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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Morgan Heritage ready to jazz up New York’s ‘Groovin’ in the Park’ festival

Music: The Royal family of reggae Morgan Heritage, whose new album “Strictly Roots” was released on their own siblings imprint label CTBC Music on April 20, are will headline the Groovin In The Park 2015 festival. The mammoth reggae and R&B concert takes place at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens on Sunday, June 28, 2015. Comment.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Ministry of Tourism said that several government websites, including its own, were hacked recently by members of a Tunisian Islamist activist group called the Fallaga Team. Comment.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Bahia: The Black Side Of Brazil Presents ‘African Rhythm, African Roots’

Arts & Theater: An un-objective, hearty and gracious “thank you” must be extended to the community’s own Baba Charles “Chuck” Davis who, after 38 years of annual DanceAfrica presentations, is passing the torch of artistic director to an heir. Comment.

Caribbean Cup kicks off in Flatbush

New York: The local Caribbean Cup tournament kicks off its 24th season on Sunday, May 24 at the Thomas Jefferson High School Complex in Flatlands, Brooklyn. The opening day’s top billing will feature last year’s beaten finalist, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, against a difficult Antigua and Barbuda team, starting at 5 pm. The preceding matchup is a clash between the French and the Spanish, as the always talented Haiti takes on a very promising Panama squad. Comment.

Andrew ‘Six Heads’ Lewis dies

Caribbean: Guyanese and international superstar boxing champion Andrew “Six Heads” Lewis, who was on the cusp of making a comeback in the ring, died tragically while riding his motorbike on the East Bank Demerara, in his homeland. Comment.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Ramotar Dethroned

Guyana: Guyana’s National Stadium on the East Bank of Demerara will become a sea of yellow and green when thousands gather to commemorate the country’s 49th year of independence, and witness the historic inauguration ceremony of the Republic’s Eighth Executive President, and the leader of the party, His Excellency Arthur Granger. Comment.

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Jamaican ‘Groovin’ Idol’ to join legends

Music: Groovin’ In The Park is New York City’s premier reggae and R & B summertime event that boasts a solid track record of attracting the best talent that the music industry has to offer. Comment.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

‘Chocolatey Brown’ no matter what

Books: The aesthetic may change but the fact remains that chocolate, in all forms, is undoubtedly sweet. Instilling confidence into every chocolate girl is Stephanie Fleary, an elementary school teacher, entrepreneur, single mother and author. Publishing “Chocolatey Brown” in February this year, Fleary has crafted a book to push girls of darker skin and all shades that they are beautiful no matter what. Comment.

Poor land use worsens climate change in St. Vincent

St Vincent: KINGSTOWN, May 14 2015 (IPS) - For 32 years, Joel Poyer, a forest technician, has been tending to the forest of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment.

Friday, May 15, 2015

More trained nurses needed in the Caribbean

People: As the international community on Tuesday observed International Nurses Day, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has called more nurses in the Caribbean and the Americas to be trained to provide skilled care. Comment.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

CHANGE COMES TO GUYANA

Guyana: GEORGETOWN, Guyana-When Guyanese last voted in general elections in late 2011, the main opposition A Partnership For National Unity (APNU) had made some glaring administrative and logistical mistakes that they corrected on Monday and the results are different this time much to the chagrin of a hapless People’s Progressive Party (PPP). Comment.

EOM commends Guyana on high voter turnout

Guyana: The Electoral Observation Mission (EOM) of the Organization of American States (OAS) has congratulated the citizens of the Guyana for their participation in the electoral process as reflected by the high voter turnout on Monday. Comment.

Annual Haitian Flag Day celebration

Music: May is a month full of celebrations and aside from high school proms and graduations, it is also Haiti Heritage Month. Comment.

Windies Women Squad

Caribbean: The experienced duo of Stacy Ann King and Afy Fletcher, as well as rookie all-rounder Chinelle Henry have been recalled to the West Indies Women’s cricket squad for a tour of Sri Lanka later this month. Comment.

Caribbean American justice creates history

Trinidad and Tobago: In breaking the boardroom glass ceiling and creating history, Caribbean American justice Sylvia G. Ash has become the first female to chair the board of the $2.1 billion, New York-based Municipal Credit Union (MCU). Comment.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

BECKET WOWS MOTHERS

Music: Legendary Vincentian-born, Caribbean soca artiste / composer Alston “Becket” Cyrus on Saturday night wowed the huge audience and serenaded mothers at a major concert in Brooklyn. Comment.

Cuba may go from Communist to Catholic

Cuba: After a 50-minute meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican recently, Cuban President Raul Castro admitted that the first Latin American leader of the Roman Catholic Church may have re-converted him to believing in faith. Comment.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Caribbean looks to Paris Climate Summit for its very survival

Grenada: FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique, May 9, 2015 (IPS) - Caribbean leaders on Saturday further advanced their policy position on climate change ahead of the 21st Conference of Parties, also known as COP 21, scheduled for Paris during November and December of this year. Comment.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Bahamas police have launched a manhunt for the killers of a British national last weekend. Police said the man, whose name was not given, was at his home, when two men armed with handguns accosted him and demanded cash. Comment.

T&T opposition leader suspended from Parliament

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago Opposition Leader Dr. Keith Rowley was suspended from Parliament for the rest of its sittings on Wednesday night. The suspension comes some six weeks before Parliament will be dissolved on June 17 to make way for the next General Election. Comment.

