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Guyana: The Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Guyana’s highest, ruled this week that Guyana’s government was properly toppled when one of its own lawmakers voted with the opposition to defeat the government in a stunning no confidence motion sponsored by the opposition back in late December. Comment
Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Attacks on journalists in Haiti are escalating, and the slaying of a radio reporter prompted media organizations on Tuesday to renew demands that police protect them and give them space to work. Comment
Guyana: History was made on Saturday, May 25, when 169thStreet and Hillside Avenue, became, Ramesh D. Kalicharran “Kali” Way, co-named for late Guyanese-born, philanthropist, community leader, and the first street naming for an Indo-Guyanese Caribbean national. Comment

NEW SLAVE FACTS

Caribbean Community governments said this week that new research has shown that several European nations like Sweden, Switzerland and Russia which were not previously associated with the TransAtlantic slave trade were in fact participants and will be included in any lawsuits or demands for reparatory payments going forward. Comment
Jamaica: Associate editor of Caribbean Life, Kevin Williams was awarded Best Feature by a Diasporan Journalist in US or Caribbean Media in the Me Too! I Rediscovered Home! category during the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) Caribbean Tourism Industry 2019 Awards Dinner held at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel on June 6. Comment
Food: A year after the highly successful launch of “The Taste,” a rising Vincentian chef in Brooklyn has impressed patrons again with her second offering. Comment
Antigua: Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister, Gaston Browne, who attended the Investment Migration Council (IMC) Forum in Geneva, Switzerland, on Wednesday, June 5 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the organization. Comment

Brooklyn street to be co-named after late Grenadian envoy

Grenada: Brooklyn Councilman Dr. Mathieu Eugene says he’s hosting the co-naming of a street in Brooklyn in honor the late Grenada Ambassador to the United Nations, Dr. Lamuel Stanislaus. Comment

Stirring commemoration for 30th Annual Tribute to our Ancestors

Africa: Public Advocate for the City of New York, Jumaane Williams, proclaimed June 8, 2019, Tribute To Our Ancestors of the Middle Passage day, in honor of the 30th Annual celebration, last Saturday, at Ancestor’s Circle, Coney Island Boardwalk, at 17th Street, Brooklyn. Comment

HAT-TRICK

Jamaica: Reggae Girlz, the first female Caribbean team to play in a FIFA World Cup, came away with their pride intact after an opening encounter loss in the 2019 competition in France. Comment
Jamaica: A standing room only crowd of bipartisan Jamaicans packed into the Tivoli Gardens Community Center nine nights after the May 28 passing of the island’s fifth Prime Minister Edward Phillip George Seaga who died on his 89th birthday. Comment
Guyana: Twin sisters, Laken and Carlissa King, were inspired by their diverse upbringing in the Brooklyn; so much so, that the young ladies used this distinction, to skillfully craft dolls that spark creativity, and celebrate togetherness. Comment
Movies: There was loud applause, from the packed Rose Cinema in Brooklyn Academy of Music, (BAM), as the credits roll. A clear sign, that no one left the theatre during the only screening of the movie “See You Yesterday,” a thought-provoking, Si-Fi, action adventure, that traces two science geniuses, who set out to work their chemistry magic to reverse a tragedy. Comment

Annual Caribbean Cinema Nights return to Brooklyn

Movies: The Caribbean Film Academy (CaFA) has announced its 5thAnnual Caribbean Cinema Nights lineup that began in May, and will continue through October, with film screenings at Joli Studio, 1131 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn, from 6:30 pm. Comment

Barbados’ Jones does it

Barbados: If there was any concern about the level of Barbados’ athletics development, that anxiety should have been put to rest during last week and the weekend when one youngster smashed a national record then broke a new barrier, and another runner came close to eclipsing a milestone. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister, Gaston Browne said that Barbados has agreed to sell almost all of its shares in the cash-strapped regional airline LIAT to Antigua and Barbuda. Comment
Jamaica: Former Jamaica Prime Minister, Percival Noel James Patterson has scolded four colleague leaders of Caribbean nations including the current head of his island for breaking a CARICOM pact of joint foreign policy, and acceding to US President Donald Trump’s wishes. Comment

