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Friday, Jan. 27, 2012

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: Police are investigating the discovery of four tons of stolen copper wire and air-conditioning parts in a container at the St. John’s Harbor bound for China. Comment.

Heroic exploits of the Tuskegee Airmen

Movies: The Tuskegee Airmen is the nickname given the 332nd Fighter Group, the first squadron of African-American aviators ever trained by the U.S. Air Force. Formed in 1940, the historic unit had to be stationed at a base on the campus of the Tuskegee Institute in Macon County, Alabama, since the Armed Forces were still racially segregated at the time of its creation. Comment.

New town judges sworn in Greenburgh, Westchester County

Westchester: After an virtual electoral battle in November to fill town justice vacancies in Greenburgh, Westchester County, the three successful candidates were sworn in recently to begin their judicial terms. Comment.

Ignore the symptoms at your own peril

Health: Ignoring the symptoms of prostate enlargement is a mistake that becomes increasingly more costly the longer the condition is allowed to continue untreated. The symptoms develop slowly and are often considered just the effects of getting older. The consequence of ignoring the symptoms and putting off proper and appropriate evaluation and treatment can become disastrous if the situation is allowed to progress for a prolonged period of time. Comment.

Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012

Lopez bows out of Venezuela presidential race

Venezuela: CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Opposition politician Leopoldo Lopez bowed out of Venezuela’s presidential race on Tuesday, saying he will support his leading rival as the opposition seeks to field a single candidate to challenge President Hugo Chavez. Comment.

Trinidad’s former PM in hospital after stroke

Trinidad and Tobago: PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) — The man who led the resource-rich Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago for nearly 15 years has been hospitalized after an apparent stroke. Comment.

UG lecturer’s dismissal sours APNU

Guyana: Guyana’s Partnership for National Unity (APNU) has condemned the termination of University of Guyana (UG) lecturer Frederick Kissoon’s contract, calling the action a violation of his academic and press freedoms. Comment.

Praise for President Obama’s State of the Union Address

New York: WASHINGTON, DC (Jan. 24) --New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman released the following statement Wednesday on President Obama’s State of the Union address. Comment.

Castro lambasts U.S. Republican primary as idiotic

Cuba: HAVANA (AP) — Fidel Castro lambasted the Republican presidential race as the greatest competition of “idiocy and ignorance” the world has ever seen in a column published Wednesday, and also took shots at the news media and foreign governments for seizing on the death of a Cuban prisoner to demand greater respect for human rights. Comment.

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012

Community Bazaar at St .Gregory The Great Catholic School

Brooklyn: As part of its Centennial Celebration Saint Gregory The Great Catholic School in collaboration with The Caribbean American Chamber Of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (CACCI) cordially invites you to attend a Community Bazaar, Saturday, Jan. 28 starting at 1:00 p.m. Comment.

T&T wins Twenty20 Championship

Caribbean: Trinidad and Tobago captured the Caribbean Twenty20 2012 competition by defeating Jamaica by 63 runs at the Kensington Oval in Barbados. Comment.

No war, no sanctions, no interventions, no assassinations

People: A growing group of individuals and organizations has designated Saturday, Feb. 4, as a “National Day of Action” aimed at preventing a war against Iran. The manifesto is simple: “No War, No Sanctions, No Intervention, No Assassinations.” Comments (1).

Congress and the US Constitution’s 225th Anniversary

People: There’s a major political event approaching this fall, and though I have no doubt it will be overshadowed by the elections, I hope you’ll carve out some time for it anyway. On September 17, we’ll observe the 225th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution. Comment.

Sun Kulcha

Music: Track & Field returns to the Garden with the U.S. Open featuring match-ups in sprints, hurdles & field events to kick off the 2012 Olympic Year, 7:30 p.m. at Madison Square Garden, Seventh Ave., between 31 & 33 streets, Manhattan. Tickets available at the MSG Box Office, Ticketmaster at (866) 858-0008, all Ticketmaster outlets & via thegarden.com. Comment.

Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012

South Africans, Jamaicans to share tourism practices

Jamaica: South Africans will travel to Jamaica next month to attend an educational tour and to explore the island’s pioneering community tourism initiative. Comments (3).

Hot Peas ‘N Butter comes to Brooklyn Center

Music: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College’s 2011-2012 Target FamilyFun series continues with the return of children’s musical group, Hot Peas ‘N’ Butter, on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Comment.

