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Friday, April 24, 2015

NY’s Cuomo become 1st US governor to visit Cuba post-detente

Cuba: HAVANA (AP) _ Cuban officials and New York business executives are exploring ways for companies to do business on the communist-run island despite the longstanding U.S. embargo that makes most trade and investment illegal, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. Comment

Jamaica university plants first legal marijuana seedling

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ Jamaica’s biggest university has held a ceremony to plant what it touts as the island’s first legal marijuana seedling. Comment

Adams launches new street safety initiative

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams on Tuesday joined dozens of senior citizens outside the AMICO Senior Citizens Center in Borough Park, along with local elected officials and community advocates, to launch CROSS (Connecting Residents on Safer Streets) Brooklyn, his new initiative to improve street safety for the borough’s vulnerable pedestrians. Comment

Protestors march against ‘Murder by Police’

New York: On Tuesday, April 14 over a thousand people participated in the “Stop Murder by Police” march and demonstration sponsored by Stop Mass Incarceration Network, co-founded by Carl Dix and Cornel West. There were two feeder marches coming from uptown, which converge at Union Square around 2:30 p.m. Comment

Spring gala

Music: As Harlem continues to shift into a new era, plans are slated to renovate a local firehouse on 120 East 125th Street to serve as the new home for the historic East Harlem Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI). To celebrate CCCADI’s next chapter in its existence in the community since 1976, the institute will host its First Annual Spring Gala in Harlem’s historic Alhambra Ballroom on April 25, 2015. Comment

Pressure Republicans on Loretta Lynch: Clarke

Brooklyn: At least two Brooklyn Democratic politicians have appealed to the community to put pressure on the Republican leadership in the United States Senate in confirming the nomination of Loretta Lynch as the next U.S. Attorney General. Comment

Brooklyn club honors 14 outstanding women

Brooklyn: A major political club in Brooklyn on Sunday conferred special Women’s History Month honors on 14 outstanding women at a gala ceremony in Brooklyn on Sunday, April 19. Comment

INCOME SOURCE THREAT

St Vincent: Not surprisingly, the Washington D.C-based International Monetary Fund (IMF) has seen it fit to warn Caribbean Community countries, which have developed a ‘dollars for local citizenship scheme’ not to depend too much on it as a reliable income source as the developed world could easily crush these programs if they only feel that they are not properly administered. Comment

Jazz Day

Music: The genius of trumpeter Miles Davis will be resounded and echoed April 30, when International Jazz Day heralds one of the greatest musicians of the genre. Comment

Spicy ‘One Night’ is worth two looks

Books: Would you look at that. Actually, probably, you already have. You’re one of the most observant people you know, never missing a thing, always noticing. You make a great witness because you see everything. And in the new book “One Night” by Eric Jerome Dickey, you see two people about to make a mistake. Comment

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Loretta Lynch’s ‘dis’ demands robust response

It’s not that nothing is being said or done about it. It’s just that what’s being done hardly measures up to the type of muscular reaction needed, given the contemptible treatment Senate Republicans are meting out to President Obama’s nominee for attorney general, Loretta Lynch. Various Democratic senators, including Charles Schumer, have spoken out about the outrage – this abominable “how not to govern” bit of theater by the GOP. Comment

Hydrogen fuel cell an attractive option

Viewpoints: In the run-up to a solar eclipse on March 20 of this year, European tabloids had a Y2K-style field day. In the middle of a bright, sunny day, European solar panels together produce about as much electricity as 90 large nuclear power plants. Germany, with the largest solar commitment, obtains as much as 50 percent of its electricity from the sun during the sunniest hours. The eclipse was scheduled to arrive in the middle of the day and panic was setting in. Comment

Prez Carter returns to Guyana to inspire peace

Guyana: If the answer to a television game show Jeopardy question is “former United States President Jimmy Carter” the question must be “who is the busiest president no longer living in the White House.” Comment

Jefferson does well in meet

Sports: While Ryan Clifford of MacArthur High School in Long Island captured the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Akeem Aaron, a junior at Thomas Jefferson of Brooklyn, finished second in the same event, to start the day’s action off in the Knight-Time Invitational Track and Field meet conducted by Uniondale High School also of Long Island. Comment

Shannon Gabriel must be in the Test squad

Sports: Clive Lloyd and his selection staff must see the importance for an additional fast bowler in the West Indies team against England. Jerome Taylor is bowling fine with some degree of pace, but Kemar Roach is not in the best of form and this continues to affect the team. Roach failed to put on a good showing in South Africa during the 2015 World Cup and also now against England in this Test Series. Comment

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Shades of Romeo, Juliet abound in inner-city saga

Movies: Twins Jackie (Keke Palmer) and Sergio Taylor (Eric D. Hill, Jr.) already had it tough enough growing up in the ghetto before the untimely demise of their dad a few years ago. But then their mother (Macy Gray) stopped functioning and started hitting the bottle. Comment

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MUSICAL TREAT

Music: American, R&B pop princess Fantasia lived up to her top billing at the sold out “Voices In Concert” held recently at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, New York. Comment

