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Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Grenada A United States-based company will invest US$58 million in the Grenada tourism industry under the island’s Citizenship by Investment Program (CIP). Comment

Trinidad sets new legal age for marriage

Trinidad and Tobago: The Trinidad and Tobago government has passed legislation to make 18 years the new legal age of marriage— ending decades of child marriages. Comment

Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017

1.5 million Haitians face hunger

Haiti: The United Nations says while the number of Haitians facing hunger in areas hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew has declined steadily in the three months since the deadly storm ripped through the French-speaking Caribbean nation, more than 1.5 million people nevertheless remain food insecure. Comment

Friday, Jan. 20, 2017

DOLLAR SCHEME REVIEW

St Kitts and Nevis: Their banana and sugar export industries have collapsed and revenues from tourism fluctuate year by year so the governments of the Eastern Caribbean sub grouping have been looking for additional ways to bring in state revenues. Comment

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Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017

US, Cuba meet to fight trafficking in persons

Cuba: The United States and Cuba were expected to begin meeting on Thursday to coordinate efforts to fight trafficking in persons. Comment

WICB pays tribute to Sir Dwight

People: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has paid tribute to the late Sir K Dwight Venner, the former governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), who died on Dec. 22, 2016 in St Lucia Comment

Monday, Jan. 16, 2017

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua The Antigua and Barbuda government will be moving at full speed in the fight against crime in 2017. Comment

Grenada to open diplomatic mission in Russia

Grenada: Grenada is moving to open a diplomatic mission in Russia which would bring to the Spice Island its developmental objectives through representation. Comment

Jamaica, China sign hospital agreement

Jamaica: Jamaica and China has signed a multi-million agreement for the construction of a 220-bed Children’s Hospital in Montego Bay, west of the capital Kingston. Comment

Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017

Barbados reserves perilously low

Barbados: A surprise Central Bank of Barbados admission that it is losing more foreign exchange than gaining, and that more losses would threaten the currency’s exchange rate has sparked accusations that government’s economic policies have failed. Comment

Friday, Jan. 13, 2017

FOCUS UPON TRUMP

Trinidad and Tobago: In just over a week or so, Donald. J. Trump will be sworn in as president of the United States and the most powerful man in the world and already Caribbean Community leaders are sending both positive signals of welcome and indications that they are willing to work with his administration. Comment

New SVG US consul general a ‘breath of fresh air’

St Vincent: Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves and Deputy Prime Minister Sir Louis Straker had predicted that Howie Prince would be a tremendous asset to the nation with his appointment as the new St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ consul general to the United States. Comment

Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017

Jamaica steps up war on crime

Jamaica: The Jamaica government has announced a series of measures to combat crime and violence and to improve the effectiveness of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) in 2017. Comment

Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017

Guyanese centenarian still very agile, phenomenal

Guyana: Hardly anyone would find a centenarian who is still very agile, with her full mental faculty in place and with no significant medical condition. Comments (3)

Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017

Haitian coup leader, senator-elect held in US drug case

Haiti: MIAMI (AP) _ Just before he was set to become an official Haitian senator, a paramilitary leader who once led a violent rebellion was arrested on decade-old U.S. drug charges and brought before a federal judge in Miami who ordered him held without bail. Comment

Monday, Jan. 9, 2017

Flagging Barbados’ potholes

Barbados: If the Barbados Road Safety Association follows through with its plans, the island’s roads will soon be pockmarked with warning flags alerting motorists to potholes that are appearing on almost every public driveway. Comment

Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017

International community congratulates new Haitian president

Haiti: A senior United Nations official and the UN Security Council have joined the international community in congratulating the next President of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse, whose election, the UN says, “completes a repeatedly delayed process that took over a year.” Comment

Garifuna group observes deportation from St. Vincent

Brooklyn: The Bronx-based Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc., a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, is urging Vincentian nationals and the New York Community to help commemorate the 220thAnniversary of the “forcible deportation of the Garífuna People by the British from St. Vincent and the Grenadines.” Comment

