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Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017

Ex-teachers prez welcomes opening of Argyle International Airport

St Vincent: Jackson Farrell, the long-standing president of the Brooklyn, New York-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Ex-Teachers Association, has joined the vast number of Vincentians in the Diaspora and at home in welcoming the Feb. 14 opening of the Argyle International Airport (AIA). Comments (1)

Monday, Jan. 23, 2017

Vigil remembers Haitian earthquake

Haiti: Many Haitian-Americans commemorated seven years since Haiti’s devastating earthquake in 2010 at Brooklyn College’s student center on Jan. 12. Comment

Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017

Another Barbados ratings drop

Barbados: Barbados’ economy has suffered another bad review, this from a Caribbean financial rating agency that lowered by one notch the island’s local and foreign currency bond ratings, and placed a negative outlook on them. Comment

1.5 million Haitians face hunger

Haiti: The United Nations says while the number of Haitians facing hunger in areas hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew has declined steadily in the three months since the deadly storm ripped through the French-speaking Caribbean nation, more than 1.5 million people nevertheless remain food insecure. Comment

Adoptee tracks down birth-mom in bittersweet biopic

Movies: Saroo (Dev Patel) had the misfortune of being born into poverty in India’s Khandwa district. He lived there with his single-mom, Kamla (Priyanka Bose), along with his big brother, Guddu (Abhishek Bharate), and younger sister, Shekila (Khushi Solanki). Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Behemoth (Unrated) Eco-documentary illustrating the devastating toll exacted by mining on China’s population and landscape. (In Mandarin with subtitles) The Daughter (Unrated) Adaptation of “The Wild Duck,” Henrik Ibsen’s classic play revolving around a man (Paul Schneider) who uncovers a dark family secret when he returns home to attend his father’s (Geoffrey Rush) wedding. Featuring Nicholas Hope, Sam Neill and Ewen Leslie. Comment

Friday, Jan. 20, 2017

DOLLAR SCHEME REVIEW

St Kitts and Nevis: Their banana and sugar export industries have collapsed and revenues from tourism fluctuate year by year so the governments of the Eastern Caribbean sub grouping have been looking for additional ways to bring in state revenues. Comment

REGGAE ROOTS

Music: Nigerian-American Reggae artist T-Kross is connecting the music genre back to its roots. The singer who released his single “Mama,” says he wants to showcase to fans of the genre, where the popular Jamaican sound got its roots. Comment

Mikey General & Karamanti release ‘Back Against The Wall’

Music: Dancehall artist Karamanti has joined forces with Reggae’s living legend, Mikey General, to send a powerful message to Africans at home and in the diaspora. The message is being sent in the form of a song entitled “Back Against The Wall.” Comment

Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017

Writers Resist rally: Standing up for Freedom of Speech

New York: Brooklyn resident Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award winner for her young adult masterpiece “Brown Girl Dreaming,” was one of a cadre of recognized and lesser known poets and book authors who rallied Sunday at the main New York Public Library (NYPL) on Martin Luther King’s birthday. Comment

PS 109 unveils new school gym

Brooklyn: Pupils at P.S. 109 got to finally play in their East Flatbush school’s brand new gym unveiled on Jan. 12. Comment

Haiti faces rise in cholera deaths

Haiti: Since the first reports of a cholera outbreak in Haiti, the number of deaths and cases have seen an overall improvement since 2010. But last year saw an increase in the number of cholera cases, according to the Haitian Ministry of Health. Comment

Vox pop: Will Brooklyn’s Carib community miss Obama?

Brooklyn: The historic inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump is set to take place on Jan. 20. Comment

Guyanese filmaker wins award for directorial début

Guyana: “My inspiration as a filmmaker and director is not for notoriety, or to jockey for a place in Hollywood. I just want to make great movies.” Comment

Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017

Boro Prez, Caribbean leaders celebrate MLK

Brooklyn: Borough President Adams, the Caribbean Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI), and members of the Caribbean community celebrated Martin Luther King Junior’s legacy at Brooklyn Borough Hall on Jan 13. Comment

SVG Ex-teachers’ group honors nurse Celia Bramble

St Vincent: The Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ex-Teachers’ Association of New York on Sunday honored retired Registered Nurse Celia Bramble at a gala ceremony marking the group’s 34th anniversary. Comment

WICB prez announces US plans, tour

Manhattan: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has announced plans to popularize and promote the sport of cricket in New York at City Hall in Manhattan on Jan. 12. Comment

