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GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Research and evidence are beginning to emerge that Switzerland, known more for its banking system that allows the world’s criminal rich to hide their billions in numbered accounts there, was involved in a relatively big way in the transatlantic slave trade and the umbrella organization that regional governments have established to win compensation for slavery will soon add it to its defendants list. Comment



Barbados: Defending champions Weymouth Football Club lost to Ellerton but managed to remain in the hunt for the 2018-2019 championship by trailing just one point behind the Zone One leader Blackbirds, while in Zone Two, Paradise hangs behind leader Empire making for a tight Premier League race. Comment
Haiti: Several of the city’s Haitian-American correctional officers celebrated the inauguration of their newly formed fraternal organization in Queens on Jan. 18. Comment

Chanderpaul takes up coaching post

Guyana: Legendary former West Indies batsman, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, has been appointed assistant coach of Guyana Jaguars for the current regional four-day tournament. Comment
Barbados: Barbados will on April 01 begin a phased ban on plastics entering the country for use in sale of goods or to complement sold items, rounding up to an almost total prohibition nine months later. Comments (2)

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua The Antigua and Barbuda government said a meeting with officials of the Bank of Nova Scotia will take place later this month after initially indicating that the bank had turned down the request for talks regarding the sale of its branch holdings on the island. Comment
St Vincent: As they seek to honor those whose ideals they cherish, the Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) Ex-Teachers Association of New York on Sunday bestowed special honor on retired Vincentian Judge Emille Cox. Comment

Berkeley student multi-tasks to give back

Jamaica: He’s a techie putting humanity first. A Berkeley College student from Flatbush is making big strides on his path to building a career in technology. Information Technology (IT) major Edwin Fleurant, who is Jamaican descent, is somewhat of a jack of all trades working to meet his goals in many aspects. With a high respect for IT, he says it’s always been something he wanted to pursue. Comments (1)

Warm welcome awaits Team Antigua Island Girls

Antigua: Antigua and Barbuda, with its strong heritage of yacht racing and moniker as the “Sailing Capital of the Caribbean,” says it is always keen for a good nautical adventure. Comment
Barbados: The deluge began with a goal in the third minute, and the ball did not stop hitting the back of Notre Dame’s net until Paradise registered a 9-0 defeat in a Sunday night fixture of the Barbados Football Association’s Premier League. Comment
Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ When a police truck carrying men in uniform pulled into an impoverished neighborhood in the Haitian capital, residents thought it was an official operation. Comment

World University T20 begins in Trinidad

Trinidad and Tobago: The inaugural World University Twenty20 Tournament bowled off last week at the Frank Worrell Cricket Ground at the UWI Sport and Physical Education Center, St Agustina Campus, Trinidad. The tournament runs from Jan. 10 to 20. Comment
St Vincent: The Brooklyn-based Vincentian umbrella group in the US, Council of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Organizations, U.S.A., Inc. (COSAGO), over the Christmas holidays, donated US$2000.00 to a home that provides a safe housing and nurturing environment for abused and socially-displaced teenaged girls in St. Vincent and the Grenadines Comment
Barbados: Barbados had two international credit rating upgrades in 60 days, bucking a 10-year trend of some 22 consecutive downgrades, but a clear sign that the economy is not out of the woods is a recent projection that it will perform below other regional economies in 2019. Comment
Guyana: Deputy Director and Science Advisor, Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, Dr. Ulric Trotz, has called for urgent action across the Caribbean region, and globally, to combat climate change, stating that activities have shown climate change is one of the biggest threats to human existence and development. Comment

Immigration attorney makes difference through CIS

Jamaica: Prominent Jamaican-born immigration attorney Winston Tucker continues to make a huge impact on the Caribbean community in New York. Comment
Arts & Theater: She’s got the moves. Manhattan-based dancer Marielis Garcia has an enlightened approach to dance. The professional performer, enjoys exploring the many different forms and movements, and one of her greatest ambitions is to illustrate the vast world of dance. She said many of the considerations that go into performing and creating, are commonly misunderstood. Comment
St Vincent: As he prepares to be honored this Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend, by the Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ex-Teachers Association of New York, a retired Vincentian judge on recall in New Jersey is issuing sound words of encouragement to all on their career path. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua The Antigua and Barbuda government says the state-owned Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APU) will spend EC$80 million dollars in upgrading its facilities so as to make it more competitive in the telecommunications sector. Comment
Arts & Theater: Jamaican sculptor Basil Watson was recently commissioned to create a monument in honor of Civil Rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Comments (1)
Haiti: In tandem with Barbados’ acknowledgement of the rights of Haitians to enter the island like any the CARICOM citizen, crooks have begun defrauding the already bedevilled nationals of this Caribbean territory. Comment

