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Fourth oil, gas discovery made offshore Suriname

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Suriname,  Oil producer Apache Corporation and its joint venture partner Total SA have announced their fourth discovery of oil offshore Suriname. According to a report...

Prime Minister and seven others take the COVID-19 vaccine.

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BROOKLYN, NY – Prime Minister Mia Mottley disclosed to the nation Thursday that she was among eight people here who recently received COVID-19 vaccines...

Reifer to prepare Young West Indies for Caribbean World Cup

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BROOKLYN, NY– Cricket West Indies on Thursday appointed former West Indies captain Floyd Reifer as the Under-19 head coach, tasked with preparing the youth...

Gayle, Brathwaite among four WI stars bought in PSL draft

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LAHORE, Pakistan: Veteran superstar Chris Gayle and 2016 T20 World Cup hero, Carlos Brathwaite, were both snapped up in Sunday’s draft of the Pakistan Super...

UNEP supports the plan to use satellite imaging to build a...

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United Nations: The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) says it supports a plan to use satellite imaging to build up a picture of coral reefs in...

Union denies sanctioning any planned sickout by COVID-19 essential workers:Barbados

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The island’s largest public-sector trade union has distanced itself from a social media post that calls for COVID-19 frontline and essential...

Government, private sector sign symbolic MOU:Guyana

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana – The Guyana Office for Investment (Go-Invest) and the Private Sector Commission on Friday signed a symbolic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which...

Private sector warns lockdown could hurt more than COVID-19

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KINGSTOWN, St Vincent – Amid a spike in COVID-19 cases among locals, the private sector has insisted that any decision to introduce lockdown measures...

More scientists to monitor the erupting La Soufriere volcano

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KINGSTOWN, St Vincent – Two scientists from the Seismic Research Centre (SRC), Thomas Christopher and Adam Stinton, who are based at the Montserrat Volcano...

Government to invest in “heart-ware” of Jamaicans in the new crime-fighting...

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – Prime Minister Andrew Holness, says the Government will be investing in Jamaicans' “heart-ware” as part of the fight against crime and...

Premier says cruise tourism unlikely to resume this year: Cayman Islands

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GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Island – Premier Alden McLaughlin says that it is unlikely that cruise ships will be returning to the territory this year due...

US President-elect taps Caribbean American voting rights advocate for senior Department...

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On Thursday, United States President-elect Joe Biden tapped a Caribbean American voting rights advocate for a senior US Department of Justice (DOJ) position. In a...

More Jamaicans to receive COVID-19 vaccine in the second quarter, once...

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Jamaica’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie, says the number of people to be vaccinated in the second quarter of the year, when the...

Fenwick hoping on January friendlies after ‘depressing’ 2020

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Trinidad and Tobago head coach, Terry Fenwick, said plans were in the pipeline to host international friendlies against fellow Caribbean Football Union nations later...

US extends physical presence requirements for Employment Eligibility Verification for Caribbean...

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 The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has further extended the physical presence requirements associated with Employment Eligibility Verification for the Caribbean...

Jamaica Tourist Board Hails Travel and Tourism Icon Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart

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Jamaica and the entire tourism world have lost an icon and travel and tourism visionary with Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart's passing on Monday evening. The...

Caribbean Airlines suspends service to Havana, Cuba

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ORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Regional carrier Caribbean Airlines Ltd (CAL) has suspended its commercial service to Havana, Cuba, with immediate effect, until further...

Caribbean American congresswoman takes 8th Oath of Office at 117th US...

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Caribbean American Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has taken her 8th Oath of Office at the start of the historic 117th United States Congress. “We ushered...

Government of Barbados committed to tackling corruption

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Attorney General Dale Marshall has promised to continue Government’s efforts to fight against corruption. He gave this commitment during the Institute of Chartered Accountants’ of...

Stunning Pooran fifty overshadowed by Hughes, Brathwaite in Sixers win

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GOLD COAST, Australia: Nicholas Pooran smashed an exhilarating half-century. Still, West Indies teammate, Carlos Brathwaite, hit a cameo in a quick-fire stand with top-scorer Daniel...

PAHO issues food safety guidelines in the Caribbean amid holiday season

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WASHINGTON,  – The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has issued what it described as “five keys” for food safety in the Caribbean and other...

Guyana marks the first year of oil production

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana – ExxonMobil Guyana celebrating the first year of oil production from the Liza field offshore. Earlier this month, the Liza Destiny Floating Production...

Historic direct flight from Lagos to Sangster’s Airport in Montego Bay

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – Nigerian carrier: Air Peace made its historic direct flight from Lagos to the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay's western city earlier...

Trio reappointed to FIFA international referees’ list

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Guyanese referee Sherwin Johnson said he is looking forward to returning to the playing field next year after reappointing to the FIFA international referees’...

US adds more Cuban military-owned companies to Specially Designated Nationals and...

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WASHINGTON, DC– The administration of US President Donald Trump added three more Cuban military-owned companies to its Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List...

