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Digitazation reduces red tape, corruption: Report

Caribbean: A new Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) report says digitization of transaction public services would reduce red tape and corruption, and save money in Latin America and the Caribbean. Comment
Arts & Theater: The Queens Museum is a vital partner with the Haitian community and hosting topical symposiums is a good example. Last week’s L’Education du Regard (Educating for Deeper Understanding), an annual event has been held at the museum for more than a decade. Comment



Trinidad and Tobago: The review of the operations of the Caribbean Single Market and Economy system has long been overdue, but judging from the results of a high level workshop held in Guyana at the weekend, there is widespread dissatisfaction with the lack of enough progress made over the years, the slow pace of implementation of decisions in particular. Comment

Eight Caribbean beauties in NY beauty pageant

Fashion: Eight Caribbean Community (CARICOM) beauties will compete for the 2018 Miss New York Continental Cultural Pageant crown at the George Wingate High School auditorium in Brooklyn on Jun. 23. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: The popular Freedom Hall Church of God on Albany Avenue in Brooklyn celebrated 37 years in the ministry last week. Comment
Barbados: Not too long after the Barbados Labour Party bounded home to a resounding victory in the general elections, the veneer of unity and togetherness was shattered by the defection of a stalwart to become the official opposition. Comment

Four lessons the NFL could learn from ABC

Caribbean: Following Roseanne Barr’s obscenely offensive comments about former Obama Senior Advisor, Valerie Jarrett, ABC took immediate and decisive action to demonstrate that her words describing an accomplished Black woman as an ape did not reflect the networks values. The network’s cancellation of its highest rate show — a move that prioritized integrity and a commitment to decency over money, ratings, and even political expediency — surprised many. The NFL, as it faces continual media and public scrutiny, could stand to take a knee and learn a lesson from ABC. Comment

Trini soca star rising

Music: Young Trinidad and Tobago soca star Nailah Blackman has been nominated for one of the 2018 Black Entertainment Television’s (BET) Awards — the Viewers’ Choice: Best New International Act. To have a good chance, she would need the help of all Trindad and Tobago by voting and hashtagging her picture #ipicknailahb18. The awards show comes off on June 24 at 8 pm. Comment

Belize governments have failed their dual citizens

Belize: Up until the late 1970’s the largest ethnic group in Belize were Belizeans of African descent which comprised the Garifuna and Creole people. Belize also have a small population of East Indians, Native Mayas, Mestizos, Mennonites and Chinese that makeup its estimated population of about 390,000 people. Comment

Beyond Hurricanes: How do we finance resilience in the Caribbean?

UNITED NATIONS, June 8, 2018 (IPS) - As a new hurricane season approaches in the Caribbean, I attended last week’s dialogue focused on “Financing Resilience in SIDS” held in Antigua and Barbuda and sponsored by the host government and Belgium. Comment

Bourdain’s love of Jamaica’s Oxtail and Curried Goat

Food: Four years ago, late world-renowned chef and host of CNN’s Parts Unknown, Anthony Bourdain said, “I love the food in this country. I must have Oxtail, whether in the Bronx or in Kingston.” These were endearing words uttered by the storyteller and adventurer, while filming his series in Jamaica. Comment


Sports: West Indies took the first Test against Sri Lanka in the three-match series by a convincing 226 runs just before lunch on the final day (Sunday) at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Four CARICOM nations voted to suspend Venezuela from the OAS. Jamaica, Bahamas, Barbados and Guyana — were among 19 countries who recently voted to support a resolution to suspend Venezuela from the 34-member Organization of American States (OAS). Comment
Jamaica: While United States media outlets have been damning the abrupt ending of the G7 Summit in Quebec, Canada and the fact President Donald Trump abbreviated talks with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Jamaicans are celebrating the fact that the tiny island distinguished itself as the only English-speaking Caribbean country invited to join the talks with leaders of France, USA, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Italy and Canada. Comment
Guyana: It is possible to enhance the image of your country by contributing to the development of another, was the message delivered to Guyanese in Barbados as they observed their country’s 52nd independence anniversary. Comment
Music: The color purple was in vogue last Saturday in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn where a free, mass concert / celebration of Prince Rogers Nelson billed “Purple People Party 3” hosted by actor / director Spike Lee marked the 60th anniversary birthday of the Minneapolis native who died three years ago from an opiod overdose. Comment

