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SWISS WERE INVOLVED TOO

SWISS WERE INVOLVED TOO

Caribbean: GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Research and evidence are beginning to emerge that Switzerland, known more for its banking system that allows the world’s criminal rich to hide their billions in numbered accounts there, was involved in a relatively big way in the transatlantic slave trade and the umbrella organization that regional governments have established to win compensation for slavery will soon add it to its defendants list. Comment

Advocates celebrate census victory

Queens: This month a federal judge in Manhattan ordered President Trump’s administration to remove a controversial citizenship question on the forthcoming 2020 census. U.S. District Judge Jesse M. Furman rejected the Department of Commerce’s decision to add the question. Comment

KEEN CONTEST

KEEN CONTEST

Barbados: Defending champions Weymouth Football Club lost to Ellerton but managed to remain in the hunt for the 2018-2019 championship by trailing just one point behind the Zone One leader Blackbirds, while in Zone Two, Paradise hangs behind leader Empire making for a tight Premier League race. Comment
Haiti: Several of the city’s Haitian-American correctional officers celebrated the inauguration of their newly formed fraternal organization in Queens on Jan. 18. Comment

Protecting your security and rights online

Viewpoints: CAMBRIDGE, MA, USA, Jan 23 2019 (IPS) - On Dec. 6, the Australian parliament rushed to pass a bill that could weaken security on the phones and software people rely on every day, in Australia and worldwide. The sweeping law could force tech companies to take vaguely described actions to access encrypted data. Comment

Kings salutes King: Local luminaries remember civil-rights leader at annual Fort Greene ceremony

They’re keeping his dream alive. Brooklynites packed a Fort Greene theater to honor the late civil-rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on his eponymous federal holiday. Comment

Building a good relationship takes effort

Books: Marriage? Not interested. Nope, you’ve tried it and it’s not for you. Neither is love, apparently, as evidenced by the string of awful dates you’ve had lately. You know that having a bad relationship is easy. Having a good one takes effort, and it might start with “Making It Work” by Tony A. Gaskins, Jr. Comment

Chanderpaul takes up coaching post

Guyana: Legendary former West Indies batsman, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, has been appointed assistant coach of Guyana Jaguars for the current regional four-day tournament. Comment
Barbados: Barbados will on April 01 begin a phased ban on plastics entering the country for use in sale of goods or to complement sold items, rounding up to an almost total prohibition nine months later. Comments (2)

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua The Antigua and Barbuda government said a meeting with officials of the Bank of Nova Scotia will take place later this month after initially indicating that the bank had turned down the request for talks regarding the sale of its branch holdings on the island. Comment
St Vincent: As they seek to honor those whose ideals they cherish, the Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) Ex-Teachers Association of New York on Sunday bestowed special honor on retired Vincentian Judge Emille Cox. Comment

Broadway’s ‘Choir Boy’ – A tour de force to phobic intolerances

Arts & Theater: The title “Choir Boy” suggests singing and at least one boy talented enough to chorus required melody and lyrics. A poster promoting the latest Broadway play to open present a chorale of young, Black men marked by a singular singer towering above a quartet. Comment
Sports: Legendary former West Indies Captain Clive Lloyd has lashed out at the snubbing of fellow West Indies icon Desmond Haynes for the post of the men’s team head coach in favor of Englishman Richard Pybus. Comment

Darren Bravo recalled for Test series

Sports: West Indies middle-order batsman Darren Bravo has returned to the Test team against England after a 27-month hiatus for the upcoming home series, which will bowl off at the Kensington Oval, Barbados from Jan. 23, 2019. Comment
Queens: State Sen. James Sanders Jr. (D—Far Rockaway) started a collection drive for federal workers affected by the government shutdown in Rosedale on Jan. 18. The Queens official, along with the American Federation of Government Employees and the Rosedale-Laurelton American Legion Post 483, launched the drive to assist government employees currently on leave or working unpaid. Comment

Berkeley student multi-tasks to give back

Jamaica: He’s a techie putting humanity first. A Berkeley College student from Flatbush is making big strides on his path to building a career in technology. Information Technology (IT) major Edwin Fleurant, who is Jamaican descent, is somewhat of a jack of all trades working to meet his goals in many aspects. With a high respect for IT, he says it’s always been something he wanted to pursue. Comments (1)
Arts & Theater: A new outdoor art installation in Queens celebrates some of the biggest black female singers in entertainment. Comment

Theater festival showcasing black playwrights celebrates tenth anniversary

Arts & Theater: The annual “The Fire this Time” festival returns for its 10th season at the Kraine Theater in East Village on Jan. 21. The two-week event, which celebrates the work of black playwrights, is featuring eight writers this year — the most the festival has seen, according to its founder and producer Kelley Girod. To honor the milestone anniversary, organizers will celebrate it with a panel discussion on pertinent current issues, and all the stories to come out of the festival Comment

Our communities have no excuse for ignoring US census!

