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Friday, March 23, 2018

ABLP returns to power in Antigua

Antigua: The incumbent Antigua and Barbuda Labor Party (ABLP) of Prime Minister Gaston Browne returned to power resoundingly in Wednesday’s general elections. Comment
Environment: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says despite a massive humanitarian effort over the past six months in the Eastern Caribbean, Cuba and Haiti, there is still much work to be done to rehabilitate water and sanitation and other infrastructure damaged by powerful hurricanes Irma and Maria. Comment

Barbados loses a round in NCD fight

Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados Government’s haste to grab tax revenue, a determination of distributors to sell their product regardless of health consequences, and fluctuation in the Trinidad currency have combined to dull the intended effect of a sin tax on sugary drinks. Comment

Celebration of People of African Descent in the Americas

People: The Organization of American States (OAS) on Tuesday began the celebration of a week commemorating the contributions of persons of African descent to the social, economic, political and cultural development of the Americas, including the Caribbean. Comment

How mom and pop shops stay competitive against big chain stores in Brooklyn

Brooklyn: With new Duane Reades and CVSs opening up shop every year, there is a space issue in NYC. Especially in New York, which is known to be a dog-eat-dog city, more and more of the smaller stores are finding it harder to stay in business in this changing landscape. Comment

We need truth in treatment in modern medicine

Health: I recently met with a patient who was diagnosed with throat cancer and metastases to his lungs. He was on a feeding tube and his weight was down to 109 pounds. A surgical procedure that he underwent this past June in an attempt to remove the cancer had permanently robbed him of his speech and his ability to ever eat or taste food again. He spent two months after surgery in a skilled nursing facility sharing a room with a stranger. After 2½ months of being away from his home, he was discharged. Comment

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Pols rip Trump’s policies

Brooklyn: Mayor Bill de Blasio took the lead Sunday in condemning President Donald Trump’s policies at a gala “Women Celebrating Women” Awards ceremony at Tropical Paradise Ballroom on Utica Avenue in Brooklyn. Comment
Books: Help yourself by knowing yourself! In a new self-help book by educator and debut author Nicole McLaren Campbell — wife of Jamaican artist Jeffrey “Agent Sasco” Campbell — she challenges readers to finding their true purpose in life with some self-examination. Her book titled “Make it Count,” calls on readers to headstart on a life toward their dreams without the many obstacles preventing them. She says if someone is stalling on a goal and overthinking its completion, her guide aims to help in deciding the next step. Comment

Cancer organization H.E.R.O.C. to host tea party

Guyana: After a successful medical mission to Guyana last year, the Health Education Relief Organization For Cancer Inc. (HEROC) — a non-profit that partners with the Giving Hope Foundation in Georgetown — will host its 5th Annual Tea party and hat show on April 8, at St. Gabriel’s Golden Banquet Hall in Brooklyn. The event starts 3 pm. Comment

Regaining our past cricket glory

Viewpoints: The West Indian diaspora demands answers from Cricket West Indies or West Indies Cricket Board, or “whatever you’ll call yourselves,” to borrow former West Indies captain Ramnaresh Sarwan’s recent quote, as to why and how we are still struggling amongst cricket’s minions to find a place on cricket’s biggest stage-the World Cup. This is a debacle in itself, because not only is it unprecedented, but it would have been risible to even think that before. Comment

LOVESICK

Music: There’s a new Caribbean songstress on the block! And she is trying to maintain the island flavor in mainstream music. Trinidadian singer Arita, recently released her debut single and EP “Lovesick.” As a singer, she wants to reintroduce the music industry to its Caribbean influence. She said many artists of Caribbean heritage played a huge part in American music throughout the years — but going mainstream often erased that and now she wants to be one who challenges it. Comment

Between two worlds: Dance and disability

Arts & Theater: She’s striding through a hidden disability. Barbadian-born Gina Mayers is a full time modern professional dancer at Brooklyn’s Shadowbox Theater. But unbeknownst to most people, she dances while living with multiple sclerosis — a central nervous system disorder that affects nerve cells in the brain and spine. Having always had a love for dancing, she came to the states to pursue her love for the artform at the Alvin Ailey school in Harlem in 2009. But before it all, she started experiencing symptoms that would lead to a life-changing health crisis. Comment

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Barbados government angry at UK press

Barbados: A report in the British Daily Telegraph newspaper on the distresses afflicting Barbados ranging from economic to environmental health matters, has government politicians up in arms, while the political opposition is expressing shame. Comment

Consul Society honors Jamaica’s VP VIP

People: March is acclaimed for many things – the month clocks here “spring forward” to daylight saving time; fabled to come “in like a lion -- out like a lamb” and for a gender relentlessly striving to establish equality and parity in the workplace, women’s history month. Comment

15 receive ‘Women Celebrating Women’ awards

Brooklyn: Fifteen outstanding women on Sunday received the “Women Celebrating Women” Awards at an elegant ceremony at Tropical Paradise Ballroom on Utica Avenue in Brooklyn. Comment

