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American entrepreneurs head to Caribbean for exchange program

National: The United States Department of State says 34 Young Leaders of the Americans Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellowship hosts from businesses and civil society organizations across the US have been selected to participate in the Reverse Exchange program, a new component of YLAI. Comment

Guyanese among CBC Women of Power Awardees

Guyana: Caribbean Business Connections (CBS) will honor 10 phenomenal women for their success in business, and outstanding contribution to the community, during the CBC 2017 Women of Power Event, on March 1, at Mirelle’s Restaurant, 170 Post Avenue, in Westbury. Comment

St. Lucian artist debuts in Manhattan

Arts & Theater: A St. Lucian sculptor, internationally-known for recreating human life in his works, has brought his art to New York City for the first time. Comment
Arts & Theater: “This exhibit makes me so happy,” says Gale Brewer, the borough president of Manhattan, of the “Quilts: Tribute to Black History 2017” exhibit in the art gallery of the Borough President’s Office Comment

Women’s History Month highlights might & fortitude

Movies: The fact thousands of women converged on Washington D.C. on Jan. 21 to protest the inauguration of the 45th US president and that — from Antarctica to Zimbabwe like-minded women exhibited solidarity mirroring similar disdain for his election — a conclusion could be drawn that the date could be designated Women’s History Day. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua The Antigua and Barbuda government is considering recalling all diplomatic passports. Comment

PAHO, Belize sign new universal health strategy

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says it has signed a new cooperation strategy with Belize’s Ministry of Health whose priorities are to help the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member country advance toward universal health, and to improve retention and distribution of health personnel throughout the country. Comment

Caribbean bankers support FACTA

National: Caribbean countries that have not enacted the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) inter-governmental agreements (IGA’s) with the United States must do so expeditiously. Comment

Temperamental teacher challenges nerdy colleague

Movies: Do you remember how, when you were growing up, if a couple of classmates came to blows on the schoolyard, they would be quickly separated to the suggestion that they settle their differences off campus at the end of the day? Comment

Presidential house slave runs for her freedom

Books: Run, run, run. Some days, it feels like that’s all you do. Run the kids to school, dash to work, rush with errands, and run yourself ragged before bed. You’re always on the go, always moving, and in the new book “Never Caught” by Erica Armstrong Dunbar, your breath isn’t the only thing to catch. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Bitter Harvest (R for violence and disturbing images) Fact-based drama, set in the Ukraine in the early thirties, revolving Bitter Harvest (R for violence and disturbing images) Fact-based drama, set in the Ukraine in the early thirties, revolving around the efforts of a young artist (Max Irons) to save his childhood sweetheart (Samantha Barks) from the state-sanctioned famine orchestrated by Stalin (Gary Oliver) that would claim millions of lives. With Terence Stamp, Barry Pepper and Lucy Brown. Comment
Arts & Theater: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2016-17 season with the much-anticipated return of Step Afrika! on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 8 pm. Comment


Guyana: Caribbean Community leaders begin two days of talks at their half-yearly summit in Guyana this week with the recent election of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States, Brexit and a string of other international issues on their agenda. Comment

Tenants get more legal aid

Brooklyn: Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito say that, for the first time, the City will fund universal access to legal services for tenants facing eviction in New York City Housing Court. Comment
Brooklyn: The security for churches, synagogues, mosques has definitely heightened. This is a new increment that calls for serious attention. Amid this, the US visa upheaval for some immigrants has also intensified and has stirred fear and anxiety for several communities. Comment
St Vincent: Amid much fanfare and streams of “tears of joy,” a new US$259 million international airport was officially opened Monday in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment

D’Marsh stunner

Fashion: It was no surprise when D’Marsh Couture Fall 2017 Collection made a grand entrance to the runway. As a matter of fact, Jamaican-born designer Glenroy Marsh, showed his flair for the dramatic, opening the presentation with the Belle of the Ball being dressed by her men-in-waiting. Comment

Harlem library renamed after Harry Belafonte

Manhattan: The New York Public Library and the City’s Mayor, Bill de Blasio, on Monday said that the library has decided to adopt a new name for Harlem’s 115th Street Library in honor of legendary Caribbean American singer, songwriter, actor and social activist, Harry Belafonte. Comment
Caribbean: PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Feb 7 2017 (IPS) - As CARICOM countries struggle to move away from their traditional reliance on a single industry or major crop in the face of growing economic uncertainty worldwide, they are finding it increasingly difficult to enter markets in the EU and North America with new types of food products. Comment
Jamaica: Three persevering women are bound to make history as the first from the African continent to compete in the challenging and icy Winter Olympics in Pyeochang, South Korea. Comment

