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Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

DEATH THREAT BOMBSHELL

Guyana: In a rather stunning and bizarre development, Guyana’s usually belligerent attorney general has found himself at the center of one of the worst political storms for the year after he told a local newspaper that gunmen will soon storm the newsroom and kill whomever is there if the paper does not back off from its aggressive anti-corruption coverage. Comment.

Caribbean faces Cyber flaws

Caribbean: As the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Inter-American Development (IDB) concluded a regional workshop here on cyber security, the OAS says cyber vulnerabilities continue to affect a “wide range of targets” in the Caribbean. Comment.

Ex-baby sitter receives independence honor

Brooklyn: Joanne Legair rose from her early baby-sitting job, when she first migrated to the United States in 1991, to become the sole honoree last Sunday at the gala Independence Luncheon and Awards Ceremony in Brooklyn, commemorating St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ 35th anniversary of political independence from Great Britain. Comment.

Reuniting Haitians

Haiti: Grenadian American Councilman Jumaane D. Williams has joined other Caribbean politicians in the United States in welcoming the reunification of Haitian families in the U.S. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced recently that it will implement the Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) program that allows legal immigration of Haitians, who are eligible and have approved family-based immigrant visa petitions, to enter the U.S. up to two years before their visa priority start date. Comment.

World backs Cuba

Cuba: Calling the U.S. blockade against Cuba a violation of both the United Nations Charter and International Law and applauding Cuba’s human development achievements for its people, the region and the world, 188 of 193 member states of the UN General Assembly voted on Oct. 28, for the 23rd consecutive year, to demand that the U.S. lift its blockade against the Caribbean island-nation. Only the U.S. and Israel voted counter to Cuba’s resolution, with three nations abstaining. Comment.

SVG PM lauds nationals in nation-building

St Vincent: As Vincentians in New York on Sunday climaxed their celebration of the nation’s 35th year of political independence, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has commended them for their efforts in nation-building. Comment.

Walt Frazier’s 30-yr love affair with St. Croix

People: The 2014/2015 NBA season is entering full gear. With an ever expanding fan base and the public’s growing interest in the lavish lifestyles of its superhero athletes, basketball is no stranger to opulence. Once in awhile, there is an individual who stands out as a true testament to style, grace, endurance and yes, even quality of life. If the name Walt Clyde Frazier comes to mind, it just might be due to his on going love affair with basketball, the tranquil island of St. Croix and definitely, his continued dominance in the game of life. Comment.

CALYPSO KING

Music: Dennis Bowman, a finalist in the national calypso competition in Vincy Mas 2014, last Saturday morning captured the inaugural New York calypso crown from a field of 11 challengers amid much controversy. Comment.

Chilly learns the hard way

Arts & Theater: As clichéd sayings go, you don’t always know what you’ve got till it’s gone covers territory from the commonplace to life-changing events. Rather than spending your time seeking out bigger and better people, objects and desires, focus your energy on making the most out of what you already have. Comment.

Sun Kulcha

Queens: HALLOWEEN FUN: Enjoy light refreshments, Frannie the clown, face painting and trick or treating from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Please RSVP by calling (868) 539-0999. Comment.

Learie Joseph comedy

Arts & Theater: The comedic prowess of one of the Caribbean’s most sought-after talents will be on full display when Learie Joseph, in one of his now infrequent New York appearances, takes center stage for an entire evening of guaranteed riotous laughter, Saturday, Nov. 8 at Tropical Paradise Ballroom, kicking off at 8:30 p.m. Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

Caribbean haunts spotlight in Halloween list

Jamaica: When Bob Marley sang “there’s a natural mystic blowing through the air,” he was not recording a warning about Halloween or making any reference to All Hallows Eve. Comment.

Cricket board faces legal troubles

Caribbean: The Board of Control in India (BCCI) says it will initiate legal proceedings against the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) over its players’ decision to suddenly abandon the tour. Comment.

Is there even worse D.C. dysfunction ahead?

Viewpoints: So the 2014 midterm elections are here. Since some bare-faced gerrymandering put control of the House beyond Democrats’ reach a few years ago, only the Senate holds any mystery as far as the post-election breakdown of seats, and has thus commanded most of the attention, including the obscene amount of money poured into campaigns across the country. Comment.

