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Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

Remembering earthly celebrities now celestial stars

Not a single year has ever passed without grief, sorrow and often disbelief that individuals departed. Comment

Mourners pay respects to model found fatally stabbed in Jamaica

Bouncy beats and beaming photos greeted dozens of loved ones who turned out to pay their respects to a Queens woman found murdered in Jamaica, according to reports here. Comment

New US security policy raises difficult questions for the Caribbean: Consultant

A consultant with the London-based Caribbean Council says the Trump Administration’s new United States security policy raises difficult questions for the Caribbean. Comment

Caribbean pols extend holiday greetings

Most Caribbean elected officials in Brooklyn did not miss the opportunity to extend holiday greetings to constituents. Comment

Justices return dispute over documents for young, undocumented Caribbean immigrants to lower courts

The United States Supreme Court has returned a dispute over documents for young, undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants to the lower courts. Comment

The 10 best books by black authors of 2017

By Kam Williams Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018

Revolution in history: Jamaican author profiles ten influential guerilla figures

Books: If there is one thing you will learn from history — it’s that it repeats itself. Those are the words author Peter Polack says in reference to his forthcoming book “Guerrilla Warfare: The Revolution Kings.” In his book, Polack profiles 10 guerilla leaders of various backgrounds, who were influential in changing the scope of many countries across the globe. He says a look back into the men who headed these revolts can help indicate where the world is going. Comment

Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018

‘Get Out,’ ‘Crown Heights’ and ‘The Shape of Water’ are on the list of the 100 best films of 2017

Movies: Movies that revisited one of the most dramatic battles of World War II, delved into the depravity of hypnosis and mind control and took yet another set of road trips at breakneck speed were among the year’s best, says our critic. Comment

Authorities in Trinidad’s scramble to halt the island’s rising murder rate

Trinidad and Tobago: As the numbers of murders in Trinidad approached 500 as 2017 ended, authorities expressed concerns about the rising rate. Comment

Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018

Dominican national pleads guilty to identity theft and fraud

Dominican Republic: U.S. Department of Justice officials said Furvio Flete-Garcia was sentenced to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty in connection with stolen identity fraud. Comment

Barbadians set to elect new government leadership in 2018

Barbados: With the dissolving of Parliament in March, Barbados, which has been suffering a lengthy economic downtown, will hold elections for a new government and a new prime minister Comment

Deputy Brooklyn Beep Diana Reyna is leaving to start a consulting group

Dominican Republic: Brooklyn Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna, who made history as the first Latina to serve in a boroughwide capacity, and the first woman of Domoinican descent to ber elected to office in New York state, will step down in January to launch an all-female business development consulting firm. Comment

West Indies cricket superstar sets a new world record for sixes

Caribbean: Chris Gayle smashed a world record 18 sixes as he led the Rangpur Riders to a 57-run victory over the Dhaka Dynamites in Premier League play in Bangladesh. Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018

Brooklyn couple host annual Christmas party for Guyana children

Guyana: Husband-and-wife team Brian and Pauline Clarke open their Guyana home outside Georgetown to hand out hundreds of toys and goodies to less fortunate local youngsters. Comment
Arts & Theater: Bronx-born Dominican-American actor has formed Construct, his own theater company to advance opportunities for actors of color. Comment

Friday, Dec. 29, 2017

Haitian leaders blast Trump’s ‘they all have AIDS’ remark

Haiti: Leaders with the Haitian Roundtable, a local Haitian organization, said they were ‘not surprised’ by the President’s remarks, but urged the Haitian community to ‘push against this idea.” Comment

Festive season sees Caribbean rebound strongly following Irma impact

Travel: Holiday travelers are escaping to the Caribbean, with hotels in most destinations not affected by this year’s hurricanes reporting occupancies in excess of 90 per cent over the holiday season, according to reports. Comment

Clarke criticizes Republicans’ stopgap funding plan

Haiti: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke on Thursday criticized the Republican short-term continuing resolution to fund the federal government until Jan. 19, 2018. Clarke voted against the resolution in the House of Representatives. Comment

2017 was ‘an eventful year’ for the Caribbean community

Grenada: Many Caribbean nations are slowly rebounding from ‘a most eventful year,’ marked by two devastating hurricanes, says Grenada Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell, chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Comment

Two Haitian women will be honored for their literary work

Books: Authors Katia D. Ulysse and Ibi Zoboi will be in the spotlight discussing their latest works, which pull the covers off life and hardship in their native Haiti, in a session at Brooklyn’s Greenlight bookstore Jan. 11. Comment

Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017

Carib Roundup: Scholarships available for students in Antigua, Barbuda

Caribbean: That and other news from around the islands. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017

CARICOM pushes back on European Union blacklist

St Kitts and Nevis: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary General, Irwin LaRocque, has begun the fight back against the European Union’s placement of some regional countries on a blacklist for future punitive action because of tax practices. Comment

Friday, Dec. 22, 2017

PACERS DEFEAT NETS

PACERS DEFEAT NETS

Sports: NEW YORK (AP) — Indiana Pacers coach Nate McMillan came into the season trying to figure out just what kind of contribution he would get from Victor Oladipo after he arrived in a trade for one the NBA’s best two-way players in Paul George. Comment
Music: The Persuasions are ready to spread joy and happiness for families celebrating the “first fruits of the harvest” and the 39th annual commemoration of Kwanzaa at the Museum of Natural History. Comment

Jamaica cyclist faces manslaughter charge

Jamaica: Jamaica national cyclist Marloe Rodman has been charged with manslaughter after he was involved in a fatal accident on Nov. 26, 2017 in St. Catherine, Jamaica. Comment
New York: As one of the biggest Pan-African holidays of the year approaches, various cultural institutions and organizations citywide are celebrating Kwanzaa. The seven day holiday created in the sixties to promote black pride and unity, honors African heritage, community, and family values. Comment
Event: She’s trying to make Kwanzaa hip! A Bedford-Stuyvesant comedian will lead a day-drinking expedition to black-owned bars across Brooklyn for the second annual Kwanzaa Crawl on Dec. 26. The event not only supports black-owned businesses, but is a way to get young people involved with the African-American holiday, said its creator. Comment

