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Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013

U.N. Climate Meet: ‘It’s About Survival’

Environment: WARSAW, Nov 13 2013 (IPS) - For the small island developing states of the Caribbean, there is nothing more important than the United Nations Climate Change Conference taking place here at the national stadium of Poland from Nov. 11-22. Comments (1)

Déjà Vu all over again for indebted Caribbean

Jamaica: UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 18, 2013 (IPS) - On May 23, shortly after wrapping up negotiations on the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) 958- million-dollar loan – its second in three years – to keep Jamaica out of default, the fund’s mission chief in the country, Jan Kees Martijn, set out to visit Croydon, a former plantation settlement in the mountainous northwest of the island. Comment

Salute to Caribbean achievers

People: Several honorees shed tears as emotions ran high at the inaugural Caribbean Life/ DiasporaDashboard.com 20 Under 40 Award Ceremony Thursday night, Nov. 14, at News Corp’s headquarters in midtown Manhattan at a tribute to 20 Caribbean honorees, many of whom could not withhold the emotions as they spoke about their struggles to overcome adversity on their journey towards success. Comment

38% drop in new HIV infections in NYC

New York: NEW YORK CITY (Nov. 14, 2013) – New York City was the epicenter of the birth of the AIDS crisis in 1981, and more than 25,000 people died from AIDS in the east coast metropolis in that decade alone, according to statistics from the state’s Department of Health. Organizations quickly banded together to begin offering access to testing, treatment, and assistance for those living with the virus, which all helped to control its spread. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013

Haitian Studies Association celebrates 25 years

Haiti: President of the Haitian Studies Association Claudine Michel welcomed over 250 scholars, researchers, organizers, activists, and practitioners to the annual conference, Nov. 7 - 9. This year’s conference was particularly sweet. Comment

Tips to avoid colds or flu this holiday season

Health: (StatePoint) The most wonderful time of the year is all about spending time with loved ones. But if doing so requires travel, be sure to take precautions to stay healthy. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Bettie Page Reveals All (R for pervasive graphic nudity and sexuality) Reverential retrospective recounting the meteoric rise and fall of Bettie Page (1923-2008), the scandalous Fifties pinup credited with launching America’s sexual revolution in the face of a Puritanical government witch hunt out to destroy her. Featuring commentary by Hugh Hefner, Perez Hilton and Mamie Van Doren. Comment

Monday, Nov. 18, 2013

Jamaica’s youth minister pleads to UNESCO

Jamaica: Jamaica’s Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna will be the special guest at the 19th Annual Scholarship Gala of the New York based Jamaican charity Children of Jamaica Outreach (COJO) Inc. Recently returned from Paris, France after addressing UNESCO’s conference where she lobbied for youth, the former beauty queen said. Comment

T&T PM awarded ‘Democracy Medal’

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has been awarded the 2013 “Democracy Medal” by the 46th World Conference of the International Association of Political Consultants in Antigua last week. Comment

‘Caribbean Wives’ a possible TV reality

Trinidad and Tobago: If at least one Caribbean wife has her way, a television series billed “Caribbean Wives of South Florida” will make its way into the homes of millions of Americans sooner than viewers can say “irie or yeh mon.” Comment

Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013

Caribbean RoundUp

St Vincent: Residents in Antigua & Barbuda hoping to fly Nevis this winter season might be disappointed to learn LIAT won’t be flying the route. Nevis Tourism Minister Mark Brantley, speaking to SKN Vibes, lamented the decision by LIAT to pull the service for the winter. LIAT will not fly to Nevis from Dec. 3 to Jan. 14, 2014. The airline will, however, continue to fly to St. Kitts. Comment

Friday, Nov. 15, 2013

Vincent HoSang gets Community Leadership Award

Manhattan: Renowned Caribbean Philanthropist and Business Leader, Dr. Vincent HoSang, OD, was honored recently with the prestigious Lehman College Community Leadership Award at their gala held at the New York Botanical Garden. Comment

