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Monday, Oct. 1, 2018

Guyana: First Lady of Guyana Sandra Granger, in her capacity as deputy co-chair of the Spouses of CARICOM Ladies Action Network, told Caribbean Life during an exclusive interview, after a Prayer Breakfast meeting at the Yale Club in NYC, that the Guyana government is vigilant in safeguarding its population against the spread of Tuberculosis (TB). Comment

Friday, Sept. 21, 2018

Grenada: While moving to tighten immigration security by introducing a state-of-the-art travel document, Barbados is opening its arms to Caribbean Community nationals who can help further develop the island. Comment
Arts & Theater: A Brooklyn theater actress is going to her ancestral home of Jamaica on a Fulbright scholarship. Stage performer Abigail Ramsay is heading to her parents place of birth for a 10-month teaching program at the Edna Manley School of Performing Arts, located in the country’s capital of Kingston. The nearly year-long stay will be the first time in years that a thrilled Ramsay returns to the island, but this time around she is exploring an educational avenue she hopes will be stimulating. Comment
Arts & Theater: Calypso Monarch, Roger Hinds, (Young Bill Rogers) wowed the crowd with memorable hits, while the hugely popular Ninja Band, and world-renown performer, Tamika Marshall, got nationals on their feet for a loud, entertaining concert, to bring down the curtains on the 17th Annual Guyana Folk Festival, in Brooklyn. Comment

A chance to buy in heart of Bed-Stuy

The sprawling Brooklyn neighborhood known as Bedford-Stuyvesant, or Bed-Stuy, is comprised of two historically different areas, Bedford, and the historically more upscale Stuyvesant. Parts of the neighborhood are landmarked so the remarkable late-19th-century feel of this area will be preserved. You can expect to see rows of gracious brownstone homes on tree-lined streets, lots of open sky , and numerous historic buildings. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018

Cries of justice for St. Lucian national killed by white officer

St Lucia: Cries of justice echoed throughout a memorial service in Brooklyn Thursday night, as Caribbean community leaders and members of the clergy demanded justice for St. Lucian national Botham Shem Jean, who was killed by a white female police officer in his home in Dallas, Tx on Sept. 6. Comment

TRINI OIL IN DECLINE

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad’s Prime Minister Keith Rowley flew to Guyana for two days at mid-week with official pronouncements indicating the two will sign a pact relating to energy, agriculture and other issues but speculation was rife that the visitors might well make a pitch to refine some of Guyana’s oil there, thereby preventing a large and lifeline refinery from closing in Trinidad. Comment

Trinidad will join Carib Court next year

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago will be moving next year to join the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). Comment
Puerto Rico: Hundreds of Puerto Ricans marched down Graham Avenue in Williamsburg Sunday in the 25th annual Brooklyn Puerto Rican Day parade. Comment

Ex-Windies captain promotes Womens T20 Cup

St Lucia: Discarded West Indies Captain Darren Sammy will be used to promote the upcoming Women’s Twenty20 World Cup. Comment

Windies superstars to play in Afghanistan

Caribbean: West Indies superstars, Chris Gayle and Andre Russell have been drafted as “icons” for their respective franchises in the Afghanistan Premier League T20, which bowls off next month. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago women footballers — the Soca Princesses — have clinched a place in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship (CWC) after their final match in the Caribbean Zone of the competition at the National Stadium in Kingston recently. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados Caribbean Community (CARICOM) finance and planning ministers recently met in Barbados to advance several development initiatives geared towards enhancing the operation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). Comment

Memorial service for St. Lucian national killed by white officer

St Lucia: The Brooklyn-based Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID) says St. Lucian and Caribbean clergy and community leaders will on Wednesday evening lead a memorial service for St. Lucian national Botham Shem Jean, who was killed by a white female police officer in his home in Dallas, Texas on Sept. 6. Comment

Guyanese judge elated to be re-elected

Guyana: A Guyanese-born judge has expressed elation and fatigue about her re-election to another 10-year term on Brooklyn’s Civil Court.“I feel elated and tired,” Judge Ingrid Joseph told Caribbean Life in an exclusive interview over the weekend. “Elated at the fact that I was able to gain overwhelming support from the Brooklyn voters to re-elect me for another 10-year term. Comment
Barbados: The University of Glasgow has admitted to receiving many millions of dollars earned on the blood and sweat of slaves and is now on a programme of reparations that is being hailed as the right move by the Caribbean’s lead advocate for reparative justice, Professor Hilary Beckles. Comment

