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Best reggae hits compiled for Reggae Gold

Music: It’s the best of the genre. The 2017 Reggae Gold was released on July 21 and is jam-packed with the best songs coming out of the music style over the course of a year. The compilation includes songs from Jah Cure, Queen Ifrica, Aidonia, Raging Fyah, Estelle, and Chronixx and Tarrus Riley, who both make two appearances on the track list with their own hits and as featured artists. Comment

Soca Gold

Music: The year’s hottest soca tracks and artists are featured in the annual compilation of the top soca songs. The recently released “Soca Gold 2017,” which hit stores and all music platforms on July 21, puts some of the current and previous year’s biggest songs from carnival to others that charted internationally. Comment
Barbados: Thousands of Barbadian public and private sector workers along with business owners took to the streets of Bridgetown Monday morning in protest to a jacked up import tax and Government’s refusal to discuss their calls for a repeal of softening of the levy. Comment

D’Midas readies for the Parkway with ‘Glitz and Glamour’

Arts & Theater: In its annual quest, D’Midas International New York mas band hopes to place in the top three for medium-sized bands in the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade. Comment
Movies: When Hitler ordered an all-out assault on the Western Front in the spring of 1940, the vaunted Maginot Line proved to be no match for the pulverizing German blitzkrieg. The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and France all fell in a matter of weeks, and the rapid collapse proved particularly problematic for the Allied forces. Comment
Jamaica: Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB), the New York-based organization that provides hospitality support for Jamaican and other Caribbean athletes at the annual Penn Relays Carnival at the University of Pennsylvania, says it will present next month 10 Automated External Devices (AEDs) to eight high schools and two institutions in Jamaica. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua The Antigua and Barbuda government said it would release the names of persons issued diplomatic passports in recent years, regardless of whether or not their passports had since expired or revoked. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Imperfections (Unrated) Crime comedy about a struggling actress (Virginia Kull) still living with her mother (Marilu Henner) who plots a diamond heist in order to pay for her move from Chicago to Hollywood. With Ed Begley, Jr., Zach McGowan and Ashton Holmes. Comment

Crown Heights: A hot topic

Crown Heights seems to be the latest catch-phrase for attention. Comment

Farming beyond drought

Farming beyond drought

Environment: BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, July 20, 2017 (IPS) - The Caribbean accounts for seven of the world’s top 36 water-stressed countries and Barbados is in the top 10. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) defines countries like Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, and St. Kitts and Nevis as water-scarce with less than 1000 m3 freshwater resources per capita. Comment

Barbados workers and bosses to march Monday

Barbados: Resulting from the Barbados government’s refusal to respond to trades unions demands that a jacked-up tax be repealed or reduced, business leaders have joined the workers representatives to announce a mass march Monday. Comment
Brooklyn: Learning one tech at a time. More than 36 students learned how to put their computer science skills to the test at a day-long Hack-a-Thon at Medgar Evers College on July 12. The youngins got to practice building, creating, and do the coding of their own websites, and by the end of the event some left with newfound knowledge and a web page, said one student. Comment

House of D’Marsh partners with top Jamaican models for NY Fashion Week

Fashion: New York-based designer House of D’Marsh has joined forces with top Jamaican models Oraine Barrett and Korey Rowe for the 2017 New York Fashion Week Men’s Collection HOPE by KDO. Comment

US survives bites, tops El Salvador 2-0 to advance

Sports: PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Skirmishing for position at the goal line ahead of a corner kick, Jozy Altidore could not believe what occurred: El Salvador defender Henry Romero bit the back of his left shoulder, then twisted his nipple. Comment
Sports: Noting the challenges that continue to hamper sustained progress in combating cholera in Haiti, the United Nations has called for more international support to combat the disease in the French-speaking Caribbean country. Comment
Queens: The Queens Museum is honoring the history of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in the borough at a new exhibit this month Comment

An outrageous and spicy tale about a woman’s sin

Books: Nothing’s set in stone. Few things are. Lucky for you, there’s usually a chance to change your mind or have a do-over. You can often get another go at something because few things are that firmly decided. As in the new book “Sin of a Woman” by Kimberla Lawson Roby, you can sometimes have a second chance. Comment

Exhibition tells hidden story of African Caribbean PoWs

Caribbean: The remarkable overlooked story of more than 2,000 African-Caribbean soldiers imprisoned in a medieval castle in the 18th century is to be told in a new exhibition by English Heritage, according to reports. Comment


Caribbean: Sometime after the so-called summer holiday period ends, an umbrella body set up by Caribbean Community governments to fight European nations to make them pay for the transatlantic slave trade will meet to review the state of play regarding regional efforts to win this battle. Comment

Strike and sick-out in Barbados

Barbados: An apparent mishandled response to a sick-out at the Bridgetown Port Wednesday sparked a full blown strike at the entity as Barbados trades unions ramped up protests against a tax increase that could spike inflation. Comments (1)

