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Sir Hilary, SUNY to explore ‘The Caribbean Diaspora’

People: Sir Hilary Beckles, chairman of the Caribbean Reparation Commission will keynote an address billed “Exploring the Caribbean Diaspora” on Feb. 24 at SUNY State College. Comment

Ex-councilman: NYPD harasses me, files lawsuit

St Vincent: Former New York City Council Member Dr. Kendall Stewart has been speaking out against alleged New York Police Department (NYPD) harassment after filing lawsuits accusing some officers of unfairly targeting businesses that cater to Brooklyn’s Caribbean community, including his own. Comment

Bolt sets sight on soccer

Jamaica: Jamaica super star athlete Usain Bolt is set for his soccer career as he will have a trial with Borussia Dortmund, but he said his dream is to play for Manchester United in England. Comment

Brooklyn’s Lena Horne gets stamp of approval

People: The United States Postal Service added to their perpetual one-priced collection of iconic Americans during a Black History Month 2018 celebration at Symphony Space by unveiling the 41st Black Heritage Forever Stamp which bears the image of Lena Horne, three-time Grammy-winning singer, Broadway performer, and Hollywood star. Comment

Retired nurse 68th birthday bash

People: A prominent Vincentian designer in Brooklyn two Saturdays ago sprang a big surprise on her retired nurse mother by hosting her 68th birthday bash at their East Flatbush home. Comment


Sports: LeBron James had a trophy in his hands and a smile on his face. That was Sunday at the All-Star Game, when James again rose above the NBA’s best in winning a game and MVP honors. What he really wants is to be celebrating in the postseason, not midseason. Comment
Brooklyn: The steps of City Hall were filled with excitement on Friday, Feb. 16, when Council Member Jumaane Williams announced his candidacy for lieutenant governor of New York state. Comment

Clarke blames Trump for DACA crisis

People: As the United States Senate on Thursday summarily blocked three measures — including one backed by President Donald J. Trump — to resolve the fate of the so-called Caribbean and other “Dreamers,” leaving hundreds of thousands of them facing an uncertain future, Caribbean American Democratic Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has blamed the crisis squarely on the president. Comment

Concert to celebrate Belafonte on his birthday

Music: The stellar career of famed Calypso artist and social activist Harry Belafonte will be celebrated in a musical tribute on his 91st birthday on March 1 at City College Center for the Arts in Manhattan. Comments (1)
Movies: By now everyone knows the film “Black Panther” is not a documentary about a 1960s, California, Black revolutionary political party/group that scared America straight wearing all-black outfits, toting weapons and fearlessly proclaiming “power to the people.” Comment

Teaching Black History in our schools

Viewpoints: Last summer, I hosted a hackathon for middle school students at Medgar Evers College. Picture 40 enthusiastic young people ready to learn about coding, computer science, and technology, along with CodeEd educators and the welcoming college staff. Comment

Whither, West Indies cricket?

Viewpoints: “WICB needs to take responsibility for the fall for WI cricket.”-Ramnaresh Sarwan, former WI captain “The West Indies Cricket Board is the most unprofessional in the world…Cameron is ‘immature’, ‘arrogant’ and ‘not having West Indies cricket at heart’…a dictator… I think we had enough as players.”- Dwayne Bravo Comments (1)

Neo-soul songstress to perform at birthday bash

Music: Singer Olivia K and The Parkers will be performing at her birthday bash at The Knitting Factory on Feb. 22. The Caribbean-American songstress, who is of Guyanese descent, will take to the stage to perform songs from her EP “Power.” Her fusion of music styles and her stage presence makes her a standout among a lot artists and her team says she will deliver a good show, said her publicist. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Curvature (Unrated) Sci-fi thriller about a scientist (Lyndsy Fonseca) who travels back in time after a mysterious phone call in order to stop herself from committing a murder. With Linda Hamilton, Glenn Morshower and Noah Bean. Comment
Suriname: As an indication of how tough economic conditions are in Suriname, the Caribbean Community nation has so defaulted in annual payment contributions to the United Nations that its voting rights have been suspended until it could at least transfer a part of the outstanding fees. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua A 57-year-old Japanese woman who kicked a police officer in the groin and refused to be searched on arrival at the V.C International Airport in Antigua recently was jailed for 14 days on a charge of assault and disorderly conduct. Comment