Year-end award winners

Movies: The Philadelphia Film Critics Circle, to which I belong and which was established earlier this year as the first film critics association in the Philadelphia region, met on Dec. 10 and selected the winners of its first-ever year-end awards. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017

MURDERS OFF THE CHARTS

Jamaica: As the year draws to a close, many in Jamaica will remember 2017 as the year when gangs and armed criminals appeared to have taken back the inititative from police, setting the country on course to probably record its worst murder rate in 11 years. Comment

Clarke condemns Republican’s new tax bill

National: As the US House of Representatives and the Senates voted along party lines to pass what has been described as the most sweeping rewrite of the American tax code in decades, Brooklyn Democratic Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has strongly condemned the Republican-led measure. Comment

Hawthorne remembered as ‘compassionate visionary’

Jamaica: The widow of the Jamaican-born founder and owner of the popular Golden Krust restaurant chain in the United States, Lowell Hawthorne, broke her silence at his massive funeral in Brooklyn Tuesday, writing that his shocking suicide left her family heartbroken and grasping for answers, according to reports. Comment

WINTER WONDERLAND

Music: Dionne Crichton-Bailey, president of the Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Nurses Association of New York, Inc. (SVGNANY), is hailing as a tremendous success the group’s hosting Sunday of a “Winter Wonderland Entertainment Evening” at the Golden Hall of St. Gabriel’s Episcopal (Anglican) Church on Hawthorne Street in Brooklyn. Comment
Bronx: It will take a long time for Puerto Rico to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria that hit the Caribbean in late September. Just weeks later, Mayor Bill DeBlasio showed real leadership when New York City opened the Hurricane Evacuee Service Center (HESC) in East Harlem’s Julia De Burgos Latino Cultural Center, at Lexington and 106th St. Comment
Bronx: It’s a good deed for the holidays. Comment

Taylor signs new two-year deal

Sports: West Indies women’s captain Stafanie Taylor has signed a new two-year deal with Sydney Thunder recently. She said her objective was to notch her maiden Twenty20, century in the new Women’s Big Bash League campaign in Australia which starts this month. Comment

NYPD seek civilians for career opportunities

People: The city’s finest needs you. The New York Police Department (NYPD) is looking for everyday people to join the force and serve the city. With a lot of outreach, the department recruiters are hoping to spotlight the opportunities and benefits available for civilians looking to find work in the field, said a recruitment lieutenant. Comments (1)

Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

St Vincent: In a very emotional tribute Friday evening, Sherill-Ann Mason Haywood eulogized her late husband and prominent Vincentian community activist Maxwell Iwaki Haywood, recalling when they first met to his last active days in the community in New York. Comment
Movies: I suppose Woody Allen was due for a dud. After being distracted during the Nineties by a bitter divorce and custody battle, the four-time Oscar-winner had enjoyed quite a resurgence since the turn of the century with a string of critically-acclaimed offerings that included “Small Time Crooks” (2000), “The Curse of the Jade Scorpion” (2001), “Match Point” (2005), “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” (2008), “Midnight in Paris” (2011) and “Blue Jasmine” (2013). Comment
Manhattan: A Crown Heights-based domestic workers organization is hosting their annual gala to raise money to create more programs in Manhattan on Dec. 22. Comment
Sports: West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite and fast bowler Kemar Roach continue to climb up the International Cricket Council (ICC) player rankings, despite the regional team troubles in the opening Test against New Zealand recently. Comment
Sports: West Indies suffered a 2-0 series loss after New Zealand defeated the regional team by 240 runs in the second Test last week at Seadon Park, Hamilton, New Zealand. Comment

Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017

Barbadians query Hilton sale

Barbados: A Barbadian heirloom has been sold, unadvertised and reportedly for less than its value but a week into the surprise announcement citizens of this island are yet to hear from government reasons for secrecy and why the giveaway price. Comment
Guyana: The motto of the Queen’s College of Guyana High School is — Lawful and Helpful Everywhere — a dictum that has held true to the stellar work the former students continue to do, and demonstrated with humility on Dec. 9, when the New York Alumni Chapter dedicated its service to humanity by volunteering at Calvary’s Mission Food Panty in Richmond Hill, Queens. Comment

NYC immigrants’ lives rely on legal representation in court

New York: The morning after Donald Trump was elected into office, I was on the No. 2 train from Brooklyn, heading to Immigration Court on Varick Street — I am an organizer for the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI). The election results and dreary weather were mirrored in the facial expressions of the people on the train, most of them West Indian immigrants from Flatbush. Although the train was packed, the silence was profound. Comment

Anguilla bounces back after hurricane season

Caribbean: When Hurricane Irma swept across the Caribbean in September inflicting catastrophic damage to several islands, a 19-year-old radio reporter in Anguilla continued to broadcast during the worst of the Category 5 storm, according to reports. Comment
People: It is now permanently recorded in American history that 98 percent of women in Alabama denied Republican Roy Moore a seat in the United States Senate. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Crooked House (PG-13 for sexuality and mature themes) Adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic crime novel of the same name about a private eye (Max Irons) hired by an ex-lover (Stefanie Martini) to investigate the mysterious murder of her wealthy grandfather (Gino Picciano).on the grounds of the family patriarch’s sprawling estate. With Glenn Close, Christina Hendricks, Gillian Anderson and Terence Stamp. Comment

A Black history books for kids

Books: Who do you look up to? Who is the person you most want to be like when you grow up? The one you go to when you need advice, a kind word, or new direction? Is it a parent who puts your head on straight? Or a teacher that always knows what to say? Do you look up to someone close to you now or, as in “Time for Kids: Heroes of Black History,” is it someone much bigger than that? Comment

Adams announces New Year’s Eve celebrations

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams on Wednesday announced plans for New Year’s Eve celebrations in both Coney Island and Prospect Park for the fourth year in a row, giving Brooklynites greater access to free family-friendly festivities. Comment

Why we should talk about race

Caribbean: Even academics like me who often view certain topics through the lens of race sometimes receive negative attention and judgement. Some people feel that speaking or writing rationally about race is counter-productive and even racist. Comments (2)

