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Friday, Jan. 19, 2018

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean Haiti President Jovenel Moise will become the next chairman of the 15-member regional integration movement next month. Comment

Another blow to Haiti: Trump ends participation in guest worker program

Haiti: As if Haiti has not endured enough at the hands of the Trump administration in the United States, the French-speaking Caribbean country has been slapped again with the ending of Washington’s guest worker program for Haitian nationals. Comment

DISRUPTIVE ARTISTS

Music: A new season is in session. The Harlem Stage performing arts theater has announced their lineup for their spring season, which started on Jan. 16 and kicked off with “Ella! A Centennial Celebration.” The new season has several shows and even some free forthcoming performances and workshops. Comment

Harlem lounge partners with Broadway show

Food: They’re going more Caribbean! A Harlem eatery is introducing a new menu inspired by Caribbean cuisine. The owners of Cove Lounge joined a partnership with the Broadway revival of the musical “Once on This Island.” As an official partner for the show, starting Feb. 1 the restaurant is adding new Caribbean dishes and drinks to their menu, said the co-owner. Comment

Safaree to receive ‘Blue & Bougie Impact Award’

Music: Hard work, a will to succeed and not being afraid of taking chances is helping Brooklyn based, Jamaican rapper Safaree succeed in the entertainment business. On Sunday, Feb. 18, Safaree will be presented with the “Blue & Bougie Impact Award” at Mingles Cafe, in the Bronx, New York for the fascinating year he had in 2017. Comment

Fellowships for East Brooklyn artists

Arts & Theater: An East New York-based art organization has announced a $16,000 fellowship for Brooklyn artists. ART’s East New York (AENY) is introducing the The Van Lier [re]Activate Fellowship as part of their ReNew Lots project for artists and artisans living in eastern Brooklyn. Comment

US, led by an erratic Trump, seeks to undermine UN

UNITED NATIONS, Jan .18, 2018 (IPS) - The continued erratic and outrageous comments by President Donald Trump – and his attempts to undermine the United Nations – are threatening to cause irreparable damage to the world body. Comment

Revival of “Once on this Island” on Broadway

Arts & Theater: The revival of the 1990’s musical “Once on this Island,” is the sole Caribbean-based show currently on Broadway. It returned to the stage in December, close to three decades after its first run. It is a one of a kind production and its rebooted comeback is even more exciting, said the show’s marketing partner. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

American Folk (PG for mild epithets and mature themes) Romance drama revolving around two strangers (Joe Purdy and Amber Rubarth) who fall in love and make beautiful music together after being stranded in an airport on the West Coast in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. With David Fine, Bruce Beatty and Krisha Fairchild. Comment

Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

Civil servants in Barbados go on strike; demanding higher wages

Barbados: Barbados’ 10,000-member National Union of Public Workers were set to stage a two-day strike, after the island’s government failed to meet a deadline to agree to wage increases the union has been demanding since 2009. Comment

CARICOM TRASHES TRUMP

Immigration: In the past week, Caribbean community governments have been forced to grapple with two major issues of international concern and of course one had to do with the outrageous remarks by President Trump about Haiti, African immigrants and a preference for the lily white people from Norway settling in the United States. Comment

Barbados blacklist ease coming

Grenada: Barbados and Grenada have reason to celebrate as they are getting off the European Union so-called blacklist of non-cooperating countries on taxation but that leaves behind, St. Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago in immediate peril of sanctions. Comment

Guyanese mother celebrated at vigil in Mandir

Guyana: Newly elected City Council District 28 member, Adrianne Adams, the first woman to represent the district, expressed sadness at the death of Guyanese-born, Stacy Singh, formally of Richmond Hill, who became the first homicide victim of 2018 in New York. Comment

Vincy body-builder’s death unexpected : Daughter

St Vincent: The daughter of Vincentian body-building legend, Winston “Winty” Roberts, says her father’s death was “unexpected.” Comment

Kings of Kings County cautions Trumpfoolery

Brooklyn: When a woman in the third row at the Brooklyn Academy of Music took a knee during the singing of the national anthem on the day honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. it clued the audience that the 32nd annual tribute was going to be significant and memorable. Comments (1)

Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

Immigrant rights leader Ragbir to be returned to New York area

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad-born immigrants’ rights activist Ravi Ragbir — who was arrested by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials amid peaceful demonstrations in lower Manhattan on Jan. 11 and taken that same day to Krome Detention Facility in Miami, Fla. — will be returned to the New York area, where he will be held pending the outcome of his legal case, Immigration officials announced Wednesday, Jan. 17. Comment
Haiti: Hundreds of demonstrators rallied at Times Square to protest against President Trump’s derogatory comments on Jan. 15. Last week the president allegedly made derogatory remarks disapproving immigration from El Salvador, Haiti, and Africa and referenced those nations and the continent as “shithole.” Comments (1)
Brooklyn: More than 100 Haitian-Americans marked the eighth anniversary of the 2010 Haiti earthquake at Borough Hall on Jan. 12. Guests at the eighth annual Interfaith Memorial for Haiti’s Earthquake Victims, observed a moment of silence at 4:53 pm — the exact time a devastating 7.0 magnitude quake rocked the island nation, and many had some words for President Trump in light of his comments deriding immigrants from Haiti and the African continent, said one organizer. Comment

Williams may challenge Cuomo’s No. 2: Report

People: Potential rivals may have backed away from running against New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in 2018, but a new primary challenger emerged on Monday to his running mate, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, according to reports. Comment
St Vincent: The Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ex-Teachers Association of New York on Sunday, Jan. 14 honored one of the nation’s premier academic medical centers. Comment

JA repatriate starts retreat series for working parents

Jamaica: It’s a refuge for the working professional. A Jamaican repatriate and former Flatbush resident is launching a multi-city retreat series this year. Author and consultant Kwayera Archer created ‘Immersion Retreat,’ which kicked off in Ochos Rios, Jamaica on Jan. 11 Comment

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Caribbean Pan-African leaders to Trump: ‘Persona non-grata’

People: About 90 Pan-African organizations and leaders in the Caribbean have declared United States President Donald J. Trump “persona non-grata” for reported racist remarks he made last week about Haiti and African nations. Comment

PELICANS BEAT KNICKS

Sports: NEW YORK (AP) — Anthony Davis’ fullcourt heave after the third quarter was too late to give him points, though it gave him that unstoppable feeling great players get. Comment

Gayle not to be written off

Sports: West Indies head coach Stuart Law has warned cricket pundits not to write off Chris Gayle because he may not have fired in the recent limited overs series against New Zealand. Comment

West Indies slips in ICC rankings

Sports: The West Indies team has slipped to fifth in the latest ICC Twnety20 rankings following their 2-0 defeat to New Zealand in the three-match series which ended recently. Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018

Fiery & furious redress to racist slur on Black immigrants

Haiti: Last year, President Donald Trump gave an ultimatum to North Korea’s President Kim Jong Un that if he did not cooperate with US dictates, the Asian leader and his people would “be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” Comment

It’s time for a permanent solution to protect dreamers

Immigration: Depression, anxiety, frustration: This was my reality as an undocumented young woman living in the United States. For many years the love and support of my family was the only thing that sustained me. In 2012 my life changed with the implementation of the DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Comment
Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Eight years ago, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake upended life in Haiti, killing more than 300,000 people by some estimates and destroying hundreds of thousands of homes. For many of those left homeless, life hasn’t yet returned to normal. Comment

It’s not all black and white

Books: It’s all there in front of you. Plain as day. Plain as the nose on your face with nothing left to tell, it’s all in black and white — or is it? When it comes to racism, says author Ijeoma Oluo, it’s complicated and in her new book “So You Want to Talk about Race,” there may be shades of gray. Comment

Is Chutney out of place in Carnival?

Arts & Theater: When people get angry, they tend to speak their mind. Their emotions explode in words that they have been suppressing for some time. Psychologist Dr Jeffrey Huntsinger proved this theory after conducting experiments at Loyala University in Chicago in the USA in 2012. Comment

Biopic on disgraced olympic skater fails to impress

Movies: On Jan. 6, 1994, while waiting to compete in the U.S. Figure Skating Championship competition, top-ranked Nancy Kerrigan’s (Caitlin Carver) knee was smashed by a billy club-wielding hit man named Shane Stant (Ricky Russert). After the cowardly attack in the halls of Detroit’s Cobo arena, the assailant quickly escaped with the help of a waiting getaway car driven by Derrick Smith (Anthony Reynolds). Comment

Monday, Jan. 15, 2018

Barbados downgraded again

Barbados: The financial news continues to be bad for Barbados as the island a few days ago suffered another international credit ratings downgrade, this time from the regional based agency, Caribbean Information and Credit Rating Services Limited (CariCRIS). Comment

