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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

Jamaica: Barbados is considering a proposal to make it mandatory for school principals, church leaders, social workers, court officials and media workers, among others, to report knowledge of child abuse. Comment

Double-dose musical treat

Music: Fans of Diana Ross received a double-dose of delightful musical treat recently when the super-star entertainer yielded to her daughter Rhonda to open her one-night concert at the Theater at Madison Garden. Comment

T&T seeks Comish Bratton’s help

Trinidad and Tobago: The Trinidad and Tobago government wants to hire New York Commissioner of Police William Bratton through his private company The Bratton Group to carry out a complete audit of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) in an effort to make the service more efficient. Comment

Bright path to digital careers at TechLink Barbados

Barbados: More than thirty young Barbadians learned basic skills for developing successful mobile apps and producing high-quality digital photography at a special workshop facilitated by the BrightPath Foundation, in collaboration with Columbus Communications. Comment

WIPO and Caribbean IP, what’s the point?

Caribbean: Recent months have seen a few interesting intellectual property symposia in the Caribbean, in particular the WIPO–JIPO Regional Conference on IP and creative industries, which was held in Jamaica from Feb. 10-12, 2014. It is quite interesting that in spite of the intention that it should be regional as indicated in the title of the conference, there seems to have been little participation from the 15-member countries of CARICOM and that most of the sessions focused on Jamaica and its situation, perhaps a natural outcome of the WIPO–JIPO collaboration. Comment

Ending the Taxpayer Subsidy for exorbitant executive bonuses

National: There is an outrage in our tax code and it’s costing you money. Federal law currently gives publicly–held corporations a special tax deduction when they pay their executives huge “performance-based” bonuses. The deduction can be worth millions of dollars. The more they shower their executives with such pay, the less publicly-held corporations pay in federal taxes. Comment

Monday, June 30, 2014

Adapting to a dry season that never seems to end

St Lucia: ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, June 26, 2014 (IPS) - The Caribbean region’s bid to become food secure is in peril as farmers struggle to produce staple crops under harsh drought conditions brought about by climate change. Comment

Asafa Powell to run in France before CAS hearing

Jamaica: PARIS (AP) — Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell will run in France on July 5, days before his doping hearing at sport’s highest court. The organizers of the Paris Diamond League meeting confirmed his participation on Tuesday. Powell is free to compete pending the outcome of his doping appeal. Comment

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Jamaica to encourage bamboo industry for island

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica hopes to kick-start a local bamboo industry as the tropical plant becomes more common in flooring, furniture and household accessories. Comment

The ‘Democratic’ origin and evolution of racism

Viewpoints: Einstein reasoned, you “cannot alter a condition with the same mindset that created it in the first place.” In other words, solutions require thinking that transcends the mindset which caused and/or contributes to undesirable conditions. Using this premise to examine racism in America, the question becomes: To what origin is modern racism anchored and how can existing bounds of thought be transcended for new national discourse to redress the causes and conditions? Comment

Saturday, June 28, 2014

With murder common, Jamaica morgue plans stall

Jamaica: SPANISH TOWN, Jamaica (AP) — Corpses, the suspected victims of violent deaths, are wrapped in plastic bags or covered loosely in stained sheets. There is no air conditioning and the room quickly becomes sweltering as the tropical sun beats down on the metal roof. A black fly buzzes around the room amid the smell of decay. Comment

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Haiti ex-president Leslie Manigat has died

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Leslie Manigat, a prominent figure in the Haitian political establishment whose term as president was cut short by a military coup in 1988, has died. He was 83. Comment

Consular Corps chair appeals to Carib healthcare professionals

Antigua: Chair of the Caribbean Community Consular Corps in New York, Antigua and Barbuda’s Deputy Consul General, Omyma David, has called on Caribbean American healthcare professionals to help educate nationals about their health. Comment

Friday, June 27, 2014

Panama Canal expansion creates new regional opportunities

Caribbean: The Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP) of the Organization of American States (OAS) wants Caribbean countries to take advantage of the commercial opportunities offered by the Panama Canal expansion. Comment

Antigua, China investors plan big tourism project

Antigua: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — The new government of Antigua & Barbuda has signed an agreement with Chinese investors to build a major resort and residential development project in the twin-island Caribbean nation. Comments (1)

