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Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014

Obama follows Bush’s Iraq playbook

National: United States. politicians are exploiting the gruesome beheadings of two American journalists to whip up war fever against ISIS, the “criminal gang” masquerading as an organization of devout Sunni Muslims that controls large parts of Syria and Iraq. The American propaganda campaign seems to be working if recent polls are accurate. Comment

Jamica’s Maroons champion UNESCO award

Arts & Theater: A group of Maroons in Jamaica are the winners of a United Nations’ award of excellence for the outstanding Bench Drum submission they entered in the handicraft category judged in the Dutch and English-speaking Caribbean region. Comment

Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014

Haitian American makes history

Haiti: Rodneyse Bichotte became the first politician of Haitian descent to win the Democratic Party Primary Election for a seat in the New York State Legislature on Tuesday night. Comment

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Carib-New York Fashion Week hits Midtown

Trinidad and Tobago: The hippest and coolest fashion from the most cutting-edge designers that the Caribbean has to offer were on display during the Caribbean New York Fashion Week 2014 that hit midtown on Sept. 7. Comment

Arts organization brings film, shows to Brooklyn

Movies: “Be bold. Be beautiful. Be CaribBeing” is the motto for CaribBeing, an organization committed to the uplifting and empowerment of Caribbean culture and heritage through film and art. CaribBeing aims live up to its slogan by bringing the freshest Caribbean-based events to Brooklyn, particularly in the Flatbush community. Comment

New ice cream scoops ‘Satisfy My Bowl’ in tribute to Marley

Food: There’s a new flavor from Ben and Jerry’s that is sure to satisfy! Comment

Monday, Sept. 29, 2014

Antigua to U.S.: Settle long-standing trade judgment

Antigua: Antigua and Barbuda has reiterated its call on the United States to settle its long, outstanding trade judgment “fairly and expeditiously.” In his maiden address to the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, Prime Minister Gaston Browne noted that it has been “10 long years” since Antigua and Barbuda secured a favorable decision by the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body in a complaint against the U.S. on online gambling. Comments (1)

Jamaica aims to double renewable energy capacity

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ Sun-splashed, wind-swept Jamaica positioned itself Thursday to nearly double the amount of electricity it generates from renewable sources. Comment

Jamaica police probe senior cop’s poisoning death

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ Jamaican detectives are investigating the poisoning death of a police commander. A coroner’s jury inquest ruled this week that Dayton Henry was “systematically” poisoned. The former head of the Clarendon police division died at a hospital in May 2012. Local media say a poison used to exterminate rats was found in his system. Comment

Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014

West Indies names One-day squad

Caribbean: The West Indies selectors have named a 15-man squad for the five-match One-Day series against India next month. Included in the squad are fast bowler Jerome Taylor and batsmen Dwayne Smith and Marlon Samuels. Chris Gayle, who is yet to completely recover from a hamstring injury, has missed the list alongside Kirk Edwards and off-spinner Nikita Miller. Comment

Brownsville on its way to a Healthy Village

Brooklyn: The Van Dyke Community Center located on Blake Avenue in Brownsville, Brooklyn was transformed into an information center on Saturday Sept. 20, where elected officials, community residents and organizations collaborated for the creation of a Healthy Village. Comment

Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Economy-class passengers traveling to the Caribbean, the U.S., Mexico and within Canada, will now have to pay CAN$25 for luggage. According to Air Canada, those traveling on Flex and Latitude Economy Class fares, or Altitude Prestige, Elite and Super Elite members will not be affected. Comment

Guyana’s prez holds townhall meeting in Brooklyn

Guyana: President of Guyana, Donald Ramotar told compatriots at a town hall meeting in Brooklyn, that the Republic has an exceptional relationship with the Unites States administration in Guyana’s fight against crime. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Bang Bang! (Unrated) Bollywood remake of Knight and Day (2010), the Tom Cruise/Cameron Diaz action comedy about a woman (Katrina Kaif) headed to a wedding who ends up on the run from a team of assassins after unwittingly befriending the handsome spy (Hrithik Roshan) she meets at the airport. Support cast includes Danny Denzongpa, Jaaved Jaffrey and Jimmy Shergill. (In Hindi with subtitles) Comment