Monday, Dec. 18, 2017

Trinidad and Tobago: Two Barbadians, Winston Layne and Kirt Prospere, were ordinated at St. Patrick’s Cathedral as ‘transitional deacons’, marking the first time in over four decades that persons from Barbados had been consecrated and set on their way towards becoming ordained ministers of the Catholic Church. Comment

Barbados reducing prisoner rehab time

Barbados: Barbados has softened its programme of legal rehabilitation for convicted criminals by erasing their history in a shorter time, but while generally hailed as a good move, some say there remains stigma, and blacks are most affected. Comment

Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados The Barbados government has announced that independent producers interested in supplying electricity to the national network will be able to apply for licenses by early next year. Comment

Caribbean children in need after deadly hurricanes

Environment: Three months after two category-5 hurricanes tore through the Caribbean, thousands of children across the region still need support, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Wednesday, Dec. 13. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017

Environment: Canada and the World Bank Group announced on Tuesday a partnership to support effective climate action in developing countries, such as those in the Caribbean, in support of the Paris Agreement. Comment

Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

Bronx charity group raises funds for health care in St. Vincent

St Vincent: The Bronx-based St. Matthias Charities, Inc. continues to raise much-needed funds to assist health care in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment

JPL fetes Jamaica’s vanguard leader

Jamaica: The oldest Caribbean organization in America lavished high accolades on Michael Manley, Jamaica’s fourth prime minister on Dec. 10, the anniversary of his 93rd birthday. Comment
Cuba: The United States Department of State has reported that the United States and Cuba on Monday, Dec. 11 held their 31st biannual Migration Talks in Washington, D.C. Comment

Six Caribbean states eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV, syphilis

Health: Six Caribbean states — Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Montserrat and St. Kitts — have been declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) as having eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis. Comment

New Zealand will host West Indies

Sports: New Zealand will host the West Indies in three ICC Women’s Championship matches from March 4-11, next year, before clashing again with the visitors in five Twenty20 Internationals from March 14-25. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

PETRO BONUS ROW

Venezuela: In May of 2015, US oil giant ExxonMobil announced a massive “world class” oil and gas find off Guyana’s coast, setting the stage for the country to begin switching dependency on traditional sectors like gold, sugar, rice and bauxite to one more based on petroleum. Comment

‘Climate-Smart Zone’ for the Caribbean

Grenada: Caribbean leaders on Tuesday announced the launch of a new public-private coalition to create the world’s first “Climate-Smart Zone.” The Caribbean Climate-Smart Coalition aims to find a way to break through the systemic obstacles that stop finance flowing to climate-smart investments, the World Bank said. Comment

Vincentian community activist dead at 53

St Vincent: The Brooklyn-based St. Vincent & the Grenadines Diaspora Committee of New York, Inc. (SVGDCNY) said on Monday that it was profoundly saddened by the passing of its chairman, Maxwell Fitz-Osbourne Haywood. Comment

Guyana Consulate services, Christmas cheer on Dec. 16

Guyana: Consul General of Guyana to New York, Barbara Atherly has announced that the once a quarter Consular services, started in September of this year, will return on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 10 am to 2 pm, at the Guyana Consulate, located at 308 W 38th St., New York City. Comment

Modern day slavery in America

In my formative years, I was taught at the prestigious Queens College that we must change the world for the better, and lift humanity up. I can still remember my form master, now Ambassador to Belgium, Dr. David Hales, exhorting us, “You have been selected from the entire country and, indeed the Caribbean, to attend this prestigious school to become leaders of men, ambassadors of human kind, and trail blazers to make the world a better place. Take your roles seriously.” Quoting Luke 12:48 and JFK, another beloved teacher, C.A. Yansen, (Yango) told us, “To whom much is given, from him much is expected.” Comment
Music: Haitian songstress Emeline Michel will perform a few of her classic hits at Carnegie Hall on Dec. 16. The singer is performing at “My City, My Song,” a family-oriented show which is part of the center’s Musical Explorers program — an in-class musical education segment in several city schools. It is one of the few opportunities youngsters get to learn about other cultures through music, said Michel. Comment

Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

Kwanza 2017 honors two dynamic black women

People: Anticipation is at peak for the celebration of the 51st anniversary of Kwanza as well as the annual commemoration festivities held at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn. This year in particular, the seven principles will be explained, expressed and personified by tributes to two former educators who changed the curriculum establishing pride and ambition in Black history. Comment

NOW Production, YMCA fetes kids at Christmas party

Brooklyn: The festive season would not be the same without the NOW Production fun-filled children’s Christmas party, that brought cheer and goodwill to kids in 21 District of Brooklyn. NOW Production’s CEO Natasha Wilson, and the Flatbush YMCA, on December 9, hosted its Annual Christmas Party, in the Y’s Gym, much to the delight of scores of community children. Comment

VincyCares honors several at annual luncheon

St Vincent: Though the spotlight was primarily on the late Vincentian community activist Maxwell Haywood, the other honorees were highlighted Sunday at the gala 8th Annual Luncheon of the Brooklyn-based Vincentian group, VincyCares. Comment
Brooklyn: On Friday, Dec. 8 Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane Williams celebrated the holiday season with families in the community at the annual Holiday Tree Lighting in Amersfort Park, E 38th St., Brooklyn. . Comment

Activists speak out against ‘racial issues in FDNY’

People: Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane Williams joined local activists, including the Rev. Kirsten John Foy and the National Action Network (NAN), in speaking out against the Fire Department of New York’s (FDNY) intention to allow Joe Cassano to re-enter its ranks on Monday, Dec 4. Comment

GIRLS SKATE

GIRLS SKATE

Brooklyn: She’s uniting women one board at a time. A Queens-born longboarder is inspiring other like-minded women who board, to empower themselves within the sport of skating. East New Yorker Nathalie Herring first caught an interest in longboarding when she was 18 years old and purchased her first longboard a year later. The 31-year-old said as a student attending college in Miami at the time, she was going through a time of personal discovery and in search of her true identity. Comment

