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Thursday, July 30, 2015

GUYANA OFFICIAL CHARGED

Guyana: In mid August, the first hundred days of the new administration of President David Granger in Guyana would have expired and officials are rushing to ensure that a raft of promises made for this period are honored in compliance rather than in the breach. Comment.

Candidates jostle for Sampson’s seat

Brooklyn: Even before John Sampson, a Caribbean American legislator in Brooklyn, was convicted on Friday for trying to thwart a U.S. federal investigation, a number of candidates had already begun bidding for his Brooklyn seat. Comment.

Global Potential creates leaders for social change

Haiti: Stepping out of the box and away from your comfort zone is often the push you need to accomplish something great. Comment.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Hastick appointed Brooklyn Ambassador

Grenada: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams has appointed the founder, president and chief executive officer of the Brooklyn-based Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI), Roy Hastick, as a Brooklyn Ambassador. Comment.

Carican plays ‘Musical Instruments’

Brooklyn: As the Brooklyn-based Carican Costumes plays “Musical Instruments” this Labor Day, band leader Trinidadian Pat Nurse says she’s looking forward to making a “stunning impression” on the children, spectators and especially the judges. Comment.

Sherzel wants hattrick with ‘Jewels of an Empire’

Brooklyn: Having won the large band category in the Junior Carnival for the past two years, the Brooklyn-based Sherzel Productions is aiming for the hattrick this year with “Jewels of an Empire.” Comment.

Antoine Int. to portray ‘Reflection Of Our Culture’

Brooklyn: Known as one of the most versatile band leaders and costumes designers whose creations have won numerous trophies for producing other bands, and as an individual leader since 1991, Kenneth Antoine is going back to his culture in this year’s portrayal of “Reflection of Our Culture.” Comment.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Bichotte says Sampson’s conviction ‘sad’

Brooklyn: Haitian American Democratic legislator Rodneyse Bichotte has described as “sad” and “unfortunate” Friday’s conviction of Caribbean American legislator John L. Sampson. Comment.

Observer team for T&T elections

Trinidad and Tobago: A three-member observer team from the Commonwealth Secretariat has arrived in Trinidad ahead of the Sept. 7, 2015 General Election, the Office of the Prime Minister said last week. Comment.

Caribbean seeks funding for renewable energy mix

Environment: FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique, Jul 21 2015 (IPS) - A leading geothermal expert warns that the small island states in the Caribbean face “a ticking time bomb” due to the effects of global warming and suggests a shift away from fossil fuels to renewable energy is the only way to defuse it. Comment.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Former murder convict Ashworth Bunche who is facing a life sentence, had his sentence overturned by the Court of Appeal due to “trial judge errors” among other things. Comment.

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

New grant program for sustainable tourism

Caribbean: JetBlue Airways has launched a grant program focused on sustainable tourism in the Caribbean. Comment.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Vincy Unity Picnic in Ontario a blast!

St Vincent: Tens of thousands of Vincentians converged on the massive Brown’s Bay Park in the 1,000 Is. area in Ontario, Canada on Saturday for the annual Vincy Unity Picnic. Comment.

HIT MAN FEARS ARREST

Guyana: Just about two months before Guyanese went to the polls in early May to vote out the then governing People’s Progressive Party (PPP) after 23 consecutive years in office, the country was startled by the political assassination of prominent opposition activist and former army officer Courtney Crum Ewing as he campaigned in a residential district outside the city. Comment.

Barbados Tridents lead CPL points table

Trinidad and Tobago: With the six participating teams in the Hero Caribbean Premier League, the Barbados Tridents top the points table after 10 games with 12 points. Comment.

Oxygen makes soulful Reggae

Music: Musicians no longer operate in one set genre. New emerging artists and bands are fusing sounds to generate their own new genre that speaks to their uniqueness and aesthetic. Comment.

‘Life in the Rain Forest’

Arts & Theater: Torrential rains in the Caribbean last year created a damp and dense atmosphere in the forested area where my family and I vacationed. The flora and fauna challenged us. We endured the constant buzz of the various insects. The melodious sounds of the birds, the beautiful flowers and plants were a joy to behold. Comment.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Jamaican college nabs major investor partner

Jamaica: The University College of the Caribbean (UCC) located in Jamaica is aggressively advancing its strategic plans to become the first private university college in the Caribbean to go public. Comment.

U.S. restores full diplomatic ties with Cuba

Cuba: There is a new star in Washington, D.C. Along with 50 representing states of the union on the Stars and Stripes flag, another added to the galaxy that comprise the Caribbean and re-establishes Cuba’s severed relations with the United States. Comment.

All day feast on Jamaican Jerk favorites

Food: Queens might still be covered in jerk spices, smoke and proud Jamaican flags. With high praises, full bellies, cooking demos and plenty more, the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival took over the borough’s Roy Wilkins Park for a day of “food, family and fun.” Comment.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Grenada Day 2015 — An overall success

Grenada: Marking its seventh anniversary, Grenada Day 2015 held on Sunday, July 19 at the Old Boys and Girls Field on Rutland Road in Brooklyn was largely successful — well-attended, with a plethora of vendors, creators, business professionals and consultants showcasing the best of Grenadian and Caribbean cuisine, arts and crafts, designs, spices, herbal products, etcetera — except for an unplanned, unfortunate altercation at the end, which led to a slightly premature end of the event. Comment.