Friday, Sept. 26, 2014

Caribbean leaders on the world’s stage

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean leaders, foreign ministers, diplomats and other officials began gathering at the United Nations this week for a summit on Climate Change and the general debate of the 69th Session of the U.N. General Assembly. Comment

Jamaica calculates its reparations money

Jamaica: Not surprisingly, Jamaica has become the first of more than a dozen Caribbean trade bloc nations seeking to make Britain and other European nations pay regional nations for the African slave trade by actually attaching a figure on how much money it expects to get from London for its active participation in one of the worst atrocities in human history. Comment

Grenada PM wants more help for developing countries

Grenada: Grenada Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has appealed to the developed world to do more to help developing countries. In addressing the special session of the U.N. General Assembly on the follow-up to the Program of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Beyond 2014 on Monday, Mitchell said while he shared “the urgency of the findings of the review,” which show that, despite significant gains in poverty reduction and economic growth since the International Conference on Population and Development, “many have been left behind.” Comment

East Flatbush church gets more than the blues

Music: Patrons at the basket ball court-turned-auditorium at Vanderveer Park United Methodist Church (VPUMC) in East Flatbush, Brooklyn got more than the blues on Saturday night at the staging of the seventh annual production, “Evening in Blue.” Comment

Loyalty needed

Caribbean: New Chairman of the West Indies selection panel, Clive Lloyd, believes loyalty should be the order of the day as players contemplate whether to represent the West Indies against England or play the Indian Premier League (IPL) next April. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014

OBAMA MANDATES CLIMATE RESILIENCE

National: WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2014 (IPS) - All international development assistance and investments from the United States will now be required to take into account the potential impacts of climate change, according to a new rule signed Tuesday by President Barack Obama. Comment

‘WRIGHT’ STUFF

Sports: Bradley Wright-Phillips, the New York Red Bulls (10-8-11, 41 pts.) and MLS scoring leader, is closing in on the MLS regular season record for most goals. The Englishman, son of famed England international Ian Wright, scored a hat trick to lead his team to a 4-1 win over Western Conference leader Seattle Sounders in front of a sellout crowd of 25,000 fans at Red Bull Arena last Saturday night. Comment

Williams reflects on his hoops career

New York: Several players, who are still involved in the sport, were recently inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame, during ceremonies at the New York Athletic Cub. In addition, the President of the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame Bob Williams, new members,family, friends and representatives of their school, all gathered in the crowded room at the club. Comment

Caribbean businesses seek to expand operations

Brooklyn: Several Caribbean businesses converged at the Brooklyn Restoration Plaza for GO-CARIBBEAN!’s first inaugural International Business and Investment Expo from Sept. 22 - 23. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014

Kaiso’s Stalin hospitalised in Trinidad

Music: Prayers are in order for revered kaiso composer Leroy Calliste. Better known as the Black Stalin, the calypso singer was taken to a hospital Monday after suffering a stroke in Trinidad. Comment

Marley’s Musical

Music: Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley died in 1981 at age 36 but every decade since his passing, his music gets bigger, louder, and for the 70th anniversary of his birth a musical based on his life could be headed to Broadway. Comment

Back when we first talked ‘referendum’

Trinidad and Tobago: Scotland’s bout of referendum fever last week probably rewound an early 60s tape for a lot of West Indians, recalling images of when we were ourselves awash in referendum chatter during what turned out to be the beginning of the end for our federal experiment. Jamaica is where the action was, the focus, back in September 1961, on the two all-time lions of Jamaican politics, Norman Manley and his cousin, Alexander Bustamante. Comment