Antigua’s gov’t considers new governor general appointment

The Antigua & Barbuda Labor Party (ABLP) is considering Dr. Rodney Williams for possible appointment as the next governor general of the island. Comment

Future Jamaican doctors study in Cuba

Jamaica: Increasing numbers of Jamaican students are seeking medical studies in Cuba. Recently five potential doctors received news that they will receive full scholarships to study in the Spanish island. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: America (PG-13 for violent images) Revisionist documentary co-directed by John Sullivan and Dinesh D’Souza speculating about what the country would look like if the Minutemen had lost the Revolutionary War to England. Comment

Thursday, June 26, 2014

GUYANA AIRLIFT BOOST

Guyana: When U.S. mega carrier Delta pulled out of Guyana 13 months ago, passengers traveling to there were left to the mercy of Trinidad-based Caribbean Airlines on the Georgetown-New York and American Eastern Seaboard routes. Comment

Caribbean Life’s freelancer Nelson A. King honored

St Vincent: Veteran Caribbean journalist, Nelson A. King, one of Caribbean Life’s senior writers, last Sunday received a host of awards at the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Nurses Association of New York, Inc.’s gala Awards Luncheon at El Caribe Country Club in Mill Basin, Brooklyn. Comment

Carib urged to improve local reforms

Caribbean: The World Bank is urging the Caribbean and other developing countries to “double down” on domestic reforms, saying that first quarter weakness in 2014 has delayed an “expected pick-up” in economic activity. Comment

Dynamic Airways lifts-off to Guyana

Guyana: North Carolina based Dynamic Airways, a charter service that will be managed by Roraima Airways Guyana, lifted off from John F. Kennedy International Airport for Cheddi Jagan International Airport on June 26 to begin its four-day per week service to the Republic. Comment

Comptroller praises Caribbean Americans for contributions

Haiti: Comptroller Scott Stringer told Caribbean Americans that it would be impossible to imagine New York City without with out them, and stated that the nationals have made the city a great place to live. Comment

Hundreds pay tribute to Vincentians killed in Newark Father’s Day fire

St Vincent: Hundreds of friends and relatives joined the Newark, NJ community last Saturday morning in paying tribute to five Vincentians and an American who were killed in a fast-moving house fire on Father’s Day. Comment

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Windies team getting into perfect stride

Trinidad and Tobago: West Indies cricket team are slowly getting into the rhythm that would carry them forward to develop better statistics in the International Cricket Committee (ICC) Test for mat. Apparently the West Indies selectors are getting into the correct gear by choosing the near perfect squad for the second Test at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad. Comment

‘Impressions’ Dance Recital at JPAC

Arts & Theater: Artistic Director Verna Walcott-White, and founder of Impressions Dance Theatre said she is proud of the incredibly milestone her students have reached over the last year of instruction, and look forward to the company’s 12th Annual Dance Recital set for Sunday, June 29 at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center (JPAC), at Jamaica Avenue and 153rd Street. Comment

COSTA RICA, MEXICO ADVANCE

Sports: Costa Rica finished second to the USA in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying a year ago, Mexico backed into the tournament after the U. S. pulled off an upset win in Panama on the last day of qualifying that put El Tri in a play-off against New Zealand for the half berth available after Honduras clinched the third automatic place. Both Costa Rica and particularly Mexico have made the most of their opportunities at the World Cup in Brazil and have advanced to the Round of 16, the second and single elimination phase, which gets underway this weekend when Mexico, second in Group A, plays Group B winner, The Netherlands, on Sunday. Brazil, Group A winner, plays Chile on Saturday. Comment

Island Sounds

Music: The Church Avenue Business Improvement District presented “Island Sounds” as part of Caribbean Heritage Weekend on Church Avenue on Saturday June 21, 2014. The free Caribbean Music Festival featured Kompa, Reggae, Soca and Dancehall music. Community members were encouraged to come out, pick up a snack at any one of Church Avenue’s many food stores and enjoy the live music at the BID’s outdoor plaza filled with palm trees, tables and chairs. Comment

Jazz Forum at 35!

