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Thursday, April 27, 2017

A cosmetic company for black women

People: A Toronto-based makeup enthusiast wants to propel the availability of beauty products specific to black women in the makeup industry. TAJJ Cosmetics is the brainchild of it’s founder June Smith, a Jamaican-Canadian lover of cosmetics, who started the company in 2008 out of necessity, she said. Comments (3)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Taylor comes out of retirement

Sports: Former West Indies fast bowler Jerome Taylor has come out of retirement from Test cricket and has indicated he is again available for selection to the regional side. Taylor 32, who stepped down from Test cricket last July says he is ready to play for the West Indies. Comment

Friday, April 21, 2017

Racism persists in Cuba

Cuba: Many Afro-Cuban activists say that despite the social advancements made in Cuba in recent years, blacks on the Spanish-speaking Caribbean island still face and battle overt racism. Comment

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Caribbean Week comes to New York in June

Manhattan: The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) says Caribbean Week New York will come alive in the Big Apple in early June with a celebration of the sights, sounds, color, cuisine and culture of the Caribbean. Comment

Caribbean Airlines unveils new service to new St. Vincent-Grenadines airport

Trinidad and Tobago: By Nelson A. King Comment

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Walentas Foundation announces a new round of grants for Brooklyn public schools

Brooklyn: The Walentas Family Foundation announced this week that applications are now open for its Neighborhood School Grants, an annual program to support innovative projects in Brooklyn School Districts 13 and 14. Comment

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Food and shelter are still scarce in Haiti

Haiti: Six months after Hurricane Matthew tore through Haiti’s southern peninsula, shelter and food remain scarce especially in remote, difficult-to-reach areas, according to reports here. Comment

Grenada House of Representatives passes controversial tax agreement

The Grenada House of Representatives has passed the controversial Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), Inter-Governmental Agreement with the United States. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Behind the White Glasses (Unrated) Musical tribute to Italian filmmaker Lina Wertmuller, the first female to land Oscar nominations for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Foreign Film. Featuring commentary by Martin Scorcese, Sophia Loren and Harvey Keitel. (In English and Italian with subtitles) Comment

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Caribbean health promotion contest

Health: The Washington, D.C.-based Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is inviting entries for a contest that will recognize outstanding health promotion practices developed by cities, schools, universities and institutions of higher education in the Americas, including the Caribbean. Comment

Thursday, April 13, 2017

UNREST IN THE REGION

Suriname: Street protests and labor union unrest have in recent weeks seriously hit two South American countries with very close relations to the Caribbean Community with both having much to do with declining living conditions, crime and feelings that governments are not listening. Comment

Sparks between Barbados gov’t and trade union

Barbados: Verbal sparring between trades unions and Barbados Government appears headed to the next level with a pay dispute between teachers and the Ministry of Education becoming the most recent spark that threatens to ignite into an inferno. Comment

Young Vincy group makes a huge difference

Formed just over three years ago, the Brooklyn-based Vincentian group Friends of Sion Hill, Inc. (FOSH) is already making a huge difference in the lives of many in the community in New York and at home in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment

‘Devastating consequences’ for women, girls as U.S. defunds UN agency

National: UNITED NATIONS, April 5, 2017 (IPS) - The U.S. has withdrawn all of its funding to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), an agency that works on family planning and reproductive health in over 150 countries. Comment

Guyana studies draft petroleum legislation

Guyana: A Guyanese bipartisan select parliamentary committee is set to pore over draft petroleum legislation that would include jail time and heavy fines for locals and industry players who take bribes from oil operators and will also have clauses aimed at ensuring that the country is not cheated of its resources as Guyana prepares for actual oil production in late 2019-2020. Comments (1)

New musical spotlights Caribbean experience

Arts & Theater: The Caribbean American immigrant experience comes forth in a new musical highlighting some common themes of the Diaspora. “Welcome to America: A Caribbean Musical,” is a musical about one undocumented immigrant attempting to find her dreams and learning some life lessons along the way. Comment

