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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Whistleblowers and the prosecution loophole

Viewpoints: When facing the prospect of criminal prosecution for leaking highly classified material to his mistress and later lying about it to the FBI, General David Petraeus found unlikely allies on Capitol Hill. Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsay Graham (R-SC), and Diane Feinstein (D-CA) have all spoken out against criminally prosecuting the four-star general, in part because they feel he has “suffered enough.” Comment

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

African-Caribbean Egyptologist Dr. Ben has died

Bronx: The short list of Afrocentric historians and scholars was shortened March 19 with the passing of Dr. Yosef Alfredo Antonio ben-Jochannan. Respected, beloved and acclaimed throughout the Black community, Dr. Ben died at age 96. Comments (2)

WI appoints Phil Simmons as head coach

Sports: Former West Indies and Trinidad Tobago cricketer Phil Simmons, 51 years old, has received a three-year contract from the West Indies Cricket Board as head coach. He played 26 Test matches and 143 One-Day Internationals, between 1987 and 1998. He also coached ICC Associate Team Ireland. Simmons said, “West Indies have tremendous history and prestige in the game and I am honored to have been given this opportunity to be head coach.” Comment

Ferrell, Hart co-star in unlikely-buddies comedy

Movies: Thanks to a flourishing career as a hedge fund manager, James King (Will Ferrell) is living in the lap of luxury in a sprawling, Bel Air mansion. Furthermore, the pampered multimillionaire’s stock seems about to skyrocket, given his promotion to partner and his impending marriage to the boss’ (Craig T. Nelson) daughter, Alissa (Alison Brie). Comment

OECS concern about US, Venezuela tension

Venezuela: The sub-regional Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) has expressed “grave concern” about the increasing tension in relations between the United States and Venezuela. Comment

Jamaica PM to address nationals, UN

Two weeks before meeting with President Barack Obama, Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller will address the Jamaican community here. The announcement was made by Consular General Herman G. Lamont in conjunction with the island’s ministry of foreign affairs arranged March 26 for the 6:30 p.m. start of the special meeting at St George’s Episcopal Church, 209 East 16th St. in Manhattan. Comment

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Haiti wants ‘pause’ in UN peacekeeping cuts; elections loom

Haiti: UNITED NATIONS (AP) _ Haiti is demanding a “pause” in a U.N. plan to nearly cut in half a peacekeeping force just as the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere is poised to enter a tense election period. Comment

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Belize envoy new OAS assistant secretary general

The General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) on Wednesday elected the Permanent Representative of Belize, Ambassador Nestor Mendez, as the next assistant secretary general of the hemispheric institution. Comment

Greatest one-day cricketer

Caribbean: Sir Vivian Richards has been crowned the greatest one-day cricketer ever by a jury of 50 eminent players, commentators and writers assembled by the Cricket Monthly recently. Comment

An oddball’s life after high school

Books: There is life after high school. And were you ever happy to learn that! You couldn’t imagine spending the rest of your days feeling like you did at 13, or enduring a not-cool lifetime of zits, hormones, self-consciousness, bad hair, and Mean Girls. You were only able to endure it then by remembering that you weren’t alone. And in “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” by Issa Rae, life got better. Comment

Neville Jules, steel band icon, to be honored

Music: One of the revered and legendary names of steel band history in Trinidad and Tobago, Neville Jules, the former longtime leader of the popular Trinidad All Stars band, will be honored by the Trinidad & Tobago Folk Arts Institute for his singular devotion to and impact upon steel band culture, at a gala celebration on Sunday evening, April 26 at Brooklyn’s Tropical Paradise Ballroom. Comment

Carib court hears suit against anti-gay laws

Trinidad and Tobago: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ A Caribbean court on Wednesday heard a challenge from a gay rights activist who argued that immigration laws ostensibly barring homosexuals from entering two countries in the region are discriminatory and must be repealed. Comment

Monday, March 23, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Venezuela: Antigua and Barbuda’s tourism industry could receive a major boost following a recent visit by ministry officials. Minister of Tourism Asot Michael completed his inaugural visit to Berlin, Germany during which he attended three conferences to seek new hotel investment and forge closer relationships with German tour operators and airline partners. Comment

Envoy says Haiti making ‘measurable gains’ towards 2015 elections

Haiti: The top United Nations official in Haiti says the government of President Michel Martelly has made “measurable gains” towards the holding of elections critical for the French-speaking Caribbean country’s stability and development. Comment

