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Friday, Aug. 22, 2014

UN agency praises Suriname

Suriname: The United Nations refugee agency has hailed a decision by Suriname’s National Assembly that enables mothers to pass on nationality to their children. Comment.

Windies focus on youth cricket

People: Newly-appointed West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) chairman of selectors, Clive Lloyd has indicated that youth development will be his primary focus in helping revive West Indies cricket. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

CITIZEN PROGRAM REVAMP

Antigua: As federal authorities in the U.S. and other western countries monitor their moves closely, authorities in Antigua are moving to tighten a controversial program through which people from most countries around the world could become citizens of Antigua and some other Caribbean islands by simply having enough money to pay for documents, buy a new passport and travel with their new nationality virtually anywhere on the globe. Comment.

MAS KA KLE

Music: One of Guadeloupe’s large carnival bands, “Mas Ka Kle,” is making its first Labor Day appearance. Joining them will be a sensational new group “Zouk and the Gang.” “Mas Ka Kle” draws on Guadeloupean tradition and its African roots. “Zouk and the Gang” is a collaboration of established musicians who revisit the golden age of Zouk. Prior to Labor Day festivities, the groups will be performing in nightclubs in Harlem and downtown Manhattan. Comment.

Haitians mark revolution birth

Haiti: Last Sunday, amidst an array of picnickers squeezing out the last weeks of summer family fun, Haitians, Haitian-Americans, folklorists, and other Haitian culture enthusiasts gathered close to the banks of the Prospect Park’s six-acre lake near the Parkside park entrance. As they have for years at this spot, beginning in the afternoon, the community commemorated the ceremony among slaves that sparked the Haitian revolution. Comment.

GRENADA, GUYANA REACH CUP SEMIS

Jamaica: The local Caribbean Cup tournament is entering its penultimate round of competition this Sunday, Aug. 24 with the final-four field now complete. Team Grenada and Team Guyana entered the fray to battle Team St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Team Jamaica, respectively, after posting quarterfinal wins last Sunday at the Jefferson High School Sport Complex in Flatlands, Brooklyn. Comment.

Buju Banton granted third plea

Music: The third attempt could be a charm for convicted reggae, deejay Buju Banton. Jailed in Florida since he was twice tried for conspiracy to distribute cocaine, the Jamaican deejay whose real name is Mark Myrie was granted another opportunity to present oral arguments regarding his efforts to obtain a new trial. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Vincentians converge on L.I. for Unity Picnic

St Vincent: Thousands of Vincentian nationals in North America last Saturday converged on Heckscher State Park on Long Is. for the third Annual Vincy Unity Picnic. Comment.

Barbados Tridents are CPL champions 2014

Caribbean: After some exciting cricket in the Limacol Caribbean Premier League 2014 the Barbados Tridents captained by Kieron Pollard won the 2014 tournament by defeating the Guyana Amazon Warriors by 8 runs via Duckworth Lewis method. Comment.

Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014

Putting the littlest disaster victims on the Caribbean’s climate agenda

St Vincent: CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Aug 12, 2014 (IPS) - Children are often the forgotten ones when policy-makers map out strategies to deal with climate change, even as they are least capable of fending for themselves in times of trouble. According to David Popo, head of the Social Policy Unit at the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). “Very often when we speak about poverty reduction we are not seeing children, children are invisible in terms of development. Comment.

A commitment to democracy

Trinidad and Tobago: The debate in the House of Representatives on the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2014 was a landmark event in Trinidad and Tobago’s politics because of both the content of the proposed legislation and how Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar handled it. The most significant part of her strategy was to allow a conscience vote which freed every member of the People’s Partnership from following the guidelines of the whip, ensuring that no one would be penalised for breaching the principle of collective Cabinet responsibility. Comment.

No to casino gambling

Grenada: By CDGLH Citizens in Defence of Grenada’s Lands and Heritage has noted with dismay the introduction of legislation in the House of Representatives last Thursday, Aug. 14, to permit casino gaming in hotels with at least 300 rooms. We wish to repeat and to place on record our unequivocal, unapologetic opposition to this measure as a strategy to promote economic development, particularly the tourism sector. We heard that the legislation seeks to facilitate “quality entertainment in a pure environment.” Poor Grenada! Comment.

Here comes ‘Bollywood!’

Fashion: By living in what is considered to be the heart of the Indo-Trinidadian-Guyanese community in Lefferts/Liberty avenues on the border of Brooklyn and Queens, locally referred to as “Bollywood,” Diane Walkes, the band leader of New Horizon, says it was compelling to name her production after the Indian film industry. Comment.

MV Kiddie Town Art Exhibit in Brooklyn

Arts & Theater: MV Kiddie Town Daycare and Summer Camp hosted an art exhibit for parents, friends and public at its location on 982 East 43rd St., Brooklyn on Wednesday Aug. 13, 2014. Comment.

Monday, Aug. 18, 2014

T&T House of Representatives passes controversial bill

Trinidad and Tobago: The controversial Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2014 was passed in the House of Representatives during a marathon 15-hour debate which ended in the early hours of the morning on Tuesday, Aug. 12. Comment.

Ramajay designers create ‘Zulu’ warriors

Fashion: Trinidadian Marlon Smart, one of eight talented designers of top mas band, “Ramajay” got into mas at eight years old. Smart would help his great uncle, Leroy Smart make traditional Sailor mas costumes when his uncle returned to Trinidad from the United States of America. At the age of 15, he began working with Peter Minshall’s Callaloo Company in Trinidad. Comment.

Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014

Haiti tense after summons issued for ex-president

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Supporters of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide clashed with U.N. peacekeepers Thursday as the popular former leader faced possible arrest for not providing court-ordered testimony in a criminal investigation. Comment.

Friday, Aug. 15, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) is experiencing major difficulties meeting objectives because member countries are not paying up. Comment.

Jamaican comedy

Arts & Theater: The newly formed American-Caribbean Theatre Alliance, Inc. (ACTA) will present its inaugural production of “Uncle Joe’s Patty Shop” at the Springfield Gardens Church of Christ (144-04 Farmers Blvd. Springfield Gardens, NY 11434) on Aug. 21, 22, & 23 at 7:00 p.m., and Aug. 24 at 5:00 p.m. All shows are free and open to the public. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 14 Blades (R for graphic violence) Martial arts drama, set during the Ming Dynasty, about a member of the imperial guard (Donnie Yen) on the run from an army of assassins after being betrayed by colleagues. With Wei Zhao, Chun Wu and Kate Tsui. (In Mandarin with subtitles) Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014

GUYANA REGIME ORDEAL

Guyana: In less than 10 minutes last week, one of Guyana’s two parliamentary opposition parties opened the door to the impending collapse of the administration of President Donald Ramotar formally filing a parliamentary no confidence motion while complaining that it was tired of runaway corruption, breaches of local laws and the constitution and effectively cutting Ramotar’s five-year term by more than two years. Comment.