Gwendolyn O’Neil: Ladder of success

Guyana: At 5 am every day the alarm clock sounds and the five-time Boxing World Champion Gwendolyn O’Neil daily devotion begins. Comment.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Efforts to help Caribbean finance development

Caribbean: As Caribbean and other countries meet in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to consider ways to ensure adequate financing for sustainable development, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is taking measures to boost access to its resources, help countries better mobilize domestic revenue and focus more of its own work on issues such as equity, inclusion and the environment. Comment.

Monday, July 20, 2015

ECLAC proposes debt relief for Caribbean countries

Caribbean: The United Nations’ Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has proposed debt relief for Caribbean countries on the part of multilateral credit institutions and the creation of a regional resilience fund. Comment.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Four Caribbean countries, St. Lucia, Belize, Trinidad and Tobago and Haiti have been identified as countries outside the United States that companies will move to in five to l0 years. Comment.

Venezuela to stop buying rice from Guyana amid dispute

Venezuela: GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) _ Venezuela has decided to stop buying much of Guyana’s rice crop amid an escalating border dispute between the South American neighbors, the Guyanese finance minister said Thursday. Comments (1).

Saturday, July 18, 2015

BACKPAY LETTER TO EUROPE

Caribbean: A formal letter of complaint Caribbean trade group governments plan to send to European nations demanding reparations payments for the Trans Atlantic slave trade is ready for signing by leaders and is to be dispatched in the coming weeks. Comment.

Global warming a Carib threat

Caribbean: Subject to double vulnerability, from external economic shocks and natural disasters, the Organization of American States (OAS) says the islands of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) see sustainable development as an “urgent necessity rather than a politically correct slogan for the future.” Comment.

Vincentian group conducts mission to Grenada

St Vincent: Teaming up with a Grenadian-born member, a Vincentian philanthropic group in the Bronx recently conducted what members described as a very successful mission to Grenada. Comment.

THE TEMPEST TAKES HARLEM

Arts & Theater: What does the Caribbean and William Shakespeare have in common? In many depictions of his famous plays, the characters are often depicted to be white and set in the many countries of Europe. The Cultural Theatre of Harlem, however, is taking Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and infusing an Afro-Caribbean layer to create a universal story. Comment.

Windies in tri-series

Caribbean: The West Indies team will participate in a tri-series against Zimbabwe and Pakistan in Zimbabwe in August and September this year. This was confirmed by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) in a media release last week following a board of directors quarterly meeting at the Accra Beach Hotel in Barbados. Comment.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Royal Wine Inc. to distribute XM Rum in NY

Guyana: Guyana’s award-winning billion-dollar XM Rum company has eluded the Guyanese community in New York for way too long due to stringent U.S. laws and regulations. But thanks to persistent requests from consumers for the alcohol, Banks DIH Limited recently partnered with New Jersey Royal Wine Incorporated, to distribute the popular liquor. Comment.

New Generation presents ‘Dream Catcher’

Arts & Theater: In continuing the legacy of her late Trinidadian-born mother Kathyann Hernandez, who went to the Great Beyond two years ago, Patrice Simmons says she is maintaining Hernandez’s high standards in presenting “Dream Catcher” this Labor Day. Comment.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

CACCI to pay special tribute on 30th anniversary

Brooklyn: The Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (CACCI) continues its celebration of 30 years of service to the small business community with a special tribute to its founding members and corporate partners. Comment.

A thickening plot for upcoming T&T election

Trinidad and Tobago: Anyone tuned in to the ebb and flow of current-day politics in Trinidad and Tobago would be aware that for at least three years now, it’s been known that the 2015 general election, now scheduled for Sept. 7, would be a significant marker in the country’s political evolution. Comment.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

D’Midas presents ‘Kaleidoscope on Broadway’

Brooklyn: The Brooklyn-based D’Midas International, N.Y. is hoping to continue doing well in the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade, as it presents “Kaleidoscope on Broadway.” Comment.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Sneakers get a second chance

Fashion: Make your way down Flatbush Avenue between Hawthorne Street and Cortelyou Road. What do you notice? On each passing block you might take note of a surplus of nail and hair salons, Chinese American and Caribbean American restaurants and not to mention a plethora of sneaker stores. Comment.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Bahamas gets help in reducing crime

Bahamas: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$20 million loan to help reduce crime and violence in the Bahamas, targeting at risk youths and strengthening institutional capabilities of the justice system, among other actions. Comment.

Venezuela reviews relations with Guyana

Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro last week recalled Venezuela’s ambassador in neighboring Guyana for consultation amid mounting tensions over their disputed border. Comment.

Street vending at the touch of an app

Haiti: Anything can be made available to us with just a push of a button on our favorite smart devices. Now, even grandma is technologically savvy and as we continue to advance it only makes sense to utilize these advancements for something a bit more meaningful than the usual selfie. Comment.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

St. Lucia to make Caribbean court its final court

Caribbean: The St. Lucia government says it will soon table legislation that will allow for the island to make the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) its final court of appeal, replacing the London-based Privy Council. Comment.