Panamanians to stage Easter cantata

Arts & Theater: Members of the Brooklyn-based Day of Independence Committee of Panamanians New York organization are gearing to present “The End of Times…Contact of a Soul” a dramatic Easter cantata. Comment

West Indies to tour Pakistan

Sports: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) says the West Indies will be the latest international team to tour Pakistan. Najam Sethi, the PCB chairman, said the West Indies will visit Pakistan for a series of three T20Is, all of which will be played in Karachi. Comment

Narine’s bowling action reported again

Sports: The bowling action of West Indies mystery offspinner Sunil Narine has again come under scrutiny. Narine was reported for a suspect bowling action during the Pakistan Super League (PSL) game between Lahore Qalandars and Quetta Gladiators on March 14,” reported ESPNcricinfo. Comments (1)

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Medgar Evers College to host Black Writers Conference

People: The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College (CBL), City University of New York says it will hold its 14th National Black Writers Conference (NBWC) from Thursday, March 22 – Sunday, March 25. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: A Bag of Marbles (Unrated) Adaptation of Joseph Joffo’s World War II memoir, set in 1941, about a couple of Jewish brothers’ (Dorian Le Clech and Batyste Fleurial) attempt to survive during the Nazi occupation of Paris. With Kev Adams, Patrick Bruel and Elsa Zylberstein. (In French, German, Yiddish and Russian with subtitles) Comment

Getting to know your identity

Books: Who are you? Spoken or unspoken, serious or in jest, you get asked that question all the time. Where are you from? Who are your parents? Have you been here before, and what do you do? In “All The Women in My Family Sing,” edited by Deborah Santana, the questions stand: who are you and what is your story? Comment

Day, night Test at Kensington Oval

Barbados: The historic Kensington Oval in Barbados will be the venue for the Caribbean’s first ever day / night Test when West Indies hosts Sri Lanka in the final Test of the three-match series. Comment
Movies: Times have certainly changed when you find celebrated dramatic actresses opting to play action heroes in blockbuster movies. For instance, Jennifer Lawrence had already been nominated for an Academy Award (for Winter’s Bone) when she agreed to star as Katniss Everdeen in the adaptation of The Hunger Games trilogy. And she’s since been nominated for three more Oscars, winning for Silver Linings Playbook. Comment
Sports: West Indies Women suffered a series white-wash (3-0) at the hands of New Zealand at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch last week. It was their worst performance on the final One-Day International as they suffered a 205 runs defeat. New Zealand scored 310, while West Indies could only make 105 runs. Comment

Monday, March 19, 2018

Sean Paul to perform at Kings Theatre

Music: He’s coming to Brooklyn! International reggae and dancehall artist Sean Paul is headlining his own concert at Kings Theatre on March 22. It will be his debut show at the historic venue, but not his first in Brooklyn, and he is thrilled to return to perform because the borough’s fanbase reminds him of Jamaica, and he can always count on them for feedback. Comment

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Caribbean court names next president

St Vincent: A national of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Justice Adrian Saunders has been named as the next president of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). Comment

Saturday, March 17, 2018

‘Conflict and Compromise’ project winners

Queens: Two American-born siblings, of Caribbean and African American parentage, have won the “Conflict and Compromise” project in District 29’s History Fair in Queens. Comment

Friday, March 16, 2018

Caribbean Airlines announces direct flights to St. Vincent

St Vincent: You can now fly to Vincy directly. The Caribbean Airlines Limited (CAL) and the St. Vincent and The Grenadines Tourism Authority announced that there will now be a non-stop direct flight service between John F. Kennedy airport (JFK) and Argyle International Airport (SVD) in St. Vincent on March 12. Comment
Brooklyn Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte and Councilman Jumaane Williams on Wednesday demonstrated solidarity with the National School Walkout against gun violence. Comment

Electoral observers: Grenada elections peaceful

Grenada: The Electoral Experts Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) to the general elections in Grenada on Wednesday published its preliminary report, in which it commends the people of Grenada on their continued commitment to democracy, as demonstrated in their “peaceful and enthusiastic participation” in Tuesday’s elections. Comment

Vincy heroes tribute

Vincy heroes tribute

Music: Hundreds of Vincentians Saturday night joined the Brooklyn-based Garifuna Indigenous People of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Inc. (GIPSVG) in celebrating National Heroes Day with a cultural extravaganza at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment
Music: The 75-member National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba will be performing at the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 4 pm. Comment

POWER PLAY

Sports: Led by a powerful 84 by Evin Lewis, the West Indies on Monday put the Netherlands to the sword by clinching the top spot in their group Qualifying Round in the International Cricket Council (ICC) 50-Over Championship in Harare, Zimbabwe. Comment

Gayle scores another century

Sports: Hard-hitting West Indies opener Chris Gayle has struck form for the World Cup qualification campaign in Zimbabwe when he hammered 123 runs in the opening match against United Arab Emirates last week. Comment

