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Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

‘GREATEST SHOW’ TAKES A HIT

Music: Recession, crime, the deadly H1N1 (swine flu) and the threat of the Zika virus all combined threw a damper on this year’s Trinidad and Tobago Carnival, dubbed the “Greatest Show on Earth.” Comment.

New entry rules for Caribbean agricultural workers

National: The United States Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State have published rules in the US Federal Register eliminating the nonimmigrant visa exemption for certain Caribbean residents coming to the United States as H-2A agricultural workers. Comment.

Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is condemning recent violence in Haiti which has delayed the country’s presidential run-off and is calling on all stakeholders to resolve the political crisis. Comment.

Jamaica’s tourism on the upswing

Jamaica: Jamaica is fast becoming one of the elite destinations in the Caribbean as over the past two years there were about 3.5 million visitors — two million stopover visitors and 1.5 million from cruise ships annually, more than the population of 2.5 million. Comment.

Web TV host to receive award for excellence

Guyana: Conversations With Selwyn (CWS) is an inspiring Web TV program that has taken over the Internet with ingenious narration, and a captive audience that has tuned-in for the last four years. Comment.

Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016

Political commitment needed in the Caribbean to fight Zika virus: PAHO

Health: The Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Carissa Etienne has called for political commitment and more resources are urgently fight the spread of Zika in the Americas, including the Caribbean. Comment.

Friday, Feb. 5, 2016

‘The Iron Lady of the Caribbean’

Dominica: Dame Mary Eugenia Charles: May 15, 1919 – Sept. 6, 2005 For championing the United States’ invasion of Grenada after the assassination of its Prime Minister Maurice Bishop, and for her “strongly opinionated, uncompromising leadership style,” Dame Mary Eugenia Charles was called “The Iron Lady of the Caribbean,” according to the Dominica Academy of Arts and Sciences (DAAS), which honored her posthumously in February 2010 Comment.

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Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

Appeals for calm over Haiti’s delayed election

Haiti: Expressing strong concern regarding the indefinite postponement of the final round of elections in Haiti – scheduled for Dec. 27 but postponed, for the second time, to Jan. 24 – the United Nations Security Council has reiterated its condemnation of any attempt to destabilize the electoral process. Comment.

Turkey sets eyes on the Caribbean

Caribbean: Turkey says it wants to broaden its political and trade relationships with Latin America and the Caribbean. Comment.

Young activist collects #1000BlackGirlBooks

Books: At 11-years-old, what was your biggest concern in school? Figuring out what was for lunch or perhaps counting the hours of the day until recess and then dismissal? Comment.

Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016

Carnival, there’s an app for that

Trinidad and Tobago: Revelers, are you ready for carnival? One service is making carnival playing simple, right down to providing links to event tickets and where to find costumes. Comment.

Brazil’s Olympic faces Zika V bug challenge

Health: Going forward to May, 3 when the Olympic torch leaves Rio de Janeiro for a nationwide relay race through 26 states in Brazil in promotion of the biggest summer sporting games on the planet, one of the biggest hazards to competition could be the Zika virus. Comment.

Monday, Feb. 1, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne has announced that effective April 1, 2016 personal income tax will be abolished in its entirety. Comment.

Zika outbreak reaches Caribbean

Puerto Rico: The sweet call of vacation, sun, and crystal blue water beaches is hard to ignore as New York is covered in snow with matching frigid temperatures. Before logging into your favorite cheap flight website, be sure to check on whether your particular destination is battling the Zika virus. Comment.

Nevis has a date with geothermal energy

St Kitts and Nevis: CHARLESTOWN, St. Kitts and Nevis, Jan. 25, 2016 (IPS) - Legislators on the tiny volcanic island of Nevis in the northern region of the Lesser Antilles say they are on a path to going completely green and have now set a date when they will replace diesel-fired electrical generation with 100 per cent renewable energy. Comment.

Friday, Jan. 29, 2016

JAMAICA READIES TO VOTE

Jamaica: The first general elections in the Caribbean Community for 2016 will most likely be held in Jamaica, perhaps sooner than most people think. Comment.

SVG’s UN voting rights snafu

St Vincent: St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ambassador to the United Nations, I. Rhonda King, has attributed her country’s inability to vote in the UN General Assembly to a case of clerical error. Comment.