Barbadian slave becomes flying assistant

Books: You need to get out of here. You don’t know where. You just have to go to another room, maybe, or another building, another town, across the world. You need to get out of here but, as in the new novel “ Washington Black” by Esi Edugyan, be careful, and mindful that you don’t run away from yourself. Comment

JUSTICE THROUGH MUSIC

JUSTICE THROUGH MUSIC

Music: French-Caribbean blues band Delgres is performing the final New York show of their tour on Sept. 25. The concert at Joe’s Pub in Manhattan, will feature the three-member band playing tunes from their recently released album, “Mo Jodi,” and its a chance for them to showcase the diversity of the album, said the lead vocalist. Comment
People: She’s lived it, and now she gives back. A former teen mom is lending a helping hand to young mothers with her resources. Don’t 4Get Me is a Brooklyn-based support organization for teenage mothers, created by its founder Simone Goss — who became a mother at the tender age of 15 years old. She started the program two years ago in her passionate mission to assist young women going through the struggle of being a young parent, and understanding their circumstance. Comment

Another global financial crisis for developing countries?

Caribbean: SYDNEY & KUALA LUMPUR, Sept. 18, 2018 (IPS) — George Soros, Bill Gates and other pundits have been predicting another financial crisis. In their recent book, Revolution Required: The Ticking Bombs of the G7 Model, Peter Dittus and Herve Hamoun, former senior officials of the Bank of International Settlements, warned of ‘ticking time bombs’ in the global financial system waiting to explode, mainly due to the policies of major developed countries. Comment
Caribbean: Jorge Chediek is director, UN Office of South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and Envoy of the Secretary-General on South-South Cooperation. UNITED NATIONS, Sept 13, 2018 (IPS) — On Sept. 12, the international community commemorated the UN Day for South-South Cooperation. This is an important acknowledgement of the contributions of Southern partnerships in addressing the many development challenges that confront the international community, such as poverty, climate change, inequality, contagious diseases and humanitarian crises. Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018

Guyana: The Guyana Cultural Association, New York, on Wednesday, Aug. 28, honored 90-year-old, Dharmaaacharya Pandit Ramlall Ji, a priest and scholar, who pioneered the Phagwah and Diwali parades in Queens — among a group of gifted, accomplished Guyanese, at its 2018 Awards Ceremony at Brooklyn Hall, on Joralemon Street. Comment

Environmental agreement awaits signatures

Caribbean: The Economic Commission for Latin American and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has said that the first Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean (the EscazĂș Agreement) will open for the signature of all the countries in the region on Sept. 27 at United Nations headquarters in New York. Comment

‘We shook up the world’: Williams

Grenada: A day after he lost a spirited bid to become lieutenant governor of New York State, Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams says his campaign “shook up the world.” Comment

Major Barbados tourism deal

Barbados: Barbados has struck a Caribbean first for the tourism sector through one of its oldest resorts, The Crane, aligning with Hilton Grand Vacations (HGV) in a deal that is set to net the island multi-million dollar returns. Comment
Arts & Theater: Jamaica scored cool points with both genders in the nation by elevating the profile of one woman with installation of a statue erected in her honor. Comment

Geoffrey Owens — An average ‘Joe’ pays major honor

People: Three cheers and hip-hip hoorays for a decent, hard-working American, Black man who is now being publicly lauded for his stand-up, stand-out response to a New Jersey woman who did not consider the consequences of her action when she photographed and published images of him toiling at work in a grocery store. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: American Dresser (Unrated) Buddy adventure about a grieving widower (Tom Berenger) who talks his BFF (Keith David) into joining him on a cross-country motorcycle trip from New York to the West Coast. Supporting cast includes Bruce Dern, Gina Gershon and Penelope Ann Miller. Comment
Movies: Gilda Radner (1946-1989) was best known as an original cast member of Saturday Night Live. In fact, she was the very first of the “Not Ready for Prime Time Players” hired back in 1975 by the show’s creator / producer, Lorne Michaels. Comment

CPL CHAMPS

Sports: Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) created history in the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) by becoming the first team to successfully defend their T20 title when they whipped the Guyana Warriors by eight wickets at the Brian Lara Stadium in South Trinidad on Sunday night. Comment

Haitian hotelier hails tennis champs’ Haitian heritage

Haiti: Haiti’s Le Plaza Hotel’s General Manager Marc Pierre-Louis has hailed Naomi Osaka’s stunning victory at the US Open as “an achievement of which all Haitians should be incredibly proud.” Comment