Freaks Mas wants ‘A Taste of Confectionz’

Fashion: The two-year-old Freaks Mas is only asking for “A Taste of Confectionz” as it seduces masqueraders and onlookers this Labor Day, bringing “a fun experience to Eastern Parkway,” according to band leader Ray Bruce. Comment.

Tropicalfete ready for the road

Fashion: Spectators came out last Saturday in the Lincoln Terrace Park, Brooklyn for a sneak-peek of Tropicalfete Incorporated presentation of their adult and kiddie band “Masquerade Ball West Indian Edition.” Comments (1).

Clive Lloyd appointed West Indies chief of selectors

People: Former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd has been appointed chief of cricket selection panel by the West Indies Cricket Board. Other members on the panel are former West Indies captain and fast bowler Courtney Walsh, former West Indies wicket keeper batsman Courtney Browne, former West Indies fast bowler Eldine Baptiste, head coach Ottis Gibson and the team captain as a non-voting member. Director of Cricket Richard Pybus announced that Clive Lloyd had been contacted for two years to head the panel. Clyde Butts and Robert Haynes were removed from the panel at a meeting on July 12 in Antigua by the directors of the West Indies Cricket Board. Comment.

Promoting Haiti’s culture to develop the economy

Music: Last month, Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) held an after-work conversation on the intersection of arts and development at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel, part of summer series of Hotel - sponsored soirées – sharing space with those taking a dip in the rooftop pool in Washington DC. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014

CARIB CUP SHOWDOWN

Trinidad and Tobago: East Zone winner Team St. Vincent and the Grenadines and defending champion Team Jamaica are on a collision course on the road to the 2014 Caribbean Cup. Both former Caribbean Cup champions won their quarterfinal games last Sunday at the Jefferson High School Sports Complex in Flatlands, Brooklyn to move to the semifinal stage on Sunday, Aug. 24 and could well meet at the final juncture on Sunday, Aug. 31. Comment.

Golden Krust opens franchise on Church Avenue

Food: Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill, the nation’s largest Caribbean franchise chain with more than 120 restaurants located in nine states opened its newest franchise restaurant in Brooklyn, New York, located at 2223 Church Ave. on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. The franchise owners are Stanley and Noveene Dennis. Comment.

Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014

Carnival plans to build cruise port in Haiti

Haiti: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A major Florida-based cruise line has signed a letter of intent to develop a new port on an isolated Haitian barrier island that has long been a major launching spot for smugglers, authorities said Monday. Comment.

Friday, Aug. 8, 2014

VOTING REFORM IN T&T

Trinidad and Tobago: General elections are scheduled to be held in Trinidad by the end of May next year but already opposition parties and anti government activists are reading much into several proposals made by government this week to reform electoral rules including term limits for prime ministers and run off contests in constituencies where a candidate fails to win 50 percent of the vote. Comment.

APC’s 5th medical mission to Guyana

Guyana: A major non-profit group in Brooklyn has embarked on its 5th medical mission to Guyana, bringing what it describes as “quality medical care” to underserved people in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member-state. Comment.

Experience the best of the Caribbean in Brooklyn!

Music: You have to add New York Caribbean Carnival Week to your ‘Must Do’ list this summer. You simply must; after-all you have not experienced the best that Brooklyn has to offer unless you are front and center at this legendary cultural event. It’s truly a fun and memorable experience that will leave you craving more of everything Caribbean. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014

Japan to fund climate change projects

Antigua: The Japanese government is to make available US$15 million to aid eight CARICOM countries in adjusting to climate change. The grant will be executed through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Comment.

Love, history and honor of carnival

Arts & Theater: On Saturday July 25, 2014, Johanna “Joan” Pierre along with the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) went around the borough of Brooklyn to inspect several bands before they go “on de road” for the West Indian Day Carnival Parade. Some see WIADCA as the guardians to insure that this happens. One of the ways that they do that is through inspection of every camp to make sure they meet standard and criteria of what it means to be a mas camp band. Comment.

MLK TRIBUTE

Music: Brooklyn’s annual tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. prevails in 2014 with five concerts that exemplify the diversity and make-up of the borough. Rhythm and blues, pop, hip-hop, gospel and Caribbean music are slated each Monday in the month when free concerts kick-off at 7:30 p.m. Presented at Wingate Field, Winthrop Street between Brooklyn and Kingston avenues. Across from Kings’County Hospital, entrances at Winthrop St. and Rutland Rd. will accommodate patrons from 6:00 p.m. Comment.

Ormsby looks to bright future

Jamaica: Kyle Ormsby, a resident of Queens Village, New York, plays for the Ball Hoggs team in the 12 and under division of the ElmCor Summer Basketball League at the ElmCor Youth and Adult Center now in its playoff stages. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014

Celebration of Jamaica’s home-grown music

Music: It’s been 20 years since JAH (Jamaica Arts Holding) launched an official date to celebrate reggae music. On the anniversary, a global collective marked July 1 by initiating a multiplicity of events, activities and acknowledgements of Jamaica’s home-grown music. Comment.

Where ‘good governance’ means a big joke

Trinidad and Tobago: Chances are if Speaker John Boehner were asked, he would insist that the obstructionist, do-nothing course he and his Republican/Tea Party confederates have pursued in Congress is “good governance.” No doubt even the noxious upstart Ted Cruz would respond likewise, about his flamethrower tactics not only in the Senate, but as we’ve seen recently, in moves to also be a point man of influence for fellow extremist kooks in the House. Comment.

Tribute to Sir Howard Cooke

Jamaica: I may have been fortunate in the first place. On top of my perch as a full tenured professor of one of the world’s prominent universities for an extended period of time, I had a unique window through which a multiplicity of events could be viewed. The City University of New York (CUNY) attracts students from more than 200 countries, representing all the corners of the earth. It also boasts a commensurate quantity and quality of some of the finest faculty and administrators in academia. Comment.

Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

St Vincent: The U.S. Coast Guard seized more than 3,500 pounds of marijuana estimated at US$3.5 million and detained five suspects during a drug interdiction exercise in the Caribbean Sea, south west of Caba Rojo, Puerto Rico. Comment.

