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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Severe financial demands damaging innocents

Barbados: Pressure of developed countries on other states to tighten their financial laws and regulations to fight money-laundering is yielding unintended victims, such as charities and legal gambling outfits in Barbados that are now crying foul. Comment

Vicitms of police violence: Playwright debuts play on injustice

Arts & Theater: The painful tale we all know. A new thought-provoking play documenting the horrors of police brutality and vigilantism is debuting at the National Black Theatre starting on May 31. “Kill Move Paradise” is a story that follows four men who meet the fate of extra-judicial or vigilante violence, mirroring major headlines following the deaths of black men. The play is a timely reminder of what is continually happening and sheds light on the aftermath, said the playwright. Comment

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

SVG ex-diplomat, receives Special Recognition Award

St Vincent: Former St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Deputy New York Consul General and calypsonian Cyril “Scorcher” Thomas Saturday night received the “Special Recognition Award” from the Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ex-Police Association, U.S.A., Inc. at a gala banquet at Glen Terrace in Brooklyn. Comment

West Indies captain defends his fast bowler

Sports: West Indies captain Jason Holder has defended fast bowler Shannon Gabriel’s reckless batting in the penultimate over which resulted in a series defeat to Pakistan on the final day of the decisive Third Test in Dominica last week. Comment

What does it take to solve a statelessness crisis?

Haiti: Robin Guittard is a campaigner on the Caribbean at Amnesty International MEXICO CITY, May 23 2017 (IPS) - Three years ago today, authorities in the Dominican Republic passed a law seeking to address a statelessness crisis that has effectively stripped thousands of people off their Dominican nationality and with it, denied them a range of human rights. Comment

Sir Curtly: Return to the top

Sports: Legendary former fast bowler, Sir Curtly Ambrose is advising the West Indies team to put aside the disappointment of missing out on next month’s ICC Champion Trophy and concentrate on returning to the top of the world. Comment

West Indies to host India

Sports: Embattled West Indies will be seeking to boost its qualification fortunes for the 2019 World Cup when the team meets with powerhouse India in a five-match series starting in the Caribbean next month. Comment

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Barbados, Canada sign new air transport deal

Barbados: Barbados and Canada have signed a new air transport agreement to give aircraft “the flexibility to operate without directional or geographical limitations.” Comment

Haiti chefs carving out higher profile for country’s cuisine

Food: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ In a dining room in a wealthy district in the hills above Haiti’s capital, waiters in black outfits whisk plates of crunchy malanga fritters and a creamy cornmeal dish to well-off locals and tourists. In the kitchen, the chef ladles glistening, fresh conch into a pot as his staff dice tomatoes and watercress. Comment

Sherif Fraser is Sen. Parker’s Women of Distinction 2017 pick

Guyana: SenatorKevin Parker’s Woman of Distinction is a fitting tribute to Guyanese-born Sherif Fraser, district manager of Brooklyn Community Board 17 in the 21st Senate District, who has dedicated her life to community service since migrating of the United States in 1982. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 96 Souls (Unrated) Sci-fi thriller about a research scientist who, after a lab accident, discovers he’s able to read people’s minds. With Sid Veda, Paul Statman and Toyin Moses. Comment

Trump wants to dump Caribbean retreat

People: President Donald Trump will have one less issue to contend with when he sells a property he owns on the Caribbean island of St. Martin. Comment

Prince charming courts sickly next-door neighbor

Movies: It’s Maddy Whittier’s (Amandla Stenburg) 18th birthday, but she won’t be celebrating the occasion at a party or restaurant. In fact, she won’t be leaving the house or even having friends over anytime soon. Comment

Monday, May 22, 2017

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is seeking to strengthen its relationship with Emirates Holidays, the largest tour operator in the Middle East, as it seeks to broad the Caribbean’s appeal in the Arabia Market. Comment

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PUPPETS GALORE

Queens: The cultural creatures are reawakening. The third annual Bankra Caribbean Folk Festival returns to Queens on June 3 for a celebratory homage to the folk history of the region. Next month the rapidly growing event will feature something new for guests and will introduce puppet-sculptures of the mythical Caribbean characters to life with a display of them, said the festival organizer. Comment

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Battle of the rum mixologists

People: It’s the second year in a row when mixologist Vincentian Sylvanus Johnson will compete in the June finals of Caribbean Week New York’s Mixologist of the Year. Comment

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Guyanese lawmakers charged

Guyana: Two Guyanese opposition lawmakers are among six former high ranking officials charged as the week ended with misappropriating hundreds of millions of dollars from a special fund linked to Venezuela’s PetroCaribe concession oil agreement with Caribbean trade bloc countries and Guyana in which rice was bartered for oil. Comment

Inequality can kill you, death can be unequal

Food: He got more. There was a time in your life when just noticing that was reason to throw a tantrum. It was enough to make any adult near you want to run away. But now that you’re all grown up, “He got more” means more — and in the new book “The Broken Ladder” by Keith Payne, you’ll see how it might affect your life. Comment

Friday, May 19, 2017

CARICOM to review import taxes

Caribbean: The 15-nation Caribbean trade bloc is undertaking a complete review of its import taxes regime into the regional free market including poultry and agriculture products from the United States in the wake of a plethora of requests from governments and the private sector to periodically suspend tariffs to correct shortages of items in various member states. Comment

Caribbean countries urged to tax tobacco, alcohol and sugar-sweetened beverages

Health: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is urging Caribbean countries to tax tobacco, alcohol and sugar-sweetened beverages, saying that the taxes can help reduce consumption of these products and generate income that can be used to improve the health of the Caribbean population. Comment