Monday, Sept. 17, 2018

Barbados: Last Sunday, Sept. 9, Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, delivered a heartfelt message, at a Service of Thanksgiving, saying she was touched and blessed to have met “the elegant, sophisticated, very intellectually gifted, Dr. Donna Hunte-Cox, Barbados Consul General to New York, who had come from the beautiful island nation of Barbados. Comments (1)

Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018

Trinidad and Tobago: The planned phasing out of the refinery of the Trinidad and Tobago-owned state oil company, Petrotrin, has sent the Barbados government scurrying to locate another supplier of gasoline. Comment

Bad financial planning blamed for business failures

Caribbean: A new study by the Washington, D.C.-based Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says bad financial planning is responsible for failure of creative entrepreneurships in Latin America and the Caribbean. Comment

Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018

Williams loses bid for New York Lt. Governor

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams Thursday night lost a spirited bid to become lieutenant governor of New York State, losing to the incumbent Kathy Hochul by six percentage points in New York Democratic Primary elections. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: H.E. Rudolph Michael Ten-Pow, permanent representative and ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Guyana to the United Nations, and Barbara Atherly, consul general of Guyana to New York, led a contingent in the Parade of Nations, during UN Staff Day on Friday, Sept. 7. Comment

University of the West Indies celebrates 70

Jamaica: The University of the West Indies is now observing its 70th year of uninterrupted service to the region, and in Barbados, home to the premier medical faculty the celebration was marked by introduction of the first degree in Nursing programme. Comment
Brooklyn: The street is in fashion. Thousands of black fashion aficionados citywide showcased their personal styles at the fourth annual Essence Street Style festival at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Sept. 9. The event featured dozens of fashion-related events, including a catwalk and some musical performances. As one of the premier shows for the fashion subculture with communities of color, it also gives a stage for the birth for new and emerging styles to come out during a time where fashion is in focus, said the live events director. Comment

Friday, Sept. 14, 2018

The three leading local media companies serving the five boroughs of New York City along with Long Island and Westchester have now become one. Comment
Travel: The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) says the opening day of its forthcoming State of the Tourism Industry Conference (SOTIC) centers on the “Recreate” theme with discussions focused on “immersive technology-driven experience,” with innovation, business development and building better. Comment

VINCY CULTURE ALIVE

VINCY CULTURE ALIVE

Music: The United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn (UVCGB) on Saturday held another very successful cultural show in Brooklyn in its continuing efforts in raising funds to assist, with medical supplies, hospitals and health centers in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment

Barbados-Guyana share honors

Barbados-Guyana share honors

Guyana: Barbados Tridents Football Team went to Guyana and pulled off a 2-2 draw last week in a Nations League qualifying phase fixture that left both sides with one point each. Comment

BRAZIL DEFEATS US

Sports: EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Neymar and Brazilian teammates showed young American players how large a gap they must overcome. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018

STORMY TIME AHEAD

STORMY TIME AHEAD

Environment: While the Carolinas and other southeastern American states prepare for this week’s arrival of monster storm Florence, countries in the Eastern Caribbean sub region were bracing for the passage of Tropical Storm Isaac as the 2018 hurricane season approaches its peak. Comment
Barbados: University of the West Indies Chancellor Emeritus, Sir George Alleyne has expressed irritation that despite the existence of a scientific study supporting health insurance transfers across countries, CARICOM bureaucrats sat on the information without any action. Comment
Barbados: The new Barbados government has announced changes to some of its heads of diplomatic missions including the island’s representative here in New York where Oral ‘Mackie’ Holder will replace Donna Hunte-Cox. Comment

Bartlett: ‘Best summer ever’ for Jamaica

Jamaica: Jamaica Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, says it’s the “best summer ever” Jamaica, as the island experienced record-breaking stopover arrivals from May to August, with provisional estimates showing stopover arrivals up by 6 percent over the same period last year. By Nelson A. King Jamaica Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, says it’s the “best summer ever” Jamaica, as the island experienced record-breaking stopover arrivals from May to August, with provisional estimates showing stopover arrivals up by 6 percent over the same period last year. Comment

Harlem readies for 49th Annual African American Day Parade

Bronx: The most acclaimed Black village in America will be the center of attraction when the African American Day Parade makes its way along Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. on Sept. 16. Comment
Haiti: A senior United Nations official is calling on Haitian authorities do more to prepare the French-speaking Caribbean nation for the planned withdrawal of the country’s UN peacekeeping mission, saying that the situation there remains “fragile.” Comments (1)

