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Arts & Theater: Even with 17 sections, Antione International is ‘Untamed’ for this year’s West Indian American Day Carnival. Comment

Jamaican jewelry inspired by healing gemstone

Jamaica: Jamaican resident, Gianna Fakhourie, is overjoyed at her success as a well-known jewelry designer, not only in her homeland but, also on social media platforms. Comment

Jerk Fest returns to Queens

Music: New York’s grandest Caribbean food and music festival — Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival will take center stage, on Sunday, July 21, at Roy Wilkins Park, Merrick and Baisley boulevards to celebrate its nine years of revelry. Gates open at noon. Comment

Ex-Caribbean soccer official hit with $79 million judgment

Trinidad and Tobago: NEW YORK (AP) — A former Caribbean soccer official fighting extradition in the FIFA bribery scandal has been ordered to pay $79 million in damages from a related U.S. lawsuit. Comment
Guyana: The Guyanese Girls Rock Foundation, Inc. on July 13 honored the best and brightest in the community at its 2nd Annual Awards Gala, celebrating the stellar accomplishments of 13 women in aviation, medicine, arts and entertainment, and law enforcement, and the judiciary, and in education. Comment

Team Jamaica Bickle provides defibrillators to Jamaican schools

Jamaica: The philanthropic, Queens-based Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB), the organization that provides meals, among other things, to Caribbean athletes participating in the Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, says that 20 more Jamaican high schools were expected to receive Automated External Defibrillators (AEDS) and First Aid Kits from as part of the group’s annual “Defibrillator to Schools Program.” JTB said the distribution was expected to take place on Tuesday, July 16, at the S Hotel on Jimmy Cliff Boulevard in Montego Bay. Comment
Brooklyn: Musing that he is always “a bit jittery” whenever he is called to speak in front of distinguished jurists,” a Barbadian-born academic, nonetheless, used the opportunity to inform many Caribbean American jurists in Brooklyn about “the Sides of the Windrush Effect.” Comment

Clapham’s wait is over

Clapham’s wait is over

Barbados: It was a long time in coming, but when the players from Clapham took the Barbados Amateur Basketball Association Championship trophy Sunday, they grabbed it with both hands from arch-rivals, Station Hill. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua The Antigua and Barbuda government says it will extradite the Indian-born billionaire, Mehul Choksi, but only after he has been able to have his matter dealt with in the courts in the island. Comment

Ganja dispensary launches safe sensimilia registry in Kingston

Music: KINGSTON, Jamaica — Advocates for the legal use of medicinal marijuana joined with recreational smokers and curiosity seekers last Wednesday for what was described as a soft launch of Itopia Life, an upscale facility, established to provide information and technical support to patrons wanting enlightenment about the once tabooed herb Jamaicans and others have maligned with felonious penalties a deterrent to usage. Comment
Jamaica: BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge in North Dakota on Wednesday sentenced a Rhode Island woman to four years in prison for funneling lottery scam money between the U.S. and Jamaica, prompting a prosecutor to question the ruling. Comment
Jamaica: It is often said that “necessity is the mother of invention”; and so, on Friday, July 5, the basketball court at Lenox Road Baptist Church in Brooklyn was transformed into what has been described as a “Wonderland of Gold,” with a touch of purple decorated for royalty. Comment

Jamaican brothers create luxury luggage from vegan leather

Jamaica: When young Jamaican entrepreneurs, Randy and Davian McLaren wanted to realize their dream to create durable luggage, they brainstormed, and decided that the collection of vegan leather goods, should be named Bresheh — a rural moniker for breadfruit. Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: Successive generations of Caribbean community leaders and high officials have been grappling with mounting scepticism in the bloc about difficulties professionals experience while trying to work and resettle in member states outside of their home nation. Comment
Barbados: Two recent reports, one from the International Monetary Fund and another from world credit rating agency, Moody’s, have given the Barbados government a vote of confidence as it goes about returning viability to an economy that was on the verge of collapse. Comment
St Vincent: Ten members of the United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn (UVCGB) and six non-members will leave Brooklyn on Wednesday, Jul. 17 2019 for the group’s 5th biennial mission to St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment

American billionaire among seven killed in helicopter crash

Bahamas: A West Virginia, USA, billionaire, Chris Cline, 60, was among seven Americans killed in a helicopter crash about two miles off Grand Cay in the Abacos, Bahamas on July 4, 2019. Comment

Lara gets doctorate from Indian University

Trinidad and Tobago: Former West Indies captain Brian Lara has been given an honorary doctorate by the DY Patil University in India. The Doctor of Science from the University is for a “remarkable cricketing career and his impact on cricket in the West Indies and around the world at large.” Comment