Obama administration loosens Cuba embargo with new measures

Cuba: HAVANA (AP) _ The Obama administration is loosening the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba with a new round of regulations allowing American companies to sell to Cuba on credit and export a potentially wide range of products to the Cuban government for the first time, officials said Tuesday. Comment.

Fund established for injured Bajan doctor

Honduras: A fund has been established to aid a Barbadian-American medical doctor who was severely injured in a recent fatal bus accident in Honduras. Comment.

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

Dem’s lead candidate echoes Manley’s vision

Jamaica: When Jamaica’s Michael Manley declared in 1974 that the independent nation’s political philosophy would pattern the dictates ascribed as Democratic Socialism, he was maligned and ostracized by US operatives who said the Caribbean leader planned to introduce communism to the English-speaking region. Comment.

‘REGGAE MEKYAH’

Music: Jamaicans on the island have already shifted into high gear with the staging of the ninth annual Reggae Month celebrations. With one extra day to regale the island’s best-known asset, leap year February promises a month-long array of educational and entertaining programs. Comment.

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016

International community appeals for dialogue, calm in Haiti

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ The international community appealed for dialogue and calm in Haiti on Saturday after a presidential and legislative runoff was put on hold indefinitely. Comment.

Monday, Jan. 25, 2016

BVI residents warned to be vigilant amid Zika alert

Caribbean: Residents of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) are urged to remain vigilant about reducing mosquito breeding sites in light of the recently issued Zika Alert. Comment.

Trees are the earth’s lungs, says Guyana’s prez

Guyana: Jan. 22, 2016 (IPS) - Guyana’s new president, David Granger, sits down with IPS correspondent Desmond Brown to talk about how his country is preparing for climate change — and hoping to avert the worst before it happens. Comment.

CapraCare shows its love for Haiti

Haiti: Jean Pierre-Louis works in public health in the New York area since getting his Bachelors degree and then Masters in Public Health in 2009 from Brooklyn College. He also has taken his passion for health education, disease prevention and treatment to his ancestral Haitian village Fonfrede in the south of Haiti. Comment.

Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016

Grenadian appointed Eastern Caribbean Bank governor

St Kitts and Nevis: A Grenadian civil servant has been appointed as governor of the Eastern Caribbean Bank (ECCB). Timothy Antoine, a national of Grenada, succeeds Sir Dwight Venner, who retired on Nov. 30, 2015. Comment.

Gayle equals Twenty20 record

Jamaica: West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle hit a 12-ball century to equal the record for the fastest 50 in Twenty20 cricket, but could not prevent his team, the Melbourne Renegades from going out of the Australia Big Bash League (BBL) last week. Comment.

Friday, Jan. 22, 2016

Several election offices attacked in Haiti as runoff nears

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Stone-throwing demonstrators on Monday smashed car windows and set at least two vehicles ablaze in Haiti’s capital, hours after several electoral offices were attacked in northern towns as the country prepares for a Jan. 24 presidential and legislative runoff. Comment.

Farrell: ‘New low’ in Vincentian politics

St Vincent: President of the Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ex-Teachers Association of New York, Jackson Farrell, says he’s deeply troubled by what he characterizes as a “new low” in electioneering in his native land. Comment.

Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016

BLACK WEEK FOR T&T

Trinidad and Tobago: These past few days have not been kind to Trinidad when it has to do with matters relating to international terrorism. The week began with reports that international police hunting down men who have left their far away homelands to fight alongside ISIS fundamentalists in the Middle East have arrested four nationals of Trinidad and are moving to prosecute them accordingly. Comment.

$467 million laundered in T&T over four years

Trinidad and Tobago: Financial institutions and businesses have reported more than $3 billion (US$467 million) was laundered in Trinidad and Tobago over the last four years. Comment.

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016

Guyana PM promises oil in golden jubilee message

Guyana: Prime Minister of the Republic of Guyana the Hon. Moses Nagamootoo quoted Dr. Martin Luther Jr. saying “free at last thank God Almighty free at last” during and inspiring address to a packed audience at Naresa Lounge in Ozone Park, Queens last Sunday, Jan. 17, to celebrate Guyana’s Golden Jubilee of Independence. Comment.

