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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Guyana: Guyanese officials responded to the call to represent their country, by joining the parade with other elected officials, at the corner of Brooklyn and Church Avenues. Comment

Friday, June 8, 2018

Barbados gets FIFA office

Barbados gets FIFA office

Barbados: The recent opening of a FIFA Regional Development office on the island has elevated Barbados to the central administrative point for growth of the game in the Caribbean. Comment

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Pols and advocates rally in New York against gun violence

Manhattan: Elected officials and advocates came together at City Hall last week to kick off Gun Violence Awareness Month, which is observed throughout June. Comment

Arbitration court dismsses Jamaican sprinter’s appeal of Olympic disqualification

Jamaica: The Lausanne, Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed an appeal filed by the Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter against the decision issued on Jan. 25, 2017 by the International Olympic Committee Disciplinary Panel (IOC DP) in which he was found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Comment

Some Caribbean countries seek curbs on production and use of plastic bags

Colombia: The United Nations Environment Program (UN Environment) says several countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are using taxes, bans and technological innovation to restrict the production and consumption of plastic bags and reduce their harmful impact on oceans and marine species. Comment

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Brooklyn: Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez celebrated Haitian heritage month at SUNY Downstate Hospital in East Flatbush on May 31. The borough’s top prosecutor honored several Haitian-American achievers in conclusion of the commemorative month, and talked about the community’s contributions for the city. Comment

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Jamaica implements second area code

Jamaica: Jamaica recently became the first country in the English-speaking Caribbean to utilize an additional area code. On May 31, 658 added to the area code already established 876 that connect international callers to the island. Comments (1)

Garifuna group plans second homecoming to SVG

St Vincent: The Bronx-based Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc. says while it is proud to celebrate Caribbean-American Heritage Month 2018 and the contributions of Caribbean-Americans throughout the United States, it is also pleased to announce the Second Garifuna Homecoming to St. Vincent and the Grenadines in July next year. Comment

Fun time with a Tooth Fairy

Fun time with a Tooth Fairy

Books: The joke’s from you! That’s because you’re a pretty funny kid. You’re always being silly, pranking friends, goofing around, and joking to make people laugh – although sometimes, you have to admit that things get out of hand. In “How to Trick the Tooth Fairy” by Erin Danielle Russell, illustrated by Jennifer Hansen Rolli, they also get out of, um, mouth. Comment

Monday, June 4, 2018

Music: It’s June. The month claimed by graduates, fathers, brides and grooms, the LGBT community, Black music and Caribbean nationals as well as numerous groups anxiously anticipating the hottest season of every calendar year. Comment

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Jamaican national nabbed in Chicago immigration sweep

Jamaica: The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency says officers with its Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) have arrested a Jamaican national among 156 criminals and immigration violators in the Chicago metropolitan area during a six-day enforcement action. Comment

Saturday, June 2, 2018

We demand justice for Albert Baldeo!

Viewpoints: The recent pardon of prominent commentator Dinesh D’Souza for campaign finance violations by President Trump because he was “selectively prosecuted” raises the serious question as to whether other cases, some of which are far more compelling than D’Souza’s, deserve similar treatment in accordance with the highest principles of American jurisprudence, equal treatment and democracy. None is more egregious than former Democratic District Leader Albert Baldeo’s. Comments (5)

Friday, June 1, 2018

Brooklyn Councilman Williams condemns NFL’s new stance on player kneeling

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane D. Williams has criticized the National Football League’s (NFL) latest stance on kneeling by football players, saying that the league’s intention is to “smother protest and strangle activism.” Comment

St. Vincent ex-police group records big membership jump

St Vincent: The president of the Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ex-Police Association, USA, Ardon Tannis, says his group has “seen record increase” in its honorary membership over the last three years. Comment

Bermuda’s governing party wants independence from Britain

Bermuda: Bermuda’s governing Progressive Labor Party (PLP) is planning to lay the foundation for independence from Britain in the coming months. Its leaders say it is patently unfair that London still has so much power over the mid-Atlantic island that earns most of its money from offshore financing and tourism. Comment

Guyanese unite at 52nd Independence Interfaith service

Guyana: Guyanese expatriates of all race and creed, showed unity as they joined hands to pray and give thanks, at an interfaith service to honor Guyana’s 52nd Anniversary of Independence at York College. Comment

West Indies Women prepare for Twenty20 Cricket World Cup

St Lucia: Cricket West Indies chairman of selectors Courtney Browne says that the regional women’s team is good enough to defend their title and win the Women’s Twenty20 World Cup for a second time. Comment

DANCEAFRICA

DANCEAFRICA

Music: Memorial Day weekend saw DanceAfrica 2018 Bazaar filling the streets that wrap around the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Every May the dance festival celebrates Africa through music, dance and film, wrapping up an outdoor global market place Comments (1)

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Trump congratulates Mia Mottley on election as Barbados prime minister

Barbados: The administration of U.S. President Donald J. Trump has congratulated Mia Mottley on her election as the new Barbados prime minister. Comments (1)

NYC Congress reps want Trump to meet with immig communties

New York: As President Donald J. Trump steps up attacks on immigrants, Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke and members of New York City’s congressional delegation are urging the president to meet with immigrant communities. Comment

NEW BAJAN REGIME

Barbados: Armed with a House of Assembly full of her members of parliament, Prime Minister Mia Mottley, spread out the work of cabinet among 27 of them while adding a few more job titles for maximum exploitation of Barbados’ resources. Comment

CARICOM leader comments on Single Market Economy

Trinidad and Tobago: The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary General Irwin La Rocque said there is much to be done in advancing the Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME). Comment
Guyana: The head of Guyana’s Civil Aviation Authority Wednesday blamed Mexican regulators for not acting fast enough on safety breaches information supplied to them from Guyana about the Boeing 737-200 which crashed in Cuba earlier this month saying warnings were contained in information supplied to the Mexicans. Comment

Guyana dignitaries set to be grand marshals in independence parade

Guyana: Guyana Independence Anniversary Celebration Committee (New York) says Guyana’s Attorney General, Basil Williams, and Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase-Green will be grand marshals at the Guyana Independence Parade in Brooklyn on Sunday, June 3. Comment
Brooklyn: Guyanese-born State Senator Roxanne Persaud, took part in Memorial Day observances by riding in the Annual Canarsie Memorial Day Parade alongside Grand Marshall, Major Marlene Heath of the U.S. Air Force, (of Jamaican heritage), and Grand Marshall, E4 Raymond Drew, a Purple Heart recipient. Comment

House passes small business assistance bill for Virgin Islands

National: The United States House of Representatives on Thursday passed the US Virgin Islands (USVI) Small Business Contracting Assistance Act of 2018, introduced by Reps Yvette D. Clarke, Nydia M. Velázquez, and Stacey Plaskett to provide relief to the USVI in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Comment

International Cricket Council mulls scrapping coin toss

Caribbean: The International Cricket Council (ICC) is considering scrapping the coin toss in Test cricket when its cricket committee meets in Mumbai at the end of this month. Comment

The constitution is the supreme law of Belize

Belize: The constitution of Belize and most democratic countries in the world is the supreme law of the nation. When a person is elected to office he or she must swear that they will abide by the laws of the constitution and execute them. If any person violates the laws of the constitution, he or she is subject to some form of disciplinary action. Comment

Barbados muscleman banned from major bodybuilding events

Barbados: He is a young Barbadian talent set for a glorious bodybuilding future, but Shaquile Lavine has hit a stumbling block, that has forced him to the sidelines of this year’s big events, the Nationals and the Darcy Beckles Classic. Comment

Honoring the architects of independence

Guyana: “I do not intend to play the role of stooge colonial leader such as Britain loves to parade before the world. I shall not rest until my country is free…Whether I am outside or inside matters little. Prison holds no terror for me…I expect no justice from this or any other Court…Justice has been dead…I am looking for the day when there will be greater justice…” -Dr. Cheddi Jagan Comment

IPL CHAMPS

Sports: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) crushed the Sunrisers Hyderabad by eight wickets in the final of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to win their third title at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday. Comment

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Classical Antiguan cellist stars at Royal wedding

Music: Let’s face it, even Antiguans will concede that their most known export is their sweet, delicious Antigua Black pineapple. Acclaimed for being the world’s best, the fruit will have to take a backseat to a teenager named Sheku Kanneh-Mason who after a globally televised performance from England on May 19 is now all the rave. The 19-year-old secured the Eastern Caribbean’s coveted pride when he performed three songs at the much talked-about royal wedding of Prince Harry and his bride, the former actress Meghan Markle. Comment

Caribbean health ministers agree on new five-year strategic plan

Health: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says Caribbean health ministers attending the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland have agreed on an ambitious new strategic plan for the next five years. Comment

