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Friday, April 1, 2011

AILEY II’S DYNAMIC DANCERS

Arts & Theater: Ailey II, the youthful and gifted second company of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, will return to its home, The Ailey Citigroup Theater, for a highly anticipated two-week season featuring 14 exciting performances from April 6-17. Comment.

Adolescent angst and sibling rivalry

Movies: Geeky Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) has resigned himself to returning to Westmore Middle School after spending most of the sixth grade getting picked-on by bullies. At least the scrawny, 98-pound weakling and his beefier best friend, Rowley (Robert Capron), have buried the hatchet, even if they remain social outcasts as they start the seventh. Comment.

Majestic portraits of Ethiopians

Arts & Theater: On LaGuardia Place and W. 3rd St. in Manhattan, the windows of NYU’s student center frame 13 majestic and iconic portraits of “Stars of Ethiopia,” photographs created by Chester Higgins Jr. These large-scale portraits are on exhibit until May 1. Comment.

57-year-old grandma goes back to school

People: Marcia Degotteue walks onto LaGuardia Community College Campus decked out in dressing pants and a blouse partly hidden by a blue jacket she accessorized with a red- and-white scarf. Marcia is a 57-year-old Jamaican emigrant. Stout, she has a friendly expression and a dark complexion accented by salt-and-pepper hair. Comments (2).

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Sun Kulcha

Music: Jazz As part of the 2011 Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival, Brooklyn Public library, Dweck Center, Eastern Parkway at Flatbush Ave., presents Drumming Workshop with Candido & Friends, 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., featuring Candido’s Brithday Jam with The Arturo O’Farrill Quintet at 7:00 p.m., Admission free. For information, call (718) 230-2100. Comment.

U.S. welcomes release of final Cuban dissidents

Cuba: The United States has welcomed the release of the last of the 75 peaceful Cuban activists who were “unjustly arrested for exercising their universal rights and fundamental freedoms” during the 2003 “Black Spring” crackdown. Comment.

Canvassing LatAm, Carib support for Middle East peace

People: A United Nations regional meeting to support Israeli-Palestinian peace opened in Uruguay on March 29, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling for a halt to Israel’s settlement building in occupied territory, an end to all expressions of violence and the punishment of those perpetrating it. Comment.

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: Thirty-three countries recently participated in the region’s first full-scale tsunami warning exercise as part of United Nations-backed efforts to test and strengthen the region’s defenses against such disasters. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: American: The Bill Hicks Story (Unrated) Still photo-animated bio-pic about Bill Hicks (1962-1994) narrated by 10 of the friends and family members who knew the late comedian the best. Comment.

Marvel with the Marvelettes

Music: Paula Anderson, lead singer for the Marvelettes, took time out of her busy schedule to talk to this journalist about her upcoming show at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts as the opening act for Dennis Edwards and the Temptations Revue on Saturday, April 9 at 8:00 p.m. Comments (5).

Windies coach slams senior players

Caribbean: West Indies cricket coach Ottis Gibson has slammed senior players of the team saying that they had to take the share of the blame for being booted out of the ICC World Cup on the back of its third straight collapse. Comment.

Soca artistes sought to fight HIV/AIDS

Health: Caribbean soca artistes who competed in the recent International Soca Monarch finals in Trinidad and Tobago are being targeted to help in teaching HIV/AIDS prevention in the region. Comment.

West Indies captain to retain post

Caribbean: Darren Sammy is expected to hold on to the post of West Indies captain despite a wretched World Cup where he failed to impress with either bat or ball. Comment.

Declaring a second Jewish state

2011_03_30_OpEd_Efune Caribbean Life all Page 10 Declaring a second Jewish state By Dovid Efune Comment.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Hassle-free suppers to savor

Food: When there’s a chill in the air, cozy up to the table with dishes that feed the soul as well as the stomach. This melt-in-your-mouth Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Onions is a complete dinner with very little fuss. A bowl of Broccoli, Bacon and Cheddar Chowder makes a hearty lunch or simple dinner in no time. And this recipe for Quick and Healthy Potato Casserole serves up a creamy, comforting side dish from the microwave in minutes. Comment.

