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Monday, Sept. 27, 2010

Hung jury in Buju Trial

Music: TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge on Monday declared a mistrial for Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton, who was accused of conspiring to buy cocaine from an undercover police officer last year. Comment.

Food giant promotes playing in Harlem

New York: Inner-city children have very few free spaces to play outdoors and large corporations are finally taking notice. Comment.

Richards leads Red Bulls over Galaxy

Sports: The New York Red Bulls flew West last week and found ‘goal’. Two goals instigated by Jamaican international Dane Richards led the New Yorkers to a 2-0 victory over the Western Conference leaders Los Angeles Galaxy (15-6-5, 50 pts.) last Friday night in MLS play at The Home Depot Center in Carson (CA). Comment.

Eyes on a gold bonanza

Caribbean: An umbrella body representing Guyana miners urged them at the weekend to take full advantage of soaring world gold prices, but uncertainty about official policies to protect the rainforest in exchange for compensation from Western nations, is sabotaging efforts to increase production, industry officials have said. Comment.

WIPA disputes WICB’s claim

Sports: The West Indies Players Association (WIPA) has slammed the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) over their decision to exclude Ramnaresh Sarwan from the list of players on central contracts for 2010-2011, disputing the board’s claim that the Guyanese batsman had a bad attitude and approach to fitness and physical preparation. Comment.

New schedule for Twenty20

Sports: The popular regional Twenty20 cricket series will now be played in January next year. Comment.

Bravo refuses to sign W.I.C.B. contract

Sports: West Indies cricket may take a deeper dive with Dwayne Bravo refusing to sign the West Indies Cricket Board’s retainer contract for October 2010 to September 2011. Comment.

New inductees enter N.Y.C. hoop hall

Sports: It’s this time of the year again! It’s the round balls going through the hoops all over the place. Comments (1).

Remittances on the rise in Caribbean and Latin Ameicea

Caribbean: After what was considered to be a “rough 2009,” the World Bank says remittances are on the rise again in the Caribbean. Comment.

Bronx Borough prez launches peace initiative

New York: Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., together with members of the Bronx Clergy Task Force, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence as well as elected officials and local community leaders, launched the “Peace in Our Streets” initiative recently. Comment.

U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour kicks off

Sports: Four of the finest high school football players in the nation were announced Thursday, as the first selections to the 2011 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Comment.

Herbert Wiles: Community mediator

New York: A sixth degree black belt, 11 time National Karate Champion, USA National Karate Federation Instructor of the Year and U.S. Olympic Committee Coach of the Year in 2004, Herbert Wiles, makes time to help the youth in Jamaica, Queens. He regularly fulfills or supplements the role of father, counselor and/or mediator and has become the backbone of many families. Comment.

What’s all that public anger good for?

Viewpoints: It seems weird, when talking about the wacky elements contributing to the upcoming elections, that the state of New York would qualify for honorable mention. But that, remarkably, is what we have going here. In the contest to be New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo faces a Republican who created a small stir when he won the party’s primary and an even bigger one, seemingly, since a poll came out showing him trailing Cuomo by only six percentage points. Suddenly, they’re treating Carl Paladino as a candidate to be taken seriously. Comment.

Suriname sets sight on CARICOM chief position

Caribbean: Vowing to play a more meaningful role in the Caribbean trade bloc since forming the government after the May 25 general elections, the Desi Bouterse administration in Suriname has dropped broad hints that it plans to nominate a candidate to replace retiring Secretary General Edwin Carrington who steps down at year-end. Comment.

Learning center focuses on the ‘whole child’

New York: Marthine Viciere, founder and CEO of MV Kiddie Town Daycare and After School Learning Center, gives back to her Brooklyn community by helping many families living in Brooklyn; providing discounts to already low fees in order to make enrollment of children from cash-strapped families possible. Comment.