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

J-Love School of Fashion and Etiquette hosts Youth Jam

Fashion: Young fashion designer, Tyyan Rae Williams continues to make waves on the runway since unveiling her line of playful Pinky Sez children’s collection at Brooklyn Fashion Week at a very young age. Comments (2)

Windies scores record against Pakistan

Sports: While West Indies scored a historic record-breaking win in the opening One-Day International (ODI) of the Q Mobile Cup Series against Pakistan at the Guyana National Stadium on Friday, they faltered badly in the second match to slump to a 74-run defeat two days later. Comment

Singing praises on Sunday morning

Books: Each Sunday, your family has a routine they follow. Everyone gets up early to the smells of a good breakfast that Mama makes; she serves all your favorites before you go to church to raise your voice and praise God. Comment

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Adams proclaims April Brooklyn Financial Education Empowerment Month

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams has proclaimed April as Financial Education Empowerment Month in Brooklyn, highlighting his fourth annual month-long program of activities to coincide with National Financial Literacy Month Comment

Barbados launches new music streaming service

Music: A new music streaming service Selecta Charts will be Barbados’ first to stream music for free. The platform, which is the brainchild of founder and creator Paul Husbands, was an idea that came to fruition after attending a Canadian cultural festival, which explored the popularity of soca music access in the country, he said. Husbands said after the national Crop Over festival, soca music dies down. Comment

JA govt. offers apology, reparations to Rastafarians

Jamaica: In an unprecedented show of remorse and humility, the government of Jamaica took responsibility for a single incident that blamed the island’s total Rastafarian population for the death of eight individuals in a farming community 10 miles east of the second city of Montego Bay 54 years ago. Comments (1)

Woodstock hosts pan festival

Music: Woodstock, New York is renowned for the rockfest held in 1969 that attracted thousands of music-lovers hankering for an outdoor communal gathering of like-minded rock and roll aficionados. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Chasing Trane (Unrated) Reverential biopic exploring the musical impact of jazz great John Coltrane (1926-1967). Includes archival footage as well as reflections by Common, Dr. Cornel West, Carlos Santana, Wayne Shorter, Wynton Marsalis and President Bill Clinton. Comment

Monday, April 10, 2017

Grieving Haitians go into lifetime of debt to fund funerals

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) – Aspasie Tanis lives hand-to-mouth on the edge of eviction in the best of times, scraping out a living selling packets of spaghetti and cookies outside her low-slung concrete shack in Haiti’s capital. Now the death of her father by stroke threatens to send her into a lifetime of debt. Comment

The Mama Foundation revives ‘ALIVE!’ musical for spring

Music: Vy Higginsen and The Mama Foundation for The Arts announces their Spring 2017 Season with the revival of the hit musical ALIVE! 55+ and Kickin’ at The Dempsey Theater in Harlem, New York on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 7 pm, followed by Saturday matinees on May 6, 13 and 20 at 1 pm. Comment

Freeman, Arkin, Caine co-star in crime caper

Movies: Released in 1979, “Going in Style” revolved around a trio of retirees who break the monotony of their dreary daily lives by robbing a bank. That critically-acclaimed, comic caper co-starred a trio of entertainment icons in George Burns, Art Carney and the legendary Lee Strasberg, the father of method acting. Comment

Company wants to refuel a greener Haiti

Haiti: He is trying to attain financial gain with the use of propane. Comments (1)

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Sir Viv slams cricket board policies

Sports: Former West Indies captain Sir Viv Richards has slammed West Indies Cricket Board administrators for their failure to ensure the best players in the region remain available for international duty. Comment

Vy Higginsen’s Mama Foundation to salute Cissy Houston

Music: In the tradition of excellence always associated with Vy Higginsen, The Mama Foundation for the Arts launches The Harlem Gospel Concert Series starring Vy Higginsen’s Gospel Choir from Harlem at The Dempsey Theater, 127 West 127th St. starting April 15 and continuing the first three Saturdays in May (6, 13 & 20). Comment