Barbados staying with Caribbean Court of Justice

Barbados: Barbados is not leaving the Caribbean Court of Justice now, anytime soon, or at any stage in the foreseeable future, the island’s new Prime Minister, Mia Mottley, assured on minutes after being sworn into office. Comment

Caribbean export recovery shows signs of a slowdown: Bank

Caribbean: A new report by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says that Latin American and Caribbean export recovery continues with signs of slowdown. Comment

US congratulates new Barbados PM

Barbados: The Donald J. Trump administration in the United States has congratulated Mia Mottley’s election as the new Barbados prime minister. Comment

Caribbean pols in Brooklyn honor war dead on Memorial Day

Haiti: As the United States on Monday remembered its war dead, Caribbean legislators in Brooklyn paid tribute to the nation’s fallen soldiers. Comment

International Labor Organization: ‘Urgent effort’ needed to battle HIV-AIDS

Health: Outlining the economic and social toll HIV and AIDS continues to take on workers around the world, including the Caribbean, the International Labor Organization (ILO) called on Thursday for an “urgent effort” to improve treatment, step up testing and ensure healthier and more productive workplaces. Comment
Guyana: Guyanese looked on with pride as the Golden Arrowhead flag was hoisted for the very first time over Brooklyn Borough Hall, during a 52nd Independence Anniversary pomp and ceremony on the tarmac, that included a parade by the disciplined services, blessings by religious leaders, Bishop Cummings, Pandit Deo and Imam Zaman, and singing of “Guyana the Free.” Comment

Crime victim seeks revenge in sci-fi thriller

Movies: Mechanic Grey Trace (Logan Marshall-Green) is a dying breed. He’s an an old school, grease monkey who can roll up his sleeves and repair classic cars without the help of diagnostic computers. Comment
People: One of the big takeaway lessons from the Barack Obama campaign for president is his assertive catch-phrase “Yes We Can.” Since his election to the highest political seat in 2008 — any first for many Blacks in America as well as pioneering individuals and groups throughout the world maintain the confidence — building mantra to lay claim to unprecedented goals and achievements. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: All Summers End (Unrated) Tale of overwhelming regret about a guilt-ridden teenager (Tye Sheridan) trying to hide from his girlfriend (Kaitlyn Dever) that he was the person who pulled the prank that killed her big brother. Supporting cast includes Paula Malcomson, Annabeth Gish and Austin Abrams. Comment

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

US House passes Brooklyn Congressman’s prison reform bill

Brooklyn: The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to pass the most substantial prison reform effort to date, co-sponsored by Brooklyn Congressman Hakeem Jeffries. Comment

Caribbean nations lag in sports spending: Report

Caribbean: A new report by the Washington, D.C.-based Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says Latin America and the Caribbean lag in sports spending, stating that the region could get a development boost from sports activities that improve the region’s social and health benefits. Comment

More than half of older Caribbeans don’t receive pensions: Report

People: A new study by two United Nations’ agencies has found that more than half of older persons in Latin America and the Caribbean do not receive a pension from a contributing system. Comment

Learn to do no harm

Books: You sat down to check your email. And there you were an hour later, still logged on. Your email was checked but then you watched a newsfeed, four kitten videos, posted three opinions, RSVP’d to two grad parties, and wasted 60 minutes. And judging by the new book “Well, That Escalated Quickly” by Franchesca Ramsey, you got off easy. Comment

Cricket teams from England and India will tour the Caribbean in 2019

Trinidad and Tobago: The Caribbean region has been given an opportunity to bid for Test, One Day Internationals (ODIs) and T20 matches between the West Indies and England also India next year. Comments (3)

Monday, May 28, 2018

Food: Guyana’s favorite food is in stock. German’s Soup, a beloved restaurant in Guyana, opened its second location in East Flatbush earlier this month, and members of the Guyanese Diaspora have flocked to the spot to partake of its signature cow heel soup, and to reminisce about the original take-out cafe in Georgetown, the country’s capital Comment

Sunday, May 27, 2018

CARICOM officials send condolences to Cuban president after plane crash

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Friday sent a message of condolence to the President of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel, following a plane crash in Santiago de las Vegas minutes after takeoff, that killed more than 100. Comment

Caribbean hoteliers advised to become GDPR compliant

Travel: Caribbean hoteliers are being advised to ensure European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance. Comment

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Dwayne Bravo to play for Middlesex in England T20 cricket blast

Caribbean: Former West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, who is in demand for T20 matches around the cricket world, will now play for Middlesex in the upcoming England T20 Blast, the club announced last week. Comment

Haitian-Americans display pride at street fair

Brooklyn: Hundreds of Haitian-Americans showcased their ethnic pride at the Haitian Flag Day street fair on Nostrand Avenue in Flatbush on May 20. The annual event, held two days after Haiti’s official flag day, which was May 18 — was a celebration of the Caribbean country’s flag creation and heritage. For many participants the fair was a chance to revel in that pride and showcase their appreciation through singing, said one Crown Heights performer. Comment

Celia Bramble celebrates 75th birthday

St Vincent: More than 200 guests Friday night packed the Golden Hall at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church on Hawthorne Street in Brooklyn in celebrating the 75th birthday of retired Kings County Hospital (KCH) nursing executive Celia Bramble. Comment

Friday, May 25, 2018

Record elections sweep in Barbados

Barbados: Led by Mia Amor Mottley, the Barbados Labour Party swept the polls in the 2018 general elections with numbers declared early Friday morning showing an overwhelming response from the electorate giving the party all 30 of the island’s parliamentary seats. Comment
Music: Some may contend that Ethiopia’s Emperor Haile Selassie and his bride Empress Menem are distinguished to being Africa’s most acclaimed couple. However, in the 20th and 21st centuries most will regard South Africa’s Nelson and Winnie as the continent’s most renowned couple as well as the two fiercest freedom fighting union of the entire world. Comment

Barbados Hilton Hotel sale halted amid opposition

Barbados: The Barbados government’s planned move to authorize the sale of the Barbados HIlton Hotel on May 21, amid election season, is now off the table in the face of stern opposition from the Barbados Labour Party, which has called for mass protests to keep the sale from going through. Comment

Congressional Black Caucus urges Senate rejection of Andrew Oldham judge nomination

National: The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) on Thursday called on the US Senate to reject the nomination of Andrew Oldham for the Fifth Circuit Court bench on discrimination grounds. The CBC called for the rejection because of a history of alleged discriminatory practices and remarks. Comment

Queens foundation partners with University of Guyana for mental health

Guyana: A Queens-based charity organization is partnering with the University of Guyana to create Guyana’s first clinical psychology program and school next year. The Jay and Sylvia Sobhraj Foundation, founded by Jay Sobhraj — a principal at Zara Realty, are establishing a degree psychology program to address mental health in the country, and help train more psychologists. Last year the institution reached out to the foundation about creating the program and being known for their philanthropy — they wanted to help, said a director at the foundation. Comment

Brooklyn Borough President launches boroughwide age-friendly survey

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams last week joined the New York Academy of Medicine in launching an age-friendly survey that will be distributed as part of their joint Age-Friendly NYC Neighborhood Initiative. The initiative aims to facilitate the inclusion of older persons across the borough. Comment

Barbados prime minister wants to pull island out of Caribbean Court of Justice

Barbados: Should the incumbent Barbados Prime Minister, Freundel Stuart, get his way, the island would be withdrawn from the Caribbean Court of Justice soon. Stuart, president of the Democratic Labour Party, appeared to be appealing to patriotism of the island’s citizens when he said that the CCJ has not only been unfair to this country and suggested that some of the judges are political. Comment

West Indies to play T20s versus Bangladesh in Florida

St Kitts and Nevis: West Indies will host Bangladesh for three T20 internationals in August, with the second and third games to be played at the Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, Florida. Comment

Guyanese take Easy Sky flight recorder

Guyana: Guyanese aviation investigators were so concerned last spring about the operations of charter service Easy Sky that they took the unprecedented step of demanding the flight data recorder be taken from one of its planes and rushed it to an FAA facility in Miami for evaluation. The news that came back was very bad. Comment

Historic day-night cricket Test to be played in Barbados’ Kensington Oval

Barbados: Cricket West Indies (CWI) believes historic Kensington Oval in Barbados is the ideal venue to host the Caribbean’s maiden day/night Test. The Oval, located in Bridgetown, the capital, will stage the ground-breaking third Test between West Indies and Sri Lanka which will be played under lights. Comment

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Barbadians vote today

Barbadians vote today

Barbados: A total 255 833 people are eligible to vote in Barbados’ General Elections Thursday, casting ballots across 30 constituencies for 135 candidates of whom 37 are women, vying for seats in the nation’s parliament. Comment

Corporate tax cuts are not trickling down

National: Working families are, as usual, getting the short end of the stick from the new Trump-GOP tax law. Huge tax cuts that mostly go to the wealthy and corporations are exploding the national debt, and threaten deep cuts to essential public services like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and education. Comment

