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Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011

A marriage never meant to be

Movies: Dean (Ryan Gosling) and Cindy’s (Michelle Williams) marriage was doomed almost from the start. When they met, she was a promising premed student; he was a high school dropout who had to take a dead-end job just to keep a roof over his head. At the time, she was attending a college in rural Pennsylvania while he was eking out a living a world away in Brooklyn. Comment.

Monday, Jan. 31, 2011

Cracks opening in new T&T Coalition government

Trinidad and Tobago: Signs of widening cracks in Trinidad’s governing multiparty coalition government emerged in clear terms Sunday with the deputy leader of one of the major groups saying the time has come for his party to leave after only eight months in the halls of power. Comment.

Making a better life for yourself

Books: Michael Oher became famous a year ago when his inspirational story was made into a heartwarming Hollywood movie. That overcoming-the-odds sports saga recounted how a traumatized, Black teenager went from homeless to National Football League star with the help of the a well-to-do family who rescued him from the streets of Memphis. Sandra Bullock even won an Oscar for her endearing portrayal of matriarch Leigh Anne Tuohy, a compassionate Christian who altruistically invited the gentle giant to move into her house. Comment.

Clinton presses for Haiti to adopt OAS solution

Haiti: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday pressed Haiti’s leaders to adopt an internationally-backed solution to the presidential and legislative elections’ dispute. Comment.

New St.Vincent consul general in New York

St Vincent: After 15 months without a consul general in New York, the Ralph Gonsalves administration in St. Vincent and the Grenadines has finally filled the position. Comment.

Sir Viv, Lara on ODI dream team

Trinidad and Tobago: Legendary West Indies captain Sir Vivan Richards and prodigious left-hander Brian Lara are the only two West Indians to be voted to an all-time One-day International (ODI) dream team to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the ODIs. Comment.

MLS set for March kick-off

Sports: Major League Soccer will kick off its 16th season on Tuesday, March 15 when Seattle Sounders FC hosts Western Conference rival Los Angeles Galaxy in a 9:30 p.m. game to be televised on the ESPN network. The 16th season will see a new conference alignment because of the addition of expansion clubs Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Comment.

Trinis win Twenty20 championship

Sports: Trinidad and Tobago emerge as Twenty/20 champions by defeating The Hampshire Royals Duo by 36 runs at Kensington Oval in Barbados. Trinidad and Tobago batted first and scored 147 for 7 from their 20 overs with Lendl Simmons scoring 31 from 32 balls, Darren Bravo 41 from 28 balls and stand in captain Denesh Ramdin 33 from 19. Comment.

Fitting finale to Colgate games

Sports: The 37th annual Colgate Women’s Games saw three long-standing records fall and a fourth tied at Pratt Institute, in a season that also featured record-breaking participation. More than 11,500 girls and young women travelled each week from as far north as Boston and as far south as Virginia, and one young lady travelled all the way from Chicago to run. Comment.

Community Involvement spurs new ideas

National: “How do we get people involved in our town?” So many of our communities and organizations are suffering from “STP” (same ten people) syndrome. It not only wears them out, we also miss the new people and ideas that can make a real difference. Comment.

Almost 1,000 Jamaicans deported from the U.S. last year

Jamaica: The number of Jamaicans deported from the United States continue to decrease, with 1, 268 sent back last year, according to a published report. Comment.

Joshua Salmon shines in meet

Jamaica: Masi White, a native of Jamaica was a sprinter during his younger days while in the West Indies and still later on. White talks to his nephew Joshua Salmon, who is a member of the indoor track and field team at Uniondale High School in Long Island. Comment.

Safe Space receives $150,500 grant 

Queens: Safe Space, a Southeast Queens-based nonprofit agency committed to helping at-risk families and children secure a better future, has received a $150,500 grant from the New York Life Foundation. Comment.

PAL introduces Manhattan youngsters to art

Arts & Theater: Calendar illustrator, published poet and award-winning dancer are just a few titles that Manhattan youngsters have thanks to the Police Athletic League (PAL). Comment.

Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force launched

New York: On Feb. 9 key Federal, State and local law enforcement and non-governmental agencies will come together officially for the second time to continue their work of the Westchester County Anti-Trafficking Task Force, which was officially launched last month. Comment.

Dying manufacturing sector seeks govt cure

Jamaica: SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Jan. 19 - For close to 10 years, Patrick Marzouca has just managed to keep his tiny car factory afloat in a rapidly declining productive sector. Comment.

Republican ‘budget hawks’ zero in on foreign aid

National: WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 - With the U.S. national debt standing at 14 trillion dollars, the Barack Obama administration pledging to tackle the monstrous deficit and a Republican-led House of Representatives pushing for a “Cut-and-Grow” Congress, budget hawks are zeroing in on international affairs spending - from diplomacy to development. Comment.

