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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Thirty-five years of colorful kite making

Arts & Theater: Georgetown, Guyana resident Trevor Smith sits on the sidewalk at the corner of Camp and Regent streets - one of the busiest intersections in the capital to sell his colorful designed kites. Comment.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Spotlight on Trinidadian panist Caldera Caraballo

Music: One of the most fabled of the Trinidadian steelpan exponents transitioning to the New York scene decades ago, Caldera Caraballo, whose exploits included a stint in Harry Belafonte’s touring troupe, will be the focus of attention at the next collaboration of the Trinidad & Tobago Folk Arts Institute and Medgar Evers College’s School of Professional & Community Development on Friday, May 2. The forum reviewing the often trail-blazing career of Caldera Caraballo will take place in the Mary Pinkett Lecture Hall on the Medgar Evers College campus, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Comment.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Progress in Venezuela talks, but protests continue

Venezuela: CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Negotiators for the government and the opposition have agreed to broaden membership in a truth commission that is to investigate who is to blame for 41 deaths tied to weeks of political unrest in Venezuela. Comment.

Guerre posts double in Knight-Time meet

People: Justin Guerre, a senior at St. Francis Prep High School, located in Fresh Meadows, Queens, posted the only double victory on the track in the 11th annual Knight-Time Invitational track and field meet on a Saturday morning and afternoon at Uniondale High School in Long Island. Comment.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Warner cleared in Flying Squad controversy

Trinidad and Tobago: A police investigation into an alleged establishment of a “Flying Squad” two years ago has cleared former Trinidad and Tobago National Security Minister Jack Warner. Comment.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Amigas, Friends of Children, Inc.

Brooklyn: In a society where very few people give emphasis to the importance of children welfare. In this very few, we will find Norma Lewis, an honorable and caring citizen at heart. Comment.

Politians pay tribute to Basil Paterson

Manhattan: Several New York politicians have paid tribute to Basil Paterson, the son of Caribbean immigrants and one of the old-guard Democratic leaders, who for decades dominated politics in Harlem. He died on Wednesday in Manhattan and was 87. Comment.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

CARICOM Prepares Demand Letters

Guyana: Caribbean trade bloc governments, historians and rights groups are preparing for the next big step in the fight to make Europe compensate the region for the TransAtlantic African slave trade by serving up demand letters to several European capitals in the next 10 weeks. Comment.

Miss Guyana World Contestants visit the Big Apple

Fashion: A flurry of excitement and flash bulbs greeted five of the eight contestants vying for the Miss World Guyana 2014 title when they arrived in the Big Apple last week for a soiree to kick-off the upcoming May 26 pageant in Georgetown. The official sashing of the contestants will take place on May 4 in Gergetown. Comment.

Caribbean native stars at Bay Shore

Trinidad and Tobago: The last field event in the Long Island Elite Track and Field Invitational at the indoor facilities of St. Anthony’s High School marked the performance of the triple jump. And what a showing turned in by Bay Shore High School senior Omari Buckmire who recorded a 47’ 2” jump. Comment.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Doping ban for Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A Jamaican disciplinary panel on Thursday banned former 100-meter world record holder Asafa Powell from athletics for 18 months after the veteran sprinter tested positive for a banned stimulant last June. Comment.

Distinguished women receive ‘Women Celebrating Women Award’

Jamaica: Seventeen phenomenal Caribbean and other women on Sunday, Palm Sunday, received the “Women Celebrating Women Award” at a gala ceremony in commemoration of Women’s History Month. Comment.

Jamaica reports big drop in lionfish sightings

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica is reporting a big decline in sightings of lionfish, the voracious invasive species that has been wreaking havoc on regional reefs for years and wolfing down native juvenile fish and crustaceans. Comment.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

Venezuela: Prime Minister Perry Christie is welcoming the liberalization of the telecommunication sector on the island saying “Bahamians would for the first time have competition and competition breeds greater levels of efficiency.” Comment.

CARICOM chairman to address reparations forum

St Vincent: Current Caribbean Community (CARICOM) chairman and St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves will present the keynote address this month at an international forum on reparations for slavery in the United States. Comments (2).

Monday, April 14, 2014

Caribbean beauties to vie for seniors crown

Trinidad and Tobago: Two gorgeous senior citizens of Caribbean heritage will be the center of attention when they step on stage to be judged at the 29th Annual Ms. New York Senior America 2014 scheduled to take place on Sunday, April 27. Comment.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Official: Guyana boosts monitoring of forests

Guyana: GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Guyana is boosting surveillance of activities in its remote interior to curb illegal deforestation. Officials say the clearing of lush Amazonian jungles in the South American nation appears to be increasing over the past year due in large part to an ongoing boom in gold mining. Comment.

ROW OVER BORDERS

Suriname: On the face of it, relations between the Caribbean trade bloc’s two largest member states appear to be normal, with booming cross border trade, mutual governmental plans to bridge the border Corentyne River and daily trips by nationals of both countries seeking out friends and relatives. Comment.

Actor Jimmy Jean-Louis’ father succumbs to gunshot wound

Haiti: On April 10, Lephène Jean-Louis, father of actor, Haiti advocate, and philanthropist Jimmy Jean-Louis, succumbed in a Haitian hospital to an injury from a gunshot wound he received four days earlier on Sunday, April 6. Comment.

