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Sunday, July 29, 2012

FDA approves anti-HIV pill

Health: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the anti-HIV drug Truvada for PrEP, the first drug to reduce the risk of HIV infection for uninfected individuals. Comment.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Sun Kulcha

Music: National Night Out The 8th Precinct and Community and Youth Council present National Night Out Against Crime 2012, 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Fort Greene Park, corner of Dekalb Ave. and Washington Park, Brooklyn. Meet and greet your neighbors, police officers, local elected officials and enjoy free rides, food and information. For more information, call Dee at (917) 217-9802 or PO Sergeant or PO Braithwaite at (718) 636-6526. Comment.

Olympics great way to get kids moving

Health: The 2012 Summer Olympics get underway this week in London. Most of us won’t be able to watch the London Olympics in person, but we can still experience the thrill of victory in our own backyards. The American Heart Association hopes parents will use this two weeks as a jumping point for getting kids active. Comment.

Diaspora Vibe 2.0’

Arts & Theater: The Southampton Cultural Center will host “Diaspora Vibe 2.0,” the 16th annual Caribbean Crossroads Series Exhibition on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Comment.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: The U.S.-based international rating agency Standard & Poors recently said it had lowered its long-term foreign-and-local-currency sovereign credit ratings on Barbados to “BB+” from “BBB-.” Comment.

Court annuls FIFA ban on Bin Hamman

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago Minister of National Security Jack Warner said he feels vindicated after the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) annulled the FIFA-imposed lifetime ban on former FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hamman. Comment.

Former Bahamas PM bows out

Bahamas: Former Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham recently tendered his resignation via a letter to House Speaker Kendal Major at the House of Assembly. Comment.

An analysis of Arizona vs. United States

Viewpoints: On June 25, 2012 the United States Supreme Court handed down its long awaited decision in the landmark case Arizona vs. United States. Unlike the prediction of most experts, the main issue in the decision was not the fourth amendment’s issue of unjustifiable arrests or the 14th amendment issue of racial profiling. Comment.

Batman battles terrorist in trilogy finale

Movies: “The Dark Knight Rises” Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 360 (R for sexuality, nudity and profanity) Screen adaptation of La Ronde, Arthur Schnitzler’s class-conscious play exploring the sexual mores of a peripatetic jet set spread out over Vienna, Paris, London, Denver, Phoenix, Rio de Janeiro and Bratislava. Ensemble includes Anthony Hopkins, Ben Foster, Jude Law and Rachel Weisz. Comment.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Significant success in Carib AIDS battle

Trinidad and Tobago: The United Nation’s HIV-AIDS program Wednesday said that doctors recorded about 10,0000 deaths from the infection in the Caribbean region last year, about half of the number who perished a decade ago representing significant success in the battle against the deadly disease. Comment.

Caribbean drone operations

National: The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency says it has asked the federal government for US$5.8 million to implement the controversial unmanned drone program in the Caribbean. Comment.

When clerics join the political fray

Viewpoints: Word reached us of a Catholic priest in a parish in Florida who exhorted the congregation at Sunday mass recently to register to vote, but that they should absolutely not vote for President Obama. This was after he reportedly railed against the Obama administration being supportive of abortion and being indifferent to the teachings of the Catholic Church. Comment.

Danny Simmons anchors debut exhibition series

Arts & Theater: Strivers Gardens Gallery and Souleo Enterprises, LLC, an event/media production company, present eMerge: Danny Simmons & Artists on the Cusp. Comment.

Bolt unfazed, ready for comeback

Jamaica: Sprint double world- record holder Usain Bolt is unfazed after his two defeats in three days recently at the Jamaica Olympic trials, after being beaten by his training partner Yohan Blake. Comment.

Coach Gibson must modify his approach

Sports: Too many complaints have been coming from players in the West Indies squad about the manner in which Head Coach Ottis Gibson communicates and directs the coaching sessions. Comment.

Jamaican envoy presents credentials

Jamaica: The new Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the Organization of American States (OAS), Stephen Vasciannie, on July 18 presented his credentials to the OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza. Comment.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

STATE OF HIGH TENSION

Guatemala: Guyana remained in a state of high tension this week following the callous riot police gunning down of three opposition protestors at the southwestern bauxite-mining town of Linden a week ago, as signs emerged that the issue could escalate in the coming days and protests could spread to other parts of the country. Comments (1).

Life-savers party with a purpose

Brooklyn: Bedford-Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps (BSVAC) Headquarters celebrated 24 years of saving lives and training the next generation of life-savers on July 14 during its annual all-day block party, complete with home-cooked food, live music, games, free health screening, EMS motorcade march, and much more. Comment.

