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The toxic effects of detention centers for young children

Viewpoints: Amid all the confusion about zero tolerance and executive orders over the crisis at the border, one thing is clear. At least 2000 children are still detained away from their parents in shelters across the country. Many — no one knows exactly how many — are under age five housed in “Tender Age” shelters in South Texas. Government officials claim they are safe and well cared for, but nothing could be further from the truth. Years of research shows us that group care, is harmful to children of all ages and especially toxic for infants and young children. Comment
Guyana: Twenty-five-year-old Guyanese, Marva Langevine, wore a blue pantsuit, designed by Guyanese fashion Jason Shurland and made history when she accepted the Queen’s Young Leadership Award from Her Majesty The Queen of England at Buckingham Palace. Comment
Fashion: Anything is possible if you put your mind to it. That is the message a Brooklyn-based YouTuber is trying to spread with the launch of a campaign this summer to encourage young women to strive for their dreams. Social media influencer Hikari Fleurr said before finding success in becoming a content creator, she had runway dreams. The five-foot-two Crown Heights native said she knew her size could be a barrier in securing her goal, but with an optimistic outlook, she has seemingly found her way around it. Comment
St Vincent: In picture-perfect weather, thousands of Vincentians on Saturday converged on Brown’s Bay Park in the 1,000 Is. area in Western Ontario, Canada, for the annual Vincy Unity Picnic. Comment

Cuomo pardons Caribbean nationals

People: With President Donald J. Trump and the United States Federal Government waging a war on immigrant communities, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has granted pardons to Caribbean and other immigrants convicted of minor offenses from deportation. Comment

Seafreight founder presents grant to maritime foundation

People: The American Caribbean Maritime Foundation (ACMF) received a contribution of USD150,000 from Mr. and Mrs. Roland Malins-Smith. Mr. Malins-Smith is founder of Seafreight Line Ltd. which was acquired by Crowley in 2015. Comment

Jamaica’s police commish lays out safety plans for diasporans

Jamaica: The police commissioner of the Jamaica Constabulary Force has addressed concerns about Jamaica’s crime at a public forum at the Marriott Hotel in Brooklyn on July 19. Comment

Diasporan Jamaicans revel in 56th Independence Anniversary

Jamaica: Bob Marley’s “One Love” anthem may well be installed as the August anthem for Jamaicans residing here, in Canada and England. Comment

Building the Caribbean’s climate resilience to ensure basic survival

ST. GEORGE’S, July 23, 2018 (IPS) — In 2004, when the Category 4 Hurricane Ivan hit the tiny island nation of Grenada and its 151 mph winds stalled overhead for 15 hours — it devastated the country. But not before pummelling Barbados and other islands, killing at least 15 people. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 14 Cameras (Unrated) Vacation from hell horror flick about a family of four that unwittingly rents a summer home from a creepy landlord (Neville Archambault) who secretly live streams their most intimate moments over the dark web. Co-starring Kodi Saint Angelo, Jacob Browne, Amber Midthunder, Tait Fletcher and Lora Martinez Cunningham. Comment

Many ways to cope with change

Books: “Handle with Care.” That’s what it said on the side of the box. Don’t shake it, don’t bump it, and whatever you do, don’t drop it. What’s inside there is important enough for careful lifting but, as you’ll see in the new book, “Mabel and Sam at Home” by Linda Urban, illustrated by Hadley Hooper, the box itself isn’t just a box. Comment

Lifelong friendship test by police shooting in Bay area

Movies: Collin (Daveed Diggs) and Miles (Rafael Casal), who are black and white, respectively, have been best friends since they were kids. Now in their twenties, they both still live in the rough Oakland ‘hood where they grew up, although they’ve been watching it gentrify in recent years. Comment

JTB takes Reggae Sumfest to the world

Music: On the heels of the successful digital marketing campaign “Join Me In Jamaica,” the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) says it has deepened its footprint in the digital space by live streaming the 26th staging of Reggae Sumfest. Comment
Jamaica: The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) said on Wednesday that the island continues to experience significant tourism growth. The JTB said Jamaica celebrated an overall market growth of 5.4 percent for the first six months of the year, with stopover tourist arrivals increasing by 5.9 percent and cruise arrivals by 4.8 percent over the same period last year. Comment
Barbados: Barbados’ CARICOM Ambassador David Comissiong chose the 100th birth anniversary of freedom fighter Nelson Mandela to recall that many on the island had rejected and condemned this man who became a symbol of racial harmony and forgiveness. Comment

Haiti’s prime minister resigns

Haitian Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant has resigned after days of violent protests over a hike in fuel prices that left seven people dead. Comment
Music: The stage is set, and the streets are ready to welcome hundreds of masqueraders who will dazzle Jersey City, NJ, in a colorful costume parade, when the Jersey City West Indian Caribbean American Carnival Association Inc. (JCWICACAI) celebrates 23 years of revelry on Saturday, July 28. Comments (4)

Brooklyn Dems call out Sen. Felder

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Democratic County Committee member Ernest Skinner says he has delivered over 20 signed and notarized affidavits from registered Democrats in State Sen. Simcha Felder’s district and a letter to Brooklyn Democratic Party Chair Frank Seddio asking that Felder be removed from the Democratic Party for what Skinner described as Felder’s “lack of sympathy and loyalty to the party.” Comments (1)

Sen. Hamilton recognizes Caribbean-American achievers

Brooklyn: State Sen. Jesse Hamilton (D–Crown Heights) honored several outstanding Caribbean-Americans with his Rising Star awards at his “A Taste of the Caribbean” event on July 12. The state pol presented 11 individuals of various Caribbean backgrounds with the award, which acknowledges people from the region who have done outstanding work in their communities. Comment

Antigua shows strongest air arrivals in 15 years

Antigua: Antigua and Barbuda tourism officials have reported that, for the first time in more than 15 years, the country has shown the strongest overall visitor arrivals by air from January to June. Comment

Barbados clinches Under-17 championship

Barbados: Barbados has won the Cricket West Indies (CWI) Under-17 title after their six-wicket victory over Guyana at the National Cricket Center in Central Trinidad last week. Comment


Antigua: It has barely been two weeks since Caribbean leaders held their summit in Jamaica and accepted a report from a marijuana commission, recommending that the classification of the drug be regulated similarly to that of alcohol, but various groups in the region are upping the pressure on governments to act and even to pay reparations to people who have been jailed for consuming or possessing small amounts of weed. Comment

Bichotte celebrates Nelson Mandela Day

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte on Wednesday joined many around the world in celebrating Nelson Mandela Day. July 18 is an international holiday aimed at recognizing the life and legacy of the late South African President Nelson Mandela. The international community first celebrated the holiday in 2009 on Mandela’s 91st birthday. Comment

Caribbean faith leaders endorse Cuomo

People: More than 20 Caribbean faith leaders in Brooklyn have endorsed Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo for re-election, his campaign office said on Wednesday. Comment