CONCACAF president re-elected unopposed

Sports: NASSAU, Bahamas (Thursday, April 16, 2015) – The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) celebrated today its 30th Ordinary Congress and 21st Extra Ordinary Congress in the Bahamas, confirming President Jeffrey Webb to a second term in office while focusing on continuing reforms that have strengthened the organization. Other members of CONCACAF’s Executive Committee were also elected. Comment

Clarina Guiliams Foundation gives back to Guyana

Guyana: It was evident that the young men and women of “Joshua House Children Centre” on Thomas Street, Georgetown were inspired by what they heard during a recent visit by retired New York businessman Carl Guilliams, who had breakfast with the youngsters and later spoke to them about his plans to launch football and athletic clubs later this year. Comment

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Slow growth in remittances to the Caribbean

Caribbean: The World Bank says remittances growth in the Caribbean is expected to slow in 2015. The Washington-based international financial institution said in its latest issue of its Migration and Development Brief that growth in global remittances, including those to developing countries, such as the Caribbean, will slow sharply this year due to weak economic growth in Europe, deterioration of the Russian economy and the depreciation of the euro and ruble. Comment

Grace Kennedy USA strengthens US partnerships

Jamaica: In keeping with Grace Kennedy’s 2020 campaign map to become a global consumer group and to grow exports significantly, the company has acquired the assets of USA food business, La Fe Foods Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary, GraceKennedy Foods (USA) LLC. La Fe Foods Inc. was established in 1968, and currently has revenues of approximately US$80 million. The company will now have distribution operations in Moonachie, New Jersey; Miami, Florida and Forest Park, Georgia for the Grace Foods line and also the La Fe brand, one of the largest brands in the Hispanic frozen foods and grocery markets. Comment

Johnny Kemp of ‘Just Got Paid’ fame dies

Music: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ Bahamian R&B singer Johnny Kemp, who is best known for the hit song “Just Got Paid,” has died in Jamaica. He was 55. Comment

NY’s Cuomo to be first gov. to visit Cuba as ties reopen

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is heading to Havana, the first American governor to visit Cuba since the recent thaw in relations with the communist nation. Whether his trade mission generates anything more than headlines, however, remains to be seen. Comment

NAIL-BITING DRAW

Sports: NORTH SOUND, Antigua (AP) _ An unbeaten 103 by Jason Holder helped West Indies salvage a nail-biting draw against England in the first test Friday, spoiling James Anderson’s celebrations after becoming his country’s record wicket taker. Comment

Monday, April 20, 2015

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: Business leaders from 18 countries and territories of the Caribbean will meet later this month in Miami to discuss the challenges posed by anti-laundering regulation. Comment

Dynamite Calypso Tent prepares for 2015

Music: The Dynamite Calypso Tent of New York has elected a new executive committee led by President Ainsley Primus during its meeting on Saturday, March 14, 2015. Comment

Predatory practices against developing countries

Viewpoints: GENEVA, April 6, 2015 (IPS) - The world’s attention turned to the practices of vulture funds after the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed a lower court opinion in the NML Capital vs Argentina case, which forbids the country from making payments on its restructured debt. Comment

Antigua draws a line in the vanishing sand

Antigua: ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, April 15, 2015 (IPS) - Jabberwock beach, located on the northeastern coast of Antigua, features a mile-long white sand beach and is a favourite with locals and visitors alike. Comment

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Caribbean Court celebrates 10 years

Caribbean: The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCCJ) celebrated its 10th anniversary last Thursday, with only four CARICOM member states having acceded to its appellate jurisdiction. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Adult Beginners (R for profanity and drug use) Diminished dreams dramedy about a narcissistic entrepreneur (Nick Kroll) who moves from Manhattan to the suburbs to take a job as a nanny for his sister’s (Rose Byrne) children after his latest start-up crashes and burns. With Bobby Cannavale, Bobby Moynihan and Joel McHale. Comment

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Trinidadian-born businessman to be memoralized

Trinidad and Tobago: Prominent Trinidadian-born businessman Mohan Jaikaran who was the dynamic driving force behind an impressive array of businesses from Richmond Hill, Queens, to his native land, will be remembered at memorial services that begin Friday. Comment

ENGLAND RECOVERS

Sports: After struggling at 34 runs for three wickets in the first Test match at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua, the English batsmen stood to anchor their innings with some intelligent batting from the number four batsman, Ian Bill and Joe Root coming in at number five. Their partnership was 177 runs for the fourth wicket before Joe Root fell for 83, bowled by Jerome Taylor. Comment

US prez supports Caribbean Security Summit

National: United States President Barack Obama has agreed to a Caribbean Security Summit as early as June this year, following regional concerns about the growing number of issues which could affect the region. Comment

Vincentian musician releases CD on new airport

Music: Vincentian musician Oscar James, a singer, song writer and player of several musical instruments, has released a new CD on the Argyle International Airport, saying that air accessibility is “vital for Vincentians and foreigners who want to visit St. Vincent and the Grenadines.” Comment