Grenada wins 14th gold medal at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Grenada: The Pure Grenada exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 named ‘Grenada-The Road to Success’ has won a highly coveted gold medal. This brings to 14 the number of gold medals awarded to Grenada in 20 years of exhibiting at the show, with four being awarded in as many consecutive years to Grenada-based lead designer, Catherine John and her extended team of volunteers. Comment
Guyana: The news went viral when it was learned that Gibson, an accomplished, award-winning gospel singer, indeed has Guyanese roots from the town of Berbice. Comment

Brooklyn celebrates Haitian Flag Day

Haiti: May 18 was quite a day for the Haitian Diaspora in Brooklyn who celebrated Haitian Flag Day in a big way. Midday, members of the Haitian community holding Haitian flags re co-named Nostrand Ave. at the corner of Newkirk — Toussaint L’Ouverture Boulevard. Comment
Manhattan: He was a statesman, the ambassador to Haiti from July 1889 to 1891, an orator. He had been a slave in Maryland, and was a committed abolitionist. He authored several books. His words ring as true today as when he wrote them more than 160 years ago. Comment

Calling Guyanese, Caribbean actors for Spike Lee’s ‘See you yesterday’

Movies: Award-winning movie mogul, Spike Lee, of “She’s Got to Have It” and “School Daze” fame, is seeking African American, Afro-Guyanese, Afro-Caribbean adult male and female, 60 - 70 years old to play the grandparents, lead roles. Comment

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Jamaica government encouraged by latest offshore oil, gas surveys

Jamaica: Jamaica’s government Friday said there were encouraging signs from recent three-dimension offshore surveys aimed at finding commercial quantities of oil and gas as the race to switch the country from an importer to a net producer heats up. Comment

LeBron’s 44 helps Cavs tie Celtics

National: LeBron James bullied his way to 44 points, surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar atop a postseason list, and helped the Cleveland Cavaliers even the Eastern Conference finals at 2-2 on Monday night with a 111-102 victory over the Celtics. Comment

Brooklyn Assemblywoman calls for passage of strong rent protection law

People: Brooklyn Assemblywoman Diana C. Richardson has announced her advocacy for the passage of legislation that strengthens rent protections and combats unfair housing practices to increase access to affordable housing for all New Yorkers. Comments (1)
National: Today, more than ever before, we have to be vigilant, and guard against the usurpation of our constitutional and civil liberties in America, and indeed, in every country. It is precisely to fight these recurring, institutional prejudices that, way back in 2006, I got more involved in the struggle to change the system Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Health: The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is warning the region of a possible major outbreak of dengue fever in 2018. Dengue is a flu-like illness that affects infants, young children and adults, but can be severe and cause death. Comment

A Caribbean Community team observed Venezuela’s elections

Venezuela: A six-member Caribbean Election Observer Team was in Venezuela, observing its elections last Sunday. “To date the preparatory process for the elections are going well,” said Antigua and Barbuda Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Immigration, Ambassdor Anthony Liverpool, who was part of the CARICOM team. Comments (1)

Outcry grows over disputed Venezuela vote

Outcry grows over disputed Venezuela vote

Venezuela: CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A growing roster of nations condemned Venezuela’s presidential election Monday and threatened to ramp up diplomatic and economic pressure on President Nicolas Maduro’s already embattled government. Comment

Jamaican actress stars in ‘We Speak New York’ web campaign

Jamaica: Actress Dianne Dixon can twang, slang and is known to ace the Jamaican patois dialect of her country as well as those of many Caribbean islands, so it was no surprise that the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and the City University of New York tapped the actress for the second season of the “We Speak New York” web campaign. Comment

Vincentian group participates in Garifuna-American event

St Vincent: Members of the Brooklyn-based Garifuna Indigenous People of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (GIPSVG), Inc. last week joined other Garifuna delegations in New York City in participating for the very first time in the eighth annual Garífuna-American Legislative Day in Albany. Comment

Cuba asks Guyana for help in plane crash probe

Guyana: Cuban authorities, stunned and badly shaken up by last Friday’s Boeing 737-200 crash outside Havana, have asked Guyanese aviation officials for help in tracing the operational history of the aircraft, which had operated between Cuba and Guyana in the very recent past. Comment

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Montego Bay hosts Jamaica Investment Forum

Jamaica’s business climate remains ripe for investment and the island’s trade and investment promotions agency, JAMPRO, will highlight that during the third staging of the Jamaica Investment Forum (JIF), scheduled to take place in Montego Bay, Jamaica, June 12-14, 2018. Comment

Film retrospective on career of a flamboyant fashionista

Movies: André Leon Talley was born on October 16, 1949 in Washington, DC, but raised in Durham, NC After earning his BA at North Carolina Central University and an MA at Brown in French, he headed to New York City to begin what would be an incomparable career in the world of fashion. Comment

Monday, May 21, 2018

St Lucia: Delivering the keynote address at the 2018 Caribbean Investment Summit, Prime Minister, Dr. Timothy Harris said St. Kitts and Nevis — through its Citizenship by Investment Programme established in 1984 — holds the distinction of carving out a pathway for the growth and development of small, resource-constrained countries. Comments (1)

Sunday, May 20, 2018

People: Prior to formation of the Black Lives Movement, emerging terms familiar to Instagram users of the internet identified situations tagged “Shopping While Black,” “Driving While Black,” “Walking While Black,” “Eating While Black” and even “Sleeping While Black.” Comments (1)

City premieres new season of award-winning English language program

Manhattan: The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs premiered a new season of their award-winning show, “We Speak NYC” at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens on May 9. Comment

Saturday, May 19, 2018

UN refugee team to meet with T&T prime minister

Venezuela: United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres is sending a team to Trinidad and Tobago to inquire into Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley’s complaint about criticism from its United Nations representative in Trinidad and Tobago on the repatriation of 82 Venezuelans. Comment

Jamaica HS track coach wins prestigious raffle

Jamaica: The Queens-based Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB) has announced that Floyd Howell, assistant coach and a team manager of the Calabar High School track team, is the winner of TJB MANNA (Medical Attention and Nutrition Now for Athletes) raffle. Howell won the grand prize of five days and four nights at the all-inclusive Sandals Jamaica, coupled with a Catamaran Cruise, courtesy Island Routes, — and an $800 travel voucher. Comment

Friday, May 18, 2018

Prospective Caribbean-American priest a shining example

Grenada: A young, prospective Episcopal priest in Brooklyn, of Caribbean parentage, is preaching the right word as she sets a shining example to both youth and adults in the community. The Rev. Leandra Lambert, 29, a Transitional Deacon at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church on Hawthorne Street, will be ordained as a full-fledged Episcopal priest on Sept. 15. Comment

Williams applauds mayor’s bid to reduce unnecessary arrest for marijuana

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams on Tuesday applauded Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement that he will work to reduce unnecessary arrests and disparity in enforcement for marijuana possession in New York City. Comment

Antigua apologizes to Rastafarian community

Antigua: The government of Antigua and Barbuda was expected Monday to formally apologize before the Organization of American States (OAS) on discrimination against the Rastafarian community, hoping to improve relations with the religious group. Comments (1)

Play on colorism showing at Billie Holiday theatre

Arts & Theater: A production of the Pulitzer prize finalist play “Yellowman,” is playing at Billie Holiday Theatre in Bedford-Stuyvesant until May 20. The story follows the skinny and light-complexioned Eugene, and the larger and darker complexioned Alma, as they grow from a platonic friendship to a romantic relationship in the deep South. As its name suggests, the play tackles skin complexion — particularly through colorism and how they affect both characters respectively. Comment

West Indies cricket squad has slipped in international ranking

Caribbean: The West Indies team has taken a second blow to its international rankings after slipping in the One-Day International rating, announced last week by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Recently the former two-time World Cup winners had sunk to a historic low (ninth) in the ICC Test rankings. Comment

CELTICS LEAD

Sports: BOSTON (AP) — The Celtics punched the Cavaliers first and never looked back in rolling to a Game 1 rout. LeBron James took a literal shot to the jaw in Game 2 but kept right on scoring. So did the Celtics. Comment

Thursday, May 17, 2018

ANTIGUA HIT BY SCANDAL

Antigua: Apart from Guyana, Trinidad and Suriname, there are few other countries in the Caribbean Community which are perennially plagued by corruption scandals such as Antigua and the latest one to hit the island has triggered the resignation of one of its most high profile ministers. Comment
Barbados: Attorneys for Commonwealth citizens living in Barbados out-manoeuvred the island’s electoral authority by getting an urgent appeal to the Caribbean Court of Justice and within 48 hours winning the right of these persons to vote in this month’s elections. Comment

