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Friday, Dec. 9, 2016

Prince Harry visits orphanage in Guyana

Guyana: Britain’s Prince Harry delighted the children of Joshua House Children Centre in Georgetown on Sunday, Dec. 4, the last day of his two-day visit to Guyana bringing with him hopes and dreams for the youngsters, who were in awe of the Royal visit. Comment

JAMAICA’S ARTBEAT

Arts & Theater: For the love of art, more than 100 artists participated in the twelfth Liguanea Arts Festival held at the Liguanea Plaza, Kingston, Jamaica on Sunday, Dec. 4. Comment

People living with HIV commemorate World AIDS Day

People: Kings County Hospital hosted an educational day about Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and gave free screenings at the hospital to celebrate World AIDS Day on Dec. 2. Comment

Holding on: Loughlin boys hoops escapes with slim win in opener

Sports: Bishop Loughlin hung on for a 95–87 victory over All Hallows in the team’s season-opener on Dec. 2, but the Lions weren’t pleased with their defensive effort down the stretch. Comment

Time to reflect

Sports: West Indies Captain Jason Holder has urged his players who were booted out of the Tri-Nation Series to use the disappointment as time for personal reflection as they tried to regroup. Comment

West Indies Women qualify

Sports: West Indies Women breathed a sigh of relief after earning an automatic qualification for next year’s ICC 50-overs World Cup in England. Comment

Bolt’s journey

Several of the world’s leading athletes and entertainers came out for the documentary on Usain Bolt’s quest for iconic status, which was premiered in London recently. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016

PORTIA SIGNALS CHANGE

Jamaica: The Jamaican political landscape is bracing for yet another major changing of the guard because the island’s first woman prime minister and opposition leader is about to step down, opening the way for a protracted fight among the party’s top brass to replace her. Comment

Jeffries elected to US House Democratic leadership

Brooklyn: On the heels of a disappointing election on Nov. 8, United States Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) has been elected by his colleagues to serve on the Democratic leadership team for the 115th Congress. Comment

Fighting crime requires community support

New York: New York City is now a different and better place when compared to the nineties said the New York City Commissioner of Police, James P. O’Neil recently. Comment

Candle light vigil, $50,000 reward for Guyanese correction officer’s murder

Guyana: Hundreds turned out last Monday night for a candlelight vigil, and called for justice for Guyanese-American Alastasia Bryan, a 25-year-old correction officer of the Anna M. Kross Center on Rikers Island, who was brutally murder in her car at the corner of 73rd Street and Avenue L, in the Flatlands section of Brooklyn. Comments (1)

Guyanese group hosts first pre-Kwanzaa event

Dr. Molefi Asante, professor and chair of the Department of African-American Studies of Temple University will be the guest speaker at the first pre-Kwanzaa cultural celebration hosted by members of the Queenstown Essequibo Guyana NY Association, on Sunday, Dec. 11. Comment

Show brings music education to youth

Music: The sixth annual Tropicalfete Countdown is returning for a music-filled educational event at the Brooklyn Music School on Dec. 18. Comment

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016

Caribbean joins in adopting Cancun Declaration

Caribbean: The United Nations says Caribbean countries were among more than 190 countries at a major conference in Mexico in pledging to step up efforts to integrate biodiversity into the policies of their forests, fisheries, tourism and agriculture sectors. Comment

IT’S ALL FOLK

Music: When you think Jamaican folk music one of the first groups that will come to mind is the Jamaican Folk Singers. Comment

AgeWell New York has seniors covered

Health: Good health care is essential, and AgeWell New York has its seniors covered. Even if seniors have complex medical conditions that require long-term care, AgeWell New York has a plan that can help. Comment

Rethinking trade policy and protectionism in the Trump era

Immigration: Martin Khor is executive director of the South Centre, a think tank for developing countries, based in Geneva. PENANG, Dec 5 2016 (IPS) - What kind of trade policy will the United States have under President Donald Trump? This is a hot issue, as Trump has made unorthodox pronouncements on trade issues during and after the election campaign. If he acts on even some of the positions he took, it will create a sea change in trade policy in the US and possibly the world. Comment

Love gurus date despite philosophical differences

Movies: Love guru Matthew Taylor (Shemar Moore) is the author of the new best seller, “The Bounce Back.” Accompanied by his enterprising business manager, Terry (Bill Bellamy), he’s been hawking the self-help book on plenty of TV and radio programs. Comment

Advent of Christmas, Kwanzaa & Hannukah

Music: The last month of the year arrived with the advent of Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hannuka. Comment

Women game changers in sports

Books: You can’t bear to look at the score. Whatever it is, it’s going to be close. Both sides are playing well today, and they’re all very talented. Your team might win. They might lose. Or, as in the new book “Game Changers” by Molly Schiot, they might alter the way the whole thing’s played. Comment

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016

Fund-raiser for diabtetic former Yo! MTV Raps co-host

Brooklyn: A local meet and greet fund-raiser for famed former Yo! MTV Raps co-host Doctor Dre will be held in Brooklyn at the Atlas Steakhouse on Dec. 17 to raise money for diabetes. Comment

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Monday, Dec. 5, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Jamaica: Caribbean The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is moving to increase airport safety and certification in the Caribbean region. Comment

Suriname faces deep recession

Suriname: Suriname is in deep recession, according to the International Monetary Fund, who is projecting an economic contraction of nine percent this year, following a 2.7 percent contraction in 2015. Comment

US deports over 200 Haitians in last several weeks

Haiti: The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says over 200 Haitians have been deported in the last several weeks, as the Obama administration has resumed deportation of Haitians living illegally in the country. Comment

Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016

Caribbean needs to do more in supporting breastfeeding: Rights experts

Health: United Nations human rights experts are urging Caribbean and other countries to do more to protect, promote and support breastfeeding as a human right. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: All We Had (Unrated) Dysfunctional family drama about a cash-strapped single-mom (Katie Holmes) living hand-to-mouth with her 13-year-old daughter (Stefania Owen) until they move to a tiny town where she finds a steady job as a waitress only to be victimized by a fast-talking mortgage broker (Mark Consuelos). Featuring Eve Lindley, Richard Kind and Judy Greer. Comment

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

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