CDB signature missing from anti-corruption pact

Caribbean: The Washington, D.C.-based Organization of American States (OAS) says the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is the only international organization of the Joint Summit Working Group (JSWG) that has not signed a pact against corruption. Comment

Trini ‘nanny’ film for international film fest

Movies: A new short film briefly examining the life of a Caribbean nanny is set to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival next week. Trinidadian-Canadian filmmaker Ian Harnarine’s film “Caroni,” follows a Trinidadian nanny living and working in New York City and trying to keep in touch with her young daughter back home. The film sheds light on the visible group, whose stories outside of work go unheard of and unexplored, said Harnarine. Comment

Brace for ‘worst-case scenario’ on immigration: Findlay warns

St Vincent: Stating that a greater problem besides race is on the horizon for which they many not be able to escape so easy, former West Indies wicket keeper and manager Vincentian T. Michael Findlay has warned Caribbean nationals in the United States to brace themselves for what he describes as a “worst-case scenario” on immigration. Comment
Arts & Theater: J’Ouvert City International announced the results of the Brooklyn J’Ouvert 2018 judging and Roy Pierre & Associates was named the first the prize winner in Fancy Mas for their portrayal of “All Hands On Deck (A Sailor is a Sailor).” This marks the 17th time that Roy Pierre & Associates has taken first place. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Bahamas The human rights group, Rights Bahamas, says plans by the Bahamas government to remove “shantytowns” where many Haitian migrants live constitutes a gross violation of peoples’ fundamental human rights under the constitution. Rights Bahamas said in a statement that the impoverished Haitians do not want the authorities to break up their close-knit communities, built over generations through mutual help and support. Comment
Guyana: New York-based “Its From the Sole” (sole of the feet for those in need) founder Andre McDonnell, partnered with Guyanese-born Melissa Garner to bring much needed footwear to less fortunate residents of rural Ann’s Grove on the East Bank Demerara, Guyana, during a recent outreach in the village. Comment
St Vincent: The St. Vincent and the Grenadines government has presented three pieces of legislation in a move to establish a medicinal marijuana industry in the country. Comment

A patriot tax for Petrotrin

Trinidad and Tobago: The grand predecessors of Dr. Keith Rowley have committed some epic economic blunders. Comment
Haiti: Local mothers and fathers aren’t the only ones focused on “kids back to school.” This is also the time when Haitian-American and Queens resident Dayanne Danier and the organization Fleur de Vie, Flower of Life, concentrates on children in Haiti starting their new school year. Comment
Movies: Sergeant Darren Hill (Liam Matthews) was just days away from finishing up a tour of duty in Afghanistan when he died during an ambush of his unit. The shocking news devastated his wife, Amber (Lindsay Pulsipher), and their young daughter, Bree (Makenzie Moss). Comment
Sports: West Indies fast bowler Ronsford Beaton has been cleared by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to resume bowling in international cricket. Comment

St. Lucia Stars, Barbados Tridents out of CPL playoffs

Trinidad and Tobago: St. Lucia Stars and Barbados Tridents are out of the playoffs in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) for the third year running. Comment

West Indies to tour India

Sports: West Indies selectors have recalled left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican and opening batsman Sunil Ambris to the 13-man squad to tour India in October and November. Comment

Windies Women host South Africa in Barbados

Sports: Kensington Oval, Barbados will host West Indies’ next outing in the ICC Women’s Championship, starting later this month. Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018

Guyana’s CARICOM embrace

Guyana’s CARICOM embrace

Guyana: “We have to start thinking regional rather than thinking island,” Guyana’s President David Granger said to dozens of his countrymen in Barbados as he visited that island with a message of strong regionalism. Comment

OAS creates Working Group on Venezuela

Venezuela: The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, has announced the creation of a Working Group on Venezuela after the OAS Permanent Council analyzed at a special meeting “the migration crisis stemming from the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.” Comment
Guyana: Consul General of Guyana to New York, Barbara Atherly, on Saturday, Aug. 25, said the consulate welcomes suggestions and questions to better serve the community, and noted that the diplomatic office continues to engage the community with professionalism, and in friendly atmosphere, while maintaining a link to the diaspora. Comment
People: More than any one day in recent memory, Sept. 11 demand pause for a cause, here over there and somewhere. In America, it is a day dedicated to remembering and paying tribute to the 2,977 people killed and numerous people who were injured during the terrorist attacks 17 years ago in New York City, Washington DC and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Comment
Haiti: As Eastern Caribbean nationals paraded queens and kings along Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway on Labor Day, Haitian demonstrators displayed images of “a fake king” and a “fake president of Haiti.” Comments (4)
Movies: American Chaos (R for profanity and sexual references) Red State documentary shedding light on what inspired Trump’s supporters to vote for him in the 2016 presidential election. Comment

