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Monday, Nov. 22, 2010

Colorado Rapids wins MLS Cup

Sports: It was about fortune favoring the brave and poetic justice as the Colorado Rapids survived a nail-biter to defeat FC Dallas, 2-1, to win its first MLS Cup. Comment.

Hopes are high among finalists 

Sports: KINGSTON, Jamaica Sunday, Nov. 21 – With 16 thrilling encounters to go, the final eight teams that make up the Digicel Caribbean Cup Groups H and I all have high hopes of making it into the top four. Here is a closer look at the group teams and their chances of a place in the final. Comment.

Friday, Nov. 19, 2010

CAGERS SEEM OPTIMISTIC

Sports: Ron St. John is well known or is a fixture in the basketball circles here in New York City, especially in the City University of New York Athletic Conference. Comment.

Sun Kulcha

New York: Haitian Nation has extended A Painting & a Poem for Haiti art exhibit featuring emerging & established local artists of Haitian, South African, Brazilian origin & national artists displaying paintings & sketches for sale to benefit the Rural Haitian Project & Haiti SOFTHOUSE project, thru Nov. 30 at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), 80 Hanson Place, Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Comment.

Discovering The Mighty Arrow

Music: Similar to another Guyanese (Cyril Shaw) who, in 1955, ‘discovered’ Francisco Slinger “Mighty Sparrow,” James Cannings ‘discovered’ Soca King Arrow. Comment.

Rent-centric candidate back on track

Music: New Yorkers did not hear the last of Jimmy McMillan Comment.

Four outstanding Vincentians honored

Caribbean: The Philadelphia-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Organization of Pennsylvania (SVGOP) on Nov. 6 concluded its independence anniversary celebrations by honoring four outstanding nationals and a Jamaican-born supporter. Comments (3).

Selita Ebanks to rock Victoria’s Secret’s show 

Music: Cayman Islands beauty, and top Victoria’s Secret model Selita Eubanks, will storm the runway on Nov. 30, in her fifth appearance of the brand’s annual energetic fashion show wearing a costume that she describes as sexy, extravagant and twice her size. Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010

Campaign to stop unjust deportations

As the U.S. Congress reconvened Monday, Nov. 15 for the lame-duck session, a broad coalition of immigrant community and faith groups and elected officials announced the launch of a campaign to send thousands of letters, along with pens, to the White House, so the president can take executive action to move the nation toward a fairer and smarter immigration system. Comment.

UN seeks funds to fight cholera

Health: The United Nations agencies and their partners on Nov. 12 appealed for US$164 million to support Haiti’s efforts to fight the deadly cholera. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Break Ke Baad (Unrated) Coming-of-age romantic dramedy about a couple of lifelong friends (Deepika Padukone and Imran Khan), pals since the age of 4, and sweethearts since they were 15, who find themselves facing separation for the first time when one decides to move from India to Australia in order to study abroad. (In Hindi with subtitles) Comment.

Forn our daughters’ sake, pass the Paycheck Fairness Act

National: The much heralded and hotly contested mid-term elections are done. The ballot questions have been decided and the candidates are either grateful because they pulled out a win or gloomy because they didn’t. Either way, it’s time to move on. Comment.

Health care executive receives ‘Valiant Woman’ award

New York: Director of Government and Community Affairs for the Bronx-based Beth Abraham Family of Health Services (BAFHS) and longtime community leader, Jacqueline Kennedy-Saddler, has been awarded the “Valiant Woman” award by the Brooklyn-based Church Women United. Comment.

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010

PRODIGAL PRINCE

Arts & Theater: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s “The Prodigal Prince” choreographed and produced by Geoffrey Holder will run from Dec. 1 - Jan. 2 at New York City Center (131 W. 55th Street, N.Y. Comment.

Caribbaen T20 championships

Caribbean: Three countries, Antigua, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago have submitted bids to host the Caribbean Twenty20 Championships in 2011 and 2012. Comment.

Jay-Z decodes his evocative lyrics

Books: “My life after childhood has two main stories: the story of the hustler and the story of the rapper, and the two overlap as much as they diverge. I was on the streets for more than half of my life from the time I was thirteen years-old... The feelings I had during that part of my life were burned into me like a brand… Comment.

Parents protest Regents’ academic intervention plan

New York: As the New York State Board of Regents voted Monday, Oct. 18, for a waiver proposal that altered an existing regulation requiring local school districts to provide necessary academic support, known as Academic Intervention Services (AIS), to enable students who are not proficient to successfully meet state standards, more than 75 parents, students and community members from across the state protested outside of the State Education Building against the proposal. Comment.

Windies captain appointed ambassador

Caribbean: New West Indies Captain Darren Sammy has been appointed St Lucia’s newest ambassador. Comment.

Trinidad probes spy agency

Caribbean: Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar said she wants a full probe into the operations of the Security Intelligence Agency (SIA), which was used to spy on several prominent people in Trinidad and Tobago including politicians, journalists, trade unionists and businessmen. Comments (1).

Disgraced N.Y. doctor exposed in Guyana

Health: A medical doctor who practiced in New York until his license was revoked by authorities in 2008 for fondling a female patient, could run into similar problems in his native Guyana when the local medical board meets to decide his fate. Comments (1).

