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Richardson wants N.Y. to do more against gun violence

New York: Stating that over 455 shootings have occurred in Brooklyn since July 29, according to the New York City Police Department (NYPD), Brooklyn Assemblywoman Diana Richardson wants the state to do more to address gun violence. Comment
Arts & Theater: On Aug. 9, the curtains came down on the Guyana Cultural Association (GCA) Caribbean Summer Heritage Workshop Series 2019, at St. Stephens Church Hall in Brooklyn, where students showcased their talents and artistic expressions learned over a six weeks. Comment


Guyana: As the work week began, Guyanese awoke to news that a second oil major had found a large quantity of oil and gas in an offshore oil field south of where American supermajor ExxonMobil has so far drilled 13 successful wells since 2015, pointing to the possibility of Guyana sitting perhaps on some of the world’s largest deposits of sweet light crude. Comment
National: Brooklyn Democratic Congresswoman, Yvette D. Clarke on Monday condemned United States President Donald J. Trump’s broadened assault on Caribbean and other immigrants by issuing new regulation aimed at legal immigrants who wish to remain in the US but whose dearth of financial resources are deemed likely to make them a burden on US taxpayers. Comment

Barbados cops Pan Am gold, but …

Barbados: Shane Brathwaite edged United States’ Freddie Crittenden III to breast the tape in 13:31 seconds in the 110 hurdles and cop Barbados’ sole gold medal and become star of the island’s show at the 2019 Pan Am games. Comment
Queens:, @jenna_bagcal A Far Rockaway hospital is making sure that local children are ready for the upcoming school year in more ways than one. On Aug. 2, Saint John’s Episcopal Hospital held its third annual Back to School Fair, where hundreds of kids got school supplies and free health checks. Comment
Guyana: The Linden Fund USA (LFU) excelled at its 20th Anniversary Dinner & Dance Awards on Saturday, Aug.10, when it honored compatriots who dedicated their time and resources to rebuilding their hometown, Linden in Guyana. Comment

Bichotte speaks on Child Victims Act

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Assemblymember Rodnyese Bichotte on Tuesday joined Safe Horizon and other survivors of child sex abuse, including Senator Alessandra Biaggi, Assemblymembers Yu-line Niou and Linda Rosenthal, in speaking about the rights of child sex abused victims now having the opportunity to seek justice with a look back period of one year for those 23 years of age and older. Comment

Caribbean benefts from slavery reparations

Jamaica: The University of the West Indies has inked an agreement for reparations that is said to be the first such deal and one that gives an indication of a form compensation may take for centuries of unpaid labor stemming from the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. Comment

Williams, advocates ride for street safety

Manhattan: Public Advocate ,Jumaane D. Williams and cyclist advocates rode from Brooklyn to Manhattan on Tuesday in an effort to call attention to the emergency of cyclist deaths and to discuss what the city needs to do to prevent further tragedy. Comment

Syrai Carnival Creations ‘Submerged under the Sea’

Arts & Theater: The newly-formed Syrai Carnival Creations will be “Submerged under the Sea” this Labor Day. “I was motivated by Halle Bailey, who is casting as Ariel in ‘The Little Mermaid,’” said band leader, Andrina Alexander, who founded Syrai Carnival Creations just this summer, in an exclusive Caribbean Life interview. Comment

Barbados cricket boss slams CWI

Barbados: Barbados Cricket Association president, Conde Riley, has lashed out at Cricket West Indies (CWI) management, blaming what he sees as administrative errors for the team’s dismal showing in the just-concluded World Cup. Comment



Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago cyclists created history at the recently concluded 2019 Pan American Games in Peru, winning two gold medals, Men’s team sprint, Men’s sprint (Nicholas Paul) and two silver; Men’s sprint (Phillip Njisane) and Women’s individual Time Trial (Teniel Campbell). Paul became Trinidad and Tobago’s first Pan American sprint champion in 48 years to win two gold medals, while also winning gold alongside Phillip and Keron Bramble in the team sprint. Comment
India completed a series whitewash against the West Indies as they suffered a 3-0 Twenty20 International defeat in their third match of the four-match series, with a seven-wicket defeat in the final contest in Georgetown on Aug. 6, 2019. Comment

Citizenship drive calls potential Jamaicans to town hall meeting

Jamaica: The ‘Little but tallawah” nation in the Caribbean recently extended an invitation to those seeking to officially and legally carry the black, gold and green flag of Jamaica. Comment
Guyana: There was strong support for unity, and calls to remember Guyana’s motto: One People, One Nation, One Destiny, when hundreds of Guyanese nationals marched down Church Avenue, last Sunday with flags waving, and drums beating for a country that is polarized by division, and political uncertainty. Comments (2)
Music: Patricia Chin, co-founder of VP Records, was her usual self on Saturday, Aug. 3 — hardworking and involved in all aspect of the successful brand, that according to her, could be considered 60 years since she was the driving force from the age of 18, when her journey began in her homeland of Kingston, Jamaica. Comment

