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Monday, Jan. 25, 2016

BVI residents warned to be vigilant amid Zika alert

Caribbean: Residents of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) are urged to remain vigilant about reducing mosquito breeding sites in light of the recently issued Zika Alert. Comment

Trees are the earth’s lungs, says Guyana’s prez

Guyana: Jan. 22, 2016 (IPS) - Guyana’s new president, David Granger, sits down with IPS correspondent Desmond Brown to talk about how his country is preparing for climate change — and hoping to avert the worst before it happens. Comment

CapraCare shows its love for Haiti

Haiti: Jean Pierre-Louis works in public health in the New York area since getting his Bachelors degree and then Masters in Public Health in 2009 from Brooklyn College. He also has taken his passion for health education, disease prevention and treatment to his ancestral Haitian village Fonfrede in the south of Haiti. Comment

Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016

Grenadian appointed Eastern Caribbean Bank governor

St Kitts and Nevis: A Grenadian civil servant has been appointed as governor of the Eastern Caribbean Bank (ECCB). Timothy Antoine, a national of Grenada, succeeds Sir Dwight Venner, who retired on Nov. 30, 2015, Comment

Gayle equals Twenty20 record

Jamaica: West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle hit a 12-ball century to equal the record for the fastest 50 in Twenty20 cricket, but could not prevent his team, the Melbourne Renegades from going out of the Australia Big Bash League (BBL) last week. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Everybody’s Fine (Unrated) Bittersweet character study, set in Beijing, revolving around a recently-widowed retiree (Guoli Zhang) who is agonizing over his four children’s (He Chen, Chen Yao, Shawn Duo and Ye Qianyun) failure to return home for the family’s annual summer reunion. (In Mandarin with subtitles) Comment

Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016

Crucial City Council hearing on apartment heating

Brooklyn: As New York, as well as most of the country, experiences a bitter winter, the City Council’s Committee on Housing and Buildings, chaired by Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, Deputy Leader, last Thursday held a hearing to consider two bills regarding apartment heating and gender neutral bathrooms. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

United States health officials are considering a travel warning about the Zika virus, which is spreading rapidly across Latin America and the Caribbean. Comment

Friday, Jan. 22, 2016

Several election offices attacked in Haiti as runoff nears

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Stone-throwing demonstrators on Monday smashed car windows and set at least two vehicles ablaze in Haiti’s capital, hours after several electoral offices were attacked in northern towns as the country prepares for a Jan. 24 presidential and legislative runoff. Comment

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Farrell: ‘New low’ in Vincentian politics

St Vincent: President of the Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ex-Teachers Association of New York, Jackson Farrell, says he’s deeply troubled by what he characterizes as a “new low” in electioneering in his native land. Comment

GLOBALFEST

Music: Last Sunday night, the musical smorgasbord Globalfest packed Webster Hall in the East Village featuring three stages with many musicians performing from 7 pm to well past midnight. Comment

Haiti: Democracy in crisis

Haiti: In January 2010, Haiti was severely struck by a devastating earthquake that literally buried a quarter million of our compatriots in the fallen debris of destroyed homes leaving an additional one million homeless. Comment

Tomorrow’s leaders celebrate the legacy of Dr. King

Brooklyn: Thirty-eight students were honored at the 31st Annual Family Celebration organized by the Central Brooklyn Martin Luther King Commission on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016 at the Prospect Heights High School Campus in Brooklyn. Comment

East coast track stars shine at Colgate meet

Sports: The final preliminary meet of the nation’s largest track series, the Colgate Women’s Games, featured some of the East Coast’s best athletic talent, many achieving their personal best scores of the season, as thousands of participants of all ages competed for a spot in the semi-finals to be held at Pratt on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. Comment

Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016

BLACK WEEK FOR T&T

Trinidad and Tobago: These past few days have not been kind to Trinidad when it has to do with matters relating to international terrorism. The week began with reports that international police hunting down men who have left their far away homelands to fight alongside ISIS fundamentalists in the Middle East have arrested four nationals of Trinidad and are moving to prosecute them accordingly. Comment

Politicians reflect on MLK

Brooklyn: As America on Monday observed Dr. Martin Luther, King, Jr. Day, several area politicians have been reflecting on the work of the slain civil rights leader. Comment

