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Cuba: HAVANA (AP) — Two dozen athletes from the U.S. flew to Cuba despite rising tensions between the countries to participate in the island’s most important Greco-Roman and freestyle annual wrestling competition. Comment

Literary giant Kamau gone

Barbados: Edward Kamau Brathwaite, a literary great of Barbados whose work will have a lasting effect on the Caribbean, much of Africa and the wider world has passed away, setting the island in mourning. Comment

BANK MONEY GONE

BANK MONEY GONE

Just when you thought that the administration of Surinamese President, Desi Bouterse could not handle another major scandal before the May 25 general elections, the embattled head of state and former military strongman is now trying to worm his way out of a major controversy involving the misuse of more than $100 million from the Central Bank of Suriname. Comment

James stands up for Caribbean asylum-seekers

New York: New York Attorney General Letitia James, as part of a coalition of 21 attorneys general, on Wednesday fought back against a new Trump administration rule that will bar tens of thousands of people from the Caribbean and other places from asylum if they did not apply in a third country while en route to the United States. Comment
Brooklyn: Newly-elected chair of the Brooklyn Democratic Party Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte has paid homage to National African American History Month, saying that, since 1976, the month of February has been a time to pay tribute to the activists and pioneers whose resilience and strength in the face of racial oppression helped shape the United States. Comment

‘LOVE IS BLIND’

Arts & Theater: “Love is Blind,” the movie thriller, was expected to be released on Valentine’s Eve at theaters in Brooklyn, according to entertainment promoter Marie Driven. Comment

‘I’ve come home to myself’ since becoming a priest: The Rev. Leandra Lambert

Grenada: A young Caribbean-American priest who was born in Crown Heights and grew up in East Flatbush – both in Brooklyn – says she’s “come home to myself” since ordained a priest on Sept. 15, 2018. Comment
The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, on Feb. 4, honored four professionals who have made exemplary contributions to Brooklyn, and to business that represent diversity in African Caribbean Communities, during a Black History celebration, at the Billie Holiday Theatre in Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza. Comment

US Congress leaders assure free, fair elections in Guyana

Guyana: U. S. Congress leaders Yvette D. Clarke and Gregory Meeks, during a comprehensive briefing on Feb. 9 assured Guyanese in Brooklyn that their trip to Guyana was successful, and all concerned in the South American country agreed that the March 2 general and regional elections would be free, fair and without violence. Comment

Singer N’Rozea drops remake of Courtney Melody’s 80’S hit ‘Modern Girl’

Fourteen years ago, singer Nardia Rose was living her best life in Jamaica. She was making strides with ‘Real Hot Gal’ that was recorded at Buju Banton’s studio and her hit single ‘If You Wanna Dance,’ featuring Rolly Bop and Sample Six was being played at ‘Passa Passa’ in Kingston; had an international presence on BET/Tempo TV as well as being rotated on multiple radio stations in the Diaspora. Comment
Sports: ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Jamaica Scorpions took their penchant for comebacks this season to new heights when they completed a seven-run victory over Guyana Jaguars to trigger a shake-up in the West Indies Championship on Sunday. Comment
Brooklyn: Pastor Gilford T. Monrose, of Mt. Zion Church of God (7th Day) in East Flatbush, Brooklyn and founder of the Brooklyn Center of Quality Life (BCQL), said he is totally committed to improving Brooklyn’s diverse communities. Comment

Haitian American play debuts at NY Theater Festival

Arts & Theater: The “Les Boites Noires” play by Haitian playwright Papa Jean will debut at the NY Theatre Festival, with shows on Feb.17 at 9 pm, as well as Feb. 19 at 9 pm, and Feb. 22 at 6:45 pm at The Hudson Guild Theater, 441 West 26th Street, New York, NY, 10001. Comment

