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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Grill a better-for-you burger

Warm weather is a prime time to throw on an apron, grab a spatula and fire up the grill. And no dish better represents the season than the burger. Comment.

Big Apple’s Crop Over countdown

Arts & Theater: The New York-based officials of the Barbados Tourism Authority (BTA) officially launched the 2011 Barbados Crop Over, in New York with a two-hour presentation. Comment.

Grenada returns, draws with St. Kitts

Sports: Powerhouse Grenada returned to the Digicel New York Caribbean Cup on Sunday after a one-year suspension, drawing with St. Kitts and Nevis 1-1 in the opening round of the 2011 campaign at the Jefferson High School stadium in Brooklyn. Comment.

Geopolitics, globalization and terrorism

Viewpoints: There’s a political and planetary solar system at work, where the earth revolves around the sun, while it comprises near-200 nations that revolve around various interests and ideologies that cooperate, compete awareness among and clash. Comment.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Devoted to spreading the word on wellness

With her sunnypersonality, Pamela Arismendez, an assistant court analyst, is on an a mission to share as much valuable information as possible as many people she can, to help them enhance the quality of their lives. Comment.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Bolt narrowly wins 1st race in 9 months

Sports: ROME (AP) — Usain Bolt was merely good enough to win his first race in nine months. Comment.

Coalition of Theatres of Color salutes Arthur French

Arts & Theater: The Coalition of Theatres of Color (CTC) honored award winning actor-director Arthur French with a Lifetime Achievement Award to commemorate his 50-year distinguished career in theatre, television and film at a special tribute hosted by actor Ted Lange on May 19 at Black Spectrum Theatre, 119-07 Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica, Queens. Comment.

Honoring the hardest working SEQueens Dems

Queens: R. Brewer United Democratic Club, one of the oldest and most active political organizations, celebrated their 56th Anniversary with a Gala Dinner Dance at Antuns. Honorable Archie Spigner, also known as the Dean of Queens politics and Honorable Dora Young have shared the leadership of the club for the past 37 years. Comment.

MS 255 - Salk School of Science still remembers Haiti

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad-born Principal Rhonda Perry of MS 255-Salk School of Science in Manhattan greeted the students, teachers and parents who filled the school’s courtyard on a cool spring evening. She shared how she too was born in the Caribbean and that the Haitian earthquake hit close to home, “It could have happened in my home country.” Comment.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Savory sprints up another level

Sports: David Savory, one of the outstanding sprinters on Long Island, will be stepping up to another level come this fall. The senior at Bay Shore High School in Suffolk County will take another step in what he hopes to be a successful college career. Comment.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Norwegian funds will help fund a carbon-positive Guyana - Jagdeo

Guyana: Nearly a quarter of a billion dollars that Guyana expects to get from Norway for preserving its large acreage of rainforest will help fund projects and push the Caribbean Community nation into being one the world’s few carbon positive nations, its head of state has said. Comment.

WIPA hails W.I. Test win over Pakistan

Sports: The West Indies Players Association (WIPA) has hailed West Indies first Test win over Pakistan saying it emphasized the need for experience and youth in the team selection policy. Comment.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority celebrates with dance with pre Dance Africa 

Arts & Theater: Brooklyn Alumnae Chapter members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. gathered Saturday, May 21 at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza to celebrate their Annual May Week event. Comment.

RAPID GOALS

Sports: By Patrick Horne Comment.

W.I. batsmen bowled out by spinners

Sports: It is quite evident that West Indies batsmen are of a low standard coming up against spin bowlers in all categories of the game. The West Indies batsmen throughout the Digicel One-Day Series and the Test Series have shown their poor abilities to score reasonably well against all types of spin attack whether if it is leg spin or off spin. Comment.

Jamaicans can now fly directly to Africa

Jamaica: For the first time Jamaicans traveling to Nigeria will no longer have to fly to England or the USA but will be able to fly directly to the African continent. Comments (16).

What a Judgement Day with Mathis! Mathis brings the house down

Music: Fans of Johnny Mathis knew doomsday would not fall on May 21, 2011. The predominant senior crowd that packed into Lehman College in the Bronx that day seemed convinced judgment day would have to wait until after their favorite singer made his New York appearance. Comment.

Taking advantage of opportunities in social media technology

New York: We invite Caribbean Life readers you to: Learn What Social Media and Technology can do for your business! Comment.

Family Planning an essential part of American Life

New York: If you’re an average woman, you want two children, according to various surveys. That means you’ll spend about five years of your life trying to become pregnant, being pregnant or recovering from pregnancy, and 30 years trying to avoid it. Comment.

Outrage over police destruction of Haiti refugee camp

Haiti: Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Maxine Waters (D-CA) Donald M. Payne (D-NJ), Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Frederica Wilson (D-FL) and Maxine Waters (D-CA), issued a joint statement Wednesday, March 25 in response to the eviction and destruction of camps on public property in the Delmas district of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Comment.

