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Peter Tosh honored

Music: Peter Tosh, one of the three foremost Jamaican talents with Robert Nesta Marley and Bunny Wailer grouped as the Wailers, globalized reggae music and in the process also promoted Rastafari received posthumous honor and glory recently from Brooklyn’s State Senator Kevin S. Parker. Comment

REGGAE SUMFEST

REGGAE SUMFEST

Music: The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) Reggae Sumfest, dubbed “the greatest reggae show on earth,” was launched in Brooklyn on April 17. JTB said reggae aficionados, industry icons, tastemakers, the Diaspora community and sponsors converged at the trendy Bogart House in East Williamsburg for the launching ceremony. Comment

Fashion Showcase

Fashion: Twelve-year-old Guyanese-born, Sapphire Autumn Rose, could easily brag that she will make history as the youngest, cutest, and first fashion designer to share the runway with her mother, fashion and costume designer Michele Cole. Comment
Music: Last year Beyonce was named the first African-American female to headline the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California, boasting sold-out crowds of more than 70,000 it is arguably the biggest music festival in America. Comment
Bronx: A group of graduates from a Caribbean medical school are about to make a big impact on the medical landscape of the borough. This year St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada is sending 21 graduates to residencies, or post-graduate training, at three local hospitals in the borough. Comment

Jamaicans urged to refrain from old way of raising children

Jamaica: Reform and a rethinking in the way children are raised became topical to an audience in Jamaica when a government minister said boys and girls are being short-changed by parents who apply different standards — depending on their gender — resulting with stereotyped negative behavior. Comment
Music: New Jamaican reggae artiste Humbleton has added to the mix of influential reggae artists in the Caribbean island. According to Tracy-Ann “Roxxi” Chung, public relations coordinator of the Brooklyn-based PlaybookMG, Humbleton hails from the parish of Hanover. Comment

FALSE DAWN

FALSE DAWN

Jamaica: Flush with shame and criticism about the way they treated colonial era West Indian migrants authorities in England earlier this month announced plans to compensate nationals who were forcibly deported back home or were denied health care and other basic services because they were misclassified as illegals but the amounts being proffered appear set to trigger yet another controversy over the so-called Windrush generation of Caribbean immigrants. Comment

Former Windies fast bowler receives Lifetime Achievement Award

St Vincent: The Brooklyn-based, Vincentian group, Friends of Sion Hill, Inc. on Saturday, April 13 bestowed its Lifetime Achievement Award on former West Indies fast bowler Winston Davis at a gala honor ceremony at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment
Arts & Theater: Trevor Smith says he is known as the grandmaster of kite making in Guyana. “Making kites come with three phases. I love making kites…I have a passion for preparing my frames, and at the end of process, I feel joy when I see what I have accumulated from honest work,” said the street vendor, who has become a permanent fixture at the corner of Regent and Camp streets, in the capital city of Georgetown, during the Easter season. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: The Trinis ill-treated their Bajan hosts by handing them a 24-14 thumping to win gold in the Under-19 Boys’ Water Polo final at the 34th CARIFTA Aquatics Championships over the weekend. Comment
St Vincent: The Friends of Sion Hill, Inc., a Brooklyn-based, Vincentian community group, on Saturday, April 13 honored Vincentian centenarian Mitchinson “Mitchie” James with its Longevity Award. Comment
Haiti: NEW YORK (AP) — A second federal judge has blocked the Department of Homeland Security from forcing tens of thousands of Haitians to return to their native country. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados The Convener of the Barbados Bar Association’s Human Rights’ Committee, Lalu Hanuman, has expressed concern over a move by the government to implement legislation making it more difficult for people to be granted bail. Comment

Easter signals bacchanal carnival in Jamaica

Jamaica: Unlike neighbors in the eastern Caribbean that revel with abandon prior to 40 days of fastidious sacrifice and dedication to their Christian conviction related to the Lenten season, the end of the period and the arrival of Easter, Jamaicans are ready for Bacchanal Jamaica a high energy, national soca celebration in the land of reggae. Comment
Arts & Theater: From a tender age Trinidad-based actor and producer Gregory Pollonais has always had a fascination with the arts in particular the world of film. With a creative mind and determined spirit, he is currently pursuing his passion for film on a professional and international scale. Comment
Q&A

Building resilience through waste diversion and reduction

St Lucia: CASTRIES, April 12, 2019 (IPS) - Jua Kali is a social enterprise tackling waste management and helping to reduce reliance on St. Lucia’s only landfill, which will reach the end of its lifespan in 2023. The company, with its slogan ‘Trashing the Idea of Waste,’ hosts waste collection drives through pop up depots that encourage residents to bring in glass, plastic and tin cans in exchange for supermarket shopping points. Comment

Historic US-Carib partnership launched in Miami

The United States Department of State says senior leaders from 18 Caribbean countries are attending the two-day historic launching of the US-Caribbean Resilience Partnership Ministerial in Miami, Florida, which began yesterday. Comment