Get into the hype with Majah Hype

Music: All things that are different boil down to expose that they are very much the same. In the Caribbean, there is a celebration of the differences in language, slang, food and even music but there is a thread undeniably connecting the people of Jamaica to Trinidad and beyond. Comment.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Woman’s work—Birthing Caribbean entrepreneurs

Trinidad and Tobago: You really don’t know what to expect when you put a dozen-plus Caribbean entrepreneurs in one room for a week. But one thing was clear when 15 entrepreneurs — all women — came together in Port of Spain in April. It was the start of something good. Comment.

Photo contest for Caribbean youth

Caribbean: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has launched a regional photo contest entitled “Latin America and the Caribbean: Through the Eyes of its Youth” for Latin American and Caribbean youth. Comment.

Moody’s downgrades T&T credit rating

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago suffered a major blow to its status as the place to invest in the Caribbean after international agency Moody’s downgraded the country’s credit rating from stable to negative. Comment.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Cricket panel to review WICB

Caribbean: CARICOM and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) have agreed to establish a panel to conduct a review of the government’s structure of the board. Comment.

Friday, May 8, 2015

GUYANA VOTES MONDAY

Guyana: On Monday, the third of six elections that are scheduled to be held in the Caribbean trade group and its associate members this year will take place in Guyana with a multiracial coalition appearing to be on course to deny the governing People’s Progressive Party (PPP) a sixth consecutive five-year term. Comment.

Queen’s College celebrates 40 yrs of co-ed

Guyana: Guyana’s Ambassador to Washington Bayney Karran said distinguished honorees - Dawn Holder-Alert, Dr. Michelle Mickle Foster, Amlata Persaud and Dr. Alissa Trotz, are emblematic of the tradition of academic and professional excellence with which Queen’s College is synonymous. Comment.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

JetBlue expands Caribbean network

Antigua: JetBlue Airways says its continuing to expand its services to the Caribbean as it filed an intent to serve Antigua’s V.C. Bird International Airport (ANU) three times weekly from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). Comment.

EVERYBODY’S MOMS

Music: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College will spring to life on Mother’s Day Saturday, May 9 at 8:00 p.m. when some of the hottest Caribbean artistes and personalities such as Lyrikal, Becket, Delcita and Kaci Fennell, Miss Universe Jamaica entertain moms. Comment.

Rawlston Williams: The Rebel Chef

Food: Praise the Lord — and pass the island bowl! A new dine-and-dash restaurant in Crown Heights has customers’s mouths watering and minds thinking of a higher calling with every dish served. Comment.

Review site tips power back into tenant’s hands

Brooklyn: The first major task for anyone moving to a new country, state or city is securing a place with running water and a formidable roof to call home. Comment.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Forum on the Caribbean’s future

Trinidad and Tobago: The Economic Commission for Latin American and the Caribbean (ECLAC) says Deputy Executive Secretary Antonio Prado will this week participate in the Forum on the Future of the Caribbean in Trinidad and Tobago. Comment.

BVI youth policy a model for the Caribbean

Caribbean: The government of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) says its youth policy is a model for the Caribbean, stating that the policy gives the youth a “solid foundation” on which they can grow as individuals and as responsible citizens of the British Overseas Territory and the world. Comment.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating a British trader who allegedly stashed millions of pound sterling in offshore bank account in some Caribbean islands. Comment.

Carib stakes out ‘Red Lines’ for Paris climate talks

St Vincent: CASTRIES, St. Lucia, April 28, 2015 (IPS) - When the international climate change talks ended in Peru last December, the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM), a political and economic union comprising small, developing, climate-vulnerable islands and low-lying nations, left with “the bare minimum necessary to continue the process to address climate change.” Comment.

Friday, May 1, 2015

TRADE MOVES IN CUBA

Cuba: Cuba wants greater CARICOM market access but region slow to act. For more than a decade now, Cuba and the 15-nation Caribbean trade group have been trying to refine a system that would govern trade between the two. Comment.

Guyana readies for elections

Guyana: Seven parties are set to contest the General and Regional Elections in Guyana on May 11, 2015. Comment.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

ENGLAND BEATS WINDIES

Grenada: ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada (AP) _ Inspired by James Anderson’s fiery burst with the second new ball and his brilliance in the field, England defeated the West Indies by nine wickets on the last day Saturday of the second cricket Test. Comment.

Jazz, Arts Festival

Music: An eclectic billing of performers from the Caribbean and the United States combine for 11 nights of revelry during the 24th annual staging of the St. Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival from April 30 to May 10. Comment.

Caribbean institute celebrates with its first gala

Caribbean: The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) is working hard on the next chapter of the institute’s direction — its move to the renovated firehouse at 120 E. 125th St. in El Barrio. Renovations will begin this month and are expected to end in late 2016. CCCADI left its W. 58th St. location in 2012. Comment.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Special recognition for pan veteran

Music: A full house, headed by New York City officials and including well-wishers who traveled from as far away as Canada for the event, was on hand on Sunday, May 26 as special recognition was showered on steel band icon and legendary leader of Trinidad All Stars, Neville Jules. Comment.

Patterson keynotes ‘Borderless Possibilities’ forum

Jamaica: Jamaican Diasporans from the tri-state area are first to see and hear the island’s sixth prime minister when he presents a case for “Borderless Possibilities” in the Caribbean region. Comment.

