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Thursday, June 14, 2018



Trinidad and Tobago: The review of the operations of the Caribbean Single Market and Economy system has long been overdue, but judging from the results of a high level workshop held in Guyana at the weekend, there is widespread dissatisfaction with the lack of enough progress made over the years, the slow pace of implementation of decisions in particular. Comment

Trinidad’s Jason Mohammed leads Windies A squad

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago all-rounder Jason Mohammed will lead a West Indies “A” squad for a Tri-Nation Series in England later this month. Comment

Eight Caribbean beauties in NY beauty pageant

Fashion: Eight Caribbean Community (CARICOM) beauties will compete for the 2018 Miss New York Continental Cultural Pageant crown at the George Wingate High School auditorium in Brooklyn on Jun. 23. Comment



Music: Eleven calypsonians from the Dynamite Calypso Tent in New York, considered the sole Vincentian calypso tent in North America, gave a good account of themselves Saturday night in the preliminary judging in the National Calypso Competition in Vincy Mas 2018. Comment
Music: The Resource and Finance Commission of the Brooklyn-based Independent United Order of Mechanics (IUOM), Friendly Society, Western Hemisphere, Inc., on Sunday hosted its grand annual luncheon at Sirico’s Caterers in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn. Comment

Popular Brooklyn church celebrates 37 years

Trinidad and Tobago: The popular Freedom Hall Church of God on Albany Avenue in Brooklyn celebrated 37 years in the ministry last week. Comment

Link kiosks celebrate city’s influential Caribbean-Americans

New York: Celebrating June as Caribbean Heritage Month, the citywide WiFi service LinkNYC is commemorating the annual observance by gracing all of their kiosks with images of influential Americans of Caribbean descent. Comment

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Barbados: Not too long after the Barbados Labour Party bounded home to a resounding victory in the general elections, the veneer of unity and togetherness was shattered by the defection of a stalwart to become the official opposition. Comment

Cricket West Indies marks 92 years in ICC

Caribbean: West Indies cricket recently celebrated 92 years of being a full member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) as a Test playing nation. Comment

Sandals is new Cricket West Indies sponsor

Travel: The luxury hotel chain Sandals Resorts is the new major commercial sponsor of West Indies cricket. Comment

Four lessons the NFL could learn from ABC

Caribbean: Following Roseanne Barr’s obscenely offensive comments about former Obama Senior Advisor, Valerie Jarrett, ABC took immediate and decisive action to demonstrate that her words describing an accomplished Black woman as an ape did not reflect the networks values. The network’s cancellation of its highest rate show — a move that prioritized integrity and a commitment to decency over money, ratings, and even political expediency — surprised many. The NFL, as it faces continual media and public scrutiny, could stand to take a knee and learn a lesson from ABC. Comment

Trini soca star rising

Music: Young Trinidad and Tobago soca star Nailah Blackman has been nominated for one of the 2018 Black Entertainment Television’s (BET) Awards — the Viewers’ Choice: Best New International Act. To have a good chance, she would need the help of all Trindad and Tobago by voting and hashtagging her picture #ipicknailahb18. The awards show comes off on June 24 at 8 pm. Comment

Belize governments have failed their dual citizens

Belize: Up until the late 1970’s the largest ethnic group in Belize were Belizeans of African descent which comprised the Garifuna and Creole people. Belize also have a small population of East Indians, Native Mayas, Mestizos, Mennonites and Chinese that makeup its estimated population of about 390,000 people. Comment

Bourdain’s love of Jamaica’s Oxtail and Curried Goat

Food: Four years ago, late world-renowned chef and host of CNN’s Parts Unknown, Anthony Bourdain said, “I love the food in this country. I must have Oxtail, whether in the Bronx or in Kingston.” These were endearing words uttered by the storyteller and adventurer, while filming his series in Jamaica. Comment

Beyond Hurricanes: How do we finance resilience in the Caribbean?

