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Studies find health risk decline among immigrants

Health: An increasing number of studies say that the health of Caribbean and other immigrants declines with longer years in the United States. The studies point out that the longer Caribbean nationals live in the U.S., the worse their rates of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and mental illness, among others, decline. Comments (1)


Jamaica: Jamaica’s top chef Brian Lumley is set to add his island flavor to the already spice-filled calendar of events planned during Caribbean Week in New York. Comment

Giant steps for Dale Ryan

Music: By Aba Luke Comment

Rastafarians, Voudou practitioners, Muslims discriminated against in the Caribbean: U.S.

Trinidad and Tobago: The United States claims that Rastafarians, Voudou practitioners and Muslims are discriminated against in Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and political leaders from across the Caribbean met in the capital of resource-rich Trinidad & Tobago on Tuesday to sign a trade agreement and discuss a range of security, investment and energy issues. After a more than three-hour session, Biden signed an agreement providing a framework for trade and investment between the U.S. and the Caribbean Community, a group of 15 nations and territories that include Trinidad, Jamaica and the Bahamas. At a news conference, Biden said he was aware that island nations face unique challenges and added that the U.S. administration’s goal is “not simply growth, but it’s growth that reaches everybody.” Comment
Jamaica: All eyes were centered around some of the top male and female track and field athletes in the wiorld , including past and present Olympians, plus a number of high school elite athletes who are trying to move up to the next level during the recent Adidas Grand Prix Meet. Last Saturday marked the ninth annual such meet combining professional and elite school boy athletes on the same grounds. competing in their own categories. The weather for the most part was just miserable as it was slightly raining on and off but it didn’t interfere with competition on the all weather track. Most of the track and field performances were exciting. In addition, the kids got a thrill of their life competing in the same venue like past and professional athletes. Comment


Guyana: With the upcoming summer peak season just two weeks away, Guyanese aviation authorities are scrambling to woo international airlines to fly to the Caribbean trade bloc nation to help fill a void at Timehri International Airport caused by the early May devastating pullout of Delta Airlines from the popular Georgetown-New York route. Comment

This glass-house dweller dispenses with caution

Trinidad and Tobago: In Trinidad and Tobago, where folks have by now gotten used to eruptions on the political front occurring with dizzying speed, the latest attention-grabber for politicians, plebes and all others was […] Comment

Caribbean Roundup

Trinidad and Tobago: Bridgetown, Barbados , the war against drugs will continue if those involved do not have an alternative means of feeding their families, Barbados Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite stressed during a recent courtesy call by secretary general to the Organisation of American States (OAS), Jose Miguel Insulza. Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: In an unprecedented event, Brooklyn organizers will use technology to enable a broad audience to hear from and see the work of fashion designers across the globe by way of tools they now utilize to make these connections daily. Comments (1)

Veronica Campbell-Brown leads Caribbean athletes in Addidas Grand Prix

Trinidad and Tobago: Jamaican Olympic gold medalist Campbell-Brown leads parade of Caribbean athletes in New York Meet Comment

Diasporan Commonwealth on 5th Ja Conference agenda

Jamaica: A discussion on the probability of a commonwealth comprised of Jamaicans living abroad will likely highlight discussions during the fifth biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference from June 16 to 19. Slated to be held in the second city of Montego Bay, the two-year, talkfest convened by the island’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade, which invites input from nationals residing abroad promises lively discussion on the topic. The global forum that connects Jamaicans from all over the world with Jamaicans in the home country every two years will focus on business, trade and investment, philanthropy, social investment and diplomacy. Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad’s main opposition party has dropped a political bombshell on the administration of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar by revealing in parliament a long list of electronic mail allegedly pointing to a dirty plot by high officials -- including the head of government, to harm a prominent local journalist, buy off the chief state prosecutor and ensure two friendly financiers facing jail time walk free of criminal charges.. Comment

Cuba-Jamaica fiber optic cable link

Venezuela: Cuba has activated a branch of its submarine fiber optic cable that connects to Jamaica, giving it greater bandwidth and a backup in case the main leg to Venezuela is not available, an American company claims. Doug Madory, senior analyst at Renesys Corporation in North Berwick, Maine said on May 21 that the company has noticed that ETECSA, the Cuban government’s telecommunications monopoly, has started to receive international Internet service through Cable & Wireless Jamaica. Comment
People: On June 17 a contingent of “Drum Majors for Justice” will converge at the gates of the White House to plead a case for jobs and reforms in mass incarceration when the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) dramatizes demands made by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. half a century ago. Comment