Immigration: Judge Jesse M. Furman, a federal judge, gave us our first victory when he blocked the Commerce Department on Tuesday from adding a question disclosing whether the person filling out the 2020 Census Form is an American citizen. Civil rights leaders and advocates had long argued that adding the question to the census itself would undermine the constitutional mandate to count every person, regardless of citizenship, because it would discourage noncitizens from filling out the questionnaire for fear of persecution and deportation. (See previous publications, “Remove the Citizenship Question from the Census.”) Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The 5 Browns: Digging through the Darkness (Unrated) Skeletons-in-the-closet documentary about a quintet of siblings whose meteoric rise to super-stardom as classical piano prodigies was spoiled by the shocking revelation that their manager/father had sexually abused his three daughters. Comment

Bichotte, Richardson welcome election reform measures

New York: Brooklyn’s Caribbean American legislators Rodneyse Bichotte and Diana Richardson on Tuesday welcome passage of election reform measures in New York State Legislature. Comment

Warm welcome awaits Team Antigua Island Girls

Antigua: Antigua and Barbuda, with its strong heritage of yacht racing and moniker as the “Sailing Capital of the Caribbean,” says it is always keen for a good nautical adventure. Comment

JA DEFENDS VOTE IN OAS

In the past week, Nicolas Maduro’s swearing in for a second consecutive term as president of Venezuela diplomatically tore apart foreign policy coordination in the Caribbean Community with several countries supporting an Organization of American States (OAS) resolution condemning his administration’s legitimacy, a sizeable group voted in favor and the remainder chose to remain ‘neutral’ and abstained. Comment

Poet honors incarcerated women

Hands on the wheel. Hands on the hood, in the air, on the wall, on the ground. No sudden moves, no waving “hey” or scratching your nose, and don’t reach for a thing. Hands up — although, as you’ll read in “A Bound Woman is a Dangerous Thing” by DaMaris B. Hill, there are times when that doesn’t matter. Comment
Queens: Founded in 2014, the Caribbean Attorneys Network (CAN) is a collective of professional lawyers of Caribbean heritage working in the field of law. The creation of the organization was the idea of three law school friends — Moya O’Connor, Kadion Henry, and Ricardo Salmon. Upon passing the bar, O’Connor, who is first generation Jamaican-American, created a Facebook group called Caribbean Attorneys Networking in hopes of connecting with lawyers of Caribbean background. Comment

ESTELLE EXPERIENCE

ESTELLE EXPERIENCE

Music: Singer and artist Estelle is slated to kick off an East Coast musical tour in Brooklyn next month. The first show of the “Estelle Experience” tour opens at Baby’s All Right in Bushwick on Feb. 6. Comment
Barbados: The deluge began with a goal in the third minute, and the ball did not stop hitting the back of Notre Dame’s net until Paradise registered a 9-0 defeat in a Sunday night fixture of the Barbados Football Association’s Premier League. Comment
Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ When a police truck carrying men in uniform pulled into an impoverished neighborhood in the Haitian capital, residents thought it was an official operation. Comment

Garifuna group celebrates Heritage Month in NYC

The Bronx-based Garifuna Coalition, USA, Inc. says it will be celebrating the 11th Anniversary of the Garifuna-American Heritage Month 2019 from March 11 to April 12. Comment
Sports: West Indies Twenty20 Captain Carlos Braithwaite attracted the highest price for a West Indies player at the recent Indian Premier League (IPL). Comment

Queen honors WI player

People: Former West Indies batsman Alvin Kallicharan has been named on a list of 1000 people who will receive awards from Queen Elizabeth 11 Comment
Sports: The West Indies team has automatically qualified for the 2020 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup in Australia by virtue of their seventh ranked in the latest ICC Twenty20 rankings. Comment

