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Savings retirement initiative

Caribbean: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has launched the Retirement Savings Laboratory, a project that seeks to increase the number of people saving for retirement in Latin America and the Caribbean. Comment

Community board: Photographer disrupts meeting

Brooklyn: Brooklyn’s Community Board 17 says an uninvited, unidentified photographer last Wednesday caused disruption at the board’s general meeting. Comment

Another debt crisis for poor countries?

Caribbean: Masood Ahmed is president of the Center for Global Development* WASHINGTON DC, April 18, 2018 (IPS) — When the world’s finance ministers and central bank governors assemble in Washington later this month for their semi-annual IMF meeting, they will no doubt set aside time for yet another discussion of the lingering debt problems in the Eurozone or how impaired bank debt could impact financial stability in China. Comment

Garifuna response to the Guatemalan ICJ referendum

Belize: We the Garifuna people are one nation who live in the countries of “Yurumein” now known as St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Belize, the United States and elsewhere. Around March 14, 1796 after we lost the war to the British, our King Chatoyer was captured and killed and about 5,000 of our people were assembled, tortured, imprisoned and taken to the island of Balliceaux off the coast of St. Vincent where they awaited removal to another country. Comment
Puerto Rico: A massive blackout hit hurricane-ravaged island of Puerto Rico on April 18. The outage affected all of the islands 3.3 millions residents, just days after a previous blackout cut power to about 870,000 people. In statement, Bronx borough president Ruben Diaz Jr., who is of Puerto Rican descent, said this latest power outage only displays a lack of progress in the island’s recovery, and immediate action is needed. Comments (1)

Resources for immigrants

Resources for immigrants

Immigration: Newcomers to our country, city, and borough — and even those immigrants who have lived and worked here for a few years — may not be knowledgeable about all of the rights, opportunities, services and assistance that may be available to them, or where to turn to find out about them. In such cases, the offices of local elected officials — in particular, those who represent districts with significant numbers of immigrant constituents — can be “go-to” places for such information. In Brooklyn, two officeholders — State Sen. Jesse Hamilton and Councilman Mathieu Eugene — have compiled lists of such groups and organizations. Comment
Arts & Theater: In the spirit of the evening, echoing Garifuna colors, New York City Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson wore a dress in bold geometric designs of black, yellow, and white at the City Hall event ‘Celebrate Garifuna Heritage.’ “We should celebrate the culture of the Garifuna every day,” she beamed. Comments (1)
Brooklyn: With the ongoing fear of increased deportation under the Trump administration, immigrants are reminded of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s signing into law Introductions 486-A and 487-A, dramatically limiting New York City’s cooperation with overbroad federal immigration enforcement practices, except in instances where there are public safety concerns. Comment

Green Card hopes fade for young immigrants: Report

People: Many applicants in New York for Special Immigrant Juvenile status have had their applications rejected by the Trump administration, according to reports. Comment


Sports: West Indies all-rounder, Dwayne Bravo says he is not seeking a return to the regional side for next year’s World Cup in England. He refuted international media reports suggesting that he is actively seeking a recall to the West Indies team. Comment

West Indies players make minimal stride in ICC ODI rankings

Sports: West Indies players made minimal upward movement in the latest ICC One-Day International rankings, despite their recent success in recent World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe. Comment

CARICOM nationals voting in Barbados

Barbados: After the state denied many Commonwealth citizens the right to vote in Barbados, lawyers challenged that refusal in court and won, but the government appealed that High Court decision only to concede this week that it was in error. Comment
Manhattan: Fifty years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. politicians and celebrities are expected to revisit his dream of racial harmony, peace and tolerance during the annual convention of the National Action Network, a Civil Rights organization mobilized in tribute to his lifelong message of tolerance. The four-day convention begins on April 18 at the Sheraton Times Square Hotel in Manhattan. Comment
Saturday, April 14, 2018 was proclaimed Phagwah Parade Day by NYC Mayor, Bill de Blasio, whose representative, Nick Gulotta, presented a proclamation to the planning committee, co-chaired by Herman Singh and Romeo Hitlall to honor the Hindu and Indo-Caribbean communities’ 30th annual parade. Comment
They’re stepping back into Brooklyn. Comment
Brooklyn: The Consulate of St. Lucia is set to host its fourth annual immigration forum at the St. Lucia House in East Flatbush on April 25. The forum will provide local residents with information about immigrant rights, the types of forms they may need, and discuss the subject of deportation, which is a growing concern for many, said the Vice Consul Jeremiah Hyacinth. Comment

