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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 (1).

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. Comment.

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. Comment.

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.

Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014

Attorney General to return to Caribbean

Barbados: Eric Holder will soon be resigning from his office as the first African American attorney general of the United States, but he is working to ensure he has one last high-level meeting with Caribbean Community officials before doing so in the coming weeks. Comment.

Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014

Senior Congressman wants greater U.S. presence in the  Caribbean

New York: A senior member of the United States Congress has called for greater U.S. presence in the Caribbean. Comment.

Friday, Nov. 21, 2014

Jamaica wins Caribbean Cup

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Hundreds bid farewell to prominent Brooklyn businessman Cal Crichton

St Vincent: Hundreds of mourners jammed the pews of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn in bidding farewell to prominent Vincentian businessman James Calvert “Cal” Crichton. Comments (2).

Ten years of Thanksgiving at Calvary Mission

Food: Calvary Mission food pantry in Jamaica, Queens will provide members of the community with all the trimmings for a turkey dinner during its 10th annual of Thanksgiving sustenance program. Comment.

Brooklyn church group conducts successful mission to SVG

St Vincent: The Brooklyn-based Vincentian American Adventist Association reports its latest mission trip home was a huge success. Comment.

Shocker! Marley could become face of weed!

Jamaica: By Vinette K. Pryce Comments (2).

Haiti to open ID office in the Diaspora

Haiti: Haitians living in the Diaspora will no longer have to fly to Haiti to get a national identification card, a critical document to obtain a Haitian passport or the ability to vote in the country’s elections, according to reports. Comment.

Haitian cholera epidemic compared to Ebola

Haiti: Leaders in Haiti fear it will take 40 years to rid country of the disease. Comment.

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

Jamaica wins Caribbean Cup

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014

A fair climate treaty or none at all, Jamaica warns

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica, Nov. 10, 2014 (IPS) - As the clock counts down to the last major climate change meeting of the year, before countries must agree on a definitive new treaty in 2015, a senior United Nations official says members of the Alliance of Small Island Developing States (AOSIS) “need to be innovative and think outside the box” if they hope to make progress on key issues. Comment.

Dynamic Airways returns with seasonal flights to Guyana

Grenada: Guyanese travelers are breathing a sigh of relief from high airfares this holiday season, with the return of North Carolina charter service Dynamic Airway that will recommence flights from JFK to Cheddi Jagan International Airport starting on Nov. 22. Comment.

Monday, Nov. 17, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean: Chikunguyana (CHIKV) cases are approaching about one million in the Caribbean. Comment.

Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014

Montano wins a Soul Train Award

Music: Trinidad and Tobago Soca star Machel Montano has won America’s Soul Train Award for Best International Performance at the star-studded event at the New Orleans Arena stage in Las Vegas, USA last week. Comment.

Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014

West Indies select full-strength squad for SA tour

Caribbean: ST. JOHN’S, Antigua (AP) _ Less than a month after a pay dispute derailed its tour to India, the West Indies has selected a full-strength squad for a series in South Africa next month. Comment.

Senators: We’re optimistic Cuba to free contractor

Cuba: HAVANA (AP) _ Two U.S. senators expressed optimism Tuesday that Cuba will free imprisoned American government contractor Alan Gross. Comment.

Friday, Nov. 14, 2014

Jamaican indicted in fraudulent lottery scheme

Jamaica: The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) says a grand jury in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia has returned an indictment charging a Jamaican citizen who was residing in Virginia in connection with the operation of a fraudulent lottery scheme. Comment.

Reggae Culture Salute celebrates female singers

Jamaica: Coalition to Preserve Reggae (CPR) in association with UJAA, JAHJAH Foundation and DARC Foundation commemorated the Coronation of Emperor Haile Selassie I and Empress Mennen of Ethiopia with their co-presentation of the 10th Annual Reggae Culture Salute on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Many reggae lovers graced Nazareth Regional High School’s Performance Center in Brooklyn to see and hear the fabulous artists. Comment.

ROYAL SEND-OFF

Guyana: Wearing a colorful gown designed with trumpet sleeves and a V-neckline, Miss World Guyana 2014 Rafieya Husain was greeted with flash bulbs and applause when she arrived abroad the Golden Sunshine Yacht in Sheepshead Bay last Saturday. Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

Dominica PM sets new election date

Dominica: Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has set Dec. 8 as the new date for general elections. Comment.

DR quits OAS’s human rights court

Dominican Republic: SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) _ The Dominican Republic withdrew as a member of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on Tuesday, leading rights activists to raise concerns about the welfare of migrants in the Caribbean country. Comment.