Caribbean Community climate-smarting fisheries, but slowly

Environment: KINGSTON, March 17, 2015 (IPS) - Caribbean nations have begun work on a plan to ‘climate smart’ the region’s fisheries as part of overall efforts to secure food supplies. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Apartment Troubles (Unrated) American Dream dramedy about a couple of Bohemian artist roommates (Jess Weixler and Jennifer Prediger) on the verge of eviction who relocate from Greenwich Village to L.A. to take a shot at fame and fortune. With Megan Mullally, Will Forte, Jeffrey Tambor and Lance Bass. Comment

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Classical Theatre celebrates 15th anniversary

Arts & Theater: The Classical Theatre of Harlem (CTH) (Ty Jones, producing artistic director; David Roberts, managing director) proudly announces plans for its landmark 2015 season. The Harlem-based American theatre company will present its 15th Anniversary Celebration and Benefit Concert this spring, featuring songs from the musical “Witness Uganda,” winner of the American Academy of Arts and Letters 2014 Richard Rodgers Production Award for Musical Theater; a free summer production of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest; and the winter holiday world premiere of a new CTH-commissioned musical, “The First Noel.” Comment

Slave Girl

Arts & Theater: A new stage adaptation of Harriet Jacobs’ 1861 autobiography, “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl” will be performed at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, 2015 in the Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center on the University at Albany’s uptown campus. Comment

Saturday, March 21, 2015

HEALTH GANGA EXPORT TRADE

Jamaica: A key component of Jamaica’s business community wants regional leaders to determine whether Washington would oppose efforts by the island to export locally produced marijuana to the U.S. for the medical industry when they meet with President Barack Obama in Jamaica early next month. Comment

Why this Catholic doctor supports medical aid in dying

Viewpoints: Inspired by the public advocacy of terminal brain cancer patient Brittany Maynard, lawmaker in Washington, DC, and at least 16 other states – from California to New York – have introduced bills that would authorize the medical option of aid in dying. Comment

Wings takes title

Sports: When it comes to basketball champions in the public schools, people talk about Boys & Girls, Lincoln from Brooklyn, or Cardozo from Queens. Now a new champion emerged to the top. It was Wings Academy, located in the East Bronx. Comment

TALLEST TREE

Arts & Theater: Daniel Beaty gives a tour-de-force performance, playing up to 40 characters in “The Tallest Tree in the Forest,” a solo play, which he also wrote. It tells the life story of Paul Robeson, a towering figure among our nation’s prominent African-Americans. Renowned director Moisés Kaufman returns to BAM (The Laramie Project, 2013 Winter/Spring) to direct this show which has delighted and enlightened audiences from Kansas City, to LA, La Jolla, and Washington, DC. Comment

Friday, March 20, 2015

NYC FC WINS HOME DEBUT

Sports: NEW YORK (AP) _ David Villa had a goal and an assist to help New York City FC beat 10-man New England 2-0 on Sunday in its home debut at Yankee Stadium. Comment

Barbados’ Rihanna makes historic fashion first

Barbados: This year might be a banner one for Barbados’ pop princess Rihanna, she’s making history. Three months into 2015, the singer has already been distinguished for outstanding and even pioneering achievements. Earlier this week Rihanna was named brand ambassador for Christian Dior, a French-owned fashion company. The appointment makes her the first Black spokesperson for the fashion house in its 70-year history. Comment

Mother of The Ethiopian Nation: Empress Menen Asfaw

Africa: Thanks to the conviction of Rastafarians, the most relentless advocates of the preservation of the legacy of Ethiopian Emperor Haile Sellassie I whom after his coronation in the 1930s adopted his title of Ras Tafari to proclaim his name and identify them-selves. Comments (1)

Coast Guard honors Dr. Olivia Hooker

People: The United States Coast Guard says a ceremony was held at Coast Guard Sector New York in Staten Island last Thursday to officially rename the Sector New York Galley in honor of centenarian Dr. Olivia Hooker, who holds the distinction of being the first African-American woman admitted into the U.S. Coast Guard. Comment

WI needs a fresh start

Caribbean: St. Lucia’s Prime Minister Kenny Anthony says that all the players who quit the tour of India in October last year should have been fired. “For my part, I would have started with a new fresh team,” said Anthony who was speaking at the CARICOM Leaders Lecture series hosted on the St. Augustine, Trinidad campus of the University of the West Indies recently. Comment

Ghanaian ‘game changer’ with a twist

Books: Your father always told you to reach for the stars. Be the best you can be, he said. Never let obstacles get in your way. Strive for success and challenge yourself – all excellent advice, but how can you harness astronomical success in this, or any economy? In the new book “It’s Not Rocket Science” by Mary Spio, you’ll find some stellar ideas. Comment

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Cheerleaders for undermining the presidency