Call for immediate return to democracy in Venezuela

Venezuela: As Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government have “offered their good offices to facilitate” dialogue between the government and opposition in Venezuela, the secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, and Venezuela’s opposition leader, Leopoldo López, have urged immediate return to democracy in the country. Comment

Marlon Cole debuts Off Broadway play ‘Choices & Consequences’

Arts & Theater: Marlon Orlando Cole, who traces his roots to Jamaica, is on cloud nine after receiving rave reviews for this debut Off Broadway play “Choices & Consequences,” on stage until July 29. Comment

The Georgetown prison fire: A failure and opportunity for good governance through public accountability

Viewpoints: Burke is the president of the Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID) Last week swift public accountability reinforced good governance in Trinidad & Tobago. Ms. Marlene McDonald was sworn in as Minister of Public Utilities on June 30. Three days later Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley fired her for countenancing a reputed member of the criminal underworld to attend her swearing in ceremony. Comment

Annual jerk festival returns this weekend

Music: There’s going to be jerk and more. The Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival returns again this weekend to Roy Wilkins Park on July 23 from noon to 8 pm. The seventh annual food and music event celebrating Jamaican culture will feature all types of food, including the beloved jerk, and a cook off contest between Mayor DeBlasio and former Jamaica Miss World, Lisa Hanna. The two will be competing in the Celebrity Quick-Fire Challenge and the two-time winning mayor will defend his title against Hanna this Sunday. Comment


Music: Putting a different spin on sound. A Brooklyn-based musical trio is revolutionizing the way people see music producers. The Brook Brovaz, comprised of three friends — Shak-Trauma, Silver, and Belle Boy — are a group of producers and artists. Together the team produce and compose music, and also write and perform their songs that cover a wide range of melodies from their outlook, said one member. Comments (1)

Jamaicans will gather at Riverside to give thanks for 55

Jamaica: Color-conscious Jamaicans are readying everything black, green and gold for the Aug. 6 celebration of 55 years of independence from Britain. In Weston Comment

Kingsbrook presents ‘Domestic Violence Education’

Health: Kingsbrook’s Best Health School has partnered with the 71st Precinct to feature a series of educational sessions for the community this summer. On Saturday, July 22, Neighborhood Coordinating Officers Paul Parkinson and Stephen Schmitt will present “Domestic Violence Education,” discussing the importance of understanding abusive relationships and what interventions are necessary. The event will be held on Kingsbrook’s main campus at 585 Schenectady Ave. between Winthrop Street & Rutland Road in the Lillian Minkin Ballroom. Comment

Vincentians display unity at Canadian picnic

St Vincent: The camaraderie, love, pride and unity were fully on display on Saturday, as thousands of Vincentians — and their Caribbean and North American friends and supporters — converged on the extensive Brown’s Bay Provincial Park in Western Ontario, Canada for the annual massive Vincy Unity Picnic. Comment

Jagdeo: Guyanese gov’t ‘a threat to democracy’

Guyana: Former Guyana President Bharrat Jagdeo has assailed the incumbent David Granger administration in Guyana, claiming that the government’s policies are “a threat to democracy.” Comment
Music: A new meaning for reggae. Grammy-nominated reggae band Raging Fyah has introduced their own strain of cannabis into the billion dollar marijuana industry in the United States. The group is the first musical band to join the industry, with their brand of mary-jane called “Everlasting Kush.” The entrance of the band into the business is not a first from Jamaican artists, and was inspired by Damian Marley’s hand in the business. Comment
Sports: The dust has settled after the preliminary round of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup and there are no surprises among the eight teams, from the original 12, that have advanced to the quarterfinal stage this week. Comment

Industrial action in Barbados

Barbados: Barbados is on a labor ‘go slow.’ The island’s four largest trades unions, Barbados Workers Union; National Union of Public Workers; Barbados Union of Teachers; and the Barbados Secondary Teachers Union on Monday issued a ‘work to rule’ directive to workers who account for most of the country’s workforce to take it easy on the job and prepare for a march Saturday. Comment


Sports: Denver (Ap) — Jamaica was so determined to keep Mexico from scoring, it sacrificed its own offense to get the job done. The game plan worked, and now both teams are in a position to move to the next round if they can take care of business this weekend. Mexico and Jamaica played to a scoreless draw Thursday night (July 13) and remained on track to advance to the knockout round of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Comment
St Vincent: BRUSSELS, Belgium, July 14, 2017 (IPS) — With Antigua and Barbuda joining St. Kitts and Nevis as the two eastern Caribbean nations to attain middle-income country status, a senior diplomat has identified climate change as a major factor preventing other nations in the grouping from taking the same step forward. Comment
Jamaica: The first and only female to lead the oldest, independent English-speaking nation in the Caribbean received a grateful and rousing farewell Sunday when her People’s National Party’s Women’s Movement ramped up accolades to her during their annual conference by inviting California Congresswoman Maxine Waters to keynote an address to women. Comment