Cricket debt

Caribbean: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) is hoping to negotiate a deal with the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) to have the controversial US$42 million claim repaid in matches and not cash. Comment

Friday, April 17, 2015

Grace renews support to Jamaican athletes

Jamaica: For Jamaicans who live overseas, Grace Foods is a symbol of authentic and uncompromisingly delicious Jamaican foods, and this year Grace will again throw its support behind the prestigious Penn Relays, with severals initiatives directed at benefiting both athletes and spectators, who are expected to descend on the April 23-25 meet. Comments (1)

Dawkins has slow start

Junior Matthew Dawkins is in his first year of competing on the baseball team at Queens College. Last year he played and did extremely well at Bergen Community College. Comment

Children’s Carnival Costume workshop

Arts & Theater: The West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) will be holding its annual Children’s Carnival Costume Construction & Design Workshops from Saturday May 9 to June 20. Comment

The Colored Museum

Arts & Theater: Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) Theatre Department presents “The Colored Museum” written by George C. Wolfe directed by Alfred Preisser. “The Colored Museum” takes the audience on a journey through the Black American experience. Comment

Spring Spectacular boasts alluring NYC attractions

New York: Hats off to the new ‘Spectacular’ currently presented for a limited engagement until May 7 at Radio City Music Hall. With all the seasonable spectacles staged since 1932 when the venue first opened followed by the “Glory of Easter” the following year, the annual ‘Magnificent Christmas Spectacular, this year the New York Spring Spectacular” boasts a live and alluring 21st century salute to the city that never sleeps. Comments (1)

BRAZILIAN RHYTHMS

Arts & Theater: DanceAfrica, the nation’s largest African dance festival, returns to BAM for the 38th year with its traditional Memorial Day weekend extravaganza of dance, music, film, and community events from May 22 - 25. Comment

Thursday, April 16, 2015

GANJA NOW LEGAL

Trinidad and Tobago: From this week Wednesday, Jamaican police and enforcement officials are not likely to arrest and try to convict or jail anyone for having a mere two ounces of marijuana in their possession because a new ground breaking law passed by both houses of the island’s parliament recently makes such possession legal. Comment

Carrying the baton for justice

Brooklyn: It’ll take nine days at 18-25 miles each day for #march2justice activists to arrive by foot in Washington DC. Organized by the Justice League NYC, the historic march’s intent is to show solidarity with communities impacted by police brutality and those incarcerated and to deliver a Justice Package to Congress. Comment

Moves to bolster reparations movements

St Vincent: Participants at a major reparations summit in New York have agreed to consolidate the growing African global reparations movement and to call on all civil society organizations and governments in countries around the world with Afro-descendant populations to establish national reparations commissions or committees. Comment

Equal Pay Day at City Hall

People: New York State Assembly women colleagues with women from New York City Council rallied at City Hall on Equal Pay Day, April 14, to remind the public of the income gap between men and women and the importance of wage equality. Comment

Caribbean program to spotlight Immigrant Heritage Week

Brooklyn: It is unlikely there will be a parade, dancing in the streets or even a ceremonial proclamation presentation to mark the 11th annual weeklong celebration of Immigrant Heritage Week but from April 17 to April 24 New York City will record another milestone anniversary of the historic period the most immigrants crossed Ellis Island. Comment

Officialdom to honor steel band icon

Music: A commendation from Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, a proclamation from the New York City Council and a proclamation from Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams are expected to be among the accolades conferred on legendary steel band pioneer Neville Jules, when tribute is paid to him by the Trinidad & Tobago Folk Arts Institute Sunday evening April 26 at Brooklyn’s Tropical Paradise Ballroom. Comment

Equal Pay Day

Viewpoints: When Doris and Don Fisher opened their small retail store in 1969, they each put up $21,000 in savings and, without even discussing it, paid each other the same salary. That’s how equal partnerships work. Comment

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Copycat rogue behavior among the protectors?

Viewpoints: Is it that we’re in the throes of a contagion of copycat “bad apple” conduct involving some of the players pledged to do the “protect and serve” bit in our communities? Copycat practice so frequently makes it into the conversation on the law enforcement side as a probability in seemingly related instances of anti-social behavior. But the rash of episodes, for some time now, in which guys designated as guardians of the citizenry have acted more like outlaws, gives us pause as to whether the copycat phenomenon is also alive and well on the “good” side of the law-and-order divide. Comment

Church Avenue Street Fair

Brooklyn: It’s that time of year again! The Annual Church Avenue Street Fair will unfurl its magic on Sunday, April 26, 2015 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. on Church Avenue between Coney Island Avenue and Argyle Road. The Street Fair is the place to discover the unique products and services of area organizations, entrepreneurs and artists. Comment

Jamaican queen to serenade ‘Everybody’s Mom’

Music: New Yorkers are in for a mother’s day treat on May 9 when Jamaica’s queen of the universe Kaci Fennell sings, dances and charms audiences at the annual tribute concert slated for Brooklyn Center at Brooklyn College. Comment

