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Friday, July 1, 2011

UWI professor wins prestigious CARICOM award 

People: University of the West Indies’ (UWI) deputy principal and gender professor, Dr Violet Eudine Barriteau will receive the 10th Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Triennial Award for Women for her remarkable contribution to the field of gender and development and her role as “a powerful exemplar of self-respect, self-discipline, vision and leadership,” the secretatiat announced last week. Comments (1)

Barbados taps Rihanna as tourism ambassador

Barbados: The Barbados Tourism Authority (BTA) has named popular sultry singer Rihanna as the island’s tourism ambassador. Comment

Best of the best Carib chefs in culinary contest

Food: Trinidad & Tobago received top honors as Caribbean Culinary Team of the Year at the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association’s (CHTA) 2011 “Taste of the Caribbean” competition hosted by the Hyatt Regency hotel in Miami last weekend. Comment

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Guyana’s joint opposition unveils itself

Guyana: As promised, a joint opposition umbrella grouping including the main People’s National Congress (PNC) unveiled itself to the voting public on Friday arguing that coming together with a single slate and consensus presidential candidate might well be the best way of unseating the Indo-led People’s Progressive Party (PPP) seeking its fifth consecutive term in general elections due by yearend. Comment

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Caribbean leaders head to annual summit amidst doubts of progress

Caribbean: Caribbean leaders head to St. Kitts this week for their main annual heads of government summit this year so far, with no dominating item on the agenda, despite the fact that the conference will last for at least three full days. Comment

SVG expands its diplomatic relations

St Vincent: Continuing what it has described as its “global diplomatic outreach,” St. Vincent and the Grenadines has formalized diplomatic relations with Moldova, Serbia and the Solomon Islands. Comment

Monday, June 27, 2011

Trinidad police seek info from FIFA

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago Police Commissioner Dwayne Gibbs said the police will commence a criminal investigation into alleged bribery allegations at last month’s meeting between Caribbean Football Union (CFU) officials and former FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam only when he receives information from FIFA Ethics Committee. Comment

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Warner leaves FIFA with image tarnished

Caribbean: GENEVA (AP) — Once sought for his support by Nelson Mandela and Britain’s Prince William, FIFA Vice President Jack Warner’s time at the heart of international soccer is over. Comment

LIAT averts regional industrial action

Caribbean: LIAT has averted a region-wide industrial action by rescinding severance letters to workers at its City Ticketing Offices. Comment

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

World Bank boost for OECS electricity services

St Lucia: The World Bank Board of Directors on Jun. 16 approved two zero-interest credits for a total of US$5.6 million to help Grenada and St. Lucia establish the Eastern Caribbean Energy Regulatory Authority (ECERA). Comment

‘Taste Of The Caribbean’ in Miami

Food: Gourmands come indulge in Caribbean cuisine and test your palates while learning the tricks of the trade from experts in the field during the “Taste of the Caribbean” consumer program taking place June 24 – 25, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Miami. Comment

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Traumatized teen wins lawsuit against Guyana police

Guyana: A teenager who Guyanese police brutalized because they had suspected him of participating in the murder of a low level government official back in 2009 has been awarded compensation by a local court for pain, suffering and long term trauma associated with one of the country’s most bizarre torture cases. Comment

Monday, June 20, 2011

Documentary on T&T rebellion

Movies: A documentary film on the 1970 black power uprising in Trinidad and Tobago that triggered profound changes in the country’s social structure, will be screened in New York for the first time on Thursday afternoon, June 23. The screening of “’70: Remembering a Revolution” will take place at the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, 85 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn, commencing at 5:00 p.m. Comment

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Women’s social movement launches new initiative

People: Caribbean Women's Social and Cultural Initiative celebrates 25 yearsThe Caribbean Women Social & Cultural Association of America (CWSCAA) celebrates its 25th anniversary with a flag-raising event to hoist the United Peoples Flag for consecration of the United Peoples Inclusive. Comment

