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Suriname: One of the best known personalities in Caribbean Community politics is fighting hard to stay out of jail. Surinamese President Desi Bouterse who led two coups in 1980 and 1990, has along with about 20 other defendants been summoned to appear before a war court at month end to learn of the date when he would most likely be sentenced to 20 years in jail for mass murder. Comment

Adams hosts ‘400 Years of Fortitude’

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams recently hosted “400 Years of Fortitude,” a ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the first enslaved Africans’ arrival in Virginia in 1619. Comment
Arts & Theater: NYC Health + Hospitals’ Arts in Medicine program on Tuesday unveiled a community mural, dubbed “Her Legacy Lights the Way,” at NYC Health + Hospitals/McKinney on Albany Avenue in Brooklyn. Comment
Viewpoints: The Democratic presidential primary got a shakeup last week when former Mayor Michael Bloomberg began taking steps toward formally entering the race. Comment

Team Jamaica Bickle to provide more Jamaican schools with defibrillators

Jamaica: The Queens-based philanthropic group Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB) said on Tuesday that it will present another 15 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) as part of its “Defibrillator to Schools Program” in a ceremony on Friday at the JAMPRO Auditorium in Kingston, the Jamaican capital. Comment
Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Thousands of Haitians with problems including diabetes and bullet injuries are hoping to be treated aboard the USNS Comfort, which docked in Port-au-Prince this week for its last stop of a five-month medical mission. Comment

Five election reform bills signed into law

New York: Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law five “common sense” election reform bills introduced in the Legislature this year by Chair of the Elections Committee, Brooklyn Sen. Zellnor Y. Myrie. Comment

Guyanese conservationist to speak at Guyana Consulate

Guyana: The Consulate General of Guyana to New York, Barbara Atherly will host Dr. Raquel Thomas-Caesar, director, resource management and training of Iwokrama, Guyana, in a presentation titled: Iwokrama: Guyana’s Gift to the World, on Dec. 5, from 6 pm to 8 pm, at the Consulate, 308 W 38th St., New York City. Comment

Diabetes a bane on Barbados

Barbados: As Barbados approaches another World Diabetes Day on Nov. 17 the island is struggling to come to grips with this scourge that afflicts more than one-fifth of its population — and those are the known cases. Comment
Music: Theatre and live music will jumpstart the holiday season at the New Vibe Lounge in Rockville Centre Long Island, beginning on the weekend of Friday Nov. 15 thru 17. Comment
Arts & Theater: Don’t Pass the Peppa Sauce will host a “Coquito Caribbean Christmas Show” at The Tank Theatre on Nov. 16, 2019, at 10 pm. This is the third show Don’t Pass the Peppa Sauce has curated since the company’s inception in 2019. Comment

BAM presents Brett Story’s ‘The Hottest August’

Movies: From Friday, Nov. 15 through Monday, Nov. 21, BAM presents Brett Story’s remarkable new documentary, official BAMcinemaFest 2019 selection “The Hottest August” (2019). The film is accompanied by In This Climate: Brett Story Selects, in which Story curates four contemporary portraits of climate change, Tuesday, Nov. 12 through Thursday, Nov. 14. Comment

West Indies win ODI series against Afghanistan

Sports: West Indies won their first One-Day International Series (ODI) in five years after beating minnows Afghanistan by five wickets (8 balls left) in the final of their one-day international at Ekana Cricket Stadium in India. Comment
National: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has described President Donald J. Trump’s alleged abuse of power “an existential threat to American democracy.” Comment

Community helps fund incubator for premature babies

Health: Premature babies born at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital (SJEH) in the Rockaways will now have access to a state-of-the-art piece of equipment to help them thrive. Comment
St Vincent: Three Vincentian athletes from the Thomas Saunders Secondary School (TSSS), who participated in the prestigious Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, were given special recognition Sunday during the St. Vincent and the Grenadines 40th Independence Anniversary Gala Luncheon at Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn. Comment

WBAI’s Radio for the 99 percent restores local programming

New York: Almost one month to the day, and almost as unexpectedly as local New York broadcast programming ended on Oct. 7 listener supported WBAI-FM reclaimed control of the 99.5 frequency that was hijacked by an alleged “rogue” group representing Pacifica Network with unfamiliar features originating from the west coast presented to listeners as “Pacifica Across America.” Comment


Music: Bob Marley’s legacy continues to flourish after grandson Skip Marley, the newest rising star of the family, announced the release of his new single to encouraging reviews from popular music publications. Skip Marley, son of Cedella Marley, released a new single titled “Slow Down” with two-time 2019 Grammy Award-winning artist H.E.R. via Tuff Gong / Island Records on Friday Nov. 8. Comment
People: A private memorial at Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, celebrated the life of Theophilus Lewis, MD, on Monday, Nov. 11, who passed away recently after a brief illness. He was 67. Comment
St Vincent: At a time when many of today’s youth yearn for proper guidance and strong role models, a Crown Heights, Brooklyn-born youth leader, activist and public speaker, of Vincentian parentage, is already making a huge difference in the community and setting the bar very high for her peers to reach. Comment


Barbados: Josh Burke stirred the hearts of Barbadians when he won his maiden ‘Thomo QS 1,000’ and in the process bringing back to the island the championship performing before a home crowd in the international Soup Bowl in Bathsheba, St. Joseph, Sunday, Nov. 10. Comment

