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Stopped by ICE: You Have Rights!

Stopped by Immigration: You Have Rights. Know Them. Use Them.

If you are stopped by Police Officers, Immigration Agents or other public authorities, you have rights. It does not matter if you entered the country by crossing the border in Mexico, if you are an overstay, green card holder or citizen. As long as you are within the borders of the United States, you have rights. Know them. Use them. ... read more

MONDAY, JULY 16, 2018

Haiti to name new prime minister 'as soon as possible

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti's president says he will appoint a new prime minister as soon as possible following the resignation of the country's second highest official. President Jovenel Moise said late Saturday in a television broadcast that he will "form an inclusive government whose mission will be to alleviate the misery of the Haitian people." ... read more


Trinidad and Tobago PM says decriminalising marijuana not a priority

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC)— Decriminalising marijuana is not on Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley's list of priorities. This is despite a recommen- dation by the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Marijuana Commission that countries in the region move to either legalise or decriminalise marijuana. ... read more


University of the Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC) confers Doctorate on US congresswoman Yvette D Clark

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The University of the Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC) is to confer African-American Congresswoman Yvette D Clarke with an Honorary Doctorate in Public Policy. According to a release from the university, Clarke who is of Jamaican heritage will be conferred on July 22 when she delivers her keynote address to the class of 2018 in the National Arena. ... read more

TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2018

Caribbean governments urged to include disaster planning in budgets

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — A call has been made for emergency management and disaster preparedness to be mainstreamed in the budgets of Caribbean countries. Barbados' Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Gayle Francis-Vaughan, made the appeal Tuesday as she addressed a two-day Caribbean Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Seminar at the Hilton Barbados Resort. ... read more

MONDAY, JULY 9, 2018

Canada, US warn about travel to Haiti

OTTAWA, Canada (CMC) – Amid protests over plans to hike the price of fuel in Haiti, the Canadian Government is warning citizens to “avoid non-essential travel” to the French-speaking Caribbean country. “Avoid non-essential travel to Haiti due to civil unrests,” read a tweet at travel.gc.ca on Sunday. “Protesters have set up burning barricades in the main streets of Port-au-Prince, as well as in residential neighbourhoods,” it added. “Limit your movements.” ... read more


Hamilton to Offer Thousands in State Funding for School Tech and Career Development
By: Tatyana Bellamy–Walker

NY State Senator Jesse Hamilton has launched a resource guide for the formerly incarcerated and is providing more than $200,000 in state funding for tech and workforce projects. Dozens of educators and criminal justice advocates joined Hamilton at Brownsville Academy High School to announce $165,000 in funding for Brownsville Academy High School to grant students 3D printers and high-tech programs. At least $50,000 will be provided to Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow, a career development program. Hamilton hopes this funding can help dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline and increase access to residents who were formerly incarcerated. ... read more


Caribbean to address progress, challenges on population, development

SANTIAGO, Chile (CMC) — The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) says the situation of migrants, the aging of the population, sexual and reproductive health, indigenous peoples and Afro-descendant populations will be some of the central topics addressed at the third meeting of the Regional Conference on Population and Development in the region next month. ... read more

MONDAY, JULY 2, 2018

CARICOM heads to tackle critical issues at 39th regular meeting

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — When the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government gather for the 39th Regular Meeting in St James in a few days, they will be tackling a number of critical issues that impact the economic and social advancement of the countries of the region. Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, who assumed Chairmanship of the Conference of Heads of Government on July 1, will steer the meeting, which is scheduled to take place from July 4 to 6 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in James. ... read more


International African Arts Festival Celebrates 47 years of Diaspora Culture By: Tatyana Bellamy–Walker

The 47th annual International African Arts Festival (IAAF) is returning to Brooklyn this weekend to honor the African diaspora. Dr. Segun Shabaka, the founder of IAAF says this year’s theme “Dekawowo” in honor of the Ewe and Mina tribes of Ghana and Toga, West Africa will celebrate solidarity. The festival will be held from Saturday, June 30 to Wednesday, July 4 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Commodore Barry Park. “In our community we need solidarity,” Shabaka said. “In the global African community, we need solidarity. One of the things that were done to us is that we were divided in every different way you could think of. We were told we were better than each other. Whether it was ethnicity, skin color, class, you name it.” ... read more


IDB launches call for proposals from startups in the Caribbean

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has launched a call for proposals that will reward the most disruptive ventures in Latin America and the Caribbean that are using innovation to improve lives. The Washington-based financial institution said the selected startups will participate in Demand Solutions Chile, which will take place on November 21 in Santiago, Chile. ... read more

MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2018

Venezuela will not participate in ICJ Guyana border case

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — The Government of Venezuela has disclosed that it will not be participating in the international court case to bring to an end the decades old border controversy with Guyana. The Venezuelan government, in a statement today indicated that this has been communicated to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Earlier this year, the matter was transferred to the ICJ, by the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, however, Venezuela had objected to that move. ... read more


UN agency says remittances much more than a 'lifeline' for the Caribbean

UNITED NATIONS (CMC) — The United Nations’ International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) says remittances to the Caribbean and other countries are much more than a “lifeline” for millions of people. IFAD said the direct benefits of money sent home by migrant workers touch the lives of one in every seven persons on the planet – over one billion people. ... read more

MONDAY, MAY 7, 2018

CARICOM and Commonwealth Secretariats Sign Agreement to Strengthen Cooperation

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – The CARICOM and Commonwealth Secretariats signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to further strengthen cooperation between the two Organisations. CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland signed the MOU, which will facilitate joint implementation of programmes and projects while harnessing the experience and resources of the two Organisations, at a ceremony at the Pegasus in Georgetown, Guyana, yesterday. ... read more


UN Team to Investigate T&T Complaints in Controversy Surrounding Repatriation of Venezuelans

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Friday May 4, 2018 – A complaint made by Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley about a locally-based United Nations (UN) official’s “misinformed” comments following the repatriation of 82 Venezuelans last month, has got the attention of the UN’s Secretary General António Guterres. ... read more

MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2018

CARICOM leaders hold wide-ranging discussions with US VP

LIMA, Peru (CMC) — Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence, says his country remains interested in the Caribbean and Latin America. Pence made the disclosure as he met with leaders from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), on Saturday – the final day of the Summit of the Americas. ... read more


China committed to helping Caribbean with poverty reduction

The Chinese Government says it is prepared to continue assisting countries in the Caribbean and Latin American region with poverty alleviation, despite its own lingering developmental challenges. Counsellor for the Department of Latin America and Caribbean, Han Jing, told journalists from the region at a meeting at China's foreign affairs ministry in Beijing earlier this week, that while the two matters are interconnected, one should not affect the other. ... read more


T&T High Court rules in favour of LGBT community

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) —The High Court in Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday ruled it unconstitutional to impede on the rights of homosexual men and anal sex. The challenge against the state was brought by gay rights activist Jason Jones in 2017. ... read more


Jamaica remains largest Caribbean supplier of ganja to US

WASHINGTON, DC, USA (CMC) — Four Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries have been named by the United States as major illicit drug-producing countries. In its 2018 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, the State Department noted that the Bahamas, Belize, Haiti and Jamaica were also described as major drug-transit countries. ... read more


The Caribbean faces a fatal fate

By Sir Ronald Sanders
High-tide flooding is set to become an every-other-day affair in coastal areas along the Gulf of Mexico and the east coast of the US by the year 2100. It will also fatally harm the countries of the Caribbean. As the level of the sea continues to rise, conditions will be calamitous long before that 82-year period is reached. The resulting flooding will not be storm related, it will occur simply because the level of the sea has risen above the level of land. When storms also strike, conditions will be even worse. ... read more


Expert warns Caribbean must strengthen its Internet infrastructure

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC) — An Internet expert has called for greater regional network resilience and security and is urging Caribbean countries to strengthen their critical Internet infrastructure if they are to defend against the growing threat of climate-change-driven natural disasters. ... read more


Venezuela wants 'practical and satisfying' solution to border dispute

CARACAS, Venezuela (CMC) — Venezuela is seeking a “practical and satisfying” solution to its border dispute with Guyana even as the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country has already filed its application to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague on the matter. ... read more


Guyana welcomes American Airlines flights from US

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — The Guyana government Tuesday welcomed the decision of American Airlines to reinstitute flights to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country from December. “I am delighted that American Airlines will commence flying to Guyana in December. This will coincide with the launch of the newly expanded Cheddi Jagan International Airport and demonstrates a confidence in Destination Guyana not only as a desirable tourist destination but as an emerging oil economy as well,” said Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson. ... read more

MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2018

IDB proposes growth agenda for Latin America and the Caribbean

MENDOZA, Argentina (CMC) — Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC) countries require an ambitious growth agenda that focuses on overcoming large gaps in investment and productivity, according to a report by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). ... read more


Telecoms service providers urged to do more seven months after passage of hurricane

ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) — Seven months after Hurricane Maria swept through Dominica destroying the tele- communications system, a senior government minister is urging providers to do more to enable consumers to keep in touch. Telecommunications, Science and Information Technology, Minister Kelvar Darroux, speaking on the state-owned DBS radio Monday, said in his discussions with the service providers he has always raised the issue. ... read more


Guyana calls for Americas to be declared zone of peace

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — The 24th Inter-American Congress of Ministers and High-Level Authorities on Tourism (CITUR) began on Wednesday with President David Granger urging that the Americas be promoted as a zone of peace. “The promotion of sustainable tourism initiatives and the marketing of the Americas as a 'zone of peace,' in a world with so many wars and conflicts should be subjects for consideration at this congress,” Granger told delegates attending the two-day event of the Organisation of American States (OAS). ... read more


Gaston Browne re-elected as Antigua & Barbuda's PM

ST JOHN'S, Antigua — The ruling Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP), led by Gaston Browne, has emerged the victor of today's general election. Based on preliminary results, the party, which has governed the eastern Caribbean country since 2014, won 15 seats to secure a second consecutive term. ... read more


Caribbean Export launches new initiative to help MSMEs

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — The Barbados-based Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) Monday launched its new look Direct Assistance Grant Scheme (DAGS) providing significantly more financial assistance to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the region. ... read more

MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2018

CARICOM observing elections in Antigua and Barbuda

ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC) — A 10 member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Electoral Mission (CEOM) has arrived here to monitor Wednesday's general election. The team, headed by the Chief Elections Officer in Guyana, Keith Lowenfield, includes members from The Bahamas, Barbados; Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago. ... read more


Latin America, Caribbean countries collaborate to eradicate hunger and malnutrition

MONTEGO BAY, St James (CMC) — A much more concerted effort is underway to stem rising hunger and food security and eradicate all forms of malnutrition in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The 33 member countries of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), at the end of their four day meeting here, have agreed to collaborate more in an effort to end the scourge and reverse a trend which had resurfaced in 2016, for the first time in the last two decades. ... read more


Bahamas 'disappointed' at EU move to blacklist it as tax haven

NASSAU, Bahamas (CMC) — The Bahamas government said it is “disappointed” that the European Union (EU) is moving to name the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country as a tax haven later this week. Finance Minister, K Peter Turnquest, who is also the Deputy Prime Minister said that Nassau has learnt that the EU Code of Conduct Group (COCG) will be making a recommendation to the Council of the European Union this week to include The Bahamas on the EU List of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes. ... read more

MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2018

New UN health agency guidelines aim to help Caribbean end 'reign' of tobacco industry

GENEVA, Switzerland (CMC) — The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has launched new guidelines aimed at helping Caribbean and other countries end the “reign” of the tobacco industry. WHO said the new guidelines, together with an accompanying publication, will help Caribbean and other governments “do much more” to implement regulations and address the “exploitation of tobacco product regulations.” ... read more


International Women's Day: European diplomat says Caribbean women still yet to shatter glass ceiling

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC)— A senior European Union diplomat says while women in the Caribbean have made “outstanding strides” in recent years, they, like their European counterparts are still yet to completely shatter the glass ceiling. In a message to mark International Women's Day on Wednesday, the EU Delegation Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean States, the OECS, and CARICOM/CARIFORUM, Daniela Tramacere, said in the Caribbean, women have made outstanding strides and in a few countries — Dominica, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago for example — women have reached the highest levels of power. ... read more


A single market and single economy is a strange beast

By Franklin Johnston
The amalgamation of states to form a single nation is not new. The term single market and economy (SME), as in CSME, is unusual. In times past states united by conquest — imperial Rome in the 2nd century; West Indies by Europeans in the 15th century; Africa's land capture in the 19th century, the Nazi putsch across Europe in the 20th; and Russia annexing the Crimea were recently all of this genre. The powerful “subdue earth” and wise men seek power. ... read more


Haiti cancels participation in UN cholera meeting

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) — A day after recalling its United Nations ambassador for consultations in protest over a UN official's remarks about oil-loan corruption allegations, the Haitian government has cancelled its participation in a high-level UN retreat on cholera in New York. Hosted by UN Secretary-General António Guterres and his Special Envoy for Haiti Josette Sheeran, the overnight retreat at Greentree on Long Island opened last week. ... read more


We are going to build the Caribbean entrepreneur — Branson

During a brief visit to the Branson Centre of Entrepreneur- ship, its founder Sir Richard Branson reiterated his commitment to assist in building the economies of the Caribbean by supporting entrepreneurs. “The accelerator programme is what we at the Branson Centre will use to get the entrepreneurs in the Caribbean going forward.” Branson congratulated the Lissandra Rickarts-led team at the Branson Centre who has led the flagship programme in Jamaica, and includes other regions such as the British Virgin Islands and other Caribbean islands. ... read more


Report critical of uneven legal aid for undocumented Caribbean immigrants in NY

NEW YORK, United States (CMC) — Three major groups in New York have criticised what they described as “uneven legal assistance” for Caribbean and other immigrants in New York. A report entitled “NO SAFE HARBOR: Challenges in Obtaining Immigration Legal Services in New York State,” published on Thursday by the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC), The Legal Aid Society and The Immigrant Advocates Response Collaborative (I-ARC), says that, in addition to a lack of resources to help more people, “there are serious systemic problems preventing immigrant New Yorkers from protecting their legal rights.” ... read more


CARPHA urges precaution against influenza virus

CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) — The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is urging persons to practice good personal hygiene in order to reduce the risk of transmission of influenza and other respiratory viruses. “Influenza (flu), a contagious respiratory illness which affects thousands of people in the Caribbean each year. Typically, the Flu season in the Region occurs between September to March when there is usually an increase in the number of persons coming down with the flu in the northern hemisphere,” a CARPHA statement noted Thursday. ... read more


UN human rights experts urge Trump to protect the rights of 'Dreamers'

UNITED NATIONS, United States (CMC) — A group of United Nations human rights experts has urged US President Donald Trump to take urgent steps to address the situation surrounding thousands of migrants, including Caribbean nationals, who arrived in the United States as children and ensure that their rights are protected. ... read more


Caribbean diplomats ask UK for more compassion for citizens

LONDON, United Kingdom (CMC) — Caribbean diplomats here have asked the United Kingdom Government to be more compassionate in the treatment of Caribbean migrants. The diplomats on Wednesday urged the British Home Office to adopt this approach towards retirement-age Commonwealth citizens facing deportation, despite living in the UK all their adult lives. ... read more


World leaders join new drive to beat non-communicable diseases in the Caribbean

GENEVA, Switzerland (CMC) — The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced a new high-level commission, comprising heads of state and ministers, leaders in health and development and entrepreneurs in helping to beat non-communicable diseases in the Caribbean and other places. ... read more


Caribbean/American congresswoman blames Trump for DACA crisis

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — Caribbean/ American Congresswoman Yvette Clarke has blamed US President Donald Trump for the crisis surrounding the fate of the so-called Caribbean and other “Dreamers”. Clarke, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that the president created “a crisis by ending DACA [Deferred Acton for Childhood Arrivals], (and) called on Congress to work together to solve it”. ... read more


NYC Council passes resolution supporting Trinidadian immigrant rights activist

   Ravi Ragbir (center) during a recent protest
NEW YORK, United States (CMC) — The New York City Council has approved a resolution supporting Trinidadian-born immigrant rights activist Ravi Ragbir who faces deportation to his country. The resolution — introduced by Grenadian American Council Member Jumaane D Williams and his City Council colleague Ydanis Rodriguez — calls on the United States Congress to pass HR 4937, a bill by New York Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, to give Ragbir legal permanent status in the United States. ... read more


Regional Team To Continue Rebuilding Efforts in Barbuda

ST JOHN’S, Antigua - A 25-member regional team will be in Barbuda next week to assist with the rebuilding efforts following the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma last September. The National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) will receive assistance from a 12-member delegation from Jamaica, along with 13 individuals from the Regional Security System (RSS). ... read more


Aid and ad-hoc agendas create the tangled web of US-Caribbean relations
By Sir Ronald Sanders

Much has been said about the Government of the United States of America cutting off aid to countries which do not support that country's position in international organisations. Other donor countries have the same view, although they do not express it in quite the same way, as the US Government now makes clear. ... read more


US group says crime will destabilise Guyana

NEW YORK, United States (CMC) — The New York-based Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID) has warned that crime will destabilise Guyana if the David Granger-led administration fails to immediately enact modern laws and crime-fighting measures. On Saturday, CGID said it was “concerned about the inability of Guyana's law enforcement authorities to arrest violent crime,” claiming that murders, shootings, armed robberies, domestic violence, rape, car-jacking, felonious assaults and other serious crimes are “pervasive”. ... read more


US lauds Jamaica on progress in combating lottery scamming

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — United States Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, has lauded the Government for the important progress made in combating lottery scamming and assured of the US Government's continued support to Jamaica's security forces and criminal justice system. ... read more


PAHO launches new study on migration of health workers in the Caribbean

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has launched a new study that it says will survey current migration trends of health care workers in the Caribbean region. PAHO said that the results of the survey will be used to develop recommendations on migration within the health sector of the countries involved. ... read more


US envoy Tillerson arrives in Jamaica

BOGOTA, Colombia (AFP) — Washington's top diplomat is set to arrive in Jamaica today to hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Andrew Holness. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's visit comes after he wrapped up a trip through Latin America on Tuesday buoyed by support for the US approach to Venezuela but with a warning against backsliding in the drug war. ... read more