Friday, Jan. 6, 2017

PASSPORT SCHEME IN SPOTLIGHT

Immigration: The larger Caribbean trade group countries such as Guyana, Suriname, Jamaica and Trinidad have so far kept their distance from the scheme but a new light is now being shone on the cash for passport and citizenship program which has been embraced by several nations in the Eastern Caribbean Sub Grouping following the airing of a piece on CBS’s 60 Minutes Program last Sunday. Comment

Travellers leaving Guyana face new fee

Guyana: After enjoying the festive season with family and friends in their homeland, thousands of Guyanese passengers were slapped with an increase in Departure Tax, named a Security Departure fee of GYD$1000 (USD$5.00), leaving Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) on January 1, 2017 when the measure went into effect. Comments (1)

Trinidad investigates financing of terrorist activities

Trinidad and Tobago: The Trinidad and Tobago Financial Unit (FIU) has reported that 182 T&T nationals may be involved in financing the activities of terrorist organizations such as the Islamic State (ISIS). Comment

Trump’s big immigration war may focus on visas: Reports say

National: With just a few days before he is sworn in as the next United States president on Jan. 20, Donald Trump’s big immigration war to deport Caribbean and other immigrants may focus on visas, according to reports. Comments (1)

Resolve to show resolve

Caribbean: Once again millions of people are attempting to restart or improve on life-enhancing goals by making resolutions. Comment

Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017

WIADCA unveils huge 50th anniversary celebrations

Arts & Theater: The Brooklyn-based West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA), organizers of the extravagant Labor Day Carnival Parade on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway, has unveiled several activities to mark its 50th anniversary. Comment

Haiti certifies presidential victory of first-time candidate

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ An electoral tribunal in Haiti has rejected claims that massive voter fraud marred the November presidential election victory of first-time candidate Jovenel Moise, officials said Tuesday. Comment

Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017

Antigua PM fires diplomat amid bribery scandal

Antigua: Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne has fired one low-level diplomat and has threatened to fire another more senior one in the spill-off to an international bribery scandal, according to reports. Comment

Whither the Barbados economy in 2017

Barbados: The way forward for Barbados remains uncertain as the island entered 2017 laboring under the burden of high expenditure and a large national debt, with government resisting advice to seek International Monetary Fund help. Comment

Monday, Jan. 2, 2017

New low in Barbados crime

Barbados: December has presented Barbados with unusual incidents in what residents see a year of crime increases, with robbers attacking the clergy, and in another instance, carting away 26 televisions from the national cricket stadium. Comment

Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017

Caribbean RoundUp

Jamaica: Bahamas International credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has downgrade The Bahamas. The country’s creditworthiness is now deemed “junk” as the New-based ratings from lowered its sovereign credit rating from BBB-A-3 to BB+B. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016

Brooklyn couple to start soccer league in Guyana

Guyana: What began as a kind gesture to 12 boys and 13 girls in a small Spiritual Church in Lodge Village, almost 40 years ago, has become a lavish annual event, where more than 300 children received gifts and eats, and were entertained at the Clarke’s annual Christmas party on Dec. 26 in Georgetown. Comment

Friday, Dec. 30, 2016

MAJOR RUCKUS AHEAD

Trinidad and Tobago: Early in the new year, the administration of Prime Minister Keith Rowley will lay a highly controversial document in parliament listing the names and activities of nearly 200 people who an international watchdog group says have more than passing links to international terrorism. Comment

Cancer deaths rising in Caribbean

Health: Cancer deaths are rising in the Caribbean, according to a recent study by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC). Comment

Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016

Calls on US to stop Haitian deportations

Haiti: As the Obama administration in the United States has resumed deportation of Haitians living illegally in the country, there is a growing chorus of calls for Washington to reverse course. Comment

Caribbean children victims of human trafficking

Haiti: A new United Nations report says that a significant number of children in the Caribbean and Central America are victims of human trafficking. Comments (1)

Tree-planting organization reaches milestone, sees solution to Haiti’s deforestation

