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Friday, Nov. 25, 2016

Antigua PM calls for intervention on climate change with President-Elect Donald Trump

Antigua: Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne has called on all government and special groupings in the United Nations to commence discussions with the incoming Donald Trump Administration of the United States on climate change. Comment

Millions to march in presidential protests

People: Nationally organized civil rights, community and gender-based organization have already put the 45th president of the United States on notice that they intend to protest his inauguration next year. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Always Shine (Unrated) Suspense thriller about a couple of actress BFFs (Mackenzie Davis and Caitlin FitzGerald) whose friendship is tested when they travel from L.A. to Big Sur for a weekend getaway in the woods. Cast includes Lawrence Michael Levine, Alexander Koch and Khan Baykal. Comment

Collective to hold Kwanzaa celebration, feed the need

The Brooklyn-based group, People of the Sun Middle Passage Collective, says it will hold its annual Kwanzaa celebration and Feed the Need event on Sat., Dec. 17 at the gymnasium at Medgar Evers College on Carroll Street in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Comment

Jamaicans shortlisted for awards

Sports: Jamaican Usain Bolt and Elaine Thompson have been shortlisted for the IAAF’s World Athlete of the Year awards last week after capturing gold in the sprints at the recent Rio Olympics in Brazil. Comment

WICB levies contract fees

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has taken an unprecedented decision to impose a 20 percent levy on the contract fees of its Twenty20 cricketers playing in overseas domestic tournaments. Comment

Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016

TRADE DISPUTE LINGERS

Trinidad and Tobago: A leading Caribbean brain and politician has thrown his weight behind a growing lobby of regional experts urging Jamaica to continue being an influential member of the Caribbean Community rather than looking north to other nations like Cuba as its major trading partner. Comment

Calls to dump Bannon from White House team

People: Brooklyn Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (D-9th) has joined 168 members of the United States House of Representatives in urging President-Elect Donald Trump to remove White nationalist sympathizer Steve Bannon from his White House team. Comment

WICB recalls Darren Bravo

Sports: West Indies middle-order batsman Darren Bravo has been recalled from the Zimbabwe tour because of a scathing tweet he sent out about the president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). Comment

Trump – The Symptom

National: ROME, Nov 11 2016 (IPS) - The electoral victory of U.S. Republican Donald Trump — many have said — is an alarming signal that heralds new, difficult times. Maybe. Anyway, this victory could –and should-be seen as a symptom not as a disease. Comment

SDGs: Making the Universal Agenda truly universal

Viewpoints: Paloma Durán is director of the Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDG Fund). NEW YORK, Nov. 17, 2016 (IPS) - One of the key features of the 2030 Agenda which the United Nations and member states identified in the lead up to the SDG agreement was the principle of universality. Comment

ECLAC wants Caribbean to build shared vision on natural resources

Environment: The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean has called on the regional countries to build a shared vision on governance of natural resources and infrastructure with an integrated and sustainable approach. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016

African Film Fest

Movies: The African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) is back for its 24th edition from Nov. 25 to Dec. 11 with a total of 66 films from 30 countries including 34 United States and New York premieres. Screenings will be held in three venues in Manhattan: Teachers College, Columbia University, Cinepolis Chelsea Cinemas and MIST Harlem. Comment

Business helps small schools with graduation services

Brooklyn: Outside of education, yearbook creation may seem like something that comes with graduating, But it is a big industry an East Flatbush business owner is breaking into, while also looking out for the scholastic needs of small and low-income schools. Comment

Rowley: IMF must address debt in Carib

The Prime Minister of Trinidad says the problem must be addressed. Comment

Dark novel haunt’s author’s ex-wife in thriller

Movies: Susan Morrow (Amy Adams) hears from her estranged, ex-husband Edward (Jake Gyllenhaal) for the first time in almost 20 years when he mails her an advance copy of his upcoming novel, “Nocturnal Animals.” Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Guyana: Antigua There has been a decrease in applications for Citizenship by Investment Program (CIP) in Antigua and Barbuda. Comment

