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Monday, Feb. 3, 2014

‘One Love’ birthday party for Marley’s 69th

Music: Fans of reggae legend Bob Marley never need a reason to celebrate his legacy. However, this year, they will have 69 reasons to mark his Feb. 6 birthday. On that date, New Kingston Band plans to provide a jamming reggae session at SOB’s, 201 Varick St. For the 22nd year, the club/restaurant has been doing these tributes and this year with a mention of the code word “One Love” admission will be free. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. Comment

Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014

Gender counts in the aftermath of disaster

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Jan 31 2014 (IPS) - The rise in natural disasters in the Caribbean due to climate change has led to increased suffering for both men and women, much of it as a consequence of socially constructed roles based on gender, experts say. Comment

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Friday, Jan. 31, 2014

CaribbeanRoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Bahamas is the wealthiest Caribbean country according to the World Bank. In the 2014 World Development Report, the World Bank used each country’s Gross National Income (GNI) to measure its wealth. Comment

LatAm leaders declare region a ‘zone of peace’

Venezuela: HAVANA (AP) — Leaders from across Latin America and the Caribbean signed a resolution declaring the region a “zone of peace” Wednesday, pledging to resolve their disputes as respectful neighbors without the use of arms. Comments (1)

EU agrees to mandate for normalization talks with Cuba

Cuba: The European Union (EU) says member-states have agreed to the terms for negotiating a “whole package” aimed at normalizing ties with Cuba. Comment

Bolt, Fraser-Pryce top RJR sporting personalities

Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce were named Jamaica’s top sporting personalities for 2013 at the RJR Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman awards recently. Comment

Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014

HUGE T’DAD COKE BUST

Trinidad and Tobago: In the past two weeks, authorities in Trinidad with the help of an unusually large group of DEA, FBI and other federal American agents have been trying to track down the players behind a major cocaine shipment from the Caribbean island to Norfolk, Virginia now that they know that similarly large shipments have been entering the U.S. since 2011. Comment

Cheers for Obama’s bold, progressive agenda

Brooklyn: Local members of the US House of Representatives and the US Senate, and the New York City Council are among the elected officials who have commended President Barack Obama for addressing the issue of comprehensive immigration reform in his State of the Union Address. Comment

New Carib center promotes green business

Trinidad and Tobago: A new World Bank-supported business hub inaugurated on Monday in Trinidad and Tobago will support the growing number of clean energy and climate technology ventures in the Caribbean, the Washington-based financial institution says. Comment

St. Lucian named among new cardinals

History was created in the Caribbean as Pope Francis will elevate Monsignor Kelvin Edward Felix, archbishop emeritus of Castries, St. Lucia, to a cardinal. Comment

GAYLE OUT

Trinidad and Tobago: Former West Indies captain Chris Gayle who was named captain of the Jamaica squad for the 2014 Nagico Super50 tournament was ruled out of the series because of a medical assessment. Gayle led Jamaica to the 50-over title in the 2007-08 season and also two seasons ago. Gayle has played 99 Test matches and 255 One-Day Internationals. Comment

Fitness fails Trinidad Princesses

Trinidad and Tobago: Once again, the work ethic failed a Caribbean team in a most consequential and devastating way! The Trinidad and Tobago women’s under-20 team were a mere five minutes away from becoming the first English-speaking Caribbean women’s team to qualify for a World Cup when it failed to maintain a 3-2 lead in the third place match against Costa Rica at the CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Tournament at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex in Georgetown, Cayman Islands on Sunday, Jan. 19. Comment

Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014

Cuba’s Castro calls for integration free of US

Venezuela: HAVANA (AP) — Cuban President Raul Castro called on Latin American and Caribbean leaders Tuesday to work together on pressing regional problems at a gathering of all Western Hemisphere nations except the U.S. and Canada. Comments (1)

What every cold and flu sufferer needs to know

Health: (StatePoint) During cold and flu season, an ounce of prevention goes a long way. But despite best efforts, getting sick is sometimes unavoidable. Comment

FDCC Fundraiser for Caribbean Children

People: My name is Kim Jean. I am a proud donor to and ambassador for the Foundation for the Development of Caribbean Children (FDCC). This letter is to gain your support and that of your readers to donate $5 to continued early education learning of our children in the OECS. This is a call to the charitable side of our people. A chance to support programmes for children zero to five years and their families and keep the dedicated care givers doing what they love. Comment