Environment: Eight years since starting an international tree-planting mission, the Trees That Feed Foundation (TFFF) recently planted their 100,000th tree in Haiti, and sees a hopeful light for the country’s agricultural future following the destructive Hurricane Matthew that wrecked most of the country’s southern region, which was also home to ample crops and trees. Comments (1)

Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016

Blacklisting annoys Barbados

Barbados: Barbados continues to fume over a blacklisting by worldwide charity organisation, Oxfam, with International Business and Commerce Minister, Donville Inniss, on Monday reportedly describing the poverty-fighting group as a bully and liar. Comment

Requiem to those we loved and lost in 2016

Jamaica: On Christmas Day, actor William Shatner, the pilot of TV’s “Star Trek” space adventure summed up 2016 saying “Is this year over yet? Too many people are passing away. Rest in Peace George Michael.” Comment

Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016

Barbados, China sign visa waiver agreement

Barbados: The Barbados government has signed a reciprocal visa waiver agreement with China which will include holders of ordinary passports. Comment

Monday, Dec. 26, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean Caribbean countries have been warned to expect above normal rainfall this year (2017) during the dry season. At the third Dry Season Caribbean Regional Climate Outlook Forum (CariForum) of the Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) recent three-day meeting in Grenada, Meteorologist at the Grenada National Meteorologica Services, Trisha Miller told the meeting that though the region would experience conditions that are hotter than the average dry season, it would still be cooler than in the recent past. Comment

Caribbean urged to support new approach to cholera in Haiti

Haiti: Recognizing the moral responsibility of the United Nations to the victims of the cholera epidemic in Haiti, the General Assembly has welcomed the new UN approach to tackling the disease — formally launched earlier this month by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon — and called on all 193 of the world body’s Members States, including Caribbean countries, to provide the two-track plan their full support. Comment

Turks and Caicos Islands elects first female premier

Caribbean: A woman has created history in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) when she was voted premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands — booting out Premier Dr. Rufus Ewing out of Parliament in the recent general election. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016

OAS wants respect for electoral process in Haiti

Haiti: The Washington, D.C.-based Organization of American States (OAS) says its Electoral Observation Mission (EOM) in Haiti has called for “respect for pre-established norms” in the electoral process in the French-speaking Caribbean country. Comment

Guyanese ambassador praises nationals at Christmas party

Guyana: The mood at the Permanent Mission of Guyana to the United Nations on Friday, Dec. 16 was jovial, as H.E. Rudolph M. Ten-Pow entertained Guyanese, and Caribbean nations at an inaugural Christmas party, since becoming the newest ambassador earlier this year. Comment

Friday, Dec. 23, 2016

GUYANA AWAITS PETRO BOOM

Guyana: Taken as a bloc, there is vicariously good news for the region by way of Guyana as global oil giant ExxonMobil which found a humongous amount of oil and gas off the coast last year has given its clearest indication yet that it will actually start production in a few years. Comment

Home goods store serves Caribbean community locally and back home

Queens: Instead of sending remittances to buy products to furnish a home, you can send the furniture directly. Comment

Unity and family celebrated at pre-Kwanzaa celebration

Guyana: The common thread that ran through the fabric of the Sunday evening, Dec. 11, Pre-Kwanzaa celebration at the American Legion Hall in Brooklyn was unity, and it showed, with the remarkable presentation that celebrated family, community, culture and the history of African people, themed ‘Kuumba.’ Comment

US seeks closer ties with the Caribbean

National: There is no avoidant between the United States (US) and the Caribbean, and history has shown that the relationship has been a long and cordial one in most circumstances. Comment

Christmas party for Vincentian kids

St Vincent: About 150 Vincentian kids and their parents Sunday evening were treated to another special Christmas treat at the 10th annual party organized by a prominent Vincentian shipping concern, friends and community groups in Brooklyn. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016

Barbados’ slow reaction to sewage crisis

Barbados: The Barbados government has finally sprung into action cleaning up the effluent plaguing the South Coast for over a month, and ordering replacement parts for the defective pump that caused what some see as a disaster. Comment

