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Kings dream shared

Kings dream shared

Arts & Theater: Loving tributes, honored late Civil Rights Leader, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who state Senator, Kevin Parker said, paved a way for politicians including Yvette Clarke, Una Clarke, Chuck Schumer, and himself. Comment

Video challenge contest for Guyanese

Guyana: A video challenge, titled “GT50,” was launched as part of a program of activities to celebrate Guyana 50th Republic Jubilee Anniversary, and is open to Guyanese in the Diaspora (USA) and Guyana, between 14 to 18 years old. The deadline for submission via YouTube Channel https://tinyurl.com/swo5bfr is Feb. 6, 2020, at 5 pm. Comment

MOST MUSICAL FAMILY

Music: Three young Vincentian-Canadian brothers, who carry the stage name, The Melisizwe Brothers, have been crowned winners of Nickelodeon’s “America’s Most Musical Family” during the grand finale of a two-hour music competition on Jan. 16 in Burbank, Ca. Comment

Lois Christie talks about her 50 years in business

People: On this edition of Power Women, Schneps President and Publisher, Vicki Schneps is joined by current President, CEO and Founder of Christie & Co. Salon & Spa, Lois Christie, who talks about the steps she took in starting her own salon in Queens. Comment

A Green card love story

Arts & Theater: “Green Card A Love Story,” is a new Caribbean-American web series set in contemporary Brooklyn in the height of the federal immigration crackdown and urban housing insecurity. The show is written by B. Nandi Jacob, the Audelco-award-winning playwright of Flambeaux and Mother-in-Law; and the author of The True Nanny Diaries. Roderick A. Warner doubles as director and cinematographer. Comment

Castore sponsors WI team kits

Sports: England-based sportswear company Castore has become the official team kit sponsor for all representative West Indies teams after signing a US$3.9 million three-year deal with Cricket West Indies (CWI). Comment

CWI studies four-day Test match proposal

Sports: Cricket West Indies (CWI) is examining a proposal by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to make Test cricket four-day matches instead of the current five days. Comment

CRUSHING VICTORY

CRUSHING VICTORY

St Kitts and Nevis: Opener Lendl Simmons unbeaten 91 guided West Indies to a crushing nine-wicket win against Ireland to level the three-match series (1-1) at Warner Park in St. Kitts on Sunday. Comment
Haiti: The United Nations on Friday honored more than 200,000 Haitians who perished in the devastating earthquake that struck the French-speaking Caribbean country 10 years ago. Comment
Venezuela: Mike Pompeo arrived in Jamaica late Tuesday for his two-day summit meeting with a select group of Caribbean leaders and high officials but even as he touched down on Jamaican soil, a number of Caribbean Community governments wasted little time in condemning Washington for again trying to divide the integration movement by cherry picking only so-called friendly nations. Comment
Viewpoints: The recent rise in hate crimes and anti-Semitic attacks in our city and our state are a stark reminder that the human condition is ever a work in progress. It is in moments like these that our society must commit to work even harder to find common ground and provide a space for healing and honest conversations. Comment
St Vincent: The Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ex-Teachers Association of New York, Inc. on Sunday dedicated its 37th anniversary gala luncheon at Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn to the late Vernalyn Blencowe, a staunch executive member of the group, community stalwart and cultural icon, who died on July 20 and interred on Aug. 3 in her native Union Island in the southern St. Vincent Grenadine islands. She was 79. Comment

Caribbean pols pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Brooklyn: Caribbean legislators in Brooklyn on Monday joined the nation in paying tribute to slain civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on his holiday. Assembly Members Rodneyse Bichotte and Diana Richardson, and City Councilman Dr. Mathieu Eugene honored King’s legacy in their respective tribute. Comment

