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Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014

BCCI may fine WICB $65M

Caribbean: West Indies cricketers pulled out of the tour of India after the fourth One-day International because of their refusal to accept a new payment structure introduced by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). The West Indies had agreed to play five One-day internationals, one Twenty20 and three Tests. Comment.

Mexico tops Jamaica, to face US in WCup qualifying

Jamaica: WASHINGTON (AP) _ Mexico advanced in Women’s World Cup qualifying Tuesday night with a 3-1 win over Jamaica, setting up a semifinal match against the United States in similar circumstances to four years ago - when the Americans suffered one of the most stunning losses in program history. Comment.

Antigua governor general knighted

Antigua: The government of Antigua and Barbuda says Queen Elizabeth II, on the advice of the government, has conferred orders for the appointment of Gov. Gen. Dr. Rodney Errey Lawrence Williams to the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: ABCs of Death 2 (Unrated) Horror sequel featuring another 26 short comedies by 26 different directors, each titled for a different letter of the alphabet, from A is for Amateur to Z is for Zygote. Cast includes Martina Garcia, Tristan Risk, Beatrice Dalle and Andy Nyman. (In English, Hebrew, Japanese, French and Portuguese) Comment.

Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

TRAVEL BAN REVIEW

Health: Some Caribbean governments say they are moving to review travel bans on students and others from Nigeria in the wake of that West African country being declared free of the deadly Ebola virus for now officials said this week even as others say they are racing to become fully prepared for an outbreak. Comment.

Awards at Bed-Stuy Restoration Benefit event

Brooklyn: In the heart of Brooklyn, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (Restoration) offers numerous family, housing, business, arts and culture services to the community, in addition to operating Restoration Plaza, located at Fulton Street and Marcy. Comment.

Jamaican opposition discusses future

Jamaica: Riding on a high from recent polls which put him primed for leadership, Andrew Holness, the youngest leader of a Jamaican government addressed nationals with a forecast to future prosperity. Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Guyana’s Queens College to mark 170th anniversary

Guyana: “Faithful and Useful Everywhere” is the motto of the Queen’s College of Guyana Alumni Association and that will be on the minds of members of the New York Chapter, when they join other past students in commemorating the institution’s 170th Anniversary. Comments (1).

Brothers could face each other

Brooklyn: With 19-year-veteran K.G., better known as Kevin Garnett, heading the roster in the front court, and some new players on the 2014-2015 team, the Brooklyn Nets feel confident that they can make a good run during regular season and maybe even go deep into the playoffs. Comment.

RED BULLS OUTPLAYED

Sports: The New York Red Bulls (12-10-11, 47 pts.) coach Mike Petke must have some serious concerns about his team after a very lackluster performance in a 3-1 loss to playoff rival, Columbus Crew, last Sunday afternoon at Red Bull Arena. With the playoffs only a game away, the Red Bulls should be picking up steam and see themselves as fortunate to be in the playoffs; instead, the New Yorkers were embarrassingly outplayed and allowed the Columbus to leapfrog into the fourth place playoff spot, while New York dropped to the fifth and final playoff position in the MLS Eastern Conference. Comment.

Four Caribbean talents vie for Soul Train Awards

Music: Three Jamaicans and Trinidad & Tobago’s Machel Montano will represent the Caribbean when the 27th annual Soul Train Awards are held next month in Las Vegas. Comment.

WIPA, players in dispute

Caribbean: West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) President Wavell Hinds has refuted claims made by members of the West Indies cricket team in India that they were not consulted during the negotiations for the new Memorandum of Understanding with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and insisted that there will be no resignation by members of the current WIPA executive. Comment.

Freedom Riders: Remembering the brave

Arts & Theater: Actress Vinnie Burrows as Aunt Flora is bringing Drama Desk Award winning playwright J.E. Franklin’s play “Freedom Rider” to life and to memory. The play showcased at the Dwyer Cultural Center, located at 258 St. Nicholas Ave. in Harlem, revisits the 1960s when interracial activists challenged the segregation laws and harsh treatment African Americans had to endure under the harsh Jim Crow Laws of the south. It was a time when young college students and brave individuals who fought for civil rights, boarded buses and traveled south to segregated areas. This became known as the Freedom Rides. Comment.

