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Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011

Day of action to stop voting rights attacks

Manhattan: “Come on America, it is 2011 and we know this is the most outrageous, the most blatant attempt to keep communities of color, black and brown people from coming out to vote in 2012,” Lillian Rodriguez Lopez, Hispanic Federation president emphatically said on election day Nov. 8. Comments (1).

LESTER STEPS IT UP

Sports: Last year guard Charles Jenkins stole the show and was named Haggerty Award winner going to the outstanding player in the tri-state area while wearing a Hofstra University uniform. The Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association drafted Jenkins in late June. Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011

Sun Kulcha

Music: Jazz for Young People Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis presents Jazz for Young People Family Concert exploring “Who is Duke Ellington,” 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. at the Rose Theater at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60 St, N.Y., featuring family friendly pre-concert activities from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. Young musicians (ages 8+) are invited to bring their instruments for a workshop. Tickets can be purchased thru jalc.org, CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500 or at the Box Office. Comment.

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011

Challenges a second time around

Viewpoints: It should be safe to assume that the candidates jostling for the GOP presidential nomination, as well as the party’s brain trust, are sufficiently savvy politically to not put too much stock in reports that there’s a growing softness in African American support for President Obama. Because the nation’s unemployment woes have Blacks disproportionately taking it on the chin, compared to others, and because the likes of Prof. Cornel West, Tavis Smiley, Rep. Maxine Waters and others have been openly critical of the president’s record in prioritizing the needs of the underclass, is no reason to expect a notable defection of persons of color from Obama’s support base. Best opponents could hope for is that a diminution of the energy and enthusiasm of ‘08 manifests itself in a falloff from that first-time-around turnout. And, more than likely we’ll see a bit of the latter. Comment.

Tri-state photographers receive Lucie Awards

Arts & Theater: The Lucie Awards were presented alongside the International Photography Awards (IPA) in an evening that mirrored but without quite the paparazzi and glittery style of the Academy Awards at the Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center on Monday, Oct. 25. Comment.

Vincentians honor former counsul general

Brooklyn: Former St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Deputy New York Consul General, Cyril N. Thomas was honored on Sunday for his outstanding contribution to the Vincentian community. Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011

LI Judge worried about juvenile deportations

St Vincent: Vincentian-born, Long Island judge has expressed deep concern about increased deportations to the Caribbean, stating that it is “with regret” that she has noticed a “marked increase” in the number of Caribbean youth who have become “entangled” in the criminal justice system. Comment.

GALAXY DEFEATS RED BULLS

Sports: Mike Magee’s goal in the 15th minute off a David Beckham assist was all that the Los Angeles Galaxy needed to defeat hosts New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena Sunday afternoon. Comment.

Monday, Oct. 31, 2011

Elias Sunny shines against Windies

Caribbean: Bangladesh and the West Indies ended the first of two Test matches in a draw. Rain washed out two days of the Test match that heavily affected a firm result. Bangladesh scored 350 runs for 9 declared in their first innings. Bangladesh batsmen scored two half centuries while Devendra Bishoo picked up 3 for 81 for the West Indies. Comment.

Lawrence P. Dorsey Way unveiled

Brooklyn: It’s been four years and the legacy of the late Community Leader and owner of the Dorsey Art Gallery of 553 Rogers Avenue, Lawrence P. Dorsey, continues proudly with the street co-naming ceremony unveiling “Lawrence P. Dorsey Way” at the corner Rogers Avenue and Fenimore Street. Comment.

Caribbean women still struggle despite huge strides

Caribbean: A new World Bank study says that while women in the region have made huge strides in labor participation, access to education and health over the recent decades, they still face new challenges to succeed as mothers and as working women at the same time. Comment.

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011

AILEY BEGINS NEW ERA

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will kick-off a five-week New York season on Nov. 30 with a star-studded gala benefit at New York City Center that begins an exciting new era led by Artistic Director Robert Battle. Comment.

Friday, Oct. 28, 2011

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: Puerto Rico Governor Luis Fortuno says the Caribbean’s largest wind farm will be built in the U.S. territory in a bid to reduce the island’s dependence on oil. Comment.

Drama of Shakespearean proportions

Movies: Who really wrote the works of William Shakespeare? That nagging question has remained the subject of speculation among academics for centuries, with authorship of his poems and plays being alternately attributed to dozens of others, most notably, Christopher Marlowe, William Stanley, Sir Francis Bacon and Edward de Vere, aka the 17th Earl of Oxford. Comment.