Town Hall to save child care centers

Queens: The Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council (HHSYC) and Assemblyman William Scarborough held a Town Hall Meeting at York College to save child care centers. Comment.

One Caribbean airline; two brands

Trinidad and Tobago: The rollout of the New Air Jamaica brand in the New York tristate area was faciliated recently at the Russo’s in Howard Beach. It was at the very same venue a year ago, the Caribbean community, members of the press, and CARICOM diplomatic corps assembled for an information session pertaining to the fate of Air Jamaica and the privatization plans for the airlines. Comments (3).

The roots of Congress’ unpopularity

Viewpoints: 2011_03_29_Hamilton_Roots of Congress Caribbean Life all OpEd Page 12 The roots of Congress’s unpopularity By Lee H.Hamilton Comment.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Manning needs a straight-talking friend

Trinidad and Tobago: He seems not to possess the wherewithal to arrive at this conclusion on his own, so perhaps someone close enough to the former Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister, Patrick Manning, needs to impart to him the truth that he has in fact “lost it.” Whereupon Manning should be convinced to sit out the rest of his term as a member of the country’s parliament in relative obscurity, if the preferred option of someone else representing that constituency is not viable. Comment.

Senior players let down the region

Sports: Throughout the Cricket World Cup most of the senior players that represented the West Indies fell very short from their top performances and as a result the West Indies team was beaten in the quarter-final and thrown out of the ICC World Cup Competition. Comment.

Sundiata Gaines joins N.J. Nets

Sports: Is there another tremendous backcourt man from the New York City playgrounds on the rise? Comment.

New opportunities for trade between the U.S. and Latin America

Brazil: As the United States remains the main individual trading partner for Latin America and the Caribbean, conditions are now right to launch a new era of economic and trade cooperation, according to a new report by United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). Comment.

Honoring victims of slave trade legacy 

People: The United Nations on Mar. 25 capped off a week of activities to honor the memory of the millions of innocent victims who suffered over four centuries due to the transatlantic slave trade, focusing on the legacy of those enslaved and their contributions to the societies in which they lived. Comment.

Seeking more Indians in T&T top police ranks

Trinidad and Tobago: The East Indian head of a commission that approves promotions and the hiring of senior police officers says there are too many Afros at the top of the police force in Trinidad and he plans to do all he can to change the current composition. Comment.

Monday, March 28, 2011

U.S. HOLDS GROUND

Sports: Juan Agudelo seemed the likely MVP after his goal capped a second half rally by the U.S. Men’s National Team to tie world’s fourth-ranked team Argentina, 1-1, in an international friendly at New Jersey’s New Meadowlands Stadium Saturday night, but it was national team coach Bob Bradley who probably deserves the most credit for the deserved outcome. Comment.

Decline in Cayman Islands population

Caribbean: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — The population of the Cayman Islands is falling, preliminary census statistics show, sparking worries about how a diminishing work force will affect the wealthy British territory’s economy. Comment.

Ali, Magic & Cosby to mark NAN’s 20th  

People: Bill Cosby has accepted an invitation to keynote the April 6 anniversary dinner marking decades of community activism and leadership by Rev. Al Sharpton. Comment.

‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier hospitalized in Haiti

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier has been hospitalized after having chest pains, his longtime companion and associates said Thursday without giving details about his condition. Comment.

Jamaica PM says U.S. officials harassed his gov’t

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding said Thursday that U.S. Embassy officials displayed a “belligerent attitude” toward his government after Washington sought the extradition of a reputed crime boss with ties to his political party. Comment.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Day of rage against state, city budget cuts

New York: On Thursday, March 24, several thousand union members, students and community activists rallied outside City Hall and marched through the financial district. Their message was clear: stop threatened budget cuts that would cause schools to close, tuition to rise, severely cut social services and force thousands more layoffs of municipal workers. Comment.