New GCF project for water-scarce Barbados

Barbados: BRIDGETOWN, (IPS) — At the start of 2017, the Caribbean Drought and Precipitation Monitoring Network (CDPN) warned eastern Caribbean countries that they were facing “abnormal climate conditions” and possibly another full-blown drought Comment

Vincy artist impresses with ‘Pontillism’

Arts & Theater: Vincentian artist Lennox Commissiong continues to impress with his diversified collection, displaying “Pontillism” over the weekend at the Wizardhands exhibition at the Dwyer Cultural Center in Harlem. Comment

Amnesty in Barbados

Amnesty in Barbados

Barbados: Barbados is introducing for all public officers an anti-corruption law aimed at halting the sleaze that apparently existed in the immediate past, and government is offering an amnesty as a chance for some to come clean before the hammer of justice falls. Comment
Brooklyn: The Brooklyn Public Library graduated about 20 adult students in their first graduation ceremony at Central Library on June 28. The library’s inaugural commencement for their High School Equivalency (HSE) program, celebrated the students for completing coursework to take the state’s Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC), which replaced what was commonly known as General Educational Development (GED). Comment
Vincentians attending St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Canarsie, Brooklyn, have described as very successful their annual fundraising barbecue on the church grounds. Comment



Music: “A Taste of Hopetown” soiree marked the celebration of Guyana’s African history at Crystal Manor in Flatbush on July 14. Afro-Guyanese culture was on full display at the ancestral event from music to attire. Hundreds of partygoers attended the event, which was a shining presentation of what the country’s music scene can be and the artists, said the event’s co-organizer. Comment
Arts & Theater: When it comes to presenting free cultural entertainment during the summer, the unrivalled champion city in America is New York. For all its repute for being expensive and unaffordable, city parks throughout the boroughs provide dance, music, spoken word, films and theater free of charge or at a premium low to anyone willing to put a pause on air-conditioners and television sets and stepping out into breezy, tree-lined outdoor spaces. Comment

Bikini Under the Bridge fashions with a cause

Fashion: A cutting edge collection of swimwear lit up the runway at the 10th Annual Bikini Under The Bridge fashion event in Dumbo, Brooklyn, and raked in much needed funds for breast cancer awareness programs to benefit survivors, and themed: “To Brooklyn With Love.” Comment


Jamaica: SYDNEY (AP) — Usain Bolt is making a run at professional soccer in Australia. The Olympic sprint great has long expressed his love of the game. Since his retirement from track, he has tested himself with Germany’s Borussia Dortmund and the Norwegian club Stromsgodset. Comment

Guyana’s economy slowed in 2017: IMF

Guyana: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says economic growth in Guyana slowed in 2017, “but became more broad-based.” In concluding Article IV consultation with Guyanese authorities, the Washington, D.C.-based financial institution said on Monday that the country’s economy grew by 2.1 percent, down from 3.4 percent in 2016, “on the account of lower than expected mining output and weak performance in the sugar sector.” Comment

Queens Tribune Press honors Caribbean nationals

Guyana: The Queens Tribune Press honored Caribbean nationals and an organization, on June 28, for stellar contributions to their community, during the 2nd Annual Caribbean Legacy Awards at Douglaston Manor, in Queens, to celebrate Heritage Month. Comments (1)

Canada welcomes Caribbean, other immigrants

Immigration: While the Trump administration in the United States has stepped up detention and deportation of Caribbean and other immigrants, America’s next-door neighbor, Canada, is doing the opposite — welcoming immigrants. Comment
Music: Haitian-American musician Okai Fleurimond will introduce the traditional drum rhythms of Haiti on July 29 at the Pelham Art Center in Pelham, New York. Open to all ages, the free performance starts at 1:30 pm at the center, a mere eight miles north of the Bronx. Comment

Blueprint for those concerned about race

Books: “We have to talk.” It’s never good when someone tells you that. Even if it’s said with a smile and a pat on the back, you can feel doom in those words. “We have to talk” never helps anyone except when, as in “What Truth Sounds Like” by Michael Eric Dyson, it does. Comment

Wales once more Barbados football champs

Sports: They were champions last year and just to prove that getting to the top was no fluke, Weymouth Wales emerged out of its zone and won the playoff match to become the Barbados Football Association Premier League champions again. Comment

IMF likes Barbados’ plans

IMF likes Barbados’ plans

Barbados: Based on an International Monetary Fund’s preliminary assessment, Barbados appears to be moving correctly along the path towards securing refinancing of its debt obligations and for national economic restructuring. Comments (1)

PAHO hails Guyana Tobacco Control Act

Guyana: The Washington, D.C.-based Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has lauded the implementation of Guyana’s Tobacco Control Act, saying that ensuring the protection of a country’s population from the adverse effects of tobacco is a “marathon process.” Comment

Guyana prez urged to review minister’s alleged parking lot actions

Guyana: The president of the Brooklyn-based Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID) is urging Guyana’s President David Granger to review the alleged actions of Minister Simona Broomes and “repudiate them if deemed inappropriate.” Comment

CARICOM leaders convene for summits

Cuba: Caribbean Community leaders were from Wednesday July 4 due to meet in Jamaica for the main of their two annual summits with key issues like problems in the single trading market on the agenda, but a discussion about a harmonized regional approach to marijuana possession and use could well emerge as a main discussion point. Comment

Will Trump’s trade war make America great again?

Viewpoints: SYDNEY & KUALA LUMPUR, July 16, 2018 (IPS) — The United States has had the world’s largest trade deficit for almost half a century. In 2017, the US trade deficit in goods and services was $566 billion; without services, the merchandise account deficit was $810 billion. Comment

Urgent action needed to safeguard St. Lucia’s biodiversity

St Lucia: CASTRIES, St. Lucia, July 9, 2018 (IPS) - Wildlife conservationists consider it to be one of the most striking parrots of its kind. Saint Lucia’s best-known species, the endangered Amazon parrot, is recognised by its bright green plumage, purple forehead and dusty red-tipped feathers. But a major conservation organisation is warning that climate change and a lack of care for the environment could have devastating consequences for Saint Lucia’s healthy ecosystems and rich biodiversity, including the parrot. Comment

Panamanian founder of Black Solidarity Day transitions

People: Another Black giant fell on July 10 when Dr. Carlos Russell succumbed at Maimonides Hospital. The visionary author, playwright, educator, ambassador, and historian, acclaimed for establishing a Black Solidarity Day in 1969, died in his sleep at age 84. He was born in the Republic of Panama on Aug. 6, 1934. Comment
Movies: Damascus Cover (R for profanity and violence) Espionage thriller, based on Howard Kaplan’s best seller of the same name, about an Israeli spy (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) sent on a dangerous mission to smuggle a chemical weapons scientist and his family out of Syria. With Olivia Thirlby, Jurgen Prochnow and the late John Hurt. Comment

Jamaica’s police commish to talk country’s crime

Jamaica: Jamaica’s top cop is coming to Brooklyn to speak at a public forum about the nation’s crime at Marriott Hotel in Brooklyn Heights on July 19. Comment

Four transgender women challenge Guyana’s cross-dressing law

Guyana: Four Guyanese transgender women have asked the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) to strike down an 1893 post-slavery vagrancy provision which led to their convictions in 2009. Comment