Music: Jazz may have birthed out of slavery but over the years it has taken on many forms. While some say jazz is difficult to define, most agree its key component is improvisation. A music that took shape from the repetitive call and response hollers of African American slaves working on plantations to embody their blues, jazz has grown into a force to be reckoned with. Comment

Very questionable ‘expertise’ from this senator

Viewpoints: It is appropriate to ask how much deference is due a prisoner of war after his or her release, perhaps more so in light of the eruption of unseemly hostility that surrounded the recent release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after he was held captive for five years in Afghanistan. But the angry response to the Bergdahl release and swap for five supposedly bad guys held by the U.S. made for quite a contrast with another well-known p.o.w whose red-carpet ride continues, decades after his release from imprisonment in North Vietnam. Comment

Change has come to sports in the USA

Viewpoints: Coming to America was no easy transition for sports aficionados arriving as immigrants from the Caribbean. In Jamaica, track and field, soccer AKA football and cricket were the seasonal attractions. Therefore, when I attended Theodore Roosevelt High School in the Bronx to find a soccer team in place, it was assurance that a measure of familiarly would prevail. Comment

Chanderpaul’s new Test rank

Caribbean: West Indies middle-order batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul has jumped into second place for Test batsmen, ahead of Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara in the latest ICC Test rankings. Comment

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: One day after taking up the position as Antigua and Barbuda’s prime minister, Gaston Browne has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Yida International Investment Antigua Ltd to pave the way for a two-billion investment project in the twin-island state. Comment

JA’S Inner Circle records ‘All About The Ball’

Music: Jamaican reggae musicians Third World are among the stellar line-up of artists booked for the free summer concert series slated for the BAM R&B Festival at Brooklyn’s Metrotech. Returning to the city for the first time since the passing of lead-singer Bunny Rugs, the group will perform on July 17 during the 20th Anniversary free lunch-time event which runs thru Aug. 7. Comment

Disaster-prone Caribbean looks to better financing

St Vincent: KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, June 15, 2014 (IPS) - A freak storm, followed by heavy floods in December 2013, will go down in history as the most destructive natural disaster to have hit the Caribbean island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, with reported total damages and losses of at least 103 million dollars. Comments (1)

Knightley, Ruffalo co-star in magical NYC musical

Movies: Greta (Keira Knightley) followed her college sweetheart (Adam Levine) to Manhattan when he was signed to a lucrative record deal with a major music label. However, the overnight fame went to Dave’s head and he soon started to stray. This development signaled not only the end of their romantic relationship but the demise of their promising partnership as songwriters, too. Comment

Monday, June 23, 2014

Juneteenth Celebration at African Burial Ground

Books: Douglas Massenburg of the National Park Service has been wanting to have Illyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X, speak as part of the African Burial Ground programming for a long time. This year, June 19, became that day. The date is also called Juneteenth, known as Emancipation Day, and is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Comment

T&T promotes its petrochemical industry

Trinidad and Tobago: Dr. Neil Parsan, ambassador of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago to the United States of America, praised Trinidad and Tobago’s petrochemical industry for its resilience and diversity in the face of many challenges over the past few decades. Comment

Taste great Caribbean food at 35 restaurants

Food: Caribbean Restaurant Week–June 22 - 28 is happening! A great way of culminating Caribbean Heritage Month and celebrating the diversity and tastiness of Caribbean food boasts its organizer, Jean Alexander of the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA). Comments (1)

Saturday, June 21, 2014

St. Vincent, Guyana discuss twining tourism products

St Vincent: Tourism Minister Cecil “Ces” McKie says he recently held discussions with his Guyanese counterpart, Mohamed Irfaan Ali, in twining the tourism product in both countries. Comment

Friday, June 20, 2014

Caribbean-American Heritage Month at Boro Hall

Movies: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams kicked-off a full Brooklyn day event celebrating Caribbean-American Heritage Month in the community room of Borough Hall. To a contingent from St. Gabrielle Senior Center in Flatbush and other attendees he emphasized that: “This building is yours!” and “I want everyone to feel comfortable using it.” The first event of the day was a program of films on culture followed by conversation. Comment

Warner makes way for new leader

Trinidad and Tobago: Leader and founder of the one-year-old Trinidad and Tobago Independent Liberal Party (ILP) Jack Warner has stepped down from the post to make way for former Senate Vice-President, Lyndira Oudit. Comment

Carib leaders to view draft reparations document

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean leaders who are scheduled to meet at their main annual summit in Antigua in early July are to examine and approve a draft document which would demand payment from European nations such as Britain and The Netherlands for the TransAtlantic slave trade officials said this week. Comment