Prison inefficiencies under scrutiny

People: The high costs associated with corrections and inefficiencies within state prison systems have caused a number of states to reexamine their practices and embrace justice reinvestment, an evidence-based approach that reduces prison populations and reinvests savings into practices that can improve public safety and reduce costs. Comment

Empowering Residents in East Harlem

Manhattan: Michael Pugh, president and chief operating officer of Carver Federal Savings Bank has announced a partnership with Union Settlement Association, the oldest and largest social services provider for residents of East Harlem. Comments (1)

Ziggy adds to Marley Dynasty; Rihanna claims 8th Grammy

Music: On a night hip-hop recorders attempted to change sexist stereotypes, Caribbean super-recorders Rihanna and David “Ziggy” Marley won the music industry’s highest by winning a Grammy award. Comment

Employee woes go unheeded at T & T Consulate

Trinidad and Tobago: Employees at the Trinidad and Tobago consulate in New York (a goodly number of them, anyway) have been living a nightmare since the current consul general, Nan Ramgoolam, assumed the position in 2011. Comments (1)

New York Junior League in full swing

People: Even though the sport of tennis is more noted for the spring and summer in the New York City area with competition at all levels, it still remains as an all-year round activity. Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014

NY State Budget Highlights & Proposals

People: Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled his budget proposal Tuesday, Jan. 21. It includes: funding for Universal Pre-K statewide, increasing school aid by $800 million, increasing support for after-school programs, creating a college scholarship for STEM students, a panel to oversee Common Core and work to correct problems identified by parents and teachers. Comment

Jamaica police units to get wearable cameras

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Some Jamaican police units will soon be wearing video cameras on their uniforms in part to encourage officers to use appropriate force and perhaps curb high rates of killings by law enforcers in a country where they have long been accused of trigger-happy tactics. Comment

LatAm summit in Cuba focus on poverty, inequality

Venezuela: HAVANA (AP) — Leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean began arriving in Cuba on Sunday to talk about poverty and inequality at a summit of a fledgling regional bloc formed as a force for integration and a counterbalance to the U.S. Comment

Guyana winery attracts expats, US Peace Corps, Russians

Guyana: The pristine sandy Linden Soesdyke Highway that is home to Pandama Winery and Retreat in Guyana has become quite the hot- spot for wine connoisseur from around the world, who trek to the South American country to sample the vintage made from local fruits, while experiencing the natural wilderness among the 17-acre property. Comments (1)

Sean Penn’s homeless camp in Haiti clearing out

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A country club golf course that became a refuge for tens of thousands of people left homeless in Haiti’s capital by a 2010 earthquake is clearing out the remaining residents by this weekend. Comment

Jaded playboy rethinks his womanizing ways

Movies: Dean (Skylar Austin) lives in L.A. with three buddies in a warehouse converted into a windowless loft they call “The Cave.” The appellation is apropos since these twenty-something slackers behave like cavemen, spending most of their free time at local haunts bars trying to lure women back to their bachelors’ lair for wanton liaisons with no strings attached. Comment

THREE LITTLE BIRDS

Arts & Theater: NEW YORK (AP) — A snowy, frigid New York is about to enjoy a blast of Caribbean warmth courtesy of Jamaica and its most favorite son, Bob Marley. Comment

Monday, Jan. 27, 2014

Five honored at Black Agency Executives luncheon

People: On Thursday, Jan. 16 the Black Agency Executives (BAE) held their 37th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon at the New York Hilton. Comment

Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014

‘Motown’ star on health crusade

People: “Motown: The Musical” features a star-studded cast of thespians who nightly, nostalgically reflect on the heydays of the most successful record label out of the motor city AKA known as Detroit. With Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops and Temptations dominant in the Broadway production, no character leaves as indelible an impression on audiences as the Diana Ross character portrayed by Valisia LeKae. Comments (1)

Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014

US stamp honors Shirley Chisholm’s legacy

People: On Friday, Jan. 31, at 11:00 a.m., Brooklyn Borough Hall will host the First-Day-Of Issue ceremony for the Shirley Chisholm commemorative stamp. This Black Heritage forever stamp kicks-off Black History Month. Comments (1)

Karl Hudson-Phillips QC dies in London

Trinidad and Tobago: Tributes continue to pour in from the Caribbean for the late Karl Hudson-Phillips QC, of Trinidad and Tobago who died recently in his sleep at his son’s home in London. Comment

