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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Food and shelter are still scarce in Haiti

Six months after Hurricane Matthew tore through Haiti’s southern peninsula, shelter and food remain scarce especially in remote, difficult-to-reach areas, according to reports here. Comment

Grenada House of Representatives passes controversial tax agreement

The Grenada House of Representatives has passed the controversial Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), Inter-Governmental Agreement with the United States. Comment

Samuels wins defamation lawsuit

Sports: West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels has won his defamation case against former Australian fast bowler Geoff Lawson and is set to receive “substantial damages” and a full public apology for certain derogatory comments he made in a radio program last year. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Behind the White Glasses (Unrated) Musical tribute to Italian filmmaker Lina Wertmuller, the first female to land Oscar nominations for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Foreign Film. Featuring commentary by Martin Scorcese, Sophia Loren and Harvey Keitel. (In English and Italian with subtitles) Comment

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Eugene calls for creation of ‘disconnected youth task force’

Brooklyn Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene, chairman of the City Council’s Youth Services Committee, has sponsored legislation calling on the city to create what he described as “a disconnected youth task force.” Comment

‘Everyone’s buzzing about Grenada’: GTA

Sports: The Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) says “everyone’s buzzing about Grenada” following the recent hosting of the historic inaugural Grenada Invitational. Comment

Caribbean health promotion contest

Health: The Washington, D.C.-based Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is inviting entries for a contest that will recognize outstanding health promotion practices developed by cities, schools, universities and institutions of higher education in the Americas, including the Caribbean. Comment

Friday, April 14, 2017

Griffin awards celebrates the brightest

New York: Honoring some of the best. The Griffin Awards honored four individuals and alumni of Jamaica College at the SVA Theatre in Manhattan on April 8. Comment

A fest to sweat

New York: Call it festive fitness. A few hundred health and party enthusiasts got to break a sweat and get down to music, at the first Sweat Fete in East Flatbush on April 8. Comment

Thursday, April 13, 2017


Caribbean: Street protests and labor union unrest have in recent weeks seriously hit two South American countries with very close relations to the Caribbean Community with both having much to do with declining living conditions, crime and feelings that governments are not listening. Comment

Sparks between Barbados gov’t and trade union

Caribbean: Verbal sparring between trades unions and Barbados Government appears headed to the next level with a pay dispute between teachers and the Ministry of Education becoming the most recent spark that threatens to ignite into an inferno. Comment

Young Vincy group makes a huge difference

Formed just over three years ago, the Brooklyn-based Vincentian group Friends of Sion Hill, Inc. (FOSH) is already making a huge difference in the lives of many in the community in New York and at home in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment

‘Devastating consequences’ for women, girls as U.S. defunds UN agency

National: UNITED NATIONS, April 5, 2017 (IPS) - The U.S. has withdrawn all of its funding to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), an agency that works on family planning and reproductive health in over 150 countries. Comment

Guyana studies draft petroleum legislation

Caribbean: A Guyanese bipartisan select parliamentary committee is set to pore over draft petroleum legislation that would include jail time and heavy fines for locals and industry players who take bribes from oil operators and will also have clauses aimed at ensuring that the country is not cheated of its resources as Guyana prepares for actual oil production in late 2019-2020. Comment

Green Power: Wave of the future

Françoise d’Estais is Head of the Finance Unit, Energy and Climate Branch, Economy Division, UN Environment, Angus McCrone is Chief Editor, Bloomberg New Energy Finance & Ulf Moslener is Research Director, Frankfurt School - UNEP Collaborating Centre PARIS/FRANKFURT/LONDON, April 6, 2017 (IPS) - The price of renewable energy — especially solar power — continues to tumble, and the result is more green power generating capacity for fewer dollars. Comment

New musical spotlights Caribbean experience

Arts & Theater: The Caribbean American immigrant experience comes forth in a new musical highlighting some common themes of the Diaspora. “Welcome to America: A Caribbean Musical,” is a musical about one undocumented immigrant attempting to find her dreams and learning some life lessons along the way. Comment

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Hamilton, Bichotte hail ‘Raise the Age’

New York: At least two Brooklyn legislators have hailed the historic “Raise the Age” legislation that had been before the New York State Legislature for over a decade. Comment

US, SVG sign new Open Skies Agreement

National: The United Department of State says the Trump administration has welcomed the signing of the new Open Skies Agreement between the United States and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment

J-Love School of Fashion and Etiquette hosts Youth Jam

Entertainment: Young fashion designer, Tyyan Rae Williams continues to make waves on the runway since unveiling her line of playful Pinky Sez children’s collection at Brooklyn Fashion Week at a very young age. Comments (2)

Windies scores record against Pakistan

Sports: While West Indies scored a historic record-breaking win in the opening One-Day International (ODI) of the Q Mobile Cup Series against Pakistan at the Guyana National Stadium on Friday, they faltered badly in the second match to slump to a 74-run defeat two days later. Comment

Singing praises on Sunday morning

Books: Each Sunday, your family has a routine they follow. Everyone gets up early to the smells of a good breakfast that Mama makes; she serves all your favorites before you go to church to raise your voice and praise God. Comment

Cosmos get local star: Former St. John’s standout returns to squad

Sports: Former St. John’s standout Jimmy Mulligan always wanted to play professional soccer and now he’s getting the chance to live out his dream in Brooklyn. Comment

Finding her place: South Shore star on top after dominant senior season

Sports: Selena Philoxy worried she’d never be able to find a rhythm at South Shore, but the Lady Vikings standout did that and more on the court this season. Comment

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Adams proclaims April Brooklyn Financial Education Empowerment Month

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams has proclaimed April as Financial Education Empowerment Month in Brooklyn, highlighting his fourth annual month-long program of activities to coincide with National Financial Literacy Month Comment

JA govt. offers apology, reparations to Rastafarians

Caribbean: In an unprecedented show of remorse and humility, the government of Jamaica took responsibility for a single incident that blamed the island’s total Rastafarian population for the death of eight individuals in a farming community 10 miles east of the second city of Montego Bay 54 years ago. Comments (1)

Barbados launches new music streaming service

Music & Fashion: A new music streaming service Selecta Charts will be Barbados’ first to stream music for free. The platform, which is the brainchild of founder and creator Paul Husbands, was an idea that came to fruition after attending a Canadian cultural festival, which explored the popularity of soca music access in the country, he said. Husbands said after the national Crop Over festival, soca music dies down. Comment

Woodstock hosts pan festival

Music & Fashion: Woodstock, New York is renowned for the rockfest held in 1969 that attracted thousands of music-lovers hankering for an outdoor communal gathering of like-minded rock and roll aficionados. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Chasing Trane (Unrated) Reverential biopic exploring the musical impact of jazz great John Coltrane (1926-1967). Includes archival footage as well as reflections by Common, Dr. Cornel West, Carlos Santana, Wayne Shorter, Wynton Marsalis and President Bill Clinton. Comment

Monday, April 10, 2017

Grieving Haitians go into lifetime of debt to fund funerals

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) – Aspasie Tanis lives hand-to-mouth on the edge of eviction in the best of times, scraping out a living selling packets of spaghetti and cookies outside her low-slung concrete shack in Haiti’s capital. Now the death of her father by stroke threatens to send her into a lifetime of debt. Comment

The Mama Foundation revives ‘ALIVE!’ musical for spring

Music & Fashion: Vy Higginsen and The Mama Foundation for The Arts announces their Spring 2017 Season with the revival of the hit musical ALIVE! 55+ and Kickin’ at The Dempsey Theater in Harlem, New York on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 7 pm, followed by Saturday matinees on May 6, 13 and 20 at 1 pm. Comment

Freeman, Arkin, Caine co-star in crime caper

Movies: Released in 1979, “Going in Style” revolved around a trio of retirees who break the monotony of their dreary daily lives by robbing a bank. That critically-acclaimed, comic caper co-starred a trio of entertainment icons in George Burns, Art Carney and the legendary Lee Strasberg, the father of method acting. Comment

Company wants to refuel a greener Haiti

Caribbean: He is trying to attain financial gain with the use of propane. Comments (1)

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Williams appoints a new legislative director

Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, deputy lader of the City Council, has appointed Michael J. Twomey as his new legislative director. Comment

Sir Viv slams cricket board policies

Sports: Former West Indies captain Sir Viv Richards has slammed West Indies Cricket Board administrators for their failure to ensure the best players in the region remain available for international duty. Comment

Vy Higginsen’s Mama Foundation to salute Cissy Houston

Music & Fashion: In the tradition of excellence always associated with Vy Higginsen, The Mama Foundation for the Arts launches The Harlem Gospel Concert Series starring Vy Higginsen’s Gospel Choir from Harlem at The Dempsey Theater, 127 West 127th St. starting April 15 and continuing the first three Saturdays in May (6, 13 & 20). Comment