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Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012

Promoting early literacy with Reach Out and Read

People: Knowledgeable shout-outs and giggles of awareness were the delightful responses of pre-school children as they listened to Maurice Cummings, special assistant to the NYS Assemblyman Keith Wright, animatedly read a children’s book to their group of 30-plus at the Area 145 Day Care Center in Harlem’s Hamilton Heights. Comment.

Friday, Aug. 31, 2012

Coup maker to testify in Trini probe

Trinidad and Tobago: He is not in the best of health these days but the man who tried to overthrow the then government of Prime Minister Ray Robinson in Trinidad and Tobago in July 1990 is preparing to take the witness stand to tell all he knows about events leading up to the bloody coup attempt more than 20 years ago. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012

FASHION FAIR

Music: The New York State Senate has declared Sept.21-20, 2012 Sol Afrik Fashion Week and entertainment mogul, Russell Simmons has urged “designers of color to take advantage of the amazing opportunity that Sol Afrik has created as an excellent space for designers to showcase their talent.” Comment.

Vincy culture explodes in Brooklyn

A kaleidoscope of colors, a potpourri of artistic designs and creativity, mouth-watering Vincentian foods and mesmerizing performances by myriad artistes all combined last Saturday in a Vincy cultural explosion at the Mahalia Jackson High School in Brooklyn. Comments (1).

‘Harlequins and Pierrots’

Music: Across the years, Labor Day Carnival might have found its bliss in an atonality of colors, but nothing on Eastern Parkway can be as challenging as Roy Pierre and Associates’ parade of off-color and Off-Broadway characters massing in the dew of J’Ouvert. Harlequins & Pierrots catching the sunrise and penetrating (and titillating) the bedrock of the Caribbean community, from Flatbush to Empire Blvd., and Nostrand to Linden. Comments (1).

St. Lucia, Grenada clash in Cup final

St Lucia: When the Caribbean Cup final kicks off on Sunday, it will be a battle between two New York-based teams from the Windward Islands. Team St. Lucia USA in search of its first Caribbean Cup title, will take on three-time champion Team Grenada USA at 4:00 p.m. at Jefferson High School Sports Complex in Flatlands, Brooklyn. Team St. Lucia upset eight-time champion Team Jamaica USA in one semifinal last Sunday, and Team Grenada defeated Team Guyana USA in the other. Comment.

SVG pan champs for Brooklyn J’ouvert

Music: According to Verna Arthur, co-founder and coordinator of the Brooklyn-based Youroumei Productions, Starlift will breathe new life into the Caribbean festival by providing music to masqueraders and revelers in the lone Vincentian J’ouvert band in New York. Comment.

‘Black Buddha’

Arts & Theater: Viewsic Expressions Dance, led by New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” award winner Germaul Barnes and Kumble Theater present the New York premiere of “Black Buddha.” Comment.

T&T Chronology: 1962-2012

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad & Tobago, the twin islands in the Eastern Caribbean gained independence Aug. 31, 1962. Regarded the Caribbean’s main stage for the “Greatest Show On Earth” -- the T&T Carnival, revelers maintain a lexicon for super-sized parties that precede the religious Lenten period. Creole words to know during that period are “Fete” and “Lime.” Comment.

Windies success depends on its bowlers

Caribbean: Bowling would play a key role if any team is to be successful in the ICC World Twenty20 starting Sept. 18, 2012. The West Indies would be heavily dependent on three bowlers to be economical. Sunil Narine, Fidel Edwards and Samuel Badree will have to bowl 12 of the 20 overs and if they can restrict the runs made by the opposing team, the West Indies batsmen will simply do the rest to make the team a successful. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012

Ah Touch of Carnival in T&T’

Arts & Theater: By Nelson A. King Comment.

Trinidad & Tobago -- Road to Independence

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago celebrates its 50th anniversary of Independence on Aug. 31, 2012. Prior to Independence, the country was a British colony with the Queen of England as the Head of State. Comment.

Sun Kulcha

Music: Friday, August 31 - Stay in school concert brass fest soca madness featuring Machel Montano at the brooklyn museum grounds saturday, september 1 - 2012 Junior “Kiddies” carnival at the brooklyn museum grounds starting at 9:00 a.m. PANORMA AT THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM GROUNDS STARTING AT 7:00 p.m. SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 - Dimanche Gras Show At The Brooklyn Museum Grounds Featuring Calypdo Rose, King Ajamu, ALLROUNDER, PANORAMA CHAMPS AND KINGS AND QUEENS OF THE BANDS MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 - J’OUVERT AND LABOR DAY CELEBRATIONS For General And Ticket Information, Call Wiadca At (718) 467-1797 Comment.

