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Friday, Aug. 31, 2018

No Bond for ‘Yardie’ director

Movies: Two weeks ago when British actor Idris Elba tweeted “my name’s Elba, Idris Elba,” social media outlets went viral declaring that the star of HBO’s “The Wire” would be the next 007 spy agent and James Bond star. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018

Primary for mid-terms on Sept. 13

Brooklyn: A competitive primary election slated for Thursday, Sept. 13 will be the second New York Democratic primary this year to determine mid-term elected officials and perhaps the current fate of the two political parties and their bid to win the White House in 2020. Comment

Friday, Aug. 24, 2018

Barbados karate champs

Barbados karate champs

Barbados: Barbadian Karateka, Asha Stevenson, emerged the most outstanding female young competitor as Barbados romped home indisputable champions when it hosted the International Karate Daigaku World Cup over the weekend. Comment

Barbados scrapes draw vs Jamaica

Jamaica: Barbados Tridents football team managed a two-all draw in a friendly fixture against the higher-rated Jamaica Reggae Boyz Tuesday night as the sides warm-up for a regional competition later this year. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018

QUAKE SHAKES REGION

QUAKE SHAKES REGION

Trinidad and Tobago: For days, perhaps weeks, people across the Caribbean will be talking about Tuesday’s earthquake off the coast of Venezuela that was felt in tremor form as far north in the smaller Windward island like St. Lucia and as far south as Guyana and Suriname. Comment
Haiti: Members of Brooklyn’s Haitian community cheered officials as they unveiled a new street sign in honor of a native forefather at the corner of Rogers and Newkirk avenues on Saturday. Comment
Immigration: British Prime Minister Theresa May has expressed remorse, apologized to Caribbean leaders over the Windrush generation controversy. At a Downing Street, London meeting on Aug. 17, May said she was “genuinely sorry” about the anxiety caused by the Home Office threatening the children of Commonwealth citizens with deportation, according to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Comment

Has globalization enhanced development cooperation?

Viewpoints: KUALA LUMPUR, Aug. 21, 2018 (IPS) — Protracted economic stagnation in rich countries continues to threaten the development prospects of poorer countries. Globalization and economic liberalization over the last few decades have integrated developing countries into the world economy, but now that very integration is becoming a threat as developing countries are shackled by the knock-on effects of the rich world’s troubles. Comment
Guyana: Hundreds of children packed the A1 Banquet Hall in the village of Soesdyke, on the East Coast of Demerara, Guyana, from early, on Friday, Aug. 17, to receive gifts of school supplies thanks to donations obtained by members of the Guyana Unity Movement, New York, (GUM). The members traveled to Guyana to ensure every child left the venue with backpacks of coloring books, pencils and crayons. Gift vouchers, were also handed out. Comment
Music: “The organizers, exhibitors, talented performers, artisans and vendors who come together each year to make Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique Day in New York City, a reality, are all set to make this, the 10th anniversary, the biggest ever,” affirms project coordinator, Michael Vincent of GRENCAP UNITED, the organization responsible for staging this annual event. Comments (1)

WIADCA presents New York Caribbean Carnival Week 2018

Arts & Theater: Thursday, Aug. 30 Reggae | Afrobeats | Soca Unda Di Stars! - Showtime: 7 pm – 1 am This outdoor jam session is complete with Afro-Caribbean Roots, Rhythm and Reggae! Full of vibes with a unique line-up Charly Black (Jamaica), Nailah Blackman (Trinidad), Ayo Jay (Nigeria), Linky First (Jamaica), Brooklyn’s own DyDy and more. Music by Kevin Crown (Dancehall), DJ Gringo (Reggae), Concert Kings: DJ Don & DJ Buka (Afrobeats) Triple 9 HD & Sound City International (Soca). Tickets: $35. More at the door. VIP $80. Comment
Music: Haitian cultural group Fanmi Asòtò teams up with NY’s Oldest House and Brooklyn Arts Council to bring an unprecedented festival celebrating the Lakou Souvenance tradition, including food, dancing, drumming, singing, and more. Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018

Brooklyn: A charitable community group hosted a ceremonial giveaway for children of homeless families in an East Flatbush shelter on Aug. 18. The East Flatbush based organization, LYFTS (Lifting You For Tomorrow’s Success) hosted the event celebrating youngsters at the Tilden Hall residence for completing the summer-long program. Comment

Independent & Foreign

Movies: Blue Iquana (Unrated) Crime comedy about a couple of ex-cons (Sam Rockwell and Ben Schwartz) working in dead end jobs at a NYC diner when a British lawyer (Phoebe Fox) walks in and makes an offer they can’t refuse. With Simon Callow, Amanda Donohoe and Frances Barber. Comment

Challenges and benefits of ‘gigging’

Books: Your allowance was never enough, as a kid. Oh, sure, it bought you what you needed but what you wanted, well, you had to figure that out yourself. A dime here, a dollar there, little chores-for-pay, tasks for Grandma and you made it work. And as you’ll see in the new book, “Gigged” by Sarah Kessler, some things never change. Comment

Holder improves bowler rankings

Sports: West Indies Captain Jason Holder has moved up one place in the latest ICC Test bowling rankings, which were recently released. Comment

St. Lucia Stars lose 14 straight in CPL tourney

St Lucia: St. Lucia Stars tumbled to their 14th straight defeat, going down to Jamaica Tallawahs by six wickets in the seventh match of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) last Tuesday night at Sabina Park, Jamaica. Comment

