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Friday, Dec. 30, 2016

MAJOR RUCKUS AHEAD

Trinidad and Tobago: Early in the new year, the administration of Prime Minister Keith Rowley will lay a highly controversial document in parliament listing the names and activities of nearly 200 people who an international watchdog group says have more than passing links to international terrorism. Comment

Free, fireworks, fun, food, rides, slated for all-night revelry in Brooklyn on eve of 17

Brooklyn: If Manhattan’s Times Square seems a bit intimidating on New Year’s Eve, a Brooklyn boardwalk and its major park might be more inviting to ring in the new year. Comment

Brooklyn politicians send holiday greetings

Brooklyn: Brooklyn legislators Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte and Senator Jesse Hamilton have joined their legislative colleagues in dispatching holidays greetings to their respective constituents. Comment

Book of memoirs highlights East Flatbush life

Books: The Caribbean Diaspora is front and center in a memoir detailing stories in one of the city’s predominantly Caribbean neighborhoods. Comment

New hours at Trinidad & Tobago Consulate from Jan. 3

Trinidad and Tobago: Starting Jan. 3, 2017, the Trinidad & Tobago Consulate in New York, which serves about 250,000 nationals in the Tri-State area, will open to the public from 8 am to 2 pm for immigration and administrative services from Monday to Friday, and from 8 am to 4 pm for telephone inquiries, to accommodate the many needs of the diaspora. Comment

Cancer deaths rising in Caribbean

Health: Cancer deaths are rising in the Caribbean, according to a recent study by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC). Comment

Maurice White’s musical journey

Books: Your needs are very simple. Food, shelter, water. Those are the essentials, but then there are the things you need for yourself: family, good friends, a warm bed, a good book, and a place of welcome. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016

Calls on US to stop Haitian deportations

Haiti: As the Obama administration in the United States has resumed deportation of Haitians living illegally in the country, there is a growing chorus of calls for Washington to reverse course. Comment

Caribbean children victims of human trafficking

Haiti: A new United Nations report says that a significant number of children in the Caribbean and Central America are victims of human trafficking. Comments (1)

Tree-planting organization reaches milestone, sees solution to Haiti’s deforestation

Environment: Eight years since starting an international tree-planting mission, the Trees That Feed Foundation (TFFF) recently planted their 100,000th tree in Haiti, and sees a hopeful light for the country’s agricultural future following the destructive Hurricane Matthew that wrecked most of the country’s southern region, which was also home to ample crops and trees. Comments (1)

Jamaica’s global hero

Movies: Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness has labeled Usain Bolt as a “global hero’ saying the sprint star has given Jamaica a new level of international visibility. Comment

AILEY’S REVELATIONS

Arts & Theater: “Revelations” the most important curative and self-healing dance of the 21st century should be the mandatory diagnosis for survivors of the 2016 presidential election in the United States. Comment

The unsung African-American mathematicians

Movies: All of the astronauts picked by NASA to participate in its maiden manned space programs, Mercury and Gemini, were white males. However, behind the scenes, there was a dedicated team of African-American, female mathematicians who played a pivotal role in ensuring that they launched and returned safely, whether from orbiting the Earth or a mission to the moon. Comment

Initial global effects of Trump even before taking office

Viewpoints: Martin Khor is executive director of the South Centre, a think tank for developing countries, based in Geneva PENANG, Nov. 24, 2016 (IPS) - Even before taking office, President-Elect Donald Trump and the policies he promised during his campaign are already having a worldwide impact in at least three areas — global finance, trade and climate change. Comment

Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016

Blacklisting annoys Barbados

Barbados: Barbados continues to fume over a blacklisting by worldwide charity organisation, Oxfam, with International Business and Commerce Minister, Donville Inniss, on Monday reportedly describing the poverty-fighting group as a bully and liar. Comment

Young talent shines at TropicalFete Countdown

Music: Young talent were the stars of the night at the TropicalFete Countdown at the Brooklyn School of Music on Dec. 18. Comments (1)

Requiem to those we loved and lost in 2016

Jamaica: On Christmas Day, actor William Shatner, the pilot of TV’s “Star Trek” space adventure summed up 2016 saying “Is this year over yet? Too many people are passing away. Rest in Peace George Michael.” Comment

Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016

Barbados, China sign visa waiver agreement

Barbados: The Barbados government has signed a reciprocal visa waiver agreement with China which will include holders of ordinary passports. Comment

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Chris Gayle joins St. Kitts Patriots

People: Explosive Jamaican batsman Chris Gayle is moving from the Jamaica Tallawahs to the St. Kitts Patriots for the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) next season. Comment

Monday, Dec. 26, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean Caribbean countries have been warned to expect above normal rainfall this year (2017) during the dry season. At the third Dry Season Caribbean Regional Climate Outlook Forum (CariForum) of the Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) recent three-day meeting in Grenada, Meteorologist at the Grenada National Meteorologica Services, Trisha Miller told the meeting that though the region would experience conditions that are hotter than the average dry season, it would still be cooler than in the recent past. Comment

Caribbean urged to support new approach to cholera in Haiti

Haiti: Recognizing the moral responsibility of the United Nations to the victims of the cholera epidemic in Haiti, the General Assembly has welcomed the new UN approach to tackling the disease — formally launched earlier this month by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon — and called on all 193 of the world body’s Members States, including Caribbean countries, to provide the two-track plan their full support. Comment

Turks and Caicos Islands elects first female premier

Caribbean: A woman has created history in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) when she was voted premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands — booting out Premier Dr. Rufus Ewing out of Parliament in the recent general election. Comment

Caribbean artists get close-up in 2017 cruise

Jamaica: All aboard for a post-Valentine’s weekend musical cruise. A cruise trip featuring the top reggae, dancehall, and soca musicians is set to depart on Feb. 27 for a five-day and four-night trip from Miami, Florida to Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Comment

Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016

East Flatbush restaurant offers fresh roti

Food: A local restaurateur is bidding for the top roti in town with his roti-specializing eatery. Roti-R-Us opened its doors to East Flatbush in November 2013 as a walk-in takeout. Now three years into the business and now also an eat-in restaurant, the restaurant’s Guyanese-American owner says his bistro is a staple for many in the Caribbean community because he offers the real deal. Comment

Haitian millennials support Haiti in their own way

Haiti: This is not your parent’s organization. Many Haitian parents of millennials — those in their 30s — support their home country by sending remittances or money to home town organizations, but their offspring, have other connections to their heritage. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016

Medical team thanks volunteers at Christmas party

Brooklyn: Doctors and medical personal of the non-profit, Health and Education Relief Organization (HERO) said thanks to their volunteers and supporters who continue to help the humanitarians carry out their medical missions to Guyana, to heal thousands of citizens. Comment

OAS wants respect for electoral process in Haiti

Haiti: The Washington, D.C.-based Organization of American States (OAS) says its Electoral Observation Mission (EOM) in Haiti has called for “respect for pre-established norms” in the electoral process in the French-speaking Caribbean country. Comment

‘One Brooklyn’ New Year’s Eve celebrations

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams on Wednesday announced plans for grand New Year’s Eve celebrations in Coney Island and Prospect Park for the third year in a row, giving Brooklynites greater access to free family-friendly festivities. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Gold (R for sexuality, nudity and pervasive profanity) Unlikely-buddies drama about a down on his luck businessman (Matthew McConaughey) who joins forces with a geologist (Edgar Ramirez) to search for gold bullion in the jungles of Borneo. With Bryce Dallas Howard, Stacy Keach and Bruce Greenwood. Comment

Seniors bring holiday spirit music to Kings County

Music: The sounds of Christmas music never had this much rhythm. Comments (1)

Guyanese ambassador praises nationals at Christmas party

Guyana: The mood at the Permanent Mission of Guyana to the United Nations on Friday, Dec. 16 was jovial, as H.E. Rudolph M. Ten-Pow entertained Guyanese, and Caribbean nations at an inaugural Christmas party, since becoming the newest ambassador earlier this year. Comment

Mediative therapy for former parolees

Brooklyn: At-risk men and women were serenaded with meditative singing at the Stay’n Out Foundation in Bedford-Stuyvesant on Dec. 16. Comment

Tupac makes it to Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Music: Tupac Shakur considered a thug when he was alive is now a class act. Comment

Friday, Dec. 23, 2016

GUYANA AWAITS PETRO BOOM

Guyana: Taken as a bloc, there is vicariously good news for the region by way of Guyana as global oil giant ExxonMobil which found a humongous amount of oil and gas off the coast last year has given its clearest indication yet that it will actually start production in a few years. Comment