Caribbean scholar Norman Girvan is dead

Jamaica: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed “deep sadness” at the death of prominent Caribbean academic, Professor Norman Girvan, of Jamaica, who had been his personal representative on the border controversy between Guyana and Venezuela since April 2010. Comment.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Farewell to Haiti’s top diplomat

Haiti: The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) on April 9 bid farewell to the Ambassador of Haiti to the hemispheric organization, Duly Brutus, who is leaving the post after 10 years to become Minister of Foreign Affairs of the French-speaking Caribbean country. Comment.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Jamelody’s Got a Gun

Music: Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. April 1, 2014 -- Gun -- A word that immediately triggers fear in some but for the youths on the street, the youths in the crime hotspots in Trinidad and Tobago and many other countries across the world, gun talk is real talk. ‘Gun’ is the name of T&T reggae crooner and VP recording artiste, Jamelody’s latest contribution. Comment.

Jamaican veteran jockey heads South

Jamaica: Rajiv Maragh will be heading once again down to Louisville, in less than a month for another attempt at winning the Kentucky Derby, which he couldn’t do previously. Comment.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Delaware dedicates ‘One Love’ Park to Marley

Jamaica: Landmark monuments to Robert Nesta Marley, the avowed Caribbean’s first superstar seems to be a globally expanding tribute to the Jamaican reggae legend. The latest is the renaming of a recreational playground in Wilmington, Delaware. Allegedly, the city plans to rename an area One Love Park in honor of the icon and the reggae anthem he recorded. Comment.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Suriname hosts regional technology meeting

Suriname: Caribbean leaders will meet in Suriname this week to push forward the region’s technology development agenda. The South American country will host an executive meeting of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) on April 8th and 9th at the Hotel Krasnapolsky, Paramaribo. Comment.

Pot growers association launched in Jamaica

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A group of influential Jamaicans gathered Saturday to launch an association of supposed future marijuana cultivators as momentum builds toward loosening laws prohibiting pot on the Caribbean island. Comment.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

For Guyana, energy plus efficiency equals common sense development

Guyana: GEORGETOWN, Guyana, April 1, 2014 (IPS) - Guyana is shaping up to set a gold standard for the Caribbean in implementing a national energy efficiency strategy to curb greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels. Comments (1).

Friday, April 4, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says it has signed an amendment with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to a 2011 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and a 2012 Framework Agreement to support renewable energy and energy efficiency of climate change in Central America and the Caribbean. Comment.

CaribCan Or Can’t Survive

Food: If the smaller Eastern Caribbean islands have their way, ongoing two-way free-trade talks between Canada and the 15-nation bloc of Caribbean Community nations stretching from Suriname on the South American coast to Belize in Central America, would be scrapped forthwith. Comment.

Venezuela detains Trinidadian Muslims

Venezuela: A group of Muslims, dressed in Muslim garb, who recently went to Venezuela to obtain visas to travel for a pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, was detained on suspicion of being terrorist. Comment.

HIV/AIDS book launched at Guyana Consulate, NY

Books: “Stigma and lack of knowledge about HIV&AIDS” was the topic of a compelling presentation by Pro-Chancellor of the University of Guyana Prem Misir, who launched his first health book in front of expatriates at the Consulate General of Guyana in New York City, recently. Comment.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Dancehall comedy

Arts & Theater: The awaited end to this year winter season couldn’t come sooner for Caribbean nationals living in the tri-state area. With the long anticipated wait of Jamaican’s young and talented comedian Keith “Shebada” Ramsey returning to the area, the rainy weekend could not stop theater lovers from returning to their local venue in Brooklyn and Bronx for their belly wrenching, tear dropping laughter. Comment.

WICB should retain former players

Caribbean: It is about time that the West Indies Cricket Board gets serious and demonstrate some respect for their former players by getting them meaningfully involved with West Indies cricket. Comment.

Author Beverly Manley speaks at Monroe College

Books: Beverly Manley’s roots in Jamaican life are deep. She is a known radio and TV personality with a long history in the political world of Jamaica and is recognized as a strong voice in the Jamaican women’s rights movement. Comment.

Renewable energy in the Caribbean

St Vincent: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says it has signed an amendment with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to a 2011 Memorandum of Understanding and a 2012 Framework Agreement to support renewable energy and energy efficiency for the mitigation of climate change in Central America and the Caribbean. Comment.

T&T Tourism minister resigns

Trinidad and Tobago: Another minister in Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar-led People’s Partnership government in Trinidad and Tobago has been removed from her Cabinet. Comment.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Words of wisdom about image and etiquette

Jamaica: Making a lasting first impression is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Stoosh Images Inc., a Vallley Stream, NY image consultancy for individuals and companies is the brainchild of Patrice daCosta, an expert in color analysis, personal shopping, closet clearing, etiquette and personal development for people who want to put their best foot forward. Stoosh Images Inc. created July 2005 aims to help people feel and look better about themselves. Comment.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Framingham illustrator from Jamaica wins prize

Jamaica: FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — Filling in coloring books as a kid growing up in Jamaica, Michael Talbot never imagined his passion for art would win him a prize in an international illustration contest and a trip to Hollywood. Comment.

mSurvey changes data collection in the Caribbean

Trinidad and Tobago: ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago. A mobile SMS-based survey service from a Caribbean-based company could change the way data is collected and analysed in the region. Comments (1).