Haitians need our protection

Viewpoints: As the proud Mayor of one of the largest Haitian communities in the United States, I am once again calling on the Department of Homeland Security to extend Temporary Protected Status to Haiti. Comment

Trinidadian filmmaker heads to Cannes film fest

Movies: Au-revoir, he is France-bound! Trinidadian actor and filmmaker Paul Pryce is heading to the 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival in France this weekend. His debut short film “Come Out, Come Out,” will have its world premiere at the festival’s short film corner — a non-competitive film screening at the event. Comment

Thursday, May 18, 2017

REGIME CHANGE DEBACLE

Venezuela: Caribbean foreign ministers meeting for two days in Barbados from Thursday are to examine why countries did not vote as a bloc at the Organization of American States (OAS) to support or reject proddings from the United States for regime change in Venezuela and at least one prime minister has formally complained about the unusual breakdown of voting unity officials said this week. Comment

Mayor signs Williams’ construction safety bills

Brooklyn: Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed six bills that are a part of the Construction Safety Act, including two bills sponsored by Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, deputy leader, and chair of the Committee on Housing and Buildings. Comment

Slurs, insults among Barbados leaders

Barbados: Barbados’ elections are due next year but the barbs thrown across the political divide could make an observer believe that the poll is next month so politicians are hurling their final besmirching or threatening remarks at opponents. Comment

Caribbean American pols pay tribute to mothers

Brooklyn: At least three Caribbean American legislators have paid tribute to mothers on Mother’s Day, saying that, for generations, mothers have “selflessly supported their children and families.” Comment

New law to protect freelancers

New York: “Freelancers have their rights starting today,” said Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Lorelei Salas to the freelancers celebrating the historic payment protection law that went into effect May 15. Comment

Genetically engineered disappointments

Environment: Jomo Kwame Sundaram is a former economics professor who served as a senior UN official during 2005-2015. Tan Zhai Gen is an University of Oxford biochemistry graduate currently involved in research. Both are Malaysians. KUALA LUMPUR , May 16 2017 (IPS) - Advocates of genetically engineered (GE) crops have long claimed that genetic engineering is necessary to raise crop yields and reduce human exposure to agrochemicals. Comment

Lydia Caesar to debut new album at concert

Music: She’s coming back home. Singer and songwriter Lydia Caesar is opening a concert at Milk River on May 18. The Missouri-based artist, originally from Queens, is set to debut songs from her forthcoming album “Queen of Hearts,” in her first solo show in the city. The artist is going to perform a few of her well-known songs like “St. Louis” and “Through it All,” and some new ones, she said. Comment

House tax plan does not stop the gaming

Viewpoints: For all the concerns raised by economists and others about the House tax plan, it is generally assumed that the proposal will reduce the gaming of the tax system by multinational corporations. Among the more active debates: Will the currency adjust perfectly or will retail prices rise? Is the plan legal under our trade agreements? Do foreign investments take a dive? Comment

Changing of the guard at the Brooklyn Bar Association

People: Once again, it was out with the old, in with the new. The Brooklyn Bar Association unveiled its newest leadership roster May 5 at its annual meeting in Brooklyn Heights, bidding farewell to outgoing president Frank Seddio and welcoming his successor, Aimee Richter. Comment

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Vincy cultural group launches first CD

Music: After singing and performing folk songs for 14 years ago, the United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn (UVCGB) has finally produced and launched its first CD. Comment

‘FOUR CAN’T PLAY’

Arts & Theater: The dramatic-comedy play direct from Kingston, Jamaica, “Four Can’t Play,” starring Oliver Samuels with Ruth Ho Shing, Maylynne Lowe and Dennis Titus will make its United States premiere on Saturday, May 20, 8 pm at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts. Comment

HISTORIC VICTORY

Sports: Pakistan pulled off a historic victory in the decisive third Test against the West Indies in Dominica on Sunday, May 14. Comment

Women in for a ‘pound’

Sports: West Indies Women cricketers will be part of the richest ever International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s World Cup (US$2 million) tournament. Comment

Afghanistan to tour West Indies

Sports: West Indies will meet Afghanistan in three Twenty20s and three One-Day Internationals during the team’s tour of the Caribbean later this month. It is the first time that Afghanistan will be playing in the Caribbean. Comment

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Guyana officials to highlight Guyana Unity Movement events

Guyana: The Guyana Unity Movement, a Brooklyn-based non-profit, will welcome First Lady of Guyana, H.E. Sandra Granger and Attorney General Basil Williams, to its first charitable weekend of events, since its massive Unity March on Church Avenue in 2015 to bring Guyanese together. Comment

Trinidadian trumpeter perform for city kids

Music: City kids got an interactive and cultural music learning experience to calypso, hip-hop, and traditional Armenian music at Carnegie Hall on May 12. Comment

Celebs & big-spenders help ‘Haiti Takes Root’

Haiti: A galaxy of stars descended on Sotheby’s recently to dine and bid on items auctioned to benefit the reforestation and rebuilding of Haiti. On the invitation of actor Sean Penn, designer Donna Karan, super model Naomi Campbell, Academy award winner Leonardo DiCaprio, Tony-award winner Neil Patrick Harris, director Bennett Miller, singer Ellie Goulding, and Bravo TV’s Andy Cohen and a long list of New York luminaries responded to a call to benefit his J/P Haitian Relief Organization. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (Unrated) Justice system expose chronicling the five-year legal battle waged by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. against Abacus Federal Savings, the Asian-American community bank which was the only financial institution to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis. Comment

