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Monday, Feb. 27, 2017

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has blocked Cabral Douglas, son of former Dominica Prime Minister Rosie Douglas from suing the government over the cancellation of a concert and the eventual deportation of Jamaica reggae artiste Tommy Lee Sparta and his entourage, in February 2014. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Burlesque: The Heart of the Glittter Tribe (Unrated) Revealing documentary showcasing the resurgence in popularity of striptease in Portland, Oregon. With Babs Jamboree, Angelique Devil and Zora von Pavonine. Comment

Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017

Barbadian-born female jurist makes history

People: Justice Janet C. Malone, a native of the Caribbean island of Barbados becomes the first Black Female Justice of the New York State Supreme Court, Ninth Judicial District. The New York State Supreme Court Ninth Judicial District comprises of: Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, and Westchester Counties. Comment

Crime poses threat to CARICOM

Caribbean: Crime, security and economic development were high on the agenda of the recent two-day 24th CARICOM intersessional summit in Georgetown, Guyana recently. Comment

St. Vincent PM publishes essays on ‘Our Caribbean and Global Insecurity’

Books: St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves, perhaps, did not realize – or had a premonition, or envisaged – that global kinetics would change rapidly under a new United States administration, led by President Donald Trump. Comment

Barbados Pride defeats Jamaica Scorpions

Barbados Pride defeated Jamaica Scorpions to take the Regional Super 50 title at Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua last week. Comment

Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017

Clarke describes Trump’s policies as ‘dangerous’

National: As United States President Donald Trump has expanded the nation’s immigration rules requiring expanded deportation of undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants, Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has described the administration’s policies as “dangerous.” Comment

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Trump congratulates St. Lucia on independence anniversary

St Lucia: The Donald Trump administration in the United States has congratulated St. Lucia on its 38th anniversary of political independence from Great Britain. Comment

Guyana’s former Amb. Noel Sinclair dies at 76

Former Ambassador to the UN, Noel Sinclair, a career diplomat, who served Guyana with distinction in the Foreign Service since 1966, and revered as one of the most kind, individuals to work with, died at his home in New Jersey, on Feb. 4. He was 76. Comment


Music: Piano phenomenon Elio Villafranca will bring the next generation of his popular “Letters to Mother Africa” concerts, the second in his series on the African continent’s powerful influence on jazz and folk Cuban music, to Aaron Davis Hall at 7:30 pm on Friday, March 31. Comment

Friday, Feb. 24, 2017

Barbados Central Bank governor fired

Barbados: Barbados Finance Minister Chris Sinckler today fired the Governor of the Central Bank, Delisle Worrell, following a legal battle, that extended over some two weeks, over whether the politician has the authority to dismiss the top public servant. Comment

Eric Holder’s outfit front runner to work for CARICOM

A corporate law firm linked to former US Attorney General Eric Holder is tipped to be hired by Caribbean Community governments to lobby American commercial banks and lawmakers in a simmering row between banks in the region and counterparts in the United States. Comment

New law reforms Caribbean Commuter Van Industry

New York City Bill de Blasio has signed into law the Commuter Van Safety Act, comprising three bills that crack down on illegal, rogue Caribbean commuter van operators who legislators say pose a danger to commuters, while also ensuring that licensed and insured operators operate safely across the city. Comment

CARICOM reparations sub-committee to meet soon

Caribbean: A prime ministerial sub-committee pushing Europe to pay reparations for the TransAtlantic slave trade is to meet in the coming weeks to discuss replies to payment demand letters from the Caribbean a top officials said. Comment

Felony charge against Richardson on child abuse dropped

Brooklyn: Prosecutors in Brooklyn have dropped a felony assault charge against a Caribbean American legislator accused of beating her pre-teen son with a broomstick. Comment

Museum Hue celebrates second anniversary

Arts & Theater: A cultural organization diversifying the museum and arts preservation industry is celebrating its anniversary at BLDG 92 on Feb. 24. Museum Hue is turning two and the founders of the arts collective are hosting a fiesta alongside Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn’s Black Artstory Month series. For their first anniversary they focused on promoting the mission and culture, this year they are creating a safe space for their supporters in light of social issues and highlighting black pride, said one of the founders. Comment

Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017


Trinidad and Tobago: The Caribbean Community nation responsible for crime and security in the bloc has ironically been in global news for all the wrong reasons this week with issues from President Trump’s telephone conversation with Prime Minister Keith Rowley to fears about locals becoming ISIS fighters making international headlines. Comment

Mass funeral held for 20 Haitians who died in dismal prison

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) – Relatives wailed in grief or stared stoically as flowers were placed on 20 caskets at a mass funeral for the latest group of inmates who died miserably in Haiti’s largest prison, most without ever having been convicted of any crime. Comment

Fake news gets Barbados PM

Barbados: Amidst warnings of fake news spun across social media, it is reasonable to expect that heads of state would not be caught in this fraud — but apparently not so for Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart. Comment

NY state senator recognizes Guyana’s 47th Republic

Guyana: The New York State Legislative Council, recently passed a resolution put forth by Sen. Roxanne Persaud and co-signed by other senators in the New York State Legislature in Albany, in recognition of Guyana’s 47th Republic Anniversary, observed on Feb. 23. Comment

Kings County doctor gets Harlem honor

Bronx: Call her a “win” doctor. More than a dozen local medical practitioners were honored for their contributions to the community by The Harlem Fine Arts Show at its “Salute to African Americans in Medicine,” held at the Historic Riverside Church on Feb. 17. Comment