Friday, March 25, 2011

WIPA steps up to defend players

Sports: The West Indies Players Association (WIPA) will be assisting with the legal expenses for Leeward Islands allrounder Tonito Willet and Nevis-born Trinidad and Tobago batsman Runako Morton, who are facing charges of possession of marijuana. Comment.

Meddling reporter/detective wannabe

Books: ‘Good Lord, if that woman gets into one more car with one more gangster I’m gonna throw this book across the room!’ the reviewer thought when reporter/detective wannabe Lanie Price did the above yet again. Price is the heroine of the ongoing series of mystery/crime novels by Persia Walker but getting in cars with thugs is the least of Lanie’s problems in this latest page turner. Comment.

Sun Kulcha

Arts & Theater: Venue Change for Town Hall Meeting Assemblyman William Scarborough will be holding a Water Board Town Hall at the next 29th AD Task Force Meeting instead of at the usual last Saturday of the month, focusing on how water bills are computed for residential users & six computers will be set up to access account information. Open to all residents; bring water bills to discuss problems & issues. Meeting will be held at the Guy R. Brewer Democratic Club, 197-01 Linden Blvd., St. Albans, Queens, 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon. For more information, call the District Office at (718) 732-5412. Comment.

Bluesman Pinetop Perkins dead at 97

Music: Legendary bluesman and master piano player Pinetop Perkins died on Monday, March 21 at his home in Austin, TX. Comment.

Annual Woman Of Great Esteem Awards 

People: The Woman of Great Esteem (WGE) Organization will host its 15th Annual Awards Dinner and Gala on Saturday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m. at the Palm House on the grounds of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, located at 1000 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, New York. Comment.

Carib lawyer could get Obama nodmfor Eastern Court

Antigua: A New York attorney with Caribbean roots could get President Obama’s nod to to serve as a judge on the prestigious United States District Court for the Eastern District. Comment.

U.S. judge tosses motion by T&T hostage-takers

Trinidad and Tobago: PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) — A U.S. judge has rejected an attempt by seven Trinidadian men to overturn their convictions in a hostage-taking that resulted in the death of a 62-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen. Comment.

Castro: It never occurred to me to formally resign

Cuba: HAVANA (AP) — Fidel Castro sought Wednesday to explain his peculiar revelation that he has not been in charge of Cuba’s Communist Party for the past five years — a role he was widely thought to still hold. Comment.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Caribbean Round-Up

St Lucia: There are calls for a tsunami warning center in the Caribbean. Comment.

AFRICAN MUSIC EXPLODES

Music: African music, from the traditional to cutting edge is taking hold in New York as evidenced by the number of new venues embracing it. Below are listings from a few that have caught our attention. Comment.

Huge victory for city pensioners and taxpayers

National: City Comptroller John C. Liu announced Wednesday, March 23, that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has upheld the NYC Pension Funds’ shareholder request that banks launch independent reviews of their mortgage and foreclosure practices. Comment.

Home-health team that cares for people with AIDS

New York: One thing life-long Brooklyn resident Felicia Barrow has learned in the nearly two decades since she was diagnosed with HIV is that you just can’t be afraid to turn over a new leaf. And that philosophy has seen her through some pretty tough times over the years. It helped her make sense of the news in 1993 that she had contracted HIV. Comment.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Reggae star Smiley Culture dies at 48

Music: The untimely death of reggae star Smiley Culture has been the topic of many conversations since police there released information that the cause was self-inflicted by a knife. Reportedly police were conducting a drug raid at his east Surrey home in England when the tragedy occurred. Comment.

Delta Day at the United Nations

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. held its Delta Day at the United Nations March 4. Comment.

Tourism plays vital role in Carib economies

St Lucia: St. Lucia receives annual tourism revenues in excess of 31 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP), while in Bahamas and Antigua and Barbuda tourists spend the equivalent of 29% of their GDP. Comment.

