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Privatization promotes collusion and corruption

Viewpoints: KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, April 23, 2019 (IPS) — At the risk of reiterating what should be obvious, the question of private or public ownership is distinct from the issue of competition or market forces. Despite the misleading claim that privatization promotes competition, it is competition policy, not privatization, that promotes competition. Comment

Peter Tosh honored

Music: Peter Tosh, one of the three foremost Jamaican talents with Robert Nesta Marley and Bunny Wailer grouped as the Wailers, globalized reggae music and in the process also promoted Rastafari received posthumous honor and glory recently from Brooklyn’s State Senator Kevin S. Parker. Comment



Music: The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) Reggae Sumfest, dubbed “the greatest reggae show on earth,” was launched in Brooklyn on April 17. JTB said reggae aficionados, industry icons, tastemakers, the Diaspora community and sponsors converged at the trendy Bogart House in East Williamsburg for the launching ceremony. Comment

Fashion Showcase

Fashion: Twelve-year-old Guyanese-born, Sapphire Autumn Rose, could easily brag that she will make history as the youngest, cutest, and first fashion designer to share the runway with her mother, fashion and costume designer Michele Cole. Comment

Simple actions for changing your life around

Books: You could be rich someday. That’s what they say: you could have a great job, a nice car, and a crib on the beach, if you want them. They say it could happen, if you seize opportunities that come your way. They say it’s possible to be successful if you just pull yourself up by some imaginary bootstraps. And according to D. Watkins in his new book “We Speak for Ourselves,” they are lying. Comment
Music: Last year Beyonce was named the first African-American female to headline the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California, boasting sold-out crowds of more than 70,000 it is arguably the biggest music festival in America. Comment
Bronx: A group of graduates from a Caribbean medical school are about to make a big impact on the medical landscape of the borough. This year St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada is sending 21 graduates to residencies, or post-graduate training, at three local hospitals in the borough. Comment

Jamaicans urged to refrain from old way of raising children

Jamaica: Reform and a rethinking in the way children are raised became topical to an audience in Jamaica when a government minister said boys and girls are being short-changed by parents who apply different standards — depending on their gender — resulting with stereotyped negative behavior. Comment
Music: New Jamaican reggae artiste Humbleton has added to the mix of influential reggae artists in the Caribbean island. According to Tracy-Ann “Roxxi” Chung, public relations coordinator of the Brooklyn-based PlaybookMG, Humbleton hails from the parish of Hanover. Comment

The Bronx must develop not just buildings, but middle class jobs, too

Bronx: I grew up in a Bronx that was burning. Now, it’s building. In this construction boom, developers are pursuing major commercial and residential projects here, especially in the South Bronx. Comment
Arts & Theater: The 13th Annual Dance Parade, will be held on Saturday, May 18, with more than 10,000 paraders including students, professionals, young and old, with color, costumes, and music engaging in 80 unique styles of dance and culture. Comment
Brooklyn: As real estate prices rise, many homeowners in Brooklyn are feeling the heat, as real estate fraud, intense harassment of homeowners to sell their homes and over development in which multi-story buildings are beside one-family houses have also increased to alarming levels. Comments (1)

Protecting your real estate dream

Viewpoints: For many, owning a home or piece of real estate is a dream come true. It is generally the single most important and largest investment we make in our lifetime. We take out mortgages which we have to repay over a very lengthy period of time, sometimes up to 30 years. For the lucky few, they would have been gifted their real estate through a will from a family member or friend. Comment
Food: Brooklyn’s premier beer and wine fest returns this year at a new time and a new location. Tap+Cork: Brooklyn Beer & Wine Fest will host its seventh annual event on Saturday, May 25, 2019, at Kings Theater in Brooklyn. More than 1,700 festival-goers are expected to descend upon the day -long event, which combines the experience of grand tastings with a block party atmosphere. Comment



Jamaica: Flush with shame and criticism about the way they treated colonial era West Indian migrants authorities in England earlier this month announced plans to compensate nationals who were forcibly deported back home or were denied health care and other basic services because they were misclassified as illegals but the amounts being proffered appear set to trigger yet another controversy over the so-called Windrush generation of Caribbean immigrants. Comment

