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St Vincent: Even as he battles for this life with bone cancer, an ailing, prominent Caribbean-born journalist in the United States, renowned as a “freedom fighter”, has strongly condemned the policies of US President Donald J. Trump that are often referred to as “Trumpism.” Comment

J’Ouvert steel band players sue NYPD for ‘unconstitutional arrests’

Brooklyn: Four Trinidadian-born steel band players in the Caribbean J’Ouvert festival in Brooklyn have filed a federal lawsuit against the City of New York and the New York Police Department (NYPD) officers who made their “unconstitutional arrests” during the J’Ouvert weekend on Sept. 1, 2018. Comment

Barbados on a roll

Barbados on a roll

Barbados: On the eve of its first anniversary Barbados’ government is basking in a positive report on its financial restructuring and removal of threats to international business, atop several social and economic achievements. Comments (1)

101st Ave, Forth Hamilton Parkway now Lawrence ‘Larry’ Morrish Way

People: A beam of sunlight shone down at the corner of 101st Avenue and Forth Hamilton Parkway, Brooklyn, on May 18, as the co-naming street sign — Lawrence “Larry” Morrish Way, unveiled to honor the late veteran, and outstanding community leader, who was the husband of Guyanese-American Etiquette Specialist, and COO of Behind the Veil Weddings & Events Planning, Inc. Phillipa Morris. Comment
Guyana: Queens Borough President Melinda Katz hosted for the fourth time a fitting tribute to Guyanese as they celebrate their country’s 53 Anniversary of Independence. The event was held at the Helen Marshall Cultural Center in Queens Borough Hall, named for the late, first African-American Borough President of Guyanese roots. Comment
Music: The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) says Vincentian soca artiste and Trinidad and Tobago carnival road march winner Skinny Fabulous will unleash the power of soca on “Rum & Rhythm” during CTO’s Caribbean Week New York (CWNY2019) in June. Comment

Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act now law

People: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday, May 15 signed the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act (DVSJA), legislation first introduced in 2011 — now sponsored by Brooklyn Senator Roxanne J. Persaud — that reduces prison sentences for survivors of domestic violence and allows judges to order them to community-based programs instead of incarceration. Comment

Myrie to lead public hearing on automatic voter registration

New York: Brooklyn Democratic Sen. Zellnor Y. Myrie will on Thursday, May 30 lead a public hearing on automatic voter registration in Albany. Comment
Arts & Theater: What is Memorial Weekend in Caribbean NY and NJ without Oliver Samuels and his brand of West Indian theatre and comedy? The legend Oliver Samuels, popular across the Caribbean from Jamaica to Trinidad & Tobago, is part of Memorial Weekend celebrations when New Yorkers look forward to an Oliver new play. This year’s play, “56 East Avenue” is full of laughs. After three months of performances in Jamaica, sold out in Toronto, the play comes to the tristate before it goes to England. Comment

‘Not About Eve’

Arts & Theater: “Not About Eve,” the award winning family drama by Jamaican actor and playwright Karl O’ Brian Williams, will make its Long Island debut at the New Vibe Lounge in Rockville Center on Memorial Weekend, Sunday, May 26 at 7 pm. Comment
Brooklyn: Senator Roxanne J. Persaud, (D) 19th Senate District in Brooklyn, presented a NYS Resolution to Steven Spohn, COO of AbleGamer Charity and Global Gaming Citizen, on World Global Accessibility Awareness Day, May 18, alongside New York Knicks Inaugural 2K league Gaming Champions, and Lead User Researcher, Jamaican American, Greg Haynes. Comment

Army likely Barbados soccer champs

Sports: The boys of the Barbados Defence Force moved closer towards being the island’s Premier League 2019 champions when they stung the reigning two-time defending champions, Weymouth Wales 2-0 Sunday to gain the edge following a draw in the best of three battle. Comment

