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Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016

UN admits it needs to do more after causing Haiti cholera epidemic

Haiti: NEW YORK, Aug 18, 2016 (IPS) - Update: On Thursday, Aug. 18 the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld the immunity of the UN from legal proceedings in the case of Georges et al v. United Nations et. al (the Haiti Cholera case) in accordance with the UN Charter and other international treaties. Comment

Monday, Aug. 22, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean: Antigua A 35-year-old French national was fined EC$4,000 after he pleaded guilty to causing a bomb scare on a LIAT flight at the VC Bird International Airport, Antigua recently. Comment

Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016

Grenadians to vote on constitutional changes

Grenada: Grenadians will go to the polls for the Oct. 27 referendum on changes in the Constitution to replace the London-based Privy Council with the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). Comment

Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016

Caribbean nationals nabbed in convict sweep

Trinidad and Tobago: The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency says officers from its Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) have arrested a number of Caribbean nationals among 58 individuals during an operation spanning the New York metropolitan area, targeting criminal immigrants. Comment

Friday, Aug. 19, 2016

GUYANA AWAITS OIL $$

Guyana: Last week, Guyana’s main opposition party accused government of doing very little to get key infrastructural projects going and spur employment, suggesting that the administration is hedging all its bets on the massive oil and gas find off the coast. Comment

Boom Mas LLC ‘Escape(s) to Rio’

Arts & Theater: With the Summer Olympic currently taking place in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Boom Mas LLC is “Escap(ing) to Rio” for carnival. “This year, we want everyone to come journey with Boom Mas as we venture into Brazil — ‘Escape to Rio,’” Band leader Trinidadian Jevon Douglas told Caribbean Life about this year’s presentation. Comment

Caribbean culture in the spotlight at JAMS at 20

Music: Caribbean cuisine and fresh drinks from islands across the Caribbean took court among the diverse dishes from around the world at the 20th anniversary of the Jamaica Arts and Music Summer Festival. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016

WIADCA launches 49th carnival

Arts & Theater: With much fanfare, the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) on Thursday, Aug. 11 launched its 49th annual carnival at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, under the theme, “One Caribbean, One People, One Voice.” Comment

Campaign to exonerate Marcus Garvey

Jamaica: As Jamaicans on Wednesday celebrated the 129th anniversary of the birthday of prominent civil rights leader, Marcus Mosiah Garvey, a number of Caribbean organizations in the United States have joined the campaign to exonerate Jamaica’s first national hero. Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016

West Indian parade seeks new parade goers

Music: Join the West Indian Day Parade before it gets cool. The organizers of the epic Caribbean carnival are trekking around the borough to recruit local hipsters and other newcomers for the annual Labor Day procession down Eastern Parkway, in what they say is an attempt to keep up with Brooklyn’s changing demographics. Comment

Monday, Aug. 15, 2016

Action needed to guarantee elections in Haiti: OAS

Haiti: The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) has called on all Haitian political and social actors to fully “assume their responsibilities and take all necessary measures to conclude the electoral process by holding free, fair and transparent elections in Oct. 9.” Comment

Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Grenada: The Centers of Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) has issued a Zika virus travel notice for Antigua and Barbuda and the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) following reported local mosquito transmission of the infection. Comment

St. Lucia, Desert Star Holdings sign $2B project

St Lucia: The St. Lucia government signed a US $2 billion agreement to establish the “Pearl of the Caribbean” project in the south of the island. Comment

Jamaica records increases in tourism arrivals

Jamaica: Jamaica has earned some US$1.3 billion from tourism for the first six months of this year. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016

ZIKA BABIES BORN

Barbados: In a development that is certain to force would be mothers to rethink family plans, authorities in Barbados this week reported the first two cases of deformed babies suspected of being linked to the outbreak of the Zika virus which has been sweeping through the hemisphere in the past year. Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016

CARICOM Reparations Commission to boost online presence

People: The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Reparations Commission (CRC) will soon become more accessible online as it seeks to boost its presence by rolling out a new website and new social media platforms via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Comment

Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Guyana: The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) and its member governments have renewed their commitment to tackle commercial banks that are imposing high fees on small depositors. Comment

Dominicans face increase Value Added Tax

Dominica: Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit recently presented a EC$758 million budget which will see new benefits for senior citizens as well as an increase in the Value Added Tax (VAT) registration threshold for businesses and income tax incentives on new hotels rooms. Comment

Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016

Economic contraction in the Caribbean: ECLAC

Caribbean: The United Nations’ Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ELAC) has forecast economic contraction for the region this year. Comment