Smoking cessation meds and your heart

Health: I am a 60-year-old smoker and a diabetic. I have been taking Chantix for three years because it helps me smoke less. I understand this is usually a short-term drug. My doctor continues to prescribe it for me at my request. If I take it, I smoke one pack a day. If I don’t take it, I smoke two packs per day. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Charlotte Rampling: The Look (Unrated) Reverential biopic explores the on and off-screen personas of the legendary actress via snippets of film footage as well as revealing conversations with her friends and colleagues like Peter Lindbergh, Paul Auster and Juergen Teller. (In French and English with subtitles) Comments (1).

Effectiveness of female condoms

Health: I recently discovered “female condoms” and was wondering if they are as effective as “male” condoms at reducing the risk of STDs? Can they be used for anal sex? If so - is there a risk of them getting lost? (Yikes!) If you have a particularly aggressive partner, I’d be worried about losing the condom...Aren’t they - in effect - magnum size condoms with wider ends? And why are they so expensive? Is this just another option or am I missing the picture? Equal Opportunity Comment.

Bladder never feels completely empty

Health: Most people never give a second thought to urination. Four to six times a day, a visit to the toilet occurs quickly, comfortably and leaves the person with a satisfied feeling of complete relief from the gradually increasing sensation of urgency, which brought that person to the toilet in the first place. Comment.

Steps to transform chicken as usual

Food: Chicken is a popular choice for family dinners - but no matter how much your family enjoys it, serving it the same way over and over again can stir up cravings for something new. Comment.

Warner’s ‘bribe tapes’ sent to AG

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has sent transcripts and the video of Minister of Works Austin Jack Warner offering advice on “gifts” from former FIFA presidential candidate, Qatari Mohammed bin Hamman, to Caribbean Football Union (CFU) officials to Attorney General Anand Ramlogan. Comment.

REDjet gets the nod for five more destinations

Trinidad and Tobago: Low-cost regional carrier REDjet has been given permission to fly to five more Caribbean countries. Comment.

Haiti Film Fest in Brooklyn

Movies: “We want to have a film festival in the center of the Haitian community!” says Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX) Director Regine Roumain, as she wraps up the final details for the upcoming three-day Haiti Film Fest, running Nov. 18-20 in Brooklyn. Comment.

Brooklyn virtual fashion film festival

Music: Exploring technology in creative endeavors, Tony-nominated choreographer Marlies Yearby of the hit Broadway musical RENT and fashionista-technology diva Bonnie Sandy introduce DANCEHACKIT™ a new virtual platform they’ve originated to share creativity and showcase fresh ideas. Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011

Stop leaving Southeast Queens soaked

Queens: Assemblyman William Scarborough and other elected officials will hold a public meeting on flooding on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center at 172-17 Linden Blvd. in St. Albans. Comment.

Queensboro wins ladies volleyball

Sports: It was a day of finals and semi-finals that ultimately led to Queensboro Community College defeating Kingsboro Community College for their second consecutive CUNY Community College ladies volleyball title held on the Kingsboro Campus. Comment.

Caribbean All-Stars, FC New York booting breast cancer

Sports: Sports are often seen as a diversion to get people’s minds off their worries, and sports rivalries are likened to the dissections among combatants. But, there is also a distinctiveness that bears out from sports – the creation of admirable ‘oneness’ in pursuits by opponents. Comments (1).

Shemekia Copeland starts Blues Series

Music: Queen of the Blues Shemekia Copeland will feature in the inaugural concert of the Blues Series at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Thursday & Friday, Nov. 10 & 11, 2011, 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. Comment.

Frustrated farmer laces avocado fruits

Food: The Trinidad Guardian reported Wednesday that police are to hold discussions with the state prosecutor’s office to determine what charges should be brought against a farmer who turned himself over to cops after admitting that he had injected an insecticide called cypro into fruits in retaliation against repeated crop theft at an estate in the district of Tunapuna outside the capital, Port of Spain. Comment.

No slowing for this Bronx historian

People: Lloyd Ultan, who was inaugurated Bronx Borough Historian on Oct. 26, 1996, is marking the 15th anniversary of entering this government office in his typical manner—by working. Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011

Great Women In Music honors Shirley Scott

Music: Big fun was had by all as Great Women In Music celebrated Shirley Scott for her long standing contribution to business and community. Comment.

Carrington wins Great Neck Race

Sports: Boyd Carrington is not entering into the New York City Marathon next week. However, he hopes to do so in 2012. Anyway, that’s what he is gearing up for after such a successful showing during a recent road race. Comment.

