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Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016

Nat Turner’s mental and military motivations

Viewpoints: Nate Parker’s movie “The Birth of a Nation” has revived the question: What caused Nat Turner’s 1831 uprising? Turner, first of all, was not a deranged misfit who acted outside of a historical context of previous African freedom fighter Comment

An ocean of hope in these tumultuous times

Books: You had hope that things might be better. We elected a Black man as president, and there was a minute where you could almost see a bit of racial optimism. Comment

Conference tackles violence towards transgender community

Brooklyn: Domestic violence in the transgender community got the spotlight at the 14th Annual Domestic Violence Conference at St. Francis College on Oct. 21. Comment

Tyler Perry back in drag for another adventure

Movies: No one has ever accused Tyler Perry of being short on ideas. After all, the prolific writer/director has been the brains behind a profusion of plays, movies and television shows Comment

Monday, Oct. 24, 2016

Privatization the problem, rarely the solution

Viewpoints: KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Oct. 20, 2016 (IPS) - Privatization has been one of the pillars of the counter-revolution against development economics and government activism from the 1980s. Comment

T&T’s United National Congress loses general election appeal

Trinidad and Tobago: The Appeal Court in Trinidad and Tobago has dismissed an appeal by the Opposition United National Congress (UNC) to declare five seats in the marginal constituencies in the Sept. 7, 2015 General Election null and void based on the one-hour extension given by the Election and Boundaries Commission (EBC). Comment

Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016

Pakistan defeats West Indies

Caribbean: Despite a defiant knock of 116 runs by middle order batsman Darren Bravo, West Indies went under to Pakistan by 56 runs in the opening match of the Haier Cup Test series at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in the United Arab Emirates on Monday, Oct. 17. Comment

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Carib economy to contract in 2016, grow in 2017

Caribbean: The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has revised its economic growth projections for the region for 2016, predicting an average contraction of -0.9 percent for bean this year. Comment

Windies drop Pollard, Ramdin

West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard and wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin have been dropped from the One-Day International Squad for next month’s Tri-Nation Series in Zimbabwe. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016

Bolt to retire next year

Jamaica: Jamaica’s Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt has announced that he will run his last race on home soil at the Racers Grand Prix in June next year before retiring from competition two months later. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: By Sidney Lumet (Unrated) The legendary director reflects upon his life and career in this revealing biopic based on an intimate interview conducted a few years before his death in 2011. Comment

Friday, Oct. 21, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Suriname: Head of the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is warning the Barbados government that it needs to deal urgently with the island’s worsening debt situation. Comment

$2m to construct low cost housing

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams on Monday detailed more than $2 million in Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) funds from Brooklyn Borough Hall to construct and preserve hundreds of affordable housing units across Brooklyn. Comment

US, CARICOM co-host Security Cooperation Dialogue

Dominican Republic: The United States Department of State says the United States, the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM), and the Dominican Republic on Tuesday jointly hosted the Sixth Annual Caribbean-United States Security Cooperation Dialogue, part of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) launched by President Obama in 2009. Comment

St. Paul’s Church holds 4th Annual Health Fair

Brooklyn: The Ministry and Community Outreach Committee of St. Paul’s Church in the Village of Flatbush, in collaboration with The Haitian Community Coalition(HCC), last Saturday hosted the 4th Annual Community Health Fair in the church’s auditorium. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

Brooklyn Borough prez honors heroes

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams on Friday honored a bakery in Bedford-Stuyvesant operated by formerly incarcerated and homeless men, a number of police officers who saved victims on the brink of death in Fort Greene and Williamsburg, as well as a principal enriching her students with special needs in Sheepshead Bay. Comment

Guyanese playwright donates audio equipment to folk group

Arts & Theater: The Guyana Cultural Association, NY, organizers of the Annual Folk Festival will now produce quality stage plays and dinner theater events, thanks to state-of-the-art audio equipment donated by legendary playwright and journalist, Derrick John Jeffery, who traveled from Luk Lam Ka, Thailand to make the presentation on Oct. 15. Comment

Grenadian kids build confidence with soccer

Grenada: Grenada’s vulnerable children got to learn some sports and vital life lessons playing soccer at a two-day soccer clinic on Oct. 9-10. Comment

