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Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016

PNM wins seven corporations in local elections

Trinidad and Tobago: A historic 17 percent of voters went to the polls for the Local Government General Election (LGE) in Trinidad last Monday. More than one million people registered to vote with the Election and Boundaries Commission (EBC). Comment

Friday, Dec. 2, 2016

Clarke celebrates 92nd birthday of late Shirley Chisholm

Guyana: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke on Wednesday celebrated the 92nd birthday of the late Caribbean American Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman and Caribbean American to enter the race for president of the United States. Comment

Cubans line streets as Fidel Castro’s ashes begin journey

Cuba: HAVANA (AP) _ Surrounded by white roses and drawn by a green military jeep, Fidel Castro’s ashes began a more than 500-mile (800-kilometer) journey on Wednesday across the country he ruled for nearly 50 years. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016


Guyana: GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Grateful for the material and other assistance the region got from Cuba in recent decades, Caribbean leaders rushed to Havana this week to participate in ceremonies relating to the death of Fidel Castro who is perhaps the best known political brand to have emerged from the region in the past century. Comment

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Roraima Tours to begin Jonestown visits

Guyana: Congresswoman Jackie Speier, representative of California’s 14th Congressional District - a survivor of the Jonestown tragedy in the Port Kaituma Jungle of Guyana, where 914 Americans died in a mass murder suicide on Nov. 18, 1978, met with Guyanese Captain Gerry Gouveia 38 years after, to say thanks for saving her life. Comment

Moise wins Haiti presidential election

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ A political newcomer who was the chosen successor of Haiti’s previous elected leader easily won a presidential election redo against 26 rivals, according to preliminary results announced late Monday that gave Jovenel Moise a whopping 55.6 percent of the votes. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

Major ‘Island of Flatbush’ Diabetes Expo on Saturday

Brooklyn: Stating that diabetes is ravaging the Caribbean community in Brooklyn, a coalition of faith-based and community groups is partnering with New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and major area hospitals in conducting a massive diabetes exposition and symposium this Saturday, Dec. 3, at Erasmus Hall High School, 1199 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn. Comment

Series to celebrate Cheryl Byron’s iconic styles

Fashion: An exhibit celebrating Caribbean icon and singer Cheryl Byron, will debut at the Caribbean Literary and Cultural Center, displaying the items she once wore throughout her life and career from Dec. 6–Jan. 1. Comment

Monday, Nov. 28, 2016

Caribbean leaders laud Castro at death

Jamaica: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders, whose countries have been beneficiaries of Cuba’s largesse, particularly in medicine and scholarships, on Saturday lauded the life of former President Fidel Castro, who died late Friday. He was 90. Comment

Adios! Senor Commandante Castro

Cuba: A global farewell lauding the veracity and self-reliance Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz — the Caribbean’s El Commandante — bequeathed Cuba has all but dimmed the dominant spotlight United States media focused in Little Havana, Miami and Union City, New Jersey where anti-Castro revelers rejoiced the passing of the sole world leader to witness the inauguration of more than 11 United States presidents. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Guyana: Bahamas Jamaican reggae artiste Jah Cure (Siccature Aloc) pleaded not guilty when he appeared in a Bahamas court recently on a misdemeanor charge that stemmed from an argument at the Atlantis Paradise Islands. Comment

Report: Jamaica fosters culture of fear with police impunity

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ Jamaica fosters a “culture of fear” and impunity linked to a high rate of killings by police officers that stretches back for years on the Caribbean island with chronically eye-popping rates of violent crime, Amnesty International alleges in a report issued Wednesday. Comment

Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016

Needs of Haitian children must be given priority: UNICEF

Haiti: In light of the recent devastation wrought by Hurricane Matthew, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is urging that the needs of Haitian children be given priority by legislators and the new government in the French-speaking Caribbean nations, as voting took place on Sunday. Comment

Friday, Nov. 25, 2016

Antigua PM calls for intervention on climate change with President-Elect Donald Trump

Antigua: Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne has called on all government and special groupings in the United Nations to commence discussions with the incoming Donald Trump Administration of the United States on climate change. Comment

Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016


Trinidad and Tobago: A leading Caribbean brain and politician has thrown his weight behind a growing lobby of regional experts urging Jamaica to continue being an influential member of the Caribbean Community rather than looking north to other nations like Cuba as its major trading partner. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Guyana: Antigua There has been a decrease in applications for Citizenship by Investment Program (CIP) in Antigua and Barbuda. Comment