Bolt adds 1st Commonwealth gold to 6 Olympic wins

Jamaica: GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — On a wet track following torrential rain, Usain Bolt gave the Commonwealth Games a display of showmanship and speed as he anchored Jamaica’s 4x100-meter relay team to gold and glory on Saturday. Comment.

Trinidad sports minister resigns

Trinidad and Tobago: Sports Minister Anil Roberts has tendered his resignation from the People’s Partnership Government in Trinidad and Tobago following an audit into his TT$400 million Life Sport Program, which has revealed allegations of massive corruption. Comment.

Barbados celebrates Irving Burgie’s 90th birthday

Music: Award-winning artist, and playwright, Irving Burgie whose songs Day’O, Island In the Sun, and Jamaica Farewell- hits by superstar Harry Belafonte, was greeted with loud applause when he arrived at the Barbados Consulate in New York City to celebrate 90 on his exact birth date, July 28. Comment.

Friday, Aug. 1, 2014

Trinidad’s Life Sport Program terminated

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissesar has called in the police to investigate allegations of massive corruption involving millions of dollars in the controversial Life Sport Program, which targeted young, unemployed youths to move away from a life of crime. Comment.

Caribbean gets renewable energy boost

Trinidad and Tobago: Committed to jointly supporting the Eastern Caribbean to expand renewable energy and energy efficiency, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) have signed a memorandum of cooperation (MOC) in this regard. Comment.

Sen. Malcolm Smith touts his accomplishments

Queens: Caribbean legislator Malcolm A. Smith is not allowing either his recent mistrial or his short delay from operating in Albany, NY, as a New York state senator, to interrupt his plans for constituents in Queens, N.Y. Comment.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

CARICOM takes reparation case to the Brits

Trinidad and Tobago: The man leading the fight by Caribbean governments to make Britain and other European slave owning nations pay for enslaving Africans in the region was earlier this month allowed to take the region’s case for reparations to the same British Parliament which had legalized the slave trade, calling on today’s members to right a cruel wrong that was meted out to Caribbean people by their predecessors. Comment.

Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel on top

Caribbean: The Limacol Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 tournament took an interesting turn as Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel took the top honors by leading the points table. The T&T Red Steel has 10 points, they played six games and lost only one when they were defeated by the Guyana Amazon Warriors. The T&T Red Steel has three more games to play, the St. Lucia Zouks, Antigua Hawksbills and the Barbados Tridents. Comment.

CARICOM JAPAN SUMMIT

Trinidad and Tobago: Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, says that space exists to develop trade and Japanese investment in the services industries in the Caribbean. Comment.

CapraCare brings health services to rural Haiti

Haiti: The underserved rural community of 20,000 in southern Haiti, Fonfrede (45-minute drive from Les Cayes), is now receiving some essential community health services from CapraCare, an organization started in 2009 by Jean Pierre-Louis, a son of Haiti and Brooklyn. Comments (5).

Bailey-Cole wins Commonwealth 100 meters title

Jamaica: GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — In Usain Bolt’s absence, training partner Kemar Bailey-Cole collected the first individual gold of his career by winning the 100 meters at the Commonwealth Games on Monday. Comment.

Lespierre readies for boxing match

Queens: The time is drawing near for Mikkel Lespierre’s sixth boxing appearance as a professional fighter. It’s going to be Friday night, Aug. 1 at the Amazura Concert Hall at 91-12 144th St. in Jamaica, N.Y. Comment.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

DRJ Vision In Motion presents ‘Mandela’

Arts & Theater: Trinidad and Tobago born costume designer Donna Bridgeman will introduce a new concept in playing mas on Eastern Parkway with a tribute to one of the greatest individuals that ever lived — former South African President Nelson Mandela. Comments (1).

‘Controversial Carnival Festival’ for Belmont Kids

Arts & Theater: Belmont Kids Connection is hoping to win the Small Bands category for children for the third successive year with a “Controversial Carnival Festival,” according to associate band leader Wendell Jack. Comment.

Beyond the street protests

Caribbean: UNITED NATIONS, (IPS) - Women’s empowerment and political participation are not only crucial for women: they are essential for effective democratic governance, one which promotes human rights and equity. The same can be said about the importance of boosting youth political participation. Comment.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Antigua weighs high cost of fossil fuels

Venezuela: ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, July 28, 2014 (IPS) - Caught between its quest to grow the economy, create jobs and cut electricity costs, and the negative impacts associated with building an oil refinery, the Antigua and Barbuda government is looking to a mix of clean energy and fossil fuels to address its energy needs. Comment.

JPL celebrates 78 years with service

Jamaica: Jamaicans in New York rallied with purposeful prayers to give thanks for their island’s 52 years of independence and also for the longevity of one of its oldest organization in the United States. Comment.

CACCI honors 11 on 29th anniversary

Brooklyn: The Brooklyn-based Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) on Sunday evening honored 11 individuals and businesses at a gala celebration marking the organization’s 29th anniversary. Comments (13).

Sunday, July 27, 2014

End ‘hypocrisy’ in fighting HIV/AIDS: UN AIDS chief

People: The head of the United Nations agency dealing with HIV and AIDS, Michel Sidibé, has called on world leaders to end the “hypocrisy on sex” and make treatment and reproductive health education universally available. Comment.

Guyana faces possible blacklisting

Guyana: Guyana is at risk of being placed on an international money laundering black list after the government failed to pass relevant legislation, even as organized crime in the South American country is on the increase. The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global financial crime watchdog, is currently reviewing Guyana’s situation to determine whether to blacklist the country internationally. Comment.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua The biggest drug haul to be made in recent times by Caribbean law enforcement agencies was carried out by The Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP) in Antigua recently. Lawmen swooped down on a property at Old Runway and seized 480 kilograms of cocaine worth about EC$17 million. Comment.

Food lovers feast on Jamaican jerk fare

Food: This year VP records and Grace Foods drew a multi-cultural group of food lovers from beyond the tri–state to as far as Florida to its annual Jerk Festival. With more than 15,000 patrons in attendance, the attraction of food done the old fashioned way were savoring for food lovers. The lines at jerk stations were long as patrons waited to taste their favorite Jerk Pork or Jerk Chicken followed by jerk sea food of fish and lobster. Comment.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Jamaica police arrest 41 suspected scammers

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — More than three dozen Jamaicans have been arrested as suspected lottery scammers, police on the Caribbean island said Wednesday. Comment.

Jamaica gets US$20M to train 15,000 youth

Jamaica: The World Bank says about 15,000 young Jamaicans will benefit from training, digital work opportunities and seed investments to boost the digital and animation industries in the country as a result of a US$ 20 million loan. The Washington-based financial institution said on July 18 that the loan is for a Youth Employment in Digital & Animation Industries Project. Comment.

