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Jamaica wins Leading Destination title

Jamaica has copped the prestigious Caribbean’s Leading Destination title at the recent World Travel Awards at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort. Comment

No one is indispensable in a democracy

Viewpoints: SAN JOSÉ, Sept. 20, 2016 (IPS) - I have put a great deal of thought into whether or not to return to politics. Groups from different political parties, and without party affiliation, have expressed their concern over the current situation in the country and have offered me their support. And the opinion polls indicate that I would have a chance at a third presidential term. Comment

Brownsville kids get free backpacks and supplies

Brooklyn: Young school kids at P.S. 156 in Brownsville started the school year with a gift from local volunteers on Sept. 8. Comment

First: Debate Democracy

Viewpoints: Twenty-one times during the presidential primaries, candidates took the stage to debate issues important to the American people. Comment

Jamaica’s implementing 10-year health strategic plan

Jamaica: Jamaica’s Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, says the Caribbean island is implementing a 10-year strategic plan to improve health and attain its vision of a healthy and stable population. Comment

Williams adds voice to Stanislaus tributes

Grenada: Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams has added his voice to the overwhelming tributes to late Grenada diplomat Dr. Lamuel Stanislaus, who died on Sunday at a hospice in Brooklyn. He was 95. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: American Honey (R for graphic sexuality, frontal nudity, pervasive profanity and teen drug and alcohol abuse) Raunchy road saga revolving around a troubled runaway (Sasha Lane) who joins a team of door-to-door salesmen who party when not hawking magazine subscriptions while driving across the American Midwest. With Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough and Arielle Holmes. Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: Two of the founding and main members of the 15-nation Caribbean Community of nations are grappling with murders rates that are so ridiculously high that police and national security officials are at a loss to come up with solutions to stem the bloodletting. Comment

Guyana emerging as ‘green state’: Prez

Guyana: Underscoring the importance of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, Guyana’s President David Granger has underscored that his country will continue to pursue a “green” economy. Comment

Tourism bonanza, but competition looms

Barbados: The Caribbean is riding on top of a tourism bubble like never seen before, but while the upsurge in tourist arrivals is a reason for celebration, industry players are warily watching emerging competition. Comment

Flatbush church holds Homecoming Int’l Day

Brooklyn: St. Paul’s Church in the Village of Flatbush two weekends ago held another very successful annual Homecoming and International Day celebration, organizers say. Comment

Flatbush Junction carnival counters J’Ouvert violence

Music: Call it a J’ouv-over. Comment

Vincentians should come out and play mas

Arts & Theater: To The Editor: I read the article headlined “Vincentians jump for education” by Nelson A. King in your newspaper and I chuckled a little bit. Why? Because I hear and and have heard for 46 years the same lofty wishing and hoping by Vincentians in USA about the presence of a Vincy band on the parkway. It’s all empty wishing and hoping. Comment
National: Despite the fact 70 percent of Americans polled insisted the need for a four-party presidential debate, a commission decided that only the two leading political parties — Democrats and Republicans — met the mandate to share a podium for the first slated for Hofstra University on Sept. 26. Comment

Cricket audit needed

Sports: Six former West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) officials are calling on CARICOM to conduct a forensic audit of the board to save West Indies cricket from a “total collapse.” Comment

GAC culture to combat gun violence

Arts & Theater: The Guyana Action Committee (GAC), a non-profit will bring together some of Guyana’s artists including the Hooper Sisters, saxophonist, Flantis and Gospel singer Di Nike Amos to raise their musical voices in a cultural presentation against Gun Violence at St. Stephens Church Hall, 2806 Newkirk Ave., (between E 28 and 29th streets) in Brooklyn, on Friday, Sept. 30 from 8 pm. Comment

Workplace diversity ‘sparks creativity’

Books: Your business is doing well. It could do better. Just like every other business in America, you have good weeks and bad. Sales go up and they flatten. You have financial feast-or-famine and you’d like more of the former than the latter. Author Lauren Leader-Chivée says she knows how you can achieve that and in “Crossing the Thinnest Line,” she explains. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Chronic (R for nudity and profanity) Poignant character study starring Tim Roth in the title role as a caregiver for the terminally-ill who apparently needs his patients as much as they need him. Support cast includes Michael Cristofer, Elizabeth Tulloch and Tate Ellington. Comment