Kings of Kings County

Jamaica: Dubbed, the Kings of Kings County Awards breakfast and ceremony at El Caribe County Club Caterers of Mill Basin, Brooklyn, 33 bankers, realtors, businessmen, management and business executives, community leaders, lawyers, doctors and publishers were honored at the Nov.7 event. Among the 33 recipients of this 3rd annual event were Barbadian descendant Charles A. Archer, Guyanese Dr. Stephen Samuel Carryl and Jamaican Trevor Romans. Comment

Haitian identity discussed at NYU

Diaspora in Dialogue: A Haitian Identity Symposium held at NYU last month attracted a varied assemblage of panelists of all ages, from varied disciplines sharing their perspectives on the subject of identity. Held at the Center for Latin America and Caribbean Studies and co-presented with Haiti Cultural Exchange, the day-long conversation engaged scholars, artists, and activists. Comment

Possible charge for Barbados media house

Barbados: Two Barbados teenagers, facing charges of filming and distributing indecent images of a boy and girl having sex in a classroom, have been placed on US$5,000 bail each in an issue that may implicate others - including a leading media house. Comment

Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013

Breaking Into The Business

Jamaica: When Robert Crewe was making his decision to switch from Psychology to Graphic Design, Jan Clarke (now Crewe) turned her interests away from Physical Therapy to English. Comment

SLAVERY LAWSUIT A NO-GO

People: A British minister whose portfolio includes the Caribbean and who quite bluntly said that London has no intention of paying reparations for the horrors of slavery has attracted stinging criticism from academics and politicians in the region especially so because he made what is regarded as highly insensitive remarks on Caribbean soil. Comment

US probes offshore bank accounts

Caribbean: United States district court in New York has authorized the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to issue summonses for U.S. taxpayers records with Offshore Bank accounts in the Caribbean. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Queens: Caregiving summit: Join New York City Partnership for Family Caregiving Corps in raising awareness and identifing resources for corportations and people facing many issues in caregiving. The summit will be held at the New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Ave., New York, NY. The program is from 8:30 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. followed by questions and answers. This event is open to the public. Come and enjoy breakfast, lunch, and coffee compliements of EmblemHealth. Registration is required and can be made by visiting http://www.nyam.org/events/2013/2013-11-13.html or by emailing corporatecaregivers@emblemhealth.com. Comment

Reunited BFFs romance and reminisce

Movies: “The Best Man Holiday” Comment

Brooklyn has miracle season

Brooklyn: In only its second year as a college program, the Brooklyn College Women’s Soccer team won the CUNYAC (City University of New York Athletic Conference) championship by defeating the No. 1 seed College of Staten Island, 3-1, at Brooklyn College Field on Saturday, Nov. 9. The Bulldogs are the first Brooklyn College soccer team to capture a CUNYAC Championship and earn a berth in the upcoming NCAA Division III Tournament. The Bulldogs (15-3) will travel to Baltimore on Saturday, Nov. 16 to play No. 5 nationally-ranked Johns Hopkins University (18-1-1) Comment

Windies cricket needs a comprehensive study

Caribbean: The frustration among lovers of West Indies cricket continues. In spite of the West Indies winning the Twenty20 ICC tournament and defeating some countries in the lower standing in the Test cricket rankings, the team has been inconsistent. Comment

MARTIN SHINES ON OFFENSE

Sports: It’s another college basketball season with most of the better teams having the one goal in common and on their mind-that is, going deep into the NCAA Tournament, whether it be Division I, II, or III. And maybe even the Final Four. Comment

DANCEHALL ON ‘FIYAH’

FIYAH a dancehall production by Jessica Phoenix premiered for the first time in Brooklyn on Friday, Nov. 8 and Nov. 9 at The Roulette Theater in Brooklyn. Ms. Phoenix, along with her co-choreographers Blacka di Danca and Yaminah Legohn, all seasoned veteran dancers of today’s dancehall culture, managed to put together a production that was fiery, entertaining and full of energy. Comment