$467 million laundered in T&T over four years

Trinidad and Tobago: Financial institutions and businesses have reported more than $3 billion (US$467 million) was laundered in Trinidad and Tobago over the last four years. Comment

Drum majors for justice converge to hail Dr. King

Brooklyn: “If any of you are around when I have to meet my day, I don’t want a long funeral. And if you get somebody to deliver the eulogy, tell them not to talk too long. And every now and then I wonder what I want them to say. Tell them not to mention that I have a Nobel Peace Prize—that isn’t important. Tell them not to mention that I have three or four hundred other awards—that’s not important. Tell them not to mention where I went to school. Comment

Drum majors for justice converge to hail Dr. King

Brooklyn: “If any of you are around when I have to meet my day, I don’t want a long funeral. And if you get somebody to deliver the eulogy, tell them not to talk too long. And every now and then I wonder what I want them to say. Tell them not to mention that I have a Nobel Peace Prize—that isn’t important. Tell them not to mention that I have three or four hundred other awards—that’s not important. Tell them not to mention where I went to school. Comment

The Coasters at Lehman Center

Music: Lead singer of the Coasters, JW Lance, was happy to discuss his upcoming appearance with the Coasters on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 8 pm, at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, located at 250 Bedford Park Blvd West in the Bronx, N.Y Comment

Step Afrika! comes to Brooklyn

Music: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2015-16 season on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016 at 2 pm with Step Afrika! The dancers of Step Afrika! use their bodies as instruments, combining traditional step choreography with other styles including tap, modern, and hip hop to create an enthralling, high-energy performance. Comment

Lawyer charged with defrauding Carib immigrants

Brooklyn: The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) says an immigration lawyer has been arrested and charged in New York for defrauding immigrants, including Caribbean nationals. Comment

Jamaica’s climate change fight fuels investments in renewables

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jan . 18, 2016 (IPS) - By year’s end, Jamaica will add 115 mega watts (MW) of renewable capacity to the power grid, in its quest to reduce energy costs and diversify the energy mix in electricity generation to 30 per cent by 2030. Comment

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016

Guyana PM promises oil in golden jubilee message

Guyana: Prime Minister of the Republic of Guyana the Hon. Moses Nagamootoo quoted Dr. Martin Luther Jr. saying “free at last thank God Almighty free at last” during and inspiring address to a packed audience at Naresa Lounge in Ozone Park, Queens last Sunday, Jan. 17, to celebrate Guyana’s Golden Jubilee of Independence. Comment

Ensuring kooks’ confinement to sidelines

Viewpoints: There’s a potentially disturbing sequence that could envelop this 2016 presidential election scenario, leading to an eventual result that, one presumes, the clear-headed, politically alert portion of the electorate would abhor. Comment

Friendship with strings attached

Books: You’d do almost anything for your best friend. You’d take a bullet, take her in, or take her anywhere she needed to go. You keep her kids and her confidences. And, as in the new novel, “Best Friends Forever” by Kimberla Lawson Roby, she’d do the same for you. Probably. Comment

Playwright, pensioner forge unlikely friendship

Movies: “The Lady in the Van” Comment

Newsweek’s tribute to Bob Marley

Music: Thirty-six years after reggae singer Robert Nesta Marley informed the world of his inevitable, perpetual and recurring imagery with the release of a single titled “Bad Card,” Newsweek Magazine proved the lyrics a prophetic prediction of his enduring legacy. Comment

WILDER TAMES SZPILKA

Sports: NEW YORK (AP) _ One fight over, Deontay Wilder nearly landed in another scrum with a furious heavyweight party crasher. With Tyson Fury plotting a post-fight melee from ringside, Wilder retained his WBC heavyweight championship with a violent knockout of Artur Szpilka in the ninth round Saturday night at the Barclays Center. Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016

Trinidad faces downturn as energy prices collapse

Trinidad and Tobago: PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) _ During the good times, earnings from natural gas and oil exports made the tiny Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago one of the richest countries in the Western Hemisphere. The collapse in world oil prices now has it facing the threat of a punishing and prolonged downturn. Comment

West Indies Women team selected

People: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) selectors have picked a strong West Indies Women’s side for next month’s tour of South Africa and the Twenty20 World Cup which follows in March. Comment