A tale of drama in John Woman’s life

Books: Clothes, as they say, make the man. So do his language and demeanor – but what else? Did his parents or teachers make him who he is? Is it income, peer pressure, the movies he sees, jobs he holds, or his favorite music? Or, as in the new novel “John Woman” by Walter Mosley, is a man made purely of his actions — including murder? Comment

Monday, Sept. 10, 2018

St Lucia: Caribbean nations must do more to help cultivate the gifts, talents and abilities of its young nationals. Recognizing two award-winning culinary students of St. Lucia’s Soufrière Comprehensive Secondary School, Bay Gardens Resorts Executive Director Sanovnik Destang stated that both the public and private sectors ought to provide greater “financial and shepherding support” to the young people of the region. Comment

Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018

Congress must rein in federal prosecutors also!

Hundreds of thousands of Americans and foreigners, including Guyanese and other Caribbean nationals, and unwary people from all over the world, are suffering unjustly in federal prisons, forever tarnished and destroyed by the stigma of a federal conviction, trapped in a vicious cycle of exploitation, modern day slavery and inhumane suffering. Many do not even understand why they were convicted and deprived of their freedom. Congress must open its eyes to this problem which disproportionately affects minorities and people of color. Comments (1)

Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018

Dominica on the climate change front-line: UN

Dominica: The United Nations says Dominica is on the climate-change front-line a year after Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc on the island. Comments (1)

Friday, Sept. 7, 2018

People: As the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) this week begins celebrating Wellness Week 2018, the Washington, D.C.-based organization has underscored the work of health promoters in the Americas, including the Caribbean. Comment

CCJ crucial for the rule of law in oil-rich Guyana

Guyana: President of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Adrian Saunders says the rule of law and the regional court will play an important part in making the benefits of Guyana’s emerging oil and gas sector are widespread and sustainable. Comment

Pols seek votes at Caribbean carnival

Brooklyn: With New York Democratic Primary in mind, a number of New York legislators on Monday, Labor Day, used the massive West Indian American Day Carnival Parade in Brooklyn to seek votes in the Sept. 13 elections. Comments (1)

Father of the modern steelpan instrument dies

Music: Elliot “Ellie” Mannette, a Trinidadian-born musical instrument maker and steel pan musician, also known as the “father of the modern steel pan instrument,” died in Morgantown, W.Va. on Aug. 29. He was 90. Comment

The British are coming

Barbados: By copping five matches in an English cricket team tour from January, Barbados has rebounded from the loss suffered when it failed to get to host a game in the Women’s Cricket World Cup competition. Comment

Bolt starts soccer career

Sports: Jamaican track and field legend Usain Bolt has begun his three-month training stint in Australia to become a professional soccer player. Comment
Sports: Guyana defeated the Windward Islands to capture the Regional Under-19 50-over title in St. Vincent last week. Comment

Women’s T20 World Cup

Sports: Preparations for the eagerly anticipated ICC Women’s Twenty20 World Cup in the Caribbean are on schedule. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018

UNIONS STRIKE FRIDAY

Trinidad and Tobago: A little over a week after authorities in Trinidad announced the closure of an underutilized and money-losing oil refinery, major labor unions have called a general strike for Friday to pressure the administration to reverse its decision but the head of government says he will stick by the decision and is prepared to sacrifice his career for future generations. Comment
Guyana: GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Sept. 3, 2018 (IPS) — Recent huge offshore oil discoveries are believed to have set Guyana — one of the poorest countries in South America — on a path to riches. But they have also highlighted the country’s development challenges and the potential impact of an oil boom. Comment
Brooklyn: The Wyckoff House Museum is hosting the first ever Minokan festival this weekend in celebration of the Haitian vodou tradition of Lakou Souvenance on Sept. 8. The event — organized in partnership with the center and Fanmi Asoto, a local Haitian cultural organization and band — is bringing the cultural heritage of the tradition to the museum for an informative gathering to enlighten guests of the oft misunderstood practice, said one of the organizers. Comment

Talk about oil in Guyana

Guyana: The Editor, Much has been said and written about the discovery of oil in Guyana. Nevertheless, this form of black gold can be a blessing as well as a curse. Comment
Brooklyn: NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County says it hosted a free community Back-to-School Health Fair on Aug. 24 to encourage parents and guardians to prepare their children for academic readiness. Comment