Blue & John Crow Mountains now world heritage site

Jamaica: Jamaica’s Blue and John Crow Mountains has been designated a World Heritage Site by the United Nation’s Educational, Social and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Comment.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: A new, larger terminal at the V.C Bird International Airport, the home base for regional airline LIAT, will open shortly in Antigua. Comment.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Dwayne Bravo creates history

Caribbean: West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo created history when he became both the first Trinidad and Tobago national and first ever cricketer to be nominated in any category in the prestigious ESPY Awards in the USA. Comment.

South Jersey Carib fest celebrates 15th anniversary

Music: The South Jersey Caribbean Cultural and Development Organization (SJCCDO) last Saturday celebrated its 15th Annual South Jersey Caribbean Festival at Wiggins Park at the Camden waterfront. Comment.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

CARICOM BACKS GUYANA

Venezuela: Guyana’s aggressive courting of international diplomatic partners such as the 15-nation Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the United Nations appeared to have pushed back plans by neighboring Venezuela to successfully lay claim to a large new offshore area that had stretched all the way to the small Eastern island nations but there is every indication that the simmering border controversy will worsen in the coming months. Comment.

Warner hires legal team

Trinidad and Tobago: Former FIFA Vice-President Jack Warner has hired a team of attorneys, including British Queen’s Counsel Edward Fitzgerald to fight his extradition to the United States. Comment.

Caribbean states light the renewable path

Caribbean: United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says Caribbean states are “lighting the path” towards a sustainable future, as the international community is in the final stretch of preparing a transformative post-2015 agenda for sustainable development. Comment.

Guyanese nationals hailed at Brooklyn Boro Hall

Guyana: President David Granger’s message that states Guyana celebrates the Independence it gained 49 years ago on May 26, 1966 guided by the inspirational national motto “One People One Nation One Destiny,” rang true recently at Brooklyn Borough Hall, where nationals commemorated their autonomy. Comment.

REGGAE SUMFEST

Music: KINGSTON, Jamaica – The buzz has begun about Reggae Sumfest, the acclaimed “greatest reggae show on earth.” Slated to begin next week at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay, some of the biggest names in reggae are billed. Comment.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

‘Dingolay’ presents - Rave The Yellow Edition

Arts & Theater: Dingolay’s mas band one-color concept has put them in good standing. With a third place win at the 2014 Labor Day Carnival on Eastern Parkway, the band is now positioning itself to take home first prize when it invades the parade on Monday, Sept. 7. Comment.

Reggaefarians rally ‘Round the Red, Gold & Green

Music: KINGSTON, Jamaica – On one day, July One — acclaimed by reggae music lovers as International Reggae Day — a global celebration by more than 23 countries dominated the music industry by hosting events marking 21 years of tribute to the genre birthed in Jamaica. Comment.

Hot ‘N spicy but clean comedy

Arts & Theater: It is said that laughter is good for your health. A hearty laugh can change the outlook of a bad day, even if only for the few moments a chuckle might last. Comment.

The life of a 1960s Harlem kid

Books: Your last family reunion was a big one. It was fun, too, and eye-opening. You hadn’t really stopped to think about how many people are related to you until you saw aunts you hadn’t seen in decades and met cousins you didn’t even know you had. Comment.

Everyone can’t simply move to the Caribbean

Brooklyn: Living life on an island with beautiful ocean views, breathtaking sunsets, rich in culture, history, food and plenty rum — that is a life envious of anyone. Whether you are of Caribbean descent or not, there is something enticing about leaving the fog and dirty beaches of our beloved New York City for that clear ocean blue found in Trinidad and Tobago or the Bahamas. Comment.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

UN leader offers assistance in Guyana-Venezuela dispute

Venezuela: BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AP) _ U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday offered assistance to resolve an escalating border dispute between Guyana and Venezuela. Comment.

Haiti president, business leaders open new container port

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Haitian President Michel Martelly, business leaders and civic boosters inaugurated an $80 million container port Thursday aimed at giving the hemisphere’s poorest country a much bigger role in global shipping. Comment.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: CARICOM says it disagrees with statements that the 15-member regional grouping “has been slow” to deal with the unfolding situation in the Dominican Republic where people of Haitian descent are being deported from the Spanish-speaking country. Comment.

Union Islanders see their beaches disappear

St Vincent: KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, July 1, 2015 (IPS) - Fifteen years ago, Stephanie Browne, a former Member of Parliament in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, needed only to look at the beach outside her house to know why her community in Union Island was called “Big Sand.” Comment.

Belizean sustainable fisher receives award

Belize: Since she was seven years old, Anna Ramirez, now 63, has been fishing with her family off the coast of Belize’s southernmost district – Toledo, but her gender has not stopped her from working just as hard as the men do while at sea. Comments (1).

