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Trinidad’s government is moving to the courts system to scrub convictions for small amounts of marijuana from the records of dozens of men after authorities rewrote the rules regarding marijuana possession for personal and religious uses in recent weeks. Comment

Williams, Adams extend Christmas greetings

Brooklyn: Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams were among local legislators who extended Christmas greetings to the community and constituents on Christmas Day. Comment

Eugene hosts annual Holiday Toy Party

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene on Saturday hosted his annual Holiday Toy Party as PS 217 in Brooklyn. Comment



Sports: Veteran all-rounder Dwayne Bravo is ready to return to international cricket, announcing his availability for selection to the shortest format with the Twenty20 World Cup just 20 months away. Comment
The festive season brought together families currently in shelters, for a day of great cheer and gift giving at the 4th Annual Christmas “Giftback,” recently held at JHS 292, at 301 Vermont St., Brooklyn. Comment
Brooklyn: Representatives from local criminal justice advocacy organizations and area public defenders, elected officials and New Yorkers from over-policed communities gathered at City Hall last Thursday to announce a new campaign – “Erase The Database NYC” – to abolish what they said is the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) secretive gang database. Comment

Signs of a turnaround

Sports: Despite a recent disappointing record on One-Day internationals (ODIs), assistant coach Roddy Estwick believes the signs are there that West Indies are about to turn around their fortunes in the format. Comment

Stafanie Taylor named in the ICC ODI Team of the Year

Sports: Jamaica and West Indies women cricketer Stafanie Taylor was named in the International Cricket Council (ICC) One-Day International (ODI) Team of the Year. Comment
Guyana: More than 300 children had the most amazing treat on Dec. 23, playing musical chairs, dancing to Caribbean music, and filling their goody bags, thanks to Brooklyn-based Guyanese couple Brian and Pauline Clarke, and Georgia-based Rev. Archbishop, Dr. Mavis Nurse, who hosted their 40th Annual Christmas party in Georgetown, Guyana to celebrate the season. Comment

Eddie Murphy’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ return is a ratings win

Arts & Theater: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eddie Murphy delivered an early holiday gift to “Saturday Night Live.” With Murphy aboard as host after a decades-long absence, the NBC show earned its biggest audience since 2017. Just shy of 10 million viewers tuned in to see Murphy back on the late-night comedy show that helped launch his career. His last appearance was in 1984. Comment

Oil flows for Xmas as Exxon finds yet another well

Guyana: The company had always led Guyanese to believe that first oil would have flowed from the seabed sometime in March of 2020, but just before half past nine on Dec. 20, American supermajor ExxonMobil announced that Guyana had officially become the world’s newest producer of crude oil, less than five years after Exxon had first boasted about an offshore commercial find. Comment

This Christmas choose to see ‘Last Christmas’

Movies: PSSST! In case you haven’t heard, the five-day forecast predicts the weather during the holidays to be delightful. Delightful or frightful as the holiday song croons, movies are always appropriate recourse for families to indulge when time affords. Comment



Fashion: Queens-based Haitian-American Hip-Hop artist and dancer, Jennaske has released her debut mixtape, “Nympho Waves.” Comment

US$20M for Grenada’s transition to resilient blue economy

The World Bank said on Monday, Dec. 16 that its Board of Executive Directors has approved a US$20 million credit to support Grenada’s transition to a resilient blue economy. Comment
Music: With the theme “Sing We Noel,” the 130-year-old Fenimore Street United Methodist Church in East Flatbush, Brooklyn on Sunday evening celebrated the Christmas season with its annual candlelight cantata. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Jamaica: Antigua Prime Minister Gaston Browne said there appears to be a general consensus on the way forward regarding the issues Antigua and Barbuda has had with Barbados as it relates to the sale of its shares in the cash-strapped regional airline, LIAT. Comment

Cultural appropriation and pop culture

Books: It’s all yours. You own it, got it, paid for it, you even have the receipt. That thing: you fought hard for it and nobody can take it away. But – as in the new book “White Negroes” by Lauren Michele Jackson, folks can surely borrow it. Comment
Sports: West Indies hard-hitting batsman Shimron Hetmyer and fast bowler Sheldon Cottrel has been awarded million-dollar deals for next year’s Indian Premier League (IPL). Comment

Impeachment: An ordinary citizen’s view

National: DENVER, Colorado, Dec 20, 2019 (IPS) — When I decided to become a US citizen in 1990s, it was a deliberate decision to spend my life fighting for preserving and deepening democratic freedoms at a place where I have spent all my adult life. Having struggled against a brutal military dictatorship while I was a teenager, I knew that democracy is something you have to fight hard for. Comment