CGID seeks clarification from US ambassador to Guyana

Guyana: On Feb. 9, 2020, United States Members of Congress Gregory Meeks and Yvette Clarke, hosted a town hall meeting in Brooklyn, to brief the Guyanese-American community on their recent Comment
Music: Every time the queen of dancehall and Love & Hip Hop Atlanta cast member Spice releases new music, it’s considered a big deal. So, her latest single, “Rolling,” is no different, as she starts 2020 strong with the catchy and raunchy new single. Comment

Look before you leap to DNA testing

Barbados: University of the West Indies professor, Dr. Tara Inniss, recently said that her research has shown that DNA testing companies target Caribbean, American and other black people of the diaspora because most are descendants of enslaved persons and know little of their ancestral history. Comment

Lewis, Hetmyer axed from West Indies team

Sports: Hard-hitting West Indies opener Evin Lewis and middle order batsman Shimron Hetmyer have been axed from the One –Day International (ODI) squad for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka after failing Cricket West Indies’ (CWI) new fitness standards. Comment

Pollard to play for English County Northants

Sports: West Indies One-Day International and Twenty20 Captain, Kieron Pollard has signed up to play several games for English County Northamptonshire in this year’s Vitality Blast. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados CARICOM chairman and Barbados Prime Minister, Mia Mottley recently paid a courtesy call on Guyana’s key opposition figures, including former president and current Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo. Comment

Young entrepreneur addresses Black History celebration

Brooklyn: At the tender age of 11, Obocho Peters is already a well-established entrepreneur with a newly opened storefront in his Brooklyn neighborhood that sells gently worn children’s outfits. Comment

Richardson salutes Black History Month

People: Brooklyn Assemblywoman Diana Richardson on Wednesday joined elected officials and others in saluting Black History Month. Comment

Guyanese community activist Rickford Burke

Guyana: Brooklyn-based, Guyanese-born community and political activist Rickford Burke is also an international law, public policy and political consultant, who has held various positions in both government and private sector in Guyana and the United States. Comment

Strengthening Caribbean regional integration

Environment: WASHINGTON DC, Feb 7, 2020 (IPS) - The Caribbean economies have long recognized the value of working together. Improving regional integration—for instance, through more intraregional trade and policy coordination—can help the region’s small-size economies build greater resilience and scale, as well as enhance bargaining power on the global stage. Comment
Guyana: Mayor of the City of New York, Bill de Blasio, and First Lady, Chirlane McCray, will on Feb. 27, honor 50 Guyanese citizens who have made outstanding contributions to their homeland, and the diaspora, during an exciting presentation to celebrate Guyana’s 50th Republic Jubilee Comment

Clarke introduces resolution on redlining

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Democratic Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09) on Monday introduced a Redlining Resolution, H. Res. 829, in the US House of Representatives acknowledging the history and lasting impact of redlining and the federal government’s role in creating this problem. Comment
Travel: New York Attorney General, Letitia James has criticized the Donald J. Trump administration’s decision to implement a new policy banning New York State residents, including Caribbean nationals, from the Global Entry Program and other Trusted Traveler Programs. Comment
Jamaica: Soon after the Jamaican government signed an agreement to increase trade with China, health officials on the Caribbean island imposed sanctions prohibiting travel between the two destinations due to the alarm raised about the coronavirus, which reportedly was first detected in China’s Wuhan province. Comment

BOOTED

Jamaica: The Caribbean teams, which contested the just-concluded CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying (WOQ) for places in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics not only left the tournment empty-handed, but the only time the teams scored goals was when there was no chance of going ahead. Comment
Guyana: Jackie Allicock is one of only about, 14 female Toshaos in Guyana’s indigenous communities who are leading the eco-tourism charge and attracting worldwide travel to Surama Village, in the North Rupununi Savannahs. Comment

