News

Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011

GUYANA VOTE IN DOUBT

Guyana: Guyana’s elections commission was on Wednesday night fixing to announce a winner of presidential and general elections held on Monday but indications were up to press time that the main opposition grouping was unlikely to accept any result showing that they had lost to the incumbent People’s Progressive Party (PPP), which was seeking a fifth consecutive five-year term amidst widespread allegations of corruption, the spectacular growth of the narco trade and over-taxation of ordinary Guyanese. Comment.

Homes for needy Haitians

Haiti: “At first, I really didn’t want to go,” said Rodneyse Bichotte, whose day job in Corporate Development Mergers and Acquisitions at American Express and her other job as Democratic District Leader in the 42nd Assembly District in Brooklyn, a non-paid elected position, keeps her really busy. Comments (2).

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011

The Colonial Nutcracker opens at Brooklyn Center for the Performimg Arts

Arts & Theater: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2011-2012 Target FamilyFun series with its annual holiday presentation of Dance Theatre in Westchester’s The Colonial Nutcracker on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Comment.

Brooklyn Cagers Off and Flying

New York: The combination of Amil John and Tyshawn Russell in the backcourt paved the way for the Brooklyn College basketball team last year when this duo were juniors. With the additional year of experience they expect to step ‘it up’ another level. Comment.

Rousing approval for Chin’s Souldance at New York book launch

Books: Thunderous applause and a standing ovation from avid literary arts lovers cheered Jamaican writer Jean Lowrie-Chin on at the recent New York City launch of her book Souldance at the corporate offices of Ruder Finn Inc in midtown Manhattan. The audience in the jam-packed room was riveted by the passionate and dynamic readings of some of Lowrie Chin’s favorite poems and writings, some of which go back several years. Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011

How to fix distrust in government

People: The latest New York Times/CBS News poll had bad news for Congress, whose support is down to single digits. But it had even worse news for the Republic. Americans’ distrust of government, the pollsters found, is “at its highest level ever.” Comment.

American Red Cross ‘Thank You’

People: During this season of hope and thanksgiving, the Greater New York Red Cross reflects on the generosity of those who helped us bring comfort and assistance to our neighbors in need this year. Comment.

Creating an AIDS-free generation

National: AIDS has killed 30 million people around the world, and 34 million are living with HIV. Today, I want to focus on the three key interventions that can make it possible to achieve an AIDS-free generation. Comment.

Brooklyn U.S.A honors scholar athletes

New York: A group of scholar athletes were honored recently by Brooklyn U.S.A. Athletic Association, Inc. for their contributions to the world of sports and to the community at large. Comment.

Monday, Nov. 28, 2011

Sun Kulcha

New York: Birthday Bash CPAC, 1020 East 48 St. Brooklyn, presents Birthday Bash featuring Caribbean Dancehall artist Movado with music by Reemo The CEO, Elegance Sounds, DJ Elly, Mischievous Marfie, DJ Muff Man, TEK 9 Movement & Troopa Traloopa. Tickets on sale at all local Caribbean Ticket Outlets or online at www.tix4me.com or www.shellcartel.com. For information, call (718) 282-8041 or (646) 434-5390. Comment.

Influential Black Brit music genre

Movies: Have you ever even heard of a smooth type of British music called Lovers Rock? Me either. But don’t let that stop you from checking out this alternately entertaining and educational documentary detailing the history of what was actually a very influential, if underappreciated, genre. Comments (1).

‘Opera Is Hot’ in Harlem

Music: “Opera Is Hot” will be presented during five performances at The Faison Firehouse on Dec. 3 and Dec. 4 in Harlem. Comment.

Freddie Jackson to rock the stage

Arts & Theater: Rhythm and blues singer Freddie Jackson will portray the role of Reverend Bolden when he makes his acting debut next month in a play entitled “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.” Comment.

Kwanzaa begins at Medgar Evers College

New York: The premiere of Brooklyn’s Kwanzaa celebration kicks off on Dec. 17 at Medgar Evers College, 1150 Carroll St. The traditional annual, which feeds patrons with a free holiday treat, promises a potpourri of cultural activities including performances by Shanto, Cowteff, Carl Williams, Wayne Russell, and the Imani dancers. Vendors will display crafts and cultural items throughout the gymnasium. Comment.