Corporations dodge billions in taxes through offshore tax havens

Viewpoints: European regulators’ recent finding that Apple avoided billions of dollars in taxes by stashing its profits in Ireland, a known tax haven, put the tech giant in an unwelcome spotlight. But Apple’s tax dodging is just the tip of a huge iceberg of offshore corporate tax avoidance. Comment

Annual gala honors Kenny Leon and Joe Kennedy III

Manhattan: Donors raised about $600,000 for the 18th Restore Brooklyn Annual Benefit gala in Manhattan on Oct. 17. Comment

We can eliminate hunger and poverty quickly with greater commitment

Viewpoints: KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Oct. 17, 2016 (IPS) - Why do people go hungry? Mainly because they do not have the means to get enough food, whether by producing it themselves or by purchasing it. Comment

October celebrates heroes & history

Jamaica: October is Black History Month in England. October is also the month that the government of Jamaica honors its heroes. Comment

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016

PIANO MUSIC FILLS THE AIR

Music: The hush that fell over the Guyana National Cultural Center Recital Hall, in Georgetown, was followed by a skillfully played rendition of the Lord’s Prayer, to open “Piano Improvisations” by Ohio-based pianist Dr. Patricia Cambridge. Comment

Kevin Hart wows hometown crowd

Arts & Theater: Step aside Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence, the undisputed reigning “King of Comedy, “ pound-for-pound, is clearly now Kevin Hart. Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016

Law enforcement lost one of its ‘brightest lights’

Brooklyn: United States Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch says law enforcement in the United States has lost one of the “brightest lights” in Brooklyn’s first African American District Attorney, Kenneth Thompson. Comment

Trinidad and Tobago Muslims set free in Venezuela

Trinidad and Tobago: Five Trinidad and Tobago Muslims who were detained in Venezuela for the past two and a half years on suspicion of being terrorists have been freed by a judge in the South American country over the week-end. Comment

UN chief in Haiti gets glimpse of Matthew’s destruction

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited victims of devastating Hurricane Matthew on Saturday, saying the destruction wrought by the storm was heartbreaking,’’ and he renewed a pledge to help the nation cope with a deadly scourge of cholera that was introduced by U.N. peacekeepers. Comment

Team Jamaica Bickle donates defibrillators to Jamaican high schools

Jamaica: In the wake of the tragic passing of young footballer, Dominic James, a student of St. George’s College in Jamaica, Team Jamaica Bickle, the New York-headquartered organization that provides hospitality support for Jamaican and other Caribbean athletes at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, has announced an immediate donation of 15 Automated External Devices (AEDS) – defibrillators – to schools across the island. Comment

Order of Black Nuns celebrates 100th anniversary with mass

Manhattan: Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan and parishioners, got to honor sisters of of the Order of Black Nuns at a mass on Oct. 7. Comment

Muse boys captured for the circus

Books: Life these days is a three-ring circus. The clowns at your job dominate Ring Number One. Ring Number Two features The Juggler (you) and your checkbook, schedule, chore list, and family obligations. And in Ring Number Three, there’s a wild combination of the other two. Run away and join the circus? Yeah, that’s already happened but in the new book “Truevine” by Beth Macy, it was far from voluntary. Comment

Monday, Oct. 17, 2016

Caribbean joins in appointing next UN secretary general

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) diplomats have joined the United Nations General Assembly in appointing the former Prime Minister of Portugal, António Guterres, as the next United Nations Secretary-General. Comment

Sir Viv calls for expansion of cricket

Sports: Legendary former West Indies Captain Sir Vivian Richards has called on the International Cricket Council (ICC) to expand cricket to the non-traditional nations. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016

Caribbean Life’s senior writer honors wife, sister

St Vincent: Caribbean Life’s senior writer Nelson A. King on Sunday, Oct. 9 honored his wife, Dofflyn King, and his sister, Clarice King-Richards, at a gala event in Brooklyn, celebrating his lifetime achievements. Comment

PAHO warns of cholera outbreaks in Haitian towns

Haiti: With more than 1.3 million Haitians affected by Hurricane Matthew, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) warns that acute diarrheal diseases, including cholera, threaten parts of the population. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: American Pastoral (R for profanity, graphic sexuality and brief violent images) Crime drama, set in 1968, about a successful, suburban couple (Jennifer Connelly and Ewan McGregor) whose idyllic life comes apart at the seams when their radicalized daughter (Dakota Fanning) commits a deadly act of terrorism in protest of the Vietnam War. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016