Prison-to-community forum for the formerly incarcerated

People: The NAACP Brooklyn Branch co-hosted a “Prison to Community” self-empowerment forum and fair Thursday, May 19 to address recidivism and help formerly incarcerated individuals successfully reintegrate into their communities. Comment.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

HAVANA HOLDS THE KEY

Cuba: The Baldwin Spencer administration in Antigua and Barbuda says it and Cuba have pledged to further strengthen existing relations, not only between the two states but with CARICOM as a whole. Comment.

Sparrow sings ‘Something Positive’

Music: For the second consecutive year, big names are coming out in support of the Brooklyn based Afro-Caribbean dance company, Something Positive, for a spectacular one-night performance titled “Ancestral Chant” on Saturday, June 4 at 8:00 p.m. at Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts (Long Island University Brooklyn Campus – Flatbush Avenue between DeKalb Avenue and Willoughby Street). Comment.

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: A Caribbean delegation is scheduled to attend next month’s (June) United Nations high level meeting on HIV/Aids. Two prime ministers, one deputy prime minister, 10 ministers of health, one minister of foreign affairs and six first ladies from the Caribbean will head to New York to speak to the global community about the Caribbean reality of HIV. Among the Caribbean delegates to the June 8-10 meeting will be the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis Dr. Denzil Douglas, who has lead responsibility within CARICOM for Health and HIV; Grenada’s Prime Minister Tillman Thomas and the Deputy Prime Minister of Belize Gaspar Vega. Civil Society representatives will be key participants at the meeting. Director of the UNAIDS Caribbean Regional Support Team Dr. Ernest Massiah has said that although five countries in the region have seen dramatic decreases in new HIV infections, approximately 18,000 people become infected each year. That is, 1,500 new infections each month, or close to 50 people a day in the Caribbean. Comment.

REGGAE FOR JAPAN 

Music: “Reggae 4 Japan” is a benefit concert being produced by Japanese sound system Mighty Crown and their management team Irish and Chin, in conjunction with VP Records, to support Japan earthquake and Pacific tsunami relief on June 5, at York College Auditorium in Queens, New York. Comments (2).

Special U.N. Session on the Eradication of Colonialism

St Vincent: A major United Nations seminar on decolonization was scheduled to wrap up Tuesday, May 31 in Kingstown, the St.Vincent capital. Comment.

Special U.N. Session on the Eradication of Colonialism

St Vincent: A major United Nations seminar on decolonization was scheduled to wrap up Tuesday, May 31 in Kingstown, the St.Vincent capital. Comments (2).

Horn-punctuated Latin rhythms

Music: Two-time Latin Grammy Award-winning El Gran Combo, one of the world’s most popular Salsa bands for nearly five decades will be performing at the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11 at 8:00 p.m. Comment.

Keep your mind sharp at any age

Health: Everyone has the occasional “senior moment.” Maybe you’ve gone into the kitchen and can’t remember why, or can’t recall a familiar name during a conversation. Memory lapses can occur at any age, but aging alone is generally not a cause of cognitive decline. When significant memory loss occurs among older people, it is generally not due to aging but to organic disorders, brain injury, or neurological illness. Comment.

Gloria Lynne in concert 

Music: Gloria Lynne will kick off the first annual “Celebrating Legends In Music” Awards Night at Hostos Theater Saturday, June 18 starting at 7:30 p.m. Comment.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Caribbean leaders return empty-handed from crucial talks

Guyana: As U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urges poor nations to consolidate their efforts towards a common appproach to the rest of the world, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders still appear adrift after 33 years of existence of the institution, established in July, 1973. Comment.

Voyage in search of the fountain of youth

Movies: “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” Comment.

UN urges leaders of world’s poorest countries to create climate for growth

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged leaders of the world’s poorest countries, including Haiti, to agree on a common position and send a strong political message to the rest of the world on the importance of investing in the least developed countries to eradicate global poverty. Comment.

Voices for the voiceless

Haiti: -- Comment.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Go fish with Carla Hall of ‘Top Chef’

Food: Fish is both a delicious and nutritious meal option, but one from which home chefs often shy away. In a new series of CanolaInfo recipes and videos, Carla Hall, finalist on “Top Chef” Seasons 5 and 8, answers common questions about fish, including how to properly select and prepare it. Comment.

Guyana arrests, releases Nation of Islam cleric

Guyana: When Minister Akbar Muhammad, Nation of Islam (NOI) international ambassador for Africa, arrived in Guyana last weekend for meetings with Afrocentric groups and leading cultural figures, nothing in his wildest dreams had prepared him for a night and a day in one of the country’s filthiest police cells, reportedly on trumped up allegations of international terrorism and drug trafficking. Comment.