New Yorkers deserve a true clean slate

New York: With the holiday season here, many of us are last-minute shopping and making plans to spend quality time with family and friends. We’re celebrating the good fortune of the past year and looking forward to opportunities promised by the new one. Comment
Puerto Rico: SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico will defy the U.S. government and approve a law to keep cockfighting alive in a bid to protect a 400-year-old tradition practiced across the island despite a federal ban that goes into effect this week, officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday night. Comment
People: Religion and culture annually merge in December however in 2019 in the same week simultaneous celebrations of Hannukah, Christmas, Boxing Day and Kwanzaa will close out the last year of the decade. Comment

Dr. Keith Cummings donates over $4 M in STEM literature to Guyana schools

Guyana: For years, The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC) staff have done impactful charity work for their diverse communities here and abroad. TBHC is proud of all of them and to this year, we share the story of Keith Cummings, MD, and his medical contributions to his home country, Guyana. Comment
Though the run of victories might be too short to for a conclusive judgement, events in a Barbados schoolboys cricket competition are shaping to produce legendary status for a learning institution in the parish of St. Philip, Bayley’s Primary School. Comment
Barbados: Barbados this month received major upgrades from two credit rating agencies with the larger, Standard & Poor’s (S&P), promising further improved rankings in the new year should the country continue its new prudent fiscal management policies. Comment

Vincy calypsonians give hospitalized colleague early Christmas gift

St Vincent: Vincentian calypsonians in Brooklyn two Saturdays ago gave their ailing colleague an early Christmas gift by visiting him in the hospital. Carlos “Rejector” Providence, the newly-elected president and co-founder of the Brooklyn-based Dynamite Calypso Tent, the lone Vincentian-owned calypso tent in New York, told Caribbean Life on Sunday that members of the tent paid a surprise visit to Vincent “Groovy D” Kennedy, who is hospitalized at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. Comment
Brooklyn: A wide range of products from Caribbean business owners and manufacturers are on display in Downtown Brooklyn for most of December as part of an annual Christmas exposition, organizers say, is growing in stature. Comment
Music: On Friday, Dec. 20, the Caribbean will have yet another reason to celebrate. Grenada’s crowned King of Groovy Soca, V’ghn, is set to unleash a mega preview of a project he and his team have worked arduously, in the past year, to perfect and deliver to the world. Comment


Arts & Theater: The Classical Theatre of Harlem (CTH, Ty Jones, producing artistic director) presents the second year of its holiday production, “A Christmas Carol in Harlem,” based on the timeless work by Charles Dickens. Comment

Tis the season of health risks: ‘Holiday Heart’ can mean grave threats, warns physician

Health: The holiday season can mean friends, family and joy, but it can also mean grave threats to your health, according to Dr. Darryl Anderson, is director for the medical program at Plaza College in New York City. Comment

Zay Lewis releases video ‘Lightspeed’

Music: New York City and the borough of Brooklyn holds a special place for rising hip-hop star Zay Lewis who recently released his riveting uptempo video “Lightspeed,” a two-minute piece of pulsing, electric blue stainless steel energy featuring fellow Nocoast member Heymvn. Lewis who is responsible for producing the track with friend Heymvn, is one to watch out for as he seeks to make a name for himself on the local rap scene. Comment


Guyana: Guyana, the Caribbean Community’s largest and most resource-rich nation, could become the world’s newest oil producer as early as next week as an international consortium led by American oil giant ExxonMobil produces its first set of crude from below the seabed. Comment
New York: Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams on Monday concluded a citywide tour of buildings named on his 2019 Worst Landlords List by visiting a Brooklyn site owned by the newly-named number one worst individual landlord in New York City. Comment

City must commit to full NYCHA fix

Viewpoints: The public advocate’s office has created a new rite of winter in its publication of the “Worst Landlords List,” an annual rundown of property owners across the city who are notorious for neglecting their buildings and tenants. Comment

CWI appoints first ever coach education manager

Cricket West Indies (CWI) has appointed Australian Chris Brabazon as it first-ever coach education manager, a move aimed at “producing world-class players” for the international teams. Comment
Guyana: In a passionate call to action, R. Dimple Willabus, Democratic candidate for the City New York Council District 46, called on women to step forward from the backseat, become leaders and join the movement to make the change that “our community really needs.” Comment
Sports: VISAKHAPATNAM, India (AP) — Kuldeep Yadav’s hat trick led India to a convincing 107-run win as the West Indies was bowled out for 280 in the second one-day international on Wednesday. Comment