EDDIE’S PEREJIL

Arts & Theater: If ever one word in the Americas typifies genocide, it’s the Spanish word for parsley: perejil, with its trilled “r”. Seventy-seven years ago, Dominican soldiers carried out a massacre of Haitians at the northern border of the Dominican Republic and Haiti under the orders of President Trujillo. Comment

Artist donates replica of flag to Guyana consulate

Guyana: A skillfully crafted replica of Guyana’s national flag - the Golden Arrowhead, now hangs on the wall of the Guyana Consulate of New York, thanks to the generosity of Jonathan Locke, a son of the soil. Comments (2)

Oliver Samuels’ ‘Dolly House’

Arts & Theater: Oliver Samuels latest play, Dolly House, starring Oliver Samuels, Audrey Reid, Dennis Titus and Ruth Ho Shing will be presented at Wingate Campus, Brooklyn on Saturday, Oct. 4 beginning at 7:30 p.m. and York College, Queens, Sunday, Oct. 5 at 4:00 p.m. Comment

Charles M. Blow tells his tale of growing up

Books: Take a deep breath. Sometimes, nothing is sweeter: a newborn’s first lungful of air. The headiness of roses, new-mown grass, or familiar perfume. A gasp at the surface of water. The sigh that accompanies a good hug. Comment

Jamaican Chinese find roots pre-dating BC

Jamaicans of Chinese ancestry are as prevalent throughout the immigrant population of Canada the UK and the U.S. as any. Among achievers from the island of Jamaica, they include the world’s top male and female supermodels Tyson Beckford and Naomi Campbell, Canadian billionaire Michael Lee Chin, CEOs of VP Records, Vincent and Pat Chin, Rockers TV reggae video pioneer Earl Chin, “The Voice” reality show winner Tessanne Chin, current Miss Jamaica World beauty queen, Laurie-Ann Chin and many others. Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

Denzel does vigilante in adaptation of ’80s TV series

Movies: On the surface, Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) is a perfectly-pleasant, hail fellow well met. By day, the affable widower is employed as a sales associate at a hardware superstore where he jokes with co-workers who call him “Pops.” Evenings, he retires to a modest apartment in a working-class, Boston community, although bouts of insomnia often have him descending to a nearby diner to read a book into the wee hours of the morning. Comment

Boosting the natural disaster immunity of Caribbean hospitals

St Vincent: PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Sep 21, 2014 (IPS) - When floods overwhelmed the Eastern Caribbean in December last year, St. Vincent’s new smart hospital, completed just a few months earlier, stood the test of “remaining functional during and immediately after a natural disast Comment

Step up efforts against hunger

Viewpoints: ROME, Sep 19, 2014 (IPS) - At the 1996 World Food Summit (WFS), heads of government and the international community committed themselves to reducing the number of hungry people in the world by half. Five years later, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) lowered this level of ambition by only seeking to halve the proportion of the hungry. Comment

Monday, Sept. 22, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Tax officials say they are extending an amnesty under which businesses in the country are allowed to clear their arrears owed under the Antigua and Barbuda Sales Tax (ABST) without a penalty. Comments (1)

Bahamas imposes new immigration restrictions

Bahamas: NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) _ The Bahamas’ government announced a measure Wednesday aimed at making it harder for migrants to work in the island chain and said it was considering additional restrictions as part of a plan that appeared mostly aimed at the large numbers of Haitians who have settled in the country in recent years. Comment

Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014

Trinidad says it will not halt highway project

Trinidad and Tobago: PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) _ Trinidad & Tobago’s government says it will not halt a highway extension project to prevent an environmental activist from resuming a hunger strike. Comment

Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014

Rising sea levels destroy Carib beaches

St Vincent: The World Bank says due to rising sea levels and recurring storms, the beaches in most Caribbean nations have started to disappear. In a new report, the Washington-based financial institution said in some areas of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, for instance, an estimated 18-30 meters of beach have been lost over the last nine years. Comment

