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Monday, Aug. 1, 2011

Superhero saves the day during WWII

Movies: This superhero adventure continues the recent trend in comic book screen adaptations in which the protagonist comes to play a critical role in the outcome of a significant historical event. Comment.

Jamaica marks 173rd Emancipation Year

Jamaica: Jamaica observed the 173rd anniversary year since African slaves won full freedom from British captivity with an Emancipation Jubilee heritage festival at the Seville Great House and Heritage Park. Comment.

Jamaican dies after festive visit to USA

Jamaica: One week after a rousing celebration by friends and members of the Excelsior Alumni Association in Florida sad news reached the revelers that one of their guest celebrants died suddenly after returning to Jamaica. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Assassination Games (R for torture, profanity, sexuality, nudity and graphic violence) Revenge thriller about a pair of rival assassins (Jean-Claude Van Damme and Scott Adkins) who reluctantly join forces in order to take on a blood-thirsty drug cartel backed by corrupt, undercover DEA officers. With Michael Higgs, Kevin Chapman and Ivan Kaye. Comment.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Eyecare helps avoid future health problems

Health: Did you know that everyone needs a regular eye exam—even someone who doesn’t wear glasses? Comment.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean officials have called for an immediate halt to a European shipment of reprocessed nuclear waste that will pass near the islands on its way to Japan, calling it a risk to the people of the region. Comment.

JA school fundraiser lauds past & future

Jamaica: Plans and plaudits might have enhanced benefit efforts for a Jamaican high school and also made them the envy of all other reunions held annually to pay tribute to the nurturing of organizations and numerous institutions of learning throughout the island. Comment.

Edouard heads to Monroe College

Sports: Chris Edouard turned in a decent track career and so did his teammates enough for Valley Stream North to run away and capture the team title in the Class ‘A’ Nassau County High School Track and Field Championships recently. In order to come out victorious, Valley Stream North scored well in every event. Comment.

Tips for the elderly to stay cool

Health: One of the most important ways to maintain health during the summer is by drinking enough fluids to avoid dehydration. Drink plenty of water and eat foods containing water, such as fruits, vegetables, gelatin (Jell-O) and ice pops. Beware of coffee and alcohol, which can actually dehydrate, rather than replenish, the body of fluids. Comment.

Windies captain justifies his selection

Caribbean: West Indies Captain Darren Sammy says he deserves his place in the current side based on the strength of his bowling and is eying a world top spot for the regional team in four years time. Comment.

Mandela, Lucky Dube hailed

Music: More love was harnessed in one San Diego, California space on July 19 than on any June wedding day in the entire state. The love fest at the World Beat Center marked tributes to two South African legends – Nelson Mandela AKA Mandiba, the nation’s first Black president, and Lucky Dube, the nation’s pre-eminent reggae ambassador who was slain in 2007. Comment.

Queens College alum to host health fair

Guyana: The mission of the Queens College of Guyana Alumni Association is to bring together former students, staff and friends in an effort to preserve and foster the special character of the institution. In so doing, the group has over the years promoted academic excellence in Guyana, and hosted outreach programs in the U.S. Comment.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Jagdeo leaves ‘mixed legacy’

Guyana: As Guyana prepares for forthcoming parliamentary elections, an influential think tank here says President Bharrat Jagdeo, who is constitutionally barred from seeking a third term, will be leaving a mixed legacy. Comment.

Jamaican flag to fly high in New Jersey

Jamaica: For the second consecutive year, Jamaica’s black, green and gold flag will fly high over Paterson, N.J., when the local Jamaican community will celebrate their nation’s 49th anniversary of independence with a flag-raising ceremony on the steps of City Hall on Aug. 1 and later, a church service. Comments (1).

Judge sentences Rodney to probation, community service

Jamaica: A United States federal district judge in Washington, D.C. has sentenced a Caribbean media executive to two years probation and 500 hours of community service, and fined him $2,500 for lying to Congress. Comments (2).

Good news for women’s health and pocketbooks

Viewpoints: The Institute of Medicine, an independent panel of doctors and health experts, has just recommended that insurance companies be told to stop charging co-pays for contraception and several other types of women’s preventive health care in any new health plans. Ending those extra out-of-pocket insurance charges will be good for women’s health and good for women’s pocketbooks. Comment.