Newsweek’s tribute to Bob Marley

Music: Thirty-six years after reggae singer Robert Nesta Marley informed the world of his inevitable, perpetual and recurring imagery with the release of a single titled “Bad Card,” Newsweek Magazine proved the lyrics a prophetic prediction of his enduring legacy. Comment.

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016

Trinidad faces downturn as energy prices collapse

Trinidad and Tobago: PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) _ During the good times, earnings from natural gas and oil exports made the tiny Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago one of the richest countries in the Western Hemisphere. The collapse in world oil prices now has it facing the threat of a punishing and prolonged downturn. Comment.

Monday, Jan. 18, 2016

Guyana among 12 emerging travel places to visit

Guyana: On the cusp of the 50th Independence Anniversary celebrations, Guyana has been accorded yet another distinction, having been featured in the Business Insider United Kingdom’s “12 Emerging destinations you have to visit in 2016,” according to the Guyana Tourism Authority. Comment.

US considers travel warnings over Zika virus

National: United States federal health officials are debating whether to warn pregnant women against travel to Brazil and other Latin American and Caribbean countries where mosquitoes are spreading the Zika virus, which has been linked to brain damage in newborn babies, according to reports. Comment.

Gayle threatens to sue Fairfax Media

Jamaica: Embattled West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle said he will sue Fairfax Media (one of the largest media companies in Australia and New Zealand) for defamation after it published allegations he exposed himself to an Australian woman while in Sydney, Australia to train for the 2015 Cricket World COP. Comment.

Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: A Dominican fugitive described as a “serial rapist” who fled his country to Antigua was shot dead by police during an exchange of gunfire recently. Kurt “Shabba” James was shot dead in his apartment at Carlisle. Comment.

Cuba to attend security conference with US for first time

Cuba: MIAMI (AP) _ A delegation from Cuba will take part for the first time in an annual Caribbean regional security conference co-sponsored by the U.S. military’s Southern Command, a senior official said Tuesday, portraying the participation as a significant step in the ongoing thaw between the long-hostile neighbors. Comment.

Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016

Science, math literacy key to Caribbean development

Trinidad and Tobago: The lack of racial diversity in the tech industry is a big problem, one that Silicon Valley’s largest firms are trying to solve. For companies like Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and Google, a more diverse workplace means a better grasp of what customers want, which translates into increased sales and bigger profits. Comment.

Antigua ratifies UN disabilities convention

Antigua: Antigua says it has become the latest country to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The treaty is widely regarded as the first international human rights treaty of the 21st century and “one of the fastest to be ratified,” according to an Antigua and Barbuda government statement issued in New York on Tuesday, Jan. 12. Comment.

Haitian pols introduce resolution on earthquake anniversary

Haiti: Three Haitian American legislators in New York State Assembly on Tuesday introduced a resolution remembering all who lost their lives in the massive earthquake that struck the French-speaking Caribbean country six years ago. Comment.

Friday, Jan. 15, 2016

PUERTO RICO IN CRISIS

Puerto Rico: Puerto Rico is supposed to be the rich neighbor of the 15-nation Caribbean Community bloc of nations. Its citizens pay minimum personal income taxes and being a dependent territory of the U.S. it enjoys some of the services and protections afforded to mainland American citizens. Comment.

ISIS fighters in the Caribbean

Caribbean: A top United States general has expressed deep concern that a small number of motivated Islamic State fighters could commit acts of terror in Caribbean nations. Comment.

Enter Mr and Mrs Citizen

Trinidad and Tobago: The solution to our impending national crisis is not just financial or economic. It is not just about gas, oil and forex. The solution lies in the lap of the political economy. It is also political. Economic recovery and growth will only successfully arise through political and institutional growth. Comment.

Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016

Year of Romance’ in the Caribbean

Travel: The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has dubbed 2016 as the “Year of Romance” in the Caribbean. Comment.

WICB rejects closure proposal

Caribbean: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has rejected a proposal by the CARICOM Governance Review Panel (CGRP) to dissolve the board. Comment.

