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Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018

Barbados: Insurance Corporation of Barbados Limited (ICBL) has been revealed as the unnamed company in the US Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York indictment proceedings against ex-Barbados government minister, Donville Inniss, who faces money-laundering charges in New York. Comment

Independent & Foreign

Movies: Alt-Right: Age of Rage (Unrated) Political documentary revisiting last summer’s neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville, Virginia leading to the murder of counter-demonstrator Heather Heyer. Featuring commentary by Antifa activist Daryle Lamont Jenkins and white supremacist Richard Spencer. Comment

Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018

Caribbean seeks to become world’s first climate-smart zone

Caribbean: The World Bank says a ground-breaking partnership to support the Caribbean’s ambition to become the world’s first “climate-smart zone” was launched in Kingston, Jamaica on Thursday. Comment

Caribbean seeks to become world’s first climate-smart zone

Caribbean: The World Bank says a ground-breaking partnership to support the Caribbean’s ambition to become the world’s first “climate-smart zone” was launched in Kingston, Jamaica on Thursday. Comment

‘Cocktail Party’ for Anonymous Mas

Brooklyn: The newly-formed Anonymous Mas is having a “Cocktail Party” on Labor Day. All is welcomed. Tobagonian co-band leader Latoya Legall told Caribbean Life Thursday evening – at the band’s mas camp, 335 East 52nd Street, between Church Avenue and Linden Boulevard in Brooklyn – that the production comes from “the many different flavors of cocktails, which reminds us of colors of the different carnival costumes.” Comment

Barbadian tennis player abused

Barbados: Racism pops up its ugly head anywhere, and sports stars usually get their fair share of it, so there was no surprise when leading Barbadian tennis player, Darian King, came in for servings of this horrid abuse recently. Comment

Friday, Aug. 10, 2018

INDIAN TYCOON SOUGHT

Antigua: Once again, the controversial cash for citizenship scheme used by several of the smaller Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) to raise development finance is coming under severe scrutiny and it appears that a fugitive from India has been able to easily bypass Antigua’s national vetting system and qualify for citizenship and the right to travel globally on a local passport. Comment

MEC pays tribute to WIADCA prez

People: Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College (MEC) on Wednesday joined the outpouring of tributes on the passing of William R. “Bill” Howard, one of the founders of the college and president of the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA), organizers of the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade. Comment

HERO provides free services to Grenada’s dialysis patients

Grenada: A team of good Samaritans who toil as medical professionals here spent a week trip in Grenada where they provided implant access valves at no cost to dialysis patients at the General Hospital in the capital city of St. George’s. Comment

Truly deserved, Dr. Shiv Chanderpaul!

People: Guyanese cricket legend Shivnarine Chanderpaul, a former captain of the West Indies team, will be awarded the Honorary Doctors of Law later this year by the University of the West Indies (UWI). Comment
Arts & Theater: The Caribbean spirit was in the air. Hundreds of people attended the “Spirit of the Caribbean” community event and concert at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center in Queens on Aug. 4. The mid-day event featured a variety of island cuisine, dance, and music. And it was as much an exhilarating experience, as a it was an educational one, said the executive director of a dance group that performed. Comment
Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica — As part of the preparation for the upcoming Concacaf Nations League Qualifiers, Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz have announced two friendly international matches against Caribbean neighbors. Comment

Trinbago wins CPL opener

Trinbago wins CPL opener

Sports: New Zealander Colin Munro and Denesh Ramdin blasted half centuries in steering defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders to an emphatic 100-run victory over the St. Lucia Stars in the opening game of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Wednesday night at the Queens Park Oval in Trinidad and Tobago. Comment

UWI begins search for fast bowlers

Sports: The University of the West Indies (UWI) has begun the search for fast bowlers in the Caribbean this month. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018

Barbados: Ex-Barbados government minister, Donville Inniss, a once powerful outspoken official for most of the 10 years of the past administration is now reduced to wearing an electronic monitoring device while his travel is restricted. Comments (1)

Barbados’ slump confirmed

Barbados: Having suffered contractions in the economy for two successive quarters, Barbados is now officially in recession and as this nation struggles to climb out of this economic hole, the outlook for the immediate future does not look. Comment

John Newton’s song of prayer

Books: In church, you sing a lot of songs. Some are just for Sunday school, and you clap when you sing them. Others make you dance right in your seat. And some songs you sing in church are very old and have a quiet, hidden meaning. In “How Sweet the Sound” by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Frank Morrison, you’ll learn about one song that feels a lot like a prayer. Comment

Why the flooding in Grenada is a clear reminder of its vulnerability to climate change

Grenada: ST. GEORGE’S, Aug 8, 2018 (IPS) — Grenada is still tallying the damage after heavy rainfall last week resulted in “wide and extensive” flooding that once again highlights the vulnerability of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to climate change. Comment

Another bombastic CropOver

Music: Barbadians and visitors jumped, danced, drank and partied in other unimaginable ways along the streets Monday to wrap up another CropOver festival, the island’s biggest, and internationally renowned, annual celebration. Comment