Eugene tours community to discuss education, healthcare

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene on Dec. 10 joined community advocates throughout Brooklyn to discuss educational and healthcare initiatives, in addition to helping constituents usher in the holiday season. Comment

Home goods store serves Caribbean community locally and back home

Queens: Instead of sending remittances to buy products to furnish a home, you can send the furniture directly. Comment

Unity and family celebrated at pre-Kwanzaa celebration

Guyana: The common thread that ran through the fabric of the Sunday evening, Dec. 11, Pre-Kwanzaa celebration at the American Legion Hall in Brooklyn was unity, and it showed, with the remarkable presentation that celebrated family, community, culture and the history of African people, themed ‘Kuumba.’ Comment

US seeks closer ties with the Caribbean

National: There is no avoidant between the United States (US) and the Caribbean, and history has shown that the relationship has been a long and cordial one in most circumstances. Comment

Christmas party for Vincentian kids

St Vincent: About 150 Vincentian kids and their parents Sunday evening were treated to another special Christmas treat at the 10th annual party organized by a prominent Vincentian shipping concern, friends and community groups in Brooklyn. Comment

Kwanzaa Celebration 2016

Kwanzaa is a week-long African-American holiday observed from Dec. 26 through Jan. 1, which focuses on the traditional African values of family, community responsibility, commerce and self improvement. Comment

Caribbean Christmas market brings island flavor to holiday season

Arts & Theater: It is a very Caribbean Christmas! A new Ditmas Park holiday market is selling gifts made by artisans of West Indian heritage, including candles, rubs, foot spas, and lotions. Many people in the community are exhausted after a year of fighting racism and gentrification, said the organizer, and she felt a joyous bazaar full of pampering products was just what Santa ordered. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016

Barbados’ slow reaction to sewage crisis

Barbados: The Barbados government has finally sprung into action cleaning up the effluent plaguing the South Coast for over a month, and ordering replacement parts for the defective pump that caused what some see as a disaster. Comment

‘The Island of Flatbush’ Diabetes Task Force launched

Brooklyn: Dec. 3, 2016 marked the grand official launching of “The Island of Flatbush,” a geographic area mapped out of Central Brooklyn that is known to be the largest concentration of West Indian people, anywhere in America, outside of the Caribbean, at which a Diabetes Task Force was launched. Comment

Brooklyn prosecutor awarded Thomas E. Dewey Medal

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez says that Assistant District Attorney, Joseph Alexis, Chief of the Trial Division, has been awarded the Thomas E. Dewey Medal by the New York City Bar Association at a medal presentation in midtown Manhattan. Comment

Thousands march on International Migrants Day

New York: Sunday was International Migrants Day. Amidst the hustle and bustle of holiday preparations, thousands of New Yorkers braved the on-again off-again rain to rally near the United Nations and join the March for Immigrant New York, organized by the New York Immigration Coalition. Comment

Annual kids Christmas party gives gifts, and dance off

Brooklyn: Hundreds of children came to see Santa and get gifts at the West Indian American Day Carnival Association’s (WIADCA) children’s Christmas party at Tropical Paradise on Dec. 18. Comment

CARICOM Consular Corps share Chirstmas cheer

Trinidad and Tobago: The Barbados Consulate in New York City was alive with merriment last Friday, Dec. 16, when Caribbean rhythms, festive dressed nationals, and food from around the Caribbean, celebrated the CARICOM Consular Corps annual Christmas party. Comment

Cricket board debars Bravo

Caribbean: West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has debarred Darren Bravo from appearing in both the Trinidad and Tobago current Digicel four-day tournament and the West Indies until he meets with the regional body. No date has been set for the meeting. Comment

More of the Same: World Bank Doing Business Report continues to mislead

Viewpoints: SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 15, 2016 (IPS) - The World Bank’s Doing Business Report 2017, subtitled ‘Equal Opportunity for All’, continues to mislead despite the many criticisms, including from within, levelled against the Bank’s most widely read publication, and Bank management promises of reform for many years. Comment

Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016

City officials advise Brooklyn’s immigrants

New York: In the aftermath of the United States presidential election there has been streams of attacks and threats against several immigrants in the City of New York. In the midst of these frightening experiences against individuals, New York City and State political and civil leaders are strategizing and implementing methods to protect local immigrants. Comment