US House Democratic leader holds floor in advocacy of Caribbean 'Dreamers'

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — United States House of Representatives Democratic Leader Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday held the floor of the House for over eight hours advocating for Caribbean and other “Dreamers.” ... read more


Jamaica to host 2019 Caribbean Travel Marketplace

The Caribbean's largest tourism marketing event will be held in Jamaica next year. Caribbean Travel Marketplace will be held at Montego Bay Convention Centre from January 29 to 31, 2019, the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) said at the weekend. ... read more


US immigration agents crack down on 'sanctuary state' California

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — US immigration officials said Friday they raided 77 California businesses this week as operations intensify in the state, whose own authorities are defying President Donald Trump's hard line on immigration by not cooperating with federal enforcement agents. ... read more


Jamaican Business in Venture with US Company to Produce Cannabis-Based Medicinals

KINGSTON, Jamaica – A Jamaican manufacturing company has entered a joint venture with US-based biotechnology company United Cannabis Corporation (UCANN) and Cannabinoid Research and its local subsidiary company, Cannabinoid Research and Development Company Limited (CRD), to produce cannabis-infused water and other cannabis-based products. ... read more


UN Refers Guyana-Venezuela Border Dispute to International Court of Justice (ICJ)

    UN Secretary General António Guterres
Georgetown, Guyana, Wednesday January 31, 2018 – Guyana is heading to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for a final resolution on its longstanding border dispute with neighbouring Venezuela. Stéphane Dujarric, spokesperson for United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, announced yesterday that the UN boss had decided to refer the controversy to the ICJ for settlement, after carefully analyzing last year's developments in the good offices process and concluding that "significant progress has not been made toward arriving at a full agreement for the solution of the controversy". ... read more


New survey finds climate change concerns much higher in Caribbean than US, Canada

NASHVILLE, United States (CMC) — A leading university here has found that climate change concerns are much higher in Latin America and the Caribbean that in the United States and Canada. According to a new “Insights” report from Vanderbilt University's Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP), titled “Education and Risk Assessments Predict Climate Change Concerns in Latin America and the Caribbean,” 66.7 per cent of Caribbean nationals were “very serious” about climate change. ... read more


Civil rights group sues over Trump's decision to rescind protected status for Haitians

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — The largest and oldest civil rights organisation in the United States has filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) over the Trump administration's decision to rescind Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian immigrants. Included in the lawsuit is current head of the agency, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and the former acting head of the agency, Elaine C Duke. ... read more


Record remittances for Caribbean in 2016

WASHINGTON, United States (CANA) — While remittance flows decreased worldwide for a second-consecutive year in 2016, remittances to Latin America and the Caribbean, however, rose to a record high. This is based on recently released data from the World Bank. ... read more


CARICOM commission submits status report on marijuana use

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Regional Marijuana Commission established to investigate the issue of marijuana use in the region has submitted a status report, the Guyana-based CARICOM Secretariat has announced. It said that the 10-member commission, which is chaired by Professor Rosemarie Belle-Antoine of the St Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies, is expected to present its findings and recommendations to the CARICOM summit to be held in Jamaica in July. ... read more


China looks towards deepening trade with CARICOM

    Suriname's Foreign Minister Yldiz Pollack-Beighle and her Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi.
SANTIAGO, Chile (CMC) — Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries have indicated a willingness to work with China regarding the socio-economic development of the 15-member grouping. Foreign ministers of the nine CARICOM countries which recognise Beijing met with their Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, on the side-lines of the Second Ministerial Meeting of the Community of Latin America and Caribbean States (CELAC) that ended here on Monday. ... read more


Caricom: The people say 'legalise it'
BY NAZMA MULLER - Sunday Observer writer

(Jamaica Observer) Across the Caribbean the strongest view expressed about cannabis is that it ought to be decriminalised or legalised, says head of Caricom's Regional Commission on Marijuana, Professor Rose-Marie Belle Antoine. Speaking to reporters after a town meeting at Holy Trinity Activity Centre in New Providence, in The Bahamas recently, Antoine said, “[It was an] excellent meeting, very well attended, and my distinct impression is that this is a very important issue for The Bahamas. ... read more


Haitians march in NY protesting Trump's reported racist comments

NEW YORK, United States (CMC) — Hundreds of Haitians marched from the Brooklyn Bridge to Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan Friday, protesting Trump’s reported disparaging remarks about the French-speaking Caribbean country. Waving Haitian flags and dancing to the beat of drums and horns, the number of demonstrators multiplied as they streamed into Midtown. ... read more


CARICOM denounces enslavement of African migrants in Libya

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — Caribbean Community (CARICOM) foreign ministers have denounced the enslavement of African migrants in Libya saying slavery should never again be experienced in old or new forms. A statement issued by the Guyana-based CARICOM Secretariat said that the ministers met earlier this week for the first time this year and issued the statement expressing concern at the reports of the dehumanising situation of African migrants in Libya being auctioned into slavery by criminal elements. ... read more


Haitian Ambassador encourages Trump to visit Haiti

    Haiti's ambassador to the US, Paul Altidor
WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — An invitation has been extended to US President Donald Trump to visit Haiti in the aftermath of reports that he made a derogatory comment about the French speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member state. The invitation came from Haiti's ambassador to the US, Paul Altidor, who was speaking with CNN on Monday. ... read more


MLK Day marked by Trump criticism, pledges to fight racism

ATLANTA, USA (AP) — Martin Luther King Jr's children and the pastor of an Atlanta church where he preached decried disparaging remarks President Donald Trump is said to have made about African countries, while protests between Haitian immigrants and Trump supporters broke out near the president's Florida resort yesterday, the official federal holiday honouring King. ... read more


Caribbean-American legislator arrested for protesting detention of Trinidadian community leader

NEW YORK, United States (CMC) — A Caribbean-American legislator was arrested in New York on Thursday while protesting the detention of Trinidadian community leader Ravi Ragbir. “Many people were taken away by law enforcement today,” New York City Council Member Jumaane D Williams, the son of Grenadian immigrants told the Caribbean Media Corporation late Thursday after his release. ... read more


US agents target convenience stores to nab illegal Caribbean nationals

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — US Federal immigration agents on Wednesday arrested several undocumented workers when they descended on dozens of convenience stores across the country, targeting illegal Caribbean and other immigrants. The agents descended on 7-Eleven convenience stores before daybreak, arresting undocumented workers and demanding paperwork from managers, in what the Trump administration described as its largest enforcement operation against employers so far. ... read more


CARICOM states urged to address climate change to prevent total annihilation of economies

BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) — Member states of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), have been urged to tackle climate change with courage and realism to prevent total annihilation of their economies. The plea was made by Opposition People's National Party (PNP) foreign affairs spokesperson, Lisa Hanna, as she addressed patrons at the 18th annual New Year's Gala hosted by former St Kitts Prime Minister Dr Denzil L Douglas. ... read more


Jamaicans in US list high murder toll as major concern for 2018

New York USA — Not surprisingly, and not for the first time, Jamaicans across the United States have identified the country's astronomical murder statistics as “their most pressing concern” as another new year begins. “With more than 1,600 homicides in their country last year, and with the numbers for this year already in double digits, the situation is having a debilitating effect on Jamaicans here,” said Dr Robert Clarke, president of the umbrella National Association of Jamaica and Supportive Organisations (NAJASO). ... read more


Caribbean passengers delayed at JFK after flood, storm backlog

NEW YORK, United States (CMC) — Caribbean nationals are among scores of passengers that are expecting long delays after John F Kennedy (JFK) International Airport in New York tries to “dig out” from last Thursday's winter storm. Scores of rescheduled flights, damaged equipment and other lingering effects of the winter storm have combined to create long delays for passengers at JFK and forced US federal officials to limit some flights into the airport on the weekend. ... read more


Caricom congratulates Haiti on 214th anniversary of Independence

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — The Caribbean Community (Caricom) has congratulated the Government and people of Haiti on the nation's 214th anniversary of political independence from France. In a message to mark the anniversary, celebrated on January 1, Caricom Secretary General Irwin LaRocque said the occasion is cause for celebration “since history has proven that the success of the Haitian Revolution extended into the success of the region both socially and politically”. ... read more


Jamaican Company Makes Stock Market History

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Thursday January 4, 2018 – A family-owned Jamaican manufacturing and distribution company has started listing on the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) with the largest single amount of money secured in an initial public offering (IPO). ... read more


Caricom moving to create world's first climate-resilient region

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) — Incoming chairman of the Caribbean Community (Caricom), Haiti's President Jovenel Moïse, says the regional grouping is moving towards creating the world's first climate-resilient region this year. “2018 dawns for the Caribbean Community with the prospect of seizing an opportunity out of a crisis,” said Moïse in his New Year's message. ... read more


'2017 the most eventful year for CARICOM', says chairman

ST GEORGE'S, Grenada (CMC) — Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Grenada's Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell, says there is no doubt that 2017 has been “a most eventful year for CARICOM”. “We experienced a scale of multi-country devastation never before seen in the region as two category five Hurricanes, Irma and Maria, raged through the Caribbean within two weeks,” said Mitchell in CARICOM's end-of-year message. ... read more


US threatens to end aid to Caribbean

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — United States President Donald Trump has threatened to cut off American aid to any country, including those in the Caribbean, that votes for a resolution at the United Nations condemning his recent decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. ... read more


France outlines priorities for Caribbean development

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — France says it is prepared to assist the Caribbean Community (CARICIOM) in the fight against organised crime and drug trafficking as well as encourage economic exchanges, contribute to security and to strengthen cultural ties. ... read more


Dominica PM suggests CARICOM issues its own tax blacklisted countries

ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) — Dominica's Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit Tuesday jokingly advocated for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries to consider placing international countries on a blacklist as he responded to the latest move by the European Union to include several Caribbean countries on a list of global countries considered to be tax havens. ... read more


Hurricane-Battered Puerto Rico Now Officially Open For Tourism

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Puerto Rico is open for tourism as it kicks-off its winter season on December 20, and just in time for the holidays. More than 100 hotels are open and operating. More than four thousand restaurants are taking orders and serving up delicious cuisine. Major tourism attractions Island-wide have been cleaned up and restored, according to the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC), the official governing body of the tourism industry. ... read more


CARICOM denounces EU blacklisting of Caribbean countries

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has “strongly” objected to a move by the European Union to include a number of Caribbean countries on a list of global countries considered to be tax havens. CARICOM Secretary-General Irwin la Rocque said the decision by Europe had 'been based on new and unilaterally-determined criteria” and urged France to use its influence to reverse the “arbitrary and punitive actions” against the regional countries. ... read more


Caribbean leaders launch plan to create world's first 'climate-smart zone'

PARIS, France (CMC) — Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders have launched an ambitious plan to create the world's first “climate smart zone” after two Category 5 hurricanes caused widespread devastation and death in the Lesser Antilles in September. The Caribbean Climate-Smart Coalition aims to find a way to break through the systemic obstacles that stop finance flowing to climate-smart investments. ... read more


Golden Krust CEO sued by employees, less than a week after being found dead

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Five days after Lowell Hawthorne was found dead at the Golden Krust Bakery in the Bronx, workers at the Jamaican beef patty manufacturer have filed a federal class-action lawsuit. According to foreign media reports, the lawsuit, filed Thursday, is the second filed this year against Hawthorne and his company under the Fair Labor Standards Act, or FLSA. ... read more


Four Caribbean countries named in EU's new list of tax havens

BRUSSELS, Belgium (CMC) — Four Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries were named Tuesday in a new list of global tax havens released by the European Union. EU finance ministers said that the countries – Barbados, Grenada, St Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago – were among 17 countries on the blacklist of tax havens, after 10 months of investigations by EU officials. ... read more


Caricom-Cuba Sixth Summit opens in Antigua

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) – Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) and the Republic of Cuba will meet today for the Sixth Caricom-Cuba Summit in Antigua and Barbuda. The meeting will be co-chaired by the chairman of Caricom, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell of Grenada, and President of Cuba Raúl Castro. ... read more


JAMPRO to target BPO investors at Outsource to the Caribbean 2017

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) says that it will be targeting investors and other influencers in the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector as Jamaica hosts the Outsource to the Caribbean (OCC) 2017 conference tomorrow. The conference will be held under the theme, “Leveraging the Nearshore Caribbean for Outsourcing Services”. JAMPRO President Diane Edwards, who is also president of the Caribbean Investment Promotions Agencies (CAIPA), said that the event not only signals Jamaica and the Caribbean's rising profile in the global BPO sector, but the growing importance of the sector to the region. ... read more


Remembering Nelson Mandela 4 years later

December 5th mark 4 years, since the death of Nelson Mandela deprives the world of one of the great figures on modern history and sets the stage for days of mourning in South Africa and elsewhere and reflection about a colossus of the 20th century who projected astonishing grace, resolve and good humor.


Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill founder, CEO commits suicide in Bronx factory

NEW YORK, USA — The founder and CEO of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill killed himself inside his Bronx factory on Saturday, Dec. 2, police sources said. Lowell Hawthorne, 57, shot himself inside the Park Avenue building about 5:30 pm, sources said. More than a dozen current and former employees stood in disbelief outside the factory for hours. Hawthorne opened the first Golden Krust store on E Gun Hill Road in 1989. ... read more


UN appeals for record US$22.5-b in global aid for 2018

GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — The United Nations appealed Friday for a record US$22.5 billion (18.9 billion euros) to provide aid in 2018 to soaring numbers of people slammed by conflicts and disasters around the world. The global appeal by UN agencies and other humanitarian organisations aims to raise funds to help the some 91 million most vulnerable of the nearly 136 million people expected to need aid across 26 countries next year. ... read more


Canada pledges CDN$100 million for reconstruction, climate resilience in Caribbean

NEW YORK, United States — The devastating Caribbean countries are now seeking assistance from the international community for their immediate reconstruction and for their climate adaptation needs. At the recent Caribbean Community (Caricom)-UN High Level Pledging Conference in New York, Celina Caesar-Chavannes, parliamentary secretary to the Minister of International Development, announced Canada's pledge of CDN$100 million to support reconstruction and climate resilience efforts in the Caribbean region over the next five years. ... read more


Caribbean Nationals Arrested As Immigration Officials Conduct Sweep in New York

NEW YORK, USA (CMC) – The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) says nine Caribbean nationals were among among 55 immigrants detained in New York during a six-day operation conducted by ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). ... read more


US awards $4.3m for energy diversification in the Caribbean

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — The United States Department of State has announced US$4.3 million in funding to support energy diversification in the Caribbean. On Thursday, the State Department the announcement was made at the US and Caribbean Prosperity Roundtable the day before in Miami. ... read more


Caribbean scientists review status of main fish stocks in the region

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Top fisheries scientists in a review of the main fish stock in the region have reported uncertainty of stock status of different species due to the lack of formal assessments for most of the Caribbean. The scientists who attended a meeting of the Scientific Advisory Group (SAG) of the Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC), in Mexico earlier this month also noted there has been some improvement in coverage of species/species groups assessed and also on the status of resources, in comparison to the last assessment in 2013. ... read more


Fly Jamaica to begin direct flights between Guyana, Cuba

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — The Government of Guyana has given Fly Jamaica Airways permission to begin a series between Guyana and Cuba. This was announced by Minister of State Joe Harmon during a press briefing. He said that several months ago Fly Jamaica had applied to begin the service. ... read more


CARICOM eyes key outcomes from UN climate change talks

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — Representatives from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), attending the 23rd meeting of the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Conventon on Climate Change (COP23) now underway in Bonn, Germany are focusing on mitigating climate risks and building resilience against extreme weather events. This year's climate talks mark the first time a member of the Alliance for Small Island States (AOSIS) has held the Presidency. It presents an important opportunity for CARICOM and the wider Small Island Developing States (SIDs) to influence the global climate change agenda. ... read more


CARICOM-Cuba sign new trade agreement

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Cuba have signed a trade agreement aimed at improving trade relations between Havana and the 15-member regional grouping. The accord was signed here during the 45th meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) that ended last Friday. ... read more


Happy Veterans Day from Mayor Bill De Blasio and commissioner Loree Sutton

“Today is a day to honor the millions of brave men and women who have served us over generations. And today is a day to give thanks to the brave Americans who took up arms to defend freedom, and so many people who have selflessly served,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We are so proud to be a city where over 200,000 veterans live, veterans who have answered the call of duty and have traveled to the ends of the globe to protect liberty at home and abroad. For the sacred sacrifice of all veterans across this country, the 8.5 million Americans who call New York home will forever remain in the debt of their service.” ... read more

On Nov. 16, 2017 — VetEntrepreneur: FREE Seminar: Starting or Growing a Veteran-Owned Business

High number of service men and women will be and have been transitioning from military into civilian lives. Current unemployment for veterans is high, Entrepreneurship is another path forward. Successful innovators and entrepreneurs: self-efficacy, a high need for achievement, comfortable with autonomy and uncertainty, make effective decisions in the face of dynamic environments. ... read more


Popular Caribbean candidates victorious in NYC general elections

NEW YORK, United States (CMC) — Despite the treacherous weather on Tuesday, several voters rushed to the polls to cast ballots for two Caribbean candidates, who secured sound victories in New York City general elections. The rainy, cold and blustery weather did not prevent voters from overwhelmingly returning Council Members Jumaane Williams, the son of Grenadian immigrants, and Haitian-born Dr Mathieu Eugene, to another four-year term in districts in Brooklyn that are predominantly Caribbean. ... read more


Caribbean nationals cast ballots in NYC general elections

NEW YORK, United States (CMC) — Caribbean nationals are on Tuesday casting ballots for two popular Caribbean candidates in New York's general elections. City Council Members Jumaane Williams, the son of Grenadian immigrants, and Haitian-born Dr Mathieu Eugene, are seeking another four-year term in districts in Brooklyn that are predominantly Caribbean. ... read more


St Vincent envoy reports enhanced visitor arrivals since opening of int'l airport