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Eastern Caribbean identified as drug transit point

St Vincent: The United Stat Department’s International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCRS) has branded the Eastern Caribbean (EC) as a “transit point for drug traffickers going to the United States and Europe.” Comment

Barbados, China sign visa waiver agreement

Barbados: Barbados and China have signed a visa waiver agreement, which would see citizens of Barbados and China now entering each other’s territory with an ordinary passport. Comment

Friday, April 7, 2017

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Bahamas Police are hunting for a gunman who shot to death a female police officer last week at a club in Freeport, Grand Bahama. Comment

Call for pragmatic trade integration in the Caribbean

Caribbean: A new report by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has urged Latin America and the Caribbean to move aggressively towards a more integrated regional trade area to boost exports, protect from increasingly difficult global trading environment, and spur firms to become more productive and join global supply chains. Comment

Silicon Valley seeks Caribbean entrepreneurs and creators

Haiti: The technology capital of the country is looking for Caribbean creatives to be a part of their initiative to improve the environment and the lives of people living in the region. Singularity University, a global educational technology organization based in California, is asking Caribbean entrepreneurs and innovators to present a startup idea that will change the livelihood and scope of climate in the Caribbean. Comments (2)

New York mayor honors Una Clarke, democratic group

Brooklyn: Mayor Bill deBlasio on Sunday bestowed special honor on his former City Council colleague, Dr. Una S.T. Clarke, and her Brooklyn-based Progressive Democrats Political Association (PDPA) at a gala ceremony commemorating the 25th anniversary of the group that was founded by Clarke. Comments (1)

Art exhibit celebrates Jamaica’s 55th

Arts & Theater: The Jamaican Consulate in New York celebrated some of the country’s most talented at an exhibit in Manhattan on March 31. The “Literary Salon, Jewelry, and Art Exhibit” highlighted the artwork, literature, and designs from Jamaican authors, artists, and designers, as part of honoring Jamaica’s 55th year of independence. Comment

Thursday, April 6, 2017

LIAT’S WOES IMPAIR

Once again, leaders of several Caribbean governments, which are shareholders in the main lifeline air service to most of the countries in the Caribbean trade group have been forced to intervene to avert a major crisis, albeit with the peak Easter holiday travel period looming Comment

Clarke: Oppose Trump’s immigration policies

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has called on the Caribbean community in the United States to strongly oppose the Donald Trump administration’s immigration policies. Comment

Guyana Travel Tax billed into ticket

Guyana: During a departure procedure on April 2, 2017, at Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Guyana, a ticket agent told this reporter, that a departure tax is no longer payable at check-in, he said the fee is now billed into the airline ticket at time of purchase. Comment

Catastrophic antibiotic threat from food

Food: Jomo Kwame Sundaram is a former economics professor who served as a senior UN official during 2005-2015. Tan Zhai Gen is an University of Oxford biochemistry graduate currently involved in research. Both are Malaysians. KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, April 4, 2017 (IPS) - The greatly excessive use of antibiotics in food production in recent decades has made many bacteria more resistant to antibiotics. Comment

Darren Sammy eager to play

Sports: Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy is eager to play for the regional tram in the upcoming Limited Overs (50) against Pakistan in the Caribbean. Comment

Flute and holler! Musician wants to change the flute’s image

Music: He’s all flute, no suit! A Trinidadian flutist is hoping to change the image of his instrument! At his concert at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music on April 7, David Bertrand plans to don a cool, casual outfit and demonstrate that the silvery woodwind can take a leading role in a jazz quartet. Comment

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Climate Change solutions can’t wait for U.S. leadership

Environment: BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, April 4, 2017 (IPS) - From tourism-dependent nations like Barbados to those rich with natural resources like Guyana, climate change poses one of the biggest challenges for the countries of the Caribbean. Comment

