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Monday, Dec. 30, 2013

Taste test stymies climate-resistant crops

Trinidad and Tobago: CARONI, Trinidad, Dec 22, 2013 (IPS) - Ramdeo Boondoo, a root crop farmer in Caroni, Trinidad, understands better than most the challenge of developing crops that are both climate resilient and marketable. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013

AMIRI BARAKA

Music: “Blues People: Negro Music in White America” by LeRoi Jones was published by the William Morrow Company in 1963, although Jones completed the book in 1961. Comments (1)

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Filing a petition for your parents

Immigration: As a U.S. citizen who is at least 21 years old, you can petition for your parents (mother or father) to live in the United States as green card holders. Comment

The Alice-in-Wonderland Follies

Arts & Theater: “The Alice-in-Wonderland Follies” choreographed by Keith Michael at New York City’s Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th St., New York City will be held on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Comment

Friday, Dec. 27, 2013

Caribbean hunger plan

Venezuela: The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says a group of South American and Caribbean countries have adopted a common plan of action to eradicate hunger and poverty, designed with FAO support. Comment

Memory & Identity in Black America

Books: You’ve always prided yourself on being a good storyteller. Comment

‘American Promise’

Movies: On Feb 3, “American Promise” airs on TV, part of PBS’s Point of View-POV series. For 14 years, the documentary film follows two Brooklyn boys, from kindergarten at the elite Dalton School in Manhattan and on. (One of the subjects, Idris, is the filmmakers’ son.) Comment

Adios! to last NY Black radio station

Brooklyn: Once upon a time, Black radio listeners locked in 1600 -- the last frequency on the AM dial – in order to hear music, news and the latest in cultural entertainment broadcasting from WWRL. Comments (1)

Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013

Brooklyn at the Helm!

Make realistic resolutions to lose weight

Health: (StatePoint) Millions of Americans resolve to lose weight and commit to healthful eating at the beginning of each year, but many resolutions are notoriously broken. Why? Many registered dietitian nutritionists say that fad diets are partly to blame. Comment

Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013

New York Arise!

People: Out of our history of 1665 Comment

DR act reeks of ethnic cleasing

Haiti: GREAT BAY/MARIGOT, St. Martin (Dec. 8, 2013)—St. Martin author Lasana M. Sekou has called on Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and President Aline Hanson, to “officially and publicly condemn the Dominican Republic Constitutional Court decision of September 13, 2013 (Sentencia TC/0168/13), which threatens to strip the citizenship status from at least a quarter of a million of its citizens, leaving them stateless based on the color of their skin—as Black men, women, and children—and their heritage origins.” Comment

Guyana seeks help to protect its parks

Guyana: GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Guyana is seeking help from experts in Florida to help the South American country properly manage and develop its vast system of national parks. Comment

Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013

TRINIDAD OIL-SPILL MYSTERY

Trinidad and Tobago: PORT OF SPAIN, Dec 23, 2013 (IPS) - Whether it is a case of sabotage or simply poor management practices by the state-owned PETROTRIN, as the union claims, a mysterious oil spill in south Trinidad is wreaking havoc on homes and wildlife in the area. Comment

New Adult Day Services in Flatbush

Brooklyn: Another care-giving center has opened in Flatbush. Comment

Tree lighting on Lenox Road

Brooklyn: On Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, the Lenox Road Block Association Alliance (LRBAA) hosted ‘Lights on Lenox,’ the first community holiday tree lighting on Lenox Road, and the beginning of what we hope to make an annual event. Comment

Appoint Denesh Ramdin as West Indies captain

Caribbean: West Indies wicketkeeper/batsman Denesh Ramdin has the capabilities of leading the West Indies team after being vice captain for the longest haul and captaining the Trinidad and Tobago team on numerous occasions. These opportunities have given him the experience needed to take up such a position. Comment

Nassau’s Winter Athletic Season

Over past years, one of the top distance runners to come out of Westbury High School and the entire Long Island was Owen Skeete, who dominated the long distance events. Skeete had a unique style of running – to go out fast, open a huge lead, hopefully not ‘die’ and hold on or easily get the victory. He holds every distance record at Westbury. Comment

Monday, Dec. 23, 2013

Trinidad’s fight against crime

Trinidad and Tobago: Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar says her coalition People’s Partnership government is committed to the fight against crime, as Trinidad and Tobago recorded yet there more murders, pushing the toll so far this year to 376. Comments (1)

Father, Son bond during nostalgic road trip

Movies: “Nebraska” Comment

NGUZO SABA

Umoja (Unity) – To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race. Comment

Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013

Proud to be anti-government crusaders

Viewpoints: There appears to be enough of a consensus built for referring to the more reactionary, obstructionist element among Republican members of Congress as “anti-government.” Comment

Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013

Sandals Holiday Treat for Kids

St Lucia: MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA (December 20, 2012) – The Sandals Foundation – the philanthropic arm of Sandals Resorts International – through its annual toy drive and holiday treats, made it a merry Christmas for 12,500 children this year across the Caribbean. Comment

The Bedford Academy:

People: Founder & former principal of Bedford Academy George E. Leonard congratulates Bedford Academy for its continued success. On Dec. 3, Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited Bedford Academy and praised the Bedford Model. Comment

West Indies off-spiners in trouble

Caribbean: West Indies off-spinner Shane Shillingford has been suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after his bowling action was found illegal. Comment

Friday, Dec. 20, 2013

US-Guyana clean-up project finally on track

Guyana: Frustrated by garbage pile-ups around the Guyana capital, flooded streets after normal levels of rainfall and a municipal system that barely works, the U.S. government has set-aside a grant to strengthen democracy at the local and grassroots levels, but Guyana authorities have all but stopped short of accusing Washington of moving to destabilize the administration, as the project finally got under way. Comments (4)

