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Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012

Jamaica native Maragh looks ahead

Sports: As the horse racing season is drawing to a close for 2012 in December, one jockey can look back at a successful time that he turned in riding his thoroughbreds, especially in stakes events that drew huge crowds out to the track. More recently, this event marked the 24th running of the Cigar Mile at Aqueduct Race Track in Ozone Park, New York. Comments (2).

Friday, Nov. 30, 2012

Caribbean Roundup

Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados Prime Minister Frenduel Stuart has reassured Barbadians that the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) will not be privatized. Comment.

Honored African endorses Ethiopian dam

Africa: The widow of the late Robert “Bob” Marley recently accepted a special African Diaspora award in Lilongwe, Malawi at the 7th Annual Living Legends Banquet. Comment.

Grenada’s PM meets Nation of Islam Leader

People: Prime Minister Tillman Thomas on Friday, Nov. 23 met and held discussions with the Leader of the Nation of Islam, (NOI) Minister Louis Farrakhan. Comment.

Barbados Independence Day Message

Barbados: Fellow Barbadians, Comment.

Bolt, Felix named IAAF World Athletes of the Year

People: BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Usain Bolt won the IAAF World Athlete of the Year award for the fourth time Saturday after defending his 100- and 200-meter gold medals at last summer’s Olympic Games in London. Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012

MINISTER FACES GAG ORDER

Guyana: Government this week moved to the courts to block Parliament from placing a gag order on National Security Minister Clement Rohee following an opposition no confidence motion against him for alleged incompetence linked to runaway corruption in the police force and a series of police killings in recent months among other issues. Comment.

Classic & Carols Music Fest

Music: Globe Productions presents the best of New York steel bands in its first Annual Clive Bradley Memorial Steel Pan Competition “Classic and Carols.” This event takes place on Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m, in the Walt Whitman Theater at Brooklyn College, honoring the legendary Clive Bradley. Comment.

Barbados celebrates Independence Day

Barbados: On Nov. 30, 1966 Barbados raised its national flag for the first time. Every year since then on that date, the Caribbean island that is the focus of Totally Barbados, has celebrated Independence Day. Comments (1).

Eugene: Extend TPS for Haitians

Haiti: New York City Councilman Dr. Mathieu Eugene has urged United States President Barack Obama to further extend the deadline for Haitians seeking renewal of their Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beyond the Nov. 30 deadline. Comment.

Gambling referendum on hold

Bahamas: Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie has postponed the controversial gambling referendum until Jan. 28, 2013 and will now ask voters if they support the establishment of a national lottery and if they approve the legislation of web shops. Comment.

British rape victims say wrong man caught

People: In one of the most unusual stories in recent years, two British women who were raped on a beach in western Barbados in late 2010 have paid their own way back to Barbados to tell local police that the man in custody is not the suspect who had assaulted them and they have even hired local attorneys to represent the accused in a bizarre twist that has left Bajan tongues wagging. Comment.

Opposition to Stop-and-Frisk grows

Westchester: Following last month’s City Council hearing on the Community Safety Act and field hearings on stop-and-frisk in Brooklyn and Queens, disapproval of stop-and-frisk has grown jumps according to the results of the latest poll released last week by the Quinnipiac Polling Institute. The November Quinnipiac poll of New York City voters revealed that a majority (53 percent) disapproves of the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practice. Comments (1).

Broken Bone? It could be osteoporosis

Health: (StatePoint) Not all broken bones are just an “accident.” If slips, trips or falls lead to a bone fracture, it could be a symptom of something much more serious: osteoporosis, a disease that weakens bones. If left untreated, over time, the situation could get worse, potentially leading to more fractures, chronic pain, or even disability or early death. Comment.

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012

Congress should preserve wind industry jobs

Viewpoints: According to the American Wind Energy Association, at the height of the wind energy sector’s expansion in 2008 and 2009, wind turbine manufacturing employment peaked at more than 85,000 jobs at large turbine assembly plants and smaller manufacturers constructing related components for turbine assembly and operation. Comment.

AFRICAN FILM FEST

Movies: Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Haiti, Curacao, and Honduras are some film settings that make up the 18-day New York African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF), which runs until Dec. 11, 2012. Among its 54 films from 35 countries, the Festival, as usual, has intriguing highlights. Comments (1).

