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Friday, Aug. 17, 2018

CASH FROM OIL

Guyana: Until renowned Caribbean economist professor Clive Thomas raised it at a public engagement recently, Guyanese had long been speaking in hushed tones about how some of the billions the country expects to get from its bountiful offshore oil harvest will directly and quickly reach to their pockets. Comment

Georgetown celebrates 175th anniversary with ‘City Week’

Guyana: The Guyana mayor and councillors of the city of Georgetown have planned a week of activities to commemorate its 175th Anniversary, titled: “City Week,” that will begin with a “Gratitude and Celebration” church service at the historic St. George’s Cathedral Church on Aug. 19. Comment
Barbados: Within days of information on the arrest of a former government minister for allegedly conspiring for personal gain to have a state agency sign an insurance contract, Barbadians are hearing of another questionable pay-out by that nationally owned company. Comment
Arts & Theater: “It’s our first endeavor of its kind,” explains Brooklyn Arts Council folk arts director Chris Mulé, elaborating on the Council’s first guided Brooklyn Pan Yard Tour to mas camps in Brooklyn. Leaving from the Brooklyn Museum on Aug. 23, from 7 pm — 11 pm, participants will visit six locations starting in Crown Heights. Comment
Arts & Theater: Battery Dance presents a dance theatre musical, PULA! Botswana on Broadway, sponsored by the Botswana Tourism Organisation, on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018 at 3 pm and 8 pm and Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018 at 8 pm at The PlayStation Theater, 1515 Broadway, NYC. Tickets start at $40 and are available at www.botswanaonbroadway.com. Comment
Sports: Rising batting star Shimron Hetmyer has made huge strides in the ICC batting rankings following his heavy scoring in the recent One-Day series against Bangladesh. Comment

T&T grabs 30 medals at CAC Games

Sports: Trinidad and Tobago athletes grabbed 30 medals- nine gold, which equaled its best tally ever of eight silver and 13 bronze at the recent Central American and Caribbean Games (CAC) in Barranquilla, Colombia which ended last week, Comment

BIG SIX STYLE

Sports: Veteran West Indies opener, Chris Gayle is promising hitting big sixes at the World Cup next year and insists his explosive style has changed the one-day game. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018

Brooklyn: The Caribbean Community in New York on Wednesday paid their last respects to William “Bill” Howard, president of the Brooklyn-based West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA). Comment
St Vincent: Nearly 200 family and church members, friends and supporters Saturday night celebrated the 90th Birthday of Vincentian Lester C. Jack at a gala ceremony, dubbed “Aged to Perfection,” at Glen Terrace on Avenue N in Brooklyn. Comment
Guyana: More than 50 Guyanese pensioners resident in Barbados turned up last Saturday when the Guyana Consulate held its first tea party for that country’s elderly who have made their home in the island. Comment
Haiti: President Jovenel Moise has appointed Jean Henry Ceant as Haiti’s new prime minister after two days of consultation with the two branches of Parliament. Comment

We would be left to dance, sing and run!

Grenada: Several years ago I commented on the transformation of the Grenadian personality, as a people seek to be more assertive and dynamic in their interpersonal relations, and I attributed much of the impetus to come from the artistry of local artistes, particularly since the launching of Wilt Cambridge aka Talpree’s artistry to regional and international success at the turn of the century. Comment

PNCR democratic culture augurs well for Guyana

Guyana: Dear Editor: The People’s National Congress Reform’ (PNCR) 20th biannual congress commences this week. It will culminate with the election of new office holders. Intensely competitive races for party chairman, vice chairmen and central executive members have therefore emerged. As one of the governing parties of our emergent oil producing country, the eyes of the world are on this event. Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018

Brooklyn: The Rohan Levy Foundation presented two students with scholarships at a college send-off event at Prospect Park on Sunday. The organization, founded by Nadine Sylvester, who named it after her son she lost to gun violence, awarded Jalen Vasquez and Kenneth Nelson Jr. with $2,000 each for college expenses. The young men and their parents were appreciative of the event, which is geared towards assisting the most vulnerable of becoming victims of crime. Comment