Caribbean center sending clothes and funds to Haiti

Haiti: The Caribbean American Center of New York will send donations to Haiti to assist in the relief effort in the aftermath of the devastating hurricane. Comment

New Guyana envoy presents credentials to OAS chief

Guyana: The Organization of American States (OAS) says the new Permanent Representative of Guyana, Riyad Insanally, has presented his credentials to the Secretary General of the institution, Luis Almagro. Comment

Friday, Oct. 14, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean The decision by international banks to terminate relationships with banks in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) is encouraging money laundering and terrorist financing. Comment

UK clamps down on CARICOM migrants

Caribbean: CARICOM nationals and other foreigners would no longer be able to take up jobs in the UK that Britons can do, while the number of migrants coming to Britain to work and study will be significantly reduced. Comments (6)

Mission in Haiti seeks smooth, safe aid delivery

Haiti: While Haiti is still counting its dead and assessing the damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, the powerful Category 4 storm that battered the French-speaking Caribbean country last week, a senior United Nations peacekeeping official says that significant headway is being made in clearing the roads to facilitate the movement of humanitarian aid. Comment

Crown Heights girl hosts bake sale for a cause

Brooklyn: A young baker gave Kings County hospital a sweet deal with fund raising bake sale for the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit on Oct. 10. Comment

BUTOH BEETHOVEN

Arts & Theater: After a triumphant international tour, Vangeline Theater presents the New York Premiere of Butoh Beethoven: Eclipse (Admiring Tatsumi Hijikata), from Oct. 26-31, 2016 at 8 pm at The Producer’s Club, Royal Theater, 358 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036. Comment

England, West Indies in day-night Test

Sports: England will host a historic day-night Test against West Indies at Edgbaston next August in an attempt to attract more spectators to the sport in the British country. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016

Jamaican touch to Italian classic

Music: Reggae star Richie Stephens and The Ska Nation band are fusing cultures with their Jamaican-style rendition of an Italian classic. Comment

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016

Caribbean mobilises relief aid for Haiti

Haiti: Despite the fact that its economy is tanking owing to low export prices for oil, gas and petroleum products, Trinidad is taking the lead among Caribbean Community countries in giving actual relief to Haiti after one of the most powerful storms in a decade devastated the island, killing hundreds in the past week. Comment

Community celebrates Nelson King’s achievements

St Vincent: A wide cross section of the Caribbean community in Brooklyn Sunday night celebrated the lifetime achievements of journalist Nelson A. King at a gala ceremony at Glen Terrace on Avenue N in Brooklyn. Comments (1)

It’s official: Haitian Day—October 9! Celebrated

Haiti: Haitian Day is now officially Oct. 9. New York City Council resolutions passed this summer called on the City and the United States to recognize on this day Haitians’ contributions in America. Comment

Maimonides kicks off Breast Cancer Month

Brooklyn: The Maimonides Breast Center, in partnership with Bikers of Brooklyn, kicked-off Breast Cancer Month on Friday with the 10th Annual Ride 2 Live Motorcycle Tour, to raise awareness, pay tribute to lost loved ones, celebrate survivors, and raise funds to support the research and clinical services provided by the nationally recognized Maimonides Cancer Center. Comment

Helping with Haiti’s hurricane relief

Haiti: Hurricane Matthew devastated Haiti on Oct. 4 leading to the deaths of 1,000 people. Now a week after the catastrophic hurricane ravaged southern Haiti, people interested in contributing to Haiti’s relief are encouraged to donate to organizations with a history of grass roots work in Haiti. Comment

Wage and fiscal policies for economic recovery

Viewpoints: SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Oct. 5, 2016 (IPS) — The new United States census data released in late September show that 3.5 million people in the US climbed out of poverty, as the tepid economic recovery continues. Comment

US DEFEATS CUBA

Cuba: When the U.S. arrived in Cuba for its first exhibition game in 69 years at the Caribbean island nation, the Americans were surprised by the conditions at Havana’s Estadio Pedro Marrero. The surface was bumpy and filled with brown patches. Comment

Jamaican wins IDB award for ‘Startup with the Most Growth Potential’

Jamaica: A Jamaican national has won the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) award for “Startup with the Most Growth Potential.” Comment

Twenty20 matches raise $11.2 million

Sports: A last minute decision to stage two Twenty20 matches between the West Indies and India in Florida, USA, recently has raked in US$11.2 million for the Board of Cricket in India (BCCI). Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016