Jamaican drama off Broadway

The critically acclaimed Jamaican drama “Not About Eve” made its official New York debut at the Stage II Theatre in Times Square on Nov. 29. First produced in 2006 by MADKOW Productions at The Pantry Playhouse in New Kingston, Jamaica, “Not About Eve” earned eight International Theatre Institute Actor Boy Award nominations, claiming the New Jamaican Play Award for playwright and noted actor Karl Williams. Comments (1).

West Indies defeats Bangladesh by 10 wickets

Another Test match spectacular bowling and batting performances gave the West Indies a resounding victory in the second Test match against Bangladesh in Bangladesh. West Indies in their first innings scored 648 for 9 declared with Darren Bravo scoring 127, Marlon Samuels a swashbuckling 260 with 31 fours and 3 sixes and Shivnarine Chanderpaul 150 not out, his 27th Test century. Comment.

END OF AN ERA IN MLS

People: It’s the end of an era in MLS – the David Beckham Era. The English international will play his last MLS game on Saturday, Dec. 1, when he gears up for the Los Angeles Galaxy against the Houston Dynamo in the 2012 MLS Cup championship at the Home Depot Center in Carson (CA). Comment.

All-female soccer committee

Caribbean: The Caribbean Football Union (CFU) has announced the formation of an all-female committee to spearhead the organization of women’s soccer in the region. Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012

Haiti veterans in hiding renew vow to remobilize

Haiti: MARIANI, Haiti (AP) — The leaders of a small group of ex-soldiers who embarrassed Haiti’s government earlier this year by seizing old military bases to press for the restoration of the disbanded army emerged from six months of hiding Saturday to renew their demand. Comment.

Vincentians mark flag-raising anniversary

St Vincent: “It has been two whole years since the installation of the flag on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. It is still so fresh in my mind, it seems like it happened yesterday,” James Cordice, the architect behind the flag-raising ceremony, in an exclusive interview with Caribbean Life on Nov. 19, on the second anniversary of the historic event. Comment.

Rethinking coastal development after Sandy

Viewpoints: Government agencies are urgently working to restore some sense of order to the lives of the millions of people impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Everyone is particularly sympathetic where homes or businesses immediately along the shoreline were inundated and seriously damaged. Although there is considerable, well-intentioned pressure to re-establish our communities back where they were along the shoreline, this solution will eventually put residents, as well as emergency personnel, at considerable risk again. Comment.

Promoter: Chris Brown cancels Guyana show

Music: GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Organizers say American R&B star Chris Brown has canceled a stadium concert in Guyana after local protests over his 2009 beating of then-girlfriend Rihanna. Comment.

Monday, Nov. 26, 2012

Clarke opposes natural gas pipeline in Gateway

Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has expressed opposition to the “New York City Natural Gas Supply Enhancement Act,” a proposal to build a natural gas pipeline in the Gateway National Recreation Area in Brooklyn. Comment.

Sitting too long is bad for your health

Health: (StatePoint) Whether you have a desk job or otherwise sedentary lifestyle, prolonged periods of sitting may be unavoidable for you. Chances are you are sitting as you read this article. Comment.

Civil War docudrama revisits ‘Team of Rivals’

Movies: “Lincoln” Comment.

Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012

Cuba oil dreams on hold as drill rig set to depart

Cuba: HAVANA (AP) — The only rig in existence that can drill in deep waters off Cuba is preparing to sail away from the island, officials said Tuesday, after the third exploratory well sunk this year proved nonviable in a blow to government hopes of an oil bonanza. Comment.

Fast track grants for 26 neighborhood groups

Brooklyn: Stepping up its efforts to support Brooklyn’s recovery from Superstorm Sandy, the Brooklyn Recovery Fund (BRF) on Nov. 21 announced it was awarding its first round of fast track grants to 26 neighborhood organizations in the borough. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Addicted to Fame (Unrated) Price of fame biopic takes a behind-the-scenes look at the late Anna Nicole Smith during the making of Illegal Aliens, a sci-fi spoof of Charlie’s Angels. Featuring commentary by Larry King, Harvey Levin and Jesse Eisenberg. Comment.

St. Kitts award lauds its own

St Kitts and Nevis: St. Kitts celebrated its tourism product recently with an awards event that honored individuals and businesses that positively impacted the development of the industry. Comment.

Friday, Nov. 23, 2012

CACCI calls on president to revisit CBI

Brooklyn: If the president of the borough of Brooklyn followed instructions from the president of Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry,(CACCI) the president of the United States will already know that the Caribbean community wants to be included in his speeches. Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012

Brazil emerging as key player at U.N.