Reverence to the Haitian Revolution

Haiti: Not a picnicker in sight! The usually bustling grassy corner of Prospect Park near Empire Blvd. was empty on Saturday, Aug. 11. Intermittent rain kept everyone away, except… except, that you can’t change an anniversary date of enormous significance! Comment

National orders served in Jamaica

Music: Distinguished Jamaican citizens were named by Gov. General Patrick Linton Allen for national honors on the 56th an Comment
Movies: Even though Nick (Henry Golding) and Rachel (Constance Wu) have been dating for a few years, they don’t know much about each other’s background. That’s because they live in New York City where he’s never bothered to reveal that he’s from one the wealthiest families in Singapore, and she’s never talked about her humble roots, having been raised by a single-mom immigrant (Kheng Hua Tan) to the U.S. from China. Comment
Guyana: After ending his 25-year career, as an United States naval officer piloting ships in the military warfare service department, Christopher Millington decided to seek greener pastures in his native land of Guyana, where he now serves up a delicious menu of American comfort food. Comment

Kiddies band goes on a fantastic journey

Arts & Theater: Giselle Fritz and Associates has competed in the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) Parade for the past 11 years. The band has had numerous successes, never failing to be among the first three places in the small band category. Its individuals have left their mark in both the Individual category and the King and Queen presentations. Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018

Barbados: Following government’s unilateral suspension of external debt payments, Barbados was this week unsurprisingly hit by an international credit rating downgrade. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Two prominent Barbadian businessmen have been charged along with a sailor of the company’s yacht with trafficking in cannabis and importation of cannabis after police found 276 pounds of marijuana on board the vessel recently. Comment

Clarke condemns Trump’s ongoing onslaught on immigrants

National: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke Friday night launched a scathing attack on United States President Donald J. Trump’s immigration policies, describing them as ongoing assaults on immigrants. Comment
Brooklyn: Brooklyn’s Isaiah’s Temple of Mt. Hope Spiritual Baptist Church Friday night honored Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams among 14 outstanding members of the community at its 2018 Gala Awards Ceremony at Paradise Manor on Avenue U in Brooklyn. Comment

Nobel Peace Prize laureate V.S. Naipaul dead at 85

Books: V.S. Naipaul, the Trinidadian-born literary giant and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, died at his home in London on Saturday. He was 85. Comment

CCJ says Belize judge should be investigated

Belize: The Trinidad, Port-of Spain-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has ruled that a Belizean Court of Appeal judge should be considered for investigation. Comment
Music: Jamaica was never named by Jay-Z and Beyonce when they stopped into MetLife Stadium last week for two nights of their On The Run Tour 2. Comment
Sports: Incredible! Unbelievable! Shocking! These were the words to describe the destructive innings by Jamaica Tallawahs new captain Andre Russel that led to an improbable victory against the Trinidad and Tobago Knight Riders (TKR) on the second day of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) at the Queen’s Park Oval last Friday night. Comment
Arts & Theater: Last month Jamaican theatre actor David Heron finished the closing of a production of “Romeo and Juliet” at the Shakespeare Festival in St. Louis, Missouri. It was the actor’s sixth appearance in a Shakespeare play, and the show was record-breaking attendance for the festival’s show ever, and it was awing moment for him. Comment

Monday, Aug. 13, 2018

Queens group offers free coding program

Queens: A Queens-based organization is preparing New Yorkers to enter the city’s growing technology industry with its free coding program — Access Code. Long Island City’s Coalition for Queens, better known as C4Q — is an organization providing training in computer coding and software creation. Comment

California man jailed for sex with Jamaican minor

Jamaica: The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California says a California man has been jailed for engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor in Jamaica. Comment

Carican Costumes show ‘How to Stay Healthy’

