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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Sign painter beautifies Georgetown

Arts & Theater: Sign painter, Andrew Allen was born in Georgetown 50 years ago, the exact year Guyana attained independence from Great Britain in 1966. So in a fitting tribute to the land of his birth and the Golden Jubilee, the painter said he wants to make a contribution and is calling on the Guyana government to commission him to paint murals for the upcoming week of celebration. Comments (1).

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Call for Caribbean Resilience Fund

Caribbean: The Economic Commission for Latin American and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has called for the creation of a Caribbean Resilience Fund as part of a debt alleviation strategy based on a climate change swap proposal. Comment.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Growing concerns over T&T ISIS fighters

Trinidad and Tobago: The government of Trinidad and Tobago has confirmed that more than 100 men, women and children from that country had traveled to Syria to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) between 2013 and 2015 in addition to Trinidad and Tobago fighters fighting with the militant organization. Comment.

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Caribbean in Motion showcases animators to the world

Arts & Theater: An exhibit that brings to the United States a contemporary sample of animation and animated video art that showcases the potential that Caribbean animators offer to the world is being shown at the headquarters of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington, D.C. Comment.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Cuba will host the seventh summit of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) which will take place on June 4, 2016 in the capital, Havana. This was revealed by the organizations’ Secretary General Alfonso Munera who recently paid a working visit to the Communist island. Comment.

Thursday, April 21, 2016


Suriname: A few years ago when international prices for oil and gold were high, the economy of Dutch-speaking Suriname was at its healthiest since the 1970s, with Central Bank foreign reserves topping $1B, foreign direct investment in bauxite and the hotel sectors peaked and hope for the future abounded. Comment.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

CaribNOG 11 kicks off in Jamaica

Jamaica: MONTEGO BAY—Anyone interested in the development of the Internet in Caribbean may have already heard of CaribNOG, the Caribbean Network Operators Group. Over the past decade, this volunteer-based community of computer engineers has grown into a formidable influencer in the regional technology arena. Today, its twice-yearly regional gatherings are among the most highly anticipated events on the Caribbean’s tech calendar. Comment.

GAC donates 200 pairs of shoes to Guyana

Guyana: The Guyana Action Committee (GAC), on April 10 lived up to its name when the non-for-profit put on an action-packed Pre-50th Independence Anniversary Brunch, and carried out its charitable motto by presenting First Lady of the Republic of Guyana, Mrs. Sandra Granger, and Mrs. Sita Nagamootoo, wife of First Vice President, Moses Nagamootoo, with 200 pairs of shoes for Guyana’s underprivileged children, as part of President David Granger’s humanitarian initiative. Comment.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Moody’s downgrades T&T’s bond rating

Trinidad and Tobago: A major international credit rating agency in New York has downgraded Trinidad and Tobago’s bond ratings to Baa3 from Baa2 and assigned a negative outlook to the twin-island republic’s economic performance. Comment.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Caribbean sees rapid growth in remittances

Caribbean: While remittances to developing countries overall edged up slightly in 2015, the World Bank says, among geographical regions, Latin America and the Caribbean saw the “most rapid” growth rate in remittances last year. Comment.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Crime reaches crisis level in Trinidad

Trinidad and Tobago: Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley says crime in Trinidad and Tobago had now become a national crisis as he expressed concern at the brazen and brutal ways criminals have been killing citizens. Comment.

Thursday, April 14, 2016


Caribbean: An umbrella aviation body this week asked Caribbean trade group governments to agree to unified laws to regulate drones, calling them the “bird strikes” for airborne aircraft of the future and pointing to the steady growth of them in the community. Comment.

Ex-SVG national soccer captain, coach honored

St Vincent: Elliot “Morey” Millington, who skippered and coached the St. Vincent and the Grenadines national football (soccer) team and led the nation to second place in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) championship in 1979, was Saturday night honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Brooklyn-Friends of Sion Hill. Comment.

Caribbean Playreading Series in NY

Arts & Theater: Award winning Jamaican actress and singer Dianne Dixon has joined a stellar lineup of actors from across the Caribbean for the Braata Productions Caribbean Playreading Series to be held at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center (JPAC) in Queens, New York, from April 22 – 24. Comment.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Jamaica to earn $3 billion from tourism in 2017

Jamaica: Jamaica’s newly appointed Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett announced that his country is expected to earn $3 billion from tourism in 2017, up from $2.5B he said the country now earns. Comment.

