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Arts & Theater: The Organization of American States (OAS) says Caribbean culture ministers have joined their OAS-member counterparts in approving the Declaration of Bridgetown on “Strengthening of the creative economy and culture sector: Repositioning the culture sector to secure sustainable development.” Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua Antigua and Barbuda is expected to benefit from the largest renewable energy initiative of its kind in the Caribbean region in the form of $5.7 million to build a modern, climate-resilient, safe, reliable and sustainable supply of electrical power for Barbuda in the wake of Hurricane Irma, which destroyed about 95 percent of the island on Sept. 6, 2017 and forced all 1,800 residents to be evacuated to Antigua. Comment
Guyana: Mayor of the City of New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio, welcomed Georgetown Mayor, Pandit Ubraj Narine, to Gracie Mansion, on Sept. 18, where the two politicians discussed climate change and its effects on the cities of Georgetown and New York, mental health awareness, waste management and best practices, training opportunities for Georgetown municipal staff, and forge a partnership to develop Guyana’s garden city. Comment

JetBlue Airways to fly between JFK and Guyana

Guyana: Since U.S, airline JetBlue, announced it will increase its route map to include Georgetown, Guyana, travelers have scrambled to book tickets to travel on the new A321neo plane that will begin non-stop service from New York’s JFK to Guyana’s Cheddi Jagan International Airport (GEO), on April 2, 2020. Comment

St. Kitts-Nevis provides security aid to The Bahamas

St Kitts and Nevis: BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Sept. 20, 2019 (Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister) – Four officers of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force departed the Federation earlier today (Friday, Sept. 20) destined for the Commonwealth of The Bahamas where they will help to provide much needed security assistance to that country, as well as relief for officers there who are overstretched since the catastrophic Hurricane Dorian struck the island chain early September. Comment

State grant funding for educational programs serving Brooklyn district

Brooklyn: Sen. Roxanne J. Persaud on Monday announced a series of NYS Department of Education grants for schools and non-profit organizations serving constituents in her 19th Senatorial District in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn. Comment

Belize still dependent after 38 years of independence

Belize: Our country of Belize received its independence from Great Britain on Sept. 21, 1981. Yet, many of our people are living in a state of dependency, our government keep borrowing money from several countries and institutions to survive making us more financially dependent and our nation’s independence is still haunted by the Guatemalan claim to our territory. Comment


Guyana: Repsol, the Spanish oil major could soon be next in line to announce a major oil find if its Carapa-1 well that is now being drilled yields up commercial quantities of oil and gas. If this is the case, it will not only join ExxonMobil and Tullow Oil of the United Kingdom with wells yielding large amounts of oil and gas, but it will also mean oil has been found in yet another or a third concession block in the much-heralded Guyana Basin. Comment
Bahamas: The Washington, D.C.-based Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says that “all hands (and paws) are on deck” in relief efforts in wake of the ravages caused by Hurricane Dorian. Comment
St Kitts and Nevis: Nationals of St. Kitts and Nevis were in ecstasy last Friday as the country’s flag was raised for the very first time at Philadelphia City Hall. Philadelphia resident Kylla Herbert — whose late father, Nkem Tshombe, hailed from St. Kitts and Nevis — told Caribbean Life that she was honored to lead the historic initiative. Comment

Less primaries mean more for New York voters

For all the talk about how important it is for all of us to vote, Queens continues to perform lousily when it comes to participating in her democracy, with a reported 13 percent turnout in February’s public advocate special election and a similar rate in June’s district attorney primary. Comment

Jamaica’s new consul proposes reforms to better assist nationals

Jamaica: Tasked with the primary responsibility of promoting and safeguarding the interest of Jamaican nationals residing in 33 United States, Bermuda and Puerto Rico, Jamaica’s newest Consul General Alsion Roach Wilson recently announced reforms she intends to implement in order to improve relations with diasporans during her tenure at the New York consulate. Comment

Trump faces public charge rule challenge

National: Members of the Congressional Tri-Caucus — which includes the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) — have filed amicus briefs opposing the Trump administration’s public charge rule aimed at legal Caribbean and other immigrants who wish to remain in the US but whose dearth of financial resources are deemed likely to make them a burden on US taxpayers. Comment

