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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

PACERS NIX KNICKS

Remember the name, Lance Stephenson, who was ‘tearing ‘em up’ scoring and passing the ball to his teammates at Lincoln High School in Brooklyn? Comment

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Sun Kulcha

Arts & Theater: Summer food program: The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has $1,000,000 available for schools, summer camps, and private non-profit organizations and government agencies to provide low-income children with meals. Applications are due on May 6, 2013 and for more information visit www.summerfood.usda.gov. Comment

Guyanese prisoners to become self-sufficient

Guyana: The cost of feeding the increasing population of the Guyana prison system has skyrocketed to more than (Guy)$19,000 per month for each prisoner, spurring former chairman of the Caribbean Rice Association, Beni Sankar to join with Minister of Home Affairs Clement Rohee to reintroduce an initiative to make prisoners become self-sufficient in agricultural production. Comment

America’s longest solitary confined prisoner

Movies: “And until the ignoble and unhappy regimes Comment

Smith finishes second in five-miler

Jamaica: While North Babylon’s Wil Widman, Jr. became the overall winner of the Alley Pond 5-Mile Challenge, which dates back to the mid ‘80s, Marc Smith of Jamaica finished second in a field of about 300 athletes. Comment

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

In Cuba, much work remains 6 months after Sandy

Cuba: HAVANA (AP) — Many people in eastern Cuba are still living with family or in houses covered by flimsy makeshift rooftops six months after Hurricane Sandy pummeled the island’s eastern provinces, residents and aid workers said Thursday. Comment

Five things to look for when choosing a dentist

Health: (StatePoint) Choosing a dentist can be daunting. How do you know if your dentist is up-to-date with the latest technologies? That he or she has been keeping up on the latest in care? That equipment is clean? And that the billing process will be a smooth one? Comment

Stay in shape without a gym membership

Health: (StatePoint) It’s not as easy to hide under layers of clothing during the summer. You’ll want to look your best in those shorts, t-shirts and bathing suits; as such, staying in shape is key. Comment

‘Colorism’ alive and spreading in America

Books: c.1992, 2013, Anchor Comment

Monday, April 29, 2013

Caribbean RoundUp

The Antigua and Barbuda government and the Inter-Agency Mission of the United Nations recently launched the Zero Hunger Challenge to eliminate hunger and extreme poverty within two years. Comment

Jamaicans find work in the virtual global economy

Jamaica: The World Bank says a ground-breaking initiative designed and implemented in four months, with less than US$200,000, is creating thousands of jobs for young Jamaicans in the virtual global economy. Comment

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Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Aroused (Unrated) Revealing documentary featuring revealing interviews with 16 of the world’s most successful, female porn stars as they shed their clothes in preparation for a fancy photo shoot. Cast includes Misty Stone, Ash Hollywood, Asphyxia Noir, Belladonna, Kayden Kross, Lisa Ann, Katsuni, Lexi Belle and Brooklyn Lee. Comment

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Australia defends funding grant to Trinidad

Trinidad and Tobago: BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Australia’s soccer federation has defended a decision to fund a stadium upgrade in Trinidad, highlighted in a damaging ethics report into former FIFA vice president Jack Warner, saying it was fulfilling its mandatory requirements in the World Cup bidding process. Comment

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Rum plays up and ignores its Caribbean roots

Caribbean: MIAMI (AP) — When you’re talking about rum, how much does the Caribbean really matter? Comment

Devon Smith emerges lead scorer

Grenada: Opener Devon Smith, who is eyeing a come back to the West Indies team, has emerged as the leading scorer in the just concluded Regional Super50 Tournament. Comment

Single-mom develops jungle fever in Kenya

Movies: Excellent (4 stars) Comment

Friday, April 26, 2013

Water a key factor for Caribbean tourism

Travel: PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Apr 24 2013 (IPS) - Tourism, widely regarded as the mainstay of Caribbean economies, is being challenged to remain sustainable in an era of climate change and its impact on beaches, rivers and other attractions. Comment

Fallout for states rejecting Medicaid expansion

National: WASHINGTON (AP) — Rejecting the Medicaid expansion in the federal health care law could have unexpected consequences for states where Republican lawmakers remain steadfastly opposed to what they scorn as “Obamacare.” Comment

U.S. tourists survive ship sinking near St. Lucia

St Lucia: SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - A brother and sister from the U.S. are recovering in the eastern Caribbean island of St. Lucia after their ship sank during a fishing trip, forcing them to swim almost 14 hours to reach land. Comment