Resilience Mas makes a ‘Crazy Mess’

Arts & Theater: Grenadian-born Derek Noel, the co-band leader of the Brooklyn-based Resilience Mas, plans to make a “Crazy Mess” with the band’s presentation in this year’s West Indian American Day Carnival Parade on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway. Comment
Books: You are the Big Kahuna. The Boss, the One in Charge, maker of decisions and teller of things to do. You’re the Big Cheese with all the responsibility and you ain’t bad at it. So how would you do if, as in the novel, “The Tubman Command” by Elizabeth Cobbs, the very lives of soldiers, women, and children were in your hands? Comment

Gayle smashes Lara’s ODI record

Sports: Chris Gayle became the first West Indian batsman to reach 300 One-Day International (ODI) in the process breaking Brian Lara’s record on his home ground at the Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad as the region’s leading ODI scorer with 10,353 runs. Comment



Arts & Theater: Vincentian and other Caribbean nationals on Saturday joined members of the Garifuna Diaspora in New York in participating in the annual “Culture Pot” hosted by the Brooklyn-based Garifuna Indigenous People of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Inc. (GIPSVG) at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment

Eddy Grant for Medgar Evers Jazzy Jazz Festival

Music: Legendary Guyanese-born, musician, Eddy Grant, who was recently conferred Doctor of Letters for Excellency, in music by Professor Eon Harris at the University of Guyana, on Wednesday wowed the hugely popular “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,”,while performing his platinum single, “Electric Avenue.” Comment

New SVG Caribbean Bakery in town

St Vincent: Four years after Cynthia Bernard, proprietor of Ethlyn’s Bakery, on Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn, went to the Great Beyond, her brother and sister-in-law are now the new owners of the bakery, renaming it SVG Caribbean Bakery. Comment

Putting the power of food in the hands of communities

Viewpoints: As human beings, food is what we need to survive and thrive. But we all know that food is more than just a necessity. It’s a connection to our families, our culture and to the Earth. Comment

Clarke rips Trump’s termination of Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program

Brooklyn Democratic Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke on Thursday strongly condemned the Trump administration’s termination of the Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados The Barbados government says it will allow residents to hold foreign currency accounts of up to US$10,000 as of Aug. 2, 2019. Minister of Finance, Ryan Straughn said the funds deposited into the foreign currency accounts cannot be purchased from the local domestic access to foreign exchange. Comment

Grenada shows strong tourist growth

Grenada: On the heels of double-digit growth and a landmark total visitor arrival of 528,077 in 2018, the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) says it is delighted to report positive growth in total visitor arrivals of 1 percent for the first half of 2019. Comment

Rohan Kanhai – An appreciation

People: “The man of genius inspires us with a boundless confidence in our own powers” – Ralph Waldo Emerson “No more technically correct batsman ever came out of the West Indies than Rohan Kanhai”- Michael Manley “His life was gentle; and the elements so mixed in him, that Nature might stand up, and say to all the world, THIS WAS A MAN!” – William Shakespeare Comment
Brooklyn: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Council Members Inez Barron and Alicka Ampry-Samuel announced on Tuesday nearly $9 million in new funding in support of the Brownsville, Brooklyn community in the wake of the mass shooting on July 27 that resulted in 11 injuries and one fatality during the annual Old Timers Day community event. Comment

T&T minister charged with corruption

A Trinidad and Tobago government Cabinet Minister in the Dr. Keith Rowley ad Comment
Guyana: Under the theme “Ma’Lupa - Working together in the spirit of solidarity within Guyana’s Festival of Arts,” the Guyana Cultural Association, NY, organizers of the Annual Folk Festival in Brooklyn has announced its 2019 honorees. Comment
St Vincent: As thousands of Vincentians from all walks of life gear up to attend the Eighth Annual Vincy Day USA, at Heckscher State Park in East Islip, Long Is., the new chairman of the Brooklyn-based group says everything on stream for the grand extravaganza on Aug. 17. Comment

Vincy community leader passes on

St Vincent: Brooklyn-based Vincentian community leader Augustus L. “Bonnie” McMillan died on July 22 after ailing for about two years, according to Wayne Raguette, president of the group, Vincentian American National Charities, Inc. (VINCI), who succeeded McMillan after his affliction. McMillan was 64. Comment
Sports: Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, Fl is set to host the first One-Day Internationals on US soil. USA’s first round of ODIs against Namibia and Papua New Guinea, as part of the new Cricket World Cup League Two structure, are set to be hosted at the venue, beginning from Sept. 13, according to ESPNCricinfo. Comment
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