Caribbean Life News Update – 13 January 2017

Caribbean Life News Update – 13 January 2017

FOCUS UPON TRUMP

BY BERT WILKINSON | CARIBBEAN

In just over a week or so, Donald. J. Trump will be sworn in as presi­dent of the United States and the most powerful man in the world and already Carib­bean Commu­nity leaders are sending both positive signals of welcome and indica­tions that they are willing to work with his adminis­tration.

New SVG US consul general a ‘breath of fresh air’

BY NELSON A. KING | CARIBBEAN

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsa­lves and Deputy Prime Minister Sir Louis Straker had predi­cted that Howie Prince would be a treme­ndous asset to the nation with his appoin­tment as the new St. Vincent and the Grena­dines’ consul general to the United States.

Haitian group to rally in Washi­ngton

BY NELSON A. KING | NATIONAL

A Haitian group in Brooklyn is expected to be among nine busloads of immig­rant activ­ists from Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island, who will depart before dawn on Saturday for a trip to Washi­ngton, D.C., intent on making their voices heard, accor­ding to reports.

VH1 star talks new music

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | MUSIC & FASHION

A newly recogn­izable face on VH1’s hit reality show “Love and Hip-Hop,” Brooklyn music producer Swift On Demand is making a buzz for his career, but now more so as a rapper.

BY AZAD ALI | CARIBBEAN

The Jamaica gover­nment has annou­nced a series of measures to combat crime and violence and to improve the effecti­veness of the Jamaica Consta­bulary Force (JCF) in 2017.

CARICOM leaders to meet in Guyana

BY TANGERINE CLARKE

Just after being appoi­nted chairman of the 28th Inter-sessi­onal Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Gover­nment, on Jan. 1, Presi­dent of Guyana David A. Granger met with CARICOM Secre­tary-General, Ambas­sador Irwin LaRocque, and a deleg­ation to discuss the Feb. 16-17 forum.

Activists, journalists hailed in tribute to slain T&T national

BY VINETTE K. PRYCE

“Thank you for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers. The many expres­sions of kindness, support and love everyone has shown us during this time. It has been a comfo­rting blessing to each of us.

Dump Trump resis­tance mobilize women world­wide

BY VINETTE K. PRYCE | NATIONAL

Suppo­sedly, the election of the first female presi­dent of the United States would mobilize millions of American women to rally in unity on issues related to polit­ical, social and gender-relevant legisl­ation.

A raw-spirited tale that gets under your skin

BY TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER

Even if you wanted to, you couldn’t escape your father.

For most of your life, you were known as Little Him. Junior. Insert-your-father’s-name-here’s kid.

Guyanese centen­arian still very agile, pheno­menal

BY NELSON A. KING | CARIBBEAN

Hardly anyone would find a centen­arian who is still very agile, with her full mental faculty in place and with no signif­icant medical condi­tion.

Haitian coup leader, senator-elect held in US drug case

BY CURT ANDERSON, AP LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER | CARIBBEAN

MIAMI (AP) _ Just before he was set to become an official Haitian senator, a parami­litary leader who once led a violent rebel­lion was arrested on decade-old U.S. drug charges and brought before a federal judge in Miami who ordered him held without bail.

Williams applauds City’s record low crime rate

BY NELSON A. KING

Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, deputy leader of the City Council has appla­uded the City’s record low crime rate, saying that what is even more encour­aging is Mayor Bill De Blasio’s discu­ssion of the rethi­nking of how the City addre­sses crime and public safety.

Haitian Revol­ution captured in new US exhibit

BY NELSON A. KING | ARTS & THEATER

The Haitian Revol­ution is captured in a new exhibit here that features 15 rarely seen silks­creen prints about Touss­aint L’Ouver­ture, the Haitian ex-slave turned general who led a revol­ution that ultim­ately wrested the Carib­bean island from French control and ended slavery.

Young black belt popula­rizes karate in Guyana

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON

The sport of karate is a recogn­izable sport around the world but it still ranks lower in popul­arity in many count­ries. But in some of those count­ries like Guyana for instance, the once not-so-popular sport is gaining a newfound audience in the country with the help of 12-year-old black belt, Tyler Orderson.

Peripa­tetic bus driver person­ifies poetry in motion

BY KAM WILLIAMS | MOVIES

Paterson (Adam Driver) is stuck in a rut. By day, the munic­ipal bus driver repea­tedly negot­iates his way around a boring route around the New Jersey city which shares his name.

Dominica PM urges restr­aint

BY AZAD ALI | SPORTS

CARICOM Chairman Dominica Prime Minister Roose­velt Skerrit is urging regional leaders to avoid confron­tation in addre­ssing the turbu­lent state of West Indies cricket.

Lessons from the demise of the TPP

BY JOMO KWAME SUNDARAM AND ANIS CHOWDHURY

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Jan 5, 2017 (IPS) – Presi­dent-elect Donald Trump has promised that he will take the US out of the Trans-Pacific Partne­rship Agree­ment (TPPA) on the first day of his presi­dency

On the defen­sive: Former Lincoln star excels at shutting down oppon­ents

BY LAURA AMATO | SPORTS

Defense first — every­thing else second.

Antigua and Barbuda achieves record tourists arrivals

BY AZAD ALI

Antigua and Barbuda recently celeb­rated the arrival of the 100,000th United States visitor last year for the first time in recorded arrivals in history.

Flagging Barbados’ potholes

BY GEORGE ALLEYNE | CARIBBEAN

If the Barbados Road Safety Associ­ation follows through with its plans, the island’s roads will soon be pockm­arked with warning flags alerting motor­ists to potholes that are appea­ring on almost every public driveway.

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