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Grenada: Grenadian-born court attorney referee Derefim Bernadette Neckles is vying for the position of Civil Court judge countywide in Brooklyn, saying that she has the “knowledge, experience, integrity and compassion needed to serve as a civil court judge.” Comment
St Vincent: As the Brooklyn-based Garifuna Indigenous People of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Inc. (GIPSVG) hosted National Heroes Day Cultural Fest on March 9, at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn, the group did not neglect in highlighting Joseph Chatoyer, the paramount chief of the Black Caribs (Garifuna). Comment

NOT READY TILL NOV

Guyana: Following the stunning loss of a no confidence vote in parliament in late December, the Guyana’s Elections Commission should have organized fresh elections in 90 days but the body has written authorities saying it would not be ready until late November at the earliest sparking criticism about a major breach of the Caribbean Community nation’s constitution. Comment
Arts & Theater: Societies turn to the creative minds within their midst to colorfully document incidents within the passage of time that altogether make up the history of communities, so it was no wonder that a forum grouping Caribbean artists was chockful of stories. Comment

Minister Harmon: Guyana not in crisis

Guyana: Guyana’s Minister of State, Joseph Harmon told a packed audience in Brooklyn, last Saturday, that Guyana is not in a crisis, that the Republic instead, has a sound, stable government in place that respects the constitution and the rule of law, and will never damage that, adding, “at the same time, people should not believe they can pick and choose parts of the constitution and create a crisis where none exists.” Comments (1)
Brooklyn: The United Methodist Women (UMW) of Fenimore Street United Methodist Church in Brooklyn began celebrating their 60th anniversary Saturday with a gala luncheon at El Caribe Country Club on Strickland Avenue in Brooklyn. Comment
Music: Harlem Stage, the legendary uptown venue that for over 35 years has promoted the creative legacy of Harlem and artists of color from around the corner and across the globe, is proud to present its Spring 2019 season of performances. Comment
Movies: The Caribbean Film Series celebrated its milestone with a 5th Anniversary Festival that premiered the film “Yardie” – an adaptation of the novel with the same name, by Jamaica-born Victor Headley, that showcases the directorial début of British actor, Idris Elba. Comment
Phenomenal actor, Joe Morton, who won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a drama series, for his role as Eli Pope in Scandal, told Caribbean life in an exclusive interview that he was happy for British-born actor, Idris Elba, who made his directorial début with the film “Yardie,” premiered to a sold-out audience at the Caribbean Film Series — A 5th Anniversary Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), on Thursday, March 14. Comment

Power up and explore

Books: You are a really great kid. You can run fast and jump high. You can smile and sing and catch a ball. You might even know how to make a sandwich or help out around the house. You’re pretty awesome all around, but in “Power Up” by Seth Fishman, illustrated by Isabel Greenberg, you’re insides are especially incredible. Comment

MASSIVE STRIDES

MASSIVE STRIDES

Sports: West Indies captain Jason Holder said there is no shame despite the Twenty20 whitewash the team got from England in the recently concluded three-match series. Comment
St Vincent: Vincentian track star Brandon Parris continues his winning ways, with an impressive performance for Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) in Raleigh, N.C. in the USC Open indoor track and field meet in Columbia, S.C., on Feb. 16. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Bahamas The Bahamas government has signed an agreement with Disney Island Development Limited for a proposed cruise port and entertainment facility on the island of Eleuthera. Comment
Movies: Dennis “D” Campbell (Aml Ameen) had the misfortune of growing up in the slums of Kingston, Jamaica in the Seventies at a time when the ‘hood was infested with drugs. Orphaned at an early age, he was raised by an older brother he admired, Jerry (Everaldo Creary). Comment

Ja’s Dancehall fraternity welcomes ‘Prodigal Son’

Music: Port St. Lucie, Florida — Last weekend, an exodus out of every county in Florida, recorded full flights departing from Miami International, Palm Beach International, Tampa International and Orlando International to Kingston, Jamaica where a “Long Road To Freedom” headliner invited fans to his first concert in almost a decad Comment

‘Wild herbal edible plants’ tour in Bermuda

Bermuda: Doreen Williams-James is inviting tourists to taste the flowers of Bermuda, as part of her wild herbal edible tour, that not only educate, but tantalize the taste buds, during a jaunt along of the lush western North Atlantic Ocean Island, known for award-winning beaches, and the famous Bermuda triangle. Comment