‘Panomundo’ explores steelpan on 4 continents

Music: The influence of Trinidad & Tobago’s steel pan music has been grossly under-documented. The history of the instrument and its impact on the world community seems to be under-reported and only partially documented until now. Comments (2)

Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018

Arts & Theater: On an unusually very hot Labor Day, over three million spectator and tens of thousands of masqueraders and revelers converged on and jammed down Brooklyn’s sprawling Eastern Parkway for the largest carnival parade in North America under the ubiquitous eyes of officers from the New York Police Department (NYPD). Comment
Arts & Theater: The junior costume “Jump Up” presentation on Saturday, Sept. 1, was splendiferous. The children brought much merriment and a kaleidoscope of colorful costumes to the streets of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, massing in grand style. Comment
Brooklyn: Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Labor Day that he plans to turn the Bedford Union Armory in Crown Heights, Brooklyn into a community and recreational center. Comment

Global community mourns passing of three citizens

People: They say deaths come in three’s. Last month the saying held true with consistent prominent tragedies announced in as many weeks in August. On Aug. 18, news from Bern, Switzerland revealed the death of Ghana’s Nobel Laureate and former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan. Comment
Brooklyn: Senator Kevin Parker partnered with several service organizations, to host his 11th Annual Free Harvest Festival and Back to School celebration, on Saturday, Aug. 25, during an afternoon of entertainment and backpack giveaway, at Paerdegat Park in Brooklyn. Comment

Housegirl shares deep secrets with friend

You’re up for this. This next thing is going to be a challenge, but you’re ready. You’ve studied it as much as you can and you’ve thought it through, you’re bringing your best talents and your keenest observation skills, and you got this. You can do it. Still, as in the new book “Housegirl” by Michael Donkor, it won’t be easy. Comment

Barbados-Guyana soccer clash

Barbados-Guyana soccer clash

Cuba: On the back of a series of dismal performances Barbados will take on Guyana in a Nations League fixture Thursday but despite the recent poor showing the island’s technical director, Ahmed Mohammed, is not bothered. Comments (1)

Message about gender preference tolerance

Movies: Sid Gill (Debargo Sanyal) is presently being pressured by his East Indian immigrant parents (Zena Darawalla and Gordon Warnecke) to settle down and start a family. They are even willing to find the bride. Trouble is, they have no idea their son is on the verge of transitioning into a woman. Comment

Brooklyn bishop assisting Jamaicans in need

Jamaica: A Brooklyn clergy member is in Jamaica on a missionary trip to help the country’s needy. Bishop Jackie McCullough went with more than 200 volunteers and medical professionals on a weeklong mission last week Aug. 27-31. For two decades the religious leader has traveled to the island nation for similar trips, but this year she focused more on the psychological needs, with an emphasis on teaching preventative measures. Comment
Arts & Theater: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is excited to begin their 38th anniversary season with “A Tribute To The Music Of The Palladium Era” featuring the legendary Mambo Legends Orchestra with special invited guest singer Gilberto Santa Rosa on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 at 8 pm. Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018

Fashion: A Bronx-based Jamaican fashion designer is the brains behind a line of fancy women’s shoes. Sherwayne Mahoney is the founder and creator of Things II Come — a brand of luxury and affordable footwear, jewelry, and decorative pillows. The style maker says his brand illustrates his desire to introduce a selection of trendy and fashionable shoes. Comments (1)

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Apparation (Unrated) Faith-based drama, set in France in the 1850s, relating a fictionalized account of the life of St. Bernadette of Lourdes (Gallatea Bellugi), a 14 year-old girl visited by the Virgin Mary over a dozen times. With Vincent Lindon, Elina Lowensohn and Bruno Georis. (In French, Italian and English with subtitles) Comment

Homebuyer’s must-see in Canarsie

If you’re ready for a new home, our House of the Week is ready — move-in ready — for you. Comment

Monday, Sept. 3, 2018

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados An attorney is the new leader of the Barbados Opposition Democratic Labor Party (DLP) as it tries to rebuild from its 30-0 drubbing in the May 30 General Election. Comment

Antigua and Grenada moving to join the CCJ

St Vincent: Two CARICOM countries — Antigua and Grenada — are to hold referendums on Nov. 6, 2018 to decide if they should join the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). Comment