Gayle to play in first Abu Dhabi T20 tourney

Jamaica: West Indies batting superstar Chris Gayle is set to play in the inaugural Abu Dhabi T20 Trophy to be staged in October. Comment

Guyana to host historic CPL playoff matches

Sports: This year’s Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will have playoff matches to be held in Guyana for the first time. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

St Lucia: Barbados Public servants in Barbados will receive a five percent salary next month. Comment
Bahamas: Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said that The Bahamas will not be part of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). He made his country’s position clear when he spoke to journalist after his arrival from the recent CARICOM Heads of Government 39th Annual Conference in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Comment

Guyana to get American Chamber of Commerce

Guyana: With the country racing towards becoming an oil producer by 2020, the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) is moving to setup a branch here to cater for a growing number of United States companies investing in oil and gas, related and other services in the largest of the Caribbean Community group of nations. Comment

Williams submits nearly 70,000 ballot petition signatures

Grenada: Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams, who is running for New York Lieutenant Governor, joined dozens of advocates outside State Board of Elections offices in Albany last Thursday to announce that his campaign has collected more than 68,000 petition signatures backing his effort to secure ballot access for his candidacy. Comment

Developing countries need open democracies

Guyana: I read recently about the interest showed in becoming Guyana’s president among many young, insurgent candidates, and the recent resounding success of many candidates in the USA. My heart goes out to them, and I salute them. They should have the right to compete Comment

New head of Carib insurance facility

Caribbean: Timothy Antoine, Eastern Caribbean Central Bank governor this month took over leadership of the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility amidst a challenge to widen disaster insurance for a natural calamity-prone zone. Comment

Playground operas for Harlem schoolchildren

Arts & Theater: Opera education in primary schools? Seems like a very far-out concept — but not for Trinidad-born Odelphia Pierre, Principal of PS 129 in Harlem, who appreciates the arts. Comment

FIFA bans St. Vincent soccer president

St Vincent: The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee of FIFA, the world governing football (soccer) authority, has banned Venold Coombs, the president of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation (SVGFF). Comments (1)

St. Kitts music fest ‘a rousing success’

Music: Tourism officials in St. Kitts have described as “a rousing success” the 22nd Annual St. Kitts Music Festival. The festival, which took place from Jun. 27 – Jul. 1, drew “record numbers of attendees and an amazing response to all the performers. Comment
Jamaica: Regional leaders must put measures in place to fast-track the full implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). Comment

Show tackling prison systems goes returns on tour

Arts & Theater: Her show is back, and she’s taking it on the road! Comment

Building powerful women in Jamaica

Members of an organization dubbed Empowering Future Minds (EFM) exemplified a mission to help young women in Jamaica by hosting a fund-raiser at Markie B’s Jamaican Cuisine in Jamaica, Queens recently. Comment

Barbados government targets corrupt officials

Barbados: The new Barbados administration intends to pursue and prosecute public officials suspected of corruption as far up the ladder as former government ministers, and will retake assets gained illegally wherever in the world they are placed. Comment
Brooklyn: A Brooklyn-based medical-dental group says it has completed a very successful mission to the West African nation of Ghana. Dr. Janice Emanuel McLean, the Guyanese-born president of Action, Performance, Commitment (APC) told Caribbean Life that the group conducted the mission from Jun. 15-29. Comment
Manhattan: Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams was arrested this week for protesting United States President Donald J. Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. Comment
Travel: The United States Virgin Islands (USVI) Department of Tourism says cruise executives in Miami are “buoyed” by plans for their harbor ports. Comment

Free reggae concert rocks Coney Island

Music: On the most comfortable day of the summer reggae supergroup Third World and “self-proclaimed original dancehall master” Barrington Levy sizzled inside the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island when City Parks Summerstage treated enthusiastic reggae fans to an unprecedented free concert inside the venue. Comment

Count Dracula falls for mystical cruise ship captain

Movies: The first two installments of this popular animated franchise were set at a hotel dedicated to creating a safe space for monsters to unwind. But what about when the resort owners themselves need a break? That’s the question posed at the outset of “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation,” an entertaining animated adventure. Comment

US applauds Bahamian anniversary

Bahamas: The Trump administration on Tuesday congratulated the Bahamas on its 45th anniversary of political independence from Great Britain. Comment

Action needed to protect St. Lucia’s biodiversity

St Lucia: CASTRIES, St. Lucia, July 9, 2018 (IPS) — Wildlife conservationists consider it to be one of the most striking parrots of its kind. Saint Lucia’s best-known species, the endangered Amazon parrot, is recognized by its bright green plumage, purple forehead and dusty red-tipped feathers. But a major conservation organization is warning that climate change and a lack of care for the environment could have devastating consequences for Saint Lucia’s healthy ecosystems and rich biodiversity, including the parrot. Comment
Guyana: First Lady of Guyana H.E. Sandra Granger, who has made domestic violence a top priority in her mission to enrich the lives of Guyanese at home, was the guest speaker at a Conversation and Fundraiser luncheon at Tropical Paradise Banquet Hall in Brooklyn recently. She expressed deep concern for the high rate of women being murdered at the hands of their partners, and called for national dialogue and research to end the scourge. Comment
Music: You didn’t need to be in Haiti at the Hotel Oloffson last Thursday night to hear the vodou-rock band RAM. For more 25 years, every Thursday night, when they’re not touring — RAM legendarily performs at the Oloffson in Port-au-Prince. But on Thursday, July 5, RAM played the grass-filled Springfield Park, located in the middle of Springfield Gardens, Queens. Comment



Caribbean: The British-based Sky Sports says it will show all 34 matches of the 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) live in the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland. Comment
Barbados: As it relates to Barbados, the United States Government’s 2018 Trafficking in Persons report represents a case of a new year, same issues, same negligence resulting in the same ranking. Comment

Aussie batsman Warner to play for St. Lucia

Caribbean: Australia explosive opening batsman David Warner will join the St Lucia Stars for the 2018 Hero Caribbean League (CPL). Comment
Brooklyn: The normally quiet courtrooms and hallways of Brooklyn Supreme Court erupted with a display of colorful carnival costumes and Caribbean pride and culture on June 27. Comment
Travel: The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) says tourism representatives from Turks and Caicos Islands captured two of four tourism industry awards at the opening of the fourth Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF) in Miami last month. Comment

Justice Saunders is new CCJ president

Trinidad and Tobago: St Vincent-born Justice Adrian Saunders was officially sworn in as the next President of the Port-of-Spain, Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice at a ceremony at Montego Bay Convention Center, Jamaica. Comment

West Indies A out of Tri-Nation Series

Caribbean: West Indies A was “bowled” out of the Tri-Nation series when they were beaten by India in their final match at Kia Oval Northampton, England, recently. Comment

Holder hits career best in ICC rankings

Barbados: West Indies Captain Jason Holder has jumped to a career-best 25th spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test bowling ranking, following his outstanding performance in the recent day/night third Test in Barbados. Comment