Brazil: UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 8, 2012 (IPS/GIN) -- When a U.N. member state agrees to hold an international conference in its capital, the host country is not only offered the privilege of chairing the mega meeting but also given pride of place as the keynote opening speaker. Comment.

Banana war no more

Caribbean: The World Trade Organization (WTO) has ended an international trade dispute over bananas dating back two decades. Comment.

Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012

WHITE HOUSE CAPER

Music: The growing acclaim of the English Handbell Choir of the Church of the Good Shepherd in the Bronx, New York is about to intensify with the arrival of the astonishing news that the choir, made up of mostly Jamaicans, will perform at the White House in Washington DC. Comments (2).

Los Angeles, Houston in MLS Cup

Sports: The 2012 MLS Cup is déjà vu! The Los Angeles Galaxy, the fourth seeded team in the Western Conference will host the Houston Dynamo, the fifth seeded team in the Eastern Conference, at Home Depot Center in Carson (CA) in the 2012 MLS Cup final on Saturday, Dec. 1. The MLS championship game is a rematch of last year’s final, when the Galaxy came out winners. Comment.

IDB aids medium-size companies in the Caribbean

Caribbean: The President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Luis Alberto Moreno, on Nov. 16 announced that the bank will provide financing and technical advice to medium-size enterprises in Latin America and the Caribbean seeking to establish or expand international operations. Comment.

Highlighting outstanding Haitian talent

Haiti: In its ongoing commitment in sharing Haitian culture to both the Diaspora and a broader audience, Brooklyn-based Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX) has been extraordinarily busy. Last week, they collaborated in three different presentations; HCX partnered with the CUNY Graduate Center in an evening of contemporary Haitian theatre; at El Museo del Barrio, it held its monthly An n’ Pale (We speak) series in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibition; and, for the Haitian Studies Association, they introduced an up-and-coming jazz talent. Comment.

Winners of the 2012 American Music Awards

Music: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Winners of the 40th anniversary American Music Awards, presented Sunday at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Comment.

Against tax cuts for the wealthy

National: As a software entrepreneur, I find it ironic to see people going online to rail against taxes and government spending. The Internet grew from government research financed by earlier generations of taxpayers. So did computers, GPS technology and many other technologies we take for granted today. Comment.

Thanksgiving in fine style

Brooklyn: The men and women of Brooklyn Metropolis Lions Club collaborated with Hope City Empowerment Center, which is led by Bradley Backus, Esq., to help 338 men and women celebrate Thanksgiving in fine style on Thursday, Nov. 15. Comment.

‘UNAPOLOGETIC’

Music: There’s something about Rihanna. And her producers. Comment.

‘Trapped’ on Broadway?

Music: NEW YORK (AP) — Is Broadway ready for Twan, Sylvester, Pimp Lucius and “the package”? R. Kelly thinks so — and says he’s working to bring the wacky characters and plotlines in his even wackier “Trapped in the Closet” series to the Great White Way. Comment.

STOKES LONG SHOT PAYS OFF

Sports: Shaquille Stokes returned home to New York to continue his college basketball career. And he felt tremendous playing near his home. Comment.

Tino Best crumbles team Bangladesh

Sports: West Indies pulled off a fascinating victory against Bangladesh in the first cricket Test match of the series. In a high-scoring first innings from both sides on a slow pitch gifted for batsmen and not much for the bowlers, the West Indies scored 527 runs for 4 wickets before declaring. Shivnarine Chanderpaul struck his second double century in Test cricket by hitting 203 not out and marking his 26th Test century. Wicket keeper batsman Denesh Ramdin slammed 126 not out and opening batsman Kieron Powell 110. Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012

Transgender woman 1st to win office in Cuba

Cuba: HAVANA (AP) — Adela Hernandez, a biologically male Cuban who has lived as a female since childhood, served two years in prison in the 1980s for “dangerousness” after her own family denounced her sexuality. Comments (2).

After Sandy: Caribbeans can count on CACCI

New Jersey: Business was the order of a breakfast meeting recently at Borough Hall in Brooklyn where members of Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce Inc. (CACCI) culled problem solvers and experts in various professions to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy. Comment.

Elected officials, advocates call for electoral reform

Brooklyn: Several pieces of pro-voter legislation aimed at improving the electoral process, including bills authored by Council Members Gale Brewer, Jessica Lappin and Jumaane Williams will be discussed by the Committee on Governmental Operations at City Hall on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 10:00 a.m. Comment.

