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Big Bajan party for New York

Music: New York is expected to see a mass assembly of Barbadians at month end as these island people from all parts of the USA and Canada come together for a party that traditionally serves as a meeting and catch-up event back in their Caribbean home. Comment

VOTER FRAUD FEARS

VOTER FRAUD FEARS

Haiti: The nasty criticisms and attacks have died down but the issue of whether Guyanese authorities are deliberately bringing in plane loads of Haitians to rebalance the racial make up of the country and to pad the voters list for upcoming general elections remains a hot political potato as the silly season gets into high gear. Comment
Music: The only reggae showcase to celebrate Caribbean music during the 2019 Central Park Summerstage Concert Series headlined Elephant Man, Junior Reid, Raging Fyah and Estelle for a 40th anniversary celebration of VP Records and the storied legacy that distinguishes Vincent and Pat Chin for their trailblazing effort with promoting the Jamaican genre. Comment
Barbados: Midway through a Caribbean Badminton tournament, hosts Barbados, has something to smile about as their junior men’s doubles team of Kennie King and Dominick Scantlebury accounted for the U-19 gold. Comment

SIX-WICKET VICTORY

Sports: India beat West Indies by six wickets to clinch the three-match series in the third and final One-Day International (ODI) 2-0 at the Queen’s Park, Oval, Port of Spain. One match was abandoned because of rain. Comment
St Vincent: For the eighth successive year, thousands of Vincentians from all walks of life – trekking from as far as Toronto in Canada, Miami in Florida, and even from the homeland — converged on Heckscher State Park in East Islip, Long Is., a New York City suburb, for the grand Vincy Day USA picnic. Comment
St Vincent: Antigua The Antigua and Barbuda government says its future plans for the cash-strapped regional airline, LIAT, will fly as far north as Florida, stopping in places like Jamaica, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. Comment
Jamaica: Reportedly a virtual reunion of radio personalities left a few crying and even sobbing with nostalgic reunions recently when the 21st annual Merritone Family Fun Festival stopped into Long Island’s Hecksher Park to honor pioneers and veterans of New York radio. Comments (1)
Barbados: The Barbadian St. Leonard’s Boys’ Under 19 Football Team’s tour to the US capital from Aug. 05-11 is being described as a huge success. After six days in Washington DC, four days of training, three friendly matches, three wins, interest from semi-professional teams and coaches from colleges and universties in North America and a bit of sight-seeing the team has left on a high note. Comment
Arts & Theater: On Aug. 9, the curtains came down on the Guyana Cultural Association (GCA) Caribbean Summer Heritage Workshop Series 2019, at St. Stephens Church Hall in Brooklyn, where students showcased their talents and artistic expressions learned over a six weeks. Comment

MAJOR PETRO FIND

Guyana: As the work week began, Guyanese awoke to news that a second oil major had found a large quantity of oil and gas in an offshore oil field south of where American supermajor ExxonMobil has so far drilled 13 successful wells since 2015, pointing to the possibility of Guyana sitting perhaps on some of the world’s largest deposits of sweet light crude. Comments (1)

Barbados cops Pan Am gold, but …

Barbados: Shane Brathwaite edged United States’ Freddie Crittenden III to breast the tape in 13:31 seconds in the 110 hurdles and cop Barbados’ sole gold medal and become star of the island’s show at the 2019 Pan Am games. Comment
Guyana: The Linden Fund USA (LFU) excelled at its 20th Anniversary Dinner & Dance Awards on Saturday, Aug.10, when it honored compatriots who dedicated their time and resources to rebuilding their hometown, Linden in Guyana. Comment

Caribbean benefits from slavery reparations

Jamaica: The University of the West Indies has inked an agreement for reparations that is said to be the first such deal and one that gives an indication of a form compensation may take for centuries of unpaid labor stemming from the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. Comment

Barbados cricket boss slams CWI

Barbados: Barbados Cricket Association president, Conde Riley, has lashed out at Cricket West Indies (CWI) management, blaming what he sees as administrative errors for the team’s dismal showing in the just-concluded World Cup. Comment