Barbuda fishermen cast doubts over new laws

Antigua: CODRINGTON, Barbuda, Sept. 16, 2014 (IPS) - Local fishermen are singing the blues over a sweeping set of new ocean management regulations, signed into law by the Barbuda Council, to zone their coastal waters, strengthen fisheries management, and establish a network of marine sanctuaries. Comment

ONLINE SECURITY STRATEGY

Jamaica: The Organization of American States (OAS) says it has concluded a two-day event in Kingston with the government of Jamaica during which a draft of Jamaica’s National Cyber Security Strategy was presented and discussed publicly for the first time. Comment

St. Lucians to hold town hall meeting

St Lucia: St. Lucian nationals in the tri-state area are expected to attend a town hall meeting organised by the Consulate General of St. Lucia in New York at 7:00 p.m on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 at the Saint Lucia House, located at 438 E 49th St., between Church and Snyder avenues in Brooklyn. Comment

Caribbean Clarke’s a shoo-in for gavel

The New York democratic primary is usually a keenly-watched five-borough contest of political possibilities but this year, Brooklyn and Queens took the lion-share of attention with a former comptroller vying to become the first Asian-American state representative; several indicted politicians contesting seats and a Caribbean woman making a bid for a judgeship within New York City’s Civil Court. Comments (1)

A new home for the African Diaspora

Arts & Theater: If water and rain are a sign that the spirits are looking down kindly, then the spirits were very very happy–there was a deluge–on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the formal groundbreaking for the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI). A former East Harlem firehouse built in 1889 is being transformed, becoming a major cultural hub for the community. Its 8,500 square feet will be a gallery, community performance spaces, and home to educational workshops and programming. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Advance Style (Unrated) Aging gracefully is the focus of this documentary chronicling the fashion sense of some Manhattan socialites over 60 who are challenging the conventional cultural assumption equating beauty and youth. Comment

Adams honors NY’s ‘finest’ who saved infant

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams has paid tribute to Sgt. Michael Dario and Officer Elias Khan of the New York City Police Department’s 62nd Precinct by proclaiming them September’s “Heroes of the Month” for saving the life of a choking infant in Bensonhurst on Aug. 24. Comment

Friday, Sept. 19, 2014

Amerijet continues to spread its wings

Business: Amerijet International, Inc. is a full-service all-cargo carrier providing regional and international, scheduled all-cargo service. With more than 40 years of experience in the global air cargo industry, Amerijet provides daily air cargo flights serving the Caribbean, Mexico, South and Central America, and the United States connecting to its worldwide network reaching as far east as Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Comment

Carnival Tabanca

Music: Some highlights of this year’s carnival in Brooklyn. Comments (1)

CARIB SHOWCASE

Arts & Theater: The United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn (UVCGB) recently held its massive audience in stitches and spell-bound, as it mesmerized diverse patrons during its 10th annual cultural show at Meyer Levin Intermediate School at the corner of Ralph Avenue and Beverley Road in Brooklyn. Comment

Historic cricket deal

Caribbean: Four West Indies cricketers have signed a historic deal that will make them co-owners and stakeholders in the new Canadian Premier League Twenty20. Comment

‘Miss Tropical Paradise’ semifinals set for Queens

Fashion: Plans for the Miss Tropical Paradise Beauty Pageant 2014 are moving full steam ahead and on schedule, according to event founder Marcia Deans. The semifinals will be held this year on Saturday, Sept. 27 at Clipper 11 in Queens, N.Y. Comment

HENRY NETS 50

Sports: New York Red Bulls captain Thierry Henry scored his 50th MLS regular season goal in last Saturday’s game at the Philadelphia Union’s PPL Park in Chester (PA), but that was the good news; the not so good news is that the Red Bulls surrendered a 2-0 first half lead by allowing two goals to give the Union a point in the resultant 2-2 draw. Comment

Terrier senior looks ahead

Brooklyn: The college cross country season in the metropolitan area got off when Fordham University conducted its annual invitational meet for Division I, Division II, Division III and junior college athletes in order for their coaches to see the capabalities of their athletes. There was one race broken down into scoring for each of the men and one for the women. Comment