Modern take on old tale

Arts & Theater: It’s a funky and modern take of an old tale! The Harlem School of Arts returns this year with it’s back by popular demand Christmas play, “Soul Nativity,” which will run until Dec. 23 at the Harlem School of Arts. The artistic director of the play which opened Dec. 9, says the Christmas-themed play is a youth-inspiring production creating a lot of buzz. Comment

US, Cuba hold historic meeting on clean energy

Cuba: The United States Department of State says the United States and Cuba have held an historic, first Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Working Group in Washington, D.C. Comment

Medgar Evers college honors namesake in new exhibit

Arts & Theater: Medgar Evers finally gets his shine at home. An exhibit highlighting the life and death of civil rights activist Medgar Evers opened at Medgar Evers College library in Crown Heights on Dec. 14. Comment

Caribbean nationals cop Grammys AMA & Billboard’s top nod

Music: Santa Claus arrived early to deliver a sack full of treasures to a few Caribbean nationals he might consider naughty or nice but definitely worthy of distinction for being outstanding achievers in the music industry during 2016. Comment

Tribute to Clive Lloyd

Sports: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has paid tribute to Clive Lloyd, the former West Indies captain for his 50 years of service to the game this month. Comment

Jamaica voted world’s leading wedding, cruise destination

Jamaica: The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) said on Monday that Jamaica has once again been awarded the World’s Leading Cruise Destination. Comment

Hundreds support fund-raising prayer breakfast to aid St. Vincent

Brooklyn: Hundreds of Vincentian and other Caribbean nationals on Dec. 3 supported a fund-raising Prayer Breakfast at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn to assist the healthcare sector and the needy in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment

Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016

Former Lincoln star back on court after being sidelined by health scare

Travis Charles had never been sick before – until a heart condition forced him to redshirt his junior season at the University at Albany. Now the former Railsplitters star is back on the court and determined to get beter. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Guyana: Caribbean The European Union EU) is funding a multi-million program INTERREG V Caribbean to strengthen regional partnerships, which was recently launched in St. Lucia. Comment

Pride of the Pack: Loughlin senior lifts Lions to final-second victory

Lions senior guard Lynette Taitt drained the game-winner with just 5.6 seconds on the clock to lift Loughlin to a 58–56 victory over Archbishop Molloy on Dec. 15. Comment

A tiny tornado takes a leap of faith

Books: It took a leap of faith. A new job, a big move, a new skill, a major purchase, a ring on your finger and “I Do.” Even if you knew you were on the right path and you could handle whatever came next, you still felt like you were stepping off into the unknown. It definitely took a leap of faith but, as in the new book “Courage to Soar” by Simone Biles (with Michelle Burford), sometimes, you just have to close your eyes and jump. Comment

Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

Movies: 20th Century Women (R for sexuality, nudity, profanity and brief drug use) Tale of female empowerment, set in Santa Barbara during the summer of ‘79, revolving around the exploration of love and freedom by a landlady (Annette Bening), one of her tenants (Greta Gerwig) and her teenage son’s (Lucas Jade Zumann) BFF (Elle Fanning). With Billy Crudup, Alia Shawkat and Alison Elliott. Comment

New cricket director

People: Former West Indies and Jamaican batsman Jimmy Adams is now the new West Indies Board (WICB) director of cricket. He replaces Englishman Richard Pybus, 52, who did not seek renewal of his contract. Comment

Denzel, Viola co-star in prize-winning play

Movies: Back in 1987, Fences won both the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play. The August Wilson classic, set in the Pittsburgh in the Fifties, chronicled the day-to-day struggle of a blue-collar, African-American family. Comment

Queens College alumni’s first woman president moving group into 21st century

Queens: Karen Wharton, the first woman to be unanimously voted in as President of the Queen’s College Alumni Association, NY, is focused on mobilizing the talents of former students and friends of the prestigious school, to ensure the institution receives the appropriate resources to advance into the 21st century. Comment

Monday, Dec. 19, 2016

Legend in La La Land!

