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Friday, June 23, 2017

Pressure cracks Barbados gov’t tax plan

Barbados: Resistance from two of the island’s most powerful trade unions and a wide array of business associations to planned tax hikes now has the Barbados Government buckling under pressure. Comment

Armory plan is right for Crown Heights

Viewpoints: The city is proposing to transform the Bedford-Union Armory in Crown Heights into a new recreational center, affordable office space and housing. After years of seeing the armory sit vacant and unused, this plan would finally reclaim the site as a crucial resource for the Crown Heights community. Comment

‘Big reflection’ needed on opioid crisis

Viewpoints: UNITED NATIONS, June 22, 2017 (IPS) - Opioids are among the most devastating drugs and are creating a crisis of epidemic proportions, said the UN drug agency. Comment

Give Caribbean ‘Dreamers’ permanent status: Clarke

Immigration: As the United States Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, otherwise known as the “Dream Program”, marks its fifth anniversary, Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke is urging the United States Congress to pass legislation that would grant permanent status for Caribbean and other “Dreamers.” Comment

Baby Cham releases new album

Music: He’s back on the scene. Dancehall artist Baby Cham is making his return to the music with the release of his new album “Lawless.” The artist rose to fame in 2004 with his single “Ghetto Story” and soon after came out with an album of the same name. The hit scored him even more popularity with the remixed version of the song. Comment

Thursday, June 22, 2017

BRET BRINGS MISERY

Trinidad and Tobago: Grenada and its smaller family islands as well as the Dutch dependencies of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao were spared the wrath of Tropical Storm Bret as it roared through the Caribbean and northern South American countries this week, dumping tons of rain, snarling traffic, cancelling commercial flights and closing government and private sector offices in one of the earliest storms of an annual hurricane season in recent memory. Comment

ART IMITATES LIFE

Arts & Theater: Call it art imitating life. A Prospect-Lefferts Gardens dance school is reimagining the company’s displacement in their new stage play inspired by the Sister Act films, which will debut at Kings Theatre on June 25. AbunDance Academy of the Arts is presenting their project, “Sister Act, Abundantly.” Comment

Musical brunch serenades dads on Father’s Day

Brooklyn: A day for the daddies! Dozens of dads and children celebrated fatherhood at a Father’s Day jazz brunch in Marine Park on June 18. Pops and their tots kept each other company at the Marine Park Golf Course for a day of food, dance, and music by trumpeter Etienne Charles and Pan Fusion. Comment

Bolt wins final home run

Jamaica: Tears flowed as Jamaica’s superstar Usain Bolt made his final appearance before his home crowd, winning a special 100 meters event dubbed “Salute to a Legend” at the Racers Grand Prix in Kingston last Saturday night (June 10). Comment

Now Cricket West Indies

Sports: The cricket board for West Indies, on its 91st anniversary earlier this month, has re-branded itself as Cricket West Indies (CWI) from the former West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). Comment

Kingsbrook aims to keep communities safe

Brooklyn: Kingsbrook’s Best Health School has partnered with the 71st Precinct to feature a series of educational sessions for the community in 2017. On Saturday, June 24, neighborhood Coordinating Officers Paul Parkinson and Stephen Schmitt will present the first of the series entitled: “Keeping our Communities Safe.” The event will be held on the main campus at 585 Schenectady Ave. between Winthrop Street & Rutland Road in the Lillian Minkin Ballroom. Comment

Immigration benefit for victims of sexual abuse

Immigration: American Psychological society defines sexual abuse as unwanted sexual activity, with perpetrators using force, making threats or taking advantage of victims not able to give consent. Most victims and perpetrators know each other. Immediate reactions to sexual abuse include shock, fear or disbelief. Comment

West Indies defeats Afghanistan

West Indies bounced back in the second ODI against Afghanistan to win through their bowling attack by four wickets last Sunday to level the series 1-1. Comment

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

New airline a competitor, or savior

Barbados: Just a week into operation a Caribbean airline, Trans Island Air, has hit political turbulence with its owner getting into a war of words with Barbados Tourism Minister Richard Sealy over viability of the venture. Comment

Guyana’s Independence celebrated with culture, honors at Borough Hall

The Guyana Tri-State Alliance’s theme of unity and togetherness was expressed during the commemoration of Guyana’s 51st Anniversary of Independence, under the patronage of Brooklyn Borough President, Eric Adams and Councilmember Dr. Mathieu Eugene at Brooklyn Borough Hall on June 16. Comment

