Caribbean Life News Update – 16 February 2017

Caribbean Life News Update – 16 February 2017

Tenants get more legal aid

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.

CARICOM TO FOCUS ON US RELAT­IONS

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.

Inter­faith leaders get survival advice

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.

New SVG airport opens with much fanfare

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.

D’Marsh stunner

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.

Harlem library renamed after Harry Belaf­onte

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.

Carib­bean American Center turns 30

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.

JA’s first female PM opts out from leade­rship

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.

Africa’s first sledders pursue Winter Olympic goal

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.

US, EU food stand­ards major hurdle for Carib­bean expor­ters

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.

Windies Under-19 to tour South Africa

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.

Cricket West Indies new COO

BY AZAD ALI | SPORTS

Cricket West Indies (CWI) has appoi­nted Verlyn Faustin as its chief opera­tion officer (COO).

Clarke urges Congress to help Haitian natio­nals

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.

Jovenel Moise sworn in as Haiti’s new presi­dent

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.

Restore Guyana to its former judicial, public service glory!

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.

Calypso Rose gets French toast: Reports

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.

Trump and tradi­tions of the founders

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.

Presid­ential house slave runs for her freedom

TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER

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.

Multi-city workshop to prep east-coasters for carnival

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.

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