WINANS DUO IN CONCERT

Music: R&B and Gospel stars Bebe & Cece Winans will perform in concert at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College in Flushing on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, at 8:00 p.m. in its Colden Auditorium. Comment.

Venezuelans protest closure of Miami consulate

Venezuela: MIAMI (AP) — At a park in downtown Miami, alongside a statue of their country’s liberator, Venezuelans gathered Saturday to protest the closing of their consulate, an action they say will cause major problems for the thousands of Venezuelans living in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. Comment.

VICTORY HEADER

Sports: Second-half substitute Ricardo Clark scored a header off a Jermaine Jones corner kick in the seventh minute of stoppage time to give the U.S. a 1-0 win over Venezuela in an international friendly Saturday night. Both teams used second-string teams in an attempt to add depth to their squads as World Cup qualifying play approaches this summer. Comment.

CCNY Frosh impresses in field

Sports: For a college freshman to enter into any event whether it is on the track or on the field, no matter what it is, that person could feel a little nervous. It is not uncommon. So it was with Albert Huggins and Peter Dehazya, field specialists on the City College of New York track and field team. Comment.

Democracy requires a bit of tough love

Viewpoints: Any improvement in democracy in the U.S. since 1750 is largely the result of various kicks in the pants that “we the people” have delivered to our leaders. It began with George Washington and his cohorts who, as we’d say today, kicked some British butt to get us going. The tradition continued with workers, women and Blacks who put it all on the line for safe working conditions, fair pay, the right to vote and other civil rights. Comment.

Harmonies of Doo Wop

Music: Doo Wop, originated in the streets of New York and Philadelphia, with groups standing on street corners harmonizing. It developed into a distinct music genre, originally sung by African Americans, then later other ethnicities adopted the genre. Comment.

Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012

Britain, Caribbean agree on new strategic partnership

Caribbean: The United Kingdom-Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Forum concluded in Grenada on Sunday with both sides agreeing to establish a new strategic partnership. Comment.

Payday for the Chinese

Suriname: One of Suriname’s leading political scientists is contending that successive administrations have been facilitating the growth of Chinese businesses in the Dutch-speaking Caribbean trade bloc nation to deliberately help authorities break the economic clout of the Hindustani or East Indian community. Comment.

Friday, Jan. 20, 2012

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados-based low cost carrier REDjet has canceled more than 50 flights until March amid reports of financial problems. Comment.

T&T, India sign air link agreement

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago and India have signed a bilateral agreement, which will establish air links between the two countries. Comment.

Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton co-star in musical drama

Movies: When choir director Bernard Sparrow (Kris Kristofferson) passes away unexpectedly, Pastor Dale (Courtney B. Vance) finds himself on the horns of a dilemma. Should he promote the dearly-departed deacon’s deserving assistant, Vi Rose Hill (Queen Latifah), or award the position to his grieving widow, G.G. (Dolly Parton)? Comment.

1199 SEIU members celebrate life in Haiti

Haiti: Many events in the New York area marking the second anniversary of the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti took place last week. Comment.

Mighty Sparrow, Calypso Rose on the high seas

Music: It will be a star studded event featuring the legendary Mighty Sparrow and the Queen of Soca Calypso Rose as the Bartlett Brothers kick off their third decade of producing top entertainment on the high seas. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Albert Nobbs (R for profanity, sexuality and brief nudity) Glenn Close plays the title character in this genderbending drama about a lesbian who passed as a man for over 30 years in order to survive in 19th Century Ireland. With Janet McTeer, Brenda Fricker, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Brendan Gleeson and Mia Wasikowska. Comment.

Wake for Guyanese cultural icon

Guyana: A celebration of the life of the late Guyanese cultural icon Godfrey Chin will be held in the auditorium of St. Stephens’s Lutheran Church, at the corner of Newkirk Avenue and East 28th St. in Brooklyn Saturday, Jan. 21. Comment.

Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012

US Coast Guard intercept wet-foot, dry-foot Cubans

Cuba: United States authorities said on Jan. 16 that 26 Cubans came ashore near Newfound Harbor in the Florida Keys in what authorities described as a possible migrant-smuggling operation. Comments (1).