Caribbean RoundUp

St Lucia: The United Nations says growth in the economies of Latin America and the Caribbean will pick up pace in 2014 on an improved global outlook that will help increase demand for exports. Comment

Self-employment on the rise in the Caribbean

Caribbean: The World Bank says while self-employment is on the rise in the Caribbean, quality jobs remain elusive. Comment

CARICOM Consular Corps share Christmas joy

Trinidad and Tobago: A beautifully decorated Christmas tree illuminated the front area of the Jamaican Consulate in Manhattan recently, where nationals greeted each other with joy and goodwill at the annual Caricom Consular Corps reception, hosted by Barbados Consulate General Lennox Price. Comment

New Yorkers praise Madiba

Africa: The voices of New Yorkers added to those of multitudes around the world during a service of thanksgiving for the life of former South African President Nelson Mandela who died Dec. 5 at age 95. Comment

Jamaica’s Tessanne Chin wins NBC-TV’S ‘The Voice’

Music: Jamaica’s Tessanne Chin beat out some of the nation’s best singers who vied for “The Voice” throughout a season where voters called in the most talented contestant to NBC-TV. Comments (2)

Randall: Christmas is a time to remember

Viewpoints: This morning I heard myself singing, “Deep in December it’s nice to remember.” That’s from a song in “The Fantasticks,” a musical I never saw and don’t care to recall. It was stuck on replay in my head the way some songs seem to get stuck there. Don’t ask me why. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Invisible Woman (PG-13 for sexuality, mature themes and brief violence) Historical drama revolving around Charles Dickens’ (Ralph Fiennes) clandestine relationship with the mistress (Felicity Jones) he kept hidden from the height of his career until his death. With Kristin Scott Thomas, Michelle Fairely and Tom Hollander. Comment

Bolt, Fraser-Pryce headline RJR sport list

Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce headline the list of nominees for the 2013 RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards. Comment

Kwanzaa Celebration in New Jersey

Music: On Saturday, Dec. 14 New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) held its all-day Kwanzaa Celebration. The program consisted of a Children’s Festival, a Kwanzaa Market Place, a Tribute to the Elders with a full Kwanzaa mazao buffet spread for all to partake, and a performance by Forces of Nature Dance Theatre. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013

BAJAN FISCAL CRISIS

Barbados: Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart put on an extremely brave face and toughed the criticism out when he took to the airwaves in Barbados in the past week to announce plans by his increasingly unpopular administration to lay off 3,000 civil servants by March of next year. Comment

Reporter’s Notebook: Memories of My Hero – Madiba

People: Those of us who worked for the Black press in 1990 will not soon forget the visit of Nelson and Winnie Mandela to New York City four months after the freedom-fighter’s release from a 27-year confinement in the brutal South African prisons. Comment

TEST FOR USA

Sports: The 2014 FIFA World Cup draw on Friday, Dec. 6 posed serious challenges for the four CONCACAF teams that will play in Brazil come June 12. The 32 teams were placed in eight groups of four for their preliminary games, from which the two best from each of the groups will move to the second round, the start of the single defeat exit stage. Comment

Gibson and Sammy must get the boot

Caribbean: West Indies head coach Ottis Gibson and Test captain Darren Sammy must be relieved of their positions after the disastrous performance of the West Indies cricket team in India recently. Comment

FDU shines in season opener

Sports: Jasper Savoy, Lloyd Morris, Marquis Robinson, Montaniz Stills, Kazeem Otus, Darrel Gooding, and Moquiez Headly all placed among the top five runners in the individual 2013 Season Opener meet at Fordham University. All compete for the Fairleigh Dickinson University track and field team and shined on the indoor track in The Bronx. Comment

Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013

Jamaican reggae singer wins ‘The Voice’

Music: Jamaicans everywhere were in ecstasy when reggae singer Tessanne Chin on Tuesday night was declared the winner of the fifth season of NBC TV’s “The Voice”. Comment

Bring The Sting

Bleak picture of Barbados economy

Barbados: As the Barbados government on Dec. 13 announced plans to lay off 3,000 public sector employees and cut the salaries of high-ranking government officials, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has painted a very bleak picture of the island’s economy. Comment

Let’s stop buying and giving things that people don’t want or need

Some celebrate Christmas, some Hanukkah and some Kwanzaa, but to me the coming holiday time is potlatch season, and it’s starting earlier every year. Comment

Abandoning debt to Newtown isn’t an option

Viewpoints: Quite understandably, the Newtown, CT folks who had such unspeakable horror visited upon them one year ago last Saturday requested that the public respect their choosing to have their privacy a foremost consideration as they marked the anniversary. Heaven knows that in the time since that dark day’s events unfolded at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the people of Newtown, and especially those families directly impacted by the violence, have been nothing if not supreme exemplars of grace in the face of unimaginable heartbreak. Even as it has borne its grief, Newtown has summoned the strength to confront the core evil that delivered last December’s blast of notoriety – a gun culture in this country that defies logical explanation. Comments (1)

Former consul launches ‘Jamaicans: Children Of God’

Books: Jamaicans poured into the Manhattan address of their nation’s consular to meet, greet and herald Dr. Basil K. Bryan who returned to New York City with a 550-page discography titled “Jamaicans: Children of God In The Promised Land.” Comment

Matadors to rock New Year’s Eve bash

Brooklyn: The polished, reassuring sound of Lambert and the Matadors, the most enduring and renowned Caribbean orchestra in the Greater New York area, will be spicing up the celebratory mood in this year’s Gala New Year’s Eve Ball to be presented at the elegant Tropical Paradise Ballroom in Brooklyn. It will be the fifth consecutive year that the management of Tropical Paradise will be hosting a New Year’s Eve bash. Comment

Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013

Make room for MonCherie

Music: New Caribbean R&B/pop singer, MonCherie, has been building anticipation for the release of the official music video for her first single, “No Santa.” Now, the wait is finally over, and the tune which adds a sexy, Caribbean twist to Christmas songs, has been unveiled for the world to see. Viewers can watch the video on her official website, Moncheriemusic.com and on YouTube. Comment

Jamaican suspect nabbed in lottery scam probe

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaican authorities have arrested a man suspected of involvement in the island’s lottery scam. Comment

‘We in the Caribbean are living climate change’

St Lucia: MOCHO, Jamaica, Dec 10, 2013 (IPS) - The Mocho Mountains that run through the centre of Jamaica were once covered by lush tropical forests that helped control rainfall. Now, much of the forests and farmlands have been destroyed and the community is hard hit by the resultant extreme weather. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Queens: Obama Care: DO YOU KNOW… If you qualify for a plan on the New York Health Benefit Exchange?, If you qualify for financial help on the exchange? The health coverage options available to you? and Get the facts on health care reform and what it means for you and your family. Join EmbleHealth and gets all your questions answers from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Each event is open to the public and is being held at 206-20 Linden Blvd., Cambria Heights, Queens. Please RSVP by calling (646)476-1294. Comment

We can’t build a strong economy on a weak base

Let’s bring the spirit of Christmas to Congress. The last time the minimum wage went up was in 2009, and, as the owner of a Christmas tree farm and other businesses, I think it’s time for another raise. Comment

Common gastrointestinal symptoms

Health: (StatePoint) Frequent and bothersome gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms are more common than you may think. While estimates may vary, five percent to 15 percent of adults in the United States may be affected by chronic GI conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C) or chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC). Comment

Sun Kulcha

Queens: Obama Care: DO YOU KNOW… If you qualify for a plan on the New York Health Benefit Exchange?, If you qualify for financial help on the exchange? The health coverage options available to you? and Get the facts on health care reform and what it means for you and your family. Join EmbleHealth and gets all your questions answers from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Each event is open to the public and is being held at 206-20 Linden Blvd., Cambria Heights, Queens. Please RSVP by calling (646)476-1294. Comment

What to ask your doctor about skin cancer

Health: (StatePoint) While skin cancer is highly prevalent and incidence rates are rising, it also remains one most treatable types of cancer. But you need to remain vigilant about your skin and share any changes or concerns with your doctor before they become bigger problems. Comment

Four Grammy nods for Jamaicans

Music: Jamaica’s reggae recorders are once again within ear-shot of voters deciding the only music category dedicated to the English Caribbean-derived genre. With four of the five nominations – Beres Hammond, Sizzla, Ziggy Marley, Sly and Robbie & the Jam Masters – familiar to local radio playlists on the island, the 2013 achievers depart from previous years which heavily favored works made popular outside the nation. Comment

Flatbush Ave BID hires new executive director

Brooklyn: After a lengthy search, the BID hired Lauren Elvers Collins, executive director of the adjacent Church Avenue Business Improvement District, as the Flatbush Avenue BID’s new executive director. Lauren will manage both BIDs and will bring the benefit of overlapping programs, cost efficiencies, and economies of scale, while keeping the two BIDs as separate entities. Each BID will continue to be overseen by their board of property owners, business owners, and elected officials. Comment

Monday, Dec. 16, 2013

Designing for a purpose

The recent haute couture show of preeminent Guyanese fashion designer Donna Ramsammy-James was fashion poetry in motion. The pieces were whimsical in style, colorful in glorious splendor and gorgeous on the bodies of the models. Comment

Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Minister of Health John Boyce has suggested a “proper” pardon for Barbadian cricketers who defied public opinion and took part in the rebel tours of racially divided South Africa in 1982 and 1983. He said a pardon was in line with the work of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which had preached forgiveness and reconciliation for people who had perpetuated wrongs against society during the apartheid era. Comment

Tyler Perry’s back in drag for Christmas

Movies: Mabel “Madea” Simmons is the moralizing, motor-mouthed senior citizen created and first introduced on stage by the incomparable Tyler Perry. The compulsive granny is a self-righteous vigilante who can’t help but intervene on the spot whenever she sees an innocent victim being bullied by a sadistic villain. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013

WIPA withdraws court challenge

Caribbean: West Indies Players Association (WIPA), has withdrawn its challenge to a High Court ruling, which has cleared the way for the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to negotiate directly with players. Comment

Friday, Dec. 13, 2013

Guyana to promote low-carbon development

Guyana: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says Guyana, “one of the best-conserved high-biodiversity countries in the world,” will advance in its efforts to implement its Low-Carbon Development Strategy with a US$16.9 million loan. Comment

Bunji Garlin makes musical waves

Four-time Trinidad and Tobago Soca Monarch Ian “Bunji Garlin” Alvarez continues to make waves around the globe with his hit song, “Differentology,” which features Orange Sky’s lead singer, Nigel Rojas on guitar. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: All the Light in the Sky (Unrated) Character-driven drama directed by Joe Swanberg about an aging actress (Jane Adams) forced to reassess her career prospects when her fresh-faced, aspiring niece (Sophia Takal) arrives in Malibu for a weekend stay. With Kent Osborne, Larry Fessenden and Ti West. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013

MAKING UP FOR LOST ECONOMY

People: An executive committee appointed by Caribbean governments to fight Britain and other European powers to make them pay for the horrors of the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade has said that it has no choice but to demand reparations, as the effects of slavery on Black people are simply too much to bear. Comment

