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Friday, Feb. 12, 2016

Statehood Day 1967 final road to independence

Grenada: Soon after the Kalinago in Grenada, most people refer to them as Caribs, reluctantly allowed the French to settle on their island on March 17, 1649, they realized that they had lost their independence. Comment.

Caribbean domestic workers being ripped off

Brooklyn: A Caribbean immigration attorney in Brooklyn wants nationals engaged in domestic work to know their rights, claiming that a significant number of them are being ripped off over wages by the homecare industry. Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

Housing for vulnerable communities

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams has called for “deeper affordability” in New York City housing, saying that, over the next few months, the City Council will consider two proposals that could have a real impact on the “severe housing crisis and dramatically affect the lives of millions of New Yorkers.” Comment.

Celebrating the Garifuna at NY’s Smithsonian

St Vincent: Heralding Black History Month last Saturday and drawing attention to the history of the Garifuna people, cultural advocate James Lovell organized master Garifuna percussionists and dancers for a dynamic concert and conversation. Comment.

Aussies remain favorites for Twenty20 World Cup

Sports: Despite India’s top showing in the three-match Twenty20 series with Australia, the Aussies are still strong and filled with confidence that their squad can win the 2016 series. Comment.

Q&A: Ensuring food security for all

Viewpoints: As the Ambassador of the Republic of the Sudan to Italy and Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Sudan to the UN Food and Agriculture organizations in Rome, Amira Daoud Hassan Gornass, takes-up her role as chair of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), she shares her vision for the future of food security. Comment.

Jamaicans set national record

Jamaica: With the 2016 Olympics just around the corner, the world famous Jamaican sprinters were not available to compete at the Armory Track and Field Invitational in New York on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. Comment.

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

ZIKA FEARS SPREAD

Belize: Any doubts about the level of fear the Zika virus outbreak has had on a tourism-dependent Caribbean Community were confirmed this week after Barbados of all places reported confirmed infections in three pregnant women at the main state hospital and after the University of the West Indies announced the establishment of a special task force to coordinate regional efforts. Comment.

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Six honored at Grenada Independence Calypso Show

Grenada: Six community stalwarts were honored Saturday night at Global Entertainment’s inaugural Grenada Independence Calypso Show and Dance at Tropical Paradise Ballroom on Utica Avenue in Brooklyn. Global Entertainment is owned by Wilbert Morain also known as “Third World.” Comment.

Jamaica’s election date causes a stir

Jamaica: On the very first day of Black History Month Jamaican diasporans awakened to the news that Jamaica would be in full political campaign mode during the celebrated duration of February. Comment.

Campaign ‘rap’ needs to be real

National: As this 2016 campaign has unfolded, it has become clear, on the Democratic side, that one of the main support blocs for Bernie Sanders is young people, prominently including the college student community. Comment.

US BEATS CANADA

Sports: CARSON, Calif. (AP) _ With only minutes to spare, Jozy Altidore made sure the United States left its year-opening training camp with an encouraging result. Comment.

WIPA pays tribute to Chanderpaul

Sports: The West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) has congratulated West Indies middle-order batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul on a prosperous and illustrious international career that spanned more than two decades. Comment.

Tale of the Parker Sisters

Books: Your neighbors said they’d keep an eye on your house for you this summer. They’d get the mail in, and grab the newspaper while you were on vacation. They’d do everything for you — and, as in the new book “The Parker Sisters” by Lucy Maddox, you should be glad if they watch your children, too Comment.

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

‘GREATEST SHOW’ TAKES A HIT

Music: Recession, crime, the deadly H1N1 (swine flu) and the threat of the Zika virus all combined threw a damper on this year’s Trinidad and Tobago Carnival, dubbed the “Greatest Show on Earth.” Comment.

Pedophile priests repent at secluded retreat

Movies: The critically-acclaimed Spotlight recently addressed the problem of pedophilia in the priesthood from the point of view of the victims. But if you’re looking for a take on the issue more sympathetic to the perpetrators, have I got a movie for you. Comment.

‘College Colors’ tackle race issues

Arts & Theater: Trinidadian-American Ricardo Khan, the co-founder of the Tony-Award company Crossroads Theatre Company tackles many new and brewing issues in his company’s spine-tingling home-coming production, “College Colors.” Comment.

New entry rules for Caribbean agricultural workers

National: The United States Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State have published rules in the US Federal Register eliminating the nonimmigrant visa exemption for certain Caribbean residents coming to the United States as H-2A agricultural workers. Comment.

Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is condemning recent violence in Haiti which has delayed the country’s presidential run-off and is calling on all stakeholders to resolve the political crisis. Comment.

Jamaica’s tourism on the upswing

Jamaica: Jamaica is fast becoming one of the elite destinations in the Caribbean as over the past two years there were about 3.5 million visitors — two million stopover visitors and 1.5 million from cruise ships annually, more than the population of 2.5 million. Comment.

Web TV host to receive award for excellence

Guyana: Conversations With Selwyn (CWS) is an inspiring Web TV program that has taken over the Internet with ingenious narration, and a captive audience that has tuned-in for the last four years. Comment.

Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016

Political commitment needed in the Caribbean to fight Zika virus: PAHO

Health: The Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Carissa Etienne has called for political commitment and more resources are urgently fight the spread of Zika in the Americas, including the Caribbean. Comment.

Bichotte hails paid family leave bill

New York: Brooklyn Assembly woman Rodneyse Bichotte has hailed the State Assembly’s passage of legislation that would provide a key benefit for New York workers — paid family leave (A.3870A). Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong (Unrated) Romantic comedy revolving around the love which blossoms between an Asian-American (Jamie Chung) visiting Hong Kong for the very first time and the white guy (Bryan Greenberg) giving her a tour of the city. With Sarah Lian, Jaeden Cheng and Richard Ng. Comment.

Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016

Haitian artists connect during conference

Music: Home is where the heart is. For first and second generation Caribbean Americans, that “home” they long for — that of their parents or grandparent’s home country — is felt through their celebration of their culture whether through playing mas, enjoying the food, and speaking the language. Comment.

The Saudicka Diaram TV show to debut in the USA

People: The Saudicka Diaram Show (SDS), a weekly entertainment and lifestyle talk show in Jamaica has inked a deal with Caribbean International Network (CIN-TV). CIN TV is a television channel in the tri-state area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut) watched by more than half-a-million Caribbean nationals on channels 73 and Verizon Fios 26. The SDS, will premier in the tri-state on Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 1:30 pm and 6 pm. Comment.

Malcolm X – Muslim leader, human rights activist

People: Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little on May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska, to a Grenadian-born mother, Louise Norton Little, who was a homemaker occupied with the family’s eight children. Comment.

Trinidadian activist Stokely Carmichael

People: Trinidadian-American Black activist, Stokely Carmichael, also known as Kwame Ture, was very active in the 1960s American Civil Rights Movement. Comment.

Friday, Feb. 5, 2016

Adams leads coalition for ‘Freedom Ticket’

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams last Friday led a coalition of local elected officials in calling on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) to initiate a pilot program for the proposed “Freedom Ticket.” Comment.

Red Force wins Nagico Super 50 title

Sports: The Trinidad and Tobago Red Force cricket team won their second successive Nagico Super 50 title recently when they defeated Barbados Pride by 72 runs at the Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad. Comment.

‘Selector A’ loves romance!

Music: “Reggae Loves Romance!” leaves no doubt that it is an Alfa male driven album. From its first track to the last, it is all about male ego honing or reeling in, a prospective or particular woman. Once again Eisaku “Selector A” Yamaguchi has done it. Comments (2).

Julian Bond’s commitment to making waves

People: From a youthful age, there resided in Julian Bond such a burning passion for revolutionary change in the socially unjust climate into which he was born, it was perhaps inevitable that activism, protest and controversy would be readily linked to the Bond persona for all of his adult life. Comment.

Brooklyn Libraries boast diverse Black History Month calendar

People: Guess who’s coming to Brooklyn for Black History Month? According to spokespersons for the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), there will be a diverse array of visual artists, novelists, musicians, dancers and scholars headed to the borough and its 60 branches in celebration of Black History Month. Comment.

‘The Iron Lady of the Caribbean’

Dominica: Dame Mary Eugenia Charles: May 15, 1919 – Sept. 6, 2005 For championing the United States’ invasion of Grenada after the assassination of its Prime Minister Maurice Bishop, and for her “strongly opinionated, uncompromising leadership style,” Dame Mary Eugenia Charles was called “The Iron Lady of the Caribbean,” according to the Dominica Academy of Arts and Sciences (DAAS), which honored her posthumously in February 2010 Comment.

Marian Anderson, a voice that broke barriers

People: The flat refusal a young Marian Anderson got from the Philadelphia Music Academy (later becoming University of the Arts) when she tried enrolling there, was presumably not the only time a person of color was rebuffed because the school was segregated. Comment.