Ballouchy saves the day for Red Bulls

Sports: Mehdi Ballouchy saved the night for the New York Red Bulls. The little-used midfielder came off the bench in the late stages of Saturday night’s MLS game at Houston and scored the equalizer to give the Red Bulls a 2-2 draw with the Houston Dynamo at Robertson Stadium on the campus of the University of Houston. Comment.

Ramdin must return to Windies squad

Sports: Former West Indies wicket keeper Denesh Ramdin who was omitted from the West Indies squad for bad performances with the bat should be given an opportunity to return. Comments (3).

Monday, May 23, 2011

Sun Kulcha

New York: Art Exhibit Five Myles, 558 St. Johns Place, Brooklyn, presents Short Stories: Seven Artists - Seven Stories, an exhibition of work by a group of artists whose work has not been much seen & are figurative to the extent that each work could be expanded into a story of the viewer’s imagination. Exhibition on view thru 6/19, Thurs., Fri., Sat., Sun., 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. or by appointment. For information & directions call (718) 783-4438. Comment.

Storytelling literary hang in Brooklyn

Books: The Brooklyn Arts Council in conjunction with the Guyana Cultural Association – organizers of the Annual Folk Festival will present a full moon storytelling, scheduled on Wednesday, June 1 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Comment.

WICB looks to 2015 to be champions

Sports: West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) chief executive officer Dr. Ernest Hilaire believes that in four years the regional team will be challenging for the top spot in world cricket. Comment.

Stand up, be heard and be counted

New York: All is not well at the City University of New York’s Medgar Evers College (MEC). Comment.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Jason Brown captures 5K race

Sports: On Sunday, May 15 marked an overcast cloudy day with some rain, but still an estimated 800 runners turned out for the 31st annual Buckley’s-Kennedy’s 5K Charity race. However, the course remained the same as last year. And it wasn’t altered at all. They enjoyed competing, but it was hard to turn in a personal best performance under such conditions. Comment.

Nurses honored during National Nurses Week

New York: “Nursing is a very caring profession. We are so busy caring for others that we sometimes fail to take the time to care for ourselves. So tonight we are going to take that time and highlight some of the great things that we, as nurses, have done and honor some of our own,” said Pearline Okumakpeyi, immediate past president of the Omega Chi Chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority. Comment.

Nurses honored during National Nurses Week

New York: “Nursing is a very caring profession. We are so busy caring for others that we sometimes fail to take the time to care for ourselves. So tonight we are going to take that time and highlight some of the great things that we, as nurses, have done and honor some of our own,” said Pearline Okumakpeyi, immediate past president of the Omega Chi Chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority. Comment.

Steps to revitalize Haiti agriculture sector

Food: The United States government, through its Agency for International Development (USAID), says it will be training thousands of Haitians in new agricultural techniques through the inauguration of a cutting-edge agricultural training center. Comment.

Friday, May 20, 2011

How to add more fiber to your diet 

Health: There’s no doubt that a high-fiber diet is good for your health, yet few Americans consistently get their daily allowance of fiber, according to the American Dietetic Association. The recommended amount is 20-35 grams, but most people only eat about 14-15 grams of fiber a day. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Hello Lonseome (Unrated) Ensemble drama examining the diverging fates of a trio of unlikely couples: A just-dumped voiceover actor (Harry Chase) befriended by a cynical deliveryman (Kamel Boutros); an elderly widow (Lynn Cohen) who finds comfort in the arms of her young, next-door neighbor (James Urbaniak) after becoming stuck in the suburbs when she loses her driver’s license; and a sports fan (Nate Smith) who falls in love with a woman (Sabrina Lloyd) he meets online after what was just supposed to be a one-night stand. Comment.

Flavorful and festive Memorial Day meal Memorial Day meal

Food: Memorial Day is often synonymous with a backyard barbecue to kick start the summer. As you celebrate this holiday weekend, have a delicious, grill-inspired meal ready in 45 minutes or less with these fun, flavorful recipe ideas. With mouthwatering grilled beef, high-quality ingredients like canned tomatoes and bold bursts of flavor from lime juice, chimichurri and barbecue sauces, your Memorial Day menu is sure to be a memorable hit. Comment.

Fredrix…LIVEnDIRECT!

Music: Major label recording artist/guitarist Fredrix...LIVEnDIRECT! will officially launch his 2011 summer tour by giving an encore performance at Brooklyn’s own Micro Museum as one of the museum’s featured performers in their one-day music festival and art show “Music Made Easy” on June 4 at 7.00 p.m.. Comment.