Workers rally for better wages

Staten Island: “The workers want a decent wage; one they can live on!” Comment.

Black journalists and ’70s-’80s NYC politics

Books: Back in the years Brooklyn, Democratic boss Meade Esposito dictated which way the borough would vote, Andrew W. Cooper aspired to being the first Black-elected from the borough to Congress. Comments (1).

How to stay happy as you age

Health: Life has its inevitable ups and downs, and the challenges we experience might not always seem fair. But there’s no need let your happiness depend upon life’s uncontrollable circumstances. Comment.

What to do when you can’t sleep

Health: One in four U.S. adults today suffers from occasional sleeplessness that occurs over a relatively short period of time, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Comment.

EU CLUBS INVADE U.S.

Sports: Several of the world’s top soccer clubs from across the Atlantic are on U.S. soil preparing for their upcoming seasons. England’s Chelsea and Liverpool soccer clubs, France’s Paris Saint Germain (PSG), Celtic from Scotland, Santos Laguna of Mexico, Real Madrid from Spain and Italy’s Roma and AC Milan are all part of the 2012 Herbalife World Football (Soccer) Challenge. Comment.

Carnival of humanity

Movies: It is the only film about a man from a tiny Caribbean island who reached 80 percent of the planet in a single night. And it premieres at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Art of Brooklyn Film Festival (Aug. 4-12), St. Francis College, downtown Brooklyn. Comments (2).

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Caribbean talent for London Olympics

Arts & Theater: The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) says it will showcase regional talent during the upcoming London Olympics 2012. Comment.

Free Friday Family Jam Series

Music: Summer fun continues with the 2012 Free Friday Family Jam Series schedule (each Friday through Aug. 26) at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Comment.

Birthday praises for Vincentian-American octogenarian at Brooklyn Church

St Vincent: Vincentian widow Ynolde Mavis James celebrated her 80th birthday with her Christian Heritage Church family in Brooklyn on July 7. Comment.

Summer League attracts crowds

Brooklyn: ElmCor Youth and Adult Center, an indoor facility, is a very popular venue located on Northern Boulevard between 107th and 108th Streets, a short distance from Citi Field, home of the New York Mets. Comment.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Sun Kulcha

Arts & Theater: Flea Market St. Gregory the Great RC Church, corner of St. Johns Place and Brooklyn Ave., Crown Heights, Brooklyn, is hosting a Flea Market and Food Sale, 12 noon - 6:00 p.m. For general information and information on tables, call (718) 493-0361. Comment.

Media slight Blacks’ mental health issues

People: From Metta World Peace to Rudy Eugene, African-Americans confronting mental health challenges are often portrayed as isolated examples of crazy or deranged people rather than members of a marginalized community suffering an illness. Comment.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

U.S. pledge to rebuild Haiti not being met

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The deadly earthquake that leveled Haiti’s capital more than two years ago brought a thread of hope: a promise of renewal. With the United States taking the lead, international donors pledged billions of dollars to help the country “build back better,” breaking its cycle of dependency. Comment.

Guyanese beauty wins Miss UN title

Music: Congratulations to Soyini Fraser, Miss United Nations 2012, who is still on cloud nine after her massive win at the recent Miami, Florida pageant, where she beat out 51 other contestants to captured the distinguished crown, on Saturday, July 7. Comment.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Loiza fiesta returns to East Harlem

Music: Bring this summer festival to its colorful beauty at the 30th annual Fiesta Of Santiago Apostol of Loiza Puerto Rico in El Barrio, USA., the centuries-old, African-derived festival transplanted into East Harlem. Comment.

Braata scores big at World Choir Games

Music: The acclaimed Braata Folk Singers of New York handed Jamaica an early Golden Jubilee gift by walking away with three medals at the seventh International World Choir Games held in Cincinnati, Ohio from July 4 - 14. Comments (2).

Teamwork Makes the Dream Worrk

Brooklyn: Even though we live in the age of technology, there’s one fundamental factor that still remains at the core of every successful business—people. Not just people, but people working together towards a common goal. They say, “Teamwork makes the dream work’, and that’s ever more true for today’s entrepreneur. Comments (3).

SUMMER SATURDAZE

Music: Thanks to the continuing programs of Arts East New York, the neighborhood at the far end of the #3 train now enjoys all sorts of arts opportunities, year round. Comment.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Caribbean Round-Up

Guyana: Bahamas Military officials in the Bahamas say one woman drowned when a boat carrying more than 100 Haitian migrants ran aground in the country. Comments (1).

