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Monday, July 25, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Antigua and Barbuda government has launched a new social housing project aimed at improving the housing stock in the Villa and Point communities on the island. Comment

Sunday, July 24, 2016

HIV infections among adults rise in the Caribbean: UN

Health: The United Nations says HIV infections among adults in the Caribbean has risen, saying that the decline globally among adults has stalled for at least five years. Comment

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Prayer and funds for prizefighter’s recovery

Queens: Prizefighter Clive Atwell knelt before the altar of Safe Harbor Ministries in Jamaica, Queens last Sunday, July 17, as Pastor Jean Kissoon placed her hands on his head and prayed for his recovery, saying because of God’s grace, the boxer my not have to undergo the urgent surgery he said he urgently needs. Comment

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Guyanese surgeon wants to give back at home

Guyana: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Dr. Horace Griffith, is hopeful that with this new Guyana government in place, he would get an opportunity to return to his homeland to made a significant contribution, doing what he is passionate about — performing reconstructive surgery to help patients live a normal life. Comment

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Guyanese expats ineligible for old age pension

Guyana: Unless Guyanese living abroad decides to repatriate, they would not be entitled to Old Age Pension under a new measure that the Guyana government has recently put in place. Comment

Monday, July 18, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Colin Murdoch said that the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has yet to agree on a policy that will enable a skilled national to travel with a spouse, child, or other dependent to the respective territories. Comment

Friday, July 15, 2016

GUYANA BANKS BLANKED

Guyana: The Bank of America has formally told three locally-owned commercial banks in Guyana that it will formally stop doing business with them at the beginning of November as part of moves by American financial institutions to eliminate the risk of financial dealings with them and the wider Caribbean officials said this week. Comment

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Brooklyn political club honors male leaders

Brooklyn: A major political club in Brooklyn on Sunday honored seven male community leaders at a gala ceremony at Tropical Paradise Ballroom on Utica Avenue in Brooklyn as part of its Caribbean American Heritage Month celebrations. Comment

Calling all Jamaicans from Kingston towns

Jamaica: Much is made of destination Kingston, the Jamaican capital a majority identify to be the hub of all things from the island. However, to many immigrant Kingstonians residing here, the definitive identifier to their roots are the towns they still call home. Comment

Jerk fest promises kid-friendly activities, Rupee

Music: The sixth annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival will kick off Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, on Sunday, July 17. The annual culinary and musical festival boasts of the best jerk dishes and musical performances by leading Caribbean artists. The daylong event starts at noon and will continue until 8 pm. Comment

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

GOSPEL QUEEN

Music: The former Dancehall queen has an upcoming album, and it is not about taking your man or a feud — because the lyrics vastly differ from what many knew her to sing as a Dancehall queen. Comment

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua businessmen have been warned against scammers who are re-directing payments from customers to other bank accounts. Comment

Local organization to host forum on gentrification

Brooklyn: The Flatbush Tenant Coalition will host a forum for residents of East Flatbush and local politicians on July 17. The forum plans to address tenant rights, gentrification, and the deliberate pricing out of tenants from once affordable homes in the area. Comments (1)

CARICOM ambassadors briefed on global health security

Health: Caribbean ambassadors in Washington have been briefed on the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) during a meeting hosted at the Embassy of the Bahamas on June 27, 2016. Comment

Monday, July 11, 2016

Guyanese boxer seeks help for brain surgery

Guyana: Guyanese boxing champion Clive “The Punisher” Atwell said he needs life saving brain surgery, and is asking Guyanese in the Diaspora to help him raise $25,000 needed to travel to Trinidad and Tobago for a procedure to put a metal plate in his head to cover his exposed brain. Comment

Local Olympian wants gold for Haiti

Haiti: A local Olympian is heading to Rio with his eyes set on gold. Crown Heights teen Richardson ‘Africa’ Hitchins, will represent Haiti at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil next month. Comment

Thursday, July 7, 2016

NEW COMERS HAVE RIGHTS

Guyana: Foreigners who obtain local citizenship and travel documents through the controversial passport for dollar investment scheme will have full rights to travel and live anywhere in the 15-nation group of countries a regional leader said Wednesday. Comment

Selebrasyon! concludes with Haitian flavors

Haiti: It’s a wrap! Two months of Haitian culture — a book signing at the Queens Museum, dance performances in Harlem, poetry readings in the East Village, a film screening at BAM, music at BRIC, and a Haitian Flag Day observance — entertained and informed those who attended 2016 Selebrasyon! organized by the seven-year-old Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX). Comments (1)

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Former Trinidadian pm to be buried on Saturday

Trinidad and Tobago: Former Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Patrick Mervyn Augustus Manning, who died on Sunday morning, will be given a state funeral. Comment

Monday, July 4, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: CARICOM leaders were expected to sign an agreement to officially launch the Caribbean Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE) during the Heads of Government Meeting in Guyana. Comment

Travel app hopes to encourage tourism to Grenada

Grenada: Next stop — Grenada! Comment

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Jamaica takes action against yellow fever virus

Jamaica: Jamaica is taking steps to prevent the importation of the yellow fever virus into the country where the disease does not occur but where the mosquito vector and human hosts are present. Comment

Mayor begins ‘productive conversation’ with Caribbean community

Brooklyn: With his eyes set on his re-election next year, Mayor Bill deBlasio has wasted no time in starting a “productive conversation” with Caribbean community leaders, small business owners and others in Brooklyn. Comment

Designer Roger Gary for 8th Summer Sizzle in BVI

Fashion: The eclectic swimwear collection by Brooklyn-based Roger Gary has garnered standing ovation over 30 years, since the couturier began his career in Guyana, cutting from colorful fabrics to complete stunning male and female ensembles. Comment

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Class of 2016 includes several new leaders

Trinidad and Tobago: When a veteran observer of regional politics glances towards the stage with Caribbean leaders next Monday, he or she would not be able to avoid noticing that a fairly large number of heads participating in the opening ceremony would have been in office for less than or just over a year. Comment

St. Lucia’s gov’t to review its diplomatic appointments

St Lucia: St. Lucia’s new Prime Minister Allan Chastanet says his government intends to review the appointments of diplomats by the former Dr. Kenny Anthony administration. Comment

Friday, July 1, 2016

CARICOM UNDER SCRUTINY

Jamaica: Caribbean Community leaders meeting in Guyana from Monday are to have an extensive discussion on the implications of Britain’s impending exit from the European Union but even as they do so, one of their own has made it clear that just like the Brits, the time has come for it to review its own relations with the regional family. Comment

Crowds come out for local food festival

Food: Hundreds of people packed a backyard for the second annual Ground Provisions and Curry Queue Festival in Flatlands on June 25. Comment

Thursday, June 30, 2016

UWI undertakes global movement

Trinidad and Tobago: At the hallmark of the Caribbean is the University of the West Indies (UWI). With a strong show of support for this iconic institution to strengthen its base, continue its work and to reposition itself in the 21st century, new steps are being taken by the university to be a standard bearer in this millennium. Comment

Stopping the cycle of poverty in the Caribbean

Caribbean: UNITED NATIONS, June 22, 2016 (IPS) - Latin America and the Caribbean countries have experienced historic economic and social transformation in recent years Comment

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

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

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

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