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Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua Antigua’s Parliament has given the government the green light to borrow a US$1.58 million loan from Banco del ALBA to acquire additional shares in the cash-strapped regional LIAT. Comment

MP salutes Vincentians in NY Diaspora for ‘unwavering support’

St Vincent: As St. Vincent and the Grenadines celebrates its 40th independence anniversary, a Member of Parliament has saluted nationals in New York for their “unwavering support.” Comment
People: By Nelson A. King Caribbean and Caribbean-American legislators on Monday paid homage to veterans, remembering them for their service and sacrifice to the nation. Comment
Barbados: Not only has Barbados completed a master stroke of restructuring its burgeoning debt and scoring billions in savings, but the island is now confidently looking forward to its first international financial credit rating upgrade in some 10 years. Comment
Brooklyn: Well bundled up in the bitterly cold weather, children in Brooklyn on Saturday morning joined Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09) in walking to support migrant children at the US southern border. Comment

Cricketers’ fitness gets priority

Sports: Cricket West Indies (CWI) Vice President, Dr. Kishore Shallow says that in a bid to take the players fitness up a notch in the region, the Professional Cricket League (PCL) franchises will be outfitted with physios, strength and conditioning coaches. Comment

WI Emerging Players in Regional Super50 tourney

Sports: CWI Director of Cricket, Jimmy Adams believes the West Indies Emerging Players squad’s inclusion in the Regional Super50 is a crucial development initiative. Comment


Jamaica: Jamaica’s political directorate this week braced for the cancellations of more American entry visas following the revocation of travel privileges of a cabinet minister, an opposition lawmaker and several senior police officers in recent days. Comment

Schneps Media boss wants to further spread word at major SOMOS conference

People: Schneps Media owner Vicki Schneps says she’ll be further spreading the word about her diverse media empire when she attends the 2019 SOMOS Puerto Rico Conference. Comment

Windies women lose ODI series against India

Sports: West Indies Women lost a three-match One-Day International (ODI) cricket series against the Indian Women after the visitors clinched the third and deciding encounter with a dominant batting performance at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Wednesday, Nov. 6. Comment
Cuba: HAVANA (AP) — The Havana International Trade Fair is where Cuba puts the best face on its struggling economy. There are state-run restaurants stocked with fresh food; shiny displays of electric motorcycles from traders in Panama; dozens of Cuban government companies offering goods from cigars to farmed shrimp. Comment

Dancehall Queen Spice ‘Captured’ the world

Marie Driven, the Haitian-American managing partner of the Brooklyn-based promotion company, Playbook MG, says Jamaican dancehall queen Spice has “captured” the world in reaching new heights after releasing her long-awaited mixtape, “Captured,” on Nov. 2 last year. Comment

US trains Trinidad Customs and Excise officers

Trinidad and Tobago: The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency said recently that, for the first time ever, officers from its Air and Marine Operations (AMO) have conducted a maritime enforcement training for Trinidad and Tobago Customs and Excise (TTCE) officers. Comment
Brooklyn: Brooklyn Democratic Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09) on Friday hosted the “Pardon My Vote” panel discussion in her district focusing on voting rights of formerly incarcerated and currently paroled New Yorkers. Comment
Haiti: The Trump administration has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for over 500,000 undocumented Haitians living in the US. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a Federal Register notice on Nov. 1 extending the validity of TPS-related documentation for beneficiaries under the TPS designations not only to Haiti but also to El Salvador, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua and Sudan through Jan. 4, 2021. Comment


Sports: West Indies opener Haley Matthews has been banned for eight matches by Cricket West Indies (CWI) Disciplinary Committee resulted in her being excluded from the 14-member squad announced by CWI for the first two One-Day International matches (ODIs) of the three-match series against India in Antigua which started last week. Comment

Windies battle for survival

Sports: Cricket legend Sir Vivian Richards says West Indies cricket believes the long-term planning by the Ricky Skerritt-led administration will be paramount if the sport is to rebound in the region. Comment

Bajan lifter under probe

Bajan lifter under probe

Barbados: A stellar performance by Barbados’ junior weightlifting team at the 34th Torneo Criollo International meeting held at the Angelo Berrios Diaz Sports Complex in Caguas Puerto Rico, ended with a cloud over the head of one performer. Comment

Back-to-roots doctor makes headway

Grenada: An emerging doctor who struggled through her college years has credited a scholarship, little known to New York residents of Caribbean heritage, for putting her firmly on course to becoming a full-fledged practitioner. Comment
Music: Music lovers will have the chance to hear the work of a titan of world music as City College Center for the Arts( CCCA) presents “Emeline Michel’s Black Pearls,”a special one-night-only concert on Friday, Nov. 15. Comment