UNITED NATIONS, June 8, 2018 (IPS) - As a new hurricane season approaches in the Caribbean, I attended last week’s dialogue focused on “Financing Resilience in SIDS” held in Antigua and Barbuda and sponsored by the host government and Belgium. Comment


Sports: West Indies took the first Test against Sri Lanka in the three-match series by a convincing 226 runs just before lunch on the final day (Sunday) at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad. Comment

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Four CARICOM nations voted to suspend Venezuela from the OAS. Jamaica, Bahamas, Barbados and Guyana — were among 19 countries who recently voted to support a resolution to suspend Venezuela from the 34-member Organization of American States (OAS). Comment

Jamaicans cite STEM robotics for Vision 2030

Jamaica: While United States media outlets have been damning the abrupt ending of the G7 Summit in Quebec, Canada and the fact President Donald Trump abbreviated talks with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Jamaicans are celebrating the fact that the tiny island distinguished itself as the only English-speaking Caribbean country invited to join the talks with leaders of France, USA, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Italy and Canada. Comment

Bolt loses ninth gold medal

Jamaica: Former Jamaica super star athlete, Usain Bolt would not be getting back his ninth Olympic gold medal. Comment
Guyana: It is possible to enhance the image of your country by contributing to the development of another, was the message delivered to Guyanese in Barbados as they observed their country’s 52nd independence anniversary. Comment

A new star: Harlem rapper and actor Arnstar’s growing fame

People: He’s a triple threat of talent. Brooklyn-born and Harlem raised actor, rapper, and dancer Sean “ARNSTAR” Kirkland is making a lot of moves for himself in the entertainment world. The 27-year-old recently starred in the Netflix film “Roxanne, Roxanne,” and went viral for a dance video he and a few friends did for a challenge headed by singer Neyo and song, while also highlighting Harlem’s vibrant dance culture and scene. The video was reshared picked up some traction shedding light on a revival he wants to bring to the forefront of hip-hop. Comment

Father’s Day brunch to benefit school in Guyana

Guyana: Students of St. Rose’s High School in Georgetown will benefit from an upgraded science laboratory and special projects at the school’s campus, thanks to the United States Alumni Association that will donate funds raised at a Father’s Day brunch celebration. Comment
Music: The color purple was in vogue last Saturday in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn where a free, mass concert / celebration of Prince Rogers Nelson billed “Purple People Party 3” hosted by actor / director Spike Lee marked the 60th anniversary birthday of the Minneapolis native who died three years ago from an opiod overdose. Comment

Trevor Jackson stars in Blaxploitation era classic

Movies: “Super Fly” (1972) was one of the most profitable of the Blaxploitation Era flicks. Released during the genre’s heyday, the picture revolved around its iconic title character, Youngblood Priest, a flamboyant cocaine dealer who dressed like a pimp, drove flashy cars and sampled his wares from a spoon shaped like a cross draped around his neck. Comments (2)

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Eating Animals (Unrated) Agri-business expose’, inspired by Jonathan Safran Foer’s best seller of the same name, examining America’s evolution over the past 40 years from a traditional farming nation to one dependent on massive, industrial food complexes. Narrated by Natalie Portman. Comment

Monday, June 11, 2018

Trump proclaims June National Caribbean Caribbean-American Heritage month

Haiti: United States President Donald J. Trump last week proclaimed June National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, saying that during the month, the U.S. will honor America’s “long-shared history with our neighbors in the Caribbean and celebrate the Caribbean Americans who have enriched our nation.” Comment

Students, elected officials rally for summer jobs

Manhattan: A coalition of students joined elected officials and advocacy groups on the steps of City Hall on Thursday to support the Summer Youth Employment Program and to call for increased investment to allow for the expansion of the program. Comment

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Councilman Williams saddened by ‘bigoted agenda’ after Supreme Court ruling

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane Williams says he’s disheartened by some extremists’ “bigoted agenda” in light of Monday’s ruling by the United States Supreme Court in favor of a Colorado baker who had refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. Comment
Barbados: Belize’s football is currently ranked three places below Barbados but that Central American country’s team has nonetheless managed to hold the islanders to a goalless draw in a friendly fixture played on the island. Comment

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Guyanese dignitaries march in Independence Day Parade in Brooklyn

Guyana: Guyanese officials responded to the call to represent their country, by joining the parade with other elected officials, at the corner of Brooklyn and Church Avenues. Comment

St. Vincent and Grenadines Consul General to Mechanics: ‘Set your buckets down’

St Vincent: In quoting the late, renowned United States writer and civil rights activist W.E.B. DuBois, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Consul General to the United States, Howie Prince, has challenged Mechanics worldwide to “set your buckets where you are.” In delivering the feature address Sunday – at the annual luncheon, of the Brooklyn-based Independent United Order of Mechanics (IUOM), Friendly Society, Western Hemisphere, Inc. – Prince said the fraternal organization is as relevant today as the umbrella body was in 1757, when it was founded. Comment