Aid convoys arrive as Haiti gauges full extent of disaster

Haiti: JEREMIE, Haiti (AP) _ A small airstrip at the edge of town hums with activity. Aid convoys are arriving from the capital, now that some roads washed out by Hurricane Matthew have been cleared. A barge carrying food and water is moored offshore. Comment

GAC walk aims to end gun violence

Guyana: President of the Guyana Action Committee (GAC), Errol Lewis said over the past year, the organization has identified with many groups, that are of the opinion that gun violence has claimed the lives of many in, and around ‘our communities to the extent where it has now become an unacceptable norm due to its consistency.” Comment

Clockmaker Banneker — a new hero to emulate

Books: Your favorite toy came apart yesterday. That’s okay, though; it snapped right back together. It’s made to come apart, in fact; it’s one of those things you can build with and you like doing that anyhow, which is why it’s your favorite. Comment

An intimate look at the life of late icon

Maya Angelou (1928-2014) was born Marguerite Annie Johnson,in St. Louis, Missouri on April 4, 1928 to parents for whom she and her big brother Bailey soon became a burden. Comment

Monday, Oct. 10, 2016

Jeffries, Adams saddened by DA Thompson’s death

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Congressman Hakeem Jeffries and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams have expressed sadness with the passing of Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson. Comment

Trauma center sends mental health team to Haiti

Haiti: A local mental health and trauma center is deploying a team of mental health specialists to Haiti in response to Hurricane Matthew. Comment

Caribbean: Rethinking progress in sustainable development era

Caribbean: UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 19, 2016 (IPS) - Caribbean countries make a special case for development. The high and increasing exposure to hazards, combined with very open and trade-dependent economies with limited diversification and competitiveness portray a structurally and environmentally vulnerable region, composed, in the most part, of middle income countries. Comment

West Indies falls in rankings

Sports: West Indies has plunged to number nine in the International Cricket Council (ICC) International rankings after Pakistan pulled off an emphatic 3-0 series whitewash against the regional team in the third and final One-Day International (IDI) series at the Sheik Stayed Stadium on Wednesday. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Bad Kids (Unrated) Education documentary chronicling a group of Mojave Desert teachers’ unorthodox approach to helping at-risk high school’s students. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016

Grant winner expands mental health youth workshops

Brooklyn: A local Brooklyn man is hoping to mentally heal Brooklyn’s youth with his therapy workshops. Comment

Ramp up response in Caribbean in wake of Hurricane Matthew

Haiti: After deploying field teams to Caribbean countries affected by Hurricane Matthew, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) have headed to Haiti, where they are preparing for a major upsurge in cholera. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016

Grenada wants more funds for sustainable development

Grenada: Despite remarkable progress made on each of the 17 United Nations millennium development goals, Grenada says more funds are needed for sustainable development. Comment

Trinidad and Tobago gets reprieve on FATCA

Trinidad and Tobago has received a reprieve on the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) from the United States Treasury Department. Comment

Coming of age play tackles current conversations

Arts & Theater: A new theater production called “Sweet,” will be celebrating National Black Theatre’s “Pursuit of Black Joy” theme when it debuts on Oct. 22. Comment

Friday, Oct. 7, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean The Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is warning against a dengue epidemic type three to deal with next year. Comment

Jamaica wins big at 23rd annual world travel awards

Jamaica: For the 11th consecutive year; Jamaica is the toast of the region; copping the Caribbean’s Leading Destination at the 2016 World Travel Awards. Comment

More support for SVG Penn Relays effort

St Vincent: Hundreds of Vincentians and other Caribbean nationals in the United States on Sept. 24 demonstrated their continued, unflinching support for the nation’s participating in the Penn Relays in Philadelphia by supporting a fundraising Prayer Breakfast at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment

Holness: Help make Jamaica great again

Jamaica: Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness did not parody the words of Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump when he addressed nationals from his island during a town hall meeting in Queens recently. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016

MATTHEW BATTERS REGION

Jamaica: It started late last month as a Tropical depression, then storm and is now one of the most powerful hurricanes in a decade as Hurricane Matthew sets its sights on the entire Bahamas islands chain after killing nearly a dozen people in Haiti and other islands, causing flooding an infrastructural damage in Jamaica and Cuba and by the weekend should be causing trouble on mainland America. Comment

