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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

UN mourns death of former Antigua envoy

Antigua: United Nations General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft has expressed sincere condolences to the widow, friends and colleagues of former Assembly President and ex-Antigua and Barbuda Ambassador to the UN Dr. John Ashe, who died on Wednesday, June 22. He was 61. Comment

Sunday, June 26, 2016

New strategies to improve Caribbean health

Health: The Executive Committee of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is discussing strategies and plans to improve the health of the Americas, including the Caribbean, at its 158th session, which runs through Friday. Comment

Friday, June 24, 2016

Joan Bruce

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: Joan Bruce was born in a rural community in Springfield, St. Mary, Jamaica, the second of 10 siblings. There, she started her 10-year career as a teacher. Comment

Sybilla Daniel-Douglas

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: Sybilla Daniel-Douglas was born in London of Caribbean parents; her mother is from St. Lucia and her father is from Antigua. Comment

Frank A. Denbow, MD, MRCP

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: Already a practicing physician, Dr. Frank Denbow migrated from Guyana several years ago. He is an internist. Comment

Dr. Fritz Francois

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: Born in Haiti of Haitian and Dominican parents, Dr. Fritz Francois is an associate professor of medicine, chief medical officer and patient safety officer at NYU Langone Medical Center. Comment

Lisel S. Hall-Grant

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: A family illness set the course for a young woman’s future. That was the case for Liesl S. Hall-Grant who remembers helping her younger brother in Guyana when he became sick. Comment

Hyacinth Hamilton-Gayle

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: Hyacinth Hamilton-Gayle was born in Jamaica and reveals, “My field in nursing chose me.” Already trained as a teacher, she joined her parents in New York and Brooklyn Jewish School of Nursing responded to her application. “With encouragement from my mother, I started school. After my first year, I knew that I had found my passion.” Comment

Eva James

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: Born in the United States to Guyanese parents, Eva James spent her formative years through high school in Guyana continuing her education at Brooklyn College, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Comment

Patricia James

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: Patricia James left Guyana where she worked as an licensed practical nurse / midwife. Soon after her arrival to the United States, she found employment at New York City Health and Hospital. Comment

Cynthia James-White

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: A daughter of Jamaica, Cynthia James-White’s passion for nursing started at a very young age, particularly when she realized she liked helping people. Her aunt had arthritis and as a young girl, she helped a lot. She immigrated to this country 41 years ago. Comment

Dr. Carl Kenel-Pierre

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: Dr. Carl Kenel-Pierre graduated medical school in Haiti, immigrating not long afterwards to pursue a career in Ob / Gyn. He is an Advantage Care physician and the regional medical director. His medical career spans over four decades. Comment

Tanesha Lawrence

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: Dr. Tanesha Lawrence left Jamaica at age four with her family settling in Florida, United States. Comment

Lorena McEachrane

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: Lorena F McEachrane, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, immigrated as a child and it is since then that she wanted to be part of the healthcare profession. Comment

Fay Randall

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: A daughter of Jamaica, Fay Randall’s career interest peaked when nurses visited at St. Thomas Technical High School. She began her studies at the University Hospital of the West Indies School of Nursing. Comment

Claudya C. Verdiner

Haiti: Claudya C. Verdiner has dedicated close to a quarter century to ensure access and delivery of quality health care to the residents of Brooklyn. Ms. Verdiner arrived in the United States as a toddler from Haiti. Comment

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Borough Prez Adams emphasizes health

Brooklyn: Borough President Eric Adams used a personal health battle to raise health awareness at the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce Industry’s brunch on June 8. Comment

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean: Caribbean A commission charged with creating a human strategy for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was recently launched in Barbados andhosted by the Caribbean Development Bank. Comment

Deep concern over political uncertainty in Haiti

Haiti: Deeply concerned that the prevailing uncertainty in Haiti is further compounding the numerous political and socio-economic challenges facing the French-speaking Caribbean country, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that further delays in completing the electoral process can potentially affect stability in the country, as well as international support to it. Comment