ORDER OF DISTINCTION

Jamaica: The first black woman to win a world championship title in swimming will be honored with the Distinction in the Rank Commander on Jamaica’s National Heroes’ Day Oct. 15, 2018. Comments (1)
Sports: The West Indies team is set to visit Bangladesh in November and December this year for their first full tour of the country since 2012. There will be a two-day practice match before the tour bowls off with two Tests. Comment

St Lucia Stars ends CPL 15 losing streak

St Lucia: St. Lucia Stars losing streak of 15 games in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) since July, 31, 2016 ended after defeating the Barbados’ Tridents by 38 runs last Friday night at the Darren Sammy Stadium in St. Lucia. Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua The Antigua and Barbuda government wants to clear the air on misinformation about the granting of citizenship to an Indian national wanted in his country on alleged multi-million dollar fraud under the island’s Citizenship By Investment Act. Comment
Music: For the seventh successive year, thousands of Vincentians from all walks of life on Saturday descended on Heckscher State Park in East Islip, Long Is. for the annual Vincy Day USA Picnic. Comment

Salt water intrusion threatens Guyanese farmers

Guyana: PORT-OF-SPAIN, Aug 14 2018 (IPS) - Mikesh Ram would watch his rice crops begin to rot during the dry season in Guyana, because salt water from the nearby Atlantic Ocean was displacing freshwater from the Mahaica River he and other farmers used to flood their rice paddies. Comment

Eric Holder relaxing in Barbados

Barbados: Former US Attorney General Eric Holder is on vacation in the home of his parents, Barbados, to which he returns annually not only for rest and relaxation but also to catch up with developments in his ancestral land. Comment
Haiti: A Brooklyn-based Haitian-American entrepreneur is on a mission to lead her fellow country folk living abroad to invest in the city of Cap-Haitien, commonly known as Okap — Haiti’s bustling northern city. Maritza Boudoir spearheaded “Thriving Okap,” — an initiative that encourages the economic revitalization of her home city from other Haitians interested in investing in the Caribbean nation. Comment

Bajan politician using own cancer to inspire

Barbados: A prominent person came down with a health disorder that has been plaguing Barbados for a long time, and while assuring followers that she will beat it, this leader is using it to inspire others. Comment

Jamaican woman will preside over WIADCA — a first

Jamaica: It took more than five decades for a Jamaican woman to preside over the West Indian American Day Carnival Association and its most known annual Caribbean fete, which some refer to as the Labor Day parade. Comment

US congressional team due this week

Guyana: A team of about eight American Congress men and women is due in the Caribbean Community nation of Guyana this week in the aftermath of a massive 2015 oil and gas discovery and the presence of a growing number of United States owned businesses setting up shop here. Comment

Teacher, African refugee fall in love in Budapest

Movies: Wilson (Cake-Baly Marcelo) escaped to Hungary a number of years ago after his wife and daughters were slaughtered during civil unrest in his African homeland. The 50-something widower opted to seek political asylum in Budapest rather than continue on to Western Europe like most of his fellow refugees. Comment
Music: As many summer concert series fade into 2018 history, the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival revs up for a free, Summerstage season at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem. Comments (1)
Arts & Theater: The second annual “Carnival in the Rockaways” brought out hundreds of Queens denizens to Far Rockaway to enjoy a day of celebrating Caribbean culture on Aug. 18. As one of the few organized public events in Queens that honors island culture, for many attendees, witnessing the multi-cultural turnout was a sight to see, said one local mother. Comment

Friday, Aug. 17, 2018

CASH FROM OIL

Guyana: Until renowned Caribbean economist professor Clive Thomas raised it at a public engagement recently, Guyanese had long been speaking in hushed tones about how some of the billions the country expects to get from its bountiful offshore oil harvest will directly and quickly reach to their pockets. Comment

Georgetown celebrates 175th anniversary with ‘City Week’

Guyana: The Guyana mayor and councillors of the city of Georgetown have planned a week of activities to commemorate its 175th Anniversary, titled: “City Week,” that will begin with a “Gratitude and Celebration” church service at the historic St. George’s Cathedral Church on Aug. 19. Comment
Barbados: Within days of information on the arrest of a former government minister for allegedly conspiring for personal gain to have a state agency sign an insurance contract, Barbadians are hearing of another questionable pay-out by that nationally owned company. Comment
Arts & Theater: “It’s our first endeavor of its kind,” explains Brooklyn Arts Council folk arts director Chris Mulé, elaborating on the Council’s first guided Brooklyn Pan Yard Tour to mas camps in Brooklyn. Leaving from the Brooklyn Museum on Aug. 23, from 7 pm — 11 pm, participants will visit six locations starting in Crown Heights. Comment
Arts & Theater: Battery Dance presents a dance theatre musical, PULA! Botswana on Broadway, sponsored by the Botswana Tourism Organisation, on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018 at 3 pm and 8 pm and Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018 at 8 pm at The PlayStation Theater, 1515 Broadway, NYC. Tickets start at $40 and are available at www.botswanaonbroadway.com. Comment
Sports: Rising batting star Shimron Hetmyer has made huge strides in the ICC batting rankings following his heavy scoring in the recent One-Day series against Bangladesh. Comment

T&T grabs 30 medals at CAC Games

Sports: Trinidad and Tobago athletes grabbed 30 medals- nine gold, which equaled its best tally ever of eight silver and 13 bronze at the recent Central American and Caribbean Games (CAC) in Barranquilla, Colombia which ended last week, Comment

BIG SIX STYLE

Sports: Veteran West Indies opener, Chris Gayle is promising hitting big sixes at the World Cup next year and insists his explosive style has changed the one-day game. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018

Brooklyn: The Caribbean Community in New York on Wednesday paid their last respects to William “Bill” Howard, president of the Brooklyn-based West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA). Comment
St Vincent: Nearly 200 family and church members, friends and supporters Saturday night celebrated the 90th Birthday of Vincentian Lester C. Jack at a gala ceremony, dubbed “Aged to Perfection,” at Glen Terrace on Avenue N in Brooklyn. Comment
Guyana: More than 50 Guyanese pensioners resident in Barbados turned up last Saturday when the Guyana Consulate held its first tea party for that country’s elderly who have made their home in the island. Comment
Haiti: President Jovenel Moise has appointed Jean Henry Ceant as Haiti’s new prime minister after two days of consultation with the two branches of Parliament. Comment

We would be left to dance, sing and run!