Myrie condemns Trump administration’s proposed immigration fee hikes

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Sen. Zellnor Y. Myrie has submitted comments strongly condemning the Trump administration’s proposed fee increases for immigration services at the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), stating that the increases represent the administration’s latest attack on immigrant communities. Comment

Investing in youth cricket

Sports: Cricket West Indies (CWI) President, Ricky Skerritt has vowed to invest more in West Indies young development after the West Indies Emerging Players recently won the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 with a 205-run victory over the Leeward Islands Hurricanes. Comment
Sports: Four players and one team official have been found guilty of breaching the Cricket West Indies (CWI) Code of Conduct during the recent Colonial Medical Insurance regional Super50 Cup. Comment
West Indies off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall has made some strides in the International Cricket Council (ICC) bowling rankings following his outstanding performance in the inaugural one-off Test against Afghanistan recently. Comment
Brooklyn: Santa Claus brought an early Christmas Sunday night to over 200 Caribbean children in Brooklyn at the 12th Annual Christmas Party organized by the Brooklyn-based Standard Shippers and Friends at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center, on Logan Street, in East New York, Brooklyn. Comment

Holiday Book Sale

Queens: The Friends of Hollis Library in Queens will be hosting a book sale on Thursday, Dec. 19 starting at 3 pm. The library is located at202-05 Hillside Ave., Queens. Comment
Guyana: Rudolph Michael Ten-Pow, permanent representative and ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Guyana to the United Nations, has announced that Guyana will be chairing the G77 in 2020, after the country led the conference 20 years ago under the leadership of then, Ambassador Rudolph Insanally. Comment
Brooklyn: Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance is excited to share for the second time this month, in this season of giving, the Cumbe Kwanzaa Marketplace. Cumbe is offering the community of Brooklyn a space to not only dance, but to also support the rich culture and creativity of the Diaspora in the form of a marketplace. Comment
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The promise of reparations to atone for historical ties to slavery has opened new territory in a reckoning at U.S. colleges, which until now have responded with monuments, building name changes and public apologies. Comment
Music: KwanzAa When: Thurs., Dec. 19, 4 - 8 pm Brooklyn UFT Building 335 Adams St., Brooklyn, NY Join the UFT African Heritage Committee for a Kwanzaa celebration. We’ll enjoy dinner, raffles, vendors and steel pan performers. The cost to attend is $35. Contact Wendy Walker-Wilson at (212) 598-6889 to register for the event. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua Antigua and Barbuda recently hosted a two-day conference aimed at helping people with disabilities live independently, be included, and participate in their societies on an equal footing in the Eastern Caribbean. Comment
Power Women: On this edition of Power Women, Schneps Publisher and President, Vicki Schneps is joined by Dimple Willabus, the C.E.O. of Rhythm Nation Entertainment, a business and entertainment consulting firm. Comment
New York: Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams on Wednesday toured York College in Jamaica, Queens, City University of New York (CUNY) to view how funding cuts at CUNY have directly impacted students and faculty. Comment

Jamaica wins 2019 Most Beautiful In The World

Fashion: The whole world is buzzing about the fact Jamaica recently added to its repute of being a game-changer when in a single week as contestants in two beauty pageants created worldwide controversy on social media first for its fashion statement that might have contributed to a universal loss and later copping the winning title in another contest to be crowned queen of the world. Comment
Barbados: Barbados’ junior female swimming champion, Danielle Titus, has broken six national records and now the 17-year-old said that her goggles are firmly set on medalling at the Olympics one day. Comment

Antigua, SVG nominate Ecuadorian diplomat for OAS secretary general

St Vincent: Ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda to the Organisation of American States (OAS), Sir Ronald Sanders, disclosed on Friday that Antigua and Barbuda and St. Vincent and the Grenadines have nominated Ecuadorian diplomat Maria Fernanda Espinosa for the post of Secretary-General of the OAS and that he has submitted the formal nomination of former UN General Assembly president. Comment

Industrial energy efficiency is a climate solution

Environment: Tareq Emtariah is director of the Department of Energy at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) VIENNA, Dec 13, 2019 (IPS) - At a time when the world is battling unprecedented drought, bushfires, rising sea levels and water shortages, reducing energy use across industry is one powerful way to fight climate change in the immediate term. Comment

