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Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015

Commemorating Haiti’s earthquake, 5 years later

Haiti: In the morning of Jan. 12, 2015, Haitian government officials, foreign ambassadors, and ranking police commemorated the five-year anniversary of the Haitian earthquake at the site where thousands had been buried in a mass grave near Titanyen, miles north of Port-au-Prince. The earthquake killed 230,000 and injured thousands more. Comment.

Commemorating Haiti’s earthquake, 5 years later

Haiti: In the morning of Jan. 12, 2015, Haitian government officials, foreign ambassadors, and ranking police commemorated the five-year anniversary of the Haitian earthquake at the site where thousands had been buried in a mass grave near Titanyen, miles north of Port-au-Prince. The earthquake killed 230,000 and injured thousands more. Comment.

Fight to save Haiti’s gingerbread homes

Jamaica: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ It wasn’t until the 2010 earthquake devastated Haiti’s capital that many people even realized that dozens of the city’s grandest old buildings were still standing — its quirky and ornate ”gingerbread houses” with their fancy latticework, turrets and spires. Comment.

Fight to save Haiti’s gingerbread homes

Jamaica: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ It wasn’t until the 2010 earthquake devastated Haiti’s capital that many people even realized that dozens of the city’s grandest old buildings were still standing — its quirky and ornate ”gingerbread houses” with their fancy latticework, turrets and spires. Comment.

Monday, Jan. 26, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Central Bank of Barbados (CBB) said that the island’s economy is poised to achieve growth of about two percent this year up from 0.3 percent in 2014. Comment.

St. Kitts paves way for general elections

St Kitts and Nevis: Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis Dr. Denzil Douglas on Friday announced he had advised Gov. Gen. Sir Edmund Wickham Lawrence to dissolve Parliament with immediate effect, paying the way for general elections in the twin-island federation. Comment.

St. Kitts paves way for general elections

St Kitts and Nevis: Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis Dr. Denzil Douglas on Friday announced he had advised Gov. Gen. Sir Edmund Wickham Lawrence to dissolve Parliament with immediate effect, paying the way for general elections in the twin-island federation. Comment.

Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015

Candle light vigil for SVG minibus victims

St Vincent: Despite the very frigid and rainy weather, hundreds of nationals in the New York metropolitan area last Saturday night participated in a candle light vigil for the victims of the minibus tragedy in North Windward. Comment.

Candle light vigil for SVG minibus victims

St Vincent: Despite the very frigid and rainy weather, hundreds of nationals in the New York metropolitan area last Saturday night participated in a candle light vigil for the victims of the minibus tragedy in North Windward. Comment.

Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

Haiti leader, ruling without parliament, gets new Cabinet

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ A new Haitian Cabinet and other government leaders were sworn in Monday as President Michel Martelly runs the troubled Caribbean country without a parliament. Comment.

Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015

GUYANA GETS SET TO VOTE

Guyana: Guyanese will vote for a new government on Monday, May 11, exactly six months after the administration of President Donald Ramotar suspended sittings of parliament to avoid being fired by an opposition no-confidence vote that government appeared very likely to lose. Comment.

New day dawns for Bichotte

Brooklyn: Amid the treacherous weather, over a thousand constituents witnessed the community swearing-in ceremony at Brooklyn College on Sunday of newly-elected Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichote. Bichotte, the first Haitian American to be elected to the State Legislature, was sworn in as the representative for the 42nd Assembly District in Brooklyn by Mayor Bill deBlasio, replacing the retired Rhoda Jacobs. Comment.

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

Vincentian ex-teachers honor popular dentist

St Vincent: As part of the annual celebration commemorating the birthday of slain civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ex-Teachers’ Association last Sunday honored popular dentist Renrick Benn. Comment.

UWI fundraiser to laud legacy winners

People: There are those who consider the annual American Foundation for The University of the West Indies (AFUWI) gala the most-anticipated black-tie event of the year. Comment.

Grenada debt reduced by half

Grenada: Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell says Taiwan has agreed to reduce by 50 percent the EC$60 million owed for loans contracted over a decade. Comment.

Plummeting energy prices sting T&T: Report

Caribbean: Plummeting energy prices are “stinging” Caribbean powerhouse, Trinidad and Tobago, according to reports. Comment.