Vincentian ‘consummate culture man’ honored

St Vincent: David Augustine “Darkie” Williams, described as the “consummate culture man” and the “Father of Drumming” in St. Vincent and the Grenadines was honored Saturday night with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Comment
Arts & Theater: Juliana Hughes was presented with the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Award of Excellence for Handicrafts, for her commitment to ecology — utilizing seeds and beads, found in her homeland of Guyana, to create fine jewelry. Comment

Havana nights

Books: Cuban novelist Leonardo Padura will be talking about his books at the PEN World Voices Festival at Nuyorican Poets Cafe on April 20. The famous writer will be joined by author Mark Kurlansky, who recently wrote a book about the city of Havana in literature. The pair will discuss the city, its history, and Padura’s representation of it in his novels, according to Padura. Comment

Rowley fires sports minister in cabinet reshuffle

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley fired his Sports Minister, Darryl Smith — 24 hours after he reassigned him to another ministry as a junior minister over damning sexual harassment allegations. Comment
Food: Two cultures meet on a dish. A pizza spot in Prospect Lefferts Garden combines the flavors of the Caribbean with Neapolitan style pizza. ZuriLee Pizza Bar, opened by two Guyanese-American brothers in 2015, a few doors down from their traditional Caribbean restaurant MangoSeed, offered them a chance to expand while staying true to their background, said one of the co-owners. Comment
New York: Despite the onslaught by the Trump administration on undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants, New York City offers a wide array of resources for immigrants. Comment

Caribbean immigration attorney laments ‘terrific’ situation for DACA recipients

St Vincent: A Vincentian-born immigration attorney in Brooklyn is lamenting the “terrific” situation for 800, 000 undocumented, young Caribbean and other immigrants in the United States, who are dependent on the deferred action for early childhood arrivals, or DACA. Comment
Immigration: The Mayor’s Office says undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants, including eight million New Yorkers, can connect with IDNYC. “IDNYC is the new, free identification card for all New York City residents, which gives all of us the opportunity to show who we are — New Yorkers,” the office said. Comment

Native-American woman’s fight for justice

Movies: “They made us many promises... more than I can remember, but they never kept but one. They promised to take our land... and they took it.” That observation was made by Chief Red Cloud (1822-1909) towards the end of his life, after he’d witnessed the white man break treaty after treaty made with Native American tribes. Comment

Political implications over Paul Ryan’s retirement decision

People: There must be some compelling reasons why Paul Ryan has decided not to seek re-election and retire from politics. The Speaker of the House of Representatives is third in line to become president of the United States under the United States Constitution. Comments (1)
Music: Last week, an 80-minute documentary titled “Two Beats One Soul” premiered in New York to a select crowd of insiders who witnessed first-hand, the making of an album on the island of Cuba. Comment
Sports: Caricom is moving ahead with plans to ensure the restructuring of the governance of West Indies cricket, despite the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) request to have Cricket West Indies (CWI) president Dave Cameron at any meeting between the two bodies. Comment
Queens: The annual Phagwah parade celebrated its 30-year anniversary in Richmond Hill on April 14. The parade, usually held in March, was pushed back to April earlier this year to avoid cold weather. The rescheduling did not disappoint, and parade-goers came out in droves, said the parade’s co-chair. Comment

Team Jamaica Bickle readies to host Caribbean athletes at Penn Relays

Jamaica: Team Jamaica Bickle, the Queens-based organization that supports Caribbean athletes at the prestigious Penn Relays in Philadelphia, says it is preparing for its 24th hosting of the athletes with a plethora of activities in the weeks leading up to the April 26-28 event. Comment

Few Indians joined Black Power in 1970

Trinidad and Tobago: Saturday April 21st marks the 48th anniversary of the declaration of the State of Emergency to quell the Black Power Revolution in Trinidad in 1970. The uprising was led by Makandal Daaga and his chey-la [disciple], Kafra Kambon, of the National Joint Action Committee (NJAC). Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