A frenetic animated adventure for tykes

Movies: “Ice Age: Continental Drift” Comment.

Brooklyn student on Groton Academy honor roll

Brooklyn: GROTON, MA— Junior Christal Tyson earned academic honors for the spring trimester at Lawrence Academy in Groton, Massachusetts. In addition to her academic studies, Crystal plays junior varsity soccer and basketball and, this spring, served on the staff of the school’s literary magazine, Consortium. She is the daughter Althea Nurse of Brooklyn. Comment.

Questions surround death of Queens van driver struck by police vehicle

Queens: The death of 27-year-old Hassan Hall has left a politically-astute Queens neighborhood in a quandary. Residents in the quiet residential area with rows of one-family homes openly discuss the death of Hassan Hall, as if he were a member of their close-knit family. Comment.

This week’s Caribbean Life Newspapers are online

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

Tackle the money behind the cartels

Viewpoints: Several Latin American leaders have proposed legalizing aspects of the drug trade in recent months, clearly acknowledging that the current strategy in the war on drugs is not working. They are correct in highlighting the flaws in the traditional approach to battling illicit narcotics, but do we really need to wave the white flag? Or do alternative approaches still exist to curtail the illicit drug trade? Comment.

Vaccinations can keep your child safe

Health: Most parents know that one of the most important steps they can take to protect their children is to vaccinate them against dangerous diseases. But knowing what to vaccinate against and when to do so can be a complicated process. Comment.

Get fully vaccinated for the school year

Health: The beginning of the school year is a great time to make sure your children’s vaccinations are up-to-date. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (R for profanity) Bamboo Curtain biopic about Beijing contemporary artist/political activist Ai Weiwei, a controversial democracy and human rights advocate who has been censored for publicly criticizing the Chinese government. Includes appearances by Danging Chen, Ying Gao and Changwei Gu. (In English and Mandarin with subtitles) Comments (1).

Queens basketball league in full swing

Queens: Graham Rock is a member of the Top Tier Officials organization, which assigns officials, including referees, to ‘outside’ leagues and tournaments, such as the ElmCor Summer Basketball League, during the off season until late August when kids return to school and some may attend sleep away basketball camps. Comment.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Windies defeats New Zealand 4-1

Sports: West Indies defeated New Zealand in the fifth and final One-Day International at Warner Park in St. Kitts by 20 runs. West Indies scored 241 for 9 in 50 overs. Comment.

Renown chefs bring new eating experience to SEQueens

Arts & Theater: Southeast Queens has a new culinary experience in store for Queens with the grand opening of Nu Urban Cafe, a Manhattan styled gourmet eating experience. Comment.

Jamaican soldiers to be charged in accountant’s death

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) - Jamaica’s public prosecutor said Tuesday that three soldiers will be charged with killing accountant Keith Clarke, whose May 2010 shooting death occurred days after security forces launched an aggressive hunt for a fugitive underworld boss sought by the United States. Comment.

West Indian Carnival Preview

Trinidad and Tobago: Adult Mas Bands Comment.

SISTERS DREAM

Arts & Theater: Trinidadian sisters Dawn Fritz Mitchell and Giselle Fritz are once again organizing a band for kids to participate in this year’s Labor Day Children’s Carnival. Comment.

Brooklyn Nets acquire All-Star Joe Johnson

Brooklyn: The Brooklyn Nets have acquired six-time All-Star guard Joe Johnson from the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for Jordan Farmar, Anthony Morrow, DeShawn Stevenson, Jordan Williams, Johan Petro, Houston’s 2013 first round pick and the Nets’ second round draft pick in 2017, Nets General Manager Billy King announced recently. Comment.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Call for more city support of immigrant businesses

Guyana: The burden of extra costs, excessive fines and needless red tape facing immigrant businesses in New York City was on the mind of Public Advocate Bill deBlasio when he spoke recently to members of the Guyana American Business and Professional Council (GABPC) at their 5th Annual Awards Gala at the LaGuardia Marriott Hotel. Comment.

It Takes a Village to Raise a Child

Staten Island: For the 15th year in a row the Seamen’s Society for Children and Families will prove the notion that it takes a village to raise a child at its Annual Youth Scholarship dinner on Wednesday, July 11 at 6.30 p.m. at The Vanderbilt at South Beach on Staten Island. Comment.

MLS West Coast derby a hit

Sports: Jeld-Wen Field in Portland, Oregon hosted one of the most exciting MLS games in the 17-year history of the league. Comment.

