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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Going global with the presidential ‘dis’

Viewpoints: In how many different ways will Republicans on Capitol Hill and elsewhere in the country be prepared to show their wanton disrespect for the President of the United States? We are but a mere two months into the life of the new Congress, and the bashing and attempted blocking of the president that has seemingly been the be-all and end-all of the GOP’s raison d’etre, has continued right on in inveterate fashion, perhaps with even more gusto now that the party controls both houses of Congress. Comment.

Marley heirs win licensing suit

Jamaica: Thinking about using a photo of Bob Marley to decorate a T-shirt? Think again. If you do, the heirs to the reggae king could legally haul you into court and slap you with a hefty fine. They recently won the right to do just that. Comment.

DANCE TREAT

Arts & Theater: “Kumina” and other island dance favorites are among treats programmed into a two-day repertoire billed for the 60th anniversary season at Brooklyn Center of the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College when the National Dance Theater Company of Jamaica (NDTC) return here. Comment.

AB de Villiers scores record 162 not out

Caribbean: South Africa scored 408 runs for five wickets off their 50 overs at the Sydney cricket ground in Australia against the West Indies in the ICC Cricket World Cup. South Africa’s captain AB de Villiers slammed a record 162 runs not out from 66 balls with 17 fours and eight sixes. Other useful scores came from Fdu Plessis 66 runs from 70 balls, Hamish Amla 65 from 88 balls and RR Rossouw 61 from 39 balls. Comment.

Community Reinvestment Act can boost energy-efficiency, funding for low-income schools

Viewpoints: One in five Americans spends his or her days in our nation’s 140,000 K-12 schools. Those schools spend close to $8 billion a year on energy costs, the second-largest line item in a school budget after personnel costs. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 25 percent of the energy used in schools is wasted. In a world of shrinking budgets and resources, energy-efficiency savings in utility costs could be used for desperately needed funding for additional teachers and school resources. Comment.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Venezuela objects to oil exploration off Guyana

Venezuela: GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) _ Guyana said Sunday that neighboring Venezuela is objecting to oil exploration in contested waters off the smaller South American country’s coast. Comment.

Con man matches wits with former protégé

Movies: Good (2 stars) Comment.

Water and the world we want

Viewpoints: HAMILTON, Canada, Feb 25 2015 (IPS) - We have entered a watershed year, a moment critical for humanity. As we reflect on the successes and failures of the Millennium Development Goals, we look toward the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals to redress imbalances perpetuated through unsustainable economic growth and to help achieve key universally-shared ambitions, including stable political systems, greater wealth and better health for all. Comment.

Postage stamp to honor ‘Miss Calypso’ Forever

Arts & Theater: It is Women’s History Month and a phenomenal woman is being memorialized when spring breaks — less than a year after her death. First acclaimed as Miss Calypso — prior to becoming the well-known Maya Angelou — she was known by a moniker that lauds the Caribbean and its music. Comment.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Falling oil prices won’t derail St. Lucia’s push for clean energy

St Lucia: CASTRIES, Feb 25, 2015 (IPS) - At Plas Kassav, a roadside outlet in Canaries, a rural community in western St. Lucia, a busload of visitors from other Caribbean countries, along with tourists from North America and Europe, sample the 12 flavours of freshly baked cassava bread on sale. Comment.

Williams honors All Stars Youth Team

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams has honored the East Flatbush Village, Inc. (EFV) All Stars Youth Cheer, Step and Dance Team, with City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, for its outstanding teamwork at the 2014 American Youth Football and Cheer National Championships. Comment.

Patoranking signs deal with VP Records

Music: Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie, better known by his stage name Patoranking, is a Nigerian reggae-dancehall singer and songwriter. Patoranking started his musical career doing underground collaborations with artists such as XProject, Konga, Slam and Reggae Rockstone. He signed a record deal with K-Solo’s Igberaga Records in 2010, releasing “Up in D Club” under the outfit. Patoranking became a protégé of Dem Mama Records after collaborating with Timaya on his song “Alubarika.” Comment.

Bichotte votes for passage of DREAM Act

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte says she has voted for passage of the DREAM Act that would allow children of Caribbean and other immigrants to apply for state scholarships and the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). Comment.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Antigua and Barbuda government says it has made an offer to purchase the property once owned by disgraced financier Allen Stanford who is serving 110 years in a United States jail for operating America’s second-largest Ponzi scheme. Comments (1).

Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015

Steel Pulse to liven Brooklyn book launch

Music: Reggae fans will be nourished mentally, physically and probably in other ways when they stop into the Brooklyn Public Library on March 4 for a book launch. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Bad Asses on the Bayou (R for violence, profanity, sexuality and nudity) Danny Trejo and Danny Glover reprise their roles in this sequel to “Bad Ass 2” set in Baton Rouge where the aging tough guys take the law into their own hands to rescue a pal’s (John Amos) daughter kidnapped for ransom (Loni Love). Rob Mello, Sammi Rotibi and Jimmy Bennett. Comment.

WINDIES CELEBRATE

Sports: Some excellent all around performances from Andre Russell, who bagged three wickets for 33 runs from eight overs and scored 42 runs from 13 balls which included three fours and four sixes. West Indies scored 310 runs for six wickets off 50 overs after they were sent in to bat. Comment.

US congratulates St. Lucia, Guyana on anniversaries

St Lucia: The United States has extended congratulations to St. Lucia and Guyana on their respective independence anniversary celebrations. Comment.

The British are coming!

Sports: The British are coming! That’s a familiar cry that has been part of American history. In fact, the Brits have always been coming and never really stopped: there were the Pilgrims, the Beatles, then droves of soccer administrators and players, and now here comes Sky Sports. Comment.

Friday, Feb. 27, 2015

CARIB FRESH FEARS

Trinidad and Tobago: CARICOM leaders scheduled to meet for two days in the Bahamas from this Thursday are to bog themselves down with several key issues including a concerted effort to make European nations pay for slavery, work on establishing a marijuana decriminalization commission and put heads together to examine the rise of Islamist extremism in West Africa and the Middle East. Comment.

‘Ancestors’ Benefit to hail Caribbean Orisha choreographer

Brooklyn: It will be a hot time in this town Saturday, Feb. 28 when Michael Manswell of Something Positive accepts accolades for his commitment to the community from the People of the Sun Middle Passage Collective. Comment.

T&T judge of UN Appeals Tribunal sworn in

Trinidad and Tobago: The Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presided over the swearing-in of Judge Deborah Thomas-Felix (Trinidad and Tobago) as a judge of the United Nations Appeals Tribunal in a ceremony held on1 Feb. 17, 2015 at UN Headquarters in New York. Judge Thomas-Felix was elected by the General Assembly as a Judge of the Appeals Tribunal of the United Nations (Appeals Tribunal) in December 2014 to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Judge Jean Courtial (France). Comment.

Brooklyn actor receives Black History Month award

Movies: Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, deputy leader and chair of the City Council’s Housing and Buildings Committee, has presented a New York City Council Proclamation to Brooklyn actor and activist Wendell Pierce (“Selma,” “The Wire,” “Treme”) as part of Black History Month celebrations. Comment.

Williams tops Lions’ scorers

Sports: Sophomore Keith Williams is one of the key holdovers from last year’s Bishop Loughlin’s basketball team that competes in the Diocese of Brooklyn division of the Catholic High Schools Athletic Association. Last year, the Lions just fell short of winning the Intersectional title, and advancing into the State tournament. They lost to a better Christ The King squad in the finals. Comment.

SOULFUL SPIRIT

Music: “Vilnerab” (Vulnerable), the second studio album from Haitian Roots singer/composer/guitar player Paul Beaubrun, was released on Feb. 19, 2015 on Itunes worldwide. “Vilnerab” is steeped in traditional acoustic instruments, yet wrapped in a modern arrangement with a soulful spirit. Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015

Patrick Manning’s long road to redemption

Trinidad and Tobago: Up to quite recently, it looked like former Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Patrick Manning was intent on being a central player again in the country’s politics, after having been reduced by illness to an incidental, sideline role for the better part of the current government’s soon-to-expire term. Comment.

EmblemHealth brings SisterTalk Healthy Lifestyle Program to NY

New York: EmblemHealth, New York’s leading health benefits and wellness company, announced today that it has brought the successful Hartford-based SisterTalk Healthy Lifestyle Program to New York. Comment.

First heritage film fest to hail 3 Carib legends

People: Now that the Academy Awards has bestowed Oscars to the voted-best in the film industry, Caribbean Heritage Organization will honor their own during a Salute to Hollywood & Excellence ceremony hailing three Caribbean thespians. Comment.
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