Clarke calls on Obama to stop deportations

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has called on United States President Barack Obama to stop the deportation of Caribbean and other immigrants who lack legal status in the United States. Comment

UN probes Belize human-trafficking report

Belize: The United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights says Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, will visit Belize from Dec. 12-16 “to examine the situation of trafficking of women, men and children.” Comment

Service for African American Queen Mother

The funeral for Queen Mother Sylvia Marion Parousia Pauline Jordan Purcell, 94, founding and titular bishop of the Phillipines--based Faith Restoration, Inc. headquartered in Jersey City, N.J., will be held Friday, Dec. 13 from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Christ Community United Church Center, The Palace Cathedral located at 4140 Broadway at 175th Street in Washington Heights. Bishop Jordan transitioned Nov. 23 at Park Gardens Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in the Bronx. Comment

Josiah Stewart writes about Union Island’s history

Books: A new book entitled “Union Island Then and Now,” will be released this December. The book will highlight the rich history of the island in sequential order dating back to the 1760s. Comments (1)

An evening stroll in winter

Books: “Dusk” by Uri Shulevitz Comment

Stowaway from Jamaica found on ship in Tampa

Jamaica: TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A stowaway from Jamaica has been arrested after authorities found him with nearly four pounds of marijuana on an inbound cargo ship at the Port of Tampa. Comment

Jamaica scientist launches medical marijuana firm

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A prominent Jamaican scientist and entrepreneur is launching a company that aims to capitalize on medical marijuana, a growing global industry that he asserted Wednesday could be a boon for the island’s chronically limping economy. Comments (2)

NY Gun Reform Measures Among Best

People: New York continues to lead among states seeking strong gun safety laws, but there is more work to be done according to a new state analysis by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. New York received a B+ and ranked fifth in this year’s “2013 State Scorecard: Why Gun Laws Matter,” produced by both organizations. Comments (1)

Holiday Tree Lighting Festival

The Lenox Road Block Association Alliance (LRBAA) and EmblemHealth will hold their first tree lighting and toy drive on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The festivities will feature Metro Steelpan Orchestra and other live entertainment on the premises of 270 Lenox Rd. (corner of Nostrand Avenue), Brooklyn. Comment

Fashion fundraiser for disaster relief

Music: The first Fashion & Culture fundraiser for the Secret Sandy Claus Project for American Disaster Relief organized by Janice Lawrence-Clarke, president/creative director of JLC Productions along with the Olympianz & Unforbidden Events, took place at the Under Minerva Art Gallery in Brooklyn on Wednesday, Dec. 4. The event was aimed at raising funds and awareness for the Secret Sandy Claus Project. Comment

Running from foot problems

Health: The subject of barefoot running has received a lot of attention as both a trend as well as a source of foot and ankle injuries. But even experienced walkers and runners who adhere to the use of more traditional footwear can be plagued by common injuries that require treatment by a foot specialist. Comment

Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013

Denationalizing Dominicans of Haitian descent

Haiti: Training for teachers regarding the stripping of citizenship of Dominicans of Haitian ancestry using the film “Birthright Crises” will be held Jan. 4, 2013 at Barnard College. Comments (2)

MLS CHAMP

Sports: Sporting Kansas City won the 18th MLS Cup title last Saturday when it defeated Real Salt Lake, 7-6, in a penalty-kick shoot-out at Sporting Park in Kansas City, (KS). The games ended in a 1-1 draw in regulation and prompted the ensuing shoot-out. Comment

Ewart’s third place finish

Jamaica: Adian Ewart became the highest place finisher from the St. Francis College track and field team during competition in the Fordham Season Opener Meet at the Lombardi Center in The Bronx. Ewart’s 51.4 seconds in the 400-meter-dash divided among various sections or heats in a field of 33 athletes earned him an overall in this event. Comment

Sunil Narine must be in Test squad

West Indies is on a long tour of New Zealand and they are without some key players including fast bowler Kemar Roach and opening batsman Chris Gayle. The team includes opening bowlers Tino Best, Shannon Gabriel and the young fast bowler Sheldon Cotterell who is inexperienced. If the West Indies cannot bowl well in New Zealand, it will be difficult for them to win the Test series in New Zealand. Comment

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013

State of Art Weekesville Center to Open

Arts & Theater: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin will join the Weeksville Heritage Center’s Historic Society of Free Americans Wednesday, Dec. 11 to cut the ribbon on a new Brooklyn Transformative Arts Education And Cultural Arts Building Comments (1)

Wage hike in Haiti doesn’t address factory abuses

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Dec 3, 2013 (IPS) - Haiti’s minimum wage will nudge up 12 percent on Jan. 1, from 4.65 to 5.23 dollars (or 200 to 225 gourdes) per day. Calculated hourly, it will go from 58 to 65 cents, before taxes. Comment

Bolt launches ‘Faster Than Lightning’ book

Books: Usain Bolt is busier than ever. Since joining fellow Olympic champion sprinter Shelly Fraser Pryce in Monaco at the International Athletics Association Foundation awards where they both claimed top honors as the male and female athletes of the year, the fastest man on the planet bolted to Los Angeles, California to launch his book “Faster Than Lightning: My Autobiography.” Inside a downtown Santa Monica Puma store the Jamaican track and field legend greeted fans and signed copies of his newly published book. Comment

Black Theater honors its own -- No Braata

Arts & Theater: Black theater’s biggest night celebrated a few dramatic and musical productions voted by the Viv-AUDELCO committee but once again failed to distinguish the stellar stage presentation of Caribbean thespians. Comment

LAPARKAN presents first Scholarship Awards

Brooklyn: Three brilliant young ladies excelled in an essay competition, beating out scores of other applicants to become winners of the first ever LaParkan financialscholarship that was offered to students of Caribbean heritage in the New York Tri-State area, who aspire to higher education, and community service. Comments (1)