FANTASTIC NETBALL

Sports: A large crowd showed up for the Caribbean American Netball Association, Caribbean Cup Annual Tournament, at Lincoln Terrace Park on the Jesse Lezama Netball Court, Brooklyn, New York on Sunday, Aug. 26. The tournament was held under the leadership of Patrick Heron, president of CANA. Comments (3).

Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012

Obama’s Race Still Has Bearing on Media Coverage

People: Long before a little-known Illinois politician ran for president, the mainstream media focused on his race. When he flourished as a presidential candidate four years ago, everyone in America knew that Barack Obama was Black. Comment.

LIAT, Spencer to honor Kirani

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer has made a call for one of LIAT’s airplanes to be named after Grenadian Kirani James, who won gold in the 400 meters at the recent London 2012 Olympics. Comment.

Garifuna culture returns to St. Vincent

Music: Musician and educator James Lovell carries the baton of Garifuna language and music. For the second summer, he is bringing it back to where it began, St. Vincent. Comments (3).

$M FOR T&T OLYMPIAN

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad & Tobago rolled out a red, black and white carpet to welcome teenaged, javelin Olympic champion Keshorn Walcott who brought gold and glory to the republic. Comment.

Monday, Aug. 27, 2012

Caribbean culture and mirth marks Garvey’s 125th

Jamaica: A parade in Harlem, another in Brooklyn, keys to a Caribbean city and a revised educational curriculum marked the 125th anniversary of the Aug. 17 birthday of Jamaica’s National Hero Marcus Mosiah Garvey Jr. Comment.

Youngest, oldest marshals for 50-50 Labor Day

Music: Dedicated to the 50 years of independence being regaled by Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago, the significant day-long, street party along Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway begins after the youngest grand marshal -- ever to parade the route – 38-year-old Machel Montano join perhaps, one of the oldest, 85-year-old, Harry Belafonte, a son of Jamaica, actor, activist and singer at Schenectady for a slow walk to the Brooklyn Museum. Comments (1).

Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012

Costume bands prepped for showdown on parkway

Arts & Theater: Veteran Trinidad and Tobago designer and all-time Mas band winner, Kenneth Antoine is gearing up to bring excitement over the Labor Day weekend competing in three of the biggest Carnival events, with confidence that he will take home the coveted prize for best children’s costume band. Comment.

PLAY-OFFS HEAT UP

The MLS play-offs race is heating up as the regular season nears its end. There are 10 play-off positions available in MLS, five from each conference, and to date, only three teams, in the West, have officially clinched play-off berths. Comment.

McClurkin’s New York Call returns

Arts & Theater: Thousands from the tri-state area were expected to participate in the Ninth Annual New York Call and Youth Explosion 2012, a three-day event on designed to empower and inspire the entire family, that ends today. Comment.

Friday, Aug. 24, 2012

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: The Association of Caribbean States (ACS) is urging its members to adopt a United National program that will help them streamline trade and increase transparency in business. Comment.

Kid-friendly meals with a tropical twist

Food: Is your family tired of eating the same thing for breakfast, lunch or dinner? Not sure if trying a new recipe fits into your busy schedule? It’s easier than you think to break out of the usual routine, especially when you have these quick, kid-friendly recipes that bring a taste of the tropics to your meals. Comment.

Caribbean Roundup

The Bahamas government will soon announce sweeping changes to the operations of the Royal Bahamas Defense Force to include an improved Coral Harbor Base, more resources and a link with the police in crime-fighting initiatives. Comment.

This week’s Caribbean Life Newspapers are online

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

The Budget and Pentagon spending

Viewpoints: In the midst of this summer’s heat wave, we still enjoy a measure of outdoor time, but certainly relish the air-conditioned relief indoors. As the toll of heat-related deaths continues to rise, how many of us know that Congress is proposing budget cuts to the federal assistance program for air conditioning and heating bills for hard-hit families? Yes, budget decisions in Washington come home to roost right here close to home. And the impact can be devastating. Comment.

OP-EDS

Paul Ryan may be the conservative’s conservative, but understand what that means: He’s out to save the welfare/warfare state from its own intrinsic unsustainability. He’s no small-government man. Comment.

Healthy families on the move

Brooklyn: Central Brooklyn is facing a very real health crisis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 13 people die every hour because of an obesity-related disease, including heart disease and diabetes. In Central Brooklyn, seven out of 10 adults are overweight or obese and more than 40 percent report getting no physical activity at all. Not surprisingly we have some of the highest rates of heart disease and diabetes related deaths in New York City. Comments (1).

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

Movies: The Ambassador (Unrated) Danish journalist Madds Brugger poses as a shady European diplomat in this shocking documentary exposing corrupt government officials openly trading in blood diamonds in the Central African Republic. (In Danish, English and French with subtitles) Comment.

Singing siblings seek fame in morality play

Movies: Excellent (3.5 stars) Comment.