Denzel Washington saves the day again

Movies: Frank Barnes (Denzel Washington) is winding down a 28-year career riding the rails with the Allegheny and West Virginia Railroad (AWVR). Despite the lack of a blemish on his sterling record, the veteran engineer’s being forced by the company to take an early retirement in a cost-cutting measure set to take effect in just a couple of weeks. Comment.

Pryce and Ferguson make strides

Sports: Trevor Pryce and D’Brickashaw Ferguson and the rest of their New York Jets’ teammates are trying to qualify for the playoffs or better known as the second season and possibly even go deep into it and as far as the Super Bowl come next February. And their drive isn’t at all impossible. Comment.

Why polarization hurts us all

National: By splitting control of Congress in the midterm elections, voters have handed Democrats and Republicans an opportunity to work together. Of course, the number of people in Washington who believe it will happen could fit in a phone booth, as party leaders tout their refusal to compromise on their core issues and the 2012 elections loom in the distance. Comment.

What’s really best for small business

National: As a Certified Public Accountant and business owner, I know the impact of taxes up close and personal. And the claim that ending Bush-era tax cuts on income over a quarter of a million dollars will hurt the economy, reduce employment and burden small businesses is patently false. Let’s take a look at the evidence. Comment.

Gift of sight recipient creates Thanksgiving card

New York: Staten Island resident and cornea transplant recipient, Elizabeth Duker, is the artist and poet behind The Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration’s captivating 2010 Thanksgiving card. Comment.

ImageNation awards for leaders who inspire change

National: The ImageNation Cinema Foundation will honor actress Ruby Dee and other trailblazing members of the entertainment, business and political worlds at its 2010 Revolution Awards Gala Reception on Dec. 2. Comment.

Monday, Nov. 15, 2010

Add more flavor to your holidays

Food: When you want to bring the family together for a great meal this holiday season but don’t have a lot of time to cook, stock up on flavorful ingredients to make your job easy and your whole family happy. Comment.

Constrictions of the urethra

Health: Strictures of the urethra have been a serious problem for centuries. By obstructing the free flow of urine, they can eventually result in kidney failure. Comment.

COLORADO, DALLAS IN MLS CUP 

Sports: Colorado Rapids midfielder Kosuke Kimura went goalless all season until arguably one of the most important moments of the season – the 43rd minute of the Eastern Conference Final against the San Jose Earthquakes in Commerce City, Colorado, last Saturday night. Comment.

CHOLERA SPREADS IN HAITI

Caribbean: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Hundreds of people have died in a cholera epidemic in Haiti that has spread into the country’s capital, imperiling nearly three million people living in Port-au-Prince, where almost half of them live in unsanitary tent camps for the homeless from the Jan. 12 earthquake. Comment.

Excessive drinking major cause of death

New York: How does alcohol affect the health of New Yorkers? A new report from Health Department suggests the toll is large and, by some measures, growing. Comment.

Officials decry unfair travel tax

Caribbean: Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) officials have stepped up their call on the British Government to overhaul the system used to calculate Air Passenger Duty (APD). Comment.

Caribbean Round-Up

Former Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Lester Bird has slammed Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar over statements she made regarding relief for Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricane Tomas. Comment.

Partnership to drive down diabetes 

New York: CAMBA enthusiastically announces the launch of the Brooklyn Partnership to Drive Down Diabetes (BP3D), funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Comment.

Colleagues deny Rangel’s plea for delay in trial

New York: WASHINGTON (AP) — A House panel denied Rep. Charles Rangel’s plea Monday for a delay in his ethics trial until he could get a lawyer. Comments (2).

‘Cash-for-work’ seen as a double-edged sword

Food: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Nov. 10, 2010 - All across Haiti, United Nations, bilateral and non-governmental agencies are running scores of “cash-for-work” programs. But are they working? Comment.

Local designers heat-up Cayman runway

Music: Local designers, La Quan Smith, Indashio, Roger Gary, Man vs Machine, Korto Momolu and Simon Duncan, along with couturier Claudia Pegus, Tigerlily Hill, Gabz and Gabz, Kristen Frazer from the Caribbean, were a force of their own, blowing Hurricane Tomas out to sea to showcase colorful collections during the first Cayman Fashion Solstice. Comment.

Help your Caribbean neighbors: Sharma 

Caribbean: Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma has called on the region to help those Caribbean countries affected by Tropical Storm Tomas recently. Comment.

Few big fish are caught in imigratioin dragnet

National: NEW YORK, Nov. 10, 2010 - Putting local police on the “front lines” of immigration enforcement is distracting federal agencies from their objectives by turning over people with no criminal history, or those who have committed minor or non-violent crimes, and setting them on a course toward unnecessary deportation. Comment.

Cuba, Antigua advance

Sports: Cuba (5 pts.) and host Antigua and Barbuda (5 pts.) advanced to the 2010 Digicel Caribbean Cup finals in Martinique later this month by playing undefeated to finish first and second in Group G last weekend. Comment.