‘Makin’ Style’ magazine to hit NY newsstands

Guyana: Brooklyn’s Vodou Bar on Halsey Street will become a scene of classic Caribbean style on June 2, when Georgetown-based fashion designer Sonia Noel, unveils her “Makin’ Style” magazine. The soiree organized by businessman Edmond Braithwaite and socialite Lorna Welshman-Neblett will begin at 5:00 p.m. and will showcase the 80-page glossy, that features the flourishing fashion and entertainment lifestyles of Guyana and the Caribbean. Comment

Struggle Against Homophobia Takes to the Streets

Cuba: CIEGO DE ÁVILA, Cuba , May 20 2013 (IPS) - The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in Cuba has won advances on issues like the change of name of pre-operative transgender persons, while they continue to fight for the right to same-sex civil unions. Comment

Turks and Caicos drops gun charges against elderly Americans

Caribbean: Authorities in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) have dropped charges against two elderly American tourists who were arrested after a bullet was found in each of their luggage on separate occasions as they prepared to depart the British Overseas Territory. Comments (1)

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Before Midnight (R for sexuality, nudity and profanity) Minimalist drama directed by Richard Linklater with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy reprising their roles as lovers now on vacation in Greece in this character-driven sequel to Before Sunrise and Before Sunset. With Ariane Labed, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick and Athina Rachel Tsangari. (In English and Greek with subtitles.) Comment

One Sea, One Voice, One Caribbean

New York: Top Caribbean’s gospel icons are set to perform at Brooklyn’s Bethesda Healing Center on Saturday, June 1 to launch this year’s Caribbean Week in New York. Nearly a dozen of the most talented and accomplished artists will light up the occasion with inspirational messages through song, dance and other performances at the event, organized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) New York office. and runs from 6 - 9 p.m. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: CARICOM is again calling for a solution to the ongoing rum dispute with the U.S. but continues to steer clear of an approach to the World Trade Organization WTO) for now. Comment

Rare treat at the NY Jamaica Consulate

Arts & Theater: Jamaican art lovers in New York are in for a rare treat as two of the island’s widely respected intuitive artists, Paul Blackwood and Courtney Morgan are heading to the Big Apple soon for a one week exhibition at the Jamaican Consulate in Manhattan. Both artists grew up together near the seaside fishing village of Whitehouse in Westmoreland and each has been painting for over thirty years. The upcoming exhibition will be open to the public from June 4 to 7 and the two-man show is being billed as a retrospective to celebrate an astonishing journey for both artists that spans three riveting decades. Comment

Haiti Film Fest, it’s a wrap!

Movies: Emeline Michel wooed the crowd with her velvety voice during the kick-off evening for the Haiti Film Fest that wrapped up May 12. Over 200 culture lovers packed the East Village venue Drom to watch three shorts from the Festival and bask in the melodic glow of the Haitian diva and support the work of Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX). Comments (1)

New CONCACAF Gold Cup unveiled

Sports: The new CONCACAF Gold Cup trophy was displayed at a press conference last Tuesday in Mexico City, home of the current Gold Cup champion Mexican National Team. The Cup will be contested this summer during the months of June and July throughout stadiums across the U.S. by 12 national teams – Mexico, USA, Trinidad and Tobago, El Salvador, Cuba, Honduras, Haiti, Canada, Martinique, Guatemala, Belize and Costa Rica – and the winner will carry home the new CONCACAF Cup after the final game, July 28 at Soldier Field in Chicago. Comment
Brooklyn: On Saturday, June 8, from 12 noon to sunset, the 24th Annual Tribute to Our Ancestors of the Middle Passage will be held on the boardwalk at West 17th St. (Ancestors Circle) in Coney Island, Brooklyn, the site where some of the earliest slave ships once docked. Sponsored by The People of the Sun Middle Passage Collective, this annual tribute is in remembrance of the tens of millions of Africans who, after being kidnapped from their homeland, died during the Middle Passage – the voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to the Caribbean and North and South America. Comment

