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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Royal Caribbean, Bahamas sign tourism agreement

Royal Caribbean International has signed an agreement with Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie that will further promote tourism in the chain of islands, according to reports. Comment

Trinidad to resume hanging

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley has brought in former United National Congress (UNC) Attorney General Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj (under the Basdeo Panday administration) to assist the government in resuming hanging in Trinidad and Tobago. Comment

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Adams: Trump’s budget is ‘purely irresponsible’

National: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has described President Donald Trump’s 2018 federal budget proposal as “purely irresponsible.” Comment

CARICOM governments prepare for influx of deportees

Caribbean: Caribbean governments are expecting an increase in deportees from the United States for serious crimes in the coming months. Several CARCIOM countries consider this as a threat to their national security. Comment

Mystery spinner returns

Sports: Mystery spinner Sunil Narine and hard-hitting batsman Kieron Pollard are among members of the West Indies squad to play Pakistan in the upcoming four Twenty20 matches in the Caribbean later this month. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: American Anarchist (Unrated) Hippie Era documentary catching up with controversial cult figure William Powell, the now regretful author of the anti-establishment manifesto, “The Anarchist’s Cookbook.” Comment

Friday, March 17, 2017

Exxon ups the stakes in Guyana, applies for production license

Caribbean: American oil giant ExxonMobil has asked Guyana’s government to approve a production license to allow it to actually start pumping oil from the seabed by late 2019, months earlier than planned officials said this week. Comment

Jamaican business leader launches ‘Change of Fortune’

Business: Chairman and Vice President of Caribbean Food Delights, Dr. Vincent Ho-Sang, on Monday, March 13 launched his autobiographical memoir “Change of Fortune” at the Jamaica Consulate General office in midtown Manhattan. Comment

Dynamic Int. Airways to improve service

Capt. Gerry Gouveia, chief executive officer of Roraima Airways, Guyana, and Karen Kraus, interim chief executive officer (CEO) of Greensboro North Carolina, Dynamic International Airways, thanked travel agents and customers for staying with the carrier through turbulent times, and assured customers that the airline is now focused on service recovery that would be seamless. Comment

Jamaican detainee dies in Louisiana hospital

Caribbean: The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency says a Jamaican national in its custody has died at Lafayette General Hospital in Lafayette, LA. Comment

Things your Mama never had to consider

Raising a child is quite a challenge. When they’re small, you feel as though the entire world is dangerous. As they grow, you waffle between encouragement and fear, wings for them and tears for you. Teenagers, well, they’re a whole separate category and in the new book “My Brown Baby” by Denene Millner, some parents have even more to worry about. Comment

Thursday, March 16, 2017

JURY TRIAL DEBATE

Caribbean: If the administration of Prime Minister Keith Rowley in Trinidad has its way, accused persons in high court trials will soon be allowed the choice of a trial either by judge or by judge and jury as a major but highly controversial reform bill is being debated in both houses of parliament. Comment

Bridgetown rocked by protests

Caribbean: The Barbados capital throbbed with two significant marches in one day as thousands of Barbadians demonstrated their frustration at female harassment, and disgust with the island’s economic and political affairs. Comment

Williams, Cumbo to honor CNN commentator Angela Rye

Brooklyn Council Members Jumaane D. Williams and Laurie Cumbo will on Friday host the 4th Annual Shirley Chisholm Women of Distinction award ceremony at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Branch, honoring, among others, Angela Rye, principal and chief executive officer of IMPACT Strategies, CNN political commentator. Comment

Caribbean hotel executives have new leader

Caribbean: The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) says seasoned hotel industry professional, Stacy Cox, is the new president of the Caribbean Society of Hotel Association Executives (CSHAE). Comment

The robots are coming, your job is at risk

PENANG, March 15, 2017 (IPS) – Last year Uber started testing driver-less cars, with humans inside to make corrections in case something goes wrong. If the tests go well, Uber will presumably replace their present army of drivers with fleets of the new cars. Comments (1)

Rainbow colors at Phagwah Parade

The colorful parade also saw the colors of the rainbow. Comment

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Haiti’s ex-president buried despite calls to wait