PM Mitchell: Rescue West Indies cricket

Sports: Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has called on CARICOM leaders to rescue West Indies cricket from its current crisis. He also urged them to re-visit the recommendations of the dormant Governance Report on cricket. Comment

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to charges of obstructing an emergency medical vehicle stemming from the Jan. 11 protest of the detention and imminent deportation of Trinidadian immigrant rights activist Ravi Ragbir. Comment

MUSICAL TRIBUTE

Music: What would be a more fitting tribute for the Apollo Theater to recognize Women’s History Month than presenting a musical tribute to the renowned musical artist, civil rights activist and Apollo legend Nina Simone. Comment

Tenants need more than Cuomo’s photo-op: Williams

New York: While commending Gov. Andrew Cuomo for finally seeing on Monday a New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) development, Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn) said NYCHA tenants who are struggling everyday need more than a photo-op. Comment

Introducing a new Caribbean rum: Boukman Rhum

Food: There’s a new Caribbean rum in town. The Haitian-made alcoholic beverage Boukman Rhum is a liquor with a mission. As one of the newest rums out of Haiti, its manufacturer is trying to bring the island nation to the forefront of the global rum market and sustain business for several industries in Haiti. Comments (1)

Barbados consulate honors Diasporans during Black History Month

Barbados: The Barbados Consulate celebrated five of their own at a Black History Month event at the Barbadian Consulate General in New York in Manhattan on Feb. 27. “Barbadians Salute Black History Month,” was an event to honor individuals representing the young talent the island nation has produced, compared to the more established usually recognized, said the consulate’s community affairs representative. Comment

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

MITCHELL SWEEPS POLLS

Grenada: Perhaps for the first time in living memory, a governing party shepherded by the same leader, has on two consecutive occasions won all 15 seats in general elections and again has a mandate to run the country without an elected opposition. Comment

Diplomatic spat in Barbados

Barbados: A diplomatic war of words may be developing between the government of Barbados and government of Canada through their representatives, the Minister of Education, Ronald Jones, and the north American country’s High Commissioner, Marie Legault. Comments (4)

Caribbean, Latin America have second highest teen pregnancy rates

Caribbean: A new report conducted by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), researchers found that the Caribbean, along with Latin America has the second highest adolescent pregnancy rates in the world. In the report titled “Accelerating Progress Toward the Reduction of Adolescent Pregnancy in Latin America and the Caribbean,” it details that within the Caribbean — the Dominican Republic and Guyana are the two countries in the region with the highest numbers. But the cause of pregnancy in young girls and teens is a very complex issue, often happening to those who suffer from a lack of access to multiple resources, said a regional director. Comment
Barbados: The Barbados Tourism Marketing, Inc (BTMI) says the country’s tourism is once again in winner’s row, beating out destinations such as second-place Seychelles and third-place Bermuda to land the number one spot on the 2017 Destination Satisfaction Index (DSI). Comment
Brooklyn: New York State Senator, Roxanne J. Persaud is set to host District 19, 2nd Annual Easter Egg-Hunt, on Saturday, March 24 from 11 am - 1 pm, at Canarsie Park, on Seaview Avenue in Brooklyn. Comment

Wakeup call for the United Democratic Party (Udp)

Belize: Since the 2006 Municipal elections the United Democratic Party have won and controlled all the municipalities in the country of Belize except for Orange Walk Town which has been under the control of the People’s United Party (PUP) since. Comment

Wishing for Wakanda, marooned in America: Movies and matters of reflection and resistance

Viewpoints: In the midst of the wide-spread euphoria about the debatable real and actually imagined qualities, achievements and benefits of the fantasy movie, “The Black Panther”, it is good to remember that no matter how long we stay in the theater and no matter how many times we return to cheer, clap and dance in the dark, sooner or later the lights will come on, and we will have to exit and confront the off-screen, cold-water reality of America. Comment

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Garifuna celebrates Heritage Month

Arts & Theater: The Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc., says it is “proud” to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Garifuna-American Heritage Month in New York, inviting all New Yorkers to join in the March 11 - April 12 celebration. Comment
Arts & Theater: On International Women’s Day, March 8, just one day after a nor’easter dumped a snow-rain-mix of slushy combination on the tri-state area, a ray of sunshine peeked from Broadway announcing the arrival of “Summer, the Donna Summer Musical” in a tribute to the avowed queen of disco. Comment

Children’s classic brought to the big screen

Movies: Madeleine L’Engle finished writing “A Wrinkle in Time” in 1960, but the escapist fantasy was rejected by over two dozen publishers before it finally captured the imagination of John Farrar, co-founder of Farrar, Straus and Giroux. In 1963, the groundbreaking, illustrated novel won the Newbery Medal for being the best children’s book of the year. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Augie (Unrated) Inspirational biopic about fitness guru Augie Nieto who has been campaigning to find a cure for ALS since being diagnosed with the disease at the age of 47. Comments (1)

