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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

T&T gov’t no-confidence motion flops

Trinidad and Tobago: An unprecedented no-confidence motion brought by the Trinidad and Tobago People’s Partnership (PP) government against Opposition Leader Dr. Keith Rowley flopped as members of the opposition staged a dramatic walk out from the House of Representatives on Wednesday, March 25. Comment.

Venezuela slashes Caribbean oil shipments

Caribbean: Reports say Venezuela has cut in half its subsidized shipments of crude oil to Cuba and Petrocaribe member nations to 200,000 barrels per day, down from 400,000 shipped in 2012. Comment.

Jamaica diasporans hijack PM’s message

Jamaica: Jamaicans who attended a Manhattan gathering billed as a community forum with Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller were witnesses to a disrupted address from the leader by disgruntled diasporan residents intent on reversing the buggery laws now in place on the Caribbean island. Comments (1).

Vincentian priests mourn ‘caring’ bishop

Long Island: Two Vincentian Anglican priests who were beneficiaries of an American bishop’s goodwill are mourning his passing, saying he was a “great servant of God” and a “caring” shepherd. Comment.

Honoring slavery’s victims with The Ark of Return

New York: March winds blew through the UN Visitors Plaza. Enduring bone-chilling conditions, dignitaries, VIPs and the public alike braved the blustery weather, shivering during the remarks. Comment.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tea-time and fashion for charity

Guyana: Ladies and gents from Brooklyn will step out in their finest Easter hats and ensemble all in the name of charity when the Health & Education Relief Organization for Cancer, (HEROC) committee, hosts its “Second Annual Fascination Tea Party, on April 12. Comment.

Shailene Woodley radiates chemistry aplenty

Movies: “Insurgent” is the second in the action-oriented series of screen adaptations based on Veronica Roth’s blockbuster Divergent trilogy. This installment represents a rarity for a cinematic sequel in that it’s actually better than the first episode. Comment.

Why should the government deliver mail?

Viewpoints: In a country where people extol the virtues of free enterprise, why is the U.S. government involved in the delivery of mail? After all, it would be difficult to find a better example of a violation of the principles of free enterprise than the U.S. Postal Service. Comment.

CACCI honors women history makers

Brooklyn: The Brooklyn-based Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) on Thursday, March 26 honored several leading women during its “2015 Women History Makers” celebration at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Comment.

Education as a cornerstone for women’s empowerment

Viewpoints: WASHINGTON, March 25, 2015 (IPS) - Earlier this month, the Barack Obama administration announced a new initiative designed to improve girls’ education around the world. Dubbed “Let Girls Learn,” the programme builds on current progress made, such as ensuring girls are enrolled in primary school at the same rates as boys, and is looking to expand opportunities for girls to complete their education. Comment.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Britain has warned travelers to the Caribbean about contracting the Chikungunya virus, based on the dramatic increase in the number of people affected by the disease in the last year. Comment.

Gayle to face disciplinary committee

Caribbean: The West Indies disciplinary committee has agreed to complete their hearing on West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle following the conclusion of the ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Comment.

Barbados to become a republic

Barbados: Prime Minister Freundel Stuart says Barbados will be moving towards a republican form of government “in the very near future” ending its centuries of old relationship with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth as its head of state. Comment.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Jamaica, Suriname consent to anti-corruption on-site visits

Suriname: The Organization of American States (OAS) says the governments of Jamaica and Suriname, as well as Canada, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic, have consented to receive on-site visits as part of the Fifth Round of the Mechanism for Follow-up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC). Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 5 to 7 (R for sexuality) Romantic romp revolving around an aspiring young writer (Anton Yelchin) and a married, middle-aged socialite (Berenice Marlohe) who rendezvous at the same time every day for a passionate affair at a classy, Midtown Manhattan hotel. Featuring Glenn Close, Olivia Thirlby and Frank Langella. Comment.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Trade Brooklyn to highlight regional biz success

Cardinal Trade Group, Inc. (CTG), the producer of the New York region’s top business events, brings to today’s business professionals an even larger Trade Brooklyn, the region’s leading B2B trade show, to the heart of Brooklyn at the New York Marriott at Brooklyn Bridge, 333 Adams St. on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Comment.

Church Avenue BID hosts Marketing Resource Fair

Business: Almost 60 business owners and entrepreneurs and 11 providers of business and marketing services gathered at El Acuario Restaurant on Church Avenue for the “Your Business. Your Brand,” breakfast workshop on Wednesday March 18, 2015. Attendees enjoyed breakfast while networking, discussing upcoming projects, and brainstorming potential collaborations. Comment.

Friday, March 27, 2015

POLICE CAUSE CHAOS

Trinidad and Tobago: There are very few officers in Trinidad’s police system who could try to convince locals that a country-wide system of coordinated roadblocks the force sprung upon citizens during rush hour on Monday morning was not an act of spite or vindictiveness designed to pressure authorities to meet demands for increased salaries. Comment.

Shirley Chisholm’s Women of Distinction

People: The assembled in the Brooklyn Library’s Dweck Auditorium were raucous, at times. They are the supporters of the honorees for the Shirley Chisholm Women of Distinction awards, women all excelling in their fields–community leadership, communication or entrepreneurship. Comment.