Farah Louis returns to campaigning

Haiti: Hardly a week after she won the special election to replace Grenada American former New York City Councilmember Jumaane Williams as representative for the 45th Council District in Brooklyn, Haitian American Farah Louis is already back on the campaign trail, urging votes to re-elect her in the Democratic Primary on June 25 for the much-coveted district seat. Comment

Action to protect cyclists needed

With the number of cyclists killed in New York City on the rise in 2019, it’s clear something must be done to prevent further tragedy. Brooklyn’s streets are proving to be treacherous for cyclists. There have been 10 cyclist fatalities in 2019 — the same number the city saw in 2018, according to Vision Zero data — eight of which have occurred in Brooklyn, including three in a four-day span last week. Comment

Public-private partnerships fad fails

Viewpoints: KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, May 21, 2019 (IPS) — After the failure and abuses of privatization and contracting-out services from the 1980s, there has been renewed appreciation for the role of the state or government. Earlier promoters of privatization have taken a step backward, only to take two more forward to instead promote public-private partnerships (PPPs). Comment

A small glimpse into your future

Books: You were their hope for the future. For your elders, your birth represented things they wished would happen but that they’d never know. It was a joy for them to see you come into the world but for you, as in the new book “Ladysitting” by Lorene Cary, it’s harder to see them go. Comment
Guyana: Celebrating unity and pride, and sharing messages of love and togetherness, religious leaders joined Guyanese to commemorate the nation’s 53rd Anniversary of Independence at an Interfaith Service on Sunday, May 18 at York College in Queens. Comment

Brooklyn youth jailed for 17 years for killing college student at J’Ouvert

Brooklyn: A judge in Brooklyn on Friday, May 17 sentenced a Brooklyn youth to 17 1/3 years in jail for killing a 22-year-old college student just before the Caribbean J’Ouvert festival in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn began in 2016. Comment

Tributes to ancestors – Prince, Michael Jackson

Music: The king of reggae — Bob Marley, the king of pop — Michael Jackson, the queen of soul — Aretha Franklin and another entitled, music, royal named Prince all have something else in common. In life they were superstar achievers the world revered for their unrivalled talent. In death they are revered ancestors. Comment

The no confidence appeal

Guyana: The Caribbean Community’s highest judicial body this week tried to make sense of Guyana’s unusual and highly complex electoral system, as its judges struggled to come to grips with aftermath issues linked to a late December opposition no confidence vote that had toppled the administration of retired army general David Granger. Comment
Brooklyn: First-year Senator Zellnor Y. Myrie on Thursday, May 9 held a Housing Forum in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, with the goal of connecting tenants to officials at city agencies and nonprofits who can help resolve their housing issues and build awareness of the effort to reform the rent laws in New York State. Comment
People: A ban on pre-employment testing for marijuana usage has now become law in New York City. The legislation from New York City Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams was approved by the City Council on April 9. It has officially been enacted after passing the 30-day deadline without action from the mayor. Comment

Persaud to host College Resource Fair

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Senator Roxanne J. Persaud will host on Saturday her annual Senate District 19 College Resource Fair, featuring dozens of colleges and representatives from across New York and other states. Comment
St Vincent: KINGSTOWN, Mar 4 2019 (IPS) — In the tiny eastern Caribbean nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, proverbs relating to the weather are very common. Comment

West Indies climbs to eighth spot in ODI rankings

Sports: West Indies has climbed to the eighth position in the just released One-Day International (ODI) rankings — a boost ahead of the World Cup, after overhauling Sri Lanka to reach that spot in the International Cricket Council ODI charts. Comment

Vincentian flag flies high at Penn Relays

Grenada: When the 125th running of the illustrious Penn Relays Carnival at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia got underway last week, there was a new flag among the few at the Franklin Field Stadium. Comment

MAJOR BORDER ROWS

Venezuela: In the Caribbean Community family of 15 nations, there are two major simmering border rows dating back centuries to the days of British and Spanish colonialism. One involves Venezuela’s claim to almost two thirds of Guyana and large tracts of its sea space where American supermajor ExxonMobil has found more than six billion barrels of light, sweet, crude oil. The other has to do with Guatemala laying claim to half of the territory of Belize so it could easily gain road access to the Caribbean coast through Belize for its imports and exports. Comment