Barbados implements new tourist tax on hotels

Barbados: Barbados, one of the popular holiday destinations, has implemented a mandatory “room rate levy” to all hotel bedrooms per night on the island effective from July 1, 2018. Comment

Countries are using domestic laws to criminalize healthcare

Health: Dr. Dainius Pūras is UN special rapporteur on “the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.” GENEVA, June 21, 2018 (IPS) — Ambulance drivers attacked, nurses detained, doctors tortured, pharmacists arrested, dentists facing more than a decade in prison—all for delivering healthcare to people considered enemies of the state. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Dark Money (Unrated) Eye-opening expose’ examining the influence of money on American elections since the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Citizen United allowing unlimited corporate contributions to political causes. Comment

West Indies stands ninth in ICC rankings

Trinidad and Tobago: West Indies is still ranked 9th in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings after their drawn three-match Test series against Sri Lanka in the Caribbean recently. Comment

Ambitious telemarketer joins the 1 percent

Movies: To describe Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfied) as struggling would be a major understatement. He and his girlfriend Detroit (Tessa Thompson) are four months behind in their rent on an unfinished garage apartment in inner-city Oakland. The only reason they haven’t been evicted is that their landlord is Cash’s compassionate Uncle Sergio (Terry Crews). He’s been willing to wait to be paid, and even gave his nephew a car for free. Comment

Caribbean Life honors healthcare professionals

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean Life and Community News Group celebrated 25 Caribbean American healthcare professionals during its fifth annual Caribbean American Healthcare Awards ceremony at Paradise Catering Hall on June 27. Comment

Caribbean Roundup

Venezuela: The Antigua and Barbuda government has renewed diplomatic ties with Venezuela. Prime Minister Gaston Browne has reiterated solidarity with the Government and People of Venezuela after he held talks with his South American ally. Comment

Weed unity a key topic at CARICOM summit

Jamaica: Caribbean Community leaders were set to meet starting Wednesday in Jamaica for the main of their two annual summits, and a discussion about a harmonized regional approach to marijuana possession and use could well emerge as a main discussion point. Comment



Arts & Theater: During these dog day afternoons, there’s no better place off to cool off, relax and spend time with 200 like-minded theater-lovers who would rather chill than sweat out the season. Fast forward to a tiny space on 13th Street, where Classic Stage Company (CSC) is now presenting a revival of the musical “Carmen Jones.” Comment
Brooklyn: State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli celebrated the accomplishments of four local members of the Caribbean community in a ceremony at Restoration Plaza in Bedford-Stuyvesant on June 28. Comment

UK plans new hurricane preparedness for Caribbean

Dominica: The United Kingdom Government on announced on Wednesday new measures to make sure British Overseas Territories in the Caribbean have the support they need in the event of a repeat of the devastating hurricanes which hit the region last year. Comment

CHTA warns governments about high air travel taxes

Travel: The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) has warned governments in the region about the adverse effects of high air travel-related taxes and fees on travel as they wrestle with balancing budgets. Comment
Food: The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) says Trinidad and Tobago is the new Caribbean National Culinary Team of the Year. CHTA said last week that the team won top honors in the finale of the 2018 Taste of the Caribbean culinary competition at the Hyatt Regency in Miami Comment

Barbadians getting medicinal ganja relief

Barbados: An assurance by the new Barbados government of an intention to exploit marijuana for its medicinal benefits — and make resulting products legal — must be welcome news to many on the island, especially pain-ridden persons in the disabled community. Comment

Separated Central American families abused in U.S.

Guatemala: Of the 2,500 children separated from their parents or guardians on the southern border of the U.S. since April, just over 2,000 are still being held in detention centres and shelters in that country, according to the media and human rights organisations.This is despite the fact that President Trump signed a decree on Jun. 20 putting an end to the separation of families. Comment
Arts & Theater: A Prospect Lefferts Gardens dance academy is heading to the Bahamas for a new dance immersion program. The contemporary dance school AbunDance Academy is launching “AbunDance in Bahamas” — a weeklong program introducing its students to dancing styles of another culture. Comment

Neymar leads Brazil to World Cup quarterfinals

Brazil: SAMARA, Russia (AP) — Flaunting his flair and his finishing touch wasn’t enough. Neymar put his theatrics on show, too. What became clear in Brazil’s 2-0 victory over Mexico on Monday is that the wild side of the striker’s character is going nowhere at this year’s World Cup. And neither is Brazil. Comment

Top cricket awards for Hope, Taylor

Barbados: West Indies batsman Shai Hope collected three top awards — Windies Cricketer of the Year; Windies Test Cricketer of the Year; Windies ODI Cricketer of the Year for 2017 at a ceremony held recently at Hilton Hotel, Barbados. Female Cricketer of the Year and ODI Cricketer of the Year awards went to Jamaican all-rounder Captain Stefanie Taylor, Comment
New York: In the wake of President Donald J. Trump’s new executive order on the separation of migrant children from their families, Brooklyn Democratic Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has headed New York’s congressional delegation in demanding information on child detention centers and private prison contractors from the administration. Comment

Trinidad nationals receive Queens Young Leaders Awards

Trinidad and Tobago: Two Trinidad and Tobago nationals are among a group of young people across the Commonwealth who will receive awards from Queen Elizabeth in London later this month. Comment

Nevis-born Hamilton on ICS Wall of Fame

St Kitts and Nevis: The Washington, D.C.-based Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) has inducted Nevis-born first United States Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton onto its “Wall of Fame” as part of a series of recognitions of Caribbean Americans in commemoration of National Caribbean American Heritage Month. Comment

Antigua reaffirms solidarity with Venezuela

Venezuela: The government of Antigua and Barbuda says it has reiterated solidary with the government and people of Venezuela after Prime Minister Gaston Browne held bilateral and diplomatic talks with his South American ally. Comment

Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph onto Wall of Fame

Music: The Washington, D.C.-based Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) has inducted Jamaican American actress Sheryl Lee Ralph into its “Wall of Fame” in commemoration of National Caribbean American Heritage Month celebrations. Comment

ICC to introduce World Test Championship

Caribbean: The International Cricket Council (ICC) will be introducing a World Test Championship as well as a One-Day International (ODI) League as part of its Future Tours Program (FTP) from 2018 to 2023. Comment
Barbados: Since Mia Mottley led her Barbados Labour Party to crush the then governing Democratic Labour Party in the May 24 elections, nothing has been heard from the vanquished officials who once ruled the Barbados political landscape like giants. Comment

Bahamas to launch digital currency

Bahamas: The Central Bank of The Bahamas is moving to introduce a pilot digital currency for the country. The announcement was made by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest recently during The Bahamas Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Conference. Comment
Antigua: A Bronx-based support organization for fathers traveled to Antigua last weekend to provide young men and fathers with first responder skills. The fatherhood program Deeds Driven Dads, held the training session titled, “Responsible Fatherhood and Emergency Response Training” on the island on June 23. Comments (1)

