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In the past week, Nicolas Maduro’s swearing in for a second consecutive term as president of Venezuela diplomatically tore apart foreign policy coordination in the Caribbean Community with several countries supporting an Organization of American States (OAS) resolution condemning his administration’s legitimacy, a sizeable group voted in favor and the remainder chose to remain ‘neutral’ and abstained. Comment

Poet honors incarcerated women

Hands on the wheel. Hands on the hood, in the air, on the wall, on the ground. No sudden moves, no waving “hey” or scratching your nose, and don’t reach for a thing. Hands up — although, as you’ll read in “A Bound Woman is a Dangerous Thing” by DaMaris B. Hill, there are times when that doesn’t matter. Comment
Queens: Founded in 2014, the Caribbean Attorneys Network (CAN) is a collective of professional lawyers of Caribbean heritage working in the field of law. The creation of the organization was the idea of three law school friends — Moya O’Connor, Kadion Henry, and Ricardo Salmon. Upon passing the bar, O’Connor, who is first generation Jamaican-American, created a Facebook group called Caribbean Attorneys Networking in hopes of connecting with lawyers of Caribbean background. Comment



Music: Singer and artist Estelle is slated to kick off an East Coast musical tour in Brooklyn next month. The first show of the “Estelle Experience” tour opens at Baby’s All Right in Bushwick on Feb. 6. Comment
Barbados: The deluge began with a goal in the third minute, and the ball did not stop hitting the back of Notre Dame’s net until Paradise registered a 9-0 defeat in a Sunday night fixture of the Barbados Football Association’s Premier League. Comment
Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ When a police truck carrying men in uniform pulled into an impoverished neighborhood in the Haitian capital, residents thought it was an official operation. Comment

Garifuna group celebrates Heritage Month in NYC

The Bronx-based Garifuna Coalition, USA, Inc. says it will be celebrating the 11th Anniversary of the Garifuna-American Heritage Month 2019 from March 11 to April 12. Comment
Sports: West Indies Twenty20 Captain Carlos Braithwaite attracted the highest price for a West Indies player at the recent Indian Premier League (IPL). Comment

Queen honors WI player

People: Former West Indies batsman Alvin Kallicharan has been named on a list of 1000 people who will receive awards from Queen Elizabeth 11 Comment
Sports: The West Indies team has automatically qualified for the 2020 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup in Australia by virtue of their seventh ranked in the latest ICC Twenty20 rankings. Comment

World University T20 begins in Trinidad

Trinidad and Tobago: The inaugural World University Twenty20 Tournament bowled off last week at the Frank Worrell Cricket Ground at the UWI Sport and Physical Education Center, St Agustina Campus, Trinidad. The tournament runs from Jan. 10 to 20. Comment
St Vincent: The Brooklyn-based Vincentian umbrella group in the US, Council of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Organizations, U.S.A., Inc. (COSAGO), over the Christmas holidays, donated US$2000.00 to a home that provides a safe housing and nurturing environment for abused and socially-displaced teenaged girls in St. Vincent and the Grenadines Comment

Team Jamaica Bickle launches 25th year at Penn Relays

Sports: The Queens-based Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB), the organization that feeds and supports Jamaican and Caribbean athletes at the prestigious Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, on Jan. 8 launched its 25th anniversary at the Relays Carnival. Comment

Perry sworn-in for 14th consecutive term

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Assemblyman Nick Perry was sworn-in Saturday for the 14th consecutive term as representative for the 58th State Assembly District. Comment
Barbados: Barbados had two international credit rating upgrades in 60 days, bucking a 10-year trend of some 22 consecutive downgrades, but a clear sign that the economy is not out of the woods is a recent projection that it will perform below other regional economies in 2019. Comment
Brooklyn: The Evangelical Crusade of Fishers of Men, in partnership with community leaders and residents, broke ground on Sunday for a new low-income senior housing development project in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. Comment
Books: More than 30 families participated in the “We Want to Write,” event organized by the Brooklyn-based organization, No Rest Until Success, at the Cortelyou Early Childhood Center Annex in East Flatbush on Jan. 13. Comment
Guyana: Deputy Director and Science Advisor, Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, Dr. Ulric Trotz, has called for urgent action across the Caribbean region, and globally, to combat climate change, stating that activities have shown climate change is one of the biggest threats to human existence and development. Comment