A chance to prevent government-mandated discrimination

Viewpoints: As people across this country debate multiple issues around discrimination and the government’s role in them, here in New York, the City Council is seeking a law that would effectively create its own form of government-mandated discrimination. Comment

Former Vincentian consul general honored

St Vincent: The three-year-old Friends of Sion Hill, Inc. Saturday evening bestowed its Lifetime Achievement Award on former St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ New York Deputy Consul General Cyril “Scorcher” Thomas at the group’s Second Annual Black-Tie Awards Ceremony and Dance at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment

Brooklyn Transition Lions Club hosts Centennial Luncheon

Brooklyn: Several Brooklyn Lions clubs two Saturdays ago showed their continued support to the Brooklyn Transition Lions Clubs as the group hosted its Centennial Luncheon. Comment

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Still a chance for Caribbean immigrants

Immigration: Even as United States President Donald J. Trump has stepped up immigration enforcement, creating an atmosphere of fear among Caribbean and other immigrant communities that extends to the courtroom, a Caribbean immigration attorney in Brooklyn says there is still hope of nationals to adjust their status even though they had entered the US without inspection or had overstayed their visa. Comment

Vincentians walk for Penn Relays

St Vincent: The rain held up, after drenching New York almost non-stop for over 24 hours, but it was very cold and blustery, as Vincentians braved the elements on Saturday morning, April, to demonstrate their fervent support for national athletes participating in this year’s Penn Relays Carnival, at the Franklin Field Stadium, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Comment

How a devastating hurricane led to St. Vincent’s first sustainability school

St Vincent: KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, March 30, 2017 (IPS) - In the 1980s, an institution for troubled Danish youth and a vocational school for Vincentians was built in Richmond Vale, an agricultural district on the northwestern tip of St. Vincent. Comment

Brooklyn’s greenest oasis celebrates 150

Brooklyn: It was no April Fools’ joke that on the first day of this month thousands congregated, ran, walked, rode, in celebration of a green space marking a century and half of existence in New York. Comment

France hosts major exhibition on Jamaican music

Arts & Theater: PARIS, March 29, 2017 (IPS) — It’s one of those movie-like spring days in Paris, where blue skies and brilliant sunshine lift spirits after a long, wet, grey winter. Many people are outdoors trying to catch the rays, but Jamaican artist Danny Coxson is not among them. He’s inside a museum in a northeastern neighbourhood of the French capital, with a brush in his hand and tubs of vivid paint beside him, focusing on finishing a portrait of a deejay named Big Youth. Comment

Pakistan wins Twenty20 series

Sports: West Indies failed to capitalize on the previous day when they blasted Pakistan to a three-wicket win in just 14.5 of their allotted 20 overs in the third of their four International Twenty 20 series at the Queen’s Park Oval, in Trinidad. Comment

US Presidents savor African American cooking

Eight courses. You seriously doubted if the food was ever going to stop coming, though you hoped it wouldn’t: you’d tasted all your favorite dishes, and then some. It was a meal fit for a king or queen. Or maybe a president, and in “The President’s Kitchen Cabinet” by Adrian Miller, you’ll read about First Family feasts. Comment

Monday, April 3, 2017

US expands program to deport Caribbean immigrants in correctional facilities

Immigration: Even as legislators and immigrant advocacy groups express outrage over the Donald Trump administration’s immigration policies, United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced the expansion and modernization of a program to deport immigrants, including Caribbean nationals, in US federal correctional facilities. Comment

Tarrus Riley added to Groovin’ In The Park lineup

Music: Scores of New York City media representatives, artists, music industry executives, tastemakers and sponsors came out to the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Queens, New York last Saturday morning for the 2017 launch of Groovin’ In The Park, New York City’s premier reggae & R&B summer concert. Comment

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Homeless teen makes it in financial world

People: From a homeless teen to executive in the finance scene. Washington Heights native Emily Quezada went from living in a shelter after being thrown out of her home at 18 years old and pregnant, and now at 25 she is a finance executive with online travel agency CheapOair. Comment

Caribbean countries ban meat imports from Brazil

Food: Several Caribbean countries have banned the sale of corned beef and importation of the meat product from Brazil, following reports that several meat processors in the South American country have allegedly been selling rotten beef and poultry. Comment

Saturday, April 1, 2017

After struggle, Mandela Freedom Park opens in Barbados

Barbados: Exactly 27 years after Nelson Mandela was released from prison after spending the same number of years behind bars, Barbados opened the Mandela Freedom Park. Comment

Victory for tenants!