Spicy, hot and violent affair

Books: They said it would never work. He married up too high. She was a gold-digger and he didn’t realize it yet. She wanted a Daddy figure; he was Mama’s Boy. Neither was good enough for the other, so they said it wouldn’t work. And in the new novel, “Before We Were Wicked” by Eric Jerome Dickey… they were right. Comment

Former Windies fast bowler receives Lifetime Achievement Award

St Vincent: The Brooklyn-based, Vincentian group, Friends of Sion Hill, Inc. on Saturday, April 13 bestowed its Lifetime Achievement Award on former West Indies fast bowler Winston Davis at a gala honor ceremony at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment
Brooklyn: New York City Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams on Tuesday denounce what he characterized as Hudson Yard’s “wealthy-focused business practices,” which includes “many cashless businesses and the unsavory use of the EB-5 program to claim funds intended for economically distressed areas.” Comment
Arts & Theater: Trevor Smith says he is known as the grandmaster of kite making in Guyana. “Making kites come with three phases. I love making kites…I have a passion for preparing my frames, and at the end of process, I feel joy when I see what I have accumulated from honest work,” said the street vendor, who has become a permanent fixture at the corner of Regent and Camp streets, in the capital city of Georgetown, during the Easter season. Comment

Tenants sue Brooklyn slumlord for years of harassment

Brooklyn: Ten rent-stabilized tenants on Tuesday filed a complaint in Kings County (Brooklyn) Supreme Court alleging that their landlord, the Shasho family, has engaged in long-term tenant harassment and illegal housing practices in an effort to push tenants out of their rent-stabilized apartments in Brooklyn’s gentrifying Prospect-Lefferts Garden neighborhood. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: The Trinis ill-treated their Bajan hosts by handing them a 24-14 thumping to win gold in the Under-19 Boys’ Water Polo final at the 34th CARIFTA Aquatics Championships over the weekend. Comment
St Vincent: The Friends of Sion Hill, Inc., a Brooklyn-based, Vincentian community group, on Saturday, April 13 honored Vincentian centenarian Mitchinson “Mitchie” James with its Longevity Award. Comment

CWI board fires selection panel

Sports: The new Cricket West Indies Board (CWI) has fired the entire West Indies selection panel and a three-man committee will select the regional team for the upcoming International Council (ICC) World Cup in England starting at the end of May 2019. Comment
Haiti: NEW YORK (AP) — A second federal judge has blocked the Department of Homeland Security from forcing tens of thousands of Haitians to return to their native country. Comment
Movies: Despite being saddled with a couple of generic American names, John Smith’s (Marcel Ruiz) life story has been anything but boring. It’s just too bad that the shy, 14-year-old has been too embarrassed to share it. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Fast Color (PG-13 for violence and brief profanity) Sci-fi thriller about a woman (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) forced to abandon her family and go on the run by a sheriff (David Strathairn) who discovers she has superpowers. With Lorraine Toussaint, Saniyya Sidney and Christopher Denham. Comment



West Indies fast bowler Alzarri Joseph grabbed 6 wickets for 12 runs to record the best-ever figures in Indian Premier League (IPL) history, as he made a sensational start to his IPL career by firing Mumbai Indians to a 4-run victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad recently. Comment

Barbados captures regional women’s cricket double

Sports: Barbados were crowned West Indies Women’s Twenty20 Blaze and the regional women’s double-crown champions following an unbroken third-wicket stand between world-rated all-rounder Deandra Dottin and West Indies women’s teammate Kycia Knight, which formalized an eight-wicket victory over Guyana at the Guyana National Stadium recently. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados The Convener of the Barbados Bar Association’s Human Rights’ Committee, Lalu Hanuman, has expressed concern over a move by the government to implement legislation making it more difficult for people to be granted bail. Comment

Gay marriage no longer taboo in Cayman Islands

A female couple in the Cayman Islands decided that if at first they couldn’t succeed, they would try again. Motivated by that popular adage one year after they were refused application and permission to marry, a re-trial of the procedure proved successful allowing them to amend the laws of the British territory. Their successful request was approved when Chief Justice Anthony Smellie ruled that the practice of denying applications for same-sex unions were in violation of the constitution. Comment