Cricket trouble

Sports: Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley said administrators of Cricket West Indies (CWI) are hoping for a “miracle” to turn around the fortunes of West Indies cricket. Comment
Movies: “War for the Planet of the Apes” is the 9th episode in the legendary film franchise that began almost a half-century ago with Planet of the Apes. The groundbreaking sci-fi adventure was based on the novel of the same name by Pierre Boulle, who also wrote “The Bridge over the River Kwai.” Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean Trans Island Air (TIA) has started a chartered service between Barbados, St. Lucia, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Dominica on its 12-passenger Beech 900 Turboprop. Comment

Five countries sign Caribbean Arrest Treaty

St Lucia: Five Caribbean countries have signed the Caribbean Arrest Treaty, one of the regional security instruments that was formulated to enhance cooperation between member states in the fight against crime. Comment
Guyana: As the summer travel peaks, carriers to Guyana are vying for market share to airlift passengers to the South American nation with fares upwards of $700.00, round trip from JFK International Airport to Cheddi Jagan International Airport. Comments (2)

Lewis slams record-breaking century

Sports: West Indies opening Twenty20 batsman Evin Lewis slammed a record-break century against India to win the one-off Twenty20 at Sabina Park, Jamaica last Sunday. Comment

In focus: New book chronicles 100 years of filming in Jamaica

Books: A new book documenting the international movie industry filming in Jamaica was released earlier this month and hopes to share the history of Jamaica as a destination for filming. In the book, “Jamaica, the Land of Film,” author Peter Polack chronicles all of the mainstream films from the early 1900’s to present, that used the island nation’s setting as the go-to place to shoot a movie in the Caribbean. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Fencer (Unrated) Golden Globe-nominated biopic, set behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War, chronicling the life of legendary fencer-turned-political fugitive Endel Nelis (Mart Avandi) who risked his liberty by entering a children’s team in a national tournament being staged in Leningrad. With Kirill Karo, Lembit Ulfsak and Liisa Koppel. (In Estonian, Russian and Armenian with subtitles) Comment

Weekend anxiety in Barbados

Barbados: An uneasy calm lay over Barbados Friday after a 48-hour ultimatum that trades unions gave government to withdraw a new tax expired without a response and the workers’ representatives kept their next move close to their chests. Comment

MEC professor Frank Riley passes

People: The Medgar Evers College community in Brooklyn is still mourning the passing of beloved Professor Frank A. Riley, who died on May 22 at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in Brooklyn. He was 69. Comment

Caribbean pledges to end preventable mortality of women, children and adolescents

Health: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says Latin American and Caribbean countries have pledged to work to end the preventable mortality of women, children and adolescents by 2030. Comment

Couple appeal for funds for Uganda water project

Africa: Beth Zwecher, who remembers having a dream at the tender age of five to visit Africa, and a voice telling her that she would be safe, realized that dream a second time around, when she traveled with a team of volunteers to drill a well to supply clean drinking water for one hundred families in the village of Kibisi, Uganda, the first well since the 1980’s. Comment


Guyana: Some businesses in the city and coastal areas are shutting up shop earlier than usual after police at mid week revised official figures from five to eight as to the number of inmates who broke out from the city’s main maximum security prison on Sunday before setting fire to facility completely destroying it. Comment

New tax brings unease in Barbados

Barbados: Almost two weeks into a jacked up import tax that threatens to spike the cost of living, trade unions have put the Barbados government under a 48-hour warning to retract the levy or face unspecified action. Comment

Cuomo vows to protect Caribbean immigrants

New York: Amid draconian measures in clamping down on Caribbean and other immigrants in the United States, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo has reaffirmed his commitment to protecting Caribbean and other nationals. Comment

18 receive Legend of Faith Awards

People: Caribbean Life’s senior writer, Dr. Nelson A. King, was among 18 members of the community who were recently honored with the Legend of Faith Award by the Brooklyn-based Faith Deliverance Pentecostal Church at the church’s inaugural award ceremony at the Sheraton La Guardia Hotel in Flushing, Queens. Comment
Arts & Theater: Founder and President of the Jersey City West Indian Caribbean American Carnival Association Inc., (JCWICACAI), Cheryl DB Murphy said with 1.5 million West Indians in the metro area, the streets of Jersey City will come alive with colorful costumes and revelry when the parade takes to the streets on Saturday, July 22. Comment
Music: Art for all. Thousands of art enthusiasts packed the 46th International African Arts Festival at Commodore Barry Park in Fort Greene on July 3. The annual festival celebrating the music and artistry of the African Diaspora attracts many people, particularly frequent visitors who always attend every year, and come to showcase their work, said one woman. Comment


Arts & Theater: Ready, set, en garde! A Harlem theater company will be playing their adaption of the popular Alexandre Dumas action novel, “The Three Musketeers,” from July 11-30. The Classic Theatre of Harlem is having a free nightly outdoor showing of the classic play at Marcus Garvey Park. And in this revival, the company is not only bringing a favored story back into the spotlight, but is also honoring the literary work of a Caribbean man whose background is typically disregarded, said the artistic director of the company. Comment

Will the UN ‘Leave No One Behind’ and improve LGBTI health and well-being?