UFT honors Guyanese Family Daycare provider

Guyana: The United Federation of Teachers (UFT) Saturday night bestowed its Juanita Diggs Educator of Excellence Award on Guyanese-born, Queens Family Group Daycare provider Shaundell Agrippa. Comment

Banning fur bad for New York

Viewpoints: A ban on any of fur products is unacceptable. The bill, which was just introduced in late March, is being inexplicably fast tracked to the hearing stage, which was scheduled for May 15. This does not allow our industry ample time to prepare or accurately study the implications of this decision. Comment

Haitian American assemblywoman wants gov’t more accessible

Brooklyn: Newly-elected Haitian American Assemblywoman, Dr. Mathylde Frontus is focused on making government more accessible for constituents in the 46th Assembly District in Brooklyn. Comment

Guyana to mark 53rd Independence Anniversary

The Young Guyanese Professionals Alliance, founded by Melissa Noel and RKHTY, will host a networking event titled, “Untapped: Defining our Legacy” on Saturday, May 18, at the Slope Lounge, 837 Union St., Brooklyn to begin Guyana’s 53rd Independence Anniversary celebrations. Comment

Haitian culture comes alive with ‘Sans-Souci’

Haiti: UNI, a Haitian an artist collective, says it is collaborating with the Consulate General of Haiti in New York in celebrating Haitian Flag Day on May 18 at the Judson Memorial Church in Washington Square in Manhattan under the theme, “San-Souci.” Comment

Annual Tribute to Ancestors of Middle Passage

Brooklyn: The People of the Sun Middle Passage at Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College says it will hold its 30th Annual Tribute to Our Ancestors of the Middle Passage, between 16th and 17th Streets on the Boardwalk, Coney Island, on Saturday, June 8, from noon to sun down. Comment

Haitian songstress Emeline Michel

Music: Only a few performers earn acclaim for developing a unique sound. Emeline Michel can count herself among those few. Known for her fusion of traditional Haitian rhythms (kompa, rasyn, and twoubadou) with other musical genres (pop, jazz, and blues), Michel said she created a sound, which appealed to both traditional and contemporary listeners worldwide. Comment

West Indies set ODI run-chase record

Sports: A maiden century by Vincentian Sunil Ambris helped West Indies to their highest successful run chase to make 331-5 to beat Ireland by five wickets in the ongoing One-Day International (ODI) Tri-Nation Series in Ireland. Comment
Brooklyn: Haitian American Farah Louis emerged victorious Tuesday night in a crowded field in a special election to fill the seat vacated by former New York City Caribbean American Councilman Jumaane Williams, who was recently elected New York City Public Advocate. Comment

Brooklyn medical group conducts mission in Guyana

Guyana: The Brooklyn-based Action, Performance, Commitment (APC) group says its medical mission team recently conducted its 11th successful medical mission to Guyana, the homeland of most of its members. Comment
Books: You wanted it. And you wanted it very much. But, ah, well, you didn’t get it. You worked and you begged and maybe you even saved but you didn’t get what it was that you wanted. You were sad, but you got over it. You’ll try again, work harder, save more and, as in “The Undefeated” by Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson, one day, you’ll reach your goal. Comment

America First as a threat to mulitlateralism

Immigration: STOCKHOLM / ROME, May 13, 2019 (IPS) — On 25 April, Joseph Biden announced his candidacy for the US presidency, declaring that his decision was based on fears of Trump being re-elected: Comment

Everybody heads to ‘56 East Avenue’

Arts & Theater: Herman Hall, the publisher of Everybodys Magazine claims that later this month “all roads will lead to 56 East Ave.” where Caribbean humor is guaranteed. Comment

HOUSE ON ‘FYA’

HOUSE ON ‘FYA’

Music: Former St. Vincent and the Grenadines Calypso Monarch, Fya Empress brought the house down Saturday night during the launch of Vincy Mas in New York. Comment