Friday, Jan. 28, 2011

TALENTED HARMONY

Arts & Theater: While most six-year-olds are busy watching their favorite entertainers on television, there is a delightful little angel who is having the time of her life actually interviewing them - in Hollywood and on the red carpet. Harmony Bailey, daughter of celebrity photographer Hiltron Bailey is lighting up Hollywood with a star quality that is dazzling the stars themselves. Comment.

‘Mrs. Goundo’s Daughter’ 

Movies: integrity and solidarity of women in the face of staggering adversity,” by Ed Gonzalez of The Village Voice, the documentary follows Mrs. Goundo, a Malian immigrant living in Philadelphia, as she embarks on a legal campaign to stay in the States once her status as an illegal immigrant is discovered. Comment.

Jagdeo would leave “tattered legacy” -- COHA

Guyana: A leading Washington-based think tank says that Guyana’s President Bharrat Jagdeo will leave a “tattered legacy” after not seeking a third term in August’s presidential elections. Comment.

Guyana opposition highlights government double standards

Guyana: Current rules forbid a person from selling a state-issued house lot until after owning it for 10 years, but Guyana opposition parties have taken no less a person to task than President Bharrat Jagdeo for disposing of his original allocation and obtaining another at a preferential rate way before the stipulated time period ended. Comment.

Open House

New York: Grenada Independence In honor of the 2011 Grenada Independence Celebrations in N.Y. a Senior Citizen’s Tea Party will be held at Bethany United Methodist Church, 1208 St. Johns Place, between Albany & Troy avenues, Brooklyn, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. For tickets and/or information, contact the Grenada Consulate at (212) 599-0302. Comment.

Maintaining a hard-ball reputation

Viewpoints: You hear certain political operatives make the claim that there was nothing agenda-related in this or that move they made or words they spoke, and you wonder why they even bother to invest time in those nonsense routines. Right on cue, the guys in Chicago who were hell-bent on trying to get Rahm Emanuel removed from the mayoral ballot by having the courts declare him ineligible on residency grounds, were making the obligatory comments about their action not being fueled by any political motivation. Comment.

Harlem Renaissance photographic exhibit 

Some of Harlem’s best-known photographers are displaying choice shots of their historic work at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. The exhibit – “Harlem Views/Diasporan Visions: The New Harlem Renaissance Photographers” features 100 significant prints. Comment.

Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011

‘Artist talk’ with holocaust survivor

Arts & Theater: inherent.” Comment.

BBC Caribbean fades to black

Caribbean: The BBC World Service announced recently that it is going to close its Caribbean service on March 31. The news was released in a press release with the BBC issuing details of its response to a cut to its Grant-in-Aid funding from the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Comment.

Joint efforts to fight regional crime

Caribbean: Two CARICOM agencies have come together to fight crime and provide a quicker response to natural disasters in the region. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films 

Movies: American Grindhouse (Unrated) Film fan documentary chronicling the history of cheesy exploitation flicks from the early days of cinema to the present. Featuring appearances by John Landis, Fred Williamson and Robert Forster. Comment.

Victim of a botched eye surgery

People: This letter is written on the behalf of Mr. Cyrus Hall, a Jamaican native who resides in the U.S. Comments (1).

Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011

HDL cholesterol is good for you

Health: You’ve probably heard HDL referred to as the “good” cholesterol. But you might not know what makes it so good. Why is some cholesterol helpful to the heart and other cholesterol (namely LDL) harmful? Comment.

Soda bicarbonate and kidney disease

Health: Years ago, before there were so many new drugs with names difficult or even impossible to pronounce, baking soda also known as soda bicarb or sodium bicarbonate was a favorite remedy of the family doctor. It was dispensed as a powder carefully measured out and folded within an individual crisp paper sheet looking very much like chewing gum comes these days. Folding those papers kept the pharmacists of one 100 ago busy indeed. Today, the same medicine comes in tablet form and only recently is its use rapidly increasing, especially for patients with poor kidney function. Comment.

What you should know about headaches

Health: Headaches are familiar to nearly everyone: In any given year, almost 90 percent of men and 95 percent of women have at least one. In the vast majority of cases, however, the pain isn’t an omen of some terrible disease. Comment.

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua and Barbuda has become the first state in the sub-region to sign the Instrument of Ratification for the Revised Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Treaty of Basseterre establishing OECS economic union. Comment.

Caribbean Twenty 20 champion

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago was crowned Caribbean Twenty 20 champions when they defeated English county Hampshire by 36 runs at Kensington Oval, Barbados recently to take the title. Comment.

Tensions escalate in sensual mumblecore

Movies: “Gabi on the Roof in July” Comment.

Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011

Go big for the big game

Food: When your friends and family gather around the big screen for the big game, only big flavor will do! Earn MVP status with quick and easy Johnsonville recipes featuring sausages that are big on flavor when served by themselves, or when they’re included in these traditional sports-fan favorites. Comment.

Forum highlights pros and cons of the Steelband Panorama format

New York: Panorama competitions, which engage the steel band community infinitely more than any other regularly scheduled activity, will be the focus of a symposium to be presented by the Trinidad & Tobago Folk Arts Institute in conjunction with the School of Professional & Community Development at Medgar Evers College, on Thursday, Feb. 17, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The event will be held in the Mary Pinkett Lecture Hall, Room S122 on the Medgar Evers College campus, 1637 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn (between Carroll St. and Crown St.). Comment.

Monday, Jan. 24, 2011

RECORD BREAKERS

Sports: From an initial field of more than 11,000 girls and young women from all over the East Coast, 217 of the nation’s best athletes have persevered through four preliminary meets and a semi-finals at Pratt to earn spots in the Madison Square Garden finals of the Colgate Women’s Games. Comment.

‘Leaks’ on U.S. Carib fears

Guyana: Two documents released in the past week about the WikiLeaks exposure of U.S. intelligence overseas deal with key issues regarding the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) headquarters: one having to do with American and Brazilian fears about Venezuela invading Guyana and the other about alleged close relations between a leading former drug baron and current president of neighboring Suriname, Desi Bouterse. Comment.

Pols rally to extend TPS for Haitians

Haiti: Six members of New York City Council has urged the Obama administration not to resume deportation of Haitians before Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for tens of thousands of Haitians living illegally in the U.S. expires in July. Comment.

Thompson’s widow thrashes opposition candidate 

Barbados: The widow of the late Barbados Prime Minister David Thompson resoundingly thrashed her Barbados Labor Party (BLP) rival in the Jan. 20 by-election to fill the St. John seat vacated by Thompson’s death last October from pancreatic cancer. Comment.

OECS Economic Treaty goes into effect

Caribbean: A revised treaty establishing an economic union among countries of the sub-regional Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) came into effect on Jan. 21. Comment.

Aristide too wants to return home

Haiti: In what is said to be his first public statement since one-time nemesis Jean-Claude Duvalier surprisingly returned to Haiti, another former Haitian President, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, said he, too, is “ready”’ to return to his impoverished, French-speaking Caribbean homeland. Comment.

U.S. manages tie with Chile

Sports: A young U.S. men’s national team rallied to tie Chile, 1-1, on Saturday at the Home Depot Center in Carson (CA) in its first game of the year. The game kicks off a campaign aimed first at recapturing the CONCACAF Gold Cup that it lost last year to Mexico and also to develop a squad to return to the World Cup in 2014 in Brazil. Comment.

Richardson appointed W.I. manager

Sports: Former West Indies captain Richie Richardson who has played 86 test matches and 224 one-day internationals scoring 21 centuries in all and 71 fifties has been appointed manager of the West Indies Cricket team with a two-year contract. His job starts immediately as the West Indies prepares for three one-day internationals against Sri Lanka and the World Cup starting in February. Comment.

Trio take home special awards

New York: Justin Mahoney and Owen Skeete accumulated perfect scoring and took home special awards in the 20th annual Friendship Games track and field meet for Section Eight schools at Nassau Community College. All the athletes regardless of Conferences their schools belong to saw action in the same section. Comment.

Protracted recovery for ECCU from global crisis

Caribbean: ,The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Jan. 21 that the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) region faces a protracted recovery after being hit hard by the global economic downturn. Comment.

Baby Doc breaks his silence

Haiti: In breaking his silence since his unexpected return home on Jan. 16, former Haitian dictator Jean Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier told nationals on Jan. 21 that he decided to end his near 25-year exile in France to help in the reconstruction of the impoverished, French-speaking Caribbean country. Comment.

Music, culture and youthful ambition in Jamaica

Now in its third season, AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange continues to offer up a wealth of modern stories from across the African Diaspora. On Wed., Jan. 26, the 2009 American Film Institute/Discovery Silverdocs Best Music Documentary Award winner, RiseUp: Reggae Underground takes viewers on a journey to the Caribbean to witness the struggles of three young people hoping to make it big in the Jamaican music scene. Comments (4).

Friday, Jan. 21, 2011

Bright future for reggae singer Casey

Music: Legendary artist manager Copeland Forbes, managing director at Comar Productions Ltd. recently announced that he has signed talented Canadian female reggae singer Bonnie Casey to a five-year management contract. Comment.

Jamaicans protest ‘James Bond’ airport

Jamaica: Not all Jamaicans are pleased with the naming of the island’s third international airport. Comments (2).

Gramps sheds tears for Buju 

Music: This past weekend, on a cool Sunday afternoon in Miami, Florida, scores of reggae performers came together to show love and support for cultural DJ Buju Banton at a benefit reggae concert in his honor billed “Before The Dawn.” Comment.

