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Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018

Brooklyn church mourns retired nurse

St Vincent: A Vincentian-born nurse was mourned Sunday, Feb. 11, at a two-hour-long service at Fenimore United Methodist Church in Brooklyn. Despite the rainy weather, mourners paid their last respects to Louise Cole, a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), who died on Feb. 1. She was 85. Comment

Brooklyn group rips Guyana Bar Association attack on Prez Granger

Guyana: The Brooklyn-based Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID) deems the Guyana Bar Association’s (GBA) “unfounded attack” on President David Granger to be “irresponsible, malicious, unprofessional and repugnant to the standards of the Bar.” Comment

Friday, Feb. 23, 2018

TRADE ROW FUROR

Trinidad and Tobago: When Caribbean community leaders assemble in Haiti next week, they might well be forced to discuss the very strong possibility that one of the nations which had helped to found the integration movement and the regional free trade system is seriously considering withdrawing from that very same system until it is better organized and modernized. Comment

Barbados bristles at human trafficking ranking

Barbados: The United States’ continued challenging of Barbados regarding prevention of trafficking of persons has angered this island’s Attorney General, Adriel Brathwaite, who is questioning the American approach and methodology for labelling this state. Comment
Manhattan: Black History Month was celebrated at City Hall on Feb. 15. The City Council’s Black, Latino and Asian Caucus hosted the culturally-themed event. Three people were awarded with proclamations at the celebration. The honorees were former councilman Archie Spigner, the founder of the Mind Builders Creative Arts Center, Madaha Kinsey-Lamb, and clergyman Melvin Faulkner. Comment

A requiem for women rights activist

Guyana: The iconic life of Guliana Jacobs-Moses was remembered quite the way she would have wanted on Thursday, Feb. 15 with a celebratory memorial filled with love and touching tributes, her mother Christiana A. Jacobs, family members, friends and the many whose lives she touched. Comment

Caribbean diplomats to UK: Be more caring

Jamaica: Caribbean diplomats in London have asked the United Kingdom (UK) government to be more compassionate in the treatment of Caribbean nationals Comment

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018

Sir Hilary, SUNY to explore ‘The Caribbean Diaspora’

People: Sir Hilary Beckles, chairman of the Caribbean Reparation Commission will keynote an address billed “Exploring the Caribbean Diaspora” on Feb. 24 at SUNY State College. Comment

Ex-councilman: NYPD harasses me, files lawsuit

St Vincent: Former New York City Council Member Dr. Kendall Stewart has been speaking out against alleged New York Police Department (NYPD) harassment after filing lawsuits accusing some officers of unfairly targeting businesses that cater to Brooklyn’s Caribbean community, including his own. Comment

Africa’s new and improved sounds

Music: They’re back with the Motherland’s newest sounds. The yearly music event celebrating the trendiest and popular sounds to come out of the African continent returns to Apollo Theater on March 3. The “Africa Now” concert spotlights African artists and the emerging sounds they are bringing to the African music scene. Organized by the famed theater and the World Music Institute, together they are giving the stage to show, said the co-curator. Comment
Arts & Theater: Philadelphia-based artist Watson Mere went viral last month for his artwork depicting Martin Luther King Jr. silencing President Trump. The idea for the one-year-old piece was generated during Trump’s inauguration, which came days after the holiday celebrating Dr. King. Mere said he wanted to frame an artwork surrounding the late activist, while also juxtaposing him to something. Comment

Bolt sets sight on soccer

Jamaica: Jamaica super star athlete Usain Bolt is set for his soccer career as he will have a trial with Borussia Dortmund, but he said his dream is to play for Manchester United in England. Comment

Brooklyn’s Lena Horne gets stamp of approval

People: The United States Postal Service added to their perpetual one-priced collection of iconic Americans during a Black History Month 2018 celebration at Symphony Space by unveiling the 41st Black Heritage Forever Stamp which bears the image of Lena Horne, three-time Grammy-winning singer, Broadway performer, and Hollywood star. Comment

Grenada PM hails Rawl Lewis’ new role

Grenada: Grenada Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has hailed the appointment of Rawl Lewis as the new manager of the West Indies senior team. Comment

Retired nurse 68th birthday bash

People: A prominent Vincentian designer in Brooklyn two Saturdays ago sprang a big surprise on her retired nurse mother by hosting her 68th birthday bash at their East Flatbush home. Comment

CAVS, WARRIORS READY

Sports: LeBron James had a trophy in his hands and a smile on his face. That was Sunday at the All-Star Game, when James again rose above the NBA’s best in winning a game and MVP honors. What he really wants is to be celebrating in the postseason, not midseason. Comment