Easter signals bacchanal carnival in Jamaica

Jamaica: Unlike neighbors in the eastern Caribbean that revel with abandon prior to 40 days of fastidious sacrifice and dedication to their Christian conviction related to the Lenten season, the end of the period and the arrival of Easter, Jamaicans are ready for Bacchanal Jamaica a high energy, national soca celebration in the land of reggae. Comment

Windies new selection policy

Sports: Newly elected Cricket West Indies (CWI) President, Ricky Skerrit has announced a “shake-up” of the selection policy which could pave the way for past players like Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, and Sunil Narine who have not featured in in the One-Day International team in recent years to have a chance to play at being selected for the World Cup. Comment


Arts & Theater: The 40th anniversary production of Jamaican playwright Easton Lee’s “The Rope and The Cross” will be staged on Easter Sunday, April 21, at The New Vibe Lounge, in Rockville Centre, Long Island. Comment
Arts & Theater: From a tender age Trinidad-based actor and producer Gregory Pollonais has always had a fascination with the arts in particular the world of film. With a creative mind and determined spirit, he is currently pursuing his passion for film on a professional and international scale. Comment

Building resilience through waste diversion and reduction

St Lucia: CASTRIES, April 12, 2019 (IPS) - Jua Kali is a social enterprise tackling waste management and helping to reduce reliance on St. Lucia’s only landfill, which will reach the end of its lifespan in 2023. The company, with its slogan ‘Trashing the Idea of Waste,’ hosts waste collection drives through pop up depots that encourage residents to bring in glass, plastic and tin cans in exchange for supermarket shopping points. Comment

Queen Bey reigns over her hive

Books: You were crazy in love. It happened the first time you heard Beyoncé Knowles, before she won a Grammy, before she added to her life with a man and motherhood. It happened the first time you saw her, a skinny child with a mispronounced name, and in “Queen Bey,” a book of essays edited by Veronica Chambers, you’ll want to say that name again. Comment

Historic US-Carib partnership launched in Miami

Caribbean: The United States Department of State says senior leaders from 18 Caribbean countries are attending the two-day historic launching of the US-Caribbean Resilience Partnership Ministerial in Miami, Florida, which began yesterday. Comment
Brooklyn: New York City Council on Tuesday approved legislation from Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams which bans pre-employment testing for marijuana usage in the vast majority of cases. Comment

Reparations breakthrough

Reparations breakthrough

Caribbean: A glimmer of hope that reparations for African descendants whose ancestors suffered slavery has flashed across the European landscape with that continent’s parliament voting to address demands for compensation. Comment

A word of pride, and thanks

Brooklyn: The New York Press Association, a statewide group whose members include weekly media, hosted a conference in Albany and our company won 27 awards for excellence. Comment

Sound System Showcase

Music: VP Records annual Record Store Day Sound System Showcase will be held this Saturday in Jamaica, Queens from 12-6 pm. This year, both VP Records retail stores (Jamaica, NY and Miramar, FL) have received the distinct designation as official Record Store Day Locations. Comment

WIPA seeks closer ties with new CWI prez

Sports: West Indies Players Association (WIPA) is anticipating a close working relationship with newly elected Cricket West Indies President Ricky Skerrit. Comment

Bajan girls triumph

Barbados: Barbados broke an18-18 third quarter tie in the final game by outscoring St Lucia 11-7 in the last session to emerge champions of the 18th annual Jean Pierre Under-16 Regional Netball Competition played this past week last week. Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: Violent crimes linked to gangs armed with high powered weapons smuggled from South America and the United States continue to trouble authorities in Trinidad and Jamaica with the two accounting for nearly 500 murders with a mere 14 weeks completed for this year so far. Comment

Haitian-American Farah Louis confident of victory

Haiti: As the May 14 special election to replace Jumaane Williams as representative for the 45th Council District in Brooklyn draws nears, Haitian-American Farah Louis is exuding confidence in winning the poll that has already generated at least 10 candidates. Comment
The Brooklyn-based Progressive Democrats Political Association (PDPA) on Sunday honored 19 outstanding women during its 27th Annual Women Celebrating Women (WCW) gala at Tropical Paradise Ballroom on Utica Avenue in Brooklyn. Comment


Guyana: Guyana has won its fifth Cricket West Indies Regional Four-day Tournaments (2018-2019) when they defeated Trinidad and Tobago in the last round of matches with a six-wicket win to finish on 154.2 points. Comment