Viewpoints: Dr Felicity Daly is the Global Research Coordinator for OutRight Action International NEW YORK, July 10, 2017 (IPS) — While there has been progress in researching the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people and responding to certain emerging health threats in high-income countries – elsewhere in the world such research is inadequate and incomplete. Comment

‘Enact change through action’ says Sen. Persaud

Guyana: NYS Sen. Roxanne J. Persaud, called on guests at her recent fundraising brunch, to get involved in their community to affect change. “People should not sit back in their homes and say I can’t affect change, unless they join their block association, community board, or become familiar with their local precinct, urged the lawmaker. Comment

Promoting sustainable population growth, key to raising human rights standards

Viewpoints: Dr. Hanif Hassan Al Qassim, is Chairman of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue GENEVA, Switzerland, July 11, 2017 (IPS) — The world population has witnessed a remarkable growth during the recent decades. In 1965, it stood at 3.3 billion people. In 2017 — 52 years later— the global population reached a staggering 7.5 billion people corresponding to more than a doubling of the Earth’s residents over the last half-century. Comment

Caribbean, New Orleans explore cultural links

Music: The New Orleans Center for the Gulf South helped highlight the links between the Caribbean and New Orleans during the annual US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Southern Regional Research Center’s Caribbean Cultural Heritage Month in June, according to Tulane University. Comment

City Council approves Shirley Chisholm Community Center in Brooklyn

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane Williams, deputy leader of the City Council, said the Council voted to approve a $85.2 billion budget, which included funding for a new community center in East Flatbush, named after the legendary Shirley A. Chisholm, of Barbadian and Guyanese parentage. Comment

Summer Youth Employment Program begins in N.Y. City

Brooklyn: Summer employment is one of the exciting things college and high school students look forward to each year. The 2017 summer is no exception, and last week, Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio along with the New York City Commissioner for the Division of Youth and Community Development, Bill Chong announced the start of the 2017 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). Comment

Simmons bids for coaching job

Sports: Former West Indies coach Phil Simmons is among several contenders for the post of India’s coach. Comment

Double blow for West Indies

Sports: It was a double blow for West Indies cricket teams as both the senior West Indies men were humbled by India in the five-match One-Day Internationals losing 3-1. At Sabina Park, Jamaica, while in the ICC Women’s World Cup in England, the women slumped to their fourth straight defeat by the same margin to end their interest in their tournament. Comment

Let’s talk: Local pols and residents talk community, election

Brooklyn: Returning with their election cycle meeting, the Flatbush Tenant Coalition is hosting its annual candidate forum at Erasmus High School on July 15. Area residents, representative elected officials, and challenging candidates, are going to discuss community concerns about the state of their districts. Comment


Sports: The great thing about the CONCACAF Gold Cup biennial tournaments is the showcasing of live, quality soccer throughout the USA, which means firsthand exposure of the excitement and vigor of the game to millions of soccer lovers across the country, including the millions of expatiates from countries around the world, and in this situation, particularly fans from Central America and the Caribbean, who will see their national teams on display. Also, very importantly, it gives the U. S. professional league, MLS, a preview for expansion viability. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Battle Scars (Unrated) Post war drama about a veteran’s (Zane Holtz) attempt to readjust to civilian life after suffering devastating physical and psychic wounds during a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Featuring Ryan Eggold, Jamal Woolard and Heather McComb. Comment
Queens: After months of making his presence felt in the community to galvanize votes, Guyanese-born Richard David cut the ribbon on Saturday, June 10 to officially open his campaign headquarters to ramp-up his bid for the coveted seat in Council District 28, in Queens. Voters go to the polls on Sept. 12, 2017. Comment

First International Reggae Day in London

Music: Following the successful launch of the very first celebration of International Reggae Day in London, an amalgam of Black music devotees claim they are fully committed to making July 1 a hallmark event on the annual, British cultural calendar. Comment

Chaos as prisoners break out, flatten city’s main jailhouse

Guyana: GEORGETOWN, Guyana — For the second time in 17 months, inmates at Guyana’s main prison facility took control of the system, this time facilitating the escape of five of their number and burning all but one of the jail blocks and an officer’s staff club to the groundon Sunday, July 9. Comment