Grenada braces for impacts of climate change

Grenada: PALMISTE, Grenada, April 27, 2015 (IPS) - Henry Prince has lived in this fishing village for more than six decades. Prince, 67, who depends on the sea for his livelihood, said he has been catching fewer and fewer fish, and the decrease is taking a financial toll on him and other fisher folk throughout the island nation of Grenada. Comment.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Badree to mentor Australia’s young spinners

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago and West Indies spinner Samuel Badree will mentor Australia’s young spinners as part of Cricket Australia’s spin camp this year. Comment.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Eastern Caribbean Bank (ECCB) is boasting that, for the 39th year, the Eastern Caribbean Currency has been pegged to the US dollar at a fixed rate of EC$2.70. Comment.

Western Union, GraceKennedy announce 2015 Town Hall Series

Jamaica: Western Union and GraceKennedy will hold their annual town hall series from May 4 to May 8, 2015 in Brooklyn, New York; Toronto Canada and Miramar, Florida under the theme, “The Caribbean Diaspora - Borderless Possibilities.” Comment.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

When do you become an American?

Books: I am a Boringuen. I am a West Indian. I am a Barbadian. So said poets El David Rodriguez (Puerto Rico) The Art of Word, and Negus Tehuti Adeyemi (US/Barbados) Soularadiance, and novelist Annette Vendryes Leach (US / Panama / Jamaica) Song of the Shaman at the readings and conversation in the Tellin’ Our Story series of the Caribbean Cultural Theatre. Comment.

Friday, April 24, 2015

NY’s Cuomo become 1st US governor to visit Cuba post-detente

Cuba: HAVANA (AP) _ Cuban officials and New York business executives are exploring ways for companies to do business on the communist-run island despite the longstanding U.S. embargo that makes most trade and investment illegal, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. Comment.

Jamaica university plants first legal marijuana seedling

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ Jamaica’s biggest university has held a ceremony to plant what it touts as the island’s first legal marijuana seedling. Comment.

INCOME SOURCE THREAT

St Vincent: Not surprisingly, the Washington D.C-based International Monetary Fund (IMF) has seen it fit to warn Caribbean Community countries, which have developed a ‘dollars for local citizenship scheme’ not to depend too much on it as a reliable income source as the developed world could easily crush these programs if they only feel that they are not properly administered. Comment.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Prez Carter returns to Guyana to inspire peace

Guyana: If the answer to a television game show Jeopardy question is “former United States President Jimmy Carter” the question must be “who is the busiest president no longer living in the White House.” Comment.

Cricket photo of the year

Caribbean: An image of Trinidad cricketer and former West Indies One-Day International captain Dwayne Bravo taking full-length catch in mid-air has been named the Wisden-MCC Cricket Photograph of the Year 2014. Comment.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Clarina Guiliams Foundation gives back to Guyana

Guyana: It was evident that the young men and women of “Joshua House Children Centre” on Thomas Street, Georgetown were inspired by what they heard during a recent visit by retired New York businessman Carl Guilliams, who had breakfast with the youngsters and later spoke to them about his plans to launch football and athletic clubs later this year. Comment.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Slow growth in remittances to the Caribbean

Caribbean: The World Bank says remittances growth in the Caribbean is expected to slow in 2015. The Washington-based international financial institution said in its latest issue of its Migration and Development Brief that growth in global remittances, including those to developing countries, such as the Caribbean, will slow sharply this year due to weak economic growth in Europe, deterioration of the Russian economy and the depreciation of the euro and ruble. Comment.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: Business leaders from 18 countries and territories of the Caribbean will meet later this month in Miami to discuss the challenges posed by anti-laundering regulation. Comment.

Antigua draws a line in the vanishing sand

Antigua: ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, April 15, 2015 (IPS) - Jabberwock beach, located on the northeastern coast of Antigua, features a mile-long white sand beach and is a favourite with locals and visitors alike. Comment.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Caribbean Court celebrates 10 years

Caribbean: The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCCJ) celebrated its 10th anniversary last Thursday, with only four CARICOM member states having acceded to its appellate jurisdiction. Comment.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Trinidadian-born businessman to be memoralized

Trinidad and Tobago: Prominent Trinidadian-born businessman Mohan Jaikaran who was the dynamic driving force behind an impressive array of businesses from Richmond Hill, Queens, to his native land, will be remembered at memorial services that begin Friday. Comment.

US prez supports Caribbean Security Summit

National: United States President Barack Obama has agreed to a Caribbean Security Summit as early as June this year, following regional concerns about the growing number of issues which could affect the region. Comment.

Cricket debt

Caribbean: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) is hoping to negotiate a deal with the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) to have the controversial US$42 million claim repaid in matches and not cash. Comment.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

GANJA NOW LEGAL

Trinidad and Tobago: From this week Wednesday, Jamaican police and enforcement officials are not likely to arrest and try to convict or jail anyone for having a mere two ounces of marijuana in their possession because a new ground breaking law passed by both houses of the island’s parliament recently makes such possession legal. Comment.

Moves to bolster reparations movements

St Vincent: Participants at a major reparations summit in New York have agreed to consolidate the growing African global reparations movement and to call on all civil society organizations and governments in countries around the world with Afro-descendant populations to establish national reparations commissions or committees. Comment.