The noninterventionists told you so

Viewpoints: Contrary to popular belief, there is no satisfaction in being able to say, “I told you so.” This is especially so with Iraq, where recent events are enough to sicken one’s stomach. Yet it still must be said: those who opposed the George W. Bush administration’s invasion of Iraq in March 2003 — not to mention his father’s war on Iraq in 1991 and the sanctions enforced through the administration of Bill Clinton — were right. Comment

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Trinidad’s ‘red carpet’ treatment for foreign investors

Carib PR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. June 9, 2014: Trinidad & Tobago has created an enabling environment for foreign direct investment and will be moving from “red tape to red carpet.” Comment

BERES IN THE PARK

Music: Reggae’s hit machine Beres Hammond will join Australian soft pop duo Air Supply as headline acts at the annual Groovin’ In The Park Concert at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, NY on Sunday, June 29, 2014. Comment

Guyanese actor awaits new big role

Movies: Sean Patrick Thomas, the son of Guyanese immigrants, is ready for his next big role after an euphoric performance in “A Raisin In the Sun,” the Tony Winning Best Revival Play that captivated audiences during a sold out, four-month run at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Comment

CONCACAF TEAMS GAIN RESPECT

Sports: CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central America and the Caribbean Football Associations) teams are gaining much respect for the region with their positive play at the World Cup in Brazil. CONCACAF teams, long regarded as playing at a level well below the world powerhouses of Europe and South America, are shedding that inferior label and are now being seen as respectable competition to be reckoned with. Mexico, Costa Rica and the USA have won their opening games and improve their chances of advancing to the second round. Comment

Guyana upset over Test pullout

Guyana: Guyana President Donald Ramotar says the decision by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to pull the third Test between the West Indies and New Zealand from the National Stadium is a blow to regional integration. Comment

New Zealand bowled out for 221 runs

Trinidad and Tobago: On the first day of the second Test match West Indies against New Zealand played at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad. West Indies bowlers proved their worth by causing all sorts of trouble for the New Zealand batsmen. Comment

Overcoming inequality and climate change

Viewpoints: NEW YORK, June 17, 2014 (IPS) - Two major injustices – inequality and climate change – are threatening to undermine the efforts of millions of people to escape poverty and hunger. Comments (1)

Blake upset in 100 meters

Sports: All eyes were centered around two outstanding international sprinters during the IAAF Diamond League New York stop last Saturday afternoon. They were Yohan Blake, nicknamed the Beast’ and Nesta Carter, both of whom are highly ranked in the world. Comment

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Chiming in again after getting Iraq wrong

Viewpoints: It’s no big-time brain teaser to come up with America’s worst foreign policy fiasco of the last 40 years. The George W. Bush administration’s decision to invade Iraq is hands-down winner. That elaborate sales pitch Bush and his posse of blood-thirsty neo-imperialists concocted to justify strong-armed action against Saddam, not just for the American public but the world, will probably stand for years as one of the biggest con jobs ever used as an excuse for war. Comment

Jamaican teen wins scholarship to 9 US universities

Jamaica: It’s competitive enough for American students to be accepted into U.S. universities. But just imagine an immigrant being accepted to 11. Consider the odds of nine of those institutions of higher learning offering scholarships? Add to that the prospect that the individual was home-schooled …in Jamaica. Such is the case of Tchakamau Ra, a teenager in Kingston, Jamaica. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Code Black (Unrated) Adrenaline-fueled documentary offering unprecedented observation of the life-and-death situations handled by doctors on a daily basis inside L.A. County Hospital’s C-Booth, America’s busiest Emergency Room. Comment

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Jamaica to relax some restrictions on using pot

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica’s government on Thursday announced a major rethinking of its marijuana laws, including plans to partially decriminalize small amounts of pot and to allow possession for religious, scientific and medical purposes. Comment

STANCH VIRUS SPREAD

Health: The executive director of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), Dr. James Hospedales, is urging the Caribbean to heed strong advice to stem the further spread of the Chikungunya virus, as the Stockholm, Sweden-based European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reported last week more than 100,000 suspected cases of the virus in the region. Comment

