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St Vincent: Even as he battles for this life with bone cancer, an ailing, prominent Caribbean-born journalist in the United States, renowned as a “freedom fighter”, has strongly condemned the policies of US President Donald J. Trump that are often referred to as “Trumpism.” Comment

Barbados on a roll

Barbados on a roll

Barbados: On the eve of its first anniversary Barbados’ government is basking in a positive report on its financial restructuring and removal of threats to international business, atop several social and economic achievements. Comments (1)
Guyana: Queens Borough President Melinda Katz hosted for the fourth time a fitting tribute to Guyanese as they celebrate their country’s 53 Anniversary of Independence. The event was held at the Helen Marshall Cultural Center in Queens Borough Hall, named for the late, first African-American Borough President of Guyanese roots. Comment
Music: The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) says Vincentian soca artiste and Trinidad and Tobago carnival road march winner Skinny Fabulous will unleash the power of soca on “Rum & Rhythm” during CTO’s Caribbean Week New York (CWNY2019) in June. Comment
Arts & Theater: What is Memorial Weekend in Caribbean NY and NJ without Oliver Samuels and his brand of West Indian theatre and comedy? The legend Oliver Samuels, popular across the Caribbean from Jamaica to Trinidad & Tobago, is part of Memorial Weekend celebrations when New Yorkers look forward to an Oliver new play. This year’s play, “56 East Avenue” is full of laughs. After three months of performances in Jamaica, sold out in Toronto, the play comes to the tristate before it goes to England. Comment

Farah Louis returns to campaigning

Haiti: Hardly a week after she won the special election to replace Grenada American former New York City Councilmember Jumaane Williams as representative for the 45th Council District in Brooklyn, Haitian American Farah Louis is already back on the campaign trail, urging votes to re-elect her in the Democratic Primary on June 25 for the much-coveted district seat. Comment
Guyana: Celebrating unity and pride, and sharing messages of love and togetherness, religious leaders joined Guyanese to commemorate the nation’s 53rd Anniversary of Independence at an Interfaith Service on Sunday, May 18 at York College in Queens. Comment

The no confidence appeal

Guyana: The Caribbean Community’s highest judicial body this week tried to make sense of Guyana’s unusual and highly complex electoral system, as its judges struggled to come to grips with aftermath issues linked to a late December opposition no confidence vote that had toppled the administration of retired army general David Granger. Comment
St Vincent: KINGSTOWN, Mar 4 2019 (IPS) — In the tiny eastern Caribbean nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, proverbs relating to the weather are very common. Comment

Vincentian flag flies high at Penn Relays

Grenada: When the 125th running of the illustrious Penn Relays Carnival at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia got underway last week, there was a new flag among the few at the Franklin Field Stadium. Comment

MAJOR BORDER ROWS

Venezuela: In the Caribbean Community family of 15 nations, there are two major simmering border rows dating back centuries to the days of British and Spanish colonialism. One involves Venezuela’s claim to almost two thirds of Guyana and large tracts of its sea space where American supermajor ExxonMobil has found more than six billion barrels of light, sweet, crude oil. The other has to do with Guatemala laying claim to half of the territory of Belize so it could easily gain road access to the Caribbean coast through Belize for its imports and exports. Comment

UFT honors Guyanese Family Daycare provider

Guyana: The United Federation of Teachers (UFT) Saturday night bestowed its Juanita Diggs Educator of Excellence Award on Guyanese-born, Queens Family Group Daycare provider Shaundell Agrippa. Comment

Haitian culture comes alive with ‘Sans-Souci’

Haiti: UNI, a Haitian an artist collective, says it is collaborating with the Consulate General of Haiti in New York in celebrating Haitian Flag Day on May 18 at the Judson Memorial Church in Washington Square in Manhattan under the theme, “San-Souci.” Comment

Haitian songstress Emeline Michel

Music: Only a few performers earn acclaim for developing a unique sound. Emeline Michel can count herself among those few. Known for her fusion of traditional Haitian rhythms (kompa, rasyn, and twoubadou) with other musical genres (pop, jazz, and blues), Michel said she created a sound, which appealed to both traditional and contemporary listeners worldwide. Comment

Brooklyn medical group conducts mission in Guyana

Guyana: The Brooklyn-based Action, Performance, Commitment (APC) group says its medical mission team recently conducted its 11th successful medical mission to Guyana, the homeland of most of its members. Comment

