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Monday, March 2, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

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

Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015

US congratulates St. Lucia, Guyana on anniversaries

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

Friday, Feb. 27, 2015

CARIB FRESH FEARS

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

SOULFUL SPIRIT

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

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015

Patrick Manning’s long road to redemption

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

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

Hundreds bid farewell to community leader

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

Antigua, Venezuela agree on terms for oil company acquisition

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

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015

Antigua in solidarity with Venezuela on aborted coup

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

Glenroy March unveils Fall 2016 collection

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

Windies self-inflicting blow

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

Windies self-inflicting blow

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

Monday, Feb. 23, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

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

Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015

Extradited Jamaican to face fraud charges

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

Friends of Haiti support elections in ‘timely manner’

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

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015

St. Kitts PM dethroned

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

Simmons to ‘bat’ in court

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

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015

CARIB TIDE TURNS

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

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015

Jamaica diaspora urged to nominate honorary citizens

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

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015

FANTASTIC MONTANO

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

Inequality fuels HIV epidemic in the Caribbean

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

Monday, Feb. 16, 2015

Manning bows out from T&T politics

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

‘Pirate of the Caribbean’ weds in the Bahamas

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

Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

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

Another T&T minister under investigation

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

Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015

Caribbean on measles watch

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

‘Destructive pests’ from the Caribbean enter US

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

Friday, Feb. 13, 2015

SLUM RAID PROBE

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

Tourists spend more in Carib

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

Narine opts out

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

Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015

US congratulates Grenada on independence anniversary

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

In Jamaica Black History Month AKA Reggae Month

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

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015

Antiguan shanty dwellers fear the worse

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

Guyana agrees to Anti-Corruption Mechanism visits

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

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015

British Royals test Grenadines’ waters

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

Female Jamaican ‘Top Gun’ takes flight

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

Monday, Feb. 9, 2015

Haiti’s housing crisis needs attention

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

Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

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

Trinidad’s cabinet in peril ahead of general elections

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

Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015

Roger Gary wins Latinista Award

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

Friday, Feb. 6, 2015

First Black-owned theater faces uncertain future

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

Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015

Fire kills Grenadian mother

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

Slain Grenada revolutionary leader Maurice Bishop

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

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015

T&T PM FIRES 5 MPS

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

‘The Iron Lady of the Caribbean’

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

Frank Worrell, difference maker for W.I. cricket

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

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015

Clarke welcomes Jamaica’s PM to Congress

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

Jamaican-born heads Military Intelligence Agency

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

Monday, Feb. 2, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

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

Vincentian PM slams WICB leadership

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

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

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

Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015

Haiti’s artisans reach a larger public

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

Vincentian group spearheads sports association

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

Una’s a phenomenal woman: JA PM

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

Friday, Jan. 30, 2015

ELECTION TIME IN CARICOM

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

Tenza charms Scottish crowds

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

MEXICO, USA PREVAIL

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

Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015

MISS JAMAICA STANDS PROUD

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

Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

Two CAL pilots suspended

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

Fly Jamaica Airways celebrates second year

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

US works to ease Caribbean dependence on Venezuelan oil

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

Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015

Commemorating Haiti’s earthquake, 5 years later

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

Commemorating Haiti’s earthquake, 5 years later

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

Fight to save Haiti’s gingerbread homes

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

Fight to save Haiti’s gingerbread homes

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

Monday, Jan. 26, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Central Bank of Barbados (CBB) said that the island’s economy is poised to achieve growth of about two percent this year up from 0.3 percent in 2014. Comment.

St. Kitts paves way for general elections

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

St. Kitts paves way for general elections

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

Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015

Candle light vigil for SVG minibus victims

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

Candle light vigil for SVG minibus victims

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

Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

Haiti leader, ruling without parliament, gets new Cabinet

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ A new Haitian Cabinet and other government leaders were sworn in Monday as President Michel Martelly runs the troubled Caribbean country without a parliament. Comment.

Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015

GUYANA GETS SET TO VOTE

Guyana: Guyanese will vote for a new government on Monday, May 11, exactly six months after the administration of President Donald Ramotar suspended sittings of parliament to avoid being fired by an opposition no-confidence vote that government appeared very likely to lose. Comment.

New day dawns for Bichotte

Brooklyn: Amid the treacherous weather, over a thousand constituents witnessed the community swearing-in ceremony at Brooklyn College on Sunday of newly-elected Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichote. Bichotte, the first Haitian American to be elected to the State Legislature, was sworn in as the representative for the 42nd Assembly District in Brooklyn by Mayor Bill deBlasio, replacing the retired Rhoda Jacobs. Comment.

