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Friday, March 1, 2013

PARTY LEADER OUSTED

Barbados: The main opposition Barbados Labor Party (BLP) has dumped Owen Arthur as its leader following its second consecutive defeat in general elections held last week in one of the most prosperous Caribbean island nations where Oprah Winfrey and Tiger Woods own property. Comment.

‘WE THE PEOPLE’ photo, word exhibition

The John Cardinal O’Connor Campus of The College of New Rochelle’s School of New Resources is featuring in the Gordon Parks Gallery, “WE THE PEOPLE: The Citizens of NYCHA in Pictures + Words” from Feb. 23, 2013 to May 5, 2013. Comment.

Researchers marvel at world’s deepest sea vents

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Researchers steering a remote-controlled submarine around the world’s deepest known hydrothermal vents have collected numerous samples from sunless depths of the Caribbean Sea where blazing hot, mineral-rich fluid gushes from volcanic chimneys that look like gnarled tree stumps. Comment.

This week’s Caribbean Life Newspapers are online

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

Play or be Played

St. Lucia joins PetroCaribe initiative

St Lucia: St. Lucia is the latest Caribbean country to join the Venezuelan oil initiative, PetroCaribe. Comment.

U.S. frees Caribbean detainees

People: In a move clearly designed to save money, the United States’ Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency says it has released a number of Caribbean and other immigrant detainees from jails and detention centers across the country. Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013

Apartments and a farm sprout in the Bronx

Bronx: The saying goes: “It takes a village to raise a child” and in putting together the finance deal–$ 37.7 million to build 124 units of low-income housing–took a village of partners: city, state and private funders. Comment.

Bravo sends message to Hunte and company

Caribbean: Dwayne Bravo, the stand in captain for the One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20 matches against Zimbabwe, showed his full top class skills in every category. As leader of the team from the two matches played, he not only led the team successfully but the manner in which he captained created a level of comfort within each player and blossomed a new day of success for West Indies cricket. Comment.

Garifuna cultural retrieval efforts

St Vincent: The Yurumein Garifuna Cultural Retrieval group (YuGaCuRe) presents a fundraising concert, “A Day in the Life of a Garifuna Woman” at the African American Museum at 110 North Franklin Ave. in Hempstead, LI at 3:00 p.m.on March 10. Comment.

Holstead climaxes great season

Antigua: Delencio Blanco-Holstead is one of the top sprinters heading into the outdoor season at Valley Stream Central High School. He turned in a decent senior season on the indoor or winter team. He will officially end it in the upcoming New York State Scholastic Meet this weekend. Comment.

Sun Kulcha

Arts & Theater: tax prep: Ridgewood Savings Bank announced recently that it will again be hosting ARIVA’s free Tax Preparation Days at four convenient Bronx locations. Tax Prep will be held at Soundview branch – 1626 Bruckner Boulevard; (718) 589-1323 from 9:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Bronx residents are eligible for free tax filing if they are single with no dependents and earn less than $25,000 or file with dependents and earn less than $50,000. Since space is limited, qualifying taxpayers must call the branch that is hosting the session in advance to schedule an appointment. Comment.

GLORIOUS TRIBUTE

Music: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College (BCBC) continues its 2012-2013 Season with The Freddy Cole Quartet on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. Comment.

Three-way prez race

People: There could be a three-way fight for the post of president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB)- the vote for which is scheduled for its annual meeting in St. Lucia on March 27. Comment.

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013

Passport Day 2013

People: No appointments will be necessary Saturday, March 9, when the New York Passport Agency at 376 Hudson St.(between Houston Street and King Street), hosts ‘Passport Day in the USA”, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Citizens could walk into the agency and apply for routine or expedited service. Comment.

Guyana flag-raising at Irvington City Hall

Guyana: Guyana’s national flag, the Golden Arrowhead, was hoisted over City Hall in Irvington, NJ on Friday, Feb. 22, as Mayor Wayne Smith joined the Guyanese Association of New Jersey in celebrating their country’s 43rd anniversary. Comments (2).

SOUND CLASH SPECIAL

Music: In the Dancehall scene, sound system clashes are the proving ground. Brooklyn is considered by many to be the clash capital of the world. Step into Caribbean owned businesses, such as Peppa’s on Flatbush Avenue and you will likely find a poster announcing the next clash. Comment.