Caribbean Community saddened by Japanese ordeal

People: The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) says it is deeply saddened by the unprecedented disaster in Japan, spawned by the largest earthquake in that country’s recorded history. Comment.

Time for Belize’s Garifuna people to act.

Belize: Even though I am a resident of Dangriga town, I have never visited the villages of Seine Beight and Placencia. During the 1960s when I was a little boy growing up in Dangriga town, I used to go to all the villages in the south with Dick Usher in his blue bus to go and sell merchandize in all the Stann Creek Southern villages, except these two villages. Comment.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

It is what it is: Military engagement

Viewpoints: So they’ve done it. The west, including the United States, has launched a military response to what’s going on in Muammar Gaddafi’s Libya. One hopes, for President Obama’s sake, that the course to which he is now committed, doesn’t come at a political price for which he and his advisers, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, have not bargained. Comment.

Red Bulls kick off MLS season with win

Sports: The New York Red Bulls kick off the 2011 MLS (Major League Soccer) season with a 1-0 win over visiting Seattle Sounders at Red Bull Arena Saturday night. A crowd of more than 20,000 watched as teenaged forward Juan Agudelo muscled his way past two Sounders defender and beat Seattle’s goalkeeper Kasey Keller to his right for the only score of the night and his first in MLS, in the 70th minute. Comment.

Haitians await election results 

Haiti: After Sunday’s presidential run-off elections, Haitians must now wait until March 31 to know the victor in the preliminary results. Comment.

IN AND OUT 

Sports: Long Island University’s Cinderella run for the NCAA title turned into a pumpkin on Friday night, as the gritty squad lost to the heavily favored University of North Carolina Tar Heels, 102-87. Comment.

Cuba frees another dissident

Cuba: Cuba’s Catholic Church says the Raul Castro administration has agreed to set free another political dissident jailed since a 2003 crackdown on opposition elements. Comment.

Lack of faith in Carib Court of Justice

Trinidad and Tobago: Six years almost to the month after Caribbean leaders and dignitaries flew to Trinidad to set up a court to replace the British Privy Council as the region’s final appeal outlet, the leadership of the court is about to change and the new president is already sounding like his predecessor in begging rebel CARICOM nations to become members of a so far wasted investment by Caribbean tax payers. Comments (1).

Carib tsunami drills

Caribbean: The United Nations said on Mar. 17 that 33 countries will participate this week in the Caribbean region’s first full-scale tsunami warning exercise as part of its efforts to test and strengthen the region’s defenses against such disasters. Comment.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Samuels declines World Cup outing

Sports: West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels has declined a chance to play in the World Cup as a replacement for injured Dwayne Bravo. Comment.

Annette I. Smith launches ‘Etched’

Books: Literati, family, friends, co-workers and proud Bajans including Consul General Lennox Price were on hand for the March 11 book launch of Annette I. Smith’s novel, “Etched” at the Barbados Consulate. Comment.

Jamaica ambassador feted at Capitol reception

Washington, D.C. – March 16, 2011 –A special reception was hosted recently at the law offices of Baker & McKenzie overlooking the White House honoring Her Excellency Audrey Marks, ambassador of Jamaica to the United States (second left), the first female to hold the post. Comment.

Jazzing it up with Carlos Garnett

Music: The 12th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival welcomes the return to Brooklyn of jazz great, tenor saxophonist Carlos Garnett. The Carlos Garnett Quintet will perform at the Gala Concert on Saturday, April 2, 2011 in Boys And Girls High School Auditorium, 1700 Fulton St. in the Bedford Stuyvesant section. Comment.

The Kadaffi puzzle in Africa

Viewpoints: In view of the recent events in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, African countries of Arabic cultural orientation, the international community is abuzz with the question: ‘Why have African leaders been so mum on the behavior of Muammar Kaddafi, who is slaughtering his people callously and in defiance of world opinion?’ Comment.