Southern tragedy changes race relations

Books: What can you say about tragedy? When it’s imminent, you brace yourself and hope to come out unscathed. In its aftermath, you mourn and, eventually, you move on, healed… but not quite ever the same. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014

Still determined to force-feed us war

National: When FDR delivered his historic “day that will live in infamy” speech about the Japanese Pearl Harbor attack in 1941, there was no great cajoling effort needed to get the American public on board with the idea that the most muscular of responses was the only way to go. Likewise was the population galvanized into a resolve that whoever was responsible, 60 years later, for the 9/11 atrocities should have hell to pay, regardless of whatever it would demand of U.S. resources. Comment

Obama’s quick fix won’t solve the regional refugee crisis

Viewpoints: SAN FRANCISCO, (IPS) - In recent months, an unprecedented surge of refugee women and children has been traveling alone to the United States to seek protection at our southern border. Comment

Busting eye health myths: What’s fact and what’s fiction?

(StatePoint) Everyone has heard myths about what is and isn’t good for your eye health -- from eating more carrots to limiting screen time. Unfortunately, many so-called facts are anything but factual, according to Dr. Ryan Nakamura, a VSP Vision Care optometrist. Here, he sorts fact from fiction. Comment

Laparkan introduces air cargo service to St. Lucia

Trinidad and Tobago: Laparkan has announced introduction of its air cargo service to St. Lucia and door to door service to Tobago. The Caribbean shipping company says it now offers door to door service from the United States to Tobago via customs clearance at three ports of entry in Trinidad. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Queens: MUSIC: New York-based blues favorites Renee & The Derelicts perform classic and original blues, rock and soul tunes featuring the vocals of the multitalented actress/playwright Renee Flemings,the band Sal Carolei (blues harp), Paul Bauman (guitar). Trevor Brown (bass) and Bernard Devlin (drums) will kick things off at 9:00 p.m. No cover, great Mediterranean food and drink available. LURA Restaurant NYC is located on the upper West side (949 Columbus Ave.) between 106th & 107th streets. For more information, call (212) 866-7500. Comment

Zen Lounge-Manhattan style nightlife in Queens

Queens: Guyanese-born and former attorney Trevor Rupnarain has traded in his law practice for a swanky 400sq ft watering hole that serves up drink specials in a Manhattan style atmosphere in the heart of Richmond Hill, Queens. Comments (1)

Maritime panel to hold sessions on port congestion

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (AP) _ Maritime leaders were told Tuesday that a federal commission is planning a series of meetings on dealing with port congestion that has resulted from a rebounding economy and bigger ships calling at the nation’s ports. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

Jamerican diva backs Off-Broadway musical

Movies: Jamerican actress Sheryl Lee Ralph believes in the message and music of a new Off-Broadway musical. Her name was added with producer credits along with her D.I.V.A (Divinely Inspired Victoriously AIDS Aware) Foundation to promote the show already winning critical acclaim with audiences. Comment

Walk in their shoes

Viewpoints: I’m a CEO with a GED, and I have walked in the shoes of a minimum wage worker. I know from experience that it’s a tougher road today. The minimum wage buys fewer necessities now than it did when I needed it to survive. And as a successful capitalist, it pains me to see that the American Dream, which so inspired me, is increasingly out of reach. Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

Jamaica: Antigua Police say they have recaptured a prisoner who had been serving a 40-year jail sentence for murder after four years on the run. Comment

In Jamaica, Rastas ready for pot decriminalization

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) - Taking a deep draw on a pipe that glows with burning marijuana, reggae luminary Bunny Wailer gives a satisfied grin through a haze of aromatic smoke in his concrete yard painted in the red, green, gold and black colors identified with his Rastafarian faith. Comment

Resolution on Caribbean debt structuring

Caribbean: A new United Nations General Assembly resolution on debt restructuring that will set up a multilateral legal framework for Caribbean and other debtor countries to emerge from debt safely has been welcomed by the U.N. rights expert on the issue as a way forward to “fill the current legal voice and reduce uncertainty.” Comment