World University T20 begins in Trinidad

Trinidad and Tobago: The inaugural World University Twenty20 Tournament bowled off last week at the Frank Worrell Cricket Ground at the UWI Sport and Physical Education Center, St Agustina Campus, Trinidad. The tournament runs from Jan. 10 to 20. Comment
St Vincent: The Brooklyn-based Vincentian umbrella group in the US, Council of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Organizations, U.S.A., Inc. (COSAGO), over the Christmas holidays, donated US$2000.00 to a home that provides a safe housing and nurturing environment for abused and socially-displaced teenaged girls in St. Vincent and the Grenadines Comment

Team Jamaica Bickle launches 25th year at Penn Relays

Sports: The Queens-based Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB), the organization that feeds and supports Jamaican and Caribbean athletes at the prestigious Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, on Jan. 8 launched its 25th anniversary at the Relays Carnival. Comment
Barbados: Barbados had two international credit rating upgrades in 60 days, bucking a 10-year trend of some 22 consecutive downgrades, but a clear sign that the economy is not out of the woods is a recent projection that it will perform below other regional economies in 2019. Comment

Perry sworn-in for 14th consecutive term

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Assemblyman Nick Perry was sworn-in Saturday for the 14th consecutive term as representative for the 58th State Assembly District. Comment
Brooklyn: The Evangelical Crusade of Fishers of Men, in partnership with community leaders and residents, broke ground on Sunday for a new low-income senior housing development project in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. Comment
Books: More than 30 families participated in the “We Want to Write,” event organized by the Brooklyn-based organization, No Rest Until Success, at the Cortelyou Early Childhood Center Annex in East Flatbush on Jan. 13. Comment
Guyana: Deputy Director and Science Advisor, Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, Dr. Ulric Trotz, has called for urgent action across the Caribbean region, and globally, to combat climate change, stating that activities have shown climate change is one of the biggest threats to human existence and development. Comment

We are all DukDukDiya: Humming Bird with one drop of water at a time

Environment: Jamison Ervin is manager, UNDP’s Global Programme on Nature for Development UNITED NATIONS, Jan 11 2019 (IPS) - There is a Quechan fable about a hummingbird named Dukdukdiya. During a fierce forest fire, while all other animals stood in stunned fear, Dukdukdiya alone took action by repeatedly carrying a single drop of water in her beak to the flames. When asked why she bothered with such paltry efforts, she replied that she was simply doing everything in her power to stop the fire. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Adult Life Skills (Unrated) Midlife crisis drama about a reclusive slacker (Jodie Whitaker), living in her mother’s (Lorraine Ashbourne) backyard shed for years, who finds herself forced to finally grow up as her 30th birthday approaches. With Ozzy Myers, Edward Hogg and Brett Goldstein. Comment
Movies: “A Dog’s Way Home” Comment

Jamaican athlete to defend championship

People: Next month, Jamaican-American athlete Aisha Praught-Leer will return to the 112th NYRR Millrose Games in Manhattan, to defend her 2018 championship of the Women’s 3,000-meter race. Comment
Brooklyn: Though 2018 was a “challenging” year for Central Brooklyn Lions Club, Inc. (CBLC), it can still take comfort from its rich history and the fact that it continues to make a big difference in the community. Comment

Immigration attorney makes difference through CIS

Jamaica: Prominent Jamaican-born immigration attorney Winston Tucker continues to make a huge impact on the Caribbean community in New York. Comment
Arts & Theater: She’s got the moves. Manhattan-based dancer Marielis Garcia has an enlightened approach to dance. The professional performer, enjoys exploring the many different forms and movements, and one of her greatest ambitions is to illustrate the vast world of dance. She said many of the considerations that go into performing and creating, are commonly misunderstood. Comment
St Vincent: As he prepares to be honored this Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend, by the Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ex-Teachers Association of New York, a retired Vincentian judge on recall in New Jersey is issuing sound words of encouragement to all on their career path. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua The Antigua and Barbuda government says the state-owned Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APU) will spend EC$80 million dollars in upgrading its facilities so as to make it more competitive in the telecommunications sector. Comment
Bronx: Two local elected officials recently attended the inauguration of the governor of the United States Virgin Islands on Jan. 7. Bronx Councilman, Andy King (D–Baychester) and Mount Vernon City Council President, Andre Wallace, were present for the swearing-in ceremony of Albert Bryan Jr., and Lieutenant Governor, Tregenza A. Roach, on the multi-island territory’s capital city of Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas Comment
Arts & Theater: Jamaican sculptor Basil Watson was recently commissioned to create a monument in honor of Civil Rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Comments (1)
Haiti: In tandem with Barbados’ acknowledgement of the rights of Haitians to enter the island like any the CARICOM citizen, crooks have begun defrauding the already bedevilled nationals of this Caribbean territory. Comment