Randal Robinson: Grenada is in crisis

Grenada: Randal Robinson, the recently installed public relations officer of Grenada’s main opposition party, the National Democratic Congress, culminated his five-day visit to New York City, by attending and addressing the crowd gathered at the NDC-NY Chapter’s Annual Pre-Father’s Day Brunch on Sunday, June 12. Comment

Friday, June 17, 2016

Haiti to redo both rounds of disputed presidential election

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Haitian electoral officials announced Monday that a new presidential election will be held in October with additional safeguards in place to avoid the widespread fraud that marred last year’s voting and led to the imposition of an interim government. Comment

Miss Georgetown wears the crown

Fashion: A 22-year-old Kingsborough Community College graduate Saturday night outshone six other beauties to win the Miss New York Continental Cultural Pageant at George Wingate High School Auditorium on Kingston Avenue in Brooklyn. Comment

Vincy student accepted to Harvard Med School

St Vincent: With thousands of applicants annually to Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, Ma, a Vincentian student has been very fortunate to be among the elite group that has been accepted to the prestigious institution, considered to be the top medical school in the world. Comment

Thursday, June 16, 2016

FIGHT TO STAY AFLOAT

Trinidad and Tobago: Unless and until international prices for their key exports increase in the coming months, governments of two of the Caribbean trade group’s larger economies will be forced to continue dipping into special rainy day accounts to keep economies afloat officials said this week. Comment

State comptroller celebrates Caribbean-Americans

Brooklyn: State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli hosted a celebratory event to honor Caribbean-Americans at the Brooklyn Law School in Boerum Hill on Tuesday, to commemorate Caribbean Heritage Month. The third annual Caribbean Heritage Celebration honored several individuals of Caribbean descent, including Caribbean Life Newspaper, for contributions to the Caribbean community in New York City. Comment

Thousands march in Guyana Unity Parade

Guyana: The Guyanese Unity Parade on Sunday concluded a weeklong of events celebrating Guyana’s 50 years of independence with a display of pride. Comment

Former Antiguan officials face corruption charges

Antigua: Three former Antigua and Barbuda government ministers have been charged with corruption in connection with three Daewoo buses donated to the former Baldwin Spencer administration. Comment

Marijuana researchers seek government approval

Barbados: The University of the West Indies (UWI) is urging the Barbados government to enact the necessary legislation to allow its scientists to undertake studies on the medicinal use of marijuana. Comment

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Security forces from the Caribbean recently joined the United States, France and the United Kingdom for maritime and internal security and disaster response training in Grenada as part of Exercise Tradewinds 2016. Comment

Potable water campaign in Haiti

Haiti: The United Nations says it is supporting the Haitian government in its potable water campaign, stating that some 30,000 residents of three localities in the French-speaking Caribbean country now have access to potable water. Comment

Friday, June 10, 2016

BANKS TAKE ACTION

Caribbean: Once again, the issue of the large American commercial banks such as J.P Morgan Chase and others cutting relations with those in the Caribbean because of alleged high risks of doing business attracted the attention of heads of governments, this time in Cuba where leaders recently gathered for a summit of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS). Comment

Tempo honors the legacy of Caribbean music

Music: TEMPO Networks hosted an amazing line-up of entertainment and talent in the form of Caribbean Rocks NYC – TEMPO Turns 10 Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, June 5 at the legendary B.B. King’s Blues Club and Grill in Times Square, New York. Comment

High-school students saluted for achievements at Borough Hall

Brooklyn: Some 75 Brooklyn high-school students of class of 2016 were honored at Brooklyn Borough Hall on Tuesday, June 7 for their outstanding achievements. Comment

Fundraising with rum and rythm

Food: The first Friday of Caribbean Heritage Month kicked off with a blast-filled event to the sounds and tastes of the Caribbean, all for a good cause. Comment

Thursday, June 9, 2016

New PM in St. Lucia, Anthony defeated

St Lucia: Former St. Lucia Tourism Minister Allen Chastanet and his United Workers Party (UWP) on Monday handed the incumbent St. Lucia Labor Party (SLP) of Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony a heavy defeat in general elections, winning 11 of the 17 Parliamentary seats. Comment