Reparations breakthrough

Reparations breakthrough

A glimmer of hope that reparations for African descendants whose ancestors suffered slavery has flashed across the European landscape with that continent’s parliament voting to address demands for compensation. Comment

Sound System Showcase

Music: VP Records annual Record Store Day Sound System Showcase will be held this Saturday in Jamaica, Queens from 12-6 pm. This year, both VP Records retail stores (Jamaica, NY and Miramar, FL) have received the distinct designation as official Record Store Day Locations. Comment

Bajan girls triumph

Barbados: Barbados broke an18-18 third quarter tie in the final game by outscoring St Lucia 11-7 in the last session to emerge champions of the 18th annual Jean Pierre Under-16 Regional Netball Competition played this past week last week. Comment

BRUTAL CRIME SPREE

Trinidad and Tobago: Violent crimes linked to gangs armed with high powered weapons smuggled from South America and the United States continue to trouble authorities in Trinidad and Jamaica with the two accounting for nearly 500 murders with a mere 14 weeks completed for this year so far. Comment

Haitian-American Farah Louis confident of victory

Haiti: As the May 14 special election to replace Jumaane Williams as representative for the 45th Council District in Brooklyn draws nears, Haitian-American Farah Louis is exuding confidence in winning the poll that has already generated at least 10 candidates. Comment

SIX-WICKET WIN

Guyana: Guyana has won its fifth Cricket West Indies Regional Four-day Tournaments (2018-2019) when they defeated Trinidad and Tobago in the last round of matches with a six-wicket win to finish on 154.2 points. Comment

Long-standing SVG opposition stalwart passes

St Vincent: Vincent L. Bacchus, a long-standing stalwart of the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, died on March 26 in Queens after a short period of illness. He was 84. Comment

CTO chief: Funding for crisis marketing needed

Travel: Hugh Riley, secretary general and chief executive officer of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), who is in New York to conduct the mandate of the CTO, in an exclusive interview with Caribbean Life recently, commended the CTO Manhattan workforce for doing a superb job of planning programs, such as the June 1-8 Caribbean Week in New York, of which he plays a supporting role. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua Pilots of regional airline, LIAT has agreed to a less than 10 percent cut in salary in a bid to keep the airline in the air. President of the Leeward Islands Pilots Association (LIAPA), Carl Burke, who did not disclose the exact amount that was agreed to, said the pilots recently voted on the salary cut, which has since been communicated to Barbados Prime Minister, Mia Mottley. Comment

Bahamian-American jurist finds ‘rewarding’ experience as Civil Court judge

Bahamas: A Bahamian-American jurist, elected as a Civil Court judge since 2014, from the historic 10th Municipal Court District in Harlem, has described as “rewarding” her experience to date sitting on the bench. Comments (7)

Agent 007 will return to Jamaica for Bond thriller

Jamaica: It is no secret that author Ian Fleming loved the island of Jamaica. Comments (1)

Caribbean tourism education to the forefront

Travel: The Miami-based Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) says the Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF), the region’s annual networking, education and best practice sharing event for hospitality and tourism business stakeholders, will bring tourism education to the forefront in 2019. Comment

Showcasing a Bajan artist

Showcasing a Bajan artist

Arts & Theater: A recent exhibition of Bajan artist Winston Jordan brought to life images of common existence across the Caribbean from the icon of a cricketing legend to colourful masqueraders, the revealing scene of bush bath ritual, and the quintessential derriere of the Caribbean woman. Comment

CTO to celebrate 46th Caribbean Week of culture, cuisine and rhythm

Manhattan: The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) will celebrate its 46th Caribbean Week at the Wyndham New Yorker, from June 1, under the theme: “Year of Festivals,” and will come alive for a full week with “Amazing Caribbean Culture, Cuisine, and Rhythm.” Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: PORT-OF-SPAIN, March 28, 2019 (IPS) — Fishers in Anguilla saw posted on Youtube this week a video they helped produce that depicts the impacts of climate change on their industry. Titled “Anguilla’s Fishing Dilemma”, the four-and-a-half minute video highlights some of the main challenges Anguilla’s 92 licensed fishers face in earning a living. Comment

US report on anti-money laundering, drug trafficking ‘fairest ever seen’: Antigua envoy

Antigua: Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the United States, Sir Ronald Sanders, has described the 2019 US International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) on Antigua and Barbuda as “the fairest report” he has seen in years. Comment

GUYANESE MPS QUIT OFFICE

GUYANESE MPS QUIT OFFICE

Guyana: That absolutely stunning no confidence vote loss by Guyana’s government in parliament in late December continues to have major political and constitutional fallout as it has now forced the resignations of four of the very senior most cabinet ministers both from government and the house because they all hold citizenship of a foreign power and sometimes travel on foreign passports. This is so because two local courts have in a matter of weeks ruled that dual citizenship for elected parliamentarians is illegal. Comment

Grenadian killed in Brooklyn hit-and-run

Grenada: Police in New York say Linda Douglas, 67, the sister of former Grenada Member of Parliament, George Prime was fatally struck by an 18-wheeler flatbed truck in a hit-and-run accident in Brooklyn, New York, Wednesday morning. Comment