We are all DukDukDiya: Humming Bird with one drop of water at a time

Environment: Jamison Ervin is manager, UNDP’s Global Programme on Nature for Development UNITED NATIONS, Jan 11 2019 (IPS) - There is a Quechan fable about a hummingbird named Dukdukdiya. During a fierce forest fire, while all other animals stood in stunned fear, Dukdukdiya alone took action by repeatedly carrying a single drop of water in her beak to the flames. When asked why she bothered with such paltry efforts, she replied that she was simply doing everything in her power to stop the fire. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Adult Life Skills (Unrated) Midlife crisis drama about a reclusive slacker (Jodie Whitaker), living in her mother’s (Lorraine Ashbourne) backyard shed for years, who finds herself forced to finally grow up as her 30th birthday approaches. With Ozzy Myers, Edward Hogg and Brett Goldstein. Comment
Movies: “A Dog’s Way Home” Comment

Jamaican athlete to defend championship

People: Next month, Jamaican-American athlete Aisha Praught-Leer will return to the 112th NYRR Millrose Games in Manhattan, to defend her 2018 championship of the Women’s 3,000-meter race. Comment
Brooklyn: Though 2018 was a “challenging” year for Central Brooklyn Lions Club, Inc. (CBLC), it can still take comfort from its rich history and the fact that it continues to make a big difference in the community. Comment

Immigration attorney makes difference through CIS

Jamaica: Prominent Jamaican-born immigration attorney Winston Tucker continues to make a huge impact on the Caribbean community in New York. Comment
Arts & Theater: She’s got the moves. Manhattan-based dancer Marielis Garcia has an enlightened approach to dance. The professional performer, enjoys exploring the many different forms and movements, and one of her greatest ambitions is to illustrate the vast world of dance. She said many of the considerations that go into performing and creating, are commonly misunderstood. Comment
St Vincent: As he prepares to be honored this Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend, by the Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ex-Teachers Association of New York, a retired Vincentian judge on recall in New Jersey is issuing sound words of encouragement to all on their career path. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua The Antigua and Barbuda government says the state-owned Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APU) will spend EC$80 million dollars in upgrading its facilities so as to make it more competitive in the telecommunications sector. Comment
Bronx: Two local elected officials recently attended the inauguration of the governor of the United States Virgin Islands on Jan. 7. Bronx Councilman, Andy King (D–Baychester) and Mount Vernon City Council President, Andre Wallace, were present for the swearing-in ceremony of Albert Bryan Jr., and Lieutenant Governor, Tregenza A. Roach, on the multi-island territory’s capital city of Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas Comment
Arts & Theater: Jamaican sculptor Basil Watson was recently commissioned to create a monument in honor of Civil Rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Comments (1)
Haiti: In tandem with Barbados’ acknowledgement of the rights of Haitians to enter the island like any the CARICOM citizen, crooks have begun defrauding the already bedevilled nationals of this Caribbean territory. Comment

Team Jamaica Bickle celebrates 25 years supporting Caribbean athletes at Penn Relays

The Queens-based Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB) this week began celebrating 25 years of supporting Jamaican and other Caribbean athletes at the prestigious Penn Relays Carnival at the University of Pennsylvania (UPENN) in Philadelphia. Comment

Renew and prepare: Lawyer advises TPS recipients to plan for any possibility

Brooklyn: As the ninth anniversary since the launch of Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for Haitians approaches, many recipients would have been preparing to apply for their final renewal and awaiting its impending termination on July 19. But since a federal judge in California granted a preliminary injunction against the Trump administration’s decision to end the program for Haiti and three other countries — the deadline dates are indefinitely delayed. Comment

Barbados writers get boost

Barbados writers get boost

Barbados: The literary arts in Barbados is now on a firmer footing thanks to a Bds$1,000,000 donation dedicated to writers and their development. Central Bank of Barbados Governor, Cleviston Haynes over the weekend announced the gift, that equates to US$500,000, that will be used as an investment trust fund to supplement work of the island’s premier scheme for annual writing competition and writer’s development, the Frank Collymore Literary Endowment, (FCLE) which will receive all dividends. Comment
Sports: The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) on Wednesday, Dec. 19 unveiled the dates and kickoff times for the Round of 16 matches of the 2019 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League, the region’s premier club championship. Comment

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