Caribbean program to spotlight Immigrant Heritage Week

Brooklyn: It is unlikely there will be a parade, dancing in the streets or even a ceremonial proclamation presentation to mark the 11th annual weeklong celebration of Immigrant Heritage Week but from April 17 to April 24 New York City will record another milestone anniversary of the historic period the most immigrants crossed Ellis Island. Comment.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Guyanese wear Easter hats for a cause

Guyana: It is now 30 years since the ladies of the Inner Wheel Club of Georgetown began to captivate audiences with creative headwear at its annual Garden Tea Party and Hat Show, to raise funds for outreach programs. Comment.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

US programs to support Caribbean youth

Jamaica: On his short visit to the Caribbean last Thursday, United States President Barack Obama launched the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI), aimed at expanding opportunities for emerging entrepreneurs and civil society activists. Comment.

Obama, Castro hold historic meeting

Cuba: PANAMA CITY (AP) _ The leaders of the United States and Cuba held their first formal meeting in more than half a century on Saturday, clearing the way for a normalization of relations that had seemed unthinkable to both Cubans and Americans for generations. Comment.

Rising share of US Black population Carib-born

Caribbean: A new study has found that a rising share of the United States Black population is Caribbean-born. In an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data, the Pew Research Institute (PRI) finds that a record 3.8 million Black immigrants live in the United States today, more than four times the number in 1980. Comment.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Property developers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are offering potential new home owners passports for Antigua and Barbuda, opening up fresh avenues for visa-free travel to a wide array of countries for Emirati citizens, according to reports in the tiny Caribbean island. Comment.

Bahamas yet to pass integrity act

Bahamas: The Bahamas should establish a code of ethics for all parliamentarians and sanction mechanisms for violations, according to the report of the Committee of Experts in the Fourth Round of the Mechanism for follow-up on implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC). Comment.

Gays want the right to move freely within CARICOM

Trinidad and Tobago: Jamaican attorney and gay rights activist Maurice Tomlinson is urging the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) to force the Trinidad and Tobago government and Belize to scrap immigration laws which prevents gay people from entering both countries. Comment.

Garifuna celebrates heritage at Boro Hall

Honduras: From 2010 on, the New York State (NYS) Assembly and later the NYS Senate began to recognize through proclamations the Garifuna community in the metro-New York area. The Bronx and Brooklyn have the greatest concentration of Garifuna outside of Central America (Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, and Nicaragua). Comment.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Energy aid, new diplomacy mark Obama visit to Americas

Trinidad and Tobago: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ As he wades into a region suffering economic and political stresses, President Barack Obama sought Thursday to reassert U.S. influence in the Caribbean and the Americas with pledges of energy assistance and diplomatic fence mending, a mix of modest steps and high ambition for the U.S.’s southern neighbors. Comment.

Guyana parties file candidates for general election

Guyana: The streets of Georgetown were amassed with citizens wearing the colors of their chosen party for the General and Regional elections, expected to draw a large turnout at the polls on the May 11, 2015. Comment.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Warm ‘One Love’ welcome for Obama in Jamaica

Jamaica: President Barack Obama made the most of his short visit to Jamaica by stopping into the former home of reggae singer Bob Marley, just moments after his arrival to the island. Comment.

Welcome to Jamrock! Mr. President

Jamaica: On the day President Barack Obama arrived in Jamaica, most adhered to the 2,500-year-old Chinese code of conduct — see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil. Comment.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

OBAMA VISITS JAMAICA

Jamaica: The U.S. Secret Service and Jamaican security officials locked down large sections of commercial Kingston, the capital, from Wednesday evening ahead of Thursday’s one-day visit of American President Barack Obama and his third summit meeting with Caribbean trade group leaders since his Trinidad visit in April 2009. Comment.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Kite flying tradition fizzles in Guyana

People: Monday, April 6 was yet another beautiful sunny day for Guyanese to celebrate Easter Monday with the centuries old tradition of kite flying. Comment.

GraceKennedy expands reach in US market

Jamaica: GraceKennedy, one of the Caribbean’s larger corporate entities, has announced a new distribution deal in the U.S. with American beverage giant AriZona Beverages, USA, LLC. Comment.

Mayor de Blasio extends rent stabilization law

New York: Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed into law a bill extending the rent stabilization laws in New York City until April 1, 2018. The bill was sponsored by Council Member Corey Johnson (D-Manhattan); Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn), Deputy Leader and Chair of the Council’s Housing and Buildings Committee; Council Member Helen Rosenthal (D-Manhattan), and others. Comment.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Antigua and Barbuda government says it will resist efforts to shift the base of the financially-strapped regional airline LIAT, to CARICOM neighbor Barbados. Comment.

In Jamaica, man hurls ‘suspicious package’ at US Embassy

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ Heavily armed Jamaican soldiers and police took positions around the U.S. Embassy on Wednesday after a man hurled a “suspicious package” over the building’s wall. Comment.

CARICOM backs Guyana in border dispute

Venezuela: The 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has come out in full support of Guyana after Venezuela declared that the “Arbitral award of 1899, which definitively settled the boundary between the two countries, is null and void.” Comment.

Gayle not ready to retire

Caribbean: Hard-hitting West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle is not retiring from any form of the game, but a recurring back injury will keep him out of the upcoming home series against England. Comment.

