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Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018

SOAKED TO THE BONE

Trinidad and Tobago: The twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago has begun to slowly recover from nearly a week of devastating floods that had so badly inundated some communities in east, central and the south of the island that people were forced to sleep on roofs, move out completely from waterlogged homes or had to be rescued by emergency services. Comment

Williams pays tribute to Mighty Shadow

Trinidad and Tobago: Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams Tuesday night paid tribute to legendary Trinidadian calypsonian the Mighty Shadow, who died Tuesday morning in his native land. He was 77. Comment
Guyana: Last Sunday was bone-chilling cold but members, family, and survivors, nevertheless, took to the Coney Island boardwalk to participated in the Health and Education Relief Organization for Cancer (HEROC) Strides for Cancer walk to raise funds to advance health care, education and nutrition for cancer patients and others of the community. Comment
Movies: Soon after completing his seminary studies, Darren Turner (Justin Breuning) was commissioned as an army chaplain. He was assigned to Georgia’s Fort Stewart, but received orders to ship out to Iraq before he and his family even had a chance to get settled. Comment

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018

Guyana: A former Caribbean prime minister had in May declared his intention to withdraw his island from the region’s lone judicial organisation, Caribbean Court of Justice, now five months later the CCJ President Justice Adrian Saunders described such thoughts as ‘a painful embarrassment.’ Comment
St Vincent: As Vincentians in New York on Sunday began celebrating their 39th anniversary of political independence from Great Britain, a native clergyman in Brooklyn is appealing to his compatriots to restore the moral fabric of the nation. Comment

Home rebuilding program passes through Brownsville

Brooklyn: The city’s Rebuilding Together initiative stopped through Brownsville on Oct. 18, to help out homeowners get some much needed repairs. The program, which aims to fulfill construction work on the homes of low-income New Yorkers, also brought along a team of Brownsville natives to give a helping hand to their neighbors. As part of their mission, the program not only benefits homeowners who cannot afford pricey repairs, but also allows people who want to pursue a career in the construction industry a chance to perform some hands-on work through their training workforce. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The First Patient (Unrated) Anatomy documentary following a class of first-year med students’ dissection of the human body over the course of a semester at the Mayo Clinic. Comment

CWI names new players

Sports: Cricket West Indies (CWI) selectors have recalled middle-order batsman Darren Bravo in a revamped 15-man Twenty20 squad for the three-match tour of India next month. Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018

Caribbean RoundUp

Barbados: Barbados Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley has announced that 1,500 public servants would be sent home in the first major cut since her Barbados Labor Party (BLP) took office last May. Comment
Guyana: A picture display outside the chapel of Caribe Funeral Home in Brooklyn, last Sunday of deceased four-year-old Shimron Smith enjoying the outdoors like many kids his age, was a stirring reminder of the short, but fun life he enjoyed, before it was cut-short by a cruel twist of fate. Comment

New housing lottery for Prospect Lefferts Gardens residents

Brooklyn: A new luxury housing development in Prospect Lefferts Gardens is open for applications until December. The 170 unit-building on Clarkson Avenue between Nostrand and New York avenues, or The Clark — is a completed project for middle income residents. Comment

Lorraine sings away a ‘Tennessee tempest’

Books: The flash-flash-flash was bad enough. And then you heard the grrrrrrumble, the wind howled, and you were afraid. But it was okay: it was only a thunderstorm. As you’ll see in the new book “ Lorraine : The Girl Who Sang the Storm Away” by Ketch Secor, illustrated by Higgins Bond, when it’s over, the sun – among other things — will shine bright. Comment
Jamaica: Jamaicans are in a state of euphoria after a week of outstanding accomplishments that celebrate nationals at home and abroad. The nation declared Oct. 15 Heroes Day and handed out medals to 123 distinguished citizens considered exemplary. Comment
Sports: West Indies head coach Stuart Law has been suspended for two matches by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after being found guilty on a disciplinary charge of making “inappropriate comments” to cricket officials during the second Test in India recently. Comment
Sports: West Indies were bundled out for their lowest ever total on Indian soil as they slumped to a 10-wicket defeat inside three days recently, to suffer a 2-0 whitewash. Comment

Monday, Oct. 22, 2018

Caribbean: Barbados finds itself smack in the middle of Caribbean territories that the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development believes could be sheltering Europeans from paying taxes in their homeland. Comment
Music: He’s back. Legendary Jamaican singer Beres Hammond celebrated the recent release of his latest album with fans at the VP Records Store in Queens on Oct. 17. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018

People: The Bronx, Manhattan and Westchester Chapter of the Caribbean American Nurses Association (BMW CANA) on Saturday honored Michael A. Deas, the director of Urban Male Leadership Program at Lehman College, and Ruel Roy Stephenson, NYPD deputy chief, with its Community Service Award. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — At least two people were killed and dozens injured during large protests across Haiti over alleged misuse of government funds, authorities said Thursday. Comment