West Indies captain faces ban

Sports: West Indies captain Jason Holder will be not in the lineup for the second Test against New Zealand as he was banned and fined after the team maintained a slow over rate during their heavy first Test defeat in Wellington last Monday. Comment

Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

It’s Sir Charles now

It’s Sir Charles now

Barbados: For years they partnered to create a legendary and formidable duo driving terror and trepidation into batsmen across the world, now his nation has seen it fit to knight Charlie Griffith placing him on the same pedestal as Sir Wesley Hall. Comment
Music: Reggae artist Jah9 performed at a mini concert at SOB’s in Manhattan on Dec. 6. The singer sang a few singles from her from her forthcoming project “Feelings,” and over a hundred people turned out for the show. Some fans excited to experience her show even journeyed to the city just to see her, said one woman. Comment

Bichotte gives thanks for ‘new place’

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte recently opened her new office on Flatbush Avenue, giving thanks to all who helped in her move. Comment
Dominica: ROSEAU, Dominica, Dec 4, 2017 (IPS) — McCarthy Marie has been living in the Fond Cani community, a few kilometres east of the Dominica capital Roseau, for 38 years. The 68-year-old economist moved to the area in 1979 following the decimation of the island by Hurricane David. Comment

‘Golden’ legacy will feed enduring nourishment

Jamaica: Back in another century, the government of Jamaica campaigned with encouragement to nationals to support local businesses. “Be Jamaican buy Jamaican” advanced a mantra everyone could relate to despite the onslaught of foreign made importations into the tiny island. Comment

Up-and-coming Queens artist fuses genres

Music: He’s calling it traphall music. Queens-based artist Ray Sytes said that traphall music is a representative combination of two music styles. Born in Guyana and raised in the United States since he was a child, he grew up being in tune with both his native and adopted cultures. Initially spearheading his career in music with hip-hop, he soon found that learning more towards music inspired by his Caribbean roots, like dancehall in particular, he could really grab an edge on his artistry. Comment

Monday, Dec. 11, 2017

Big pharma’s blockbuster tax cuts

Viewpoints: The biggest losers from the GOP tax plans now before Congress would be the 87 million middle-class families facing higher taxes, plus the 13 million people who would lose their healthcare. The biggest winners? Millionaires and corporations, of course. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

People: The Ballad of Lefty Brown (R for profanity and violence) Bill Pullman assumes the title role in this Western, set on the plains of Montana, about an aging cowboy who enlists the assistance of a young gunslinger (Diego Josef) and a lawman (Tommy Flanagan) to track down the outlaws responsible for the gruesome murder of his friend, a newly-elected U.S. Senator (Peter Fonda). Cast includes Jim Caviezel, Kathy Baker and Joseph Lee Anderson. Comment
Movies: Saoirse Ronan is only 23, but she’s already been nominated for an Academy Award twice, for Brooklyn (2015) and Atonement (2005). Now, she’s a shoo-in to land another nomination for her memorable turn as the title character in Lady Bird. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean RoundUp

Suriname: Caribbean Britain is providing more financial help to Antigua and Barbuda as well as Dominica to assist in the recovery and long-term reconstruction on the islands following the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Comment

Barbados wants CARICOM to fight blacklist

Trinidad and Tobago: Having found itself among four Caribbean countries in a newly-released European Union blacklist of offshore territories, Barbados is calling on the 15-member CARICOM grouping to lead a charge against these smears that are periodically put on regional states. Comment
Movies: “You Are Not Alone” an award-winning documentary that traces the struggles and depression black gay men experience in their communities, and narrated by young black professionals, was screened at a Dec. 1, World Aids Day vigil, and educational presentations at the Queens Community House in Kew Gardens. Comment

The confluence of great minds

Viewpoints: “Lives of great men all remind us, we can make our lives sublime, and, departing, leave behind us, footprints on the sands of time.” -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Being unjustly plucked from family and society and being tossed in jail for bogus crimes designed to silence them were but mere stepping stones to their individual journeys to greatness for these divine titans. When others would have been broken, they became more resolved to fight oppression and injustice, and inspired the world, making it a better place. We must forever cherish their examples of courage and purpose. Comment

West Indies loses opening Test against New Zealand

Sports: West Indies lost the opening Test against New Zealand by an innings and 67 runs inside four days at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on Monday, Dece. 4 Comment

Friday, Dec. 8, 2017

Cuban prez arrives in Antigua for Cuba-CARICOM summit

Cuba: Cuban President Raúl Castro arrived in Antigua and Barbuda on Thursday for the Sixth Caribbean Community (CARICOM)-Cuba Summit at the Carlisle Bay Resort and Spa. Comment

VIGILS FOR THE DEAD

Suriname: On Friday, Dec, 8, opposition politicians, surviving relatives, grieving friends and even some officials in government will hold the usual candlelight and other types of vigils in Paramaribo, the capital of Suriname, to mark the 35th anniversary of the execution of 15 of that country’s most well-known citizens. Comment

Williams honors Kaepernick with City Council proclamation

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams has presented former National Football League (NFL) quarterback and civil rights activist Colin Kaepernick with a New York City Council proclamation honoring him for his “commitment to protesting the systemic oppression of and police brutality toward people of color.” Comment

Eugene adds voice to chorus of shock, sadness over Hawthorne’s death

Jamaica: Brooklyn Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene as added his voice to a chorus of shock and sadness across the United States and in the Caribbean over the death of Golden Krust founder and chief executive officer Lowell Hawthorne. Comments (1)
Haiti: Haiti Cherie, Pride, Love and Commitment attracted a good-looking, tony crowd that mingled in the expansive West 57th space. After a few drinks (thanks to Moet Hennessey), one might even forget you’re in Mosafer, a luxury luggage shop. But, the purpose of the evening was very clear. Comment

LUCKY DANCER

Brooklyn: She scored a spot in a classic. A Brooklyn dance student performed in Alvin Ailey’s classic ballet “Memoria,” last weekend at New York City Center. Fort Greene native Shaina McGregor, who is of Jamaican background, is a student of The Ailey School’s Ailey / Fordham program and one of the selected students who was chosen to perform in the timeless piece the legendary dancer choreographed in memory of his friend Joyce Trisler. Comment

