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Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018

Nannies to be celebrated at annual gala

Brooklyn: Several of the city’s domestic workers will be celebrated at an annual gala next week. The celebratory Dec. 15 gala, created by nanny platform — My Nanny Circle, is honoring some 21 nannies with awards at Grand Prospect Hall. This year, the annual gathering is not only extolling a hardworking group of women, but with a major backing from a leading media company — honorees will be getting special surprises, said its founder. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018

Trini author pens kids book on manners

Books: She’s all about manners. A Trinidadian-American teacher and author is releasing a new children’s book about general courtesy and manners. Debut author Amarimba Charles, introduces youngsters to the do’s and don’ts of employing common courtesy and politeness in her book, “Please and Thank You are Magic Words! A Story About Manners And Etiquette.” Comment

Friday, Dec. 7, 2018

Manhattan: Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte (D–Flatbush) joined Councilman Mark Treygar (D–Coney Island) in a push to advocate for more translation services for Russian and Haitian Creole speaking voters at City Hall on Dec. 5. The politicians demanded that the Board of Elections revise their current law, which limits interpretation services for a select number of languages. Comment

Caribbean actors pay tribute to famous Trini playwright

Arts & Theater: More than a half dozen Caribbean actors are going to perform excerpts from Zeno Obi Constance’s plays at TheatreLab Studios on Dec. 10. Parts from eight of the Trinidadian playwright’s work will be read by some of the rising and dominant names in Caribbean theatre in “From Page to Stage: A Caribbean Journey.” Comment

SINGING FOR A CAUSE

SINGING FOR A CAUSE

Music: Vincentian gospel artiste LaFleur Durrant and her Jamaican counterpart Croswell Daley brought the house down Saturday with heart-wrenching gospel songs as the Bronx-based St. Matthias Charities, Inc. hosted its annual fundraising prayer breakfast at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment
Sports: The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) recently announced that the Estadio Nacional, in San Jose, Costa Rica will host a Concacaf Gold Cup doubleheader, featuring the home nation, on Sunday, June 16, 2019. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018

FREE TRAVEL FREE TRADE

Immigration: In what appears to be one of the most productive of meetings among Caribbean Community leaders in recent years, a special sitting of heads of government in Trinidad has come up with a string of decisions, if handled well, could end decades of frustration among regional citizens in matters relating to free travel and free trade among others. Comment
Brooklyn: Residents in an Upper West Side building are leading a desperate search to find the relatives of their beloved security guard who quietly passed away recently. Comments (1)

Citizenship assistance workshop this Saturday

Brooklyn: This Saturday, Flatbush politicians — Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte (D–Flatbush), state Sen. Kevin Parker (D–Kensington), and Councilman Jumaane Williams (D–East Flatbush), are inviting their constituents to attend a free citizenship workshop. Comment
A challenge to whether Barbados violated FIFA rules by allowing a footballer to play in a match against Guyana when he was not cleared to do so could derail the Bajan Tridents’ progress in the Nations League qualifiers. Comment
Sports: West Indies Women will tour England next year for a six limited overs series at several major country avenues. Comment

Kraigg tumbles in ICC batting rankings

Sports: Stand-in West Indies Captain Kraigg Brathwaite has taken a heavy blow in the latest ICC Test rankings. Comment

Dottin improves T20 rankings

Sports: Veteran West Indies star Deandra Dottin has been ranked No 2 all-rounder in the latest ICC Twenty20 Internationals. In the latest rankings announced recently by the ICC, the 27-year-old had jumped by two spots to second, following her achievements in the recent ICC Women’s Twenty20 World Cup in the Caribbean. Comment
St Vincent: In the wake of the referendum defeats in Grenada and Antigua and Barbuda in adopting the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as the region’s final court of appeal, the court’s chief justice has admitted that more still needs to be done to educate the public about the role of the court. Comment

Caribbean loses Sagicor

Trinidad and Tobago: A Caribbean company that originated in Barbados more than 100 years ago and grew to have a presence in many regional territories is being sold to a Canadian concern for just over half-a-billion dollars. Comment