West Indies defeats Ireland, leads group

Sports: Aiming to attain the top of their group in the 10th match of the World Cup Qualifying Round in Harare, Zimbabwe, the West Indies on Saturday staged a come-back to beat Ireland by 52 runs. Comment

Minorities helping minorities: Two Caribbean-American women helming city’s minority business agency

People: At the city’s premier agency to promote and sustain businesses owned by minorities and women, Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (MWBE), two Caribbean-American women are working behind the scenes to ensure that those goals are met. Comment

Monday, March 12, 2018

Over the line

Arts & Theater: Call them artists without borders. More than a dozen Dominican and Haitian artists will come together to showcase artwork depicting the relationship between the two neighboring Caribbean countries. At the exhibit “Bordering the Imaginary,” opening at Bric House on March 14, artists from both countries will explore the history of the island they share. The show was inspired by a controversial 2013 ruling that stripped Dominican citizenship from children of Haitian descent, and the ignorance that its curator saw displayed at panels and protests about the ruling. Comment

First female Caribbean animated superhero sci-fi bows

Movies: Now that the entire world has embraced “The Black Panther,” perhaps the introduction of the first, female, Caribbean, superhero might seem more bankable. Comment

Walsh now Bangladesh’s interim head coach

Sports: Legendary former West Indies fast bowler, Courtney Walsh, has been appointed Bangladesh’s interim head coach for the Tri-Nation series in Sri Lanka later this month. Comment

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Caribbean RoundUp

St Kitts and Nevis: Antigua Austria has expressed an interest in cooperating with Antigua and Barbuda to forge closer relations in areas of tourism and diplomatic relations. Comment
Haiti: Despite the treacherous weather Friday evening, employees at New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and friends and supporters showed their love and respect for a retired Haitian-born doctor at a gala celebration at Glen Terrace in Brooklyn. Comment

Antigua withdraws from Summit of the Americas

Venezuela: The government of Prime Minister Gaston Browne said on Wednesday that it has withdrawn the country’s participation in the second preparatory meeting for the Summit of the Americas, scheduled to be held in Lima, Peru in April. Comment

PAHO issues yellow fever warning

Health: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has reiterated its previous recommendation that Caribbean and other international travelers be vaccinated at least 10 days prior to traveling to or visiting areas where yellow fever is circulating. Comment

Regional cricket fiasco

Sports: West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard says serious discussions needs to take place to help solve the fiasco currently facing regional cricket. Comment

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Electoral Experts Mission deploys for Grenada poll

Grenada: The Organization of American States (OAS) says its Electoral Experts Mission to the general elections in Grenada, led by OAS Assistant Secretary General Nestor Mendez, began its deployment on Wednesday ahead of the March 13 poll. Comment

Trinidadian judge blocks investigation of chief justice

Trinidad and Tobago: A high court judge presiding in the Port of Spain Hall of Justice, Trinidad, has blocked an attempt by the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago (LATT) from continuing its investigation into allegations of misconduct leveled against Chief Justice Ivor Archie. Comments (1)

BIGGEST PICKS

Sports: New Zealand opener Martin Guptill and Windies opener Lendl Simmons were the biggest picks, with Barbados Tridents and St Lucia Stars going for them in the first round of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2018 drafts on Thursday, reports say. Comment

Caribbean Premier League ranks fourth

Sports: The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) has been ranked the fourth most popular Twenty20 league in the world by fans who took part in a recent survey by ISportsleague in India. Comment

Friday, March 9, 2018

DANCEHALL STAR

Music: She’s on to bigger things. Jamaican dancehall artist Spice is making her reality television show debut on the seventh season of VH1’s hit show “Love and Hip-Hop: Atlanta,” which airs on March 19. The singer made a brief appearance on the show last season during an episode that was filmed in Jamaica. But as a avid-watcher of the series and now a cast member, the singer says this is the first step in one of many career goals she is aiming for. Comment

Lapdog and blockhead Caribbean leaders

Venezuela: University of the West Indies Lecturer, Tennyson Joseph, has fired a scorching attack on Caribbean heads of government who supported a Latin American group’s denouncement of planned elections in Venezuela. Comment

Withdraw application for nurseries

Trinidad and Tobago: On Oct. 10 2017, the Housing Development Corporation, acting on the basis of a cabinet minute No 1376 of Aug. 3, 2017, applied to the Environmental Management Authority for a Certificate of Environmental Clearance to build a high-rise complex on lands of the St .Augustine Nurseries at Curepe. Its plan is to build 300 multi-family units on 10 housing blocks, on 17.4 acres of nursery land, stretching North to South alongside the Southern Main Road. The HDC must cease and desist at once. Comment

Beach read

Books: The book is a sail down memory lane. A Pulitzer-winning author and former Brooklynite will launch his first children’s book at the Brooklyn Public Library in Prospect Heights on March 13. Junot Diaz said that his picture book “Islandborn,” about a young girl who must rely on her family’s memories of the island where she was born, was inspired by his own family’s journey from the Dominican Republic to the United States. Comment