T&T-Association starts to clear debts to players, coaches and admin staff

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Players, coaches, and administrative staff of the Trinidad & Tobago Football Association (TTFA) will have a Merry Christmas after...

Eastern Caribbean dollar remains strong – says ECCB governor

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CASTRIES, St. Lucia – Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), Timothy Antoine, says the subregion currency remains ‘very strong’ amid the economic...

Teammates key to third Player-of-the-Year honor: Fowler

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Jhaniele Fowler has praised her teammates at West Coast Fever for their support after winning a third successive Suncorp Super Netball Player-of-the-Year Award. The Sunshine...

An Awakening!

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By Lou CespedesI wanted to take a break from my series this week because I wanted to share some of my thoughts about this...

IDB to assist with the development of the national broadband strategy

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The Ministry of Technology has secured the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) assistance to develop a national broadband strategy, which will support the implementation of...

Central Bank governor to continue in post for three more years

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Finance Minister Colt Imbert says that the Central Bank Governor, Alvin Hilaire, will continue to serve in that position for another three years.  Imbert, who...

Captain Sir Tom Moore happy to be in Barbados

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados,  The 100-year-old British Army officer who rose to fame when he raised over £33 million for the National Health Services earlier this year in...

Breakout Star Shaneil Muir Heads Audiomack’s Hold a Medz Series debut

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Audiomack gives Caribbean artists worldwide shine with new behind the scenes series Hold a Medz, which debuts this upcoming week, featuring viral starlet Shaneil Muir who...

Region urged to be cautious regarding corruption amid the COVID-19 pandemic

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President of the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Dr. Wm Warren Smith. said the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic had focused on the thorny and...

Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) Board of Directors Holds First Meeting in...

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MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA – December 8, 2020 – Tourism veteran John Lynch has been reappointed Chairman of the new board of directors of the Jamaica...

Survey finds a significant number of employees were forced to work...

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – A survey conducted by the University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus has found that an estimated 60 percent of...

Australian company considers investing in Guyana

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A 10-member team from one of the world’s largest iron ore companies are hoping to invest in Guyana. The team from Australia, Fortescue (FMG), led by...

Black Owned!

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 by Lou Cespedes I am a building professional and I work in construction. A few days ago, in a conversation with a colleague, we...

CARICOM places temporary ban on poultry from the United Kingdom

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ST. JOHN’S, Antigua,– Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries have placed a temporary ban on the importation of all poultry from the United Kingdom because of...

No nation accepts non-nationals without due process

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, – The Trinidad and Tobago government Friday said it is awaiting the outcome of a legal challenge on behalf of...

Gloria’s Fall

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By Lou CespedesExactly one year ago, I wrote on the pages of this paper, that our merchant class struggled with basic knowledge about contracts,...

Budget day in Grenada is December 2

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ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada – The Grenada government will be presenting the 2020-21 national budget to Parliament on December 2. It will be the first presentation by...

What goes for the goose will also have to go for...

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana, – Acting Chief Justice, Roxane George, Tuesday adjourned to November 30, the hearing of the two petitions filed by the coalition opposition,...

This is a matter, not for the OAS, but the people...

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By Peter Richards PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – The Trinidad and Tobago government Wednesday criticized the international community, most notably the Organization of American States...

No support for anti-gang legislation

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BROOKLYN, NY– Police Commissioner Gary Griffith says “petty politics” took precedence as opposition United National Congress (UNC) legislators on Friday night failed to support...

Murray, onboards and train essential service providers in OSHA’s amended CDC...

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PROSPECT CLEANING SERVICE Ingrid Murray is an accomplished accountant, enterprising entrepreneur, and distinguished businesswoman who currently serves as the President and Director of Facilities for...

Government to review the long-term national development plan

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BROOKLYN, NY– The Government is reviewing the strategic implementation of the country’s long-term National Development Plan – Vision 2030 Jamaica. According to the Director-General of the...

CAB confident despite challenges over the past year

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BROOKLYN, NY–Newly re-elected chairman of the Caribbean Association of Banks (CAB) Inc., Dalton Lee, has described the past 12 months as an “extremely trying...

WHAT YOU ARE REALLY WORTH?

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By Lou Cespedes In 2017, at a Community Board 17 Land Use meeting, I made a presentation to explain a simple concept. It went a...

Opposition remains confident of victory in election petitions

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Opposition Leader Joseph Harmon, Friday remained confident that the opposition coalition will be successful in the two election petitions challenging the results of the disputed March 2 regional and general elections even as the ruling party moves to get them struck off by the High Court.

Opposition coalition presents a motion to Parliament regarding “hate” crimes in...

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana – The main opposition group, the coalition of A Partnership for National Unity and the Alliance for Change (APNU+AFC) Monday presented a...

Government moving towards the digitalization of business enterprises

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KINGSTON, Jamaica– The Jamaica government says it is embarking on an initiative to facilitate the digitization of over 25,000 business enterprises’ operations within the...