Dr. Gerard Leotaud: New at LaSante

People: Things are looking up at LaSante and they’re starting from way back down. Now servicing specialty footcare needs, their podiatry division is now open. Patients already feel at ease when entering the state of the art facility and its expansive waiting rooms. Comment

Friday, June 8, 2018

Caribbean tourism group touts Rejuvenation

Travel: Hugh Riley of the Caribbean Tourism Organization greeted all those in attendance in lower Manhattan for Revival for the Caribbean: Rejuvenation, a gathering to kick-off Caribbean Week as well as spiritually launching it. Comment

Barbados’ new government makes instant financial changes

Barbados: Confronted with overall national debt that has more than doubled in the 10 years of the last government, Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley wasted no time in suspending liability payments and calling in the International Monetary Fund. Comment

History in Barbados’ Catholic church

Barbados: A Barbadian made religious history this week by moving from the elevated position of an Anglican priest to be ordinated as a Catholic priest. Comment

Barbados gets FIFA office

Barbados: The recent opening of a FIFA Regional Development office on the island has elevated Barbados to the central administrative point for growth of the game in the Caribbean. Comment

Eugene hosts town hall meeting with mayor

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene recently hosted the “Working for Council District 40 Town Hall” with Mayor Bill de Blasio at Public School 6 in Brooklyn. Comment

Antigua is first Caribbean country to ratify Inter-American Convention against Racism

Antigua: Antigua and Barbuda last week became the first Caribbean country to ratify the Inter-American Convention against Racism, Racial Discrimination and Related Forms of Intolerance. Comments (1)

CTO: Caribbean Airlines demonstrates regionalism

Travel: The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) says the Trinidad and Tobago-owned Caribbean Airlines has demonstrated its ongoing commitment to the region by its “strong support of Caribbean Week in New York as the official Caribbean Carrier of Caribbean Week 2018.” Comment
Queens: Members of the city’s Caribbean LGBT community celebrated pride in their identities at the 26th annual Queens Pride Parade in Jackson Heights on June 3. Comment

Thursday, June 7, 2018



Dominica: More than a week into the 2018 hurricane season, Caribbean governments and the regional lifeline travel sector are scrambling to both recover from last year’s devastating storms and to brace for a year that experts are already predicting will be above average. Comment
Food: The fifth annual Eat Caribbean Week returns June 17 to June 24. The weeklong program organized by the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) features dozens of eateries and bakeries that serve the finest Caribbean cuisine and treats. Comment

Coast Guard urges hurricane season preparedness

Barbados: The United States Coast Guard is reminding the Caribbean to prepare for the 2018 hurricane season. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, with the peak occurring between mid-August and late October. Comment

Pols and advocates rally in New York against gun violence

Manhattan: Elected officials and advocates came together at City Hall last week to kick off Gun Violence Awareness Month, which is observed throughout June. Comment

Arbitration court dismsses Jamaican sprinter’s appeal of Olympic disqualification

Jamaica: The Lausanne, Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed an appeal filed by the Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter against the decision issued on Jan. 25, 2017 by the International Olympic Committee Disciplinary Panel (IOC DP) in which he was found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Comment

Some Caribbean countries seek curbs on production and use of plastic bags

Colombia: The United Nations Environment Program (UN Environment) says several countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are using taxes, bans and technological innovation to restrict the production and consumption of plastic bags and reduce their harmful impact on oceans and marine species. Comment

Jamaican wins Vincy crown

Fashion: A Jamaica, Queens-based Jamaican national who worships at Miracle Temple Ministries in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn was crowned on Saturday the 2018 “Miss United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn.” Comment

Queens author highlights Carnival, folklore in children’s book

Books: A Queens-based illustrator and author celebrates Caribbean folklore and Trinidadian carnival in his children’s book, “The Carnival Prince.” In the book, creator Daniel O’Brien highlights the mythical entities and traditional stories he heard growing up, all through the perspective of a young protagonist on an adventure. He also to wanted to revisit all the tales he knew, and repurpose them into a digestible content. Comment

U.S. based cancer network collaborates with Caribbean cancer association

Health: Two cancer focused organizations are collaborating to increase cancer awareness in the Caribbean. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and the Caribbean Association of Oncology and Hematology (CAOH) are collaborating to improve cancer care and treatment in the Caribbean. Comment

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