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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Bajan distress at investment citizenship

Barbados: The recent arrival in Barbados of two persons who exercised their CARICOM rights to a prolonged stay on the island, obtained through a member state’s Citizenship by Investment programme has Prime Minister Freundel Stuart uneasy. Comment

MORE CONVICTS ESCAPE

Guyana: Just when authorities thought that they were beginning to get the situation under some measure of control, the nation of Guyana woke up on Monday only to be told that a grand total of 13 more prisoners had escaped from the clutches of the state bringing the total of inmates on the lam to 17 for the month of July alone. Comment

Barbados gov’t may be yielding to marchers

Barbados: The government of Barbados appears to be softening its stance and opening the door for early talks with unions and the private sector following a protest march by those groups demanding a tax reduction or repeal. Comment

Guyanese students place 10th at STEM Robotic contest in D.C.

Guyana: STEMGuyana received a resounding welcome from First Lady Sandra Granger, when they arrived at Cheddi Jagan International Airport, on July 19, after successfully placing 10th at First Global Challenge - a robotics event held in Washington D.C., last week. Comment

Mandela Day 2017 inspires volunteerism

People: “It is time for the next generations to continue our struggle against social injustice and for the rights of humanity. It is in your hands.” – Nelson Mandela Comment

Eugene seeks support for mother of TPS beneficiary who committed suicide

Haiti: Brooklyn Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene says he is seeking support for the mother of a Haitian Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiary who took his own life on June 11. Comment

Jamaica’s Diaspora confer in Kingston

Jamaica: Jamaica is on the verge of celebrating its 55th year of political independence, and to help culminate this milestone for the nation the Jamaica Diaspora are holding its Biennial Conference in Jamaica. The Diaspora group merged at this time also to use the opportunity to show and provide continued collaboration to Jamaica for its growth and development. Comment

Vincentians raise funds for Brooklyn church

St Vincent: Vincentian members of St. Alban’s Episcopal (Anglican) Church continue to rally in raising much-needed funds for the predominantly Caribbean church in Canarsie, Brooklyn. Comment

Haiti, Dominican Republic face off in bodybuilding showdown

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The muscles glistened as bodybuilders from Haiti and the Dominican Republic flexed and strutted onstage in the first such showdown between the neighboring countries whose relations are often tense. Comment

JAMAICA STUNS MEXICO 1-0

Sports: PASADENA, Calif. (AP) _ After Kemar Lawrence ripped an exquisite shot over Mexico’s five-man wall and into the top corner for one of the biggest goals in Jamaican soccer history, the defender hushed his teammates and refused to celebrate. Comment

Kemar Roach returns to Tests

Sports: Veteran fast bowler Kemar Roach and uncapped Barbadians Kyle Hope and Raymon Reifer have been named in the 15-man West Indies squad to tour England for three Tests starting next month. Comment

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

UG vice chancellor welcomes delegates to Diaspora conference

Guyana: Vice Chancellor of the University of Guyana, Professor Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, used the words of a Guyanese folk song which translates: “if you didn’t come you wouldn’t know”— to encourage Guyanese at home and abroad, to rediscover their homeland, and make use of the opportunities available to them, during his welcome on Sunday, July 23, to unveil the historic Diaspora Engagement Conference at the Ramada Georgetown Princess. Comment

Oppose the anti-immigrant legislation and rhetoric

Immigration: “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Mahatma Gandhi Comment

The year’s hottest soca tracks and artists are featured in the annual compilation of the top soca songs. The recently released “Soca Gold 2017,” which hit stores and all music platforms on July 21, puts some of the current and previous y

Music: The year’s hottest soca tracks and artists are featured in the annual compilation of the top soca songs. The recently released “Soca Gold 2017,” which hit stores and all music platforms on July 21, puts some of the current and previous year’s biggest songs from carnival to others that charted internationally. Comment

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Barbadians march in tax protest

Barbados: Thousands of Barbadian public and private sector workers along with business owners took to the streets of Bridgetown Monday morning in protest to a jacked up import tax and Government’s refusal to discuss their calls for a repeal of softening of the levy. Comment

D’Midas readies for the Parkway with ‘Glitz and Glamour’

Arts & Theater: In its annual quest, D’Midas International New York mas band hopes to place in the top three for medium-sized bands in the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade. Comment

World War II heroic rescue of stranded allies

Movies: When Hitler ordered an all-out assault on the Western Front in the spring of 1940, the vaunted Maginot Line proved to be no match for the pulverizing German blitzkrieg. The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and France all fell in a matter of weeks, and the rapid collapse proved particularly problematic for the Allied forces. Comment

Team Jamaica Bickle donates more defibrillators

Jamaica: Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB), the New York-based organization that provides hospitality support for Jamaican and other Caribbean athletes at the annual Penn Relays Carnival at the University of Pennsylvania, says it will present next month 10 Automated External Devices (AEDs) to eight high schools and two institutions in Jamaica. Comment

Monday, July 24, 2017

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua The Antigua and Barbuda government said it would release the names of persons issued diplomatic passports in recent years, regardless of whether or not their passports had since expired or revoked. Comment

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Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Imperfections (Unrated) Crime comedy about a struggling actress (Virginia Kull) still living with her mother (Marilu Henner) who plots a diamond heist in order to pay for her move from Chicago to Hollywood. With Ed Begley, Jr., Zach McGowan and Ashton Holmes. Comment

Crown Heights: A hot topic

Crown Heights seems to be the latest catch-phrase for attention. Comment

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Farming beyond drought

Environment: BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, July 20, 2017 (IPS) - The Caribbean accounts for seven of the world’s top 36 water-stressed countries and Barbados is in the top 10. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) defines countries like Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, and St. Kitts and Nevis as water-scarce with less than 1000 m3 freshwater resources per capita. Comment