JA’s first female PM opts out from leadership

Jamaica: Jamaica’s most foremost female leader and current principal voice of the opposition People’s National Party said April 1 is the deadline date she has agreed to exit her prestigious political positions. Comment

Windies Under-19 to tour South Africa

West Indies Under-19 team will have a seven-match tour of South Africa later this year to continue preparation for the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Under-19 World Cup. Comment

Cricket West Indies new COO

Sports: Cricket West Indies (CWI) has appointed Verlyn Faustin as its chief operation officer (COO). Comment

Clarke urges Congress to help Haitian nationals

Haiti: Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, on Thursday, Feb. 9, urged her colleagues in Congress to work together to aid the people of Haiti at this crucial time, in a bill she drafted to expand the Temporary Protection Status (TPS) program to include all Haitian nationals who were in the United States prior to Nov. 4, 2016. Comment
Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Jovenel Moise was sworn in Tuesday as Haiti’s president for the next five years after a bruising two-year election cycle, inheriting a chronically struggling economy and a deeply divided society. Comment

Calypso Rose gets French toast: Reports

Music: The undisputed Calypso Queen of the World, Calypso Rose, has received a French toast with a very special award, according to reports. Comment

Restore Guyana to its former judicial, public service glory!

Guyana: Guyana has been blessed in its history and development with public servants of the caliber of Judges like Chancellor J.O.F. Haynes, E.V. Luckhoo, Victor Crane, and Chief Justice Kenneth George. Diplomats like Noel Sinclair, Sir Sonny Ramphal and Fred Wills. Attorneys General like Dr. Mohammed Shahubudeen, and Dr. Fenton Ramsahoye. Comment

Trump and traditions of the founders

Viewpoints: Maybe I should watch more CNN or MSNBC to be convinced since most Black people seemingly regard Donald Trump as some sort of abrupt political mutation who violates America’s traditions. Comment

Multi-city workshop to prep east-coasters for carnival

Arts & Theater: Get ready for carnival. Fuze carnival is taking off its third annual three-city dance tour in three states starting this month to prepare parade goers for carnival festivities in the Caribbean. Comment

Conference to prepare Guyanese students for workforce

Guyana: More than 150 students will benefit from a two-day empowerment conference, themed “Inspiring Youth for the Future” and will include workshops, thanks to the Queens College of Guyana Alumni Association (NY), headed by newly elected President Karen Wharton. Comment

Afghanistan hires Phil Simmons

Sports: Former West Indies coach Phil Simmons was appointed technical consultant to the Afghanistan cricket team. Comment

Author explores Haiti and blackness through poetry

Books: In a newly released book, Connecticut-based author and anthropology professor Gina Athena Ulysse, candidly discusses her evolving world views, as a feminist, as a Haitian, and as a black woman. “Because When God is Busy: Haiti, Me, and the World,” follows a series of poems and writings that she wrote about to Haiti and it’s culture, which she will discuss at Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics in Manhattan on Feb. 23. Comment
Movies: When we first met John Wick (Keanu Reeves), he went on a bloody killing spree in the wake of losing the love of his life (Bridget Moynahan). And at the end of that revenge-fueled splatterfest we saw the wounded assassin walk off into the sunset with a puppy he just rescued from the dog pound. Comment

Positive prediction for Caribbean tourism

Caribbean: Caribbean hoteliers are predicting positive tourism performance for the Caribbean in 2017. Comment

Adams, Squadron unveil early childhood development report

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and State Senator Daniel Squadron on Thursday, Feb. 2 unveiled a report authored by their Early Childhood Development Task Force that showcases statistical evidence for a greater financial investment in early childhood development, in particular on growth between ages birth and three years. Comment

Jamaican opposition leader to resign

Jamaica: Leader of the main Jamaican opposition People’s National Party (PNP), Portia Simpson Miller, has announced that she will be stepping down from the position come April this year. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua The Antigua and Barbuda government is considering establishing a law school and will soon conduct a feasibility study for the project. Comment