Jamaican actress lands role in new musical

Arts & Theater: She’s on her way up. Jamaican American theater actress Dianne Dixon landed a role in the debut off-Broadway musical show “Falling in Love With Mr. Dellamort,” at the Slipper Room in Manhattan starting Dec. 6. In the show, Dixon takes on a role vastly different from her off-stage personality, and the other parts she has done in mostly Caribbean-centric theater, she said. Comment

Coach: Chris Gayle still valuable

Sports: West Indies coach Stuart Law said that the Cricket West Indies (CWI) selectors should be lenient towards Chris Gayle selection on the West Indies team, describing him as a player “committed to the cause.” Comment
Sports: West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite has moved up into the top 20 of the ICC batting rankings, after rising one place in the latest release. Comment

Sprint king coaches Aussies

People: Australian cricketers recently sought help from retired sprint king Usain Bolt to boost their running between the wickets for the Ashes Test series against England. The Jamaican track superstar, the world record holder in the l00-meter and 200-meter and eight-time Olympic Champion, is working with the Australian batsmen to improve their “explosiveness” off the mark. Comment

BASKETBALL SHOWDOWN

NEW YORK (AP) — The annual meeting between UConn and Notre Dame lived up to a showdown of top teams. While that game nearly came down to the end, it didn’t compare to the Creighton-Drake game that went four overtimes. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean A United Nations (UN) report says Latin America and the Caribbean is the most violent region in the world for women. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017

Brooklyn: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio dared the community to find another homestead in Brooklyn with more decorations than that of Frank Seddio Esp., who for the past 45 years has brought holiday magic to the corner of E 93rd Street and Flatlands Avenue, in Canarsie, Brooklyn. Comment

Barbados PM hits back at CCJ

Barbados: Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart might have picked a fight with the Caribbean Court of Justice when he accused the region’s highest court of slandering the island. Comment

Queen’s College of Guyana Alumni Association’s day of giving

Guyana: The Queen’s College of Guyana Alumni Association (NY), Inc. (“QCAANY”) will spread Christmas cheer during a Day of Giving and Celebrating at Calvary’s Mission Food Pantry in Richmond Hill, where volunteers will help to distribute food to the community at 7 am on Dec. 9. Comment

Former T&T PM receives women award

Trinidad and Tobago: Former Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar was honored on Saturday (Dec. 2, 2017) in the Bahamas with a “Women in Distinction” Award. Comment

Old Time Grand Market brings Caribbean-style Christmas to Canarsie

Arts & Theater: It’s a home away from home for the holidays. The fifth annual Old Time Grand Market returns this year, and it is coming to Brooklyn for the first time, at the Holy Family Church in Canarsie on Dec. 10. The formerly Queens-based festival is a yearly event that boasts of recreating Caribbean-style holiday traditions to soothe the longing for home during a time where people are celebrating their cultural customs, said the organizer. Comment

CHRISTMAS SERENADE

CHRISTMAS SERENADE

Music: Several members of the Caribbean community on Thanksgiving Saturday joined the United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn (UVCGB) in participating in the group’s annual Christmas Serenade at the Fellowship Hall of the Miracle Temple Ministries in the Brownville section of Brooklyn. Comment

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017

Jamaicans tout benefits of national ID database

Jamaica: Jamaica is going through the looking glass, taking advantage of technology and launching a National Identification System (NIDS) in 2018, according to reports. Comment

Vincy activist’s death overshadows gala luncheon

St Vincent: The death of popular Vincentian community activist and United Nations Development Officer Maxwell Haywood overshadowed the gala 8th Annual Luncheon Sunday of the Brooklyn-based group VincyCares at El Caribe Country Club in Brooklyn. Comment

A peek at stardom

Books: You have much to be thankful for this year. There’s a roof over your head, for beginners. You know where your next meal will come from. You can read, obviously. Running water, electricity, friends, and family, the list goes on. Author Kim Fields (with Todd Gold) counts those happy things, too, and in her new book “Blessed Life,” she knows who gets credit. Comment
Jamaica: The Association of Black Women Lawyers (ABWL) of New Jersey has a new president. New Jersey lawyer Carolyn Chang was elected for the post and sworn in as the head of the organization last month. Having spent more than two decades with the club and holding various titles, she is now eager to take on her new duties and says this appointment is a high point in her career. Comment

Rihanna gets home street

Barbados: Among praises heaped on international singing sensation, Rihanna, is that regardless of her fame the musical icon never forsakes the neighbourhood in which she grew up, and takes every opportunity to drop in on past neighbours. Comment

700 Guyanese receive free eyecare, glasses

Guyana: As part of its 26th medical mission to Guyana, the Queens-based George Subraj Family Foundation said it provided critical eye care to an unprecedented 700 residents, mostly in the rural areas of the country, building upon its decades-long success in providing medical care to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member-nation. Comment
Movies: Charles Dickens (1812-1870) is considered the preeminent novelist of the Victorian Era because of his touching and timeless tales that shed light on the plight of the poor. He probably began developing an empathy for the less fortunate at an early age. That’s because he had to drop out of school to work in a factory to support the family after his bankrupt father (Jonathan Pryce) went to a debtors’ prison. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Big Sonia (Unrated) Bittersweet biopic about great-grandmother, businesswoman and haunted Holocaust survivor Sonia Warshawski who, after losing her tailor shop’s lease at the age of 91, recounts for posterity the horrors she witnessed at Auschwitz, Bergen-Belsen and Majdanek, which included watching her mother being marched into the gas chamber. Comment

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017

Golden Krust founder commits suicide at factory

Jamaica: The founder and chief executive officer of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill, Jamaican Lowell Hawthorne, killed himself inside his Bronx factory Saturday, reports say. Comment
Jamaica: Jamaicans residing throughout the USA are reeling from the Saturday afternoon shocker that Lowell Hawthorne had committed suicide. Disbelief temporarily pacified many who could not grasp reality that the acclaimed Patty King and founder and Chief Executive Officer of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill died from two self-inflicted gunshot wounds. Comments (1)

