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Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

Immigrant rights leader Ragbir to be returned to New York area

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad-born immigrants’ rights activist Ravi Ragbir — who was arrested by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials amid peaceful demonstrations in lower Manhattan on Jan. 11 and taken that same day to Krome Detention Facility in Miami, Fla. — will be returned to the New York area, where he will be held pending the outcome of his legal case, Immigration officials announced Wednesday, Jan. 17. Comment
Haiti: Hundreds of demonstrators rallied at Times Square to protest against President Trump’s derogatory comments on Jan. 15. Last week the president allegedly made derogatory remarks disapproving immigration from El Salvador, Haiti, and Africa and referenced those nations and the continent as “shithole.” Comments (1)
Brooklyn: More than 100 Haitian-Americans marked the eighth anniversary of the 2010 Haiti earthquake at Borough Hall on Jan. 12. Guests at the eighth annual Interfaith Memorial for Haiti’s Earthquake Victims, observed a moment of silence at 4:53 pm — the exact time a devastating 7.0 magnitude quake rocked the island nation, and many had some words for President Trump in light of his comments deriding immigrants from Haiti and the African continent, said one organizer. Comment

Williams may challenge Cuomo’s No. 2: Report

People: Potential rivals may have backed away from running against New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in 2018, but a new primary challenger emerged on Monday to his running mate, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, according to reports. Comment
St Vincent: The Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ex-Teachers Association of New York on Sunday, Jan. 14 honored one of the nation’s premier academic medical centers. Comment

JA repatriate starts retreat series for working parents

Jamaica: It’s a refuge for the working professional. A Jamaican repatriate and former Flatbush resident is launching a multi-city retreat series this year. Author and consultant Kwayera Archer created ‘Immersion Retreat,’ which kicked off in Ochos Rios, Jamaica on Jan. 11 Comment

Nominate a woman for New York Lifestyle Change Award

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Caribbean Pan-African leaders to Trump: ‘Persona non-grata’

People: About 90 Pan-African organizations and leaders in the Caribbean have declared United States President Donald J. Trump “persona non-grata” for reported racist remarks he made last week about Haiti and African nations. Comment


Sports: NEW YORK (AP) — Anthony Davis’ fullcourt heave after the third quarter was too late to give him points, though it gave him that unstoppable feeling great players get. Comment

Gayle not to be written off

Sports: West Indies head coach Stuart Law has warned cricket pundits not to write off Chris Gayle because he may not have fired in the recent limited overs series against New Zealand. Comment

West Indies slips in ICC rankings

Sports: The West Indies team has slipped to fifth in the latest ICC Twnety20 rankings following their 2-0 defeat to New Zealand in the three-match series which ended recently. Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018

Fiery & furious redress to racist slur on Black immigrants

Haiti: Last year, President Donald Trump gave an ultimatum to North Korea’s President Kim Jong Un that if he did not cooperate with US dictates, the Asian leader and his people would “be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” Comment

It’s time for a permanent solution to protect dreamers

Immigration: Depression, anxiety, frustration: This was my reality as an undocumented young woman living in the United States. For many years the love and support of my family was the only thing that sustained me. In 2012 my life changed with the implementation of the DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Comment
Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Eight years ago, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake upended life in Haiti, killing more than 300,000 people by some estimates and destroying hundreds of thousands of homes. For many of those left homeless, life hasn’t yet returned to normal. Comment

It’s not all black and white

Books: It’s all there in front of you. Plain as day. Plain as the nose on your face with nothing left to tell, it’s all in black and white — or is it? When it comes to racism, says author Ijeoma Oluo, it’s complicated and in her new book “So You Want to Talk about Race,” there may be shades of gray. Comment

Is Chutney out of place in Carnival?

Arts & Theater: When people get angry, they tend to speak their mind. Their emotions explode in words that they have been suppressing for some time. Psychologist Dr Jeffrey Huntsinger proved this theory after conducting experiments at Loyala University in Chicago in the USA in 2012. Comment

Biopic on disgraced olympic skater fails to impress

Movies: On Jan. 6, 1994, while waiting to compete in the U.S. Figure Skating Championship competition, top-ranked Nancy Kerrigan’s (Caitlin Carver) knee was smashed by a billy club-wielding hit man named Shane Stant (Ricky Russert). After the cowardly attack in the halls of Detroit’s Cobo arena, the assailant quickly escaped with the help of a waiting getaway car driven by Derrick Smith (Anthony Reynolds). Comment