Advances in treating prostate enlargement

Health: Prostate microwave thermotherapy is an ultra-modern, office-based, non-surgical, one-time long-lasting treatment for benign prostate enlargement. This is the latest in an ongoing series of scientific and technological advances designed to relieve the annoying symptoms caused by this common male problem. Comment.

Babyboomers most at risk for Hepatitis C virus

Health: Baby boomers, adults born between 1946-1964, are most at risk for Hepatitis C because they are more likely to have been exposed to dangerous risk factors decades ago, such as sharing a drug needle, being tattooed or pierced with unsterilized tools or receiving a tainted blood transfusion. Two thirds of people diagnosed with the disease fall into this age range. Comment.

Rowe takes cricket association to court

West Indies batting legend Lawrence Rowe is taking legal action against the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) for their decision to remove his name from the Players Pavilion at Sabina Park. Comment.

Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011

U.S., Eastern Caribbean discuss security

Trinidad and Tobago: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder recently met with attorneys general from the Eastern Caribbean countries to talk about security matters. Comment.

Edwidge Danticat awarded Langston Hughes medal

Books: Prolific writer and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Edwidge Danticat was featured on the City College (CCNY) campus on Nov. 18. Comment.

LIU runners head to indoor track

Sports: One of the top cross country runners in the area happens to come from Long Island University. He competes for a college that overall cannot match up with some of the decent ones such as Central Connecticut, Monmouth, Robert Morris, Princeton, Albany, Marist, Fordham, Sacred Heart, and the list goes on. Comment.

Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011

Caribbean Round_Up

St Kitts and Nevis: A second woman is now in police custody in connection with a report of human trafficking. Comment.

Kevin Byrd is health & wellness chairman

Long Island: On Nov. 7 the 100 Black Men of Long Island, Inc. appointed Kevin Byrd to serve as health & wellness chairman to raise awareness of activities that African American can pursue which lead to healthier lives and combat health disparities. Comment.

CARICOM, U.S. address security challenges

National: Washington and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries have agreed to strengthen the region’s security structures and institutions and improve ties between CARICOM and the Dominican Republic, in order to more effectively promote regional and international coordination to address the security challenges facing the Caribbean. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Answers to Nothing (R for violence, profanity, nudity and graphic sexuality) Lost souls saga, set in L.A., about a miserably-married woman (Elizabeth Mitchell) too desperate to have a child to confront her philandering husband (Dane Cook) about his infidelity. With Barbara Hershey, Julie Benz and Kali Hawk. Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011

Canadian military eyes new Carib staging base

Jamaica: A top Canadian military official says that Ottawa is negotiating an arrangement with Jamaica to allow the Canadian military to stage out of the Caribbean island in the event of trouble or even natural disasters in the region. Comments (1).

Independence Message from the New York Consul General

Barbados: Fellow Barbadians. Comment.

Annual Double Dutch classic returns to The Big Apple

Manhattan: Once again, jumpers from Europe will join counterparts from Japan and cities across the United States to see which country will win the best-in-the-show contest when the 20th Annual Double Dutch Holiday Classic gets under way 1:00 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Harlem’s world famous Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th St. in Manhattan. Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011

US begins deportation case reviews

The Department of Homeland Security says it has begun reviewing deportation cases before immigration courts and started a nationwide training program for enforcement agents and prosecuting lawyers. Comment.

Inspirational doc films at Doc NYC

Movies: Jonathan Demme has added a new documentary film, “I’m Caroline Parker: The Good, The Mad and The Beautiful,” to his filmography and it screened last week at the Doc NYC film festival in Manhattan. Comment.

Regents endorse financial aid for undocumented students

People: New York State Board of Regents has endorsed the federal Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act that would allow Caribbean and other immigrant students to obtain permanent residency, earn high school diplomas and go on to college. Comment.

India wins second Test by wide margin

Sports: India took control of the second Test match from start to finish with some fascinating display of batting and bowling. Comment.

Not exactly a field of GOP dreams

Viewpoints: The plan devised by Republicans to arrange a pretty heavy schedule of debates for candidates vying for the 2012 nomination is, on its face, a commendable representation of democracy in action. Still, one would hardly be surprised if there’s considerable second-guessing among the strategists responsible for setting this course, given the extent to which the debates have produced results not at all flattering to this alleged cream of the GOP crop. Comment.

Last year’s Ford frosh makes jump

Sports: Last winter the freshmen’s basketball team at Brooklyn’s Bishop Ford advanced to the semi-finals of the Catholic High Schools Athletic Association Intersectional playoffs during a successful 11-5 season. Comment.