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Students: Don’t shun troublemakers, welcome them

Brooklyn: The Caribbean community should try to stop the bloodshed at J’ouvert by inviting troublemakers into the heart of the pre-dawn parade, instead relying on police to root them out or blaming outsiders, said a Brooklyn College student leader at a panel discussion about the vibrant but violence-plagued night carnival at the school on Nov. 3. Comment

Experts present imaging findings to detect Zika abnormalities

Environment: The D.C.-based Pan American Health Organization says experts from the Americas, including the Caribbean, have been discussing the crucial role of obstetric ultrasound in the screening and monitoring of abnormalities associated in pregnant women with confirmed Zika virus infection. Comment

Jamaican Diaspora ask to help fight corruption

Jamaica: The island of Jamaica is now confronted with the issue of corruption, a dilemma that the society has never seen before. This predicament is coming from outside as well as inside forces. Comment

Gonsalves promises ‘Year of Mercy’ prisoner release

St Vincent: A number of prisoners who are incarcerated for minor offenses in St. Vincent and the Grenadines will be released as part of the island’s 37th Independence Anniversary, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves announced. Comment

Monday, Nov. 21, 2016

New direct funding available for Caribbean countries to regulate tobacco

The United Nations says new funding is now available to support tobacco control implementation for low and middle-income countries, such as those in the Caribbean, through the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, currently the strongest global instrument to control tobacco. Comment

Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016

Will Barbados ever become a true republic?

Barbados: To this day, the Queen of England is still the head of state. Shouldn’t that change? Comment

Feeling blue? Seeing red? Just fear fear

Our columnist breaks down last week’s election. Comment

Perry honors 13 at annual awards ceremony

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Assemblyman Nick Perry recently honored 13 distinguished individuals, organizations, and businesses at his annual awards ceremony at Tropical Manor on Avenue U in Brooklyn. Comment

Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016

Experts call for stronger, more resilient health systems to mitigate future health crises

Health: The Pan American Health Organization says experts are calling for stronger, more resilient health systems to mitigate and manage future health crises in the Caribbean and other places. Comment

Braithwaite now a top-20 player

Sports: West Indies opener Kraigg Braithwaite’s huge performance in the third Test against Pakistan in the recent Third Test has moved him into the top 20 of the International Cricket Council Test rankings. Comment

Friday, Nov. 18, 2016

Top players say no to contract offers

Sports: Top all-rounder batsmen, Marlon Samuels, Darren Bravo and all-rounder Carlos Braithwaite have turned down central contracts from the West Indies Cricket Board. Comment

Aging actor adjusts to diminished prospects in compelling, character-driven dramedy

Arts & Theater: Kam says Gabriel Byrne is excellent in “No Pay, Nudity.” Comment

‘Desperate Witch’ casts spells on unsuspecting suitors in campy horror comedy

Arts & Theater: Elaine Parker (Samantha Robinson) only became a witch after being abandoned by her late husband. An incurable romantic with fairy princess fantasies, the gorgeous widow still harbors hopes of finding Mr. Right. Comment

Forest Whitaker: The “Arrival” interview

Kam sits down with the star and talks Tutu, the “Arrival,” and “Rogue One.” Comment

Find a movie to see this week!

Arts & Theater: “Bleed for This” (R for profanity, sexuality, nudity and violent images) Inspirational biopic chronicling Junior Middleweight Boxing Champ Vinny Pazienza’s (Miles Teller) incredible comeback after a near-fatal car accident which left him with a broken neck. Cast includes Aaran Eckhart, Katey Sagal, Christine Evangelista, and Ciaran Hinds. (In English and French with subtitles). Comment

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016

Prevention urged to reduce diabetes and associated blindness

Health: On World Diabetes Day on Monday, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for preventative measures to reduce diabetes and associated blindness. Comment

Industrial Hemp, medical marijuana to be explored at major Caribbean conference

Caribbean: The Institute for Caribbean Studies (ICS) says that industrial hemp and medical marijuana will be explored this week at a major Caribbean conference in Washington, D.C. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016