Barbados is new Regional Four-Day champion

Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados is the new Regional Four-Day champions after defeating Trinidad and Tobago at the Kensington Oval recently. The Barbadians took their 21st first-class title beating Trinidad and Tobago by an innings and 22 runs. Comment
St Kitts and Nevis: BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, May 13 (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Dr. Denzil L. Douglas has accepted an invitation from the Commonwealth to chair a high-level mission on the debt of small states as developing countries seek to deal with the impact of the global economic and financial crisis Comment

PetroCaribe oil flows

Venezuela: Even as concerns swirl about the continuation of the PetroCaribe oil agreement between Venezuela and Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries, Antigua and Barbuda says the agreement “will continue in its current form.” Comment

Immigrants back Queens Library funding request

Queens: The CEO of the prominent Queens Library, Thomas Galante, implored the New York State legislators in Albany, NY to increase state funding to libraries comparable to the requisite necessity of these public educational institutions. Comment
Antigua: Antigua and Barbuda says its ambassador to the Holy See, Sir David Shoul, was expected this week to present Letters of Credence to His Holiness, Pope Francis. Comment

Those see-through ploys to gain  mileage

Viewpoints: Last fall, when the voting didn’t go all that well for Republican/Tea Party/conservative types, the Republican governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal, for the second time that we knew of went public with his chastisement of party colleagues, that they should stop being “the stupid party.” Unless he is himself a contributor to it, Jindal may want to add “predictable” to the maxim he’d like his GOP mates to observe, there being surely a makeable case that no rocket science brain power is required to see right through the party’s chess board maneuvers. Comment

Cameron releases new hit song

Vincentian singer Cameron has released his new seductive single “Encore” which is set to make you move, dance and feel good about Soca music on a whole new level. “Encore” is already buzzing and expected to be a major hit and Cameron is expected to soon release another single called “Eclipse.” Comments (5)

US calls on Guyana to revoke radio frequencies

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — The U.S. government has joined a growing list of international agencies calling on authorities in Guyana to immediately revoke radio frequencies issued to those closely connected to the South American country’s ruling party. Comment
Grenada: TELESCOPE, Grenada (AP) - The old coastal road in this fishing village at the eastern edge of Grenada sits under a couple of feet of murky saltwater, which regularly surges past a hastily-erected breakwater of truck tires and bundles of driftwood intended to hold back the Atlantic Ocean. Comment

New Yorkers discover the history of Jamaica, Queens

Jamaica Center for the Arts (JCAL) is wrapping up its spring session of weekend dance, music, cartooning, and drama classes for children. The Center is one of the few in the area offering a variety of cultural programming and, like many such institutions, is greatly challenged in this economic environment. Comment



For the second consecutive basketball season an Iona College player captured the Haggerty Award going to the outstanding cager in the tri-state area. This honor is presented by a committee from the National Invitation Tournament and the Metropolitan Basketball Writers’ Association and named after a former baseball and basketball player at St. John’s University and Chaminade High School to die in the military service during World War II. Comment
“Art should not only inspire but it should motivate and mobilize the future generation of artists to transcend the mundane into the extraordinary.” This is the message that Earlyn Joseph, artist and poet wishes to convey in “Poetry and Art Fusion” her first solo exhibit, which is currently being hosted by the Countee Cullen Library in Harlem. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, May 12, 2013 (IPS) - Officially, the Caribbean’s rainy season begins in June, coinciding with the start of the hurricane season. But recently, heavy rains have signalled an early start to the rainy season, flooding streets, swelling rivers and causing widespread damage to crops. Comment

Protect family farmers by replying to the agri census

We represent thousands of African American, Hispanic and Native American farmers in the United States and we recognize the importance of as many of our farmers being counted in the agriculture census. It’s with information from the census that the nation learns about the importance of the work we do. This is why we are appealing to everyone who has not yet sent in their census form to please do so. There is still time. Comment

Tax Fairness: We need a ‘Plan B’

Viewpoints: Most voters agree that big corporations and the wealthy should start paying their fair share in taxes. But of course big corporations and the wealthy don’t want to do that. They want to pay less, and they are used to getting their way. So what do you do? Comment
Caribbean: The West Indies Cricket Board recently announced that all rounder Dwayne Bravo has been appointed West Indies one-day captain and it has been approved by the board of directors. After his appointment […] Comment