Friday, April 3, 2015

DEAL TURNS SOUR

Suriname: Negotiations for a free trade agreement between Canada and the 15-nation Caribbean trade group appear to have collapsed with the Canadian government telling its regional counterparts in official correspondence that it has done everything to reach a deal with the group to no avail after six years so it is simply walking away. Comment.

Obama to visit Jamaica next week

Jamaica: For the second time in Jamaica’s history a sitting president of the United States will visit the island. In 1982, President Ronald Reagan registered first in their history books as a Republican to make a stop to the island while in office. On April. 9, President Barack Obama will make an entry for the Democrats and also imprint a new chapter in Jamaica’s history as the first Black president of the United States and the one to arrive while the first female prime minister leads the country. Comments (1).

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Reparations summit to be held in NYC

People: The Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW), a leading research, policy and advocacy group with offices in New York and Baltimore, says it is holding an International Reparations Summit at various sites across New York City from April 9-12, 2015. Comments (3).

Some sick politicking in T&T Parliament

Trinidad and Tobago: Not only Trinidad and Tobago nationals across the diaspora, but subscribers to basic moral standards in the Caribbean and indeed throughout the world, should be keen observers whenever scheduled 2015 general elections take place, to see if the Trinidad and Tobago electorate, in some inexplicable collective stupor, hands any further mandate to the government of Kamla Persad-Bissessar. The prime minister and her partners in crime have become that much of an embarrassment to the country they have ruled with unapologetically reckless abandon since 2010. Comments (1).

Bichotte votes yes on abortion

Haiti: Newly-elected State Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte has voted in favor of a woman’s right to choose, as the New York State Assembly last week passed stand-alone abortion expansion legislation (A.6221 - Glick/S.4432 - Stewart-Cousins) that would require the state to “not deny a woman’s right to obtain abortion.” Comment.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Venezuela slashes Caribbean oil shipments

Caribbean: Reports say Venezuela has cut in half its subsidized shipments of crude oil to Cuba and Petrocaribe member nations to 200,000 barrels per day, down from 400,000 shipped in 2012. Comment.

Jamaica diasporans hijack PM’s message

Jamaica: Jamaicans who attended a Manhattan gathering billed as a community forum with Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller were witnesses to a disrupted address from the leader by disgruntled diasporan residents intent on reversing the buggery laws now in place on the Caribbean island. Comments (1).

Honoring slavery’s victims with The Ark of Return

New York: March winds blew through the UN Visitors Plaza. Enduring bone-chilling conditions, dignitaries, VIPs and the public alike braved the blustery weather, shivering during the remarks. Comment.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tea-time and fashion for charity

Guyana: Ladies and gents from Brooklyn will step out in their finest Easter hats and ensemble all in the name of charity when the Health & Education Relief Organization for Cancer, (HEROC) committee, hosts its “Second Annual Fascination Tea Party, on April 12. Comment.

CACCI honors women history makers

Brooklyn: The Brooklyn-based Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) on Thursday, March 26 honored several leading women during its “2015 Women History Makers” celebration at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Comment.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Britain has warned travelers to the Caribbean about contracting the Chikungunya virus, based on the dramatic increase in the number of people affected by the disease in the last year. Comment.

Gayle to face disciplinary committee

Caribbean: The West Indies disciplinary committee has agreed to complete their hearing on West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle following the conclusion of the ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Comments (1).

Barbados to become a republic

Barbados: Prime Minister Freundel Stuart says Barbados will be moving towards a republican form of government “in the very near future” ending its centuries of old relationship with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth as its head of state. Comment.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Jamaica, Suriname consent to anti-corruption on-site visits

Suriname: The Organization of American States (OAS) says the governments of Jamaica and Suriname, as well as Canada, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic, have consented to receive on-site visits as part of the Fifth Round of the Mechanism for Follow-up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC). Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 5 to 7 (R for sexuality) Romantic romp revolving around an aspiring young writer (Anton Yelchin) and a married, middle-aged socialite (Berenice Marlohe) who rendezvous at the same time every day for a passionate affair at a classy, Midtown Manhattan hotel. Featuring Glenn Close, Olivia Thirlby and Frank Langella. Comment.

Friday, March 27, 2015

POLICE CAUSE CHAOS

Trinidad and Tobago: There are very few officers in Trinidad’s police system who could try to convince locals that a country-wide system of coordinated roadblocks the force sprung upon citizens during rush hour on Monday morning was not an act of spite or vindictiveness designed to pressure authorities to meet demands for increased salaries. Comment.

Trini film to debut at BAM

Movies: The Caribbean Film Academy that has been entertaining moviegoers with stirring films by gifted filmmakers from the region since 2012 is proud to debut its series at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Rose Cinemas, beginning on Tuesday, April 7. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Comment.

CACNY, Jamaican group work on special youth program

Jamaica: The Brooklyn-based Caribbean American Center of New York (CACNY) says it will again be partnering with Giving Tree Jamaica, West Indies, in presenting “another special and much-needed seven-day program” for the youth in the rural parish of St. Elizabeth. Comment.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

OECS concern about US, Venezuela tension

Venezuela: The sub-regional Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) has expressed “grave concern” about the increasing tension in relations between the United States and Venezuela. Comment.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Haiti wants ‘pause’ in UN peacekeeping cuts; elections loom

Haiti: UNITED NATIONS (AP) _ Haiti is demanding a “pause” in a U.N. plan to nearly cut in half a peacekeeping force just as the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere is poised to enter a tense election period. Comment.