Friday, Oct. 19, 2018

CLAMOR FOR POT EXPANDS

CLAMOR FOR POT EXPANDS

Trinidad and Tobago: If there was ever any doubt that governments in the 15-nation Caribbean Community will be under severe pressure to decriminalize infinitesimal marijuana use and allow for the growth of a medical pot industry they only need to pay attention to what is happening across the region. Comment
Grenada: BUENOS AIRES, Oct 16 2018 (IPS) - Although their contribution to global warming is negligible, Caribbean nations are bearing the brunt of its impact. Climate phenomena are so devastating that countries are beginning to prepare not so much to adapt to the new reality, but to get their economies back on their feet periodically. Comment

Jamaican play about mental health, displacement premieres in New York

Arts & Theater: A popular Jamaican play exploring friendship and displacement has made its New York premiere at the New Perspective Theater, and will be playing until Oct. 28. “The Key Game,” by Pat Cumper, follows four men — three patients and their caretaker — in a dissolving psychiatric hospital in Jamaica, set to be destroyed for a high-rise hotel. The stage play tackles an important theme on mental health during adversity, and dealing with things beyond their control, said the producer. Comment

Twenty20s in Florida

Sports: West Indies are planning to host India in Florida, USA, immediately after the 2019 World Cup. Comment

Jamaica qualifies for FIFA Women World Cup

Jamaica: Jamaica became the first English-speaking Caribbean nation to qualify for the 2019 FIFIA Women’s World Cup by defeating Panama 4-2 on penalties on Wednesday night to claim third place in the CONCACAF qualifying tournament. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018

Bronx: The Bronx, Manhattan and Westchester Chapter of the Caribbean American Nurses Association, Inc. (BMW CANA) on Saturday handed over US$1,000 checks to four Caribbean nursing students to assist them with their education. Comment
Books: In a new biographical book about the life of Bertram L. Baker — the first black person to hold public office in Brooklyn — his grandson, author and Brooklyn College professor Ron Howell, chronicles the life of his late elder in “Boss of Black Brooklyn: The Life and Times of Bertram L. Baker.” Comment
Brooklyn: He’s only a few notes from fame. An East Flatbush singer is now gunning for the top spot on the television vocal competition “The Voice.” Haitian-American performer Zaxai beat out hundreds of other would-be competitors to secure a spot on the show, but says it was luck that led him to audition for the reality show a few months ago. Comment

T&T players blanked

T&T players blanked

Trinidad and Tobago: Cricket West Indies (CWI) selectors have blanked four key Trinidad and Tobago players from the West Indies squad for the three ODIs against India next month. Comment

South Africa, Windies women draw series

Caribbean: South Africa women managed to draw (2-2) in the five-match Twenty20 series against the West Indies at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in South Trinidad last week. Comment

Bajan baller gets a break

Bajan baller gets a break

Barbados: Young Barbadian footballer, Thierry Gale, this week winged out the island on his way to take up an opportunity of a lifetime pursuing a permanent place as a player in the Hungarian professional league. Comment

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados The Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA) is cracking down on errant owners who owe the Government millions of dollars in land tax. From November, the State will start selling, via public auctions 69 properties that collectively owe $15 million in outstanding land taxes. The figure includes penalties and interest. Comment

St. Vincent MP: Pervasive fear hovers over country

St Vincent: An opposition Member of Parliament in St. Vincent and the Grenadines claims that pervasive fear hovers over the multi-island state, stating that nationals at home and even in the Diaspora are suffering from what she describes as “phobophobia,” derived from the Greek phobos, or fear of fear. Comment
Grenada: The Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, on Tuesday, Oct. 16 participated in the inauguration of the latest smart health care facility to open in the Caribbean. The Princess Alice Hospital in Mirabeau, St. Andrew’s, Grenada is the first hospital to have been refitted to smart standards in the Eastern Caribbean and the latest in the Caribbean region as a whole. Comment

Guyana’s consul general named ‘woman of the year’

Guyana: The “Women of the Year” award was presented to Barbara Atherly, consul general of Guyana to New York, by the Guyanese American Law Enforcement Association (GALEA), at the organizations inaugural Dinner and Dance Scholarship Gala, at Terrace on the Park in Queens. Comment

Guyana CG in Barbados calls for strengthened relations

Guyana: Consul General of Guyana in Barbados, Cita Pilgrim has said now that there is a new administration in place in Barbados, the two countries have a long way to go, since Guyana is on the brink of huge development and the nature of its relationships in the region must be strengthened. Comment

Carver: 70 years strong

Carver: 70 years strong

Business: Carver Federal Savings Bank is an historic minority-managed community bank with a robust mobile banking platform and eight branches located in New York City, including four in Brooklyn, three in Manhattan and one in Queens. Comment
Sports: In spite of a reportedly improved performance in the second half, the Barbados Tridents football team went under 0-3 to El Salvador’s La Selecta in a CONCACAF Nations League qualifying fixture at the Cuscatlán Stadium in San Salvador. Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018

Vincy calypsonians entertain opposition party meeting

Music: While it is not unusual for Vincentian calypsonians to provide entertainment during political meetings, it is also not customary for many of them to significantly intersperse addresses with renditions and social commentaries. Comment
St Vincent: The main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) took its case to New York Sunday night to form the next government in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, urging nationals to join hands in making the country a better place for all. Comment

University of Guyana to grant honorary doctorates

Guyana: A Guyanese-born philanthropist and entrepreneur in Queens will be among the first recipients of an honorary doctorate from the University of Guyana. Comment