WINNEPEG, Canada (CMC) — St Vincent and the Grenadines Ambassador to the United Nations, Rhonda King, says since the opening of the Argyle International Airport (AIA) earlier this year, “there has already been an increase in the number of visitors arriving by air.” In her address to nationals in Winnipeg, Canada on Saturday, marking the 38th anniversary of St Vincent and the Grenadines political independence from Great Britain, King said, in July, “we received 7,518 stay-over visitors; this year we had 8,186 – an increase of 668 in the month of July. ... read more


Guyana to host consultations on marijuana use

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — Guyana will host a consultation on the use of marijuana on Monday as part of the efforts by Caribbean Community (CARICOM) governments to conduct careful in-depth research so as to inform decision making on the issue. The Regional Commission on Marijuana, which was established by CARICOM leaders, will meet with various stakeholders including youth and faith-based organisations. ... read more


China-Latin America and Caribbean Expo the place to be

It is not very often that Jamaica and other countries in the English-speaking Caribbean get a chance to put their goods, services and culture on display at a major exposition in a huge market overseas. For this reason we welcome the China-Latin America and Caribbean International Expo scheduled for November 9 to 11 in China, the world's largest and fastest-growing market. ... read more


World Bank approves funds for electricity project in Haiti

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — The World Bank says it has approved two grants totalling US$35 million to improve access to electricity for more than two million Haitians, and to scale-up investments in renewable energy in underserved rural and urban areas of the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country. The World Bank Country Director for Haiti, Anabela Abreu , said Haiti has significant untapped sources of renewable energy and is taking an important step in creating the enabling environment for private investors and in boosting access to electricity. ... read more


CARICOM to hold major donor conference in US

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — The Caribbean Community (CARICOM), with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will hold a high-level donor conference in the United States next month, according to a statement issued by the Guyana-based CARICOM Secretariat. It said that the November 20-21 conference will be to mobilise international resources for member CARICOM countries devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria when they passed through the Lesser Antilles last month killing several people and causing damage worth more than a billion US dollars. ... read more


CARICOM, Mexico to strengthen ties in disaster risk management

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Mexico have agreed to strengthen cooperation in disaster risk management. The agreement forms part of a Joint Declaration issued at the end of the Fourth CARICOM-Mexico Summit held in Belize on Wednesday under the joint chairmanship of CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell of Grenada and the President of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto. ... read more


CARICOM-Mexico summit opens against the background of the effects of climate change

BELMOPAN, Belize (CMC) — The fourth Caribbean Community (CARICOM)-Mexico Summit began here on Wednesday with the Caribbean underscoring the importance of the relationship it shares with its Central American partner for nearly half a century. CARICOM Chairman and Grenada's Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell said that the region was looking forward to deepening that relationship given the changing global environment and the impact the recent hurricanes were having on the socio-economic development of the Caribbean. ... read more


Trump on 'wrong side of history' on climate, says Ban Ki-moon

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — US President Donald Trump is "standing on the wrong side of history" in withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, former UN chief Ban Ki-moon told AFP in London on Monday. "I am deeply concerned about what President Trump of (the) United States has declared that the US is withdrawing from this Paris agreement. ... read more


Caribbean leaders to attend CARICOM-Mexico Summit

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Leaders from across the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will participate in the IV CARICOM-Mexico Summit that is scheduled to begin on Wednesday in Belize. The main theme of the summit will be cooperation for the prevention of and treatment of natural disasters. Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, will be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs, Dennis Moses. ... read more


Difficult balance between growth, inflation in the Caribbean — World Bank report

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — A New World Bank report has found what it describes as a “difficult balance” between growth and inflation in Latin America and the Caribbean, with the region's economy expected to grow again this year after suffering a significant gross domestic product (GDP) contraction of 1.3 per cent last year. “Still, with a global environment that remains rather neutral to growth in the region, policy makers will need to walk a fine line to increase growth while ensuring protection of the most vulnerable,” according to the semi-annual report titled “Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Monetary Policy Dilemma in Latin America and the Caribbean”. ... read more


UN Agency Says Housing Most Urgent Need for Hurricane-Ravaged Dominica

ROSEAU, Dominica, Wednesday October 11, 2017 – Three weeks after the Category 5 Hurricane Maria ripped through Dominica, the scope of the damage remains daunting, with islanders in dire need of water, electricity, food and supplies, the United Nations migration agency reported yesterday as it continued to carry out an array of activities as part of the response. ... read more


Haitian Government Pleads With Trump Administration to extend TPS

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — Haiti has formally written to the United States Government seeking an extension of the temporary protected status (TPS) for its nationals residing in the North American country. The request, coming seven years after the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country was devastated by an earthquake, is contained in a letter sent to the Department of Homeland Security last Friday. ... read more


World Mental Health Day to be observed Oct 10

Every year, the objective is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the theme of World Mental Health Day 2017 is "Mental health in the workplace" and the purpose is to recognise that during our adult lives, a large proportion of our time is spent at work, making the workplace one of the factors that determine our overall well-being. ... read more


UN says recovery of hurricane-ravaged Caribbean could cost US$1 billion

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The recovery of eastern Caribbean islands hardest hit by recent hurricanes, including Dominica, Barbuda, Turks and Caicos, the British Virgin Islands, and Anguilla, could cost up to US$1 billion, a senior UN official said Tuesday. "It's going to be a large-scale rebuilding effort that will take time, said Stephen O'Malley, the UN resident coordinator for Barbados and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, "and it will be important to do that right." ... read more


Caricom launches online platforms for trade, doing business

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — The Guyana-based Caribbean Community (Caricom) Secretariat says Caricom's development of a Single Market and Economy (SME) has been given a boost with the launch of four new online platforms aimed at promoting trade and improving the ease of doing business. The Secretariat said with support from the European Union, it has launched the Caricom Online Companies Registries; Labour Market Information System; Community Public Procurement Notice Board; and the CARREX Platform and Online Public Portal. ... read more


Caribbean countries assessing Paris Agreement

ST GEORGE'S, Grenada (CMC) — Representatives from several Caribbean countries have started a meeting here that will provide both states and the private sector representatives an opportunity of working towards achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement. Assistance Executive Director of the Belize-based Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) Dr Mark Bynoe, said the two-day meeting will first determine the needs of the each country and will provide guidelines to achieving the goals. ... read more


Caribbean countries meet to create pathways to food and nutrition education

BRASILIA, Brazil (CMC) — Delegates from several Caribbean countries are meeting in Brazil this week to discuss a new vision for school feeding programmes that is being promoted through regional and national interventions based on the fundamental elements of education for sustainability and the production of food for schools. ... read more


UN launches US$31-m appeal for 'badly battered' Dominica

UNITED NATIONS United States (CMC) — The United Nations says it has launched a Hurricane Maria Flash Appeal for the "badly battered" Caribbean island of Dominica. It said the international aid community is asking for US$31.1 million to reach 65,000 people over the next three months in order to address challenges, such as a lack of fresh running water and electricity, along with road damage and communication black-outs. ... read more


UN Assessment Team Says Storm-Ravaged Dominica in Urgent Need of Food and Water

A United Nations disaster assessment official visiting hurricane-battered Dominica says an estimated 60,000 to 65,000 people, or 80 per cent of the total population, have been affected and food and clean water are the most immediate needs. "There is a big, big urgency to get water and food," said Sergio Da Silva, UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team leader, who spoke to reporters in New York by phone from the ground yesterday, adding that inaccessibility to remote areas has made it difficult to ascertain just how many people have been affected. ... read more


Caribbean bowed but far from beaten

This week I was asked to provide an answer to questions posed by an influential Washington-based publication regarding the future of tourism in the Caribbean in the wake of the damage wreaked in quick succession by two Category Five hurricanes. The questions were disturbing. Their inference was that tourism in the Caribbean could be fatally affected by the recent storms and by more frequent and intense storms in the future, and, further, tourists would now have to consider alternative destinations. ... read more


New US travel ban 'psychological terrorism' — Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — Venezuela accused the United States on Monday of "psychological terrorism" designed to bring down the government after it was included in a list of eight countries targeted by a travel ban. "These types of lists....are incompatible with international law and constitute in themselves a form of psychological and political terrorism," the foreign ministry said in a statement. ... read more


Caribbean mobilises to help Dominica following Hurricane Maria

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Member States within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are preparing to offer assistance to Dominica following the passage of Hurricane Maria late Monday. According to CARICOM Chairman, Dr Keith Mitchell, who is also Prime Minister of Grenada, the situation is a challenging one. ... read more


Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance reaches US$100m in payout

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CMC) — CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) on Tuesday announced that since its inception in 2007, it has made payouts of a little more than US$100 million to 12 of its 17 member countries — all within 14 days of the event. The US$100 million mark was reached following payouts under the excess rainfall policy of three countries — Anguilla, Turks & Caicos Islands and The Bahamas — as a result of rainfall from Hurricane Irma. ... read more


Hurricane Maria bears down on battered Caribbean

POINTE-À-PITRE, FRANCE (AFP) — Hurricane Maria strengthened rapidly on Monday as it blasted towards the eastern Caribbean, forcing exhausted islanders -- still recovering from megastorm Irma -- to brace for the worst again. The US National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said the "major hurricane" had intensified to Category 3 as it approached the French island of Guadeloupe, the base for relief operations for several islands devastated by Irma this month. ... read more


French President Promises to Rebuild St Martin Better Than it Was Before Hurricane Irma

MARIGOT, St Martin, Wednesday September 13, 2017 – Faced with a mammoth recovery process and a repair bill expected to reach the millions in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to rebuild St Martin as a “model island.” “I don’t want to rebuild St Martin as it was,” he said. “We have seen there are many homes that were built too precariously, with fragile infrastructure. The geography of the homes was not adapted to the risks.” ... read more


Britain increases aid for storm-hit Caribbean islands

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Britain on Wednesday announced an extra £25 million (US$33.2 million, 27.2 million euros) in aid for its territories in the Caribbean that have been devastated by Hurricane Irma. The funds were announced as Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson visited the British Virgin Islands and Anguilla, pledging "our absolute commitment" to Britons there. ... read more


CARICOM Heads of Government Meet on Hurricane Situation

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Monday September 11, 2017 – Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) met in special emergency session on Saturday to receive an update on the effects of the impact of Hurricanes Irma and Jose on the region and progress on the coordinated response to provide relief for those affected. ... read more


Caribbean Tourism Organization launches relief fund to assist with hurricane AID efforts

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (8 Sept, 2017) - The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has activated its "CTO Relief Fund" through GoFundMe to help families and countries rebuild after hurricanes, particularly in the wake of the massive category 5 Hurricane Irma, which has impacted a number of member countries. All of the money raised through the CTO's Relief Fund will be sent directly to CTO-member destinations affected by the catastrophic storm, which hit some countries with winds up to 185 mph. ... read more


Hurricane Irma Leaves At Least 10 Dead; Barbuda and St Martin Devastated

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday September 7, 2017 – Hurricane Irma continues to churn its way through the Caribbean, leaving in its wake a trail of death and destruction that only started to become clear late yesterday. At least 10 people have been reported dead. The Category 5 hurricane which was carrying maximum sustained winds near 185 miles per hour has devastated Barbuda – which Prime Minister Gaston Browne described as barely habitable – and St Martin, and reports of additional damage in other countries are also coming in. ... read more


Northern Caribbean Islands Feel Hurricane Irma’s Wrath

ST JOHN’S, Antigua, Wednesday September 6, 2017 – Monster Hurricane Irma, the most powerful hurricane ever recorded over Atlantic Ocean, is still pummeling parts of the northern Caribbean with its Category 5 winds and heavy rains. Irma made landfall on Barbuda in the early hours of this morning, and initial reports indicate that roofs of homes and other buildings were blown off by the hurricane packing 185 mile-per-hour winds. ... read more


Have a Happy and Safe Labor Day 2017 - 50 Years of NY’s Caribbean Carnival Week! From a Dream to a Legacy: NY’s Greatest Show on Earth!

Brooklyn, NY: On Thursday, August 31st, West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) kicks off the 50th Annual New York Caribbean Carnival Week (NYCCW) with Reggae Unda Di Stars, co-presented by born and brewed Jamaican lager, Red Stripe and hosted by Irie Jam Radio. This funky Reggae party features Reggae Ambassadors Cocoa Tea, Ghanian Dancehall Reggae artist, Stonebwoy, and Brooklyn’s own Afrobeat songstress, WUNMI, performing popular hits like “She Loves Me Now,” “FYAH,” “My Name,” “Come From Far,” “Fit Body” and more! Along with a taste of “Marley magic” with an appearance by Grammyaward winning artist, Stephen “Ragga” Marley, commemorating his father’s visit to the same Brooklyn stage where he (Bob Marley) debuted “Uprising” and expressed enthusiasm and support for WIADCA’s efforts in bringing the community together by promoting diversity and tolerance through music and culture in NYC. ... read more


Holness calls for greater ties among Caribbean, Latin American countries

SANTIAGO, Chile (CMC) — In his first official visit to Chile, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has called for deepening cooperation ties between Caribbean and Latin American countries. In delivering the keynote address at the headquarters of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Holness also gave his backing to the Caribbean debt relief proposal. ... read more


CARICOM says Hurricane Harvey highlights 'unusual weather patterns'

GEORGETOWN, Guyana CMC — The 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) grouping says the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey as it swept through Texas in the United States last weekend, “highlights the unusual nature of weather patterns that continue to affect nations across the globe”. In a message to United States President Donald Trump, expressing the grouping's sympathy to the people, especially those in the State of Texas, CARICOM Secretary General Irwin La Roque said “the widespread destruction wrought by this hurricane has brought suffering to many and will necessitate a significant and lengthy rebuilding process”. ... read more


Barbados and China Reach Reciprocal Visa Waiver Agreement

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Tuesday August 29, 2017 – Barbadians wishing to travel to the People’s Republic of China for 30 days or less, no longer require a visa to enter that country. A reciprocal visa waiver agreement between the Government of Barbados and the People’s Republic of China now allows citizens holding ordinary passports of both countries to travel visa free for a period of 30 days. ... read more


UN says history of slave trade can help combat social injustice

UNITED NATIONS, United States (CMC) — Remembering the universal demand for freedom that led to the 1791 insurrection by slaves in what is Haiti, the head of the United Nations cultural and educational agency on Wednesday marked the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition by underscoring the importance of teaching this history to young people. ... read more


Several Caribbean islands rattled by two earthquakes

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Two earthquakes, including one with a magnitude of 4.4, rattled several Caribbean islands on Friday, but there were no immediate reports of damage, injuries or loss of lives. The Trinidad-based Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of the St Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies, (UWI), said the first quake occurred at 5.29 am (local time) and was situated south west of Dominica.

"It was located at 14.93N and 61.56°W with a magnitude of 3.7 and depth of 178km," the SRC said. It noted that the second quake, with a magnitude of 4.4, occurred at 1.05 pm (local time) and was located Latitude11.28N; Longitude: 62.14W at a depth of 96 kilometres


US firm to market Zika virus diagnostic to Caribbean

UTAH, USA (CMC) — A molecular diagnostics company based in the United States says it has strengthened relationships with key regional customers throughout the Caribbean basin to purchase Zika virus diagnostic. Co-Diagnostics Inc, located in the state of Utah, says its potential customer base across the Caribbean includes laboratories, regional health ministries, and hospitals interested in offering a state-of-the-art molecular diagnostic for the mosquito-borne Zika virus to their patients. ... read more


Caribbean urged to fully embrace digital technology

WNASSAU, Bahamas (CMC) — Guyana's Minister of Public Telecommun- ications, Cathy Hughes, on Tuesday said that the Caribbean needs to commit to digital developments in the media, warning that telecommunications and digital technology are changing rapidly. Addressing the 48th annual general assembly of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) in Bahamas, Hughes said technology has changed the world noting "we tweet, text, tantalise and in some cases terrorise each other with it. ... read more


US calls out Caribbean countries on religious freedom

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — Though religious freedom is generally upheld in most, if not all, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries, the United States has called out some nations for what it describes as religious intolerance. In releasing the 2016 International Religious Freedom Report earlier this week, the US Department of State said that almost 20 years after passage of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, "conditions in many parts of the world are far from ideal," including those in the Caribbean. ... read more


Jamaica pays tribute to Garvey on 130th birthday anniversary

The Government and people of Jamaica honoured the life and legacy of the country's first National Hero Marcus Garvey with a floral tribute at National Heroes Park in Kingston. The function, which included the laying of floral arrangements at Garvey's shrine, was to commemorate the 130th anniversary of his birth. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange, who represented Prime Minister Andrew Holness, hailed Garvey as a champion for social justice and education. ... read more


Employment in Jamaica At All-Time High

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Thursday August 17, 2017 – More Jamaicans are now employed than at any other period in the country's history. Data from the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) shows that the number of persons securing employment peaked at a historic 1,204,800 in April 2017, which was 35,800 more than the 1,169,000 persons employed in April 2016. ... read more


Climate change will cut crop yields – study

MIAMI, United States (AFP) – Climate change will have a negative effect on key crops such as wheat, rice, and maize, according to a major scientific report out Tuesday that reviewed 70 prior studies on global warming and agriculture. Experts analysed previous research that used a variety of methods, from simulating how crops will react to temperature changes at the global and local scale, to statistical models based on historical weather and yield data, to artificial field warming experiments. ... read more


This Atlantic Hurricane Season Could Be Worse Than Usual

FLORIDA, United States –Forecasters are now predicting a higher likelihood of an above-normal season, and they increased the predicted number of named storms and major hurricanes. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Wednesday updated its hurricane season outlook, saying this season has the potential to be extremely active, and could be the most active since 2010. ... read more


The Legacy of Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt has changed the face of athletics across his unparalleled career. His story has entered the realms of legend, becoming one of athletics' origin myths. A gangly sprinter from humble beginnings bursts onto the scene in Beijing, demolishing three world records, as athletics crowns a new king. Armed with the perfect concoction of attributes — ... read more


US says Cuba must investigate attacks on diplomats

BEDMINSTER, United States (AFP) – The United States said Friday it holds Cuba responsible for investigating an apparent sonic attack that left several of its diplomats in need of medical treatment. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the US mission in Havana had not been able to determine who was behind what he called "health attacks" on its staff. ... read more