Friday, June 17, 2011

Caribbean films close Caribbean Week

Movies: Since Frances-Anne Solomon screened A Winter’s Tale in New York in 2007, she’s wanted to see a Caribbean film festival in New York. Comment

Kittitians pay tribute to U.S. founding father

St Kitts and Nevis: In a ceremony that took place at historically significant sites in downtown Manhattan on June 7, the Prime Minister of St. Kitts & Nevis Dr. Denzil L. Douglas joined with the island’s Senator Ricky Skerritt, chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), John Herzog, founder and chairman Emeritus of the Museum of American Finance, Arthur Piccolo, chairman of the Bowling Green Association to pay tribute to Alexander Hamilton, a founding father of the U.S. who was born in Nevis. Comment

Jamaican women ‘sweep’ CTO honors 

Jamaica: Caribbean Tourism Organization marked their annual conference and celebration of Caribbean Heritage Week from June 6 to 11 with a myriad of activities in New York City. Comment

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Caribbean Round_Up

Trinidad and Tobago: The Canadian government has given a Can$5 million grant to a CARICOM Food Security Project at the University of the West Indies (UWI). Comment

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Trinidad to tighten AIDS spreading law

Trinidad and Tobago: Authorities in Trinidad are to consult with non government organizations and the judiciary to formulate new laws against the willful and reckless spread of HIV-AIDS in the aftermath of a case where a court convicted a husband of killing his wife because she had knowingly passed on the deadly disease to him. Comment

The Caribbean comes to Grand Central

Manhattan: Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Station, Manhattan, was transformed into a tropical showcase of the Caribbean islands. Hundreds were seen milling around sipping rum drinks, sampling beef patties and picking up bags of brochures for a tropical vacation. Comment

Congressional voice for immigration

Trinidad and Tobago: Mervyn Malcolm Dymally (born May 12, 1926 in Cedros, Trinidad and Tobago) is a California Democratic politician of mixed Indian and Afro-Trinidadian heritage. Comment

Economic growth forecast for Latin America and the Caribbean

Haiti: The World Bank has predicted 4.5 percent economic growth in Latin America and the Caribbean this year. Comment

Smugglers cart away millions in Guyana gold to Suriname

Guyana: Tons of gold produced in Guyana are not being declared and sold to the official state system but are rather being smuggled across the river border with Suriname, where sellers make millions in cash because royalties or state taxes are cheaper than in the country of origin. Comment

Thomas R. Jones; a judge who agitated for urban revival

Immigration: Thomas R. Jones, a New York State assemblyman and judge who challenged Senator Robert F. Kennedy to address urban malaise and became the founding chairman of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, a leading organization in the 1960s’ effort to revitalize urban ghettos. Comment

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A time to strengthen Caribbean-U.S. relations

People: As a Brooklyn native whose roots are firmly planted in my Caribbean heritage, I take great pride in celebrating Caribbean-American Heritage Month. This month we celebrate and recognize the many contributions Caribbean-Americans have made to this country. This would include people like, iconic actress Cicely Tyson, Former Secretary of State, General Colin L. Powell, legendary singer, actor and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte and the Honorable Shirley Chisholm. Comment

Monty Alexander: Celebrated jazz musician

Music: Jamaican jazz pianist Monty Alexander celebrates 50 years on the music scene this year. Comment

Monday, June 13, 2011

23 killed, 6 missing in floods, mudslides in Haiti

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Heavy rain hammered southern Haiti for a seventh straight day Tuesday, triggering floods and mudslides and causing houses and shanties in the capital to collapse. The official death toll was 23 but could rise as remnants of the storm lingered. Comment

Friday, June 10, 2011

City Hall discusses Carib small business

Brooklyn: Deputy Mayor of Operations Stephen Goldsmith held an information and listening session with Caribbean community business members as part of outreach sessions his office is having with small business owners citywide–particularly restaurants, bars, bakeries and butcher shops– and merchant associations around the city. Comment