Trevor Jackson stars in Blaxploitation era classic

Movies: “Super Fly” (1972) was one of the most profitable of the Blaxploitation Era flicks. Released during the genre’s heyday, the picture revolved around its iconic title character, Youngblood Priest, a flamboyant cocaine dealer who dressed like a pimp, drove flashy cars and sampled his wares from a spoon shaped like a cross draped around his neck. Comments (2)

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Eating Animals (Unrated) Agri-business expose’, inspired by Jonathan Safran Foer’s best seller of the same name, examining America’s evolution over the past 40 years from a traditional farming nation to one dependent on massive, industrial food complexes. Narrated by Natalie Portman. Comment

Trump proclaims June National Caribbean Caribbean-American Heritage month

Haiti: United States President Donald J. Trump last week proclaimed June National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, saying that during the month, the U.S. will honor America’s “long-shared history with our neighbors in the Caribbean and celebrate the Caribbean Americans who have enriched our nation.” Comment

Students, elected officials rally for summer jobs

Manhattan: A coalition of students joined elected officials and advocacy groups on the steps of City Hall on Thursday to support the Summer Youth Employment Program and to call for increased investment to allow for the expansion of the program. Comment

Councilman Williams saddened by ‘bigoted agenda’ after Supreme Court ruling

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane Williams says he’s disheartened by some extremists’ “bigoted agenda” in light of Monday’s ruling by the United States Supreme Court in favor of a Colorado baker who had refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. Comment
Barbados: Belize’s football is currently ranked three places below Barbados but that Central American country’s team has nonetheless managed to hold the islanders to a goalless draw in a friendly fixture played on the island. Comment

St. Vincent and Grenadines Consul General to Mechanics: ‘Set your buckets down’

St Vincent: In quoting the late, renowned United States writer and civil rights activist W.E.B. DuBois, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Consul General to the United States, Howie Prince, has challenged Mechanics worldwide to “set your buckets where you are.” In delivering the feature address Sunday – at the annual luncheon, of the Brooklyn-based Independent United Order of Mechanics (IUOM), Friendly Society, Western Hemisphere, Inc. – Prince said the fraternal organization is as relevant today as the umbrella body was in 1757, when it was founded. Comment

Dr. Gerard Leotaud: New at LaSante

People: Things are looking up at LaSante and they’re starting from way back down. Now servicing specialty footcare needs, their podiatry division is now open. Patients already feel at ease when entering the state of the art facility and its expansive waiting rooms. Comment
Travel: Hugh Riley of the Caribbean Tourism Organization greeted all those in attendance in lower Manhattan for Revival for the Caribbean: Rejuvenation, a gathering to kick-off Caribbean Week as well as spiritually launching it. Comment

Barbados’ new government makes instant financial changes

Barbados: Confronted with overall national debt that has more than doubled in the 10 years of the last government, Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley wasted no time in suspending liability payments and calling in the International Monetary Fund. Comment

History in Barbados’ Catholic church

Barbados: A Barbadian made religious history this week by moving from the elevated position of an Anglican priest to be ordinated as a Catholic priest. Comment

Eugene hosts town hall meeting with mayor

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene recently hosted the “Working for Council District 40 Town Hall” with Mayor Bill de Blasio at Public School 6 in Brooklyn. Comment

Antigua is first Caribbean country to ratify Inter-American Convention against Racism

Antigua: Antigua and Barbuda last week became the first Caribbean country to ratify the Inter-American Convention against Racism, Racial Discrimination and Related Forms of Intolerance. Comments (1)

CTO: Caribbean Airlines demonstrates regionalism

Travel: The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) says the Trinidad and Tobago-owned Caribbean Airlines has demonstrated its ongoing commitment to the region by its “strong support of Caribbean Week in New York as the official Caribbean Carrier of Caribbean Week 2018.” Comment
Queens: Members of the city’s Caribbean LGBT community celebrated pride in their identities at the 26th annual Queens Pride Parade in Jackson Heights on June 3. Comment
Food: The fifth annual Eat Caribbean Week returns June 17 to June 24. The weeklong program organized by the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) features dozens of eateries and bakeries that serve the finest Caribbean cuisine and treats. Comment



Dominica: More than a week into the 2018 hurricane season, Caribbean governments and the regional lifeline travel sector are scrambling to both recover from last year’s devastating storms and to brace for a year that experts are already predicting will be above average. Comment

Coast Guard urges hurricane season preparedness

Barbados: The United States Coast Guard is reminding the Caribbean to prepare for the 2018 hurricane season. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, with the peak occurring between mid-August and late October. Comment

