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Suriname: One of the best known personalities in Caribbean Community politics is fighting hard to stay out of jail. Surinamese President Desi Bouterse who led two coups in 1980 and 1990, has along with about 20 other defendants been summoned to appear before a war court at month end to learn of the date when he would most likely be sentenced to 20 years in jail for mass murder. Comment

Team Jamaica Bickle to provide more Jamaican schools with defibrillators

Jamaica: The Queens-based philanthropic group Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB) said on Tuesday that it will present another 15 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) as part of its “Defibrillator to Schools Program” in a ceremony on Friday at the JAMPRO Auditorium in Kingston, the Jamaican capital. Comment
Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Thousands of Haitians with problems including diabetes and bullet injuries are hoping to be treated aboard the USNS Comfort, which docked in Port-au-Prince this week for its last stop of a five-month medical mission. Comment

Guyanese conservationist to speak at Guyana Consulate

Guyana: The Consulate General of Guyana to New York, Barbara Atherly will host Dr. Raquel Thomas-Caesar, director, resource management and training of Iwokrama, Guyana, in a presentation titled: Iwokrama: Guyana’s Gift to the World, on Dec. 5, from 6 pm to 8 pm, at the Consulate, 308 W 38th St., New York City. Comment

Diabetes a bane on Barbados

Barbados: As Barbados approaches another World Diabetes Day on Nov. 17 the island is struggling to come to grips with this scourge that afflicts more than one-fifth of its population — and those are the known cases. Comment
St Vincent: Three Vincentian athletes from the Thomas Saunders Secondary School (TSSS), who participated in the prestigious Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, were given special recognition Sunday during the St. Vincent and the Grenadines 40th Independence Anniversary Gala Luncheon at Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn. Comment


Music: Bob Marley’s legacy continues to flourish after grandson Skip Marley, the newest rising star of the family, announced the release of his new single to encouraging reviews from popular music publications. Skip Marley, son of Cedella Marley, released a new single titled “Slow Down” with two-time 2019 Grammy Award-winning artist H.E.R. via Tuff Gong / Island Records on Friday Nov. 8. Comment


Barbados: Josh Burke stirred the hearts of Barbadians when he won his maiden ‘Thomo QS 1,000’ and in the process bringing back to the island the championship performing before a home crowd in the international Soup Bowl in Bathsheba, St. Joseph, Sunday, Nov. 10. Comment
St Vincent: At a time when many of today’s youth yearn for proper guidance and strong role models, a Crown Heights, Brooklyn-born youth leader, activist and public speaker, of Vincentian parentage, is already making a huge difference in the community and setting the bar very high for her peers to reach. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua Antigua’s Parliament has given the government the green light to borrow a US$1.58 million loan from Banco del ALBA to acquire additional shares in the cash-strapped regional LIAT. Comment

MP salutes Vincentians in NY Diaspora for ‘unwavering support’

St Vincent: As St. Vincent and the Grenadines celebrates its 40th independence anniversary, a Member of Parliament has saluted nationals in New York for their “unwavering support.” Comment
People: By Nelson A. King Caribbean and Caribbean-American legislators on Monday paid homage to veterans, remembering them for their service and sacrifice to the nation. Comment
Barbados: Not only has Barbados completed a master stroke of restructuring its burgeoning debt and scoring billions in savings, but the island is now confidently looking forward to its first international financial credit rating upgrade in some 10 years. Comment


Jamaica: Jamaica’s political directorate this week braced for the cancellations of more American entry visas following the revocation of travel privileges of a cabinet minister, an opposition lawmaker and several senior police officers in recent days. Comment
Cuba: HAVANA (AP) — The Havana International Trade Fair is where Cuba puts the best face on its struggling economy. There are state-run restaurants stocked with fresh food; shiny displays of electric motorcycles from traders in Panama; dozens of Cuban government companies offering goods from cigars to farmed shrimp. Comment

US trains Trinidad Customs and Excise officers

Trinidad and Tobago: The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency said recently that, for the first time ever, officers from its Air and Marine Operations (AMO) have conducted a maritime enforcement training for Trinidad and Tobago Customs and Excise (TTCE) officers. Comment
Haiti: The Trump administration has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for over 500,000 undocumented Haitians living in the US. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a Federal Register notice on Nov. 1 extending the validity of TPS-related documentation for beneficiaries under the TPS designations not only to Haiti but also to El Salvador, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua and Sudan through Jan. 4, 2021. Comment
Music: Music lovers will have the chance to hear the work of a titan of world music as City College Center for the Arts( CCCA) presents “Emeline Michel’s Black Pearls,”a special one-night-only concert on Friday, Nov. 15. Comment

Bajan lifter under probe

Bajan lifter under probe

Barbados: A stellar performance by Barbados’ junior weightlifting team at the 34th Torneo Criollo International meeting held at the Angelo Berrios Diaz Sports Complex in Caguas Puerto Rico, ended with a cloud over the head of one performer. Comment

Back-to-roots doctor makes headway

Grenada: An emerging doctor who struggled through her college years has credited a scholarship, little known to New York residents of Caribbean heritage, for putting her firmly on course to becoming a full-fledged practitioner. Comment

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