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Friday, March 27, 2015

POLICE CAUSE CHAOS

Trinidad and Tobago: There are very few officers in Trinidad’s police system who could try to convince locals that a country-wide system of coordinated roadblocks the force sprung upon citizens during rush hour on Monday morning was not an act of spite or vindictiveness designed to pressure authorities to meet demands for increased salaries. Comment.

Trini film to debut at BAM

Movies: The Caribbean Film Academy that has been entertaining moviegoers with stirring films by gifted filmmakers from the region since 2012 is proud to debut its series at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Rose Cinemas, beginning on Tuesday, April 7. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Comment.

CACNY, Jamaican group work on special youth program

Jamaica: The Brooklyn-based Caribbean American Center of New York (CACNY) says it will again be partnering with Giving Tree Jamaica, West Indies, in presenting “another special and much-needed seven-day program” for the youth in the rural parish of St. Elizabeth. Comment.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

OECS concern about US, Venezuela tension

Venezuela: The sub-regional Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) has expressed “grave concern” about the increasing tension in relations between the United States and Venezuela. Comment.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Haiti wants ‘pause’ in UN peacekeeping cuts; elections loom

Haiti: UNITED NATIONS (AP) _ Haiti is demanding a “pause” in a U.N. plan to nearly cut in half a peacekeeping force just as the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere is poised to enter a tense election period. Comment.

Greatest one-day cricketer

Caribbean: Sir Vivian Richards has been crowned the greatest one-day cricketer ever by a jury of 50 eminent players, commentators and writers assembled by the Cricket Monthly recently. Comment.

Neville Jules, steel band icon, to be honored

Music: One of the revered and legendary names of steel band history in Trinidad and Tobago, Neville Jules, the former longtime leader of the popular Trinidad All Stars band, will be honored by the Trinidad & Tobago Folk Arts Institute for his singular devotion to and impact upon steel band culture, at a gala celebration on Sunday evening, April 26 at Brooklyn’s Tropical Paradise Ballroom. Comment.

Carib court hears suit against anti-gay laws

Trinidad and Tobago: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ A Caribbean court on Wednesday heard a challenge from a gay rights activist who argued that immigration laws ostensibly barring homosexuals from entering two countries in the region are discriminatory and must be repealed. Comment.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Venezuela: Antigua and Barbuda’s tourism industry could receive a major boost following a recent visit by ministry officials. Minister of Tourism Asot Michael completed his inaugural visit to Berlin, Germany during which he attended three conferences to seek new hotel investment and forge closer relationships with German tour operators and airline partners. Comment.

Envoy says Haiti making ‘measurable gains’ towards 2015 elections

Haiti: The top United Nations official in Haiti says the government of President Michel Martelly has made “measurable gains” towards the holding of elections critical for the French-speaking Caribbean country’s stability and development. Comment.

Caribbean Community climate-smarting fisheries, but slowly

Environment: KINGSTON, March 17, 2015 (IPS) - Caribbean nations have begun work on a plan to ‘climate smart’ the region’s fisheries as part of overall efforts to secure food supplies. Comment.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

HEALTH GANGA EXPORT TRADE

Jamaica: A key component of Jamaica’s business community wants regional leaders to determine whether Washington would oppose efforts by the island to export locally produced marijuana to the U.S. for the medical industry when they meet with President Barack Obama in Jamaica early next month. Comment.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Barbados’ Rihanna makes historic fashion first

Barbados: This year might be a banner one for Barbados’ pop princess Rihanna, she’s making history. Three months into 2015, the singer has already been distinguished for outstanding and even pioneering achievements. Earlier this week Rihanna was named brand ambassador for Christian Dior, a French-owned fashion company. The appointment makes her the first Black spokesperson for the fashion house in its 70-year history. Comment.

