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Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017

Cuise line deploys ships for humanitarian efforts

Caribbean: Royal Caribbean International was expected to dispatch some of its cruise ships to St. Thomas and St. Maarten in a bid to not only provide supplies but transport evacuees following the passage of Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean. Comment

Green card for victims of domestic violence

The office of domestic violence in the United States Justice Department define domestic violence as a “pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Comment

Back to life: Painter revives carnival with artwork

Arts & Theater: Carnival is coming back to life. A Florida-based artist is showcasing his carnival-inspired artwork at Medgar Evers College library through Sept. 22. The second annual “Art of Carnival” exhibit is going to have 23 paintings on display — all based on images that Trinidadian-born artist Weldon Ryan took at various carnivals across the country. With the West Indian Day parade over until next year, he is keeping the spirit of the joyous celebration alive in his life-like representations of it — something not often found in Caribbean art. Comment

Brownsville football league awarded 5K

New York: A Brownsville-based football league was presented with a $5,000 grant from SportsNet New York (SNY) at Floyd Paterson field on Sept. 7. As part of the organization’s Play Ball program, every year the organization provides local leagues with trips to NFL games, equipment, and reward some with money to support their teams. The Brooklyn United Youth Football League was this year’s recipient of the grant and the young footballers could not have been happier, said the leaugue’s co-founder and coach. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Dayveon (Unrated) Devin Blackmon plays the titular character in this coming-of-age saga, set in rural Arkansas, about a 13-year-old, African-American orphan who joins a gang in the wake of his big brother’s death, when his sister (Chastity Moore) and her boyfriend (Dontrell Bright) can no longer afford to raise him. Cast includes Kordell Johnson, Marquell Manning and Shavidee Trotter. Comment


Sports: West Indies dream of ending their three-decade drought of winning a Test series against England, in England collapsed to a nine-wicket defeat in the decisive third and final Test at Lord’s last week. Comment

Monday, Sept. 11, 2017

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean: Caribbean A United States medical company plans to sell Zika virus diagnostic to customers through the Caribbean upon completion of successful evaluation and validation studies. Comment

Kids hunt killer clown in creepy movie

Movies: Written by master of suspense Stephen King, It was the best-selling book in the United States during 1986. The riveting page-turner was set in deceptively-serene Derry, Maine, where a sadistic clown living underground in the sewers disrupted the peace of the picturesque city by preying primarily on children. Comment

Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017

Vincentians contest Council seat in Brooklyn

Two Vincentians are among 11 candidates vying for a City Council seat in next Tuesday’s Democratic Party Primary in Brooklyn. Comment

Chinese doing well in Barbados

A chance remark by the outgoing Chinese Ambassador to Barbados may be pointing to a swing in the economic pendulum towards a growing presence of China on the island, and possibly the wider Caribbean. Comment

Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017

Democrats start legal assault on Trump’s ‘Dreamers’ move

National: By Nelson A. KingA day after President Donald J. Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an Obama-era executive action that shields young, undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants, known as “Dreamers,” from deportation, a coalition of US Democratic attorneys general and others have renewed their legal assault on the move. Comment

Officials say Caribbean J’Ouvert spared violence this year

Arts & Theater: New York Police Department (NYPD) and other officials say Caribbean J’Ouvert in Brooklyn has been spared this year the violence that has marred the festival in recent years. Comment

Friday, Sept. 8, 2017

Agencies prepare supplies amid Irma’s wrath

Caribbean: Deeply concerned about the devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean, United Nations agencies are already preparing supplies and communication lines to the youth in the region. Comment

Caribbean gov’ts standby to assist neighbors

Caribbean: Caribbean governments and the Barbados-based Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) were on standby late Wednesday waiting for one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in recorded history to pass by member states before kicking the rapid response system in place towards the weekend. Comment

Restrained revelry: Heightened J’Ouvert security prevents fatalities, changes atmosphere