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016

IHOM honors four Haitian women

Haiti: The Brooklyn-based International Humanitarian Outreach Ministries (IHOM), Inc. on Friday honored Brooklyn Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte, among others, during its 6th Annual Interfaith Memorial Service at Brooklyn Borough Hall, commemorating the victims and survivors of the 2010 massive earthquake in Haiti. Comment.

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016

In Haiti, only 1 presidential candidate campaigning

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Campaigning for Haiti’s presidential runoff election kicked off Friday, though it appears there is only one candidate who will actively participate. Comment.

Monday, Jan. 11, 2016

Caribbean journalists prepare to report on climate change

Haiti: SANTO DOMINGO, Jan. 6, 2016 (IPS) - Environmentally committed journalists in the Caribbean point to a major challenge for media workers: communicating and raising awareness about the crucial climate change agreement that emerged from the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris. Comment.

Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016

Adversity cannot stop this Vincy student athlete

St Vincent: For many foreign students, getting a college degree is often a monumental financial struggle. And, for Sheldeen Joseph, 23, a Vincentian-born athletic student at Bowie State University in Maryland, the task is even more arduous. Comment.

Sandals to expand its LaSource Grenada Resort

Grenada: Sandals International Resort is investing US$10 million in the expansion of Sandals LaSource Grenada Resort by summer 2016. Comment.

Cash for the climate please, Caribbean leaders lament

Environment: GEORGETOWN, Jan. 8, 2016 (IPS) - Funding to address the financial flows needed for adaptation and mitigation of climate change remains an issue of concern for the Caribbean. Comment.

Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016

Top US officials travel to Haiti

Haiti: The United States Department of State says two top officials have arrived in Haiti amid concerns over the ongoing political process in the French-speaking Caribbean country. Comment.

Dept of Defense center signs agreement with UWI, UTT

Trinidad and Tobago: The William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense studies at the United States National Defense University in Washington, D.C. says it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with The University of West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine Campus in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, and with the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) aimed at formalizing and strengthening the “growing relationship” between the institutions. Comment.

Friday, Jan. 8, 2016

GUYANA TO PUMP OIL SOON

Trinidad and Tobago: Guyana, the Caribbean trade group nation which has long been known to be the one blessed with the most natural resources of its regional neighbors, is setting to become Latin America’s newest oil and gas producer sooner that most people would dare to think. Comment.

Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016

Medgar Evers mourns death of community activist

Dominica: The predominantly Black Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, which boasts a high percentage of Caribbean students, is mourning the passing of Comment.

Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016

Guyana’s jubilee celebration to be launched mid-January

Guyana: Guyana’s 50th Independence Anniversary Celebration Committee, New York, says the country’s Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo has been invited to launch the New York celebration of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member-country’s jubilee celebration in mid-January. Comment.

Jamaica’s ‘fishy cocaine’ among 2015 top 10 seizures

National: The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency says cocaine found in fried fish on a flight from Jamaica was among its top seizures in 2015. Comment.

Vincentian group funds needy students

St Vincent: As the popular Internet-based group VincyCares, Inc. recently held its gala 6th Annual Dinner / Dance and Awards Ceremony in Brooklyn, its role in making a significant difference in the lives of needy Vincentian students was put into better focus. Comment.

Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016

Barrington Levy believes less is more

Music: A social media driven society desires more and more content, prompting entertainers to be transparent and feed that incessant need with new projects — seemingly dropping every other week. Comment.

Friday, Jan. 1, 2016

OAS hails agreement on Cuban migrants

Cuba: The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, has welcomed the agreement reached by Mexican and Central America authorities allowing the passage of thousands of Cuban migrants to the United States. Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015

Gayle plans a Test comeback

Jamaica: West Indies hard-hitting opening batsman Chris Gayle is planning to return to Test cricket next year. Comment.

Bravo: Politics killing cricket

Caribbean: West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo says “politics” is killing the game of cricket in the Caribbean and that the administrators need to take a hard look at themselves. Comment.

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015

Education is key to success youth told

Guyana: Brooklyn Borough President, Eric Adams said in a written message to the members of the Tots and Teens, that education was the key to success and congratulated the youths on the success of their Annual Dinner Awards on Dec. 21. Comment.

Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Ministers of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Francesco La Camera, director general of Italy’s Ministry of the Environment recently signed a £6 million project to assist CARICOM) member states to mitigate climate variability and change. Comment.