Open House

New York: The N.Y.C. launch of The Economics of Happiness, a one-hour doumentary highlighting local examples of a global movement of community based initiatives dedicated to addressing multiple crises followed by panel discussion, 6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., at The Great Hall, Cooper Union, 30 Cooper Square, 7 East 7th St., N.Y. For more information, conact (510) 548-4915. Comment.

Women and the US Constitution

National: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia just asserted for a second time that our Constitution does not protect women against discrimination. That was one of the arguments for passing the proposed Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)., and ironically, people of Scalia’s “conservative” persuasion often countered that the ERA was not needed precisely because women are already protected by the 14th Amendment. Comment.

Why you should choose reusable canvas bags over plastic

Health: If you are a Washington D.C. resident and prefer a plastic bag at the grocery store, you must now hand over a nickel. If you’re a Virginia resident, you might soon be handing over two dimes for one plastic bag. Comment.

Grenada PM Independence Day Message

Grenada: On Feb. 7, 1974, Grenada began a journey that has been characterized by periods of success, triumph, challenges and at times, conflict. These attributes are synonymous with the pain of delivery, the glory of birth and the rewards of growth. Comment.

Jerk cuisine launches ‘January to Jamaica’

Music: On one of the coldest days of the year, WPIX-TV launched an enticing campaign highlighted by food and an opportunity to win trips they branded – “January to Jamaica.” Comment.

Reflection on a nation

Grenada: On Feb. 7, 2011 Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique will celebrate its 37th Anniversary of Independence from British colonial rule. Each year, around this time we take the opportunity to pay homage to all the pioneers of our independence. Those pioneers include Sir Eric Matthew Gairy, the Father of Independence, as well as all the other freedom fighters that walked before and after him. Comment.

Nickelodeon aids Haynes Foundation

Guyana: Children’s TV network giant Nickelodeon, Little Hands Family Services and Soles4Souls, are among several American companies that have partnered with the New Jersey-based Haynes Foundation to aid the underprivileged youth in Guyana. Comments (1).

Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011

High blood pressure, diabetes — double trouble

Health: Do you have high blood pressure, also known as hypertension? If so, you should be tested for diabetes. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Blackmail Boys (Unrated) Homoerotic thriller, set in Chicago, about a marriage-minded, same-sex couple (Nathan Adloff and Taylor Reed) who hatch a plan to raise the funds for their wedding by blackmailing a closeted cleric (Joe Swanberg) famous for his anti-gay crusades. With Danny Rhodes, Spencer Parsons and Marc Singletary. Comment.

Classic comic book series revived comic book series revived 

Movies: When you hear that The Green Hornet is coming to the big screen, it’s reasonable to anticipate a typical superhero adventure akin to “Batman,” “The Hulk,” “Superman,” “Fantastic Four,” “X-Men,” “Spider-Man,” “Iron Man “and so many others of classic comic book lore. That is, until you also learn that this picture stars Seth Rogen, the standup-comic-turned-actor best known for cutting-up in irreverent teensploitation flicks such as “Superbad” and “Knocked Up.” Comment.

Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011

Guyana ruling party accused of power plot

Guyana: As the 2011 political season appeared to officially get under way in Guyana last week, the main opposition party launched an attack on the incumbents, accusing them of attempting to find creative ways of extending President Jagdeo’s term in office beyond the constitutional deadline. Comment.

Suriname moves to end chaos in its gold sector

Suriname: Suriname’s relatively new government is moving to fulfill a pre-election promise to reorganize the country’s chaotic gold sector by demanding that thousands of wildcat miners register with authorities, adhere to new safety and environmental standards and be prepared to pay taxes, many for the very first time. Comment.

Richardson new Windies team manager

Antigua: Former West Indies captain Richie Richardson has been appointed manager of the embattled regional team. Comment.

Modest growth in the region expected

Haiti: The Caribbean region (excluding Haiti) should experience a modest growth of 2.2 percent in economic activity this year, according to the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). Comment.

Gayle, Lara out of Indian league

Sports: Former West Indies captain Chris Gayle and batting legend Brian Lara failed to attract bidders in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the players’ recent auction held in Bangalore for the fourth edition of the competition. Comment.

WICB, ESPN sign broadcast agreement

Sports: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) recently signed a historic three-year agreement with sports broadcaster ESPN. Comment.

Cricketer ‘Joey’ Carew laid to rest

Trinidad and Tobago: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has sent sincere condolences to the wife, Marion and sons – Michael and David – of former West Indies batsman and chairman of selectors Michael “Joey” Carew who died recently from a heart attack at the age of 73. Comment.

Resolutions for Rural America in 2011

Viewpoints: It’s that time of year, when pundits across the country share their thoughts on what 2011 might bring. Rural America’s resolutions should be considered as well. Comment.