Brooklyn to remember Mandela’s historic visit to Kings County

Brooklyn: It is almost a quarter of a century since Nelson Mandela and his wife Winnie made Brooklyn their first stop into the United States. The historic visit garnered international attention because it marked the former freedom fighter’s first international trip since his release from a 27-year confinement in South African prisons for resisting apartheid rule and segregation. Comment

Monday, June 16, 2014

Carbon neutral tourism falters in Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago: SCARBOROUGH, Jun 5 2014 (IPS) - An initiative to reduce the carbon footprint of Tobago’s tourism sector may be stymied by “bread-and-butter issues” and the failure of government authorities to vigorously pursue the initiative. Comment

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

St Vincent: Three groups of migrants from Haiti and Cuba were abandoned by smugglers recently on two barren islands off Puerto Rico. The migrants, 42 Haitians and five Cubans, were left on rugged Mona and Monita islands by smugglers transporting them from the Dominican Republic, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol spokesman Jeffrey Quionnes said. Comments (1)

Ruby Dee: Harlem legend dies at 91

The lights on Broadway dimmed for 60 seconds at 7:45 p.m., two days after the passing of a stage legend. But on June 11, the entertainment capital of New York informed the world with what has become a reliable billboard for death notices when the Apollo Theater marquee read “A True Apollo Legend Ruby Dee 1922-2014.” Comment

Friday, June 13, 2014

New day dawns for Antigua

Antigua: After a 10-year hiatus, the Antigua and Barbuda Labor Party (ABLP) returned to the reign of power by crushing the incumbent United Progressive Party (UPP) of Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer in a massive landslide victory in Thursday’s general elections. Comments (1)

Small islands, beacons for the rest of the world

Barbados: BRIDGETOWN, June 6 2014 (IPS) - Facing potential extinction under rising sea levels, many small island nations are embracing renewable energy and trying to green their economies. Although the least responsible for carbon emissions, small countries like Barbados are on the front lines of climate impacts. Comment

Thursday, June 12, 2014

7 beauties vie for Miss New York Continental

Trinidad and Tobago: Seven Caribbean beauties will vie this Saturday evening for Miss New York Continental 2014 at George Wingate Campus in Brooklyn. Comment

Local soccer fans get triple treat

Trinidad and Tobago: Before the largest crowd of the young season New York Caribbean Cup soccer fans were treated to three outstanding soccer games this afternoon. At the end of the day Team St. Kitts and Nevis dominated Team Dominica 4-0, Team St. Lucia squeezed by Team Trinidad and Tobago 1-0 in a game that could have gone either way, and in the nightcap, the match of the day, Team Grenada’s two early first half goals held up for a 2-1 win over Team Guyana. Comment

DIRTY GUYANA POLICE

Guyana: In recent years, opposition groups, active media, rights organizations and ordinary Guyanese have watched in awe as the police administration grapples with a growing brigade of rogue cops engaged in open torture of criminal suspects, widespread demand for bribes and a string of other atrocities that have reached to such an alarming stage that the umbrella police association says it now feels compelled to act. Comment

The Measure of A Man

Manhattan: The community Basil Paterson loved and served -- and who loved him in return, came together recently at a memorial service at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Upper Manhattan and literally raised the roof of the famous church, during a poignant celebration of a life well lived. Comment

Heimlich Maneuver A Senate Life Saver

People: A frightening moment in the New York State Senate that could have taken the life of a Brooklyn representative was averted by the heroic actions of a State Assemblyman and a Senate staffer. Comment

Possibly hinting at bold new leadership

Viewpoints: As President Obama keeps plugging away, trying to navigate a divided Congress -- the most daunting of challenges, with House Republicans, in particular, uniformly committed to non-cooperation – there’s no end, correspondingly, to the pile-on of banner issues from which GOP obstructionists hope to reap political pay dirt. Comment

Clarke launches CAFE in Manhattan

Fashion: Janice Lawrence Clarke, fashion connoisseur and creative director of JLC PRoductions was elated that her 30-year dream to market Caribbean-heritage fashion and accessory designers in the U.S. became a reality when the Caribbean American Fashion Exchange (CAFE) initiative was launched with great fanfare. Comment

Battle ‘On Broadway’