Walsh appointed assistant coach

Sports: Former West Indies captain and legendary fast bowler, Courtney Walsh has been appointed assistant coach for the West Indies’ women team. By Azad Ali Former West Indies captain and legendary fast bowler Courtney Walsh has been appointed assistant coach for the West Indies’ women team. Comment
Brooklyn: In her third election victory in six months, Haitian American New York City Democratic Council Member Farah Louis won the New York General Elections Tuesday for the 45th Council District in Brooklyn, winning by a massive landslide. Comment

Myrie applauds ‘successful rollout’ of early voting

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Sen. Zellnor Y. Myrie has applauded what he describes as the “successful rollout” of early voting in New York. On Jan. 14, Myrie, who represents the 20th Senatorial District in Brooklyn, introduced, and the legislature passed, the first bill of the 2019 legislative session: Early Voting. Comment

Relief for some Caribbean immigrants facing deportation

New York: The Brooklyn District Attorney’s (DA) Office has announced a major initiative that could lead to the reduction or removal of criminal convictions for Caribbean and other immigrants who entered into plea agreements and have convictions for nonviolent offenses that subject them to deportation, according to the Brooklyn-based Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID). Comment

Big cannabis changes in Barbados

Barbados: Not only is Barbados well on its way to legalisation of cannabis for medical purposes, but the island’s Rastafarian community will soon be able to lawfully use the herb in their religious sacrament. Comment

Williams wins general elections by landslide

Brooklyn: Caribbean American New York City Democratic Public Advocate Jumaane Williams on Tuesday won the New York General Elections for Public Advocate by a landslide. Comment

Community salutes yesterday’s children

Trinidad and Tobago: The moving stories of Caribbean-born elders, that will continue to inspire generations to come are etched in the memories of many who came out to say thank you, at the recent, 9th Annual Community Salute to Yesterday’s Children, at St. Jude Community Center in Brooklyn. The afternoon that began with an African Drum procession, and the pouring of Libation by Awo Ifaponmile-Sangogbemi, were all befitting the remarkable gentleman and women, who trace their roots to Guyana, Montserrat, and Trinidad & Tobago. Comment

Seven receive SVG Diaspora Heritage Awards

St Vincent: The Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) Diaspora Committee of New York, Inc. Saturday night honored six individuals and a group during its 3rd Heritage Awards and Gala ceremony at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment

Barbados economy stabilizing

Barbados economy stabilizing

Barbados: Barbados is on course for a flat economy this year but has begun to increase net foreign reserves and register gains in revenue while reducing public debt, positioning the island for a 1.75 percent growth in 2020. Comment
The Brooklyn-based umbrella Vincentian group in the United States, Council of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Organizations, U.S.A., Inc. (COSAGO), on Sunday bestowed honors on prominent cultural figure Verna Arthur and Cavaliers Sports and Athletic Club during St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ 40th Independence Anniversary Gala Luncheon at Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn. Comment

Jamaican Diaspora calls for election accountability

Jamaica: Jamaican Diaspora leaders in the United States’ northeastern region have called on Jamaica’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ensure that elected members of the Global Jamaica Diaspora Council are representatives of their communities and “not solely advisors to the ministry.” Comment
Movies: The controversy surrounding whether or not the image of liberationist Harriet Tubman should grace the $20 bill would be over if Hollywood writer/director Kasi Lemmons has anything to do with convincing the powers. Comment

A different kind of healing journey

Books: You’re doing okay. Shaky, most days, and you can’t stop crying but you’re doing okay. Thanks for asking, although nobody ever really wants to know. They look away, up or down or anywhere but at the truth: you’ve lost a baby but in “What God is Honored Here?” edited by Shannon Gibney and Kao Kalia Yang, you’ll find sisterhood. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Bahamas The government of The Bahamas is moving to establish a University School of Medicine in Freeport, the capital of Grand Bahama, which was recently devastated by Hurricane Dorian. Comment

Caribbean exports will fall 2.0 percent in 2019

Caribbean: The United Nations’ Economic Commission for Latin American and the Caribbean (ECLAC) predicts that exports from the region will fall 2.0 percent in 2019 “due to the complex international context.” Comment
Jamaica: Having thunderously gone through qualifying stages and with eyes set on competing among seven other teams for a slot available for CONCACAF nations in the in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz suffered a shock and setback with death of a utility player. Comment

Belizeans now need to demand lots and land distribution with a titled expedited process