Shred your documents for free

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Sen. Roxanne J. Persaud said on Monday that she will hold next week a shredding event at her 21st Senatorial District Office in Canarsie, Brooklyn for members of the community to “safely recycle their unwanted confidential documents, free of charge.” Comment

Developing economies’ subordinate financialization

Viewpoints: KUALA LUMPUR and PENANG, Sept. 17 2019 (IPS) - Rapid financial globalization is due not only to financial innovations, but also to choices made by national policymakers, often with naïve expectations, trusting promoters’ promises of steady net inflows of financial resources. Comment

Pybus disappointed in Windies performance

Sports: Fired West Indies head coach, Richard Pybus, believes he and former Cricket West Indies President, David Cameron, had the right tools and vision to transform the embattled regional team into a successful side again. Comment

GCA salutes 2019 honorees at annual awards ceremony

New York: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams congratulated the Guyana Cultural Association (GCA) on its 19th season, stating that Brooklyn is the Georgetown of America, and if it were not for the contributions made by the Caribbean diaspora, “we would not be who we are, in Brooklyn, or New York, or America.” Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago sprint queen and Commonwealth Games 100-meter champion Michelle-Lee Ahye has been provisionally suspended by the world track and field governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) for a violation of the IAAF Anti-Doping Rules. Comment

Black ‘Sherlock Holmes’ investigates a Harlem crime

Books: With a book in your hands, you can do almost anything. Grab a cookbook and make a meal. Pick up a how-to book and fix a toilet. Take a trip to the past or the future, learn to knit, meet a new friend, you can do it with a book. Or, with a book like “A Death in Harlem” by Karla FC Holloway, you might solve a crime. Comment
Sports: West Indies Women slumped to an eight-wicket defeat and a 3-0 whitewash in the ICC Women’s Championship ODI series in Antigua last week. Comment



Music: It was billed as “An Afternoon of Great Music” and the billing, clearly, lived up to expectations — even exceeding them — as three Black internationally-acclaimed singers on Sunday brought Carnegie Hall to St. Paul’s Church in the Village of Flatbush, Brooklyn. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago Independence Day was commemorated at Queens Borough Hall for the very first time, and expatriates applauded their accomplishments, during a Citations of Honors presentation, on Sept. 12 in the Helen Marshall Cultural Center. Comment

Maritime foundation, industry partners changing lives

People: The American Caribbean Maritime Foundation (ACMF) announced that it will honor three outstanding leaders in the maritime sector in the Caribbean at its annual Anchor Awards to be held Friday, Oct. 11 at the New York Yacht Club. Comment

Translating ambition to action: High hopes for United Nations Action Week

Environment: Cameron Diver is deputy director-general, the Pacific Community (SPC) New Caledonia, Sept 13 2019 (IPS) - In less than 10 days, countries from around the planet will come together in New York for the United Nations Secretary General’s Climate Action Summit. I look forward to representing the Pacific Community (SPC) at this important event, and throughout “Action Week” during the upcoming UN General Assembly. Comment

Don’t ignore your big dreams

Don’t ignore your big dreams

Books: “Keep this to yourself!” That’s the way big dreams start: don’t tell anyone, because telling makes them more delicate. Sharing makes it hurt more when what you want doesn’t happen. As in the new book “More to Life” by ReShonda Tate Billingsley, it’s even worse when your dreams are ignored. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua The Antigua and Barbuda government said negotiations with Barbados to become the majority shareholder in the cash-strapped regional airline, LIAT, “have been put on hold.” Comment


Sports: Veteran opener Chris Gayle slammed his 22nd Twenty20 century but Evin Lewis unleashed the fastest half century in Caribbean Premier League history, as St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots completed the highest-ever run chase in franchise cricket, to stun Jamaica Tallawahs by four wickets in St. Kitts last week. Comment
Arts & Theater: On the heels of a very successful medical mission to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn (UVCGB) two Saturdays ago conducted another very successful cultural show at the Meyer Levin (I.S. 285) Intermediate School in Brooklyn. Comment
Bahamas: Consul General of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Lawrence S. Cartwright, expressed special thanks to the CARICOM Consular Corps for the outpouring of support, after Hurricane Dorian ravished parts of the island nation. Comment