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Healthy twists on Caribbean dishes

Food: Can organic, healthy and Caribbean be said all in the same sentence? Words such as rich and heavy are often used to describe Caribbean food with jerk chicken, rice and peas and more leading the charge with hefty portions. Nola Ro is combatting these affiliations with her healthy twists on what Caribbean American food can be from tasty hummus filled cucumber bites to coconut wings. Comments (2).

Thursday, July 2, 2015

MADURO FOR CARICOM SUMMIT

Venezuela: At the urgings of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica and a few other island nations, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has been invited to discuss his country’s decades-old claim to large swathes of Guyana’s on and offshore territories at the regional leaders summit beginning in Barbados on Thursday. Comment.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Jamaican opposition endorses bid by diasporans

Jamaica: Jamaica’s opposition party leaders are vigorously urging the People’s National Party’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and members of her administration to explore ways to give members of the diaspora a constituent vote in Jamaica. Comment.

Caribbean African Reggae Fest

Music: Music is the international language that transcends culture and state lines. New York is a hub for international acts to reach another edge of their audience as seen in popular music festivals like Prospect Park’s concert series at the Bandshell. Comment.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Caribbean women honored at APCCS celebration

Guyana: The illustrious careers of three phenomenal Caribbean-born women and their commitment to serve the community were highlighted during a Caribbean American Heritage Month celebration and awards presentation, in the Ball Room of Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn. Comment.

Successful medical mission to Grenada

Grenada: A major Brooklyn community group has conducted a very successful medical mission to Grenada. Comment.

Grenada rebuilds barrier reefs

Grenada: BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Jun 24 2015 (IPS) - The Eastern Caribbean nation of Grenada is following the example of its bigger neighbours Belize and Jamaica in taking action to restore coral reefs, which serve as frontline barriers against storm waves. Comment.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Community News Group celebrates Caribbean Americans in healthcare

People: Thirty four honorees were feted at the Grand Prospect Hall in Park Slope for their achievments in healthcare. Check out our story and slideshow. Comment.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

City Council cite veteran Jamaican artists

Music: It was a busy Saturday for Councilwoman Laurie A. Cumbo but she carved out enough time from her hectic schedule to present citations to veteran performers whose contribution to Jamaica’s music industry is indelibly imprinted in the nation’s historical archives. Comment.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: An amnesty program in Antigua and Barbuda geared towards giving non-nationals the opportunity to regularize their status has been extended. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Amy (R for profanity and drug use) Bittersweet biopic revisiting the rise and fall of Grammy-winner Amy Winehouse who died of alcohol poising in 2011 at the age of 27. Featuring appearances by Tony Bennett, Mark Ronson and Mos Def. Comment.

Celebrate International Reggae Day July 1

Music: At the start of July, the world will be consumed by Reggae music. For 24 hours, International Reggae Day (IRD) Festival – a global media festival – will celebrate the best of Jamaica’s creativity and contributions worldwide. Comment.

Investment opportunities in the Reggae Island

Jamaica: Jamaica is one the most globally recognized brand in the world. According to the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) the island welcomed 756,463 visitors – 445,105 of which originated from the U.S.; 184,237 from Canada; and 95,177 from Europe. Comment.

Friday, June 26, 2015

CARICOM APPEALS TO THE DR

Haiti: Caribbean Community governments this week appealed to the Dominican Republic to halt the expulsion of people of Haitian descent in the wake of a simmering dispute over the island’s denial of them to have citizenship. Comment.

MUSICAL ODYSSEY

Music: You know Carnival is here when steel pan yards are alive with music in the wee hours of the night. Pan music isn’t constrained to just Carnival season, a rich culture and history is beaten into every oil drum. Comment.

Tent prez happy with semi picks

Music: After being weary of what he had characterized as failure to select, over the years, very deserving calypsonians from his tent, the president of the Brooklyn-based Dynamite Calypso Tent, Ainsley Primus, has expressed delight with the number of selections for this year’s semifinal round in the National Calypso Competition in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Identity Crisis: Navigating my roots

Haiti: I am a first generation Haitian American. I am born to two very proud Haitians who migrated to New York City in their teens in hopes of furthering their education and opportunity. Fluent speakers of Haitian Creole and French, my parents are bi-lingual while my siblings and I struggle to respond in our parent’s native tongue. Unfortunately, like many other Haitian Americans, I can understand the language far better than I can speak it. Comment.

Tridents defeat Amazon Warriors

Caribbean: The Caribbean Premier League started in flying colors with the Tridents defeating the Guyana Amazon Warriors. The Tridents scored 158 runs for 6 wickets in their 20 overs with captain Kieron Pollard scoring 48 runs from 26 balls. Comment.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Dine Caribbean in fine style

Food: Throw the word “diet,” “waist trainer” and the phrase “summer body” out the window. The second annual Caribbean Restaurant Week is upon us, from June 22 - 29. Fourteen different locations are prepared to satisfy your taste buds, stomach and most importantly your wallet with discounts prices. Comment.

Caribbean flair and fashion

Fashion: Georgetown-based fashion designer Sonia Noel literally turned the rotunda of Brooklyn Borough Hall into a runway on June 12. In just 45 minutes the Guyana Fashion Week CEO was triumphant in hosting 16 designers, presenting more than 40 pieces of garment and accessories, all the while showcasing the multi-cultural identity of the couturiers. Comment.

