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Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016

Pakistan defeats West Indies

Caribbean: Despite a defiant knock of 116 runs by middle order batsman Darren Bravo, West Indies went under to Pakistan by 56 runs in the opening match of the Haier Cup Test series at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in the United Arab Emirates on Monday, Oct. 17. Comment

Carib economy to contract in 2016, grow in 2017

Caribbean: The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has revised its economic growth projections for the region for 2016, predicting an average contraction of -0.9 percent for bean this year. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016

Uncovering Guillain-Barré Syndrome in the Caribbean

Trinidad and Tobago: The Caribbean has moved one step closer to uncovering the link between the Zika virus disease and a rare neurological illness. Comment

Friday, Oct. 21, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Suriname: Head of the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is warning the Barbados government that it needs to deal urgently with the island’s worsening debt situation. Comment

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US, CARICOM co-host Security Cooperation Dialogue

Dominican Republic: The United States Department of State says the United States, the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM), and the Dominican Republic on Tuesday jointly hosted the Sixth Annual Caribbean-United States Security Cooperation Dialogue, part of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) launched by President Obama in 2009. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

Grenadian kids build confidence with soccer

Grenada: Grenada’s vulnerable children got to learn some sports and vital life lessons playing soccer at a two-day soccer clinic on Oct. 9-10. Comment

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016


Music: The hush that fell over the Guyana National Cultural Center Recital Hall, in Georgetown, was followed by a skillfully played rendition of the Lord’s Prayer, to open “Piano Improvisations” by Ohio-based pianist Dr. Patricia Cambridge. Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016

Trinidad and Tobago Muslims set free in Venezuela

Trinidad and Tobago: Five Trinidad and Tobago Muslims who were detained in Venezuela for the past two and a half years on suspicion of being terrorists have been freed by a judge in the South American country over the week-end. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016

PAHO warns of cholera outbreaks in Haitian towns

Haiti: With more than 1.3 million Haitians affected by Hurricane Matthew, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) warns that acute diarrheal diseases, including cholera, threaten parts of the population. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016

Caribbean center sending clothes and funds to Haiti

Haiti: The Caribbean American Center of New York will send donations to Haiti to assist in the relief effort in the aftermath of the devastating hurricane. Comment

New Guyana envoy presents credentials to OAS chief

Guyana: The Organization of American States (OAS) says the new Permanent Representative of Guyana, Riyad Insanally, has presented his credentials to the Secretary General of the institution, Luis Almagro. Comment

Friday, Oct. 14, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean The decision by international banks to terminate relationships with banks in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) is encouraging money laundering and terrorist financing. Comment

UK clamps down on CARICOM migrants

Caribbean: CARICOM nationals and other foreigners would no longer be able to take up jobs in the UK that Britons can do, while the number of migrants coming to Britain to work and study will be significantly reduced. Comments (6)

Mission in Haiti seeks smooth, safe aid delivery

Haiti: While Haiti is still counting its dead and assessing the damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, the powerful Category 4 storm that battered the French-speaking Caribbean country last week, a senior United Nations peacekeeping official says that significant headway is being made in clearing the roads to facilitate the movement of humanitarian aid. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016

Jamaican touch to Italian classic

Music: Reggae star Richie Stephens and The Ska Nation band are fusing cultures with their Jamaican-style rendition of an Italian classic. Comment

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016

Caribbean mobilises relief aid for Haiti

Haiti: Despite the fact that its economy is tanking owing to low export prices for oil, gas and petroleum products, Trinidad is taking the lead among Caribbean Community countries in giving actual relief to Haiti after one of the most powerful storms in a decade devastated the island, killing hundreds in the past week. Comment

Community celebrates Nelson King’s achievements

St Vincent: A wide cross section of the Caribbean community in Brooklyn Sunday night celebrated the lifetime achievements of journalist Nelson A. King at a gala ceremony at Glen Terrace on Avenue N in Brooklyn. Comments (1)