Brooklynites mark Haitian Flag Day

Haiti: Haitian flags were distributed and the celebration began with traditional eats–moru-codfish, aran-herring, cassave and patties. Hours later, Brooklyn’s pre-celebration of Flag Day ended with joyous flag-waving led by Peniel Guerrier and local rara musicians and spirited dancing by the audience throughout the St. Francis College gallery Comment.

Barbados economy shows signs of recovery 

Barbados: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says following the “severe impact” of the global economic crisis on Barbados, the island’s economy is beginning to recover. Comment.

Jamaican film lands in top box office

Arts & Theater: A Jamaican film, “Out the Gate”, which has been making strides to its rightful place in entertainment as a highly anticipated feature, made its historic opening last weekend in New York City to enthusiastic crowds. Comment.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Teachers protest school budget cuts

Manhattan: From City Hall to Wall St. on May 12, thousands protested Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s planned budget cuts that will result in the loss of thousands of teacher’s jobs. Marchers also protested tax breaks for big businesses. Comment.

Flavorful and festive Memorial Day meal Memorial Day meal

Food: Memorial Day is often synonymous with a backyard barbecue to kick start the summer. As you celebrate this holiday weekend, have a delicious, grill-inspired meal ready in 45 minutes or less with these fun, flavorful recipe ideas. With mouthwatering grilled beef, high-quality ingredients like canned tomatoes and bold bursts of flavor from lime juice, chimichurri and barbecue sauces, your Memorial Day menu is sure to be a memorable hit. Comment.

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: Police commissioners from around the region recently spent four days in Jamaica discussing ways how they can better utilize technology to stay ahead of criminals. Comment.

Antiretrovirals greatly reduces HIV transmission 

Health: Men and women infected with HIV reduced the risk of transmitting the virus to their sexual partners by taking oral antiretroviral medicines when their immune systems were relatively healthy, according to findings from a large-scale clinical study sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. Comment.

Caribbean-born pols welcome TPS for Haitians

Haiti: ≈A number of Caribbean legislators have welcomed the Obama administration’s decision to extend the temporary protected status for Haitians. Comment.

A little bit of medical history

Health: Microwave Thermotherapy is a non-surgical, office-based, long-lasting treatment used to relieve the annoying symptoms caused by prostate enlargement. The answer to the question “Is this treatment for everyone?” is – “almost everyone”, as long as the diagnosis has been correctly made. So how is the diagnosis of benign prostate hyperplasia, commonly known as “BPH”, made? My teacher in medicine, I am proud to say was Professor Isidore Snapper (1889-1973). Comment.

Russian official threatens Guyana workers with spade

Guyana: Guyana Labor Minister Manzoor Nadir Monday said his ministry is launching a full investigation to determine what exactly transpired at a plant owned by Russian bauxite miner Rusal, following complaints from workers and their labor union that a white senior manager had threatened to assault several of them with a spade at its main plant in southeastern Guyana. Comment.

BAM PRESENTS DANCEAFRICA 

Arts & Theater: The 34th annual DanceAfrica festival (May 21–30) features Cuba’s Ballet Folklórico Cutumba (Cutumba), joined by two American companies, Philadelphia’s Kùlú Mèlé African Dance & Drum Ensemble and Bambara Drum & Dance Ensemble from New York City. Comment.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Cuba has eyes on the free market

Cuba: Cuba’s Communist Party on May 9 published a list of proposed economic reforms, raising both high hopes for a more efficient economy and deep questions about exactly how that would be achieved. Comment.

Republic of Guyana’s Independence Day

Obama urges real change in Cuba before normal relations with US

People: President Barack Obama says he would like to see “real change” in Cuba before relations between the two countries could be normalized. Comment.

CARICOM claims major victory on communicable diseases

Health: Taking credit for pushing the United Nations into signing on, Caribbean governments say they are mounting a spirited lobbying campaign to get world leaders to attend the first global summit on non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, given the growing evidence that such diseases are on the rise in its own area of influence. Comments (1).

Guyana celebrates 44th Independence Aniversary

Guyana: Guyana is a sovereign republic within the Commonwealth. The country became independent on May 26, 1966 and it advanced to Republican status on Feb. 23, 1970. Comments (1).

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

West Indies defeats Pakistan in first test

Guyana: The first Test match between Pakistan and the West Indies surely was a slow scoring one with the West Indies winning the toss at the Providence Stadium in Guyana and batted first scoring 226 runs with Lendl Simmons top scoring with 49. Comment.

Henry’s goal not enough

Sports: Thierry Henry scored his fifth goal of the season, but it wasn’t as his New York Red Bulls lost, 3-2, in an MLS home contest to Chivas USA last Sunday night. Henry received a pass just outside the 18-yard box at the 21st minute from Mexican international Rafael Marquez and scored with a well-placed right-footed shot inside the left post to pull New York even at 1-1 with Chivas USA, which had taken the lead on forward Justin Braun’s unassisted goal in the sixth minute. Comment.