OIL ON BOARD

Guyana: The Caribbean Community’s most resource-rich country on Monday joined a long list of nations globally as crude oil exporters as the country shipped away its first million barrels of oil from an offshore field that American super major ExxonMobil and an international consortium discovered back in 2015. Comment
Haiti: As Americans on Monday celebrated the birthday of slain civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a Haitian American legislator in New York created history by becoming the first woman and first Caribbean American to be elected chair of the Brooklyn Democratic Party, otherwise known as the Kings County Democratic Party. Comment

Why the Coronavirus should worry us all

Health: Dr. Ifeanyi Nsofor is a medical doctor, the CEO of EpiAFRIC, Director of Policy and Advocacy for Nigeria Health Watch ABUJA, Jan 21 2020 (IPS) - The coronavirus outbreak — which began in Wuhan, China, and causes a pneumonia-like illness — is raging across Asia, infecting close to 300 people and killing four. It was initially known to be transmitted from animals to human, and was just confirmed to be transmitted from human to human. Comment

Gabriel Bonadie, a Vincentian community leader, dies at 94

St Vincent: Gabriel V. Bonadie, a long-standing Vincentian community leader in Brooklyn, died at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx on Jan. 4. He was 94. “He died peacefully, attended by close family, and parishioners and clergy from Trinity Church Wall Street,” his obituary states. “Gabriel died as a result of smoke inhalation from a fire at his residence on Dec. 3, 2019.” Comment

Need for midwives continue in poorer districts

Books: The mailman’s come and gone for today. He never brings you much anymore anyhow, just a few bills and a card sometimes; now and then, you might get a box of something you purchased and that’s always fun. You know, though, that the mailman doesn’t always bring you what you ordered. As in “Delivered by Midwives” by Jenny M. Luke, someone else brings a different kind of package. Comment

Bajan netballers neglected

Barbados: An athlete representing country automatically becomes an informal ambassador of the homeland, so why then that such a carrier of the nation’s flag and image be made to scrounge for a living when back home? Comment
Arts & Theater: Last year Hurricane Dorian visited and some might say took up temporary residence over islands in the Bahamas. The storm wreaked havoc on the island of Abacos lingering longer than weather forecasters predicted. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua Antigua and Barbuda recorded a sharp drop in homicides last year in a single year since l999. Speaking at a recent press conference, Assistant Commissioner of Police Atlee Rodney said that with just three murders on record, this was a 75 percent decrease from 2018 and could be the lowest in any independent state in the world. Comment
Brooklyn: Haitian American Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte is highly likely this week to become the first woman and Caribbean-American Brooklyn Democratic County Leader. Comment
Guyana: Hundreds of supporters of the incumbent APNU+AFC Coalition Government of President David Granger in Guyana rallied Thursday night in Brooklyn for the re-election of the government in the March 2 general elections in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member-state. Comment
Books: Sharma Taylor last weekend bucked what was beginning to resemble a trend of there not being a first prize winner of Barbados’ premiere writing arts award, Frank Collymore Literary Endowment (FCLE). Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago Olympian Michelle-Lee Ahye has been banned for two years by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) for “whereabouts failures”- and not for an anti-doping violation. Comment
Barbados: Donville Inniss, a former senior minister in the government of Barbados just 20 months ago was Thursday found guilty of conspiracy to commit money laundering and two counts of money laundering. Comment
Guyana: Students of Guyana’s highland regions have a savior in Headteacher Quado Vancooton, a dedicated educator for more than 18 years, who has made it his life’s career to travel to remote villages of Guyana to educate underprivileged children in indigenous villages. Comment

Judge Judy talks about life growing up

People: On the latest edition of Power Women, Schneps publisher and president, Vicki Schneps replays an interview with Judge Judy who talks about life growing up in Brooklyn and the difference between growing up then and now. Comment
Barbados: Administrators of Barbados entered 2020 in a happy New Year mode following multiple pieces of good financial news in December with the latest being an International Monetary Fund’s further approval of the way they are restructuring the economy. Comment