Patti La Belle to kick off BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn Festival concert, June 4

Music: The legendary, Patti LaBelle, known for electrifying performances, will kick off BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn Festival, on Tuesday, June 4, at 8 pm. Comment
Movies: Buddy Bolden (1877-1931) was born in New Orleans, where he took up the cornet at an early age. His unique approach to the instrument involved a novel form of improvisation while playing a combination of gospel, blues and ragtime. Comment

Gayle appointed vice-captain for World Cup

Jamaica: Veteran West Indies opener Chris Gayle has been appointed vice-captain for the upcoming World Cup, in England and Wales. Comment

Jamaica, CPL strike deal

Jamaica: The Jamaica government has struck a deal with Caribbean Premier League (CPL) franchise Jamaica Tallawahs, which will see them investing millions of dollars over the next few years. Comment
Caribbean: Antigua The Antigua and Barbuda government is in support of billionaire Richard Branson, owner of Virgin Atlantic, interest in investing in the cash-strapped regional airline LIAT. Comment

Reggae awards score trifecta on return to homeland

Music: Jamaicans at home had at least three reasons to revel to reggae music last weekend when significant and historic events coincided for a celebration of the beat that was birthe on the island. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: All Creatures Here Below (Unrated) Harrowing tale of survival revolving around a desperate homeless couple (David Dastmalchian and Karen Gillan) on the run from the police as they travel from L.A. to Kansas City. With Jennifer Morrison, David Koechner, John Doe and Richard Cabral. Comment
Jamaica: Multiple Olympic medallist, Veronica Campbell-Brown, swooped down on Barbados for a sports conference, signed autographs of her new book, and assured admirers that she is far from done with competitive athletics. Comment

Former Grenada Tourism Minister among six to receive CTO Allied Members Awards

Former Grenada Minister of Tourism, Brenda Hood is among six stalwarts of Caribbean tourism to be honored by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) allied membership at the Travel Industry Awards Dinner during Caribbean Week New York (#CWNY2019) next month. Comment

World Music Institute celebrates Haitian Heritage Month

Music: World Music Institute presents a collaboration between Haitian songstress Emeline Michel and one of the island nation’s most popular recording artists, Mikaben, in a concert celebrating Haitian Heritage Month. Comment

SUMMER TREATS

SUMMER TREATS

Music: Be patient, Central Park Summerstage is almost ready to deliver more than 100 free outdoor concerts to 17 New York city neighborhoods. Comment

TWO FACE FRAUD CHARGES

Trinidad and Tobago: In the past week, police in Trinidad arrested and charged two former high ranking officials of the previous United National Congress (UNC) government for their alleged role in overpaying close friends and associates hundreds of millions in legal fees and then splitting up the excess among themselves. Comment
Brooklyn: With just a few days remaining before the crucial special election on Wednesday for a representative to replace Jumaane Williams in the 45th Council District in Brooklyn, candidates in the crowded field are pulling out all the stops to capture the coveted seat. Comment

Renewables to become the norm for the Caribbean

Jamaica: KINGSTON, April 29, 2019 (IPS) — Jamaica and other Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are embracing renewable energy as part of their plans to become decarbonised in the coming decades. Comment

Grand Lodge no. 1 honors outstanding six

Brooklyn: The Brooklyn District Grand Lodge No. 1, of the Independent United Order of Mechanics (IUOM), on Sunday honored six outstanding members at its 85th Anniversary Luncheon and Awards Ceremony at Antun’s Catering House on Springfield Boulevard in Queen’s Village. Comment
St Vincent: Former Counsellor at the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Embassy in Washington, D.C. Frank Montgomery Clarke has added his voice to myriad tributes for the late Vincentian legislator John Horne. Comment
National: Brooklyn Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, on Monday joined congressional representatives in introducing new bipartisan, bicameral legislation to curb the abuse of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) petition process and increase access to affordable prescription drugs. Comment

