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Thursday, April 27, 2017

RUM TRADE QUALM

Barbados: Britain voting to leave the European Union is one thing. And now, if France does the same in the coming months such a move could present a big problem for Caribbean countries which produce and export rum. Comment

Calm on the Barbados labor front — for now

Barbados: Peace may be breaking out between some Barbados unions and government before disagreements get to break out into a labour war, but there are signs that niggling issues simmer and could possibly create open hostilities. Comment

New policy for immigrant defendants

Brooklyn: Amid heightened fears in the immigrant community in the United States over President Trump’s draconian immigration policy, Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez on Monday announced that his office is implementing a new policy aimed at minimizing collateral immigration consequences of criminal convictions, particularly for misdemeanor and other low-level offenses. Comment

Advocating for TPS extension

Brooklyn: At City Hall, City Council Member Mathieu Eugene surrounded by community advocates and activists, union members and other City Council representatives pleaded with the Secretary of Homeland Security to extend the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti. Comment

Clarke announces 2017 Congressional Art Competition

Arts & Theater: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has announced the 2017 Congressional Art Competition, which allows young Brooklyn artists to share their inspiration with the entire community. Comment

A cosmetic company for black women

People: A Toronto-based makeup enthusiast wants to propel the availability of beauty products specific to black women in the makeup industry. TAJJ Cosmetics is the brainchild of it’s founder June Smith, a Jamaican-Canadian lover of cosmetics, who started the company in 2008 out of necessity, she said. Comment
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Cricket hijacked

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley says West Indies cricket has been “hijacked” by people who are going to destroy the product and the game. Comment

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Bust of Sir Lynden Pindling added to ‘Hall of Heroes’

Bahamas: The Organization of American States (OAS) on Thursday incorporated a bust of former Bahamian Prime Minister and national hero Sir Lynden Pindling to its “Hall of Heroes.” Comment

Clarke: Defend your community

Brooklyn: Caribbean American Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has urged the Caribbean community in New York to vigorously “push back and fight back” on United States President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. Comment

WOMI honors women of purpose at gala

Guyana: Themed “Know Your Purpose” Brooklyn-based non–profit Women of Mission International (WOMI) honored the best and brightest women for their outstanding accomplishments in the community during the organization’s second Annual Awards Gala at Crystal Manor Ballroom in Brooklyn, on Friday, April 21. Comment

Oldest Jamaican is also world’s super centenarian

Jamaica: “The world’s oldest human is Jamaican Violet Brown, who was born on March 10, 1900. Congrats Violet,” Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness tweeted on April 15 via the information highway. Comment

Caribbean celebrates Vaccination Week

Health: The Washington, D.C.-based Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says the Caribbean has joined the rest of the Americas in celebrating Vaccination Week this week, with more than 60 million people expected to be vaccinated against a series of dangerous diseases. Comment

Poetry, dance and all that jazz celebrating life

Music: What do teachers do in their spare time? Most teachers would say that’s a contradiction in terms! Teachers who are also artists have in fact two vocations — like Brooklyn’s PS 138 middle school teachers Michèle Voltaire Marceline and Alix (Buyu) Ambroise and teaching artist Jessica St. Vil-Ulysse. Comment

Daddy U Roy to perform in NYC after 25 yrs

Music: Jamaican music pioneer Daddy U Roy, who ruled the charts in the 70s with hit singles, ‘Penny For Your Song’ (with Derrick Harriott); ‘Stop that Train;’ ‘Dread in a Babylon;’ ‘Wake The Town;’ ‘Rule The Nation’ and ‘Wear You To The Ball’ (with John Holt) is set to perform in Queens on Sunday, June 25. Comment

REGGAE AND POP

Music: Music runs in the family. Reggae pop singer K’reema is coming out with her first EP, which is set to be released later this month. The daughter of popular reggae musician King Yellowman, the young artist was always exposed to music and even recorded several songs and music videos. But now she is taking her craft to the next level and delving into the field that made her father a household name, she said. Comment

Team Jamaica Bickle to host Caribbean athletes at Penn Relays

Sports: Team Jamaica Bickle, Inc., the New York-based not-for-profit organization that provides much-needed support for Jamaican athletes who compete at the annual Penn Relay Carnival at the University of Pennsylvania (UPENN) in Philadelphia, says it will begin welcoming athletes from across the Caribbean early this week. Comment