Marilyn’s Musical Thanksgiving

Music: Last Saturday, Nov. 19, soprano Marilyn Oliver gave a Thanksgiving Celebration concert at the South Oxford Space in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Thomas Siklos accompanied her on the piano and steel panist Sheldon Rathan was a guest artist. Comments (3).

Galaxy, Beckham win MLS Cup

Sports: There was much at stake in the 2011 MLS Cup championship game between the Los Angeles Galaxy and the Houston Dynamo last Sunday night at Home Depot Center. The 2011 MLS Coach of the Year and Galaxy coach, Bruce Arena, and his counterpart, Houston’s Dominick Kinnear, were both seeking their second MLS Cup victory; the Galaxy not only had the pressure as favorites but had the added pressure of having to protect its undefeated home record this year. Comment.

Monday, Nov. 21, 2011

Sun Kulcha

Music: Anniversary Dance The Montserrat Progressive Society of N.Y. is hosting its 97th Anniversary Dance at the Bishop Perry/Moore Hall, 57 West 138 St., Harlem, featuring music by Exclusive Vibes & Sounds of New York along with Montserrat favorite dishes of goat water, salt fish cake & johnny bakes, 9:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m. For information & to obtain tickets, call Malika Barber, coordinator, at (646) 245-0301. Comment.

BOLT IS UPBEAT

MONACO (AP) — Usain Bolt wants to go for four gold medals at next summer’s London Olympics, adding the 4x400 meters relay to his usual schedule of three sprint events. Comment.

Democratic Blackness vs. Republican Blackness

Viewpoints: Ever since Republican Herman Cain, a self-described “Black conservative,” remarked that two-thirds of Black Democrats are “brainwashed,” the question of his “Blackness” has been contrasted with that of President Obama. Beyond the resentment from brainwashing claims, this issue should prompt discourse and partisan introspection to determine if Blackness “politically exists” in either party. Comment.

An awarding night for AUDELCO

Arts & Theater: There are few mediums that put life on stage, upfront and personal as does theatre. It’s a venue that allows life to play out wherein both the actor and the audience get to experience the multi-dimensional scope of life, past and present; staged, directed, written, lighted, costumed, produced, set to music, choreographed, costumed and even scored. Comment.

Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011

Inside the Pentagon’s Rockwell Family Holiday

Viewpoints: My images of Thanksgiving and the holiday season are like a Norman Rockwell tableau: Happy, smiling faces giving thanks and taking time to list the big things: Health, family, security. Comment.

Civic Leaders of Tomorrow Fellows

People: The selection process was difficult - from 40 applicants where five were chosen - for the 2011 “Civic Leaders of Tomorrow” Fellows, announced at a brief ceremony at the Manhattan Borough President’s office, Nov. 9. Comment.

Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011

Gay sex law repeal depends on Jamaicans

Jamaica: Despite renewed pressure from Britain for Jamaica to repeal its gay sex law, new Prime Minister Andrew Holness says it will be up to Jamaicans to signal such a desire. Comment.

Heritage Awards for Carib industry leaders

People: The Washington-based Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) paid special tribute to eight Caribbean Americans who it claims have “blazed paths of success” in the arts, science, technology, business and the media. Comment.

Friday, Nov. 18, 2011

Caribbean Round_Up

Trinidad and Tobago: A delegation from the Nevis Island government, headed by Premier Joseph Parry met recently with LIAT’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Brian Challenger and other senior LIAT officials to agree on joint efforts for promoting that island destination for the upcoming 2011-2012 winter tourism season. Comment.

Taiwan puts the squeeze on Grenada

Grenada: The Grenada government is warning that Taiwan’s aggressive effort to collect a US$28 million judgment will hurt the tourism-dependent economy of the Caribbean island. Comment.

Skeletons in J. Edgar Hoover’s closet

Movies: “J. Edgar” Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Artist (PG-13 for a crude gesture and a disturbing image) Black & white film, set in Hollywood in 1927, chronicling the contrasting fortunes of a fading, silent movie star (Jean Dujardin) and an emerging ingénue (Berenice Bejo) positioned to leverage her big break in the talkies. With John Goodman, James Cromwell, Malcolm McDowell and Penelope Ann Miller. Comment.

Healthy Holiday Recipes

Food: Eating healthy during the holidays can be difficult. Between scrumptious sweets and hearty special occasion meals, the extra calories can quickly add up. Comment.

