Caribbean Life News Updates – 12 May 2017

Caribbean Life News Updates – 12 May 2017  

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Guyanese in Schenectady thank coalition for consular services

BY TANGERINE CLARKE | GUYANA

City Council Member John Mootooveren, a Guyanese who immigrated to Schenectady, New York, with an influx of nationals seeking affording housing and opportunity, praised Guyana’s Coalition government for making it possible for the Guyana Consulate to conduct outreach programs where some 10,000 compatriots reside.

Guyana consul general reaches out to her nationals

BY TANGERINE CLARKE | GUYANA

Fresh from the success of serving almost 200 Guyanese citizens in Schenectady, New York during a second outreach program on April 22, Consul General of Guyana to New York, Hon. Barbara Atherly called on the community to reach out to the diplomatic office to schedule a community outreach in their area, at a recent Brooklyn program.

GUYANA’S SUGAR: ALL’S NOT SWEET

BY BERT WILKINSON

Guyana, the Caribbean trade bloc’s largest producer and exporter of raw cane sugar, is scaling back production and pulling away from the European market for the first time in nearly 400 years as Europe will from in the fall end a decades-old system that had guaranteed exports quantities from its former colonies officials said this week.

 

Fourth Haiti film fest returns

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | MOVIES

The fourth Haiti Film Festival kicks off with a fund raising gala and screening at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on May 11. The biennial event organized by the Haiti Cultural Exchange will be showing over 25 films over the course of four days, and for the first time will even recognize some notable Haitian entertainers and see a change of setting, said an organizer for the festival.

Heritage and hair

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | ARTS & THEATER

Let’s talk hair.

A play discussing some black lady hair struggles is debuting at the Black Lady Theatre on May 12. “Hair’itage the Play, The Journey of Sistahs and Their Hair,” follows six women dealing with the negative notions that come with their hair. The show not only identifies the varying perceptions associated with a black woman’s hairstyle but will also challenge them, said one actress in the play.

Greensleeves to celebrate 40th with exclusive releases, concerts

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | MUSIC

Reaching a musical milestone.

British reggae music label Greensleeves Records is celebrating its 40th anniversary this summer. Founded in 1975 as a record store in West London, the shop quickly grew into a go-to locale for Jamaican record producers two years later. Now 40 years later the label is thrilled to reach this landmark event, said a spokesman for the company.

Bichotte says Republican healthcare bill ‘heartless, irresponsible’

BY NELSON A. KING | BROOKLYN

Brooklyn Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte has derided the House of Representatives’ passage of a Republic healthcare bill that seeks to replace Obamacare as “heartless” and “irresponsible.”

DOJ releases data on detained immigrants

BY NELSON A. KING | IMMIGRATION

Amid increased concern about the number of Caribbean and other immigrants in detention, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has released data on those incarcerated.

WINDIES DEFEATS PAKISTAN

BY AZAD ALI | SPORTS

West Indies leveled the three-match Test series with a decisive win over Pakistan in the second match at Kensington Oval in Barbados last week. The final will be decided in Dominica this week

Commonwealth to observe Cayman elections

BY AZAD ALI | CARIBBEAN

A team of Commonwealth observers will be going to the Cayman Islands to observe the May 24 historic general election.

This is the first election under the new system of “one man, one vote” in each constituency.

US digs for evidence of Haiti immigrant crimes

BY ALICIA A. CALDWELL | HAITI

WASHINGTON (AP) – As the Trump administration weighs extending humanitarian protections for thousands of Haitian immigrants, officials are digging for unusual information: How many have been convicted of crimes.

Green Card for victims of domestic violence

BY GERTRUDE ONUOHA, ESQ. | IMMIGRATION

According to National Domestic Hotline, Domestic violence is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship. Anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender can be a victim — or perpetrator — of domestic violence.

World’s fastest man ‘no longer chases women’

BY NELSON A. KING | JAMAICA

Reports in New York on Monday said that Jamaican Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man, is slowing down – that he is “no longer chasing women.”

US slams CARICOM as money launderers

BY GEORGE ALLEYNE | NATIONAL

In one fell swoop the United States government has condemned 14 of the 15 CARICOM states as major money laundering countries, and Barbados government minister, Donville Inniss, is calling for joint regional reaction.

Vincy New Song Competition: JAKIE UNSEATS HIBISCUS

BY NELSON A. KING | MUSIC

After years in the calypso wilderness without winning any major title, Kenroy “Jakie” Jack finally realized his dream Sunday morning in dethroning Michelle “Hibiscus” Hillocks by capturing the Vincy New Song Competition title at the Gallis Lounge in East Flatbush, Brooklyn

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