Team Jamaica Bickle celebrates 25 years supporting Caribbean athletes at Penn Relays

The Queens-based Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB) this week began celebrating 25 years of supporting Jamaican and other Caribbean athletes at the prestigious Penn Relays Carnival at the University of Pennsylvania (UPENN) in Philadelphia. Comment

Renew and prepare: Lawyer advises TPS recipients to plan for any possibility

Brooklyn: As the ninth anniversary since the launch of Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for Haitians approaches, many recipients would have been preparing to apply for their final renewal and awaiting its impending termination on July 19. But since a federal judge in California granted a preliminary injunction against the Trump administration’s decision to end the program for Haiti and three other countries — the deadline dates are indefinitely delayed. Comment

Barbados writers get boost

Barbados writers get boost

Barbados: The literary arts in Barbados is now on a firmer footing thanks to a Bds$1,000,000 donation dedicated to writers and their development. Central Bank of Barbados Governor, Cleviston Haynes over the weekend announced the gift, that equates to US$500,000, that will be used as an investment trust fund to supplement work of the island’s premier scheme for annual writing competition and writer’s development, the Frank Collymore Literary Endowment, (FCLE) which will receive all dividends. Comment
Sports: The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) on Wednesday, Dec. 19 unveiled the dates and kickoff times for the Round of 16 matches of the 2019 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League, the region’s premier club championship. Comment

PETRO SOON FLOW

PETRO SOON FLOW

Guyana: GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Neither the company nor authorities are publicly admitting it, but Guyana is set to become one of the world’s newest oil producers as early as the last quarter of 2019, not in 2020 as official pronouncements have been indicating for almost four years. Comment
Brooklyn: Caribbean legislators in Brooklyn rallied on Monday as a United States federal trial began to protect more than 50,000 Haitian immigrants and their families from being forcibly separated by deportation. Comments (1)
Arts & Theater: It’s a shed of light on their fight. A new exhibit on display at Arts East New York is showcasing the stories of domestic workers now until Jan. 12. The “Domestic Worker’s United History Exhibition (Art)ifacts from DWU’s Archive and Worker Stories Kiosk!,” is a brief timeline of the organization’s battles and successes. Comment

Off Broadway production tackles ‘perfect’ utopia

Arts & Theater: A new off Broadway play is set to debut at The Theatre at St. Clement’s Jan. 15–Feb. 16. The play titled “Eco Village,” is somewhat based on the life of young playwright Phoebe Nir, and her experiences at the well-known Vermont-based puppet theater — Bread and Puppet Theatre. Comment
Music: They’re thinking big! A Caribbean restaurant in Park Slope welcomes jumbo jazz ensembles and oversized orchestras to play new tunes each Monday night. “The Living Large Ensemble Series” takes place at the Slope Lounge, opened last September by husband-and-wife Omari Clarke and Nicole Price-Clarke. Comment

Medgar Evers dean hopes to return cricket to campus

Guyana: Thursday, Jan. 3 was the perfect day for cricket, lovely cricket. The five-hour event that started with a score of 100 runs — the combined birth number of batsman, Dr. Terrence Blackman, Dean, School of Science Health and Technology, Medgar Evers College / CUNY, and batsman, UK Banker, Keith Alexander, who celebrated their milestones with a match between their alma mater, and a Georgetown team. Comment

ELITE BOWLER

ELITE BOWLER

Sports: West Indies Captain Jason Holder has ended 2018 as the number two-ranked all-rounder in Tests and in the top ten of the bowlers rankings. Comment
New York: Caribbean American legislators Councilman Jumaane Williams and Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte on Tuesday welcomed Mayor Bill de Blasio’s unveiling of “the largest, most comprehensive plan” in the United States to guarantee health care for every New Yorker, including undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants. Comment

VP celebrates 40 years

VP celebrates 40 years

Music: The world famous VP records celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The Queens-based independent reggae music label is going to commemorate the milestone with a year of musical releases, and celebrations spanning from North America, the Caribbean, and the United Kingdom. Comment

Open letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Haiti: My name is Christina Ponthieux. I am 11 years old. I attend JFK Magnet Middle School. First Speaker Pelosi, let me congratulate you for being voted Speaker of the House for the second time! I feel extremely happy for you. Speaker Pelosi, I came to talk to you when you came to Miami to help Congresswoman Donna Shalala, but I could not get in because a group of angry people were making a lot of racket. I was scared but not too much because my dad, Rony Ponthieux was there and my mentor and second mom: Ms Marleine Bastien. The Secret Service was nice, but they closed the doors, and no one could get in. I was very disappointed, but I did not cry. Comments (5)

What’s going on in 2019?