Students: Don’t shun troublemakers, welcome them

Brooklyn: The Caribbean community should try to stop the bloodshed at J’ouvert by inviting troublemakers into the heart of the pre-dawn parade, instead relying on police to root them out or blaming outsiders, said a Brooklyn College student leader at a panel discussion about the vibrant but violence-plagued night carnival at the school on Nov. 3. Comment

Monday, Nov. 21, 2016

26 honored at 2016 Caribbean Impact Awards

Caribbean Impact Awards: They were the most impactful. The second annual Caribbean Impact Awards honored 26 persons this year, men, women, young, and old, hailing from all over the Caribbean at Paradise Caterers in Gravesend on Nov. 17. The ceremony honors Caribbean Americans who are influential forces in their communities and recognizes their standout hard work. Comment

Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016

Experts call for stronger, more resilient health systems to mitigate future health crises

Health: The Pan American Health Organization says experts are calling for stronger, more resilient health systems to mitigate and manage future health crises in the Caribbean and other places. Comment

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016

Prevention urged to reduce diabetes and associated blindness

Health: On World Diabetes Day on Monday, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for preventative measures to reduce diabetes and associated blindness. Comment

Industrial Hemp, medical marijuana to be explored at major Caribbean conference

Caribbean: The Institute for Caribbean Studies (ICS) says that industrial hemp and medical marijuana will be explored this week at a major Caribbean conference in Washington, D.C. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016

News from around the Caribbean

Caribbean: Here’s this week’s round-up. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016

Rep. Clarke calls on Obama halt deportation of Haitians

Haiti: Caribbean American congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke on Wednesday urged the Obama administration to immediately halt the deportation of undocumented Haitians. Comment

Friday, Nov. 11, 2016

Suriname recognized for drastically reducing malaria

Suriname: Deaths from the disease in the country have been virtually illiminated. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016

Vincentian group honors two for independence

St Vincent: Celebration in Philadelphia puts spotlight on Emille Williams and Lorna Lewis. Comments (1)

Monday, Nov. 7, 2016

Prince Harry to visit the Caribbean

St Vincent: Britain’s Prince Harry will be making an official visit to the Caribbean, on behalf of Queen Elizabeth 11 in November and December 2016, on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of independence in Antigua and Barbuda and the 50th anniversary if independence in Barbados and Guyana. Comment

US proud of Dominica’s cooperation on energy, climate

Dominica: As Dominica on Thursday celebrated its 38th anniversary of political independence from Great Britain, the United States says “especially proud” of the Caribbean island’s cooperation on the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas and the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative. Comment

Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016

Adams tipped for coaching job

Jamaica: Jamaican Jimmy Adams has been tipped to take over the vacant post of West Indies coach. Comment

Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016

Peter Tosh Museum opens in Jamaica

Music: On Oct. 19, after much anticipation from the Jamaican community and the world at large, late Reggae Legend Peter Tosh was honored with the opening of a new museum dedicated to his life and impact on the music industry, and a benefit concert which brought out a wide array of reggae acts including Tosh’s original backing band “Word, Sound and Power,” the late star’s son Andrew Tosh and grandson Dre Tosh, granddaughter Jahzarah Tosh, Marcia Griffiths, Chronixx, Luciano, Etana, Kabaka Pyramid, Tarrus Riley, and many more! Comment

Friday, Nov. 4, 2016

Barbados strike averted — for now

Barbados: Barbados’ government blinked in the stare-off with unions and at a late hour agreed to meet labour representatives to discuss the demotion of National Union of Public Workers President, Akanni McDowall, staving off a strike. Comment

Two honored at St. Vincent NY Independence gala

St Vincent: The Brooklyn-based umbrella Vincentian group in the United States, Council of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Organizations, U.S.A., Inc. (COSAGO) on Sunday honored two community stalwarts, as it wrapped up the nation’s 37th Independence Anniversary celebrations in the Big Apple. Comment

Vincentians celebrate independence anniversary

St Vincent: St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves said, while much development has been accomplished over the past 37 years of political independence, much still needs to be done. Comment

Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016


Caribbean: The row between commercial banks in the Caribbean and the larger ones on the American mainland just would not go away. Comment

Barbados in strike mode

Barbados: Barbadians are bracing for a strike by workers, Thursday, as the island’s trade unions hit back at the Freundel Stuart Government for demoting one of their own, that labour leaders said is victimisation. Comment

Referendum postponed

Grenada: Grenada has postponed yet again the referendum on constitutional reform, which was planned for Oct. 27, 2016. Comment