Guyanese wear Easter hats for a cause

Guyana: It is now 30 years since the ladies of the Inner Wheel Club of Georgetown began to captivate audiences with creative headwear at its annual Garden Tea Party and Hat Show, to raise funds for outreach programs. Comment

Two winners, one loser at Summit of the Americas

Cuba: MIAMI, April 14, 2015 (IPS) - U.S. President Barack Obama has earned a place in history for taking the first steps towards rectifying a policy that has lasted over half a century without ever achieving its primary goal of ending the Castro regime in Cuba. Comment

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

US programs to support Caribbean youth

Jamaica: On his short visit to the Caribbean last Thursday, United States President Barack Obama launched the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI), aimed at expanding opportunities for emerging entrepreneurs and civil society activists. Comment

Obama, Castro hold historic meeting

Cuba: PANAMA CITY (AP) _ The leaders of the United States and Cuba held their first formal meeting in more than half a century on Saturday, clearing the way for a normalization of relations that had seemed unthinkable to both Cubans and Americans for generations. Comment

Rising share of US Black population Carib-born

Caribbean: A new study has found that a rising share of the United States Black population is Caribbean-born. In an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data, the Pew Research Institute (PRI) finds that a record 3.8 million Black immigrants live in the United States today, more than four times the number in 1980. Comment

Walker’s Swan song proves well worth the wait

Movies: The late Paul Walker (1973-2013) was best known for playing Brian O’Conner, a charismatic lead character of the Fast and Furious franchise. During a break in the filming of this seventh installment, he perished in a fiery crash away from the set while being driven in a Porsche by his friend and financial advisor, Roger Rodas. Comment

For the love of fabric with Lisa Shepard Stewart

Arts & Theater: From far and near, quilt lovers and others who love textile arts immersed themselves in the artistry of The Urban Inspirations Quilt Show 2015. Sponsored by the Empire Quilters Guild, one the many NYC area quilters’ organizations, the two-day show was held at FIT in late March. Comment

Monday, April 13, 2015

In Belize, climate change drives coastal management

Belize: BELIZE CITY, Apr 9 2015 (IPS) - A five-year project launched here in Belize City in March seeks to cement a shift in view of climate change and its impact on Belize’s national development. Comment

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Property developers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are offering potential new home owners passports for Antigua and Barbuda, opening up fresh avenues for visa-free travel to a wide array of countries for Emirati citizens, according to reports in the tiny Caribbean island. Comment

Bahamas yet to pass integrity act

Bahamas: The Bahamas should establish a code of ethics for all parliamentarians and sanction mechanisms for violations, according to the report of the Committee of Experts in the Fourth Round of the Mechanism for follow-up on implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC). Comment

Rev. Norman Sr. recognized for 62 years of service

The First Baptist Church of Crown Heights (FBCCH) originally organized in 1953 as the First Baptist Church of Williamsburg, by a small group of Christian workers included a young man eager to preach, but not yet ordained. One of the first acts of this founding church was to duly ordain the Rev. Clarence Norman as pastor. Today as a result of his 62 years of faithful and dedicated service, Rev. Norman ministers to a congregation of more than 2000 persons. Comment

Gays want the right to move freely within CARICOM

Trinidad and Tobago: Jamaican attorney and gay rights activist Maurice Tomlinson is urging the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) to force the Trinidad and Tobago government and Belize to scrap immigration laws which prevents gay people from entering both countries. Comment

Outrage over shooting death of unarmed Black man

Brooklyn: At least two City legislators have expressed outrage over the shooting death of an unarmed Black man in the back, as he ran away, by a white police officer in North Charleston, S.C. Comment

Garifuna celebrates heritage at Boro Hall

Honduras: From 2010 on, the New York State (NYS) Assembly and later the NYS Senate began to recognize through proclamations the Garifuna community in the metro-New York area. The Bronx and Brooklyn have the greatest concentration of Garifuna outside of Central America (Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, and Nicaragua). Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Alex of Venice (R for profanity, sexual references and drug use) Midlife crisis drama about a workaholic attorney (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) suddenly forced to reorder her priorities after being unceremoniously dumped by her frustrated, stay-at-home husband (Chris Messina). With Don Johnson, Derek Luke and Troy Garity. Comment

LATINO DANCE

Arts & Theater: Ballet Hispanico, recognized as the nation’s leading Latino dance organization since 1970, returns to the Joyce Theater from April 14-26, 2015 with 15 performances featuring five dynamic programs. Comment

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Energy aid, new diplomacy mark Obama visit to Americas

Trinidad and Tobago: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ As he wades into a region suffering economic and political stresses, President Barack Obama sought Thursday to reassert U.S. influence in the Caribbean and the Americas with pledges of energy assistance and diplomatic fence mending, a mix of modest steps and high ambition for the U.S.’s southern neighbors. Comment

‘Songbirds’ sing praises

Music: Ask author Heather Augustyn, the name of the world’s first female rappers and you might be surprised at her response. Contrary to popular belief, it is not Queen Latifah. Comment