Jamaica ‘Voice’ booked for St. Kitts Fest

Music: Jamaican singing sensation, Tessanne Chin will return to perform during the St. Kitts Music Festival where she performed seven years ago. Comment

What every small business needs to know this year

(StatePoint) For small businesses, adapting to the changing times is crucial. Periodically, it’s important to review what’s working and where there’s room to transform. Comment

Friday, Jan. 24, 2014

Haiti’s ‘public housing’ projects overlook poorest

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Jan 20, 2014 (Haiti Grassroots Watch) - Named after a famous Haitian singer, the Lumane Casimir Village sits in the desert-like plain at the foot of Morne à Cabri and will eventually have 3,000 rental units. About 1,300 are now ready. Comments (1)

‘Bob Marley of Diabetes’ at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center

Jamaica: Calling himself the “Bob Marley of Diabetes,” Jamaican celebrity chef Charles Mattocks on Tuesday conducted a very successful diabetes tour of Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn. Comment

Windies legends on ACF Honorary Board

People: Legendary West Indies cricketers Sir Clive Lloyd and Michael Holding are among cricket luminaries announced in a recently established Honorary Advisory Board of the American Cricket Federation. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 12 O’Clock Boys (Unrated) Crime does pay documentary profiling a biker gang of troubled teens inexplicably given free rein by the police to terrorize the citizens of Baltimore. Comment

Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014

Gross Human Rights Abuse

Guyana: Just when everyone thought that the 2009 case involving several police officers who had burned the genitals of a 13-year-old murder suspect was the worst ever incident of alleged police brutality or torture, the country is once again dealing with allegations that a young but apparently unstable officer used a police baton to sodomize a young detainee during interrogation into an alleged burglary in November. Comment

TOP PICKS

Sports: The college draft for the 19th Major League Soccer (MLS) season, which kicks off on March 8, was completed on Thursday, Jan. 16 at the Philadelphia Convention Center and Jamaican Andre Blake became the first goalkeeper and first Jamaican selected as the number one pick. Blake was chosen by the Philadelphia Union in the first position overall in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft. Comment

First Saturday at The B’klyn Museum

Music: Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturdays’ presentation of dance, music, film, fashion co-sponspred by CARIB Being, presents a diverse group of artists of the African Caribbean Diaspora on February 1, in celebration of Black History Month. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) is urging the Caribbean and other developing nations to maximize the use of its tools and services to fight crimes against children. Comment

Braggin’ About B’klyn

Brooklyn: Brooklynites reveled in a bragfest that celebrated the 28th annual and largest gathering marking the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by lauding historical firsts which out-distances four boroughs that comprise the city’s demographics. Inside the Brooklyn Academy of Music – located a stone’s throw from the news-magnet Barclays Center – Brooklyn’s finest proved the best attraction and most significant venue to “Come share The Dream” and 85th birthday anniversary of Dr. MLK. Comment

DEA agents investigate T&T cocaine ring

Trinidad and Tobago: A team of US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents are in Trinidad working assiduously to crack a major cocaine ring following a US$100 million bust in Norfolk, Virginia, USA last December. Comment

WICB president must act quickly!

Caribbean: West Indies Cricket Board President Dave Cameron must recognize that West Indies cricket has taken a deeper fall in its management, selection panel, coach and captaincy. Comment

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

SVG teachers honor outstanding nationals

The Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Ex-Teachers Association of New York, Inc. on Sunday bestowed special honors on stalwart community advocates James Cordice and Godfrey Pitt, and recognized former national footballer (soccer player) Lennox Duncan. Comment

Caribbean sees worrying rise in climate-sensitive diseases

Trinidad and Tobago: ROSEAU, Dominica, Jan 20, 2014 (IPS) - Caribbean countries, struggling to emerge from a slump in exports and falling tourist arrivals brought on by the worldwide economic crisis that began five years ago, have one more thing to worry about in 2014. Comment

Belizean Creoles are losing power

Belize: I read an article written by the owner and publisher of the Amandala, Evan X Hyde, several times and I disagree with him that the Creoles have collapsed. It is more accurate to say that they are losing power. The Creoles are in the position that they are in due to the ethnic, economic, historical and political transformation that has been taking place in our country over the years. Comment

