Caribbean Life News Update – 7 March 2017

Caribbean Life News Update – 7 March 2017 

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Register for Timehri Film Festival

BY TANGERINE CLARKE | MOVIES

Regist­ration is now open for the 2nd Annual Timehri Film Festival (TFF) that will be held from May 31 to June 4, in Georg­etown, Guyana. The deadline for submi­ssion for film conside­ration is April 15, accor­ding to organ­izers of the film festival, who want to ensure there is ample opport­unity for film viewing.

Guyanese pianist pays tribute to Gershwin

BY TANGERINE CLARKE | MUSIC

For more than 20 years, comma­nding pianist, Hugh Sam has shared his talents and inspired many along his path of excel­lence. But on Feb. 17, many more had the great opport­unity to exper­ience his genius when he paid tribute to late, great, composer, George Gershwin, whose compos­itions spanned both popular and class­ical genres.     

Rihanna gets Harvard’s Humani­tarian award

BY NELSON A. KING | MUSIC

Barbados’ pop-singing sensa­tion Rihanna has received Harvard Unive­rsity’s Humani­tarian of the Year Award.

“So, I finally made it to Harvard,” said the Grammy Award-winning artist — whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty — after recei­ving the Ivy League college’s 2017 Humani­tarian of the Year award.

ICE detains newlywed DR national

BY NELSON A. KING | DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

As the Donald Trump adminis­tration in the United States intens­ifies the deport­ation of Carib­bean and other migrants, a Dominica Republic newlywed national with a baby on the way has been hit with a surprise arrest at his routine check-in meeting with immigr­ation offic­ials, accor­ding to reports.

Sharpton to meet with AGs past & present

BY VINETTE K. PRYCE | MANHATTAN

Two top law enforc­ement offic­ials are slated to hold separate meeting with Rev. Al Sharpton. Presi­dent Donald Trump’s choice appoin­tment of Jeff Sessions for the position of attorney general and Presi­dent Barack Obama’s former top cop Eric Holder will talk with the Civil Rights leader on two separate occas­ions.

The doc ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ draws crowds

BY TEQUILA MINSKY | MOVIES

Oscar nomin­ated docume­ntary I Am Not Your Negro, a film about iconic American writer James Baldwin, author of at least 20 books —novels, plays, essays and poetry, opened to packed movie theaters in February and is still drawing crowds.

Carib­bean American former Queens boro prez dies

BY NELSON A. KING | GUYANA

A Carib­bean American former presi­dent of Queens borough has died.

Helen M. Marshall, the daughter of Guyanese immig­rants, who was the first Black borough presi­dent of Queens, died on Saturday at her home in Calif­ornia, accor­ding to her former chief of staff, Alexa­ndra Rosa. Marshall was 87.

Carib­bean leaders want swifter action on climate funding

BY DESMOND BROWN | BAHAMAS

ROSEAU, Dominica, Mar 1 2017 (IPS) – When Tropical Storm Erika hit the tiny Carib­bean island of Dominica on Aug. 27, 2015, it killed more than two dozen people, left nearly 600 homeless and wreaked damages totaling more than a billion dollars.

T&T gov’t to name plane after Calypso Rose

BY AZAD ALI | MUSIC

The Trinidad and Tobago gover­nment has agreed to name one of the state-owned aircraft, Carib­bean Airlines Limited (CAL) after Calypso Queen of the World Calypso Rose (McAr­thur Sandy Lewis, who recently won a French “Grammy”Award.”

Bravo signs lucra­tive contract

BY AZAD ALI | SPORTS

Embat­tled West Indies batsman Darren Bravo has landed a lucra­tive Indian Premier League (IPL) contract with Kolkata Knight Riders in the auction held recently.

Carib­bean RoundUp

BY AZAD ALI | ST VINCENT

Antigua

Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne is moving to imple­ment its recently annou­nced policy on diplo­matic represe­ntation and accredi­tation.

Trump expands rules to deport more Carib­bean natio­nals

BY NELSON A. KING

United States Presi­dent Donald Trump recently expanded the nation’s immigr­ation rules requi­ring expanded deport­ation of undocu­mented Carib­bean and other immig­rants.

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