US tones down Cuba travel advisory

Cuba: The United States Department of State has toned down its travel advisory for Cuba. The State Department on Friday reduced its advisory to the Spanish-speaking Caribbean island from Level 3, “reconsider travel,” to Level 2, “exercise increased caution.” Comment

Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018

Trinidad to host CARICOM meeting on CSME

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago will host a special CARICOM heads of government meeting in November to discuss the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME). Comment

Mike Findlay stands up for Collis King

Barbados: Former West Indies wicket keeper Vincentian Michael Findlay has been standing up behind the wicket for former West Indies allrounder Barbadian Collis King. Comment

Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018

Guyana: Toronto, Canada-based Aroura Gold Mines which owns one of the Caribbean Community’s largest open pit mines has started the process of terminating close to 100 staffers, most of them drillers, geologists and exploration staff in the wake of a major shake up of its top management at its North American headquarters. Comment

TKR moves to the top of the CPL standings

Sports: Trinidad and Tobago Knightriders (TKR) has jumped to the top of the standings in the current Caribbean Premier League (CPL) tournament after winning their third match in a row with a four-wicket victory over the Barbados Tridents at Kensington Oval, Barbados on Sunday night. Comment
Barbados: Contrary to his dream run last year when he raised eyebrows by breezing through his first three games, Barbadian Darian King has crashed out of the US Open 2018 Tennis Championships. Comment

Friday, Aug. 31, 2018

Struggling Trinidad closes major oil refinery

Trinidad and Tobago: With general elections just two years away, Trinidad’s governing People’s National Movement (PNM) has ordered the island’s largest oil refinery closed almost immediately, directly putting about 1800 workers on the breadline and triggering angst and anger among the country’s powerful labor unions. Comment
Arts & Theater: New York City Mayor, Bill deBlasio, during a Caribbean American Carnival kick-off reception at Gracie Mansion, on Tuesday, Aug. 28, said the city is proud to be working together with the NYPD and the community to celebrate J’Ouvert in peace. Comment
Barbados: Some unease may be spreading among persons in territories stretching from Barbados to the USA because of the possibility that the island’s ex-government minister, Donville Inniss, who is on money laundering charges may implicate others. Comment
Arts & Theater: Revelers who come out for this year’s J’Ouvert parade can expect to celebrate among thousands of cops and hundreds of floodlights — but not Mayor DeBlasio, who said he won’t be attending the early morning festivities preceding the West Indian Day Parade on Sept. 3. Comment
Jamaica: A Massachusetts-based organization is giving much needed furniture to schools in need in rural parts of Jamaica. The One Chair 4 One Child (OC4OC) group recently donated 75 desks and chairs to the Bellevue Primary School in Perth Town, Jamaica. Comment
Arts & Theater: Dozens of Caribbean cultural groups and mas camps performed pieces of music and dances last Saturday, showcasing the tradition of J’Ouvert — the pre-dawn festival of Trinidadian origin, held in likewise fashion in the preceding hours of the West Indian American Day parade on Labor Day. The event titled “The Art and History of J’Ouvert: Steelband as Resistance,” brought the central traditions of the annual event to the steps of Central Branch library to enlighten, said one performer. Comment

STREET FEST

STREET FEST

Arts & Theater: As millions get ready to converge on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway on Labor Day for the massive West Indian American Day Carnival Parade, hundreds of thousands earlier this week descended on London for Notting Hill Caribbean Carnival. Comment

JTB, Palace Resorts serve up Taste of Jamaica

Jamaica: The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) said on Wednesday that it showcased the island’s decadent flavors at the 19th annual Citi Taste of Tennis event in New York City. Comment
Brooklyn: Just under 100 students got certificates at a Kings County Courts closing ceremony last Wednesday. The courts’ Student Employment and Internship program concluded with the celebration at the Supreme Courthouse in Downtown Brooklyn on Aug. 15. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua The Antiguan government has received a request from the Indian government for the extradition of Indian billionaire businessman Mehul Choksi, who is wanted by law enforcement authorities in his homeland on fraud charges. Comment

Ganja conference to be held in Jamaica

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley has been invited to attend an international cannabis conference to be held in Jamaica next month in the ongoing discussions on decriminalization and possible legislation of marijuana. Comment

Nursing body: End migration of trained nurses

People: The Regional Nursing Body (RNB) has called for urgent action to end the migration of nurses and midwives from the Caribbean region. Comment

‘The Carnival Jungle – Sweet Fuh Days’

Arts & Theater: Alton Aimable, the St. Lucian-born leader of Tropicalfete mas band, said it will be a “true Caribbean cultural experience” when the band exhibits “The Carnival Jungle – Sweet Fuh Days” in this year’s West Indian American Day Carnival. Comment