Treating prostate stones with TUMT

Health: Stones buried within the flesh of the prostate can be present for years without symptoms. Prostate stones found on sonography are usually a big surprise for the patient. That’s because most of the time, such stones reside “silently” within the prostate gland, located at the base of the urinary bladder. Comments (4).

Fighting chest colds and bronchitis

Health: We’re about to enter cold and flu season. There’s a good chance you or someone in your family may develop a chest cold and cough this winter. If you get sick, call your doctor’s office, and find out what you can do at home to ease symptoms without medication. Doctors know that sick patients may ask for strong medicines like antibiotics, but there are concerns with taking these drugs too often. Comment.

Breast cancer risk not always ‘all in the family’ says study

Health: Do you have a family member with a BRCA gene mutation and so you’re concerned about your own risk of developing cancer? Well, a new study may provide you with a reason for breathing a sigh of relief. Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011

The Harlem Holiday Doll Show and Sale

Bronx: The Morrisania Doll Society will present The Harlem Holiday Doll Show and Sale, on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Harlem Landmark Galleries, 467 West 144th St. from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m. Comment.

Gayle responds to WICB’s demands

Sports: Embattled West Indies batsman Chris Gayle has lashed back at the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), calling on the body to publicly explain what statement he needed to apologize for or retract. Comment.

Think tank urges US to do more for Cuba

Cuba: A new report by the Washington-based think tank, Center for Democracy in the Americas, has urged the United States to do more to encourage market reforms and restructuring now underway in Cuba. Comment.

US Attorney General holds key meetings on 2nd Caribbean trip

Grenada: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is attending a two-day meeting of ministers and high-level officials responsible for public security in the Americas in Trinidad this week. He also is using the opportunity to meet with high-level regional officials including the prime ministers of Grenada and Barbados where he has ancestral roots. Comment.

Erasmus advances to second round

Sports: To open their playoff run, in the PSAL post season Championship tournament, under sunny skies, Erasmus HS defeated JFK HS by a score of 28-0. Comment.

Jets stage health & safety symposium

Sports: Injuries, including concussions, were a big topic of discussion at the first National Football League Health and Safety Forum in the Lexus Club of MetLife Stadium before the New England Patriots turned back the host New York Jets in a battle for first place. Comment.

Sun Kulcha

Manhattan: How to Help your Child The Brooklyn Chapter of the Coalition for Public Education is sponsoring What Can You Do to Help Your Child/Children Succeed At School? for parents, educators, & educational workers with problem children, led by a panel of educators, focusing on testing, school closings, technology, books, inexperienced teachers & more, 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., at The Bedord Stuyvesant Restoration, 1368 Fulton St., between Brooklyn & New York avenues. For information, call Raheem at (718) 616-9587 or Mr. Weusi at (718) 773-2252. Comment.

Healthfirst opens new corporate HQ

Manhattan: Healthfirst celebrated the opening of its new corporate headquarters at 100 Church Street in Lower Manhattan with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 7. Comment.

Queens College serves low-income students well

Queens: After examining data from nearly 1,200 four-year colleges, Education Trust, a research and advocacy group that promotes high academic achievement for students at all levels, identified Queens College as one of only five schools that do a good job of serving low-income students. Comment.

Three Salsa giants for one night only!

Music: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts celebrates its 31st season with the return of Salsa Palooza, featuring three renowned Salsa singers -- Tito Nieves, La India and Michael Stuart – performing hit after hit from their spectacular careers on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. Comment.

J. Rose Catering presents divine delights

Manhattan: Kings and presidents have dined on his scrumptious delights. As a critically acclaimed chef he has prepared unforgettable meals from Paris to New Orleans and finally in New York where James Rosebud created J. Rose Catering. Comment.

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011

Once again, power’s corrupting ways

Viewpoints: What a dramatic reminder the explosive situation at Penn State University has been, that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely! At the same time, when any other option would have been indefensible, it was somewhat reassuring to see ultimate authority being judiciously and decisively exercised by those in whom it was reposed. Comment.

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.

New aircraft for Carib Airlines

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean Airlines, ATR 72-600, France turboprop Comment.

New US director at Jamaica Mission

Jamaica: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has appointed a career senior Foreign Service Officer as its Jamaica Mission Director. Comment.