Greatest one-day cricketer

Caribbean: Sir Vivian Richards has been crowned the greatest one-day cricketer ever by a jury of 50 eminent players, commentators and writers assembled by the Cricket Monthly recently. Comment.

Neville Jules, steel band icon, to be honored

Music: One of the revered and legendary names of steel band history in Trinidad and Tobago, Neville Jules, the former longtime leader of the popular Trinidad All Stars band, will be honored by the Trinidad & Tobago Folk Arts Institute for his singular devotion to and impact upon steel band culture, at a gala celebration on Sunday evening, April 26 at Brooklyn’s Tropical Paradise Ballroom. Comment.

Carib court hears suit against anti-gay laws

Trinidad and Tobago: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ A Caribbean court on Wednesday heard a challenge from a gay rights activist who argued that immigration laws ostensibly barring homosexuals from entering two countries in the region are discriminatory and must be repealed. Comment.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Venezuela: Antigua and Barbuda’s tourism industry could receive a major boost following a recent visit by ministry officials. Minister of Tourism Asot Michael completed his inaugural visit to Berlin, Germany during which he attended three conferences to seek new hotel investment and forge closer relationships with German tour operators and airline partners. Comment.

Envoy says Haiti making ‘measurable gains’ towards 2015 elections

Haiti: The top United Nations official in Haiti says the government of President Michel Martelly has made “measurable gains” towards the holding of elections critical for the French-speaking Caribbean country’s stability and development. Comment.

Caribbean Community climate-smarting fisheries, but slowly

Environment: KINGSTON, March 17, 2015 (IPS) - Caribbean nations have begun work on a plan to ‘climate smart’ the region’s fisheries as part of overall efforts to secure food supplies. Comment.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

HEALTH GANGA EXPORT TRADE

Jamaica: A key component of Jamaica’s business community wants regional leaders to determine whether Washington would oppose efforts by the island to export locally produced marijuana to the U.S. for the medical industry when they meet with President Barack Obama in Jamaica early next month. Comment.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Barbados’ Rihanna makes historic fashion first

Barbados: This year might be a banner one for Barbados’ pop princess Rihanna, she’s making history. Three months into 2015, the singer has already been distinguished for outstanding and even pioneering achievements. Earlier this week Rihanna was named brand ambassador for Christian Dior, a French-owned fashion company. The appointment makes her the first Black spokesperson for the fashion house in its 70-year history. Comment.

WI needs a fresh start

Caribbean: St. Lucia’s Prime Minister Kenny Anthony says that all the players who quit the tour of India in October last year should have been fired. “For my part, I would have started with a new fresh team,” said Anthony who was speaking at the CARICOM Leaders Lecture series hosted on the St. Augustine, Trinidad campus of the University of the West Indies recently. Comment.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Students in Guyana to benefit from E2 Program

Guyana: In honor of Women’s History Month, and the upcoming 40th Anniversary of Co-education and enrollment of girls at Guyana Queens College, a female group from the QC Alumni Association of N.Y., will team up with international organization, E2 (www.e2education&environment) - Education & Environment - to conduct “This Is Ours” Guyana (TIO). Comment.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Centuries-old slave DNA reveals mysteries

People: A newly developed genetic technique has enabled researchers to sequence DNA from the teeth of 300-year-old skeletons, helping to pinpoint where in Africa three slaves had likely lived before being captured and transported to the Caribbean. Comment.

Antigua rep at high-level UN ‘side’ meeting

Antigua: The government of Prime Minister Gaston Browne says Antigua and Barbuda was the lone Caribbean Community (CARICOM) ministerial representative at last week’s United Nations High-Level “side event” on gender affairs. Comment.

Getting bang for the buck on new Development Goals

Trinidad and Tobago: COPENHAGEN, Feb. 13, 2015 (IPS) - Right now, the United Nations is negotiating one of the world’s potentially most powerful policy documents. It can influence trillions of dollars, pull hundreds of millions out of poverty and hunger, reduce violence and improve education — essentially make the world a better place. But much depends on this being done well. Comment.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Smoke blankets Jamaica’s capital as dump fire burns

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ Thick, noxious smoke blanketed Jamaica’s capital Thursday as a wind-fanned fire burned at a sprawling, open-air waste dump on the city’s outskirts that has seen repeated blazes. Comment.

Haiti sets date for delayed legislative elections

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Haiti has set a date for delayed legislative elections that have been a source of increasing political friction while scheduling its presidential election for later this year. Comment.

Caribbean focuses on youth unemployment

Trinidad and Tobago: The International Labor Organization (ILO) said on Wednesday that 9th Meeting of Caribbean Labor Ministers has concluded with a commitment to strengthen social dialogue further both at the national and regional levels. The ILO also said the meeting in Port-of-Spain, the Trinidad and Tobago capital, ended with renewed impetus to focus on creative solutions to the problem of youth unemployment and the greening of the economy. Comment.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: A momentous 12-year effort to bring a harmonized Customs Bill for the Caribbean is now in its final stages. The bill is intended to foster economic growth in the region, which will ultimately contribute to the improvement of nation countries. Comment.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Chikungunya thrives with climate variability in the Caribbean

Trinidad and Tobago: TRINIDAD, Feb 20 2015 (IPS) - Jenny had gone to bed feeling well, but an hour into her sleep she suddenly awoke with a “stiff, cramping pain” behind one knee. Within the next hour the pains had multiplied and both knees began to lock, followed by stiffened fingers and pains in her chest, along with a fever. Comment.