President Laura Walker Honored by Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation

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In addition to Walker, this year’s virtual gala will honor David Adjaye, architect; Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., President & CEO of TIAA; and George...

Jamaica records near 12 percent economic decline in the three-month period

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KINGSTON, Jamaica, The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) Wednesday said that the island had recorded an 11.3 percent economic decline for the second quarter...

Visitors on yacht test positive for COVID in Grenada, while more...

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ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, – Two individuals quarantined on a yacht in the Grenadine island of Carriacou are among the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) cases here....

Antigua and Barbuda renew call for access to financing on concessional...

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Antigua and Barbuda Wednesday said countries in the Caribbean are seeking “breathing space in which to recover” from the ravages of natural disasters and...

CCRIF pays out millions to Nicaragua

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GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands –The Caribbean Catastrophic Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) Tuesday said it would make a payment of US$10.7 million to the Nicaragua...

Curfew extended until December 1:Jamaica

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The Jamaica government has announced an extension of the nightly curfew as well as several other measures aimed at curbing the spread of the...

Turkey, and Haiti seek ways to strengthen bilateral relations

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PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti – Haiti and Turkey's governments are currently exploring ways to strengthen both countries' relations. During a recent telephone call, Haiti’s President...

FLOWING HEARTS INC. LAUNCHES FUNDRAISER TO HELP FIGHT TECH POVERTY IN...

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FLOWING HEARTS INC. LAUNCHES ‘THE LAND OF SPRINGS FUNDRAISER TO HELP FIGHT TECH POVERTY ON THE ISLAND OF JAMAICA NEW YORK – Flowing Hearts...

HARLEM SCHOOL OF THE ARTS COMPLETES $9.5 MILLION-DOLLAR

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BUILDING TRANSFORMATION  Dorothy Maynor made the arts accessible to the young people in Harlem. Herb Alpert gave them a space worthy of the art they create  Harlem,...

HISTORIC VIRTUAL JAPEX LIVE 2020 A SUCCESS

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Jamaica Hosts Fully Virtual Travel Trade Show - A First in the English-Speaking Caribbean  KINGSTON, JAMAICA – November 12, 2020 – The 30thstaging of the annual...

Missing Person Alert

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Good Day,I am writing to share an urgent message with your news platform. There is a gentleman by the name of Claudin Noel, who is...

Shaun Donovan is the Leader NYC Needs

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By Rev. Dr. Johnny Ray Youngblood  Our next mayor must repair, rebuild, and reimagine New York City at this time of pain and loss. Shaun...

CMO defends reopening of schools in Grenada

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Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Shawn Charles, recommends the reopening of schools in Grenada, saying there is no justification for not allowing children to return...

Police says three people confess to the murder of a student

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Haitian police say, three people, including the ‘alleged” boyfriend” of a 22-year-old student, whose body was found in a landfill earlier this month, have...

Exalt Wins $1.2 Million in City Contract to Provide Internship to...

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New York, NY – exalts Executive Director Gisele Castro has announced a multi-year, multi-million-dollar initiative to expand exalts core program, which provides academic advancement, workforce development, and justice-system...

BLACK MONEY MATTERS!

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By Lou Cespedes As we discuss the future of the “Black Lives Matter” movement post-election, and as we hear more and more about the views...

Innovative “A” team tour to expand opportunities, says CWI’s Grave

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Cricket West Indies believes its decision to incorporate two four-day “Tests” into the upcoming tour of New Zealand will pay dividends by expanding specialist...

Boyce, BFA collaborate on women’s development program

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Former Barbados captain Emmerson Boyce has urged football authorities here to accelerate the development of women’s football and has collaborated with the Barbados Football...

St. Vincent diplomat remains reformer of UN Security Council

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 St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ambassador to the United Nations, Inga Rhonda King, Monday said she remains committed to a reform of the United...

Bahamas removes mandatory 14-day quarantine requirements

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The Bahamas government has removed the mandatory 14-day quarantine allowing visitors to the Caribbean country to stay at hotels, go to beaches, “to enjoy...

St. Vincent assumes chairmanship of the UN Security Council.

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines will assume the chairmanship of the United Nations Security Council on Sunday. A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs...

Government rejects union-owned companies’ officer to purchase an oil refinery

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The government rejected a proposal from the Patriotic Energies and Technologies Co. Ltd. to purchase the state-owned Petrotrin refinery. The announcement was made by the...

Union calls for independent evaluation following the rejection of oil bid

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Patriotic Energies and Technologies Co Ltd is calling on the Trinidad and Tobago government to allow for an independent evaluation of its proposals after...

World Bank approves US$5M Child Resilience, Protection Project in St. Maarten

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The World Bank has approved a new US$5 million Child Resilience and Protection Project, funded by the St. Maarten Recovery, Reconstruction, and Resilience Trust...

Barbados to receive US$90 million from the IMF

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 The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Friday said Barbados could receive US$90 million in December under the Fund’s Extended Fund Facility (EFF) if the island...