Mustangs take the Region once more

Bronx: With their convincing 4-0 shutout of Globe recently, the #6-ranked Monroe Mustangs men’s soccer team are NJCAA Division I Men’s Region XV Champions for the second consecutive year. This puts the Mustangs into the Northeast District Tournament on Nov. 5-6 which will be hosted by Region XIX. Comment.

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011

New Jamaica PM sworn in

Jamaica: Jamaica’s ninth prime minister was sworn in on Sunday by Gov. General Sir Patrick Allen, promising to work diligently to improve the island-nation. Comment.

Prince of Wales for Jamaica Benefit

Jamaica: Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales has been named the patron of the 30th annual gala and auction hosted by the American Friends of Jamaica, Inc. Comments (1).

PLAY-OFF BERTH

Sports: The New York Red Bulls (10-7-16, 46 pts.) played one of its best games of the season to defeat the Philadelphia Union, 1-0, Thursday night at Red Bull Arena and clinch the final MLS play-off berth. The performance came in front of a full house of 25,044 and indicated rare positive play going into the play-offs. Comment.

WICB blanks five more players

Sports: Five players who held West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) retainer contracts last year have been blanked for the upcoming contract. Comment.

Sun Kulcha

Music: The Heart of Brooklyn centered on Grand Army Plaza & anchored by Prospect Park, is celebrating this haunted holiday, 10/28 - 31, encouraging children & adults to come out in their wackiest costumes & enjoy enchanted carousel rides & spooky animal encounters, a mummy tour, a zombie dance party, costume parade, Monster Mash bash. Local businesses will be offering tasty treats & fall flavors. For a full list of event highlights visit www.heartofbrooklyn.org/halloween. For information, call Heart of Brooklyn at (718) 638-7700. Comment.

Symphony for the 21st century

Music: There are many different vocabularies when it comes to the arts. Violinist, composer, musical artist Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) incorporates varied expressive techniques, a complex mélange of vocabularies, in his multi-multi genre latest work of musical art, “Symphony for the Dance Floor.” Comment.

Kings and Queens of Caribbean Comedy at BCBC

Arts & Theater: New York’s Caribbean Comedy Revue organizers will celebrate its 10th anniversary with another stellar lineup of laugh-riot headliners, Saturday, Oct. 29 at 8:00 p.m., when Kings & Queens of Caribbean Comedy rolls out its 2011 edition at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College. Comment.

Monday, Oct. 24, 2011

Calls to abolish air passenger duty

Travel: President and chief executive officer of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) David Scowill called on the UK government to abolish the air passenger duty (APD) as it harms the Caribbean economy and the Caribbean community living in the UK. Comment.

Frustrated farmer laces avocado fruits

Food: Police in Trinidad have detained a local farmer for questioning, following allegations that he injected poison into a crop of more than 2,000 avocados as revenge against thieves who repeatedly have been raiding his production in recent years. Comment.

Challenge to Florida violation of Carib children’s rights

People: Attorneys in Miami have filed a federal suit arguing that scores of American students who were born in the United States as children of undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants are being wrongly denied the right to pay in-state tuition at Florida’s colleges and universities. Comment.

Food Day -- Inspiring people to eat healthy affordable food

Food: Coming from people who know the value of a day, Food Day on October 24 presented an opportunity to inspire people to seek healthy, affordable food and to encourage them to rebuild their personal connection to food and its impact on their health. In this high-tech, fast- and processed-food world, people—especially young people—have become disconnected from the food they eat, where it comes from and its effect on the environment. Comment.

Friday, Oct. 21, 2011

REGGAE CULTURE SALUTE

Music: Reggae Culture Salute returns to Nazareth Performance Center in Brooklyn on Saturday, Nov. 5 starting at 7:30 p.m. Comment.

Medicare changes you should know

Health: If you have Medicare or are turning 65 soon and will be enrolling in it, you need to be aware of new and proposed changes that could impact your life. Comments (1).

Esther Armah’s new play ‘Saviour?

Arts & Theater: “Saviour?” a provocative new drama plays a limited engagement at the Dwyer Cultural Center, 258 St. Nicholas Avenue at 123rd Street between St. Nicholas Ave. & Frederick Douglass Blvd., through Sunday, Oct. 30. Comment.

Touching tale of female empowerment

Movies: “The Mighty Macs” Comment.

New drugs control older HIV drug resistance

Health: A new study shows dramatic improvement in the ability of those with HIV to control virus resistant to older antivirals. Comment.