Vincentian group to host mental health panel discussion

St Vincent: The Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) Diaspora Committee of NY, Inc. will host, for the very first time, a mental health and wellness panel discussion on Saturday, April 6, at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment

Barbados Anglican Church: ‘change, adapt or die’

Barbados: In the 50th year of separation from government ending its position as the religious denomination that ruled Barbados, the Anglican Church is being given an ultimatum to alter practices and put a modern touch to rituals so it will embrace young people of this island - or face extinction. Comment
Movies: Queen’s College of Guyana Alumni Association, New York, under its newly elected president, Patrick Stephens, and executive, have announced an exciting lineup of films for its second annual QCAANY Night of Film 2019, Cinema Femme — The Caribbean Woman in Frame. Comment
Caribbean and other African Diaspora people losing confidence in reparatory justice for over three centuries of slavery should take heart from the endurance of enslaved ancestors who persisted through the centuries without a sign that emancipation will come. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua The Antigua and Barbuda government has defended its decision to enter into a US$83 million agreement with Global Ports Holding (GPH) for the development of the cruise port in the capital. Comment
St Vincent: St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister, Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves has described as “troubling” last Friday’s meeting between President Donald J. Trump and select Caribbean leaders. Comment

Reggae Girlz set to make historic debut at World Cup

Jamaica: The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) said on Thursday that the island’s Reggae Girlz will be one of four newcomers to soccer’s global showpiece, the FIFA Women’s World Cup, which gets underway on June 7, 2019 in France. Comment

APPEALS COURT VICTORY

Guyana: It was supposed to be a carefully planned and beautifully executed parliamentary coup that would have toppled the administration of President David Granger and force him and his ministers to call fresh general elections with more than a year and a half of his five year term still to be served out. Comment

Mixed CARICOM vote on OAS resolution on humanitarian assistance to Venezuela

Venezuela: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries on Wednesday were divided in their vote for an Organization of American States (OAS) resolution affirming humanitarian assistance to Venezuela. Comment

Nicaragua edges Barbados

Nicaragua edges Barbados

Barbados: It was a case of the side that needed it more emerging the winner as Nicaragua edged Barbados 1-0 last weekend. Comment

Barbados beat St. Kitts

Barbados beat St. Kitts

St Kitts and Nevis: Barbados beat St. Kitts and Nevis 2-0 in a friendly fixture that is part of the Bajans’ preparation for the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Under-17 tournament. Comment
Barbados: A $400 million Sandals Resorts International construction project in Barbados may come to an abrupt halt because the Mia Mottley-led administration contends that the hotel chain is asking for more than an already generous agreement sealed with the last government. Comment

OUSTED

St Vincent: Former West Indies team manager, Ricky Skerrit is the new president of Cricket West Indies (CWI). His running mate Dr. Kishore Shallow has been elected vice-president. Comment

READY TO REIGN

Music: With great power comes great responsibility, and Dancehall powerhouse vocalist K’reema, daughter of Dancehall royalty, King Yellowman, says she is ready to take the reins over her father’s legacy. Comment
St Lucia: West Palm Beach, Florida — One week after African-American Keith James won 50 percent of the total votes to win election as mayor here, five Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders arrived in the Sunshine State to join President Donald Trump showing solidarity for his cause to intervene in Venezuela’s political strife. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean Social justice and women’s organizations, in Jamaica and the Caribbean have come out in support of abortion law reform in Jamaica, which they say mostly discriminates against poor women. Comment

US military vet recounts arrests in Haiti to AP

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — An American security contractor at the center of a mysterious case roiling Haitian politics says that he and a group of fellow veterans were sent to Haiti on a mission to protect a businessman signing a more than $50 million contract at the country’s central bank. Comment

Trump, select Caribbean leaders to meet in Florida

With the Trump administration openly and strongly supporting Venezuela’s Opposition Leader, Juan Guaidó in the on-going crisis in that South American country, the White House announced on Tuesday that President Donald J. Trump will meet with select Caribbean leaders at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on Friday, March 22. Comment
Africa: Transatlantic slave traders got their way and cooperation from some Africans because kings and other community leaders were made proverbial ‘offers they cannot refuse’ wherein they be facilitators of slavery, die, or worse yet – become slaves themselves. Comment

Developing a strategic intellectual property plan for Guyana

Guyana: Between the years 2013-2017, I conducted a study which investigated how intellectual property law and public policies in the four largest Caricom economies (Guyana, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, and Jamaica) affected the choices made by firms about innovation and technology. Comment
Environment: PORT OF SPAIN, March 15, 2019 (IPS) — Trinidad and Tobago unveiled its monitoring, reporting and verification system in mid-March with a flourish, with government authorities underscoring the launch of the Monitoring, Reporting, Verification as a milestone in that country’s efforts to reduce its emissions in line with its commitments under the 2016 Paris agreement. Comment
Guyana: The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is claiming that the 2018 edition, which took place between Aug. 8 and Sept. 16, raked in US$25,515,816 in Guyana — an 80 percent increase on the 2017 figure. Comment

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