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Friday, Oct. 19, 2018

CLAMOR FOR POT EXPANDS

CLAMOR FOR POT EXPANDS

Trinidad and Tobago: If there was ever any doubt that governments in the 15-nation Caribbean Community will be under severe pressure to decriminalize infinitesimal marijuana use and allow for the growth of a medical pot industry they only need to pay attention to what is happening across the region. Comment
Grenada: BUENOS AIRES, Oct 16 2018 (IPS) - Although their contribution to global warming is negligible, Caribbean nations are bearing the brunt of its impact. Climate phenomena are so devastating that countries are beginning to prepare not so much to adapt to the new reality, but to get their economies back on their feet periodically. Comment

Jamaican play about mental health, displacement premieres in New York

Arts & Theater: A popular Jamaican play exploring friendship and displacement has made its New York premiere at the New Perspective Theater, and will be playing until Oct. 28. “The Key Game,” by Pat Cumper, follows four men — three patients and their caretaker — in a dissolving psychiatric hospital in Jamaica, set to be destroyed for a high-rise hotel. The stage play tackles an important theme on mental health during adversity, and dealing with things beyond their control, said the producer. Comment

Twenty20s in Florida

Sports: West Indies are planning to host India in Florida, USA, immediately after the 2019 World Cup. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018

Bronx: The Bronx, Manhattan and Westchester Chapter of the Caribbean American Nurses Association, Inc. (BMW CANA) on Saturday handed over US$1,000 checks to four Caribbean nursing students to assist them with their education. Comment
Books: In a new biographical book about the life of Bertram L. Baker — the first black person to hold public office in Brooklyn — his grandson, author and Brooklyn College professor Ron Howell, chronicles the life of his late elder in “Boss of Black Brooklyn: The Life and Times of Bertram L. Baker.” Comment
Brooklyn: He’s only a few notes from fame. An East Flatbush singer is now gunning for the top spot on the television vocal competition “The Voice.” Haitian-American performer Zaxai beat out hundreds of other would-be competitors to secure a spot on the show, but says it was luck that led him to audition for the reality show a few months ago. Comment

T&T players blanked

T&T players blanked

Trinidad and Tobago: Cricket West Indies (CWI) selectors have blanked four key Trinidad and Tobago players from the West Indies squad for the three ODIs against India next month. Comment

South Africa, Windies women draw series

Caribbean: South Africa women managed to draw (2-2) in the five-match Twenty20 series against the West Indies at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in South Trinidad last week. Comment

Bajan baller gets a break

Bajan baller gets a break

Barbados: Young Barbadian footballer, Thierry Gale, this week winged out the island on his way to take up an opportunity of a lifetime pursuing a permanent place as a player in the Hungarian professional league. Comment

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados The Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA) is cracking down on errant owners who owe the Government millions of dollars in land tax. From November, the State will start selling, via public auctions 69 properties that collectively owe $15 million in outstanding land taxes. The figure includes penalties and interest. Comment

St. Vincent MP: Pervasive fear hovers over country

St Vincent: An opposition Member of Parliament in St. Vincent and the Grenadines claims that pervasive fear hovers over the multi-island state, stating that nationals at home and even in the Diaspora are suffering from what she describes as “phobophobia,” derived from the Greek phobos, or fear of fear. Comment
Grenada: The Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, on Tuesday, Oct. 16 participated in the inauguration of the latest smart health care facility to open in the Caribbean. The Princess Alice Hospital in Mirabeau, St. Andrew’s, Grenada is the first hospital to have been refitted to smart standards in the Eastern Caribbean and the latest in the Caribbean region as a whole. Comment

Guyana’s consul general named ‘woman of the year’

Guyana: The “Women of the Year” award was presented to Barbara Atherly, consul general of Guyana to New York, by the Guyanese American Law Enforcement Association (GALEA), at the organizations inaugural Dinner and Dance Scholarship Gala, at Terrace on the Park in Queens. Comment

Guyana CG in Barbados calls for strengthened relations

Guyana: Consul General of Guyana in Barbados, Cita Pilgrim has said now that there is a new administration in place in Barbados, the two countries have a long way to go, since Guyana is on the brink of huge development and the nature of its relationships in the region must be strengthened. Comment

Carver: 70 years strong

Carver: 70 years strong

Business: Carver Federal Savings Bank is an historic minority-managed community bank with a robust mobile banking platform and eight branches located in New York City, including four in Brooklyn, three in Manhattan and one in Queens. Comment
Sports: In spite of a reportedly improved performance in the second half, the Barbados Tridents football team went under 0-3 to El Salvador’s La Selecta in a CONCACAF Nations League qualifying fixture at the Cuscatlán Stadium in San Salvador. Comment

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

US DEFEATS JAMAICA

US DEFEATS JAMAICA

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
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