Putting broken Detroit together will take time

Books: Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. And you know how that went for him. The Royal Soldiers and a bunch of ponies couldn’t help him and you can only imagine what happened next: as in the new book “Broke: Hardship and Resilience in a City of Broken Promises” by Jodie Adams Kirshner, everything got scrambled. Comment

Three Counties Foundation – Guyana Oozing Oil movement launched

Guyana: Three Counties Foundation - Guyana Oozing Oil Movement, was launched with grand fanfare on Dec. 7, in Brooklyn, with an aim to mobilize Guyanese across the world to ensure everyone has a voice at the table, in Guyana’s developing oil and gas sector. Comment
Barbados: Barbados’ lone electricity supplier will be shipping in a standby generator this month to back-up its grid in event of equipment malfunction as happened weeks ago, and it has announced plans to buy a brand-new system next year. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago’s New York Consul General J. André Laveau has saluted the Brooklyn-based Trinidad and Tobago Alliance (North America), Inc., applauding the group’s “efforts and successes in the education of many young people for development.” Comment

‘Rape and sexual violence crisis’ in SVG: Opposition leader claims

St Vincent: St. Vincent and the Grenadines Opposition Leader, Dr. Godwin Friday Sunday night lamented what he describes as “a rape and sexual violence crisis” in the country. Comment


Music: Several artistes were incorporated into the program Sunday night in rendering their voices to the opposition cause in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment
Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene, in partnership with the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH), on Tuesday hosted a Community forum on “How to Respond to Summonses from NYC Enforcement Agencies.” Comment

House passes fentanyl legislation

National: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke’s legislation to protect Americans from exposure to synthetic opioids, like fentanyl, passed in the US House of Representatives on Monday. Comment

Persaud to host girls coding holiday workshop

Brooklyn Sen. Roxanne J. Persaud will on Saturday, Dec. 14, host a coding event for girls, the “Holiday Tynker-ing Workshop”, at the Mill Basin Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. Comment
National: United States Attorney General William P. Barr and law enforcement partners have announced what they describe as “a concentrated effort across the country and around the world,” including the Caribbean, to halt “money mule” activity. Comment

Pollard wants to protect young cricketers

Sports: West Indies Limited Overs Captain, Kieron Pollard wants to ensure the region’s young cricketers are protected from “vultures” and that they are properly nurtured for the future. Comment

Advent Christmas Concert a stellar event

Music: The St. John’s United Methodist Church (UMC) Chancel Choir in Elmont on Dec. 1 took its annual Advent Christmas Concert to the next level, according to congregant Stacy-Ann Ellis. Comment
Sports: West Indies leveled the T20 three-match series against India on Sunday to trounce the hosts by eight wickets in 18.3 overs. Comment
Sports: Cricket West Indies (CWI) has appointed little known former Canada head coach, Indian-born Monty Desai as the new West Indies Men’s Batting Coach on a two-year contract. Comment

Two Windies players for Women’s Hundred

Sports: Stafanie Taylor and Deandra Dottin have become the first West Indies players to sign up for the Women’s Hundred, joining Australians Jess Jonassen and Rachael Haynes and South Africa’s Mignon de Preez as each of the competition’s eight teams which will be played in London. Comment
Music: Singer Pluto Shervington along with a parade of Jonkanoos are the main headline attractions in Brooklyn and the Bronx on two consecutive days when the BRAATA Production team entreat entire families with their brand of Caribbean Ole Time Grand Market. Comment

Historic cyber workshop for the Caribbean

The United States Department of State said on Friday that the US and co-host Jamaica have completed an historic three-day cyber capacity-building workshop with participation from 12 countries in the Caribbean and Latin America. Comment
Antigua: Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne said on Tuesday that the president of the prestigious Harvard University in Massachusetts, Dr. Lawrence Bacow, has responded to his advocacy for a program of cooperation between the university and the Five Islands Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) in Antigua. Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: With the 2019 murder rate topping a staggering 500 for the second consecutive year, security officials in Trinidad have in the past week taken two major steps to reduce violent and organized crime, outlawing the current $100 bill and hiring a former FBI officer to help them reduce gangland violence. Comment


Sports: MUMBAI, India (AP) — India beat West Indies by 67 runs in the third and final Twenty20 on Wednesday after getting three half-centuries from Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. Comment
Arts & Theater: The Queens-based Conch Shell Productions has called for submissions of new plays by Caribbean American female writers for its production, “Hear Her Call,” a Caribbean-American Women’s Theater Festival. Comment