Hurricane Matthew now targets US East coast

Haiti: Weather forecasters here say dangerous Hurricane Matthew now has the United States East coast in its its sights after hammering the Bahamas, Haiti, Jamaica and the Eastern Caribbean killing at least 113 people in the Caribbean including 108 people in Haiti. Comment

Caribbean sounds loud alarm bells

St Kitts and Nevis: If the world was not listening before, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders ensured, in the last two weeks, that their voices were heard – loud and clear – on the vexing corresponding banking issue, sounding loud alarm bells on what they characterized as impending “economic collapse.” Comment

Brooklyn Transition Lions give back

Brooklyn: Two family daycare centers in Laurelton, Queens are the latest recipients of donations from the Brooklyn Transition Lions Club, as it gives back to the community. Comment

Healing through community leadership

Queens: Gun violence is not confined to the presidential debate in the United States. For instance, on the island of Jamaica, this year, there has been an estimated 900 killings. Comment

Prez Granger calls on Guyanese to return home

Guyana: Stating that Guyana is the most bountiful country in the Caribbean, President David A. Granger called on the diaspora to return to their homeland, and said with their help, the country would overcome some of the challenges it faces. Comments (13)

Windies female cricketers get pay hike

Sports: West Indies women cricketers will at long last get an increase in their pay packets starting Oct. 1, 2016. Comment

Latin legends reunite

Music: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts presents a special concert reuniting two Latin legends on the Lehman Center stage, featuring multi Grammy Award-winning La Princesa de la Salsa, India, and the legendary Eddie Palmieri on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 at 8 pm. Comment

Mitchell quits cricket body

Caribbean: Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has quit as chairman of CARICOM’s sub-committee on cricket governance, accusing some of his colleagues of making “divisive” public statements after agreements had been reached at the heads of government level. Comment

BUSH TRIAL ON STAGE

Arts & Theater: To some, George W. Bush, is considered a war criminal having plunged the United States into two needless Middle East wars, one in Afghanistan and the other in Iraq. Comment

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016

Hurricane Matthew slams Haiti, takes aim at US East Coast

Jamaica: PETIT-GOAVE, Haiti (AP) — Hurricane Matthew slammed into Haiti’s southwestern tip with howling, 145 mph winds Tuesday, tearing off roofs in the poor and largely rural area, uprooting trees and leaving rivers bloated and choked with debris. At least nine deaths were blamed on the storm during its week-long march across the Caribbean. Comment

Young entrepreneur starts transportation company

Grenada: The techniques and dreams that are sometimes repressed into our unconscious can in fact become a part of our consciousness and lives if the hunches are followed. Comment

Secrecy, democracy and the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Viewpoints: The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has received heightened attention in this campaign season, including for the lack of transparency in its negotiating process. Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016

Industrialization for a sustainable future

Environment: LI Yong is director general of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) VIENNA, Sep 30 2016 (IPS) - World leaders are recognizing the crucial role of industrialization in eliminating absolute poverty and promoting sustainable development. Comment

An ordinary day with an extraordinary story

Books: Today was an ordinary day. It had its ups and downs; pleasant surprises came between the mundane and the irritating and you’ll look back at it tomorrow with clarity, perhaps, but its details will be sketchy in a decade. Comment

Monday, Oct. 3, 2016

Cuba rejects Trump’s call for negotiations on human rights

National: HAVANA (AP) — A top Cuban diplomat on Wednesday rejected Donald Trump’s threat to undo detente with Cuba unless the single-party government meets the Republican presidential candidate’s demands. Comment

Williams to continue national anthem protest

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, Deputy Leader, held a press conference on Thursday, joined by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, several of his colleagues in government, veterans and anti-gun violence advocates, as he publicly announced his intention to continue his protest that he began two weeks ago, and push back on the notion that protesting is un-American. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016

Dominica motivated, committed to achieving SDGs

Dominica: With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) setting the stage for increasing international discourse and action in the fight against inequality, Dominica says it remains “motivated and committed” to achieving the SDGs. Comment

Yesterday’s Children celebrates sixth anniversary

Trinidad and Tobago: The beautiful and exciting sixth annual Yesterday’s Children presentation, was certainly not lost on four, exceptional elderly Caribbean-born citizens, who danced, bobbed theirs heads and smiled during an African drum and dance precession, which led to a night of love, honor, and heart warming tributes. Comment