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015

Feds probe near collision involving Caribbean Airways

Trinidad and Tobago: The United States Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) is reportedly probing what has been described as a near collision Saturday night between Caribbean Airways and Jetblue Airline at John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport, according to reports. Comment.

Island states throw off the heavy yoke of fossil fuels

St Kitts and Nevis: BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Jan 13 2015 (IPS) - The Caribbean nation of St. Kitts and Nevis, on a quest to become the world’s first sustainable island state, has taken a giant leap in its programme to cut energy costs. Comment.

Monday, Jan. 19, 2015

Haiti’s new prime minister faces instability, protests

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Haiti has a new prime minister as it enters a phase of political uncertainty, with its parliament dissolved, opposition activists promising intensified street protests and its president ruling by decree because of a bitter standoff with lawmakers. Prime Minister Evans Paul was selected last month but a political deadlock meant the Senate and Chamber of Deputies could not debate his nomination before their terms expired Monday. Comment.

Planting Guyana for a healthy lifestyle

Food: After residing in the United States for more than 20 years, farmer Dalven Adams has returned to his homeland, Guyana, to pursue his passion for cooking with farm fresh produce from the land his family has tilled for more than 30 years. Comment.

Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015

‘Dysfunctional’ Haitian Parliament deplored

Haiti: Urging all Haitian stakeholders to form a consensus government, the top United Nations official in the French-speaking Caribbean country joined the ambassadors of several countries on Tuesday in deploring the fact that the Haitian Parliament became “dysfunctional” after failing to hold elections within its constitutional framework. Comment.

Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015

US to host first Caribbean Energy Security Summit

Trinidad and Tobago: The White House says Vice President Joseph Biden will host the first ever Caribbean Energy Security Summit in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 26, 2015. Comment.

Carribbean group welcomes IDNY

New York: At least one Caribbean group has already embraced the recently-launched IDNYC government-issued, identification card. According to Mel Newell, a member of the Jamaica Progressive League Inc., the organization intends to promote application of the free, photo identification now available to more than 500,000 immigrants without legal status who consider New York City home. Comment.

Friday, Jan. 16, 2015

ROW OVER BRITISH WARNING

Guyana: If embattled President Donald Ramotar carries through with a plan to dissolve Guyana’s parliament altogether and call fresh elections as expected in May, then the country’s assembly would not have had a single sitting for nearly a year following the late 2014 suspension of sessions to stave off an opposition no confidence motion. Comment.

JAZZ TIME IN HAITI

Haiti: By Tequila Minsky When the Jazz Festival of Port-au-Prince hosts foreign jazz musicians to perform in Haiti — the departing musicians leave as good will ambassadors. This year’s jazz musicians are coming from Spain, Belgium, England, France, Switzerland, Chile, Mexico, Trinidad, Canada, and the U.S. Comment.

What’s next for CARICOM and intellectual property law?

Caribbean: The year 2015 has dawned as usual with the fanfare of greater things to come. Caribbean projects are in the pipeline, along with activities to enhance competitiveness and many gallant efforts by well-meaning non-governmental and international organizations. The research has shown, however, that without the impetus of effort that originates from amongst the local innovators, there is no real change and no great advancement. Comment.

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015

China pledges US$250B in Caribbean investment

Caribbean: China has pledged to invest US$250 billion in Latin American and Caribbean nations in the next 10 years, according to reports in Beijing. Comment.

St. Vincent embarks on renewable energy path

St Vincent: KINGSTOWN, Jan. 12, 2015 (IPS) - For decades, the fertile slopes of La Soufriere volcano, which occupies the northern third of this 344-kilometre-square island, has produced illegally grown marijuana that fuels the local underground economy, and the trade in that illicit drug across the eastern Caribbean. Comment.

Haitians fear mining law could result in ‘looting’

Haiti: WASHINGTON, Jan 13 2015 (IPS) - With Haiti’s Parliament possibly set to dissolve by Tuesday, civil society groups are worried that the Haitian president may move to unilaterally put in place a contentious revision to the country’s decades-old mining law. Comment.

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015

OAS re-commits to Haiti on quake anniversary

Haiti: The Washington, D.C.-based Organization of American States (OAS) has reiterated its commitment to the government and people of Haiti on the fifth anniversary on Monday of the devastating earthquake. Comment.

