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Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

Caribbean infrastructure needs more investment

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) would like regional countries to invest annually 6.2 percent of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – some US$320 billion dollars – to satisfy their infrastructure demands in the period 2012-2020. Comment.

Wrongfully jailed, man freed after 30 year

Brooklyn: Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 announced that he will move to vacate murder and other charges against David McCallum and the late Willie Stuckey, who were convicted in the 1985 kidnapping and murder of Nathan Blenner. The decision follows a thorough review of the case by the District Attorney’s Conviction Review Unit. Comment.

Imbalanced media reports: Ebola vs ChikV

It might be irresponsible to describe the incessant media coverage about the Ebola virus in Shakespearean terms -- much ado about nothing. Comment.

Grenadian American teaches dance diversity classes in Grenada

Arts & Theater: Award-winning professional dancer, Shola K. Roberts, is now in Grenada teaching traditional West African dance to emerging dancers on the island. Comment.

Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

Caribbean unemployment expected to drop

Caribbean: Two United Nations agencies say the unfavorable evolution of the economy in Latin America and the Caribbean during the second half of 2014 will not prevent regional urban unemployment from decreasing slightly this year to 6.0 percent or 6.1 percent, from the 6.2 percent recorded in 2013. Comment.

Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014

Bermuda braces for Category 4 Hurricane Gonzalo

Caribbean: HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) _ People on the tiny British territory of Bermuda rushed Thursday to batten down for Hurricane Gonzalo, which was roaring toward them as a major Category 4 storm just days after a tropical storm damaged homes and knocked down trees and power lines. Comment.

Wambach scores, US beats Trinidad and Tobago 1-0

Caribbean: KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) _ Abby Wambach scored in the 54th minute to help the United States beat Trinidad and Tobago 1-0 on Wednesday night in their opening Women’s World Cup qualifying game. Comment.

Downey, Duvall square-off courtroom drama

Movies: Hank Palmer (Robert Downey, Jr.) is a very successful, criminal defense attorney with a good reason to hide his humble roots. After all, he was a rebellious kid who frequently landed in trouble with the law while growing up in tiny Carlinville, Indiana. Comment.

Friday, Oct. 17, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

Venezuela: Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne has “unequivocally” condemned what he characterized as “the brutal assassination” of a political figure in Venezuela and the intensification of political violence in that country. Browne was reacting to the assassination in Caracas, the Venezuelan capital, of Robert Serra, a Member of Parliament from the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), earlier this month. Comment.

Caribbean countries implement travel ban

St Vincent: St. Vincent and the Grenadines has placed a ban on nationals from Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Guinea from entering the island, as Caribbean countries continue to put in place measures to prevent a possible outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the region. Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said that the measure was taken given the lack of infrastructure on the island to deal with the Ebola virus for there is no known cure. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 23 Blast (PG-13 for underage alcohol consumption) Fact-based, overcoming-the-odds drama about a high school football star (Mark Hapka) who didn’t let sudden blindness due to a sinus infection derail his dream of gridiron greatness. With Bram Hoover, Stephen Lang and Max Adler. Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014


Trinidad and Tobago: Security officials in Trinidad are to decide on a policy regarding locals who had traveled to the Middle East to fight with the Islamic State being allowed to return to the island, resettle and live a normal life. Comment.

Preparing for Ebola in the Caribbean

Health: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) wants healthcare workers throughout the Americas, including the Caribbean, to be trained in the use of personal protective equipment and early identification of suspected cases of the Ebola virus disease (EVD). Comment.

Female pastor celebrates 10th anniversary

People: Family, friends and spiritual leaders throughout the tri-state area came together to honor Pastor Renee Francis Washington Gardner who celebrates her 10th Pastoral Anniversary as Senior Pastor of Memorial Baptist church in Harlem on Saturday, Oct. 11. Comment.


Sports: The New York Red Bulls are in the MLS playoffs and occupying the fourth-place spot, after their 3-1 victory over Toronto FC at Red Bull Arena last Saturday night. The home team has two regular season games to play, including its last home game on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 3:00 p.m. versus the Columbus Crew, which is in fifth and final spot and most likely will make the playoffs. The Crew defeated Philadelphia Union, 3-2, last Saturday, and the Houston Dynamo suffered a 3-1 loss to Eastern Conference leader D.C. United, also on Saturday. Those losses ensured playoff berths for New York and Columbus. Comment.

Lost Boys tell ‘The Good Lie’

Some of the most interesting and engaging films are often ignored by critics and commercial media. Historical documentaries among the majority overlooked, many focusing on Africa seem to be the most shafted. “The Good Lie,” a recent release about victims of war in South Sudan stands out as one of note that should linger longer in our mids Comment.

Guyana - Jamaica group raises funds for schools

Jamaica: The warm greetings that were exchanged by nationals at the First Annual Fundraising Dinner and Dance of the Guyana Jamaica Friendship Association Inc. (New York), was a clear indication that benefactors were committed to working together with the board for the betterment of students back home. Comment.

Tips for getting healthy protein in your diet

Health: (StatePoint) At a time when over a third of American adults are obese and childhood obesity rates are rising exponentially, more Americans are looking for meat alternatives in their dining choices. Comment.

Bed-Stuy race a great success

Sports: A 64-year-old athlete wound up among the top 10 finishers in the 33rd annual Bed-Stuy Restoration Corp. run through the streets of Bedford Stuyvesant on a sunny, cool, and delightful Sunday morning to highlight some of the action in the event. Originally from Guyana, Ranville Gravesande turned in a decent performance in winning his 60–64 age group division and finished 10th overall in a time of 39:23. Comment.

