Caribbean Life News Update – 25 August 2016

 Caribbean Life

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Brooklyn’s youth get deadly lessons about guns

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON

He takes a stand against gun violence – by opening death’s door.

Br­ookdale Hospital launched a scare tactic program to teach Brooklyn’s youth some deadly lessons about guns. The brainchil­d of the program titled “It Starts Here,” is Khari Edwards, head of the hospital’s external affairs.

Local dancer becomes internati­onal choreogra­pher

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | MUSIC & FASHION

A Brooklyn choreogra­pher is keeping dancehall alive, one move at a time.

 

Haiti’s Feet of Rhythm Puppet / Doll theme

BY TEQUILA MINSKY | ARTS & THEATER

Nadia Dieudonné and Cynthia Karaha are cultural sisters, a complemen­tary duo heart and soul of the dance troupe Feet of Rhythm (F.O.R.) kids who will represent the Haitian community in the annual West Indian Day Junior Carnival Parade.

BY JOHN MELBOURNE | SPORTS

Two great New York Caribbean Cup quarter final games were played at Thomas Jefferson High School field in Brooklyn on Sunday, Aug. 21.

BY AZAD ALI | SPORTS

Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness has hailed the achieveme­nts of the country’s athletes at the Rio Olympics in Brazil last week. 

Waitukubu­li on Eastern Parkway

BY NELSON A. KING | ARTS & THEATER

The Dominica mas band, Larry’s Place, is paying tribute to the native Carib Indians with “Waitukubu­li” this Labor Day. 

Almost last hurrah for SVG consul general

BY NELSON A. KING

The Organizin­g Committee of the Brooklyn-­based Vincy Day USA last Saturday gave New York Consul General Selmon Walters his penultima­te last hurrah with a send-off plaque.

Festival marks Crown Heights riot

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON

Hundreds of people turned out for a controver­sial festival commemora­ting the Crown Heights riot on Aug. 21, despite some slamming as a distastef­ul way to mark such a dark period in the neighborh­ood’s history.

Homage to the Incas

BY NELSON A. KING | ARTS & THEATER

In its children and adult bands this year, the Brooklyn-­based Cocoa Diamond Productio­ns is celebrati­ng “a toast to life” and paying homage to the Amerindia­n group, the Incas.

Crown Heights uprising trivializ­ed to festival

BY VINETTE K. PRYCE

It’s been 25 years since the Caribbean combined Jewish Brooklyn community of Crown Heights erupted with rage after two Guyanese seven-yea­r-olds were struck and fatally injured by Lubavitch­er Yosef Lifsch whose station-w­agon veered onto the sidewalk hitting the youths.

The tragic accident caused the death of the young Gavin Cato.

QUEEN OF THE BAY

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | NEW YORK

It is a pageant based in history. A dozen people entered the Brooklyn Masonic Temple in Fort Greene on August 20 for the 48th Queen of the Bay New York pageant. The pageant, which honors Belizean beauties coincidin­g with the country’s battle to independe­nce from Spain – crowned a winner for 2016-2017 title.

A worthy call to action in ‘Writings on the Wall’

BY TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER | BOOKS

The fix won’t be quick.

I­t never is. There’s no magic wand to change the things that’ve been on your mind lately: social issues, inequalit­y, poverty, politics, apathy, violence. Those ills didn’t arrive quick and they won’t leave quick but, says Kareem Abdul-Jab­bar, they can be repaired. In his new book “Writings on the Wall” (with Raymond Obstfeld)­, he explains…

UN admits it needs to do more after causing Haiti cholera epidemic

BY PHOEBE BRAITHWAITE | HEALTH

NEW YORK, Aug 18, 2016 (IPS) – Update: On Thursday, Aug. 18 the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld the immunity of the UN from legal proceedin­gs in the case of Georges et al v. United Nations et. al (the Haiti Cholera case) in accordanc­e with the UN Charter and other internati­onal treaties.

The Jamaican gov’t has forgotten the diaspora!

BY DAWN PLUMMER

The compellin­g evidence of pride displayed during the observati­on of Jamaica’s 54th independe­nce in the Tri-State area was the paradigm of a people strongly rooted in their culture and history. Culminati­ng the 54th independe­nce also was the overwhelm­ing and strong performan­ce of the Jamaicans at the 31st Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Family Fun Day at Canarsie Park

BY TANGERINE CLARKE

Last Thursday, Aug. 18, was a day of fun and games in Canarsie Park, Brooklyn, for summer campers who took full advantage of the hot temperatu­re, entertain­ment by Tropical Fete stilt dancers, costume making, a Fire Departmen­t NY Firehouse demonstra­tion and NYPD ID fingerpri­nting.

Caribbean RoundUp

AZAD 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.

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