Farah Louis campaigns for council seat

Brooklyn: Haitian American, Farah Louis, a 36-year-old resident of the 45th Council District of Brooklyn, and deputy chief of staff of former Councilman Jumaane Williams, is throwing her hat in the crowded ring for the seat left vacant by the councilman, now NYC Public Advocate-elect. Comment
Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene on Friday attended the 2019 New York City Health + Hospital/ Kings County Legislative Breakfast, where he presented the hospital with a check for US$1.9 million dollars, which will go towards the acquisition of new radiation oncology and mammography equipment. Comment

CARICOM dodges real LIAT issue

Trinidad and Tobago: With LIAT facing a cash crisis that could shut down the airline, Caribbean governments are in a series of meetings aimed at saving the lifeblood regional transport system, but they appear to be skirting around the main issue — their taxes that make air travel costly. Comment
Brooklyn: Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez on Monday announced his plan for a groundbreaking initiative to transform Brooklyn’s justice system into a progressive model designed to keep Brooklyn safe and strengthen community trust by ensuring fairness and equal justice for all. Comment
Food: It’s a taste of Brooklyn — and beyond! Restaurants across Kings County and other outer-borough eateries will serve up budget-friendly, three-course meals to customers as part of a unique dining campaign kicking off on March 18. Comment

Kings County hosts Black History Month event

Brooklyn: In honor of Black History Month, NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County hosted a special event to celebrate the achievements of African Americans and their contributions to American history. Comment

AIRLINES PLAY IT SAFE

GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Some Caribbean Community governments and airline operators have not surprisingly slapped bans on Boeing’s troubled Max-8 series aircraft from landing in the region or overflying airspaces until safety concerns about its cockpit computer systems are ironed out. Comment
Brooklyn: Brooklyn’s Fenimore Street United Methodist Church Women on Saturday bestowed special honors on 10 past presidents during the group’s gala 60th anniversary luncheon at El Caribe Country Club on Strictland Avenue in Brooklyn. Comment
Montserrat: Montserrat’s Premier Donaldson Romeo was among thousands of mourners Friday night paying their last respects to Caribbean academic, Montserratian-born Dr. George Irish, who died on Feb. 12. He was 76. Comment

Windies captain wants minimum wage for cricketers

West Indies Captain, Jason Holder has suggested that the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Federation of International Cricket Associations (FIAC) come together to bring on board a minimum wage so that players can feel comfortable playing for their country and not going the Kolpak way. Comment

Charges of ‘onemanism’

Sports: Cricket West Indies presidential candidate hopeful former St Kitts and Nevis Minister, Ricky Skerritt, has accused incumbent president Dave Cameron of running a “one-man show” in regional cricket. Comment
Barbados: The points standing in the Barbados Football Association’s Premier League competition is showing close positions of the top teams for the 2018-2019 season, pressuring the leaders to pull out the stops. Comment

St. Lucian inventor provides hope for water woes

St Lucia: CASTRIES, March 11, 2019 (IPS) — Karlis Noel spends his days in his lab in the small, picturesque community of Laborie in St. Lucia. The former fisherman’s story might sound like an overnight success, but his present accolades in the field of engineering are the result of years of hard work and an unceasing drive to make life easier for communities in the throes of a water crisis. Comment

Beauty in the rainforest

Beauty in the rainforest

Fashion: Entertainment virtuoso, Philbert Giddings, founder and CEO of the first ever Guyana Fashion Showcase, joined New York fashion designers, Roger Gary, creative director, and Michelle Cole-Wagner, executive director, to unveil the extravaganza, billed as an exciting weekend of music, visuals, and artistry. Comment

Promoting privatization

Viewpoints: After discrediting state-owned enterprises, privatization advocates successfully pushed a broad reform agenda under the rubric of privatization from the 1980s, with the support of the Washington-based international financial institutions. KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, March 12, 2019 (IPS) — Privatization has been central to the ‘neo-liberal’ counter-revolution from the 1970s against government economic interventions associated with Roosevelt and Keynes as well as post-colonial state-led economic development. Comment

CULTURAL FEST

CULTURAL FEST

Music: Several Vincentian and Garifuna artistes Saturday night brought the house down at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn, as the Brooklyn-based Garifuna Indigenous People of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Inc. (GIPSVG) hosted its 4th Annual National Heroes Day Cultural Fest. Comment

WHITEWASH

Sports: England wrapped up the Twenty20 series (3-0), thrashing the West Indies in the last two matches in St. Kitts (last Friday and Sunday), dismissing the regional team for just 45, the second lowest international Twenty20 series ever in the second match. Comment