Thursday, April 25, 2013

WARNER LEAVES UNDER CLOUD

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar said she decided to accept the resignation of controversial former National Security Minister Jack Warner after speaking with the U.S. State Department about a federal probe into his international financial dealings while he was a top world soccer executive during a recent trip to the U.S. capital. Comment

IDB poverty-reduction plan

Venezuela: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has launched the second call for proposals for civil society organizations that carry out activities focused on poverty reduction and social inclusion and development in Latin America and the Caribbean. Comment

Irie Fashion Rave & Hair Show

Music: Jamaican-born international male model Oraine Barrett has a big assignment in New York this month. The Pulse model, best known for appearing in campaigns for Ralph Lauren, Baby Phat, Liz Claiborne and GQ will join reality TV star Yandy Smith of VH1’s “Love and Hip Hop” at the sixth annual Irie Fashion Rave (IFR) and Hair show at the Resort World Casino in New York on Saturday, April 28, 2013. Comment

Amnesty criticizes Haiti over evictions from camps

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti has violated international human rights obligations by failing to protect people who have been forced to leave the impromptu settlements that sprang up in the Caribbean nation after the 2010 earthquake, a global advocacy group said Tuesday. Comment

Ormon posts double win

Jamaica: Anthony Atkinson grew up in Jamaica, West Indies, where his specialties were the 200 and 400 meters on the track. Anthony has a son Kevin Atkinson, who is a member of the track and field team at Baldwin High School. Kevin used to compete at a young age in the 100-meter dash on a travel team. Comment

Investing in Haitian Progress

Haiti: Two hundred-fifty Haitians, Diaspora, and earnest friends of Haiti met last month at Columbia University, hosted by the School of International and Public Affairs Earth Institute, for a full-day discussing “Investing in Haitian Progress.” Comments (1)

Dr. Bill Cosby speaks out on family values

Queens: Dr. William Henry “Bill” Cosby Jr. demonstrated that family matters in an enthralling preacher-lecture style performance where family value was the centerpiece of his comedic act before a packed house at Queens College’s Kupferberg Center for the Arts. Comment

Windwards win Regional Super 50 Tournament

Caribbean: The Windward Islands won the Regional Super 50 Tournament by defeating Combined Campuses and Colleges by 5 wickets. In a rain affected match schedule for day/night at Kensington Oval, Barbados, Windward Islands won the toss and sent CCC to bat first. The CCC team found themselves in trouble early at 31 for 4 in the eleventh over during a rainy overcast condition. The team was bowled out for 174 runs in 49. 2 overs. Kenroy Peters 4 for 32 and Shane Shillingford 3 for 29 were the wicket takers for the Windward Islands. Comment

Digicel sponsors new cricket league

Caribbean: The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) has signed global telecommunications company and long-term West Indies Cricket sponsor Digicel as a major sponsor of the newly-formed CPL, which will host its inaugural tournament in July and August this year. Comment

Misick to stand trial

People: The head investigator in a British government probe of corruption in the Turks and Caicos Islands says that former Premier Michael Misick will stand trial. Comment

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Court limits deportations over marijuana crimes

Jamaica: WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled in favor of a longtime resident of the United States from Jamaica who was deported from the United States over possession of a small amount of marijuana. Comment

Gun-rights bullies can’t have the last word

Viewpoints: “Not this time,” we confidently said here a few months ago, following the slaughter in Newtown that incredulously included those helpless young innocents. We were quite convinced that there was enough of a collective sense of decency in the legislative branch in Washington to take a principled stand against the madness that has surrounded the gun ownership issue in this country. So, a horror of horrors it was recently, seeing the disgraceful conduct in the Senate that brought about defeat of background checks and other measures, causing majority leader Harry Reid to suspend deliberations on the gun control issue. Comment

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Venezuelan president shuffles Cabinet

Venezuela: CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Newly elected Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro has shuffled his Cabinet, putting allies of late president Hugo Chavez in positions to tackle pressing problems including widespread power outages and double-digit inflation. Comment

How to manage your seasonal allergies

Health: (StatePoint) Unfortunately, beautiful flowers and warm weather can also mean itchy, watery eyes, sneezing fits and nasal congestion. Comment

Too Much Emphasis on High-Stakes Tests

Staten Island: This week, New York City students in grades 3 through 8, with their No. 2 Ticonderoga pencils nervously in hand, struggled through the math portion of the annual New York State tests. Once again, these scores -- along with their English Language Test results from last week, will determine crucial educational outcomes in their lives. Comment