Saxman Ced Brooks joins the ancestors

Music: Three months and three years of routine optimism for reversal of her brother’s declining condition, Paulette Kiese is grieving the passing of renowned Jamaican saxophonist Cedric Im Brooks. Comment
Derrick “Duckie” Simpson AKA the Gong Gong Gullie who allegedly founded Black Uhuru, the first reggae group to win the category and first Grammy award in 1984 accepted a lifetime achievement honor during the 32nd annual International Reggae & World Music Awards. Comment
Movies: Richard Williams was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana where he was left traumatized by having a railroad spike driven through his leg for refusing to behave deferentially towards a gang of white racists. Understandably, that experience played a significant role in shaping the youngster into the highly-ambitious and fiercely-overprotective father he would later become. Comment
Health: (StatePoint) There may be some credence to the old saying that “beauty comes from within.” Scientific research shows that the appearance of your largest, most visible organ -- your skin -- can be directly affected by the vitamins, nutrients and minerals you feed your body. Comments (1)

Taking care of business in the underworld

Books: For awhile there, you thought you were gonna die.Your head hurt. Your body ached, and your stomach was acting like a fresh-caught fish – but that didn’t matter much. Bills still needed paying and business needed attending. There was family to care for, work to do. Yes, you should’ve stayed horizontal but you came back from the dead - and so did Easy Rawlins. In the new novel “Little Green” by Walter Mosley, Easy’s recent demise never gave him but a moments rest. Comment

Cayman Invitational a big success

Caribbean: Some 3,500 spectators were treated to a spectacular display of athletic prowess at Wednesday’s Cayman Invitational held at the Truman Bodden Sports Centre in George Town, Grand Cayman. Six-time Olympic gold medal winner Usain Bolt took center stage, winning his 100m sprint in 10.083 seconds, just edging out compatriot Kemar Bailey-Cole in a photo finish. The world’s fastest woman, Carmelita Jeter, also delighted fans, winning her 100m sprint in a world-leading time of 10.95 seconds to beat compatriot Barbara Pierre. Ms Jeter confirmed that the track and field meet has quickly become a favourite on her agenda. Comment

Five ways to benefit from immigration reform

Immigration: Immigration reform is on the way. How prepared are you? One of the key to success is preparation. A man who fails to plan is planning to fail. According to Collin Powell, “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” When amnesty does come for undocumented immigrants, it won’t be thrown at your doorstep. There are certain critical steps you must take now to maximally benefit from the anticipated reform. Comments (1)

Rare court appearance for former Haiti president

Haiti: Former Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide held a three-hour, closed-door audience on May 8 with a Haitian investigative judge, in connevtion with the ongoing murder investigation into the unsolved assassination of agronomist-turned-journalist Jean Léopold Dominique. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean countries have been told that purchasing goods and services in the information technology (IT) sector by government offices provides untapped potential for stimulating domestic economic progress. Comment
National: WASHINGTON (AP) — Bipartisan authors of a sweeping immigration bill agreed to Republican-authored amendments to boost border security, as they tried Thursday to show they’re open to changes to attract more GOP support for their landmark legislation. Comment

This week’s Caribbean Life Newspapers are online

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Caribbean: The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry (LACNIC) on April 8 signed a cooperation agreement with the aim of strengthening the development of cyber security in the region. Comment
Jamaica: President of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Dave Cameron has hailed Chris Gayle’s recent record-breaking l00 in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Comment

St. Vincent co-chairs UN Marine Assessment Group

St Vincent: St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ UN Ambassador Camillo Gonsalves has been appointed co-chair of the UN Marine Assessment Process and lead spokesman for group of states advancing Security Council reform. Comment

Food With Talent and Flare

Food With Talent and Flare

Food: It’s not so much that Elle Philippe, aka Chef Elle is a mango expert; it’s just that she’s devoted to food and with talent and flare, she masters marrying tastes and textures together. And, she loves mangoes. Comment

Clean energy success stories

Barbados: Latin American and Caribbean delegates attending a renewable energy finance forum in Miami have underscored the importance of clean energy, as investment in the region continues to grow. Comment


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Menacing NY Stop & Frisk Milestones

New York: This past March marked two big milestones for the NYPD’s controversial ‘stop-and-frisk’ policy. The five millionth New Yorker was stopped and frisked, and a federal lawsuit against the policy began, which could end in federal oversight of the whole department. Comment

