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Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018

Pressure to review Guyana-Exxon oil deal mounts

Guyana: Guyana’s government has said the cabinet is reviewing a profit sharing contract with US oil giant ExxonMobil amid mounting criticisms about its alleged lopsidedness from various sections of society as the Caribbean nation prepares to become an oil and gas producer in less than two years. Comment
Suriname: As an indication of how tough economic conditions are in Suriname, the Caribbean Community nation has so defaulted in annual payment contributions to the United Nations that its voting rights have been suspended until it could at least transfer a part of the outstanding fees. Comment

Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua A 57-year-old Japanese woman who kicked a police officer in the groin and refused to be searched on arrival at the V.C International Airport in Antigua recently was jailed for 14 days on a charge of assault and disorderly conduct. Comment

A bold archbishop retires

Barbados: Anglican dioceses of the Caribbean will soon be naming a new Primate as Archbishop John Holder will retire at the end of February ending eight years of leading eight districts of the church in the region. Comment

Soca legends win Trinidad Road March title

Music: Two soca legends Machael Montano and Austin “Superblue” Lyons have captured the 2018 Trinidad and Tobago Road March title. Their collaboration “Soca Kingdom” was played 336 times compared to Iwer George’s “Savannah” followed by Patrice Roberts’ Sweet Fuh So.” Comment

Boseman rises to the occasion as Marvel Superhero

Movies: Chadwick Boseman has already made quite a career out of portraying a variety of prominent African-Americans, from football star Floyd Little (The Express), to baseball great Jackie Robinson (42), to Godfather of Soul James Brown (Get on Up) to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall (Marshall). The versatile actor’s efforts have been appreciated by the NAACP which has seen fit to nominate him for five Image Awards. Comment

Friday, Feb. 16, 2018


Guyana: Saying it wants peace on its borders and a stable continent, Brazil’s government is planning to renew a bilateral pact defense agreement with the Caribbean Community nation of Guyana in the wake of its simmering and ongoing border troubles with Venezuela, government officials said this week. Comment

Barbados leads Caribbean debt

Barbados: With a fiscal deficit way above the internationally accepted benchmark, Barbados bears the heaviest debt burden of Caribbean countries when compared to its level of production of goods and services, according the Caribbean Development Bank. Comment

Senators strike deal on immigration

Immigration: A broad bipartisan group of United States senators reached agreement Wednesday on a narrow rewrite of the country’s immigration laws that would bolster border security and resolve the fate of Caribbean and other “Dreamers,” even as President Donald J. Trump suggested he would veto any plan that does not adhere to his harder-line approach. Comment
Puerto Rico: It’s getting back to business in Puerto Rico! The Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) is heralding new milestones on the island as part of the recovery effort post-Hurricane Maria. With cruise ships making their return to San Juan in November of last year, and also hosting one of the largest travel seminars, the agency expects to see over a million tourists, said a spokeswoman. Comments (1)

Sir Shridath Ramphal — Guyana’s trump card against Venezuela

During my law school days, circa 1979, two concerned alumni in the same International law class, asked me what was Guyana’s answer to Venezuela’s recurring claim to three-quarters of Guyana being illegally seized by Venezuela. The name Sir Shridath “Sonny” Ramphal entered my mind almost reflexively. “He is our trump card,” I reassured them, “He is a world renowned diplomat, and he will lead the way.” Comment

Portraits of the past: Myrtle Avenue show of black history

They are looking back at black history. An annual celebration of black artwork is happening now along Myrtle Avenue, Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s commercial corridor. This year’s Black Artstory, produced by the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership, focuses on black people reconnecting with their ancestry, with the theme “Sankofa: Go Back and Get it.” The woman behind the title said that she hopes that the Black Artstory series of Friday night events will spur young people to learn more about their backgrounds. Comment



Fashion: Fashion designer, Glenroy Marsh departed from his usual brilliant hues, and instead chose an all-white D’Marsh Couture collection to wow his audience. The master couturier, known for excellent craftsmanship, was again on-point dressing up models in exquisite outfits. Comment

WI cricket ambassador

Sports: Manager of the West Indies team Joel “Big Bird” Garner will now perform the role of ambassador of Cricket West Indies (CWI) and will be utilized for special projects. Comment

WI bowling coach fired

Sports: West Indies bowling coach, Roddy Estwick, has been fired ahead of the ICC World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe next month. Estiwick, 56, who joined the regional side’s coaching staff about 20 months ago, will be replaced by a coach from outside the Caribbean which will soon be named, CWI President Dave Cameron said. Comment

Sarwan slams CWI

Sports: Former West Indies and Guyana batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan has called on the administrators of Cricket West Indies (CWI) to “pad up” and take the field to help the West Indies qualify for the 2019 ICC World Cup. Comment

Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018

On a mission: Local doctor provides care to Puerto Rican island

Puerto Rico: A helping hand from the mainland. After Hurricane Maria the small and distant island of Vieques, which is just north of Puerto Rico, saw widespread destruction and its residents were left to fend for themselves. But a local Bay Ridge doctor went there last weekend to provide medical assistance to thousands of the island’s residents. Doctor Kirill Alekseyev from Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, traveled with three of his fellow doctors on a medical mission to service people in need of care and the needs were dire, he said. Comment
Sports: The Regional Super50 bowled off last week, which will see 43 matches played in Barbados and Antigua with the Final Four stage at the Coolidge Cricket Ground on Feb. 21, 22 and 24. Comment