Guyana Wins top Awards at STC214 

Jamaica: For the second consecutive year, Guyana has emerged as the biggest winners at the 2013 Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO)/TravelMole Sustainable Tourism Awards, winning won three of the six awards at the annual ceremony held recently at the Hatt Regency Hotel in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Comment

Earth Day lessons

Viewpoints: If you have any sense of wonder or faith in humanity, you would have to agree that Earth Day is an extraordinary event. It combines the functions of educator, movement builder and the largest public service project in the world. More than 1 billion people from almost every single country on earth will take an action in service to our planet. Comment

Monday, April 22, 2013

Seaga to be inducted to Reggae Hall of Fame

Jamaica: Former Jamaica Prime Minister Edward Seaga will receive two superlative honors on May 4 when the 32nd annual International Reggae & World Music Awards rewards him with a lifetime achievement award and also inducts him to the Hall of Fame during their gala celebration in Florida. Comment

Confidence and patience are the keys to success

People: America continues to be the world’s largest economy and boasts the lion share of global billionaires. In fact, there were reportedly 442 billionaires in America in 2012 -- the nationality majority of the record 1,426 people who have earned this laudable distinction around the world. When considering the staggering success only an elite few attain in business, it begs the question: “What do these billionaires know that the rest of us don’t?” And, as importantly: “How can we avoid failure as we aspire to achieve career success of any measure?” Comment

Wendy, ‘Queen Of All Media’ heads to Broadway

Arts & Theater: Wendy Williams is headed to Broadway. And fans of the popular personality will probably queue the 49th St. block to mimic her “How you doin?” mantra when she enters and exits the Ambassador theater. Comment

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Arthur Newman (Unrated) Midlife crisis dramedy about a depressed, recently-divorced man (Colin Firth) who fakes his own death and assumes a new identity before taking to the road where he becomes beguiled by a kleptomaniac (Emily Blunt) he finds passed out at a seedy motel. Support cast features Anne Heche, Autumn Dial and David Andrews. Comment

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Election council to audit vote in Venezuela

Venezuela: CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s electoral council announced Thursday night that it would audit the 46 percent of the vote not scrutinized on election night in a concession to opposition candidate Henrique Capriles, who said he believed the stolen votes that cost him the presidency are among the unaudited. Comment

Dominica football coach, player die in crash

ROSEAU, Dominica (AP) - Football officials in Dominica say the national team’s coach and a player have died in a traffic accident on the eastern Caribbean island. Comment

Friday, April 19, 2013

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: International Press Institute executive director will lead a six-party delegation to six Caribbean countries later this month as part of the institute’s regional campaign for the repeal of defamation laws. Comment

U.S. Senate passes sweeping plan for illegal immigrants

National: A bipartisan group of eight United States senators on Tuesday passed a sweeping immigration bill that seeks to legalize the status of an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants, including Caribbean nationals, residing in the U.S. Comment

Grenada education system shows improvement

Grenada: The World Bank says Grenada’s educational system has significantly improved in recent years because of more classrooms and better trained teachers under an education initiative. Comment

Under the radar, Cuba and US often work together

HAVANA (AP) - Cuba and the United States may be longtime enemies with a bucket overflowing with grievances, but the fast return of a Florida couple who fled U.S. authorities with their two kidnapped children in tow shows the Cold War enemies are capable of remarkable cooperation on many issues. Comment

Thursday, April 18, 2013

ALL WORK & NO PAY

Staten Island: For the 10th consecutive year, the New York State Assembly has failed to pass a pay equity legislative package that would end wage discrimination for New Yorkers. Comment

Surge in drug-trafficking expected

People: A top U.S. State Department official, William Brownfield, has predicted that the Caribbean is likely to see a surge in drug-trafficking activity by 2015 as operations out of Central America dwindle due to international crackdown. Comment

Each side blames the other for Venezuela violence

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — All day, the political heirs of Hugo Chavez filled Venezuela’s airways with a steady drumbeat of attacks on the man who says they stole the presidency from him. They called opposition leader Henrique Capriles a coup-plotter and said he was inciting post-election violence that had claimed seven lives and injured 61. Comment

In High Demand

Music: Grammy-nominated Caribbean jazz pianist Monty Alexander returns to the U.S. for performances at Boston’s legendary Scullers Jazz Club on April 26 and New York City’s famous Birdland Club Jazz Club from May 7-11. Comment

ST. KITTS CABINET REVOLT

St Kitts and Nevis: Tired of what they call the increasing dictatorship of St.Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Denzil Douglas, a group of six MPs, including members of his own party and government, now say they are ready to get rid of the long-term leader. Comment