Fix or no fix of healthcare, a GOP monotone

Viewpoints: If the early signals hold firm and the assigned fixers have indeed gotten a handle on whatever was bedeviling initial rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), how much of a setback does that create for the army of naysayers who were poised to ride an anti-ACA wave all the way to the 2014 midterm elections? Coming right after the GOP-engineered shutdown of the government, the inexcusably amateurish launch of the government’s ACA web site provided the Republican/Tea Party wall of defiance with an escape route from a lambasting they should, even now, not have lived down. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Queens: managing blood pressure: Join EmblemHealth neighborhood care in learning how to manage your blood pressure from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Do you know which medications you take to control your blood pressure? Do you feel confused about these drugs and why you need to take them? You can bring all of your medications with you and join us in learning: What is high blood pressure? Why do you need to control your blood pressure? Which lifestyle changes can help you manage your blood pressure? What are some of the common medications that people take and what are the side effects? What should you monitor when taking these medications? What should you do when you experience side effects? RSVP by calling : 1-646-476-1294. Each event is open to the public and is being held at 206-20 Linden Blvd., Cambria Heights, Queens. Comment

Andy Roberts to be honored

West Indies legend Andy Roberts will receive a special honor next year to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his international debut. Comment

The life of fledgling folksinger Llewyn Davis

Movies: It’s Greenwich Village in the middle of the winter of 1961, and Llewyn Davis (Oscar Issac) is so down on his luck that he can’t afford an overcoat, let alone a place to live. The fledgling folksinger’s fortunes have gone into a tailspin ever since the other half of his musical duo committed suicide in spite of the modest success of their debut album, “If We Had Wings.” Comment

Monday, Dec. 9, 2013

Cliff-hanger for 1.3 million Americans

Brooklyn: In a few weeks, 1.3 million Americans will lose the unemployment benefits they have relied on to buy groceries and keep a roof over their heads. By the end of the first quarter, an additional 850,000 Americans will have lost their benefits. We should not be revoking needed economic assistance from job seekers while millions of Americans are fighting to get back to work and struggling to pay their bills. Comment

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013

Call for greater gun control laws

Viewpoints: It is reported that every two weeks since 2006 there has been a mass murder. There are more mass murders than have been reported and it has affected people all across America. Based upon these frequent mass murders the need for stringent gun control is evident. Comments (6)

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Brave Miss World (Unrated) Female empowerment biopic recounting how Miss Israel Linor Abargil first went on to win the Miss World beauty pageant just six weeks after being abducted, raped and stabbed. She subsequently spoke out about sexual assault over the course of her reign. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: A mother and her two sons serving lengthy prison terms on a joint conviction for the 2006 murder of Lionel “Black Money” Farell had their sentences reduced by the Court of Appeal. Barbara Peters who was initially ordered jailed for 20 years had five years shaved off her sentence. Comment

Why can’t Congress aim higher?

Viewpoints: Congressional budget negotiators are moving to meet a Dec. 13 deadline to produce, well, something. For weeks, we’ve been told to keep expectations low. There’ll be no “grand bargain,” negotiators say. Commentators believe that even the narrowest agreement will be a signal achievement. So here’s my question: Doesn’t that seem like an awfully low bar to you? Comment

Friday, Dec. 6, 2013

Celebrating World AIDS Day through film

Caribbean American pols pay tribute to Mandela

Africa: As world leaders continue to mourn the passing of South Africa’s liberator and former President Nelson Mandela, at least two Caribbean American legislators have joined the tributes. Comments (1)

Concerns over Test captain

Caribbean: West Indies cricket selectors seem to be coming under increasing pressure to review the role of Test captain Darren Sammy following the team’s humiliating innings defeat to India in the recently concluded two-match Test series. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013

Blue & Gold Georgia Salute for St. Lucia PM

St Lucia: Fort Valley, Ga. - This week, a high-ranking Caribbean dignitary will receive an official blue and gold salute from Fort Valley State University leaders, University System of Georgia officials, politicians and business elite during a special event in Atlanta. Comment

CARICOM DILEMMA

Trinidad and Tobago: Some have rebuked Caribbean governments for not coming down hard enough on the Dominican Republic for taking away citizenship of persons born in the country with Haitian blood, but the truth about the relatively mild rebuke might lie in the fact that no one might be too anxious to interfere with the robust trade in goods between the DR and the Caribbean Community in recent years. Comment

Jamaica-Trinidad free travel, trade deal

Trinidad and Tobago: After what was developing into a major immigration and trade row between two of the larger Caribbean Community (CARICOM) states, the foreign ministers of Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago have signed an agreement aimed at enhancing free trade and movement between nationals of both countries. Comment

MLS Coach of the Year

Sports: Portland’s first-year coach Caleb Porter was the unanimous winner of the 2013 MLS Coach of the Year award, announced last Monday. New York Red Bulls’ Mike Petke was second in the voting, Jason Kreis of Real Salt Lake was third and Colorado Rapids coach Oscar Pareja fourth. In winning the award, Porter quieted critics who doubted his ability to excel in the professional game. Comment

Sculptures honor Gede in Haiti

Arts & Theater: The verdant grounds of the historic Oloffson Hotel are the exhibition space for fantastic sculptures by Artis Resistans, (Resistance Artists), sculptors of the Grand Rue in Port-au-Prince. Comment

EAST COAST STARS SHINE

Sports: The final preliminary meet of the nation’s largest female track series, the Colgate Women’s Games, featured some of the East Coast’s best athletic talent as competitors of all ages continue to set the national pace with fast times, and excellent performances at the Armory, New York from Nov. 29-30. Comment