Medgar Evers College graduates 87-year-old

Jamaica: Medgar Evers College hosted a congratulatory event for an 87-year-old graduate of class of 2016 on Tuesday. Hubert Evans, a safety officer for Brooklyn College, graduated in January but was unable to walk at his graduation two weeks ago. But Evans was delighted to be awarded and celebrated at a special event on June 7 in the presence of his peers and college officials. Comment

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

US charges Grenadian investor with fraud

Grenada: The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced fraud charges and an asset freeze against a Grenadian investor and wife, accusing them of misusing two-thirds of the money they raised from investors for the purpose of building and operating a new cancer treatment center that would use proton beam radiation to help oncology patients in Southern California. Comment

Costumes parade depicts Guyana’s history, culture

Arts & Theater: The history of Guyana’s journey over the last 50 years, its beauty and multicultural heritage were displayed in a spectacular kaleidoscope of colorful costumes as revelers danced along the streets of Georgetown on May 26, during the country’s Independence celebration. Comment

Monday, June 6, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Venezuela: Caribbean The European Commission (EC) is giving $100 million euros to help the Caribbean cope with effects of natural disasters, particularly the region’s most vulnerable states such as Haiti. Comment

Friday, June 3, 2016

Haiti panel recommends throwing out results of disputed vote

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ A special verification commission on Monday recommended throwing out the disputed results of Haiti’s first-round presidential election because it appeared to be tainted by significant fraud. Comment

Thursday, June 2, 2016

TOO YOUNG TO WED

Trinidad and Tobago: While authorities in Trinidad are battling to stabilize the petroleum-based economy from low world prices and security officials grapple with runaway gun violence, a new controversy is attracting the attention of the administration of Prime Minister Keith Rowley. Comment

Dr. Ivelaw Griffith appointed 10th UG chancellor

Guyana: Excellence and the pursuit of success were engrained in Dr. Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith from a very early age while growing up in Georgetown, Guyana. Comment

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Venezuela: Antigua A recent Pan American Health organization (PAHO) report has shown that Antigua and Barbuda lags behind most countries in the Americas when it comes to banning smoking in public places and tobacco control. Comment

Monday, May 30, 2016

Hindu, Indian-formatted music radio stations in T&T

Trinidad and Tobago: There are 39 registered local FM radio stations in Trinidad and Tobago which service the diverse needs of the multi-religious, multi-ethnic and multi-racial society. Comment

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Guyana’s Flag hoisted at historic ceremony

Guyana: More than 30,000 Guyanese packed the stands and parts of the grounds of the newly constructed D’Urban Park in Georgetown before midnight on May 25, to witness the historic hoisting of Guyana’s Golden Arrowhead flag, 50 years after the British Union Jack flag was lowered on May 26, 1966, to make Guyana an independent nation. Comment

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Festive welcome for Guyanese expatriates

Guyana: Thousands of Guyanese expatriates from every corner of the world, arrived in Georgetown, Guyana, over the last week to a festive welcome when they disembarked from several carriers at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, to revel in the country’s 50th Jubilee Independence Anniversary celebrations. Comment

Protest over death penalty

Jamaica: Two Jamaica Human Rights organizations are opposing plans by National Security Minister Robert Montague to resume hanging as a means to dealing with the escalating crime problem in the country. Comment

Ex-SVG police group honors outstanding 5

St Vincent: The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ex-Police Association USA, Inc. last Friday night honored four outstanding nationals and a business concern during its 36th anniversary banquet fund-raiser and awards ceremony at Tropical Paradise Ballroom on Utica Avenue in Brooklyn. Comment

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Brooklyn celebrates Caribbean Fair

Brooklyn: Brooklyn is celebrating Caribbean Fashion, Food, Art and Music Fair 2016, which is being held from May 2-29 at Brooklyn Commons, 495 Flatbush Avenue. Comment