What’s going on in 2019?

Music: For starters Rhythm & Blues singer Marvin Gaye who asked the musical query in a song titled “What’s Going On?” will be getting his own Forever postage stamp this year. According to the United States Postal Service, a commemorative Forever stamp will be introduced with his image to be added to the music icon series. Comment

Pybus takes over as West Indies coach

Sports: Cricinfo has reported that Englishman Richard Pybus has accepted the job as interim head coach of the West Indies team until the end of the Indian tour of the Caribbean this year. Comment

CWI suspends Shane Shillingford

Sports: Former West Indies Test off-spinner Shane Shillingford has been suspended by Cricket West Indies (CWI) for an illegal action, ruling him out of the third round of the Regional Four-Day Championship, which started last week. Comment

Granny’s yawn puts town to sleep

“I’m not tired!” That’s what you might say when it’s time for bed. You want to stay awake for awhile. Who can shut their eyes when fun might be happening? You’re not tired, but in the new book “Stop That Yawn!” by Caron Levis, illustrated by LeUyen Pham, you might act like you are. Comment

Dottin stands alone on ICC 2018 team

Sports: Barbadian all-rounder Deandra Dottin was the only West Indian player chosen on the ICC’s team of the year when the ruling body’s for cricket announced its top awards for the year in women’s cricket on Dec. 31, 2018. Comment
St Lucia: Dominica Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit says that his administration will table legislation this year to adequately honor people who serve as head of a government in Dominica. Comment
Politics: They assembled to honor their new assemblywoman! Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Anthem of a Teenage Prophet (Unrated) Coming-of-age drama about the fallout visited upon a clairvoyant teen (Cameron Monaghan) whose premonition about the death of his best friend (Alex MacNicoll) becomes a reality. With Juliette Lewis, Peyton List and Grayson Gabriel. Comment
Arts & Theater: A Haitian-American actor is playing a lead character in the premiere of a new production debuting at The Bridge Theater on Jan. 16. Brooklyn raised actor, Nixon Cesar, plays a soldier back home, and fresh from a tour in Iraq in “Master of the Crossroads.” Comment

Three NYC attorneys to be honored by State Bar Association

People: The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) said on Friday that it will honor three New York City attorneys during its Annual Meeting, in midtown Manhattan, on Jan. 16 Comment

Stopping criminals from laundering their trillions

Viewpoints: Rhoda Weeks-Brown is general counsel and director of the Legal Department at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). WASHINGTON DC, Jan 7 2019 (IPS) - Al Capone had a problem: he needed a way to disguise the enormous amounts of cash generated by his criminal empire as legitimate income. His solution was to buy all-cash laundromats, mix dirty money in with clean, and then claim that washing ordinary Americans’ shirts and socks, rather than gambling and bootlegging, was the source of his riches. Comment
Movies: Erin Bell (Nicole Kidman) is a veteran LAPD detective whose partner, Chris (Sebastian Stan), died when his cover was blown during an undercover operation gone bad. Courtesy of flashbacks, we learn that he was murdered by Silas (Toby Kebbell), the leader of the gang of bank robbers the two had infiltrated. Comment
New York: With President Donald J. Trump and the federal government waging war against Caribbean and other immigrants, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has granted pardons to individuals convicted of minor offenses from deportation. Comments (1)
Brooklyn: A young and hip Brooklyn dentist loves to bring the smiles to her Crown Heights community, as much as she fixes them. Dr. Barbara Peterson, affectionately known as Dr. Bobbi, has been practicing dentistry for about 15 years. An orthodontist as well, she runs her Rutland Road clinic, Aces Braces — providing all sorts of dental needs and improvements. Comment

CGID asks Guyana’s Coalition gov’t to reject no confidence vote

Viewpoints: Dear Editor: The Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID) reiterates to all Guyanese and the international community that the Dec. 21, 2018 no confidence vote against the APNU+AFC coalition government of Guyana was unconstitutional. Comments (1)

‘WINTER WONDERLAND’