Testing times for Windies cricketers

Sports: The West Indies cricket team in Sri Lanka is going to face some quality competitive cricket in bowling and batting. It is fair to mention that the host team has a clear advantage and this is not because they are at home. The consistency of most of their players have contributed to their success. Comment.

Fresh general elections set for St.Vincent Dec. 15

Caribbean: Almost a year since the incumbent Unity Labor Party (ULP) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines lost a referendum on a new Constitution for the multi-island state, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves on Sunday night called fresh general elections. Comment.

Two newcomers to play key roles

Sports: As the National Basketball Association season is now upon us, New York Knickerbocker fans want to start off on a successful note and put the 2009-2010 dreadful season behind them. Comment.

Not really a regime change in D.C.

In the wake of the recent midterm voting, we’ve been seeing demonstrated, yet again, how deep-seated is the media’s penchant for going hog wild with the negative stuff…negative for some, that is. In reporting post-election happenings, there’s been a more or less steady drumbeat of referencing the “drubbing” or “shellacking” (as the president himself termed it) or similar labeling of how Democrats fared on Nov. 2. Comment.

Gloria Lynne sings her best notes

Music: Make My Cake’s JoAnn Baylor’s mastery stole the show when members of Great Women In Music presented Gloria Lynne with a beautiful cake to celebrate and surprise the Jazz icon for her up and coming November birthday. Comment.

Miss Black New York & New Jersey

Music: Nicole Stanley was crowned Miss Black New Jersey USA 2011 while Michelle Mbekeani was crowned Miss Black New York USA 2011 during.the Miss Black New York USA and Miss Black New Jersey USA 2011 Pageant at Harlem Stage at Aaron Davis Hall in New York City on Sunday. Comment.

Caribbean educator, economist dies at 88

Caribbean: Dr. Rawle Farley, an award-winning Caribbean economist and educator, died on Nov. 6 at age 88 at Rochester General Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. Comment.

Office Space

New York: 2010_11_15_Office Space Comment.

Friday, Nov. 12, 2010

MUSIC FEST DEFIES TOMAS 

Music: Even as hurricane Tomas stopped by, Dominica, or the Commonwealth of Dominica, to use its official name, once more hosted one of the world’s most exciting music festivals from Oct. 29 - 31. Comment.

YOUNG ARTISTS IN CONCERT

Arts & Theater: As fall turns to winter, Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus will be enlivened by a variety of dynamic multicultural offerings at its Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts. Comment.

Soledad O’Brien’s moving memoir

Books: “I began life as the child of a mixed-race marriage growing up in a white suburb, treated sometimes as a creature of bad circumstance… Bad things happen until good people get in the way. Comment.

Windies A team faces Pakistan

Caribbean: West Indies will face Pakistan in a near month-long tour of the Caribbean this month as the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) continues to expand its vision of reviving the A-team program. Comment.

Tribute to Joe Cuba

Music: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts continues its spectacular 30th Anniversary Season with Venezuela-born Salsa superstar Oscar D’León, who makes his Lehman Center debut performing such smash hits as “Llorarás,” “Detalles,” “Mi bajo y yo” and “Me voy pa Cali” for one electrifying night on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 8:00 p.m. Comment.

Bolt back on track

Sports: Usain Bolt said he is fit again and looking forward to the challenges of the coming year. Comment.

Honoring Reggae’s diversity & impact

Music: Reggae sound systems from around the world will gather in New York’s Caribbean Center - Brooklyn, for a historic Thanksgiving celebration on Friday, Nov. 26. Comment.

Jamaica refuses deportees from Britain

Caribbean: In an effort to scale down cost of incarcerating prisoners in Britain, the government proposed that inmates serving sentences in the UK should be repatriated to the countries of their birth to complete their jail sentences. Comment.

Coach retires from marathon running

Sports: The coach of the Prospect Park Track Club in Brooklyn competed in his second and probably his last New York City Marathon. He will stick with the shorter distance events. Comment.

Sun Kulcha

New York: CAMBA Economic Development Corp. is holding a workshop offering loans to Central Brooklyn based entrepreneurs looking to start up or expand their existing business. Comment.

Broadway minstrel show provokes protest 

Arts & Theater: Matinee patrons to a Saturday performance of the Broadway musical “The Scottsboro Boys” may have gotten more than they bargained for. The premium tickets promised “a daring and wildly entertaining musical which explores a fascinating chapter in American history.” Comment.

Action not rhetoric in next Congress

Viewpoints: Eric Cantor and John Boehner have been hot on the media circuit since the GOP won back control of the House last week. From press conferences, interviews with prominent papers, and releasing documents that shed light on how the next Congress might operate, Boehner and Cantor are the most-watched people in Washington, D.C.. Comment.

Anti-government rheoric; caveat emptor

National: There is a movement sweeping the country that will have a fundamental impact on the lives of the poor, the disabled, and the disadvantaged. Unfortunately, it is not a movement to bring compassionate assistance to these individuals, but rather one that disbands decades of bipartisan efforts, through government action, to fulfill society’s collective obligation to help those in need. Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010

Drug and food interactions 

Health: One hundred fifty years have passed since Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., poet, writer, and physician speaking before the Massachusetts Medical Society, said, “If all medicines in the world save for opium and digitalis were sunk to the bottom of the sea, it would be all the better for mankind and all the worse for the fishes.” Comment.