Jamaica’s coolest runners are back on Olympic ice

Jamaica: Anyone who thought it was a fluke that a team from the Caribbean island of Jamaica qualified to compete in the 1998 Winter Olympics can now re-think the phenomenon because on Feb. 7, a delegation from the island will once again parade the black, green and gold banner during the opening ceremony of the competition in Sochi, Russia. Comment

A matter of timing in Gates memoir

Viewpoints: Robert Gates, the former secretary of defense, finds himself on a bit of a mission impossible these days. Ever since his voluminous memoir, “Duty,” was recently released and media people hooked into criticism Gates included of both President Obama and Vice President Biden, he has been trying to make the case that calling him out for such criticism, particularly with respect to the president, wasn’t altogether justified Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014

Sun Kulcha

Queens: Solidarity Night: Join the Grenada Independence Anniversary Committee of New York for Caribbean Solidarity Night in celebration of Grenada’s Independence. This is a free event for the public at 7:00 p.m. Holy Cross Auditorium, 2530 Church Ave., (between Bedford and Rogers Ave.). For more information, call (212) 599-0301. Comment

Ex-con opens chess club for at-risk kids

Movies: Eugene Brown (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) was so worried about returning to his neighborhood in inner-city Washington, DC after serving 17 years for bank robbery that he shared his concern with his cellmate Searcy (Dennis Haysbert). The wise, old elder responded by making an analogy between life and the game of chess amounting to the simple suggestion “Take care of the king.” Comment

Sun Kulcha

Queens: Ballet: Celebrate 35 years with VISIONARIES at Florence Gould Hall, 55 E. 59th St., NYC. VISIONARIES, the first of two programs in the series LEGENDS AND VISIONARIES, performs at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $30 ($20 for students and seniors) and are available for purchase at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 982-2787. Comments (1)

Fuel your New Year’s weight loss resolutions

Health: If your scale is your worst enemy, it may be time to adopt a workable weight management strategy. A New Year is the perfect time to recommit oneself to health, wellness and shedding those extra pounds. Comment

Monday, Jan. 20, 2014

Bunji Garlin’s ‘Differentology’ wins an award

Music: Trinidad and Tobago’s Soca artiste Bunji Garlin’s track “Differentology” and Korean rapper G-Dragon’s “Crooked” tied for United States-based channel MTV 2013 IGGY Song of the Year award when voting closed recently. Comment

Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014

Pact for global economic stability

Caribbean: The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has called on rich countries to contribute to the economic and social well--being of the region by diversifying their investments there. Comment

Sabotage of a Gun/Gang Violence Forum

Brooklyn: A major forum on Gun and Gang violence in Brooklyn was ‘sabotaged’ by people using the old-school politics of destruction, says community organizers. Comment

WICB congratulates Dr. Julian Hunte

St Lucia: President of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Dave Cameron has congratulated former president Dr. Julian Hunte for being awarded Knight Commander of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (KCMG). Comment

Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014

Schomburg’s first exhibition for 2014

Music: Black History Month celebrations begin on the first day of February with a musical salute to America’s most successful Black-owned record label with an exhibition at Harlem’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture entitled – “Motown: The Truth Is A Hit.” Comment

Opera singer Norman to receive Bob Marley Award

Manhattan: Opera singer and recitalist Jessye Norman is this year’s choice to receive the AFUWI Bob Marley Award. The five-time Grammy Award winner was named the 2014 winner of the honor annually presented by the American Foundation for The University of the West Indies (AFUWI) during their gala fundraising event. Comment

Friday, Jan. 17, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: A new United Nations report says economic growth in Latin America and the Caribbean declined this year but is predicted to improve over the next two years. Comment

Amiri Baraka, A giant has left us

Amiri Baraka formally Everett LeRoi Jones made his transition on Jan. 9, 2014 at the age of 79, and is now an ancestor. Amiri Baraka was a wordsmith extraordinaire and probably the finest American poet of this age, an essayist, novelist, dramatist, lecturer, educator, husband, father, friend and mentor to many, and an icon of our age. Comment

Make way for Macgizmo

Music: Jamaica continues to be a hotbed for new musical talent. Comment

New date for Election Primaries

New York: In a move that would save state and local governments, as well as taxpayers, about $50 million, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Ways and Means Committee Chair Herman D. Farrell, Jr., and Election Law Committee Chair Michael Cusick has announced the Assembly passed legislation establishing the fourth Tuesday in June as New York’s Primary Day for both federal and state offices (A.8198). Comment