Guyana, Antigua in; Trinidad, Haiti out

Sports: The second round of CONCACAF 2014 World Cup qualifying is now a mere formality with only second-leg games of the final series to play; all the group winners who will move to the third and semi-final round have been determined. Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011

Cuba elected to UNESCO executive board

Cuba: Cuba was the only Caribbean country that was elected on Nov. 2 to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) executive board. Comment.

Ashwin and Ojha wreck Windies

Sports: Two debutant spinners for India highlighted the first test match against the West Indies. West Indies scored 304 in their first innings with Shivnarine Chanderpaul scoring 118 and opener Kraigg Braithwaite 63. Comment.

Ceremony commemorates the Howard Beach horror

People: Caribbean Life columnist and reporter Vinette K. Price was honored for her continued commitment to coverage of stories addressing the concerns of various communities and in particular her coverage of the ‘Howard Beach Incident’ of December 1986 which shocked New York when Michael Griffith, a Black teen was struck and killed by a passing car as he ran onto the Belt Parkway to escape a group of white teens who were chasing him, following a verbal exchange in Howard Beach, Queens. Comment.

Monday, Nov. 14, 2011

Is modern technology hurting your eyes?

Health: A world full of personal computers, hand-held video games, smartphones and e-readers is increasing the risk of eye-related problems in many Americans. Comment.

Caribbean actors assist Braata Folk

Music: The second annual concert season of The Braata Folk Singers invited patrons to an evening of Caribbean music and in the process attracted supportive thespians and artists who banded to show solidarity for the company. Comment.

Ways to help lower cholesterol for heart health

Health: Cardiovascular disease is the leading killer of Americans, affecting one in three people, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). And, the problem may be getting worse, as a new study from the AHA predicts that those who have heart disease are expected to increase to more than 40 percent of Americans by 2030. Comment.

IRAWMA returns to mid-west

Music: After making an international outing to Trinidad & Tobago this year, the annual International Reggae & World Music Awards will return to the mid-west where it first started in 1982. Comment.

CHART-TOPPER OFF TO JAMAICA

Music: The first of many blockbuster celebrations slated for Jamaica’s golden anniversary kicks off in January with the debut of a brand new festival headlined by Canadian superstar Celine Dion. Comment.

Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011

The sad saga of slain youth continues

On Thursday, Oct. 3, 2011, I attended a hearing conducted by the NYPD at One Police Plaza in Manhattan, New York . Detectives Michael Oliver and Gescard F. Isnora had to face charges of violating police procedures. Although they were acquitted of criminal charges on April 25, 2008, they had to stand trial in a police court because of violating police regulations. Comment.

Double blind study with placebos is best

Oliver Wendell Holmes, poet, writer, physician, and the probable inspiration for Arthur Conan Doyle’s “Sherlock Holmes,” speaking to the Massachusetts Medical Society in 1860, said, “I firmly believe that if the whole “Materia Medica” (all the medicines in the world), except for digitalis and opium, could be sunk to the bottom of the sea, it would be all the better for mankind … and all the worse for the fishes.” Comment.

Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011

Cops in Labor Day arrest of City councilman face disciplinary charges

People: Three NYPD officers involved in the wrongful arrest of a City Councilman at the West Indian Day Carnival parade in Brooklyn have been disciplined by the department, according to the victim Jumaane D. Williams. Comment.

Friday, Nov. 11, 2011

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados has the highest life expectancy in CARICOM, according to a report released by the United Nations Population Fund. Comment.

Hearty helping of holiday flavor

Food: Whether you’re a first time host or seasoned pro, there are certain secrets to help ensure a holiday meal that is both elegant and effortless. Keeping a few key ingredients on-hand, like Swanson chicken stock and broth, helps make preparing for the main meal a little less stressful and also allows for more options when it comes to dressing up leftovers. Here are some recipes that are sure to please. Comment.

OECS tourism ministers outline action plan

Travel: The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Council of Tourism Ministers has set out an action plan for the implementation of the recently finalized Common Tourism Policy for the sub region. Comment.

Courts opens second store in New York

Courts, the Caribbean’s largest furniture, electronics and appliances retailer has expanded its U.S. presence by opening its second U.S.-based retail property on Nov. 10, in Jamaica, Queens 89-56 165th St., Jamaica, New York. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Another Happy Day (R for pervasive profanity, sexual references, brief graphic nudity and teen drug and alcohol abuse) Dysfunctional family drama chronicling the trials and tribulations of a distraught divorcee (Ellen Barkin) when she ventures to her parents’ (George Kennedy and Ellen Burstyn) estate in Annapolis for the marriage of her estranged son (Michael Nardelli). With Kate Bosworth, Demi Moore and Thomas Haden Church. Comment.

