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Monday, May 21, 2018

St Lucia: Delivering the keynote address at the 2018 Caribbean Investment Summit, Prime Minister, Dr. Timothy Harris said St. Kitts and Nevis — through its Citizenship by Investment Programme established in 1984 — holds the distinction of carving out a pathway for the growth and development of small, resource-constrained countries. Comments (1)

Sunday, May 20, 2018

People: Prior to formation of the Black Lives Movement, emerging terms familiar to Instagram users of the internet identified situations tagged “Shopping While Black,” “Driving While Black,” “Walking While Black,” “Eating While Black” and even “Sleeping While Black.” Comment

City premieres new season of award-winning English language program

Manhattan: The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs premiered a new season of their award-winning show, “We Speak NYC” at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens on May 9. Comment

Saturday, May 19, 2018

UN refugee team to meet with T&T prime minister

Venezuela: United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres is sending a team to Trinidad and Tobago to inquire into Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley’s complaint about criticism from its United Nations representative in Trinidad and Tobago on the repatriation of 82 Venezuelans. Comment

Jamaica HS track coach wins prestigious raffle

Jamaica: The Queens-based Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB) has announced that Floyd Howell, assistant coach and a team manager of the Calabar High School track team, is the winner of TJB MANNA (Medical Attention and Nutrition Now for Athletes) raffle. Howell won the grand prize of five days and four nights at the all-inclusive Sandals Jamaica, coupled with a Catamaran Cruise, courtesy Island Routes, — and an $800 travel voucher. Comment

Friday, May 18, 2018

Prospective Caribbean-American priest a shining example

Grenada: A young, prospective Episcopal priest in Brooklyn, of Caribbean parentage, is preaching the right word as she sets a shining example to both youth and adults in the community. The Rev. Leandra Lambert, 29, a Transitional Deacon at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church on Hawthorne Street, will be ordained as a full-fledged Episcopal priest on Sept. 15. Comment

Williams applauds mayor’s bid to reduce unnecessary arrest for marijuana

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams on Tuesday applauded Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement that he will work to reduce unnecessary arrests and disparity in enforcement for marijuana possession in New York City. Comment

Antigua apologizes to Rastafarian community

Antigua: The government of Antigua and Barbuda was expected Monday to formally apologize before the Organization of American States (OAS) on discrimination against the Rastafarian community, hoping to improve relations with the religious group. Comment

Clerics, diplomats join to mark Guyanese independence anniversary

Guyana: Guyana UN Ambassador Rudolph Ten-Pow and Consul General Barbara Atherly will headline an interfaith service celebrating the 52nd anniversary of Guyanese independence Sunday, May 20, at York College in Jamaica, Queens. Comment

Play on colorism showing at Billie Holiday theatre

Arts & Theater: A production of the Pulitzer prize finalist play “Yellowman,” is playing at Billie Holiday Theatre in Bedford-Stuyvesant until May 20. The story follows the skinny and light-complexioned Eugene, and the larger and darker complexioned Alma, as they grow from a platonic friendship to a romantic relationship in the deep South. As its name suggests, the play tackles skin complexion — particularly through colorism and how they affect both characters respectively. Comment

West Indies cricket squad has slipped in international ranking

Caribbean: The West Indies team has taken a second blow to its international rankings after slipping in the One-Day International rating, announced last week by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Recently the former two-time World Cup winners had sunk to a historic low (ninth) in the ICC Test rankings. Comment

CELTICS LEAD

Sports: BOSTON (AP) — The Celtics punched the Cavaliers first and never looked back in rolling to a Game 1 rout. LeBron James took a literal shot to the jaw in Game 2 but kept right on scoring. So did the Celtics. Comment