Caribbean leaders discuss Venezuela situation

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders on Tuesday held "varied and robust views" on the on going political situation in Venezuela during a three-hour meeting. No official statement has been issued by the Guyana-based CARICOM Secretariat or from the office of the Grenada Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell, who is the CARICOM chairman and who is reported to have convened the special emergency meeting by videoconference. ... read more


Former Bahamas Labour Minister on Bribery Charges

CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) — The Eastern Caribbean Collective Organisation for music rights, (ECCO) has won a landmark case in the High Court against Mega Plex Entertainment which operates Caribbean Cinemas here and across the region. In a civil suit, ECCO sued Mega Plex for copyright infringement and asked the court for damages. ... read more


ECLAC forecasts positive growth rate for Caribbean in 2017

SANTIAGO, Chile (CMC) — The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has predicted that the region will record positive, though still low, growth rate in 2017. In releasing its "Economic Survey of Latin America and the Caribbean 2017" in Chile on Thursday, ECLAC said the economies of the English- and Dutch-speaking Caribbean will grow by 1.2 per cent, following -0.8 per cent contraction in 2016. ... read more


Thousands of Haitians deported from Dominican Republic in July

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (CMC) — More than 13,000 Haitians were deported from the Dominican Republic during the month of July, according to official figures released here. The head of the General Directorate of Migration (DGM), Lieutenant-General Maximo William Muñoz Delgado, said that 13,446 Haitians were deported last month with 6,545 being intercepted at one of the 100 checkpoints established in the border area at various unofficial crossing points. ... read more

MONDAY, JULY 31, 2017

Eastern Caribbean music rights group wins landmark copyright case

CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) — The Eastern Caribbean Collective Organisation for music rights, (ECCO) has won a landmark case in the High Court against Mega Plex Entertainment which operates Caribbean Cinemas here and across the region. In a civil suit, ECCO sued Mega Plex for copyright infringement and asked the court for damages. ... read more


PAHO says Caribbean takes action to eliminate hepatitis

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says countries of the Americas, including the Caribbean, are taking action to eliminate viral hepatitis, although challenges remain in the detection and diagnosis of this disease, which can lead to cirrhosis, liver cancer and even death if not treated on time. ... read more


'Coral gardening' benefitting Caribbean reefs — study

FLORIDA, United States (CMC) — A new study has found that Caribbean staghorn corals (Acropora cervicornis) are benefiting from "coral gardening," the process of restoring coral populations by planting laboratory-raised coral fragments on reefs. ... read more

MONDAY, JULY 24, 2017

US, Jamaica Gov't host property rights seminar in MoBay

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The United States Embassy and the Jamaican Government will be partnering to host an intellectual property rights enforcement training seminar from July 25 to 27 at the Secrets Resort in Montego Bay, St James. ... read more


AIDS claimed 1 million lives in 2016 —UN

AIDS claimed a million lives in 2016, almost half the 2005 toll that marked the peak of the deadly epidemic, said a UN report Thursday proclaiming "the scales have tipped". Not only are new HIV infections and deaths declining, but more people than ever are on life-saving treatment, according to data published ahead of an AIDS science conference opening in Paris on Sunday. ... read more


CARICOM, UN to strengthen cooperation at New York meeting

Cooperation between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the United Nations (UN) System will be further strengthened around several issues including climate change, security, human development, health and education at the Ninth CARICOM-United Nations General Meeting this week. ... read more


Jamaica ranked #1 for cyber security in the Caribbean

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Today the World celebrates the memory and legacy of the first black president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela. The United Nations has marked July 18, Mandela's birthday as "International Nelson Mandela Day" Mandela, also known as 'Madiba', devoted his life to the service of humanity and socio-political equality in his native South Africa. ... read more

TUESDAY, JULY 18, 2017

World celebrates Nelson Mandela Day today

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Today the World celebrates the memory and legacy of the first black president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela. The United Nations has marked July 18, Mandela's birthday as "International Nelson Mandela Day" Mandela, also known as 'Madiba', devoted his life to the service of humanity and socio-political equality in his native South Africa. ... read more

MONDAY, JULY 17, 2017

Accused Jamaican lottery scam 'kingpin' to plead guilty

NORTH DAKOTA, United States (AP) — A Jamaican man accused of masterminding a lottery scam that victimised dozens of Americans out of millions of dollars has agreed to plead guilty in a deal with federal prosecutors in North Dakota. The agreement signed by the defence and prosecutors on Friday calls for Lavrick Willocks to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy. Prosecutors will dismiss 65 other counts of wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering. ... read more


PAHO seeks new ways to better health care in Caribbean

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says it is looking for innovative community-based solutions for health care delivery issues related to infectious diseases in Central America and the Caribbean. On Thursday PAHO said that it is collaborating on this initiative with the International Training and Medical Research Centre (CIDEIM) of Colombia, ICESI University of Colombia, and the World Health Organization (WHO) Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR). ... read more


US Black group hails CARICOM's stance on Venezuela

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — A major United States Black group has applauded the Heads of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), who, at their recent Summit in Grenada, discussed the serious challenges facing Venezuela and its people, and offered to facilitate a dialogue between the government and the opposition. ... read more


Jamaicans tapping into US trillion-dollar app economy

BY DEANDRA MORRISON With rapid social and technological growth globally, new possibilities have emerged for sustainable economic growth in the Caribbean, particularly Jamaica, which currently benefits from a booming business process outsourcing (BPO) industry. Against this background, Jamaican businesses now have an opportunity to position themselves to take advantage of the global app economy, which, according to market researcher App Annie, could hit US$6.3 trillion by the year 2021 — up from last year's US$1.3 trillion. ... read more

TUESDAY, JULY 11, 2017

CARICOM Leaders Make New Commitment to Tackle NCDs

ST GEORGE'S, Grenada, Tuesday July 11, 2017 – The push for a healthier Caribbean received a considerable boost last week as Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders at their 38th annual summit in Grenada made new commitments to tackle the epidemic of chronic diseases which is costing the region dearly in terms of health and development. ... read more

MONDAY, JULY 10, 2017

At Least 75,000 Could Die If Earthquake Hits Vulnerable Haiti Great North

SANTIAGO, Chile (CMC) — The Pan AmericanPORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, Monday July 10, 2017 — A United States-based global earthquake and structural engineering firm has found that there would be a significant risk of death and destruction if the Great North section of Haiti experienced an earthquake. ... read more


New York State Podiatric Medical Association Installs First Caribbean-Born Female as President

NEW YORK – The New York State Podiatric Medical Association (NYSPMA) is proud to announce the election of Patricia Nicholas, DPM, as the 75 th president of the association. Dr. Nicholas was installed as president during the NYSPMA 121 st Annual House of Delegates on June 3. Dr. Nicholas is the first Caribbean-born female to serve in this prestigious position. ... read more


Caribbean pledges to end preventable mortality of women, children and adolescents

SANTIAGO, Chile (CMC) — The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says Latin American and Caribbean countries have pledged to work to end the preventable mortality of women, children and adolescents by 2030. On Wednesday, PAHO said regional countries have also agreed to "develop effective actions for that population to prosper and transform the world." ... read more


Outgoing CARICOM Chairman Makes Impassioned Plea For Closer Unity

ST GEORGE'S, Grenada, Wednesday July 5, 2017 – The Caribbean Community (CARICOM), challenged by the constantly changing international situation, must redouble its efforts to ensure a more safe society for its citizens, more stable economies for its countries, deeper solidarity and a more secure hemisphere. ... read more


Zika Cases on Decline But War on Mosquitoes Far From Over

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Tuesday July 4, 2017 – Even though the number of cases of Zika have significantly declined from the outbreak of 2016, there is still need for continued vigilance and action on mosquito borne diseases, which pose a health security threat, a tourism threat, and an economic threat, Executive Director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) Dr James Hospedales has warned. ... read more

MONDAY, JULY 3, 2017

The Greater Caribbean Raises Funds to Protect its Sandy Coasts

HAVANA, Cuba (IPS) – Almost no Caribbean beach escapes erosion, a problem that scientific sources describe as extensive and irreversible in these ecosystems of high economic interest, that work as protective barriers for life inland. ... read more


Tribute Paid to Jamaica's First and Only Female Prime Minister As She Bows Out of Politics

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Prime Minister Andrew Holness has hailed former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, for her stellar contribution to politics and to the people of Jamaica. At a joint sitting of the House of Representatives and the Senate on Tuesday to pay tribute to Simpson Miller, who is resigning as Member of Parliament for South West St. Andrew, the Prime Minister noted that she has had a phenomenal career and done well in her over 40 years of service in politics. ... read more


President Trump's Climate Change Stance Spells Doom for Small Islands, Experts Warn

WASHINGTON, USA, Monday June 26, 2017 – Acclaimed theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking believes that Donald Trump has taken "the most serious and wrong decision on climate change this world has seen", and top scientists agree, especially with respect to small island states like those in the Caribbean. ... read more

TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 2017

Europe Stands by Caribbean on Climate Funding

By Desmond Brown BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Monday June 26, 2017, IPS – A senior European Union (EU) official in the Caribbean said Europe is ready to continue the global leadership on the fight against climate change, including helping the poor and vulnerable countries in the region. ... read more

MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2017

Antigua regrets decision by Canada regarding visa-free travel

ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC) – The Antigua and Barbuda government on Monday said it regrets the decision of the Canadian government to end visa-free travel for nationals of the twin island. In a statement, the Gaston Browne administration said that "this decision relates to concerns over persons who obtain passports under Citizenship by Investment Programmes (CIP) in the Caribbean". ... read more


LGBTI Community in Caribbean and Elsewhere Get Voice at Commonwealth

LONDON, England, Saturday June 24, 2017 – The lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and/or intersex (LGBTI) community has been given a voice in, and increased access to, Commonwealth, in a historic decision by the 52-member body. ... read more


Caribbean Healthcare Professionals Form Groundbreaking Alzheimer's Association

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Wednesday June 21, 2017 – With the number of people living with dementia projected to reach 74.7 million in another 13 years and 131.5 million in 2050, a group of Caribbean healthcare professionals has come together to form an association to tackle the problem here in the region. ... read more

TUESDAY, JUNE 20, 2017

UN names new head for cholera fundraising programme in Haiti

UNITED NATIONS, United States (CMC) – The United Nations Tuesday named Josette Sheeran, the head of the World Food Programme (WFP) as a high-level envoy for Haiti who will develop a comprehensive fund-raising strategy to finance its plans to deal with the cholera outbreak in the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country. ... read more

MONDAY, JUNE 19, 2017

Caribbean/American legislative forum to address US/Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — The Washington-based Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) says the United States/ Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act of 2016 (HR 4939), which was signed into law by President Barack Obama in December 2016, will form the backdrop of the 19th Annual Caribbean American Legislative Forum. ... read more


CARICOM, Republic of Korea strengthen relations

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — The Republic of Korea formalised its decade-old friendship with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) when the first non-permanent Plenipotentiary Representative of the East Asian country presented his credentials to CARICOM. CARICOM Deputy Secretary-General, Manorma Soeknandan accepted the Letter of Credence from Ki-Mo Lim at a simple ceremony at the CARICOM Secretariat. ... read more


UN seeks funds urgently for Haiti's cholera

UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) — The United Nations on Wednesday launched another urgent appeal to member countries to finance its nearly empty relief fund for battling cholera in Haiti. It was expected to raise $400 million over two years but only about 2.7 million have been raised so far, UN Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed said. ... read more

TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2017

Proposed US budget cuts could pose regional security problems, Caribbean/American leaders warn

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — Caribbean American leaders in Washington have warned that proposed cuts to the United States Department of State's foreign aid budget could have serious implications for the region at a time when there is increasing concern about terrorism. ... read more

MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2017

CARICOM launches new IT system to alert consumers on dangerous goods

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — The Guyana-based Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat Monday said that people in the region now have access to an electronic platform providing alerts on dangerous non-foods consumer goods on the markets in all 15-member countries. The Secretariat said that the CARREX Online Electronic Platform and the live public portal can now be accessed via www.carrex.caricom.org ... read more


Reggae Superstar Charly Black to Perform at Guyana Independence Parade & Concert on June 11, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York

BROOKLYN: Reggae superstar, Charly Black, will perform alongside an all-star cast of Guyanese artistes at the Guyana Independence Parade and Unity Concert on Sunday, June 11, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. The Parade starts at 10:00 a.m. at Church & Brooklyn Avenues. The concert is at 3:00 p.m., at the former Brooklyn Arts Center; 8024 Preston Ct, Brooklyn NY 11236. Troy Hinds, Black's Manager/Producer and Rickford Burke, Chairman of the Guyana Independence Anniversary Celebration Committee (New York), made the announcement live on New York's Vybez UP Radio HD. Fans immediately went scampering for tickets on the committee's website www.celebrateguyanainnyc.com.


ECLAC says trade via containers in the Caribbean declines

SANTIAGO, Chile (CMC) – The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) says new ports ranking confirms the decline in the region's foreign trade last year and marks a loss in activity not seen since the crisis of 2009.The throughput of containerised cargo in the ports of Latin America and the Caribbean fell 0.9 per cent in 2016, according to data released by ECLAC ... read more


Regional Tourism Industry Set To Take Centerstage During UNWTO Global Conference In Montego Bay, Jamaica

NEW YORK, NY – June 6, 2017 – The regional tourism industry is set to take centerstage during the UNWTO, Government of Jamaica and World Bank Group Conference on Jobs & Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, November 27-29, 2017. Speaking at a press conference on June 6 at the Consulate General of Jamaica during Caribbean Week in New York, Jamaica's Minister of Tourism, the Honorable Edmund Bartlett noted that given the region's dependency on tourism, it was important that such a conference provide solutions on how the Caribbean can better leverage this industry. ... read more

MONDAY, JUNE 5, 2017

Caribbean records increase in HIV/AIDS cases, major rise in Jamaica, Cuba

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – The United Nations Special Envoy on HIV to the Caribbean Dr Edward Greene is warning of an increase in HIV/AIDS infections in the Caribbean. Speaking at the recent Regional Testing Day 10th Anniversary Caribbean launch breakfast and awards here, Greene said that findings in the 2016 UNAIDS Gap report state that HIV infections are on the rise in the region. ... read more


National Caribbean-American Heritage Month Marks 12th Anniversary in 2017

In June 2005, the House of Representatives unanimously adopted H. Con. Res. 71, sponsored by Congresswoman Barbara Lee, recognizing the significance of Caribbean people and their descendants in the history and culture of the United States. On February 14, 2006, the resolution similarly passed the Senate, culminating a two-year, bipartisan and bicameral effort. The Proclamation was issued by President George Bush on June 6, 2006. ... read more


Trump announces US withdrawal from Paris climate deal

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday announced America's withdrawal from the Paris climate deal, signaling a policy shift with wide-ranging repercussions for the climate and Washington's ties with the world.In a highly anticipated statement from the White House Rose Garden, Trump said the United States would abandon the current deal -- but was open to negotiating a new one. ... read more


President Trump Reportedly Ready To Roll Back Obama's Cuba Reforms

WASHINGTON, United States, Tuesday May 30, 2017 – More than two years after the United States and Cuba turned a new page in their contentious relations, fresh reports out of Washington suggest President Donald Trump is making moves to dissolve the budding relationship. ... read more

TUESDAY, MAY 30, 2017

Train has left on Caribbean's 1.5˚C climate goal – meteorologist

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC) – A leading regional meteorologist Tuesday said the Caribbean and other small island developing states are facing an uphill task in trying to convince the world to contain global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrialisation levels.In fact, Puerto Rico-based meteorologist, John Toohey-Morales, told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that the train has already left the station. ... read more

MONDAY, MAY 29, 2017

Caribbean earns US$27 billion from tourism

ST JAMES, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, says tourism remains the most vital source of earnings and economic activity for the majority of Caribbean islands, with region-wide revenues estimated at more than US$27 billion. "Tourism is the single largest generator of foreign exchange in 16 of the 28 countries in the Caribbean, with the sector receiving the most by way of foreign direct investment (FDI)," he pointed out. ... read more

THURSDAY, MAY 25, 2017

Nearly 200 arrested in new immigration raids

CALIFORNIA, United States (AFP) — Nearly 200 people have been arrested by federal agents in southern California as part of a five-day operation targeting immigrants convicted of crimes or in the country illegally, officials said Thursday.The crackdown, which ended Wednesday and was spearheaded by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), focused on people with prior criminal offenses including for drug trafficking, rape and domestic violence, authorities said. ... read more


Climate Change and Flooding Threaten 4.2 Million People on Caribbean and Pacific Islands

BELIZE CITY, Belize, Monday May 22, 2017 – A new study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) estimates that 4.2 million people in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean and in the Pacific are living in areas that are prone to flooding due to rising sea levels. ... read more

TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2017

US gives Haitians limited extension of TPS

WASHINGTON, DC, USA (CMC) — United States Secretary of Homeland Security John F Kelly says he has decided to extend, for an additional six months, the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for undocumented Haitians living in the US.On Monday, Kelly said the extension is effective July 23, 2017 through January 22, 2018. ... read more

MONDAY, MAY 22, 2017

Haitian/American legislator urges solidarity for Haitians on TPS

NEW YORK, United States (CMC) – Haitian American legislator Dr Mathieu Eugene, who is a member of Brooklyn Council, has called for solidarity of undocumented Haitians who are under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) programme. According to Eugene, TPS overshadows Haitian Flag Day and based on this he decided not to commemorate the Day that was celebrated last week. ... read more


Girl Power: Caribbean-Born Space Scientist to inspire OECS Youth

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Friday May 19, 2017 – Trinidadian-born NASA aerospace engineer Dr. Camille Wardrop Alleyne has an extraordinary story of success, and she's on a mission to inspire thousands of girls across the organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) to greatness. ... read more

THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2017

Stark climate change warning issued to Caribbean

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The impact of climate change in the Caribbean is threatening the continued survival of some countries, and Governments must sit up and pay attention. That's the warning outlined in the Caribbean Marine Climate Change Report Card 2017, which focused on countries including Jamaica, Belize, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Guyana and St Lucia. ... read more

