Caribbean Life News Update – April 3, 2017

Caribbean Life News Update  – April 3, 2017 

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US expands program to deport Carib­bean immig­rants in correc­tional facil­ities

BY NELSON A. KING | IMMIGRATION

Even as legisl­ators and immig­rant advocacy groups express outrage over the Donald Trump adminis­tration’s immigr­ation policies, United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions has annou­nced the expan­sion and moderni­zation of a program to deport immig­rants, inclu­ding Carib­bean natio­nals, in US federal correc­tional facil­ities.

 

Tarrus Riley added to Groovin’ In The Park lineup

MUSIC

Scores of New York City media representatives, artists, music industry executives, tastemakers and sponsors came out to the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Queens, New York last Saturday morning for the 2017 launch of Groovin’ In The Park, New York City’s premier reggae & R&B summer concert.

 

Carib­bean count­ries ban meat imports from Brazil

BY AZAD ALI | FOOD

Several Carib­bean count­ries have banned the sale of corned beef and import­ation of the meat product from Brazil, follo­wing reports that several meat proce­ssors in the South American country have alleg­edly been selling rotten beef and poultry.

Homeless teen makes it in finan­cial world

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | PEOPLE

From a homeless teen to execu­tive in the finance scene.

Washi­ngton Heights native Emily Quezada went from living in a shelter after being thrown out of her home at 18 years old and pregnant, and now at 25 she is a finance execu­tive with online travel agency Cheap­Oair.

After struggle, Mandela Freedom Park opens in Barbados

BY GEORGE ALLEYNE | BARBADOS

Exactly 27 years after Nelson Mandela was released from prison after spending the same number of years behind bars, Barbados opened the Mandela Freedom Park.

Victory for tenants!

BY NELSON A. KING | BROOKLYN

Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, deputy leader and chair of the City Council Commi­ttee on Housing and Build­ings, has hailed a ruling of a New York State Supreme Court judge to uphold rent freeze for tenants of the city’s rent stabi­lized housing.

Cellp­hone fraud­sters sente­nced to prison

BY NELSON A. KING | BRONX

The United States Depar­tment of Justice (DOJ) says a US federal court in West Palm Beach, Fl., has sente­nced the owner and operator of a Florida-based teleco­mmunic­ations company to 75 months in prison and his co-conspi­rator, a resident of the Bronx, to 36 months in prison in conne­ction with a sophist­icated global cellp­hone fraud scheme linked to the Carib­bean.

Break the chart: Fay-Ann Lyons makes historic chart topping success

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | MUSIC

Soca artist Fay-Ann Lyons’ aptly titled album “Break the World,” went on to smash the interna­tional world when it charted at number three on Billb­oard’s Reggae and Soca billb­oard after its debut.

Independent & Foreign Films

BY KAM WILLIAMS | MOVIES

After­math (R for one scene conta­ining graphic viole­nce) Fact-based docud­rama about a grief-stricken vigil­ante (Arnold Schwarze­negger) who seeks to take revenge on the air traffic contr­oller (Scoot McNairy) whose mistake led to the crash which claimed the lives of his wife and daughter. Suppo­rting cast includes Maggie Grace, Kevin Zegers and Hannah Ware.

Carib­bean RoundUp

BY AZAD ALI | TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

Barbados

Health author­ities in Barbados are urging natio­nals to educate thems­elves more about sexually transm­itted infec­tions (STI) as the island deals with an outbreak of syphilis.

Free business program targets minority, women entrepr­eneurs

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | MANHATTAN

A Harlem-based lending company launched a business initi­ative to support women and minority-owned busin­esses in the city. The Harlem Common­wealth Council lending sector — the Harlem Entrepre­neurial Fund — created the free program ‘Opport­unity for Growth’ that will teach and assist partic­ipants with sessions on finan­cial educa­tion and literacy, marke­ting, and the do’s and don’ts of running a business.

Profes­sional Prep aims to develop amazing humans

BROOKLYN

TFOA-Profes­sional Prepar­atory Charter School in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, is in the business of helping every student recog­nize and develop their poten­tial to grow into an except­ional human being and to use their skills, talents and knowl­edge to change the world in positive ways. This ambit­ious project seems entirely achie­vable when expla­ined with enthu­siasm and focus by Profes­sional Prep’s co-founder and managing partner, Rafiq Kalam Id-Din.

Vince­ntian masman, soccer pioneer Sam DeBique mourned

BY NELSON A. KIN | ST VINCENT

More than 500 Vince­ntian and other Carib­bean natio­nals Sunday evening paid their last respects to Vince­ntian masman and football (soccer) pioneer Sam DeBique, who died on March 15. He was 79

Bahamas heads into elect­ions

BY BERT WILKINSON | BAHAMAS

The Bahamas is prepa­ring for general elect­ions in the coming weeks with three parties compe­ting to run one of the Carib­bean Commu­nity’s most econom­ically prosp­erous nations in the next five years.

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