Caribbean American pols stunned by Donald Trump’s triumph

National: Members of the Caribbean contingent in the city and state government say we must move forward. Comment

UWI Vice Chancellor urges Obama to exonerate Marcus Garvey

Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, Prof. Sir Hilary Beckles, has joined the global call on United States President Barack Obama to grant a posthumous pardon to Jamaica’s first national hero, Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr., for his 1923 mail fraud conviction in the U.S. Comment

Twin sisters highlight artists of color in new exhibition

Arts & Theater: Twin sisters are currently staging the largest-ever exhibition of art by people of color in the Tri-state region at the Interchurch Center Gallery in Manhattan through Nov. 30. Comment

Persaud joins pols stunned by Donald Trump’s triumph

New York: A Guyanese-born legislator in Brooklyn has joined the ranks of Caribbean American politicians in expressing consternation over Donald Trump’s unexpected triumph in the US Presidential Election last Tuesday. Comment

News from around the Caribbean

Caribbean: Here’s this week’s round-up. Comment

40th Anniversary of Vincy Mas launched

St Vincent: A full cast of soca and calypso artists entertained an exuberant crowd Sunday evening, as officials from the Carnival Development Committee and the Ministry of Sports and Culture in St. Vincent and the Grenadines launched the 40th Anniversary of Vincy Mas in Brooklyn. Comment

World closer to ending modern slavery, agency says

With an international protocol on forced labor coming into force, the United Nations labor agency, the International Labor Organization, says the world is closer in ending modern slavery. Comment

West Indies heads for Zimbabwe

Sports: Will take on host nation and Sri Lanka. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016

Rep. Clarke calls on Obama halt deportation of Haitians

Haiti: Caribbean American congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke on Wednesday urged the Obama administration to immediately halt the deportation of undocumented Haitians. Comment

Monday, Nov. 14, 2016

Rape victim speaks out against attacks, domestic violence

St Vincent: Lorna Lewis never spoke of the sexual abuse she was a victim of as a child in St. Vincent — until Saturday night. Comment

Inside Life — It’s Nation Time …Again

Ron Daniels, President of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century, has been assessing the conditions of Blacks throughout the world, and now that the marathon campaign to electing a US president has ended, the distinguished lecturer at York College will convene a State of the Black World Conference IV in Newark, N.J. from Nov. 16-20 to decide a national Black agenda. Comment

Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016

Caricom member states at cop 22 in Marrakech, Morocco

Secretary-General of CARICOM States, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, a national of Dominica, is in Marrakech, Morocco, attending the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP 22) — the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) that will run until November 18, 2016. Comment

Coast Guard heightens repatriation of Cuban migrants

More than 100 immigrants have been repatriated since October. Comment

Friday, Nov. 11, 2016

Sausage Party Blu-Ray Review

Frank (Seth Rogen) finds himself frustrated sitting on a shelf at Shopwells supermarket where he’s cooped up in a shrink-wrapped package with seven other sausages. They pass their time speculating about what awaits them in “The Great Beyond,” meaning the vast unknown just past the cash register on the other side of the door. Comment

Suriname recognized for drastically reducing malaria

Suriname: Deaths from the disease in the country have been virtually illiminated. Comment

Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016

Caribbean stunned by Trump win

National: Caribbean Community nations have traditionally been known to support the Democratic Party in the U.S., as its citizens appear to feel more comfortable with that party than the sometimes openly racist and insular Republicans. Comment

Morris from America Blu-ray Review

It’s hard being Morris Gentry (Markees Christmas) just now. The lonely 13 year-old is not only mourning the loss of his late mother, but is having a difficult time adjusting to life in Germany. He had to leave his hometown of Richmond and pals behind when his father (Craig Robinson) landed a job in Heidelberg as a professional soccer coach. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016

Assemblywoman arrested for child abuse

New York: Police say Diana Richrdson beat her 13-year-old son with a broomstick. Comment