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, deputy leader and chair of the City Council Committee on Housing and Buildings, has hailed a ruling of a New York State Supreme Court judge to uphold rent freeze for tenants of the city’s rent stabilized housing. Comment

Break the chart: Fay-Ann Lyons makes historic chart topping success

Music: Soca artist Fay-Ann Lyons’ aptly titled album “Break the World,” went on to smash the international world when it charted at number three on Billboard’s Reggae and Soca billboard after its debut. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Aftermath (R for one scene containing graphic violence) Fact-based docudrama about a grief-stricken vigilante (Arnold Schwarzenegger) who seeks to take revenge on the air traffic controller (Scoot McNairy) whose mistake led to the crash which claimed the lives of his wife and daughter. Supporting cast includes Maggie Grace, Kevin Zegers and Hannah Ware. Comment

Friday, March 31, 2017

Vincentian masman, soccer pioneer Sam DeBique mourned

St Vincent: More than 500 Vincentian and other Caribbean nationals Sunday evening paid their last respects to Vincentian masman and football (soccer) pioneer Sam DeBique, who died on March 15. He was 79 Comment

Professional Prep aims to develop amazing humans

Brooklyn: TFOA-Professional Preparatory Charter School in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, is in the business of helping every student recognize and develop their potential to grow into an exceptional human being and to use their skills, talents and knowledge to change the world in positive ways. This ambitious project seems entirely achievable when explained with enthusiasm and focus by Professional Prep’s co-founder and managing partner, Rafiq Kalam Id-Din. Comment

Free business program targets minority, women entrepreneurs

Manhattan: A Harlem-based lending company launched a business initiative to support women and minority-owned businesses in the city. The Harlem Commonwealth Council lending sector — the Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund — created the free program ‘Opportunity for Growth’ that will teach and assist participants with sessions on financial education and literacy, marketing, and the do’s and don’ts of running a business. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados Health authorities in Barbados are urging nationals to educate themselves more about sexually transmitted infections (STI) as the island deals with an outbreak of syphilis. Comment

Thursday, March 30, 2017

FROM CUBA TO SENEGAL

Music: Cuban pianist Elio Villafranca is returning with his Letters to Mother Africa series, this time with “Cuba – Senegal: Letters to Mother Africa II” at Aaron Davis Hall on March 31. The concert will be an extension of his first installment, this time highlighting African roots of Cuban music and connecting a relationship between Cuban and Senegalese music, he said. Comment

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

SWEET TROUBLE BREWING

Caribbean: Caribbean sugar producers are once again scrambling to adopt to new measures by their main buyers in Europe largely because the decades-old system of fixed quantity quotas for raw cane sugar exports from the region will come to a crashing end in September. Comment

Commemorating the enduring legacy of the transatlantic slave trade

As the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade was celebrated on Saturday, the United Nations says the legacy of the transatlantic slave trade endures. Comment

Ending gender-based violence key to health and well-being

Health: Natalia Linou is policy specialist Gender, Health and HIV at the UN Development Program UNITED NATIONS, March 24, 2017 (IPS) - Physical injuries are some of the more visible, and at times most deadly, consequences of gender-based violence (GBV). But the long-term mental health consequences are often invisible and left untreated. Comment