Monday, May 15, 2017

Caribbean rolls out plans to reduce climate change hazards

Environment: KINGSTON, Jamaica, Apr 30, 2017 (IPS) - Climate change remains inextricably linked to the challenges of disaster risk reduction (DRR). And according to the head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Robert Glasser, the reduction of greenhouse gases is “the single most urgent global disaster risk treatment.” Comment

Schumer and Hawn share vacation from hell

Movies: Emily Middleton (Amy Schumer) is just having one of those days. First, she’s fired from her sales job in a boutique for irresponsibly ignoring customers in order to try on outfits for herself. Second, her boyfriend (Randall Park) callously dumps her on the eve of their planned romantic getaway to Ecuador, stating, “You don’t have any direction in life.” Comment

The Purple Xperience: A Prince Tribute

Music: Vocalist and front man for The Purple Xperience, Marshall Charloff was a teenager when he first met Prince. Little did he know that 30 years later he would perform as Prince in The Purple Xperience, a tribute act fostered by Matt “Doctor” Fink, Prince’s Revolution band scrubs-wearing keyboardist. Comment

Your feet just got to dance with Rick James’ tale

Books: Your feet sometimes have a mind of their own. You see your favorite foods, and they carry you toward lunch before you even realize you’re hungry. When you’re faced with danger, they take you in the right direction, away and safe. And when you read “Super Freak: The Life of Rick James” by Peter Benjaminson, your feet just gotta dance. Comment

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Raising literacy in Jamaica

Jamaica: Reading for Jamaica’s future. A young Jamaican educator is innovating a new way to increase literacy among Jamaica’s youth with her summer reading camp and comprehensive reading sessions. Comment

Labor conditions in the Caribbean continues to weaken: New report

People: A new report released in Santiago, Chile by two United Nations agencies says that the labor conditions in Latin America and the Caribbean continue to weaken. Comment

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Mass murder trial to restart in Suriname

Suriname: A court has ordered authorities to resume a stalled mass murder trial in the Caribbean Community nation of Suriname in which President Desi Bouterse is the main suspect. Comment

PAHO launches virtual health directory in the Caribbean

Health: Information on the health situation and the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the Americas, including the Caribbean, now has a new home, with the launching of a virtual directory of digital health, or eHealth, profiles that includes data and statistics from 47 countries and territories by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). Comment

Turks and Caicos moves to enhance border security

The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) recently signed on to a CARICOM Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) with the United States. Comment

Harry Belafonte gets library renamed after him

Bronx: Mayor Bill de Blasio, First Lady Chirlane McCray and New York Public Library President (NYPL) Tony Marx, flanked by local elected officials, on Monday, May 8 honored Caribbean American Harry Belafonte by renaming the 115th Street Library in Harlem the Harry Belafonte–115th Street Library. Comment

Friday, May 12, 2017

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean The United States Customs and Border Protection recently hosted a border security professional exchange with CARICOM Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) member states and regional partners to discuss issues related to border management throughout the Caribbean. Comment

Guyanese in Schenectady thank coalition for consular services

Guyana: City Council Member John Mootooveren, a Guyanese who immigrated to Schenectady, New York, with an influx of nationals seeking affording housing and opportunity, praised Guyana’s Coalition government for making it possible for the Guyana Consulate to conduct outreach programs where some 10,000 compatriots reside. Comment

Guyana consul general reaches out to her nationals

Guyana: Fresh from the success of serving almost 200 Guyanese citizens in Schenectady, New York during a second outreach program on April 22, Consul General of Guyana to New York, Hon. Barbara Atherly called on the community to reach out to the diplomatic office to schedule a community outreach in their area, at a recent Brooklyn program. Comment

Thursday, May 11, 2017

US digs for evidence of Haiti immigrant crimes

Haiti: WASHINGTON (AP) – As the Trump administration weighs extending humanitarian protections for thousands of Haitian immigrants, officials are digging for unusual information: How many have been convicted of crimes. Comment

Bichotte says Republican healthcare bill ‘heartless, irresponsible’

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte has derided the House of Representatives’ passage of a Republic healthcare bill that seeks to replace Obamacare as “heartless” and “irresponsible.” Comment

DOJ releases data on detained immigrants

Immigration: Amid increased concern about the number of Caribbean and other immigrants in detention, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has released data on those incarcerated. Comment

Commonwealth to observe Cayman elections

Caribbean: A team of Commonwealth observers will be going to the Cayman Islands to observe the May 24 historic general election. This is the first election under the new system of “one man, one vote” in each constituency. Comment

Heritage and hair

Arts & Theater: Let’s talk hair. A play discussing some black lady hair struggles is debuting at the Black Lady Theatre on May 12. “Hair’itage the Play, The Journey of Sistahs and Their Hair,” follows six women dealing with the negative notions that come with their hair. The show not only identifies the varying perceptions associated with a black woman’s hairstyle but will also challenge them, said one actress in the play. Comment

Fourth Haiti film fest returns

Movies: The fourth Haiti Film Festival kicks off with a fund raising gala and screening at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on May 11. The biennial event organized by the Haiti Cultural Exchange will be showing over 25 films over the course of four days, and for the first time will even recognize some notable Haitian entertainers and see a change of setting, said an organizer for the festival. Comment

WINDIES DEFEATS PAKISTAN

Sports: West Indies leveled the three-match Test series with a decisive win over Pakistan in the second match at Kensington Oval in Barbados last week. The final will be decided in Dominica this week Comment

Greensleeves to celebrate 40th with exclusive releases, concerts

Music: Reaching a musical milestone. British reggae music label Greensleeves Records is celebrating its 40th anniversary this summer. Founded in 1975 as a record store in West London, the shop quickly grew into a go-to locale for Jamaican record producers two years later. Now 40 years later the label is thrilled to reach this landmark event, said a spokesman for the company. Comment

