Remittances grew significantly in the Caribbean in 2017 – World Bank

Remittances grew significantly in the Caribbean in 2017 – World Bank

WASHINGTON — The World Bank says remittance flows into Latin America and the Caribbean grew 8.7 per cent in 2017, reaching another record high of nearly US$80 billion. The Washington-based financial institution said the main factors for the increase were stronger growth in the United States and tighter enforcement of US immigration rules, “which may […]

Antigua-Barbuda prime minister apologizes to Rastafarian community

Antigua-Barbuda prime minister apologizes  to Rastafarian community

CASTRIES, St. Lucia  – Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne says the prohibition of cannabis less than 100 years ago was not prompted by altruistic motives or concern for the health or well-being of users, but to serve ‘the racist, political and economic interests’ of the then global powers. In a message marking International Day of […]

British government promises to formalise status of Windrush migrants

British government promises to formalise status  of Windrush migrants

LONDON  – The British government says Commonwealth nationals, including those from the Caribbean, who came to Britain between 1948 and 1973 would have their status formalised following the controversy that erupted over the so-called undocumented United Kingdom (UK) immigrants Home Secretary Amber Rudd in a statement to Parliament on Monday apologised for the change in […]

Trinidad-Tobago says it respects the rights of aslyum seekers

Trinidad-Tobago says it respects the rights  of aslyum seekers

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — The Trinidad and Tobago government, in responding to claims that Venezuelan asylum seekers were forcibly repatriated to their homeland, says no Venezuelans were compelled or coerced into leaving the country last Saturday. The Ministry of National Security of the twin island republic, in a statement issued after the United Nations […]

Super Blue to headline Mother’s Day fete in Toronto

Super Blue to headline Mother’s  Day fete in Toronto

Super Blue to headline Mother’s  Day fete in Toronto By Stephen Weir Last month, the Toronto mas’ camps with their  colourful costume launches, kicked off the 2018 Carnival season in Canada.  Next month, calypso singers are making sure their part in the annual festival starts on a high note. On Saturday May 12, a concert […]

Hate crimes on the rise in Toronto

Hate crimes on the rise in Toronto

Hate crimes in Toronto continue to rise. The Toronto Police, in its annual statistical report,  released last week, notes that in 2017, there was an increase in the total number of hate crime occurrences reported to the service. The report said that in comparison to 2016, the number of reported occurrences [in 2017] increased from […]

Mas’ lovers brave the wintry weather to celebrate with Carnival Nationz

Mas’ lovers  brave the wintry weather to celebrate with Carnival Nationz

By Stephen Weir  Freezing Rain. Stinging ice pellets. Blowing snow and streets filled with slush. Car Crashes. Power Outages… Despite warnings to stay off the roads, revellers thumbed their noses at the horrible weather on Saturday night to celebrate the coming summer with the Carnival Nationz  Mas’ Camp. “I was shocked to see the sheer […]

Proposal for renaming Caledonia Park under review

Proposal for renaming Caledonia Park under review

A proposal for the renaming of Caledonia Park in Toronto is currently being reviewed by the staff  of the City of Toronto’s Parks and  Recreation Department. Earlier this year, a delegation from the Toronto Dominican community presented the proposal to Mayor John Tory for the renaming of the park. The delegation wants the  City of […]

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