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Caribbean American Healthcare Awards
Do you know a Caribbean American health-care professional who has shown outstanding achievements in their field? Nominate them for our 2019 Healthcare Awards.
Brooklyn: It’s time to celebrate our city’s most caring! Caribbean Life’s annual Caribbean American Healthcare Awards is set for June 27 in Brooklyn, at the Paradise Catering Hall in Gravesend. From now until mid-May, we will be considering nominations for our fifth annual awards. Comment

Time for state legislative hearings on lack of diversity in NY city’s construction industry

Viewpoints: Each year, Black History Month represents an important time to honor the many leaders who came before us and reflect on what steps we must take now to keep advancing the mission of pursuing racial justice. In New York City’s development and construction industry, where too many minority workers and business owners are still locked out of jobs and contracts, moving toward racial justice also means advancing economic justice for men and women of color. Comment

Young jazzman to lead concert

Young jazzman to lead concert

Music: The Aaron Diehl trio will be performing a concert at Baruch Performing Arts Center next month. Made up of jazz pianist Aaron Diehl, and his trio which includes drummer Aaron Kimmel and bassist David Wong, are going to perform “Virtuoso at Play,” — a two-hour show as part of the Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives Series on March 28. Comment

GANG WAR FEARS

Trinidad and Tobago: Gunmen in Trinidad killed four people in 14 hours overnight Tuesday, sparking fears that the country is again on course to experience yet another bad year for violent crime and concerns that gang wars are spiraling out of control. Comment
New York: Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams on Wednesday introduced legislation that would prohibit employers from testing prospective employees for marijuana usage before employment. Comment
Grenada: A growth trend among most member countries of the Caribbean Community organisation, CARICOM, is projected to continue this year and strike an average two percent expansion of those economies. Comment

Vincentian community, political activist is dead

St Vincent: Moreen King-Anthony, a Vincentian-born community and political activist in Brooklyn, who unsuccessfully contested the 41st Council District in Brooklyn in 2017, died at a hospice in Brooklyn on Friday. She was 59. Comment
Environment: PARAMARIBO, Feb. 14 2019 (IPS) — At 51, Roberto Wong Loi Sing has spent nearly half of his life working in the field of engineering. But as he spends his days designing more efficient stormwater management systems, or water purification systems, for instance, the child in him comes alive as he combines his skills to find “win-win” solutions for the environment. Comment

Caribbean flair to grip New York

Travel: The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) says the Caribbean’s flair, pulsating energy and colorful sounds will captivate New York during Caribbean Week in early June. Comment
Haiti: Opposition-led protests in Haiti calling for the president to step down, which sparked violence last week, have prompted a group of senior diplomats, included the top United Nations official there, to deplore the loss of life and call for dialogue to end the crisis. Comment
Brooklyn: The Midwood Neighborhood Senior Center in Flatlands, Brooklyn on Monday held a grand re-opening ceremony in its brand-new location at the Congregation Beit Hillel of Flatlands, 2146 Ralph Ave. Comment

Daughter launches foundation honoring late mother

Brooklyn: A Brooklyn nurse recently launched a foundation in her late mother’s honor to raise awareness and support for young women pursuing social work. Comment

Caribbean justices keynote legal education program

People: Caribbean justices Sylvia G. Ash and Ruth Shillingford were the keynote s Comment
Brooklyn: An aspiring clergyman is debuting a new film exploring the relationship between two notable and influential leaders at The New York Society for Ethical Culture on Feb. 23. Comment

Gift from the heart makes a great present

Books: Oh, how you love opening presents! You love the surprise, first of all. What did you get? You won’t find out until you rip off the paper and just the sound of that is exciting. Maybe there’s a box next, or plastic to open, or there’s simply a gift for you to enjoy. Getting presents are awesome but in the new book “What is Given from the Heart” by Patricia C. McKissack, illustrated by April Harrison, is doubly special when you have nothing to give in return. Comment
Music: t’s a musical trinity. A collaborative show featuring three standout musicians will take center stage at the Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center on March 9. Comment

England wins final Test match

Sports: England avoided a whitewash when they beat West Indies in the final of the three-Test series by 322 runs in four days. Comment

West Indies in tough World Cup T20 group

Sports: Defending champions West Indies will open the defense of their title against New Zealand, in the highly anticipated edition of next year’s men’s Twenty20 World Cup in Australia. Comment