Viewpoints: Given where he lines up on the political spectrum, hardly would James Baker, the onetime secretary of state, be among my favorite people. Baker served under President Reagan and the first President Bush and seems to be as loyal to the Bush clan as they could desire. He was in the forefront of that hijacking of the democratic process in the disputed 2000 election, leading the charge to have the Florida vote re-count stopped by a right-tilted high court to hand the presidency to George W. Bush. And these days he’s extolling Jeb Bush as the Republicans’ top gun for 2016. All of that notwithstanding, Baker does seem capable of a level of stand-up behavior that puts him poles apart from most of the classless bunch, in Congress and elsewhere, with whom he shares fealty to the GOP brand. Comment

NY State Assembly passes Paid Family Leave Act

New York: New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Assemblymember Cathy Nolan and Assemblymember Michele Titus on Tuesday, March 17 announced the passage of the Paid Family Leave Act that will enable all workers to maintain employment and still receive some income while on leave to care for an elderly relative, manage an unexpected medical emergency, or bond with a newborn or adopted child (A.3870, Nolan). Comment

Gender equality, the last big poverty challenge

Viewpoints: NEW YORK, March 16, 2015 (IPS) - It is estimated that women account for two-thirds of the 1.4 billion people currently living in extreme poverty. They also make up 60 per cent of the world’s 572 million working poor. Comment

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Students in Guyana to benefit from E2 Program

Guyana: In honor of Women’s History Month, and the upcoming 40th Anniversary of Co-education and enrollment of girls at Guyana Queens College, a female group from the QC Alumni Association of N.Y., will team up with international organization, E2 (www.e2education&environment) - Education & Environment - to conduct “This Is Ours” Guyana (TIO). Comment

Guyana defends oil concession in waters claimed by Venezuela

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) _ Guyana’s government on Saturday rejected the latest objections raised by neighboring Venezuela over the granting to ExxonMobil Corp. of an oil and gas concession in Caribbean waters claimed by both nations. Comment

Cricket World Cup Quarter Finals all set

Sports: Sri Lanka will play against South Africa, India against Bangladesh, Australia against Pakistan and New Zealand against the West Indies. New Zealand came out on top in Pool A with Australia second. India came out on top in Pool B with South Africa second while West Indies ended in fourth place in pool B. Comment

Lions club honors veteran Vincentian priest

St Vincent: Veteran Vincentian-born Anglican (Episcopal) priest, the Rev. Canon Leopold Baynes, has received the Ecumenical Award, from a prominent Lions club in Brooklyn. Comment

Kid ‘From The Bronx’ share nostalgic Bronx tales

People: Before there was a Jenny From The Bronx whose real name is Jennifer Lopez, a “Scandal”-famed actress named Kerry Washington who grew up in the borough or even a world-famous rapper from the northern-most city limit named Grandmaster Melle Mel, there was a kid from the Bronx named Arlene who loved everything about her Bronx community. Comment

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Centuries-old slave DNA reveals mysteries

People: A newly developed genetic technique has enabled researchers to sequence DNA from the teeth of 300-year-old skeletons, helping to pinpoint where in Africa three slaves had likely lived before being captured and transported to the Caribbean. Comment

Charity quilts go to region’s agencies

Arts & Theater: In an atmosphere of creativity, the energy was infectious in the main hall, also the sanctuary, of Manhattan’s Church of Holy Apostles. While the judging for the Empire Quilters bi-annual group show taking place March 28 and 29 at FIT was going on in a side room, clusters of women positioned themselves around circular tables amiably chatting, yet completely focused. Comment

Bleak HIV/AIDS stats for African American women

People: Sonya Lockett, vice president of corporate social responsibility for Black Entertainment Network (BET), told an audience of mostly women than their discussion around HIV/AIDS should include the basics — Education, Prevention, and Testing. Comments (119)

Antigua rep at high-level UN ‘side’ meeting

Antigua: The government of Prime Minister Gaston Browne says Antigua and Barbuda was the lone Caribbean Community (CARICOM) ministerial representative at last week’s United Nations High-Level “side event” on gender affairs. Comment

Getting bang for the buck on new Development Goals

Trinidad and Tobago: COPENHAGEN, Feb. 13, 2015 (IPS) - Right now, the United Nations is negotiating one of the world’s potentially most powerful policy documents. It can influence trillions of dollars, pull hundreds of millions out of poverty and hunger, reduce violence and improve education — essentially make the world a better place. But much depends on this being done well. Comment

Monday, March 16, 2015

Smoke blankets Jamaica’s capital as dump fire burns

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ Thick, noxious smoke blanketed Jamaica’s capital Thursday as a wind-fanned fire burned at a sprawling, open-air waste dump on the city’s outskirts that has seen repeated blazes. Comment

Haiti sets date for delayed legislative elections

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Haiti has set a date for delayed legislative elections that have been a source of increasing political friction while scheduling its presidential election for later this year. Comment

