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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

IMF likes Barbados’ plans

IMF likes Barbados’ plans

Barbados: Based on an International Monetary Fund’s preliminary assessment, Barbados appears to be moving correctly along the path towards securing refinancing of its debt obligations and for national economic restructuring. Comment

PAHO hails Guyana Tobacco Control Act

Guyana: The Washington, D.C.-based Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has lauded the implementation of Guyana’s Tobacco Control Act, saying that ensuring the protection of a country’s population from the adverse effects of tobacco is a “marathon process.” Comment

Guyana prez urged to review minister’s alleged parking lot actions

Guyana: The president of the Brooklyn-based Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID) is urging Guyana’s President David Granger to review the alleged actions of Minister Simona Broomes and “repudiate them if deemed inappropriate.” Comment

CARICOM leaders convene for summits

Cuba: Caribbean Community leaders were from Wednesday July 4 due to meet in Jamaica for the main of their two annual summits with key issues like problems in the single trading market on the agenda, but a discussion about a harmonized regional approach to marijuana possession and use could well emerge as a main discussion point. Comment

Will Trump’s trade war make America great again?

Viewpoints: SYDNEY & KUALA LUMPUR, July 16, 2018 (IPS) — The United States has had the world’s largest trade deficit for almost half a century. In 2017, the US trade deficit in goods and services was $566 billion; without services, the merchandise account deficit was $810 billion. Comment

Urgent action needed to safeguard St. Lucia’s biodiversity

St Lucia: CASTRIES, St. Lucia, July 9, 2018 (IPS) - Wildlife conservationists consider it to be one of the most striking parrots of its kind. Saint Lucia’s best-known species, the endangered Amazon parrot, is recognised by its bright green plumage, purple forehead and dusty red-tipped feathers. But a major conservation organisation is warning that climate change and a lack of care for the environment could have devastating consequences for Saint Lucia’s healthy ecosystems and rich biodiversity, including the parrot. Comment

Bahamian author promotes country’s literature

Books: In celebration of Bahamas’ 45th year of independence, a Bahamian-American publishing house has released three books celebrating the nation’s culture and history. Brooklyn-born Bahamian author Wendy Coakley-Thompson, is on a mission to revive and restore her country’s literary scene. She founded the publishing company Duho Books, to introduce texts that highlight not only the beauty of Bahamas, but its people and their experiences and traditions — because many stories were not being told. Comment

Panamanian founder of Black Solidarity Day transitions

People: Another Black giant fell on July 10 when Dr. Carlos Russell succumbed at Maimonides Hospital. The visionary author, playwright, educator, ambassador, and historian, acclaimed for establishing a Black Solidarity Day in 1969, died in his sleep at age 84. He was born in the Republic of Panama on Aug. 6, 1934. Comment
Movies: Damascus Cover (R for profanity and violence) Espionage thriller, based on Howard Kaplan’s best seller of the same name, about an Israeli spy (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) sent on a dangerous mission to smuggle a chemical weapons scientist and his family out of Syria. With Olivia Thirlby, Jurgen Prochnow and the late John Hurt. Comment

Monday, July 16, 2018

Jamaica’s police commish to talk country’s crime

Jamaica: Jamaica’s top cop is coming to Brooklyn to speak at a public forum about the nation’s crime at Marriott Hotel in Brooklyn Heights on July 19. Comment

Four transgender women challenge Guyana’s cross-dressing law

Guyana: Four Guyanese transgender women have asked the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) to strike down an 1893 post-slavery vagrancy provision which led to their convictions in 2009. Comment

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Gayle to play in first Abu Dhabi T20 tourney

Jamaica: West Indies batting superstar Chris Gayle is set to play in the inaugural Abu Dhabi T20 Trophy to be staged in October. Comment

Guyana to host historic CPL playoff matches

Sports: This year’s Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will have playoff matches to be held in Guyana for the first time. Comment

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Caribbean RoundUp

St Lucia: Barbados Public servants in Barbados will receive a five percent salary next month. Comment
Bahamas: Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said that The Bahamas will not be part of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). He made his country’s position clear when he spoke to journalist after his arrival from the recent CARICOM Heads of Government 39th Annual Conference in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Comment

Guyana to get American Chamber of Commerce

Guyana: With the country racing towards becoming an oil producer by 2020, the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) is moving to setup a branch here to cater for a growing number of United States companies investing in oil and gas, related and other services in the largest of the Caribbean Community group of nations. Comment

Williams submits nearly 70,000 ballot petition signatures

Grenada: Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams, who is running for New York Lieutenant Governor, joined dozens of advocates outside State Board of Elections offices in Albany last Thursday to announce that his campaign has collected more than 68,000 petition signatures backing his effort to secure ballot access for his candidacy. Comment

Friday, July 13, 2018

Developing countries need open democracies

Guyana: I read recently about the interest showed in becoming Guyana’s president among many young, insurgent candidates, and the recent resounding success of many candidates in the USA. My heart goes out to them, and I salute them. They should have the right to compete Comment

New head of Carib insurance facility

Caribbean: Timothy Antoine, Eastern Caribbean Central Bank governor this month took over leadership of the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility amidst a challenge to widen disaster insurance for a natural calamity-prone zone. Comment