West Indies tops Twenty20 rankings

The West Indies team has climbed to No.1 spot in the ICC Twenty20 rankings after Sri Lanka, which had occupied the top place since they won the T20 in 2014, was beaten by New Zealand last week, pushing the regional team once more as the best in the world’s game’s shortest format. Comment

Susan L. Taylor commits to caring for children

People: When editor-in-chief emeritus of Essence Magazine Susan L. Taylor asked me to support National CARES Mentoring Movement (“CARES”), the 27-year editor of Essence Magazine — a publication, which spoke to and for women of the African Diaspora, was taking on a task she likely hones every day and that is looking assiduously for qualified mentors to recruit for the organization she created, CARES. Comment

Monday, Jan. 18, 2016

Caribbean treat in Bedstuy’s Lion’s Den

Food: No need to fear when you enter the Lion’s Den. You will not get bit by a hungry lioness seeking its next meal but you will be able to sink your teeth into internationally infused-Caribbean dishes at this fairly new, community-oriented, Bedstuy bar and restaurant. Comment

MTA station agent ‘Hero of the month’

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams on Thursday paid tribute to a Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) worker who rescued a woman on the subway tracks at the Franklin Avenue station in Crown Heights. Comment

Guyana among 12 emerging travel places to visit

Guyana: On the cusp of the 50th Independence Anniversary celebrations, Guyana has been accorded yet another distinction, having been featured in the Business Insider United Kingdom’s “12 Emerging destinations you have to visit in 2016,” according to the Guyana Tourism Authority. Comment

US considers travel warnings over Zika virus

National: United States federal health officials are debating whether to warn pregnant women against travel to Brazil and other Latin American and Caribbean countries where mosquitoes are spreading the Zika virus, which has been linked to brain damage in newborn babies, according to reports. Comment

Gayle threatens to sue Fairfax Media

Jamaica: Embattled West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle said he will sue Fairfax Media (one of the largest media companies in Australia and New Zealand) for defamation after it published allegations he exposed himself to an Australian woman while in Sydney, Australia to train for the 2015 Cricket World COP. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Exposed (R for profanity, violence and rape) Supernatural thriller about an attractive Latina (Ana de Armas) who witnesses a miracle before being befriended by a cop (Keanu Reeves) investigating his partner’s mysterious death. With Big Daddy Kane, Mira Sorvino and Christopher McDonald. Comment

Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: A Dominican fugitive described as a “serial rapist” who fled his country to Antigua was shot dead by police during an exchange of gunfire recently. Kurt “Shabba” James was shot dead in his apartment at Carlisle. Comment

Cuba to attend security conference with US for first time

Cuba: MIAMI (AP) _ A delegation from Cuba will take part for the first time in an annual Caribbean regional security conference co-sponsored by the U.S. military’s Southern Command, a senior official said Tuesday, portraying the participation as a significant step in the ongoing thaw between the long-hostile neighbors. Comment

Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016

Science, math literacy key to Caribbean development

Trinidad and Tobago: The lack of racial diversity in the tech industry is a big problem, one that Silicon Valley’s largest firms are trying to solve. For companies like Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and Google, a more diverse workplace means a better grasp of what customers want, which translates into increased sales and bigger profits. Comment

Antigua ratifies UN disabilities convention

Antigua: Antigua says it has become the latest country to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The treaty is widely regarded as the first international human rights treaty of the 21st century and “one of the fastest to be ratified,” according to an Antigua and Barbuda government statement issued in New York on Tuesday, Jan. 12. Comment

Haitian pols introduce resolution on earthquake anniversary

Haiti: Three Haitian American legislators in New York State Assembly on Tuesday introduced a resolution remembering all who lost their lives in the massive earthquake that struck the French-speaking Caribbean country six years ago. Comment

Friday, Jan. 15, 2016

PUERTO RICO IN CRISIS

Puerto Rico: Puerto Rico is supposed to be the rich neighbor of the 15-nation Caribbean Community bloc of nations. Its citizens pay minimum personal income taxes and being a dependent territory of the U.S. it enjoys some of the services and protections afforded to mainland American citizens. Comment

ISIS fighters in the Caribbean

Caribbean: A top United States general has expressed deep concern that a small number of motivated Islamic State fighters could commit acts of terror in Caribbean nations. Comment

