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Monday, Jan. 26, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Central Bank of Barbados (CBB) said that the island’s economy is poised to achieve growth of about two percent this year up from 0.3 percent in 2014. Comment

St. Kitts paves way for general elections

St Kitts and Nevis: Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis Dr. Denzil Douglas on Friday announced he had advised Gov. Gen. Sir Edmund Wickham Lawrence to dissolve Parliament with immediate effect, paying the way for general elections in the twin-island federation. Comment

Cash Poor Essential College Guidance

Queens: “Cash Poor or College? The Essential Guide to College Admissions,” a free and open-to-the public lecture series at Queens Library at Laurelton, Queens is equipping, a predominantly group of teens and families to navigate the college admissions process. Comment

‘Morgan Heritage’ returns to Jazz Fest

Music: The Royal Family of Reggae “Morgan Heritage” will kick off 2015 by closing down the show at the acclaimed Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival at the Trelawny Stadium, Jamaica on Jan. 31. Comment

PATTI’S MUSICAL TREAT

For one night only, it will be a Valentine’s weekend to remember as The Lady Of Soul & Grammy winning Artist Patti Labelle makes her long overdue return to Brooklyn alongside fellow R&B Grammy Award Winner Billy Ocean “A Love Need & Want You Concert” Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015 at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music (BAM). Comment

Fastest One-Day 100

Sports: South Africa’s middle-order batsman AB de Villers plundered the West Indies bowlers, scoring the fastest ever one-day hundred and led three other batsmen in triple figures as South Africa inflicted a severe 148-run drubbing on the regional team in the second One-Day International (ODI) on Sunday in Johannesburg. Comment

Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Amira & Sam (Unrated) Romantic dramedy about a returning war vet (Martin Starr) who takes a shot at stand-up comedy back in the States while dating the niece (Dina Shihabi) of his former Iraqi translator (Laith Nakli). With Paul Wesley, David Rasche, Ross Marquand and Taylor Wilcox. Comment

LIU honors new members

Sports: Off to a 6-11 start after the middle of January, the Long Island University Black Birds did not have many pluses about their team during the current season. Two losing streaks, one by as much as six games, and a brief one of three contests definitely hurt the squad. Yes, they went into the season with a young squad but the results were not as expected. Then they started to improve. Comment

Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015

Candle light vigil for SVG minibus victims

St Vincent: Despite the very frigid and rainy weather, hundreds of nationals in the New York metropolitan area last Saturday night participated in a candle light vigil for the victims of the minibus tragedy in North Windward. Comment

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CANADIAN MAKES MLS HISTORY

History was made at the recent MLS SuperDraft at the Philadelphia Convention Center on Thursday, Jan. 15, when Cyle Larin became the first Canadian drafted in the No.1 spot, as the first pick overall. Comment

Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

Haiti leader, ruling without parliament, gets new Cabinet

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ A new Haitian Cabinet and other government leaders were sworn in Monday as President Michel Martelly runs the troubled Caribbean country without a parliament. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Queens: COMEDY: Fashionably Funny Productions (FFP) presents “Fireside Chat” a night of whimsy and humorous tales featuring NYC’s and Westchester County’s best and brightest comics at the Chat American Grill (1 Christie Place) in Scarsdale, N.Y. at 9:30 p.m. Having successfully produced shows at venues in Manhattan, FFP producer / performer Maryssa Smith (The Wendy Williams Show, Westchester Comedy Festival) brings a talented roster of comics for this inaugural Westchester show including: headliner Leighann Lord (Fox News Strategy Room,” ABC-TV’s “The View”); Sydnee Washington (Broadway Comedy Club, The Stand);Tanya Cooper (Gotham Comedy Club, NOMA);Dan Opp (Commuter Comedy, Westchester Comedy Festival);Maryelle Turner (The Comic Strip Live); Regina DeCicco Comedian (Laugh’s on FOX, Westchester Comedy Festival); Jayson Cross (Zanie’s, Nip/Tuck) and Chrissie Mayr (The Wendy Williams Show, Comedy at Stonewall). Seating begins at 9:15 p.m. No cover (suggested donation $5) with a two-item minimum.. The Chat American Grill, which features outstanding food and drinks can be accessed from the Bronx River Parkway and is near the Scarsdale station of the Metro North Railroad’s Harlem line. For directions and reservations (for The Fireplace Room), call (914) 722-4000 or go to: http://chatamericangrill.com/nightlife.htm. Comment