The Caribbean Business Report

There’s hardly a better way to show thankfulness for one’s own budding success than to use it to help others succeed as well. That’s what entrepreneur Tracy Bomani, founder of Bomani Jewels, feels, leading her to host a Beauty Showcase and Fashion Show in mid-August to highlight several other up and coming new vendors. Comments (1).

Ask Dr. Eva: Is bottled water better?

Health: A visiting friend asked me for ‘a water’ last night. I went to the kitchen cupboard for a glass and then turned on the faucet and filled it. When I brought him his glass of water, he looked at it as if it contained tincture of strychnine and asked if that was really all I had. Comment.

Obama: No Usain Bolt

Olympics entered the political, campaign dialogue recently with President Barack Obama injecting athletic context to his presidential race. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Death by China (Unrated) Outsourcing expose’ explaining why America has been in economic decline since the Peoples’ Republic joined the World Trade Organization in 2001 at the behest of Congress and multinational corporations. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012

Caribs urged to avoid deportation

People: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke is urging eligible Caribbean national to apply for reprieve from deportation. Comment.

Health centers mark national week

Bronx: The Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center (MTVNHC) and the Greenburgh Health Center (GHC) located in Mount Vernon and Greenburgh/White Plains, respectively,held health fairs during National Health Center Week, Aug. 5 - 11, and provided blood pressure, height, weight, pregnancy, glucose, rapid HIV tests, vision, emergency contraception, nutrition, prostate, breast, colorectal and cervical cancer health screenings and family planning all free of charge to the public. Comment.

GUYANA CRISIS AVERTED

Guyana: After shutting down their community and the key access roads to the southern interior for more than a month because riot police had shot and killed three people and injured more than 20, government and representatives from the two major parties have signed off on an agreement to deal with a number of social and political ills in the bauxite mining town of Linden. Comment.

Mas Productions Unlimited ‘visits’ ‘Tonga’

Arts & Theater: While most masqueraders, perhaps, never traveled to Tonga, Mas Productions Unlimited says it will give them a peek preview of the South Pacific island when it portrays “Tonga” on Labor Day. Comment.

Death penalty moratorium

Trinidad and Tobago: The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has called on several Caribbean countries to impose a moratorium in the application of the death penalty. Comments (1).

T&T PM inducted into UWI park

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar was recently inducted into a park in honor of University of the West Indies (UWI) graduates who are or have been heads of government at the UWI, Mona Campus, Jamaica. Comment.

Thumbs-down, even for nailing Osama

Viewpoints: The only explanation with even a whiff of plausibility, for that campaign nugget rolled out earlier about President Obama hogging all the credit for eliminating bin Laden, revolves around good old moola. Maybe the geniuses who hatched this one got kayoed real soon after leaving the starting gate, dashing hopes of what they figured to be a nice run, aping the 2004 number done on John Kerry. But that this 2012 variant would actually get a fanfare launching is the type of absurdity for which only the massive anti-Obama cash overflow offers some kind of twisted rationale. Comment.

Carib Cup heads into semifinals

Sports: The Caribbean Cup is into its semifinal stage after quarterfinal results were completed last Sunday at Jefferson High School Field on Shepherd and Flatlands avenues in Flatlands, Brooklyn. Last Sunday, Nigel Codrington scored in the 60th minute to give Guyana a 1-0 victory over St. Vincent and the Grenadines in one of two quarterfinal games; in the other quarterfinal, defending champion Jamaica beat Panama. Comment.

South Africa tops ICC Test Standings

Sports: Some useful all rounder performances from the South African players propelled their team to the top of the ICC test standings. South Africa went passed England after they won the third test match at Lords by 51 runs. South African inform batsman Hamish Amla scored a century in the final Test at Lords bringing his total amount of test centuries to 15 from 61 tests at an average of 49-61. Opener Robin Peterson scored a century the second test, Jacques Kallis scored a century in the first test. Abde Villiers came on with some useful scores as well. Comment.

Festive end to Ramadan

Bronx: Dressed in stunning festive garb, Muslims entered Claremont Park in the Mt. Eden section of the Bronx starting early this past Sunday to celebrate the grandest, most historical, and most important Muslim holiday of the year, Eid ul-Fitr. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012

Emancipation Day Celebration for Trinidadians

Trinidad and Tobago: The Trinidad and Tobago consulate in New York, in collaboration with the Trinidad and Tobago Interfaith Council of New York and the Committee for the Commemoration of Emancipation Day (Brooklyn) held the first Emancipation Day celebrations at the verdant Prospect Park in Brooklyn on Saturday, August 4. Comment.

CALYPSO ‘N SOCA

Vincentian cultural expo opens in Brooklyn

Music: This Saturday, Aug. 25, the Brooklyn-based Club St. Vincent, Inc., one of St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ leading cultural and educational groups in the U.S., will stage a massive cultural expo in Brooklyn. The 9th biannual event will be held at at Mahalia Jackson High School, 790 East New York Ave., from 12:00 noon – 9:00 p.m. Comment.

