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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Prime Minister Gaston Browne announced that his government has decided to appoint a special investigator to look into bribery and mo Comment

Caribbean court names next president

St Vincent: A national of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Justice Adrian Saunders has been named as the next president of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). Comment

Saturday, March 17, 2018

‘Conflict and Compromise’ project winners

Queens: Two American-born siblings, of Caribbean and African American parentage, have won the “Conflict and Compromise” project in District 29’s History Fair in Queens. Comment

Afghanistan stuns West Indies

Sports: “Minnows” Afghanistan stunned the West Indies by defeating them in their opening match of the all-important Super Sixes of the ICC World Cup qualifiers on Thursday, March 15. Comment

Impact of Twenty20 format on WI cricket, money

Barbados: The need for money to ensure survival of the game was the common ground reached in a discussion among former Test greats and Barbados cricket administrators. Comment

Friday, March 16, 2018

Seismic center: Caribbean undersea volcano may soon erupt

Grenada: ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada (AP) — A Caribbean seismic research center says an underwater volcano just north of Grenada may be about to erupt but does not pose a tsunami threat to the region. Comment

Caribbean Airlines announces direct flights to St. Vincent

St Vincent: You can now fly to Vincy directly. The Caribbean Airlines Limited (CAL) and the St. Vincent and The Grenadines Tourism Authority announced that there will now be a non-stop direct flight service between John F. Kennedy airport (JFK) and Argyle International Airport (SVD) in St. Vincent on March 12. Comment
Brooklyn Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte and Councilman Jumaane Williams on Wednesday demonstrated solidarity with the National School Walkout against gun violence. Comment

Electoral observers: Grenada elections peaceful

Grenada: The Electoral Experts Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) to the general elections in Grenada on Wednesday published its preliminary report, in which it commends the people of Grenada on their continued commitment to democracy, as demonstrated in their “peaceful and enthusiastic participation” in Tuesday’s elections. Comment

Vincy heroes tribute

Vincy heroes tribute

Music: Hundreds of Vincentians Saturday night joined the Brooklyn-based Garifuna Indigenous People of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Inc. (GIPSVG) in celebrating National Heroes Day with a cultural extravaganza at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment
Music: The 75-member National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba will be performing at the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 4 pm. Comment


Sports: Led by a powerful 84 by Evin Lewis, the West Indies on Monday put the Netherlands to the sword by clinching the top spot in their group Qualifying Round in the International Cricket Council (ICC) 50-Over Championship in Harare, Zimbabwe. Comment

Gayle scores another century

Sports: Hard-hitting West Indies opener Chris Gayle has struck form for the World Cup qualification campaign in Zimbabwe when he hammered 123 runs in the opening match against United Arab Emirates last week. Comment

PM Mitchell: Rescue West Indies cricket

Sports: Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has called on CARICOM leaders to rescue West Indies cricket from its current crisis. He also urged them to re-visit the recommendations of the dormant Governance Report on cricket. Comment

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to charges of obstructing an emergency medical vehicle stemming from the Jan. 11 protest of the detention and imminent deportation of Trinidadian immigrant rights activist Ravi Ragbir. Comment


Music: What would be a more fitting tribute for the Apollo Theater to recognize Women’s History Month than presenting a musical tribute to the renowned musical artist, civil rights activist and Apollo legend Nina Simone. Comment

Tenants need more than Cuomo’s photo-op: Williams

New York: While commending Gov. Andrew Cuomo for finally seeing on Monday a New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) development, Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn) said NYCHA tenants who are struggling everyday need more than a photo-op. Comment

Introducing a new Caribbean rum: Boukman Rhum

Food: There’s a new Caribbean rum in town. The Haitian-made alcoholic beverage Boukman Rhum is a liquor with a mission. As one of the newest rums out of Haiti, its manufacturer is trying to bring the island nation to the forefront of the global rum market and sustain business for several industries in Haiti. Comment

Barbados consulate honors Diasporans during Black History Month

Barbados: The Barbados Consulate celebrated five of their own at a Black History Month event at the Barbadian Consulate General in New York in Manhattan on Feb. 27. “Barbadians Salute Black History Month,” was an event to honor individuals representing the young talent the island nation has produced, compared to the more established usually recognized, said the consulate’s community affairs representative. Comment

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


Grenada: Perhaps for the first time in living memory, a governing party shepherded by the same leader, has on two consecutive occasions won all 15 seats in general elections and again has a mandate to run the country without an elected opposition. Comment

Diplomatic spat in Barbados

Barbados: A diplomatic war of words may be developing between the government of Barbados and government of Canada through their representatives, the Minister of Education, Ronald Jones, and the north American country’s High Commissioner, Marie Legault. Comments (4)

Caribbean, Latin America have second highest teen pregnancy rates

Caribbean: A new report conducted by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), researchers found that the Caribbean, along with Latin America has the second highest adolescent pregnancy rates in the world. In the report titled “Accelerating Progress Toward the Reduction of Adolescent Pregnancy in Latin America and the Caribbean,” it details that within the Caribbean — the Dominican Republic and Guyana are the two countries in the region with the highest numbers. But the cause of pregnancy in young girls and teens is a very complex issue, often happening to those who suffer from a lack of access to multiple resources, said a regional director. Comment
Barbados: The Barbados Tourism Marketing, Inc (BTMI) says the country’s tourism is once again in winner’s row, beating out destinations such as second-place Seychelles and third-place Bermuda to land the number one spot on the 2017 Destination Satisfaction Index (DSI). Comment
Brooklyn: New York State Senator, Roxanne J. Persaud is set to host District 19, 2nd Annual Easter Egg-Hunt, on Saturday, March 24 from 11 am - 1 pm, at Canarsie Park, on Seaview Avenue in Brooklyn. Comment