Thursday, March 8, 2018

GUYANA BORDER DISPUTE

Guyana: As Guyana prepares to become a producing nation early in 2020, authorities are not only scrambling to switch the nation’s economy to cater for oil and gas, but also to find ways of preventing neighboring Venezuela from grabbing up large tracts of the country’s resource-rich land and sea space. Comment

Brooklyn DA announces Project Brooklyn CLEAR

Brooklyn: Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez on Tuesday announced the launch of a pre-arraignment diversion program to assist individuals who suffer from drug dependency and misuse. Comment

Mitigating cyber-attacks in the Caribbean

Caribbean: The Washington, D.C-based Organization of American States (OAS) says it has collaborated with Microsoft in launching the report, “Critical Infrastructure Protection in Latin America and the Caribbean 2018,” which makes recommendations to develop a suitable critical infrastructure or policy framework in the region. Comment

Caribbean-centric scholarship awards two Kittitians

People: The annual RR Holmes Scholarship for Organization for Caribbean Advancement (RRH SOCA) awarded two Caribbean students with their 2017 scholarships. The two students, attending schools in New Jersey and Florida respectively, are both of Kitttian descent. The creator of the program, which started in 2012, wanted to provide scholarships to children from the Caribbean or of Caribbean heritage, with the support they need to advance in their educational needs due to lack of similar programs aiming at that. Comment
People: Richard Barathe is director of UNDP’s Regional Hub for Latin America and the Caribbean UNITED NATIONS, March 6, 2018 (IPS) - Women’s role in the workplace is at the heart the International Women’s Day commemoration. Even though it first celebrated a demonstration by women workers in New York in 1857, it was the killing of nearly 150 young women workers in a sweatshop, engulfed by a massive fire in just 20 minutes, which marked the modern celebration of International Women’s Day, in New York’s Triangle Shirtwaist Factory on March 25, 1911. Comment

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

CALYPSO TRIBUTE

CALYPSO TRIBUTE

Music: Calypso legend Harry Belafonte celebrated his birthday attending a tribute concert in his honor at City College on March 1. The 91-year-old was front and center at the “Turn the World Around: The Music and Legacy of Harry Belafonte,” as he was serenaded with a show of his classic hits. Comment
Grenada: With the final numbers tallied, destination Pure Grenada records total arrivals of 100,654 for January 2018, an increase of more than 30 percent over January 2017 (75,600). Comment

Bichotte: 2018 critical year for MWBE

New York: Brooklyn Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte says 2018 is “a critical year” for all Minority-and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE). Comment

Back in motion: Displaced PLG dance academy offers discounted classes ahead of grand reopening

Arts & Theater: Honchos of a Prospect-Lefferts Gardens dance school forced to abandon its classrooms due to allegedly rising rents are ushering in the academy’s March 11 grand reopening inside a brand new location with a week of discounted classes ahead of the event. Comment

Adams kicks off Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams on Thursday kicked off Colon Cancer Awareness Month by hosting a community forum in the courtroom of Brooklyn Borough Hall where he joined colon cancer survivors, gastroenterologists and oncology nutritionists in highlighting that the disease is curable, treatable and preventable. Comment
Guyana: Minister of State, Lt. Colonel (Retd) Joseph Harmon, told Guyanese during a recent town hall meeting in Brooklyn, that the Coalition government has brought back pride to the Guyanese people. The informative hours long discussion addressed many concerns that were on the minds of expatriates. Comment
Caribbean: SANTIAGO, Feb. 18 2018 (IPS) - Identifying territories where rural poverty is most entrenched in Latin America and the Caribbean to apply new tools and innovative policies to combat hunger is the new strategy that will be discussed at a ministerial meeting to be held in early March. Comment
Sports: Stating that former West Indies captain Darren Sammy doesn’t need to lift a finger to guarantee his place on the immortality shelf as far as the Pakistan Super League (PSL) was concerned, ESPNCricinfo said the Peshawar captain’s heroics, hobbling out to bat on one leg, ensured he has taken pride of place on that shelf for the foreseeable future. Comment

CARICOM leaders aim to protect regional cricket legacy

Sports: CARICOM leaders want to meet with the International Cricket Council (ICC) to discuss the possibility of introducing a legislative solution to protect the legacy of West Indies cricket. Comment
People: Former St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ national table tennis champion David “Sky” Llewellyn has been elected chairman of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines-USA Sports Association. Comment

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean Japan has allocated US$5 million to help rural women in Guyana and Dominica, particularly those working in agriculture, withstand the effect of climate change. Comment

