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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Court nominee’s snub will re-surface

Viewpoints: Although it has now receded a bit from the major headlines it generated a couple of months ago, there’s every expectation that the issue of President Obama’s selection of Judge Merrick Garland for the U.S. Supreme Court will again be a huge bone of contention, before this critical election season is history. Comment

Windies face new danger

Sports: West Indies is in danger of replacing Bangladesh at the bottom of the table in the latest International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Test rankings. Comment

WICB fires Ambrose

Sports: West Indies fast bowling legend Sir Curtly Ambrose says he is shocked over his firing as West Indies bowling consultant. Comment

Windies, England clash in Jamaica

Sports: The International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s Twenty20 champions will clash with England in the 50-over format in five-match One-Day International series in October in the Caribbean. Comment

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Oliver Samuels’ ‘Guilt Trip’

Arts & Theater: Everybody’s “Caribbean” Magazine presents the magical and hilarious family play, “Guilt Trip” on May 28–29 in New York City. After more than 350 performances in Kingston during the 2016 Jamaica theater season and nominated for nine Actor Boy Awards (Jamaica equivalent of Broadway’s Tony), Guilt Trip premiered in Toronto, Canada and St. Kitts and Nevis to launch the international tour. Comment

Brooklyn celebrates Caribbean Fair

Brooklyn: Brooklyn is celebrating Caribbean Fashion, Food, Art and Music Fair 2016, which is being held from May 2-29 at Brooklyn Commons, 495 Flatbush Avenue. Comment


Sports: Goalkeeper Brad Guzan is set to start ahead of veteran Tim Howard for the U.S. national team in the Copa America tournament. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced the 23-man roster Saturday during halftime of the MLS rivalry game between New York City FC and the New York Red Bulls. The roster features 15 players from the 2014 World Cup team. Comment

New non-stop services to Guyana

Guyana: Guyanese residents in New York, Florida and throughout the USA now have an additional option for air travel to Guyana, both for the Golden Jubilee Independence celebrations in May 2016, and also with a full schedule starting in July for the summer holidays. Comment

Jamaica takes lead in regional telecoms talks

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica — A multi billion-dollar telecommunications deal, touted as a significant growth opportunity for the Caribbean information and communication technology sector, has come under the scrutiny of the Jamaican government. Comment

NY-based designer for Guyana Fashion Week

Fashion: New York-based Guyanese designer, Stacey Angoy received loud applause at a 50th Independence Fundraiser in Rosedale Queens, recently, when she showed off her Stacey A Collection designs, set for the Guyana Fashion Week 2016 to celebrate Guyana’s Jubilee. Comment

MEC to celebrate legendary Jazz pianist Randy Weston

Music: Randy Weston, the legendary jazz pianist, composer and bandleader, will be celebrated at a special free program, from 6 to 8 pm on Friday, June 10, at Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College (MEC). Comment

Monday, May 23, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

St Vincent: Antigua The Professional Organization for Women in Antigua & Barbuda (POWA) and Women Against Rape (WAR) are in support of a recommendation that abortion should be an option for women who are pregnant and may be infected with the Zika virus. Comment

Guyana gov’t presents Walter Rodney report to AG

Guyana: The Guyana government has handed over a copy of the report of a Commission of Enquiry (COE) into the death of noted historian and political scientist Dr. Walter Rodney to Attorney General Basil Williams to be laid in Parliament. Comment

Caribbean Rocks NYC as TEMPO Turns 10

St Kitts and Nevis: TEMPO Networks is celebrating its 10 years in existence by hosting an event “Caribbean Rocks NYC – TEMPO Turns 10” at the legendary BB King’s Blues Club and Grill on Sunday, June 5, 2016. Comment

Concerns over rising murder rate in the Caribbean

Trinidad and Tobago: Homicides in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago are expected to rise to alarming levels and the Eastern Caribbean islands could see an increase in murders currently resembling those reported in Jamaica. Comment

It’s Birds Vs. Pigs in adaptation of video game app

With over three billion downloads and counting, Angry Birds is the most popular app of all time. Nevertheless, one need not be familiar with the video game to enjoy this delightful animated adventure. Comment

Annual tribute to ancestors of the Middle Passage

Brooklyn: On Saturday, June 11, from noon to sun down, The People of the Sun Middle Passage will be holding the “27th Annual Tribute to Our Ancestors of the Middle Passage” at 17th Street and the boardwalk, Coney Island, Brooklyn. Comment

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Holy Hell (Unrated) Mind control documentary revisiting The Buddhafield, an ill-fated, religious sect located in L.A. in the Eighties which was run by a charismatic cult leader called Michel. Comment

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

OAS issues final report on Vincentian elections

St Vincent: The Organization of American States (OAS) says that the final report on the general elections in St. Vincent and the Grenadines has reiterated concerns and achievements of the process. Comment

