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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Rowley re-elected as PNM leader

Opposition Leader Dr. Keith Rowley has regained his post as political leader of the People’s National Movement (PNM) in last Sunday’s internal party elections. Comment

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Trinidadians protest against poor governance

Trinidad and Tobago: Thousands came out to march on Friday, May 23, 2014 - the day before the People’s Partnership (PP) government in Trinidad and Tobago celebrated its fourth anniversary in office - to protest against poor governance, corruption and spiraling crime in the country. Comments (1)

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 2 Autumns, 3 Winters (Unrated) Romantic dramedy about a 33-year-old bachelor (Vincent Macaigne) who divides his time between wooing a cynical woman (Maud Wyler) he meets while jogging in the park and caring for his BFF (Bastion Bouillon) after a stroke. With Thomas Blanchard, Audrey Bastien and Pauline Etienne. (In French with subtitles) Comment

Friday, May 30, 2014

MAYA ANGELOU: A phenomenal woman

People: Did you know that Maya Angelou was one of the first Black women to enjoy mainstream success as an author? She gained acclaim for her first book her autobiography entitled “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” Comment

The sexiest workout ever!

Health: Summer is just around the corner and if you are looking for a fun way to workout “Brukwine” is a perfect fit. “‘Brukwine’ means to break out and wine,” says Autavia Bailey co-founder of “Brukwine.” “It’s place to let loose, whine and you get an amazing workout.” Brukwine is an energy filled, sweat inducing reggae and dancehall workout that has taken New York City by storm. Comments (1)

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

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BOLT’S CHAMPIONSHIP SPIKES FOR NY AUCTION

Jamaica: A pair of beautifully handcrafted spikes by Puma that was specially created for world sprint prodigy Usain Bolt and used in his training preparation for the 2013 World Championship Games in Moscow, Russia will go on sale at an auction in New York City on Friday, June 6. The auction will be a highlight of Rum & Rhythms, a signature event hosted by the Caribbean Tourism Organization during the annual Caribbean Week celebration in New York, and the premium event will take place at the posh Tribeca 360 in Lower Manhattan starting at 6:30 p.m. Comment

Guyanese actor achieves Hollywood fame

Arts & Theater: Award winning television and screen actor, Sean Patrick Thomas said a disciplined Guyanese upbringing definitely moulded him into the person he is today. “My family lived in Wilmington, Delaware where we were considered different in our neighborhood because we were the only black people, who were Guyanese,” said Thomas, whose success brought him to the bright lights of Broadway in the role of Asagai in a “Raising in the Sun.” Comments (3)

Poet, author Maya Angelou dies at 86

People: NEW YORK (AP) — Maya Angelou, a modern Renaissance woman who survived the harshest of childhoods to become a force on stage, screen, the printed page and the inaugural dais, died Wednesday, her son said. She was 86. Comment

DONOVAN RESPONDS

Sports: Landon Donovan was dropped from the USA World Cup preliminary squad and responded in the big way that a professional should -- by putting the doubts about his scoring ability to rest. The USA all-time scorer with 57 goals in over 100 appearances became the MLS all-time leading goal scorer with his 136th goal. Donovan passed Jamaican-born and former U.S. international Jeff Cunningham, who scored 135 in a long and illustrious career. Comment

The presence of Pan at present

Music: The steelpan – or pan, as it is more widely called – is the bedrock of Trinidad Carnival. It is also an instrument that is part and parcel of calypso and soca music. The instrument’s versatility easily lends itself to jazz, R&B, gospel, classical music. Comment

NYJTL Programs in full swing

Sports: Part of the Billie Jean King USTA National Tennis Center is still under construction but it does not prevent action to stop completely and move. Most of it will be finished before the start of the United States Open tournament begins in mid-August. Comment

Celebrate Summer Stages with Luciano, Chronixx

Music: June signals Black Music Month, Caribbean Heritage Month and for a majority – summer. Although the likelihood of daily sunshine, cool afternoons and fruity beverages add to the allure of the season, in New York City the bonus comes with a myriad of free outdoor concerts and big-name talent to sweeten the treats Comment

WICB partners with USCA

Sports: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has signed a strategic, long-term partnership with the United States Cricket Association (USCA), geared towards fast-tracking the sport’s development in the USA. Comments (1)

