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Digitazation reduces red tape, corruption: Report

Business: A new Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) report says digitization of transaction public services would reduce red tape and corruption, and save money in Latin America and the Caribbean. Comment
Arts & Theater: The Queens Museum is a vital partner with the Haitian community and hosting topical symposiums is a good example. Last week’s L’Education du Regard (Educating for Deeper Understanding), an annual event has been held at the museum for more than a decade. Comment



Trinidad and Tobago: The review of the operations of the Caribbean Single Market and Economy system has long been overdue, but judging from the results of a high level workshop held in Guyana at the weekend, there is widespread dissatisfaction with the lack of enough progress made over the years, the slow pace of implementation of decisions in particular. Comment

Eight Caribbean beauties in NY beauty pageant

Fashion: Eight Caribbean Community (CARICOM) beauties will compete for the 2018 Miss New York Continental Cultural Pageant crown at the George Wingate High School auditorium in Brooklyn on Jun. 23. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: The popular Freedom Hall Church of God on Albany Avenue in Brooklyn celebrated 37 years in the ministry last week. Comment

Four lessons the NFL could learn from ABC

Viewpoints: Following Roseanne Barr’s obscenely offensive comments about former Obama Senior Advisor, Valerie Jarrett, ABC took immediate and decisive action to demonstrate that her words describing an accomplished Black woman as an ape did not reflect the networks values. The network’s cancellation of its highest rate show — a move that prioritized integrity and a commitment to decency over money, ratings, and even political expediency — surprised many. The NFL, as it faces continual media and public scrutiny, could stand to take a knee and learn a lesson from ABC. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Four CARICOM nations voted to suspend Venezuela from the OAS. Jamaica, Bahamas, Barbados and Guyana — were among 19 countries who recently voted to support a resolution to suspend Venezuela from the 34-member Organization of American States (OAS). Comment
Jamaica: While United States media outlets have been damning the abrupt ending of the G7 Summit in Quebec, Canada and the fact President Donald Trump abbreviated talks with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Jamaicans are celebrating the fact that the tiny island distinguished itself as the only English-speaking Caribbean country invited to join the talks with leaders of France, USA, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Italy and Canada. Comment

Trump proclaims June National Caribbean Caribbean-American Heritage month

Haiti: United States President Donald J. Trump last week proclaimed June National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, saying that during the month, the U.S. will honor America’s “long-shared history with our neighbors in the Caribbean and celebrate the Caribbean Americans who have enriched our nation.” Comment

St. Vincent and Grenadines Consul General to Mechanics: ‘Set your buckets down’

St Vincent: In quoting the late, renowned United States writer and civil rights activist W.E.B. DuBois, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Consul General to the United States, Howie Prince, has challenged Mechanics worldwide to “set your buckets where you are.” In delivering the feature address Sunday – at the annual luncheon, of the Brooklyn-based Independent United Order of Mechanics (IUOM), Friendly Society, Western Hemisphere, Inc. – Prince said the fraternal organization is as relevant today as the umbrella body was in 1757, when it was founded. Comment
Travel: Hugh Riley of the Caribbean Tourism Organization greeted all those in attendance in lower Manhattan for Revival for the Caribbean: Rejuvenation, a gathering to kick-off Caribbean Week as well as spiritually launching it. Comment

Barbados’ new government makes instant financial changes

Barbados: Confronted with overall national debt that has more than doubled in the 10 years of the last government, Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley wasted no time in suspending liability payments and calling in the International Monetary Fund. Comment

Antigua is first Caribbean country to ratify Inter-American Convention against Racism

Antigua: Antigua and Barbuda last week became the first Caribbean country to ratify the Inter-American Convention against Racism, Racial Discrimination and Related Forms of Intolerance. Comments (1)

CTO: Caribbean Airlines demonstrates regionalism

Travel: The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) says the Trinidad and Tobago-owned Caribbean Airlines has demonstrated its ongoing commitment to the region by its “strong support of Caribbean Week in New York as the official Caribbean Carrier of Caribbean Week 2018.” Comment
Food: The fifth annual Eat Caribbean Week returns June 17 to June 24. The weeklong program organized by the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) features dozens of eateries and bakeries that serve the finest Caribbean cuisine and treats. Comment



Dominica: More than a week into the 2018 hurricane season, Caribbean governments and the regional lifeline travel sector are scrambling to both recover from last year’s devastating storms and to brace for a year that experts are already predicting will be above average. Comment

Coast Guard urges hurricane season preparedness

Barbados: The United States Coast Guard is reminding the Caribbean to prepare for the 2018 hurricane season. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, with the peak occurring between mid-August and late October. Comment

Veteran West Indies batsman recalled to 13-man squad

Grenada: Veteran Grenadian and former West Indies batsman Devon Smith has been recalled to the 13-man West Indies squad for the Sri Lanka three-Test series in the Caribbean this month. Comment