‘BLACK FOLK DON’T’

Arts & Theater: The third season of “Black Folk Don’t,” the satirical documentary web series challenging common stereotypes of African-Americans, premiered on Monday, Dec. 2. Alternately provocative, irreverent, comical and profound, the series heads to California for its third season, with engaging interviews of celebrities such as John Norwood Fisher of the punk band Fishbone, director Ava DuVernay, actress Lisa Gay Hamilton and renowned feminist Sikivu Hutchinson, as well as everyday black folk. Comment

Jamaica native heads indoors

Sports: Jamaica native Andrew Lewinson is looking toward the upcoming track and field season at Uniondale High School in Nassau County. Lewinson ran in his first cross country season in high school and turned in a decent job under the coaching of Elijah Blue, an assistant coach at Uniondale. He happened to be one of the school’s top harriers even though he and his teammates failed to qualify for the New York State Meet. Comment

Ellis, Marshall release some early tracks

Music: Ghetto Youths International crew has been at it again. They recently released the much anticipated EP’s from two Jamaican artists of distinctively different styles and origins. Christopher Ellis “Better Than Love” on Nov. 19 and Wayne Marshall’s “Tru Colors” on Nov. 26. Comment

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013

Nutmeg heads up ‘economic revolution’ in Grenada: World Bank

Grenada: The World Bank says nutmeg is heading up an “economic revolution” in Grenada as the island bets on agriculture to become an additional engine for an economy looking to diversify away from the usual sun and sand. Comment

Barbados may face massive job losses

Barbados: The anxiety began since an Aug. 13 budgetary projection for next year, but while rumours circulated the prime minister gave assurances, now one newspaper has stepped up and said it - thousands of Barbados civil servants are to be laid off. Comment

Holiday stress can make you fat

Health: (StatePoint) During the holidays, it can be all too easy to overeat. But there’s more at play when it comes to packing on pounds this time of year. Another holiday tradition that can affect your weight is stress. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Crave (Unrated) Psychological thriller about a crime scene photographer (Josh Lawson) disturbed by wanton street violence who loses his tenuous grasp on reality when a romance with a beautiful woman (Emma Lung) goes sour. Support cast includes Ron Perlman, Edward Furlong and Christopher Stapleton. Comment

Inspirational adaptation of Mandela’s autobiography

Movies: “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” Comment

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013

Caribbean RoundUp

Antigua and Barbuda recently described as “disappointing” the latest round of talks with representatives from the Office of the United States Trade Representatives (USTR) in a bid to resolve their long standing internet gaming dispute. Comment

HELP assists higher education students in Haiti

Haiti: The HELP–Haitian Education Leadership Program center in the calm residential Pacot neighborhood of Port-au-Prince is a beehive of activity. In a sheltered outdoor backyard structure, university students (outside of school) struggle with English instruction. Inside, crammed together desks with laptops provide the equipment for learning computer programs. Comment

Awards for outstanding community service

Brooklyn Assemblymember Nick Perry recently honored 12 outstanding individuals and groups at his annual awards event at Tropical Paradise Ballroom in Brooklyn. Comment

Natural ways to stay healthy this season

Health: (StatePoint) While you’re probably already accustomed with conventional ways of looking and feeling your best, this winter, consider more natural approaches to health and wellness. Comment

Brooklyn female cop now a gold star deputy

Brooklyn: Brooklyn now boasts another history-maker with the recent promotion of NYPD’s Kim Royster who has been elevated to the position of deputy chief. With that upward spiral, DC Royster is the first African-American commanding officer of the Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Public Information. She is also only the third African-American woman to achieve the rank in the 168-year history of the NYPD. Comment

Bolt fears loosing sponsorship

Jamaica: Sprint icon Usain Bolt fears he will lose millions of dollars in potential sponsorship as a result of suggestions that he could be barred from competing at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Comment

Monday, Dec. 2, 2013

Today’s forecast is for climate-proof farming

Trinidad and Tobago: PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Nov 25, 2013 (IPS) - Even as weather extremes bedevil Caribbean farmers, Ramgopaul Roop has turned his three-acre fruit farm into a showcase for how to beat climate change. Comment

Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013

CARICOM chastises DR over deportations

Trinidad and Tobago: PORT OF SPAIN, Nov 27, 2013 (IPS) - Outraged at a court ruling that would potentially render stateless thousands of Dominican people of Haitian descent, the Caribbean Community on Tuesday suspended the Dominican Republic’s bid to join the 15-member regional grouping. Comment

Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013

Dominican officials cancel meeting with Haiti

Haiti: SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — The Dominican Republic announced Wednesday that it would no longer meet with Haitian officials to talk about a court ruling that could strip citizenship from those born to migrants living in the country illegally. Comment

T&T deportation undermines integration

Trinidad and Tobago: The New York-based Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID) condemns the Nov. 19 deportation of 13 Jamaican nationals from Trinidad & Tobago. We also strongly denounce Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s explanation of this action as being “compliant with the law.” CGID wishes to ask of what law does the prime minister speak? Comments (5)

Gospel artists sing at SVG airport fundraiser

Music: Award-winning Caribbean gospel music diva Bridget Blucher last Saturday night gave a full-throat performance in mesmerizing legions of fans and patrons at another fundraiser in Brooklyn, New York for the Argyle International Airport. Comment

Lion’s Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner

Brooklyn: The men and women of Brooklyn Metropolis Lions Club collaborated with Hope City Empowerment Center, which is led by Bradley Backus, Esq., to help 307 men and women celebrate Thanksgiving in fine style on Nov. 21. Comment