Cricket bailout

Caribbean: St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves is rallying support to help the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) settle a US$42 million bill with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Comment.

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014

GUYANA IN CRISIS

Guyana: In what his critics call a shameless attempt to avoid his government falling, President Donald Ramotar suspended sittings of Guyana’s parliament this week just as the opposition parties in the national assembly were preparing to pass a no confidence vote in his administration that would have forced him to call general elections in three months at the latest. Comment.

LASCO MoneyGram invests in education

Jamaica: Many young Jamaicans have ambitions of achieving their dreams and realizing their full potential. Whether becoming young entrepreneurs or entering more traditional fields of medicine, law or engineering, youth have a goal to ‘become something in life.’ The reality is that the fulfilment of these dreams is often times hampered or cut short by harsh financial challenges. Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014

Trinidad to step up deportations of migrants

Trinidad and Tobago: PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) _ The government of Trinidad & Tobago says it plans to crack down on the estimated 110,000 migrants living in the twin-island nation illegally — even knocking on doors to track them down. Comment.

Severe flooding hits Haiti, Dominican Republic

Haiti: CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti (AP) _ Thousands of families in Haiti and the neighboring Dominican Republic have been displaced by floods from a storm system that drenched the countries for several days, officials said Thursday. Comment.

The darkest day for democracy in Guyana

Guyana: To The Editor: A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) is enraged at President Donald Ramotar’s promulgation of a proclamation to prorogue parliament on Monday 10th November 2014. This is the darkest day for democracy in Guyana. Comment.

Michael Manley 90 to kick-off Legacy Series

Jamaica: Two days after his actual 90th birthday anniversary, admirers, supporters and comrades of Michael Manley will recall the legacy left by Jamaica’s fourth prime minister during the first forum to launch a legacy series. Comment.

Chikungunya outbreak continues to spread

Health: The Atlanta, GA-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned that the chikungunya outbreak in Caribbean and Central and South American countries continues to spread with no sign of slowing down. Comment.

Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014

Former Antiguan PM knighted

Antigua: Former Antigua & Barbuda Prime Minister Lester Bird, was among four nationals who were knighted during the recent Ceremonial Parade to mark the 33rd anniversary of Independence recently. Comment.

Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua-based Caribbean airline LIAT is expected to retrench staff as a result of the airline’s decision to cut its fleet from the current 11 aircraft to nine next year. Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014

Haitian American scores landslide victory

Brooklyn: After handsomely defeating Jamaican-born economist and accountant Rickie Tullock by 20 percentage points to win the New York State Democratic Primary in the 42nd State Assembly District in Brooklyn in September, Haitian American Rodneyse Bichotte won the general elections on Tuesday night by a massive landslide. Comment.

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.

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.

Grenadian marathoners run for charity

Grenada: It was double success for Grenadians on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014 when runners in both New York and Grenada successfully completed marathons to help raise funds for the charity, reachwithin, which supports vulnerable Grenadian children and their caregivers. Comment.

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014

U.S. congratulates Antigua, Dominica

Dominica: The United States has congratulated Antigua and Barbuda and Dominica for their 33rd and 36th year, respectively, of political independence from Great Britain. Comment.

Carey billed to headline Jazz & Blues Fest in JA

Music: For the very first time in her storied musical career, pop superstar Mariah Carey will travel south to perform in the Caribbean. The date has been set, the destination agreed and the best-selling female artist of all time will be making her first-ever appearance in the Caribbean on the island of Jamaica. Comment.

Caribbean economies reform business setting

Caribbean: A new World Bank Group report finds that over the past year, 50 percent of economies in the Caribbean implemented at least one reform, making it easier for local entrepreneurs to do business. Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014

UWI plans 4th International Reggae Conference

Music: University of the West Indies in Jamaica recently announced plans for the fourth International Reggae Conference. Formerly known as the Global Reggae Conference, the four-day focus on one of the Caribbean’s most popular home-grown music will celebrate the genre as well as reflect on some of the pitfalls that has kept it a niche market commodity. Comment.

DR accused of disregarding international law

Haiti: The London-based international human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, says the Dominican Republic’s reaction to a court ruling over the rights of Dominicans of Haitian descent shows a “shocking disregard” for international law and the country’s legal responsibilities. Comment.

Peter Phillips’ principle for ‘prosperity’

Jamaica: While visiting here on a three-day visit Peter David Phillips, Jamaica’s finance and planning minister became the 10th speaker to keynote the 10th anniversary Caribbean International Network (CIN) Lecture Series and for the significant milestone achievement, the parliamentarian talked about “Jamaica’s Path To Prosperity.” Comment.