Grenada prime minister to seek new referendum on Caribbean Court of Justice

Grenada: Grenada Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell will again be pursuing a referendum on the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as the island’s final court of appeal. He said a second referendum will be held at the end of the year after 12,653 Grenadians voted against it in a referendum in 2016. Comment

Guyana group to honor Maj. Gen. Errol Schwartz

Guyana: The Guyana Unity Movement, Inc. (GUM) will honor Ret. Army Major General Errol Schwartz, of Guyanese lineage, who was appointed by George W. Bush, and served in the Obama Administration at its Honor Our Veterans Black Tie Gala, saluting past and present Guyanese members and Guyanese / American Law Enforcement Officers. Comment

Panel to examine Haitian Diaspora and history

Haiti: The Brooklyn Historical Society is hosting a panel featuring two Haitian-American speakers who are going to discuss Haitian identity and history in observation of Haitian Heritage Month on May 23. The society is hosting the discussion “Celebrating Haitian History,” and bringing together journalist and founder of the Haitian Times, Garry Pierre-Pierre, and professor and scholar Dr. Carolle Charles. Comment

Former Vincy teachers wed after 47 years apart

St Vincent: They were young teachers and lovers at the same elementary school in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, but, after going their separate ways for 47 years, they reunited to wed each other Saturday at an elegant ceremony at a quaint church in Philadelphia. Comments (1)
Haiti: Brooklyn Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte has said the largest Haitian-American Unity Day was held on May 7 in the New York State’s capitol. Comment

Burke appeals for unity in Guyanese community

Guyana: Even as the Guyanese community in New York is receiving what has been described as unprecedented outpouring of support from United States federal, state and city officials for Guyana’s 52nd Independence Anniversary celebration in New York, chairman the Guyana Independence Celebration Committee (New York), Rickford Burke, is appealing for unity among his compatriots in the United States. Comment

Honoring outstanding West Indians

People: LANCE GIBBS-FORMER WORLD RECORD HOLDER! At a time when the West Indian sporting public endures disappointment after disillusion, defeat after humiliation, bowlers like Lancelot Richard Gibbs remind us of the cricketing legacy, professionalism and pride players like him bequeathed to the Caribbean nation, and indeed, to the world-so sadly lacking today. It is a testament to his greatness and professionalism that Lance would have been an asset in any form of the game today. Comment

Star West Indies bowler is suspended by International Cricket Council

Guyana: West Indies fast bowler Ronsford Beaton was recently suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC) from bowling in international cricket. The 25-year-old Guyanese was reported for a suspect bowling action following the second One-Day International against New Zealand in Christchurch last December. Comment

Former Pakistan leg-spinner becomes a Cricket West Indies coach

Caribbean: Former Pakistan leg-spinner Mustaq Ahmed will be joining the West Indies coaching staff for the upcoming Sri Lanka series. Cricket West Indies (CWI) is appointing Ahmed, 47, on a short-term contract for a month as the squad prepares to the Sri Lanka tour. Comment

No chance Trinidad’ Darren Bravo returns to Test cricket this year

Trinidad and Tobago: There is no hope of Trinidad and Tobago’s Darren Bravo returning to Test cricket in 2018. Bravo, 29, has not played for the West Indies since his infamous Twitter message against CWI President Dave Cameron in November 2016. Comment

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Teens create event to celebrate different cultures

Brooklyn: A group of Brooklyn teens in a high school music program is organizing a wide-ranging cultural appreciation day in Gravesend next month. Comment

‘The Sun Does Shine’ for black convict

Books: You always keep your eyes on the prize. You’ve given yourself no other options and your steadfastness is your compass. What you believe will happen. What you know is truth. Say it enough, and everybody else will know, too — especially when, as in the new book “The Sun Does Shine” by Anthony Ray Hinton with Lara Love Hardin, the truth is one of innocence. Comment

HAITI FLAG DAY

HAITI FLAG DAY

Music: An evening of Haitian culture and pride, starting at 8 pm, will take place May 20 at SOBs in Manhattan to commemorate the 215th anniversary of Haiti’s flag, the symbol of the first free Black Republic in the Western Hemisphere. Comment

‘Echos from the Plantation’ chronicles Indians in Guyana

Movies: “Echos from the Plantation,” a docudrama that chronicles 180 years of East Indians in Guyana, and draws parallel between Indian and African indentured workers who braved inhumane conditions at the hands of slave masters, received rave reviews at its first screening in Brooklyn. Comment

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean The CARICOM and Commonwealth secretariats recently signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to further strengthen cooperation between the two organizations. Comment

Caribbean judge receives Lifetime Achievement Award

St Vincent: The Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association (BWBA), the oldest incorporated Women’s Bar Association in New York State, Wednesday night bestowed its Lifetime Achievement Award on a Caribbean-born judge in Brooklyn. Justice Sylvia Gwendolyn Ash, who was born in Trinidad and Tobago to Vincentian and Grenadian parents, received the award during BWBA’s Centennial Awards Gala Celebration at the Liberty Warehouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Comment

Pols to host annual Garifuna Legislative Day in Albany

Bronx: The Bronx-based Garífuna Coalition USA, Inc. says several state senators and assembly members will on Tuesday host a Garífuna delegation during the 8th Annual Garífuna-American Legislative Day in Albany. Comment
Food: They’re learning adult skills. Over a dozen Brooklyn middle school kids got to learn some valuable table manners and cooking lesson at a etiquette dining Class in Chelsea on May 11. The students from MS 51 in Park Slope, ventured to Manhattan for a day of learning the how-tos and do’s and don’ts of cooking and proper mannerisms to display at a dinner table, and they took in the class, said the co-organizer of the class. Comment

Piers, parks & plazas ready for Concert Series

Music: No sooner than daylight savings time dawned, so too did a plethora of summer concert series to brighten and lengthen the season of free, outdoor music and dance offerings. The annual five borough presentations of music, dance, spoken word, films and theatrical presentations encompassing jazz, reggae, hip-hop, pop, r&b, and country music offerings enable free, quality, outdoor entertainment for the asking. Comment

Belize principal pledges to return to Penn Relays

Belize: After creating history by becoming the first country in Central and South America to compete in the illustrious Penn Relays in more than 80 years, the principal of the Belize high school that participated in last month’s relays carnival has pledged to be back. Comment

Independent & Foreign

Independent & Foreign

Movies: Carter & June (Unrated) Michael Raymond-James and Samaire Armstrong play the title characters in this mob comedy as ex-lovers who reunite to pull a bank heist which goes horribly wrong. With Timothy Omundson, Paul Rae and James Landry Hebert. Comment

Monday, May 14, 2018

Time to get serious about peace & development

Viewpoints: Jan Eliasson* is chairman of the Governing Board of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) STOCKHOLM, Sweden, May 4 2018 (IPS) - Four months ago UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a “red alert”, noting that instead of progressing towards greater peace, the world had moved in reverse towards deepening conflicts and new dangers: “Global anxieties about nuclear weapons are the highest since the Cold War. Comment
Food: y Alexandra Simon One of Bronx’s popular Jamaican-American restaurants reopened last month and debuted a new look. Founded in 1990, the Dumpling Cove restaurant — known for its dumplings and fish meals recently transformed from a takeout spot, to a dine-in restaurant. This change has been in the works for a long time, mostly to create a more customer friendly atmosphere and to satisfy more menu choices, said the founder of the restaurant. Comment

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Barbados: Maneuvers by Barbados’s elections authority has attorney-at-law Gregory Nicholls claiming that there may be a concerted effort to deny the right of thousands of Caribbean citizens resident in Barbados more than three years to vote in the island’s elections. Comment
Deanna Miles (Melissa McCarthy) was a junior in college when she got pregnant and dropped out of school to have the baby. She married her boyfriend, Dan (Matt Walsh), who finished his degree and kickstarted his career while she remained a stay-at-home mom. Comment

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Suriname legislators blast handling of fishing vessels attack

Suriname: Legislators from both sides of Suriname’s parliament Thursday night roasted authorities for the apparent lackluster way in which the April 27 barbaric attack on fishing vessels off the country’s coast was handled and called for a complete review of the sector including the release of millions to the coastguard and police to improve their capabilities. Comment

Interpol busts human trafficking ring operating in 13 Caribbean countries

Venezuela: An Interpol-coordinated operation to bust an international human trafficking ring in 13 Caribbean countries, as well as Central and South America resulted in 350 women being rescued last month. Comment
Bronx: It was a day of pride and pageantry at the 6th annual Harlem Derby, “stylish and stunning” everywhere you looked, was the theme of the day. Mint Julep’s, tasty hors d’oeuvres and good vibes flowed freely, as we listen to Blues, Jazz and Soul by Choclattjared & The Swagga Band who played at the bar of the Red Rooster Restaurant while down stairs in Ginny’s Supper Club The Waiters of Happyness Band performed. Comment