T&T chief justice challenges local investigation

Trinidad and Tobago: The embattled Trinidad and Tobago Chief Justice Ivor Archie is challenging the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago (LATT) to launch an investigation of misconduct against him. Comment
Movies: The Shape of Water was the big winner at the 90th Academy Awards, netting four Oscars, including Best Picture. Mexican directors have now won four of the past five years, with Guillermo del Toro joining his compadres Alejandro Inarritu (Birdman and The Revenant) and Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity) in the elite fraternity. Comment
Brooklyn: “Just because Black History Month is over” education about the race should not cease, Rev. McCall of the National Action Network said during a rally in front of Medgar Evers College last Sunday. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Forgiven (Unrated) Truth and reconciliation drama, set in South Africa after the fall of the Apartheid regime, revolving around Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s (Forest Whitaker) meeting with a confessed murderer (Eric Bana) seeking redemption. Cast includes Jeff Gum, Terry Norton and Rob Gough. Comment

CWI starts new system of contracts

Sports: Cricket West Indies (CWI) has introduced a new system of separate contracts for Test and limited-overs international players, starting from July 1, 2018. Comment

Monday, March 5, 2018

Brooklyn: Prepping the young to build. A local sorority is hosting its annual youth leadership event at the Brooklyn Scholars Charter School on March 10. Every year members of Eta Nu Sigma of the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority bring together about a dozen speakers to discuss career opportunities with young students. Now in its third year, the event, which aims to engage children towards building an interest in their future and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is now adding more speakers in artistic fields, said co-organizer. Comment

Sunday, March 4, 2018

CARICOM voters likely in Barbados poll

Barbados: The elections in Barbados, constitutionally due on or sometime before June 6 may see a new set of mostly Caribbean voters from other islands coming forward to shape the leadership team for the next five years. Comment

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Arts & Theater: Renowned photographer Lem Peterkin staged an exhibit of his work during a Black History Month event on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 at 320 Jay St. in Brooklyn, New York. Comment

A romance with a twist

Books: He did it on one knee. One knee, with a nervous grin on his face and a velvet box in his shaking hands, asking you the Question of a Lifetime. You’d talked about this day but it was still a surprise and now you have planning to do, just the two of you. Or, as in “An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones, three… Comment

Friday, March 2, 2018

CRUEL FATE OF IRONY

Caribbean: The Caribbean Reparations Commission says that what might have been an innocent recent mistake on the part of British authorities has now given it additional evidence and renewed impetus to make Britain and other European nations compensate the Caribbean for making millions of Blacks work on agricultural plantations in the region without a cent in payment. Comment

Councilman pleads guilty in protest case

New York City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct on Wednesday in connection with his arrest at an immigration protest in lower Manhattan over the detention of Trinidadian immigrant rights activist Ravi Ragbir. Comment

Grenada main opposition party ready for March 13 poll

Grenada: The main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Grenada say it has nominated “capable, serious, independent-minded” candidates in all 15 constituencies for the March 13 general elections. Comment

CULTURAL SHOWCASE

CULTURAL SHOWCASE

Music: Barbara Atherly, consul general of Guyana to New York, told expatriates to be inspired by the vision of a united, democratic, and prosperous Guyana, during a magnificent, colorful 48th Republic Anniversary celebration, on Thursday, Feb. 23. Comment

Media runner: Empress Lanice’s entrepreneurial spirit

Brooklyn: A Crown Heights entrepreneur is making big moves in her industry. Public relations director Jessica Lanice Chalmers, who goes by the name Empress Lanice is the founder of Tha L. Spot productions, a public relations and marketing agency. Now the 28-year-old who is of Monserratian descent, is pursuing more lanes in her career path with her television show, and the launch of her own magazine. Comment
Queens: The sole Caribbean country represented in a premier robotic competition advanced in a qualifiers contest two weekends ago. The boys of Jamaica College moved forth in the First Tech Challenge (FTC) qualifiers on Feb. 16–17, and won first place award in the finals — the East Super-Regional Championship Tournament on Feb. 25. Comment
Food: There’s a place to unwind at Sip Unwine. The Flatbush restaurant and bar Sip Unwine just celebrated its one-year anniversary in early February. The eatery offers a cozy and relaxing place to lounge in, and its a local trendy spot to enjoy modern Caribbean food and listen to music. Conveniently located not far Brooklyn College and a busy train hub in the predominantly working-class Caribbean neighborhood seeing changes. The spot is perfectly situated for its young residents looking for that environment, said its co-owner. Comment

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Barbados minister calls for more TV licences

Barbados: In probably the first statement from this administration suggesting that television broadcast licences should be liberated on the island, Minister of International Business Donville Inniss said the state has no place in media operations, but should be providing only the regulatory environment. Comment

Haiti recalls UN envoy

Haiti: Haiti has recalled its ambassador to the United Nations for consultations after UN Secretary General António Guterres’ special representative said she welcomed a corruption inquiry into the way US$2 billion in oil loans from Venezuela was spent by former Haitian government officials, according to reports. Comment

Zimbabwe honors Marley with statue

Music: A monument to Robert Nesta Marley has been approved by the Marley family and will be erected in Zimbabwe, the only African nation he performed during his brief lifetime. Comment

Protect our schools!

