Caribbean Life News Update – December 8, 2016

Caribbean LifeCaribbean Life News Update  – December 8, 2016

Candle light vigil, $50,000 reward for Guyanese corre­ction officer’s murder

BY TANGERINE CLARKE | NEW YORK

Hundreds turned out last Monday night for a candle­light vigil, and called for justice for Guyanese-American Alas­asia Bryan, a 25-year-old corre­ctions officer of the Anna M. Kross Center on Rikers Island, who was brutally murder in her car at the corner of 73rd Street and Avenue L, in the Flatl­ands section of Brooklyn.

Guyanese group hosts first pre-Kwanzaa event

BY TANGERINE CLARKE

Dr. Molefi Asante, profe­ssor and chair of the Depar­tment of African-American Studies of Temple Unive­rsity will be the guest speaker at the first pre-Kwanzaa cultural celebr­ation hosted by members of the Queen­stown Esseq­uibo Guyana NY Associ­ation, on Sunday, Dec. 11.      

PORTIA SIGNALS CHANGE IN JAMAICA

BY BERT WILKINSON | CARIBBEAN

The Jamaican polit­ical lands­cape is bracing for yet another major changing of the guard because the island’s first woman prime minister and oppos­ition leader is about to step down, opening the way for a protr­acted fight among the party’s top brass to replace her.

Jeffries elected to US House Democ­ratic leade­rship

BY NELSON A. KING | NATIONAL

On the heels of a disappo­inting election on Nov. 8, United States Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) has been elected by his colle­agues to serve on the Democ­ratic leade­rship team for the 115th Congress.

Fighting crime requires commu­nity support

BY DAWN PLUMMER | NEW YORK

New York City is now a diffe­rent and better place when compared to the nineties said the New York City Commis­sioner of Police, James P. O’Neil recently.

Show brings music educa­tion to youth

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | MUSIC & FASHION

The sixth annual Tropic­alfete Count­down is retur­ning for a music-filled educat­ional event at the Brooklyn Music School on Dec. 18.

Carib­bean joins in adopting Cancun Declar­ation

BY NELSON A. KING | CARIBBEAN

The United Nations says Carib­bean count­ries were among more than 190 count­ries at a major confe­rence in Mexico in pledging to step up efforts to integ­rate biodiv­ersity into the policies of their forests, fishe­ries, tourism and agricu­lture sectors.

IT’S ALL FOLK

BY KEVIN WILLIAMS | MUSIC & FASHION

When you think Jamaican folk music one of the first groups that will come to mind is the Jamaican Folk Singers.

Advent of Christmas, Kwanzaa & Hannukah

BY VINETTE K. PRYCE | MUSIC & FASHION

The last month of the year arrived with the advent of Chris­tmas, Kwanzaa and Hannuka.

Women game changers in sports

BY TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER | BOOKS

You can’t bear to look at the score.

Whatever it is, it’s going to be close. Both sides are playing well today, and they’re all very talented. Your team might win. They might lose. Or, as in the new book “Game Changers” by Molly Schiot, they might alter the way the whole thing’s played.

AgeWell New York has seniors covered

BY CAMILLE SPERRAZZA | HEALTH

Good health care is essen­tial, and AgeWell New York has its seniors covered.

Even if seniors have complex medical condi­tions that require long-term care, AgeWell New York has a plan that can help.

Rethi­nking trade policy and protect­ionism in the Trump era

BY MARTIN KHOR

Martin Khor is execu­tive director of the South Centre, a think tank for devel­oping count­ries, based in Geneva.

PENANG, Dec 5 2016 (IPS) – What kind of trade policy will the United States have under Presi­dent Donald Trump? This is a hot issue, as Trump has made unort­hodox pronoun­cements on trade issues during and after the election campaign. If he acts on even some of the posit­ions he took, it will create a sea change in trade policy in the US and possibly the world.

Love gurus date despite philoso­phical differ­ences

BY KAM WILLIAMS | MOVIES

Love guru Matthew Taylor (Shemar Moore) is the author of the new best seller, “The Bounce Back.” Accomp­anied by his enterp­rising business manager, Terry (Bill Bellamy), he’s been hawking the self-help book on plenty of TV and radio programs.

Fund-raiser for diabt­etic former Yo! MTV Raps co-host

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | NEW YORK

A local meet and greet fund-raiser for famed former Yo! MTV Raps co-host Doctor Dre will be held in Brooklyn at the Atlas Steak­house on Dec. 17 to raise money for diabetes.

Suriname faces deep reces­sion

BY AZAD ALI | CARIBBEAN

Suriname is in deep reces­sion, accor­ding to the Interna­tional Monetary Fund, who is proje­cting an economic contra­ction of nine percent this year, follo­wing a 2.7 percent contra­ction in 2015.

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