Brooklyn group honors Downstate physicians

The Brooklyn-based Trinbago Progressive Association (TPA) recently honored Downstate University Hospital/Brooklyn Health Disparities Center physicians at TPA’s 25th Annual Awards Luncheon. Comment

WORLD RECORD

WORLD RECORD

Sports: West Indies openers, John Campbell and Shai Hope set a world record One-Day International (ODI) stand of 365 to romp to an emphatic 196-run victory over Ireland in the first match of the Tri-Nation Series at the Clontarf Cricket Club, in Dublin, Ireland. Comment

Aguilleira retires from int’l cricket

Sports: One of Cricket West Indies longest serving West Indies Women’s players, Merissa Aguilleira has resigned from international cricket after an 11-year career with the regional team. Comment

Holding: Cricket West Indies needs governance reform

Sports: Fast bowling cricket legend, Michael Holding says the newly-elected Cricket West Indies (CWI) board needs to undergo serious constitutional change if it was to escape the cycle of poor governance, which had plagued it in the past. Comment

Radix invokes legacy of late Grenadian diplomat

With a few days left for a special election to replace Caribbean American New York City Public Advocate, Jumaane Williams for the 45th Council District in Brooklyn, a Caribbean-American candidate is invoking the legacy of her late great-uncle, former Grenadian diplomat, Dr. Lamuel Stanislaus, into her campaign. Comment

Grenadian envoy says gov’t taking lead in sustainable development

Grenada: The new Grenada Ambassador to the United States and the Organization of American States (OAS), says the Dr. Keith Mitchell administration in Grenada is taking the lead, forging ahead, and creating a path for the sustainable development of her country. Comment
Known as one of Jamaica’s grand voices of dancehall music, Reanno Gordon, aka “Busy Signal,” who will drop his fifth album, titled “Parts of the Puzzle,” this summer, has carved out a unique niche in Jamaica’s musical arena, blending dancehall and reggae with Afro beats, salsa and other international sounds. Comment
Guyana: Fifty years ago when Colin Edwards left his homeland of England and arrived in Guyana to work as a Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), at the Ministry of Agriculture, he never imagined in his wildest dreams that he would become the founder and managing director of Rock View Lodge, one of the country’s most beautiful eco-tourism destinations, in Annai, Rupununi Savannahs, Region 9. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: All Is True (PG-13 for profanity, mature themes and suggestive material) Kenneth Branagh directs and stars as the Bard of Avon in this biopic revisiting the last days in the life of William Shakespeare. Cast includes Judi Dench, Ian McKellen and Jack Colgrave Hirst. Comment

Three more fired selectors to sue CWI

Three West Indies selectors who were fired by the new Cricket West Indies (CWI) board plans to challenge the manner of their dismissal in court. Comment
St Vincent: In their eight outing at the prestigious Penn Relays Carnival at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, the Thomas Saunders Secondary School (TSSS) girls broke the school’s record for the 4 x 400m. Comment

Adams, Williams saddened by passing of former Brooklyn Councilman

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President, Eric Adams and New York City Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams on Sunday expressed sadness over the passing of former Brooklyn Councilman Lew Fidler. Comment

Caribbean-Americans will not collectively benefit from the census

National: Article 1, Section 2, the U.S. Constitution provides, “Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States ... according to their respective Numbers ...The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct.” Comment

Biopic on early years of legendary fantasy writer

Movies: J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973) was a British fantasy novelist best known for “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings.” After being orphaned at an early age, he attended King Edwards, an exclusive boarding school where he forged close friendships with classmates which would endure over his lifetime. Comment
Sports: “We used to walk like Seymour bat like him and try to talk like him,” are the words of legendary West Indies batsman Desmond Haynes as he delivered the news of the Caribbean great who led the way, Seymour Nurse. Comment

Ten principles of a ‘Righteous Warrior’