“The purpose is clear. It is safety with solvency. The country is entitled to both.” -U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower “Never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee…”-John Donne “America has a right to the Second Amendment, but the people of America have a right to safety and the prevention of gun violence in their community”- Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Comment

Educating and empowering African-Americans about end-of-life care

Health: As we celebrate Black History Month, one of our goals should be to change the history of African-Americans like my father enduring needless suffering when we die because we don’t prepare for the inevitable end of life. Comment

Pybus returns to West Indies cricket

Sports: Englishman Richard Pybus has made a surprising return to West Indies cricket as a high performance director, after leaving the post of director of cricket about a year ago. Comment

Flow Sports nets CONCACAF rights deal in Caribbean

Sports: Flow Sports has agreed a multi-year broadcast rights deal with CONCACAF, the governing body for soccer in North and Central America and the Caribbean, for a host of major club soccer tournaments, according to reports. Comment

Alicia Olatuja to perform in Brooklyn

Music: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2017-18 Kumble Theater season with jazz singer / songwriter Alicia Olatuja on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 8 pm. Comment

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018

St Vincent: Many may assume that an individual who lives to attain the “full and ripe” age of 100 would likely be feeble, bed-ridden and / or has lost most of his / her faculties. Well, Mitchinson “Mitchie” Maurice James is the opposite. Comment

Protest at Gonsalves UWI lecture

St Vincent: A public lecture at the University of the West Indies (UWI) by St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves was disrupted last Thursday night by a small group of placard-bearing protesters, chanting “justice for all women,” according to reports. Comment

Pardon confusion in Barbados

Barbados: When is an official pardon not truly a pardon; and how many times can government officially pardon some of its people? That is the question lingering in the mouths of many Barbadians after Prime Minster Freundel Stuart recently announced his administration’s pardon of persons who took part in the island’s 1937 disturbances, which historians regard as the pathbreaker to several human rights reforms on this island, including the right to form trade unions, the right to vote and formation of political parties. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Foxtrot (R for sexuality, graphic images and brief drug use) Middle East saga, set in Tel Aviv, revolving around a couple (Lior Ashkenazi and Sarah Adler) grieving the loss of a son (Yonaton Shiray) serving in the military. With Dekel Adin, Yehuda Almagor and Gefen Barkai. (In Hebrew with subtitles) Comment

CRICKET ENTERTAINERS

The West Indies players in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) love to entertain first — not only through their exploits on the field but by the way they approach the game, according to reports. Comment

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018

Antiguans go to the polls on March 21

Antigua: Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne says nationals in the twin-island state will go to the polls on March 21 to elect a new government. Comment

Barbados Opposition pleads with Jamaica

Jamaica: “Hold strain,” is the plea of Barbados Opposition Leader Mia Mottley to Jamaican Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, regarding news that Jamaica may soon leave the economic segment of CARICOM. Comments (1)
People: “They messed with the wrong ones,” an alum of Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School said recently during a fundraising event held here for the victims of the shooting that left 17 dead. Comment
Movies: Malcolm X (1925-1965) is best remembered as the charismatic spokesperson for the Nation of Islam whose fiery speeches helped the Black Muslims’ ranks swell from 6,000 to 75,000 between 1956 and 1961. However, he fell out of favor with the sect’s founder, Elijah Muhammad, soon after making his pilgrimage to Mecca. Comment

Windwards trounce Barbados to snatch Super50 title

Sports: It was jubilation all over the Windward Islands as Roland Cato’ 50 helped the Windwards chase down 233 to defeat Barbados by three wickets in the day-night final of the West Indies Super50 Cricket Festival at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua Saturday night. Comment

Monday, Feb. 26, 2018

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne recently visited the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where he held bilateral discussions with Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, minister of climate change and environment for the UAE. Comment

Guyana wants help to boost equipment for army

Venezuela: Guyana’s government Friday said it will step up contacts with international allies to obtain equipment and build capacity for the Guyana Defense Force in the face of continuing tensions associated with Venezuela’s threat to large tracts of Guyana’s land and marine space. Comment

Kings County physician named 2018 Presidential Leadership Scholar

Brooklyn: Kings County Hospital (KCH) in Brooklyn says Dr. Robert Gore, a physician in the Emergency Department (ED) has been named to the 2018 the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program, a partnership between the presidential centers of George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush. Comment

Cricket fund raiser

Sports: West Indies will play an ICC Rest of the World X1 at Lord’s in England in May, to raise funds for the rebuilding of stadia in Dominica and Anguilla damaged by the passage of Hurricane Irma and Maria last year. Comment

Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018

Haitian TPS holders sue Trump’s administration

Haiti: Eight Haitian and Salvadoran immigrants living in the United States with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) have filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration, arguing that its decision to end their status was based on racism and discrimination that violates their constitutional rights. Comment
Sports: Cricket West Indies (CWI) selectors have named the women’s squad for the upcoming tour to New Zealand from March 4 to 25. The squad will be led by Jamaican Stafanie Taylor with off-spinner Anisa Mohammed as vice-captain. Comment