CPL tourney starts in September 2019

Sports: The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will bowl of this year’s edition from Aug. 21 to Sept. 27, with the opening round of matches taking place in Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana. Comment

TOUCH OF AFRICA

Fashion: Glenroy Marsh is famously creative when it comes to classic, detailed, ensembles, so when his Sankofa by D’Marsh 2020 Fall Collection took over the runway at High School of Fashion Industries, NYC, last Monday, applause flowed from the audience. Comment
Jamaica: Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the United Nations, Ambassador Courtenay Rattay, on Feb. 6, told world religious leaders, humanitarians and guests at the United Nations Headquarters in New York city, that World Interfaith Harmony Week is more than a celebration, noting that it is a manifestation of the shared values of coexistence, fraternity and human understanding. Comment

Economic crisis can trigger world war

KUALA LUMPUR and BERLIN, Feb. 12, 2019 (IPS) — Economic recovery efforts since the 2008-2009 global financial crisis have mainly depended on unconventional monetary policies. As fears rise of yet another international financial crisis, there are growing concerns about the increased possibility of large-scale military conflict. Comment

Black History Month: The Black Caribs / Garifunas

People: According to UNESCO, ignorance or concealment of major historical events constitutes an obstacle to mutual understanding, reconciliation and cooperation among peoples. The celebration of Black History Month in the USA, is an opportune time to tell the story of the Black Caribs / Garifunas. Comments (2)

Ending HIV/AIDS by 2030? New York has a plan for 2020

New York: In his State of the Union address, President Trump pledged to end new HIV transmissions in the United States by 2030. He can start by looking at what is working right here, in his home state of New York. Comment
Arts & Theater: They painted for a cause! About a dozen women turned out for a local organization’s painting workshop in Queens last Friday. Comment

Talented Bajan runner gets US break

Barbados: The young Barbadian runner, Kyle Gale, who almost broke an Usain Bolt record, but for a technicality last year has now earned himself a four-year full athletics scholarship worth $37,000 annually with Kansas State University. Comment

TWENTY20 CHAMPS

TWENTY20 CHAMPS

Sports: West Indies Women clinched the three-match Twenty20 series (2-1) against Pakistan in the final T20 at the Southend Club Cricket Stadium a week ago. Comment

Barbados opening jobs to CARICOM nationals

Barbados: Responding to a growing demographics imbalance in which the retired and close to retirement members of the population are growing while the number of working-age nationals is dwindling, Barbados will soon open its doors to skilled labour, especially persons from the Caribbean Community. Comments (1)
Brooklyn: The Brooklyn-based Pakistani American Youth Organization (PAYO) and Council Member Jumaane D. Williams on Friday held a ceremony to unveil Muhammad Ali Jinnah Way, a newly co-named street in Midwood, named for the founder of Modern Pakistan. Comment

City teens advocate for greater tobacco control

New York: Dozens of city students traveled to Albany last week to speak to state lawmakers on the harmful effects tobacco-use has on their communities. On Feb. 4, organizers from anti-tobacco group NYC Smoke Free traveled with students to the capital on Legislative Education Day, to show their support for more comprehensive tobacco control programs. Comment

‘Father of Africa’ statue unveiled in Ethiopia

Africa: Who is the “father of Africa?” Sunday, Feb. 10 a commemorative statue of Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia was unveiled at the headquarters of the Organization of African Union (OAU) in the African capital city of Addis Ababa honoring the leader many consider worthy of the title. Comment
Movies: Joseph Grant (Toussaint Morrison) was riding in a car with his brother Cole (Malick Ceesay) and BFF Derek (Geoff Briley) one afternoon when they suddenly found themselves being tailed by a police cruiser. Although they hadn’t violated any rules of the road, they were inexplicably pulled over by a couple of overly zealous cops (Addison Pennington and Matt Cedarberg), ostensibly for merely “driving while black.” Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Haiti: Antigua Two St. Vincent and the Grenadines nationals were denied bail and remanded in custody on charges linked to an EC$1.8 million drug bust. Comment

Public education campaign for upcoming elections

Brooklyn: Community leaders across New York are pushing for stronger civic involvement in the Caribbean-American Diaspora starting with the current race for New York city public advocate. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Birds of Passage (Unrated) Colombian crime thriller, set in the Seventies, about an indigenous family that comes to regret dealing drugs. Co-starring Jose Acosta, Carmina Martinez and Natalia Reyes. (In English, Spanish and Wayuu with subtitles) Comment
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