Caribbean Life News Update – May 5, 2017

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Jamaica makes Facebook history

BY VINETTE K. PRYCE | JAMAICA

Social media has proven to be the fastest most direct way to transmit information. And with millions registered with Facebook, Jamaica could benefit and is already getting high praises as the first in the Caribbean region to implement a policy of dispensing news about missing children via the medium.

Eugene honors Brooklyn restaurant for community service

BY NELSON A. KING | BROOKLYN

Brooklyn Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene says he has honored George’s Restaurant in Brooklyn for its “legacy of community service.”

 

Gala dinner raises funds to aid SVG

BY NELSON A. KING

In its continuing effort to assist St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the Bronx-based St. Matthias Charities, Inc. recently held its Sixth Annual Gala Dinner at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn.

 

New Suriname envoy to OAS presents credentials

BY NELSON A. KING | SURINAME

The new Permanent Representative of Suriname to the Organization of American States (OAS), Niermala Badrising, has presented her credentials to OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro.

Papa Biggy spreads love in new song

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | MUSIC

Music for the motivation.

Connecticut-based Jamaican artist Papa Biggy is spreading hope in his new song “Walk with God.” The popular calypso and soca-fused gospel song focuses on the failures of friendships and other relationships, and encourages finding faith in between it all, said the singer.

BAHAMAS – CHRISTIE SEEKS ANOTHER TERM

BY BERT WILKINSON | BAHAMAS

Amid fears of padding of the official voters scroll, Bahamians will on Wednesday vote in general elections with crime, a declining economy and a lack of job opportunities for professionals among the main issues.

Dominica nominates PAHO director for second term

BY NELSON A. KING | DOMINICA

The government of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica has nominated Dr. Carissa F. Etienne for a second term as director of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau (PASB), the secretariat of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

Carib nationals partner at En Blanc Couture NYC

BY TANGERINE CLARKE | FASHION

En Blanc Couture NYC— an all white clothing with a touch of color, located in the heart of trendy Bedford Stuyvesant, celebrated its one-year anniversary and the partnership of Caribbean nationals fashion designer Glenroy Marsh and stylist Sasha King, who brought together their collections of male and female attire, and accessories, for a one-stop shop.

Possibility for a 2% tax increase on remittance

BY DAWN PLUMMER | VIEWPOINTS

Remittance is far from being anything new to the experiences of thousands of immigrants in the United States. What is new it that it has reached significant proportions in relation to a time when sending these remittances were done by mailing them at the regular Post Office.

Jamaican pastor celebrates 70th birthday

BY NELSON A. KING | JAMAICA

Members of Isaiah’s Temple of Mount Hope Spiritual Baptist Church and well-wishers Thursday night celebrated the 70th Birthday of their Jamaican-born senior pastor in grand style.

A Caribbean ‘Champ’ is retiring

BY GEORGE ALLEYNE | BARBADOS

The baton of leadership of the University of the West Indies is to be passed on in a couple months with the retirement of Sir George Alleyne who will be succeeded by businessman, Robert Bermudez.

Community event to focus on Haitian culture

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | MUSIC

A fun community event for action.

The third annual Lakay Se Lakay conference returns on May 7 in Crown Heights. The event puts Haitian culture at the forefront for a daylong meeting with musical and creative workshops, dance, art galleries, and a panel

PS 198 kids get opportunity to build bears

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | BROOKLYN

They were ready to make teddies.

Several third graders got to enjoy a productive day during a trip to the Build-a-Bear workshop in Staten Island on April 19. About 38 students at PS 198 earned the chance to have a fun adventure at the location for displaying good academic performance.

Vincentian athletes give nation greater exposure at Penn Relays

BY NELSON A. KING | ST VINCENT

Each time the Penn Relays announcers mentioned the names Thomas Saunders Secondary School (TSSS) and the St. Vincent Grammar School (SVGS) at the 123rd Penn Relay Carnival in Philadelphia, Pa – ran over three days, Thursday through Saturday – the nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, undisputedly, received greater exposure in the international arena.

Gospel singer to celebrate 40-year career with concert

BY TANGERINE CLARKE | MUSIC

Award-winning vocalist Cora Williamson has planned a Cora Williamson Music Ministries Gospel concert in collaboration with Voices of Praise (VOP) to celebrate her 40 years in the ministry.

Queens play to showcase Indo-Caribbean theater

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | ARTS & THEATER

All shades of island comedy.

A Queens-based theatre company is trying to create more visibility for Indo-Caribbeans in the media, and are premiering their new stage show to support this mission in June. Flat Tire Productions is crowdfunding for their five one-act play “Love Bites,” a Caribbean comedy presentation about love and relationships.

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