Friday, Nov. 29, 2013

Suspect bowling actions

Caribbean: West Indies Marlon Samuels and Shane Shillingford have been reported for suspect bowling actions by the ICC and are required to get their actions independently tested within the next 21 days. Comment

Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013

CARICOM suspends DR membership application

Haiti: The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has deferred the Dominican Republic’s application for membership of the regional body over the Spanish-speaking Caribbean country’s Constitutional Court ruling that renders stateless thousands of people of Haitian descent. Comment

Gtreen Dot Money-Pak Scam

People: People are losing thousands of dollars in a phone scam involving Green Dot MoneyPak cards. Comment

Allies we must cultivate

Brooklyn: When, from any vantage point, one aspires to pioneer impartial societal advancement, success invariably hinges on allegiance with ideal others of same and diverse fields of endeavor and expertise. With global peace and prosperity via poverty-extinction in focus, GrassrootsUp Morality Alliance (GUMA) fully embraces the invaluable shared-charity approach that links the all-encompassing gist of our farmers, healers, physicists, physicians, historians, theologians, philosophers, architects, educators, journalists, artists, poets, musicians, songwriters, choreogra Comment

Happy Hannukah/Happy Thanksgiving coincide

National: There might be something kosher to give thanks for next Thursday. Comment

Night of Laughter to Remember at Lehman Center

Arts & Theater: Comedian Paul Rodriquez and four other comedians Ruperto Vanderpool, Jochy Santos, Cuquin Victoria and singer and comedian Anthony Rios will take over the stage at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts as part of the “Festival Del Humor: A Night of Laughter to Remember” during the Thanksgiving weekend of Saturday, Nov. 30 at 8:00 p.m. Lehman Center for the Performing Arts located at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West in the Bronx, is in its 33rd season. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013

T&T, J’A TRAVEL ISSUES

Trinidad and Tobago: Angry about a growing number of Jamaicans being refused entry into some Caribbean islands, Trinidad in particular, several groups and prominent individuals in Jamaica are fighting back by organizing mass boycotts of products from the twin-island republic using traditional and social media to whip up support for their effort. Comment

Bankruptcy Filing

People: While many people fear losing their shirt in a bankruptcy, it is only a figure of speech. Even in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you will likely be able to keep possessions most precious to you, but the facts of each Comment

OECS denounces DR Court ruling

St Vincent: Leaders of the sub-regional Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) have denounced a ruling by the Constitutional Court in the Dominican Republic that renders stateless thousands of people of Haitian descent. Comment

Outrage over ‘knockout game’ violence

Brooklyn: Leading Brooklyn politicians have expressed outrage over violence related to the “knockout game,” a local and national phenomenon in which unsuspecting strangers are struck on the head and knocked to the ground. Comment

AMA ICON

Music: Barbados’ pop-singing sensation Rihanna on Sunday night won the first-ever Icon Award at the 2013 American Music Awards (AMA) at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Comment

Healthfirst opens Washington Heights Community Office

Manhattan: Healthfirst, a not-for-profit managed care organization offering health insurance to individuals and families living in the New York metropolitan area and New Jersey, celebrated the grand opening of its new Community Office in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 20. The new office is located at 1467 St. Nicholas Ave., West 183rd Street. Comment

Lincoln’s budding talent

Over the years, Lincoln High School of Brooklyn produced three basketball players who put on National Basketball Association uniforms – Stephon Marbury, Sebastian Telfair, and more recently Lance Stephenson. With them came title winning or contending teams in the Public Schools Athletic League. Comment

Windies prepare for long New Zealand tour

West Indies cricket team faces about six weeks of play on a much flatter and faster wicket with the ball coming on to the bat. These conditions are much better for the West Indies batmen. West Indies will play three Test matches, five One-Day internationals and two Twenty20’s. The series start on Dec. 3 with the first Test match and goes all the way to Jan. 15, 2014 for the final Twenty20 match. Comment

Garbage piles up in Georgetown, Guyana

Deputy Mayor of Georgetown, Guyana, Patricia Chase-Green called on Donald Ramotar stating - “as president of this country, who has an office, and residence in Georgetown, I call on you to use your influence to end the garbage stalemate that threatens the health of our citizens.” Comments (6)

Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013

Sun Kulcha

Queens: Touch Tank: Join Brooklyn Children’s Museum in an exploration of sea animals at 12:00 p.m. Touch a starfish, horseshoe crab, or sea snail! Explore sea creatures up close and learn about ocean diversity. Admission is $9.00 per person. Admission is free for Museum members and children under 1 year of age. 145 Brooklyn Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11213. Comment

Trinidadian fishers choose jail over ‘Seismic Bombing’

Trinidad and Tobago: PORT OF SPAIN, Nov 21, 2013 (IPS) - The demonstration took place on land and sea simultaneously. In the end, police had arrested three people, including Gary Aboud, president of the Trinidadian NGO Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS), but protesters were undaunted. They would be back. Comments (2)

Even Thanksgiving loses its ‘untouchable’ status

Business: This Thanksgiving time, a really big thumbs-up has been earned by some frontline players in the retail sector who’ve declined joining the mad rush to which many competitors are committed, to open their doors Thanksgiving evening. That absurdity triggers recall of the sentiments expressed by calypso’s redoubtable Mighty Sparrow, when he sang many years ago, “Capitalism Gone Mad.” Comment

MLS CUP CLASH

Sports: Eastern Conference champion Sporting Kansas City and its Western Conference counterpart, Real Salt Lake, will play in 2013 MLS Cup, the league’s championship game, at Sporting Park in Kansas City on Saturday, Dec. 7, 4:00 p.m. on ESPN. Sporting overcame a Houston team that had knocked it out of the playoffs the past two seasons, with a 2-1 victory, while Real Salt Lake manhandled a Portland Timbers team it defeated three times during the year to come away with a 1-0 win (5-2 on aggregate) the second leg of the Conference final. Comment