Wherever you’re heading, take this book with you

Books: Seat belt’s on. Keys in the ignition, rear view mirror’s been adjusted, steering wheel is set for maximum comfort. You’re ready to go, ready for this trip to get started. In “Driving While Black” by Gretchen Sorin, you’re heading back in history. Comment
Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — President Jovenel Moise said Friday that he is optimistic that negotiations with a coalition of his political opponents will succeed in forging a power-sharing deal to end months of deadlock that have left Haiti without a functioning government. Comment

T&T earns US$30 million from CPL 2019 tourney

Sports: Trinidad and Tobago has cashed in over US$30 million from the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) tournament. Comment

Gayle to play in Nepal T20

Sports: Veteran West Indies opener Chris Gayle has signed to play for the upcoming Everest Premier League (EPL) starting next month in Nepal. This has raised questions about his availability for the West Indies’ tour of Sri Lanka. Comment
Staten Island: Mayor Bill de Blasio has launched NYC Care in Brooklyn and Staten Island, building on his administration’s commitment to guaranteeing health care for all New Yorkers. Comment

Late Vincentian cultural icon brought Big Drum alive in Union Island

Music: While dedicating its recent 37th anniversary gala luncheon at Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn to the late Vernalyn Blencowe, a staunch executive member, community stalwart and cultural icon, the Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ex-Teachers Association of New York, Inc. underscored Blencowe’s role in reviving the Big Drum in her native Union Island in the southern St. Vincent Grenadines. Comment

HUMBLETON’S ‘TRANSITION’

Music: Jamaican-born, Queens-based roots reggae artiste Humbleton hopes to make a “Transition” in his life with a new album. According to Marie Driven, the Haitian American managing partner of the Brooklyn-based PlaybookMG, Humbleton has “decided to officially share a culmination of songs from his body of work since relocating stateside.” Comment

Three events will mark Guyana’s 50th Republic Jubilee

Guyana: An evening of Thanksgiving and Reflection, will be held on Feb. 16, from 4 pm to 8 pm in the auditorium of New York City Health + Hospital, 82-68 164th Street, in Jamaica, New York, to start three events in honor of the 50th Republic Jubilee Anniversary of Guyana. Comment
Brooklyn: New York Attorney General Letitia James and District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine have taken the lead in filing a lawsuit to stop the Trump administration from eliminating food assistance for nearly 700,000 Americans, including Caribbean nationals. Comment

CWI president appointed to MCC World Cricket Committee

Sports: Cricket West Indies (CWI) President Ricky Skerritt has been appointed to the Marylebone Cricket Club’s (MCC) World Cricket Committee, which meets twice a year to discuss the most important issues in the game and acts as an independent voice in world cricket. Comment

Did you know?

Health: Heart disease affects women of all ages. The symptoms can be somewhat silent or not what many women may normally associate with heart disease. The symptoms of heart disease in women also may differ from those experienced by men. Comment

Windies Under-19 out of ICC World Cup

Sports: West Indies Under-19 crashed out of the ICC Under-19 World Cup after a shocking two-wicket defeat to New Zealand and missed out on a spot in the final four of the One-Day International (ODI) last week in South Africa. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Some Caribbean Community governments have begun to take drastic measures to prevent any cases of the deadly Corona virus raising its head in this highly travel-sensitive region, with some refusing entry to passengers arriving from China and Hong Kong. Comment

Financialization increases inequality

Viewpoints: KUALA LUMPUR and PENANG, Feb 4, 2020 (IPS) - Financialization has worsened inequality through various channels, including macroeconomic policies. For example, quantitative easing and low, if not negative interest rates have fuelled credit and asset price bubbles, while fiscal spending cuts have adversely affected those depending on government assistance. Comment

Tale of unknowns in the franchise business

Books: Your hand is in the bag again. Those French fries you bought aren’t going to make it home, that’s for sure. You should’ve bought a double order; your burger won’t taste the same without them alongside. Sometimes, a craving hits and that kind of food saves the day; in the new book “Franchise” by Marcia Chatelain, that kind of food once changed neighborhoods. Comment

