Caribbean Life News Update – New York – 02 June 2017  

Caribbean Life News Update – New York – 02 June 2017   OK

PETRO DEAL FEARS

BY BERT WILKINSON | VENEZUELA

Despite repeated assurances from Venezuelan diplomats and authorities in Caracas, governments in a growing number of Caribbean Community countries are becoming increasingly worried about the continued existence of a concession oil deal Venezuela signed up with the bloc 12 years ago as the economic and political situation worsens in the oil and gas-rich South American nation.

Why international financial crises?

BY JOMO KWAME SUNDARAM | VIEWPOINTS

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, May 31 2017 (IPS) – International currency and financial crises have become more frequent since the 1990s, and with good reason. But the contributory factors are neither simple nor straightforward. Such financial crises have, in turn, contributed to more frequent economic difficulties for the economies affected, as evident following the 2008-2009 financial crisis and the ensuing Great Recession still evident almost a decade later.

 

Banking impasse hits Barbados commerce

BY GEORGE ALLEYNE | BARBADOS

Lawyers are threatening to take the Barbados government to court if an amendment to the Revenue Act is not repealed, in the latest turn of events after a protest by commercial banks that halted real estate business.

Top Trump administration official travels to Haiti

BY NELSON A. KING | HAITI

Just eight days after granting limited Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to 58,000 undocumented Haitians living in the United States, a senior Trump administration official is traveling to the French-speaking Caribbean.

US issues advice on summer travel to the Caribbean

BY NELSON A. KING | TRAVEL

With the Memorial Day weekend kicking off the start of the summer travel season, the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency is inviting travelers to learn the guidelines concerning international arrival at any port of entry, particularly those arriving from international destinations into Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

 

PAHO recommends taxing tobacco

BY AZAD ALI | HEALTH

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

Caribbeing House reopens with a new look

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | ARTS & THEATER

They’re back and with a new look.

The Flatbush Ditmas Park-based cultural center Caribbeing House is open again after its winter hiatus. The center which officially re-opened in April, is also sporting a new look leaving its signature red color behind for a metallic gold. The change of color is a change of direction for the hub, and a commemoration of the West Indian American Day Parade’s 50th anniversary, said the executive director.

Farm Up Jamaica!

BY DAWN PLUMMER | JAMAICA

This promises to be a major fundraiser Food Festival, and last Thursday evening at the Consulate General Office of Jamaica, Farm Up Jamaica, a non-profit organization held it media conference to launch its first drive of a “Jerk, Roots and Yam Festival.”

SmartTerm sponsors athletic games in Jamaica

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | JAMAICA

The creators of the comprehensive school management program SmartTerm, which launched in Jamaica last year, are now sponsoring one of Jamaica’s leading athletics competition. As associate sponsors for the Jamaica Independent Schools Association (JISA) Prep Championship, the company is working on forging partnerships in the Jamaican education system, said the director of communications.

Jamaican poet in Britain honored in South Africa

BY VINETTE K. PRYCE | ARTS & THEATER

Linton Kwesi Johnson, Jamaica’s premier dub poet was recently honored with a doctorate in literature from a university in South Africa for his “inspiring political activism” and relentless dedication to his craft.

WICB names women squad

BY AZAD ALI | SPORTS

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) selectors have named a 15-member squad for the ICC Women’s World Cup from June 24 to July 23 in England.

United Healthcare members exercise and learn benefits

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | BROOKLYN

Senior members of United Healthcare got to learn a lot of new information about their membership at a new enrollment event at Restoration Plaza in Bedford-Stuyvesant on May 24.

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