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Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Grenada A United States-based company will invest US$58 million in the Grenada tourism industry under the island’s Citizenship by Investment Program (CIP). Comment

Bichotte continues fight to protect women’s reproductive freedom

New York: Brooklyn Democratic Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte says she has helped pass two critical pieces of legislation to strengthen and protect women’s reproductive rights. Comment

Trinidad sets new legal age for marriage

Trinidad and Tobago: The Trinidad and Tobago government has passed legislation to make 18 years the new legal age of marriage— ending decades of child marriages. Comment

Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017

1.5 million Haitians face hunger

Haiti: The United Nations says while the number of Haitians facing hunger in areas hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew has declined steadily in the three months since the deadly storm ripped through the French-speaking Caribbean nation, more than 1.5 million people nevertheless remain food insecure. Comment

The dreams from Obama’s America

Viewpoints: Obama will be remembered as one of the greatest political orators of our times. Comment

Adoptee tracks down birth-mom in bittersweet biopic

Movies: Saroo (Dev Patel) had the misfortune of being born into poverty in India’s Khandwa district. He lived there with his single-mom, Kamla (Priyanka Bose), along with his big brother, Guddu (Abhishek Bharate), and younger sister, Shekila (Khushi Solanki). Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Behemoth (Unrated) Eco-documentary illustrating the devastating toll exacted by mining on China’s population and landscape. (In Mandarin with subtitles) The Daughter (Unrated) Adaptation of “The Wild Duck,” Henrik Ibsen’s classic play revolving around a man (Paul Schneider) who uncovers a dark family secret when he returns home to attend his father’s (Geoffrey Rush) wedding. Featuring Nicholas Hope, Sam Neill and Ewen Leslie. Comment

Friday, Jan. 20, 2017

Caribbean American ex-senator jailed for five years

Guyana: A United States federal district judge in Brooklyn has sentenced a former Caribbean American legislator to five years in prison after he was convicted two years ago for trying to prevent a federal probe and making false statements to government agents. Comment

DOLLAR SCHEME REVIEW

St Kitts and Nevis: Their banana and sugar export industries have collapsed and revenues from tourism fluctuate year by year so the governments of the Eastern Caribbean sub grouping have been looking for additional ways to bring in state revenues. Comment

REGGAE ROOTS

Music: Nigerian-American Reggae artist T-Kross is connecting the music genre back to its roots. The singer who released his single “Mama,” says he wants to showcase to fans of the genre, where the popular Jamaican sound got its roots. Comment

Mikey General & Karamanti release ‘Back Against The Wall’

Music: Dancehall artist Karamanti has joined forces with Reggae’s living legend, Mikey General, to send a powerful message to Africans at home and in the diaspora. The message is being sent in the form of a song entitled “Back Against The Wall.” Comment

Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017

Writers Resist rally: Standing up for Freedom of Speech

New York: Brooklyn resident Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award winner for her young adult masterpiece “Brown Girl Dreaming,” was one of a cadre of recognized and lesser known poets and book authors who rallied Sunday at the main New York Public Library (NYPL) on Martin Luther King’s birthday. Comment

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PS 109 unveils new school gym

Brooklyn: Pupils at P.S. 109 got to finally play in their East Flatbush school’s brand new gym unveiled on Jan. 12. Comment

Haiti faces rise in cholera deaths

Haiti: Since the first reports of a cholera outbreak in Haiti, the number of deaths and cases have seen an overall improvement since 2010. But last year saw an increase in the number of cholera cases, according to the Haitian Ministry of Health. Comment

Vox pop: Will Brooklyn’s Carib community miss Obama?