Helping with Haiti’s hurricane relief

Haiti: Hurricane Matthew devastated Haiti on Oct. 4 leading to the deaths of 1,000 people. Now a week after the catastrophic hurricane ravaged southern Haiti, people interested in contributing to Haiti’s relief are encouraged to donate to organizations with a history of grass roots work in Haiti. Comment

Jamaican wins IDB award for ‘Startup with the Most Growth Potential’

Jamaica: A Jamaican national has won the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) award for “Startup with the Most Growth Potential.” Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016

Aid convoys arrive as Haiti gauges full extent of disaster

Haiti: JEREMIE, Haiti (AP) _ A small airstrip at the edge of town hums with activity. Aid convoys are arriving from the capital, now that some roads washed out by Hurricane Matthew have been cleared. A barge carrying food and water is moored offshore. Comment

Monday, Oct. 10, 2016

Trauma center sends mental health team to Haiti

Haiti: A local mental health and trauma center is deploying a team of mental health specialists to Haiti in response to Hurricane Matthew. Comment

Caribbean: Rethinking progress in sustainable development era

Caribbean: UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 19, 2016 (IPS) - Caribbean countries make a special case for development. The high and increasing exposure to hazards, combined with very open and trade-dependent economies with limited diversification and competitiveness portray a structurally and environmentally vulnerable region, composed, in the most part, of middle income countries. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016

Ramp up response in Caribbean in wake of Hurricane Matthew

Haiti: After deploying field teams to Caribbean countries affected by Hurricane Matthew, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) have headed to Haiti, where they are preparing for a major upsurge in cholera. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016

Grenada wants more funds for sustainable development

Grenada: Despite remarkable progress made on each of the 17 United Nations millennium development goals, Grenada says more funds are needed for sustainable development. Comment

Friday, Oct. 7, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean The Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is warning against a dengue epidemic type three to deal with next year. Comment

Jamaica wins big at 23rd annual world travel awards

Jamaica: For the 11th consecutive year; Jamaica is the toast of the region; copping the Caribbean’s Leading Destination at the 2016 World Travel Awards. Comment

More support for SVG Penn Relays effort

St Vincent: Hundreds of Vincentians and other Caribbean nationals in the United States on Sept. 24 demonstrated their continued, unflinching support for the nation’s participating in the Penn Relays in Philadelphia by supporting a fundraising Prayer Breakfast at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment

Holness: Help make Jamaica great again

Jamaica: Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness did not parody the words of Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump when he addressed nationals from his island during a town hall meeting in Queens recently. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016


Jamaica: It started late last month as a Tropical depression, then storm and is now one of the most powerful hurricanes in a decade as Hurricane Matthew sets its sights on the entire Bahamas islands chain after killing nearly a dozen people in Haiti and other islands, causing flooding an infrastructural damage in Jamaica and Cuba and by the weekend should be causing trouble on mainland America. Comment

Hurricane Matthew now targets US East coast

Haiti: Weather forecasters here say dangerous Hurricane Matthew now has the United States East coast in its its sights after hammering the Bahamas, Haiti, Jamaica and the Eastern Caribbean killing at least 113 people in the Caribbean including 108 people in Haiti. Comment

Caribbean sounds loud alarm bells

St Kitts and Nevis: If the world was not listening before, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders ensured, in the last two weeks, that their voices were heard – loud and clear – on the vexing corresponding banking issue, sounding loud alarm bells on what they characterized as impending “economic collapse.” Comment

Prez Granger calls on Guyanese to return home

Guyana: Stating that Guyana is the most bountiful country in the Caribbean, President David A. Granger called on the diaspora to return to their homeland, and said with their help, the country would overcome some of the challenges it faces. Comment

Mitchell quits cricket body

Caribbean: Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has quit as chairman of CARICOM’s sub-committee on cricket governance, accusing some of his colleagues of making “divisive” public statements after agreements had been reached at the heads of government level. Comment