Astrology in romance drama

Movies: Jake Gibson (Cam Gigandet) is eagerly anticipating enjoying a great birthday after reading a horoscope which predicts nothing but the best for Aquarians. Unfortunately, the rosy forecast turns out to be totally inaccurate as everything that could possibly go wrong does go wrong over the course of a bitterly-disappointing, 24 hours. Comment.

UniWorld Group leads the pack for 2nd year in a row

People: Multicultural advertising agency UniWorld Group, Inc., (UWG) for the second year in a row won grand prizes in the Best African American Campaign and African American Print Campaign categories at the 11th Annual Association of National Advertisers (ANA) Multicultural Excellence Awards ceremony held last week in Miami, Florida. Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011

Entrepreneurial workshop at York College

Queens: A free entrepreneurial workshop will take place at York College’s Faculty Dining Room on Nov. 15. Comment.

Brownsville foster child speaks at gala

Brooklyn: Sylvia Pericles, a 16-year-old foster child from Brownsville, told her life story at the Seamen’s Society Black & White Gala before an audience of more than 650 people that included President Bill Clinton. Comment.

Montefiore celebrates 64th anniversary

Bronx: November is National Home Care Month and Montefiore Medical Center is celebrating the 64th anniversary of Montefiore Home Care, the nation’s first hospital-based home care agency. Comment.

Cholera victims seek $250 M from U.N.

Haiti: A Haitian human rights group is seeking at least $250 million in damages from the United Nations and its peacekeeping force in Haiti on behalf of 5,000 cholera victims. Comment.

Monroe Mustangs in national finals

Bronx: The Monroe Mustangs women’s soccer team is treading where they have never gone before. On the strength of Mikaela Howell’s second-half goal, Monroe defeated top-ranked Ocean County College (Toms River, NJ), 1-0 to advance to the NJCAA Division III Women’s National Championship game Sunday at 2:00 p.m. vs. (#4) Montgomery-Rockville(MD), the winner of the other semi-final. Comment.

NYC Marathon a marked success

Sports: In a marathon or in any race, most of the attention is usually focused on the men’s segment of the event. Comment.

West Indies begins series in India

Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla hosted the first of three Tests matches between India and the West Indies this month. Comment.

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011

White House officials meet with New York Chamber on Obama jobs initiative

New York: The Greater New York Chamber of Commerce (GNYCC) hosted an official meeting of the White House Business Council on October 6 to focus on President Obama’s American Jobs Act’s “Putting America Back to Work Initiative.” Comment.

Lehman wins CUNYAC title

Sports: A close, exciting and physical soccer battle matched Lehman of the Bronx and Baruch of Manhattan for the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) post-season tournament title to determine the automatic bid into the Division III NCAA tournament was recently contested. Comment.

Maybe it’s those hats Cain wears

National: Years ago, students of public relations would invariably be introduced to the pseudo-event phenomenon. Among the ingenious practices of the industry, students would learn, would be professionals contriving all manner of “happenings” to draw media attention to a product, a service, a personality or what-have-you. What a bonanza such students would enjoy today if assigned to real-time engagement of a pseudo-event, here in this fantasia-like media fixation with Herman Cain’s implausible presidential nominee aspirations. Comment.

Huddled masses turned away

New York: Emma Lazarus’s sonnet — “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” — greeted generations of immigrants. Comment.

Lincoln still tops, beats Fort Hamilton

Sports: In a highly anticipated game between two of the cities best, Abraham Lincoln HS played very well and defeated Fort Hamilton High School by a score of 22-6. Comment.

Joint fight against air tax needed

Jamaica: Jamaica’s Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has called on all tourism interests in the Caribbean to join in the debate regarding the reversal or adjustment being sought in the application of the controversial Air Passenger Duty (ADP) on travelers from the United Kingdom to the region. Comment.

Winter cruise salute to music legends

Music: Bartlett’s Celebration at Sea will begin its third decade of presenting great fun and phenomenal entertainment. The infamous Bartlett Brothers have booked passage on the fabulous Norwegian Gem, leaving New York January 29 and returning to New York on February 8. Comment.