Arts & Theater: It was the dawn of a new J’Ouvert. Comment

Author to launch Belize’s first writers conference

Caribbean: She’s on a mission to reinvent literary history. Belizean writer and author Joey Garcia is launching her country’s first ever writers conference next spring. The Belize Writers Conference is set for April 23–28, 2018 and is going to give 30 writers a chance to a retreat on a resort and receive advice from literary experts about their work. Comment

Congress must override the President’s repeal of the Dream program

The dreadful news that President Donald Trump has scrapped the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy is very troubling. In addition to the legal actions to preserve and/or reinstate it, Congress must swiftly act to make it law. Comment

NY state comptroller readies for a DACA fight

New York: In the aftermath of the announcement made by the Trump Administration on Tuesday to end the program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the New York State Comptroller, Thomas P. DiNapoli has condemned the action taken by the government and called it cruel, immoral and un-American. Comment


Music & Fashion: Some island vibes took over Coney. Labor Day weekend kicked off with one of the city’s biggest Caribbean music events on Sept. 1. Thousands of concert-goers attended “On Da Reggae and Soca Tip” at Ford Amphitheater on Coney Island Boardwalk for the annual concert hosted by radio station Hot 97. Comment

Junior costume bands revel like pros

Arts & Theater: Once again, junior revelers showed their carnival prowess, shaking their costume tails, frames, and frills, to light up the streets of Crown Heights during a stirring presentation on Saturday, Sept. 2, that began the 50-year festivities of the West Indian American Day Carnival Association. Comment

Billboard hit for IamStylezMusic

Music & Fashion: He’s chart topping in style. Dancehall artist IamStylezMusic made his billboard debut last week with his album “Back to My Roots.” The musician who also goes by the name Stylez, said that the achievement on the Reggae Record Chart was an expected one given his efforts, and a long work in progress, he said. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017

Hurricane Irma leaves one dead in Barbados

Though the monstrous Hurricane Irma passed miles north of Barbados, this island might have been among the first territory to register a casualty as a teenaged surfer dared the rough seas and paid for it with his life. Comments (1)

Thousands protest DACA ruling

New York: On Tuesday, Sept .4, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced — as anticipated — that the Trump administration will not renew the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program introduced by President Obama’s executive order, five years ago. Sessions said DACA will end in six months giving Congress time to formally act. Comment

Guyanese celebrate WIADCA on Eastern Parkway

Arts & Theater: Guyana’s Minister of Natural Resources, Semona Broomes joined a Guyanese contingent on Eastern Parkway on Monday, Sept. 4 and waved the Golden Arrowhead flag with nationals to the 50th Anniversary of the Caribbean American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA). Comment

World Xl team named

Sports: Two West Indies players Darren Sammy and Samuel Badree were named in the 14-member World Xl to play three Twenty20 Internationals against Pakistan in September. Comment

Chris Gayle recalled

Sports: West Indies selectors have recalled hard-hitting opener Chris Gayle and fellow Jamaican Marlon Samuels for the five One Day Internationals (ODIs) match tour of England next month. Comment


Sports: SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (AP) — Michael Bradley realizes the huge distinction between home games and road matches in international soccer. Comment

Partisan polemic revisits Mike Brown shooting

Movies: On Aug. 9, 2014, Mike Brown was shot a half-dozen times by police officer Darren Wilson on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, a predominantly-black suburb of St. Louis. Because several eyewitnesses said the 18-year-old had his hands up at the time, the incident triggered nationwide civil unrest which gave rise to the Black Lives Matter movement. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017

Yet another picture-perfect carnival in Brooklyn

Arts & Theater: For at least the third consecutive year, revelers, masqueraders and millions of spectators converged in picture-perfect weather on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway on Labor Day for the 50th annual celebration of the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade. Comment

Vincy artist Kenroy Dolly makes it big

Arts & Theater: After discovering his talent in the late 1960s while living in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Vincentian-born artist Kenroy Dolly has made it big internationally. Comments (1)

Sept. 11 – Happy time for some… Sad for others

Music & Fashion: The ninth month of the year signals the unofficial end of summer conjuring emotions of variance to students returning to school or entering a learning institution for the very first time. Comment