Managing an impossible task on Capitol Hill

National: Recently, the Pew Research Center released a poll gauging public sentiment on the nation’s three big entitlement programs: Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Most Americans believe the programs are in trouble and need to be completely rebuilt or changed substantially. But an even stronger majority wants the programs’ benefits to be left alone. Comment.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

No quick fixes to Windies problems

Sports: The multiple problems surrounding West Indies cricketers and their managing board are too many for a quick fix. The critical areas of these problems must be addressed in the correct manner for the long term benefit of the players and West Indies cricket as a whole. Comment.

Prohibited rental discrimination

Business: I am a pregnant woman that has been seeking a new apartment for weeks now, but both real estate agents and landlords have clearly told me they are denying me the apartment because I am pregnant. Is this legal? Comment.

St. Lucia’s PM supports regional ferry service

Trinidad and Tobago: St. Lucia’s Prime Minister Stephenson King says the proposal by Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar for a fast ferry service will bring new life to regional trade. Comment.

Green Girls investigate Coney Island beaches

Brooklyn: On July 14, 25 young women waded in the waters of Brooklyn and answered a burning question…What is really in the water off Coney Island? Through City Parks Foundation’s Coastal Classroom, the middle school girls discovered what lives beneath the waves at Kaiser Park in Coney Island. Comment.

North Brooklyn YMCA recognizes its members

Brooklyn: When Adriana Castro joined the Y seven months ago, she had been recently diagnosed with breast cancer, had undergone a mastectomy and needed support. She also needed to develop a healthy active lifestyle for herself as well as for her family. Comment.

Annual Relay for Life in Harlem

Bronx: The American Cancer Society held its annual Relay for Life event at River Bank Park in Manhattan on July 9. Comment.

A month-long anniversary celebration kicks off in Harlem

People: Mayor Michael Bloomberg hosted the kick-off ceremony for Harlem Week 2011 on The Great Lawn at Gracie Mansion on July 14, honoring the 28th anniversary of the month-long celebration, Comment.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Sun Kulcha

New York: J’Ouvert Roy Pierre & Associates & the J’Ouvert Band is launching The Governor’s Ball Party at the Mas Camp, 10:00 p.m. - 4:00 a.m. at Chard-ENA Chateau, 3820 Church Ave., corner E. 39 St., Brooklyn. For information, call (718) 282-1229. Comment.

WIPA ready to negotiate

Sports: The West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) says it is ready to negotiate a new bargaining collective agreement (CBA) with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). Comment.

SERENA HEADS TO OPEN

Sports: It won’t be long now before a two-week long major tennis tournament comes to New York. It is the United States Open Championships that annually draw thousands of fans to an international event. In fact, there are different brackets for males and females, as well as juniors and seniors in the tourney with countless matches in progress. Comment.

Caribbean Community leaders pick a new secretary general

Caribbean: A Dominican-born, New York University-educated economist has been selected as the new secretary general of the 15-nation Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Comment.

FIFA bans Trinidadians

Trinidadians Debbie Minguell and Jason Sylvester, connected to the recent bribery charges that forced former FIFA vice president and Trinidadian, Jack Warner, to resign his position and sever all ties with football (soccer), were banned by the FIFA Ethics Committee from all football activities for one year. Comment.

Black Dandyism photo exhibition

Arts & Theater: Dandy Lion: An Articulation of a Re(de)fined Black Masculine Identity, a photography exhibition of works created by 10 artists exploring the phenomenon of Black Dandyism throughout the African Diaspora is now open until Aug. 28, at MoCADA, 80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, N.Y. Comment.

Sly Rankin promotes new single in N.Y.

Music: Jamaican based Solja Life (SLR) recording artiste Sly Rankin, whose single “That’s Ma Car” was featured on the MTV realty show “My Super Sweet 16 - Supa 21” featuring Sean Kingston is in New York on a mini promotional tour. Comment.

Florida Republican aims to overturn Obama Cuba travel rule

Cuba: An effort by a Florida Republican congressman to overturn Obama administration rules easing restrictions on travel to Cuba may win congressional approval despite a threatened presidential veto, supporters and even some critics say. Comment.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Preferred Health Partners honored

Health: Preferred Health Partners, one of the largest multispecialty groups in Brooklyn, has recently been recognized for implementing a new approach to improving their patient’s healthcare within all nine of their center locations. Comment.