Vincy culture on display

Vincy culture on display

Music: The United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn (UVCGB) Saturday night expressed its “deep love and appreciation” to members and supporters at its annual holiday party at Miracle Temple Ministries in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn. Comment

GUYANA’S SPLENDOR

GUYANA’S SPLENDOR

Arts & Theater: With the display of spectacular costumes, the Brooklyn-based Guyana Cultural Association of New York, Inc. (GCANY) Saturday night in Brooklyn launched the jubilee celebration of Mashramani at St. Gabriel’s Golden Hall on Hawthorne Street. Comment

Skerritt comes under fire for hiring foreign coaches

Sports: Cricket West Indies President, Ricky Skerritt has lashed back at critics who have said he is going back on a pledge to hire local coaches to help West Indies back to winning ways. Comment

West Indies whitewash minnow Ireland in ODI series

Sports: West Indies completed a whitewash of minnows Ireland with a five-wicket victory in the final of the three-match One-Day International (0DI) series at the Grenada National Stadium on Sunday, Jan 12. Comment

BRAVO RECALLED

BRAVO RECALLED

Caribbean: West Indies Cricket (CWI) selectors have recalled veteran all-rounder Dwayne DJ Bravo to the West Indies side for the three-match Twenty20 series, which started on Wednesday in Grenada. Comment

Claire Shulman talks about her political career

People: On this edition of Power Women, Schneps Publisher and President, Vicki Schneps is joined by Former Queens Borough President and President and CEO of the Flushing Willets Point Corona LDC, Claire Shulman, who talks about her illustrious career in Queens local politics and so much more Comment

PREZ FIGHTS RULING

PREZ FIGHTS RULING

Suriname: In about a week’s time, embattled Surinamese President Desi Bouterse of Suriname will make his very first appearance before a court or war council which had last month ordered him jailed for 20 years for the 1982 mass executions of 15 government opponents. Comment

Census 2020 Complete Count Campaign kicks off

Brooklyn: More than 160 community partners on Tuesday joined Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker, Corey Johnson in kicking off NYC Census 2020 Complete Count Campaign. Comment

Soca artist appeals for more airplay

Music: He says he’s got nothing to lose. “I’ve been releasing music, recording professionally since 2005 and I’m yet to make it to mainstream radio. What do I have to lose at this point?” he rationalized. From Guayaguayare, Trinidad, one of the most persistent, hardworking vocalists in the underground Soca music industry, is bursting at the seams, urging programme directors at radio stations across Trinidad and Tobago to create better systems to accommodate the industry. Comment
It’s time we all learned a lesson on school diversity. When the NYC School Diversity Advisory Group (SDAG) released its recommendations for addressing the nation’s segregated school system, a 9,000 word report with a wide range of recommendations, most people read just three words — gifted and talented. Comment
For the 34th consecutive year, Brooklyn Academy of Music will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin King Luther Jr. with a weekend full of political and cultural attractions that will likely attract SRO audiences to the landmark location. Comment

NIGHT OF COMEDY

Arts & Theater: A Vincentian high school alumni group in Brooklyn will next month host an inaugural comedy show in which a “Battle of the Sexes” will be an integral part. Comment

No lay-offs at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center: Officials

Brooklyn: Officials at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn and Brooklyn Assemblywoman Diana Richardson have assured that no lay-offs will take place at a hospital in the epicenter of the Caribbean community as a result of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announced plan last month for a 266-unit affordable housing development at the hospital as part of a $1.4 billion Vital Brooklyn Initiative. ” Comment
Guyana: Brooklyn Borough Hall was packed to capacity Friday evening as the Brooklyn community celebrated the retirement of former Deputy Brooklyn Borough President Sandra Chapman after 35 years of city service. Comment

The face of reparations

The face of reparations

People: Within the decade beginning this year the Caribbean may have solutions to the growing scourge of Type II diabetes, have a new economic approach as former colonial nations, and re-establish links with sub-Saharan Africa. Comment