Maintaining a ‘ready to negotiate’ farce

Viewpoints: All these new-fangled terms out of Washington for us to keep track of recently. We were in the throes of “fiscal cliff” overkill a little while back. Now the incessant chatter has shifted to “sequestration.” Alas, these labels, fancy though they may be, can’t mask one fundamental truth about their reason for being: that they lead to the same dark, ugly place. Comment.

MLS KICKS OFF

Sports: Major League Soccer kicks off its 18th season on Saturday and Sunday, March 2-3 with matchups involving 18 of its 19 teams in a two-conference alignment. Among the matchups this weekend is the contest between the New York Red Bulls and hosts Portland Timbers on Sunday, March 3. Both teams have new coaches and will have more new faces than old ones on the field. Comment.

Tips to avoid injuries while spring cleaning

Health: (StatePoint) Cleaning your home from top to bottom this spring? Do so with care. From falls off ladders to muscle pain, heavy-duty chores can be hazardous to your health and wellness if you’re not careful. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Battle of Pussy Willow Creek (Unrated) Civil War mockumentary about four, forgotten Civil War heroes: a gay colonel (Matthew Ludwinski), a nerdy, fugitive slave (Barron A. Myers), an aging, Chinese launderer (Scooter MacRae) and a one-armed prostitute (Mara Kassin). With Tim Cusack, Emily Mitchell and Christopher Lukas. Comment.

Cuba’s new heir apparent has work cut out for him

Cuba: HAVANA (AP) — Miguel Diaz-Canel has five years to get started and a lot of work to do. Comment.

Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013

T-Shirt Design Contest

New York: For the fourth year, National Grid and Green Education Foundation (GEF) are working together to promote sustainability education and energy efficiency in classrooms across New York with the Green Energy Challenge t-shirt design contest. This year, the contest asks students to draw their answer to the question, ‘What is your favorite way to save energy?’ One winner from New York will be selected in April, and their winning drawing will be printed on t-shirts worn by National Grid employees during the company’s Earth Day events. The winning student will also receive $250 for their school and green packs, including t-shirts with their design, for their classroom. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2013. Comment.

Awareness is key to diagnosing rare diseases

Health: (StatePoint) Millions of Americans will join others around the world this month in observing Rare Disease Day (Feb. 28). They hope to help draw attention to rare diseases and the unique challenges faced by the nearly 30 million Americans affected by them. Comment.

Barrons may switch upstate/downstate roles

Brooklyn: Husband and wife political representatives Charles and Inez Barron may reverse commutes from Brooklyn by deciding to replace each other in the New York State legislature and the New York City Council. Comment.

Monday, Feb. 25, 2013

Message to the Grenadian people

Grenada: We Grenadians, at home and in the Diaspora, have just undergone the procession of formalities of Westminster-style constitutional governmental arrangement, though it definitely didn’t cater for the absence of an opposition. And formalities are applauded, most certainly, when they are substantive in maintaining a particular order which, by the way, you get to have an input in as far as the kind of society you see to be warranted. Comments (1).

‘Double Victory’

Books: “Double Victory” by Cheryl Mullenbach Comment.

Trinidad cleaning up

Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013

Interfaith Show of Unity

Trinidad and Tobago: The Trinidad and Tobago Interfaith Council (TTIC) of New York, under the patronage of the Consulate General of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, hosted the first ever an Interfaith, Intercultural and Interdisciplinary program in commemoration of their Caribbean Heritage and Black History month. Comment.

The moment is now for Immigration Reform

National: Since last November, there has been a lot of talk about how passing immigration reform this year will be “smart politics” given the role Latino voters played in the recent election. As a small business owner, I’ll leave the political forecasting to the pundits, but I can say this: failing to pass immigration reform, whatever the politics, would be downright knuckle-headed economics. Comment.

Friday, Feb. 22, 2013

Jamaica, U.S., Mexico youths win

Sports: The CONCACAF Under-20 Men’s Championship got under way last weekend and after the first preliminary games Jamaica, U. S. and Mexico won their openers. The 12-team tournament, with four groups of three teams, is taking place in Puebla, Mexico and will qualify the top four teams for the 2013 FIFA Youth World Cup in Turkey this June and July. The tournament started on Monday, Feb. 18 and plays through Monday, March 3. Comment.

