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Saturday, July 6, 2019

We need to disarm the hate

We need to disarm the hate

Viewpoints: Three years ago June 12, Omar Mateen entered the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and killed 49 people as they celebrated, many of them members of the LGBTQ community in the midst of Pride month. Less than a year ago, 11 Jewish worshippers were killed in a Pennsylvania synagogue. Just under three months ago, a gunman murdered 51 at their mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. Comments (1)

Trini film producer wins top award

Movies: “Extra Innings,” a period drama produced by Trinidadian born filmmaker Jolene Mendes, won the top award for Best Feature Film at the 2019 Manhattan Film Festival held in Cinema Village, New York in May. Comment

Friday, July 5, 2019


Trinidad and Tobago: As ISIS terror groups seek to regroup after losses to western coalition forces, authorities in a leading Caribbean Community member state are bracing for the imminent return of dozens of its nationals who had enlisted to fight in the Middle East in recent years. Security experts warn that officials better be ready to deal with them. Comment


Movies: For the month of July, ADIFF curates the Trans-Cultural Dialogues Film Series, an attempt to illustrate an international dialogue between cultures in different parts of the world. The series has an international perspective that is built around a need to understand our human experience on a larger scale. Comment

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Assemblywoman Haitian American Rodneyse Bichotte on Sunday marched in Manhattan with newly-elected Councilwoman Farah Louis, another Haitian American, and Mayor Bill DeBlasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray in celebrating the 2019 Pride March. Comment

UN chief attends CARICOM Heads of Government summit

Caribbean: United Nations Secretary General António Guterres says he will be attending the 40th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) that is taking place this week in St. Lucia. Comment

Vincentian sports ambassadors pay tribute to Gloria Ballantyne

St Vincent: Three leading Vincentian sports ambassadors on Monday paid tribute to Vincentian sporting icon Gloria Ballantyne, who died on Saturday in Kingstown, the Vincentian capital. Comment

Becoming a widowed parent with confidence

Books: The covers on the other side of the bed are barely rumpled these days. There’s just one toothbrush in the holder, one plate at the table, one coffee cup in the sink. You didn’t want this, weren’t expecting it, wish it wasn’t happening but here it is, and in “Widows’ Words” by various writers, edited by Nan Bauer-Maglin, you’re absolutely not alone. Welcome to the club. The rules are simple. Comment



Sports: Powerhouse India ended West Indies ICC 2019 World Cup dream with a crushing defeat by 125 runs at Old Trafford last Thursday (June 25). Comment

West Indies now 9th in ODI rankings

Sports: After briefly occupying the number eight position on the One-Day International (ODI) table, West Indies have now slipped to ninth after their string of defeats at the ICC 2019 World Cup. Comment

USA defeats T&T Soca Warriors

Trinidad and Tobago: The USA kicked Trinidad and Tobago Soca Warriors out of the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup Group stage. The Americans exacted revenge of for the Oct.10, 2017 2-1 win T&T earned over the US men’s team that out paid to their 2018 Russia FIFA World Cup participation. Comment

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Brooklyn: Caribbean culture came alive on June 21 during the hosting of the Third Annual Caribbean Heritage Month in Kings County (Brooklyn) courts. Comment
Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President, Eric L. Adams, gave the Caribbean diaspora, an opportunity to “Embrace Your Hyphen,” a phrase he coined to encourage expatriates to celebrate both their American and Caribbean cultures, and in so doing, highlight their talents, education, and togetherness for the world to see. Comment
St Vincent: The Brooklyn-based Garifuna Indigenous People of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (GIPSVG) says it is sponsoring an inaugural, free Garifuna Heritage Camp in its homeland this month. Comment



Music: Campaigning since 1968, he began winning CropOver Road March competition — three in a row — between 1983 and 1985, and now with four more under his belt, Leo MacDonald Blenman, The Mighty Grynner, has had a main Barbados highway named after him. Comment

Barbados’ Best at Squash

Barbados’ Best at Squash

Barbados: The effort of Meagan Best in defending her Barbados Senior National Squash Champion title was light in comparison to the struggle her veteran male counterpart, Shawn Simpson, had to endure before retaining his crown in the 2019 championships. Comment

Girlz nick one

Jamaica: The Reggae Girlz are out of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 competition but despite the early departure the players and their Caribbean fans are cherishing the 49th minute in this final game with Australia. Comment

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Venezuela: Antigua Dominica’s Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit has called on the regional private sector and other stakeholders to consider purchasing shares in the cash-strapped regional airline, LIAT, saying that the company is vital to the continued development of the sub-regional and wider Caribbean Community (CARICOM) grouping. Comment

Extravagant Caribbean American Healthcare Awards

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: In what was described as perhaps the best ever Caribbean American Health Care Awards ceremony, 30 health care professionals were honored Tuesday night by Caribbean Life and Schneps Media during the paper’s annual gala commemorating Caribbean American Heritage Month. Comment
Grenada: Family, friends, supporters and well-wishers two Saturday’s ago celebrated with Grenadian centenarian Judith Radix her 103rd birthday. Comment

African Marketplace opens for Independence Day Weekend

Brooklyn: A global gathering of retailers and patrons to the annual International African Arts Festival are enthusiastically anticipating the July 4 start of the four-day outdoor calendar event which combines cultural activities with a diverse cross-continental serving of family-friendly engagement to deliver Brooklyn’s best. Comment

Monday, July 1, 2019

Barbados slides in Trafficking in Persons list

Barbados: An absence of court convictions followed by imprisonment or fines has caused a drop in Barbados’ ranking in the United States State Department’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) list. Comment
Food: The Brooklyn Borough President Nightlife and Restaurant Coalition, International Food & Wine and Tasting (BNRC) began in 2015, and has fast become the place for popular restaurants and connoisseurs to showcase their talents and brands to the Brooklyn community. Comments (1)

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Grenada: ANKARA, June 18, 2019 (IPS) — Businesses are being encouraged to follow the lead of the youth to halt desertification, reduce degradation, improve agricultural sustainability and restore damaged lands. Comment
Brooklyn: The Independent United Order of Mechanics (IUOM) on Sunday celebrated St. John’s Day in Brooklyn. Members in the New York City metropolitan area, along with members from the five District Grand Lodges in the area, celebrated the event with a Thanksgiving Service at St. Peter Claver Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn. Comment

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