WI needs a fresh start

Caribbean: St. Lucia’s Prime Minister Kenny Anthony says that all the players who quit the tour of India in October last year should have been fired. “For my part, I would have started with a new fresh team,” said Anthony who was speaking at the CARICOM Leaders Lecture series hosted on the St. Augustine, Trinidad campus of the University of the West Indies recently. Comment.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Students in Guyana to benefit from E2 Program

Guyana: In honor of Women’s History Month, and the upcoming 40th Anniversary of Co-education and enrollment of girls at Guyana Queens College, a female group from the QC Alumni Association of N.Y., will team up with international organization, E2 (www.e2education&environment) - Education & Environment - to conduct “This Is Ours” Guyana (TIO). Comment.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Centuries-old slave DNA reveals mysteries

People: A newly developed genetic technique has enabled researchers to sequence DNA from the teeth of 300-year-old skeletons, helping to pinpoint where in Africa three slaves had likely lived before being captured and transported to the Caribbean. Comment.

Antigua rep at high-level UN ‘side’ meeting

Antigua: The government of Prime Minister Gaston Browne says Antigua and Barbuda was the lone Caribbean Community (CARICOM) ministerial representative at last week’s United Nations High-Level “side event” on gender affairs. Comment.

Getting bang for the buck on new Development Goals

Trinidad and Tobago: COPENHAGEN, Feb. 13, 2015 (IPS) - Right now, the United Nations is negotiating one of the world’s potentially most powerful policy documents. It can influence trillions of dollars, pull hundreds of millions out of poverty and hunger, reduce violence and improve education — essentially make the world a better place. But much depends on this being done well. Comment.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Smoke blankets Jamaica’s capital as dump fire burns

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ Thick, noxious smoke blanketed Jamaica’s capital Thursday as a wind-fanned fire burned at a sprawling, open-air waste dump on the city’s outskirts that has seen repeated blazes. Comment.

Haiti sets date for delayed legislative elections

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Haiti has set a date for delayed legislative elections that have been a source of increasing political friction while scheduling its presidential election for later this year. Comment.

Caribbean focuses on youth unemployment

Trinidad and Tobago: The International Labor Organization (ILO) said on Wednesday that 9th Meeting of Caribbean Labor Ministers has concluded with a commitment to strengthen social dialogue further both at the national and regional levels. The ILO also said the meeting in Port-of-Spain, the Trinidad and Tobago capital, ended with renewed impetus to focus on creative solutions to the problem of youth unemployment and the greening of the economy. Comment.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: A momentous 12-year effort to bring a harmonized Customs Bill for the Caribbean is now in its final stages. The bill is intended to foster economic growth in the region, which will ultimately contribute to the improvement of nation countries. Comment.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Chikungunya thrives with climate variability in the Caribbean

Trinidad and Tobago: TRINIDAD, Feb 20 2015 (IPS) - Jenny had gone to bed feeling well, but an hour into her sleep she suddenly awoke with a “stiff, cramping pain” behind one knee. Within the next hour the pains had multiplied and both knees began to lock, followed by stiffened fingers and pains in her chest, along with a fever. Comment.

Windies missing mystery spinner

Caribbean: Clive Lloyd speaking in Perth, Australia said: “Sunil Narine is one of the best One-day bowlers in the world and with him not here he is sorely missed. Look at the scores we have been posting, 300 runs pretty consistently. If he was here, people won’t be able to chase that down. We miss him, we miss his wicket-taking ability and his economy rate. All these are reasons why we miss Sunil but he is not here so we have to do without him.” Comment.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Phagwah celebration

Grenada: Indo-Guyanese Americans immersed themselves in vibrant Abeer (colored powder) and the playing of Phagwah, to welcome the spring season on the Hindu calendar. Comment.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

GUYANA ACTIVIST KILLED

Guyana: Just two days after former Guyanese president Bharrat openly Jagdeo played the race card to rally Indo supporters of the governing party, unidentified gunmen on Tuesday night executed a prominent opposition activist as he campaigned in a sprawling residential suburb outside the city in what is widely being regarded as the first major election violence in the 2015 electoral season. Comment.