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018

Brooklyn: The steps of City Hall were filled with excitement on Friday, Feb. 16, when Council Member Jumaane Williams announced his candidacy for lieutenant governor of New York state. Comment

Clarke blames Trump for DACA crisis

People: As the United States Senate on Thursday summarily blocked three measures — including one backed by President Donald J. Trump — to resolve the fate of the so-called Caribbean and other “Dreamers,” leaving hundreds of thousands of them facing an uncertain future, Caribbean American Democratic Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has blamed the crisis squarely on the president. Comment

Guyana moves more troops to Venezuelan border

Venezuela: Government has started to move additional troops to the western border with Venezuela to deal with criminal activity involving heavily armed Venezuelan gangs crossing the border, harassing locals for food and money and engaging generally in lawless activities officials said at the weekend. Comment

Concert to celebrate Belafonte on his birthday

Music: The stellar career of famed Calypso artist and social activist Harry Belafonte will be celebrated in a musical tribute on his 91st birthday on March 1 at City College Center for the Arts in Manhattan. Comment
Movies: By now everyone knows the film “Black Panther” is not a documentary about a 1960s, California, Black revolutionary political party/group that scared America straight wearing all-black outfits, toting weapons and fearlessly proclaiming “power to the people.” Comment

Teaching Black History in our schools

Viewpoints: Last summer, I hosted a hackathon for middle school students at Medgar Evers College. Picture 40 enthusiastic young people ready to learn about coding, computer science, and technology, along with CodeEd educators and the welcoming college staff. Comment

Whither, West Indies cricket?

Viewpoints: “WICB needs to take responsibility for the fall for WI cricket.”-Ramnaresh Sarwan, former WI captain “The West Indies Cricket Board is the most unprofessional in the world…Cameron is ‘immature’, ‘arrogant’ and ‘not having West Indies cricket at heart’…a dictator… I think we had enough as players.”- Dwayne Bravo Comments (1)

Neo-soul songstress to perform at birthday bash

Music: Singer Olivia K and The Parkers will be performing at her birthday bash at The Knitting Factory on Feb. 22. The Caribbean-American songstress, who is of Guyanese descent, will take to the stage to perform songs from her EP “Power.” Her fusion of music styles and her stage presence makes her a standout among a lot artists and her team says she will deliver a good show, said her publicist. Comment

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018

Caribbean hits 30 million mark in stay-over visitors

Travel: The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) says the catastrophic hurricanes that devastated some Caribbean destinations last September slowed down tourism’s progress but did not stop it. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Curvature (Unrated) Sci-fi thriller about a scientist (Lyndsy Fonseca) who travels back in time after a mysterious phone call in order to stop herself from committing a murder. With Linda Hamilton, Glenn Morshower and Noah Bean. Comment

Monday, Feb. 19, 2018

Barbadian cricketer signs deal with Indian Premier League

Barbados: Explosive Barbadian all-rounder Jofra Archer has landed a multi-million dollar deal in the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) after he was snapped up by Rajasthan Royals on the opening day of the auction recently. Comment

Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018

Pressure to review Guyana-Exxon oil deal mounts

Guyana: Guyana’s government has said the cabinet is reviewing a profit sharing contract with US oil giant ExxonMobil amid mounting criticisms about its alleged lopsidedness from various sections of society as the Caribbean nation prepares to become an oil and gas producer in less than two years. Comment
Suriname: As an indication of how tough economic conditions are in Suriname, the Caribbean Community nation has so defaulted in annual payment contributions to the United Nations that its voting rights have been suspended until it could at least transfer a part of the outstanding fees. Comment

Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua A 57-year-old Japanese woman who kicked a police officer in the groin and refused to be searched on arrival at the V.C International Airport in Antigua recently was jailed for 14 days on a charge of assault and disorderly conduct. Comment

A bold archbishop retires

Barbados: Anglican dioceses of the Caribbean will soon be naming a new Primate as Archbishop John Holder will retire at the end of February ending eight years of leading eight districts of the church in the region. Comment
Music: Two soca legends Machael Montano and Austin “Superblue” Lyons have captured the 2018 Trinidad and Tobago Road March title. Their collaboration “Soca Kingdom” was played 336 times compared to Iwer George’s “Savannah” followed by Patrice Roberts’ Sweet Fuh So.” Comment

Boseman rises to the occasion as Marvel Superhero

Movies: Chadwick Boseman has already made quite a career out of portraying a variety of prominent African-Americans, from football star Floyd Little (The Express), to baseball great Jackie Robinson (42), to Godfather of Soul James Brown (Get on Up) to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall (Marshall). The versatile actor’s efforts have been appreciated by the NAACP which has seen fit to nominate him for five Image Awards. Comment

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