Offensive outburst: Grand Street boys soccer opens season with big-time win

After two postponed games, this one was worth the wait. Comment

St. Vincent still seeks seat on UN Security Council

St Vincent: St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves says the nation is still pursuing its “ambitious” bid for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council. Comment

St. Lucia PM proposes tourism summit

St Lucia: St. Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanent is proposing a tourism summit, which he said should be convened by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in the short to medium term. Comment

Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays infamous whistleblower

Movies: Earlier this year, the film Citizenfour won the Academy Award in the Best Documentary category. But given how the movie made less than $4 million worldwide, one might reasonably conclude that the details of Edward Snowden’s (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) dump of National Security Agency documents remains substantially unknown. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The World Health Organization (WHO) is urging Caribbean and other countries to start using immediately the updated guidelines to reduce sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in response to the growing threat of antibiotic resistance. Comment

An impending change to Caribbean crime fighting

Barbados: Expert on regional security matters and former Jamaica Police Commissioner, Francis Forbes, has warned that the Caribbean faces a growing threat, which would radically change the methods of law enforcement. Comment

CARICOM tackles regional social dialogue and social protection

Caribbean: The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat is hosting a one-day regional consultation on the establishment of a regional tripartite social dialogue mechanism and a regional social protection floor. It takes place on Monday, Sept. 19 at the secretariat’s headquarters in Georgetown, Guyana. Comment

WICB fires senior coach

Sports: West Indies head coach, Phil Simmons has been fired by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). Comment

Grenada’s PM condems Coach Simmons’ firing

Grenada: Disappointingly once again, and to the detriment of West Indies cricket, I have noted the bizarre action of the West Indies Cricket Board to fire coach Phillip Simmons, just over a year and a half after his initial appointment, and just two days before the team leaves the region on a tough assignment. Comment

Chanderpaul still peeved over dismissal

Former West Indies middle-order batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul is hurt over his unceremonious expulsion from the regional squad, saying he gave yeoman service without being honored. Comment

Caribbean Diaspora to help shape foreign policy

Brooklyn: A top United States official is calling on Caribbean nationals in the U.S. to help shape Washington’s foreign policy. “Our diversity is our strength, and it needs to move faster,” urged Juan Gonzalez, deputy assistant secretary for Central America and the Caribbean, U.S. Department of State, in addressing an extraordinary panel discussion on the Caribbean Diaspora last Thursday at Medgar Evers College. Comment

Vox pop: Should the city consider shutting down J’ouvert?

Brooklyn: The shooting deaths of two young parade-goers at this years J’ouvert parade is forcing local pols and community members to think about the possibility of permanently shutting down the parade. Critics of the annual pre-dawn carnival celebration — which starts in Prospect Heights and ends in Prospect Lefferts-Gardens — say the large gathering which is estimated to be 250,000 people, is an attraction for violent crime. Whereas fans of J’ouvert say critics are using the cultural fest as a scapegoat, ignoring the crime that usually occurs in the area. Comment

Cultural icon receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Arts & Theater: The name Claire Ann Goring is synonymous with folk culture in Guyana and is one of the most recognized names in the Guyanese and Caribbean community. Her outstanding creative work has won her many accolades over three decades, putting her in the company of great cultural icons before her. Comment

FBI to open office in Jamaica

Jamaica: The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Bureau, of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (AFT), will soon be setting up offices in Jamaica to help fight crime and violence. Comment
Fashion: Pursuing fashion was not on her immediate table but finding a loophole into design whilst having a full time job is what brought this designer to the industry. Comments (1)

Keisha N. Brown named executive VP, chair of Health and Wellness Practice

People: LOS ANGELES (Sept. 7, 2016) — Lagrant Communications (LC), a multicultural integrated marketing communications agency, announces the promotion of Keisha N. Brown to executive vice president and chair of the new Health and Wellness Practice. Comment

Jamaica, Haiti booted out

Jamaica: Jamaica and Haiti were booted out from World Cup contention after losses in their penultimate matches of CONCACAF qualifying at separate venues recently. Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: It is becoming increasingly clear that Trinidad will likely miss the Sept. 30 deadline to sign an agreement with the US to supply commercial banking and other financial information on Americans who stash cash and hide assets overseas. Comment

Persaud wins NY Democratic Primary

Guyana: A Guyanese legislator in Brooklyn handsomely beat her Haitian-born challenger to win the New York Democratic Primary elections on Tuesday. Comment

