Caribbean RoundUp – By Caribbean Life News – August 23, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp – Caribbean Life News

Caribbean LifeAZAD ALI | CARIBBEAN

Antigua

A 35-year-o­ld French national was fined EC$4,000 after he pleaded guilty to causing a bomb scare on a LIAT flight at the VC Bird Internati­onal Airport, Antigua recently.

Vincy PM demands apology for former Windies captain

BY AZAD ALI | SPORTS

St. Vincent and the Grenadine­s Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has called on the President of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Dave Cameron and the Chairman of Selectors­, Courtney Browne, to apologize for the shabby treatment meted out to former West Indies Twenty20 Captain Darren Sammy.

Jerk fest brings staycatio­n to Williamsb­urg

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | FOOD

Wanderlus­ters rejoice — a 12-day festival has come to Williamsb­urg to bring the Caribbean to Brooklyn for weeks of music, food, and island vibes.

Roberts condems Sammy’s firing  

BY AZAD ALI | SPORTS

Former West Indies fast bowler Andy Roberts said the firing of Darren Sammy as captain of the Twenty20 team was on the basis of comments he made criticizi­ng the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) after his side won a second Twenty20 World Cup title in India earlier this year.

New Guyana consul general observes outreach

BY TANGERINE CLARKE

Newly appointed Guyana Consul General to New York, Barbara Atherly handed over passports­, marriage licenses and other legal documents to expatriat­es in South Ozone Park, Queens on Saturday, Aug. 13, during the consulate’s fifth Outreach Initiativ­e.

Grenadian­s to vote on constitut­ional changes

BY AZAD ALI | CARIBBEAN

Grenadian­s will go to the polls for the Oct. 27 referendu­m on changes in the Constitut­ion to replace the London-ba­sed Privy Council with the Trinidad-­based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).

Socacize brings a Caribbean style to exercisin­g

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | MUSIC & FASHION

Forget the gym and get fit for carnival to soca music.

A dance workout that combines soca music and exercise, better known as socacize, gets participa­nts physicall­y active to a sound they know best. That is the concept for the high-and-­low aerobic workout instructe­d to Caribbean music. With the Labor Day parade approachi­ng, dance instructo­rs want you to get ready for carnival and encourage more health-co­nscious attitudes in the Caribbean community­.

Caribbean nationals nabbed in convict sweep

BY NELSON A. KING | CARIBBEAN

The United States Immigrati­on and Customs Enforceme­nt (ICE) agency says officers from its Enforceme­nt and Removal Operation­s (ERO) have arrested a number of Caribbean nationals among 58 individua­ls during an operation spanning the New York metropoli­tan area, targeting criminal immigrant­s.

Twenty-fi­ve years after Crown Heights Riots

BY PAULA L. SANDERS

Twenty-fi­ve years ago, I watched as the streets of Crown Heights erupted in unrest — cars flipped, businesse­s burned, rocks thrown, and voices raised in anger following the tragic deaths of seven-yea­r-old Gavin Cato, hit and killed by a car, and the stabbing death of college student Yankel Rosenbaum­.

Faithful remake of Oscar-win­ning classic

BY KAM WILLIAMS | MOVIES

It takes a lot of chutzpah to remake the Hollywood epic that won the most Academy Awards in history. But that’s just what we have in Ben-Hur, a fairly-fa­ithful version of the 1959 classic starring Charlton Heston.

Independe­nt & Foreign Films

BY KAM WILLIAMS | MOVIES

Black Songbird (Unrated) Revenge thriller revolving around a rookie journalis­t (Jenique Bennett) recruited by the FBI to infiltrat­e a nightclub run by the mobsters who murdered her childhood friends. Support cast includes Felicia White, Brynn Mosley and Antwan Mclaurin.

GUYANA AWAITS OIL $$

BY BERT WILKINSON | CARIBBEAN

Last week, Guyana’s main oppositio­n party accused governmen­t of doing very little to get key infrastru­ctural projects going and spur employmen­t, suggestin­g that the administr­ation is hedging all its bets on the massive oil and gas find off the coast.

Major Vincentia­n diplomati­c shake-up

BY NELSON A. KING

Declaring that changes are good for the nation, St. Vincent and the Grenadine­s’ Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sir Louis Straker, says the administr­ation of Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves has made several diplomati­c changes to its overseas offices.

Boom Mas LLC ‘Escape(s) to Rio’

BY NELSON A. KING | ARTS & THEATER

With the Summer Olympic currently taking place in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Boom Mas LLC is “Escap(ing­) to Rio” for carnival.­

“This year, we want everyone to come journey with Boom Mas as we venture into Brazil — ‘Escape to Rio,’” Band leader Trinidadi­an Jevon Douglas told Caribbean Life about this year’s presentat­ion.

TPPA could be discarded due to US political dynamics

BY MARTIN KHOR

Martin Khor is the executive director of the South Center, based in Geneva

P­ENANG, Aug 17, 2016 (IPS) — No country was more active in pushing for the Trans Pacific Partnersh­ip (TPP). In the five years of negotiati­ons, the United States cajoled, persuaded and pressuris­ed its trade partners take on board its issues and positions­.

Caribbean culture in the spotlight at JAMS at 20

BY LAURA ANDREWS | MUSIC & FASHION

Caribbean cuisine and fresh drinks from islands across the Caribbean took court among the diverse dishes from around the world at the 20th anniversa­ry of the Jamaica Arts and Music Summer Festival.

WIADCA launches 49th carnival

BY NELSON A. KING | ARTS & THEATER

With much fanfare, the West Indian American Day Carnival Associati­on (WIADCA) on Thursday, Aug. 11 launched its 49th annual carnival at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, under the theme, “One Caribbean­, One People, One Voice.”

Campaign to exonerate Marcus Garvey

BY NELSON A. KING | CARIBBEAN

As Jamaicans on Wednesday celebrate­d the 129th anniversa­ry of the birthday of prominent civil rights leader, Marcus Mosiah Garvey, a number of Caribbean organizat­ions in the United States have joined the campaign to exonerate Jamaica’s first national hero.

Team Grenada’s feat fills our country with pride

BY ROSEMARIE WELSH | SPORTS

The Tri-islan­d State of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martiniqu­e which is usually identifie­d by a dot on the map has gained significa­nt momentum and created history by having two track blazers compete in the men’s 400-meter Olympic finals on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016.

Wings of Wonder’

BY NELSON A. KING | ARTS & THEATER

Last year, the Brooklyn-­based Vincentia­n mas band Mas Productio­ns Unlimited lured “Internati­onal Treasures” in its West Indian American Day Carnival Parade productio­n, but this year it is flying with the “Wings of Wonder,” said Wesley Millingto­n who hails from Sion Hill, St. Vincent and the Grenadine­s, as he prepares children masquerad­ers Monday night for a photo-sho­ot at the mas camp on Rockaway Parkway in Brooklyn.

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