Official says Jamaica’s drought is intensifying

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A severe drought is intensifying in Jamaica with water supply systems already well below normal, the Caribbean country’s environment minister said Sunday night In a national address, Robert Pickersgill told Jamaicans the government is trucking water to hard-hit farming districts where parched conditions have withered crops. Many Jamaican small farms lack irrigation systems and depend entirely on rainwater. Comment.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Celebrating Haitian Culture, a huge success!

Music: “There is momentum and excitement when you have a festival with an abundance of events,” says a slightly exhausted Regine Roumain, director of Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX) that recently wrapped up its six-week 25-event “Selebrasyon!,” a cultural extravaganza celebrating Haitian arts. Comment.

Revelers seek to ‘Raise the Bar’

Music: Detailz Mas Camp is relentlessly working to make its sophomore year of participation on Eastern Parkway for the Labor Day celebration a memorable one for its revelers. At the helm is Trinidadian born Michael “Mr Detailz” Dubois. Comment.

Plans to rebuild Haiti capital displace families

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The broad avenues in the Haitian government’s promotional material are clean and unbroken, dotted with palm trees, parks and manicured expanses of grass. The new ministry buildings are sleek and modern but retain some of the neo-classical architecture of the former structures lost to natural disaster. Comment.

Guyana Amazon Warriors lead points table

Jamaica: The Limacol Caribbean Premier League runners up for 2013 were the Guyana Amazon Warriors but this year the team seems to have a plan to be in the final and win it. So far in the competition, the Guyana Amazon Warriors have played three games and won all, placing them at a six-point lead on the chart. Comment.

Jamaica marks anniversary of Marcus Garvey group

Jamaica: The Jamaican Embassy in Washington, D.C. has commemorated the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Negro Improvement Association – African Communities League (UNIA) formed by the country’s national hero Marcus Mosiah Garvey. Comment.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Guyana radio producer receives posthumous citations

Guyana: Guyana–born Joseph Dennis Livingstone received three high honors on June 28 when a diverse gathering of friends, colleagues and associates packed into the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building to pay tribute to his legacy. The 62-year-old Caribbean immigrant received posthumous citations from elected officials representing the boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan. Comment.

Picture perfect Vincy Unity Picnic

St Vincent: Thousands of Vincentians from all walks of life last Saturday converged on Brown’s Bay Provincial Park in the 1,000 Island area in southeastern Ontario, Canada, for the annual massive Vincentian Unity Picnic. Comments (1).

Reggae in the Park

Music: Reggae music fans are in for a treat on July 26 when Central Park Summerstage showcases the only reggae concert of their 2014 season at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. While the diverse and largest, free festival in New York City is slated to offer 105 performing arts events from June to August this year, Caribbean music gets a singular afternoon to show-off a few of its best. Grammy winning, Jamaican reggae artists Junior “One Blood” Reid and Chonixx are the top billing names for the concert. Comment.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Universal health coverage consultations

Health: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says countries of the Americas, including the Caribbean, are holding national consultations to discuss the way forward to reach universal health coverage. Comment.

GWOKA’S RHYTHMS

Music: A spirited debate marked opening ceremonies of the 27th annual Gwoka Festival, July 9-14 in Sainte Anne, Guadeloupe. In particular, the news that Gwoka (Creole word for large drum), once the expressions of an oppressed people is now under consideration for an UNESCO world heritage designation. Panelists and members of the public weighed in on the direction of the music, some seeing it as an opportunity for economic development others concerned about its role as independent voice. Comments (1).

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Clean energy revolution in the Caribbean

Environment: BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, July 14, 2014 (IPS) - Lefties Food Stall, a pint-sized eatery serving Barbados’ signature flying-fish sandwiches, recently became the first snack shack on the Caribbean island to be fitted with a solar panel. Comment.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Kamarley ‘Da Big Show’ left the city talking

Music: Last year, as Caribbean-American Heritage Month approached its sunset with a Caribbean-American open air concert featuring Mighty Sparrow, Lima Calvio of Byron Lee and the Dragonaires, and Val Adams, then Calypso King of Grenada, who had the Borough Hall, Brooklyn crowd rollicking. This year, as the ninth year of the celebration culminated on June 26 at Columbus Park, Borough Hall, it was the six-year-old Kamarley, who held his own among the likes of Antigua’s Soca Queen Claudette “CP” Peters, T&T’s Sherma Andrews and Panama’s Magaly. The six-year-old excited the crowd with the quality of his Reggae and Soca renditions, and artistic synchrony of body language and musical rhythm which belie the tenderness of his age. Comment.

Friday, July 18, 2014

JAMAICA’S TOP COP RESIGNS

Jamaica: Minister of National Security Peter Bunting killed off the hopes of a nation in Parliament on Tuesday when he deflected questions from opposition legislators as to why Jamaican Police Chief Owen Ellington suddenly handed in his retirement papers. There have been charges from people close to the commissioner that he was forced out of the position by western nations angry with him and the top brass for not dealing with a hit squad in the police force, allegedly responsible for more than 70 executions in recent years. Comment.

No place for human trafficking

Caribbean: Ahead of the observance of the first ever World Day against Trafficking in Persons, Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the United Nations, John Ashe, has declared that human trafficking has no place in the modern world. Comment.

Jamaica’s beloved GG Cooke passes

Jamaica: Sir Howard Felix Hanlan Cooke—Jamaica’s fourth Governor General died in the capital city of Kingston on July 11 at age 98. The former representative of Queen Elizabeth II served in the capacity from Aug. 1 1991 to Feb. 15, 2006 and would have celebrated another birthday anniversary in October. Comment.

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has pumped US$120 million into the water and sanitation sector in the Caribbean in the last 40 years. CDB’s acting Vice-President (Operations) Nigel Romano made this disclosure while addressing the recent opening of a two-day Regional Water Sector Assessment Workshop at the CDB. Romano said the money was channeled into various areas including basic infrastructure, water treatment plant, distribution and storage facilities and technical assistance,The bank is currently assisting with projects in Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Guyana, St. Kitts and Nevis and St. Lucia. Comment.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

‘From Gutter to Glory’

Books: It was a long, hard, road to travel but Jamaican author and Professor Dr. Karlene Richardson was able to make it out “From Gutter to Glory” as she reveals her struggles and successes in her autobiography by the same name. Comment.