After Auschwitz (Unrated) Holocaust documentary belatedly recounting the trauma experienced by a half-dozen survivors who had been evacuated to the U.S. and pressured to suffer in silence without ever discussing the horrors they’d witnessed in Hitler’s death camps. Comment
Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams on Wednesday presented a posthumous “Hero of the Month” award and ceremonial wreath to 15-year-old Brooklyn-born student Peter Wang, who was tragically killed while bravely holding the door open in his classroom at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fl, so that his classmates could escape a mass shooter. Comment

Opposing views on Brexit impact on Caribbean

Barbados: Both economics scholar, Andrew Rose, and British High Commissioner, Janet Douglas, agree that Brexit, the UK’s severing of economic and immigration ties with the European Union, would affect Caribbean trade, but differ on solutions. Comment


Arts & Theater: Five years ago, the Haitian and the folkloric dance community mourned the death of an icon from their midst, Jean-Léon Destiné. As a dancer and choreographer, he brought Haiti’s traditional music and dance onto American stages and international venues. Soon after his death, dancers influenced by this master, talked of having a major tribute to him. Comment
People: Brooklyn congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke wants Black women to make themselves “the priority,” urging that they practice “self-care.” Comment

Black group calls for bold ‘Marshall Plan’ to rebuild urban America

People: Emerging from its recently successful “Marshall Plan” symposium, economic summit and national town hall meeting, April 3-4, in Newark, NJ, the Black New York-based group, Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW), is calling for a “bold and innovative 21st Century Marshall Plan” to rebuild urban America and to support Newark’s quest to become a “Model City.” Comment



Venezuela: Two Caribbean Community countries with close borders to Venezuela are beginning to pay greater attention to an increase in the number of Venezuelans crossing into the two nations, seeking food, jobs, shelter and medical services as the economic and political situation at home worsens. Comment

Geneive Brown Metzger receives Clare Boothe Luce Award

Jamaica: In recognition of her many contributions of economic development and diplomacy, Geneive Brown Metzger, LLD Hon received the 2018 Clare Boothe Luce Award for International Service from The J. Luce Foundation at the foundation’s annual gala on March 1, at the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in New York City. Comment

Migration agency responds to Venezuelans exodus

Venezuela: The United Nations says its migration agency has launched a regional action plan to bolster its response to massive population outflows from Venezuela amid the worsening political and socio-economic situation in the South American country. Comment
Brooklyn: On April 20, immigrant activists will march from Grand Army Plaza over the Brooklyn Bridge to Times Square in a “Days of Outrage” demonstration, pushing back against this government’s brutal policies toward immigrants — particularly from Africa, Haiti and Latin America Comments (5)
Brooklyn: The seventh annual Soul to Sole Shoe Drive Brunch collected hundreds of pairs of donated shoes from donors at the Round2 Cafe in East Flatbush on April 8. Comment


Grenada: GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Damian Warner’s bid to defend his Commonwealth Games decathlon title ended when he failed to clear a height in the pole vault, leaving the aptly-named Lindon Victor to win his first gold medal at a major meet. Comment

Antigua to plant marijuana for medicine

Antigua: Just weeks after its parliament had overwhelmingly approved laws allowing for Antiguans to personally possess up to 15 grams of marijuana legally, authorities are preparing to take it to the next level. Comment

American Airlines to begin flights to Guyana in December

Guyana: Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson, said he is delighted that American Airlines will begin airlifting passengers to Guyana from December of this year. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago female athlete Michelle-Lee Ayhe created history at the Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast, Australia when she copped Gold in the l00 meters women’s final. Comment
Cuba: The government of Prime Minister Gaston Browne in Antigua and Barbuda says it is “happy” to commemorate the 24th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Cuba. Comment
Antigua: Antigua and Barbuda said on Monday, April 9 that it has established diplomatic relations with Romania. Comment

Is there data privacy & protection to poor customers?