Vincentian group honors two for independence

St Vincent: Celebration in Philadelphia puts spotlight on Emille Williams and Lorna Lewis. Comments (1)

Haitian Diaspora groups urge Obama to immediately stop deporting Haitians

Haiti: Two major Haitian Diaspora groups in New York have launched an online petition requesting that President Obama immediately halt the deportation of undocumented Haitians in the wake of the massive destruction caused to the French-speaking Caribbean country by Hurricane Matthew a month ago. Comment

U.N. agency working to address women’s health in storm-hit Haiti

Haiti: The United Nations Population Fund has urged greater attention to women’s vulnerability in the aftermath of the Hurricane Matthew, which devastated not only people’s livelihoods but health facilities and other vital infrastructure. Comment

Needs in Haiti remain vast one month after Hurricane Matthew: UN warns

As Haiti struggles to recover from the massive destruction wrought by Hurricane Matthew, which pummelled the French-speaking Caribbean country one month ago on Friday, the United Nations has warned that while its seems as if “the world has moved on,” Haiti’s needs remain vast. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016

Clarke wants Caribbean nationals to ‘demonstrate the power of the vote’

New York: As Americans voted in Presidential Elections on Tuesday, a prominent Caribbean American Congresswoman wants Caribbean nationals to “demonstrate the power of the vote.” Comment

A tour de force: Blacka Di Danca brings dancehall to Europe

He is busting a move from Crown Heights to the Continent! Comment

Ha-ha-Haiti: Comedy show raises money for huricane relief

Event: Sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying. Comment

Ella Fitzgerald’s life and music offers lessons for kids

Music: “Ella Fitzgerald” by Stéphane Olliver, illustrated by Rémi Courgeon, translated by Penelope Stanley-Baker, narrated by John Chancer Comment

Monday, Nov. 7, 2016

Prince Harry to visit the Caribbean

St Vincent: Britain’s Prince Harry will be making an official visit to the Caribbean, on behalf of Queen Elizabeth 11 in November and December 2016, on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of independence in Antigua and Barbuda and the 50th anniversary if independence in Barbados and Guyana. Comment

US proud of Dominica’s cooperation on energy, climate

Dominica: As Dominica on Thursday celebrated its 38th anniversary of political independence from Great Britain, the United States says “especially proud” of the Caribbean island’s cooperation on the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas and the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative. Comment

First town hall on police relationship with Crown Heights

Brooklyn: Members of Bethany United Methodist Church are introducing their first town hall at their church on their community relationship with the police in Crown Heights on Nov. 10. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Anthropologist (Unrated) Climate change documentary assessing the prospects of the planet from the perspective of the 15-year-old daughter of an anthropology professor studying the impact of global warming on indigenous peoples. Comment

Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016

Adams tipped for coaching job

Jamaica: Jamaican Jimmy Adams has been tipped to take over the vacant post of West Indies coach. Comment

Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

LIAT has announced it is moving to improve its service after cancellations of 261 flights and delays of 564. Comments (1)

Brooklyn Crown Heights Lions celebrate 40 years

Brooklyn: The lavish celebration at Antun’s Banquet Hall in Queens Village on Saturday, Oct 29 was befitting the 40 years of outstanding service the Brooklyn Crown Heights Lions Club Inc. has given to residents of the community through its outreach programs to improve the lives of humanity under its motto: “We Serve.” Comment

University Women’s group reads to ‘Little Sprouts’

Queens: Kids at a daycare center in Laurelton, Queens last Thursday were given the extraordinary opportunity of being read to by officials from the Long Is. Branch of the National Association of University Women (NAUW). Comment

Peter Tosh Museum opens in Jamaica

Music: On Oct. 19, after much anticipation from the Jamaican community and the world at large, late Reggae Legend Peter Tosh was honored with the opening of a new museum dedicated to his life and impact on the music industry, and a benefit concert which brought out a wide array of reggae acts including Tosh’s original backing band “Word, Sound and Power,” the late star’s son Andrew Tosh and grandson Dre Tosh, granddaughter Jahzarah Tosh, Marcia Griffiths, Chronixx, Luciano, Etana, Kabaka Pyramid, Tarrus Riley, and many more! Comment