Emeline Michel loves to share

Music: As a working musician, Haitian-born Emeline Michel is really busy. During two weeks in late March/early April she performed locally in Queens, Manhattan and Brooklyn. Comment

Guyana parties file candidates for general election

Guyana: The streets of Georgetown were amassed with citizens wearing the colors of their chosen party for the General and Regional elections, expected to draw a large turnout at the polls on the May 11, 2015. Comment

Jara needs more mounts

Sports: Let’s turn the clock back to June of 2006. This was the time of the year that neither the Kentucky Derby or Preakness winners were in the Test of Champions for three year olds. Jazil took advantage of the field and emerged victorious. An established Panamanian jockey Fernando Jara rode that horse. Comment

Friday, April 10, 2015

Warm ‘One Love’ welcome for Obama in Jamaica

Jamaica: President Barack Obama made the most of his short visit to Jamaica by stopping into the former home of reggae singer Bob Marley, just moments after his arrival to the island. Comment

Vintage fashion comes to Crown Heights

Fashion: Vintage Shaun, the collective of affordable vintage fashion for men and women will be coming to Crown Heights, Brooklyn for a Pop up Shop the weekend of April 11 - 12. Founder and Crown Heights native Shaunya Hartley, is excited to kick off a Pop Up Shop in the neighborhood she has called home all her life. Shaunya Hartley’s passion for vintage clothing and encyclopedic knowledge of styles and eras has garnered a dedicated cult like following of a young and influential clientele keeping with the saying “Vintage is the New Black. Comment

BULLS BIG SURPRISE

Sports: HANOVER, N.J. (AP) _ The New York Red Bulls might be one of the biggest surprises in the opening weeks of the Major League Soccer season. Comment

Walker’s human trafficking bills become law

Brooklyn: A series of bills co-sponsored by newly-elected State Assemblywoman Latrice Walker that would help prevent human trafficking, strengthen protections for victims and increase penalties on traffickers have become law. Comment

NBA set for 1st Cuba trip since relations restored

Sports: NEW YORK (AP) _ The NBA is set to become the first U.S. professional sports league to visit Cuba since President Barack Obama ordered diplomatic relations between the countries to be restored. Comment

Welcome to Jamrock! Mr. President

Jamaica: On the day President Barack Obama arrived in Jamaica, most adhered to the 2,500-year-old Chinese code of conduct — see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil. Comment

Vincentian school gets set for Penn Relays

St Vincent: Athletes from the Thomas Saunders Secondary School (TSSS) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines are rearing to hit the tracks and showcase Vincentian pride at the 121st staging of the Penn Relays Carnival, at Franklin Field Stadium, at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Comment

Reminiscent of the ‘states’ rights’ spectre

Viewpoints: The “states’ rights” rally cry recalls names like George Wallace and Lester Maddox, governors respectively of Alabama and Georgia who, along with like-minded souls looking to buck the civil rights push in the ‘60s, invariably invoked states’ rights as their go-to bulwark against racial equality. Thanks to LBJ’s determination and his consummate skills in getting legislation passed by Congress, Wallace, Maddox and their ilk didn’t get their way in those attempts to keep segregation in place. Comment

Thursday, April 9, 2015

OBAMA VISITS JAMAICA

Jamaica: The U.S. Secret Service and Jamaican security officials locked down large sections of commercial Kingston, the capital, from Wednesday evening ahead of Thursday’s one-day visit of American President Barack Obama and his third summit meeting with Caribbean trade group leaders since his Trinidad visit in April 2009. Comment

Find your path to success

Books: Where do you go from here? You’ve been looking at your life and everything around you, and that’s the question you’ve been asking: what next? What will you do with the rest of your days? In the new book “Reach,” edited by Ben Jealous and Trabian Shorters, foreword by Russell Simmons, you may find some guidance. Comment

Mercenary-turned-patriot redeems himself

Movies: Up until 1775, cold-blooded assassin William Reynolds (Andrew Cheney) never had a problem with his job as a hit man for the East India Tea Company. But the veteran mercenary finally developed second thoughts about his grisly line of work after being double-crossed by his diabolical boss, the conniving Charles Kemp (John Rhys-Davies). Comment

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Kite flying tradition fizzles in Guyana

People: Monday, April 6 was yet another beautiful sunny day for Guyanese to celebrate Easter Monday with the centuries old tradition of kite flying. Comment

GraceKennedy expands reach in US market

Jamaica: GraceKennedy, one of the Caribbean’s larger corporate entities, has announced a new distribution deal in the U.S. with American beverage giant AriZona Beverages, USA, LLC. Comment

Tribute to Danny Glover at writers conference

Brooklyn: The Center for Black Literature, National Black Writers Conference (NBWC) at Medger Evers College, under the direction of Dr. Brenda M. Greene held its Biennial Symposium: Voices of Liberation and Resistance and a Tribute to Danny Glover on Saturday, March 28. The event was well attended and held in Medger Evers Founders Auditorium. Comment