Sri Lanka beats West Indies

Caribbean: Sri Lanka beat West Indies in the final Test to level the three-match series (1-1) in the historic day/night Test at the Kensington Oval, Barbados inside on the penultimate day of the match last week. Comment

Caribbean Roundup

Trinidad and Tobago: For the second time in recent years, the St. James’ Club in Antigua has been forced to close because of an invasion of the dreaded sargassum seaweed. Comment

Isle ensconced: City designates swath of Central Bklyn as Little Haiti

Haiti: The City Council last week passed a bill designating a swath of Central Brooklyn as the Little Haiti Cultural and Business District, culminating a state pol’s months-long push for the enclave following last year’s designation of its tiny neighbor, Little Caribbean. Comment

Pols push for plates honoring Jamaican bobsledders

Jamaica: Democrats and Republicans seem to be unable to agree on most policy issues. However, in the New York State legislature the two parties seem to be less contentious with a recent united agreement approving the Division of Motor of Vehicles (DMV) to issue license plates honoring the Jamaica Bobsled team and its unprecedented Olympic qualification in the 1988 winter games. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Bleeding Steel (R for violence and some profanity) Jackie Chan stars in this sci-fi thriller as a police inspector on the trail of the mad scientist (Callan Mulvey) behind the mysterious disappearance of his daughter (Na-Na OuYang) over a decade ago. (In English and Mandarin with subtitles). Comment

Geriatric legends vs. Youngbloods in hoops comedy

Movies: Rucker Park is home to a popular basketball tournament staged since 1950 on an outdoor court located at 155th Street in Harlem. Uncle Drew is a hilarious hoops flick which pays tribute to Rucker Park as well as to the acrobatic athletes who have mesmerized generations of adoring fans attending the annual summer classic. Comment
Barbados: The Caribbean Court of Justice has ruled out the mandatory death sentences on persons convicted of murder in Barbados because such a practice is unconstitutional. Comment
Food: Caribbean Social was named restaurant of the year on June 25, at the 3rd Annual International Food and Wine tasting at the JLoft in Brooklyn, hosted by the Brooklyn Borough President Nightlife and Restaurant Coalition. Comment

BP sponsors Central Brooklyn culture walk

Music: Hundreds of revelers hit Eastern Parkway on June 24 to toast the cultural contributions of individuals and institutions hailing from neighborhoods in the heart of the borough, including a Bedford-Stuyvesant–born, award-winning performer honored at the bash who thrilled attendees with a surprise show. Comment


Guyana: From August 1999 to late November 2011, Bharrat Jagdeo ran Guyana as president, accounting for the largest single chunk of the presidency among those who headed the then governing People’s Progressive Party (PPP) during its 23 years in power that ended with defeat in 2015. Comment

Broke past Barbados government wasted money

Barbados: Barbadians and observers of this island’s governance were left in shock at revelations that the past government that has been cash-strapped in the last 10 years of its rule had left some US$136 million in soft loans undrawn. Comment

Thousands protest travel ban verdict

Manhattan: Just hours after the Supreme Court verdict on the Trump Administration travel ban was announced on June 26, New Yorkers responded to an immediate, last minute call to action. On Facebook, activist Linda Sarsour wrote: “BREAKING NEWS. We lost. Reversed and remanded. The Supreme Court just took the side of Trump and his white supremacist administration in the Muslim and refugee ban case. They decided in favor of xenophobia. Another dark stain on our country’s history. Meet me at Foley Square at 6 pm.” Comment
Barbados: While statistics show that Cricket West Indies is growing as a home for professional regional players, the Barbados government wants to link this and other sports as not only an avenue to direct employment, but a boost for tourism. Comment

Panamanians score goal of honoring media

Arts & Theater: Panamanian nationals here in Brooklyn glowed with gratitude by honoring media practitioners they believe are worthy of recognition and presenting 10 Lucite awards and citations as proof of their appreciation. Comment
Arts & Theater: Dozens of carnival aficionados attended the annual Caribbean Cultural Showcase at Von King Park in Bedford-Stuyvesant on June 24. Fort Greene based-Caribbean cultural organization Tropical Fete, presented “Carnival Jungle: Sweet for Days” — their new carnival designs for 2018. Guests enjoyed the visual and musical entertainment, and many were especially big fans of the group’s steel pan ensemble, said one of the organizers. Comment
Arts & Theater: From the eyes of the youth. Comment

Fast bowler Gabriel gets historic 13-wicket haul

St Lucia: West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel has got into the record books by his historic 13-wicket haul in the second Test against Sri Lanka at the Darren Sammy Stadium, St. Lucia which ended in a draw recently. Comment

Relays pioneer urges Belize students: ‘Dream.’

St Vincent: The Vincentian-born pioneer of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Belize’s Penn Relays initiative, James Cordice, has urged graduates at the Ecumenical High School in Stan Creek, Belize to “dream extraordinarily to achieve greatness.” Comment


Sports: Two of the best teams in international soccer this week went into their final group matches in danger of being bounced from the World Cup. Comment
Brooklyn: In what has been described as a “squeaker,” incumbent Caribbean American Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke got the scare of her political life Tuesday night, narrowly defeating a relatively unknown challenger in New York Democratic primary elections. Comments (1)

Antigua to US: Pay up!

Antigua: Fifteen years ago, tiny Antigua took the United States to the Geneva, Switzerland-based World Trade Organization (WTO) and won a ruling that basically said that moves by the US to shut down the country’s then booming online gaming industry were illegal and Washington should pay hundreds of millions in compensation. The US has outrightly refused to pay Antigua and restore impediments to its online gaming industry. Comment

Bahamas PM fires four Parliament members

Bahamas: Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis fired four members of his government after they voted “no” against the proposed 60 percent value added tax (VAT) increase from 7.5 percent to 12 percent which was announced in the 2018–2019 budget. Comment

Hurricanes cost Caribbean $1 billion

Caribbean: The Caribbean lost more than US$1 billion in tourism revenue after hurricanes discouraged visitors during the costliest storm season on record. Comment
Guyana: Mayor of the City of East Orange Ted R. Green led a drum procession out of City Hall and joined Guyanese in raising the Golden Arrowhead flag over the municipal building on Friday, June 22 to celebrate Guyana’s 52nd Anniversary of Independence, with pomp and ceremony. Comment
Books: Oh, the things you’ve heard! You’ve been told statements that aren’t true, and that made you sad. Myths kept you from your full potential. Tall tales were told to provoke you. And with the new book “I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness” by Austin Channing Brown, well, sit down. You’re about to get an eyeful. Comment

Bronx Borough President honors Bichotte

Haiti: Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. last week honored Brooklyn Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte during his annual Caribbean American Heritage Month celebration. Comment


Arts & Theater: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, a hip-hop-style choreography performed by students of Impressions Dance Theatre on June 24, set the tone for an evening of exciting entertainment at the school’s 15th Anniversary Recital at PS 268 in Jamaica, Queens. Comment
St Lucia: As the fourth Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF) gots underway in Miami, the chief executive officer of the Caribbean’s largest private sector organization is paid tribute to one of its leaders for uniting the region in the aftermath of last September’s hurricanes. Comment

