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Monday, Feb. 22, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: CARICOM leaders have accepted a proposal from Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley to amend the Treaty of Chaguaramas to incorporate the Council for National Security and Law Enforcement (CONSLE) as an organ of CARICOM and the Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) as an institution of CARICOM. Comment

Jesse Owens’ triumphs at 1936 Berlin Olympics

Movies: Jesse Owens (Stephan James) is famous for winning four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics staged in Berlin. The and track and field events events in which he competed included the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash, the long jump and the 4 x 100-meter relay race. Comment

Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016

Obama plans historic trip to Cuba to further ties

Cuba: WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Barack Obama will pay a historic visit to Cuba in the coming weeks, senior Obama administration officials said, becoming the first president to set foot on the island in nearly seven decades. Comment

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Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Backtrack (R for profanity, violence and disturbing images) Psychological thriller about a shrink (Adrien Brody) who starts questioning his own sanity after discovering that his patients are ghosts. With Robin McLeavy, Bruce Spence and Jenni Baird. Comment

Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016

Oldest Test cricketer dies in T&T

Trinidad and Tobago: The world’s oldest Test cricketer, Andy Ganteaume has died at the age of 95. Comment

Port of Spain mayor resigns amid protest

Trinidad and Tobago: Embattled Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago Mayor Raymond Tim Kee has resigned his post following condemnation and protests over his comments about women’s “lewd” and “vulgar” carnival behavior. Comment

UN welcomes Haiti’s provisional president

Haiti: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, as well as the UN and its partners in Haiti, have welcomed Sunday’s election by the French-speaking Caribbean country’s National Assembly of Jocelerme Privert as interim president. Comment

Singer of the year

Music: The year has just begun and soulful multi-talented singer Nefatari has been deemed by music fans and insiders as the next “It” face of music. Comment

CARICOM seeks solutions to corresponding banking issues

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne has called for a coordinated strategy in tackling the region’s corresponding banking issues. Comment

Cricket stars in the dark

Sports: Several West Indies cricket stars maybe overlooked for the Tri-Nation tournament in June following an announcement by the West Indies Cricket Board that only players who participated in the recent Regional Super50 would be eligible for selection. Comment

First Haitian lay person buried at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Manhattan: Haitians more than most nationals in the Caribbean, can claim a myriad of historical trailblazing feats. The first in the region to win independence from their French colonizers in 1803, they are also the proud pioneers and model for every Black nation throughout the entire world to follow. Comment

Friday, Feb. 19, 2016

BRACE FOR STORMS

St Vincent: The start of the annual June-November Caribbean hurricane season is more than three months away but experts have already begun to sound alarm bells about what is very likely to come — heavy rains, mudslides and strong hurricanes unlike the mild ones which have rolled through the region in the past three years. Comment

Caribbean sets new tourism record

Travel: For the first time ever since the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) began keeping records, the Caribbean outperformed every major tourism region in the world in setting new arrival and spend records in 2015 while exceeding expectations. Comment

Boost your business with free Facebook workshop

Brooklyn: To find the clientele, small business can no longer rely on simply being a brick and mortar shop. The business is not only on the passerbys on the sidewalk, it is now on the Web. Comment

NYPD chief to head diversity recruitment

Brooklyn: Assistant Chief Kim Y. Royster, the first African-American woman to hold a top ranking position in the 170-year history of the New York Police Department, said in a speech recently, that the NYPD does not only intervene when there is criminal activity, but constantly engages the community, and provides a service. Comment

The ethic of carnival

We must not agree that Carnival is debauched, or that it is going to die. Here is why. Who would have thought that we could devise a war, a stage, a gayelle, sans stick, sans knife, sans guns? Just sans humanite. A wargame of wit. Comment

DOUBLE TREBLE RETURNS TO HARLEM

Music: Convent Avenue Baptist Church in Harlem will again serve as host of Double Treble, the dynamic duo of Roderick Demmings, Jr. and Karl Van Richards. The concert on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 4 pm is special for the piano and organ duo as it brings to a close activities in observance of Black History Month. Comment

Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016

Some high-stakes high betting

Viewpoints: The question now, in light of this barefaced Republican contempt for the constitutional mandate institutionalizing the Supreme Court is, to what lengths are they prepared to take those manipulative tactics of which they’ve served notice? Comment

Richie Stephens to release ska album

Music: Richie Stephens is no rookie when it comes to the music business. With 31 years and counting under his belt, the Jamaican artist shows no sign of slowing down — readying his next album to be released in May. Comment

West Indies Under 19 wins ICC World Cup

Sports: Some spectacular all around performances along with a high spirited team filled with confidence registered the first ever West Indies Under 19 World Cup victory. West Indies Under 19 Captain Shimron Hetmoyer won the toss and sent India in for first strike. Comment

Vincentian track star proud of new record

St Vincent: Vincentian track star Brandon Valentine-Parris says he’s very proud of setting a new national and Emory Crossplex Invitational record last month. Comments (1)