Their campaign downplays the factual

Viewpoints: During his time engaged in trying to get the better of Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee, Bernie Sanders clipped in response to one of the assigned reporters, “Could we please forget the stupid emails and concentrate on the issues?” Comment
Guyana: A Brooklyn street was named in honor of fallen Guyanese-American, Dr. Walter A. Kyte on Sunday, Sept. 11, a solemn, but historic day, when family members, joined New York Council members to commemorate the life of an educator. Comments (1)

Ziggy Marley shares family recipes in debut cookbook

Food: Let’s get together alright. Coming from a large musical family and the oldest son of legendary reggae artist Bob Marley — Ziggy Marley naturally explored his musical talents and thrives in it. But now he is delving into a different industry and branching his talents into the kitchen with the release of his debut cookbook. Comments (2)

Montano debuts in ‘Bazodee’

Movies: Soca Monarch Machel Montano could now add film star to his incredible career, after a compelling acting début in the role as Lee de Leon — a struggling musician who falls in love with the daughter of an Indian businessman — in the blockbuster “Bazodee.” Comment


Music: Vincentian and other Caribbean cultural aficionados got more than their monies’ worth at an electrifying cultural show Saturday night at the Miracle Temple Ministries in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Comment

Vincentians pay tribute to lawyer Olin Dennie

St Vincent: Several Vincentians in New York on Friday night paid their last respects to prominent lawyer Olin Dennie, who died on Sept. 1 in New York, according to his sister Roslyn Dennie. He was 63. Comments (2)

Canceling J’Ouvert celebration isn’t the answer

Viewpoints: As we still mourn the deaths of 17-year-old Tyreke Borel and 22-year-old Tiarah Poyau who were shot and killed last week during J’Ouvert, the early morning celebration that precedes the West Indian Day Carnival in Brooklyn, N.Y., many have used the tragic events to hold fast to uninformed positions in regards to the future of the event. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Beatles: Eight Days a Week (Unrated) Ron Howard directed this reverential retrospective featuring found footage from interviews and concert performances by the Fab Four recorded between 1963 and 1966. Including commentary by Whoopi Goldberg, Sigourney Weaver and Elvis Costello. Comment

Consul general not singled out for recall: Gonsalves

St Vincent: Despite agitation in some quarters in New York, St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves says ex-New York Consul General Selmon Walters was not singled out for recall. Comment

Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center earns national award

Brooklyn: National Research Corporation (NRC), has selected client Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center of Brooklyn, NY, as a recipient of its 2016 Excellence award. Kingsbrook was recognized at the 22nd Annual NRC Picker Patient-Centered Symposium in San Diego on Sunday, Aug. 28. Comment

J’Ouvert, gun violence, and the need to heal

Viewpoints: As the father of two young children I cannot fathom the heartbreak I would feel if I lost either of them to gun violence, but on Monday morning two families went through that very situation. Comment


Sports: JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Jozy Altidore made U.S. history. So did Christian Pulisic. Altidore scored twice in a three-minute span of the second half, Sacha Kljestan and Paul Arriola had goals and the United States beat Trinidad and Tobago 4-0 on Tuesday night to reach the final round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. Comment

Jamaica’s pioneering king of ska dies in Miami

Music: The coronation of Jamaican royalty has always been multi-dimensional. A majority of the monarchs obtained their high regard and scepters after defying indomitable odds and due to their perseverance, talent and unique abilities emerged victors, champions and rulers of their realm. Comment

Africa may become the next China

Africa: Traditionally, Africans remained offline and uninvolved in the digital world. This has made it virtually impossible for many companies to directly communicate with African markets. Consequently, companies have avoided the continent altogether. Comment

Addressing aftershock of community violence

Brooklyn: Global Trauma Research, Inc. (GTR) on Sept. 12, 2016 launched a 12-week psychotherapy community support group for Brooklyn, NY residents who have experienced psychological trauma and affects from highly publicized shootings such as that of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile in Baton Rouge, LA and Falcon Heights, the deaths and injury of police officers in Dallas, TX and Kansas City, MO and the mass killing in Orlando, Florida. Comments (1)