Trini film to debut at BAM

Movies: The Caribbean Film Academy that has been entertaining moviegoers with stirring films by gifted filmmakers from the region since 2012 is proud to debut its series at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Rose Cinemas, beginning on Tuesday, April 7. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Comment.

CACNY, Jamaican group work on special youth program

Jamaica: The Brooklyn-based Caribbean American Center of New York (CACNY) says it will again be partnering with Giving Tree Jamaica, West Indies, in presenting “another special and much-needed seven-day program” for the youth in the rural parish of St. Elizabeth. Comment.

Take 6 takes center stage

Music: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 60th Anniversary Season with a concert by Grammy-winning a cappella jazz group Take 6 on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. Heralded by Quincy Jones as the “baddest vocal cats on the planet,” the most awarded vocal group in history (10 Grammy Awards, 10 Dove Awards, a Soul Train Award, and more) celebrates their 25th Anniversary in a soulful concert that fuses gospel, jazz, R&B, and pop. Comment.

AILEY RETURNS TO LINCOLN

Arts & Theater: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, beloved as one of the world’s most popular dance companies, will return to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts for a two-week 15-performance engagement at the David H. Koch Theater June 10 – 21, 2015. Comment.

Terriers win season title

Sports: The Terriers, as they are nicknamed, who list only four seniors on their roster, won their first Northeast Conferene title since the winter of 2003. They were able to rest their standout players a little bit for the league tournament which determines who gets that automatic bid into the NCAA tourney. Comment.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Coalition promises a united Guyana

Guyana: Guyana presidential candidate David Granger promised compatriots that they would enjoy the same good life they have in America if they return to their homeland, Comment.

RED BULLS BEAT DC

Sports: HARRISON, N.J. (AP) _ Bradley Wright-Phillips scored a goal and set up another as the New York Red Bulls defeated D.C. United 2-0 on Sunday in a home opener that was marked by disgruntled fans chanting support for former coach Mike Petke who was fired after last season. Comment.

Public sentiment ignored in ‘the law’

Viewpoints: Every so often we have reason to recall the classic Dickens line uttered by his Mr. Bumble character in Oliver Twist: “If the law supposes that, the law is a ass.” We think Mr. Bumble’s cogent, albeit ungrammatical observation was borne out once more by the judge who recently issued his denial ruling in response to several petitioners who requested release of the grand jury minutes in the case of senselessly killed Eric Garner in Staten Island last July. Comment.

Do a better job on gender equality

Viewpoints: LONDON, March 21, 2015 (IPS) - Undoubtedly, we are at a crucial time in the advancement of gender equality. As we move towards consensus on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we must ensure the rights of women and girls are firmly embedded in the post-2015 development framework. Comment.

Whistleblowers and the prosecution loophole

Viewpoints: When facing the prospect of criminal prosecution for leaking highly classified material to his mistress and later lying about it to the FBI, General David Petraeus found unlikely allies on Capitol Hill. Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsay Graham (R-SC), and Diane Feinstein (D-CA) have all spoken out against criminally prosecuting the four-star general, in part because they feel he has “suffered enough.” Comment.

Whistleblowers and the prosecution loophole

Viewpoints: When facing the prospect of criminal prosecution for leaking highly classified material to his mistress and later lying about it to the FBI, General David Petraeus found unlikely allies on Capitol Hill. Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsay Graham (R-SC), and Diane Feinstein (D-CA) have all spoken out against criminally prosecuting the four-star general, in part because they feel he has “suffered enough.” Comment.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Politicians honored at women’s conference

Brooklyn: Several elected officials were recognized with congressional citations at the 4th Annual Shirley Chisholm Women’s Empowerment Conference at Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Comment.

African-Caribbean Egyptologist Dr. Ben has died

Bronx: The short list of Afrocentric historians and scholars was shortened March 19 with the passing of Dr. Yosef Alfredo Antonio ben-Jochannan. Respected, beloved and acclaimed throughout the Black community, Dr. Ben died at age 96. Comments (2).

WI appoints Phil Simmons as head coach

Sports: Former West Indies and Trinidad Tobago cricketer Phil Simmons, 51 years old, has received a three-year contract from the West Indies Cricket Board as head coach. He played 26 Test matches and 143 One-Day Internationals, between 1987 and 1998. He also coached ICC Associate Team Ireland. Simmons said, “West Indies have tremendous history and prestige in the game and I am honored to have been given this opportunity to be head coach.” Comment.

Ferrell, Hart co-star in unlikely-buddies comedy

Movies: Thanks to a flourishing career as a hedge fund manager, James King (Will Ferrell) is living in the lap of luxury in a sprawling, Bel Air mansion. Furthermore, the pampered multimillionaire’s stock seems about to skyrocket, given his promotion to partner and his impending marriage to the boss’ (Craig T. Nelson) daughter, Alissa (Alison Brie). Comment.

OECS concern about US, Venezuela tension

Venezuela: The sub-regional Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) has expressed “grave concern” about the increasing tension in relations between the United States and Venezuela. Comment.

Jamaica PM to address nationals, UN

Two weeks before meeting with President Barack Obama, Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller will address the Jamaican community here. The announcement was made by Consular General Herman G. Lamont in conjunction with the island’s ministry of foreign affairs arranged March 26 for the 6:30 p.m. start of the special meeting at St George’s Episcopal Church, 209 East 16th St. in Manhattan. Comment.