A bold archbishop retires

Barbados: Anglican dioceses of the Caribbean will soon be naming a new Primate as Archbishop John Holder will retire at the end of February ending eight years of leading eight districts of the church in the region. Comment
Music: Two soca legends Machael Montano and Austin “Superblue” Lyons have captured the 2018 Trinidad and Tobago Road March title. Their collaboration “Soca Kingdom” was played 336 times compared to Iwer George’s “Savannah” followed by Patrice Roberts’ Sweet Fuh So.” Comment


Guyana: Saying it wants peace on its borders and a stable continent, Brazil’s government is planning to renew a bilateral pact defense agreement with the Caribbean Community nation of Guyana in the wake of its simmering and ongoing border troubles with Venezuela, government officials said this week. Comment

Barbados leads Caribbean debt

Barbados: With a fiscal deficit way above the internationally accepted benchmark, Barbados bears the heaviest debt burden of Caribbean countries when compared to its level of production of goods and services, according the Caribbean Development Bank. Comment

Senators strike deal on immigration

Immigration: A broad bipartisan group of United States senators reached agreement Wednesday on a narrow rewrite of the country’s immigration laws that would bolster border security and resolve the fate of Caribbean and other “Dreamers,” even as President Donald J. Trump suggested he would veto any plan that does not adhere to his harder-line approach. Comment
Puerto Rico: It’s getting back to business in Puerto Rico! The Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) is heralding new milestones on the island as part of the recovery effort post-Hurricane Maria. With cruise ships making their return to San Juan in November of last year, and also hosting one of the largest travel seminars, the agency expects to see over a million tourists, said a spokeswoman. Comments (2)

Sir Shridath Ramphal — Guyana’s trump card against Venezuela

During my law school days, circa 1979, two concerned alumni in the same International law class, asked me what was Guyana’s answer to Venezuela’s recurring claim to three-quarters of Guyana being illegally seized by Venezuela. The name Sir Shridath “Sonny” Ramphal entered my mind almost reflexively. “He is our trump card,” I reassured them, “He is a world renowned diplomat, and he will lead the way.” Comment

Portraits of the past: Myrtle Avenue show of black history

They are looking back at black history. An annual celebration of black artwork is happening now along Myrtle Avenue, Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s commercial corridor. This year’s Black Artstory, produced by the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership, focuses on black people reconnecting with their ancestry, with the theme “Sankofa: Go Back and Get it.” The woman behind the title said that she hopes that the Black Artstory series of Friday night events will spur young people to learn more about their backgrounds. Comment



Fashion: Fashion designer, Glenroy Marsh departed from his usual brilliant hues, and instead chose an all-white D’Marsh Couture collection to wow his audience. The master couturier, known for excellent craftsmanship, was again on-point dressing up models in exquisite outfits. Comment

WI cricket ambassador

Sports: Manager of the West Indies team Joel “Big Bird” Garner will now perform the role of ambassador of Cricket West Indies (CWI) and will be utilized for special projects. Comment

Sarwan slams CWI

Sports: Former West Indies and Guyana batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan has called on the administrators of Cricket West Indies (CWI) to “pad up” and take the field to help the West Indies qualify for the 2019 ICC World Cup. Comment

WI bowling coach fired

Sports: West Indies bowling coach, Roddy Estwick, has been fired ahead of the ICC World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe next month. Estiwick, 56, who joined the regional side’s coaching staff about 20 months ago, will be replaced by a coach from outside the Caribbean which will soon be named, CWI President Dave Cameron said. Comment