A Garvey Memorial – Groundbreaking event in Jamaica

Jamaica: A recreational park named in honor of Marcus Mosiah Garvey will be erected in Jamaica in his birth parish of St. Ann. Slated to open next year during the Jamaica 50 celebrations, the park will feature a memorial wall, story boards as well as other traditional aspects associated with cultural sites. Comment.

PSA screening remains necessary

Health: In 1987, the PSA test became available and was praised as a life-saving test making it possible to diagnose prostate cancer early enough to achieve a cure or permit treatment to prolong and improve the quality of life. Comment.

Vincentians at home and abroad celebrate independence anniversary.

People: As Vincentians at home and abroad celebrate the 32nd anniversary of political independence, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves has urged nationals at home and abroad to be their “brothers’ keepers.” Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011

Second half turnovers give Canarsie victory

Sports: It was an important mid season game. It was one of the most unique games one could ever see. With both teams playing good defense in the first half, the game took tremendous turns in the second half. Comment.

Community council tackles sex attacks

Queens: It was standing room only at Monday’s 113th Precinct Community Council Meeting. Community residents voiced their concerns about the recent sex attacks in Southeast Queens, including the recent sexual harassment of women near building 15 in Rochdale Village, overnight parking in residential streets and noise complaints. Comment.

Jets look sharp in win over Dolphins

Sports: On an evening when linebacker Larry Grantham, running back Freeman McNeil, defensive end Gerry Philbin, and wide receiver Al Toon were inducted into the New York Jets Ring of Honor, during half time ceremonies, the Jets got out of their slump to the delight of the 70,000 fans, against the Miami Dolphins. Comment.

Economic ties with Carib, Latin America vital for U.S.

Caribbean: A top U.S. official says strong economic relationships with the Caribbean and Latin America are “a strategic necessity.” Comment.

Monroe volleyball cares, beats the Bears!

Bronx: Looking spiffy in their specially designed pink warmup shirts and sneaker laces, the Monroe Mustangs women’s volleyball team dedicated the evening to fighting breast cancer. Then they did what they do best, win volleyball games. They beat a good Harcum team, 3-0 (25-20, 25-11, 25-16) to improve their season record to 21-2 and extend their winning streak to 18. Comment.

Trin-i-tee 5:7 launches new video

Music: Trin-i-tee 5:7 has launched their new video “Bring Your Praise” on ESSENCE.com on Wednesday, Oct. 12. It will soon be available to all video and online music outlets. Angel & Chanelle Deluxe marks the group’s seventh recording to date and the group’s transition from a trio to a duo. Comment.

Global crisis challenges affect the region

Caribbean: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says despite the region’s “generally sound macroeconomic fundamentals,” the latest global economic and financial crisis presents a range of challenges. Comment.

Mt. Pisgah celebrates its 82nd anniversary

Brooklyn: On Sept. 19, 1929, Rev. Salina A. Perry under the direction of the Holy Spirit began her mission in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The mission grew to become the Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church. Comment.

Brooklyn church celebrates first  anniversary

Brooklyn: The Brooklyn Community Church, where the Rev. Dr. Fred Lucas is founder and senior pastor, presented its first Anniversary Gospel Benefit Concert on Friday, Oct. 7. Comments (1).

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011

KELLER’S LAST HURRAY

Sports: Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller in his last regular season MLS home game made a save on Bobby Burling’s header to ensure the 2-1 victory over San Jose Earthquakes last Saturday night. Comment.

Sun Kulcha

New York: Dinner/Dance The First Mary Magdalene Temple of Faith Church will hold a dinner/dance at the Chrystal Manor, 1460 Flatbush Ave., between Glenwood & Farragut roads, Brooklyn, 10:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m. For more information, call (718) 953-3048. Comment.

UNITED AGAINST THE PPP

Guyana: With just about six weeks to go before Guyanese vote for a new government, opposition parties are ratcheting up attacks on the governing People’s Progressive Party (PPP) for alleged blatant use of state resources including the use of government trucks to transport supporters to rallies, timing house-lot allocations to coincide with rallies and for an unrelenting total control of state television and radio channels. Comment.

Haitian cultural evening in Tribeca

Arts & Theater: The Haiti Cultural Exchange & Soho Photo will be hosting a Haitian cultural evening on Friday, Oct. 21 with photography, spoken word and Haitian jazz at Soho Photo, 15 White St. in Tribeca, from 6:30 p.m. onwards. Comment.

U.S. Cubans blast Obama deal with Havana

Cuba: Cuban American leaders in South Florida have blasted the Obama administration for reportedly offering to discuss with Havana a string of concessions, including cuts in U.S.-funded democracy programs, if it frees U.S. government subcontractor Alan P. Gross. Comment.