T&T fast bowler cops Andy Roberts Award

Sports: Trinidad and Tobago Red Force fast bowler Anderson Phillip has been given the Andy Roberts Award for his promising 2018-2019 season in the recent Regional Four-Day Championship. Comment

Windies legends have a role to play

Sports: Newly-elected Cricket West Indies President, Ricky Skerrit says he intends to make sure the region’s legends have a key role to play in Caribbean cricket development. Comment

Long-standing SVG opposition stalwart passes

St Vincent: Vincent L. Bacchus, a long-standing stalwart of the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, died on March 26 in Queens after a short period of illness. He was 84. Comment

CTO chief: Funding for crisis marketing needed

Travel: Hugh Riley, secretary general and chief executive officer of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), who is in New York to conduct the mandate of the CTO, in an exclusive interview with Caribbean Life recently, commended the CTO Manhattan workforce for doing a superb job of planning programs, such as the June 1-8 Caribbean Week in New York, of which he plays a supporting role. Comment

An insult to our intelligence

Viewpoints: “This event is closed press.” We can tell you from experience in the newsroom that we’ve seen this phrase all too often on emails from Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office since he first took office in 2014. Comment

Sophia Lillis shines as legendary teen sleuth

After the untimely death of his wife, Carson Drew decided he and his daughter Nancy (Sophia Lillis) might benefit from a change of scenery. So, they moved from Chicago to an idyllic oasis in suburbia called River Heights. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua Pilots of regional airline, LIAT has agreed to a less than 10 percent cut in salary in a bid to keep the airline in the air. President of the Leeward Islands Pilots Association (LIAPA), Carl Burke, who did not disclose the exact amount that was agreed to, said the pilots recently voted on the salary cut, which has since been communicated to Barbados Prime Minister, Mia Mottley. Comment

Bahamian-American jurist finds ‘rewarding’ experience as Civil Court judge

Bahamas: A Bahamian-American jurist, elected as a Civil Court judge since 2014, from the historic 10th Municipal Court District in Harlem, has described as “rewarding” her experience to date sitting on the bench. Comments (7)

Agent 007 will return to Jamaica for Bond thriller

Jamaica: It is no secret that author Ian Fleming loved the island of Jamaica. Comments (1)

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: A Dark Place (Unrated) Suspense thriller set in a sleepy Pennsylvania town where a sanitation truck driver (Andrew Scott) becomes obsessed with solving a young local boy’s (Nolan Cook) “missing person’s” case. With Christa Beth Campbell, Jason Davis and Denise Gough. Comment
In what was described as “A Match Made in Heaven,” popular Vincentian sports personalities Stanley “Luxie” Morris and Dr. Roxie Irish finally tied the knot Saturday after four decades of an intermittent relationship. Comment

Caribbean tourism education to the forefront

Travel: The Miami-based Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) says the Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF), the region’s annual networking, education and best practice sharing event for hospitality and tourism business stakeholders, will bring tourism education to the forefront in 2019. Comment

Showcasing a Bajan artist

Showcasing a Bajan artist

Arts & Theater: A recent exhibition of Bajan artist Winston Jordan brought to life images of common existence across the Caribbean from the icon of a cricketing legend to colourful masqueraders, the revealing scene of bush bath ritual, and the quintessential derriere of the Caribbean woman. Comment

CTO to celebrate 46th Caribbean Week of culture, cuisine and rhythm

Manhattan: The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) will celebrate its 46th Caribbean Week at the Wyndham New Yorker, from June 1, under the theme: “Year of Festivals,” and will come alive for a full week with “Amazing Caribbean Culture, Cuisine, and Rhythm.” Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: PORT-OF-SPAIN, March 28, 2019 (IPS) — Fishers in Anguilla saw posted on Youtube this week a video they helped produce that depicts the impacts of climate change on their industry. Titled “Anguilla’s Fishing Dilemma”, the four-and-a-half minute video highlights some of the main challenges Anguilla’s 92 licensed fishers face in earning a living. Comment

US report on anti-money laundering, drug trafficking ‘fairest ever seen’: Antigua envoy