Viewpoints: Matthew Soursourian and Michael Joyce, the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP)* WASHINGTON DC, April 9, 2018 (IPS) - Research increasingly demonstrates that poor customers, just like other customers, value their privacy and care deeply about the protection of their personal data. But what do providers think about obtaining, using, storing and sharing personally identifiable information? Comments (2)

Tales of inspiration and amazement

Books: Apples, bananas, cherries, and oranges. Tasty things, available from an appropriate tree, perhaps even one in your back yard. But what’s the story about them? Who was the first brave soul to take a chance and take a bite? In the new book “Strange Fruit Volume II” by Joel Christian Gill, you’ll see that some histories remain hidden on the vine. Comment

Wrapped in a sea of plastic

Viewpoints: By now most of us have read that plastic, that incredibly useful product that all of us use every day, is fast becoming public enemy number one. We have been using plastics for decades and as a result, plastic is everywhere: in our fish, in our food, in our oceans, in our waste water treatment systems, and in our public spaces. We use pl Comment
St Vincent: Every year, for the past three years, as the Brooklyn-based Vincentian educational and cultural group, Club St. Vincent, Inc., hosts a walk-a-thon to support Vincentian athletes at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, it rained, was bitterly cold and blustery, or there was the threat of snow. Every year, for the past three years, as the Brooklyn-based Vincentian educational and cultural group, Club St. Vincent, Inc., hosts a walk-a-thon to support Vincentian athletes at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, it rained, was bitterly cold and blustery, or there was the threat of snow. Comment

‘Paradise Plum’ sweetens theater festival

Arts & Theater: The second annual “We Are One” Caribbean Music, Comedy and Theater Festival return this month with a nostalgic, entertaining and inspiring presentation staged in conjunction with Black Spectrum Theater to celebrate 48 years of excellence and stellar showcases at the Queens-based cultural center. Comment

Latin America’s 1st ever black female VP — A Jamaican?

Jamaica: On April 1, when jokesters, pranksters and April foolers of the day tricked family and friends with carefully constructed misdeeds, in the Central American nation of Costa Rica, Epsy Alejandra Campbell Barr was elected the very, first of her race to win the second-most sought after seat in government. Comments (1)
Movies: “Beirut” Excellent (4 stars) Rated R for profanity, violence and a nude image In English and Arabic with subtitles Running time: 109 minutes Production Studios: Radar Pictures / ShivHans Pictures / Kasbah - Film Tanger Distributor: Bleecker Street Media By Kam Williams In 1972, Mason Skiles (Jon Hamm) was a career U.S. diplomat delighted to be serving his country overseas in Lebanon. In fact, he and his wife Nadia (Leila Bekhti) were so comfortable living in the Middle East that they had decided to adopt Karim (Idir Chender), a 13 year-old Palestinian refugee. Comment

Shaggy and Sting collaborate

Shaggy and Sting collaborate

Music: International reggae pop singer Shaggy, and legendary British rocker Sting have collaborated for a new musical project titled “44/486.” The singer and the former frontman of the band The Police, are putting out a mostly reggae-inspired and upbeat project. Comment
Arts & Theater: The Easter season got off to a fun start for children of Albouystown, Georgetown, when Guyanese from the diaspora volunteered their skills during a kite-making workshop to keep the cultural tradition alive. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 10x10 (Unrated) Suspense thriller about a young businesswoman (Kelly Reilly) who is kidnapped and locked in a soundproof, concrete cell by a creepy identity thief (Luke Evans) Supporting cast includes Noel Clarke, Jason Maza and Olivia Chenery. Comment
St Vincent: A popular Vincentian sports club that dominated Brooklyn’s Caribbean Soccer in the 1980s and 1990s and was dubbed the “Kings of Brooklyn Caribbean Soccer” is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Comment

Jason Holder to lead ICC team

Sports: West Indies captain Jason Holder, was recently chosen to lead the ICC World Cup Qualifiers team of the tournament. Comment

Pay fees says Barbados gov’t minister

Barbados: Amidst controversy swirling around Trinidad and Tobago’s refusal to agree to a waiver on hurricane-hit Dominica’s fees to the Organisations of American States, Barbados Government Minister, Donville Inniss, said CARICOM members should pay their dues. Comment
Jamaica: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke on Thursday welcomed the announcement by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman that he will conduct an investigation into the police shooting death of an emotionally disturbed Jamaican national Wednesday evening. Comment