Mets, Citi volunteers build Habitat condos

Brooklyn: Jennifer Baptiste, a financial analyst at Citi, spent a day last week measuring, breaking and cutting dry wall at a fourth floor bedroom in-construction at Habitat-NYC’s four-story affordable condominiums project in the Ocean Hill-Brownsville section of Brooklyn. She is one of the 18 Citi volunteers who joined with Habitat-NYC at the Brooklyn Build day. Comment.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

FIFA evidence against bin Hammam mounts

Sports: LONDON (AP) — FIFA’s investigators have gathered further evidence of bribery by suspended executive Mohamed bin Hammam during his campaign to become president of world football’s governing body, a person familiar with the case said Wednesday. Comment.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Bladder muscle and the interrupted intermittent stream

Most men, whose urinary stream is interrupted, are not aware that they have a common symptom of prostate enlargement. The prostate enlarges both outwardly and inwardly, compressing the urinary passageway, which runs through the prostate. It is through this passageway that urine must pass to leave the bladder and exit the body. Comment.

NYPD Bronx Harmony Day Picnic

Bronx: Join us for a FREE day of fun on Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Van Cortlandt Park Stadium & Ball Fields, Broadway & Van Cordtandt Park South at 242 Street, featuring carnival games, sports, activities, raffles, prizes & food. Participating in the days events will be the NYPD’s Highway Unit, Mounted Unit, Canine Unit, & Aviation Unit, Bronx Safety City, NYS Troopers, PAL, DEP, District Attorney’s Office & the Parks Department. For more information, call PBBX Community Affairs Units at (718) 299-4503/04. Comment.

Brooklyn dance group hits the international Stage

Arts & Theater: Brooklyn-based dance company, Something Positive, has been invited to perform at the 2011 Emancipation Celebrations in the twin-island nation of Trinidad & Tobago. Comments (1).

First Annual Harlem Fathers’ Day Parade

Bronx: Event: First Annual Harlem Fathers’ Day Parade and Men of Color Conference & Forum Comments (1).

Friday, July 22, 2011

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: All She Can (Unrated) Overcoming-the-odds saga about a high school weightlifter (Corina Calderon) who sees winning an athletic scholarship to the University of Texas as her only ticket out of a godforsaken Texas town. With Julia Vera, Julio Cedillo and Julian Works. Comment.

Creative kids in the kitchen

Food: Everyone loves a classic PB&J sandwich. Now, with a little culinary creativity, your family can liven up lunch and win money for college. Comment.

Caribbean women make great strides

National: United States Secretary of States Hilary Rodham Clinton said that Caribbean women have made great advances in the United States and the Caribbean. Comment.

‘D’ Big Tent moves to Tropical Paradise

People: Brooklyn’s “D” Big Tent outdoor calypso and soca revue annually held at Restoration Corporation will move indoors to the Paradise Ballroom from Aug. 28 to Sept. 2. Comment.

Travel concierge service for carnival hunters worldwide

Music: Carnival Hunters; Caribbean Passion, Inc.; Shola Thompson, Ethiopia Lane, NY Caribbean Vibes, travel concierge service, Jevante Qirashawn, Comment.

‘Black Woman Redefined’

Books: “Black Woman Redefined” Comment.

Are the Jews afraid of fighting the wars they advocate?

Viewpoints: In my column last week, I strove to make the case for the expedient invasion of Iran as a war to end all Middle East wars. Understandably, reactions were heated and varied; in particular however, a disproportionate number of responses seemed to aggressively question the Jewish commitment to fighting militarily for the values of freedom. Here is a particularly harsh letter that I received, and my response. Comment.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Guyana opposition pledges to end politics of race

Guyana: A multiparty coalition hoping to prevent the Indo-dominated People’s Progressive Party (PPP) from winning a fifth consecutive victory in general elections due by year-end held its formal launch in Georgetown last weekend pledging to do all it can to end decades of racial tension between Blacks and Indians in the Caribbean trade bloc nation of 730,000. Comment.

Bedingfield remixes Ovamarz song

Music: New Zealand-born British singer-songwriter, Daniel Bedingfield, is in Jamaica making music. Comment.