On a mission: Local doctor provides care to Puerto Rican island

Puerto Rico: A helping hand from the mainland. After Hurricane Maria the small and distant island of Vieques, which is just north of Puerto Rico, saw widespread destruction and its residents were left to fend for themselves. But a local Bay Ridge doctor went there last weekend to provide medical assistance to thousands of the island’s residents. Doctor Kirill Alekseyev from Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, traveled with three of his fellow doctors on a medical mission to service people in need of care and the needs were dire, he said. Comment
Sports: The Regional Super50 bowled off last week, which will see 43 matches played in Barbados and Antigua with the Final Four stage at the Coolidge Cricket Ground on Feb. 21, 22 and 24. Comment


Sports: Brooklyn’s Adilia Trim breaks Elementary B Division 400 meters record at the nation’s largest track and field series for women at the Armory Track, NYC, Feb. 10 2018. Adilia Trim, a 5th-grader at PS 288 in Brooklyn ran 59.76 in the Elementary B 400 meters at the finals of the 44th Annual Colgate Women’s Games, breaking a record of 59.80 set by Neffertittii Cooper of Philadelphia in 1991. Comment
Jamaica: A collaboration of two Africa-centric organizations in New York successfully executed an informative Black History Month program recently at Medgar Evers College that probably should have been credited as required to the semester’s curriculum. Comment

Abuse of state machinery in former top model case

St Vincent: A prominent lawyer representing a former top Vincentian model has described as “a colossal misuse and abuse of state machinery” the case in which the ex-model was sent to a psychiatric institution for evaluation. Comment
Dominican Republic: Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. celebrated members of the Dominican-American community at a Dominican heritage event on Feb. 8. Four honorees, including Assemblywoman Carmen De La Rosa, were recognized for their contributions. The lawmaker said she was happy to see other members of the community come out and support. Comment

US military helps thwart Trinidad carnival terror attack: Reports

Arts & Theater: United States military troops participated in anti-terror raids in the Caribbean have helped in capturing four “high value targets” aimed at disrupting Trinidad and Tobago carnival, according to reports. Comment

Grenadian named AFUWI’s Luminary honoree

Grenada: The American Foundation for the University of the West Indies has annually flaunted their commitment to helping the Caribbean institution of higher learning by hosting a gala fundraising affair. Comment

A rallying cry for activism, legal action

You can’t look any longer. Whatever it is, it’s just too painful, too scary, so you hide your eyes and pretend that nothing’s happening. You can’t look any longer, so you don’t… but after awhile, you notice it again. That’s when you realize that you saw all along. That’s when, as in the new book “When They Call You a Terrorist” by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & asha bandele, you realize that you never really could look away. Comment

You Can’t Deport a Movement rally at Foley Square

Immigration: The tone, Saturday morning, Feb. 11, began a bit lighter than might have been as immigration rights activists filled Foley Square in the shadow of Manhattan courts at the “You Can’t Deport a Movement” rally in support of Ravi Ragbir. Comment

Brooklyn group warns crime will destabilize Guyana

Guyana: The Brooklyn-based Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID) has warned that crime will destabilize Guyana if the David Granger-led administration fails to immediately enact modern laws and crime-fighting measures. Comment

Bobby Digital releases two-part music collection

Music: Grammy-winning Jamaican producer Bobby Digital recently released a new compilation mix. The hit-maker put together a two-part anthology series, “Volume 1: X-tra Wicked” and “Volume 2: Serious Times” — a collection of some of his greatest hits. He says he started assembling the project a few years ago to give his fans something reminiscent of classic reggae. Comment
Movies: Besides granting a record number of pardons to non-violent felons convicted of drug offenses, Barack Obama didn’t accomplish very much during his last days in office. That’s not unusual for a lame duck president, particularly when the opposing party is in control of both houses of Congress. Comment

Vincentian sports journalist Glenford Prescott passes

St Vincent: Prominent Vincentian sports journalist Eardley Glenford Prescott, also known as “Pressie” and “Knowledge,” died at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital in capital city Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, on Jan. 30. He was 59. Comment
Music: BPTT Renegades celebrated their long-awaited tenth National Panorama Championship title at the Panorama finals at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain on Saturday night. Comment