Willis back for 5th adventure in action franchise

Movies: “A Good Day to Die Hard” Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Berlin File (Unrated) Intricate espionage thriller about a double-crossed, North Korean spy (Jung-woo Ha) who ends up on the run with his wife (Gianna Jun) as the focus of an international manhunt after an illegal arms trade gone bad. With Seung-beom Ryu, Numan Acar and Werner Daehn. (In Korean and English with subtitles) Comment.

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: One of the men wanted in connection with October’s killing of two Dominicans – who escaped police custody at the airport last year – is due to return to Antigua. Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013

BACK TO THE FUTURE

Grenada: The main opposition New National Party (NNP) in Grenada swept all 15 seats in the Legislature to return to power in an historic vote on Tuesday. Comment.

Carib players for Indian league

Caribbean: West Indies Captain Darren Sammy and Trinidad and Tobago fast bowler were two of five Caribbean players purchased by Indian Premier League clubs recently at their auction for cricket’s biggest Twenty20 league. Comment.

‘Lights, Camera, Action’

Music: Trinidad and Tobago’s world famous Carnival is no stranger to celebrity visitors. This year’s edition of the festival which took place on Feb. 11 and 12 was no exception. Comment.

Stunning designs at NY Fashion Week event

Music: Five diverse, emerging designers showed maturity in their various concepts, when they flooded the runway with stunning looks at the Rogues Gallery Presents Fashion Week event recently at the Hotel Pennsylvania, NYC. The collections were lavishly designed from leather, brocade, cotton, velvet, denim, Poly-Twill and printed fabric. Comment.

U.S. AG meets with Caribbean leaders in Haiti

Jamaica: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder discussed regional crime with Caribbean leaders on Monday during a summit in Haiti. Comment.

Caribbean leaders end historic summit in Haiti

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean leaders on Tuesday ended a two-day, historic summit in Haiti agreeing to progressively introduce French as a second language in the 15-member grouping and to hone in on the economic and other challenges facing the region. Comment.

Fervent fans mark Marley’s birthday in Jamaica

Music: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Hundreds of tourists joined dreadlocked Rastafarian priests, leading reggae musicians and some of Bob Marley’s relatives at the late reggae icon’s old house in Jamaica to mark the 68th anniversary of his birth Wednesday, Feb 6. Comment.

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013

Tool to Combat Rx-Drug Robbery

New Jersey: Officials in the Obama and Schumer Administrations this week announced a first-of-its-kind law-enforcement tool to help combat the spate of violent prescription drug robberies taking place across New York state. Comment.

Caribbean Roundup

Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados is forecasting less than one percent economic growth for 2013, up from “real growth” last year. The Central Bank of Barbados said the 0.7 percent forecast for this year is based on the most recent forecast by the International Monetary Fund of average growth of 1.7 percent for the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada- the island’s major trading partners. Comment.

Against NYPD Stop and Frisk program

Staten Island: Communities United for Police Reform released a fact-check of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s statements regarding stop-and-frisk, a day after he delivered them in his final State of the City address. Comment.

Super Blue captures Road March title

Arts & Theater: Soca master Austin “Super Blue” Lyons captured his ninth Road March title with “Fantastic Friday,” beating his nearest rival, defending champion, Machel Montano with a phenomenal score of 511 plays to 56. Comments (1).

MILLROSE RECORD BREAKER

Sports: NEW YORK (AP) — Bernard Lagat lagged behind his planned pace for the entire two miles of his race at the Millrose Games. Comment.

What an American-US Airways merger means for you

Travel: NEW YORK (AP) — While American Airlines and US Airways announced plans to merge Thursday, it will be several months — if not years — before passengers see any significant impact. Comment.

Sun Kulcha

Arts & Theater: Tax prep: Ridgewood Savings Bank announced today that it will again be hosting ARIVA’s free Tax Preparation Days at four convenient Bronx locations. Tax Prep will be held at Allerton Avenue branch – 711 Allerton Avenue; (718) 882-2220 between 9:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Bronx residents are eligible for free tax filing if they are single with no dependents and earn less than $25,000 or file with dependents and earn less than $50,000. Since space is limited, qualifying taxpayers must call the branch that is hosting the session in advance to schedule an appointment. Comment.

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013

Ailing Chavez returns to Venezuela from Cuba

Venezuela: CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Hugo Chavez returned to Venezuela early Monday after more than two months of treatment in Cuba following cancer surgery, his government said, triggering street celebrations by supporters who welcomed him home while he remained out of sight at Caracas’ military hospital. Comments (1).