Caribbean cultural group stages ‘Pantomime’

Arts & Theater: Of all the locations to experience authentic theater on the international day named for it, Brooklyn scored cool points by inviting Derek Walcott, the first Caribbean writer to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature to witness his own “Pantomime” acted by one American and one Caribbean. Comment.

Monday, March 31, 2014

SVG expresses concerns during vote on Ukraine

St Vincent: As the United Nations General Assembly on March 27 reaffirmed Ukraine’s unity and territorial integrity by adopting a measure underscoring that the mid-March referendum in Crimea that led to the peninsula’s annexation by Russia “has no validity,”,St. Vincent and the Grenadines has expressed a long list of concerns for abstaining on the vote. Comment.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Shivnarine Chanderpaul heads to Lords

People: West Indies veteran middle-order batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul is among the list of top names from world cricket to take their place in a match to mark the bicentenary celebrations of Lords, in England. Comment.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean Officials in Puerto Rico say the U.S. island territory aims to position itself as a key air transportation center in the Caribbean, taking advantage of growth opportunities in industry that is essential to regional economic development. Comment.

The Live Healthy program offers free classes

Trinidad and Tobago: Now that winter is behind us, we hope, what could be better than finally embarking upon those new year’s resolutions like “getting healthy and fit”? Comment.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

T&T MINISTER FIRED

Trinidad and Tobago: Having barely completed its fourth year in office, the multi-party People’s Partnership administration in Trinidad &Tobago has had a record 12 ministers who have either been fired or pushed out of the cabinet for reasons ranging from corruption to public misconduct, to poor job performance. Comment.

UN: Haiti has more cholera than any other nation

Haiti: UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Haiti’s cholera outbreak is still the worst in the world, the top U.N. envoy there said Monday. Sandra Honore briefed the U.N. Security Council about the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti, crime rates, public health, and the cholera outbreak. Comments (1).

Barbados AG says mandatory death penalty to end

Barbados: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — The Caribbean island of Barbados plans to abolish its mandatory death penalty for murder convictions — a penalty that the government has bypassed for three decades. Comment.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

REGGAE & JAZZ FUSION

Music: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College is thrilled to welcome Jamaican jazz virtuoso Monty Alexander to the Walt Whitman Theatre, performing his Grammy-nominated show Harlem-Kingston Express, on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Comment.

Garifuna-American Heritage Month proclaimed at City Hall

St Vincent: Earlier this month at City Hall, March 11-April 12 was proclaimed Garífuna-American Heritage Month. Members of the Garifuna Coalition and others in the community were on hand for the honors. Heritage Month acnkowledges the great contributions of Garífuna-Americans to the fabric of New York City and New York State. Comment.

Klutch Formal Boutique has Caribbean roots

Queens: Just after being named Small Business Owner of the Year by the 22nd Assembly District during Black History Month, “Elements of Earth” jewelry designer, Earth Rowe, cut the ribbon to officially unveil her second clothing store Klutch Formal Boutique located at 126 Central Ave. in Valley Stream. Comment.

Perry wants Shirley Chisholm Scholarship in CUNY

Caribbean: After being instrumental in naming Nov. 30 as Shirley Chisholm Day, Brooklyn Assemblyman Nick Perry now wants a scholarship in all City University of New York (CUNY) colleges to be named in honor of the late Brooklyn congresswoman. Comment.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Foundation for retired cricketers

Barbados: The West Indies Retired Players Foundation was recently launched with the commitment to providing opportunities for former players to be involved in development programs and assisting with welfare where applicable for former players who represented the Caribbean team at the international level. Comment.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Jamaica gets help in developing national cyber security strategy

Jamaica: The Organization of American States (OAS) says it is assisting Jamaica in the development of a national cyber security strategy. The Washington-based hemispheric body said its Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE) on March 19 concluded a three-day visit to Kingston, the Jamaican capital, as part of the technical assistance provided to that government for the development of the strategy. Comment.

CaribbeanRoundup

Caribbean: Caribbean The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will focus over the next two years on unveiling the Single Information Communication Technology (ICT) Space as the digital layer of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). Comment.

IMF reaches ‘staff-level’ agreement with Grenada

Grenada: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says its staff and Grenadian authorities have reached a “staff-level” agreement on a program that can be supported by a three-year Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement in the amount of about US$21.9 million or 120 percent of Grenada’s quota. Comment.

CAFA Film Nights, Guyanese edition

Movies: A trip to Guyana on assignment as a private investigator led New Yorker Margaret Clemons to the country’s culture of violence, and the youth she would later inspire to tell their tale through photography in “Rebecca’s Story,” a short film which premiered to rave reviews at the recent CAFA Film Nights, Guyanese edition, in Brooklyn. Comment.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Guyana-born radio producer joins the ancestors

Guyana: The lyrics to the popular Marvin Sapp gospel testament – “Never Would Have made It Without You” is being repeated with parallel to Guyana native Joseph D. Livingstone who died at 1:00 p.m. on March 14. Most people knew him as J.D. the go-to intermediary between Rev. Al Sharpton and the NYPD. As crisis manager of the National Action Network for more than a decade and a half, JD fielded phone calls related to police brutality, immigration, housing, education, medical care, Civil Rights etc before relaying concerns to the activist preacher. Comments (2).