Johnny Mathis at Lehman Center

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts continues its 30th Anniversary Season with a return performance by an international treasure -- beloved singer Johnny Mathis, who brings his velvety voice, accompanied by a full orchestra, to the Lehman Center stage in an exclusive New York City appearance on Saturday, May 21 at 8:00 p.m. Comment.

Monday, May 16, 2011

CATCH BOLT

Sports: BRUSSELS (AP) — Usain Bolt’s emergence comes a few weeks late, but he brings the same old message: Catch me if you can. Comment.

Jumaane Williams celebrates birthday

Grenada: “Is Brooklyn Tech in the house?” Applause. “Brooklyn College?” A roar from school buddies. After a number of shout-outs he gave special mention, “My mom!” (She was holding court in the club’s mezzanine.) “Mom, stand up!” Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Big Uneasy (Unrated) New Orleans resident Harry Shearer wrote, directed and narrates this damning expose’ uncovering the truth behind why the levees failed during Hurricane Katrina. Comment.

Skatalites’ drummer dies in Jamaica at 80

Music: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Lloyd Knibb, an influential Jamaican drummer who played with The Skatalites and helped develop the ska beat, has died, his wife said Friday. He was 80. Comment.

WICB’s ‘new direction’ in doubt

Sports: Former West Indies fast bowler Andy Roberts has slammed the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) saying that the “new direction” it has taken is hurting rather than helping the game, which has seen more than 15 years of declining fortunes. Comment.

Thousands join Praise Fest Cruise

Arts & Theater: An evangelistic cruise to Jamaica is being dubbed the largest foreign mission of its kind ever. Reportedly, 3,000 Christians are booked to sail to the island on May 30, there they will minister and embark on prayer missions to schools, prisons and other institutions until June 4. Comment.

Starting a non-profit enterprise?

People: Caribbean entrepreneurs are finding a home at Medgar Evers College Adult and Continuing Education (ACE), which offers the Nonprofit Management Certificate Program. The certificate program is comprised of seven courses ranging from grant-writing to nonprofit governance and is open to everyone. Comment.

Starting a non-profit enterprise?

People: Caribbean entrepreneurs are finding a home at Medgar Evers College Adult and Continuing Education (ACE), which offers the Nonprofit Management Certificate Program. The certificate program is comprised of seven courses ranging from grant-writing to nonprofit governance and is open to everyone. Comments (1).

Gala night of appreciation for Sparrow & Rose

A veritable Who’s Who of the political elite and other leaders in the Caribbean American community are expected to turn out for a gala salute to two iconic figures of Caribbean culture, the Mighty Sparrow and Calypso Rose, who will be honored at a “Tribute to Calypso Royalty” to be hosted by Tropical Paradise Ballroom in Brooklyn, Saturday evening, May 21. Comment.

City Council backs TPS for Haitians

Honduras: Local elected officials, community leaders and immigration advocates last week urged the federal government to extend the designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti. It is set to expire on July 22, 2011. Comment.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: A man who was on bail for the 2007 murder of Anthony Woodside was shot to death near his Fox Hill, Bahamas home recently. Comment.

Ball of Fire Haiti tribute at Tribeca

Movies: New Yorkers and fans were treated to a double-dose of Haiti’s big band Septentrional in April when they performed at the Tribeca Film Festival outdoor “Drive-In” screening and days later, at the premiere of the documentary “When the Drum is Beating,” a film about them. Comment.

Dentists can detect people with undiagnosed diabetes 

Health: In a study, Identification of unrecognized diabetes and pre-diabetes in a dental setting, to be published in the Journal of Dental Research (released online on April 29, in advance of print publication) researchers at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine found that dental visits represented a chance to intervene in the diabetes epidemic by identifying individuals with diabetes or pre-diabetes who are unaware of their condition. Comment.

PNC/R lays out its plans for Guyana

Guyana: As the Guyana presidential election nears, candidates for the two major parties in the race have been reaching out to nationals abroad with campaign pledges. Comments (1).

PNC/R lays out its plans for Guyana

Guyana: As the Guyana presidential election nears, candidates for the two major parties in the race have been reaching out to nationals abroad with campaign pledges. Comment.

What to expect during TherMatrx microwave treatment

Health: A patient, after being advised that he would be an ideal candidate for TherMatrx transurethral microwave thermotherapy to relieve his symptoms of prostate enlargement is happy to avoid surgery and a lifetime of medication but then usually asks, “What is TherMatrx and what will I actually experience?” What follows are the answers to these questions. Comment.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Anancy Festival to highlight Carib Heritage Month

People: Pembroke Pines, FL – May 10, 2011 –The Third Annual Anancy Festival will be held on Saturday, June 11, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at South Regional/Broward College Library, located at 7300 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines FL. Comment.