Top names in entertainment slated for Vincy Culturama

Music: Leading expatriate and local entertainers from St.Vincent and the Grenadines will converge at the Mahalia Jackson High School in Brooklyn Saturday, August 25, when Club St. Vincent convenes its biannual cultural exhibition in New York. Comment.

CBC celebrates Family Day

Brooklyn: Citizens for A Better Community celebrated its 11th Family Day at Paerdegat Park, Albany Avenue on Saturday, Aug.11. More than 1,000 people came out to celebrate that day to eat, drink, and be merry, meet and greet their friends and neighbors to foster a sense of community harmony. The children ran many races and won trophies and medals. The Annual Talent Show was held and the East Flatbush kids displayed their incredible talents. Comment.

Gayle back with Sydney Thunder

Caribbean: West Indies superstar batsman Chris Gayle has once more signed with Sydney Thunder for another season of Australia’s glitzy Twenty20 Big Bash. The 32-year-old left-hander played for the Thunder last season and was a hit at the ANZ Stadium, smashing 252 runs at an average of 42. Comment.

Sun Kulcha

Music: potluck social: Radical Women is hosting Women’s Rights Day Potluck Social, celebrating the 92nd anniversary of women’s suffrage, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at the office and garden of Black Women’s Blueprint, 279 Empire Blvd., between Rogers and Nostrand avenues, Brooklyn. Bring a dish! Admission free. For information, call (212) 222-0633. Comment.

Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012

DREAMers, undocumented youth, attend legal clinic

Brooklyn: They began lining up at 6:00 a.m. and the doors of St. Mary’s Church on the Lower East Side opened about 10:15 a.m., earlier than planned. Comments (1).

CSS Report: Struggles in Post-Recession NYC

Viewpoints: The recovery of private sector jobs lost in the recession has not benefitted women, blacks and older workers who are experiencing the highest rates of long-term unemployment. While jobs in low-wage industries and in high skills professional and technical service sectors increased during the post-recession period, workers with mid-level educational attainment, especially women, saw their unemployment rates go up. Comment.

STRANGLEHOLD BROKEN

Sports: When the U.S. came away with an historic 1-0 win over host Mexico in an international friendly at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City on Wednesday, Aug. 15, it severed a 75-year-old psychological stranglehold that Mexico held over its most fierce CONCACAF rival. It may possibly signal a new era in this very competitive rivalry – one that could lead to more U. S. wins south of the border. Comment.

Soca tent opens in Brooklyn

Music: “I call this year’s Revue-Tent a colossal celebration of both Trinidad & Tobago’s and Jamaica’s independence jubilee,” Count Robin, tent manager and calypsonian, said of the seven-night Brooklyn fete which begins Aug. 26. Comment.

Make sure children stay hydrated with health drinks

Health: Did you know that one out of every six children in the U.S. is overweight, and that sweetened drinks tend to be a major factor in why they have weight problems?* In summertime, it’s especially tempting for kids to turn to soda and other sugary drinks for relief from the heat. But these beverages are not only fattening; they can also rot kids’ teeth and lead to serious health problems like diabetes. Comment.

Include immuniuzations on your back-to-school checklist

Health: It’s back-to-school time, when parents are busy making sure that their children have everything they need to start the school year on the right foot. Comment.

Friday, Aug. 17, 2012

Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012

New business generation and job creation in America

Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012

Britain Loves Usain Bolt

Jamaica: Great Britain loves sports and as evidenced in London at the 30th Olympiad, the British loves Usain Bolt. Comments (1).

Homecoming for B’klyn Olympic bronze medalist

Brooklyn: Swimmer Lia Neal a 17-year-old Brooklyn native, won a bronze medal as part of the Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay in the 2012 Olympic Games. She is the first of the Asphalt Green Unified Aquatics (AGUA) swim team to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic Swimming Team, and the first to bring home an Olympic medal. Comment.

Caymanian expats win debate on income taxes

Caribbean: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) - The Cayman Islands is scrapping a plan to impose a direct income tax on thousands of expatriates working in the British Caribbean territory that is famed as a no-tax financial center. Comments (1).

Monday, Aug. 13, 2012

Desperation leads to Lareche’s demise in the 42nd District

Brooklyn: On Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, 42nd Assembly hopeful Zachary Lareche withdrew his candidacy from the State Assembly race due to alleged fraudulent signatures he submitted to the board of elections to get on the ballot. This has been Lareche’s third failed attempt to win the State Assembly seat. Comments (1).

President Obama hails Jamaica

Jamaica: President Barack Obama led the voices of congratulatory message lauding Jamaica for its democratic principles and relentless pursuit of independent leadership when he accepted credentials for the island’s newly appointed ambassador to the U.S., Professor Stephen Vasciannie. Comment.