Monday, Nov. 19, 2012

Need for a fair-minded press

Trinidad and Tobago: “We were wrong” Comment.

Reggae Boyz seek recruits

Jamaica: Jamaican football authorities want to recruit as many as nine England-based players as the Reggae Boyz prepare for the final round of 2014 World Cup qualifying. Comment.

Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012

Marley’s daughter pens ‘Every Little Thing’

Books: Cedella, the eldest of Bob and Rita Marley’s children recently published another in her series of children’s books dedicated to the spirit and message of songs by her famous father. Comment.

What every man over 40 should ask his doctor

Health: (StatePoint) Annual physicals may not be at the top of every man’s to-do list, but these visits are crucial for longevity -- especially for those men over 40. Comment.

Christmas with the Rockettes

Music: The first sign of the holidays followed Hurricane Sandy and arrived one week after a presidential election. The occasion found thousands of children accompanied by their parents bustling through the doors of Radio City Music Hall for the annual Christmas Spectacular. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Central Park Five (Unrated) Rush to judgment documentary, co-directed by Ken Burns and his daughter, Sarah, revisiting the infamous Central Park Jogger case where five black and Latino teenagers with no previous records were wrongfully convicted for the rape of a white jogger, while the actual perpetrator, a serial sexual offender with an extensive rap sheet, remained at-large. With appearances by Reverend Calvin Butts and former NYC Mayors Ed Koch and David Dinkins. Comment.

Friday, Nov. 16, 2012

Caribbean Roundup

Trinidad and Tobago: Barbadian health officials have issued a leptospirosis alert urging the public to wear adequate protective clothing when participating in outdoor work or recreational activities, such as gardening and construction. Comment.

French aids disaster recovery in Caribbean

The French government will be sending emergency aid totaling 220,000 euros to assist Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba following the passage of Hurricane Sandy recently. Comment.

Minimum wage increase before pay raises for state legislators

Viewpoints: After missing an opportunity earlier this year to pass an increase in New York’s minimum wage, the state legislature is now expected to convene a special session in the coming weeks to consider a pay raise – for themselves. Comment.

Open letter to President Barack Obama

People: I, Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely write to express my prayers and congratulations on your re-election for another four-year term as president of the United States. Queen Mother Audley Moore represented 55 million African Descendants of the transatlantic slave trade who fought for reparations and lived to be almost one 100 years old, and as a matter of traditional rite and spiritual continuity I carry her legacy. I am the Community Mayor of Harlem and Ambassador of Goodwill to Africa. I take great pleasure in nominating Ambassador Susan Elizabeth Rice, as the n Comment.

Indomitability of the human spirit

Movies: “The Sessions” Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012

Is marrying a nurse a blessing or a curse

People: We all know that the truth hurts. Back in the days, marrying a nurse was not considered to be the best for any man or women for some obvious reasons. One legitimate reason was that nurses do not spend enough quality time with their spouses and children, due to the demands of the job. Women in teaching professions and other clerical work were mostly considered, and for equally good reasons: one good reason is that teachers make the best housewives because they are always home after school, to cook and nurture their children, help them do homework, etc. Comment.

Foreign, Haitian designers display work in Haiti

Music: PETIONVILLE, Haiti (AP) — World-class fashion has gone on display in impoverished Haiti. Comment.

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012

Rapid Deployment Team to the Rescue

Brooklyn: Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center opened its doors to approximately 100 patients from local nursing homes who were displaced due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy. The hospital staff was joined by 70 Commissioned Corps Officers of the United States Public Health Service, who traveled to Brooklyn, from Washington, D.C. and the greater metro areas in response to the hurricane. The patients are expected to stay for several weeks or longer. Comment.

Roach is out but West Indies still strong

Caribbean: West Indies pacer Kemar Roach will be out of the team for the Test matches against Bangladesh because of a hamstring injury. He is on rehabilitation and he should be back in action in about four weeks. Roach has been West Indies most successful bowler this year in Test matches taking 39 wickets in seven Test matches at 22.25 each. Comment.

Recount confirms Turks & Caicos election results

Caribbean: PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands (AP) — A Monday recount of paper ballots from parliamentary elections in the British territory of the Turks & Caicos Islands confirmed no changes from the provisional tally. Comment.

