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Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016

PNM wins seven corporations in local elections

Trinidad and Tobago: A historic 17 percent of voters went to the polls for the Local Government General Election (LGE) in Trinidad last Monday. More than one million people registered to vote with the Election and Boundaries Commission (EBC). Comment

Friday, Dec. 2, 2016

Clarke celebrates 92nd birthday of late Shirley Chisholm

Guyana: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke on Wednesday celebrated the 92nd birthday of the late Caribbean American Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman and Caribbean American to enter the race for president of the United States. Comment

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Cubans line streets as Fidel Castro’s ashes begin journey

Cuba: HAVANA (AP) _ Surrounded by white roses and drawn by a green military jeep, Fidel Castro’s ashes began a more than 500-mile (800-kilometer) journey on Wednesday across the country he ruled for nearly 50 years. Comment

National teachers’ union claims Trump’s action adds to ‘climate of fear’

The president of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, says that, after a bitter campaign, and an election in which Donald Trump won the electoral vote but Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, “our nation remains deeply divided,” with the President-elect “only adding to the climate of fear.” Comment

Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

CARICOM MOURNS CASTRO’S DEATH

Guyana: GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Grateful for the material and other assistance the region got from Cuba in recent decades, Caribbean leaders rushed to Havana this week to participate in ceremonies relating to the death of Fidel Castro who is perhaps the best known political brand to have emerged from the region in the past century. Comment

Unscrupulous landlords plead guilty to fraud

Brooklyn: Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez on Tuesday announced that two Brooklyn landlords have pleaded guilty to a scheme to defraud and to unlawfully evict rent-stabilized tenants by forcing or attempting to force them out of their homes. Comment

Roraima Tours to begin Jonestown visits

Guyana: Congresswoman Jackie Speier, representative of California’s 14th Congressional District - a survivor of the Jonestown tragedy in the Port Kaituma Jungle of Guyana, where 914 Americans died in a mass murder suicide on Nov. 18, 1978, met with Guyanese Captain Gerry Gouveia 38 years after, to say thanks for saving her life. Comment

Moise wins Haiti presidential election

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ A political newcomer who was the chosen successor of Haiti’s previous elected leader easily won a presidential election redo against 26 rivals, according to preliminary results announced late Monday that gave Jovenel Moise a whopping 55.6 percent of the votes. Comment

Dance to connect with roots

Arts & Theater: It’s a chance for children to connect with their dance roots. Two educators are introducing a workshop for Brooklyn middle school students to show kids the dance styles that influenced the cultures they are from. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

Low turn-out for Grenada’s referendum

The Washington, D.C-based Organization of American States (OAS) says that its electoral delegation to Referendum on Constitutional Reform in Grenada has taken note of the low turn-out. Comment

Initial global effects of Trump even before taking office

National: Martin Khor is executive director of the South Centre, a think tank for developing countries, based in Geneva. PENANG, Nov. 24, 2016 (IPS) - Even before taking office, President-Elect Donald Trump and the policies he promised during his campaign are already having a worldwide impact in at least three areas — global finance, trade and climate change. Comment

Major ‘Island of Flatbush’ Diabetes Expo on Saturday

Brooklyn: Stating that diabetes is ravaging the Caribbean community in Brooklyn, a coalition of faith-based and community groups is partnering with New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and major area hospitals in conducting a massive diabetes exposition and symposium this Saturday, Dec. 3, at Erasmus Hall High School, 1199 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn. Comment

My US spouse won’t sign the joint petition (I-751)

Immigration: Do you have a conditional green card? Is your U.S spouse threatening not to sign the joint application so you can get your green card? Do not be afraid! The law knows that situations like this can happen. Comment

Jamaican transport minister supports Caribbean maritime education

With the recent opening of the expanded Panama Canal, signaling a new era in shipping and logistics in the hemisphere, all hands are on deck to ensure that the Caribbean is able to exploit the potential opportunities in the sector. Shipping accounts for up to 20 percent of many economies in the Caribbean. Comment

Whitewash

Sports: West Indies Women’s team suffered a whitewash (3-0) at the hands of India Women in India recently, missing out on an automatic qualification for next year’s ICC 50-overs World Cup in England. Comment

Jamaica captures top spots

Jamaica: Jamaican sprint superstar, Usain Bolt has been voted Caribbean Sports Journalists Association (CASJA) Sportsman of the Year. Bolt, who won three gold medals at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, earned him a clear victory. Comment