New York Garifuna group honors a compatriot

St Vincent: The board of directors of the Bronx, N.Y.-based Garifuna Coalition, U.S.A, say they will honor Erline Williams-King, a former aide to the St. Vincent and the Grenadines New York Consul General, at its “Fourth Annual Yellow, White, Black Garifuna Settlement Day 2011” fundraising gala on Nov. 19. Comment.

Philly group honors Vincy community organizer

St Vincent: The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Organization of Pennsylvania, Inc. (SVGOP) on Saturday night bestowed a special honor on prominent community organizer Verna V. Arthur during its annual Independence gala in Philadelphia. Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011

Scrap metal dealers push back against government ban

Trinidad and Tobago: Business groups across the Caribbean dealing in the globally-lucrative scrap metal business are moving to fight export bans by authorities across the region who blame the sector for harboring criminals and for vandalizing key state and private sector installations, saying there is no other area of life where an entire community is punished for the misdeeds of a few. Comment.

WICB demands Gayle apologize

Sports: Embattled West Indies batsman Chris Gayle will have to apologize if he wants to get back in the regional team. Comment.

RED BULLS OUT

Sports: The New York Red Bulls was eliminated for the 2011 MLS playoffs Thursday night when it suffered its second straight defeat at the feet of the Los Angeles Galaxy. Comment.

Windies shine and win Test series

Sports: Four magnificent performaces from two West Indies bowlers and two West Indies batsmen propelled their team to defeat Bangladesh in the second Test match winning the two-match Test series 1-0. Comment.

Closer Carib,LatAm ties with the EU eyed

People: The newly-founded European Union (EU)-Latin America and Caribbean Foundation (EU-LAC) opened its headquarters in Hamburg, Germany, on Nov. 5, aimed at developing economic relations between the German government and Caribbean and Latin American countries. Comment.

Sun Kulcha

People: Milk Carton Molly Tavon Ray Dejon & Jammins Entertainment presents the stage play Milk Carton Molly, a musical by Tarana Peaches about Molly, who goes missing, after her husband goes to prison at C-PAC, 1020 East 48 St., Brooklyn. Doors open 8:00 p.m. For tickets log onto www.tix4me.com & for more information call (718) 282-8041. Comments (1).

Carib Catwalk at USVI Fashion Week in St. Thomas

Music: After a two-year break, USVI Fashion Week founder and CEO Henry Marsham, returned to the helm for this year’s event, held Oct. 4-9 in the majestic Frenchman Resort in St Thomas U.S. Virgin Islands. Comment.

Monday, Nov. 7, 2011

Flo Fox’s solo photo exhibit

Arts & Theater: The Carter Burden Center for the Aging, a non-profit organization in New York City, will host street photographer Flo Fox with her current solo exhibit, “Flo Fox: Photographs 1972-2011,” at its gallery and studio space, Gallery 307, located at 307 Seventh Ave., Suite 1401, in Manhattan. Comment.

FAIRY TALE ON ICE

Arts & Theater: Disney On Ice presents “Dare to Dream,” Disney’s newest princess stories and most beloved fairytale to the ice in a sensational live production. Comment.

The enduring tension: Ideology vs. pragmatism

Viewpoints: When I first served in Congress, in the 1960s and 1970s, I would often sit on the floor of the House and listen carefully to members from both sides. I was trying to figure out the differences between the liberals and the conservatives, and to perceive how those differences could be narrowed or bridged. They broke over how to answer the overriding question of American government — the proper role of government — with liberals seeing an expansive role and conservatives a limited one. At the time, there was plenty of gray area where the two could find common ground. Comment.

‘The First Rasta’ to make N.Y. premiere

Movies: On Nov. 25, the 19th annual African Diaspora International Film Festival returns with a slew of provocative and entertaining cinema representing five continents and emphasizing the perspectives of Africans in those regions. Comment.

Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011

‘Occupy Jamaica’ in solidarity with global protests

Jamaica: A group of disgruntled Caribbean nationals identified as the “Occupy Jamaica” contingent rallied around a popular square in the Kingston capital to show solidarity with the global movement protesting alleged corporate greed and apparent disproportionate services they believe to be prevalent throughout the world. Comment.

Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011

Brooklyn College ladies defeat CCNY

Sports: It was the first Quarter Final Ladies Volleyball ever at Brooklyn College. And the fifth seeded Brooklyn College Bulldogs defeated CCNY in four sets, winning three sets to one. Comment.