Enter Mr and Mrs Citizen

Trinidad and Tobago: The solution to our impending national crisis is not just financial or economic. It is not just about gas, oil and forex. The solution lies in the lap of the political economy. It is also political. Economic recovery and growth will only successfully arise through political and institutional growth. Comment

Son and Rumba at Lehman Center

Music: Music genius Ignacio Piñeiro formed Septeto Nacional in 1927 in Central Havana. He was known for “Echale Salsita,” a recording wherein he put his trumpets in front and added it to percussion, vocals and strings to feature songs with ever-changing counter melody. Comment

OLYMPIC-BOUND

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ A few weeks back, just before Christmas and before the Americans had reconvened in California from their club teams overseas, U.S. captain Courtney Thompson sent a group email to her teammates with a clear message: Comment

DOING IT HER WAY

Arts & Theater: Staying the course in the theater industry is a challenging and arduous endeavor for actors. For instance, Caribbean actress Cicely L. Tyson whose religious parents hailed from Nevis in the West Indies was harshly criticized for refusing to accept any acting role. Comment

Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016

Williams to focus on gun violence

Brooklyn: In the wake of President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night, Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams says he wants more attention paid to gun violence. Comment

A ‘Dream’ weekend commemorating MLK

People: “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” Comment

All executive orders not created equal

It’s not unusual for a sitting president to be characterized by folks on the other side as “acting like a king” when, in the face of unbending congressional resistance to addressing a given issue, he opts for an alternative route, mainly the executive order. Comment

Year of Romance’ in the Caribbean

Travel: The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has dubbed 2016 as the “Year of Romance” in the Caribbean. Comment

Appointing a new UN secretary-general

Viewpoints: With Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s term of office tapering off by the end of 2016, there is increasing chatter in the corridors of the United Nations on his successor. Comment

Lions honor Vincentian community advocate

St Vincent: The Lions Club in New York has honored Vincentian community advocate Ava George, bestowing on her the Alexander T. Wells Distinguished Service Award for dedicated humanitarian service. Comment

WICB rejects closure proposal

Caribbean: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has rejected a proposal by the CARICOM Governance Review Panel (CGRP) to dissolve the board. Comment

A story of determination and quiet inspiration

Leaders come from surprising places. The quiet girl that sits the next row over may know how to inspire people. The know-it-all in your class could own a business in the future. Comment

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016

150 citizenship applications processed at Medgar Evers

Brooklyn: More that 140 citizenship seekers showed up in the gymnasium of Medgar Evers College on Crown Street Brooklyn last Saturday 9, to take full advantage of the CUNY Citizenship Now outreach, a free citizenship application help event that was held in partnership with Councilmember Laurie Cumbo, Diana C, Richardson and Assembly member, and NYS Senator Jesse Hamilton. Comment

IHOM honors four Haitian women

Haiti: The Brooklyn-based International Humanitarian Outreach Ministries (IHOM), Inc. on Friday honored Brooklyn Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte, among others, during its 6th Annual Interfaith Memorial Service at Brooklyn Borough Hall, commemorating the victims and survivors of the 2010 massive earthquake in Haiti. Comment

Seasonal sangria takes over Bedstuy

Food: It is always five o’clock somewhere, right? Time for a sip at the bar or at the pop up shop. Bedstuy residents had a chance to indulge in a bit of art and delicious sangria courtesy of Cocktail Row Spirits LLC’s pop up shop at the House of Art Gallery on Marcus Garvey Boulevard between Halsey and Macon streets on Saturday, Jan. 9. Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016

In Haiti, only 1 presidential candidate campaigning

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Campaigning for Haiti’s presidential runoff election kicked off Friday, though it appears there is only one candidate who will actively participate. Comment

De Niro’s Antigua resort plan draws criticism

Antigua: In the year since the government of Antigua and Barbuda and investors led by American actor Robert De Niro announced plans to open a luxury resort on the smaller of the dual-island nation, protests have surfaced and the project has stalled, though the government vows construction will begin this year, according to reports. Comment

A blackface variation of ‘Babe’ with street cred

Movies: In 1965, the federal government issued the historic Moynihan Report chronicling the collapse of “The Negro Family” which it blamed on a host of social woes afflicting inner-city African-American communities. A half-century later, blacks and whites still remain substantially separate and unequal. Comment

Queen Hadassah writes ‘I Want To Live Again’