Caribbean twins beat million-to-one odds

Jamaica: Once again, another story about racially diverse twins has emerged. The ironic aspect of this repetitive storyline is that virtually all of the reports involve one Caribbean parent. Comment.

New Vincentian group seeks to aid hometown

St Vincent: A new group launched recently in Brooklyn is determined to uplift the image of the town of Calliaqua in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and to help residents as much as possible. The Calliaqua United Diaspora Organization (CUDO) was formally launched two Saturdays ago amid much fanfare at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Jamaican teen wins Pan-Am Fencing Champs

Jamaica: Jamaicans can claim another victory. Their 15-year-old, Tia Simms-Lymn snatched the gold at the Cadet Junior Pan-American Fencing Championships in Toronto, Canada and is now the first of her gender from the island to be crowned a Pan-American champion. Comments (1).

Monday, March 9, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

US firm to aid newly-minted Jamaican cannabis market

Jamaica: A communications and marketing firm in Denver, Colorado says it is ready to provide services to the “newly-minted” Jamaican cannabis market. Comment.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Former Kittian PM cries foul

St Kitts and Nevis: Former Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas has blamed acts of sabotage for the defeat of his St. Kitts-Nevis Labor Party (SKNLP) in the Feb. 16 general election. Comment.

Guyanese culture aids scholarship fund

Caribbean: Many students will benefit from the Dr. Walter A. Kyte Memorial Foundation, thanks to ongoing fundraising efforts in honor of the late professional whose motto was: “If I can help somebody as I pass along, then my living will not be in vain.” Comment.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

CARIB BANKS GRIEF

Bahamas: Until regional finance ministers and Caribbean Community heads such as Gaston Browne of Antigua and Perry Christie of the Bahamas made some noise about it, the problems some commercial banks have been experiencing with counterparts such as Bank of America in recent months were hardly known to people in the region. Comment.

Clarke, Jeffries urge Guyana probe

Guyana: Brooklyn Democratic Congressional Representatives Yvette D. Clarke and Hakeem Jeffries have called for a probe into the dissolution of Guyana’s National Assembly. Comment.

St. Lucia native plays at Xaverian

St Lucia: One of the reasons that Xaverian High School’s varsity basketball team went to the finals of the Catholic High School’s Diocese of Brooklyn-Queens playoff tournament has been the play of senior Natee Larcher. Comment.

‘Gayle’ force fastest score

Caribbean: West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle smashed the highest ever score in a World Cup and the fastest ever double-century in one-day internationals, as West Indies powered their way to 372 for two against Zimbabwe in their third Group B in Australia last week. Comment.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Haiti’s Artists Institute celebrates successes

Haiti: Brooklyn resident, Haitian-born Marc Baptiste is an image-maker — his photographs appear in a slew of fashion and beauty magazines. He’s well aware of the power of representation and how popular media mainly dwells on negative images about Haiti. In 2008, he teamed up with lower Manhattan resident David Belle for the first of what has become an annual benefit event, Haiti Optimiste, a celebration of the positive aspects of Haiti. Comment.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Marley heirs win licensing suit

Jamaica: Thinking about using a photo of Bob Marley to decorate a T-shirt? Think again. If you do, the heirs to the reggae king could legally haul you into court and slap you with a hefty fine. They recently won the right to do just that. Comment.

DANCE TREAT

Arts & Theater: “Kumina” and other island dance favorites are among treats programmed into a two-day repertoire billed for the 60th anniversary season at Brooklyn Center of the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College when the National Dance Theater Company of Jamaica (NDTC) return here. Comment.