Caribbean Life associate editor honored

Grenada: After more than 40 years in the field of mass communication and photojournalism that began in his homeland of Grenada, Associate Editor of Caribbean Life newspaper, Michael Kevin Williams, an unsung hero, who works feverishly to ensure Caribbean Life is on the newsstand in a timely manner received a well-deserved honor from the Guyana Tri-State Alliance. Comment

Fly Jamaica opens ticketing office in Brooklyn

Jamaica: Fly Jamaica Airways has extended its reach into the Caribbean community with the opening of a new ticketing office at 1397 Nostrand Ave., two doors from Linden Boulevard Avenue in the heart of Brooklyn, for travellers who like the comfort of face to face service, when booking travel. Comment

State comptroller honors congresswoman Clarke, slain officer

Manhattan: They’re some of the best around. State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli honored several notable members of the city’s Caribbean-American community in Manhattan on June 16. Comment

Kids turn out for Juneteenth celebration

Brooklyn: Remembering the past with fun and games. About 900 children and parents packed Linden Park for the eighth annual Juneteenth NYC celebration in East New York on June 17. The theme for this year’s event was empowerment and kids got to partake in various activities, and even win prizes, said one mom who discovered the event with her son. Comment

Vincycares conducts successful fundraising scholarship launch

St Vincent: The Brooklyn-based group Vincycares, Inc. has described as a “resounding success” its recent fundraising scholarship launch. Comment

UN seeks funding to counter cholera in Haiti

Haiti: The United Nations deputy chief on Wednesday called on Member States to fund the organization’s new strategy to counter cholera in Haiti, stressing that the initiative is facing a critical shortage of resources. Comment

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean The Group General Manager at Ocean Hotels in Barbados, Patricia Affonso-Dass is the new president of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association at the Association’s Annual General Meeting, held alongside the Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF) and Taste of the Caribbean at the Hyatt Regency in Miami recently. Comment

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Exxon gets license, environmental permit

Guyana: Guyana’s government has approved an operating license and environmental permit for Exxon to begin pumping loads of oil and gas from the seabed by 2020, five years after the company said it had found world class deposits of hydrocarbons off the coast of the Caribbean Community nation. Comment

Malcolm X – American Muslim leader, human rights activist, of Grenadian mother

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

Three key central Brooklyn pols endorse Gonzalez

Brooklyn: Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez has received endorsements from three of central Brooklyn’s key state officials. Comment

Free boro-wide entertainment in City Parks

Music: One of the best bargains of the year comes every summer when City Parks announces its free, series of music, dance, films and theater. Already in full swing in many of the neighborhood parks in all five boroughs, the biggest and longest announced Brooklyn’s Celebrate Brooklyn Festival in Prospect Park. Comments (1)

Librarian courted by hobo while searching for aunt

Movies: If you’re familiar with the surreal cinematic stylings of Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon, then you have an idea of what sort of treat’s in store while watching “Lost in Paris.” The talented husband and wife team wrote, directed and co-star in their latest magical escape into the theater of the absurd. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: All the Rage (Unrated) Healthcare documentary chronicling Dr. John Sarno’s half-century campaign against the over-prescription of pain medication. Featuring commentary by John Stossel, Howard Stern, Senator Bernie Sanders, Larry David and Dr. Andrew Weil. Comment

Kevin Hart’s life ‘lessons’ and laughter

Books: You can pretend all you want. Hide your head in the sand and say it ain’t so. Cover your ears and yell “LaLaLaLaLa” until everyone thinks you’re five years old. You can deny, deny, deny, but listen up: some things are factual, so read “I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons” by Kevin Hart, and you may learn something. Comment

Marcia Cole-Saunders, MPA

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: Jamaican-born Marcia Cole Saunders has been in the health care field for 23 years. Family friend Registered Nurse Merle Warren, a previous Healthcare Award recipient, directed Cole-Saunders to Brownsville Development Corporation. This became her first U.S. job after she immigrated to the United States when she was 35. Comment

Patricia A. Britton, HHA

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: Patricia Britton was born in Trinidad, trained in the sewing arts and immigrated at the age of 20. She worked as a technical designer and seamstress for 15 years. Comment

Monday, June 19, 2017

State Department revokes visas of opposition MP’s

Guyana: Guyana’s main opposition party has complained that the United States State Department has cancelled tourist visas of two active lawmakers facing criminal fraud charges as well as several other high ranking officials who were also indicted with them. Comment

