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Monday, Oct. 8, 2018

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Emergency teams worked to provide relief in Haiti on Sunday after a magnitude 5.9 earthquake killed at least 11 people and left several injured. Comment

Caribbean sees significant drop in Tuberculosis rates, deaths

Health: A new report released by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) shows that between 2000 and 2015, the rate of tuberculosis-related deaths and incidents decreased significantly in the Americas. The Caribbean region specifically showed the best reduction rates, said an official of the health research organization. Comment

Town hall meeting answers urgent questions

Guyana: Sept. 29, town hall meeting at York College, was clearly a success, since many pressing questions were answered by Guyana’s VP and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge, who, after issuing his statement to the United Nations 73rd GA, and a hectic week of bilateral meetings, addressed topics that included the Guyana territorial controversy, Guyana’s oil and gas sector, migration, charitable donation red-tape, and the disbursement of oil revenue to poor citizens. Comment
Jamaica’s Minister of Agriculture Audley Shaw announced that Jamaica has made its first shipment of medical marijuana extracted oil to Canada, marking the first step in positioning Jamaica as the world’s medical marijuana hub. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018

SVG PM deplores violation of the principle of non-intervention

St Vincent: Stating that the principles of non-intervention and non-interference are of particular importance to Small Island Developing States (SIDS), St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves has deplored, in no uncertain terms, “every violation of the principle of non-intervention.” Comment

Know Your Rights

Viewpoints: A question commonly raised is whether undocumented immigrants have the same rights as American citizens. Basedon decisions by the United States Supreme Court, it is clear that when it comes to recovery for damages for injuries sustained in accidents, medical malpractice, and police brutality, Comment

Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua A LIAT flight operations supervisor, Daren Leslie Dunnah, has been slapped with four charges as the police wrapped up their probe into the importation of marijuana into Antigua and Barbuda Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Beautiful Boy (R for profanity, brief sexuality and pervasive drug use) Real-life tale recounting a father’s (Steve Carell) frustration caring for his meth-addicted son (Timothee Chalamet). With Maura Tierney, Amy Ryan, Timothy Hutton and LisaGay Hamilton. Comment

Friday, Oct. 5, 2018

Barbados gets IMF approval

Barbados gets IMF approval

Barbados: Within four months of approaching the International Monetary Fund for assistance in righting its flagging economy the Barbados government of Prime Minister Mia Mottley got approval of its plans that come with a badly need injection of millions of dollars in foreign exchange Comments (1)

Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018

Barbados: Many hands make light work. That was the motto the Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley mentioned, when she spoke with members of the Brooklyn Barbadian community last week, assuring her countryfolk that her administration will put her country on the right path. As the first woman to hold the position in her island nation’s history, she says her government is going to bring forth several new ways that the Barbadian Diaspora can commit to their country, particularly investing more in the country’s economy. Comment

Kingsbrook Medical Center to host Caribbean Health Summit

Brooklyn: Brooklyn’s Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center says its Best Health School, along with the Brooklyn-based Action, Performance, Commitment (APC) Community Services, will host a Caribbean Health Summit at the hospital on Oct. 9. Comment
St Lucia: Trinidad and Tobago says that the myriad multidimensional threats that litter the international development landscape threaten efforts toward universal sustainable development, the eradication of extreme poverty, peace and security and the enjoyment of fundamental human rights by all. Comment

Fact or fiction: Caribbean immigrant entrepreneurs lack entrepreneurial experience?

People: How is it possible for born hustlers, with expertise, and skills to lack entrepreneurial experience? The idea seems so farfetched it is easy to pass it off as a figment of the imagination of a sleep deprived, overpaid guy in academia. One whose Caribbean lies northwest of Madagascar. Comments (1)

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018

CARIB PETRO CRISIS

As authorities in Trinidad proceed with plans to close the most important oil refinery in CARICOM, neighboring countries, which had for decades bought refined oil and petroleum products from the island, are now scrambling to determine who will supply them with petroleum going forward. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua The former Antiguan and Barbuda Financial Services Regulatory Commissioner (FSRC), Leroy King, who is seeking to stop his extradition to the US to face 11 fraud charges stemming from the US$7billion Ponzi scheme operated by Allen Stanford, has lost his appeal in the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court recently. Comment

Playwright documents tough upbringing in new play

Arts & Theater: A Jamaican-American playwright is revisiting her dark past in a new stage play set to make its New York city premiere at the American Theater of Actors on Oct. 4-6. “The Wounded Soul” is a story based on Sheryl Hatwood’s life as a survivor of abuse and overcoming struggle. But even when she started writing the play several years ago — she encountered roadblocks because writing about her past required a lot of self-reflection that would take a few years to write. Comment

