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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Guyanese lawmakers charged

Two Guyanese opposition lawmakers are among six former high ranking officials charged as the week ended with misappropriating hundreds of millions of dollars from a special fund linked to Venezuela’s PetroCaribe concession oil agreement with Caribbean trade bloc countries and Guyana in which rice was bartered for oil. Comment

Inequality can kill you, death can be unequal

Food: He got more. There was a time in your life when just noticing that was reason to throw a tantrum. It was enough to make any adult near you want to run away. But now that you’re all grown up, “He got more” means more — and in the new book “The Broken Ladder” by Keith Payne, you’ll see how it might affect your life. Comment

Brooklyn acting DA working for immigrant communities’ rights

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney, Eric Gonzalez told Guyanese nationals that they should be treated with respect, dignity, and fairness in the justice criminal system. Comment

Friday, May 19, 2017

CARICOM to review import taxes

Caribbean: The 15-nation Caribbean trade bloc is undertaking a complete review of its import taxes regime into the regional free market including poultry and agriculture products from the United States in the wake of a plethora of requests from governments and the private sector to periodically suspend tariffs to correct shortages of items in various member states. Comment

Caribbean countries urged to tax tobacco, alcohol and sugar-sweetened beverages

Health: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is urging Caribbean countries to tax tobacco, alcohol and sugar-sweetened beverages, saying that the taxes can help reduce consumption of these products and generate income that can be used to improve the health of the Caribbean population. Comment

Haitians need our protection

As the proud Mayor of one of the largest Haitian communities in the United States, I am once again calling on the Department of Homeland Security to extend Temporary Protected Status to Haiti. Comment

Trinidadian filmmaker heads to Cannes film fest

Movies: Au-revoir, he is France-bound! Trinidadian actor and filmmaker Paul Pryce is heading to the 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival in France this weekend. His debut short film “Come Out, Come Out,” will have its world premiere at the festival’s short film corner — a non-competitive film screening at the event. Comment

Thursday, May 18, 2017


Caribbean: Caribbean foreign ministers meeting for two days in Barbados from Thursday are to examine why countries did not vote as a bloc at the Organization of American States (OAS) to support or reject proddings from the United States for regime change in Venezuela and at least one prime minister has formally complained about the unusual breakdown of voting unity officials said this week. Comment

Mayor signs Williams’ construction safety bills

New York: Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed six bills that are a part of the Construction Safety Act, including two bills sponsored by Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, deputy leader, and chair of the Committee on Housing and Buildings. Comment

Slurs, insults among Barbados leaders

Barbados’ elections are due next year but the barbs thrown across the political divide could make an observer believe that the poll is next month so politicians are hurling their final besmirching or threatening remarks at opponents. Comment

Caribbean American pols pay tribute to mothers

At least three Caribbean American legislators have paid tribute to mothers on Mother’s Day, saying that, for generations, mothers have “selflessly supported their children and families.” Comment

New law to protect freelancers

New York: “Freelancers have their rights starting today,” said Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Lorelei Salas to the freelancers celebrating the historic payment protection law that went into effect May 15. Comment

Genetically engineered disappointments

Jomo Kwame Sundaram is a former economics professor who served as a senior UN official during 2005-2015. Tan Zhai Gen is an University of Oxford biochemistry graduate currently involved in research. Both are Malaysians. KUALA LUMPUR , May 16 2017 (IPS) - Advocates of genetically engineered (GE) crops have long claimed that genetic engineering is necessary to raise crop yields and reduce human exposure to agrochemicals. Comment

Lydia Caesar to debut new album at concert

Music & Fashion: She’s coming back home. Singer and songwriter Lydia Caesar is opening a concert at Milk River on May 18. The Missouri-based artist, originally from Queens, is set to debut songs from her forthcoming album “Queen of Hearts,” in her first solo show in the city. The artist is going to perform a few of her well-known songs like “St. Louis” and “Through it All,” and some new ones, she said. Comment

House tax plan does not stop the gaming

For all the concerns raised by economists and others about the House tax plan, it is generally assumed that the proposal will reduce the gaming of the tax system by multinational corporations. Among the more active debates: Will the currency adjust perfectly or will retail prices rise? Is the plan legal under our trade agreements? Do foreign investments take a dive? Comment

Changing of the guard at the Brooklyn Bar Association

Once again, it was out with the old, in with the new. The Brooklyn Bar Association unveiled its newest leadership roster May 5 at its annual meeting in Brooklyn Heights, bidding farewell to outgoing president Frank Seddio and welcoming his successor, Aimee Richter. Comment

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Vincy cultural group launches first CD

Music & Fashion: After singing and performing folk songs for 14 years ago, the United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn (UVCGB) has finally produced and launched its first CD. Comment


