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Vincentian footballer declares for NFL Draft

St Vincent: Arizona State University’s (ASU) junior wide receiver Vincentian N’Keal Harry says he will forgo senior season to enter the 2019 NFL draft. “First of all, I would like to say thank you to everybody in Sun Devil nation, the coaches, my teammates, all the media, all the fans,” said Harry at a news conference on Nov. 26. Comment

Barbados Tridents owner facing extradition

Barbados: Barbados Tridents owner, exiled Indian business magnate, Dr Vijay Mallya is facing extradition to his homeland to face charges of alleged bank fraud and money laundering charges amounting to close to US$1 billion. Comment

Guyana condemns ‘hostile act’ by Venezuela in local waters

Guyana: GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Guyana’s foreign ministry has condemned what it says was a dangerous incursion into local waters after a Norwegian ship hired by ExxonMobil was “intercepted” by a Venezuelan naval vessel. Comment

New Yorkers bring Christmas cheer to Guyanese children

Guyana: Guyanese-New Yorkers brought smiles to the faces of hundreds of children in their homeland, by sharing gifts, treats, and providing music to brighten the spirits of the little ones during festive season. Comment

Hurdler, surfer top Barbados athletes

Barbados: A hurdler and a surfer are Barbados Olympic Association’s senior athletes of 2018. Ryan Brathwaite, who’s most outstanding feature in a spectacular year was the two gold medals in the Central American and Caribbean Games (CAC), is the island’s triumphant male athlete. Comment
St Kitts and Nevis: William C. Thompson, a Caribbean American former New York State Supreme Court justice and trailblazing first Black New York State senator from Brooklyn, died on Christmas Eve. He was 94. Comment

NY Bar Association to honor Justice Sylvia Hinds-Radix

Barbados: New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) says it will honor Barbadian-born Justice Sylvia Hinds-Radix with its 14th Annual Diversity Trailblazer Award on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Comment

Fimba minds his catchy ‘Funky Business’

Music: Whether it’s Christmas time or any other time, Vincentian soca artiste Fimba Jardine, simply called Fimba, is all over the place — in the Caribbean or in North America, among others – minding his catchy “Funky Business.” Comment
Food: Sorrel, the ruby-red Caribbean Christmas drink, has received international acclaim, with the US National Public Radio (NPR) featuring it on Sunday. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has given Barbados top marks for its efforts to restructure the economy under its Barbados Economic Recovery and Transformation (BERT) plan which was approved by the Washington-based lending agency. Comment

VOTE OUST GOV’T

Guyana: With its wafer-thin, one-seat majority from the mid 2015 general elections, it was always possible that the main opposition party in Guyana could one day flip at least one member of parliament from the government’s side to vote with it in a no confidence motion that could topple a government in minutes. Comment
St Vincent: The Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Diaspora Committee of New York, Inc. has joined the world in celebrating International Migration Day on Tuesday, Dec. 18. Comment
Guyana: First Lady of Guyana, Sandra Granger, expressed Season’s Greetings on behalf and her, and President David Granger, at her Annual Senior Citizen Christmas Party, at State House in Georgetown, on Dec. 14. Comment

Pricey tix for Jamaica’s ‘Prodigal Son’ concert

Music: Jamaicans received an early Christmas gift on Dec. 7 when US Federal authorities returned Mark Myrie AKA Buju Banton — the island’s beloved dancehall deejay — after holding him hostage behind bars for eight years following conviction of drugs and gun charges. Comment

Vincentian-American football star named in honor roll

St Vincent: The Louisville Sports Commission says Arizona State University’s (ASU) junior wide receiver Vincentian N’Keal Harry has been named to the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll. Comment
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TOURING AFRICA

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TOURING AFRICA

Music: Grammy-award winning reggae band Morgan Heritage begin their tour in Africa on Dec. 21. The sibling-comprised band — all children of reggae artist Denroy Morgan, will kick off the premiere show of the Africa x Jamaica tour in Zimbabwe’s capital city Harare. Comment

DON’T FISH HERE

Suriname: Fearing that a fleet of six Chinese mega fishing boats including two processing mother vessels would quickly deplete fishing grounds off Suriname, authorities there have asked the captains of the group to leave the Caribbean trade bloc nation as soon as possible after rejecting their applications for permits to work in the country. Comment