Stewardship and climate change

Viewpoints: No one would call the farmer, Illinois Farm Bureau leader and Bush Administration appointee an environmental wacko. But Leland Strom says agriculture should not dismiss climate change. Citing crop damage from extreme weather, he said let’s develop a plan to deal with it. Comment.

Far Rockaway food handout

Guyana: There was an outpouring of support from religious organizations for the Guyanese community in Far Rockaway, Queens Sunday, Nov. 11 for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Comment.

Craft-Tastic

Arts & Theater: A lush variety of unique artisan crafts will be on display and for sale at Pelham Art Center’s annual artisan exhibition, Craft-Tastic. Opening Nov. 30, 2012, and running through Jan. 5, 2013, this year’s exhibition will feature a variety of crafts, large and small, including jewelry, leather goods, ceramics, letterpress, ornaments, furniture, sculpture, and visual arts. Comment.

Glory days

Antigua: Cricket legend Sir Vivian Richards says he believes West Indies cricket can return to its glory days. Comment.

PSAL Harrier meets decide champs

Jamaica: Tevin Johnson is a junior at Truman High School located in The Bronx. Already he is making a name for himself on its cross country team. And he has a lot of potential to go far in this sport. Comment.

MLS CUP ENCORE

Sports: Imagine that the fourth and fifth seeded teams in MLS may just play for the 2012 MLS Cup championship. Fully appreciative of their new lease on life after both teams struggled throughout the regular season, the Los Angeles Galaxy and the Houston Dynamo sort of backed into the play-offs and now both are just a game away from competing for the 2012 MLS Cup championship, a repeat of last year’s final. Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012

U.S. voters punish Republicans for ‘reckless obstruction’

People: WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2012 - Despite a bitterly and closely fought presidential campaign fuelled by record financial backing, analysts sifting through Tuesday’s national election results here are forecasting a period of introspection for the opposition Republican Party that could ease the gridlock that has gummed up Washington politics in recent years. Comment.

Small business outlook for Obama’s 2nd term

People: NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama’s re-election to a second term takes away some of the uncertainty that small business owners have been carrying around. The question now is whether he can satisfy those who say he hasn’t done enough to help them expand and create jobs. Comment.

Dealing with women’s everyday aches and pains

Health: (StatePoint) As a woman, you most likely experience aches and pains from your daily activities no matter what your lifestyle entails. In fact, a recent study shows 89 percent of women experience some type of muscle or joint pain every year, and 63 percent experience it weekly, according to ProAct, an independent marketing research firm. Comment.

Archer tops the musical charts

Music: Piano musician and producer Samuel Archer has launched an instrumental musical project for the holiday season. The title of the album is “Joy To The World,” and it features familiar songs such as “O Come Immanuel,” “We Three Kings,” “The First Noel,” “Little Drummer Boy,” and the title track. Comments (1).

Get savvy about healthcare to protect your family

Health: (StatePoint) Health care costs are on the rise. Between a maturing baby boom population and an explosion of available tests, treatments and devices, Americans spend about twice as much per capita for healthcare compared to other western countries. Comment.

Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012

Philly group honors ‘Rolls Royce of Soca’

Philadelphia-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Organization of Pennsylvania (SVGOP) on Saturday, Nov. 3 honored Winston Soso, dubbed the “Rolls Royce of Soca,” with the “Vincentian Person of the Year” award at its 17th Annual Gala Dinner and Dance, commemorating the nation’s 33rd anniversary of independence. Comment.

Hero pilot participates in cover-up in legal thriller

Movies: Co-pilot Ken Evans (Brian Geraghty) is at the helm of SouthJet Flight 227 from Orlando to Atlanta only because the plane’s captain, Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington), has passed out after a night of debauchery devoted to drinking booze and snorting coke while carousing with one of his stewardesses (Nadine Velazquez). But when the commercial airliner unexpectedly encounters severe turbulence and starts losing altitude, the concerned rookie immediately rouses the senior officer out of a deep sleep for assistance. Comment.

Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012

Masters Cricket Festival with a difference

Antigua: Cricket lovers will have an opportunity to meet some of their favourite past West Indies players during this year’s Antigua and Barbuda International Masters Twenty20 Cricket Fest. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 16 Acres (Unrated) Ground Zero documentary recounting the decade-long debate over how to rebuild the World Trade Center in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attack. With appearances by NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg, former Governor George Pataki, architect Daniel Liebeskind and real estate magnate Larry Silverstein. Comment.