Monday, Jan. 15, 2018

Barbados downgraded again

Barbados: The financial news continues to be bad for Barbados as the island a few days ago suffered another international credit ratings downgrade, this time from the regional based agency, Caribbean Information and Credit Rating Services Limited (CariCRIS). Comment

Cricket West Indies launches fan research

Sports: Cricket West Indies (CWI) has launched the first part of a new strategic plan — a cricket fan research. West Indies and cricket fans throughout the region have the chance to have their say in improving how fans can follow and enjoy local and international cricket. Comment

Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018

Caricom leaders flay Trump

Caricom leaders flay Trump

Haiti: GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Calling President Donald Trump’s remarks about Haiti and African immigrants as repulsive, the 15-nation Caribbean single trading bloc at the weekend flayed Trump for his outburst, calling them unenlightened views. Comment

Barbados has second female governor general

Barbados: Madame Justice Sandra Mason was sworn in as Barbados second female governor general on Wednesday, Jan. 10 before a packed Senate Chamber, including members of the government and the opposition. Comment
Manhattan: The African Burial Ground National Monument’s visitor center, 290 Broadway in Manhattan is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 am – 4 pm and has special programming year round. It is truly a center that celebrates the African Diaspora. Comment

Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua The Antigua government is set to begin the US$90 million St. John’s port modernization project this month as it moves to increase employment opportunities on the island. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane D. Williams was arrested last week in lower Manhattan by NYPD officers while protesting the detention by federal immigration authorities of Trinidadian community leader Ravi Ragbir. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Delirium (R for violence and disturbing images) Harrowing horror flick about a just-discharged mental patient (Topher Grace) who inherits a haunted house from his recently-deceased parents (Robin Thomas and Daisy McCrackin). With Patricia Clarkson, Genesis Rodriguez and Callan Mulvey. Comment

Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

Profound outrage over Trump’s ‘shithole’ remarks about Haitians

Haiti: Lawmakers, Haitians and other Caribbean nationals in the United States have expressed profound outrage over President Donald J. Trump’s alleged disparaging remarks on Thursday about Haitians and Africans. Comment

Sewage spill sullies brand Barbados

Barbados: A sewage issue that has been literally bubbling for years was within a week hurled into the international glare with the United States and Canada and the UK advising their nationals visiting Barbados to be mindful of a health risk. Comment

Boston Carnival killers jailed for life

National: Prosecutors in Boston said two men convicted in the shooting death of an innocent bystander at Boston’s Caribbean Carnival in 2014 have been sentenced to life in prison. Comment

Caribbean saw strong holiday season

Travel: The Caribbean remains a top tourist destination. Last month, the Caribbean saw a strong holiday season despite some countries in the region being battered with hurricanes last year. The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association reports that many hotels reported 90 percent occupancies in December. Despite many countries still recovering from damage left by Hurricane Irma and Maria, it was only a best under. Comment

St. Kitts on prestigious travel list

St Kitts and Nevis: St. Kitts is one of 22 destinations that Bloomberg Businessweek says will be “especially hot” this year. Mentioned second, St. Kitts is the only Caribbean destination on the list titled “Where to Go in 2018.” Comment

St. Kitts & Nevis PM, Cuban ambassador discuss cooperation

St Kitts and Nevis: St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister, Dr. Timothy Harris, and Cuban Ambassador to the Federation, Abelardo Fabio Hernández Ferrer, have reaffirmed the commitment of their respective governments to further strengthen the shared bilateral relations between both countries. Comment

The Musical now in its seventh year

Music: With the arrival of 2018, the long-running smash SISTAS: The Musical had its seventh New Year’s celebration at St. Luke’s Theatre in the heart of the Theatre District. Comment

West Indies falls short

Sports: West Indies Head coach Stuart Law said West Indies had some “soul-searching” to do after they suffered a 119-run crushing defeat at the hands of New Zealand in the recent Twenty20 International final, to end the eight-match tour without a single win. Comment



Sports: NEW YORK (AP) — After a two-year hiatus, C. Vivian Stringer has Rutgers back in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll. The Scarlet Knights jumped into the AP Top 25 on Monday at No. 21, riding an 11-game winning streak. Rutgers was last ranked on March 2, 2015. Comment

UN Secretary General issues call for unity in global community in 2018

People: United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres issued “an alert” for the nations of the world to come together in the new year to battle warfare, hatred, nationalism, xenophobia and other ills. Comment

Book Review: ‘Aging Thoughtfully: Conversations about Retirement Romance, Wrinkles and Regret.’