Solo African dance tribute

651 Arts presented the New York premiere of “Exit/Exist,” a solo dance concert choreographed and conceived by the renowned South African dancer, choreographer, and director, Gregory Maqoma, performed with his company Vuyani Dance Theatre and presented at LIU, Kimble Theatre on Nov. 1 and 2, while on tour of several countries and cities around the world. His USA Tour began on Oct. 13 to Nov. 10, 2013 and he will return next year from June 25-30. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013

Caribbean RounUp

Trinidad and Tobago: A call by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) for joint marketing of the region has received support from President of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Richard Doumeng. CTO Chairman Beverly Nicholson-Doty chided member countries for being slow to implement the brand Caribbean strategy. Comment

Little Change in Customer Satisfaction Since Sandy- MTA

People: Surveys show there has been little change in customer satisfaction from the previous year on New York City subways and buses, LIRR, Metro-North and MTA Bridges and Tunnels since Superstorm Sandy. Comment

World ready for climate change: UN official

People: A call for a new agreement to cut climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions was seen as a pivotal point in the negotiating process at a UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw, Poland on Nov. 11, made all the more urgent by the devastation in the Philippines from Typhoon Haiyan. Comment

Plant to help Haiti’s peanut farmers opens

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The nonprofit group of public health pioneer Dr. Paul Farmer and a health care company have teamed up to open a factory to produce a nutritional supplement in the heart of Haiti. Comment

Serving up a healthy dose of soursop to expats

Guyana: Guyana-based farmer Damion DaSilva is sitting on a gold mind of good health. The entrepreneur and his wife Nalini discovered the wellness benefits the Soursop fruit has to offer while serving up the flavored ice cream at their “Nicky’s Natural Fruit Juices” bar in the capital city. Comments (5)

Mining takes a bite out of Guyana’s Amazon

Guyana: GEORGETOWN, Nov 11, 2013 (IPS) - Guyana is engaged in a balancing act to save its rainforest, regarded as a living treasure, from the destructive activities of miners digging their way to another kind of treasure buried beneath this fragile ecosystem. Comment

Squandering the moral authority to govern

Trinidad and Tobago: The prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, recently invoked some pretty big political names of global renown in a strained effort to draw an analogy with the quicksand in which she and her government seem to be mired. The names of Bill Clinton and England’s Tony Blair were among those referenced as political figures who, Bissessar contended, headed governments that experienced mid-point rejection similar to what she has encountered. The prime minister asserted that the bounce-back capability of leaders like Clinton and Blair was nothing she could not herself duplicate. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013

Jamaica opposition leader fends off challenge

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — The leader of Jamaica’s main opposition party fended off a leadership challenge Sunday from a top deputy who waged an aggressive two-month campaign. Comment

Williams calls for end to senseless gun violence

Brooklyn: BROOKLYN, NY- Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn), co-chair of the Council’s Task Force to Combat Gun Violence, issued the following statement today after separate shooting incidents occurred this weekend in Manhattan and Brooklyn that lead to several deaths and injuries. Comment

Women: Could your pain be fibromyalgia?

Health: (StatePoint) With its confusing overlap of symptoms, fibromyalgia syndrome (FM) can be a nightmare for the five million Americans -- 90 percent of them women -- who suffer from it. Comment

Monday, Nov. 11, 2013

Caribbean business learn from Japanese firms

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says Caribbean and Latin American (LAC) companies have learned trade and investment opportunities and shared knowledge with “innovative” Japanese firms. Comment

Fantasia fantastic ‘After Midnight’

Music: Fantasia Barrino returned to Broadway to reprise a quartet of classic standards that amplify Harlem’s indelible signature on America’s music legacy in the musical “After Midnight.” Comment

Martinique hosts Carib Energy Conference

Caribbean: Martinique was able to highlight some of its accomplishments in the field of renewable energy by hosting the first Caribbean conference on energy transition (CTEC 2013). Comment

PNM in four-peat run in Trinidad

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad & Tobago’s opposition People’s National Movement (PNM) is on a roll and gaining momentum; capturing last week’s St. Joseph by-election in a tight race with Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s ruling United National Congress (UNC). Comment