Belize: Belize is a country with a population of about 400,000 people. It is underpopulated and there is enough land in the 8,867 square miles, to give each Belizean a lot to build a home for his family and himself. Plus, almost every Belizean family own farmland which can be subdivided to give all their members a lot to build a house for themselves. Comment

Early voters test NYC’s election process ahead of 2020

New York: Some New Yorkers risked being late for church by first stopping into community centers on the last day of early voting for a few candidates seeking election and reelection in the five boroughs with many admittedly explaining their reason for allaying their religious routine was prompted by the call for resolution of five proposals pending a referendum. Comment
Farhana Haque Rahman is Senior Vice President of IPS Inter Press Service; a journalist and communications expert, she is a former senior official of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the International Fund for Agricultural Development. ROME, Oct 31 2019 (IPS) - Barely a week passes without alarming news of the most recent scientific research into the global climate crisis compounding a growing sense of urgency, particularly the impact on small island states from rising sea levels and extreme weather. Comment
Arts & Theater: Haitian and Dominican Republic legislators in Brooklyn last Friday sought to bridge what they described as “the cultural divide” with the inaugural hosting of “Quisqueya: A Celebration of Haitian and Dominican Republic Heritage” at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Comment



Guyana: As unusually high tides batter Guyana’s below sea level coastline triggering extensive flooding in several communities, the issue of moving the capital and population to higher ground is once again engaging the attention of authorities. Comment
People: On Oct. 1 Sybil Williams Clarke slept for all eternity. Reportedly, she passed away in her sleep. She was 96 years old, an immigrant from Jamaica since 1947, the widow of historian Dr. John Henrik Clarke, a Pan Africanist, longtime Harlem resident, and revered as Sister Sybil. Comment

‘We gave NYCHA an ultimatum, and they listened’: Myrie

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Sen. Zellnor Y. Myrie said on Friday that he and other local elected officials last week gave the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) an ultimatum to conduct repairs and address residents’ concerns at the Reid Senior Apartments in Crown Heights, “and they listened”, at least for once. Comment

Williams honors Tower Isles on 50th anniversary

People: Public Advocate Jumaane Williams honored Jamaican meat patty pioneer company Tower Isles with a city proclamation as it celebrated its 50th Anniversary on Oct. 12. Comment
Music: Spice, the Queen of Dancehall, has been named one of the newest Magnum Tonic Wine ambassadors, according to Haitian-American, Marie Driven, managing partner of the Brooklyn-based Playbook MG. Comment

Day of Action for immigration workers on safety training

New York: The de Blasio administration on Monday announced a Day of Action for Nov. 7 to inform day laborers, including immigrant workers, in the construction industry about the upcoming Dec. 1 deadline for workers and supervisors to obtain site safety training as required under Local Law 196 of 2017. Comment

Clarke to host ‘Pardon My Vote’ panel discussion

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Democratic Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09) says she will host a panel discussion on Friday in her district, at Medgar Evers College, focusing on voting rights for the formerly incarcerated and currently paroled community in New York. Comment
Sports: Windiescricket says Hayden Walsh, Jr. had “big dreams” of wearing the maroon colors of the West Indies cricket team and is ready to make the step into the team after being named in the One-Day International and Twenty20 International squads for the upcoming series against Afghanistan. Comment


Music: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts and Goya Foods present the New York debut of CELIA CRUZ – The Musical!, a new and original musical experience that celebrates the story of the multi Grammy Award winning “Queen of Salsa” on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019 at 8pm. Comment
Jamaica: The United States House of Representatives has honored renowned Jamaican businessman, Kevin Hendrickson, managing director of The Courtleigh Hospitality Group (CHG) in Kingston, the Jamaican capital, for being “a courageous, resilient, intelligent and loving community leader, and as a valued member of the community who dedicated his time to ensuring the betterment of his employees and customers.” Comment
Sports: A Bronx woman, whose parents are Trinidadian, has embarked on a herculean feat of running three marathons in three weeks, to raise funds for cancer research and treatment, following the death of her father. Comment
People: Stating that the spiritual aspect of health is often times neglected and ignored, among other things, a founding member of the Caribbean American Nurses Association – Bronx, Manhattan, Westchester Chapter (CANA-BMW) says that spirituality has become a greater concern to her over the years. Comment

Holding to CWI: Keep Haynes

Sports: Legendary former West Indies fast bowler, Michael Holding has urged Cricket West Indies (CWI) not to discard outstanding former teammate, Desmond Haynes, but to absorb him into the coaching setup of the men’s team. Comment