Books: Six-time author Cheryl Ainsworth-Martin (Queen Hadassah) writes about her life escaping depression, sadness and anger, and overcoming adversity to make it in America. Comments (1)

Lloyd: Windies need international help

Sports: West Indies cricket legend Clive Lloyd has made a passionate plea for international help to offer assistance to West Indies cricket. Comment

Monday, Jan. 11, 2016

Caribbean journalists prepare to report on climate change

Haiti: SANTO DOMINGO, Jan. 6, 2016 (IPS) - Environmentally committed journalists in the Caribbean point to a major challenge for media workers: communicating and raising awareness about the crucial climate change agreement that emerged from the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris. Comment

Lutheran focuses on traumatic stress in children

Brooklyn: After years of careful research, New York University (NYU) Lutheran has begun training more than 100 medical and behavioral health professionals to help children in southwest Brooklyn recover from the crippling effects of psychological trauma. Comment

‘Black Panthers’ among Dr. MLK BAM honors in Brooklyn

Brooklyn: Three decades of celebrations to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will exalt the visionary Civil Rights leader during the annual Brooklyn Academy of Music festivities on Jan. 18. Tributes and musical entertainment plus a keynote address will continue a tradition of keeping the Nobel Peace prize winner’s legacy alive. Comment

Dr. Maya Angelou art collection auctioned

Arts & Theater: Dr. Maya Angelou, nee Marguerite Ann Johnson, was known for her civil-rights activities, her compelling first non-fiction bestseller “I Know Why The Cage Bird Sings” (1969), her famous gracefully-penetrating poem delivered at President William Jefferson Clinton’s 1993 inauguration “On The Pulse Of Morning” and the Presidential Medal of Freedom 2010 bestowed upon her by President Barack Obama, during and emotionally-charged ceremony. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Band of Robbers (Unrated) Present-day reimagining of Mark Twain’s classic tales with adult versions of Tom Sawyer (Adam Nee) and Huck Finn (Kyle Gallner) still searching for the buried treasure that eluded them in childhood. Comment

Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016

Adversity cannot stop this Vincy student athlete

St Vincent: For many foreign students, getting a college degree is often a monumental financial struggle. And, for Sheldeen Joseph, 23, a Vincentian-born athletic student at Bowie State University in Maryland, the task is even more arduous. Comment

Sandals to expand its LaSource Grenada Resort

Grenada: Sandals International Resort is investing US$10 million in the expansion of Sandals LaSource Grenada Resort by summer 2016. Comment

Cash for the climate please, Caribbean leaders lament

Environment: GEORGETOWN, Jan. 8, 2016 (IPS) - Funding to address the financial flows needed for adaptation and mitigation of climate change remains an issue of concern for the Caribbean. Comment

Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016

Top US officials travel to Haiti

Haiti: The United States Department of State says two top officials have arrived in Haiti amid concerns over the ongoing political process in the French-speaking Caribbean country. Comment

Dept of Defense center signs agreement with UWI, UTT

Trinidad and Tobago: The William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense studies at the United States National Defense University in Washington, D.C. says it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with The University of West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine Campus in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, and with the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) aimed at formalizing and strengthening the “growing relationship” between the institutions. Comment

Friday, Jan. 8, 2016

A municipal I.D. for all New Yorkers

New York: You’ve got another year to get your free municipal I.D. The City is extending its sign-up schedule for its City municipal I.D. program–IDNYC– into 2016, a second year. Comment

GUYANA TO PUMP OIL SOON

Trinidad and Tobago: Guyana, the Caribbean trade group nation which has long been known to be the one blessed with the most natural resources of its regional neighbors, is setting to become Latin America’s newest oil and gas producer sooner that most people would dare to think. Comment

Grand opening of D’lorice Banquet Hall

Guyana: When Guyanese-American Linden Branche and his wife Victoria moved to Irvington, New Jersey — a predominately Afro-American deprived neighborhood, back in 1982, Mrs. Branche told her husband “if you decide to made a life here you had better do something to improve the community.” Comment

ROMANTIC SPARKS FLY

People: An evening of an Alvin Ailey ‘s American Dance Theater annual performance at Manhattan’s City Center without the incomparable “Revelations,” with lighting by Nicola Cernovitch and costumes by Ves Harper and Barbara Forbes, seemed an impossible mental adjustment. Comment