Activist challenges Jamaica’s male status quo

Caribbean: KINGSTON, Sep. 23, 2010 -- For the last 50 years, Jamaica’s modern history has been shaped by two powerful parties - the Jamaica Labour Party and the People’s National Party. Although dozens of others have periodically emerged, the political graveyard has inevitably been their final resting place. Comment.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

Independent & Foreign Films 

Movies: Barry Munday (R for sexuality and profanity) Castration comedy about a wannabe ladies man (Patrick Wilson) who awakens in a hospital with his testicles missing after being attacked in a movie theater. To add insult to injury, the newly-neutered eunuch learns he’s being sued for paternity by a woman (Judy Greer) he can’t even remember sleeping with. Cast includes Chloe Sevigny, Billy Dee Williams, Cybill Shepherd, Malcolm McDowell and Colin Hanks. Comment.

Friday, Sept. 24, 2010

Too little, too late on global hunger?

Health: United Nations (IPS/GIN) -- The three-day MDG summit of world leaders ended with the adoption of an “outcome document”: a plan of action to accelerate progress towards achievement of the U.N.’s development goals through 2015. Comment.

$40B for women and children

Millions of lives at stake Comment.

Camara, Clarke promote school readiness

New York: Assembly Member Karim Camara (D-43rd AD) and Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (11th CD), visited the pediatric clinic at Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, New York on Thursday, Sept. 9, to help promote School Readiness through Reach Out and Read Greater New York. Comment.

Diamonds mark 41 years in reggae

Music: Couples who sustain wedded union for four decades are often regaled to be unique, outstanding and at least tolerant of each other. Comment.

HERG honors four at mission gala 

New York: There was an outpouring of praise for the team of doctors and volunteers of Health and Educational Relief For Guyana (HERG), by many supporters who came out to celebrate the organization’s 10th year of medical missions to Guyana. Comment.

Caribbean still faces hurdles to U.N. MDGs

Despite significant progress by some Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries in meeting the much-touted U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), several of the region’s leaders last week warned that the world is still in grave danger of failing to meet their targets. Comment.

UWI launches Rex Nettleford Foundation

Caribbean: The legacy of Prof. Rex Nettleford is assured permanent status in Jamaica now that The University of the West Indies (UWI) recently launched a foundation in his memory. Comment.

Reva Lewis wins Miss Grenada/USA title

Music: Reva Lewis, a stunning 21-year-old student of the City College of New York, majoring in Mass Communications and Public Relations was crowned Miss Grenada/USA 2010 on Saturday, Sept. 18 at Medgar Evers College Auditorium at the event marking the 19th anniversary of the pageant. Comments (1).

Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010

Endurance and sacrifice in the 42nd AD race

New York: Constituents of the 42nd District of Brooklyn, N.Y. would like to extend our gratitude to Michele Adolphe for the sacrifice she endured during her campaign for the district, as well as the unwavering character she displayed, the strength she posessed, and her conviction to see the campaign to the end. Comment.

No real alternative from Belize opposition 

Caribbean: On Sept. 21, many Belizeans who live in the United States and abroad, including myself, tuned in to Love FM and other radio stations to listen to the Independence Day Celebrations that was broadcast live over the Internet. Most of us are concerned about the increase in violent crimes, especially murders that are taking place on the streets of Belize City and the economic situation our country is facing today. Comment.

Parents: Our first teachers

New York: Preparing the next generation to inherit the world is no small task. It makes sense that the efforts of schools and parents be synchronized. Parents often ask me how they can help at home. Here are some basic guidelines for supporting your child’s education. Comment.

Bicycle safety and driver education

New York: My Senate District #20 was the scene of a recent tragedy: a 23-year-old bicyclist was killed when a motorist opened a car door into traffic, knocking the rider into the path of a city bus. This was a tragic occurrence, and I extend my deepest sympathies to the family. Comment.

Rodney’s party stockpiled arms during Burnham era

Caribbean: A recent admission by the party of late world renowned historian Dr. Walter Rodney, that it stockpiled arms and other equipment for over a decade during its tense political battles with then head of government Forbes Burnham, is certain to reopen old political wounds and probably give the current main opposition party a chance to say its actions have been vindicated over time. Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010

FOURPLAY AT THE TOP

Music: Sometimes you have to shake things up, push a little farther, reach a little higher – even when you’re a contemporary jazz foursome that’s been operating at the top of its collective game for two decades. Comment.

Chilling life of a fashion model

Movies: “Picture Me: A Model’s Diary” Comment.