Emergency immigration information forum addresses concerns

New York: Haitian-Americans United for Progress (HAUP), the Empowerment Center and the New York Immigration Coalition held an emergency information forum Saturday evening at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Queens. Immigrant advocates and community electeds came together in the midst of confusion regarding status of immigrants. Comment

Trump administration congratulates Grenada on independence anniversary

Grenada: The Trump administration has congratulated Grenada on its 43 years of political independence, saying that the island has “much to be proud of.” Comments (1)

Sista Zock to release CD

Music: Her unique sound straddles the fence between Spoken Word, Jazz, Hip-Hop and Soul, as her music brings together a generation or two. Sista Zock, is a Renaissance Woman in the truest form and on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 Roz Nixon Entertainment will present the CD release party at Gin Fizz in Harlem. Comment


Guyana: Concerns by rights groups and Democrats about conflict of issues involving new Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on the job have not emerged so far but Guyanese government officials have found it necessary to push back on fears that his stewardship at the department will allow him to have undue influence on the country’s emerging oil and gas sector, its laws and regulations going forward in particular. Comment

Inaugural flight to Argyle International Airport

St Vincent: St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ United States Consul General, Howie Prince, and United States Director of Sales and Marketing at the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority, Celia Ross, say they are ecstatic to be among passengers on the historic, chartered flights that will land at the Argyle International Airport (AIA) when it is officially opened on Valentine’s Day. Comment

University of West Indies partners with SUNY

Manhattan: The State University of New York (SUNY) and the University of the West Indies (UWI) are uniting in a partnership to create the SUNY-UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development. The center is aiming to provide services to underserved Caribbean communities offering educational and training programs to the Caribbean and it’s Diaspora locally and abroad, said the center’s director. Comment
Brooklyn: At the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce monthly business meeting held this past Monday morning, business did not go as usual at the overcrowded National grid, auditorium, Downtown Brooklyn. Comment



Arts & Theater: On Saturday, Feb. 4 Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater celebrated its 16th anniversary by performing a ballet, “Ghana: The Place Where the Chief Sleeps” to a full house at Symphony Space. Comment

Sir Grantley H. Adams, Barbadian & West Indian statesman

Barbados: Sir Grantley Herbert Adams, CMG, QC (April 28, 1898 – Nove. 28, 1971), was a Barbadian and British West Indian statesman. Comment

It’s The Caped Crusader vs. The Joker

Movies: Not since the campy TV-sitcom back in the Sixties has Batman been so successfully lampooned. Now, the much-beloved superhero again proves perfect fodder for parody in a madcap, animated adventure with a terribly-short attention span. Comment

Kings County goes red for heart disease

Brooklyn: A day for the ladies in red. Hundreds of women dressed in red gathered at Kings County hospital lobby to celebrate Go Red for Women campaign on Feb. 3. Comment

Garvey’s family gives back to Jamaica

Jamaica: The insignia of the Order of National Hero which was presented posthumously to Marcus Mosiah Garvey when he was made Jamaica’s first National Hero in 1969 was generously donated by his family to add to exhibits at the Museum at Liberty Hall in Kingston, Jamaica. Comment

Geting to the root of racism with education

Books: I know what you’re thinking. You’ve said that before, to a furrowed brow, a mischievous smile, a child who’s about to do something sneaky. You can see it in the eyes, the body language, the tone of voice, and you know just what they’re thinking. But until you’ve read “Tears We Cannot Stop” by Michael Eric Dyson, you might not really have a clue. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Adventure Club (Unrated) Sci-fi fantasy about a trio of 10-year-old BFFs (Dalila Bella, Jakob Davies and Sam Ashe Arnold) who end up on the run from several shady characters after finding an ancient artifact capable of granting wishes. Cast includes Kim Coates, Gabrielle Miller and Robin Dunne. Comment
New York: Brooklyn Councilmember Jumaane Williams has welcomed the launch of the Mayor’s Office to prevent gun violence. Comment

Grammy winners set to boycott music awards

Music: Controversy and the prevalence of protests in sports, politics and entertainment will not be elusive to the Grammy Awards. Comment