Caribbean focuses on youth unemployment

Trinidad and Tobago: The International Labor Organization (ILO) said on Wednesday that 9th Meeting of Caribbean Labor Ministers has concluded with a commitment to strengthen social dialogue further both at the national and regional levels. The ILO also said the meeting in Port-of-Spain, the Trinidad and Tobago capital, ended with renewed impetus to focus on creative solutions to the problem of youth unemployment and the greening of the economy. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Amour Fou (Unrated) Costume drama, set in Berlin in the Romantic Era, about a young poet (Christian Friedel) who enters a suicide pact with a terminally-ill socialite (Schnoeink) after failing to convince his kissing cousin (Sandra Hueller) to do so. Supporting cast includes Stephan Crossmann, Barbara Schnitzler and Marc Bischoff. (In German with subtitles) Comment

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: A momentous 12-year effort to bring a harmonized Customs Bill for the Caribbean is now in its final stages. The bill is intended to foster economic growth in the region, which will ultimately contribute to the improvement of nation countries. Comment

Dominica adopts Caribbean Court of Justice

Dominica: Dominica became the fourth country to adopt the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as its highest court of appeal. The CCJ’s appellate jurisdiction is also recognized by Barbados, Guyana and Belize. Comment

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Chikungunya thrives with climate variability in the Caribbean

Trinidad and Tobago: TRINIDAD, Feb 20 2015 (IPS) - Jenny had gone to bed feeling well, but an hour into her sleep she suddenly awoke with a “stiff, cramping pain” behind one knee. Within the next hour the pains had multiplied and both knees began to lock, followed by stiffened fingers and pains in her chest, along with a fever. Comment

Cosmos to play Cuban squad

Sports: HAVANA (AP) _ The New York Cosmos will face off against Cuba’s national team in June, an official said Tuesday, making it the first professional U.S. soccer club to play on the island in 37 years. Comment

Windies missing mystery spinner

Caribbean: Clive Lloyd speaking in Perth, Australia said: “Sunil Narine is one of the best One-day bowlers in the world and with him not here he is sorely missed. Look at the scores we have been posting, 300 runs pretty consistently. If he was here, people won’t be able to chase that down. We miss him, we miss his wicket-taking ability and his economy rate. All these are reasons why we miss Sunil but he is not here so we have to do without him.” Comment

Josephine Baker’s many faces

Books: You are a kid with determination. You set your sights on something, and it’s done. You don’t waste any time, don’t mess around — you want it and you’ll have it, one way or another. Comment

Lady Day induction to Apollo Walk Of Fame

Music: It’s hard to imagine the inimitable Billie Holliday at 100 years of age. Images of a fresh gardenia in her hair, a sassy sway of her hips; smooth, sensuous sounds from her jazzy repertoire and the Diana Ross film “Lady Sings The Blues” makes it difficult to perceive the talented singer a centenarian. Comment

Friday, March 13, 2015

Combating illegal home conversions

Brooklyn Democratic Council Members Jumaane D. Williams and Vincent Gentile have tabled a bill in the City Council to combat illegal home conversions. Comment

New Yorkers march in solidarity with Selma

New York: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, civil rights activist Norman Siegel, Karen Daughtry and State Senator Jesse Hamilton walked arm in arm over the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday along with hundreds of others. Those who couldn’t make it to Selma, Alabama to mark the historic 50th anniversary of “Sunday Bloody Sunday” marched symbolically on Saturday. Comment

Black Women’s Empowerment Conference

Brooklyn: As part of Women’s History Month celebrations, the Caribbean Research Center (CRC) at Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College will on March 21 host its Fourth Annual Black Women’s Empowerment Conference. Comment

TERRIERS GO TO NIT

Sports: What a year for the Terrier basketball team at St. Francis College of Brookyn. At the beginning of the season their eyes were set on going all the way and earning an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. And they almost did it but fell four points short of the miracle. Comment

Phagwah celebration

Grenada: Indo-Guyanese Americans immersed themselves in vibrant Abeer (colored powder) and the playing of Phagwah, to welcome the spring season on the Hindu calendar. Comment

Thursday, March 12, 2015

GUYANA ACTIVIST KILLED

Guyana: Just two days after former Guyanese president Bharrat openly Jagdeo played the race card to rally Indo supporters of the governing party, unidentified gunmen on Tuesday night executed a prominent opposition activist as he campaigned in a sprawling residential suburb outside the city in what is widely being regarded as the first major election violence in the 2015 electoral season. Comment