A stark choice in the New Year

Viewpoints: At this moment, four out of every 10 unemployed workers in the U.S. have been looking for a job for more than six months, the highest level of long-term joblessness since the Great Depression. While more people are buying goods and services now than four years ago, businesses are only beginning to hire back laid-off workers, and there are still three workers lined up for every open job. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys (Unrated) Lapland documentary chronicling a year-in-the-life of a family of reindeer herders. (In Finnish with subtitles) Comment

An entertaining evening in ‘Winter Wonderland’

Arts & Theater: Despite a pall that was cast on the Vincentian community in the United States over the unexpected Christmas tragedy and destruction at home by a freak storm, the Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Nurses Association of New York, Inc. still sought to put on a very brave face in staging its inaugural Winter Wonderland Entertainment Evening. Comment

Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014

GUYANA IMPORT HAZARD

Jamaica: Customs and other first responding agencies in the Caribbean apparently are slowly waking up to the fact that cars, other vehicles and spare parts from an area in Japan where a radioactive nuclear plant failed after a massive earthquake and tsunami more than three years ago, are being sneaked into various Caribbean countries, unbeknownst to people who should be alert to that possibility. Comment

Sammy must be relieved of the Test captaincy

People: This is the time to appoint West Indies wicketkeeper/batsman Denesh Ramdin to captain the West Indies cricket Test team and move Dwayne Bravo to the Twenty20 captaincy. This means that Bravo will captain the One-Day Internationals (ODI) and the Twenty20 matches for the West Indies. Comments (3)

US Court upholds offshore tax avoidance rules

Caribbean: The DOJ said on Jan. 13 that the Florida Bankers Association and Texas Bankers Association had challenged the 2012 amendments to the Department of the Treasury’s interest-reporting regulations. Comment

Guyana, Caribbean have lost a broadcasting giant

The community is mourning the loss of Terry O. Holder, a stalwart whose name was synonymous with broadcasting, and who former colleague Enrico Wolford said taught him and countless others that you have to “live the story to tell the story.” Comment

Trelawny Maroons’ Anniversary celebration

Jamaica: January 6 marked the annual celebration in Jamaica for the Maroons of Trelawney Town (known as the “Sovereign State of Accompong Town”) and the signing of the peace treaty between themselves and the British, and also the birthday of Kojo, the great leader of the Leeward Maroons. Comment

MEXICO’S CHANCES

Sports: Mexico sort of backed into the 2014 World Cup by having to go through New Zealand to win the fourth spot in CONCACAF. The Tricolor struggled throughout the qualifying rounds last year to get to the play-off against New Zealand only after Panama virtually gave away an easy home victory to the U.S. Panama was on its way to the big dance with 15 minutes to play when it folded under U.S. pressure. Comment

Bolt to run again at Golden Spike

Jamaica: PRAGUE (AP) — Usain Bolt will compete again at the Golden Spike in Ostrava on June 17. Comment

Fast start Terriers

For the past three winters, the Blackbirds from Long Island University-Brooklyn dominated college basketball in the met area. The 2012-13 season was no exception, either. A more than decent starting five plus the reserves were dominating and went to the NCAA tournament, the dream of any college quintet. Comment

JAZZ966

Music: Manhattan’s Lincoln Center was no rival for Fort Green Senior Center at 966 Fulton St. on Friday, Jan. 10, 2013. This Jazz spot which is frequented mostly by seniors every Friday night because of its high caliber of entertainers was transformed into an overflowing venue for the great Wynton Marsalis followers. Comment

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014

Groundbreaking patent-abuse settlement

New York: In a first-of-Its-kind settlement aimed at preventing “deceptive and abusive” business tactics, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman this week announced a groundbreaking settlement with MPHJ Technology Investments, LLC, for using a so-called “patent troll” when it contacted hundreds of small and medium-sized New York businesses in an effort to strong-arm them into paying MPHJ for patent licenses of dubious value. Comment

‘Blunt and direct,’ he says; others say ‘bully’

Viewpoints: He’s no “focus-group tested” or “blow-dried” candidate, Governor Chris Christie offered at his marathon “Bridgegate” news conference the other day. This was in the process of disputing the widely held impression of the New Jersey governor as a bully. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Queens: Art fundraiser: From Here to Haiti will hold its annual art show fundraiser featuring the works of more than 75 Haitian and international artists from 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at 14-46 Utopia Parkway, Whitestone, NY 11357. Comment