Lunar New Year Celebration

Arts & Theater: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 60th Anniversary Season, once again partnering with Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company for its second annual Lunar New Year Celebration, on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12.50 for children (ages 12 and under) and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat, 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.). Comment

Simmons, Blackwood should be in ODI squad

Sports: In order for the West Indies to show any strength in the five-match One-Day series against South Africa, the selectors must bring in Lendl Simmons and Jermaine Blackwood to create some stability in the middle order. Both Simmons and Blackwood have the talent to come in the middle and restore some stability to the batting. Comment

Caribbean pols remember MLK

Brooklyn: The Caribbean community and elected officials on Monday joined the nation in celebrating the birthday of slain civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Comment

Keystone Pipeline: Foreign profits, American risk

National: Media coverage of the Keystone XL pipeline is coalescing around a single narrative. It goes like this: environmentalists oppose the pipeline because of climate change concerns, and U.S. construction companies support the pipeline because it creates jobs. Environmentalists warn that tar sands crude oil has three times the global warming potential of conventional crude. Oil industry interests shrug and say Canadian companies will continue to extract tar sands, with or without the pipeline. Pipeline opponents then counter: fewer than 50 permanent jobs will be needed to staff the pipeline, a few thousand temporary construction jobs to build it. But this rendering of the debate misses the larger picture. Comment

Brooklyn BP, community look forward to Mayor Bill de Blasio

Brooklyn: There were no backs turned in protest of the appearance of New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio when he appeared in Brooklyn to attend the nation’s largest gathering held annually in tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Comment

Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015

Obama urges Congress to lift embargo on Cuba

Cuba: Stating that he believes in a “smarter kind of American leadership,” United States President Barack Obama on Tuesday night called on Congress to lift the half-century-old trade and economic embargo against Cuba. Comment

GUYANA GETS SET TO VOTE

Guyana: Guyanese will vote for a new government on Monday, May 11, exactly six months after the administration of President Donald Ramotar suspended sittings of parliament to avoid being fired by an opposition no-confidence vote that government appeared very likely to lose. Comment

Lopsided wealth sharing could get dicey

Viewpoints: As we very well knew it would be, here we go again with the chest-beating and muscle-flexing in Washington. Deliberate leaks about tax reform proposals President Obama would include in his State of the Union address brought from Republicans the response even a casual observer of current-day Washington could telegraph in his sleep: no way, no how, Mr. President! Comment

King reigns in Kings County

Brooklyn: A full day’s program dedicated to the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. invited guests to “Come Share the Dream” at Brooklyn Academy of Music where film, music, dance and a plethora of speakers paid tribute to his legacy on the holiday named in his honor. Comment

New day dawns for Bichotte

Brooklyn: Amid the treacherous weather, over a thousand constituents witnessed the community swearing-in ceremony at Brooklyn College on Sunday of newly-elected Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichote. Bichotte, the first Haitian American to be elected to the State Legislature, was sworn in as the representative for the 42nd Assembly District in Brooklyn by Mayor Bill deBlasio, replacing the retired Rhoda Jacobs. Comment

Harper advocates sports scholarship for Guyanese

Guyana: Former Guyana, and West Indian cricketer Roger Harper, who was nicknamed ‘Juice,’ said one of the things that could stimulate interest in sport in Guyana on a whole, is the availability of sporting scholarships. Comment

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

Vincentian ex-teachers honor popular dentist

St Vincent: As part of the annual celebration commemorating the birthday of slain civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ex-Teachers’ Association last Sunday honored popular dentist Renrick Benn. Comment

UWI fundraiser to laud legacy winners

People: There are those who consider the annual American Foundation for The University of the West Indies (AFUWI) gala the most-anticipated black-tie event of the year. Comment

Grenada debt reduced by half

Grenada: Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell says Taiwan has agreed to reduce by 50 percent the EC$60 million owed for loans contracted over a decade. Comment

Plummeting energy prices sting T&T: Report

Caribbean: Plummeting energy prices are “stinging” Caribbean powerhouse, Trinidad and Tobago, according to reports. Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015

Feds probe near collision involving Caribbean Airways

Trinidad and Tobago: The United States Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) is reportedly probing what has been described as a near collision Saturday night between Caribbean Airways and Jetblue Airline at John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport, according to reports. Comment

Cuba and the United States – A new era?