Jamaican wins Vincy crown

Fashion: A Jamaica, Queens-based Jamaican national who worships at Miracle Temple Ministries in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn was crowned on Saturday the 2018 “Miss United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn.” Comment
Books: A Queens-based illustrator and author celebrates Caribbean folklore and Trinidadian carnival in his children’s book, “The Carnival Prince.” In the book, creator Daniel O’Brien highlights the mythical entities and traditional stories he heard growing up, all through the perspective of a young protagonist on an adventure. He also to wanted to revisit all the tales he knew, and repurpose them into a digestible content. Comment

‘Alt-Right: Age of Rage’ chronicles events leading up to Charlottesville violence

Movies: Directed by Adam Bhala Lough, “Alt-Right: Age of Rage” is an eye-opening documentary chronicling the recent rise of the white supremacist movement in the Age of Trump. This fascinating film features interviews with both neo-Nazis and the intrepid activists determined to expose them. Comment

Film history: African arts festival adds movies to its lineup

Arts & Theater: When the International African Arts Festival returns to Brooklyn for the 47th time this month, it will add a new element — a documentary film festival. Comment

Veteran West Indies batsman recalled to 13-man squad

Grenada: Veteran Grenadian and former West Indies batsman Devon Smith has been recalled to the 13-man West Indies squad for the Sri Lanka three-Test series in the Caribbean this month. Comment

Canada to stage Twenty20 cricket

Caribbean: Now Canada has gotten into the act to stage the popular Twenty20 cricket and has organized a new professional league, Global Twenty20 Canada, which was recently launched. Comments (1)
Arts & Theater: It’s their first time in New York! On Sunday, June 10, for the dance-loving community, Haiti-based Compagnie de Danse Jean-René Delsoin will be offering an energetic, full afternoon of dance at Brooklyn’s Mark Morris Dance Center. Comment

Prince to Mechanics: ‘Set your buckets down where you are’

St Vincent: In quoting the late, renowned United States writer and civil rights activist W.E.B. DuBois, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Consul General to the United States, Howie Prince, has challenged Mechanics worldwide to “set your buckets where you are.” Comment

Haiti to get millions in funding for road connectivity

Haiti: The World Bank says more than 350,000 people in rural Haiti will benefit from improved access to all weather roads, local markets and health centers in the South, South East and Nippes departments as a result of a new US$ 75 million grant from the bank’s International Development Association (IDA). Comment

CARICOM congratulates new Barbados prime minister

Trinidad and Tobago: CARICOM has extended congratulations to new Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Amor Mottley — the first ever woman to head a government in Barbados. Comment

Consul General Atherly calls on Guyanese to recommit to independence ideals

Guyana: Consul General of the Republic of Guyana to New York, Hon. Mrs. Barbara Atherly called on Guyanese to recommit to Independence ideals and pledge to work selflessly with each other for their country, during her remarks to welcome fellow citizens a May 25, flag raising reception at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Comment

Filmmaker on the hunt for Guyanese actors

Movies: Roll call for Guyanese talent! A Brooklyn filmmaker is on the hunt for two Guyanese actors for his new film coming out next year. Guyanese-American movie maker Stefon Bristol is creating a full length version of his award-winning short film, “See You Yesterday.” Comment

Growing influence of authoritarian states at UN a threat to NGOs

GOTTINGEN, Germany, June 4 2018 (IPS) - Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) are an important partner of the United Nations to implement the UN Charter and to strengthen its values. But in times when authoritarian regimes are increasing their influence in the United Nations, especially human rights groups are coming under pressure in the world organization. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Hearts Beat Loud (PG-13 for drug references and brief profanity) Musical drama, set in Brooklyn, about a widower (Nick Offerman) who starts a rock band with his teenage daughter (Kiersey Clemons) the summer before she’s supposed to start college in California. With Ted Danson, Toni Collette and Blythe Danner. Comment

Collymore appointed West Indies bowling coach

Barbados: Former West Indies fast bowler Corey Collymore has been appointed West Indies bowling coach for the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka starting in June. Comment
Barbados: Throughout the elections campaign, and even earlier, Barbados Labour Party Leader, Mia Mottely, had been talking of financial mismanagement in public office, but what she saw since becoming prime minister has shocked the island’s new leader. Comment

