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Friday, March 24, 2017

Grouchy unions spell trouble for Barbados government

Barbados: Some of Barbados’ trade unions are again becoming cranky in a manner that foretells trouble for government as these workers’ representatives are not ruling out the possibility of industrial action to press their cases. Comment

Workers rally for safer construction conditions

Manhattan: A new bill mandating that construction workers undergo safety training is picking up steam from members of a local union group. Comment

Community mourns Collin Cox

St Vincent: Nationals from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Guyana, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, and Jamaica, as well as the United States, were among mourners at a funeral in Brooklyn on Saturday, March 11 for Vincentian native Collin Cox. Comment

Ten tales being told around the tables

Books: So, have you heard the one about…? Of course you have. You’re all over social media. You know what’s going on; sometimes it feels like you’ve heard it all, and maybe you have. Now in “Flying Lessons & Other Stories,” edited by Ellen Oh, you’ll hear it from a different side. Comment

Thursday, March 23, 2017

T&T RAIDS FUND

Once again, authorities in Trinidad are tapping into a special rainy day fund to help finance a deficit 2017 budget, ailing in part because of the prolonged depression of oil and gas prices on the international market and for petroleum-related products in general. Comment

Queens residents pay tribute to Helen Marshall

Guyana: A memorial service was held Sunday for former Queens Borough President Helen Marshall in the cultural center at Borough Hall dedicated in her honor just months ago. Elected officials both serving and retired attended the ceremony and delivered remarks remembering Marshall’s qualities of leadership and friendship. Comment

Prom kicks: Annual drive to collect shoes for prom

Brooklyn: A local charity is ensuring teenage girls fashionably complete their prom outfits in style with a shoe drive at Round 2 Cafe on April 9. Comment

Experts discuss gender and transport planning in Guyana

Guyana: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says it has organized the first forum on gender and transport in Georgetown, Guyana, with the objective of creating a space for the exchange of information between public policymakers, researchers and transport experts on how to incorporate the gender perspective into the transport sector to promote greater gender equality in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)-member state. Comment

‘GOLD’ STRIKE

Arts & Theater: Thespians seem to cultivate their gift of expression by affecting the emotions of an audience large or small using comedy, drama to elicit tears and laughter within a brief period. Comment

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Caribbean stakes future on climate-smart agriculture

Guyana: By Desmond BrownGEORGETOWN, Guyana, March 16, 2017 (IPS) - As Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries continue to build on the momentum of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement and the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Marrakech in 2016, special emphasis is being placed on agriculture as outlined in their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). Comment

Low-income city housing faces new challenges

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, deputy leader of the City Council, chaired a Housing and Buildings Committee oversight hearing on March 15 on the Fiscal 2018 preliminary operating and capital budgets for the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and the Fiscal 2018 preliminary operating budget for the Department of Buildings (DOB) amid impending cuts from the Donald T. Trump administration. Comment

Sobers: Windies players lack motivation

Barbados: Legendary West Indies all-rounder Sir Garfield Sobers said Windies players lacked motivation and commitment. Comment

Walcott: Caribbean Colossus

Viewpoints: Derek Walcott, by his work, achieved three colossal feats. Comment

Marie Vieux-Chauvet’s ‘Dance on the Volcano’

Books: At the Cultural Services of the French Embassy on upper Fifth Avenue, Haitian author and McArthur genius award recipient Edwidge Danticat spoke with Barnard professor Kaiama L. Glover about “Dance on The Volcano.” Written by Haitian author Marie Vieux-Chauvet, this is Glover’s most recent French-English translation and was published by Brooklyn’s Archipelago Books. Comment

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Kings County gets funding from City Council

Brooklyn: Councilman Mathieu Eugene (D—East Flatbush) presented a check of $1.4 million to Kings County Hospital earlier this month. The hospital was awarded the money by the city council to purchase the latest modernized equipment for patients. Comment

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St. Vincent to welcome Dynamic Int. Airways

St Vincent: With the brand new 9000 ft. Argyle International Airport now in place, Consul General of St, Vincent and Grenadines to New York, H.E. Howie M. Prince, said his country would welcome the arrival of Greensboro North Carolina Dynamic International Airways planned service from JFK to the Eastern Caribbean island in the near future. Comment

Central Brooklyn soccer team for Spain

Brooklyn: Guyanese-American Stan Harmon, a seasoned soccer coach, and one of three directors of the Central Brooklyn Soccer Club, (CBSC) told Caribbean Life, that the New York City Champion club — a brand ambassador for Nike — is sharpening its skills to participate in the 2017 Mundialito Youth Soccer Tournament, from April 7 – 17, in Costa Dorado, Taragona, Spain. Comment