Wakeup call for the United Democratic Party (Udp)

Belize: Since the 2006 Municipal elections the United Democratic Party have won and controlled all the municipalities in the country of Belize except for Orange Walk Town which has been under the control of the People’s United Party (PUP) since. Comment

Wishing for Wakanda, marooned in America: Movies and matters of reflection and resistance

Viewpoints: In the midst of the wide-spread euphoria about the debatable real and actually imagined qualities, achievements and benefits of the fantasy movie, “The Black Panther”, it is good to remember that no matter how long we stay in the theater and no matter how many times we return to cheer, clap and dance in the dark, sooner or later the lights will come on, and we will have to exit and confront the off-screen, cold-water reality of America. Comment

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Garifuna celebrates Heritage Month

Arts & Theater: The Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc., says it is “proud” to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Garifuna-American Heritage Month in New York, inviting all New Yorkers to join in the March 11 - April 12 celebration. Comment
Arts & Theater: On International Women’s Day, March 8, just one day after a nor’easter dumped a snow-rain-mix of slushy combination on the tri-state area, a ray of sunshine peeked from Broadway announcing the arrival of “Summer, the Donna Summer Musical” in a tribute to the avowed queen of disco. Comment

Children’s classic brought to the big screen

Movies: Madeleine L’Engle finished writing “A Wrinkle in Time” in 1960, but the escapist fantasy was rejected by over two dozen publishers before it finally captured the imagination of John Farrar, co-founder of Farrar, Straus and Giroux. In 1963, the groundbreaking, illustrated novel won the Newbery Medal for being the best children’s book of the year. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Augie (Unrated) Inspirational biopic about fitness guru Augie Nieto who has been campaigning to find a cure for ALS since being diagnosed with the disease at the age of 47. Comments (1)

West Indies defeats Ireland, leads group

Sports: Aiming to attain the top of their group in the 10th match of the World Cup Qualifying Round in Harare, Zimbabwe, the West Indies on Saturday staged a come-back to beat Ireland by 52 runs. Comment

Minorities helping minorities: Two Caribbean-American women helming city’s minority business agency

People: At the city’s premier agency to promote and sustain businesses owned by minorities and women, Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (MWBE), two Caribbean-American women are working behind the scenes to ensure that those goals are met. Comment

Monday, March 12, 2018

Over the line

Arts & Theater: Call them artists without borders. More than a dozen Dominican and Haitian artists will come together to showcase artwork depicting the relationship between the two neighboring Caribbean countries. At the exhibit “Bordering the Imaginary,” opening at Bric House on March 14, artists from both countries will explore the history of the island they share. The show was inspired by a controversial 2013 ruling that stripped Dominican citizenship from children of Haitian descent, and the ignorance that its curator saw displayed at panels and protests about the ruling. Comment

First female Caribbean animated superhero sci-fi bows

Movies: Now that the entire world has embraced “The Black Panther,” perhaps the introduction of the first, female, Caribbean, superhero might seem more bankable. Comment

Walsh now Bangladesh’s interim head coach

Sports: Legendary former West Indies fast bowler, Courtney Walsh, has been appointed Bangladesh’s interim head coach for the Tri-Nation series in Sri Lanka later this month. Comment

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Caribbean RoundUp

St Kitts and Nevis: Antigua Austria has expressed an interest in cooperating with Antigua and Barbuda to forge closer relations in areas of tourism and diplomatic relations. Comment
Haiti: Despite the treacherous weather Friday evening, employees at New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and friends and supporters showed their love and respect for a retired Haitian-born doctor at a gala celebration at Glen Terrace in Brooklyn. Comment

Antigua withdraws from Summit of the Americas

Venezuela: The government of Prime Minister Gaston Browne said on Wednesday that it has withdrawn the country’s participation in the second preparatory meeting for the Summit of the Americas, scheduled to be held in Lima, Peru in April. Comment

PAHO issues yellow fever warning

Health: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has reiterated its previous recommendation that Caribbean and other international travelers be vaccinated at least 10 days prior to traveling to or visiting areas where yellow fever is circulating. Comment

Regional cricket fiasco

Sports: West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard says serious discussions needs to take place to help solve the fiasco currently facing regional cricket. Comment

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Electoral Experts Mission deploys for Grenada poll

Grenada: The Organization of American States (OAS) says its Electoral Experts Mission to the general elections in Grenada, led by OAS Assistant Secretary General Nestor Mendez, began its deployment on Wednesday ahead of the March 13 poll. Comment

Trinidadian judge blocks investigation of chief justice

Trinidad and Tobago: A high court judge presiding in the Port of Spain Hall of Justice, Trinidad, has blocked an attempt by the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago (LATT) from continuing its investigation into allegations of misconduct leveled against Chief Justice Ivor Archie. Comment


Sports: New Zealand opener Martin Guptill and Windies opener Lendl Simmons were the biggest picks, with Barbados Tridents and St Lucia Stars going for them in the first round of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2018 drafts on Thursday, reports say. Comment

Caribbean Premier League ranks fourth

Sports: The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) has been ranked the fourth most popular Twenty20 league in the world by fans who took part in a recent survey by ISportsleague in India. Comment

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