Effects of restricting an already safe procedure

Viewpoints: Tanya came to me for an abortion. She has two children and despite working two jobs, has the means to raise one and is pregnant with a third. She is a resilient woman, but this additional pregnancy is one too many. She feels stigma and shame walking into the abortion clinic, but this is actually more a commentary on our ethics and morality as society than on the “immorality” and shame of Tanya and thousands of American women like her who need abortions. Comment

Untold story of slaves in The White House

Books: If the walls could talk, imagine what they’d say. They’d reminisce about family meals, holidays, celebrations and romance, take sides in arguments, and watch children grow. If those walls could talk, they’d tell of triumph, disappointment, beginnings, and endings. And, as in the new book, “The Invisibles” by Jesse J. Holland, they’d talk of freedom and history. Comment

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016

Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Berry’ wins Grammy’s Best

Music: After delivering a blistering performance retracing the journey of Africans from the continent to Compton, California, rapper Kendrick Lamar might now be feeling the same rebuke Beyonce endured after performing a 50th anniversary tribute to the Black Panther Movement at the Superbowl football face-off between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers recently. Comment

‘Zingay’ navigates spirits and laughter

Arts & Theater: The Caribbean has many stories about spirits and black magic. Those stories take center stage — literally — in the play “Zingay,” manifesting in Fort Greene on Feb. 20. Comment

Windies sets eyes on World T20

Sports: West Indies Twenty20 Captain Darren Sammy is backing his team to win this year’s International Cricket Council’s (ICC) World T20 Tournament to be played in India from March 8 to April 3. Comment

WICB denies ousting Chanderpaul

Sports: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has denied that it forced veteran cricketer Shivnarine Chanderpaul to retire from international cricket so that he can play in the inaugural Masters Cricket League (MCL) T20 which was played in Dubai, United Arab Emirates recently. Comment

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016

Bichotte presents her plan to 42nd district

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte last Thursday delivered her first ever State of the District address in which she showcased “The Bichotte Plan.” Comment

Bay Ridge’s Larry Morrish celebrated as an icon

Brooklyn: Lawrence ‘Larry’ Morrish, a humanitarian of Bay Ridge who became a fixture in the Guyanese community after he married Guyanese-born Phillipa Duncan Morris, the founder and CEO of Etiquette Training International, died on Feb. 8 after a brief illness. He was 71. Comments (1)

True Hair NYC now on Jamaica Ave

Queens: True Hair NYC franchise opened its second store to the Jamaica, Queens community on Dec. 2015 on Jamaica Avenue which is one of the most diverse shopping areas with its many retail stores including the coliseum making it the perfect location Comment

Tackling climate change in the Caribbean

Environment: UNITED NATIONS, Feb 2, 2016 (IPS) - The world is still celebrating the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the main outcome of the 21st Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Comment

Monday, Feb. 15, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Venezuela: The Bahamas has signed an agreement for US$200 million to develop an eco-friendly, high-end luxury resort on neighboring islands, Children’s Bay Cay and Williams Cay. Comment

T&T mourns music legend Joey Lewis

Music: Music lovers in Trinidad and Tobago, elsewhere in the Eastern Caribbean and across the diaspora have been mourning the loss of Joey Lewis, an iconic name among music-making standouts who began his unparalleled career as a bandleader in Trinidad in the mid-1950s, when still in his teens. Comment

OAS to observe general elections in Jamaica

Jamaica: The Organization of American States (OAS) says it will deploy an Electoral Observation Mission (EOM) to the Feb. 25 parliamentary general elections in Jamaica. Comment

Weather blamed for doubled food insecurity in Haiti

Haiti: The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) has blamed weather conditions for the doubling of food insecurity in Haiti. Comment

Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016

Newcomer samples Manhattan singles scene

Movies: When Alice (Dakota Johnson) graduated from college, it would have been very easy for her to settle down with her college sweetheart of four years. After all, Josh (Nicholas Braun) was not only a nice guy with a promising future but very eager to marry and start a family. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Busco Novio Para Mi Mujer (PG-13 for sexuality, profanity and smoking) Midlife crisis comedy about a henpecked husband (Arath de la Torre) who decides to get out of the marriage by hiring a professional seducer (Jesus Ochoa) to steal the heart of his annoying wife (Sandra Echeverria). Comment

Jockeys – America’s first Black sports superstars

People: The impact of Black athletes elevating sports has been well documented and for most indelibly inscribed in the minds of a majority. Little known though is that there was a time when riding a racehorse was almost exclusively a Black occupation. Comments (1)

Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016

Japanese pannist killed in Trinidad

Trinidad and Tobago: A Japanese national whose body was found under a tree at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain, Trinidad hours after carnival ended on Tuesday night was strangled to death (with bare hands) according to an autopsy report. Comment

Jamaica’s Nomination Day marred by violence

Jamaica: Violence marred Nomination Day in Jamaica when one man was killed and other injured when an opposition Jamaica Labor Party (JLP) motorcade was shot at on Tuesday. Comment

