Caribbean Life News – New York – August 1, 2017

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Local chef to open culinary school in Jamaica

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | FOOD

He’s giving back the homegrown way.

A Manhattan-based chef is opening a culinary school in Jamaica. The top cook at B.B. Kings Blues Club and Grill, chef Wenford Patrick Simpson, is giving back to the kids of his home country in a hands-on way. He is in the process of creating a culinary school that will teach young eager teens cooking basics and skills to use.

Jamaica’s oldest, youngest prime ministers to fete 55th here

BY VINETTE K. PRYCE | JAMAICA

One former prime minister and the current leader of Jamaica are expected to add to the alluring annual celebration of the island’s independence on Aug. 25 when diasporans and friends mark the 55th years of self rule.

Tell us what the opportunities are!: Jamaican Diaspora

JAMAICA

Government agencies and organisations are insisting that the state has made significant progress in developing the Jamaican logistics hub; however, some members of the Jamaican Diaspora remain unhappy about the flow of information regarding investment opportunities.

The story of pan and underdevelopment of our nation

BY PHILLIP ALEXANDER | TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

We do not respect pan, so pan leaving Trinidad & Tobago.

Will governments support access to information driving development?

BY GERALD LEITNER | VIEWPOINTS

Gerald Leitner, is secretary-general of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, July 27, 2017 (IPS) – In an Information Society, access, and the ability to apply and re-use information is at the heart of individual fulfilment and social participation. Long before the idea of an Information Society came into use, libraries connected people to this, connecting them with literature and learning, and allowing them to improve their lives, and those of their families and communities.

Lions district holds community health fair

BY NELSON A. KING | BROOKLYN

As part of its centennial celebration, Brooklyn’s Lions District 20-K1 recently conducted a community health fair in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

Independent & Foreign Films

BY KAM WILLIAMS | MOVIES

Armed Response (R for graphic violence, profanity and grisly images) Supernatural thriller about a special forces team’s investigation of the mysterious slaughter of the entire staff at a black ops facility. Co-starring Wesley Snipes, Anne Heche and Gene Simmons.

Claustrophobic docudrama revisits ‘67 riots in Detroit

BY KAM WILLIAMS | MOVIES

Detroit’s ‘67 riots broke out in the wee hours of July 23; in the wake of a police raid on an unlicensed bar where folks had been toasting a couple of vets who’d recently returned from Vietnam. Word spread like wildfire through the black community that the cops had arrested all 82 people they found inside; and it wasn’t long before mobs began looting and firebombing stores all around the ‘hood.

Tobago gears up to fight sargassum invasion

BY JEWEL FRASER | TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Jul 25 2017 (IPS) – As Tobago’s tourism industry struggles to repel the sargassum invasions that have smothered its beaches with massive layers of seaweed as far as the eye can see – in some places half a metre thick – and left residents retching from the stench, the island’s government is working to establish an early warning system that will alert islanders to imminent invasions so they can take defensive action.

J’Ouvert moves to daylight hours

BY NELSON A. KING

New York’s Caribbean J’Ouvert festival has been moved from pre-dawn hours to daylight hours just before the massive West Indian American Day Carnival Parade on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway gets underway, organizers say.

Antigua, St. Kitts join OAS initiative of Small Business Development Centers

BY NELSON A. KING | ST KITTS AND NEVIS

The governments of Antigua and Barbuda and St. Kitts and Nevis have signed a memorandum of understanding with the Organization of Americans States (OAS) for the implementation of a project for the development of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) model in their respective countries.

Haitian migrants get residency extension from Dominican govt

BY EZEQUIEL ABIU LOPEZ | HAITI

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — The Dominican Republic on Tuesday granted a one-year extension to some 230,000 Haitian migrants trying to renew or obtain residency permits, an issue that has soured relations between the neighboring countries.

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