WINNING RIDE

WINNING RIDE

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago cyclists created history at the recently concluded 2019 Pan American Games in Peru, winning two gold medals, Men’s team sprint, Men’s sprint (Nicholas Paul) and two silver; Men’s sprint (Phillip Njisane) and Women’s individual Time Trial (Teniel Campbell). Paul became Trinidad and Tobago’s first Pan American sprint champion in 48 years to win two gold medals, while also winning gold alongside Phillip and Keron Bramble in the team sprint. Comment

Citizenship drive calls potential Jamaicans to town hall meeting

Jamaica: The ‘Little but tallawah” nation in the Caribbean recently extended an invitation to those seeking to officially and legally carry the black, gold and green flag of Jamaica. Comment
Guyana: There was strong support for unity, and calls to remember Guyana’s motto: One People, One Nation, One Destiny, when hundreds of Guyanese nationals marched down Church Avenue, last Sunday with flags waving, and drums beating for a country that is polarized by division, and political uncertainty. Comments (2)
Music: Patricia Chin, co-founder of VP Records, was her usual self on Saturday, Aug. 3 — hardworking and involved in all aspect of the successful brand, that according to her, could be considered 60 years since she was the driving force from the age of 18, when her journey began in her homeland of Kingston, Jamaica. Comment

CULTURE POT

CULTURE POT

Arts & Theater: Vincentian and other Caribbean nationals on Saturday joined members of the Garifuna Diaspora in New York in participating in the annual “Culture Pot” hosted by the Brooklyn-based Garifuna Indigenous People of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Inc. (GIPSVG) at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment

Eddy Grant for Medgar Evers Jazzy Jazz Festival

Music: Legendary Guyanese-born, musician, Eddy Grant, who was recently conferred Doctor of Letters for Excellency, in music by Professor Eon Harris at the University of Guyana, on Wednesday wowed the hugely popular “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,”,while performing his platinum single, “Electric Avenue.” Comment

New SVG Caribbean Bakery in town

St Vincent: Four years after Cynthia Bernard, proprietor of Ethlyn’s Bakery, on Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn, went to the Great Beyond, her brother and sister-in-law are now the new owners of the bakery, renaming it SVG Caribbean Bakery. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados The Barbados government says it will allow residents to hold foreign currency accounts of up to US$10,000 as of Aug. 2, 2019. Minister of Finance, Ryan Straughn said the funds deposited into the foreign currency accounts cannot be purchased from the local domestic access to foreign exchange. Comment

Grenada shows strong tourist growth

Grenada: On the heels of double-digit growth and a landmark total visitor arrival of 528,077 in 2018, the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) says it is delighted to report positive growth in total visitor arrivals of 1 percent for the first half of 2019. Comment
Guyana: Under the theme “Ma’Lupa - Working together in the spirit of solidarity within Guyana’s Festival of Arts,” the Guyana Cultural Association, NY, organizers of the Annual Folk Festival in Brooklyn has announced its 2019 honorees. Comment
St Vincent: As thousands of Vincentians from all walks of life gear up to attend the Eighth Annual Vincy Day USA, at Heckscher State Park in East Islip, Long Is., the new chairman of the Brooklyn-based group says everything on stream for the grand extravaganza on Aug. 17. Comment

Vincy community leader passes on

St Vincent: Brooklyn-based Vincentian community leader Augustus L. “Bonnie” McMillan died on July 22 after ailing for about two years, according to Wayne Raguette, president of the group, Vincentian American National Charities, Inc. (VINCI), who succeeded McMillan after his affliction. McMillan was 64. Comment

Garifuna’s painful experience visiting motherland

St Vincent: From the time our people were forcefully removed from Baliceaux, St. Vincent & The Grenadines where they were imprisoned, tortured, killed and buried in 1797 to Roatan, Honduras their lives have never been the same in the countries of Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Belize and the United States of America where they live today. This act of genocide that was committed by the British against us has never been addressed and forcefully challenged by our government in St. Vincent and The Grenadines. Comment

