Caribbean Life News Update – 16 February 2017
BY NELSON A. KING | BROOKLYN
Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito say that, for the first time, the City will fund universal access to legal services for tenants facing eviction in New York City Housing Court.
BY BERT WILKINSON | GUYANA
Caribbean Community leaders begin two days of talks at their half-yearly summit in Guyana this week with the recent election of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States, Brexit and a string of other international issues on their agenda.
BY DAWN PLUMMER | BROOKLYN
The security for churches, synagogues, mosques has definitely heightened. This is a new increment that calls for serious attention. Amid this, the US visa upheaval for some immigrants has also intensified and has stirred fear and anxiety for several communities.
BY NELSON A. KING | ST VINCENT
Amid much fanfare and streams of “tears of joy,” a new US$259 million international airport was officially opened Monday in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
BY TANGERINE CLARKE | FASHION
It was no surprise when D’Marsh Couture Fall 2017 Collection made a grand entrance to the runway. As a matter of fact, Jamaican-born designer Glenroy Marsh, showed his flair for the dramatic, opening the presentation with the Belle of the Ball being dressed by her men-in-waiting.
BY NELSON A. KING | MANHATTAN
The New York Public Library and the City’s Mayor, Bill de Blasio, on Monday said that the library has decided to adopt a new name for Harlem’s 115th Street Library in honor of legendary Caribbean American singer, songwriter, actor and social activist, Harry Belafonte.
BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | BROOKLYN
After decades of serving the Caribbean community locally and abroad, the Caribbean American Center of New York (CACNY) is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
BY VINETTE K. PRYCE | JAMAICA
Jamaica’s most foremost female leader and current principal voice of the opposition People’s National Party said April 1 is the deadline date she has agreed to exit her prestigious political positions.
BY VINETTE K. PRYCE | JAMAICA
Three persevering women are bound to make history as the first from the African continent to compete in the challenging and icy Winter Olympics in Pyeochang, South Korea.
BY JEWEL FRASER | CARIBBEAN
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Feb 7 2017 (IPS) – As CARICOM countries struggle to move away from their traditional reliance on a single industry or major crop in the face of growing economic uncertainty worldwide, they are finding it increasingly difficult to enter markets in the EU and North America with new types of food products.
BY AZAD ALI
West Indies Under-19 team will have a seven-match tour of South Africa later this year to continue preparation for the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Under-19 World Cup.
BY AZAD ALI | SPORTS
Cricket West Indies (CWI) has appointed Verlyn Faustin as its chief operation officer (COO).
BY TANGERINE CLARKE | HAITI
Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, on Thursday, Feb. 9, urged her colleagues in Congress to work together to aid the people of Haiti at this crucial time, in a bill she drafted to expand the Temporary Protection Status (TPS) program to include all Haitian nationals who were in the United States prior to Nov. 4, 2016.
BY DAVID MCFADDEN | HAITI
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Jovenel Moise was sworn in Tuesdayas Haiti’s president for the next five years after a bruising two-year election cycle, inheriting a chronically struggling economy and a deeply divided society.
BY KEITH BENJAMIN | GUYANA
Guyana has been blessed in its history and development with public servants of the caliber of Judges like Chancellor J.O.F. Haynes, E.V. Luckhoo, Victor Crane, and Chief Justice Kenneth George. Diplomats like Noel Sinclair, Sir Sonny Ramphal and Fred Wills. Attorneys General like Dr. Mohammed Shahubudeen, and Dr. Fenton Ramsahoye.
BY NELSON A. KING | MUSIC
The undisputed Calypso Queen of the World, Calypso Rose, has received a French toast with a very special award, according to reports.
BY EZRAH AHARONE | VIEWPOINTS
Maybe I should watch more CNN or MSNBC to be convinced since most Black people seemingly regard Donald Trump as some sort of abrupt political mutation who violates America’s traditions.
Run, run, run.
Some days, it feels like that’s all you do. Run the kids to school, dash to work, rush with errands, and run yourself ragged before bed. You’re always on the go, always moving, and in the new book “Never Caught” by Erica Armstrong Dunbar, your breath isn’t the only thing to catch.
BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | ARTS & THEATER
Get ready for carnival.
Fuze carnival is taking off its third annual three-city dance tour in three states starting this month to prepare parade goers for carnival festivities in the Caribbean.