International Center for Democracy launches in Queens

Queens: A group comprising mainly Indo-Guyanese nationals in Richmond Hill, Queens on Friday night officially launched the International Center for Democracy (ICD) at an elaborate ceremony at Russo on the Bay in Howard Beach. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court has handed down a judgement in favor of the former head of Antigua and Barbuda Financial Services Regulatory Commission (FRSC), Leroy King, granting him leave to appeal an earlier High Court rejecting an application for judicial review of the 2012 decision by the government to approve his extradition to the United States. Comment
Guyana: Less than one year after prisoners perished in a fire in the Guyana prison on Camp Street in the capital, Georgetown, the fire service was on Sunday, July 9 called to a raging blaze that gutted the wooden structure, from where mastermind, and death-row inmate Mark Royden Durant Williams, also known as “Smillie,” was jailed for murdering citizens in the villages of Lusignan and Bartica. Comment

Caribbean seeks to climate-proof tourism industry

Travel: BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, June 30, 2017 (IPS) — The tourism industry is the key economic driver and largest provider of jobs in the Caribbean after the public sector. Caribbean tourism broke new ground in 2016, surpassing 29 million arrivals for the first time and once again growing faster than the global average. Comment

Guyanese fugitive suspect nabbed in Queens

Guyana: Law enforcement officials in New York say that a man wanted for murder in Guyana has been arrested in Queens. Comment
Brooklyn: Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn), Deputy Leader, Sen. Kevin S. Parker and Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte last week joined Groundswell and Midwood High School in celebrating the completion of a new mural that depicts the history of Brooklyn over the course of hundreds of years and the various communities that have called the borough home. Comments (2)

‘One Love’ Rasta excursion explores Jamaican culture

Jamaica: Any fan of reggae music or those familiar with Bob Marley are likely to have already sung, hummed and probably danced to one of its most profound messages of unity, “One Love.” Comment

A great summer escape with ‘The Boss’

Books: Somebody needs to call the shots. Leading by committee may seem equal, right? Everybody should have a voice, but there has to be a head honcho in the mix somewhere. Somebody has to make decisions and stand up, to lead with a big heart, a cool head, an open mind and, in “The Boss” by Aya de León, a solid backbone. Comment

New tool to fight crime in the Caribbean launched

Caribbean: The Organization of American States (OAS) says its General Secretariat has applauded Thursday’s launch of the Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network in the Caribbean (ARIN-CARIB). Comment

Trinidad PM fires public utilities minister

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley fired his public utilities minister 24 hours after she was sworn in to the post by President Anthony Carmona Monday, July 3. Comment

Caribbean reaffirms commitment to older persons

People: The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean says regional countries have reaffirmed their commitment to promote, protect and respect the human rights, dignity and fundamental liberties of older persons. Comment
Guyana: Six “unique” pre-kindergarten students were showered with praises recently at an elaborate graduation ceremony for two Guyanese-owned daycare centers in Laurelton, Queens. Comment

Affleck, Mara co-star in romantic fantasy

Movies: C (Casey Affleck) and M (Rooney Mara) are a nondescript young couple living in a modest ranch house in suburban Texas. Nothing of note transpires between the happily-married lovebirds besides carnal canoodling interrupted by things that go bump in the night. Comment

Top US officials attend CARICOM Summit in Grenada

Caribbean: The United States Department of State said two top Trump administration officials have headed to Grenada to attend the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) summit currently underway there. Comment

PAHO Dominican-born director presents platform

Dominica: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said its Dominican-born director, Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, has presented her proposed platform for the next five years. Comment
Brooklyn: Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, has long seen small businesses in the city as an opportunity for economic growth for persons who will make themselves eligible through the City’s entrepreneurship programs. Comment

Goal guide: Author pens motivating self-help book

Books: It’s time for some action! Long Island-based motivational speaker and author Nikkie Pryce is releasing her first book to help millennials jump start their dreams. In her self-help book titled “Dreamers, Take Action,” to be released on July 24, she lays out a guideline for the perpetual dreamer to embark on their goals and aspirations, because she too was once a procrastinator with many plans before setting forth on her ambitions. Comment

New public plaza opens in downtown Brooklyn

Brooklyn: Two Trees Management Company and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership have announced the opening of the new public plaza at 300 Ashland, downtown Brooklyn. Comment
St Vincent: KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, July 4, 2017 (IPS) — A leading climate change mitigation and adaptation activist and former climate negotiator in the Caribbean says that the United States could protect its economic and political interest by helping the region to go green. Comment

Taylor is top all-rounder

Sports: West Indies Women Cricket Captain Stafanie Taylor has been named the world’s leading all-rounder and is in the top five of both the batting and bowling rankings. Comment

Cricketers pay based on points

Sports: Cricket West Indies (CWI) President Dave Cameron has said that seniority and experience of players would no longer count in the issuing of central retainer contracts. Comment
Sports: West Indies Women cricketers are fighting for a win in the current ICC 50-over World Cup campaign in England. Comment


Grenada: At almost every summit of Caribbean Community leaders, the issue of crime and security is placed on the agenda as is the case at this week’s main annual conference underway in Grenada. The opening ceremony was held Tuesday evening. Comment

Respect our cosmopolitan republic

I had a cursory look at part of the Anthony Bourdain documentary two days ago. I did see the part which triggered the latest verbal attacks on the Syrian/Lebanese communities in our nation. There was nothing in that part which offended me. After seeing some stir on my Facebook page, I went searching for that part. I again looked at it. I saw a family happy to show off its food. Comment

Who was the greatest cricketer — Bradman or Sobers?