Barbadian designer battles Alzheimers with fashion

Fashion: A Brooklyn-based fashion designer is serving up stylish looks with a charitable cause. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Being 17 (Unrated) Homoerotic adventure, set in France, about a teased gay teenager (Kacey Mottet Klein) whose fortunes change dramatically when his mother (Sandrine Kiberlain) invites his bully (Corentin Fila) to move in with them. With Alexis Loret, Jean Fornerod and Jean Corso. (In French and Spanish with subtitles.) Comment

Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016

Jamaica envoy presents credentials to OAS chief

Jamaica: The Organization of American States (OAS) says the new Permanent Representative of Jamaica, Audrey Marks, has presented her credentials to Secretary General of the institution, Luis Almagro, at the OAS headquarters,Washington, DC. Comment

Referendum on Grenada’s Constitution set for Oct. 27

Grenada: It is official! Grenadians will go to the polls on Oct. 27 to vote on a referendum to remodel Grenada’s 42-year-old Constitution. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: 2016-10-07-azad-roundup-cl Caribbean Four CARICOM leaders, presidents and prime ministers of the 120-member Non Aligned Movement (NAM) recently attended a two-day summit in Margarita Island, Venezuela. Comment

Disaster flick depicts BP oil spill event

Movies: On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, located 41 miles off the coast of Louisiana, exploded when high-pressure methane gas blew out the drill pipe. 11 members of the crew perished in the ensuing fiery inferno which engulfed the platform. Comment

Friday, Sept. 30, 2016

LGBTQ festival canceled in Haiti amid threats, gov’t order

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Organizers of a cultural festival in Haiti celebrating the Afro-Caribbean LGBTQ community said Tuesday that it has been called off due to numerous threats of violence and a subsequent prohibition by a government commissioner. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016

GUYANA BLACKS AGITATE

Guyana: As September, Amerindian heritage month, draws to a close and as indigenous Indians do all they can to raise awareness about land and other rights, Afro Guyanese groups are beginning to put pressure on the administration of President David Granger to give blacks their just piece of the country’s pie just as past governments have done for others. Comments (1)

Formerly homeless woman talks overcoming in debut book

People: Facing abuse and teen pregnancy, Christina Richardson left home when she was 17 years old. Being homeless on and off for seven years, she trekked her way out of the New York City shelter system three years ago, and in her debut book titled “The Pleasure in the Pain” — she talks about her life. Comment

Undocumented Haitians face deportation

Haiti: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has expressed deep concern about the resumed deportation of undocumented Haitian immigrants from the United States. Comment

New batting coach

Caribbean: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has appointed former Middlesex and Sussex batsman Toby Radford as batting coach for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) tour. Comment

Second annual grant competition awards 3

Haiti: Haitian entrepreneurs received some considerable funds for their start-ups at the second annual PowerUp! Kreyol Business Plan competition in Prospect Heights on Sept. 26. Comment

New film documents drum culture in St. Vincent

Movies: Big sounds and big drums. On formal occasions, sounds of drums beating might be heard on Union Island — one of the islands comprising the nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment

Black Violin: The UNITY Tour

Music: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College opens its 2016-17 season on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016 at 8 pm with the return of three-time Amateur Night at the Apollo winners Black Violin. Comment

TAP, TAP, TAP

Arts & Theater: International tap dance superstar Chloé Arnold is bringing her dynamic dance collective to the City College Center for the Arts (CCCA). Chloé Arnold’s Apartment 33, a dream team of high-energy hoofers, will bring the world premiere of its magnetic tap dance show “Where Dreams Are Made” to Aaron Davis Hall at 7:30 pm on Friday, Sept. 30 Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

Woman’s charge overshadows town hall meeting

St Vincent: Supporters of the incumbent Unity Labor Party (ULP) administration in St. Vincent and the Grenadines had hoped that it would be another very successful and peaceful town hall meeting, as was always the case when Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves visited New York on previous occasions. Comment

Grenada PM eulogizes Dr. Stanislaus

Grenada: Grenada Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell on Saturday joined a number of Caribbean community leaders and figures, among others, in eulogizing former United Nations Ambassador Dr. Lamuel Stanislaus at a massive funeral service in Brooklyn. Comment

St. Lucia makes a big pledge to solar power

St Lucia: The government of St. Lucia has a target of generating 35 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020. Comment

Denzel reunites with Fuqua in Kurosawa classic

Movies: Directed by the legendary Akira Kurosawa in 1954, “Seven Samurai” was a groundbreaking film which had a profound influence on the evolution of cinema for generations to come. Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016