Is my obesity related to my depression?

Health: Q: I am a 30-year-old man, 5’9” and I weigh 245 pounds. I am depressed because I am so overweight and so I eat even more. I read somewhere that the reason some people can’t lose weight is because of low serotonin levels. Is that connected to my being overweight? Comment.

Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012

Time to end Offshore Tax loopholes

Viewpoints: While attention focuses on congressional action on the Bush tax cuts, another tax bill is quietly tiptoeing through the Senate. The Senate Finance Committee has reported out the corporate tax extenders bill, a collection of dozens of tax breaks, many targeting industries whose lobbyists have filled campaign larders with cash. These tax breaks all expired at the end of last year, and are on track to be renewed for another year with little debate or scrutiny. Comment.

Barbados to host regional economic forum

Barbados: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says Barbados will this year host the 15th Inter-American Microenterprise Forum (Foromic 2012), the biggest annual microfinance and microenterprise development event in Latin America and the Caribbean. Comment.

Intense cardio that’s not for everyone

Health: Q: I have a friend who has lost massive amounts of fat doing High Intensity Interval Training. What exactly is this and will it work for me? I’m 36, 6’, 175, about 9% body fat. Comment.

Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012

Clean-up and earn free Mets game tickets

Brooklyn: Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn) announced on Thursday, Aug. 9 a Community Clean-Up Day co-sponsored by East Flatbush Village, Inc. on Saturday, Aug. 18 between 10:00 a.m and 2:00 p.m. The event is an open invitation to local youth and businesses in the East Flatbush community to encourage environmental awareness. Participation will consist of cleaning up abandoned lots, parks and the yards of elderly residents and neglected foreclosed homes. In return, participants will receive free tickets to a New York Mets game. Comments (2).

Clean-up and earn free Mets game tickets

Brooklyn: Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn) announced on Thursday, Aug. 9 a Community Clean-Up Day co-sponsored by East Flatbush Village, Inc. on Saturday, Aug. 18 between 10:00 a.m and 2:00 p.m. The event is an open invitation to local youth and businesses in the East Flatbush community to encourage environmental awareness. Participation will consist of cleaning up abandoned lots, parks and the yards of elderly residents and neglected foreclosed homes. In return, participants will receive free tickets to a New York Mets game. Comment.

Teaming together; revitalizing the ‘hood

People: Former center fielder and NY Mets coach Mookie Wilson shared his favorite foods and cooking tips with Mets great Ron Darling as they both painted swaths of color recently in the hall of the King Towers Community Center in Harlem. The Center is in the New York City Housing Authority complex at East 115th St. As part of Habitat-NYC’s ‘Brush With Kindness’ program, the Mets alums, 25 Citi volunteers and family partners brought fresh colors to the Center’s rooms and a vivid new mural to brighten the hallway. Kings Towers has 10 buildings. Comment.

Friday, Aug. 10, 2012

Young Achievers honored in Harlem

Bronx: Metro-Manhattan Chapter, The Links Incorporated and Alpha Gamma Lambda Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated held their “Young Achievers Ceremony at the Harlem State Office Building at Melba’s Restaurant for 10 Young Achievers who have graduated from the 2011-2012 program and high school, and are moving on to a new phase in their education. Comment.

Funniest candidates money can buy

Movies: “The Campaign” Comment.

Caribbean Roundup

Venezuela: Venezuela is providing assistance to Dominica to help the island with an outbreak of the deadly Black Sigatoka disease that affects banana plants. A statement from the Office of the Prime Minister said Caracas is providing US$64,000 worth of fungicide as well as three experts to help deal with the outbreak. The disease, which kills banana and plantain plants, has been confirmed in the island, with agriculture officials admitting that they are worried about the situation. Minister of Agriculture Mathew Walter recently told a news conference vigorous steps were being taken to deal with the problem. Comment.

UPI Elderhood Rite of Passage -- A Legend Untold

People: UPI stands for United Peoples Inclusive, a movement poised in a 26-year-plus history rooted in the Caribbean Women Socio-Cultural Association of America (CWSCAA) celebrating past and present grassroots-up legends whose stories typically remain untold. This incisive movement highlights and celebrates the selfless tenacity of such persons and groups whose altruism supplies the human virtues of originality, instincts, skills, innovation and drive to enlarge the marketplace of competing ideas where socioeconomic justice inherently struggles to advance sustainable global harmony. Comment.