Cricket West Indies launches fan research

Sports: Cricket West Indies (CWI) has launched the first part of a new strategic plan — a cricket fan research. West Indies and cricket fans throughout the region have the chance to have their say in improving how fans can follow and enjoy local and international cricket. Comment

Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018

Caricom leaders flay Trump

Caricom leaders flay Trump

Haiti: GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Calling President Donald Trump’s remarks about Haiti and African immigrants as repulsive, the 15-nation Caribbean single trading bloc at the weekend flayed Trump for his outburst, calling them unenlightened views. Comment

Barbados has second female governor general

Barbados: Madame Justice Sandra Mason was sworn in as Barbados second female governor general on Wednesday, Jan. 10 before a packed Senate Chamber, including members of the government and the opposition. Comment
Manhattan: The African Burial Ground National Monument’s visitor center, 290 Broadway in Manhattan is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 am – 4 pm and has special programming year round. It is truly a center that celebrates the African Diaspora. Comment

Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua The Antigua government is set to begin the US$90 million St. John’s port modernization project this month as it moves to increase employment opportunities on the island. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane D. Williams was arrested last week in lower Manhattan by NYPD officers while protesting the detention by federal immigration authorities of Trinidadian community leader Ravi Ragbir. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Delirium (R for violence and disturbing images) Harrowing horror flick about a just-discharged mental patient (Topher Grace) who inherits a haunted house from his recently-deceased parents (Robin Thomas and Daisy McCrackin). With Patricia Clarkson, Genesis Rodriguez and Callan Mulvey. Comment

Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

Profound outrage over Trump’s ‘shithole’ remarks about Haitians

Haiti: Lawmakers, Haitians and other Caribbean nationals in the United States have expressed profound outrage over President Donald J. Trump’s alleged disparaging remarks on Thursday about Haitians and Africans. Comment

Sewage spill sullies brand Barbados

Barbados: A sewage issue that has been literally bubbling for years was within a week hurled into the international glare with the United States and Canada and the UK advising their nationals visiting Barbados to be mindful of a health risk. Comment

Boston Carnival killers jailed for life

National: Prosecutors in Boston said two men convicted in the shooting death of an innocent bystander at Boston’s Caribbean Carnival in 2014 have been sentenced to life in prison. Comment

Caribbean saw strong holiday season

Travel: The Caribbean remains a top tourist destination. Last month, the Caribbean saw a strong holiday season despite some countries in the region being battered with hurricanes last year. The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association reports that many hotels reported 90 percent occupancies in December. Despite many countries still recovering from damage left by Hurricane Irma and Maria, it was only a best under. Comment

St. Kitts on prestigious travel list

St Kitts and Nevis: St. Kitts is one of 22 destinations that Bloomberg Businessweek says will be “especially hot” this year. Mentioned second, St. Kitts is the only Caribbean destination on the list titled “Where to Go in 2018.” Comment

St. Kitts & Nevis PM, Cuban ambassador discuss cooperation

St Kitts and Nevis: St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister, Dr. Timothy Harris, and Cuban Ambassador to the Federation, Abelardo Fabio Hernández Ferrer, have reaffirmed the commitment of their respective governments to further strengthen the shared bilateral relations between both countries. Comment
SISTAS

The Musical now in its seventh year

Music: With the arrival of 2018, the long-running smash SISTAS: The Musical had its seventh New Year’s celebration at St. Luke’s Theatre in the heart of the Theatre District. Comment

West Indies falls short

Sports: West Indies Head coach Stuart Law said West Indies had some “soul-searching” to do after they suffered a 119-run crushing defeat at the hands of New Zealand in the recent Twenty20 International final, to end the eight-match tour without a single win. Comment

RUTGERS BACK

RUTGERS BACK

Sports: NEW YORK (AP) — After a two-year hiatus, C. Vivian Stringer has Rutgers back in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll. The Scarlet Knights jumped into the AP Top 25 on Monday at No. 21, riding an 11-game winning streak. Rutgers was last ranked on March 2, 2015. Comment

UN Secretary General issues call for unity in global community in 2018

People: United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres issued “an alert” for the nations of the world to come together in the new year to battle warfare, hatred, nationalism, xenophobia and other ills. Comment

Book Review: ‘Aging Thoughtfully: Conversations about Retirement Romance, Wrinkles and Regret.’

Books: Martha C. Nussbaum and Saul Levmore have written a tome that delves into different ways of looking at life after retirement, about the onset of wrinkles, and other aspects of what some call the golden years. Comment

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