Trophy to be named after Clive Lloyd

Sports: The West Indies Cricket Board has announced that the Regional Super 50 winners trophy will be named after Clive Lloyd, the former West Indies captain. Comment.

U.S. fast boats to patrol East Carib seas

Caribbean: The U.S. is to donate fast interdiction boats and equipment to several of the small Eastern Caribbean trade bloc islands in the coming months as part of a plan to improve the capability of governments to fight the narco trade, weapons and other smuggling, officials said at the weekend. Comment.

Monday, Oct. 17, 2011

HOT NIGHT OF LATIN MASTERS

Music: Nine-time Grammy Award-winning saxophonist, clarinetist and composer Paquito D’Rivera will be performing at the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. Comment.

Recession buster business expo

Business: New York City history was made on Sept. 22 at the NYS Armory located at Manhattans 68 Lexington Avenue, when The Greater N.Y. Chamber of Commerce hosted its 15th Annual Business Expo. Comment.

Gayle to play for Dolphins

Sports: Hard-hitting West Indies opener Chris Gayle will ply his trade in Durban next year when he turns out for Dolphins in South Africa’s Twenty20 Pro20 series. Comment.

Change is on the menu at schools

Viewpoints: Do you know what your children are eating for lunch at school today? Do you know where it came from? On average, two of every three school children eat a National School Lunch Program lunch and consume about one-third of their total calories from that meal each weekday. Unfortunately, that food travels over 2500 miles to get to them. Comment.

Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011

These cakes won’t bite but you will

Food: It’s fright night! Vampire-themed goodies cast a spooky spell on ghoulish guests this Halloween. To charm your gathering long past dawn, entertaining experts from Wilton recommend serving an array of lip-smacking snacks and a sip of “blood red” Strawberry Cooler. These supernatural recipe sensations are sure to summon vampires of all ages to enjoy your devilishly delicious treats ... and maybe a few tricks. Comment.

Sharpe’s career continues to soar

Music: To be passionate, simply put, is to be compelled or ruled by an overwhelming feeling or emotion. But so many of us set aside our passions and instead live our lives in safe mode. Not dynamic Jamaican entertainment artiste “Sharp.” Comment.

Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011

Local designers for Cayman Fashion Solstice

Music: Fashion designer Roger Gary will join Cesar Galindo, finalist from Bravo TV’s “The Fashion Show,” and local designers Devon Scott and Johnny Vincent to bring international appeal, glamour and fashion forward collections to the runway of the second Cayman Fashion Solstice set for Oct. 20-23. Comment.

Friday, Oct. 14, 2011

Balancing your essential fats

Health: For many years we have heard that fats are bad for us. We have been told since the 1950s that high fat diets contribute to cardiovascular disease and since the average Western diet includes close to 40 percent of calories from fat, the American Heart Association has encouraged us to reduce or restrict fat in our diets. Manufacturers have jumped on the bandwagon and have given us products touted as being “low fat” or “no fat,” but although we have adjusted our diets, we have still gained weight. Comment.

Rock‘em-sock‘em robot saga

Movies: Boxer-turned-fledgling fight promoter Charlie Kenton’s (Hugh Jackman) dreams of winning a world title were dashed the day robots began replacing human beings in the ring. Broke and in a losing battle with booze, he currently finds himself struggling to stay a step ahead of all the impatient loan sharks holding his IOUs. Comment.

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC), Justice Hugh Rawlins said judges of the ECSC and the Court of Appeal have borne the burdens of the court system workload and that not even their colleagues in England have such a heavy workload. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Being Elmo (Unrated) Puppeteer profile of Kevin Clash, a Black man from Baltimore who made it out of the ‘hood to enjoy an enduring career as the voice of one of the most beloved Sesame Street characters. Featuring appearances by Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell and Frank Oz. Comment.

The Immune System: Nothing to sneeze at

Health: The human body is an incredible, complex workhorse that receives very little consideration until pain, sickness or disease manifests itself to bring our attention to the fact that something is not functioning correctly. Only then do we stop to wonder what is happening, what needs to be done to stop the problem, and what we could have done to prevent it. Comment.

Montserrat’s first premier sworn in

Montserrat: Reuben Theodore Meade was recently sworn in as the first premier of Montserrat as it adopted a new constitution, which the head of government acknowledged is not a perfect document. Comment.

Preventing urinary tract stones

Health: There are many different kinds of stones that can form in the urinary tract. Each type of stone may be caused by its own particular unique abnormality of body chemistry and physiology. Accordingly, there are as many causes of stone formation as there are particular types of stone. Comment.