Evening of Brazilian Jazz at Julliard

Music: Juilliard Jazz presents an evening of Brazilian jazz Tuesday, Nov. 20, 8:00 p.m. in Paul Hall with guest artist, pianist Paulo Braga, performing with the Artist Diploma Ensemble, the most advanced Juilliard Jazz musicians. Joining Mr. Braga from Brazil will be Eduardo Ribeiro on drums; Manual Silveira on flute and saxophone; and Marinho Andreotti on bass. The concert is part of Carnegie Hall’s Voices from Latin America festival. Comment.

Friday, Nov. 9, 2012

Obama: Americans agree with my approach on deficit

People: WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama, laying down his marker for grueling “fiscal cliff” negotiations, said Friday he won’t accept any approach to federal deficit reduction that doesn’t ask the wealthy to pay more in taxes. Comment.

This week’s Caribbean Life Newspapers are online

Caribbean Life is proud to present our latest print editions newspapers. Comment.

Teach-in on youth incarceration

Brooklyn: The Greater Works Deliverance Church, pastored by Sharlene Nash-Pryor at 1098 Bedford Ave. in Brooklyn, is a socially conscious church that believes in addressing issues that affect the community. To that end, on a recent Sat., it hosted a teach-in on youth incarceration, featuring the documentary film Juvie, about youth tried and sentenced as adults. Comment.

Caribeean leaders say Obama’s victory is ‘historic & well-deserved’

People: Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller extended kudos to President Barack Obama on his victory and appointment to a second term in the White House. Comment.

Community group is greening Havana

Cuba: HAVANA, Oct. 31, 2012 - Sandra Ribalta is no longer satisfied with getting more and more people involved in the task of greening the neighbourhood of Las Cañas in the Cuban capital. She is now working to raise awareness of “climate change, as the key reason for reforestation.” Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012

TRIGGER HAPPY BUNCH

Guyana: -- Cops perceive order to shoot protestors Continuing Hed: -- Mixed Message From Guyana Security Chief Comments (1).

T&T removd from global dark grey list

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) has now been removed from the Financial Action Task Force (FATA) dark-grey list after being on the “brink” of being blacklisted by the intergovernmental body. As a result, the twin-island Caribbean republic will no longer be directly monitored by the organization, Comment.

Dodging the bullet of a Romney presidency

National: All of the Obama camp’s actions in the 2012 campaign may not have been pure as the driven snow; rarely would there be such an animal. But that being said, it’s hardly a stretch to characterize the campaign of 2012 as having been a juxtaposition of good and evil. Had Mitt Romney triumphed, it would have seriously raised questions among those still wedded to the belief that hewing to principle and the high road invariably beats any predisposition to sleaze. Comment.

It’s a 50-50 nation, give or take

National: WASHINGTON (AP) — The election laid bare a dual — and dueling — nation, politically speaking, jaggedly split down the middle on the presidency and torn over much else. It seems you can please only half of the people nearly all of the time. Comment.

Ruby Dee to be honored

Movies: Happy 90th birthday Ruby Dee! The legendary Ruby Dee will be honored on Nov. 14, 2012, at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, during a screening of “Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee,” from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. In the life story documentary, Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee’s legacy lives on in their grandson’s quest for the secrets to love, art, and activism. A 30-minute excerpt of the film will be premiered. Comment.

Caribbean comedy

Arts & Theater: An impressive roster of top-tier Caribbean comedy talent will continue the tradition established several years ago of rolling out a major fall comedy treat in Brooklyn, when the Kings of Caribbean Comedy presentation kicks off Friday evening, Nov. 16 at Tropical Paradise Ballroom. Show time is 9:00 p.m; doors open at 7:00 p.m. Comment.

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012

NY Caribs hail Obama victory

People: An overwhelming number of Caribbean nationals in the New York metropolitan area have hailed the reelection of United States. Comment.

MLS PLAY-OFFS A NEW SEASON

Sports: The MLS play-offs got under way last weekend and the old adage that the play-offs are a different and new season holds true, based on the outcomes so far. Teams that did well in the regular season aren’t guaranteed continued success in the ‘new season’ and this was evident. Conversely, teams that struggle to get into the play-offs realize their new lease on life and seem to come into their own and develop a positive momentum, which is clear in the case of the Houston Dynamo. Comment.