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016

Hurricane Matthew slams Haiti, takes aim at US East Coast

Jamaica: PETIT-GOAVE, Haiti (AP) — Hurricane Matthew slammed into Haiti’s southwestern tip with howling, 145 mph winds Tuesday, tearing off roofs in the poor and largely rural area, uprooting trees and leaving rivers bloated and choked with debris. At least nine deaths were blamed on the storm during its week-long march across the Caribbean. Comment

Monday, Oct. 3, 2016

Cuba rejects Trump’s call for negotiations on human rights

National: HAVANA (AP) — A top Cuban diplomat on Wednesday rejected Donald Trump’s threat to undo detente with Cuba unless the single-party government meets the Republican presidential candidate’s demands. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016

Dominica motivated, committed to achieving SDGs

Dominica: With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) setting the stage for increasing international discourse and action in the fight against inequality, Dominica says it remains “motivated and committed” to achieving the SDGs. Comment

Yesterday’s Children celebrates sixth anniversary

Trinidad and Tobago: The beautiful and exciting sixth annual Yesterday’s Children presentation, was certainly not lost on four, exceptional elderly Caribbean-born citizens, who danced, bobbed theirs heads and smiled during an African drum and dance precession, which led to a night of love, honor, and heart warming tributes. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016

Referendum on Grenada’s Constitution set for Oct. 27

Grenada: It is official! Grenadians will go to the polls on Oct. 27 to vote on a referendum to remodel Grenada’s 42-year-old Constitution. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: 2016-10-07-azad-roundup-cl Caribbean Four CARICOM leaders, presidents and prime ministers of the 120-member Non Aligned Movement (NAM) recently attended a two-day summit in Margarita Island, Venezuela. Comment

Friday, Sept. 30, 2016

LGBTQ festival canceled in Haiti amid threats, gov’t order

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Organizers of a cultural festival in Haiti celebrating the Afro-Caribbean LGBTQ community said Tuesday that it has been called off due to numerous threats of violence and a subsequent prohibition by a government commissioner. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016


Guyana: As September, Amerindian heritage month, draws to a close and as indigenous Indians do all they can to raise awareness about land and other rights, Afro Guyanese groups are beginning to put pressure on the administration of President David Granger to give blacks their just piece of the country’s pie just as past governments have done for others. Comments (1)

Undocumented Haitians face deportation

Haiti: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has expressed deep concern about the resumed deportation of undocumented Haitian immigrants from the United States. Comment

New batting coach

Caribbean: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has appointed former Middlesex and Sussex batsman Toby Radford as batting coach for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) tour. Comment

New film documents drum culture in St. Vincent

Movies: Big sounds and big drums. On formal occasions, sounds of drums beating might be heard on Union Island — one of the islands comprising the nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

Grenada PM eulogizes Dr. Stanislaus

Grenada: Grenada Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell on Saturday joined a number of Caribbean community leaders and figures, among others, in eulogizing former United Nations Ambassador Dr. Lamuel Stanislaus at a massive funeral service in Brooklyn. Comment

St. Lucia makes a big pledge to solar power

St Lucia: The government of St. Lucia has a target of generating 35 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020. Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016

Guyana’s first lady to aid STEM programs

Guyana: Fundraising for science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, (STEM) must be considered one of the most philanthropic efforts made to help millions of children in Guyana. Comment

UWI, SUNY launch leadership, development center

Jamaica: The University of the West Indies (UWI) and The State University of New York (SUNY) have launched the SUNY UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development on Sept. 20, 2016 at the SUNY Global Center in New York. Comment

Jamaica’s debt stymies economic growth

Jamaica: Since the general election took place in Jamaica in February, 2016, Andrew Holness has not officially visited New York City in his capacity as prime minister of Jamaica, to address the Diaspora. Comment

Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016

Gayle reconsiders playing Test cricket

Caribbean: Hard-hitting Twenty20 opener Chris Gayle wants to return to Test cricket and is currently holding talks with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to be included in any future Test team. Comment

Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016

Embargo still impacts Cuba, US relations

Cuba: Though Cuba and the United States have made much progress in improving bilateral relations, Cuba’s Foreign Affairs Minister Bruno Eduardo Rodríguez Parrilla says the decades-old economic blockade against Havana hampers progress in the normalization of relations between both countries. Comment

Jamaica’s implementing 10-year health strategic plan

Jamaica: Jamaica’s Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, says the Caribbean island is implementing a 10-year strategic plan to improve health and attain its vision of a healthy and stable population. Comment

Friday, Sept. 23, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados A reciprocal health care agreement between Barbados and United Kingdom will come to an end on Oct. 1, 2016. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016


Trinidad and Tobago: Two of the founding and main members of the 15-nation Caribbean Community of nations are grappling with murders rates that are so ridiculously high that police and national security officials are at a loss to come up with solutions to stem the bloodletting. Comment

Guyana emerging as ‘green state’: Prez

Guyana: Underscoring the importance of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, Guyana’s President David Granger has underscored that his country will continue to pursue a “green” economy. Comment

Guyana prez renews call for end to border dispute

Guyana: President of the Republic of Guyana, David A. Granger, renewed his call to the United Nations for a final resolution of the Guyana / Venezuela border dispute during his address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, stating that last year he warned of the danger Venezuela posed to the peace and security of “our region not only by its internal instability but by its external assault on Guyana’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.” Comment

Tourism bonanza, but competition looms

Barbados: The Caribbean is riding on top of a tourism bubble like never seen before, but while the upsurge in tourist arrivals is a reason for celebration, industry players are warily watching emerging competition. Comment

Caribbean: Rethinking progress in sustainable development era

Environment: UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 19, 2016 (IPS) - Caribbean countries make a special case for development. The high and increasing exposure to hazards, combined with very open and trade-dependent economies with limited diversification and competitiveness portray a structurally and environmentally vulnerable region, composed, in the most part, of middle income countries. Comment

Marcus Garvey family seeks justice

Jamaica: Dr. Marcus Garvey, New York surgeon and son of civil rights leader and Jamaica’s first National Hero, the Rt. Hon Marcus Mosiah Garvey presented his case for justice for his father to the CARICOM Caucus of Ambassadors and embassy staff in Washington DC on Tuesday Sept. 6. Comment

Running for Grenada’s children

Grenada: A Grenada-based charity is calling on Grenadians and the Caribbean Diaspora to run in Grenada’s only marathon for a positive cause. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016

Clarke, Adams pay tribute to late Grenada UN ambassador

Grenada: Caribbean American Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams have added their voices to the outpouring of tributes to the late Grenada United Nations Ambassador Dr. Lamuel A. Stanislaus. Comment

Flatbush Junction carnival counters J’Ouvert violence

Music: Call it a J’ouv-over. Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016

Brooklyn father pleads for son’s safe return

Guyana: Distraught Brooklyn resident, Eric Joseph Snr., is pleading with anyone who sees his son, Eric Lesley Joseph, Jr. to contact him at telephone number 347-693-6859 or alert the nearest police station to make a report. Comment

Monday, Sept. 19, 2016

Former Grenada UN ambassador dies in New York

Grenada: Barely five months after he was recognized by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, as “a part of our great American story,” former Grenada Ambassador to the United Nations, Dr. Lamuel Stanislaus, has died. He was 95. Comments (1)

St. Vincent still seeks seat on UN Security Council

St Vincent: St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves says the nation is still pursuing its “ambitious” bid for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council. Comment

St. Lucia PM proposes tourism summit

St Lucia: St. Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanent is proposing a tourism summit, which he said should be convened by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in the short to medium term. Comment

Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The World Health Organization (WHO) is urging Caribbean and other countries to start using immediately the updated guidelines to reduce sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in response to the growing threat of antibiotic resistance. Comment

An impending change to Caribbean crime fighting

Barbados: Expert on regional security matters and former Jamaica Police Commissioner, Francis Forbes, has warned that the Caribbean faces a growing threat, which would radically change the methods of law enforcement. Comment

