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Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados Caribbean Community (CARICOM) finance and planning ministers recently met in Barbados to advance several development initiatives geared towards enhancing the operation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). Comment

Guyanese judge elated to be re-elected

Guyana: A Guyanese-born judge has expressed elation and fatigue about her re-election to another 10-year term on Brooklyn’s Civil Court.“I feel elated and tired,” Judge Ingrid Joseph told Caribbean Life in an exclusive interview over the weekend. “Elated at the fact that I was able to gain overwhelming support from the Brooklyn voters to re-elect me for another 10-year term. Comment
Barbados: The University of Glasgow has admitted to receiving many millions of dollars earned on the blood and sweat of slaves and is now on a programme of reparations that is being hailed as the right move by the Caribbean’s lead advocate for reparative justice, Professor Hilary Beckles. Comment



Music: French-Caribbean blues band Delgres is performing the final New York show of their tour on Sept. 25. The concert at Joe’s Pub in Manhattan, will feature the three-member band playing tunes from their recently released album, “Mo Jodi,” and its a chance for them to showcase the diversity of the album, said the lead vocalist. Comment
People: She’s lived it, and now she gives back. A former teen mom is lending a helping hand to young mothers with her resources. Don’t 4Get Me is a Brooklyn-based support organization for teenage mothers, created by its founder Simone Goss — who became a mother at the tender age of 15 years old. She started the program two years ago in her passionate mission to assist young women going through the struggle of being a young parent, and understanding their circumstance. Comment
Caribbean: Jorge Chediek is director, UN Office of South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and Envoy of the Secretary-General on South-South Cooperation. UNITED NATIONS, Sept 13, 2018 (IPS) — On Sept. 12, the international community commemorated the UN Day for South-South Cooperation. This is an important acknowledgement of the contributions of Southern partnerships in addressing the many development challenges that confront the international community, such as poverty, climate change, inequality, contagious diseases and humanitarian crises. Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018

Guyana: The Guyana Cultural Association, New York, on Wednesday, Aug. 28, honored 90-year-old, Dharmaaacharya Pandit Ramlall Ji, a priest and scholar, who pioneered the Phagwah and Diwali parades in Queens — among a group of gifted, accomplished Guyanese, at its 2018 Awards Ceremony at Brooklyn Hall, on Joralemon Street. Comment

Environmental agreement awaits signatures

Caribbean: The Economic Commission for Latin American and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has said that the first Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean (the EscazĂș Agreement) will open for the signature of all the countries in the region on Sept. 27 at United Nations headquarters in New York. Comment

‘We shook up the world’: Williams

Grenada: A day after he lost a spirited bid to become lieutenant governor of New York State, Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams says his campaign “shook up the world.” Comment

Major Barbados tourism deal

Barbados: Barbados has struck a Caribbean first for the tourism sector through one of its oldest resorts, The Crane, aligning with Hilton Grand Vacations (HGV) in a deal that is set to net the island multi-million dollar returns. Comment
Arts & Theater: Jamaica scored cool points with both genders in the nation by elevating the profile of one woman with installation of a statue erected in her honor. Comment

Geoffrey Owens — An average ‘Joe’ pays major honor

People: Three cheers and hip-hip hoorays for a decent, hard-working American, Black man who is now being publicly lauded for his stand-up, stand-out response to a New Jersey woman who did not consider the consequences of her action when she photographed and published images of him toiling at work in a grocery store. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: American Dresser (Unrated) Buddy adventure about a grieving widower (Tom Berenger) who talks his BFF (Keith David) into joining him on a cross-country motorcycle trip from New York to the West Coast. Supporting cast includes Bruce Dern, Gina Gershon and Penelope Ann Miller. Comment
Movies: Gilda Radner (1946-1989) was best known as an original cast member of Saturday Night Live. In fact, she was the very first of the “Not Ready for Prime Time Players” hired back in 1975 by the show’s creator / producer, Lorne Michaels. Comment


Sports: Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) created history in the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) by becoming the first team to successfully defend their T20 title when they whipped the Guyana Warriors by eight wickets at the Brian Lara Stadium in South Trinidad on Sunday night. Comment