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Haiti Cherie’ raises money for Haiti

Haiti: Braving an arctic blast recently, on one of the coldest nights, young Haitian professionals with many others, filled a hall on Manhattan’s far west side to celebrate Fabrice Armand’s birthday. For the last four years, Fabrice has observed his “bonn fete” with a benefit for Haiti. Comments (1).

West Indies World Cup chances are slim

Caribbean: West Indies cricket team faces an uphill task when they defend their Twenty20 ICC world title in Bangladesh. The wickets in Bangladesh are slow and batsmen are expected to do very well under those conditions. West Indies batsmen are not playing top class cricket and the other teams have embarked on serious cricket. West Indies batsmen have not been consistent and their strategies are failing. World Cup 2014 Twenty20 will be very competitive and the West Indies team is in the same group as Australia and India. Comment.

Caribbean adopts plan to seek slavery reparations

Trinidad and Tobago: KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent (AP) — Leaders of Caribbean nations on Monday unanimously adopted a broad plan on seeking reparations from European nations for what they say are the lingering ill effects of the Atlantic slave trade on the region. Comment.

Obama, Deblasio to attend NAN Convention

Music: President Barack Obama will revisit the annual convention of National Action Network which is slated to be held from April 9-12. Making his second appearance to the confab organized by organization founder and MSNBC commentator Al Sharpton, the leader of the free world heads the long list of prominent speakers invited to the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel. Comment.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Haiti gov’t defends plans to develop resort island

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A plan to transform a small Caribbean island off the southern coast of Haiti into a high-end resort will create more than 2,000 jobs and help change the image of this impoverished country, the prime minister said Wednesday. Comment.

Caribbean to forge united front on elusive climate finance

St Vincent: KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, March 13, 2014 (IPS) - Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, the prime minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, says the promises of money by the “biggest polluters in the world” for small island developing states (SIDS) like his to adapt to climate change are a mostly a “mirage.” Comment.

2014 AFUWI Awardees

Music: Famed international opera star Jessye Norman was awarded this year’s Bob Marley Award at the 17th American Foundation for the University of the West Indies’ AFUWI legacy awards benefit gala held recently in New York. The recipient of the award, sanctioned by the Marley family, is given to an individual who has demonstrated a lifetime of excellence and commitment in vocational, philanthropic and humanitarian pursuits; and whose sphere of influence goes beyond national boundaries impacting the world at large. Comment.

UK airport taxes ‘unfair’

Travel: The British Chancellor George Osborne will present his budget on 19 March in a speech to the British Parliament. The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) will be listening carefully to see if the Chancellor is yet prepared to recognise the widespread concern that exists in the Caribbean and among the Caribbean community living in the UK about the damage being done and the lack of fairness in the way in which the UK’s Air Passenger Duty (APD) is applied. Comment.

Guyana suspends air traffic controllers for breach

Guyana: GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — The Ministry of Transport in Guyana says it has suspended an air traffic controller who walked off the job and left the tower unattended while a flight was approaching the South American country. Comment.

Heavy rainfall washing out honey production

St Vincent: DUMBARTON, St. Vincent, March, 12, 2014 (IPS) - Allan Williams, 32, is an agriculture extension officer in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. But as a trained apiculturist, he has also been involved in beekeeping as a hobby for the past seven years. Comment.

Dump fire wafts smoke across Jamaica’s capital

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A fire at a sprawling trash dump in Jamaica is blanked swaths of the island’s seaside capital with foul-smelling gray smoke. Comment.

CARCIP Innovation Workshop moves to Grenada

Grenada: GRAND ANSE, Grenada: A series of workshops rolling out across the Caribbean is intended to spark and harness the power of Caribbean innovation as an engine for technology-enabled development and enterprise. Comment.

Jamaican rapper, 3 others convicted of murder

Music: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Popular dancehall reggae star Vybz Kartel and three co-defendants were convicted of murder Thursday in a high-profile trial under heavy security in this Caribbean country’s supreme court. Comments (1).

Monday, March 17, 2014

Ratify Arms Trade Treaty: T&T PM

Trinidad and Tobago: Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has called on CARICOM leaders to ratify the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and support Trinidad and Tobago’s bid to host the Secretariat in Port of Spain. Comment.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The United States Coast Guard says it has repatriated 38 Caribbean migrants in recently. Comment.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

CARICOM ends ‘very successful’ summit in SVG

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders on Tuesday night said they have conducted a “very successful” two-day inter-sessional summit at Buccament Bay Resort in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment.

CARICOM agrees to decriminalize medical marijuana use

Trinidad and Tobago: When Caribbean Community leaders gathered in the Eastern Caribbean Island of St. Vincent this week, two rather new but proverbially sexy items were on the agenda for discussion, one dealing with a plan to make Europe pay the region for enslaving Blacks and the other the mounting pressure leaders are feeling from a plethora of quarters to legalize marijuana at least for medical use. Comment.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Tess joins soulful women at White House fete

Music: Jamaica’s Tessanne Chin represented the Caribbean and “Women of Soul” recently when first lady Michelle Obama hosted the annual “In Performance at the White House” series marking Women’s History Month. Comments (1).