France to face Norway, Paraguay and Jamaica

Jamaica: PARIS (AP) — France will play Norway, Paraguay and Jamaica in friendly matches as part of its World Cup preparations. Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014

USAID funds in Haiti still unaccounted for

Haiti: WASHINGTON, Jan 10, 2014 (IPS) - As the fourth anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti approaches on Jan. 12, development analysts are decrying an ongoing lack of transparency in U.S. foreign aid to the country, even as those assistance streams are drying up. Comments (1)

Caribbean-themed business campaign

Brooklyn: The Church Avenue BID, a business resource group representing Brooklyn merchants in Flatbush who want to improve, expand or reposition their businesses, will host a series of events from July 2013 to June 2014 as part of their ongoing Caribbean-themed campaign. Comment

National Recognition For Excellence

Brooklyn: MIAMI (Jan. 9, 2014) – CAMBA Gardens Phase I, an affordable rental housing property developed by CAMBA Housing Ventures Inc., was named the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Development that Best Demonstrates Financial Innovation at the 5th annual Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits Developments of Distinction Awards Ceremony. The award presentations were made before hundreds of affordable housing industry practitioners attending Novogradac & Company LLP’s Tax Credit Developers Conference at the Mandarin Oriental in Miami, FL, Jan. 9, 2014. Comment

Black Brooklyn pols ‘vindicated’ in stop-and-frisk ruling: Clarke

People: Brooklyn Democratic Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke says Black elected officials in Central Brooklyn are feeling “somewhat vindicated” over a recent court ruling against the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) stop-and-frisk policy against Blacks and other minorities. Comment

Troubled teen transforms behind bars

James Burns (Spencer Lofranco) ended up behind bars in spite of his frustrated mother’s (Mary-Louise Parker) best efforts to keep him on the straight and narrow path. When he was 14, she took him down to the police station for a good talking to after she found a pistol in his possession. Comment

Monday, Jan. 13, 2014

Climate of positive Carib economic activity

Guyana: HOUSTON, Texas (Dec. 03, 2013) - “The blacklisting of Guyana and the citation of Belize by the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) could have serious ramifications for the banking industry if corrective measures are not taken,” warns Melissa Marchand, publisher of Global News Matters, which produces the fortnightly Market Dynamics Caribbean. Comment

Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014

Those we loved and lost in 2013

People: The year 2013 will be remembered as the one three continents lost an iconic leader with the passing of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and South African giant and former President Nelson Mandela. Comment

Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean: 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

Marley’s ‘Three Little Birds’ premieres in NYC

Arts & Theater: A song about Bob Marley’s three backing, songbirds – The I-Three – is now a musical production and heading to a Times Square theater one day after his 69th birthday anniversary. The lyrics he penned and named “Three Little Birds” was transformed into a children’s book written by his eldest child Cedella and it is that version that is slated to open at the New Victory Theater on Feb. 7. Comment

Friday, Jan. 10, 2014

Christmas storm underlines Caribbean’s vulnerability

St Vincent: CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Jan 7, 2014 (IPS) - Guyanese President Donald Ramotar says the death and destruction caused by intense rainfall in three Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries over the Christmas holidays is a sign that the region has no time to lose in fortifying its resiliance to climate change. Comment

The Case for Haitians’ DR Citizenship

Haiti: The Permanent Mission of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to the Organization of American States (OAS), on behalf of CARICOM Member States, recently put on the table at the meeting of the OAS Permanent Council, the need to debate the ruling of Dominican Republic’s (D.R.) Constitutional Tribunal which will retroactively strip hundreds of thousands of Dominican-born persons of their citizenship. Comments (1)

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Big Bad Wolves (Unrated) Israeli crime thriller about a suspected serial killer (Rotem Keinan) who finds himself being trailed by the revenge-minded father (Tzahi Grad) of his last victim and by a rogue cop (Lior Ashkenazi) willing to take the law into his own hands. Support cast includes Menashe Noy, Dvir Benedek and Kais Nashif. (In Hebrew with subtitles) Comments (1)

Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014

CRIME GONE AWRY

Trinidad and Tobago: The murder rate in Trinidad for much of the past decade has topped more than 400 per year and violent crime has had such a debilitating effect on politics on the island nation that Opposition Leader Keith Rowley said it had much to do with the heavy defeat of the then People’s National Movement (PNM) in the 2010 general elections, and predicts that a similar fate awaits Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and her cabinet with less than two years left for fresh polls. Comment

