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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

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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

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

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

HARD TIMES AHEAD

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

GOVERN DRONES IN CARIB

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

PORTIA FACES THREAT

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