Dealing with disability in a positive way

Books: It’s what’s inside that counts. There’s a sentiment you’ve heard since you were a small child: don’t judge someone by their outward appearances. Look at their mind, see their heart, know who they are before you decide how you’ll act. As in the new book “The Pretty One” by Keah Brown, look past what they can’t do, and see what they can. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua Antigua’s Parliament has given the government the green light to borrow a US$1.58 million loan from Banco del ALBA to acquire additional shares in the cash-strapped regional LIAT. Comment

MP salutes Vincentians in NY Diaspora for ‘unwavering support’

St Vincent: As St. Vincent and the Grenadines celebrates its 40th independence anniversary, a Member of Parliament has saluted nationals in New York for their “unwavering support.” Comment
People: By Nelson A. King Caribbean and Caribbean-American legislators on Monday paid homage to veterans, remembering them for their service and sacrifice to the nation. Comment
Barbados: Not only has Barbados completed a master stroke of restructuring its burgeoning debt and scoring billions in savings, but the island is now confidently looking forward to its first international financial credit rating upgrade in some 10 years. Comment
Brooklyn: Well bundled up in the bitterly cold weather, children in Brooklyn on Saturday morning joined Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09) in walking to support migrant children at the US southern border. Comment

WI Emerging Players in Regional Super50 tourney

Sports: CWI Director of Cricket, Jimmy Adams believes the West Indies Emerging Players squad’s inclusion in the Regional Super50 is a crucial development initiative. Comment

Cricketers’ fitness gets priority

Sports: Cricket West Indies (CWI) Vice President, Dr. Kishore Shallow says that in a bid to take the players fitness up a notch in the region, the Professional Cricket League (PCL) franchises will be outfitted with physios, strength and conditioning coaches. Comment


Jamaica: Jamaica’s political directorate this week braced for the cancellations of more American entry visas following the revocation of travel privileges of a cabinet minister, an opposition lawmaker and several senior police officers in recent days. Comment

Schneps Media boss wants to further spread word at major SOMOS conference

People: Schneps Media owner Vicki Schneps says she’ll be further spreading the word about her diverse media empire when she attends the 2019 SOMOS Puerto Rico Conference. Comment

Windies women lose ODI series against India

Sports: West Indies Women lost a three-match One-Day International (ODI) cricket series against the Indian Women after the visitors clinched the third and deciding encounter with a dominant batting performance at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Wednesday, Nov. 6. Comment
Cuba: HAVANA (AP) — The Havana International Trade Fair is where Cuba puts the best face on its struggling economy. There are state-run restaurants stocked with fresh food; shiny displays of electric motorcycles from traders in Panama; dozens of Cuban government companies offering goods from cigars to farmed shrimp. Comment

Dancehall Queen Spice ‘Captured’ the world

Marie Driven, the Haitian-American managing partner of the Brooklyn-based promotion company, Playbook MG, says Jamaican dancehall queen Spice has “captured” the world in reaching new heights after releasing her long-awaited mixtape, “Captured,” on Nov. 2 last year. Comment

US trains Trinidad Customs and Excise officers

Trinidad and Tobago: The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency said recently that, for the first time ever, officers from its Air and Marine Operations (AMO) have conducted a maritime enforcement training for Trinidad and Tobago Customs and Excise (TTCE) officers. Comment
Haiti: The Trump administration has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for over 500,000 undocumented Haitians living in the US. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a Federal Register notice on Nov. 1 extending the validity of TPS-related documentation for beneficiaries under the TPS designations not only to Haiti but also to El Salvador, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua and Sudan through Jan. 4, 2021. Comment
Brooklyn: Brooklyn Democratic Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09) on Friday hosted the “Pardon My Vote” panel discussion in her district focusing on voting rights of formerly incarcerated and currently paroled New Yorkers. Comment


Sports: West Indies opener Haley Matthews has been banned for eight matches by Cricket West Indies (CWI) Disciplinary Committee resulted in her being excluded from the 14-member squad announced by CWI for the first two One-Day International matches (ODIs) of the three-match series against India in Antigua which started last week. Comment

Back-to-roots doctor makes headway

Grenada: An emerging doctor who struggled through her college years has credited a scholarship, little known to New York residents of Caribbean heritage, for putting her firmly on course to becoming a full-fledged practitioner. Comment

Windies battle for survival

Sports: Cricket legend Sir Vivian Richards says West Indies cricket believes the long-term planning by the Ricky Skerritt-led administration will be paramount if the sport is to rebound in the region. Comment

Bajan lifter under probe

Bajan lifter under probe

Barbados: A stellar performance by Barbados’ junior weightlifting team at the 34th Torneo Criollo International meeting held at the Angelo Berrios Diaz Sports Complex in Caguas Puerto Rico, ended with a cloud over the head of one performer. Comment
Music: Music lovers will have the chance to hear the work of a titan of world music as City College Center for the Arts( CCCA) presents “Emeline Michel’s Black Pearls,”a special one-night-only concert on Friday, Nov. 15. Comment

Walsh appointed assistant coach

Sports: Former West Indies captain and legendary fast bowler, Courtney Walsh has been appointed assistant coach for the West Indies’ women team. By Azad Ali Former West Indies captain and legendary fast bowler Courtney Walsh has been appointed assistant coach for the West Indies’ women team. Comment
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