Green Card for victims of domestic violence

Immigration: According to National Domestic Hotline, Domestic violence is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship. Anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender can be a victim — or perpetrator — of domestic violence. Comment

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

ALL’S NOT SWEET

Guyana, the Caribbean trade bloc’s largest producer and exporter of raw cane sugar, is scaling back production and pulling away from the European market for the first time in nearly 400 years as Europe will from in the fall end a decades-old system that had guaranteed exports quantities from its former colonies officials said this week. Comment

US slams CARICOM as money launderers

National: In one fell swoop the United States government has condemned 14 of the 15 CARICOM states as major money laundering countries, and Barbados government minister, Donville Inniss, is calling for joint regional reaction. Comments (12)

World’s fastest man ‘no longer chases women’

Jamaica: Reports in New York on Monday said that Jamaican Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man, is slowing down – that he is “no longer chasing women.” Comment

JAKIE UNSEATS HIBISCUS

Music: After years in the calypso wilderness without winning any major title, Kenroy “Jakie” Jack finally realized his dream Sunday morning in dethroning Michelle “Hibiscus” Hillocks by capturing the Vincy New Song Competition title at the Gallis Lounge in East Flatbush, Brooklyn Comment

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Towards a global role for ACP?

BRUSSELS, May 7 2017 (IPS) - The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) met this week in Brussels for the 105th Session of its Council of Ministers to discuss the key question of how these 79 countries could play a more effective role for their own citizens and in the international arena. Comment

Caribbean scientists work to limit climate impact on marine environment

Environment: KINGSTON, Jamaica, Apr 28 2017 (IPS) - Caribbean scientists say fishermen are already seeing the effects of climate change, so for a dozen or so years they’ve been designing systems and strategies to reduce the impacts on the industry. Comment

First West Coast Garifuna Festival Triumphs in Cali

People: The inaugural Garifuna festival in Long Beach, California proved to be an ideal launch-port for what will now be an annual spring celebration of Black Caribbean and Central Americans from Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Comment

Brooklyn artist creates vintage furniture from African textiles

Arts & Theater: Benga Akinnagbe is an American-born artist of Nigerian lineage, so it is not surprising that he sources some of the most beautiful prints from the continent of his ancestors, to fashion his Enitan Vintage furniture collection. Comment

Monday, May 8, 2017

Jamaican cricketer supports blind Jamaicans

Jamaica: West Indies middle-order batsman Marlon Samuels has donated Jam$1.5 million (US$11,700) to the Jamaica Society for the Blind. Comment

T&T wins Regional Super50 title

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago Women cricketers have retained their Regional Super50 title when they defeated Barbados by 21 runs in the final at Arnos Vale Stadium in St. Vincent on Sunday, April 30. Comment

Military misfits take shot at redemption

Movies: “Black Site Delta” is a micro-budget production most reminiscent of “The Dirty Dozen” (1967). Like that classic action flick, the action-oriented tale of redemption revolves around the patriotic exploits of a rag-tag team of convicts. Comment

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados Barbados has joined a list of countries who have criticized the recent International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCRS) published by the US Department of State’s Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, which claimed that the island was among several countries that the US regards as major money laundering countries. Comment

Eight Jamaicans extradited to the US

Jamaica: Eight Jamaicans, including a former police officer were last week extradited to the United States to face charges related to their alleged involvement in a lottery scam. Comment

NYC libraries launch letter-writing campaign for increased funding

New York: The city’s three public library systems say they officially launched a letter-writing campaign this week, urging the mayor and City Council to increase funding for libraries in Fiscal Year 2018. Comment

State sen. Parker proposes bill for teens leaving foster care

Manhattan: State sen. Kevin Parker (D–Ditmas Park) wants to financially assist young adults transitioning out of the foster care system in a new bill he proposed on May 4. To commemorate foster care awareness this month, Parker said it was his passion to solve issues regarding teens leaving the foster care system and working with advocacy groups, he hoped his bill would address the issues affecting them. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Absolutely Anything (Unrated) Sci-fi comedy about some advanced aliens from another planet who test the human species’ morality by temporarily blessing a Special Ed teacher (Simon Pegg) with superpowers. With Kate Beckinsale, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Rob Riggle and Eddie Izzard. (In English and French with subtitles) Comment

Saturday, May 6, 2017

CBC chair, Clarke urge Trump to extend TPS for Haitians

National: The chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), Cedric Richmond, and Caribbean American Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke have urged the Trump administration to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian nationals who were in the United States prior to Nove. 4, 2016. Comment

SVG leads adoption of UN resolution on World Creativity and Innovation Day

St Vincent: The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Permanent Mission to the United Nations said it has led the successful adoption of a UN resolution on World Creativity and Innovation Day. Comment

Jamaican booted from historic position at The White House

Jamaica: Cinco de Mayo celebrated Mexico but it did not bode well for a Jamaican who made history October 2011 when President Barack Obama named her the first woman and second Black person to serve as the White House’s Chief Usher. Comment

Friday, May 5, 2017

Gala dinner raises funds to aid SVG

In its continuing effort to assist St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the Bronx-based St. Matthias Charities, Inc. recently held its Sixth Annual Gala Dinner at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment

Eugene honors Brooklyn restaurant for community service

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene says he has honored George’s Restaurant in Brooklyn for its “legacy of community service.” Comment

Jamaica makes Facebook history

Jamaica: Social media has proven to be the fastest most direct way to transmit information. And with millions registered with Facebook, Jamaica could benefit and is already getting high praises as the first in the Caribbean region to implement a policy of dispensing news about missing children via the medium. Comment

