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Jerk Fest returns to Queens

Music: New York’s grandest Caribbean food and music festival — Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival will take center stage, on Sunday, July 21, at Roy Wilkins Park, Merrick and Baisley boulevards to celebrate its nine years of revelry. Gates open at noon. Comment

Ex-Caribbean soccer official hit with $79 million judgment

Trinidad and Tobago: NEW YORK (AP) — A former Caribbean soccer official fighting extradition in the FIFA bribery scandal has been ordered to pay $79 million in damages from a related U.S. lawsuit. Comment
Guyana: The Guyanese Girls Rock Foundation, Inc. on July 13 honored the best and brightest in the community at its 2nd Annual Awards Gala, celebrating the stellar accomplishments of 13 women in aviation, medicine, arts and entertainment, and law enforcement, and the judiciary, and in education. Comment

Team Jamaica Bickle provides defibrillators to Jamaican schools

Jamaica: The philanthropic, Queens-based Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB), the organization that provides meals, among other things, to Caribbean athletes participating in the Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, says that 20 more Jamaican high schools were expected to receive Automated External Defibrillators (AEDS) and First Aid Kits from as part of the group’s annual “Defibrillator to Schools Program.” JTB said the distribution was expected to take place on Tuesday, July 16, at the S Hotel on Jimmy Cliff Boulevard in Montego Bay. Comment
Brooklyn: Musing that he is always “a bit jittery” whenever he is called to speak in front of distinguished jurists,” a Barbadian-born academic, nonetheless, used the opportunity to inform many Caribbean American jurists in Brooklyn about “the Sides of the Windrush Effect.” Comment

Clapham’s wait is over

Clapham’s wait is over

Barbados: It was a long time in coming, but when the players from Clapham took the Barbados Amateur Basketball Association Championship trophy Sunday, they grabbed it with both hands from arch-rivals, Station Hill. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua The Antigua and Barbuda government says it will extradite the Indian-born billionaire, Mehul Choksi, but only after he has been able to have his matter dealt with in the courts in the island. Comment

Ganja dispensary launches safe sensimilia registry in Kingston

Music: KINGSTON, Jamaica — Advocates for the legal use of medicinal marijuana joined with recreational smokers and curiosity seekers last Wednesday for what was described as a soft launch of Itopia Life, an upscale facility, established to provide information and technical support to patrons wanting enlightenment about the once tabooed herb Jamaicans and others have maligned with felonious penalties a deterrent to usage. Comment
Jamaica: BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge in North Dakota on Wednesday sentenced a Rhode Island woman to four years in prison for funneling lottery scam money between the U.S. and Jamaica, prompting a prosecutor to question the ruling. Comment
Jamaica: It is often said that “necessity is the mother of invention”; and so, on Friday, July 5, the basketball court at Lenox Road Baptist Church in Brooklyn was transformed into what has been described as a “Wonderland of Gold,” with a touch of purple decorated for royalty. Comment

Jamaican brothers create luxury luggage from vegan leather

Jamaica: When young Jamaican entrepreneurs, Randy and Davian McLaren wanted to realize their dream to create durable luggage, they brainstormed, and decided that the collection of vegan leather goods, should be named Bresheh — a rural moniker for breadfruit. Comment

HASSLE FREE TRAVEL

Trinidad and Tobago: Successive generations of Caribbean community leaders and high officials have been grappling with mounting scepticism in the bloc about difficulties professionals experience while trying to work and resettle in member states outside of their home nation. Comment

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