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
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
Resulting from the Barbados government’s refusal to respond to trades unions demands that a jacked-up tax be repealed or reduced, business leaders have joined the workers representatives to announce a mass march Monday.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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
Color-conscious Jamaicans are readying everything black, green and gold for the Aug. 6 celebration of 55 years of independence from Britain.
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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
The camaraderie, love, pride and unity were fully on display on Saturday, as thousands of Vincentians — and their Caribbean and North American friends and supporters — converged on the extensive Brown’s Bay Provincial Park in Western Ontario, Canada for the annual massive Vincy Unity Picnic. Comment
Former Guyana President Bharrat Jagdeo has assailed the incumbent David Granger administration in Guyana, claiming that the government’s policies are “a threat to democracy.” Comment
A new meaning for reggae.
Grammy-nominated reggae band Raging Fyah has introduced their own strain of cannabis into the billion dollar marijuana industry in the United States. The group is the first musical band to join the industry, with their brand of mary-jane called “Everlasting Kush.” The entrance of the band into the business is not a first from Jamaican artists, and was inspired by Damian Marley’s hand in the business. Comment
The dust has settled after the preliminary round of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup and there are no surprises among the eight teams, from the original 12, that have advanced to the quarterfinal stage this week. Comment
Barbados is on a labor ‘go slow.’
The island’s four largest trades unions, Barbados Workers Union; National Union of Public Workers; Barbados Union of Teachers; and the Barbados Secondary Teachers Union on Monday issued a ‘work to rule’ directive to workers who account for most of the country’s workforce to take it easy on the job and prepare for a march Saturday. Comment
Denver (Ap) — Jamaica was so determined to keep Mexico from scoring, it sacrificed its own offense to get the job done.
The game plan worked, and now both teams are in a position to move to the next round if they can take care of business this weekend.
Mexico and Jamaica played to a scoreless draw Thursday night (July 13) and remained on track to advance to the knockout round of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Comment
BRUSSELS, Belgium, July 14, 2017 (IPS) — With Antigua and Barbuda joining St. Kitts and Nevis as the two eastern Caribbean nations to attain middle-income country status, a senior diplomat has identified climate change as a major factor preventing other nations in the grouping from taking the same step forward. Comment
The first and only female to lead the oldest, independent English-speaking nation in the Caribbean received a grateful and rousing farewell Sunday when her People’s National Party’s Women’s Movement ramped up accolades to her during their annual conference by inviting California Congresswoman Maxine Waters to keynote an address to women. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley said administrators of Cricket West Indies (CWI) are hoping for a “miracle” to turn around the fortunes of West Indies cricket. Comment
“War for the Planet of the Apes” is the 9th episode in the legendary film franchise that began almost a half-century ago with Planet of the Apes. The groundbreaking sci-fi adventure was based on the novel of the same name by Pierre Boulle, who also wrote “The Bridge over the River Kwai.” Comment
Trinidad and Tobago:
Trans Island Air (TIA) has started a chartered service between Barbados, St. Lucia, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Dominica on its 12-passenger Beech 900 Turboprop. Comment
Five Caribbean countries have signed the Caribbean Arrest Treaty, one of the regional security instruments that was formulated to enhance cooperation between member states in the fight against crime. Comment
As the summer travel peaks, carriers to Guyana are vying for market share to airlift passengers to the South American nation with fares upwards of $700.00, round trip from JFK International Airport to Cheddi Jagan International Airport. Comments (1)
West Indies opening Twenty20 batsman Evin Lewis slammed a record-break century against India to win the one-off Twenty20 at Sabina Park, Jamaica last Sunday. Comment
A new book documenting the international movie industry filming in Jamaica was released earlier this month and hopes to share the history of Jamaica as a destination for filming. In the book, “Jamaica, the Land of Film,” author Peter Polack chronicles all of the mainstream films from the early 1900’s to present, that used the island nation’s setting as the go-to place to shoot a movie in the Caribbean. Comment