Everybody heads to ‘56 East Avenue’

Arts & Theater: Herman Hall, the publisher of Everybodys Magazine claims that later this month “all roads will lead to 56 East Ave.” where Caribbean humor is guaranteed. Comment

HOUSE ON ‘FYA’

HOUSE ON ‘FYA’

Music: Former St. Vincent and the Grenadines Calypso Monarch, Fya Empress brought the house down Saturday night during the launch of Vincy Mas in New York. Comment

Gayle appointed vice-captain for World Cup

Jamaica: Veteran West Indies opener Chris Gayle has been appointed vice-captain for the upcoming World Cup, in England and Wales. Comment

Jamaica, CPL strike deal

Jamaica: The Jamaica government has struck a deal with Caribbean Premier League (CPL) franchise Jamaica Tallawahs, which will see them investing millions of dollars over the next few years. Comment
Antigua The Antigua and Barbuda government is in support of billionaire Richard Branson, owner of Virgin Atlantic, interest in investing in the cash-strapped regional airline LIAT. Comment

Reggae awards score trifecta on return to homeland

Music: Jamaicans at home had at least three reasons to revel to reggae music last weekend when significant and historic events coincided for a celebration of the beat that was birthe on the island. Comment
Jamaica: Multiple Olympic medallist, Veronica Campbell-Brown, swooped down on Barbados for a sports conference, signed autographs of her new book, and assured admirers that she is far from done with competitive athletics. Comment

TWO FACE FRAUD CHARGES

Trinidad and Tobago: In the past week, police in Trinidad arrested and charged two former high ranking officials of the previous United National Congress (UNC) government for their alleged role in overpaying close friends and associates hundreds of millions in legal fees and then splitting up the excess among themselves. Comment

Renewables to become the norm for the Caribbean

Jamaica: KINGSTON, April 29, 2019 (IPS) — Jamaica and other Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are embracing renewable energy as part of their plans to become decarbonised in the coming decades. Comment
St Vincent: Former Counsellor at the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Embassy in Washington, D.C. Frank Montgomery Clarke has added his voice to myriad tributes for the late Vincentian legislator John Horne. Comment

Grenadian envoy says gov’t taking lead in sustainable development

Grenada: The new Grenada Ambassador to the United States and the Organization of American States (OAS), says the Dr. Keith Mitchell administration in Grenada is taking the lead, forging ahead, and creating a path for the sustainable development of her country. Comment
Guyana: Fifty years ago when Colin Edwards left his homeland of England and arrived in Guyana to work as a Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), at the Ministry of Agriculture, he never imagined in his wildest dreams that he would become the founder and managing director of Rock View Lodge, one of the country’s most beautiful eco-tourism destinations, in Annai, Rupununi Savannahs, Region 9. Comment
St Vincent: In their eight outing at the prestigious Penn Relays Carnival at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, the Thomas Saunders Secondary School (TSSS) girls broke the school’s record for the 4 x 400m. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua Antigua and Barbuda Attorney General, Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin says Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago have requested additional time from the University of the West Indies (UWI) to consider the move by Antigua and Barbuda to become the fourth regional campus territory. Comment

A call for Diaspora action

A call for Diaspora action

Barbados: Barbados Member of Parliament, Kerrie Symmonds believes that amidst US Democratic Primary for 2020 presidential campaign members of the Caribbean Diaspora must flex muscles to protect the region of their birth or descent. Comment

Poor farmers will not benefit significantly from marijuana initiative: SVG Opposition MP

St Vincent: An opposition Member of Parliament in St. Vincent and the Grenadines has expressed deep concern that poor farmers will not benefit significantly from the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes in the country. Comment

TOO MUCH SUN!

Environment: The Caribbean region promotes itself to the world as the paradise of sun, sand and turquoise blue seas but extreme drought conditions in the past eight months or so have pushed people in the region to ironically complain about too much sun. Comment
Guyana: Guyana’s government Tuesday defended a parliamentary motion honoring the life and work of former lawmaker and small town mayor Abdul Kadir who was convicted of a 2007 plot to blow up fuel depots at New York’s John .F. Kennedy Airport, saying it was standard practice rather than admiration for Kadir. Comment

