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Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018

Vincy calypsonians entertain opposition party meeting

Music: While it is not unusual for Vincentian calypsonians to provide entertainment during political meetings, it is also not customary for many of them to significantly intersperse addresses with renditions and social commentaries. Comment
St Vincent: The main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) took its case to New York Sunday night to form the next government in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, urging nationals to join hands in making the country a better place for all. Comment

University of Guyana to grant honorary doctorates

Guyana: A Guyanese-born philanthropist and entrepreneur in Queens will be among the first recipients of an honorary doctorate from the University of Guyana. Comment

ICS to host 20th Annual Invest Caribbean Agribusiness Forum

Business: The Washington-based Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) says it will be hosting its 20th Annual Invest Caribbean Agribusiness Forum (ICAF) on Nov. 15-16. Comment

US DEFEATS JAMAICA

US DEFEATS JAMAICA

Jamaica: FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The U.S. women’s national team breezed through CONCACAF qualifying to secure a spot in the World Cup next year in France. Comment

Monday, Oct. 15, 2018

Jamaicans face a systemic crime epidemic

Jamaica: On a recent visit to New York, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness all but admitted to diasporans that his island / nation suffers from a chronically systemic crime epidemic. Comment
Barbados: An Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) snub of British political consulting company, Cambridge Analytica, had – unknowing to her - earned Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley and a colleague a racial slur. Comment

UWI celebrates with leaders

Barbados: Seventy of the outstanding Caribbean graduates from the University of the West Indies of the period ranging between 1960s and 2000s got a chance to relive their passing out experiences at Cave Hill Campus this week. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018

Guyana scrubs witchcraft, colonial laws

Guyana: Saying it wants to update several colonial era statutes, Guyana’s government this week announced plans to remove mandatory fines and jail terms for people attempting suicide, others who practice Voodoo, Obeah or witchcraft as well as charges relating to roguery and vagabondage from local law books among others. Comment

Friday, Oct. 12, 2018

Mavado releases ‘Dancehall Prophecy’

Music: International Dancehall star Mavado recently released his single titled ‘Dancehall Prophecy.’ Produced by Justus Arison, ‘Dancehall Prophecy’ is climbing on the Reggae iTunes Charts. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018

Clarke urges Caribbean nationals to get US citizenship and vote

Brooklyn: With America bitterly divided over the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh and draconian Trump administration immigration policies, Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke is urging Caribbean nationals not to hesitate in obtaining US citizenship, so they can exercise their voting franchise. Comment

‘Spiritual leader’ indicted for rape

Trinidad and Tobago: An East Flatbush man and self-proclaimed spiritual leader has been charged with raping two women after drugging them during religious ceremonies. Comment

Bajans walked for a cure

Bajans walked for a cure

Barbados: Thousands of Barbadians and other residents of the island turned out Sunday to show their concern about the effect of cancer on persons and demonstrate their support for those suffering and for efforts at finding a remedy. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — Khadija Shaw scored just after the halftime and Jamaica went on to upset Costa Rica 1-0 on Monday in the group stage of the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament. Comment

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018

St Vincent: Just about two weeks ago, authorities in Jamaica approved of the island’s first shipment of oil extracted from the increasingly trendy marijuana plant to be exported to markets in Canada paving the way for the island to earn valuable foreign exchange from its latest export product but not all of Jamaica’s neighbors are sitting back and are continuing to treat any engagement with cannabis sativa as criminal activity. Comment

Team Jamaica Bickle donates defibrillators to Jamaican high schools

Jamaica: The Queens-based Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB), the organization that provides meals and accommodation to Caribbean athletes participating in the Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, has said that it will donate 15 more Automated External Defibrillators (AEDS) to schools across Jamaica. Comment

Jamaican hospitality groups wants travelers to donate

Jamaica: Don’t forget your toothbrush, or your donations. A hospitality group in Jamaica wants you to think beyond your traveling trip essentials if you plan to visit Jamaica this fall. The Courtleigh Hotel Group is inviting its guests to donate useful items for local charities. From now until the end of winter, the organization is asking visitors to not only come with their belongings, but to also come with different types of vital and basic necessities, as part of their participation in the “Pack for A Purpose Initiative.” Comment

Cyber attacks growing problem in developing nations

Viewpoints: WASHINGTON DC, Oct 8 2018 (IPS) - Few experiences undermine a digital financial services (DFS) customer’s finances and trust in DFS like becoming the victim of a cybercrime. This is especially true of low-income customers, who are least able to rebound from the losses, and of the newly banked, whose trust in financial services may be fragile. Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018

Haiti: PORT-DE-PAIX, Haiti (AP) — For some Haitians fearing new aftershocks, the best place to spend the night is under a tree. The one-two punch of a magnitude 5.9 earthquake in northern Haiti on Saturday that destroyed houses and killed at least 12 people followed by a strong 5.2 magnitude aftershock on Sunday has residents worried about returning to their cracked cinderblock homes for fear they will collapse. Comment
St Vincent: The Brooklyn-based Vincentian-American Independent National Charities, Inc. (VINCI) on Sunday honored two nationals and an organization at the group’s 35th Annual Gala Awards and 39th Independence Celebration of St. Vincent and the Grenadines at El Caribe Country Club in Brooklyn. Comment

Barbados pitches climate change

Barbados: Having been whipped by the tail of Tropical Strom Kirk that caused much flooding and related damage to houses last week, Barbados is taking no chances and will shortly begin a number of disaster preparation exercises for residents and emergency workers. Comment

St. Lucia voted new CTO chair

St Lucia: The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) says St. Lucia was voted chair on Tuesday of the regional tourism body, with the election of Minister of Tourism Dominic Fedee. Comment
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