Grenada: Several years ago I commented on the transformation of the Grenadian personality, as a people seek to be more assertive and dynamic in their interpersonal relations, and I attributed much of the impetus to come from the artistry of local artistes, particularly since the launching of Wilt Cambridge aka Talpree’s artistry to regional and international success at the turn of the century. Comment

PNCR democratic culture augurs well for Guyana

Guyana: Dear Editor: The People’s National Congress Reform’ (PNCR) 20th biannual congress commences this week. It will culminate with the election of new office holders. Intensely competitive races for party chairman, vice chairmen and central executive members have therefore emerged. As one of the governing parties of our emergent oil producing country, the eyes of the world are on this event. Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018

Brooklyn: The Rohan Levy Foundation presented two students with scholarships at a college send-off event at Prospect Park on Sunday. The organization, founded by Nadine Sylvester, who named it after her son she lost to gun violence, awarded Jalen Vasquez and Kenneth Nelson Jr. with $2,000 each for college expenses. The young men and their parents were appreciative of the event, which is geared towards assisting the most vulnerable of becoming victims of crime. Comment

Reverence to the Haitian Revolution

Haiti: Not a picnicker in sight! The usually bustling grassy corner of Prospect Park near Empire Blvd. was empty on Saturday, Aug. 11. Intermittent rain kept everyone away, except… except, that you can’t change an anniversary date of enormous significance! Comment

National orders served in Jamaica

Music: Distinguished Jamaican citizens were named by Gov. General Patrick Linton Allen for national honors on the 56th an Comment
Movies: Even though Nick (Henry Golding) and Rachel (Constance Wu) have been dating for a few years, they don’t know much about each other’s background. That’s because they live in New York City where he’s never bothered to reveal that he’s from one the wealthiest families in Singapore, and she’s never talked about her humble roots, having been raised by a single-mom immigrant (Kheng Hua Tan) to the U.S. from China. Comment
Guyana: After ending his 25-year career, as an United States naval officer piloting ships in the military warfare service department, Christopher Millington decided to seek greener pastures in his native land of Guyana, where he now serves up a delicious menu of American comfort food. Comment

Kiddies band goes on a fantastic journey

Arts & Theater: Giselle Fritz and Associates has competed in the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) Parade for the past 11 years. The band has had numerous successes, never failing to be among the first three places in the small band category. Its individuals have left their mark in both the Individual category and the King and Queen presentations. Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018

Barbados: Following government’s unilateral suspension of external debt payments, Barbados was this week unsurprisingly hit by an international credit rating downgrade. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Two prominent Barbadian businessmen have been charged along with a sailor of the company’s yacht with trafficking in cannabis and importation of cannabis after police found 276 pounds of marijuana on board the vessel recently. Comment

Clarke condemns Trump’s ongoing onslaught on immigrants

National: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke Friday night launched a scathing attack on United States President Donald J. Trump’s immigration policies, describing them as ongoing assaults on immigrants. Comment
Brooklyn: Brooklyn’s Isaiah’s Temple of Mt. Hope Spiritual Baptist Church Friday night honored Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams among 14 outstanding members of the community at its 2018 Gala Awards Ceremony at Paradise Manor on Avenue U in Brooklyn. Comments (2)

Nobel Peace Prize laureate V.S. Naipaul dead at 85

Books: V.S. Naipaul, the Trinidadian-born literary giant and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, died at his home in London on Saturday. He was 85. Comment

CCJ says Belize judge should be investigated

Belize: The Trinidad, Port-of Spain-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has ruled that a Belizean Court of Appeal judge should be considered for investigation. Comment
Music: Jamaica was never named by Jay-Z and Beyonce when they stopped into MetLife Stadium last week for two nights of their On The Run Tour 2. Comment
Sports: Incredible! Unbelievable! Shocking! These were the words to describe the destructive innings by Jamaica Tallawahs new captain Andre Russel that led to an improbable victory against the Trinidad and Tobago Knight Riders (TKR) on the second day of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) at the Queen’s Park Oval last Friday night. Comment
Arts & Theater: Last month Jamaican theatre actor David Heron finished the closing of a production of “Romeo and Juliet” at the Shakespeare Festival in St. Louis, Missouri. It was the actor’s sixth appearance in a Shakespeare play, and the show was record-breaking attendance for the festival’s show ever, and it was awing moment for him. Comment

Monday, Aug. 13, 2018

Queens group offers free coding program

Queens: A Queens-based organization is preparing New Yorkers to enter the city’s growing technology industry with its free coding program — Access Code. Long Island City’s Coalition for Queens, better known as C4Q — is an organization providing training in computer coding and software creation. Comments (1)

California man jailed for sex with Jamaican minor

Jamaica: The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California says a California man has been jailed for engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor in Jamaica. Comment