LGBT organization raises awareness with benefit

Queens: A Queens-based lesbian and gay organization is hosting their second annual benefit party, “L.O.V.E is Love: Living Our Values Equally” at the C Bar and Lounge in Richmond Hill on Feb. 25. Comment

Cultural fusion: Jamaican twist to New Orleans cuisine

Food: Let’s get ready to gumbo! A group of Caribbean culinary enthusiasts will host its second annual cultural mashup, “Scattered Jamaica: New Orleans,” a flavorful mix of the island’s food and music and the spicy culture of the Big Easy, at a Mardi Gras celebration at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church in Prospect-Leffeerts Gardens on Feb. 25. Comment

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017

Hamilton names office ‘Sanctuary Senate District’

Brooklyn: In light of President Trump’s Executive Order putting in jeopardy the rights of immigrant population in New York City and their families Brooklyn Senator Jesse Hamilton has declared his office to be a “Sanctuary Senate District (SSD)” for the term of President Trump’s executive order. Comment

American entrepreneurs head to Caribbean for exchange program

National: The United States Department of State says 34 Young Leaders of the Americans Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellowship hosts from businesses and civil society organizations across the US have been selected to participate in the Reverse Exchange program, a new component of YLAI. Comment

Guyanese among CBC Women of Power Awardees

Guyana: Caribbean Business Connections (CBS) will honor 10 phenomenal women for their success in business, and outstanding contribution to the community, during the CBC 2017 Women of Power Event, on March 1, at Mirelle’s Restaurant, 170 Post Avenue, in Westbury. Comment

St. Lucian artist debuts in Manhattan

Arts & Theater: A St. Lucian sculptor, internationally-known for recreating human life in his works, has brought his art to New York City for the first time. Comment

CARICOM to hire US lobbyist

Caribbean trade bloc governments are to hire an American lobbyist to help them stop United States commercial banks from cutting ties with those in the Caribbean and to help erase a perception that the region is a high risk area for illegal transactions. Comment

Howell, Rastafari and anti-colonial politics

People: The month of February accommodates the celebration of Black History and Reggae Month. At times, much about the celebrations accentuates the outcomes at the expense of the process. Comment

Friends of Guyana to mark 47th Republic Anniversary

Guyana: Consul General of Guyana to New York, Barbara Atherly, on Feb. 11, launched the Friends of Guyana Consulate initiative, to engage nationals of political organization, disciplined services, religious organization, and alumni, that encompasses the six races of Guyana, in a unified setting. Comment

Quilts: Tribute to Black History 2017

Arts & Theater: “This exhibit makes me so happy,” says Gale Brewer, the borough president of Manhattan, of the “Quilts: Tribute to Black History 2017” exhibit in the art gallery of the Borough President’s Office Comment

Women’s History Month highlights might & fortitude

Movies: The fact thousands of women converged on Washington D.C. on Jan. 21 to protest the inauguration of the 45th US president and that — from Antarctica to Zimbabwe like-minded women exhibited solidarity mirroring similar disdain for his election — a conclusion could be drawn that the date could be designated Women’s History Day. Comment

Documentary on Maya Angelo airing on PBS

Movies: Dr. Maya Angelo with her rich resonating presence delivered her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” (1993) at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration, making her the first poet to make an inaugural recitation since Robert Frost at President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration in 1961. Comment

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017

Regional security agency to aid govenments

Caribbean: A Trinidad-based umbrella regional security agency is to help governments to properly scrutinize the backgrounds of foreigners applying to become citizens of a string of Caribbean nations, which have schemes offering passports and citizenship to expatriates in exchange for investment dollars. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua The Antigua and Barbuda government is considering recalling all diplomatic passports. Comment

PAHO, Belize sign new universal health strategy

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says it has signed a new cooperation strategy with Belize’s Ministry of Health whose priorities are to help the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member country advance toward universal health, and to improve retention and distribution of health personnel throughout the country. Comment

Caribbean bankers support FACTA

National: Caribbean countries that have not enacted the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) inter-governmental agreements (IGA’s) with the United States must do so expeditiously. Comment

New diplomatic passport policy

Antigua: The Antigua and Barbuda government will soon be implementing a new diplomatic passport policy to increase the level of transparency, accountability and legitimacy of diplomatic appointments. Comment

Temperamental teacher challenges nerdy colleague

Movies: Do you remember how, when you were growing up, if a couple of classmates came to blows on the schoolyard, they would be quickly separated to the suggestion that they settle their differences off campus at the end of the day? Comment

Presidential house slave runs for her freedom

Books: Run, run, run. Some days, it feels like that’s all you do. Run the kids to school, dash to work, rush with errands, and run yourself ragged before bed. You’re always on the go, always moving, and in the new book “Never Caught” by Erica Armstrong Dunbar, your breath isn’t the only thing to catch. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Bitter Harvest (R for violence and disturbing images) Fact-based drama, set in the Ukraine in the early thirties, revolving Bitter Harvest (R for violence and disturbing images) Fact-based drama, set in the Ukraine in the early thirties, revolving around the efforts of a young artist (Max Irons) to save his childhood sweetheart (Samantha Barks) from the state-sanctioned famine orchestrated by Stalin (Gary Oliver) that would claim millions of lives. With Terence Stamp, Barry Pepper and Lucy Brown. Comment

Pols host emergency immigration forum

Brooklyn: Local Flatbush pols held an emergency immigration forum at the Flatbush YMCA with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office in Flatbush on Feb. 8. Comment