Concerns about DOE’s Hudde proposal

Viewpoints: NYC Department of Education Proposes Co-location of Brooklyn Prospect Charter School, Kindergarten-5th Grade, with Andries Hudde Middle School. Comments (1)

Marlon Samuels gets Wisden recognition

Caribbean: West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels received the prestigious recognition from Wisden as one of its five Cricketers of the Year. One of the highlights of the year for Samuels was his terrific innings of 78 from 56 balls that led West Indies to win the ICC World Twenty20 Title. In three Tests in England, he batted five innings and failed to pass 50 runs only once. He went on to Bangladesh and scored his highest Test score of 260. He scored 866 runs including three centuries and four 50s in seven Test matches at an average of 53.27 last year. Comment

RED BULLS WIN

Sports: The New York Red Bulls (2-3-2, 8 pts.) got its first road win last Saturday night at DC United’s RFK Stadium in the nation’s capital. The 2-0 defeat of host DC United (1-4-1, 4 pts.) came from goals by forward Thierry Henry and defender Jamison Olave and put New York in fourth-place tie in the Eastern Conference. Comment

Aunt Vie celebrates 100 yrs with church service

Guyana: Viola Shaw certainly deserved the lavish celebration of a special church service at St. Sidwell’s Anglican Church and four parties in Georgetown, Guyana to honor her on her 100th birthday on April 17. Comments (2)

Jordan Brand Classic a success

Sports: Selwin Thomas doesn’t know much about basketball, but he still tries to help his son Terrence Samuel as much as possible by giving him off the court pointers. Comment

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Bed-Stuy Health Center celebrates a milestone

Brooklyn: Various statistical analyses seem to indicate that residents of the Bedford- Stuyvesant community are plagued with health issues and there are valid concerns about the lack of more quality health care facilities in the area. However, the Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center (BSFHC), located at 1456 Fulton St., in the heart of the community, has the distinction of being the major medical service provider for the past 35 years. Comment

Nutrition tips for busy lifestyles

Health: (Family Features) While it’s important to maintain a regular health and wellness regimen, busy schedules and last minute commitments can sometimes send us off track. Many Americans may try to maintain a balanced diet but continue to fall short on valuable key nutrients necessary for a healthy body. Comment

Guyanese women grow sorrel for export

Food: Long Creek farm on the Linden/Soesdyke Highway in Guyana, is the site of a government- and business-funded Quick Impact project to encourage women to grow sorrel for export. Comments (1)

Defying the people easy for Capitol misfits

Viewpoints: There are some things we can readily identify as solid barometers of what “civil” society was meant to be. This 100th anniversary of the introduction of the federal income tax furnishes us with one of them. A recent Pew Research Center survey was reassuring in its finding that 71 percent of respondents believed Americans had a moral obligation to report income earned. By the same token, though, much of the gloss comes off that image of wholesomeness and doing the civic thing right when, again on the matter of taxes, a reported 258 Capitol Hill lawmakers remain signatories to the pledge Grover Norquist demanded of them, not to raise taxes. Safe to say Norquist must think he still has a pretty good ransom deal going. Comment

El Barrio’s art project

Arts & Theater: Last week, Dr. Marta Moreno-Vega, president and founder of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI), announced the planned art and historic exhibition “Mi Querido Barrio” (My Dear Neighborhood), celebrating the rich history in East Harlem’s El Barrio. Comment

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Time to check your passports

Travel: As the summer season approaches, New York Passport Agency Customer Services Manager Robyn J. Richards is calling on families to check expiration dates on their passports. Comment

Returning to normalcy after a cancer diagnosis

Health: (StatePoint) Cancer. It’s a word no one wants to hear, yet all too many people are diagnosed each year. With a diagnosis comes many questions, most importantly how to get the best medical care possible. For many, the next logical question is how to maintain a normal life with cancer -- including balancing work, life and health demands. Comment

Eccentric artist lobbies for inmate’s freedom

Movies: “Herman’s House” Comment

Monday, April 15, 2013

Chavez’s heir to take over divided Venezuela

Venezuela: CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Hugo Chavez’s hand-picked successor, Nicolas Maduro, has officially won Venezuela’s presidential election by a stunningly narrow margin that highlights rising discontent over problems ranging from crime to power blackouts. His rival on Monday demanded a recount, portending more uncertainty for a country shaken by the death of its dominating leader. Comment