Gala centennial celebration for Haitian national

Haiti: Family, friends, supporters and well-wishers feted Haitian national and Flatbush, Brooklyn resident Carida Sanon with a gala centennial celebration Friday night at El Caribe Country Club Caterers on Strickland Avenue in Brooklyn. Comment
Puerto Rico: Points gained from a loss to Puerto Rico in the 18-and-Under Boys’ Water Polo final, the last event of the 2019 Central American & Caribbean Confederation (CCCAN) Championships, propelled hosts Barbados into second position overall. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados Authorities in Barbados have called off the search for two missing Americans who were last seen recently on a jet ski. The jet ski has since been found. Comment

Guyana’s First Lady meets and greets in Brooklyn

Guyana: Guyana’s First Lady, Sandra Granger was greeted with a thunderous applause on Sunday by nationals gathered to welcome her at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 2806 Newkirk Ave., Brooklyn. Comment

Guyana’s First Lady meets and greets in Brooklyn

Guyana: Guyana’s First Lady, Sandra Granger was greeted with a thunderous applause on Sunday by nationals gathered to welcome her at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 2806 Newkirk Ave., Brooklyn. Comment

Black Americans flock to paradise for long holiday weekend

Jamaica: MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica – The July 4 holiday conjures a very unique commemoration to many Black Americans than a day fraught with fireworks, hot dogs and hamburgers and the age-old picnics and barbecues. Millennial Black Americans seem to have embraced the celebratory, independence day holiday with a sense of purposeful appreciation of freedom they annually invest to splurge on getaway vacations and outings. Comment

Gloria Ballantyne, a stateswoman extraordinaire

St Vincent: As tributes overflow in memory of St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ sporting icon, Gloria Ballantyne, who died on Sat., June 29, at 81, Caribbean Life revisits a profile two years ago written about the stateswoman extraordinaire by her last daughter Joanne, who predeceased her on March 11. Comment
Jamaica: Veteran broadcaster Barry Gordon (Barry G) of Mello FM in Montego Bay was recently presented with a United States Congressional Proclamation from Congresswoman Hon. Yvette D. Clarke of the Ninth Congressional District in New York. Eugene Kelly, vice president, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Colgate Palmolive Company made the presentation to Gordon at Groovin In The Park festival, held at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, NY on Sunday, June 30. Comment

A call for Caribbean governments to tax cruise sector more and tax air passengers less

Travel: Can tourism dependent Caribbean governments learn something from oil producing countries? When relatively small and poor oil producing governments sought to get a fair price for oil — their main source of national revenue — they banded together to negotiate more effectively with the multi-national oil companies and the larger developed nations, which were the major consumers of their oil. In 1960 five of these countries came together to found OPEC — the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries — and were later joined by nine additional member states. As a result of their joint stronger bargaining power, oil prices have risen relatively steadily from US$1.63 per barrel in 1960 to an average of around US$77 during the last 10 years. Comment



Jamaica: NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Christian Pulisic ensured the CONCACAF Gold Cup final will have the marquee matchup it lacked since 2011: United States vs. Mexico. Comment

Trini film producer wins top award

Movies: “Extra Innings,” a period drama produced by Trinidadian born filmmaker Jolene Mendes, won the top award for Best Feature Film at the 2019 Manhattan Film Festival held in Cinema Village, New York in May. Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: As ISIS terror groups seek to regroup after losses to western coalition forces, authorities in a leading Caribbean Community member state are bracing for the imminent return of dozens of its nationals who had enlisted to fight in the Middle East in recent years. Security experts warn that officials better be ready to deal with them. Comment

UN chief attends CARICOM Heads of Government summit

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres says he will be attending the 40th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) that is taking place this week in St. Lucia. Comment

Vincentian sports ambassadors pay tribute to Gloria Ballantyne

St Vincent: Three leading Vincentian sports ambassadors on Monday paid tribute to Vincentian sporting icon Gloria Ballantyne, who died on Saturday in Kingstown, the Vincentian capital. Comment

USA defeats T&T Soca Warriors

Trinidad and Tobago: The USA kicked Trinidad and Tobago Soca Warriors out of the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup Group stage. The Americans exacted revenge of for the Oct.10, 2017 2-1 win T&T earned over the US men’s team that out paid to their 2018 Russia FIFA World Cup participation. Comment
Brooklyn: Caribbean culture came alive on June 21 during the hosting of the Third Annual Caribbean Heritage Month in Kings County (Brooklyn) courts. Comment
Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President, Eric L. Adams, gave the Caribbean diaspora, an opportunity to “Embrace Your Hyphen,” a phrase he coined to encourage expatriates to celebrate both their American and Caribbean cultures, and in so doing, highlight their talents, education, and togetherness for the world to see. Comment
St Vincent: The Brooklyn-based Garifuna Indigenous People of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (GIPSVG) says it is sponsoring an inaugural, free Garifuna Heritage Camp in its homeland this month. Comment



