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Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017

FEAST OF FILMS

FEAST OF FILMS

Movies: The African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) marks another milestone with its 25th annual feast of films celebrating the world of images that depict the human experience of people of color worldwide. Comment

Friday, Nov. 24, 2017

New reggae radio show debuts

Music: There’s a new radio show in town. Radio personality and host Edwin Howell, also known as The Bajan King, recently launched the debut of his weekly radio show “Reggae King Radio” earlier this month. The show debuted on WVIP 93.5 and is available to listeners across the Tri-state region. With his platform, Howell says he wants to create a new and broader approach to showcasing the diversity of Caribbean music. 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
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

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

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

Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

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

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

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
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

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

Friday, Nov. 10, 2017

Vincentian envoy: More visitors since international airport opened

St Vincent: St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ambassador to the United Nations, I. Rhonda King, has said that since the opening of the Argyle International Airport (AIA), “there has already been an increase in the number of visitors arriving by air.” Comment

Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017

Barbados is no tax haven

Barbados: The appearance of the island’s name among 19 ‘secrecy’ territories holding accounts of the rich and famous in the so-called Paradise Papers has Barbados Government Minister Donville Inniss hopping mad. Comment

Caribbean candidates victorious in NYC general elections

Brooklyn: Despite the treacherous weather Tuesday, many voters rushed to the polls to cast ballots for two incumbent Caribbean candidates, who secured sound victories in New York City general elections. Comments (2)

CARICOM SURVEYS CITIZENS

CARICOM SURVEYS CITIZENS

Suriname: The recent approval of a bill by Belize’s parliament allowing for up to 10 grams of marijuana without criminal penalty could influence Caribbean trade bloc governments into changing attitudes and draconian laws governing it a top regional official said this week Comment

Widespread natural disasters threaten development goals

Environment: Amina J. Mohammed is deputy secretary-general of the United Nations UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 2. 2017 (IPS) — This year in the Caribbean and on the American mainland, hurricanes have left millions of people in need of assistance. Comment

Four reasons for countries to enhance climate commitments by 2020

Environment: WASHINGTON DC, Nov 7 2017 (IPS) - The Paris Agreement was widely hailed for drawing all nations together to tackle climate change, based on bottom-up contributions that will be reviewed and strengthened over time. These contributions are aimed at achieving the ambitious but necessary long-term goals of limiting global temperature increase and building resilience to climate impacts. Comment

Trinidadian soprano brings joy with concert

Music: She sang her songs of joy. A Brooklyn-based soprano performed sacred and classic songs at her concert at the South Oxford Space on Nov. 4. Singer Marilyn Kim Oliver headlined her intimate show, “Classical and Contemporary Musical Gems,” and guests were thrilled by her singing. Comment

Multi-genre benefit show for US Virgin Islands

Music: A concert for the U.S. Virgin Islands is going to feature award-winning singers and Caribbean artists at Lehman College on Nov. 12. “A Benefit Concert For The Caribbean” is hoping to raise awareness for the hurricane-hit tri-island territory because it is being ignored, said the concert organizer. Comment

Lawmakers propose path to legal status for Haitian TPS recipients

Haiti: A bipartisan group of United States lawmakers from South Florida has introduced a bill in the United States House of Representatives that would provide a path to permanent residency for thousands of foreign citizens, including Haitians, who participate in a temporary program that allows them to work and live in the United States. Comment

Grooving at a discount

Grooving at a discount

Arts & Theater: This studio got its groove back! A dance center specializing in African-influenced movement is reopening inside a Bedford-Stuyvesant cultural complex on Nov. 11, following its honchos’ two-year search for a new home after being evicted from their old Fort Greene space, which its landlord sold to a luxury high-rise developer. Comment

Gospel artiste wows audience during Clarke’s fundraiser

Music: Former Jamaican reggae super star-turned-gospel artiste Carlene Davis broke the house down Saturday, as she headlined the annual fundraising Gospel Concert and Prayer Breakfast for Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke. Comment
Sports: West Indies’ bid for a clean sweep in the two-match Test series against Zimbabwe ended in frustration as wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva and captain Graeme Cremer remained defiant to earn the host a draw (1-1) at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on Thursday, Nov. 2 Comment