Nations in Americas join in battle against Ebola

Health: HAVANA (AP) _ Representatives of countries from around the Americas, including the United States, have agreed to work together in their response to Ebola, adopting similar procedures in such things as the establishment of epidemiological monitoring centers and coordinating the transport of biological samples. Comment.

Monday, Nov. 3, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Bahamas Minister of Financial Services Ryan Pinder said it is time to allow select foreign law firms to operate within the Bahamas’ financial services industry. Comment.

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Bahamas Minister of Financial Services Ryan Pinder said it is time to allow select foreign law firms to operate within the Bahamas’ financial services industry. Comment.

Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014

Call for CARICOM to intervene in cricket crisis

Caribbean: St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves is urging CARICOM to intervene in the impasse between the West Indies’ players, their union WIPA and the West Indies Cricket Board (WIBC). Comment.

Call for CARICOM to intervene in cricket crisis

Caribbean: St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves is urging CARICOM to intervene in the impasse between the West Indies’ players, their union WIPA and the West Indies Cricket Board (WIBC). Comment.

Tower Isle, Trans Caribe offer Ebola help for Jamaica

Jamaica: The threat of the deadly disease Ebola is very much on the radar of several Caribbean nations and Jamaica is no exception. Last week, Patrick Jolly, the CEO of Tower Isle Frozen Foods (USA) announced at the Jamaican Consulate General in New York that his company has just purchased 10 Welch Allyn ThermoScan thermometers for use at Jamaican airports, sea ports and hospitals to help boost the island’s preparedness for ebola, in the event that Jamaica has to deal with the crisis. Comment.

Tower Isle, Trans Caribe offer Ebola help for Jamaica

Jamaica: The threat of the deadly disease Ebola is very much on the radar of several Caribbean nations and Jamaica is no exception. Last week, Patrick Jolly, the CEO of Tower Isle Frozen Foods (USA) announced at the Jamaican Consulate General in New York that his company has just purchased 10 Welch Allyn ThermoScan thermometers for use at Jamaican airports, sea ports and hospitals to help boost the island’s preparedness for ebola, in the event that Jamaica has to deal with the crisis. Comment.

Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014

Bailey returns to head WIADCA

Arts & Theater: After a leave of absence, Trinidadian Thomas Bailey has returned to his role as president of the Brooklyn-based West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) president. Comment.

Bailey returns to head WIADCA

Arts & Theater: After a leave of absence, Trinidadian Thomas Bailey has returned to his role as president of the Brooklyn-based West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) president. Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

DEATH THREAT BOMBSHELL

Guyana: In a rather stunning and bizarre development, Guyana’s usually belligerent attorney general has found himself at the center of one of the worst political storms for the year after he told a local newspaper that gunmen will soon storm the newsroom and kill whomever is there if the paper does not back off from its aggressive anti-corruption coverage. Comment.

Caribbean faces Cyber flaws

Caribbean: As the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Inter-American Development (IDB) concluded a regional workshop here on cyber security, the OAS says cyber vulnerabilities continue to affect a “wide range of targets” in the Caribbean. Comment.

Ex-baby sitter receives independence honor

Brooklyn: Joanne Legair rose from her early baby-sitting job, when she first migrated to the United States in 1991, to become the sole honoree last Sunday at the gala Independence Luncheon and Awards Ceremony in Brooklyn, commemorating St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ 35th anniversary of political independence from Great Britain. Comment.

World backs Cuba

Cuba: Calling the U.S. blockade against Cuba a violation of both the United Nations Charter and International Law and applauding Cuba’s human development achievements for its people, the region and the world, 188 of 193 member states of the UN General Assembly voted on Oct. 28, for the 23rd consecutive year, to demand that the U.S. lift its blockade against the Caribbean island-nation. Only the U.S. and Israel voted counter to Cuba’s resolution, with three nations abstaining. Comment.

SVG PM lauds nationals in nation-building

St Vincent: As Vincentians in New York on Sunday climaxed their celebration of the nation’s 35th year of political independence, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has commended them for their efforts in nation-building. Comment.

CALYPSO KING

Music: Dennis Bowman, a finalist in the national calypso competition in Vincy Mas 2014, last Saturday morning captured the inaugural New York calypso crown from a field of 11 challengers amid much controversy. Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

Caribbean haunts spotlight in Halloween list

Jamaica: When Bob Marley sang “there’s a natural mystic blowing through the air,” he was not recording a warning about Halloween or making any reference to All Hallows Eve. Comment.