Cuba: HAVANA, Jan 16 2015 (IPS) - On Dec. 17, by freeing the five Cuban anti-terrorists who spent over 16 years in U.S. prisons, President Barack Obama repaired a longstanding injustice while changing the course of history. Comment

Island states throw off the heavy yoke of fossil fuels

St Kitts and Nevis: BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Jan 13 2015 (IPS) - The Caribbean nation of St. Kitts and Nevis, on a quest to become the world’s first sustainable island state, has taken a giant leap in its programme to cut energy costs. Comment

Food allergies can cause nutrition gaps

(Family Features) The first mission in creating safe meals for children with food allergies is avoiding the offending ingredient. But there can be a downside to diets that miss out on the nutritional value found in foods kicked off the menu, according to Carolyn O’Neil, a registered dietitian and nutrition advisor to Best Food Facts. Comment

Kevin Hart, Josh Gad co-star in buddies comedy

Movies: “The Wedding Ringer” Comment

Monday, Jan. 19, 2015

Haiti’s new prime minister faces instability, protests

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Haiti has a new prime minister as it enters a phase of political uncertainty, with its parliament dissolved, opposition activists promising intensified street protests and its president ruling by decree because of a bitter standoff with lawmakers. Prime Minister Evans Paul was selected last month but a political deadlock meant the Senate and Chamber of Deputies could not debate his nomination before their terms expired Monday. Comment

Clarke appointed to House Energy and Commerce Committee

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has been selection by the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee to become a member of the prestigious Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. Comment

Planting Guyana for a healthy lifestyle

Food: After residing in the United States for more than 20 years, farmer Dalven Adams has returned to his homeland, Guyana, to pursue his passion for cooking with farm fresh produce from the land his family has tilled for more than 30 years. Comment

Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015

‘Dysfunctional’ Haitian Parliament deplored

Haiti: Urging all Haitian stakeholders to form a consensus government, the top United Nations official in the French-speaking Caribbean country joined the ambassadors of several countries on Tuesday in deploring the fact that the Haitian Parliament became “dysfunctional” after failing to hold elections within its constitutional framework. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Against the Sun (PG for mature themes and mild epithets) World War II survival saga recounting a trio of airmen’s (Tom Felton, Jake Abel and Garret Dillahunt) real-life ordeal in a lifeboat after ditching their plane over the Pacific Ocean. Featuring Nadia Parra. Comment

Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015

US to host first Caribbean Energy Security Summit

Trinidad and Tobago: The White House says Vice President Joseph Biden will host the first ever Caribbean Energy Security Summit in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 26, 2015. Comment

God loves Haiti

Books: This is a very different tale of two cities. A Haiti-born writer who grew up in both Port-au-Prince and Brooklyn has published a novel featuring a character navigating the very same dual identity. First-time author Dimitry Elias Leger said his book “God Loves Haiti,” which he will read from at PowerHouse Arena in Dumbo in Jan. 22, explores the question that he and so many of his jet-setting peers have grappled with — how to stay connected to Caribbean culture after leaving their homeland. Comment

Hundreds attend Perry’s swearing-in ceremony

Brooklyn: Despite the very cold weather, hundreds of community residents and officials on Saturday witnessed the community swearing-in ceremony for New York State Assemblyman Nick Perry. Comment

Carribbean group welcomes IDNY

New York: At least one Caribbean group has already embraced the recently-launched IDNYC government-issued, identification card. According to Mel Newell, a member of the Jamaica Progressive League Inc., the organization intends to promote application of the free, photo identification now available to more than 500,000 immigrants without legal status who consider New York City home. Comment

A star in the making

Sports: One never knows what can happen in sports! An athlete can start out young and can develop into an all-County, all-Conference, all-State, all-American, and maybe even an Olympian. Take the Open 1,000-meter run for boys in the Friendship Games, the second of three meets on the track and field schedule during the winter with the finals to be held on Martin Luther King Day. Comment

Dial a radio on your phone

People: Your telephone is now a radio that can connect you to about 5,000 stations all over the globe. Comments (1)

Doo-Wop returns to Lehman Center

Music: Doo-wop is a genre of harmonizing vocals that came out of cities such as New York, Philadelphia, Newark and Detroit, et al. A music style birthed out of African American neighborhoods initially in the 1940s, Doo-wop gained popularity in the 1950s and early ‘60s, even attracting Italian groups who shared a love for the music. Comment

