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Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018


Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad’s Prime Minister Keith Rowley flew to Guyana for two days at mid-week with official pronouncements indicating the two will sign a pact relating to energy, agriculture and other issues but speculation was rife that the visitors might well make a pitch to refine some of Guyana’s oil there, thereby preventing a large and lifeline refinery from closing in Trinidad. Comment

Ex-Windies captain promotes Womens T20 Cup

St Lucia: Discarded West Indies Captain Darren Sammy will be used to promote the upcoming Women’s Twenty20 World Cup. Comment

Windies superstars to play in Afghanistan

Caribbean: West Indies superstars, Chris Gayle and Andre Russell have been drafted as “icons” for their respective franchises in the Afghanistan Premier League T20, which bowls off next month. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago women footballers — the Soca Princesses — have clinched a place in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship (CWC) after their final match in the Caribbean Zone of the competition at the National Stadium in Kingston recently. Comment

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

Memorial service for St. Lucian national killed by white officer

St Lucia: The Brooklyn-based Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID) says St. Lucian and Caribbean clergy and community leaders will on Wednesday evening lead a memorial service for St. Lucian national Botham Shem Jean, who was killed by a white female police officer in his home in Dallas, Texas on Sept. 6. 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

Barbadian slave becomes flying assistant

Books: You need to get out of here. You don’t know where. You just have to go to another room, maybe, or another building, another town, across the world. You need to get out of here but, as in the new novel “ Washington Black” by Esi Edugyan, be careful, and mindful that you don’t run away from yourself. 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

Another global financial crisis for developing countries?

Caribbean: SYDNEY & KUALA LUMPUR, Sept. 18, 2018 (IPS) — George Soros, Bill Gates and other pundits have been predicting another financial crisis. In their recent book, Revolution Required: The Ticking Bombs of the G7 Model, Peter Dittus and Herve Hamoun, former senior officials of the Bank of International Settlements, warned of ‘ticking time bombs’ in the global financial system waiting to explode, mainly due to the policies of major developed countries. 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

A Puerto Rican celebration in Brooklyn

Puerto Rico: Hundreds of Puerto Ricans marched down Graham Avenue in Williamsburg Sunday in the 25th annual Brooklyn Puerto Rican Day parade. 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

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