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Monday, Dec. 10, 2018

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados President of the Barbados’ Prison Officers Association pleaded not guilty of encouraging four other prison officers to stay off the job in May this year when he appeared in court recently. Comment

Petrotrin cries felt by fired UTT lecturers

Trinidad and Tobago: The heartbreak felt by ex-Petrotrin workers was the same that was experienced by retrenched University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) lecturers who were sent home earlier this year. Comment

Power and sexual abuse: The danger of doubling

People: Stockholm / Rome, Dec. 10, 2018 (IPS) — Several celebrities use their power to insult or take advantage of women. We read about sexual abuse from men like Harvey Weinsten, Bill OReilly, Leslie Moonves, Jeffrey Epstein, Bill Cosby, R. Kelly, Dennis Hastert, Robert Packwood, Roger Ailes, James Levine, Hans Hermann Groër, Marcial Maciel, Justin Forsyth, Ruud Lubbers, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Bill Clinton, Silvio Berlusconi and Donald Trump. Comments (1)

‘Triple Threat’ laced with romance and drama

Books: You dig, and you dig, and you dig. Like a dog with a bone, you’re all in when presented with a tiny scrap of intriguing information. You don’t let go until you know everything there is to know about it, searching and uncovering and digging until, as in the new novel “Triple Threat” by Camryn King, you’ve dug yourself into trouble. Comment
Movies: Capernaum (R for profanity and drug use) Coming-of-age tale about a young Lebanese boy (Zain al Rafeea) who sues his parents (Fadi Yousef and Kawsar Al Haddad) for neglect while serving a five-year sentence for attempted murder. With Yordanos Shiferaw, Cedra Izam and Nadine Labaki. (In Arabic and Amharic with subtitles) Comment

Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018

Nannies to be celebrated at annual gala

Brooklyn: Several of the city’s domestic workers will be celebrated at an annual gala next week. The celebratory Dec. 15 gala, created by nanny platform — My Nanny Circle, is honoring some 21 nannies with awards at Grand Prospect Hall. This year, the annual gathering is not only extolling a hardworking group of women, but with a major backing from a leading media company — honorees will be getting special surprises, said its founder. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018

Trini author pens kids book on manners

Books: She’s all about manners. A Trinidadian-American teacher and author is releasing a new children’s book about general courtesy and manners. Debut author Amarimba Charles, introduces youngsters to the do’s and don’ts of employing common courtesy and politeness in her book, “Please and Thank You are Magic Words! A Story About Manners And Etiquette.” Comment

Friday, Dec. 7, 2018

Manhattan: Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte (D–Flatbush) joined Councilman Mark Treygar (D–Coney Island) in a push to advocate for more translation services for Russian and Haitian Creole speaking voters at City Hall on Dec. 5. The politicians demanded that the Board of Elections revise their current law, which limits interpretation services for a select number of languages. Comment

Caribbean actors pay tribute to famous Trini playwright

Arts & Theater: More than a half dozen Caribbean actors are going to perform excerpts from Zeno Obi Constance’s plays at TheatreLab Studios on Dec. 10. Parts from eight of the Trinidadian playwright’s work will be read by some of the rising and dominant names in Caribbean theatre in “From Page to Stage: A Caribbean Journey.” Comment

SINGING FOR A CAUSE

SINGING FOR A CAUSE

Music: Vincentian gospel artiste LaFleur Durrant and her Jamaican counterpart Croswell Daley brought the house down Saturday with heart-wrenching gospel songs as the Bronx-based St. Matthias Charities, Inc. hosted its annual fundraising prayer breakfast at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment
Sports: The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) recently announced that the Estadio Nacional, in San Jose, Costa Rica will host a Concacaf Gold Cup doubleheader, featuring the home nation, on Sunday, June 16, 2019. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018

FREE TRAVEL FREE TRADE

Immigration: In what appears to be one of the most productive of meetings among Caribbean Community leaders in recent years, a special sitting of heads of government in Trinidad has come up with a string of decisions, if handled well, could end decades of frustration among regional citizens in matters relating to free travel and free trade among others. Comment
Brooklyn: Residents in an Upper West Side building are leading a desperate search to find the relatives of their beloved security guard who quietly passed away recently. Comments (1)

Citizenship assistance workshop this Saturday

Brooklyn: This Saturday, Flatbush politicians — Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte (D–Flatbush), state Sen. Kevin Parker (D–Kensington), and Councilman Jumaane Williams (D–East Flatbush), are inviting their constituents to attend a free citizenship workshop. Comment
A challenge to whether Barbados violated FIFA rules by allowing a footballer to play in a match against Guyana when he was not cleared to do so could derail the Bajan Tridents’ progress in the Nations League qualifiers. Comment
Sports: West Indies Women will tour England next year for a six limited overs series at several major country avenues. Comment