Thursday, May 17, 2018

ANTIGUA HIT BY SCANDAL

Antigua: Apart from Guyana, Trinidad and Suriname, there are few other countries in the Caribbean Community which are perennially plagued by corruption scandals such as Antigua and the latest one to hit the island has triggered the resignation of one of its most high profile ministers. Comment
Barbados: Attorneys for Commonwealth citizens living in Barbados out-manoeuvred the island’s electoral authority by getting an urgent appeal to the Caribbean Court of Justice and within 48 hours winning the right of these persons to vote in this month’s elections. Comment

Grenada prime minister to seek new referendum on Caribbean Court of Justice

Grenada: Grenada Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell will again be pursuing a referendum on the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as the island’s final court of appeal. He said a second referendum will be held at the end of the year after 12,653 Grenadians voted against it in a referendum in 2016. Comment

Guyana group to honor Maj. Gen. Errol Schwartz

Guyana: The Guyana Unity Movement, Inc. (GUM) will honor Ret. Army Major General Errol Schwartz, of Guyanese lineage, who was appointed by George W. Bush, and served in the Obama Administration at its Honor Our Veterans Black Tie Gala, saluting past and present Guyanese members and Guyanese / American Law Enforcement Officers. Comment

Panel to examine Haitian Diaspora and history

Haiti: The Brooklyn Historical Society is hosting a panel featuring two Haitian-American speakers who are going to discuss Haitian identity and history in observation of Haitian Heritage Month on May 23. The society is hosting the discussion “Celebrating Haitian History,” and bringing together journalist and founder of the Haitian Times, Garry Pierre-Pierre, and professor and scholar Dr. Carolle Charles. Comment

Former Vincy teachers wed after 47 years apart

St Vincent: They were young teachers and lovers at the same elementary school in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, but, after going their separate ways for 47 years, they reunited to wed each other Saturday at an elegant ceremony at a quaint church in Philadelphia. Comment
Haiti: Brooklyn Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte has said the largest Haitian-American Unity Day was held on May 7 in the New York State’s capitol. Comment

Burke appeals for unity in Guyanese community

Guyana: Even as the Guyanese community in New York is receiving what has been described as unprecedented outpouring of support from United States federal, state and city officials for Guyana’s 52nd Independence Anniversary celebration in New York, chairman the Guyana Independence Celebration Committee (New York), Rickford Burke, is appealing for unity among his compatriots in the United States. Comment

Honoring outstanding West Indians

People: LANCE GIBBS-FORMER WORLD RECORD HOLDER! At a time when the West Indian sporting public endures disappointment after disillusion, defeat after humiliation, bowlers like Lancelot Richard Gibbs remind us of the cricketing legacy, professionalism and pride players like him bequeathed to the Caribbean nation, and indeed, to the world-so sadly lacking today. It is a testament to his greatness and professionalism that Lance would have been an asset in any form of the game today. Comment

Star West Indies bowler is suspended by International Cricket Council

Guyana: West Indies fast bowler Ronsford Beaton was recently suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC) from bowling in international cricket. The 25-year-old Guyanese was reported for a suspect bowling action following the second One-Day International against New Zealand in Christchurch last December. Comment

Former Pakistan leg-spinner becomes a Cricket West Indies coach

Caribbean: Former Pakistan leg-spinner Mustaq Ahmed will be joining the West Indies coaching staff for the upcoming Sri Lanka series. Cricket West Indies (CWI) is appointing Ahmed, 47, on a short-term contract for a month as the squad prepares to the Sri Lanka tour. Comment

No chance Trinidad’ Darren Bravo returns to Test cricket this year

Trinidad and Tobago: There is no hope of Trinidad and Tobago’s Darren Bravo returning to Test cricket in 2018. Bravo, 29, has not played for the West Indies since his infamous Twitter message against CWI President Dave Cameron in November 2016. Comment

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Teens create event to celebrate different cultures

Brooklyn: A group of Brooklyn teens in a high school music program is organizing a wide-ranging cultural appreciation day in Gravesend next month. Comment