DISKERUD COMES TO TOWN

Sports: After a week of fans questioning New York City FC’s commitment to fielding a competitive team for its inaugural MLS season in 2015, at the news of marquee player Frank Lampard’s late, mid-season arrival, NYCFC feathered concerns with the signing of U.S. national midfielder Mix Diskerud. Comment

Friday, Jan. 16, 2015

500 Men host 5th Annual MLK, Jr. shut in

Brooklyn: 500 Men Making a Difference Inc. is embarking on its largest community project to date. The progressive Brooklyn-based organization in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service will gather men from around the tri-state area to participate in a 72-hour building restoration project. Comment

ROW OVER BRITISH WARNING

Guyana: If embattled President Donald Ramotar carries through with a plan to dissolve Guyana’s parliament altogether and call fresh elections as expected in May, then the country’s assembly would not have had a single sitting for nearly a year following the late 2014 suspension of sessions to stave off an opposition no confidence motion. Comment

JAZZ TIME IN HAITI

Haiti: By Tequila Minsky When the Jazz Festival of Port-au-Prince hosts foreign jazz musicians to perform in Haiti — the departing musicians leave as good will ambassadors. This year’s jazz musicians are coming from Spain, Belgium, England, France, Switzerland, Chile, Mexico, Trinidad, Canada, and the U.S. Comment

West Indies middle order must perform

Sports: West Indies middle order batsmen must perform in all categories of the game. Too many low scores have been coming from the West Indies as a result of the middle order collapses. Comment

What’s next for CARICOM and intellectual property law?

Caribbean: The year 2015 has dawned as usual with the fanfare of greater things to come. Caribbean projects are in the pipeline, along with activities to enhance competitiveness and many gallant efforts by well-meaning non-governmental and international organizations. The research has shown, however, that without the impetus of effort that originates from amongst the local innovators, there is no real change and no great advancement. Comment

A birthday fit for a king

People: The range of activities planned for the 86th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spans a myriad of events from theatrical productions, concert performances, breakfast tributes in the nation’s capital and a national commemoration urging Americans to “Be Like King.” Comment

Sun Kulcha

Queens: low-impact zumba: Join us for a dance-fitness class that’s friendly and fun 11:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m. It uses the Zumba formula, with modified moves and pacing for active older people and those just starting their journey to a fit and healthy lifestyle. Be sure to let your doctor know that you will be participating in an exercise class. RSVP: (866)539-0999 206-20 Linden Blvd Cambria Heights, NY 11411. Comment

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015

China pledges US$250B in Caribbean investment

Caribbean: China has pledged to invest US$250 billion in Latin American and Caribbean nations in the next 10 years, according to reports in Beijing. Comment

St. Vincent embarks on renewable energy path

St Vincent: KINGSTOWN, Jan. 12, 2015 (IPS) - For decades, the fertile slopes of La Soufriere volcano, which occupies the northern third of this 344-kilometre-square island, has produced illegally grown marijuana that fuels the local underground economy, and the trade in that illicit drug across the eastern Caribbean. Comment

Haitians fear mining law could result in ‘looting’

Haiti: WASHINGTON, Jan 13 2015 (IPS) - With Haiti’s Parliament possibly set to dissolve by Tuesday, civil society groups are worried that the Haitian president may move to unilaterally put in place a contentious revision to the country’s decades-old mining law. Comment

Global citizenship, a result of emerging global consciousness

Viewpoints: MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina, Jan. 10, 2015 (IPS) - Globalisation is an integral feature of modernity. It already has significantly advanced to transform local experiences into global ones, to unify the disparate villages of the world into a global community, and to integrate national economies into an international economy. Comment

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015

OAS re-commits to Haiti on quake anniversary

Haiti: The Washington, D.C.-based Organization of American States (OAS) has reiterated its commitment to the government and people of Haiti on the fifth anniversary on Monday of the devastating earthquake. Comment

Gail top-scores in Twenty20 International

Caribbean: West Indies pulled off the highest run chase in the history of Twenty20 Internationals, to beat South Africa by four wickets with four balls to spare, and clinch a winning 2-0 lead in the three-match series in Johannesburg on Sunday. Comment