TUESDAY, MAY 16, 2017

New Bahamas PM Creates First As He Gives Responsibility for Finance to Someone Else

NASSAU, The Bahamas, Monday May 15, 2017 – Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis has named two members of a 16-member Cabinet that he says will "blend experience with new talent", revealing a first for any Bahamian leader: He will not be taking responsibility for the Ministry of Finance. ... read more

MONDAY, MAY 15, 2017

Venezuelans in Trinidad Appeal for Help in their Homeland

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Monday May 15, 2017 – Concerned Venezuelans living in Trinidad and Tobago warn that the lives of their countrymen are in peril and are pleading with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) to urgently intervene in their troubled homeland. ... read more


Remittance taxes counterproductive — economists

American citizens canvassed by the Jamaica Observer have suggested that, in order to fund the construction of a wall between Mexico and the United States, there are other ways to raise the money besides a tax on remittances — a serious proposal made by the Government of the United States regarding funds sent from the US to some countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, including Jamaica. ... read more

THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2017

New Generation Rallies to Climate Cause in Trinidad

By Jewel Fraser PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Thursday May 11, 2017 (IPS) – As two environmental activist groups in Trinidad and Tobago powered by young volunteers prepare to ramp up their climate change and sustainability activism, they are also contemplating their own sustainability and how they can become viable over the long-term. ... read more


PAHO Recommends Urgent Action To Save Lives On Caribbean Roads

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The Caribbean chapter of the International Network in Defence of Humanity has called on leaders within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to send a fact-finding mission to Venezuela so it can make "an informed" analysis about the situation there. ... read more

TUESDAY, MAY 9, 2017

CARICOM Urged To Send Fact-Finding Mission to Venezuela

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The Caribbean chapter of the International Network in Defence of Humanity has called on leaders within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to send a fact-finding mission to Venezuela so it can make "an informed" analysis about the situation there. ... read more

MONDAY, MAY 8, 2017

Starbucks grants Caribbean Coffee Traders rights to operate outlets in Jamaica

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Starbucks Coffee Company today announced that it has entered a licensing agreement giving Caribbean Coffee Traders Limited (CCTL) the exclusive rights to own and operate Starbucks stores in Jamaica.CCTL is a consortium led by Margaritaville Caribbean Group, a leading restaurant management and franchise operator in the Caribbean. ... read more


Air Canada Introduces Service to St Vincent's New Airport

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent, Friday May 5, 2017 – Air Canada is spreading its wings to St Vincent and the Grenadines this winter season. Pending the green light from the Ralph Gonsalves administration, Air Canada is banking on introducing weekly flights starting December 14. ... read more


Caribbean Business Titan Passes Away

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Thursday May 4, 2017 – More than five decades ago when Dr Anthony Norman Sabga became Trinidad and Tobago's first entrepreneur to launch a local manufacturing enterprise called ANSA Industries in 1966, he meant business. ... read more


US visa exemption rules in Republican crosshairs

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Congressional Republicans sounded an alarm Wednesday over rules allowing millions of Europeans to travel to the United States without a visa, warning that jihadists could exploit weak links in the program.The Islamic State and Al-Qaeda extremist groups "have incurred great losses in Syria and Iraq," Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, told a hearing on the security of the US Visa Waiver Program (VWP) ... read more

TUESDAY, MAY 2, 2017

Venezuela Found Half Million Dollars To Donate to Trump Inauguration Despite Economic Crisis

WASHINGTON DC, USA, Tuesday May 2, 2017 – The Venezuelan government may not have enough money to ensure sufficient food, medicine and other necessities for its people, but it found the cash to donate US$500,000 to US President Donald Trump's inauguration fund. ... read more

MONDAY, MAY 1, 2017

OCR, Facebook in historic partnership for missing children

BY KIMBERLEY HIBBERT Jamaica wrote another chapter in regional history yesterday with the launch of a partnership between the Office of the Children's Registry (OCR) and Facebook that will see Ananda Alerts being sent to the news feed of local users of the immensely popular social media platform to help locate missing children. ... read more


Herb Cuisine: Bob Marley's Daughter Releasing Cookbook Of Marijuana Recipes

KINGSTON, Jamaica – A new cookbook with delightful recipes using marijuana will hit the market soon. And it's coming from daughter of late Jamaican and international reggae icon Bob Marley. On July 25, Chief Executive Officer at Tuff Gong International Cedella Marley, the firstborn of Bob and Rita Marley, will launch her Cooking with Herb: 75 Recipes for the Marley Natural Lifestyle. ... read more


Climate Impact on Caribbean Coral Reefs Could Be Mitigated

By Diego Arguedas Ortiz CAHUITA, Costa Rica (IPS) – A few dozen metres from the Caribbean beach of Puerto Vargas, where you can barely see the white foam of the waves breaking offshore, is the coral reef that is the central figure of the ocean front of the Cahuita National Park in Costa Rica. ... read more


Probe Into Trinidad Oil Spill That's Worse Than First Thought

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Wednesday April 26, 2017 – Trinidad and Tobago's oil company Petrotrin says the equivalent of 300 barrels of oil actually leaked from a ruptured storage tank on Sunday – 15 times more than the amount it had initially indicated. ... read more


Barbados Rejects US Money Laundering Report

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Tuesday April 25, 2017 – Barbados' Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite isn't taking the listing of Barbados as a major money laundering country sitting down. The United States (US) State Department recently named the island among several that it regards as major money laundering nations, but Brathwaite says that is misleading. ... read more

MONDAY, APRIL 24, 2017

Hurricane Forecasters On Preparedness Mission To Mexico And Caribbean

FLORIDA, United States, Monday April 24, 2017 – The official start to the 2017 hurricane season is fast approaching, and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the US Air Force Reserve will from today host a series of events to help communities in Mexico and the Caribbean prepare for the season and weather the coming storms. ... read more


World Bank says remittance growth only seen in Caribbean region

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — Despite overall global decline, the World Bank says the only region to record growth in remittances in 2016, was Latin America and the Caribbean . On Friday, the Washington-based financial institution said regional growth was estimated at US$73 billion, an increase of 6.9 per cent over 2015. ... read more


US resort faces seasonal worker shortage due to visa cap

RUTLAND, Vermont (AP) — Some Vermont ski resorts and luxury hotels are facing an acute labor shortage because of a congressional cap on the number of special visas issued to international workers who fill seasonal jobs such as ski lift operators and waiters, officials say. Bob Beach, co-owner of the Basin Harbor Club resort near Lake Champlain in Ferrisburgh, said the cap on H-2B visas for temporary nonagricultural workers has left him scrambling to hire the 300 workers he needs to keep the resort running from May to October. ... read more


UN keeping eye on Haiti, envoy says

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AFP) — Sandra Honore — a diplomat from Trinidad who has headed the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti, MINUSTAH since July 2013 — says the UN will keep tabs on progress in the country even after the mission shuts down. Following the UN Security Council's decision on Thursday to end the mission by the end of October, she also spoke to AFP about allegations of sexual abuse committed by UN peacekeepers in the poor Caribbean country. ... read more

MONDAY, APRIL 17, 2017

Call For Travel and Tourism Best Practices

MIAMI, United States – The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is accepting nominations for the coveted Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF) Awards, which are set to take place during the third edition of the event in Miami from June 2 to 4, 2017. ... read more


Canada unveils legislation to legalise marijuana

OTTAWA, Canada (AFP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government unveiled legislation Thursday to fully legalise marijuana, making Canada only the second country to do so, after Uruguay. While medical marijuana use has been regulated in this country since 2001, cannabis remains a controlled substance. Its legalisation and regulation for recreational use is expected in 2018, in time for Canada's national holiday on July 1. ... read more


UN Security Council to Vote on Getting Peacekeeping Mission Out of Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Wednesday April 12, 2017 – The United Nations Security Council will officially vote tomorrow on closing the 13-year-long peacekeeping mission in Haiti as recommended by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Sandra Honoré, told the Security Council yesterday that United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) should prepare to drawdown over the next six months and transition into a smaller peacekeeping operation focused on strengthening the rule of law, institutions and the national police force. ... read more


Safe, High Quality Drugs Assured With Caribbean Regulatory System

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Tuesday April 11, 2017 – The establishment of a Caribbean Regulatory System (CRS) will improve conditions for patients in the region to receive safe, efficacious, high quality drugs. Executive Director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) Dr. James Hospedales gave that assurance as he promised that access to safe, efficacious and good quality drugs is a human right which the regional public health organization is committed to facilitating. ... read more

MONDAY, APRIL 10, 2017

Trump funding cuts to UNFPA could affect Jamaica

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has dismissed claims by the United States Government that it supports, or participates in the management of a programme of forced abortion in China, the reason given for deep funding cuts to one of the UN's key agencies.ch of the partnership. ... read more


Zika could cost region billions, says UN

UNITED NATIONS (CMC) — A new United Nations report has found that in addition to the impact on public health, the mosquito-borne Zika outbreak could cost the Latin American and the Caribbean region as much as US$18 billion between 2015 and 2017. The report, titled "Socio-economic impact assessment of Zika virus in Latin America and the Caribbean", prepared by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), has a particular focus on Brazil, Colombia and Suriname – countries that first reported the outbreak in October-November 2015. ... read more


Jamaica in Partnership with Facebook to Search for Missing Children

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica's Ministry of Education, Youth and Information will be partnering with social media giant, Facebook, to broadcast Ananda Alerts which are issued when children go missing. State Minister in the Ministry Floyd Green said a Facebook team will be visiting Jamaica next month for the official launch of the partnership. ... read more


CARICOM Considers How To Keep Market Access in Tact After Brexit

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - CARICOM has reportedly narrowed down the options it intends to pursue to prevent a break in market access in the United Kingdom due to the UK's planned exit from the European Union (EU). Director General of the Office of Trade Negotiations at the CARICOM Secretariat, Ambassador Gail Mathurin said while a number of possibilities were being considered, one option appears more probable. ... read more


Barbados health minister worried at high level of hypertension, diabetes

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — A national consultation for the developmyent of the National Strategic Plan for Health 2017-2022, began on Monday with Health Minister John Boyce warning that end-stage renal failure is a growing public health problem in Barbados, driven primarily by the high levels of hypertension and diabetes in the population. Boyce said that the treatment of hypertension and diabetes combined accounted for 58 per cent of expenditure by the Barbados Drug Service last year. ... read more


Jamaica expecting 4.2 million visitors in 2017

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has projected that tourist arrivals will reach 4.2 million by the end of this year, surpassing last year's 3.84 million, to set a new record in Jamaica. "So you know what that means. It means 4.2 million opportunities for income generating and earning. More consumption in the Jamaican space translates into more opportunity for jobs," the minister said. ... read more


Step Afrika! - Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 8pm

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2016-17 season with the much-anticipated return of Step Afrika! on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 8pm. Holding the distinction of the first professional company in the world dedicated to the art of stepping, the company will conduct a three- day residency that includes not only a public performance but also a free after-school stepping masterclass on Thursday, March 30 at 3:30pm and three educational shows for schoolchildren. ... read more


US urged to clarify policy towards Caribbean

MIAMI, USA (CMC) – Grenada's Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell has called for clarity regarding the policy of the United States towards the Caribbean. Mitchell issued the call yesterday as he participated in a World Bank conference – "The Caribbean Dilemma" — examining the socio-economic situation in the Caribbean. ... read more


Eastern Caribbean Branded a Transit Point For Drug Traffickers By US

WASHINGTON DC, USA– The Eastern Caribbean has been branded a "transit point for drug traffickers going to the United States and Europe" by the US State Department. The department's International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR), released this month, claims that the Eastern Caribbean hosts abundant transhipment points for illicit narcotics, primarily from Venezuela destined for North American, European and domestic Caribbean markets ... read more


OAS discusses Venezuela crisis, Caracas protests

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The Organization of American States held a special meeting on the crisis in Venezuela on Tuesday, triggering a furious reaction from the Venezuelan government and its staunchest regional allies. The meeting is the international community's latest effort to get to grips with an economic and political unravelling in the once-booming oil producer, whose skid to the brink of collapse has the rest of Latin America increasingly worried. ... read more

MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017

India willing to help develop Jamaican film industry

(Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange) Indian High Commissioner to Jamaica Shri Sevala Naik expressed an interest in helping to develop the Jamaican film industry by offering scholarships and internships to interested Jamaicans. Though nothing has been officially implemented, the diplomat welcomed the suggestion that through India's booming film industry, known as Bollywood, his country could offer assistance to Jamaica. ... read more


Step Afrika! - Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 8pm

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2016-17 season with the much-anticipated return of Step Afrika! on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 8pm. Holding the distinction of the first professional company in the world dedicated to the art of stepping, the company will conduct a three- day residency that includes not only a public performance but also a free after-school stepping masterclass on Thursday, March 30 at 3:30pm and three educational shows for schoolchildren. ... read more


Caribbean pastors call on US to halt promotion of LGBT rights abroad

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — Several religious officials, including pastors from across the Caribbean, have called on the United States to halt the promotion of LGBT and intersex rights abroad. LGBTA report published in the Washington Blade, a LGBT publication, said 289 Ministers of Religion from The Bahamas, St Maarten, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana made the request in a letter sent to US President Donald Trump on January 31. ... read more


Trinis Are The Happiest Islanders In The Caribbean, Says UN Report

NEW YORK, USA, Wednesday March 22, 2017 – The United Nations annual World Happiness Report was published on Monday (World Happiness Day), but Caribbean people interested in how their country fared were mostly disappointed, with much of the region apparently escaping the attention of the experts who compiled the report. Of those nations to make it on the 155-strong list, the top four that could be considered part of the wider region were the mainland countries of Mexico (25), Guatemala (29), Panama (30) and Colombia (36). ... read more


Government bans corned beef from Brazil amid rotten meat scandal

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Several Caribbean countries have ordered the immediate ban on the sale and importation of corned beef from Brazil, following reports that several major meat processors in the South American nation have been selling rotten beef and poultry. Several countries have gone as far as banning all meat and meat products from Brazil, where it is alleged that companies involved in the illegal practice paid hefty bribes to auditors in exchange for fraudulent sanitary licences. ... read more

MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017

Barbados Still Has the Most Powerful Passport in the Caribbean

LONDON, England, Monday March 20, 2017 – Barbados has the most powerful passport in the region and the 25th most powerful on the planet, according to the results of the latest world travel rankings. Barbados' position in the Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index closely mirrors its performance on Passportindex.org's rankings released earlier this year. ... read more


National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica Celebrates 55th Anniversary

(Photo by Bryan Robinson) The National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) of Jamaica is a voluntary group of dancers, singers, musicians and creative technicians who are dedicated to the view that their work in dance can help to bring discipline, a sense of process and cultural awareness to the awesome task of nation-building. The search for a definitive Caribbean dance theater linked a varied and versatile group together to make this goal a reality. During its more than five decades of existence, NDTC has achieved a reputation for artistic excellence, developing much of its repertoire from authentic folk material. ... read more


Exxon Mobil plans to make Guyana a major oil producer

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Thursday March 16, 2017 – American oil giant Exxon Mobil Corporation is moving full steam ahead with plans to transform Guyana into a major oil producer. In what industry experts call a rare occurrence in the industry, Exxon Mobil has asked the David Granger administration for a production licence to start pumping oil from the country's seabed, less than five years after it discovered major oil finds ... read more


Jamaican Condiment Manufacturer Gets Foot Back in Canadian Market

KINGSTON, Jamaica - Jamaican condiment and seasoning manufacturer King Pepper Products Ltd. has re-entered the Canadian market. The company, which was joined by six other Jamaican manufacturers at a Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO)-led trade mission to Canada last year, was able to secure a distributor for its Eaton's line of products, and recently received its first container order to Canada. ... read more


Cuba agrees to extension on trade agreement with CARICOM

HAVANA, Cuba (CMC) — Cuba is providing the Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries with an extension of the agreement on trade and economic cooperation which facilitates access to the Cuban market for hundreds of Caricom products, according to an official statement issued here yesterday. It said that the issue was discussed at the fifth Caricom-Cuba ministerial meeting that was held here last Saturday. ... read more

MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2017

As Far as Debt Performance Goes, Barbados is Now on the Same Level as Greece

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Barbados' Prime Minister Freundel Stuart may not think much of the pronouncements of international ratings agencies, but the rest of the world is watching, with respected business publication Bloomberg reporting that the island's debt is the worst performer in emerging markets this year. ... read more


Eight Jamaicans in Lottery Scam to be extradited to the United States

EIGHT alleged members of a lottery scam network, including a serving member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the mother of the alleged leader and mastermind of the scam, Lavric Willocks, are to be extradited to the United States of America. The group, who had challenged the extradition request, was yesterday ordered extradited by Parish Judge Vaughn Smith following a hearing in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court. ... read more


International Women's Day (IWD)- theme 'Be Bold for Change'

TODAY, March 8, is being celebrated worldwide as International Women's Day (IWD), under the theme 'Be Bold for Change'. It is a call for individuals to help forge a more inclusive, gender-equal world. For the United Nations, the focus is on 'Women in the changing world of work: Planet 50-50 by 2030', and Secretary-General António Guterres has called for all to "pledge to do everything we can to overcome entrenched prejudice, support engagement and activism, and promote gender equality and women's empowerment" ... read more


Jamaica adopts alternative theme for International Women's Day

KINGSTON, Jamaica — International's Women Day, will be celebrated tomorrow under the theme "Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030". The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, however, said earlier this year that it will be turning the spotlight on gender-based violence for the occasion. ... read more


CARICOM, Korea commit to areas of closer cooperation

KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) — The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Republic of Korea have agreed to several areas for closer cooperation. The decision was made at the first high-level meeting held here on Monday. In a joint statement issued at the end of the meeting both sides committed to further strengthen their ties of friendship and spirit of cooperation. ... read more


Marleys Launch Ganja Lines As California Legalizes Recreational Use

SAN FRANCISCO, California, Thursday March 2, 2017 – The children of reggae legend Bob Marley are among a growing number of celebrities openly embracing the marijuana industry and eyeing the California ganja market, which is expected to take off after voters agreed on legalization of the recreational use of the herb. ... read more


Muhammad Ali Jr says airport detention made him feel 'violated'

FLORIDA, USA — Muhammad Ali Jr, son of the American boxing great, said yesterday he felt "violated" when immigration officials questioned him about his religion at a Florida airport. "I was just appalled," Muhammad Ali Jr told The Associated Press in a phone interview. "I'm a US citizen and they're asking me what is my religion?" ... read more

Voices from Haiti: Artists as Activists

Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 6:30pm

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College presents a panel discussion on the role of Haitian artists as activists, both at home and abroad, on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 6:30pm at the Woody Tanger Auditorium, located on the first floor of the Brooklyn College Library. Featured participants on the panel include singer/songwriter and Red Cross Ambassador Emeline Michel; acclaimed author Ibi Zoboi; Régine Roumain, the Executive Director of Haiti Cultural Exchange; Dr. Jean Eddy Saint Paul, founding Director of the CUNY Haitian Studies Institute; and filmmaker/journalist Cassandre Thraysbule. Tickets for the roundtable are free, no reservations necessary. For more information, visit www.BrooklynCenter.org.