Friday, Nov. 4, 2016

Barbados strike averted — for now

Barbados: Barbados’ government blinked in the stare-off with unions and at a late hour agreed to meet labour representatives to discuss the demotion of National Union of Public Workers President, Akanni McDowall, staving off a strike. Comment

Two honored at St. Vincent NY Independence gala

St Vincent: The Brooklyn-based umbrella Vincentian group in the United States, Council of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Organizations, U.S.A., Inc. (COSAGO) on Sunday honored two community stalwarts, as it wrapped up the nation’s 37th Independence Anniversary celebrations in the Big Apple. Comment

Vincentians celebrate independence anniversary

St Vincent: St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves said, while much development has been accomplished over the past 37 years of political independence, much still needs to be done. Comment

October surprises guarantee November to remember

National: Just as Nov. 2008 will forever be recalled as the month and year America elected Barack Obama the first Black leader to preside, regardless of the winner, Nov. 2016 will be historically documented either as the date a New York businessman who never sought political office successfully scored victory for his Republican party or that a woman broke the glass ceiling for her gender by becoming the pioneering female president of the United States. Comment

Great Women In Music celebrates ‘The Divine One’

Music: Great Women In Music (GWIM) is a New York City based, ongoing celebration of the many contributions women have made to music and the world. Comment

Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016

BANKING UPROAR LINGERS

Caribbean: The row between commercial banks in the Caribbean and the larger ones on the American mainland just would not go away. Comment

Barbados in strike mode

Barbados: Barbadians are bracing for a strike by workers, Thursday, as the island’s trade unions hit back at the Freundel Stuart Government for demoting one of their own, that labour leaders said is victimisation. Comment

Guyanese dad, daughter celebrate major milestones

Guyana: It was originally planned as the 65th birthday bash for a prominent daycare provider in Laurelton, Queens, but it turned out to be a grand celebration for both the provider and her 90-year-old dad, a retired elementary and secondary school principal in Guyana. Comment

Referendum postponed

Grenada: Grenada has postponed yet again the referendum on constitutional reform, which was planned for Oct. 27, 2016. Comment

Panel gives business advice for Flatbush junction

Marketing experts and entrepreneurs got to chat to peers about business strategy and tips for small business owners and up-and-coming entrepreneurs at Brooklyn College on Oct. 27. Comment

Diaspora to help Jamaica’s educational system

Jamaica: A large cross-section of Jamaicans living in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom are participating in the Jamaica Diaspora Education Task Force (JDETF) group. Comment

Why I pay fair pay today and every day

Viewpoints: At Earth Friendly Products, our passion is making cleaning products that are environmentally friendly, safer for people and pets, and affordable for everyone. Comment

Queens Borough president celebrates Diwali

Arts & Theater: Queens Borough President, the Melinda Katz praised the Asian community, at the third Annual Diwali — festival of lights — celebration, at the municipal building in Kew Gardens, Queens last Friday. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016

Trinidad PM reshuffles his Cabinet

Trinidad and Tobago: With just one year in office, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley of Trinidad and Tobago has fired two of his Cabinet ministers in a major reshuffle he promised last month. Comment

Weeks after hurricane, Haitians struggle for clean water

Haiti: COTEAUX, Haiti (AP) _ It’s been nearly a month since Hurricane Matthew tore through southern Haiti and people like Kettley Rosier and many of her neighbors still have to spend their meager savings to buy drinking water. Comment

West Indies suffers another loss

Sports: The West Indies team continues its poor showing in the Test matches in the United Arab Emirates when the team slumped to a 133-run defeat in the Second Test on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2016 to concede the three-match series to Pakistan. Comment

TWO CULTURES MEET

Arts & Theater: A dance company is premiering an intercultural series showcasing a connection between two cultures starting Nov. 8. Comment

Longer, but less meaningful lives?

