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Friday, Aug. 18, 2017

Hungry Venezuelan soldiers robbing Guyanese

Venezuela: Tribal village leaders in districts near Venezuela this week asked authorities to set up a military or police outpost in the area to deal with hungry Venezuelan soldiers crossing into Guyana and robbing residents of food in the midst of that country’s dire political and economic situation. Comment

Triple tropical threat looms in the Caribbean

Environment: The Philadelphia-based AccuWeather News Service says two of three budding tropical systems in the Atlantic will approach the Caribbean, Central America and the United States in the coming days. Comment

Carican Costumes tells ‘Little History of Carnival’

Arts & Theater: Trinidadian mas designer and producer Pat Nurse will be taking her costume-designing workshops a little further by telling a “Little History of Carnival” in this year’s production for the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade. Comment

Rhythm International catches ‘5 Elements’

Arts & Theater: With over 20 years of producing mas, Trinidadian Anton Reynolds says his mas band, Rhythm Catcher International, catches “5 Elements” for Labor Day. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017

CHINESE FACE SCRUTINY

Trinidad and Tobago: A Jamaican opposition legislator this week shone light on an issue many in the Caribbean often think about the presence of super rich Chinese investors, some backed by their government back in Beijing, others flush with cash from the private sector, albeit of sometimes dubious origin. Comment

Caribbean pols strongly condemn hate, violence in Charlottesville

National: Caribbean American legislators in Brooklyn on Sunday vehemently denounced the hate and violence that engulfed the City of Charlottesville, Va. the day before when white nationalists and counter-protesters clashed in what has been described as one of the bloodiest fights to date over the removal of Confederate monuments across the Southern United States. Comment

Haitians risk arrest in Canada for a better life

Haiti: While United States President Donald J. Trump is clamping down on illegal immigration, thousands of Haitians with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in the United States are rushing to the border crossing in Champlain, upstate New York, willing to face arrest in their pursuit of a better life, according to reports here. Comment

Donald Trump, Kim Jong-Un need to find a diplomatic off-ramp

Viewpoints: Daryl G. Kimball is executive director of the Washington-based Arms Control Association WASHINGTON DC, Aug 9 2017 (IPS) - Just six months into the administration of President Donald Trump, the war of words and nuclear threats between the United States and North Korea have escalated, and a peaceful resolution to the escalating crisis is more difficult than ever to achieve. Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017

‘Caribbean Sickness’ takes over Antoine International

Arts & Theater: Claiming that “Caribbean Sickness” is too prevalent, Trinidadian Kenneth Antoine says that it is befitting that he so names this year’s Labor Day production. Comment

Barbados Crop Over not so usual

Arts & Theater: Barbados wrapped up another Crop Over festival with organisers beaming at the success to which the island has become accustomed, but what people are now left to grapple with is one souring incident of gun violence and death. Comment

Stand up and condemn racism and discrimination in America!

Viewpoints: We stand in solidarity with the victims of the recent tragedy in Virginia, and all right-thinking Americans who have condemned it. Whenever, and wherever hate and bigotry rear their ugly heads, we have a basic obligation to unite as communities and organize against the perpetrators. We cannot allow neo-Nazis, white supremacists and their allies, or any hate mongering group whatsoever to bully, harass, and intimidate us into thinking that their putrid racial, religious, and ethnic intolerance are legitimate. Comment

Windies’ new head coach

Cricket West Indies (CWI) has named South African Ryan Maron as the new head coach of the West Indies men’s team. He will also assume special responsibilities for fielding. Comment

PUMA offers job to Bolt

Jamaica: PUMA has offered Jamaica’s sprint superstar Usain Bolt a post to head its Caribbean business once he retires from athletics. Comment

Trinidad captures gold

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago men’s 4x400-metre relay team captured gold in the final event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, England on Sunday evening. Comment

Raise the bar: Brian Lara

Trinidad and Tobago: West Indies batting legend Brian Lara has urged the current crop of West Indies batsmen to keep raising the bar if they want to be among the top batsmen in international cricket. Comment

A boy and his dragon

Books: You didn’t do it. Whatever it was, it wasn’t your fault. You didn’t do it — you weren’t even around when it happened. You don’t know who to blame. Maybe it was your dog, your mom, or maybe, as in the new book by Dorothea Taylor, illustrated by Charly Palmer, “There’s a Dragon in My Closet.” Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017

Businesswoman opens Harlem’s first 24-hour dog care service

Manhattan: It’s a round-the-clock place for doggies. A Harlem entrepreneur is opening upper Manhattan’s first and only 24-hour dog care facility on Aug. 26. The owner of the soon to be state of the art dog space, Melissa Mitchner, decided to reopen her pet grooming store “The Bark Shoppe,” as an all day care spot for local pet owners and provide a service that is rare to find in upper Manhattan. Comment

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QC Alumni NY aids Georgetown students in math