Music: Campaigning since 1968, he began winning CropOver Road March competition — three in a row — between 1983 and 1985, and now with four more under his belt, Leo MacDonald Blenman, The Mighty Grynner, has had a main Barbados highway named after him. Comments (1)

Barbados’ Best at Squash

Barbados’ Best at Squash

Barbados: The effort of Meagan Best in defending her Barbados Senior National Squash Champion title was light in comparison to the struggle her veteran male counterpart, Shawn Simpson, had to endure before retaining his crown in the 2019 championships. Comment

Girlz nick one

Jamaica: The Reggae Girlz are out of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 competition but despite the early departure the players and their Caribbean fans are cherishing the 49th minute in this final game with Australia. Comment
Venezuela: Antigua Dominica’s Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit has called on the regional private sector and other stakeholders to consider purchasing shares in the cash-strapped regional airline, LIAT, saying that the company is vital to the continued development of the sub-regional and wider Caribbean Community (CARICOM) grouping. Comment
Caribbean Healthcare Awards: In what was described as perhaps the best ever Caribbean American Health Care Awards ceremony, 30 health care professionals were honored Tuesday night by Caribbean Life and Schneps Media during the paper’s annual gala commemorating Caribbean American Heritage Month. Comment
Grenada: Family, friends, supporters and well-wishers two Saturday’s ago celebrated with Grenadian centenarian Judith Radix her 103rd birthday. Comment

Barbados slides in Trafficking in Persons list

Barbados: An absence of court convictions followed by imprisonment or fines has caused a drop in Barbados’ ranking in the United States State Department’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) list. Comment
Food: The Brooklyn Borough President Nightlife and Restaurant Coalition, International Food & Wine and Tasting (BNRC) began in 2015, and has fast become the place for popular restaurants and connoisseurs to showcase their talents and brands to the Brooklyn community. Comments (1)
Grenada: ANKARA, June 18, 2019 (IPS) — Businesses are being encouraged to follow the lead of the youth to halt desertification, reduce degradation, improve agricultural sustainability and restore damaged lands. Comment

T&T to host Youth Games

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago will host the 2021 Commonwealth Youth Games from Aug. 1-7 (2021) after being selected as the host to replace Belfast during an announcement in Birmingham, England over the week-end. Comment
Grenada: A Grenadian-born court attorney referee in Brooklyn certainly got the message out, as she won by a landslide her bid for a Civil Court judgeship in New York’s Democratic Party Primary on Tuesday. Comment

Turmoil in Guyanese politics

Guyana: On a humid, steamy Friday night of Dec. 21, a Guyanese government member of parliament voted with the opposition in a no confidence motion to bring down his own administration, setting in train a series of events that have left Caricom’s largest and most resource-rich member state in such political turmoil that no one knows when the current crisis will pass. Comment

Thousands attend funeral of former Jamaican PM Edward Seaga

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Thousands of Jamaicans turned out Sunday for the funeral of former Prime Minister, Edward Seaga, who was the last survivor of the generation of politicians who led the country to independence from Britain in 1962. Comment

Shaggy inducted into ‘Wall of Fame’

Music: The Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Caribbean Studies (ICS) has added Jamaican musician, singer, DJ and actor, Shaggy, into its “Wall of Fame.” Comment

Burke and Jones cruise

Burke and Jones cruise

Barbados: Two of Barbados’ leading young athletes, Jonathan Jones and Mario Burke, did not disappoint by comfortably winning their pet events at the 2019 Athletics Association of Barbados National Championships last weekend. Comment

Farah Louis wins again!

Farah Louis wins again!

Haiti: In her second election victory in just less than six weeks, Haitian American New York City Councilwoman Farah Louis Tuesday night defeated her primary challenger Caribbean American Monique Chandler-Waterman in the much-watched 45th Council District race in Brooklyn in the New York Democratic Primary. Comments (1)
Barbados: In spite of corruption allegations being frequently levelled at Caribbean government officials, the region has a poor track record of public administrators being prosecuted and jailed. Comment

Bichotte urges Caribbean nationals to ‘stay put’