Machel, Rudder at UN Concert

All roads lead to the United Nations on June 6 when an all-star lineup will “urge global citizens to tell world leaders about the world they want in 2015 and beyond.” Comments (1)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

WORD! A Caribbean Book Fest

Books: With tales for all ages to ignite the imagination on authors and storytellers along with publishers, bookstore owners, readers and the literary curious will come together in Brooklyn, NY - the world’s largest Caribbean meeting place - for a celebration of the magic of the written word. Comment

Wolverine travels back in time to save the future

Movies: “X-Men: Days of Future Past” represents the seventh episode in the storied mutant series, and is the third directed by Bryan Singer who also helmed X-Men 1 and 2. This installment is loosely based on the 1981 Marvel Comics (issues #141-142) of the same name, a convoluted tale in which one of the superheroes is sent back in time to prevent an impending disaster threatening the present. Comment

CAMSA to host fundraising golf tournament

St Vincent: The Caribbean American Medical and Scientific Association (CAMSA) says it is hosting an inaugural golf tournament next month aimed at raising funds to support its medical missions in the region. Comment

Unheeded cries coming from the fringes

Viewpoints: Without a doubt, whenever another shooting spree claims innocent lives, innocent young lives especially, it’s that insane element that we first look upon with disfavor – those who argue unabashedly that a gun-toting citizenry is the preferred way forward for American society Comment

I&M Pastry Studio

Food: Pastry designer Tiffany Washington and dessert stylist Jo-Laine Duke-Collins are the masterminds behind I&M Pastry Studio (also known as Ilene Miriam Pastry Studio). Creating breathtaking custom artisan pastries and stylish dessert tables, these two young Brooklyn moms have made a lasting impression on New York City! Comment

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Abuse increases in Caribbean citizenship program

St Lucia: While economically-pressed Caribbean countries are selling citizenship to mostly Middle Eastern, Asian, and Russian applicants as an easy revenue source, reports say abuse of the program is on the rise. Comment

Howard U partners with medical mission to Haiti

Haiti: “We have about eight Haitian-descent students participating who have never been to Haiti,” reports Howard University Department of Medicine Chair Dr. Shelly McDonald-Pinkett, of the upcoming, late June, medical mission to Haiti. “Their parents are very excited, enthusiastic, and they encourage their participation.” Comment

Monday, May 26, 2014

Caribbean leaders to meet on cybercrime, eGovernance

Trinidad and Tobago: An upcoming meeting of Caribbean Commonwealth officials with responsibility for ICT will bring the region’s eGovernance and cybercrime issues squarely into focus. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Suriname: Caribbean Community countries (CARICOM) have condemned the kidnapping of hundreds of school children in Nigeria by members of the militant group Boko Haram last month. Comment

Empowering moms to beat arthritis through exercise

Health: May is a wonderful time to usher in the warmth of spring, to enjoy the rebirth of the season’s trees and flowers, and especially to honor the special woman in our life who delivered us into the world. In the month that we celebrate Mother’s Day, and also recognize National Arthritis Awareness Month, it’s a great opportunity to think about how to spend time with our loved ones. Taking part in simple outdoor activities to help them stay in good health is a perfect start. Comment

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Delivery (Unrated) Demon seed horror flick about a couple (Laurel Vail and Danny Barclay) expecting their first child who decide to document the pregnancy for a reality-TV show, only to discover that the newborn’s been possessed by an evil spirit. With Rob Cobuzio, Colter Allison and Rebecca Brooks. Comment

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Caribbean ‘smart’ classrooms launched

A series of technologically advanced classrooms designed to benefit thousands of students and educators in schools across the Caribbean has been launched following a commitment from international telecommunications company Samsung to the Organization of American States (OAS) and Virtual Educa. Comment

Carib choices: Climate change impact or MDGs

St Vincent: ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, May 21, 2014 (IPS) - Climate change is forcing the nine-member Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) to choose between expending scarce resources to deal with its impact or other pressing development goals. Comment

Friday, May 23, 2014

Call for greater roles for Carib Overseas Missions

St Vincent: In recognizing what he described as the very essential role that the Diaspora plays in the development of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace says he will expand the role of the country’s overseas missions and consulates if the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) wins the next general elections, constitutionally due next year. Comment

Buju Banton warns against T&T swindler

Music: Dancehall deejay Buju Banton has not travelled an easy road since 2009 when officers from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) arrested him in Tampa, Florida with evidence he might have participated in a drug deal. Convicted of conspiracy charges, the Grammy-winning reggae artist is confined to a Florida state facility but controversy has not eluded the popular Jamaican personality. Comment