Taylor comes out of retirement

Sports: Former West Indies fast bowler Jerome Taylor has come out of retirement from Test cricket and has indicated he is again available for selection to the regional side. Taylor 32, who stepped down from Test cricket last July says he is ready to play for the West Indies. Comment

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Bahamas The popular Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival has been postponed because of the May 10 general election. It will now take place from May 18-20, two weeks behind the original May 4-6 dates. Comment

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Caribbean’s only region to see remittances growth: World Bank

Caribbean: Despite overall global declension, the World Bank says Latin America and the Caribbean was the only region to see growth in remittances in 2016. Comment

Trump’s first 100 days: a serious cause for concern

Viewpoints: PENANG, Apr 24 2017 (IPS) - This week, Donald Trump will mark his first hundred days as US President. It’s time to assess his impact on the world, especially the developing countries. Comment

Cutthroat rivalry between New Orleans barbershops

Movies: Will (Martin Bradford) is the proprietor of Kupcakes, a hair salon located in Algiers, the only New Orleans parish on the west side of the Mississippi River. What makes him unique is that he’s also a grassroots activist who periodically stands on the proverbial soap box, preaching to anybody who’ll listen about Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Bang! The Bert Berns Story (Unrated) Reverential retrospective chronicling the aborted career of songwriter/producer Bert Berns (1929-1967) who wrote such hits in the Sixties as “Twist & Shout,” “Hang on Sloopy” and “Piece of My Heart,” and helped launch the careers of The Drifters, The Isley Brothers, Janis Joplin, Neil Diamond and Van Morrison before passing away prematurely at the age of 38. Comment

Cuba was his name: Barbados his ‘main’ claim to fame

People: Generations of rhythm and blues aficionados are grieving the death of Cuba Gooding, Sr. The incomparable singer died in Los Angeles, California on April 20 at age 72. Comment

Friday, April 21, 2017

Bahamians go to the polls on May 10

Bahamas: Bahamians will go to the polls on May 10, 2017 to elect a new government. Prime Minister Perry Christie made the announcement at the Office of the Prime Minister on April 12, 2017 shortly after Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade, read a proclamation from Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling dissolving Parliament. Comment

‘Finding Gideon’ is an irresistable page-turner

Books: “Finding Gideon” by Eric Jerome Dickey Comment

Racism persists in Cuba

Cuba: Many Afro-Cuban activists say that despite the social advancements made in Cuba in recent years, blacks on the Spanish-speaking Caribbean island still face and battle overt racism. Comment

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Circus surprises East Flatbush kids

Brooklyn: It was non-stop Big Top. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

St Vincent: Caribbean The US Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) recently hosted a traveling program focused on entrepreneurship. Comment

New Kingston wows hometown crowd at New York concert

Music: It was a taste of home cooking, reggae style. Comment

In the vinyl analysis, ‘Record Store Day’ features reggae and dub on platters

Music: These deejays will have the vinyl say. Comment

Leader calls for more bonding between Caribbean nations and the U.S.

The relationship between the United States and much of the Caribbean has long been cordial. Comment

Multi-talented actor-recording artist Ludacris’s ‘Fate’ is secure

The multi-talented Chris “Ludacris” Bridges has enjoyed a remarkable career. As a recording artist, Bridges has sold more than 15 million albums domestically, thanks to the blockbuster success of such singles as “Stand Up,” “Get Back,” “Southern Hospitality,” “Number One Spot,” “Money Maker” and “My Chick Bad.” Comment

Caribbean Week comes to New York in June

Manhattan: The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) says Caribbean Week New York will come alive in the Big Apple in early June with a celebration of the sights, sounds, color, cuisine and culture of the Caribbean. Comment

Caribbean Airlines unveils new service to new St. Vincent-Grenadines airport

Trinidad and Tobago: By Nelson A. King Comment

Protest rallies across the U.S. cloud Trump’s reaching the 100-days mark

National: Not only will the 45th president of the United States be indelibly recorded as the oldest elected leader since Ronald Reagan, Donald Trump’s 100-day tenure in the White House could also be imprinted as the most contentious, with a record number of national protest rallies in cities throughout the nation and particularly in the nation’s capital. Comment

At long last, St. Vincent Grammar School is ready to compete in the Penn Relays

It took seven years and much prodding, but the St. Vincent Grammar School, the island nation’s oldest, and, arguably, most elite boys’ secondary school, has finally entered a team to compete in the internationally-renowned Penn Relays Carnival at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Comment

Tone it down: Anger workshop to demonstrate how to relieve stress

Brooklyn: Call it a tension intervention. Comment