Chris Gayle slams C.P.L ton

Trinidad and Tobago: The Limacol Caribbean Premier League’s 2013 champion, the Jamaica Tallawahs, defeated the St. Lucia Zouks by seven wickets during the opening Twenty20 match in St. George’s, Grenada last Saturday. Captain of the Jamaica Tallawahs Chris Gayle scored his first C.P.L 100. Gayle scored 111 runs off 63 balls with 10 massive sixes and five fours. The St. Lucia Zouks scored 161 runs off their 20 overs while the Jamaica Tallawahs scored 162 for 3 off 19 overs. Comments (1).

Two hefty servings of Caribbean comedy

Arts & Theater: Two superstars of Caribbean comedy, Trevor Eastmond of Barbados and Sprangalang of Trinidad and Tobago, will share the spotlight Saturday evening, July 19, in a special comedy showcase presentation designed to treat fans to generous helpings of the crackerjack material that has made the two headliners household names on the comedy circuit. Comment.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Jamaican could be England’s 1st female bishop

Jamaica: The Church of England is the “mother church” of the global Anglican Communion. Reportedly, its membership comprises approximately 80 million people in more than 165 countries. However, in 2014 Anglican women bishops are still elusive in England. Comment.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Opposition sides claim Haiti elections jeopardized

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Leading opposition factions are alleging that Haiti’s presidentially appointed electoral council is stacking the deck in favor of President Michel Martelly, who has scheduled long-delayed legislative and municipal elections for October. Comment.

Ahye beats Fraser-Pryce in Glasgow GP 100m

Trinidad and Tobago: GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago cemented her burgeoning sprinting reputation by winning the 100 meters at the Glasgow Grand Prix on Saturday. Comment.

Monday, July 14, 2014

New data sends wake-up call on Caribbean reefs

Antigua: ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, July 9, 2014 (IPS) - Marine environmentalist Eli Fuller, who for the past two decades has been exploring the coastline of Antigua and Barbuda, warns that while there has been “dramatic changes” to coral reefs since he was a little boy, “it’s getting worse and worse.” Comment.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

GRAND FATHER’S BACKPAY

Trinidad and Tobago: Back in March, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders approved a 10-point plan to make European nations like Britain, Spain and France pay people of the region for enslaving their ancestors and to make up for the violent change in lifestyle that experts say manifests itself in a string of chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension and other problems affecting those alive today. Comment.

Dynamic Airways grounded until August 8

Guyana: Dynamic Airways has been grounded less than a month after the North Carolina-based charter service began its operations to the Republic of Guyana in partnership with Roraima Airways. Comment.

Hurdlers set fast times in Paris

Jamaica: PARIS (AP) — Dawn Harper-Nelson of the United States ran a year-leading 12.44 seconds to win the 100-meter hurdles at the Paris Diamond League meeting on Saturday while Hansle Parchment of Jamaica set the fastest time in the 110 hurdles this season. Comment.

Joseph seeks marathon races

Trinidad and Tobago: Robert Fain while on a political campaign trip to Long Beach, New York recently, entered into a 5K road race as he enjoyed competing in such events and won the event in 16:59. Comment.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

PNM leader to attend forums in NYC

Trinidad and Tobago: Dr. Keith Rowley, political leader of the People’s National Movement (PNM) in Trinidad and Tobago and leader of the opposition in the country’s Parliament, is due in New York the end of this week to address and interact with nationals of the twin-island republic, at two main public forums arranged by the People’s National Movement International Inc. Comment.

CMI appoints International Committee chair

Jamaica: The Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) based in Jamaica has appointed Dr. Geneive Brown Metzger, trade and investment analyst and former consul general in New York, as chair of its International Committee. The CMI is a key partner with the government of Jamaica, in the development of the highly anticipated Logistic Hub in Jamaica which is an international gateway of economic trade. Comment.

‘Demerara Gold’ at Dorothy S. Theatre

Arts & Theater: Classically trained Guyanese born Ingrid Griffith, will bring her satirical act to the stage of the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre in New York City when she debuts her one-woman “Demerara Gold” on July 17, 18, and 19 at 6:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m. and 6:15 p.m., respectively. Comment.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Wingate gets high with Caribbean culture

Music: George Wingate High School in Brooklyn came alive last Friday with a grand celebration of Caribbean culture. The New York Police Department’s (NYPD) Community Affairs Bureau and New Immigrant Outreach Unit partnered with the New York Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Consular Corps and the Brooklyn-based West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) in staging a spectacular show in commemorating Caribbean American Heritage Month. Comment.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Atlanta Center for Diseases Control (CDC) is advising U.S. travelers to the Caribbean to protect themselves from mosquito bites because of the spreads of the chikunguyana virus now affecting 20 islands in the region. Comment.

CARICOM concerned over illegal guns

Trinidad and Tobago: Eleven CARICOM States reported more than 2,000 homicides last year, 2000 illegal guns seized and a gang membership of more than 35,000 and growing, Comment.

Guyana Tri-State Alliance to honor youth

Guyana: Brooklyn Borough President The Honorable Eric Adams, and New York City Council member The Honorable Dr. Mathieu Eugene will host an awards presentation to celebrate youth, in commemoration of Guyana 48th Independence Anniversary. Comment.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Not so ‘dynamic’ trip to Guyana

Guyana: Angry words of frustration were expressed by Guyanese travelers who were stranded at Cheddi Jagan International Airport after startup Dynamic Airways cancelled its Sunday morning flight fresh on the heels of its inaugural launch on Thursday 26 with a promised scheduled $499.00 round trip ticket. Comments (1).

Thursday, July 3, 2014

‘POT’ LAW GETS A REMAKE

Jamaica: Jamaica inched closer to decriminalizing the use of marijuana by announcing approval of its use for medicinal purposes. Justice Minister Mark Golding announced the changes recently. According to Golding, “the island’s Cabinet approved the decision to amend the Dangerous Drugs Act to make the law a less punishable offense by allowing the possession of two ounces or less of marijuana.” Comment.

CARICOM leaders face packed agenda

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean community leaders were expected to assemble in the Eastern Caribbean island of Antigua this week for their main annual summit with tough issues such as reparations or making Europe pay for enslaving millions of Africans, restructuring the integration movement and fixing stalled free trade negotiations with Canada as key agenda items. Comment.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Mighty Sparrow receives Carlos Lezama Award

Trinidad and Tobago: The Brooklyn-based West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) on Monday night bestowed the Carlos Lezama Lifetime Achievement Award on the Mighty Sparrow, the Calypso King of the World, at a gala reception in Brooklyn. Comment.