Grenada swears in first female governor general

Grenada: A former head of the Grenada Public Service Commission was sworn in on May 7 as the first ever female governor general of the “Spice Isle.” Comment

PNC cries shame on ANC

PNC cries shame on ANC

Guyana’s main opposition party, the People’s National Congress (PNC), is describing South Africa’s governing African National Congress (ANC) as a bunch of ingrates for cancelling plans to honor the late Guyana President Forbes Burnham, the former PNC leader, for his unwavering support for the African liberation movement during the apartheid years including allowing Africa-bound Cuban military planes filled with heavily armed troops to refuel here. Comment
Health: (Family Features) Losing weight and getting into shape is a goal many Americans aspire to achieve. Choosing a weight loss plan that fits your lifestyle is a crucial first step in developing the diet that works for you. Comment

Holding is CPL’s ambassador

West Indies former fast bowler Michael Holding has been nominated to the post of ambassador for the Caribbean Premier League Development Program. Holding played 60 Test matches and took 249 wickets. He also played 102 one-day internationals and took 142 wickets. He earned a medal from the ICC cricket World Cup when the West Indies took the crown. Comment

CONCACAF promotes sportsmanship

Sports: Considering the negative publicity that engulfed soccer recently, it was truly a breath of fresh air when last Tuesday CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb recognized Mexican club Santos Laguna with the CONCACAF Fair Play award. Santos Laguna finished runners-up to another Mexican club, Monterrey, which rallied from a 2-0 deficit to win 4-2 and capture this year’s CONCACAF Champions League trophy in a very competitive game at Monterrey. During the trophy presentation, Santos Laguna players formed two lines to create what was referred to as a ‘column of honor’ and applauded as the champion Monterrey players walked through to receive the Champions League trophy and their medals. Comment

Haitians want L’Ouverture Day in U.S. calendar

Haiti: At the 9th Annual Toussaint L’ Ouverture Symposium and Small Business Expo, held at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, on Friday evening April 19, a petition by Jacques A. Dorcely to name April 7, Toussaint L’ Ouverture Memorial Day in the U.S. calendar met with unanimous support and standing ovation. It is to be delivered to the New York State House, New York State Senate, Governor Andrew Cuomo, United States House of Representatives, United States Senate and President Barrack Obama. One may endorse it at Comment

Sutton named CUNYAC Libero

Queens: York College junior libero Terrence Sutton (Brooklyn, NY/ Beach Channel) has been named the 2013 City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) Men’s Volleyball Libero of the Year. Junior Leszek Stankiewicz (Iychy, Poland/ Newcomers) has garnered First-TeamAll-Star honors and sophomore Edner Geffrard (Arcahaie, Haiti/ Centre d’Etudis Secondaires) was selected as a Second Team All-Star. Sutton ranked among the nation’s leaders in digs this season. He currently stands 13th in NCAA Division III, averaging 2.70 per set. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Arts & Theater: science and engineering fair: The First Annual Science and Engineering Fair is sponsored by: Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT), WAC Lighting, Rotary, and Empower Solar. The competition will be divided into categories and winners will receive monetary rewards in each category and as overall winners. Several sponsors are helping including Long Island Forum for Technology and WAC Lighting. The event will be held from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City. For more information, please call the CSTL at: (516) 764-0045. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Arts & Theater: haitian heritage month: Ayiti Marché:Haitian Kreyòl for Open Market the Ayiti Marché will bring together several Caribbean and American business and service providers offering a wealth of information and merchandise significant to the Haitian and Caribbean Diaspora inclusive of an art and photo gallery and tasty delectable native dishes and treats with live and recorded music throughout. The “Ayiti Marché” will be available pre- and post celebration. Christian Cultural Center, 12020 Flatlands Ave., 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Ticket information: Free and open to the public. Visit online at Comment



Remember the name, Lance Stephenson, who was ‘tearing ‘em up’ scoring and passing the ball to his teammates at Lincoln High School in Brooklyn? Comment

Cicely’s ‘Trip’ to Broadway

Arts & Theater: After a 30-year hiatus from the stage, film actress Cicely Tyson is getting bouquets, accolades and standing ovations eight times weekly for her role in “The Trip To Bountiful” which opened for a limited engagement at the Stephen Sondheim Theater. Comment