WICB prez happy with team’s success

Sports: West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) President Julian Hunte says he is pleased with the impact of the two Twenty20 Internationals played recently in Florida, USA. Comment.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Celebrate the Moment

St Kitts and Nevis: Graduating students of the University of Birmingham, England have been told to “go forth with creative optimism, self-awareness, pride and confidence into a world where life, dreams and tremendous opportunities await.” Comment.

Supporters fete former Haiti leader

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — About a thousand people in Haiti have turned up to celebrate the 59th birthday of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Comment.

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean Community CARICOM) countries are working on easing the convertibility of their individual currencies even though regional leaders have decided that certain aspects of the single currency will not be addressed in the immediate future, CARICOM Secretary General Irwin La Rocque said. Comment.

Controversial bill up for debate

Guyana: GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Guyana’s Parliament is expected to soon debate a controversial bill that would abolish the death penalty and repeal sodomy and cross-dressing laws. Comment.

Writing, story-telling and song for children

Haiti: Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX) is sponsoring a series of writing workshops for girls and also storytelling and song workshops for children this summer. This is all part of HCX’s dynamic multi-generational programming. Comment.

Calypsonians reflect on gender issues

Music: Calypsonians addressed many issues for Vincy Mas 2012. But issues related to male and female relations were quite prominent in some of the calypsoes. In particular, domestic violence was one of the issues they highlighted, showing that calypsonians continue to be relevant in a time when many are questioning the value of the calypsonian as a meaningful advocate for social change and development. And for sure, our society needs social change in connection to violence in male-female relationships. Comment.

OLYMPIC BOUND

Guyana: Just off a big win, clocking in at a record 52.10 sec in the 400m and 23.64 in the 200m at the USATF Club Championships in Omaha, Nabraska, and capturing the “Most Outstanding Female” award, Guyana’s winningest track and field star, Aliann Pompey, is on her way to England to compete in the upcoming London games. Comment.

Monday, July 16, 2012

St. Kitts hails ‘Founding Father’

St Kitts and Nevis: A double-header held in lower Manhattan last week marked two significant historic tributes to the twin islands of St. Kitts & Nevis. Comment.

‘Do The Reggae’ Film Fest at BAM

Movies: In tribute to the 50th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence, the Brooklyn Academy of Music will screen 14 films dedicated to the most renowned and musical Caribbean destination. Comment.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

New goals for Brazil beyond 2015

Food: When world leaders from over 100 countries wind up their three-day Rio+20 summit in Brazil next week, they will leave behind the shattered remains of a slew of proposals that never got off the ground. Comment.

Amid stormy waters, Caribbean tacks South

St Lucia: The Eurozone crisis and growing influence of countries like China and Brazil are leading the Caribbean to reassess its dependence on traditional trade and aid partners. Comment.

Kingsbrook’s free health screenings

Brooklyn: Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center will offer hypertension screenings at its main campus Thursday, July 26 and Friday, July 27, 2:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m. in its temporary clinical suites on Minkin 5. Stroke screenings will also be available July 24-27 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Vascular Lab located on Katz 4. Comment.

Kingsbrook’s free health screenings

Brooklyn: Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center will offer hypertension screenings at its main campus Thursday, July 26 and Friday July 27, 2:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m. in its temporary clinical suites on Minkin 5. Stroke screenings will also be available July24-27 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Vascular Lab located on Katz 4. Comment.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Scientists to protect rare snake in St. Lucia

St Lucia: SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - A snake that scientists had declared extinct long ago has been found living in a nature reserve on a tiny isle just off the east Caribbean island of St. Lucia, conservationists said Tuesday. Comment.

This week’s Caribbean Life Newspapers are online

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

Trinidadian gets region’s highest award

Trinidad and Tobago: Former Trinidad and Tobago government minister and CARICOM Ambassador Kamaluddin Mohammed was awarded the region’s highest award, the Order of Caribbean Community, during the recent CARICOM Heads of Government four-day meeting in St. Lucia. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 30 Beats (R for nudity, profanity and sexuality) Romantic comedy, set in the midst of a summer heat wave, about 10 New Yorkers ensnared, due to forces beyond their control, in a web of desire woven by a chain reaction of seduction and self-discovery. Starring Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Jason Day and Vahina Giocante. Comment.