Music: Hinton Battle stopped into New York’s hottest nightspot for one night and there at 54 Below delivered classic, jazz and blues. Billed for a singular engagement to pay homage to jazz legends the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole and others the three-time Tony winner sampled a track from his stint along the Great White Way to sing “Sophisticated Ladies.” Comment

ALL SET FOR VINCY MAS

Music: With relatively very good weather – and the temperature in the Dynamite Calypso Tent just right, unlike last year when it was sweltering hot – Vincentian calypsonians in North America last Saturday night/Sunday morning clearly demonstrated that they were quite ready to take VincyMas 2014 by storm. Comment

Inexperience US at World Cup

People: USA men’s World Cup soccer manager Jurgen Klinsmann, like any coach, will live or die by his decisions and the prognosis isn’t good. The German-born Klinsmann, in an attempt to create ‘his’ team, discarded proven World Cuppers and selected a very inexperienced squad to compete at the highest level of the game at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, which started yesterday. Comment

FPWA recognizes June as National Safety Month

Health: By The Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies Each June, the National Safety Council celebrates National Safety Month as an opportunity to bring attention to important safety issues including preventing slips, trips and falls. The Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA) recognizes programs and community-based organizations throughout New York City serving vulnerable older New Yorkers that provide them with injury prevention strategies and instruction so they may live safely in their homes. Comment

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Journey to Excellence Ceremony

Arts & Theater: Looking from the outside, the white stucco building framed with a chrome-gated entrance seems nothing more than a building wedged on a busy street. But looking up to see a cross, it would be clear that the building is a church. Inside, there’s a relatively small, furnished hall with 200 plush, red chairs, and an adjoining room -- separated by a glass-enclosed wall, for additional seating. Comment

‘So What?’ about the Environment

Arts & Theater: An art exhibit called “So What?” focusing on the environment, which was created entirely by students from two Bedford Stuyvesant schools is sure to make an impact beyond the walls of the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts [MoCADA] where it is on display. Comment

Vincentians to form Chamber of Commerce

St Vincent: Maxwell Haywood, president of the Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Diaspora Committee of New York, Inc. has expressed delight about what he described as a very successful initial, special Diaspora business meeting last Saturday aimed at establishing a Vincentian American Chamber of Commerce. Comment

READY FOR THE FIGHT

Sports: Mikkel Lespierre is anxiously awaiting for his next fight. All eyes from his friends, family and the average boxing buffs from here in the metropolitan area will be cheering him on and hoping he does well, maybe even win by a knock out. He is training hard for his upcoming fight at Gleason’s Gym. He wants to be in top shape when he demonstrates his skills in the ring. Now he must wait for his opponent to be announced. His trainer, Dan Saxby, has not made up his mind about his next opponent. Comments (1)

‘My Jamaica!’ Festival now includes storytelling

Jamaica: Jamaica familiar terms such as Aunty Roachie – (Miss Lou character) Dutchie (cooking utensil made of iron) and Ska names three festivals that will be incorporated to make this year’s Jamaica Festival a more diverse island-wide celebration. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Queens: Art: New York audiences are invited to attend the performance of Mutation X062 by video artist Makseans Denis from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at FiveMyles Gallery in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Experimental digital and performance artist, Maksaens Denis will perform “Mutation X062″ with dancer Gelan Lambert and discuss his career while sharing insights on his digital media technique. 558 St. Johns Place, Brooklyn, NY 11238. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Queens: Talk Caribbean: A better life for our people NY will host ‘Talk Caribbean’ in celebration of Caribbean Heritage month. The guest speaker of the evening will be Hon. Mia Amor Mottley, Leader of Opposiiton in Barbados at 5:00 p.m. There will be a pre-father’s day ‘Lime and Libation’ immediately after the discussion. Adm: $40 (All inclusive) For more information, please call Jerry (347)786-2973, Jessica (516)376-7779, Mike (646)825-1361, Sam (917)202-6736 St. Leonard’s Church, 765 Putnam Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11221. Comment

Tom Cruise rises to the occasion as reluctant hero

Movies: William Cage (Tom Cruise) is lucky to have risen to the rank of Major in the U.S. Army without ever seeing any combat, since he can’t stand the sight of blood, not even a paper cut. So, you can imagine his surprise the day that he’s informed by his superior (Brendan Gleeson) that he’ll be shipping out soon to England to lead a D-Day style invasion of France. Comment