ICS to host 20th Annual Invest Caribbean Agribusiness Forum

Caribbean: The Washington-based Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) says it will be hosting its 20th Annual Invest Caribbean Agribusiness Forum (ICAF) on Nov. 15-16. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Advocates (Unrated) Skid Row documentary chronicling the tireless efforts of the social workers attending to the needs of L.A.’s homeless. Comment

Amandla Stenberg stars in adaptation of searing, inner city saga

Movies: Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg) straddles two different worlds which never intersect, one, black and poor, the other, white and privileged. That’s because she lives in the ghetto in Garden Heights, but her parents (Regina Hall and Russell Hornsby) have sent her to Williamson, an exclusive prep school located on the other side of the tracks. Comment

Hard work grows an empire

Hard work grows an empire

Books: Hard work pays off. Your parents have said that; your teachers, too. Stop messin’, start paying attention, knuckle down, do your work, and see what happens. Hard work pays off, and in the new book “No Small Potatoes” by Tonya Bolden, illustrated by Don Tate, hard work grows an empire. Comments (2)

West Indies cricketers get CWI contracts

West Indies fast bowlers Kemar Roach and Alzarri Joseph have landed all-formats of the game contracts, but hard-hitting opening batsman Even Lewis has opted out of the shorter format of the white-ball game. Comment

US DEFEATS JAMAICA

US DEFEATS JAMAICA

Jamaica: FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The U.S. women’s national team breezed through CONCACAF qualifying to secure a spot in the World Cup next year in France. Comment

Monday, Oct. 15, 2018

Jamaicans face a systemic crime epidemic

Jamaica: On a recent visit to New York, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness all but admitted to diasporans that his island / nation suffers from a chronically systemic crime epidemic. Comment
Barbados: An Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) snub of British political consulting company, Cambridge Analytica, had – unknowing to her - earned Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley and a colleague a racial slur. Comment

UWI celebrates with leaders

Barbados: Seventy of the outstanding Caribbean graduates from the University of the West Indies of the period ranging between 1960s and 2000s got a chance to relive their passing out experiences at Cave Hill Campus this week. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018

Adams demonstrates innovative policing device

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams on Thursday personally demonstrated the BolaWrap, a policing tool being adopted and tested by law enforcement agencies across the country to humanely subdue emotionally disturbed individuals. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018

Adams to Trump: ‘Ludicrous’ to deny green cards to immigrants

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has described as “ludicrous” a proposal by the Trump Administration to deny permanent residency status or re-entry to the United States to any immigrant who receives some form of public assistance — including food stamps, Medicaid, public housing or rent vouchers. Comment

Guyana scrubs witchcraft, colonial laws

Guyana: Saying it wants to update several colonial era statutes, Guyana’s government this week announced plans to remove mandatory fines and jail terms for people attempting suicide, others who practice Voodoo, Obeah or witchcraft as well as charges relating to roguery and vagabondage from local law books among others. Comment

Friday, Oct. 12, 2018

Science film festival encourages more Caribbean interest

Movies: The Imagine Science Film festival kicks off today, and returns with more than a dozens of films exploring the filed of science. The week long event, which is also celebrating its 10-year anniversary, offers guests an opportunity to see projects on the matter from filmmakers all over the world, said the event’s creative program manager. Comment

Mavado releases ‘Dancehall Prophecy’

Music: International Dancehall star Mavado recently released his single titled ‘Dancehall Prophecy.’ Produced by Justus Arison, ‘Dancehall Prophecy’ is climbing on the Reggae iTunes Charts. Comment

Actress creates a different lane

Arts & Theater: A Harlem-based stage performer is shifting the way women performers are portrayed in theater. Recently playing the role of a Dahomey Amazon in the Off-Broadway show titled “Black Sparta,” actress Aixa Kendrick is a unique stand out in her profession. Topped with her unique look and signature Mohawk hairstyle, the performer says she is drawn to roles about history and presenting women as fearsome beings because it’s not something she usually gets to see. Comment

Fast bowler Taylor still wants to play for West Indies

Sports: Jamaican fast bowler Jerome Taylor says he still wants to represent the West Indies in all formats of the game despite announcing his retirement from Test cricket in 2016. Comments (2)

Sir Andy: West Indies will continue to lose coaches

Sports: Fast bowling legend Sir Andy Roberts believes West Indies will continue to lose their head coaches because of the lack of player talent in the Caribbean. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018

Clarke urges Caribbean nationals to get US citizenship and vote

Brooklyn: With America bitterly divided over the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh and draconian Trump administration immigration policies, Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke is urging Caribbean nationals not to hesitate in obtaining US citizenship, so they can exercise their voting franchise. Comment

‘Spiritual leader’ indicted for rape

Trinidad and Tobago: An East Flatbush man and self-proclaimed spiritual leader has been charged with raping two women after drugging them during religious ceremonies. Comment

Understanding racism in America

Books: Your blood is red. You were born with the same number of bones, ears, and appendages as everybody else and your requirements are food, air, water, shelter and love. Indeed, you’re just like other humans – but as you’ll see in the new book “We Are Not Yet Equal” by Carol Anderson with Tonya Bolden, you may’ve been set apart. Comment

