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Monday, Oct. 1, 2018

Guyana: First Lady of Guyana Sandra Granger, in her capacity as deputy co-chair of the Spouses of CARICOM Ladies Action Network, told Caribbean Life during an exclusive interview, after a Prayer Breakfast meeting at the Yale Club in NYC, that the Guyana government is vigilant in safeguarding its population against the spread of Tuberculosis (TB). Comment

Friday, Sept. 21, 2018

Grenada: While moving to tighten immigration security by introducing a state-of-the-art travel document, Barbados is opening its arms to Caribbean Community nationals who can help further develop the island. Comment
Arts & Theater: A Brooklyn theater actress is going to her ancestral home of Jamaica on a Fulbright scholarship. Stage performer Abigail Ramsay is heading to her parents place of birth for a 10-month teaching program at the Edna Manley School of Performing Arts, located in the country’s capital of Kingston. The nearly year-long stay will be the first time in years that a thrilled Ramsay returns to the island, but this time around she is exploring an educational avenue she hopes will be stimulating. Comment
Arts & Theater: Calypso Monarch, Roger Hinds, (Young Bill Rogers) wowed the crowd with memorable hits, while the hugely popular Ninja Band, and world-renown performer, Tamika Marshall, got nationals on their feet for a loud, entertaining concert, to bring down the curtains on the 17th Annual Guyana Folk Festival, in Brooklyn. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018

Cries of justice for St. Lucian national killed by white officer

St Lucia: Cries of justice echoed throughout a memorial service in Brooklyn Thursday night, as Caribbean community leaders and members of the clergy demanded justice for St. Lucian national Botham Shem Jean, who was killed by a white female police officer in his home in Dallas, Tx on Sept. 6. Comment

TRINI OIL IN DECLINE

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad’s Prime Minister Keith Rowley flew to Guyana for two days at mid-week with official pronouncements indicating the two will sign a pact relating to energy, agriculture and other issues but speculation was rife that the visitors might well make a pitch to refine some of Guyana’s oil there, thereby preventing a large and lifeline refinery from closing in Trinidad. Comment

Trinidad will join Carib Court next year

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago will be moving next year to join the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). Comment
Puerto Rico: Hundreds of Puerto Ricans marched down Graham Avenue in Williamsburg Sunday in the 25th annual Brooklyn Puerto Rican Day parade. Comment

Ex-Windies captain promotes Womens T20 Cup

St Lucia: Discarded West Indies Captain Darren Sammy will be used to promote the upcoming Women’s Twenty20 World Cup. Comment

Windies superstars to play in Afghanistan

Sports: West Indies superstars, Chris Gayle and Andre Russell have been drafted as “icons” for their respective franchises in the Afghanistan Premier League T20, which bowls off next month. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago women footballers — the Soca Princesses — have clinched a place in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship (CWC) after their final match in the Caribbean Zone of the competition at the National Stadium in Kingston recently. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados Caribbean Community (CARICOM) finance and planning ministers recently met in Barbados to advance several development initiatives geared towards enhancing the operation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). Comment

Memorial service for St. Lucian national killed by white officer

St Lucia: The Brooklyn-based Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID) says St. Lucian and Caribbean clergy and community leaders will on Wednesday evening lead a memorial service for St. Lucian national Botham Shem Jean, who was killed by a white female police officer in his home in Dallas, Texas on Sept. 6. Comment

Guyanese judge elated to be re-elected

Guyana: A Guyanese-born judge has expressed elation and fatigue about her re-election to another 10-year term on Brooklyn’s Civil Court.“I feel elated and tired,” Judge Ingrid Joseph told Caribbean Life in an exclusive interview over the weekend. “Elated at the fact that I was able to gain overwhelming support from the Brooklyn voters to re-elect me for another 10-year term. Comment
Barbados: The University of Glasgow has admitted to receiving many millions of dollars earned on the blood and sweat of slaves and is now on a programme of reparations that is being hailed as the right move by the Caribbean’s lead advocate for reparative justice, Professor Hilary Beckles. Comment

Another global financial crisis for developing countries?