Bloody turf war over marijuana trade

Movies: If you’ve seen the documentary “Cash Crop,” then you know that violent Mexican drug cartels have already begun to muscle their way into the U.S. to stake a claim to their share of the lucrative marijuana market. That eye-opening expose’ suggested that it’s only be a matter of time before the same sort of wanton violence being reported south of the border also starts erupting all across this country. Comment.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

USDEA Honduran confrontation widens

People: TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) - Honduras’ top human rights official said Monday he worries that the second fatal shooting by U.S. agents in Honduras is part of a widening confrontation between drug traffickers and U.S.-backed police and troops. Comment.

Axelbank family award students at Monroe Academy

Bronx: The family of Eli Axelbank, who was a principal at the former James Monroe HS, has joined forces with the Monroe College Foundation in scholarship awards for graduates of the Monroe Academy for Visual Art and Design (MAVAD) and the Monroe Academy for Business and Law (MABL). Comment.

Activists seek answers in Trinidad turtle tragedy

Trinidad and Tobago: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A Trinidad and Tobago conservation group called Tuesday for a prompt investigation into how government work crews crushed leatherback turtle eggs and hatchlings on a remote beach that experts say is the globe’s densest nesting site for the endangered marine species. Comment.

Cuba scrambles to fight rare cholera outbreak

Cuba: HAVANA (AP) — Authorities in eastern Cuba are in full prevention mode to contain a rare cholera outbreak amid fears that it may have spread to the capital, distributing chlorine and water purification drops and quarantining hospital patients with diarrhea until they are checked for the disease. Comment.

Backyard gardening could save you money  

Antigua: As a boy, Hilson Baptiste remembers going to his neighbor’s home and giving them a large slice of pumpkin grown in his family’s backyard garden. In return, he would be given two fish for his family. Comment.

A slew of unanswered Romney questions

Viewpoints: The conventional wisdom at this point about November’s vote seems to be that while at congressional level, Republican money could prove difficult for Democrats to navigate, in the presidential run the Obama camp should be well enough equipped to do the effective counter-punching necessary to prevail. Even had the respective resources in the Obama-Romney battle not been as they stand, it would be interesting to see whether the baggage Mitt Romney brings to this race could have withstood voters’ scrutiny by the time we got to casting ballots. Comments (1).

Exposure for B’klyn artists and their stories

Arts & Theater: After eight months of organizing and planning, Brooklyn’s newest and timeliest cultural creation, The Brooklyn International Theatre Company, debuted in mid-June. Comment.

Marcus Miller’s musical ‘Renaissance’

Music: A generation is roughly defined as a period of about 30 years. Thirty years ago – in the early ‘80s - America was rolling with Ronald Reagan at the wheel and his conservative “back to family values” tenets. Comment.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

U.S. may patrol border near Venezuela

Venezuela: Signaling that it might well be losing the battle against transnational and violent crime, the People’s Partnership administration in Trinidad has formally asked the U.S. to seriously consider patrolling its borders to help stem a perennial trade mostly in drugs and guns that authorities blame for an average of nearly 400 murders a year. Comments (1).

‘Massive’ turnout at anniversary rally

Grenada: The “massive” turnout of Grenadians to the government’s 4th anniversary rally on Sunday in Gouyave, St. John, is evidence that people understand and appreciate the government’s efforts to build the Grenada economy and that Prime Minister Tillman Thomas enjoys the support of the Grenadian people in the face of current challenges. Comment.

Kirlew places high in new 10K race

Jamaica: A native of Jamaica, West Indies, Lyle Kirlew, a veteran of the running sport, recently entered into the first Queens 10K in Flushing Meadow Corona Park and covered the course in 38:01, which earned him 14th place in a field of almost 6,000 entrants. The winner Julius Arile Lomerlying of Manhattan took the lead at the 2K mark and never looked back. Comment.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

‘Except’ extended at Harlem Firehouse

Arts & Theater: Legendary Tony Award winner George Faison has announced that his recently staged theater production “Except” has been overwhelmingly endorsed at the Faison Firehouse Theater and will be extended thru July 22. Comment.

WINLESS STREAK

Sports: The New York Red Bulls (9-5-4, 31 pts.) was facing a 16-game winless streak in Foxboro Stadium when it took on the hosts, New England Revolution, on Sunday afternoon in an MLS game, but the trend continued. The winless streak - now 17 games, including 13 losses and four draws - was extended because of the Red Bulls’ negative approach to the game. Instead of going on offense to score goals, which is how you win games, New York went into a defensive mode and played as if its primary purpose was not to allow a goal. Comment.

Celebrating the glory of Sugar Hill

Music: Heritage Health and Housing in partnership with NYC Department of Small Business Services, NYC Parks Department, NYC Police Department – 30th Pct., join forces for a special tribute to legendary jazz singer and famed resident Johnny Hartman. Comment.