Movies: Ohio-born John Legend is an award-winning, platinum-selling singer-songwriter. His work has garnered him 10 Grammy Awards, an Oscar and a Golden Globe, among others. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied English and African-American literature, John participated in a wide range of musical activities while in college. Comment

Caribbean hoteliers stress importance of tourism in US-Caribbean relations

Caribbean hoteliers meeting in Miami are stressing the importance of tourism in United States-Caribbean relations, saying it is key to both sides’ interests. Comment

Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016

Girts, entertainment, delight kids at Sen. Parker’s annual party

Brooklyn: The cheerful atmosphere of Christmas was felt by the little merry makers of District 21 in Brooklyn, who showed off their dance moves, sang carols, and enjoyed festive fare at the Flatbush YMCA. Comments (1)

Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016

Bolt is it! Usain agina wins ‘World Athlete’ award

Jamaica: Jamaica sprint superstar Usain Bolt has won his record sixth Men’s International Association of Athletes Federation World Athlete Award, this time for his outstanding feats at the Summer Olympics in Rio, Brazil. Comment

Brooklyn library competition awards 19 winners

The 13th PowerUP! Business Plan Competition awarded three competitors with top prizes for their business plans at Brooklyn Central Library on Dec. 6. Comment

Friday, Dec. 16, 2016

Vincentians offers support for storm relief

St Vincent: Vincentians in the United States on Sunday displayed their true patriotism by lending a helping hand, when most needed, and by providing much-needed relief to nationals affected by the recent storms at home. Comment

Feds crack down on Jamaican lottery scams

Jamaica: This guy’s not a winner! Comment

Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016

Williams rallies for increased temperatures in residential buildings

Staten Island: Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D–Flatbush) on Monday held a rally on the steps of City Hall calling on the Administration to move forward with Intro 0722, a bill that would amend the minimum temperature to be maintained in residential dwellings overnight. Comment

Tribute to the martyrs of Howard Beach circa 1996

Brooklyn: It’s hard to imagine that three decades have passed since the ill-fated tragedy in Howard Beach, Queens shocked the nation. Comment

Guyana consulate to address gun violence

Queens: Guyana Consul General, Barbara Atherly said her 2017 planed programs would include gun violence and domestic abuse education in light of the recent tragic murder of 25-year old Alastasia Bryan, one of the youngest correction officers to serve at the Rikers Island Correctional facility. Comment

Gains in Haiti cholera fight show more resources can ensure ‘cholera will go’: Senior UN official

Haiti: A senior United Nations official has stressed that recent successes in the fight against cholera in Haiti demonstrate that when the U.N. and Haitian authorities receive the necessary funds, real progress can be made, and that, eventually, “cholera will go.” Comment

Tillerson scrubs Guyana visit

Guyana: The man Donald Trump, the controversial U.S. President-Elect, has nominated to be his administration’s secretary of state has been forced to scrub a visit to Guyana this week after he was formally named as the person for one of the more powerful positions in the cabinet. Comment

Surinamese jailed in NY for conspiring to import cocaine

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, says that Edmund Quincy Muntslag, a citizen of Suriname, has been sentenced in Manhattan federal court to 135 months in prison for conspiring to import cocaine into the United States. Comment

New St. Lucia envoy presents credentials to OAS

St Lucia: The Washington, D.C.-based Organization of American States (OAS) says the new Permanent Representative of St. Lucia, Anton E. Edmunds, has presented his credentials to the Secretary General of the hemispheric body, Luis Almagro. Comment

Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016

Cricket television viewership way up

Sports: Organizers of the Caribbean Premier League have announced that the Twenty20 cricket tournament has exceeded global viewership figures for the just-concluded season, with a nearly 44 percent increase over the previous year. Comment

Adams releases grades on tech capabilities of Brooklyn schools

The report details areas in which Adams calls on the City to increase investment in infrastructure and teacher resources in order to fulfil Mayor Bill de Blasio’s vision of “Computer Science for All.” Comment

Barbados gets $34M loan to improve energy security

Barbados: The Inter-American Development Bank says it is providing a $34 million loan to help Barbados enhance its energy security and sustainability. Comment

Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College forges international links

Brooklyn: At Medgar Ever College’s School of Business, “experiential learning” is not just a phrase but a road-tested educational approach. Comments (1)

Monday, Dec. 12, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean Heavy rains in the Eastern Caribbean have caused property and infrastructure damage recently. Comment