Public Advocate’s office calls for expanded CUNY funding

New York: The Public Advocate’s office on Monday called for additional funding for the City University of New York (CUNY) and a reduction in student costs. Comment

Iwokrama marks 30th anniversary since Guyana’s gift to the Commonwealth

Guyana: Commemorating, its 30thAnniversary, since offering a gift of a million acres of rainforest, put forward to the Commonwealth by the Government of Guyana, and commonwealth partnership, commissioned by late President of Guyana, Desmond Hoyte in 1989, the Iwokrama International Centre for Rain Forest Conservation and Development in Guyana, continues to be at the forefront of conservation. Comment

Human rights? But not for sanitation workers

Andrés Hueso is Senior Policy Analyst – Sanitation, WaterAid. LONDON, Dec. 10, 2019 (IPS) - This year’s Human Rights Day advocates for everyone to stand up for their rights and those of others. Yet this will feel like a distant reality for the millions of sanitation workers in developing countries who are forced to work in conditions that endanger their health and even their lives. Comment

Bajan Squash seeds take home titles

Barbados: Barbados ‘number one Squash seeds in the male, Khamal Cumberbatch, and female, Meagan Best, junior divisions performed as expected and captured the island’s Open Under-19 titles last weekend. Comment
Brooklyn: Brooklyn legislators Assemblywoman Diana Richardson and Sen. Zellnor Myrie say they will be collaborating this Saturday, Dec. 14, with New York State Attorney General Letitia James in raising awareness about rampant deed theft in Brooklyn. Comment
Haiti: Port-au-Prince (AP) — The flaming barricades are mostly gone, protesters have largely dissipated and traffic is once again clogging the streets of Haiti’s capital, but hundreds of thousands of people are now suffering deep economic aftershocks after more than two months of demonstrations. Comment

Let’s attack severe maternal morbidity at its Brooklyn epicenter

Viewpoints: During her time in Congress, Shirley Chisholm introduced more than 50 pieces of legislation and played a critical role in the expansion of SNAP and the creation of WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) funding. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago Alliance (North America), Inc. on Sunday awarded $1,500.00 scholarships to six deserving students during its 43rd Annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon at El Caribe Country Club on Strickland Avenue in Brooklyn. Comment
St Vincent: St. Vincent and the Grenadines Opposition Leader, Dr. Godwin Friday Sunday evening painted a very bleak picture of the nation’s economy, claiming that it is in “terrible shape and getting worse.” Comment

A romantic tale perfect for the holidays

Books: You’re going to just be quiet now. You have things to say, but you’re not going to say them. Nope, not opening your mouth. Not a peep. Not a word. It’s not your time to talk, and even if it was, you’ll keep your thoughts to yourself. Although, as in the new novel “Right Beside You” by Mary Monroe, staying quiet might mean staying alone. Comment

Spiceislander’s Rockette bride in holiday tradition

Arts & Theater: With more than 600 superlative dancers auditioning each year to join the prestigious line of hoofers renowned for being Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, the incentive of a relentless pursuit to be chosen after placing number 460 on the initial try becomes heightened for future efforts. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean Progress has been made in reducing new infections and AIDS-related deaths, but these gains appear weak. This is according to a new report titled “Communities at the Center-The response to HIV in the Caribbean”, which was released ahead of World Aids Day 2019 on December 1 with the theme “Communities make the difference. Comment
Brooklyn: With thousands of fairy lights, animated skaters, a petting zoo, Santa’s workshop, a carousel displaying Caribbean flags, and a new Pinocchio window display, Frank Seddio, once again, transformed the corner of Flatlands Ave. and 93rd Street into a Christmas spectacle. Comment
Barbados: Barbados is among the first countries regionwide to halt mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS, and moving along with this remarkable achievement are public education and free medical treatment to reduce the threat, but health authorities still have reason to sound alarm bells. Comment
Brooklyn: Ten years ago, when Negesti Pinnock, proprietor of ButterMEssentials, began blending ingredients in her kitchen to create a moisturizer for her daughter’s hair, she, not being a chemist, never imagined that she would find the right formulation to produce her first creation “Creamy Delight,” a fusion that became one of her top-selling beauty items. Comment
Caribbean Impact Awards: Renee Hastick-Motes Renee Hastick-Motes has carried the mantle of selfless service since she was born in Brooklyn to Grenadian parents. Currently, Hastick-Motes leads a team of marketers and government liaisons as the Vice President of External Affairs at Episcopal Health — a Rockaways-based hospital serving 44,000 patients a year. Comment