Mayor de Blasio extends rent stabilization law

New York: Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed into law a bill extending the rent stabilization laws in New York City until April 1, 2018. The bill was sponsored by Council Member Corey Johnson (D-Manhattan); Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn), Deputy Leader and Chair of the Council’s Housing and Buildings Committee; Council Member Helen Rosenthal (D-Manhattan), and others. Comment

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Challenging the power of the one percent

Viewpoints: SAO PAULO, April 2, 2015 (IPS) - When you are faced with the task of moving an object but find it is too heavy to lift, what is your immediate and most natural response? You ask someone to help you lift it. And it makes all the difference. Comment

Caribbean youth ready to lead on climate issues

Environment: PORT OF SPAIN, Jan. 19, 2015 (IPS) - At 24 years old, Stefan Knights has never been on the side of those who are sceptical about the reality and severity of climate change. Comment

Stark Choices: People’s Budget vs. Republican Plan

Viewpoints: The annual federal budget debate typically doesn’t excite many folks outside the Washington beltway. And with good reason – the Republican budget process is intended to lull the public to sleep by staying short on details and long on damaging provisions that will hurt low-income and middle-class families. Comment

Monday, April 6, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Antigua and Barbuda government says it will resist efforts to shift the base of the financially-strapped regional airline LIAT, to CARICOM neighbor Barbados. Comment

In Jamaica, man hurls ‘suspicious package’ at US Embassy

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ Heavily armed Jamaican soldiers and police took positions around the U.S. Embassy on Wednesday after a man hurled a “suspicious package” over the building’s wall. Comment

CARICOM backs Guyana in border dispute

Venezuela: The 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has come out in full support of Guyana after Venezuela declared that the “Arbitral award of 1899, which definitively settled the boundary between the two countries, is null and void.” Comment

Gayle not ready to retire

Caribbean: Hard-hitting West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle is not retiring from any form of the game, but a recurring back injury will keep him out of the upcoming home series against England. Comment

Trinidad chairs OAS Permanent Council

Trinidad and Tobago: The Organization of American States (OAS) says the Permanent Representative of Trinidad and Tobago, Neil Parsan, has assumed the chair of the Permanent Council of the hemispheric institution. Comment

Sunday, April 5, 2015

World leaders lack ambition to tackle climate crisis

Environment: BRUSSELS/MAPUTO, Apr. 1, 2015 (IPS) - World governments expect to agree to a new global treaty to combat climate change in Paris in December. As the catastrophic impacts of climate change become more evident, so too escalates the urgency to act. Comment

Brooklyn Boro prez recognizes women in Brooklyn

Brooklyn: “This house is your house,” is the continuing mantra of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. His celebration recognizing women in Brooklyn, wrapped up Women’s History Month, clearly supporting this theme. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Below Dreams (Unrated) Millennial Generation drama highlighting the frustrating job search of three twenty-somethings, an ex-con (Jamaine Johnson), a single-mom (Leanne Miller), and an unemployed college grad (Elliott Ehlers), who are all looking for work in an inhospitable economic climate. Featuring Rebecca Matalon. Comment

Saturday, April 4, 2015

US draw with Switzerland

Sports: ZURICH (AP) _ The United States held on for 1-1 draw with Switzerland in an international friendly on Tuesday after veteran forward Jozy Altidore was sent off. Comment

WORLD CUP CHAMPS

The ICC Cricket World 2014-2015 ODI Tournament ended at the Melbourne Ground in Australia with the Aussies defeating New Zealand by seven wickets. New Zealand won the toss, batted first and they ran into early trouble losing their captain without scoring. Comment

Bolt returns to New York

Jamaica: It would not be long now before professional track and field returns to the met area, and it will be just about when the high school and college season ends for the track buffs and athletes. Now we just need to have good weather, and not a rainy day. Comment

‘Mighty’ explosive

Music: “Who is that”? As the strong vocal cords burst through the silence in the court room at Brooklyn’s Borough Hall, on Thursday, March 26. It was one of the questions asked during the sterling performance of Sheimyrah Mighty. She was singing the American National Anthem and eyes raised and looked across the isles at each other as the slender young woman held everyone’s attention with her strong and beautiful voice singing the anthem. Comment

Friday, April 3, 2015

DEAL TURNS SOUR

Suriname: Negotiations for a free trade agreement between Canada and the 15-nation Caribbean trade group appear to have collapsed with the Canadian government telling its regional counterparts in official correspondence that it has done everything to reach a deal with the group to no avail after six years so it is simply walking away. Comment

Obama to visit Jamaica next week

Jamaica: For the second time in Jamaica’s history a sitting president of the United States will visit the island. In 1982, President Ronald Reagan registered first in their history books as a Republican to make a stop to the island while in office. On April. 9, President Barack Obama will make an entry for the Democrats and also imprint a new chapter in Jamaica’s history as the first Black president of the United States and the one to arrive while the first female prime minister leads the country. Comments (1)

VOICES IN CONCERT

Tri-state area music lovers will get the opportunity to see two powerhouse singers perform live - Tessanne Chin, season five winner of The Voice and American Idol winner Fantasia. Both ladies will share stage at an event billed “Voices In Concert” that will be held at the newly renovated Kings Theatre in Brooklyn on Saturday, April 11, 2015. Comment