Brooklyn Book Fest gets a boost with Caribbean spirit

Books: Brooklyn is the destination for anyone who enjoys turning a page to enlightenment when the borough’s 13th annual book festival return for a week of literary harvest. Comment

Brooklyn man jailed for stealing neighbor’s East New York home: DA

Arts & Theater: A Brooklyn Supreme Court judge on Wednesday sentenced an East New York, Brooklyn, man to five months in jail and five years’ probation for stealing and attempting to sell the home of his 85-year-old neighbor, a diabetic man for whom the defendant was a part-time caretaker. Comment

Kings County Hospital earns national accreditation on cancer

Arts & Theater: NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County on Tuesday announced that The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), has granted three-year accreditation to the hospital’s state-of-the-art Cancer Care Center. Comment
Food: Vincentian fashion designer Donna Weekes and her son, Jamane, had plans of opening up a business together for years, and their vision turned into reality recently with the grand opening of Lips Café in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. Comment

House of D’Marsh couture Spring 2020 collection wows at Brooklyn Commons show

Arts & Theater: When it comes to his latest work, fashion designer Glenroy March said he wanted to create something “to stay within his DNA.” Comment
Bahamas: Authorities in The Bahamas are stepping up aid and relief efforts to Grand Bahama and Abaco islands and have deployed nearly 1,000 law enforcement officers to quell a spate of looting that has dampened recovery efforts in the wake of the devastation from Hurricane Dorian. Comment

Clarke seeks protected status for Bahamians seeking refuge from Dorian

Haiti: In the wake of Hurricane Dorian’s destruction, Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke on Sept. 10 introduced in the United States House of Representative legislation that would provide Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Bahamian nationals. Comment

JLC Productions hosts Caribbean American Fashion Exchange

Arts & Theater: The Brooklyn-based JLC Productions has partnered with MIST Harlem to host the Caribbean American Fashion Exchange (CAFÉ) reception on Wednesday in Harlem. Comment
Arts & Theater: CricketCountry reported on Sunday that Cricket West Indies (CWI) has sacked Jason Holder and Carlos Brathwaite as ODI and T20I captains, respectively, with Kieron Pollard set to take over the duties in limited-overs cricket. Comment
Arts & Theater: Jamaican Brooklyn Assemblyman Nick Perry and his compatriot, investment advisor Noel Spencer, recently co-hosted a welcome reception for Alsion Roach-Wilson, the newly-appointed Jamaican Consul General to New York. Comment
Arts & Theater: The New York State Assembly Haitian Caucus said on Monday that Speaker Carl Heastie will join them in assisting in relief efforts for those impacted by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas, as well as those devastated by the Category 5 hurricane in the eastern coast of the United States. Comment

Brooklyn DA opens Kenneth P. Thompson Boutique

Arts & Theater: Looking to give a new lease on life to formerly incarcerated individuals, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez opened on Sept. 10 a new boutique named for his late predecessor. Comment
Arts & Theater: President of the Brooklyn-based United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn (UVCGB) Dr. Roxie Irish-Morris hailed the group’s recent medical mission to St. Vincent and the Grenadines as a great success. Comment

West Indies’ Brathwaite again reported for suspect action

Arts & Theater: West Indies opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite, who bowls part-time offspin, has been reported for a suspect bowling action after the second Test match against India at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica, according to ESPNcricinfo. Comment

Jamaica’s tourism minister upbeat about country brand ranking in tourism

Arts & Theater: Jamaica’s Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says he is heartened by results of a new study by Bloom Consulting that shows Jamaica has entered the top 10 tourism country brands in the Americas for 2019-2020, moving up five places since the last assessment. Comment
Arts & Theater: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Sunday that “the clock is ticking” for Hurricane Dorian survivors in the Bahamas to receive humanitarian assistance. Comment
Guyana: Sunny skies warmed hearts and spirits during Family Fun Day, the final event of the 2019 Guyana Folk Festival, in Crown Heights on Sept. 1. Comment
Arts & Theater: When Barbadian-born academic Humphrey A. Crookendale graduated from Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C. in 1981, he never in his wildest dreams believed he would play a leading role in a major academic institution. Comment
Haiti: The Washington, D.C.-based Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is requesting an initial $3.5 million in donations to cover short-term health care and other needs for the population in the Bahamas affected by Hurricane Dorian. Comment