Suriname: Political life has begun to return to normal in the Dutch-speaking Caribbean Community nation of Suriname, days after a court sentenced incumbent head of state Desi Bouterse to 20 years in prison for the December 1982 executions of 15 opponents of his then military government. Comment


Sports: West Indies trashed Afghanistan inside three days in the first one-off Test match at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Stadium in India last week to win by nine wickets. Comment

Myrie holds hearing on early voting

New York: Brooklyn Sen. Zellnor Y. Myrie, chair of the State Senate Elections Committee, and Assembly Member Charles Lavine, Assembly Elections Chair, recently held a public hearing on the implementation of the state’s first ever period of early voting. Comment
Grenada and Dominica have hit back following a documentary by Al Jazeera television suggesting that politicians in the Caribbean are involved in a corrupt trade of diplomatic post in exchange for money. Comment
The Cricket West Indies (CWI) selection panel gave Captain Kieron Pollard the same two teams that played in the recent series against Afghanistan to face India in the One-Day Internationals and T20 Internationals starting this week in India. Comment

Lewis moves up in rankings

Caribbean: West Indies opening batsman Evin Lewis has moved into the top 10 of the ICC rankings for batsmen in the Twenty20 format. The Trinidadian-left hander had scores of 68, 14, and 24 against Afghanistan, which earned him a jump of seven places and into the seventh position- making him the only West Indian in the top bracket. Comment

Regional Super50 champions

Sports: The West Indies Emerging Players won the regional Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 cricket title with a resounding victory over the Leeward Hurricanes at the Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad on Sunday, Dec, 1. Comment

Haitian schools reopen after months of unrest

Haitian schools reopen after months of unrest

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Protected by police patrols, thousands of Haitian children began to return to school Monday after months of violent unrest forced schools to shut around the country. Comment
Jamaica: Caribbean American Democratic Presidential candidate Kamala Harris on Tuesday said she was terminating her bid for the Democratic Party’s nominee in next year’s US Presidential Election. Comment
Queens: United States Senator and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, participated, and offered his perspective of the impeachment proceedings in Washington DC, and the 2020 Presidential elections, during a town hall meeting in Richmond Hill, organized by Richard David, district leader in the Assembly District 31. Comment

Musicians, academic top Barbados awards

Barbados: Two of Barbados’ leading and legendary musicians, Anthony ‘Gabby’ Carter and Emil Straker, and an academic, Professor Eudine Barriteau, led the lists of persons receiving national awards as the island observed its 53rd independence anniversary. Comment

Wales got the big money

Wales got the big money

Barbados: With the game scoreless and appearing set for extra-time play, an 89th minute lone goal injection from captain Hadan Holligan into Ellerton’s net proved to be the decider and earned Weymouth Wales first lien on Barbados’ Capelli Football Cup plus $25,000. Comment
People: Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams on Tuesday announced the creation of five Community Organizer positions within the Office of Public Advocate, each focusing on designated issue-based areas to build coalitions for change, as well as the organizers who will fill those roles. Comment

Forging a path for Black mothers

You got the whole package. That’s what happens when you choose a mate: you get another set of parents, new siblings, aunts and uncles and, of course, any children your beloved might have and any you might want in the future. That’s the way we build families today, the details of which, says Nefertiti Austin in “Motherhood So White,” depend on the color of your skin. Comment
Arts & Theater: The Bronx-based Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc. says it is sponsoring Garifuna artist Isidrao Sabio’s participation in Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education Gallery Exhibition in the Bronx. Comment


Music: For the second successive year, a Jamaican national has been crowned the “Miss United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn.” Lillian Lettman, a Canarsie, Brooklyn resident, originally from St. Catherine in Jamaica, was adjudged “Best Dressed” during the United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn’s (UVCGB) 11th Annual Fundraising Tea Party, at Trinity Apostolic Church Banquet Hall, 1807 Pacific St., between Schenectady and Utica avenues, Brooklyn. Comment
Music: In the spirit of preserving and celebrating the traditions of Caribbean-Americans in New York City, the Cultural Committee of St. Paul’s Church in the Village of Flatbush in Brooklyn, has invited the public to their annual Dinner and Dance — a Pre-Christmas Parang & Soca Parang Night, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, 7 pm. Comment

Social workers needed in schools to deal with students’ trauma

Viewpoints: Poverty. Housing instability. Food insecurity. Bullying. Gang violence. Complicated family dynamics. Imagine battling with these stressors while trying to focus on your algebra or chemistry assignments. All of these issues can have a traumatic effect on students, and we must recognize and address that trauma if we expect them to focus in school. Comment