Books: Martha C. Nussbaum and Saul Levmore have written a tome that delves into different ways of looking at life after retirement, about the onset of wrinkles, and other aspects of what some call the golden years. Comment

Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018


Antigua: Just as the regional commission on marijuana is in the Bahamas for public consultations this week, an influential Caribbean head of government is calling on governments to take cognizance of the global push to allow for possession of small amounts for personal use rather than fill jail houses with innocent youths across the region. Comment
National: A federal judge in California has issued an injunction ordering the Trump administration to maintain the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for now, even as the President moved to end the program in September. Comment

Immigration activist Jean Montrevil detained

Haiti: With the piercing sounds of sirens and traffic, immigration activists, local politicians, and clergy braved bitter weather at the prayer vigil and rally protesting the detention of Jean Montrevil. Comment
People: The Rev. Reginald Euclid Moore, a very vibrant Methodist Church minister who served in the Chateaubelair-Kingstown Circuit in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the 1970s, is now battling for his life in a Harlem nursing home. Comment

Barbadian writers need money

Barbados: Women swept away the top prizes given out for exemplary prose when the Barbados Frank Collymore Literary Endowment awards a few days ago celebrated its 20th anniversary of formally recognising the work of outstanding writers. Comment

Commuting while black

Brooklyn: It’s a handbook for commuting while black. A social justice community organization recently released a book to help black New Yorkers navigate the city’s subway system. The National Action Network’s “Black Commuters’ Guide: Brooklyn” is a comprehensive book that highlights the disparity in fare evasion arrests in Brooklyn, and the stations where they are most likely to happen. Comment


Music: Rebel Salute, Jamaica’s iconic concert series, will stage its 25th annual showcase on a plantation in the parish of St. Ann on Jan. 12 and 13 Comment

Vincentian body-building legend passes

St Vincent: Vincentian Winston “Winty” Roberts, a pioneer and significant player in the bodybuilding scene, passed away on Dec. 21, in Whitby, Ontario, Canada, according to Toronto’s Muscle Insider. Comment

United Nations peacekeeper face hostility in Haiti and elsewhere, but prevail and save lives

Haiti: UN officials said 2017 was a particularly deadly year for its peacekeepers, who nevertheless completed objectives in Africa and has refocused its work in Haiti Comment

U.S. airlines reduced seats on flights to Caribbean by 10 percent last year

Travel: As several Caribbean islands struggled to recover from the ravages of two strong September hurricanes, major U.S. airlines cut seats on flights to the region by nearly 10 percent in December, compared to a year earlier, industry reports said. Comment

New York’s first murder of 2018 is a Guyanese woman in Queens

Guyana: Stacy Singh, 26, of Richmond Hill, Queens, was found fatally stabbed in her home around 2 pm Jan. 1. The body of her husband, Vinny Loknath, 46, had been found at 11 a.m. not far away in Forest Park, hanging from a tree. Police are investigating the deaths as a murder-suicide. Comment

Brooklyn pol criticizes Gov. Cuomo’s veto of minority and women-owned business enterprise bill

New York: Brooklyn Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte joined members of the minority and women-owned business enterprise community in criticizing Gov. Cuomo’s veto of legislation that MWBE proponents contend would have allowed small businesses to remain competitive Comment

Artists of color head to Harlem

Music: Harlem Stage, the legendary uptown venue that for more than 30 years has promoted the creative legacy of Harlem and artists of color from around the corner and across the globe, is proud to present its Spring 2018 season of performances. Comment

Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

Trinidad to have its first female president

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago will soon have its first female president. Come March this year, retired Court of Appeal judge Paula Mae Weekes will make history when she is inaugurated as the first woman to be elected president of Trinidad and Tobago. Comment

Funerals begin for Jamaican victims of Bronx fire

Jamaica: Funerals began Monday for many of the victims, including Jamaicans, who perished in a massive fire in the Bronx on Dec. 28. Iholt Francis had been planning a trip from Jamaica to New York to visit his twin brother to celebrate their 28th birthday. Instead, he arrived last week to take his brother off life support, according to reports. Comment

