Caribbean Life News Update 05 January 2017

Caribbean Life News Update 05 January 2017

Newborns debut on New YearsCaribbean Life

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | NEW YORK

The new year made its debut after midnight on Jan. 1, and so did some Brooklyn newborns at New York City Health and Hospi­tals/Kings County.

WIADCA unveils huge 50th annive­rsary celebr­ations

BY NELSON A. KING | ARTS & THEATER

The Brooklyn-based West Indian American Day Carnival Associ­ation (WIADCA), organ­izers of the extrav­agant Labor Day Carnival Parade on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway, has unveiled several activ­ities to mark its 50th annive­rsary.

CARIBBEAN 

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ An elect­oral tribunal in Haiti has rejected claims that massive voter fraud marred the November presid­ential election victory of first-time candi­date Jovenel Moise, offic­ials said Tuesday.       

UN chief bids farewell

BY NELSON A. KING

United Nations Secre­tary-General Ban Ki-moon said goodbye to staff and Carib­bean and other Perma­nent Represen­tatives at UN Headqu­arters in New York on Friday.

Bichotte remains commi­tted to equit­able educa­tion

BY NELSON A. KING

Brooklyn Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte said she remained commi­tted to New York City public schools “so that all children receive an equit­able educa­tion.”

Simmons gets new coaching job

BY AZAD ALI | SPORTS

Sacked West Indies coach Phil Simmons will become the new head coach of the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots for the 2017 Hero Carib­bean Premier League (CPL) season.

No shift in West Indies rankings

BY AZAD ALI | SPORTS

Embat­tled West Indies remains at number eight in the latest Interna­tional Cricket Council (ICC) Test team rankings which was recently released.

Shedding your poundage and keeping it off

BY TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER | BOOKS

Somebody passed you a plate of cookies.

It was the holidays so, of course, you had to take one. Or three, because they were good; and when the fudge came around, you had that, too. And some pie, chees­ecake, punch, homemade candy, now your pants are tight, you feel lazy, and your bathroom scale is screa­ming. Yep, it’s time to step back and step toward “Lose Your Final 15” by Rovenia M. Brock, PhD.

Antigua PM fires diplomat amid bribery scandal

BY NELSON A. KING | CARIBBEAN

Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne has fired one low-level diplomat and has threa­tened to fire another more senior one in the spill-off to an interna­tional bribery scandal, accor­ding to reports.

Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

BY KAM WILLIAMS | MOVIES

Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America (Unrated) Racial harmony documentary about a black musician’s efforts to befriend Ku Klux Klansmen.

US heads for polit­ical showdown with UN

BY THALIF DEEN

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 27, 2016 (IPS) – The United States has had a longst­anding love-hate relati­onship with the United Nations ever since 1952 when the world body began opera­tions in New York city on an 18-acre piece of land which housed an abattoir where cattle was being trucked daily for slaug­hter.

Whither the Barbados economy in 2017

BY GEORGE ALLEYNE | CARIBBEAN

The way forward for Barbados remains uncer­tain as the island entered 2017 laboring under the burden of high expend­iture and a large national debt, with gover­nment resis­ting advice to seek Interna­tional Monetary Fund help.

Beleag­uered boy befri­ended by tree

BY KAM WILLIAMS | MOVIES

Conor O’Malley (Lewis MacDou­gall) is underst­andably miser­able. First of all, the 12-year-old divorced mom (Feli­city Jones) is termi­nally ill. Second, they’re both estra­nged from his father (Toby Kebbell) who has long since started another family over in America.

New low in Barbados crime

BY GEORGE ALLEYNE | CARIBBEAN

December has prese­nted Barbados with unusual incid­ents in what resid­ents see a year of crime incre­ases, with robbers attac­king the clergy, and in another instance, carting away 26 televi­sions from the national cricket stadium.

Carib­bean RoundUp

AZAD ALI | CARIBBEAN

Bahamas

International credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has downgrade The Bahamas. The country’s creditworthiness is now deemed “junk” as the New-based ratings from lowered its sovereign credit rating from BBB-A-3 to BB+B.

Brooklyn couple to start soccer league in Guyana

BY TANGERINE CLARKE | CARIBBEAN

What began as a kind gesture to 12 boys and 13 girls in a small Spiri­tual Church in Lodge Village, almost 40 years ago, has become a lavish annual event, where more than 300 children received gifts and eats, and were entert­ained at the Clarke’s annual Chris­tmas party on Dec. 26 in Georg­etown.

Persaud hosts grand holiday party

BY NELSON A. KING

Several elected offic­ials and commu­nity figures joined local resid­ents on Thursday, Dec. 22 in partici­pating in a grand holiday party hosted by Sen. Roxanne Persaud, the new represe­ntative for the 19th Senat­orial District in Brooklyn.

MAJOR RUCKUS AHEAD

BY BERT WILKINSON | CARIBBEAN

Early in the new year, the adminis­tration of Prime Minister Keith Rowley will lay a highly controv­ersial document in parli­ament listing the names and activ­ities of nearly 200 people who an interna­tional watchdog group says have more than passing links to interna­tional terro­rism.

Haitians fear deport­ation

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON

The Tempo­rary Prote­ctive Status (TPS) of Haitians in the United States is under questi­onable circums­tances with the new and incoming adminis­tration. Fears of restri­ctive immigr­ation changes when Presi­dent-elect Trump enters the office looms in the concerns of many Haitian Ameri­cans, inclu­ding a Ditmas Park counc­ilman.

Brooklyn politi­cians send holiday greet­ings

BY NELSON A. KING

Brooklyn legisl­ators Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte and Senator Jesse Hamilton have joined their legisl­ative colle­agues in dispat­ching holidays greet­ings to their respe­ctive consti­tuents.-

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