‘The Sun Does Shine’ for black convict

Books: You always keep your eyes on the prize. You’ve given yourself no other options and your steadfastness is your compass. What you believe will happen. What you know is truth. Say it enough, and everybody else will know, too — especially when, as in the new book “The Sun Does Shine” by Anthony Ray Hinton with Lara Love Hardin, the truth is one of innocence. Comment

HAITI FLAG DAY

HAITI FLAG DAY

Music: An evening of Haitian culture and pride, starting at 8 pm, will take place May 20 at SOBs in Manhattan to commemorate the 215th anniversary of Haiti’s flag, the symbol of the first free Black Republic in the Western Hemisphere. Comment

‘Echos from the Plantation’ chronicles Indians in Guyana

Movies: “Echos from the Plantation,” a docudrama that chronicles 180 years of East Indians in Guyana, and draws parallel between Indian and African indentured workers who braved inhumane conditions at the hands of slave masters, received rave reviews at its first screening in Brooklyn. Comment

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean The CARICOM and Commonwealth secretariats recently signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to further strengthen cooperation between the two organizations. Comment

Caribbean judge receives Lifetime Achievement Award

St Vincent: The Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association (BWBA), the oldest incorporated Women’s Bar Association in New York State, Wednesday night bestowed its Lifetime Achievement Award on a Caribbean-born judge in Brooklyn. Justice Sylvia Gwendolyn Ash, who was born in Trinidad and Tobago to Vincentian and Grenadian parents, received the award during BWBA’s Centennial Awards Gala Celebration at the Liberty Warehouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Comment

Pols to host annual Garifuna Legislative Day in Albany

Bronx: The Bronx-based Garífuna Coalition USA, Inc. says several state senators and assembly members will on Tuesday host a Garífuna delegation during the 8th Annual Garífuna-American Legislative Day in Albany. Comment
Food: They’re learning adult skills. Over a dozen Brooklyn middle school kids got to learn some valuable table manners and cooking lesson at a etiquette dining Class in Chelsea on May 11. The students from MS 51 in Park Slope, ventured to Manhattan for a day of learning the how-tos and do’s and don’ts of cooking and proper mannerisms to display at a dinner table, and they took in the class, said the co-organizer of the class. Comment

Piers, parks & plazas ready for Concert Series

Music: No sooner than daylight savings time dawned, so too did a plethora of summer concert series to brighten and lengthen the season of free, outdoor music and dance offerings. The annual five borough presentations of music, dance, spoken word, films and theatrical presentations encompassing jazz, reggae, hip-hop, pop, r&b, and country music offerings enable free, quality, outdoor entertainment for the asking. Comment

Belize principal pledges to return to Penn Relays

Belize: After creating history by becoming the first country in Central and South America to compete in the illustrious Penn Relays in more than 80 years, the principal of the Belize high school that participated in last month’s relays carnival has pledged to be back. Comment

Independent & Foreign

Independent & Foreign

Movies: Carter & June (Unrated) Michael Raymond-James and Samaire Armstrong play the title characters in this mob comedy as ex-lovers who reunite to pull a bank heist which goes horribly wrong. With Timothy Omundson, Paul Rae and James Landry Hebert. Comment

Monday, May 14, 2018

Time to get serious about peace & development

Viewpoints: Jan Eliasson* is chairman of the Governing Board of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) STOCKHOLM, Sweden, May 4 2018 (IPS) - Four months ago UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a “red alert”, noting that instead of progressing towards greater peace, the world had moved in reverse towards deepening conflicts and new dangers: “Global anxieties about nuclear weapons are the highest since the Cold War. Comment
Food: y Alexandra Simon One of Bronx’s popular Jamaican-American restaurants reopened last month and debuted a new look. Founded in 1990, the Dumpling Cove restaurant — known for its dumplings and fish meals recently transformed from a takeout spot, to a dine-in restaurant. This change has been in the works for a long time, mostly to create a more customer friendly atmosphere and to satisfy more menu choices, said the founder of the restaurant. Comment

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