Grenadians congratulate country’s new cabinet secretary

Grenada: Several members of the Grenadian community in Brooklyn has extended overwhelming congratulations to Ruth Elizabeth Rouse, a former Grenada United Nations ambassador and distinguished senior public servant, who earlier this month was appointed Secretary to the Grenada Cabinet. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Visual magazine, “Lawd” shines a light on Caribbean creatives everywhere. The quarterly publication is the brainchild of Trinidadians, 27-year-old Sinead Collymore-Jones and business partner, Sache Alexander–George. They came up with the name after thinking of a phrase recognized in the Caribbean and the diaspora. Comment
Viewpoints: David Lipton* is First Deputy Managing Director at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), a position he has held since 2011. WASHINGTON DC, Jan. 14, 2020 (IPS) — Last March, Operation Taiex led to the arrest of the gang leader behind the Carbanak and Cobalt malware attacks on over 100 financial institutions worldwide. Comment

Feel the heat as you read about authentic tales

Books: Everybody has that place. You know, that place where everyone knows you, they know what you want, and they get it for you before your coat’s half off. It’s where you can catch up on gossip and good news, w Comment

Busby the Girlz top man

Busby the Girlz top man

Sports: Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz will enter the eight-nation CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying (WOQ) tournament at month end with a temporary coach in Hubert Busby Jr. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua Motorists who have been caught by police using cellphone while driving will have to pay a fine of EC$500 immediately. The Antigua and Barbuda Ministry of Legal Affairs said in a statement that the amendment to the Vehicles and Road Traffic Amendment Act 2018 has gone into effect making it an offence of careless driving holding and using a hand-held mobile device. Comment
Brooklyn: New York Attorney General Letitia James on Saturday launched the “Protect Our Homes” initiative with a day of action to inform homeowners in Brooklyn about deed theft and other housing-related scams. James said Saturday’s efforts are the first step in a campaign of coordi Comment

Celebrate MLK Day with a Day of Dance at Cumbe

Arts & Theater: Since 2014, Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance has opened its doors to welcome the community for a full day of dance to celebrate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year we are excited to initiate 2020 with a variety of traditional and contemporary styles of dance, introducing audiences to the vast and diverse cultures of the African Diaspora. Comment
Community Resource Exchange (CRE) this month will hold three additional training and capacity-building workshops to support nonprofit and community-based organizations serving communities across New York City — particularly those in hard-to-count neighborhoods—with their 2020 Census education and outreach efforts. Comment
Jamaica: Make no mistake about it, Jamaicans have staked a claim positioning themselves at the forefront of proclaiming Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I, His Imperial Majesty, the Lion of Judah, the conquering Lion of Judah, direct descendant of King Solomon and Queen Sheba and have relentlessly extolled their messiah with a long list of reverent titles. Comment

A decade after Haitian earthquake, a young victim struggles

A decade after Haitian earthquake, a young victim struggles

Haiti: CANAAN, Haiti (AP) — Just before 5 pm, Marie-Mislen Thomas’ house fell on top of her three children. In the first nightmarish hour after a massive earthquake devastated Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, the Thomases were able to pull their sons Chilo and Jameson from the rubble. It took them hours more to find the then two-year-old Rose-Berline. Comment

Grenada PM warns against spoiling young WI talent

Grenada: Grenada’s Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Mitchell believes Cricket West Indies (CWI) should review how it manages young players like Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer in order to get the most out of their talent. Comment
New York: The late, legendary Jamaican reggae superstar Peter Tosh had called for the legalization of marijuana in his debut album, “Legalize It,” in 1975. Comment
Making travel and Haiti her business over the past 10 years, Guerline T. Emmanuel understands the need for utility in a travel bag. When she could not find one that suited her needs she created one. After five years of research and multiple prototypes, THE LIBERATORS travel bag became available for sale on Nov. 18, last year on the anniversary of the Battle of Vertières. Significant, as it is the battle that won Haiti its independence. Comment

