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Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016

Gayle reconsiders playing Test cricket

Caribbean: Hard-hitting Twenty20 opener Chris Gayle wants to return to Test cricket and is currently holding talks with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to be included in any future Test team. Comment

Brownsville kids get free backpacks and supplies

Brooklyn: Young school kids at P.S. 156 in Brownsville started the school year with a gift from local volunteers on Sept. 8. Comment

First: Debate Democracy

Viewpoints: Twenty-one times during the presidential primaries, candidates took the stage to debate issues important to the American people. Comment

Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016

Embargo still impacts Cuba, US relations

Cuba: Though Cuba and the United States have made much progress in improving bilateral relations, Cuba’s Foreign Affairs Minister Bruno Eduardo Rodríguez Parrilla says the decades-old economic blockade against Havana hampers progress in the normalization of relations between both countries. Comment

Jamaica’s implementing 10-year health strategic plan

Jamaica: Jamaica’s Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, says the Caribbean island is implementing a 10-year strategic plan to improve health and attain its vision of a healthy and stable population. Comment

Inaugural ceremony celebrates men of color

Brooklyn: Hardworking men of color were celebrated in high style at a ceremony awarding and honoring men for their achievements on Sept. 17. Comment

Bolt sets sight on sports clinic

Jamaica: Olympic legend Usain Bolt has announced that he plans to open a sports clinic in Jamaica after retiring from the sport of track and field. Comment

Friday, Sept. 23, 2016

Williams adds voice to Stanislaus tributes

Grenada: Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams has added his voice to the overwhelming tributes to late Grenada diplomat Dr. Lamuel Stanislaus, who died on Sunday at a hospice in Brooklyn. He was 95. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados A reciprocal health care agreement between Barbados and United Kingdom will come to an end on Oct. 1, 2016. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: American Honey (R for graphic sexuality, frontal nudity, pervasive profanity and teen drug and alcohol abuse) Raunchy road saga revolving around a troubled runaway (Sasha Lane) who joins a team of door-to-door salesmen who party when not hawking magazine subscriptions while driving across the American Midwest. With Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough and Arielle Holmes. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016

MURDER RATES SOAR

Trinidad and Tobago: Two of the founding and main members of the 15-nation Caribbean Community of nations are grappling with murders rates that are so ridiculously high that police and national security officials are at a loss to come up with solutions to stem the bloodletting. Comment

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Guyana emerging as ‘green state’: Prez

Guyana: Underscoring the importance of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, Guyana’s President David Granger has underscored that his country will continue to pursue a “green” economy. Comment

Guyana prez renews call for end to border dispute

Guyana: President of the Republic of Guyana, David A. Granger, renewed his call to the United Nations for a final resolution of the Guyana / Venezuela border dispute during his address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, stating that last year he warned of the danger Venezuela posed to the peace and security of “our region not only by its internal instability but by its external assault on Guyana’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.” Comment

Tourism bonanza, but competition looms

Barbados: The Caribbean is riding on top of a tourism bubble like never seen before, but while the upsurge in tourist arrivals is a reason for celebration, industry players are warily watching emerging competition. Comment

Flatbush church holds Homecoming Int’l Day

Brooklyn: St. Paul’s Church in the Village of Flatbush two weekends ago held another very successful annual Homecoming and International Day celebration, organizers say. Comment

CLASSIQUE D’MARSH

Fashion: Jamaican-born New York based designer Glenroy March continues to make a name for himself in the fashion capital and his latest collection Classique D’Marsh did not disappoint. Comment

Marcus Garvey family seeks justice

Jamaica: Dr. Marcus Garvey, New York surgeon and son of civil rights leader and Jamaica’s first National Hero, the Rt. Hon Marcus Mosiah Garvey presented his case for justice for his father to the CARICOM Caucus of Ambassadors and embassy staff in Washington DC on Tuesday Sept. 6. Comment

Running for Grenada’s children

Grenada: A Grenada-based charity is calling on Grenadians and the Caribbean Diaspora to run in Grenada’s only marathon for a positive cause. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016

Clarke, Adams pay tribute to late Grenada UN ambassador

Grenada: Caribbean American Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams have added their voices to the outpouring of tributes to the late Grenada United Nations Ambassador Dr. Lamuel A. Stanislaus. Comment