Nothing golden about this 50-year anniversary

Viewpoints: This month marks a golden anniversary for American wages, but don’t expect celebration around the nation. On the contrary. In February 1968, the federal minimum wage increased from $1.40 to $1.60 an hour, giving minimum wage workers what would turn out to be the highest level of purchasing power they would enjoy for the next 50 years. Comment

Brooklyn’s SVG sports association to hold elections

St Vincent: The Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines United States of America Sports Association (SVG-USASA) will host its biennial general meeting to elect a new executive body on Saturday, Feb. 24. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean A United States diplomat has urged Caribbean countries to seriously tackle the issue of money laundering. Perry Holloway, US Ambassador to Guyana said regional governments must act now to ensure financial institutions are protected from criminal elements. Comment

Engineers examine impact of hurricanes on BVI

The impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria on the strong motion and seismic network throughout the British Virgin Islands BVI) is being examined this week. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Aiyaary (Unrated) East Indian action thriller about an army colonel (Manoj Bajpayee) who has 36 hours to rein in his once-promising protege gone rogue (Sidharth Malhotra). With Rakul Preet Singh, Pooja Chopra and Adil Hussain. (In Hindi with subtitles) Comment

CDB has money to rebuild

Environment: An umbrella regional bank this week said it had set aside nearly $800 million to help Caribbean countries devastated by two of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes on record last year rebuild but they must do so using smarter and more resilient systems that would withstand future mega storms. Comment
Health: Brooklyn Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene was inaugurated for his 3rd term on Jan. 28 at Erasmus Hall High School Auditorium in Flatbush. Comment

Cops foil T&T US embassy attack

Trinidad and Tobago: As hundreds of thousands of locals and visitors prepare to take part in Trinidad’s world class carnival celebrations, authorities there called an emergency press conference late Thursday to announce that they had foiled a massive terror plot to disrupt the annual street parade and other events. Comment

Deportation temporarily halted for Ragbir

Trinidad and Tobago: A law suit filed in federal district court in the Southern District of NY on Friday, has resulted in the government agreeing to stay Ravi Ragbir’s deportation temporarily. Ragbir was slated to report for deportation on Saturday, Feb. 10. Comment

Barbados police bill sparks outrage

Barbados: A government amendment to the law covering, police giving them expanded powers of declaring curfews, imposing cordons, stopping and searching persons and vehicles and entering homes without a warrant, has sparked resistance. Comment

NYPD cops hit with lawsuits

St Vincent: The New York Police Department (NYPD) has been hit with lawsuits alleging that cops are unfairly targeting businesses that cater to Brooklyn’s Caribbean community. Comment

Puerto Rican rescue dogs debut in Puppy Bowl

Puerto Rico: Two rescued Puerto Rican puppies played in the annual Puppy Bowl on Feb. 4. The yearly Superbowl-inspired game gets dozens of young pups to play a game of football in honor of the sporting event. The now adopted dogs, who go by Maddox and Murphy, were born in the care of The Sato Project — a Puerto-Rico based animal rescue group and flown to the U.S. shortly after Hurricane Maria. Comments (1)


Jamaica: COUVA, Trinidad & Tobago - Club Atletico Pantoja (Dominican Republic) and Arnett Gardens (Jamaica) secured spots in the 2018 CONCACAF Caribbean Cub Championship (CCC), Tier 1 finals with Group A wins on Sunday at Ato Boldon Stadium. Comment


Antigua: To some in Antigua, the timing and passing of a bill legalizing the possession of up to 15 grams of marijuana for personal use, have everything to do with upcoming general elections but Prime Minister Gaston Browne says Antigua and Barbuda simply doesn’t want to be left behind and is tired of jailing young people for having small amounts of cannabis on their person. Comment

Dominican doctor begins second term as PAHO director

Dominica: Dominican-born Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and regional director for the Americas, including the Caribbean, of the World Health Organization (WHO), on Thursday formally began her second term as head of the 115-year-old regional public health agency. Comment