Viewpoints: SYDNEY & KUALA LUMPUR, Sept. 18, 2018 (IPS) — George Soros, Bill Gates and other pundits have been predicting another financial crisis. In their recent book, Revolution Required: The Ticking Bombs of the G7 Model, Peter Dittus and Herve Hamoun, former senior officials of the Bank of International Settlements, warned of ‘ticking time bombs’ in the global financial system waiting to explode, mainly due to the policies of major developed countries. Comment
Jorge Chediek is director, UN Office of South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and Envoy of the Secretary-General on South-South Cooperation. UNITED NATIONS, Sept 13, 2018 (IPS) — On Sept. 12, the international community commemorated the UN Day for South-South Cooperation. This is an important acknowledgement of the contributions of Southern partnerships in addressing the many development challenges that confront the international community, such as poverty, climate change, inequality, contagious diseases and humanitarian crises. Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018

Guyana: The Guyana Cultural Association, New York, on Wednesday, Aug. 28, honored 90-year-old, Dharmaaacharya Pandit Ramlall Ji, a priest and scholar, who pioneered the Phagwah and Diwali parades in Queens — among a group of gifted, accomplished Guyanese, at its 2018 Awards Ceremony at Brooklyn Hall, on Joralemon Street. Comment

Environmental agreement awaits signatures

The Economic Commission for Latin American and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has said that the first Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean (the EscazĂș Agreement) will open for the signature of all the countries in the region on Sept. 27 at United Nations headquarters in New York. Comment

‘We shook up the world’: Williams

Grenada: A day after he lost a spirited bid to become lieutenant governor of New York State, Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams says his campaign “shook up the world.” Comment

Major Barbados tourism deal

Barbados: Barbados has struck a Caribbean first for the tourism sector through one of its oldest resorts, The Crane, aligning with Hilton Grand Vacations (HGV) in a deal that is set to net the island multi-million dollar returns. Comment
Arts & Theater: Jamaica scored cool points with both genders in the nation by elevating the profile of one woman with installation of a statue erected in her honor. Comment

Haitian hotelier hails tennis champs’ Haitian heritage

Haiti: Haiti’s Le Plaza Hotel’s General Manager Marc Pierre-Louis has hailed Naomi Osaka’s stunning victory at the US Open as “an achievement of which all Haitians should be incredibly proud.” Comment

Monday, Sept. 17, 2018

Barbados: Last Sunday, Sept. 9, Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, delivered a heartfelt message, at a Service of Thanksgiving, saying she was touched and blessed to have met “the elegant, sophisticated, very intellectually gifted, Dr. Donna Hunte-Cox, Barbados Consul General to New York, who had come from the beautiful island nation of Barbados. Comments (1)

Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018

Trinidad and Tobago: The planned phasing out of the refinery of the Trinidad and Tobago-owned state oil company, Petrotrin, has sent the Barbados government scurrying to locate another supplier of gasoline. Comment

Bad financial planning blamed for business failures

Business: A new study by the Washington, D.C.-based Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says bad financial planning is responsible for failure of creative entrepreneurships in Latin America and the Caribbean. Comment

Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018

Trinidad and Tobago: H.E. Rudolph Michael Ten-Pow, permanent representative and ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Guyana to the United Nations, and Barbara Atherly, consul general of Guyana to New York, led a contingent in the Parade of Nations, during UN Staff Day on Friday, Sept. 7. Comment

University of the West Indies celebrates 70

Jamaica: The University of the West Indies is now observing its 70th year of uninterrupted service to the region, and in Barbados, home to the premier medical faculty the celebration was marked by introduction of the first degree in Nursing programme. Comment

Friday, Sept. 14, 2018

Travel: The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) says the opening day of its forthcoming State of the Tourism Industry Conference (SOTIC) centers on the “Recreate” theme with discussions focused on “immersive technology-driven experience,” with innovation, business development and building better. Comment