All Souls’ Episcopal Church Summer Bazaar

Food: All Souls’ Episcopal Church Comment.

Middle Ground by Rosalind Kilkenny McLymont

Books: Author, Rosalind Kilkenny-McLymont asserts that each genre has its unique science but all of them she says, require an authentic, provocative voice in order to attract and hold a reader’s attention. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Alps (Unrated) Assumed identity drama about a macabre business specializing in helping clients cope with grief by offering them the company of impersonators bearing an uncanny resemblance to recently-deceased loved ones. Starring Stavros Psyllakis, Aris Servetalis and Johnny Vekris. (In English and Greek with subtitles) Comment.

Vincentians mourn loss of a favorite son

St Vincent: Vincentians of all stripes are mourning the loss of a favorite son who passed away recently in Brooklyn. Comment.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Jerk Fest to benefit Jamaican hospital

Food: Jamaicans Abroad Helping Jamaicans At Home (JAHJAH) are committed to medical missions to the island and this year their foundation plan to raise enough funds to aid in the renovation of Kingston Public Hospital’s emergency department. Comment.

Whitney’s mom to perform in Brooklyn

Music: Summer is heating to boiling point in July but cooling centers are prevalent in every park with music, dance and spoken word the added quencher for entertainment and diversion from routine work. Comment.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

MUSIC HAITI

Music: The upcoming performances sponsored by Haiti Cultural Exchange as part of their summer music program will be on July 19 with BeLO on acoustic guitar playing his signature “Ragganga”—combining reggae, jazz, rock, worldbeat and “rara.” Comment.

Community Board 17 leadership recognition day

Brooklyn: Community Board 17 in Brooklyn held its fourth annual community conference on the state of the district at the Kings County Hospital Center T-Building Auditorium. Comment.

Preventing slips, trips and falls

Health: As we age, time takes its toll on the bodily systems that keep us balanced, making us more prone to dangerous slips, trips and falls. And while a fall can be a life-changing or even life-threatening event for an older adult, reducing one’s risk is easy. Comment.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

‘WE’RE FINE, THANKS!’

Trinidad and Tobago: 2012_07_06_AP_Caricom Summit Caribbean Life all Page 2 WE’RE FINE, THANKS Caricom leaders play down worries on bloc’s future By Guy Ellis Associated Press Comment.

WICB/WIPA start negotiations

Sports: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) have started negotiating a revised collective bargaining agreement (CBA) and memorandum of understanding (MoU). Comment.

10 crucial nutrition tips for senior men

Health: Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in America -- and the older you are, the more likely you are to be diagnosed with this serious disease. Comment.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Caribbean Roundup

Investigators probing the June 10 fire that caused at least US$129 million in losses at regional airline LIAT, say there is a possibility that a battery-powered golf cart, left “unattended to charge” may have caused the blaze. Comment.

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.

Parkside Playground’s reopening party

Brooklyn: The ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 30, at the opening of the new Parkside Playground in Brooklyn, between Bedford Ave. and Rogers Ave., was followed by special basketball, handball and chess tournaments. Comment.

Sun Kulcha

Arts & Theater: Stay Fit, Have Fun The Eastern Queens Alliance is offering free fitness classes featuring yoga with Leslie Taylor focusing on posture, breath control and meditation, 9:15 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. at Idlewild Cricket Field in Idlewild Park Preserve, 223 St. and 148 Ave., Springfield Gardens, N.Y. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring your own mat. For information and directions call (347) 824-2301 or info@easternqueensallicance.org. Comment.

This week’s Caribbean Life Newspapers are online

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

Adults graduate from literacy program

Brooklyn: “I am happy to be here with you, I also want to congratulate each one of you. I thank all the teachers and staff for their patience with us so I encourage you all to support the program and services provided by Hope of Life,” said 78-year-old Leger Decossard as he addressed the gathering at Hope of Life’s graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 28 at the Friends of Crown Heights Center at 1886 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn. Comments (4).

Child Care honors Councilman Sanders

Brooklyn: Child Care Means Business project has honored Councilman James Sanders during the 10th anniversary graduation ceremony by the Business Outreach Center (BOC) Network on June 18. Comment.

Patients are the vistors in affordable care ruling, says American Heart Associaton CEO

American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following statement today on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act. Comment.

Vincy fashion designer launches new boutique

St Vincent: A rising Vincentian fashion designer in the United States on June 23 launched a new fashion boutique in Brooklyn. Comment.