In home stretch, the president shifts gears

Viewpoints: Come to think of it, it may not be as far-fetched as it sounds, to suggest for public conjecture whether President Obama entertained a secret desire to be tending the nation’s affairs while Capitol Hill was totally under Republican control. The ready reaction would be that the president’s going there is just too masochistic to warrant serious consideration. And maybe it is. But into the last two years of his presidency, facing both a House and Senate with Republican majorities, the zip and/or panache in Obama’s speech and actions might give some of us pause as to his possibly having a preference for gladiator duty where he’s definitely facing odds not in his favor. Comment

Let’s grant women land rights and power our future

Viewpoints: BONN, March 4, 2015 (IPS) - Women are not only the world’s primary food producers. They are hardworking and innovative and, they invest far more of their earnings in their families than men. But most lack the single most important asset for accessing investment resources – land rights. Comment

Caribbean twins beat million-to-one odds

Jamaica: Once again, another story about racially diverse twins has emerged. The ironic aspect of this repetitive storyline is that virtually all of the reports involve one Caribbean parent. Comment

New Vincentian group seeks to aid hometown

St Vincent: A new group launched recently in Brooklyn is determined to uplift the image of the town of Calliaqua in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and to help residents as much as possible. The Calliaqua United Diaspora Organization (CUDO) was formally launched two Saturdays ago amid much fanfare at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment

Dave Cameron re-elected WICB president

Sports: Dave Cameron was re-elected president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for a second term, eight to four, by the panel. Vice President Emmanuel Nathan also was re-elected. The WICB Annual general meeting was held at the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica on March 7. Comment

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Vincentians get tips on US immigration

St Vincent: At a time when immigration reform is on the front burner of the Obama administration’s agenda, Vincentians and other Caribbean nationals in the New York metropolitan area last Saturday received extraordinary advice on burning immigration issues from a United States immigration official. Comment

McCray calls for women’s equality at Int. Women’s Day March

New York: First Lady of New York Chirlane McCray fired up thousands at a demonstration rally in the shadow of the United Nations in New York City, calling for women’s equality on International Woman’s Day, Sunday, March 8. Comment

Selecta A takes on Hail Selassie I

Japanese reggae producer Eisaku Selecta A Yamaguchi is paying tribute to Haile Selassie I in his latest compilation “Reggae Loves Jah.” His last compilation, “Reggae Loves Africa,” is doing very well in Europe and in Belgium and it is also number two on the iTune Reggae Chart. This time around, the music compiler wants to do his part on the world stage by feathering this latest album. Comments (3)

Back to the subcontinent for pleasant, if pat, sequel

Movies: When we last saw Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel), he had just proposed to his thoroughly-modern girlfriend Sunaina (Tina Desai), much to the chagrin of his meddling, more traditional mother (Lillete Dubey). The ambitious young entrepreneur had also landed the funds to renovate his ramshackle hotel with the help of Muriel Donnelly (Maggie Smith), one of the residents of the retirement community. Comment

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Former presidential security chief killed in Haiti

People: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ The chief of presidential security under former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was shot to death Monday in the capital, where he had lived since returning to the country after finishing a prison sentence in the United States. Comment

Cumbo delivers first State of the District Address

Brooklyn: Laurie Cumbo hit the ground running after she was installed as Council Member for the 35th District, last year. Cumbo followed Letitia James who is now the public advocate. Embedded in the community as founder and director of MOCDA (Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts located within the BAM Cultural District), Cumbo serves with an extensive background in the arts. Comment

Jamaican teen wins Pan-Am Fencing Champs

Jamaica: Jamaicans can claim another victory. Their 15-year-old, Tia Simms-Lymn snatched the gold at the Cadet Junior Pan-American Fencing Championships in Toronto, Canada and is now the first of her gender from the island to be crowned a Pan-American champion. Comments (1)

A legally-binding treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons

Viewpoints: NEW YORK, March 6, 2015 (IPS) - Five years after the adoption of the NPT (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty) Action Plan in 2010, compliance with commitments related to nuclear disarmament lags far behind those related to non-proliferation or the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Comment

Angella Ricot pens new story of lust, greed, politics

Books: The new novel “Sahara” (published by AuthorHouse) by author Angella Ricot follows a beautiful heroine through the political intrigues of the 1990s and early 2000s as she finds herself in the center of a political scandal that threatens to consume her. Comment

Groundbreaking ceremony for new school in Brooklyn

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene and the School Construction Authority (SCA) on Wednesday hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for P.S./I.S. 338 in Brooklyn. Comment

Monday, March 9, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

US firm to aid newly-minted Jamaican cannabis market

Jamaica: A communications and marketing firm in Denver, Colorado says it is ready to provide services to the “newly-minted” Jamaican cannabis market. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 3 Hearts (PG-13 for sexuality, brief nudity, mature themes and pervasive smoking) Romantic romp revolving around an incestuous love triangle that arises when sparks fly between a newlywed tax inspector (Benoit Poelvoorde) and his bride’s (Chiara Mastroianni) sister (Charlotte Gainsbourg). With Catherine Deneuve, Andre Marcon and Patrick Mille. (In French and Chinese with subtitles) Comment

