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Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017

T&T IN THE NEWS

Trinidad and Tobago: The Caribbean Community nation responsible for crime and security in the bloc has ironically been in global news for all the wrong reasons this week with issues from President Trump’s telephone conversation with Prime Minister Keith Rowley to fears about locals becoming ISIS fighters making international headlines. Comment

Mass funeral held for 20 Haitians who died in dismal prison

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) – Relatives wailed in grief or stared stoically as flowers were placed on 20 caskets at a mass funeral for the latest group of inmates who died miserably in Haiti’s largest prison, most without ever having been convicted of any crime. Comment

Fake news gets Barbados PM

Barbados: Amidst warnings of fake news spun across social media, it is reasonable to expect that heads of state would not be caught in this fraud — but apparently not so for Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart. Comment

NY state senator recognizes Guyana’s 47th Republic

Guyana: The New York State Legislative Council, recently passed a resolution put forth by Sen. Roxanne Persaud and co-signed by other senators in the New York State Legislature in Albany, in recognition of Guyana’s 47th Republic Anniversary, observed on Feb. 23. Comment

Kings County doctor gets Harlem honor

Bronx: Call her a “win” doctor. More than a dozen local medical practitioners were honored for their contributions to the community by The Harlem Fine Arts Show at its “Salute to African Americans in Medicine,” held at the Historic Riverside Church on Feb. 17. Comment

LGBT organization raises awareness with benefit

Queens: A Queens-based lesbian and gay organization is hosting their second annual benefit party, “L.O.V.E is Love: Living Our Values Equally” at the C Bar and Lounge in Richmond Hill on Feb. 25. Comment

Cultural fusion: Jamaican twist to New Orleans cuisine

Food: Let’s get ready to gumbo! A group of Caribbean culinary enthusiasts will host its second annual cultural mashup, “Scattered Jamaica: New Orleans,” a flavorful mix of the island’s food and music and the spicy culture of the Big Easy, at a Mardi Gras celebration at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church in Prospect-Leffeerts Gardens on Feb. 25. Comment

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017

Hamilton names office ‘Sanctuary Senate District’

Brooklyn: In light of President Trump’s Executive Order putting in jeopardy the rights of immigrant population in New York City and their families Brooklyn Senator Jesse Hamilton has declared his office to be a “Sanctuary Senate District (SSD)” for the term of President Trump’s executive order. Comment

American entrepreneurs head to Caribbean for exchange program

National: The United States Department of State says 34 Young Leaders of the Americans Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellowship hosts from businesses and civil society organizations across the US have been selected to participate in the Reverse Exchange program, a new component of YLAI. Comment

Guyanese among CBC Women of Power Awardees

Guyana: Caribbean Business Connections (CBS) will honor 10 phenomenal women for their success in business, and outstanding contribution to the community, during the CBC 2017 Women of Power Event, on March 1, at Mirelle’s Restaurant, 170 Post Avenue, in Westbury. Comment

St. Lucian artist debuts in Manhattan

Arts & Theater: A St. Lucian sculptor, internationally-known for recreating human life in his works, has brought his art to New York City for the first time. Comment

CARICOM to hire US lobbyist

Caribbean trade bloc governments are to hire an American lobbyist to help them stop United States commercial banks from cutting ties with those in the Caribbean and to help erase a perception that the region is a high risk area for illegal transactions. Comment

Howell, Rastafari and anti-colonial politics

People: The month of February accommodates the celebration of Black History and Reggae Month. At times, much about the celebrations accentuates the outcomes at the expense of the process. Comment

Friends of Guyana to mark 47th Republic Anniversary

Guyana: Consul General of Guyana to New York, Barbara Atherly, on Feb. 11, launched the Friends of Guyana Consulate initiative, to engage nationals of political organization, disciplined services, religious organization, and alumni, that encompasses the six races of Guyana, in a unified setting. Comment

Quilts: Tribute to Black History 2017

Arts & Theater: “This exhibit makes me so happy,” says Gale Brewer, the borough president of Manhattan, of the “Quilts: Tribute to Black History 2017” exhibit in the art gallery of the Borough President’s Office Comment