Bajans walked for a cure

Bajans walked for a cure

Barbados: Thousands of Barbadians and other residents of the island turned out Sunday to show their concern about the effect of cancer on persons and demonstrate their support for those suffering and for efforts at finding a remedy. Comment

Lady Cougars are Barbados b’ball champs

It was a monumental struggle but Lady Cougars endured to stage a comeback and beat Pinelands 2-1 in a three-game final series to become the Barbados Amateur Basketball Association Women’s Premier League champions for 2018. Comment

CWI seeks gov’ts help to host Indian tour

Sports: Cricket West Indies (CWI) President Dave Cameron is negotiating with governments in the Caribbean over hosting the India tour of the region next summer after the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — Khadija Shaw scored just after the halftime and Jamaica went on to upset Costa Rica 1-0 on Monday in the group stage of the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament. Comment

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018

St Vincent: Just about two weeks ago, authorities in Jamaica approved of the island’s first shipment of oil extracted from the increasingly trendy marijuana plant to be exported to markets in Canada paving the way for the island to earn valuable foreign exchange from its latest export product but not all of Jamaica’s neighbors are sitting back and are continuing to treat any engagement with cannabis sativa as criminal activity. Comment

Kings County Hospital hosts historic School of Nursing Alumni Luncheon

Brooklyn: Keisha Gilles, assistant director of public affairs at NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County, has described as “phenomenal” last Saturday’s historic, celebratory luncheon for the Kings County School of Nursing Alumni. Comment

Team Jamaica Bickle donates defibrillators to Jamaican high schools

Jamaica: The Queens-based Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB), the organization that provides meals and accommodation to Caribbean athletes participating in the Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, has said that it will donate 15 more Automated External Defibrillators (AEDS) to schools across Jamaica. Comment

Jamaican hospitality groups wants travelers to donate

Jamaica: Don’t forget your toothbrush, or your donations. A hospitality group in Jamaica wants you to think beyond your traveling trip essentials if you plan to visit Jamaica this fall. The Courtleigh Hotel Group is inviting its guests to donate useful items for local charities. From now until the end of winter, the organization is asking visitors to not only come with their belongings, but to also come with different types of vital and basic necessities, as part of their participation in the “Pack for A Purpose Initiative.” Comment

Cyber attacks growing problem in developing nations

Caribbean: WASHINGTON DC, Oct 8 2018 (IPS) - Few experiences undermine a digital financial services (DFS) customer’s finances and trust in DFS like becoming the victim of a cybercrime. This is especially true of low-income customers, who are least able to rebound from the losses, and of the newly banked, whose trust in financial services may be fragile. Comment
Food: A Bahamian chef is spotlighting Caribbean cuisine into a fun experience. Chef Kermit Raymond Mackey, who also goes by Chef Ray and Chef Kermit, recently launched “Island Flares” — a pop-up weekend brunch and dinner series at Colors Restaurant in the Lower East Side. Comment
Sports: CARY, N.C. (AP) — The United States used a radically different lineup but got the same dominating results. Carli Lloyd scored three goals and the United States beat Panama 5-0 on Sunday in the group stage of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying tournament. Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018

Haiti: PORT-DE-PAIX, Haiti (AP) — For some Haitians fearing new aftershocks, the best place to spend the night is under a tree. The one-two punch of a magnitude 5.9 earthquake in northern Haiti on Saturday that destroyed houses and killed at least 12 people followed by a strong 5.2 magnitude aftershock on Sunday has residents worried about returning to their cracked cinderblock homes for fear they will collapse. Comment
St Vincent: The Brooklyn-based Vincentian-American Independent National Charities, Inc. (VINCI) on Sunday honored two nationals and an organization at the group’s 35th Annual Gala Awards and 39th Independence Celebration of St. Vincent and the Grenadines at El Caribe Country Club in Brooklyn. Comment

Barbados pitches climate change

Barbados: Having been whipped by the tail of Tropical Strom Kirk that caused much flooding and related damage to houses last week, Barbados is taking no chances and will shortly begin a number of disaster preparation exercises for residents and emergency workers. Comment

Councilman Eugene celebrates Haiti Day

Manhattan: Councilman Mathieu Eugene (D–Flatbush) celebrated New York City Haitian Day at Bowling Green in Lower Manhattan on Oct. 6. Students, clergy, and local community leaders joined the Flatbush politician for a flag raising ceremony of the Haitian banner, honoring the Haitian soldiers that fought for American independence. Comment
The Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) says Air Canada and American Airlines have added new flights to the “Spice Isle” to meet the increasing demand of travel. Comment

Vanguards hail legacy of Panamanian icon, Russell

People: A virtual who’s who in politics and education joined other trailblazers at Brown Memorial Baptist Church recently to hail the legacy and dedicated service made by Panama-born Dr. Carlos E. Russell whose lifelong contribution was to embolden cultural appreciation, racial equity and a Black solidarity Day. Comment

St. Lucia voted new CTO chair

St Lucia: The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) says St. Lucia was voted chair on Tuesday of the regional tourism body, with the election of Minister of Tourism Dominic Fedee. Comment

Biopic explores emotional angst of legendary astronaut

Neil Armstrong made history on July 20, 1969 when he became the first person to walk on the moon. In retrospect, the NASA astronaut proved to be the ideal pick for the honor, since he never subsequently sought to cash in on his celebrity status. Comment