Diaspora to help Jamaica’s educational system

Jamaica: A large cross-section of Jamaicans living in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom are participating in the Jamaica Diaspora Education Task Force (JDETF) group. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016

Trinidad PM reshuffles his Cabinet

Trinidad and Tobago: With just one year in office, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley of Trinidad and Tobago has fired two of his Cabinet ministers in a major reshuffle he promised last month. Comment

Weeks after hurricane, Haitians struggle for clean water

Haiti: COTEAUX, Haiti (AP) _ It’s been nearly a month since Hurricane Matthew tore through southern Haiti and people like Kettley Rosier and many of her neighbors still have to spend their meager savings to buy drinking water. Comment


Arts & Theater: A dance company is premiering an intercultural series showcasing a connection between two cultures starting Nov. 8. Comment

Friday, Oct. 28, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua Cash-strap regional airline, LIAT is projected to record a loss of EC$9.2 million (US$3.4 million) at the end of the year. Comment

800,000 Haitians in dire need of immediate food assistance

Haiti: An assessment conducted by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Program (WFP), together with the Haitian government and its National Coordination for Food Security (CNSA), has determined that in the wake of Hurricane Matthew some 1.4 million people are in need of food assistance, 800,000 of whom are in a dire situation. Comment

Trinidadian songwriter fights Zika in song

Music: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says Trinidadian singer-songwriter Darryl Gervais has recorded a new song for to raise awareness in the Caribbean about the need to fight Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that carries Zika, chikungunya, dengue, and other arboviruses. Comment

Radics releases self-empowerment album

Music: Legendary Jamaican artist Jack Radics is releasing a new album with a much more personal spin. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016


Trinidad and Tobago: Two countries in the Eastern Caribbean are preparing to hold referendums to determine whether to ditch the British Privy Council as their final courts of appeal but indications are that both governments may struggle to persuade citizens to do so in sufficient numbers. Comment

Venezuela’s congress opens political trial against Maduro

Venezuela: CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s opposition-controlled congress has opened a political trial against President Nicolas Maduro for breaking the constitutional order, deepening a standoff triggered by the authorities’ suspension of a recall referendum against the embattled socialist leader. Comment

Jamaican firm wins entrepreneurial innovation award

Jamaica: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says a Jamaican firm is among three institutions from Latin American and the Caribbean to win the Inter-American Awards in Financial and Entrepreneurial Innovation. Comment

Learning from past mistakes: Rebuilding Haiti after Hurricane Matthew

Haiti: UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 23, 2016 (IPS) - As Haiti reels from another disaster once again, many are questioning the humanitarian system and looking for long-term solutions with Haitians at the heart of response. Comment

ICS to honor Caribbean American stalwarts

People: The Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) says it will present its annual Caribbean American Heritage (CARAH) Awards to nine Caribbean American stalwarts excelling in science, business, advocacy, technology and the arts on Nov. 18 in Washington, D.C. Comment

A tribute fit for a king-National Heroes Day, Jamaica

Jamaica: The National Heroes Day, National Honor and Awards ceremony held at Kings House Jamaica each year is the most prestigious ceremony held in Jamaica to recognize distinguished, gallant and notable citizens of Jamaica. Comment

Monday, Oct. 24, 2016

T&T’s United National Congress loses general election appeal

Trinidad and Tobago: The Appeal Court in Trinidad and Tobago has dismissed an appeal by the Opposition United National Congress (UNC) to declare five seats in the marginal constituencies in the Sept. 7, 2015 General Election null and void based on the one-hour extension given by the Election and Boundaries Commission (EBC). Comment

Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016

Pakistan defeats West Indies

Caribbean: Despite a defiant knock of 116 runs by middle order batsman Darren Bravo, West Indies went under to Pakistan by 56 runs in the opening match of the Haier Cup Test series at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in the United Arab Emirates on Monday, Oct. 17. Comment

Carib economy to contract in 2016, grow in 2017

Caribbean: The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has revised its economic growth projections for the region for 2016, predicting an average contraction of -0.9 percent for bean this year. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016

Uncovering Guillain-Barré Syndrome in the Caribbean

Trinidad and Tobago: The Caribbean has moved one step closer to uncovering the link between the Zika virus disease and a rare neurological illness. Comment

Friday, Oct. 21, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Suriname: Head of the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is warning the Barbados government that it needs to deal urgently with the island’s worsening debt situation. Comment