Books: These days, you just don’t know what to expect. Things used to be laid out nice and easy: a real man took care of business, he settled disagreements with his fists, and he was head of his household. But it’s a new world now with new expectations, and in “The Code of the Righteous Warrior” by Rev. Dr. Alyn E. Waller, you’ll know how to get through it. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua Antigua and Barbuda Attorney General, Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin says Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago have requested additional time from the University of the West Indies (UWI) to consider the move by Antigua and Barbuda to become the fourth regional campus territory. Comment
People: Although many moms consider their daughters royalty, at least three Black female parents will celebrate Mothers’ Day 2019 boasting the unprecedented, historic and simultaneous victories their off-springs accomplished becoming the first of their race to be simultaneously crowned queens of national beauty pageants. Comment

A call for Diaspora action

A call for Diaspora action

Barbados: Barbados Member of Parliament, Kerrie Symmonds believes that amidst US Democratic Primary for 2020 presidential campaign members of the Caribbean Diaspora must flex muscles to protect the region of their birth or descent. Comment
Sports: Barbadian experienced coach Roddy Estwick, who was fired by the former Dave Cameron administration, has returned to the West Indies team for the ICC World Cup starting next month. Comment

Poor farmers will not benefit significantly from marijuana initiative: SVG Opposition MP

St Vincent: An opposition Member of Parliament in St. Vincent and the Grenadines has expressed deep concern that poor farmers will not benefit significantly from the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes in the country. Comment

Surviving a crisis with humor

Books: Sometimes, life stinks. Bad things happen to great people but truly horrible things happen to you — things like losing a loved one, and that’s indescribable. Your emotions feel like shuffled cards: you’re foggy, sad, angry, exhausted, and tired of dealing with it all. So what do you do next? You take a deep breath and read “The Hot Young Widows Club” by Nora McInerny. Comment

TOO MUCH SUN!

Environment: The Caribbean region promotes itself to the world as the paradise of sun, sand and turquoise blue seas but extreme drought conditions in the past eight months or so have pushed people in the region to ironically complain about too much sun. Comment
Guyana: Guyana’s government Tuesday defended a parliamentary motion honoring the life and work of former lawmaker and small town mayor Abdul Kadir who was convicted of a 2007 plot to blow up fuel depots at New York’s John .F. Kennedy Airport, saying it was standard practice rather than admiration for Kadir. Comment
Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President, Eric L. Adams and members of the Green Light NY coalition, a network of more than 200 organizations statewide including Make the Road New York and the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC), rallied local support last week behind the Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act. Comment
Brooklyn: Before a crowd of hundreds of activists from across the country, New York City Public Advocate, Jumaane D. Williams on Tuesday, April 30 delivered what was described as “a fiery address” on activism in elected office, with a focus on housing justice for all. Comment
Brooklyn: Brooklyn Senator, Roxanne J. Persaud on Saturday her fourth annual Rain Barrel Giveaway and inaugural E-Waste Recycling events, giving away a hundred free rain barrels and recycling dozens of unwanted electronics for residents. Comment

Show of hats

Show of hats

Fashion: The Inner Wheel Club of Georgetown, celebrated its 32nd Annual Hat Show and Garden Party, with a spectacular presentation on Saturday, April 27, where Guyanese New Yorker, Gem Fraser, wowed the crowd in a pink whimsical headpiece, simply titled “Spring.” Comment

IMPRESSIVE SHOWING

IMPRESSIVE SHOWING

In just three years competing in the illustrious Penn Relays Carnival at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Grammar School continues its impressive showing, striking gold in the marquee, 4x400m, heat on Saturday at the Franklin Field Stadium. Comment
Music: Seventeen years ago, actor Robert DeNiro introduced a film festival that featured independent features, narratives, shorts and family friendly films. Panel discussions, celebrated personalities, original art works, a platform to showcase musical talent and other alluring enticements propelled the Tribeca Film Festival to what is now the premiere New York film event to experience. Comment
St Vincent: Author Ta-Nahisi Coates and Sir Hilary Beckles, vice chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI) are expected to headline a fundraiser for St. Vincent born journalist Don Rojas who is ailing and beloved by an extended New York community. Comment
Movies: Violet Valenski (Elle Faning) is a 17-year-old living with her single-mom (Agnieszka Grochowska) on a modest family farm on the Isle of Wight. She secretly dreams of becoming a pop star, but has no time to pursue it between school and several part-time jobs. Besides attending to animals at home, she waitresses at a pub and clerks at a convenience store. Comment