Carican Costumes show ‘How to Stay Healthy’

Brooklyn: Trinidadian Pat Nurse says her mas band, Carican Costumes, will demonstrate to masqueraders and spectators alike “How to Stay Healthy” during this year’s West Indian American Day Carnival Parade. Comment

Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018

Barbados: Insurance Corporation of Barbados Limited (ICBL) has been revealed as the unnamed company in the US Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York indictment proceedings against ex-Barbados government minister, Donville Inniss, who faces money-laundering charges in New York. Comment

Independent & Foreign

Movies: Alt-Right: Age of Rage (Unrated) Political documentary revisiting last summer’s neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville, Virginia leading to the murder of counter-demonstrator Heather Heyer. Featuring commentary by Antifa activist Daryle Lamont Jenkins and white supremacist Richard Spencer. Comment

Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018

Caribbean seeks to become world’s first climate-smart zone

Caribbean: The World Bank says a ground-breaking partnership to support the Caribbean’s ambition to become the world’s first “climate-smart zone” was launched in Kingston, Jamaica on Thursday. Comment

Caribbean seeks to become world’s first climate-smart zone

Caribbean: The World Bank says a ground-breaking partnership to support the Caribbean’s ambition to become the world’s first “climate-smart zone” was launched in Kingston, Jamaica on Thursday. Comment

‘Cocktail Party’ for Anonymous Mas

Brooklyn: The newly-formed Anonymous Mas is having a “Cocktail Party” on Labor Day. All is welcomed. Tobagonian co-band leader Latoya Legall told Caribbean Life Thursday evening – at the band’s mas camp, 335 East 52nd Street, between Church Avenue and Linden Boulevard in Brooklyn – that the production comes from “the many different flavors of cocktails, which reminds us of colors of the different carnival costumes.” Comment

Barbadian tennis player abused

Barbados: Racism pops up its ugly head anywhere, and sports stars usually get their fair share of it, so there was no surprise when leading Barbadian tennis player, Darian King, came in for servings of this horrid abuse recently. Comment

Friday, Aug. 10, 2018

INDIAN TYCOON SOUGHT

Antigua: Once again, the controversial cash for citizenship scheme used by several of the smaller Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) to raise development finance is coming under severe scrutiny and it appears that a fugitive from India has been able to easily bypass Antigua’s national vetting system and qualify for citizenship and the right to travel globally on a local passport. Comment

MEC pays tribute to WIADCA prez

People: Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College (MEC) on Wednesday joined the outpouring of tributes on the passing of William R. “Bill” Howard, one of the founders of the college and president of the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA), organizers of the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade. Comment

HERO provides free services to Grenada’s dialysis patients

Grenada: A team of good Samaritans who toil as medical professionals here spent a week trip in Grenada where they provided implant access valves at no cost to dialysis patients at the General Hospital in the capital city of St. George’s. Comment

Truly deserved, Dr. Shiv Chanderpaul!

People: Guyanese cricket legend Shivnarine Chanderpaul, a former captain of the West Indies team, will be awarded the Honorary Doctors of Law later this year by the University of the West Indies (UWI). Comment
Arts & Theater: The Caribbean spirit was in the air. Hundreds of people attended the “Spirit of the Caribbean” community event and concert at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center in Queens on Aug. 4. The mid-day event featured a variety of island cuisine, dance, and music. And it was as much an exhilarating experience, as a it was an educational one, said the executive director of a dance group that performed. Comment
Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica — As part of the preparation for the upcoming Concacaf Nations League Qualifiers, Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz have announced two friendly international matches against Caribbean neighbors. Comment

Trinbago wins CPL opener

Trinbago wins CPL opener

Sports: New Zealander Colin Munro and Denesh Ramdin blasted half centuries in steering defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders to an emphatic 100-run victory over the St. Lucia Stars in the opening game of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Wednesday night at the Queens Park Oval in Trinidad and Tobago. Comment

UWI begins search for fast bowlers

Sports: The University of the West Indies (UWI) has begun the search for fast bowlers in the Caribbean this month. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018

Barbados: Ex-Barbados government minister, Donville Inniss, a once powerful outspoken official for most of the 10 years of the past administration is now reduced to wearing an electronic monitoring device while his travel is restricted. Comments (1)

Barbados’ slump confirmed

Barbados: Having suffered contractions in the economy for two successive quarters, Barbados is now officially in recession and as this nation struggles to climb out of this economic hole, the outlook for the immediate future does not look. Comment

John Newton’s song of prayer

Books: In church, you sing a lot of songs. Some are just for Sunday school, and you clap when you sing them. Others make you dance right in your seat. And some songs you sing in church are very old and have a quiet, hidden meaning. In “How Sweet the Sound” by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Frank Morrison, you’ll learn about one song that feels a lot like a prayer. Comment

Why the flooding in Grenada is a clear reminder of its vulnerability to climate change

Grenada: ST. GEORGE’S, Aug 8, 2018 (IPS) — Grenada is still tallying the damage after heavy rainfall last week resulted in “wide and extensive” flooding that once again highlights the vulnerability of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to climate change. Comment

Another bombastic CropOver

Music: Barbadians and visitors jumped, danced, drank and partied in other unimaginable ways along the streets Monday to wrap up another CropOver festival, the island’s biggest, and internationally renowned, annual celebration. Comment