Edward Kamau Brathwaite, Caribbean literary giant

Books: Caribbean poet and scholar Edward Kamau Brathwaite turned 81 this month. Born in Barbados on May 11, 1930, Brathwaite has been recognized as one of the major voices in the Caribbean literary canon. Comment.

It’s no sretch -- Yoga may benefit heart disease

Health: Yoga, an ancient Indian practice once viewed as only for the very fit and flexible, has become as American an activity as jogging and aerobics. Its newfound popularity could be a boon for people with high blood pressure, heart failure, and other forms of cardiovascular disease. Comment.

It’s no sretch -- Yoga may benefit heart disease

Health: Yoga, an ancient Indian practice once viewed as only for the very fit and flexible, has become as American an activity as jogging and aerobics. Its newfound popularity could be a boon for people with high blood pressure, heart failure, and other forms of cardiovascular disease. Comment.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Epic ghetto vs. bourgie clash

Movies: “Jumping the Broom” Comment.

Sirju Mohan art exhibit

Arts & Theater: Trinidadian Sirju Seeharack Mohan is host a solo art exhibit at the Doreen Gauthier Library, 2200 NE 38th St., in Lighthouse Point, Florida during the month of May. Comments (1).

Steps to overcome Carib social inequalities

People: The head of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) said on May 6 that Latin America and the Caribbean remains the most socially unequal region in the world, highlighting the measures required to tackle the problem in a region which has made significant strides in reducing poverty. Comment.

UNASUR swears in new secretary general

People: The 12-nation Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) of which Caribbean trade bloc nations Guyana and Suriname are members Monday swore in former Colombian Foreign Minister Maria Emma Mejia Velez as its new secretary general replacing former Argentine President Nestor Kirchner who died suddenly in office last year. Comment.

Strawberry’s advice for the lovelorn 

Books: “I’ve been Shirley’s partner in radio for over ten years now… I am amazed by how she manages to balance her personal and professional life—especially as a single mother. Comment.

Haitin lifts ban on dual nationality 

Haiti: Haitian legislators on Sunday voted to lift a ban on dual nationality, allowing millions of nationals in the Diaspora to have a greater say in the impoverished, French-speaking Caribbean country’s political affairs. Comment.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Muted criticism about Libyan intervention

Viewpoints: In a piece in the online publication Global Research a few days ago, William Engdahl wrote: “At issue is not whether or not Gaddafi is good or evil. At issue is the very concept of the civilized law of nations and of just or unjust wars. The Libya campaign attempts to force application of a dangerous new concept into the norms of accepted international law. That concept is what is termed by its creators ‘Responsibility to Protect.’” Comment.

‘Scottsboro Boys’ scores 12 Tony noms

Arts & Theater: Despite controversy “Scottsboro Boys” the Broadway, musical named for young, Black, men in the south during a dark, historical period in American history received top nods and acknowledgement with a dozen chances to win as many Tony awards on June 12. Comment.

Food vs Housing

Trinidad and Tobago: Farmers and the general population in Trinidad and Tobago have been told in very plain terms that housing rather than farming is a main priority for the year-old People’s Partnership government as a raging row over the bulldozing of crops by the Housing Development Corporation (HDC) in the past week continues in the country. Comment.

Laparkan chairman to speak at expo

Jamaica: Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Laparkan Group of Companies Glen Khan will speak at the Trade Forum of the 6th annual Jamaica/USA Chamber of Commerce Business Expo to be held later this month in south Florida. Comment.

Drug thugs greatest security threat to the Caribbean

People: The commander of the U.S. Southern Command in Miami says the greatest threat to security in the Caribbean region comes not from any conventional source but rather from transnational criminal organizations. Comment.

Drug thugs greatest security threat to the Caribbean

People: The commander of the U.S. Southern Command in Miami says the greatest threat to security in the Caribbean region comes not from any conventional source but rather from transnational criminal organizations. Comment.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Haitian glitz and glamour

Music: The Haitian community loves music and it should come as no surprise that they should have an awards’ ceremony – their version of the Grammys/Oscars with all the accompanying glitz and glamour, red carpet and all. Comment.

Jamaica threatens to take B’dos to court

Jamaica: Jamaica’s dispute with Barbados over the alleged ill-treatment of 20-year-old Shanique Myrie could be headed to the Trinidad and Tobago-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). Comment.

Watson to lead N.Y. City into hoops clash

Sports: The People’s Games (www.PeoplesGames.com) is a new sports concept that offers non-pro’s from all walks of life the opportunity to represent their cities in competition against other U.S. cities to prove which city has the best athletes in various sports. Comment.

Region creeps out of economic slump

Caribbean: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says that the Caribbean is beginning to turn the corner after a “long and deep recession.” Comment.

