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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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’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
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 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
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
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
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 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
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
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
The Brooklyn-based group Vincycares, Inc. has described as a “resounding success” its recent fundraising scholarship launch. Comment
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
Trinidad and Tobago:
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
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 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
Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez has received endorsements from three of central Brooklyn’s key state officials. Comment
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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