N.Y. Garifuna group to honor Vincentian author

Books: The Bronx-based Garifuna Coalition U.S.A, Inc. says it will honor Vincentian author Trish St. Hill with the Garifuna Heritage Award during its Second Annual Garifuna Heritage Awards and Cultural Night on Mar. 26 at the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture in the Bronx. Comment.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Is shellfish as healthy as regular fish?

Health: In general, fish (such as baked salmon) is a very healthy food choice. All that protein. Those omega-3 fats. Sure, you don’t want to go overboard with the swordfish and other species known to contain mercury, but otherwise, eat up. But is the same true for shellfish such as lobster, shrimp, or clams? Comment.

Shameful chapter in U.S. medicine

Books: Anybody who thinks that the medical establishment’s secret exploitation of African-Americans in the name of science ended with the notorious Tuskegee Experiment of 1932 has another thing coming. Those familiar with the book Medical Apartheid are well aware that such nefarious practices have persisted to the present. Comment.

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: A British parliamentary subcommittee is to scrutinize the decision by the BBC World Service to close its Caribbean and four other regional services globally. Comment.

Disgraced vet gets shot at redemption

Movies: Between an apocalyptic plotline and a $100+ million budget, it’s no wonder that “Battle: L.A.” is being touted as the first summer blockbuster of 2011. Forget the fact that it’s still winter, from the breathtaking panoramas to the bombastic pyrotechnics to the eye-popping special f/x to the mob scenes of mass hysteria, this film is filled with fixings which just scream 4th of July weekend. Comment.

Classique Dance Group visits U.S.

Arts & Theater: Guyana-based Classique Dance Group nailed it during an impressive performance at the ninth Guyana Folk Festival in Brooklyn, attracting the attention of New York’s John Keen Douglas dance theatre that invited the group to return for a workshop in the City. Comments (1).

LIAT looks to expand to USA

St Vincent: Antigua-based regional airline LIAT wants to operate a jet service to Miami and New York. Comment.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

It’s Italian Night!

Food: Turn a boring weeknight meal into an Italian feast your whole family will truly appreciate. Comment.

Need for a fire escape safety plan 

Health: With so many neighborhood fires occurring and unfortunate deaths are there any advice you can give to get out safely? Comment.

Free laptop project an election gimmick

Sports: A U.S. Peace Corp volunteer who the Bharrat Jagdeo administration paid a whooping $100,000 per year to help administer a free laptop distribution project to needy citizens has accused Jagdeo’s office of undertaking the project largely as a gimmick ahead of general elections due by the fall and not as a genuine effort to improve access to cyberspace for its less fortunate citizens. Comment.

Dwayne Bravo to undergo surgery

Sports: West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo will undergo surgery in Australia to repair his damaged right knee, which put him out of the World Cup taking place in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Comment.

Need for domestic violence sensitivity training within NYPD

New York: As calls for police intervention in domestic violence cases continue unabated, my experience has been that many officers do not fully understand the physical and emotional effects of domestic violence that victims and even survivors undergo. Comment.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Caribbean governments worry about nationals in the East

People: For the second time this month, Caribbean governments have been forced to go into emergency mode to check on the well-being of, or arrange for the hasty departure of citizens from far-away countries plagued by civil unrest or natural disaster, with the latest relating to the plight of nationals living in Japan, as the country reels from last week’s devastating earthquake, tsunami and fears of a nuclear meltdown. Comment.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Sun Kulcha

Arts & Theater: Artist Talk The Carter Burden Center for the Aging’s Gallery 307, 307 Seventh Ave., Ste. 1401, N.Y., is hosting an Artist Talk with 76-year-old artist Sara Petitt discussing her solo exhibit: Photographs: Cuba & India 2010, featuring photographs from her travels on exhibit thru 3/24, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Tickets: $10; space limited; RSVP to cinellij@burdencntr.org to reserve spot. Payment may be made at the door. Comment.