Jamaica beats USA to secure gold in 4 X 200m relay

Jamaica: The Jamaica 4 x 200m women’s team that included Venice Baker, Yanique Ellington, Ladonna Richards and Shavine Hodges stopped the clock at 1 minute 37.80 seconds to secure the all important gold medal at the 17th annual Armory Track and Field Invitational in New York over the weekend. Comment

The Trump presidency: The first week

Viewpoints: ALICANTE, Spain, Feb 1, 2017 (IPS) – Attacking the Affordable Care Act; the “global gag rule” against abortion; the federal regulation and hiring freeze; canceling the TPP; restarting the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipeline; limiting entry with the Mexican Wall; the 90-day travel ban on seven countries; more undocumented people prioritized for deportation; no federal funding for cities refusing to cooperate; communications blackout from federal agencies; Guantánamo torture continued — What does it add up to? Comment


Jamaica: CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) _ Jordan Morris ended the U.S. scoring drought, gave Bruce Arena his first national team win in more than a decade and put himself in a position to make the roster for games that count. Comment

The first Black US shipmaster, Vincentian-born Captain Hugh Mulzac

St Vincent: When the United States entered World War II in December 1941, it faced a shortage of merchant mariners. With supplies in desperate needs overseas a massive sealift would require not only a huge fleet of cargo ships, but the seafarers to sail them. Comment

CDPAP bridges the gap to independence for the elderly and disabled

Advertorial: No one wants to live their senior years in an assisted living facility or nursing home. We want to live independent, active lives in our homes in a familiar neighborhood, surrounded by our family and friends for as long as we possibly can. Read more…

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean Finance ministers from several Caribbean countries, including Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, and Guyana, are among the 48-member countries are expected to attend the Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDB) annual meeting in Paraguay in March. Comment

Law to coach Windies team

Sports: Cricket West Indies has appointed Australian, Stuart Law, as head coach of the West Indies men’s team. Comment

What we need is a day without immigrants

Immigration: The thing we feared most has come upon us and now thousands of innocent immigrants and travelers are forced to bear the brunt of a racist and foolish travel ban of seven predominantly Muslim nations by Donald Trump and his Alt-Right, Nazi-inspired cohorts. Comment

CGID Immigration Bulletin

Guyana: BROOKLYN: In light of the change in US administration and drastic changes in US immigration policy, the Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID) issues the following guidance to immigrants; particularly Caribbean nationals, who are permanent residents (Greencard holders), out of status or undocumented: Comment

Experts say US travel ban a ‘significant setback’ for those needing international protection

National: Expressing concern that a new Executive Order by the United States President Donald Trump is in breach of the country’s human rights commitments, a group of United Nations rights experts have called on the US to live up to its human rights obligations and provide protection for those fleeing persecution and conflicts. Comment

Little effect of Trump’s action on Barbados

Barbados: United States President Donald Trump’s, signing of an order cutting off funding for planned parenthood organizations in America will have a limited effect on the Barbados counterpart group, according to past and present executives. Comment

Guyana jungle highway gets British aid

Guyana: Grant aid money from Britain will soon help Guyana achieve a decades old dream of paving the first part of a 350-mile jungle highway linking the city to the border with Brazil, opening new trade routes especially for landlocked Brazilian border states to the Caribbean free trade area Infrastructure Minister David Patterson said this week. Comment

Russell gets one-year ban

Sports: West Indies all-rounder and Twenty20 star, Jamaican Andre Russell was banned for one year for an anti-doping whereabouts violation. Comment

Jamaica eyes new record in city track games

Manhattan: They want to set a new record. Several runners from Jamaica’s 4x200 relay team got to talk about their goals for the forthcoming Armory Track Invitational at Park Central Hotel in Manhattan on Feb. 2. The press conference highlighted their upcoming plans for the Feb. 3 –4 event. Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: With the Trump administration vowing to deal with nations and groups with links to terrorism, two Caribbean Community countries were unfortunately forced to publicly deal with such issues this week, including tourist paradise The Bahamas which was surprisingly picked out by an alleged expert on United States television network MSNBC as having such connections. Comment

St. Vincent envoy reflects on tenure

St Vincent: Some diplomats are, clearly, more vocal. Others are taciturn, preferring to let their work reflect in their accomplishments. I. Rhonda King, St. Vincent and the Grenadines ambassador to the United Nations, is, seemingly, the latter, with strong proclivity for not being in the limelight, despite her position. Comment