Make room for new holiday favorites

Food: Move over, green bean casserole. It’s time to bring something new to the holiday table. These recipes make the most of holiday favorites by adding unique and flavorful twists. Comment.

New Yorkers being urged to cut the salt

Health: The Health Department on Nov. 8 unveiled a new campaign to urge consumers to compare labels and choose foods with less sodium. The sodium in salt is a major contributor to high blood pressure, which can lead to heart attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases. Together, these conditions are the nation’s leading causes of preventable death, resulting in 23,000 deaths in New York City alone each year and more than 800,000 nationwide. Comment.

‘Where Do We Go From Here?’ with Dick Gregory

National: Acclaimed civil and human rights activist, satirical humorist and legendary stand-up comedian Dick Gregory will be performing at Black Spectrum Theatre in Queens on Saturday, Nov. 20. His show is called “Where Do We Go From Here?” Comment.

Tips to successfully manage diabetes

Health: People with diabetes and those at risk are increasingly turning to the not-for-profit, Jewish Guild for the Blind’s Bendheim Center for Diabetes Care, for help with managing the disease. Comment.

Caribbean Round-Up

Caribbean: Grenada Prime Minister Tilman Thomas and his Antigua and Barbuda counterpart Baldwin Spencer recently met in Grenada to discuss several issues including the role of labor in the current economic climate in the Caribbean. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Family Affair (Unrated) Dysfunctional family documentary about three sisters’ lifelong effort to recover from being molested by their father over the course of their childhood. Directed by their brother, Chico David Colvard, who shot one of his siblings when he was just nine. Comment.

Raunchy road comedy with unfunny shock fare

Movies: Although Peter Highman (Robert Downey, Jr.) has been away in Atlanta on business, he’s assured his nine-month pregnant wife, Sarah (Michelle Monaghan), that he’ll be back in L.A. on time to witness the imminent birth of their baby. Just before checking out of his hotel, he optimistically calls to let her know how much he loves her and that he’ll be home soon. Comment.

Patterson calls for support for Haiti

Caribbean: Former Jamaica Prime Minister and CARICOM’s Special Representative on Haiti’s Reconstruction, PJ Patterson has said that Haiti deserves unprecedented levels of support from the international community. Comment.

Dominican Republic activist helps Haiti

Caribbean: Sonia Pierre’s unflinching activism in the Dominican Republic doesn’t stop at the border where Haiti and the Dominican Republic meet. Comment.

Showdown over Jamaica wetlands project

Health: KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A construction project in Kingston’s protected Palisadoes wetlands is pitting Jamaican environmentalists against the government in a showdown activists say will end up in the courts. Comment.

Soulfège performs in New York

Music: Soulfège’s latest release “Take Back the Mic” is currently in heavy circulation as the band tours the U.S. and the people of New York were blessed to see them live at Joe’s Pub on Saturday, Nov. 6. Comment.

Monday, Nov. 8, 2010

More Tales of Woe

Caribbean: As if the people of Haiti already hasn’t had more than their share of perilous times at the hands of mother nature; with an earthquake that took more than a quarter-million lives and left tens of thousands of people homeless, coupled with an outbreak of cholera that threatens to wipe out countless numbers all in one year, here comes a killer tropical storm, claiming many lives and worsening the cholera threat. Comment.

Kamla backs away from her “no strings” comment

Caribbean: Kamla Persad-Bissessar appeared to back away from recent remarks that Trinidad will basically give aid to Eastern Caribbean islands battered by Hurricane Tomas only if the twin island republic will benefit from such grant aid directly, telling St. Lucians as the week ended no “strings” will no longer be attached to any level assistance her government gives to the sub-region. Comment.

Antigua’s PM duly elected: Carib Court

Caribbean: A Caribbean Court of Appeal has ruled that Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer and two other MPs were properly elected last year, ending attempts to call new elections. Comment.

Lawyers in Guyana challenge act of Parliament

Caribbean: Guyana’s bar association Monday said it is preparing to challenge a recent bill passed in parliament empowering the South American nation’s tax chief not to issue to professional practice certificates for lawyers if they fail to pay their fare share of taxes as assessed solely by the body. Comments (1).

MLS Conference finals set

Sports: It’s down to the wire now in another successful MLS season when the Los Angeles Galaxy and Dallas FC tangle in the Western Conference Finals on Sunday at the Home Depot Center in Carson CA, and the surprising San Jose Earthquake and the Colorado Rapids do battle for the Eastern Conference crown at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Denver on Saturday. Both games are at 9:00 p.m. Comment.

Obama foreign policy likely to face Republican challenges 

National: The Republicans, who won control of the House of Representatives and fell just short of a majority in the Senate, are for the most part strongly opposed to major elements of Obama’s foreign policy ambitions, particularly with respect to arms control, climate change, and greater engagement with multilateral institutions. Comment.