Haiti artists forge reputation with art made of junk

Arts & Theater: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Amid a maze of car repair shops in Haiti’s gritty capital, Andre Eugene pitches a shredded tire he found atop a towering sculpture he built out of rusty engine parts, bed springs and other cast-off junk. Comment.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

JA eyes radical growth in tourism using ‘5 pillars’

Jamaica: Jamaica has positioned itself to grow its economy using a “five-pillar” formula guaranteed to boost returns from tourism. Eager to follow the lead of the Dominican Republic — the fastest growing economy — Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett predicted a surge next year in the island’s most profitable industry. Comment.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua Former Dominica attorney general, Barnard Wiltshire is calling for the creation of a political watchdog body for the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). Comment.

Treefold increase in Caribbean diabetic patients

People: A new World Health Organization (WHO) report says the number of Caribbean nationals living with diabetes has tripled since 1980, adding that one in 12 inhabitants — some 62 million people — live with diabetes in the Americas, including the Caribbean. Comment.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Grenadian PM to open Indian Diaspora Conference

Grenada: At the end of this month, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell will formally open the International Conference on The Indian Diaspora in Grenada and the Wider Caribbean. Comment.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

GUYEXPO to mark Guyana’s 50th Independence

Guyana: Expatriates will receive incentives in return for doing business in Guyana, this was stated during two dynamic presentations by Dawn Holder-Alert and Tameca Sukhdeo-Singh of the Ministry of Business who called on nationals last Sunday to participate in the May 12-15 GuyExpo 2016 as part of Guyana’s 50th Independence Anniversary celebrations. Comment.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

US welcomes new Provisional Electoral Council in Haiti

Haiti: The United States has welcomed the new Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) in Haiti, saying that it is encouraged by its re-establishment. Comment.

Monday, April 4, 2016

T&T economy faces ‘major shock’

Trinidad and Tobago: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said the Trinidad and Tobago economy is facing a “major shock” as a result of the sharp fall in energy prices, but was not in a crisis. Comment.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

256 prisoners released for Easter

Jamaica: The Interdenominational Christian ministry, Food for the Poor, said it has been able to secure the release of 256 non-violent prisoners in several Caribbean countries for the Easter season. Comment.

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Antigua and Barbuda’s new ambassador to Iraq is to make a prepayment for 50 Citizenship by Investment Program (CIP) passports. A release said the government will have approximately US$5 million in its possession with an additional US$10 million advance payment on 50 CIP applications from Ambassador Ahmed Abbas Oleiwi Al-Hassan. Comment.

Friday, April 1, 2016


Jamaica: The first woman to head a major political party and become prime minister of Jamaica is preparing for a major leadership challenge after steering the organization to a narrow but painful defeat in general elections held recently. Comment.

Guyanese youth get a chance at hoops

Guyana: Basketball coach Lugard Mohan says he does not turn away any child who shows up at his basketball clinic on Saturdays at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in Georgetown, Guyana, despite over crowding and insufficient balls for training. Comment.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Trinidadian now US ambassador

Trinidad and Tobago: A Trinidadian, who migrated to the USA at the age of 14 years, has returned to his former homeland as the United States Ambassador. John Learie Estrada, his wife and twin daughters arrived earlier this week to take up his post. Comment.

‘Bacchanal’ re-launches original Jamaica Carnival

Music: Calypso and soca music lovers in Jamaica will go back to the future on April 3 with the re-launching of Jamaica Carnival. Missing from the cultural calendar since Byron Lee, its founder died at age 73 in 2008, it seemed as if his brainchild died with him. Not so said his daughter Julianne Lee. Comment.

Monday, March 28, 2016

CACCI expects greater community resource with new project

Brooklyn: Since 2001, the Brooklyn-based Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) says the Flatbush-Caton Market has served as a “vibrant home to local businesses and micro-entrepreneurs.” Comment.

Guyana prez to headline Jubilee State Dinner in NY

Guyana: Guyana’s President David Granger will deliver the keynote address at a State Dinner in his honor at the Sheraton New York Time Square Hotel & Towers, on June 11, 2016, organizers in New York say. Comment.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Windies cricketer makes history

Trinidad and Tobago: West Indies and Trinidad off-spinner Anisa Mohammed became the first bowler (male or female) in history to take 100 wickets in Twenty20 International as she spearheaded a superb bowling effort, to help beat Pakistan by four runs in a close Women’s Twenty20 World Cup opening match recently. Comment.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Bahamas: Four Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries have been chosen to conduct social marketing training and technical assistance to reduce daily salt intake. Comment.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Dance your way to fitness, Carib style

Arts & Theater: A vision written down with a due date is no longer a dream; instead, it evolves into a goal. Just a year ago, Candace Thompson envisioned a dance collective to support and celebrate Caribbean American dancers in the Diaspora. Today, the Dance Caribbean Collective is still catapulting forward with new elements including fitness dance classes, bigger shows and more. Comment.