Eugene hosts immigration forum

Brooklyn Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene on Jan. 26 hosted an immigration forum at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church Auditorium in Brooklyn to provide information to constituents pertaining to knowing their rights regardless of immigration status and to protect themselves from legal issues. Comment

Caribbeans receive Queens Ambassador Awards

Trinidad and Tobago: Four Caribbean-born awardees were among those honored last week at the Queens Ambassador Awards, which celebrated the contributions of 25 stellar foreign-born Queens residents. Comment

Sir John Compton ‘The Father of St. Lucia’

St Lucia: Sir John George Melvin Compton (April 29, 1925 – Sept. 7., 2007) was renowned as “Daddy Compton” and the “Father of St. Lucia.” Comment
Manhattan: They are going big for the heart. Employees at Macy’s are the face of heart health awareness for the department store’s new campaign in honor of the American Heart Association’s annual Go Red for Women campaign. Comment

New York mas band at Guyana’s Mashramani

Arts & Theater: Now in its fifth year of revelry, New York costume band “Honest Illusions” will once again bring excitement to the streets of Georgetown, on Feb. 23, in a kaleidoscope of colorful pieces, under the theme “Mardi Gras,” to celebrate Guyana’s 47th Republic Anniversary, and Mashramani festivities. Comment
Sports: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has changed its name to Cricket West Indies (CWI). Comment
As Jamaican Glenroy March and House of D’Marsh gear up for New York Fashion Week (NYFW), patrons will be in for a treat as the New York-based designer will be presenting his latest collection, La Fantaisie Ball, on Feb. 13 at 6 pm at Coco Mat. Comment

Abolishing Obamacare rewards wealthy, punishes working families

Viewpoints: Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) threaten the health care of 30 million Americans and would erode some rare progress made recently to reverse America’s growing economic inequality. Comment

New play explores Harriet Tubman’s life

Arts & Theater: She is more than her narrative. A play highlighting Harriet Tubman’s final days opens at Crossroads Theatre on Feb. 16. “Beyond the Oak Trees” is a play about the freedom-fighter’s last journey on the Underground Railroad and her life in the elder home that she founded. Comment
Arts & Theater: Take a stroll down memory avenue. The fifth annual “Black Artstory” series of events and exhibitions will turn six blocks of Myrtle Avenue in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill into a walkable history of African healing practices this month. Comment
Jamaica: When Carter G. Woodson established Negro History Week in 1926, it was to ensure American history included the accomplishments of Black Americans beyond the discriminatory ideas that were popular at the time. Comment

One less gold for Usain Bolt

Jamaica: Sprinter legend Usain Bolt will have to return one of his nine Olympic gold medals after his Jamaican teammate Nesta Carter was tested positive for a banned substance eight years ago at the Beijing Olympics. Comment
Jamaica: Stating that it has been her honor to work on constituents’ behalf in the nation’s capital — even in the most difficult moments, including when the federal government was literally shut down — Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke on Wednesday, Jan. 25 evening took the oath of office as she enters into her second decade in the US House of Representatives. Comment

Jamaican hero carries torch while helping others

Jamaica: Unsung heroes are everyday people we move among daily, and we overlook them easily because they are trying to elevate humanity without being elected to serve or be noticed. Comment

Guyanese author writes about murder in the UN

Books: Derrick John Jeffrey’s passion, and organic way of writing, is the reason for his successful careers as storyteller, playwright, and author that began in his homeland of Guyana back in the 70s. Comment

Haiti holds final round of election cycle started in 2015

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti held a final round of legislative contests as well as long-overdue municipal votes on Sunday, closing a repeatedly derailed election cycle that started in 2015. Comment

Clarke warns ban may extend to the Caribbean

Jamaica: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has warned that United States President Donald Trump’s executive order barring entry to the United States for the predominantly Muslims nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen may extend to the Caribbean. Comments (1)

Twist and turns in Emmett Till’s death

Books: You really can’t remember. For sure, something important happened years ago, something you should recall very easily, but time’s made things fuzzy. Have you forgotten or, worse yet, have you just remembered everything wrong? Usually, you suppose, it wouldn’t matter but in the new book “The Blood of Emmett Till” by Timothy B. Tyson, it surely does. Comment

Black History Month extends shortest calendar dates

National: Actor Morgan Freeman reportedly said “Black history is American history” therefore the accomplishment of African-Americans should not be relegated to any one month. Comment