Clarke announces 2018 Congressional Art Competition

Arts & Theater: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke on Monday announced the 2018 Congressional Art Competition. “Each year, Brooklyn students have the opportunity to submit original artwork into a nationwide competition,” said Clarke, Democratic representative for the 9th Congressional District. “The winning artwork is displayed in the halls of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: Despite all the denials and a plan by the foreign ministry to investigate the faux paus, the controversy over Trinidad and Tobago’s recent vote against a request by Dominica for an ease of its annual contributions to a hemispheric umbrella body just would not go away. Comment
Dominica: Over six months since Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated some Caribbean islands, former United States President Bill Clinton has brought his foundation to Miami, proposing to “build back better” parts of the region, according to the University of Miami (UM). Comment
Brooklyn: Brooklyn’s Caribbean legislators on Wednesday commemorated the 50th anniversary of the assassination of America’s foremost civil rights leader, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Comment

Barbados’ Kyle Gale a man to watch

Barbados: Barbadians will most remember the 2018 Carifta games, not for maintaining their place as the number four Caribbean athletic nation, or for the three gold medals earned, but for the man who almost erased a record of the legend, Usain Bolt. Comment

Haitian novelist Edwidge Danticat to discuss immigrant artists

Books: Haitian-American novelist Edwidge Danticat will be speaking at a discussion with Paul Holdengraber at the New York Public Library in Midtown on April 6. Together the pair will be talking about the role of immigrant artists, the art they make, and their experiences. The award-winning author is going to explore her own work, and the work of other artists and writers who are immigrants. Comment

Barbados in uncharted territory

Barbados: Barbados Opposition Leader Mia Mottley’s call for civil servants to become watchdogs of the nation’s purse and to guard against wrongful disposal of other national assets, seems an expected request in unnatural times for this island. Comments (1)
Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Hundreds of journalists wearing white shirts marched through Haiti’s capital Wednesday to demand an investigation into why a freelance photographer vanished two weeks earlier while on assignment. Comment
Fashion: A sense of Diasporic fashion. More than a 100 people turned out for the “Runway from the Coast,” fashion show at the YSL Center in East New York on March 31. The show was a chance for people to see and experience various aspects of the African Diaspora, from the continent to the Caribbean. And the show, which aimed to showcase the likeness of these cultures, was a hit, said the organizer. Comment

Cricket West Indies approves new selection policy

Players withdrawing from West Indies squads on two occasions will now have to advise the chairman of selectors on their availability, before they can be considered for future selection. Comment


Sports: Pakistan on Tuesday continued their mauling of a depleted West Indies team, trouncing the Caribbean side by eight wickets in the final of the three-match Twenty20 international series in conducting a clean sweep. Comment

Ambrose considers coaching comeback

People: Fast bowling legend Sir Curtly Ambrose wants to return to coaching, after becoming one of the latest batches of 25 officials from the Caribbean and North America to complete the Level Three certification. Comment
Sports: West Indies Women ended their dismal tour of New Zealand with another defeat and a comprehensive series loss last Sunday. Comment
Arts & Theater: She’s written a moving comedy! A British-Trinidadian playwright will launch a heartwarming comedy about immigration and messy relationships this weekend. “Mother-in-Law,” opening at the Black Lady Theatre in Bedford-Stuyvesant on April 7, follows undocumented immigrant Petra as she prepares to marry her fiance Philo, only to face interference from her soon-to-be mother-in-law. Comments (1)
St Vincent: One of the few Vincentian cultural groups in Brooklyn has re-elected its long-standing president, Dr. Roxie Irish, for yet another two-year term. Comment


Arts & Theater: To the delight of music lovers who attended Afropunk in Brooklyn three years ago, Grace Jones fulfilled expectations to deliver fashion fabulous, androgynous music glam, lyrical mystique and spectacle. Comment

Old wounds reopen in new book on MLK Jr.

