Caribbean Life News Headlines – 26 April 2017

Caribbean Life News Headlines – 26 April 2017  

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WOMI honors women of purpose at gala

BY TANGERINE CLARKE | GUYANA

Themed “Know Your Purpose” Brooklyn-based non–profit Women of Mission International (WOMI) honored the best and brightest women for their outstanding accomplishments in the community during the organization’s second Annual Awards Gala at Crystal Manor Ballroom in Brooklyn, on Friday, April 21.

Cricket: Taylor comes out of retirement   

BY AZAD ALI | SPORTS – CRICKET

Former West Indies fast bowler Jerome Taylor has come out of retirement from Test cricket and has indicated he is again available for selection to the regional side.

Taylor 32, who stepped down from Test cricket last July says he is ready to play for the West Indies.

Bust of Sir Lynden Pindling added to ‘Hall of Heroes’

BY NELSON A. KING | BAHAMAS

The Organization of American States (OAS) on Thursday incorporated a bust of former Bahamian Prime Minister and national hero Sir Lynden Pindling to its “Hall of Heroes.”

Clarke: Defend your community

BY NELSON A. KING | BROOKLYN

Caribbean American Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has urged the Caribbean community in New York to vigorously “push back and fight back” on United States President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.

Oldest Jamaican is also world’s super centenarian

BY VINETTE K. PRYCE | JAMAICA

“The world’s oldest human is Jamaican Violet Brown, who was born on March 10, 1900. Congrats Violet,” Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness tweeted on April 15 via the information highway.

Caribbean celebrates Vaccination Week

BY NELSON A. KING | HEALTH

The Washington, D.C.-based Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says the Caribbean has joined the rest of the Americas in celebrating Vaccination Week this week, with more than 60 million people expected to be vaccinated against a series of dangerous diseases.

Poetry, dance and all that jazz celebrating life

BY TEQUILA MINSKY | MUSIC

What do teachers do in their spare time? Most teachers would say that’s a contradiction in terms!

Teachers who are also artists have in fact two vocations — like Brooklyn’s PS 138 middle school teachers Michèle Voltaire Marceline and Alix (Buyu) Ambroise and teaching artist Jessica St. Vil-Ulysse.

Daddy U Roy to perform in NYC after 25 yrs

MUSIC

Jamaican music pioneer Daddy U Roy, who ruled the charts in the 70s with hit singles, ‘Penny For Your Song’ (with Derrick Harriott); ‘Stop that Train;’ ‘Dread in a Babylon;’ ‘Wake The Town;’ ‘Rule The Nation’ and ‘Wear You To The Ball’ (with John Holt) is set to perform in Queens on Sunday, June 25.

Team Jamaica Bickle to host Caribbean athletes at Penn Relays

BY NELSON A. KING | SPORTS

Team Jamaica Bickle, Inc., the New York-based not-for-profit organization that provides much-needed support for Jamaican athletes who compete at the annual Penn Relay Carnival at the University of Pennsylvania (UPENN) in Philadelphia, says it will begin welcoming athletes from across the Caribbean early this week.

REGGAE AND POP

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | MUSIC  …… Music runs in the family.

Reggae pop singer K’reema is coming out with her first EP, which is set to be released later this month. The daughter of popular reggae musician King Yellowman, the young artist was always exposed to music and even recorded several songs and music videos. But now she is taking her craft to the next level and delving into the field that made her father a household name, she said.

Cuba was his name: Barbados his ‘main’ claim to fame

BY VINETTE K. PRYCE | PEOPLE

Generations of rhythm and blues aficionados are grieving the death of Cuba Gooding, Sr.

The incomparable singer died in Los Angeles, California on April 20 at age 72.

Trump’s first 100 days: a serious cause for concern

BY MARTIN KHOR | VIEWPOINTS

PENANG, Apr 24 2017 (IPS) – This week, Donald Trump will mark his first hundred days as US President. It’s time to assess his impact on the world, especially the developing countries.

Caribbean’s only region to see remittances growth: World Bank

BY NELSON A. KING | CARIBBEAN

Despite overall global declension, the World Bank says Latin America and the Caribbean was the only region to see growth in remittances in 2016.

Cutthroat rivalry between New Orleans barbershops

BY KAM WILLIAMS | MOVIES

Will (Martin Bradford) is the proprietor of Kupcakes, a hair salon located in Algiers, the only New Orleans parish on the west side of the Mississippi River. What makes him unique is that he’s also a grassroots activist who periodically stands on the proverbial soap box, preaching to anybody who’ll listen about Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Independent & Foreign Films

BY KAM WILLIAMS | MOVIES

Bang! The Bert Berns Story (Unrated) Reverential retrospective chronicling the aborted career of songwriter/producer Bert Berns (1929-1967) who wrote such hits in the Sixties as “Twist & Shout,” “Hang on Sloopy” and “Piece of My Heart,” and helped launch the careers of The Drifters, The Isley Brothers, Janis Joplin, Neil Diamond and Van Morrison before passing away prematurely at the age of 38.

Caribbean RoundUp

BY AZAD ALI |  Bahamas

The popular Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival has been postponed because of the May 10 general election. It will now take place from May 18-20, two weeks behind the original May 4-6 dates.

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