City Council passes Temporary Protected Status resolution

Haiti: Even as the Obama administration has resumed deportation of Haitians living illegally in the country, the New York City Council has passed a resolution requesting that the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grant renewed Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to undocumented Haitian nationals. Comment

Miss World Guyana vies for 2016 crown

Fashion: The gorgeous Nuriyyih Gerrard, Miss World Guyana 2016, who arrived in the United States via Fly Jamaica Airways, is currently competing in the preliminary phase at the 66th Miss World Pageant, slated for Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington DC. Comment

Windies players fail to shine

People: No West Indies cricketers have been named in any of the top ICC 10 players’ categories, according to a release from the International Cricket Council (ICC) recently. Comment

Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Barry (Unrated) Devon Terrell plays Barack Obama in this biopic about the future President’s stint as a student at Columbia University during the early Eighties. With Ashley Judd, Jenna Elfman and Famke Janssen. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016

Guyanese artisans in NY promote their work

Arts & Theater: Entrepreneur Kim Jones said she is not a fashion designer, but she is passionate about promoting Guyanese artisans in the US where she has lived since she immigrated from her ruarl Buxton Village, at a very young age. Comment

Christmas nostalgia

Music: In continuing to bring the Christmas spirit at home to nationals in New York, the United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn (UVCGB) last Saturday night hosted its third annual Christmas Caroling showcase in the Fellowship Hall at the Miracle Temple Ministries in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn. Comment

East Flatbush store brings all-pupose natural needs

Food: A herbalist is raising the health consciousness in his community with his one-stop natural food store. Comment

Winter fest aims for healthier eating

Food: A winter festival with a health conscious goal is debuting in Crown Heights to encourage awareness and healthy eating at P.S. 221 on Dec. 15 and Dec. 17. Comment

Brendon Rodney motivates Brooklyn Community Services Youths

Jamaica: Brendon Rodney, who won a bronze medal for Canada running track in Rio, brought his Olympic medal to visits with youths at Brooklyn Community Services’ East New York Family Academy and GKCC afterschool programs. Comment

Amerijet provides all-cargo service from New York

Business: Amerijet International, Inc. is a full-service all-cargo carrier providing regional and international scheduled service. Comment

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. Comments (1)

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. Comments (1)

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

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

Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

CARICOM MOURNS CASTRO’S DEATH

Guyana: GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Grateful for the material and other assistance the region got from Cuba in recent decades, Caribbean leaders rushed to Havana this week to participate in ceremonies relating to the death of Fidel Castro who is perhaps the best known political brand to have emerged from the region in the past century. Comment

Unscrupulous landlords plead guilty to fraud

Brooklyn: Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez on Tuesday announced that two Brooklyn landlords have pleaded guilty to a scheme to defraud and to unlawfully evict rent-stabilized tenants by forcing or attempting to force them out of their homes. Comment

Roraima Tours to begin Jonestown visits

Guyana: Congresswoman Jackie Speier, representative of California’s 14th Congressional District - a survivor of the Jonestown tragedy in the Port Kaituma Jungle of Guyana, where 914 Americans died in a mass murder suicide on Nov. 18, 1978, met with Guyanese Captain Gerry Gouveia 38 years after, to say thanks for saving her life. Comment

Moise wins Haiti presidential election

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ A political newcomer who was the chosen successor of Haiti’s previous elected leader easily won a presidential election redo against 26 rivals, according to preliminary results announced late Monday that gave Jovenel Moise a whopping 55.6 percent of the votes. Comment

Dance to connect with roots

Arts & Theater: It’s a chance for children to connect with their dance roots. Two educators are introducing a workshop for Brooklyn middle school students to show kids the dance styles that influenced the cultures they are from. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

Low turn-out for Grenada’s referendum

The Washington, D.C-based Organization of American States (OAS) says that its electoral delegation to Referendum on Constitutional Reform in Grenada has taken note of the low turn-out. Comment

Initial global effects of Trump even before taking office

National: Martin Khor is executive director of the South Centre, a think tank for developing countries, based in Geneva. PENANG, Nov. 24, 2016 (IPS) - Even before taking office, President-Elect Donald Trump and the policies he promised during his campaign are already having a worldwide impact in at least three areas — global finance, trade and climate change. Comment