Monday, Dec. 28, 2015

Carib economies to grow by 1.6 percent

Caribbean: The United Nations’ Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) says Caribbean economies will grow by just 1.6 percent next year. Comment.

Vincentian-owned restaurant ranks high

Food: A major publication has rated a Vincentian-owned restaurant in Brooklyn as the “top” place to eat well and cheaply in 2015. The New York Times said that The Food Sermon in Crown Heights, in the epicenter of the Caribbean community in central Brooklyn, is the leading restaurant, among 10 to dine. Comment.

Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015

Sargassum and Climate Change in the Caribbean

Environment: PUERTO MORELOS, MEXICO, Dec. 11, 2015 (IPS) - When the habitants of Puerto Morelos saw their white beaches turn brown, they felt they needed to take urgent action for their community. Given the limited effectiveness of the response, they organized themselves to clean public beaches, but the situation got worse. Comment.

Steven Baboun captures ‘Humans of Haiti’

Arts & Theater: What should a Haitian look like? A Jamaican? These types of questions are only reality due to stereotypical references plastered in mainstream media such as movies or television shows. Comment.

Friday, Dec. 25, 2015

Guyana approves US tax evasion bill

Guyana: Guyana’s parliament has approved new legislation allowing authorities to share commercial banking information of Guyanese and American citizens with the U.S. Inland Revenue Service as the Caribbean Community member nation becomes the latest of its regional neighbors to comply with a new U.S. anti tax evasion law designed to trap hidden overseas holdings. Comment.

A new Tree House in Brooklyn

Food: Bedstuy’s newest hangout spot is celebrating the rich cultures inhabiting the neighborhood. Taking you on a tour of Africa, to Asia, and even making stops in the Caribbean, Tree House BK is mashing together flavors they love and representative of their neighborhood. Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015

Haiti officials postpone vote set for this weekend

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Less than a week before balloting was scheduled, Haitian authorities postponed the country’s presidential and legislative runoffs because they said they needed to wait for recommendations from a special commission tasked with evaluating the widely criticized electoral process. Comment.

Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015

Christmas treat for Vincentian kids

St Vincent: Hundreds of Vincentian kids and their parents Sunday evening were treated to a special Christmas treat at the ninth annual party organized by a prominent Vincentian shipping concern, friends and community groups in Brooklyn. Comment.

Guyana Mission hosts luncheon for diplomats

Guyana: His Excellency George Talbot said that the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Guyana to the United Nations had a momentous year, and praised staff members for working beyond the call of duty with expectations that were beyond the capacity of the Guyana government. Comment.

Grammy 2016 announces Reggae surprises

Music: The anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor was a disaster to many reggae music insiders hoping their names would be among contenders for the 58th annual Grammy awards slated for February. Comment.

Monday, Dec. 21, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Trade Ministers from the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) recently attended the l0th Ministerial Conference (MC10) of the World trade Organization (WTO) which was held in Nairobi, Kenya. Comment.

New book blends calypso and noir

Books: Literary genres go far beyond the simple fiction and nonfiction. Every day, an author is experimenting with new ways to combine themes that on the surface level seem worlds apart. Comment.

Friday, Dec. 18, 2015

Calypso Rose shares Gospel

Music: Organizers have described as very successful a recent gospel concert in Grenada to help raise much-needed funds for the Methodist Church. Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015

Many in Haiti expect to sit out presidential runoff election

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Protesters have streamed into the capital’s streets in recent weeks in sometimes violent rallies to back opposition demands for an independent recount of the first round of Haiti’s presidential vote and immediate changes to an electoral council. Comment.

Miss World Guyana wins Talent Competition

Music: The Guyanese community was thrown in a frenzy, when Guyanese contestant Lisa Punch won the talent competition at the Miss World 2015 pageant in Sanya, China, after reaching the top 13 among more than 100 contestants from around the world. Comment.

Caribbean cuisine is more than rice and peas

Food: There’s more to Caribbean cuisine than just rice and peas. St. Lucian born Chef Shorne Benjamin is going against the popular rice grains to prove just that with his modern take on Caribbean-infused dishes. Comment.

Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015

1400 unclaimed passports at Guyana Consulate

Guyana: Deputy Consul-General of Guyana to New York, Mrs. Jacquelyn Hamer is calling on Guyanese who have not collected their passports dating back to 2009, to contact the consulate’s 308 W 38th Street New York city location, urgently, during the hours of 9 am to 3 pm, Monday to Friday. Comment.

Women debased during Vincentian electioneering

St Vincent: A prominent Vincentian community advocate and educator in New York has lamented what she views as the negative image being portrayed of women, saying that they emerged on the “losing side” of recent electioneering in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment.

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015

Electoral Mission congratulates St. Vincent on ‘successful elections’

St Vincent: Even as the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) protests the result of Wednesday’s general elections in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the Electoral Observation Mission (EOM) of the Organization of American States (OAS) has congratulated the nation on what it described as “successful elections.” Comment.

Permeable dams save mangroves in Suriname

Suriname: PARIS, France, Dec 9 2015 (IPS) - Suriname’s coastline is eroding so quickly scientists predict the country’s maze of mangroves could disappear in just 30 years unless there is urgent action on climate change. Comment.

Monday, Dec. 14, 2015

T&T court declares Kareem Ibrahim a terrorist

Trinidad and Tobago: The Trinidad and Tobago High court in a historic ruling has declared Trinidadian Kareem Ibrahim a terrorist. Ibrahim was convicted in the United States and sentenced to life imprisonment in 2012 for plotting to blow up the John F Kennedy Airport in New York. Comment.

Friday, Dec. 11, 2015

British cash for Caribbean projects

Jamaica: British Prime Minister David Cameron has announced a £5.6 million cash injection to help improve fishing, tourism and shipping in the Caribbean and other countries. Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015

Gonsalves retains power in SVG

St Vincent: In a very close general election, the incumbent Unity Labor Party (ULP) of Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves has been returned to power in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment.

More than rum, a tale of slavery

Food: Curl up to a tasty rum-based cocktail, feast on classic European bar bites with a Caribbean twist and indulge on a story of resilience and drive at the newly established Solomon & Kuff. Comment.

Queens College Alumni Christmas Flounce

Music: The rich, colorful traditions of the masquerade band, folklore and Guyanese food will take center stage when the Queens College of Guyana Alumni Association NY, hosts its annual Christmas soiree on Friday, Dec. 18. Comment.

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015

Making the case for Caribbean fishers

Environment: PARIS, Dec. 6, 2015 (IPS) - Horace Walters has made the 6,903km journey from his native St. Lucia to Paris to deliver a simple, yet urgent message to the international community. Comment.

Narine faces another ban

Caribbean: West Indies mystery spin bowler Sunil Narine was banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) from bowling in international cricket because of an illegal action. Comment.

BVI receives support to reduce family violence

Caribbean: The government of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) says it is receiving assistance in its efforts to reduce family violence from the United Nations organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women (UN Women). Comment.

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015

Climate change will increase damage, losses in coastal communities

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica, Dec. 4 ,2015 (IPS) - Residents of Rocky Point, a sleepy fishing village on Jamaica’s south coast, woke up one July morning this year to flooded streets and yards. The sea had washed some 200 metres inland, flooding drains and leaving knee-deep water on the streets and inside people’s home, a result of high tides and windy conditions. Comment.

Monday, Dec. 7, 2015

Caribbean hoteliers back CARICOM climate change position

Travel: The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is calling on the global community to support the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) position advocating for a cap on the world’s temperature rise at 1.5 degrees Centigrade as part of their deliberations during the United Nations Climate Change Conference currently taking place in Paris. Comment.

Friday, Dec. 4, 2015

Guyana’s first lady focuses on youth, elderly, women

Guyana: First Lady of Guyana, Mrs. Sandra Granger, said she would like to convey sincere thanks to Ismay Griffith, and the network of Guyanese women in New York for the financial support that enabled her to conduct elderly training workshops and other initiatives after returning to Guyana in September from her first visit as first lady. Comment.

Christmas feeling Vincy style

Music: The Brooklyn-based United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn (UVCGB) last Saturday night brought much nostalgia about Christmas to nationals with the staging of the group’s second annual serenading concert. Comment.

