice-President Maureen Smith calls for more support...

 BY SHERDON COWAN Observer staff reporter  Tuesday, January 05, 2021                                                                         

Jamaica's artistic swimmers
                               WHILE she believes artistic swimming in Jamaica has made significant strides over the years, Vice-President Maureen Smith is calling for more support to ensure the continued growth and progress of the sport.

Smith outlined that, like all sporting disciplines, their sights are set on World Championships and Olympic Games qualifications, but without adequate backing the task of bringing that vision to fruition will be that much harder.

Jamaica's artistic swimmers have over the years competed successfully in a several international competitions but they soared to new heights last year when members of the Island Aquatics Synchro club had a book written about them and more importantly, were featured on Beyonce's Grammy-nominated visual album Black is King, appearing in the video Mood 4 Eva.

Initiatives such as the music video have played a major role in boosting the country's brand in the sport and Smith pointed out that they are now aiming to build on that, as she maintains a positive outlook for the year ahead.



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President-elect Joe Biden blasted President Trump for "whining and complaining" about the election outcome and urged voters in Georgia to deliver a Senate majority to Democrats ahead of the state's Tuesday
Joe Biden

runoff election that will determine the balance of power in the upper chamber. 
Speaking at a rally on Monday in Atlanta for Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, Biden accused former Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) and Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) of putting their loyalty to Trump ahead of the people of Georgia.