Thursday, May 22, 2014

New Dance Studio Opens in Flatbush

Arts & Theater: 2014_05_21_Cynthia King Dance Studio.jpg Young Dancers Showcase Photo Courtesy Cynthia King Dance Studio Comment

MS. BUM-DELICIOUS 2014

Arts & Theater: The main stage at Hedonism 11 in Negril has been home to some of the most provocative pageants on the planet. But Negril’s super-sexy, all-inclusive beach resort has just announced the mother of all pageants- the Ms. Bum-Delicious Pageant 2014 that will take place on property from Aug. 31 to Sept. 7, 2014. Comment

TRADE TALKS STALL AGAIN

St Vincent: It is not that they are opposed to signing off on free-trade agreements but the smaller Eastern Caribbean islands have always told governments in the 15-nation Caribbean trade bloc that they are reluctant to get into such deals because they simply have too little to gain by doing so. Comment

New team comes to New York

Westchester: Every basketball fan talks about two hoop teams in New York City-the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks, both battling for supremacy. This year, it was a surprise with the Nets under a rookie head coach going to the second round of the playoffs, and the Knicks not even being in the mix. Comment

Black superstars change baseball rules

Books: “1954: The Year Willie Mays and The First Generation of Black Superstars Changed Major League Baseball Forever” by Bill Madden Comment

Sir Vivian Richard joins HPC

Antigua: Former West Indies captain and master batsman Sir Vivian Richard joins the High Performance Centre as a technical advisor for the tour of Bangladesh “A” team. The tour runs from May 26 to June 15 and comprises two four-day, three 50 overs and two Twenty20 matches. Comment

Online visibility is key to success

Business: (StatePoint) If you own a small business, you know that online visibility is one of the keys to success. And these days, harnessing the Web is crucial to any marketing plan. Comment

Tips to boost infant, toddler brain development

Health: (StatePoint) When babies are born, their minds are still a work in progress, and their brains will rapidly grow and develop based on their experience. That means the first few years are critical for healthy brain development. Comment

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

PNM focuses now on removing Kamla’s crew

Trinidad and Tobago: In the end, an adrenalin boost was probably the most important dividend for party supporters from the failed bid of Pennelope Beckles-Robinson to wrest leadership of the People’s National Movement (PNM) in Trinidad and Tobago from Dr. Keith Rowley. For having been the driver of what produced that bit of a battle-readiness rise for party members, Beckles deserves commendation. Comment

REJECTS SCORE GOALS

Sports: Englishman Jermain DeFoe, Nigerian Obafemi Martins and American Eddie Johnson were all left out of their countries’ World Cup teams, so they responded with important goals for their MLS clubs as a reminder of what their teams may be missing at the World Cup in Brazil, which kicks off on Thursday, June 12. Comment

Chairman Elombe Brath passes

Music: After a long illness Harlem’s Elombe Brath, a well-respected, much admired, historian, Pan-African leader and graphic artist passed. Comments (2)

Sun Kulcha

Queens: Cafe Conversation: Join us for a conversation with Manzè Beaubrun; lead singer and co-founder of Boukman Eksperyans, about her new book Nan Domi: An Initiate’s Journey into Haitian Vodou, followed by a performance with Boukman Eksperyans from 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. FiveMyles Gallery, 558 St. Johns Place, Brooklyn, NY 11238. Comment

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Antiguans vote on June 12

Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer has announced that voters will go to the polls on June 12 to elect a new government, ending weeks of intense speculation and debate as the election date. Comment

Legendary sea monster resurfaces as humanity’s ally

Movies: “Godzilla” made its debut in 1954 when the mythical, man-eating monster, inadvertently created by an atomic blast, emerged from the Pacific Ocean to carve a path of death and destruction across Japan, much to the chagrin of the country’s overmatched military. A couple of years later, Raymond Burr narrated a documentary-style, English-language remake which was basically a dubbed version of the original with his lines spliced in. Comment

Caribean Week Fashion Exchange

Fashion: JLC Productions has announced the upcoming launch of CAFE (Caribbean American Fashion Exchange) on June 5 during Caribbean Week in New York City, at the Wyndham New Yorker’s Crystal Ballroom, 481 Eighth Ave. in Manhattan. Comment