Jamaican athletes up for top international titles

Jamaica: Jamaica’s Olympic champions Usain Bolt and Shelly Fraser Pryce are up for the top male and female athletes of the year and are the only finalists from the Caribbean among those vying to be named International Athletics Association Foundation Male and Female World Athlete of the Year. Comment

Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013

New York bred comes home

People: During the past off season, the New York Knicks engineered some moves to strengthen themselves both offensively and defensively. One of their transactions was to bring back to New York City area Metta World Peace, a 6’7” forward who could do almost anything on the court, including score from three-point range. The Knicks signed him as a free agent. He had always wanted to don a Knick uniform. Now he has his chance. Comment

Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013

Managing your Diabetes

Health: A total of 25.8 million children and adults in the United States—8.3 percent of the population—have diabetes, according to 2011 statistics from The American Diabetes Association. Comment

New B’klyn Program with Obamacare rollout

Brooklyn: As we celebrate our 25th year of service to the community, Brooklyn Perinatal Network (BPN) is proud to announce that as of October 1, we officially began our new work on this program. As a lead agency, receiving the maximum borough level funding to serve Brooklynites, it has been an exciting month initiating enrollment for families. We are one of 50+ New York State grant awardees now serving as “In-Person Assistors (IPA)/Navigators” for the New York State of Health – “The Official Health Plan Marketplace”. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

12-12-12 (R for sexuality, nudity, profanity and violence) Satanic possession horror flick about a demonic baby born on 12-12-12 (Double 6-6-6, get it?) who proceeds to murder everyone in his midst. With Sara Malakul Lane, Samantha Stewart and Jesus Guevara. Comment

Friday, Nov. 8, 2013

Ticking DR time bomb

Haiti: A major Washington-based think tank has warned that a recent court ruling stripping citizenship from Dominicans of Haitian descent has turned the Dominican Republic into a “ticking time bomb.” Comments (1)

Vincentian pastor publishes first book

Books: After living abroad for 35 years, a prominent Vincentian pastor in Brooklyn has published his first book as he prepares to return to his homeland to spend his “Golden Years.” Comment

Reggae Culture Salute - An overwhelming success

Music: Saturday’s staging of the ninth annual Reggae Culture Salute at Nazareth High School was an overwhelming success. A patron commented that, “I had a grand time on Saturday. The ‘Pre-ordered’ vibes were just right. The music was divine, the food delicious and the performances stellar.” Comment

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013

Black History-making in NY

Haiti: The first Tuesday this month will be recorded with political pioneering nostalgia as significant accomplishments for African-Americans and significantly in the borough of Brooklyn re-wrote history and championed victories for the Black race. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Queens: emergency preparedness workshop: Learn about best practices, tools, and resources to address issues relating to emergency preparedness and resiliency, highlight some of GBHC’s member agencies; and network with local community leaders and GBHC member agencies. Brooklyn Borough Hall courtroom, 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn, NY 11201. Comment

Dynamic Dancehall

Fiyah Productions, LLC premieres its first Dancehall theater production “FIYAH!,” in New York City at the Roulette Theater in Brooklyn, New York on Nov. 8 and Nov. 9, 2013. Comment

India’s Virat Kohli leads ICC Rankings

Sports: India’s star batsman Virat Kohli who recently ended the one-day series against Australia with 344 runs with three centuries and two half centuries is now ranked the number one-day international batsman in the world. The 24-yr-old averaged 114.66 in the just completed series with Australia. Comment

Some bothersome irritants for Hizzoner’s attention

People: By the time this is being read, New York’s voters would have done their civic duty and, unless all the pollsters for the mayoral race came out of the 2012 Romney camp, Bill De Blasio would have been elected the next mayor. It obviously requires no great leap of faith, even before the voting, to direct to De Blasio, as incoming mayor, a few primarily quality-of-life concerns that, though not markedly diminishing the city’s cachet would, if addressed, fill us with that wee bit greater pride in this place we love. Comment