Buju Banton pens letter to ‘warrior’ attorney

Music: Dancehall reggae icon Buju Banton reached past prison bars to issue a belated tribute to his former lead attorney Chokwe Lumumba who died recently at age 66 amid suspicion he did not die of natural cause but could have been murdered. Comment.

Jamaican Alum to be honored by Pratt Institute

Jamaica: Jamaican-born Dr. Goulda Downer an assistant professor at Howard University’s College of Medicine in Washington, DC. is set to receive the 2014 Community Commitment Award as a distinguished alumnus of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. Comments (2).

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

St. Lucia launches Internet Exchange Point

St Lucia: Saint Lucia celebrated its 35th year of independence with a bold step toward improving the quality of Internet services for its citizens. On Feb. 28, the island joined the growing list of CARICOM countries reaping the benefits of a local Internet Exchange Point, or IXP. Comment.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Shark lovers try to save Jaws from Trinidad’s bite

Trinidad and Tobago: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Conservationists said Wednesday they have launched a shark-saving campaign in the Caribbean country of Trinidad & Tobago, trying to stop locals and tourists from eating a popular delicacy: deep-fried shark sandwiches. Comment.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Predatory Lionfish decimating Caribbean reefs

Bahamas: NASSAU, The Bahamas, Feb 28, 2014 (IPS) - The lionfish, with its striking russet and white stripes and huge venomous outrigger fins, wasn’t hard to spot under a coral reef in 15 feet of clear water. Nor was it a challenge to spear it. Comments (1).

US extends TPR for Haitians

Haiti: By Nelson A. King Comment.

INTERPOL to help combat human trafficking in the Caribbean

Caribbean: The International police organization, INTERPOL, says it has signed an agreement with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to combat human trafficking and migrant smuggling in the Caribbean and other places. Comment.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

UNEASE ABOUT RODNEY PROBE

Guyana: A Caribbean-led commission of inquiry into the June 1980 bomb blast assassination of internationally-acclaimed historian and US Black Power Movement activist Walter Rodney could soon get underway in his native Guyana, but even as preparations are being heightened for the probe, controversy is brewing about the mandate the three-person body has been given to work with. Comment.

Caribbean roots revealed in ‘12 Years A Slave’

Movies: At this year’s Academy Awards another envelope opened to reveal a historic Caribbean achievement. With presentation of a gold, Oscar statuette to Steve McQueen for directing the Best Picture – “12 Years a Slave” – the region won kudos for nurturing the very, first Black to win the coveted award. Comment.

American artist finds Oasis in Guyana’s heartland

Fashion: American artist Tracy Douglas says anytime an overseas-based Guyanese ask, ‘why are you living in Guyana’ her reply is always, because you left.” Comments (2).

Cricket legends knighted

Antigua: Three West Indies cricket legends were knighted during the One-Day International between England and the West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards Recreation Ground on Feb. 28. Comment.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Smart Reggae producer dies at 53

Music: New Yorkers are grieving the death of Freeport, Long Island music producer Phillip Smart. Beloved by musicians, singers, radio personalities, engineers, technicians and those he encountered, Smart, 53 died on Feb. 25 after battling pancreatic cancer. Since news of his passing went viral, alums, associates, friends and veteran entertainers have been stopping into HC&F Recording Studios to reminisce the gentle giant who toiled to promote reggae music he was passionate to share with the universe. Comment.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Machel Montano sets another record

Music: Trinidad and Tobago Merry Monarch reigned for two days as Carnival dubbed the “Greatest Show on Earth,” kicked off with Fantastic Friday, followed the next day with the crowning of the National Panorama Champion and the Calypso Monarch on Carnival Sunday night Dimanche Gras show at the Queen’s Park, Savannah, Port of Spain. Comment.

‘12 Years a Slave’ lands Best Picture

Movies: “12 Years a Slave” walked away with big prize, Best Picture at the 86th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday. The historical drama was directed by Steve McQueen and also netted accolades in the Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o) and Adapted Screenplay (John Ridley) categories. Dallas Buyers Club also won a trio of Oscars, although Gravity landed the most overall, at seven. Comment.

Monday, March 3, 2014

The race to save the Caribbean’s banana industry

Dominica: LONDONDERRY, Dominica, Feb 26, 2014 (IPS) - When Dean, the first storm of the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season, lashed Dominica on Aug. 16, it left behind a trail of destruction, claimed the lives of a mother and son, and decimated the island’s vital banana industry. Comment.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Indoor mini-farms to beat climate change

Trinidad and Tobago: PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Feb 27, 2014 (IPS) - Industrial engineer Ancel Bhagwandeen thinks that growing your food indoors is a great way to protect crops from the stresses of climate change. So he developed a hydroponic system that “leverages the nanoclimates in houses so that the house effectively protects the produce the same way it protects us,” he says. Comment.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

SVG opposition leader calls for ‘shake up’ of NY Consulate

St Vincent: St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace has called on the Ralph Gonsalves-led administration in St. Vincent and the Grenadines to overhaul the New York Consulate General in the wake of an alleged “scandal” involving recalled Deputy Consul General Edson Augustus. Comment.