A look behind Obama’s presidency

Books: If you can’t say something nice… Sometimes, it’s hard to say nothing at all. There are times when you need to speak out, to confront, share your opinion, rant, or vent. And then there are times, as in the new book “Audacity” by Jonathan Chait, where you must praise. Comment

Online based thrift-shop offers style and grace for youth

Brooklyn: Get thrifty for the kiddies. A Flatbush couple is giving Brooklyn parents an opportunity to thrift shop for decent kids clothing, and even sell back clothing that their youngsters no longer wear, with their children’s thrift store Everything Jiggy. Comment

Trump’s AG rejected three decades ago by King

National: The saying ‘what goes around comes around” could well apply to Jefferson Bueregard Sessions and his assessment of being tapped to be the next attorney general. Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017

US, Cuba meet to fight trafficking in persons

Cuba: The United States and Cuba were expected to begin meeting on Thursday to coordinate efforts to fight trafficking in persons. Comment

Visuals aid fight against malaria in Suriname

Health: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says Suriname is using illustration to improve adherence of malaria treatment. Comment

Bolt focuses on 100 meters

Jamaica: Sprint superstar Usain Bolt said he will be concentrating on the 100 meters in 2017, which will be his final decision in a glorious athletics career. Comment

Recreational facilities at the Bedford Armory will be a win for Crown Heights

Brooklyn: The Crown Heights community is in desperate need of quality recreational facilities for youth sports leagues, senior activities and other neighborhood-based programming. Comment

Traveling to Guyana is becoming quite hazardous

Viewpoints: To The Editor: First, let me commend Guyanese business owners who work diligently to offer low-cost, efficient, aviation service to Guyana. Comment

WICB pays tribute to Sir Dwight

People: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has paid tribute to the late Sir K Dwight Venner, the former governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), who died on Dec. 22, 2016 in St Lucia Comment

Veteran leadership sparks Blackbirds in Battle of Brooklyn

Long Island University took down borough rival St. Francis 63–58 on Jan. 14, bolstered by the strong play of its experienced roster down the stretch. Comment

Getting defensive: Lincoln’s ‘D’ lifts Railsplitters over Iona Prep

Sports: It wasn’t the offensive explosion either team was hoping for. Lincoln and Iona Prep both struggled to hit their scoring stride in a non-league tilt on Jan. 15, but the Railsplitters managed to grab just enough momentum to pull off the victory, downing the Gaels 53–44 at the Martin Luther King Showcase in Coney Island. Mike Reid led the charge late, with a game-high 21 points and a shutdown defensive performance. Comment

Monday, Jan. 16, 2017

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua The Antigua and Barbuda government will be moving at full speed in the fight against crime in 2017. Comment

Fund-raiser shines light on Haiti’s hurricane relief

Manhattan: Guests packed Space Ibiza in Manhattan to support the “Haiti Shines Bright” fund-raiser for Hurricane Matthew relief on Jan. 11. Comment

Grenada to open diplomatic mission in Russia

Grenada: Grenada is moving to open a diplomatic mission in Russia which would bring to the Spice Island its developmental objectives through representation. Comment

Jamaica, China sign hospital agreement

Jamaica: Jamaica and China has signed a multi-million agreement for the construction of a 220-bed Children’s Hospital in Montego Bay, west of the capital Kingston. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Detour (R for nudity, sexuality, graphic violence, drug use and pervasive profanity) Revenge thriller revolving around a naive law student (Tye Sheridan) who hires a hitman (Emory Cohen) to kill the scheming stepfather (Stephen Moyer) responsible for the car accident that left his mother in a coma. With Bel Powley, John Lynch and Gbenga Akinnagbe. Comment

Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017

Barbados reserves perilously low

Barbados: A surprise Central Bank of Barbados admission that it is losing more foreign exchange than gaining, and that more losses would threaten the currency’s exchange rate has sparked accusations that government’s economic policies have failed. Comment

Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017

Brooklyn politicians proclaim ‘this land is our land’

Brooklyn: Four Brooklyn elected officials have united in writing a joint editorial piece, proclaiming that “this land is our land,” referring to the Bedford-Union Armory “skirmish” in Crown Heights. Comment

Navy Yard to serve Caribbean food in new facility

Food: Caribbean cuisine is getting a spotlight at the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s forthcoming food manufacturing hub later this year. Comment

CREOLE MUSIC

Music: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2016-17 season on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 8 pm with Haitian singer-songwriter and Red Cross Ambassador Emeline Michel. Comment