AB de Villiers scores record 162 not out

Caribbean: South Africa scored 408 runs for five wickets off their 50 overs at the Sydney cricket ground in Australia against the West Indies in the ICC Cricket World Cup. South Africa’s captain AB de Villiers slammed a record 162 runs not out from 66 balls with 17 fours and eight sixes. Other useful scores came from Fdu Plessis 66 runs from 70 balls, Hamish Amla 65 from 88 balls and RR Rossouw 61 from 39 balls. Comment.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Venezuela objects to oil exploration off Guyana

Venezuela: GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) _ Guyana said Sunday that neighboring Venezuela is objecting to oil exploration in contested waters off the smaller South American country’s coast. Comment.

Postage stamp to honor ‘Miss Calypso’ Forever

Arts & Theater: It is Women’s History Month and a phenomenal woman is being memorialized when spring breaks — less than a year after her death. First acclaimed as Miss Calypso — prior to becoming the well-known Maya Angelou — she was known by a moniker that lauds the Caribbean and its music. Comment.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Patoranking signs deal with VP Records

Music: Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie, better known by his stage name Patoranking, is a Nigerian reggae-dancehall singer and songwriter. Patoranking started his musical career doing underground collaborations with artists such as XProject, Konga, Slam and Reggae Rockstone. He signed a record deal with K-Solo’s Igberaga Records in 2010, releasing “Up in D Club” under the outfit. Patoranking became a protégé of Dem Mama Records after collaborating with Timaya on his song “Alubarika.” Comment.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Antigua and Barbuda government says it has made an offer to purchase the property once owned by disgraced financier Allen Stanford who is serving 110 years in a United States jail for operating America’s second-largest Ponzi scheme. Comments (1).

Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015

US congratulates St. Lucia, Guyana on anniversaries

St Lucia: The United States has extended congratulations to St. Lucia and Guyana on their respective independence anniversary celebrations. Comment.

Friday, Feb. 27, 2015

CARIB FRESH FEARS

Trinidad and Tobago: CARICOM leaders scheduled to meet for two days in the Bahamas from this Thursday are to bog themselves down with several key issues including a concerted effort to make European nations pay for slavery, work on establishing a marijuana decriminalization commission and put heads together to examine the rise of Islamist extremism in West Africa and the Middle East. Comment.

SOULFUL SPIRIT

Music: “Vilnerab” (Vulnerable), the second studio album from Haitian Roots singer/composer/guitar player Paul Beaubrun, was released on Feb. 19, 2015 on Itunes worldwide. “Vilnerab” is steeped in traditional acoustic instruments, yet wrapped in a modern arrangement with a soulful spirit. Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015

Patrick Manning’s long road to redemption

Trinidad and Tobago: Up to quite recently, it looked like former Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Patrick Manning was intent on being a central player again in the country’s politics, after having been reduced by illness to an incidental, sideline role for the better part of the current government’s soon-to-expire term. Comment.

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

Hundreds bid farewell to community leader

St Vincent: In what has been described as one of the larger funerals ever in the Vincentian community in New York, over 1,000 people last Sunday afternoon-evening flocked St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Flatbush, Brooklyn for the Home-going Wake and Funeral Service of community advocate Selwyn “Compo” Cumberbatch. Comments (2).

Antigua, Venezuela agree on terms for oil company acquisition

Venezuela: Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne and Foreign Minister of Venezuela Delcy Rodriguez on Saturday “successfully hammered out” an agreement covering the acquisition of the West Indies Oil Company (WIOC), according to an Antigua and Barbuda government statement. Comment.

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015

Antigua in solidarity with Venezuela on aborted coup

Venezuela: The government of Prime Minister Gaston Browne in Antigua and Barbuda has expressed solidarity with the people and government of Venezuela “where an attempted military coup was hatched then discovered and defeated.” Comment.

Glenroy March unveils Fall 2016 collection

Brooklyn: Caribbean Life’s 40 under 40 Award recipient, Glenroy March, continues to reinvent himself. The master couturier successfully launched his D’Marsh Couture Signature Men’s Collection, in addition to D’Marsh body gel from his cosmetics line, to celebrate New York Fashion week on Feb. 21. Comment.