Cricket board faces legal troubles

Caribbean: The Board of Control in India (BCCI) says it will initiate legal proceedings against the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) over its players’ decision to suddenly abandon the tour. Comment.

Loyalists, uncertainty surround Haiti’s ex-leader

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide returned home from exile in 2011 to a jubilant welcome, but lately he has seemed more like a prisoner. Comment.

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Seven Caribbean countries have signed on to a hemispheric initiative to end child labor in this part of the world ahead of a global deadline of 2020. Recently Guyana, Bahamas, Dominica Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago endorsed a declaration on the Latin American and Caribbean Free of Child Labor Regional Initiative which follows up from 2013 Brasilia Declaration against Child Labor, signed by 154 countries in Brazil. Comment.

Belize fights to save a crucial barrier reef

Belize: BELIZE CITY, Oct 20 2014 (IPS) - Home to the second longest barrier reef in the world and the largest in the Western Hemisphere, which provides jobs in fishing, tourism and other industries which feed the lifeblood of the economy, Belize has long been acutely aware of the need to protect its marine resources from both human and natural activities. Comment.

Twenty years of spiritual cleansing, herbal healing

Trinidad and Tobago: Menes de Groit and his wife Mama Nyaah proudly stated that over the last 20 years, Cosmic Enterprise - Healing Village has helped to transform parts of the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood from a drug-nest, to what it is today, “Healed, thought cleansing, music, and education.” Comment.

Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014

Suicide a significant health problem

Health: A new Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) report says about 65,000 people take their own lives in the Americas, including the Caribbean, each year—more than seven per hour. Comment.

Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014

BCCI may fine WICB $65M

Caribbean: West Indies cricketers pulled out of the tour of India after the fourth One-day International because of their refusal to accept a new payment structure introduced by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). The West Indies had agreed to play five One-day internationals, one Twenty20 and three Tests. Comment.

Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

TRAVEL BAN REVIEW

Health: Some Caribbean governments say they are moving to review travel bans on students and others from Nigeria in the wake of that West African country being declared free of the deadly Ebola virus for now officials said this week even as others say they are racing to become fully prepared for an outbreak. Comment.

Jamaican opposition discusses future

Jamaica: Riding on a high from recent polls which put him primed for leadership, Andrew Holness, the youngest leader of a Jamaican government addressed nationals with a forecast to future prosperity. Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Guyana’s Queens College to mark 170th anniversary

Guyana: “Faithful and Useful Everywhere” is the motto of the Queen’s College of Guyana Alumni Association and that will be on the minds of members of the New York Chapter, when they join other past students in commemorating the institution’s 170th Anniversary. Comments (1).

Four Caribbean talents vie for Soul Train Awards

Music: Three Jamaicans and Trinidad & Tobago’s Machel Montano will represent the Caribbean when the 27th annual Soul Train Awards are held next month in Las Vegas. Comment.

WIPA, players in dispute

Caribbean: West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) President Wavell Hinds has refuted claims made by members of the West Indies cricket team in India that they were not consulted during the negotiations for the new Memorandum of Understanding with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and insisted that there will be no resignation by members of the current WIPA executive. Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

Vincentians mark country’s anniversary with prayer

St Vincent: Members of the Vincentian clergy in New York last Sunday offered differing prayers at an Ecumenical Service of Thanksgiving marking the nation’s 35th anniversary of political independence. Comment.

Paragon of Reggae John Holt  passes

Music: Jamaican reggae singer John Holt was booked to perform in Florida next month. Although rumors of his death had been rampant on social media outlets, since he became ill at the “One Love” Festival on Aug. 16, the reality of an absent 1000-volt entertainer seemed unfathomable. However, on Oct. 19, the 70th birthday anniversary of Peter Tosh and the eve of Jamaica’s National Heroes Day celebrations, the 69-year-old Holt died at the Wellington Hospital in London. Comments (2).

LASCO MoneyGram leads remittance services

Jamaica: Kingston, Jamaica: LASCO Financial Services Ltd. and MoneyGram International’s solid partnership has provided convenient and affordable remittance services to Jamaica for more than 10 years. An expansive branch network and consistent service delivery enables Jamaicans, to care for their families and transact business from remote locations with ease. Comment.

Caribbean farmers reap benefits of ICT

Environment: PARAMARIBO, Suriname, Oct 15, 2014 (IPS) - Farmers in the Caribbean are being encouraged to make more use of farm apps and other forms of ICT in an effort to increase the knowledge available for making sound, profitable farming decisions. Comment.