Gail top-scores in Twenty20 International

Caribbean: West Indies pulled off the highest run chase in the history of Twenty20 Internationals, to beat South Africa by four wickets with four balls to spare, and clinch a winning 2-0 lead in the three-match series in Johannesburg on Sunday. Comment.

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015

Major budget cuts expected in Trinidad

Trinidad and Tobago: PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) _ Trinidad & Tobago’s prime minister warned late Thursday of major cuts in expenditures following a sharp drop in oil prices that has forced the government of the wealthy twin-island nation to reduce its projected revenue this year. Comment.

Haiti protesters rally to demand prez departure

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Protesters burned tires and threw rocks and glass bottles at riot police during another anti-government demonstration in Haiti’s capital Saturday amid a bitter political stalemate over long-delayed elections. Comment.

Jamaica praised for ambitious port plan

Jamaica: As Jamaica launches an ambitious plan to become a port of reference in a region with one of the highest levels of commercial traffic in the world, the World Bank has lauded the island for hoisting the sails to “reign in the Caribbean once more.” Comment.

West Indies loses third Test against S. Africa

Trinidad and Tobago: West Indies predictably slumped to their seventh straight series loss to South Africa when they went down by eight wickets on the final morning of the third Test at Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa. Comment.

Monday, Jan. 12, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean: The World Trade Organization (WTO) says the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF), a multi-donor program that helps the poorest countries, including the Caribbean will have its mandate extended into a new phase. Comment.

Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015

WINDIES CRICKET FIASCO

Trinidad and Tobago: One of Trinidad’s most senior government ministers who also happens to be a veteran island cricket administrator has torn into the workings of the Antigua-based West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), exposing what he says is a litany of administrative and logistic mistakes that could one day destroy the region’s premier game. Comment.

US Black group to host reparations summit

New York: A major Black group in the United States says it will host the next summit of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Reparations Commission early this year. Comments (1).

We Remember Haiti: A full day of events, Jan. 12

Haiti: Jan. 12 will be the five-year anniversary of the earthquake that devastated Haiti when hundreds of thousands perished or were injured. This milestone anniversary is not going unnoticed in New York. Comments (1).

US group launches breakfast program in Guyana

Jamaica: Students of Mashabo Primary School in the rural Essequibo region of Guyana began a breakfast program, thanks to the New York-based Guyana Jamaica Friendship Association that launched the initiative on Dec. 30, at the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs in Georgetown. Comment.

Windies cricketers are not aggresive

Caribbean: Despite South Africa topping the chart as the number one team in Test cricket, the West Indies cricketers seem to restrain themselves from playing aggressively. West Indies bowling coach Curtly Ambrose has been working very hard with the bowlers but with the injury to fast bowler Kemar Roach this seems to have affected the bowling plan against the tough South African team. Comment.

Friday, Jan. 9, 2015

Canadian top cop is Jamaican

Jamaica: Jamaica-born Devon Clunis is the chief of police of one of Canada’s largest cities. Committed to diversity in leadership, Manitoba’s largest city in one of Canada’s 10 provinces named the immigrant Caribbean national head of Winnipeg’s security forces to decide police behavior in Manitoba’s capital city. Comment.

‘Nesta’s Rock’ Musical to Rock The Rock

Music: A musical tribute to reggae icon Robert Nesta Marley is slated to run from Jan. 9 to Jan. 22 at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. Comment.

Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Suriname: A new joint report by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says the number of babies born with HIV in Latin America and the Caribbean declined by 78 percent between 2001 and 2013. Comment.

T&T prime minister promises no job cuts

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has urged citizens not to panic, saying that there will be no job cuts or removal of social subsidies in the new year despite the falling global energy prices. Comment.

Antigua’s special economic envoy

Antigua: Antigua and Barbuda has named one of the richest men in the world as the country’s newest special economic envoy. Martin Franklin, who is among the world’s richest men, according to Forbes, is the son of a Sir Ronald Franklin, who lives in Jumby Bay, is the founder and executive chairman of Jarden Corporation, among other roles. Comment.

Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015

Migrant flow into US from Caribbean spikes

Haiti: MIAMI (AP) _ Just starting a five-year sentence for illegally re-entering the United States, George Lewis stared at the officers staring back at him at Miami’s federal detention center and considered whether he’d risk getting on another smuggler’s boat _ a chance that soaring numbers of Caribbean islanders are taking _ once he’s deported again. Comment.