Microscopic Martian matter morphs into monster

Movies: In recent years, Hollywood has started serving up some outer space adventures, a la “The Martian” (2015) and “The Space between Us” (2017), suggesting that the Red Planet is basically a benign environment free of any hostile creatures. But just when we thought it was safe to visit Mars again, along comes Life, a cautionary horror flick unleashing a terrifying alien force aboard an international space station. Comment

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter passes

People: I was a mere cub reporter when I got my first taste of working the competitive New York beat. It was the 80s and I was issued my very first working press credential during the tenure of Benjamin Ward — the first Black NYPD Commissioner. Comment

Monday, March 20, 2017

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Bahamas Cruise line officials have expressed concern about the state of crime in The Bahamas. Comment

Celebrating historical women in healthcare

Brooklyn: Health care workers and administrators at Kings County hospital are honoring women’s history month with a blast from the past. On March 8 the hospital celebrated International Women’s Day with the launch of a new exhibit celebrating the history of women in health care. Comment

Highly demanded charter school to expand

Brooklyn: A local charter school is expanding their highly demanded academia for Brooklyn students. Ascend Public Charter Schools, which operates nine low and middle grade schools throughout Brooklyn, is hoping to open two more schools in East New York and East Flatbush by 2018. The school currently has about 6,000 students on a wait-list and the future expansion is hoping to satisfy the increasing list, said a school administrator. Comment

Richie Stephens & Ska Nation Band to make Reggae Sumfest debut

Music: Singer Richie Stephens & his Italian based Ska Nation Band are heading to Montego Bay, Jamaica this summer. The group is confirmed to headline Reggae Sumfest 2017, which unfolds at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay on July 16-22. Comment

New Kingston hits Highline Ballroom April 15

Music: Brooklyn-based reggae band New Kingston is not only riding high on its success as one of the most sought after Urban Conscious Reggae bands in New York, the group is also gearing up to do cuts from its 2016, album, “Kingston Fyah,” at Manhattan’s Highline Ballroom, on April 15. Comment

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Trinidad to resume hanging

Trinidad and Tobago: Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley has brought in former United National Congress (UNC) Attorney General Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj (under the Basdeo Panday administration) to assist the government in resuming hanging in Trinidad and Tobago. Comment

Royal Caribbean, Bahamas sign tourism agreement

Bahamas: Royal Caribbean International has signed an agreement with Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie that will further promote tourism in the chain of islands, according to reports. Comment

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Adams: Trump’s budget is ‘purely irresponsible’

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has described President Donald Trump’s 2018 federal budget proposal as “purely irresponsible.” Comment

CARICOM governments prepare for influx of deportees

Caribbean: Caribbean governments are expecting an increase in deportees from the United States for serious crimes in the coming months. Several CARCIOM countries consider this as a threat to their national security. Comment

Mystery spinner returns

Sports: Mystery spinner Sunil Narine and hard-hitting batsman Kieron Pollard are among members of the West Indies squad to play Pakistan in the upcoming four Twenty20 matches in the Caribbean later this month. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: American Anarchist (Unrated) Hippie Era documentary catching up with controversial cult figure William Powell, the now regretful author of the anti-establishment manifesto, “The Anarchist’s Cookbook.” Comment

Friday, March 17, 2017

Exxon ups the stakes in Guyana, applies for production license

Guyana: American oil giant ExxonMobil has asked Guyana’s government to approve a production license to allow it to actually start pumping oil from the seabed by late 2019, months earlier than planned officials said this week. Comment

Jamaican business leader launches ‘Change of Fortune’

Jamaica: Chairman and Vice President of Caribbean Food Delights, Dr. Vincent Ho-Sang, on Monday, March 13 launched his autobiographical memoir “Change of Fortune” at the Jamaica Consulate General office in midtown Manhattan. Comment

Dynamic Int. Airways to improve service

Capt. Gerry Gouveia, chief executive officer of Roraima Airways, Guyana, and Karen Kraus, interim chief executive officer (CEO) of Greensboro North Carolina, Dynamic International Airways, thanked travel agents and customers for staying with the carrier through turbulent times, and assured customers that the airline is now focused on service recovery that would be seamless. Comment

Jamaican detainee dies in Louisiana hospital

Jamaica: The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency says a Jamaican national in its custody has died at Lafayette General Hospital in Lafayette, LA. Comment

Things your Mama never had to consider

Raising a child is quite a challenge. When they’re small, you feel as though the entire world is dangerous. As they grow, you waffle between encouragement and fear, wings for them and tears for you. Teenagers, well, they’re a whole separate category and in the new book “My Brown Baby” by Denene Millner, some parents have even more to worry about. Comment