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Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017

Vincentian broadcaster recalls his long ‘journey’

Stating that 1971 is a “good start-off point” for his broadcasting “journey,” popular Vincentian broadcaster Ferrand “Randy D” Dopwell Saturday night recollected his vast experience, thanking nationals in Philadelphia for being part of that expedition. Comment

Sugar and spiked: Caribbean brewery unveils sugarcane beer

Food: How sweet it is! A Caribbean juice bar in Prospect Lefferts Gardens recently expanded to become a brewery, and its latest endeavor is a beer made entirely from sugar. The owners of House of Juice and the new Island to Island Brewery created the Island Squared sugarcane beer because they wanted a flavor that reminds them of the islands, said one co-owner. Comment
Queens boasts residents from 120 countries who speak more than 135 languages and it celebrates its immigrant diversity. In this unique borough, the Queens Ambassador Awards—sponsored by Caribbean Life’s sister Times Ledger newspapers—recognized and honored the invaluable contributions of its immigrants. Last week’s Awards ceremony at LaGuardia Plaza Hotel brought together honorees, families and friends in an event that rivals the United Nations. Comment
Sports: SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (AP) — Honduras held Asian Cup champion Australia to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their intercontinental World Cup playoff, leaving a spot at Russia still very much at stake for both teams in next week’s return leg in Sydney. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017

Jamaica’s Marathon Reggae Benefit to aid neighbours

Music & Fashion: Jamaica’s creative community is mobilizing this week to stage a marathon concert to help neighbouring countries affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. An amalgam of all-genre recording artists – go Comment

Experts urge Caribbean to take action against corporate tax fraud

Caribbean: In the wake of the “Paradise Papers” leak, two United Nations human rights experts are urging Caribbean and other states to take action against corporate tax fraud. Comment

How US is taking climate action without Trump

How US is taking climate action without Trump

WASHINGTON DC, Nov. 13, 2017 (IPS) - Even after President Trump announced his intention to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement, much of the country is moving forward with climate action anyway. According to new analysis, more than 2,500 non-federal actors representing more than half the U.S. economy—including cities, counties, states, businesses and more—have pledged their support for the Paris Agreement goals. If these actors were their own country, they’d be the world’s third-largest economy. Comment
National: Several Caribbean legislators in Brooklyn on Saturday, Veteran’s Day, paid tribute to veterans, calling for continued commitment to supporting “our brave heroes.” Comment
Caribbean: The Organization of American States (OAS) says the Agency for International Cooperation of Chile will contribute US$250,000 in scholarships for students of the countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) through the OAS. Comments (1)
Movies: “Murder on the Orient Express” Comment

Monday, Nov. 13, 2017

Guyanese appointed to American Caribbean Maritime Foundation board

She’s trying to make a big wave for the Caribbean. The newly appointed board member of the American Caribbean Maritime Foundation (ACMF), a Westchester-based charitable organization, is setting sights on increasing the group’s mission for the next generation of Caribbean youth. Michelle Nicholas, who is the vice president of development at Westchester Family Services, said she was bringing her passion and economical skills to help increase interest in Caribbean maritime. Comment

Antigua envoy says links to the US ‘long, strong’

Antigua and Barbuda Ambassador to the United States, Sir Ronald Sanders, says the links between the United States and his are “long, strong and enduring.” Comment

Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017

IMF for Barbados yes, but…

Two retired permanent secretaries want Barbados to go to the International Monetary Fund for assistance but to do so under local terms properly proposed and specific to this country’s recovery needs so the plans will be accepted. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Atomic Homefront (Unrated) Eye-opening expose’ about the North County St. Louis’ neighborhoods left contaminated with radioactive waste after serving as a dumping ground for the Manhattan Project during World War II. Comment

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017

50,000 Haitians may face deportation by Thanksgiving

A letter from the United States Department of State could pave the way for deporting 50,000 Haitian residents, by the Thanksgiving holiday, enjoying a reprieve from certain immigration rules that were waived after the 2010 earthquake, according to reports here. Comment

Beres Hammond joins Jamathon benefit concert

Music & Fashion: A legend is now part of the big show. Reggae legend Beres Hammond is officially in the lineup of the star-studded Caribbean Love Now Jamathon set for Nov. 22 in Kingston, Jamaica. The artist will be joining more than 30 other reggae, dancehall, and soca performers for the benefit concert. Comment

Friday, Nov. 10, 2017

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean: Caribbean The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) will be releasing a new EC$50 banknote honoring the late governor Sir Dwight Venner. The $50 bill, which was approved at the ECCB Monetary Council’s recent meeting as a permanent tribute to Sir Dwight’s legacy, will feature his likeness and will replace the bill that bears the Brimstone Fort in St. Kitts and the Piton Fort in St. Lucia. Comment