KNICKS BEAT PACERS

Sports: NEW YORK (AP) — Kristaps Porzingis was aware of Phil Jackson’s concern that he wasn’t ready to take over. Once Carmelo Anthony was traded, he knew he’d get the chance to prove otherwise. Comment
Sports: Trinidad and Tobago Soca Warriors shocked victory over the United States recently has propelled them to third in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) ranking after the release of the World Rankings by the sport’s governing body recently. Comment

Zimbabwe to host qualifiers

Sports: The search for the final two teams in the 2019 World Cup will begin in Zimbabwe in March 2018, after the African country was announced the host of the qualifying tournament. Comment

Windies Women still ranks fifth

Sports: West Indies Women have remained fifth in the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) women’s team rankings but have dropped four points following their dismal performance at the recent 50-over World Cup in England. Comment

Gayle wins defamation case

Sports: West Indies superstar Twenty20 batsman Chris Gayle has won his defamation case against Australian Fairfax Media after a New South Wales, Australia Supreme Court jury found the publisher failed to prove reports alleging that the international cricketer exposed himself to a massage therapist in Sydney were true. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017

Clarke urges Trump to ‘stand up for diversity’

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke on Saturday, Nov. 4 urged President Donald J. Trump to be “a true New Yorker and stand up for diversity.” Comment

Row over Barbados TV control

Barbados: A long-simmering issue of political control of Barbados’ only licensed television station, Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation, has now bubbled to the top with revelations that the ruling party owes the most to the financially troubled entity. Comment
Brooklyn: A wide-cross section of Brooklyn came out in high numbers to take full advantage of services offered at the free annual CUNY Citizenship Now! Initiative, hosted by Sen. Kevin Parker, on Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Flatbush YMCA. Comment
St Vincent: As Vincentians in the United States continue to celebrate their 38th anniversary of political independence from Great Britain, the Philadelphia-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Organization of Pennsylvania, Inc. (SVGOP) Saturday night honored a Vincentian and Jamaican at a gala Independence Anniversary Ball at Penns Landing Caterers on the Philadelphia waterfront. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Destination Unknown (Unrated) Inspirational documentary painting intimate portraits of a dozen Holocaust survivors. Comment
Movies: “On Wings of Eagles” Comment

Dr. Grace Hackett

Caribbean Impact Awards: Dr. Grace Hackett hails from Barbados, where she started singing at an early age, at Calvary Moravian Church and St. Michael’s Secondary School. Dr. Hackett said her singing and musical abilities were molded by Christopher Spencer, the late Dr. John Fletcher and the late Doris Provençal. Comment

Danny and Shelly Mohabir

Caribbean Impact Awards: Guyanese Danny and Shelly Mohabir met in college “and, at first sight, fell in love.” They say that when both families found out that they were both from Guyana, “a beautiful wedding took place.” Comment

Daniela Fifi

Caribbean Impact Awards: A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Daniela Fifi’s interest in art, art history and in museums was sparked by her aunt, the late Dr. Claire Broadbridge. A former director of the National Art Gallery and Museum of Trinidad and Tobago, Daniela said it was Dr. Broadbridge who first inculcated in her young and impressionable niece an appreciation for the importance of cultural preservation as a means of understanding human development. Comment

Cyril ‘Scorcher’ Thomas

Caribbean Impact Awards: Calypsonian and Cultural Ambassador Cyril “Scorcher” Thomas was born and raised in Sion Hill, a popular and socially-conscious village overlooking capital city Kingstown in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Thomas said he always had a passion for sports, and played various sports with varying degrees of success in his native land. Comment

Christopher F. Hackett

Caribbean Impact Awards: Dr. Christopher F. Hackett received his early education in Barbados at Wesley Hall Boys Primary School and Harrison College. He studied at the University of the West Indies at both the Mona (Jamaica) and St. Augustine (Trinidad and Tobago) campuses, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and a post graduate diploma in international relations. Comment

Chanel Adams

Caribbean Impact Awards: Chanel Adams, of Guyanese parentage, is the founder of the non-profit, The SlimHeart Campaign. Launched in 2012, the networking and charitable outlet was created to help non-profit organizations raise awareness and strengthen relationships, while emphasizing the importance of youth giving back to their communities. Comment