International advocates file lawsuit against Haiti’s pick for prime minister

Haiti: Lawyers representing Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) on Monday, July 11 submitted a petition before the Haitian parliament for the High Court of Justice to indict and try President Michel Martelly’s nominee for prime minister, Bernard Gousse, for crimes committed during his tenure as justice minister under Haiti’s 2004-2006 de facto regime. Comment.

Cuba to try American for crimes against state security

Cuba: The People’s Supreme Court of Cuba has set July 22 for the appeal hearing of U.S. citizen Alan Gross, sentenced to 15 years in prison for carrying out actions against the independence of the Spanish-speaking Caribbean country. Comment.

Improved cargo service to the region

Queens: Caribbean Cargo & Package Services with offices in New York and Guyana have signed an operating agreement with Econocaribe Consolidators, the worldwide leading international freight consolidator to the Caribbean. Comment.

Taking control of Jamaican music

Music: “Jamaica Music 50,” will be officialy launched on July 23 at the Coral Cliff Hotel in Montego Bay. Comment.

Fountain Company launches new hair product

Fountain Company, makers of Fountain Pimento Oil launched its latest product Jamaican Black Castor Oil Hair Food on Friday, July 15 at Rosiah’s Natural Hair Oasis in Bronx, N.Y. Comment.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Jefferson Ave co-named for Bertram L. Baker

Brooklyn: The Brooklyn block and neighborhood of Jefferson Ave. between Tompkins and Throop avenues in Bed-Stuy was officially co-named Bertram L. Baker Way last Saturday. Comment.

Citizenship extended to 33 youngsters

Brooklyn: James Pierre of Haiti became one of 33 youngsters between ages six to 15 who received their United States citizenship in a special ceremony preceding the baseball game between the Brooklyn Cyclones and Auburn Doubledays at MCU Park in Coney Island, Brooklyn. Comment.

New York Bajans on helping-hands mission at home

Barbados: A group of New York-based Barbadians and friends, back home for the Crop Over festival as well as some philantropic endeavors and other fun-in-the-sun endeavors of their own, this week were getting ready to deliver items from the first of four barrels of school supplies earmarked for seven primary schools on the island. Comment.

Kingsbrook receives prestigious health care award

New York: Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center recently received the IPRO Award for its “organization-wide, exemplary commitment to quality improvement in surgical care improvement.” Comment.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

JAPAN’S VICTORY

Sports: It seems that poetic justice prevailed at the World Cup! Japan came to the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Frankfurt, Germany after the devastating nuclear-plant disaster at home earlier this year that killed many and destroyed much, but the players seem destined to turn that negative into a positive and uplift the spirits of their people. The Japanese delivered the World Cup title as a gift to their country by twice rallying from deficits to defeat the USA, 3-1, in a penalty shootout Sunday. Comment.

Una Clarke honors community leaders

Brooklyn: Head of the Progressive Democrats Political Association of Central Brooklyn, (PDPA-CB), Dr. Una Clarke, welcomed an audience of Caribbean Americans at the Tropical Ballroom, in Brooklyn recently and told them that coming together during Caribbean Heritage Month “to put our efforts together as a community and as a people is an important thing for all of us to do.” Comment.

Daily meditation improves overall health

Health: A growing number of doctors and Americans, in general, are finding that even brief stints of sitting quietly and breathing deeply can improve concentration, lower stress and maybe even reduce your risk of disease. Put simply, meditation can be good for your health. Comment.

Future doctor salutes Jamaican roots

Brooklyn: Nadya Dillon is 20 years old. She is a 2011 graduate of Cornell University in the College of Human Ecology where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree. She is currently studying to take her MCAT exams to get into medical school. But how does a little girl from Brooklyn become one of the youngest to graduate from an Ivy League school such as Cornell? Comments (1).

Family fun days with City Parks and Disney

Music: Now that summer is here, there are still plenty of opportunities for fun in city parks. City Parks Foundation’s SummerStage Kids presented by Disney, New York City’s first international family festival, offers over 95 free performing arts events at 34 locations citywide through Aug. 17 for over 25,000 New York City children and their families. Comment.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Another Earth (Unrated) Redemption drama about an MIT student (Brit Marling) and an accomplished composer (William Mapother) whose paths cross in tragic fashion on the very same night of the discovery of a mirror planet populated by duplicates of every human on Earth. With Jordan Baker, Flint Beverage and Robin Taylor. Comment.

