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Sunday, July 24, 2016

US State Department issues travel warning for Haiti

Haiti: The United States Department of State has issued a travel warning for United States citizens traveling to or living in Haiti. The warning, updated on Monday, refers to the “lack of adequate emergency medical facilities and the security environment in Haiti. Comment

HIV infections among adults rise in the Caribbean: UN

Health: The United Nations says HIV infections among adults in the Caribbean has risen, saying that the decline globally among adults has stalled for at least five years. Comment

Saturday, July 23, 2016

AFJ teams with Jamaica’s ‘pocket rocket’ to aid students

Jamaica: American Friends of Jamaica are counting the days to July 25 when their deadline to raising $25,000 to help students in Jamaica will expire. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Equity (R for pervasive profanity) High finance drama about an investment banker’s (Anna Gunn) attempt to untangle a web of corruption in order to avoid the scandal that threatens to derail her career. With James Purefoy, Sarah Megan Thomas and Alysia Reiner. Comment

Friday, July 22, 2016

All about the Trump disaster

Viewpoints: The very idea of there being a Donald Trump model that is head and shoulders over the best for which America is capable, is laughable beyond belief. Let’s begin with the idea of Trump being the best the republicans can offer. Comment

Williams hails Nelson Mandela International Day

Brooklyn: As the world on Monday celebrated Nelson Mandela International Day, a Grenadian American legislator here has paid tribute to the late South African president whom he said had an “unwavering devotion for human rights, peace and social justice.” Comment

City Council passes Williams’ Use of Force bill

Brooklyn: New York City Council last Thursday passed Council Member Jumaane Williams’ Use of Force bill that requires that the New York Police Department (NYPD) issue quarterly reports on the use of force and their relationship to quality of life offenses. Comments (5)

South Jersey Caribbean fest celebrates 16th anniversary

Music: The South Jersey Caribbean Cultural and Development Organization (SJCCDO) recently celebrated its 16th Annual South Jersey Caribbean Festival at Wiggins Park at the Camden waterfront, across from Philadelphia. Comment

Celebrating Jean-Michel Basquiat’s life and work

Arts & Theater: A non-descript two-story building in NoHo, the area between the East and West Village, is covered with paste and stencil art. An anomaly to a gentrifying East Village, this building at 57 Great Jones Streets, a symbol of a bygone era, was the site where painter, collagist and musician Jean-Michel Basquiat lived and created work for five years until his death in 1988. Comment

Chef Andre talks judging at Jerk Festival and future

Food: The sixth annual Grace Jerk Jamaican Festival transformed Roy Wilkins Park to a feast of jerk flavors last weekend, and aside from all the music and food, a local recognizable face was also at the festival. Comment

Thursday, July 21, 2016

TRADE WAR TRUCE

For years Jamaica and Trinidad have had serious differences over how free trade in the single trading market is supposed to work with Jamaica mostly always accusing Trinidad of unfair trading competition. Comment

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Prayer and funds for prizefighter’s recovery

Queens: Prizefighter Clive Atwell knelt before the altar of Safe Harbor Ministries in Jamaica, Queens last Sunday, July 17, as Pastor Jean Kissoon placed her hands on his head and prayed for his recovery, saying because of God’s grace, the boxer my not have to undergo the urgent surgery he said he urgently needs. Comment

‘Harlem Week’ will salute greats

Bronx: Muhammad Ali, Prince and Maurice White, are among the celebrated achievers slated for a series of tributes marking the 2016 “Harlem Week” festivities. Comment

UNITY PICNIC

Music: Thousands of Vincentians from all walks of life on Saturday converged on Brown’s Bay Park in Western Ontario, Canada for the annual Vincy Unity Picnic. Comment

‘True To My Roots’ debuts at #10

Music: Reggae Ambassador, Freddie McGregor, O.D. released his highly anticipated album, “True to My Roots” on his Big Ship Music label on July 1, 2016. Comment

West Indies bowling very weak!

Sports: The West Indies team is set to play India four Test matches and the visitors are touring with a uniquely balanced squad with strong batting and a superb bowling attack with spinners and pace. However, the regional team is going to be without Jerome Taylor and Kemar Roach because they were not selected for this series against India. Comment

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Guyanese surgeon wants to give back at home

Guyana: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Dr. Horace Griffith, is hopeful that with this new Guyana government in place, he would get an opportunity to return to his homeland to made a significant contribution, doing what he is passionate about — performing reconstructive surgery to help patients live a normal life. Comment

Forum on homelessness among Black gay youth

Manhattan: Inclusive religious leaders are hosting a forum to address homelessness among minority gay youth in New York City. The event will take place on July 27 at the Metropolitan Health Center, located at 1901 1st Ave. in Manhattan at 6:30 pm. Comment

Guyanese expats ineligible for old age pension

Guyana: Unless Guyanese living abroad decides to repatriate, they would not be entitled to Old Age Pension under a new measure that the Guyana government has recently put in place. Comment

GOAL DROUGHT

Sports: Team St. Lucia opened week eight of the 2016 New York Caribbean Cup Soccer Tournament with a workman like effort against the U-23 Brooklyn Soca Lions team. Comment

The see-saw journey of Kevin Powell

Books: You never knew what you didn’t have. There were times in your childhood when cereal was supper because there was nothing else. When birthday toys seemed gently pre-loved, hand-me-downs were new to you, and you were none the wiser. Your family didn’t have much and you never realized it then but in the book “The Education of Kevin Powell” by Kevin Powell, getting schooled later was rough. Comment

Vincy track star in high gear for Olympics

St Vincent: Vincentian track star Brandon Valentine-Parris says preparations are in high gear to compete in the Sumer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Comment

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Hundreds pay tribute to Vincentian teacher

St Vincent: Hundreds of Vincentian and other Caribbean nationals last Friday night paid their last respect to Barbara DeFreitas, a militant in the St. Vincent and the Grenadines teachers’ struggles in the mid-to-late 1970s and early 1980s, who died on June 23. She was 69. Comment

Ghost appears only in the dark in horror flick

Movies: When Rebecca (Teresa Palmer) was growing up, she spent many a sleepless night frightened by noises that she only heard after the lights went out. Today, the emancipated 22-year-old has all but forgotten that unfortunate chapter of her childhood. Comment

Vincentian PM chairs cricket committee

St Vincent: St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has been appointed to chair the CARICOM committee to look into the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) issue of governance and reform. Comment

Windies cricketer sues Aussie fast bowler

Sports: West Indies middle-order batsman Marlon Samuels is suing former Australian fast bowler Geoff Lawson for accusing him of being involved with criminal gangs in Jamaica. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Absolutely Fabulous (R for profanity, sexuality and drug use) Adaptation of the British TV sitcom revolving around a couple of flamboyant, aging fashionistas (Jennnifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley) who flee London for the French Riviera after creating a media storm by accidentally knocking now-missing supermodel Kate Moss off a balcony and into the River Thames. With Rebel Wilson, Joanna Lumley, John Hamm and Alexa Chung, with cameos by Jerry Hall and Joan Collins. Comment

Monday, July 18, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Colin Murdoch said that the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has yet to agree on a policy that will enable a skilled national to travel with a spouse, child, or other dependent to the respective territories. Comment

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Jamaicans celebrate country’s independence day with Family Fun Day

Music: The City of New York goes back to basic on the 52nd year of independence for the Caribbean island of Jamaica. JA Jamdown presents ‘The 4th Annual Jamaica Family Fun Day’ on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016 at Thomas Jefferson High School Field located at 125-08 Flatlands Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11208. Comment