2020 shows heat is becoming the norm in the Caribbean

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As the Caribbean region’s 2020 Heat Season draws close, the record shows how excessive heat is becoming the norm. The Barbados-based Caribbean Institute for Meteorology...

Jamaica to launch a new insurance scheme to benefit tourists

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Jamaica says it has developed the first end-to-end insurance program for tourists traveling to the island that will be officially launched in two weeks. Tourism...

Haitian municipalities receive ‘Malaria Champions of the Americas’ Award

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WASHINGTON, Oct.  29,  CMC – The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has announced that two municipalities in Haiti were among six in the Americas to be...

Government extends curfew to November 16, two nursing homes closed

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The Islandwide nightly curfew that was implemented as one of the measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has been extended until...

Injury leaves Henry in doubt for Windies tour

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A broken thumb has put fast bowler Matt Henry in doubt for the upcoming series against West Indies starting next month. The 28-year-old suffered the...

The Third Plague; Politics

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by Lou Cespedes*The events of the last weeks between Governor Cuomo, Mayor De Blasio, and the antics of a guy named Heshy provide the...

US attorney general continue the fight to stop Trump health care...

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New York Attorney General Letitia James says she is leading a coalition of 22 attorneys general in continuing the fight to stop the Trump...

Caribbean American Public Advocate wants more polling sites for early voting

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NEW YORK, Oct. 25, CMC – Caribbean American Democratic New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams has called on the city’s Board of Elections...

Trans Guyana Airways to introduce weekly flights to Barbados.

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The privately-owned Trans Guyana Airways (TGA) Tuesday announced that it would be introducing five weekly flights into Barbados beginning on November 1. The airline said...

No more child mothers in the Caribbean

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Becoming a mother is a beautiful and landmark event in many women's lives – particularly when the pregnancy is planned or desired, and childbirth...

Major political parties to contest all 15 seats in the general...

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The two major political parties Tuesday nominated candidates to contest all 15 seats in the November 5 general election. Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, who...

Human trials for new COVID-19 vaccine approved for the Cayman Islands

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A healthcare facility in the Cayman Islands has been granted permission to enter into phase one of a clinical trial of a COVID-19 vaccine. The...

Government awaiting experts report on Venezuelan oil vessel reportedly tilting in...

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The Trinidad and Tobago government Wednesday said it is awaiting a report from a team of local experts who boarded the Venezuelan oil storage...

CARICOM divided on the vote on Venezuela at OAS

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Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries were divided on the issue of “free and fair” elections in Venezuela, with The Bahamas, Haiti, Jamaica, and St. Lucia,...

Police to lay more charges against a former government minister

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 The chairperson of the main opposition, People’s National Congress Reform  (PNCR), Volda Lawrence, is due to appear in a magistrate’s court on Wednesday for...

Dominica calls for a revisit of lending policies

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Dominica Tuesday called on the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other international lending agencies to revisit their lading policies as developing countries sought more...

Players mental health crises in COVID-19 environment: Holder

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West Indies Test captain Jason Holder has warned that players' mental health could be at risk if adjustments are not made to the bio-secure...

Bermuda, Nevis and BVI linked to massive fraud case against Texan...

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A 79-year-old Texan billionaire has been accused of using a web of entities in Bermuda and Nevis to hide two billion US dollars in...

LIAT observers 64th birthday acknowledging its turbulent position

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The cash-strapped regional airline, LIAT, observed its 64th anniversary “of serving the Caribbean,” says the last few months have been very turbulent. The airline, which is...

Gayle marks return with fireworks but composed Pooran seals win

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Veteran batting star Chris Gayle slammed a half-century in his first appearance in the Indian Premier League this season. Still, his West Indies protege...

Four Caribbean countries report COVID deaths

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Four Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries have recorded deaths from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic over the past 24 hours. Two others have reported increased positive...

Bulls-eye on Jamaican, Fowler-Reid in the championship final

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Jamaican superstar Jhaniele Fowler-Reid is bracing for a tough defensive challenge when her West Coast Fever clash with Melbourne Vixens in Sunday’s final of...

T & T FA president, Wallace ready to quit FIFA fight...

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 Beleaguered Trinidad and Tobago FA president, William Wallace, says if FIFA wins next week’s court appeal, he will not pursue any further legal challenges...

Security boosted along Haiti/DR border

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Nearly 10,000 soldiers from the Dominican Republic have been deployed to the border it shares with Haiti to contain undocumented migrants' illegal trafficking. The strong...

Business Aviation, Women and the Caribbean

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By Cdr. Bud Slabbaert CARIBAVIA has announced that it will hold its annual Caribbean Aviation Meetup conference in June 2021. It is not that a...

Fitness issues delay the naming of the T20 squad for NZ

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Player fitness has created headaches for West Indies selectors and has forced a delay in the announcement of the Twenty20 squad for the tour...

Five Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel

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Five countries in the Eastern Caribbean have been deemed safe for the United States citizens to travel. According to the Centre for Disease Control & Prevention...

