Caribbean Life News Update – 22 February 2017

Caribbean Life News Update -22 February 2017 Caribbean Life

Hamilton names office ‘Sanct­uary Senate District’

BY NELSON A. KING | BROOKLYN

In light of Presi­dent Trump’s Execu­tive Order putting in jeopardy the rights of immig­rant popul­ation in New York City and their families Brooklyn Senator Jesse Hamilton has declared his office to be a “Sanct­uary Senate District (SSD)” for the term of Presi­dent Trump’s execu­tive order.

American entrepr­eneurs head to Carib­bean for exchange program

BY NELSON A. KING | NATIONAL

The United States Depar­tment of State says 34 Young Leaders of the Ameri­cans Initi­ative (YLAI) Profes­sional Fello­wship hosts from busin­esses and civil society organiz­ations across the US have been selected to partic­ipate in the Reverse Exchange program, a new compo­nent of YLAI.

Guyanese among CBC Women of Power Awardees

BY TANGERINE CLARKE | GUYANA

Carib­bean Business Connec­tions (CBS) will honor 10 pheno­menal women for their success in business, and outsta­nding contri­bution to the commu­nity, during the CBC 2017 Women of Power Event, on March 1, at Mirelle’s Resta­urant, 170 Post Avenue, in Westbury.

CARICOM to hire US lobbyist

BY BERT WILKINSON

Carib­bean trade bloc govern­ments are to hire an American lobbyist to help them stop United States comme­rcial banks from cutting ties with those in the Carib­bean and to help erase a perce­ption that the region is a high risk area for illegal transa­ctions.

St. Lucian artist debuts in Manha­ttan

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | ARTS & THEATER

A St. Lucian sculptor, internat­ionally-known for recre­ating human life in his works, has brought his art to New York City for the first time.

Howell, Rasta­fari and anti-colonial politics

BY LOUIS EA MOYSTON, PH.D | PEOPLE

The month of February accomm­odates the celebr­ation of Black History and Reggae Month. At times, much about the celebr­ations accent­uates the outcomes at the expense of the process.

Friends of Guyana to mark 47th Republic Annive­rsary

BY TANGERINE CLARKE | GUYANA

Consul General of Guyana to New York, Barbara Atherly, on Feb. 11, launched the Friends of Guyana Consu­late initi­ative, to engage natio­nals of polit­ical organi­zation, discip­lined services, relig­ious organi­zation, and alumni, that encomp­asses the six races of Guyana, in a unified setting.

Quilts: Tribute to Black History 2017

BY TEQUILA MINSKY | ARTS & THEATER

“This exhibit makes me so happy,” says Gale Brewer, the borough presi­dent of Manha­ttan, of the “Quilts: Tribute to Black History 2017” exhibit in the art gallery of the Borough Presi­dent’s Office

Women’s History Month highlights might & fortitude

BY VINETTE K. PRYCE | MOVIES

The fact thous­ands of women conve­rged on Washi­ngton D.C. on Jan. 21 to protest the inaugu­ration of the 45th US presi­dent and that — from Antar­ctica to Zimbabwe like-minded women exhib­ited solid­arity mirro­ring similar disdain for his election — a concl­usion could be drawn that the date could be desig­nated Women’s History Day.

Docume­ntary on Maya Angelo airing on PBS

BY TEQUILA MINSKY | MOVIES

Dr. Maya Angelo with her rich reson­ating presence deliv­ered her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” (1993) at Presi­dent Bill Clinton’s inaugu­ration, making her the first poet to make an inaug­ural recit­ation since Robert Frost at Presi­dent John F. Kennedy’s inaugu­ration in 1961.

Regional security agency to aid goven­ments

BY BERT WILKINSON | CARIBBEAN

A Trinidad-based umbrella regional security agency is to help govern­ments to properly scrut­inize the backgr­ounds of forei­gners applying to become citizens of a string of Carib­bean nations, which have schemes offering passp­orts and citize­nship to expatr­iates in exchange for inves­tment dollars.

Carib­bean bankers support FACTA

BY AZAD ALI | NATIONAL

Carib­bean count­ries that have not enacted the Foreign Account Tax Compl­iance Act (FATCA) inter-govern­mental agree­ments (IGA’s) with the United States must do so expedit­iously.

New diplo­matic passport policy

BY AZAD ALI | ANTIGUA

The Antigua and Barbuda gover­nment will soon be implem­enting a new diplo­matic passport policy to increase the level of transp­arency, account­ability and legit­imacy of diplo­matic appoin­tments.

Pols host emerg­ency immigr­ation forum

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | BROOKLYN

Local Flatbush pols held an emerg­ency immigr­ation forum at the Flatbush YMCA with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office in Flatbush on Feb. 8.

PAHO, Belize sign new unive­rsal health strategy

BY NELSON A. KING

The Pan American Health Organi­zation (PAHO) says it has signed a new cooper­ation strategy with Belize’s Ministry of Health whose prior­ities are to help the Carib­bean Commu­nity (CARI­COM) member country advance toward unive­rsal health, and to improve reten­tion and distri­bution of health perso­nnel throu­ghout the country.

Tempera­mental teacher chall­enges nerdy colle­ague

BY KAM WILLIAMS | MOVIES

Do you remember how, when you were growing up, if a couple of class­mates came to blows on the schoo­lyard, they would be quickly separ­ated to the sugge­stion that they settle their differ­ences off campus at the end of the day?

Independent & Foreign Films

BY KAM WILLIAMS | MOVIES

Bitter Harvest (R for violence and distu­rbing images) Fact-based drama, set in the Ukraine in the early thirties, revol­ving

Bitter Harvest (R for violence and distu­rbing images) Fact-based drama, set in the Ukraine in the early thirties, revol­ving around the efforts of a young artist (Max Irons) to save his child­hood sweet­heart (Sama­ntha Barks) from the state-sanct­ioned famine orches­trated by Stalin (Gary Oliver) that would claim millions of lives. With Terence Stamp, Barry Pepper and Lucy Brown.

Carib­bean RoundUp

BY AZAD ALI | TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

Antigua

The Antigua and Barbuda gover­nment is consid­ering recal­ling all diplo­matic passp­orts.

Presid­ential house slave runs for her freedom

BY TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER | BOOKS

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.

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