Vincentian elected Harvard Law Review prez

St Vincent: The Harvard Law Review has elected Vincentian Michael L. Thomas, Jr as its 132nd president, succeeding ImeIme Umana, who became the first black woman to lead the prestigious publication. Comment

Congresswoman Clarke hosting drive for citizenship this weekend

Brooklyn: Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (D–Crown Heights) is hosting a two-day citizenship drive in East Flatbush on Feb. 10 and 11. Together with the YMCA, the New York Legal Assistance Group, and the Council of People’s Organization, the legislator organized the weekend drive to encourage green card holders to apply for U.S. citizenship. Comment



Arts & Theater: In a month-long exhibit during Black History Month, the painted portraits of black political prisoners will be on display at the Okay Space in Williamsburg. The “Correspondence” solo art exhibit, which is part of its creator’s larger “To Be Free” project, will be on display until Feb. 24. Artist Sophia Dawson said she always had an interest in the lives of the men and women locked up fighting for civil rights, but that interest was piqued when she learned about the death of one of the prisoners that made up the Angola Three. Comment

Pure Grenada wins Expedia award

Grenada: ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA – Feb. 5, 2018 – Announced on Jan. 31, 2018 at the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association’s Travel Marketplace in Puerto Rico, Expedia named Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean, as the Caribbean Destination of the Year 2017. Comment

New gallery makes Harlem home

Arts & Theater: From London to Harlem. A British-based gallery celebrated the opening of its location in Harlem on Feb. 4. Gallery 8 welcomed dozens of Harlemites into the new art space to introduce themselves to the neighborhood, and give residents a chance to get acquainted with the gallery, said the gallery’s partner. Comment

Guyana Jaguars win regional tourney

Guyana: Guyana Jaguars are the 2017-2018 Digicel Four-Day champions after their nearest rivals Barbados Pride settled for a draw with Windward Islands Volcanoes in their rain-affected match recently. Comment

Tribute to late Vincentian cricket manager

St Vincent: Frank “Monty” Clarke, a Washington, D.C.-based tax accountant and former treasurer/public relations officer of the Sion Hill Sports and Cultural Club in St. Vincent and the Grenadines has paid tribute to the late, popular former manager of the Sion Hill Cricket Club and long-standing curator of the Sion Hill Playing Field, Lloyd Eli Lewis. Comment

Barbados’ hard currency challenge

Barbados: The government of Barbados is fast running out of foreign reserve currency and Central Bank Governor, Cleviston Haynes has said that the administration urgently needs a financial injection, hopefully from an external source. Comments (1)

Dr. Eric Williams: The Father of the Nation

Trinidad and Tobago: Dr. Eric Eustace Williams (Sept. 25, 1911 – March 29 1981) served as the first Prime Minister of the twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Comment

WIADCA executive retires after 41 years of service

Trinidad and Tobago: Long-standing West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) Trinidadian-born executive Jean Alexander has retired after 41 years of service. Comment

Honoring Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller Alzheimer’s researcher

People: In celebration of Black History Month, the Alzheimer’s Association recognizes African-Americans who are working tirelessly in the field of Alzheimer’s disease research. We also remember the accomplishments of Solomon Carter Fuller, M.D., the first known black psychiatrist in America and an early pioneer in the fight against Alzheimer’s. Dr. Fuller collaborated with Dr. Alois Alzheimer, identifying the disease we now know as Alzheimer’s and helped translate much of his work from German to English. Comment

Words can put you down or light a fire

Books: Read this. And that. Read what’s next to it, what’s above it, and the next page. Read it, because words soar. Read it because you can. As you’ll see in “Black Ink,” edited by Stephanie Stokes Oliver, it wasn’t always so. Comments (1)
Queens: Last month several community leaders were honored at a Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning in Queens on Jan. 13. The event honored about eight men and women who exemplified Martin Luther King’s dream in the work they do for their community. Comment

