Caribbean Life News Update – 19 May 2017

Caribbean Life News Update – 19 May 2017

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Guyana officials to highlight Guyana Unity Movement events

BY TANGERINE CLARKE | GUYANA

The Guyana Unity Movement, a Brooklyn-based non-profit, will welcome First Lady of Guyana, H.E. Sandra Granger and Attorney General Basil Williams, to its first charitable weekend of events, since its massive Unity March on Church Avenue in 2015 to bring Guyanese together.

Caribbean countries urged to tax tobacco, alcohol and sugar-sweetened beverages

BY NELSON A. KING | HEALTH   

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is urging Caribbean countries to tax tobacco, alcohol and sugar-sweetened beverages, saying that the taxes can help reduce consumption of these products and generate income that can be used to improve the health of the Caribbean population.

CARICOM to review import taxes

BY BERT WILKINSON | CARIBBEAN

The 15-nation Caribbean trade bloc is undertaking a complete review of its import taxes regime into the regional free market including poultry and agriculture products from the United States in the wake of a plethora of requests from governments and the private sector to periodically suspend tariffs to correct shortages of items in various member states.

Haitians need our protection

BY MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO | VIEWPOINTS

As the proud Mayor of one of the largest Haitian communities in the United States, I am once again calling on the Department of Homeland Security to extend Temporary Protected Status to Haiti.

 

Caribbean American pols pay tribute to mothers

BY NELSON A. KING | BROOKLYN

At least three Caribbean American legislators have paid tribute to mothers on Mother’s Day, saying that, for generations, mothers have “selflessly supported their children and families.”

Changing of the guard at the Brooklyn Bar Association

BY JAMES HARNEY | PEOPLE

Once again, it was out with the old, in with the new.

The Brooklyn Bar Association unveiled its newest leadership roster May 5 at its annual meeting in Brooklyn Heights, bidding farewell to outgoing president Frank Seddio and welcoming his successor, Aimee Richter.

Lydia Caesar to debut new album at concert

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | MUSIC

She’s coming back home.

Singer and songwriter Lydia Caesar is opening a concert at Milk River on May 18. The Missouri-based artist, originally from Queens, is set to debut songs from her forthcoming album “Queen of Hearts,” in her first solo show in the city. The artist is going to perform a few of her well-known songs like “St. Louis” and “Through it All,” and some new ones, she said.

REGIME CHANGE DEBACLE

BY BERT WILKINSON | VENEZUELA

Caribbean foreign ministers meeting for two days in Barbados from Thursday are to examine why countries did not vote as a bloc at the Organization of American States (OAS) to support or reject proddings from the United States for regime change in Venezuela and at least one prime minister has formally complained about the unusual breakdown of voting unity officials said this week.

Mayor signs Williams’ construction safety bills

BY NELSON A. KING | BROOKLYN

Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed six bills that are a part of the Construction Safety Act, including two bills sponsored by Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, deputy leader, and chair of the Committee on Housing and Buildings.

Slurs, insults among Barbados leaders

BY GEORGE ALLEYNE | BARBADOS

Barbados’ elections are due next year but the barbs thrown across the political divide could make an observer believe that the poll is next month so politicians are hurling their final besmirching or threatening remarks at opponents.

New law to protect freelancers

BY TEQUILA MINSKY | NEW YORK

“Freelancers have their rights starting today,” said Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Lorelei Salas to the freelancers celebrating the historic payment protection law that went into effect May 15.

Genetically engineered disappointments

BY JOMO KWAME SUNDARAM AND TAN ZHAI GEN | ENVIRONMENT

Jomo Kwame Sundaram is a former economics professor who served as a senior UN official during 2005-2015. Tan Zhai Gen is an University of Oxford biochemistry graduate currently involved in research. Both are Malaysians.

KUALA LUMPUR , May 16 2017 (IPS) – Advocates of genetically engineered (GE) crops have long claimed that genetic engineering is necessary to raise crop yields and reduce human exposure to agrochemicals.

House tax plan does not stop the gaming

BY GARY KALMAN | VIEWPOINTS

For all the concerns raised by economists and others about the House tax plan, it is generally assumed that the proposal will reduce the gaming of the tax system by multinational corporations. Among the more active debates: Will the currency adjust perfectly or will retail prices rise? Is the plan legal under our trade agreements? Do foreign investments take a dive?

Vincy cultural group launches first CD

BY NELSON A. KING | MUSIC

After singing and performing folk songs for 14 years ago, the United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn (UVCGB) has finally produced and launched its first CD.

‘FOUR CAN’T PLAY’

ARTS & THEATER

The dramatic-comedy play direct from Kingston, Jamaica, “Four Can’t Play,” starring Oliver Samuels with Ruth Ho Shing, Maylynne Lowe and Dennis Titus will make its United States premiere on Saturday, May 20, 8 pm at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts.

HISTORIC VICTORY

BY AZAD ALI | SPORTS

Pakistan pulled off a historic victory in the decisive third Test against the West Indies in Dominica on Sunday, May 14.

Women in for a ‘pound’

BY AZAD ALI | SPORTS

West Indies Women cricketers will be part of the richest ever International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s World Cup (US$2 million) tournament.

Afghanistan to tour West Indies

BY AZAD ALI | SPORTS

West Indies will meet Afghanistan in three Twenty20s and three One-Day Internationals during the team’s tour of the Caribbean later this month. It is the first time that Afghanistan will be playing in the Caribbean.

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