Black Angels Over Tuskegee

U.S. lawmakers visit Cuba

Cuba: HAVANA (AP) — A delegation of American lawmakers led by Sen. Patrick Leahy visited Cuba Monday to gauge the island’s economic changes and stress the importance of freeing a jailed American whose detention has chilled relations between the two countries. Comment.

New treatment for patients with Coronary Artery Disease

Health: (StatePoint) Whether you are at-risk for developing a heart condition or you’re one of the 13 million Americans who suffer from coronary artery disease, arming yourself with the facts you need to stay healthy can help. Comment.

Top tips for men’s overall health

Health: (StatePoint) This year, millions of personal promises for self-improvement will be made - and then broken soon after. But there is one commitment that all men should keep: to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Comment.

Monday, Feb. 18, 2013

T&T deports 750 illegal immigrants

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago has deported 750 illegal immigrants over the past two years. Comment.

Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013

Black History Month is Reggae Month

Music: February conjures a mixed-bag of offerings. The shortest month of the calendar is Black History Month here and in many countries which adopted the Carter G. Woodson tradition. However, in Jamaica February is regarded as Reggae Month. Comment.

Centenarian lauded at State of the Union Address

People: Desiline Victor received a standing ovation during President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address. Cheered and honored for being the oldest individual ever invited to witness and hear a president lay out his agenda for the future in front of a joint session of congress, Victor was also distinguished for her determined effort to vote. Comment.

Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013

Community leaders against LICH closure

People: In a letter delivered Thursday, Feb. 14 to New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah, 16 elected officials joined with leadership from SEIU 1199 United Healthcare Workers East, The New York State Nurses Association and other community leaders in urging the state to save Long Island College Hospital in the wake of last week’s vote by the SUNY Board of Trustees to close the facility. Comments (2).

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 11 Flowers (Unrated) Coming-of-age drama, set in rural China in the Seventies, revolving around a mischievous, 11-year-old boy (Wenqing Liu) whose fate becomes intertwined with that of a murder suspect (Zizi Wang) he finds hiding from police along a riverbank. With Ni Yan, Ni Yen and Jinchun Wang. (In Mandarin with subtitles) Comment.

Cop and hit man on revenge-fueled rampage

Movies: “Bullet to the Head” Comment.

Delta ends service to Georgetown on May 6, 2013

Guyana: Delta Air Lines, one of the world’s oldest international carriers, that started service to Georgetown, Guyana in 2008, has confirmed that it would discontinue its flights between John F. Kennedy International Airport, and Cheddi Jagan Internatinal Airport, effective May 6, 2013. Comments (2).

Friday, Feb. 15, 2013

Obama pushes preschool programs in Georgia trip

National: DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday pitched a new plan to make preschool available to all 4-year-old children, declaring, “Education has to start at the earliest possible age.” Comment.

Fight to keep ‘Green’ buildings green

Viewpoints: The war over toxic chemicals and human health is spilling over into places we live and work: our buildings. The American Chemical Council (ACC) has launched an expensive and focused attack on the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to protect the status quo of a small set of bad-actor manufacturers of toxic and obsolete chemicals. But innovative companies across the building industries and human health advocates are fighting back. Comment.

This week’s Caribbean Life Newspapers are online

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

Guyana government scrambles to keep Delta

Guyana: A Guyana government team is to travel to the Atlanta, George headquarters of the world’s largest airline in a bid to persuade it and its recognized brand name from pulling out of the Caribbean trade bloc nation this spring leaving the popular Georgetown-New York City run entirely up to Trinidad-owned Caribbean Airlines officials said this week. Comment.

Work of calypso great Maestro to be reviewed

Music: Calypso will be the focus of the next Trinidad & Tobago Folk Arts Institute forum at Medgar Evers College, when a panel discussion explores the phenomenal work and legacy of the late Maestro, 35 years after his death. The event, another in the series of collaborations between the Folk Arts Institute and the College’s School of Professional and Community Development, will be held Thursday evening, Feb. 28 in the Mary Pinkett Lecture Hall, 1637 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn on the Medgar Evers campus. Comment.

Prestigious panel for State of Reggae reception

Music: To mark Reggae Month (February), the Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music, Inc. (CPR), will host the State of Reggae Music Reception in which a critique of reggae music is presented. The reception takes place on Thursday, Feb. 28 at the studio of CPRLive located at 1199 Ocean Ave., Suite 407 in Brooklyn, New York and will broadcast live on CPRLive www.cprreggae.org/player/htm from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Comment.

