Caribbean Life News Update – 02 November 2016

Caribbean Life News Update – 02 November 2016  Caribbean Life

Weeks after hurri­cane, Haitians struggle for clean water

BY DAVID MCFADDEN | CARIBBEAN

COTEAUX, Haiti (AP) _ It’s been nearly a month since Hurri­cane Matthew tore through southern Haiti and people like Kettley Rosier and many of her neigh­bors still have to spend their meager savings to buy drinking water.

Trinidad PM reshu­ffles his Cabinet

BY AZAD ALI | CARIBBEAN

With just one year in office, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley of Trinidad and Tobago has fired two of his Cabinet minis­ters in a major reshu­ffle he promised last month.

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.         

Longer, but less meani­ngful lives?

BY JOHAN GALTUNG

ALICANTE, Spain, Nov. 1, 2016 (IPS) – The last one hundred years life expec­tancy has incre­ased by about 25 per cent-from near 80 to near 100-in some count­ries. But, instead of incre­asing playful child­hood, educa­tion, work and retir­ement by 25 per cent, the age of retir­ement has moved much less than the age at death.

 

Brooklyn soca artist lands deal with local network

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | MUSIC & FASHION

Starting the early stages of his music career in his cousin’s basement studio, his music is now being listened to by more than one million Tri-state resid­ents on late night show after landing a deal with a major network.

Tale of a Jamaican pioneer on two wheels

BY TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER | BOOKS

It’s a great big world out there.

So many things to see, so many places to visit. You can find pictures of those spots, but photos aren’t enough. You want more, and you aim to touch as much of the world as you can. It’s a common desire and, as in “Tales of the Talented Tenth: Bessie String­field” by Joel Chris­tian Gill, you might make history while you’re doing it.

Battle­field exploits of heroic Army medic

BY KAM WILLIAMS | MOVIES

Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfi­eld) was born in the Blue Ridge Mount­ains where he was raised as a Seventh-day Adven­tist. Devoutly relig­ious, he followed his faith’s literal interpr­etation of the 10 Comman­dments, inclu­ding the 5th’s dictate that “Thou shalt not kill.”

Regional confe­rence condemns gender violence in the Carib­bean

BY NELSON A. KING

The Economic Commi­ssion for Latin America and the Carib­bean (ECLAC) says Urugu­ayan author­ities and represen­tatives of interna­tional organiz­ations have strongly conde­mned violence against women in Latin America and the Carib­bean

Carib­bean RoundUp

800,000 Haitians in dire need of immed­iate food assis­tance

BY NELSON A. KING | CARIBBEAN

An asses­sment condu­cted by the United Nations Food and Agricu­lture Organi­zation (FAO) and the World Food Program (WFP), together with the Haitian gover­nment and its National Coordi­nation for Food Security (CNSA), has deter­mined that in the wake of Hurri­cane Matthew some 1.4 million people are in need of food assis­tance, 800,000 of whom are in a dire situa­tion.

Williams hosts town hall on city initia­tives, consti­tuent issues

BY NELSON A. KING

Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams on Monday hosted a town hall meeting with Flatl­ands Flatbush Civic Group at P.S. 109 in East Flatbush, addre­ssing City initia­tives and consti­tuent issues.

Trinid­adian songw­riter fights Zika in song

BY NELSON A. KING | MUSIC & FASHION

The Pan American Health Organi­zation (PAHO) says Trinid­adian singer-songw­riter Darryl Gervais has recorded a new song for to raise aware­ness in the Carib­bean about the need to fight Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that carries Zika, chikun­gunya, dengue, and other arbovi­ruses.

Independent & Foreign Films

BY KAM WILLIAMS | MOVIES

All Govern­ments Lie (Unra­ted) Prestige biopic recou­nting intrepid investi­gative journ­alist I.F. Stone’s (1907-1989) career dedic­ated to uncov­ering polit­ical corru­ption and coverups.

Immigr­ation fees set to increase

BY NELSON A. KING

Brooklyn Congres­swoman Yvette D. Clarke is urging indivi­duals who want to file immigr­ation applic­ations and petit­ions to submit them before Dec. 23, 2016, when several fees will increase.

The Power of Pink and Prayer

HEALTH

On Wedne­sday, Oct. 19, The Salem Missi­onary Baptist Church hosted an impor­tant annual health event for the commu­nity.

Radics releases self-empowe­rment album

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | MUSIC & FASHION

Legen­dary Jamaican artist Jack Radics is relea­sing a new album with a much more personal spin.

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.

West Indies suffers another loss

BY AZAD ALI | SPORTS

The West Indies team conti­nues its poor showing in the Test matches in the United Arab Emirates when the team slumped to a 133-run defeat in the Second Test on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2016 to concede the three-match series to Pakistan.

England defeats West Indies

BY AZAD ALI | SPORTS

England Women won the fifth and decisive One-Day Interna­tional (ODI) by a comfor­table five wickets at Sabina Park, Jamaica to clinch the series 3-2.

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  • NDTewarie  On November 3, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Money is Freedom

    When the Indians lived here
    Without any trouble and care
    They had freedom
    Or so they thought
    Then the white man came
    And left them so darn lame
    Herded in reservations
    With all limitations
    Now they know
    The only place to go
    To get their real freedom
    Is to run away from them
    The blacks in Africa
    They had freedom
    Until they came to America
    Then they realized he traded
    His freedom for a few junkets
    He’s still fighting for it
    He looked around and sure
    All around saw he was poor
    If he wanted to move up
    He had to get money
    So he thought
    Money is freedom
    Going to America
    Enticed by his chief
    With some beads
    And a shining mirror
    Reflecting his horror
    These had to be good people
    Yet some behave like weevil
    These white men
    Can’t have black hearts
    Let us pulling carts
    But 200 years later
    Like catching a gator

    He’s still searching
    For and singing Freedom
    With every bum and chum
    We get just the pence and bits
    The hog’s goes to the misfits
    So how does one get money
    Everything is controlled
    One can’t win here
    Some manage to get out
    Now they sing and shout
    From the ghetto
    Go to school our parents said
    Work is freedom or you’re dead
    Freedom is money
    200 years later Sunny
    Trying to make it with big hearts
    In Sports, Music and in the Arts
    Some manage to get
    And after much sweat
    And tears finally
    Some earn money
    And earn their freedom
    But the slavery mentality
    Usurp their integrity
    Is still stuck in their heads
    A lurking fear and dreads
    Many making it big now
    Can buy the whole cow
    But can lose all of it also
    Not easy come easy go
    But a struggle to get here brother
    And maintain our staying power
    The Mexicans want money too
    For all their broods
    For money is power in all hoods
    Getting out from the burros
    Out of the neglected ghettoes
    To send the little one to school
    Maybe new sneakers
    Or buy medicine
    For the old ones
    The risk life and limb
    To get here just to earn
    Money to get power
    To help their families
    They defy the train of death
    Face gangs who rape and rob
    But yet they try every day
    To reach the Promised Land
    This time North America

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