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Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018

Vincy calypsonians entertain opposition party meeting

Music: While it is not unusual for Vincentian calypsonians to provide entertainment during political meetings, it is also not customary for many of them to significantly intersperse addresses with renditions and social commentaries. Comment
St Vincent: The main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) took its case to New York Sunday night to form the next government in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, urging nationals to join hands in making the country a better place for all. Comment

University of Guyana to grant honorary doctorates

Guyana: A Guyanese-born philanthropist and entrepreneur in Queens will be among the first recipients of an honorary doctorate from the University of Guyana. Comment

ICS to host 20th Annual Invest Caribbean Agribusiness Forum

Caribbean: The Washington-based Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) says it will be hosting its 20th Annual Invest Caribbean Agribusiness Forum (ICAF) on Nov. 15-16. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Advocates (Unrated) Skid Row documentary chronicling the tireless efforts of the social workers attending to the needs of L.A.’s homeless. Comment

Amandla Stenberg stars in adaptation of searing, inner city saga

Movies: Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg) straddles two different worlds which never intersect, one, black and poor, the other, white and privileged. That’s because she lives in the ghetto in Garden Heights, but her parents (Regina Hall and Russell Hornsby) have sent her to Williamson, an exclusive prep school located on the other side of the tracks. Comment

Hard work grows an empire

Hard work grows an empire

Books: Hard work pays off. Your parents have said that; your teachers, too. Stop messin’, start paying attention, knuckle down, do your work, and see what happens. Hard work pays off, and in the new book “No Small Potatoes” by Tonya Bolden, illustrated by Don Tate, hard work grows an empire. Comments (2)

West Indies cricketers get CWI contracts

West Indies fast bowlers Kemar Roach and Alzarri Joseph have landed all-formats of the game contracts, but hard-hitting opening batsman Even Lewis has opted out of the shorter format of the white-ball game. Comment



Jamaica: FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The U.S. women’s national team breezed through CONCACAF qualifying to secure a spot in the World Cup next year in France. Comment

Monday, Oct. 15, 2018

Jamaicans face a systemic crime epidemic

Jamaica: On a recent visit to New York, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness all but admitted to diasporans that his island / nation suffers from a chronically systemic crime epidemic. Comment
Barbados: An Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) snub of British political consulting company, Cambridge Analytica, had – unknowing to her - earned Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley and a colleague a racial slur. Comment

UWI celebrates with leaders

Barbados: Seventy of the outstanding Caribbean graduates from the University of the West Indies of the period ranging between 1960s and 2000s got a chance to relive their passing out experiences at Cave Hill Campus this week. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018

Adams demonstrates innovative policing device

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams on Thursday personally demonstrated the BolaWrap, a policing tool being adopted and tested by law enforcement agencies across the country to humanely subdue emotionally disturbed individuals. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018

Adams to Trump: ‘Ludicrous’ to deny green cards to immigrants

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has described as “ludicrous” a proposal by the Trump Administration to deny permanent residency status or re-entry to the United States to any immigrant who receives some form of public assistance — including food stamps, Medicaid, public housing or rent vouchers. Comment

Guyana scrubs witchcraft, colonial laws

Guyana: Saying it wants to update several colonial era statutes, Guyana’s government this week announced plans to remove mandatory fines and jail terms for people attempting suicide, others who practice Voodoo, Obeah or witchcraft as well as charges relating to roguery and vagabondage from local law books among others. Comment

Friday, Oct. 12, 2018

Science film festival encourages more Caribbean interest

Movies: The Imagine Science Film festival kicks off today, and returns with more than a dozens of films exploring the filed of science. The week long event, which is also celebrating its 10-year anniversary, offers guests an opportunity to see projects on the matter from filmmakers all over the world, said the event’s creative program manager. Comment

Mavado releases ‘Dancehall Prophecy’

Music: International Dancehall star Mavado recently released his single titled ‘Dancehall Prophecy.’ Produced by Justus Arison, ‘Dancehall Prophecy’ is climbing on the Reggae iTunes Charts. Comment

Actress creates a different lane

Arts & Theater: A Harlem-based stage performer is shifting the way women performers are portrayed in theater. Recently playing the role of a Dahomey Amazon in the Off-Broadway show titled “Black Sparta,” actress Aixa Kendrick is a unique stand out in her profession. Topped with her unique look and signature Mohawk hairstyle, the performer says she is drawn to roles about history and presenting women as fearsome beings because it’s not something she usually gets to see. Comment

Fast bowler Taylor still wants to play for West Indies

Sports: Jamaican fast bowler Jerome Taylor says he still wants to represent the West Indies in all formats of the game despite announcing his retirement from Test cricket in 2016. Comment

Sir Andy: West Indies will continue to lose coaches

Sports: Fast bowling legend Sir Andy Roberts believes West Indies will continue to lose their head coaches because of the lack of player talent in the Caribbean. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018

Clarke urges Caribbean nationals to get US citizenship and vote

Brooklyn: With America bitterly divided over the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh and draconian Trump administration immigration policies, Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke is urging Caribbean nationals not to hesitate in obtaining US citizenship, so they can exercise their voting franchise. Comment

‘Spiritual leader’ indicted for rape

Trinidad and Tobago: An East Flatbush man and self-proclaimed spiritual leader has been charged with raping two women after drugging them during religious ceremonies. Comment

Understanding racism in America

Books: Your blood is red. You were born with the same number of bones, ears, and appendages as everybody else and your requirements are food, air, water, shelter and love. Indeed, you’re just like other humans – but as you’ll see in the new book “We Are Not Yet Equal” by Carol Anderson with Tonya Bolden, you may’ve been set apart. Comment