Antigua: Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the United States, Sir Ronald Sanders, has described the 2019 US International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) on Antigua and Barbuda as “the fairest report” he has seen in years. Comment
Bronx: The Bronx-based Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc. says it was grateful to Council Member Rubén Díaz, Sr. for allocating $35,000 in discretionary funds to the group. Comment
People: New Yorkers will have an opportunity to meet, question and confer with 11 presidential candidates from April 3 to April 6 when the 26th annual National Action Network’s convention convene at the Times Square Sheraton Hotel. Comment



Guyana: That absolutely stunning no confidence vote loss by Guyana’s government in parliament in late December continues to have major political and constitutional fallout as it has now forced the resignations of four of the very senior most cabinet ministers both from government and the house because they all hold citizenship of a foreign power and sometimes travel on foreign passports. This is so because two local courts have in a matter of weeks ruled that dual citizenship for elected parliamentarians is illegal. Comment

Grenadian killed in Brooklyn hit-and-run

Grenada: Police in New York say Linda Douglas, 67, the sister of former Grenada Member of Parliament, George Prime was fatally struck by an 18-wheeler flatbed truck in a hit-and-run accident in Brooklyn, New York, Wednesday morning. Comment

Fight against family homelessness continues

New York: On the heels of the release Monday of the New York State budget, the Family Homeless Coalition has made it clear to lawmakers that “stop gap measures are not enough,” saying that, for families at risk of homelessness, “stability is the answer.” Comment

Vincentian group to host mental health panel discussion

St Vincent: The Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) Diaspora Committee of NY, Inc. will host, for the very first time, a mental health and wellness panel discussion on Saturday, April 6, at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment

Barbados Anglican Church: ‘change, adapt or die’

Barbados: In the 50th year of separation from government ending its position as the religious denomination that ruled Barbados, the Anglican Church is being given an ultimatum to alter practices and put a modern touch to rituals so it will embrace young people of this island - or face extinction. Comment

Ready to take over 45th CD: Rickie Tulloch

Brooklyn: After dedicating himself to the community, through activism, legacy and public service, Jamaican-born L. Rickie Tulloch says he’s ready to take over representation in the 45th Council District in Brooklyn. Comment

Perseverance, ‘concentration’ aided sisters’ ascent

Books: You caught it! The ball was thrown very high – so high that you lost it in the sky for a minute – and you weren’t sure how you’d do it, but your hands were out and you caught it. Just. Like. That. Some balls are meant to be thrown or batted, while some are meant to bounce. In the new book “Sisters” by Jeanette Winter, you’ll learn about two girls who don’t just hit a ball, they smash it. Comment
Movies: Queen’s College of Guyana Alumni Association, New York, under its newly elected president, Patrick Stephens, and executive, have announced an exciting lineup of films for its second annual QCAANY Night of Film 2019, Cinema Femme — The Caribbean Woman in Frame. Comment

Barbados retains Super50 Regional title

Sports: Barbados retained their Regional Super-50 title by beating archrivals Trinidad and Tobago by 28 runs, in the final round of matches at Enmore, Guyana recently. Comment
Sports: Newly-elected Cricket West Indies (CWI) President, Ricky Skerrit says regional cricketers, including former West Indies Captain, Darren Sammy will get the opportunity to represent West Indies. Comments (1)

Edward H. King seeks Civil Court judgeship

Brooklyn: After practicing law for 35 years, Bedford-Stuyvesant Democrat Edward H. King says he’s “fully prepared” to be a judge, as he seeks a seat on the bench for Civil Court in Kings County (Brooklyn). The election will be held on June 25. Comment

Brooklyn political club to honor 19 women

Brooklyn: The Brooklyn-based Progressive Democrats Political Association (PDPA) will on Sunday honor 19 outstanding women during its 27th Annual Women Celebrating Women gala at Tropical Paradise Ballroom on Utica Avenue in Brooklyn. Comment

Persaud responds to local constituent’s criticism

State Senator Roxanne Persaud (D-Canarsie, East New York, Brownsville, Mill Basin, Sheepshead Bay, Bergen Beach, Marine Park, Flatlands, Mill Island, Georgetown, Ocean Hill, Starrett City) clarified her position against a local constituent’s criticism over her opposition to marijuana legalization. Comment



Sports: PARIS (AP) — When Kylian Mbappe netted France’s final goal in a 4-2 win over Croatia last July, the rising star became only the second teenager to score in a World Cup final — emulating soccer great Pele. Comment
Caribbean: Caribbean and other African Diaspora people losing confidence in reparatory justice for over three centuries of slavery should take heart from the endurance of enslaved ancestors who persisted through the centuries without a sign that emancipation will come. Comment

Thirty-first annual Phagwah, Holi celebrated despite rain showers

Queens: Vibrant colors of powder decorated the faces and clothing of residents, who celebrated the beginning of spring, and triumph of good over evil, last Sunday, at the 31st Annual Hindu festival of Holi, in memory of late Pandit Ramlall, founder of the festival in Richmond Hill, Queens. Comment

Has privatization benefitted the public?