Adams honors Brooklyn’s latest ‘heroes of the month’

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams on Thursday, March 7 honored Brooklyn’s latest “Heroes of the Month” at a ceremony in the Rotunda of Brooklyn Borough Hall. Comment
Movies: Stella Grant (Haley Lu Richardson) is a typical 17-year-old in most regards. However, she is also suffering from Cystic Fibrosis (CF), a genetic disease which makes her very susceptible to a variety of breathing disorders. Comment

Brown’s gracious and inspiring memoir

Books: Do unto others. Three words that are a shorthand reminder to be nice and treat people in the manner that you’d want to be treated. Do unto others and make life smoother. Be good, and be of service because, as Robert J. Brown reminds readers, “You Can’t Do Wrong Doing Right.” Comment
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How congestion pricing in Manhattan will boost Brooklyn

Advertorial: It’s working in London and Stockholm, but can congestion pricing in Manhattan have an impact on people living and working in Brooklyn? Read more…

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Bahamas Seven Bahamian nationals have been selected to participate in the next staging of the Caribbean-Canada Emerging Leaders’ Dialogues (CCELD), making it the largest contingent at the event which will be held from March 24-30 in Jamaica. Comment
Music: Jamaicans attending the Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019 Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRia) Awards in Kingston were privileged to greet Rita Marley, the avowed queen of reggae who suffered a setback in her musical career two years ago when a stroke ended her singing career. Comments (1)
Guyana: GEORGETOWN, March 8, 2019 (IPS) - For several decades, Guyana has been using mangroves to protect its coasts against natural hazards, and the country believes its mangrove forests should be included in programmes like the REDD+ of United Nations, in order to access financing to continue their restoration and maintenance, as they complement miles of seawalls that help to prevent flooding. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Aftermath (R for sexuality, nudity, violence and some disturbing images) Adaptation of Rhidian Brook’s best seller of the same name, set in the ruins of Hamburg in 1946, chronicling the tensions which arise when a German widower (Alexander Skarsgard) with a troubled daughter (Flora Thiemann) is forced to surrender his mansion to the British colonel (Jason Clarke) in charge of rebuilding the city. With Keira Knightley, Fionn O’Shea and Kate Phillips. (In English and Russian with subtitles) Comment

CARICOM spouses exempt from Barbados work permit

Barbados: Barbados has jumped ahead of its Caribbean Community (CARICOM) partners in passing a law granting to spouses of skilled nationals from other regional countries the right to work without a permit and access to free health care on the island. Comment
St Vincent: The Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ex-Teachers Association of New York on Feb. 22 became the latest contributor to the Maxwell Haywood Memorial Scholarship and Development Fund (MHMSDF), named after the late, prominent Vincentian community and social activist who died in November 2017. Comment

NO DATE SET FOR ELECTION

NO DATE SET FOR ELECTION

Guyana: It was billed as the most important and defining moment of the year so far but a summit meeting between Guyana’s two most important political figures Wednesday failed to set an emergency date for general elections in the wake of the Dec. 21 collapse of government. Comment

Clarke to introduce Dream, Promise Act

Immigration: Brooklyn Congresswoman, Yvette D. Clarke, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus’s (CBC) Immigration Task Force, has said she will join Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard (California) and Nydia M. Velázquez (New York) in introducing the Dream and Promise Act (HR 6) next week. Comment

Deadline nears for Miss World Guyana application

Guyana: The Miss World Guyana organization is in search of young women between the ages of 17 and 26 to be tested to vie in the up-coming Miss World Pageant in Thailand, according to Ravi Ramkeesoon, U.S. managing director of marketing and outreach initiatives. Comment

BLAZE OF COLOR

BLAZE OF COLOR

Music: Thousands of masqueraders paraded through the streets of Trinidad and Tobago during the two-day festival described as the “Greatest Show on Earth.” Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: An Elephant Sitting Still (Unrated) The late Hu Bo wrote and directed this adaptation of his short story chronicling the serendipitous series of events inspiring four strangers (Yu Zhang, Yuchang Peng, Uvin Wang and Congxi Li) to board a bus for a long-distance trip to the city of Manzhouli’s zoo to see a mythical, motionless elephant ostensibly oblivious to the outside world. With Jing Guo, Wei Kong and Xiang Rong Dong. (In Mandarin with subtitles) Comment

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