Viewpoints: To understand what cricket supremacy means in a global context to the average Caribbean man, is best summarized by the former Prime Minister of Jamaica, Michael Manley, “The West Indies are Third World countries, but we belong and are in the first World of Cricket.” Cricket is not only a religion in the Caribbean, but it best defines the region in any context. Regional political integration has followed cricket as a unifying and defining force. Comment

Jazzy Jazz evenings

Music: The opening act of “Jazzy Jazz” at Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College begins this Friday, July 7. The opening performance features Bashiri Johnson & Frances Elizee; Jazzmeia Horn; Alex Blake & Collective and others, according to organizers of the Dr. Mary Umolu Jazzy Jazz Festival. Comment
Arts & Theater: When the Wallach Art Gallery hosted its opening reception earlier this month, one felt they were walking through the remnants of a construction zone to get there. Comment


Sports: EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP)— Dom Dwyer volleyed in a go-ahead goal in the 19th minute of his international debut, ran to the corner flag and did a double back flip that would make a gymnast proud. Comment
Health: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams on Thursday joined hospital leaders and staff in celebrating a record 164 patients who graduated from a program focused on the self-management and prevention of diabetes at NYC Health + Hospitals / Kings County. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Austin Found (Unrated) Midlife crisis dramedy about a fame-craving, former beauty queen (Linda Cardellini) who has her daughter (Ursula Parker) kidnapped in order to land back in the limelight. With Craig Robinson, Skeet Ulrich, Patrick Warburton and Jaime Pressly. Comment

Suede Restaurant wins Restaurant of the Year title

Business: Suede Restaurant, a popular Caribbean eatery that has made a name for itself, offering delicious dishes at reasonable prices, was named Restaurant of the Year by the Brooklyn Borough President Nightlife and Restaurant Coalition, (BNRC) at its 2nd Annual International Food and Wine Tasting event on Tuesday, June 27. Comment

Jabari takes the plunge with dad’s backing

Books: You can do it. Yes, you can. You just need to take a deep breath and then blow it out. Find the courage inside yourself. Think of something else and do it. Don’t be scared. As you’ll see in “Jabari Jumps” by Gaia Cornwall , good things come to those who get brave and take the leap. Comment

‘Jamaica’ takes center stage in Harlem

Music: Once again, Jamaica is in the spotlight. This time shining the light on the Caribbean island/nation is the Harlem Repertory Theater with a 60th anniversary staging of the musical that launched the iconic actress Lena Horne into Broadway stardom. Comment

Sequel finds Gru bonding with long-lost brother

Movies: “Despicable Me 3” is actually the fourth installment in the animated franchise, provided you count the prequel Minions, which some may consider a spin-off. Co-directed by Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda and Eric Guillon, this episode revolves around Gru (Steve Carell) who discovers that he has an identical twin before facing-off against his most formidable foe ever. Comment

Caribbean American ex-nurse and her hitman jailed for life

People: A Brooklyn Supreme Court judge on Thursday sentenced a Caribbean American former nurse and a hitman she hired to kill her Jamaican-born husband to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean Six Caribbean countries recently participated the Caribbean Export Development Agency’s AgroaIimentaria Fair- the Dominica Republic’s largest and most important food and beverage food fair. Comment

City Council Members honor cure violence providers

Brooklyn: City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Members Jumaane D. Williams and Fernando Cabrera, co-chairs of the City Council Task Force to Combat Gun Violence, honored 13 cure violence providers during the Council’s Stated meeting on June 21. Comment

U.S. Congress lays out initiative fostering more diplomacy with the Caribbean

National: Since becoming a law late last year, the United States-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act (H.R. 4939) — a bill passed by congress to increase U.S. diplomacy efforts with the Caribbean and their leaders — recently publicized their initiative. As a mandate of the bill, officials with the State Department produced a multi-year strategy laying out a plan to increase engagement, safety, and the livelihood between the governments. The effort to reach the action plan was in collaboration with several groups, said the director of Caribbean Affairs at the State Department. Comment


Antigua: Western nations appear to be moving against Caribbean Community nations controversially offering local passports and citizenship in exchange for investment cash with Antigua becoming the first major victim. Comment

Brooklyn DA’s Office seeks community partners

Brooklyn: Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez on Tuesday announced that his Office is seeking community-based organizations to partner in an upcoming youth development and crime prevention program that will operate in several Brooklyn neighborhoods. Comment
Manhattan: Public Advocate of the City of New York, Letitia James presented proclamations to Caribbean nationals, and citizens of Caribbean descent, during a recent Caribbean Heritage Month reception in the David Dinkins municipal building, in Manhattan. Comment