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

Vincentian ex-teachers honor popular dentist

St Vincent: As part of the annual celebration commemorating the birthday of slain civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ex-Teachers’ Association last Sunday honored popular dentist Renrick Benn. Comment.

UWI fundraiser to laud legacy winners

People: There are those who consider the annual American Foundation for The University of the West Indies (AFUWI) gala the most-anticipated black-tie event of the year. Comment.

Grenada debt reduced by half

Grenada: Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell says Taiwan has agreed to reduce by 50 percent the EC$60 million owed for loans contracted over a decade. Comment.

Plummeting energy prices sting T&T: Report

Caribbean: Plummeting energy prices are “stinging” Caribbean powerhouse, Trinidad and Tobago, according to reports. Comment.

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015

Feds probe near collision involving Caribbean Airways

Trinidad and Tobago: The United States Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) is reportedly probing what has been described as a near collision Saturday night between Caribbean Airways and Jetblue Airline at John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport, according to reports. Comment.

Island states throw off the heavy yoke of fossil fuels

St Kitts and Nevis: BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Jan 13 2015 (IPS) - The Caribbean nation of St. Kitts and Nevis, on a quest to become the world’s first sustainable island state, has taken a giant leap in its programme to cut energy costs. Comment.

Monday, Jan. 19, 2015

Haiti’s new prime minister faces instability, protests

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Haiti has a new prime minister as it enters a phase of political uncertainty, with its parliament dissolved, opposition activists promising intensified street protests and its president ruling by decree because of a bitter standoff with lawmakers. Prime Minister Evans Paul was selected last month but a political deadlock meant the Senate and Chamber of Deputies could not debate his nomination before their terms expired Monday. Comment.

Planting Guyana for a healthy lifestyle

Food: After residing in the United States for more than 20 years, farmer Dalven Adams has returned to his homeland, Guyana, to pursue his passion for cooking with farm fresh produce from the land his family has tilled for more than 30 years. Comment.

Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015

‘Dysfunctional’ Haitian Parliament deplored

Haiti: Urging all Haitian stakeholders to form a consensus government, the top United Nations official in the French-speaking Caribbean country joined the ambassadors of several countries on Tuesday in deploring the fact that the Haitian Parliament became “dysfunctional” after failing to hold elections within its constitutional framework. Comment.

Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015

US to host first Caribbean Energy Security Summit

Trinidad and Tobago: The White House says Vice President Joseph Biden will host the first ever Caribbean Energy Security Summit in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 26, 2015. Comment.

Carribbean group welcomes IDNY

New York: At least one Caribbean group has already embraced the recently-launched IDNYC government-issued, identification card. According to Mel Newell, a member of the Jamaica Progressive League Inc., the organization intends to promote application of the free, photo identification now available to more than 500,000 immigrants without legal status who consider New York City home. Comment.

Friday, Jan. 16, 2015

ROW OVER BRITISH WARNING

Guyana: If embattled President Donald Ramotar carries through with a plan to dissolve Guyana’s parliament altogether and call fresh elections as expected in May, then the country’s assembly would not have had a single sitting for nearly a year following the late 2014 suspension of sessions to stave off an opposition no confidence motion. Comment.

JAZZ TIME IN HAITI

Haiti: By Tequila Minsky When the Jazz Festival of Port-au-Prince hosts foreign jazz musicians to perform in Haiti — the departing musicians leave as good will ambassadors. This year’s jazz musicians are coming from Spain, Belgium, England, France, Switzerland, Chile, Mexico, Trinidad, Canada, and the U.S. Comment.

What’s next for CARICOM and intellectual property law?

Caribbean: The year 2015 has dawned as usual with the fanfare of greater things to come. Caribbean projects are in the pipeline, along with activities to enhance competitiveness and many gallant efforts by well-meaning non-governmental and international organizations. The research has shown, however, that without the impetus of effort that originates from amongst the local innovators, there is no real change and no great advancement. Comment.

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015

China pledges US$250B in Caribbean investment

Caribbean: China has pledged to invest US$250 billion in Latin American and Caribbean nations in the next 10 years, according to reports in Beijing. Comment.

St. Vincent embarks on renewable energy path

St Vincent: KINGSTOWN, Jan. 12, 2015 (IPS) - For decades, the fertile slopes of La Soufriere volcano, which occupies the northern third of this 344-kilometre-square island, has produced illegally grown marijuana that fuels the local underground economy, and the trade in that illicit drug across the eastern Caribbean. Comment.

