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Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016

Jamaica envoy presents credentials to OAS chief

Jamaica: The Organization of American States (OAS) says the new Permanent Representative of Jamaica, Audrey Marks, has presented her credentials to Secretary General of the institution, Luis Almagro, at the OAS headquarters,Washington, DC. Comment

Referendum on Grenada’s Constitution set for Oct. 27

Grenada: It is official! Grenadians will go to the polls on Oct. 27 to vote on a referendum to remodel Grenada’s 42-year-old Constitution. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: 2016-10-07-azad-roundup-cl Caribbean Four CARICOM leaders, presidents and prime ministers of the 120-member Non Aligned Movement (NAM) recently attended a two-day summit in Margarita Island, Venezuela. Comment

Disaster flick depicts BP oil spill event

Movies: On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, located 41 miles off the coast of Louisiana, exploded when high-pressure methane gas blew out the drill pipe. 11 members of the crew perished in the ensuing fiery inferno which engulfed the platform. Comment

Friday, Sept. 30, 2016

LGBTQ festival canceled in Haiti amid threats, gov’t order

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Organizers of a cultural festival in Haiti celebrating the Afro-Caribbean LGBTQ community said Tuesday that it has been called off due to numerous threats of violence and a subsequent prohibition by a government commissioner. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016

GUYANA BLACKS AGITATE

Guyana: As September, Amerindian heritage month, draws to a close and as indigenous Indians do all they can to raise awareness about land and other rights, Afro Guyanese groups are beginning to put pressure on the administration of President David Granger to give blacks their just piece of the country’s pie just as past governments have done for others. Comment

Formerly homeless woman talks overcoming in debut book

People: Facing abuse and teen pregnancy, Christina Richardson left home when she was 17 years old. Being homeless on and off for seven years, she trekked her way out of the New York City shelter system three years ago, and in her debut book titled “The Pleasure in the Pain” — she talks about her life. Comment

Undocumented Haitians face deportation

Haiti: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has expressed deep concern about the resumed deportation of undocumented Haitian immigrants from the United States. Comment

New batting coach

Caribbean: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has appointed former Middlesex and Sussex batsman Toby Radford as batting coach for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) tour. Comment

Second annual grant competition awards 3

Haiti: Haitian entrepreneurs received some considerable funds for their start-ups at the second annual PowerUp! Kreyol Business Plan competition in Prospect Heights on Sept. 26. Comment

New film documents drum culture in St. Vincent

Movies: Big sounds and big drums. On formal occasions, sounds of drums beating might be heard on Union Island — one of the islands comprising the nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment

Black Violin: The UNITY Tour

Music: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College opens its 2016-17 season on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016 at 8 pm with the return of three-time Amateur Night at the Apollo winners Black Violin. Comment

TAP, TAP, TAP

Arts & Theater: International tap dance superstar Chloé Arnold is bringing her dynamic dance collective to the City College Center for the Arts (CCCA). Chloé Arnold’s Apartment 33, a dream team of high-energy hoofers, will bring the world premiere of its magnetic tap dance show “Where Dreams Are Made” to Aaron Davis Hall at 7:30 pm on Friday, Sept. 30 Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

Woman’s charge overshadows town hall meeting

St Vincent: Supporters of the incumbent Unity Labor Party (ULP) administration in St. Vincent and the Grenadines had hoped that it would be another very successful and peaceful town hall meeting, as was always the case when Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves visited New York on previous occasions. Comment

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Grenada PM eulogizes Dr. Stanislaus

Grenada: Grenada Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell on Saturday joined a number of Caribbean community leaders and figures, among others, in eulogizing former United Nations Ambassador Dr. Lamuel Stanislaus at a massive funeral service in Brooklyn. Comment

St. Lucia makes a big pledge to solar power

St Lucia: The government of St. Lucia has a target of generating 35 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020. Comment

Denzel reunites with Fuqua in Kurosawa classic

Movies: Directed by the legendary Akira Kurosawa in 1954, “Seven Samurai” was a groundbreaking film which had a profound influence on the evolution of cinema for generations to come. Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016

Guyana’s first lady to aid STEM programs

Guyana: Fundraising for science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, (STEM) must be considered one of the most philanthropic efforts made to help millions of children in Guyana. Comment

UWI, SUNY launch leadership, development center

Jamaica: The University of the West Indies (UWI) and The State University of New York (SUNY) have launched the SUNY UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development on Sept. 20, 2016 at the SUNY Global Center in New York. Comment

Jamaica’s debt stymies economic growth

Jamaica: Since the general election took place in Jamaica in February, 2016, Andrew Holness has not officially visited New York City in his capacity as prime minister of Jamaica, to address the Diaspora. Comment

Souvenir of slavery and its legacy

Books: There’s so much you wish you’d kept. Of course, you never thought of that when things were thrown out: your grandmother’s favorite skirt, a poster your uncle hung on his wall, an autographed picture of a minor star from the 1920s. Comment

Monday, Sept. 26, 2016

Jamaica wins Leading Destination title

Jamaica has copped the prestigious Caribbean’s Leading Destination title at the recent World Travel Awards at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort. Comment

Urgent care center opens fifth location in Brooklyn

Brooklyn: Bushwick is the latest neighborhood to be served by an urgent care center. The new location opened in the underserved area on Sept. 21. Comment

No one is indispensable in a democracy

Viewpoints: SAN JOSÉ, Sept. 20, 2016 (IPS) - I have put a great deal of thought into whether or not to return to politics. Groups from different political parties, and without party affiliation, have expressed their concern over the current situation in the country and have offered me their support. And the opinion polls indicate that I would have a chance at a third presidential term. Comment

Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016

Gayle reconsiders playing Test cricket

Caribbean: Hard-hitting Twenty20 opener Chris Gayle wants to return to Test cricket and is currently holding talks with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to be included in any future Test team. Comment

Brownsville kids get free backpacks and supplies

Brooklyn: Young school kids at P.S. 156 in Brownsville started the school year with a gift from local volunteers on Sept. 8. Comment

First: Debate Democracy

Viewpoints: Twenty-one times during the presidential primaries, candidates took the stage to debate issues important to the American people. Comment

Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016

Embargo still impacts Cuba, US relations

Cuba: Though Cuba and the United States have made much progress in improving bilateral relations, Cuba’s Foreign Affairs Minister Bruno Eduardo Rodríguez Parrilla says the decades-old economic blockade against Havana hampers progress in the normalization of relations between both countries. Comment

Jamaica’s implementing 10-year health strategic plan

Jamaica: Jamaica’s Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, says the Caribbean island is implementing a 10-year strategic plan to improve health and attain its vision of a healthy and stable population. Comment

Inaugural ceremony celebrates men of color

Brooklyn: Hardworking men of color were celebrated in high style at a ceremony awarding and honoring men for their achievements on Sept. 17. Comment

Bolt sets sight on sports clinic

Jamaica: Olympic legend Usain Bolt has announced that he plans to open a sports clinic in Jamaica after retiring from the sport of track and field. Comment