Guyana-born chef serves grand fare at the WH

Food: Consul General of Guyana to New York, Barbara Atherly, congratulated Guyanese American Chef, Kashif Browne, on his accomplishment, as executive sous chef at the White House, the official residence of the President of the United States. Comment
Haiti: Several Haitian-American legislators in New York have led outrage over a Guyanese publication critical of what it describes as the influx of Haitians migrating to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member state. Comments (9)

Trump looks forward to continued collaboration with Jamaica

Jamaica: The Donald J. Trump administration in the United States says it is looking forward to continued collaboration with Jamaica as the island on Tuesday celebrated its 57th year of political independence from Great Britain. Comment
Music: The “Spirit of the Caribbean” was certainly felt by scores of nationals and friends, who crammed the front lawn of the Jamaica Performance Center on Saturday, Aug. 3, to get a taste of culture and entertainment on a beautiful summer’s afternoon. Comment

HAITIANS UNDER ATTACK

HAITIANS UNDER ATTACK

Haiti: With general elections expected in months and with racial politics always at the top of life in Guyana, authorities moved with alacrity this week to defend the integrity of hundreds of Haitian nationals transiting the country to French Guiana and Brazil saying racist attacks against the Haitians from the opposition and other quarters are unwarranted. Comments (1)

Guyanese-American aviator honored

Guyana: Guyanese-American aviator, Beverley Drake says after 43 solid years in aviation, she thinks she is the best person to talk to the next generation about pursuing aviation as a career choice. Comment

Local entrepreneurs host Haiti as a wedding destination expo

Haiti: I DO Haiti: Bridal & Wedding Expo, the first of its kind, will make its debut in the New York Marriott Hotel at Brooklyn Bridge on Aug. 31. Hundreds of brides-to-be will attend the one-day extravaganza designed to showcase Haiti’s growing wedding industry to couples hoping to tie the knot with class and culture. Comment

WI captain supports ICC Test Championship

Sports: West Indies Captain Jason Holder has thrown his support behind the newly-launched ICC Test Championship, stressing the longer format of the game remained the ultimate test of character. Comment

Caribbean Netball faces backlash

Trinidad and Tobago: Following a disappointing showing of the top three Caribbean netball teams at World Cup 2019, there is media speculation that jobs of Barbados and Jamaica head coaches are on the chopping block, while Trinidad is seeking more exposure for its Calypso Girls. Comment

T20 CHAMPS

T20 CHAMPS

Sports: West Indies conceded their three-match series to India at Lauderhill, Florida on Sunday after a thunderstorm stalled their run chase, leaving them with a 22-run defeat under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method. Comment
Barbados: Shared land use for agriculture is an area of CARICOM cooperation that is an obvious no-brainer that causes one to question why it is not happening, but a Barbados-Guyana-Suriname collaboration should soon see ventures in this area. Comments (1)

Sargassum clean-up costs Caribbean US$120M: Bartlett

Jamaica: Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism and Co-Chair of the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre (GTRCM), Edmund Bartlett, says the unprecedented levels of sargassum seaweed that washed up on Caribbean beaches in 2018 resulted in estimated clean-up costs of US$120 million. Comment

‘Rising Stars’ cricket tourney

Sports: The rebranding of the West Indies Under-19 championship to the “Rising Stars” Under-10 championship is an indication of Cricket West Indies (CWI) commitment to the development of its junior players. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua A former British police officer was sent to jail for 15 years for raping a woman when the two met on a vacation in Antigua more than four years ago. Comment

SUNY-UWI to ponder dancehall genre’s future

Music: Tasked with addressing issues related to leadership and sustainable development a partnership between the State University of New York (SUNY) and the University of the West Indies (UWI) culled a panel discussion to focus on the future of dancehall music. Comment
Arts & Theater: Award winning Jamaican actor and playwright David Heron has been cast in the leading roles of Oberon, King of the Fairies and Theseus, Duke of Athens in the Colonial Theatre of Rhode Island’s Shakespeare in The Park production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Comment