Haitians fear mining law could result in ‘looting’

Haiti: WASHINGTON, Jan 13 2015 (IPS) - With Haiti’s Parliament possibly set to dissolve by Tuesday, civil society groups are worried that the Haitian president may move to unilaterally put in place a contentious revision to the country’s decades-old mining law. Comment.

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015

OAS re-commits to Haiti on quake anniversary

Haiti: The Washington, D.C.-based Organization of American States (OAS) has reiterated its commitment to the government and people of Haiti on the fifth anniversary on Monday of the devastating earthquake. Comment.

Gail top-scores in Twenty20 International

Caribbean: West Indies pulled off the highest run chase in the history of Twenty20 Internationals, to beat South Africa by four wickets with four balls to spare, and clinch a winning 2-0 lead in the three-match series in Johannesburg on Sunday. Comment.

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015

Major budget cuts expected in Trinidad

Trinidad and Tobago: PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) _ Trinidad & Tobago’s prime minister warned late Thursday of major cuts in expenditures following a sharp drop in oil prices that has forced the government of the wealthy twin-island nation to reduce its projected revenue this year. Comment.

Haiti protesters rally to demand prez departure

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Protesters burned tires and threw rocks and glass bottles at riot police during another anti-government demonstration in Haiti’s capital Saturday amid a bitter political stalemate over long-delayed elections. Comment.

Jamaica praised for ambitious port plan

Jamaica: As Jamaica launches an ambitious plan to become a port of reference in a region with one of the highest levels of commercial traffic in the world, the World Bank has lauded the island for hoisting the sails to “reign in the Caribbean once more.” Comment.

West Indies loses third Test against S. Africa

Trinidad and Tobago: West Indies predictably slumped to their seventh straight series loss to South Africa when they went down by eight wickets on the final morning of the third Test at Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa. Comment.

Monday, Jan. 12, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean: The World Trade Organization (WTO) says the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF), a multi-donor program that helps the poorest countries, including the Caribbean will have its mandate extended into a new phase. Comment.

Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015

WINDIES CRICKET FIASCO

Trinidad and Tobago: One of Trinidad’s most senior government ministers who also happens to be a veteran island cricket administrator has torn into the workings of the Antigua-based West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), exposing what he says is a litany of administrative and logistic mistakes that could one day destroy the region’s premier game. Comment.

US Black group to host reparations summit

New York: A major Black group in the United States says it will host the next summit of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Reparations Commission early this year. Comments (1).

We Remember Haiti: A full day of events, Jan. 12

Haiti: Jan. 12 will be the five-year anniversary of the earthquake that devastated Haiti when hundreds of thousands perished or were injured. This milestone anniversary is not going unnoticed in New York. Comments (1).

US group launches breakfast program in Guyana

Jamaica: Students of Mashabo Primary School in the rural Essequibo region of Guyana began a breakfast program, thanks to the New York-based Guyana Jamaica Friendship Association that launched the initiative on Dec. 30, at the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs in Georgetown. Comment.

Windies cricketers are not aggresive

Caribbean: Despite South Africa topping the chart as the number one team in Test cricket, the West Indies cricketers seem to restrain themselves from playing aggressively. West Indies bowling coach Curtly Ambrose has been working very hard with the bowlers but with the injury to fast bowler Kemar Roach this seems to have affected the bowling plan against the tough South African team. Comment.

Friday, Jan. 9, 2015

Canadian top cop is Jamaican

Jamaica: Jamaica-born Devon Clunis is the chief of police of one of Canada’s largest cities. Committed to diversity in leadership, Manitoba’s largest city in one of Canada’s 10 provinces named the immigrant Caribbean national head of Winnipeg’s security forces to decide police behavior in Manitoba’s capital city. Comment.

‘Nesta’s Rock’ Musical to Rock The Rock

Music: A musical tribute to reggae icon Robert Nesta Marley is slated to run from Jan. 9 to Jan. 22 at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. Comment.

Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Suriname: A new joint report by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says the number of babies born with HIV in Latin America and the Caribbean declined by 78 percent between 2001 and 2013. Comment.

T&T prime minister promises no job cuts

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has urged citizens not to panic, saying that there will be no job cuts or removal of social subsidies in the new year despite the falling global energy prices. Comment.