New non-stop services to Guyana

Guyana: Guyanese residents in New York, Florida and throughout the USA now have an additional option for air travel to Guyana, both for the Golden Jubilee Independence celebrations in May 2016, and also with a full schedule starting in July for the summer holidays. Comment

Jamaica takes lead in regional telecoms talks

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica — A multi billion-dollar telecommunications deal, touted as a significant growth opportunity for the Caribbean information and communication technology sector, has come under the scrutiny of the Jamaican government. Comment

Monday, May 23, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

St Vincent: Antigua The Professional Organization for Women in Antigua & Barbuda (POWA) and Women Against Rape (WAR) are in support of a recommendation that abortion should be an option for women who are pregnant and may be infected with the Zika virus. Comment

Guyana gov’t presents Walter Rodney report to AG

Guyana: The Guyana government has handed over a copy of the report of a Commission of Enquiry (COE) into the death of noted historian and political scientist Dr. Walter Rodney to Attorney General Basil Williams to be laid in Parliament. Comment

Concerns over rising murder rate in the Caribbean

Trinidad and Tobago: Homicides in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago are expected to rise to alarming levels and the Eastern Caribbean islands could see an increase in murders currently resembling those reported in Jamaica. Comment

Saturday, May 21, 2016

OAS issues final report on Vincentian elections

St Vincent: The Organization of American States (OAS) says that the final report on the general elections in St. Vincent and the Grenadines has reiterated concerns and achievements of the process. Comment

Friday, May 20, 2016

BARBADOS BUCKS CUSTOM

Barbados: Barbadian governments are normally known for their prudence, limited levels of corruption and respect for public opinion but the administration of Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart appears to be determined to buck that tradition by insisting that both locals and visitors entering and leaving the island must be subjected to fingerprinting. Comment

PM Harris to attend Taiwan’s president inauguration

St Kitts and Nevis: St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Timothy Harris and a delegation are expected to attend the May 20 inauguration of Taiwan’s first female president. Tsai Ing-wen was elected as Taiwan’s president on Jan. 16, 2016. Comment

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Jamaica sets sights on CARICOM markets

Jamaica: Jamaica is set to take full advantage of the benefits of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and to this effect Prime Minister Andrew Holness has appointed a Review Committee to position the country for the benefits under the organization. Comment

Monday, May 16, 2016

Caribbean looks to aquaculture food security to combat climate change

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (IPS) - Jimmi Jones and wife Sandra Lee’s fish farm in Belize City is unique. His fish tanks supply water and nutrients for his vegetable garden needs and the plants filter the water that is recycled back to the tanks. Comments (1)

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean Representatives of all the 25-nations Association of Caribbean States (ACS) will attend the seventh summit of the regional organization from June 2–4 at Havana’s Convention Center, Cuba. Comment

Friday, May 13, 2016

TRAVEL FEUD GROWS

Trinidad and Tobago: The simmering years-old row between Trinidad and Jamaica over the way Jamaicans are treated while visiting Trinidad is shifting from a row over free movement of Caribbean nationals into an all out trade war as Jamaica moves to retaliate against a neighbor it says is sometimes too arrogant and insensitive. Comment

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Caribbean submits ideas to solve major challenges

New York: The New York-based Bloomberg Philanthropies on Wednesday announced that 290 cities across Latin America and the Caribbean have submitted ideas to solve major challenges and improve city life for the 2016 Mayors Challenge. Comment

Trinidad gov’t seeks to freeze terrorists assets

Trinidad and Tobago: The Trinidad and Tobago government wants to ask the court to have several people designated as terrorists so as to freeze their assets. Comment

PM Harris champions CARICOM’s case on correspondent banking

Trinidad and Tobago: Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. Timothy Harris championed CARICOM’s case on correspondent banking during an important consultation in Washington, D.C., with State and Treasury officials at the U.S. Department of State on Tuesday, May 3. Comment

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Growth of lateral economies in the Caribbean