Small business opposes global firms’ tax avoidance

National: In our highly partisan environment there seems to be very few issues that Republicans, Independents and Democrats agree on. This partisanship is easily seen in Congress but is also alive with voters across the country. Small business owners are often no different than their customers in demonstrating divergent opinions on issues depending on their political preferences. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Vere Bird, the elder brother of former Prime Minister Lester Bird has died at the age of 76. Comments (102)

ALLING THE YORUBA DEITIES

Music: A rare opportunity presents itself this week as Orisha drummers play Manhattan’s Elebash Hall. Outside of Trinidad, Orisha is generally experienced in late-night gatherings in Flatbush churches celebrating feasts, occasions which can last several nights. Earl Noel, a master of this sacred ceremonial tradition, will lead a trio of drummers and an ensemble of dancers in an Orisha religious service. Three drums, the Bo, Bembe, and Umele are at the center of the ceremony. The drummers call to each Deity in turn with a particular rhythm known by that Deity’s name. Comments (1)

Relationships in the African-American community

Books: “Where Did Our Love Go: Love and Relationships in the African-American Community,” edited by Gil L. Robertson, IV Comment

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Employers eager for new foreign worker program

National: WASHINGTON (AP) — As desperate as unemployed Americans are to find work, there are still some jobs that many would never consider applying for because they are seen as too dirty, too demanding or just plain unappealing. Comment

Immigration is a women’s issue

Immigration: As Washington lawmakers throw themselves into comprehensive immigration reform, I say, “Remember the women.” Comments (4)

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Jamaican dollar plunges in value

Jamaica: On a visit to Jamaica a few years ago, comedian Steve Harvey joked about a loaf of bread costing him J$100. On his return home, he often joked about what seemed an exorbitant price to pay for the combination of flour and water. Comment

‘Motown’ family night culls celebrated reunion

Music: “At Motown we called ourselves a family and we were – a big family. While it is impossible to list here the many people who helped create Motown with their love and passion, I personally want to thank them all. Their dedication and talent contribute to our success, as well as helped to inspire me to bring our story to Broadway. Motown was a dream that happened to come true, and it’s because of all of you. Thank you.” Berry Gordy, founder of Motown. Comments (1)

Friday, April 12, 2013

U.S. judge backtracks in Haiti’s PM defamation case

Haiti: MIAMI (AP) - A federal judge in Florida is backtracking on a ruling that barred a Haitian-American journalist from writing about Haiti’s prime minister, who had sued the reporter for defamation. Comment

Hundreds support fundraiser for SVG Int’l Airport

St Vincent: Hundreds of Vincentians attended a recent fundraiser in Brooklyn for the largest project in St. Vincent’s history: the construction of an international airport. Comment

This week’s Caribbean Life Newspapers are online

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

‘My Brother Marvin’ comes to the Beacon Theatre

Arts & Theater: If you were to ask me “What’s Going On,” I would say the Marvin Gaye play, “My Brother Marvin,” co-produced and written by Zeola Gaye, Marvin’s sister. The play is being presented at the Beacon Theatre, located at 2124 Broadway (74th St) in New York, on April 11 through April 14. Presently on a 22-city tour, Zeola took the time to chat. Comment

Thursday, April 11, 2013

TESTING DESI’S MUSCLE

Suriname: A former Surinamese rebel leader and international drug convict who waged war against military dictators in the ‘80s and is now a leading member of parliament says he will run for the presidency of the Caribbean trade block nation in the next general elections scheduled for 2015, but the governing coalition of which he is a key member, says it will throw its support behind incumbent President Desi Bouterse for a second five-year term. Comment

Honoring the Radical MLK at Riverside Church

Bronx: One year to the day before he was shot and killed on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood in the chancel of The Riverside Church and delivered a prophetic message which has come to be known as his “Beyond Vietnam Speech.” Comment

Haitian candidate’s plea

Haiti: Haitian-born Miami mayoral candidate Anna Pierre has asked for prayers from three countries, claiming that someone is trying to use witchcraft to get her to quit the race. Comment

MP forced to quit for a good cause

Guyana: An opposition member of parliament has been forced to sign a letter of resignation from his sick bed at a hospital to allow his party to replace him to preserve a crucial one-seat house majority to prune alleged government padding in this year’s annual budget Comment

New WICB prez supports Guyana Cricket Board

Guyana: Newly elected West Indies Cricket Board President Dave Cameron recently visited Guyana and met with members of the Guyana cricket board and other officials. Cameron clearly indicated that the Guyana Cricket Board has his support. Hopefully, the Guyana government through its Ministry of Sports will get the message that this long stalemate had ended and the Guyana Cricket Board is the authority on cricket in Guyana. Comment