Harris learns while on the sidelines

Sports: When the Milwaukee Bucks come in to battle the Brooklyn Nets on Feb. 19, they will try to showcase a New York native in Tobias Harris, who came out of Hill West High School in Dix Hills, New York. And Harris hails from a basketball family, with one member still in high school. Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013

HIGH STAKES CLASH

National: WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama set up high-stakes clashes with Republicans over guns, immigration, taxes and climate change in a State of the Union address that showcased his determination to mark his legacy. Rep. Paul Ryan said Obama could better achieve his goals if he would get out of “campaign mode.” Comment.

HAITI JAZZ FEST

Music: Haitian and Haitian-American jazz artists comprised a strong element in the International Jazz Festival of Port-au-Prince 7th Edition that heralded musicians from Brazil, Chile, Spain, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Mexico, Canada, and the U.S. Comment.

Well-wishers celebrate Towns’ retirement

Brooklyn: On Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, approximately 350 well-wishers gathered at the El Caribe Country Club at 5945 Strickland Ave. in the Mill Basin section of Brooklyn, to celebrate the retirement of Congressman Edolphus “Ed” Towns after 15 terms and 30 years as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. With his wife, Gwen and family members at his side, the former congressman was extolled by friends and dignitaries from the business community, clergy, academia, and the political arena. Comment.

Green energy efficiency in St. Kitts

St Kitts and Nevis: BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, (IPS/GIN) - The tiny federation of St. Kitts-Nevis and its larger neighbor to the north, Jamaica, are leading the Caribbean’s search for new ways to become more energy efficient by installing new solar streetlights, a green alternative to traditional ones. Comment.

Highlights of Obama’s State of the Union address

National: Highlights of the economic and other proposals President Barack Obama called for in his State of the Union address. Comment.

POSITIVE START

Windies players unhappy with their captain

People: It is clear th Comments (13).

Fans treated to a thriller

Sports: A rematch between two of the top teams in the Brooklyn Diocese of the Catholic High Schools Athletic Association could happen in the Diocese final with the eventual winner entering the Intersectional playoffs in March. Comment.

Queens couple tackles taxes and all that jazz

Queens: Edward and Adriana Jackson are certainly a couple that reflects South Queens in an innovative way. The husband and wife team run the well-respected community-based tax service bearing their last name Jackson Tax Service, Inc. Ironically, they also have ventured into an undertaking uncharacteristic of what you might expect from a mom and pop type tax business. Comment.

Fantastic carnival in Trinidad

Music: Austin “Super Blue” Lyons and Machel Montano are the joint winners of the International Power Soca Monarch, while Montano regained his Groovy Soca Monarch. The two competitions were held on Fantastic Friday at the Hasley Crawford Stadium. Comments (1).

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013

Delta coy on GT cancellation

Guyana: Delta Airlines General Manager for corporate communications for Latin American and The Caribbean, Sara M. Lora, was a bit coy about reports that the airline giant is about to cancel its JFK -Georgetown route. Comment.

Dental health matters for pets too

(StatePoint) There’s a good reason that one of the first things we teach children is proper tooth brushing technique. Dental health is crucial for overall health. And you may not think about it as often, but pets also require regular dental care. Comment.

Against closure of Long Is. College Hospital

Brooklyn: I am profoundly concerned about the devastating effects the closure of Long Island College Hospital (LICH)/University will have on the greater Brooklyn community, which is experiencing an ongoing health care crisis. The closure of this major hospital will exacerbate existing problems with access to health care services in Brooklyn, while damaging our already fragile economy. Furthermore, LICH’s closure will eliminate all emergency services from that immediate area. Brooklyn simply cannot afford to lose this major health care institution. I am committed to the ur Comment.

Black History Month 5 Boro Tour begins first season

Queens: Nine NYC cultural organizations across five boroughs welcome visitors to celebrate Black History Month through innovative and rich programming. Comment.

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013

Bittersweet biopic of late NYC mayor

Movies: “Koch” Comment.

Three superfoods that can improve your health

Health: (StatePoint) In a world where fatty, fried and frosted foods are often the cheapest, quickest and most readily available options, it can be easy to forget the true purpose of eating -- to healthfully fuel our bodies. Comments (1).

