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Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017

Outrage over termination of TPS for Haitians

Brooklyn: Black Democratic congressional leaders have joined Caribbean legislators in expressing outrage over the Trump administration’s decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nearly 60,000 undocumented Haitian nationals residing in the United States. Comment

CARICOM RAISES FUNDS

Venezuela: Caribbean governments Wednesday, Nov. 21 said they have raised more than $1.3B in monetary pledges and over $1B in loans and debt relief payments from an international donors conference held this week to raise money to rebuild island nations which were pulverized by hurricanes Irma and Maria. Comment

Haitian groups rally for TPS extension

Haiti: They’re in permit purgatory. Haitian immigrants living and working in Brooklyn under temporary protection from the federal government have 18 months before the permit allowing them to do so expires, the Department of Homeland Security’s acting secretary announced on Monday. News of the extension came two days before the protective measure would have expired, and two days after a group of Haitian-Americans marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to demand the Feds prolong the protective measure — an effort that organizers said likely affected the government’s decree. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017

Caribbean Impact Awards: The brightest and most influential in the Caribbean community were celebrated at the annual Caribbean Life Impact awards at Paradise Caterers in Brooklyn on Nov. 16. Comment

Haitians and other refugees deserve America’s help!

Immigration: The recent attack on immigrants and minorities by the Trump administration to end temporary protected status and send 60,000 Haitians back to suffering and pain in their country-the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, is the latest in an alarming trend. Haiti cannot provide for them, and this decision is inhumane and unconscionable. This status was extended to Haitians, as America has done in the past with several other countries, after a destructive earthquake hit the island nation in 2010. With its poor economy, infrastructure and resources, Haiti is incapable of repatriating tens of thousands of people. Comment
Brooklyn: New York Jets football player Marcus Maye handed out fresh turkeys to families at the annual turkey basket donation at Brookdale Hospital on Tuesday, Nov. 21. The athlete met with several patients and even brightened up their spirits, said one mom who was there with her daughter. Comment

BEST GAME

Sports: NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Curry knew he needed to start aggressively to make up for the absence of Kevin Durant. Then the Warriors had to finish the job without Curry after foul trouble ended his best game of the season. Comment

Chris Gayle left out

Sports: West Indies superstar Twenty20 opening batsman, Chris Gayle has been blanked in the recent Pakistan Super League (PSL) draft, but Trinidadian brothers Dwayne and Darren Bravo have both landed contracts for the third edition of the tournament scheduled for the first quarter of 2018. Comment

Sammy calls for better pay

Sports: Former West Indies Captain Darren Sammy has said that an amnesty for West Indies Twenty20 players made no sense if the Cricket West Indies (CWI) does not pay them better. Comment

Pakistan, Windies sign cricket deal

Sports: Cricket West Indies (CWI) has strike a five-year series deal with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) which will see the two teams compete against each other annually other the period. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017

Financing will continue to be key issue in battling climate change

Viewpoints: BONN, Nov. 17, 2017 (IPS) — “The Bonn climate talks were foundational, paving the way to finalize the rules that underpin the Paris Agreement next year and setting the stage for countries to commit to enhance their national climate plans by 2020. On both counts, the climate talks in Bonn were a success. However, negotiators have plenty of homework to do to get there. Comment

Caribbean hurricane devastation ‘utterly heartbreaking’: Prince Charles

Dominica: Britain’s Prince Charles has described as “utterly heartbreaking” the destruction caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Caribbean. Speaking after meeting families made homeless by both hurricanes, Charles said it was “painful beyond words to see the devastation,” reported the Evening Standard on Sunday, stating that the heir to the British throne’s comments came during the first of his three-day visit to the Caribbean. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (Unrated) Revealing retrospective about the Jewish matinee idol-turned-inventor (1914-2000) who fled Austria and helped the Allies defeat the Nazis by developing a deadly-accurate, radio guidance system for torpedoes. Featuring commentary by Mel Brooks, Diane Kruger and Peter Bogdanovich. Comment

Florida Antrim Alums vote New Yorker ‘Upward’

Jamaica: “Ever Upward” the Latin translation to New York State’s motto of Excelsior and also the name of a secondary school in Kingston, Jamaica will be extolled often during a gala event marking a holiday tradition and presentation of a community service award to Duane Coombs. Comment

Burden and boon of marriage for non-whites

Books: You’re not in any hurry. The ring’s on your finger, the engagement was just announced, and you both feel like you’ve got plenty of time. Now’s your chance to enjoy the process of getting married. Here’s your opportunity to plan the future. But “Wedlocked: The Perils of Marriage Equality” by Katherine Franke asks the question: why marry at all? Comment

Monday, Nov. 20, 2017

Immigration agency reconsiders delayed DACA requests

Immigration: In reversing its position, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) says it has agreed to allow nearly 100 applications from young undocumented Caribbean and other nationals to renew permits that allow them to stay and work in the United States legally. Comments (1)