Caribbean nationals salute heritage with honors

Jamaica: Los Angeles, California — Caribbean-Americans in California marked the 30-day presidential proclamation (since 2006) that declares June, National Caribbean-American Heritage Month by hosting a gala awards dinner and launching a film festival dedicated to the diasporan tribute. Comment.

Drug deportations tearing families apart

People: A major United States human rights group says thousands of families in the United States have been torn apart in recent years by detention and deportation for drug offenses. Comment.

A regional foodbasket plans for the worst

Guyana: GEORGETOWN, June 10, 2015 (IPS) - Despite its highly variable climate, Guyana is the only Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country that enjoys food security. But rapid climate change could pose a challenge not only for Guyana, but for its Caribbean neigbours who depend on the South American country for much of their produce. Comment.

Political club honors nine deserving fathers

St Vincent: A major political club in New York on Sunday conveyed Father’s Day honors on nine community and business advocates at a gala ceremony at Tropical Paradise Ballroom on Utica Avenue in Brooklyn. Comment.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Petition to stop mass deportation of Haitians

Haiti: As the deadline nears for the deportation of Haitian Dominicans in the Dominican Republic, a New York City legislator has created and circulated a petition calling on the Dominican Republic government to stop what he describes as “this unjust plan that will displace hundreds of thousands of people who call the Dominican Republic home.” Comments (2).

One location, so much Jamaican history

Jamaica: The former Montego Bay court house has received a major renovation and is now the Montego Bay Cultural Center. The cultural center is located in Sam Sharpe Square, downtown Montego Bay where one of Jamaica’s national heroes Sam Sharpe was hung for his role as an instigator of the 1831 slave rebellion. Comment.

Foodies taste the islands

Food: Two words generally make a crowd of people happy: free and food. Brooklyn’s Borough Hall Caribbean American Heritage Month celebrations combined the two concepts Friday, June 12 with the annual Taste of the Caribbean event. Comment.

T&T police probe marijuana find at PM’s home

Trinidad and Tobago: The acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams has announced that the police will launch a probe into the discovery of “five grams of a plant-like substance resembling that of marijuana” at the Phillipine, South Trinidad residence of Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar about two years ago. Comment.

Trinidad readies for General Election

Trinidad and Tobago: The campaign for the Sept. 7, 2015 General Election in Trinidad and Tobago kicked off last week. Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, 63, announced the date in a statement at the House of Representatives, Port of Spain that she would advise President Anthony Carmona “to dissolve parliament at midnight on June 17, 2015 — a move which will bring to an end the tenth parliament and clear the way for the eleventh.” Comment.

Move to drive Caribbean fashion forward

Fashion: The situation is dire when it is in the red. When it comes to any business, financials dipping into the red zone can signify possible closure due to poor money management, marketing etc. Comment.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Guyana seeks UN help in border dispute

Venezuela: The government of Guyana plans to ask the United Nations to intervene and settle the border dispute with Venezuela.’ Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, said the only alternative to settle the controversy with its Spanish-speaking neighbor is that of a judicial settlement that the 1899 Arbitral Tribunal Award of the border with Venezuela is final. Comment.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The European Union recently signed a 346 million (euro) new regional funding program with the Caribbean region until 2020. Comment.

On being a ‘Caribpolitan’ in the Diaspora

People: Living in major cities with thriving pockets of communities maintaining their culture and heritage, diaspora may now be to general a term to adequately represent the modern day Caribbean transplant or descendant. Comment.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

SVG envoy to attend Vienna energy forum

St Vincent: St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, I Rhonda King, who also serves as interim chair of the SIDS DOCK Island Women Open Network (IWON), will lead a delegation at the Vienna Energy Forum 2015 (VEF 2015). Comment.

NYC comptroller honors Caribbean Americans

New York: New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer said that the city contains a wonderful mix of cultures and traditions, and noted that the Caribbean American community stands out for its energy, vibrancy and strong sense of community. Comment.

New Caribbean restaurant in town

St Vincent: Yet another Caribbean restaurant has opened its doors in the epicenter of the Caribbean Community in Brooklyn. Leading Vincentian-born graphic designer and community figure, Franklyn “Supadex” Richards, and his Trinidadian-born fiancée, Marge Durant, a professional hairdresser and owner of Discover Beauty Unisex Salon in Brooklyn, opened Caribbean Spot early last month. Comment.

Mowatt returns for another ‘groove’

Music: Veteran reggae singer Judy Mowatt, who thrilled fans as part of the Marcia Griffiths & friends package at last summer’s Groovin’ In The Park concert in New York, has been invited to perform at the festival for the second consecutive year. Beres Hammond is the only artiste who has performed at the annual festival twice. Comment.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Jamaican PM thanks Diaspora for contribution to homeland

Jamaica: Jamaican pride was high as June 14 marked the official opening ceremony of the 6th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference 2015 which took place at Hilton Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica. Comment.