Thursday, March 24, 2016


Fashion: Shawntay Henry of Brooklyn Miss New York is the winner of the 2016 Miss Caribbean United States Pageant held in New York on March 18 & 19. Miss Henry is originally from the United States Virgin Islands now lives in New York. Comment.

Guyana prez to headline Jubilee Week in NY

Guyana: Guyana’s President David Granger will be the Grand Marshall of the 2016 Guyanese American Unity Parade and Mashramani in New York City on June 12, 2016, organizers say. Comment.

Guyana Consulate extends outreach program

Guyana: Guyana’s Ambassador to the United States, Bayney Karran praised the staff of the New York Consulate for its third successful outreach initiative during an observation visit in the Bronx, on March 19. Comment.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Barbados fingerprinting deferred

Barbados: Facing mounting criticism of its plan to fingerprint Barbadians and visitors entering and leaving Barbados, a red-faced government late Friday issued a retraction of the measure, which was set for an April 1 start date. Comment.

Haiti lawmakers reject acting leader’s pm choice

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ A majority of lower house lawmakers rejected the interim president’s pick for prime minister Sunday evening, leaving Haiti’s provisional government in limbo. Comment.

Democracy visits Caribbean’s communist Cuba

Cuba: More than ever, Cuba gets bragging rights as the Caribbean’s choice destination for hosting high profile celebrities. Sunday when President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle, daughters Sasha and Malia and Marian Robinson, the leader’s mother-in-law stepped out of Air Force One and onto the Havana tarmac of the Spanish Caribbean island, a beaming international spotlight focused on the communist nation. Comment.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Antigua and Barbuda to join Carib court

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua and Barbuda is planning to join several other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member-states in having the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as its final court of appeal. Comment.

Court challenge looms for Barbados fingerprinting

Barbados: Prime Minister Freundel Stuart. Photo by George Alleyne The Barbados Government’s plan to fingerprint nationals on entry and departure from the island appears set to be challenged in court before the intended April 01 implementation date. Comment.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

CARICOM strengthens ties with Japan, Israel

Guyana: The 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) grouping has strengthened its relations with Japan and Israel. Comment.

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Inter-American Bank (IDB) says Caribbean countries continue to be affected by the global economic downturn of 2008 and some have still not recorded pre-2008 growth rates. Comment.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

T&T PM fires housing minister

Trinidad and Tobago: With just six months into the new Trinidad and Tobago government Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley has fired his Housing and Urban Development Minister Marlene McDonald from his Cabinet. Comment.

Forum on security and governance

Jamaica: Jamaicans in New York will have the opportunity to contribute to ongoing discussions targeted at strengthening bilateral relations between Jamaica and the United States during a public forum scheduled to be held in Manhattan, New York on Thursday, March 24. Comment.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Panama’s expanded canal faces challenges

Caribbean: PANAMA CITY, March 4, 2016 (IPS) - When the new locks of the expanded Panama Canal begin operations, they will do so amidst numerous challenges, because of the storm clouds hanging over the global economy, especially China. But local authorities and experts are not worried about the possible impact on the expanded canal. Comment.

SVG Garifuna group hosts National Heroes Day

Music: Marsena Ballantyne, the Sandy Bay-born president of the one-year-old, Brooklyn-based Garifuna Indigenous People of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Incorporated (GIPSVG, Inc.), has described as very successful last Saturday’s staging of the group’s inaugural National Heroes Day celebration in Brooklyn. Comment.

West Indies defeat England in Twenty20 match

Caribbean: Hard-hitting Chris Gayle smashed the third fastest 100 in Twenty20 Internationals as West Indies started their Twenty20 World Cup campaign with a decisive six-wicket win over England in India on Wednesday. Comment.

Jamaican nurse receives Mentor Award

Jamaica: Merle Fearon Warren of Jamaica, West Indies, a registered nurse at Mount Sinai/ Beth Israel Medical Center as well as Lutheran Medical Center was awarded the 2015 Mentor Award from the International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA) for her continued volunteer work educating the public about addiction. Comments (1).

