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Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean Social justice and women’s organizations, in Jamaica and the Caribbean have come out in support of abortion law reform in Jamaica, which they say mostly discriminates against poor women. Comment

US military vet recounts arrests in Haiti to AP

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — An American security contractor at the center of a mysterious case roiling Haitian politics says that he and a group of fellow veterans were sent to Haiti on a mission to protect a businessman signing a more than $50 million contract at the country’s central bank. Comment
Grenada: Grenadian-born court attorney referee Derefim Bernadette Neckles is vying for the position of Civil Court judge countywide in Brooklyn, saying that she has the “knowledge, experience, integrity and compassion needed to serve as a civil court judge.” Comment
St Vincent: As the Brooklyn-based Garifuna Indigenous People of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Inc. (GIPSVG) hosted National Heroes Day Cultural Fest on March 9, at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn, the group did not neglect in highlighting Joseph Chatoyer, the paramount chief of the Black Caribs (Garifuna). Comment

NOT READY TILL NOV

Guyana: Following the stunning loss of a no confidence vote in parliament in late December, the Guyana’s Elections Commission should have organized fresh elections in 90 days but the body has written authorities saying it would not be ready until late November at the earliest sparking criticism about a major breach of the Caribbean Community nation’s constitution. Comment
Africa: Transatlantic slave traders got their way and cooperation from some Africans because kings and other community leaders were made proverbial ‘offers they cannot refuse’ wherein they be facilitators of slavery, die, or worse yet – become slaves themselves. Comment

Trump, select Caribbean leaders to meet in Florida

With the Trump administration openly and strongly supporting Venezuela’s Opposition Leader, Juan Guaidó in the on-going crisis in that South American country, the White House announced on Tuesday that President Donald J. Trump will meet with select Caribbean leaders at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on Friday, March 22. Comment

Minister Harmon: Guyana not in crisis

Guyana: Guyana’s Minister of State, Joseph Harmon told a packed audience in Brooklyn, last Saturday, that Guyana is not in a crisis, that the Republic instead, has a sound, stable government in place that respects the constitution and the rule of law, and will never damage that, adding, “at the same time, people should not believe they can pick and choose parts of the constitution and create a crisis where none exists.” Comments (1)
Arts & Theater: Societies turn to the creative minds within their midst to colorfully document incidents within the passage of time that altogether make up the history of communities, so it was no wonder that a forum grouping Caribbean artists was chockful of stories. Comment
Movies: The Caribbean Film Series celebrated its milestone with a 5th Anniversary Festival that premiered the film “Yardie” – an adaptation of the novel with the same name, by Jamaica-born Victor Headley, that showcases the directorial début of British actor, Idris Elba. Comment

Developing a strategic intellectual property plan for Guyana

Guyana: Between the years 2013-2017, I conducted a study which investigated how intellectual property law and public policies in the four largest Caricom economies (Guyana, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, and Jamaica) affected the choices made by firms about innovation and technology. Comment
St Vincent: Vincentian track star Brandon Parris continues his winning ways, with an impressive performance for Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) in Raleigh, N.C. in the USC Open indoor track and field meet in Columbia, S.C., on Feb. 16. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Bahamas The Bahamas government has signed an agreement with Disney Island Development Limited for a proposed cruise port and entertainment facility on the island of Eleuthera. Comment
Environment: PORT OF SPAIN, March 15, 2019 (IPS) — Trinidad and Tobago unveiled its monitoring, reporting and verification system in mid-March with a flourish, with government authorities underscoring the launch of the Monitoring, Reporting, Verification as a milestone in that country’s efforts to reduce its emissions in line with its commitments under the 2016 Paris agreement. Comment

Ja’s Dancehall fraternity welcomes ‘Prodigal Son’

Music: Port St. Lucie, Florida — Last weekend, an exodus out of every county in Florida, recorded full flights departing from Miami International, Palm Beach International, Tampa International and Orlando International to Kingston, Jamaica where a “Long Road To Freedom” headliner invited fans to his first concert in almost a decad Comment
Guyana: The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is claiming that the 2018 edition, which took place between Aug. 8 and Sept. 16, raked in US$25,515,816 in Guyana — an 80 percent increase on the 2017 figure. Comment

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