Friday, Feb. 28, 2014

Jamaica wins gold at Adrian Awards

Jamaica: The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) says it was recognized by the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) with a Gold Adrian Award for public relations excellence for its entry in the television category “Revisiting Our Roots.” Comment.

‘Prime minister’ of the Black Panther Party

Bronx: Often ignored during the June celebration of Caribbean Heritage Month and also throughout the shortest month of the year when Black History Month affords platitudes to Black achievers, immigrants and their off-springs who demand change by radically forcing their politics are deprived national attention. Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014

JAMAICA EYES LEGAL GANJA

Jamaica: Rastafarians and reggae singers have been lobbying for the decriminalization of marijuana for decades. Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Peter Tosh recorded perhaps the most known advocacy song he named “Legalize It.” Comment.

CRAFTING A ‘VOLUNTOURISM’ EXPERIENCE

Jamaica: A change is gonna come to the travel industry. Beginning with plans to integrate volunteerism and tourism, Jamaica seems poised to lead the charge that will probably revolutionize the industry. According to Sandra Scott, the Jamaica Tourist Board’s Deputy Director of Tourism and Marketing, “visitors to the island will soon be able to vacation for one week and volunteer the following week” in the areas of health and education. Comment.

Finally, a probe into Rodney’s death

Guyana: Guyana’s government this week appointed a team of top Caribbean lawyers to probe the 1980 assassination of the top opposition figure and internationally acclaimed historian, but the party he helped found has said it hopes the truth will emerge as to who exactly ordered his murder. Comment.

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014

Leadership Workshop for Diaspora Vincentians

St Vincent: Over 25 Vincentian expatriates participated in diaspora leadership workshops at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn on Feb. 22, the first in a series hosted by the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Diaspora Committee of New York, first in a series whose objectives are. Comment.

Play & Stay Tennis in Jamaica schools

Jamaica: Tennis Jamaica is extremely proud of its partnership with the Early Childhood Commission (ECC) to introduce Play and Stay Tennis in Basic Schools across Jamaica. Comment.

CARCIP calls for greater Caribbean innovation

Trinidad and Tobago: Three Eastern Caribbean countries are benefitting from an infrastructure development thrust that could usher in a new era of technology-based innovation and entrepreneurship for the region. Comment.

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014

‘Baby Doc’s’ fate uncertain

Haiti: A Haitian appeals court has ruled that one of the French-speaking Caribbean country’s most brutal dictators could be charged with crimes against humanity. Comments (1).

Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014

Jamaica aims to revive economy with port hub

Jamaica: OLD HARBOR, Jamaica (AP) — This hardscrabble harbor town on Jamaica’s southern coast seems an unlikely contender in an emerging regional competition over the shipping routes that carry global trade. Comment.

Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014

Sparrow to receive T&T’s highest award

Trinidad and Tobago: Calypsonian the Mighty Sparrow (Slinger Francisco) will be awarded the Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the nation’s highest award. Comment.

Jamaica lauded for early childhood plan

Jamaica: The World Bank has lauded Jamaica’s National Strategic Plan on Early Childhood Development, noting that it is “the first of its kind in the region.” Comment.

Friday, Feb. 21, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Two Bahamian pastors are accused of indecently assaulting a 15-year-old boy on Feb. 15 last year. Arsenio Butler, 27, pastor of the People’s Assembly Word Center and his youth pastor David They will re-appear in court next month. Sears, 25, are accused of cruelty to a child by allegedly getting the juvenile drunk and sexually assaulting him. Comment.

J’A ICE OLYMPIANS WIN GLORY

Jamaica: Jamaica’s two-man bobsled qualifiers to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia did not win a medal or even make the Top 20 list of competitors. However, after their appearance at the winter games, the Caribbean’s only competitors are considered golden. Dubbed rock stars in the Olympic Village, brakeman Marvin Dixon and driver Winston Watts received cheers, and perhaps the most overall international attention and acclaim of all the nations represented. Comment.

One-To-World Openhouse

People: In honor of Black History Month, Bushwick families will host university students from around the world for a two-day cultural and educational exchange experience. Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014

ALL STARS HARD TO BEAT

Music: PAUSE...Take a bow. Talk about excitement along with an energetic and winning performance by the Neal and Massy Trinidad All Stars players playing Leon ‘Smooth’ Edwards’s arrangement of Clive Telemaque’s “Excitement” had patrons in the North and Grand Stands jumping and bawling for more. Comment.

Caribbean concerned about high energy costs

Trinidad and Tobago: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says that Caribbean finance ministers have expressed concern about the high energy costs in the Caribbean that “constrain living standards and growth.” Comment.

Community group honors 8 at Black History Month gala

Brooklyn: The Brooklyn community group, APC (Action, Performance, Commitment) Community Services, on Sunday honored eight outstanding Caribbean nationals during its gala Black History Month/Valentine’s Day celebration at Grace Lifestyle Center in Brooklyn. Comment.