Brooklyn community group honors 5

Guyana: Brooklyn’s APC (Action, Performance, Commitment) Community Services, Inc. last Thursday honored five community members during a gala celebration commemorating Caribbean American Heritage Month at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn. Comment.

Looking back on Grenada’s revolution phase

Grenada: A huge debt is owed to filmmaker Bruce Paddington for the very important document he assembled for the Caribbean archives as producer-director of “Forward Ever: The Killing of a Revolution,” about the dramatic happenings that led to both emergence and implosion of the Maurice Bishop-led People’s Revolutionary Government in Grenada. Comment.

Thousands rally in support of anti-gay Jamaica cause

Jamaica: Recently on Gay Pride Day when millions flaunted tolerance and support for the LGBT community, in one Caribbean city, more than 25,000 people rallied against the international parade by supporting a newly organized civil society group named Jamaica Cause -- Churches Action Uniting Society for Emancipation. Comments (9).

Blackwood, Gabriel unfairly treated

People: Jamaica’s middle order batsman Jermaine Blackwood who played his first Test match in New Zealand and scored a stylish 63 at the Queens’s Park in Trinidad was omitted from the final 11 at Kensington in Barbados for the third and final Test. Shannon Gabriel, the medium fast bowl from Trinidad & Tobago, who bowled appreciably well in the Test in Port of Spain at the Queens Park was also omitted from the final 11 in Bridgetown, Barbados. Comment.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

Jamaica: Barbados is considering a proposal to make it mandatory for school principals, church leaders, social workers, court officials and media workers, among others, to report knowledge of child abuse. Comment.

T&T seeks Comish Bratton’s help

Trinidad and Tobago: The Trinidad and Tobago government wants to hire New York Commissioner of Police William Bratton through his private company The Bratton Group to carry out a complete audit of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) in an effort to make the service more efficient. Comment.

Bright path to digital careers at TechLink Barbados

Barbados: More than thirty young Barbadians learned basic skills for developing successful mobile apps and producing high-quality digital photography at a special workshop facilitated by the BrightPath Foundation, in collaboration with Columbus Communications. Comment.

WIPO and Caribbean IP, what’s the point?

Caribbean: Recent months have seen a few interesting intellectual property symposia in the Caribbean, in particular the WIPO–JIPO Regional Conference on IP and creative industries, which was held in Jamaica from Feb. 10-12, 2014. It is quite interesting that in spite of the intention that it should be regional as indicated in the title of the conference, there seems to have been little participation from the 15-member countries of CARICOM and that most of the sessions focused on Jamaica and its situation, perhaps a natural outcome of the WIPO–JIPO collaboration. Comment.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Adapting to a dry season that never seems to end

St Lucia: ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, June 26, 2014 (IPS) - The Caribbean region’s bid to become food secure is in peril as farmers struggle to produce staple crops under harsh drought conditions brought about by climate change. Comment.

Asafa Powell to run in France before CAS hearing

Jamaica: PARIS (AP) — Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell will run in France on July 5, days before his doping hearing at sport’s highest court. The organizers of the Paris Diamond League meeting confirmed his participation on Tuesday. Powell is free to compete pending the outcome of his doping appeal. Comment.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

With murder common, Jamaica morgue plans stall

Jamaica: SPANISH TOWN, Jamaica (AP) — Corpses, the suspected victims of violent deaths, are wrapped in plastic bags or covered loosely in stained sheets. There is no air conditioning and the room quickly becomes sweltering as the tropical sun beats down on the metal roof. A black fly buzzes around the room amid the smell of decay. Comment.

Haiti ex-president Leslie Manigat has died

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Leslie Manigat, a prominent figure in the Haitian political establishment whose term as president was cut short by a military coup in 1988, has died. He was 83. Comment.

Consular Corps chair appeals to Carib healthcare professionals

Antigua: Chair of the Caribbean Community Consular Corps in New York, Antigua and Barbuda’s Deputy Consul General, Omyma David, has called on Caribbean American healthcare professionals to help educate nationals about their health. Comment.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Panama Canal expansion creates new regional opportunities

Caribbean: The Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP) of the Organization of American States (OAS) wants Caribbean countries to take advantage of the commercial opportunities offered by the Panama Canal expansion. Comment.

Antigua, China investors plan big tourism project

Antigua: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — The new government of Antigua & Barbuda has signed an agreement with Chinese investors to build a major resort and residential development project in the twin-island Caribbean nation. Comments (1).

Future Jamaican doctors study in Cuba

Jamaica: Increasing numbers of Jamaican students are seeking medical studies in Cuba. Recently five potential doctors received news that they will receive full scholarships to study in the Spanish island. Comment.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

GUYANA AIRLIFT BOOST

Guyana: When U.S. mega carrier Delta pulled out of Guyana 13 months ago, passengers traveling to there were left to the mercy of Trinidad-based Caribbean Airlines on the Georgetown-New York and American Eastern Seaboard routes. Comment.

Caribbean Life’s freelancer Nelson A. King honored

St Vincent: Veteran Caribbean journalist, Nelson A. King, one of Caribbean Life’s senior writers, last Sunday received a host of awards at the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Nurses Association of New York, Inc.’s gala Awards Luncheon at El Caribe Country Club in Mill Basin, Brooklyn. Comment.

Carib urged to improve local reforms

Caribbean: The World Bank is urging the Caribbean and other developing countries to “double down” on domestic reforms, saying that first quarter weakness in 2014 has delayed an “expected pick-up” in economic activity. Comment.

Comptroller praises Caribbean Americans for contributions

Haiti: Comptroller Scott Stringer told Caribbean Americans that it would be impossible to imagine New York City without with out them, and stated that the nationals have made the city a great place to live. Comment.

Hundreds pay tribute to Vincentians killed in Newark Father’s Day fire

St Vincent: Hundreds of friends and relatives joined the Newark, NJ community last Saturday morning in paying tribute to five Vincentians and an American who were killed in a fast-moving house fire on Father’s Day. Comment.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Windies team getting into perfect stride

Trinidad and Tobago: West Indies cricket team are slowly getting into the rhythm that would carry them forward to develop better statistics in the International Cricket Committee (ICC) Test for mat. Apparently the West Indies selectors are getting into the correct gear by choosing the near perfect squad for the second Test at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad. Comment.

Island Sounds

Music: The Church Avenue Business Improvement District presented “Island Sounds” as part of Caribbean Heritage Weekend on Church Avenue on Saturday June 21, 2014. The free Caribbean Music Festival featured Kompa, Reggae, Soca and Dancehall music. Community members were encouraged to come out, pick up a snack at any one of Church Avenue’s many food stores and enjoy the live music at the BID’s outdoor plaza filled with palm trees, tables and chairs. Comment.