LIU, Terriers seek to be winners

Sports: After doing so well over previous years and then slipping last winter, the Long Island University Blackbirds are hoping to bounce back from an under .500 record to post a winning mark and make the Northeast Conference playoff tournament to gain an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. Comment.

Loyalists, uncertainty surround Haiti’s ex-leader

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide returned home from exile in 2011 to a jubilant welcome, but lately he has seemed more like a prisoner. Comment.

CARIB CHAMP

Trinidad and Tobago: The Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Team made a gallant effort to make history as the first Caribbean team to qualify for a FIFA Women’s World Cup, in a third-place game against Mexico in the 2014 CONCACAF championship and qualifying tournament last Sunday afternoon at PPL Park in Chester, PA. Comment.

Carib Film Festival spotlights ‘70s

Movies: “WAR” in Guyana; “Debt” in Jamaica; and “Revolution” in Grenada & TT. Revolts in the French and Spanish Caribbean often define protests in the region. Often referenced as the “largest and most successful slave rebellion in the Western Hemisphere,” the Haitian rebellion from 1791 to 1803 ended France’s domination over the Caribbean nation and in the process stopped slavery there. Comment.

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Seven Caribbean countries have signed on to a hemispheric initiative to end child labor in this part of the world ahead of a global deadline of 2020. Recently Guyana, Bahamas, Dominica Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago endorsed a declaration on the Latin American and Caribbean Free of Child Labor Regional Initiative which follows up from 2013 Brasilia Declaration against Child Labor, signed by 154 countries in Brazil. Comment.

Ebola, human rights and poverty – Making the links

Viewpoints: CAMBRIDGE, Massachussetts, Oct 27, 2014 (IPS) - The catastrophic Ebola crisis unfolding in West Africa offers many lessons, not least for global anti-poverty efforts. These will culminate in a set of targets, to be agreed by the United Nations in 2015, known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Comment.

Water shutoffs and unintended consequences

Viewpoints: CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, Oct 24 2014 (IPS) - United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation Catarina de Albuquerque and Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing Leilani Farha were in Detroit, Michigan Oct. 17-20. Comment.

Belize fights to save a crucial barrier reef

Belize: BELIZE CITY, Oct 20 2014 (IPS) - Home to the second longest barrier reef in the world and the largest in the Western Hemisphere, which provides jobs in fishing, tourism and other industries which feed the lifeblood of the economy, Belize has long been acutely aware of the need to protect its marine resources from both human and natural activities. Comment.

Twenty years of spiritual cleansing, herbal healing

Trinidad and Tobago: Menes de Groit and his wife Mama Nyaah proudly stated that over the last 20 years, Cosmic Enterprise - Healing Village has helped to transform parts of the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood from a drug-nest, to what it is today, “Healed, thought cleansing, music, and education.” Comment.

Misanthrope rises to role model in character portrait

Movies: Almost nothing is right in Vincent MacKenna’s (Bill Murray) life. The aging, Vietnam War vet is still suffering from PTSD. Plus, he’s fighting a losing battle against booze, cigarettes and gambling, which has left him deeply indebted to a vicious loan shark (Terrence Howard). Comment.

Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014

Suicide a significant health problem

Health: A new Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) report says about 65,000 people take their own lives in the Americas, including the Caribbean, each year—more than seven per hour. Comment.

Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014

BCCI may fine WICB $65M

Caribbean: West Indies cricketers pulled out of the tour of India after the fourth One-day International because of their refusal to accept a new payment structure introduced by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). The West Indies had agreed to play five One-day internationals, one Twenty20 and three Tests. Comment.

Mexico tops Jamaica, to face US in WCup qualifying

Jamaica: WASHINGTON (AP) _ Mexico advanced in Women’s World Cup qualifying Tuesday night with a 3-1 win over Jamaica, setting up a semifinal match against the United States in similar circumstances to four years ago - when the Americans suffered one of the most stunning losses in program history. Comment.