READY FOR THE RUNWAY

Fashion: Haitian-born student Tattiana Dorcelian felt the excitement of a famous designer on the runway of New York’s “Seven On Sixth,” after she received loud applause at the Martin Van Buren High School fashion show, for graduating students. Comment

St. Lucia moves to join Caribbean Court

St Lucia: St. Lucia has followed in the footstep of Dominica in its move to become a full member of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Governor General Pearlette Louisy revealed. Comment

Monday, May 19, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

Fire officials in the Bahamas say a blaze destroyed as many as 70 homes in a shantytown, leaving about 200 Haitian migrants homeless. No deaths or serious injuries have been reported from the early morning fire that ravaged the shantytown on Great Abaco Island. Investigators suspect arson. Comment

Volunteers dig well for new housing in Haiti

Haiti: LaToya Ingram with members of Clinton Hill’s Emmanuel Baptist Church goes to Haiti and builds houses. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (R for sexuality and pervasive profanity) Robin Williams plays the title character in this remake of The 92 Minutes of Mr. Baum, an Israeli dramedy about an obnoxious jerk who tries to make amends with everyone he’s ever offended after being informed by his doctor (Mila Kunis) that he only has an hour-and-a-half left to live. With Melissa Leo, James Earl Jones and Peter Dinklage. Comment

The Logistics Hub: Implications for Western Jamaica

Jamaica: Scores of residents, business luminaries, and public and private sector stakeholders in the second city were engaged in a riveting exchange of ideas, research and thinking among panellists and presenters at the Logistics Hub symposium at the Wexford Hotel on Thursday May 8, 2014. Comment

Sunday, May 18, 2014

US weighs in on Honduras rights abuse

Honduras: We hereby applaud and support the bold stand that is being taken by Congresswoman Janice Schakowsky from the 9th Congressional District in the State of Illinois and her colleagues in Congress, to draft a Resolution highlighting the Human Rights and Land Abuses that is being committed against the Garifuna people and other groups by President Orlando Hernandez of Honduras and his government. This resolution will be sent to the US Secretary of State John Kerry to examine the state of affairs in Honduras and to re-examine the current US relations with this country. Comment

Scientists explore Grenada’s underwater volcano

Grenada: A team of scientists in the United States is exploring the darkest corners of a huge underwater volcano off Grenada’s coast with the hope of better understanding the mysteries of earthquakes and tsunamis, and ultimately saving lives, according to reports in New York. Comment

T&T police launches ‘PrisonGate’ investigation

Trinidad and Tobago: The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard has directed the acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service to “commence forthwith” a criminal investigation into “prison litigation matters” and the “the prospect of criminal wrongdoing.” Comment

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Ziggy Marley pens first children’s book

Books: Ziggy Marley said he was in his kitchen one day when his three-year-old daughter Judah looked up to him saying “I love you.” The eldest son of Bob and Rita Marley said he looked down and simply responded saying “I Love You Too.” Comments (1)

Cultural treat at Vincentian tea party

Trinidad and Tobago: Nostalgic Vincentian and other Caribbean nationals in New York two Saturdays ago got an appetizing local cultural treat at what has been described as a very successful “Tea Party with a Difference” by one of the leading Vincentian cultural groups in the United States. Comment

Darren Sammy retires from Test cricket

People: Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy says his decision to quit Test cricket came after he realized he was no longer part of the future plans of the West Indies team, in the game’s longer version. Comment

Friday, May 16, 2014

Mangroves could save Guyana’s shrinking coastline

Guyana: GEORGETOWN, May 14 2014 (IPS) - Agriculture has always played an important role in the socioeconomic development of Guyana, one of just two Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states that straddle South America. Comment

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Friends of a B‘klyn Park with a Community Agenda

Arts & Theater: Friends of Wingate Park, a volunteer non-profit organization in Flatbush, Brooklyn formed in 2011 primarily to engage Brooklyn youth in activities aimed at maintaining a healthy physical environment, is today in the vanguard of the citywide effort to stem gun- and gang-violence. Comments (1)

Denesh Ramdin is Windies new Test captain

People: West Indies wicketkeeper batsman Denesh Ramdin is the new West Indies Test captain. He replaces former captain Darren Sammy who was axed after a very poor showing during his four-year captaincy. Comment

SELEBRASYON!