Three Grenadians to run NY Marathon for charity

Grenada: Grenadians Jerry Bascombe, Dennis Mason and Anderson Simon, will have the experience of a lifetime when they take part in the TCS New York Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. They will navigate the 26.2-mile run, through five boroughs and over five bridges, to raise funds for the charity, reachwithin (formerly known as Reach Grenada), which supports vulnerable Grenadian children and their caregivers. Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

US charity donates 50,000 breadfruit trees

Jamaica: A United States charity says it has donated and planted 50,000 food-bearing trees in Haiti and Jamaica to help combat hunger. The Northfield, Illinois-based Trees That Feed Foundation (TIFF) said that the 50,000th tree donated by TTFF is a breadfruit tree planted by students as part of a school garden project in St. Michel de l’ Attalaye, Haiti. Comment.

Fighting again for rights already secured

Viewpoints: The disturbing irony we’ve already noted here, of Barack Obama’s elevation to president signaling to a sizeable segment of this society the need for rolling back, not advancing, certain hard-fought, long denied privileges of democracy to some citizens, has nowhere been more starkly manifested than in what’s been done across the country with the voting process. Which, let’s be clear, really refers to the voting process as it pertains to people of color and others in the overall demographic of minority voters. The Republican/Tea Party collective came on like gangbusters to “fix” things when the first-term Obama off-year election was approaching in 2010. And, having in the interim secured appropriate tools of mischief, they’re ready again this year to make sure that stamp of regression remains ever more firmly affixed. Comment.

Vincy Gospel diva sings for a cause

Music: Award-winning, Vincentian-born, Caribbean gospel diva, Evangelist Bridget Blucher, two Saturdays ago brought the House of the Lord down in a major gospel concert drive aimed at installing an air conditioning system at one of the larger United Methodist churches in Brooklyn. For the second year, Blucher flew from her residence in Port St. Lucie, Florida to render her mellifluous, enthralling voice to a worthy cause, at St. Marks United Methodist Church, in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn. Comment.

Hundreds attend ‘Baby Doc’ funeral in Haiti

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Hundreds of people attended the funeral of former dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc’’ Duvalier on Saturday, displaying lingering respect for a man who was widely reviled for repression and corruption during his 15 years in power. Mourners paused to pay their respects in front of Duvalier’s coffin draped with Haiti’s red-and-blue flag as they greeted his partner Veronique Roy, his ex-wife Michele Bennett and their two children. Comment.


The first African-American actress to portray “Cinderella” in the fairytale story is now starring with a wicked, step-mother of the same race at the Broadway Theater, 1681 Broadway. For a limited engagement only, Keke Palmer helms the title role by transforming the pitiful character known to readers as the step-child who labors long and hard to appease the woman her father married. Comment.

India ties series with an emphatic victory

People: India and the West Indies are now in a tie following the defeat of the West Indies during the second one-day match of the five-match series by 48 runs. India scored a modest 263 runs for 7 wickets in their innings off 50 overs. Suresh Raina 62 from 60 balls, Virat Kohli 62 from 78 balls and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni 51 not out from 40 balls. For the West Indies, Jerome Taylor picked up three wickets for 54 runs from 10 overs. Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy, Ravi Rampaul and Sulieman Benn all took one wicket each. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Algorithms (Unrated) Inspirational documentary highlighting exploring India’s little-known world of competitive chess for the blind. America the Beautiful 3 (Unrated) Latest installment in Darryl Roberts’s series of incendiary documentaries indicts pop culture’s sexualization of today’s youth. Comment.

Sun Kulcha

Queens: FREE SHREDDING:This program makes it easy and convenient for residents to shred their confidential financial documents, an important step in preventing identity theft. The bank will also provide helpful information on other ways to enhance security awareness and avoid becoming a victim of fraud. Documents can be brought to the Jerome Avenue branch from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (reservations not required); there is a two-carton per household limit. USA Shred will shred the documents, compliments of Ridgewood Savings Bank. Ridgewood Savings Bank will be providing a “Protect Privacy” booklet. Jerome Avenue branch, 3445 Jerome Ave., Bronx, N.Y.; (718) 881-3430 Comment.

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

Leaders of Tomorrow will ‘Do The Right Thing’ at Barclays

Before the name Eric Garner registered associations to chokehold death, protest rallies and New York City Police Departments, Arthur Miller represented the very same troubling controversy. The Brooklyn native was a community activist who suffered the same fate as Garner when NYPD restrained him using the arresting technique. Comment.

Acid oceans could devastate fishing-dependent nations

Grenada: PYEONGCHANG, Republic of Korea, Oct 9, 2014 (IPS) - Scientists here are warning Caribbean countries, where the fisheries sector is an important source of livelihoods and sustenance, that they should pay close attention to a new international report released Wednesday on ocean acidification. Comment.

Not the route to take

Trinidad and Tobago: When Dr. Wayne Kublalsingh announced his second hunger strike I, like most people, began to wonder whether he would surpass his previous 21-day record. For most Trinidadians the thought of 21 days without food or water is almost unthinkable. Comment.

Classy look at race relations in the Ivy League

Movies: The academics are tough enough at Winchester University, a mythical Ivy League institution. It’s too bad that black students there also have to worry about making themselves comfortable socially. Comment.

Trinidad’s new IXP is key to its Internet economy growth

Trinidad and Tobago: The recent establishment of an Internet exchange point (IXP) in T&T is a necessary step in strengthening the country’s local Internet economy. But it is not enough, says Bevil Wooding, Internet strategist with Packet Clearing House (PCH). Comment.

CARICOM nationals short-listed for ACP post

Caribbean: Three candidates from Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica have been short-listed for the post of secretary of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) grouping. Comments (1).

Trinidad monitors suspect ISIS fighters

Trinidad and Tobago: The Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of National Security is investigating reports that at least 50 Trinidadians have flown to Syria within the past few months to join the terrorist organization Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Comment.
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