In Essence a tapped Spice Island Flack capped with doctorate

Grenada: Tapped in the late 1990s by Columbia Records to direct a publicity campaign aimed at marketing Black talent in the music industry, a young Grenadian native transitioned from a path in journalism to factor in steering the music trajectory of newcomer Mariah Carey, Beyonce and others and was recently capped for an honorary doctorate. Comment
St Vincent: As jubilation rips through the Vincentian community at home and in the Diaspora over St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ election Friday as a non-permanent member of the United Nations’ Security Council, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Sir Louis Straker has described as “historic” his country’s election. Comment

Leader or killer? A day with ‘Barbecue’ in Haiti’s capital

Health: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — He’s known as Barbecue, an ex-cop suspected in the massacre of dozens of men, women and children in the Haitian capital — and a hero in his neighborhood, followed by crowds of adoring residents who consider him their protector. Comment

FIRED UP

Music: After highly impressing the audience at the launch of Vincy Mas in Brooklyn last month, Fya Empress was at it again Saturday night, as she was, unequivocally, the crowd’s favorite during the preliminary judging of Vincentian calypsonians in the Big Apple. Comment

Trump admin halts cruises to Cuba under new rules

Travel: WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday ended the most popular forms of U.S. travel to Cuba, banning cruise ships and a heavily used category of educational travel in an attempt to cut off cash to the island’s communist government. Comments (1)

SUGAR CARTEL PROTEST

Jamaica: The four remaining Caribbean Community countries, which are still brave enough to continue producing sugar are demanding political and economic protection from regional governments saying tax free imported sugar from outside the bloc is undermining their efforts to remain in the industry. Comment
New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer Tuesday evening honored two Caribbean entities in New York City and a Caribbean personality during his annual tribute to Caribbean nationals in recognition of Caribbean American Heritage Month in June. Comment

CARICOM passport superior to American

Trinidad and Tobago: A recent Caribbean Court of Justice ruling has re-enforced the fact that a passport issued by any of the 15 member states of CARICOM is considered superior to that of the US as a travel document within this region. Comment

Caribbean American graduates from Howard University’s dental school

Grenada: The daughter of a prominent Barbadian-born jurist and Grenadian-born dentist residing in Brooklyn has followed her father’s footsteps in graduating last month with a Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree from Howard University College of Dentistry in Washington, D.C. Comment
Guyana: Prime Minister of Guyana, Moses Nagamootoo, told expatriates that Cheddi Jagan and Forbes Burnham, late presidents — on the night of the country’s Independence ceremony in 1966, put aside their political differences and embraced each other, and urged nationals to see that embrace as a mandate for unity. Comment

Perry pays tribute to former Jamaica PM Edward Seaga

Jamaica: A Jamaican-born legislator in Brooklyn has joined nationals at home and in the Diaspora and others throughout the world in paying tribute to former Jamaica Prime Minster Edward Seaga, who died in a Miami hospital on Tuesday, May 28. Comment

Reggae versus Bossanova at World Cup in France

Jamaica: “If Music be the Food of Love, Play On” – “Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare Music might be the main ingredient when Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz kicks off their first-round contest against Brazil on June 9 in the 2019 World Cup Soccer competition in France. Comment
Barbados: Any day now doctors in Barbados will be issuing prescriptions for medical cannabis enabling patients to uplift this drug from a pharmacy similar to the way in which they get other medication. Comment
National: President Donald J. Trump has proclaimed June National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, stating that, during the month, the US acknowledges “the significant ways Caribbean Americans have shaped our culture and heritage.” Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua A British police officer will be sentenced on July 11, 2019 after he was found guilty of raping an American student in Antigua four years ago. Comment
Jamaica: Edward Seaga, a former Jamaican prime minister who shaped the island’s post-independence politics and cultural life, died Tuesday at 89. Seaga’s death was announced on Twitter by Prime Minister Andrew Holness. Comment

Devastating epidemic of crime & insecurity in Latin America & Caribbean

Viewpoints: Luis Felipe López-Calva is UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean UNITED NATIONS, May 15 2019 (IPS) - Development is a very uneven process, accompanied by heterogeneity in outcomes across sectors, across regions and across income groups. Such process, Albert Hirschman elegantly established about 60 years ago, constantly generates tensions and demands for redistribution of resources and power. In this sense, conflict is inherent to development. Comment