Carrington receives CARICOM Award

Trinidad and Tobago: Former CARICOM Secretary General Edwin Carrington has been vested with the Order of the Caribbean Community (OCC) for outstanding service to the regional integration movement. Comment.

Caribbean Round-Up

Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and minister of finance recently presented an over $400 million budget in parliament for the financial year ending June 30, 2012. Comment.

Windies batsmen make history

Caribbean: Two West Indies batsmen wrote their names in West Indies’ cricket history in the historic Third and final Digicel Test against India in Dominica recently. Comment.

Southwestern Summer Sizzler

Food: Bring the heat, spice and lively flavors of southwestern cuisine to your table, and your next get-together will really sizzle. These recipes make entertaining with a southwestern flair simpler and quicker than ever when from-scratch ingredients are paired with convenient prepared options. Each is ready in 20 minutes or less. Comment.

Aid group urges Haiti to lay out housing plan

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti’s new president needs to lay out a long-term plan to relocate tens of thousands of Haitians living under tents and tarps, international aid group Oxfam said Tuesday. Comment.

Bittersweet South African saga

Movies: It’s bad enough that her newborn sister has just died of an unspecified illness, now Chanda (Khomotso Manyaka) finds herself having to fend-off all the ugly rumors about her family circulating around their tight-knit community located in the slums just outside Johannesburg. Comment.

FCC introduces new rules governing low-power FM radio

People: Usually, when the FCC issues an Order or Notice, all we see is…paper. And more paper…and more paper. Occasionally, we’ll witness gradual changes to an industry or in a business practice, but too often, the impact just isn’t that obvious to the general public. Comment.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Cruise ship rescues Carib boaters

People: A Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based cruise ship says it rescued six Caribbean nationals off the coast of the Bahamas after their fishing vessel caught fire and sunk on the evening of Jul. 11. Comment.

Auditions for young dance hopefuls

Arts & Theater: The world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Ailey School will be holding auditions for young hopefuls for its Professional Division training programs Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17. Comments (1).

Backpacks for homeless children

New York: For the ninth consecutive year, Volunteers of America has begun OPERATION BACKPACK 2011, the largest back-to-school drive in the city. Comment.

Haiti prez confident second PM passes

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitian President Michel Martelly says he is confident lawmakers will approve his second pick for prime minister even though more than half the senators have asked him to pick someone else. Comment.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Chavez vows to speed socialist drive in Venezuela

Venezuela: CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez promised on Tuesday to accelerate his drive for socialism in Venezuela as he recovers from surgery that removed a cancerous tumor. Comments (1).

Jamaica joins values-based leadership congregation

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica – “If you are planning for a year, plant rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; but if you are planning for eternity, plant people.” Comment.

Jagdeo rejects CARICOM post

Guyana: Guyana’s President Bharrat Jagdeo has rejected an offer to assume the post of CARICOM secretary general when he demits office after Guyana’s elections in November. Comment.

Help for your mortgage is finally here

Business: I am behind on my mortgage and still looking for a new job since I was recently laid off. Please, is there any help for someone like me? Comment.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Gayle appeals to CARICOM

Sports: Embattled West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle has called on the CARICOM heads of government to intervene in the impasse between himself and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) over his continued exclusion from the regional team. Comment.

HOPE SAVES THE DAY

U.S. Women’s National team goalkeeper Hope Solo got it right: “There is something special about this group. that energy, that vibe,’’ Solo said. “Even in overtime, you felt something was going to happen.’’ And it did! The U.S. women pulled off one of the most stunning and thrilling victories in World Cup history when they stormed back from a 2-1 deficit late in the game for a penalty kick shootout victory against favored Brazil in the quarterfinals of the Women’s World Cup in Dresden, Germany last Sunday. Comment.

Wells prepares for Manhattan race

Sports: Alan Wells, a late starter as far as the road running activity, is preparing to compete in the Fifth Avenue Mile in Manhattan to be held during the fall. This Fifth Avenue Mile, in various categories determined by age, should attract some very good runners from all over the country, especially the East Coast. Comment.