Shedding light on a Darktown murder

Books: Someone always has to be first. That can be a good thing, or a bad one. Good, if it’s a cafeteria, supermarket queue, electronics store, or conga line; better, if free samples are involved. Bad, in experiments, taste-testing, first-on-last-off and, as in the new novel “Darktown” by Thomas Mullen, first in a dangerous new job. Comment

Windies remain at the bottom

West Indies continues to languish at the bottom of the standings in Test cricket, while cricketers from the region have made little progress in the player’s rankings. Comment

INTERPOL boosts Caribbean cybercrime policing

Dominican Republic: The international police organization, INTERPOL, says it has conducted a series of cybercrime training sessions in Latin America and the Caribbean, aimed at enhancing regional law enforcement capacity to prevent, detect and respond to cyber-threats. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean: The Antigua and Barbuda government had denied allegations it is turning a blind eye on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBT) community. Comment

Artist displays realistic artwork from carnival

Arts & Theater: Florida-based artist Weldon Ryan has painted many pieces of art depicting carnival-partying people for almost three decades. Frequenting carnival events in Miami and Brooklyn, Ryan captures images from these colorful events, and paints them on canvasses. He recently showcased these artworks, some for the first time, and he is ready to paint even more. Comment

Walsh appointed Bangladesh’s bowling coach

Sports: West Indies fast bowling legend Jamaican Courtney Walsh has been appointed the new Bangladesh bowling coach. Comment

Hanks plays hero pilot in miracle on the Hudson

Movies: US Airways Flight 1549 had barely taken off from New York’s LaGuardia Airport on the afternoon of Jan. 15, 2009 when it sighted Canada geese flying in its path at about 2,800 feet. The Airbus 320 was unable to avoid the flock and the ensuing strike disabled both of its engines. Comment

Barbados immigration under scrutiny

Jamaica: The immigration service in Barbados has again found itself in the Caribbean spotlight following recent allegations by two Jamaicans and a Guyanese of mistreatment after arriving at Grantley Adams International Airport. Comment

De Blasio rules out cancelling Caribbean J’Ouvert

Arts & Theater: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has ruled out cancelling J’Ouvert activities in the Caribbean community in Brooklyn, saying that it is an event that’s “important to the community.” Comment

Flatbush church to hold Homecoming Int’l Day

Brooklyn: St. Paul’s Church in the Village of Flatbush will this month hold its annual Homecoming and International Day Weekend celebration. Comment

Young talent preps for school with concert

Brooklyn: Local kids closed out summer showcasing their talents one last time before school starts. Comment



Sports: Matt Besler got back to the U.S. team hotel after training on the eve of the United States’ World Cup qualifier at St. Vincent and the Grenadines when his cellphone came to life. Comment

Miss World Guyana takes NY by storm

Fashion: Miss World Guyana 2016, Nuriyyih Girrard said she is still savoring the experience of flying First Class for the first time, and thanked Fly Jamaica Airways, for her safe voyage to the Big Apple, for a weekend of meet and greet, before preparing for the Dec. 20, Miss World Pageant in Washington, DC. Comment

A year after T&T elections

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad’s governing People’s National Movement (PNM) marked its first year in office on Wednesday with voters showing some tolerance for Prime Minister Keith Rowley personally but going hard on authorities for their inability to reduce a spiraling murder rate, improve the performance of the economy and reduce state corruption which was made an art form by the previous government. Comment

Junior bands set exciting tone for Eastern Parkway

Arts & Theater: Trinidadian-born, Erica Greenidge hurried along Franklin Avenue in Brooklyn, anxious and excited at the same time to get her costume-clad granddaughter Brooke-Lynn to the starting point of the Junior Carnival Parade on Saturday, Sept. 3. Comment
Arts & Theater: For at least the second successive year, revelers, masqueraders and millions of spectators enjoyed the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade in picture perfect weather on Brooklyn’s sprawling Eastern Parkway. Comment
Arts & Theater: It has been years since a Vincentian float participated in the gigantic, annual West Indian American Carnival Parade on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway. Comment
Brooklyn: The brave ones, whose fate ended in a catastrophe on Sept. 11, 2001 in America, continue to rekindle the strength and the determination of some, to never forget the calamities of that fateful day. Comment
Arts & Theater: This year’s J’Ouvert parade cost the lives of two innocent bystanders and injured four more, but the lively spirit of many parade-goers helped them enjoy the annual pre-dawn celebration. Comment