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

Grenadian American teaches dance diversity classes in Grenada

Arts & Theater: Award-winning professional dancer, Shola K. Roberts, is now in Grenada teaching traditional West African dance to emerging dancers on the island. Comment.

Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

Caribbean unemployment expected to drop

Caribbean: Two United Nations agencies say the unfavorable evolution of the economy in Latin America and the Caribbean during the second half of 2014 will not prevent regional urban unemployment from decreasing slightly this year to 6.0 percent or 6.1 percent, from the 6.2 percent recorded in 2013. Comment.

Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014

Bermuda braces for Category 4 Hurricane Gonzalo

Caribbean: HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) _ People on the tiny British territory of Bermuda rushed Thursday to batten down for Hurricane Gonzalo, which was roaring toward them as a major Category 4 storm just days after a tropical storm damaged homes and knocked down trees and power lines. Comment.

Wambach scores, US beats Trinidad and Tobago 1-0

Caribbean: KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) _ Abby Wambach scored in the 54th minute to help the United States beat Trinidad and Tobago 1-0 on Wednesday night in their opening Women’s World Cup qualifying game. Comment.

Friday, Oct. 17, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

Venezuela: Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne has “unequivocally” condemned what he characterized as “the brutal assassination” of a political figure in Venezuela and the intensification of political violence in that country. Browne was reacting to the assassination in Caracas, the Venezuelan capital, of Robert Serra, a Member of Parliament from the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), earlier this month. Comment.

Caribbean countries implement travel ban

St Vincent: St. Vincent and the Grenadines has placed a ban on nationals from Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Guinea from entering the island, as Caribbean countries continue to put in place measures to prevent a possible outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the region. Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said that the measure was taken given the lack of infrastructure on the island to deal with the Ebola virus for there is no known cure. Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

DEBATE ON ISIS RAGES

Trinidad and Tobago: Security officials in Trinidad are to decide on a policy regarding locals who had traveled to the Middle East to fight with the Islamic State being allowed to return to the island, resettle and live a normal life. Comment.

Preparing for Ebola in the Caribbean

Health: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) wants healthcare workers throughout the Americas, including the Caribbean, to be trained in the use of personal protective equipment and early identification of suspected cases of the Ebola virus disease (EVD). Comment.

Guyana - Jamaica group raises funds for schools

Jamaica: The warm greetings that were exchanged by nationals at the First Annual Fundraising Dinner and Dance of the Guyana Jamaica Friendship Association Inc. (New York), was a clear indication that benefactors were committed to working together with the board for the betterment of students back home. Comments (5).

Three Grenadians to run NY Marathon for charity

Grenada: Grenadians Jerry Bascombe, Dennis Mason and Anderson Simon, will have the experience of a lifetime when they take part in the TCS New York Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. They will navigate the 26.2-mile run, through five boroughs and over five bridges, to raise funds for the charity, reachwithin (formerly known as Reach Grenada), which supports vulnerable Grenadian children and their caregivers. Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

US charity donates 50,000 breadfruit trees

Jamaica: A United States charity says it has donated and planted 50,000 food-bearing trees in Haiti and Jamaica to help combat hunger. The Northfield, Illinois-based Trees That Feed Foundation (TIFF) said that the 50,000th tree donated by TTFF is a breadfruit tree planted by students as part of a school garden project in St. Michel de l’ Attalaye, Haiti. Comment.

Vincy Gospel diva sings for a cause

Music: Award-winning, Vincentian-born, Caribbean gospel diva, Evangelist Bridget Blucher, two Saturdays ago brought the House of the Lord down in a major gospel concert drive aimed at installing an air conditioning system at one of the larger United Methodist churches in Brooklyn. For the second year, Blucher flew from her residence in Port St. Lucie, Florida to render her mellifluous, enthralling voice to a worthy cause, at St. Marks United Methodist Church, in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn. Comment.

Hundreds attend ‘Baby Doc’ funeral in Haiti

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Hundreds of people attended the funeral of former dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc’’ Duvalier on Saturday, displaying lingering respect for a man who was widely reviled for repression and corruption during his 15 years in power. Mourners paused to pay their respects in front of Duvalier’s coffin draped with Haiti’s red-and-blue flag as they greeted his partner Veronique Roy, his ex-wife Michele Bennett and their two children. Comment.