Monday, Oct. 8, 2018

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Emergency teams worked to provide relief in Haiti on Sunday after a magnitude 5.9 earthquake killed at least 11 people and left several injured. Comment

Caribbean sees significant drop in Tuberculosis rates, deaths

Health: A new report released by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) shows that between 2000 and 2015, the rate of tuberculosis-related deaths and incidents decreased significantly in the Americas. The Caribbean region specifically showed the best reduction rates, said an official of the health research organization. Comment
Guyana: Sept. 29, town hall meeting at York College, was clearly a success, since many pressing questions were answered by Guyana’s VP and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge, who, after issuing his statement to the United Nations 73rd GA, and a hectic week of bilateral meetings, addressed topics that included the Guyana territorial controversy, Guyana’s oil and gas sector, migration, charitable donation red-tape, and the disbursement of oil revenue to poor citizens. Comment
Jamaica’s Minister of Agriculture Audley Shaw announced that Jamaica has made its first shipment of medical marijuana extracted oil to Canada, marking the first step in positioning Jamaica as the world’s medical marijuana hub. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018

SVG PM deplores violation of the principle of non-intervention

St Vincent: Stating that the principles of non-intervention and non-interference are of particular importance to Small Island Developing States (SIDS), St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves has deplored, in no uncertain terms, “every violation of the principle of non-intervention.” Comment

Know Your Rights

Viewpoints: A question commonly raised is whether undocumented immigrants have the same rights as American citizens. Basedon decisions by the United States Supreme Court, it is clear that when it comes to recovery for damages for injuries sustained in accidents, medical malpractice, and police brutality, Comment

Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua A LIAT flight operations supervisor, Daren Leslie Dunnah, has been slapped with four charges as the police wrapped up their probe into the importation of marijuana into Antigua and Barbuda Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Beautiful Boy (R for profanity, brief sexuality and pervasive drug use) Real-life tale recounting a father’s (Steve Carell) frustration caring for his meth-addicted son (Timothee Chalamet). With Maura Tierney, Amy Ryan, Timothy Hutton and LisaGay Hamilton. Comment

Friday, Oct. 5, 2018

Barbados gets IMF approval

Barbados gets IMF approval

Barbados: Within four months of approaching the International Monetary Fund for assistance in righting its flagging economy the Barbados government of Prime Minister Mia Mottley got approval of its plans that come with a badly need injection of millions of dollars in foreign exchange Comments (1)

Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018

Barbados: Many hands make light work. That was the motto the Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley mentioned, when she spoke with members of the Brooklyn Barbadian community last week, assuring her countryfolk that her administration will put her country on the right path. As the first woman to hold the position in her island nation’s history, she says her government is going to bring forth several new ways that the Barbadian Diaspora can commit to their country, particularly investing more in the country’s economy. Comment

Kingsbrook Medical Center to host Caribbean Health Summit

Brooklyn: Brooklyn’s Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center says its Best Health School, along with the Brooklyn-based Action, Performance, Commitment (APC) Community Services, will host a Caribbean Health Summit at the hospital on Oct. 9. Comment
St Lucia: Trinidad and Tobago says that the myriad multidimensional threats that litter the international development landscape threaten efforts toward universal sustainable development, the eradication of extreme poverty, peace and security and the enjoyment of fundamental human rights by all. Comment

Fact or fiction: Caribbean immigrant entrepreneurs lack entrepreneurial experience?

People: How is it possible for born hustlers, with expertise, and skills to lack entrepreneurial experience? The idea seems so farfetched it is easy to pass it off as a figment of the imagination of a sleep deprived, overpaid guy in academia. One whose Caribbean lies northwest of Madagascar. Comments (1)

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018

CARIB PETRO CRISIS

As authorities in Trinidad proceed with plans to close the most important oil refinery in CARICOM, neighboring countries, which had for decades bought refined oil and petroleum products from the island, are now scrambling to determine who will supply them with petroleum going forward. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua The former Antiguan and Barbuda Financial Services Regulatory Commissioner (FSRC), Leroy King, who is seeking to stop his extradition to the US to face 11 fraud charges stemming from the US$7billion Ponzi scheme operated by Allen Stanford, has lost his appeal in the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court recently. Comment

Playwright documents tough upbringing in new play

Arts & Theater: A Jamaican-American playwright is revisiting her dark past in a new stage play set to make its New York city premiere at the American Theater of Actors on Oct. 4-6. “The Wounded Soul” is a story based on Sheryl Hatwood’s life as a survivor of abuse and overcoming struggle. But even when she started writing the play several years ago — she encountered roadblocks because writing about her past required a lot of self-reflection that would take a few years to write. Comment

Genealogist offers help to Caribbean people

Barbados: A Barbadian genealogist is helping people of Caribbean descent trace their lineage. Ancestry historian Sandra Taitt-Eaddy recently hosted a genealogy workshop at Brooklyn Public Library last weekend, to provide a roadmap for the inquiring minds interested in learning about their Caribbean ancestry. One of the first questions she raises for people seeking out her help, is having them analyze the reasoning behind their curiosity as an aide in her investigation. Comments (1)

Windies Women, SA share ODI series (1-1)