Guyana has no apologies for Nation of Islam minister’s arrest

Guyana: A senior U..S Nation of Islam leader who was detained and then freed by Guyanese police for his alleged involvement in drug trafficking and international terrorism in May will get no official apology from authorities, the country’s head of state has said. Comment.

Alvin Ailey on tour

Arts & Theater: Welcomed warmly and wildly by Russian audiences, last week’s Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performances in Moscow launched “American Seasons in Russia,” a year-long celebration of American arts and culture. Comment.

Business Boot Camp: July 18-Aug. 5

Bronx: Cristo Rey New York High School will kick-off its “Summer Academy” new student orientation on July 18. Comment.

Green technique purifies toxic water

Africa: CAPE TOWN, July 6, 2011 - South African scientists have developed an environmentally friendly method to clean highly toxic water and convert it into drinkable water. Once available commercially, the method could drastically reduce the negative impact industry has on water pollution worldwide. Comment.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Dealing with heat related illness

Dear Dr. Eva, Comment.

Two architects of cricket excellence

Sports: Sir Vivian Richards and Sachin Tendulkar are undoubtedly outstanding cricketers. Richards dominated the game during his time. He was truly magnificent at the crease and he made the Caribbean region proud whether he was playing at home or abroad. Comment.

Sun Kulcha

New York: Comedy/Variety No Name & A Bag O’ Chips Comedy/Variety presents the Summer Reading Show featuring authors & storytellers reading from new & soon-to-be-published literature, & on July 22 the festivities continue with house band The Summer Replacements making it a funky good time for all, at Otto’s, 538 E 14 St., between Ave. A & Ave. B & can be reached by taking the L subway train to First Ave. Both shows 7:00 p.m.; No cover, no minimum. For additional information, call (212) 228-2240. Comment.

Cuba: Twitterers meet face-to-face

Cuba: HAVANA, July 6, 2011 - “I want to meet @salvatore300 and @elainediaz2003” was a comment overheard at #TwittHab, the first meeting in Cuba of social network users. After years of being connected only via the web, the internet is now being used to facilitate real-world contact between citizens of this socialist island nation. Comment.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Keeping all your doctors in sync

Health: Every treatment or medication is a two edged sword, which can help but also may possibly cause harm. It is the doctor’s duty to bring his best judgment, knowledge and experience into play in deciding what is wisest for the patient. Comment.

One Caribbean Radio, DA Hynes honor Carib Americans

The great accomplishments of Caribbean Americans in Brooklyn were highlighted at a Heritage Month celebration, sponsored by Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes and One Caribbean Radio, under the tent in Restoration Plaza, Brooklyn. Comment.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Daylight (Unrated) Psychological thriller about a young married couple (Aidan Redmond and Alexandra Meierhans) who end up kidnapped when they stop to pick up a hitchhiker (Michael Godere) while driving through the woods on their way to a wedding. With Ivan Martin, Brian Bickerstaff and Aylam Orian. Comment.

Chicken a la grill

Food: There’s nothing wrong with lip-smacking good barbecued chicken - but there are a lot of other tasty ways to enjoy chicken hot off the grill. These recipes from the National Chicken Council bring flame-kissed flavor to your plate in the form of sweet and spicy wings, summer-fresh kabobs, and a gorgeous entrèe salad. Comment.

Caribbean Round-Up

The United States will be increasing its financial support to the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) with $77 million in funding committed for fiscal year 2011/2012. Comment.

Showdown between Autobots and Decepticons

Movies: This summer, a number of sequels have reimagined the past by placing fictional characters at the center of critical historical events. For instance, “X-Men 4” implied that mutants might have played a pivotal role in the resolution of the “Cuban Missile Crisis,” while “Pirates of the Caribbean 4” featured Captain Jack in a race with Ponce de Leon to locate the fabled Fountain of Youth. Comment.

Bronx group to toast Jamaica at 49

Jamaica: Members of A Fe We Culture will host their first annual fundraiser to benefit the Bronx organization and toast significant Jamaican performing artists they believe best exemplify role models to the next generation. Comment.

‘Single Ladies’ help Beyonce spark fireworks

Music: Thousands of pop music fans camped out overnight at Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield in order to snag a choice spot and share in the inaugural performance there of 16-time Grammy winner, Beyoncè. Comment.