Together we are stronger against police violence

Jamaica: Shackelia Jackson is the sister of Nakiea who was killed by the Jamaican police in 2014. KINGSTON, Jamaica, March 22, 2017 (IPS) - As a relative of a young man killed by the police in Kingston, Jamaica, many people have asked me how my family copes with the pain, with having lost a part of us, with the immense frustration of not having found justice for Nakiea. Comment

Twenty20 World Cup finals

Sports: West Indies women’s cricketers will open their Women’s World Cup campaign in June against arch-rivals Australia, in a repeat of the last year’s Twenty20 World Cup final in India. Comment

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Guyana prez forthcoming visit part of ‘important tradition’ at MEC

Guyana: Medgar Edgar College’s [MEC] President Dr. Rudolph Crew has said that the visit of the president of the Republic of Guyana to the Crown Heights-based college in April continues “an important tradition” at the predominantly Black Brooklyn school. Comment

Pakistan defeats West Indies

Sports: Pakistan crushed West Indies in their first of four Twenty20 matches which began at the Kensington Oval, Barbados on Sunday, March 26. Comment

Senior Resource Fair for Fort Greene residents

Brooklyn: The second annual Senior Resource Fair, a four-hour exposition that showcases helpful resources for seniors, returns to Clinton Hill on March 29. The fair organized by the Senior Council of the Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project was in high demand from neighborhood seniors, said an organizer for the fair. Comment

Bichotte endorses Mayor de Blasio for re-election

People: Brooklyn Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte on Sunday, March 26 endorsed Mayor Bill de Blasio for re-election, citing his strong record of improving public schools, creating affordable housing for working families and improving relations between police and the communities they serve. Comment

New revolving loan funds for minorities & women

New York: In collaborative efforts between New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office and the City’s Department of Small Business Services, applications are now open for minorities and women in small business to access more loans to expand their businesses. Comment

HAT TRICK

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – Just before they walked onto the field for a critical World Cup qualifier, American players received a message from Bruce Arena. Comment

Two statues on track for Jamaica 55

Jamaica: On the 55th anniversary celebration of Jamaica’s independence, the images of two multiple Olympic gold medal winners will be immortalized with the unveiling of statues at the National Stadium Statue Park in Kingston. Comment

Monday, March 27, 2017

Criminal deportees, a matter of international concern

St Lucia: The St. Lucia’s Prime Minister Allan Chastanet is making another call for an international agreement to deal with the issue of criminal deportees, saying the matter should be discussed at the level of the United Nations Comment

HERO/C to host tea party and hat parade for charity

Brooklyn: Fresh from a successful medical mission to Guyana that included a Cancer Awareness walk, in collaboration with the Giving Hope Foundation, members and friends of the Health Education and Relief Organization For Cancer Inc. (HEROC) will dress to impress on Sunday, April 23, at its Annual Tea Party and Hat Parade, to raise funds to continue its urgent work. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Aftermath (R for one scene containing graphic violence) Fact-based docudrama about a grief-stricken vigilante (Arnold Schwarzenegger) who seeks to take revenge on the air traffic controller (Scoot McNairy) whose mistake led to the crash which claimed the lives of his wife and daughter. Supporting cast includes Maggie Grace, Kevin Zegers and Hannah Ware. Comment

Chris Gayle left out

Sports: Cricket West Indies (CWI) selectors have blanked batting superstar Chris Gayle for the four-match Twenty20 series against Pakistan which bowls off later this month. Comment

Sunday, March 26, 2017

The abbreviated life of legendary Jazz great

Movies: Legendary jazz great Lee Morgan (1938-1972) was born and raised in Philadelphia where he received his first trumpet as a gift from his sister on his 13th birthday. He soon became a protege of Clifford Brown who would die in a car accident at the tender age of 25. Comment

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Former Haitian mayor sued in federal court for human rights abuses

Haiti: The former mayor of a small Haitian village in 2012 has been sued in a United States federal district for human rights abuses, according to reports here. Comment

Friday, March 24, 2017

Workers rally for safer construction conditions

Manhattan: A new bill mandating that construction workers undergo safety training is picking up steam from members of a local union group. Comment