Monday, March 14, 2016

Top 20 money laundering countries

Venezuela: The United States Department of State has listed 20 Caribbean and Latin American countries as “major money laundering” territories. Comment.

Grenada to establish Twenty20 tourney

Grenada: Grenada plans to establish its own International Twenty20 cricket tournament because its Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell believes his country will face victimization from the West Indies Cricket (WICB) over CARICOM’s call for the dissolution of the current governing structure and replace it with an interim body — a recommendation made in a special CARICOM report. Comment.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Barbados continues to spend more, earn less

Barbados: The Barbados government is set to enter a new financial year showing another gaping difference between its spending and the money it expects to take in, with a projected shortfall of Bds$1.6 billion. Comment.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The European Union (EU) is providing 400,000 euros to implement a new project on preventing domestic violence in the Caribbean. Comment.

Haitian airline accepts delivery of first ATR aircraft

Haiti: Haitian-owned airline Sunrise Airways says it has accepted delivery of its first ATR 42-320 aircraft, saying it is “an important next step in its efforts toward establishing a hub in Port-au-Prince,” the Haitian capital. Comment.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Dominicans and Haitians – bridging the gap

Arts & Theater: The Dominicans Love Haitians Movement has joined the ranks of creative Dominicans in artistic collaboration with Haitians reaching across the contentious boundary that separates the two populations of the one island, Hispaniola. Comment.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

The Terry Gajraj story

Music: Heart pounding, butterflies out of control, Terry Gajraj paced back and forth nervously backstage at the Brightstar Productions “Indo-Caribbean Show” in Toronto, Canada. Terry was about to share the stage for the very first time with many of his idols to sing in front of 8,000 hungry fans. This moment forever changed his life. Comments (5).

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Growing concerns over terrorist activity in T&T

Trinidad and Tobago: Financial transactions are suspected to be linked to more than l00 persons participating in terrorist activity in Trinidad and Tobago over the past year. Comment.

Dr. Una Clarke: Jamaicans should exercise their democratic right

Jamaica: CUNY Board Member, Dr. Una Clarke, a Jamaican-American, called on Jamaican nationals to harness the country’s natural resources by returning to the soil to make their produce marketable, while feeding themselves. Comment.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Cuba announces first case of Zika, imported from Venezuela

Venezuela: HAVANA (AP) _ Cuba announced Wednesday that it had detected the first case of the Zika virus on the island, which had been one of the last nations in the Western Hemisphere free of the disease. Comment.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Deadly prison riots in Guyana, 17 dead

Guyana: Inmates who rioted at Guyana’s main prison facility for the past three days Friday signed off on a gentleman’s truce with authorities to cease rebellious activities following an unprecedented meeting with cabinet members who have pledged to deal with several decades-old grievances including delays in trials, better food, and officer brutality. Comment.

Dominica Public Works and Ports minister resigns

Dominica: Dominica Public Works and Ports Minister Ian Pinard has tendered his resignation amid allegations of inappropriate conduct with an underage girl. Comment.

Guyana’s Consulate celebrates Republic Anniversary

Guyana: A small group of expatriates celebrated in a big way the 46th Republic Anniversary and Mashramani on Feb. 19 at the Guyana Consulate of New York with spirited drumming, eloquent poetry, memories through the years, and a fine arts exhibition which showcased the pride and talents of the Guyanese people. The event also commemorated the country’s 50th Jubilee. Comment.

Thursday, March 3, 2016


Jamaica: General elections in Jamaica in the past week have given the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) its unprecedented third government with a razor thin one-seat majority fueling fears that the islanders will soon be asked to go to the polls again. Comment.

Rihanna’s whine is not a crime

Music: Dancing is an art in the Caribbean. Men and women form crews, following the instruction of Merital Family or Elephant Man to showcase their dancing shoes, athleticism, and creativity. Comment.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Jamaica goes green again

Jamaica: In Jamaica colors matter. Regardless of race, religion, class or social standing, among nationals, two from the rainbow hold sway — green and orange Comment.

Monday, Feb. 29, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: CARICOM member states will be moving to tackle the Zika virus that is affecting the region. Comment.

Drought hammers Haiti’s countryside, many go hungry

Haiti: ORIANI, Haiti (AP) _ Only shriveled carrots and potatoes grow in Carole Joseph’s small vegetable plot. The family’s chickens are long gone. She sold her only tools to buy food, then the wooden bed she shared with her children. Comment.