Guyana set to get its first underground gold mine

Guyana: A Canadian miner running one of the hemisphere’s largest gold mines, is getting ready to open the Caribbean Community’s first major underground mine similar to those in operation in South Africa, Chile and other major world mining destinations officials said this week. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: In returning to the site of his Jan. 11 arrest, Trinidadian-born immigrant rights activist Ravi Ragbir issued a message of resistance against the forces trying to deport him and others. Comment

Venezuela must respect Guyana’s sovereign, territorial integrity

Venezuela: “We are a peaceful people…Struggle as we struggle…And we don’t look for trouble…Just ask around, Comment

‘Black Panther,’ Caribbean ‘Brown Girl Begins’ at BAM

Movies: Black History Month arrived with a calendar laden with a plethora of films aimed at empowering a race and gender-conscious audience long awaiting the New Year and particularly the 28 days devoted to Black achievement. Comment
Movies: The “Shape of Water” is the early favorite in this year’s Oscar sweepstakes. The sci-fi fantasy about love across species lines was nominated for the most Academy Awards, 13, including in a half-dozen major categories: Best Picture, Director, Original Screenplay, Lead Actress (Sally Hawkins), Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer) and Supporting Actor (Richard Jenkins). Comment

LA Galaxy hires Vincentian Ezra Hendrickson as assistant coach

St Vincent: The LA Galaxy says it has added Vincentian Ezra Hendrickson to the team’s technical staff as an assistant coach. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean Trinidad-based Caribbean Airlines (CAL) has started a service to Cuba. The regional airline recently launched its twice weekly non-stop service, making the Caribbean’s largest island its 20th destination. The flights between Port of Spain and Havana are operated every Tuesday and Saturday. CAL says there will also be seamless connections to and from Barbados, Grenada and Guyana. The airline’s CEO Garvin Medera said travelers can easily fly direct to Cuba to enjoy all that country offers. Comment
Jamaica: Thirty years ago, Jamaican men proved they could compete with the best bobsled athletes in the world by qualifying for competition in the 1988 Olympics in Calgary, Canada. Comment

Bichotte commemorates Black History Month

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte has paid tribute to those who persevered through racial oppression, intolerance and injustice to pave the way for civil rights in the United States. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Former West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard has created history by becoming the first cricketer to play 400 Twenty20s. Comment

Climate-related disasters costnearly $400 billion in 2017

Environment: Amina J. Mohammed, deputy secretary-general, United Nations, addressing the Investor Summit on Climate Risk UNITED NATIONS, Jan 31 2018 (IPS) - I am pleased to be with you at this important and timely summit on climate risk and to discuss the opportunities that are there for us to seize through decisive climate action. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Basmati Blues (Unrated) Musical comedy about a brilliant scientist (Brie Larson) who invents a genetically-modified strain of rice with the help of her father (Scott Bakula) only to have it ruin the Indian farmers they’d hoped to help. With Donald Sutherland, Utkarsh Ambudkar and Tyne Daly. Comment

West Indies big name stars missing

Sports: The West Indies team will be without some big name stars when they play in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers next month. All-rounder Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Darren Bravo and Andre Russell are not among the 14-member squad for the March 4-25 tournament in Zimbabwe. Comment

Track stars head to Colgate finals

Sports: BROOKLYN, N.Y., Jan. 29, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Pratt Institute — From an initial field of thousands of girls and young women from all over the East Coast, some 230 top point-scorers in divisions from elementary school through college and beyond, have earned their way to the finals of the 44th annualColgate Women’s Games on Saturday, Feb., 10, 2018 at the New Balance Track and Field Center at the Armory, NYC. Comment
Sports: COUVA, Trinidad & Tobago — It is the happiest of anniversaries in Haiti. Women’s football is in its 40th year in the Caribbean nation and, thanks to qualifying for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, the celebrations will be even more joyous. Comment

Bolt funds fire victims

Jamaica: Olympic record holder Usain Bolt has donated J$1 million to help the youths who survived a fire that razed a children’s home recently. The financial assistance has come from the Usain Bolt Foundation to help the 34 displaced youths from the privately-run Walker’s Place of Safety. Comment