Living longer is important, but years need to be healthy ones

Health: With another American Heart Month and National Wear Red Day upon us, we at the American Heart Association in New York City are excited about this new opportunity to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease and stroke. As the new Executive Director, I would like to express how thrilled I am to begin this role. Comment

CWI hosts coaches forum

Sports: Cricket West Indies (CWI) recently hosted a West Indies coaches forum with regional franchises coaches, as part of a major initiative to develop the West Indies cricketers and coaches of the future. Comment

US WOMEN QUALIFIES

Sports: HOUSTON (AP) — Christen Press and Samantha Mewis each scored a pair of goals and the United States beat Costa Rica 6-0 on Monday night to finish atop its group in the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying tournament. Comment

No politics in match venues

Sports: Cricket West Indies (CWI) believes territorial politicians should have no bearing on the regional governing body’s allocation of international matches. Comment

Adams announces new funding for Census 2020

Brooklyn: With the aim of ensuring that every Brooklynite counts in Census 2020, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has announced new funding for non-profit organizations. Comment

Go Red for Women movement urges women to take action

Health: The American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, together with its signature movement, Go Red for Women, encourages you to ‘wear red and give’ today on National Wear Red Day to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease: women’s greatest health threat. Comment
Brooklyn: Even with the impeachment hearings in Washington, D.C, Brooklyn Democratic Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09) last Thursday hastened back to Brooklyn to host a district town hall at Medgar Evers College (MEC) aimed at highlighting the impact of small businesses in the borough. Comment

Amazing facts about the human heart

Health: Every Valentine’s Day homes and businesses dress up their decor with cupids and hearts to celebrate a day all about love and affection. The heart shape has been used to symbolically represent the human heart as the center of emotion and romantic love. Hearts symbolizing love can be traced back to the Middle Ages. Comment

‘Second Eulogy: Mind the Gap’ by Grenadian filmmaker screened at Brooklyn Museum

Movies: Grenadian-born artist Billy Gerard Frank received loud applause for his arresting short film, “Second Eulogy: Mind The Gap,” after a special screening at Brooklyn Museum’s First Saturdays, on Feb. 1. Comment

From heart disease to the NYC Marathon

People: My name is Linda Feingold, MEd, MS, RDN and during my twentieth year as a registered dietitian and personal trainer teaching others how to eat and exercise properly in order to prevent heart disease, I ended up becoming a cardiac patient myself. Comment
Brooklyn: The winner of the Miss Louisiana 2020 Pageant, Mariah Clayton, was recently spotted in NYC! The 23-year-old beauty queen from Zachary, Louisiana is a graduate student at Southeastern University studying to become a professional school counselor. Graduating magna cum laude from Southern University, Mariah was team captain for SU’s Division I volleyball team. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua The Antigua and Barbuda government has announced a record $1.7 billion dollar budget for fiscal year 2020. Prime Minister, Gaston Browne who is also finance minister, recently presented the budget themed “Growth and development for the benefit for all.” Comment

Former Antiguan official pleads guilty to fraud

Antigua: The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) says the former chief of Antigua’s Financial Services Regulatory Commission (FSRC) has pleaded guilty for his role in connection with the Stanford International Bank’s (SIB) US$7 billion Ponzi fraud scheme. Comment

Rum issue brews in Barbados

Barbados: There is a dispute over the identity of rum and what makes it authentic brewing in Barbados that filters all the way to France. Three of Barbados’ four traditional distilleries are up against the fourth, which was two years ago bought by a French firm that is now insisting on adding sugar to the liquid instead of the molasses used for hundreds of years and probably ship it to France for ageing instead on the island, but still call it Barbados rum. Comment
Guyana: Andrea Sabina Ogle, a Guyanese-born lawyer, assures, that public service is one of the most rewarding and gratifying endeavors one can undertake, and for the last 35 years, she has demonstrated these attributes through her passion for helping others to navigate complex life altering events and legal issues. Comment
Music: Jamaica bargained for a lion — share of a projected 98 million US viewing audience predicted to watch the National Football League’s Super Bowl LIV championship between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers and may have scored a win with Stephen Marley’s reworked version of his fathers “Could you Be Loved” hit recording. Comment