Trump issues changes to strengthen rules regarding Cuba sanctions

Haiti: The United States Department of the Treasury says its Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) to further implement US President Donald J. Trump’s June 2017 National Security Presidential Memorandum (NSPM) Strengthening the Policy of the United States Towards Cuba. Comment
Bahamas: The Washington, D.C.-based Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says it is focusing on providing clinical care to save the lives of persons who survived Hurricane Dorian and keeping people safe, with three Emergency Medical Teams arriving in the Bahamas. Comment

How thieves think and work

Books: Your friend “Rachel” called today. Seven times, she did, and you answered two of them before you realized that you were being robocalled again. You’re usually pretty savvy about not being fooled but lately, it seems like the more you know, the better scammers get at deception. So read the new book, “Scam Me If You Can” by Frank W. Abagnale, and protect yourself. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados The Barbados Mia Mottley government has contracted former Prime Minister Owen Arthur to chair a new global commission that will examine issues related to small island states. Comment
Arts & Theater: In the wake of what the Grenada Tourist Board (GTB) describes as a phenomenal 24.9 percent growth in arrivals for the 2018 Carnival Season, the chief executive officer of Spicemas, Kelvin Jacob, says he is on a mission to greater promote the island’s carnival. Comment

Canada PM vows support for hurricane ravaged Bahamas

Arts & Theater: The Canadian Government said on Thursday that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has discussed the onslaught of Hurricane Dorian on the Bahamas with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Chair and Prime Minister of St. Lucia Allen Chastanet. Comment
Sports: Antigua and Barbuda will play hosts to the West Indies Women’s International Home Series against Australia later this month. Comment

Columbia University’s Miller Theatre unveils ‘Tales from the Mano River’

Arts & Theater: Days before Columbia University’s Miller Theatre opens its 2019-2020 season, the Brooklyn-born artist Adama Delphine Fawundu has transformed Miller’s lobby with a new installation, “Tales from the Mano River.” Comment

World Food Program gears up emergency food aid for hurricane-ravaged Bahamas

Arts & Theater: With initial assessments indicating that some 76,000 people in the parts of the Bahamas worst-affected by Hurricane Dorian need urgent support, the United Nations’ World Food Program (WFP) is arranging for eight tons of ready-to-eat meals to be provided – part of a US$5.4 million overall funding package. Comment
Guyana: Guyana’s First Lady, Sandra Granger, was hands-on at Calvary’s Mission Food Pantry in Richmond Hill, Queens, on Saturday, Aug. 31, where she handed out nutritious food items, such as fruits veggies, and meats, to scores of residents, go the pantry operated Guyanese-American Tony Singh. Comment

Windies, Pakistan Test in England

Sports: England will host the West Indies and Pakistan in a total of six Test matches from June-August 2020 as part of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said last week. Comment
Arts & Theater: As the annual Caribbean J’ouvert and West Indian American Day Carnival Day Parade celebrations in Brooklyn took place on Labor Day Monday, officers from the New York Police Department (NYPD) were omnipresent, keeping watchful eyes on masqueraders, revelers and onlookers. Comment

CARIFESTA and Indo-Caribbean culture

Arts & Theater: The Editor, The Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA) in Trinidad and Tobago has come and US$6. million have gone A post mortem has to be done. Comments (1)

WIADCA puts Caribbean culture on world’s stage: WIADCA prez

Arts & Theater: On Labor Day Monday, for the 52nd year, the Brooklyn-based West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) put Caribbean culture on the world’s stage, with the mammoth annual carnival parade on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway, according to newly-elected president Dominican Dr. Jean Joseph. Comment


Sports: xA sudden collapse after lunch on the fourth day in the second Test sent West Indies to a crushing 257-run defeat at Sabina Park, Jamaica on Monday, leaving them with another series whitewash and without a single Test victory over the Asian side in nearly two decades. Comments (2)

Hurricane Dorian devastates The Bahamas

Bahamas: Consul General of the Bahamas in New York, Lawrence “Larry” Cartwright has confirmed as of press time that two citizens have succumbed to their injuries and seven are seeking medical attention, as a result of Hurricane Dorian, which swept through the tourist destination and left destruction in its path. Comment