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Messages of Hope for a Brighter Furure

Arts & Theater: Trinidad and Tobago superstars David Rudder and Machel Montano on June 6 joined artists at the UN in a global message of hope for a better future in the year 2015 and beyond. Comment

Milestone celebration for B’klyn centenerian

Brooklyn: The Rutland Nursing Home’s Adult Day-Care Center at Brooklyn’s Kingsbrook Medical Center held a 100th birthday party for Mrs. Temporah Jones Williams last week. Comment

Building a Healthier B’klyn

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams says he’s committed to building a healthier Brooklyn. Comment

Grenada Revolution film at Medgar Evers

Movies: “Forward Ever: The Killing of a Revolution,” a documentary film that examines the rise and implosion of the Maurice Bishop-led People’s Revolutionary Government (1978-1983) of Grenada will have its New York premiere on Friday, June 20 at the Main Auditorium, Medgar Evers College, CUNY, commencing at 6:00 p.m. Comments (3)

Monday, June 9, 2014

Caribbean Round-Up

St Vincent: The ruling Antigua United Progressive Party (UPP) has promised that no new taxes will be introduced if it is re-elected government on June 12. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Amazing Catfish (Unrated) Strange bedfellows dramedy about a lonely supermarket clerk (Ximena Ayala) with appendicitis who finds herself befriended by her hospital roommate (Lisa Owen) and family. Support cast includes (Sonia Franco, Wendy Guillen and Andrea Baeza). (In Spanish with subtitles) Comment

Sunday, June 8, 2014

U.S. education system not helping immigrant parents

National: WASHINGTON, June 5, 2014 (IPS) - Immigrant parents in the United States face serious challenges accessing early elementary programmes for their children, advocates here are warning. Comment

Taxing tobacco to save lives

Health: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is calling on Caribbean countries to raise taxes on tobacco to encourage users to stop and to prevent other people from becoming addicted to it. Comment

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Tribute to The Ancestors of The Middle Passage

Brooklyn: The silver anniversary sojourn to Coney Island will mark a landmark Tribute to the Ancestors ceremony on June 14 when faithful celebrants gather at 16th St. & Ancestor’s Circle at Coney Island Boardwalk gather to mark the treacherous sea voyage Africans made across the Middle Passage to reach this continent. Comment

What everyone needs to know about kidney health

Health: (StatePoint) If you don’t know much about kidney health and treatment, it’s important to get informed. Kidney disease is common and can be deadly. Comment

Friday, June 6, 2014

Guyanese academic Dr. Yvonne McCallum-Peters

Guyana: Dr. Yvonne McCallum-Peters was born and raised in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member-nation of Guyana. She has earned a doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University. Comment

Sunil Narine suspended for home series

Caribbean: Trinidad and Tobago and West Indies spinner Sunil Narine has been suspended from the home Test series against New Zealand. Narine failed to meet the deadline for returning to the Caribbean to prepare for training camp. He chose to remain in India with the Kolkata Knight Riders for the final of the Indian Premier League. Comment

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Caribbean Heritage Month Salute

People: Not enough can ever be said of the long list of names from French, Dutch, Spanish and the English Caribbean nations who have left indelible imprints on the continents and nations they settled. Comment

New CARICOM song winner

Music: AGSELECTPR, Roseau, Thursday, May 29, 2014: Dominican, jazz, fusion singer Michele Henderson is the winner of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) song competition, and her winning entry “Celebrating CARICOM” is now the regional body’s official anthem. Henderson beat out 57 semi-finalists and ten finalists to emerge winner in the competition which was announced last year. Comments (1)

LICAH Festival

Music: Now in its fifth year, the annual Long Island Caribbean American Heritage Festival is back as strong as ever to regale attendees with a smorgasbord of Caribbean cultural fair. Comment

Record crowd watch USA

Sports: Although the USA men’s World Cup team defeated Turkey, 2-1, at Red Bull Arena last Sunday in the second of its three-game World Cup send-off series, the bigger story was the record crowd of 26,762 for a U.S. men’s national team game at the venue and the atmosphere that was created at game. Comment

Live FIFA World Cup broadcasts at SOBs

Music: Football fans will not have to sacrifice watching delayed games from Brazil the way they were forced to in 2010 when South Africa hosted the FIFA competitions. On this go-round SOBs (Sounds of Brazil) in Manhattan promises live coverage from June 12 until July 13 when the competition ends. Comment