No serious effort to put America’s house in order

National: If you believe in representative democracy, as I do, this has been a dispiriting time. At a crucial moment for our nation’s economy, many Americans look at Congress and see posturing, not a serious effort to create jobs or to get our fiscal house in order. They’ve responded with terrible approval ratings; the latest, from NBC and The Wall Street Journal, showed some three-quarters of Americans disapproving of the job Congress is doing. Comment.

Urgent need to drastically reduce greenhouse emissions

Dr. James McClintock, a renowned University of Alabama-Birmingham marine biologist who has conducted research in Antarctica for more than 25 years, told me the following story. Comment.

Grenadian creates safe, effective and natural hair-care products

Grenada: As a young girl growing up in the village of Concord in St. John’s, Grenada, Caroline Henry-Packer dreamt of becoming a lawyer or maybe a journalist; but never the founder and owner of a natural hair care, body and bath business. Comments (2).

Fond farewell to a nurse educator

Jamaica: After years in the United States, Marilyn Parker’s lilting accent still gives away her Jamaican roots. She was barely out of her teens when her mother sent her youngest child and only girl off to England so she could get a good education, grow up financially self-sufficient and do well. Comment.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Caribbean leaders confident about refocusing the community

People: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders ended their annual summit in St. Kitts and Nevis on Monday expressing confidence that they have begun the process of re-focusing the community to reflect more of the aspirations of its people. Comment.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

New York Celebrates International Reggae Day With Steel Pulse

Music: Last year, Jimmy Cliff beckoned reggae fans to Central Park during this same period. Comment.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Hunt for playoff

Sports: FC New York, the Long Island-based new professional team in the USL (United Soccer Leagues) defeated the Antigua Barracudas, 2-0, Friday night at St. John’s University’s Belson Stadium in Queens, N.Y. Comment.

Regional fast ferry back on agenda

Trinidad and Tobago: Neither Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar or any official from Trinidad had attended the previous summit of Caribbean leaders at a Guyana jungle resort in mid May but she turned up at the latest heads of government conference in tiny St. Kitts and immediately declared a willingness to reinvigorate dormant plans for a commercial ferry service from Trinidad to the Eastern Caribbean islands. Comment.

T&T coup probe continues

Trinidad and Tobago: A government-appointed commission probing the July 1990 attempted coup in Trinidad has been told that more than 100 Black Muslims had stormed state buildings including a live session in parliament, shooting and brutalizing legislators and occupying the state radio and television stations for more than a week, took such extreme action because they had wanted to rescue the nation from an oppressive government. Comment.

‘Spiderman’ provides comic relief 

Arts & Theater: Summer is here and while school is on hiatus, not all books are closed to reading. Adults and children alike are clamoring to check out the latest editions of comic books. Whether in audio/visual, film, print or live theater currently, comic book tales are the biggest attractions. Comment.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Seclectors must focus on four pacers

West Indies selectors must focus on rebuilding the fiery pace attack that the West Indies had in the seventies. It is evident in order to get back to the winning West Indies ways, the pace attack must be in place. Ravi Rampaul is a proven wicket taker, Kemar Roach and Fidel Edwards are extending their excellence. Comment.

Kemba Walker tabbed in draft

Sports: Kemba Walker has been a winner on whatever team that he played from outside ball through college. Comment.

It’s Health Bucks season again in New York!

Food: Dr. Thomas Farley, New York The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA), last week launched the 2011 Health Bucks season at farmers’ markets across the city. Health Bucks are $2 coupons redeemable for fresh fruit and vegetables at participating farmers’ markets. Comment.

Search for new U.S. border protection officers

National: Inspecting more than a million travelers and 50,000 containers, apprehending more than 75 criminals, seizing more than 2,300 pounds of narcotics and intercepting more than 500 agricultural pests is just a typical day for U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at our nation’s ports of entry. Comment.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

T&T prime minster reshuffles cabinet

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has made a cabinet reshuffle after one year in government. Comment.

Joyful time at Guyana’s Independence celebration

Guyana: Distinguished Guyanese were honored for their achievements and contributions at the 45th Anniversary of Guyana’s Independence that was celebrated at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street on June 22 in its usual grand style. Comments (2).
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