Seniors participate in bowling challenge

New York: Assemblyman William Scarborough held his Senior Bowling Challenge at Dani’s Strike Zone Bowling Alley in Elmont. The popular annual senior event had been deferred with the closure of County Lanes Bowling Alley in Rosedale. Comment.

Vincentian PM appeals for aid 

St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves is appealing to regional and international leaders for assistance to rebuild the small Caribbean island, which was hit by Hurricane Tomas recently. Comment.

Brooklynite achieves her on-line dreams

In 2007 native New Yorker Jasmin S. Bush, (Jazz), now 31, decided to literally make a major move in her life and packed her bags, left her Brooklyn birthplace, and headed for the warmer climes of Atlanta, Georgia. Armed with a cushy ‘nest egg’ of savings and a solid plan, she kissed her mother good-bye and set out to embrace new goals in a new place. One of her major priorities was to raise her undergrad associate’s (marketing) degree, earned 2003 in New York, to an even higher academic level. Comment.

Skeete’s At It Again

New York: Owen Skeete, a senior at Westbury High School, continues his strategy of running-the same as he did last year when he had everyone talking about him-that is: Get out fast, run comfortable, hold on and win. Comment.

Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010

Open letter to Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar 

Caribbean: Many of my friends in Trinidad and Tobago spoke freely of their anticipation of your election to office. They saw it as a much needed change to the political landscape in the twin-island republic. Comments (1).

Spread holiday joy through volunteering 

New York: The holiday season is the perfect time to help those in need. What better way for New Yorkers to give back than by donating their time and talents as a volunteer? Comment.

Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010

National Jumpstart Read for the Record

New York: A Brooklyn early childhood center was among many nationwide that participated on Oct. 7 in the National Jumpstart Read for the Record campaign. Comment.

Two Vincentians get Independence honor

New York: Arnold “Lydon” Charles, former president of the umbrella Vincentian group in the United States, Council of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Organizations, U.S.A., Inc. (COSAGO), and James Cordice, president of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Organization of Pennsylvania (SVOP) were bestowed the special honors, at Tropical Paradise Ballroom, on Utica Avenue in Brooklyn, organized by COSAGO, in collaboration with the New York Consulate General. Comment.

Friday, Nov. 5, 2010

After Tomas, aid urged from Diaspora 

Caribbean: The Caribbean region is now suffering from back-to-back assaults caused by Tropical Storms Nicole and Tomas. With Jamaica still soaked from Nicole, the island/nation suffered a setback when Tomas doused heavy rains on the corporate area as well as parishes of St. Thomas, St. Mary and Portland. In some regions, families remain displaced after last month’s deluge resulted in flooding in Westmoreland and St. Elizabeth. Comment.

Trinidad & Tobago defeats Guyana 2-1 

Sports: Trinidad and Tobago recorded their second straight victory in Group F action of the Digicel Caribbean Cup to secure their passage to the finals in Martinique next month. This came by way of a hard-fought 2 - 1 victory over Guyana at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium on Thursday night. Comment.

New Marley book displays ‘Golden Age Of Reggae’

Books: There is a new Bob Marley book on newstands. Published primarily for the photographs rather than the scintillating stories about Rastafari, reggae and wranglings surrounding the life of the Jamaican legend, “Bob Marley and the Golden Age of Reggae” arrived in time for holiday gift-giving. Comment.

Humorous view of the demise of manners in the U.S.

Books: “Thoughtlessness is the new manners, and I’ve got to say I don’t like it… Somehow, so many little pieces of courtesy have gone by the wayside. People in your face, in your business, not caring if they are being disrespectfully loud… Comment.

T&T to host 2011 IRAWMA Awards

Arts & Theater: Reggae fans will jam the soca city of Port-of-Spain next year when the International Reggae & World Music Awards travels south to honor acheivers in both music genres as well as those lesser in mainstream media. Comment.

Top award for heroic patient rescue

New York: Beverly Massay, a home health aide for Partners in Care, received the 2010 Home Health Aide Award from the Home Care Association of New York State (HCA) for saving her patient as well as the patient’s four grandchildren from a fire. This annual award recognizes a home health aide whose story provides a powerful example of hard work, dedication and caring that is known and valued in the profession. HCA is New York State’s premiere home care association, representing more than 400 providers, individuals and associate members who collectively serve thousands of New Yorkers. Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010

Sarwan uncertain why he was left out

Sports: Veteran West Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan said he has been getting “mixed signals” from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) selectors about why he was left out of the Windies squad for the upcoming tour to Sri Lanka. Comment.

Bedbug nation: Fight back

Health: They attack by night and then slip into hiding during the day. They’ve infiltrated upscale hotels, college dorms, movie houses. Just recently they forced Nike’s flagship store in Manhattan to temporarily shut down. Other retailers have been affected including Victoria’s Secret, trendy Abercrombie and Fitch and even upscale Bloomingdales. Comment.

Sun Kulcha

New York: Haitian Nation presents an art exhibition, A Painting & A Poem for Haiti, to benefit the Rural Haiti Projects, Haiti Soft House Project & featuring 24 artists & affordable paintings & sketches, on display at MoCADA, 80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn. Comment.