Jamaica renews plea to pardon Garvey 

Jamaica: The government of Jamaica is determined to finally secure a long sought-after campaign to expunge the criminal record of its first national hero, Marcus Mosiah Garvey. Comment.

NBC Today Show hosts TVJ’s Smile Jamaica’s morning show

Jamaica: NBC TV’s Today Show’s Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb were in Jamaica as special guest hosts of the island’s leading morning television magazine show, TVJ’s Smile Jamaica on Friday, March 4, 2011. The special episode featured the very best of Jamaican culture, cuisine, fashion and entertainment. Comment.

Marco Mason, prominent immigrant advocate and scholar passes

People: The Caribbean community in the United States is mourning the loss of one of its prominent activists, who died on March 7 after a long battle with cancer. Comment.

Mcdonald’s salute Black media legends

People: New York radio personality Imhotep Gary Byrd received high accolades last month when he was listed among the city’s Black media legends. Comment.

Jamaican media exec awaits sentencing

People: A United States federal judge has set a sentencing date for prominent Jamaican-born media executive Karl Rodney. Comments (1).

Friday, March 11, 2011

US opens more airports for flighta to Cuba

Cuba: The United States has approved eight more airports for charter flights to and from Cuba, permitting more Cuban Americans to travel to the Spanish-speaking Caribbean country. Comment.

Thoughts on Haiti one year later

Haiti: The phone calls I was welcoming and dreading came recently in what seemed like rapid succession. The first was from 17-year-old Stephanie, who with just a few English words in her pocket was asking me to send her a few dollars so she could enroll in a nearby school. The second was from Pastor Raymond, who wanted to meet me when he came to New York and ask how I could help him repair his crumbling church. Comment.

HIGH DRAMA IN ‘FENCES’

Arts & Theater: It was a cold night (10 degrees) in January about 6:00 p.m. as I made my way to the neighborhood senior high school in Bedford-Stuyvesant (Boys and Girls High School). My youngest daughter graduated from this school in 1989. She is currently a lawyer and married mother in Birmingham, Alabama. I also know a talented young man who is currently employed by my wife, Angela. Not only did he graduate from “The High” in 1988, but he graduated from New York City College of Technology of CUNY (Formerly known as New York City Technical College) with two degrees in design. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 0s & 1s (Unrated) Digital Age comedy about a yuppie (Morgan Krantz) who’s so dependent on his computer that his life starts to come apart at the seams when he discovers after a night of partying that someone has stolen his laptop. With Jeremy Blackman, Ryan Reyes and Hannah Hunt. Comment.

Bangladesh fans pelt Windies team 

Sports: International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive Officer Karoon Lorgart has described the stoning of the West Indies team bus by angry Bangladesh fans as “a minor incident” not worthy of serious sanctions. Comment.

Why politicians overreach

National: Having dodged a government shutdown for the moment, Congress is now embroiled in a burning debate over cutting the federal budget. The House has passed a bill imposing far-reaching cuts of $61 billion — dramatically slashing everything from education and housing to environmental regulations and public broadcasting. This is “the will of the people,” House Speaker John Boehner argues, citing last November’s elections. Comment.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Day in the life of grief-stricken caregiver

Books: For some reason, most movies aimed at African-American audiences tend to be either over-the-top comedies or morality plays too melodramatic in tone to be taken very seriously. Flying in the face of that trend is “I Will Follow,” one of those refreshingly rare treats, which simply presents Black folks in a recognizably realistic fashion, ala such similarly understated classics as “Eve’s Bayou” (1997), “Nothing But a Man” (1964) and “The Visit” (2000). Comment.

A children’s visit well worth the sacrifice

New York: A case against deferring one’s dream was convincingly argued recently at Sankofa International Academy when Mrs. Ollie McClean, the director, held a celebration to honor Dr. Ben-Johannan. Comments (1).