You may have money and not know it

New York: You may have money and not know it! Comment.

Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011

Pizzazz on a plate

Food: If you’re hungering for something new to eat, or it’s time to put some zip into the same old menus, take heart. These recipes bring two great ingredients together - Texas Rio Star Grapefruit and USA peanuts - perking up meal time with fresh and flavorful dishes. Comment.

Find out the truth about drugs

Health: Drugs have been part of our culture since the middle of the last century. Popularized in the 1960s by music and mass media and romanticized in movies and on TV today, they invade all aspects of our society. Comments (1).

Caribbean Round-up

Trinidad and Tobago: U.K. Minister for the Caribbean Jeremy Browne MP recently visited three Caribbean islands - Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Jamaica - to reinforce Britain’s ties and advance key British government priorities in the promotion of trade, security, sustainable development and environmental protection. Comment.

Medical lessons from the past live on

Health: Microwave thermotherapy, a non-surgical, office based, long lasting treatment for benign prostatic enlargement is an excellent choice to relieve the annoying symptoms this common male problem causes. The answer to the question “Is it for everyone?” is – “almost everyone,” as long as the diagnosis has been correctly made. Comment.

Monday, Jan. 10, 2011

SLAM DUNK

Sports: Kirk Stewart, a former basketball player in high school and college, here in New York, is returning to the area in a different uniform come February. Comment.

Warming up for World Cup

Sports: West Indies Coach Ottis Gibson said the team will return to Sri Lanka this month for the rescheduled One-Day International series to prepare for the 2011 Cricket World Cup in Asia. Comments (3).

Lara wants to play in Indian Premier 

Sports: West Indies batting legend Brian Lara, who two months ago ended a three-year break from competitive cricket, has said he wants to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Comments (1).

Caribbean Round-Up

Caribbean: Cuban officials say cruiser tourism has returned to the Spanish-speaking Caribbean country with the arrival on Jan. 5 of the nine-deck British cruise ship Thomson Dream. Comments (1).

Prince at Madison Square Garden

Music: Prince announces one more night at Madison Square Garden on the heels of four extraordinary New York area shows last December and a sold-out show scheduled for Jan. 18. Comments (1).

Lewis in hoops classic

Sports: The college recruiters were well represented at the seventh annual Big Apple Challenge, a basketball classic, matching teams from the public against their counterparts from the Catholic schools in New York City, at Manhattan’s Baruch College. Comment.

More evidence of hard-liner defiance

Viewpoints: Right on the heels of our recently addressing here the dangers thrown up by unchecked fundamentalist behavior, comes a display in Pakistan of exactly how unglued things can become in that kind of highly charged environment. The assassination of the governor of Punjab province by a member of his security detail, apparently because of his outspoken views against the country’s strict blasphemy laws, dramatized the difficulty of achieving any measure of violence-free co-existence where competing factions -- in this case secular and religious -- vie for domination of the space. Comment.

Queens student breaks hurdles record 

Sports: Sandreka Bancroft of JHS 231 in Queens, broke a long-standing Mid School 55- meter record in the Colgate Women’s Games on Saturday, Feb. 7 at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. Her 7.9 performance broke Monifa Taylor’s 8.09 record set in 1984. Comment.

US may throw out results of Haiti vote

Caribbean: The United States said on Jan. 7 that it could support the tossing of the disputed results of Haiti’s first-round presidential elections if that step is proposed by a panel of experts examining the vote. Comment.

USA,Argentina at Meadowlands

Sports: The match contract is not complete, but sources at The Associated Press announced Friday that the big clash between the U. S. men’s national team and the Lionel Messi-led Argentina national squad will be played at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Saturday, March 26. Comment.

Friday, Jan. 7, 2011

11th-hour sweeping powers for Venezuelan president

Caribbean: CARACAS, Jan. 5, 2011 - Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez began the new year with special powers to implement his “21st century socialism”, while the opposition returned to the legislature Wednesday after a five-year absence. Comment.

Obama prepares for the road ahead

National: WASHINGTON (AP) — Overhauling his team at the top, President Barack Obama on Thursday named banker and seasoned political fighter William Daley as his new chief of staff, hoping to rejuvenate both a White House storming into re-election mode and an economy still gasping for help. Comment.

U.N. adopts CARICOM resolution on slavery

Partnerships submit a report to the General Assembly on the status of the Trust Fund, launched in June 2009, for the permanent memorial in honor of the victims of the transatlantic slave trade. Comment.

Cuba announces changes to its cabinet 

Caribbean: HAVANA (AP) — Cuba announced a reshuffle of its cabinet on Thursday, relieving the minister in charge of construction for undisclosed “errors” and stripping a powerful vice president of a secondary role he held as head of the Telecommunications Ministry. Comment.