Son of Jamaican immigrant is vice chairman of Democratic Party

NEW YORK, USA (CMC) — A Caribbean American legislator in New York has won a top position in the United States Democratic Party's National Committee. Bronx Assemblyman Michael Blake, the son of Jamaican immigrants, won one of the vice chair positions in the Democratic National Committee (DNC) at an insiders' meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, over the weekend. ... read more


Rihanna Named Harvard University's 2017 Humanitarian of the Year

By Brianne Tracy (people.com) Rihanna may be widely celebrated for her music, but now she's accepting a different type of honor—for her humanitarian work. The 29-year-old singer has been named the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year and will accept the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award at a ceremony on campus next Tuesday. ... read more


Trinidad reports nearly 800 cases of Zika

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Health authorities in Trinidad are reporting more than 400 confirmed cases of pregnant women suffering from the mosquito-borne Zika virus. The Ministry of Health said that since the virus was first reported here in February last year, there has been 718 cases with 463 confirmed cases noted in pregnancy. ... read more


US congratulates Guyana on 47 years of Republican status

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — US President Donald Trump on Thursday congratulated President David Granger as Guyana marks 47 years since attaining Republican status. Trump said the US remains committed to the long-standing friendship with Guyana, noting that the country is a leader in the region. ... read more


Trump Invites Trinidad PM to Washington

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Tuesday February 21, 2017 – Trinidad and Tobago's Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley got a surprise calls from American President Donald Trump during which the leader of the twin-island republic was invited to Washington ... read more


Jamaican Government starts new programme to assist deportees

(Jamaica Observer) While the country grapples with its crime issues, over 100 Jamaicans are being deported home every month from developed nations such as the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada, for various reasons. The situation has been aggravated by reports of mass deportations of Jamaicans who have been living in the United States permanently without the necessary legal instruments, under the Donald Trump Administration. ... read more


Jamaican Scientists Close To Creating Affordable Hepatitis C Drug From Cannabis

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Wednesday February 15, 2017 – Research scientists say they have discovered properties in Cannabidiol (CBD), one of the major bioactive compounds in the cannabis plant, that have the potential to provide affordable treatment as nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals for hepatitis C. ... read more


Jamaicans among undocumented migrants nabbed

MIAMI, USA (CMC) — The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency says the authorities have detained several undocumented Jamaicans during a human smuggling attempt. The CBP said the Jamaicans were among 14 people detained after a chase in waters off the south-east coast of Miami on February 7. ... read more

Romella VaughnStopped by ICE: You Have Rights!

Stopped by Immigration: You Have Rights. Know Them. Use Them.

If you are stopped by Police Officers, Immigration Agents or other public authorities, you have rights. It does not matter if you entered the country by crossing the border in Mexico, if you are an overstay, green card holder or citizen. As long as you are within the borders of the United States, you have rights. Know them. Use them. ... read more


Ziggy Marley Snags Seventh Best Reggae Album Grammy

CALIFORNIA, USA, Tuesday February 14, 2017 – It was a case of lucky seven for Ziggy Marley on Sunday when he added another Best Reggae Album Grammy to his collection at the 59th staging of the annual awards ceremony at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Marley got the gong over fellow Jamaicans Sly and Robbie (Reggae For Her — Sly and Robbie Presents Devin Di Dakta and JL) and Raging Fyah ( Everlasting), as well as California band Rebelution ( Falling Into Place), Hawaiian singer J Boog ( Rose Petals), and American band SOJA ( Live in Virginia). ... read more


Obama didn't pardon Garvey... moving right along to Trump

New York USA — They might not have achieved their objective while former President Barack Obama was in office, but organisers of a move to have National Hero Marcus Garvey pardoned for a 1928 conviction in the United States will continue. Dr Julius Garvey, son of the national hero, said no approach has as yet been made to the new Donald Trump Administration, but that would come in due course. ... read more


Rihanna Follows AMA Success With Eight Grammy Nominations!

CALIFORNIA, U.S.A – Hot on the heels of her success at the American Music Awards (AMA), Barbados' pop princess Rihanna continues her reign with a whopping eight nominations for the 2017 Grammy Awards.

The impressive tally places her a heartbeat behind Beyonce, with nine nods, who Rihanna will face off against in the Record of the Year and Best Urban Contemporary Album categories as a solo artiste, as well as in the Best Rap/Sung Performance as featured artiste on Kanye West's Famous. ... read more


CARICOM and Cuba Agree to Accept Each Other's Goods Duty-Free

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Wednesday February 8, 2017 – The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Cuba have reached agreement for the expansion of preferential access to each other's markets. The agreement was reached at the 10th Meeting of the Joint Commission Established Under the Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement Between CARICOM and Cuba, held in Guyana at the end of last month, according to a statement from the CARICOM Secretariat. ... read more


Crime Costing Caribbean Billions

WASHINGTON, U.S – A study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) estimates the direct annual cost of crime and violence in Latin America and the Caribbean at US$261 billion or 3.55 per cent of GDP – roughly what the region invests on infrastructure. The Costs of Crime and Violence: New Evidence, New Revelations in Latin America and the Caribbean provides comparable crime costs numbers for 17 countries in the region – including the CARICOM nations of Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago – benchmarking them against six developed countries. ... read more


New President Takes Charge in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Tuesday February 7, 2017 – Haiti officially has a new elected president. Jovenel Moise was installed this morning as the French speaking nation's 58th president in a brief ceremony that was attended by former President Michel Martelly, as well as Caribbean and international dignitaries. The 48-year-old entrepreneur and political novice took the oath of office at the Haitian Parliament, a year after Martelly left office without a successor and Jocelerme Privert filled the post in the interim. ... read more


Trinidad to amend anti-terrorism legislation

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — The Trinidad and Tobago government on Thursday announced plans to amend the existing anti-terrorism legislation making it much more difficult for anyone to participate in terrorist activities at home or abroad. Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi, speaking at the weekly Cabinet news conference said that the amendment to the Anti-Terrorist Act will be presented to the Parliament on Friday. ... read more


Yemeni Bodega Owners in Brooklyn Speak Out

(voiceofny.org) At noon on Feb. 2, a thousand Yemeni-owned bodegas around NYC closed their doors for eight hours in protest of President Trump's executive order that halts entry into the U.S. of citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries who do not have green cards. Prior to the store closings, BKLYNER's Carly Miller spoke to owners of participating bodegas in Ditmas Park, like Saleh Kassim of Cortelyou Smoke Shop & Deli who came to the U.S. as a teenager. ... read more


Iran rejects Trump missile warning as relations sour

TEHRAN, Iran (AFP) — Iran on Thursday rejected a warning from President Donald Trump over its latest missile test as unfounded and "provocative", reflecting growing tensions between Tehran and the new US administration. Trump is a strident critic of the Islamic republic and a vocal opponent of an international deal that saw Iran curb its nuclear programme in return for sanctions relief. ... read more


More Than 100 Trinis Linked to Terrorist Activities Overseas

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Wednesday February 1, 2017 – Some 128 Trinidadians have been linked to terrorist activities in other countries, but Trinidad and Tobago is no terrorist state, National Security Minister Edmund Dillon has declared. ... read more


How President Trump's Anti-Abortion Order Could Hurt HIV Programmes in Barbados

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – US President Donald Trump's signing of a ban on US government funding international groups that perform or provide information on abortions could have an unlikely casualty in Barbados. The Barbados Family Planning Association (BFPA) just might lose out on funds for its HIV programmes. ... read more


Americans for Social Justice will win this War

A war against immigrants is a war against Blacks, which includes African Americans and all other Americans. President Trump has declared war through an unconstitutional Executive Order which targets Muslims using the Department of Homeland Security as the front line in his unlawful warfare. In the most recent crisis, Judge Ann M. Donnelly of Federal District Court in Brooklyn, who was nominated by former President Barack Obama, ruled, in Darweesh v Trump, just before 9 p.m, on Friday, January 28, 2017, that implementing Mr. Trump's order by sending the travelers home could cause them "irreparable harm." She said the government was "enjoined and restrained from, in any manner and by any means, removing individuals" who had arrived in the United States with valid visas or refugee status. Click here to read the Judge's complete order ... read more

Romella VaughnWe can help you sign up for health insurance

by By Mayor Bill de Blasio A few weeks ago I met a man from the South Bronx named Wellington. He was diagnosed with cancer and lost his health insurance. The City of New York fought for him and discovered he was entitled to free health coverage. Within a few days Wellington was in the hospital, getting care. Today he is cancer free. ... read more


Haitians face deportation as 2010 quake reprieve expires

MIAMI, United States (AFP) — Bernedy Prosper is afraid his 23-year-old son Harold will die if he is deported from the United States back to Haiti. Prosper, 52, had hoped Harold could benefit from a special status granted to Haitian immigrants in 2010 after a devastating earthquake struck the impoverished Caribbean nation. ... read more


Caribbean American legislators outraged over Trump's executive orders on illegal immigration

NEW YORK, United States, Thursday January 26, 2017 – A Caribbean-American legislator is vowing to fight for immigrants following President Donald Trump's executive orders expanding immigration raids across the United States. Congresswoman Yvette Clarke made the pledge yesterday on the heels of Trump signing the executive orders that include penalties for so-called sanctuary cities – jurisdictions that, through a range of policies, shield undocumented immigrants. ... read more


Cuba seeks 'respectful' talks with Trump govt: Castro

BAVARO, Dominican Republic (AFP) — Cuba is willing to hold "respectful dialogue" with Donald Trump, President Raul Castro said Wednesday, following the new US leader's warnings that he may halt the two countries' rapprochement. "I wish to express Cuba's desire to continue negotiating on current bilateral issues with the United States on a basis of equality, reciprocity and respect for the sovereignty and independence of our country," Castro said. ... read more


Ending HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean by 2030

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — A two-day consultation on ending HIV and AIDS in the Caribbean by 2030 will be held in Trinidad and Tobago early next month. The February 1-2 event is being organised jointly by the Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) and Caribbean Faith Leaders. It is being co-funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and AIDS Healthcare Foundation. ... read more


First Zika-related Microcephaly Case Recorded In Grenada

ST GEORGE'S, Grenada – One Caribbean country has confirmed its first case of Zika-related microcephaly, while another is investigating a possible case. Grenada has confirmed that a baby was born with the birth defect, while Jamaican authorities have dispatched samples from a baby suspected of having the condition to the Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing. ... read more


Help for Haiti

Errol Pierre, V.P. Medicaid & Commercial Markets at Healthfirst, on Haiti and Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew — the most brutal Caribbean storm in a decade — devastated Haiti. And, when disaster strikes, children are the most vulnerable. In fact, nearly 900,000 kids are menaced by this catastrophe and its dangerous aftermath. Eighty percent of homes in the most affected region have been damaged or destroyed. Nearly 176,000 people are living in shelters. Hundreds of schools are out of commission. Cholera cases are growing daily, making safe, clean water a top priority.

Click here to listen to find out how you can help Haiti


Uber's in Trinidad, But the Government Is Questioning Whether It's Legal

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Online transportation network company Uber is now in Trinidad and Tobago. But the government of the twin-island republic is looking into whether it can legally operate there. The Uber app was activated in Port of Spain and San Fernando yesterday, three months after the company announced it was heading to Trinidad. ... read more


US Ends Wet Foot, Dry Foot Policy; Cubans Now Face Same Fate As Other Illegal Immigrants

WASHINGTON, United States – In one of his final acts as US president, Barack Obama has put an end to the so-called "wet foot, dry foot" policy that allowed Cubans who land on American soil to stay in the country while those caught at sea were sent home. ... read more


Caribbean American congresswoman joins legislators in boycotting Trump's inauguration

NEW YORK, (CMC) – Caribbean American Congresswoman Yvette D Clarke has joined several United States Congressional representatives in planning to boycott Donald Trump's inauguration as US President on Friday. Clarke, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, who represents the 9th Congressional District in Brooklyn, New York, will be among a number of Democratic lawmakers who say they will stay away from the ceremony. ... read more


Commemorating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would have been 88 years old on Sunday. His courage in the face of adversity and resolve during a time of uncertainty forever changed the course of our nation's history. Dr. King's call to action resonated with people of all backgrounds who rallied together and engaged in nonviolent protests to end racial injustice, discrimination, acts of hatred and violence. ... read more


This Caribbean Destination Will Give You US$300 To Visit For More Than Three Days

ST CROIX, USVI – You wouldn't expect the US Virgin Islands to have to pay travellers to go there. The quartet of islands is a typical Caribbean paradise with white sand beaches, azure sea, tropical trails and no language barriers – more than incentive enough for most people. ... read more


Obama ends decades old open door policy for Cuban migrants

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — United States President Barack Obama on Thursday ended a five-decade-old open door policy for Cuba migrants, who will now face similar residency restrictions to other citizens from Latin America. In one of his final acts before leaving the White House, Obama scrapped rules dating back to the 1960s, which allowed those fleeing communist Cuba a fast track to US citizenship. ... read more


Antigua Looking to Trump to Finally Settle Gaming Dispute

ST JOHN'S, Antigua, Wednesday January 11, 2017 – With just a week to go before United States President-elect Donald Trump takes office, Antigua and Barbuda has served notice that the settlement of its long standing dispute over online gaming with Washington will be issue number one as it prepares to engage the new administration. ... read more


Caricom wants good working relationship with Trump administration

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — The Caribbean Community (Caricom) Council of Ministers has ended a two-day meeting here Tuesday saying it was appreciative of the Caribbean's good working relationship with past US administrations and was looking forward to working with the Donald Trump administration. ... read more


Help Caribbean Immigrants, Coalition Pleads With U.S. President

(caribbean360) WASHINGTON, United States – Outgoing US President Barack Obama is being urged to draft policies to assist Caribbean immigrants before he leaves office this month. Cities for Action, a coalition of over 100 mayors and county executives from across the United States, is calling on Obama to commit to further protections for Caribbean and other immigrants in their communities. ... read more


US ambassador to Jamaica not among diplomats recalled by Trump

UNITED States Ambassador to Jamaica Luis G Moreno will not be among US diplomats around the world who will be returning home by January 20, when president-elect Donald Trump assumes office. ... read more

Romella Vaughn Rihanna's magnum opus

By Justin Tinsley
'Anti,' set to dominate next month's Grammys, is 2016's best album — the best project of Rihanna's career.
Who she is. What she hopes to become. What turns her on. What turns her off. The strength. The pain, and the vulnerability. The seemingly never-ending pond of possibilities at her fingertips. It's all there, hiding in plain sight. It's always been there. Robyn Rihanna Fenty is the ultimate 21st century pop star. ... read more


Antigua Diplomat to repay money but denies accepting bribe

ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC) – Casroy James, Antigua and Barbuda's diplomat to the United Arab Emirates, has denied being involved in corrupt activities related to the Brazilian multinational, Odebrecht SA, and the energy company, Petrobras. The twin-island state became embroiled in the scandal after court documents revealed that a high-level Government official accepted millions of dollars in bribes. The revelation was made as investigation continues into corruption at global construction conglomerate, Odebrecht, based in Brazil, the same company which court documents show acquired Meinl Bank Antigua in 2010. ... read more


Bolt's Bubbly New Role As CEO Of Mumm Champagne

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Whether you were ringing out the old year or ushering in the new, chances are there was a glass of bubbly in your hand. If you were doing so in style, the fizz in question may well have been Mumm champagne, which is not only one of France's finest, but has recently forged a special relationship with the world's fastest man Usain Bolt. ... read more


Jovenel Moise It Is! Court Confirms Victory of Businessman In Haiti Presidential Election

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Wednesday January 4, 2017 – It's official! In just over a month, businessman Jovenel Moise is set to be installed as the new President of Haiti, ending weeks of uncertainty following the November 20, 2016 election. ... read more


Guyanese Man Shot Dead in New York While Visiting US for Grandmother's Funeral

NEW YORK, United States, Tuesday January 3, 2017 – A Guyanese man has been listed as New York's first homicide victim for the New Year. Ricky Kalisaran, 31, who travelled the United States city to attend his grandmother's funeral, lost his life at the hands of an armed thief, plunging his already grieving family into despair. ... read more


Murders in Jamaica Reach Double Figures Just Days into New Year

KINGSTON, Jamaica – 2017 is only three days old, but already there have been 11 murders recorded in Jamaica. And Police Commissioner Dr. Carl Williams – who will go on pre-retirement leave in just three days – is scheduled to meet this morning with the heads of the country's various police divisions. ... read more


Obama's Parting Gift to the Caribbean

In one of his last acts before demitting office, United States President Barack Obama is shortly to initial legislation aimed at deepening relations between the US and the Caribbean, with special emphasis on energy security, countering violence, expanding diplomacy and providing educational exchange opportunities for citizens of the region. The far-reaching legislation called the United States-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act (HR 4939), was passed by the House of Representatives on Tuesday, following earlier passage by the Senate. ... read more


Trinidadian ISIS Soldier Admits To Local Killings, Urges Muslims To Wage Jihad In Homeland

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – It's no secret that several Trinidadian Muslims have left the country to join Islamic group ISIS. But in a candid interview, one of them, a sniper in the organization, admitted to killings in his homeland and urged Muslims still living there to wage jihad in the twin-island republic. ... read more