Kraigg tumbles in ICC batting rankings

Sports: Stand-in West Indies Captain Kraigg Brathwaite has taken a heavy blow in the latest ICC Test rankings. Comment

Dottin improves T20 rankings

Sports: Veteran West Indies star Deandra Dottin has been ranked No 2 all-rounder in the latest ICC Twenty20 Internationals. In the latest rankings announced recently by the ICC, the 27-year-old had jumped by two spots to second, following her achievements in the recent ICC Women’s Twenty20 World Cup in the Caribbean. Comment
St Vincent: In the wake of the referendum defeats in Grenada and Antigua and Barbuda in adopting the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as the region’s final court of appeal, the court’s chief justice has admitted that more still needs to be done to educate the public about the role of the court. Comment

Caribbean loses Sagicor

Trinidad and Tobago: A Caribbean company that originated in Barbados more than 100 years ago and grew to have a presence in many regional territories is being sold to a Canadian concern for just over half-a-billion dollars. Comment

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua Antigua and Barbuda is taking another step towards legalizing the regulated production and supply of marijuana for religious and medical purposes, when final consultations on the Cannabis Bill 2018 are held. Comment

Sitting on Appellate bench ‘interesting, fulfilling’: Justice Sylvia Hinds-Radix

Brooklyn: While stating that the Appellate Court on which she sits is the busiest in the nation, Caribbean-born Justice Sylvia Hinds-Radix has described as “interesting and fulfilling” her role on the New York court. Comment

Christmas stories for children

Christmas stories for children

Books: You already know the story about Santa. You know about his reindeer and his sleigh and the toys. You know about Frosty, and Rudolph, and the elves. But what about fairies, tubas, or construction equipment at Christmastime? With these great picture books, you’ll learn fast… Comment
Music: The World’s Fare is coming back to Citi Field next spring and figures to attract thousands of local foodies eager to try curated bites from across the globe. Comments (1)

Say no to the International Court of Justice

Guatemala: 1. Prior to Spain Britain and the other European countries colonizing this part of the world, several nation states existed but they came and used unjustifiable force on the native citizens to take away their territories from them and colonized the entire region. Comment

Black pianist, white chauffeur tour segregated South

Movies: Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) was a promising prodigy whose formal training in classical piano began when he was admitted to Russia’s prestigious Leningrad Conservatory at the age of 9. Because he had the misfortune of being raised in Florida in the Jim Crow Era, it was very unlikely that his extraordinary talent would be appreciated anywhere in the South upon his return to the States. Comment

Clarke warns about Trump’s proposed Public Charge rule

New York: Brooklyn Democratic Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke Monday night stepped up her warning to Caribbean and other immigrants about the Trump administration’s proposed Public Charge rule, saying that it will “deeply affect a large portion of residents” in her Ninth Congressional District, who are predominantly Caribbean nationals. Comment

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018

CASWA celebrates cultural wellness

Brooklyn: The Caribbean-American Social Workers Association (CASWA), under the theme: Cultural Wellness — Celebrating Caribbean Food, Music and dance, last Saturday, hosted its 15th Annual Fundraising Breakfast at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, Brooklyn, to continue improving the social status and functioning of people of Caribbean heritage. Comment
Brooklyn: The rainy weather last Sunday, did not dampen the holiday spirit of Canarsie Brooklyn residents, who looked on in awe as the Seddio Family Holiday Lighting Display lit up the corner of 93 Street and Flatlands Avenue, against loud applause and greetings of Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays, Happy Kwanza and Merry Christmas. Comment
Environment: Lee Hoesung was appointed chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2015. He is also the Endowed Chair Professor of economics of climate change, energy and sustainable development in the Republic of Korea*. UNITED NATIONS, Dec 3, 2018 (IPS) — When governments set a target in December 2015 of limiting global warming to well below 2ºC above pre-industrial levels while pursuing efforts to hold it at 1.5ºC, they invited the IPCC to prepare a report to provide information on this Goal. Comment

West Indies loses 2-0 Test series against Bangladesh

Sports: West Indies suffered another lost inside three days in the two-Test series against Bangladesh in Dhaka on Sunday. Spin bowler Mehedi Miraz produced the best bowling performance ever by a Bangladesh bowler to bowl his side to a convincing victory and claim a historic series win over the West Indies. Comment

Monday, Dec. 3, 2018

Movies: Ben Is Back (R for drug use and pervasive profanity) Lucas Hedges plays the title character in this coming-of-age drama about a troubled teen who arrives home unex Comment
Music: The world is abuzz about UNESCO’s recent overwhelming endorsement of reggae’s impact on the world. The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization added the genre among the world’s protected “intangible cultural heritage” treasures during its 13th session held in the Republic of Mauritius recently. Comment

Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018

Ganja: race, politics and legalisation

Caribbean: The issue of legalisation of ganja has become a popular issue in the global discourse on drugs since the pioneering role of countries such as Uruguay and Canada led the way regarding the legalisation of ganja for medicinal and recreational purposes. However, the road to legalisation is not as easy for everyone. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018

Caribbean needs seat at COP24 negotiating table

St Vincent: ST. GEORGE’S, Nov. 28, 2018 (IPS) — The Caribbean will not be left out of the negotiations at COP24 — the 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change — that will take place from Dec. 3 to 14 in Katowice, Poland Comment

Brooklyn assemblywoman vies for public advocate

People: Brooklyn Democratic Assemblywoman Latrice Walker Tuesday night threw her hat in the ring for Public Advocate of New York City. “I am extremely proud to be a candidate for New York City Public Advocate,” Walker, who represents the 55th Assembly District in Brooklyn, told Caribbean Life in an exclusive interview on Wednesday. “My campaign is about fighting injustice wherever it may occur, in any community throughout our city. Comment
Food: It’s beginning to taste a lot of like an island Christmas! The Crown Heights ice cream shop Island Pops, is expanding its menu all season into December. The Caribbean-inspired frozen dessert business is making some additions to its usual offerings, just in time for the holiday season, said the co-owner. Comment
Music: International dancehall singer Spice, met with fans and performed at an Apple Store in Manhattan on Nov. 26. The Jamaican performer — known for her gutsy and raunchy hits — visited the Soho location to discuss the release of her latest mixtape, “Captured,” and performed her new single “Genie.” She also talked about the precedented controversy leading up to the release of the record. Comment

Friday, Nov. 30, 2018

BANK SALE BLOWUP

Trinidad and Tobago: Several governments and labor unions reacted negatively to a mid-week announcement by the Bank of Nova Scotia out of Canada that it would be soon closing off businesses in nine countries with Guyana contending that it would create massive imbalances in the financial system and Antigua moving to block the move until regulators are properly informed. Regional unions dubbed the move as immoral and heartless. Comment

Calls for audit on home foreclosures in Brooklyn

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and Council Member Robert Cornegy, Jr., the chair of the City Council Committee on Housing and Buildings, have called for a full-scale forensic audit and investigation on the federal, state and city levels into the issue of deed fraud Brooklyn. Comments (1)

Hitmaker, deejay protégé on U.S. tour

Music: Produced by Sugar Bear, Rayvon, and Michael Prochilo, the pulsating Red Bull Riddim features 11 tracks of pure heat from dancehall legends including Elephant Man, General Degree, Tanto Metro & Devonte, and the producers themselves. The title track finds Sugar Bear (aka Mr. Stallion) delivering a deep, rapid-fire flow of seduction to newcomer Coralee, who prepares her suitor by sweetly responding “you gon’ need a Red Bull tonight.” Comment

Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018

Barbados: Barbados has responded to another instance of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development pressure by radically reforming its company tax system, that probably puts the island ahead of many jurisdictions trading in international business. Comment

Showing gratitude can be rewarding

Books: For weeks, you’ve been scouring the stores. You have a lot to give. Most of it is wrapped up colorfully, beribboned and bowed. Some gifts are in bags with shiny trim, while others are tucked away in closets. You have a lot to give this holiday season, but in the new novel, “Remembrance” by Mary Monroe, when you give of yourself, you also get. Beatrice Powell couldn’t understand what was wrong with people. Comment

Multilateralism undermined by globalization’s discontents

Viewpoints: SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Nov. 28, 2018 (IPS) — On Oct. 24, 1945, the world’s most inclusive multilateral institution, the United Nations, was born to “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, … reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, … establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom” (UN Charter: Preamble). Comment

Search on for Windies coach

Sports: Cricket West Indies (CWI) President Dave Cameron said Caribbean coaches will get the first choice when it comes to selecting the next head coach of the West Indies team. Comment
Manhattan: The tournament of the ropes returns. The annual double dutch competition returns for its 27th edition at Apollo Theater on Dec. 2. The yearly event hosts teams from all over the world to take part in the competitive show, which celebrates the sport and judges jump ropers in the art of double dutch. Returning for another year keeps the culture of double dutch alive, said the president of the National Double Dutch League. Comment

Vincy community worker weds

Vincy community worker weds

People: In a very elegant ceremony Saturday, prominent Vincentian community worker in Brooklyn Curlina Edwards tied the knot with her compatriot Desmond Hills at National Church of God of Brooklyn in Brownsville. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018

Caribbean judge up to real estate challenge

St Vincent: With significant expansion of real estate in Brooklyn in recent times, a Caribbean-born judge in Kings County Supreme Court in Brooklyn said she wa up to the challenge in presiding over the Commercial Division of the court. Comment