Justice Wavny Toussaint to the youth: ‘Nothing is impossible’

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidadian-born, New York State Supreme Court Justice Wavny Toussaint is urging young people wishing to pursue studies in the law or to seek a judgeship to follow their dreams, stressing that “noting is impossible.” Comments (1)
Dominica: The sovereign Caribbean nation hardest hit in the 2017 Hurricane season, Dominica, has taken a regional lead in re-modelling its buildings and systems that are vital to ensuring life continues uninterrupted after storms. Comment
Barbados: Playing through the season on splendid form, Chargers convincingly beat two more opponents last week on their way towards gaining enough points for an unassailable lead making them the Barbados Volleyball Association Division One League 2018 champions. Comment
Guyana: Loraine, a Guyanese-born, Christmas enthusiast who spends many hours decorating every corner of her Brooklyn house, reflected on the meaning of Christmas, saying, “Jesus is the reason for the season, and then there is the joy and thankfulness in seeing my home decorated with flowers, fairy lights, ceiling ornaments, and to top that off, welcoming family, for sharing and caring.” Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados Barbados and Russia are seeking to strengthen and deepen relations, as the communist country is seeking to setting up a permanent mission in the Caribbean island. Comments (1)

Honoring Kwanzaa: It is time to unite and prosper!

Africa: Kwanzaa, by definition, is a celebration held in the United States and in other nations of the Africa Diaspora in the Americas and lasts a week. The celebration honors African heritage in the African / Caribbean-American culture, and is observed from Dec.26 to Jan. 1, culminating in a feast and gift-giving. Kwanzaa has seven core principles: Umoja — Unity; Kujichagulia — Self-Determination; Ujima — Collective work and Responsibility; Ujamaa — Cooperative Economics; Nia — Purpose; Kuumba — Creativity; and Imani — Faith. Africa House Global LLC has adopted these principles! Comment
Music: Vincentians on Dec. 2 officially began celebrating Nine Mornings, a festival unique to the nation at Christmas time. “Nine Mornings before Christmas, Vincentians awake in the early hours and part take in a range of activities, among them sea baths, dances (or in local parlance, fetes), bicycle riding and street concerts,” said Michael Peters, chairman of the National Nine Mornings Committee, which, since 1999, began officially organizing the 105-year-festival, about the event’s history. Comment

Medical ganja for Barbados

Medical ganja for Barbados

Barbados: Barbados is suddenly and rapidly moving towards legalising use of marijuana in the medicinal form, but its recreational uses will have to take a back seat until the entire population has a formal say in the matter through a vote. Comments (2)
St Vincent: In an elaborate ceremony at Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College, the Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Diaspora Committee of New York, Inc. recently launched the Maxwell Haywood Scholarship and Development Fund. Comment

Gospel artiste honored

Gospel artiste honored

Music: The Bronx-based Vincentian charity group, St. Matthias Charities, Inc., two Saturdays ago bestowed special honor on popular Brooklyn-based, Jamaican gospel artiste, Croswell Daley. Comment

West Indies ranks eighth in Test

Sports: West Indies’ historic series defeat recently has left them a single point from joining Bangladesh in ninth spot, in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test team rankings. Comment

PUT TO THE TEST

Guyana: Just as the country is preparing for the start of oil production in the last quarter of 2019, Guyana’s multiparty coalition government will first have to survive a spirited opposition parliamentary no confidence motion that is set for debate before Christmas if it wants to enjoy the financial windfall from its fledgling petroleum sector. Comment
Music: Jamaican-born, Grammy-nominated international jazz maestro, Monty Alexander, CD, is set to make his first United States performance this holiday as a newly-minted honorary Doctorate of Letters of the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. Comment

Buju Banton returns home

Music: Legendary reggae artist Buju Banton was released from prison after serving seven years in a federal facility in Georgia on Friday, Dec. 7. The Jamaican singer was convicted in 2011 and sentenced to 10 years for drug and gun charges in a Florida bust in 2009. His sentence was later reduced to seven, but the Grammy-award winning artist’s absence in the music industry was strongly felt in the reggae music community. Comment

