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Friday, July 31, 2015

Windies Cricket Legends in NY

Caribbean: A team of West Indies Cricket Legends, spearheaded by the legendary Sir Garfield Sobers, will be heading to New York to attend a star-studded reception and play two Twenty20 matches. Comment.

Stars shine in Manhattan

People: A good way to stay in shape for a basketball player to enter his next level, no matter what it is, is to practice hard individually and / or compete on a team and try to make the best it. Comment.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

GUYANA OFFICIAL CHARGED

Guyana: In mid August, the first hundred days of the new administration of President David Granger in Guyana would have expired and officials are rushing to ensure that a raft of promises made for this period are honored in compliance rather than in the breach. Comment.

Candidates jostle for Sampson’s seat

Brooklyn: Even before John Sampson, a Caribbean American legislator in Brooklyn, was convicted on Friday for trying to thwart a U.S. federal investigation, a number of candidates had already begun bidding for his Brooklyn seat. Comment.

Global Potential creates leaders for social change

Haiti: Stepping out of the box and away from your comfort zone is often the push you need to accomplish something great. Comment.

The sobering message from GOP follies

Viewpoints: For the record, be it known that we remain committed, in this space, to refrain from mentioning by name, unless somehow unavoidable, the king-size bozo who has thrown Republicans’ search for a 2016 presidential nominee into absolute shambles. Comment.

JAMAICA LOSES FINAL

Sports: The Jamaican Men’s National Team — the first Caribbean squad to play in a CONCACAF Gold Cup final, in the 13th year of the tournament in the Gold Cup format — lost to Mexico, 3-1, in the 2015 Gold Cup on Sunday, July 26, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia in front of a capacity crowd of 68,930. Comment.

Folk Feet celebrates 10 yrs

The Brooklyn Arts Council Folk Feet dancing community collaborated with the Guyana Cultural Association — organizers of the Annual Folk Festival in the Borough — to mark its 10th anniversary with a stirring presentation on the streets of Brooklyn. Comment.

‘Amazing Grace’

Arts & Theater: “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now am found, Was blind, but now I see.” Comment.

Haitian art, architecture at Queens Museum

Arts & Theater: On Sunday, July 25, Haitians from all over the metro area congregated at the Queens Museum to participate in a rich, diverse three-part cultural event that began on the expanded mezzanine, which looks at the Unisphere. The museum reopened last November after major renovations. Comment.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Hastick appointed Brooklyn Ambassador

Grenada: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams has appointed the founder, president and chief executive officer of the Brooklyn-based Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI), Roy Hastick, as a Brooklyn Ambassador. Comment.

First Black president is making history

Africa: By far Egypt tops the list of African countries visited by any commander-in-chief of the United States. Senegal and South Africa lags distantly behind to take second and third-most visited African nations by any president. According to the state department, American presidents have visited only 16 of Africa’s 54 countries. Comment.

Carican plays ‘Musical Instruments’

Brooklyn: As the Brooklyn-based Carican Costumes plays “Musical Instruments” this Labor Day, band leader Trinidadian Pat Nurse says she’s looking forward to making a “stunning impression” on the children, spectators and especially the judges. Comment.

Sherzel wants hattrick with ‘Jewels of an Empire’

Brooklyn: Having won the large band category in the Junior Carnival for the past two years, the Brooklyn-based Sherzel Productions is aiming for the hattrick this year with “Jewels of an Empire.” Comment.

Antoine Int. to portray ‘Reflection Of Our Culture’

Brooklyn: Known as one of the most versatile band leaders and costumes designers whose creations have won numerous trophies for producing other bands, and as an individual leader since 1991, Kenneth Antoine is going back to his culture in this year’s portrayal of “Reflection of Our Culture.” Comment.

On-demand doctor apps bring Uber approach to medicine

Health: WASHINGTON (AP) _ It was 8 o’clock on a weeknight and Brooklyn resident Sarah Sheehan was reeling from a painful earache. Comment.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Bichotte says Sampson’s conviction ‘sad’

Brooklyn: Haitian American Democratic legislator Rodneyse Bichotte has described as “sad” and “unfortunate” Friday’s conviction of Caribbean American legislator John L. Sampson. Comment.

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Caribbean issue divides Mass. lawmakers

People: The impending deportation of Haitians and people of Haitian descent who were born in the Dominican Republic is dividing legislators in Massachusetts, according to reports in Boston, Mass. Comment.

Observer team for T&T elections

Trinidad and Tobago: A three-member observer team from the Commonwealth Secretariat has arrived in Trinidad ahead of the Sept. 7, 2015 General Election, the Office of the Prime Minister said last week. Comment.

Dr. Clarke’s centenary culls celebration in Harlem

Manhattan: The 100th birthday anniversary of Dr. John Henrik Clarke was marked by ceremonial tributes from his students and a plethora of nostalgic recollections of the Pan-African, educator, historian and cultural icon. Comment.