Sports: Brooklyn’s Adilia Trim breaks Elementary B Division 400 meters record at the nation’s largest track and field series for women at the Armory Track, NYC, Feb. 10 2018. Adilia Trim, a 5th-grader at PS 288 in Brooklyn ran 59.76 in the Elementary B 400 meters at the finals of the 44th Annual Colgate Women’s Games, breaking a record of 59.80 set by Neffertittii Cooper of Philadelphia in 1991. Comment

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018

Jamaica: A collaboration of two Africa-centric organizations in New York successfully executed an informative Black History Month program recently at Medgar Evers College that probably should have been credited as required to the semester’s curriculum. Comment

Abuse of state machinery in former top model case

St Vincent: A prominent lawyer representing a former top Vincentian model has described as “a colossal misuse and abuse of state machinery” the case in which the ex-model was sent to a psychiatric institution for evaluation. Comment
Dominican Republic: Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. celebrated members of the Dominican-American community at a Dominican heritage event on Feb. 8. Four honorees, including Assemblywoman Carmen De La Rosa, were recognized for their contributions. The lawmaker said she was happy to see other members of the community come out and support. Comment

US military helps thwart Trinidad carnival terror attack: Reports

Arts & Theater: United States military troops participated in anti-terror raids in the Caribbean have helped in capturing four “high value targets” aimed at disrupting Trinidad and Tobago carnival, according to reports. Comment

Grenadian named AFUWI’s Luminary honoree

Grenada: The American Foundation for the University of the West Indies has annually flaunted their commitment to helping the Caribbean institution of higher learning by hosting a gala fundraising affair. Comment

A rallying cry for activism, legal action

You can’t look any longer. Whatever it is, it’s just too painful, too scary, so you hide your eyes and pretend that nothing’s happening. You can’t look any longer, so you don’t… but after awhile, you notice it again. That’s when you realize that you saw all along. That’s when, as in the new book “When They Call You a Terrorist” by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & asha bandele, you realize that you never really could look away. Comment

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018

You Can’t Deport a Movement rally at Foley Square

Immigration: The tone, Saturday morning, Feb. 11, began a bit lighter than might have been as immigration rights activists filled Foley Square in the shadow of Manhattan courts at the “You Can’t Deport a Movement” rally in support of Ravi Ragbir. Comment

Bobby Digital releases two-part music collection

Music: Grammy-winning Jamaican producer Bobby Digital recently released a new compilation mix. The hit-maker put together a two-part anthology series, “Volume 1: X-tra Wicked” and “Volume 2: Serious Times” — a collection of some of his greatest hits. He says he started assembling the project a few years ago to give his fans something reminiscent of classic reggae. Comment

Brooklyn group warns crime will destabilize Guyana

Guyana: The Brooklyn-based Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID) has warned that crime will destabilize Guyana if the David Granger-led administration fails to immediately enact modern laws and crime-fighting measures. Comment
Movies: Besides granting a record number of pardons to non-violent felons convicted of drug offenses, Barack Obama didn’t accomplish very much during his last days in office. That’s not unusual for a lame duck president, particularly when the opposing party is in control of both houses of Congress. Comment

Vincentian sports journalist Glenford Prescott passes

St Vincent: Prominent Vincentian sports journalist Eardley Glenford Prescott, also known as “Pressie” and “Knowledge,” died at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital in capital city Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, on Jan. 30. He was 59. Comment
Music: BPTT Renegades celebrated their long-awaited tenth National Panorama Championship title at the Panorama finals at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain on Saturday night. Comment

Nothing golden about this 50-year anniversary

Viewpoints: This month marks a golden anniversary for American wages, but don’t expect celebration around the nation. On the contrary. In February 1968, the federal minimum wage increased from $1.40 to $1.60 an hour, giving minimum wage workers what would turn out to be the highest level of purchasing power they would enjoy for the next 50 years. Comment

Brooklyn’s SVG sports association to hold elections

St Vincent: The Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines United States of America Sports Association (SVG-USASA) will host its biennial general meeting to elect a new executive body on Saturday, Feb. 24. Comment

Monday, Feb. 12, 2018

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean A United States diplomat has urged Caribbean countries to seriously tackle the issue of money laundering. Perry Holloway, US Ambassador to Guyana said regional governments must act now to ensure financial institutions are protected from criminal elements. Comment

Engineers examine impact of hurricanes on BVI

The impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria on the strong motion and seismic network throughout the British Virgin Islands BVI) is being examined this week. Comment

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Aiyaary (Unrated) East Indian action thriller about an army colonel (Manoj Bajpayee) who has 36 hours to rein in his once-promising protege gone rogue (Sidharth Malhotra). With Rakul Preet Singh, Pooja Chopra and Adil Hussain. (In Hindi with subtitles) Comment

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