CTO offers ‘full support’ to Bahamians in wake of Hurricane Dorian

Bahamas: The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) on Tuesday expressed deepest regret, sadness and “full support” over the loss of life and damage done to the Abacos and Grand Bahama Island by the category 5 hurricane, Dorian. Comment

Barbados kicks off Nations League football

Sports: Barbados football administrators have this year ensured that they dotted all the ‘I’s and crossed the ‘T’s in preparation for the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football Nation’s League that kicks off this week. Comment

CWI honors sports broadcaster ‘Reds’ Perreira

Sports: Cricket West Indies (CWI) has honored renowned cricket commentator, journalist and broadcaster Joseph “Reds” Pereira for his dedicated service to the game of cricket and sports in the region for close to 60 years. Comment
Arts & Theater: For the third successive year, masqueraders and revelers with the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Centers in Brooklyn jumped for education, underscoring the theme of the band as it participated in the 52nd West Indian American Day Carnival Parade on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway. Comment

Stopping the city school brain drain

Viewpoints: For decades, the “gifted and talented” program has given some of the sharpest young minds in the New York City public school system a chance to challenge themselves, hone their skills and cultivate their minds to their fullest potential. Comment



Bahamas: Fellow Caribbean Community nations are rushing to the aid of The Bahamas after the most powerful Atlantic storm on record pummeled two of its famous Family Islands but even as authorities begin a sorrowful assessment of the damage, the head of government urged locals to brace for a rising death toll. Comment

Guyana’s First Lady Grand Marshall at West Indian parade

Arts & Theater: History was created last Monday, Sept. 2, when First Lady of Guyana, Sandra Granger walked the nearly three-mile route as grand marshall of the 52nd Annual West Indian Day parade, despite the torrential downpour that drenched Eastern Parkway. Comment
Arts & Theater: The kiddies certainly rivaled adult masqueraders, bringing a level of maturity in mas to the streets of Crown Heights, last Saturday, Aug. 31, in some of the most elaborate costumes, seen at the kiddies carnival in recent times. Comment
Arts & Theater: Despite heavy thundershowers, local and state politicians, as they do every year, were very omnipresent during the 52nd West Indian American Day Carnival Parade on Monday, Labor Day, on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway. Comment

Reggae Girlz in messy pay dispute

Jamaica: They brought pride to the Caribbean by becoming the first female team to make it to a FIFA World Cup football finals, and in in the process inspired many a young player, but the pathbreaking Jamaica Reggae Girlz are now suffering the indignity of a pay dispute. Comment

Holder retains all-rounder top rank

Sports: West Indies captain Jason Holder has retained his No1 ranking, according to an ICC release recently. The 27-year-old Barbadian topped the all-rounder charts in Tests back in January following his stunning double hundred in the first Test against England in Bridgetown, Barbados, that propelled the home side to a massive 381-run victory. Comment
New York: New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio told Caribbean nationals to enjoy the weekend of activities, but when carnival is over, citizens must devote themselves to the census in order to be properly counted. Comment

Greenlight ‘Jump Up’ exalts steel, jourvert & emergence of NY Carnival

Arts & Theater: After taking a long and storied look at carnival, Ray Allen, a professor of music and American studies at City University of New York’s Brooklyn College carved out seven years of his life to compile a scholarly glossary and overview focusing on the totality that defines Caribbean jump up revelry. Comment



Arts & Theater: Heavy thundershowers descended on the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade on Monday, Labor Day, but they did not prevent masqueraders and revelers from getting down during the 52nd hosting of the massive event on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway. Comment
New York: Dear New Yorker: As many of you may know, my office enforces state and local prevailing wage laws. That means that if you have done construction work on a New York City public work project or have been employed in a building service job through a city contract or in a building with an affordable housing property tax exemption, then you may be entitled to prevailing wages and benefits, regardless of your immigration status. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Bahamas The Bahamas Ministry of Foreign Affairs recently suspended issuing visas to Haitians until further notice. In a short statement, the government said this is due to “current technical and other challenge,” but did not elaborate. Comment

Nine Caribbean teams in CONCACAF U-17

Sports: They did not lose a game, registering two wins and one draw, in their three matches but Barbados’ young Lady Tridents were Sunday booted out of the 2020 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship because of a lower goal difference. Comment