CARICOM Consular Corps share Chirstmas cheer

Trinidad and Tobago: The Barbados Consulate in New York City was alive with merriment last Friday, Dec. 16, when Caribbean rhythms, festive dressed nationals, and food from around the Caribbean, celebrated the CARICOM Consular Corps annual Christmas party. Comment

Cricket board debars Bravo

Caribbean: West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has debarred Darren Bravo from appearing in both the Trinidad and Tobago current Digicel four-day tournament and the West Indies until he meets with the regional body. No date has been set for the meeting. Comment

Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016

US, Cuba hold historic meeting on clean energy

Cuba: The United States Department of State says the United States and Cuba have held an historic, first Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Working Group in Washington, D.C. Comment

Caribbean nationals cop Grammys AMA & Billboard’s top nod

Music: Santa Claus arrived early to deliver a sack full of treasures to a few Caribbean nationals he might consider naughty or nice but definitely worthy of distinction for being outstanding achievers in the music industry during 2016. Comment

Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Guyana: Caribbean The European Union EU) is funding a multi-million program INTERREG V Caribbean to strengthen regional partnerships, which was recently launched in St. Lucia. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016

Gains in Haiti cholera fight show more resources can ensure ‘cholera will go’: Senior UN official

Haiti: A senior United Nations official has stressed that recent successes in the fight against cholera in Haiti demonstrate that when the U.N. and Haitian authorities receive the necessary funds, real progress can be made, and that, eventually, “cholera will go.” Comment

New St. Lucia envoy presents credentials to OAS

St Lucia: The Washington, D.C.-based Organization of American States (OAS) says the new Permanent Representative of St. Lucia, Anton E. Edmunds, has presented his credentials to the Secretary General of the hemispheric body, Luis Almagro. Comment

Monday, Dec. 12, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean Heavy rains in the Eastern Caribbean have caused property and infrastructure damage recently. Comment

Friday, Dec. 9, 2016

Prince Harry visits orphanage in Guyana

Guyana: Britain’s Prince Harry delighted the children of Joshua House Children Centre in Georgetown on Sunday, Dec. 4, the last day of his two-day visit to Guyana bringing with him hopes and dreams for the youngsters, who were in awe of the Royal visit. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016

PORTIA SIGNALS CHANGE

Jamaica: The Jamaican political landscape is bracing for yet another major changing of the guard because the island’s first woman prime minister and opposition leader is about to step down, opening the way for a protracted fight among the party’s top brass to replace her. Comment

Candle light vigil, $50,000 reward for Guyanese correction officer’s murder

Guyana: Hundreds turned out last Monday night for a candlelight vigil, and called for justice for Guyanese-American Alastasia Bryan, a 25-year-old correction officer of the Anna M. Kross Center on Rikers Island, who was brutally murder in her car at the corner of 73rd Street and Avenue L, in the Flatlands section of Brooklyn. Comments (1)

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016

Caribbean joins in adopting Cancun Declaration

Caribbean: The United Nations says Caribbean countries were among more than 190 countries at a major conference in Mexico in pledging to step up efforts to integrate biodiversity into the policies of their forests, fisheries, tourism and agriculture sectors. Comment

Monday, Dec. 5, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Jamaica: Caribbean The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is moving to increase airport safety and certification in the Caribbean region. Comment

Suriname faces deep recession

Suriname: Suriname is in deep recession, according to the International Monetary Fund, who is projecting an economic contraction of nine percent this year, following a 2.7 percent contraction in 2015. Comment

US deports over 200 Haitians in last several weeks

Haiti: The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says over 200 Haitians have been deported in the last several weeks, as the Obama administration has resumed deportation of Haitians living illegally in the country. Comment

Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016

Caribbean needs to do more in supporting breastfeeding: Rights experts

Health: United Nations human rights experts are urging Caribbean and other countries to do more to protect, promote and support breastfeeding as a human right. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016

PNM wins seven corporations in local elections

Trinidad and Tobago: A historic 17 percent of voters went to the polls for the Local Government General Election (LGE) in Trinidad last Monday. More than one million people registered to vote with the Election and Boundaries Commission (EBC). Comment