FUSION JAZZ

Music: Christian Scott and his band are setting stages on fire around the world and will soon be in New York to play their brand of fusion jazz. The Christian Scott Ensemble will play the Blue Note, New York, Thursday, Jan. 16 through Sunday, Jan. 19. Shows are at 8:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. nightly. Comment

Day To Dream

New York: At my job as a cleaner for Airway Cleaners, a contractor for American Airlines at JFK Airport, I make $7.90 an hour with no benefits. It takes two of my paychecks to cover just the electricity bill. By the time I pay daycare for my daughters and buy a metro pass I have nothing left. Which means, I am juggling the bills for the other expenses. Seeing what bill I could afford not to pay until the next month. Comment

Festive Inauguration Ceremony for the Brooklyn Barrons

Brooklyn: The inauguration ceremony for the Honorable Inez Barron, Council Member for the 42nd District was held on Friday, Jan. 3 at New York City Hall in the Council Chambers. It was a very festive occasion. Food was served for the first two hours from 5:00 till 7:00 p.m., giving attendees an opportunity to enjoy the cuisine, have lengthy conversations and recover from effects of the unpleasant weather. It was bitter cold and the streets and sidewalks were still covered with snow. In spite of the weather the hall was full when the ceremony started at 7:00 p.m. Comment

Boehner signals backing change on immigration

Brooklyn: Even as Caribbean American Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has reiterated her call on United States President Barack Obama to suspend deportations to the Caribbean, the Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives, John A. Boehner, has signaled his intention to embrace a series of limited changes to U.S. immigration laws. Comment

Haiti, DR meet to discuss disputes

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitian and Dominican officials met Tuesday in an effort to resolve mounting tension between the Caribbean neighbors that was reflected in a recent court ruling that threatens to strip the citizenship of people of Haitian descent who were born in the Dominican Republic. Comments (1)

Vincentian storm relief efforts continue

St Vincent: Still very disheartened by the freak Christmas Eve storm that left nine people dead and an estimated EC $150 million in damages, Vincentian nationals in the United States continue to work feverishly in sending relief supplies home. Comment

Windies players must learn from their tours

Caribbean: The thrashing that the West Indies received in India and in New Zealand should serve as a cricket lesson to the West Indies players, particularly the younger inexperienced cricketers. Comment

Rock & Roll is here to stay!

New York’s best DOO WOP show featuring the timeless music’s leading singers and legendary groups will be held at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Lehman College/CUNY at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, NY on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Comment

Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014

Haiti, Dominican Republic begin citizenship talks

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitian and Dominican officials are hoping to resolve questions over citizenship in talks between the two countries. Comment

A LEGEND IS DEAD

People: The soccer world has suffered a great loss! Eusebio da Silva Ferreira, who led Portugal to a third-place finish in the 1966 World Cup and is considered one of the greatest soccer players of all time, died of heart failure last Sunday at his home in Portugal. The Mozambique-born legend, who became a Portuguese citizen, was 71. The Portuguese government declared three days of national mourning, with flags flying at half-mast. Comment

TravelSpan saves the day for snow-bound Guyanese

Guyana: Eighteen year-old aviation company TravelSpan took full advantage of the Christmas season to successfully resume airlifting hundreds of passengers from John F. Kennedy airport to Cheddi Jagan International Airport from Dec. 14 last year, ending a monopoly and high airfares that nationals faced over the last year. However, the carrier had to overcome the recent snowstorm that shut down area airports and crippled air travel across the U.S. Comments (3)

Arson destroys Venezuela Embassy in St. Kitts

Venezuela: BASSETTERRE, St. Kitts (AP) — Arson destroyed the Venezuelan Embassy and damaged offices used by the Organization of American States in St. Kitts and Nevis in what the prime minister of the small Caribbean nation said Monday was a politically motivated attack. Comment

A case of progressive or bust with Hizzoner

Viewpoints: Whether or not he figured his taking the reins in New York to have such broad political reach, the new mayor has found himself almost immediately propelled into being the national face of progressivism. Comment

Immigration debate ignores highly skilled African, Caribbean workers

Immigration: As a two-year budget conjures up illusions of congressional comity and President Barack Obama is desperate for a legislative recharge, there is much hype about a big immigration deal on the horizon. But, despite the huge political, economic and cultural implications for the country, black folks have little skin in the game. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: U.S. health authorities have issued a travel advisory for the French Caribbean dependency of St. Martin because of a mosquito-borne viral disease that is apparently being spread locally at the start of the winter tourist season. Comment

WICB prez praises Chanderpaul

People: President of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Dave Cameron, has praised veteran middle-order-batsmen Shivnarine Chanderpaul for achieving several miles stone in his career in 2013. Comment

“A’int I A Woman?”