Trinidad banking group signs onto UN initiative

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The Trinidad-based Republic Financial Holdings Limited (RFHL) says it has become an official signatory of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Banking,  a single...

Soldiers being questioned in connection with marijuana seizure

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An investigation has been launched by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and the Jamaica Defense Force (JDF) in the aftermath of the seizure of...

Belize and Trinidad and Tobago record deaths from COVID

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Belize and Trinidad and Tobago recorded deaths from the coronavirus (COVID-19). Jamaica announced plans to procure the antiviral Remdesivir to treat the virus that...

Integrity Commission says probe into MNIB to continue following a court...

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The Integrity Commission says it will resume its investigation into the operations of the state-owned Marketing & National Importing Board (MNIB) after the former...

ST. LUCIA-HEALTH-St. Lucia investigating two dengue-related deaths

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St. Lucia health authorities Tuesday said they were investigating two dengue-related deaths and appealed to persons to seek immediate medical attention if they show...

Pride collects the winning trophy from legend Sir Garry

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Barbados Pride has is finally got their hands on the Headley/Weekes Trophy to captured this year’s Cricket West Indies first-class tournament. Legendary all-rounder Sir Garry...

Reflections on Community

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by Lou Cespedes For several weeks now, my family and I have been strolling through Holy Cross Cemetery. It is the only green space...

Not In My Backyard Community Cleanup Initiative creates change in Flatbush...

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On Saturday, October 10, 2020, Anthony Beckford, City Council Candidate of the 45th District who is also the President of Black Lives Matter Brooklyn...

Jamaica Updates Its Pre-Testing Requirements

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New Procedures Make Travel More Seamless While Protecting Visitors and Residents KINGSTON, JAMAICA - Jamaica has announced revised measures for international travelers visiting the island with...

NEVIS PROMOTES “HEALTH CAMPAIGN” FOR RESIDENTS AND VISITORS

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* Island Reopens to International Travelers on October 31st* The Nevis Tourism Authority (NTA) in collaboration with the Nevis Ministry of Health (MOH) announces...

LIAT, likely to return to the skies in November

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The cash-strapped regional airline, LIAT, which is undergoing a restructuring program, is likely to return to the skies in November, a senior government minister...

New charges laid against embattled Guyana Chief Elections Officer

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Guyana’s Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield, was granted GUY $ 300,000 (One Guyana dollar=US$0.008 cents) bail after he appeared in court on new charges...

Caribbean American Democratic Vice-Presidential Candidate criticizes President Trump’s COVID-19 response

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Caribbean American Democratic Vice-Presidential Candidate Senator Kamala Harris Wednesday night criticized the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, as the issue took...

US appeals court rejects Trump’s attempt to end the 2020 Census...

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 A three-judge panel of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday afternoon rejected the Trump administration’s appeal for a stay of a lower court’s order that...

Anti-narcotics unit arrest Guyanese and Barbadians following marijuana seizure

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Oct. 8, CMC – A crew of three Guyanese and three Barbadians was arrested late Wednesday when agents from Guyana’s Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit...

Mixed reactions to the government plan to privatize the Ports.

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There have been mixed reactions to the Trinidad and Tobago government's plans to privatize the ports as part of its efforts to encourage the...

St. Lucia to get 345 room Grand Hyatt hotel

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Hyatt Hotels Corporation says a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a management agreement with the Indian-based TTS Resorts Limited for the first Hyatt-branded hotel...

Police dispute attorney’s statement regarding the arrest of Deputy Chief Elections...

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The Guyana Police Force (GPF) Wednesday said that the Deputy Chief Election Officer, Roxanne Myers, is being detained on a charge of conspiracy to...
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Jamaica Updates Its Pre-Testing Requirements

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New Procedures Make Travel More Seamless While Protecting Visitors and Residents KINGSTON, JAMAICA - Jamaica has announced revised measures for international travelers visiting the island with...

Montserrat’s 2020 Alliouagana Festival of the Word Goes Virtual

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Montserrat’s 2020 Alliouagana Festival of the Word Goes Virtual BRADES, Montserrat - The 12th edition of the Alliouagana Festival of the Word will be its first virtual experience. Slated for November 20-22, 2020, the literary event has brought many...

Government presents stimulus budget of TT$49.5 billion

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– Finance Minister Colm Imbert Monday presented a TT$49.5 billion (One TT dollar=US$0.16 cents) national budget to Parliament viewed as a stimulus fiscal package...

Belizeans vote for a new government on November 11

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Belizeans will vote for a new government on November 11 after Prime Minister Dean Barrow, who is bowing out of active politics, announced that...

Pods, Tech, & Education Futures

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by Lou CespedesThis past June as protests raged, I wrote about families struggling through the summer without activities or schooling for kids, and the...

Trinidadian comedian and cultural activist Dennis “Sprangalang” Hall has died

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Well, known comedian and cultural archivist, Dennis “Sprangalang” Hall died late Friday from complications caused by a stroke. Hall, who was also known for his...