Antigua governor general knighted

Antigua: The government of Antigua and Barbuda says Queen Elizabeth II, on the advice of the government, has conferred orders for the appointment of Gov. Gen. Dr. Rodney Errey Lawrence Williams to the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: ABCs of Death 2 (Unrated) Horror sequel featuring another 26 short comedies by 26 different directors, each titled for a different letter of the alphabet, from A is for Amateur to Z is for Zygote. Cast includes Martina Garcia, Tristan Risk, Beatrice Dalle and Andy Nyman. (In English, Hebrew, Japanese, French and Portuguese) Comment.

Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

TRAVEL BAN REVIEW

Health: Some Caribbean governments say they are moving to review travel bans on students and others from Nigeria in the wake of that West African country being declared free of the deadly Ebola virus for now officials said this week even as others say they are racing to become fully prepared for an outbreak. Comment.

Awards at Bed-Stuy Restoration Benefit event

Brooklyn: In the heart of Brooklyn, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (Restoration) offers numerous family, housing, business, arts and culture services to the community, in addition to operating Restoration Plaza, located at Fulton Street and Marcy. Comment.

Jamaican opposition discusses future

Jamaica: Riding on a high from recent polls which put him primed for leadership, Andrew Holness, the youngest leader of a Jamaican government addressed nationals with a forecast to future prosperity. Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Guyana’s Queens College to mark 170th anniversary

Guyana: “Faithful and Useful Everywhere” is the motto of the Queen’s College of Guyana Alumni Association and that will be on the minds of members of the New York Chapter, when they join other past students in commemorating the institution’s 170th Anniversary. Comments (1).

Brothers could face each other

Brooklyn: With 19-year-veteran K.G., better known as Kevin Garnett, heading the roster in the front court, and some new players on the 2014-2015 team, the Brooklyn Nets feel confident that they can make a good run during regular season and maybe even go deep into the playoffs. Comment.

RED BULLS OUTPLAYED

Sports: The New York Red Bulls (12-10-11, 47 pts.) coach Mike Petke must have some serious concerns about his team after a very lackluster performance in a 3-1 loss to playoff rival, Columbus Crew, last Sunday afternoon at Red Bull Arena. With the playoffs only a game away, the Red Bulls should be picking up steam and see themselves as fortunate to be in the playoffs; instead, the New Yorkers were embarrassingly outplayed and allowed the Columbus to leapfrog into the fourth place playoff spot, while New York dropped to the fifth and final playoff position in the MLS Eastern Conference. Comment.

Four Caribbean talents vie for Soul Train Awards

Music: Three Jamaicans and Trinidad & Tobago’s Machel Montano will represent the Caribbean when the 27th annual Soul Train Awards are held next month in Las Vegas. Comment.

WIPA, players in dispute

Caribbean: West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) President Wavell Hinds has refuted claims made by members of the West Indies cricket team in India that they were not consulted during the negotiations for the new Memorandum of Understanding with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and insisted that there will be no resignation by members of the current WIPA executive. Comment.

Freedom Riders: Remembering the brave

Arts & Theater: Actress Vinnie Burrows as Aunt Flora is bringing Drama Desk Award winning playwright J.E. Franklin’s play “Freedom Rider” to life and to memory. The play showcased at the Dwyer Cultural Center, located at 258 St. Nicholas Ave. in Harlem, revisits the 1960s when interracial activists challenged the segregation laws and harsh treatment African Americans had to endure under the harsh Jim Crow Laws of the south. It was a time when young college students and brave individuals who fought for civil rights, boarded buses and traveled south to segregated areas. This became known as the Freedom Rides. Comment.

STORY OF CARMEN

Arts & Theater: Ballet Hispanico, recognized as the nation’s leading Latino dance organization since 1970, makes its annual return to the Apollo stage to present the New York Premiere of its first evening-length narrative work, CARMEN.maquia, choreographed by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, in a one-night-only engagement on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Comment.

Tips for beating the winter blues

Health: (StatePoint) Sniffles and flu are not the only afflictions of winter. Many people find that the dark and cold days can impact their mood. In fact, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) affects approximately 10 million Americans, and another 10 to 20 percent of the public may have mild SAD, according to Psychology Today. Comment.
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