Books: One minute. That’s all it can take to change history. Sixty seconds, as long as an average TV commercial or two, a few blinks of your eyes and nothing is ever the same. And things can keep changing, as you’ll see in the new book “The Heavens Might Crack” by Jason Sokol. Comment
Jamaica: The World Bank has signed a multi-million dollar grant to aid climate-resilient practices in the fisheries sector in Jamaica. The Washington-based financial institution said Dr. Nigel Clarke, Jamaica’s minister of Finance & the Public Service, and World Bank Country Manager Jamaica Galina Sotirova signed the US$4.875 million grant on Wednesday, March 28 “to help highly vulnerable fishing and fish farming communities in Jamaica to adopt climate-resilient practices. Comment

Caribbean-Americans will not collectively benefit from the census!

Viewpoints: Article 1, Section 2, the U.S. Constitution provides, “Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States ... according to their respective Numbers ...The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct.” Comments (1)

US to begin visa processing of Cuban nationals in Guyana

Guyana: The United States Department of State has indicated that it will begin processing visas for Cuban nationals at its Georgetown, Guyana, Embassy. Comment

Bridging the humanitarian needs with long-term resilience in Dominica

Dominica: UNITED NATIONS, March 29 2018 (IPS) - Six months ago, on Sept. 18, 2017, Category 5 Hurricane Maria struck Dominica wreaking unimaginable disaster. Thirty-one people died, 33 more remain missing. Roads, bridges, schools, hospitals and over 40 percent of homes were destroyed or severely damaged. Comment

Caribbean nationals nabbed in immigration sweep

Immigration: The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has said officers from its Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) have arrested several Caribbean nationals among 271 immigrants as part of an enforcement action targeting immigration violators and those who the agency says pose a threat to public safety. Comment



Bahamas: There is no other country in the 15-nation Caribbean Community where it is more difficult for a foreigner, even a national from the region, to obtain permanent residency or citizenship than in the Bahamas. Comment
St Lucia: Many Caribbean territories, currently besieged by tight financial situations, are about to feel another monetary blow because their currencies are tied to the United States dollar, said economics scholar, Andrew Rose. Comment


Arts & Theater: The Classical Theatre of Harlem (Ty Jones, producing artistic director), Pemberley Productions and Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre are presenting “Sancho: An Act of Remembrance at The National Black Theatre from April 18 – May 6, 2018, with previews on April 18-19 and the opening night on April 20. Comment
Arts & Theater: On March 15, the opening of BRIC’s latest exhibition— Bordering the Imaginary: Art from the Dominican Republic, Haiti and their Diasporas attracted 900 art and culture mavens in an epic event. Locals emerged from the never-ending winter in New York to mingle with cohorts and friends while immersed in art that will be on view through April 29. Comment
Arts & Theater: Jamaica through a different lense. In a new art exhibit titled “By the Rivers of Babylon,” visual artist and New York University professor Jacqueline Bishop analyzes her homeland in recent times. The monthlong exhibit, which opens on March 30 at Sro Gallery, was inspired by the aftermath of the infamous international manhunt for gang leader Christopher “Dudus” Coke in 2010, and the decades-old tourist perception of the island nation — two extremes in which outsiders often see Jamaica, said Bishop. And in her search for family during the manhunt she discovered something unsettling. Comment

Young lawyer wants Sen. Jesse Hamilton’s job

Jamaica: A young Brooklyn lawyer of Caribbean roots has his eyes set on replacing Sen. Jesse Hamilton in the 20th Senatorial District in Brooklyn. Zellnor Myrie, 31 — whose late grand-parents hailed from San Antonio, Westmoreland, Jamaica, and parents from Costa Rica — tells Caribbean Life, in an exclusive interview, that “our community is at a crossroads, and we need a real Democrat in Albany to fight for us. Comments (18)

Gay rights and Barbados politics

Barbados: Barbados government minister Steve Blackett has lashed out against LGBT members complaining that thye are ‘badgering’ the administration, and affirmed his stance against legalizing same sex marriages while rejecting urgings for the island to change course. Comments (1)

Late activist Roy Innis’ daughter launches kidney donor search

People: The daughter of late activist and former chairman of Congress for Racial Equality (CORE), Roy Innis is looking for a kidney. Patricia Smith, one of the civil rights leader’s two daughters, recently launched a search for a kidney donor earlier this month. Smith suffers from Polycystic Kidney disease and no longer has any functioning kidneys, and is now doing a nationwide search to undergo a transplant, said her sister. Comment
Manhattan: Hundreds attended the Shared Interest Annual Benefit gala at The Edison Ballroom in Manhattan on March 20. The organization’s yearly fund-raising gala raises money to invest in South African entrepreneurs and existing businesses, and also honors individuals who advocate for the sustainability of people globally. For many who attended, the event was a great use of their night, said one guest. Comment

To Australia: That’s definitely ‘not cricket!’