Rock-star farewell to Rock-steady pioneer

Music: Ordinary and extra-ordinary Jamaicans packed the St. Marks United Methodist Church in Brooklyn to bid farewell to beloved friend, colleague and music pioneer Hopeton Lincoln Sinclair Lewis who died of kidney failure on Sept. 4 in Brooklyn. Comment

‘Emerge’ honors fashion model Beverley Johnson

Fashion: It was a fitting tribute to legendary fashion model, actress and businesswoman, Beverley Johnson who was honored with the Fashion Innovator Award, before the “Emerge” runway show kicked off its Spring Summer 2015 collection during New York Fashion Week. Comment

Housewife, kids abducted by killer in thriller

Movies: It is usually a bad sign when a movie studio decides not to preview a picture for film critics. In the case of No Good Deed, Screen Gems claimed that it was refraining from doing so in order to prevent the spoiling of a surprising plot twist. Well, the butler did it! (Just kidding.) Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

20,000 Days on Earth (Unrated) A day in the life documentary chronicling Aussie musician Nick Cave’s celebration of his 20,000th day alive with family and friends. Comment

Monday, Sept. 15, 2014

Health org: Regulation to curb obesity should be ‘stimulated’ in the Caribbean

New York: The Pan American Health Organization has welcomed regulations that seek to inform and protect consumers in the Americas, including the Caribbean, while creating incentives for healthier eating, saying that they are “important advances that should be stimulated throughout the region.” Comment

Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014

Golden Krust celebrates 25 ‘Golden’ years!

Food: Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill, the nation’s largest and fastest growing Caribbean franchise has been celebrating 25 years in business this year. Comment

Elkin: Serena is unbelievable

New York: Serena has done it again, and our own Robert Elkin is mighty impressed. Comment

Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014

Elvis impersonator showcases his talent in faith-based musical

Movies: What if Elvis Presley’s stillborn twin had survived his mother’s pregnancy rather than passed away during delivery back in January of 1935? That is the alternate reality contemplated by “The Identical,” a faith-based musical marking the underwhelming directorial debut of Dustin Marcellino. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014

Sun Kulcha

Queens: Things to do a places to go this week. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014

Aussie mining company calls out Guyana government on bribes

Guyana: An Australian mining company preparing to open a large-scale mine in Guyana has unwittingly handed the opposition a key elections issue on a platter by publicly condemning demands by government officials for bribes and inducements to help it get things done in the mineral-rich country. Comments (5)

Popular Vincentian group holds successful school-supply drive

St Vincent: Bac to School supplies are going back to the Caribbean! Comment

Caribbean-themed men’s magazine celebrates fashion

Fashion: It’s the Caribbean’s answer to GQ! Comment

‘Rising Star finalist’ Lisa Punch comes to Brooklyn

Music: Lisa Punch proved that she is a talented to be reckoned when she brought her vivacious performance to the stage of the recent Guyana Folk Festival. Comments (1)

Jamaican-born designer lights up Grand Central terminal with flashmob show

Fashion: It was fashion in a flash! Comment

Wright-Phillips, Henry lead Red Bulls

New York: Bradley Wright-Phillips and Thierry Henry are the most in-form scoring tandem in Major League Soccer this season. The pair scored 29 of the New York Red Bulls’ 37 goals in the regular season, with Wright-Phillips carrying much of the load with a league-high 21 goals, just six short of the league record for goals in a season. Comment

Monday, Sept. 8, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Antigua and Barbuda government says more than 12 major conglomerates in China have expressed interest in doing business in the Caribbean state. Comments (1)

U.S., Grenada sign energy security missive

Grenada: As part of the Caribbean Energy Security Initiative, the United States says it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Grenada to “promote a cleaner and more secure energy future in the Caribbean.” Comment

Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014

Suicide rates soar in Guyana

Caribbean: The World Health Organization (WHO) said Guyana has by far the highest suicide rate among countries in the Caribbean. It is also listed in the top 10 most suicidal countries. Comment

Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 108 Stitches (R for profanity and sexual references) Ensemble comedy about a lousy college baseball team that schemes to go out on a high note after learning that the school president (Kate Vernon) plans to disband the program at the end of the season. Cast includes Bruce Davison, Erin Cahill and retired major leaguer Roger Clemens. Comment

Friday, Sept. 5, 2014

MAKING CASE FOR AMENDS

Barbados: At least four Caribbean heads of governments, legal representatives from Europe, academics from around the world and civil society activists are to attend a key preparatory meeting in Antigua next month to prepare the region’s case to make European nations pay compensation for the Trans Atlantic slave trade officials said this week. Comments (1)

ROCKING CROWD AT BRASS FEST

Music: Hundreds of party goers jamed and rocked to the Brassfest line up at the Brooklyn Musuem on Eastern Parkway on Friday, Aug 29. The event organized by the West Indian American Day Carnival Assosiation (WIADCA) featured the finest American, Caribbean and African musicians and acts. Comment

Pan Champs D’ Radoes

Music: Sweet, sweet, music floated from the 11 steel bands participating in the 2014 Panorama Championship at the Brooklyn Museum on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, with D’ Radoes wining the Champion trophy. Comment

Laparkan scholarships for Carib American youth

Music: Two lucky Caribbean American youth will have the chance to win scholarships being offered by Laparkan Shipping, one of the biggest Caribbean shipping and money transfer companies in the world. Comments (1)

Sun Kulcha

Queens: Free CREDIT SCORE AND ANALYSIS PROGRAMS: Ridgewood Savings Bank is deeply committed to the Bronx community’s financial health and security and is hosting a free credit score program from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. This program provides information which is critical in planning a successful financial future, including possible home ownership and business investment. 3824 White Plains Road, Bronx, NY. Please RSVP by calling (718) 882-0440. Comment

Scintillating burlesque

Arts & Theater: Pa-Nash, the home of Euro-Soul cuisine in Queens, is hosting an exciting and entertaining evening of scintillating burlesque on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. Comment

Movie night at Paedergat Park

Movies: CaribBEING in partnership with NYC Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, Sesame Flyers, Citizens Committee for New York City and Brooklyn Free Clinic presented “Caribbean Night” featuring family-friendly films “Mandela:Long Walk to Freedom” and “Cool Runnings” along with a soca dance workshop led by Candace Thompson. The fun-filled night started at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at Paedergat Park on Foster Ave. (between E. 40th Street and Albany Ave.). Comment

Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014

Mas in sweltering heat!

Arts & Theater: Amid the sweltering heat and humidity, tens of thousands of masqueraders and revelers and millions more from around the world converged on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway on Labor Day for the largest carnival parade in North America. Comment

SVG laments outright antipathy against SIDS

St. Vincent and the Grenadines has lamented what it regards as the “initial indifference, paternalism and outright antipathy” towards Small Island Developing States (SIDS), saying that they “continue to lurk beneath the thin veneer of diplomatic formalities.” Comment

CARIB CUP CHAMPS

St Vincent: Team Jamaica won its 10th local Caribbean Cup title in the last 13 years when it defeated Team St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 2-0, on Sunday, Aug. 31, at the Jefferson High School Sports Complex in Flatlands, Brooklyn. Comment

Unpardonable ‘dis’ of the steel band culture

Arts & Theater: The lineup of activities for the 2014 Labor Day weekend West Indian Carnival is history. And, like a couple of years ago when we were constrained to make scathing reference to the appearance in the Eastern Parkway parade of a few female exhibitionists who brought the skimpy-costume fad to levels of gross indecency, so was there this year reason for taking exception, this time to a patently poor-taste move on the part of the organizers. The Steel Band Panorama contest providing backdrop for the off-color display this time around. Comment

West Indies batting must improve!

