Caribbean Life News Update – 30 August 2016

Caribbean Life News Update – 30 August 2016

GUYANA BLACKS AGITATE

BY BERT WILKINSON | CARIBBEAN

As Septe­mber, Ameri­ndian heritage month, draws to a close and as indig­enous Indians do all they can to raise aware­ness about land and other rights, Afro Guyanese groups are begin­ning to put pressure on the adminis­tration of Presi­dent David Granger to give blacks their just piece of the country’s pie just as past govern­ments have done for others.

Guyana’s first lady to aid STEM programs

BY TANGERINE CLARKE | CARIBBEAN

Fundra­ising for science, techn­ology, engine­ering and mathem­atics educa­tion, (STEM) must be consi­dered one of the most philant­hropic efforts made to help millions of children in Guyana.

LGBTQ festival canceled in Haiti amid threats, gov’t order   

BY DAVID MCFADDEN | CARIBBEAN

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Organ­izers of a cultural festival in Haiti celebr­ating the Afro-Carib­bean LGBTQ commu­nity said Tuesdaythat it has been called off due to numerous threats of violence and a subse­quent prohib­ition by a gover­nment commis­sioner.

Undocu­mented Haitians face deport­ation

BY NELSON A. KING | NEW YORK

Brooklyn Congres­swoman Yvette D. Clarke has expre­ssed deep concern about the resumed deport­ation of undocu­mented Haitian immig­rants from the United States.

 

Formerly homeless woman talks overc­oming in debut book

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | NEW YORK

Facing abuse and teen pregn­ancy, Chris­tina Richa­rdson left home when she was 17 years old. Being homeless on and off for seven years, she trekked her way out of the New York City shelter system three years ago, and in her debut book titled “The Pleasure in the Pain” — she talks about her life.

New film docum­ents drum culture in St. Vincent

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | MOVIES

Big sounds and big drums.

On formal occas­ions, sounds of drums beating might be heard on Union Island — one of the islands compr­ising the nation of St. Vincent and the Grena­dines.

Black Violin: The UNITY Tour

MUSIC & FASHION

Brooklyn Center for the Perfo­rming Arts at Brooklyn College opens its 2016-17 season on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016 at 8 pm with the return of three-time Amateur Night at the Apollo winners Black Violin.

TAP, TAP, TAP

ARTS & THEATER

Interna­tional tap dance super­star Chloé Arnold is bringing her dynamic dance colle­ctive to the City College Center for the Arts (CCCA). Chloé Arnold’s Apart­ment 33, a dream team of high-energy hoofers, will bring the world premiere of its magnetic tap dance show “Where Dreams Are Made” to Aaron Davis Hall at 7:30 pm on Friday, Sept. 30

St. Lucia makes a big pledge to solar power

CARIBBEAN

The gover­nment of St. Lucia has a target of gener­ating 35 percent of its electr­icity from renew­able sources by 2020.

Woman’s charge oversh­adows town hall meeting

BY NELSON A. KING

Suppo­rters of the incum­bent Unity Labor Party (ULP) adminis­tration in St. Vincent and the Grena­dines had hoped that it would be another very succe­ssful and peaceful town hall meeting, as was always the case when Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsa­lves visited New York on previous occas­ions.

Denzel reunites with Fuqua in Kurosawa classic

BY KAM WILLIAMS | MOVIES

Directed by the legen­dary Akira Kurosawa in 1954, “Seven Samurai” was a groundb­reaking film which had a profound influ­ence on the evolu­tion of cinema for genera­tions to come.

Grenada PM eulog­izes Dr. Stani­slaus

BY NELSON A. KING | CARIBBEAN

Grenada Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell on Saturday joined a number of Carib­bean commu­nity leaders and figures, among others, in eulog­izing former United Nations Ambas­sador Dr. Lamuel Stani­slaus at a massive funeral service in Brooklyn.

Souvenir of slavery and its legacy

BY TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER | BOOKS

There’s so much you wish you’d kept.

Of course, you never thought of that when things were thrown out: your grandm­other’s favorite skirt, a poster your uncle hung on his wall, an autogr­aphed picture of a minor star from the 1920s.

UWI, SUNY launch leade­rship, develo­pment center

CARIBBEAN

The Unive­rsity of the West Indies (UWI) and The State Unive­rsity of New York (SUNY) have launched the SUNY UWI Center for Leade­rship and Sustai­nable Develo­pment on Sept. 20, 2016 at the SUNY Global Center in New York.

Jamaica’s debt stymies economic growth

BY DAWN PLUMMER | CARIBBEAN

Since the general election took place in Jamaica in February, 2016, Andrew Holness has not offic­ially visited New York City in his capacity as prime minister of Jamaica, to address the Diaspora.

Jamaica wins Leading Destin­ation title

BY AZAD ALI

Jamaica has copped the presti­gious Carib­bean’s Leading Destin­ation title at the recent World Travel Awards at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort.

Urgent care center opens fifth location in Brooklyn

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | NEW YORK

Bushwick is the latest neighb­orhood to be served by an urgent care center. The new location opened in the unders­erved area on Sept. 21.

No one is indispe­nsable in a democ­racy

BY OSCAR ARIAS SANCHEZ

SAN JOSÉ, Sept. 20, 2016 (IPS) – I have put a great deal of thought into whether or not to return to politics. Groups from diffe­rent polit­ical parties, and without party affili­ation, have expre­ssed their concern over the current situa­tion in the country and have offered me their support. And the opinion polls indicate that I would have a chance at a third presid­ential term.

Gayle recons­iders playing Test cricket

BY AZAD ALI | CARIBBEAN

Hard-hitting Twenty20 opener Chris Gayle wants to return to Test cricket and is curre­ntly holding talks with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to be included in any future Test team.

First: Debate Democ­racy

BY MARC MORIAL AND MORRIS PEARL

Twenty-one times during the presid­ential prima­ries, candi­dates took the stage to debate issues impor­tant to the American people.

Embargo still impacts Cuba, US relat­ions

BY NELSON A. KING | CARIBBEAN

Though Cuba and the United States have made much progress in impro­ving bilat­eral relat­ions, Cuba’s Foreign Affairs Minister Bruno Eduardo Rodríguez Parrilla says the decades-old economic blockade against Havana hampers progress in the normali­zation of relat­ions between both count­ries.

Jamaica’s implem­enting 10-year health strat­egic plan

BY NELSON A. KING | HEALTH

Jamaica’s Health Minister, Dr. Christ­opher Tufton, says the Carib­bean island is implem­enting a 10-year strat­egic plan to improve health and attain its vision of a healthy and stable popul­ation.

Inaug­ural ceremony celeb­rates men of color

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | NEW YORK

Hardwo­rking men of color were celeb­rated in high style at a ceremony awarding and honoring men for their achiev­ements on Sept. 17.

Bolt sets sight on sports clinic

BY AZAD ALI | SPORTS

Olympic legend Usain Bolt has annou­nced that he plans to open a sports clinic in Jamaica after retiring from the sport of track and field.

Independent & Foreign Films

BY KAM WILLIAMS | MOVIES

American Honey (R for graphic sexua­lity, frontal nudity, perva­sive profa­nity and teen drug and alcohol abuse) Raunchy road saga revol­ving around a troubled runaway (Sasha Lane) who joins a team of door-to-door salesmen who party when not hawking magazine subscri­ptions while driving across the American Midwest. With Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough and Arielle Holmes.

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