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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

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

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

VISAS TAKEN AWAY

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

CRICKET BAN

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

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

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
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
Brooklyn: In her third election victory in six months, Haitian American New York City Democratic Council Member Farah Louis won the New York General Elections Tuesday for the 45th Council District in Brooklyn, winning by a massive landslide. Comment

Myrie applauds ‘successful rollout’ of early voting

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Sen. Zellnor Y. Myrie has applauded what he describes as the “successful rollout” of early voting in New York. On Jan. 14, Myrie, who represents the 20th Senatorial District in Brooklyn, introduced, and the legislature passed, the first bill of the 2019 legislative session: Early Voting. Comment

Big cannabis changes in Barbados

Barbados: Not only is Barbados well on its way to legalisation of cannabis for medical purposes, but the island’s Rastafarian community will soon be able to lawfully use the herb in their religious sacrament. Comment

Relief for some Caribbean immigrants facing deportation

New York: The Brooklyn District Attorney’s (DA) Office has announced a major initiative that could lead to the reduction or removal of criminal convictions for Caribbean and other immigrants who entered into plea agreements and have convictions for nonviolent offenses that subject them to deportation, according to the Brooklyn-based Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID). Comment

Williams wins general elections by landslide

Brooklyn: Caribbean American New York City Democratic Public Advocate Jumaane Williams on Tuesday won the New York General Elections for Public Advocate by a landslide. Comment

Community salutes yesterday’s children

Trinidad and Tobago: The moving stories of Caribbean-born elders, that will continue to inspire generations to come are etched in the memories of many who came out to say thank you, at the recent, 9th Annual Community Salute to Yesterday’s Children, at St. Jude Community Center in Brooklyn. The afternoon that began with an African Drum procession, and the pouring of Libation by Awo Ifaponmile-Sangogbemi, were all befitting the remarkable gentleman and women, who trace their roots to Guyana, Montserrat, and Trinidad & Tobago. Comment

Seven receive SVG Diaspora Heritage Awards

St Vincent: The Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) Diaspora Committee of New York, Inc. Saturday night honored six individuals and a group during its 3rd Heritage Awards and Gala ceremony at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment

Barbados economy stabilizing

Barbados economy stabilizing

Barbados: Barbados is on course for a flat economy this year but has begun to increase net foreign reserves and register gains in revenue while reducing public debt, positioning the island for a 1.75 percent growth in 2020. Comment
The Brooklyn-based umbrella Vincentian group in the United States, Council of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Organizations, U.S.A., Inc. (COSAGO), on Sunday bestowed honors on prominent cultural figure Verna Arthur and Cavaliers Sports and Athletic Club during St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ 40th Independence Anniversary Gala Luncheon at Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn. Comment

Jamaican Diaspora calls for election accountability

Jamaica: Jamaican Diaspora leaders in the United States’ northeastern region have called on Jamaica’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ensure that elected members of the Global Jamaica Diaspora Council are representatives of their communities and “not solely advisors to the ministry.” Comment
Movies: The controversy surrounding whether or not the image of liberationist Harriet Tubman should grace the $20 bill would be over if Hollywood writer/director Kasi Lemmons has anything to do with convincing the powers. Comment

A different kind of healing journey

Books: You’re doing okay. Shaky, most days, and you can’t stop crying but you’re doing okay. Thanks for asking, although nobody ever really wants to know. They look away, up or down or anywhere but at the truth: you’ve lost a baby but in “What God is Honored Here?” edited by Shannon Gibney and Kao Kalia Yang, you’ll find sisterhood. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Bahamas The government of The Bahamas is moving to establish a University School of Medicine in Freeport, the capital of Grand Bahama, which was recently devastated by Hurricane Dorian. Comment

Caribbean exports will fall 2.0 percent in 2019

Caribbean: The United Nations’ Economic Commission for Latin American and the Caribbean (ECLAC) predicts that exports from the region will fall 2.0 percent in 2019 “due to the complex international context.” Comment
Jamaica: Having thunderously gone through qualifying stages and with eyes set on competing among seven other teams for a slot available for CONCACAF nations in the in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz suffered a shock and setback with death of a utility player. Comment

Belizeans now need to demand lots and land distribution with a titled expedited process

Belize: Belize is a country with a population of about 400,000 people. It is underpopulated and there is enough land in the 8,867 square miles, to give each Belizean a lot to build a home for his family and himself. Plus, almost every Belizean family own farmland which can be subdivided to give all their members a lot to build a house for themselves. Comment

Early voters test NYC’s election process ahead of 2020

New York: Some New Yorkers risked being late for church by first stopping into community centers on the last day of early voting for a few candidates seeking election and reelection in the five boroughs with many admittedly explaining their reason for allaying their religious routine was prompted by the call for resolution of five proposals pending a referendum. Comment
Farhana Haque Rahman is Senior Vice President of IPS Inter Press Service; a journalist and communications expert, she is a former senior official of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the International Fund for Agricultural Development. ROME, Oct 31 2019 (IPS) - Barely a week passes without alarming news of the most recent scientific research into the global climate crisis compounding a growing sense of urgency, particularly the impact on small island states from rising sea levels and extreme weather. Comment
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