Flatbush Junction carnival counters J’Ouvert violence

Music: Call it a J’ouv-over. Comment

Vincentians should come out and play mas

Arts & Theater: To The Editor: I read the article headlined “Vincentians jump for education” by Nelson A. King in your newspaper and I chuckled a little bit. Why? Because I hear and and have heard for 46 years the same lofty wishing and hoping by Vincentians in USA about the presence of a Vincy band on the parkway. It’s all empty wishing and hoping. Comment

Dem, GOP set to argue – Indy issues non-debatable

National: Despite the fact 70 percent of Americans polled insisted the need for a four-party presidential debate, a commission decided that only the two leading political parties — Democrats and Republicans — met the mandate to share a podium for the first slated for Hofstra University on Sept. 26. Comment

Cricket audit needed

Sports: Six former West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) officials are calling on CARICOM to conduct a forensic audit of the board to save West Indies cricket from a “total collapse.” Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016

Brooklyn father pleads for son’s safe return

Guyana: Distraught Brooklyn resident, Eric Joseph Snr., is pleading with anyone who sees his son, Eric Lesley Joseph, Jr. to contact him at telephone number 347-693-6859 or alert the nearest police station to make a report. Comment

GAC culture to combat gun violence

Arts & Theater: The Guyana Action Committee (GAC), a non-profit will bring together some of Guyana’s artists including the Hooper Sisters, saxophonist, Flantis and Gospel singer Di Nike Amos to raise their musical voices in a cultural presentation against Gun Violence at St. Stephens Church Hall, 2806 Newkirk Ave., (between E 28 and 29th streets) in Brooklyn, on Friday, Sept. 30 from 8 pm. Comment

Workplace diversity ‘sparks creativity’

Books: Your business is doing well. It could do better. Just like every other business in America, you have good weeks and bad. Sales go up and they flatten. You have financial feast-or-famine and you’d like more of the former than the latter. Author Lauren Leader-Chivée says she knows how you can achieve that and in “Crossing the Thinnest Line,” she explains. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Chronic (R for nudity and profanity) Poignant character study starring Tim Roth in the title role as a caregiver for the terminally-ill who apparently needs his patients as much as they need him. Support cast includes Michael Cristofer, Elizabeth Tulloch and Tate Ellington. Comment

Offensive outburst: Grand Street boys soccer opens season with big-time win

After two postponed games, this one was worth the wait. Comment

Monday, Sept. 19, 2016

Former Grenada UN ambassador dies in New York

Grenada: Barely five months after he was recognized by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, as “a part of our great American story,” former Grenada Ambassador to the United Nations, Dr. Lamuel Stanislaus, has died. He was 95. Comments (1)

St. Vincent still seeks seat on UN Security Council

St Vincent: St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves says the nation is still pursuing its “ambitious” bid for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council. Comment

St. Lucia PM proposes tourism summit

St Lucia: St. Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanent is proposing a tourism summit, which he said should be convened by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in the short to medium term. Comment

Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays infamous whistleblower

Movies: Earlier this year, the film Citizenfour won the Academy Award in the Best Documentary category. But given how the movie made less than $4 million worldwide, one might reasonably conclude that the details of Edward Snowden’s (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) dump of National Security Agency documents remains substantially unknown. Comment

Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The World Health Organization (WHO) is urging Caribbean and other countries to start using immediately the updated guidelines to reduce sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in response to the growing threat of antibiotic resistance. Comment

An impending change to Caribbean crime fighting

Barbados: Expert on regional security matters and former Jamaica Police Commissioner, Francis Forbes, has warned that the Caribbean faces a growing threat, which would radically change the methods of law enforcement. Comment

CARICOM tackles regional social dialogue and social protection

Caribbean: The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat is hosting a one-day regional consultation on the establishment of a regional tripartite social dialogue mechanism and a regional social protection floor. It takes place on Monday, Sept. 19 at the secretariat’s headquarters in Georgetown, Guyana. Comment

WICB fires senior coach

Sports: West Indies head coach, Phil Simmons has been fired by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). Comment