Caribbean Life News Update – 26 August 2016

Caribbean Life

Where were you in 1991? Reporter Alexandra Simon visits the Crown Heights riots of 1991

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.

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.  

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.

 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.

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.

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