US soccer to play Jamaica in June 5 exhibition in DC

Jamaica: CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. soccer team will play Jamaica on June 5 in the first of two warmup matches for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, four days before meeting Venezuela in Cincinnati. Comment
Sports: Hard-hitting opener Chris Gayle and all-rounder Andre Russell were named in the 15-member West Indies squad for this month’s ICC World Cup in England and Wales. Comment

Vincy lawyer overcomes challenges with determination

St Vincent: A Vincentian lawyer residing in Brooklyn says “determination” has been among factors in helping him to overcome challenges in the legal profession. Comment

After the rain: The lasting effects of storms in the Caribbean

Viewpoints: UNITED NATIONS, April 24, 2019 (IPS) — Sustainability is constitutive of the concept of development. Just as economist Amartya Sen has argued that there is no point in discussing the relationship between development and democracy, because democracy is constitutive of the concept of development, there is no point of trying to disentangle sustainability from the notion of development itself. Comment
Movies: Ask Doctor Ruth(Unrated) Reverential retrospective chronicling the career of Holocaust survivor-turned-celebrated sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua Two Antiguan nationals, including Ambassador at Large Dr Patrick Matthew and Arnold Joseph an operating theatre technician have been charged with practicing medicine without a license. Comment
New York: The New York State Office of Court Administration has halted the ability of US federal immigration officials to arrest Caribbean and other immigrants in state courthouses without warrants. Comment

Deadly pirogue trip to Trinidad…

Venezuela: Hope is fading for 22 Venezuelan migrants, who are feared drowned when the fishing boat, which was heading to Trinidad from the Venezuelan coast of Guiria, overturned and sank near Patos Island, near the Dragon’s Mouth last Tuesday night. Comment

Raising minimum wage is recipe for success

Viewpoints: In the last eight years, I’ve opened two restaurants: The Rieger in 2010 and Ça Va in 2014. Throughout that time, the federal minimum wage remained stagnant at $7.25 despite the rising cost of living. To me that seems profoundly unfair. Comment
Arts & Theater: Sesame Flyers International, Inc., perennial mas band winners in the Brooklyn-based West Indian American Day Carnival Parade, is celebrating its 36th anniversary. Comment
Guyana: First Lady of Guyana, H. E. Sandra Granger, on Tuesday, April 23, launched the first ever Information Communication Technology Training course, a Ministry of Social Protection’s Board of Institution workshop, to better prepare students of the Bina Hill Institute Youth Learning Centre, (YLC) Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo Region 9, for the growing world of technology. Comment

007 HEADS HOME

007 HEADS HOME

Movies: NEW YORK (AP) — The 25th James Bond movie and Daniel Craig’s fifth and final installment as 007 is heading home to Jamaica. Craig, Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, and director Cary Fukunaga on Thursday, April 25 launched the film from the Caribbean island nation where Ian Fleming wrote all of his Bond novels. The still untitled movie will be partly set in Jamaica, which was also a setting in “Dr. No” and “Live and Let Die.” Comment

A Windrush caution

A Windrush caution

Jamaica: While uncertainty over the exact level of personal compensation that will eventually be paid to Caribbean persons who suffered discrimination as the ‘Windrush Generation’, activists in Barbados are advising not to trust the British government to honor its word. Comment