Caribbean American legislators wish President Trump a speedy recovery from COVID-19

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Two Caribbean American leaders have extended best wishes to United States President Donald Trump, who on Friday disclosed that he tested positive for the...
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COVID deaths in Guyana and Jamaica

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The death toll in Guyana from the coronavirus (COVID-19) climbed to 78 on Sunday after two patients died earlier during the day. The Ministry of...

How young people die from COVID in Guyana and Belize

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BROOKLYN, NY– A 25-year-old man has become Guyana’s latest victim of the coronavirus (COVID-19) as Suriname; the Bahamas also reported deaths from the virus...

“Your task will be delicate and even perilous.”

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BROOKLN,NY– President Jovenel Moise has installed the nine members of the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) after a  divided Haitian Supreme Court opted Tuesday not...

BLACK JOURNALISTS LAUNCH NEWS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE PODCAST WITH INAUGURAL EPISODE...

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New York, NY  Four-time Emmy Award-winning journalist Mara Schiavocampo, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Wesley Lowery, and former magazine editor and sportswriter Keith Reed have announced...

LIPS Cafe: Jamane Weekes answers the call!

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 By Lou Cespedes Back in April of this year, I walked into LIPS Café (IG @lipscafe_) for the first time. It’s located on Nostrand between Linden Blvd...

Cottrell, the villain, Archer the hero as Royals, seal record run...

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 West Indies fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell gave up 30 runs in a critical 18th over before Barbados-born England star Jofra Archer lashed two of...

Shapleigh Severino Officially Launches Historic Campaign for New York City Council

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BROOKLYN, NY — Paralegal and advocate Shaeleigh Severino officially launches her Democratic candidacy for New York City Council District 32 as incumbent Eric Ulrich completes...

TRINIDAD-POLITICS-UNC leader says she is not stepping down

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BROOKLYN,NY– The leader of the main opposition, United National Congress (UNC), Kamla Persad Bissessar, has brushed aside calls for her to step down following...

Nina Turner Launches National Public Affairs Firm To Advance Progressive Issues

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Nina Turner, former Ohio State Senator and Co-Chair of Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign, announced today she has launched a new firm designed to bring a progressive voice to America’s public affairs arena. Turner’s...

Caribbean countries record a 50 percent decline in visitor arrivals in...

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BROOKLYN,NY– Caribbean countries have recorded a 50 percent decline in tourist arrivals up to the month of June this year, a senior official of...

FPWA Releases Statement on the Inaccuracies of New York City’s Census...

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The U.S. Census Bureau released their annual poverty numbers for New York City today, noting that from 2018-2019 poverty in the city declined by...

Bermuda Governor to replace current BVI Governor

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BROOKLYN, NY – The Governor of Bermuda, John Rankin, has been appointed to serve as the new governor of this British Overseas territory. According to a...

New report says better banking policies needed to blunt the impact...

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BROOKLYN,NY– A working group report says better banking policies are needed given the serious challenges financial systems will face from the economic impacts of the...

TRINIDAD-CRIME-Baby rescued after being kidnapped

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BROOKLYN, NY – Police have detained two people including a 19-year-old woman after rescuing an eight-month-old baby, who had been kidnapped on Tuesday. Police said...

GRENADA-HEALTH-Grenada adopting new protocols to benefit tourism and entertainment sectors

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BROOKLYN, NY – Grenada has announced it will adopt a new protocol for the hospitality and entertainment industries as part of the measures to...

UPDATE-TRINIDAD-MEDIA-Police Commissioner has not resigned

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BROOKLYN, NY – The Police Service Commission (PSC) in Trinidad and Tobago Tuesday said the Police Commissioner Gary Griffith had not resigned his post...

Josue Pierre Calls on State, City Leaders to Demand Wealthiest New...

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Josue Pierre, candidate for City Council in the 40th District, has issued the following statement urging state and city leaders to...

State Senator Kevin Provides School Supplies and PPE For Brooklyn...

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With New York City Public Schools set to open on September 21st, State Senator Kevin Parker is doing his part to ensure students and...

PM Keith Rowley Says Trinidad and Tobago’s Economy has Shrunk by...

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Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley says the coronavirus (COVID-19) has hit Trinidad and Tobago “hard, shrinking our economy by 10 percent”. In an exclusive interview...

CARICOM SG Praises Andrew Holness on Resounding Election Victory

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The Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Irwin LaRocque has told Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness that the margin of his votary in the...

Bermuda Records First Case of a Child Testing Positive for COVID-19

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Bermuda has recorded its first child case of COVID-19 after a 10-year-old tested positive for the disease. Health Minister Kim Wilson told a media briefing...

New School Terms Begins in Trinidad & Tobago

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Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday began a new school term in the era of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic with students staying away from school...

St. Vincent’s Opposition Leader Calls on Prime Minister to Name General...