Celebrate Caribbean-American Heritage Month in Prospect Park

Brooklyn: Prospect Park Alliance and caribBEING will celebrate Caribbean-American Heritage Month in Prospect Park with a series of events starting June 1. Comment
Arts & Theater: David Stallings’ new drama “Leonora,” will be performed as a staged reading at The Williams CME Institutional Church in Harlem on Monday, June 3 at 7 pm. Comment

SECRET PETRO DEALS

Guyana: Guyana’s State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) Wednesday said it has launched a detailed probe to determine whether corruption played any part in the previous government rushing in 2015 to award two oil blocks to hitherto unknown oil companies and individuals days after American oil giant ExxonMobil signaled it had found large deposits of oil and gas and less than a week before general elections. Comment

Brooklyn Borough Prez thanks Guyanese for their contribution to NYC

Guyana: Brooklyn Borough President, Eric L. Adams, during brief remarks at Borough Hall, on Friday, May 24, thanked Guyanese for their contribution, which he said has made Brooklyn, New York, a great place to live. Comment

Cancer-stricken ‘freedom fighter’ calls for reparations

People: An ailing Caribbean journalist and political activist in New York, referred to as a “freedom fighter”, has added his voice to a growing chorus of calls for reparations from European powers for slavery and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. Comments (1)

BIG WIN

BIG WIN

Barbados: Defending champions Weymouth Wales went into the final scrimmage of a three-match playoff needing a victory by two clear goals, fought valiantly, even forcing the game into extra time, but eventually succumbed and ceded the Football Premier League 2019 title to the Barbados Defence Force (BDF). Comment
Honduras: Officials at Stann Creek Ecumenical College, the only Belize high school to compete to date in the illustrious Penn Relays Carnival at the Franklin Field Stadium at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, have expressed satisfaction with the school’s performance for the second successive year. Comment

T&T umpire to officiate in World Cup tourney

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago umpire Joel Wilson, 52, was the only West Indian umpire selected for the World Cup tournament to be played from May 30, to July 16 in England and Wales. Comment

Marcina King-Jeffrey dies five days short of 105th birthday

St Vincent: A Vincentian centenarian residing in Amityville in Suffolk County, Long Is., who would have turned 105 on Thursday, died Saturday morning – five days short of what would have been another significant milestone. Comment

A Guyanese clarion call

Guyana: Guyanese in Barbados, as are those who emigrated and became resident elsewhere, are now being forced to weigh their options of returning to the land of their birth in response to a growing skill need and be part of the oil-spurred development, or remain in their adopted lands while others fill the gap. Comment

Trinidadian ‘Hero’ stops into Manhattan

Movies: Trinidadian filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon is hoping Caribbean nationals will turn out in droves to the US premiere screening of “Hero” on May 30 at the Walter Reade Theater where the 26th annual New York African Film Festival will spotlight the unheralded contribution of Ulric Cross, a trailblazer and worthy Caribbean national. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley has pledged to address violence in schools by introducing several initiatives to stem what she says is “a public health condition.” Comment

Latapy coaching Barbados

Latapy coaching Barbados

Barbados: Former Trinidad and Tobago ace international footballer, Russell Latapy, is now the man in charge of coaching the Barbados senior men’s team. Comment

CRISIS TAKES ITS TOLL

Venezuela: While authorities in Trinidad and Tobago battle to stabilize its economy, grapple with gangland violence, a murder every 24 hours and prepare the country for general elections next year, government is also being forced to cope with a multifaceted problem involving Venezuelan refugees including sex rings, refugees and possibly acts of piracy at sea. Comment
St Vincent: A Vincentian athlete attending Kingsborough Community College (KCC) in Brooklyn has been named CUNY (City University of New York) Community College Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year 2019. Comments (1)
Grenada: Freedom of movement for CARICOM citizens within the 15-country grouping does not mean that police in a jurisdiction cannot detain any such Caribbean person while law officers are legitimately investigating an issue. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Guyana: Barbados A call is being made for the government to ensure that construction companies in Barbados pay their taxes with new multimillion-dollar construction projects set to come on stream soon. Comment
Venezuela: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — When her daughter was 4 years old, Jennifer Jean started a small catering business in Bourdon, a lower middle-class district of the Haitian capital. Comment

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