Dr. Rhonda N. Cambridge-Phillip, MD, MPH, CHC

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: Born and raised in Brooklyn, Dr. Rhonda Cambridge-Phillip is the daughter of parents who emigrated from the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago. Comment

Sunday, June 18, 2017

New citizens

Brooklyn: They can now call it home! Dozens of candidates for citizenship became American citizens at a naturalization ceremony at the historic Wyckoff House Museum in East Flatbush on June 15. Many of the new nationals were thrilled to reach this accomplishment, particularly those who waited many years, said one woman who came to the United States from Trinidad and Tobago. Comment

Guyana consul general praises Queens Mandir for elderly initiatives

Guyana: Consul General of Guyana to New York, Barbara Atherly, told a group of senior citizens at the Richmond Hill Queens Shri Trimurti Bhavan Mandir, on its 19th anniversary, and a celebration of mothers, that women are the bedrock of society, and they should be honored everyday. Comment

City’s digital kiosks celebrate Caribbean heritage

Staten Island: A digital way to honor the leaders. In commemoration of June as Caribbean-American Heritage month, all of the city’s digital WiFi kiosks — LinkNYC, are displaying images of Caribbean-American icons all month. The project was created by Caribbeing, a Flatbush-based cultural center, in partnership with LinkNYC. The display intends to familiarize passersby with the influential people of West Indian background, and honor their contributions to American history, according to the project’s creator. Comment

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Barbados new taxes brewing trouble

Barbados: Storm clouds are building in Barbados as workers representatives along with the private sector denounce planned massive tax increases, and one trade union threatens a mass march if government does not repeal the measures. Comment

Vincy calypso judging begins with NY’s Dynamite Calypso Tent

Music: Five judges from the homeland were on hand Saturday night at Café Omar in Brooklyn for the preliminary round of adjudication in the Dynamite Calypso Tent, the sole Vincentian-owned calypso tent in North America. Comment

Grenada strengthens tourism ties during CTO Week NY

Grenada: The Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) says Caribbean Week in New York, hosted by the Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), “proved to be a successful endeavor for the promotion of Grenada’s tourism product.” Comment

Friday, June 16, 2017

FOCUS NOW ON ISIS

Trinidad and Tobago: When Caribbean Community leaders meet for their annual summit in Grenada in early July, they would have the very challenging task of setting up a coordinated system to monitor ISIS fighters returning to the region from the Middle East. Comment

Guyana Independence celebration in NY ‘epic’

Guyana: Chair of the Brooklyn-based Guyana Independence Anniversary Celebration Committee (New York), Rickford Burke, has described as “epic” the 2017 Guyana Independence celebrations in the Big Apple. Comment

Grenada signs MOU with Airbnb

Grenada: The government of Grenada on Thursday, June 8 signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to formalize and implement a “cohesive partnership” with the global home-sharing company, Airbnb. Comment

Container trade to the Caribbean declines: ECLAC

Caribbean: The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean reports that new ports ranking confirms the decline in the region’s foreign trade last year and marks a loss in activity not seen since the crisis of 2009. Comment

Revelers celebrate Guyanese pride at independence parade

Guyana: Thousands of Guyanese-Americans celebrated their homeland’s independence day in Brooklyn on June 11. The annual parade that starts in East Flatbush and ends in Canarsie, honored Guyana’s 51 years of independence this year. About 5,000 parade-goers attended the gathering waving the Guyanese flags and expressing their pride. Comment

Guyana’s First Lady visits 911 Memorial

Guyana: First Lady of Guyana, Her Excellency Sandra Granger has expressed sadness after touring the World Trade Center Museum on June 9, during a weekend visit to New York as a guest of the Brooklyn-based Guyana non-profit, Guyana Unity Movement (GUM) in celebration of Guyana’s 51 Anniversary of Independence. Comment

WIADCA launches ‘Eat Caribbean 2017’

Food: Hundreds of Caribbean and other nationals on Thursday converged on Milk River Restaurant on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn as the West Indian Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) launched “Eat Caribbean 2017.” Comment

More companies looking for oil and gas off Guyana

Guyana: Its offshore concession just a few miles from where ExxonMobil found large deposits of oil and gas two years ago, so Tullow Oil of the UK and Eco Atlantic Oil and Gas of Canada have announced plans to begin aggressive exploration of their own bloc, confident that the basin is rich in resources officials said this week. Comment