Open house at Brooklyn Autism Center

Brooklyn: What: Open House at Brooklyn Autism Center Comment.

Threat to children justifies additional exhibit hours, says group

In order to better warn parents of the threat to children of psychiatric drugs, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights New York announced Wednesday that their free “Psychiatry: An Industry of Death” exhibit is adding extra hours for working parents. Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011

The life & career of Harry Belafonte

Movies: HBO Documentary Films New York premiered critically acclaimed HBO documentary “Sing Your Songs” chronicling the life & iconic career of legendary entertainer and Civil Rights hero Harry Belafonte at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem on Oct. 6. Comment.

Team Jamaica Bickle’s 5K Run

Sports: With just about seven months to go before the annual Penn Relays, Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB) is gearing up for a sterling 2012 season of activities, and will start with a 5K Run at Baisley Park, Queens, New York on Saturday, Oct. 15. Comment.

Mets should let Reyes stay

Sports: Will most of the players on the current roster of the New York Mets come back next year to a team that finished the season on a high note even thought they failed to make the playoffs? That is a big question as of now. Of course, Terry Collins will return as manager for his second and third years. Comment.

Community garden gets a makeover

Manhattan: More than 60 volunteers from Columbia University, Lend Lease (formerly Bovis Lend Lease) and graduates from the New York City Small Business Services/Columbia University business mentorship program converged on an Upper Manhattan community garden to clean and enhance the area for the seniors and children who frequent the garden last month. Comment.

Petert Tosh birthday salute

Music: Fans of militant Jamaican reggae singer Peter Tosh will pay tribute to one of the most significant Black singers of the 20th Century who would be 67 next week. Regarded as one of the great, militant musicians of all time, with songs such as ‘No Nuclear War’, the Grammy-winning activist, born Winston Hubert McIntosh in Grange Hill, western Jamaica on Oct. 19, 1944, He later went on to Kingston, where he met Robert Nesta (Bob) Marley and Neville O’Reilly “Bunny” Livingston, who had similar musical dreams. Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011

Sun Kulcha

Health Fair The Paerdegat Athletic Club is hosting a Health Fair & Fundraiser for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society featuring screenings for blood pressure, blood glucose, BMI measuring & includes karate & gymnastic exhibits, & health professionals along with health products, face painting & balloons, 12 noon - 4:00 p.m.. For information, contact (718) 209-1010 or (347) 517-7257. Comment.

Homecoming at Bed-Stuy Volunteer Ambulance Corps

Brooklyn: EMT students, volunteers, instructors and visitors at Bed-Stuy Volunteer Ambulance Corps (BSVAC) all know who Joe Perez is, even though most of them had never met him. They know that Joe was the EMT who served as the partner of James (“Rocky”) Robinson in NYC’s Emergency Medical Service and co-founded BSVAC more than two decades ago. Comments (1).

No end to Trinidad & Tobago curfew

Trinidad and Tobago: Authorities in Trinidad have decided to continue curfews and emergency rule in certain areas in Trinidad, saying that the lowest number of murders recorded in a decade justifies the special powers granted to police, the military and the Prison Service in recent weeks. Comment.

Illegal Cuban migration to the US on the rise

Immigration: United States Homeland Security Department agencies say the number of undocumented Cubans intercepted at sea or who reached U.S. shores in the past 12 months soared by more than 100 percent, reversing a three-year downward trend. Comment.

Rashaw wins Bed-Stuy 10K

Sports: Derese Rashaw, #2989, cutting two minutes off the Bedford Stuyvesant 10K record, was the first man in on Sunday, Oct. 9 with a time of 42.01.9. Comment.

Launch of ambitious housing plan for Haiti

Haiti: With help from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Haitian President Michel Martelly has launched an ambitious housing initiative in which families are getting US$500 in rental subsidies. Comment.

FIFA suspends CFU official

Sports: FIFA Ethics Committee has handed out their fourth ban connected with the bribery scandal by suspending leading Caribbean Football Union (CFU) official Colin Klass of Guyana for 26 months. Comment.

The revolution will be multiplied

Viewpoints: I wasn’t sure what to expect on the sunny and gusty afternoon of Wednesday, Oct.er 5, 2011, when I left a lunch meeting in the Wall Street area of Lower Manhattan, New York City. Comment.

Rescuing the middle-class from Washington’s failed energy strategies

People: As fall approaches, working-class families find themselves struggling with rising energy costs that consume an ever-larger percentage of their disposable income. As the decades roll by, it seems that more and more of our paychecks are required just to keep the lights on, the car running and the house warm in winter. Comment.