Arts & Theater: The 49th annual West Indian American day carnival brightened up Eastern Parkway on Monday, celebrating Caribbean heritage. Despite earlier incidents of violence at the pre-dawn parade just hours before, thousands packed the parade route in Crown Heights dancing and waving, even babies said one Flatbush dad. Comment

Young pannists take stage at steel pan contest

Music: Steel bands from all over Brooklyn competed for the title of the best steel pan group at the Panorama Steel Pan competition at the Brooklyn Museum on Sept. 3. Comment

Bolt gets lifetime Digicel contract

Jamaica: Telecommunications provider Digicel has given Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt a lifetime a contract on the heels of his historic accomplishments at the recently concluded Rio Olympics in Brazil. Comment

UWI aids park probe

Sports: The University of the West Indies (UWI) Soil Science Department is assisting in the investigation regarding the recent abandonment of the fourth Test between West Indies and India at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain Trinidad. Comment

Windies set to play Pakistan

Sports: West Indies will play their first day-night Test against Pakistan in the United Araba States later this month. Comment

When the lives of two stars intersect

Books: Your closest friend really gets you. You never have to explain yourself when you’re together; everything said (and unsaid) is understood. There may be many years between you, but it doesn’t matter. There may be differences in background, but no worries. Nothing keeps you apart, and in the new book “Elizabeth and Michael” by Donald Bogle, that might be because you have everything in common. Comment

Diversity highlights 2016 Labor Day celebrations

Arts & Theater: Undoubtedly the 2016 West Indian American Day Carnival Association’s presentations reflected unprecedented diversity and perhaps a commitment to integrate a wider pool of participants unseen in 49 years. Comment

Unlocking the potential of minority-owned business

Viewpoints: African-American-owned businesses are the backbone of their communities, major contributors to our growing economy, and sources of innovation and thought leadership — not just in their industries but throughout our society. They also provide economic opportunity and stability to struggling minority communities. The problem is there are simply not enough of them. Comment

Taking care of our caregivers

Viewpoints: To the Editor: Last week, Mayor de Blasio signed into law two bills that take important strides toward supporting both paid caregivers and unpaid family caregivers in an aging New York City. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Author: The JT Leroy Story (R for sexuality, drug use, violent images and pervasive profanity) Out-of-the-closet documentary revealing that fiction writer Laura Albert is the real person behind the pen name JT Leroy . Comment

Teen tries to retrieve stolen sneakers in inner-city saga

Movies: Brandon (Jahking Guillory) saved up for a pricey pair of Air Jordan, only to suffer the utter humiliation of having them stolen right off his feet at gunpoint by a gang of ghetto predators. Comment

Free seminar on ‘The Diaspora and Wealth’

Janay Malloy, a senior marketing director and partner at the Wall Street-based World Financial Group, will be the featured speaker at a free seminar on the Diaspora and Wealth on Thursday, Sept. 15 at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment
Caribbean: Caribbean The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Agence Francaise de Development (AFD) have signed an agreement to provide US$44 million towards financing sustainable infrastructure projects in the region. Comment

Worker ownership can be a pathway to prosperity

Viewpoints: Labor Day is a time for us to celebrate the workers who make our economy grow — the people without whom businesses could not survive and thrive. Comment

T&T a ‘valued partner’ in advancing peace: US

Trinidad and Tobago: In congratulating the people of Trinidad and Tobago as they celebrated their the 54th anniversary of political independence on Wednesday, US Secretary of State John Kerry says the twin-island republic is “a valued partner in advancing peace and development in the CARICOM [Caribbean Community] region. Comment

Trinidad to host Defense Ministers Confab

Trinidad and Tobago: Prime ministers and defense ministers from 33 countries of the Americas will attend the upcoming 12th Conference of Defense Ministers, which will be held in Trinidad and Tobago to discuss terrorism and terrorists threats related to ISIS, the trafficking of arms and ammunition, drugs, and human trafficking. Comment

Two CARICOM countries sign tax cooperation with OECD

Caribbean: The Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) says it has broken “through the 100-mark” when two Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries joined others in signing the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters. Comment

Haitian scholar is founding director of new institute

A top college with the City University of New York (CUNY) has officially welcomed internationally-noted scholar and author Dr. Jean Eddy Saint Paul as the founding director of the new CUNY Haitian Studies Institute (CUNY-HSI). Comment