Returning WWII vets forge unlikely friendship

Movies: Dateline: Mississippi, 1946, which means many of the Magnolia State’s soldier native sons are making the adjustment back to civilian life after serving overseas during World War II.. But the fighting isn’t over for Sergeant Ronsel Jackson (Jason Mitchell), a black man reluctantly returning to the repressive Jim Crow system of segregation. Comment

Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017

Adams donates blankets crocheted by local seniors for dialysis patients

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams on Tuesday commemorated Diabetes Awareness Day by donating more than 200 blankets, along with scores of scarves and socks, that were crocheted by dozens of local seniors for patients in need, at more than a dozen dialysis centers across Brooklyn. Comment

US awards $4.3m for energy diversification in the Caribbean

National: The United States Department of State has announced US$4.3 million in funding to support energy diversification in the Caribbean. The State Department said on Thursday that the announcement was made at the United States and Caribbean Prosperity Roundtable the day before in Miami. Comment

Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017

Antigua: Antigua Antigua and Barbuda has been ranked as the Caribbean’s top Citizenship by Investment program, while Grenada and St Kitts and Nevis are ranked second and third respectively. Comment

Friday, Nov. 17, 2017

Haitian TPS recipients may get a lifeline

Haiti: As the Trump administration weighs whether to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for thousands of Haitians and Salvadorans, three members of the United States Congress are preparing legislation that would allow every TPS recipient to apply for permanent residency. Comment
Barbados: A philanthropic group, the Aaron and Cristina Foundation, has become the latest organization to complain about the impact of a new Barbados import tax, which an official said is affecting the quality of its donations. Comment

Patrick Horne attributes his ‘service’ to his parents

St Vincent: Caribbean Life’s sports writer Patrick Horne says his “service” to the community started with his late parents in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment

Left behind: Caribbean film shows families torn apart by migration

Movies: She tells a moving story. A collection of short films screening in Prospect Lefferts Gardens this week will showcase the sacrifices and troubles faced by Caribbean immigrants to the United States. The four films in “The Caribbean Migrant Experience,” at Brooklyn Commons on Nov. 21, focus on the little-discussed effects of migration on Caribbean families, said the director of one of the shorts. Comment

Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

NO PAY FOR SLAVERY

Caribbean: In the Caribbean fight to make Britain and other former European slave-trading nations pay reparations for slavery, one thing is becoming quite clear. Britain has absolutely no intention of owning up to its part in the cruel transatlantic slave trade that killed more than 10 million Africans. Instead it wants to talk about cooperation, not reparations. Comment
Guyana: The management of Quality Services Beyond Compliance (QSBC) — a community rehabilitation program for the developmentally disabled- “Gave Thanks” with a lavish dinner on Nov. 10, and applauded parents for their support of the organization, geared towards enhancing the lives of clients. Comment

Locals hold fund-raiser for Saint Martin

Brooklyn: Many Brooklynites came to support a fund-raiser for the island of Saint-Martin at the Island to Island Brewery in Prospect Lefferts Gardens on Nov. 11. The “Push 4 Ten” event organized by the St. Maarten Strong Coalition helped raise money and supplies for families affected by Hurricane Irma. It was also a chance to shine a light on the dire needs of residents on the island and other neighboring countries, said an organizer of the event. Comment

HAITIAN VIBES

Music: Haitian educators embracing their cultural background with others filled Kinanm Lounge on a cold Saturday night for the warmest vibes, immersed in an evening of Haitian musical heritage. Comment

Jamaican reggae artist Etana to be honored

Music: The Washington-based Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) says Jamaican Reggae singer Etana will be honored with the Excellence in the Arts Award at the 24th annual Caribbean American Heritage Awards (CARAH) on Friday. Comment

MORE MUSCLE

Barbados: The Barbados 2017 Darcy Beckles Bodybuilding Invitational Classic, Bikini & Fitness competition literally got a lot more muscle when the Reigning Mr. Olympia, Phil ‘The Gift’ Heath, turned up for a guest showing. Comment

Windies new face

Sports: Vincentian batsman Sunil Ambris has been named in a West Indies 15-member squad for the two-Test tour of New Zealand starting later this month. Comment

Narine in top 20

Sports: Off-Spinner Sunil Narine was the only West Indies player in the top 20 of the latest ICC One-Day International (ODI) rankings recently released. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: The Trinidad and Tobago 4x400 relay team, which captured gold on the final night of the IAAF World Championships in London in August was given an award for “Best Male Athlete for the Americas” by the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) at a ceremony in the Czech Republic recently. Comment

Surprise birthday gala for Jamaican community worker

Jamaica: More than 150 family members, close friends and supporters on Saturday, Nov. 11 night celebrated the 60th birthday of Brooklyn resident and Jamaican-born community worker and educator Beverley Campbell at the grand ballroom at Rochdale Village in Jamaica, Queens. Comment

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