Climate change in Haiti terrifies nation

Haiti: MADRID, Dec 13 2019 (IPS) - Haiti’s Environment Minister Joseph Jouthe has compared the climate emergency to a violent act and appealed to the international community for help to fight climate change. Comment
Barbados: Former Barbados Prime Minister, Owen Arthur, was Thursday appointed new LIAT chairman and with the announcement this week also came news that travellers will have to wait another two years for 25 percent reduction in fare charges. Comment

BLACK GOLD FIND

Trinidad and Tobago: The oil and gas petroleum axis in the Caribbean shifted further away from traditional powerhouse Trinidad this week when yet another regional member state declared a major commercial oil find. Comment

Williams dispels bail reform myths

New York: Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams was joined on Tuesday by advocates, including Akeem Browder, brother of Kalief Browder, VOCAL-NY, and community groups to dispel myths and misinformation about the recently-enacted pre-trial reforms. Comment

Hospital campus to be converted to affordable housing

Brooklyn: Hundreds of workers, including doctors and nurses, may be thrown into the breadline when a major hospital campus in the epicenter of the Caribbean community in Brooklyn is turned into affordable housing development. Comment
Guyana: Calling Guyana, a multi-religious, multi-ethnic, multi cultural, nation, David A. Granger, president of the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), Alliance for Change, (AFC) Coalition, invited others to join him in a shared governance platform, to better develop the country, and its citizens during an epic address to launch 2020 campaign for March 2, regional and general elections. Comment

$1 MILLION DEAL

$1 MILLION DEAL

Sports: West Indies coach, Phil Simmons has described Sheldon Cottrell’s lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) contract as Life-changing” but says he does not expect it to affect his career. Comment

Skerritt hails legends knighthoods

Sports: Cricket West Indies president Ricky Skerritt says the knighthoods conferred on West Indies legends Clive Lloyd and Gordon Greenidge were “much deserved” in light of their sterling contribution to the “global success” of Caribbean cricket. Comment

CWI’s new assistant coach

Sports: Cricket West Indies (CWI) has appointed Trevor Penney as the new West Indies Men’s assistant coach on a two-year contract. The announcement was made in a media release, where it said Penney would work with the team for the white-ball formats (Twenty20 Internationals and ODIs). Comment
Guyana: Guyana is on the cusp of great wealth development, celebrating its historic oil discovery of approximately half a billion barrels, but as this new industry takes shape, Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan, expressed interest in seeing diaspora oil and gas professionals return home to fill job openings, while making contributions to their country’s growth Comment
St Vincent: In becoming the smallest nation ever to serve on the prestigious United Nations Security Council, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ambassador to the UN, I. Rhonda King, says the country has “no geo-political axe to grind.” Comment
Brooklyn: In the days since I spoke at the ribbon cutting for Stonewall House, the concerns shared by most of my friends and allies in the LGBTQ community can be summed up by that sentiment. Contentions have been raised by my sharing intense remarks during a joyous occasion. I agree it’s uncomfortable to hear tough truths at celebratory events. Activists like Essex Hemphill, Marsha P. Johnson, Marlon Riggs, and Sylvia Rivera knew this well when they forced generations before us to lean into our discomfort and face challenges. We should remember these heroes and the example they set of bold, unapologetic advocacy. Comment

How gender-based violence should be reported in the media

Viewpoints: UNITED NATIONS, Jan 7 2020 (IPS) - Sexual and gender-based violence terrorizes women and girls around the world, affecting as many as one in three women. Reporters play an essential role in bringing these cases to light so that authorities can take action and prevent further abuses. Yet reporting on gender-based violence comes with serious risks to survivors. Comment