Amerijet fills shoeboxes with Christmas gifts

People: Global cargo transportation provider Amerijet International, Inc. is partnering with Samaritan’s Purse by packing gift-filled shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Since 1993, Samaritan’s Purse has been providing shoebox gifts to more than 100 million children in over 130 countries. Amerijet’s shoeboxes of hope are a unique opportunity for its family of employees and agents to come together and experience the great joy of providing toys, school supplies and other gifts for children this Christmas. Comment

PETKE LEADS RED BULLS

Sports: The New York Red Bulls (17-9-8, 59 pts.) had a remarkable season by winning its first MLS Supporters’ Shield and finishing atop the Eastern Conference with home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. With names such as former French international Thierry Henry, Australian World Cupper Tim Cahill and stalwart Colombian defender and MLS veteran Jamison Olave in its line-up, it was easy to look among the stars for the catalyst, but not this time. The true force behind the successful 2013 New York Red Bulls is the unlikely hero and first-year head coach, Mike Petke. Comment

WICB retainer contracts

Sports: President of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Dave Cameron, has announced that some 60 players are to receive retainer contracts in the New Year. Comment

‘MOTHER-IN-LAW’ DRAMA

Arts & Theater: The thin line between joy and pain will be gloriously erased in an explosion of laughter on Nov. 16 at 8:00 p.m. and Nov. 17 at 6:00 p.m., when “Mother-in-Law,” a comedy by Nandi Keyi, starring Susan Kennedy comes to the stage of Mahalia Jackson Campus, 790 East New York Ave., in Brooklyn, New York. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013

Brazilian court orders Misic’s extradition

People: The Brazilian Supreme Court recently ordered the extradition of former Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) premier Michael Misick who is facing corruption related charges in the British Overseas Territory. Comment

Dominica marks its 35th Independence Anniversary

Dominica: As Dominica on Sunday celebrated its 35th year of political independence from Great Britain, the United States says both countries are united through “shared commitment to democracy, peace and development.” Comment

Student protests greet US officials on Haiti visit

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A loud and smoky protest has accompanied U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s meeting with the president of Haiti in the capital of the impoverished nation. Comment

The life of a complicated comedy genius

Books: “Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him” by David Henry & Joe Henry Comment

Whodunit crime drama south of the border

Movies: Bernice Stokes (Lisa Gay Hamilton) is a parole officer in Los Angeles where her job routinely places her in close proximity with the dregs of society. She normally has no reason to associate with such miscreants after hours, being very straitlaced and coming from a solid, middle class background. Comment

DOC NYC brings various subjects and settings

Movies: This is only the fourth year of DOC NYC, New York’s documentary film festival that is bringing more than 50 New York and World Premieres, as well as a series of shorts and midnight screenings to the documentary-loving public. The festival runs from Nov. 14 to Nov. 21 in Manhattan. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Regional governments have been told to heighten online security measures due to increasing attacks by cyber-criminals. According to the chief executive officer for the Caribbean Cyber Security Centre, James Bynoe, attacks by cyber-criminals will be a major problem for the region due to the increasing skill of hackers and the growing resources available to use in committing cyber-crimes. Comment

Jamaica minister gives update on port proposal

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A Jamaican official says a study has reviewed the natural resources of the island’s largest protected area as the government advances plans for a possible Chinese-financed port in the zone. Comment

Brooklyn designers rock Guyana Fashion Week

Fashion: One year ago, Hurricane Sandy washed away a Far Rockaway showroom of well-crafted dancehall attire, and expensive sewing equipment, once owned by Brooklyn Fashion Designer Horace “Goldteeth” Carter, threatening the livelihood of the skilled professional. Comment

Community rallies against ‘Shop and Frisk’

As the holiday season fast approaches and all retailers hope to appear as attractive as possible to shoppers, Barney’s New York and Macy’s are dealing with accusations of racial profiling of customers of color, be they from the United States, the Caribbean or elsewhere. Comment

