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Monday, Aug. 1, 2011

Jamaica marks 173rd Emancipation Year

Jamaica: Jamaica observed the 173rd anniversary year since African slaves won full freedom from British captivity with an Emancipation Jubilee heritage festival at the Seville Great House and Heritage Park. Comment.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean officials have called for an immediate halt to a European shipment of reprocessed nuclear waste that will pass near the islands on its way to Japan, calling it a risk to the people of the region. Comment.

JA school fundraiser lauds past & future

Jamaica: Plans and plaudits might have enhanced benefit efforts for a Jamaican high school and also made them the envy of all other reunions held annually to pay tribute to the nurturing of organizations and numerous institutions of learning throughout the island. Comment.

Windies captain justifies his selection

Caribbean: West Indies Captain Darren Sammy says he deserves his place in the current side based on the strength of his bowling and is eying a world top spot for the regional team in four years time. Comment.

Queens College alum to host health fair

Guyana: The mission of the Queens College of Guyana Alumni Association is to bring together former students, staff and friends in an effort to preserve and foster the special character of the institution. In so doing, the group has over the years promoted academic excellence in Guyana, and hosted outreach programs in the U.S. Comment.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Jagdeo leaves ‘mixed legacy’

Guyana: As Guyana prepares for forthcoming parliamentary elections, an influential think tank here says President Bharrat Jagdeo, who is constitutionally barred from seeking a third term, will be leaving a mixed legacy. Comment.

Jamaican flag to fly high in New Jersey

Jamaica: For the second consecutive year, Jamaica’s black, green and gold flag will fly high over Paterson, N.J., when the local Jamaican community will celebrate their nation’s 49th anniversary of independence with a flag-raising ceremony on the steps of City Hall on Aug. 1 and later, a church service. Comments (1).

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

St. Lucia’s PM supports regional ferry service

Trinidad and Tobago: St. Lucia’s Prime Minister Stephenson King says the proposal by Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar for a fast ferry service will bring new life to regional trade. Comment.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Caribbean Community leaders pick a new secretary general

Caribbean: A Dominican-born, New York University-educated economist has been selected as the new secretary general of the 15-nation Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Comment.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Brooklyn dance group hits the international Stage

Arts & Theater: Brooklyn-based dance company, Something Positive, has been invited to perform at the 2011 Emancipation Celebrations in the twin-island nation of Trinidad & Tobago. Comments (1).

Friday, July 22, 2011

Caribbean women make great strides

National: United States Secretary of States Hilary Rodham Clinton said that Caribbean women have made great advances in the United States and the Caribbean. Comment.

Travel concierge service for carnival hunters worldwide

Music: Carnival Hunters; Caribbean Passion, Inc.; Shola Thompson, Ethiopia Lane, NY Caribbean Vibes, travel concierge service, Jevante Qirashawn, Comment.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Guyana opposition pledges to end politics of race

Guyana: A multiparty coalition hoping to prevent the Indo-dominated People’s Progressive Party (PPP) from winning a fifth consecutive victory in general elections due by year-end held its formal launch in Georgetown last weekend pledging to do all it can to end decades of racial tension between Blacks and Indians in the Caribbean trade bloc nation of 730,000. Comment.

Improved cargo service to the region

Queens: Caribbean Cargo & Package Services with offices in New York and Guyana have signed an operating agreement with Econocaribe Consolidators, the worldwide leading international freight consolidator to the Caribbean. Comment.

International advocates file lawsuit against Haiti’s pick for prime minister

Haiti: Lawyers representing Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) on Monday, July 11 submitted a petition before the Haitian parliament for the High Court of Justice to indict and try President Michel Martelly’s nominee for prime minister, Bernard Gousse, for crimes committed during his tenure as justice minister under Haiti’s 2004-2006 de facto regime. Comment.

Cuba to try American for crimes against state security

Cuba: The People’s Supreme Court of Cuba has set July 22 for the appeal hearing of U.S. citizen Alan Gross, sentenced to 15 years in prison for carrying out actions against the independence of the Spanish-speaking Caribbean country. Comment.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

New York Bajans on helping-hands mission at home

Barbados: A group of New York-based Barbadians and friends, back home for the Crop Over festival as well as some philantropic endeavors and other fun-in-the-sun endeavors of their own, this week were getting ready to deliver items from the first of four barrels of school supplies earmarked for seven primary schools on the island. Comment.

Citizenship extended to 33 youngsters

Brooklyn: James Pierre of Haiti became one of 33 youngsters between ages six to 15 who received their United States citizenship in a special ceremony preceding the baseball game between the Brooklyn Cyclones and Auburn Doubledays at MCU Park in Coney Island, Brooklyn. Comment.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Future doctor salutes Jamaican roots

Brooklyn: Nadya Dillon is 20 years old. She is a 2011 graduate of Cornell University in the College of Human Ecology where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree. She is currently studying to take her MCAT exams to get into medical school. But how does a little girl from Brooklyn become one of the youngest to graduate from an Ivy League school such as Cornell? Comments (1).