CARICOM finds its winning voice: Antiguan diplomat

Antigua: Stating that it is a valid criticism of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries that they have more often failed than succeeded in coordinating their foreign policy actions, Antigua and Barbuda’s top diplomat in Washington, D.C., Sir Ronald Sanders, says CARICOM is finally finding its “winning voice.” Comment
Caribbean: Caribbean heads of governments have been accused of not keeping pace with their sportsmen and women because the politicians are failing to provide facilities to support athletes consistent with their worldwide successes. Comment
Barbados: Thousands of New Yorkers who are third generation descendants of Barbadians are likely to get in the new year what they have been dreaming of for a long time and never thought would become reality — citizenship of Barbados. Comment
Brooklyn: The 67th Police Precinct Clergy Council in Brooklyn, otherwise known as the Godsquad, wants to “restore, heal, connect, recover and empower our community to exist without violence.” Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua Health authorities in Antigua are reporting an outbreak of dengue fever following an unprecedented spike in cases of the mosquito-borne disease in recent months. Comment

amNewYork and Metro join forces for daily giant

Brooklyn: The two free weekly tabloids serving New York City are now one. Schneps Media, publisher of amNewYork, acquired the assets of Metro New York and Metro Philadelphia, including the popular daily newspapers, websites and digital media businesses serving New York City and Philadelphia. Comment
Sports: Former One-Day International captain Jason Holder has been omitted from the West Indies squad for the first two ODIs of the three-match series against Ireland which started this week. Comment
Jamaica: After canvassing a field of qualified nominees for the auspicious representative and winner of Everybody’s Magazine Person of the Year title, readers overwhelmingly decided Olympian Shelly Fraser-Pryce, best suited. Comment

Stellar tale of Black travel in America

Books: Your tickets have been purchased. Reservations were made in your name and all that’s left is packing. Yep, you’re heading out for the weekend, a week, a month, gone on the trip of a lifetime and as you’ll see in “Overground Railroad” by Candacy Taylor, it’s a trip your grandparents might’ve been denied. Comment
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Josiane Peluso gives advice on setting goals

Power Women: On this week’s episode of Power Women, Schneps President and Publisher, Vicki Schneps is joined by Josiane Peluso, the director of Medicare Sales and Marketing for UnitedHealth Group. Josiane talks about the inspirational role her grandmother played in her childhood, teaching her many lessons but most importantly, the ability to prioritize. Comment
New York: A bill sponsored by Brooklyn Sen. Roxanne J. Persaud that seeks better accountability at the Mitchell-Lama Housing program has been signed into law. Comment
St Vincent: As St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Wednesday officially assumed a non-permanent seat on the United Nations’ Security Council, the country’s Ambassador to the UN, I. Rhonda King, says the “historic journey” begins with “Three Stories and a Prayer: The Manifestation of the Prophetic Imagination.” Comment
Music: Producers of the film “Queen of Soca” being shot in Trinidad and Tobago are now crowdfunding to complete the movie. The movie is said to be 85 percent completed and the plan is to release it in cinemas nationwide by the middle of this year. Comment

Hazell hits high notes with latest book release

Books: Following the successful Nov. 5 release of her latest book ‘Suitcase of Dreams,’ Caribbean-American Mental Health Advocate, Hazell McKenzie has been impacting readers, been in high demand for speaking engagements & appearances and has gained fulfilment through the achievement of life and career goals. Comment
People: Organizations in Brooklyn and Queens, gave back in great ways to celebrate the Christmas season, putting smiles on the faces of children, and sharing enjoyment to the elderly, during three separate functions, all, complete with music, dance performances, and gift giving. Comment

Former West Indies batting great Basil Butcher dies at 86

Guyana: Basil Butcher, the stylish Guyana and West Indies batsman of the 1950s and 1960s, died on Dec. 16 in Florida following a long illness, according to his son, Basil Butcher, Jr. Comment