MEC helps close racial gap in swimming

Brooklyn: As the school year begins, Medgar Evers College (MEC) says it is making a splash. Comment

Sexual equality triumphs in Belize

Belize: UNAIDS said a court ruling in Belize that means consensual, private sex acts between adults- regardless of sex or sexual orientation- are no longer illegal in Belize is a triumph for equality. Comment

Grenada appoints new tourism marketing manager

Grenada: The Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) has announced the appointment of Francine Stewart as marketing manager, effective Aug. 1. Comment

About standing tall against bigotry

Viewpoints: Given that there was no shortage of Republican voices screaming that they had blown it big time in their selection of a candidate this year, one may have hoped for more of a sense among them of watching the flames burn. Comment

NY group raises funds for healthcare in St. Vincent

St Vincent: The Bronx-based charity group, St. Matthias Charities, Inc., continues to raise funds to assist the healthcare sector and the needy in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment
Guyana: Just after presenting his Letter of Credence to Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, on Monday, Aug. 22, Guyana’s ninth permanent representative to the UN, Randolph Michael Tem-Pow, received a hearty welcome from CARICOM members, diplomats and Guyana nationals, at a reception at the Guyana Mission in Manhattan. Comment
Guyana: Newly elected Mayor of Linden, Region 10, in Guyana, Carwyn Holland, thanked the Diaspora for their sustained remittances that he said have helped the small mining town on the Demerara River to survive over the last 23 years. Comment

‘Bright Africa’ for Carican Costumes

Arts & Theater: The nine-year-old Carican Costumes is looking towards a “Bright Africa” as masqueraders display elegant, miniature and elaborate costumes this Labor Day. Comment
Brooklyn: Last Saturday’s 12th Annual Harvest Fest - Back to School Celebration, hosted by Senator Kevin Parker of the 21 Senate District in Brooklyn, helped hundreds of children on long lines in Paerdegat Park on East 40th Street, to receive backpacks with school supplies, and uniforms, in preparation for a new term. Comment

Tourism organization praises new partnership

Arts & Theater: The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) partnered with the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) in June, helping build a multiorgazational relationship for Caribbean communities locally and abroad. Because of the joint-partnership, French Guiana will debut at the annual carnival for the first time. Comment

Rhythm Catcher Int’l presents ‘Misterios Del Mar’

Arts & Theater: The three-year-old, Brooklyn-based band Rhythm Catcher International is portraying “Misterios Del Mar,” Spanish for Mysteries of the Sea, this Labor Day. Comment
Music: Former Miss Universe Jamaica, Kaci Fennell will make her big apple debut this week for two major Caribbean events in New York City — one of the largest Caribbean music events, and the West Indian American Day Carnival on Labor Day. Comment

Cricket sanction

Sports: The Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad and Tobago could be sanctioned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after its outfield was given a “poor’ rating by match referees. Comment

Windies win Twenty20 series

Sports: Rain caused West Indies to win its Twenty20 series (2-0) against India in Florida after the second game was abandoned just over half way through the match. Comment

NY Senate citation for Guyana consul general

Guyana: Senator Roxanne Persaud of the 19th Senate District in Brooklyn, last Thursday, Aug. 25 presented newly appointed Guyana Consul General, New York, Barbara Atherly, with a citation, during a welcome reception at the Princeton Club on Manhattan’s Westside. Comment
Arts & Theater: They may not all be very mobile, but residents at the Susan G. McKinney Rehabilitation Center in Brooklyn last Wednesday were able to “shake a leg,” as the long-term care center hosted its annual carnival. Comment

State Department to host panel on Caribbean

Brooklyn: The U.S. Department of State plans to talk Caribbean issues concluding a week of Caribbean celebrations. Comment
Music: Boulo Valcourt was introduced as a national treasure by the keyboard player of Tabou Combo at the Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX) sidewalk soiree outside of Five Myles Gallery on St. John’s Place last weekend. Comment
Viewpoints: BERLIN, Aug 22, 2016 (IPS) - The United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 provides the foundation for citizens’ rights to participate in shaping their communities. Comment

Caribbean heritage is a source of great pride

Jamaica: On Jan. 22, 1967, I arrived at Kennedy Airport, to begin the journey to my new home in Brooklyn, New York. Most of my memories of that winter day have faded, but there are a few that linger: walking down the stairs from the airplane onto the tarmac; holding my brother’s hand tightly as we walked toward the lights of the TWA terminal, shivering, my face and my fingers feeling like icicles; and seeing my breath in the cold, dark night air. Comment