CARICOM tackles regional social dialogue and social protection

Caribbean: The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat is hosting a one-day regional consultation on the establishment of a regional tripartite social dialogue mechanism and a regional social protection floor. It takes place on Monday, Sept. 19 at the secretariat’s headquarters in Georgetown, Guyana. Comment

Friday, Sept. 16, 2016

Caribbean Diaspora to help shape foreign policy

Brooklyn: A top United States official is calling on Caribbean nationals in the U.S. to help shape Washington’s foreign policy. “Our diversity is our strength, and it needs to move faster,” urged Juan Gonzalez, deputy assistant secretary for Central America and the Caribbean, U.S. Department of State, in addressing an extraordinary panel discussion on the Caribbean Diaspora last Thursday at Medgar Evers College. Comment

FBI to open office in Jamaica

Jamaica: The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Bureau, of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (AFT), will soon be setting up offices in Jamaica to help fight crime and violence. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016


Trinidad and Tobago: It is becoming increasingly clear that Trinidad will likely miss the Sept. 30 deadline to sign an agreement with the US to supply commercial banking and other financial information on Americans who stash cash and hide assets overseas. Comment

Ziggy Marley shares family recipes in debut cookbook

Food: Let’s get together alright. Coming from a large musical family and the oldest son of legendary reggae artist Bob Marley — Ziggy Marley naturally explored his musical talents and thrives in it. But now he is delving into a different industry and branching his talents into the kitchen with the release of his debut cookbook. Comments (2)

Monday, Sept. 12, 2016

INTERPOL boosts Caribbean cybercrime policing

Dominican Republic: The international police organization, INTERPOL, says it has conducted a series of cybercrime training sessions in Latin America and the Caribbean, aimed at enhancing regional law enforcement capacity to prevent, detect and respond to cyber-threats. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean: The Antigua and Barbuda government had denied allegations it is turning a blind eye on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBT) community. Comment

Artist displays realistic artwork from carnival

Arts & Theater: Florida-based artist Weldon Ryan has painted many pieces of art depicting carnival-partying people for almost three decades. Frequenting carnival events in Miami and Brooklyn, Ryan captures images from these colorful events, and paints them on canvasses. He recently showcased these artworks, some for the first time, and he is ready to paint even more. Comment

Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016

Barbados immigration under scrutiny

Jamaica: The immigration service in Barbados has again found itself in the Caribbean spotlight following recent allegations by two Jamaicans and a Guyanese of mistreatment after arriving at Grantley Adams International Airport. Comment

Friday, Sept. 9, 2016

Young talent preps for school with concert

Brooklyn: Local kids closed out summer showcasing their talents one last time before school starts. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016

A year after T&T elections

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad’s governing People’s National Movement (PNM) marked its first year in office on Wednesday with voters showing some tolerance for Prime Minister Keith Rowley personally but going hard on authorities for their inability to reduce a spiraling murder rate, improve the performance of the economy and reduce state corruption which was made an art form by the previous government. Comment

Another picture perfect carnival

Arts & Theater: For at least the second successive year, revelers, masqueraders and millions of spectators enjoyed the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade in picture perfect weather on Brooklyn’s sprawling Eastern Parkway. Comment

Junior bands set exciting tone for Eastern Parkway

Arts & Theater: Trinidadian-born, Erica Greenidge hurried along Franklin Avenue in Brooklyn, anxious and excited at the same time to get her costume-clad granddaughter Brooke-Lynn to the starting point of the Junior Carnival Parade on Saturday, Sept. 3. Comment


Arts & Theater: The 49th annual West Indian American day carnival brightened up Eastern Parkway on Monday, celebrating Caribbean heritage. Despite earlier incidents of violence at the pre-dawn parade just hours before, thousands packed the parade route in Crown Heights dancing and waving, even babies said one Flatbush dad. Comment

Monday, Sept. 5, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean: Caribbean The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Agence Francaise de Development (AFD) have signed an agreement to provide US$44 million towards financing sustainable infrastructure projects in the region. Comment

Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016

Trinidad to host Defense Ministers Confab

Trinidad and Tobago: Prime ministers and defense ministers from 33 countries of the Americas will attend the upcoming 12th Conference of Defense Ministers, which will be held in Trinidad and Tobago to discuss terrorism and terrorists threats related to ISIS, the trafficking of arms and ammunition, drugs, and human trafficking. Comment

Two CARICOM countries sign tax cooperation with OECD

Caribbean: The Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) says it has broken “through the 100-mark” when two Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries joined others in signing the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters. Comment

Sexual equality triumphs in Belize

Belize: UNAIDS said a court ruling in Belize that means consensual, private sex acts between adults- regardless of sex or sexual orientation- are no longer illegal in Belize is a triumph for equality. Comment

Grenada appoints new tourism marketing manager

Grenada: The Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) has announced the appointment of Francine Stewart as marketing manager, effective Aug. 1. Comment

Friday, Sept. 2, 2016

NY group raises funds for healthcare in St. Vincent

St Vincent: The Bronx-based charity group, St. Matthias Charities, Inc., continues to raise funds to assist the healthcare sector and the needy in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment

Randolph M. Ten-Pow accredited as Guyana’s ambassador

Guyana: Just after presenting his Letter of Credence to Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, on Monday, Aug. 22, Guyana’s ninth permanent representative to the UN, Randolph Michael Tem-Pow, received a hearty welcome from CARICOM members, diplomats and Guyana nationals, at a reception at the Guyana Mission in Manhattan. Comment

Linden’s mayor to rebuild after 22 years

Guyana: Newly elected Mayor of Linden, Region 10, in Guyana, Carwyn Holland, thanked the Diaspora for their sustained remittances that he said have helped the small mining town on the Demerara River to survive over the last 23 years. Comment

Tourism organization praises new partnership

Arts & Theater: The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) partnered with the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) in June, helping build a multiorgazational relationship for Caribbean communities locally and abroad. Because of the joint-partnership, French Guiana will debut at the annual carnival for the first time. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016

NY Senate citation for Guyana consul general

Guyana: Senator Roxanne Persaud of the 19th Senate District in Brooklyn, last Thursday, Aug. 25 presented newly appointed Guyana Consul General, New York, Barbara Atherly, with a citation, during a welcome reception at the Princeton Club on Manhattan’s Westside. Comment

State Department to host panel on Caribbean

Brooklyn: The U.S. Department of State plans to talk Caribbean issues concluding a week of Caribbean celebrations. Comment

Caribbean heritage is a source of great pride

Jamaica: On Jan. 22, 1967, I arrived at Kennedy Airport, to begin the journey to my new home in Brooklyn, New York. Most of my memories of that winter day have faded, but there are a few that linger: walking down the stairs from the airplane onto the tarmac; holding my brother’s hand tightly as we walked toward the lights of the TWA terminal, shivering, my face and my fingers feeling like icicles; and seeing my breath in the cold, dark night air. Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016

Timid start to Haiti’s presidential campaign

Haiti: Campaigning for Haiti’s Oct. 9 presidential elections has gotten off to a timid start with the French-speaking Caribbean country’s elections chief asking candidates and political parties to campaign fairly and avert elections-related violence, according to reports here. Comment

Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Grenada: Caribbean The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has added more Caribbean countries to its growing Zika virus travel alert list. Comment

Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016

Thousands flock Vincy Day USA

St Vincent: Thousands of Vincentians on Saturday trekked from as far as Toronto, Canada and Florida for the fifth annual Vincy Day USA at Heckscher State Park in East Islip, L.I. Comment

Friday, Aug. 26, 2016


Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean American citizens and permanent residents who hold large sums of cash in overseas bank accounts or have investments in trust and related companies as well as hold disposable assets will soon have to report these to the IRS or face stiff penalties in new laws being enforced from the end of September. Comment

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: 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


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


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


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


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


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