Sri Lanka captain banned for final Test against Windies

Caribbean: Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has been banned for one Test match and fined 100 percent of his match fee over a ball-tampering charge that was brought against him by the International Cricket Council (ICC) during the second Test match against the West Indies at the Darren Sammy National Stadium in St. Lucia last week. Comment

Jamaican women are CWI Twenty20 champiions

Jamaica: Jamaica women beat arch-rivals Barbados to be crowed champions in the Cricket West Indies (CWI) Twenty20 Blaze tournament in Kingston, Jamaica recently. Comment

Feds fight bad hombres in gory border war sequel

Movies: Just as the debate about the detention of undocumented aliens has reached a fevered pitch, here we have a film revolving around the dark side of the border wars. It doesn’t focus as much on the vast majority of non-violent refugees entering the country in search of the American Dream as on the “bad hombres” Donald Trump has repeatedly alluded to since the day he threw his hat into the ring as a presidential candidate. Comment

Feds fight bad hombres in gory border war sequel

Movies: Just as the debate about the detention of undocumented aliens has reached a fevered pitch, here we have a film revolving around the dark side of the border wars. It doesn’t focus as much on the vast majority of non-violent refugees entering the country in search of the American Dream as on the “bad hombres” Donald Trump has repeatedly alluded to since the day he threw his hat into the ring as a presidential candidate. Comment

Guyana to ask court for Venezuela border ruling

Venezuela: Guyana’s government will ask the World Court in The Netherlands to rule that an 1899 demarcation of borders with neighboring Venezuela is valid and final after Venezuelan authorities refused to allow the court to hear the case, saying it does not have the right or legal jurisdiction to do so. Comment

UK service celebrates ‘Windrush generation’ from Caribbean

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May joined more than 2,000 people at London’s Westminster Abbey on Friday to celebrate the contribution of immigrants from the Caribbean, 70 years to the day after hundreds of West Indians arrived to help rebuild war-scarred Britain. Comment

Trinidadians protest crime-wave

Trinidad and Tobago: Hundreds of families of crime and other citizens gathered outside the Parliament building calling for the resignation of Trinidad and Tobago National Security Minister Edmund Dillion over the heinous and spiraling murders across the country on Friday, June 22. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Cakemaker (Unrated) Romance drama about a gay baker (Tim Kalkhof) who travels from Germany to Jerusalem after his married Israeli lover (Roy Miller) perishes in a car crash. There, he takes a job at his late boyfriend’s wife’s (Sarah Adler) cafe without letting her know about their secret relationship. With Zohar Shtrauss, Sandra Sade and Stephanie Stremler. (In Hebrew, German and English with subtitles) Comment

Cicely Tyson inducted into ICS Wall of Fame

Movies: As Caribbean Americans in the United States celebrate National Caribbean American Heritage Month, the Washington, D.C.-based Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) has inducted Caribbean American actress Cicely L. Tyson into its “Wall of Fame.” Comment

Free summer concerts return to Coney Island

Music: Council Member Mark Treyger and Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams on Monday joined City Parks Foundation in returning free summer concerts to Coney Island. Comments (1)

Caribbean Roundup

Trinidad and Tobago: Bahamians will have to dig deeper into their pockets as the Government is increasing the Value Added Tax (VAT) from 7.5 percent to 12 percent. The increase comes three and a half years after VAT was introduced. Finance Minister Peter Turnquest said the measure which is projected to bring in another US$1.1 billion in revenue in the next fiscal year, is aimed at trying to close the fiscal gap and avoid a crisis. Comment

America first or America alone?

Viewpoints: UNITED NATIONS, June 21, 2018 (IPS) - The United States’ move to withdraw from the Human Rights Council will have “reverberations” throughout the world in years to come, say human rights groups. Comment

City community college’s food pantry feeds students in need

Administrators at a city community college are nourishing the minds — and bodies — of its most vulnerable students with a newly created food pantry where those in need of something to eat can stock up on essential groceries for free. Comment

Use a public health approach to reduce gun violence

Viewpoints: On March 14 of this year, students across the US left class for 17 minutes – one minute for every person killed in the Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School massacre. It is a bit disheartening to realize that, if the students had instead chosen to stay out of class one minute for every person killed by gunfire in the US during one year, they would have skipped school for nearly five months — the rest of the spring semester and a couple of months into the fall term. Comment

Increased climate finance aids Caribbean: IDB

Environment: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says a financing increase of more than 20 percent from the previous year by the world’s six largest multilateral development banks (MDBs) has boosted projects that help the Caribbean and other developing countries cut emissions and address climate risks. Comments (1)
Music: While a large amount of creative talent continues to flow from the Caribbean bringing recognition and commerce to the region, territories in this group of islands are yet to harmonize copyright laws for protection of artistes. Comment


Guyana: Two weeks after the company had told Guyana’s government that it was switching focus from exploratory to development wells, ExxonMobil on Wednesday announced yet another major oil find offshore Guyana as it races to make this Caribbean Community nation the latest oil producer in the regional grouping in early 2020. Comment

U.S. Rep. Lee marks Caribbean-American Heritage Month

People: United States Congresswoman Barbara Lee has joined in the celebration of June as Caribbean American Heritage Month. Comment

Venezuelans must prove Guyanese links to get land

Venezuela: Guyana’s government has vowed not to give out mineral-rich lands to Guyanese who had lived in finance-starved Venezuela for decades unless they can prove local citizenship beyond a doubt the foreign ministry said last weekend. Comment

Williams rejects Trump’s family separation executive order

Brooklyn: Caribbean American Democratic New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams has rejected President Donald J. Trump’s executive order that seeks to curtail the separation of families at the US border by detaining parents and children together of an indefinite period. Comments (1)

Brits’ Windrush Day honors Caribbean migrants

Immigration: The British Government has announced that a day celebrating the Windrush generation and their Caribbean descendants will be held annually on June 22. Comment

Remittances ‘more than a lifeline’ for Caribbean: UN

People: The United Nations’ International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) says remittances to the Caribbean and other countries are much more than a “lifeline” for millions. Comment
Music: The Brooklyn-based Tropicalfete, Inc. will host its annual Caribbean Cultural Showcase on Sunday, June 24 in Brooklyn to unveil its 2018 costumes under the theme “The Carnival Jungle — Sweet Fuh Days Comment


Arts & Theater: A blend of cultures performed at a free community concert at Kings Theatre on June 15. At “Dance Brooklyn! A World Celebration,” the event featured dance groups from various cultures and dance styles to celebrate diversity. Organized by East New York-based dance company Purelements, an Evolution in Dance, the company wanted the show to foster cultural connections and dance available to more people. Comment

New Caribbean children’s book series

Books: Introducing the Caribbean Junie B. Jones. A new book series highlighting childhood in the Caribbean, from the perspective of a young protagonist is aiming to introduce a genre of children’s books for youth of Caribbean descent. “The Adventures of Wyetta,” follows Wyetta — a young and curious St. Lucian school girl with a penchant for mischief. Brooklyn-based author Claudette Charles says the series aims to be the representation severely lacking in modern literature for Caribbean youth. In an effort to locate books about her country to educate her children, she was exposed to a huge absence in Caribbean literature. Comment
Barbados: The Mia Mottley administration is scrapping and rushing to change regulations that have for years been humiliating nationals of sister CARICOM countries by demanding visas to enter Barbados and confining in-transit passengers to the airport. Comments (2)