Antigua, Montserrat forge closer ties

Montserrat: Just months into their first term in office, the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, and the Premier of Montserrat, Donaldson Romeo, have pledged to forge closer ties between their governments and peoples, according to reports. Comment.

Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015

Bichotte saddened by passing of ex-NY gov

New York: Newly-elected Haitian American legislator New York State Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte has expressed sadness over the passing of former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo. Comment.

Monday, Jan. 5, 2015

Mighty Sparrow — Person of the Year

Trinidad and Tobago: The man whose reputation established Grand Roy, Grenada as a Caribbean place of interest was recently voted Person of the Year by Caribbean nationals who agree the Mighty Sparrow should wear the 2014 title. According to Everybody’s Magazine publisher Herman Hall, voters of his publication named 79-year-old Francisco Slinger the most worthy individual to receive the 2014 honor. Comment.

Ambassadors band aim high

Trinidad and Tobago: The Ambassadors Steelband from the Canaan/Bon Accord community is one of the many Tobago pan sides preparing for the 2015 steelband competitions. Comment.

Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015

Bus crash in Jamaica kills 3, seriously injures 17

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ A minibus in Jamaica has collided with a truck on a rural road, killing three people and injuring 17 others. Police say the Monday crash in the western parish of Westmoreland killed three adult passengers aboard the Toyota minibus. Comment.

T&T gov’t to lease Sparrow’s keepsakes

Music: The Trinidad and Tobago government will pay calypsonian icon the Mighty Sparrow (Slinger Francisco) TT$2 million to acquire his memorabilia. Comments (1).

Shared blame for aborted tour

Caribbean: The high-level Task Force commissioned with investigating the ill-fated recent tour of India says the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) and West Indies players were all at fault in the controversy. Comment.

Friday, Jan. 2, 2015

CARIB TOURISM NEW TEST

Cuba: A relaxed looking Barack Obama earlier this month detailed plans to move towards normalizing decades of thawed relations with hemispheric pariah, Cuba, irking many in the rival GOP Republican camp as well as the anti-Cuban, anti-Castro types in South Florida who had long opposed any improvement in ties with the Caribbean island. Comment.

CHANGE OF MIND ON CUBA

Cuba: A raft of new polls taken in the wake of the announcement by President Barack Obama to normalize relations with Cuba shows that more Americans want the half-century-old economic and trade embargo against the Spanish-speaking Caribbean country lifted. Comment.

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Pilots employed with cash-strapped regional airline LIAT are calling on the airline to pay salaries on time, saying that the failure to do so is creating significant hardship for them. Comment.

Deadly disease threatens banana industry

Caribbean: The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned that without global efforts to respond to a fungal disease affecting banana production, the US$36 billion global industry, which provides a source of income or food to some 400 million people around the world, is under threat. Comment.

Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015

Dad builds daughter’s last wish: Haiti orphanage

Haiti: BOSTON (AP) _ A few hours before she was buried in the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, 19-year-old Britney Gengel texted her parents her last wish: “I want to move here and start an orphanage.” Comments (1).

Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014

Chinese company to invest $255M in Antigua port

Antigua: ST. JOHN’S, Antigua (AP) _ The government of Antigua has signed a $255 million deal with a Chinese company to renovate the island’s main port and harbor. Comment.

Trinidad hunger striker claims to surpass 100 days

Trinidad and Tobago: D’ABADIE, Trinidad (AP) _ A prominent environmental activist in Trinidad who claims to have passed the 100-day mark of a hunger strike said he will reject medical intervention and keep protesting a highway project he says could hurt wetlands and remote villages. Wayne Kublalsingh, 55, told The Associated Press in an interview this week he will suspend the strike only if the government lets independent mediators assess the project. He declined government offers for dialogue, saying community leaders have met repeatedly with officials without results. Comment.

Friday, Dec. 26, 2014

DEATH PENALTY DEBATE

Trinidad and Tobago: Like all prime and national security ministers before her, Trinidad’s Kamla Persad-Bissessar is so frustrated with the number of annual murders in Trinidad that she is now leading a revived and spirited campaign to resume hangings for criminals convicted of cold blooded murders. Comment.

Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014

Five Carib countries eligible for H-2A, H-2B visa program

Jamaica: Grenada’s ambassador to the Unites States of America, Dr. Angus Friday praised the US for Grenada’s continued inclusion on the list of countries eligible for H-2A and H-2B programs being offered by the USCIS and the Department of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Department of State. Comment.

Monday, Dec. 22, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Antigua and Barbuda government says the efforts by the owners of a hotel on the island to have Prime Minister Gaston Browne jailed over an outstanding multimillion dollar debt by the government have failed. Comment.

Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014

Caribbean’s most disappointing tourist destination

Jamaica: What is good for the goose is not always good for the gander. And in the social media context, ganders often get the notice as the ones to go against the grain. While much has been touted about Jamaica’s alluring assets, voters on social networking website Reddit.com disagreed with popular viewpoint saying that Jamaica is not the paradise promoted as the Caribbean destination to visit. Comment.

Woman visionary wins Digicel Entrepreneur award

Haiti: Uzale Remay founded APLADEM, Meyer’s Planters Association for Development, 25 years ago in a region near Jacmel, two hours south of Port-au-Prince. She is the first woman to take the title Digicel Entrepreneur of the Year. Comment.

Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

SLEAZE ATTACK IN T&T

Trinidad and Tobago: Oil and gas-rich Trinidad this week moved to curb decades of runaway corruption in the country even though critics say too late is the cry. Comment.

Bahamas explains new immigration policy

Immigration: Amid concern over the Bahamas’ new immigration policy, Foreign Affairs Minister Frederick Mitchell on Tuesday sought to explain his country’s position before the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS). Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

CARICOM welcomes Cuba moves

Cuba: GEORGETOWN, Guyana_Caribbean trade bloc governments which had as far back as 1972 defied the United States and had established diplomatic relations with Cuba Wednesday openly welcomed moves by the U.S. to improve relations with the communist-ruled island saying such is long overdue. Comment.

Haiti takes more steps to end political standoff

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Haiti was in a state of political flux following the resignation over the weekend of the country’s prime minister because of an ongoing stalemate with opposition lawmakers in the Senate. Comment.

GOLD CUP FIELD SET

Caribbean: The field for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the biennial national tournament to determine the best team in CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football) is pretty much set with the completion of the area’s inter-regional championship tournaments completed. The Gold Cup is played every two years during the month of July in cities across the USA. Comment.

HERO medics celebrate 14 yrs of medical missions

Guyana: Guyana’s Health and Education Relief Organization (HERO) brought holiday cheer to St. Stephens Church hall in Brooklyn on Dec. 11, to share and celebrate the group’s medical missions to Guyana during the last 14 years. Comment.

St. Kitts tourism ends on high note

St Kitts and Nevis: Believe it or not, tourists are going to visit tropical destinations regardless of opinions branded about by alleged expert travelers. And although publicists tend to over-saturate the hype on individual island paradises, many are indisputably the most alluring to visit. Recently, St. Kitts added to its recognitions for excellence by closing out the year on a high note with the receipt of the coveted “Innovative Destination of the Year” award. Comment.

Former Vincy coach receives lifetime award

St Vincent: For almost two decades, Rudolph “Rudy” Boucher was renowned as an attacking and stout midfielder on the football (soccer) field and an obdurate St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ national coach. Comments (2).

Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014

Climate finance flowing, but for many, the well remains dry

Environment: LIMA, Dec. 4, 2014 (IPS) - For more than 10 years, Mildred Crawford has been “a voice in the wilderness” crying out on behalf of rural women in agriculture. Comment.

Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Fourth Meeting of National Authorities of the Americas on Trafficking in Persons has called on the Caribbean and all member-countries of the Organization of American States (OAS) to redouble efforts to combat the scourge. Comment.

Friday, Dec. 12, 2014

BACK TO AFRICA THEY GO

Trinidad and Tobago: A race-laced row over the deportations of eleven Ghanians to West Africa this week has sparked a major race controversy in Trinidad just as the ethnically-divided nation is preparing for general elections in the coming months. Comment.

Caribbean urged to break corruption chain

Caribbean: As the world on Tuesday marked International Anti-Corruption Day, the United Nations and the Organization of American States (OAS) have called on the Caribbean and other countries in the international community to reaffirm their commitment to the fight against corruption. Comment.

Haiti commission seeks new gov’t consensus

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ A commission recently appointed by Haitian President Michel Martelly is calling for his prime minister to resign so a new consensus government can be formed, according to a report obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. Comment.