Unexpected side effects of constipation

Health: Patients often ask why it is so much more difficult for them to urinate when they are constipated. Others describe their experience in the morning of being able to better empty their bladders after their bowel movement. Comment.

Four easy ways to shape-up

Health: Eating is a favorite pastime for many of us. It’s a key part of our recreation and entertainment, a great way to break the ice in new relationships, and a central element in social functions. Comment.

‘Found Out’ exhibit at Gallery 307

Arts & Theater: The Carter Burden Center for the Aging, a non-profit organization in New York City, is showcasing the work of Abe Nover at its new gallery and studio space, Gallery 307, located at 307 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1401, in Manhattan, continuing through Oct. 7. Comment.

Simple steps to make your home healthier

Health: Keeping your family healthy is about more than just making sure everybody eats right and get plenty of rest. Your home itself plays an important role in your health and especially that of young children. Comment.

Caribbean Round-Up

Caribbean: A teenager and a 21 year-old man have been charged with murder, aggravated burglary, arson and wounding with intent, after the fire at a clothing store in Bridgetown that claimed the lives of six women. Comment.

Chucho Valdés’ musical evolution

Music: Chucho Valdés’ newest release, “Chucho’s Steps,” is as much of a discovery for the preeminent pianist as for his audience. In his first solo project since 2003’s “New Conceptions,” Valdés speaks through his distinctive and extraordinary compositions and arrangements, reflecting upon his own evolution throughout the previous years. Comment.

Broadcast ban forces cleanup of ‘murder music’

Music: KINGSTON, Sept. 14 - A government-led crackdown on violent and explicit sexual lyrics seems to have stalled reggae music’s 20-year slide into what has been dubbed “murder music.” Comment.

Grenada & Australia to deepen relations

Caribbean: Australia has agreed to set up a consular mission in Grenada. Comment.

Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010

Easy & quick weeknight dinners

Food: If you’re looking for new ways to entice the family to the table for dinner, then I’ve got the perfect recipes for you. Comment.

HIV still carries stigma after 30 years

Health: PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Sept. 16 - An inescapable fact of living in societies that are as small and highly personalized as those in the Caribbean is that information travels very quickly and not always very accurately. Comment.

Monday, Sept. 20, 2010

BALLOUCHY SCORES

Sports: The New York Red Bulls must feel justified in acquiring midfielder Mehdi Ballouchy from the Colorado Rapids at mid-week for Macoumba Kandji; Ballouchy scored on his debut against FC Dallas last Thursday to help New York to a 2-2 tie in Dallas in MLS play. Comment.

Netherlands Antilles to disappear on October 10

Caribbean: The Netherlands Antilles which includes such well-known commercial tax-free Caribbean shopping ports as St. Maarten and Curacao, will be dissolved on Sunday, Oct. 10, following the signing of new country status agreements with The Netherlands this month. Comment.

Barbados prime minister has pancreatic cancer

Health: Barbados’ Prime Minister, David Thompson, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, according to his personal physician, Dr Richard Ishmael. Comment.

Windies players vie for major honors

Sports: Two West Indies cricketers are vying for major individual honors in this year’s ICC Awards. Stafanie Taylor is one of 13 women nominated for the Women’s Cricketer-of-the-Year award, while Kemar Roach is one of 14 nominated for the Emerging Player-of-the-Year. Comment.

Kieron Pollard batters Guyana

Sports: Trinidad and Tobago’s hard-hitting batsman Kieron Pollard who represents the Mumbai Indians in the Airtel Champions League down in South Africa slammed a superb 72 not out from 30 balls with nine powerful sixes. Comment.

Guyana wins Caribbean golf tourney

Sports: Guyana, led by Mark Woseley , won the first annual Caribbean Amateur Golf Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 18 at the Marine Park Golf Course in Flatbush, Brooklyn. Comment.

Latin America,Caribbean economic forecast hailed  

Caribbean: A top-ranking World Bank official has hailed regional progress toward a solid economic recovery, saying that the latest forecast points to an estimated regional growth of more than 5 percent in 2010. Comment.

Kirt Joseph heads to NYC Marathon

Sports: This is the month when the athletes are cutting down on their mileage of their training for the big event — that is, the New York City Marathon. This event is staged on the first Sunday of November and starts in Staten Island and finishes in Manhattan’s Central Park. Comment.