Music: The 46th annual International African Arts Festival (IAAF) returns to Fort Greene from July 1–4, for a four-day event highlighting African and culture and music, and its Diasporic roots. As with the previous festivals, this year’s show includes different aspects of Caribbean culture, which will be on display at the newly created “Reggae Night,” which features appearances of artists, Denroy Morgan, Gary Nesta Pine and The Love Generation Band, and for the first time, British Dependency from Anguilla. The slight change to the fest will be showcasing a variety of African-based musical sounds each day, said the executive director of the festival. Comment
Brooklyn: The Caribbean American Center of New York (CACNY) in partnership with Borough President Eric Adams, presented 72 high school students with certificates at the second annual High School Graduation Ceremony at Borough Hall on June 22. Comment

East Orange NJ celebrates Guyana’s 51st Independence anniversary

Guyana: In-coming Mayor of the City of East Orange, Ted R. Green and Guyana Consul General to New York, Mrs. Barbara Atherly joined nationals on June 23 to raise the Golden Arrowhead flag on City Hall Plaza to commemorate Guyana’s 51st Anniversary of Independence, organized by the Guyana American Heritage Foundation (GAHF). Comment

Barbados poll brings caution and jostle

Barbados: While the Opposition Barbados Labour Party is reacting cautiously to an opinion poll giving it a landslide victory in the coming elections, governing officials appear to be jostling for the leadership role held by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart. Comment

Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center wins the gold

Health: Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center has received the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite Plus. Comment

Dash for freedom on Confederate ship

Books: It was a Sure Thing. A can’t-miss, a safe bet that you couldn’t possibly fail – or could you? Isn’t there always a danger of losing in a gamble, or at least not winning? What kind of odds would make you take a risky bet? As in the new book “Be Free or Die” by Cate Lineberry, would you put your family’s lives on the line? Comment


Sports: NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The 23 players on the United States roster for next month’s CONCACAF Gold Cup are mostly young and lack international experience. They need little reminding of what’s at stake. Comment

Caribbean Heritage Month and its importance to African American history

Viewpoints: Life Needs The Caribbean! So read the tagline of a full-length commercial that ran in frequent rotation on national network television a couple years ago. Comment

Any way to help slow down climate change… Individually?

Viewpoints: ROME, June 27, 2017 (IPS) - It is no secret that the biggest responsible for climate change is greed. The greed of the world’s largest private corporations, which blindly seek unlimited high financial benefits. And the greed of those politicians who are also blindly keen about holding their temporary power at any cost, thus not daring to challenge big business. Ordinary people can meanwhile help slow down such a hellish race. Comment
Sports: The India team which was surprisingly beaten in the finals of the World Cup in London on June 18 by Pakistan, arrived in the Caribbean on Tuesday, June 20 to play the West Indies a five-match limited-over series which started on June 23. Comment
Caribbean Healthcare Awards: Caribbean Life and Community News Group celebrated 32 Caribbean American healthcare professionals during its fourth annual Caribbean American Healthcare Awards ceremony at Paradise Catering Hall on June 22. Comment

Brooklyn Transition Lions make ‘awe-inspiring’ tour in community fundraiser

Brooklyn: Gloria Rennie-Murray, the Grenadian-born former president of the Brooklyn Transition Lions Club has described as “awe-inspiring” last weekend’s fundraising tour of Maryland in which club members and supporters visited the cities of Baltimore and Annapolis. Comment
St Vincent: The Brooklyn-based Caribbean Diabetes Initiative, Inc. (CDI) has described as “very successful, fulfilling” its recent medical mission to St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment
The 90-degree temps on Sunday, June 11, was the perfect atmosphere for the Guyana Unity Movement Inc. to bring down the curtain on its massive charity fundraising Guyana Unity Day concert at Jefferson School Football field in Brooklyn, to celebrate Guyana’s 51st Anniversary of Independence, that began with a weekend of events on June 9. Comment
Brooklyn: Brooklyn’s Kings County Hospital says it is among 10 NYC Health + Hospitals to receive national recognition awards for implementing specific quality improvement measures related to the treatment of patients suffering from heart failure, cardiac arrest, and stroke. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua Seaborne Airlines will resume non-stop service between the carrier’s hub in San Juan’s Luis Munoz Marin International Airport and VC Bird International Airport in Antigua and Barbuda next month. Comment

CCA U.S.-Africa Business Summit spotlights African business in Washington DC

Africa: Washington, DC – June 16, 2017: Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) convened more than 800 government and business leaders for its 11th Biennial U.S.-Africa Business Summit hosted in Washington DC from June 13-16, 2017. Comment
What a weekend it was for Haitian culture, packed with film, and folkloric and popular music. The recently completed documentary “Father Joseph,” a film about a Haitian priest who started long-term on-going programs in Haiti screened at Union Theological Seminary, last week. Father Joseph Phillipe, Pe Jo in Creole, is a Vincentian priest who hails from the Fondwa countryside about 30 minutes from Jacmel, Haiti. Comment

Why international financial crises?