New Suriname envoy to OAS presents credentials

Suriname: The new Permanent Representative of Suriname to the Organization of American States (OAS), Niermala Badrising, has presented her credentials to OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro. Comment

Papa Biggy spreads love in new song

Music: Music for the motivation. Connecticut-based Jamaican artist Papa Biggy is spreading hope in his new song “Walk with God.” The popular calypso and soca-fused gospel song focuses on the failures of friendships and other relationships, and encourages finding faith in between it all, said the singer. Comment

Comedian Bell shares his ‘awkward thoughts’

Books: You are a very different kind of person. You like things that others don’t like, you’re good at something that nobody else can do, and you laugh at the craziest jokes. You’re different — and that’s okay. If we were all the same, as you’ll see in “The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell” by W. Kamau Bell, life would be awfully boring. Comment

Thursday, May 4, 2017

CHRISTIE SEEKS ANOTHER TERM

Bahamas: Amid fears of padding of the official voters scroll, Bahamians will on Wednesday vote in general elections with crime, a declining economy and a lack of job opportunities for professionals among the main issues. Comments (1)

Dominica nominates PAHO director for second term

Dominica: The government of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica has nominated Dr. Carissa F. Etienne for a second term as director of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau (PASB), the secretariat of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). Comment

Comedy show rings in Haitian Heritage Month

Haiti: A laugh-off the Haitian way. A comedy show is pitting viral and stand-up Haitian comedians to kick off the celebration of Haitian heritage month at Loft172 on May 12. Comment

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Jamaican pastor celebrates 70th birthday

Jamaica: Members of Isaiah’s Temple of Mount Hope Spiritual Baptist Church and well-wishers Thursday night celebrated the 70th Birthday of their Jamaican-born senior pastor in grand style. Comment

Carib nationals partner at En Blanc Couture NYC

Fashion: En Blanc Couture NYC— an all white clothing with a touch of color, located in the heart of trendy Bedford Stuyvesant, celebrated its one-year anniversary and the partnership of Caribbean nationals fashion designer Glenroy Marsh and stylist Sasha King, who brought together their collections of male and female attire, and accessories, for a one-stop shop. Comment

Possibility for a 2% tax increase on remittance

Viewpoints: Remittance is far from being anything new to the experiences of thousands of immigrants in the United States. What is new it that it has reached significant proportions in relation to a time when sending these remittances were done by mailing them at the regular Post Office. Comment

PS 198 kids get opportunity to build bears

Brooklyn: They were ready to make teddies. Several third graders got to enjoy a productive day during a trip to the Build-a-Bear workshop in Staten Island on April 19. About 38 students at PS 198 earned the chance to have a fun adventure at the location for displaying good academic performance. Comments (1)

Vincentian athletes give nation greater exposure at Penn Relays

St Vincent: Each time the Penn Relays announcers mentioned the names Thomas Saunders Secondary School (TSSS) and the St. Vincent Grammar School (SVGS) at the 123rd Penn Relay Carnival in Philadelphia, Pa – ran over three days, Thursday through Saturday – the nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, undisputedly, received greater exposure in the international arena. Comment

Gospel singer to celebrate 40-year career with concert

Music: Award-winning vocalist Cora Williamson has planned a Cora Williamson Music Ministries Gospel concert in collaboration with Voices of Praise (VOP) to celebrate her 40 years in the ministry. Comment

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Queens play to showcase Indo-Caribbean theater

Arts & Theater: All shades of island comedy. A Queens-based theatre company is trying to create more visibility for Indo-Caribbeans in the media, and are premiering their new stage show to support this mission in June. Flat Tire Productions is crowdfunding for their five one-act play “Love Bites,” a Caribbean comedy presentation about love and relationships. Comments (1)

Jamaica leads the way on climate change

Jamaica: Jamaica is taking the lead in hosting the Caribbean’s first ever symposium on Climate Change and World Heritage this month. Comment

WWI saga revolves around love triangle

Movies: “The Promise” Comment

Monday, May 1, 2017

Trump officially opens new immigration office

Immigration: As fear pervades the immigrant community in the United States, President Donald Trump has made good on a campaign promise to open an office that deals specifically with assisting what he says are victims of crimes committed by criminal immigrants from the Caribbean and other places. Comment

Bahamaian pastor to speak at youth revival

Long Island: The Bethany Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Westbury, will welcome a wide-cross section of youth, when the house of worship hosts a youth revival from Thursday, May 4, to 6, themed “Purpose for a Purpose” at the sanctuary, 962 Prospect Ave., Westury, Long Island. Comment

Veteran musician Lonnie Smith returns to Jazz Fest

Music: Jazz organist Lonnie Smith will be performing at the 17th annual CUNY jazz festival at City College Center for Performing Arts on May 5. The seasoned musician known for playing the Hammond B-3 organ has been making music for more than 70 years and said he was thrilled to return to the event to do what he loved —inspiring people with his music. Comment

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Trinidad, United States sign border control memo

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago and the United States have signed a Memorandum of Intent (MOI) to establish a state-of-the art border control system. Comment

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Top official’s son calls out his dad as Venezuela quits OAS

Venezuela: CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) _ The son of Venezuela’s top human rights official has called on his father to prevent further deadly bloodshed tied to anti-government street clashes even as officials defied international criticism by withdrawing from the Organization of American States. Comment

Eugene’s ‘Disconnected Youth’ bill signed into law

Brooklyn: Intro 708-A, a bill sponsored by Brooklyn Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene, chairman of the City Council’s Youth Services Committee, has been signed into law. Comment