Toasting success with Guyana’s first winery

Guyana: When Warren Douglas decided to produce wine on a broad scale, he chose his homeland where the pristine natural environment, and variety of fruits were the perfect welcome back for the Guyanese-American who left his adopted Charlotte, North Carolina home for a life of tranquility. Comments (6)

Katniss forced into another death match

Movies: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Comment

Jamaica Grill offers healthy Caribbean cuisine

Brooklyn: Reports from the Brooklyn District Public Health Office indicate that “obesity and overweight are common in residents of all ages in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Bushwick. More than 1 in 4 children in Head Start programs and public elementary schools are obese, and more than 4 in 10 are overweight or obese.” Comment

Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013

Caribbean RoundUp

The Barbados government says it will implement fully, the 15 per cent tax on lottery winnings over a certain amount, even as it acknowledged that “some changes” had been made to the measure announced in the national budget. Comment

Nurse celebrates 80th birthday

People: The prolific Barbadian and West Indies batsman from the 1960s, Seymour Nurse celebrated his 80th birthday recently, making him one of the oldest surviving West Indies cricketer. Comment

Friday, Nov. 22, 2013

Grenada to liberalize its energy generation sector

Grenada: ST. GEORGE -- At US40 cents per kilowatt hour, the price of electricity in Grenada is among the highest in the world. Like many small island developing states, electricity generation depends on the burning of fossil fuels. Comment

Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013

TURMOIL IN THE FAMILY

St Vincent: Caribbean trade bloc leaders are preparing to meet in emergency session in the coming days to review a late September ruling by a court in the Dominican Republic outlawing citizenship to more than 200,000 of its citizens because of their dark skin and also because they have ancestral links to friends and family in neighboring Haiti, which the DR traditionally disdains. Comments (2)

Barbadian group wins IDB award

Barbados: The Barbados-based Caribbean Center of Excellence for Youth Entrepreneurship (CEYE) has been selected to receive the prestigious Juscelino Kubitschek Award, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has announced. Comment

US Coast Guard repatriates Haitian migrants

Haiti: The United States Coast Guard says crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutters Decisive and Escanaba repatriated 239 Haitian migrants to Cap Haitian, Haiti on Nov. 14. The repatriation was a result of two separate migrant interdictions it said. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Queens: Public meeting: Beyond Male & Female: Trans Liberation Now! Hear speakers Willow Carter and Sara Cooley, coordinators of the Feminist Alliance at Vassar College, who have led efforts to confront transphobia in activist movements. Come discuss how to advance trans issues and fight trans oppression under capitalism. Hosted by Radical Women. At Freedom Hall, 113 W. 128th St., Harlem (between Malcolm X Blvd. and 7th Ave., Subways #2 or 3 to 125th St.). Meeting 7:30 p.m., admission free. Hearty home-style dinner served at 7:00 p.m. for $10.00 donation. Open to all genders. Children welcome. Info: 212-222-0633 or nycradicalwomen@nyct.net, www.radicalwomen.org. Comment

Crunch time for Caribbean Christmas cargo

Caribbean: Shipping companies in the Caribbean community are inundated with procrastinators who are busy stuffing gifts and staple food items into containers and flat-rate boxes to meet the deadline so that relatives can have a ‘Happy Christmas’ back home. Comments (2)

Touring Windies no matchn for the Indians

Sports: West Indies players have been facing tough challenges in India. The two Test matches went to the home team by wide margins. India batted, bowled and fielded better. India’s captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is an experienced captain and is rated as the best captain in world cricket today. India players are on top of their game and the team is expected to win the One-day International games as well. Comment

MEXICO QUALIFIES

Sports: Viva Mexico! The final CONCACAF berth to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil was settled and Mexico has completed the four-team CONCACAF representation to next summer’s tournament. El Tri will join the USA, Costa Rica and Honduras in Brazil next June after it defeated Oceania champion New Zealand by an aggregate score of 9-3 in the home-and-away series. Comment

Cardinals expect a turn around

Competing in the City University of New York Basketball Conference, the York College team from Jamaica, New York, known as the Cardinals, lasted only one round in the season end league playoff tournament. Now the Cardinals look toward a turn around season. Head Coach Ron St. John feels very confident about the make-up of the team. Comment

NYADIFF Film Fest spotlights Haiti

Movies: The good, bad and ugly of Haiti’s journey though History and independence from France will be the focus of four films slated to begin screening on Dec. 2 at 8:00 p.m. at The Chapel at Teacher’s College. The first is titled “Toussaint Louverture” and considered a “long-awaited, two-part epic film depicting the life of the Haitian leader.” Comment

ANNYA LI’S COMEBACK

Bridging the Gap photo exhibit

Arts & Theater: The College of New Rochelle’s (CNR) Gordon Parks Gallery at the John Cardinal O’Connor Campus in the South Bronx presents Bridging the Gap, showcasing the works of noted photographer Gordon Parks and his daughter Toni Parks. The joint exhibit touches on issues that Gordon and Toni Parks address in their black and white, and color prints, which collectively span more than 50 years. The photographs are selected from the permanent collection of prints donated by Gordon Parks and Toni Parks to the Gordon Parks Gallery when it opened in 1991. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013

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

Millionaire’s mistress falls for  limo driver

Movies: “Finding Mr. Right” Comment

Troubling images from candidate Christie’s files

Because images and preceding narrative matter in the world of government and politics, some prominent figures in the arena have been stymied in their efforts to continue sailing on, or perhaps move up to the next level, all because past transgressions or indiscretions returned with a vengeance to do some serious spoiling. Comment