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The leader of the main opposition in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, New Democratic Party (NDP), Dr Godwin Friday, is calling on Prime Minister...

Former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner Tests Positive for COVID-19

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The embattled former vice president of the International Football Federation (FIFA), Austin Jack Warner has been hospitalized on Friday after he had tested positive...

The Second Plague; Religion

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by Lou Cespedes When I was younger, Bill Clinton once said in a conference for the Clinton Global Initiative, that religion is the practice of...

St. Kitts-Nevis Lifts Curfew and Shelter-in-place Orders

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The St. Kitts and Nevis government has lifted a curfew and shelter-in-place orders that had been put in place as part of the measures...

Bahamas Undertaking Phased Reopening of Economy

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The Bahamas was on Monday undertaking another phased reopening its economy from “the worst economic downturn in most of our lifetimes”, with Prime Minister...

Brace Puts Bridgmohan into Double Figures

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Jamaican jockey Jermaine Bridgmohan broke into double figures at Indiana Grand on Thursday when he logged a double on the 11-race card in the...

Eastern Airlines Experiences Growth Despite the Ongoing Pandemic

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WAYNE, PENNSYLVANIA, AUGUST 26TH, 2020 — In line with Eastern’s commitment to offer nonstop service to underserved markets around the globe, the rebranded carrier...

Kamla Persad-Bissessar Sworn in as Opposition Leader in T&T

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Sixty-seven-year-old Kamla Persad Bissessar was sworn in as the Opposition Leader on Tuesday promising to lead a “formidable” team that would work in the...

The University of Guyana says No Face to Face Classes

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The University of Guyana (UG) on Tuesday said there would be no face to face classes for the first semester of the new academic...

MAYOR DE BLASIO ANNOUNCES NEW COMMITMENTS TO FURTHER BLACK ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN...

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NEW YORK—Mayor de Blasio today announced new commitments to further invest in Black entrepreneurs in all five boroughs. The BE NYC initiative is a...

Calling A Village to Action

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By Lou Cespedes At the height of the Black Lives Matter protests earlier this summer, Governor Cuomo made a call for communities to reimagine policing....

PM Keith Rowley Goes Into Quarantine After Being Exposed to COVID-19

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BROOKLYN,NY  Trinidad – Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley Friday said he had gone into voluntary quarantine after he had been exposed to a person...

Jamaica’s Police Commissioner Tests Positive for COVID-19 as New Curfew is...

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Jamaica’s police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson has tested positive for COVID-19. The police information arm, the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), says he is now...

CARICOM Banks Face “Mask Challenge”

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(BROOKLYN, New York); Caribbean territories have joined the rest of the world in implementing a number of protocols to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in...

CARPHA COVID-19 speedy Turnaround tests

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(BROOKLYN, New York): The regional body tasked with scrutinizing suspected Covid cases has carried out almost 14,000 tests since the outbreak of the pandemic...

Steelpan Must Broaden Influence

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(BROOKLYN, New York): Widening steelpan offerings to include classical music and more events staged in the countryside would help boost appreciation for the artform....

Trinidad & Tobago “Locks Down” Again Fearing COVID-19 Uptick

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(BROOKLYN, New York): Scant days after its general election, a worrying increase in Covid-19 coronavirus infections has resulted in a rollback in public health...

Holeness Calls Jamaica Elections

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(BROOKLYN, New York): Reports reaching CARIBBEAN TIMES NEW have confirmesd that Thursday, September 3, 2020 is the date when Jamaicans will head to the...

A Market of Disappointments – The Flatbush Caton Market

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By Lou Cespedes In June of 2019, I wrote about the groundbreaking of Caton Flats, a new 14 story residential development that will house the...

Jamaican Voters Will be Allowed to Cast Ballots Without ID Cards

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BROOKLYN,NY– The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) has confirmed that Jamaicans without a Voter Identification (ID) Card will be allowed to cast their ballot...

Inspiring Ladies of the Caribbean VIRTUAL SUMMIT

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PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE First INSPIRING LADIES OF THE CARIBBEAN Virtual Summit 2020 Top female experts from the region to inspire and empower during online event Paramaribo,...

Reggae & Soca PSA-Jingles to Raise 2020 Census Awareness Among Caribbean-Americans,...

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PRESS RELEASE | FOR IMMEDIATE CIRCULATION | YOUTUBE LINKS TO PSAs BELOW Reggae & Soca PSA-Jingles to Raise 2020 Census Awareness Among Caribbean-Americans, African-Americans &...

The Honorable ShawnDya L. Simpson announces her retirement from the Supreme...

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PRESS RELEASE – August 10, 2020 The Honorable ShawnDya L. Simpson and her family herewith announce her retirement from the Supreme Court for the Second...

Top Black Women Leaders Denounce Racist, Sexist Attacks Against VP Candidates

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OPEN LETTER BY BLACK WOMEN LEADERS IN RESPONSE TO THE NARRATIVE SURROUNDING BLACK WOMEN NOMINEES FOR VICE PRESIDENT Black women are many things. We are...