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, April 2, 2019 (IPS) - In most cases of privatization, some outcomes benefit some, which serves to legitimize the change. Nevertheless, overall net welfare improvements are the exception, not the rule. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Amazing Grace (G) 1972 concert flick featuring Aretha Franklin performing gospel songs with the choir of the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts. With Clara Ward, Bernard Purdie, Reverends James Cleveland and C.L. Franklin, and Rolling Stones Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts. Comment
Sports: Within a day of coming into office as Cricket West Indies (CWI), President, Ricky Skerrit has announced that the board has settled their differences with former West Indies coach, Phil Simmons. Comment

Badree makes IPL coaching history

West Indies leg-spinner Samuel Badree has become the first West Indian coach in the lucrative Indian Premier League. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua The Antigua and Barbuda government has defended its decision to enter into a US$83 million agreement with Global Ports Holding (GPH) for the development of the cruise port in the capital. Comment

Pulitzer doc trailblazing prowess of immigrant scribe

People: Only the very best, most astute practitioners of journalism are afforded the Pulitzer Prize. Named for Joseph Pulitzer, a Jewish immigrant from Hungary who established an endowment at Columbia University to recognize excellence in journalism and the Columbia School of Journalism, since 1917 only the most-worthy are rewarded the prestigious prize. Comment

Docudrama recounts 2008 Mumbai massacre

Movies: On Nov. 26, 2008, radical Islamists from Pakistan launched a series of coordinated attacks around the city of Mumbai which would claim 174 lives and leave hundreds more wounded. Within hours of the raid, the authorities were able to secure all of the sites except for the legendary Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. Comment
GEORGETOWN, March 26, 2019 (IPS) - In 2008, the then president of Guyana, Bharrat Jagdeo, established within the Ministry of the Presidency the Office of Climate Change. Guyana became the first country in the region to do so. A year later, Jagdeo set out a vision to forge a new low carbon economy in the Caribbean nation over the following decade. Comment

Jeffries: Republicans show ‘true colors’

National: Brooklyn Congressman Hakeem Jeffries said on Tuesday that Republicans have shown their “true colors” by attempting to invalidate Obamacare. Comment
St Vincent: St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister, Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves has described as “troubling” last Friday’s meeting between President Donald J. Trump and select Caribbean leaders. Comment

Reggae Girlz set to make historic debut at World Cup

Jamaica: The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) said on Thursday that the island’s Reggae Girlz will be one of four newcomers to soccer’s global showpiece, the FIFA Women’s World Cup, which gets underway on June 7, 2019 in France. Comment


Guyana: It was supposed to be a carefully planned and beautifully executed parliamentary coup that would have toppled the administration of President David Granger and force him and his ministers to call fresh general elections with more than a year and a half of his five year term still to be served out. Comment

Community advocates oppose congestion pricing

Queens: Brooklyn Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte on Sunday joined a group of elected officials and community advocates in opposing the inclusion of congestion pricing in the New York State budget. Comment

Mixed CARICOM vote on OAS resolution on humanitarian assistance to Venezuela

Venezuela: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries on Wednesday were divided in their vote for an Organization of American States (OAS) resolution affirming humanitarian assistance to Venezuela. Comment
Since Motown founder Berry Gordy assembled a five-member singing group he introduced in the sixties as The Temptation, there has been 23 Black men introduced onstage to being ‘tall, talented, temptin’ Temptations.’ Comment

Barbados beat St. Kitts

Barbados beat St. Kitts

St Kitts and Nevis: Barbados beat St. Kitts and Nevis 2-0 in a friendly fixture that is part of the Bajans’ preparation for the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Under-17 tournament. Comment