Assemblyman Clyde Vanel delivers festive inaugural ceremony

After a myriad of attempts to win an election for a position in a public office, Haitian-American Clyde Vanel was sworn in as the assemblyman for the 33rd district by the Hon. Raymond Joseph Lohier, Jr., a United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit judge appointed by the 44th president of the United States, Barack H. Obama, noted Vanel during his inaugural delivery in the CUNY - York College Atrium in Queens, NY Comments (3)

From DJ to musician

Music: Emerging reggae and dancehall artist ZekeDon’s unique talent and love for music is rising him to the top. Comment

South Shore drops dissapointing non-league matchup

The Lady Vikings couldn’t hold on to a late-game lead on Jan. 29, falling 57–52 to Baldwin at the Mecca Challenge in the Bronx. Comment

Adams, Diaz launch Gifted & Talented Education Task Force

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. on Monday announced the creation of a new task force to study issues surrounding gifted and talented education in New York City public schools, as well as the admissions process for the city’s specialized high schools. Comment

Paramaribo’s old town to get a facelift

Suriname: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) said it has approved a US$20 million loan in helping Suriname launch an urban rehabilitation program. Comment

Trump and the crisis of democracy

Viewpoints: ROME, Jan 25, 2017 (IPS) - George W. Bush, the Republican bridge between Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump as U.S. president, declared that the United States was the only democracy in the world. The election of Trump now makes this traditional American rhetoric impossible. Trump received three million votes less than his opponent Hilary Clinton. Comment

Vin Diesel stars in high-octane thriller

Movies: When it was released back in 2002, xXx grossed over a quarter-billion dollars worldwide in theaters alone. The visually-captivating espionage adventure starring Vin Diesel was reminiscent of James Bond, except it featured a hunkier hero and more spectacular stunts and special effects. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has warned of a tobacco epidemic in the Americas, including the Caribbean saying that adverse consequences of the tobacco disproportionately affect the low- and middle income countries, where more than 80 percent of the world’s smokers now live, including 127 million in the region of the Americas. Comment

Grenada confirms its first case of microcephaly

Grenada: Grenada has become the second Caribbean country to confirm its first case of Zika-related microcephaly — a baby which was born with the birth defect. Comment

Reports of police harassment in Jamaica

Jamaica: The London-based human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, claims that some Jamaican police officers harass and intimidate relatives of slain victims in order to prevent them from seeking justice. Comment

Jamaica to deploy surveillance aircraft

Jamaica will deploy a surveillance aircraft to strengthen the country’s border-protection system as part of several new measures in its fight against crime. Comments (1)

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: American Violence (Unrated) Psychological thriller revolving around a shrink (Denise Richards) hired to determine whether or not an inmate (Kaiwi Lyman-Mersereau) on Death Row deserves a stay of execution. With Columbus Short, Bruce Dern and Michael Pare. Comment



Guyana: Using their numerical majority in the Senate, Republican lawmakers are expected to confirm Rex Tillerson, President Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State, but his decades of links to ExxonMobil and the company’s huge oil find off the Guyana coast are shining a light on possible conflict of interest issues at the State Department. Comment

Perry swears in – again

Perry swears in – again

Brooklyn: Hundreds of constituents recently witnessed the community swearing in of Brooklyn Assemblyman Nick Perry for his 25th year in the State Assembly. Comment
Grenada: Grenadian Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Mitchell, has been seeking to dampen a potential flare-up between his countrymen and officials in Barbados after an alleged rough up and indecent search of nationals of his country. Comment



Music: Think of “Soul Train” with Caribbean music and you get the genius of the new and hopeful dance show, “International Reggae Train.” Comments (1)

The Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio at Kumble

Music: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2016-17 Jazz series on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at 8 pm with 2017 NEA Jazz Master Dr. Lonnie Smith. Comment

Whine your way to fitness

Health: Soca whine during your fitness time. Dance fitness class Wukkout is a soca music-based dance class giving participants a chance to dance to the upbeat genre and break a sweat. Comment
Arts & Theater: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2016-17 season with the much-anticipated return of National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica (NDTC) on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 8 pm and on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 3 pm. Comments (1)
Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Public hospitals that cater to Haiti’s poor are shuttered or barely functioning due to walkouts by nurses, janitors, porters and other personnel months after the troubled country endured a lengthy and punishing strike by resident doctors. Comment