India ties series with an emphatic victory

People: India and the West Indies are now in a tie following the defeat of the West Indies during the second one-day match of the five-match series by 48 runs. India scored a modest 263 runs for 7 wickets in their innings off 50 overs. Suresh Raina 62 from 60 balls, Virat Kohli 62 from 78 balls and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni 51 not out from 40 balls. For the West Indies, Jerome Taylor picked up three wickets for 54 runs from 10 overs. Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy, Ravi Rampaul and Sulieman Benn all took one wicket each. Comment.

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

Trinidad’s new IXP is key to its Internet economy growth

Trinidad and Tobago: The recent establishment of an Internet exchange point (IXP) in T&T is a necessary step in strengthening the country’s local Internet economy. But it is not enough, says Bevil Wooding, Internet strategist with Packet Clearing House (PCH). Comment.

CARICOM nationals short-listed for ACP post

Caribbean: Three candidates from Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica have been short-listed for the post of secretary of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) grouping. Comments (1).

Trinidad monitors suspect ISIS fighters

Trinidad and Tobago: The Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of National Security is investigating reports that at least 50 Trinidadians have flown to Syria within the past few months to join the terrorist organization Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Comment.

Monday, Oct. 13, 2014

Lloyd stands up for young Windies cricketers

Caribbean: Former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd believes the time has come to fight for West Indies players and ensure their careers are not ended prematurely by the politics of the game. Comment.

Hotter Caribbean poses threats to livestock farmers

Environment: PARAMARIBO, Suriname, Oct 8, 2014 (IPS) - Livestock farmers in the Caribbean are finding it increasingly difficult and expensive to rear healthy animals because of climate change, a situation that poses a significant threat to a region that is already too dependent on imports to feed its population. Comment.

Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says ministers of health and other high-level delegates from countries in the Americas, have agreed on a series of actions to advance toward universal health coverage. Comment.

Mass migration fears if Ebola spreads: US general

Health: The head of the Miami-based United States Southern Military Command, otherwise known as SOUTHCOM, warned that an Ebola outbreak in Central America or the Caribbean could trigger a mass migration to the U.S. of people fleeing the disease. Comment.

Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014

CARIBBEAN ISIS LINK UNCOVERED

People: Until the beginning of October, discussion points in Trinidad would have centered more on preparations for general elections expected in mid to late 2015, but persistent media reports that local Muslims are flocking to the Middle East to fight with the Islamic State group have not only changed this but has promoted an official state investigation into the developments. Comment.

Remittances expected to grow

Caribbean: Remittances by international migrants from the Caribbean and other developing countries are on course for strong growth this year, while at the same time forced migration due to violence and conflict has reached unprecedented levels, according to the World Bank’s latest issue of Migration and Development Brief. Comment.

Caribbean discusses future of energy

St Lucia: The Organization of American States (OAS) says its Assistant Secretary General, Albert Ramdin, on Monday joined ministers and high-level authorities on energy in the Caribbean to address energy and climate challenges in preparation for a meeting of ministers in 2015 under the umbrella of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA). Comment.

Haitian group honors nationals

Haiti: It certainly is celebratory when a once fledgling social service agency celebrates its 39th year! Entering its 40th year serving the community, Haitian Americans United for Progress (HAUP) celebrated with an anniversary fundraising gala in Queens Village, last weekend. Comment.

‘I RISE’ WITH ETANA

Music: Etana releases her new album “I Rise,” which will be available from Oct. 28, 2014 on VP Records. The beautifully-orchestrated set is helmed by the legendary Jamaican multi-instrumentalist and producer Clive Hunt, whose credits include Byron Lee & The Dragonaires, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Peter Tosh, Rolling Stones, The Wailers, Grace Jones, Jimmy Cliff and many more. Comment.

Friday, Oct. 10, 2014

Windies drop Narine

Caribbean: West Indies’ chances in the upcoming one-day series against India have been dealt a severe blow, with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) opting to pull champion off-spinner Sunil Narine from the 14-man squad. Comment.

Fraser-Pryce appointed ambassador

Jamaica: The Jamaican government has appointed two-time Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce as an Ambassador Special Envoy to the world. Comment.

Narine’s bowling action suspect

Caribbean: Umpires at the recently concluded Champions League Twenty20 in India have reported West Indies mystery off-spinner Sunil Narine for having a suspected bowling action. Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014

Jamaican opposition leader to headline NYC, Toronto JN forums

Jamaica: Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition in Jamaica and former Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, will headline the 11th series of the “Outlook for the Future” meetings, to be held in New York, in the United States of America; and Toronto, Canada on Oct. 21 and 23, respectively. Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Barbados Chamber of Industry and Commerce (BCIC) said it had urged the Frendeul Stuart government to consider entering into a standby agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as the island grapples to turn around the ailing economy. Comment.