‘Dancehall Rising’ at Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre

Music: The countdown is on for what promises to be a historical dancehall reggae concert, as some of the Caribbean’s finest award-winning artistes – Mavado, Capleton and Lady Saw -- share the prestigious Kings Theatre stage with America’s finest reggae-dancehall-rapper, Matisyahu. This grand musical encounter, titled “Dancehall Rising”, is scheduled for April 10. Comment

Budget hearing for youth services

New York: Brooklyn Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene, chair of the Committee on Youth Services, said his committee on Friday jointly hosted a preliminary budget hearing with the Committee on Community Development in the Council Chambers at City Hall in lower Manhattan. Comment

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Reparations summit to be held in NYC

People: The Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW), a leading research, policy and advocacy group with offices in New York and Baltimore, says it is holding an International Reparations Summit at various sites across New York City from April 9-12, 2015. Comments (3)

Some sick politicking in T&T Parliament

Trinidad and Tobago: Not only Trinidad and Tobago nationals across the diaspora, but subscribers to basic moral standards in the Caribbean and indeed throughout the world, should be keen observers whenever scheduled 2015 general elections take place, to see if the Trinidad and Tobago electorate, in some inexplicable collective stupor, hands any further mandate to the government of Kamla Persad-Bissessar. The prime minister and her partners in crime have become that much of an embarrassment to the country they have ruled with unapologetically reckless abandon since 2010. Comments (1)

Bichotte votes yes on abortion

Haiti: Newly-elected State Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte has voted in favor of a woman’s right to choose, as the New York State Assembly last week passed stand-alone abortion expansion legislation (A.6221 - Glick/S.4432 - Stewart-Cousins) that would require the state to “not deny a woman’s right to obtain abortion.” Comment

Mayors of NY & Newark will convene here

People: Four days of serious talk will unite an amalgam of inspiring speakers from April 8 to 11 when the National Action Network holds their national convention at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel. Comment

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

T&T gov’t no-confidence motion flops

Trinidad and Tobago: An unprecedented no-confidence motion brought by the Trinidad and Tobago People’s Partnership (PP) government against Opposition Leader Dr. Keith Rowley flopped as members of the opposition staged a dramatic walk out from the House of Representatives on Wednesday, March 25. Comment

Venezuela slashes Caribbean oil shipments

Caribbean: Reports say Venezuela has cut in half its subsidized shipments of crude oil to Cuba and Petrocaribe member nations to 200,000 barrels per day, down from 400,000 shipped in 2012. Comment

Jamaica diasporans hijack PM’s message

Jamaica: Jamaicans who attended a Manhattan gathering billed as a community forum with Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller were witnesses to a disrupted address from the leader by disgruntled diasporan residents intent on reversing the buggery laws now in place on the Caribbean island. Comments (1)

Vincentian priests mourn ‘caring’ bishop

Long Island: Two Vincentian Anglican priests who were beneficiaries of an American bishop’s goodwill are mourning his passing, saying he was a “great servant of God” and a “caring” shepherd. Comment

Honoring slavery’s victims with The Ark of Return

New York: March winds blew through the UN Visitors Plaza. Enduring bone-chilling conditions, dignitaries, VIPs and the public alike braved the blustery weather, shivering during the remarks. Comment

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tea-time and fashion for charity

Guyana: Ladies and gents from Brooklyn will step out in their finest Easter hats and ensemble all in the name of charity when the Health & Education Relief Organization for Cancer, (HEROC) committee, hosts its “Second Annual Fascination Tea Party, on April 12. Comment

Shailene Woodley radiates chemistry aplenty

Movies: “Insurgent” is the second in the action-oriented series of screen adaptations based on Veronica Roth’s blockbuster Divergent trilogy. This installment represents a rarity for a cinematic sequel in that it’s actually better than the first episode. Comment

Why should the government deliver mail?

Viewpoints: In a country where people extol the virtues of free enterprise, why is the U.S. government involved in the delivery of mail? After all, it would be difficult to find a better example of a violation of the principles of free enterprise than the U.S. Postal Service. Comment

CACCI honors women history makers

Brooklyn: The Brooklyn-based Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) on Thursday, March 26 honored several leading women during its “2015 Women History Makers” celebration at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Comment

Education as a cornerstone for women’s empowerment

Viewpoints: WASHINGTON, March 25, 2015 (IPS) - Earlier this month, the Barack Obama administration announced a new initiative designed to improve girls’ education around the world. Dubbed “Let Girls Learn,” the programme builds on current progress made, such as ensuring girls are enrolled in primary school at the same rates as boys, and is looking to expand opportunities for girls to complete their education. Comment

Monday, March 30, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Britain has warned travelers to the Caribbean about contracting the Chikungunya virus, based on the dramatic increase in the number of people affected by the disease in the last year. Comment

Gayle to face disciplinary committee

Caribbean: The West Indies disciplinary committee has agreed to complete their hearing on West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle following the conclusion of the ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Comments (1)