VOTERS TOUGH CHOICES

Trinidad and Tobago: Six key Caribbean Community nations will hold general elections this year and in at least three of them, the economy and racial tensions will be key campaign issues. Also in the same three — Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad — the incumbents face tough reelection battles from upstart opposition parties or groups. Voting along ethnic lines has traditionally been a key factor in these three and could determine outcomes. Comment
New York: New York Attorney General Letitia James, as part of a coalition of 20 attorneys general, on Wednesday fought to defend the rights of immigrant children held in civil detention centers around the country by the Trump administration. Comment

Cultural extravaganza celebrates life and times of Marcus Garvey

Music: The People of the Sun Middle Passage Collective at Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College will honor and celebrate the life and work of the Black liberation and Black nationalist leader Marcus Mosiah Garvey with what the group has dubbed as a “cultural extravaganza” at the college on Friday, Feb. 14. Comment

FEMALE POWER

FEMALE POWER

A top airline executive in the Caribbean is positioning herself to chart a new course in pop music culture. Sherrexcia “Rexy” Rolle, vice president of operations of a multi-million-dollar airline in the Bahamas, is set to release her first official single “All Of Our Lives” this weekend. Comment
Guyana: Aliann Pompey, an exceptional 400m sprinter, who won a Gold medal at 2002 Commonwealth Games, was recently elected president of the Panam Sports Athletes’ Commission. The Guyanese-born athlete who represented her country four times at the games and competed at the World Championships will be the voice for more than 6,600 athletes in 41 member nations that compete in the Pan American Games. Comment

Haitian songstress builds more than fame

Music: A Caribbean American entertainment company in Brooklyn says a new R&B and Haitian American prodigy is captivating the ears of listeners with her impressive vocals, eyes of new fans with her gorgeous looks, and hearts of everybody in New York with her beautiful soul. Comment

West Indies to tour Sri Lanka

Sports: West Indies Men’s team will take on Sri Lanka in a white-ball series for the first time in four and a half years when they arrive in the South Asian country in February for five limited overs matches. Comment

Region’s girls lose Olympic qualifying opener

Haiti: The Caribbean began its quest for a place in the women’s Tokyo Olympics 2020 football competition with Haiti going down to the USA 0-4 at BBVA Compass Stadium, Texas, Tuesday night. Comment

JTB hails Rebel Salute ‘a resounding success’

he Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) has hailed as “a resounding success” the 27th staging of Rebel Salute in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, on Saturday, Jan. 18. Comment

A fake deal of the century

On Jan. 28, 2020, Donald Trump, to alarums, polite cheers and claps, and the ubiquitous glare of mobile screens, marched Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel to a podium in the East Room of the Whitehouse and released his keenly anticipated Deal of the Century. Throughout the entire episode, these two kept nudging and touching each other, sweet like that; and Netanyahu smiled like a Cheshire cat that had not only been given milk, but his cream. Comment
Guyana: Chants of Forward Ever, Backward Never, let progress continue, were heard from an overflowing of Guyanese at Woodbine Ballroom, on Sunday, Jan. 26, as Director General, Office of the President, Joseph Harmon, egged on supporters, with “Moving forward together, Don’t stop the progress, vote for the APNU+AFC,”,during a massive town hall meeting and fundraiser that raised almost USD$10,000. Comment
Brooklyn: NEW YORK (AP) _ New York City lawmakers voted Thursday to require stores and restaurants to accept cash for payment, saying businesses that accept only credit and debit cards are discriminating against New Yorkers who lack bank accounts and credit cards. Comment
Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is urging Brooklynites to attend the next 2020 Census Job Fair slated for Feb. 5 at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Comment