Windies self-inflicting blow

Caribbean: West Indies batting legend Brian Lara has described as “a self-inflicting” blow, the decision by the Clive Lloyd led selection panel to omit Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo from the region’s side for Cricket World Cup 2015 currently underway in Australia and New Zealand. Comment.

Windies self-inflicting blow

Caribbean: West Indies batting legend Brian Lara has described as “a self-inflicting” blow, the decision by the Clive Lloyd led selection panel to omit Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo from the region’s side for Cricket World Cup 2015 currently underway in Australia and New Zealand. Comment.

Monday, Feb. 23, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: American Airlines is increasing its regional service with a wave of new routes to the Caribbean region, the carrier announced recently. The new flights include a new Caribbean destination: Barranquilla, Colombia, which will receive daily service from Miami beginning June 4. Comment.

Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015

Extradited Jamaican to face fraud charges

Jamaica: The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) says a Jamaican national is the first to be extradited from Jamaica to face charges in the U.S. in an international lottery scheme. Comment.

Friends of Haiti support elections in ‘timely manner’

Haiti: The Group of Friends of Haiti at the Organization of American States (OAS) has expressed support for the holding of overdue Senate elections in Haiti in a “timely manner.” Comment.

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015

St. Kitts PM dethroned

St Kitts and Nevis: St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas, whose St. Kitts and Nevis Labor Party (SKNLP) had ruled the twin-island federation for four consecutive five-year terms, was dethroned in Monday’s general elections. Comment.

Simmons to ‘bat’ in court

Caribbean: West Indies opening One-Day batsman Lendl Simmons is now faced with a legal battle after he was sued for allegedly sharing intimate photographs of a woman with whom he was involved in a brief romantic relationship. Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015

CARIB TIDE TURNS

Trinidad and Tobago: The first of three general elections which are expected to produce new governments in the Caribbean Community this year was held in St. Kitts on Monday with the opposition Team Unity Party led by disgruntled former members of the outgoing administration winning a clear majority of the parliamentary seats and unseating a controversial cabinet that had run the country for the past 20 years. Comment.

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015

Jamaica diaspora urged to nominate honorary citizens

Jamaica: Candidates for awards of Jamaica’s annual national civil honors are urged to submit nomination forms in order to meet the March 13 deadline set by the Jamaica Consulate for appointments to the Order of Merit, the Order of Jamaica, the Order of Distinction – in the rank of commander class (CD) and officer (OD). Comment.

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015

FANTASTIC MONTANO

Music: Machel Montano showed once again he is the boss of soca when he copped the International Power Monarch for the fifth straight year on “Fantastic Friday” night at the Hasley Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, Trinidad, to kick off of the Carnival celebrations in Trinidad and Tobago. Comment.

Inequality fuels HIV epidemic in the Caribbean

Antigua: ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Feb. 10, 2015 (IPS) - At 49 years old, Edison Liburd has established himself as one of Antigua and Barbuda’s most recognisable artists. But Liburd was not always in the spotlight. In fact, you could say he was a man in hiding. “I have been infected with the HIV virus for about 24 years. I got my first HIV test done in February of 1993 at the Allen Pavilion Hospital in Manhattan New York,” Liburd told IPS. Comment.

Monday, Feb. 16, 2015

Manning bows out from T&T politics

Trinidad and Tobago: Former Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Patrick Manning has bowed out of politics after serving as a Member of Parliament (MP) for 43 years. Comment.

‘Pirate of the Caribbean’ weds in the Bahamas

Movies: From a choice of all the paradise islands spread throughout the Caribbean and another 700 sprinkled over 100,000 square miles of The Bahamas, actor Johnny Depp found one ideal to say his vows to his new bride Amber Heard. Comment.

Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission is now calling for the removal of roaming fees within its nine-member grouping. Comment.