Annan a man for small nations

People: “Barbados has lost a friend” were the telling words of Prime Minister Mia Mottley as she remarked on the passing of former UN secretary general, Kofi Annan, a man who went out of his way to make tiny member states of that world body feel important. Comment

United Airlines makes historic service to St. Kitts

St Kitts and Nevis: For the first time in the island’s history, United Airlines will fly a second weekly nonstop flight from its New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to St. Kitts, complementing the carrier’s existing Saturday service. Comment

A day in the life of gutsy ‘Den Mother’

Movies: “Support the Girls” Comment
Viewpoints: Airport workers play important, vital roles in keeping the traveling public safe and secure at LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport. Comments (12)

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Active Measures (PG-13 for violence, war images, crude sexual references and mature themes) Investigative documentary chronicling Vladimir Putin’s covert efforts to influence political campaigns all around the world via bribes, propaganda and cyber attacks, including the U.S.’ 2016 presidential election. Featuring commentary by Hillary Clinton, John McCain and Sheldon Whitehouse. Comment

Findlay pays tribute to Vincy sports personalities

St Vincent: Former West Indies wicket keeper and manager Vincentian T. Michael Findlay has paid glowing tribute to a number of current and former Vincentian sports personalities. Comments (1)

NO HOME ADVANTAGE

NO HOME ADVANTAGE

Sports: Jamaica Tallawahs Captain Andre Russell was angry over the lack of home advantage following his side’s defeat to Guyana Amazon and Trinibago Knightriders in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), which were played at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium in Florida recently. Comment

Trinidad wins regional under-19 championship

Sports: Trinidad and Tobago took the three-day title in the Regional Under-19 Championship when they beat Jamaica by 10 wickets on the final day of the third and last round of the tournament in Kingstown, St. Vincent recently. Comment
Sports: West Indies opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite has signed a deal to play for Nottinghamshire in the Specsavers County Championship. Comments (1)

Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018

Brooklyn: They played a charitable game. Brookdale Hospital collaborated with the Ricky Davis Legacy Foundation and rapper Ice Cube’s BIG3 Basketball League for the annual “Dribble Out Hunger” at Lincoln Terrace Park in Crown Heights on Aug. 24. Comment

Colors of Power showcases ‘Butterflies of Colors’

Arts & Theater: The Colors of Power is debuting in this year’s West Indian American Day Carnival Association’s (WIADCA) Parade with “Butterflies of Colors.” Comment

Boom Mas gets erotic for Labor Day

Arts & Theater: After four consecutive years on the Parkway, Boom Mas Carnival, the International Band, is getting erotic for Labor Day, according to co-band leaders Trinidadian Joel Deriggs and St. Lucian Daran Andrew. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018

Make J’ouvert a non violent one

Arts & Theater: On Tuesday evening, at Plenty Paradise along the strip on Rogers Avenue in Brooklyn several high powered business leaders, community leaders, noted elected officials, judges, top attorneys, clergy and the Brooklyn police commanding officer were all at one location to discuss what has marred j’ourvert for too long. Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018

Time for D’Midas’ ‘Rebirth’

Arts & Theater: D’Midas International New York, Inc. says it is celebrating life and the survivors of cancer with “Rebirth” this Labor Day. Comment

Inspired by Zoe presents ‘The Lion King’

Arts & Theater: The four-year-old Brooklyn mas band Inspired by Zoe expects to reign this Labor Day with “The Lion King.” Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018

Arts & Theater: With the spectacular display of some of the costume productions for this year’s Labor Day Parade, the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) on Thursday launched its 2018 New York Caribbean Carnival at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Comments (1)

1199 SEIU presents ‘Festivals’

Arts & Theater: After a year’s lay-off, 1199 SEIU Cultural Committee returns this year with “Festivals,” as it vies for a top spot in the medium-sized category in the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade on Labor Day on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway. Comment
Arts & Theater: The West Indian American Day Carnival parade’s solo Haitian masquerade group, will make its debut at the annual Labor Day pageantry next month. The Crown Heights-based Banboche Mas Camp is the newest organization that will represent the French-Creole speaking nation in the parade. As one of the youngest camps, the group recently launched a weekly fund-raiser leading up to the big event in an effort to raise funds to support the band’s expenses. At the launch kickoff on Aug. 10, the band was able to earn some support, and introduce themselves to new registrants, said co-founder of the band. Comment

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