Playground operas for Harlem schoolchildren

Arts & Theater: Opera education in primary schools? Seems like a very far-out concept — but not for Trinidad-born Odelphia Pierre, Principal of PS 129 in Harlem, who appreciates the arts. Comment

FIFA bans St. Vincent soccer president

St Vincent: The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee of FIFA, the world governing football (soccer) authority, has banned Venold Coombs, the president of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation (SVGFF). Comments (1)

St. Kitts music fest ‘a rousing success’

Music: Tourism officials in St. Kitts have described as “a rousing success” the 22nd Annual St. Kitts Music Festival. The festival, which took place from Jun. 27 – Jul. 1, drew “record numbers of attendees and an amazing response to all the performers. Comment
Jamaica: Regional leaders must put measures in place to fast-track the full implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). Comment

Show tackling prison systems goes returns on tour

Arts & Theater: Her show is back, and she’s taking it on the road! Comment

Building powerful women in Jamaica

Members of an organization dubbed Empowering Future Minds (EFM) exemplified a mission to help young women in Jamaica by hosting a fund-raiser at Markie B’s Jamaican Cuisine in Jamaica, Queens recently. Comment

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Barbados government targets corrupt officials

Barbados: The new Barbados administration intends to pursue and prosecute public officials suspected of corruption as far up the ladder as former government ministers, and will retake assets gained illegally wherever in the world they are placed. Comment
Brooklyn: A Brooklyn-based medical-dental group says it has completed a very successful mission to the West African nation of Ghana. Dr. Janice Emanuel McLean, the Guyanese-born president of Action, Performance, Commitment (APC) told Caribbean Life that the group conducted the mission from Jun. 15-29. Comment
Manhattan: Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams was arrested this week for protesting United States President Donald J. Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. Comment
Travel: The United States Virgin Islands (USVI) Department of Tourism says cruise executives in Miami are “buoyed” by plans for their harbor ports. Comment

Jamaican-American markets castor oil products

Fashion: When she immigrated to the states, Lois Hines says she desperately longed for a personal use product that catered to her grooming needs but also reminded her of home. That is where the idea was born to bring her native country’s beloved version of castor oil — a potent and pungent processed oil used for hair, skin, and minor ailments — to the U.S. Comment

Tournament of trump cards: All-Fours world cup crowns Canadian team

Brooklyn: The annual All-Fours World Cup tournament crowned the borough’s best players of the trick-taking card game at Pacplex Sports Facilities in Canarsie on June 24. Comment

Free reggae concert rocks Coney Island

Music: On the most comfortable day of the summer reggae supergroup Third World and “self-proclaimed original dancehall master” Barrington Levy sizzled inside the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island when City Parks Summerstage treated enthusiastic reggae fans to an unprecedented free concert inside the venue. Comment

Count Dracula falls for mystical cruise ship captain

Movies: The first two installments of this popular animated franchise were set at a hotel dedicated to creating a safe space for monsters to unwind. But what about when the resort owners themselves need a break? That’s the question posed at the outset of “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation,” an entertaining animated adventure. Comment

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

US applauds Bahamian anniversary

Bahamas: The Trump administration on Tuesday congratulated the Bahamas on its 45th anniversary of political independence from Great Britain. Comment

Action needed to protect St. Lucia’s biodiversity

St Lucia: CASTRIES, St. Lucia, July 9, 2018 (IPS) — Wildlife conservationists consider it to be one of the most striking parrots of its kind. Saint Lucia’s best-known species, the endangered Amazon parrot, is recognized by its bright green plumage, purple forehead and dusty red-tipped feathers. But a major conservation organization is warning that climate change and a lack of care for the environment could have devastating consequences for Saint Lucia’s healthy ecosystems and rich biodiversity, including the parrot. Comment
Guyana: First Lady of Guyana H.E. Sandra Granger, who has made domestic violence a top priority in her mission to enrich the lives of Guyanese at home, was the guest speaker at a Conversation and Fundraiser luncheon at Tropical Paradise Banquet Hall in Brooklyn recently. She expressed deep concern for the high rate of women being murdered at the hands of their partners, and called for national dialogue and research to end the scourge. Comment
Music: You didn’t need to be in Haiti at the Hotel Oloffson last Thursday night to hear the vodou-rock band RAM. For more 25 years, every Thursday night, when they’re not touring — RAM legendarily performs at the Oloffson in Port-au-Prince. But on Thursday, July 5, RAM played the grass-filled Springfield Park, located in the middle of Springfield Gardens, Queens. Comment

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

‘SKY’ HIGH

‘SKY’ HIGH

Caribbean: The British-based Sky Sports says it will show all 34 matches of the 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) live in the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland. Comment
Barbados: As it relates to Barbados, the United States Government’s 2018 Trafficking in Persons report represents a case of a new year, same issues, same negligence resulting in the same ranking. Comment

Aussie batsman Warner to play for St. Lucia

Caribbean: Australia explosive opening batsman David Warner will join the St Lucia Stars for the 2018 Hero Caribbean League (CPL). Comment
Brooklyn: The normally quiet courtrooms and hallways of Brooklyn Supreme Court erupted with a display of colorful carnival costumes and Caribbean pride and culture on June 27. Comment

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