Dowrich, Gabriel rise in ICC Test ranks

Caribbean: West Indies wicket-keeper Shane Dowrich who scored a century in the First Test against Sri Lanka at the Queen’s Park, Oval, Trinidad recently has pushed him up 20 spots in the latest ICC Test batting rankings. Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel has moved up one place to 23rd as the highest ranked Windies bowler while Holder also jumped one place to 35th. Comment
Early indications that the new Barbados government is inspiring confidence in the international community are an International Monetary Fund undertaking to grant the island concessionary loans, and a hemispheric bank’s commitment to chip in also. Comment

Mexico’s faithful wishing for another win

Mexico’s faithful wishing for another win

Caribbean: MOSCOW (Associated Press) — Green-clad fans, many with oversized sombreros as big as their hopes, filled the streets outside St. Basil’s Cathedral, packed the Metro and made the long walk into Luzhniki Stadium. They and millions back home have one wish, a demand really: for Mexico to play that “quinto partido,” the fifth game of a World Cup. Comment

Brooklyn doctor performs innovative hand surgery

Brooklyn: A doctor at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, officially known as NYC Health+Hospitals/Kings County, has become one of the first doctors in New York City, and likely the first in Brooklyn, to use an innovative method of hand surgery that allows patients to be awake during the outpatient procedure. Comment

Cricket historian says Windies ‘tide is turning’

Caribbean: Cricket historian, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles believes the “tide is turning” in West Indies cricket. He is contending that the excellence of the “Jason Holder generation” could lead to a revival of the former World Champions. Comment

Groovin’ returns with longer show, bigger lineup

Music: The reggae and rhythm and blues music festival, Groovin’ in the Park returns to Roy Wilkins Park this weekend on June 24. The annual concert is debuting a few new additions to the program, and is also prolonging its runtime for an extended show, said the concert’s co-founder. Comments (1)

Uber Eats offering discounts for select Caribbean eats

Food: The food delivery service Uber Eats is observing Caribbean Heritage Month with a special promotional week offering its users discounts on all orders made at participating Caribbean-American restaurants. Comment

Brazil’s World Cup hopes in peril

Brazil: One of the main title favorites, Brazil suddenly sees itself having to come from behind to keep alive its hopes of winning the team’s first world title since 2002 Comment

Dominica PM wants marijuana debate

Dominica: Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has called for a debate on the use of marijuana for religious and medicinal purposes, but the discussions must first be held with local and international stakeholders before any legislation is brought to the Parliament. Comment

Oprah’s BFF writes: The best advice could be self advice

Books: Listen up. Pay attention. Eyes forward, ears open. You’ve heard those things before in your life, and now you say them to yourself, your kids, and your employees. But do they hear what you say now… or, as in the new book “Note to Self,” collected and introduced by Gayle King, will your words ring back in the future? Comment

U.S., Cuba hold bilateral talks

Cuba: The United States says it has held the seventh Bilateral Commission meeting with Cuba in Washington. Comment


Caribbean: The government of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) says its Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labor, Dr. Kedrick Pickering, has been selected to represent the British Overseas Territories (OTs) at the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that will take place in December this year. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Boundaries (R for profanity, sexual references, drug use and nude sketches) Intergenerational dramedy about a single-mom (Vera Farmiga) who has to drive cross-country to relocate her estranged father (Christopher Plummer) with the help of her son (Lewis MacDougall) after the rebellious geezer is kicked out of his retirement home for dealing marijuana. Support cast includes Christopher Lloyd, Peter Fonda and Bobby Cannavale. Comment

West Indies batsman Lewis is in Twenty20 top five

Caribbean: Attacking West Indies opener Evin Lewis has climbed into the top five of the ICC Twenty20 batting rankings, but champion off-spinner Sunil Narine has slipped to four places to l8th in the bowling rankings. In the latest rankings released recently, the left-handed Lewis has moved one place to fifth, on 753 rating points. Comment

Barbados rising in FIFA world

Barbados: While much cannot be said of its play on the field, Barbados is quietly moving up the FIFA organizational and administrative ladder by becoming home to the regional training office, then having a national elected as Caribbean boss. Comment
Guyana: Permanent Representative and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Guyana to the United Nations, Rudolph M. Ten-Pow, has been elected by acclamation as a Vice President to the UN 73rd General Assembly, scheduled for Sept. 18–30. Comment

Clarke rip Trump’s separating migrant families at border

People: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has joined national outrage over the Trump administration’s decision to separate migrant children from their parents at the U.S. border. Comment
Brooklyn: Dozens of dads and their families celebrated Father’s Day at a Canarsie community garden on June 17. The day-long event invited father’s and their kin from all over to the green space at E. 93rd and Schenck streets, to celebrate fatherhood. And it was also a special day for men who are not parents, said one local man. Comment
Brooklyn: Hundreds participated in the festive ninth annual Juneteenth celebration at Gershwin Park in East New York on June 16. The yearly event celebrating June 19, also known as Juneteenth — the emancipation of slavery in Texas, honors that milestone with an all-day community get-together. Featuring a talent show, music, arts and crafts, and dancing, the day was especially filled with a lot to see for newcomers, according to one attendee. Comment

US Air Force officer serves with distinction

Jamaica: Major Dietrich Heath is Senator Roxanne Persaud’s 2018 New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame nominee, a military woman who has served with distinction in the United States Air National Guard, while wearing many hats in her long illustrious career. Comment

Inside Life

Inside Life

Music: “Jamaica to UK, the Reggae Revolution” Themes IRD’s 2018 Celebration of 50 Years of Reggae & Synergy With England. Comment

Jamaica reaffirms infrastructure investment commitment

Jamaica: Jamaica’s Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Audley Shaw, has reiterated the Andrew Holness government’s commitment to providing an enabling infrastructure for investment. Comment

ASCAC pays tribute to Dr. John Henrik Clarke

Manhattan: Loyalists devoted to the aim and purpose of the Association of Classical African Civilizations in the eastern region will repeat an annual tribute they have been marking for 20 years by honoring the storied legacy left by revered Pan-African educator Dr. John Henrik Clarke. Comments (2)
Movies: As kids, five BFFs from Spokane, Washington began playing Tag with no idea that, over the intervening years, an innocuous children’s game might gradually morph into a cutthroat version where each would go to extraordinary lengths to pass on or avoid becoming “It.” Several decades later, despite bearing all the responsibilities associated with adulthood, the guys remain ever vigilant for another tap on the shoulder. Comment

UWI professor elected to UN Committee

Trinidad and Tobago: A University of the West Indies (UWI) professor of Gender, Social Change and Development, Rhoda Reddock, has been elected to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). Comment