Ousted Haitian dictator, Jean-Claude Duvalier dies

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Jean-Claude Duvalier, who presided over what was widely acknowledged as a corrupt and brutal regime as the self-proclaimed “president for life” of Haiti until a popular uprising sent him into a 25-year exile, has died. He was 63. Duvalier died Saturday from a heart attack at the home of a friend in Port-au-Prince where he had been staying, said his lawyer, Reynold Georges, and several officials in the impoverished nation. Comment.

Geoffrey Holder, multitalented artist, dies at 84

Arts & Theater: Geoffrey Holder, the dancer, choreographer, actor, composer, designer and painter who used his manifold talents to infuse the arts with the flavor of his native West Indies and to put a singular stamp on the American cultural scene, not least with his outsize personality, died on Sunday in Manhattan. He was 84. Comment.

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014

Antigua faces climate risks with ambitious renewables target

Antigua: HODGES BAY, Antigua, Oct 6, 2014 (IPS) - Ruth Spencer is a pioneer in the field of solar energy. She promotes renewable technologies to communities throughout her homeland of Antigua and Barbuda, playing a small but important part in helping the country achieve its goal of a 20-percent reduction in the use of fossil fuels by 2020. Comment.

Boyers’ bees in Brooklyn

Food: In a Ditmas Park front yard, under a towering evergreen, a lot of buzzing is going on. That’s where the Boyers’ two beehives reside, soaking up morning sun. In the hot afternoon, the pine shades them. Comment.

Monday, Oct. 6, 2014

New collective bargaining agreement for cricket board

Barbados: Last week, The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) have signed a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Barbados. President of the WICB Dave Cameron signed on behalf of the regional body, while Wavell Hinds, president of WIPA signed on behalf of the players’ association. Comment.

Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014

Pot decriminalization bill drafted in Jamaica

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ Jamaica’s justice minister said Tuesday that legislation has been drafted to decriminalize marijuana on the Caribbean island where the drug has been pervasive but prohibited for a century. Comments (1).

Vincentian Relief Committee donates US$20,000

St Vincent: The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Relief Steering Committee of New York last Saturday evening handed over a check amounting to US$20,000 to Foreign Affairs Minister Camillo Gonsalves to be delivered to the National Emergency Management Organization (NE Comment.

Friday, Oct. 3, 2014

Newspaper publisher faces fraud charges

Guyana: In a clear case in which the government and its senior functionaries are abusing their state power, customs and revenue authorities have slapped six fraud and tax evasion charges against the owner and publisher of the Guyana’s leading daily newspaper in the midst of a simmering row over the paper’s unrelenting expose of alleged corrupt activities involving government officials and Asian investors, Chinese in particular. Comment.

Injury sidelines Jamaican jockey

Jamaica: Rajiv Maragh, who has been turning in a decent fall campaign as a veteran jockey at Belmont Park, was on his way to the Breeders’ Cup to be held later this month. However, he is not expected to be on the track for a while because of his recent injuries. Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014

Antigua, US discuss trade dispute

Antigua: One day after Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne addressed the United Nations General Assembly during which he called on the United States government to settle the outstanding World Trade Organization (WTO) Gaming issue with Antigua and Barbuda, the prime minister held bilateral talks with senior U.S. officials designed to resolve the issue. Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

Apollo slates One Love! Bob Marley Tribute Concert

Music: One year before the untimely May 11, 1981 passing of reggae superstar Bob Marley, on Sept. 19, 1980 the Rastafarian musician opened for the first of a two-night concert with rhythm & blues legends The Commodores at Madison Square Garden and many of his fans have not stopped talking about what transpired that evening. Comment.

Vegas launches ‘Reggae Euphoria’

Music: Not everything that happens with Vegas stays with Vegas. Unlike the west coast gambling capital, with the dancehall, reggae deejay -- whose moniker introduced him as Mr. Vegas -- everything he writes, produces, rhymes or releases should be blazed in neon lights for all to see and hear. Comment.

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014

New Antigua ambassador to UN

Antigua: Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne has announced that Dr. Walton Alfonso “Aubrey” Webson has been appointed as the country’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations. Comment.

The changing face of Caribbean migration

Trinidad and Tobago: PORT OF SPAIN, Sep 25 2014 (IPS) - Ruth Osman is attractive and well-groomed in tailored slacks and a patterned blouse, topped by a soft jacket worn open. Her demeanour and polished accent belie the stereotypical view that most Caribbean nationals have of Guyanese migrants. Comment.