Friday, Dec. 2, 2016

Clarke celebrates 92nd birthday of late Shirley Chisholm

Guyana: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke on Wednesday celebrated the 92nd birthday of the late Caribbean American Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman and Caribbean American to enter the race for president of the United States. Comment

Cubans line streets as Fidel Castro’s ashes begin journey

Cuba: HAVANA (AP) _ Surrounded by white roses and drawn by a green military jeep, Fidel Castro’s ashes began a more than 500-mile (800-kilometer) journey on Wednesday across the country he ruled for nearly 50 years. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

CARICOM MOURNS CASTRO’S DEATH

Guyana: GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Grateful for the material and other assistance the region got from Cuba in recent decades, Caribbean leaders rushed to Havana this week to participate in ceremonies relating to the death of Fidel Castro who is perhaps the best known political brand to have emerged from the region in the past century. Comment

Roraima Tours to begin Jonestown visits

Guyana: Congresswoman Jackie Speier, representative of California’s 14th Congressional District - a survivor of the Jonestown tragedy in the Port Kaituma Jungle of Guyana, where 914 Americans died in a mass murder suicide on Nov. 18, 1978, met with Guyanese Captain Gerry Gouveia 38 years after, to say thanks for saving her life. Comment

Moise wins Haiti presidential election

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ A political newcomer who was the chosen successor of Haiti’s previous elected leader easily won a presidential election redo against 26 rivals, according to preliminary results announced late Monday that gave Jovenel Moise a whopping 55.6 percent of the votes. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

Major ‘Island of Flatbush’ Diabetes Expo on Saturday

Brooklyn: Stating that diabetes is ravaging the Caribbean community in Brooklyn, a coalition of faith-based and community groups is partnering with New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and major area hospitals in conducting a massive diabetes exposition and symposium this Saturday, Dec. 3, at Erasmus Hall High School, 1199 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn. Comment

Series to celebrate Cheryl Byron’s iconic styles

Fashion: An exhibit celebrating Caribbean icon and singer Cheryl Byron, will debut at the Caribbean Literary and Cultural Center, displaying the items she once wore throughout her life and career from Dec. 6–Jan. 1. Comment

Monday, Nov. 28, 2016

Caribbean leaders laud Castro at death

Jamaica: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders, whose countries have been beneficiaries of Cuba’s largesse, particularly in medicine and scholarships, on Saturday lauded the life of former President Fidel Castro, who died late Friday. He was 90. Comment

Adios! Senor Commandante Castro

Cuba: A global farewell lauding the veracity and self-reliance Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz — the Caribbean’s El Commandante — bequeathed Cuba has all but dimmed the dominant spotlight United States media focused in Little Havana, Miami and Union City, New Jersey where anti-Castro revelers rejoiced the passing of the sole world leader to witness the inauguration of more than 11 United States presidents. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Guyana: Bahamas Jamaican reggae artiste Jah Cure (Siccature Aloc) pleaded not guilty when he appeared in a Bahamas court recently on a misdemeanor charge that stemmed from an argument at the Atlantis Paradise Islands. Comment

Report: Jamaica fosters culture of fear with police impunity

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ Jamaica fosters a “culture of fear” and impunity linked to a high rate of killings by police officers that stretches back for years on the Caribbean island with chronically eye-popping rates of violent crime, Amnesty International alleges in a report issued Wednesday. Comment

Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016

Needs of Haitian children must be given priority: UNICEF

Haiti: In light of the recent devastation wrought by Hurricane Matthew, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is urging that the needs of Haitian children be given priority by legislators and the new government in the French-speaking Caribbean nations, as voting took place on Sunday. Comment

Friday, Nov. 25, 2016

Antigua PM calls for intervention on climate change with President-Elect Donald Trump

Antigua: Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne has called on all government and special groupings in the United Nations to commence discussions with the incoming Donald Trump Administration of the United States on climate change. Comment

Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016

TRADE DISPUTE LINGERS

Trinidad and Tobago: A leading Caribbean brain and politician has thrown his weight behind a growing lobby of regional experts urging Jamaica to continue being an influential member of the Caribbean Community rather than looking north to other nations like Cuba as its major trading partner. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Guyana: Antigua There has been a decrease in applications for Citizenship by Investment Program (CIP) in Antigua and Barbuda. Comment