Art makes a house a home

Arts & Theater: Active and artistic residents at Bishop Henry B. Hucles Episcopal Nursing Home have created a 15-foot mural covering the walls of their activity room with a burst of color and energetic images that makes the home their own. Comment.

WINNING STRIDE

Sports: The final preliminary meet of the nation’s largest track series, the Colgate Women’s Games, featured some of the East Coast’s best athletic talent, as competitors of all ages continue to set the national pace with fast times, and excellent performances at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn last weekend. Comment.

T&T looks set to win Twenty20 Championship

Sports: Trinidad and Tobago seems well set to capture the Twenty20 Championship trophy. The annual competition has seven teams competing: Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Barbados, Windward Islands, Leeward Islands and Canada. Comment.

Trial uncovers plot to kill Bouterse, others

Suriname: A Dutch national testifying in the ongoing, two-year-old mass murder trial of President Desi Bouterse of Suriname, last week detailed plans by the Dutch, French and other Western nations to invade the Caribbean trade bloc nation, chase the military from government and kill top leaders including Bouterse, during the seven years of military rule, starting with the February 1980 coup against the elected Henck Aaron administration. Comment.

Transported by taste

Food: Ripe vegetables, fresh herbs and fragrant spices all lend vibrant, bold flavors to mouthwatering meals that are worth lingering over with friends. This is what Mediterranean cooking is all about. Comment.

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012

Guyana govt stops jungle road project, fires U.S. contractor

Guyana: Opposition parties, civic groups and other government critics had warned against the company from the very beginning so when Transport Minister Robeson Benn announced at the weekend that government had pulled the plug on a Florida firm’s $15.4 million jungle road construction contract, virtually no one in the country but the firm’s management was surprised. Comment.

Jamaica’s Mattocks a gem in draft

Sports: Jamaica continues to be the Caribbean country with the most players in MLS. The Jamaicans in MLS now number 14 when the Vancouver Whitecaps FC selected forward Darren Mattocks of the University of Akron as the second overall pick in the draft, held on Thursday during the NSCAA Convention in Kansas City, Kan. Duke University forward Andrew Wenger was selected as the first overall pick by the expansion club Montreal Impact. Comment.

JFK airport terror plotter gets life

Trinidad and Tobago: A United States federal judge on Jan. 13 sentenced to life in prison a Trinidadian man who was convicted of plotting to blow up fuel tanks at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. Comments (1).

Phipps tops York’s rebounders

Sports: Omari Phipps is a basketball player at York College. In fact, he is a very good one. His father Oswald Phipps is a native of the West Indies, where he played soccer and cricket as a youngster in St. Vincent. Comment.

Monday, Jan. 16, 2012

QUEEN OF CREOLE MUSIC

Some call her the Joni Mitchell of Haiti; others see her as the reigning queen of Creole music. But for many Haitians, Emeline Michel’s voice represents the Soul of Haiti. Through her songs, they have fallen in love, laughed, rejoiced, danced and cried. She continues to uplift her countrymen with songs such as “Nasyon Soleil” (sunny nation); filled with social, political and inspirational content. Comment.

Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012

Rainbow PUSH readies for annual Wall St. Summit

New York: The Rainbow PUSH Wall Street Project will host the 15th annual gathering of the Wall Street Economic Summit from January 25-27, 2012 at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers, 811 Seventh Avenue at 53rd Street, New York City. This year’s summit, “We Are One World: Bringing Everyone to the Table” focuses on access to capital, industry, and technology for American families and businesses facing economic disparities. This year’s honorary chair is Terry J. Lundgren, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Macy’s Inc. Comment.

Friday, Jan. 13, 2012

Garden to host Visa track & field meet

Jamaica: As part of the transformation at Madison Square Garden, the basketball and hockey venue will give way to a new track and field meet on Saturday evening Jan. 28 when it will host the initial of a Visa Championship Series for the 2012 track season. Comment.

Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012

Hotline for Carib detainees

Immigration: As part of what it describes as a “broader effort” to improve on its immigration enforcement process, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency announced on Dec. 29 new measures that would ensure that Caribbean and other nationals are properly notified about immigrants’ potential removal from the country and are made aware of their rights. Comment.

Jamaica elects first female PM

Jamaica: Jamaicans voted their first female leader by electing Portia Simpson-Miller, the new prime minister of the island. Comment.