US, CARICOM co-host Security Cooperation Dialogue

Dominican Republic: The United States Department of State says the United States, the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM), and the Dominican Republic on Tuesday jointly hosted the Sixth Annual Caribbean-United States Security Cooperation Dialogue, part of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) launched by President Obama in 2009. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

Grenadian kids build confidence with soccer

Grenada: Grenada’s vulnerable children got to learn some sports and vital life lessons playing soccer at a two-day soccer clinic on Oct. 9-10. Comment

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016


Music: The hush that fell over the Guyana National Cultural Center Recital Hall, in Georgetown, was followed by a skillfully played rendition of the Lord’s Prayer, to open “Piano Improvisations” by Ohio-based pianist Dr. Patricia Cambridge. Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016

Trinidad and Tobago Muslims set free in Venezuela

Trinidad and Tobago: Five Trinidad and Tobago Muslims who were detained in Venezuela for the past two and a half years on suspicion of being terrorists have been freed by a judge in the South American country over the week-end. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016

PAHO warns of cholera outbreaks in Haitian towns

Haiti: With more than 1.3 million Haitians affected by Hurricane Matthew, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) warns that acute diarrheal diseases, including cholera, threaten parts of the population. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016

Caribbean center sending clothes and funds to Haiti

Haiti: The Caribbean American Center of New York will send donations to Haiti to assist in the relief effort in the aftermath of the devastating hurricane. Comment

New Guyana envoy presents credentials to OAS chief

Guyana: The Organization of American States (OAS) says the new Permanent Representative of Guyana, Riyad Insanally, has presented his credentials to the Secretary General of the institution, Luis Almagro. Comment

Friday, Oct. 14, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean The decision by international banks to terminate relationships with banks in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) is encouraging money laundering and terrorist financing. Comment

UK clamps down on CARICOM migrants

Caribbean: CARICOM nationals and other foreigners would no longer be able to take up jobs in the UK that Britons can do, while the number of migrants coming to Britain to work and study will be significantly reduced. Comments (6)

Mission in Haiti seeks smooth, safe aid delivery

Haiti: While Haiti is still counting its dead and assessing the damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, the powerful Category 4 storm that battered the French-speaking Caribbean country last week, a senior United Nations peacekeeping official says that significant headway is being made in clearing the roads to facilitate the movement of humanitarian aid. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016

Jamaican touch to Italian classic

Music: Reggae star Richie Stephens and The Ska Nation band are fusing cultures with their Jamaican-style rendition of an Italian classic. Comment

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016

Caribbean mobilises relief aid for Haiti

Haiti: Despite the fact that its economy is tanking owing to low export prices for oil, gas and petroleum products, Trinidad is taking the lead among Caribbean Community countries in giving actual relief to Haiti after one of the most powerful storms in a decade devastated the island, killing hundreds in the past week. Comment

Community celebrates Nelson King’s achievements

St Vincent: A wide cross section of the Caribbean community in Brooklyn Sunday night celebrated the lifetime achievements of journalist Nelson A. King at a gala ceremony at Glen Terrace on Avenue N in Brooklyn. Comments (1)

Helping with Haiti’s hurricane relief

Haiti: Hurricane Matthew devastated Haiti on Oct. 4 leading to the deaths of 1,000 people. Now a week after the catastrophic hurricane ravaged southern Haiti, people interested in contributing to Haiti’s relief are encouraged to donate to organizations with a history of grass roots work in Haiti. Comment

Jamaican wins IDB award for ‘Startup with the Most Growth Potential’

Jamaica: A Jamaican national has won the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) award for “Startup with the Most Growth Potential.” Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016

Aid convoys arrive as Haiti gauges full extent of disaster

Haiti: JEREMIE, Haiti (AP) _ A small airstrip at the edge of town hums with activity. Aid convoys are arriving from the capital, now that some roads washed out by Hurricane Matthew have been cleared. A barge carrying food and water is moored offshore. Comment

Monday, Oct. 10, 2016

Trauma center sends mental health team to Haiti

Haiti: A local mental health and trauma center is deploying a team of mental health specialists to Haiti in response to Hurricane Matthew. Comment

Caribbean: Rethinking progress in sustainable development era

Caribbean: UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 19, 2016 (IPS) - Caribbean countries make a special case for development. The high and increasing exposure to hazards, combined with very open and trade-dependent economies with limited diversification and competitiveness portray a structurally and environmentally vulnerable region, composed, in the most part, of middle income countries. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016