UNHCR Refugee Appeal

Haiti: UNHCR reiterates concern about persons in need of international protection and fear of deportation in Caribbean waters. In the first two months of 2013, there has been a dramatic rise in the number of boats, particularly from Haiti, transporting individuals in Caribbean waters. Comment.

Belizeans should vote ‘no’ in ICJ referendum

The more the country of Guatemala continues with its map, its rhetoric and its aggressive attitude towards Belize, the lesser the chances are that Belizeans will support the government with a “yes” vote to take the Belize-Guatemala dispute to the International Court of Justice for final resolution. Comments (1).

Chigumbura left out of Caribbean tour

Sports: One of Zimbabwe’s most experienced players, Elton Chigumbura, has been left out of squads announced recently to play Tests and One-Day International matches against the West Indies in the Caribbean. Comment.

‘The Amistad Rebellion’ - A horrifying, triumphant tale

“The Amistad Rebellion” by Marcus Rediker Comment.

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) grouping and Chile have pledged to continue working together to further strengthen their relationship. Comment.

Noel’s exquisite fashion designs

Fashion: Creations by Georgetown-based fashion designer, Sonia Noel may not be on the runway of New York Fashion Week, but her 15 years of exquisite design concepts, rivals those of top-notch designers such as Donna Karan and Tracy Reece. Comment.

Monday, Feb. 11, 2013

Webb leads CONCACAF in right direction

People: Just over two years ago, CONCACAF (Confederation of North Central, Central America and the Caribbean), one of six FIFA confederations which make up football’s (soccer’s) worldwide network configuration and most importantly, governs soccer in this region, was in turmoil. The region was engrossed in a bribes-for-votes scandal just before FIFA presidential elections in 2011 which resulted in the resignation of Jack Warner, then president of CONCACAF. Comment.

WICB renews head coach contract

Sports: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has renewed Ottis Gibson contract as head coach. The term of the contract is for three years until 2016. Comment.

Webley becomes All-Conference

Sports: Last winter, Britt Webley competed on a very good indoor track team at Uniondale High School. However, he did not qualify for the New York State season ending meet in his specialty, the hurdles. Comment.

Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013

Marcus Garvey pardon still pending

Music: A call to help exonerate Marcus Mosiah Garvey and pardon him for a 1923 mail fraud conviction is again being amplified. Comments (2).

Minimum wage increase makes good business sense

New York: When Governor Cuomo called for raising New York’s minimum wage, he expressed not only his own view, but also the convictions of 80 percent of New Yorkers who agree that the state’s lowest-paid workers are in urgent need of a raise. As a business owner, I support the effort to raise the minimum wage because it makes good business sense. Comment.

Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013

Llamosa new Cosmos assistant coach

People: The New York Cosmos announced on Thursday, Feb. 7, that Carlos Llamosa has joined the club as an assistant coach. Comment.

‘Get Happy’

Music: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jimmy Cliff kicked off celebrations of Bob Marley’s 68th birthday on the eve of the anniversary by sitting in with the resident band throughout the one-hour television broadcast of “Late Night with David Letterman.” Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Berlin File (Unrated) Intricate espionage thriller about a double-crossed, North Korean spy (Jung-woo Ha) who ends up on the run with his wife (Gianna Jun) as the focus of an international manhunt after an illegal arms trade gone bad. With Seung-beom Ryu, Numan Acar and Werner Daehn. (In Korean and English with subtitles) Comment.

Friday, Feb. 8, 2013

Fidel votes to upgrade Cuba’s Socialist model

Cuba: HAVANA, Feb 6 2013 (IPS) - Among millions of people flocking to the polls in Cuba to vote in general elections was the unexpected figure of former president Fidel Castro, making a surprise public appearance in what was interpreted as a reaffirmation of his support for the government of his brother, President Raúl Castro. Comment.

U.S. sues S&P over pre-crisis mortgage ratings

National: WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Tuesday accused Standard & Poor’s of refusing to warn investors that the housing market was collapsing in 2006 because it would be bad for business. Comment.

Legislative Awareness Day in Albany

Staten Island: Hundreds of family members and advocates from across New York State will join Families Together in New York State, non-profit, family-run organization that strives to establish a unified voice for children and youth with social, emotional and behavioral challenges, at the Annual Legislative Awareness Day on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, from 10:30am - 2:30pm at the Convention Center in the Empire State Plaza Albany, New York. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m., followed by speakers and awards. The event is free of charge and registration is required. Comment.

