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Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015

Increased flights to the Caribbean

Travel: An influx of new flights to the Caribbean is making airline and tourism industries increasingly busy, according to reports. Comment.

Jamaica’s Emancipendence nears with August calendar

Jamaica: The combined celebrations of Emancipation and Independence by Jamaicans will merge for a weeklong commemoration known as Emancipendence. Providing a cultural calendar during the first days of August it will also highlight achievements of the island and those the people proudly exalt. Comment.

Trench Town education gets new life

Jamaica: Jamaica is emboldened with rich history. A proud people, Jamaica boasts itself as a country where the sweet sounds of reggae were born and much more. Comments (1).

‘Mama’s Boy,’ a run-of-the-mill drama

Books: You think about it all the time. The child making headlines in the news could be yours. He could be the kid wrapped up in trouble he never meant to have, the one whose name is known for the wrong reasons. And what would you do? You’ve thought about it, and in the new novel “Mama’s Boy” by ReShonda Tate Billingsley, two mothers act. Comment.

Trading up for a better trade deal

Viewpoints: As the dust settles on the fight in Congress over Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, we have an opportunity to think anew about what good trade policy could be. If we get past the rhetoric, we can expand the public and political dialogue about trade and truly understand the impact it can have all our businesses. Comment.

Hungry for change, achieving food security and nutrition for all

UNITED NATIONS, July 30, 2015 (IPS) - With the enthusiasm of the recent Financing for Development conference behind us, the central issues and many layers of what is at stake are now firmly in sight. Comment.

Red Steel is CPL champ

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel was crowned the 2015 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20 champion when the team defeated the Barbados Tridents at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad on Sunday, July 26. Comment.

Mas ‘Under The Sea’

Arts & Theater: At the tender age of 24, Trinidad-born costume designer Assata Rodriquez is already making headway as one of the up and coming bandleaders to watch. She is diligent and steadfast in her quest for perfection — qualities revelers will take to the parkway to revel in “Under the Sea.” Comment.

Monday, Aug. 3, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin La Rocque has called for a “strong collaboration action” to urgently address the criteria for access to concessional financing. Comment.

Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015

Cruise, company reunite to topple terrorist group

Movies: Rogue Nation is the fifth installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise featuring Tom Cruise as the dashing and daring Ethan Hunt. This episode has everything you’d expect from an action-oriented espionage thriller: international intrigue, irresistible eye candy and edge-of-your-seat fight and chase sequences. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Assassination (Unrated) Historical drama, set in 1933, revolving around Korean resistance’s plot to kill the military commander of Japan’s occupy forces. Co-starring Ji-hyun Jun, Jung-woo Ha and Jung-jae Hee. (In Korean with subtitles) Comment.

For Every ‘Bel Ti Fi’

Haiti: Celebrating the accomplishments of women should not be constrained to just one month. Comment.

Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015

Dr. King seen as undeterred in The Movement by children

Imagine subjects on the cradle of the confederacy, Brown v. Board of Education, Jim Crow’s emergence, the impact of the Fifteen Amendment, fighting poverty and the Watts riot in a biography on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a child-friendly book capturing the attention of middle-school students in Queens, NY. Comment.

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Steel pan rocks the square

Music: The sun is shining. There is music in the streets. Sounds like the start of a great summer day to me. Comment.

Caribbean needs partnerships in battling climate change: UN chief

Environment: United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called for partnerships for Small Island Developing States (SIDS), such as those in the Caribbean, lamenting that the global challenges facing these islands are the international community’s collective responsibility. Comment.

New merchant association revives street festival

Arts & Theater: Summer is simmering down, back-to-school commercials are looming but fun in the sun against the backdrop of your neighborhood is still in full effect. There is still time for face painting, live entertainment and celebration of the local businesses courtesy of the new merchant association, Parkside Empire. Comment.

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. Comments (1).

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. Comments (1).

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.

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.