UWI vice chancellor: Blame it on IMF

Books: Cricket is not played just on the field, it begins in the community from which players emerge, and the Caribbean environment has been producing individuals who put self before country, said historian Hilary Beckles. Comment

Afro Jamaican queen wins natural acclaim

Fashion: Dec. 1 was designated Afro Friday in Jamaica. In honor of Miss Jamaica Universe contestant and second runner-up Davina Bennett who bested third from a field of 92 beauty queens in the recent Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada, the day celebrated pride in wearing natural and unprocessed hairstyles. Comment

Lord Nelson statute defaced in Barbados

Barbados: Apparently having had enough of the talking and calls for its removal, an unknown person or group splashed the Nelson Statue in paint the colours of the national flag to greet Barbadians one day before the 51st anniversary of independence. Comment

New book highlights Belize’s diversity, history

Books: All Belize everything! Belizean author Andre Lopez says his native home has a lot to show the world with its unique display of cultural diversity. In his book, “Belize: An Intimate Portrait,” he presents an in-depth look at Belize with an all reference visual guidebook about the Central American country and its people. Comment

Caribbean Maritime University hailed in the US

Jamaica: A small delegation of Caribbean maritime officials, including Jamaica’s Minister of Transport and Mining; and Grantley Stephenson, CEO, Kingston Wharves, were in New York on Nov. 16 to attend the American Caribbean Maritime Foundation (ACMF) annual event. Comment

Monday, Dec. 4, 2017

‘Specific steps’ to help battered Caribbean women

People: The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) are urging health services in Latin America and the Caribbean to take “specific steps” to respond to violence against women and help prevent its future occurrences, if they are equipped with the tools and training they need. Comment

Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017

Caribbean vulnerable on edge of poverty

Caribbean: A new World Bank report says the vulnerable in Latin America and the Caribbean is often just one disaster away from falling back into poverty. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017

Vincy community activist Haywood passes

St Vincent: Just four days before he was to be honored by a Vincentian group in Brooklyn, popular Vincentian community activist Maxwell Haywood died on Wednesday after ailing for some time. Comment

Wes Hall tribute coming

Barbados: A monument will soon adorn a yet to be named location in Barbados honouring one of the island’s and West Indies’ path-breaking fast bowlers, Wesley Winfield Hall. Comment

Friday, Dec. 1, 2017

APPEAL FOR MORE MONEY

Puerto Rico: A week after the conclusion of a special conference to raise grants and loans to rebuild Caribbean nations battered by back to back hurricanes, the region is slowing coming to the realization that not that much money will be available for the rebuilding process after all and that additional financing will be required going forward. Comment
People: The New York-based Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) is appealing for financial aid to support its bid for reparations for African Americans. Comment

Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017

Perry honors outstanding 11

Perry honors outstanding 11

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Assembyman Nick Perry recently honored 11 outstanding community figures at his 25th Anniversary Award Gala at Paradise Catering Hall on Avenue U in Brooklyn. Comment
Puerto Rico: City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Mayor Bill DeBlasio honored the strength of Puerto Rican people with a celebratory event at City Hall on Nov. 27. Comment

Two St. Lucian resorts earn environmental recognition

St Lucia: Two resorts in St. Lucia recently earned the Travelife Gold certification for adhering to and promoting safe and environmentally friendly principles. The Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain resorts earned the certification from the global certifying system, for meeting guidelines in sustainability. The honor is awarded to tourist destinations throughout the world that practice safe conditions and promote green standards, and that is something important for the hospitality industry, said the resort’s executive director. Comment

Clattenberg: English refs to return to World Cup in 2022

Sports: NEW YORK (AP) _ With English referees absent from the World Cup for the first time since 1938, Mark Clattenburg predicts that void will be filled in 2022. Comment

Bomba-tastic Christmas show

Bomba-tastic Christmas show

Music: A group of intergenerational musicians and dancers are set to perform a Puerto Rican style Christmas show at the Brooklyn Center for Performing Arts on Dec. 10. The East-Harlem based band Los Pleneros de la 21, is presenting “Christmas in El Barrio,” — the band’s take on traditional Puerto Rican music with a New York twist. The universal joy the band members plan on sparking will be loved by everyone, said the group’s founder. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017

Vincentian diplomat recalled after fracas

St Vincent: As St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves on Monday recalled diplomat Sehon Marshall “for consultation” after he allegedly punched his newly-appointed diplomat wife in her face early Friday morning, the couple’s Brooklyn neighbors have choice words for Marshall, according to reports. Comment

Caribbean hotels face higher insurance rates

Travel: Managing Director, Barbados and Eastern Caribbean for CGM Gallagher Insurance Brokers, Scott Stollmeyer said Caribbean hoteliers should plan now for an increase in insurance premiums anticipated to range from 10 to 40 percent following two Category 5 hurricanes, which struck several destinations in the region in September, during a recent a Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) webinar earlier this month entitled ‘Hotel Property Insurance After the Storms.’ Comment

Barbados speaker before law court, again

Barbados: A client dragged him before the court in 2014 demanding money, now three years later Speaker of the Parliament of Barbados, Michael Carrington, again finds himself in the Supreme Court accused of withholding someone’s money. Comment

Career planning for teens and pre-teens

Books: Getting a head start on your career. Author and educator Tai Abrams is helping young kids and teens prioritize their futures with her self-help guidebook. Her book “Who Am I? An A-Z Career Guide for Teens,” is an introductory manual aimed at teaching students 10 to 19 years old, how to obtain skills and amplify them in their job search. It provides thorough information that students will find useful in every aspect of school and career searching. Comment

Animals emerge unsung heroes in Christ’s birth

Movies: “The Star” Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 24 Hours to Live (R for profanity, drug use and pervasive graphic violence) Action thriller about a recently-deceased CIA agent (Ethan Hawke who embarks on a revenge-fueled reign of terror after being mysteriously resurrected for just one day. Cast includes Paul Anderson, Rutger Hauer and Qing Xu. Comment