Sports: On Sunday, Aug. 28 at the Thomas Jefferson High School field, fans were treated to arguably the best two games of the season as Team Grenada battled Team Jamaica and Team Antigua and Barbuda and Team Guyana fought for the right to play the 2016 NY Caribbean Cup 25th anniversary final. Comment

Reggae revelry at the Brooklyn Museum

Music: Reggae rarely gets the attention from publications invested in Eastern Caribbean carnival and Labor Day revelry. Comment

Boost your inner fuel to find your destiny

Books: At the end of the day, you’re out of gas. There’s nothing left in your reserves, not a drop. You’re done, wondering if this is as far as you’ll ever go but somehow open to new suggestions. So read “The Full Tank Life” by Ben Tankard. It might just rev your engine again. Comment
Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and community leaders unveiled the Carlos Lezama Netball Courts at Lincoln Terrace park in Crown Heights on Aug. 27. Comment

Officials celebrate launch of Haitian Studies Institute

Haiti: Caribbean legislators in New York and other officials are celebrating the establishment of the Haitian Studies Institute (HSI) at Brooklyn College, one of the top colleges in the City University of New York. Comment

Timid start to Haiti’s presidential campaign

Haiti: Campaigning for Haiti’s Oct. 9 presidential elections has gotten off to a timid start with the French-speaking Caribbean country’s elections chief asking candidates and political parties to campaign fairly and avert elections-related violence, according to reports here. Comment

A long-standing TT protest voice

Viewpoints: Indeed, there could be precious little by way of rejection or dispute in response to the news that followed the death in Trinidad earlier this month of Makandal Daaga. Comment

The James E. Davis’ legacy will live on

In a strong effort of community togetherness and support to embrace the work of the late and former, New York City Councilman James E. Davis, New York State Assemblywoman representing the 43rd District, Diana Richardson recently launched the first James E. Davis’ Family Day, in the Brooklyn district on Empire Blvd. and Nostrand Avenue. Comments (1)

Trinidadian dancer recipient of prestigious award

Arts & Theater: Dancing all her life, an East New York dancer is going to be awarded with the Princess Grace award this fall. Tamisha Guy will receive the award at a gala ceremony in the presence of the Prince and Princess of Monaco on Oct. 24. Comment
Movies: Jackie Chan made dozens of martial arts movies in his native Hong Kong prior to finding phenomenal success stateside in 1998 co-starring with Chris Tucker in the buddy-comedy “Rush Hour.” Their pairing as unlikely-partners proved so popular that they returned to the well to shoot a couple of sequels in “Rush Hour 2” and “Rush Hour 3.” And Jackie further milked the familiar formula in outings opposite Owen Wilson in “Shanghai Noon” and “Shanghai Knights.” Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: In Search of the American Dream (PG-13 for profanity, violence and mature themes) Survival saga about six sibling’s attempt to elude the authorities in a race across Texas after their undocumented parents are arrested on the spot and carted away. Co-starring Baldemar Rodriguez, Shaina Sandoval, Kayla Valadez and Jeremy Becerra. (In English and Spanish with subtitles) Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Grenada: Caribbean The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has added more Caribbean countries to its growing Zika virus travel alert list. Comment
Brooklyn: State Sen. Roxanne Persaud on Sunday honored five community figures at a fundraising reception at Trelawni Restaurant on Utica Avenue in Brooklyn. Comment
St Vincent: Thousands of Vincentians on Saturday trekked from as far as Toronto, Canada and Florida for the fifth annual Vincy Day USA at Heckscher State Park in East Islip, L.I. Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean American citizens and permanent residents who hold large sums of cash in overseas bank accounts or have investments in trust and related companies as well as hold disposable assets will soon have to report these to the IRS or face stiff penalties in new laws being enforced from the end of September. Comment

Fiancée of Sean Bell speaks at benefit event

Brooklyn: Local artists expressed feelings about police violence at the “Fists Up, Guns Down” benefit show, at the Five Myles Gallery on Aug. 19. Comment

Williams pays tribute to freedom fighters

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams has paid tribute on the day set aside by the United Nations to remember slavery and its abolition, saying that the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and the enslavement of Africans represented “one of the longest and most sustained assaults on the life, integrity and dignity of human beings in our history.” Comment