Mi Statewide Official Pamela Pugh: Governor Whitmer Not Qualified to be...

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer is Not Qualified to be Vice President The Time is Now for a Black Woman Vice President by Pamela L. Pugh As a Michigan...

St. Lucian Humanitarian Group Urges CARICOM to Support Cuban Health Care...

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BROOKLYN, NY – The St. Lucia-based Humanistic Solidarity Association (HSA) Monday called on the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries to push back against efforts by...

Lewis Hamilton Limps Home to Take Seventh Silverstone Win

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BROOKLYN, NY – Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton won his third straight race and a record seventh at Silverstone but was forced to drag...

Guyana’s New President Sworn into Office

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BROOKLYN,NY– Dr. Irfaan Ali was on Sunday sworn in as the ninth President of Guyana promising a ‘government “that is accessible” and transparent and...

GECOM Declares Opposition Candidate Ifraan Ali as President-Elect

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BROOKLYN,NY– A report by the Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield submitted to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), on Sunday, has given the main opposition...

Trinidad’s Vanguard Melly Rose Makes Doing The Right Thing “Body Good”...

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The social butterfly for justice hailing from the beautiful islands of Trinidad and Tobago AKA Melly Rose releases a body empowerment anthem for black...

The First Plague, Language

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What is language? This is a question that has entertained philosophers for centuries. In an article on the Encyclopédie, Dennis Diderot wrote: “The language...

Blow for CWI as South Africa Rules Out Caribbean Series

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BROOKLYN, NY – Cricket South Africa confirmed that its team would not tour the Caribbean in September as hoped, dealing a harsh blow to...

Trinidad PM says Public Not Following Protocols Regarding COVID ahead of...

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BROOKLYN, NY – Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley said recently that despite his appeal, members of the public were not taking the threat of...

Cayman Airlines Adds Kingston, Miami Flights

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BROOKLYN,NY– Cayman Airways has announced five additional repatriation flights for August. On the weekend, the airline advised that two flights will depart Grand Cayman for...

Lakeside Reopens + Summer Events in Prospect Park

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Summer Events in Prospect Park Celebrate Summer with Events and Activities for All Ages in Brooklyn's Prospect Park The Reopening of the Beloved LeFrak Center at...

Bahamas Government Announces More Lockdowns as COVID-19 Cases Soar

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BROOKLYN, NY – The Bahamas government says it will implement two additional weekend lockdowns as the country continued to record increases in the number...

Trinidad PM Hints at Only CARICOM Observing August 10 Elections

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BROOKLYN, NY– Trinidad Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley says it is unlikely that the Commonwealth would send observers to Trinidad and Tobago for the...

Clarke Statement on Trump Decision to Suspend DACA Applications

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WASHINGTON, DC-- Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke issued the following statement after the Trump administration issued a suspension on new DACA applications: “After the Supreme Court...

Bed-Stuy Restoration Corporation Launches Emergency COVID-19 Relief Fund

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BEDFORD-STUYVESANT RESTORATION CORPORATION LAUNCHES EMERGENCY COVID-19 RELIEF FUND. MONEY WILL BE DISTRIBUTED THROUGH NEW ONLINE, AFRICAN-AMERICAN OWNED PLATFORM MOCAFI, THAT PROVIDES LOW-COST BANKING OPTION TO ...

CITY MOBILIZES THOUSANDS TO RESPOND TO 2020 CENSUS, TO WHICH ONLY...

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Without a complete count, New York will lose billions for schools, hospitals, and transit, as well as two congressional seats amidst the worst economic...

Wrongful Imprisonment of 25 for 426 years

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(BROOKLYN, New York); The Brooklyn District Attorney’s office last week released a historic analysis that profiles the wrongful convictions of 25 people who served...

Legendary Musician/Activist Harry Belafonte joins Harlem School of the Arts Advisory...

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New York, New York (July 23, 2020)…The Harlem School of the Arts, today announced, the addition of esteemed cultural icon and civil rights activist,...

Congresswoman Clarke’s Statement on the Passing of Congressman John Lewis 

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BROOKLYN, NY-- Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09)  issued the following statement honoring the life and legacy of activist, leader and politician Congressman John Lewis...

Former CCM president takes legal action

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(BROOKLYN, New York); Former President of the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM), Loftus Durand, is taking legal action against two CCM members for defamation of...

Civil Rights Leader Rev. C.T. Vivian Dies At 95

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(BROOKLYN, New York): Cordy Tindell “C.T.” Vivian worked alongside the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and later led the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The...

U.S. Speedster Noah Lyles smashes Bolt’s 200m record – then discovers...

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(BROOKLYN, New York): Noah Lyles of the US was denied a 200m world record in the Inspiration Games after it was revealed he ran...

John Lewis Famed Civil Rights Icon Dies

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(BROOKLYN, New York): Lewis was one of the Big Six civil rights leaders, which included Martin Luther King Jr, and helped organize the historic...