Dr. Aletha Maybank, DOHMH assistant commish

Dr. Aletha Maybank is the Antiguan American Assistant Commissioner in the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and serves as the director of the Brooklyn District Public Health Office, in Central Brooklyn, since April 2009. Comment

National Caribbean-American Heritage Month

National: Stating that the United States is expanding cooperation with its Caribbean partners, as it promotes social justice and “grow prosperity throughout the Americas, U.S. President Barack Obama has proclaimed June as National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, 2014. Comment

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Sterling qualities missing, but no problem

Viewpoints: Donald Sterling has come to dominate the national space in a way that should be quite vexing to any of us who hold certain values dear. Ever since Sterling’s “girlfriend,” or in whatever capacity that young woman served, spilled the beans about his racist core, news of one kind or another relative to this guy seems to have secured a permanent spot on the media menu. Comment

Guyanese in East Orange celebrate Independence

Guyana: Lester E Taylor lll, newly-elected mayor of East Orange, New Jersey, said it was an honor to commemorate Guyana’s 48th Independence in the City of East Orange, a community that boasts the second highest population of Guyanese Americans in all of the United States. Comment

Three-pronged approach to expand Garifuna arts, culture

Arts & Theater: As we conclude Garifuna Arts & Culture Appreciation Month in New York City, in honor of UNESCO’s proclamation of the Garifuna Language, Dance and Music as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, we’d like to share our plan to make New York City the epicenter of the Garifuna Arts & Culture Economy. Comment

Grenada supports CCJ as final court of appeal

Grenada: Stating that it is time to change the country’s constitution in ensuring that it lives up to present day, Grenada says it is ready to join the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as its final court of appeal. Comment

Protecting your loved one in a nursing home

Health: That unfortunate time has come. Your sick or elderly loved one can no longer care for themselves, and their needs are too great for you to properly meet. How do you pick a nursing home that will provide the necessary care? Once they are admitted to the nursing home, what can you do to make sure that they are safe and well cared for? Comment

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Caribbean Round-Up

St Lucia: A major poll is suggesting the ruling United Progressive Party (UPP) has a major lead just weeks ahead of the June 12 General Election in Antigua and Barbuda. Comment

Jamaica literary festival draws top-flight authors

Books: TREASURE BEACH, Jamaica (AP) — Best-selling authors take to a seaside stage, bottles of Red Stripe beer in hand. Budding writers line up to read their works to a big, appreciative audience. Book-loving islanders and tourists mingle with literary luminaries as the sun sets over the Caribbean Sea. Comment

Permaculture poised to conquer the Caribbean

Trinidad and Tobago: FREEPORT, Trinidad and Tobago, May 22, 2014 (IPS) - Erle Rahaman-Noronha is not a revolutionary, not in any radical sense at least. He is not even that exciting. In truth, Rahaman-Noronha is merely a man with a shovel, a small farm, and a big dream. But that dream is poised to conquer the Caribbean. Comment

Intellectual property rights

JAMES EDGES OUT MERRITT

Grenada: EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Kirani James of Grenada edged American LaShawn Merritt in a photo finish to win the men’s 400 meters Saturday in the 40th annual Prefontaine Classic. Comment

Jamaican native tests Big B

Sports: Saturday, June 7 marks Belmont Stakes Day at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. However, it’s not the only stakes race on the schedule, as for it’s the first time on this hishistoric day that there will be overall ten stakes events on the same card to the delight of the anticipated packed crowd. However, all eyes will be on the Belmont Stakes, in the late afternoon, with the Metropolitan Mile, also being focused upon. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Queens: Personal financial course: Learn how to manage your money, budgeting, banking, credit, borrowing, idenity thefts, and investments. The classes will be held once a week from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. To register, email charrisse_smith@prattarea.org or call (718)783-3549 ext. 315. Comment

Friday, May 30, 2014

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)

Thursday, May 29, 2014

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

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

‘Scottsboro Boys’ scores 12 Tony noms

Arts & Theater: Despite controversy “Scottsboro Boys” the Broadway, musical named for young, Black, men in the south during a dark, historical period in American history received top nods and acknowledgement with a dozen chances to win as many Tony awards on June 12. Comment