Marshall in United States team

Sports: Discarded West Indies player Xavier Marshall is now playing for the United States in the Regional Super50 which began on Jan. 30, after being named in the 14-man squad for the One-Day tournament. Comment

Huge victory for Guyana

Huge victory for Guyana

Venezuela: Last week, a few government ministers were offering background briefings to reporters, expressing concerns that delays by United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres in sending the Guyana-Venezuela border row to the World Court for settlement probably meant that the world body was getting ready for the two sides to continue talking for another while yet. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Late Monday afternoon, Jan. 29, Ravi Ragbir walked out of Orange County Correctional Facility in Goshem, New York, after 19 days in immigration detention in Miami and New York State. Comment

Grenadians go to the polls March 13

Grenada: Grenadians will go to the polls on March 13, 2018 to elect a new government. The announcement was made by Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell during a rally of his ruling New National Party (NNP) at the National Stadium in St. George’s over the week-end. Comment

St. Lucia to celebrate independence with concert, events

Music: The Consulate of St. Lucia is kicking off the island nation’s independence month with a gospel festival at the Advent Fellowship on Feb. 3. The annual concert brings together some of the best St. Lucian performers of the genre and other entertainers. On Saturday, returning artists like Emrand Henry will take the stage at the show, and some new and interesting ones, said vice consul. Comment


Music: Damian Marley has won his fourth Grammy award. He previously won two Grammy Best Reggae Album trophies for ”Half Way Tree” and “Welcome To Jamrock,” compilations named from Jamaica’s landmark locations. Comments (1)

Shell made mistake by pulling out of Guyana basin

Guyana: Now that Guyana’s oil and gas basin has been deemed as one of the hottest and most exciting prospects in the world, Shell Oil has to be regretting its decision to withdraw as an investment partner with United States giant ExxonMobil, which has so far drilled six successful wells offshore Guyana worth about 3.2 billion barrels of oil, officials said Monday, Jan. 29. Comment

SVG Diaspora Committee of NY has a new leader

St Vincent: Sherrill-Ann Mason-Haywood, the widow of the late, prominent Vincentian community activist Maxwell Haywood, has succeeded him in leading the Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) Diaspora Committee of New York. Comment
Guyana: The Wallace Temple AME Zion Church Caribbean Ministry, hosted a spirited evening of gospel music, dancing, and scripture reading, at the church’s 7th Anniversary celebration at its Bayonne, New Jersey, complex. Comment
Haiti: Haitian-American legislators across the United States are demanding that the civil rights for Haitian immigrants be honored. Comment

Barbados teachers at new level

Barbados: Barbados is rapidly moving towards having formally trained teachers in every tutoring position in the public schooling system, and there is data to show that this target is within reach of the Erdiston Teachers’ Training College. Comment

‘Singing Evangelist’ honored, brings house down

Music: The Crown Heights, Brooklyn-based Attributes of Christ Ministries on Jan. 13 honored Evangelist Shirley Browne, otherwise known as “The Singing Evangelist,” at a memorial service for the church’s late pastor and founder, the Rev. Dr. William Muckett. Comment
Brooklyn: It’s back on at the market! Island-culture lovers from near and far trekked to Flatbush last weekend to celebrate the grand reopening of a beloved Caribbean marketplace, thrilling sellers excited to set up shop inside the new, temporary space after vacating the old location last summer. Comment

7 pitfalls to avoid when filing for a marriage based green card

Immigration: United States citizen or lawful permanent resident can sponsor his or her spouse for a United States green card. The beneficiary spouse may be in the United States or outside the United States. Comment
Grenada: The New York-based collective of philanthropists known as the Making a Difference Initiative (MDI), on Jan. 17 and 23, delivered items from two large barrels of adult and children diapers, chucks (underpads), irrigation syringes, and school supplies, to the Hillsview Home for the Aged, the St. Peter’s R.C. Primary School, and to the General Hospital in Grenada. Comment
People: There is a saying that death comes in threes. Recently, the popular theory repeated when six prominent men died. The Black activist movement paused in reverence Jan. 23 when news reports confirmed the passing of Rev. Wyatt T. Walker, a legendary and prolific enabler to the cause of civil rights who walked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and also served as his chief advisor. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Braven (R for violence, sexual references and pervasive profanity) Action thriller about a logger (Jason Momoa) and father (Stephen Lang) forced to fight for their lives when their family’s cabin in the woods is seized by drug smugglers. With Jill Wagner, Garret Dillahunt and Brendan Fletcher. Comment
Movies: “Where’s Daddy?” Comment

