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Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017

Caribbean RoundUp

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

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017

Vincentian broadcaster recalls his long ‘journey’

St Vincent: Stating that 1971 is a “good start-off point” for his broadcasting “journey,” popular Vincentian broadcaster Ferrand “Randy D” Dopwell Saturday night recollected his vast experience, thanking nationals in Philadelphia for being part of that expedition. Comment

Sugar and spiked: Caribbean brewery unveils sugarcane beer

Food: How sweet it is! A Caribbean juice bar in Prospect Lefferts Gardens recently expanded to become a brewery, and its latest endeavor is a beer made entirely from sugar. The owners of House of Juice and the new Island to Island Brewery created the Island Squared sugarcane beer because they wanted a flavor that reminds them of the islands, said one co-owner. Comment
Jamaica: Queens boasts residents from 120 countries who speak more than 135 languages and it celebrates its immigrant diversity. In this unique borough, the Queens Ambassador Awards—sponsored by Caribbean Life’s sister Times Ledger newspapers—recognized and honored the invaluable contributions of its immigrants. Last week’s Awards ceremony at LaGuardia Plaza Hotel brought together honorees, families and friends in an event that rivals the United Nations. Comment
Sports: SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (AP) — Honduras held Asian Cup champion Australia to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their intercontinental World Cup playoff, leaving a spot at Russia still very much at stake for both teams in next week’s return leg in Sydney. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017

Jamaica’s Marathon Reggae Benefit to aid neighbours

Music: Jamaica’s creative community is mobilizing this week to stage a marathon concert to help neighbouring countries affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. An amalgam of all-genre recording artists – go Comment

How US is taking climate action without Trump

How US is taking climate action without Trump

Environment: WASHINGTON DC, Nov. 13, 2017 (IPS) - Even after President Trump announced his intention to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement, much of the country is moving forward with climate action anyway. According to new analysis, more than 2,500 non-federal actors representing more than half the U.S. economy—including cities, counties, states, businesses and more—have pledged their support for the Paris Agreement goals. If these actors were their own country, they’d be the world’s third-largest economy. Comment

Experts urge Caribbean to take action against corporate tax fraud

Caribbean: In the wake of the “Paradise Papers” leak, two United Nations human rights experts are urging Caribbean and other states to take action against corporate tax fraud. Comment
Brooklyn: Several Caribbean legislators in Brooklyn on Saturday, Veteran’s Day, paid tribute to veterans, calling for continued commitment to supporting “our brave heroes.” Comment
Caribbean: The Organization of American States (OAS) says the Agency for International Cooperation of Chile will contribute US$250,000 in scholarships for students of the countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) through the OAS. Comments (1)
Movies: “Murder on the Orient Express” Comment

Monday, Nov. 13, 2017

Guyanese appointed to American Caribbean Maritime Foundation board

Westchester: She’s trying to make a big wave for the Caribbean. The newly appointed board member of the American Caribbean Maritime Foundation (ACMF), a Westchester-based charitable organization, is setting sights on increasing the group’s mission for the next generation of Caribbean youth. Michelle Nicholas, who is the vice president of development at Westchester Family Services, said she was bringing her passion and economical skills to help increase interest in Caribbean maritime. Comment

Antigua envoy says links to the US ‘long, strong’

Antigua: Antigua and Barbuda Ambassador to the United States, Sir Ronald Sanders, says the links between the United States and his are “long, strong and enduring.” Comment

Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017

IMF for Barbados yes, but…

Barbados: Two retired permanent secretaries want Barbados to go to the International Monetary Fund for assistance but to do so under local terms properly proposed and specific to this country’s recovery needs so the plans will be accepted. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Atomic Homefront (Unrated) Eye-opening expose’ about the North County St. Louis’ neighborhoods left contaminated with radioactive waste after serving as a dumping ground for the Manhattan Project during World War II. Comment

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017

50,000 Haitians may face deportation by Thanksgiving

Haiti: A letter from the United States Department of State could pave the way for deporting 50,000 Haitian residents, by the Thanksgiving holiday, enjoying a reprieve from certain immigration rules that were waived after the 2010 earthquake, according to reports here. Comment

Beres Hammond joins Jamathon benefit concert

Music: A legend is now part of the big show. Reggae legend Beres Hammond is officially in the lineup of the star-studded Caribbean Love Now Jamathon set for Nov. 22 in Kingston, Jamaica. The artist will be joining more than 30 other reggae, dancehall, and soca performers for the benefit concert. Comment

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