Una Clarke honors community leaders

Brooklyn: Head of the Progressive Democrats Political Association of Central Brooklyn, (PDPA-CB), Dr. Una Clarke, welcomed an audience of Caribbean Americans at the Tropical Ballroom, in Brooklyn recently and told them that coming together during Caribbean Heritage Month “to put our efforts together as a community and as a people is an important thing for all of us to do.” Comment.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Windies batsmen make history

Caribbean: Two West Indies batsmen wrote their names in West Indies’ cricket history in the historic Third and final Digicel Test against India in Dominica recently. Comment.

Carrington receives CARICOM Award

Trinidad and Tobago: Former CARICOM Secretary General Edwin Carrington has been vested with the Order of the Caribbean Community (OCC) for outstanding service to the regional integration movement. Comment.

Aid group urges Haiti to lay out housing plan

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti’s new president needs to lay out a long-term plan to relocate tens of thousands of Haitians living under tents and tarps, international aid group Oxfam said Tuesday. Comment.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Cruise ship rescues Carib boaters

People: A Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based cruise ship says it rescued six Caribbean nationals off the coast of the Bahamas after their fishing vessel caught fire and sunk on the evening of Jul. 11. Comment.

Haiti prez confident second PM passes

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitian President Michel Martelly says he is confident lawmakers will approve his second pick for prime minister even though more than half the senators have asked him to pick someone else. Comment.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Chavez vows to speed socialist drive in Venezuela

Venezuela: CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez promised on Tuesday to accelerate his drive for socialism in Venezuela as he recovers from surgery that removed a cancerous tumor. Comments (1).

Jamaica joins values-based leadership congregation

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica – “If you are planning for a year, plant rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; but if you are planning for eternity, plant people.” Comment.

Jagdeo rejects CARICOM post

Guyana: Guyana’s President Bharrat Jagdeo has rejected an offer to assume the post of CARICOM secretary general when he demits office after Guyana’s elections in November. Comment.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Guyana has no apologies for Nation of Islam minister’s arrest

Guyana: A senior U..S Nation of Islam leader who was detained and then freed by Guyanese police for his alleged involvement in drug trafficking and international terrorism in May will get no official apology from authorities, the country’s head of state has said. Comment.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Cuba: Twitterers meet face-to-face

Cuba: HAVANA, July 6, 2011 - “I want to meet @salvatore300 and @elainediaz2003” was a comment overheard at #TwittHab, the first meeting in Cuba of social network users. After years of being connected only via the web, the internet is now being used to facilitate real-world contact between citizens of this socialist island nation. Comment.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Bronx group to toast Jamaica at 49

Jamaica: Members of A Fe We Culture will host their first annual fundraiser to benefit the Bronx organization and toast significant Jamaican performing artists they believe best exemplify role models to the next generation. Comment.

Grenadian creates safe, effective and natural hair-care products

Grenada: As a young girl growing up in the village of Concord in St. John’s, Grenada, Caroline Henry-Packer dreamt of becoming a lawyer or maybe a journalist; but never the founder and owner of a natural hair care, body and bath business. Comments (2).

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Caribbean leaders confident about refocusing the community

People: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders ended their annual summit in St. Kitts and Nevis on Monday expressing confidence that they have begun the process of re-focusing the community to reflect more of the aspirations of its people. Comment.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Regional fast ferry back on agenda

Trinidad and Tobago: Neither Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar or any official from Trinidad had attended the previous summit of Caribbean leaders at a Guyana jungle resort in mid May but she turned up at the latest heads of government conference in tiny St. Kitts and immediately declared a willingness to reinvigorate dormant plans for a commercial ferry service from Trinidad to the Eastern Caribbean islands. Comment.

T&T coup probe continues

Trinidad and Tobago: A government-appointed commission probing the July 1990 attempted coup in Trinidad has been told that more than 100 Black Muslims had stormed state buildings including a live session in parliament, shooting and brutalizing legislators and occupying the state radio and television stations for more than a week, took such extreme action because they had wanted to rescue the nation from an oppressive government. Comment.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

T&T prime minster reshuffles cabinet

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has made a cabinet reshuffle after one year in government. Comment.

Joyful time at Guyana’s Independence celebration

Guyana: Distinguished Guyanese were honored for their achievements and contributions at the 45th Anniversary of Guyana’s Independence that was celebrated at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street on June 22 in its usual grand style. Comments (2).
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