People: Amid President Donald J. Trump’s threatened deportation in two weeks of millions of Caribbean and other undocumented families if Democrats do not submit to changes in asylum law they have long opposed, a Haitian American legislator in Brooklyn is urging Caribbean nationals to “stay put.” Comment
Jamaica: Principal Company Director and Founder of Youths For Excellence Ltd., Jamaican-born, Jenine Shepherd, says it is important that the Jamaican government taps into its diaspora network to use young citizens as mentors for Jamaica’s future generations. Comment
Jamaica: The Strawberry Hill Restaurant and Hotel, sits 3,000 Ft. above the Caribbean Sea, overlooking the vast, lush, foliage and mountaintops of Kingston, Jamaica. And for more than two decades, visitors and natives alike have traveled a long, and winding road, for good food, with a view. Comment
Arts & Theater: Guyana-American artist, Carl E. Hazelwood is among five artists, whose works of art are on display at the Triangle Artist Studios residency program, which opened on June 7, at picturesque, Governors Island, New York Harbor. Comment

Antigua launches new honeymoon registry

Antigua: The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA) has unveiled its new honeymoon registry, which is expected to target the growing weddings and honeymoon market. Comment
St Vincent: Realizing the huge financial burden in hosting Vincentian athletes participating in the prestigious Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadephia and wanting to help defray the cost, a Vincentian group in Brooklyn has been making extraordinary efforts in raising funds to help support the athletes. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua The Antigua and Barbuda government says it is considering a long-term lease of parts of the old air terminal at the VC Bird International Airport to the cash-strapped regional airline, LIAT. Comment
Music: It has been 26 years since Andrea Davis launched a July 1 celebration she declared International Reggae Day. From Kingston, Jamaica she helmed Jamaica Arts Holding (JAH) a company totally devoted to the preservation of reggae music. This anniversary she is collaborating with the British Black Music Congress to establish a prominent July One red, gold and green presence in Europe. Comment

‘Inna de Yard’ delves into the ‘Soul’ of Jamaica

Movies: KINGSTON/PARIS, June 24, 2019 (IPS) — Dogs barking in the distance. Birds chirping nearby. A man walking through the mist, surrounded by lush vegetation. A distinctive vibrato singing “Speak Softly, Love” over it all. Comment

Time for Belize to implement Mental Health plan

Belize: When I was growing up in Belize the people that had mental problems were not treated with any respect and that is still happening today. Our government need to educate our people about mental illness to reduce this disrespect. If the government does not educate our people about this disease, then many of our citizens will continue to disrespect and mistreat our citizens with mental illness. I believe that mental health education will be beneficial to all of us to change this attitude. Most of us have at least one person in our family who suffers from a mental illness and we are aware of the pain and suffering that it brings to our families. Comment
Music: Jamaican Dancehall Queen Spice over the weekend rocked the red carpet while representing the Caribbean community at the 2019 MTV Movie and TV Awards at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Ca. Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: Jamaica beat Honduras and Haiti Bested Bermuda to so far provide the only bright sparks for Caribbean countries in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Football Associations Gold Cup 2019. Comment
Jamaica: Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness implored members of the diaspora to use their influence to help in the fight against the epidemic crime rate that has taken over the country, but signaled more has to be done also, for Jamaica’s border security against rising world threats. Comment

Is Barbados planning to ferry it?

Barbados: Talks are either underway or about to start with the aim of transferring majority ownership of the lone dedicated Caribbean inter-island air transportation service, LIAT, from Barbados to Antigua and Barbuda. Comment


Fashion: For the second successive year, a Vincentian has been crowned Miss NY Continental in a pageant in the Caribbean community in Brooklyn. Comment
Grenada: A street in Brooklyn has been co-named in honor the late Grenada Ambassador to the United Nations, Dr. Lamuel Stanislaus. Comment

‘Reggae Boyz’ doc premieres at Brooklyn Film Fest

Movies: Reggae Boyz; doc premieres at Brooklyn Film Fest; By Vinette K. Pryce; Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz are first to take a Caribbean soccer team to the FIFA Women’s World Cup Championship Competition. Comment
Barbados: Determined to ensure that they did not go home empty-handed at the end of Barbados Football Association 2019 season, Weymouth Wales players fought back from a goal down to defeat rivals Barbados Defence Force 2-1 and take away the Champions Cup trophy. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua The Antigua and Barbuda government has called on the union representing teachers to provide proof regarding the prevalence of marijuana use in schools. Comment
Jamaica: The Jamaica Governor-General’s Diaspora Achievement Awards honored four nationals living in the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States for their excellence in academia and service, at an Awards and Pinning ceremony as part of the June 17-20 8th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference, at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston, Jamaica. The ceremony was held on June 17. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: In its continuing tribute to prominent Caribbean nationals during Caribbean American Heritage Month in June, the Washington, D.C-based Institute for Caribbean Studies (ICS) has inducted four-time Trinidadian Olympic medal winner Ato Boldon into its “Wall of Fame.” Comment

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