Another T&T minister under investigation

Trinidad and Tobago: The Trinidad and Tobago Police are investigating an allegation against another Cabinet minister in connection with the witness tampering scandal made by fired National Security Minister Gary Griffith in the defamation case brought by former Attorney General Anand Ramlogan against Opposition Leader Dr. Keith Rowley. Comment.

Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015

Caribbean on measles watch

Health: The United Nations says its health agency has called for “stepped-up” surveillance to prevent the spread of measles in the Americas, including the Caribbean. Comment.

‘Destructive pests’ from the Caribbean enter US

Environment: The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency says agriculture specialists (CBPAS) at two south Florida ports of entry have intercepted two “destructive pests” from the Caribbean within commercial produce shipments. Comment.

Friday, Feb. 13, 2015

SLUM RAID PROBE

Jamaica: An official probe into the mid-2010 police and army operation to flush out Jamaica’s most wanted criminal heard on Monday testimony from the man at the helm of government at the time saying he had cut off all ties with the area bad man because he had been officially informed about the extent and depth of a well funded criminal enterprise that he ran. Comment.

Tourists spend more in Carib

Travel: SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) _ A record 26.3 million people traveled to the Caribbean last year and spent an unprecedented amount of money in what is considered the world’s most tourism-dependent region, officials said Tuesday. Comment.

Narine opts out

Caribbean: West Indies mystery-off spinner Sunil Narine has opted out of the upcoming World Cup in New Zealand and Australia. Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015

US congratulates Grenada on independence anniversary

Grenada: As Grenada celebrates its 41st anniversary of political independence, the United States has congratulated the nation, saying that their common values will continue to unite them in the future. Comment.

In Jamaica Black History Month AKA Reggae Month

Jamaica: Appreciation of Caribbean achievement is a shared cultural reason to mark Black History Month in February. In Jamaica, the shortest month of the year which is dedicated to celebrating distinctive individuals of African descent is also the one designated Reggae Month. Comment.

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015

Antiguan shanty dwellers fear the worse

Antigua: GREEN BAY, Antigua, Jan. 28, 2015 (IPS) - It was early on a Saturday morning and there was no sign of life in the community. The shacks erected on both sides of the old, narrow road that winds through the area are all surrounded by zinc sheets which rise so high, it’s impossible to see what lies on the other side. Comment.

Guyana agrees to Anti-Corruption Mechanism visits

Guyana: The Organization of American States (OAS) says the government of Guyana has joined with several countries in agreeing to receive on-site visits as part of the Fifth Round of the Mechanism for Follow-up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC). Comment.

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015

British Royals test Grenadines’ waters

St Vincent: With much of the northern portion of the world locked in a freeze-frame, Britain’s Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge are enjoying a southern vacation on the Caribbean island of Mustique. Comment.

Female Jamaican ‘Top Gun’ takes flight

Jamaica: When 13-year-old Deon Byme moved from Jamaica to live here, she aimed high. Her mother told her that if she applied herself, the sky would be limit. Comment.

Monday, Feb. 9, 2015

Haiti’s housing crisis needs attention

Haiti: Human rights watchdog Amnesty International says the abject failure to sustainably rehouse tens of thousands of people who lost everything in the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti must be a top priority for the new Prime Minister Evans Paul. Comment.

Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean: The French territories in the in the Caribbean have begun discussions with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on their applications to become associate members of the community. Comment.

Trinidad’s cabinet in peril ahead of general elections

Caribbean: Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s cabinet in Trinidad bears several new faces this week following the spectacular sacking of its two of its most high profile and controversial ministers in a witness tampering scandal that has put the government on the political back foot just months before general elections are constitutionally due. Comment.

Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015

Roger Gary wins Latinista Award

Guyana: Brooklyn-based fashion designer, Roger Gary’s new collection was featured at the august El Museo del Barrio Museum in Spanish Harlem, where the couturier won the Young Designer Award, presented by founder of Latinista Fashion Week Dee Rivera and fashion designer Cesar Galindo. Comment.