Sun Kulcha

New York: Greater N.Y. Chamber of Commerce & the SBA will be holding a free seminar, Small Business Tax Workshop, addressing Federal & N.Y.S. tax law updates for start-ups & established small business owners, including tax law issues & tax planning strategies, at 26 Federal Plaza, 6 Fl. Conf. Rm. J (use Duane Street entrance/Photo ID required). Registration - 8:30 a.m.; Presentation - 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Register at (212) 264-4322 or email Robin.daniels@sba.gov or Fax (212) 264-7751. RSVP to www.ny-chamber.com & for questions call (212) 686-7220. Comments (2).

Buju airs appeal ‘Before The Dawn’

Music: Dancehall deejay Buju Banton appealed to radio listeners in the most populous Jamaican communities of Florida and New York to support his cause and concert by attending a fundraising concert set for Jan. 16. Comment.

Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011

Ailey set for national tour

Arts & Theater: In an exciting finish to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s five-week New York engagement, Sunday night’s closing performance paid tribute to Ailey’s leading woman Judith Jamison on her final season as artistic director. Jamison will now lead the company on a 24-city national tour from February through May, joined by Robert Battle who will become artistic director on July 1. Comment.

Tables Will Turn on HIV/AIDS

Arts & Theater: Jems Theater Company and Heat Wave Productions have collaborated to present a special North American tour of the hit Caribbean play “Tables Will Turn.” Comment.

Rigjhts groups condemn sexual violence in Haiti camps

Caribbean: Issuing unprecedented recommendations to the Haitian government, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has granted a legal request submitted in October by a group of advocates and attorneys for displaced Haitian women including MADRE, the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and CUNY School of Law. The IACHR’s groundbreaking recommendations request that the Haitian government take immediate measures to prevent sexual violence against Comments (1).

Florida releases jailed Haitian prisoner to hospice

Caribbean: The Florida Parole Commission voted 2-1 on Jan. 5 in approving the release of an HIV-positive Haitian woman from a Tallahassee jail, who has been diagnosed with late stage cancer. Comment.

A fiscal reckoning that cannot be avoided

National: While the extension of Bush-era tax cuts dominated headlines during the recently-concluded lame duck session of Congress, the coming year will bring with it a renewed focus on public debt — whether policymakers like it or not. Comment.

How far does an education take you?

National: It is engrained in the heads of the youth that you must go to college to get a good job. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Barney’s Version (R for profanity and some sexuality) Screen adaptation of Mordecai Richler’s picaresque novel of the same name featuring Paul Giamatti in the titular role as a heavy-drinking, cigar-smoking, politically-incorrect, TV producer doing his best to reflect upon his life despite the limitations of advanced Alzheimer’s. With two-time Academy Award-winner Dustin Hoffman and nominee Minnie Driver. Comment.

Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011

Tips to avoid colds and flu this season

Health: It is cold and flu season again, so it’s time for a refresher course on what you can do to keep your family healthy. Comment.

LEGENDS OF BLACK JAZZ

Music: The Black Jazz label was a pioneering jazz record label in the early 1970s. What I never thought was that in 2010, I would have the opportunity to hear a concert by some of the most influential and creative of the Black Jazz legends. Comment.

Caribbean boxer makes history 

Sports: With a reputation as being “slick” in the ring with elegance and poise, Alicia Ashley is one of the most accomplished female boxers on the global map today. Comment.

Winter often a deadly time for fires

Health: The cold weather and winter conditions often bring an increase in home fires as many people use alternate heating sources such as space heaters, fireplaces, or coal or wood stoves to stay warm. Fires related to heating are the second leading cause of home fires in this country, and fixed and portable space heaters are involved in 74 percent of fire-related deaths. Comment.

Strong Barbados team for tourney

Sports: Barbados Twenty20 squad for the West Indies Cricket Board Regional Twenty20 Tournament is very strong. Sulieman Benn, Kemar Roach, Ryan Hinds (Captain), Dale Richards and Tino Best all have played in the West Indies Senior Squad. The Barbados squad is experienced and filled with a variety with a strong bowling and batting attack. They have more all-rounders than any other team in the competition. Comment.

Longtime veep is new president of Guyana cultural group

Arts & Theater: Long-time vice president of the Guyana Cultural Association (GCA), Vibert Cambridge, is the new president of the group, which sponsors the annual folk festival in Brooklyn. Comments (1).

Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011

Flavorful Tea Recipes Recipes

Food: Tea has been enjoyed as a beverage for thousands of years. But more recently, tea has worked its way into the kitchen as a favorite ingredient of chefs, bakers and even mixologists. Sweet and grassy, light and fruity, smoky and complex — teas have a wide variety of flavor notes that complement many foods and give them a unique twist. Comment.