Sports: West Indies Women leveled the three-match One-Day International (ODI) against South Africa in the ICC Women’s Championship series (1-1) at Kensington Oval, Barbados recently. Comment

Bajan footballers for Argentina

A squad of Barbadian Under-17 footballers is about to embark on a mission and opportunity of a lifetime through a study-tour of world football giant Argentina later this year. Comment

AgeWell New York to no longer offer Fully Integrated Duals Advantage program

Advertorial: Members currently enrolled in the plan will be required to pick a new one. Read more…

Sunil Ambris makes case for first Test against India

St Vincent: Vincentian-born Sunil Ambris hit an unbeaten 114 off 98 balls to give the West Indies first-innings points in their two-day warm-up game against the Indian Board President’s XI in Vadodara, India, on Sept. 30. Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018

Guyana: Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl Greenidge, in his statement to 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, said, for Guyana, and the wider Caribbean, the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons and their associated ammunition poses one of the most serious threats to human security and sustainable development. Comment
St Vincent: Beverly Regisford-Henry, president of the Brooklyn-based Vincentian American Adventist Association (VAAA), says the group recently conducted a successful mission to St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comments (1)
New York: This campaign ah culturally relevant. A new social media campaign is aiming to get more Caribbean voters to the polls this November. The Caribbean-themed campaign uses terms like “Hot Gyal a Vote” and “Jab Jab to the Polls” as a means of using popular Caribbean words and terms as cultural specific lobbying. The idea — spearheaded by creator Felicia J. Persaud — was inspired by seeing a small interest and conversation about elections from within the West Indian community and it was time for change, she said. Comments (2)

Jamaica PM addresses diaspora, leaders at UN

Jamaica: On the same day the president of the United States was laughed at during the 73rd session of the General Assembly at the United Nations, a segment of the immigrant Jamaican community laughed with endorsement of their leader Prime Minister Andrew Holness. Comment
Movies: Published by Louisa May Alcott in 1868, “Little Women” chronicled the coming of age of Meg (Melanie Stone), Jo (Sarah Davenport), Beth (Allie Jennings) and Amy March (Taylor Murphy), siblings being raised by their mom (Lea Thompson) in Concord, Massachusetts while their absentee father (Bart Johnson) served as a pastor during the Civil War. The semi-autobiographical novel’s main characters were ostensibly based on the author and her three sisters. Comment
Movies: The Happy Prince (R for profanity, sexuality, graphic nudity and brief drug use) Rupert Everett wrote, directed and stars in this poignant biopic revisiting the last days in the life of Oscar Wilde which the literary genius spent exiled in France and Italy. With Emily Watson, Colin Firth and Tom Wilkinson. (In English, Italian and French with subtitles) Comment
Guyana: The Lokono people, commonly known as Arawaks, were the first humans occupying Barbados yet the island has no substantial monument to them, it is therefore fitting that one of the country’s oldest institutions will establish a village in their name. Comment

Monday, Oct. 1, 2018

Trinidad and Tobago: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay a visit to Trinidad and Tobago in December this year. Comment
St Lucia: St. Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet on Friday lamented the lack of financial and other support for Small Island Developing States (SIDS), such as his, saying that global policies, programs and strategies remain “unfairly unaccommodating” to the “very real and true challenges” facing SIDS. Comment
St Vincent: Without flinching, four Brooklyn-based, Vincentian-born sisters again collaborated with James Cordice, the architect of St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ participation in the illustrious Penn Relays in Philadelphia, and the umbrella Vincentian group in the United States in hosting another very successful fundraising Prayer Breakfast in aid of Vincentian athletes competing in the annual relays carnival. Comment

Uber alternate for Barbados

Uber alternate for Barbados

Barbados may soon have an indigenous version of the world-renowned Uber taxi service but as Minister of Tourism Kerrie Symmonds considers the idea, he has to dispel suspicion of local drivers who fear take-over by the foreign company. Comment
Music: Verna Arthur, the coordinator of a recent Vincentian cultural exposition in Brooklyn, has described as “a success,” her group, Club St. Vincent, Inc.’s, annual event at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment
Sports: West Indies legend Clive Lloyd is backing the West Indies Women to defend their ICC’s Women’s World Twenty20 title when the competition bowls off on Nov. 3. Comment

Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018

Manhattan: Olympic gold medalist Bob Beamon celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Long Jump world record he set at the 1968 Olympic Games at City Hall on Sept. 26. Councilman Robert E. Cornegy Jr. (D–Bedford Stuyvesant) led the commemorative ceremony to honor the athlete, who is now 76 years old, and praised his sporting achievement. Comment

Friday, Sept. 28, 2018

JAMAICA IMPOSES CURFEW

JAMAICA IMPOSES CURFEW

Jamaica: Outside of Jamaica, very few people in the 15-nation Caribbean Community could, perhaps, properly process and ingest an announcement by a regional prime minister that authorities are working assiduously to bring down the annual murder rate to around 1,000, calling it an achievement if this is done. Comment

CBC condemns Trump’s attack on immigrants of color

National: The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) on Tuesday strongly criticized the Trump administration’s latest attack on low-income immigrants of color, urging that it desists from moving forward with plans to publish a rule that the CBC said would “drastically expand the definition of public charge” when determining whether immigrants can adjust their status or remain in the country. Comment