No respect, no business

No respect, no business

Viewpoints: Friends and neighbors, we all know the special relationships we have with the local businesses in our community, from the corner store, to the barber, to cultural eateries and even to nail salons. The consumer- business relationship is often a personal one, because it is in settings like these that stories about one’s life and shared experiences surface, adding to the depth of connections of this nature. Comments (2)
St Lucia: From Aug. 15-18, 2018 some high students from around the globe representing more than 100 countries will be competing against their peers at the First Global Challenge. The theme of the Robotics Olympics is “Energy” and the Olympics will have these students engaged in various demonstrations and displays in robotic forms using the sciences. Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018

Jamaica’s flag flies over Brooklyn Borough Hall

Jamaica: As temperatures soar into the 90s, New Yorkers may be experiencing the “dog days of August.” However, on Aug. 6, a few Jamaicans risked the heat, sunstroke and Monday morning rush hour in order to join Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, Cong. Yvette Clarke and the island’s Consul General Trudy Deans for a flag-raising ceremony hailing the 56th anniversary of independence of the first Caribbean nation to secede from British rule. Comment

Williams joins tributes to late WIADCA prez

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams on Monday joined a chorus of tributes for the late president of the Brooklyn-based West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) president, William R. “Bill” Howard. Comment

Fund competition for creators

Fund competition for creators

Movies: A Harlem-based media company is seeking out creatives to participate in its annual competition. Black Public Media is hosting its third annual 360 Incubator — a search for producers and filmmakers in need of funding for their projects. Every year the media group puts out an open call to creators who focus on developing media content highlighting a variety of black experiences. The winners can be financed for up to $150,000, and get access to a bevy of reliable guidance, said a past winner. Comment
Jamaica: President of Guyana David A. Granger, during a festival on Aug. 1 to commemorate the 180th anniversary of the abolition of slavery, called on Guyanese to strive for “economic emancipation” that he noted would create a better quality of life and move Guyana towards development. Comment

Suga Candy Mas ‘Dreams’ for Labor Day

Arts & Theater: The three-year-old Suga Candy Mas is dreaming for another bumper year in the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade. “This year’s presentation is called ‘Dreams,’” band leader Belizean Maxine Magdaleno, told Caribbean Life, who founded Suga Candy Mas in 2015. Comment

Dingolay Mas pays tribute to Shadow

Arts & Theater: Inspired by popular Trinidadian calypsonian The Mighty Shadow, Dingolay Mas will this year pay tribute to the witty and dynamic calypsonian in its Labor Day production. Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018

A jury in Manhattan on Monday reached a mixed verdict in a case against Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams on charges related to his arrest for protesting the deportation of Trinidadian immigrant rights activist and community leader Ravi Ragbir. Comment
Barbados: Some Barbadians got a rude interruption of their CropOver revelry Monday when news broke that a former high-profile government minister, Donville Inniss, had been arrested in Florida on corruption charges. Comment

CACCI contributes to CTO relief fund

Brooklyn: The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) says the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) has contributed US$1,000 to the CTO Relief Fund to aid Caribbean countries impacted by natural disasters. Comment
Arts & Theater: The second annual “Carnival in the City” exhibit is gracing the walls of Resorts World Casino for its second edition now until Sept. 7. The two-floor display launched last year to showcase Caribbean culture to patrons of the casino. Now it’s back again, this time with more new and returning imagery of the Caribbean carnival culture in the city, said the curator. Comment
Movies: Back in the Seventies, Ron Stallworth became the first African-American to join the Colorado Springs Police Department. The ambitious, young, college grad was soon promoted to detective, and his initial undercover case involved covering a Stokely Carmichael (Corey Hawkins) rally when the incendiary Black Power advocate was invited to speak at Colorado College. Comment

JAH and music fraternity mourns

Music: News of the passing on July 9 of Suzanne Couch had a sobering effect on Jamaicans acquainted with the finger-licking foods she often prepared for friends and celebrities who visited the island. The sudden and sad news travelled far and wide resonating with grief. Comment

Monday, Aug. 6, 2018

WIADCA president dies

WIADCA president dies

Arts & Theater: Just less than a month before the massive West Indian American Day Carnival Parade takes place on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3, the president of the organizing group has died. Comment

Jamaica opens first retail marijuana seed store

Jamaica: Jamaica has opened its first retail marijuana seed store located in the Marketplace on Constant Spring Road, the Jamaica Gleaner reported. Comment

T&T holds first Gay Pride Parade

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago held its first-ever Gay Pride Parade when members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) came out in their numbers and paraded through the streets of Port of Spain last week-end. Comment

Independent & Foreign

Movies: BuyBust (Unrated) High-body count crime thriller, set in Manila, about a narcotics detective (Anne Curtis) forced to shoot her way out of the city’s most dangerous slum after surviving the slaughter of the rest of her squad by crooked cops and a drug cartel. With Brandon Vera, Victor Neri and Arjo Atayde. (in Filipino, Tagalog and English with subtitles) Comment

Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018

Rights experts denounce Trump’s media attacks

National: The United Nations’ expert on free expression has condemned United States President Donald Trump’s repeated attacks on the media, warning that his rhetoric is eroding public trust in the media that could spark violence against journalists. Comment

CCJ holds historic sitting in St. Vincent

St Vincent: The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) held a historic sitting in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in its 13-year history. Comment

Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean As the cultural industries continue to thrive, people involved in the creation, production and distribution of cultural products could soon access additional sources of financing. Comment

BVI wins claim for compensation for 2006 oil spill

Caribbean: The British Virgin Islands (BVI) government says it has been awarded the sum of US$221,935.86 for clean-up costs as a result of an oil spill that occurred in the BVI waters in 2006. Comment