Councilman Williams pays tribute to Flag Day

Grenada: Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane Williams last week paid tribute to National Flay Day, saying that it is “an important opportunity to reflect on what our flag represents to the nation as a symbol and on the ideals that all Americans profess to uphold. Comment

My analysis of the upcoming PUP Convention

Belize: I knew that from the time John Briceno became the new party leader, Anthony Sabal will not remain the standard bearer for the People’s United Party (PUP) in Dangriga. This is because he was placed there at the urging of his friend and former leader of the PUP Francis Fonseca. Together they worked to get rid of their then sitting Representative Ivan Ramos the brother of now aspiring candidate Anthony Ramos. Anthony Sabal also lost twice so the PUP are looking for a fresh face. Comment

Dream on

Dream on

Arts & Theater: It’s a dream of the past and present. A show inspired by the musical “Dreamgirls” will tackle modern issues, including racism and school shooting, when it plays the Kings Theatre on June 24. “Dream Abundantly” uses tunes and themes from the Broadway musical (and later film) to shine a light on issues facing kids today, said its creator. Comment

Call for ‘new narrative’ for Caribbean development

Caribbean: The Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Alicia Bárcena, has called for a “new narrative” on international cooperation for the region’s development. Comment

ICE nabs Caribbean nationals in NJ immigrant sweep

Trinidad and Tobago: The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency says a number of Caribbean nationals have been arrested among 91 immigrants during a five-day immigration sweep in New Jersey. ICE said the operation targeted “at-large criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants and other immigration violators.” Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Cuba’s Deputy Foreign Minister Rogello Sierra is moving to hold meetings with its Caribbean counterparts along with Cuban residents and Cuban state mission personnel in those countries. Comment

Friendly industrial air emerges in Barbados

Barbados: An atmosphere of conciliation appears to have overcome some elements of the leadership in Barbados, with trades unions curbing their wage demands for workers and the private sector jumping on board government’s recovery plan. Comment

Trump is here to stay and change the world

Viewpoints: ROME, June 18, 2018 (IPS) - Donald John Trump, 45th and current president of the United States, has been seen in many illustrious circles as an anomaly that cannot last. Well, it is time to look at reality. Comment

ExxonMobil begins drilling off Guyana shores

Guyana: The United States-based oil giant ExxonMobil has announced that it has started development drilling offshore. In a statement, the company said that the Liza Phase 1 development continues to rapidly progress and that development drilling began in May for the first of 17 wells planned for Phase 1, laying the foundation for production start-up in 2020. President of ExxonMobil Development Company, Liam Mallon, said the work being done in Guyana is remarkable. Comment

NYC Comptroller honors Caribbean Americans

Haiti: As part of his Caribbean American Heritage Month celebrations, New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer on Tuesday honored three Caribbean Americans in a grand celebration at Tropical Paradise Ballroom on Utica Avenue in Brooklyn. Comment
Barbados: Air BNB boasts a US$2.6 billion haul from business worldwide in 2017, but despite Barbados being a principal player in that money build-up, the island received nothing in revenue and the new government has said this has to stop. Comment
Music: The president of the Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Nurses Association of New York, Inc. (SVGNANY), Dionne Crichton-Bailey, has described as a resounding success the group’s inaugural Tea Party, held on Saturday, June 9 at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment

Author gets intimate: Acclaimed Haitian-American writer talks hot-button topics at P’Heights library

Books: A celebrated Haitian-American author will discuss how such polarizing issues as immigration and terrorism influence her craft during a free lecture at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Central branch on Sunday. Comment

Barbados cracked an egg

Barbados: Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley has delivered on many campaign promises, brought almost immediate breaks to the nation that overwhelming elected her government, and set down sacrifices to me made for economic recovery, all in one fell swoop. Comment

Guyanese returning from Venezuela destitute

Venezuela: While some neighboring South American countries are trying to cope with thousands of Venezuelans fleeing economic and other hardships at home, Guyana’s government is instead bracing for the return of hundreds of its own nationals who had lived in Venezuela for decades but are now returning home many penniless, homeless and landless. Comments (2)

Antigua hosting romantic giveaway contest for two couples

Antigua: Only couples need apply. The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority recently launched a romantic all-inclusive giveaway competition for couples. To observe the month of June as their obligatory month of romance, the agency is going to award two couplings with a chance for a three-night stay at their Sugar Ridge and South Point hotels, said a spokeswoman. Comment



Arts & Theater: Guyanese American Verna Walcott-White, an award-winning choreographer, Educator and CEO of Impressions Dance Theatre, will welcome fans to the group’s 15th Annual Dance Recital on Sunday, June 24 at 4 pm. Comment

Trinidad’s Jason Mohammed leads Windies A squad

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago all-rounder Jason Mohammed will lead a West Indies “A” squad for a Tri-Nation Series in England later this month. Comment



Music: Eleven calypsonians from the Dynamite Calypso Tent in New York, considered the sole Vincentian calypso tent in North America, gave a good account of themselves Saturday night in the preliminary judging in the National Calypso Competition in Vincy Mas 2018. Comment
Music: The Resource and Finance Commission of the Brooklyn-based Independent United Order of Mechanics (IUOM), Friendly Society, Western Hemisphere, Inc., on Sunday hosted its grand annual luncheon at Sirico’s Caterers in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn. Comment
New York: Celebrating June as Caribbean Heritage Month, the citywide WiFi service LinkNYC is commemorating the annual observance by gracing all of their kiosks with images of influential Americans of Caribbean descent. Comment

Sandals is new Cricket West Indies sponsor

Travel: The luxury hotel chain Sandals Resorts is the new major commercial sponsor of West Indies cricket. Comment

Cricket West Indies marks 92 years in ICC

Caribbean: West Indies cricket recently celebrated 92 years of being a full member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) as a Test playing nation. Comment

Bolt loses ninth gold medal

Jamaica: Former Jamaica super star athlete, Usain Bolt would not be getting back his ninth Olympic gold medal. Comment

A new star: Harlem rapper and actor Arnstar’s growing fame

People: He’s a triple threat of talent. Brooklyn-born and Harlem raised actor, rapper, and dancer Sean “ARNSTAR” Kirkland is making a lot of moves for himself in the entertainment world. The 27-year-old recently starred in the Netflix film “Roxanne, Roxanne,” and went viral for a dance video he and a few friends did for a challenge headed by singer Neyo and song, while also highlighting Harlem’s vibrant dance culture and scene. The video was reshared picked up some traction shedding light on a revival he wants to bring to the forefront of hip-hop. Comment

Father’s Day brunch to benefit school in Guyana

Guyana: Students of St. Rose’s High School in Georgetown will benefit from an upgraded science laboratory and special projects at the school’s campus, thanks to the United States Alumni Association that will donate funds raised at a Father’s Day brunch celebration. Comment

U.S. based cancer network collaborates with Caribbean cancer association

Health: Two cancer focused organizations are collaborating to increase cancer awareness in the Caribbean. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and the Caribbean Association of Oncology and Hematology (CAOH) are collaborating to improve cancer care and treatment in the Caribbean. Comment

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