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Former Kittian PM cries foul

St Kitts and Nevis: Former Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas has blamed acts of sabotage for the defeat of his St. Kitts-Nevis Labor Party (SKNLP) in the Feb. 16 general election. Comment

Guyanese culture aids scholarship fund

Caribbean: Many students will benefit from the Dr. Walter A. Kyte Memorial Foundation, thanks to ongoing fundraising efforts in honor of the late professional whose motto was: “If I can help somebody as I pass along, then my living will not be in vain.” Comment

Saturday, March 7, 2015

CARIB BANKS GRIEF

Bahamas: Until regional finance ministers and Caribbean Community heads such as Gaston Browne of Antigua and Perry Christie of the Bahamas made some noise about it, the problems some commercial banks have been experiencing with counterparts such as Bank of America in recent months were hardly known to people in the region. Comment

Egbert Hall celebrates his 101 birthday

Egbert Hall was born in Plaisance East Coast Demerara, Guyana, on Feb, 26, 1914. He attended Plaisance Wesleyian Primary School. On leaving school, he worked on the the Demerara sugar plantation as an engineer apprentice where he developed to be a first class engineer. Comment

Clarke, Jeffries urge Guyana probe

Guyana: Brooklyn Democratic Congressional Representatives Yvette D. Clarke and Hakeem Jeffries have called for a probe into the dissolution of Guyana’s National Assembly. Comment

St. Lucia native plays at Xaverian

St Lucia: One of the reasons that Xaverian High School’s varsity basketball team went to the finals of the Catholic High School’s Diocese of Brooklyn-Queens playoff tournament has been the play of senior Natee Larcher. Comment

‘Gayle’ force fastest score

Caribbean: West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle smashed the highest ever score in a World Cup and the fastest ever double-century in one-day internationals, as West Indies powered their way to 372 for two against Zimbabwe in their third Group B in Australia last week. Comment

Friday, March 6, 2015

Vincentian elected to NY State Supreme Court

St Vincent: Vincentian-born judge Sharon M.J. Commissiong Gianelli has been elected for a 14-year-term to the New York State Supreme Court in Nassau County, Long Island. Comment

MLS KICK OFF

Sports: The two local teams kick off the 20th MLS season on Sunday, March 8, and area fans, who are waiting with much anticipation to what the local soccer scene will look like, will have some idea come Sunday as to what’s in store for them this season. If all goes well, there should be some exciting times ahead, because for the first time there are two MLS teams in the New York/New Jersey area, which bodes well for an intense, Hudson River rivalry. Comment

Haiti’s Artists Institute celebrates successes

Haiti: Brooklyn resident, Haitian-born Marc Baptiste is an image-maker — his photographs appear in a slew of fashion and beauty magazines. He’s well aware of the power of representation and how popular media mainly dwells on negative images about Haiti. In 2008, he teamed up with lower Manhattan resident David Belle for the first of what has become an annual benefit event, Haiti Optimiste, a celebration of the positive aspects of Haiti. Comment

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Going global with the presidential ‘dis’

Viewpoints: In how many different ways will Republicans on Capitol Hill and elsewhere in the country be prepared to show their wanton disrespect for the President of the United States? We are but a mere two months into the life of the new Congress, and the bashing and attempted blocking of the president that has seemingly been the be-all and end-all of the GOP’s raison d’etre, has continued right on in inveterate fashion, perhaps with even more gusto now that the party controls both houses of Congress. Comment

Marley heirs win licensing suit

Jamaica: Thinking about using a photo of Bob Marley to decorate a T-shirt? Think again. If you do, the heirs to the reggae king could legally haul you into court and slap you with a hefty fine. They recently won the right to do just that. Comment

DANCE TREAT

Arts & Theater: “Kumina” and other island dance favorites are among treats programmed into a two-day repertoire billed for the 60th anniversary season at Brooklyn Center of the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College when the National Dance Theater Company of Jamaica (NDTC) return here. Comment

AB de Villiers scores record 162 not out

Caribbean: South Africa scored 408 runs for five wickets off their 50 overs at the Sydney cricket ground in Australia against the West Indies in the ICC Cricket World Cup. South Africa’s captain AB de Villiers slammed a record 162 runs not out from 66 balls with 17 fours and eight sixes. Other useful scores came from Fdu Plessis 66 runs from 70 balls, Hamish Amla 65 from 88 balls and RR Rossouw 61 from 39 balls. Comment