Reluctant monarch with speech disorder

Movies: When England’s King George V (Michael Gambon) passed away in 1936, he was first succeeded by his eldest son, Edward VIII (Guy Pearce). But Edward would abdicate less than a year into his reign, capitulating to the mounting public pressure to pick between the throne and his scandalous plans to marry his mistress, Wallis Simpson (Eve Best), a two-time divorcee’ and an American to boot. Comment.

Advances in TherMatrx prostate treatment

Health: Over the past decade, TherMatrx microwave thermotherapy equipment has been steadily improved until now it is the most popular microwave thermotherapy used for the treatment of symptomatic benign prostate enlargement in the United States. Comments (1).

Monday, Jan. 3, 2011

MUSICAL TRADITIONS

Music: What happens when artists from remote regions interact with their urban peers, and the traditional and contemporary meet in creative minds? Or when artists revisit traditions familiar but misunderstood, such as vodoun, hula, belly dancing and gypsy music? Comments (1).

Home dedication for Habitat owners

New York: It is quite a Christmas present to get keys to a new home, the first one you have ever owned and for seven families in the Bronx, this was a real holiday to celebrate. Comments (2).

SMITH ON FIRE SMITH ON FIRE

Sports: All eyes were focused on Bryan Smith, a senior at Midwood High School, during the three games of the fifth annual High School Holiday Hoops Tournament at the Aviator Sports & Events Center in Brooklyn. Comment.

Hope And A Future Benefit Concert

Music: Calling themselves, “The Joshua Generation,” Dickson Guillaume and The New York State Haitian Interdenominational Mass Choir (also known as Haitian Mass) have joined the “Friends for Haiti” performers for Brooklynbased nonprofit Community2Community’s (C2C) “Hope and A Future” benefit concert at the Apollo Theater, Jan. 12 – the anniversary of the tragic earthquake that claimed more than 300,000 lives. Comment.

Sarwan named in Windies squad

Sports: Discarded middle-order batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan has been named in a 30-man West Indies squad to prepare for next year’s Cricket World Cup in Asia. Comment.

British defense leaves jittery Belize

Caribbean: Severe budget cutbacks by the David Cameron-led administration in London will force the long serving British military regiment to pack up and leave the Caribbean trade bloc member state of Belize in the coming weeks sparking fears that the country will be left to the mercy of neighboring Guatemala which has maintained a decades-old claim to a large chunk of Belizean territory. Comment.

Trinidad’s Kenwyne Jones lifts Stoke City

Sports: Trinidad and Tobago international striker Kenwyn Jones used his exceptional leaping ability to score and lead hosts Stoke City to a 2-0 win over Everton in the English Premier League last Saturday at Britannia Stadium. Comment.

Preval hints at staying on in Haiti

Caribbean: Since the November presidential and legislative elections, Haitian President René Préval gave the biggest hint that he will like to stay at the helm until the disputed polls is resolved. Comment.

Paterson brokers deal to protect Carib illegals 

Outgoing New York Gov. David A. Paterson has brokered an agreement with federal immigration authorities that would allow deportable but law abiding Caribbean-born immigrants in New York. to remain in the country. Comment.

Shane’s bowling action illegal

Sports: West Indies off-spinner Shane Shillingford has been suspended from bowling in international cricket because of an illegal bowling action, the International Cricket Council announced. Comment.

The Unheard Third 2010

New York: While some New Yorkers celebrate the onset of a new year, many low-income New Yorkers are still feeling the pain of 2010, a year when the economy continued to amplify the hardships and struggles of everyday New Yorkers. Comment.

Risky clamor for scaled-back government

We don’t know if those hearings they’ve talked about holding into the royally bungled snow removal we’ve just experienced in New York will reveal evidence of the problem being tied to manpower shortage issues, as some seem to suggest. But whether or not that is established as a cause of the days of boiling-point frustration visited upon so many in the city, we can chalk up the aftermath of this blizzard of 2010 as a poignant reminder of how things could go hellishly awry when government services prove to be not as dependable as we assume them to be. Comment.

Kings County’s first baby of 2011

New York: Kings County Hospital Center (KCHC) welcomed its first baby of the New Year at 7:30 a.m. Weighing in at 8 lbs. 3 oz., Jakai Carrasquillo was born to Keshana Scott and Michael Carrasquillo. Both mother and baby are doing well. Comment.

More woes for CARICOM’s largest sugar producer

Caribbean: Several major strikes in the past year, including one that crippled the entire agricultural sector this month will force Guyana to buy harvesting machines from the U.S. to replace rebellious workers unwilling to cut sugar cane plants and on the ready to strike for a plethora of reasons, authorities have said. Comment.

Issues and programs for the World African Community

New York: Dr. Maulana Karenga because of weather conditions in New York City, was unable to present his yearly Kwanzaa lecture will return to Brooklyn on Friday, January 7th to lecture. Comment.