Chanderpaul’s new Test rank

Caribbean: West Indies middle-order batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul has jumped into second place for Test batsmen, ahead of Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara in the latest ICC Test rankings. Comment.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: One day after taking up the position as Antigua and Barbuda’s prime minister, Gaston Browne has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Yida International Investment Antigua Ltd to pave the way for a two-billion investment project in the twin-island state. Comment.

JA’S Inner Circle records ‘All About The Ball’

Music: Jamaican reggae musicians Third World are among the stellar line-up of artists booked for the free summer concert series slated for the BAM R&B Festival at Brooklyn’s Metrotech. Returning to the city for the first time since the passing of lead-singer Bunny Rugs, the group will perform on July 17 during the 20th Anniversary free lunch-time event which runs thru Aug. 7. Comment.

Disaster-prone Caribbean looks to better financing

St Vincent: KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, June 15, 2014 (IPS) - A freak storm, followed by heavy floods in December 2013, will go down in history as the most destructive natural disaster to have hit the Caribbean island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, with reported total damages and losses of at least 103 million dollars. Comments (1).

Monday, June 23, 2014

T&T promotes its petrochemical industry

Trinidad and Tobago: Dr. Neil Parsan, ambassador of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago to the United States of America, praised Trinidad and Tobago’s petrochemical industry for its resilience and diversity in the face of many challenges over the past few decades. Comment.

Taste great Caribbean food at 35 restaurants

Food: Caribbean Restaurant Week–June 22 - 28 is happening! A great way of culminating Caribbean Heritage Month and celebrating the diversity and tastiness of Caribbean food boasts its organizer, Jean Alexander of the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA). Comments (1).

Saturday, June 21, 2014

St. Vincent, Guyana discuss twining tourism products

St Vincent: Tourism Minister Cecil “Ces” McKie says he recently held discussions with his Guyanese counterpart, Mohamed Irfaan Ali, in twining the tourism product in both countries. Comment.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Caribbean-American Heritage Month at Boro Hall

Movies: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams kicked-off a full Brooklyn day event celebrating Caribbean-American Heritage Month in the community room of Borough Hall. To a contingent from St. Gabrielle Senior Center in Flatbush and other attendees he emphasized that: “This building is yours!” and “I want everyone to feel comfortable using it.” The first event of the day was a program of films on culture followed by conversation. Comment.

Warner makes way for new leader

Trinidad and Tobago: Leader and founder of the one-year-old Trinidad and Tobago Independent Liberal Party (ILP) Jack Warner has stepped down from the post to make way for former Senate Vice-President, Lyndira Oudit. Comment.

Carib leaders to view draft reparations document

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean leaders who are scheduled to meet at their main annual summit in Antigua in early July are to examine and approve a draft document which would demand payment from European nations such as Britain and The Netherlands for the TransAtlantic slave trade officials said this week. Comment.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

BERES IN THE PARK

Music: Reggae’s hit machine Beres Hammond will join Australian soft pop duo Air Supply as headline acts at the annual Groovin’ In The Park Concert at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, NY on Sunday, June 29, 2014. Comment.

Guyanese actor awaits new big role

Movies: Sean Patrick Thomas, the son of Guyanese immigrants, is ready for his next big role after an euphoric performance in “A Raisin In the Sun,” the Tony Winning Best Revival Play that captivated audiences during a sold out, four-month run at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Comment.

Guyana upset over Test pullout

Guyana: Guyana President Donald Ramotar says the decision by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to pull the third Test between the West Indies and New Zealand from the National Stadium is a blow to regional integration. Comment.

New Zealand bowled out for 221 runs

Trinidad and Tobago: On the first day of the second Test match West Indies against New Zealand played at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad. West Indies bowlers proved their worth by causing all sorts of trouble for the New Zealand batsmen. Comment.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Jamaican teen wins scholarship to 9 US universities

Jamaica: It’s competitive enough for American students to be accepted into U.S. universities. But just imagine an immigrant being accepted to 11. Consider the odds of nine of those institutions of higher learning offering scholarships? Add to that the prospect that the individual was home-schooled …in Jamaica. Such is the case of Tchakamau Ra, a teenager in Kingston, Jamaica. Comment.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Jamaica to relax some restrictions on using pot

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica’s government on Thursday announced a major rethinking of its marijuana laws, including plans to partially decriminalize small amounts of pot and to allow possession for religious, scientific and medical purposes. Comment.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

St Vincent: Three groups of migrants from Haiti and Cuba were abandoned by smugglers recently on two barren islands off Puerto Rico. The migrants, 42 Haitians and five Cubans, were left on rugged Mona and Monita islands by smugglers transporting them from the Dominican Republic, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol spokesman Jeffrey Quionnes said. Comments (1).

Friday, June 13, 2014

New day dawns for Antigua

Antigua: After a 10-year hiatus, the Antigua and Barbuda Labor Party (ABLP) returned to the reign of power by crushing the incumbent United Progressive Party (UPP) of Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer in a massive landslide victory in Thursday’s general elections. Comments (1).

Small islands, beacons for the rest of the world

Barbados: BRIDGETOWN, June 6 2014 (IPS) - Facing potential extinction under rising sea levels, many small island nations are embracing renewable energy and trying to green their economies. Although the least responsible for carbon emissions, small countries like Barbados are on the front lines of climate impacts. Comment.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

7 beauties vie for Miss New York Continental

Trinidad and Tobago: Seven Caribbean beauties will vie this Saturday evening for Miss New York Continental 2014 at George Wingate Campus in Brooklyn. Comment.

Local soccer fans get triple treat

Trinidad and Tobago: Before the largest crowd of the young season New York Caribbean Cup soccer fans were treated to three outstanding soccer games this afternoon. At the end of the day Team St. Kitts and Nevis dominated Team Dominica 4-0, Team St. Lucia squeezed by Team Trinidad and Tobago 1-0 in a game that could have gone either way, and in the nightcap, the match of the day, Team Grenada’s two early first half goals held up for a 2-1 win over Team Guyana. Comment.

DIRTY GUYANA POLICE

Guyana: In recent years, opposition groups, active media, rights organizations and ordinary Guyanese have watched in awe as the police administration grapples with a growing brigade of rogue cops engaged in open torture of criminal suspects, widespread demand for bribes and a string of other atrocities that have reached to such an alarming stage that the umbrella police association says it now feels compelled to act. Comment.