HIV prevention pill passes hurdle, questions remain

Health: The Antiviral Drugs Advisory panel of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has voted in support of FDA approval for a once-daily pill to reduce the risk of contracting HIV, a prevention strategy called pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP. If the FDA approves the antiviral pill, known as Truvada, it would be the first drug indicated to reduce the risk of acquiring HIV. However, there are many serious unanswered questions about Truvada as an HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis drug. Comment.

Coach looks to season after running

Sports: While Nicholas DiBenedetto of Wantagh captured the Sean Ryan 5K road race in 16:56 and Robert Devinney became the first Long Beach finisher in 19:20, which earned him fourth place, the overall 14th place person to cross the finish line was Hudson Georges. Comment.

Celebrated visual artist Danny Simmons anchors debut exhibition series

Strivers Gardens Gallery and Souleo Enterprises, LLC, an event/media production company, present eMerge: Danny Simmons & Artists on the Cusp. The exhibition will feature the works of renowned visual artist Danny Simmons and nine innovative and visionary contemporary artists from New York City and London repurposing everyday materials into elaborate works of art. Co-curated by Lisa D. Hayes, Esq., manager of Strivers Gardens Gallery, and Souleo of Souleo Enterprises, LLC, the exhibit will run from July 12 through September 7 at Strivers Gardens Gallery. Comment.

Caribbean: Crossroads of the World

Caribbean: Crossroads of the World is the culmination of nearly a decade of collaborative research and scholarship organized by El Museo del Barrio in collaboration with the Queens Museum of Art and The Studio Museum in Harlem. The exhibition, comprised of more than 500 works of art spanning four centuries, emphasizes the relationship between the Caribbean and the United States and the artists from both locales who contribute to ongoing conversations about national and regional identity and belonging. Comment.

Jamaican children are calling you home....

Introducing the top winners in the Come Home Jamaica Poster Competition. Primary and High School children across the island were asked by the Grand Jamaica Homecoming team to create a poster that they think would excite Jamaicans overseas to come home for this Jubilee year. Comment.

Inside Life

England is poised to be the destination for travel when Caribbean nationals celebrate sports, music and national pride during the summer Olympics. However, Jamaicans will be particularly enthusiastic about their independence jubilee and optimism of gold at the games. Comment.

Groovin’ on a sizzling Sunday afternoon

Music: New York: Scorching mid-summer temperatures in the tri-state didn’t take anything away from the resounding success of the inaugural ‘Groovin In The Park’ concert Sunday, July1 at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York. Comment.

First Annual Caribbean Beach Fest

Music: Foreign Bass Entertainment presents the 1st Annual Caribbean Beach Fest, themed Machel On The Beach (M.O.B), live at the renowned Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

China Heavyweight (Unrated) Two-fisted documentary revolving around the effort of boxing coach Moxiang Qi to turn raw teenage recruits from rural peasant villages into Olympic medal contenders. (In Mandarin with subtitles) Comment.

Sun Kulcha

Friday, July 6 Comment.

Crossword

ACROSS Comment.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

DREAMers celebrate with NYIC

Jamaica: Jamaican-born Brooklyn resident Kymane Hutchinson, 21, came to the U.S. when she was almost 11 years old. She is one of the DREAMers, undocumented students who arrived before the age of 16 and like those 36 young people featured in the cover story of last week’s TIME magazine have dreams for the future amidst the challenges of being undocumented. Comment.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) interim national council in Toronto, Canada recently hosted a reception in Canada for the 31st anniversary of the founding of the OECS via the cultural and entertainment standing committee. Comment.

Spider-Man settles scores with tormentors

Movies: “The Amazing Spider-Man” Comment.

Magistrate Court discharges Panday

Trinidad and Tobago: Eleven years after former Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Basdeo Panday was charged with three counts of failing to declare a London bank account, he was freed of them recently. Comment.

Carib islands impose new travel taxes

Jamaica: In the wake of concerns by tourism officials about the impact from higher travel taxes and duties imposed on overseas source markets, two Caribbean islands are introducing new travel taxes. Comment.

Education is key to restoring middle class prosperity

Viewpoints: Last year, I called a meeting of the Howard University Board of Trustees to discuss a serious problem. More than 80 seniors at Howard had indicated they were going to have to drop out of school and would not be able to earn their degrees. The reasons were all economic. Some were overburdened by student loan debt. Others were told by their families that they could no longer afford to help them pay for college. And, yet others felt the need to find a job so they could help their families who were struggling to make ends meet because of the recession. Comment.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Westchester County legislators honor Vincent HoSang

Jamaica: Westchester County Board of Legislators recently honored Jamaican entrepreneur, Vincent Hosang, CEO of Caribbean Food Delights for his remarkable achievements and contribution to the welfare of all citizens; notably citizens of Westchester County, and to the Caribbean-American Heritage. Comment.