Incumbent Dominica Labor Party retains power

Dominica: The incumbent Dominica Labor Party (DLP) of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit regained power in general elections on Monday, winning 15 of the 21 seats in Parliament. Comment.

World AIDS Day in Brooklyn

Brooklyn: In commemorating World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, Lutheran Family Health Centers’ (LFHC) Caribbean-American site, in conjunction with the Caribbean Women’s Health Association (CWHA), gathered for a special march and event to raise HIV/AIDS awareness and to educate the community on prevention. Comment.

Grenada economy expected to grow

Grenada: The Grenada economy is expected to grow by 2.6 percent this year, higher than the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) average of 1.4 percent. Comment.

RISING MUSIC SENSATION

Music: Rising international music sensation, MonChérie, continues her quest for recognition as one of this generation’s most dynamic young music artists. After her music debut earlier this year, which unleashed the major hit single, “No Santa,” the singer has followed up that effort with her heavily awaited and equally energetic new song, “Billy Billy Boom Boom.” Comment.

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

Workshop on drug treatment courts

Barbados: The Organization of American States (OAS) says it has launched the third and final two-day regional training workshop on the Monitoring and Evaluation of Drug Treatment Courts (DTCs) in the Caribbean. Comment.

More violence in 2nd day of Haiti protest marches

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Thousands of anti-government protesters marched Saturday through Haiti’s capital for the second time in two days amid anger over delayed elections and other issues. Comment.

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014

BLACK GOLD

Jamaica: Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson made history in Doha, Qatar by winning the first gold medal ever attained in swimming by a Black woman. She won the women’s 100m breaststroke during the 12th FINA World Swimming there and in the process not only championed a victory for her nation and the Caribbean but for an entire race. With the stellar victory Atkinson also distinguished herself as the first of her race and gender to hold a world short-course record since Enith Brigitha of the Netherlands 40 years ago. Comment.

Monday, Dec. 8, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: British tourists are being warned of the dangers of the chikunguyana virus that is sweeping the Caribbean. Comment.

VincyCares to honor 5 at annual gala dinner awards

St Vincent: The popular Internet-based group VincyCares, Inc. will be honoring five members of the community during its 5th anniversary celebrations on Sat., Dec. 13, 2014 at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment.

Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014

More Caribbean people receiving antiretroviral treatment for HIV

Health: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says antiretroviral treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS is increasing in Latin America and the Caribbean. Comments (1).

Trinidadian-American wins Dancing With The Stars

Trinidad and Tobago: Super star Alfonso Ribeiro who was born to Trinidad and Tobago parents wowed millions of fans when he danced his way to the mirror ball trophy on the 19th season of the ABC TV hit show, Dancing with the Stars. Comment.

Bahamas to seek space for hold migrant families

Bahamas: NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) _ The government of the Bahamas is seeking additional space to hold migrant women with children amid complaints about conditions at the main detention center at a time of increased enforcement of residency rules in the island chain. Comment.

SVG PM readies to ‘ring election bell

St Vincent: With Vincentians anxiously awaiting the date for the next general elections, St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves has reiterated his readiness to ring the proverbial “bell.” Comments (1).

Violence against women linked to reproductive health problems: PAHO

Caribbean: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says unintended pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections, and miscarriages are more frequent among women in the Caribbean and other places who report having experienced violence at any point in their lives. Comment.

Antigua, De Niro ink multi-million deal

Antigua: The Gaston Browne administration in Antigua and Barbuda has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with American film star Robert De Niro for an investment project on Barbuda to the tune of US$250 million. Comment.

Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014

Let’s Paint Guyana

Guyana: American born artist Tracey Greene Douglas is using the beauty of painting to inspire and empower children in the rural areas of Guyana. Douglas believes in the power of painting. “When you pick up a brush, whatever fear or anxiety you are feeling, you address it when you paint,” she said. Comment.

Lessons from Jamaica’s billion-dollar drought

Jamaica: MORANT BAY, Jamaica, Nov. 24, 2014 (IPS) - As Jamaica struggles under the burden of an ongoing drought, experts say ensuring food security for the most vulnerable groups in society is becoming one of the leading challenges posed by climate change. Comment.