Australia defeats West Indies

Sports: Host Australia retained the Frank Worrell Trophy, which they held for 20 years, after beating West Indies 2-0 in the three-match series. Comment

Windies Women’s captain cops Twenty20 title

West Indies Women’s Captain Stafanie Taylor was named the International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s Twenty20 International Player of the Year recently. Comment

Barriers can be broken

Movies: How many times have you had an incredible idea to only forget about it? Artists often jot down notes, create full scripts, or even songs to only forget about them while pursuing another venture. Comment

Activist poet seeks change

Arts & Theater: Despite a new year emerging with a sense of a clean slate, there are many still feeling upset and unsettled following clashes between African Americans and police across the world. Comment

Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016

Obama’s new executive actions on guns

Brooklyn: U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) and Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams on Tuesday welcomed President Obama’s new executive actions to reduce gun violence and make communities safer. Comment

An ‘Unforgettable’ 2015

Music: On the last day of 2015, the song “Unforgettable” played repeatedly on pop, r&b, contemporary and urban radio stations. Perhaps, the best song to sum up the year, the duet performed in 1991 to a virtual reality by a beloved father and daughter collaboration, the voices of Nat and Natalie Cole informed music lovers of the tragic end of the singing Coles. Comment

‘DESIGNATED PLAYERS’

Sports: The signing of foreigners labeled ‘Designated Players’ who came to MLS last season certainly helped to heighten the awareness of MLS around the world, but in most cases that’s all that it did; few amongst the high-priced players helped their teams substantially on the field. Comment

2016: The forthcoming adjustment shock

Viewpoints: GENEVA, Dec 10 2015 (IPS) - Analysis of the latest International Monetary Fund (IMF) expenditure projections for 187 countries between 2005 and 2020 reveals that there have been two distinct phases of government spending patterns since the onset of the global economic crisis. Comment

Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016

They knowingly suppressed economic reality

Viewpoints: Trinidad and Tobago’s petro-driven economy, having been traditionally regarded as a Caribbean gold standard, recent news of very troubling jitters on the economic front cannot but generate real concern, even well beyond the country’s borders. Comment

Foreign Direct Investment: Myths and realities

Viewpoints: GENEVA, Dec 29 2015 (IPS) - Foreign direct investment (FDI) is perhaps one of the most ambiguous and the least understood concepts in international economics. Common debate on FDI is confounded by several myths regarding its nature and impact on capital accumulation, technological progress, industrialization and growth in emerging and developing economies. Comment

CPL cricket boosts St. Kitts’ economy

The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) matches which were played at Warner Park last year (2015) have boosted the St. Kitts and Nevis economy to the tune of US$20 million, the government reported. Comment

Kelly’s comments on crime ‘a low blow’: Bichotte

New York: Brooklyn Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte has described as “a low blow” recent comments made by former New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Raymond Kelly that the department, now under new leadership, is engaged in falsifying crime statistics. Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016

Medgar Evers mourns death of community activist

Dominica: The predominantly Black Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, which boasts a high percentage of Caribbean students, is mourning the passing of Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Anomalisa (R for profanity, graphic sexuality and frontal nudity) Adult-oriented animated adventure about an author (David Thewlis) who is unable to connect with other people until he hits it off with a stranger (Jennifer Jason Leigh) he meets on a business trip. Additional voices supplied by Tom Noonan. Comment

Michael Moore mounts faux invasion

Movies: Oscar-winner Michael Moore (for Bowling for Columbine) has been challenging the power structure ever since releasing Roger & Me way back in 1989. Comment

Monday, Jan. 4, 2016

The real deal about author Alex Haley

Books: The gardening catalogs started arriving this week – right on time. In the gray of winter, they represent so much promise, whether you have six acres or six inches of dirt. This time of year, it’s fun to imagine what will come from the soil months from now – but in the meantime, read “Alex Haley and the Books That Changed a Nation” by Robert J. Norrell, and see how a career can grow. Comment

A vision of audacious political transition, by a future president

Books: I bemoaned the effect of Reagan’s policies toward the Third World: his Comment

Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016

Guyana’s jubilee celebration to be launched mid-January

Guyana: Guyana’s 50th Independence Anniversary Celebration Committee, New York, says the country’s Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo has been invited to launch the New York celebration of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member-country’s jubilee celebration in mid-January. Comment