Friday, May 11, 2018

Music: Sherill-Ann Mason-Haywood, the new head of the Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Diaspora Committee of New York, has described as a success Saturday’s launch of Vincy Mas in New York. Comment

Haiti’s best chefs prepare dinner

Food: In honor of Haitian heritage month, the Haitian Culinary Alliance is hosting a dinner at the James Beard House in West Village on May 18. It will be the first time Haitian cuisine will be featured at the venue, which also happens to be on a Haitian flag day. Comment

VINCY CHARITY

Music: Jamaican gospel artiste Croswell Daily was the major act at the recent annual gala fundraising dinner of the Bronx-based Vincentian group, St. Matthias Charities, Inc. Comment

Legendary captain supports effort to reform West Indies cricket

Caribbean: Legendary former West Indies Test captain, Sir Vivian Richards is in support of Caricom’s efforts at governance reform in West Indies cricket. Comment

West Indies sinks to new low in International Cricket Council rankings

Caribbean: West Indies has sunk to a historic low (9th) in the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings which were released last week. Comment

BELIZE CREATES HISTORY

BELIZE CREATES HISTORY

Belize: Belize created history late last month by becoming the first country in Central and South America to compete in the illustrious Penn Relays in over 80 years. Comment

West Indies opens versus Pakistan in 2019 World Cup

Caribbean: West Indies will open its 2019 World Cup campaign against nemesis Pakistan in its bid for a third title in the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) premier 50 overs masterpiece. Comment

PELICANS HOPE DASHED

Sports: OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry had 28 points, Kevin Durant scored 24 and the Golden State Warriors advanced to the Western Conference finals by dismantling Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans 113-104 in Game 5 of Tuesday night. Comment

Thursday, May 10, 2018

CORRUPTION CHARGES

Guyana: Eventually, the main opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) which had governed Guyana between 1992 and 2015 will allege that the administration of President David Granger is systematically bringing criminal corruption charges against its former cabinet ministers and top executives so as to deliberately win convictions and cripple them from participating in the 2020 general elections. Comment

Guyana mayor to be grand marshal

Guyana: The Guyana Independence Anniversary Celebration Committee (New York) says Georgetown, Guyana mayor Patricia Chase-Green will be grand marshal of the annual Guyanese Independence Parade in Brooklyn on June 3, 2018. Comment

Kingsbrook Jewish honors 251 employees

People: Kingsbrook Medical Center, a teaching hospital in Brooklyn, on May 1 honored over 250 employees from 25 departments for their “dedicated service” at a grand celebration at the hospital’s Lillian Minkin Ballroom. Comment

‘Mask Fo So’ for SVG Connect

Arts & Theater: Verna Arthur, the Brooklyn-based founder and bandleader of the two-year-old SVG Connect, says it will be “Mask Fo So” for this year’s J’Ouvert in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comments (1)
Movies: The New York African Film Festival returns on May 16 and is celebrating its 25th anniversary starting with screenings at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. The festival will feature the leading and notable African filmmakers instrumental in introducing a wave of classic movies into the African film industry. Comment

Disaster artists

Arts & Theater: They are the eyes on the storm. A new exhibit opening in Red Hook this weekend showcases the work of artists from Dominica and other Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricane Maria. “Dominica After Maria,” opening May 12 as part of the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition’s 40th season, will not only raise cash for disaster relief groups — it also offers a big boost for the artists involved, said the show’s curator. Comment

Parks commissioner works on his pickleball skills

People: Commissioner Mitch Silver doesn’t mind a little sweat. That’s appropriate given that this Haitian-descent New Yorker is the NYC Parks Commissioner. Comment

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Contrasts in Barbados elections launch

Barbados: The main contenders in Barbados’ elections launched their campaigns in contrasting styles with Barbados Labour Party advocating plans covering from young to old, while the incumbent Democratic Labour Party focussed on the failings of BLP leader Mia Mottley. Comment
Guyana: Consul General of Guyana to New York, Hon. Barbara Atherly, called on Guyanese to unite and uphold the motto of their country “One People, One Nation, with One Destiny” during the screening of “Echoes of the Plantation” — a movie commemorating 180 years of East Indians in Guyana. Comment
Haiti: It’s a Caribbean connection. A Haitian housekeeper saw the power of inter-Caribbean collaboration last month, when two hospitality organizations in Haiti and Barbados respectively, made her internship opportunity happen. Comment

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Antigua and Barbuda poised to embrace high tech

Trinidad and Tobago: The Antigua and Barbuda government says it is moving to implement legislation that would allow the island to take advantage of the new wave of global technology, including cryptocurrency Comment

Improve police relations in minority communities!

Viewpoints: For a very long time, Guyanese, West Indians, Latinos, Sikhs and other minorities in Richmond Hill, Queens, Brooklyn and elsewhere, have accused New York police of racism and abuse of their powers, including at a groundbreaking Town Hall meeting at the Nareesa Palace on Rockaway Boulevard in Richmond Hill Comment

Reggae fans mark Marley’s passing in ‘81

Music: May 11 marks 37 years since the untimely passing of the only Rastafarian, songwriter, legend, musician and world acclaimed superstar from the Caribbean. Comment

Garifuna Coalition head wants safeguards for Garifuna culture in NYC

St Vincent: The head of the Bronx-based Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc., José Francisco Ávila, wants the Garifuna culture in New York City to be safeguarded. Comment

Ernie Smith to headline Caribbean Folk Fest

Music: Jamaica’s Ernie Smith will headline a full day of Caribbean cultural presentations on May 12 at York College Performing Arts Center in Queens when Braata Productions, creator of The Bankra Caribbean Folk Festival hosts a free event. Comment
Guyana: Deputy Inspector, Rhonda O’Reilly-Bovell received resounding applause when she stepped on to the stage at Hunter College, to be inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame, and presented with a certificate, during a May 4, ceremony in the school’s West wing in Manhattan. Comment

Independent & Foreign

Movies: Always at the Carlyle (PG-13 for suggestive content, partial nudity and drug references) Reverential retrospective about the iconic, NYC hotel which has served as the favorite haunt of several generations of Jet Setters. Featuring commentary by George Clooney, Woody Allen and Anthony Bourdain. Comment
Brooklyn: The large turn out at Senator Kevin Parker’s 11th Annual Prom Dress Giveaway last Saturday, May 5, was a clear indication that the initiative continues to motivate youth, who had an exciting time picking out formal attire for prom night, before heading off to college. Comment

Monday, May 7, 2018

Pure Grenada launches #NextStopGrenada summer campaign

Grenada: Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique, the three-island destination best known as “the Spice Island of the Caribbean” and for providing travelers with boundless opportunities to explore, relax and experience the best of Caribbean living, has launched its Summer campaign, “#NextStopGrenada.” Comment

Contest seeks nominations for malaria capacity-building in the Caribbean

Health: In a bid to support innovative approaches to overcoming the challenges of malaria in the Region of the Americas, including the Caribbean, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says local, national and cross-national programs are invited to compete in this year’s “Malaria Champions of the Americas” competition. Comment
Movies: A couple of months after the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066. In accordance with this directive, over 100,000 U.S. citizens of Japanese ancestry were herded up and taken to internment camps for the duration of World War II. Comment

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Early stage: East Flatbush school services special needs

Brooklyn: In East Flatbush, a state-funded school that services young children for early intervention is the primary school for residents looking for a facility that caters to young children with special needs. The State University of New York’s (SUNY) Infant and Child Learning Center pays special attention to their students, and providing preventative measures to ensure children of special needs have a proper educational environment. Comment

Barbados government broke

Barbados: The government of Barbados’s financial troubles have got so bad that it will be calling on private sector banks and other corporations for a bail out, according to Central Bank governor, Cleviston Haynes. Comments (4)

For many, living with advanced dementia is a fate worse than death

Health: My grandmother, whom we called “Nana,” always loved children. Many times, she asked me to give her great-grandchildren. In 2000, the moment finally arrived. But it didn’t seem to matter. Eagerly, tenderly I lay my newborn son in her arms. She sat motionless, her eyes void. No expression whatsoever. I searched her face, desperately hoping to see some sign of joy…of recollection…of understanding. Nothing. Her eyes were vacant. She could not speak. She did not move. Comment

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Arrests in high seas mass murder case

Suriname: Guyanese police Friday said they have arrested the brother of a local fishing boat captain who was killed in neighboring Suriname last month to determine if there is a link to last week’s high seas attack off the coast of neighboring Suriname that left more than a dozen crewmen either dead or missing. Comment

Guyanese group: Strike sedition provision from proposed law

Guyana: A Brooklyn-based Guyanese group has called for repeal of a key sedition provision of the proposed Cybercrime Bill that is currently being considered by the Guyanese Parliament. Rickford Burke, president of the Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID), called the proposed legislation “unconstitutional and an offensive infringement on free speech.” Comment