NYC gifted, talented programs under threat

New York: The destruction of our city’s gifted and talented programs, especially in black and brown communities, is one of the main reasons we see a lack of diversity in our specialized high schools. A high quality education for our accelerated learners must be available at the earliest ages. Comment
Guyana: The Guyana Independence Celebration Committee, New York (GICCNY), said on Monday that it is getting ready to host the New York celebration of Guyana’s 53rd Anniversary of Independence this year. Comment
Barbados: Barbados’ fifth place earning in the CARIFTA 2019 swimming competition was owed mainly to a tremendous display by golden girl Danielle Titus who topped the 15 to 17 age group 200-metre long course backstroke Tuesday night, April 23. Comment
Music: Commissioner of Police of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), Gary Griffith has apologized to Jamaican reggae icon Mark “Buju Banton” Riley over a search carried out by the Organized Crime and Intelligence Unit (OCIU) of his Hilton Trinidad hotel room about 24 hours after he arrived in Trinidad on a private jet for “I am Legend Concert.” Comment
St Vincent: Stating that they are fed up with what they characterized as gross mismanagement of the Vincentian economy and rampant corruption by the incumbent Unity Labor Party (ULP) administration of Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves, three members of parliament and a former government minister of the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines Saturday night urged the electorate to vote the government out of office when the next general elections are called. Comment

Hugh Riley retires as CTO head after 10 years

The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has announced it will be searching for a new secretary general to replace Hugh Riley, who has announced his retirement as secretary general after 10 years at the head of the regional tourism development agency. Comment

NAACP executive tapped to lead diversity at Touro

People: Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM) and Touro College of Pharmacy (TCOP) in Harlem have appointed Geoffrey E. Eaton director of community affairs and diversity, the colleges announced recently. Comment
Arts & Theater: The Brooklyn-based West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA), which hosts the annual Carnival Parade on Eastern Parkway every Labor Day Monday, says it is keeping the region’s culture alive by hosting year-round workshops on the artform. Comment

TRI-NATION CLASH

TRI-NATION CLASH

Caribbean: A weak West Indies 14-man squad has been selected for next month’s Tri-Nation Series against Ireland and Bangladesh in Ireland. Comment

Vincentian athletes ready for Penn Relays 2019

St Vincent: James Cordice, the Philadelphia-based pioneer and coordinator of St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ participation in the illustrious Penn Relays Carnival at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, says athletes from two secondary schools in St. Vincent and the Grenadines are eager to compete in the games this weekend. Comment

LIAT’S DEBT CRISIS

Caribbean governments this week rushed to save the region’s most important commuter airline amid threats from the island which supports and depends on it the most that the island hopper is facing definite closure. Comment

PM Gonsalves: unity, reforms key issues

Sports: Chairman of CARICOM’s subcommittee on cricket, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves says the unification of Caribbean cricket and implementation of governance reforms are the two pressing issues for new Cricket West Indies president, Ricky Skerrit. Comment

Fired Windies coach Drakes to sue CWI

The new Cricket West Indies (CWI) administration is facing its first legal action over its decision to fire Barbadian Vasbert Drakes from its coaching staff. Comment

Bronx church honors community stalwart

People: The Bronx-based St. Matthias Charities, Inc. recently honored prominent Vincentian community stalwart Garnes Byron during the church’s 7th Annual Fundraising Dinner Gala at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment
People: UNITED NATIONS, April 19, 2019 (IPS) — Journalists around the world are increasingly seeing threats of violence, detention, and even death simply for doing their job, a new press index found. Comment
Movies: Roman Coleman (Matthias Schoenaerts) has too quick a fuse to think before he acts. That’s why he’s done a dozen years and counting in a maximum-security prison for impulsively delivering a brutal beating that left his victim permanently brain-damaged. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Aurora (Unrated) Horror flick, set in the Philippines, about a tiny island left haunted by ghosts after a passenger ship crashes on its shores. Ensemble cast includes Anne Curtis, Marco Gumabao and Mercedes Cabral. (In Filipino and Tagalog with subtitles) Comment

Lara: Consistency key to West Indies victory

Sports: West Indies cricket legend Brian Lara says West Indies are replete with match-winners but consistency will be the key to their success in English conditions at this year’s World Cup in England and Wales. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua The cash-strapped Antigua-based regional airline LIAT says that despite workers agreeing to a six percent salary cut, the airline is still facing a severe financial problem and may require additional salary cuts from its employees. Comment

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