Thursday, March 23, 2017

T&T RAIDS FUND

Once again, authorities in Trinidad are tapping into a special rainy day fund to help finance a deficit 2017 budget, ailing in part because of the prolonged depression of oil and gas prices on the international market and for petroleum-related products in general. Comment

Prom kicks: Annual drive to collect shoes for prom

Brooklyn: A local charity is ensuring teenage girls fashionably complete their prom outfits in style with a shoe drive at Round 2 Cafe on April 9. Comment

Experts discuss gender and transport planning in Guyana

Guyana: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says it has organized the first forum on gender and transport in Georgetown, Guyana, with the objective of creating a space for the exchange of information between public policymakers, researchers and transport experts on how to incorporate the gender perspective into the transport sector to promote greater gender equality in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)-member state. Comment

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Sobers: Windies players lack motivation

Barbados: Legendary West Indies all-rounder Sir Garfield Sobers said Windies players lacked motivation and commitment. Comment

Walcott: Caribbean Colossus

Viewpoints: Derek Walcott, by his work, achieved three colossal feats. Comment

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Kings County gets funding from City Council

Brooklyn: Councilman Mathieu Eugene (D—East Flatbush) presented a check of $1.4 million to Kings County Hospital earlier this month. The hospital was awarded the money by the city council to purchase the latest modernized equipment for patients. Comment

St. Vincent to welcome Dynamic Int. Airways

St Vincent: With the brand new 9000 ft. Argyle International Airport now in place, Consul General of St, Vincent and Grenadines to New York, H.E. Howie M. Prince, said his country would welcome the arrival of Greensboro North Carolina Dynamic International Airways planned service from JFK to the Eastern Caribbean island in the near future. Comment

Monday, March 20, 2017

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Bahamas Cruise line officials have expressed concern about the state of crime in The Bahamas. Comment

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Trinidad to resume hanging

Trinidad and Tobago: Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley has brought in former United National Congress (UNC) Attorney General Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj (under the Basdeo Panday administration) to assist the government in resuming hanging in Trinidad and Tobago. Comment

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Mystery spinner returns

Sports: Mystery spinner Sunil Narine and hard-hitting batsman Kieron Pollard are among members of the West Indies squad to play Pakistan in the upcoming four Twenty20 matches in the Caribbean later this month. Comment

Friday, March 17, 2017

Dynamic Int. Airways to improve service

Capt. Gerry Gouveia, chief executive officer of Roraima Airways, Guyana, and Karen Kraus, interim chief executive officer (CEO) of Greensboro North Carolina, Dynamic International Airways, thanked travel agents and customers for staying with the carrier through turbulent times, and assured customers that the airline is now focused on service recovery that would be seamless. Comments (1)

Jamaican detainee dies in Louisiana hospital

Jamaica: The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency says a Jamaican national in its custody has died at Lafayette General Hospital in Lafayette, LA. Comment

Things your Mama never had to consider

Raising a child is quite a challenge. When they’re small, you feel as though the entire world is dangerous. As they grow, you waffle between encouragement and fear, wings for them and tears for you. Teenagers, well, they’re a whole separate category and in the new book “My Brown Baby” by Denene Millner, some parents have even more to worry about. Comment

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Rocking to Forever Freestyle 11 at Lehman Center

Music: Harlemite Rob Base put together a hip hop group in 5th grade called Sureshot Seven. “A bunch of us put together a little hip hop group. It was fun back then. We had a couple of DJs and MCs. In time we all branched out and did our own thing Comment

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017

Country roads: Brooklyn duo find hoops home at West Virginia

Teyvon Myers and Tarik Phillip took the long way ‘round from Brooklyn to West Virginia, but the senior pair have excelled in Morgantown this season. Comment

Waiting game: South Shore bides time before playoff run

The top-seeded Lady Vikings haven’t played an actual basketball game in over a month, but the reigning city champs are certain the time off has been good for the squad. Comment

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