Fashion: The West Indies cricket team under its new coach will have to take positive steps towards improving its batting performance. At the moment the team lacks international commitment and the high batting standards that go parallel with the game. The West Indies lost to New Zealand, which merely ranked number eight in Test cricket, is a disgrace. Too many players have not shown that commitment in Tests and One-day International and that has been the downfall of West Indies cricket. This has been compounded by at one stage and incompetent captain, unqualified selectors and too much interest in the Twenty20 format of the game. Comment

Husband searches for missing wife in erotic thriller

Movies: “The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears” Comment

Search for new Windies coach

Caribbean: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has begun a global search to find a replacement for Ottis Gibson who recently ended his tenure as head coach of the regional side before his contract expired in 2016. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014

Boosting resilience in the Caribbean countries

Environment: UNITED NATIONS, Aug 26, 2014 (IPS) - Having lived and worked for more than a decade in four Caribbean countries, I have witnessed first hand how Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are extremely vulnerable to challenges ranging from debt and unemployment to climate change and sea level rise. Comment

‘Yardies’ revel on The Parkway as united Jamaica

Arts & Theater: Jamaicans joined legions from the English, Dutch, Spanish and French Caribbean who annually parade pride and culture on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway on Labor Day to distinguish themselves by waving the black, green and gold flag of their nation. They turned out in large numbers to represent the English-speaking island located in the Greater Antilles and the one nation outside of the Eastern Caribbean whose history and tradition apprehensively embraced carnival. Comment

Jamaican competes for Rhoda Jacobs’ seat

Jamaica: Jamaican-born Rickie Tulloch says he is the best candidate to replace the retiring Rhoda Jacobs in the 42nd State Assembly District in Brooklyn. Comment

Haitian American confident of winning 42nd AD

Haiti: Haitian American District Leader for the 42nd State Assembly District in Brooklyn, Rodneyse Bichotte, is confident that she will win the seat vacated by the retired Rhoda Jacobs. Comment

Whopping $700 media fee creates controversy

Arts & Theater: After 46 years of coverage of the annual West Indian American Day Associations annual festivities in Brooklyn, in an un-precedented action, the organizers required media individuals to pay a whopping $700 in order to report on the activities. Comments (1)

Mayor entertains Caribbean nationals

Brooklyn: Mayor Bill de Blasio who became the 109th mayor of New York City, winning a huge bloc of the West Indian American vote, was greeted with loud applause as he and his wife Chirlane McCray welcomed colorfully dressed Caribbean nationals at a recent Gracie Mansion reception. Comments (1)

Jet safety set for season

People: Jaiquawn Jarrett who made a name for himself in both high school and college is starting his fourth season in the National Football League. Listed as a safety on the New York Jets depth chart, Jarrett behind first string safety Dan Landry along with his teammates hope to enter and go deep in the playoffs. Comment

Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

The vanishing children of Nigeria

Books: More than 300 young girls in Nigeria were allegedly kidnapped for sale by Boko Haram, a terrorist organization. First Lady Michelle Obama intervened requesting justice and the safe return of all females, particularly as this mother of two school-age daughters, carried the sign with the statement, “#Bring Back Our Girls.” Comment

Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014

Women-led Carib businesses to be highlighted at Washington summit

Caribbean: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says the catalytic role of women-led small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) in the Caribbean will be highlighted at a major conference in Washington, D.C. next month. Comment

Thursday, July 31, 2014

RED BULLS MAKE HISTORY

Sports: The New York Red Bulls, last Saturday afternoon, reminded us again that soccer is a game of glorious uncertainties. The Red Bulls (5-6-9), lingering in fourth place in the MLS Eastern Conference after drawing nine of its 20 games, became the first MLS team to defeat an English Premier League club, when it topped English FA Cup winner Arsenal FC, 1-0. Comment

BAM receives National Medal of Arts

Arts & Theater: The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) was among 12 individuals and organizations who on Monday received the 2013 National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama. Comment

Friday, July 6, 2012