Free real estate workshops in NYC

Business: Question 1. Comments (3).

Audition for Amateur Night at The Apollo 

Arts & Theater: As part of the fall season of Brooklyn Arts Council’s (BAC) year-long initiative, Black Brooklyn Renaissance: Black Arts + Culture, 1960 - 2010, sponsored by MetLife Foundation, the world famous Apollo Theater in conjunction with BAC announce open auditions for Amateur Night at the Apollo: Brooklyn Night, Celebrating Black Brooklyn Renaissance at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation Oct. 2. Comment.

Westchester leads chronic diseases initiative

New York: The Mid-Hudson Valley Region’s kick-off meeting for the new federal program to teach older Americans how to manage their chronic health conditions to have a better quality of life, continue to live in their homes as they age and lower their health care costs took place recently at the Esplanade Luxury Senior Residence in White Plains. Comment.

Drum Beats of The Caribbean at Medgar Evers College

Arts & Theater: Hamptonians New York (HNY) will pay tribute to African hand-drumming traditions throughout the Caribbean at its 2010 performing arts presentation, Bangarang: Drum Beats of The Caribbean, Saturday, Sept. 25, 2:00 p.m. at Medgar Evers College Founder’s Hall Auditorium, 1650 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn. Comments (1).

Spring collection fashion showcase hits New York runway 

Music: Style, texture, trend, and the Afro-American urban look were dominant features at the Mercedes-Benz FashionWeek Runway Showcase, where the 2011Spring fashion collection was on display. Comment.

Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010

Paintings of immigration & survival

Arts & Theater: of Newkirk,” others from the noted “Generations of Brooklyn” and some picked out of her recent “Brooklyn Neighbors.” Talbot explains that “the common denominator here is Brooklyn.” Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films 

Movies: 100 Voices: A Journey Home (Unrated) Historical documentary examining Jewish culture from the perspective of a group of cantors who ventured to Warsaw, Poland, the birthplace of Cantorial music. Comment.

Friday, Sept. 17, 2010

Sun Kulcha Community Events

Music Showcase Comment.

More U.S. aid in Caribbean drug fight

Caribbean: The United States on Sept. 9 promised to increase aid to the Caribean to help fight the burgeoning drug trade. Comment.

New and revised delights for fall

Arts & Theater: No place in the world can compare with New York City and its love for art, culture and theater. The summer months gave New Yorkers and those who want to be New Yorkers and opportunity to experience cultural events, free throughout the summer. I mean where else can you see the Opera “CARMEN” outdoors for free? Only in New York! So, what do you do now that the summer is coming to a close? Keep the party going! Although these treasures are not ‘free’, the entertainment they provide is ‘priceless.’ Comment.

Seeking one principled person, from each side of the aisle

National: On Sept. 17, 1787, a group of visionaries and leaders signed [the U.S.] Constitution. They were intent on creating a functioning government based on universal truths and extraordinary principles in an environment complicated by disparate regional economies and wildly divergent parochial interests. Back then, differing proposals for the shape of our government divided our country into two camps, but the necessity to address the need for a common defense and a cohesive economic policy made our Constitution a great pragmatic solution that brought together two polarized sides. Comment.

A WIADCA “thank you’ to all participants

Arts & Theater: The Board of Directors of the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) extends sincere gratitude to ALL our “partners” and those who assisted in making New York’s 2010 Labor Day Carnival Festival a resounding success. Comment.

The Little Engine That Couldn’t

National: Do you remember The Little Engine That Could? Comment.

Jamaica scratched from IRAWMA 2011

Music: Jamaica is no longer being considered as the 2011 venue host nation for the 30th anniversary celebration of the International Reggae & World Music Awards. According to its founder Ephraim Martin, Jamaica and a dozen more locations were eliminated from final consideration after officers met in New York recently. Comment.

Securing the safety of future generations 

Viewpoints: 1995 when the world almost came to an end because Russia mistook a Norwegian research rocket for a U.S. Trident submarine nuclear attack. Russian President Boris Yeltsin was given a short time to decide whether to launch a retaliatory strike; luckily, he chose not to respond. Had his decision been different, the devastation to our country -- and the world -- would have been unimaginable. Comment.