Portuguese priests search for missionary mentor

Movies: Portuguese traders first landed in Japan in 1543, followed soon thereafter by Francis Xavier and other Jesuits. So many locals started converting to Christianity that, less than a decade later, the emperor issued an edict banning Catholicism and ordering the expulsion of all missionaries. Comment

Friday, Jan. 13, 2017

FOCUS UPON TRUMP

Trinidad and Tobago: In just over a week or so, Donald. J. Trump will be sworn in as president of the United States and the most powerful man in the world and already Caribbean Community leaders are sending both positive signals of welcome and indications that they are willing to work with his administration. Comment

New SVG US consul general a ‘breath of fresh air’

St Vincent: Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves and Deputy Prime Minister Sir Louis Straker had predicted that Howie Prince would be a tremendous asset to the nation with his appointment as the new St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ consul general to the United States. Comment

Haitian group to rally in Washington

Haiti: A Haitian group in Brooklyn is expected to be among nine busloads of immigrant activists from Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island, who will depart before dawn on Saturday for a trip to Washington, D.C., intent on making their voices heard, according to reports. Comment

VH1 star talks new music

Music: A newly recognizable face on VH1’s hit reality show “Love and Hip-Hop,” Brooklyn music producer Swift On Demand is making a buzz for his career, but now more so as a rapper. Comment

Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017

Jamaica steps up war on crime

Jamaica: The Jamaica government has announced a series of measures to combat crime and violence and to improve the effectiveness of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) in 2017. Comment

CARICOM leaders to meet in Guyana

Just after being appointed chairman of the 28th Inter-sessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government, on Jan. 1, President of Guyana David A. Granger met with CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, and a delegation to discuss the Feb. 16-17 forum. Comment

Activists, journalists hailed in tribute to slain T&T national

Trinidad and Tobago: “Thank you for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers. The many expressions of kindness, support and love everyone has shown us during this time. It has been a comforting blessing to each of us. Comment

Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017

Guyanese centenarian still very agile, phenomenal

Guyana: Hardly anyone would find a centenarian who is still very agile, with her full mental faculty in place and with no significant medical condition. Comments (3)

A raw-spirited tale that gets under your skin

Even if you wanted to, you couldn’t escape your father. For most of your life, you were known as Little Him. Junior. Insert-your-father’s-name-here’s kid. Comment

Dump Trump resistance mobilize women worldwide

National: Supposedly, the election of the first female president of the United States would mobilize millions of American women to rally in unity on issues related to political, social and gender-relevant legislation. Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017

Haitian coup leader, senator-elect held in US drug case

Haiti: MIAMI (AP) _ Just before he was set to become an official Haitian senator, a paramilitary leader who once led a violent rebellion was arrested on decade-old U.S. drug charges and brought before a federal judge in Miami who ordered him held without bail. Comment

Williams applauds City’s record low crime rate

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, deputy leader of the City Council has applauded the City’s record low crime rate, saying that what is even more encouraging is Mayor Bill De Blasio’s discussion of the rethinking of how the City addresses crime and public safety. Comment

Haitian Revolution captured in new US exhibit

Arts & Theater: The Haitian Revolution is captured in a new exhibit here that features 15 rarely seen silkscreen prints about Toussaint L’Ouverture, the Haitian ex-slave turned general who led a revolution that ultimately wrested the Caribbean island from French control and ended slavery. Comment

Young black belt popularizes karate in Guyana

The sport of karate is a recognizable sport around the world but it still ranks lower in popularity in many countries. But in some of those countries like Guyana for instance, the once not-so-popular sport is gaining a newfound audience in the country with the help of 12-year-old black belt, Tyler Orderson. Comment

Dominica PM urges restraint

Sports: CARICOM Chairman Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is urging regional leaders to avoid confrontation in addressing the turbulent state of West Indies cricket. Comment

Peripatetic bus driver personifies poetry in motion

Movies: Paterson (Adam Driver) is stuck in a rut. By day, the municipal bus driver repeatedly negotiates his way around a boring route around the New Jersey city which shares his name. Comment

Lessons from the demise of the TPP

Viewpoints: KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Jan 5, 2017 (IPS) - President-elect Donald Trump has promised that he will take the US out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) on the first day of his presidency Comment

On the defensive: Former Lincoln star excels at shutting down opponents

Sports: Defense first — everything else second. Comment

Monday, Jan. 9, 2017

Antigua and Barbuda achieves record tourists arrivals

Antigua and Barbuda recently celebrated the arrival of the 100,000th United States visitor last year for the first time in recorded arrivals in history. Comment