Veteran tourism director joins BTA

Barbados: Barbadian Campbell Rudder has been named vice president of marketing, USA with the Barbados Tourism Authority. He begins working in that capacity from March 21, 2011. Comment.

Breakthrough in the way biology is taught in college

People: The way students are taught biology in college is about to take a 180-degree turn. Multiple-choice tests, huge lecture halls and heavy memorization are expected to take a backseat to in-depth evaluation, smaller class sizes and innovative lessons that emphasize logic and critical thinking. Comments (1).

Digital Diaspora Family Reunion documents Black history 

People: New York-based documentary filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris is merging his filmic skills with oral traditions and new technologies into a cross genre project of enormous social value. Comment.

Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Has Turned Men into Boys

Books: St. Francis College and the Manhattan Institute present a talk by social critic Kay S. Hymowitz on her new book, Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Has Turned Men into Boys, on Monday, Apr. 4, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the college’s Maroney Forum for Arts, Culture & Education. Comment.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Springtime celebrations

Food: Spring is full of celebrations and rich traditions that bring the family around the table for special meals. A savory leg of lamb or a dish with succulent lamb loin chops is a delicious way to enjoy a flavorful meal, no matter the occasion. Comment.

Checking blood pressure at home

Health: Your blood pressure changes from hour to hour, sometimes even minute to minute. It jumps around so much that you are more likely to get a good sense of your blood pressure if you check it at home rather than in the doctor’s office. Comment.

Former U.S. soldier told he has no country

Trinidad and Tobago: SAN FRANCISCO, March 4 - Forty-four-year-old Ramdeo Chankar Singh is at his wits’ end. Comment.

The gay debate and equality

Trinidad and Tobago: While the words of our national anthem suggest equality for all, this notion should not be confused with the spurious idea that one has the right to do whatever one pleases or prefers regardless of its moral and ethical offensiveness to a large cross-section of society, or the bitter consequences of violating the norms of nature, and, ultimately, to exhibit behaviour that is an affront to and rebellion against God’s creative order. Comment.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Opposition MPs thrown out of St.Vincent Parliament

St Vincent: In an unprecedented incident Thursday in Kingstown, two opposition members of the St.Vincent and the Grenadines House of Assembly were forcibly removed from the legislative chamber by police after they defied the speaker’s order to take their seats. Comment.

U.S Links Guyanese to narco-trafficking

Guyana: The annual U.S. State Department narcotics report on Guyana for the past year told Guyanese what they already know: that pro-government drug dons operate openly and with impunity, and that no real effort is being made by authorities to resource state arms responsible for eradicating the scourge. Comment.

U.S Links Guyanese to narco-trafficking

Guyana: The annual U.S. State Department narcotics report on Guyana for the past year told Guyanese what they already know: that pro-government drug dons operate openly and with impunity, and that no real effort is being made by authorities to resource state arms responsible for eradicating the scourge. Comment.

Harlem Arts Alliance calls for submissions 

Arts & Theater: Harlem Arts Alliance (HAA) is now accepting submissions from visual artists for the Harlem Artz, Rootz & Rhythm Festival 2011 promotional poster and schedule. Comment.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

SOUTH AFRICAN HARMONIES

Music: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College concludes its 2010-2011 World Stages series Comment.

‘It’s All Jazz’ in Brooklyn

Music: On Wednesday, March 2, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz joined the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium for a press conference at Brooklyn Borough Hall announcing the 12th annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival to run April 1-30. Comment.

Haitian author reflects on revolutions

Books: The writer spoke with author Edwidge Danticat bare minutes after the abdication of Hosni Mubarak, and the Haitian born author found some interesting parallels between the revolutions that threw out the Egyptian strongman and the ghastly Duvalier regime in Haiti. Comment.