Windies missing mystery spinner

Caribbean: Clive Lloyd speaking in Perth, Australia said: “Sunil Narine is one of the best One-day bowlers in the world and with him not here he is sorely missed. Look at the scores we have been posting, 300 runs pretty consistently. If he was here, people won’t be able to chase that down. We miss him, we miss his wicket-taking ability and his economy rate. All these are reasons why we miss Sunil but he is not here so we have to do without him.” Comment.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Phagwah celebration

Grenada: Indo-Guyanese Americans immersed themselves in vibrant Abeer (colored powder) and the playing of Phagwah, to welcome the spring season on the Hindu calendar. Comment.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

GUYANA ACTIVIST KILLED

Guyana: Just two days after former Guyanese president Bharrat openly Jagdeo played the race card to rally Indo supporters of the governing party, unidentified gunmen on Tuesday night executed a prominent opposition activist as he campaigned in a sprawling residential suburb outside the city in what is widely being regarded as the first major election violence in the 2015 electoral season. Comment.

Caribbean twins beat million-to-one odds

Jamaica: Once again, another story about racially diverse twins has emerged. The ironic aspect of this repetitive storyline is that virtually all of the reports involve one Caribbean parent. Comment.

New Vincentian group seeks to aid hometown

St Vincent: A new group launched recently in Brooklyn is determined to uplift the image of the town of Calliaqua in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and to help residents as much as possible. The Calliaqua United Diaspora Organization (CUDO) was formally launched two Saturdays ago amid much fanfare at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Jamaican teen wins Pan-Am Fencing Champs

Jamaica: Jamaicans can claim another victory. Their 15-year-old, Tia Simms-Lymn snatched the gold at the Cadet Junior Pan-American Fencing Championships in Toronto, Canada and is now the first of her gender from the island to be crowned a Pan-American champion. Comments (1).

Monday, March 9, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

US firm to aid newly-minted Jamaican cannabis market

Jamaica: A communications and marketing firm in Denver, Colorado says it is ready to provide services to the “newly-minted” Jamaican cannabis market. Comment.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Former Kittian PM cries foul

St Kitts and Nevis: Former Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas has blamed acts of sabotage for the defeat of his St. Kitts-Nevis Labor Party (SKNLP) in the Feb. 16 general election. Comment.

Guyanese culture aids scholarship fund

Caribbean: Many students will benefit from the Dr. Walter A. Kyte Memorial Foundation, thanks to ongoing fundraising efforts in honor of the late professional whose motto was: “If I can help somebody as I pass along, then my living will not be in vain.” Comment.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

CARIB BANKS GRIEF

Bahamas: Until regional finance ministers and Caribbean Community heads such as Gaston Browne of Antigua and Perry Christie of the Bahamas made some noise about it, the problems some commercial banks have been experiencing with counterparts such as Bank of America in recent months were hardly known to people in the region. Comment.

Clarke, Jeffries urge Guyana probe

Guyana: Brooklyn Democratic Congressional Representatives Yvette D. Clarke and Hakeem Jeffries have called for a probe into the dissolution of Guyana’s National Assembly. Comment.

St. Lucia native plays at Xaverian

St Lucia: One of the reasons that Xaverian High School’s varsity basketball team went to the finals of the Catholic High School’s Diocese of Brooklyn-Queens playoff tournament has been the play of senior Natee Larcher. Comment.

‘Gayle’ force fastest score

Caribbean: West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle smashed the highest ever score in a World Cup and the fastest ever double-century in one-day internationals, as West Indies powered their way to 372 for two against Zimbabwe in their third Group B in Australia last week. Comment.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Haiti’s Artists Institute celebrates successes

Haiti: Brooklyn resident, Haitian-born Marc Baptiste is an image-maker — his photographs appear in a slew of fashion and beauty magazines. He’s well aware of the power of representation and how popular media mainly dwells on negative images about Haiti. In 2008, he teamed up with lower Manhattan resident David Belle for the first of what has become an annual benefit event, Haiti Optimiste, a celebration of the positive aspects of Haiti. Comment.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Marley heirs win licensing suit

Jamaica: Thinking about using a photo of Bob Marley to decorate a T-shirt? Think again. If you do, the heirs to the reggae king could legally haul you into court and slap you with a hefty fine. They recently won the right to do just that. Comment.

DANCE TREAT

Arts & Theater: “Kumina” and other island dance favorites are among treats programmed into a two-day repertoire billed for the 60th anniversary season at Brooklyn Center of the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College when the National Dance Theater Company of Jamaica (NDTC) return here. Comment.

AB de Villiers scores record 162 not out

Caribbean: South Africa scored 408 runs for five wickets off their 50 overs at the Sydney cricket ground in Australia against the West Indies in the ICC Cricket World Cup. South Africa’s captain AB de Villiers slammed a record 162 runs not out from 66 balls with 17 fours and eight sixes. Other useful scores came from Fdu Plessis 66 runs from 70 balls, Hamish Amla 65 from 88 balls and RR Rossouw 61 from 39 balls. Comment.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Venezuela objects to oil exploration off Guyana

Venezuela: GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) _ Guyana said Sunday that neighboring Venezuela is objecting to oil exploration in contested waters off the smaller South American country’s coast. Comment.