Sun Kulcha

Music: COMEDY/VARIETY: No Name Comedy/Variety & A Bag O’ Chips presents the funky sounds of The Summer Replacements including Carl (Baby Freak) Fortunato, Pat (Bikini Atoll) O’Shea and Fernando (Enter Sandman) Morales Gonzalez, 7:00 p.m., Fri., 8/17 and 8/24 at Otto’s Shrunken Head, 538 E 14 St., between avenues A and B, N.Y. No cover, no minimum. For information, call (212) 228-2240. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Awakening (R for violence, nudity and sexuality) Haunted house horror flick set in the wake of World War I at a British boarding school where a professional skeptic (Rebecca Hall) summoned to debunk recent ghost sightings as a hoax instead gets the surprise of her life when she encounters real supernatural phenomena for the first time. With Dominic West, Imelda Staunton and John Shrapnel. Comment.

Grilled potatoes make for a crowd pleaser

Food: Cookouts provide the perfect opportunity to gather friends and family in the backyard for quality time to celebrate the season. When hosting, look to delicious, wholesome ingredients and recipes everyone will love. One great go-to food that never disappoints is the Wisconsin potato, and with five varieties to choose from, these hearty vegetables are easy to add to all your favorite dishes. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012

Bigger, Bolder, Better

Music: Thomas Bailey, president of the West Indian American Day Carnival Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) said this year’s Brooklyn carnival festival will be “bigger, better and bolder.” The famous showcase will honor and recognize the historic occasion of the 50th Anniversary of Independence for Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago, Bailey said. Comment.

Cultural Mission

Arts & Theater: Erica M. Zuniga, a Garifuna dancer/choreographer from Los Angeles California, joined The Garifuna Cultural Retrieval Workshop in Yurumein/St.Vincent and the Grenadines on July 30. Comment.

Talking tech as an economic driver

Trinidad and Tobago: There is a tremendous amount of money in Tech! Along with it is a huge drive to identify and support via investments, the next generation of leading tech companies! Comments (1).

Does diplomatic immunity apply here?

Viewpoints: “…she blew the cover off our political pretensions, revealing us as a people represented by arbitrary, opportunistic power to which merit and standards are no particular concern.” Comments (1).

‘A Gospel Gathering At Ginny’s’

Arts & Theater: Vy Higginsen’s Gospel for Teens Choir will provide the musical entertainment for “A Gospel Gathering at Ginny’s” at Ginny’s Supper Club, the sister venue to Samuelsson’s Red Rooster Harlem, located at 310 Lenox Avenue (between 125th and 126th Streets). The acclaimed Gospel for Teens Choir presented by award-winning chef and author Marcus Samuelsson will perform three half-hour sets of rousing gospel tunes (at 12 noon, 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.) during the venue’s new Sunday buffet brunch, served weekly between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Comment.

OLYMPIC GOLD

Trinidad and Tobago: Grenadians celebrated with a public holiday the small Caribbean island’s first ever Olympic Gold medal when 19-year-old Kirani James (The Jaguar) won the 400 meters men’s at the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London on Monday, Aug. 6. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012

Diana King’s coming out a significant event

Jamaica: As we mark the fiftieth Independence Anniversary of Jamaica and Trinidad, let us take this opportunity to reflect on the struggles of all sexual minorities. Emancipation from personal fears and sociopolitical demands are paramount as we move forward in the new millennium. Comments (1).

Summer league at its best

Sports: All eyes were on Smush Parker, a former cager with numerous teams in the National Basketball Association. He had his run and as of now is probably sticking with going overseas. Comment.

Real drop in Guyana’s mother-to-child HIV infection

Guyana: ≈Guyana health officials have made a stunning claim that their aggressive approach to eradicate mother to child transmission of HIV will result in a zero count by the year 2015. Comment.

Shalrie Joseph traded to Chivas

Sports: Something good happened to Shalrie Joseph on Wednesday, Aug. 1. The veteran MLS defensive midfielder - born and raised in Grenada, West Indies, and graduated from Brooklyn’s Wingate High School before playing collegiate soccer at national powerhouse St. John’s University in Queens (NY) - was traded to Chivas USA in Southern California. Comment.

Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012

Sun Kulcha

Arts & Theater: Fundraising Concert: The Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Ave., between 121 and 122 streets, Harlem, N.Y. is hosting the Jazz-By-Riverside Concert, “A call from Mama Africa...”, raising funds for Sister Nana Zakia’s Village in Assin Kruwa in Ghana, West Africa, in the 10th Floor Tower, Overlook Terrace, 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. For tickets, call Ms. Tucker at (917) 402-6925 or Sister Zakia at (347) 737-2908. Comment.

Queens: Assemblyman William Scarborough presented William Scarborough Scholarships to three You Can Go To College Committee (YCGTCC) students at his district office recently. The students participated in the You Can Go To College Committee program, which has been helping students get into some of the top African American colleges in the country for the past 15 years. Comment.

Jannie Louise Weston celebrates 100 years

Queens: Jannie Louise Weston celebrated her centennial birthday with family and friends at Holiday Inn, LaGuardia recently. She is known for her gospel music, two of her of her most well known songs, “Move on Up a Little Higher” and “When I Take MY Vacation to Heaven,” gained her fanfare. Comment.