Gayle wins law suit

Jamaica: West Indies cricket star Chris Gayle was awarded US$221,000 in damages by an Australian judge, three months after a jury found he was defamed in an Australian newspaper, which claimed he had exposed himself indecently to a female masseur. Comment

Barbados forfeits game against Guyana

Guyana: Administrative errors cost the Barbados football team points in the CONCACAF Nations League qualifier competition and shot Guyana up the standings ladder giving the South Americans a fair chance of making the final cut for the prestigious Gold Cup next year. Comment

Justice Ingrid Joseph proud to sit on judicial bench

Guyana: Guyanese-born Justice Ingrid Joseph says she’s “privileged and blessed” that she gets “to do work that I love” by sitting on the judicial bench in Brooklyn and Queens. Comment

Doctor inspires others to share at Christmas, life

Guyana: Losing his parents at a very young age, Dr. Sean Doorn, a Georgetown, Guyana-born educator, views this time of the year as his least favorite, simply because his mother died a few months before the Christmas season, and later, his father died, memories, despite sad, helped him to toughen-up, and strive for excellence during his life’s journey. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados President of the Barbados’ Prison Officers Association pleaded not guilty of encouraging four other prison officers to stay off the job in May this year when he appeared in court recently. Comment

Petrotrin cries felt by fired UTT lecturers

Trinidad and Tobago: The heartbreak felt by ex-Petrotrin workers was the same that was experienced by retrenched University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) lecturers who were sent home earlier this year. Comment

Trini author pens kids book on manners

Books: She’s all about manners. A Trinidadian-American teacher and author is releasing a new children’s book about general courtesy and manners. Debut author Amarimba Charles, introduces youngsters to the do’s and don’ts of employing common courtesy and politeness in her book, “Please and Thank You are Magic Words! A Story About Manners And Etiquette.” Comment

SINGING FOR A CAUSE

SINGING FOR A CAUSE

Music: Vincentian gospel artiste LaFleur Durrant and her Jamaican counterpart Croswell Daley brought the house down Saturday with heart-wrenching gospel songs as the Bronx-based St. Matthias Charities, Inc. hosted its annual fundraising prayer breakfast at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment

FREE TRAVEL FREE TRADE

Immigration: In what appears to be one of the most productive of meetings among Caribbean Community leaders in recent years, a special sitting of heads of government in Trinidad has come up with a string of decisions, if handled well, could end decades of frustration among regional citizens in matters relating to free travel and free trade among others. Comment

Caribbean loses Sagicor

Trinidad and Tobago: A Caribbean company that originated in Barbados more than 100 years ago and grew to have a presence in many regional territories is being sold to a Canadian concern for just over half-a-billion dollars. Comment
St Vincent: In the wake of the referendum defeats in Grenada and Antigua and Barbuda in adopting the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as the region’s final court of appeal, the court’s chief justice has admitted that more still needs to be done to educate the public about the role of the court. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua Antigua and Barbuda is taking another step towards legalizing the regulated production and supply of marijuana for religious and medical purposes, when final consultations on the Cannabis Bill 2018 are held. Comment

Say no to the International Court of Justice

Guatemala: 1. Prior to Spain Britain and the other European countries colonizing this part of the world, several nation states existed but they came and used unjustifiable force on the native citizens to take away their territories from them and colonized the entire region. Comment

CASWA celebrates cultural wellness

Brooklyn: The Caribbean-American Social Workers Association (CASWA), under the theme: Cultural Wellness — Celebrating Caribbean Food, Music and dance, last Saturday, hosted its 15th Annual Fundraising Breakfast at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, Brooklyn, to continue improving the social status and functioning of people of Caribbean heritage. Comment
Music: The world is abuzz about UNESCO’s recent overwhelming endorsement of reggae’s impact on the world. The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization added the genre among the world’s protected “intangible cultural heritage” treasures during its 13th session held in the Republic of Mauritius recently. Comment

Ganja: race, politics and legalisation

Viewpoints: The issue of legalisation of ganja has become a popular issue in the global discourse on drugs since the pioneering role of countries such as Uruguay and Canada led the way regarding the legalisation of ganja for medicinal and recreational purposes. However, the road to legalisation is not as easy for everyone. Comment

