Caribbean Life News Update – 29 October 2016

Caribbean LifeCaribbean Life News Update – 29 October 2016

Queens resid­ents raise concern over traffi­cking of Guyanese children

BY TANGERINE CLARKE

Quest­ions on how to combat traffi­cking of children from Guyana to the United States, were posed to newly appoi­nted Guyana Consul General to New York, Barbara Atherly, who held the consu­late’s first town hall meeting on Friday, Oct. 21, at the Shri Lakshmi Narayan Mandir on Liberty Avenue, in Richmond Hill, Queens.

Diwali lights up Queens

BY TANGERINE CLARKE | ARTS & THEATER

In spite of the cold temper­atures and persi­stent rainfall, Richmond Hill, Queens, lit up on Oct. 22, with dazzling lights to celeb­rate Diwali, the Festival of Lights on the Hindu calendar.

HEROC to stage Cancer Aware­ness Walk in Guyana

BY TANGERINE CLARKE | HEALTH         

Presi­dent of the New York-based, Health and Educa­tion Relief Organi­zation for Cancer, HEROC – Lorna Welshman-Neblett, said after three years of legal forma­tion, building, and fund raising, the organi­zation will embark on its inaug­ural mission to Guyana for a week of planned events, that will include a Cancer Aware­ness Walk in the capital.

CARIB COURT OR NOT

BY BERT WILKINSON | CARIBBEAN

Two count­ries in the Eastern Carib­bean are prepa­ring to hold refere­ndums to deter­mine whether to ditch the British Privy Council as their final courts of appeal but indica­tions are that both govern­ments may struggle to persuade citizens to do so in suffi­cient numbers.

Venez­uela’s congress opens polit­ical trial against Maduro

BY JOSHUA GOODMAN AND JORGE RUEDA | CARIBBEAN

CARACAS, Venez­uela (AP) — Venez­uela’s oppos­ition-contr­olled congress has opened a polit­ical trial against Presi­dent Nicolas Maduro for breaking the constit­utional order, deepe­ning a standoff trigg­ered by the author­ities’ suspe­nsion of a recall refer­endum against the embat­tled socia­list leader.

Jamaican firm wins entrepre­neurial innov­ation award

BY NELSON A. KING | CARIBBEAN

The Inter-American Develo­pment Bank (IDB) says a Jamaican firm is among three instit­utions from Latin American and the Carib­bean to win the Inter-American Awards in Finan­cial and Entrepre­neurial Innov­ation.

Learning from past mista­kes: Rebui­lding Haiti after Hurri­cane Matthew

BY THARANGA YAKUPITIYAGE | CARIBBEAN

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 23, 2016 (IPS) – As Haiti reels from another disaster once again, many are questi­oning the humani­tarian system and looking for long-term solut­ions with Haitians at the heart of response.

ICS to honor Carib­bean American stalw­arts

BY NELSON A. KING | CARIBBEAN

The Insti­tute of Carib­bean Studies (ICS) says it will present its annual Carib­bean American Heritage (CARAH) Awards to nine Carib­bean American stalw­arts excel­ling in science, business, advocacy, techn­ology and the arts on Nov. 18 in Washi­ngton, D.C.

Confused about Breast Cancer Scree­nings?

HEALTH

Breast Cancer Aware­ness Month serves as an annual reminder of the impor­tance of living a healthy lifes­tyle to reduce the risk of getting breast cancer.

A tribute fit for a king-National Heroes Day, Jamaica

BY LORRAINE MUIR | CARIBBEAN

The National Heroes Day, National Honor and Awards ceremony held at Kings House Jamaica each year is the most presti­gious ceremony held in Jamaica to recog­nize disting­uished, gallant and notable citizens of Jamaica.

Schumer ready for leade­rship debate

BY VINETTE K. PRYCE | NEW YORK

With compl­etion of both the presid­ential and vice presid­ential debates, voters might now be decided about which of the two presid­ential candi­dates might pose a clear and present danger to their future after the Nov. 8 election.

Vincen­tians begin indepe­ndence celebr­ations

BY NELSON A. KING

Hundreds of Vincen­tians on Sunday crammed the pews of The Church of St. Mark, Episc­opal (Angl­ican) in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn for an Ecume­nical Service of Thanks­giving, as St. Vincent and the Grena­dines celeb­rates its 37th Annive­rsary of Indepe­ndence.

Nat Turner’s mental and military motiva­tions

BY EZRAH AHARONE

Nate Parker’s movie “The Birth of a Nation” has revived the quest­ion: What caused Nat Turner’s 1831 uprising? Turner, first of all, was not a deranged misfit who acted outside of a histo­rical context of previous African freedom fighter

An ocean of hope in these tumul­tuous times

BY TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER | BOOKS

You had hope that things might be better.

We elected a Black man as presi­dent, and there was a minute where you could almost see a bit of racial optimism.

Confe­rence tackles violence towards transg­ender commu­nity

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | NEW YORK

Domestic violence in the transg­ender commu­nity got the spotl­ight at the 14th Annual Domestic Violence Confe­rence at St. Francis College on Oct. 21.

Tyler Perry back in drag for another adven­ture

BY KAM WILLIAMS | MOVIES

No one has ever accused Tyler Perry of being short on ideas. After all, the prolific writer/di­rector has been the brains behind a profu­sion of plays, movies and telev­ision shows

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