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua Antigua and Barbuda is taking another step towards legalizing the regulated production and supply of marijuana for religious and medical purposes, when final consultations on the Cannabis Bill 2018 are held. Comment

Sitting on Appellate bench ‘interesting, fulfilling’: Justice Sylvia Hinds-Radix

Brooklyn: While stating that the Appellate Court on which she sits is the busiest in the nation, Caribbean-born Justice Sylvia Hinds-Radix has described as “interesting and fulfilling” her role on the New York court. Comment

Christmas stories for children

Christmas stories for children

Books: You already know the story about Santa. You know about his reindeer and his sleigh and the toys. You know about Frosty, and Rudolph, and the elves. But what about fairies, tubas, or construction equipment at Christmastime? With these great picture books, you’ll learn fast… Comment
Music: The World’s Fare is coming back to Citi Field next spring and figures to attract thousands of local foodies eager to try curated bites from across the globe. Comments (1)

Say no to the International Court of Justice

Guatemala: 1. Prior to Spain Britain and the other European countries colonizing this part of the world, several nation states existed but they came and used unjustifiable force on the native citizens to take away their territories from them and colonized the entire region. Comment

Black pianist, white chauffeur tour segregated South

Movies: Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) was a promising prodigy whose formal training in classical piano began when he was admitted to Russia’s prestigious Leningrad Conservatory at the age of 9. Because he had the misfortune of being raised in Florida in the Jim Crow Era, it was very unlikely that his extraordinary talent would be appreciated anywhere in the South upon his return to the States. Comment

Clarke warns about Trump’s proposed Public Charge rule

New York: Brooklyn Democratic Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke Monday night stepped up her warning to Caribbean and other immigrants about the Trump administration’s proposed Public Charge rule, saying that it will “deeply affect a large portion of residents” in her Ninth Congressional District, who are predominantly Caribbean nationals. Comment

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018

CASWA celebrates cultural wellness

Brooklyn: The Caribbean-American Social Workers Association (CASWA), under the theme: Cultural Wellness — Celebrating Caribbean Food, Music and dance, last Saturday, hosted its 15th Annual Fundraising Breakfast at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, Brooklyn, to continue improving the social status and functioning of people of Caribbean heritage. Comment
Brooklyn: The rainy weather last Sunday, did not dampen the holiday spirit of Canarsie Brooklyn residents, who looked on in awe as the Seddio Family Holiday Lighting Display lit up the corner of 93 Street and Flatlands Avenue, against loud applause and greetings of Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays, Happy Kwanza and Merry Christmas. Comment
Environment: Lee Hoesung was appointed chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2015. He is also the Endowed Chair Professor of economics of climate change, energy and sustainable development in the Republic of Korea*. UNITED NATIONS, Dec 3, 2018 (IPS) — When governments set a target in December 2015 of limiting global warming to well below 2ºC above pre-industrial levels while pursuing efforts to hold it at 1.5ºC, they invited the IPCC to prepare a report to provide information on this Goal. Comment

West Indies loses 2-0 Test series against Bangladesh

Sports: West Indies suffered another lost inside three days in the two-Test series against Bangladesh in Dhaka on Sunday. Spin bowler Mehedi Miraz produced the best bowling performance ever by a Bangladesh bowler to bowl his side to a convincing victory and claim a historic series win over the West Indies. Comment

Monday, Dec. 3, 2018

Movies: Ben Is Back (R for drug use and pervasive profanity) Lucas Hedges plays the title character in this coming-of-age drama about a troubled teen who arrives home unex Comment
Music: The world is abuzz about UNESCO’s recent overwhelming endorsement of reggae’s impact on the world. The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization added the genre among the world’s protected “intangible cultural heritage” treasures during its 13th session held in the Republic of Mauritius recently. Comment

Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018

Ganja: race, politics and legalisation

Caribbean: The issue of legalisation of ganja has become a popular issue in the global discourse on drugs since the pioneering role of countries such as Uruguay and Canada led the way regarding the legalisation of ganja for medicinal and recreational purposes. However, the road to legalisation is not as easy for everyone. Comment

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