Cries for Barbados anti-corruption law

As International Anti-Corruption Day, Dec. 9, draws closer calls are getting louder for Barbados to convert into law the Prevention of Corruption Act that has passed through all procedural changes since 2012 but awaits proclamation. Comment
Seven weeks since hurricane Maria made landfall in Dominica and left widespread destruction in its wake, the United Nations migration agency say it has been supporting local tradespeople with safe construction skills to repair the damage and create conditions for a full recovery. Comment

Team Jamaica Bickle to benefit from holiday fundraiser

Sports: The Caribbean Business Connections (CBC) will on Dec. 7 hosts its “Annual Holiday Event” at the Royal Chateau Hall in Rosedale, Queens, from 6 pm to 10 pm, to benefit Team Jamaica Bickle, Inc. (TJB). Comment

Vincentian envoy: More visitors since international airport opened

St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ambassador to the United Nations, I. Rhonda King, has said that since the opening of the Argyle International Airport (AIA), “there has already been an increase in the number of visitors arriving by air.” Comment

Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017

Barbados is no tax haven

Caribbean: The appearance of the island’s name among 19 ‘secrecy’ territories holding accounts of the rich and famous in the so-called Paradise Papers has Barbados Government Minister Donville Inniss hopping mad. Comment

Caribbean candidates victorious in NYC general elections

New York: Despite the treacherous weather Tuesday, many voters rushed to the polls to cast ballots for two incumbent Caribbean candidates, who secured sound victories in New York City general elections. Comments (2)



Caribbean: The recent approval of a bill by Belize’s parliament allowing for up to 10 grams of marijuana without criminal penalty could influence Caribbean trade bloc governments into changing attitudes and draconian laws governing it a top regional official said this week Comment

Widespread natural disasters threaten development goals

Amina J. Mohammed is deputy secretary-general of the United Nations UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 2. 2017 (IPS) — This year in the Caribbean and on the American mainland, hurricanes have left millions of people in need of assistance. Comment

Four reasons for countries to enhance climate commitments by 2020

WASHINGTON DC, Nov 7 2017 (IPS) - The Paris Agreement was widely hailed for drawing all nations together to tackle climate change, based on bottom-up contributions that will be reviewed and strengthened over time. These contributions are aimed at achieving the ambitious but necessary long-term goals of limiting global temperature increase and building resilience to climate impacts. Comment

Trinidadian soprano brings joy with concert

Music & Fashion: She sang her songs of joy. A Brooklyn-based soprano performed sacred and classic songs at her concert at the South Oxford Space on Nov. 4. Singer Marilyn Kim Oliver headlined her intimate show, “Classical and Contemporary Musical Gems,” and guests were thrilled by her singing. Comment

Multi-genre benefit show for US Virgin Islands

Music & Fashion: A concert for the U.S. Virgin Islands is going to feature award-winning singers and Caribbean artists at Lehman College on Nov. 12. “A Benefit Concert For The Caribbean” is hoping to raise awareness for the hurricane-hit tri-island territory because it is being ignored, said the concert organizer. Comment

Lawmakers propose path to legal status for Haitian TPS recipients

A bipartisan group of United States lawmakers from South Florida has introduced a bill in the United States House of Representatives that would provide a path to permanent residency for thousands of foreign citizens, including Haitians, who participate in a temporary program that allows them to work and live in the United States. Comment

Grooving at a discount

Grooving at a discount

Arts & Theater: This studio got its groove back! A dance center specializing in African-influenced movement is reopening inside a Bedford-Stuyvesant cultural complex on Nov. 11, following its honchos’ two-year search for a new home after being evicted from their old Fort Greene space, which its landlord sold to a luxury high-rise developer. Comment

Gospel artiste wows audience during Clarke’s fundraiser

Music & Fashion: Former Jamaican reggae super star-turned-gospel artiste Carlene Davis broke the house down Saturday, as she headlined the annual fundraising Gospel Concert and Prayer Breakfast for Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke. Comment
Sports: West Indies’ bid for a clean sweep in the two-match Test series against Zimbabwe ended in frustration as wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva and captain Graeme Cremer remained defiant to earn the host a draw (1-1) at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on Thursday, Nov. 2 Comment


Sports: NEW YORK (AP) — Kristaps Porzingis was aware of Phil Jackson’s concern that he wasn’t ready to take over. Once Carmelo Anthony was traded, he knew he’d get the chance to prove otherwise. Comment
Sports: Trinidad and Tobago Soca Warriors shocked victory over the United States recently has propelled them to third in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) ranking after the release of the World Rankings by the sport’s governing body recently. Comment

Zimbabwe to host qualifiers

Sports: The search for the final two teams in the 2019 World Cup will begin in Zimbabwe in March 2018, after the African country was announced the host of the qualifying tournament. Comment

Windies Women still ranks fifth

Sports: West Indies Women have remained fifth in the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) women’s team rankings but have dropped four points following their dismal performance at the recent 50-over World Cup in England. Comment

