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Friday, Jan. 10, 2020

New York: The late, legendary Jamaican reggae superstar Peter Tosh had called for the legalization of marijuana in his debut album, “Legalize It,” in 1975. Comment
Making travel and Haiti her business over the past 10 years, Guerline T. Emmanuel understands the need for utility in a travel bag. When she could not find one that suited her needs she created one. After five years of research and multiple prototypes, THE LIBERATORS travel bag became available for sale on Nov. 18, last year on the anniversary of the Battle of Vertières. Significant, as it is the battle that won Haiti its independence. Comment

Climate change in Haiti terrifies nation

Haiti: MADRID, Dec 13 2019 (IPS) - Haiti’s Environment Minister Joseph Jouthe has compared the climate emergency to a violent act and appealed to the international community for help to fight climate change. Comment
Barbados: Former Barbados Prime Minister, Owen Arthur, was Thursday appointed new LIAT chairman and with the announcement this week also came news that travellers will have to wait another two years for 25 percent reduction in fare charges. Comment

Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020


Trinidad and Tobago: The oil and gas petroleum axis in the Caribbean shifted further away from traditional powerhouse Trinidad this week when yet another regional member state declared a major commercial oil find. Comment

Williams dispels bail reform myths

New York: Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams was joined on Tuesday by advocates, including Akeem Browder, brother of Kalief Browder, VOCAL-NY, and community groups to dispel myths and misinformation about the recently-enacted pre-trial reforms. Comment

Hospital campus to be converted to affordable housing

Brooklyn: Hundreds of workers, including doctors and nurses, may be thrown into the breadline when a major hospital campus in the epicenter of the Caribbean community in Brooklyn is turned into affordable housing development. Comment
Guyana: Calling Guyana, a multi-religious, multi-ethnic, multi cultural, nation, David A. Granger, president of the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), Alliance for Change, (AFC) Coalition, invited others to join him in a shared governance platform, to better develop the country, and its citizens during an epic address to launch 2020 campaign for March 2, regional and general elections. Comment



Sports: West Indies coach, Phil Simmons has described Sheldon Cottrell’s lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) contract as Life-changing” but says he does not expect it to affect his career. Comment

Skerritt hails legends knighthoods

Sports: Cricket West Indies president Ricky Skerritt says the knighthoods conferred on West Indies legends Clive Lloyd and Gordon Greenidge were “much deserved” in light of their sterling contribution to the “global success” of Caribbean cricket. Comment

CWI’s new assistant coach

Sports: Cricket West Indies (CWI) has appointed Trevor Penney as the new West Indies Men’s assistant coach on a two-year contract. The announcement was made in a media release, where it said Penney would work with the team for the white-ball formats (Twenty20 Internationals and ODIs). Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020

Guyana: Guyana is on the cusp of great wealth development, celebrating its historic oil discovery of approximately half a billion barrels, but as this new industry takes shape, Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan, expressed interest in seeing diaspora oil and gas professionals return home to fill job openings, while making contributions to their country’s growth Comment

How gender-based violence should be reported in the media

Viewpoints: UNITED NATIONS, Jan 7 2020 (IPS) - Sexual and gender-based violence terrorizes women and girls around the world, affecting as many as one in three women. Reporters play an essential role in bringing these cases to light so that authorities can take action and prevent further abuses. Yet reporting on gender-based violence comes with serious risks to survivors. Comment
Brooklyn: In the days since I spoke at the ribbon cutting for Stonewall House, the concerns shared by most of my friends and allies in the LGBTQ community can be summed up by that sentiment. Contentions have been raised by my sharing intense remarks during a joyous occasion. I agree it’s uncomfortable to hear tough truths at celebratory events. Activists like Essex Hemphill, Marsha P. Johnson, Marlon Riggs, and Sylvia Rivera knew this well when they forced generations before us to lean into our discomfort and face challenges. We should remember these heroes and the example they set of bold, unapologetic advocacy. Comment
St Vincent: In becoming the smallest nation ever to serve on the prestigious United Nations Security Council, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ambassador to the UN, I. Rhonda King, says the country has “no geo-political axe to grind.” Comment

CARICOM finds its winning voice: Antiguan diplomat

Antigua: Stating that it is a valid criticism of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries that they have more often failed than succeeded in coordinating their foreign policy actions, Antigua and Barbuda’s top diplomat in Washington, D.C., Sir Ronald Sanders, says CARICOM is finally finding its “winning voice.” Comment
Brooklyn: The 67th Police Precinct Clergy Council in Brooklyn, otherwise known as the Godsquad, wants to “restore, heal, connect, recover and empower our community to exist without violence.” Comment
Caribbean: Caribbean heads of governments have been accused of not keeping pace with their sportsmen and women because the politicians are failing to provide facilities to support athletes consistent with their worldwide successes. Comment
Barbados: Thousands of New Yorkers who are third generation descendants of Barbadians are likely to get in the new year what they have been dreaming of for a long time and never thought would become reality — citizenship of Barbados. Comment

Monday, Jan. 6, 2020

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua Health authorities in Antigua are reporting an outbreak of dengue fever following an unprecedented spike in cases of the mosquito-borne disease in recent months. Comment

amNewYork and Metro join forces for daily giant

Brooklyn: The two free weekly tabloids serving New York City are now one. Schneps Media, publisher of amNewYork, acquired the assets of Metro New York and Metro Philadelphia, including the popular daily newspapers, websites and digital media businesses serving New York City and Philadelphia. Comment
Sports: Former One-Day International captain Jason Holder has been omitted from the West Indies squad for the first two ODIs of the three-match series against Ireland which started this week. Comment
Jamaica: After canvassing a field of qualified nominees for the auspicious representative and winner of Everybody’s Magazine Person of the Year title, readers overwhelmingly decided Olympian Shelly Fraser-Pryce, best suited. Comment

Stellar tale of Black travel in America

Books: Your tickets have been purchased. Reservations were made in your name and all that’s left is packing. Yep, you’re heading out for the weekend, a week, a month, gone on the trip of a lifetime and as you’ll see in “Overground Railroad” by Candacy Taylor, it’s a trip your grandparents might’ve been denied. Comment

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