‘Because We Fly’

Arts & Theater: Giselle Fritz & Associates present “Because We Fly” for this year’s Junior Carnival in Brooklyn. The band’s title was inspired by nature’s beauty. Comment

Brooklyn’s youth get deadly lessons about guns

Brooklyn: He takes a stand against gun violence – by opening death’s door. Brookdale Hospital launched a scare tactic program to teach Brooklyn’s youth some deadly lessons about guns. The brainchild of the program titled “It Starts Here,” is Khari Edwards, head of the hospital’s external affairs. Comment

Haiti’s Feet of Rhythm Puppet / Doll theme

Arts & Theater: Nadia Dieudonné and Cynthia Karaha are cultural sisters, a complementary duo heart and soul of the dance troupe Feet of Rhythm (F.O.R.) kids who will represent the Haitian community in the annual West Indian Day Junior Carnival Parade. Comment
Music: A Brooklyn choreographer is keeping dancehall alive, one move at a time. Comment

Waitukubuli on Eastern Parkway

Arts & Theater: The Dominica mas band, Larry’s Place, is paying tribute to the native Carib Indians with “Waitukubuli” this Labor Day. Comment

Bolt’s last Olympic sprint

Jamaica: Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness has hailed the achievements of the country’s athletes at the Rio Olympics in Brazil last week. Comment


Sports: Two great New York Caribbean Cup quarter final games were played at Thomas Jefferson High School field in Brooklyn on Sunday, Aug. 21. Comment
St Vincent: The Organizing Committee of the Brooklyn-based Vincy Day USA last Saturday gave New York Consul General Selmon Walters his penultimate last hurrah with a send-off plaque. Comments (1)

Homage to the Incas

Arts & Theater: In its children and adult bands this year, the Brooklyn-based Cocoa Diamond Productions is celebrating “a toast to life” and paying homage to the Amerindian group, the Incas. Comment

Crown Heights uprising trivialized to festival

It’s been 25 years since the Caribbean combined Jewish Brooklyn community of Crown Heights erupted with rage after two Guyanese seven-year-olds were struck and fatally injured by Lubavitcher Yosef Lifsch whose station-wagon veered onto the sidewalk hitting the youths. The tragic accident caused the death of the young Gavin Cato. Comment


Fashion: It is a pageant based in history. A dozen people entered the Brooklyn Masonic Temple in Fort Greene on August 20 for the 48th Queen of the Bay New York pageant. The pageant, which honors Belizean beauties coinciding with the country’s battle to independence from Spain – crowned a winner for 2016-2017 title. Comment

Family Fun Day at Canarsie Park

Brooklyn: Last Thursday, Aug. 18, was a day of fun and games in Canarsie Park, Brooklyn, for summer campers who took full advantage of the hot temperature, entertainment by Tropical Fete stilt dancers, costume making, a Fire Department NY Firehouse demonstration and NYPD ID fingerprinting. Comment

Jerk fest brings staycation to Williamsburg

Food: Wanderlusters rejoice — a 12-day festival has come to Williamsburg to bring the Caribbean to Brooklyn for weeks of music, food, and island vibes. Comment
Newly appointed Guyana Consul General to New York, Barbara Atherly handed over passports, marriage licenses and other legal documents to expatriates in South Ozone Park, Queens on Saturday, Aug. 13, during the consulate’s fifth Outreach Initiative. Comment

Socacize brings a Caribbean style to exercising

Music: Forget the gym and get fit for carnival to soca music. A dance workout that combines soca music and exercise, better known as socacize, gets participants physically active to a sound they know best. That is the concept for the high-and-low aerobic workout instructed to Caribbean music. With the Labor Day parade approaching, dance instructors want you to get ready for carnival and encourage more health-conscious attitudes in the Caribbean community. Comment

Twenty-five years after Crown Heights Riots

Viewpoints: Twenty-five years ago, I watched as the streets of Crown Heights erupted in unrest — cars flipped, businesses burned, rocks thrown, and voices raised in anger following the tragic deaths of seven-year-old Gavin Cato, hit and killed by a car, and the stabbing death of college student Yankel Rosenbaum. Comment

Parker wants safe staffing bill into law by 2017

Brooklyn: Nurses who work in hospitals could soon find their jobs easier if this new bill aimed to decrease patient ratio passes. Comment

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