Region creeps out of economic slump

Caribbean: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says that the Caribbean is beginning to turn the corner after a “long and deep recession.” Comment.

Jailed for carrying explosives at Miami airport

Jamaica: A federal judge in Miami jailed a Jamaican man for six months for transporting bullet parts that exploded at Miami International Airport last December. Comment.

Guyana politician takes campaign to Queens.

Guyana: Presidential candidate, Donald Ramotar, and President Bharatt Jagdeo, of the People’s Progress Party/C of Guyana, were greeted with an angry anti-government demonstration outside Club Tobago in Richmond Hill on April 28 at a meet-the-people event. Comment.

Guyana politician takes campaign to Queens.

Guyana: Presidential candidate, Donald Ramotar, and President Bharatt Jagdeo, of the People’s Progress Party/C of Guyana, were greeted with an angry anti-government demonstration outside Club Tobago in Richmond Hill on April 28 at a meet-the-people event. Comment.

Friday, May 6, 2011

CBJC awards event turns into a jazz jam

Music: Over 200 jazz enthusiasts and neighborhood residents crowded into the standing-room-only Shellens Gallery at Brooklyn Historical Society’s downtown headquarters in Brooklyn Heights Thursday, April 28, to witness the induction of Montego Joe and Wally “Gator’ Watson into the Brooklyn Jazz Hall of Fame. Comments (1).

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (Unrated) Golden Age of Hollywood documentary chronicling the career of Academy Award-honoree Jack Cardiff, the cinematographer who shot such screen classics as “The African Queen,” “War and Peace,” “The Barefoot Contessa” and “Death on the Nile.” Featuring reflections by Martin Scorcese, Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall and Dustin Hoffman. Comment.

Feats of magic and escape artistry

Arts & Theater: Thomas Solomon, multi award-winning escape artist and magician, will present his full-evening show, American Escape Artist, as the feature of the Society of American Magicians 102nd Annual Salute to Magic at El Teatro at El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Ave. at 104th Street, New York on Saturday, May 14 starting at 8:00 p.m. Comment.

Messages of hope for formerly incarcerated women

People: Greenhope Services for Women will open their new home, Kandake House in East Harlem on Thursday, May 19, 2011 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the morning followed by a cocktail reception in the evening. Performances by the legendary Nona Hendryx formerly of Patti Labelle and the Bluebells and IMPACT Repertory Theatre with their powerful messages of hope will set the right tone for this ambitious undertaking. Comment.

Putting a Black face on marriage equality

Arts & Theater: The conversation on marriage equality in New York is taking a turn in the right direction as filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris presents his landmark historic documentary, “Marriage Equality: Byron Rushing and the Fight for Fairness” as part of the Harlem Stage on Screen series. Comment.

Putting a Black face on marriage equality

Arts & Theater: The conversation on marriage equality in New York is taking a turn in the right direction as filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris presents his landmark historic documentary, “Marriage Equality: Byron Rushing and the Fight for Fairness” as part of the Harlem Stage on Screen series. Comment.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

The scoop on sundaes

Food: Sundaes are sweet, but maybe it’s time for something sensational. Gale Gand, renowned pastry chef and mother of three, has partnered with Breyers to put a creative twist on the classic ice cream sundae. Comment.

SE Queens street renamed after cop

Queens: Hundreds of cops formed a sea of blue at the street renaming ceremony outside of the 113th Precinct on Baisley Blvd. for NYPD officer John Scarangella, gunned down 30 years ago in the line of duty. Comment.

MAN OF FAITH

Arts & Theater: The AUDELCO and Obie Award-winning Billie Holiday Theatre concludes its 39th season and trilogy of new Jackie Alexander plays with the world premiere of “The Right Reverend Dupree in Exile.” Comment.

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: Just days after Anguilla Chief Minister Herbert Hughes announced his move to get independence based on an earlier refusal by the British Governor Alistair Harrison to approve the island’s budget, a contentious visa issue has now escalated into a war of words between the two sides. Comment.

High School Jazz Festival 

Music: More than 85 students from four high schools will perform at the Downtown Brooklyn High School Jazz Festival organized by the music program at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus. Comment.

Sparks fly in dance camp

Arts & Theater: The Castillo Theatre (Dan Friedman, artistic director, Diane Stiles, managing director) is opening Fred Newman and David Truskinoff’s musical “License To Dream,” now through Sunday, June 5, directed by David Nackman and choreographed by Javier Dzul. Comment.

José James headlines Eco-Soul concert 

Music: Weeksville Heritage Center, an organization dedicated to preserving the history of the 19th century African-American community of Weeksville, presents critically acclaimed vocalist José James for its annual “Eco-Soul” concert on Sunday, May 15 at 3:00 p.m. (Gates open at 2 p.m.). Comment.

