Caribbean Life News Update – 26 February 2017

Caribbean Life News Update – 26 February 2017  Caribbean Life

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NY state senator recog­nizes Guyana’s 47th Republic

BY TANGERINE CLARKE | GUYANA

The New York State Legisl­ative Council, recently passed a resol­ution put forth by Sen. Roxanne Persaud and co-signed by other senators in the New York State Legisl­ature in Albany, in recogn­ition of Guyana’s 47th Republic Annive­rsary, observed on Feb. 23.

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.

Museum Hue celeb­rates second annive­rsary

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | ARTS & THEATER

A cultural organi­zation divers­ifying the museum and arts preser­vation industry is celebr­ating its annive­rsary at BLDG 92 on Feb. 24. Museum Hue is turning two and the founders of the arts colle­ctive are hosting a fiesta along­side Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn’s Black Artstory Month series. For their first annive­rsary they focused on promo­ting the mission and culture, this year they are creating a safe space for their suppo­rters in light of social issues and highli­ghting black pride, said one of the founders.

Felony charge against Richa­rdson on child abuse dropped

BY NELSON A. KING | BROOKLYN

Prosec­utors in Brooklyn have dropped a felony assault charge against a Carib­bean American legis­lator accused of beating her pre-teen son with a broom­stick.

 

CARICOM repara­tions sub-commi­ttee to meet soon

BY BERT WILKINSON | CARIBBEAN

A prime minist­erial sub-commi­ttee pushing Europe to pay repara­tions for the TransAt­lantic slave trade is to meet in the coming weeks to discuss replies to payment demand letters from the Carib­bean a top offic­ials said.

Eric Holder’s outfit front runner to work for CARICOM

BY BERT WILKINSON

A corpo­rate law firm linked to former US Attorney General Eric Holder is tipped to be hired by Carib­bean Commu­nity govern­ments to lobby American comme­rcial banks and lawma­kers in a simme­ring row between banks in the region and counte­rparts in the United States.

New law reforms Carib­bean Commuter Van Industry

BY NELSON A. KING

New York City Bill de Blasio has signed into law the Commuter Van Safety Act, compr­ising three bills that crack down on illegal, rogue Carib­bean commuter van opera­tors who legisl­ators say pose a danger to commu­ters, while also ensuring that licensed and insured opera­tors operate safely across the city.

T&T IN THE NEWS

BY BERT WILKINSON | TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

The Carib­bean Commu­nity nation respon­sible for crime and security in the bloc has ironi­cally been in global news for all the wrong reasons this week with issues from Presi­dent Trump’s telep­hone conver­sation with Prime Minister Keith Rowley to fears about locals becoming ISIS fighters making interna­tional headl­ines.

Mass funeral held for 20 Haitians who died in dismal prison

BY DAVID MCFADDEN | HAITI

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) – Relat­ives wailed in grief or stared stoic­ally as flowers were placed on 20 caskets at a mass funeral for the latest group of inmates who died miser­ably in Haiti’s largest prison, most without ever having been convi­cted of any crime.

Fake news gets Barbados PM

BY GEORGE ALLEYNE | BARBADOS

Amidst warnings of fake news spun across social media, it is reaso­nable to expect that heads of state would not be caught in this fraud — but appar­ently not so for Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.

Kings County doctor gets Harlem honor

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | BRONX

Call her a “win” doctor.

More than a dozen local medical practit­ioners were honored for their contrib­utions to the commu­nity by The Harlem Fine Arts Show at its “Salute to African Ameri­cans in Medicine,” held at the Historic River­side Church on Feb. 17.

LGBT organi­zation raises aware­ness with benefit

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | QUEENS

A Queens-based lesbian and gay organi­zation is hosting their second annual benefit party, “L.O.V.E is Love: Living Our Values Equally” at the C Bar and Lounge in Richmond Hill on Feb. 25.

Cultural fusion: Jamaican twist to New Orleans cuisine

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | FOOD

Let’s get ready to gumbo!

A group of Carib­bean culinary enthus­iasts will host its second annual cultural mashup, “Scatt­ered Jamaica: New Orleans,” a flavo­rful mix of the island’s food and music and the spicy culture of the Big Easy, at a Mardi Gras celebr­ation at St. Gabriel’s Episc­opal Church in Prospect-Leffe­erts Gardens on Feb. 25.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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