Students: Don’t shun troublemakers, welcome them

Brooklyn: The Caribbean community should try to stop the bloodshed at J’ouvert by inviting troublemakers into the heart of the pre-dawn parade, instead relying on police to root them out or blaming outsiders, said a Brooklyn College student leader at a panel discussion about the vibrant but violence-plagued night carnival at the school on Nov. 3. Comment

Monday, Nov. 21, 2016

26 honored at 2016 Caribbean Impact Awards

Caribbean Impact Awards: They were the most impactful. The second annual Caribbean Impact Awards honored 26 persons this year, men, women, young, and old, hailing from all over the Caribbean at Paradise Caterers in Gravesend on Nov. 17. The ceremony honors Caribbean Americans who are influential forces in their communities and recognizes their standout hard work. Comment

Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016

Experts call for stronger, more resilient health systems to mitigate future health crises

Health: The Pan American Health Organization says experts are calling for stronger, more resilient health systems to mitigate and manage future health crises in the Caribbean and other places. Comment

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016

Prevention urged to reduce diabetes and associated blindness

Health: On World Diabetes Day on Monday, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for preventative measures to reduce diabetes and associated blindness. Comment

Industrial Hemp, medical marijuana to be explored at major Caribbean conference

Caribbean: The Institute for Caribbean Studies (ICS) says that industrial hemp and medical marijuana will be explored this week at a major Caribbean conference in Washington, D.C. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016

News from around the Caribbean

Caribbean: Here’s this week’s round-up. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016

Rep. Clarke calls on Obama halt deportation of Haitians

Haiti: Caribbean American congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke on Wednesday urged the Obama administration to immediately halt the deportation of undocumented Haitians. Comment

Friday, Nov. 11, 2016

Suriname recognized for drastically reducing malaria

Suriname: Deaths from the disease in the country have been virtually illiminated. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016

Vincentian group honors two for independence

St Vincent: Celebration in Philadelphia puts spotlight on Emille Williams and Lorna Lewis. Comments (1)

Monday, Nov. 7, 2016

Prince Harry to visit the Caribbean

St Vincent: Britain’s Prince Harry will be making an official visit to the Caribbean, on behalf of Queen Elizabeth 11 in November and December 2016, on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of independence in Antigua and Barbuda and the 50th anniversary if independence in Barbados and Guyana. Comment

US proud of Dominica’s cooperation on energy, climate

Dominica: As Dominica on Thursday celebrated its 38th anniversary of political independence from Great Britain, the United States says “especially proud” of the Caribbean island’s cooperation on the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas and the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative. Comment

Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016

Adams tipped for coaching job

Jamaica: Jamaican Jimmy Adams has been tipped to take over the vacant post of West Indies coach. Comment

Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016

Peter Tosh Museum opens in Jamaica

Music: On Oct. 19, after much anticipation from the Jamaican community and the world at large, late Reggae Legend Peter Tosh was honored with the opening of a new museum dedicated to his life and impact on the music industry, and a benefit concert which brought out a wide array of reggae acts including Tosh’s original backing band “Word, Sound and Power,” the late star’s son Andrew Tosh and grandson Dre Tosh, granddaughter Jahzarah Tosh, Marcia Griffiths, Chronixx, Luciano, Etana, Kabaka Pyramid, Tarrus Riley, and many more! Comment

Friday, Nov. 4, 2016

Barbados strike averted — for now

Barbados: Barbados’ government blinked in the stare-off with unions and at a late hour agreed to meet labour representatives to discuss the demotion of National Union of Public Workers President, Akanni McDowall, staving off a strike. Comment

Two honored at St. Vincent NY Independence gala

St Vincent: The Brooklyn-based umbrella Vincentian group in the United States, Council of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Organizations, U.S.A., Inc. (COSAGO) on Sunday honored two community stalwarts, as it wrapped up the nation’s 37th Independence Anniversary celebrations in the Big Apple. Comment