Guyana mourns the loss of disco legend Neil Chan

Guyana: Neil Chan, a larger than life figure who launched Solo Sounds International, and dominated the landscape of Arts and Entertainment in Guyana, commanding large costume and float parade bands at Mashramani in the 70s and 80s in Georgetown, died on Jan. 5. He was 88 years old. Comment

An open appeal to new NYC Speaker Corey Johnson

Viewpoints: Dear Speaker Johnson: “For of those to whom much is given, much is required.”-President John F. Kennedy Congratulations on your elevation as the second most powerful person in NYC government! Indeed, the discrimination you overcome for being openly gay and HIV-positive has fortified you for the fights ahead. Your history and the issues that you have worked have stood in solidarity with communities of color, the marginalized and the vulnerable. Like you said, “That is where you come from. That is what my life’s work has been about.” Comment

Letter to Massive

Trinidad and Tobago: Dear Mr. Massive Gosine, Permit me to extend my sincere thanks for your recent kaiso, “Rowley Mother Count.” Carefully, I listened to its articulation. The word ‘count’ was pronounced faithfully, meticulously, cautiously, abiding strictly to the rules of English phonetics. I do not regard this as an accident. I regard it as your careful, wary efforts to not exceed the norms of simple courtesy. It cannot be otherwise, for, as we all know, a righteous woman is a joy and boon to the nation. Comment

Haiti earthquake anniversary is a chance to stand in solidarity with immigrants

Haiti: I found out that I was a different from my fellow immigrant classmates in high school, as I applied for college and scholarships. At the time I didn’t understand why I had to pay the same tuition as someone who lived in another state. And I didn’t understand why I couldn’t meet any of the scholarship requirements. Comment

Frederick Douglass’ story too important to miss

Books: You’re not backing down. There’s a line in the sand and nobody’s crossing it on your watch. When something isn’t right and you can fix it, you’re going to defend it, too, even if it costs you. As you’ll see in “Facing Frederick ” by Tonya Bolden, if you lived in the mid-1800s, you’d be in good company. Comment

Eco-exposé issues a dire warning

On Jan. 9, 2014, a coal industry cleansing agent called MCHM started leaking from an above-ground storage tank into West Virginia’s Elk River. The major chemical spill was covered up by Freedom Industries, the company that owned and operated the tank. Comment

Simmons appointed Afghanistan’s head coach

Sports: Former West Indies cricket coach Phil Simmons has been appointed head coach of Afghanistan. He took over the job from which was left vacant when the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) terminated the contract of Lalchand Rajput, just three months after the former Indian batsman was appointed. Comment

T&T fails to make a bid

Trinidad and Tobago: The Trinidad and Tobago government has taken a decision not to support a bid to host matches in the Twenty20 Women’s World Cup, which will be played in the Caribbean this year. Comment

Private sector leader blasts Barbados prime minister’s plan for late elections

Barbados: Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart’s decision not to call early elections has angered a private sector leader, who demanded that the government must seek a new mandate from the people to boost the island’s sagging economy. Comment

Demand for a second passport, to Caribbean countries, soars in United Arab Emirates

Travel: Citizenship Invest, a Dubai-based firm leading in obtaining second passports, has seen a spike in the demand for passports to the Caribbean and Europe among passport holders in the United Arab Emirates. Comment

UN official: Caribbean and other governments should prepare early for possible El Nino weather crises

United Nations chief of policy advice and planning Greg Puley has issues a warning that Caribbean and other governments internationally should act early to mitigate the destructive impacts of El Nino and La Nina Comment

Remembering earthly celebrities now celestial stars

Not a single year has ever passed without grief, sorrow and often disbelief that individuals departed. Comment

Mourners pay respects to model found fatally stabbed in Jamaica

Bouncy beats and beaming photos greeted dozens of loved ones who turned out to pay their respects to a Queens woman found murdered in Jamaica, according to reports here. Comment

New US security policy raises difficult questions for the Caribbean: Consultant

A consultant with the London-based Caribbean Council says the Trump Administration’s new United States security policy raises difficult questions for the Caribbean. Comment

Caribbean pols extend holiday greetings

Most Caribbean elected officials in Brooklyn did not miss the opportunity to extend holiday greetings to constituents. Comment

Justices return dispute over documents for young, undocumented Caribbean immigrants to lower courts

The United States Supreme Court has returned a dispute over documents for young, undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants to the lower courts. Comment

The 10 best books by black authors of 2017

By Kam Williams Comment

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