Postage stamp to honor ‘Miss Calypso’ Forever

Arts & Theater: It is Women’s History Month and a phenomenal woman is being memorialized when spring breaks — less than a year after her death. First acclaimed as Miss Calypso — prior to becoming the well-known Maya Angelou — she was known by a moniker that lauds the Caribbean and its music. Comment.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Patoranking signs deal with VP Records

Music: Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie, better known by his stage name Patoranking, is a Nigerian reggae-dancehall singer and songwriter. Patoranking started his musical career doing underground collaborations with artists such as XProject, Konga, Slam and Reggae Rockstone. He signed a record deal with K-Solo’s Igberaga Records in 2010, releasing “Up in D Club” under the outfit. Patoranking became a protégé of Dem Mama Records after collaborating with Timaya on his song “Alubarika.” Comment.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Antigua and Barbuda government says it has made an offer to purchase the property once owned by disgraced financier Allen Stanford who is serving 110 years in a United States jail for operating America’s second-largest Ponzi scheme. Comments (1).

Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015

US congratulates St. Lucia, Guyana on anniversaries

St Lucia: The United States has extended congratulations to St. Lucia and Guyana on their respective independence anniversary celebrations. Comment.

Friday, Feb. 27, 2015

CARIB FRESH FEARS

Trinidad and Tobago: CARICOM leaders scheduled to meet for two days in the Bahamas from this Thursday are to bog themselves down with several key issues including a concerted effort to make European nations pay for slavery, work on establishing a marijuana decriminalization commission and put heads together to examine the rise of Islamist extremism in West Africa and the Middle East. Comment.

SOULFUL SPIRIT

Music: “Vilnerab” (Vulnerable), the second studio album from Haitian Roots singer/composer/guitar player Paul Beaubrun, was released on Feb. 19, 2015 on Itunes worldwide. “Vilnerab” is steeped in traditional acoustic instruments, yet wrapped in a modern arrangement with a soulful spirit. Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015

Patrick Manning’s long road to redemption

Trinidad and Tobago: Up to quite recently, it looked like former Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Patrick Manning was intent on being a central player again in the country’s politics, after having been reduced by illness to an incidental, sideline role for the better part of the current government’s soon-to-expire term. Comment.

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

Hundreds bid farewell to community leader

St Vincent: In what has been described as one of the larger funerals ever in the Vincentian community in New York, over 1,000 people last Sunday afternoon-evening flocked St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Flatbush, Brooklyn for the Home-going Wake and Funeral Service of community advocate Selwyn “Compo” Cumberbatch. Comments (2).

Antigua, Venezuela agree on terms for oil company acquisition

Venezuela: Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne and Foreign Minister of Venezuela Delcy Rodriguez on Saturday “successfully hammered out” an agreement covering the acquisition of the West Indies Oil Company (WIOC), according to an Antigua and Barbuda government statement. Comment.

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015

Antigua in solidarity with Venezuela on aborted coup

Venezuela: The government of Prime Minister Gaston Browne in Antigua and Barbuda has expressed solidarity with the people and government of Venezuela “where an attempted military coup was hatched then discovered and defeated.” Comment.

Glenroy March unveils Fall 2016 collection

Brooklyn: Caribbean Life’s 40 under 40 Award recipient, Glenroy March, continues to reinvent himself. The master couturier successfully launched his D’Marsh Couture Signature Men’s Collection, in addition to D’Marsh body gel from his cosmetics line, to celebrate New York Fashion week on Feb. 21. Comment.

Windies self-inflicting blow

Caribbean: West Indies batting legend Brian Lara has described as “a self-inflicting” blow, the decision by the Clive Lloyd led selection panel to omit Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo from the region’s side for Cricket World Cup 2015 currently underway in Australia and New Zealand. Comment.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Beyonce makes humanitarian stop to Haiti

Haiti: Pop royalty Beyonce took time out from her demanding schedule to visit Haiti where a massive earthquake in 2010 devastated the French Caribbean destination. Comment.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Former Virgin Islands executive director jailed for bribery, extortion

Caribbean: The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) says the former executive director of the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) Legislature has been sentenced to five years in prison for bribery and extortion. Comment.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Diaspora driving Jamaican tourism

Jamaica: As a “Thank You” to the Jamaican Diaspora community, the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) and the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) recently hosted a special reception in midtown Manhattan. Comment.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

OAS congratulates new president of Guyana

Guyana: The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, has congratulated the new President of Guyana, David Granger, in winning last Monday’s general elections. Comment.

GraceKennedy brings in more, but earns less profit

Food: The GraceKennedy Group is reporting revenues of $ $21.1 billion, a $2.9 billion — or 16 percent — increase over the same period last year. The Company is however reporting a decline in net profit by 25 percent compared to last year, moving from $941 million to $703 million. Comment.

Former P.R. psychiatrist jailed for child exploitation

Puerto Rico: A former psychiatrist here has been sentenced to 15 years in jailed for transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual conduct. Comment.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Cameron cheers West Indies cricket

Caribbean: West Indies Cricket Board President Dave Cameron has hailed the Caribbean side for the recent Test win against England in the final of the three-match series at Kensington Oval, Barbados. Comment.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

New deputy special representative for Haiti mission

Haiti: United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has appointed his Deputy Special Representative for the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). Comment.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: Here’s the latest from around the Caribbean. Comment.