Sun Kulcha

New York: Haitian Nation presents an art exhibition, A Painting & A Poem for Haiti, to benefit the Rural Haiti Projects, Haiti Soft House Project & featuring 24 artists & affordable paintings & sketches, on display at MoCADA, 80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn. Comment.

New-look Bed-Stuy school cafeteria thanks to Habitat

New York: Guyana-born Principal Lorna Khan of PS 54 in Bedford Stuyvesant painted the wall with gusto; the color was a peachy orange, which with the lime green doors, molding and other trim, makes for a very colorful cafeteria. She was in the unusual company of Muslims and Jews, Buddhists and Pentecostals during “Building on Faith Day” when volunteers of many faiths come together with Habitat for Humanity-New York City projects. Comment.

Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

Movies: For movies opening November 12, 2010 Comment.

Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010

U.S. oil exces refuse to sell well back to Ghana

Business: Nov. 1 (GIN) – A Dallas-based company and its partners have rejected a bid by Ghana’s state-owned oil company to buy back the U.S. company’s stake in Ghana’s Jubilee oil field, one of Africa’s largest oil deposits. Comment.

Africans view U.S. through prism of our elections

Nov. 2 (GIN) – On the eve of a possibly altered political landscape in the U.S., one U.S.-resident Nigerian, “glued to the TV”, as votes rolled in, recalled the current plight of his ancestral home. Comment.

Benin rain stoke fears of an African ‘Katrina’

Nov. 2 (GIN) -- A relentless rain on this West African nation since mid-September has ruined 55,000 homes, killed 43 people and drowned thousands of livestock. Almost ½ million people are in need of shelter. Comment.

Préval calls for unity, continuity in upcoming poll

Caribbean: As Haitian President René Préval began the wrap-up of his five-year presidential mandate on Oct. 17, he urged nationals to vote for stability and continuity in this month’s elections. Comment.

Newly created city schools outperform the rest - Chancellor

New York: New schools created since 2002 have outperformed others in the New York City public school system, Schools Chancellor Joel Klein says in the just released 2010 high school progress report. Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010

Decline in smoking-related deaths in NYC

New York: Fewer New Yorkers are dying as a result of smoking-related illnesses, the Health Department reported recently. Comment.

November is Lung and Pancreatic Cancer Month

Health: November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and New York Blood Center (NYBC) serving more than 20 million people in New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, New Jersey, and parts of Connecticut and Pennsylvania, calls upon our communities to join the fight against cancer by donating blood. Comment.

What does my prostate do for me?

Health: Men, especially as they age come to understand how much trouble their prostates can cause. Most hear of the problems of prostate infections, prostate enlargement and prostate cancer and wonder if there is any benefit derived from having a prostate. Comment.

Black feminist classic refreshed

Movies: Ntozake Shange’s “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf” made a big splash when it debuted on Broadway back in the seventies. Comment.

Randy Weston’s Uhuru Afrika 

Music: BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers Street, is proud to present Randy Weston’s Uhuru Afrika - 50th Anniversary Concert Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 8:00 p.m. Comment.

Windies women win world ICC Twenty20

Caribbean: West Indies Women cricketers won the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Championship when they recently beat Sir Lanka in South Africa. Comment.

AHAA’s Symposium on American Art

Arts & Theater: More than 100 professors, graduate students, independent scholars, and museum professionals from across the country and as far away as Paris, France came to St. Francis College for the Association of Historians of American Art’s (AHAA) first independent symposium, “Current Research in American Art” from Oct. 7 to 9. Comment.

Plans for Jamaica 50 celebration begin

Caribbean: The planning for the celebration of Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of Independence in 2012 has begun with the appointment of the National Planning Committee. Comments (7).

67-year-old Queens volunteer keeps on helping

New York: At 67 years of age, Marion Henry, despite having a daytime job, has no plans to slow down. Her belief is to give generously of her time, talent and treasure. She volunteers in various capacities and on various committees some affiliated with her church, Our Lady of Light Parish in Queens. Comments (2).

‘New Orleans Nights’ at Lehman Center

Music: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts brings the sound of New Orleans to the Bronx as New Orleans Nights combines the extraordinary talents of legendary songwriter and bandleader Allen Toussaint, trumpeter/composer Nicholas Payton, and a masterful B-3 organ trio led by Joe Krown on Sunday, Nov. 14 at 6:00 p.m. Comment.

Caribbean Round-Up

Caribbean: Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is suing television news producers to court over allegations made about his multi-million-purchase of a luxury residential complex in Antigua. Comment.

Monday, Nov. 1, 2010

Hate Crime Task Force

New York: This week, in response to the citywide incidence of hate crimes targeting the gay community, Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes has moved to to protect victims by providing them with an outlet to report incidents and seek advocacy. Comment.

PRYCE ADDED TO JETS’ DEFENSE

Sports: Born in Brooklyn, raised primarily in Florida, and played his college ball at Clemson University, Trevor Pryce signed as a free agent with the New York Jets not too long ago. Pryce is trying to make a name for himself at defensive end. Comment.