Doughlin moving up

She is the queen in her category on the local scene, and Barbados woman’s body fitness athlete, Shakira Doughlin, has shown herself as a force to be reckoned with internationally by medalling in a South American tournament. Comment

Friday, May 4, 2018

Trinidadian LGBT activists reflects on country’s landmark ruling

Trinidad and Tobago: Last month in a landmark decision, Trinidad and Tobago’s highest court ruled that buggery laws are a violation of constitutional rights. The historic move is a step towards victory for the island nation’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community — which face sexuality-based discrimination and anti-gay sentiment. The surprising judgement was also celebrated among Caribbean-Americans in the LGBT community, who saw the ruling as a sign of progress and the first step in many to come, said the executive director of a Queens-based gay rights organization. Comment

CTO launches ‘Regional Tourism Education and Awareness campaign’

Travel: The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) says it officially launched a “Regional Tourism Education and Awareness Campaign” on Monday to foster discussion on climate resilience and sustainability on both the regional and international stage. Comment

Barbados trade union blasts government

Barbados: With government elections in Barbados scheduled this month, the largest trades union has bitterly criticized the regime of Prime Minister Freundel Stewart, blaming it for a litany of problem afflicting the island and its people. Comment

Antigua PM expresses sadness at Canada killings

Antigua: Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne says he has written to Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressing sadness over the killing of 10 people and the injuring of 14 others during a van attack in Toronto on April 23. Comment
Arts & Theater: The Cultural Association of Vincentians in the USA (CAVUSA), the cultural arm of the Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) Diaspora Committee of NY, Inc., will host a simultaneous launch of Vincy Mas in New York on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment

Thursday, May 3, 2018

T&T under fire for deportation of 82 Venezuelans

Venezuela: The Trinidad and Tobago government has come under fire over the deportation of 82 Venezuelans — asylum seekers among them. Comment

May is Garifuna Arts & Culture Appreciation Month

Music: The Bronx-based Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc. says it is celebrating Garifuna Arts & Culture Appreciation Month in New York City during the month of May in honor of the 17th anniversary of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) proclamation of the Garifuna Language, Dance and Music as a “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, on May 18, Comments (1)

Island appeal: Pol stages weekend of events supporting her bid to create a ‘Little Haiti’ district

Haiti: A Brooklyn state pol is ramping up her campaign to designate an area spanning several neighborhoods as Little Haiti with a weekend’s worth of events in the heart of the proposed district. Comment

Jamaican actress to play Meghan Markle

Arts & Theater: Actress Parisa Fitz-Henley, who was cast in the role of Meghan Markle in the May 13, Lifetime Television movie “Prince Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance” has a connection to the Guyanese community. Comment

Medical tourism: Barbados fertility clinic sees high demand from US

Barbados: A Barbadian fertility clinic is coming stateside to host a conference in Florida due to high demands and interest from Americans seeking affordable solutions. Comment

SELEBRASYON!

Music: Time to mark your calendar! From mid-May through June, Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX) is presenting its third biennial edition of a veritable feast-of-arts festival: Selebrasyon! Ayiti Angaje (Celebration! Haiti Engages). Comments (1)

Vincy Penn Relays pioneer praised for initiative

St Vincent: Patrons and supporters continue to shower praise on the man, who, over the past eight years, has been instrumental in ensuring that St. Vincent and the Grenadines is represented at the annual Penn Relays Carnival in Philadelphia. Comment

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

PIRATES ATTACK

Suriname: Guyana’s annual May 1,st labor day holiday celebrations were marred by news that 16 fishermen, most of them believed to be Guyanese, were missing and feared dead following a horrendous high seas attack off the coast of neighboring Suriname late Friday. Comment

Perry applauds court ruling on DACA

People: Brooklyn Democratic Assemblyman Nick Perry has applauded the latest ruling by a United States federal district court judge blocking the Trump administration’s decision to terminate a program for young, undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants. Comment
Manhattan: The United Nations says students from around the world joined the global body and government officials in New York on Friday to celebrate the contributions made by the people of African descent, beginning from the time they were taken from their countries and forced into generations of servitude. Comment
St Vincent: The president of the Brooklyn-based Vincentian group Friends of Sion Hill, Inc., enthusiastically proclaimed the organization’s theme, “Empowering our community through service” at its third annual black tie dinner, held at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center. Comment

Prof. Beckles supports CARICOM views on cricket

Sports: Renowned University of the West Indies (UWI) Jamaica Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles says he supports current CARICOM views of West Indies cricket. Comment
St Vincent: Although it was only the second year competing in the illustrious Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia, the St. Vincent Grammar School last weekend impressed athletic fans and supporters with its performance at the 124th staging of the games. Comment

Cricket West Indies seeks meeting with Trini players

Caribbean: Cricket West Indies (CWI) wants to meet with Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Sunil Narine and Darren Bravo to ascertain their availability for future tours. Comment
St Vincent: After inquiries last year from patrons and athletic enthusiasts about the missing girls’ team from the Thomas Saunders Secondary School (TSSS) contingent, Head Coach Godfrey “Fuzzy” Harry promised that he will ensure that a girls’ team compete at this year’s Penn Relays championship at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Comment

Hope receives Bajan cricket award

Barbados: Fresh from being named one of Wisden’s five Cricketers of the Year recently at Lords in London, Shai Hope has earned another prestigious honor, the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) President’s award. Comment
Guyana: Last Sunday evening, April 29, Team Guyana received a resounding welcome at the Oxygen Nation Cocktail Lounge at 1343 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, where members were congratulated during a reception, on winning four gold, and four bronze medals, at the recent Penn Relays in Philadelphia. Comment

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean Three Caribbean airlines have formed an alliance to make it easier and cheaper for travelers to move between 32 countries. Antigua-based LIAT, Air Antilles of Guadeloupe and St. Maarten’s Winair have come together under the CaribSky project, which is co-funded by the European Union’s INTERREG Caribbean program to the tune of 4.7 million euros. Comment

‘No justice’ in de-banking Caribbean countries: Antigua PM

Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne says there is no justice in the de-banking and barring of small Caribbean states from the international payment system. Comment

Bajan relief at election date

Barbados: Though they all welcome Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart’s announcement of an elections date the business community wants it over quickly, one politician is concerned about a clash with school examinations, and an academic accused the prime minister of dictatorship. Comment
Music: The most diverse borough of the five that comprise New York City is jazzing up its attractions with a plethora of tributes to Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, one of Queens’ most iconic musicians and the song he is acclaimed for gifting in its honor — “What A Wonderful World.” Comment
Guyana: Founder of the Me Too movement, activist Tarana Burke will be among several Guyanese women, who will receive the Women of Mission International (WOMI) Award for meritorious contributions they have made through their professional duties and service to their community. Comment

Memorable May days ahead

Memorable May days ahead

People: Now that the lingering frost has finally thawed, buds, blossoms and blooms provide irresistibly conspicuous colorful pink and purple pastels that usher an awakening from nature’s extended hibernation and a season of prolonged days of intolerable weather conditions. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 102 Not Out (PG for mature themes) Bollywood comedy based on a play of the same name about a 102-year-old geezer’s (Amitabh Bachchan) attempt to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest man alive with the help of his 75 year-old son (Rishi Kapoor). Featuring Jimit Trivedi and Mukesh Hariawala. (In Hindi with subtitles) Comment

Life meets literature in an odd way

Books: So what do you think? For sure, you’ve got opinions. You know what you like and what you don’t like. You have ideas and choices, attractions, and things you’d just as soon avoid. And sometimes, as in “Heads of the Colored People” by Nafissa Thompson-Spires, you just don’t know what to think. Comment

Monday, April 30, 2018

InterCaribbean ends flights to USVI

Caribbean: InterCaribbean Airways announced that they are indefinitely cancelling all flights to two islands that make up the tri-island territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands on April 24. The airline says they are ending all flights to St. Thomas and St. Croix until further notice. Comment

Halle Berry as mom during Rodney King riots

Movies: On March 3, 1991, five LAPD officers were caught on camera beating an unarmed black man who had led them on a high-speed chase instead of pulling over as directed. That driver, Rodney King suffered a broken ankle, a broken cheekbone, and numerous skull fractures and chipped teeth in the assault by billy clubs. Comment

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Caribbean eyes untapped potential of world’s largest climate fund

Environment: KINGSTON, Jamaica, April 12, 2018 (IPS) - The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) also known as the 5Cs, is looking for ways to boost the region’s access to the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Comment

Shai Hope springs eternal

Shai Hope springs eternal

Viewpoints: Don’t get me wrong. I am happy and proud that West Indian Shai Hope has been honored as one of Wisden’s five Cricketers-of-the-Year, and I hope he grows from strength to strength (pardon the pun). Like he said, it as “humbling and was a bit of a shock when I got the news and obviously a huge privilege being named among the five.” Comment