Haitian hotelier hails tennis champs’ Haitian heritage

Haiti: Haiti’s Le Plaza Hotel’s General Manager Marc Pierre-Louis has hailed Naomi Osaka’s stunning victory at the US Open as “an achievement of which all Haitians should be incredibly proud.” Comment

Monday, Sept. 17, 2018

Barbados: Last Sunday, Sept. 9, Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, delivered a heartfelt message, at a Service of Thanksgiving, saying she was touched and blessed to have met “the elegant, sophisticated, very intellectually gifted, Dr. Donna Hunte-Cox, Barbados Consul General to New York, who had come from the beautiful island nation of Barbados. Comments (1)

Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018

Trinidad and Tobago: The planned phasing out of the refinery of the Trinidad and Tobago-owned state oil company, Petrotrin, has sent the Barbados government scurrying to locate another supplier of gasoline. Comment

Bad financial planning blamed for business failures

Caribbean: A new study by the Washington, D.C.-based Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says bad financial planning is responsible for failure of creative entrepreneurships in Latin America and the Caribbean. Comment

Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018

Williams loses bid for New York Lt. Governor

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams Thursday night lost a spirited bid to become lieutenant governor of New York State, losing to the incumbent Kathy Hochul by six percentage points in New York Democratic Primary elections. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: H.E. Rudolph Michael Ten-Pow, permanent representative and ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Guyana to the United Nations, and Barbara Atherly, consul general of Guyana to New York, led a contingent in the Parade of Nations, during UN Staff Day on Friday, Sept. 7. Comment

University of the West Indies celebrates 70

Jamaica: The University of the West Indies is now observing its 70th year of uninterrupted service to the region, and in Barbados, home to the premier medical faculty the celebration was marked by introduction of the first degree in Nursing programme. Comment
Brooklyn: The street is in fashion. Thousands of black fashion aficionados citywide showcased their personal styles at the fourth annual Essence Street Style festival at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Sept. 9. The event featured dozens of fashion-related events, including a catwalk and some musical performances. As one of the premier shows for the fashion subculture with communities of color, it also gives a stage for the birth for new and emerging styles to come out during a time where fashion is in focus, said the live events director. Comment

Friday, Sept. 14, 2018

The three leading local media companies serving the five boroughs of New York City along with Long Island and Westchester have now become one. Comment
Travel: The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) says the opening day of its forthcoming State of the Tourism Industry Conference (SOTIC) centers on the “Recreate” theme with discussions focused on “immersive technology-driven experience,” with innovation, business development and building better. Comment



Music: The United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn (UVCGB) on Saturday held another very successful cultural show in Brooklyn in its continuing efforts in raising funds to assist, with medical supplies, hospitals and health centers in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment

Barbados-Guyana share honors

Barbados-Guyana share honors

Guyana: Barbados Tridents Football Team went to Guyana and pulled off a 2-2 draw last week in a Nations League qualifying phase fixture that left both sides with one point each. Comment


Sports: EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Neymar and Brazilian teammates showed young American players how large a gap they must overcome. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018



Environment: While the Carolinas and other southeastern American states prepare for this week’s arrival of monster storm Florence, countries in the Eastern Caribbean sub region were bracing for the passage of Tropical Storm Isaac as the 2018 hurricane season approaches its peak. Comment
Barbados: University of the West Indies Chancellor Emeritus, Sir George Alleyne has expressed irritation that despite the existence of a scientific study supporting health insurance transfers across countries, CARICOM bureaucrats sat on the information without any action. Comment
Barbados: The new Barbados government has announced changes to some of its heads of diplomatic missions including the island’s representative here in New York where Oral ‘Mackie’ Holder will replace Donna Hunte-Cox. Comment

Bartlett: ‘Best summer ever’ for Jamaica

Jamaica: Jamaica Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, says it’s the “best summer ever” Jamaica, as the island experienced record-breaking stopover arrivals from May to August, with provisional estimates showing stopover arrivals up by 6 percent over the same period last year. By Nelson A. King Jamaica Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, says it’s the “best summer ever” Jamaica, as the island experienced record-breaking stopover arrivals from May to August, with provisional estimates showing stopover arrivals up by 6 percent over the same period last year. Comment