Kids get a Haiti cultural experience

Arts & Theater: Young tots got a cultural experience at a Haitian dance event in the Flatlands library branch on April 19. Comment

Guyana wins four-day tourney

Sports: Guyana won the West Indies Professional Cricket League Four-Day tournament with a game in hand, by beating the Windward Islands by a n innings and 122 runs in Providence, Guyana. Comment

Bravo to sue cricket board

Sports: West Indies middle-order batsman Darren Bravo is taking legal action against the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) claiming lost earnings of around US$120,000 based upon what he could have earned from One-Day Internationals against Zimbabwe and Pakistan Super League (PSL) contracts and regional Caribbean competitions. Comment

Friday, April 28, 2017

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean A Caribbean Community (CARICOM) national has been elected as the new vice-president of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights (IIHR). Comment

Guyana police investigates assassination plot

Guyana: Guyana police are investigating a report of a plot to assassinate the country’s President David Granger. Comment

University women’s group honors three

Long Island: The Long Is. Branch of the National Association of University Women (NAUW) on Sunday honored three prominent members of the community, recognized a member posthumously, made presentations to eight “Silver Members” and bestowed scholarship awards to seven college-bound students at the group’s gala 34th Annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon at the Long Island Marriot Hotel in Uniondale. Comment

Thursday, April 27, 2017

RUM TRADE QUALM

Barbados: Britain voting to leave the European Union is one thing. And now, if France does the same in the coming months such a move could present a big problem for Caribbean countries which produce and export rum. Comment

Calm on the Barbados labor front — for now

Barbados: Peace may be breaking out between some Barbados unions and government before disagreements get to break out into a labour war, but there are signs that niggling issues simmer and could possibly create open hostilities. Comment

New policy for immigrant defendants

Brooklyn: Amid heightened fears in the immigrant community in the United States over President Trump’s draconian immigration policy, Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez on Monday announced that his office is implementing a new policy aimed at minimizing collateral immigration consequences of criminal convictions, particularly for misdemeanor and other low-level offenses. Comment

Advocating for TPS extension

Brooklyn: At City Hall, City Council Member Mathieu Eugene surrounded by community advocates and activists, union members and other City Council representatives pleaded with the Secretary of Homeland Security to extend the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti. Comment

Clarke announces 2017 Congressional Art Competition

Arts & Theater: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has announced the 2017 Congressional Art Competition, which allows young Brooklyn artists to share their inspiration with the entire community. Comment
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Cricket hijacked

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley says West Indies cricket has been “hijacked” by people who are going to destroy the product and the game. Comment

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Bust of Sir Lynden Pindling added to ‘Hall of Heroes’

Bahamas: The Organization of American States (OAS) on Thursday incorporated a bust of former Bahamian Prime Minister and national hero Sir Lynden Pindling to its “Hall of Heroes.” Comment

Clarke: Defend your community

Brooklyn: Caribbean American Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has urged the Caribbean community in New York to vigorously “push back and fight back” on United States President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. Comment

WOMI honors women of purpose at gala

Guyana: Themed “Know Your Purpose” Brooklyn-based non–profit Women of Mission International (WOMI) honored the best and brightest women for their outstanding accomplishments in the community during the organization’s second Annual Awards Gala at Crystal Manor Ballroom in Brooklyn, on Friday, April 21. Comment

Oldest Jamaican is also world’s super centenarian

Jamaica: “The world’s oldest human is Jamaican Violet Brown, who was born on March 10, 1900. Congrats Violet,” Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness tweeted on April 15 via the information highway. Comment

Caribbean celebrates Vaccination Week

Health: The Washington, D.C.-based Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says the Caribbean has joined the rest of the Americas in celebrating Vaccination Week this week, with more than 60 million people expected to be vaccinated against a series of dangerous diseases. Comment

Poetry, dance and all that jazz celebrating life

Music: What do teachers do in their spare time? Most teachers would say that’s a contradiction in terms! Teachers who are also artists have in fact two vocations — like Brooklyn’s PS 138 middle school teachers Michèle Voltaire Marceline and Alix (Buyu) Ambroise and teaching artist Jessica St. Vil-Ulysse. Comment

Daddy U Roy to perform in NYC after 25 yrs

Music: Jamaican music pioneer Daddy U Roy, who ruled the charts in the 70s with hit singles, ‘Penny For Your Song’ (with Derrick Harriott); ‘Stop that Train;’ ‘Dread in a Babylon;’ ‘Wake The Town;’ ‘Rule The Nation’ and ‘Wear You To The Ball’ (with John Holt) is set to perform in Queens on Sunday, June 25. Comment

REGGAE AND POP

Music: Music runs in the family. Reggae pop singer K’reema is coming out with her first EP, which is set to be released later this month. The daughter of popular reggae musician King Yellowman, the young artist was always exposed to music and even recorded several songs and music videos. But now she is taking her craft to the next level and delving into the field that made her father a household name, she said. Comment

Team Jamaica Bickle to host Caribbean athletes at Penn Relays

Sports: Team Jamaica Bickle, Inc., the New York-based not-for-profit organization that provides much-needed support for Jamaican athletes who compete at the annual Penn Relay Carnival at the University of Pennsylvania (UPENN) in Philadelphia, says it will begin welcoming athletes from across the Caribbean early this week. Comment

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Bahamas The popular Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival has been postponed because of the May 10 general election. It will now take place from May 18-20, two weeks behind the original May 4-6 dates. Comment

Caribbean’s only region to see remittances growth: World Bank

Caribbean: Despite overall global declension, the World Bank says Latin America and the Caribbean was the only region to see growth in remittances in 2016. Comment