Romella VaughnJamacian Dancehall Artiste Sean Paul Back With A Bang

NEW YORK, United States – The triumphant return of Jamaican dancehall artiste Sean Paul to the international charts has been hailed by Forbes Magazine as "one of the most surprising stories of 2016 in the music world." ... read more


3 Caribbean countries deemed among the world's worst corporate tax havens

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Wednesday December 14, 2016 – Mischievous, grossly inaccurate and under-researched! That's how three Caribbean countries deemed among the world's worst corporate tax havens have described a report published by international charity Oxfam, entitled 'Tax Battles – The Dangerous Global Race to the Bottom on Corporate Tax'. ... read more

Romella VaughnRihanna Follows AMA Success With Eight Grammy Nominations

CALIFORNIA, U.S.A – Hot on the heels of her success at the American Music Awards (AMA), Barbados' pop princess Rihanna continues her reign with a whopping eight nominations for the 2017 Grammy Awards. ... read more


IDB warns of low rate of export for Latin America and Caribbean

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is warning of a lower rate of export contraction due to the stabilisation of commodity prices In a new report released Monday, the IDB noted that Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) exports are expected to fall approximately US$50 billion, or six per cent in 2016, a lower contraction rate than the 15 per cent observed in 2015. ... read more


Tourism key to US-Caribbean interests

MIAMI, USA — The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) has joined Caribbean-Central American Action (CCAA) in urging the US Senate to adopt the US-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act of 2016 (HR 4939), which has already received bipartisan support in the House of Representatives, and which recently moved out of Senate Committee for consideration by the full Senate. ... read more


International Human Rights Day - Dec. 10th, 2016

Message from Senator the Honourable Kamina Johnson Smith Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade - Jamaica is pleased to join the international community once again in the observance of Human Rights Day. This year's theme, Stand up for someone's rights today, is a call for each of us to promote universal advocacy of the fundamental rights to which human beings are entitled and especially those who are unable to act on their own behalf. ... read more


Lessons Learnt And Best Practices In Zika Virus Response

By the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Less than a month ago, on November 18, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that the Zika virus is no longer a public health emergency of international concern. It does, however, continue to present a serious public health concern in the Americas, especially to the most vulnerable populations like women of childbearing age. ... read more


Caribbean cruise line to pay largest-ever criminal penalty for deliberate vessel pollution

WASHINGTON, DC, USA (CMC) — The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) says a Caribbean cruise line has agreed to plead guilty to seven felony charges stemming from its deliberate pollution of the seas and intentional acts to cover it up. The DOJ said Princess Cruise Lines Ltd will pay a US$40-million penalty – the largest-ever criminal penalty involving deliberate vessel pollution – and plead guilty to charges related to illegal dumping of oil contaminated waste from the Caribbean Princess cruise ship. ... read more


Prince Harry And Rihanna Join Barbados' 50th Anniversary of Independence Celebrations

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Britain's Prince Harry joined Rihanna in celebrating 50 years of independence for her native Barbados. The prince and the singer shared the stage with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart during a concert marking the date the island broke away from Britain. ... read more


Cuba buries Castro, entering post-Fidel era

SANTIAGO de CUBA, Cuba (AFP) Fidel Castro's ashes were entombed in a massive stone next to national heroes on Sunday, as Cuba opens a new era without the communist leader who ruled for decades. President Raul Castro placed his brother's cedar urn inside the tall round monolith near the mausoleums of 19th century independence icon Jose Marti and comrades of Castro's rebellion in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba. ... read more


7 Things De Blasio Asked New Yorkers To Do in the Face of Trump's Election

by Ben Max (gothamgazette) — "We have a special obligation in New York City," Mayor Bill de Blasio told New Yorkers from The Cooper Union on Monday, giving a formal speech to reassure and rally the city after the election of Donald Trump as the next President of the United States. De Blasio indicated that he had decided to give the speech because of all the fear that Trump's campaign and election had created. More than two years ago, in April 2014, de Blasio spoke from the same Cooper Union stage, delivering remarks "on New York City's future" to mark his first 100 days as mayor. ... read more


UN secretary general calls for greater effort to eradicate HIV/AIDS on World AIDS Day

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Outgoing United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon yesterday urged the world to do more to eradicate the HIV/AIDS virus, even as he acknowledged that 35 years since its emergence, the international community can look back with some pride. Ban, who is due to leave office this year, said "we must also look ahead with resolve and commitment to reach our goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030". ... read more


Royal Hospitality scholarships for Caribbean professionals

ST GEORGE'S, Grenada (CMC) — At least nine Caribbean nationals working in the hospitality sector will have an opportunity to experience working in Buckingham Palace next year under a new initiative announced by Britain's Prince Harry, who is now winding up a 15-day visit to the Caribbean. ... read more


T&T Gov't warns against using home testing kits to test for HIV/AIDS

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — The Ministry of Health Monday urged people not to use HIV home testing kits to determine whether or not they are suffering from the HIV/AIDS virus. In a statement, the ministry said it has become aware of the kits are now available locally, but advised "members of the public who have concerns about their HIV status to get tested at a quality assured Ministry of Health testing site. ... read more


Fidel Castro, who defied US for 50 years, is dead

HAVANA (AP & AFP) — Former president of Cuba Fidel Castro, who led a rebel army to improbable victory in Cuba, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 11 US presidents during his half-century rule, died Friday at age 90. With a shaking voice, his younger brother, Raul Castro, announced on State television that his brother died at 10:29 pm. ... read more


Airbnb Set To Sign Another Caribbean Agreement

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Friday November 18, 2016 – On the heels of Airbnb signing its first Caribbean partnership with the Aruba Tourism Authority, Jamaica's Tourism Ministry is set to sign a major agreement with the online short-term rental business. Minister Edmund Bartlett made the disclosure after a meeting with Airbnb officials this week. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) is to be drafted and signed at a later date. ... read more


Antigua PM calls for immediate intervention on Climate Change with Trump

MARRAKECH, Morocco (CMC) — Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda has called on all government and special groupings in the United Nations to commence discussions with the incoming US administration on Climate Change. "If the United States waivers in its current leadership on climate change, or if it withdraws from its commitments, a chain reaction will be triggered, that will leave the Agreement in tatters, and the world in peril," said Browne in addressing at a meeting of the 22nd Session of the Conference of Parties (COP22) here on Wednesday. ... read more

Institute of Caribbean Studies Celebrates Caribbean Excellence

Washington, DC - The Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) will present its annual Caribbean American Heritage Awards to nine Caribbean American stalwarts excelling in science, business, advocacy, technology and the arts on Friday, November 18 in Washington, DC. In its 23rd year, the CARAH Awards celebrate the accomplishments of individuals of Caribbean American descent making outstanding contributions to American society and friends of the Caribbean community. ... read more


Fight against Zika virus a 'marathon' PAHO warns

ATLANTA, United States (CMC) — Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Dr Carissa F Etienne has warned that the fight against the Zika virus will be a "marathon," making it clear that it is "not a hundred-meter race". In delivering the keynote address at the annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene here, Etienne said the fight is "a marathon in which science and public health need to work hand in hand". ... read more


Mexico weighs grim prospect of deportation wave under Trump

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico is starting to seriously contemplate the possibility that millions of its migrants could be deported, and the picture is not pretty. Under proposals put forward by President-elect Donald Trump, Mexico could see millions of people streaming back with no jobs available; the country might lose some of the billions of dollars in remittances sent home annually; and some jobless deportees could swell the ranks of drug cartels, sparking more violence. ... read more


Guyanese Entrepreneur To Meet President Obama

(caribbean360) GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Monday November 14, 2016 – Guyanese entrepreneur Abbigale Loncke will get the opportunity of a lifetime this week. She is one of a select 21 young people who will meet president of the United States Barrack Obama later this week in Peru at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit. ... read more


US congresswoman calls on Obama administration to halt deportation of Haitians

NEW YORK, United States (CMC) — US Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has urged the Obama administration to immediately halt the deportation of undocumented Haitians. "Earlier today (Wednesday), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) confirmed that removal proceedings have resumed for Haitian nationals in the United States who lack Temporary Protected Status (TPS)," Clarke, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC)."The majority of the people DHS intends to remove have not been accused of any crime". ... read more


President Obama hosts Trump at The White House

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — President Barack Obama hosted a triumphant Donald Trump in the Oval Office Thursday for talks on executing a smooth transition of power and steadying nerves after a vote that shocked the world. Anger over the Republican property mogul's upset election win over Hillary Clinton spilled out onto the streets of US cities late Wednesday as chanting protesters lit bonfires and snarled traffic. ... read more

Romella VaughnJamaican Athletes In World Award Running

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica's speed king and queen could be in line for athletics' most prestigious award. Triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt and newly crowned Olympic double champion Elaine Thompson are among the three finalists for the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) male and female Athlete of the Year awards, it was announced this morning. ... read more


Clinton loses tight race; Trump asks U.S. to Unite

NEW YORK, United States (AP/AFP) – Donald Trump was elected America's 45th president yesterday, and early this morning asked the nation to come together and promised to "represent every citizen of our land". ... read more

Romella VaughnEsosa Edosomwan Wins Flow Caribbean People's Choice Award!

MIAMI, FL – Esosa Edosomwan (pictured below, photo credit Lanly Le) is the 2016 'Flow Caribbean People's Choice Award' winner! Esosa's television show concept Brooklynites – an inspired tale of young hopes, dreams, ambition, and the pursuit of lasting love – received the most online votes. ... read more


Historic Climate Change Agreement Goes Into Force

(caribbean360) The Paris Agreement on climate change enters into force today, 30 days after the required 55 minimum states – accounting for 55 per cent of total global greenhouse gas emissions – ratified the convention. ... read more

Romella VaughnGet Your Flu Shot… Not the Flu

By NYC Health Commissioner, Dr. Mary T. Bassett - A few days ago, I overheard a woman in Brooklyn saying proudly that she and her two children have never gotten the flu shot, and have never gotten sick. Her statement – the equivalent of saying that you will never use a seat belt, because you have never gotten into a car accident – concerned me. Unfortunately, despite tremendous efforts and progress by health care providers and public health authorities in making the flu vaccine available and accessible, her posture is not a rarity. ... read more


The Haitian Diaspora Urges President Obama to Stop Haitian Deportation Now

(whitehouse.gov) Created by F.B. on November 03, 2016 - This petition is to urge President Barack Obama to grant Deferred Enforcement Departure (DED), expand and/or Redesignate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian nationals including recently arrived individuals who are currently threatened with deportation, based on the devastation of Hurricane Matthew. ... read more

Romella VaughnRihanna Beats Beyonce On Forbes' Highest-Paid Women In Music List

(caribbean360) NEW YORK, USA, Friday November 4, 2016 – Barbados' pop princess Rihanna has added another jewel to her crown by streaking ahead of Queen Bey on this year's Forbes' highest-paid women in music list. It's been quite a year for Rihanna, who earned US$75 million in the past 12 months, bagging fourth place on the list and comfortably pushing 2014's top earner Beyonce into fifth spot with $54 million. ... read more


UN calls for end of impunity for crimes against journalists

UNITED NATIONS, United States (CMC) — Warning that impunity for crimes against journalists is rampant, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called for immediate action to secure justice in cases where journalists have been attacked or killed. On marking the International Day to end impunity for crimes against Journalists on Wednesday, Ban also called for concrete steps from all countries, including those in the Caribbean, to ensure that media professionals are guaranteed space to operate free from harassment and intimidation. ... read more


Trinidad and Tobago confirms first case of microcephaly linked to Zika

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Trinidad and Tobago yesterday confirmed the first case of a baby born with microcephaly as a result of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh told a news conference that the parents were informed of the diagnosis on Friday. The unidentified child was born in September. ... read more


Caribbean ministers' summit to highlight tourism outlook seminar

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS)—A Summit of Caribbean Tourism Ministers will highlight this year's staging of the Tourism Outlook Seminar slated for December 6 to 8 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre. The three-day event is being jointly hosted by the Ministry of Tourism, Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) and United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), under the theme – 'Tourism: Navigating Global Challenges for Continued Growth'. ... read more


Ambassador Marks tells Jamaicans to become US citizens

By Harold Bailey, Jamaica Observer, New York, USA — Jamaica's Ambassador to the United States Audrey Marks on Saturday urged her compatriots here who qualify to "take steps to become citizens of the US" as one way of stemming the high deportation numbers, especially among young males with little or no concrete connections to Jamaica. ... read more


Caribbean countries approve strategy to achieve gender equality by 2030

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (CMC) — The 13th Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean ended here on Friday with delegates, including those from the Caribbean, approving the Montevideo Strategy to achieve gender equality in the region by 2030. The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) said the Strategy sets out 74 measures for the 10 implementation pillars of the regional agenda on gender. ... read more


A Donald Trump Presidency Could Backtrack On US Relations With Cuba

WASHINGTON, United States, Wednesday October 26, 2016 – Donald Trump has criticized the Barack Obama administration's move to normalize relations with Cuba as a "very weak agreement", and suggested he would roll back some measures if he becomes president. ... read more


CARICOM SG tours farm during Caribbean Week of Agriculture

CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque (3rd left) joined the Premier of the Cayman Islands Hon. Alden McLaughlin (2nd right) on a tour of the CARDI (Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute) Research field on Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, Tuesday. They were accompanied by Cayman Islands Agriculture Minister Mr. Kurt Tibbets (2nd left) and CARDI officials. ... read more


Seat Mix-Up On Caribbean Airlines Lands Passenger In Police Custody

KINGSTON, Jamaica – A Jamaican-born UK citizen is threatening to sue Caribbean Airlines over a seat mix-up landed him in court in Trinidad and Tobago. When Dudley Smith boarded the flight to Barbados at the Norman Manley International Airport he never dreamt that it would lead to his first arrest and detention. ... read more


Study shows Caribbean middle class has grown over past 10 years

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — The middle class in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) nearly doubled in size during the last decade, according to a new study released by the Washington-based Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) on Monday. It said that the middle class population now stands at 186 million people "The region experienced a transformation in all sectors," said Héctor Salazar, manager of the social sector of the IDB. ... read more



Washington, DC - The Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) will present its annual Caribbean American Heritage Awards to nine Caribbean American stalwarts excelling in science, business, advocacy, technology and the arts on Friday, November 18 in Washington, DC. In its 23rd year, the CARAH Awards celebrate the accomplishments of individuals of Caribbean American descent making outstanding contributions to American society and friends of the Caribbean community. ... read more


Haiti hurricane victims face choice: leave or rebuild

ROCHE-À-BATEAU, Haiti (AFP) — The beach was like paradise. Then Hurricane Matthew turned it into a cemetery of coconut palm trees, with not a house left intact. Facing such devastation, the residents of Chabet, a town in southwestern Haiti, are stuck between leaving or starting from scratch. Hilaire Servilius paces around what was, two weeks ago, a beach of fine sand. Walking amid rocks carried ashore by the powerful waves unleashed by Matthew, he searches in vain for a telephone signal. ... read more

Romella VaughnBook Review:
Naked By Romella Vaughn

Naked, it's not what you think… This look into author Romella Vaughn's personal testimony was written to encourage others to examine their hearts and shed the layers of hurt,unforgiveness and bitterness caused by wounds of the past and possibly the present. Only when the root of the pain is exposed and dealt with can true wholeness come. Romella invites you to read the intimate details of her journey with God from deep hurt to dynamic healing. ... read more


Caribbean countries warned to closely monitor National Insurance Schemes

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — Caribbean countries have been warned that they need to build national awareness of the fiscal risk associated with pension schemes and need for reforms. "At a minimum, the actuarial deficits should be systematically monitored and reported to the public with more frequency and a degree of detail to allow proper evaluation of the fiscal risk," according to a new study released by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). ... read more


Actor And Activist Visited Barbados For A Solemn Occasion

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Tuesday October 18, 2016 – American actor, director and activist Danny Glover was recently in Barbados for activities marking the 40th anniversary of the 1976 Cubana airline bombing. ... read more


Marcus Garvey's Criminal Record Being Expunged

KINGSTON, Jamaica – A petition calling on the US government to clear the name of Jamaican National Hero Marcus Garvey failed to get the required support, but the Jamaica government plans to clean up his criminal record at home, along with the records of two other heroes and a noted freedom fighter. Garvey, along with fellow national heroes Samuel Sharpe and Paul Bogle and Maroon Chief, Tacky will have their records expunged. ... read more


Jamaica starts coordinating help for Haiti

JAMAICA'S Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) says it is too early to put a monetary estimate on the level of assistance that the country will be providing to Haiti in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. This, as Haiti is yet to give an initial damage assessment report. The impoverished Caribbean nation was slammed by the devastating Category Four storm between Monday and Tuesday, after sparing Jamaica. ... read more


Here's What The UN Is Asking For To Help Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Tuesday October 11, 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday announced the launch of a near US$120 million appeal to fund aid activities in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, where the rising death toll coupled with the start of the rainy season has prompted officials to sound the alarm on the threat of waterborne diseases to those living in the worst-affected areas. ... read more


Nearly 2 million urged to flee — as Hurricane Matthew barrels towards US

MELBOURNE BEACH, Florida (AP) — Hurricane Matthew marched toward Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas, and nearly two million people along the coast were urged to evacuate their homes yesterday, a mass exodus ahead of a major storm packing power that the United States hasn't seen in more than a decade. Matthew was a dangerous and life-threatening Category 3 storm with sustained winds of 120 mph (190 kph) as it passed through The Bahamas, and it was expected to be very near Florida's Atlantic coast by this evening. At least 16 deaths in the Caribbean have been blamed on the storm, with heavy damage reported in Haiti. ... read more


Hurricane Matthew damage said the worst since 2010 earthquake

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A United Nations official said yesterday that Hurricane Matthew has created the biggest humanitarian crisis in Haiti since the devastating earthquake of January 2010. Deputy Special Representative for Haiti Mourad Wahba said in a statement that 10,000 people were forced from their homes into shelters and communications systems have been knocked out in the country's hard-hit south-western peninsula. ... read more


Hurricane Matthew Makes Landfall In Western Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Tuesday October 4, 2016 – Hurricane Matthew has made landfall in western Haiti. The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami said in its 8 a.m. advisory that the eye of the Category 4 hurricane made landfall around 7 a.m. near Les Anglais, Haiti. "They are getting everything a major hurricane can throw at them," Dennis Feltgen, a meteorologist and spokesman for the NHC was quoted by the Associated Press as saying. ... read more


Jamaica Saved From Full Impact of Matthew

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Tuesday October 4, 2016 – While Matthew may still be a powerful Category 4 hurricane, which up to yesterday afternoon had Jamaica under a hurricane warning, it's on a path that is taking it east of the country, sparing the island its full impact. Government yesterday evening discontinued a hurricane warning and replaced it with a tropical storm warning as Hurricane Matthew's centre tracked closer to Haiti. ... read more


CTO pleads for access for the disabled

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) has made a plea for people living with disabilities to be able to gain equal access and flourish within the tourism industry in the region. In a message marking World Tourism Day 2016 yesterday, CTO Secretary General Hugh Riley said as a region, it is important to be aware that accessibility in tourism is a shared responsibility, which warrants consistent and conscientious effort by all parties involved in the tourism value chain to tourism. ... read more


New study finds taxes on labour income lower in Latin America and Caribbean

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — A new study has found that taxes on the labour income of the average worker in Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries totalled 21.7 per cent of total labour costs in 2013. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), said that the new study titled "Taxing Wages in Latin America and the Caribbean," found that the figure was one-third lower than in Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries, where the average was 35.9 per cent. ... read more


UN Boss To Assess Guyana-Venezuela Border Dispute Before Departure

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Monday September 26, 2016 — United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has promised to look into the Guyana/Venezuela border dispute before his term of office ends. Speaking at a meeting with Guyana President David Granger on Saturday, Mr Ban said his assessment would most likely be delivered in November. ... read more


Grenada's Prime Minister to attend Dr. Lamuel Stanislaus Funeral in Brooklyn

Prime Minister Keith Mitchell will attend the funeral of Ambassador Lamuel Stanislaus in Brooklyn, NY on Saturday. The Prime Minister confirmed this to the publisher of EVERYBODY'S Magazine at an early morning meeting in Grenada on Wed. morning. "He was to me a special human being. I have always said that outside of my mom I don't know any one closest to that special description as Dr. Stanislaus. … The people of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique have lost a beloved son and a very great human being … He was a friend of almost every Caribbean national in New York," Prime Minister Mitchell said. Dr. Stanislaus passed on Sunday at age 95. He was born in Petite Martinique, attended the GBSS and graduated from Howard University Dental School. Dr. Stanislaus was a pupil of Dr. Eric Williams at Howard.