Patti Labelle at Lehman

Music: If you want a “New Attitude,” get yourself down to Lehman Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, May 11 at 8:00 p.m., to catch Patti Labelle in concert. You can purchase tickets at the Lehman Center Box Office because Patti “Loves, Needs and Want’s You” to attend her concert. Lehman Center is located at 250 Bedford Park Blvd., West in the Bronx. Comment
Brooklyn: Consulting and marketing firm, Anchor Strategy Group prepared for a large turnout at its launching of “” on Wednesday, April 17 at its 540 Coney Island office, but a disappointing […] Comment

Haiti names airport after Chavez

Venezuela: Haiti is naming an airport in the country’s north after the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Comment



Music: New Yorkers can expect an unforgettable Mother’s Day Weekend with R&B hit-makers Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and “GUY” on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Comment
Movies: Good (2 stars) Comment

Brooklyn nurses fight ‘diabesity’ in seniors

Health: This week marks National Nurses Week – and what better way to celebrate the men and women who have dedicated their lives to helping others than by highlighting the wisdom that they’ve shared in our own community? Home care nurses serve as the “eyes and the ears” of the doctors, helping patients navigate and manage their healthcare every step of the way. Tanya Kaplan, a registered nurse with the not-for-profit Visiting Nurse Service of New York, the nation’s largest home- and community-based health care agency helps Brooklyn seniors everyday manage a range of chronic diseases and life interruptions, including diabetes. Comment

Sir Viv hopes for Caribbean cricket renaissance

Caribbean: Former West Indies captain, Sir Vivian Richards says it will take some time for the regional side’s success in T20 cricket to be transferred to Tests and One-Day Internationals. Comment

Small businesses say raise minimum wage

Business: Do you think a national poll of small business owners would show majority support for increasing the minimum wage? How about a poll in which the small business owners were predominately Republican? Comment
Former National Security Minister Jack Warner has resigned his seat in the House of Representatives as Member for the Chaguanas West constituency in Central Trinidad. Comment
Jamaica: CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 2, 2013--Final approval of the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) four-year Extended Fund Facility (EFF) for Jamaica represents a necessary step in the country’s efforts to stabilize domestic confidence, manage external vulnerabilities and increase the sustainability of public finances. However, Fitch Ratings believes that implementation risks are high given the program’s demanding targets and Jamaica’s erratic record in completing previous IMF programs. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The International Monetary Board (IMF) has completed the eighth and ninth reviews of Antigua and Barbuda’s economic performance under a program supported by a 36-month Stand-by Arrangement (SBA). Comment

Jamaican lottery scammers face extradition to the US

Jamaica: PORTLAND, Maine, May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- FairPoint Communications today praised Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Bill Nelson, (D-FL) for their efforts leading to the Jamaican government’s recent decision to extradite lottery scammers to the U.S. Comments (1)

Future Olympians shine at 2013 Penn Relays

Jamaica: Jamaicans from as far away as London, England – and all points in between – converged at the Franklin Field in Pennsylvania to reminisce, congregate and cheer their high school teams of choice, country and region. Comment

This week’s Caribbean Life Newspapers are online

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Jamaica: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, April 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Haiti hosted the 5th Summit of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) this week in Port-au-Prince and the event proved to be an extraordinary show of support for President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Comment

Outrage over Con Edison bonuses for executives

Viewpoints: It is an outrage that Con Edison would choose to give out over $600,000 to top executives at Con Ed for their work in the response to Super Storm Sandy. While the executives clearly were challenged with the sudden and unexpected devastation of the super storm, there were thousands of people on the ground who worked through difficult and dangerous circumstances to bring relieve to the millions of Con Ed customers effected by Sandy. Comment

Gina McCarthy: A business-friendly choice for the EPA

Viewpoints: It is one of the great myths of our political debate that we must choose between economic growth and environmental protection. Gina McCarthy, President Obama’s nominee to head up the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has spent her career proving this a false choice. Comment
Business: (StatePoint) Tired of taking orders? Have a great business idea? May, which is National Small Business Month, is a great time to think about starting your own endeavor. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: And Now a Word from Our Sponsor (Unrated) Quirky comedy about an advertising executive (Bruce Greenwood) who can only speak in commercial slogans after suffering a brain injury while watching television. Ensemble includes Parker Posey, Callum Blue and Allie MacDonald. Comment