Viewpoints: ALICANTE, Spain, Nov. 1, 2016 (IPS) - The last one hundred years life expectancy has increased by about 25 per cent-from near 80 to near 100-in some countries. But, instead of increasing playful childhood, education, work and retirement by 25 per cent, the age of retirement has moved much less than the age at death. Comment

England defeats West Indies

Sports: England Women won the fifth and decisive One-Day International (ODI) by a comfortable five wickets at Sabina Park, Jamaica to clinch the series 3-2. Comment

Brooklyn soca artist lands deal with local network

Music: Starting the early stages of his music career in his cousin’s basement studio, his music is now being listened to by more than one million Tri-state residents on late night show after landing a deal with a major network. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016

Tale of a Jamaican pioneer on two wheels

Books: It’s a great big world out there. So many things to see, so many places to visit. You can find pictures of those spots, but photos aren’t enough. You want more, and you aim to touch as much of the world as you can. It’s a common desire and, as in “Tales of the Talented Tenth: Bessie Stringfield” by Joel Christian Gill, you might make history while you’re doing it. Comment

Battlefield exploits of heroic Army medic

Movies: Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) was born in the Blue Ridge Mountains where he was raised as a Seventh-day Adventist. Devoutly religious, he followed his faith’s literal interpretation of the 10 Commandments, including the 5th’s dictate that “Thou shalt not kill.” Comment

Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016

Regional conference condemns gender violence in the Caribbean

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) says Uruguayan authorities and representatives of international organizations have strongly condemned violence against women in Latin America and the Caribbean Comment

Friday, Oct. 28, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua Cash-strap regional airline, LIAT is projected to record a loss of EC$9.2 million (US$3.4 million) at the end of the year. Comment

800,000 Haitians in dire need of immediate food assistance

Haiti: An assessment conducted by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Program (WFP), together with the Haitian government and its National Coordination for Food Security (CNSA), has determined that in the wake of Hurricane Matthew some 1.4 million people are in need of food assistance, 800,000 of whom are in a dire situation. Comment

Williams hosts town hall on city initiatives, constituent issues

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams on Monday hosted a town hall meeting with Flatlands Flatbush Civic Group at P.S. 109 in East Flatbush, addressing City initiatives and constituent issues. Comment

Trinidadian songwriter fights Zika in song

Music: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says Trinidadian singer-songwriter Darryl Gervais has recorded a new song for to raise awareness in the Caribbean about the need to fight Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that carries Zika, chikungunya, dengue, and other arboviruses. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: All Governments Lie (Unrated) Prestige biopic recounting intrepid investigative journalist I.F. Stone’s (1907-1989) career dedicated to uncovering political corruption and coverups. Comment

The Power of Pink and Prayer

Brooklyn: On Wednesday, Oct. 19, The Salem Missionary Baptist Church hosted an important annual health event for the community. Comment

Immigration fees set to increase

Immigration: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke is urging individuals who want to file immigration applications and petitions to submit them before Dec. 23, 2016, when several fees will increase. Comment

Radics releases self-empowerment album

Music: Legendary Jamaican artist Jack Radics is releasing a new album with a much more personal spin. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016

CARIB COURT OR NOT

Trinidad and Tobago: Two countries in the Eastern Caribbean are preparing to hold referendums to determine whether to ditch the British Privy Council as their final courts of appeal but indications are that both governments may struggle to persuade citizens to do so in sufficient numbers. Comment

Venezuela’s congress opens political trial against Maduro

Venezuela: CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s opposition-controlled congress has opened a political trial against President Nicolas Maduro for breaking the constitutional order, deepening a standoff triggered by the authorities’ suspension of a recall referendum against the embattled socialist leader. Comment

Queens residents raise concern over trafficking of Guyanese children

Questions on how to combat trafficking of children from Guyana to the United States, were posed to newly appointed Guyana Consul General to New York, Barbara Atherly, who held the consulate’s first town hall meeting on Friday, Oct. 21, at the Shri Lakshmi Narayan Mandir on Liberty Avenue, in Richmond Hill, Queens. Comment