Barbados writers get boost

Barbados writers get boost

Barbados: The literary arts in Barbados is now on a firmer footing thanks to a Bds$1,000,000 donation dedicated to writers and their development. Central Bank of Barbados Governor, Cleviston Haynes over the weekend announced the gift, that equates to US$500,000, that will be used as an investment trust fund to supplement work of the island’s premier scheme for annual writing competition and writer’s development, the Frank Collymore Literary Endowment, (FCLE) which will receive all dividends. Comment



Guyana: GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Neither the company nor authorities are publicly admitting it, but Guyana is set to become one of the world’s newest oil producers as early as the last quarter of 2019, not in 2020 as official pronouncements have been indicating for almost four years. Comment

Medgar Evers dean hopes to return cricket to campus

Guyana: Thursday, Jan. 3 was the perfect day for cricket, lovely cricket. The five-hour event that started with a score of 100 runs — the combined birth number of batsman, Dr. Terrence Blackman, Dean, School of Science Health and Technology, Medgar Evers College / CUNY, and batsman, UK Banker, Keith Alexander, who celebrated their milestones with a match between their alma mater, and a Georgetown team. Comment

VP celebrates 40 years

VP celebrates 40 years

Music: The world famous VP records celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The Queens-based independent reggae music label is going to commemorate the milestone with a year of musical releases, and celebrations spanning from North America, the Caribbean, and the United Kingdom. Comment

Open letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Haiti: My name is Christina Ponthieux. I am 11 years old. I attend JFK Magnet Middle School. First Speaker Pelosi, let me congratulate you for being voted Speaker of the House for the second time! I feel extremely happy for you. Speaker Pelosi, I came to talk to you when you came to Miami to help Congresswoman Donna Shalala, but I could not get in because a group of angry people were making a lot of racket. I was scared but not too much because my dad, Rony Ponthieux was there and my mentor and second mom: Ms Marleine Bastien. The Secret Service was nice, but they closed the doors, and no one could get in. I was very disappointed, but I did not cry. Comments (5)
St Lucia: Dominica Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit says that his administration will table legislation this year to adequately honor people who serve as head of a government in Dominica. Comment


Arts & Theater: Dionne Crichton-Bailey, president of the Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Nurses Association of New York, Inc. (SVGNANY), has described as very successful her group’s hosting Sunday of the third Winter Wonderland Entertainment Evening at the Golden Hall of St. Gabriel’s Episcopal (Anglican) Church on Hawthorne Street in Brooklyn. Comment
Music: While the twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago is renowned for calypso and soca, infectious music that takes center stage during the country’s annual carnival, another type of music dominates during the Christmas season, according to National Public Radio’s (NPR) “Morning Edition.” Comment

Tri-nation football for Barbados

Barbados: Wiser now from their mistakes that placed them in the bottom rung of the regional football competition, Barbados Tridents are gearing for the future by hosting a European and a fellow Caribbean team this month. Comment


Guyana: Felled and disabled by a Dec. 21 successful opposition no confidence motion, Guyana’s government Monday vowed not to resign as required by the constitution and will instead contend in a legal brief that the house speaker and clerk erred in allowing the motion to pass with a majority of 33 rather than 34 votes in the 65-member assembly. Comment
Barbados: Though not yet close to its glorious days of a buoyant economy with massive amounts of foreign exchange and a bubbling GDP, Barbados entered 2019 on a high because it successfully took steps away from the precipice of disaster. Comment

Guyanese lawyer remains committed to Caribbean community

Guyana: After practicing law for over two decades, Guyanese-born Kawal P. Totaram says he still remains totally committed to serving the Caribbean community in New York. Comments (5)
Haiti: Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on New Year’s Day joined members of the Haitian community in Canada and around the world in celebrating Haiti’s Independence Day. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Bahamas The Bahamas government has confirmed that a 61-year-old man has died from the H1N1 influenza, also called swine flu. Minister of Health, Dr. Duane Sands said the death occurred recently. Comment

CTO’s New Year’s Message

Travel: As the Caribbean tourism sector prepares to welcome the New Year, we look forward to 2019 with a sense of optimism, excitement and much hope. Comment

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