Friday, March 4, 2011

CHRIST THE KING CHAMPS

Sports: Joe Arbitello has been at the helm of the varsity basketball team for three years at Christ The King High School. In each of his trio of years he has had one or two dominant players and championship teams. This season was no exception. This time around it’s the backcourt tandem of guards Corey Edwards and Omar Calhoun. The latter is only a junior. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 3 Backyards (R for sexuality) Ensemble drama revolving around an eventful day-in-the-life of a trio of suburban New Yorkers: A miserably-married businessman (Elias Koteas) who meets a mysterious woman (Danai Gurira); a housewife (Edie Falco) who gives a famous actress (Embeth Davidtz) a ride to the ferry, and an eight-year-old girl (Rachel Resheff) who encounters a pervert (Wesley Broulik) on her way to school. Comment.

Chavez discusses mediation with Gadhafi

Venezuela: CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Hugo Chavez has spoken with Moammar Gadhafi about creating a bloc of friendly countries to help mediate a resolution to Libya’s crisis, Venezuela’s information minister said Wednesday. Comment.

Windies defeats The Netherlands    

Sports: The West Indies bowling and batting clicked very well in their second official World Cup Match. The Netherlands won the toss and the West Indies was sent in for first strike. Comment.

$1M gift honors memory of Martin Luther King

People: The Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation on March 2 received a one-million-dollar gift from MTTG Joint Venture -- the design-build team which will construct a memorial in the Capitol Mall honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Comment.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: Construction of a multi-million dollar resort on Cable Beach in Nassau, Bahamas has got off the ground after some financial challenges. Comment.

Black-white pairing proves combustible

Movies: Seventeen years ago, Mac (Michael Joiner) and Sara McDonald (Joy Parmer Moore) were left devastated by the loss of a child who died while a crime was being committed. But where Sara’s grief led her to focus on the needs of their surviving son (Robert Erickson), her embittered husband lost his faith and gradually grew emotionally estranged from the rest of the family. Comment.

Orchid Exhibition at Botanical Gardens

Arts & Theater: From March 5 through April 25, orchids take center stage at The New York Botanical Garden in a dazzling display created by Tony award-winning set designer Scott Pask, image-maker Drew Hodges and Botanical Garden curators. Comment.

PM Skerrit denies snap election plan

Dominica: Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has dismissed speculation that he will call a snap general election just over a year after his ruling Dominica Labor Party (DLP) was returned to office for a third consecutive term. Comment.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

From Irish pastures come a pot of gold 

Health: Yes, there’s a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. It’s found in each blade of grass growing in Ireland’s lush pastures. Small herds of cows graze freely, and the milk, rich in beta-carotene from the grass, produces butter and cheeses of an exceptionally golden hue. Comment.

Queens Borough president honors African Americans

People: Queens Borough President Helen Marshall stressed the importance of education, stating that if you give young people the opportunity to get an education, they well. Comment.

Queens youngsters compete at PAL tourney

New York: Four hundred PAL youngsters, from all five boroughs of New York City, competed in city-wide tournaments during a fun-filled day of educational games and laughter at the Police Athletic League’s (PAL) Annual Tournament of Champions event at PAL’s Edward Bryne Center in South Jamaica, Queens on Feb. 23. Comment.

Caribbean deeply concerned about unrest in Libya

Haiti: Chairman of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister, Dr. Denzil Douglas, has acknowledged that the ongoing unrest in Libya will have consequences for the sub-region. Comment.

CUNY trustees approve new community college

New York: The City University of New York Board of Trustees last week approved the establishment of the New Community College, the first new community college for New York City in more than 40 years. Comment.

Popular tax credits for New York tax filers

New York: Thomas H. Mattox, acting commissioner of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, is reminding New York taxpayers who are preparing their personal income tax returns to take advantage of a host of family-friendly credits that lower tax bills and increase refunds. Comments (2).

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Imran Tahir wrecks West Indies

Sports: West Indies and South Africa faced off in their first Group B match of the 2011 World Cup in which the South Africans won in fascinating style by seven wickets. Comment.
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