STORY OF CARMEN

Arts & Theater: Ballet Hispanico, recognized as the nation’s leading Latino dance organization since 1970, makes its annual return to the Apollo stage to present the New York Premiere of its first evening-length narrative work, CARMEN.maquia, choreographed by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, in a one-night-only engagement on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Comment.

Tips for beating the winter blues

Health: (StatePoint) Sniffles and flu are not the only afflictions of winter. Many people find that the dark and cold days can impact their mood. In fact, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) affects approximately 10 million Americans, and another 10 to 20 percent of the public may have mild SAD, according to Psychology Today. Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

Vincentians mark country’s anniversary with prayer

St Vincent: Members of the Vincentian clergy in New York last Sunday offered differing prayers at an Ecumenical Service of Thanksgiving marking the nation’s 35th anniversary of political independence. Comment.

Paragon of Reggae John Holt  passes

Music: Jamaican reggae singer John Holt was booked to perform in Florida next month. Although rumors of his death had been rampant on social media outlets, since he became ill at the “One Love” Festival on Aug. 16, the reality of an absent 1000-volt entertainer seemed unfathomable. However, on Oct. 19, the 70th birthday anniversary of Peter Tosh and the eve of Jamaica’s National Heroes Day celebrations, the 69-year-old Holt died at the Wellington Hospital in London. Comments (2).

Fantasies of an Obama-style breakthrough

Viewpoints: When we get to the point where mention in the media of the name of Louisiana’s governor, Bobby Jindal, is regularly accompanied by the line that he is a prospective 2016 Republican presidential aspirant, you understand why buzz continues about Mitt Romney being seriously courted within the party to be a third-time seeker of the nomination. Comment.

Dinkins stresses need for educated population

Books: Former mayor David Dinkins is quite the raconteur–storyteller. And, he has decades of living behind him to engagingly share. At Medgar Evers College, last week, Honorable David Dinkins meandered through the storyline of his life with Dr. Brenda M. Greene, chair of the Medgar Evers English Department and the executive director of the Center for Black Literature. Comment.

LASCO MoneyGram leads remittance services

Jamaica: Kingston, Jamaica: LASCO Financial Services Ltd. and MoneyGram International’s solid partnership has provided convenient and affordable remittance services to Jamaica for more than 10 years. An expansive branch network and consistent service delivery enables Jamaicans, to care for their families and transact business from remote locations with ease. Comment.

Caribbean farmers reap benefits of ICT

Environment: PARAMARIBO, Suriname, Oct 15, 2014 (IPS) - Farmers in the Caribbean are being encouraged to make more use of farm apps and other forms of ICT in an effort to increase the knowledge available for making sound, profitable farming decisions. Comment.

Open letter to Vincentians on crime and violence

St Vincent: To The Editor: As our blessed homeland, St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), commemorates its 35th Anniversary of Independence, we acknowledge the strides and gains we have made as a people to secure our sovereignty. Yet we acknowledge that our quest for independence has not always been without social, economic and political challenges, which have at times tested our resolve as a people. Notwithstanding, our resilience has always brought us through and will continue to give us moments for which we can be justly proud. As our anthem asserts, “What e’er the future brings, our faith will see us through.” Comment.

Vincy unofficial mayor in ‘Hispanic Country’

St Vincent: When Vincentian Charles Thompson left his homeland in October 1990, he never dreamed he would become the unofficial “mayor” of his block in a section of Brooklyn that is predominantly Hispanic. Comment.

Sun Kulcha

Queens: Bed Aerobics: This powerful workout routine combines deep stretches and muscle-toning calisthenics to improve flexibility, build strength and burn fat — all from bed from 5:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m., 2 Flr. Also included is an invigorating set of facial/eye muscle exercises, concluding with a brief meditation for total body, mind and spirit rejuvenation. Be sure to let your doctor know that you’ll be taking part in an exercise class. Monifa Maat, affectionately known as “The Healthy Motivator,” is a certified personal trainer for Equinox, a nutrition advocate and founder of Healthy Roots Fitness & Nutrition Camp. 215 W 125th St., New York, NY 10027. RSVP: 1-866-469-0999 (Space is limited. Must call to reserve.) Comment.

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. Comments (1).

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.

Festival of Lights celebrated in Richmond Hill

Arts & Theater: Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights was celebrated with a spectacular motorcade, which lit up the night skies over Richmond Hill. Now in its 11th year, the motorcade adorned with lights, flowers and streamers wound its way along Liberty Avenue to loud cheers from spectators. 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.
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