Trickle-down tax cuts: A broken record

Viewpoints: I’m one of those “job creators” members of Congress profess to admire so much. Thirty-two years ago, my partner and I started a small business with $300 worth of old records and a booth at the local farmers market. We’re now the biggest independent music store in St. Louis and employ 22 people. Our annual revenue is around $2 million. We’re a classic American success story. Comment.

Friday, Nov. 4, 2011

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: The Organization of American States (OAS) recently donated a firearms-marking machine to the government of Barbados to be used by the Ministry of National Security with the objective of improving controls against the illicit trafficking in this type of weapon. Comment.

Cranberries - Sweet or savory, for any season

Food: Whether you’re looking to add something sweet to salads, baked goods or seasonal dishes, cranberries pack a lot of flavor, as well as important nutrients and antioxidants, and can be added to a variety of dishes, from muffins and cookies to salads and even quesadillas. Comment.

Caribbean hotel mogul honored

Jamaica: Caribbean hotel mogul Gordon “Butch” Stewart was recently honored with the World Travel Awards’ inaugural Tourism Pioneer Award. Comment.

Chapman is new deputy boro prez

Guyana: Guyanese-American Sandra Chapman will work to make literacy programs easily available to residents throughout the borough of Brooklyn, as one of her top priorities as the new Brooklyn deputy borough president. Comment.

Listen very carefully to your best friend

Health: A married man’s best friend is most often his wife and the older he gets, the more he comes to understand the wisdom and truth of that statement. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 11-11-11 (Unrated) Psychological thriller about a best-selling author (Timothy Gibbs) who moves to Barcelona to recover from the loss of his family in a house fire set by a fan only to learn that the number 11 is fated to remain his unlucky number forever. With Wendy Glenn, Michael Landers, Denis Rafter and Salome Jimenez. Comment.

‘Tower Heist’ is so fun, it’s criminal

Movies: “Tower Heist” Comment.

Stroke awareness can save lives

Health: As stroke awareness month drew to a close, several stroke related studies of particular interest were published. These include one showing that Black Americans develop hypertension (high blood pressure) more frequently, and more rapidly, than white Americans. Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011

MoneyGram Red Shop comes to Queens

Queens: The MoneyGram [Marquis] Corporate Image and Branding Platform ‘Red Shop,’ rolled into New York on Tuesday, Oct. 18, bringing its winning formula to the ‘Grand Opening/Open House’ of JCG Check Cashing, located at 146-15 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, N.Y. 11435. Comments (1).

Westmoreland organist pipes melodious hymns

On returning home to Jamaica some nationals anticipate a hefty serving of stewed peas and rice, curried goat, brown-stewed chicken, escoveitched fish, mackerel run-down, sumptuous ox tails, jerk pork or maybe some sweet guineps, sugary naseberries or an uninterrupted swim in the Caribbean Sea. Relatives and friends also factor with a myriad of novelties. Comment.

Lester moves up to next level

Sports: All eyes were focused on Charlie Jenkins last year when he received the Haggerty Award, going to the outstanding player in the tri-state area. The area did not go as far north as UConn, which is a little too far away from the met area. Comment.

Festival of Culture and Resistance

Music: A momentous transformation will occur on the grounds of a former penal colony in St. Laurent, French Guiana when the Transamazoniennes Festival, 6th edition, returns Nov. 10-13 Comment.

Loan mediation help for homeowners

Queens: Gerald Carter, a remediation specialist with the Parodneck Foundation, was the guest speaker at Assemblyman William Scarborough’s 29th AD Task Force Meeting. Comment.

Clarke reintroduces Haitian HELP Act.

Haiti: U.S. Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-Brooklyn) on Tuesday re-introduced a bill in Congress that would allow an estimated 55,000 Haitians who already have approved immigration petitions to join their relatives in the United States. Comment.

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011

Faith leaders support Occupy Wall Street

Manhattan: In response to the violent suppression of demonstrators in Oakland and Atlanta, dozens of faith leaders from across New York led hundreds in a march across the Brooklyn Bridge to join those occupying Zuccotti Park. 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.

Occupy Harlem takes root; on the move

Manhattan: As Occupy Wall Street continues to galvanize America and numerous ‘Occupy’ movements keep springing up in cities, towns and communities across the nation, it was only a matter of time before Harlem residents and activists took the bull by the horns and brought the initiative uptown. Comment.
Download a copy of our 20 Under 40 special section!

Links