Jamaica’s ‘fishy cocaine’ among 2015 top 10 seizures

National: The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency says cocaine found in fried fish on a flight from Jamaica was among its top seizures in 2015. Comment

Vincentian group funds needy students

St Vincent: As the popular Internet-based group VincyCares, Inc. recently held its gala 6th Annual Dinner / Dance and Awards Ceremony in Brooklyn, its role in making a significant difference in the lives of needy Vincentian students was put into better focus. Comment

Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016

Barrington Levy believes less is more

Music: A social media driven society desires more and more content, prompting entertainers to be transparent and feed that incessant need with new projects — seemingly dropping every other week. Comment

EVERYBODY’S Person of the Year 2015

Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley is EVERYBODY’S, the Caribbean-American magazine, Person of the Year. On Sept. 7, 2015, Dr. Rowley led the Peoples National Movement (PNM) to victory by winning 23 of the nation’s 41 parliamentary seats. Comment

Hand-knit with love by NY grandmothers

People: Fort Greene resident, Yvonne is a 96-year-old grandmother from Jamaica and the first knitter who is part of the knitting team that creates hand-knit winter accessories with the company named Wooln. Comment

A JAZZY CLASSIC

Arts & Theater: Welcoming in the holiday season last week, the Dance The World Nutcracker Festival performed at The Secret Theatre, an intimate (99-seat) performance space off a loading dock on 23rd Street in Long Island City, offered a most unusual spin on the holiday favorite. Comment

Friday, Jan. 1, 2016

T&T Central Bank govenor fired

Trinidad’s newly minted Afro Prime Minister Keith Rowley last week got acting President Christine Kangaloo to sign off on a cabinet recommendation to dismiss the island’s seemingly combative Central Bank governor for allegedly breaching key state rules largely linked to confidentiality of financial information. Comment

OAS hails agreement on Cuban migrants

Cuba: The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, has welcomed the agreement reached by Mexican and Central America authorities allowing the passage of thousands of Cuban migrants to the United States. Comment

Pearl’s Trinidadian flavors now in Williamsburg

Food: Sweet, sweet T and T has found its way to a shocking location, Williamsburg. Known for its hipsters, cute boutiques and plenty of good eats, Fallon Seymour — who also runs popular Williamsburg eateries Sweet Chick and Pop’s with her husband John Seymour — is bringing her culture to the not-so Caribbean neighborhood. Comment

Misty Copeland making history for the little brown girls

Books: “This is for the little brown girls,” says Misty Copeland. On the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House, she became the first black woman to perform “in Igor Stravinsky’s iconic role for the American Ballet Theatre,” a renowned dance company. Comment

Best of African Diaspora films

Movies: The African Diaspora International Film Festival (AIDFF) wrapped up its screenings of almost 60 films in mid-December but all is not lost for those who missed it. Nine films, the Best of AIDFF will screen Friday, Jan. 8 – Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016 in Manhattan. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015

City Council passes Brooklyn Heights Library project

Brooklyn: The full New York City Council has approved the plan to build a new Brooklyn Heights Library. Comment

Gayle plans a Test comeback

Jamaica: West Indies hard-hitting opening batsman Chris Gayle is planning to return to Test cricket next year. Comment

BILLS, JETS SHOWDOWN

Sports: ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) _ The Buffalo Bills’ season finale against the New York Jets will have some meaning to it, after all. Buffalo, though, will be playing the role of spoiler — not exactly what Bills coach Rex Ryan was anticipating when it came to a one-game showdown against his former team. Comment

Bravo: Politics killing cricket

Caribbean: West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo says “politics” is killing the game of cricket in the Caribbean and that the administrators need to take a hard look at themselves. Comment

Soccer’s dark year: From bribery arrests to suicide attacks

People: LONDON (AP) _ Dawn had just broken in Zurich when a man was spotted being dragged out of an opulent hotel’s side entrance. Raising a single white sheet, hotel staff made an inadequate attempt to shield the guest being forced to check out early after being arrested in his bedroom. Comment

Families advance with recent tax bill, but corporations got a lot more

Viewpoints: Surprisingly, Congress’s $680 billion holiday-season tax deal will bring some cheer to working families and not just to big corporations this year. Comment