Vincentians face higher food prices

St Vincent: Vincentians will have to dig deeper into their pockets to buy several foodstuff items including package rice, chicken, lentil, butter, pigeon peas, yeast and baking powder following new taxes announced by Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves in his 2016 budget recently. Comment.

CARICOM to scrap cricket board

People: CARICOM leaders have signaled their intention to scrap the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and appoint an interim body to revive the game. Comment.

US, Cuba hold technical talks on cybercrime

Cuba: The United States says its working-level representatives and their Cuban counterparts have held a technical meeting in Havana, Cuba to exchange information and best practices related to preventing cybercrime and online fraud. Comment.

Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016

Zika data collection aids Caribbean address virus

Health: Directors of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) have praised Brazil’s research and actions on the Zika virus, saying that the country’s data collection is helping the Caribbean and other countries better address the virus. Comment.

Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016

Fingerprinting coming to Barbados ports

Barbados: In just over a month persons entering and leaving Barbados will have their fingerprints taken as a security measure, but a former attorney general, Dale Marshall, wants Barbadians exempted. Comment.

More than a myth Belafonte lives his legacy

Music: Depending on the prism an individual looks through to define Harry Belafonte, any number of definitions could apply to his legacy and storied creative and humanitarian career. Comment.

Friday, Feb. 26, 2016


Guyana: Guyana’s government is expected to absorb serious political flak whenever it lays before parliament the findings of a report of a commission of inquiry into the June 1980 bombing death of a world renowned Guyanese historian and fiery opposition politician. Comment.

Sir Hilary: Reparative justice needed

Caribbean: At a time when Harvard University finds itself debating the ways controversial history is remembered on campus, Caribbean historian Sir Hilary M. Beckles says the best way to deal with a thorny past is confronting it head on, according to reports. Comment.

‘Art Connect’ sheds positive light on Laventille

Movies: No matter where you are in the world, there is always a neighborhood, section, or block in a particular place that carries some sort of bad reputation. Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016

President Granger meets with Ban Ki Moon

Guyana: President David Granger met with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon at the UN Headquarters, on Friday, during the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Geneva agreement to resolve the controversy over the frontier between Guyana and Venezuela – and later stated that he is satisfied with the progress being made at the United Nations to bring an end to the ongoing conflict. Comment.

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016

Rosaline October celebrates 92 yrs in fine style

Guyana: Rosaline October is the owner of the oldest run restaurant and liquor bar on Regent Street in Georgetown, Guyana. And despite living in Brooklyn, this senior citizen is not daunted by the thousands of miles she has to travel to take care of business in her homeland. Comment.

Monday, Feb. 22, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: CARICOM leaders have accepted a proposal from Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley to amend the Treaty of Chaguaramas to incorporate the Council for National Security and Law Enforcement (CONSLE) as an organ of CARICOM and the Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) as an institution of CARICOM. Comment.

Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016

Obama plans historic trip to Cuba to further ties

Cuba: WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Barack Obama will pay a historic visit to Cuba in the coming weeks, senior Obama administration officials said, becoming the first president to set foot on the island in nearly seven decades. Comment.

Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016

Oldest Test cricketer dies in T&T

Trinidad and Tobago: The world’s oldest Test cricketer, Andy Ganteaume has died at the age of 95. Comment.

Port of Spain mayor resigns amid protest

Trinidad and Tobago: Embattled Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago Mayor Raymond Tim Kee has resigned his post following condemnation and protests over his comments about women’s “lewd” and “vulgar” carnival behavior. Comment.

UN welcomes Haiti’s provisional president

Haiti: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, as well as the UN and its partners in Haiti, have welcomed Sunday’s election by the French-speaking Caribbean country’s National Assembly of Jocelerme Privert as interim president. Comment.

Singer of the year

Music: The year has just begun and soulful multi-talented singer Nefatari has been deemed by music fans and insiders as the next “It” face of music. Comment.

CARICOM seeks solutions to corresponding banking issues

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne has called for a coordinated strategy in tackling the region’s corresponding banking issues. Comment.

First Haitian lay person buried at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Manhattan: Haitians more than most nationals in the Caribbean, can claim a myriad of historical trailblazing feats. The first in the region to win independence from their French colonizers in 1803, they are also the proud pioneers and model for every Black nation throughout the entire world to follow. Comment.