Ramp up response in Caribbean in wake of Hurricane Matthew

Haiti: After deploying field teams to Caribbean countries affected by Hurricane Matthew, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) have headed to Haiti, where they are preparing for a major upsurge in cholera. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016

Grenada wants more funds for sustainable development

Grenada: Despite remarkable progress made on each of the 17 United Nations millennium development goals, Grenada says more funds are needed for sustainable development. Comment

Friday, Oct. 7, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean The Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is warning against a dengue epidemic type three to deal with next year. Comment

Jamaica wins big at 23rd annual world travel awards

Jamaica: For the 11th consecutive year; Jamaica is the toast of the region; copping the Caribbean’s Leading Destination at the 2016 World Travel Awards. Comment

More support for SVG Penn Relays effort

St Vincent: Hundreds of Vincentians and other Caribbean nationals in the United States on Sept. 24 demonstrated their continued, unflinching support for the nation’s participating in the Penn Relays in Philadelphia by supporting a fundraising Prayer Breakfast at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment

Holness: Help make Jamaica great again

Jamaica: Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness did not parody the words of Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump when he addressed nationals from his island during a town hall meeting in Queens recently. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016


Jamaica: It started late last month as a Tropical depression, then storm and is now one of the most powerful hurricanes in a decade as Hurricane Matthew sets its sights on the entire Bahamas islands chain after killing nearly a dozen people in Haiti and other islands, causing flooding an infrastructural damage in Jamaica and Cuba and by the weekend should be causing trouble on mainland America. Comment

Hurricane Matthew now targets US East coast

Haiti: Weather forecasters here say dangerous Hurricane Matthew now has the United States East coast in its its sights after hammering the Bahamas, Haiti, Jamaica and the Eastern Caribbean killing at least 113 people in the Caribbean including 108 people in Haiti. Comment

Caribbean sounds loud alarm bells

St Kitts and Nevis: If the world was not listening before, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders ensured, in the last two weeks, that their voices were heard – loud and clear – on the vexing corresponding banking issue, sounding loud alarm bells on what they characterized as impending “economic collapse.” Comment

Prez Granger calls on Guyanese to return home

Guyana: Stating that Guyana is the most bountiful country in the Caribbean, President David A. Granger called on the diaspora to return to their homeland, and said with their help, the country would overcome some of the challenges it faces. Comments (12)

Mitchell quits cricket body

Caribbean: Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has quit as chairman of CARICOM’s sub-committee on cricket governance, accusing some of his colleagues of making “divisive” public statements after agreements had been reached at the heads of government level. Comment

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016

Hurricane Matthew slams Haiti, takes aim at US East Coast

Jamaica: PETIT-GOAVE, Haiti (AP) — Hurricane Matthew slammed into Haiti’s southwestern tip with howling, 145 mph winds Tuesday, tearing off roofs in the poor and largely rural area, uprooting trees and leaving rivers bloated and choked with debris. At least nine deaths were blamed on the storm during its week-long march across the Caribbean. Comment

Monday, Oct. 3, 2016

Cuba rejects Trump’s call for negotiations on human rights

National: HAVANA (AP) — A top Cuban diplomat on Wednesday rejected Donald Trump’s threat to undo detente with Cuba unless the single-party government meets the Republican presidential candidate’s demands. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016

Dominica motivated, committed to achieving SDGs

Dominica: With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) setting the stage for increasing international discourse and action in the fight against inequality, Dominica says it remains “motivated and committed” to achieving the SDGs. Comment

Yesterday’s Children celebrates sixth anniversary

Trinidad and Tobago: The beautiful and exciting sixth annual Yesterday’s Children presentation, was certainly not lost on four, exceptional elderly Caribbean-born citizens, who danced, bobbed theirs heads and smiled during an African drum and dance precession, which led to a night of love, honor, and heart warming tributes. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016

Referendum on Grenada’s Constitution set for Oct. 27

Grenada: It is official! Grenadians will go to the polls on Oct. 27 to vote on a referendum to remodel Grenada’s 42-year-old Constitution. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: 2016-10-07-azad-roundup-cl Caribbean Four CARICOM leaders, presidents and prime ministers of the 120-member Non Aligned Movement (NAM) recently attended a two-day summit in Margarita Island, Venezuela. Comment

Friday, Sept. 30, 2016

LGBTQ festival canceled in Haiti amid threats, gov’t order

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Organizers of a cultural festival in Haiti celebrating the Afro-Caribbean LGBTQ community said Tuesday that it has been called off due to numerous threats of violence and a subsequent prohibition by a government commissioner. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016