Women’s History Month highlights might & fortitude

Movies: The fact thousands of women converged on Washington D.C. on Jan. 21 to protest the inauguration of the 45th US president and that — from Antarctica to Zimbabwe like-minded women exhibited solidarity mirroring similar disdain for his election — a conclusion could be drawn that the date could be designated Women’s History Day. Comment

Documentary on Maya Angelo airing on PBS

Movies: Dr. Maya Angelo with her rich resonating presence delivered her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” (1993) at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration, making her the first poet to make an inaugural recitation since Robert Frost at President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration in 1961. Comment

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017

Regional security agency to aid govenments

Caribbean: A Trinidad-based umbrella regional security agency is to help governments to properly scrutinize the backgrounds of foreigners applying to become citizens of a string of Caribbean nations, which have schemes offering passports and citizenship to expatriates in exchange for investment dollars. Comment

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Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua The Antigua and Barbuda government is considering recalling all diplomatic passports. Comment

PAHO, Belize sign new universal health strategy

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says it has signed a new cooperation strategy with Belize’s Ministry of Health whose priorities are to help the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member country advance toward universal health, and to improve retention and distribution of health personnel throughout the country. Comment

Caribbean bankers support FACTA

National: Caribbean countries that have not enacted the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) inter-governmental agreements (IGA’s) with the United States must do so expeditiously. Comment

New diplomatic passport policy

Antigua: The Antigua and Barbuda government will soon be implementing a new diplomatic passport policy to increase the level of transparency, accountability and legitimacy of diplomatic appointments. Comment

Temperamental teacher challenges nerdy colleague

Movies: Do you remember how, when you were growing up, if a couple of classmates came to blows on the schoolyard, they would be quickly separated to the suggestion that they settle their differences off campus at the end of the day? Comment

Presidential house slave runs for her freedom

Books: Run, run, run. Some days, it feels like that’s all you do. Run the kids to school, dash to work, rush with errands, and run yourself ragged before bed. You’re always on the go, always moving, and in the new book “Never Caught” by Erica Armstrong Dunbar, your breath isn’t the only thing to catch. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Bitter Harvest (R for violence and disturbing images) Fact-based drama, set in the Ukraine in the early thirties, revolving Bitter Harvest (R for violence and disturbing images) Fact-based drama, set in the Ukraine in the early thirties, revolving around the efforts of a young artist (Max Irons) to save his childhood sweetheart (Samantha Barks) from the state-sanctioned famine orchestrated by Stalin (Gary Oliver) that would claim millions of lives. With Terence Stamp, Barry Pepper and Lucy Brown. Comment

Pols host emergency immigration forum

Brooklyn: Local Flatbush pols held an emergency immigration forum at the Flatbush YMCA with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office in Flatbush on Feb. 8. Comment

Friday, Feb. 17, 2017

STEP AFRIKA!

Arts & Theater: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2016-17 season with the much-anticipated return of Step Afrika! on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 8 pm. Comment

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017

CARICOM TO FOCUS ON US RELATIONS

Guyana: Caribbean Community leaders begin two days of talks at their half-yearly summit in Guyana this week with the recent election of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States, Brexit and a string of other international issues on their agenda. Comment

Tenants get more legal aid

Brooklyn: Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito say that, for the first time, the City will fund universal access to legal services for tenants facing eviction in New York City Housing Court. Comment

New SVG airport opens with much fanfare

St Vincent: Amid much fanfare and streams of “tears of joy,” a new US$259 million international airport was officially opened Monday in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment

Interfaith leaders get survival advice

Brooklyn: The security for churches, synagogues, mosques has definitely heightened. This is a new increment that calls for serious attention. Amid this, the US visa upheaval for some immigrants has also intensified and has stirred fear and anxiety for several communities. Comment

D’Marsh stunner

Fashion: It was no surprise when D’Marsh Couture Fall 2017 Collection made a grand entrance to the runway. As a matter of fact, Jamaican-born designer Glenroy Marsh, showed his flair for the dramatic, opening the presentation with the Belle of the Ball being dressed by her men-in-waiting. Comment

Harlem library renamed after Harry Belafonte

Manhattan: The New York Public Library and the City’s Mayor, Bill de Blasio, on Monday said that the library has decided to adopt a new name for Harlem’s 115th Street Library in honor of legendary Caribbean American singer, songwriter, actor and social activist, Harry Belafonte. Comment