Trini filmmaker wins two awards at Toronto film fest

Movies: A Trinidadian filmmaker recently won two awards at the Toronto International Film Fest last week. At the festival’s CaribbeanTales Film Incubator — a coinciding segment that gives a platform specifically for Caribbean filmmakers to showcase their projects — actor and movie maker Paul Pryce took home the incubator’s People’s Choice and the Best Pitch awards for his television series “Serpents Mouth.” In preparation for the event’s pitch competition, entrants are tasked with completing a workshop, which Pryce found extremely helpful. Comment
Arts & Theater: One way ticket west! An award-winning comedic play tackling immigration is playing this weekend at the Milton G. Bassin Center starting Sept. 28. “Single Entry” follows two Jamaican women and their respective determination and journeys to successfully make it to the states. When Jamaican playwright Aston Cooke wrote the play a decade ago, he highlighted an issue of the time. But the subject still remains a topic of concern for many Caribbean immigrants trying to enter the U.S., and with the current political climate surrounding immigration — the story is more relevant than ever, said the show’s executive producer. Comment
Viewpoints: Paula Donovan is Co-Director of AIDS-Free World and its Code Blue Campign NEW YORK, Sept. 26, 2018 (IPS) — The UN’s youngest entity, UN Women, announced last week that a senior official, Ravi Karkara, had been found guilty of sexual transgressions against an unspecified number of men after a 15-month internal investigation. Newsweek reported that “at least” eight made accusations against him. Karkara’s punishment? Dismissal. Comment
St Lucia: Jamaica has blanked staging any of the upcoming Women’s Twenty20 World Cup matches in the Caribbean because of the high cost. Comment

CWI Super 50 bowls off in October

Trinidad and Tobago: The Cricket West Indies (CWI) Regional Super 50 tournament will bowl off on Oct. 3 and end on Oct. 28. Comments (2)

Chanderpaul chosen women’s T20 ambassador

St Lucia: Cricket West Indies (CWI) has appointed former West Indies captain Shivnarine Chanderpaul to be an ambassador for the upcoming ICC Women’s World Twenty20 to be played in the Caribbean. Comment

WI coaching job open

WI coaching job open

Sports: The imminent departure of West Indies Coach Stuart Law created the opportunity for many Caribbean-born cricket knowledgeables to fill the gap as an interim measure, and possibly hold the position permanently, but one Bajan coach does not like the job. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018

It’s beyond a hotel! In the heart of Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince is Le Plaza Hotel — a historic lodge growing in popularity, and situated near the city’s Champs De Mars public square. It is one of the oldest hotels in the area, and has stood through many of the country’s political and infrastructural changes. But beyond that, the 60-year-old hotel has cemented itself as a community-oriented locale because the family-run and owned business has taken on a role bigger than just a destination of choice for tourists and visitors, said its general manager. Comment

Walking changed the world

Books: You can walk. That’s what Mom said when you wanted her to take you somewhere this summer. What’s wrong with your feet, she asked, are your shoes broken? So you hoofed it everywhere, and that’s what changed your summer. In the new book “So Tall Within” by Gary D. Schmidt, illustrated by Daniel Minter, walking changed the world. Comment
Barbados: Fans should not be surprised to hear Rihanna talking on an international platform about educational initiatives for Barbados, inviting persons to visit her homeland, or chatting up conglomerates on the benefits of investing in the island. Comment

Red Hook exhibit features Port-au-Prince artists

Arts & Theater: If you love art, the exhibit of the year should not be missed. The monumental PÒTOPRENS: The Urban Artists of Port-au-Prince features 25 artists working in Haiti’s capital at the art / cultural center Pioneer Works in Red Hook. Comment
Music: She grew up singing and playing music in a Baptist church in Brooklyn, and in the years since has performed in venues around the globe. But this Sunday, Melanie Charles will once again perform in a setting much like the one where it all began, this time headlining the opening session of the seventh year of Jazz Vespers at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Clinton Hill. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Bahamas Former Minister of Tourism Oble Wilchcombe has accused the Bahamas government of victimizing gaming operators, saying it should consider all the industry has undergone to date, inclusive of the millions of dollars the operators were made to pay in back taxes. Comment
Grenada: Over 1,000 people gathered at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City, Long Is. on Sept. 15 to witness the ordination of the Rev. Leandra T. Lambert to the Sacred Order of Priests in the Episcopal Church. Comment

Rum making with Appleton Estate’s master blender

Jamaica: Some drinkers may say ‘All rum is rum’ but after taking Joy Spence’s Master Class at the Appleton Estate Rum Experience, in Jamaica one will quickly appreciate the efforts that go into making the world famous Appleton Rum so special. Comments (1)
Arts & Theater: It’s black and it’s beautiful. Comment

Caribbean theater tackles immigration with comedic drama

Arts & Theater: According to thousands of prospective immigrants from eight countries, targeted by the current administration with a travel ban there’s nothing funny about the state of United States immigration policy. Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018

Global citizens unite to sustain UN’s 2030 goals

People: Come rain or shine, on Sept. 29, a galaxy of stars will shine on the Great Lawn at Central Park during the annual Global Citizen Festival to ensure that 17 goals of bettering the world’s population are closer to meeting the 2030 deadline agreed by the United Nations. Comment
Brooklyn: The show is Port-au-Prince charming! Comment
Guyana: Guyana’s Second Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl B. Greenidge will address a Town Hall meeting on Saturday, Sept. 29 at York College, 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Jamaica. Comment