Music: “We’re celebrating our fifth year anniversary!” Haiti Cultural Exchange Director Regine Roumain proclaims as the six-week series –Selebrasyon! (Celebration!) gets ready to kick-off this weekend–19 separate events showcasing Haitian arts. Comment

ONLINE GAMING DISPUTE

Antigua: It is a classic example of a David vs Goliath story, this time not Biblical. A small Eastern Caribbean island genuinely thought it had found an innovative way to make millions by offering itself as a home base for internet gambling to supplement annual revenues from its tourism and offshore finance sectors. Comment

All eyes on The Sparrow

Music: “Long Live The King!” “Mightier than ever, Sparrow is still Mighty” “Slinger Francisco reigns” Comment

Taxing for a fairer travel deal

Travel: BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, May 1, 2014 – The newly appointed CEO of LIAT – The Caribbean Airline believes a reduction in taxation on intra-regional travel will help increase revenues for the governments of the Caribbean and give customers a fairer deal. Comment

The Fabulous Miss Marie’

Arts & Theater: “The Fabulous Miss Marie,” an Ed Bullins’ play directed by Woodie King, Jr., is being featured at the Castillo Theatre, located at 543 West 42nd Street in Manhattan and will run until May 18. Comment

JOHNSON LEFT OUT

U.S. Men’s National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann selected a 30-man preliminary roster for the final training camp before next month’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil, and his surprise omission of forward Eddie Johnson had many folks miffed, especially me. Comment

Gatlin clocks 10.02 to win in Tokyo

TOKYO (AP) — Justin Gatlin of the United States won the men’s 100 meters in 10.02 seconds on Sunday at the Seiko Golden Grand Prix, an IAAF World Challenge event. Comment

Records break at Loucks Games

Antigua: Rai Benjamin was only one of many athletes who put on tremendous performances during the 47th annual Glenn D. Loucks Track and Field three-day meet for high school athletes at White Plains High School in Westchester County, upstate New York. Entries keep growing year after year both in number of athletes and schools. Comment

‘Spring into Vacation’ with Caribbean Airlines

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean Airlines has launched its “Spring into Vacation” campaign. Customers who travel Mondays through Thursdays from May 9 through June 15, can benefit from 10 percent discount to any of their favourite destinations. Comment

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Haiti raises minimum wage for garment workers

Haiti: Haitian President Michel Martelly has issued an executive order raising the minimum wage for apparel workers. Based on current exchange rates, the increase from 200 Haitian Gourde to 225 Gourde (US $4.44 to $5) is a 12.5 percent increase, but currency devaluations make the boost equivalent to only an 8 percent hike in U.S. dollars, which is widely used in Haiti, according to the Miami Herald. Comment

There they go again, more see-through scheming

Viewpoints: This business of predictability in what passes for strategy on the Republican side would be hilarious, were there not such potential for dire consequences, depending on the extent to which gullible non-rabid partisans climb aboard the hard-liners’ bandwagon, to swallow intact the twaddle served them by GOP past masters of guile. Comment

Ex-Grenada Consul Gen. Stephen Alexander passes

Stephen Alexander, a former Grenada New York Honorary Consul General, died on April 28 after a short illness. He was 73. Alexander’s very close friend, Derek Ventour, a leading Grenadian-born entertainment promoter in Brooklyn, said he died after a two-week hospitalization at Downstate Medical Center and University Hospital of Brooklyn. Comment

Couple confronts rowdy frat in revenge comedy

Movies: When Kelly (Rose Byrne) and Mac Radner (Seth Rogen) decided to settle down in suburbia, they reasonably expected to raise their newborn in a quiet community. But that dream was threatened soon thereafter, when the local chapter of Delta Psi Beta bought the house next-door. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Queens: Bike The Branches: Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) will host their second annual Bike The Branches event, a one-day bike ride through BPL’s network of 60 neighborhood libraries. Building off of biking’s long history as a central Brooklyn pastime, Bike The Branches will feature 12 unique bike routes, and a range of special events featuring prizes, music, and entertainment. All proceeds from the event will go towards library services, including programming, technology, and collections. A free helmet fitting session will take place on Tuesday, May 13 from 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at BPL’s Central Branch at 10 Grand Army Plaza. Free helmets will be available while supplies last. To register, visit https://apps.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/btb/. Comment

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Long Is. Carib-American Heritage Festival