Flatbush native native makes foray into urban music

Arts & Theater: Up-and-coming hip-hop artist D. Julien’s latest release, Ready For Tomorrow will go a long way towards fulfilling his dream of capturing the urban music demographics ranging from the post-tweens to the 30-somethings. Comment

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Talented 15-year-old heads her company

Haiti: The acknowledgements are too many to list for this child “accidental” entrepreneur but reasons for her success are simple, a good product in demand and once she started–at age nine–a supportive family. Comment

Caribbean musical stars in concert

Music: The first Annual Caribbean Brightest Stars Concert will take place on June 18 at Club Gravity 229 Empire Blvd., Brooklyn, N.Y. Comment

Basketballer finds paradise in St. Croix

People: Basketball, with an ever expanding fan base and the public’s growing interest in the lavish lifestyles of its superhero athletes, is no stranger to opulence. Once in a while, there is an individual who stands out as a true testament to style, grace, endurance and yes, even quality of life. Comment

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: A call has been made for Caribbean competition among carriers so as to keep airfares reasonable. Comment

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Jagdeo faces a fight 

Guyana: Fighting to ensure the governing People’s Progressive Party (PPP) does not win a fifth consecutive term in office amidst widespread allegations of runaway corruption and links to the underworld, a major opposition coalition is to be offered to Guyanese voters this week ahead of general elections expected in the fall. Comments (13)

WICB appoints first female director

Caribbean: Jennifer Nero has become the first woman to be appointed on the board of directors of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). Comment

Swamped Guyanese appeal for help

Guyana: Authorities from a southwestern border town with Brazil Sunday appealed for help and emergency aid after the border Takatu River overflowed its banks, leaving buildings including the main power plant and the local police station under up to three feet of water. Comment

Cuomo backs away from federal deport program

People: Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has suspended New York’s participation in a federal immigration enforcement program that seeks to deport Caribbean and other immigrants. Comment

History of Haiti thru drums and dance

Music: Peniel Guerrier sweeps an engrossed audience wordlessly using only the rhythms of the drums and dance by his dance students through 600 years of Haitian history starting with the indigenous Taino Indians. The historical female chief Anacoana, the ruler of Hispaniola before Columbus, is introduced as she is respectfully carried high. Comment

Friday, June 3, 2011

Two Caribbean airlines become one ... finally

Trinidad and Tobago: Days before the deadline for a notice of closure of one of the largest aviation mergers in the Caribbean, Caribbean Airlines has finalized its acquisition of Air Jamaica. Comment

Caribbean International Fashion Week

Music: Diamond Noir Collective, in collaboration with the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) will host the 2011 Caribbean International Fashion Week (CIFW). Comment

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Acting CONCACAF chief tries to fire Blazer

Caribbean: ZURICH (AP) — CONCACAF reacted swiftly after its acting president tried to fire whistleblower Chuck Blazer just hours before FIFA’s presidential election, telling the interim chief he did not have the authority to make such a move. Comment

T&T PM stands by her works minister

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has vowed to stand by suspended FIFA Vice-President Austin “Jack” Warner by the Ethics Committee of the world’s governing football body. Comment

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicts Barbados economy is on a comeback. Comment

Visa worries for Jamaican ministers

Jamaica: Later last month, the American State Department cancelled the entry visa of Jamaican Energy and Mining Minister James Robertson triggering panic in an already beleaguered cabinet and the business community and forcing the administration of Prime Minister Bruce Golding to ask for consultations with Washington. Comment

Small Business Administration appoints advocate with Caribbean roots

New York: Teri Coaxum is the new regional advocate for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy’s Region II, covering the states of New York, New Jersey, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. She will be the Office of Advocacy’s direct link to small business owners, state and local government agencies, state legislators, trade associations, and small business organizations. Comment

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