Chisholm owns Presidential Medal of Freedom

Barbados: One week before Shirley Chisholm’s 91st birthday, President Barack Obama presented a posthumous award — the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award in her honor. Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015

‘Mas Man’ film continues awards streak

Movies: A 15th award garnered in October for “Mas Man,” a film about the work of artist / designer Peter Minshall, produced and directed by Dalton Narine, has lent added credence to what has been seen as unusual impact this film has made on the international circuit. Comment.

Coconut Baby, a tale of two countries

Food: It takes a little change to reach a new height that may have remained unattainable when stagnant. Opting to move “back home” despite being warned that there may be nothing to do there, New York-born Allison Burnham moved to her parent’s island Barbados two years ago. Comment.

T&T takes action against JFK bomb plotter

Trinidad and Tobago: The Trinidad and Tobago government is moving to deem a Trinidadian convicted in the United States a terrorist and obtain an order to freeze his assets and any transaction done on his behalf. Comment.

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Antigua and Barbuda government plans to phase out the current passport and to implement legislation to tighten border security amidst several deadly attacks in several countries recently. Comment.

Strong opposition to mega-resort in Barbuda

Antigua: Plans by American movie star Robert De Niro and Australian billionaire James Packer to build a 391-acre mega-resort in Barbuda are stirring controversy in Antigua and Barbuda, where opponents accuse the Gaston Browne-led government of trampling citizens’ rights in a rush to push the project through, according to reports. Comment.

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015

Pandama serves wine & retreat to the world

Guyana: Warren and Tracey Douglas are the only vintners in Guyana who have served up their naturally blended fruit wines to travelers from around the world for more that four years. Comment.

Caribbean hotels unite for Dominica, raises US$51,000

Dominica: The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) and the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association (DHTA) recently spearheaded “Caribbean Hotels Unite for Dominica,” a joint fundraising initiative and online auction, raising US$51,000 in an effort to bring financial aid to the people of Dominica. Comment.

Monday, Nov. 30, 2015

S&P: Climate change riskiest for Carib countries

Dominican Republic: A major international credit rating agency has warned that Caribbean and Southeast Asian countries are mostly at risk of climate change affecting their credit ratings. Comment.

Trinidad and Tobago to resume hanging

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago wants to resume hanging. This is according to new Attorney General Faris al Rawi who said he intends to apply the death penalty and to this end he has set up a “tracking committee” to deal with the systemic clogs to ensure the effectiveness of enforcing it. Comment.

Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015

Guyana graduates urged to be daring

Guyana: Newly appointed Chancellor of the University of Guyana, Professor Eon Nigel Harris delivered an inspiring speech to the graduating class of 2015, stating that initiative, passion and persistence are ingredients necessary for advancement in whatever field one has chosen. Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015

Pope Francis receives Antigua’s GG

Antigua: The Holy Father, Pope Francis, on Monday received Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda, Sir Rodney Williams, at the Vatican, according to an Antigua and Barbuda government statement issued in New York. Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) recently launched its first-ever Caribbean Tourism and Hospitality Investment Guide in Puerto Rico to target investors. Comment.

France declares state of emergency in its territories

Caribbean: Following terror strikes in Europe and Africa, France extended a state of state of emergency to the Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Mayotte, Reunion Island, and St. Martin and St. Barths. Comment.

Natasha Chang races on Guyana’s circuit

Jamaica: Racecar driver Natasha Chang may not have captured the top spot at the Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship at South Dakota Circuit, in Guyana. But the 28-year-old Jamaican athlete certainly created a buzz during her first meet on the South American circuit on Nov. 15. Comment.

Monday, Nov. 23, 2015

Many in Haiti suspect fraud in recent election, poll finds

Haiti: MIAMI (AP) _ A poll by an independent research group has found deep public suspicion of the first round of the presidential election in Haiti, a finding that is likely to fuel calls by opposition parties for a recount of the disputed results. Comment.

Friday, Nov. 20, 2015

Caribbean Life honors 32 Caribbean Americans

Caribbean Impact Awards: There was a lot of honor and respect in the room. It was an august crowd in November. Very impressive. Thirty-two New Yorkers of Caribbean heritage were celebrated on Thursday evening for their contributions to the community at the 2015 Caribbean Life Impact Awards at the Paradise Catering Hall in Brooklyn. Comment.