Guyanese prepare for Unity March

Guyana: The Guyana Unity Movement (GUM) is setting the stage for an expected monumental Unity March on Church Avenue, Brooklyn, Aug. 11, to send a message, that Guyanese are in support of the Coalition Government for a second term in office. Comment

VP Records to celebrate 40 years with yearlong activities

Music: VP Records, the world’s largest reggae music company, has started a yearlong calendar of activities in celebration of its 40th Year Anniversary. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua Prime Minister, Gaston Browne says Antigua and Barbuda is prepared to acquire further shares in the cash-strapped regional airline, LIAT, but is not going to pay an estimated US$44 million being asked by Barbados for the sale of its shares in the airline. Comment

Gabby again demands beach for Bajans

Barbados: For an island of 166 square miles with a population hovering on 385,000, a prime destination for tourists who crave its pristine beaches, mostly placid blue sea, and vibrant night life Barbados has the makings for contests for land space among residents and tourism investors. Comment

New Ja CG credits nationals with 57 yrs of ‘One Nation’ united purpose

Jamaica: “As we celebrate Jamaica’s 57th independence anniversary, let us reflect on the theme, ‘One Nation One People’, newly installed Consul General Alison Roach Wilson said in a statement to nationals of the Caribbean island. Comment

Western Union unfairly targets transfers to Grenada with excessive fees

Grenada: In order to send any amount of money from New York City to Grenada via Western Union, the transfer fee is more than double what it costs to send the same amount of money to most other countries. In light of this fact, many contacted Grenadians and reached friends of Grenada – others who have reasons (business and / or personal) to wire money to the island – are ready to petition and protest this blatantly unfair, excessive, burdensome and unreasonable, discriminatory policy of Western Union. Folks are also ready to boycott Western Union if the company refuses to lower its fees for wire transfers to Grenada. Comment
Music: Producer and DJ Dymond, one of the hottest talents coming out of Jamaica, dropped his latest project Dinero Riddim through 21st Hapilos Digital Distribution, under the label Full Chaarge Records. Comment

FOCUS ON T&T CRIME

Trinidad and Tobago: Successive governments and administrations in Trinidad have blamed everything from weapons and drug smuggling, the activities of radical Islamic groups in the country to the state of the economy for nearly two decades violent crime, assassinations and abductions but officials are putting a new periscope on the issue that may well trigger a decent reduction. Comment

T&T nursing group reflects on achievements

Trinidad and Tobago: As the Brooklyn-based, non-profit Trinidad and Tobago Nurses’ Association of America, Inc. (TTNAA) gets ready to celebrate its 51st anniversary next month, the group has been reflecting on its achievements over the years. Comment

Grand Anse Beach rated best in the world by Condé Nast Traveller

Grenada: Grenada’s Grand Anse Beach has been rated the best beach in the world by the internationally recognized Condé Nast Traveller UK. Comment

SQUASH CHAMPS

SQUASH CHAMPS

Barbados: Barbados’ Junior Squash National Team returned home from Trinidad and Tobago over the weekend sporting trophies of victory in another Caribbean championship. Comment

Barbados’ Jones on a mission

Barbados: Twenty-year-old Barbadian middle distance runner, Jonathan Jones, is rapidly setting new bars for his country in the event and determinedly blazing his own path towards the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua LIAT is partnering with Antigua and Barbuda Festivals Commission to sponsor Antigua Carnival 2019. The airline is the official Regional Airline of the festival which runs from July 25 to Aug. 6, 2019. Comment
St Vincent: The Bronx-based St. Matthias Charities, Inc., on July 13 held another successful annual BBQ fundraiser to help medical institutions, the less fortunate and various communities in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment
Haiti: Barbados’ decision to lift immigration restrictions on Haitians and accord them full rights to visa-free entry has backfired and caused a reversal thanks to human traffickers who gouged money out of many by misleading them into believing that they were also free to work on the island. Comment

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