Friday, Feb. 6, 2015

First Black-owned theater faces uncertain future

Bronx: The first major snowstorm of 2015 may have been a blessing to organizers of a movement dedicated to promoting the Harlem culture. On the date, three feet of snow was predicted to dump on New York City, a group called the Harlem Swing Dance Society planned an information event to “Save The Renny.” Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015

Fire kills Grenadian mother

Grenada: Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane D. Williams says he’s “deeply saddened” by a fire in his district early Sunday morning that claimed the life of a Grenadian mother and injured many others, including a firefighter, who was there to save those trapped inside a multi-family home by the inferno. Comment.

Slain Grenada revolutionary leader Maurice Bishop

Grenada: Maurice Rupert Bishop was the prime minister of Grenada from March 15, 1979 to Oct. 19, 1983, the day when he was executed at Fort Rupert in St. George’s, the Grenada capital. Comment.

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015

T&T PM FIRES 5 MPS

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar made some sweeping changes to her government - a few months before the general election. She fired five members of her Cabinet, including the country’s Attorney General Anand Ramlogan and National Security Minister Garry Griffith, Justice Minister Emmanuel George, Sports Minister Rupert Griffith and removed the Speaker of the Senate Timothy Hamel-Smith on Monday night. Comment.

‘The Iron Lady of the Caribbean’

Dominica: Dame Mary Eugenia Charles: May 15, 1919 - Sept. 6, 2005. For championing the United States’ invasion of Grenada after the assassination of its Prime Minister, Maurice Bishop, and for her “strongly opinionated, uncompromising leadership style”, Dame Mary Eugenia Charles was called “The Iron Lady of the Caribbean,” according to the Dominica Academy of Arts and Sciences (DAAS), which honored her posthumously in February 2010. Comment.

Frank Worrell, difference maker for W.I. cricket

Barbados: There surely would have been some who believed that in 1957 Frank Worrell was a perfect fit for captaincy of the West Indies Test Cricket team for that year’s tour of England. The lords of West Indies cricket at the time were on no such track, though, and added insult to injury by handing the captain’s role to past-his-prime John Goddard of Barbados, in so doing, maintaining the tradition of whites only leading the team. The indignity was repeated for the 1958-59 tour of India, when selectors named a less experienced white Jamaican, Gerry Alexander, team captain. It was 1960-61’s remarkable tour of Australia that would give Worrell the opportunity to make his landmark debut as the first black man selected to lead the West Indies for a tour. Comment.

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015

Clarke welcomes Jamaica’s PM to Congress

Jamaica: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke says she has welcomed and celebrated Jamaica Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller for visiting the United States Congress. Comment.

Jamaican-born heads Military Intelligence Agency

Jamaica: The title and name Lieut. Gen. Vincent R. Stewart may not resound with military familiarity the way US Army General Colin Powell did when the latter decided policy as national security advisor and chairman of joint chief of staff. Comment.

Monday, Feb. 2, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is observing its l0th anniversary this year, with Justice Adrian Saunders saying the “CCJ has come a long way over those 10 years.” Comments (1).

Vincentian PM slams WICB leadership

St Vincent: St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has slammed the leadership of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Dave Cameron as “poor” and “embarrassing” and has called for the firing of the Jamaican executive as head of the regional board. Comment.

Antigua PM reiterates call for ending U.S. embargo against Cuba

Cuba: Heads of States and Governments attending the Third Summit of the Community of Latin America and Caribbean States (CELAC) have been urged to call on the United States Congress to lift the half-century-old trade and economic blockade imposed on Cuba by the United States. Comment.

Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015

Haiti’s artisans reach a larger public

Haiti: The bright well-lit showroom of the Artisans Business Network (ABN) is filled with a myriad of artisans’ wares and is located in Port-au-Prince’s pleasant old residential neighborhood of Pacot. Comment.