Sports: Batting legend Brian Lara is among former cricketers who will return to the field for the Royal Safety World Series in India next year. The World Series will be an annual Twenty20 tournament played between retired cricketers from five countries- Australia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies and India. Comment

A Trini first for Olympics

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago cyclist, Teniel Campbell pedaled her way into national sporting history books last week by become the first female cyclist to ever qualify for an Olympic Games. Comment

Barbados rejects loss-making cricket

Barbados: In a clear sign that the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) is focussing on profitability and money owed to it, the island’s cricket authority has rejected an offer from Cricket West Indies to host the loss-making ‘A’ section of the coming Super 50 competition. Comment

Regional Super50 bowls off in St. Kitts

Sports: Trinidad and Tobago and St. Kitts & Nevis will host this year’s Regional Super50 starting this month. Comment
Venezuela: BRUSSELS (AP) — Hundreds of representatives from governments, international agencies and charity groups gathered in Brussels Monday for a “solidarity conference” to drum up support for millions of Venezuelans who have fled the political crisis and to help neighboring countries that are taking them in. Comment

18 Caribbean jurists inducted into the CCJ Hall of Fame

Trinidad and Tobago: Eighteen Caribbean legal luminaries were inducted into the Eminent Caribbean Jurists Hall of Fame when the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Academy for Law hosted its inaugural Eminent Jurists Gala and Award Ceremony at the Hyatt Regency in Port of Spain, recently. Comment

The development story behind irregular migration

Immigration: Achim Steiner is administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 28, 2019 (IPS) - Last week, a too-familiar human tragedy captured news headlines. 39 people were found dead inside a shipping container on an industrial estate in Essex in Southeast England; 31 men and eight women whose individual identities, for now, remain anonymous, as authorities begin to investigate one of Europe’s worst people-trafficking cases. Comment

First Ladies forge own unique paths

Books: The chair you now sit in was once occupied by someone else. You are the second or fifth or forty-fourth to hold the job but get ready: in this position, everything you do is critiqued and measured against your predecessors and there is no playbook. Also know that, like in the new book “Melania & Michelle” by Tammy R. Vigil, you have some pretty big pumps to fill. Comment
Brooklyn: In one of the most rapidly gentrifying areas in New York City, a group of residents in the Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights sections of Brooklyn have come together to organize and open The Central Brooklyn Food Coop (CBFC). Comment
People: Three aspiring Caribbean registered nurses on Saturday were awarded US$1,000.00 scholarships from the Bronx, Manhattan and Westchester Chapter of the Caribbean American Nurses’ Association, Inc. (CANA) during the group’s 24th Annual Vernese Weekes Scholarship Luncheon, at Eastwood Manor, on Eastchester Road, in the Bronx. Comment

Fearless young women and insensitive men

Viewpoints: STOCKHOLM / ROME, Oct 24, 2019 (IPS) - On Oct. 11, the Norwegian Nobel Prize Committee announced that this years Peace Prize is awarded to Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed: “For his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea.”1 Let us hope that Abiy remains a worthy Peace Prize winner and that warfare and human suffering on the Horn of Africa will finally come to an end. Comment

Caribbean voices for Ranked Choice Voting

New York: This fall, Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) will be on the ballot as question one, according to Becky Stern of Common Cause / NY. She told Caribbean Life that Ranked Choice Voting would apply to all local offices for primary and special elections, including New York City Council, mayor, comptroller, public advocate and borough president. Comment

Bell tolls for Caribbean netball coaches

Sports: Three down, is the toll for a miserable showing of regional teams at the netball World Cup that has led to sacking of the Jamaica coaching panel and the Barbados coach. Comment
Queens: Internationally, nationally and locally acclaimed individuals will be feted on Nov. 3 during the annual Ethiophile Banquet and Rastafari Meritorious Awards hosted by Diaspora African Rastafari Congress (DARC). Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua Cash-strapped regional airline LIAT recently celebrated its 63rd anniversary, indicating that it remains “resilient to fulfil its mandate to connect the Caribbean.” Comment