Flagging Barbados’ potholes

Barbados: If the Barbados Road Safety Association follows through with its plans, the island’s roads will soon be pockmarked with warning flags alerting motorists to potholes that are appearing on almost every public driveway. Comment

LLoyd: Focus on Test matches

Sports: Former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd and ex-chairman of selectors has urged West Indian cricketers to refocus on formats outside of the Twenty20 game. Comment

Medical aid in dying: A hallmark of patient-centered care

Viewpoints: One thing the national election did not change: as the nation’s 75 million baby boomers retire, an ever growing number grapple with the reality that people die in circumstances they would not choose. At a time when the country is divided, the election showed one issue unites us: personal choice in end-of-life care. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 100 Streets (Unrated) Ensemble drama chronicling the lives of a retired rugby player (Idris Elba), a drug dealer (Franz Drameh) and a struggling actor (Ken Stott) whose paths serendipitously cross. Cast includes Gemma Arterton, Ryan Gage and Tom Cullen. Comment

Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Bahamas The Bahamas government has welcomed the return of direct non-stop flights from Germany for the first time in decades. Comment

International community congratulates new Haitian president

Haiti: A senior United Nations official and the UN Security Council have joined the international community in congratulating the next President of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse, whose election, the UN says, “completes a repeatedly delayed process that took over a year.” Comment

First US senator of Jamaican father sworn in

Jamaica: Before friends and family in a packed United States Senate chamber, Kamala Harris, the daughter of a Jamaican father, was sworn in Tuesday as California’s newest United States senator. Comment

Garifuna group observes deportation from St. Vincent

Brooklyn: The Bronx-based Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc., a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, is urging Vincentian nationals and the New York Community to help commemorate the 220thAnniversary of the “forcible deportation of the Garífuna People by the British from St. Vincent and the Grenadines.” Comment

‘Wake Up and Smell the Coffee’

Arts & Theater: Triskelion Arts, in association with Vangeline Theater, presents Wake Up and Smell the Coffee - Butoh for Waste Prevention: Reducing Coffee Trash in New York at Triskelion Arts (106 Calyer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222) from April 20-22, 2017 at 8pm. Comment

Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017

NYC first lady launches mental health programs for seniors

People: New York City’s First Lady, Chirlane McCray, Deputy Mayor Richard Buery and Department for the Aging Commissioner Donna Corrado earlier this month launched ThriveNYC’s Geriatric Mental Health Initiative, a package of mental health services that will be offered at 15 senior centers this year and at an additional 10 centers in 2017. Comment

IDNYC remains free in third year

New York: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Speaker of the City Council Melissa Mark-Viverito on Tuesday announced that IDNYC will remain free in 2017. Comment

Caribbean Tourism Organization remembers Neil Blyden

People: NEW YORK, NY (Jan. 5, 2017) - Former member of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), Neil Blyden, passed away in his home on Jan. 1, 2017. Comment

SALSA REUNION

Music: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is proud to present Larry Harlow and Ismael Miranda together for Abran Paso, a special historic reunion of Salsa concert on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 at 8 pm. Comment

MLK tribute at BAM

Brooklyn: The 31st annual birthday tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. promises another socially enlightening and soul-stirring platform hosted by BAM. Comment

Friday, Jan. 6, 2017

PASSPORT SCHEME IN SPOTLIGHT

Immigration: The larger Caribbean trade group countries such as Guyana, Suriname, Jamaica and Trinidad have so far kept their distance from the scheme but a new light is now being shone on the cash for passport and citizenship program which has been embraced by several nations in the Eastern Caribbean Sub Grouping following the airing of a piece on CBS’s 60 Minutes Program last Sunday. Comment

Travellers leaving Guyana face new fee

Guyana: After enjoying the festive season with family and friends in their homeland, thousands of Guyanese passengers were slapped with an increase in Departure Tax, named a Security Departure fee of GYD$1000 (USD$5.00), leaving Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) on January 1, 2017 when the measure went into effect. Comments (1)

Trinidad investigates financing of terrorist activities

Trinidad and Tobago: The Trinidad and Tobago Financial Unit (FIU) has reported that 182 T&T nationals may be involved in financing the activities of terrorist organizations such as the Islamic State (ISIS). Comment

Bedford-Stuyvesant bistro bounces back from newbie woes

Food: Meet the owners of a vibrant bistro based in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Comment