Carole Delinois

Caribbean Impact Awards: Carole Delinois came to New York from Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital, in 1974. She said she and her sister, as little girls, were compelled to leave the French-speaking Caribbean country, because they were fearful of being forcefully removed from their home, where they lived with their parents. At the time, she said, the military had taken over the country and was “causing mayhem.” Comment

Hon. Bahaati E. Pitt

Caribbean Impact Awards: Guyanese-born the Hon. Bahaati E. Pitt, a Bronx resident, was appointed as an interim judge of the Civil Court of the City of New York in June 2016 and as a judge of the Criminal Court of the City of New York in December 2016. Judge Pitt is assigned to the Bronx Criminal Court. Comments (1)

Ashley Murray

Caribbean Impact Awards: Being born into a family teeming with singers and musicians, Tobago-born Ashley Murray has been around music her entire life. Suitably, she was introduced to music at a very young age, and exposed to a sundry of instruments, such as the recorder, harmonica, piano and guitar. Having developed her skill on these specific instruments to an intermediate level, none quite captured her attention like the steel pan. Comment

Angela P. Sealy

Caribbean Impact Awards: Born in the twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Angela P. Sealy, the current chairperson and former treasurer of the Brooklyn-based West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA), has been involved in carnival activities since the 1970s. Prior to migrating to the United States, Angela lived on Basilion Street, the same in Trinidad where the late Carlos Lezama, former president and co-founder of WIADCA, had resided. Comment

Amarimba L. Charles

Caribbean Impact Awards: Trinidadian Amarimba L. Charles is the founder and executive director of T.A.L.L.O.M. (This Awesome Little Light Of Mine) Foundation Incorporated, a non-profit organization that focuses on inspiring, educating and empowering youth. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017

St. Vincent denounces ‘notorious for money laundering’ label

St Vincent: The relevant authorities in St. Vincent and the Grenadines have strongly denounced the description of the country as being “notorious for money laundering” and a “prime money laundering destination.” Comment

Tourism conference in Puerto Rico to go on as scheduled

Puerto Rico: The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association is going ahead with their annual conference set to take in Puerto Rico next year. The Caribbean Travel Marketplace, a yearly meetup for hospitality groups and hoteliers to discuss the future of tourism in the Caribbean, is set for Jan.30–Feb. 1, 2018. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) has expressed confidence that the Caribbean Travel Marketplace will take place in Puerto Rico in January next year despite the recent hurricane. Comment

Thank you for your service

Thank you for your service

People: It is ironic that Veterans Day is wedged between Election Day and Thanksgiving Day. More than a coincidence, recent alleged statements from America’s top political figure to a grieving widow whose husband was killed on Oct. 4 in an ambush in a West African country comes just before those three eventful dates. Comment

Friday, Nov. 3, 2017

Williams faces off for city council speaker

Grenada: Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams on Wednesday faced off with seven other candidates at the New York Athletic Club in Midtown in the first public forum in the race for city council speaker. Comment

DONORS TO TALK RELIEF

Environment: They know very well that no Caribbean government has the kind of money to lend or donate to any of the string of regional countries which were pulverized an unusually strong 2017 hurricane season so leaders have approached the international donor community for help in rebuilding devastated nations. Comment

Carnival costume workshop teaches design skills

Fashion: It’s a crash course on carnival design. A new workshop is going to teach classes on constructing carnival costumes this weekend. The Carnival Costume Construction and Master Wire Bending workshop starting on Nov. 4, is hoping to show those interested on how carnival’s biggest attraction is created. Comment
St Vincent: Vincentians on a whole, but those in Pennsylvania in particular, are expressing elation over the historic hoisting of the national flag at Philadelphia City Hall on Friday, Oct. 27. Comment

Call for lifting US embargo against Cuba

Cuba: The United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday adopted a resolution underlining the need to end the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States against Cuba. Comment

‘Frightful fun’ at Kings County

Arts & Theater: NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County says its pediatric patients enjoyed a “frightfully fun” Halloween. The sprawling hospital in the epicenter of the Caribbean community in Brooklyn said on Wednesday that its Pediatric Department staff and Marsha Page, a New York Emmy nominated, makeup artist and beauty expert “made sure some of the hospital’s youngest patients enjoyed Halloween.” Comment
People: UNITED NATIONS, Oct 17, 2017 (IPS) - This month the world marks two key International Days: for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October and for Disaster Reduction, four days earlier. It is no coincidence that they are profoundly connected. Comment