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015

A booby prize GOP has earned

Viewpoints: So it may look like we planned it that way but, scout’s honor, we didn’t. Mere coincidence it was that hard on the heels of last week’s piece about the “darling of the ignorami” being unabashedly aided and abetted by the media, came news of a Quinnipiac poll’s determination that half of the country would be embarrassed by a Donald Trump presidency. Comment

WTO: Giant steps in the World Conference

Viewpoints: NAIROBI, Dec. 23, 2015 (IPS) - World Trade Organization (WTO) members concluded the Tenth Ministerial Conference in Nairobi on Dec. 19 by securing an historic agreement on a series of trade initiatives. The “Nairobi Package” pays fitting tribute to the Conference host, Kenya, by delivering commitments that will benefit in particular the organization’s poorest members. Comment

Education is key to success youth told

Guyana: Brooklyn Borough President, Eric Adams said in a written message to the members of the Tots and Teens, that education was the key to success and congratulated the youths on the success of their Annual Dinner Awards on Dec. 21. Comment

Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Ministers of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Francesco La Camera, director general of Italy’s Ministry of the Environment recently signed a £6 million project to assist CARICOM) member states to mitigate climate variability and change. Comment

Old friends to spark fireworks on Bklyn boardwalk

People: On New Year’s Eve, the ball will fall in Times Square but Brooklyn gets the nod for lighting the skies with fireworks while bidding farewell to 2015. Comment

Wahlberg, Ferrell compete for kids’ affection

Brad’s (Will Ferrell) been a model stepfather, ever since he married Sarah (Linda Cardellini) eight months ago. Comment

Monday, Dec. 28, 2015

Vincentian-owned restaurant ranks high

Food: A major publication has rated a Vincentian-owned restaurant in Brooklyn as the “top” place to eat well and cheaply in 2015. The New York Times said that The Food Sermon in Crown Heights, in the epicenter of the Caribbean community in central Brooklyn, is the leading restaurant, among 10 to dine. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Anomalisa (R for profanity, graphic sexuality and frontal nudity) Adult-oriented animated adventure about an author (David Thewlis) who is unable to connect with other people until he hits it off with a stranger (Jennifer Jason Leigh) he meets on a business trip. Additional voices supplied by Tom Noonan. Comment

Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015

Sargassum and Climate Change in the Caribbean

Environment: PUERTO MORELOS, MEXICO, Dec. 11, 2015 (IPS) - When the habitants of Puerto Morelos saw their white beaches turn brown, they felt they needed to take urgent action for their community. Given the limited effectiveness of the response, they organized themselves to clean public beaches, but the situation got worse. Comment

Friday, Dec. 25, 2015

Free Kwanzaa celebration headlines Doug E. Fresh

Music: The 37th annual Kwanzaa cultural festival of African and African-American heritage held annually at the American Museum of Natural History will be held Dec. 27 and headlines rapper Doug E. Fresh. Comment

J-Love Christmas Fashion wows Brownsville’s Heritage House

Fashion: President of J. Love Fashion School of Etiquette Jackie Love, has a passion for fashion, and she is not only to showcasing cute little models on the runway, she is also focused on enriching the youngsters with knowledge of their cultural heritage. Comment

Bedford Union Armory to be redeveloped

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams on Thursday joined the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and Bedford Courts LLC, a joint venture of Brooklyn-based developers BFC Partners and Slate Property Group, in partnership with local elected officials and community leaders, in announcing about 500,000 square foot mixed-use development at the Bedford Union Armory. Comment

Brooklyn church holds Christmas Cantata

Music: With the theme “Unto Us a Child is Born,” the century-odd old Fenimore Street United Methodist Church in East Flatbush, Brooklyn on Sunday celebrated the Christmas season with its annual candlelight cantata. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015

Haiti officials postpone vote set for this weekend

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Less than a week before balloting was scheduled, Haitian authorities postponed the country’s presidential and legislative runoffs because they said they needed to wait for recommendations from a special commission tasked with evaluating the widely criticized electoral process. Comment

Miss Jamaica emerges 1st to style dreadlock coif in Miss World Pageant

Dreadlocks? No problem. That is what Jamaican doctor Sanneta Myrie must have decided prior to entering the Miss Jamaica World pageant in her country. Comment