UN announces aid package for Cuba in Sandy’s wake

Cuba: HAVANA (AP) - The United Nations on Tuesday announced a humanitarian aid mission to eastern Cuba in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, saying it could end up being the most damaging storm to hit that part of the island in 50 years. Comment.

Remember rural America

Viewpoints: Elections are little like New Years Day, an opportunity to dedicate ourselves to addressing the challenges our nation faces and reaching for opportunities on the horizon – regardless of whether the candidates we supported won or not. At the Center for Rural Affairs, we stress the importance of rural Americans lifting up their voices at crucial times. And, of course, elections are one of those times. Comment.

Maintaining heart health during a catastrophe

Health: When a catastrophic event like Hurricane Sandy occurs, how you cope with the stress it creates can have a significant impact on your health. Witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event can create an increase in heart rate and high blood pressure or hypertension in some individuals. Comment.

Poole battles for starting role

Sports: The college basketball season has been slowed down by Hurricane Sandy, which affected thousands of people one way or another. People were evacuated from their home. In sports, it even postponed the New York City Marathon, which affected so many runners who trained hard for the meet. The marathoners practiced for months under miserable weather conditions for a marathon, which just didn’t happen. Comment.

Self-determination of the intersex child

Health: The book “Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Justice: A Comparative Law Casebook” by the International Commission of Jurists Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012

Caribbean Round Up

Trinidad and Tobago: Janice Pereira has been appointed chief justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. Comment.

Hon. Toots now in order for Jamaica reggae talent

Music: Frederick “Toots” Hibbert, lead singer of the acclaimed reggae group Toots & the Maytals recently received his second and most distinguished national honor when the prime minister of his birth-land presented him with the Order of Jamaica during a ceremony held on National Heroes Day. Comment.

Myths and millionaires

Viewpoints: As every good businessman knows--including Governor Romney with whom I had been associated as a limited partner at Bain Capital Ventures--the soundness of a company and its ability to create jobs does not rest on lower taxes or tax avoidance--for the company or its senior management. Comment.

Vincentians urged to focus on their goals

St Vincent: A Vincentian judge in the United States has urged his compatriots not to give up on their goals, despite myriad hurdles they may encounter in attaining them. Comment.

OAS chief regrets ‘brutal impact’ of Hurricane Sandy

Jamaica: The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, has expressed regret at what he describes as the “brutal impact” of Hurricane Sandy on the northern Caribbean and the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. Comment.

Caribbean-Americans living overseas cast absentee ballots

National: While early voting allow citizens in 32 states to get a jump-start on the Nov. 6 elections, those living in foreign countries also have an advanced opportunity to cast ballots for their presidential candidate of choice. Comment.

007 returns for riveting roller coaster ride

Movies: Each new James Bond film is fated to be compared to all the prior installments of the enduring espionage franchise. Directed by Academy Award-winner Sam Mendes (for American Beauty), “Skyfall” earns high grades in that regard, as it pales in the eyes of this purist only in relation to the standard-setting classics starring Sean Connery. Comment.

Bolt shortlisted for world award

Jamaica: Sprint champion Usain Bolt is among three Jamaicans shortlisted for the 2012 IAAF World Athlete of the Year award. Comment.

Monday, Nov. 5, 2012

Superstorm Sandy could hurt Caribbean

Caribbean: Caribbean islands that rely heavily on tourism and revenue from the winter travel season fear that the recent spate of devastation across 19 America states caused by Hurricane Sandy will affect the annual flow of vacationers who usually seek sunshine and warm climes. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

28 Hotel Rooms (Unrated) Infidelity drama about a novelist from New York City (Chris Messina) and an accountant from Seattle (Marin Ireland) already in committed relationships who continue to rendezvous after sharing a steamy, one-night stand. Comment.

Friday, Nov. 2, 2012

Vincy calypso maestro honored

Music: The Brooklyn-based umbrella Vincentian group in the United States, Council of St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Organizations, U.S.A., Inc. (COSAGO), last Sunday bestowed special honor on calypso/soca maestro Alston “Becket” Cyrus during its 33rd independence anniversary celebrations. Comments (1).

Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012

My Reinstatement to the Practice of Law

Guyana: “Free at last! Free at last! Comments (1).

Samuels sets sights high

Jamaica: Marlon Samuels has vowed to become the number one batsman in Test cricket following his staring role that helped propel West Indies to the heights of cricket glory once more. Comment.