Entertainers rally around Caribbean Day of Giving

Several entertainers have added their endorsement to the Caribbean Day of Giving Mediathon taking place on Saturday, Oct. 26. Among the growing list of artists are gospel reggae singer Lieutenant Stitchie, Bahamian Quadruplets FOUREVER1, dancehall and reggae singer Richie Stephens, international reggae artist King Tappa, Grammy nominated reggae ambassadors Third World and the Bahamian artist and music producer, Julien Believe. Comment
Brooklyn: With lofty singing, praying, preaching, scripture reading and dancing, among other things, Brooklyn’s Fenimore Street United Methodist Church on Sunday celebrated its 130th anniversary. Comment
Brooklyn: A Brooklyn College professor is fighting cancer by awakening the immune system, according to Brooklyn College (BC) News. It said that Dr. Anjana Saxena, an associate professor in the Biology Department, actively participated in this “game-changing research,” led by New York University (NYU) scientists. Comment
Guyana: President of the Queen’s College Alumni Association, NY Chapter, John Campbell, has announced that the institution will commemorate its 175th Anniversary with a grand reunion in Georgetown, Guyana from Oct. 27 through Nov. 2. Comment

Governor Cuomo deserves praise for Mother Cabrini support

New York: The people of New York spoke loud and clear: when the city asked them which women should be honored in perpetuity with a government sanctioned statue, the overwhelming favorite was Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini. Comment
Guyana: When Mark Anthony arrived in the United States from Guyana with his parents and two siblings in 1977, he never thought in his wildest dreams, that he would spend 42 years at the United Nations, a prestigious world body. Comment

JA rebukes Kanye West for being a ‘Golddigger’

Music: When rapper Kanye West re-recorded an infectious song titled “Gold Digger” to parody a hit Ray Charles classic he never imagined an entire country would brand him similar to the exploitative character described on the popular single. Comment

Serbian forces should be punished for wartime rape atrocities

About 70,000 woman were raped by Serbian soldiers during the 1990s war. Comment

Reggae Culture Salute 2019 pays tribute to The Wailers

The Board of Directors of the Brooklyn-based Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music (CPR) announced recently that Reggae Culture Salute 2019 (RCS) will be a “Tribute to The Wailers” in recognition of the trio’s contribution to the development and spread of the genre. Comment
Arts & Theater: Visiting Haitian icon, Franketienne, has been awarded in Queens for his role in raising the profile of Haiti’s literature and culture over the past few decades. Comment

Barbados and T&T joint gas search

Trinidad and Tobago: In what may be emerging as a Caribbean energy triangle of sorts, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago have signed a pact governing natural gas exploration at the overlapping nautical point of their exclusive economic zones, and a similar deal between the Bajans and Guyanese may be in the works. Comment

Antigua PM speaks to correspondent banking relations

In a packed two-day visit to Washington, D.C., Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister, Gaston Browne has told US banking agencies that the provision of correspondent banking relations (CBRs) to Caribbean banks by global banks in the US is “as important to the US as it is to the Caribbean.” Comment
St Vincent: The Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) Diaspora Committee of New York, Inc. said on Monday it will honor former national netball captain Stella Boyea-Ashby with its Lifetime Achievement Award for Sports during the group’s 3rd Heritage Awards, on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment

Eugene hosts 2019 NYC Haitian Day celebration

Haiti: Brooklyn Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene, in partnership with the Haiti History and Culture, Inc., Haitian Solidarity, The Haitian American Council on Unity and Empowerment, For The Love of Haiti and the Haitian community recently hosted The 2019 NYC Haitian Day Celebration at Bowling Green. Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: In what is being seen as a major signal that the elections season is on in Trinidad, the main opposition United National Congress (UNC) is moving to scuttle the sale of the island’s major oil refinery to a group led by a powerful labor union because the party feels that the body was given a sweetheart deal by the administration of Prime Minister Keith Rowley. Comment

Barbados’ medal winning plan

Barbados: Barbados has formulated a five-year programme aimed at earning the island another Olympics medal by 2024, and along the way picking up dozens of similar awards at other lesser competitions including regional and age-limit games. Comment
People: Caribbean Life’s annual Caribbean Life Impact Awards is set for Nov. 14 in Brooklyn, at the Paradise Catering Hall in Gravesend. Since the summer, our team has considered hundreds of nominations for the sixth annual awards. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) announced it is closing the organization’s offices in the United Kingdom and the United States as part of its efforts to “play a stronger role in the new era of tourism development.” Comment
Guyana: American Airlines (AA) rolled out a welcome mat at JFK Terminal 8 conference center, on Wednesday, Oct, 16 for travelers to enjoy, “Get to Know Guyana Day” in preparation for the carrier’s inaugural flight on Dec, 18 from New York’s JFK International Airport, to Georgetown’s Cheddi Jagan International Airport. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: On the eve of the 36th death anniversary of Grenada’s Maurice Rupert Bishop who led New Jewel Movement political party members in the first revolutionary takeover of a government in the English-speaking Caribbean, an academic has contended that the 1979 takeover of government was unique. Comment
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