Caribbean Americans are ready for business

Brooklyn: To run a business in New York City is not a simple feat. For business owners, an extensive network with resources is just as important as the services or goods the new business provides. For Caribbean nationals and Caribbean Americans, working with the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) is their network to help them succeed. Comment.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Ex-army officer appeal denied in Grenada

Grenada: ROSEAU, Dominica (AP) _ A Caribbean appeals court on Monday dismissed an attempt to become a lawyer by one of 17 men convicted of murder in a bloody 1983 coup in Grenada that triggered a U.S. invasion. Comment.

DR READY TO DEPORT ILLEGALS

Haiti: SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) _ Authorities are prepared to resume deporting non-citizens without legal residency in the Dominican Republic after largely putting the practice on hold for a year, the head of the country’s immigration agency said Tuesday. Comment.

Warner responds to TV6 critic using the F-Word

Trinidad and Tobago: Jack Warner, Trinidad & Tobago former politician and former FIFA vice president had harsh words for a U.S.-based television, comedian who bought time on the Caribbean island’s TV6 to plead with him for a tell-all about the scandal which continues to topple highly-placed decision-makers of the sport. Comment.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Windies’ Player of the Year

Caribbean: Barbadian off-spinner Sulieman Benn was named West Indies’ Player of the Year for the 2013-2014 season in the West Indies Cricket Board’s annual awards function in Kingston, Jamaica on Wednesday night, June 10, 2015. Comment.

Chef Sam makes street food for every island

Food: New Yorkers crave anything fast, easy and most importantly efficient. Show me a New Yorker who is not on-the-go and it is 99.9 percent most likely that they are actually a tourist. Speaking to Caribbean-American New Yorkers, Chef Samuel Branch makes island street food perfect for those New York minutes we are unable to spare. Comment.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Venezuela: Caribbean The education ministries in Antigua and Barbuda and Jamaica have announced a ban on the controversial “Charlie Charlie Challenge” in schools, following reported displays of “paranormal behavior” by students. Comment.

Flatbush Fair kicks off the summer

Haiti: Nothing says summer better than a street fair. Face painting, Italian sausage, funnel cake and impromptu dance contests commanded Flatbush Avenue from Parkside Avenue to Cortelyou Road Sunday, June 14. Comment.

JetBlue adds Grenada to Caribbean route

Grenada: JetBlue Airways on Thursday added Grenada to its Caribbean network by launching twice-weekly service to the “Spice Isle.” Comment.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Guyana’s 49th Independence Anniversary

Guyana: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, along with New York Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene, will welcome the Guyanese community to the renowned Brooklyn Borough Hall on Friday, June 26, at 5:30 pm, to celebration Guyana’s 49th Independence Anniversary, and salute the accomplishments, service and philanthropic endeavors of Guyanese in the Diaspora. Comments (2).

Friday, June 12, 2015

CTO: ‘Bring home the business’

Manhattan: There is not time like the present to take on a new business venture. Knowing your market is half the battle and for Caribbean nationals living in New York City, bringing those ideas to contribute to the economy is in high demand. Comment.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

BORDER DISPUTE SPIRALS

Venezuela: No one is quite sure why Venezuela which has maintained a decades-old claim to large swaths of Guyana’s land and marine boundaries now would find it necessary to this week draw up a new offshore line off Guyana’s east coast that will virtually render the country as a landlocked state if it is allowed to have its way. Comments (1).

Chanderpaul’s mistreatment

Guyana: Guyana’s new Minister of Sport Dr. Rupert Roopnarine, has described as “distressing” the axing of veteran Guyana and West Indies middle order batsman Shivanarine Chanderpaul from the regional squad for the tour against Australia, which started in Dominica last Wednesday. Comment.

Windies Test captaincy needs an overhaul

Caribbean: West Indies Test Captain Denesh Ramdin is not a decisive and skillfull leader. He falls short on taking important actions when they are needed. Apart from the lousy batting display from the West Indies, the captaincy was so bad in the first Test match in Dominica that it did not help the team. Comment.

Jamaicans return home to stake their claim

Jamaica: A majority of Jamaicans returning home from Canada, England, the USA and other parts of the world next week share a common interest, they want to have a voice in the decision-making process that ultimately affects their investments in the island. Comment.

DANCE CARIBBEAN

Arts & Theater: By Alley Olivier Who are you? What are you? Where are you from? These seemingly simple questions turn out to be loaded with layers of complexity to explore through what should be a short answer. Exploring the dimensions of what contributes in shaping our identities while managing the influence of Caribbean heritage – whether native or a descendant – Candace Thompson aims to push those conversations through dance. Comment.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Calypso Musical still relevant

Arts & Theater: It is said that art reflects reality. It is also said that history repeats itself. For “De Roaring 70’s A Calypso Musical,” despite the time period seeming so long ago, the message of struggle and oppression rings true today. Comment.

Dread publishes ‘Half’ Told memoir

Books: In a memoir published by Akashik Books, Doctor Dread reveals “The Half That’s Never Been Told,” a 256-page account about his encounters and travels promoting Jamaica’s reggae music and in addition tells another story that advances his own investments in the genre. Comment.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

National Bakery caters to bread lovers

Food: Nothing better than the food that reminds you of home - whether that is in the states or the islands. Bread happens to be one of those foods you cannot avoid. Comment.