Viewpoints: “It is far more than a game, this Cricket”— Sir Neville Cardus “The Australian public has a line, too. And with their culture of sledging, whingeing, hypocrisy and arrogance, our cricketers have been head-butting it for so long that they have become an insufferable national migraine” — Bryon Coverdale, Australian journalist The fundamental nature of cricket being a gentleman’s game is memorialized in the preamble to the MCC’s laws of cricket relating to “the spirit of the game,” which make it a breach “to direct abusive language towards an opponent or an umpire” or “to seek to distract an opponent either verbally or by harassment with persistent clapping or unnecessary noise under the guise of enthusiasm and motivation of one’s own side.” Comment

T&T secures Twenty20 deal

Sports: The Trinidad and Tobago will host the Caribbean Premier League’s (CPL) Twenty20 final over the next three years. The government recently finalized a US$3 million (TT20 million) deal with the organizers of the CPL. Comment
Guyana: Donna Payne Chalmers returned to her homeland of Guyana to empower small business owners, during a March 24 exposition at the Georgetown Club in the capital city. Comment

Seminal report on tourism in the Caribbean

Travel: The Organization of American States (OAS) says it has collaborated with the United Nations World Trade Organization (UNWTO) in launching a seminal report on tourism in the Americas, including the Caribbean. Comment

No constitutional equality proves we need the ERA

Viewpoints: When this country was founded, women had no rights. As late as 2010, then-Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said in an interview that women still don’t. It wasn’t until 1971 that the court ruled women were covered under the Fourteenth Amendment. A plethora of cases followed along two tracks: Fourteenth Amendment equal protection and due process and Fifth Amendment due process as applied to the federal government. Comment

Women trailblazers honored

Women trailblazers honored

People: Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams and Deputy Chief of Staff Farah Louis on Friday evening, March 23, hosted the 5th Annual Shirley Chisholm Women of Distinction Celebration. Comment


Caribbean: Major League Soccer (MLS) says DC United believe the Caribbean could become the MLS’s next battleground for talent, stating that Jamaicans Dane Kelly and Oniel Fisher “blazed entirely different paths to D.C. United’s roster this season.” Comment

West Indies squeaks through

Sports: West Indies scraped into next year’s the ICC World Cup In England, as heavy rain coupled with a controversial umpire’s decision helped them beat Scotland by five runs under the Duckworth-Lewis system in the final of the Super Six march if the ICC World Cup Qualifiers on Wednesday at the Harare Sports Club in Zimbabwe. Comments (1)

Women’s Twenty20 finals in Antigua

Sports: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced that the Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua will be the venue for the final of the Women’s Twenty20 World Cup later this year. Comment

Aussies captain, vice-captain forced to stand down over ball-tampering

Sports: Australia’s captain and vice-captain Steven Smith and David Warner, respectively, have been forced to stand down over ball-tampering in remainder of the Third Test against South Africa in Cape Town. Comment

Trinidad national security minister denies fraud allegation

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago National Security Minister Edmund Dillon is accused by an elderly “incapacitated,” American man known as Neville B Piper of “financial abuse, exploitation and fraud.” Comment

Teenager & senior offer ‘A Reason For Living’

Books: Julian Jingles was a teenager living in Kingston, Jamaica during the 1960s when he started writing a book he eventually titled “A Reason For Living.” Comment
People: Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn) Deputy Leader, was joined on Thursday by Speaker Corey Johnson, Public Advocate Letitia James, members of the Women’s Caucus and Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus, and other City Council Members to honor the African American Women in Cinema Film Festival with a proclamation during a ceremony in Council Chambers. Comment
Movies: The biggest takeaway from “Midnight Sun” is that Patrick Schwarzenegger has a bright future as an actor. Fair warning: he’s not a buff bodybuilder like his father, Arnold, so don’t look for him to play he-man roles any time soon. Comment