SE Queens Chamber of Commerce to launch new app

Queens: The Southeast Queens Chamber of Commerce is launching their new app, Million $ Mindset — Connexions, at a business expo aiming to create new millionaires out of small business owners. The app can be downloaded free of charge from the Apple Store and Google Playstore. Comment

Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017

Vincentian PM: ‘Much to celebrate, despite challenges’

St Vincent: In extending greetings and congratulations to Vincentians in the Diaspora, on the occasion of the country’s 38th anniversary of political independence, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves said “it is evident that we have much to celebrate, despite challenges.” Comment

Barbados finances in peril

Caribbean: The Barbados government is running out of hard currency, and this new low of reserves has Central Bank Acting Governor Cleviston Haynes urging the administration to sell something in a hurry. Comment

Star-studded concert to raise hurricane relief

Music: It’s a uniting moment for the Caribbean. A forthcoming benefit concert featuring some of the biggest names in reggae, dancehall, and soca is slated for Nov. 22 in Kingston, Jamaica Comment
Brooklyn: It’s a slay day for cancer. A breast-cancer survivor hosted a fun and informative cancer awareness event in Bedford Stuyvesant on Oct. 29. Former Miss Grenada/USA Deniece Mitchell, organized her “Slay Cancer Sip, Shop, and Fete” event to help inform her community about the invasive disease, and also raise funds for victims of hurricanes Irma and Maria, she said. Comments (1)

Fashion show, auction to benefit BVI

Fashion: Brooklyn-based Guyanese designer, Roger Gary, and New York Fashion Week, renowned couturiers, Tracy Reese, Zang Toi, Yumi Katsura, Cesar Galiano will give the British Virgin Islands a big boost, when the designers glam up the runway in a titled “Raising Awareness and Resources Through Runway Retail — a British Virgin Islands Hurricane Relief fundraiser — at 226 W 37th Street, 4th Fl., Manhattan. Comment

Guyanese Girls Rock Foundation launched with fanfare

Guyana: Guyanese Girls Rock Movement (GGRM) stepped into the spotlight with the launch of Guyanese Girls Rock Foundation during a lavish reception at Zen Hibachi Lounge in Queens. The four-year-old organization proved that it was a force bigger than the stormy weather on Oct. 29, attracting many patrons who showed support for the non-profit focused on igniting passion in Guyanese girls to become the next generation of global leaders. Comments (1)

BIG GAME WIN

Sports: NEW YORK (AP) — After getting a pep talk from his coach, Jamal Murray came through with a big game for the Denver Nuggets. Murray scored 26 points, Nikola Jokic had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and the Nuggets beat the Brooklyn Nets 124-111 on Sunday. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017

Haiti: Last month the United Nations (UN) officially ended their Haiti stabilization mission MINUSTAH after more than a decade, and officially launched a new and smaller operation — the United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH) that effectively started on Oct. 16. Comment

Envoy: SVG committed to overcoming threats to social, economic survival

St Vincent: As St. Vincent and the Grenadines celebrates its 38th year of political independence, its Ambassador to the United States, Lou-Anne Gilchrist, said the Ralph Gonsalves’ administration in Kingstown was committed to “overcoming and neutralizing the threats to our social and economic survival.” Comment

Two receive SVG Independence honors in Brooklyn

St Vincent: The Brooklyn-based Council of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Organizations, U.S.A. Inc. (COSAGO), the umbrella Vincentian group in the United States, on Sunday bestowed its Independence Honors on community worker Ancilla Friday and soccer coach and sports writer Patrick Horne. Comments (1)

Historic resolution on women and peacekeeping remains mostly unimplemented

People: Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, former UN Under-Secretary-General, is internationally recognized as the initiator of the UN Security Council resolution 1325 when he was President of the Security Council in March 2000 UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 30, 2017 (IPS) — At the 26 October launch of GNWP’s (Global Network of Women Peacebuilders) manual “No Money, No NAP” on dedicated budgetary allocation to fund the implementation of the 1325 National Action Plans, Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka characterized UNSCR 1325 as the most unimplemented resolution of the UN Security Council. Comment