Brooklyn: The historic inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump is set to take place on Jan. 20. Comment

Guyanese filmaker wins award for directorial début

Guyana: “My inspiration as a filmmaker and director is not for notoriety, or to jockey for a place in Hollywood. I just want to make great movies.” Comment

Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017

Boro Prez, Caribbean leaders celebrate MLK

Brooklyn: Borough President Adams, the Caribbean Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI), and members of the Caribbean community celebrated Martin Luther King Junior’s legacy at Brooklyn Borough Hall on Jan 13. Comment

SVG Ex-teachers’ group honors nurse Celia Bramble

St Vincent: The Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ex-Teachers’ Association of New York on Sunday honored retired Registered Nurse Celia Bramble at a gala ceremony marking the group’s 34th anniversary. Comment

WICB prez announces US plans, tour

Manhattan: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has announced plans to popularize and promote the sport of cricket in New York at City Hall in Manhattan on Jan. 12. Comment

A look behind Obama’s presidency

Books: If you can’t say something nice… Sometimes, it’s hard to say nothing at all. There are times when you need to speak out, to confront, share your opinion, rant, or vent. And then there are times, as in the new book “Audacity” by Jonathan Chait, where you must praise. Comment

Online based thrift-shop offers style and grace for youth

Brooklyn: Get thrifty for the kiddies. A Flatbush couple is giving Brooklyn parents an opportunity to thrift shop for decent kids clothing, and even sell back clothing that their youngsters no longer wear, with their children’s thrift store Everything Jiggy. Comment

Trump’s AG rejected three decades ago by King

National: The saying ‘what goes around comes around” could well apply to Jefferson Bueregard Sessions and his assessment of being tapped to be the next attorney general. Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017

US, Cuba meet to fight trafficking in persons

Cuba: The United States and Cuba were expected to begin meeting on Thursday to coordinate efforts to fight trafficking in persons. Comment

Visuals aid fight against malaria in Suriname

Health: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says Suriname is using illustration to improve adherence of malaria treatment. Comment

Bolt focuses on 100 meters

Jamaica: Sprint superstar Usain Bolt said he will be concentrating on the 100 meters in 2017, which will be his final decision in a glorious athletics career. Comment

Recreational facilities at the Bedford Armory will be a win for Crown Heights

Brooklyn: The Crown Heights community is in desperate need of quality recreational facilities for youth sports leagues, senior activities and other neighborhood-based programming. Comment

Traveling to Guyana is becoming quite hazardous

Viewpoints: To The Editor: First, let me commend Guyanese business owners who work diligently to offer low-cost, efficient, aviation service to Guyana. Comment

WICB pays tribute to Sir Dwight

People: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has paid tribute to the late Sir K Dwight Venner, the former governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), who died on Dec. 22, 2016 in St Lucia Comment

Veteran leadership sparks Blackbirds in Battle of Brooklyn

Long Island University took down borough rival St. Francis 63–58 on Jan. 14, bolstered by the strong play of its experienced roster down the stretch. Comment

Getting defensive: Lincoln’s ‘D’ lifts Railsplitters over Iona Prep

Sports: It wasn’t the offensive explosion either team was hoping for. Lincoln and Iona Prep both struggled to hit their scoring stride in a non-league tilt on Jan. 15, but the Railsplitters managed to grab just enough momentum to pull off the victory, downing the Gaels 53–44 at the Martin Luther King Showcase in Coney Island. Mike Reid led the charge late, with a game-high 21 points and a shutdown defensive performance. Comment

Monday, Jan. 16, 2017

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua The Antigua and Barbuda government will be moving at full speed in the fight against crime in 2017. Comment

Fund-raiser shines light on Haiti’s hurricane relief

Manhattan: Guests packed Space Ibiza in Manhattan to support the “Haiti Shines Bright” fund-raiser for Hurricane Matthew relief on Jan. 11. Comment

Grenada to open diplomatic mission in Russia

Grenada: Grenada is moving to open a diplomatic mission in Russia which would bring to the Spice Island its developmental objectives through representation. Comment

Jamaica, China sign hospital agreement

Jamaica: Jamaica and China has signed a multi-million agreement for the construction of a 220-bed Children’s Hospital in Montego Bay, west of the capital Kingston. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Detour (R for nudity, sexuality, graphic violence, drug use and pervasive profanity) Revenge thriller revolving around a naive law student (Tye Sheridan) who hires a hitman (Emory Cohen) to kill the scheming stepfather (Stephen Moyer) responsible for the car accident that left his mother in a coma. With Bel Powley, John Lynch and Gbenga Akinnagbe. Comment

Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017

Barbados reserves perilously low

Barbados: A surprise Central Bank of Barbados admission that it is losing more foreign exchange than gaining, and that more losses would threaten the currency’s exchange rate has sparked accusations that government’s economic policies have failed. Comment