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Monday, July 21, 2014

Universal health coverage consultations

Health: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says countries of the Americas, including the Caribbean, are holding national consultations to discuss the way forward to reach universal health coverage. Comment.

Zach Braff stars in dysfunctional family dramedy

Movies: As an actor, Zach Braff is most closely associated with the character J.D. from Scrubs, the Emmy-winning sitcom which enjoyed a nine-year run on network television from 2001 to 2010. As a director, he is best known for “Garden State,” the quirky, semi-autobiographical feature film where he played a struggling actor who returns to his hometown in Jersey for his mother’s funeral. Comment.

GWOKA’S RHYTHMS

Music: A spirited debate marked opening ceremonies of the 27th annual Gwoka Festival, July 9-14 in Sainte Anne, Guadeloupe. In particular, the news that Gwoka (Creole word for large drum), once the expressions of an oppressed people is now under consideration for an UNESCO world heritage designation. Panelists and members of the public weighed in on the direction of the music, some seeing it as an opportunity for economic development others concerned about its role as independent voice. Comments (1).

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Clean energy revolution in the Caribbean

Environment: BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, July 14, 2014 (IPS) - Lefties Food Stall, a pint-sized eatery serving Barbados’ signature flying-fish sandwiches, recently became the first snack shack on the Caribbean island to be fitted with a solar panel. Comment.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Paid leave can help fix our imperfect marketplace

National: As a business person, there is one economics lesson I learn over and over again: The marketplace is essential but not perfect. It is not perfect in a variety of ways, but a big one is that not everyone can be a winner. I don’t mean winner in the sense of Bill Gates or Warren Buffett. Rather, a winner in the sense of middle class—with access to some discretionary income. Comment.

Kamarley ‘Da Big Show’ left the city talking

Music: Last year, as Caribbean-American Heritage Month approached its sunset with a Caribbean-American open air concert featuring Mighty Sparrow, Lima Calvio of Byron Lee and the Dragonaires, and Val Adams, then Calypso King of Grenada, who had the Borough Hall, Brooklyn crowd rollicking. This year, as the ninth year of the celebration culminated on June 26 at Columbus Park, Borough Hall, it was the six-year-old Kamarley, who held his own among the likes of Antigua’s Soca Queen Claudette “CP” Peters, T&T’s Sherma Andrews and Panama’s Magaly. The six-year-old excited the crowd with the quality of his Reggae and Soca renditions, and artistic synchrony of body language and musical rhythm which belie the tenderness of his age. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Cannibal (Unrated) Romantic thriller about a serial killer (Antonio de la Torre) who feels no remorse about devouring his victims until he falls in love with the sister (Olimpia Melinte) of his last meal. With Maria Alfonsa Rosso, Florin Fildan and Manolo Solo. (In Romanian and Spanish with subtitles) Comment.

Friday, July 18, 2014

JAMAICA’S TOP COP RESIGNS

Jamaica: Minister of National Security Peter Bunting killed off the hopes of a nation in Parliament on Tuesday when he deflected questions from opposition legislators as to why Jamaican Police Chief Owen Ellington suddenly handed in his retirement papers. There have been charges from people close to the commissioner that he was forced out of the position by western nations angry with him and the top brass for not dealing with a hit squad in the police force, allegedly responsible for more than 70 executions in recent years. Comment.

No place for human trafficking

Caribbean: Ahead of the observance of the first ever World Day against Trafficking in Persons, Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the United Nations, John Ashe, has declared that human trafficking has no place in the modern world. Comment.

Jamaica’s beloved GG Cooke passes

Jamaica: Sir Howard Felix Hanlan Cooke—Jamaica’s fourth Governor General died in the capital city of Kingston on July 11 at age 98. The former representative of Queen Elizabeth II served in the capacity from Aug. 1 1991 to Feb. 15, 2006 and would have celebrated another birthday anniversary in October. Comment.

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has pumped US$120 million into the water and sanitation sector in the Caribbean in the last 40 years. CDB’s acting Vice-President (Operations) Nigel Romano made this disclosure while addressing the recent opening of a two-day Regional Water Sector Assessment Workshop at the CDB. Romano said the money was channeled into various areas including basic infrastructure, water treatment plant, distribution and storage facilities and technical assistance,The bank is currently assisting with projects in Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Guyana, St. Kitts and Nevis and St. Lucia. Comment.

Windies cricket icons cop key roles in CPL

St Kitts and Nevis: Two West Indies cricket icons, Sir Gary Sobers and Sir Vivian Richards have been appointed to key roles in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), which is underway. Comment.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

‘From Gutter to Glory’

Books: It was a long, hard, road to travel but Jamaican author and Professor Dr. Karlene Richardson was able to make it out “From Gutter to Glory” as she reveals her struggles and successes in her autobiography by the same name. Comment.

HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME

Arts & Theater: Nearly 18 years after his violent death, rap icon Tupac Shakur is having a major impact on the lives of inner city youth through the Broadway show based on his lyrics and poetry. The 150-minute show is being staged at the Palace Theatre, 1564 Broadway. Comment.

Baby steps to improving chemical safety

Viewpoints: In the aftermath of the explosion of a fertilizer storage facility in West, Texas last year that killed 15 people and destroyed three schools and a nursing home, federal officials realized there are serious gaps in federal oversight authority of facilities that house dangerous chemicals. Comment.

Chris Gayle slams C.P.L ton

Trinidad and Tobago: The Limacol Caribbean Premier League’s 2013 champion, the Jamaica Tallawahs, defeated the St. Lucia Zouks by seven wickets during the opening Twenty20 match in St. George’s, Grenada last Saturday. Captain of the Jamaica Tallawahs Chris Gayle scored his first C.P.L 100. Gayle scored 111 runs off 63 balls with 10 massive sixes and five fours. The St. Lucia Zouks scored 161 runs off their 20 overs while the Jamaica Tallawahs scored 162 for 3 off 19 overs. Comment.

Two hefty servings of Caribbean comedy

Arts & Theater: Two superstars of Caribbean comedy, Trevor Eastmond of Barbados and Sprangalang of Trinidad and Tobago, will share the spotlight Saturday evening, July 19, in a special comedy showcase presentation designed to treat fans to generous helpings of the crackerjack material that has made the two headliners household names on the comedy circuit. Comment.

Georgetown’s ‘Rising Star’

Guyanese around the world are glued to their television sets as they vote at a fever pitch with a special App, to keep Georgetown-born songstress, Lisa Punch who made it through to the second round on ABC’s reality hit show “Rising Star” singing competition. Comment.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Jamaican could be England’s 1st female bishop

Jamaica: The Church of England is the “mother church” of the global Anglican Communion. Reportedly, its membership comprises approximately 80 million people in more than 165 countries. However, in 2014 Anglican women bishops are still elusive in England. Comment.

WORLD CUP LESSONS

Sports: By all reports, the most successful World Cup in recent times ended in Brazil last Sunday with Germany winning its fourth world title in defeating Argentina, 1-0. The Germans deservedly took home all the spoils, but for many of the rest of us, there were myriad reminders and lessons learned. Comment.

It’s ‘eyes right’ for the GOP hopefuls

Viewpoints: So, while the Hillary watch proceeds among Democrats looking toward 2016 with expectations of another winning standard bearer, on the Republican side the courtship dance by presidential aspirants to win over primary voters is in progress as well, with all the pandering to the right-wing element that now is set in stone as definitive shapers of the GOP brand. Clearly intent on assuring that flaming red base that he’s very much in the presidential hunt, even with his barrage of problems across the river, is New Jersey’s Chris Christie. Chances are the field won’t be as easy to dominate as it once looked for him. Comment.

Golden Krust Brooklynite celebrates his Caribbean business, heritage

June was Caribbean heritage month, and in terms of Caribbean business, the best examples of Caribbean business heritage are the families behind Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill. In addition to the company’s CEO, Lowell Hawthorne and the Hawthorne family members, there is their cousin, Stanley Dennis, someone Lowell Hawthorne at a recent event called, his business partner and family friend who always says, “A say yes” when they discuss major challenges in conference calls and business meetings. Comments (3).

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Opposition sides claim Haiti elections jeopardized

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Leading opposition factions are alleging that Haiti’s presidentially appointed electoral council is stacking the deck in favor of President Michel Martelly, who has scheduled long-delayed legislative and municipal elections for October. Comment.

Dingolay set for an ‘Epic’ day on The Parkway

Arts & Theater: Dingolay costume band unveiled its Mas Camp with an “Epic” array of bedazzling costumes to attract masqueraders to its themed white one-color band, set for Sept. 1 on Eastern Parkway. Comment.

NY’s Black educators celebrate 39 yrs of service

People: Under the theme of “Celebrating the Past, Embracing the Future,” the Association of Black Educators of New York (ABENY) held its 39th Annual Scholarships and Award Luncheon at the Antun’s in Queens Village, on June 21, 2014. Comment.

Ahye beats Fraser-Pryce in Glasgow GP 100m

Trinidad and Tobago: GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago cemented her burgeoning sprinting reputation by winning the 100 meters at the Glasgow Grand Prix on Saturday. Comment.
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