Brooklyn group to honor Vincy musical arranger

Music: A Brooklyn-based group says it will bestow its Accolade Award on renowned Vincentian-born musical arranger and producer Franklyn “Frankie” McIntosh on Oct. 6 at the Russell’s Auditorium in Kingstown, the Vincentian capital. Comment
Fashion: The front row at Caribbean New York Fashion Week was in the BRIC Media studio downtown Brooklyn, with a Facebook live audience, but the collections superbly showcased the colorful, natural beauty of the region. Comment

US congratulates Belize on independence anniversary

Belize: The Trump administration has congratulated Belize on its 37th anniversary of political independence from Great Britain, saying that “the bonds of friendship between our nations are strong.” Comment
Haiti: A new report by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has identified Haiti among 39 countries where conflicts and extreme climate change threaten access to food. Comment

US sanctions two Trini ISIS financial facilitators

Trinidad and Tobago: The United States Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has sanctioned two Trinidadian Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) financiers. Comment

World War II POW returns to U.S. with PTSD

Movies: “Unbroken” (2014) was a tale of survival chronicling the ordeal of Olympian / Air Force bombardier Louis Zamperini in a Japanese POW camp during World War II. Directed by Angelina Jolie, the hit biopic was adapted to the screen by the Coen brothers, from Laura Hillenbrand’s (Seabiscuit) best seller of the same name. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: All about Nina (R for pervasive profanity, graphic sexuality, nudity and brief drug use) Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays the title character in this romantic dramedy as a troubled stand-up comic, new to L.A., who turns her life around with the help of a new friend (Common). With Beau Bridges, Camryn Manheim and Jay Mohr. Comment

Brandon Sealy kicks for a second Jamaican gold in Canada Open

Jamaica: Jamaica Taekwondo Federation member, Brandon Sealy, stood proudly on the podium after earning the gold medal in the -73KG Junior Male category against strong competitors from the United States and Chile in the Canada Open held last week in Richmond, British Columbia situated outside of the second most popular Canadian destination, Vancouver. Comment

Monday, Sept. 24, 2018

Trinidadian judge: Male adult sex legal

Trinidad and Tobago: A high court judge has ruled that it is legal for two male adults to have sexual intercourse. The final landmark ruling was handed down in the Port of Spain High Court by Justice Devindra Rampersad on Thursday in the case of Trinidad-born Jason Jones, a gay rights activist, who successfully challenged certain sections of the Sexual Offences Act. Comments (2)

Fund raising garden party and cultural show

Guyana: The Guyana Independence Celebration Committee (New York) says it will host an OGBA Paati (Garden Party in Yoruba) and cultural extravaganza on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, at the roof garden of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Comment

Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018

Barbados: Barbados has suffered a 0-4 defeat to Ecuador in a Davis Cup international tennis tournament round of matches and is now relegated from Group One to Group Two, but players and officials believe they deserve better. Comment

Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018

Brooklyn: Parishioners at St. Paul’s Church in the Village of Flatbush, Brooklyn celebrated their 5th annual “Homecoming and International Day Weekend” on Sept. 8 and 9 to much fanfare. Comment

Barbados death penalty chucked

Barbados: Barbadian legislators are reluctantly pushing aside a law directing the death penalty for murder, only because the island’s lawmakers know that they are compelled to obey a Caribbean Court of Justice ruling making executions illegal. Comment

Friday, Sept. 21, 2018

Trini plane invader was depressed

Trinidad and Tobago: The father of a Caribbean national, charged by federal authorities with trying to steal a jet plane and other felonies in Florida in the past week, says his son was in the midst of a severe bout of depression in the days leading up to the bizarre incident at the state’s Melbourne International Airport. Comment
Barbados: Wearing a pink Calvin Klein By Appoinatment floor length off the shoulder dress, designed with ruffles at the front, Barbados-born superstar Rihanna, c Comment

Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018

Cultural cornucopia: Costumes and cuisine delight spectators at annual Caribbean parade

Arts & Theater: Millions of revelers queued up along Eastern Parkway on Monday for the 51st-annual West Indian Day Parade, which offered spectators a feast for the eyes — and stomachs, according to a vendor who peddled homemade cuisine along the route. Comment

Cover Girl snags reggae songstress for new campaign

Fashion: A Jamaican-American singer is the first reggae artist to be part of a new CoverGirl campaign. The cosmetics company booked songstress Nefatari, as one of the faces for their new product line of lipsticks and matte foundation. The former backup singer is a face for the brand’s TruBlend Matte Made Foundation and Exhibitionist lipsticks. The singer says this big shot in her career falls in line with her ultimate goals as an overall artist. Comment

Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018

A chat with new big wig of East Harlem’s Caribbean center: Melody Capote

Manhattan: The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) recently appointed a new head for the center. Longtime board member and former deputy director, Melody Capote, is replacing founder Dr. Marta Moreno Vega as the official executive director of the cultural organization. It is the first time the center sees a new chief administrator since Dr. Vega founded it 40 years ago. Comment

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