Genealogist offers help to Caribbean people

Barbados: A Barbadian genealogist is helping people of Caribbean descent trace their lineage. Ancestry historian Sandra Taitt-Eaddy recently hosted a genealogy workshop at Brooklyn Public Library last weekend, to provide a roadmap for the inquiring minds interested in learning about their Caribbean ancestry. One of the first questions she raises for people seeking out her help, is having them analyze the reasoning behind their curiosity as an aide in her investigation. Comments (1)

Windies Women, SA share ODI series (1-1)

Sports: West Indies Women leveled the three-match One-Day International (ODI) against South Africa in the ICC Women’s Championship series (1-1) at Kensington Oval, Barbados recently. Comment

Bajan footballers for Argentina

A squad of Barbadian Under-17 footballers is about to embark on a mission and opportunity of a lifetime through a study-tour of world football giant Argentina later this year. Comment

AgeWell New York to no longer offer Fully Integrated Duals Advantage program

Advertorial: Members currently enrolled in the plan will be required to pick a new one. Comment

Sunil Ambris makes case for first Test against India

St Vincent: Vincentian-born Sunil Ambris hit an unbeaten 114 off 98 balls to give the West Indies first-innings points in their two-day warm-up game against the Indian Board President’s XI in Vadodara, India, on Sept. 30. Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018

Guyana: Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl Greenidge, in his statement to 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, said, for Guyana, and the wider Caribbean, the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons and their associated ammunition poses one of the most serious threats to human security and sustainable development. Comment
St Vincent: Beverly Regisford-Henry, president of the Brooklyn-based Vincentian American Adventist Association (VAAA), says the group recently conducted a successful mission to St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comments (1)
New York: This campaign ah culturally relevant. A new social media campaign is aiming to get more Caribbean voters to the polls this November. The Caribbean-themed campaign uses terms like “Hot Gyal a Vote” and “Jab Jab to the Polls” as a means of using popular Caribbean words and terms as cultural specific lobbying. The idea — spearheaded by creator Felicia J. Persaud — was inspired by seeing a small interest and conversation about elections from within the West Indian community and it was time for change, she said. Comments (2)
Movies: Published by Louisa May Alcott in 1868, “Little Women” chronicled the coming of age of Meg (Melanie Stone), Jo (Sarah Davenport), Beth (Allie Jennings) and Amy March (Taylor Murphy), siblings being raised by their mom (Lea Thompson) in Concord, Massachusetts while their absentee father (Bart Johnson) served as a pastor during the Civil War. The semi-autobiographical novel’s main characters were ostensibly based on the author and her three sisters. Comment

Jamaica PM addresses diaspora, leaders at UN

Jamaica: On the same day the president of the United States was laughed at during the 73rd session of the General Assembly at the United Nations, a segment of the immigrant Jamaican community laughed with endorsement of their leader Prime Minister Andrew Holness. Comment
Movies: The Happy Prince (R for profanity, sexuality, graphic nudity and brief drug use) Rupert Everett wrote, directed and stars in this poignant biopic revisiting the last days in the life of Oscar Wilde which the literary genius spent exiled in France and Italy. With Emily Watson, Colin Firth and Tom Wilkinson. (In English, Italian and French with subtitles) Comment
Guyana: The Lokono people, commonly known as Arawaks, were the first humans occupying Barbados yet the island has no substantial monument to them, it is therefore fitting that one of the country’s oldest institutions will establish a village in their name. Comment

Monday, Oct. 1, 2018

Trinidad and Tobago: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay a visit to Trinidad and Tobago in December this year. Comment
St Lucia: St. Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet on Friday lamented the lack of financial and other support for Small Island Developing States (SIDS), such as his, saying that global policies, programs and strategies remain “unfairly unaccommodating” to the “very real and true challenges” facing SIDS. Comment
St Vincent: Without flinching, four Brooklyn-based, Vincentian-born sisters again collaborated with James Cordice, the architect of St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ participation in the illustrious Penn Relays in Philadelphia, and the umbrella Vincentian group in the United States in hosting another very successful fundraising Prayer Breakfast in aid of Vincentian athletes competing in the annual relays carnival. Comment
Guyana: First Lady of Guyana Sandra Granger, in her capacity as deputy co-chair of the Spouses of CARICOM Ladies Action Network, told Caribbean Life during an exclusive interview, after a Prayer Breakfast meeting at the Yale Club in NYC, that the Guyana government is vigilant in safeguarding its population against the spread of Tuberculosis (TB). Comment

Uber alternate for Barbados

Uber alternate for Barbados

Barbados may soon have an indigenous version of the world-renowned Uber taxi service but as Minister of Tourism Kerrie Symmonds considers the idea, he has to dispel suspicion of local drivers who fear take-over by the foreign company. Comment
Music: Verna Arthur, the coordinator of a recent Vincentian cultural exposition in Brooklyn, has described as “a success,” her group, Club St. Vincent, Inc.’s, annual event at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment
Sports: West Indies legend Clive Lloyd is backing the West Indies Women to defend their ICC’s Women’s World Twenty20 title when the competition bowls off on Nov. 3. Comment
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