Vincentians celebrate independence anniversary

St Vincent: St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves said, while much development has been accomplished over the past 37 years of political independence, much still needs to be done. Comment

Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016

BANKING UPROAR LINGERS

Caribbean: The row between commercial banks in the Caribbean and the larger ones on the American mainland just would not go away. Comment

Barbados in strike mode

Barbados: Barbadians are bracing for a strike by workers, Thursday, as the island’s trade unions hit back at the Freundel Stuart Government for demoting one of their own, that labour leaders said is victimisation. Comment

Referendum postponed

Grenada: Grenada has postponed yet again the referendum on constitutional reform, which was planned for Oct. 27, 2016. Comment

Diaspora to help Jamaica’s educational system

Jamaica: A large cross-section of Jamaicans living in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom are participating in the Jamaica Diaspora Education Task Force (JDETF) group. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016

Trinidad PM reshuffles his Cabinet

Trinidad and Tobago: With just one year in office, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley of Trinidad and Tobago has fired two of his Cabinet ministers in a major reshuffle he promised last month. Comment

Weeks after hurricane, Haitians struggle for clean water

Haiti: COTEAUX, Haiti (AP) _ It’s been nearly a month since Hurricane Matthew tore through southern Haiti and people like Kettley Rosier and many of her neighbors still have to spend their meager savings to buy drinking water. Comment

TWO CULTURES MEET

Arts & Theater: A dance company is premiering an intercultural series showcasing a connection between two cultures starting Nov. 8. Comment

Friday, Oct. 28, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua Cash-strap regional airline, LIAT is projected to record a loss of EC$9.2 million (US$3.4 million) at the end of the year. Comment

800,000 Haitians in dire need of immediate food assistance

Haiti: An assessment conducted by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Program (WFP), together with the Haitian government and its National Coordination for Food Security (CNSA), has determined that in the wake of Hurricane Matthew some 1.4 million people are in need of food assistance, 800,000 of whom are in a dire situation. Comment

Trinidadian songwriter fights Zika in song

Music: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says Trinidadian singer-songwriter Darryl Gervais has recorded a new song for to raise awareness in the Caribbean about the need to fight Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that carries Zika, chikungunya, dengue, and other arboviruses. Comment

Radics releases self-empowerment album

Music: Legendary Jamaican artist Jack Radics is releasing a new album with a much more personal spin. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016

CARIB COURT OR NOT

Trinidad and Tobago: Two countries in the Eastern Caribbean are preparing to hold referendums to determine whether to ditch the British Privy Council as their final courts of appeal but indications are that both governments may struggle to persuade citizens to do so in sufficient numbers. Comment

Venezuela’s congress opens political trial against Maduro

Venezuela: CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s opposition-controlled congress has opened a political trial against President Nicolas Maduro for breaking the constitutional order, deepening a standoff triggered by the authorities’ suspension of a recall referendum against the embattled socialist leader. Comment

Jamaican firm wins entrepreneurial innovation award

Jamaica: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says a Jamaican firm is among three institutions from Latin American and the Caribbean to win the Inter-American Awards in Financial and Entrepreneurial Innovation. Comment

Learning from past mistakes: Rebuilding Haiti after Hurricane Matthew

Haiti: UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 23, 2016 (IPS) - As Haiti reels from another disaster once again, many are questioning the humanitarian system and looking for long-term solutions with Haitians at the heart of response. Comment

ICS to honor Caribbean American stalwarts

People: The Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) says it will present its annual Caribbean American Heritage (CARAH) Awards to nine Caribbean American stalwarts excelling in science, business, advocacy, technology and the arts on Nov. 18 in Washington, D.C. Comment

A tribute fit for a king-National Heroes Day, Jamaica

Jamaica: The National Heroes Day, National Honor and Awards ceremony held at Kings House Jamaica each year is the most prestigious ceremony held in Jamaica to recognize distinguished, gallant and notable citizens of Jamaica. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016

Uncovering Guillain-Barré Syndrome in the Caribbean

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