DREAM Act coming to the U.S. Senate flor

National: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Tuesday, Sept. 15, that he would attach the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act to the Department of Defense authorization bill expected to come before the Senate as early as this week. Comment.

Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010

Soca King Arrow dies at 60

Music: The global soca community is in mourning over the passing of the undisputed Soca King of the World, the Mighty Arrow. Comment.

DANCEHALL QUEEN IS BACK

Music: 100 percent my way. I can tell the producers what I want for my riddim and say what I want to say in my songs. No one is telling me what I can or can’t do on this album. Divas Records is a new beginning for me,” said Lady Saw. Comments (1).

Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010

‘Gut check’ time: Tips for digestive health

Health: You can follow your heart or do what your brain tells you to do -- but how often do you pay attention to your gut? Good digestive health is a key foundation for good overall health, yet we often ignore or misunderstand the importance of that “gut instinct” from inside. Comment.

The fabulous flavors of fall

Food: Fall brings a whole new set of flavors to the table, and that’s reason enough to celebrate with friends. Comment.

Simple tips to reduce stress

Health: You don’t have to be a corporate executive or firefighter to get stressed. Stress accumulates from situations at work and home and can lead to destructive behaviors if not recognized and addressed. Comment.

Janitor goes postal in romantic comedy

Movies: Joe (DJ Qualls) is on edge and right at the end of his rope. He’s the oft-humiliated janitor at Burger Heaven, a fast food joint being run like a boot camp by Mr. Crolick (William Sadler). While all the workers at the greasy spoon find themselves being the brunt of their boss’ abuse, the sadist taskmaster really seems to revel the most in torturing his custodian, teasing the gangly young man about everything from his looks to his intelligence. Comment.

The increasing use of computers in medical care

Health: These days, everything that can be computerized, eventually gets computerized. Automobiles, dishwashers and just about every other household and workplace appliance and the factories that manufacture them are increasingly controlled by computers. Comment.

Inquiry into attempted coup

Caribbean: The Commission of Inquiry into the July 1990 attempted coup in Trinidad and Tobago will get going on Nov. 2. Comment.

EPA not so momentous after all, study says 

Caribbean: PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Sep. 13 - Almost two years after the controversial and sweeping trade pact known as an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) was signed between the European Union and the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) countries, a new study says the impact of the EPA has proved to be, as its proponents claimed, relatively mild. Comment.

UWI appeals for funds to aid Haitian students

Caribbean: The University of the West Indies (UWI) needs TT$3 million (US$470,000) more to bring and support 70 Haitian students to the St. Augustine Campus in Trinidad. Comment.

Combating criminal activity in the region

National: The United States has agreed to explore methods to combat criminal activity in Trinidad and Tobago and the wider Caribbean region. Comment.

Belize nationals anticipate 2012 Mayan Millenium

Caribbean: Two years from now, Americans will have a difficult time deciding whether to jet to London for the summer Olympics, hop down to the Caribbean to celebrate Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago’s 50th anniversary of independence, heed Hollywood’s warning of an apocalypse or join the revelry Belize is planning to celebrate the Mayan calendar year of 2012. Comment.

Monday, Sept. 13, 2010

A must-read book for all New Yorkers

Books: New York’s leading union has unveiled one of the most significant projects of the union’s centennial year. “A Century of Service: The Story of CSEA’s First 100 Years,” a book that chronicles the history of CSEA and growth of New York decade by decade through the 20th century and into the present day, is now available. Comment.

About the ‘memorial’ ghost bicycles

New York: As chairperson of the City Council’s Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management, and as the representative of a district in Brooklyn with an active bicycle culture, I have heard from a number of constituents and advocates about abandoned bicycles. Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010

No reason to fear cystoscopy

Vincies tie knot in elegant ceremony

New York: In what has been described as a “massive country wedding,” the president of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines umbrella organization in the United States on Aug. 21 wed her long-time, hometown lover in an elegant ceremony in Brooklyn. Comment.

Friday, Aug. 20, 2010

Sun Kulcha Community Events

New York: Thursday, Sept. 30 Comment.