Bajans walked for a cure

Bajans walked for a cure

Barbados: Thousands of Barbadians and other residents of the island turned out Sunday to show their concern about the effect of cancer on persons and demonstrate their support for those suffering and for efforts at finding a remedy. Comment

Lady Cougars are Barbados b’ball champs

It was a monumental struggle but Lady Cougars endured to stage a comeback and beat Pinelands 2-1 in a three-game final series to become the Barbados Amateur Basketball Association Women’s Premier League champions for 2018. Comment

CWI seeks gov’ts help to host Indian tour

Sports: Cricket West Indies (CWI) President Dave Cameron is negotiating with governments in the Caribbean over hosting the India tour of the region next summer after the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — Khadija Shaw scored just after the halftime and Jamaica went on to upset Costa Rica 1-0 on Monday in the group stage of the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament. Comment

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018

St Vincent: Just about two weeks ago, authorities in Jamaica approved of the island’s first shipment of oil extracted from the increasingly trendy marijuana plant to be exported to markets in Canada paving the way for the island to earn valuable foreign exchange from its latest export product but not all of Jamaica’s neighbors are sitting back and are continuing to treat any engagement with cannabis sativa as criminal activity. Comment

Kings County Hospital hosts historic School of Nursing Alumni Luncheon

Brooklyn: Keisha Gilles, assistant director of public affairs at NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County, has described as “phenomenal” last Saturday’s historic, celebratory luncheon for the Kings County School of Nursing Alumni. Comment

Team Jamaica Bickle donates defibrillators to Jamaican high schools

Jamaica: The Queens-based Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB), the organization that provides meals and accommodation to Caribbean athletes participating in the Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, has said that it will donate 15 more Automated External Defibrillators (AEDS) to schools across Jamaica. Comment

Jamaican hospitality groups wants travelers to donate

Jamaica: Don’t forget your toothbrush, or your donations. A hospitality group in Jamaica wants you to think beyond your traveling trip essentials if you plan to visit Jamaica this fall. The Courtleigh Hotel Group is inviting its guests to donate useful items for local charities. From now until the end of winter, the organization is asking visitors to not only come with their belongings, but to also come with different types of vital and basic necessities, as part of their participation in the “Pack for A Purpose Initiative.” Comment

Cyber attacks growing problem in developing nations

Caribbean: WASHINGTON DC, Oct 8 2018 (IPS) - Few experiences undermine a digital financial services (DFS) customer’s finances and trust in DFS like becoming the victim of a cybercrime. This is especially true of low-income customers, who are least able to rebound from the losses, and of the newly banked, whose trust in financial services may be fragile. Comment
Food: A Bahamian chef is spotlighting Caribbean cuisine into a fun experience. Chef Kermit Raymond Mackey, who also goes by Chef Ray and Chef Kermit, recently launched “Island Flares” — a pop-up weekend brunch and dinner series at Colors Restaurant in the Lower East Side. Comment
Sports: CARY, N.C. (AP) — The United States used a radically different lineup but got the same dominating results. Carli Lloyd scored three goals and the United States beat Panama 5-0 on Sunday in the group stage of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying tournament. Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018

Haiti: PORT-DE-PAIX, Haiti (AP) — For some Haitians fearing new aftershocks, the best place to spend the night is under a tree. The one-two punch of a magnitude 5.9 earthquake in northern Haiti on Saturday that destroyed houses and killed at least 12 people followed by a strong 5.2 magnitude aftershock on Sunday has residents worried about returning to their cracked cinderblock homes for fear they will collapse. Comment
St Vincent: The Brooklyn-based Vincentian-American Independent National Charities, Inc. (VINCI) on Sunday honored two nationals and an organization at the group’s 35th Annual Gala Awards and 39th Independence Celebration of St. Vincent and the Grenadines at El Caribe Country Club in Brooklyn. Comment

Barbados pitches climate change

Barbados: Having been whipped by the tail of Tropical Strom Kirk that caused much flooding and related damage to houses last week, Barbados is taking no chances and will shortly begin a number of disaster preparation exercises for residents and emergency workers. Comment

Councilman Eugene celebrates Haiti Day

Manhattan: Councilman Mathieu Eugene (D–Flatbush) celebrated New York City Haitian Day at Bowling Green in Lower Manhattan on Oct. 6. Students, clergy, and local community leaders joined the Flatbush politician for a flag raising ceremony of the Haitian banner, honoring the Haitian soldiers that fought for American independence. Comment
The Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) says Air Canada and American Airlines have added new flights to the “Spice Isle” to meet the increasing demand of travel. Comment

Vanguards hail legacy of Panamanian icon, Russell

People: A virtual who’s who in politics and education joined other trailblazers at Brown Memorial Baptist Church recently to hail the legacy and dedicated service made by Panama-born Dr. Carlos E. Russell whose lifelong contribution was to embolden cultural appreciation, racial equity and a Black solidarity Day. Comment

St. Lucia voted new CTO chair

St Lucia: The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) says St. Lucia was voted chair on Tuesday of the regional tourism body, with the election of Minister of Tourism Dominic Fedee. Comment

Biopic explores emotional angst of legendary astronaut

Neil Armstrong made history on July 20, 1969 when he became the first person to walk on the moon. In retrospect, the NASA astronaut proved to be the ideal pick for the honor, since he never subsequently sought to cash in on his celebrity status. Comment
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