Jamaican-born student earns Ivy League opportunity

Jamaica: A Jamaican student studying in the United States recently participated in an exclusive Yale University program this summer. Finance major Romaine Knight came to Brooklyn a few years ago to pursue his education in business and entrepreneurship. Now the senior at Prairie View A & M University in Texas has even more exposure to the ins and outs of his field, after being chosen to join Yale’s Emerging Leaders entrepreneurship program — a five-day course aimed at advancing his future. Comment

Bangladesh beats West Indies in final ODI series

Sports: West Indies lost the three-match series (2-1) to Bangladesh by 18 runs in the third and final One-Day International (ODI), to extend their painstaking four-year wait for a series win. Comment

Friday, Aug. 3, 2018

T&T COUP RECALLED

T&T COUP RECALLED

Trinidad and Tobago: There were no major observances organized for last week’s 28th anniversary of the July 27, 1990 Muslim-led attempted coup in Trinidad but there was confusion as several former cabinet ministers and other high officials struggled to accurately recall events. Comment

Annual Int’l Day of Friendship celebration

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams on Wednesday urged all New Yorkers to take part in his fifth annual International Day of Friendship on Sunday, Aug. 5, celebrating the hundreds of cultures and ethnicities that he says make Brooklyn “an unparalleled center of diversity.” Comment

GCA launches children’s costume band

Arts & Theater: Celebrating its 17th Annual Folk Festival Family Fun Day on Sept. 2, the Guyana Cultural Association New York, Inc. (GCA), will for the first time, present a children’s costume band to celebrate Guyana’s rich cultural heritage under the theme: “Spirit of our Festivals.” Comment

Lewis ranks seventh in T20

Sports: West Indies top Twenty20 batsman Evin Lewis has slipped down two points from number five to number seven, but still remains the highest ranked West Indian batsman in the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) player rankings. Comment
St Lucia: St. Lucia Prime Minister Allan Chastanet and Jamaica Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett have extended an invitation to host the 12 boys from a Thailand football team and their coach, who were recently rescued from a flooded cave in the Southeast Asian country. Comment

Holder ranks in top five

Sports: West Indies captain Jason Holder has achieved his career-best bowling position, jumping nine places to 13 following his maiden 10-wicket haul, which led West Indies to a 166-run win inside three days in the recent second Test against Bangladesh in Jamaica. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018

Jamaica: Golden Krust Caribbean Restaurants is giving consumers a chance to sample its world-famous Jamaican patties for free, as it celebrates its 4th Annual National Jamaican Patty Day (NJPD). Comment

Family wants murder of Vincentian retiree solved quickly

St Vincent: The family of a Brooklyn-based Vincentian retiree murdered in her brother’s home after returning to her native land 40 days ago to attend the funeral of her mother is pleading with the authorities to quickly solve the case. Comment
Music: On July 29 in Prospect Park, the D’Radoes Steel Orchestra opened an afternoon folk arts festival in Prospect Park, which through music, words, dance, puppets and theatrical presentations shared the cultural expressions of more than 10 ethnic communities, part of the cultural jambalaya that makes up Brooklyn. Comment

States must treat refugees, migrants as rights holders

Immigration: Maria Grazia Giammarinaro* is UN special rapporteur on trafficking in persons GENEVA, July 30, 2018 (IPS) — States around the world must act now to strengthen their efforts to prevent and combat trafficking in human beings, including by ensuring that victims and potential victims are considered and treated as rights holders. Comment

Jubilee in Jamaica signals Emancipation Day

Jamaica: Emancipation Day holds a special significance to the historic evolution of Jamaica. Marked annually on Aug. 1, it is the date in 1838 that a proclamation declared freedom from slavery. Comment

Mayor DeBlasio honors Fly Jamaica Airways

Guyana: Mayor Bill DeBlasio recently honored Fly Jamaica Airways’ executive director and co-owner, Mrs. Roxanne Reece, with a citation for the stellar service the carrier provides to the Diaspora, and for her years of philanthropic work. Comment

Glowing up: Dance party combines raves and Caribbean culture

Arts & Theater: This party gets a rave review! Comments (1)
Music: Hundreds of music lovers packed Albee Square in Downtown Brooklyn to watch reggae band Meta and the Cornerstones perform on July 28. The band was the musical entertainment of Downtown Brooklyn Partnership’s pop-up beach party — a beach-themed outdoor event at the center of Fulton Mall. The event attracted coastline fanatics, music enthusiasts, and even passerby in the area, said one woman. Comment

Isaiah’s Temple hosts benefit gala

Brooklyn: Isaiah’s Temple of Mt. Hope Spiritual Baptist Church, a faith-based organization in the East New York section of Brooklyn, will next Friday night honor at least three outstanding members of the community, including a politician, at a gala ceremony at Paradise Manor on Avenue U in Brooklyn. Comment

Republicans declare culture war, and Democrats are losing it

Immigration: Immigrant children have been ripped from the arms of their parent’s arms and detained in cages at our borders. Muslims have been effectively banned from entering America from certain countries. Businesses have been given autonomy to determine if they want to serve LGBTQ couples. NFL players have been villainized as unpatriotic “sons of bitches” for peacefully and silently protesting police injustice. And black bodies continue to be abused and discarded by those meant to protect us. Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018

Vincy envoy elected president of UN body

St Vincent: St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Permanent Representative to the United Nations, I. Rhonda King, has been elected, by acclamation, the new president of the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Comment

Old School Fusion union

Old School Fusion union

Music: Shinehead, the 80’s dancehall toaster who fused hip-hop with reggae to push Jamaica’s home-grown music into the most flourishing era for most Caribbean recording artist is back on the New York scene. Comment