Guyana’s first lady to aid STEM programs

Guyana: Fundraising for science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, (STEM) must be considered one of the most philanthropic efforts made to help millions of children in Guyana. Comment

UWI, SUNY launch leadership, development center

Jamaica: The University of the West Indies (UWI) and The State University of New York (SUNY) have launched the SUNY UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development on Sept. 20, 2016 at the SUNY Global Center in New York. Comment

Jamaica’s debt stymies economic growth

Jamaica: Since the general election took place in Jamaica in February, 2016, Andrew Holness has not officially visited New York City in his capacity as prime minister of Jamaica, to address the Diaspora. Comment

Souvenir of slavery and its legacy

Books: There’s so much you wish you’d kept. Of course, you never thought of that when things were thrown out: your grandmother’s favorite skirt, a poster your uncle hung on his wall, an autographed picture of a minor star from the 1920s. Comment

Monday, Sept. 26, 2016

Urgent care center opens fifth location in Brooklyn

Brooklyn: Bushwick is the latest neighborhood to be served by an urgent care center. The new location opened in the underserved area on Sept. 21. Comment

Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016

Gayle reconsiders playing Test cricket

Caribbean: Hard-hitting Twenty20 opener Chris Gayle wants to return to Test cricket and is currently holding talks with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to be included in any future Test team. Comment

Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016

Embargo still impacts Cuba, US relations

Cuba: Though Cuba and the United States have made much progress in improving bilateral relations, Cuba’s Foreign Affairs Minister Bruno Eduardo Rodríguez Parrilla says the decades-old economic blockade against Havana hampers progress in the normalization of relations between both countries. Comment

Inaugural ceremony celebrates men of color

Brooklyn: Hardworking men of color were celebrated in high style at a ceremony awarding and honoring men for their achievements on Sept. 17. Comment

Bolt sets sight on sports clinic

Jamaica: Olympic legend Usain Bolt has announced that he plans to open a sports clinic in Jamaica after retiring from the sport of track and field. Comment

Friday, Sept. 23, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados A reciprocal health care agreement between Barbados and United Kingdom will come to an end on Oct. 1, 2016. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016

Guyana prez renews call for end to border dispute

Guyana: President of the Republic of Guyana, David A. Granger, renewed his call to the United Nations for a final resolution of the Guyana / Venezuela border dispute during his address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, stating that last year he warned of the danger Venezuela posed to the peace and security of “our region not only by its internal instability but by its external assault on Guyana’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.” Comment

Caribbean: Rethinking progress in sustainable development era

Environment: UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 19, 2016 (IPS) - Caribbean countries make a special case for development. The high and increasing exposure to hazards, combined with very open and trade-dependent economies with limited diversification and competitiveness portray a structurally and environmentally vulnerable region, composed, in the most part, of middle income countries. Comment

CLASSIQUE D’MARSH

Fashion: Jamaican-born New York based designer Glenroy March continues to make a name for himself in the fashion capital and his latest collection Classique D’Marsh did not disappoint. Comment

Marcus Garvey family seeks justice

Jamaica: Dr. Marcus Garvey, New York surgeon and son of civil rights leader and Jamaica’s first National Hero, the Rt. Hon Marcus Mosiah Garvey presented his case for justice for his father to the CARICOM Caucus of Ambassadors and embassy staff in Washington DC on Tuesday Sept. 6. Comment

Running for Grenada’s children

Grenada: A Grenada-based charity is calling on Grenadians and the Caribbean Diaspora to run in Grenada’s only marathon for a positive cause. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016

Clarke, Adams pay tribute to late Grenada UN ambassador

Grenada: Caribbean American Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams have added their voices to the outpouring of tributes to the late Grenada United Nations Ambassador Dr. Lamuel A. Stanislaus. Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016

Brooklyn father pleads for son’s safe return

Guyana: Distraught Brooklyn resident, Eric Joseph Snr., is pleading with anyone who sees his son, Eric Lesley Joseph, Jr. to contact him at telephone number 347-693-6859 or alert the nearest police station to make a report. Comment

Monday, Sept. 19, 2016

Former Grenada UN ambassador dies in New York

Grenada: Barely five months after he was recognized by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, as “a part of our great American story,” former Grenada Ambassador to the United Nations, Dr. Lamuel Stanislaus, has died. He was 95. Comments (1)