No respect, no business

No respect, no business

Viewpoints: Friends and neighbors, we all know the special relationships we have with the local businesses in our community, from the corner store, to the barber, to cultural eateries and even to nail salons. The consumer- business relationship is often a personal one, because it is in settings like these that stories about one’s life and shared experiences surface, adding to the depth of connections of this nature. Comments (2)
St Lucia: From Aug. 15-18, 2018 some high students from around the globe representing more than 100 countries will be competing against their peers at the First Global Challenge. The theme of the Robotics Olympics is “Energy” and the Olympics will have these students engaged in various demonstrations and displays in robotic forms using the sciences. Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018

Jamaica’s flag flies over Brooklyn Borough Hall

Jamaica: As temperatures soar into the 90s, New Yorkers may be experiencing the “dog days of August.” However, on Aug. 6, a few Jamaicans risked the heat, sunstroke and Monday morning rush hour in order to join Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, Cong. Yvette Clarke and the island’s Consul General Trudy Deans for a flag-raising ceremony hailing the 56th anniversary of independence of the first Caribbean nation to secede from British rule. Comment

Williams joins tributes to late WIADCA prez

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams on Monday joined a chorus of tributes for the late president of the Brooklyn-based West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) president, William R. “Bill” Howard. Comment

Fund competition for creators

Fund competition for creators

Movies: A Harlem-based media company is seeking out creatives to participate in its annual competition. Black Public Media is hosting its third annual 360 Incubator — a search for producers and filmmakers in need of funding for their projects. Every year the media group puts out an open call to creators who focus on developing media content highlighting a variety of black experiences. The winners can be financed for up to $150,000, and get access to a bevy of reliable guidance, said a past winner. Comment
Jamaica: President of Guyana David A. Granger, during a festival on Aug. 1 to commemorate the 180th anniversary of the abolition of slavery, called on Guyanese to strive for “economic emancipation” that he noted would create a better quality of life and move Guyana towards development. Comment

Suga Candy Mas ‘Dreams’ for Labor Day

Arts & Theater: The three-year-old Suga Candy Mas is dreaming for another bumper year in the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade. “This year’s presentation is called ‘Dreams,’” band leader Belizean Maxine Magdaleno, told Caribbean Life, who founded Suga Candy Mas in 2015. Comment

Dingolay Mas pays tribute to Shadow

Arts & Theater: Inspired by popular Trinidadian calypsonian The Mighty Shadow, Dingolay Mas will this year pay tribute to the witty and dynamic calypsonian in its Labor Day production. Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018

A jury in Manhattan on Monday reached a mixed verdict in a case against Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams on charges related to his arrest for protesting the deportation of Trinidadian immigrant rights activist and community leader Ravi Ragbir. Comment
Barbados: Some Barbadians got a rude interruption of their CropOver revelry Monday when news broke that a former high-profile government minister, Donville Inniss, had been arrested in Florida on corruption charges. Comment

CACCI contributes to CTO relief fund

Brooklyn: The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) says the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) has contributed US$1,000 to the CTO Relief Fund to aid Caribbean countries impacted by natural disasters. Comment
Arts & Theater: The second annual “Carnival in the City” exhibit is gracing the walls of Resorts World Casino for its second edition now until Sept. 7. The two-floor display launched last year to showcase Caribbean culture to patrons of the casino. Now it’s back again, this time with more new and returning imagery of the Caribbean carnival culture in the city, said the curator. Comment
Movies: Back in the Seventies, Ron Stallworth became the first African-American to join the Colorado Springs Police Department. The ambitious, young, college grad was soon promoted to detective, and his initial undercover case involved covering a Stokely Carmichael (Corey Hawkins) rally when the incendiary Black Power advocate was invited to speak at Colorado College. Comment

JAH and music fraternity mourns

Music: News of the passing on July 9 of Suzanne Couch had a sobering effect on Jamaicans acquainted with the finger-licking foods she often prepared for friends and celebrities who visited the island. The sudden and sad news travelled far and wide resonating with grief. Comment

Monday, Aug. 6, 2018

WIADCA president dies

WIADCA president dies

Arts & Theater: Just less than a month before the massive West Indian American Day Carnival Parade takes place on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3, the president of the organizing group has died. Comment

Jamaica opens first retail marijuana seed store

Jamaica: Jamaica has opened its first retail marijuana seed store located in the Marketplace on Constant Spring Road, the Jamaica Gleaner reported. Comment

T&T holds first Gay Pride Parade

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago held its first-ever Gay Pride Parade when members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) came out in their numbers and paraded through the streets of Port of Spain last week-end. Comment

Independent & Foreign

Movies: BuyBust (Unrated) High-body count crime thriller, set in Manila, about a narcotics detective (Anne Curtis) forced to shoot her way out of the city’s most dangerous slum after surviving the slaughter of the rest of her squad by crooked cops and a drug cartel. With Brandon Vera, Victor Neri and Arjo Atayde. (in Filipino, Tagalog and English with subtitles) Comment

Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018

Rights experts denounce Trump’s media attacks

National: The United Nations’ expert on free expression has condemned United States President Donald Trump’s repeated attacks on the media, warning that his rhetoric is eroding public trust in the media that could spark violence against journalists. Comment

CCJ holds historic sitting in St. Vincent

St Vincent: The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) held a historic sitting in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in its 13-year history. Comment

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