Red Bulls defeat San Jose in playoffs

Sports: The New York Red Bulls are off to a winning start in the first round of the 2010 MLS playoffs. The Red Bulls defeated hosts San Jose Earthquakes, 1-0, on a Joel Lindpere goal in the 55th minute of play at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. last Saturday night. San Jose, the lowest seed in the playoffs, is in the playoffs for the first time in the franchise’s history. Comment.

Brand new Bermuda premier

Caribbean: A new woman premier was sworn into office in Bermuda at the weekend calling for severe spending cuts and pledging fiscal discipline to go with some of her main priorities. Comments (1).

Hunte congratulates fast bowling duo

Caribbean: West Indies Cricket Board President Julian Hunte has lauded the contribution of legendary fast bowling duo Courtney Walsh and Joel Garner following their induction into the ICC Hall of Fame. Comment.

Windies team has hit rock bottom: Sir Viv

Sports: Cricketing legend Sir Vivian Richards feels that the West Indies team has hit rock bottom and slammed the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for ostracizing former players, preventing them from helping to revive the Caribbean’s glorious past. Comment.

Guyanese selected to complete masters degree in the U.S.

Caribbean: Seven Guyanese from rural communities in the South American nation will complete their masters degrees in their respective field of study, at the prestigious Future Generations Graduate School in the United States. Comments (2).

Free online edition of Stabroek News ends

Caribbean: Blaming mounting administrative costs and the refusal of government to advertize with it, a Guyanese newspaper announced plans as the week started to surcharge readers viewing its online decision, making it one of the first in the Caribbean trade bloc to do so. Comment.

Barbados and Leewards share regional title

Sports: The West Indies Cricket Board Regional 50-over tournament was plagued with some rainy conditions but the final game between Barbados and the Leewards was a low-scoring affair that ended in a tie. Comment.

Guadeloupe defeats Grenada 3 - 0 

Caribbean: ST. GEORGE’S Grenada, Tuesday, Oct. 26 – Guadeloupe finished their qualification campaign holding onto their 100 percent record and in the process ensuring that they enter the Digicel Cup Finals in Martinique having bested last Digicel Cup tournament’s runners up in a comprehensive fashion and in front of Grenada’s home fans. Comment.

Good tidings amid myriad challenges

Caribbean: St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves says there are “good tidings amid challenges”, as the country celebrates its 31st anniversary of political independence. Comment.

Rent increase exemptions

Business: Question. Comment.

Jamaican PM launches Vision 2030 

Music: Jamaica’s Prime Minister Bruce Golding told his island/nation that in the year 2030 his country will emerge a first world nation to be reckoned with. In an address aired from Jamaica House last Wednesday, the leader said programs are now in effect to improve conditions for all citizens. He took a backseat in detailing exact provisions already in place to ensure such a lofty aim -- yielding to experts in various capacities of enhancements. Comment.

Friday, Oct. 29, 2010

Reflections on oppression

Books: “There are many possible interpretations of what it means to create dangerously, and Albert Camus… Comment.

Sun Kulcha

New York: Haitian Nation presents an art exhibition, A Painting & A Poem for Haiti, to benefit the Rural Haiti Projects, Haiti Soft House Project & featuring 24 artists & affordable paintings & sketches, on display at MoCADA, 80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn. Comment.

NYC building workers garner recognition 

New York: They help other people’s lives run smoothly and they often are doing the dirty work. They are unsung heroes and so often overlooked. That’s what made the evening so special. Comment.

It’s all about the children!

New York: There is a great debate about the educational achievements of school children raging among pedagogues. Some promote the alleged virtues of Charter schools, which are mostly in African communities, while others extol the possible value of public education. Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 27 Hours (R for profanity, violence and disturbing images) James Franco stars in this bittersweet tale of survival recounting the real-life dilemma confronted by a mountain climber who had to amputate his own arm after it got pinned under a boulder while he was hiking alone in Utah. Cast includes Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara, Treat Williams and Kate Burton (Richard’s daughter). Comment.

The Art of the African Diaspora

Arts & Theater: Z Space Gallery is proud to announce the opening of a group exhibition entitled Art of the African Diaspora on display through Jan. 3. Comment.

Coco Palm vacation for new Windies skipper

Caribbean: RODNEY BAY VILLAGE, Saint Lucia (October 27, 2010) - One of the Caribbean’s leading hoteliers, Feolla Chastanet of the popular Coco Palm hotel in Rodney Bay Village, describes the elevation of Saint Lucian Darren Sammy to captain of the West Indies Cricket Team as an “inspirational moment for all Saint Lucians.” Comment.

U.S. aid shift envisions path to self-sufficiency

Food: ernance and corruption – which critics of increasing country ownership point to as a potential flaw of the reforms. Comment.

Ity & Fancy Cat return to Brooklyn

Arts & Theater: Popular Jamaican comedic duo Ity & Fancy Cat is back in New York by popular demand, and now putting the final touches on their set for The Ity & Fancy Show Replay, set to take place at George W. Wingate Campus in Brooklyn on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 5:00 p.m. Comment.

David Amram celebrates first 80 years

Mark Morganelli of Jazz Forum Arts is paying tribute to the talents of composer, conductor, author, and musician David Amran who turns 80 this year via presenting “David Amram: The First 80 Years.” Comment.