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and globalization

Immigration: Millions of middle class Americans, mostly in rural areas, are feeling cornered by the overwhelming forces of globalization. Their employment was displaced by automation, international competition and corporations’ transfer of jobs to other nations with lesser production costs and more flexible laws. Many of these Americans express a visceral anger towards anything international and desperately reach for national isolation and solutions that would save them from people who don’t look and speak like them. Comment

Eddie Grant releases new album ‘Plaisance’

Music: Eddy Grant is a world-renowned singer, producer, songwriter, and founder of Ice Records, a recording studio in Barbados where mega Caribbean performers including the Mighty Sparrow, Calypso Rose, David Rudder and Lord Kitchener recorded hit records. Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017

US congratulates SVG on independence anniversary

St Vincent: The Trump administration in the United States has congratulated St. Vincent and the Grenadines on its 38th year of political independence from Great Britain. Comment
Queens: Jean Griffith-Sandifford will never forget the phone calls she received late Dec. 19, 1986. They were relentless continuing through Dec. 20 informing her of the brutal murder of Michael, her 23-year-old son who was killed in Howard Beach. Comment
Queens: Queens Borough President Melinda Katz on Oct. 24 welcomed a large gathering of the Hindu community to celebrate the Fourth Annual Diwali Festival, stating she was honored that immigrants from different countries, come yearly to Borough Hall to “allow us to be a small apart of this celebration, to honor the traditions of their parents and their parents’ parents.” Comment
Movies: In the spring of 2007, the Washington Post’s David Finkel accompanied a combat team of American infantrymen deployed to Baghdad at the start of the controversial surge ordered by President Bush. After being embedded for a year, the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter chronicled the intrepid GIs’ heroic efforts to bring stability to the region in a riveting best seller entitled “The Good Soldiers.” Comment

Beautiful Mae rules, schemes her way in Harlem

Books: You know how to use a hammer. It’s not that hard: just grab the end and swing. Easy enough; in fact, there are probably lots of tools you know how to use, although, as in the new novel “Unforgivable Love” by Sophfronia Scott, do you know how to use people? Comment
Arts & Theater: Welcoming the community with art. The Diaspora Community Services celebrated the opening of their new Crown Heights location with an art exhibit on Oct. 26. The exhibit titled “Lakay,” which is Haitian Creole for: the home, uses the work from four artists to make the center feel much like a second home for its visitors, said the CEO of the center. Comment

Monday, Oct. 30, 2017

Kingsborough, library partner to create college accessibility

Brooklyn: Get into the college mindset! In partnership with the Brooklyn Public Library, Kingsborough Community College is offering free college courses at library branches throughout the borough. Their joint initiative “College Experience,” is an off-campus educational program that the college is hoping to expand to disadvantaged areas and raise interest in higher education, said the program’s founder. Comment

Nine-nation Test championship

Sports: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has unveiled a nine-nation Test championship recently in a bid to preserve the five-day format’s status following the rapid growth of Twenty20. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017

Barbados gets US$20M for global tourism presence

Barbados: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says it has approved a US$20 million loan to help Barbados strengthen its global tourism presence. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 1945 (Unrated) Post-World War II drama, set in Hungary, about a Jewish father (Ivan Angelus) and son (Marcell Nagy) treated with suspicion upon returning to their hometown after surviving the Holocaust. Support cast includes Peter Rudulf, Bence Tasnadi and Agi Szirtes. (In Hungarian and Russian with subtitles) Comment

West Indies Women’s clean sweep

Sports: West Indies Women made a clean sweep of the three-match Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua last week. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is projecting that the growth in the tourism dependent economies in some Caribbean countries in 2017-2018 to be 2.4 percent, up from 2.1 percent last year. Comment

Vincy Philly group launches independence celebrations

St Vincent: The Philadelphia-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Organization of Pennsylvania (SVGOP), Inc., under the leadership of president Yvonne O’Garro, on Sunday joined other Vincentians groups in the US Diaspora in hosting activities commemorating the nation’s 38th year of political independence from Great Britain. Comment

