Rowley to contest leadership of the ruling PNM

Rowley to contest leadership of the ruling PNM

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – The leader of the ruling People’s National Movement (PNM), Dr Keith Rowley said he will head a slate contesting the leadership of the party when it holds internal elections on September 30. Addressing supporters at the party’s Family Day in Central Trinidad on Sunday, Rowley said that while the elections […]

Hurricane Maria death toll in Puerto Rico higher than official count – study

Hurricane Maria death toll in Puerto Rico higher  than official count – study

Hurricane Maria claimed the lives of 4,645 people in Puerto Rico last year and not the 64 long pegged by the island’s government as the official death toll, according to a survey of thousands of residents by a research team led by Harvard University. The researchers estimated that most victims of the storm died between […]

Protect yourself from Hepatitis A

Protect yourself from Hepatitis A

By Sylvanus Thompson Hepatitis A is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus. The disease is primarily spread when an uninfected person ingests food or water that is contaminated with the faeces of an infected person. It is therefore closely associated with unsafe water or food, inadequate sanitation and poor personal hygiene. Hepatitis […]

Raul Castro warns of ‘a setback’ in US-Cuba relations

Raul Castro warns of  ‘a setback’  in US-Cuba relations

HAVANA, Cuba – Cuban President Raul Castro said that Donald Trump’s hardline stance towards the country marks “a setback” in relations with the United States after ties were gradually restored in 2015. “The announcements made by the current president… mean a setback in bilateral relations,” Castro said  on Friday in remarks, broadcast on state television, […]

Jamaican government to address mental illness among prison inmates

Jamaican government to address mental illness  among prison inmates

  KINGSTON, Jamaica – Senator Pearnel Charles Jr, State Minister for National Security,  says the Jamaican Government will be putting measures in place to deal with mentally ill people in lock-ups. “There are plans to allocate budgetary and manpower resources to meet the treatment needs of the mentally ill who are incarcerated. We also hope […]

It’s time for Canada to adopt a fair voting system

By Nathan Cullen Canada is one of the most diverse countries in the world. Our diversity is valued and reflected in nearly every aspect of Canadian society. Sadly, our outdated democratic system doesn’t reflect the diversity of voices in this country. In the last two consecutive Canadian elections, the Conservative and Liberal parties respectively won […]

Viva Fidel! Viva Cuba!

“With the passing of Fidel, the last great political leader of the 20th century departs this life, the only one who succeeded in ensuring the survival of his own life’s work for more than 50 years: the Cuban Revolution. Thanks to the Cuban Revolution, the small island stopped being the whorehouse of the Caribbean, exploited […]

Caribbean community organizes emergency relief for islands hit by Hurricane Matthew

Caribbean community organizes emergency relief for islands hit by Hurricane Matthew

By Gerald V. Paul As Hurricane Matthew barrels across the Caribbean, leaving a trail of death and destruction, concerned members of the Caribbean Diaspora in Toronto, are galvanizing support for relief initiatives to assist those in the affected areas. Matthew is one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in recent history and briefly reached the […]

Anatomy of Violence

Anatomy of Violence

Anatomy of Violence, written and directed by Deepa Mehta, pivots around a young woman, accompanied by her fiancé,   who both  boarded a bus in Delhi on December 16,, 2012. History has recorded that she was gang-raped within inches of her life. Her fiancé and travelling companion was also very badly beaten. Both were eventually […]

Barbados writer Austin Clark Dead at 81

Barbados writer Austin Clark Dead at 81

  Austin Clark was born Barbados in 1934 and then went to Canada, in 1955.  While in Canada he attended a university.  Clark has worked as a broadcaster, a professor, and a civil rights leader.  His works exhibit the poverty of peasants in Barbados and his immigrant experiences to Canada.  Austin Clark died today in […]