Trump to Caribbean Americans: Abolish birthright US citizenship

People: United States President Donald J. Trump has revived talk of abolishing birthright citizenship for Caribbean Americans and others. Trump said he was “seriously” contemplating terminating American birthright citizenship a day after his administration unveiled rules that would permit the indefinite detention of migrant children with their families. Comment

Josue Pierre declares candidacy for state senate

Haiti: Josue “Josh” Pierre, a Haitian-born Democratic District Leader in Flatbush, Brooklyn has officially declared his candidacy for State Senate in the 21st District, joining a growing list of Haitian-born or Haitian Americans who hold, or are seeking, elective office in New York. Comment
People: New York City Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams on Tuesday held a roundtable discussion with representatives from police organizations to address officer mental health in the wake of a recent spike in New York Police Department (NYPD) officer suicides. Comment
Arts & Theater: On the heels of a phenomenal 24.9 percent growth in arrivals for the 2018 Carnival Season, the Grenada Tourist Board (GTB) says the Spice Isle recorded a 7.7 percent increase in arrivals for Spicemas 2019, of 13,327, compared to 12,379 in the corresponding year. Comment
Brooklyn: Brooklyn Sen. Roxanne J. Persaud says she will hold her 2019 Annual Senior Resource Day next Thursday, Sept. 5. Comment
New York: Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the implementation of the Marijuana Decriminalization Law marks “a new chapter in the criminal justice system.” Comment

Let the world’s future not turn into ashes

Environment: Beverly Longid is global coordinator, International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL), and a staunch defender of indigenous peoples (IP) rights in the Philippines since the 1990s. MANILA, Aug 28 2019 (IPS) - With the record rate blaze in the Amazon that struck Indigenous communities, the world is confronted by a humanitarian crisis in the midst of an ever-worsening political-economic condition. Comment

Local group endorses Barbadian opposition leader

Barbados: To The Editor; As per our telephone conversation I think that I should enlighten you that my working with Deliverance Inc. is neither vendettacal or biased. I was chosen to be the leader because I possessed absolutely no political machinations with the Democratic Labour Party of Barbados, so I could afford to be objective. Comment

The Bahamas pursues search for oil

Bahamas: The Bahamas has become the latest of several Caribbean community nations joining the hunt for commercial quantities of oil and gas and has signed up with a British-based company to drill its first exploration well next year. Comments (1)
Music: The outpouring of musical tributes on Sunday, Aug.25, with contributions by youth, were befitting venerable Guyanese composer Valerie Rodway, (1919-1970) whose patriotic compositions from her vast body of work filled the grandiose St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, in celebration of the music teacher’s 100th birthday. Comment
Caribbean: Batting legend Brian Lara has identified the mental aspect as a critical area of focus for the West Indies. Comment

Pols gear up for Caribbean Carnival

Arts & Theater: The West Indian American Day Carnival in Brooklyn is the time when local and state politicians use every opportunity to promote themselves in one form or the other. And this year will not be any different. Comment
Arts & Theater: Mayor Bill de Blasio declared Aug. 27, “Nia Long Day in the City of New York” during a massive Caribbean carnival reception at Gracie Mansion where more than a thousand nationals feasted on Caribbean food and were entertained by Angels Caribbean Band. Comment

Jamaica wants referenda on head of state, CCJ

Jamaica: The Jamaica government said it is committed to holding referenda to decide on a number of issues of national importance, including replacing Queen Elizabeth 11, as head of state and the island joining the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). Comment

Another Badminton gold for Bajans

Barbados: It is not the ending they had envisaged but Barbados’ Senior Women’s Doubles team at the Caribbean Badminton Confederation International Tournament were anyhow delighted with the gold medal earned through a walkover — especially when it is the island’s only final win in the category. Comment
Sports: The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) dubbed the “biggest party in sport,” will bowl off on Sept. 4, 2019 at the Queen’s Park Oval, in Port of Spain Trinidad. Comment
Arts & Theater: SUMMER JAM YOUTH FEST Aug. 30 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn, NY 11238 United States Comment

Caribbean needs own Hurricane Hunter – Barbados PM

Barbados: Uncertainty of the level of impact of Tropical Storm Dorian on Barbados until the cyclone was over the island Monday night has prompted Prime Minister Mia Mottley to say it is time that the region secures control of its own ‘Hurricane Hunter’ plane. Comment
Brooklyn: Students look forward every year, to Senator Kevin Parker’s exciting Harvest Fest celebration in Brooklyn, and Saturday, Aug. 24, was the 12th such event, that attracted hundreds of Kids who queued up for backpacks, filled with school supplies to start the new school season. Comment