SVG recalls deputy NY consul general

St Vincent: St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs has recalled Deputy New York Consul General Edson Augustus. In a brief statement, the ministry said that on Wednesday, Feb. 5, it received reports “suggesting that Mr. Agustus, while posted in New York, was involved in activities outside the scope of his employment and inimical to interests of the Consulate General and the Government and people of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment.

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014

Strong earthquake shakes Barbados

Barbados: SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - A magnitude-6.5 earthquake struck northeast of Barbados early Tuesday, jolting thousands from their sleep but causing no reported damage or casualties. Comment.

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014

US drug policy fuels push for legal pot worldwide

Jamaica: In a former colonial mansion in Jamaica, politicians huddle to discuss trying to ease marijuana laws in the land of the late reggae musician and cannabis evangelist Bob Marley. In Morocco, one of the world’s top producers of the concentrated pot known as hashish, two leading political parties want to legalize its cultivation, at least for medical and industrial use. Comment.

Is Jamaica poised for a turn-around?

Jamaica: MONTEREY, Calif. — It’s easy to be pessimistic about Jamaica. The country has the world’s highest debt burden, and its economic growth has been at a near standstill over the past several decades. It has been plagued by rising levels of violence and crime, with one of the highest murder rates in the world -- 1,200 murders or 44.2 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2013, a 9.4 percent increase over 2012. Comment.

T&T bids to host UN Arms Trade Treaty secretariat

Trinidad and Tobago: Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has made a formal bid for Trinidad and Tobago to host the next secretariat for the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). Comment.

Monday, Feb. 17, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Antigua and Barbuda government recently averted losing some of its shares in regional carrier, LIAT by paying up US$2.5 million to the cash-strapped airline. Comment.

Farewell to Third World Reggae leader

Music: It will be 96 degrees in the shade when a final home-going memorial ceremony for William “Bunny Rugs” Clarke re-unite members of reggae super-group Third World. Slated to be held in Kingston, Jamaica on Feb. 24 two separate events will honor the former lead singer who led the super-group since 1976. Comment.

Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014

Minaj uses Malcolm X, racial slur in cover art

Music: NEW YORK (AP) — Nicki Minaj has apologized for using a famous photo of Malcolm X with a rifle in his hands and juxtaposing it with a racial slur for her new song. Comment.

Friday, Feb. 14, 2014

Garifuna Coalition Honors a Leader

St Vincent: The Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc. is proud to announce that Ms. Xiomara Esmeralda Arriola, president and founder of the New York Honduras Soccer League, Inc., will be honored at the 5th Annual Masterpiece of Humanity Fundraising Gala at Tosca Marquee, 4034 East Tremont Ave., Bronx, NY on Sunday, Feb. 16, 7:00 - 11:00 p.m, for her leadership in uniting communities through the sport of soccer. Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014

Dr. Janice Emanuel-Bunn — educator, community advocate

Guyana: Educator, author, researcher, community advocate and TV and radio host Dr. Janice Emanuel-Bunn was born in Guyana and migrated to the United States in 1983 and settled in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. Comment.

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014

NARCO POLICE PROBE

Guyana: --US explores Guyana-Italy hunch Comment.

Jamaica leads group A with 13 points

Trinidad and Tobago: Jamaica defeated Guyana by 10 runs in their group “A” Nagico Super 50 tournament. A delightful batting display from Nkrumah Bonner of 122 runs with 8 fours and 5 sixes that pushed Jamaica from 97 for 4 to 243 for 7 wickets in 50 overs. Veerasammy Permaul with 2 wickets for 45 runs, Rensford Beaton beat on 2 for 56 and Devendra Bishoo 1 wicket for 3 runs. Guyana started well with Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Trevon Griffith gathering 88 runs for the first wicket. Shivnarine Chanderpaul scored 65, Trevon Griffith 37 and Assad Fudadin 21. Guyana reached 233 all out in 49.5 overs. Comment.

Signs of Recovery for Carib Tourism

Travel: The state of the Caribbean’s tourism industry is solid, with positive signs that a recovery is in progress. Comment.

Six get Grenada independence awards

Grenada: The Grenada Independence Anniversary Committee of New York on Saturday night honored five outstanding individuals and a community group during the 40th anniversary celebration of the Spice Isle’s independence at Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn. Comment.

When Socrates Converses with Erato

Books: recisely the reason why the present critic is not surprised at all reading the latest anthology by Elie Fleurant, The Eyes of the Night. For he already knew that the creator can implant himself in his pathos with all his soul and still objectify reality, approach the forms and manifestations of the True and the Beautiful as being the ideals of the human spirit in its quest of the Infinite and the fullness of real existence. Comment.

Saving the tiny island of Petite Martinique

Grenada: SANCHEZ, Petite Martinique, Feb 5, 2014 (IPS) - Sanchez is a small central business district in Petite Martinique, the tiny island that forms part of the tri-nation state of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Comment.

Bob Marley Day in Canada

Music: North of the U.S. border, a Canadian city proclaimed the 69th anniversary of the birth of reggae legend Robert Nesta Marley as an official date to record. Comments (1).

Samuels makes IPL auction list

Jamaica: Jamaica and West Indies middle-order batsman Marlon Samuels is among 31 players who have attracted highest base price for the Indian Premier League (IPL) this month. Comment.