Nicaragua edges Barbados

Nicaragua edges Barbados

Barbados: It was a case of the side that needed it more emerging the winner as Nicaragua edged Barbados 1-0 last weekend. Comment
New York: While the chips are yet to fall on congestion pricing, April 1 is the deadline for the state legislature to include the proposal which has been heralded as the best option for providing the Metropolitan Transportation Authority with the estimated $40 billion it needs to dramatically modernize the subway. Comment
Barbados: A $400 million Sandals Resorts International construction project in Barbados may come to an abrupt halt because the Mia Mottley-led administration contends that the hotel chain is asking for more than an already generous agreement sealed with the last government. Comment

The price of progress

New York: For more than a decade now, the movement to institute congestion pricing in New York City has been proposed, debated and ultimately killed over and over again. But this time, it appears that the controversial proposal is finally going to become a reality. Comment

Yes, to marijuana justice

Viewpoints: Many people come to the topic of cannabis legalization from a range of different perspectives and positions. I approach this as a member of a community that was adversely affected during the war on drugs, during the war on cannabis, and as a rigorous academic scholar studying Public and Urban Policy, Stratification Economics and Black Masculine Studies. Comment


St Vincent: Former West Indies team manager, Ricky Skerrit is the new president of Cricket West Indies (CWI). His running mate Dr. Kishore Shallow has been elected vice-president. Comment
Sports: West Indies excellent performance against England has seen them draw level with eighth-ranked Sri Lanka on points, two months before the team begins its campaign at the ICC 50 overs World Cup in England. Comment

Waterman runs to be ‘vital voice’ in 45th CD

Brooklyn: Monique Waterman, the daughter of Barbadian and Jamaican immigrants, is hoping her community activism would set her apart from the reported eight other candidates vying to replace Jumaane Williams as representative for the 45th Council District in Brooklyn. Comment


Music: With great power comes great responsibility, and Dancehall powerhouse vocalist K’reema, daughter of Dancehall royalty, King Yellowman, says she is ready to take the reins over her father’s legacy. Comment

Crown Heights Lions Club donates 100 pairs of shoes to Guyana

Consul General of Guyana to New York, Hon. Barbara Atherly, lauded President Jennifer Seymour-Wright and members of the Brooklyn Crown Heights Lion Club, Inc. for their donation of 100 pairs of ‘Shoes that Grow’ at the organization’s General Members Meeting presentation, last Thursday, at the Dr. Susan B. McKinney Center on Albany Avenue. Comment

Tales, anecdotes on racial issues

Books: Your mother dealt with things you can’t imagine. It was a different time when she was your age, with societal issues you’d never tolerate and rules you wouldn’t abide. Same with your grandma: scrapbooks, history books and museums are the only places you’ll see what she lived. So what will your children know? As in “Black is the Body” by Emily Bernard, what’s your story? Comment

Justice Kathy King reminisces about Caribbean upbringing, pursuit of law

People: After serving six years as a Civil Court judge in Brooklyn, Justice Kathy J. King was appointed an acting Supreme Court Justice in 2009, where she presided over criminal and civil court matters. Comment

Former West Indies coach sues CWI

Sports: Former West Indies cricket coach Phil Simmons is seeking close to US$300,000 from Cricket West Indies (CWI) for wrongful dismissal as West Indies coach. Simmons, the current Afghanistan coach, has claimed damages for more than US$300,000 with a final sum to be agreed at a court date in Antigua on March 26, 2019. Comment

No clash in tourneys

Sports: The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will no longer clash with the Indian tour of the Caribbean, as the organizers of the CPL have decided to change the dates of the tournament. Comment
St Lucia: West Palm Beach, Florida — One week after African-American Keith James won 50 percent of the total votes to win election as mayor here, five Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders arrived in the Sunshine State to join President Donald Trump showing solidarity for his cause to intervene in Venezuela’s political strife. Comment
Movies: Abby Johnson (Ashley Bratcher) was recruited by Planned Parenthood to do volunteer work when she was still an undergrad at Texas A&M. Her first job was to escort women seeking abortions from the parking lot into the building, past picketers calling them baby killers. Comment
Movies: The Beach Bum (R for pervasive profanity, graphic sexuality, and drug and alcohol abuse) Matthew McConaughey plays the title character in this screwball comedy revolving around the misadventures of a hedonistic rebel who lives by his own rules. With Snoop Dogg, Isla Fisher, Martin Lawrence, Jonah Hill and Zac Efron. (In English and Spanish with subtitles) Comment