Veer Paradys envelopes Antoine International

Arts & Theater: Last year, “Caribbean Sickness” took over Antoine International’s Labor Day presentation. This year, “Veer Paradys, or feather explosion, envelopes the mas band, says band leader Trinidadian Kenneth Antoine. Comment

WINGATE CONCERT

WINGATE CONCERT

Music: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams says the Wingate Concert Series will return at Wingate Park in East Flatbush next week. “Music is a celebration of life, love and the beauty of our diverse communities,” said Adams on Monday. “That’s why I’m excited to present the 2018 Wingate Concert Series.” Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Calling All Earthlings (Unrated) Conspiracy theory documentary speculating about whatever happened to George Van Tassel and his Integratron, the time machine he was building in the California desert back in the Fifties until the FBI intervened. Featuring commentary by Daniel Boone, Victoria williams and The Animals’ Eric Burdon. Comment

CRICKET HONOR

CRICKET HONOR

People: The University of the West Indies (UWI) has honored West Indies hard-hitting batsman Chris Gayle for his contribution to cricket. Comment

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua The Antigua government is moving to source equipment to help in the fight against the sargassum seaweed. Comment
Jamaica: Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness recently made a historic state visit to Namibia, his first stop on a trip to the African continent. Comment
St Vincent: St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said his country is ready to join the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), now that the new president is a born Vincentian. Comment

Lil Rick, Mickey are Soca Royale champions

Music: Veteran performer Lil Rick delivered a fast-moving calypso rendition that embraced elements of the rhythm of Spouge, an indigenous Barbados music genre, to turn the combination into a Sweet Soca winning performance. Comment
Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Like roughly a quarter of Haiti’s children, 11-year-old Franchina has spent much of her short life without parents. Comment

Roy Pierre & Associates say it’s ‘All Hands on Deck!’

Arts & Theater: This year marks the 25th anniversary of Roy Pierre & Associates participation in Labor Day J’ouvert celebrations in the borough of Brooklyn. This band also played mas at the very outset of the Eastern Parkway Parade, from 1971-1977, winning the Band of the Year title in 1974 with Midnight at the Oasis. Comment
Movies: Kayla Day (Elsie Fisher) is starting her last week of middle school, and graduation can’t come soon enough for her. After all, the lonely, 13 year-old has just been voted “Most Quiet” by her classmates, despite being desperate to make friends. Comment

Churchy scandals you need

Books: Life has handed you a lot of chances. You’ve taken some, for good or not. Others, you’ve passed up, and regretted it. Maybe you’d be richer today. Maybe you’d be poorer. For sure, you’d have an existence unlike what you have now and, as in the new novel “Better Late Than Never” by Kimberla Lawson Roby, you wonder what might’ve been… First Lady Charlotte Black was tired. Comment

Jamaican filmmaker to tell ‘Garvey: The Untold Story’

Movies: Roy T. Anderson stood almost waist-high deep in the cold Atlantic Ocean off Coney Island two months ago to pay tribute to the ancestors that perished during their captivated journey through the Middle Passage. Comment

Monday, July 30, 2018

St Lucia: United Nations Secretary General Secretary-General António Guterres has urged Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and other member states to pay their mandatory contributions “on time and in full,” warning that the global body is “at risk of running out of cash.” Comment

New course to improve nutrition programs in the Caribbean

Caribbean: The Washington, D.C.-based Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) says it has partnered with George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health and the Yale School of Public Health, with financing from the government of Canada, in launching a new course to improve nutrition programs in Latin America and the Caribbean. Comment

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Books: Dozens of kids got to learn about the master of puppeteering at a puppet workshop in the Bronx on July 26. The students, who are part of the “From One hand to Another” summer camp — founded by singer Pharrell Williams, were thrilled to learn an artform many are not familiar with, said the creator and organizer of the event. Comment

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Royale Barbados battle Sunday

Music: With Barbados’ Crop Over 2018 in full swing, thousands of party-crazy Bajans and visitors to the island will crowd Bushy Park Sunday to hear 17 young and not-so-young artistes compete for the Sweet Soca and Party Monarch titles. Comment

CACNY aids rural children in Jamaica

Jamaica: The Brooklyn-based Caribbean American Center of New York (CACNY) has said that the center completed a very successful mission in helping rural children in Jamaica. Comment

Friday, July 27, 2018

Education relief in Barbados

Barbados: Thousands of Barbadians, especially secondary school-leavers have been given the green light to pursue tertiary education without worry of college fees, and the burden of school loans on their backs. Comment

New exhibit explores Taino heritage in the Caribbean

New York: The National Museum of the American Indian is opening a new exhibit about the indigenous Tainos on July 28. The display titled “Taino: Native Heritage and Identity in the Caribbean,” explores the history of the indigenous peoples before, during, and after European colonization. One of the focal points of the presentation examines the group mostly in parts of the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, what makes someone Taino, and the advocacy for Taino identity, said the curator. Comment

MISS CARICOM 2018

MISS CARICOM 2018

Arts & Theater: Tall, beauty Marsh Thompson, who will be attending university this fall on a full scholarship, sashed her way into the hearts of the judges on June 22, to become Miss CARICOM 2018 at the Multipurpose Ballroom on Farmers Blvd., Queens. Comment

Bob Marley historian has ‘So much things to say’

Music: As Jamaica’s premier summer reggae festival, Reggae Sumfest, culminated in the island’s tourist capital, Montego Bay, the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) said its booth provided “the perfect vantage point to observe the stellar performances and a wonderful ambience for those looking to bask in the essence of Jamaican culture.” Comment