Brooklyn lodge feeds many on Thanksgiving Day

Brooklyn: More than 200 needy people received warm meals, at no cost, on Thanksgiving Day, as the Brooklyn District Grand Lodge #1 continued its mission of providing for the less fortunate in the community. Comment

Make the planet grow again

Viewpoints: ‘The China Pivot.’ For over two decades the United States (Financial/Military Complex) have been trying to manners the Middle East in order to free up its military hands to pivot to China. Comment

Cash-strapped magnate touched by homeless boy

Movies: “Believe” Comment

Series to celebrate Cheryl Byron’s iconic styles

Fashion: An exhibit celebrating Caribbean icon and singer Cheryl Byron, will debut at the Caribbean Literary and Cultural Center, displaying the items she once wore throughout her life and career from Dec. 6–Jan. 1. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016

Double Dutch competition celebrates 25th year

Bronx: Jumping, hopping, and acrobatic roping for the top prize. The Double Dutch Holiday Classic will feature some of the best double Dutch teams from around the world to compete for the title of the best at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. The annual competition will see some new countries participating, and is also reaching a milestone as it celebrates its 25th year since it’s been in operation, said the shows organizer. Comment

Shelter residents treated to VIP brunch

More than 100 homeless men who reside at the 13th Regiment Armory in Brooklyn were treated to a VIP brunch on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 11 am to 2 pm at the Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church. Comment

Small bites of truth, funny bits of created dialogue

Books: Imagine the first person who created a toothbrush. Better yet — imagine life before a toothbrush. Think about it: getting your mouth minty-fresh wasn’t exactly easy with twigs or rags. Same things with clean hair, unspoiled leftovers, unsmelly bathrooms, or cool gamepieces, as you’ll see in “Brief Histories of Everyday Objects” by Andy Warner. Comment

Monday, Nov. 28, 2016

Caribbean leaders laud Castro at death

Jamaica: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders, whose countries have been beneficiaries of Cuba’s largesse, particularly in medicine and scholarships, on Saturday lauded the life of former President Fidel Castro, who died late Friday. He was 90. Comment

Adios! Senor Commandante Castro

Cuba: A global farewell lauding the veracity and self-reliance Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz — the Caribbean’s El Commandante — bequeathed Cuba has all but dimmed the dominant spotlight United States media focused in Little Havana, Miami and Union City, New Jersey where anti-Castro revelers rejoiced the passing of the sole world leader to witness the inauguration of more than 11 United States presidents. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Guyana: Bahamas Jamaican reggae artiste Jah Cure (Siccature Aloc) pleaded not guilty when he appeared in a Bahamas court recently on a misdemeanor charge that stemmed from an argument at the Atlantis Paradise Islands. Comment

Report: Jamaica fosters culture of fear with police impunity

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ Jamaica fosters a “culture of fear” and impunity linked to a high rate of killings by police officers that stretches back for years on the Caribbean island with chronically eye-popping rates of violent crime, Amnesty International alleges in a report issued Wednesday. Comment

The Backyard Café — From garden to plate

It is hard not to inhale the natural environment when you enter the Backyard Café on the outskirts of Guyana’s capital city of Georgetown, that exudes creative cooking, crafted with superior ingredients for mouth-watering tastes. Comment

Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Anonymous (Unrated) Fact-based crime thriller revolving around a teenage hacker (Callan McAuliffe) who resorts to online identity theft to help out his cash-strapped parents (Vlada Verevko and Genadijs Dolganovs). With Lorraine Nicholson, Daniel Eric Gold and Clifton Collins, Jr. Comment

Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016

Eugene advocates for rent freeze

New York: By Nelson A. King Brooklyn Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene on Nov. 17 joined Borough President Eric Adams, Department of Finance Assistant Commissioner Pierre DeJean, community advocates and elderly residents at Brooklyn Public Library in promoting enrollment in Rent Freeze NYC. Comment

Clarke wants safe alternatives to immigrant detention centers

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has called on the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency to consider offering community-based alternatives to overcrowded detention centers, claiming that they currently fail to protect the safety of Caribbean and other immigrants. Comment

Needs of Haitian children must be given priority: UNICEF

Haiti: In light of the recent devastation wrought by Hurricane Matthew, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is urging that the needs of Haitian children be given priority by legislators and the new government in the French-speaking Caribbean nations, as voting took place on Sunday. Comment