Laparkan sponsors 50th Independence Anniversary Cricket

Trinidad and Tobago: Laparkan Shipping has announced its sponsorship of the two match Twenty20 cricket series to be played here next week in celebration of the 50th Independence anniversary of Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. Comment.

Monday, Aug. 6, 2012

Bloomberg fails to support civic-based anti-gun efforts

New York: For years Mayor Michael Bloomberg has campaigned against the easy availability of guns. This is a laudable goal as guns continue, even in low crime years, to take the lives of hundreds of New Yorkers. Bloomberg has also spoken out about the easy availability of assault weapons, which have played an important role in numerous mass killings such as last month’s theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado. Comments (1).

Tyson defends boxing title on Broadway

Movies: Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson is making his Broadway debut in a one-man presentation detailing his rocky-road to success. Comment.

MARCUS GARVEY DAY PARADE IN BROOKLYN

Jamaica: Jamaica’s first national hero will be regaled by a parade through Brooklyn. Culminating with a concert and revelry, the 125th anniversary of the birth of Marcus Garvey will be remembered on Saturday, Aug. 18. Comment.

Tribute to the human spirit of a Rasta rock god!

Music: “Marley” Comment.

Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012

CACCI to honor dignitaries at Citi Field

People: The New York Mets and the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry(CACCI) teamed together once again for the second annual Caribbean Heritage Night at Citi Field on Wednesday, Aug. 8. Action starts at 6:45 p.m. with pre-game entertainment and Caribbean music, followed by awards presentation prior to the Mets-Miami game. Comment.

Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012

Bauxite town buries dead, talks to end impasse

Guyana: Government and opposition officials in Guyana last week held the first major round of talks aimed at resolving the political impasses that followed last month’s police killings of three opposition supporters and injuries to more than 20 but latest indications are that the angry residents of the bauxite mining town of Linden are digging in their heels for a protracted fight with the governing People’s Progressive Party (PPP) administration which has so far bowed to only one of their key demands to review planned steep increases in electricity rates. Comment.

Fifth-grader speaks in support of same sex marriage

Queens: Kameron Slade is in the fifth-grade at PS 195 in Rosedale, Queens. Over two months ago, when he was assigned to write a speech, he went home and told his mom he wanted to write on something that was not discussed much. It was just about the time that President Obama had publicly supported same-sex marriage. This was the topic –with his mom’s support– Kameron Slade chose to write about. Comment.

Friday, Aug. 3, 2012

Caribbean Roundup

Trinidad and Tobago: The Bahamas government is buying 11 new vessels for the country’s Defense Force and has appealed to nationals not to get into confrontation with nationals from the Dominican Republic on poaching in Bahamas waters. Comment.

Wyclef Jean shows support at AIDS march

Health: Mega superstar musician Wyclef Jean used his celebrity clout and freestyle rap to rev-up a crowd of thousands that gathered on the mall of Washington Monument, urging them in the words of Bob Marley to “Get Up and Stand Up For Their Rights.” He was among other artists during a day of activism and March on Washington to end the AIDS pandemic. Comment.

Poor response to Haiti’s needs

Haiti: The United Nations says it is cutting back on the amount of international aid money it is seeking to help Haiti because the response from donors has been disappointing so far this year. Comment.

This week’s Caribbean Life Newspapers are online

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

This week’s Caribbean Life Newspapers are online

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

Strengthen state oversight of fracking

Viewpoints: I first heard about fracking (the drilling of natural-gas wells using a method known as hydraulic fracturing) in 2009 when environmental advocates charged that natural-gas drilling could endanger New York City’s water resources. I lived in the city at that time, so the news that natural-gas drilling could threaten my drinking water was alarming. Comment.

Conservative Court upholds key provisions of the Affordable Care Act

Viewpoints: 2012_07_25_Moore_Affordable Care Act Op Ed Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 2 Days in New York (R for profanity, sexuality, drug use and brief nudity) Chris Rock and Julie Delpy co-star in this cross-cultural comedy as a couple cohabiting in Manhattan whose domestic bliss is destroyed when her father (Albert Delpy), sister (Alexia Landeau) and ex-boyfriend (Alexandre Nahon) arrive from France unexpectedly. With Kate Burton, Dylan Baker and Malinda Williams. (In English, French and Italian with subtitles) Comment.

A new take on picnic favorites

Food: Picnics are a perfect way to enjoy getting together with friends and family this summer. No matter what your destination - beach, park or just your backyard - there’s no need to settle for standard fare. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012

US names Jamaican as Champion of Change

Jamaica: The White House, along with the U.S. State Department and U.S. AID, on July 27 honored Jamaican-born Dr. Claire Nelson, founder and president of the Washington-based Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) as a Champion of Change. Comment.