Now’s not the time to stop DREAMing

National: If there’s one thing more heartbreaking to parents and educators than children who have dropped out of school, or turned to drugs and crime, it’s this: students who are bright, hardworking and passionate about their education, but because of their immigration status, are ineligible to receive financial aid for college. Comment

Tribute to ‘Mr. Afinque’

Music: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts celebrates salsa sensation Tony Vega’s Aniversario Tribute honoring his special guest Willie Rosario who will join Tony Vega’s orchestra along with musical director Humberto Ramírez on trumpet and vocalist Victoria Sanabria on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. Comment

TOUSSAINT LOUVERTURE

Movies: Haitian-born Jimmy Jean-Louis plays what might be one of his career’s signature roles in the French made-for-TV movie “Toussaint Louverture.” The actor portrays Toussaint–the Haitian former slave who spearheaded the slave rebellion leading to freedom for the slaves and an independent Haiti from France. (Though he never saw it, dying in a French prison, 8 months before independence was declared). Comments (2)

Champions Games Day

People: More than 500 Police Athletic League youngsters, from all five boroughs of New York City, competed in city-wide tournaments during a fun-filled day of games and smiles at PAL’s Annual Tournament of Champions in Queens on March 26, 2013. Comment

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Best Western Premier Petion-Ville opens in Haiti

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The opening of the Best Western Premier Petion-Ville marks the first U.S. branded full-service hotel to open in Haiti and marks a significant milestone in the revitalization of the country. Comment

Privy Council or Caribbean Court

St Lucia: The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Court of Appeal is to determine whether St. Lucia should continue with appeals to the Privy Council in the United Kingdom or move toward the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). Comment

Lift embargo against Cuba: Congresswoman Castor

Cuba: A Democratic congresswoman in Tampa, Fl. has joined a growing list of calls for the lifting of the half-century-old trade and economic embargo against Cuba. Comment

To get Haiti aid it needs, Martelly must restore democracy

Haiti: After a devastating earthquake, hurricanes and an imported cholera epidemic, impoverished Haiti seems an unlikely candidate for tough love. But that may be the best way to resolve a political impasse blocking the country’s recovery. Comments (1)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Robust, actionable UN vote

Caribbean: The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Tuesday, April 2, joined the global community in approving a global arms trade treaty. Comment

Spoiled American rich kid redeems himself in India

Movies: “Not Today” Comment

Sun Kulcha

Arts & Theater: Anti-harassment rally: Join us, the Alliance at an Anti-Street-Harassment Day rally and chalk-walk beginning in Washington Square Park at noon. At 2:00 p.m., we’ll leave the rally to chalk the streets of New York with positive messages against street harassment. Chalk is provided! At 5:00 p.m., after your hard work has paid off, come to The Half Pint on the corner of Thompson and West 3rd to refuel. Join Hollaback! as they chalk their way through NYC, sending positive messages against street harassment. The co-sponsors include Councilmember Julissa Ferreras, UN Women, the Feminist Society at NYU, STEPS to End Family Violence, “Let your Voice be Heard” radio. Comment

Dispose unused prescription drugs properly

Health: (StatePoint) What do you do with your unused prescription pills and over-the-counter medications? Do you throw them away? Flush them down the toilet? Simply leave them in your cabinet for a rainy day? Comment

Tell your doctor about gastrointestinal symptoms

Health: (StatePoint) For millions of adults in the United States, daily activities like going to work or school may also be accompanied by bothersome gastrointestinal symptoms such as abdominal pain and constipation. People may not talk to their doctor about these symptoms because they’re embarrassed and find the conversation a difficult one to have. They suffer in silence. Comment

T&T author on UNESCO international culture body

Trinidad and Tobago: Author and educator, Dr. Kris Rampersad has been invited to serve on the consultative body of the international InterGovernmental Committee on safeguarding intangible cultural heritage of the United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organisation. Comment

FIGHTERS AIM HIGH

Sports: Four boxers and all from the Caribbean, now residing in Brooklyn, have a bright future ahead of them on the professional level during their fights and workouts under trainer Don Saxby’s eyes at Gleason’s Gym in downtown Brooklyn. Saxby is ably assisted by Martin Gonzalez. They recently came to the training headquarters on Saturday afternoon — Mikkel Lespierre, Shawn Cameron, Chavez Peters and Elton Dharry. Comment