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Brooklyn: A Bedford-Stuyvesant doctor was the guest of honor at the monthly “Conversations in Gallery” at the Richard Beavers Gallery in Bedford-Stuyvesant on April 19. Dr. Robert Gore is a physician at Kings County Hospital, and a community leader who uses his experience in the medical field to give back to his community. The monthly event, which is hosted by C. Zawadi Morris of BK Reader, brings forth local community leaders who work in various professions to the forefront — and spotlights someone once a month to discuss his or her experiences and dedication to community work. Comment

Keen contest for new Barbados bishop

Barbados: Election of a Barbados Anglican bishop ended in a stalemate Wednesday as the last two candidates each earned the backing of only one of the two houses of the Anglican synod, but rules state that the winner must be selected by both. Comment
UNITED NATIONS, April 26, 2018 (IPS) - When a Malaysian politician of a bygone era was asked about the “leading newspapers” in his country, he shot back: “We don’t have any leading newspapers in our country because all our newspapers are misleading.” Comment

Friday, April 27, 2018

Guyana: United States oil giant ExxonMobil has positioned a second and much larger drilling rig off the Guyana coast as it ramps up drilling of wells and preparations for the start of oil production in late 2019, or by the first quarter of 2020 at the latest officials said this week. Comment

Wisden Cricketer of the Year

Barbados: West Indies batting star Barbadian Shai Hope has been named by the prestigious Wisden as one of its five Cricketers of the Year. Comment
Brooklyn: ommunity groups and elected officials rallied outside a construction site in East Flatbush on Saturday, opposing what they described as over-development and predatory real estate practices which have plagued the area in recent months. Comments (1)

Outstanding Bajans honored

Barbados: Last Saturday saw an evening of glitz and glamor when Barbados Governor General, Dame Sandra Mason, placed on nine outstanding Barbadians insignias representing their recognition by the Queen of England in the 2018 New Year Honors list. Comment

High court judge strikes down Trinidad buggery laws

Trinidad and Tobago: A high court judge has delivered a historic ruling striking down the buggery laws from the statute books in Trinidad and Tobago. Justice Devindra Rampersad presiding in the Port of Spain Hall of Justice last week delivered the landmark ruling in favor of Trinidad-born gay rights activists. Comment

CRICKET FUNDRAISER

CRICKET FUNDRAISER

Caribbean: A number of West Indies stars are included in a 13-man squad for next month’s hurricane relief Twenty20 International against a Rest of the World XI in London. Captain Carlos Braithwaite — along with such superstars as Chris Gayle, Andre Russell and Evin Lewis — were selected for the May 31 contest at the historic Lord’s Ground. Comment
Music: Long live the vinyl record. Hundreds showed up for VP Records’ annual record store day at the flagship location in Jamaica, Queens on April 21. This was the store’s fourth annual recognition of the global event, which celebrates the vinyl record. Comment

Thursday, April 26, 2018

SVG ex-police group honors outstanding four

St Vincent: The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ex-Police Association, USA, Inc. Saturday night honored three outstanding nationals and a corporate entity during its annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment

Report: Jamaica a major transit point for illicit drugs

Jamaica: Four Caribbean countries (CARICOM) have been named by the United States as major illicit drug-production countries. The Bahamas, Belize, Haiti and Jamaica were named as major drug-transit countries in the U.S. 2018 Narcotics Control Strategy Report. Comment
Music: Reggae artist Romain Virgo scored a number one on Billboard’s reggae charts last week with his album “Lovesick.” It is not the first time the artist’s project has charted, but this was his highest rank yet. The thrilled singer said his latest album is his best yet, and the outcome of this achievement is a huge win, especially since his earlier shots at the chart never went beyond that, he said. Comment

Bichotte still pushes for a special Haitian district

Haiti: Despite some resistance, Brooklyn Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte says she is still pushing for a special Haitian District in Brooklyn to be dubbed “Little Haiti.” Comment

Guyanese-born NYPD officer to be inducted

Guyana: Rhonda OReilly-Bovell, who after migrating to the U.S. just 28 years ago at age 16, is the commanding officer of the 7th Precinct on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, and president of the Guyanese American Law Enforcement Association (GALEA) Comments (2)

T&T cops Commonwealth gold

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago came away with three medals — two gold and one silver — in the recent Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. Sprinter Michelle Lee-Ayhee took gold in the women’s 100m, while Jereem Richards, 24, won gold in the men’s 200m final and Dylan Carter got silver in the men’s 50m butterfly. Comment

Russell back with a bang

Caribbean: West Indies Twenty20 star Andre Russell — who returned after serving a one-year anti-doping ban — has shown he still remains a top all-rounder as he blasted 88 off 36 deliveries for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) recently, the highest ever scored in the league by a number seven batsman or lower. Comment
People: She’s now on to premium television! A Brooklyn comedienne and founder and organizer of the borough’s annual Kwanzaa Crawl, recently landed a role as a writer on a new HBO late night show. East Flatbush native Kerry Coddett is a staff writer on “Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas,” a show that tackles police brutality and various pressing global subjects. Comments (1)

Acclaimed doctor joins LaSante’s staff

Health: One of Brooklyn’s health and wellness centers, LaSante is quickly becoming the choice for family medicine within the area. Also attracting neighboring areas, its medical team is one that’s acclaimed for acute diagnostics and a close doctor/ patient relationship. Comment

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Barbados: Following a passionate plea by the political opposition and some prodding by lawyers seeking to apply never before used constitutional powers, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart Thursday morning named May 24 as the date for Barbados’ general elections. Comment

Mercury pollution affects Guyanese workers

Guyana: Industrial action by staff at the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission has forced authorities to remove gold testing equipment from the compound after dozens of staffers had tested positive for elevated levels of mercury pollution in their blood officials said Tuesday, April 24. Comment

Richardson condemns bias Crown Heights attack

Brooklyn: This past weekend a 50-year-old Jewish man was said to be physically beaten and choked in the afternoon on Rutland Road and Schenectady Avenue in Brooklyn after heading home from a local synagogue. Comment

Two former Guyana ministers charged

Guyana: Two former top ministers in the former People’s Progressive Party (PPP) government have been charged with “misconduct in public office” by officers from Guyana’s Special Organized Crime Unit (SOCU). Comment

Living in a fantasy world can be dangerous

Books: You love wearing your daddy’s shoes. You wear mommy’s shoes, too. You love that clomping around, the wiggly-wobbly feel, and the fun of pretending that you’re someone else. Dressing up is great but be careful. As in the new book, “Harriet Gets Carried Away by Jessie Sima, things could quickly get out of hand. Comment

Cartoon recounts ‘true’ story of canine war hero

Movies: Ads for Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero bill the film as “The Incredible True Story of America’s Top Underdog.” Yet, the movie itself features this contrary disclaimer, albeit at the end and in small print: “Although based on historical events, all characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons is purely coincidental.” Comment

Team Jamaica Bickle launches Penn Relays  activities

Sports: Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB), the Queens-based organization that supports Caribbean athletes at the illustrious Penn Relays in Philadelphia, has launched its 2018 program at what it described as “a well-attended event” at Sandz Bar & Grille in Queens. Comment

IMMIGRANTS IN LIMBO

IMMIGRANTS IN LIMBO

Jamaica: Amid stinging criticism from all quarters, including lawmakers on its side of the house, the British government has made an abrupt about face on plans to send thousands of its nationals back to the West Indies because recent changes to British immigration laws had left them in limbo. Comment

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados An Inter-American Bank (IDB) report is predicting that Barbados will capitulate to an International Monetary Fund (IMF) program after the country’s next general election constitutionally due by June this year. Comments (1)

East Flatbush library to host kids storytime in Haitian Creole

Books: The Brooklyn Public Library’s East Flatbush branch will be hosting its weekend storytime event in Haitian Creole on April 28. Every weekend the library offers a story time session for children and their families, but this time around the reading will be in creole. Comments (1)
Music: Almost two decades into providing an ideal location and reliable showplace for showcasing eclectic music, the Times Square club named for blues icon B.B. Kings will be closing their doors for the last time on April 29. Comment

ROYAL REGGAE

Music: Who knew that Jamaican dancehall deejay Shaggy would be among the select roster of artists invited to hail Queen Elizabeth II on her 92nd birthday. Comment
Arts & Theater: A Vermont-based arts assistance organization is looking to help Caribbean craft artists get back on their feet. The Craft Emergency Relief Fund, or CERF Plus, helps creatives in the hand-made art discipline with emergency financial assistance. With many U.S. based artists from the Caribbean, the non-profit has already provided funds to those in need, and are trying to lend a helping hand to more to show support, said the director of programs. Comment