‘A’int I A Woman?’

Farm forecasts try to decode a capricious climate

Trinidad and Tobago: PORT OF SPAIN, Dec 31, 2013 (IPS) - In the southwest peninsula of Cedros, one of Trinidad’s driest areas, Jenson Alexander grows the cocoa used for many years by the British chocolate giant Cadbury. Comment

Tips to prepare for winter weather emergencies

Health: (StatePoint) Imagine living without heat, power or communication during the coldest days of the year. During a winter weather emergency, not only can these conditions be unpleasant, but dangerous too. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Queens: Concert: In celebration of 40 years of Community Service, The Fort Greene Council, Inc. presents Wynton Marsalis. There will be two shows, 8:00 p.m (Doors open at 6:30 p.m) and 10:30 p.m. (Doors open at 9:45 p.m). Admission: $40 in advance ($70 both shows), $50 at the door ($90 for both shows), and limited front-row reserved seating: $60 ($100 both shows). 966 Fulton St., Brooklyn, NY (between Grand Avenue & St. James Plac Comment

Mark Wahlberg stars in ‘Lone Survivor’

Movies: “Lone Survivor” Comment

Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014

Trinidad defender Akeem Adams dies in Hungary

Trinidad and Tobago: BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Akeem Adams, a Trinidad and Tobago defender who played for Hungary’s Ferencvaros until suffering a heart attack in September, has died. He was 22 years old. Comment

Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014

Cayman police believe cruise ship passenger fell

Puerto Rico: SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Police in the Cayman Islands said Wednesday that they suspect a Canadian cruise ship passenger who recently vanished may have fallen off the boat as search crews scoured waters around the British Caribbean territory. Comment

Police in Jamaica probe slaying of New York teen

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Police in Jamaica are investigating the slaying of a New York teenager who vanished along with her cousin. Comments (1)

Friday, Jan. 3, 2014

U.S. continues to make Haiti ‘a priority’

Haiti: As Haiti celebrates its 210th anniversary of political independence, the United States says it will continue to make the impoverished, French-speaking Caribbean country “a priority.” Comment

Healthy weight loss tips that work

Health: StatePoint) Losing weight to look good may be a great motivator. An even better motivator is to get healthier, as excess fat tissue breeds inflammation, which can contribute to many debilitating and deadly diseases. And according to many doctors, even just a modest amount of extra weight can be damaging to your health. Comment

A ‘My Way’ kind of guy rides on

New York: Four years later than he lawfully should have, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has demitted office (for the benefit of some who may take issue with “lawfully”, we would willingly substitute “morally” or “ethically”). Be that as it may, the mayor saw fit to embark on a “victory lap” around the boroughs as his 12-year stint drew to a close. Comment

A business owner’s case for raising minimum wage

Viewpoints: What if we could create a program that would strengthen our tax base, make government spending more fiscally responsible and provide a powerful financial incentive to low-income workers? It sounds too good to be true. Comment

‘Come Share The Dream’ at BAM

The invitation is extended to everyone within the tri-state area but New Yorkers are especially encouraged to attend the 28th annual gathering in Brooklyn to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Comment

Chaka Khan & Braxton for Jamaica Jazz & Blues

Music: Still on a high after an intoxicating year-end celebration after Tessanne Chin won the Voice contest on NBC-TV; a cheerful Christmas and blessings galore, Jamaicans are preparing for a rousing January and the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival. Comments (1)

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box (PG for violence, adventure, peril and brief smoking) Fantasy adventure about an intrepid teenager (Aneurin Barnard) who follows clues on a perilous trek inside a hidden realm after the members of his family mysteriously disappear. With Ioan Gruffudd, Michael Sheen, Sam Neill, Lena Headey and Keeley Hawes. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013

FLOOD REPAIR BEGINS

St Vincent: By Desmond Brown Comment

Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013

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 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