CARICOM gets CDB grant to address gender inequality

Caribbean: The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has provided CARICOM with a US$500,000 grant towards the development and implementation of a gender sensitive results based Caribbean Community management system, according to the body’s website. Comment

Flatbush dentist serves community with pride

Health: A Flatbush dentist serving the Prospect Lefferts-Gardens community for 38 years takes pride in his honest business approach and the dental needs of his predominantly Caribbean community, and has been for the past three decades. Comment

Bolt nominated for world award

Jamaica: Track and field legend Usain Bolt has been nominated for the World Sportsman-of-the-Year award. Comment

Trudy Deans returns as Jamaica’s consul general

Jamaica: Trudy Deans, who had served as Community Relations Officer at the Jamaica’s New York Consulate General, has returned as the new Consul General. Comment

Efforts afoot to help combat crime in Jamaica

Jamaica: To help dismantle the surging in crime and violence in Jamaica seen in ways as never seen before, a group of highly skilled crime stoppers have galvanized and formed a team called, The Jamaica Diaspora Intervention and Prevention Task Force. Comment

Clarke disappointed with Obama’s non-pardon of Marcus Garvey

Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, who had taken the lead, with 17 other members of the United States House of Representatives, in calling on outgoing President Barack Obama to posthumously pardon Jamaica’s first national hero, Marcus Mosiah Garvey, has seemingly expressed disappointment with Obama’s non-action. Comment

American Foundation to present UWI’s Shirley Chisholm Award

Brooklyn: One month after the exit of the 44th and first Black president of the USA from the White House, the first Black woman who sought the esteemed position 45 years ago will be acknowledged and lauded when the American Foundation for the University of the West Indies (AFUWI) presents the inaugural Shirley Chisholm Award. Comment

Pakistan to tour West Indies

Sports: West Indies will face Pakistan in three Test matches, three One-Day Internationals, and two Twenty20s during their tour of the Caribbean in March this year. Comment
Brooklyn: The powerful message of hope, and the legacy of the civil rights movement, rang throughout the auditorium of the Walt Whitman Theater of Brooklyn College, when Senator, Kevin Parker hosted the 13th Annual “A Shared Dream” celebration, in conjunction with the foundation to honor late iconic leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Comment

Chase may keep a man out of prison

Books: Catch me if you can. You might have said that once, giggling. You may have yelled it at a game one afternoon. You said it, maybe, in a flirtatious manner on some romantic evening. Run, run, run, catch me if you can because, as in “Man on the Run” by Carl Weber, this chase may keep a man out of prison. Comment

Civil disobedience during the prez inauguration

Brooklyn: Council Member Jumaane Williams got emotional addressing the press before he and six others sat down in the middle of 5th Ave. at the very moment the presidential inauguration was taking place in Washington DC. on Friday. “My mother is with us,” he said, and they both then hugged. Comment

Jamaican national nabbed with cocaine in beef patties

Jamaica: The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency says officers at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport have nabbed a Jamaican national with cocaine in beef patties. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Grenada A United States-based company will invest US$58 million in the Grenada tourism industry under the island’s Citizenship by Investment Program (CIP). Comment

Bichotte continues fight to protect women’s reproductive freedom

New York: Brooklyn Democratic Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte says she has helped pass two critical pieces of legislation to strengthen and protect women’s reproductive rights. Comment

Trinidad sets new legal age for marriage

Trinidad and Tobago: The Trinidad and Tobago government has passed legislation to make 18 years the new legal age of marriage— ending decades of child marriages. Comment

The dreams from Obama’s America

Viewpoints: Obama will be remembered as one of the greatest political orators of our times. Comment

Caribbean American ex-senator jailed for five years

Guyana: A United States federal district judge in Brooklyn has sentenced a former Caribbean American legislator to five years in prison after he was convicted two years ago for trying to prevent a federal probe and making false statements to government agents. Comment

Haitians fear deportation

Haiti: The Temporary Protective Status (TPS) of Haitians in the United States is under questionable circumstances with the new and incoming administration. Fears of restrictive immigration changes when President-elect Trump enters the office looms in the concerns of many Haitian Americans, including a Ditmas Park councilman. Comment

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