CARICOM chairman attacks western countries 

Caribbean: Grenada’s Prime Minister Tillman Thomas, the new chairman of the Caribbean Community, Sunday wasted no time in criticizing the international community for failing to meet financial pledges to earthquake-ravaged Haiti saying the region will continue pressing developed nations to honor obligations on behalf of the region’s most populous member state. Comment.

American tale of race and identity

Arts & Theater: Michael Fosberg has been helping American audiences confront the issues of race and identity head-on through his one-man, autobiographical play Incognito for nearly a decade. On Jan. 9 and Jan. 11, Fosberg brings the show to New York City’s Westbeth Center as part of the Association for Performing Arts Presenters NYC 2011 Conference. Comment.

Running out of engineers and technical workers in Brazil

Sports: PARIS, Dec. 31, 2010 As Brazil looks ahead to hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, the country is struggling to line up the technical workers necessary for these projects, officials say. Comment.

U.S., Canada renew commitment to Haiti

The United States and Canada have renewed their commitment to Haiti, stating that they stand resolutely with the impoverished, French-speaking Caribbean country. Comment.

Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011

City’s response to December blizzard was inadequate

New York: Brooklyn received a one-two punch in the wake of the Dec. 26 blizzard. First, we were slammed with the sixth-largest snowstorm eve; then City Hall’s inadequate response caused unnecessary chaos. Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010

Independent & Foreign Films

New York: Americatown (Unrated) Spoof about an idyllic suburban oasis whose peace is ruined by a spilled cup of coffee that sets in motion an unfortunate chain of events. Cast includes Jonathan Guggenheim, Cory Howard, Jon Stafford and Barbara Weetman. Comment.

U.S. doctor teaches Haitians healing

National: Dr. James Gordon, founder of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine returned from Haiti after a five-day trip to teach healing modalities to 120 volunteers from 34 of Port au Prince’s health, mental health and religious communities. Comment.

Caribbean Round-Up

Caribbean: American Airlines and American Eagle have announced that they will be making more cuts to the company’s San Juan operations with additional five-route cancellations from April 2011, including Trinidad and Tobago. Comment.

Top music money earners for 2010

Music: There are lists and lists for every single category of money earners for 2010. Sports has its own break-down from golf to baseball. In arts and entertainment the lists compile the biggest gainers in film, dance, theater and music. Here is one closest to the sound -- Music’s biggest top earners. Comment.

Jamaican among Oprah’s entourage

Music: Jamaicans claim a mantra -- “If ah egg we inna di red.” Comment.

Sun Kulcha

New York: Due to adverse weather conditions The Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music (CPR) has rescheduled its Kwanzaa & Community Appreciation Event celebrating the spirit & principles of Kwanzaa to Jan. 6 at 3Ten Lounge, 310 Bowery, between East Houston & Bleecker streets in Manhattan, 7:00 p.m. - midnight. Comment.

Windies batsman Sarwan recalled

Sports: West Indies number three batsman, Ramnaresh Sarwan was named in the West Indies 30-man squad to prepare for next year’s Cricket World Cup in Asia. Comment.

Becoming a healthier, hotter you

Food: Almost all of us have a distorted image of our body, often due to the importance our culture places on outward appearance and the onslaught of media images of airbrushed models and celebrities. Comment.

Becoming a healthier, hotter you

Food: Almost all of us have a distorted image of our body, often due to the importance our culture places on outward appearance and the onslaught of media images of airbrushed models and celebrities. Comment.

Cruising to the breathtakingly beautiful Carib isles

Caribbean: Enjoy the excitement of different colorful Caribbean islands. Explore them on land and in their unique, incomparable underwater vistas. A cruise ship is more than a means of seeing these islands – it’s a floating island itself. Comment.

Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010

Breakfast Just Got Better

Food: Most people are familiar with the saying “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” However, many may not realize that what they choose to eat for breakfast is just as important as eating the meal itself. Now, breakfast lovers and skeptics alike can be good to themselves by eating a satisfying breakfast that’s full of the flavors they love. Comment.

PSA dilemma for the elderly man

Health: Recommendations to undergo annual PSA screening for men over 40 have resulted in cutting the mortality rate for prostate cancer by 50 percent. Comment.

Bridges & Brolin square-off in John Wayne classic

Movies: “True Grit” (1969) is a curious choice for a remake, since John Wayne won an Academy Award for the classic Western with a stellar cast featuring the likes of Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper and Glen Campbell. But that impressive pedigree did nothing to discourage the Coen Brothers from assembling their own A-list ensemble to mount a second screen adaptation of Charles Portis’ scintillating serial novel. Comment.

State grant for KIngsbrook’s adult healchcare program

New York: State grant for Kingsbrook adult health program Comment.
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