Show of hats

Show of hats

Fashion: The Inner Wheel Club of Georgetown, celebrated its 32nd Annual Hat Show and Garden Party, with a spectacular presentation on Saturday, April 27, where Guyanese New Yorker, Gem Fraser, wowed the crowd in a pink whimsical headpiece, simply titled “Spring.” Comment
Music: Seventeen years ago, actor Robert DeNiro introduced a film festival that featured independent features, narratives, shorts and family friendly films. Panel discussions, celebrated personalities, original art works, a platform to showcase musical talent and other alluring enticements propelled the Tribeca Film Festival to what is now the premiere New York film event to experience. Comment
St Vincent: Author Ta-Nahisi Coates and Sir Hilary Beckles, vice chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI) are expected to headline a fundraiser for St. Vincent born journalist Don Rojas who is ailing and beloved by an extended New York community. Comment

US soccer to play Jamaica in June 5 exhibition in DC

Jamaica: CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. soccer team will play Jamaica on June 5 in the first of two warmup matches for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, four days before meeting Venezuela in Cincinnati. Comment

Vincy lawyer overcomes challenges with determination

St Vincent: A Vincentian lawyer residing in Brooklyn says “determination” has been among factors in helping him to overcome challenges in the legal profession. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua Two Antiguan nationals, including Ambassador at Large Dr Patrick Matthew and Arnold Joseph an operating theatre technician have been charged with practicing medicine without a license. Comment

Deadly pirogue trip to Trinidad…

Venezuela: Hope is fading for 22 Venezuelan migrants, who are feared drowned when the fishing boat, which was heading to Trinidad from the Venezuelan coast of Guiria, overturned and sank near Patos Island, near the Dragon’s Mouth last Tuesday night. Comment
Guyana: First Lady of Guyana, H. E. Sandra Granger, on Tuesday, April 23, launched the first ever Information Communication Technology Training course, a Ministry of Social Protection’s Board of Institution workshop, to better prepare students of the Bina Hill Institute Youth Learning Centre, (YLC) Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo Region 9, for the growing world of technology. Comment

007 HEADS HOME

007 HEADS HOME

Movies: NEW YORK (AP) — The 25th James Bond movie and Daniel Craig’s fifth and final installment as 007 is heading home to Jamaica. Craig, Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, and director Cary Fukunaga on Thursday, April 25 launched the film from the Caribbean island nation where Ian Fleming wrote all of his Bond novels. The still untitled movie will be partly set in Jamaica, which was also a setting in “Dr. No” and “Live and Let Die.” Comment

A Windrush caution

A Windrush caution

Jamaica: While uncertainty over the exact level of personal compensation that will eventually be paid to Caribbean persons who suffered discrimination as the ‘Windrush Generation’, activists in Barbados are advising not to trust the British government to honor its word. Comment
Guyana: The Guyana Independence Celebration Committee, New York (GICCNY), said on Monday that it is getting ready to host the New York celebration of Guyana’s 53rd Anniversary of Independence this year. Comment
Barbados: Barbados’ fifth place earning in the CARIFTA 2019 swimming competition was owed mainly to a tremendous display by golden girl Danielle Titus who topped the 15 to 17 age group 200-metre long course backstroke Tuesday night, April 23. Comment
Music: Commissioner of Police of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), Gary Griffith has apologized to Jamaican reggae icon Mark “Buju Banton” Riley over a search carried out by the Organized Crime and Intelligence Unit (OCIU) of his Hilton Trinidad hotel room about 24 hours after he arrived in Trinidad on a private jet for “I am Legend Concert.” Comment
St Vincent: Stating that they are fed up with what they characterized as gross mismanagement of the Vincentian economy and rampant corruption by the incumbent Unity Labor Party (ULP) administration of Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves, three members of parliament and a former government minister of the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines Saturday night urged the electorate to vote the government out of office when the next general elections are called. Comment

TRI-NATION CLASH

TRI-NATION CLASH

Sports: A weak West Indies 14-man squad has been selected for next month’s Tri-Nation Series against Ireland and Bangladesh in Ireland. Comment

Vincentian athletes ready for Penn Relays 2019

St Vincent: James Cordice, the Philadelphia-based pioneer and coordinator of St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ participation in the illustrious Penn Relays Carnival at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, says athletes from two secondary schools in St. Vincent and the Grenadines are eager to compete in the games this weekend. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua The cash-strapped Antigua-based regional airline LIAT says that despite workers agreeing to a six percent salary cut, the airline is still facing a severe financial problem and may require additional salary cuts from its employees. Comment

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