PREZ GEE TAKES ON T&T

Music: A fresh face, engaging vibe and new musical energy; the newest female entertainer on the soca scene is as beautiful as she is talented, and while this is a precedence set by Trinidad and Tobago — the land of beauty and talent, there’s no denying that this young entertainer is ready to put in the work. Comment

‘The Broken Road’ is paved with grace

Books: The path your parents first set you on is not the path you ended up taking. Somewhere along the way, you veered to the left or stepped to the right. You found your own groove, made your own decisions, and made adjustments while you learned where you were going. And as in the new book “The Broken Road” by Peggy Wallace Kennedy (with Justice H. Mark Kennedy), it was essential to know where you came from. Comment

Legal Aid’s Worker Justice Project expands to Queens

Queens: The Legal Aid Society says it has expanded its Worker Justice Project to Queen in order to combat discrimination faced by workers with arrest or conviction records living in New York City. Comment

Plastic: The largest predator in our oceans

Environment: Janaya Wilkins is the founder and CEO of SLO* active, the lifestyle brand dedicated to protecting the ocean by selling sustainable luxury ocean wear. LONDON, Dec. 20, 2019 (IPS) - Plastic pollution is currently the largest global threat to marine life. Each year, 10-20 million tonnes of plastic ends up in our oceans, killing approximately 100,000 marine mammals and over a million seabirds. Comment
Guyana: Guyana’s Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson, has expressed grave concern for the high number of road fatalities — a staggering 115 lives lost to date, many of them children, according to the traffic chief. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua The Antigua and Barbuda government says it will conduct a study of the wages and emoluments earned by hotel workers in order to determine whether the incomes paid are fair or if they have kept stride with workers in other industries and in the public service. Comment
Guyana: This Friday, Jan. 3, Guyana’s governing coalition will launch its 2020 reelection campaign with a massive rally in the city, just about a week after President David Granger dissolved parliament ahead of the March 2020 general elections. Comment

Tropicalfete’s tribute to late stilt dancer

Music: Alton Aimable, the St. Lucian-born director of the Brooklyn-based entertainment group Tropicalfete, Inc., says the group dedicated its final concert for 2019, “A Musical Gift to the Community,” to late member Yvette Johnson. Comment
Sports: West Indies Captain, Kieron Pollard said he is proud of the strides the team is making despite their l0th straight One-Day International (ODI) series defeat in Indian recently. Comment

Clarke ‘appalled’ by rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes

People: Brooklyn Democratic Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke on the day after Christmas said she was “appalled” by the uptick in anti-Semitic hate crimes in Brooklyn and the greater New York City area. Comment

Shai Hope moves into ICC top 10 rankings

Sports: West Indies opening batsman, Shai Hope has moved into the top 19 of the ICC One-Day International batting rankings for the first time, following his heavy scoring in the recent series against India. Comment

‘Twas the year before 2020 – In hindsight a decade ago

Music: In an address to British subjects in Europe and those in Commonwealth countries, Queen Elizabeth II described 2019 as being “quite a bumpy” year. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago’s team cyclists of Njisane Phillip, Nicholas Paul and Keron Bramble has been stripped of their gold medal at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru in August, while Phillip also lost his individual silver medal in the match sprint due to an alleged positive doping result at the games. Comment
People: Two West Indies legendary cricketers, Clive Lloyd and along with former batting star Gordon Greenidge, have been awarded Knighthoods in the Queen’s New Year Honor list. Comment
Former Bahamas Finance Minister Zhivargo Laing has extolled the virtues of good leadership, saying that they count most when people come together to achieve noble ends. Comment

Banning fentanyl analogs is just the first step in stemming the opioid crisis

Health: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed a ban on drugs that mimic the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl, which is fueling the opioid crisis ravaging the country. The legislation would make fentanyl analogs subject to the same criminal sales and possession penalties as other controlled substances. Comment
New York: NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge denied the U.S. government’s request Thursday to toss out a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrests in New York courthouses. Comment

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