Community Reinvestment Act can boost energy-efficiency, funding for low-income schools

Viewpoints: One in five Americans spends his or her days in our nation’s 140,000 K-12 schools. Those schools spend close to $8 billion a year on energy costs, the second-largest line item in a school budget after personnel costs. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 25 percent of the energy used in schools is wasted. In a world of shrinking budgets and resources, energy-efficiency savings in utility costs could be used for desperately needed funding for additional teachers and school resources. Comment

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Venezuela objects to oil exploration off Guyana

Venezuela: GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) _ Guyana said Sunday that neighboring Venezuela is objecting to oil exploration in contested waters off the smaller South American country’s coast. Comment

Con man matches wits with former protégé

Movies: Good (2 stars) Comment

Water and the world we want

Viewpoints: HAMILTON, Canada, Feb 25 2015 (IPS) - We have entered a watershed year, a moment critical for humanity. As we reflect on the successes and failures of the Millennium Development Goals, we look toward the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals to redress imbalances perpetuated through unsustainable economic growth and to help achieve key universally-shared ambitions, including stable political systems, greater wealth and better health for all. Comment

Postage stamp to honor ‘Miss Calypso’ Forever

Arts & Theater: It is Women’s History Month and a phenomenal woman is being memorialized when spring breaks — less than a year after her death. First acclaimed as Miss Calypso — prior to becoming the well-known Maya Angelou — she was known by a moniker that lauds the Caribbean and its music. Comment

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Falling oil prices won’t derail St. Lucia’s push for clean energy

St Lucia: CASTRIES, Feb 25, 2015 (IPS) - At Plas Kassav, a roadside outlet in Canaries, a rural community in western St. Lucia, a busload of visitors from other Caribbean countries, along with tourists from North America and Europe, sample the 12 flavours of freshly baked cassava bread on sale. Comment

Williams honors All Stars Youth Team

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams has honored the East Flatbush Village, Inc. (EFV) All Stars Youth Cheer, Step and Dance Team, with City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, for its outstanding teamwork at the 2014 American Youth Football and Cheer National Championships. Comment

Patoranking signs deal with VP Records

Music: Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie, better known by his stage name Patoranking, is a Nigerian reggae-dancehall singer and songwriter. Patoranking started his musical career doing underground collaborations with artists such as XProject, Konga, Slam and Reggae Rockstone. He signed a record deal with K-Solo’s Igberaga Records in 2010, releasing “Up in D Club” under the outfit. Patoranking became a protégé of Dem Mama Records after collaborating with Timaya on his song “Alubarika.” Comment

Bichotte votes for passage of DREAM Act

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte says she has voted for passage of the DREAM Act that would allow children of Caribbean and other immigrants to apply for state scholarships and the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). Comment

Monday, March 2, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Antigua and Barbuda government says it has made an offer to purchase the property once owned by disgraced financier Allen Stanford who is serving 110 years in a United States jail for operating America’s second-largest Ponzi scheme. Comments (1)

Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015

Steel Pulse to liven Brooklyn book launch

Music: Reggae fans will be nourished mentally, physically and probably in other ways when they stop into the Brooklyn Public Library on March 4 for a book launch. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Bad Asses on the Bayou (R for violence, profanity, sexuality and nudity) Danny Trejo and Danny Glover reprise their roles in this sequel to “Bad Ass 2” set in Baton Rouge where the aging tough guys take the law into their own hands to rescue a pal’s (John Amos) daughter kidnapped for ransom (Loni Love). Rob Mello, Sammi Rotibi and Jimmy Bennett. Comment

WINDIES CELEBRATE

Sports: Some excellent all around performances from Andre Russell, who bagged three wickets for 33 runs from eight overs and scored 42 runs from 13 balls which included three fours and four sixes. West Indies scored 310 runs for six wickets off 50 overs after they were sent in to bat. Comment

US congratulates St. Lucia, Guyana on anniversaries

St Lucia: The United States has extended congratulations to St. Lucia and Guyana on their respective independence anniversary celebrations. Comment

The British are coming!