Trinidad and Tobago: The message to the Caribbean people is to make our own government. And so, our own economies. There are enough riches on the ground, in the communities, to do so. Comment

Monday, May 9, 2016

Jamaican government tackles crime wave

Jamaica: Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness said the government will be sparing no effort in the fight against crime. Comment

Sunday, May 8, 2016

‘The Seawall’ film director scouts locations in Guyana

Movies: Guyanese-born Film Director Mason Richards is scouting Guyana’s Kaieteur Falls, the largest single-drop waterfall in the world, as the possible location to shoot the full-length feature of his award-winning film “The Seawall,” to celebrate Guyana’s 50th Independence Golden Jubilee. Comment

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Presidents College to benefit from GAC fundraiser

Guyana: Presidents’ College of Guyana will benefit from funds raised at the (GAC) Guyana Action Committee’s 50th Independence Gala at Georgetown Pegasus Hotel, on May 21, according to Operations Director Bonita Montague. Comment

Friday, May 6, 2016

MONEY MAKER FOR ANTIGUA

Antigua: Successive governments in St. Kitts might have been one of the first countries in the Caribbean Community to allow foreigners to buy local citizenship and use its national passport to travel the world as if the person was actually born there but authorities in Antigua have in recent days been showing off various innovations of its version of the program. Comment

World Bank to deepen ties with Guyana

Guyana: The World Bank says it will be deepening engagement with Guyana in the next two years by strengthening climate resilience, improving education quality and laying the ground for private sector development. Comment

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Hundreds pay farewell to Grenada’s bishop

Grenada: Hundreds of Grenadians turned out to pay their last respect to Grenada’s first native Bishop of the Catholic Church, The Most Reverend Vincent Matthew Darius, O.P., D.D. during a funeral on Monday, May 1 in Brooklyn. Comment

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Tech experts gather in Cuba for LACNIC 25

Cuba: May 02, 2016. HAVANA, Cuba—This week, Cuba is the tech capital of the region. From May 2 to 6, some 700 technology experts and professionals from across the region gather in western Havana for the annual meeting of the Internet Registry for Latin America and the Caribbean (LACNIC). Comment

Monday, May 2, 2016

$1,000 scholarships for deserving students

People: The National Association of University Women (NAUW), Long Island Branch on Sunday awarded US$1,000 scholarships to seven deserving high school graduating students to help them pursue tertiary education. Comment

Sunday, May 1, 2016

US issues safety warning for its citizens in Trinidad

Trinidad and Tobago: The United States Department of State has warned its citizens in Trinidad and Tobago to avoid “hot spots” and taking taxis in several areas because of increasing crime. Comment

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Belize says Guatemala ‘amassing’ troops in border areas

Belize: GUATEMALA CITY (AP) _ The tiny Central American country of Belize has accused larger neighbor Guatemala of “amassing” troops along the two countries’ border following the death of a 13-year-old boy in a shooting incident apparently involving Belizean soldiers. Comment

US-Carib strategic engagement

National: Two high-ranking United States congressional representatives have introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives legislation that they say would “prioritize” U.S.-Caribbean relations. Comment

Vincentian minister appeals for investment

St Vincent: As the Argyle International Airport nears completion, new Vincentian Economic Planning Minister Camillo Gonsalves is appealing to nationals in the Diaspora to invest in the country before it’s too late, saying that St. Vincent and the Grenadines is poised to “take off.” Comment

Friday, April 29, 2016

RISING RACIAL STRAIN

Barbados: When it comes to political stability and general services, the Caribbean Community nation of Barbados is regarded as not only the best Afro-run country in the world but also one of the most organized societies in the western hemisphere. Comment

Grenadian dance teacher a favorite

Grenada: Theresa Grimm once said, “Without teacher appreciation there can’t be any student progress.” On Thursday, April 21, the Barnes & Noble located at 106 Court St. in Brooklyn held the 2016 Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher ceremony to honor local winner, Shola Roberts from Grenada; dance teacher at School of Integrated Learning in Brower Park, Brooklyn. Comment

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

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