Caribbean destinations, airlines compete for World Travel Awards

Travel: The London-based World Travel Awards (WTA) said on Oct. 6 that St. Lucia, Barbados, Jamaica and the Bahamas are among the nations that will compete head-to-head for the coveted title of “Caribbean’s Leading Destination” at the marquee VIP WTA ceremony in Montego Bay, Jamaica, on Oct, 19. Comment.

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011

Mentorship program for Black males

People: The Emerging Leaders Mentorship Program for Black Males is a year-round program specifically designed for Black male teens. It provides three phases of leadership development. New members are added to the program each June and remain in the program until they graduate from high school. Comment.

Ravi Rampaul tops wicket taking

Sports: Trinidad & Tobago and West Indies medium fast bowler Ravi Rampaul has so far picked up 12 wickets in the Champions League Twenty20 2011 series. Comment.

SIGH OF RELIEF

Sports: It took four matches for his first win as U.S. men’s national team coach, but now, German-born Jurgen Klinsmann can breathe a sigh of relief as the U.S. defeated Honduras, 1-0, in an international friendly Saturday night in Miami’s Sunlight Stadium. Comment.

Haynes prepares for City Marathon

Sports: Noel Haynes turned in a successful performance in the Fifth Avenue Mile in Manhattan. Now he feels confident heading into the New York City Marathon to be held on Sunday, Nov. 6 starting in Staten Island and ending in Manhattan. Last November he ran the NYC Marathon in 3 hours 48 minutes. Comment.

Marlon Samuels returns to bowling

Sports: West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels has been cleared to bowl again in international matches more than three years after he was banned for an illegal bowling action. Comment.

Bermuda beats Trinidad and Tobago 2-1

Sports: The tiny Atlantic island of Bermuda has a way of getting up for games against their big neighbors Trinidad and Tobago. They nearly sent the Soca Warriors out of South Africa 2010 qualifying on the strength of an inspirational home win, and many of those same players – John Nusum and captain Khano Smith in particular – repeated the dose in qualifying on Friday. Comment.

New Haitian PM focuses on inspiring hope

Haiti: For months, new Haitian Prime Minister Garry Conille worked behind the scenes to rebuild his earthquake-ravaged, French-speaking Caribbean country, Now, as the man in charge of leading its next government, he says he wants to inspire hope. Comment.

Guyanese head to the polls Nov. 28

Guyana: As was widely expected, Guyanese will vote for a new government on Nov. 28 in a scenario that probably represents the best chance for a combined opposition group to unseat the governing People’s Progressive Party (PPP) after 19 consecutive years in office. Comment.

Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011

Wheel and come again

Music: The New York based Braata Folk Singers, under the Artistic Direction of Jamaican-born actor, singer and producer Andrew Clarke have scored the biggest success of their two-year existence with Wheel An’ Come Again - their 2011 concert season. Comment.

Man on a film mission

Arts & Theater: Young cinematographer Yaphet Jackman wants his audience to remember his name because according to him, he is a man on a mission to succeed in creating an institution in Guyana that would teach visual arts, media and film to young aspiring filmmakers. Comments (2).

Elements of the Caribbean

Music: Fashion designer to the stars Francis Hendy is prepping his exquisite menswear collection for the runway of the second Cayman Islands Fashion Solstice, scheduled for Grand Cayman on Saturday, Oct. 22. Comment.

OECS completes tourism policy

Travel: A common tourism policy for the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) was set to get off the ground on Oct. 1. Comment.

Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011

Innovative supportive housing with jobs attached

People: Concern for Independent Living, a leading nonprofit provider of supportive housing, held a ribbon cutting Oct. 6 at the Rochester Avenue Apartments, an innovative supportive housing development bringing more than a dozen new jobs to the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. Comment.

Friday, Oct. 7, 2011

SOUL STEPS

Arts & Theater: The Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College presents “Soul Steps” at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater, John Jay College, 899 Tenth Avenue, NYC on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Comment.

How to save money on health care

Health: When it comes to health care, most Americans are caught between rising insurance prices and the spiraling costs of doctor’s visits and prescription drugs. Comment.

Politics makes for strange bedfellows

Movies: “The Ides of March” Comment.

Cooking for a cause

Food: If you love to entertain and want to support a good cause, now you can do both at the same time. Comment.

Mary Mary bringing something big to Lehman

Music: Tina and Erica Campbell (a.k.a. Mary Mary) had a day filled with schedules, interviews, family and music when they met with this journalist to talk about their latest CD MARY MARY: “Something Big.” Comment.