Monday, Nov. 4, 2013

In Brooklyn Garvey Jr. echoes ‘Aim’ of his father

Jamaica: Much has been written about the Harlem connection between Jamaica’s national hero Marcus Mosiah Garvey and his global reach throughout the world. Comment

Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013

In Haiti, cholera claims new victims daily

Haiti: UNITED NATIONS/PORT-AU-PRINCE, Oct 31, 2013 (IPS) - Some 2,400 kilometres from New York City, where victims of Haiti’s cholera epidemic are suing the United Nations in a U.S. federal court, the disease continues to burn through the populace with no end in sight. Comment

Spanish hotel mogul chides Jamaica’s red-tape

People: For the second time in a week, the Jamaican government was rebuked for impeding investment in the nation with a preponderance of red-tape and bureaucracy. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Armstrong Lie (R for profanity) Doping expose’ chronicling the rise and fall of cycling cheat and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong. Featuring commentary by Frankie Andreu, Daniel Coyle and Phil Liggett. Ass Backwards (Unrated) Late bloomer comedy about a couple of lifelong BFFs (Casey Wilson and June Diane Raphael) living in NYC who decide at around 30 to return to their hometown to re-enter the kiddie beauty pageant in which they tied for last place as children. With Alicia Silverstone, Jon Cryer and Bob Odenkirk. Comment

Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013

Questionable Stop ‘n’ Frisk Verdict

Brooklyn: In this country, being right on an issue has never meant an easy win. Comment

Yellowman returns to Queens

Music: It’s been more than a minute since the king of dancehall reggae stopped into the Big Apple. Comment

Friday, Nov. 1, 2013

Rally to protest ‘Shop and Frisk’

Manhattan: On Fri., Nov. 1, at 5:30 p.m., Bronx Assemblymember Luis Sepulveda will sponsor a “Shop and Frisk” Rally in front of Macy’s in Parkchester to shine a light on the problem of racial profiling of department store customers. Comment

The Affordable  Care Act

National: Today, more than 3 out of every 4 Americans get insurance from an employer, Medicare, Medicaid, or the Veterans Benefits Administration. Americans who purchase insurance on their own, however, generally buy coverage in the individual insurance market. Comment

LAMB OF GOD RIDDIMS

Music: The word of God in all forms, including music, can uplift and provoke positive change. This is the firm belief of a Trinidad and Tobago-based production outfit whose effort to deliver ‘‘only the best”, has seen them release a gospel rhythm dubbed, “The Lamb of God Riddim.” Comment

Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013

‘OVERDUE CARICOM UPGRADE’

People: A Caribbean trade bloc team soliciting public opinion across the region about improving governance in the community this week revealed that there’s an overwhelming yearning for a super-national body to replace the moribund Guyana-based administrative secretariat and for leaders to cede some of their powers to the replacement body to help it better make and implement decisions. Comment

Unpaid homecare as rights abuse

People: A United Nations independent expert has called on the Caribbean and the global community in general to recognize women’s unpaid care work in the home as a “major human rights issue.” Comment

CSA Black Caucus honors legendary school leaders

The state of public education in New York City is at a crossroad. There is much political and private debate about what should be done about the Common Core Standards, Testing, Charter Schools, Co-Location Schools and Mayoral control of education. The issue about what is wrong with public education seems never ending, but on Saturday, Oct. 26, to highlight what is right, the NYC school system, Black Caucus of the Council of Supervisors and Administrators( CSA), honored legendary school leaders at a luncheon held at the Restoration Corporation Skylight Gallery in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Comment

Etana to headline Reggae show

Music: Songstress Etana, “The Strong One” will headline the ninth annual staging of the Reggae Culture Salute (RCS) celebration scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 2 at Nazareth Regional High School, 475 E. 57th St., Brooklyn, NY 11203 at 8:00 p.m. Comment

A Diwali Celebration in Queens

Queens District Leader Uma Sengupta hosted a Diwali Celebration recently at the World Fair Marina Restaurant in Queens. Comment