Gayle shines again

Caribbean: West Indies batsman Chris Gayle regained his place as the team’s top rated batsman in ODIs after his string of good scores, which carried him up to ll places to 21st in the latest ICC Rankings. Comment.

Bring on the ‘well (un)regulated militia!’

National: We can probably assume that we’re on the way to inmate running the asylum, based on not one isolated nut case but input from multiple sources about how best that awful business in Colorado the other day could have been thwarted or minimized. The suggestion was advanced a few times by gun rights advocates that had the Aurora citizenry gathered in that ill-fated cinema been packing heat, an early takedown of the shooter would have likely spared the nation another episode of this gunfire- eruption grief it has so often had to endure . Comment.

Networking in the ‘Hub’ draws business owners, professionals

Long Island: Long Island has been long considered the Hub or epicenter of business. Recognizing this fact, small business owners around the region converged on Hempstead on Tuesday, July 24 in an effort to network and to develop strategies that would help them stimulate their own personal economic success. Comments (1).

LACKLUSTER GAME

Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012

Guyana’s opposition elects new leader

Guyana: A former army commander whose multiparty coalition group narrowly lost last November’s general elections, was early Monday elected to lead the country’s main opposition party officials said. Comment.

A career where food is love and an art

Food: Elle Phillipe had many jobs as an office manager after she emigrated from Haiti, more than two decades ago. Comments (1).

50 Years of Self Rule

End Bush extra tax cuts for top 2 percent

National: The U.S. House of Representatives will vote this week on proposals for dealing with the Bush-era tax cuts. This includes a proposal that passed the U.S. Senate last Wednesday [July 26] that will extend Bush-era income tax cuts for every American, but end extra breaks for the richest two percent (on take-home income beyond the first $250,000). As a small business owner – my wife and I own and operate an auto repair shop with a dozen employees – I’m all for this. Especially the part about ending extra breaks for the top two percent. Comment.

Evening of Jamaican Culture

Arts & Theater: The Jamaican Consulate General in New York, will host an evening of culture on Monday, August 6, 2012, at the Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn. The program will start at 6:00 p.m. in the theatre at the Bedford Avenue College Campus. Comment.

Vincy picnic gets bigger, better

St Vincent: The annual Vincy Unity Picnic at Brown’s Bay Provincial Park in the 1,000 Islands area in eastern Ontario, Canada, continues to burst at its seams, as thousands of nationals descended on the picturesque site on Saturday, July 21 for the massive extravaganza. Comment.

Call for raise to the U.S. minimum wage

People: The U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce supported the last increase in the federal minimum wage on July 2009 and we believe another raise is overdue. The business owners I talk with every day say that, far from hurting their businesses, raising the minimum wage in fact helps small businesses and the broader economy. Comment.

Tennis academy seeks youngsters

Sports: Sportimes owns several tennis centers in the metropolitan area, including one at Randalls Island. The center is also the home of New York Sportimes, one of eight franchises in the World Team Tennis League with four teams right from the northeast and east. It is also the venue of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy in the third year of existence. Comment.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Rex: Jamaica’s royal intellectual choreographer

Arts & Theater: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Comments (1).

Jamaica: In only six months of leadership, Prime Minister Portia Lucretia Simpson-Miller of Jamaica has elevated the island’s profile by attracting positive world attention and in the process gleaned accolades for the Caribbean. Comment.

Caribbean Maroons hope tourism can save culture

Suriname: CHARLES TOWN, Jamaica (AP) — In a backwoods town along a river cutting between green mountains, quick-footed men and women spin and stomp to the beat of drums. One dancer waving a knife is wrapped head-to-foot in leafy branches, his flashing eyes barely visible through the camouflage. Comment.

Jamaicans bolt to Olympics for gold & glory

Jamaica: Jamaicans led by Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller joined delegations representing athletes from 205 countries across the world to attend opening ceremonies of the 30th Olympiad in London, England. Comment.

‘HAITI COME TOGETHER!’

Haiti: From July 25 through Aug. 12, all kinds of performances and other family entertainment will take place at one of the many plazas of Lincoln Center, Manhattan as part of its Out of Doors series. Comment.

No horsing around with Usain Colt

Sports: Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man did not say nay to a horse named in his honor. As a matter of fact, on a visit to Jamaica last spring when Prince Harry showed a photo of four-legged, Usain Colt, Bolt may have responded with a “neigh.” Comment.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Exhibition of Fine Art at the NY Jamaica Consulate

Arts & Theater: Jamaican artist Michael Escoffery opened his portfolio of artwork recently with a colorful presentation now on display at the Jamaica Consulate. Comment.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Ghana’s president Mills dies at 68

People: Ghana’s President John Atta Mills died last Tuesday. 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.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

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).