Trump’s first 100 days: a serious cause for concern

Viewpoints: PENANG, Apr 24 2017 (IPS) - This week, Donald Trump will mark his first hundred days as US President. It’s time to assess his impact on the world, especially the developing countries. Comment

Cutthroat rivalry between New Orleans barbershops

Movies: Will (Martin Bradford) is the proprietor of Kupcakes, a hair salon located in Algiers, the only New Orleans parish on the west side of the Mississippi River. What makes him unique is that he’s also a grassroots activist who periodically stands on the proverbial soap box, preaching to anybody who’ll listen about Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Bang! The Bert Berns Story (Unrated) Reverential retrospective chronicling the aborted career of songwriter/producer Bert Berns (1929-1967) who wrote such hits in the Sixties as “Twist & Shout,” “Hang on Sloopy” and “Piece of My Heart,” and helped launch the careers of The Drifters, The Isley Brothers, Janis Joplin, Neil Diamond and Van Morrison before passing away prematurely at the age of 38. Comment

Cuba was his name: Barbados his ‘main’ claim to fame

People: Generations of rhythm and blues aficionados are grieving the death of Cuba Gooding, Sr. The incomparable singer died in Los Angeles, California on April 20 at age 72. Comment

Friday, April 21, 2017

Bahamians go to the polls on May 10

Bahamas: Bahamians will go to the polls on May 10, 2017 to elect a new government. Prime Minister Perry Christie made the announcement at the Office of the Prime Minister on April 12, 2017 shortly after Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade, read a proclamation from Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling dissolving Parliament. Comment

‘Finding Gideon’ is an irresistable page-turner

Books: “Finding Gideon” by Eric Jerome Dickey Comment

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Circus surprises East Flatbush kids

Brooklyn: It was non-stop Big Top. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

St Vincent: Caribbean The US Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) recently hosted a traveling program focused on entrepreneurship. Comment

New Kingston wows hometown crowd at New York concert

Music: It was a taste of home cooking, reggae style. Comment

In the vinyl analysis, ‘Record Store Day’ features reggae and dub on platters

Music: These deejays will have the vinyl say. Comment

Leader calls for more bonding between Caribbean nations and the U.S.

The relationship between the United States and much of the Caribbean has long been cordial. Comment

Multi-talented actor-recording artist Ludacris’s ‘Fate’ is secure

The multi-talented Chris “Ludacris” Bridges has enjoyed a remarkable career. As a recording artist, Bridges has sold more than 15 million albums domestically, thanks to the blockbuster success of such singles as “Stand Up,” “Get Back,” “Southern Hospitality,” “Number One Spot,” “Money Maker” and “My Chick Bad.” Comment

Protest rallies across the U.S. cloud Trump’s reaching the 100-days mark

National: Not only will the 45th president of the United States be indelibly recorded as the oldest elected leader since Ronald Reagan, Donald Trump’s 100-day tenure in the White House could also be imprinted as the most contentious, with a record number of national protest rallies in cities throughout the nation and particularly in the nation’s capital. Comment

At long last, St. Vincent Grammar School is ready to compete in the Penn Relays

It took seven years and much prodding, but the St. Vincent Grammar School, the island nation’s oldest, and, arguably, most elite boys’ secondary school, has finally entered a team to compete in the internationally-renowned Penn Relays Carnival at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Comment

Tone it down: Anger workshop to demonstrate how to relieve stress

Brooklyn: Call it a tension intervention. Comment

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Political unrest in Suriname worsens

Suriname: Suriname is experiencing labor — and political — pains again. Comments (1)

UN leader says Caribbean nations need to boost trade and technology activity

Caribbean: The executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) wants regional integration promoted in specific areas beyond trade. Comment

Easter eggs-citement at Roy Wilkins Park and Family Center in Queens

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Monday, April 17, 2017

Jamaica to appoint new police commissioner

Jamaica: Jamaica will have a new commissioner of police later this month, replacing Dr. Carl Williams who went on pre-retirement leave in January this year. Comment

Pakistan wins One-Day International series

Sports: An unbeaten century by Shoaib Malik (101) helped Pakistan to an easy six-wicket victory in the final of the three-match One-Day International (ODI) Q Mobile Series at the Guyana National Stadium in Providence, Guyana. Comment

Making a Difference Initiative launched with a donation in Grenada

Grenada: The health of children and seniors will be positively impacted by a barrel of children’s diapers and feeding bags with tubes attached, which were delivered on Wednesday, to the Grenada General Hospital, by local Catholic priest, Fr. Leroy Hopkin, on behalf of New York-based donors, Christine Grant and Cheryl Vincent, who are both Grenadians. Comment

Life and struggles of Josh Gibson

Arts & Theater: He was the black bambino before the great bambino. A production highlighting Pittsburgh baseball player Josh Gibson is premiering at the Theater for the New City in Manhattan from April 19–May 7. Comments (2)

The ‘13th Amendment’ documentary shown in Queens

Movies: A wide cross-section of the Jamaica, Queens community viewed the gut-wrenching injustices meted out to minorities in the criminal justice system, in a free public screening of the Netflix original documentary film — 13th Amendment, presented by York City Council, Member I. Daneek Miller, 18b Assigned Counsel Association of Queens Family Court Comment

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Samuels wins defamation lawsuit

Sports: West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels has won his defamation case against former Australian fast bowler Geoff Lawson and is set to receive “substantial damages” and a full public apology for certain derogatory comments he made in a radio program last year. Comment

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Eugene calls for creation of ‘disconnected youth task force’