New president of NY’s largest grocery workers union

People: Tony Speelman, a committed labor leader who has dedicated nearly four decades of fighting for hard working men and women, was unanimously elected president of the over 20,000 member United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500 (UFCW). Robert Newell, who began his career in 1990 pushing shopping carts at Pathmark, was unanimously elected secretary-treasurer. Comment

Trombone Shorty finds riches in his city’s songs

Books: “Just wait til you’re older!” Oh, how you hate hearing that! Wait til you’re grown. You need to get bigger. You can’t do that now, you’re too little. But why not? Why can’t you start dreaming of someday right now, while you’re still a kid? As you’ll see in the new book “Trombone Shorty” by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, illustrated by Bryan Collier, dreams can come true at any age. Comment

West Indies now ranks third

Sports: Despite winning its second World Twenty20 title in five years, the West Indies team has dropped to third in the ICC rankings in that format of the game. Comment

Jamaicans nabbed in sweep targeting criminal immigrants

Jamaica: The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency says officers from its Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) have arrested a number of Jamaicans in the Pennsylvania area among 84 individuals during a weeklong operation targeting criminal and other immigration violators. Comment

Friday, May 20, 2016


Barbados: Barbadian governments are normally known for their prudence, limited levels of corruption and respect for public opinion but the administration of Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart appears to be determined to buck that tradition by insisting that both locals and visitors entering and leaving the island must be subjected to fingerprinting. Comment

Fight continues for summer youth funding

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene continues his long fight for summer youth funding. On Monday, Eugene, chairman of the City Council’s Youth Services Committee, was joined by his colleagues, as well as youth advocates from throughout New York City, in rallying on the steps of City Hall to save summer programs for 34,000 children. Comment

PM Harris to attend Taiwan’s president inauguration

St Kitts and Nevis: St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Timothy Harris and a delegation are expected to attend the May 20 inauguration of Taiwan’s first female president. Tsai Ing-wen was elected as Taiwan’s president on Jan. 16, 2016. Comment

Community gets ready for Haitian Flag Day

Haiti: Brooklyn Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene is gearing up for a big Haitian Flag Day celebration this weekend. Comment

Regina Belle to groove in Queens

Music: Grammy Award winning R&B legend Regina Belle has been added to the powerful lineup for the 2016 ‘Groovin In The Park’ concert which unfolds at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York on Sunday, June 26. The news was recently announced on Groovin Radio, WVIP, 93.5 FM in New York City. Comment

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Averting self-inflicted Democratic damage

Viewpoints: Let’s hope that the process still underway that will soon culminate, barring something almost apocalyptic, in Hillary Clinton becoming the Democratic presidential nominee, will usher in an across-the-board sanity in the Democratic ranks that expunges a potentially self-defeating hysteria in some quarters. Comment

Jamaica sets sights on CARICOM markets

Jamaica: Jamaica is set to take full advantage of the benefits of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and to this effect Prime Minister Andrew Holness has appointed a Review Committee to position the country for the benefits under the organization. Comment


Sports: PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) _ David Villa scored a contentious goal as New York City won 2-1 at Portland on Sunday to take a share of the lead in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference. Comment

Fear is not a good counsellor

Viewpoints: ROME, May 16, 2016 (IPS) - A new spectre is haunting the world. It is not the spectre of communism, as Marx’s Manifesto famously proclaimed. It is the spectre of fear, which has increasingly become the rationale behind politics. And, as the old proverb says, fear is not a good counselor. Comments (1)

Jamaican making waves on US Navy destroyer

Jamaica: Whoever said the “sky is the limit” did not impress Jamaican Janice G. Smith. She probably looked out at the horizon and then the ocean and decided on a different direction. After enlisting in the U.S. Navy 27 years ago, Smith was recently appointed commander of a guided missile destroyer and became the first immigrant Jamaican to assume the helm. Comment

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Brooklyn pastor conducts ‘Catch the Vision Youth Conference’ in N.C.

Brooklyn: Popular Brooklyn 7th Day Adventist Church Pastor Gilford T. Monrose is conducting a major youth conference in Ridgecrest, N.C., from June 30–July 4. Comments (1)

Mayor de Blasio, Cumbo unveil Carey Gabay Way

Brooklyn: Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo on Sunday, May 14 co-named Clinton Avenue between Myrtle Avenue and Willoughby Avenue as Carey Gabay Way in honor of the former first deputy counsel for the Empire State Development Corporation, who lost his life last year hours before the J’Ouvert festival. Last Sunday, he would have turned 44. Comment


Fashion: A young television producer, with a penchant for elegance, has won the Best Dressed Competition at an annual tea party organized by the United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn (UVCGB). Comment

Jimmy Riley to be honored

Veteran reggae singer Jimmy Riley, who died recently, will be honored posthumously by Irie Jam Radio, WVIP with the ‘Caribbean Heritage Award’ at the third annual Oracabessa Festival, slated for Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, NY on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2016 Comment