Bradley Cooper stars in sharpshooter flick

Movies: Navy Seal Chris Kyle served four tours as a sniper in Iraq between 2003 and 2008. Over the course of dangerous deployments to Ramadi, Sadr City, Fallujah and other hot spots, he racked up enough kills to become the most lethal sniper in the history of the U.S. military. Comment

Tips to manage pain from arthritis naturally

(StatePoint) One in five adults in the United States now reports having doctor-diagnosed arthritis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For those living with the chronic pain of this disease, learning how to manage arthritis is crucial to the health and happiness of millions of Americans. Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015

Major budget cuts expected in Trinidad

Trinidad and Tobago: PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) _ Trinidad & Tobago’s prime minister warned late Thursday of major cuts in expenditures following a sharp drop in oil prices that has forced the government of the wealthy twin-island nation to reduce its projected revenue this year. Comment

Haiti protesters rally to demand prez departure

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Protesters burned tires and threw rocks and glass bottles at riot police during another anti-government demonstration in Haiti’s capital Saturday amid a bitter political stalemate over long-delayed elections. Comment

Jamaica praised for ambitious port plan

Jamaica: As Jamaica launches an ambitious plan to become a port of reference in a region with one of the highest levels of commercial traffic in the world, the World Bank has lauded the island for hoisting the sails to “reign in the Caribbean once more.” Comment

West Indies loses third Test against S. Africa

Trinidad and Tobago: West Indies predictably slumped to their seventh straight series loss to South Africa when they went down by eight wickets on the final morning of the third Test at Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa. Comment

Monday, Jan. 12, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean: The World Trade Organization (WTO) says the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF), a multi-donor program that helps the poorest countries, including the Caribbean will have its mandate extended into a new phase. Comment

Students pay tribute to fallen officers in Bed-Stuy

Brooklyn: A cold wind swept through the snow-dusted schoolyard at PS 368 in Bedford- Stuyvesant. Teachers working late peered out of the windows on Stockton Street and watched as a block-long of bundled up children in the middle of the street shouted as they walked, “All lives matter! All lives matter! Comment

‘Driving the King’

Books: Everybody has that one friend… Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Escobar: Paradise Lost (Unrated) Romance thriller, set in Colombia in the summer of 1991, about a Canadian surfer dude (Josh Hutchinson) who is pressured to serve as a hit man after falling for the niece (Claudia Traisac) of drug cartel kingpin Pablo Escobar (Benicio del Toro). Support cast includes Anne Giradot, Carlos Bardem and Brady Corbet. Comment

Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015

World Premiere of Ados at BAM

Arts & Theater: Douglas Dunn & Dancers presents the World Premiere of Aidos at Brooklyn Academy of Music, BAM Fisher, 321 Ashland Place, Brooklyn, NY, from Feb. 11-15, 2015. Performances from Wednesday to Saturday at 8:00 p.m and Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Comment

LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO

Arts & Theater: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 60th Anniversary Season with an evening of joyous and uplifting music by South Africa’s Grammy Award-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. Comment

With kisses to Africa

Music: Implemented and created for the purpose of helping the people of Africa, “Reggae Loves Africa,” hit the airwaves and social medias, with a bang. Comment

Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015

WINDIES CRICKET FIASCO

Trinidad and Tobago: One of Trinidad’s most senior government ministers who also happens to be a veteran island cricket administrator has torn into the workings of the Antigua-based West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), exposing what he says is a litany of administrative and logistic mistakes that could one day destroy the region’s premier game. Comment

US Black group to host reparations summit

New York: A major Black group in the United States says it will host the next summit of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Reparations Commission early this year. Comments (1)

We Remember Haiti: A full day of events, Jan. 12

Haiti: Jan. 12 will be the five-year anniversary of the earthquake that devastated Haiti when hundreds of thousands perished or were injured. This milestone anniversary is not going unnoticed in New York. Comments (1)

BULLS LET GO PETKE

Sports: The year is just over a week old but a lot has happened so far in MLS. Teams are making moves among their technical staff, in player personnel via trades and the MLS draft, and in administration in anticipation of yet another very competitive year in MLS. In the biggest news of the eventful week, the New York Red Bulls replaced Head Coach Mike Petke with former Montreal Impact Coach Jesse Marsh. Comment

US group launches breakfast program in Guyana

Jamaica: Students of Mashabo Primary School in the rural Essequibo region of Guyana began a breakfast program, thanks to the New York-based Guyana Jamaica Friendship Association that launched the initiative on Dec. 30, at the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs in Georgetown. Comments (1)