Gayle wins defamation case

Sports: West Indies superstar Twenty20 batsman Chris Gayle has won his defamation case against Australian Fairfax Media after a New South Wales, Australia Supreme Court jury found the publisher failed to prove reports alleging that the international cricketer exposed himself to a massage therapist in Sydney were true. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017

Clarke urges Trump to ‘stand up for diversity’

Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke on Saturday, Nov. 4 urged President Donald J. Trump to be “a true New Yorker and stand up for diversity.” Comment

Row over Barbados TV control

Caribbean: A long-simmering issue of political control of Barbados’ only licensed television station, Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation, has now bubbled to the top with revelations that the ruling party owes the most to the financially troubled entity. Comment
A wide-cross section of Brooklyn came out in high numbers to take full advantage of services offered at the free annual CUNY Citizenship Now! Initiative, hosted by Sen. Kevin Parker, on Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Flatbush YMCA. Comment
As Vincentians in the United States continue to celebrate their 38th anniversary of political independence from Great Britain, the Philadelphia-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Organization of Pennsylvania, Inc. (SVGOP) Saturday night honored a Vincentian and Jamaican at a gala Independence Anniversary Ball at Penns Landing Caterers on the Philadelphia waterfront. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Destination Unknown (Unrated) Inspirational documentary painting intimate portraits of a dozen Holocaust survivors. Comment
Movies: “On Wings of Eagles” Comment

Danny and Shelly Mohabir

Guyanese Danny and Shelly Mohabir met in college “and, at first sight, fell in love.” They say that when both families found out that they were both from Guyana, “a beautiful wedding took place.” Comment

Dr. Grace Hackett

Dr. Grace Hackett hails from Barbados, where she started singing at an early age, at Calvary Moravian Church and St. Michael’s Secondary School. Dr. Hackett said her singing and musical abilities were molded by Christopher Spencer, the late Dr. John Fletcher and the late Doris Provençal. Comment

Cyril ‘Scorcher’ Thomas

Calypsonian and Cultural Ambassador Cyril “Scorcher” Thomas was born and raised in Sion Hill, a popular and socially-conscious village overlooking capital city Kingstown in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Thomas said he always had a passion for sports, and played various sports with varying degrees of success in his native land. Comment

Daniela Fifi

A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Daniela Fifi’s interest in art, art history and in museums was sparked by her aunt, the late Dr. Claire Broadbridge. A former director of the National Art Gallery and Museum of Trinidad and Tobago, Daniela said it was Dr. Broadbridge who first inculcated in her young and impressionable niece an appreciation for the importance of cultural preservation as a means of understanding human development. Comment

Christopher F. Hackett

Dr. Christopher F. Hackett received his early education in Barbados at Wesley Hall Boys Primary School and Harrison College. He studied at the University of the West Indies at both the Mona (Jamaica) and St. Augustine (Trinidad and Tobago) campuses, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and a post graduate diploma in international relations. Comment

Carole Delinois

Carole Delinois came to New York from Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital, in 1974. She said she and her sister, as little girls, were compelled to leave the French-speaking Caribbean country, because they were fearful of being forcefully removed from their home, where they lived with their parents. At the time, she said, the military had taken over the country and was “causing mayhem.” Comment

Chanel Adams

Chanel Adams, of Guyanese parentage, is the founder of the non-profit, The SlimHeart Campaign. Launched in 2012, the networking and charitable outlet was created to help non-profit organizations raise awareness and strengthen relationships, while emphasizing the importance of youth giving back to their communities. Comment

Ashley Murray

Being born into a family teeming with singers and musicians, Tobago-born Ashley Murray has been around music her entire life. Suitably, she was introduced to music at a very young age, and exposed to a sundry of instruments, such as the recorder, harmonica, piano and guitar. Having developed her skill on these specific instruments to an intermediate level, none quite captured her attention like the steel pan. Comment

Hon. Bahaati E. Pitt

Guyanese-born the Hon. Bahaati E. Pitt, a Bronx resident, was appointed as an interim judge of the Civil Court of the City of New York in June 2016 and as a judge of the Criminal Court of the City of New York in December 2016. Judge Pitt is assigned to the Bronx Criminal Court. Comments (1)

Angela P. Sealy

Born in the twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Angela P. Sealy, the current chairperson and former treasurer of the Brooklyn-based West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA), has been involved in carnival activities since the 1970s. Prior to migrating to the United States, Angela lived on Basilion Street, the same in Trinidad where the late Carlos Lezama, former president and co-founder of WIADCA, had resided. Comment

Amarimba L. Charles

Trinidadian Amarimba L. Charles is the founder and executive director of T.A.L.L.O.M. (This Awesome Little Light Of Mine) Foundation Incorporated, a non-profit organization that focuses on inspiring, educating and empowering youth. Comment

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