Antigua’s special economic envoy

Antigua: Antigua and Barbuda has named one of the richest men in the world as the country’s newest special economic envoy. Martin Franklin, who is among the world’s richest men, according to Forbes, is the son of a Sir Ronald Franklin, who lives in Jumby Bay, is the founder and executive chairman of Jarden Corporation, among other roles. Comment.

Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015

Migrant flow into US from Caribbean spikes

Haiti: MIAMI (AP) _ Just starting a five-year sentence for illegally re-entering the United States, George Lewis stared at the officers staring back at him at Miami’s federal detention center and considered whether he’d risk getting on another smuggler’s boat _ a chance that soaring numbers of Caribbean islanders are taking _ once he’s deported again. Comment.

Antigua, Montserrat forge closer ties

Montserrat: Just months into their first term in office, the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, and the Premier of Montserrat, Donaldson Romeo, have pledged to forge closer ties between their governments and peoples, according to reports. Comment.

Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015

Bichotte saddened by passing of ex-NY gov

New York: Newly-elected Haitian American legislator New York State Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte has expressed sadness over the passing of former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo. Comment.

Monday, Jan. 5, 2015

Mighty Sparrow — Person of the Year

Trinidad and Tobago: The man whose reputation established Grand Roy, Grenada as a Caribbean place of interest was recently voted Person of the Year by Caribbean nationals who agree the Mighty Sparrow should wear the 2014 title. According to Everybody’s Magazine publisher Herman Hall, voters of his publication named 79-year-old Francisco Slinger the most worthy individual to receive the 2014 honor. Comment.

Ambassadors band aim high

Trinidad and Tobago: The Ambassadors Steelband from the Canaan/Bon Accord community is one of the many Tobago pan sides preparing for the 2015 steelband competitions. Comment.

Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015

Bus crash in Jamaica kills 3, seriously injures 17

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ A minibus in Jamaica has collided with a truck on a rural road, killing three people and injuring 17 others. Police say the Monday crash in the western parish of Westmoreland killed three adult passengers aboard the Toyota minibus. Comment.

T&T gov’t to lease Sparrow’s keepsakes

Music: The Trinidad and Tobago government will pay calypsonian icon the Mighty Sparrow (Slinger Francisco) TT$2 million to acquire his memorabilia. Comments (1).

Shared blame for aborted tour

Caribbean: The high-level Task Force commissioned with investigating the ill-fated recent tour of India says the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) and West Indies players were all at fault in the controversy. Comment.

Friday, Jan. 2, 2015

CARIB TOURISM NEW TEST

Cuba: A relaxed looking Barack Obama earlier this month detailed plans to move towards normalizing decades of thawed relations with hemispheric pariah, Cuba, irking many in the rival GOP Republican camp as well as the anti-Cuban, anti-Castro types in South Florida who had long opposed any improvement in ties with the Caribbean island. Comment.

CHANGE OF MIND ON CUBA

Cuba: A raft of new polls taken in the wake of the announcement by President Barack Obama to normalize relations with Cuba shows that more Americans want the half-century-old economic and trade embargo against the Spanish-speaking Caribbean country lifted. Comment.

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Pilots employed with cash-strapped regional airline LIAT are calling on the airline to pay salaries on time, saying that the failure to do so is creating significant hardship for them. Comment.

Deadly disease threatens banana industry

Caribbean: The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned that without global efforts to respond to a fungal disease affecting banana production, the US$36 billion global industry, which provides a source of income or food to some 400 million people around the world, is under threat. Comment.

Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015

Dad builds daughter’s last wish: Haiti orphanage

Haiti: BOSTON (AP) _ A few hours before she was buried in the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, 19-year-old Britney Gengel texted her parents her last wish: “I want to move here and start an orphanage.” Comments (1).

Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014

Chinese company to invest $255M in Antigua port

Antigua: ST. JOHN’S, Antigua (AP) _ The government of Antigua has signed a $255 million deal with a Chinese company to renovate the island’s main port and harbor. Comment.

Trinidad hunger striker claims to surpass 100 days

Trinidad and Tobago: D’ABADIE, Trinidad (AP) _ A prominent environmental activist in Trinidad who claims to have passed the 100-day mark of a hunger strike said he will reject medical intervention and keep protesting a highway project he says could hurt wetlands and remote villages. Wayne Kublalsingh, 55, told The Associated Press in an interview this week he will suspend the strike only if the government lets independent mediators assess the project. He declined government offers for dialogue, saying community leaders have met repeatedly with officials without results. Comment.
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