Commonwealth SG backs plans for global agreement on migration

Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland is supporting plans for a global agreement to end the refugee and migration crisis around the world. The global compact for safe, regular and orderly migration is part of the agenda for sustainable development and achieving full respect for the human rights of migrants by 2030. It will be discussed at a round-table event at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). ... read more


Caricom leaders raise concerns about 'global inequalities' at NAM summit

MARGARITA ISLAND, Venezuela (CMC) – Two Caribbean Community (Caricom) leaders have used the just concluded summit of non-aligned countries to highlight concerns affecting their respective countries. Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne called for the "active solidarity" of members of the Non Aligned Movement (NAM) in his island's Internet gaming dispute with the United States. ... read more


China offers US$100 million in aid for refugees

    Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (Photo: AFP)
UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) — China on Monday pledged US$100 million in humanitarian aid to address the world's biggest refugee crisis and said a US$1-billion fund it has set up with the United Nations could also be used for that purpose. ... read more


UN holds first-ever summit on refugees and migrants

UNITED NATIONS, United States (AP) — The issue of what to do about the world's 65.3 million displaced people takes centre stage at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly today when leaders from around the globe converge on New York for the first-ever summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants. ... read more


US congressman demands dismissal of cop in killing of Jamaican youth

NEW YORK, United States (CMC) – A United States congressman is demanding the dismissal of a white New York Police Department (NYPD) officer who allegedly shot and killed a Jamaican youth in his home four years ago. Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, a member of the US Congressional Black Caucus leadership and US House of Representative's Judiciary Committee wants the NYPD to dismiss officer Richard Haste in connection with the death of Ramarley Graham.
Haste had shot Graham in the bathroom of his Bronx home. Jeffries is also demanding that the NYPD dismiss another officer, Daniel Pantaleo, who has been linked to the death of African American Eric Garner in 2014. ... read more


US official wants Caribbean nationals help to shape foreign policy

NEW YORK, USA (CMC) — A top United States official is calling on Caribbean nationals in the United States to help shape Washington's foreign policy. "Our diversity is our strength and it needs to move faster," said Juan Gonzalez, deputy assistant secretary for Central America and the Caribbean at the US Department of State, as he addressed a panel discussion on the Caribbean Diaspora at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, New York. ... read more


Former New Zealand PM seeking CARICOM support as the next secretary General of the United Nations

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark is lobbying Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries as she seeks to replace Ban Ki-moon as the next secretary general of the United Nations. Clark, the Administrator for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is considered the front runner among the 12 candidates vying to replace the diplomat who is ending his second consecutive five-year term of office at the end of the year. ... read more


Caribbean countries urged to do more to tackle cyber-crime

BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) – A senior official of the accounting firm, Deloitte's Global, says despite increased improvements in technology in Latin America and the Caribbean, the region remains highly vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Delivering the Prime Minister's Independence Lecture Series Monday as part of the activities to celebrate the 33rdanniversary of St Kitts and Nevis' independence from Britain, is Deloitte's Global Chief Information Officer, Larry Quinlan, said "there is a price to be paid for all the unfettered computing and it's called cyber security. ... read more


US envoy wants to be known as the 'Billion-Dollar Ambassador'

United States Ambassador Luis G Moreno believes that Jamaica can have a fully developed economy that provides prosperity for all its citizens by 2030, the target date for Vision 2030, Jamaica's long-term development plan to make the country the 'place of choice to live, work, raise families, and do business'. ... read more


Claims of injustice, racism as UK deports 42 Jamaicans

(jamaica observer) Despite a protest staged outside the Jamaican High Commission in London Tuesday, the British Government deported 42 Jamaicans amid claims that they were tricked and that the expulsions were unjust. The deportees, some carrying only one bag of personal possessions, arrived in Kingston on a chartered flight yesterday morning and were taken to Mobile Reserve, the police unit at Merrion Road, where they were processed before being released to anxious relatives. ... read more


Island Routes to host first Caribbean attractions conference

MORE than 50 of the Caribbean's top attractions providers will gather in Jamaica later this month to discuss industry challenges and opportunities for growth and development when Island Routes Caribbean Adventures hosts its inaugural Island Routes Certified Partner Conference. ... read more


US politician condemns shootings at West Indian Day Carnival

NEW YORK, United States (CMC) – Brooklyn Council member Jumaane Williams says United States law enforcement authorities need to deal with the "chronic violence" now affecting the J'ouvert celebrations which precedes the grand West Indian American Day Carnival Parade. ... read more


NYC Mayor and Police Department Promise Top Notch Security for J'ouvert 2016

For the first time in its history, a legal permit was granted by the City of New York to the organizers of the Caribbean cultural J'ouvert pre-dawn Labor Day celebration. The 2016 after midnight street party will also see an increased police presence and safety measures by the NYPD, as City administration and community organizers of the event seek to stamp out the violence associated with the cultural Labor Day celebrations.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton say this year's J'ouvert will be the safest, as thousands of police officers will be deployed through the streets of Brooklyn, and some 40 police cameras in addition to those already in place, will be installed along the route of the jubilation parade to ensure its safety. ... read more

West Indian Day Parade Route & Details

The following streets will be closed Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm for the West Indian Children's Day Parade as permitted by NYPD. Formation:

St. Johns Place between Kingston Avenue and Brooklyn Avenue

Route: St. Johns Place between Kingston Avenue and Franklin Avenue Franklin Avenue between St. Johns Place and President Street President Street between Franklin Avenue and Washington Avenue


President Street between Classon Avenue and Washington Avenue Into Brooklyn Museum

Jouvert Event

The following streets will be closed Monday from 5 am to 10 am for the Jouvert Event as permitted by the Mayor's Street Activity Permit Office (SAPO). Formation:

Grand Army Plaza Eastern Parkway between Washington Avenue and Plaza Street East

Route: Flatbush Avenue between Grand Army Plaza/East Drive and Empire Boulevard Empire Boulevard between Flatbush Avenue and Nostrand Avenue Nostrand Avenue between Empire Boulevard and Midwood Street


Nostrand Avenue between Midwood Street and Rutland Road

Reviewing Stand:

Empire Boulevard between McKeever Place and Bedford Avenue Empire Boulevard between Bedford Avenue and Rogers Avenue Nostrand Avenue between Sterling Street and Lefferts Avenue West Indian American Day Parade and Festival The following streets will be closed Monday from 11 am to 6 pm for the West Indian American Day Parade and Festival as permitted by NYPD.

Buffalo Avenue between Eastern Parkway and Rutland Road
Rochester Avenue between East New York and Sterling Place
Ralph Avenue between Eastern Parkway and East New York Avenue
East New York Avenue between Howard Avenue and Utica Avenue
Eastern Parkway between Howard Avenue and Grand Army Plaza
Flatbush Avenue between Grand Army Plaza and Caton Avenue
Ocean Avenue between Empire Boulevard and Parkside Avenue
Butler Place between Grand Army Plaza and Sterling Place
St. Johns Place between Underhill Avenue and Grand Army Plaza
Rockaway Parkway between East New York Avenue and Rutland Road
Parkside Avenue between Park Circle and Flatbush Avenue
Bedford Avenue between Eastern Parkway and Empire Boulevard
Empire Boulevard between Flatbush Avenue and Nostrand Avenue
Nostrand Avenue between Empire Boulevard and Linden Boulevard
Lincoln Place between Eastern Parkway and East New York Avenue


New database to help in fight against human trafficking

THE Integrated Trafficking in Persons Information System and Database is supporting law enforcement efforts to combat human trafficking in Jamaica. Jointly developed by the Ministry of Justice and United Nations Development Programme in August 2015, the system is designed to improve data collection, analysis, and sharing in support of national policies, programmes and strategies to prevent human trafficking. ... read more


CARICOM congratulates Trinidad and Tobago on 54th Independence anniversary

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Wednesday August 31, 2016 – The oil-rich Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago is celebrating its 54th Anniversary of Independence today. And in a congratulatory message to the government and people of the twin-island republic, CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque thanked the country for its economic success that has benefited the entire region. ... read more


Canada partners with PAHO to reduce disaster risks in Caribbean health sector

RIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Canada is providing $3 million (US$2.28 million) to help the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) reduce the health consequences of emergencies and disasters in the Caribbean. PAHO said that the grant will aid in improving preparedness for emergencies and making the health sector more resilient to climate change. ... read more


Obama presses Congress for Zika funding as worries grow

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) – US President Barack Obama called on Congress Saturday to step up funding to combat the Zika virus, warning that delay is putting more Americans at risk. Obama's latest appeal, in his weekly radio address, came the day after the US authorities expressed deepening worry about the spread of the mosquito-borne virus, urging that all donated blood be tested for Zika. ... read more


Haiti launches programme to deal with HIV/AIDS among young population

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) – Haiti has launched a programme aimed at sensitising young people about the HIV/AIDS virus. The project is being co-funded by the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) and UNAIDS and will target young people between the ages 15 to 30 mainly from the west, center and south Haiti where the epidemic is most widespread. ... read more


Hurricane Gaston expected to weaken in the Atlantic

MIAMI, Florida (AP) — Hurricane Gaston is expected to weaken to a tropical storm in the Atlantic. The US National Hurricane Center says the storm's maximum sustained winds early Thursday are near 75 mph (120 kph) with weakening forecast during the next day or so. The hurricane is centred about 1,225 miles (1,970 kilometres) east of the Leeward Islands and is moving northwest near 17 mph (28 kph). ... read more


WANTED: Volunteers Willing To Be Infected With the Zika Virus

NEW YORK, United States, Monday August 22, 2016 – Zika is an unorthodox virus, transmittable through mosquito bites, sexual intercourse and blood. Therefore, it only seems natural that researchers are taking unorthodox methods to combat the virus, and they are now looking for people who are willing to be infected to help in their efforts to combat it. ... read more


Caribbean countries warned to prepare for major quake

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.0 rattled three Caribbean islands on Friday, but there were no immediate reports of damages or injuries. The Trinidad-based Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of the University of the West Indies (UWI) said that the quake, which occurred at 3.21 am (local time) occurred near Dominica,Antigua and Barbuda and the French island of Guadeloupe. ... read more


Usain Bolt Ends Olympic Career As A Legend

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Saturday August 20, 2016 – If there were any doubts about his status as the greatest sprinter of all time, Usain Bolt erased them last night when he helped Jamaica win the 4x100m relay to complete the first "triple triple" in Olympic history. ... read more



By National Urban League - "Women in this country must become revolutionaries. We must refuse to accept the old, the traditional roles and stereotypes…We must replace the old, negative thoughts about our femininity with positive thoughts and positive action affirming it, and more. But we must also remember that we will be breaking with tradition, and so we must prepare ourselves educationally, economically, and psychologically in order that we will be able to accept and bear with the sanctions that society will immediately impose upon us." -- Shirley Chisholm ... read more


This Hurricane Season Still Set To Be Strongest Since 2012

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) – A number of United States-based Caribbean organisations have joined a campaign to exonerate Jamaica's first national hero, Marcus Garvey. The Washington-based Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS), said Caribbean Diaspora organisations signing on the campaign include Caribbean Georgia; Caribbean American Advancement Foundation; Caribbean Political Action Committee; Foundation for the Exoneration of Marcus Garvey; Jamaica Association of Maryland; Jamaica Nationals Association; and Rebuild Dominica. ... read more


Caribbean Diaspora join campaign to exonerate Marcus Garvey

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) – A number of United States-based Caribbean organisations have joined a campaign to exonerate Jamaica's first national hero, Marcus Garvey. The Washington-based Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS), said Caribbean Diaspora organisations signing on the campaign include Caribbean Georgia; Caribbean American Advancement Foundation; Caribbean Political Action Committee; Foundation for the Exoneration of Marcus Garvey; Jamaica Association of Maryland; Jamaica Nationals Association; and Rebuild Dominica. ... read more


More than 200 confirmed cases of Zika virus in T&T

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Trinidad and Tobago health authorities said that the country now has 254 confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. The Ministry of Health in a statement noted that the number of Zika positive pregnancies stands at 78. ... read more


A new Jamaican champion makes her mark in Olympic 100 meters

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Sunday August 14, 2016 – Jamaica won the English-speaking Caribbean's first medals at the Olympic Games in Rio last night – gold and bronze – in a highly-anticipated women's 100m final. Elaine Thompson's gold-winning run saw her dethroning two-time champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and ending her compatriot's hopes of a hat-trick of 100m titles. ... read more


Cybercrime Bill not meant to stifle free speech says Gonsalves

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC) — Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves has brushed aside suggestions that he is seeking to stifle free expression in St Vincent and the Grenadines. Gonsalves, speaking on a radio programme here on Tuesday, also dismissed remarks that the Cybercrime Bill — which is now before the Parliament — is designed to protect him and other members of the ruling Unity Labour Party (ULP). ... read more


Bolt Big in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Wednesday August 10, 2016 – A veteran Brazilian journalist says that Usain Bolt is more popular than all of Brazil's top sports personalities, including Pele, Formula One champion Ayrton Senna, and current football star Neymar. ... read more


Power Outage Leaves Airline Passengers Worldwide Stranded

LONDON, United Kingdom, Tuesday August 9, 2016 – Thousands of air passengers around the world have been left stranded after a power cut forced the US airline Delta to suspend flights. The incident caused delays across the US and in Japan, Italy and the UK. Airport check-in systems, passenger advisory screens, the airline's website and smartphone apps were affected by the systems failure on Monday. ... read more


US congratulates Jamaica on anniversary of independence

WASHINGTON, DC, USA (CMC) – The United States has extended congratulations to Jamaica on its 54th anniversary of political independence from Great Britain, saying that it considers Jamaica a "close friend and partner". Jamaica celebrated its independenec on Saturday, August 6. ... read more


Caribbean fishing industry at risk

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — The lead researcher at a US-based environmental research unit has called for urgent action to ensure the future sustainability of the fishing industry in the Caribbean. Aylin Ulman, from the Sea Around Us — a research initiative at the University of British Columbia — also warned that the marine environment of local communities in the Turks and Caicos Islands and the rest of the Caribbean are being threatened as marine catches have been "drastically under-reported". ... read more


2024 rivals send leaders to Rio in fight for support

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) — Presidents from France and Hungary, Italy's prime minister and the US secretary of state headed for Rio on Thursday to step up their countries' bids for the 2024 Olympics. Budapest, Los Angeles, Paris and Rome are in contention to stage the 2024 Games and the Rio Games will be a key campaign stage ahead of the International Olympic Committee vote in September next year. ... read more


Cuba develops crops resistant to climate change

HAVANA, Cuba (CMC) — Cuban scientists have created varieties of crops that will be able to withstand the effects of climate change. The Cuban news agency reports that professionals from the National Research Institute of Tropical Viandas (INIVIT) have genetically engineered varieties of cassava, sweet potato, yams and bananas to withstand climate change. Director of the Institute, Sergio Rodriguez Morales says the clones require less water and are more resistant to pests. ... read more


With 14 local Zika cases, Florida asks for emergency aid

MIAMI, Florida (AFP) – Florida now has 14 people who likely contracted the Zika virus from mosquitoes in the Miami area, and the State needs emergency help from the federal government, officials said Monday. Governor Rick Scott announced 10 new cases of locally transmitted Zika, in addition to four made public by the department of health on Friday. ... read more


Caribbean countries observing Emancipation Day

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries were on Monday observing Emancipation Day with a national holiday and calls for the population of the region to reflect on the social, economic and political progress achieved since slavery had been abolished in 1834. ... read more