Bridging The Gap Fashion Show

Fashion: A bevy of designers will celebrate Caribbean Heritage Month on June 12, with a multi-ethnic fashion show titled “Bridging The Gap -Connecting Caribbean Style” set to take place at Brooklyn Borough Hall from 6 pm. Comment.

Chronicle Atlantic Symphony celebrates 49 years

Music: The pristine sound of the Chronicle Atlantic Symphony Steel Orchestra is still as sweet to the ear as it was 49 years ago, when musical visionary, conductor, composer, Rudy Bishop entertained the Guyanese community, and pan lovers around the world. Comment.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua and Barbuda has appointed Peter Benjamin, who presented his letters of credence to Gladys Bejerano Portela, vice-president of Cuba’s state council, in Havana recently as Cuba’s ambassador. Comment.

Prolonged drought leaves Carib farmers broke, worried

St Vincent: CASTRIES, June 2, 2015 (IPS) - St. Lucian farmer Anthony Herman was hoping that next year he’d manage to recoup some of the losses he sustained after 70 per cent of his cashew crop withered and died in the heat of the scorching southern Caribbean sun. Comment.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Brooklyn group honors stalwart officials

St Vincent: The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Progressive Organization of New York (SPOONY), an arm of the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP), on Sunday, May 31 bestowed special honors on two stalwart officials during a town hall meeting in Brooklyn. Comment.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Brooklyn Boro Prez kicks off Caribbean Heritage Month

Arts & Theater: President Barack Obama declared June as Caribbean Heritage Month on May 29, 2015. Friday June 5, 2015 Brooklyn’s Borough President Eric L. Adams kicked off his office’s month-long celebration featuring an array of Caribbean-fused activities. Comments (1).

Celebrating the best of Caribbean cuisine, culture

Food: Foodies across New York City and beyond can look forward to sumptuous food and beverage offerings with the return of Caribbean Restaurant Week New York, which will run from June 22 – 29! Comment.

Four pacers must be in final eleven

Caribbean: It is quite fitting for the West Indies selectors to include four pacers for the first Test match starting June 3 against Australia at Windsor Park in Dominica. West Indies selectors should take this opportunity and put on show four fast bowlers and assess their performances playing in one team. Comments (1).

Friday, June 5, 2015

CANADA DESERTS CARICOM

Caribbean: Saying it is fed up of the protracted nature of the talks, the Canadian government has not only walked away from free trade negotiation discussions with the Caribbean trading bloc but has also asked the World Trade Organization (WTO) to allow it to revert to an old mechanism governing trade between the two because the future for a deal looks quite bleak. Comment.

Marching against senseless violence

Brooklyn: Marches and rallies are no longer a concept of the past. In recent months, we have seen marches stop traffic, take over bridges and more across the states and in New York City. Comment.

IRD 21: Celebrates Global Reggae Culture

Music: Big plans are now in motion to mark the 21st anniversary celebration of International Reggae Day. Comment.

Garifuna to become honorary Vincentian citizens

St Vincent: Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace says, if his New Democratic Party (NDP) wins the next general elections in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, his administration would honor the Garifuna people by making them “Honorary Citizens of St. Vincent and the Grenadi Comments (1).

Jamaican College prepares for a public offering

Jamaica: The University College of the Caribbean (UCC), Jamaica’s largest privately held tertiary education institution and one of the ranking top four recognized universities with accredited programmes in the island, is preparing to launch the first ever IPO by a college or university in Jamaica. Comment.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Bankra Carib Folk Festival

Jamaica: The Jamaica Performing Arts Center in Queens comes alive this summer when Braata Productions hosts the inaugural Bankra Caribbean Folk Festival on Sunday, June 7, 2015. The event, which promises to be a day of fun and entertainment for the entire family, begins at 12 noon. Comment.

Jamaican Patriot scores touchdown in Super-Bowl

People: Without apologies, Jamaicans are known to toot their own horn. And on Super-Bowl Sunday earlier this year, Jamaicans on the island huddled in clubs, sports bars and private homes to whistle, cheer and applaud throughout the National Football League’s showdown between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots. Comment.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Washington removes Cuba from US list of terrorism sponsors

Cuba: HAVANA (AP) _ The Obama administration formally removed Cuba from the U.S. terrorism blacklist Friday, a decision hailed in Cuba as the healing of a decades-old wound and an important step toward normalizing relations between the Cold War foes. Comment.

Comptroller steps in to protect immigrant workers

Guyana: For immigrant workers, it can seem like an uphill battle to secure representation genuinely invested in their interests and concerns. On May 18, New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer showed his support for immigrant workers by presenting checks for work completed on various New York City public schools and the Queens Museum. Comment.

Grenadian trailblazer for ‘Schure’

Music: A Hollywood spotlight will focus on Grenadian Yvette Noel-Schure on June 19 when she receives Caribbean Heritage Organization’s Trailblazer Award. Comments (2).