Guyana: Elevating the math skills of students, one summer session at a time, Queens College Alumni Association New York, completed its second QC Math Institute for more than 40 students from six schools, to help the youth develop their adeptness towards STEM accomplishment. Comment

Marcus Garvey’s 130th birthday commemorates ‘One Aim One Destiny…’ philosophy

Jamaica: Organizers of the West Indian American Day Carnival Association announced that on Aug. 17 they plan to launch the 50th anniversary of Caribbean Carnival Week by making three big announcements. Comments (1)

Usain our champion forever: Jamaica sports minister

Jamaica: Olivia Grange, Jamaica’s minister of culture, gender, entertainment and sport was swift and decisive about responding to an apology Usain Bolt, the island’s star sprinter made following his ill-fated, final race at the IAAF World Championships in London last Saturday. Comment

Guyana’s model green town reflects ambitious national plan

Guyana: BARTICA, Guyana, Aug. 3, 2017 (IPS) — At the head of Guyana’s Essequibo River, 50 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean, you will find the town of Bartica. Considered the gateway to Guyana’s interior, the town has a population of about 15,000 and is the launching point for people who work in the forests mining gold and diamonds. Comment

Demonic doll haunts yet another house

Movies: “Annabelle: Creation” is the fourth film in a horror franchise that previously featured The Conjuring 1 and 2 as well as Annabelle. Because this prequel is set in 1952, well before the events which transpired in the others, one need not be familiar with those pictures to thoroughly enjoy this one, provided you like having the bejesus scared out of you. Comment

Canarsie association advocates for ferry service

Brooklyn: Lone advocate, Dorothy Lee, a Canarsie resident stood outside of the Rockaway Parkway Subway Station in Brooklyn, last Friday, Aug. 11, calling out to commuters to add their signatures to a petition, demanding City Council start a ferry service from the Canarsie Pier, with stops at Coney Island before docking passengers at Wall Street in Manhattan. Comment

Monday, Aug. 14, 2017

Actor Alejandro Santoni tapped in new television projects

Arts & Theater: He’s riding the main stage. Puerto-Rican American actor Alejandro Santoni came to New York almost a decade ago to pursue his acting career. He was met with some early struggles, but now the actor is on his way to create an even bigger name for himself and is celebrating his three new roles on television and in film, including popular city-based web series and Emmy Award winning show, “We Are New York.” Comment

Funds for infrastructural development in Belize

Belize: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says it is providing a total US$800,000 through technical cooperation grants of US$400,000 each for the Strategic Program for Infrastructure Development and the Strategic Program for Integration Development for Mesoamerican Project member nations, including Belize. Comment

Conversations about women’s sexuality in carnival culture

Brooklyn: Tackling the culture of carnival. The Brooklyn Museum and the Caribbean cultural center Caribbeing, are teaming up to address the autonomy of women in carnival at a roundtable discussion on Aug. 17. Comment

Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017

Steel band prep for annual competition

Music: It’s the battle of the pans. The annual Steel Band Panorama competition returns on Sept. 2 gathering bands from all over the tri-state region in Brooklyn, for a musical match to crown one band as the best. About a dozen groups come to the grounds of the Brooklyn Museum to compete for title the best steel band in town, and many of the top groups are prepared to push for that gold star. Comment

Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua Regional airline LIAT has got its first woman chief executive officer (CEO). Julie Reifer-Jones, had been acting in the position after David Evans resigned last year. Comment

Jamaica proud, free … fearful @ 55

Jamaica: Jamaicans received a heavy dose of reality when Rev. Audley Donaldson took the pulpit to deliver a sermon at Riverside Church where a thanksgiving celebration commemorated the 55th anniversary of the island’s independence. Comment

Caribbean carnival celebrates 50th grand parade in Toronto

Arts & Theater: Eleven masquerade bands, more than 10,000 costumed revelers, thousands of other revelers and over a million people converged on Toronto’s Lakeshore Boulevard last Saturday for the city’s 50th grand Caribbean carnival. Comment

Friday, Aug. 11, 2017

Street renamed to honor slain Guyanese born detective

Guyana: Briar Place in Far Rockaway, Queens, is now Detective Randolph Holder Way, after an Aug. 4 ceremony paid tribute to the fallen Guyanese-born NYPD detective who was gunned down in the line of duty in Harlem, New York two years ago. Comment

Messiah International Mas is ‘Bejeweled’ for Labor Day

Arts & Theater: With its focus on the Roman Empire’s relationship with “certain gemstones,” the Brooklyn-based Messiah International Mas Band will be “Bejeweled” in this year’s Labor Day production. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Crown Heights (R for profanity, sexuality, nudity and violence) Miscarriage of justic drama recounting the real-life ordeal of Colin Warner (Lakeith Stanfield) who was sentenced to life in 1980 for a murder he didn’t commit. With Nnamdi Asomugha, Bill Camp and Yil Vazquez. Comment