Viewpoints: KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, May 31 2017 (IPS) - International currency and financial crises have become more frequent since the 1990s, and with good reason. But the contributory factors are neither simple nor straightforward. Such financial crises have, in turn, contributed to more frequent economic difficulties for the economies affected, as evident following the 2008-2009 financial crisis and the ensuing Great Recession still evident almost a decade later. Comment

Top Trump administration official travels to Haiti

Haiti: Just eight days after granting limited Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to 58,000 undocumented Haitians living in the United States, a senior Trump administration official is traveling to the French-speaking Caribbean. Comment

US issues advice on summer travel to the Caribbean

Travel: With the Memorial Day weekend kicking off the start of the summer travel season, the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency is inviting travelers to learn the guidelines concerning international arrival at any port of entry, particularly those arriving from international destinations into Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Comment

SmartTerm sponsors athletic games in Jamaica

Jamaica: The creators of the comprehensive school management program SmartTerm, which launched in Jamaica last year, are now sponsoring one of Jamaica’s leading athletics competition. As associate sponsors for the Jamaica Independent Schools Association (JISA) Prep Championship, the company is working on forging partnerships in the Jamaican education system, said the director of communications. Comment

Jamaican poet in Britain honored in South Africa

Arts & Theater: Linton Kwesi Johnson, Jamaica’s premier dub poet was recently honored with a doctorate in literature from a university in South Africa for his “inspiring political activism” and relentless dedication to his craft. Comment

United Healthcare members exercise and learn benefits

Brooklyn: Senior members of United Healthcare got to learn a lot of new information about their membership at a new enrollment event at Restoration Plaza in Bedford-Stuyvesant on May 24. Comment

Guyanese told to recommit to Guyana’s growth

Guyana: Guyana’s 51st Anniversary of Independence was celebrated against the backdrop of unity during a reception at the United Nations Headquarters in Manhattan on May 26. The exact date the republic celebrated its freedom from the British. Comments (2)

NASA scientist bound to inspire Caribbean girls

People: It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that many Caribbean immigrants to the United States have distinguished themselves as trailblazers and in the process made their homeland proud. Comment

Cosmos can’t connect, draw with San Francisco

The Cosmos notched a handful of prime scoring chances, but couldn’t find the back of the net on May 27, drawing 0–0 with the San Francisco Deltas at MCU Park. Comment

Worth the wait: Poly senior’s return to mound sparks championship win

Poly Prep ace Nick Storz made his first start in nearly two months on May 24, lifting the Blue Devils to a 6–3 victory over Horace Mann for the team’s second straight state title. Comment

Poly softball comes up short in title game

The Blue Devils couldn’t come up with that one, big hit on May 24, falling 6–3 to Fieldston in the Association of Independent Schools championship game. Comment

Back to Brooklyn: Blackbirds poing guard withdraws from NBA draft

Long Island Univeristy point guard Jashaun Agosto announced his decision to withdraw from the draft last week, returning to the Blackbirds roster for his sophomore season. Comment
Music: A big welcome home! Songstress Lydia Caesar performed her first New York Concert at Milk River Lounge in Bedford-Stuyvesant on May 17. The Hollis, Queens–born singer returned to the city for a show to debut new songs from her newly released album “Queen of Hearts.” The singer was nervous about singing at her first home show but her audience’s positive reaction killed all her of her stage fears, she said. Comment

Hornets hero: Midwood junior lifts team to playoff victory

Midwood junior Jared Ramos drove in both of his team’s run on May 26, lifting the Hornets to a 2–1 victory over Fort Hamilton in eight innings. Comment

Bipartisan effort to give ex-youth offenders a fresh start

People: US Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08), a member of House Democratic leadership and the Judiciary Committee, along with US Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC-4), a Republican member of the Judiciary Committee, this week introduced the “Renew Act,” a bipartisan measure to reduce corrections costs and help young ex-offenders become productive citizens. Comment

Caribbean American pols denounce limited TPS for Haitians

Brooklyn: Two Caribbean American legislators in Brooklyn have denounced as woefully inadequate the limited extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for undocumented Haitians living in the United States. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 3 Idiotas (PG-13 for crude humor and brief profanity) Mexican remake of 3 Idiots, the Bollywood comedy about a couple of college buddies (Christian Vazquez and German Valdez) who belatedly decide to mount a search for a missing classmate (Alfonso Dosal) five years after he disappeared without a trace on their graduation day. Cast includes Martha Higareda, Vadhir Derbez and Sebastian Zurita. (In Spanish with subtitles) Comment

Caribbean exports increase for the first time in four years

Caribbean: Washington, D.C.-based Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says that after four consecutive years of contraction, Latin American and Caribbean exports returned to “a path of growth.” Comment

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