Caribbean needs seat at COP24 negotiating table

St Vincent: ST. GEORGE’S, Nov. 28, 2018 (IPS) — The Caribbean will not be left out of the negotiations at COP24 — the 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change — that will take place from Dec. 3 to 14 in Katowice, Poland Comment

BANK SALE BLOWUP

Trinidad and Tobago: Several governments and labor unions reacted negatively to a mid-week announcement by the Bank of Nova Scotia out of Canada that it would be soon closing off businesses in nine countries with Guyana contending that it would create massive imbalances in the financial system and Antigua moving to block the move until regulators are properly informed. Regional unions dubbed the move as immoral and heartless. Comment

Hitmaker, deejay protégé on U.S. tour

Music: Produced by Sugar Bear, Rayvon, and Michael Prochilo, the pulsating Red Bull Riddim features 11 tracks of pure heat from dancehall legends including Elephant Man, General Degree, Tanto Metro & Devonte, and the producers themselves. The title track finds Sugar Bear (aka Mr. Stallion) delivering a deep, rapid-fire flow of seduction to newcomer Coralee, who prepares her suitor by sweetly responding “you gon’ need a Red Bull tonight.” Comment
Barbados: Barbados has responded to another instance of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development pressure by radically reforming its company tax system, that probably puts the island ahead of many jurisdictions trading in international business. Comment

Caribbean judge up to real estate challenge

St Vincent: With significant expansion of real estate in Brooklyn in recent times, a Caribbean-born judge in Kings County Supreme Court in Brooklyn said she wa up to the challenge in presiding over the Commercial Division of the court. Comment

Trinidad needs an immigration, refugee policy

Venezuela: “If reports of 60,000 Venezuelan illegal immigrants are correct, this means close to 4,400 Venezuelans per 100,000 T&T nationals reside here - the highest in Latin America. Given these figures why do we not have a comprehensive immigration / refugee policy in place. Why the sloth?” asks Naparima MP Rodney Charles. Comments (1)

VINCY CHRISTMAS

VINCY CHRISTMAS

Music: Vincentians and other Caribbean nationals in Brooklyn on Thanksgiving Saturday reminisced about Christmas at home, as the United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn (UVCGB) brought much nostalgia with its annual Christmas Serenade. Comment

Caribbean entrepreneurship community set for opportunity-driven cooperation

Business: Toronto, Canada Nov. 26, 2018 ―— On Thursday, Nov. 15, Caribbean business leaders signaled to the Community that they are ready to take charge in making entrepreneurship inclusive. The occasion was the launch of The Community of Practice for Caribbean Immigrant Entrepreneurs (CoP). Comment
Barbados: Two retaliatory goals within three minutes at the edge of fulltime against Barbados Soccer Academy (BSA) halted the run of these league leaders causing them to settle for joint front position in the Barbados Football Premiere League competition. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados The Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC) has announced plans to launch two new initiatives designed to reduce the island’s imports in key areas, increase exports and create high value jobs. Comment
Barbados: Barbados is on a count down to a target that will place the country’s dollar in a position to once again assure local and international investors of its firmness as a currency in which to invest. Comment
Puerto Rico: EL YUNQUE, Puerto Rico (AP) — Biologists are trying to save the last of the endangered Puerto Rican parrots after more than half the population of the bright green birds with turquoise-tipped wings disappeared when Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico and destroyed their habitat and food sources. Comment

WEED GETS A BREAK

St Vincent: Three Caribbean Community countries which have been pioneering the region’s new approach to marijuana have in the past week taken significant steps to either reform legislation or to recognize medical products from the cannabis sativa sector as the three indirectly mount pressure on neighbors to follow their paths. Comment
Viewpoints: WINDSOR, England, Nov. 20, 2018 (IPS) — The blue economy—a concept and economic model that balances economic development with equity and environmental protection, and one that uses marine resources to meet current needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own—is not a new idea. Comment
Venezuela: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ One police officer was killed and three people were wounded in Haiti on Monday amid a second day of countrywide protests over allegations of government corruption. Comment

Barbados flogs USVI

Barbados: Barbados Tridents have handed a 3-0 thrashing to the United States Virgin Islands to earn themselves their first set of full points from a match in the CONCACAF Nations League qualifiers. Comment

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