Monday, April 8, 2013

Caribbean Roundup

Trinidad and Tobago: The Royal Bahamas Police Force recently detained 17 Cubans at Cay Lobos and the Perry Christie administration is seeking to repatriate them swiftly to Havana. Comment

WLIB radio engineer touted for excellence

People: For 17 years, Kathy Jordan Sharpton has been carefully, selecting women she believes should be celebrated for their excellence. That celebration has been marked by an award presentation of a plaque from Al Sharpton, a lavish luncheon and a gathering of family and friends who cheer the occasion. Comment

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Three NYC mayoral hopefuls woo Sharpton Confab

People: Three top contenders in New York City’s mayoral campaign ensured their presence to a large gathering of conventioneers to the 15th annual National Action Network meeting at the Sheraton Hotel. Comment

Immigration reform: It’s a heartland issue

Immigration: I run a small business in Nebraska. So I’ll probably raise some eyebrows when I say I’ve got immigration on my mind. Comment

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Caribbean Airlines fined US$100,000

Trinidad and Tobago: The U.S. Department of Transport (DOT) has fined Trinidad and Tobago national carrier Caribbean Airlines (CAL) US$100,000 for violating federal rules last August by not providing passengers with an opportunity to leave a plane that was delayed on the tarmac at New York’s JFK Airport for more than four hours. Comments (1)

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: American Meat (Unrated) Solutions-oriented documentary examining the state of the U.S. meat business from the point-of-view of farmers working in the industry. Comment

Friday, April 5, 2013

Fathers join children in basket ball shootout

Queens: On Saturday, March 30, 2013, Council Member Leroy Comrie, with The Allan Houston Legacy Foundation, and Jay Sugarman, founder of the iStar Family Shootout, hosted the “Father Knows Best Tour” at the Queens College Fitzgerald Gymnasium. Comment

Dodging a bullet

Books: “Living and Dying Comment

This week’s Caribbean Life Newspapers are online

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

Budget will show surplus: PM Douglas

St Kitts and Nevis: BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, April 2, 2013 (CUOPM) – Next Tuesday’s Budget for the financial year 2013, is expected to show a surplus in the country’s overall balance, a surplus in the country’s current account and a surplus in the country’s primary balance. Comment

COJO launches Child Month appeal

Jamaica: New York based Jamaica charity Children of Jamaica Outreach (COJO) Inc., recently launched its annual Child Month initiative to raise funds to benefit less fortunate children in Jamaica. From now until May, tri-state residents can assist in providing scholarships to needy youths. This year’s aim is to maximize support for the cause and also give back to the US-based community which throughout the years has aided in bolstering funds to the underserved population. Comment

Thursday, April 4, 2013

‘SAVE OUR SEAS’

Caribbean: As the World Ocean Council (WOC) gets ready to host SOS 2013, a conference to secure the future of the Caribbean Sea, the Washington, DC-based Institute for Caribbean Studies (ICS) this week issued a call for private sector leadership as preparations move into high gear for the WOC’s Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS), April 22-24 in Washington, D.C. Comment

An Ailey farewell

Arts & Theater: Brimming with Caribbean-inspired décor, costumes by Ves Harper and spine-tingling music adapted and arranged by Howard A. Roberts, dancers of the American Dance Theater Company: Linda Celeste Sims, Glenn Allen Sims and Renee Robinson in Alvin Ailey’s “Revelations” at New York City’s City Center brilliantly detailed the essence of courageously overcoming inconceivable hardship. For more than 50 years, performances of “Revelations” have elicited unadulterated human emotions from audiences across the globe. Comment

Guyana to rebuild ‘Jim Jones’ church

Guyana: Officials in Guyana comfirmed this week that the Georgetown Catholic church where the late American cult leader Jim Jones performed fake healings using blood from chickens and other animals, is scheduled for re-commissioning in December. A Christmas Day fire in 2004 completely destroyed the mostly wooden Gothic structure. Comment

US trains Haiti national police

Haiti: Miami-Dade instructors are sharing knowledge and skills with their Haitian counterparts through in-service training at their Public Safety Training Institute.The three-week course aims to enhance the professional skills of the Haitian officers and build their professional network. Comment

Red Bulls, Petke get first win

Sports: New York Red Bulls rookie head coach Mike Petke won’t forget the team that he put on the Red Bull Arena field last Saturday afternoon versus the Philadelphia Union; the line-up gave Petke his first MLS win as a head coach and the team’s first win of the season. It took all of 81 minutes before second half substitute Thierry Henry scored the winning goal, his first of the season, to seal the 2-1 victory. Comment