Music: Get ready for the Long Island Caribbean American Heritage Festival. Comment

New effort to halt spread of HIV in the Caribbean

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A handful of sex workers sit on discarded cardboard along a filthy sewer channel, sharing food and razors to shave their legs and faces as they prepare for the night’s labor on the streets of Jamaica’s capital. Comment

Tourism in the school curriculum

Travel: On behalf of the Caribbean Tourism Organization I want to commend the Caribbean Examinations Council for the launch of the 5 new subjects at the CAPE level, which addresses specific needs in our societies or areas where we want to develop knowledge and skills, including in the area of Tourism and I want to thank CXC for inviting the CTO to say a few words at this launch. Comment

Jamaica traces just $300,000 to gang kingpin

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Investigators in Jamaica have traced a relatively paltry sum of dirty money to a convicted gang kingpin who profited from government contracts while he oversaw an international crime syndicate, a senior official said Tuesday. Comment

Black lawyer nominated as ABA president

Brooklyn: The American Bar Association (ABA) has nominated a black lawyer as the first woman of color to be its president. Paulette Brown, a labor and employment law partner and chief diversity officer with the Morristown, N.J., office of Edwards Wildman Palmer, was nominated as the ABA’s president-elect for 2014-15. Comment

Monday, May 12, 2014

Press freedom essential pillar of democratic society: Antiguan envoy

Antigua: Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the United Nations, John Ashe, says freedom of expression and freedom of the press are “fundamental rights” that form an “essential pillar” of democratic societies. Comment

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Ninety colleges, clubs storm Princeton

Sports: Almost 90 colleges and clubs combined sent partial or whole teams to Princeton University’s outdoor facilities at Weaver Stadium for the annual Larry Ellis Invitational Track and Field Meet, and for some teams it marked their first big meet of the season. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Caribbean: 50 to 1 (PG-13 for suggestive material and a bar fight) Fact-based drama chronicling the road trip from New Mexico to Kentucky undertaken by a posse of cowboys when their crooked-footed horse miraculously qualifies for the Derby. Starring Skeet Ulrich, William Devane and Christian Kane. Comment

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean Public Health Authority (CARPHA), Dr. James Hospedales, Chikungunaya virus,Caribbean. Azad Ali; Caribbean Roundup; Guyana; Trinidad; Haiti; Jamaica Comment

Friday, May 9, 2014

Petrotrin aims to shrink its carbon footprint

Trinidad and Tobago: PORT OF SPAIN, May 5, 2014 (IPS) - Trinidad and Tobago holds the dubious distinction of being among the top 10 emitters of carbon dioxide per capita in the world, much of it due to the petrochemical industry that is the main driver of its economy. Comment

Caribbean religious leaders inspire IMF Sunday Schools

Grenada: WASHINGTON, May 5 2014 (IPS) - Last Fall, I witnessed the Grenada Council of Churches insert themselves into negotiations between their government and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) around the island’s debt restructuring and presumed austerity policies. Religious leaders called from pulpits across the tiny island for a “Jubilee” or national debt cancellation. Comment

Air fares increase from UK to Carib

Travel: Air fares from London to the Caribbean has been raised just weeks after Chancellor George Osborne announced Air Passenger Duty (APD) on flights from the United Kingdom to the Caribbean would be reduced. Comment

Indigenous Hondurans unite to preserve culture

Honduras: Were it not for conscientious documentaries, topical, historic and often under-reported news-worthy issues might never be exposed. Thanks to Ali Allie and Ruben Reyes who wrote, produced and directed the documentary “Garifuna in Peril,” the fast-vanishing Afro-Amerindian culture struggling to survive in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Belize and Honduras is now getting some notice. Comments (2)

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Legends tribute to mothers

Trinidad and Tobago: The “Legends In Concert Plus / Caribbean Mother’s DaySpecial” will be held Sunday, May 11, 2014 at the Boys & Girls High School, 1700 Fulton St., Brooklyn. Comment

Freedom Day at Claver Place

The Jazz African Heritage Movement (JAH) celebrated the 20th Anniversary of Freedom Day, a commemoration of South African Freedom and Democracy, at the legendary Claver Place, near Fulton Street, in Brooklyn on April 26, 2014. Comment

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

MURDER, MAYHEM IN PORT OF SPAIN

Trinidad and Tobago: The “execution” of Senior Counsel Dana Seetahal a prominent Trinidad and Tobago attorney has sent shock waves in the legal fraternity, the wider society and among jurists in the English-speaking Caribbean. Comments (1)

‘What’s Driving the ‘New Cold War’?’