Friday, Oct. 27, 2017

BATTLE FOR NEW CITIZENS

People: A virtual war has broken out between several small Eastern Caribbean nations which allow foreigners to buy local citizenship and national passports for an agreed sum. In recent months, several of the participating countries have drastically reduced prices applicants from around the world pay to become local citizens. Comment
St Vincent: Laverne McDowald-Thompson, the president of the umbrella Vincentian group in the United States, Council of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Organizations, U.S.A., Inc. (COSAGO) has urged her compatriots not to get tired in giving back to the nation. Comment
National: Members of Brooklyn clergy and local elected officials called on the city and federal government to assist them in bringing aid and more attention for the U.S. Virgin Islands in Crown Heights on Oct. 25. Some members of the clergy feel that the reaction from the state was insufficient, said a reverend. Comment

Caribbean cities, local policies key to overcome hunger: UN agency

Caribbean: Highlighting the potential of cities to address malnutrition, the head of the United Nations food security agency has called for innovative partnerships between urban centers and wide range of stakeholders to overcome the challenge of food waste and to ensure a healthy and nutritious diet for all. Comment

Appeal for aid to Caribbean countries devastated by recent hurricanes

Environment: Senior United Nations officials on Tuesday called on the international community to assist Caribbean countries devastated by recent hurricanes, so they can “build back better.” Comment

Gordon, Fournier rally Magic to 125-121 win over Nets

Sports: ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — On a team that’s at its best when consistently moving the ball, there are times Aaron Gordon seems to be working counter his Orlando Magic teammates. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017

Caribbean struggles for business after the storms

Travel: Two hurricanes and ignorance about the region’s geography has Caribbean tourism officials and governments working overtime to get the message into countries of potential visitors that the islands comprise many destinations untouched by storms. Comment

MUSICAL CONNECTION

MUSICAL CONNECTION

Music: A jazz duo is set to perform the styles of Afro-French Caribbean music at the Jazz Standard in Manhattan Oct. 26-29. Cuban-American jazz saxophonist Yosvany Terry and French jazz pianist Baptiste Trotignon will perform compositions from their joint album “Ancestral Memories.” Comment

She Leads conference empowers women

Manhattan: It’s a day for women in business. The She Leads annual conference is back and bigger this year, and it set to converge at the Wells Fargo Conference Center in Manhattan on Oct. 27. The women’s-centric networking and empowerment gathering, encourages its attendees to collaborate and learn invaluable advice about their respective industries, and fields they are looking to enter and provide women with the information they need to get on that path, said a co-organizer. Comment

Police flavored entertainment

Music: Pamella Ferrari-Easter, chairperson of the Entertainment Committee of the Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ex-Police Association, USA, Inc., said that her group was on “a new high” after its inaugural “Evening of Entertainment” at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment

Trinidad’s volleyball team qualifies

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago volleyball team became the first indoor side from the English-speaking Caribbean to ever qualify for a World Championships which will be held in Japan in October 2018. Comment

In search of fast bowlers

Sports: Cricket West Indies (CWI) selectors will be searching for fast bowlers when the Regional four-day cricket season bowls off later this month. CWI chief selector Courtney Browne said that one of the objectives of the upcoming three-month season would be to find pacers who can clock in the high 80 to 90 mph range. Comment

Bolt left out

Jamaica: Jamaican speed star, Usain Bolt, who won the IAAF World Athlete of the Year award six times, has not been included in the 10-men shortlist for this year’s prize. Comment

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017

Barbados: She’s getting her due. Barbadian pop singer Rihanna is getting a street named after her in her hometown of Saint Michael. The Barbados Ministry of Tourism announced last week that they will be renaming the street of the singer’s childhood home, Westbury New Road to Rihanna Drive. The move comes as an effort to recognize the international stardom she has gained, said a consultant with the ministry. Comment

One nation, overdosed!

Viewpoints: “Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’” – Muhammad Ali Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), show that 64,070 people died from drug overdoses in 2016. This represents a staggering 21 percent increase from the year before, and confirm that more Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016 than the number of American lives lost in the entirety to the Vietnam War-which totaled 58,200! Comment

New home for Puerto Rican dogs

Puerto Rico: The doggies got a new home stateside. Rescuers brought about 53 stray dogs to United States from Puerto Rico on Oct. 22. The dogs many of them found on the island were saved by a rescue mission led by The Sato Project, a Puerto Rican-based animal shelter for abandoned pets. After the vicious hurricanes ravaged many parts of the island, many animals were brought tothe Animal Haven in Manhattan, and the the shelter’s team was more than happy to see them go. Comment
Grenada: A street honor for a pioneer. Family and friends of Brooklyn educator Lenore G. Briggs celebrated the street co-naming ceremony in her honor in Prospect Lefferts Gardens on Oct. 21. Comment
People: One dozen distinguished citizens who identify with the Rastafarian culture will be royally regaled, serenaded and rewarded by the Diaspora African Rastafari Congress of the Americas (DARC) during a formal gala in Queens on Nov. 5. Comment