Case against tobacco giant could protect children

Viewpoints: Margaret Wurth is a senior children’s rights researcher at Human Rights Watch NEW YORK, Dec 3, 2019 (IPS) — Legal action against British American Tobacco (BAT), one of the world’s largest tobacco firms, could see the company punished for profiting from child labor and force the industry to finally confront its treatment of vulnerable workers. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Bahamas Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis says he is awaiting the release of the report by The Bahamas National Commission on Marijuana as he continued to express support for the decriminalization of small amount of the drug for medicinal purpose. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: The Trinidad and Tobago Alliance (North America), Inc. on Sunday, Nov. 24 honored five outstanding individuals during its 43rd Annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon at El Caribe Country Club on Strickland Avenue in Brooklyn. Comment

Irving Burgie, songwriter who helped bring calypso to US, dies at 95

Music: Brooklyn-born Irving Burgie, composer of the Barbados National Anthem, whose adaptation of the traditional Jamaican folk song “Day-O” became one of the definitive calypso songs of the 20th century, died at his home in Queens on Friday, according to National Public Radio (NPR). He was 95. Comment

Black Star African nation grants citizenship to 126 diasporans

Africa: One hundred and twenty-six descendants of enslaved Africans received a belated welcome reception recently in Ghana when the president conferred them citizens of their ancestral African home. Comment

City Council passes Williams’ Parking Placard Bill

New York City Council on Tuesday, Nov. 26 passed legislation from Public Advocate, Jumaane D. Williams aimed at combating the use of fraudulent parking permits in New York City, alongside a package of eight other related measures. Comment
Music: Ska and Rocksteady, the two genres that gave rise to old and new forms of Reggae, are being rekindled in a new television documentary to be released 2021. Comment
Barbados: In a moving symbolic ceremony Barbadians have reconnected ancestors who left the west African coast as captives and served as slaves for over 300 years when remains from one of the island’s cemeteries was taken back and interred in Ghana. Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: Three influential member nations of the Caribbean Community have made significant moves to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana in keeping with a region-wide recommendation for governments to act sensibly on this issue, putting pressure on others such as Guyana to get progressive with the program. Comment
Sports: West Indies Assistant Coach, Roddy Estwick believes there is still much work to be done if the team is to become a major force again in the white-ball formats. Comment

Pols, tenants blast landlord over gas outage

Brooklyn: State Sen. Zellnor Y. Myrie, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Assembly Member Felix Ortiz and City Council Member Carlos Menchaca on Monday joined Brooklyn tenants who have been without gas for more than two months. Comment
Grenada: Grenada is set to have parliamentary opposition for the first time in six years after parliamentarian (NNP) Tobias Clement severed ties with the ruling New National Party last week. Comment
Sports: Guyana Jaguars fast bowler Ronsford Beaton has been reported for illegal bowling and, as such, he has been suspended from bowling in domestic West Indies matches with immediate effect. Comment
Sports: The third edition of the Courts Women’s T20 Grand Slam Franchise Tournament is on and this year, it will feature West Indies Captain Stafanie Taylor. She is making her debut in the tournament which will be played in Trinidad and Tobago. Comment

West Indies Women suffer whitewash

Sports: West Indies Women cricketers’ bid to avoid their second straight whitewash in Twenty20s failed when they were beaten by India in the final of the five-match series at the Guyana National Stadium last week. Comment
Music: VP Records on Nov. 22, 2019 celebrated the 60th edition of one of the label’s staple compilation brands, with the release of “Strictly the Best Vol. 60.” The set includes current and breaking hits from some of the top artists in roots reggae and dancehall. Comment



Music: Carlos “Rejector” Providence, the newly-elected president of the Brooklyn-based Dynamite Calypso Tent, the lone Vincentian-owned calypso tent in New York, says his goal is to foster a closer bond with nationals at home and in the Diaspora. Comment
Music: The Bahamas Hurricane Dorian Disaster Fundraiser Concert scheduled for Dec. 1, 2019 at Resorts World Casino NYC in Queens, New York is officially cancelled by One Caribbean NYC. Comment

Singing for a cause

Music: A popular Vincentian-born singing evangelist two Saturdays ago mesmerized enthusiastic patrons at a fundraising Prayer Breakfast, at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn, aimed at assisting nationals in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment

Jones talks about being freest with his gay self

Books: You can’t pretend forever. Eventually, the ruse gets tired, holding up pretenses becomes a burden, and keeping the game going is harder than telling the truth. You eventually have to break it down and let people know what you’re about. But as in the new book “How We Fight for Our Lives” by Saeed Jones, take care before telling everybody. Comment

Chews’ ‘diverse traditions’ lift voices in Manhattan

Music: A concept borne from a bi-annual Carnegie Hall gospel concert series billed “A Night of Inspirational” bloomed uptown Manhattan recently when Ray and Vivian Chew curated a free, musically, spirited collaboration of church choirs to sing inside the Park Avenue Synagogue. Comment

Students serve Caribbean cuisine at industry showcase

Food: Eleventh grade students of Food & Finance High School, a culinary-arts institution, served fine Caribbean style cooking, on Thursday, Nov, 21, to impress top restaurateurs, at a showcase in the school’s Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan location. Comment

Williams, advocates call for fair election financing

New York: Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams on Thursday joined a broad coalition of advocates outside Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Manhattan office to demand fair election financing as the state’s Public Financing Commission is approaching the deadline to put forth its plan for implementing a public financing system for legislative and statewide elections. Comment
Caribbean: CIBC FirstCaribbean is selling its majority shares to a Latin American and European conglomerate, and this pending multi-million-dollar transaction has Barbadian banking and finance university lecturer, Jeremy Stephen, speculating that it may be good news for the region. Comment
Barbados: Weymouth Wales beat the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) 3-1, and Ellerton edged UWI Blackbirds 1-0 last weekend to earn themselves the right to square off against each other Sunday in a battle for one of Barbaos’ biggest soccer money prizes. Comment

Social protection necessary to quickly end poverty, hunger

Social protection necessary to quickly end poverty, hunger

Viewpoints: KUALA LUMPUR and SYDNEY, Nov 26 2019 (IPS) — Historically, most social security systems have developed in the formal sector of rich economies. However, most of the poor and hungry in the world live in rural areas, surviving in the informal economy. Comment

Elton Dharry deserves another shot

Guyana: In sport, as in life itself, a worthy warrior can suffer injustice, and defeat. Many heroes have been cheated out of glory and robbed of their hard earned and deserving kudos. Cheddi Jagan said it best when he encapsulated his own misfortune, “Cheated, but not defeated.” In 2006, I was declared the winner of a historic State Senate seat in the USA by many exit polls, but, lo and behold, that groundbreaking achievement was reversed to “lost by a fraction of a percent.” Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua Former head of the Antigua and Barbuda Financial Services Regulatory Commission (FSRC), Leroy King was recently extradited to the United States. Comment

Barbados opening its doors

Barbados opening its doors

Barbados: Faced with a declining population Barbados is introducing sweeping changes to its immigration laws, widening the scope of non-nationals who can become citizens, and speeding up the process. Comment
Jamaica: Not only did Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz dominate their division in the just-concluded CONCACAF Nations League group stage competition, but they also ended up with the most wins and goals scored of the 41 teams across the board. Comment
St Vincent: St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves has urged Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders to raise the issue of reparations for indigenous peoples and African slaves with their European counterparts as a priority, according to the New York-based Black group, Institute for Black World 21st Century (IBW21). Comment
Guyana: It is the simple things that count at Thanksgiving time, like enjoying a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, and a family to share it with. But for many, it takes volunteers, and a food pantry to make these moments special. Comment

Grenadian celebrity flack to steer Buju forward

Music: Hip-hop mogul Jay-Z may have encountered a slight stall with the National Football League in his effort to advance the football career of Colin Kaepernick but recent reports are that his Roc Nation music label is speeding steadily forward with a partnership he allegedly inked with Jamaica’s dancehall deejay Mark Myrie aka Buju Banton, the Gargamel. Comment
New York: Brooklyn Sen. Zellnor Y. Myrie on Tuesday welcomed Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s announcement that New York State will spend as much as $60 million to ensure that every New Yorker is counted in the upcoming 2020 US Census. Comment
Brooklyn: Eighteen families who have been homeless for the past eight months following a devastating fire in their 36-unit rent-stabilized building at 180 East 18th Street in Flatbush, Brooklyn, on Friday asked Brooklyn Housing Court to force their landlords, Juda Rosenfeld and JBM Estates, to make the repairs necessary to move back into their homes and to pay relocation costs in the interim. Comment
St Vincent: Tiny populations in the Caribbean separated by stretches of sea present a challenge for commercial airline service operators to profitably fly to these destinations. Comment

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