Guyana: As September, Amerindian heritage month, draws to a close and as indigenous Indians do all they can to raise awareness about land and other rights, Afro Guyanese groups are beginning to put pressure on the administration of President David Granger to give blacks their just piece of the country’s pie just as past governments have done for others. Comments (1)

Undocumented Haitians face deportation

Haiti: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has expressed deep concern about the resumed deportation of undocumented Haitian immigrants from the United States. Comment

New batting coach

Caribbean: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has appointed former Middlesex and Sussex batsman Toby Radford as batting coach for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) tour. Comment

New film documents drum culture in St. Vincent

Movies: Big sounds and big drums. On formal occasions, sounds of drums beating might be heard on Union Island — one of the islands comprising the nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

Grenada PM eulogizes Dr. Stanislaus

Grenada: Grenada Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell on Saturday joined a number of Caribbean community leaders and figures, among others, in eulogizing former United Nations Ambassador Dr. Lamuel Stanislaus at a massive funeral service in Brooklyn. Comment

St. Lucia makes a big pledge to solar power

St Lucia: The government of St. Lucia has a target of generating 35 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020. Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016

Guyana’s first lady to aid STEM programs

Guyana: Fundraising for science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, (STEM) must be considered one of the most philanthropic efforts made to help millions of children in Guyana. Comment

UWI, SUNY launch leadership, development center

Jamaica: The University of the West Indies (UWI) and The State University of New York (SUNY) have launched the SUNY UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development on Sept. 20, 2016 at the SUNY Global Center in New York. Comment

Jamaica’s debt stymies economic growth

Jamaica: Since the general election took place in Jamaica in February, 2016, Andrew Holness has not officially visited New York City in his capacity as prime minister of Jamaica, to address the Diaspora. Comment

Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016

Gayle reconsiders playing Test cricket

Caribbean: Hard-hitting Twenty20 opener Chris Gayle wants to return to Test cricket and is currently holding talks with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to be included in any future Test team. Comment

Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016

Embargo still impacts Cuba, US relations

Cuba: Though Cuba and the United States have made much progress in improving bilateral relations, Cuba’s Foreign Affairs Minister Bruno Eduardo Rodríguez Parrilla says the decades-old economic blockade against Havana hampers progress in the normalization of relations between both countries. Comment

Friday, Sept. 23, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados A reciprocal health care agreement between Barbados and United Kingdom will come to an end on Oct. 1, 2016. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016

Guyana prez renews call for end to border dispute

Guyana: President of the Republic of Guyana, David A. Granger, renewed his call to the United Nations for a final resolution of the Guyana / Venezuela border dispute during his address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, stating that last year he warned of the danger Venezuela posed to the peace and security of “our region not only by its internal instability but by its external assault on Guyana’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.” Comment

Caribbean: Rethinking progress in sustainable development era

Environment: UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 19, 2016 (IPS) - Caribbean countries make a special case for development. The high and increasing exposure to hazards, combined with very open and trade-dependent economies with limited diversification and competitiveness portray a structurally and environmentally vulnerable region, composed, in the most part, of middle income countries. Comment

Marcus Garvey family seeks justice

Jamaica: Dr. Marcus Garvey, New York surgeon and son of civil rights leader and Jamaica’s first National Hero, the Rt. Hon Marcus Mosiah Garvey presented his case for justice for his father to the CARICOM Caucus of Ambassadors and embassy staff in Washington DC on Tuesday Sept. 6. Comment

Running for Grenada’s children

Grenada: A Grenada-based charity is calling on Grenadians and the Caribbean Diaspora to run in Grenada’s only marathon for a positive cause. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016

Clarke, Adams pay tribute to late Grenada UN ambassador

Grenada: Caribbean American Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams have added their voices to the outpouring of tributes to the late Grenada United Nations Ambassador Dr. Lamuel A. Stanislaus. Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016

Brooklyn father pleads for son’s safe return

Guyana: Distraught Brooklyn resident, Eric Joseph Snr., is pleading with anyone who sees his son, Eric Lesley Joseph, Jr. to contact him at telephone number 347-693-6859 or alert the nearest police station to make a report. Comment

Monday, Sept. 19, 2016

Former Grenada UN ambassador dies in New York

Grenada: Barely five months after he was recognized by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, as “a part of our great American story,” former Grenada Ambassador to the United Nations, Dr. Lamuel Stanislaus, has died. He was 95. Comments (1)