HOOPS FEAST

Sports: NEW YORK (AP) _ There was a feast of women’s college basketball over the Thanksgiving week. Tournaments in Las Vegas, Florida and Mexico pitted some of the nation’s best players and teams against each other. The game of the week featured No. 3 South Carolina playing sixth-ranked Notre Dame in the final of the Gulf Coast Showcase. The Irish came away with a 92-85 victory, rallying from a 12-point, second-quarter deficit. Comment
Music: Entertainer Courtney Noel, an award-winning lyricist, producer and writer of one of Guyana’s most loved songs, “Arrowhead!” (I Love my Golden Arrowhead) said he was very privileged to sit in on a discussion that involved the United Nations endeavoring to partner with Hollywood to showcase elements of topics including human trafficking, with actress Serinda Swan, of HBO’s show ”Ballers,” and Marvel’s “Inhumans.” Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017

Hamilton denounces Trump’s decision to deport thousands of Haitians

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Sen. Jesse Hamilton has joined myriad politicians and community activists in denouncing the Trump administration’s decision to deport nearly 60, 000 Haitians living in the United States under Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Comment

Caribbean prime ministers discuss Citizenship by Investment prices

St Lucia: Reports in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Sunday say some Caribbean prime ministers discussed Citizenship by Investment Prices after recent devastating hurricanes. Comments (1)

Miss Jamaica wins spot at Miss Universe 2017

Fashion: Twenty-one-year Davina Bennett heated up the runway in a stunning yellow appliqué gown, with a matching floor-length cape, and plunging Vee-neckline, capturing the second runner-up spot at Miss Universe 2017, at the Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sunday, Nov. 26. Comment

Violence against women is at heart about power

Viewpoints: António Guterres, secretary-general of the United Nations, in his remarks on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women UNITED NATIONS, Nov 23 2017 (IPS) - Every woman and every girl has the right to a life free of violence. Yet this rupture of human rights occurs in a variety of ways in every community. It particularly affects those who are most marginalized and most vulnerable. Comment

A history lesson on tax cuts

Viewpoints: To stimulate the U.S. economy to “levels you haven’t seen in many years”— President Trump is proposing to cut federal income taxes, for most folks in general, but predominately for really affluent families and mega-corporations. His proposal is so skewed to the wealthy that over the next 10 years, more than half of his multi-trillion dollar tax cut will go to the wealthiest one percent. Comment

Jamaica celebrates its bonds with James Bond

Jamaica: Who said “no man is an island?” Certainly not Ian Fleming, the writer who wrote “my name is Bond – James Bond.” He first introduced that identifier in 1962 in a film titled “Dr. No” just two months after Jamaica shed its dependency on its imperial governors. Comment

Monday, Nov. 27, 2017

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean The Internal Monetary Fund (IMF) has declared it will help Caribbean countries recently devastated by two Hurricanes, Irma and Maria to get back on their feet. Comment

Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017

ICC investigates match fixing

Sports: Then International Cricket Council (ICC), cricket’s world governing body, is investigating an approach made to Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer to fix parts of the recent two-Test series against the West Indies. Comment
Arts & Theater: Philadelphia-based Vincentian community activist James Cordice electrified a sold-out audience at a Garifuna Settlement Day celebration in Fairfax, VA on Nov. 4 in retracing the Garifuna pilgrimage. Comments (3)

Lord Kitchener gets posthumous honorary doctorate

Music: The University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) has conferred a posthumous honorary doctorate on calypsonian Lord Kitchener (Aldwyn Roberts), during the 2017 graduation ceremony at the Graduation Pavilion East Trinidad. Comment

Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017

IMF says Barbados budget projections off

Barbados: The International Monetary Fund has declared that despite jacking up a tax covering most goods on the island, the Barbados government is set to fall short of its budget target, and needs to sell-state owned agencies. Comment

Jamaica calls for Global Resilience Center to combat disruptive events

Jamaica: Jamaica Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, has called for a Global Resilience Center to combat disruptive event and strengthen capacity to predict and manage crises. Comment
St Vincent: Hundreds of Vincentian and other Caribbean nationals on Oct. 27 paid their last respects to Basil Dublin, described as a “quintessential jokester,” who went to the Great Beyond on Oct. 18. He was 64. Comment

Barbados to host English cricket

Barbados: Barbados will be breaking new ground in the Caribbean when it hosts a festival of English cricket next year with both the North-South Series and the MCC’s Champion County Match against Essex. Comment

Electric fete set for Barbados

Music: The electric fete is almost here. The inaugural electronic dance music festival in the Caribbean debuts in Barbados this spring, and the lineup is more than a dozen artists. The four-day Vujaday Music Festival is set for April 4–8, 2018, and will be the first ever music event of its kind for the region, helping to bring life to the growing scene of electronic music in the islands. Comment

Friday, Nov. 24, 2017

Guyanese artists explore migration, culture in Harlem exhibition

Arts & Theater: Guyanese art enthusiasts and friends turned out on Nov.17, to celebrate “Liminal Space” an exhibition on view at the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI), 120 E 125 St., in Harlem, New York, which explores migration, culture and displacement from 16 Guyanese artists’ point of view. The show ends on Nov. 30. Comment

Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017

Outrage over termination of TPS for Haitians

Brooklyn: Black Democratic congressional leaders have joined Caribbean legislators in expressing outrage over the Trump administration’s decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nearly 60,000 undocumented Haitian nationals residing in the United States. Comment

CARICOM RAISES FUNDS

Venezuela: Caribbean governments Wednesday, Nov. 21 said they have raised more than $1.3B in monetary pledges and over $1B in loans and debt relief payments from an international donors conference held this week to raise money to rebuild island nations which were pulverized by hurricanes Irma and Maria. Comment

Haitian groups rally for TPS extension

Haiti: They’re in permit purgatory. Haitian immigrants living and working in Brooklyn under temporary protection from the federal government have 18 months before the permit allowing them to do so expires, the Department of Homeland Security’s acting secretary announced on Monday. News of the extension came two days before the protective measure would have expired, and two days after a group of Haitian-Americans marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to demand the Feds prolong the protective measure — an effort that organizers said likely affected the government’s decree. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017

Haitians and other refugees deserve America’s help!