Caribbean: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP)– Several thousand Haitians filed past the remains of former President Rene Preval on Friday ahead of a state funeral that a senator sought to delay until further tests are conducted to definitively establish the cause of death of the two-term leader. Comment

Vincy group hosts National Heroes Day celebration

Arts & Theater: Despite the bitterly cold weather, the Brooklyn-based Garifuna Indigenous People of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Inc. (GIPSVG, Inc.) Saturday evening held a very successful 2nd Annual National Heroes Day celebration at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment

Haitian traveler nabbed for child pornography

The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency says New York State Police have arrested a Haitian traveler after CBP officers at the Champlain Port of Entry in upstate New York discovered child pornography on his cell phone. Comment

CPL heads to Florida

Sports: The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is making plans to play another round of matches at the Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, Florida for the 2017 season. Comment

On their feet: Jamaican dance group honors its founder

Arts & Theater: They are playing tribute. Comment

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Harlem’s only escape room venue expands

New York: Harlem’s premier escape room locale Hoodwinked Escape opens two new rooms for adventure seekers this month. The additional rooms are now part of the business new thrills, called “Spy Academy” and “The Experiment,” which challenges guests to become spies, solve puzzles, and discover new mysteries. Comment

Queens residents celebrate Phagwah

Arts & Theater: The warm friendliness of participants at the Grand 29th Annual Phagwah Parade, melted the cold weather that blanketed Richmond Hill, Queens last Sunday, March 12, as hundreds of Indo-Caribbean nationals and citizens of all religions and races, lined the streets, while others danced on colorful floats to celebrate the Hindu festival of Holi. Comment

Amigos resist ICE order to deport TT ‘bad hombre’

When President Donald Trump used social media to amplify an immigration policy saying “we have some bad hombres here and we’re going to get them out,” his tweet resonated with US citizens as well as with vulnerable green card holders because many comprehended that the former reality television celebrity wasn’t just referring to Mexicans that illegally cross the borders. Comment

Fly Jamaica Airways adds 20 flight attendants

After launching flights four years ago, Fly Jamaica Airways has once again upped its aviation crew with 20 newly trained flight attendants who will join the airline’s scheduled twice-weekly flights from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Kingston and Georgetown, as well as Canada. Comment

‘FLYING FISH’ SYMPHONY

Music & Fashion: He is not Wagner but it is his flight of the flying fish. Comment

Monday, March 13, 2017

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean: Antigua More than EC $1million worth of marijuana was found at the deep water harbor in Antigua recently. Comment

Jeffries wants Trump to come clean on ties to Russia

New York: Brooklyn Congressman Hakeem Jeffries and Democrats in the US House of Representatives have introduced a resolution of inquiry that would compel the Trump administration to publicly disclose information to Congress and the American people about ties to Russia. Comment

Kids go ‘Topsie Turvie’ at new spa

Business: When Clare Alicia Dougall, and Racquel Morgan of Caribbean heritage set out to start a business centered-around kids, the first though was to create an environment that would be conducive to children’s entertainment needs, as well as their pampering needs. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: All Nighter (R for sexuality, brief nudity, drug use and pervasive profanity) Unlikely-buddies comedy about a hard-boiled businessman (J.K. Simmons) who grudgingly joins forces with his missing daughter’s (Analeigh Tipton) slacker ex-boyfriend (Emile Hirsch) after she mysteriously disappears. With Taran Killam, Shannon Woodward and Kristen Schaal. Comment

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Neighbor arrested in murder of Haitian grandmother

Police have arrested a Brooklyn woman for the murder of her elderly Haitian-born friend and neighbor. Comment

Jamaica braces for influx of deportees

Jamaica is bracing for in influx of deportees from the United Kingdom. So far 100 of them have been sent back home on a charter flight and another batch is expected next week. Comment

Guyana scores highest in Caribbean suicides

Caribbean: Guyana has the highest suicide rate in the Caribbean, followed by Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. Comment

Unemployment and the Informal Economy – Key Challenges for Women in Latin America

LIMA, March 6, 2017 (IPS) - The participation of women in the labour market in Latin America and the Caribbean has steadily grown over the last few decades. But in 2017, as unemployment and informal work are on the rise, there is a continued need to push hard for gender equality in order to create more and better employment for the 255 million women of working age in this region Comment