Spain gains historic win

Sports: Spain’s national soccer team confirmed in Kiev, Ukraine, that passing is the game. The 2008 European champion successfully defended its title with a convincing 4-0 spanking of Italy on Sunday. The Spaniards are now being hailed as one of the best national teams of all time. It made history in the process by being the first team to win back-to-back European championships and, throw in the 2010 FIFA World Cup win in South Africa, has now won an historic three major titles in succession. Comment.

Supreme Court’s word game saves Obamacare

Viewpoints: The Supreme Court decision upholding the health-insurance mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) has an Alice-in-Wonderland feel to it. As Lewis Carroll wrote in Through the Looking Glass, “When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.” Comment.

Sifuentes loses in net final

Sports: Gabriel Sifuentes recently reached the final of the Level One West Side Tennis Club Junior Tennis Championships, a United States Tennis Association sanctioned event in Forest Hills. Comment.

Grenadian caregivers excel

Grenada: Caregivers at the Queen Elizabeth Home (QEH) celebrated their graduation from REACH Grenada’s Conscious Discipline Training Program on Friday, June 15, in Tempe, St. George’s. Mrs. Marion Pierre, executive chairman of the Queen Elizabeth Home, delivered a keynote speech to the 15 graduates and an audience of friends and community members. Comment.

Sunil Narine wrecks New Zealand

Caribbean: Sunil Narine proved his potential as a spin bowler by creating all sorts of trouble for the New Zealand batsmen. The New Zealand batsmen failed to read his line and variation and their batsmen were left to guess. Narine picked up 3 for 34 on Saturday and returned on Sunday in the second match grabbing 4 wickets for 12 runs from 4 overs. Comment.

Annual music recital

Music: Ankh Ra Amenhetep, vocal coach for Puff Daddy and talent judge for MTV’s Making the Band-4 opened the second half of Maa Sa-Ankh Performing Arts Academy’s 13th annual recital by bestowing a bouquet of flowers on Mut Hefen Sa-Akhi, the school’s visionary, co-founder and director. Comment.

Monday, July 2, 2012

MAN TO BEAT

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — No posing, no salutes, no fist pumping. First, Yohan Blake fell to both knees and rested his head on the track. A bit later, he simply paced in front of the jam-packed grandstand at National Stadium and stared into the crowd, letting all those fans soak in a nice, long look. Comment.

Icy Sunset Jazz fuses Garifuna, Salsa, Reggae and Art

Jazz comes alive in July with the “Icy Sunset Jazz … On the Roof” event, a “Fusion-Soiree” of chic, eclectic rhythms, poetry and Art from the US, Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America with genres embracing and absorbing Garifuna, Reggae, Latin, R&B, Blues and Calypso, with chances to win resort stays in the Jamaica, Barbados and Grenada. Comment.

Carefree cherub laments climate change in enchanting cautionary parable

6 year-old Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis) is being raised under the radar in “The Bathtub,” a backwoods bayou located on the swamp side of a Louisiana levee. The self-sufficient tomboy divides her days between attending to her sickly father (Dwight Henry) and living in harmony with a handful of other hardy refugees from civilization. Comment.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Trinidad&Tobago: A nation of angry people

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago has become a nation “of angry people”, principal of St Mary’s College, Fr Ronald Mendes lamented to the school’s Sixth Form graduating class as he urged them to be of service and help turn around the country. Comment.

Friday, June 29, 2012

FUN SKILLS CLINIC

People: On Sunday, June 24 Monroe baseball coaches Luis Melendez and Francis Santos ran a fun skills clinic for the kids of the Grand Councourse Little League in Tremont Park in the Bronx. More than fifty players ages 5-17 were schooled in fielding, basrunning, pitching, and hitting by the Mustang experts. The event was part of the college’s 80-year commitment to supporting important community endeavors. News 12 reports on the Monroe baseball clinic Comment.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Routine HIV screening in New York City

Staten Island: With National HIV Testing Day fast approaching, we are often reminded of the stark reality of the impact of HIV in New York City. Despite being 30 years into the epidemic, New York City is home to less than 3 percent of the U.S. population, but nearly 14% of the people in the nation diagnosed with HIV. Comment.
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