Immigration: The recent attack on immigrants and minorities by the Trump administration to end temporary protected status and send 60,000 Haitians back to suffering and pain in their country-the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, is the latest in an alarming trend. Haiti cannot provide for them, and this decision is inhumane and unconscionable. This status was extended to Haitians, as America has done in the past with several other countries, after a destructive earthquake hit the island nation in 2010. With its poor economy, infrastructure and resources, Haiti is incapable of repatriating tens of thousands of people. Comment

BEST GAME

Sports: NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Curry knew he needed to start aggressively to make up for the absence of Kevin Durant. Then the Warriors had to finish the job without Curry after foul trouble ended his best game of the season. Comment

Chris Gayle left out

Sports: West Indies superstar Twenty20 opening batsman, Chris Gayle has been blanked in the recent Pakistan Super League (PSL) draft, but Trinidadian brothers Dwayne and Darren Bravo have both landed contracts for the third edition of the tournament scheduled for the first quarter of 2018. Comment

Sammy calls for better pay

Sports: Former West Indies Captain Darren Sammy has said that an amnesty for West Indies Twenty20 players made no sense if the Cricket West Indies (CWI) does not pay them better. Comment

Pakistan, Windies sign cricket deal

Sports: Cricket West Indies (CWI) has strike a five-year series deal with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) which will see the two teams compete against each other annually other the period. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017

Financing will continue to be key issue in battling climate change

Viewpoints: BONN, Nov. 17, 2017 (IPS) — “The Bonn climate talks were foundational, paving the way to finalize the rules that underpin the Paris Agreement next year and setting the stage for countries to commit to enhance their national climate plans by 2020. On both counts, the climate talks in Bonn were a success. However, negotiators have plenty of homework to do to get there. Comment

Caribbean hurricane devastation ‘utterly heartbreaking’: Prince Charles

Dominica: Britain’s Prince Charles has described as “utterly heartbreaking” the destruction caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Caribbean. Speaking after meeting families made homeless by both hurricanes, Charles said it was “painful beyond words to see the devastation,” reported the Evening Standard on Sunday, stating that the heir to the British throne’s comments came during the first of his three-day visit to the Caribbean. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (Unrated) Revealing retrospective about the Jewish matinee idol-turned-inventor (1914-2000) who fled Austria and helped the Allies defeat the Nazis by developing a deadly-accurate, radio guidance system for torpedoes. Featuring commentary by Mel Brooks, Diane Kruger and Peter Bogdanovich. Comment

Florida Antrim Alums vote New Yorker ‘Upward’

Jamaica: “Ever Upward” the Latin translation to New York State’s motto of Excelsior and also the name of a secondary school in Kingston, Jamaica will be extolled often during a gala event marking a holiday tradition and presentation of a community service award to Duane Coombs. Comment

Burden and boon of marriage for non-whites

Books: You’re not in any hurry. The ring’s on your finger, the engagement was just announced, and you both feel like you’ve got plenty of time. Now’s your chance to enjoy the process of getting married. Here’s your opportunity to plan the future. But “Wedlocked: The Perils of Marriage Equality” by Katherine Franke asks the question: why marry at all? Comment

Monday, Nov. 20, 2017

Immigration agency reconsiders delayed DACA requests

Immigration: In reversing its position, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) says it has agreed to allow nearly 100 applications from young undocumented Caribbean and other nationals to renew permits that allow them to stay and work in the United States legally. Comments (1)

Returning WWII vets forge unlikely friendship

Movies: Dateline: Mississippi, 1946, which means many of the Magnolia State’s soldier native sons are making the adjustment back to civilian life after serving overseas during World War II.. But the fighting isn’t over for Sergeant Ronsel Jackson (Jason Mitchell), a black man reluctantly returning to the repressive Jim Crow system of segregation. Comment

Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017

Adams donates blankets crocheted by local seniors for dialysis patients

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams on Tuesday commemorated Diabetes Awareness Day by donating more than 200 blankets, along with scores of scarves and socks, that were crocheted by dozens of local seniors for patients in need, at more than a dozen dialysis centers across Brooklyn. Comment

US awards $4.3m for energy diversification in the Caribbean

National: The United States Department of State has announced US$4.3 million in funding to support energy diversification in the Caribbean. The State Department said on Thursday that the announcement was made at the United States and Caribbean Prosperity Roundtable the day before in Miami. 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. Comments (1)

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, Nov. 10, 2017

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) will be releasing a new EC$50 banknote honoring the late governor Sir Dwight Venner. The $50 bill, which was approved at the ECCB Monetary Council’s recent meeting as a permanent tribute to Sir Dwight’s legacy, will feature his likeness and will replace the bill that bears the Brimstone Fort in St. Kitts and the Piton Fort in St. Lucia. Comment

Cries for Barbados anti-corruption law

Barbados: As International Anti-Corruption Day, Dec. 9, draws closer calls are getting louder for Barbados to convert into law the Prevention of Corruption Act that has passed through all procedural changes since 2012 but awaits proclamation. Comment
Dominica: Seven weeks since hurricane Maria made landfall in Dominica and left widespread destruction in its wake, the United Nations migration agency say it has been supporting local tradespeople with safe construction skills to repair the damage and create conditions for a full recovery. Comment

Team Jamaica Bickle to benefit from holiday fundraiser

People: The Caribbean Business Connections (CBC) will on Dec. 7 hosts its “Annual Holiday Event” at the Royal Chateau Hall in Rosedale, Queens, from 6 pm to 10 pm, to benefit Team Jamaica Bickle, Inc. (TJB). Comment

Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017

Jamaica welcomed four million visitors this past year, a record

Jamaica: With 1.9 million cruise arrivals, and 2.1 million stopover arrivals, Jamaica’s tourism section is poised to reach $3 billion in earnings for the year. Comment

Monday, Jan. 2, 2017

Jamaican-American teen Haile Thomas garners honors from CNN

Food: Haile Thomas, 17, of upstate New Windsor, has been named a “Young Wonder of the Year,” by Cable News Network for being a ‘teen health activist” who worked to bring cooking lessons and nutrition education to children in underserved areas. Comment

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