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018

Brooklyn: Commissioner of Police, James P. O’Neill told a large gathering of black police officers - “our great diversity brings us together in a beautiful way, and makes us a much better, stronger police department.” Comment

Clarke hails outpouring of anti-gun violence activism

People: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette Clarke has hailed the outpouring of anti-gun violence activism from high school students across the United States. Hundreds of students led walk outs and marched following last week’s tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Comment
St Vincent: A Vincentian-born nurse was mourned Sunday, Feb. 11, at a two-hour-long service at Fenimore United Methodist Church in Brooklyn. Despite the rainy weather, mourners paid their last respects to Louise Cole, a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), who died on Feb. 1. She was 85. Comment

Brooklyn group rips Guyana Bar Association attack on Prez Granger

Guyana: The Brooklyn-based Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID) deems the Guyana Bar Association’s (GBA) “unfounded attack” on President David Granger to be “irresponsible, malicious, unprofessional and repugnant to the standards of the Bar.” Comment

Friday, Feb. 23, 2018

TRADE ROW FUROR

Trinidad and Tobago: When Caribbean community leaders assemble in Haiti next week, they might well be forced to discuss the very strong possibility that one of the nations which had helped to found the integration movement and the regional free trade system is seriously considering withdrawing from that very same system until it is better organized and modernized. Comment

Barbados bristles at human trafficking ranking

Barbados: The United States’ continued challenging of Barbados regarding prevention of trafficking of persons has angered this island’s Attorney General, Adriel Brathwaite, who is questioning the American approach and methodology for labelling this state. Comment
Manhattan: Black History Month was celebrated at City Hall on Feb. 15. The City Council’s Black, Latino and Asian Caucus hosted the culturally-themed event. Three people were awarded with proclamations at the celebration. The honorees were former councilman Archie Spigner, the founder of the Mind Builders Creative Arts Center, Madaha Kinsey-Lamb, and clergyman Melvin Faulkner. Comment

A requiem for women rights activist

Guyana: The iconic life of Guliana Jacobs-Moses was remembered quite the way she would have wanted on Thursday, Feb. 15 with a celebratory memorial filled with love and touching tributes, her mother Christiana A. Jacobs, family members, friends and the many whose lives she touched. Comments (2)

Caribbean diplomats to UK: Be more caring

Jamaica: Caribbean diplomats in London have asked the United Kingdom (UK) government to be more compassionate in the treatment of Caribbean nationals Comment

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018

Africa’s new and improved sounds

Music: They’re back with the Motherland’s newest sounds. The yearly music event celebrating the trendiest and popular sounds to come out of the African continent returns to Apollo Theater on March 3. The “Africa Now” concert spotlights African artists and the emerging sounds they are bringing to the African music scene. Organized by the famed theater and the World Music Institute, together they are giving the stage to show, said the co-curator. Comment
Arts & Theater: Philadelphia-based artist Watson Mere went viral last month for his artwork depicting Martin Luther King Jr. silencing President Trump. The idea for the one-year-old piece was generated during Trump’s inauguration, which came days after the holiday celebrating Dr. King. Mere said he wanted to frame an artwork surrounding the late activist, while also juxtaposing him to something. Comment

Grenada PM hails Rawl Lewis’ new role

Grenada: Grenada Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has hailed the appointment of Rawl Lewis as the new manager of the West Indies senior team. Comment

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018

Guyana moves more troops to Venezuelan border

Venezuela: Government has started to move additional troops to the western border with Venezuela to deal with criminal activity involving heavily armed Venezuelan gangs crossing the border, harassing locals for food and money and engaging generally in lawless activities officials said at the weekend. Comment

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018

Travel: The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) says the catastrophic hurricanes that devastated some Caribbean destinations last September slowed down tourism’s progress but did not stop it. Comment

Monday, Feb. 19, 2018

Barbadian cricketer signs deal with Indian Premier League

Barbados: Explosive Barbadian all-rounder Jofra Archer has landed a multi-million dollar deal in the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) after he was snapped up by Rajasthan Royals on the opening day of the auction recently. Comment

Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018

Pressure to review Guyana-Exxon oil deal mounts

Guyana: Guyana’s government has said the cabinet is reviewing a profit sharing contract with US oil giant ExxonMobil amid mounting criticisms about its alleged lopsidedness from various sections of society as the Caribbean nation prepares to become an oil and gas producer in less than two years. Comment

Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018

Boseman rises to the occasion as Marvel Superhero

Movies: Chadwick Boseman has already made quite a career out of portraying a variety of prominent African-Americans, from football star Floyd Little (The Express), to baseball great Jackie Robinson (42), to Godfather of Soul James Brown (Get on Up) to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall (Marshall). The versatile actor’s efforts have been appreciated by the NAACP which has seen fit to nominate him for five Image Awards. Comment

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