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene, chairman of the City Council’s Youth Services Committee, has sponsored legislation calling on the city to create what he described as “a disconnected youth task force.” Comment

‘Everyone’s buzzing about Grenada’: GTA

Grenada: The Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) says “everyone’s buzzing about Grenada” following the recent hosting of the historic inaugural Grenada Invitational. Comment

Friday, April 14, 2017

Griffin awards celebrates the brightest

Jamaica: Honoring some of the best. The Griffin Awards honored four individuals and alumni of Jamaica College at the SVA Theatre in Manhattan on April 8. Comment

A fest to sweat

Brooklyn: Call it festive fitness. A few hundred health and party enthusiasts got to break a sweat and get down to music, at the first Sweat Fete in East Flatbush on April 8. Comment

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Green Power: Wave of the future

Environment: Françoise d’Estais is Head of the Finance Unit, Energy and Climate Branch, Economy Division, UN Environment, Angus McCrone is Chief Editor, Bloomberg New Energy Finance & Ulf Moslener is Research Director, Frankfurt School - UNEP Collaborating Centre PARIS/FRANKFURT/LONDON, April 6, 2017 (IPS) - The price of renewable energy — especially solar power — continues to tumble, and the result is more green power generating capacity for fewer dollars. Comment

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Hamilton, Bichotte hail ‘Raise the Age’

Brooklyn: At least two Brooklyn legislators have hailed the historic “Raise the Age” legislation that had been before the New York State Legislature for over a decade. Comment

US, SVG sign new Open Skies Agreement

St Vincent: The United Department of State says the Trump administration has welcomed the signing of the new Open Skies Agreement between the United States and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment

Cosmos get local star: Former St. John’s standout returns to squad

Sports: Former St. John’s standout Jimmy Mulligan always wanted to play professional soccer and now he’s getting the chance to live out his dream in Brooklyn. Comment

Finding her place: South Shore star on top after dominant senior season

Sports: Selena Philoxy worried she’d never be able to find a rhythm at South Shore, but the Lady Vikings standout did that and more on the court this season. Comment

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Williams appoints a new legislative director

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, deputy lader of the City Council, has appointed Michael J. Twomey as his new legislative director. Comment

Friday, April 7, 2017

Silicon Valley seeks Caribbean entrepreneurs and creators

Haiti: The technology capital of the country is looking for Caribbean creatives to be a part of their initiative to improve the environment and the lives of people living in the region. Singularity University, a global educational technology organization based in California, is asking Caribbean entrepreneurs and innovators to present a startup idea that will change the livelihood and scope of climate in the Caribbean. Comments (2)

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Prodigal daughter tries to reconcile with estranged dad

Movies: It’s not very clear whether Harry Catto’s (Joe Blakemore) death was a murder or a suicide. One thing’s for certain, though. It wasn’t merely a mishap, because nobody accidentally sticks a gun in his own mouth and pulls the trigger. The cops suspect that he killed himself, but his father (David Troughton) is too much in shock to press them to launch a full investigation. Comment

Hip hip and Fay: Former Naz star helps spark Quinnipiac run

Sports: The Quinnipiac women’s basketball team made history this season and former Nazareth standout Jen Fay was a key part of the Bobcats’ success. Comment

Savoring the moment: Marine Park hoops star relishes All-American status

Danielle Patterson competed in the McDonald’s All-American game on March 25, but it was a moment away from the court that defined the event for the high school basketball standout. Comment

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Hitting his stride: St. Francis sprinter dominates in multiple events

Marine Park native Wagner Elanceiux experimented with a handful of track and field events during his first few seasons and now he’s finding success in all of them. Comment

Three’s company: South Shore trio lace up for last time in Mayor’s Cup

The Lady Vikings had three players suit up for the Mayor’s Cup on April 2, one final chance for the group to compete together. Comment

Devil’s due: Poly baseball ready for another run at title

Poly Prep has clinched a state title in five of the last six seasons, but the Blue Devils are far from satisfied, anxious to repeat once agian this spring. Comment

Monday, April 3, 2017

US expands program to deport Caribbean immigrants in correctional facilities

Immigration: Even as legislators and immigrant advocacy groups express outrage over the Donald Trump administration’s immigration policies, United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced the expansion and modernization of a program to deport immigrants, including Caribbean nationals, in US federal correctional facilities. Comment

Tarrus Riley added to Groovin’ In The Park lineup

Music: Scores of New York City media representatives, artists, music industry executives, tastemakers and sponsors came out to the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Queens, New York last Saturday morning for the 2017 launch of Groovin’ In The Park, New York City’s premier reggae & R&B summer concert. Comment

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Homeless teen makes it in financial world

People: From a homeless teen to executive in the finance scene. Washington Heights native Emily Quezada went from living in a shelter after being thrown out of her home at 18 years old and pregnant, and now at 25 she is a finance executive with online travel agency CheapOair. Comment

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Cellphone fraudsters sentenced to prison

Bronx: The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) says a US federal court in West Palm Beach, Fl., has sentenced the owner and operator of a Florida-based telecommunications company to 75 months in prison and his co-conspirator, a resident of the Bronx, to 36 months in prison in connection with a sophisticated global cellphone fraud scheme linked to the Caribbean. Comment

BREAK THE CHART

Music: Soca artist Fay-Ann Lyons’ aptly titled album “Break the World,” went on to smash the international world when it charted at number three on Billboard’s Reggae and Soca billboard after its debut. Comment

Friday, March 31, 2017

Bahamas heads into elections

Bahamas: The Bahamas is preparing for general elections in the coming weeks with three parties competing to run one of the Caribbean Community’s most economically prosperous nations in the next five years. Comment