RED BULLS’ MISSION

Sports: The New York Red Bulls (16-9-9, 57 points) avoided the one-off play-off match against Houston in the upcoming MLS playoffs when it blanked host Philadelphia Union, 3-0, in its last regular season game last Saturday. New York moved from fourth place in the Eastern Conference to third with the win and a Chicago Fire 1-1 draw versus second-place DC United. Comment.

Monday, Oct. 29, 2012

Stop the spin on small business

Business: As someone who advocates for thousands of small businesses, I know they want fact, not spin. Unfortunately too often we hear inaccuracies and misinformation about how government policies affect small businesses. Ending the Bush-era tax cuts for the richest two percent of Americans is one policy where small business has been caught up in a whirlwind of spin. Comment.

Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012

Council Member Williams promotes local economic development

Brooklyn: Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn) has hailed the success of his series of business corridor forums to help promote economic development in the 45th District and surrounding communities. These events, held over the past two weeks, provided local businesses an opportunity to meet with representatives of city agencies, financial institutions, utility providers, business improvement districts and neighborhood organizations. Comment.

Friday, Oct. 26, 2012

East Coast braces for monster ‘Frankenstorm’

New York: WASHINGTON (AP) — The pre-Halloween hybrid weather monster that federal forecasters call “Frankenstorm” is looking more ominous by the hour for the East Coast, and utilities and local governments are getting ready. Comment.

Scare up some fun with a graveyard bash

Food: Be the ghostess with the mostess this Halloween, and throw a wickedly wonderful celebration. The entertaining experts from the Wilton Test Kitchen know all the tricks and offer plenty of treats for hosting a bone-chilling blast that will have friends and family shrieking with delight. Comment.

Caribbean Roundup

Venezuela: The Barbados government says it will adopt an aggressive approach in tackling a “troubling phenomenon” where Barbadians are abandoned at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Comment.

This week’s Caribbean Life Newspapers are online

Caribbean Life is proud to present our latest print editions newspapers. Comment.

Black Solidarity Day event to honor its founder

Brooklyn: Panamanian Dr. Carlos Russell, founder of the Black Solidarity Day annual will be lauded on Nov. 5 at Medgar Evers College, 1650 Bedford Ave. in Brooklyn. Comment.

Sun Kulcha

Music: Theater: The Assembly Theater Project presents a return engagement of the production home/sick, an ensemble-devised work of political theater that examines the actions of the 1960s radical group The Weather Underground who seized control of Students for a Democratic Society and reshaped it with the aim of overthrowing the U.S. government, showing thru Nov. 18 at The Living Theater, 21 Clinton St., N.Y. Performance schedule is Wednesdays thru Fridays at 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Sun., Nov. 11 at 7:00 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 4 and Sun., Nov. 18 at 5:00 p.m. Tickets available online at www.brownpapertickets.com or by phone at (800) 838-3600. Comment.

Ask Dr. Eva: The Meningitis Outbreak

Health: Can you explain about the current meningitis outbreak? It seems to have something to do with joint infections-can infection move from the knee to the spine? Is there any preventive medication available? Would wearing a face mask prevent infection? Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Bay (R for profanity, bloody images and disturbing violence) Oscar-winner Barry Levinson (Rain Man) directed this gruesome horror flick about the chaos which erupts in a quaint Maryland town in the wake of an ecological disaster. Featuring Kristen Connelly, Jane McNeill, Christopher Denham and Michael Beasley. Comment.

Halle & Hanks co-star in mind-bending sci-fi mystery

Movies: Based on David Mitchell’s groundbreaking novel of the same name, “Cloud Atlas” offers an intriguing and visually-captivating cinematic experience that’s well worth the investment for its unorthodox narrative alone. Be forewarned, however, that you would be well advised to arrive at the theater already familiar with the cryptic best seller’s inscrutable plot structure, if you hope to have a decent idea about what’s going on. Comment.

Protect your family against whooping cough

Health: Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly-contagious and vaccine-preventable disease that has made a startling comeback across the country. It is currently responsible for causing the worst epidemic the U.S. has seen in 50 years, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including 13 deaths. Comment.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Windies must continue its disciplined batting

Sports: Having Chris Gayle back into the West Indies team surely serves to boost the morale and confidence among players. Gayle’s three half-centuries in four innings clearly indicates the authority in his batting and the other players in the team should learn and learn quickly to advance their batting skills. Gayle was named Man of the Series for the two Twenty20 games played in Fort Lauderdale, Florida against New Zealand. Comment.
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