Barbados to become a republic

Barbados: Prime Minister Freundel Stuart says Barbados will be moving towards a republican form of government “in the very near future” ending its centuries of old relationship with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth as its head of state. Comment

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Jamaica, Suriname consent to anti-corruption on-site visits

Suriname: The Organization of American States (OAS) says the governments of Jamaica and Suriname, as well as Canada, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic, have consented to receive on-site visits as part of the Fifth Round of the Mechanism for Follow-up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC). Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 5 to 7 (R for sexuality) Romantic romp revolving around an aspiring young writer (Anton Yelchin) and a married, middle-aged socialite (Berenice Marlohe) who rendezvous at the same time every day for a passionate affair at a classy, Midtown Manhattan hotel. Featuring Glenn Close, Olivia Thirlby and Frank Langella. Comment

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Trade Brooklyn to highlight regional biz success

Cardinal Trade Group, Inc. (CTG), the producer of the New York region’s top business events, brings to today’s business professionals an even larger Trade Brooklyn, the region’s leading B2B trade show, to the heart of Brooklyn at the New York Marriott at Brooklyn Bridge, 333 Adams St. on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Comment

Church Avenue BID hosts Marketing Resource Fair

Business: Almost 60 business owners and entrepreneurs and 11 providers of business and marketing services gathered at El Acuario Restaurant on Church Avenue for the “Your Business. Your Brand,” breakfast workshop on Wednesday March 18, 2015. Attendees enjoyed breakfast while networking, discussing upcoming projects, and brainstorming potential collaborations. Comment

Friday, March 27, 2015

POLICE CAUSE CHAOS

Trinidad and Tobago: There are very few officers in Trinidad’s police system who could try to convince locals that a country-wide system of coordinated roadblocks the force sprung upon citizens during rush hour on Monday morning was not an act of spite or vindictiveness designed to pressure authorities to meet demands for increased salaries. Comment

Shirley Chisholm’s Women of Distinction

People: The assembled in the Brooklyn Library’s Dweck Auditorium were raucous, at times. They are the supporters of the honorees for the Shirley Chisholm Women of Distinction awards, women all excelling in their fields–community leadership, communication or entrepreneurship. Comment

Trini film to debut at BAM

Movies: The Caribbean Film Academy that has been entertaining moviegoers with stirring films by gifted filmmakers from the region since 2012 is proud to debut its series at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Rose Cinemas, beginning on Tuesday, April 7. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Comment

CACNY, Jamaican group work on special youth program

Jamaica: The Brooklyn-based Caribbean American Center of New York (CACNY) says it will again be partnering with Giving Tree Jamaica, West Indies, in presenting “another special and much-needed seven-day program” for the youth in the rural parish of St. Elizabeth. Comment

Take 6 takes center stage

Music: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 60th Anniversary Season with a concert by Grammy-winning a cappella jazz group Take 6 on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. Heralded by Quincy Jones as the “baddest vocal cats on the planet,” the most awarded vocal group in history (10 Grammy Awards, 10 Dove Awards, a Soul Train Award, and more) celebrates their 25th Anniversary in a soulful concert that fuses gospel, jazz, R&B, and pop. Comment

AILEY RETURNS TO LINCOLN

Arts & Theater: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, beloved as one of the world’s most popular dance companies, will return to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts for a two-week 15-performance engagement at the David H. Koch Theater June 10 – 21, 2015. Comment

Terriers win season title

Sports: The Terriers, as they are nicknamed, who list only four seniors on their roster, won their first Northeast Conferene title since the winter of 2003. They were able to rest their standout players a little bit for the league tournament which determines who gets that automatic bid into the NCAA tourney. Comment

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Coalition promises a united Guyana

Guyana: Guyana presidential candidate David Granger promised compatriots that they would enjoy the same good life they have in America if they return to their homeland, Comment

RED BULLS BEAT DC

Sports: HARRISON, N.J. (AP) _ Bradley Wright-Phillips scored a goal and set up another as the New York Red Bulls defeated D.C. United 2-0 on Sunday in a home opener that was marked by disgruntled fans chanting support for former coach Mike Petke who was fired after last season. Comment

Public sentiment ignored in ‘the law’

Viewpoints: Every so often we have reason to recall the classic Dickens line uttered by his Mr. Bumble character in Oliver Twist: “If the law supposes that, the law is a ass.” We think Mr. Bumble’s cogent, albeit ungrammatical observation was borne out once more by the judge who recently issued his denial ruling in response to several petitioners who requested release of the grand jury minutes in the case of senselessly killed Eric Garner in Staten Island last July. Comment

Do a better job on gender equality

Viewpoints: LONDON, March 21, 2015 (IPS) - Undoubtedly, we are at a crucial time in the advancement of gender equality. As we move towards consensus on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we must ensure the rights of women and girls are firmly embedded in the post-2015 development framework. Comment

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

Politicians honored at women’s conference

Brooklyn: Several elected officials were recognized with congressional citations at the 4th Annual Shirley Chisholm Women’s Empowerment Conference at Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Comments (1)