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: Elmeade Jarvis, one of the three persons found guilty in April for defrauding the Medical Benefits Scheme (MBS) during his tenure as accountant, has been granted bail, pending his appeal against conviction and two years in prison. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

America the Beautiful 2 (Unrated) Filmmaker Darryl Roberts directs another thought-provoking expose’ examining the cultural pressures which lead to eating disorders and an unhealthy obsession with thinness. Comment.

Flu Season Facts

Health: I haven’t heard anything about H1N1 for a while. Are they vaccinating against it this year? Comment.

Bedwetting and morning urinary frequency

Health: Newborn infants have no control over urination. Gradually, as a child grows, control is gained, at first while awake and eventually during sleep as well. By puberty almost, but not quite all children will have outgrown the problem. Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011

Golding resigning over ‘Coke saga’

Jamaica’s Prime Minister Bruce Golding admitted on Oct. 2 that he had lost the confidence of Jamaicans to run the country and breached the island’s constitution in the scandal surrounding his handling of the extradition of the convicted drug lord and gang leader Christopher “Dudus” Coke. Comment.

Guyana, Venezuela border dispute

Venezuela: The foreign ministers of Guyana and neighboring Venezuela were forced to hold an emergency meeting in Port of Spain, Trinidad last weekend seeking to ease tensions over an application by Guyana to the United Nations to extend the country’s continental shelf by a further 150 miles to allow investors to explore for deep sea oil, gas and other resources. Comment.

Sun Kulcha

New York: Circle of Sisters Expo Join Cole Network System, Inc. (CNS) at Circle of Sisters Expo 2011 hosting a variety of speakers, seminars, & representing more than 200 vendors & companies, 10/8 & 9 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, 655 West 34 St. at 11 Ave. For Javits Center information, call (212) 216-2000. For CNS information, call (212) 539-6020. Comment.

Caribbean migration problems

Trinidad and Tobago: PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Sep. 29 - With the exception of those pictures of Haitians in overcrowded, unseaworthy vessels trying to reach places like The Bahamas and the United States, the image of the Caribbean is usually not one that portrays people from poor developing countries desperately trying to scratch out a living among the scattered islands. Comment.

Guyana president shuts down opponent’s tv station

Guyana: In what is being called one of the worst acts of abuse of power in decades, outgoing President Bharrat Jagdeo has banned a Guyanese opposition television station from operating for four straight months, just days before he names a date for general elections due by the end of this year. Comment.

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011

Activists outline plan for police accountability

New York: A meeting co-convened by several activist organizations and leaders met Thursday, Sept. 29, in Manhattan to develop a strategy to determine the next steps in the police accountability movement. Comment.

RED BULLS HOLD ON

Sports: The New York Red Bulls held onto the last MLS play-off spot with its 1-1 draw at Toronto’s BMO Field on Saturday night, thanks to Thierry Henry’s 88th minute goal. Comment.

Paradigm shift needed to effect change

Viewpoints: The recent comments by President Barack Obama regarding “Blacks should stop complaining” is certainly a concern of African Americans. As a community of about 30 million African Americans the current dilemma that we face is a serious concern, but we need to be operating out of our circle of influence instead of concern. Comment.

Monroe’s Harriers need improvement

Sports: It’s early in the season, but we’ll get better! Comment.

Gayle’s future uncertain

Sports: Beleaguered opener Chris Gayle has admitted he is unsure about his future in West Indies cricket. Comment.

Windies batsmen must score more

Sports: West Indies batsmen must focus on scoring bigger. After having a good start at the wicket, batsmen must work harder to bat on and make scores that can be beneficial to the team. With the experienced Chris Gayle and Ramneresh Sarwan out, the other players must step up and show their qualities. Comment.

Vincentians get taste of Garifuna culture

Citizens of the Eastern Caribbean country of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, also known as Yurumein, received a rare and magical cultural treat from July 28 to Aug. 21. Comment.

Friday, Aug. 26, 2011

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Apollo 18 (Unrated) Found-footage horror flick, set in 1974, shedding light on a government cover-up of a NASA space mission on which the crew of astronauts were attacked by parasitic life forms they discovered on the moon. Comment.

T&T music icon Pat Bishop is dead

Music: The Caribbean entertainment industry has been plunged into mourning as one of Trinidad and Tobago’s leading icons in the arts and music, Pat Bishop, 71, died while attending a meeting of the High Level Panel to Guide the Implementation of Arts, Cultural and Entrepreneurial Projects at the Ministry of Planning and the Economy in Port of Spain last week. Comment.
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