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Suriname: President Desi Bouterse has fired the head of Suriname’s central bank in a move that appears to be quickly backfiring on a head of state who is seeking a third consecutive five-year term in general elections that are due in just about 14 months. Comment
Barbados: Barbadians are not making many children and officials believe it is pushing the island to a crisis of labour, reducing not only the local workforce but also putting at risk the pensions for those who have retired. Comment

‘Babylon’ premieres: ‘Yardie’ begins BAM Reel Caribbean Series

Movies: For the fifth consecutive year, the Brooklyn Academy of Music will spotlight more than a few fine films that feature factual and fictitious aspects of Caribbean life. From Haiti, Antigua, Guyana, Dominica, Trinidad & Tobago, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom and Jamaica, vintage and new documentaries provide celluloid testimony to the diversity of the tropical landscape located south of the border. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua Antigua and Barbuda Attorney General, Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin said the government was moving to establish a registry for sex offenders in the very near future. Comment
Guyana: One People, One Nation, with One Destiny, was the common thread that ran through a pulsating multicultural presentation of music, dance, drumming, and a parade of Guyana’s six races, to commemorate the nation’s 49th Mashramani under the auspices of Ambassador Rudolph M. Ten-Pow and Consul General of Guyana to New York, Barbara Atherly, who, called on expatriates to celebrate Guyana’s diversity with unity and pride. Comment
Suriname: PARAMARIBO, Feb. 15, 2019 (IPS) — High Forest Cover and Low Deforestation (HFLD) nations ended a major conference in Suriname on Thursday, with the Krutu of Paramaribo Joint Declaration on HFLD Climate Finance Mobilisation. Comment

SVG Diaspora Committee chair wants ‘decisive year of collaboration’

St Vincent: Sherill-Ann Mason-Haywood, chairperson of the Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) Diaspora Committee of New York, wants 2019 to be a “decisive year of collaboration” for Vincentians in the Diaspora. Comment
St Vincent: Despite numerous challenges within and without the legal profession, Queens-based, Vincentian-born attorney Narissa Morris is determined to press on. Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: Gunmen in Trinidad killed four people in 14 hours overnight Tuesday, sparking fears that the country is again on course to experience yet another bad year for violent crime and concerns that gang wars are spiraling out of control. Comment
Grenada: A growth trend among most member countries of the Caribbean Community organisation, CARICOM, is projected to continue this year and strike an average two percent expansion of those economies. Comment

Vincentian community, political activist is dead

St Vincent: Moreen King-Anthony, a Vincentian-born community and political activist in Brooklyn, who unsuccessfully contested the 41st Council District in Brooklyn in 2017, died at a hospice in Brooklyn on Friday. She was 59. Comment
Environment: PARAMARIBO, Feb. 14 2019 (IPS) — At 51, Roberto Wong Loi Sing has spent nearly half of his life working in the field of engineering. But as he spends his days designing more efficient stormwater management systems, or water purification systems, for instance, the child in him comes alive as he combines his skills to find “win-win” solutions for the environment. Comment

Caribbean flair to grip New York

Travel: The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) says the Caribbean’s flair, pulsating energy and colorful sounds will captivate New York during Caribbean Week in early June. Comment
Haiti: Opposition-led protests in Haiti calling for the president to step down, which sparked violence last week, have prompted a group of senior diplomats, included the top United Nations official there, to deplore the loss of life and call for dialogue to end the crisis. Comment
Jamaica: Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the United Nations, Ambassador Courtenay Rattay, on Feb. 6, told world religious leaders, humanitarians and guests at the United Nations Headquarters in New York city, that World Interfaith Harmony Week is more than a celebration, noting that it is a manifestation of the shared values of coexistence, fraternity and human understanding. Comment

Talented Bajan runner gets US break

Barbados: The young Barbadian runner, Kyle Gale, who almost broke an Usain Bolt record, but for a technicality last year has now earned himself a four-year full athletics scholarship worth $37,000 annually with Kansas State University. Comment

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