Arts & Theater: Dionne Crichton-Bailey, president of the Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Nurses Association of New York, Inc. (SVGNANY), has described as very successful her group’s hosting Sunday of the third Winter Wonderland Entertainment Evening at the Golden Hall of St. Gabriel’s Episcopal (Anglican) Church on Hawthorne Street in Brooklyn. Comment
Music: Brooklyn’s cultural group, Tropicalfete, recently blew the audience away with its final production for 2018 that featured the organization’s various groups. Comments (1)
Music: While the twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago is renowned for calypso and soca, infectious music that takes center stage during the country’s annual carnival, another type of music dominates during the Christmas season, according to National Public Radio’s (NPR) “Morning Edition.” Comment

Ponds scores 26 as St. John’s routs No. 16 Marquette 89-69

Sports: NEW YORK (AP) — Shamorie Ponds scored 20 of his 26 points in the first half, dominating a highly anticipated matchup between two of the nation’s top guards, and St. John’s rebounded impressively from its first loss of the season by routing No. 16 Marquette 89-69 on Tuesday night at Carnesecca Arena. Comment

Sir Viv: Little hope for WI

Sports: Legendary former West Indies Captain, Sir Vivian Richards has little hope of the regional team winning this year’s ICC World Cup in England. Comments (1)

Tri-nation football for Barbados

Barbados: Wiser now from their mistakes that placed them in the bottom rung of the regional football competition, Barbados Tridents are gearing for the future by hosting a European and a fellow Caribbean team this month. Comment
Sports: West Indies Twenty20 captain, Carlos Braithwaite has praised the influence of coach Floyd Reifer for the victory in the recent Twenty20 series against Bangladesh. Comment

TOP FIVE

Sports: West Indies hard-hitting opener Evin Lewis has jumped 11 places into the top five of the ICC Twen+ty20 batting rankings, following his half-century in the decisive third T20 match against Bangladesh in Dhaka recently. Comment

GOV’T WON’T BUDGE

Guyana: Felled and disabled by a Dec. 21 successful opposition no confidence motion, Guyana’s government Monday vowed not to resign as required by the constitution and will instead contend in a legal brief that the house speaker and clerk erred in allowing the motion to pass with a majority of 33 rather than 34 votes in the 65-member assembly. Comment
Barbados: Though not yet close to its glorious days of a buoyant economy with massive amounts of foreign exchange and a bubbling GDP, Barbados entered 2019 on a high because it successfully took steps away from the precipice of disaster. Comment

Guyanese lawyer remains committed to Caribbean community

Guyana: After practicing law for over two decades, Guyanese-born Kawal P. Totaram says he still remains totally committed to serving the Caribbean community in New York. Comments (5)
Haiti: Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on New Year’s Day joined members of the Haitian community in Canada and around the world in celebrating Haiti’s Independence Day. Comment
Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams on Dec. 27 honored Brooklyn’s latest “Heroes of the Month” at a ceremony in the courtroom of Brooklyn Borough Hall, recognizing a group of individuals helping to save lives in a variety of ways. Comment

Collective gives back over the holidays

Brooklyn: Over the Christmas holidays, The People of the Sun Middle Passage Collective, at Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College (MEC), gave back to the community by hosting a special dinner for residents, and providing toys for children and gifts for adults. Comment

Challenges of the ‘blended’ child

Books: One plus one is two. It’s simple: all you have to do is add or count, easy-peasy, a trick you probably learned shortly after you could talk. One plus one is two but as you grow up, you’ll notice that math can get funny and, in the case of the new book “Blended” by Sharon M. Draper, one plus one might suddenly become more. Comment

The 10 best, no, the 100 best films of 2018

Movies: Kam’s Annual Assessment of the Cream of the Cinematic Crop Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Bahamas The Bahamas government has confirmed that a 61-year-old man has died from the H1N1 influenza, also called swine flu. Minister of Health, Dr. Duane Sands said the death occurred recently. Comment

CTO’s New Year’s Message

Travel: As the Caribbean tourism sector prepares to welcome the New Year, we look forward to 2019 with a sense of optimism, excitement and much hope. Comment

Good riddance 2018: Predictions of greatness in 2019

People: Unless a jackpot haul showers millions, most Americans often declare the outgoing year one they would rather forget. Comment
Movies: American Hangman (Unrated) Tale of vigilante justice about a judge (Donald Sutherland) who is kidnapped and put on trial live over the internet after botching a criminal case. With Vincent Kartheiser, Oliver Dennis and Paul Braunstein. Comment

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