Harlem readies for 49th Annual African American Day Parade

Bronx: The most acclaimed Black village in America will be the center of attraction when the African American Day Parade makes its way along Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. on Sept. 16. Comment
Haiti: A senior United Nations official is calling on Haitian authorities do more to prepare the French-speaking Caribbean nation for the planned withdrawal of the country’s UN peacekeeping mission, saying that the situation there remains “fragile.” Comments (1)

CDB signature missing from anti-corruption pact

Caribbean: The Washington, D.C.-based Organization of American States (OAS) says the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is the only international organization of the Joint Summit Working Group (JSWG) that has not signed a pact against corruption. Comment

Trini ‘nanny’ film for international film fest

Movies: A new short film briefly examining the life of a Caribbean nanny is set to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival next week. Trinidadian-Canadian filmmaker Ian Harnarine’s film “Caroni,” follows a Trinidadian nanny living and working in New York City and trying to keep in touch with her young daughter back home. The film sheds light on the visible group, whose stories outside of work go unheard of and unexplored, said Harnarine. Comment

Brace for ‘worst-case scenario’ on immigration: Findlay warns

St Vincent: Stating that a greater problem besides race is on the horizon for which they many not be able to escape so easy, former West Indies wicket keeper and manager Vincentian T. Michael Findlay has warned Caribbean nationals in the United States to brace themselves for what he describes as a “worst-case scenario” on immigration. Comment
Arts & Theater: J’Ouvert City International announced the results of the Brooklyn J’Ouvert 2018 judging and Roy Pierre & Associates was named the first the prize winner in Fancy Mas for their portrayal of “All Hands On Deck (A Sailor is a Sailor).” This marks the 17th time that Roy Pierre & Associates has taken first place. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Bahamas The human rights group, Rights Bahamas, says plans by the Bahamas government to remove “shantytowns” where many Haitian migrants live constitutes a gross violation of peoples’ fundamental human rights under the constitution. Rights Bahamas said in a statement that the impoverished Haitians do not want the authorities to break up their close-knit communities, built over generations through mutual help and support. Comment
Guyana: New York-based “Its From the Sole” (sole of the feet for those in need) founder Andre McDonnell, partnered with Guyanese-born Melissa Garner to bring much needed footwear to less fortunate residents of rural Ann’s Grove on the East Bank Demerara, Guyana, during a recent outreach in the village. Comment
St Vincent: The St. Vincent and the Grenadines government has presented three pieces of legislation in a move to establish a medicinal marijuana industry in the country. Comment

A patriot tax for Petrotrin

Trinidad and Tobago: The grand predecessors of Dr. Keith Rowley have committed some epic economic blunders. Comment
Haiti: Local mothers and fathers aren’t the only ones focused on “kids back to school.” This is also the time when Haitian-American and Queens resident Dayanne Danier and the organization Fleur de Vie, Flower of Life, concentrates on children in Haiti starting their new school year. Comment
Movies: Sergeant Darren Hill (Liam Matthews) was just days away from finishing up a tour of duty in Afghanistan when he died during an ambush of his unit. The shocking news devastated his wife, Amber (Lindsay Pulsipher), and their young daughter, Bree (Makenzie Moss). Comment
Sports: West Indies fast bowler Ronsford Beaton has been cleared by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to resume bowling in international cricket. Comment

St. Lucia Stars, Barbados Tridents out of CPL playoffs

Trinidad and Tobago: St. Lucia Stars and Barbados Tridents are out of the playoffs in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) for the third year running. Comment

West Indies to tour India

Sports: West Indies selectors have recalled left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican and opening batsman Sunil Ambris to the 13-man squad to tour India in October and November. Comment

Windies Women host South Africa in Barbados

Sports: Kensington Oval, Barbados will host West Indies’ next outing in the ICC Women’s Championship, starting later this month. Comment

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