Brooklyn: Trinidadian Pat Nurse says her mas band, Carican Costumes, will demonstrate to masqueraders and spectators alike “How to Stay Healthy” during this year’s West Indian American Day Carnival Parade. Comment

Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018

Barbados: Insurance Corporation of Barbados Limited (ICBL) has been revealed as the unnamed company in the US Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York indictment proceedings against ex-Barbados government minister, Donville Inniss, who faces money-laundering charges in New York. Comment

Independent & Foreign

Movies: Alt-Right: Age of Rage (Unrated) Political documentary revisiting last summer’s neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville, Virginia leading to the murder of counter-demonstrator Heather Heyer. Featuring commentary by Antifa activist Daryle Lamont Jenkins and white supremacist Richard Spencer. Comment

Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018

Caribbean seeks to become world’s first climate-smart zone

Caribbean: The World Bank says a ground-breaking partnership to support the Caribbean’s ambition to become the world’s first “climate-smart zone” was launched in Kingston, Jamaica on Thursday. Comment

Caribbean seeks to become world’s first climate-smart zone

Caribbean: The World Bank says a ground-breaking partnership to support the Caribbean’s ambition to become the world’s first “climate-smart zone” was launched in Kingston, Jamaica on Thursday. Comment

‘Cocktail Party’ for Anonymous Mas

Brooklyn: The newly-formed Anonymous Mas is having a “Cocktail Party” on Labor Day. All is welcomed. Tobagonian co-band leader Latoya Legall told Caribbean Life Thursday evening – at the band’s mas camp, 335 East 52nd Street, between Church Avenue and Linden Boulevard in Brooklyn – that the production comes from “the many different flavors of cocktails, which reminds us of colors of the different carnival costumes.” Comment

Barbadian tennis player abused

Barbados: Racism pops up its ugly head anywhere, and sports stars usually get their fair share of it, so there was no surprise when leading Barbadian tennis player, Darian King, came in for servings of this horrid abuse recently. Comment

Friday, Aug. 10, 2018

INDIAN TYCOON SOUGHT

Antigua: Once again, the controversial cash for citizenship scheme used by several of the smaller Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) to raise development finance is coming under severe scrutiny and it appears that a fugitive from India has been able to easily bypass Antigua’s national vetting system and qualify for citizenship and the right to travel globally on a local passport. Comment

MEC pays tribute to WIADCA prez

People: Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College (MEC) on Wednesday joined the outpouring of tributes on the passing of William R. “Bill” Howard, one of the founders of the college and president of the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA), organizers of the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade. Comment

HERO provides free services to Grenada’s dialysis patients

Grenada: A team of good Samaritans who toil as medical professionals here spent a week trip in Grenada where they provided implant access valves at no cost to dialysis patients at the General Hospital in the capital city of St. George’s. Comment

Truly deserved, Dr. Shiv Chanderpaul!

People: Guyanese cricket legend Shivnarine Chanderpaul, a former captain of the West Indies team, will be awarded the Honorary Doctors of Law later this year by the University of the West Indies (UWI). Comment
Arts & Theater: The Caribbean spirit was in the air. Hundreds of people attended the “Spirit of the Caribbean” community event and concert at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center in Queens on Aug. 4. The mid-day event featured a variety of island cuisine, dance, and music. And it was as much an exhilarating experience, as a it was an educational one, said the executive director of a dance group that performed. Comment
Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica — As part of the preparation for the upcoming Concacaf Nations League Qualifiers, Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz have announced two friendly international matches against Caribbean neighbors. Comment

Trinbago wins CPL opener

Trinbago wins CPL opener

Sports: New Zealander Colin Munro and Denesh Ramdin blasted half centuries in steering defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders to an emphatic 100-run victory over the St. Lucia Stars in the opening game of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Wednesday night at the Queens Park Oval in Trinidad and Tobago. Comment

UWI begins search for fast bowlers

Sports: The University of the West Indies (UWI) has begun the search for fast bowlers in the Caribbean this month. Comment

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