Dharry to fight Mojica in Queens

Guyana: Thirty-two-year-old title fighter, Guyanese Elton ‘The Bully’ Dharry said he trains extremely hard and is confident he will hammer his Mexican opponent, Oscar Mojica, when the two meet in the ring on May 18, in what will be Dharry’s 29th professional fight. Comment

Monday, April 23, 2018

Caribbean growth ‘gathers steam’

Caribbean: The World Bank said on Tuesday, April 17 that the economies of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) have “turned the corner” after a year of tepid growth, providing an opportunity for countries to solidify their fiscal positions and lay the foundation for long-term inclusive growth. Comment
St Vincent: New York City Council last Thursday honored Vincentian community leader James Cordice during a gala celebration at City Hall in commemoration of Garifuna-American Heritage Month. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Backstabbing for Beginners (R for violence and pervasive profanity) Political thriller, based on Michael Soussan’s memoir of the same name, about a United Nations employee (Theo James) who uncovers corruption involving his boss (Ben Kingsley) in Iraq’s Food-for-Oil program. Featuring Jacqueline Bisset, Rachel Wilson and Brian Markinson. Comment

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Cops uncover massive driver permit racket

Guyana: Guyanese police who supervise written examinations for vehicle drivers permits Thursday said they have uncovered a massive racket through which officers sold large amounts of test pass results for cash to thousands of drivers each year and will soon charge several cops with enabling fraud. Comment

$65M for Dominica’s post-Hurricane Maria reconstruction

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors on Friday approved two emergency support operations totaling US$65 million for restoring agriculture livelihoods, strengthening resilience and rebuilding houses destroyed by Hurricane Maria. Comment

Greatness can be achieved through community service: Caribbean lawyer

St Vincent: A Caribbean lawyer in Brooklyn says greatness can be achieved through community service. “We can empower our community through service. What, a remarkable way to become great!” said Vincentian-born Curlina Edwards in delivering the keynote address Saturday night at the third Annual Dinner and Award Ceremony of the Vincentian group, Friends of Sion Hill, at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment

Record turn-out expected for Guyana’s 52nd Independence celebration in NY

Guyana: Organizers say Guyanese pride will be on full display when the New York Diaspora unites for one celebration of Guyana’s 52nd Anniversary of Independence from June 3-10 in Brooklyn. Comment

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Guyana: United States government sanctions on the Russian government and some of that country’s state and private firms are beginning to affect some aspects of Guyanese bauxite production, with a major German bulk carrier operator announcing plans to pull out of Guyana almost immediately. Authorities said they were bracing for the fall out. Comments (1)

Richardson denies making anti-Semitic remarks

Haiti: Brooklyn Assembly Member Diana Richardson has vehemently denied making anti-Semitic remarks at a community board meeting in her district, as a firestorm envelops over her alleged remarks. Comment

CARICOM urges UK to find permanent solution for undocumented immigrants

Immigration: The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has appealed to the United Kingdom (UK) Government to commit to finding a permanent solution for pre-1971 Commonwealth Caribbean undocumented immigrants seeking permanent residence in the United Kingdom. Comment

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Brooklyn group honors five at third annual gala

St Vincent: The three-year-old Friends of Sion Hill, a Brooklyn-based Vincentian group, last Saturday night honored four individuals and an organization for their outstanding service to the community. Comment

Barbados media bashed

Barbados: A daily newspaper found itself on the receiving end of a government minister’s acid tongue for reporting that former members of parliament are being paid a total of half-a-million dollars monthly though the island has no parliament. Comment

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Preserving youth: Local health-insurance firm and Bed-Stuy hospital stage medical fair for teens

Health: Leaders at a Bedford-Stuyvesant hospital and a local health-insurance provider are inviting teenagers to an information-packed fair on April 21 where they can receive medical tips and advice geared towards their young-adult years. Comment

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua Antigua and Barbuda Police Commissioner Wendel Robinson was suspended over an alleged sex scandal involving three of his junior officers. Comment

Grenada PM wants to re-visit the CCJ

Grenada: Grenada Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell wants to reopen discussions on the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) — two years after the electorate voted to reject the Trinidad-based court as it final appellate court. Comment

Monday, April 16, 2018

Touring the islands, on two feet: Little Caribbean crawl offers dose of region’s flavor

Brooklyn: A group of culturally curious explorers hit the streets of Little Caribbean in parts of Prospect-Lefferts Gardens and Flatbush for a taste of what some local businesses are serving up in the area. Comment

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Sports: In opening the batting, West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine blasted a 17-ball 50 in helping Kolkata Knight Riders to triumph in their season opener Sunday against Royal Challengers Bangalore by four wickets in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Comment

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

West Indies team look to improve rankings

Sports: The West Indies is hoping for a positive result in the upcoming home series against Sri Lanka to avoid tumbling to ninth position in the ICC Test Rankings. Comment

Monday, April 9, 2018

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean The Caribbean Development Bank (CDM) has announced that it will fund a program to enhance capacity for mental health and psychological support in disaster management in the Caribbean. Comment

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Lawsuit against T&T security minister settled

Trinidad and Tobago National Security Minister, retired Major General Edmund Dillon, has been cleared of any fraud allegations by a United States Court judge in a property dispute with his 88- year-old incapacitated American friend. Comment

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Jamaican PM reshuffles his cabinet

Jamaica: Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness recently reshuffled his Cabinet and Minister of National Security after just two years in office. He has appointed MP Dr. Nigel Clarke as the new minister of Finance and Public Service. Comment

ICC turns down meeting with CARICOM

Sports: The International Cricket Council (ICC), cricket’s governing body, has turned down a request from CARICOM’s Prime Ministerial Sub-committee (PMSC) for a meeting in London this month, but it is still open to discussions in the future once Cricket West Indies (CWI) President Dave Cameron is present. Comment

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Wonder women: Six local ladies celebrate three-digit birthdays at nursing home’s bash

People: They’re six-hundred years young! Comment

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

New York to wake up to ‘Caribbean Wellness’

Travel: The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) says New York will wake up to “Caribbean Wellness” during Caribbean Week 2018. Comment

Dr. Joy Wilson tells her story through spiritual inspiration

Guyana: Dr. Joy Wilson is a vivacious speaker. She captivates her audience with her compelling story about the challenges she faced as a child, and her struggles to get to the top. Comments (2)

Docudrama revisits Kennedy cover-up of tragic car accident

Movies: On July 18, 1969, Senator Ted Kennedy (Jason Clarke) hosted a reunion in a rented cottage on Chappaquiddick, a tiny island just 150 yards off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. The gathering was in honor of the Boiler Room Girls, a half-dozen women who had worked on his late brother Bobby’s aborted presidential campaign the previous year. Comment

St. Lucia’s chocolate beer

Food: It’s a choc-full of beer. The St. Lucian-based Antilla Brewing company and the Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet resorts, have partnered to introduce a new chocolate beverage. The Nick Troubetzkoy Imperial Chocolate Stout Beer is made from pure cocoa. Served locally on the island and at the two resorts owned by its namesake and his wife Karolin — the unique beer is inspired by their Russian heritage, and one of the island nation’s biggest agricultural produce, said the company’s brewer and chief executive officer. Comment

Bichotte honors five ‘Women of Distinction’

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte on March 8 honored five outstanding women at her third annual event, bestowing on them the “Women of Distinction” Award. Comment

‘The Iceman Cometh’ for a limited run

Arts & Theater: A theatrical revival which throughout the years featured the likes of Robert Redford, Kevin Spacey, Jason Robards, James Earl Jones, Jeff Bridges, Brian Dennehy and Nathan Lane is once again re-casted, reformed and already in previews on Broadway. Comment

Monday, April 2, 2018

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: ACORN and the Firestorm (Unrated) Investigative post-mortem deconstructing how the country’s largest, anti-poverty organization was defunded after the airing of an embarrassing, hidden-camera video shot by a couple of right-wing activists posing as a pimp and prostitute seeking advice about tax evasion and child smuggling. Comment

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved US$750,000 to fund a program that will assist the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) with strengthening regional trade. Comment

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Guyana formally approaches World Court on border

Venezuela: GEORGETOWN, Guyana-Guyana has formally lodged documents with the World Court in The Netherlands, asking it to pronounce on the accuracy of claims by Venezuela that an 1899 demarcation of borders was null and void. Comments (1)

T&T delegation embarrasses nation at OAS meet

Trinidad and Tobago: It represented an unbelievable and embarrassing turn of events. Fellow CARICOM member nation, Dominica, ravaged by Hurricane Maria last September, had asked the Organization of American States (OAS) to simply waive its financial contribution to the hemispheric body because its finances and economy are in tatters. Comment

Bragging rights to Barbados soccer

Barbados: The Barbados National soccer team earned bragging rights following a nil-all draw with Bermuda last weekend because the Bajans had whipped the North Atlantic team 3-2 in their home turf five months ago. Comment

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