VINCY CULTURE ALIVE

VINCY CULTURE ALIVE

Music: The United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn (UVCGB) on Saturday held another very successful cultural show in Brooklyn in its continuing efforts in raising funds to assist, with medical supplies, hospitals and health centers in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment

Barbados-Guyana share honors

Barbados-Guyana share honors

Guyana: Barbados Tridents Football Team went to Guyana and pulled off a 2-2 draw last week in a Nations League qualifying phase fixture that left both sides with one point each. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018

STORMY TIME AHEAD

STORMY TIME AHEAD

Environment: While the Carolinas and other southeastern American states prepare for this week’s arrival of monster storm Florence, countries in the Eastern Caribbean sub region were bracing for the passage of Tropical Storm Isaac as the 2018 hurricane season approaches its peak. Comment
Barbados: University of the West Indies Chancellor Emeritus, Sir George Alleyne has expressed irritation that despite the existence of a scientific study supporting health insurance transfers across countries, CARICOM bureaucrats sat on the information without any action. Comment
Barbados: The new Barbados government has announced changes to some of its heads of diplomatic missions including the island’s representative here in New York where Oral ‘Mackie’ Holder will replace Donna Hunte-Cox. Comment

Bartlett: ‘Best summer ever’ for Jamaica

Jamaica: Jamaica Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, says it’s the “best summer ever” Jamaica, as the island experienced record-breaking stopover arrivals from May to August, with provisional estimates showing stopover arrivals up by 6 percent over the same period last year. By Nelson A. King Jamaica Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, says it’s the “best summer ever” Jamaica, as the island experienced record-breaking stopover arrivals from May to August, with provisional estimates showing stopover arrivals up by 6 percent over the same period last year. Comment
Haiti: A senior United Nations official is calling on Haitian authorities do more to prepare the French-speaking Caribbean nation for the planned withdrawal of the country’s UN peacekeeping mission, saying that the situation there remains “fragile.” Comments (1)

CDB signature missing from anti-corruption pact

The Washington, D.C.-based Organization of American States (OAS) says the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is the only international organization of the Joint Summit Working Group (JSWG) that has not signed a pact against corruption. Comment

Brace for ‘worst-case scenario’ on immigration: Findlay warns

St Vincent: Stating that a greater problem besides race is on the horizon for which they many not be able to escape so easy, former West Indies wicket keeper and manager Vincentian T. Michael Findlay has warned Caribbean nationals in the United States to brace themselves for what he describes as a “worst-case scenario” on immigration. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Bahamas The human rights group, Rights Bahamas, says plans by the Bahamas government to remove “shantytowns” where many Haitian migrants live constitutes a gross violation of peoples’ fundamental human rights under the constitution. Rights Bahamas said in a statement that the impoverished Haitians do not want the authorities to break up their close-knit communities, built over generations through mutual help and support. Comment
Guyana: New York-based “Its From the Sole” (sole of the feet for those in need) founder Andre McDonnell, partnered with Guyanese-born Melissa Garner to bring much needed footwear to less fortunate residents of rural Ann’s Grove on the East Bank Demerara, Guyana, during a recent outreach in the village. Comment
St Vincent: The St. Vincent and the Grenadines government has presented three pieces of legislation in a move to establish a medicinal marijuana industry in the country. Comment

A patriot tax for Petrotrin

Trinidad and Tobago: The grand predecessors of Dr. Keith Rowley have committed some epic economic blunders. Comment
Haiti: Local mothers and fathers aren’t the only ones focused on “kids back to school.” This is also the time when Haitian-American and Queens resident Dayanne Danier and the organization Fleur de Vie, Flower of Life, concentrates on children in Haiti starting their new school year. Comment

St. Lucia Stars, Barbados Tridents out of CPL playoffs

Trinidad and Tobago: St. Lucia Stars and Barbados Tridents are out of the playoffs in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) for the third year running. Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018