Windies cricketers are not aggresive

Caribbean: Despite South Africa topping the chart as the number one team in Test cricket, the West Indies cricketers seem to restrain themselves from playing aggressively. West Indies bowling coach Curtly Ambrose has been working very hard with the bowlers but with the injury to fast bowler Kemar Roach this seems to have affected the bowling plan against the tough South African team. Comment

Ferguson likes make-up of team

Sports: “We were hoping we would have another season with Rex to kind of show this wasn’t representative of who we really are,” said offensive tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson. He made this comment after the final game of the regular National Football League schedule. Comment

Friday, Jan. 9, 2015

Sun Kulcha

Queens: comedy: No Name Comedy/ Variety Show kicks off another year of comedy, music and fun at Otto’s in Manhattan at 7:00 p.m. Producer Eric Vetter’s talented performers features comedian Liz Miele (Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart”) writer / comedian Bruce Cherry (Marijuana-logues’), comedian / television personality Amanda Seales (Huffpost Live) and a few surprises. Comment

In a crunch, merchandising Madam P.M.

Trinidad and Tobago: The invariably on-point Trinidad Express columnist Sunity Maharaj made note recently of a deliberate effort on the part of Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, to leave no doubt as to who was “running things” in the country. And some latter-day goings-on in government circles there lend credence to Maharaj’s observation. Comment

Canadian top cop is Jamaican

Jamaica: Jamaica-born Devon Clunis is the chief of police of one of Canada’s largest cities. Committed to diversity in leadership, Manitoba’s largest city in one of Canada’s 10 provinces named the immigrant Caribbean national head of Winnipeg’s security forces to decide police behavior in Manitoba’s capital city. Comment

The truth will set us free

Cornel West to keynote ‘Come Share The Dream’ at BAM

The nation’s largest birthday tribute to Nobel Peace prize winner Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will again feature a national and prominent speaker with the booking of author, intellectual and educator Dr. Cornel West who will keynote the 29th annual Brooklyn celebrate known as “Come Share the Dream.” Comment

‘Nesta’s Rock’ Musical to Rock The Rock

Music: A musical tribute to reggae icon Robert Nesta Marley is slated to run from Jan. 9 to Jan. 22 at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. Comment

Nine-year old breaks record

Sports: Avery Lewis is back with another record! In the Elementary A division of the nation’s largest track and field series for women, the Colgate Women’s Games, Avery Lewis of Friends Central scored a double win in the 55-meter run (7.8) and 200-meter run (30.0). Comment

Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Suriname: A new joint report by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says the number of babies born with HIV in Latin America and the Caribbean declined by 78 percent between 2001 and 2013. Comment

T&T prime minister promises no job cuts

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has urged citizens not to panic, saying that there will be no job cuts or removal of social subsidies in the new year despite the falling global energy prices. Comment

Antigua’s special economic envoy

Antigua: Antigua and Barbuda has named one of the richest men in the world as the country’s newest special economic envoy. Martin Franklin, who is among the world’s richest men, according to Forbes, is the son of a Sir Ronald Franklin, who lives in Jumby Bay, is the founder and executive chairman of Jarden Corporation, among other roles. Comment

US Olympian’s ordeal as brutalized POW

Movies: Do you remember how, “Infamous,” a biopic about Truman Capote, was released right on the heels of the one entitled “Capote”? But because the latter had already received considerable critical acclaim, including an Oscar for the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, the Johnnie-come-lately had little chance of making more than a blip on the radar. Comment

Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015

Migrant flow into US from Caribbean spikes

Haiti: MIAMI (AP) _ Just starting a five-year sentence for illegally re-entering the United States, George Lewis stared at the officers staring back at him at Miami’s federal detention center and considered whether he’d risk getting on another smuggler’s boat _ a chance that soaring numbers of Caribbean islanders are taking _ once he’s deported again. Comment

Antigua, Montserrat forge closer ties

Montserrat: Just months into their first term in office, the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, and the Premier of Montserrat, Donaldson Romeo, have pledged to forge closer ties between their governments and peoples, according to reports. Comment

Tips to help you keep your New Year’s weight loss resolution

(StatePoint) New Year’s Resolutions are easier to make than to keep, especially when it comes to dieting. While life can often seem at odds with your health and fitness goals, there are plenty of ways to avoid common pitfalls this New Year and stay on the weight loss track. Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015