Guyana radio row goes global

Trinidad and Tobago: The ferocity of the row just doesn’t seem to be subsiding. Back in late 2011 when no one was looking and just before his mandatory two terms were ending, former Guyanese President Bharrat Jagdeo handed out multiple radio licenses to his friends and family, ignoring decades-old applications from numerous media professionals, some of whom had applied long before Jagdeo was even in cabinet. Comments (1)

Parents set 2013 education priorities

Brooklyn: This week, Brooklyn’s Families for Excellent Schools hosted a town hall meeting of roughly 100 public school parents with children at schools in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, East New York, and Bushwick . In a two hour meeting led by parent volunteers, participants discussed a range of education issues affecting their families and children, including: school safety; teacher and principal quality; school choice; classroom and curriculum standards; and parental involvement, among others. Following a lengthy discussion about these issues and a presentation on the Mayor’s broad power to affect public school quality in New York City, parents identified the key areas to focus on during this mayoral election and raise with the candidates at an event in June. Comment
Guyana: High achieving undocumented high school graduates often find the financial obstacles for higher education daunting. Public universities cannot offer them financial aid. Come September, for these excellent graduates, the third round of DREAM Fellowship applications will be available for tuition assistance scholarships. This program is administered by the Fund for Public Advocacy. Comment

The Next Wave now available online

People: The Next Wave, the US National Security Agency’s research journal centered on emerging technologies, is for the first time available online to the general public through the agency’s website, Comment

Antiguans focus on green energy

Antigua: ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Apr 30 2013 (IPS) - In drought-plagued Antigua, where water and energy top the list of most precious resources, one campaign is encouraging islanders to conserve both of these commodities. Comment

Disability vs. Ability

Viewpoints: During my more than 24 years as program director of Social Services and Training Coordinator for Resources for Children with Special Needs and now as a private consultant and trainer, I have had the great […] Comment
Caribbean: Much emphasis is on Twenty20 and One-Day International Cricket, the West Indies team is the world Twenty20 champion but the team has to lift its game to win the One-Day International. Head coach Ottis Gibson will have to work very hard with the team and implement strategies to remain in the wicket for their 50 overs and measure up with splendid bowling performances. Australia defeated the West Indies 5-0 in their last match up and this highlighted a very poor performance by the West Indies. Comment

Federal spending: Let the sunshine in

National: In March, both the House and Senate passed budget plans. Now, President Obama has released his budget. The Congressional Budget Office and Office of Management and Budget will be scrutinizing each proposed new revenue increase, every proposed loophole and all program dollars snipped. The public is being told it must choose between Meals on Wheels for grandma or Head Start for toddlers down the street. Comment



St Vincent: Many Vincentian nationals in the United States say it would, perhaps, be foolhardy to expect miracles from a relatively young school competing in just the third consecutive year in the prestigious Penn Relays Carnival in Philadelphia, Pa. Comment

Clamor for NY MLS franchise

Sports: Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber and others have been clamoring for an MLS franchise in New York City for some time now, but just when the current political leadership in City Hall is in support of an MLS presence here, it seems time may be running out. Comment
Fashion: Since the 2010 launch of Kaj Designs’ resort line, Tobago’s premier fashion house has worked steadfastly to position itself as a global leader in Caribbean fashion. Led by the dynamic partnership of President/Creative Director, Kevin Ayoung-Julien and CEO/Director, Liza Miller, this year the brand is focused on growing its export potential and generating international sales. Comment

Haitians on the big screen

Haitians on the big screen

Movies: The second edition of the Haiti Film Fest produced by Haiti Cultural Exchange will be held May 9-12 in Brooklyn Heights. Comments (1)

Prison abuse Report

Jamaica: Three Caribbean countries stand out in a recent US State Department report on human rights abuses following a “critical look “ at the region’s prison conditions, judicial system and overall governance, among others. Haiti, Jamaica and Guyana were cited for having the worst cases in the department’s 2013 assessment of violations report. Comment
Guyana: The cost of feeding the increasing population of the Guyana prison system has skyrocketed to more than (Guy)$19,000 per month for each prisoner, spurring former chairman of the Caribbean Rice Association, Beni Sankar to join with Minister of Home Affairs Clement Rohee to reintroduce an initiative to make prisoners become self-sufficient in agricultural production. Comment

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