People: By Chudi Chukwudi Comment

Mothers’ Day concert to laud 5 Caribbean women

Brooklyn: Everybody’s Magazine plan a huge Mother’s Day fete that will headline some of the Caribbean’s best known soca and calypso legends – all of whom will serenade five achieving women and in addition pay tribute to the single day dedicated to women who nurture children. Comment

A KING ONCE MORE

Music: After laboring in the calypso vineyard for almost two decades without a crown, Dennis Bowman has finally won a coveted title, beating back 12 challengers, including defending monarch John Dougan, to capture the Vincy New Song Calypso Competition title at the Matrix Lounge in Brooklyn last Saturday night. Comment

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

This Week In Albany

New York: This week, the State Assembly returned to Albany following the Easter and Passover Holidays to begin work on important legislative priorities of the 2014 Legislative Session. The legislative session continues in Albany until the end of June. Comment

Mental health tips for parents of teens, young adults

Health: (StatePoint) If you are the parent of an older child or teen, you may not think about his or her day-to-day medical needs as often as you did during early childhood. But older kids also are dependent on you, especially when it comes to emotional health and wellness. Comment

Investing In The Caribbean Is “Good Business”

Environment: 2014_05_05_Business_Gordon Butch Stewart Comment

Hard-hit CDM Carbon Market seeks new buyers

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, April 6, 2014 (IPS) - Since they first emerged as a result of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, carbon offset markets have been a key part of international emissions reductions agreements, allowing rich countries in the North to invest in “emissions-saving projects” in the South while they continue to emit CO2. Comment

Former party stalwart’s son should be booted out

Trinidad and Tobago: The People’s National Movement (PNM) in Trinidad and Tobago, the party of which Dr. Eric Williams was the primary founding figure, is generally referred to as drawing most of its support from among Afro-Trinidadians. But although such core support has always come from this sector, it clearly wasn’t Williams’ intent, when crafting the PNM model for its 1956 launch, to create an “African people’s party.” Comments (1)

Monday, May 5, 2014

Jamaica to host cricketers award

Trinidad and Tobago: The West Indies Players ‘Association (WIPA) and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) annual player awards ceremony will be shifted to Jamaica this year. It was held last year in Trinidad and Tobago. Comment

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: App (Unrated) Sci-fi thriller, set in Amsterdam, about a psychology student (Hannah Hoekstra) terrorized by a cell phone app that circulates her secrets, photos and videos over the internet. With Isis Cabolet, Robert de Hoog and Alex Hendrickx. (In Dutch with subtitles) Comment

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The World Bank has expressed concern about what it described as the exorbitant cost of sending remittances to the Caribbean and other places, saying that forcing migrant workers to pay as much as US$50 to send US $200 is “wrong.” Comment

Friday, May 2, 2014

Fund raiser for 8-year-old leukemia-stricken girl

St Vincent: The parents of an eight-year-old Vincentian girl, who is stricken with leukemia, have received much-needed financial boost to help defray exorbitant medical bills after her relative conducted a fund-raising prayer breakfast last Saturday at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comments (1)

Public School Promotion Policy Changes

Staten Island: Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña recently announced changes to the Department of Education’s promotion policy for students in grades 3-8 with standard promotion criteria. The proposed new policy, upon approval of the Panel for Educational Policy (PEP), would go into effect this school year in order to comply with recent changes in State law and to allow educators to make decisions about the students they know best while maintaining high standards. The policy will be voted on at the PEP meeting in May. Comment

New Tourism Alliance for the Americas

Travel: Some of the world’s most popular and appealing travel destinations are in jeopardy, vulnerable to issues like climate change and unsustainable development. Several leading organizations have joined forces to address these challenges head-on by helping tourism destinations in the Caribbean and Latin America to safeguard their natural and cultural assets, while enhancing communities and securing a vibrant regional economy. Comment

Guyana revokes Canadian contractor’s work permit

Guyana: GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Guyana government Wednesday said it had revoked the work permit and extension of stay of a Canadian contractor implementing a pro-democracy project on behalf of the American government, in a row over what officials said is linked to moves by Washington to undermine its tenure in office. Comment