Caribbean Life News Update – 28 November 2016

Caribbean Life News Update – 28 November 2016 Caribbean Life

Guyanese offer to share skills back home

BY TANGERINE CLARKE

Guyanese-born, Roxanne Persaud, senator of the 19th Senat­orial district in Brooklyn, on Friday, Nov. 11, encou­raged natio­nals to work with the Guyana Consu­late, New York, and implored them (natio­nals) to refrain from negative feedback, stating, “for us to grow as Guyanese, we must support the staff of the consu­late, to better serve the commu­nity.”

Miss Universe Guyana 2016 Meet and Greet

BY TANGERINE CLARKE

Twenty-six-year-old Soyini Fraser is a stunning 5’ 10” beauty, whose love of pagea­ntry runs deep. Fraser, the reining Miss Universe Guyana 2016, the same titled she lost some years ago, and title holder of three others, will attend a Meet and Greet Gala Fundr­aiser on Dec. 2 at the Starz Princess Hall, 107-11 101st Ave., in Jamaica, New York, starting at 8 pm.       

The Backyard Café — From garden to plate

BY TANGERINE CLARKE

It is hard not to inhale the natural enviro­nment when you enter the Backyard Café on the outsk­irts of Guyana’s capital city of Georg­etown, that exudes creative cooking, crafted with superior ingred­ients for mouth-watering tastes.

Carib­bean RoundUp

BY AZAD ALI | CARIBBEAN

Bahamas

Jamaican reggae artiste Jah Cure (Sicc­ature Aloc) pleaded not guilty when he appeared in a Bahamas court recently on a misdem­eanor charge that stemmed from an argument at the Atlantis Paradise Islands.

Carib­bean leaders laud Castro at death

BY NELSON A. KING | CARIBBEAN

Carib­bean Commu­nity (CARI­COM) leaders, whose count­ries have been benefic­iaries of Cuba’s largesse, partic­ularly in medicine and schola­rships, on Saturday lauded the life of former Presi­dent Fidel Castro, who died late Friday. He was 90.

Report: Jamaica fosters culture of fear with police impunity

CARIBBEAN

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ Jamaica fosters a “culture of fear” and impunity linked to a high rate of killings by police officers that stret­ches back for years on the Carib­bean island with chroni­cally eye-popping rates of violent crime, Amnesty Interna­tional alleges in a report issued Wedne­sday.

Independent & Foreign Films

BY KAM WILLIAMS | MOVIES

Anony­mous (Unra­ted) Fact-based crime thriller revol­ving around a teenage hacker (Callan McAul­iffe) who resorts to online identity theft to help out his cash-strapped parents (Vlada Verevko and Genadijs Dolga­novs). With Lorraine Nicho­lson, Daniel Eric Gold and Clifton Collins, Jr.

Clarke wants safe altern­atives to immig­rant deten­tion centers

BY NELSON A. KING | NATIONAL

Brooklyn Congres­swoman Yvette D. Clarke has called on the United States Immigr­ation and Customs Enforc­ement (ICE) agency to consider offering commu­nity-based altern­atives to overcr­owded deten­tion centers, claiming that they curre­ntly fail to protect the safety of Carib­bean and other immig­rants.

Eugene advoc­ates for rent freeze

NELSON A. KING | NEW YORK

By Nelson A. King

Brooklyn Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene on Nov. 17 joined Borough Presi­dent Eric Adams, Depar­tment of Finance Assis­tant Commis­sioner Pierre DeJean, commu­nity advoc­ates and elderly resid­ents at Brooklyn Public Library in promo­ting enrol­lment in Rent Freeze NYC.

Needs of Haitian children must be given prior­ity: UNICEF

BY NELSON A. KING | CARIBBEAN

In light of the recent devast­ation wrought by Hurri­cane Matthew, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is urging that the needs of Haitian children be given priority by legisl­ators and the new gover­nment in the French-speaking Carib­bean nations, as voting took place on Sunday.

Antigua PM calls for interv­ention on climate change with Presi­dent-Elect Donald Trump

BY NELSON A. KING | CARIBBEAN

Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne has called on all gover­nment and special group­ings in the United Nations to commence discus­sions with the incoming Donald Trump Adminis­tration of the United States on climate change.

Williams’ bills on gas safety passes muster

BY NELSON A. KING | NEW YORK

On Nov. 16, Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, deputy leader and chair of the Commi­ttee on Housings and Build­ings, passed a package of 10 bills designed to increase the safety of gas infrast­ructure in New York.

Millions to march in presid­ential protests

BY VINETTE K. PRYCE | NATIONAL

Natio­nally organ­ized civil rights, commu­nity and gender-based organi­zation have already put the 45th presi­dent of the United States on notice that they intend to protest his inaugu­ration next year.

Independent & Foreign Films

BY KAM WILLIAMS | MOVIES

Always Shine (Unra­ted) Suspense thriller about a couple of actress BFFs (Mack­enzie Davis and Caitlin FitzGe­rald) whose frien­dship is tested when they travel from L.A. to Big Sur for a weekend getaway in the woods. Cast includes Lawrence Michael Levine, Alexa­nder Koch and Khan Baykal.

Jamai­cans shortl­isted for awards

BY AZAD ALI | SPORTS

Jamaican Usain Bolt and Elaine Thompson have been shortl­isted for the IAAF’s World Athlete of the Year awards last week after captu­ring gold in the sprints at the recent Rio Olympics in Brazil.

Colle­ctive to hold Kwanzaa celebr­ation, feed the need

BY NELSON A. KING

The Brooklyn-based group, People of the Sun Middle Passage Colle­ctive, says it will hold its annual Kwanzaa celebr­ation and Feed the Need event on Sat., Dec. 17 at the gymna­sium at Medgar Evers College on Carroll Street in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

WICB levies contract fees

BY AZAD ALI

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has taken an unprece­dented decision to impose a 20 percent levy on the contract fees of its Twenty20 crick­eters playing in overseas domestic tourna­ments.

TRADE DISPUTE LINGERS

BY BERT WILKINSON | CARIBBEAN

A leading Carib­bean brain and polit­ician has thrown his weight behind a growing lobby of regional experts urging Jamaica to continue being an influe­ntial member of the Carib­bean Commu­nity rather than looking north to other nations like Cuba as its major trading partner.

Calls to dump Bannon from White House team

BY NELSON A. KING | NATIONAL

Brooklyn Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (D-9th) has joined 168 members of the United States House of Represen­tatives in urging Presi­dent-Elect Donald Trump to remove White nation­alist sympat­hizer Steve Bannon from his White House team.

The Ella Nixon Drive’s ‘Jazz For Joy’

The Ella Nixon Drive is an annual holiday toy, clothing and gift giving event that not only works to secure a happy holiday for those in need but also serves to encou­rage and assist others in becoming chari­table organ­izers so that they may reach their own gift giving goals.

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