Queens community celebrates Black History

Queens: Council Member Leroy Comrie, public officials and community leaders in Queens celebrated Black History on Feb. 2, 2013. Comment.

This week’s Caribbean Life Newspapers are online

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

U.S. moves to combat offshore tax evasion

National: The United States Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have issued what they describe as “comprehensive final regulations” to combat Caribbean and other offshore tax evasion. Comment.

Barbadians go to the polls Feb. 21

Barbadian Prime Minister Freundel Stuart said on Jan. 29 that nationals will go to the polls on Feb. 21 to elect a new government. Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013

Presidential nominee under scrutiny

Trinidad and Tobago: After lunch on Friday, Feb. 15, Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean trade group’s largest economy, will elect a new president to replace former professor, Maxwell Richards, as the country’s head of state, but questions linger as to whether the high court judge nominated for the position is in fact eligible to hold the office. Comments (1).

Tips for reducing your family’s food bills

Food: (SPM Wire) If it seems like your grocery store bills are getting bigger, you’re not imagining it: food prices are on the rise, and poised to go higher. Comment.

JACMEL CARNIVAL

Arts & Theater: Haiti is readying for its national Carnival, to be held this coming weekend in Cape Haitien, not Port-au-Prince. In the spirit of decentralization, last year and this, Haiti’s Carnival is being held in other main cities. Comment.

Guyanese art on display

Arts & Theater: Timehri Transitions – Expanding Concepts in Guyana Art, is a comprehensive exhibition on display at the Wilmer Jennings Gallery, located on Manhattan’s 213 East 2nd Street, and showcases the works of a dozen of Guyana’s best and brightest old masters of painting and sculpting. Comment.

Guyana Cricket Board election questioned

Guyana: Two former Guyana and West Indies cricketers, Clive Lloyd and Roger Harper, have blasted as “illegal” Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) elections, which were held recently. Comment.

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013

Dr. Delois Blakely and the New Future Foundation

People: Community Mayor of Harlem, New Future Foundation director, Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely, and the youth she represents, this week offered heartfelt condolences to family and friends, on New York City’s loss of “our beloved Mayor Edward I. Koch.” Comment.

Garvey’s disciple Tony Martin died, buried in T&T

Trinidad and Tobago: A segment of the Caribbean intellectual, cultural and Pan-African community are grieving the passing of 70-year-old Dr. Tony Martin who died in Trinidad & Tobago on Jan. 17. He was buried there eight days later. Comment.

Two St. Lucians plead guilty in fatal church attack

St Lucia: CASTRIES, St. Lucia (AP) - Two men pleaded guilty Tuesday to manslaughter while facing a new trial for setting worshippers on fire and killing a nun and priest during a New Year’s Eve Mass in 2000. Comment.

Justice Carmona to be new T&T president

Trinidad and Tobago: A High Court judge is set to become the next president of Trinidad and Tobago. Comment.

Honoring one of nursing’s best

Trinidad and Tobago: Over 300 co-workers, church members and members of the community on Jan. 4 joined prominent Brooklyn registered nurse Marlene Ferguson in celebrating her retirement from Downstate Medical Center and University Hospital of Brooklyn at a gala ceremony at El Caribe Country Club in Brooklyn. Comment.

ANTIGUA TAKES A STAND

Antigua: In a January 28 decision, the Geneva, Switzerland-based group ruled that under international law, Antigua and Barbuda have a right to retaliate by suspending certain obligations it has under international law to the United States with respect to intellectual property rights. Comment.

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013

‘No Name’ anniversary shows at Otto’s

Arts & Theater: “No Name” – New York’s best damn comedy/variety show celebrates its 19th anniversary this month with two shows at Otto’s in Manhattan. The fun begins on Friday, Feb. 8 with performers comic/storyteller Tom Shillue (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon), alt-folk singer-songwriter Jessica Delfino (“Good Morning America”) and author/storyteller Michele Carlo (“Fish Out Of Agua”). Comment.

Jamaican Facey heads to UConn

People: Kentan Facey, a senior at Long Island Lutheran High School, located in Brookville, New York, grew up in St. Bolt, located in Jamaica, West Indies. His high school days took him from playing soccer for three years and at the same time basketball. He also indulged in cricket, competing with his friends. Comment.