Timely tale about diversity

Books: There are a few kids in your class that you usually try to ignore. That’s because they’re kinda mean. They call others names, knock books out of their hands, and say racist or hurtful things. They’re bullies, and you avoid them as much as possible, but as in the new book “Count Me In” by Varsha Bajaj, could there be something you don’t know? Comment
Arts & Theater: The Dominican-born, newly-elected president of the Brooklyn-based West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA), organizers of what is largely considered to be the largest Carnival Parade in North American, has stressed “safety and quality” as hallmarks of her tenure. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Jamaica: Bahamas The Bahamas government says it has reached an agreement with America’s largest cruise company, Carnival Cruise Line, for the construction of a multi-million-dollar cruise ship port in Grand Bahama. Comment

Mas Productions Unlimited seeks ‘Sanctuary’

Arts & Theater: The Brooklyn-based Mas Productions Unlimited says it is seeking “Sanctuary” during this year’s West Indian American Day Carnival Parade. Comment

Tight security for J’Ouvert in Brooklyn

Arts & Theater: A rigorous screening process will allow the New York Police Department, (NYPD) along with special security, to conduct safety checks at ten entry points along the J’Ouvert route for an incident free mas in the wee hours of Labor Day Monday in Brooklyn. Comment

‘Out of Many One People’ for carnival parade

Arts & Theater: The Brooklyn-based Vibez International Mas is embracing the Jamaican motto “Out of Many One People” as its portrayal for this year’s West Indian American Day Carnival Parade. Comment

Barbados’ Best not enough

Guyana: The Barbados and Caribbean Squash child wonder, Meagan Best, finally met her match, going down to a Guyanese more than twice her age in the regional championship Tuesday night to register her first defeat at a major tournament. Comment

TnT Boys Mas portrays ‘Poison Garden’

Arts & Theater: TnT Boys Mas is hoping to “break-through” this year in the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway with “Poison Garden.” Comment

Tangerine Clarke receives LFU Media Partnership award

Guyana: Caribbean Life contributing writer, Tangerine Clarke received the LFU Media Partner Award during the (LFU) Linden Fund USA 20th Anniversary Dinner and Dance, held at Antun’s in Queens, on Aug. 10. This award was given for her outstanding reporting in the Caribbean diaspora and for her accomplishments in media, during the (LFU) Linden Fund USA 20th Anniversary Dinner and Dance. Comment



Sports: West Indies suffered a crushing defeat against India in the opening Test at the Sir Vivian Richards Ground in Antigua over the week-end. Comment


Arts & Theater: In its debut portrayal in the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway, the Grenadian-owned SkyMaxxMas will be portraying “Fantasy Is.” Comment

Banboche Mas goes to ‘Wonderland’

Arts & Theater: The predominantly Haitian band Bancoche Mas is going to “Wonderland” this Labor Day Carnival. Comment
Sports: West Indies captain Jason Holder was voted Player-of-the Year, during seventh annual West Indies Players Association/Cricket West Indies Awards, held at Sandals Grand Antigua Resort and Spa in Antigua last week. Comment

Reggae kicks-off Brooklyn holiday bacchanal

Music: Much has been banded about regarding the soca, calypso and masquerade aspects of the 52nd annual West Indian American Day Carnival Association’s spectacular five-day presentation. As always, to a lesser extent the Reggae Night presentation which usually focus on the hard-driving Jamaica-birthe music has been virtually overshadowed in promotion and publicity by the Eastern Caribbean touters of the Brooklyn Museum activities slated during the last weekend of August. Comment

For Indo-Caribbeans, a second look at Kashmir

Viewpoints: What, to the coolie, is the Kashmir crisis? An East Indian from Trinidad or Guyana or Mauritius or Fiji knows very little of contemporary Indian politics. We’re exposed to it much in the way that anyone not directly from the subcontinent might be exposed to it. If we happen to be attuned to history and (anti)colonial politics, then we might know more than the average interloper - might have thoughts on which sources to trust and which to disdain. Comment

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