Jamaican firm wins entrepreneurial innovation award

Jamaica: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says a Jamaican firm is among three institutions from Latin American and the Caribbean to win the Inter-American Awards in Financial and Entrepreneurial Innovation. Comment

Learning from past mistakes: Rebuilding Haiti after Hurricane Matthew

Haiti: UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 23, 2016 (IPS) - As Haiti reels from another disaster once again, many are questioning the humanitarian system and looking for long-term solutions with Haitians at the heart of response. Comment

Stylist remembers shooting at salon six years later

Brooklyn: Coming face to face with death six years ago when a crook tried to rob her hair salon, Haitian-American hair stylist Sabine Bellevue, did not think she would be celebrating the 10-year anniversary of her natural hair salon, Sabine’s Hallway. Comment

ICS to honor Caribbean American stalwarts

People: The Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) says it will present its annual Caribbean American Heritage (CARAH) Awards to nine Caribbean American stalwarts excelling in science, business, advocacy, technology and the arts on Nov. 18 in Washington, D.C. Comment

Confused about Breast Cancer Screenings?

Health: Breast Cancer Awareness Month serves as an annual reminder of the importance of living a healthy lifestyle to reduce the risk of getting breast cancer. Comment

Diwali lights up Queens

Arts & Theater: In spite of the cold temperatures and persistent rainfall, Richmond Hill, Queens, lit up on Oct. 22, with dazzling lights to celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights on the Hindu calendar. Comment

A tribute fit for a king-National Heroes Day, Jamaica

Jamaica: The National Heroes Day, National Honor and Awards ceremony held at Kings House Jamaica each year is the most prestigious ceremony held in Jamaica to recognize distinguished, gallant and notable citizens of Jamaica. Comment

HEROC to stage Cancer Awareness Walk in Guyana

Guyana: President of the New York-based, Health and Education Relief Organization for Cancer, HEROC - Lorna Welshman-Neblett, said after three years of legal formation, building, and fund raising, the organization will embark on its inaugural mission to Guyana for a week of planned events, that will include a Cancer Awareness Walk in the capital. Comment

Schumer ready for leadership debate

New York: With completion of both the presidential and vice presidential debates, voters might now be decided about which of the two presidential candidates might pose a clear and present danger to their future after the Nov. 8 election. Comment

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016

Vincentians begin independence celebrations

St Vincent: Hundreds of Vincentians on Sunday crammed the pews of The Church of St. Mark, Episcopal (Anglican) in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn for an Ecumenical Service of Thanksgiving, as St. Vincent and the Grenadines celebrates its 37th Anniversary of Independence. Comment

WHAT A NIGHT!

Music: Organizers of the Brooklyn Transition Lions Club’s inaugural Jazz Show have described as very successful the event that was held Sunday evening, at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church Hall, at 2806 Newkirk Ave. in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. Comment

Monday, Oct. 24, 2016

Williams introduces Credit Nondiscrimination Act

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, deputy leader of the City Council, has introduced the Credit Nondiscrimination Act, which would outlaw the practice of creditors discriminating in the issuance of credit on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, or any of the protected classes. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016

Uncovering Guillain-Barré Syndrome in the Caribbean

Trinidad and Tobago: The Caribbean has moved one step closer to uncovering the link between the Zika virus disease and a rare neurological illness. Comment

Friday, Oct. 21, 2016

Get your green card through marriage to a US citizen

Immigration: A foreign national who is married to a United States citizen is eligible to apply immediately for permanent residency (Green Card). The processing time is reasonably fast because the application is processed under the immediate relative category and visas are immediately available. Comment

Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013

Trump victory stuns Brooklyn’s Caribbean community

Brooklyn: President-elect Donald Trump’s huge victory on Nov. 9 stunned many voters of Caribbean descent who said they did not expect the real-estate mogul to pull out a victory. Comment