SOUTH KOREA DEFEATED

Sports: CARY, N.C. (AP) — Sam Mewis scored a pair of goals in the first half and the United States went on to beat South Korea 6-0 in an exhibition match Sunday. Comment

America’s largest documentary fest returns to NYC

Movies: It’s an exciting eighth year that DOC NYC — the nation’s largest documentary film festival — returns to inform and entertain New York audiences. This festival offers rich, meaningful stories on film in a varied program of 111-feature length films including over 12 films that focus on the Black and Brown experience and landscape. Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017

Brooklyn: Who would have imagined that in the media capital of the world a charging bull inside Prospect Park would elicit teams of reporters to converge on the Brooklyn landmark for a lead-story that made national television during the anniversary period of the century and a half monumental, historic, oasis. Comment

St. Vincent envoy remembers many ‘recent blessings,’ gives thanks

St Vincent: As Vincentians in the Diaspora begin celebrating their 38th year of political independence from Great Britain, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ambassador to the United Nations, I. Rhonda King, remembers “just a few” of the country’s “recent blessings,” urging her compatriots to join her in giving thanks in the process. Comment
Arts & Theater: They’re fighting gentrification with culture. An East New York cultural organization is taking a stand to preserve its culture in their rapidly revitalized neighborhood with community and family-oriented programming. ARTs East New York (AENY) is hosting musical and engaging events for residents to commune and converse about relevant issues because the neighborhood can greatly benefit from these activities, said one of the organizers. Comment

Nun struggles with vows in coming-of-age drama

Movies: Cathleen Harris (Margaret Qualley) was being raised in rural Tennessee in the Fifties when she started exhibiting an interest in God at an early age. That fixation was a little disconcerting to her single mom (Julianne Nicholson), an avowed atheist. Comment

Monday, Oct. 23, 2017

Guyana: Continuing philanthropic missions begun by its late founder, members of New York’s family-owned Zara Realty, based in Jamaica, Queens, have completed their 25th trip to provide vital medical care to residents of Guyana. Comment

West Indies Women defeats Sri Lanka

Sports: West Indies Women completed 3-0 series whitewash over Sri Lanka in the final One-Day International (ODI) at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in South Trinidad on Sunday, as part of the ICC Women’s Championships for qualification to World Cup 2021. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017

Decline in tourist arrivals expected

Travel: The Barbados- based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is predicting a slowdown in the growth of tourist arrivals for the remainder of the year as the region comes to grip with the destruction caused by three Hurricanes to several Eastern Caribbean islands. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017

Music: A beaming Ellen Kodadek, executive and artistic director of Flushing Town Hall grabbed some video shots with her phone of the exuberant crowd dancing to Umalali and The Garifuna Collective at a recent performance in the Town Hall. If engagement with the community — the goal of the Global Arts for a Global Community performance series — is the measure of success, then this evening was triumphant. Comments (1)

Friday, Oct. 20, 2017

Grenada opposition candidates to participate in 30th anniversary gala in Brooklyn

Grenada: Two candidates, Claudette Joseph, LLB (candidate for the Town of St. George) and Adrian “Persuader” Thomas (candidate for St. David), of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique, are visiting New York City to participate in the party’s 30th anniversary gala in Brooklyn. Comment

Building a new Caribbean

Caribbean: Having experienced two hurricanes category 5, having seen the devastation and been around to feel and understand the inconveniences, to just express it mildly; no water, no electricity or no telecommunication for an extended period. Lots of time though to think about what happened and who are suffering, and wondering about the future. Returning to what may be considered ‘normal’ is not an option but rather a mediocratic restauration. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017

Grants for clean energy, improved electricity access in Haiti

Haiti: The World Bank says its board of executive directors has approved two grants totaling US$35 million to improve access to electricity for more than two million Haitians, and to scale-up investments in renewable energy in underserved rural and urban areas. Comment

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