Trinidad needs an immigration, refugee policy

Venezuela: “If reports of 60,000 Venezuelan illegal immigrants are correct, this means close to 4,400 Venezuelans per 100,000 T&T nationals reside here - the highest in Latin America. Given these figures why do we not have a comprehensive immigration / refugee policy in place. Why the sloth?” asks Naparima MP Rodney Charles. Comments (1)

VINCY CHRISTMAS

VINCY CHRISTMAS

Music: Vincentians and other Caribbean nationals in Brooklyn on Thanksgiving Saturday reminisced about Christmas at home, as the United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn (UVCGB) brought much nostalgia with its annual Christmas Serenade. Comment

Caribbean entrepreneurship community set for opportunity-driven cooperation

Caribbean: Toronto, Canada Nov. 26, 2018 ―— On Thursday, Nov. 15, Caribbean business leaders signaled to the Community that they are ready to take charge in making entrepreneurship inclusive. The occasion was the launch of The Community of Practice for Caribbean Immigrant Entrepreneurs (CoP). Comment
Brooklyn: Brooklyn assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte (D–Flatbush) gave away hundreds of turkeys ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in Midwood on Nov. 19. The politician helped distribute 600 turkeys to community members at the Plaza Auto Mall dealership last week, in an effort to help those in need. Comment

WRECKING BALL

Sports: Bangladesh spin bowlers wrecked the West Indies in the first Test of the Two Test series, to win inside three days at the Zahur Ahmed Stadium in Chittagon last Saturday. Comment
Barbados: Two retaliatory goals within three minutes at the edge of fulltime against Barbados Soccer Academy (BSA) halted the run of these league leaders causing them to settle for joint front position in the Barbados Football Premiere League competition. Comment

TWENTY20 CHAMPS

TWENTY20 CHAMPS

Sports: Favorite Australia beat England by eight wickets on Sunday night to reclaim the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 title in finals at the Sir Vivian Richards Ground in Antigua and make amends for their loss two years ago. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018

Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados The Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC) has announced plans to launch two new initiatives designed to reduce the island’s imports in key areas, increase exports and create high value jobs. Comment

Monday, Nov. 26, 2018

Altruistic couple adopts siblings in real-life drama

Movies: Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie Wagner (Rose Byrne) are speculators who make a living flipping real estate in their hometown of Atlanta. The couple’s latest acquisition is a fixer-upper with five bedrooms they hope to sell to Ellie’s sister Kim (Allyn Rachel) and brother-in-law Russ (Tom Segura). Comment
Arts & Theater: What goes through the mind of a mother of a teen-aged son who has not checked in with her for almost 24 hours? What if that mother is Black, living in the southern-most state of the Union and after calling her only child repeatedly gets a voice recording? Comment
Movies: Anna and the Apocalypse (R for profanity, sexuality, violence and gore) Horror comedy about a teenager (Ella Hunt) who joins forces with her BFF (Malcolm Cumming) to fight the horde of zombies invading their hometown at Christmastime. With Sarah Swire, Ben Wiggins and Mark Benton. Comment

Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018

Barbados: Barbados is on a count down to a target that will place the country’s dollar in a position to once again assure local and international investors of its firmness as a currency in which to invest. Comment
Puerto Rico: EL YUNQUE, Puerto Rico (AP) — Biologists are trying to save the last of the endangered Puerto Rican parrots after more than half the population of the bright green birds with turquoise-tipped wings disappeared when Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico and destroyed their habitat and food sources. Comment

Friday, Nov. 23, 2018

WEED GETS A BREAK

St Vincent: Three Caribbean Community countries which have been pioneering the region’s new approach to marijuana have in the past week taken significant steps to either reform legislation or to recognize medical products from the cannabis sativa sector as the three indirectly mount pressure on neighbors to follow their paths. Comment

Williams opposes deal with Amazon

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams on Tuesday opposed a deal between Mayor Bill de Blasio, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Amazon, the world leader in e-commerce and cloud computing, which will establish a new corporate headquarters in Long Island City, Queens. Comment
Caribbean: WINDSOR, England, Nov. 20, 2018 (IPS) — The blue economy—a concept and economic model that balances economic development with equity and environmental protection, and one that uses marine resources to meet current needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own—is not a new idea. Comment

Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018

Venezuela: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ One police officer was killed and three people were wounded in Haiti on Monday amid a second day of countrywide protests over allegations of government corruption. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018

Barbados flogs USVI

Barbados: Barbados Tridents have handed a 3-0 thrashing to the United States Virgin Islands to earn themselves their first set of full points from a match in the CONCACAF Nations League qualifiers. Comment

Monday, Nov. 19, 2018

Movies: “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is the second in a series of five Harry Potter prequels being written and produced by author J.K. Rowling. The movie was directed by David Yates who made the original “Fantastic Beasts” as well as Harry Potters 5 through 8. Comment

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