Bichotte saddened by passing of ex-NY gov

New York: Newly-elected Haitian American legislator New York State Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte has expressed sadness over the passing of former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo. Comment

Cuomo pardons 2 former inmates facing deportation

Guyana: ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has pardoned two men who completed prison sentences and turned their lives around but faced threats to their U.S. residency from the convictions. Comment

We have so much to learn from Cuba

Cuba: WHITE PLAINS, New York, Dec 30 2014 (IPS) - Earlier this month, President Barack Obama announced the restoration of diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than five decades of a misguided policy which my uncle, John F. Kennedy, and my father, Robert F. Kennedy, had been responsible for enforcing after the U.S. embargo against the country was first implemented in October 1960 by the Eisenhower administration. Comments (1)

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Beloved Sisters (Unrated) Incestuous romance drama about a couple of aristocratic siblings (Hannah Herzsprung and Henriette Confurius) who opt to share when they both fall in love with poet, philosopher and playwright Friedrich Schiller (Florian Stetter). With Claudia Messner, Ronald Zehrfeld and Maja Maranow. (In German and French with subtitles.) Comment

Monday, Jan. 5, 2015

Mighty Sparrow — Person of the Year

Trinidad and Tobago: The man whose reputation established Grand Roy, Grenada as a Caribbean place of interest was recently voted Person of the Year by Caribbean nationals who agree the Mighty Sparrow should wear the 2014 title. According to Everybody’s Magazine publisher Herman Hall, voters of his publication named 79-year-old Francisco Slinger the most worthy individual to receive the 2014 honor. Comment

Ambassadors band aim high

Trinidad and Tobago: The Ambassadors Steelband from the Canaan/Bon Accord community is one of the many Tobago pan sides preparing for the 2015 steelband competitions. Comment

Mastering your Haitian mothers’ dialect

Haiti: In recent years, it was impossible to find Haitian Creole (Kreyòl) instruction in the New York area, open to the general public, until Wynnie Lamour began giving classes, four years ago. She formally opened her Haitian Creole Institute of New York in October 2013, held in shared spaces in Brooklyn. Comment

Boost business by raising minimum wage

Viewpoints: As a restaurant owner operating in four states and looking to expand, I’m happy to see the minimum wage going up in 21 states to kick off the new year. I’d like to see the federal minimum wage increase as well to benefit business and our economy nationwide. Last spring, my business partner, Frank Uible, and I raised the minimum wage in our restaurants to $10.10. And we did it without raising prices. Comment

Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015

Fast pace at Colgate Women’s Games

Sports: First time competitors and returning national champions shared the spotlight recently, as the nation’s largest track and field series for women, the Colgate Women’s Games returned to Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Standing room only crowds cheered on star athletes from ages seven to seventy, from all over the East Coast as they set a fast pace for the opening of the indoor season; and Friday night’s High School meets ran long as participation in the High School Shot Put swelled to double the average number of participants. Comment

CREOLE SPIRIT

Arts & Theater: UNESCO is recognizing gwoka as an integral part of Guadeloupean identity in its 2015 world heritage designations. The honor is notable because it was awarded for its intangible qualities. The designation usually is attached to site of architectural importance or natural wonders. Comment

The soil, silent ally against hunger

Environment: SANTIAGO , Dec 19 2014 (IPS) - Latin America and the Caribbean should use sustainable production techniques to ensure healthy soil, the basic element in agriculture, food production and the fight against hunger. Comment

CONCACAF AWARDS PLAYERS

Sports: It’s that time of the year when we reflect on the accomplishments of athletes in myriad areas of sports and reward them for their stout play during the past 12 months. A week ago CONCACAF (The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football), the governing body for soccer in this region, released its list of top players whose performances last year left us lifelong impressions. Comment

Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015

Bus crash in Jamaica kills 3, seriously injures 17

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ A minibus in Jamaica has collided with a truck on a rural road, killing three people and injuring 17 others. Police say the Monday crash in the western parish of Westmoreland killed three adult passengers aboard the Toyota minibus. Comment

Another attempt to sabotage Petrotrin

Trinidad and Tobago: Just over a year ago, on Dec. 21, 2013, Petrotrin’s management called a news conference to present its take on the spectre of a deliberate sabotage of its pipe-lines. This was 96 hours after the disaster had struck. Comment