Guyanese scholars seek common ground

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013

US REACHES OUT TO SVG

St Vincent: As St. Vincent and the Grenadines celebrates its 34th anniversary of political independence from Great Britain, the United States says it wants to deepen its “strong relationship” with Kingstown. Comment

Three countries lead Caribbean in improving business climate

Trinidad and Tobago: A new World Bank report finds that three countries are leading the Caribbean in improving business climate. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Queens: Performing arts: New York Theatre Ballet presents “Dance on a Shoestring “at The Dance Gallery, 30 East 31st Street, 5th Floor, NYC. Performances are on Friday, Nov. 1 at 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 2 at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 on Friday and $30 for children and $20 for adults on Saturday, and are available online at www.nytb.org, or at the door on the day of the show. The ticket price on Saturday includes a Halloween party following the performance with games, activities, meet and greet with the dancers and sweets. First come, first served. Call 212-679-0401 to reserve tickets. Reservations are recommended. For more information, contact New York Theatre Ballet at 212-679-0401. Comment

Civil leaders rally for immigration reform

Nearly 100 New Yorkers rallied outside the Varick St. Detention Center today, chanting, “The time for immigration reform is now!” Waving signs, demonstrators protested the continued daily deportation of 1,100 people while House leaders sit idly by, refusing to move an immigration reform bill with a path to citizenship to the floor for a vote. Comment

Caribbean looks to the sky for water security

Trinidad and Tobago: PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Oct 27, 2013 (IPS) - A centuries-old system for ensuring water security is making a comeback in the Caribbean. Comment

Haiti business expo set for Haiti & Washington, DC

Haiti: The Haiti Renewal Alliance’s 5th Business Investment Expo & Conference will expand to Port au Prince to connect potential investors directly with Haiti’s private sector, in addition to the annual gathering in Washington, DC next year. Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013

Medical innovations could make diabetes management easier

Health: (StatePoint) Most people don’t think about their sugar intake, insulin and blood glucose levels, but for those with diabetes, these are aspects of everyday life. There are more than 24 million people in the United States living with the disease, according to the American Diabetes Association, and this number is on the rise. For these individuals, managing the disease can be a stressful, time-consuming and even painful process. Comment

SHIELD’ PARTY

Sports: Give them a party and they’ll make you a celebrity! Judging from the noise from the 25, 219 party goers at the sold-out Red Bull Arena on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 27, you’d think that New York Red Bulls coach Mike Petke was the life of the party, that the ex-Red Bulls defender had suited up for the game; they chanted his name because the first-year coach led the team to a 5-2 win over the Chicago Fire and its first major title - the 2013 Supporters’ Shield that goes to the team with the best MLS regular season record. Comment

Crime thriller manages to miss the mark

Movies: “The Counselor” Comment

Joseph shines in two meets

Sports: Ronald Joseph, who was never on a high school track team, started to compete and run after his schoolboy days were over and is now trying to make a name for himself in various road races at different distances. Sometimes he would compete in two races on consecutive days during one weekend. Comments (1)

Atlanta’s handsome black mayor’s dilemma

Books: “His Third Wife” by Grace Octavia Comment

Monday, Oct. 28, 2013

Caribbean RoundUp

The government of Antigua and Barbuda recently partnered with Bright Path Foundation, a non-profit organization specializing in technology training, to host a mobile app development workshop at the new Government Assisted Technology Endeavour (Gate) ICT Cadet Training Facility in St. John’s. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013

WADA to send inspection team to Jamaica next week

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — After attempts by Jamaica’s anti-doping commission to delay an inquiry, a team from the World Anti-Doping Agency is scheduled to visit the island next week to begin a special audit of the sprinting powerhouse’s drug testing regime. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013

Vincentians Celebrate 34th Anniversary of Independence

St Vincent: Last weekend at an Ecumenical Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Flatbush, Brooklyn, Vincentians kicked off celebrations to mark the country’s 34th Anniversary of Independence on Oct. 27. Comment