A Celebration in Brooklyn

Music: It was a celebration to be sure! As Maa Sa Akhi Performing Arts Academy held its 16th annual concert recital, students and loyal supporters arrived in droves ready to clap and enjoy celebrating fantastic performances. Comment.

Next group of Griswolds heads for Walley World

Movies: National Lampoon’s Vacation is an enduring film franchise launched back in 1978 by the late John Hughes, the brains behind such Chicago-centric screen classics as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off; Trains, Planes & Automobiles; Home Alone; Uncle Buck; and Baby’s Day Out, to name a few. Comment.

Developing nations set to challenge rich ahead of SDG Summit

Soren Ambrose is head of Policy, Advocacy & Research at ActionAid International NEW YORK, Jul 27 2015 (IPS) - The final round of negotiations on the Sustainable Development Goals – the successor to the Millennium Development Goals, due to be inaugurated in September at the U.N. General Assembly – is now underway in New York. Comment.

Caribbean seeks funding for renewable energy mix

Environment: FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique, Jul 21 2015 (IPS) - A leading geothermal expert warns that the small island states in the Caribbean face “a ticking time bomb” due to the effects of global warming and suggests a shift away from fossil fuels to renewable energy is the only way to defuse it. Comment.

Walmart’s use of tax havens hurts small businesses

Viewpoints: Recent revelations that Walmart, the world’s biggest corporation, is maintaining secret subsidiaries in well-known offshore tax havens are outrageous but far from surprising to small business owners. Comment.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Daring jailbreak in Trinidad

A daring jailbreak in the city of Port of Spain, Trinidad on Friday, July 24 left a policeman shot and killed, an inmate dead, while two others made their escape. Comment.

Jesse Jackson visits Martinique

France’s Caribbean territory of Martinique continues to build upon its efforts in support of the United Nations Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024), welcoming American civil rights activist and Baptist minister, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, for an official visit. Comment.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Former murder convict Ashworth Bunche who is facing a life sentence, had his sentence overturned by the Court of Appeal due to “trial judge errors” among other things. Comment.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

New grant program for sustainable tourism

Caribbean: JetBlue Airways has launched a grant program focused on sustainable tourism in the Caribbean. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Best of Enemies (R for sexuality, nudity and profanity) File footage documentary featuring the series of nine, nationally-televised, live-TV debates between liberal Gore Vidal and arch-conservative William F. Buckley covering such hot-button topics as politics, religion and sexuality, which degenerated into name-calling affairs where the pair referred to each other as a “crypto-Nazi” and a “queer.” Comment.

All to hail Geoffrey Holder - T&T’s Renaissance Man

Trinidad and Tobago: Two months shy of the one-year anniversary of the passing of legendary showman Geoffrey Holder, Lincoln Center will highlight some of his excellence by celebrating his life’s work. Comment.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Vincy Unity Picnic in Ontario a blast!

St Vincent: Tens of thousands of Vincentians converged on the massive Brown’s Bay Park in the 1,000 Is. area in Ontario, Canada on Saturday for the annual Vincy Unity Picnic. Comment.

HIT MAN FEARS ARREST

Guyana: Just about two months before Guyanese went to the polls in early May to vote out the then governing People’s Progressive Party (PPP) after 23 consecutive years in office, the country was startled by the political assassination of prominent opposition activist and former army officer Courtney Crum Ewing as he campaigned in a residential district outside the city. Comment.

MEXICO DEFEATS COSTA RICA

Sports: Seventy-three thousand fans at MetLife Stadium (Rutherford, NJ) last Sunday night, July 19, and a worldwide audience of millions saw an abhorrent act by fans during the Mexico-Costa Rica CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal game. Comment.

Guyanese protest outside Venezuelan Embassy

Venezuela: The inflamed issue of Venezuela’s claim to Guyana’s Essequibo region is not being lost on Guyanese Citizens in the New York area. Comment.

Barbados Tridents lead CPL points table

Trinidad and Tobago: With the six participating teams in the Hero Caribbean Premier League, the Barbados Tridents top the points table after 10 games with 12 points. Comment.

Reid’s team debuts in league

Queens: Dave Reid is the head basketball coach of a team in the Lincoln Park area of Queens. His squad, mainly from the South Ozone Park area of Queens, New York, is one of 60 teams competing in the Child’s Play League whose games are contested outdoors at the PS 127 playground in East Elmhurst. Comment.

Oxygen makes soulful Reggae

Music: Musicians no longer operate in one set genre. New emerging artists and bands are fusing sounds to generate their own new genre that speaks to their uniqueness and aesthetic. Comment.

‘Life in the Rain Forest’

Arts & Theater: Torrential rains in the Caribbean last year created a damp and dense atmosphere in the forested area where my family and I vacationed. The flora and fauna challenged us. We endured the constant buzz of the various insects. The melodious sounds of the birds, the beautiful flowers and plants were a joy to behold. Comment.