Friday, Aug. 5, 2016

TRINI REBELS SEIZED

Trinidad and Tobago: Less than a week after Trinidad observed the 26th anniversary of the bloody 1990 coup attempt by a rebel Muslim group, authorities are now forced to deal with a problem of a different kind-gathering intelligence on dozens of locals with strong links to ISIS. Comment

Adams leads delegation in addressing gun violence in Trinidad

Trinidad and Tobago: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams is leading a delegation that includes members of the 67th Police Precinct Clergy Council in Brooklyn on a visit to Trinidad and Tobago that is focused on local and global issues relating to gun violence. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016

Continuing the tradition — Mas Icons

Arts & Theater: Over a span of some forty-plus years, Roy Pierre & Associates has participated, in one way or another, in cultural events and activities related to the West Indian Labor Day Parade. Comment

‘PRIMAL’

Arts & Theater: As Guyana this year celebrates its 50th year of political independence from Great Britain, the Guyanese mas band One Destiny is going “Primal” for Labor Day. Comment

Bringing the Caribbean beat to the Olympics

Music: Put your own spin on music! With the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympics, the Caribbean sound hopes to take a significant spotlight with the launch of a new Digicel digital platform designed to remix music, with some of the biggest Caribbean names as the face of the campaign. Comment

Suga Candy Mas to ‘Portray Whispers’

Arts & Theater: Last year’s second place win on Eastern Parkway for Maxine Magdaleno, was a pleasant surprise for the seasoned costume designer, whose Suga Candy Mas band captured the title in the small-band category, cementing a possible win at this years Labor Day Carnival on Sept. 5. Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016

UN, CARICOM bid farewell to Guyana’s ambassador

Guyana: George Wilfred Talbot, Guyana’s ambassador to the United Nations, his wife – Grace Angela and son – Joel Ephraim received an emotional and warm farewell from staff of the United Nations, Guyana Mission and the CARICOM community on Wednesday, July 27 as the envoy prepares to take up his next assignment in Brazil, South America. Comment

Medgar Evers College mourns loss of former T&T PM

Trinidad and Tobago: Medgar Evers College’s President Dr. Rudolph F. Crew says the recent passing of former Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Patrick Manning “has a special resonance” at the Central Brooklyn college. Comment

Tribunal to gross examine human rights violations

St Lucia: Newly elected St. Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has announced plans to set up a tribunal to look into the report of gross human rights violations by the Royal St. Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) between 2011-2011 and to present a road map to move forward. Comment

Monday, Aug. 1, 2016

Guyana Consulate NY launches new website

Guyana: Guyanese in the Diaspora will have easy access to a wide scope of functions on a new state-of-the-art website launched recently by the Guyana Consulate, New York as the consulate seeks to raise its profile by implementing new and innovative programs and initiatives, that will help support nationals and the overall development of services. Comment

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) has recorded a $10 million loss for 2016. ECCB Governor, Timothy Antoine who was speaking at a press conference following the 85th meeting of the ECCB Monetary Council in Antigua and Barbuda recently said there is “no immediate concern” over the $10 million in losses, arguing that yearly losses are reducing. Comment

Friday, July 29, 2016

COUP FEARS LINGER

Trinidad and Tobago: Twenty seven years ago this week, a group of 114 disgruntled and if not idealistic Black Muslims tried to topple the elected government of Trinidad and Tobago in a bloody coup attempt that claimed more than 20 lives, triggered widespread looting, a dusk to dawn curfew and arson attacks on the capital. Comment

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Tempo officially launches in the NY Tri-State area

Brooklyn: Frederick Morton, Jr., the St. Croix-born chairman and chief executive officer of the Caribbean-themed Tempo Networks, last Wednesday officially launched the cable medium in the New York Tri-State area. Comment

Punishing strike by resident doctors grinds on in Haiti

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Empty halls buzz with flies. Rats scamper through the wards at night. The emergency room is empty except for four shackled prisoners, watched over by relatives and missionaries rather than medical personnel. Comment

MAS IN JERSEY CITY

Arts & Theater: The sweltering heat that blanketed the City the of New Jersey last Saturday, July 22 did not deter masquerades from their determination to display the beauty of this rhythmic and cultural melting-pot city that sits in the shadow of the New York skyline. Comment

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Guyanese celebrate at Borough Hall

Guyana: The dedication and selfless work of the Guyana Tri-State Alliance, headed by Patricia Jordan-Langford, received honorable recognition for its 25 years of service during a colorful presentation at Brooklyn Borough Hall on July 22. Comment

Caribbean-born doc at Maimonides leads the way

People: Director of the Brooklyn Heights Women’s Center at Maimonides, Dr. Millicent Comrie has been named among the “Top 10 Caribbean-Born Female Doctors in the U.S.” by News Americas. Comment

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

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

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