Learning from gerrymandering

Viewpoints: I remember, as a child, accompanying my parents to vote. In the auditorium of a Nashville elementary school, I waited with them in line, then accompanied them to a big steel machine with an oversized, red-handled lever. With a pull of the lever, a curtain closed behind us, separating us from the rest of the room and from the public more generally. My mother turned little knobs to indicate her choices, then pushed that big lever back. Her votes were recorded in the machine and the curtain opened back up, reuniting us with the public and making room for the next voter. Comment

South Africa vs India

“Cricket is a most precarious profession; it is called a team game but, in fact, no one is so lonely as a batsman facing a bowler supported by ten fieldsmen and observed by two umpires to ensure that his error does not go unpunished”-John Arlott, An Eye for Cricket “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear”-Nelson Mandela Comment

Zap Pow reunites for new project

Music: The band is back together again! Legendary 70s reggae band Zap Pow is reunited and releasing their first project in more than seven years. Some of the group’s original and current members came together to work on their new album titled “Zap-Pow Again.” The return is inspired by members retaining a presence on the music scene, and wanting to revive their influence on current trends, said the band’s founder. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) says between 2007 and September 2017, Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) disbursed approximately US$19 million to Caribbean countries. Comment
St Vincent: The Attributes of Christ Ministries, a small evangelical church on Troy Avenue in Brooklyn, on Jan. 13 memorialized its beloved, late Vincentian-born pastor and founder on the fifth anniversary of his death. Comment

Gayle returns to domestic cricket

Sports: Hard-hitting opening batsman Chris Gayle will be returning to domestic limited overs cricket for a second time in seven years for the Regional Super50 which bowls off next week. Comment

Italy contributes to fund to aid Caribbean

Caribbean: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says Italy is joining Norway, Canada and MasterCard as a partner and contributor to the bank’s Transparency Fund, a vital tool to help Caribbean and other countries strengthen their anti-corruption and pro-transparency reforms. Comment
Movies: The 10th season of the series “AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange” premiered this month on Martin Luther King day. This season is being hosted by actor Nicholas L. Ashe and the series is showing two documentary films by Caribbean filmmakers. One is “Between 2 Shores,” by Guadeloupean filmmaker Mariette Monpierre, and the other film is “Fatal Assistance” by Oscar-nominated Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck. They will show on Jan. 29 and Feb. 12 respectively. Comment

Another US blow to Barbados

Barbados: On the heels of three major countries advising their citizens of health concerns in Barbados, the island on Thursday suffered another embarrassing setback when the United Embassy in Bridgetown stated that the drinking water is contaminated. Comment

Large oil companies head to Guyana’s rich oil, gas basin

Guyana: Three of the world’s largest oil and gas companies are preparing to bid for offshore blocks near to where US oil giant ExxonMobil found large amounts of sweet light crude oil off the Caribbean Community nation’s coast two years ago officials said Friday. Comment

West Indies Under-19 takes its exit

Sports: West Indies Under-19 took their exit from the International Cricket Council (ICC) Youth World Cup recently. The Under-19’s title defense ended in shambles with a 76-run defeat to South Africa. Comment

Book Review: ‘Aging Thoughtfully: Conversations about Retirement Romance, Wrinkles and Regret.’

Books: Martha C. Nussbaum and Saul Levmore have written a tome that delves into different ways of looking at life after retirement, about the onset of wrinkles, and other aspects of what some call the golden years. Comment

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