Guyana’s CARICOM embrace

Guyana’s CARICOM embrace

Guyana: “We have to start thinking regional rather than thinking island,” Guyana’s President David Granger said to dozens of his countrymen in Barbados as he visited that island with a message of strong regionalism. Comment

OAS creates Working Group on Venezuela

Venezuela: The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, has announced the creation of a Working Group on Venezuela after the OAS Permanent Council analyzed at a special meeting “the migration crisis stemming from the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.” Comment
Guyana: Consul General of Guyana to New York, Barbara Atherly, on Saturday, Aug. 25, said the consulate welcomes suggestions and questions to better serve the community, and noted that the diplomatic office continues to engage the community with professionalism, and in friendly atmosphere, while maintaining a link to the diaspora. Comment
Haiti: As Eastern Caribbean nationals paraded queens and kings along Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway on Labor Day, Haitian demonstrators displayed images of “a fake king” and a “fake president of Haiti.” Comments (4)

Monday, Sept. 10, 2018

St Lucia: Caribbean nations must do more to help cultivate the gifts, talents and abilities of its young nationals. Recognizing two award-winning culinary students of St. Lucia’s Soufrière Comprehensive Secondary School, Bay Gardens Resorts Executive Director Sanovnik Destang stated that both the public and private sectors ought to provide greater “financial and shepherding support” to the young people of the region. Comment

Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018

Dominica on the climate change front-line: UN

Dominica: The United Nations says Dominica is on the climate-change front-line a year after Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc on the island. Comments (1)

Friday, Sept. 7, 2018

People: As the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) this week begins celebrating Wellness Week 2018, the Washington, D.C.-based organization has underscored the work of health promoters in the Americas, including the Caribbean. Comment

CCJ crucial for the rule of law in oil-rich Guyana

Guyana: President of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Adrian Saunders says the rule of law and the regional court will play an important part in making the benefits of Guyana’s emerging oil and gas sector are widespread and sustainable. Comment

Father of the modern steelpan instrument dies

Music: Elliot “Ellie” Mannette, a Trinidadian-born musical instrument maker and steel pan musician, also known as the “father of the modern steel pan instrument,” died in Morgantown, W.Va. on Aug. 29. He was 90. Comment

The British are coming

Barbados: By copping five matches in an English cricket team tour from January, Barbados has rebounded from the loss suffered when it failed to get to host a game in the Women’s Cricket World Cup competition. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018

UNIONS STRIKE FRIDAY

Trinidad and Tobago: A little over a week after authorities in Trinidad announced the closure of an underutilized and money-losing oil refinery, major labor unions have called a general strike for Friday to pressure the administration to reverse its decision but the head of government says he will stick by the decision and is prepared to sacrifice his career for future generations. Comment
Guyana: GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Sept. 3, 2018 (IPS) — Recent huge offshore oil discoveries are believed to have set Guyana — one of the poorest countries in South America — on a path to riches. But they have also highlighted the country’s development challenges and the potential impact of an oil boom. Comment

Talk about oil in Guyana

Guyana: The Editor, Much has been said and written about the discovery of oil in Guyana. Nevertheless, this form of black gold can be a blessing as well as a curse. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018

Barbados-Guyana soccer clash

Barbados-Guyana soccer clash

Cuba: On the back of a series of dismal performances Barbados will take on Guyana in a Nations League fixture Thursday but despite the recent poor showing the island’s technical director, Ahmed Mohammed, is not bothered. Comments (1)

Brooklyn bishop assisting Jamaicans in need

Jamaica: A Brooklyn clergy member is in Jamaica on a missionary trip to help the country’s needy. Bishop Jackie McCullough went with more than 200 volunteers and medical professionals on a weeklong mission last week Aug. 27-31. For two decades the religious leader has traveled to the island nation for similar trips, but this year she focused more on the psychological needs, with an emphasis on teaching preventative measures. Comment

Monday, Sept. 3, 2018

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados An attorney is the new leader of the Barbados Opposition Democratic Labor Party (DLP) as it tries to rebuild from its 30-0 drubbing in the May 30 General Election. Comment