Canada to stage Twenty20 cricket

Sports: Now Canada has gotten into the act to stage the popular Twenty20 cricket and has organized a new professional league, Global Twenty20 Canada, which was recently launched. Comments (1)
Arts & Theater: It’s their first time in New York! On Sunday, June 10, for the dance-loving community, Haiti-based Compagnie de Danse Jean-René Delsoin will be offering an energetic, full afternoon of dance at Brooklyn’s Mark Morris Dance Center. Comment

CARICOM congratulates new Barbados prime minister

Trinidad and Tobago: CARICOM has extended congratulations to new Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Amor Mottley — the first ever woman to head a government in Barbados. Comment

Haiti to get millions in funding for road connectivity

Haiti: The World Bank says more than 350,000 people in rural Haiti will benefit from improved access to all weather roads, local markets and health centers in the South, South East and Nippes departments as a result of a new US$ 75 million grant from the bank’s International Development Association (IDA). Comment

Consul General Atherly calls on Guyanese to recommit to independence ideals

Guyana: Consul General of the Republic of Guyana to New York, Hon. Mrs. Barbara Atherly called on Guyanese to recommit to Independence ideals and pledge to work selflessly with each other for their country, during her remarks to welcome fellow citizens a May 25, flag raising reception at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Comment

Collymore appointed West Indies bowling coach

Barbados: Former West Indies fast bowler Corey Collymore has been appointed West Indies bowling coach for the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka starting in June. Comment
Barbados: Throughout the elections campaign, and even earlier, Barbados Labour Party Leader, Mia Mottely, had been talking of financial mismanagement in public office, but what she saw since becoming prime minister has shocked the island’s new leader. Comment

Jamaica Tourist Board launches ‘Join Me in Jamaica’ campaign

Jamaica: The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) says it has recently launched its “Join Me in Jamaica” digital marketing campaign. JTB said on Thursday that the campaign is a series of 90-second videos featuring local Jamaican celebrities and friends of Jamaica sharing unique stories about the love for their profession, and their homeland and what makes it a great place to visit. Comment

U.S. Customs agents seize $15M in smugglers’ cocaine on Caribbean Sea

Puerto Rico: The United States Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agency says its agents and the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD) Joint Forces for Rapid Action (FURA) have seized 1326 pounds (601 Kilos) of cocaine inside a vessel in the Caribbean Sea and have arrested two suspected smugglers from the Dominican Republic. Comment

Special ceremony honors outgoing CCJ president

St Vincent: The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) will honor its outgoing president, Sir Dennis Byron with a special sitting of the regional court in Antigua this week. Sir Dennis will be replaced by St Vincent and the Grenadines jurist, Justice Adrian Saunders, Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Future World (R for violence, nudity, sexuality, profanity and drug use) Sci-fi thriller about a desperate prince (Jeffrey Wahlberg) who embarks on an epic journey across a devastated wasteland in search of a mythical medicine which might cure his terminally-ill mom (Lucy Liu). With James Franco, Snoop Dogg and Suki Waterhouse. Comment
Arts & Theater: Members of Haitian cultural dance group — La Troupe Zetwal, hosted a performance in celebration of Haitian flag day at Clarendon Library in Flatbush on May 19. The show included various traditional dances native to Haiti, and other artistic forms. And library patrons were very engaged with the show, even joining in on an interactive dance session. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: The Trinis came to Barbados, saw and conquered all that stood before them in both divisions of the annual Banks International Masters Football Tournament. The victorious Trini teams, who beat two Bajan sides in the finals, were among seven squads that invaded Barbados for the tournament that ended on the Whit Monday holiday. Comment

Grammy winning artist Common will open BRIC 40th Celebrate Brooklyn fest

Music: Grammy Award winning artist Common will headline opening night of the 40th anniversary gala and concert of Brooklyn Information & Culture (BRIC) Celebrate Brooklyn! festival June 5, at Prospect Park Bandshell. He will take the stage at 8 pm. Comment

Pols ramp up calls for a Little Haiti District in Brooklyn

Music: A number of legislators in Brooklyn are calling for the creation of a Little Haiti Cultural and Business District. Brooklyn Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte will be joined by Assemblymember Nick Perry, State Senator Kevin Parker, Council Member Jumaane Williams, Majority Leader Laurie A. Cumbo, Borough President Eric L. Adams, and several Flatbush community leaders in a press conference calling on the New York City Council to officially make the designation. Comment

Clerics, diplomats join to mark Guyanese independence anniversary

Guyana: Guyana UN Ambassador Rudolph Ten-Pow and Consul General Barbara Atherly will headline an interfaith service celebrating the 52nd anniversary of Guyanese independence Sunday, May 20, at York College in Jamaica, Queens. Comment

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