Sports: The British are coming! That’s a familiar cry that has been part of American history. In fact, the Brits have always been coming and never really stopped: there were the Pilgrims, the Beatles, then droves of soccer administrators and players, and now here comes Sky Sports. Comment

Friday, Feb. 27, 2015

CARIB FRESH FEARS

Trinidad and Tobago: CARICOM leaders scheduled to meet for two days in the Bahamas from this Thursday are to bog themselves down with several key issues including a concerted effort to make European nations pay for slavery, work on establishing a marijuana decriminalization commission and put heads together to examine the rise of Islamist extremism in West Africa and the Middle East. Comment

‘Ancestors’ Benefit to hail Caribbean Orisha choreographer

Brooklyn: It will be a hot time in this town Saturday, Feb. 28 when Michael Manswell of Something Positive accepts accolades for his commitment to the community from the People of the Sun Middle Passage Collective. Comment

T&T judge of UN Appeals Tribunal sworn in

Trinidad and Tobago: The Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presided over the swearing-in of Judge Deborah Thomas-Felix (Trinidad and Tobago) as a judge of the United Nations Appeals Tribunal in a ceremony held on1 Feb. 17, 2015 at UN Headquarters in New York. Judge Thomas-Felix was elected by the General Assembly as a Judge of the Appeals Tribunal of the United Nations (Appeals Tribunal) in December 2014 to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Judge Jean Courtial (France). Comment

Brooklyn actor receives Black History Month award

Movies: Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, deputy leader and chair of the City Council’s Housing and Buildings Committee, has presented a New York City Council Proclamation to Brooklyn actor and activist Wendell Pierce (“Selma,” “The Wire,” “Treme”) as part of Black History Month celebrations. Comment

Williams tops Lions’ scorers

Sports: Sophomore Keith Williams is one of the key holdovers from last year’s Bishop Loughlin’s basketball team that competes in the Diocese of Brooklyn division of the Catholic High Schools Athletic Association. Last year, the Lions just fell short of winning the Intersectional title, and advancing into the State tournament. They lost to a better Christ The King squad in the finals. Comment

SOULFUL SPIRIT

Music: “Vilnerab” (Vulnerable), the second studio album from Haitian Roots singer/composer/guitar player Paul Beaubrun, was released on Feb. 19, 2015 on Itunes worldwide. “Vilnerab” is steeped in traditional acoustic instruments, yet wrapped in a modern arrangement with a soulful spirit. Comment

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015

Patrick Manning’s long road to redemption

Trinidad and Tobago: Up to quite recently, it looked like former Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Patrick Manning was intent on being a central player again in the country’s politics, after having been reduced by illness to an incidental, sideline role for the better part of the current government’s soon-to-expire term. Comment

EmblemHealth brings SisterTalk Healthy Lifestyle Program to NY

New York: EmblemHealth, New York’s leading health benefits and wellness company, announced today that it has brought the successful Hartford-based SisterTalk Healthy Lifestyle Program to New York. Comment

First heritage film fest to hail 3 Carib legends

People: Now that the Academy Awards has bestowed Oscars to the voted-best in the film industry, Caribbean Heritage Organization will honor their own during a Salute to Hollywood & Excellence ceremony hailing three Caribbean thespians. Comment

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

Hundreds bid farewell to community leader

St Vincent: In what has been described as one of the larger funerals ever in the Vincentian community in New York, over 1,000 people last Sunday afternoon-evening flocked St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Flatbush, Brooklyn for the Home-going Wake and Funeral Service of community advocate Selwyn “Compo” Cumberbatch. Comments (2)

Antigua, Venezuela agree on terms for oil company acquisition

Venezuela: Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne and Foreign Minister of Venezuela Delcy Rodriguez on Saturday “successfully hammered out” an agreement covering the acquisition of the West Indies Oil Company (WIOC), according to an Antigua and Barbuda government statement. Comment

Towards true Caribbean independence

Grenada: Every generation in every nation, has a few exceptionally talented individuals who go on to exhibit the caring acts and intuitive vision of stalwarts. And as the hand of time would have it, in the generational cohort which gave Grenada, Carriacou & Petite Martinique and the Caribbean, Anthony C. George, there is certainly at least one such person. Comment

‘1965: The Most Revolutionary Year in Music’

Books: You turned up the volume – again. Surely, the guy in the car next to yours must think you’re weird. There you are, groovin’ to your tunes, seat-dancing, singing along like you were in-concert. Really, is there such a thing as having the music too loud? Comment

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015

Antigua in solidarity with Venezuela on aborted coup

Venezuela: The government of Prime Minister Gaston Browne in Antigua and Barbuda has expressed solidarity with the people and government of Venezuela “where an attempted military coup was hatched then discovered and defeated.” Comment

Glenroy March unveils Fall 2016 collection

Brooklyn: Caribbean Life’s 40 under 40 Award recipient, Glenroy March, continues to reinvent himself. The master couturier successfully launched his D’Marsh Couture Signature Men’s Collection, in addition to D’Marsh body gel from his cosmetics line, to celebrate New York Fashion week on Feb. 21. Comment

Windies self-inflicting blow

Caribbean: West Indies batting legend Brian Lara has described as “a self-inflicting” blow, the decision by the Clive Lloyd led selection panel to omit Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo from the region’s side for Cricket World Cup 2015 currently underway in Australia and New Zealand. Comment