England defeats West Indies

Sports: West Indies Women cricketers ended their disappointing ICC World Cup campaign when they crashed to a 92-run defeat to hosts England in their final match on Sunday, July 16 at Bristol. Comment

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Barbados workers and bosses to march Monday

Barbados: Resulting from the Barbados government’s refusal to respond to trades unions demands that a jacked-up tax be repealed or reduced, business leaders have joined the workers representatives to announce a mass march Monday. Comment

Several kids particpate in computer hack event

Brooklyn: Learning one tech at a time. More than 36 students learned how to put their computer science skills to the test at a day-long Hack-a-Thon at Medgar Evers College on July 12. The youngins got to practice building, creating, and do the coding of their own websites, and by the end of the event some left with newfound knowledge and a web page, said one student. Comment

US survives bites, tops El Salvador 2-0 to advance

Sports: PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Skirmishing for position at the goal line ahead of a corner kick, Jozy Altidore could not believe what occurred: El Salvador defender Henry Romero bit the back of his left shoulder, then twisted his nipple. Comment

House of D’Marsh partners with top Jamaican models for NY Fashion Week

Fashion: New York-based designer House of D’Marsh has joined forces with top Jamaican models Oraine Barrett and Korey Rowe for the 2017 New York Fashion Week Men’s Collection HOPE by KDO. Comment

Friday, July 21, 2017

University of Guyana to host Diaspora Engagement Conference

Guyana: President David Granger will deliver the keynote address to declare the opening of the First University of Guyana Diaspora Engagement Conference, on Monday, July 24, at the Ramada Georgetown Princess Hotel, in Providence, Guyana, where the week-long forum will aim to rebuild and re-band the university. Comment

Call for more support to combat cholera in Haiti

Sports: Noting the challenges that continue to hamper sustained progress in combating cholera in Haiti, the United Nations has called for more international support to combat the disease in the French-speaking Caribbean country. Comment

New exhibition recognizes Caribbean queer community

Queens: The Queens Museum is honoring the history of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in the borough at a new exhibit this month Comment

An outrageous and spicy tale about a woman’s sin

Books: Nothing’s set in stone. Few things are. Lucky for you, there’s usually a chance to change your mind or have a do-over. You can often get another go at something because few things are that firmly decided. As in the new book “Sin of a Woman” by Kimberla Lawson Roby, you can sometimes have a second chance. Comment

Exhibition tells hidden story of African Caribbean PoWs

Caribbean: The remarkable overlooked story of more than 2,000 African-Caribbean soldiers imprisoned in a medieval castle in the 18th century is to be told in a new exhibition by English Heritage, according to reports. Comment

Thursday, July 20, 2017

BACK PAY FIGHT

Caribbean: Sometime after the so-called summer holiday period ends, an umbrella body set up by Caribbean Community governments to fight European nations to make them pay for the transatlantic slave trade will meet to review the state of play regarding regional efforts to win this battle. Comment

Strike and sick-out in Barbados

Barbados: An apparent mishandled response to a sick-out at the Bridgetown Port Wednesday sparked a full blown strike at the entity as Barbados trades unions ramped up protests against a tax increase that could spike inflation. Comments (1)

Call for immediate return to democracy in Venezuela

Venezuela: As Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government have “offered their good offices to facilitate” dialogue between the government and opposition in Venezuela, the secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, and Venezuela’s opposition leader, Leopoldo López, have urged immediate return to democracy in the country. Comment

Marlon Cole debuts Off Broadway play ‘Choices & Consequences’

Arts & Theater: Marlon Orlando Cole, who traces his roots to Jamaica, is on cloud nine after receiving rave reviews for this debut Off Broadway play “Choices & Consequences,” on stage until July 29. Comment

The Georgetown prison fire: A failure and opportunity for good governance through public accountability

Viewpoints: Burke is the president of the Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID) Last week swift public accountability reinforced good governance in Trinidad & Tobago. Ms. Marlene McDonald was sworn in as Minister of Public Utilities on June 30. Three days later Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley fired her for countenancing a reputed member of the criminal underworld to attend her swearing in ceremony. Comment

Annual jerk festival returns this weekend

Music: There’s going to be jerk and more. The Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival returns again this weekend to Roy Wilkins Park on July 23 from noon to 8 pm. The seventh annual food and music event celebrating Jamaican culture will feature all types of food, including the beloved jerk, and a cook off contest between Mayor DeBlasio and former Jamaica Miss World, Lisa Hanna. The two will be competing in the Celebrity Quick-Fire Challenge and the two-time winning mayor will defend his title against Hanna this Sunday. Comment

MUSIC NOTE

Music: Putting a different spin on sound. A Brooklyn-based musical trio is revolutionizing the way people see music producers. The Brook Brovaz, comprised of three friends — Shak-Trauma, Silver, and Belle Boy — are a group of producers and artists. Together the team produce and compose music, and also write and perform their songs that cover a wide range of melodies from their outlook, said one member. Comment

Jamaicans will gather at Riverside to give thanks for 55

Jamaica: Color-conscious Jamaicans are readying everything black, green and gold for the Aug. 6 celebration of 55 years of independence from Britain. In Weston Comment

Kingsbrook presents ‘Domestic Violence Education’

Health: Kingsbrook’s Best Health School has partnered with the 71st Precinct to feature a series of educational sessions for the community this summer. On Saturday, July 22, Neighborhood Coordinating Officers Paul Parkinson and Stephen Schmitt will present “Domestic Violence Education,” discussing the importance of understanding abusive relationships and what interventions are necessary. The event will be held on Kingsbrook’s main campus at 585 Schenectady Ave. between Winthrop Street & Rutland Road in the Lillian Minkin Ballroom. Comment