Carnival in Queens

Carnival in Queens

Music: It’s round two for Queens’ sole Caribbean carnival Far Rockaway’s first and only carnival is returning for its second year on Aug. 18. The “Caribbean Carnival in the Rockaways” comes back next month for another go after a successful debut last summer. The event, created by and spearheaded by State Sen. James Sanders Jr. (D–Far Rockaway), brings island culture to the borough’s southern tip, highlighting the various island diasporas that have shaped the neighborhood, he said. Comment

Canada reiterates commitment to the Caribbean

Caribbean: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has reiterated his nation’s “ongoing commitment” to supporting Caribbean countries in building economic and climate resilience. Comment

CBC supports decriminalization of ganja

National: The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) has released its position on marijuana reform, saying that an overwhelming majority of the 48-member caucus has voted in support of decriminalizing the herb. Comment
Manhattan: Comedian Tanael Joachim is hosting a one-hour comedy show at the Gotham Comedy Club on Aug. 1. In his new stand-up, the Haitian-born jokester is going to approach many subjects, from race, religion, and the Me Too Movement. Moving to New York from Haiti in 2008, the comic said he encountered a mild culture shock that shaped a lot of his comedy. And that unique outlook gave him a firm grasp to tackle hot-button issues such as race and his bewilderment of former President Obama’s election. Comment

West Indies improve ICC Test rankings

Sports: West Indies has moved up a notch from ninth to the eight spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings after crushing Bangladesh in the recently first Test in Antigua. Comment

Thursday, July 26, 2018

AWASH WITH OIL

Guyana: For decades, Trinidad has been known as the Caribbean Community’s largest oil producer and at times, the leading supplier to its regional neighbors, but in just a few short months, its neighbor to the south is getting ready to not only become the bloc’s newest oil gusher but also one of the world’s hottest oil destinations. Comment

A gay struggle in Barbados

A gay struggle in Barbados

Barbados: In spite of what could be described as a prevailing negative atmosphere, members of Barbados’ Gay Pride community last weekend staged their annual parade, asserting their place in the social landscape of the island regardless of naysayers. Comment

Technology fundamental for UN 2030 Caribbean agenda

Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Alicia Bárcena, says technology and innovation are “crucial means” for implementing the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda. Comment
People: A colorful day of celebration on June 27 marked the 13 Annual Caribbean-American Heritage Month, hosted by the office of Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, and the Caribbean-American Heritage Month committee. Comment

Big Up, Guyana! None can stop us now!

Guyana: I dedicate this poem “Still I Rise,” written by one of America’s greatest voices, Maya Angelou, to all Guyanese, and to the critics and naysayers who have crawled out of the swamps seeking to curse or jinx our good fortune heralded by the recent oil revelations. Walk, brothers and sisters, like she says, “Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells, Pumping in my living room.” Our time has finally come. Comment

TEST VICTORY

TEST VICTORY

Sports: Bangladesh was no match for the West Indies as they suffered a 166-run defeat in the second Test at Sabina Park, Jamaica last week inside three days. Comment

Women’s World Twenty20

Caribbean: England has been drawn against defending World Twenty20 champion West Indies in the group stages of November’s ICC Women’s World Twenty20 to be held in Caribbean in November. Comments (2)

Community Health Fair

Brooklyn: The Four Seasons Healthcare Solutions and the 69th Precint Community Council will be holding their Community Health Fair on Sunday, July 29 at 1555 Rockaway Parkway, Brooklyn, New York. Comment

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

ECLAC

Multilateral cooperation in the Caribbean vital

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has underscored the importance of multilateral cooperation and commitments on fiscal, technological and financial matters in complying with the 2030 United Nations’ Agenda for Sustainable Development in the region. Comment

Monday, July 23, 2018

Jamaica: Jamaica is moving to establish a medical marijuana industry, according to Audley Shaw, minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries. Comment

Collis King gets support in UK immigration fight

Barbados: Colin Graves, the chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), the governing body of cricket in England and Wales, has offered to help former West Indies all-rounder Collis King in his immigration fight, according to Cricinfo. Comment

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has served notice that a second phase of measures will be needed to help Barbados’ economic recovery. Comment

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Brooklyn: And the world’s game came to an end! More than a hundred football fans and enthusiasts turned out for a watch party of the FIFA World Cup final match at Kings Theatre on July 15. The game between France and Croatia entertained dozens of hardcore lovers of the sport, and while France would claim the victory, not too many were pleased with their win, said a deejay at the viewing. Comment

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Bahamian author promotes country’s literature

Books: In celebration of Bahamas’ 45th year of independence, a Bahamian-American publishing house has released three books celebrating the nation’s culture and history. Brooklyn-born Bahamian author Wendy Coakley-Thompson, is on a mission to revive and restore her country’s literary scene. She founded the publishing company Duho Books, to introduce texts that highlight not only the beauty of Bahamas, but its people and their experiences and traditions — because many stories were not being told. Comment

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Fashion: When she immigrated to the states, Lois Hines says she desperately longed for a personal use product that catered to her grooming needs but also reminded her of home. That is where the idea was born to bring her native country’s beloved version of castor oil — a potent and pungent processed oil used for hair, skin, and minor ailments — to the U.S. Comment

Tournament of trump cards: All-Fours world cup crowns Canadian team

Brooklyn: The annual All-Fours World Cup tournament crowned the borough’s best players of the trick-taking card game at Pacplex Sports Facilities in Canarsie on June 24. Comment

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