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

PREFONTAINE CLASSIC

Grenada: EUGENE, Ore. (AP) _ Kirani James won the 400 meters Saturday in the Prefontaine Classic, pulling away from a strong field at Hayward Field. Comment.

Celebrate Caribbean Week

New York: Dear New York: get ready for Caribbean Week 2015. Our beloved city will be over run with a week of events from daily chef presentations to the highly anticipated Rum and Rhythm Benefit and Auction. Comment.

Rihanna in Cuba’s capital to record music video

Music: HAVANA (AP) _ Pop star Rihanna drew a crowd Friday while cruising down Havana’s Malecon shore boulevard in a classic American convertible from the 1950s. Comment.

Father of West Indies Federation

Grenada: Grenadian Theophilus Albert Marryshow was known throughout the Caribbean as the “Father of West Indies Federation.” He was regarded as an ardent advocate of closer association of the islands of the region all his life, leading campaigns in all West Indian colonies with that object in view, according to CARICOM (Caribbean Community) Perspective. Comment.

Geoffrey Holder, the quintessential multi-tasker

People: In a New York Times review in 2009 of the documentary film “Carmen & Geoffrey,” about multifaceted Geoffrey Holder and his wife, the dancer/choreographer Carmen de Lavallade, Stephen Holden wrote that given Holder’s awesome accumulation of talents, along with de Lavallade’s impressive resume, you wonder why they were not more widely recognized as “national treasures.” Comment.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Caribbean faces trade challenges

Caribbean: A new World Bank report says that Latin American and the Caribbean face many challenges, with the region remaining “narrow and dominated by the United States” in trade, “followed at a very distant second by Brazil.” Comment.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Warner released on TT$2.5 million bail

Trinidad and Tobago: Embattled Trinidad and Tobago Member of Parliament Jack Warner, political leader of the Independent Liberal Party and publisher of the weekly Sunshine newspaper, was released on TT$2.5 million or US$395,000 bail on 12 bribery and racketeering charges on Thursday, May 28 2015. Comment.

St. Vincent campaign fundraisers intensify in NY

St Vincent: As the countdown intensifies in anticipation of fresh general elections in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, constitutionally due by early next year, supporters in New York of the two main political parties have begun hosting a series of fundraising events in helping to finance what is expected to be a hard-fought, bruising campaign. Comment.

Vibrant headwraps

Fashion: Atop every woman’s head is a crown. Whether it is invisible or tangibly catching the rays of the sun, celebrating women’s strength and affluence go beyond one month or day. Paola Mathe, a Haitian native, is leading the celebration of women and their many hues of beauty through her fashionable, statement-making headwraps. Comment.

Friday, May 29, 2015

LEGACY OF ‘ROCKERS’

Music: It takes more than good lyrics and a nice sound to stay relevant in the music business. In an indsutry dominated by one-hit wonders, passing fads and an audience with a by-the-minute attention span, artists have challenges of rising and staying at the top. The only direction to go is down. Comment.

‘Unity and country first’ - President Granger

Guyana: Guyana’s eighth Executive President David A. Granger told thousands of Guyanese who braved a heavy downpour in Georgetown, that they have a duty to actualize the vision of the nation’s founding fathers who fought to create a new state, adding, “we have a duty to continue the work they started.” Comments (1).

Thursday, May 28, 2015

FIFA officials,corporate execs indicted

Trinidad and Tobago: A 47-count indictment was unsealed on Wednesday, May 27 in federal court in Brooklyn charging 14 defendants with racketeering, wire fraud, and money laundering conspiracies, among other offenses, in connection with the defendants’ participation in a 24-year scheme to enrich themselves through the corruption of international soccer. The guilty pleas of four individual defendants and two corporate defendants were also unsealed on Wednesday. Comment.

FORMER TYRANT TRIUMPHS

Suriname: A former strongman who formed and ran a political party while still head of the country’s military was this week elected as the civilian president of Suriname for the second time in a decade. Comment.

Caribbean health ministers examine challenges

Health: Caribbean health ministers have joined health authorities of the Americas in discussing the creation of resilient health systems, while examining health challenges and achievements. Comment.

AphroChic fuses culture and interior design

Books: Personal style goes far beyond the clothes on your back. How you style your home after graduating from the cutesy designs of your college dorm room courtesy of Target, says a lot about you, your interests and maybe even your cultural background. For the happily married Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason, interior design and culture go hand in hand. Comment.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

New president restores Guyana’s heritage sites

Guyana: Retired Col. Larry London recently restored the Independence Arch in Georgetown, shortly after newly elected president David A. Granger, appointed him head coordinator to restore heritage sites in the garden city. Comment.

Caribbean looks to France for climate financing

St Vincent: BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, May 22, 2015 (IPS) - By the time leaders of the international community sit down in Paris later this year to discuss climate change, at least two Caribbean leaders are hoping that France can demonstrate its commitment to assisting their adaptation efforts by re-joining the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). Comment.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Get into the hype with Majah Hype

Music: All things that are different boil down to expose that they are very much the same. In the Caribbean, there is a celebration of the differences in language, slang, food and even music but there is a thread undeniably connecting the people of Jamaica to Trinidad and beyond. Comment.