Haitian peasants prioritize for the next five years

Haiti: “Fighting for food sovereignty” was a major theme of the five–day Congress of Mouvman Peyisan Papay (Peasant Movement of Papay-MPP) that began March 18 in Haiti’s Central Plateau. This year’s Congress with MPP, the Americas’ second oldest peasant organization, celebrated the organization’s 40th anniversary. Comments (1)

Dave Cameron is new WICB president

Jamaica: Forty-two-year-old Dave Cameron, a Jamaican businessman, was elected the new president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) at the Annual General Meeting in Barbados on Wednesday, March 27. He defeated Dr. Julian Hunte who served in that capacity for six years. The vote went in favor of Dave Cameron 7-5 and his Vice President Emmanuel Nathan of Dominica defeated Joel Garner 8-4. Comment

FUSION URBANA

Arts & Theater: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts presents an exciting evening of Fusion Urbana that brings together the popular reggaeton music of the Grammy Award-nominated duo RKM & KEN-Y with hot bachata performances by 24 HORAS and KARLOS ROSÉ on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. Comment

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Call for passage of the NY State Dream Act

Staten Island: If there’s one thing more heartbreaking to parents and educators than children who have dropped out of school, or turned to drugs and crime, it’s this: students who are bright, hardworking and passionate about their education, but because of their immigration status, are ineligible to receive financial aid for college. Comment

ALL STARS CLASH

Brooklyn: Jonathan Severe, who paced Christ The King High School to an incredible season in the Catholic High Schools Athletic Association, heads the roster for the City team, that will oppose the Suburban team in the 5:30 p.m. New York Regional game of the Jordan Brand Classic at Barclays Center on Saturday, April 13. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Arts & Theater: workshop: We will be exploring the important role ships played in the Battle of Brooklyn at the Waterfront Museum, located on a barge in Red Hook from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. In the summer of 1776, local residents would have seen the imposing British fleet from Red Hook; Washington later rounded up more humble vessels in order to retreat to Manhattan from Brooklyn Heights. Participants in this family workshop will make their own improvised armada from objects found in Brooklyn today, such as coffee cups and cardboard packaging. Weather permitting, we will test launch our boats from the deck of the barge. The Waterfront Museum, 290 Conover St., Pier 44, Red Hook. Taught by Artist Eva Mendes. Comment

WICB elects new president

Jamaica: Jamaican businessman Dave Cameroon was elected president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) unseating incumbent Dr. Julian Hunte in a close vote at the Annual General Meeting in Barbados last week. Comment

Aspiring doctor crowned Miss Bartica Regatta 2013

Guyana: By Tangerine Clarke Comment

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Grenada to revive program selling citizenship

St Kitts and Nevis: ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada (AP) — Grenada announced Wednesday that it intends to revive a program that will essentially allow investors from across the globe to buy citizenship on the sparsely-populated Caribbean island known for its beaches and spice-scented forests. Comment

NAN’s agenda: Immigration, race & the justice system

People: Al Sharpton’s National Action Network Convention begins on April 3 and will continue through April 6 at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers with panel discussions focusing on immigration, gun violence, race and the justice system, the Black male, housing, education and politics. According to the founder of the advocacy organization, several high-profiled politicians, legislators and victims of crime are booked to participate in the annual confab. Comment

Jamaica to approve bill targeting lottery scams

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — The House of Representatives in Jamaica has passed a bill this week calling for tougher prosecution of those involved in multimillion-dollar lottery scams that mostly have targeted elderly Americans. Comment

Caribbean nations search for oil amid spill fears

Venezuela: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — The turquoise waters that have long brought treasure seekers to the Caribbean now are drawing a new kind of explorer as countries across the region increasingly open their seas to oil exploration. Comment

Minimum wage increase to $9.00 per hour by 2016

New York: Assemblywoman Michele Titus announced that the 2013-14 state budget increases the state’s minimum wage to $9.00 per hour by 2016. The wage will gradually increase over the next three years from $7.25 to $8.00 per hour on Dec. 31, 2013; to $8.75 on Dec. 31, 2014; and then to $9.00 per hour on Dec. 31, 2015. Comment

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Independent & Foreign Film

Movies: 6 Souls (Unrated) Supernatural crime thriller about a recently-widowed, forensic psychologist (Julianne Moore) who becomes concerned about her family’s safety after discovering that all but one of a patient’s (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) multiple personalities resemble victims of unsolved murders. With Brooklyn Proulx, Frances Conroy and Jeffrey DeMunn. Comment