Vincentian group spearheads sports association

St Vincent: Despite the inclement winter weather last Saturday evening, the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Diaspora Committee of New York, Inc. says more than 30 nationals “attended and fully participated” in a special meeting of Vincentian sports personalities, sports organizations and sports fans at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment.

Una’s a phenomenal woman: JA PM

Jamaica: As members of the Brooklyn-based Progressive Democratic Political Association (PDPA) on Sunday celebrated the 80th birthday of former New York City Councilwoman Dr. Una S. T. Clarke, Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller described the trailblazing Caribbean woman as “phenomenal.” Comment.

Friday, Jan. 30, 2015

ELECTION TIME IN CARICOM

Trinidad and Tobago: At least five general elections are scheduled to be held in the 15-nation Caribbean Community this year including three in the politically volatile Southern Caribbean region but if opinion polls are anything to go by at least three could result in new governments. Comment.

Tenza charms Scottish crowds

Music: Over the past few years multi-award winner Tenza from Montego Bay, Jamaica has cultivated a very specific brand identity with her charismatic, prolific and candid lyrics. Comment.

MEXICO, USA PREVAIL

Caribbean: Last Saturday, Jan. 24, was a crucial date in the CONCACAF Under-20 men’s soccer tournament in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Group A winner Mexico came up against Group B winner Panama in the 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 championship, while the USA was in a must-win battle against El Salvador for a berth in the FIFA Under-20 Men’s World Cup slated for New Zealand next summer. Mexico and the USA prevailed. Comment.

Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015

MISS JAMAICA STANDS PROUD

Fashion: “Old pirates, yes they rob I” — Bob Marley. Some Jamaicans are voicing Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” to express their ire about Miss Jamaica’s fourth-runner up position in the recent Miss Universe beauty pageant. Comment.

Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

Two CAL pilots suspended

Trinidad and Tobago: The two pilots of the Caribbean Airlines Limited (CAL) flight, which almost collided with a JetBlue plane at JFK International Airport in New York last Saturday night, have been taken off duties, pending the outcome of an investigation. Comment.

Fly Jamaica Airways celebrates second year

Jamaica: Consul General of Jamaica to New York, Herman G. LaMont said Guyana and Jamaica have always bonded, and did exceptionally well over many years, while making remarks to celebrate the second anniversary of Fly Jamaica Airways on Jan. 23. Comment.

US works to ease Caribbean dependence on Venezuelan oil

Caribbean: MIAMI (AP) _ A decade-long addiction to oil subsidized by Venezuela may be coming to an end for several Caribbean nations, with a nudge from the United States. Comment.

Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015

Commemorating Haiti’s earthquake, 5 years later

Haiti: In the morning of Jan. 12, 2015, Haitian government officials, foreign ambassadors, and ranking police commemorated the five-year anniversary of the Haitian earthquake at the site where thousands had been buried in a mass grave near Titanyen, miles north of Port-au-Prince. The earthquake killed 230,000 and injured thousands more. Comment.

Fight to save Haiti’s gingerbread homes

Jamaica: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ It wasn’t until the 2010 earthquake devastated Haiti’s capital that many people even realized that dozens of the city’s grandest old buildings were still standing — its quirky and ornate ”gingerbread houses” with their fancy latticework, turrets and spires. Comment.

Monday, Jan. 26, 2015

St. Kitts paves way for general elections

St Kitts and Nevis: Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis Dr. Denzil Douglas on Friday announced he had advised Gov. Gen. Sir Edmund Wickham Lawrence to dissolve Parliament with immediate effect, paying the way for general elections in the twin-island federation. Comment.

Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015

Candle light vigil for SVG minibus victims

St Vincent: Despite the very frigid and rainy weather, hundreds of nationals in the New York metropolitan area last Saturday night participated in a candle light vigil for the victims of the minibus tragedy in North Windward. Comment.