Major ‘Island of Flatbush’ Diabetes Expo on Saturday

Brooklyn: Stating that diabetes is ravaging the Caribbean community in Brooklyn, a coalition of faith-based and community groups is partnering with New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and major area hospitals in conducting a massive diabetes exposition and symposium this Saturday, Dec. 3, at Erasmus Hall High School, 1199 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn. Comment

My US spouse won’t sign the joint petition (I-751)

Immigration: Do you have a conditional green card? Is your U.S spouse threatening not to sign the joint application so you can get your green card? Do not be afraid! The law knows that situations like this can happen. Comment

Jamaican transport minister supports Caribbean maritime education

With the recent opening of the expanded Panama Canal, signaling a new era in shipping and logistics in the hemisphere, all hands are on deck to ensure that the Caribbean is able to exploit the potential opportunities in the sector. Shipping accounts for up to 20 percent of many economies in the Caribbean. Comment

Whitewash

Sports: West Indies Women’s team suffered a whitewash (3-0) at the hands of India Women in India recently, missing out on an automatic qualification for next year’s ICC 50-overs World Cup in England. Comment

Jamaica captures top spots

Jamaica: Jamaican sprint superstar, Usain Bolt has been voted Caribbean Sports Journalists Association (CASJA) Sportsman of the Year. Bolt, who won three gold medals at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, earned him a clear victory. Comment

Brooklyn lodge feeds many on Thanksgiving Day

Brooklyn: More than 200 needy people received warm meals, at no cost, on Thanksgiving Day, as the Brooklyn District Grand Lodge #1 continued its mission of providing for the less fortunate in the community. Comment

Make the planet grow again

Viewpoints: ‘The China Pivot.’ For over two decades the United States (Financial/Military Complex) have been trying to manners the Middle East in order to free up its military hands to pivot to China. Comment

Cash-strapped magnate touched by homeless boy

Movies: “Believe” Comment

Series to celebrate Cheryl Byron’s iconic styles

Fashion: An exhibit celebrating Caribbean icon and singer Cheryl Byron, will debut at the Caribbean Literary and Cultural Center, displaying the items she once wore throughout her life and career from Dec. 6–Jan. 1. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016

Double Dutch competition celebrates 25th year

Bronx: Jumping, hopping, and acrobatic roping for the top prize. The Double Dutch Holiday Classic will feature some of the best double Dutch teams from around the world to compete for the title of the best at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. The annual competition will see some new countries participating, and is also reaching a milestone as it celebrates its 25th year since it’s been in operation, said the shows organizer. Comment

Shelter residents treated to VIP brunch

More than 100 homeless men who reside at the 13th Regiment Armory in Brooklyn were treated to a VIP brunch on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 11 am to 2 pm at the Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church. Comment

Small bites of truth, funny bits of created dialogue

Books: Imagine the first person who created a toothbrush. Better yet — imagine life before a toothbrush. Think about it: getting your mouth minty-fresh wasn’t exactly easy with twigs or rags. Same things with clean hair, unspoiled leftovers, unsmelly bathrooms, or cool gamepieces, as you’ll see in “Brief Histories of Everyday Objects” by Andy Warner. Comment

Monday, Nov. 28, 2016

Caribbean leaders laud Castro at death

Jamaica: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders, whose countries have been beneficiaries of Cuba’s largesse, particularly in medicine and scholarships, on Saturday lauded the life of former President Fidel Castro, who died late Friday. He was 90. Comment

Adios! Senor Commandante Castro

Cuba: A global farewell lauding the veracity and self-reliance Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz — the Caribbean’s El Commandante — bequeathed Cuba has all but dimmed the dominant spotlight United States media focused in Little Havana, Miami and Union City, New Jersey where anti-Castro revelers rejoiced the passing of the sole world leader to witness the inauguration of more than 11 United States presidents. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Guyana: Bahamas Jamaican reggae artiste Jah Cure (Siccature Aloc) pleaded not guilty when he appeared in a Bahamas court recently on a misdemeanor charge that stemmed from an argument at the Atlantis Paradise Islands. Comment

Report: Jamaica fosters culture of fear with police impunity

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ Jamaica fosters a “culture of fear” and impunity linked to a high rate of killings by police officers that stretches back for years on the Caribbean island with chronically eye-popping rates of violent crime, Amnesty International alleges in a report issued Wednesday. Comment