Antigua and Grenada moving to join the CCJ

St Vincent: Two CARICOM countries — Antigua and Grenada — are to hold referendums on Nov. 6, 2018 to decide if they should join the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). Comment

US tones down Cuba travel advisory

Cuba: The United States Department of State has toned down its travel advisory for Cuba. The State Department on Friday reduced its advisory to the Spanish-speaking Caribbean island from Level 3, “reconsider travel,” to Level 2, “exercise increased caution.” Comment

Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018

Trinidad to host CARICOM meeting on CSME

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago will host a special CARICOM heads of government meeting in November to discuss the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME). Comment

Mike Findlay stands up for Collis King

Barbados: Former West Indies wicket keeper Vincentian Michael Findlay has been standing up behind the wicket for former West Indies allrounder Barbadian Collis King. Comment

Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018

Guyana: Toronto, Canada-based Aroura Gold Mines which owns one of the Caribbean Community’s largest open pit mines has started the process of terminating close to 100 staffers, most of them drillers, geologists and exploration staff in the wake of a major shake up of its top management at its North American headquarters. Comment
Barbados: Contrary to his dream run last year when he raised eyebrows by breezing through his first three games, Barbadian Darian King has crashed out of the US Open 2018 Tennis Championships. Comment

Friday, Aug. 31, 2018

Struggling Trinidad closes major oil refinery

Trinidad and Tobago: With general elections just two years away, Trinidad’s governing People’s National Movement (PNM) has ordered the island’s largest oil refinery closed almost immediately, directly putting about 1800 workers on the breadline and triggering angst and anger among the country’s powerful labor unions. Comment
Arts & Theater: New York City Mayor, Bill deBlasio, during a Caribbean American Carnival kick-off reception at Gracie Mansion, on Tuesday, Aug. 28, said the city is proud to be working together with the NYPD and the community to celebrate J’Ouvert in peace. Comment
Barbados: Some unease may be spreading among persons in territories stretching from Barbados to the USA because of the possibility that the island’s ex-government minister, Donville Inniss, who is on money laundering charges may implicate others. Comment
Jamaica: A Massachusetts-based organization is giving much needed furniture to schools in need in rural parts of Jamaica. The One Chair 4 One Child (OC4OC) group recently donated 75 desks and chairs to the Bellevue Primary School in Perth Town, Jamaica. Comment

JTB, Palace Resorts serve up Taste of Jamaica

Jamaica: The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) said on Wednesday that it showcased the island’s decadent flavors at the 19th annual Citi Taste of Tennis event in New York City. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua The Antiguan government has received a request from the Indian government for the extradition of Indian billionaire businessman Mehul Choksi, who is wanted by law enforcement authorities in his homeland on fraud charges. Comment

Ganja conference to be held in Jamaica

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley has been invited to attend an international cannabis conference to be held in Jamaica next month in the ongoing discussions on decriminalization and possible legislation of marijuana. Comment

Nursing body: End migration of trained nurses

People: The Regional Nursing Body (RNB) has called for urgent action to end the migration of nurses and midwives from the Caribbean region. Comment

United Airlines makes historic service to St. Kitts

St Kitts and Nevis: For the first time in the island’s history, United Airlines will fly a second weekly nonstop flight from its New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to St. Kitts, complementing the carrier’s existing Saturday service. Comment

Findlay pays tribute to Vincy sports personalities

St Vincent: Former West Indies wicket keeper and manager Vincentian T. Michael Findlay has paid glowing tribute to a number of current and former Vincentian sports personalities. Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018

Time for D’Midas’ ‘Rebirth’

Arts & Theater: D’Midas International New York, Inc. says it is celebrating life and the survivors of cancer with “Rebirth” this Labor Day. Comment

Inspired by Zoe presents ‘The Lion King’

Arts & Theater: The four-year-old Brooklyn mas band Inspired by Zoe expects to reign this Labor Day with “The Lion King.” Comment
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