‘Get woke’ and make a change

Books: I don’t like that! How many times a day do you say those words? Surely, you’ve been saying them all your life, about food, time-outs, bedtime, homework, curfews, clothes, and a hundred other things. So you don’t like that. Read “Marley Dias Gets It Done and So Can You!” by Marley Dias… and do something about it! Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean RoundUp

St Lucia: Antigua Prime Minister Gaston Browne said if Member of Parliament Asot Michael is charged with a criminal offense he would not be a candidate in his Antigua and Barbuda Labor Party (ABLP) at the next general election. Comment

Queen’s philanthropic organization honored

Guyana: The Indian Diaspora Council International honored a charitable Queens-based organization at a celebratory event in Queens last weekend. The Subraj Foundation received the commendation for providing decades of medical work in Guyana. The director of the organization said his late father George Subraj, who started the foundation in 1992, would be proud of the recognition. Comment
Arts & Theater: Welcome to Harlem, London. The prestigious British acting school, The London Academy of the Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) announced they will be partnering with two leading Harlem arts organizations this summer — The Harlem School of the Arts and The City College Center for the Arts. The collaboration will bring a two-month summer program to Harlem, giving the city’s drama students exposure to the best of the best, said Charles Hamilton, chairman of The Harlem School of Arts. Comment
St Vincent: For the past seven years, athletes from St. Vincent and the Grenadines have been undertaking the annual trek to Philadelphia to compete in the largest and oldest high school track and field event in the world at the Franklin Field Stadium at the University of Pennsylvania. Comment

Z generation starts revolution

People: “…A Little Child Shall Lead Them” Isaiah II:6 “Welcome to the revolution,” Cameron Kasky, a Stoneman Douglas student from Florida said to millions of television viewers as well as the large crowd that packed at least 10 blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C. to join the March For Our Lives campaign. Comment

Reefs protect Caribbean fish from climate change

Environment: New Research by the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries (IOF) at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada finds that larger reef areas may help protect the Caribbean’s coral reef fish communities from the impacts of ocean warming. Comment

West Indies book place in World Cup

Sports: The Gods must have been looking down on the West Indies, as rain intervened to save the Caribbean side from the ignominy and jaws of defeat by an associate International Cricket Council (ICC) team, Scotland. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: All I Wish (Unrated) Romantic comedy about a fledgling fashion designer’s (Sharon Stone) desperate search for a soulmate until she finally meets Mr. Right (Tony Goldwyn) on her 46th birthday. Featuring Famke Janssen, Ellen Bursrtyn and Erica Ash. Comment

Lt. gov., challenger seek votes at women’s gala

Brooklyn: Rarely do politicians miss the opportunity to convey their messages to a large audience, especially when seeking votes for election or re-election. Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: Justice Paula-Mae Weeks has reportedly settled in nicely into her new role as the first woman to serve as president of Trinidad and Tobago after being sworn as head of state at a well attended public ceremony on Monday. Comment



Sports: NEW YORK (AP) — Nets coach Kenny Atkinson tinkered with his starting lineup, hoping to cure his young team’s recent defensive lapses. It paid off quickly in a St. Patrick’s Day matchup between the fifth and sixth worst teams in the NBA. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Prime Minister Gaston Browne announced that his government has decided to appoint a special investigator to look into bribery and mo Comment

Impact of Twenty20 format on WI cricket, money

Barbados: The need for money to ensure survival of the game was the common ground reached in a discussion among former Test greats and Barbados cricket administrators. Comment

Afghanistan stuns West Indies

Sports: “Minnows” Afghanistan stunned the West Indies by defeating them in their opening match of the all-important Super Sixes of the ICC World Cup qualifiers on Thursday, March 15. Comment

Seismic center: Caribbean undersea volcano may soon erupt

Grenada: ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada (AP) — A Caribbean seismic research center says an underwater volcano just north of Grenada may be about to erupt but does not pose a tsunami threat to the region. Comment

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