Suriname honors CARICOM secretary general

Caribbean: Outgoing CARICOM Secretary General Edwin Carrington was recently awarded Suriname’s highest national award. He was appointed Bearer of the Grand Sash in the Honorary Order of the Yellow Star. Comment.

Separating myth from reality

Books: From buyouts for slave owners and colonization to the Emancipation Proclamation, Eric Foner, one of the nation’s foremost historians, separated reality from myth and told a crowd at St. Francis College on Tuesday, Oct. 12 about the evolution of Abraham Lincoln’s views on slavery. The talk was based on Foner’s just released book, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery. Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010

WORLD OF DANCE

Arts & Theater: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College kicks off its 2010-2011 World of Dance series on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 8:00 p.m. with Philadelphia-based company Philadanco, performing a program that includes the New York premiere of “By Way of the Funk,” a new piece created by Brooklyn’s own Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, founding and artistic director of Urban Bush Women. Comment.

IT’S ‘CARNIVALE’

Arts & Theater: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2010-2011 Theater Series with a special Halloween presentation of Cirque Le Masque: Carnivale on Sunday, Oct. 31 at 3:00 p.m. Comment.

Tightening laws to protect Carib farmers from theft

Food: As they move to raise the profile and promote the importance of agriculture in the region, Caribbean Community governments are preparing to tighten laws and regulations to protect farmers from huge annual losses due to theft. Comment.

Legislative strides in favor of Afro Latinos

Some new laws are aiding the progress of Afro Latino communities in Bolivia, Honduras and Brazil. Comment.

State grant helps Downstate acquire LICH

New York: Gov. David Paterson on Oct. 14 announced that the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center and University Hospital of Brooklyn has been awarded a $40 million grant to acquire and operate Long Island College Hospital (LICH), another Brooklyn hospital. Comment.

‘Bubbles from Atlantis’

Books: “Bubbles from Atlantis” is the only post-Katrina work of non-fiction that reaches the crazed heights of Hunter S. Thompson’s legendary work of drugged-up degeneracy and wisdom. Comments (1).

Bahamas PM to chair IMF board of governors

Caribbean: Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham has been selected to chair the boards of governors of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Group (WBG). Comment.

U.N. urged to confront rising tide of homophobia 

National: UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 18 - Nearly two years after the Declaration on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity was proposed to the United Nations General Assembly, many civil society groups say that little has been done to safeguard the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people around the world. Comment.

Parents, not government needed to monitor video games

National: Are violent video games protected under the First Amendment? That’s a question the Supreme Court will be considering when Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Software Association (ESA) comes up later this year. Comment.

We’ll never settle on the right role for government

National: An election always seems like it’s of the moment. The concerns voters carry with them into the booth spring from recent headlines, nonstop online arguments, and the latest coffee-shop debate. They can be as fresh as the day’s news. Comment.

New air charter service to Trinidad

TravelSpan announced on Oct. 25 that a contract was signed with Amrals Travel Trinidad & Tobago Limited and North American Airlines to operate a Boeing 757 aircraft for a new charter service to Trinidad for the Christmas 2010 and Carnival 2011 seasons. Comments (1).

Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010

Easy family meals with bold flavors

Food: From packing lunches, to after-school snacks to dinnertime, many parents face obstacles in getting their families to eat food made with real simple ingredients that everyone can enjoy. Comment.

What does my prostate do for me?

Health: Men, especially as they age come to understand how much trouble their prostates can cause. Most hear of the problems of prostate infections, prostate enlargement and prostate cancer and wonder if there is any benefit derived from having a prostate. “What does my prostate do for me?” is the question often asked. The answer is that the prostate gland supplies most of the teaspoonful of semen ejaculated at the time of orgasm. Comment.

Serendipitous psychic drama 

Movies: I thought that the American obsession with psychics had pretty much ended once Miss Cleo was exposed as a fraud from L.A. as opposed to the shaman from Jamaica she posed as on the Psychic Friends Network infomercial. Comment.

Reducing childhood lead poisoning

Health: During National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, Oct. 24 through 31, the Westchester County Department of Health drew attention to this preventable problem and encouraged parents and caregivers to learn how to eliminate hazards at home that can cause lead poisoning in children. Comment.

Caribbean Round-Up

Caribbean: The Organization of American States (OAS) has extended condolences to the people of Barbados, after the death of Prime Minister David Thompson recently. Comment.

Jamaica’s ‘Cool Ruler’ passes at 59

Arts & Theater: Reggae fans were hopeful but for weeks many feared the untimely passing of their beloved crooner Gregory Isaacs. Comment.

Organic gardening takes hold in Haiti 

Caribbean: BUENOS AIRES/PORT AU PRINCE, Oct. 22 - Neither hurricanes nor floods, nor the devastating January earthquake or Haiti’s chronic political instability managed to wipe out the organic gardening initiative underway in that country since 2005. The seed was planted in Argentina 20 years ago. Comment.

Jamaican jockey heads to Breeders’ Cup

Sports: By Robert Elkin Comment.
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