President Obama: Ride the wave of your success

National: Since the killing of Osama bin Laden, the National Minority Business Council (www.nmbc) has been following closely the subsequent media coverage of this historic moment in America’s history. Comment.

Bin Laden is dead; evil lives on

Viewpoints: Two Sundays ago in the presence of survivors, I attended a stirring Holocaust memorial service at a prestigious New York synagogue including video footage of Nazi crimes, testimonies, prayers and the recital of harrowing poetic works. Following the service I approached one of the survivors whom I have known for quite some time and remarked on the moving nature of the ceremony. Comment.

Sing It, Shout It, Send It!  

Music: Alex Moncada of Alexandria, Virginia was recently announced as the grand prize winner of ‘Love in Any Language’ contest. Comment.

Sing It, Shout It, Send It!  

Music: Alex Moncada of Alexandria, Virginia was recently announced as the grand prize winner of ‘Love in Any Language’ contest. Comment.

Sing It, Shout It, Send It!  

Music: Alex Moncada of Alexandria, Virginia was recently announced as the grand prize winner of ‘Love in Any Language’ contest. Comment.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Tutorial Alumni invests in school soccer 

Guyana: The New York Chapter of the Guyana Tutorial Alumni Association is proud to be a part of reinstating High School football in Georgetown, that would not only revitalize the once competitive sport, it will also encourage values, commitment and dedication to academic excellence. Comments (1).

Cinco De Mayo Race offers no awards

Sports: Wilson Berrezaeta put on a kick down the stretch to capture the 14th annual Cinco De Mayo Fun Run of 3.1 miles on Sunday, May 1 in Prospect Park. Comment.

Singing nuns perform heavenly ‘Sister Act’ on Broadway

Arts & Theater: An inviting non-sectarian, non-denominational nightly ritual recently opened at the Broadway Theater to heavenly praises. Staged at the same location Oprah Winfrey debuted a musical she co-starred with Whoopi Goldberg, “Sister Act” reprises the 1992 film the comedienne starred twice in sequel performances. Comment.

Dine & Learn Healthy Youth Symposium

New York: SUNY Downstate Medical Center, in partnership with Boys and Girls High School, the Bedford-Stuyvesant YMCA, and the Stay Strong Foundation, will hold its 6th Annual Dine & Learn Healthy Youth Symposium titled “Live Straight Up Healthy,” on Friday, May 6, from 3:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., at Boys and Girls High School, 1700 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, New York 11213. Comment.

Ex-cop and ex-con reunite for final heist

Movies: “Fast Five” Comment.

Guyana independence celebrations at York College

Guyana: A rhythmic mix of the Guyanese culture will revv up the Performing Arts Center of York College, on Guy Breuer in Jamaica, at the 11th Annual Guyana Day celebration to commemorate Guyana’s 45th year as an independent nation. Comment.

Jamaica successfully defends title at Penn Relays

Jamaica: There was no repeat appearance by Olympic champion Usain Bolt in the 4x100m Relay, but the Jamaicans still had enough to beat the US, 38.33 to 38.46, in the 117th Annual Penn Relays in Philadelphia on Saturday. Comment.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

MONTERREY WINS TROPHY

Sports: Real Salt Lake forgot the crucial soccer statistic that shows most goals are scored just after each half starts and just before each period ends. Comment.

Runaway gold prices spark murders, robberies

Guyana: Last week, Charles DaSilva, head of the umbrella Gold and Diamond Miners Association was attacked, chopped with a machete and robbed by bandits of a decent-sized gold chain as he went for his early morning stroll on the Atlantic sea shore. It was the latest incident in a string of high-profile robberies that Guyanese authorities are linking to runaway prices for gold on the world market. Comment.

WIPA protests WICB selection

Sports: The West Indies Player’s Association Comment.

West Indies selectors on wrong track

Sports: The unfortunate situation surrounding former West Indies Captain Chris Gayle and the West Indies selectors along with the WICB may be understandable but the axing of Guyana’s captain Ramneresh Sarwan and Ravi Rampaul not playing in the first and second ODI against Pakistan in St. Lucia was most regrettable. Comment.

Tito Jackson named honorary citizen

People: Tito Jackson, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and former member of the Jackson Five is now an ambassador to Kenya. The honor was bestowed in California recently by Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Amolo Odinga. The African leader named the entertainer honorary citizen of the nation and ambassador to represent the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Foundation (JOOF). Comment.

Donald Trump’s ridiculous remarks

People: Bill Cosby slammed Donald Trump on The Today Show regarding his ridiculous actions and remarks about our president. Comments (2).

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Dave prepares for Team Universe

Sports: A former football player on the high school and collegiate levels is still very active in sports, but at a different kind and this one nation-wide. Comment.
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