T&T gov’t to lease Sparrow’s keepsakes

Music: The Trinidad and Tobago government will pay calypsonian icon the Mighty Sparrow (Slinger Francisco) TT$2 million to acquire his memorabilia. Comments (1)

Shared blame for aborted tour

Caribbean: The high-level Task Force commissioned with investigating the ill-fated recent tour of India says the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) and West Indies players were all at fault in the controversy. Comment

Auld Lang Syne to 2014

People: At this time of year we tend to sum up the previous year by either labeling the 365/6 days as either the best or worst with no regard to the fact elements of both enabled the time-span. Comment

Friday, Jan. 2, 2015

CARIB TOURISM NEW TEST

Cuba: A relaxed looking Barack Obama earlier this month detailed plans to move towards normalizing decades of thawed relations with hemispheric pariah, Cuba, irking many in the rival GOP Republican camp as well as the anti-Cuban, anti-Castro types in South Florida who had long opposed any improvement in ties with the Caribbean island. Comment

CHANGE OF MIND ON CUBA

Cuba: A raft of new polls taken in the wake of the announcement by President Barack Obama to normalize relations with Cuba shows that more Americans want the half-century-old economic and trade embargo against the Spanish-speaking Caribbean country lifted. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Pilots employed with cash-strapped regional airline LIAT are calling on the airline to pay salaries on time, saying that the failure to do so is creating significant hardship for them. Comment

Toward ensuring that divisiveness ends

Viewpoints: Pleas from the relatives of senselessly killed Eric Garner, from public officials at all levels and from the clergy, including Cardinal Timothy Dolan, have all failed to satisfactorily lower the temperature that shot up, not just in this city but elsewhere across the nation, following that horrendous Staten Island grand jury decision in the Garner case. Comment

Deadly disease threatens banana industry

Caribbean: The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned that without global efforts to respond to a fungal disease affecting banana production, the US$36 billion global industry, which provides a source of income or food to some 400 million people around the world, is under threat. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Leviathan (R for profanity, sexuality and nudity) Legal drama about a humble family man (Aleksey Serebryakov) who retains the services of an attorney (Vladimir Vdovichenkov) to prevent his seaside home with a view from being seized for a pittance through eminent domain by a corrupt mayor (Roman Madyanov). Support cast includes Elena Lyadova, Anna Ukolova and Sergey Pokhodaev. (In Russian with subtitles) Comment

Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015

Sony and the Sociology of Racism

Viewpoints: As a result of the North Korean-related hacking of Sony’s computer system, certain “racist” emails of Sony executive Amy Pascal were made public. This may appear as an isolated incident of racism amongst individuals. But it offers opportunity to uniquely examine certain aspects of the “sociology of racism” that not only fester in entertainment, but extensions of this same sociology have historically led to deadly consequences in the streets of America when Black men encounter law enforcement. Comment

Civil Rights saga revisits historic MLK March

Movies: “Selma” Comment

Dad builds daughter’s last wish: Haiti orphanage

Haiti: BOSTON (AP) _ A few hours before she was buried in the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, 19-year-old Britney Gengel texted her parents her last wish: “I want to move here and start an orphanage.” Comments (1)

Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014

Chinese company to invest $255M in Antigua port

Antigua: ST. JOHN’S, Antigua (AP) _ The government of Antigua has signed a $255 million deal with a Chinese company to renovate the island’s main port and harbor. Comment

Trinidad hunger striker claims to surpass 100 days

Trinidad and Tobago: D’ABADIE, Trinidad (AP) _ A prominent environmental activist in Trinidad who claims to have passed the 100-day mark of a hunger strike said he will reject medical intervention and keep protesting a highway project he says could hurt wetlands and remote villages. Wayne Kublalsingh, 55, told The Associated Press in an interview this week he will suspend the strike only if the government lets independent mediators assess the project. He declined government offers for dialogue, saying community leaders have met repeatedly with officials without results. Comment

Getting ready for summer

Sports: Walking in the streets of lower Manhattan a day after Christmas there were many kids and even adults waiting their turn to get onto the West Fourth Street public basketball courts. Some of them found time to their liking and waited for their turn to go onto the very popular location. And the weather cooperated as it was rather sunny and warm. A workout outdoors was fine to many of the cagers instead of them finding a inside gym. Comment