The Backyard Café — From garden to plate

It is hard not to inhale the natural environment when you enter the Backyard Café on the outskirts of Guyana’s capital city of Georgetown, that exudes creative cooking, crafted with superior ingredients for mouth-watering tastes. Comment

Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Anonymous (Unrated) Fact-based crime thriller revolving around a teenage hacker (Callan McAuliffe) who resorts to online identity theft to help out his cash-strapped parents (Vlada Verevko and Genadijs Dolganovs). With Lorraine Nicholson, Daniel Eric Gold and Clifton Collins, Jr. Comment

Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016

Eugene advocates for rent freeze

New York: By Nelson A. King Brooklyn Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene on Nov. 17 joined Borough President Eric Adams, Department of Finance Assistant Commissioner Pierre DeJean, community advocates and elderly residents at Brooklyn Public Library in promoting enrollment in Rent Freeze NYC. Comment

Clarke wants safe alternatives to immigrant detention centers

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has called on the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency to consider offering community-based alternatives to overcrowded detention centers, claiming that they currently fail to protect the safety of Caribbean and other immigrants. Comment

Needs of Haitian children must be given priority: UNICEF

Haiti: In light of the recent devastation wrought by Hurricane Matthew, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is urging that the needs of Haitian children be given priority by legislators and the new government in the French-speaking Caribbean nations, as voting took place on Sunday. Comment

Friday, Nov. 25, 2016

Williams’ bills on gas safety passes muster

Brooklyn: On Nov. 16, Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, deputy leader and chair of the Committee on Housings and Buildings, passed a package of 10 bills designed to increase the safety of gas infrastructure in New York. Comment

Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016

Guyanese offer to share skills back home

Guyana: Guyanese-born, Roxanne Persaud, senator of the 19th Senatorial district in Brooklyn, on Friday, Nov. 11, encouraged nationals to work with the Guyana Consulate, New York, and implored them (nationals) to refrain from negative feedback, stating, “for us to grow as Guyanese, we must support the staff of the consulate, to better serve the community.” Comment

Miss Universe Guyana 2016 Meet and Greet

Guyana: Twenty-six-year-old Soyini Fraser is a stunning 5’ 10” beauty, whose love of pageantry runs deep. Fraser, the reining Miss Universe Guyana 2016, the same titled she lost some years ago, and title holder of three others, will attend a Meet and Greet Gala Fundraiser on Dec. 2 at the Starz Princess Hall, 107-11 101st Ave., in Jamaica, New York, starting at 8 pm. Comment

JAZZ FOR JOY

Bronx: The Ella Nixon Drive is an annual holiday toy, clothing and gift giving event that not only works to secure a happy holiday for those in need but also serves to encourage and assist others in becoming charitable organizers so that they may reach their own gift giving goals. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016

GARIFUNA RHYTHMS

Music: The Afri-Garifuna Jazz Ensemble is officially launching its debut album “Taguiera” (Homeland) at the Bronx Music Heritage Center, 1303 Louis Nine Blvd., Bronx from 1 pm-4 pm on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016. Comment

Educate teenage mothers to succeed

Guyana: The 2016 State of the World Population report which was launched recently, received swift reaction from First Lady of Guyana, Mrs. Sandra Granger, who expressed concern for the high rate of teenage pregnancy in the Republic and called for these mothers to be equipped with tools to succeed. Comment

Drama everywhere in gay preacher’s life

Books: The flowers were a very nice touch. They greeted you from the kitchen counter just as you got home, and were followed by a romantic dinner, candlelight conversation, and a quiet evening at home. It was a gift from your spouse, who often has many surprises for you. But, as in the new book “The Gay Preacher’s Wife” by Lydia Meredith, some surprises aren’t so welcome. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016

Antigua government withdraws knighthoods

Antigua: The Antigua & Barbuda government has withdrawn two of the knighthoods which it bestowed on two members of a delegation of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George, citing the need to “do a more detailed due diligence.” Comment

Monday, Nov. 21, 2016

26 honored at 2016 Caribbean Impact Awards

Caribbean Impact Awards: They were the most impactful. The second annual Caribbean Impact Awards honored 26 persons this year, men, women, young, and old, hailing from all over the Caribbean at Paradise Caterers in Gravesend on Nov. 17. The ceremony honors Caribbean Americans who are influential forces in their communities and recognizes their standout hard work. Comment

Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016

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