US military vet recounts arrests in Haiti to AP

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — An American security contractor at the center of a mysterious case roiling Haitian politics says that he and a group of fellow veterans were sent to Haiti on a mission to protect a businessman signing a more than $50 million contract at the country’s central bank. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean Social justice and women’s organizations, in Jamaica and the Caribbean have come out in support of abortion law reform in Jamaica, which they say mostly discriminates against poor women. Comment

Caribbean losing momentum on climate change and concerted action is needed

Environment: CASTRIES, March 18, 2019 (IPS) — In 2015, the Caribbean was “the region that could” on the climate change scene. Countries rallied under the ‘1.5 to Stay Alive’ banner, in the face of an existential threat. The now former Sustainable Development Minister of Saint Lucia Dr. James Fletcher emerged as a climate change champion at the time. But now, three years on, the scientist is giving regional climate action a C- in an assessment. Comment

Adams offers overdose prevention training

Brooklyn: In light of the nationwide opioid crisis, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams is hosting of a series of boroughwide free overdose prevention trainings that teach Brooklynites how to save lives. Comment

Trump, select Caribbean leaders to meet in Florida

Caribbean: With the Trump administration openly and strongly supporting Venezuela’s Opposition Leader, Juan Guaidó in the on-going crisis in that South American country, the White House announced on Tuesday that President Donald J. Trump will meet with select Caribbean leaders at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on Friday, March 22. Comment
Africa: Transatlantic slave traders got their way and cooperation from some Africans because kings and other community leaders were made proverbial ‘offers they cannot refuse’ wherein they be facilitators of slavery, die, or worse yet – become slaves themselves. Comment

Several candidates vie to replace Williams

Brooklyn: While Public Advocate-Elect, Jumaane Williams has hardly completed his transition team, a crowded field of candidates has already emerged to replace him as representative for the 45th Council District in Brooklyn. Comments (2)

Bajan attorney invests in East Flatbush

Brooklyn: As a former chairman of Community Board 17 in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, attorney Terry Hinds says he continues to be very involved within the community. Comment

Developing a strategic intellectual property plan for Guyana

Guyana: Between the years 2013-2017, I conducted a study which investigated how intellectual property law and public policies in the four largest Caricom economies (Guyana, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, and Jamaica) affected the choices made by firms about innovation and technology. Comment

Vincentian awarded Firefighter of the Year in Bermuda

A Vincentian, who has been a firefighter for only 3 ½ years, has been honored as “Firefighter of the Year” in Bermuda. Lance Dale Haynes, 40, was bestowed the William Glasford Firefighter of the Year award in late January, according to Haynes’s sister, Claudette Haynes, who trekked from Brooklyn to attend the ceremony. Comment
Sports: West Indies Test and One-Day captain Jason Holder has signed up to play with English county Northamptonshire for several matches of the upcoming summer campaign, the east Midlands club announced last week. Comment
Environment: PORT OF SPAIN, March 15, 2019 (IPS) — Trinidad and Tobago unveiled its monitoring, reporting and verification system in mid-March with a flourish, with government authorities underscoring the launch of the Monitoring, Reporting, Verification as a milestone in that country’s efforts to reduce its emissions in line with its commitments under the 2016 Paris agreement. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Dragged across Concrete (R for profanity, sexuality, nudity, grisly images and graphic violence) Action thriller about a couple of cops (Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn) who turn to a life of crime after being suspended without pay for police brutality caught on camera. With Don Johnson, Fred Melamed, Michael Jai White and Jennifer Carpenter. Comment
Guyana: The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is claiming that the 2018 edition, which took place between Aug. 8 and Sept. 16, raked in US$25,515,816 in Guyana — an 80 percent increase on the 2017 figure. Comment

Why New York should not decriminalize sex trade

Taina Bien-Aimé is the executive director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW). NEW YORK, April 9, 2019 (IPS) — Prostitution policies are bubbling up again in legislative circles across the United States, but few representatives seem to have much clarity on the issue. 2020 presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris has given mixed messages on her thinking, while Bernie Sanders has said he simply has “no answer.” Comment

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