Guyanese suspect charged in high seas mass murder

Suriname: Using a special clause in Guyanese law allowing prosecutors to indict someone for a piracy attack in another country, local police have charged a fisherman with murder committed in the neighboring Caribbean Community nation of Suriname late last month that killed 15 of 20 crewmen. Comment
People: The annual Anchor Awards, upcoming this fall in New York, will honor three top leaders in the global maritime industry — Michael Bayley, president and chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean International; Roland Malins-Smith, founder and retired president of Seafreight Line Ltd; and Rick Murrell, SVP managing director, Saltchuk Resources and chairman Tropical Shipping. Comment

Reggae returns to Coney’s boardwalk

Music: The annual monthly reggae music event, “Reggae on the Boardwalk” returns to Coney Island starting June 3. Every month from June until September — reggae music deejays come to the historic boardwalk to play some tunes honoring the genre’s classics, said the organizer. Comment
Food: They’re right on trend! One of Brooklyn’s popular Caribbean eatery chains — the famous Footprints Cafe, is seeing a boost in business since joining the food delivery service Uber Eats. The transportation platform, which provides food delivery to ordering customers, is the latest service of choice for patrons looking for quick ready-to-eat meals. The eatery joined the service a year ago to improve the way they serve customers, by giving them more options to received food at a fast pace, said the chain’s founder. Comment

Jamaica Tourist Board launches ‘Join Me in Jamaica’ campaign

Jamaica: The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) says it has recently launched its “Join Me in Jamaica” digital marketing campaign. JTB said on Thursday that the campaign is a series of 90-second videos featuring local Jamaican celebrities and friends of Jamaica sharing unique stories about the love for their profession, and their homeland and what makes it a great place to visit. Comment

U.S. Customs agents seize $15M in smugglers’ cocaine on Caribbean Sea

Puerto Rico: The United States Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agency says its agents and the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD) Joint Forces for Rapid Action (FURA) have seized 1326 pounds (601 Kilos) of cocaine inside a vessel in the Caribbean Sea and have arrested two suspected smugglers from the Dominican Republic. Comment
Music: Caribbean Life’s Associate Editor Grenadian-born Kevin Williams was among three outstanding community figures honored last Sunday at the first award ceremony of the Brooklyn-based Grenadian cultural group Quake USA. Comment

Special ceremony honors outgoing CCJ president

St Vincent: The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) will honor its outgoing president, Sir Dennis Byron with a special sitting of the regional court in Antigua this week. Sir Dennis will be replaced by St Vincent and the Grenadines jurist, Justice Adrian Saunders, Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Future World (R for violence, nudity, sexuality, profanity and drug use) Sci-fi thriller about a desperate prince (Jeffrey Wahlberg) who embarks on an epic journey across a devastated wasteland in search of a mythical medicine which might cure his terminally-ill mom (Lucy Liu). With James Franco, Snoop Dogg and Suki Waterhouse. Comment
Arts & Theater: Members of Haitian cultural dance group — La Troupe Zetwal, hosted a performance in celebration of Haitian flag day at Clarendon Library in Flatbush on May 19. The show included various traditional dances native to Haiti, and other artistic forms. And library patrons were very engaged with the show, even joining in on an interactive dance session. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: The Trinis came to Barbados, saw and conquered all that stood before them in both divisions of the annual Banks International Masters Football Tournament. The victorious Trini teams, who beat two Bajan sides in the finals, were among seven squads that invaded Barbados for the tournament that ended on the Whit Monday holiday. Comment

Grammy winning artist Common will open BRIC 40th Celebrate Brooklyn fest

Music: Grammy Award winning artist Common will headline opening night of the 40th anniversary gala and concert of Brooklyn Information & Culture (BRIC) Celebrate Brooklyn! festival June 5, at Prospect Park Bandshell. He will take the stage at 8 pm. Comment

Pols ramp up calls for a Little Haiti District in Brooklyn

Music: A number of legislators in Brooklyn are calling for the creation of a Little Haiti Cultural and Business District. Brooklyn Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte will be joined by Assemblymember Nick Perry, State Senator Kevin Parker, Council Member Jumaane Williams, Majority Leader Laurie A. Cumbo, Borough President Eric L. Adams, and several Flatbush community leaders in a press conference calling on the New York City Council to officially make the designation. Comment

Clerics, diplomats join to mark Guyanese independence anniversary

Guyana: Guyana UN Ambassador Rudolph Ten-Pow and Consul General Barbara Atherly will headline an interfaith service celebrating the 52nd anniversary of Guyanese independence Sunday, May 20, at York College in Jamaica, Queens. Comment

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