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Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015

WIADCA partners with Irie Jam Media

The West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) has partnered with Queens, NY based Irie Jam Media to produce and provide live coverage of the 48th Annual New York Caribbean Carnival Celebrations from Sept. 3 to 7, 2015. Comment.

Small town slacker marked for death by govt

Movies: At first blush, Mike Howell (Jesse Eisenberg) looks like your prototypical slacker with not much of a future. The small town stoner is very content to fritter away his life behind the counter of the local convenience store, so long as he can go home and get high with his girlfriend, Phoebe (Kristen Stewart), after work every day. Comment.

Monday, Aug. 24, 2015

More than 100 candidates to contest T&T election

Trinidad and Tobago: A total of 132 candidates will be contesting the General Election in Trinidad and Tobago on Sept. 7, 2015. When nominations closed last Monday at various registration offices across the country, there were 17 political parties and five independents who would be contesting the election, according to the Election and Boundaries Commission. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: I Touched All Your Stuff (Unrated) Cross-cultural documentary chronicling how Christopher Kirk, a nerdy American, ended up falling head-over-heels for a mysterious woman after moving to Colombia to study hippos. (In English and Spanish with subtitles) Comment.

Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015

WICB yet to make radical changes

Sports: A ruling by the Supreme Court in India aimed at shaking-up the administration of cricket in that country should give fresh momentum to a move for radical changes to the operations of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), a former chairman of the governance committee for West Indies cricket has said. Comment.

Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Venezuela: Barbados Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Maxine McClean says the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons pose a grave threat to Barbados and the rest of the Caribbean. Comment.

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Friday, Aug. 21, 2015

Opportunity for Vincentian voters in NY

St Vincent: In preparation for general elections, constitutionally due by March next year, members of the Vincentian community in New York are being urged to file objections to their names possibly being struck from the electoral list of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment.

City Council passes Williams’ pro-tenant bill

Brooklyn: New York City Council this week passed Intro. 700, a bill sponsored by Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn), deputy leader and chair of the Council’s Housing and Buildings Committee, which is part of a Tenant Protection Package that aims to address the poor business practices of unscrupulous tenant relocation specialists, or as they are more commonly known, tenant relocators. Comment.

VINCY SPIRIT

St Vincent: Organizers have described as a “phenomenal success” the 4th annual Vincy Day U.S.A., a massive picnic last Saturday, primarily comprising Vincentian nationals, at Heckscher State Park in East Islip, Long Island. Comment.

Young and gifted among Jamaican honorees

Jamaica: Jamaicans in the diaspora exuded with ethnic pride at the 53rd annual Independence Ball. The premier event held in honor of Jamaica’s Independence in the Northeast U.S.A, inaugurated in fine style at the New York Hilton, New York City, last Saturday. Comment.

‘The Wiz’ wows with anniversary tribute

Arts & Theater: Forty years after winning seven Tony Awards — Broadway’ s highest theater honor — the first Black musical to claim the distinction eased into two New York City parks for three, free, nights of celebration to mark the 40th anniversary of its historic trailblazing achievements. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015

SEAWEED INHIBITS TOURISM

Trinidad and Tobago: The umbrella University of the West Indies and some high officials in the region this week scrambled together academics and tourism industry experts to discuss the seaweed invasion of beaches across the region, to what extent it has disrupted activities in the summer peak season and how best to tackle this unwanted scourge of nature. Comment.

New Yorkers rally against DR deportations

Haiti: The rally began early Friday morning at Grand Army Plaza, held on a weekday so local politicians would attend. There were people of conscience, mainly Haitians, some Dominicans, and other supporters protesting the policies in the Dominican Republic leading to denationalization of Dominicans of Haitian ancestry and their deportations. Comments (1).

Liberty honors ‘disqualified’ boys hoops team

Sports: NEW YORK (AP) _ Kymora Johnson just wanted to play basketball. The 10-year-old girl was thrown into the spotlight earlier this month when her youth team from Virginia was disqualified from a basketball tournament because she played in it. Johnson’s the lone girl on the boys’ team, the Charlottesville Cavaliers. Comment.

Players set for US Open

Sports: While Serena Williams didn’t live up to expectations to be the winner of the recent Rogers Cup in Canada, she still feels confident that she will enter the upcoming women’s singles portion of the United States Open Tennis Championships. Comment.

Windies team fails to qualify

Caribbean: The West Indies team is officially out of the Champions Trophy in 2017 after the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) was unable to convince any other Test playing nation to provide an opening to allow the regional team to qualify for the tournament. Comment.

Haitian folklorist publishes book

Music: Georges Vilson’s passion is collecting Haiti’s traditional music and also the musical interludes that are part of some Haitian folktales. His passion is dedicated to acquiring the fabric of Haiti’s musical folk culture before it disappears. Comment.

MARTINS REVIVES SOUNDERS

Sports: Two of the most successful MLS clubs, the Seattle Sounders and Orlando City Lions, with sellout crowds of more than 30,000 fans at every home game, met last Sunday in Seattle and gave fans a thriller. Comment.

Reggae’s Black Cinderella scores triple treat

Movies: Believe it when you see and hear it. Reggae’s Black Cinderella gets the last word in the latest Meryl Streep flick “Ricki and the Flash.” To end the movie, it is the voice of the popular deejay AKA Sister Carol sounding the lyrics from her 1996 Grammy-nominated “Milk & Honey” single from the 1996 “Lyrically Potent” CD that signals conclusion. Comment.

Women’s rights and gender equality

Viewpoints: UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 14, 2015 (IPS) - If there is any idea and cause for which the United Nations has been an indispensable engine of progress globally it is the cause of ending all forms of “discrimination and violence against women and girls, ensuring the realization of their equal rights and advancing their political, economic and social empowerment. Comment.

Jamaicans named for Heroes Day Ceremony

Jamaica: One of the anticipated pluses to celebrating Jamaica’s independence is the announcement of distinguished nationals to be acknowledged by the government on Heroes Day in October. Comment.

Their 2016 campaign headache endures

One should not discount Barack Obama’s election as president as a factor in the field of 2016 GOP presidential contenders having become so insanely crowded. Comment.