Climate change an ‘existential threat’ for the Caribbean

St Vincent: KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Sept. 22, 2014 (IPS) - When it comes to climate change, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves doesn’t mince words: he will tell you that it is a matter of life and death for Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Comment.

Monday, Sept. 29, 2014

Antigua to U.S.: Settle long-standing trade judgment

Antigua: Antigua and Barbuda has reiterated its call on the United States to settle its long, outstanding trade judgment “fairly and expeditiously.” In his maiden address to the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, Prime Minister Gaston Browne noted that it has been “10 long years” since Antigua and Barbuda secured a favorable decision by the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body in a complaint against the U.S. on online gambling. Comment.

Jamaica aims to double renewable energy capacity

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ Sun-splashed, wind-swept Jamaica positioned itself Thursday to nearly double the amount of electricity it generates from renewable sources. Comment.

Jamaica police probe senior cop’s poisoning death

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ Jamaican detectives are investigating the poisoning death of a police commander. A coroner’s jury inquest ruled this week that Dayton Henry was “systematically” poisoned. The former head of the Clarendon police division died at a hospital in May 2012. Local media say a poison used to exterminate rats was found in his system. Comment.

Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014

West Indies names One-day squad

Caribbean: The West Indies selectors have named a 15-man squad for the five-match One-Day series against India next month. Included in the squad are fast bowler Jerome Taylor and batsmen Dwayne Smith and Marlon Samuels. Chris Gayle, who is yet to completely recover from a hamstring injury, has missed the list alongside Kirk Edwards and off-spinner Nikita Miller. Comment.

Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Economy-class passengers traveling to the Caribbean, the U.S., Mexico and within Canada, will now have to pay CAN$25 for luggage. According to Air Canada, those traveling on Flex and Latitude Economy Class fares, or Altitude Prestige, Elite and Super Elite members will not be affected. Comment.

Guyana’s prez holds townhall meeting in Brooklyn

Guyana: President of Guyana, Donald Ramotar told compatriots at a town hall meeting in Brooklyn, that the Republic has an exceptional relationship with the Unites States administration in Guyana’s fight against crime. Comment.

Friday, Sept. 26, 2014

Grenada PM wants more help for developing countries

Grenada: Grenada Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has appealed to the developed world to do more to help developing countries. In addressing the special session of the U.N. General Assembly on the follow-up to the Program of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Beyond 2014 on Monday, Mitchell said while he shared “the urgency of the findings of the review,” which show that, despite significant gains in poverty reduction and economic growth since the International Conference on Population and Development, “many have been left behind.” Comment.

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014

Caribbean businesses seek to expand operations

Brooklyn: Several Caribbean businesses converged at the Brooklyn Restoration Plaza for GO-CARIBBEAN!’s first inaugural International Business and Investment Expo from Sept. 22 - 23. Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014

Marley’s Musical

Music: Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley died in 1981 at age 36 but every decade since his passing, his music gets bigger, louder, and for the 70th anniversary of his birth a musical based on his life could be headed to Broadway. Comments (1).

EDDIE’S PEREJIL

Arts & Theater: If ever one word in the Americas typifies genocide, it’s the Spanish word for parsley: perejil, with its trilled “r”. Seventy-seven years ago, Dominican soldiers carried out a massacre of Haitians at the northern border of the Dominican Republic and Haiti under the orders of President Trujillo. Comment.

Artist donates replica of flag to Guyana consulate

Guyana: A skillfully crafted replica of Guyana’s national flag - the Golden Arrowhead, now hangs on the wall of the Guyana Consulate of New York, thanks to the generosity of Jonathan Locke, a son of the soil. Comment.

Oliver Samuels’ ‘Dolly House’

Arts & Theater: Oliver Samuels latest play, Dolly House, starring Oliver Samuels, Audrey Reid, Dennis Titus and Ruth Ho Shing will be presented at Wingate Campus, Brooklyn on Saturday, Oct. 4 beginning at 7:30 p.m. and York College, Queens, Sunday, Oct. 5 at 4:00 p.m. Comment.

Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

Boosting the natural disaster immunity of Caribbean hospitals

St Vincent: PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Sep 21, 2014 (IPS) - When floods overwhelmed the Eastern Caribbean in December last year, St. Vincent’s new smart hospital, completed just a few months earlier, stood the test of “remaining functional during and immediately after a natural disast Comment.

Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014

Trinidad says it will not halt highway project

Trinidad and Tobago: PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) _ Trinidad & Tobago’s government says it will not halt a highway extension project to prevent an environmental activist from resuming a hunger strike. Comment.
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