Richardson’s bill to protect new mothers signed into law

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Assemblymember Diana C. Richardson says that her bill ensuring pregnant women and new mothers are provided with information about issues and complications that could lead to maternal mortality has been signed into law. Comment

Corruption in Belize out of control

Belize: Adjunct Professor of History and Political Science In the 1970’s when Belize was still a British colony and I was a police officer, our country had a director of Public Prosecution Office, an Audit Department and a Police Department that worked hand in hand together on all matters of stealing as a government employee, bribes, corruption, extortion, forgery, fraud, uttering, conversion, embezzlement, and other crimes that government officials and civil servants committed Comment

Stafanie Taylor returns as captain

Cricket West Indies (CWI) selectors have named a 15-member squad for next month’s (February) Women’s Twenty20 World Cup in Australia. Comment

BACK IN SPOTLIGHT

Sports: Cricket West Indies (CWI) President, Ricky Skerritt has said that the reputation and record of Dwayne Bravo will make West Indies a stronger team. Comment

Clarke outraged over public charge rule decision

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Democratic Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke on Monday expressed outrage over a United States Supreme Court ruling that allowed the Trump administration to deny green cards to Caribbean and other immigrants who may need government aid. Comment

Former SVG GG Sir Frederick Ballantyne passes

St Vincent: Sir Frederick Nathaniel Ballantyne, a former governor-general of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, serving from 2002–2019, died on Jan. 23 at his home in Villa, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. He was 83. Comment

Nurses reaffirm commitment to care for all patients

New York: The New York State Nurses Association, a union of 43,000 front line nurses caring for patients from Buffalo to Brooklyn, stands with immigrant rights groups, public health experts, the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation and others in reaffirming a commitment to care for all New York residents without regard to immigration status. Comment
Barbados: The state of publishing in the Caribbean has regressed to the conditions of the 1940s, and apart from Barbados, anglophone Caribbean governments give short shrift to the literary arts. Comment
Guyana: Iwokroma River Lodge designed with Eco-friendly cabins nestled within the landscape - a sanctuary in the Essequibo Region of Guyana, was awarded the TripAdvisor 2015 Certificate of excellence — a well-deserved honor that has added prominence to the already acclaimed unspoiled tourist destination. Comment

An inspiring tale of Gospel music

Books: Every Sunday morning, you get to do your favorite thing. You get to sing. You know the words to all the songs without even looking. Every tune is one you’ve sang before, one your Mama’s known since she was little, one your Grandma sang once upon a time. All you need is to hear the first few notes and your voice is lifted high, and as in the new book “By and By” by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Bryan Collier, your praise rises beyond the clouds. Comment

Barbados b’ball season opens

Barbados: Captain and national power forward Akeem Marsh led the way by scoring 23 points as Clapham beat Station Hill 67-65 in the season opener of the Barbados Basketball Amateur Premier League last Friday. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados The newly-established Barbados Medicinal Cannabis Licensing Authority is getting ready to start issuing licenses next month. Comment
People: The Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ex-Teachers Association of New York, Inc. on Sunday honored ardent Vincentian community activist Garnes Byron at the group’s annual gala luncheon at Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn. Comment
Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica —The Caribbean Investigative Journalism Network (CIJN) just launched with the unveiling of four deep dive exposés produced by over a dozen Caribbean journalists. CIJN is a project of the Media Institute of the Caribbean (MIC) which is headquartered in Kingston, Jamaica. Comment
Music: Thirty-five years after the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences introduced a reggae category to their roster of outstanding Grammy-worthy music achievers, Jamaican Koffee broke the glass ceiling to emerge the first female to win the genre’s best album gramophone. The teenaged, deejay won the coveted prize for her debut EP title “Rapture.” Comment
Books: Sharma Taylor last weekend bucked what was beginning to resemble a trend of there not being a first prize winner of Barbados’ premiere writing arts award, Frank Collymore Literary Endowment (FCLE). Comment
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