Connors, Carn brought the year in with a bang

Music: There was laughter, tears and lots of “singing a long” on New Year’s Eve 2016 in Harlem, New York as Norman Connors and the regal Jean Carn performed the love sound track of a generation or two Comment

Trump’s big immigration war may focus on visas: Reports say

National: With just a few days before he is sworn in as the next United States president on Jan. 20, Donald Trump’s big immigration war to deport Caribbean and other immigrants may focus on visas, according to reports. Comments (1)

Resolve to show resolve

Caribbean: Once again millions of people are attempting to restart or improve on life-enhancing goals by making resolutions. Comment

Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017

WIADCA unveils huge 50th anniversary celebrations

Arts & Theater: The Brooklyn-based West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA), organizers of the extravagant Labor Day Carnival Parade on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway, has unveiled several activities to mark its 50th anniversary. Comment

Newborns debut on New Years

Brooklyn: The new year made its debut after midnight on Jan. 1, and so did some Brooklyn newborns at New York City Health and Hospitals/Kings County. Comment

Haiti certifies presidential victory of first-time candidate

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ An electoral tribunal in Haiti has rejected claims that massive voter fraud marred the November presidential election victory of first-time candidate Jovenel Moise, officials said Tuesday. Comment

UN chief bids farewell

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said goodbye to staff and Caribbean and other Permanent Representatives at UN Headquarters in New York on Friday. Comment

Bichotte remains committed to equitable education

Haiti: Brooklyn Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte said she remained committed to New York City public schools “so that all children receive an equitable education.” Comment

Simmons gets new coaching job

Sports: Sacked West Indies coach Phil Simmons will become the new head coach of the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots for the 2017 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) season. Comment

No shift in West Indies rankings

Sports: Embattled West Indies remains at number eight in the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) Test team rankings which was recently released. Comment

Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017

Antigua PM fires diplomat amid bribery scandal

Antigua: Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne has fired one low-level diplomat and has threatened to fire another more senior one in the spill-off to an international bribery scandal, according to reports. Comment

US heads for political showdown with UN

Viewpoints: UNITED NATIONS, Dec 27, 2016 (IPS) - The United States has had a longstanding love-hate relationship with the United Nations ever since 1952 when the world body began operations in New York city on an 18-acre piece of land which housed an abattoir where cattle was being trucked daily for slaughter. Comments (1)

Whither the Barbados economy in 2017

Barbados: The way forward for Barbados remains uncertain as the island entered 2017 laboring under the burden of high expenditure and a large national debt, with government resisting advice to seek International Monetary Fund help. Comment

Beleaguered boy befriended by tree

Movies: Conor O’Malley (Lewis MacDougall) is understandably miserable. First of all, the 12-year-old divorced mom (Felicity Jones) is terminally ill. Second, they’re both estranged from his father (Toby Kebbell) who has long since started another family over in America. Comment

Shedding your poundage and keeping it off

Books: Somebody passed you a plate of cookies. It was the holidays so, of course, you had to take one. Or three, because they were good; and when the fudge came around, you had that, too. And some pie, cheesecake, punch, homemade candy, now your pants are tight, you feel lazy, and your bathroom scale is screaming. Yep, it’s time to step back and step toward “Lose Your Final 15” by Rovenia M. Brock, PhD. Comment

Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

Movies: Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America (Unrated) Racial harmony documentary about a black musician’s efforts to befriend Ku Klux Klansmen. Comment

Terriers tough it out in overtime for second-straight win

Sports: They finished 2016 on a high note. Comment

Monday, Jan. 2, 2017

New low in Barbados crime

Barbados: December has presented Barbados with unusual incidents in what residents see a year of crime increases, with robbers attacking the clergy, and in another instance, carting away 26 televisions from the national cricket stadium. Comment

Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017

Caribbean RoundUp

Jamaica: Bahamas International credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has downgrade The Bahamas. The country’s creditworthiness is now deemed “junk” as the New-based ratings from lowered its sovereign credit rating from BBB-A-3 to BB+B. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016

Brooklyn couple to start soccer league in Guyana

Guyana: What began as a kind gesture to 12 boys and 13 girls in a small Spiritual Church in Lodge Village, almost 40 years ago, has become a lavish annual event, where more than 300 children received gifts and eats, and were entertained at the Clarke’s annual Christmas party on Dec. 26 in Georgetown. Comment

Persaud hosts grand holiday party

Several elected officials and community figures joined local residents on Thursday, Dec. 22 in participating in a grand holiday party hosted by Sen. Roxanne Persaud, the new representative for the 19th Senatorial District in Brooklyn. Comment