Graham suit details moment he was shot

Bronx: On Saturday, Feb. 2, just before 3:00 p.m., Constance Malcolm, stood in the front yard of 749 E 229th St. in the Bronx, introducing family of victims of police brutality. Many were in the crowd gathered, there to remember her son Ramarley Graham. It was inside this house, a year later nearly to the moment, from the day Ramarley was gunned down in the bathroom by NYPD officer Richard Haste. Comment.

MEC Fashion Show to honor namesake

Fashion: The 50th anniversary of the assassination of Medgar Wiley Evers will be marked in Brooklyn during Black History Month when The People of the Sun Middle Passage Collective hosts a fundraising fashion show, honorarium and commemorate the contribution of the martyred activist. Comment.

Gracelessly plummeting from hero to heel

Viewpoints: Knowing when to call it a day continues to bedevil so many who bear the “public figure” label, whether in sports, entertainment, politics, you-name-it. New York’s goodbye to former Mayor Ed Koch recalled that he too, though popular enough to be elected three times, rolled the dice once too often and found himself rejected when he sought to be a four-termer. On the national political scene, there’s solid reason to believe Senator John McCain should have already ridden off into the Arizona sunset – that he probably should have packed it in when he was last up for re-election in 2010 and had to beat back a primary challenge. Comment.

Monday, Feb. 4, 2013

Black History Month: Salute to Sutton

Bronx: Percy E. Sutton, one of Harlem’s most prominent political, civil rights, and business leaders will be hailed during the premiere showcase of emerging and celebrated artists of the Black Diaspora slated for Black History Month at Riverside Church. Comment.

Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013

Poll predicts opposition likely to regain power in Grenada

Grenada: A new opinion poll has predicted that the main opposition New National Party (NNP) is likely to regain power in Grenada by winning the February 19 general elections with more seats than it had before it was swept out of power in 2008. Comment.

A-list cast can’t save this shallow shocksploit

Movies: “Movie 43” is a shallow shocksploitation flick which revels in raunchy lowbrow humor. What is supposed to elevate this terminally-crude comedy above your typical bottom-feeder is its A-list cast topped by Academy Award-winners Halle Berry and Kate Winslet, as well as Oscar-nominees Uma Thurman, Naomi Watts, Hugh Jackman and Terrence Howard. Comment.

Sun Kulcha

Arts & Theater: Little- New Yorkers: Free with Museum Admission, for ages 3-5. Every Tuesday and Friday! Each class will include time with historic toys, a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, story readings, and a related craft project. New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West between West 76th and West 77th streets. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Caesar Must Die (Unrated) Rehabilitation drama, set in Rome, revolving around maximum-security prison inmates’ preparation for a public performance of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Starring Salvatore Striano, Cosimo Rega and Giovanni Arcuri. (In Italian with subtitles) Comment.

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013

Ramnarine wins Chutney Soca Monarch

Music: Leader of the band Dil-e-Nadan, Raymond Ramnarine took the 2013 Chutney Soca Monarch title last Saturday night before a packed crowd at Skinner’s Park, San Fernando. Comments (1).

Race, Heritage and Identity

St Vincent: This article may be taken as being polemic, leading some readers take umbrage towards this author’s perspective, which is based on the identity crisis that seems to plague “a certain community” of Black people that reside in the borough of Bronx. It is penned it in order to comprehend their racial consciousness on classification among others or with the African descendant population. It relates to “race, heritage and solidarity.” Comment.

Half time for the Federal Budget Super Bowl

Viewpoints: Congress dropped the ball in the midst of football season when it failed to strike a deal that provided sufficient revenue to invest in the creation of jobs and the 21st century infrastructure our nation so sorely needs. The Federal Budget Super Bowl is only at half-time. If you are a fan of small business and a better economic future, it’s time to make a lot more noise. Comment.

Friday, Feb. 1, 2013

Caribbean Roundup

Trinidad and Tobago: A month after projecting it would make a “modest” $7 million profit in 2013, LIAT says such an achievement is no longer possible. Comment.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Windies must continue its disciplined batting

Sports: Having Chris Gayle back into the West Indies team surely serves to boost the morale and confidence among players. Gayle’s three half-centuries in four innings clearly indicates the authority in his batting and the other players in the team should learn and learn quickly to advance their batting skills. Gayle was named Man of the Series for the two Twenty20 games played in Fort Lauderdale, Florida against New Zealand. Comment.
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