Carnival Wrap-Up 2014

Music: Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. Feb. 10, 2014--Though controversial at times, well known Trinidad and Tobago rapper, Richard ‘Chromatics’ Raj-Kumar knows the importance of understanding the business of music. That understanding of business has led to a recent agreement made with Angostura Trinidad Limited and its LLB brand. Comment.

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014

Grenada PM reiterates call for national unity

Grenada: As Grenadians in New York on Saturday night wrapped up their official independence anniversary celebrations, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has reiterated his fervent call for national unity. Comments (1).

NY designers for first Anguilla Fashion Expo

Fashion: Entertainment promoter Daniel Coleman used the stylish backdrop of the Fashion Institution of Technology (FIT) in Manhattan recently to launch the first Annual Anguilla Fashion Expo scheduled to take place on the island paradise from Feb. 28 to March 2. Comment.

Monday, Feb. 10, 2014

Harnessing Caribbean creativity

St Vincent: The Caribbean region, known for the creativity of its people, is now making decisive moves to harness that innate resourcefulness. Comment.

Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014

Guyanese flicks For Caribbean Film Academy Series

Movies: The Caribbean Film Academy, a non-profit founded by Guyanese-born Romola O. Lucas and American, Justen Blaize, who grew up in Grenada, will host a CaFA Film Nights - Guyanese Edition, at its 570 Fulton St. Brooklyn cinema on Friday, Feb. 21, at 7:00 p.m. Comment.

Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014

Grammy nominated Third World leader passes

Music: The distinctive voice that led reggae ambassadors Third World through three and a half decades of musical adventures and 10 Grammy nominations will no longer champion the genre. On Feb. 2, William Clarke died at age 65. Also known as Bunny Rugs, his much rumored illness plagued social networks since last June when he was diagnosed with leukemia and diabetes. Comment.

Layoffs in Barbados splits cabinet

Barbados: The plan by the Barbados government to lay off more than 3,000 public servants in a country with already limited employment opportunities is beginning to take its toll even on cabinet ministers with a senior member going public to express his disagreement with the move. Comment.

Friday, Feb. 7, 2014

Vincentian cultural tribute to Grenada

Arts & Theater: One of the leading Vincentian cultural groups in the United States has joined in the celebration of Grenada’s 40th anniversary of political independence in Brooklyn, greatly impressing the audience with its performance. Comment.

‘Ruddy’ documents the street scenes

Jamaica: In celebration of Black History Month, caribBEING collaborated once again with Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturdays series on Feb. 1 presented Jamaican-born, Brooklyn-based street photographer, Radcliffe “Ruddy” Roye. The evening was set to explore artistic contributions and influences from the African-Caribbean Diaspora. Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014

RALLY TO SAVE T&T CHURCH

Trinidad and Tobago: Friday Jan. 10 marked the launch of the Hayes Court Restoration Project and Fund at a private cocktail reception held on the restoration site in Port of Spain, Trinidad, where an historic, dilapidated and unoccupied residence of the Anglican bishop of Port of Spain will be remodeled with an overarching vision to preserve a monumental part of the twin-island state’s cultural and religious history, the planners disclosed. 2014_02_04_sub_Hayes Court2.4.jpg From left: Canon Dr. Steve West; retired Bishop, the Rt. Reverend Rawle Douglin; and supporter of the church, Joy Dumas. Photo credit: Hayes Court Restoration Project and Fund RALLY TO SAVE T&T CHURCH continuing hed: -- Fund to restore historic Magnificent Seven building Comment.

Obama open to Immigration deal

Immigration: President Barack Obama has hinted that he may accept a deal offering undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants legal status rather than full citizenship. Comment.

Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014

‘Wall To Wall Walcott’ for St. Lucia’s Derek

St Lucia: Nobel laureate Derek Walcott is coming to New York. A film about his storied career is due for a premiere showcase in two weeks and on March 28 he will be front and center inside Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College to reign poetic justice on all who attend. Comment.

Grenadians in ‘Big Apple’ celebrate 40th Independence Anniversary

St Vincent: A very enthusiastic crowd of intergenerational Grenadians have joined in the celebration of Grenada’s 40th anniversary of political independence in Brooklyn, where the majority of Grenadians in the tri-state area reside. Comment.

More than ‘Day-O’ Belafonte’s legacy is lasting

People: One year and one month ago when the Brooklyn Academy of Music celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with its “Come Share The Dream” annual, the occasion coincided with the second inauguration ceremonies for the 44th U.S. leader of the United States, President Barack Obama. Comment.

Grenada PM independence message to the Diaspora

Grenada: It is with great honor that I bring you greetings on the 40th anniversary of the independence of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Comment.

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014

Rastafarians lay claim to historic Jamaica hilltop

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Rastafarians rallied Thursday in Jamaica’s capital to lay claim to a hilltop site where a founding father of the spiritual movement led a flourishing community in the 1940s before it was destroyed by British colonial authorities. Comment.

Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014

Caribbean walks the talk on Clean Energy Policy

Dominica: BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Jan 28 2014 (IPS) - Despite having an abundance of wind and sunshine, Caribbean countries have found that going green is requiring significant shifts in policy, and most importantly, significant financing. Comment.
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