Rebel cricketers escape ban

Caribbean: Chairman of the India Premier League (IPL), Ranjib Biswai has said that the “rebel” West Indies cricketers who abandon the India series would not face any ban. Comment.

Friday, Dec. 5, 2014

HENRY BIDS FAREWELL

Trinidad and Tobago: When the New York Red Bulls lost the MLS Eastern Conference two-game finals series to the New England Revolution last Saturday afternoon at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro (MA), it not only marked the end of the season and the gallant effort to play in the 2014 MLS Cup, but the end of a memorable era in the club’s history - the end of Captain Thierry Henry as a Red Bull. Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014

Manning mulls over a comeback

Trinidad and Tobago: Former Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister and former leader of the People’s National Movement (PNM) Patrick Manning plans to return for next year’s General Election. Comment.

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says its expert missions are supporting Eastern Caribbean countries in preparing for a potential case of the Ebola virus. Comment.

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014

Report: Nearly 50 percent of jobs held by women in the Caribbean are ‘precarious’

Brooklyn: A new report by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean says that nearly half of the women in Latin America and the Caribbean who have paid work — 47.7 percent —are employed in low-productivity jobs that offer little social protection. Comment.

St. V’s prime minister downplays Marshall controversy

St Vincent: St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves on Sunday presented embattled, newly-appointed Deputy New York Consul General Sehon Marshall to his compatriots in the Big Apple even after an initial outcry over his would-be appointment. Comment.

Monday, Dec. 1, 2014

New book spotlights Haitian cuisine

Food: Anticipation percolated. On a pre-Thanksgiving, weekday night, they packed Colors Restaurant. It was the awaited launch of “Haiti: Uncovered,” Nadege Fleurimond’s “regional adventure into the art of Haitian cuisine,” part cookbook, part travel book that should reside on your coffee table. Comment.

Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014

Fly Jamaica bucks odds, buys new plane

Travel: Perhaps its Afro owners are crazy or simply know what others in the regional aviation industry don’t. Comment.

ICC judge is appointed

Jamaica: Renowned Jamaican and international jurist Patrick Robinson has been appointed to serve as a judge of the International Criminal Court of Justice for nine years starting in February 2015. Comments (1).

Friday, Nov. 28, 2014

Caribbean Roundup

Trinidad and Tobago: Here’s our weekly round-up. Comment.

SVG PM honors Brooklyn Day Care executive with ‘Certificate of Appreciation’

St Vincent: If there is one Vincentian in the United States who has stood out over the years in providing a meeting place for myriad organizations, political parties and individuals free of charge, it’s Vaughan Toney. Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014

German couple slain in Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago: Police are searching for the killer or killers who hacked to death an aged German couple in Tobago, the Sister Island of Trinidad over the weekend. Comment.

Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Caribbean Life celebrates ‘40 Under 40’

Brooklyn: There was nothing but sheer ecstasy last Thursday night as Caribbean Life, the nation’s most-widely circulated Caribbean newspaper, honored its “40 Under 40” Caribbean achievers at a gala ceremony at Sirico’s in the Dyker Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. Comments (1).

Dancing Haiti’s history with KaNu Dance Theater

Arts & Theater: On Nov. 15, KaNu Dance Theater’s “Malgré Tout” was presented at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center (JCAL), the 1858 Dutch Reformed Church in Jamaica, Queens. The title means “Despite all, Haiti’s Still Standing.” Comment.

Grenada’s cabinet is shuffled

Grenada: Grenada’s Prime Minister last week shuffled his cabinet, making former General Secretary of Grenada’s opposition National Democratic Congress Peter David a senator. Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

West Indies women whitewashed

Caribbean: West Indies Women cricket team suffered a series white-wash at the hands of Australia in the four-match One Day International in Australia last week. Comment.

Monday, Nov. 24, 2014

Cosby’s Bahamas show earns standing ovation

Bahamas: Amidst mounting allegations from more than a dozen women, comedian and actor Bill Cosby traveled south last weekend and might be rethinking the alluring tourism commercial which boasts that “It’s better in the Bahamas.” Comment.

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

Jamaica wins Caribbean Cup

Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014

EARLY GUYANA POLLS LOOM

Guyana: Guyanese voters could go to the polls a full two years before general elections are constitutionally due if the combined parliamentary opposition wins a no confidence vote against the government later this month President Donald Ramotar said this week. Comment.
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