Arts & Theater: The dramatic-comedy play direct from Kingston, Jamaica, “Four Can’t Play,” starring Oliver Samuels with Ruth Ho Shing, Maylynne Lowe and Dennis Titus will make its United States premiere on Saturday, May 20, 8 pm at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts. Comment


Sports: Pakistan pulled off a historic victory in the decisive third Test against the West Indies in Dominica on Sunday, May 14. Comment

Women in for a ‘pound’

Sports: West Indies Women cricketers will be part of the richest ever International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s World Cup (US$2 million) tournament. Comment

Afghanistan to tour West Indies

Sports: West Indies will meet Afghanistan in three Twenty20s and three One-Day Internationals during the team’s tour of the Caribbean later this month. It is the first time that Afghanistan will be playing in the Caribbean. Comment

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Guyana officials to highlight Guyana Unity Movement events

The Guyana Unity Movement, a Brooklyn-based non-profit, will welcome First Lady of Guyana, H.E. Sandra Granger and Attorney General Basil Williams, to its first charitable weekend of events, since its massive Unity March on Church Avenue in 2015 to bring Guyanese together. Comment

Trinidadian trumpeter perform for city kids

Music & Fashion: City kids got an interactive and cultural music learning experience to calypso, hip-hop, and traditional Armenian music at Carnegie Hall on May 12. Comment

Celebs & big-spenders help ‘Haiti Takes Root’

A galaxy of stars descended on Sotheby’s recently to dine and bid on items auctioned to benefit the reforestation and rebuilding of Haiti. On the invitation of actor Sean Penn, designer Donna Karan, super model Naomi Campbell, Academy award winner Leonardo DiCaprio, Tony-award winner Neil Patrick Harris, director Bennett Miller, singer Ellie Goulding, and Bravo TV’s Andy Cohen and a long list of New York luminaries responded to a call to benefit his J/P Haitian Relief Organization. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (Unrated) Justice system expose chronicling the five-year legal battle waged by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. against Abacus Federal Savings, the Asian-American community bank which was the only financial institution to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis. Comment

Monday, May 15, 2017

Caribbean rolls out plans to reduce climate change hazards

Caribbean: KINGSTON, Jamaica, Apr 30, 2017 (IPS) - Climate change remains inextricably linked to the challenges of disaster risk reduction (DRR). And according to the head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Robert Glasser, the reduction of greenhouse gases is “the single most urgent global disaster risk treatment.” Comment

Schumer and Hawn share vacation from hell

Movies: Emily Middleton (Amy Schumer) is just having one of those days. First, she’s fired from her sales job in a boutique for irresponsibly ignoring customers in order to try on outfits for herself. Second, her boyfriend (Randall Park) callously dumps her on the eve of their planned romantic getaway to Ecuador, stating, “You don’t have any direction in life.” Comment

The Purple Xperience: A Prince Tribute

Music & Fashion: Vocalist and front man for The Purple Xperience, Marshall Charloff was a teenager when he first met Prince. Little did he know that 30 years later he would perform as Prince in The Purple Xperience, a tribute act fostered by Matt “Doctor” Fink, Prince’s Revolution band scrubs-wearing keyboardist. Comment

Your feet just got to dance with Rick James’ tale

Books: Your feet sometimes have a mind of their own. You see your favorite foods, and they carry you toward lunch before you even realize you’re hungry. When you’re faced with danger, they take you in the right direction, away and safe. And when you read “Super Freak: The Life of Rick James” by Peter Benjaminson, your feet just gotta dance. Comment

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Raising literacy in Jamaica

Caribbean: Reading for Jamaica’s future. A young Jamaican educator is innovating a new way to increase literacy among Jamaica’s youth with her summer reading camp and comprehensive reading sessions. Comment

Labor conditions in the Caribbean continues to weaken: New report

Caribbean: A new report released in Santiago, Chile by two United Nations agencies says that the labor conditions in Latin America and the Caribbean continue to weaken. Comment

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Mass murder trial to restart in Suriname

Caribbean: A court has ordered authorities to resume a stalled mass murder trial in the Caribbean Community nation of Suriname in which President Desi Bouterse is the main suspect. Comment

PAHO launches virtual health directory in the Caribbean

Health: Information on the health situation and the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the Americas, including the Caribbean, now has a new home, with the launching of a virtual directory of digital health, or eHealth, profiles that includes data and statistics from 47 countries and territories by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). Comment

Turks and Caicos moves to enhance border security

The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) recently signed on to a CARICOM Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) with the United States. Comment

Harry Belafonte gets library renamed after him

Mayor Bill de Blasio, First Lady Chirlane McCray and New York Public Library President (NYPL) Tony Marx, flanked by local elected officials, on Monday, May 8 honored Caribbean American Harry Belafonte by renaming the 115th Street Library in Harlem the Harry Belafonte–115th Street Library. Comment