ALL SET FOR VINCY MAS

Music: With relatively very good weather – and the temperature in the Dynamite Calypso Tent just right, unlike last year when it was sweltering hot – Vincentian calypsonians in North America last Saturday night/Sunday morning clearly demonstrated that they were quite ready to take VincyMas 2014 by storm. Comment.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Vincentians to form Chamber of Commerce

St Vincent: Maxwell Haywood, president of the Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Diaspora Committee of New York, Inc. has expressed delight about what he described as a very successful initial, special Diaspora business meeting last Saturday aimed at establishing a Vincentian American Chamber of Commerce. Comment.

‘My Jamaica!’ Festival now includes storytelling

Jamaica: Jamaica familiar terms such as Aunty Roachie – (Miss Lou character) Dutchie (cooking utensil made of iron) and Ska names three festivals that will be incorporated to make this year’s Jamaica Festival a more diverse island-wide celebration. Comment.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Caribbean Round-Up

St Vincent: The ruling Antigua United Progressive Party (UPP) has promised that no new taxes will be introduced if it is re-elected government on June 12. Comment.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Taxing tobacco to save lives

Health: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is calling on Caribbean countries to raise taxes on tobacco to encourage users to stop and to prevent other people from becoming addicted to it. Comment.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Tribute to The Ancestors of The Middle Passage

Brooklyn: The silver anniversary sojourn to Coney Island will mark a landmark Tribute to the Ancestors ceremony on June 14 when faithful celebrants gather at 16th St. & Ancestor’s Circle at Coney Island Boardwalk gather to mark the treacherous sea voyage Africans made across the Middle Passage to reach this continent. Comment.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Guyanese academic Dr. Yvonne McCallum-Peters

Guyana: Dr. Yvonne McCallum-Peters was born and raised in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member-nation of Guyana. She has earned a doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University. Comment.

Sunil Narine suspended for home series

Caribbean: Trinidad and Tobago and West Indies spinner Sunil Narine has been suspended from the home Test series against New Zealand. Narine failed to meet the deadline for returning to the Caribbean to prepare for training camp. He chose to remain in India with the Kolkata Knight Riders for the final of the Indian Premier League. Comment.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Caribbean Heritage Month Salute

People: Not enough can ever be said of the long list of names from French, Dutch, Spanish and the English Caribbean nations who have left indelible imprints on the continents and nations they settled. Comment.

New CARICOM song winner

Music: AGSELECTPR, Roseau, Thursday, May 29, 2014: Dominican, jazz, fusion singer Michele Henderson is the winner of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) song competition, and her winning entry “Celebrating CARICOM” is now the regional body’s official anthem. Henderson beat out 57 semi-finalists and ten finalists to emerge winner in the competition which was announced last year. Comments (1).

LICAH Festival

Music: Now in its fifth year, the annual Long Island Caribbean American Heritage Festival is back as strong as ever to regale attendees with a smorgasbord of Caribbean cultural fair. Comment.

Live FIFA World Cup broadcasts at SOBs

Music: Football fans will not have to sacrifice watching delayed games from Brazil the way they were forced to in 2010 when South Africa hosted the FIFA competitions. On this go-round SOBs (Sounds of Brazil) in Manhattan promises live coverage from June 12 until July 13 when the competition ends. Comment.

National Caribbean-American Heritage Month

National: Stating that the United States is expanding cooperation with its Caribbean partners, as it promotes social justice and “grow prosperity throughout the Americas, U.S. President Barack Obama has proclaimed June as National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, 2014. Comment.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Three-pronged approach to expand Garifuna arts, culture

Arts & Theater: As we conclude Garifuna Arts & Culture Appreciation Month in New York City, in honor of UNESCO’s proclamation of the Garifuna Language, Dance and Music as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, we’d like to share our plan to make New York City the epicenter of the Garifuna Arts & Culture Economy. Comment.

Guyanese in East Orange celebrate Independence

Guyana: Lester E Taylor lll, newly-elected mayor of East Orange, New Jersey, said it was an honor to commemorate Guyana’s 48th Independence in the City of East Orange, a community that boasts the second highest population of Guyanese Americans in all of the United States. Comment.

Grenada supports CCJ as final court of appeal

Grenada: Stating that it is time to change the country’s constitution in ensuring that it lives up to present day, Grenada says it is ready to join the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as its final court of appeal. Comment.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Caribbean Round-Up

St Lucia: A major poll is suggesting the ruling United Progressive Party (UPP) has a major lead just weeks ahead of the June 12 General Election in Antigua and Barbuda. Comment.

Jamaica literary festival draws top-flight authors

Books: TREASURE BEACH, Jamaica (AP) — Best-selling authors take to a seaside stage, bottles of Red Stripe beer in hand. Budding writers line up to read their works to a big, appreciative audience. Book-loving islanders and tourists mingle with literary luminaries as the sun sets over the Caribbean Sea. Comment.

Permaculture poised to conquer the Caribbean

Trinidad and Tobago: FREEPORT, Trinidad and Tobago, May 22, 2014 (IPS) - Erle Rahaman-Noronha is not a revolutionary, not in any radical sense at least. He is not even that exciting. In truth, Rahaman-Noronha is merely a man with a shovel, a small farm, and a big dream. But that dream is poised to conquer the Caribbean. Comment.

JAMES EDGES OUT MERRITT

Grenada: EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Kirani James of Grenada edged American LaShawn Merritt in a photo finish to win the men’s 400 meters Saturday in the 40th annual Prefontaine Classic. Comment.

Friday, May 30, 2014

The sexiest workout ever!

Health: Summer is just around the corner and if you are looking for a fun way to workout “Brukwine” is a perfect fit. “‘Brukwine’ means to break out and wine,” says Autavia Bailey co-founder of “Brukwine.” “It’s place to let loose, whine and you get an amazing workout.” Brukwine is an energy filled, sweat inducing reggae and dancehall workout that has taken New York City by storm. Comments (1).

Thursday, May 29, 2014

BOLT’S CHAMPIONSHIP SPIKES FOR NY AUCTION

Jamaica: A pair of beautifully handcrafted spikes by Puma that was specially created for world sprint prodigy Usain Bolt and used in his training preparation for the 2013 World Championship Games in Moscow, Russia will go on sale at an auction in New York City on Friday, June 6. The auction will be a highlight of Rum & Rhythms, a signature event hosted by the Caribbean Tourism Organization during the annual Caribbean Week celebration in New York, and the premium event will take place at the posh Tribeca 360 in Lower Manhattan starting at 6:30 p.m. Comment.
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