Montano scores another Road March win

Music: Soca Superstar Machel Montano copped the 2016 Road March with his hit song “Waiting on Stage” — for the third consecutive year. This is the first time that Montano had scored a hat-trick in the Road March competition for T&T Carnival. Comment

Pols welcome conviction of police officer

Brooklyn: Local politicians have welcomed Thursday’s conviction of a New York City police officer for fatally shooting an innocent and unarmed man – Akai Gurley – in the staircase of a Brooklyn building in November 2014. Comment

Haitians reflect on the Duvalier years

Haiti: Sunday, Feb. 7 marked the 30-year anniversary since Baby Doc, Jean-Claude Duvalier, exited Haiti in ignominy ending almost 30 years of the Duvalier dictatorship. Comment

Friday, Feb. 12, 2016

Statehood Day 1967 final road to independence

Grenada: Soon after the Kalinago in Grenada, most people refer to them as Caribs, reluctantly allowed the French to settle on their island on March 17, 1649, they realized that they had lost their independence. Comment

Caribbean domestic workers being ripped off

Brooklyn: A Caribbean immigration attorney in Brooklyn wants nationals engaged in domestic work to know their rights, claiming that a significant number of them are being ripped off over wages by the homecare industry. Comment

Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

Housing for vulnerable communities

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams has called for “deeper affordability” in New York City housing, saying that, over the next few months, the City Council will consider two proposals that could have a real impact on the “severe housing crisis and dramatically affect the lives of millions of New Yorkers.” Comment

Celebrating the Garifuna at NY’s Smithsonian

St Vincent: Heralding Black History Month last Saturday and drawing attention to the history of the Garifuna people, cultural advocate James Lovell organized master Garifuna percussionists and dancers for a dynamic concert and conversation. Comment

Aussies remain favorites for Twenty20 World Cup

Sports: Despite India’s top showing in the three-match Twenty20 series with Australia, the Aussies are still strong and filled with confidence that their squad can win the 2016 series. Comment

Q&A: Ensuring food security for all

Viewpoints: As the Ambassador of the Republic of the Sudan to Italy and Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Sudan to the UN Food and Agriculture organizations in Rome, Amira Daoud Hassan Gornass, takes-up her role as chair of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), she shares her vision for the future of food security. Comment

Jamaicans set national record

Jamaica: With the 2016 Olympics just around the corner, the world famous Jamaican sprinters were not available to compete at the Armory Track and Field Invitational in New York on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. Comment

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

ZIKA FEARS SPREAD

Belize: Any doubts about the level of fear the Zika virus outbreak has had on a tourism-dependent Caribbean Community were confirmed this week after Barbados of all places reported confirmed infections in three pregnant women at the main state hospital and after the University of the West Indies announced the establishment of a special task force to coordinate regional efforts. Comment

Six honored at Grenada Independence Calypso Show

Grenada: Six community stalwarts were honored Saturday night at Global Entertainment’s inaugural Grenada Independence Calypso Show and Dance at Tropical Paradise Ballroom on Utica Avenue in Brooklyn. Global Entertainment is owned by Wilbert Morain also known as “Third World.” Comment

Jamaica’s election date causes a stir

Jamaica: On the very first day of Black History Month Jamaican diasporans awakened to the news that Jamaica would be in full political campaign mode during the celebrated duration of February. Comment

Campaign ‘rap’ needs to be real

National: As this 2016 campaign has unfolded, it has become clear, on the Democratic side, that one of the main support blocs for Bernie Sanders is young people, prominently including the college student community. Comment

US BEATS CANADA

Sports: CARSON, Calif. (AP) _ With only minutes to spare, Jozy Altidore made sure the United States left its year-opening training camp with an encouraging result. Comment

WIPA pays tribute to Chanderpaul

Sports: The West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) has congratulated West Indies middle-order batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul on a prosperous and illustrious international career that spanned more than two decades. Comment

Tale of the Parker Sisters

Books: Your neighbors said they’d keep an eye on your house for you this summer. They’d get the mail in, and grab the newspaper while you were on vacation. They’d do everything for you — and, as in the new book “The Parker Sisters” by Lucy Maddox, you should be glad if they watch your children, too Comment

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

‘GREATEST SHOW’ TAKES A HIT

Music: Recession, crime, the deadly H1N1 (swine flu) and the threat of the Zika virus all combined threw a damper on this year’s Trinidad and Tobago Carnival, dubbed the “Greatest Show on Earth.” Comment

Pedophile priests repent at secluded retreat

Movies: The critically-acclaimed Spotlight recently addressed the problem of pedophilia in the priesthood from the point of view of the victims. But if you’re looking for a take on the issue more sympathetic to the perpetrators, have I got a movie for you. Comment

‘College Colors’ tackle race issues

Arts & Theater: Trinidadian-American Ricardo Khan, the co-founder of the Tony-Award company Crossroads Theatre Company tackles many new and brewing issues in his company’s spine-tingling home-coming production, “College Colors.” Comment

New entry rules for Caribbean agricultural workers

National: The United States Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State have published rules in the US Federal Register eliminating the nonimmigrant visa exemption for certain Caribbean residents coming to the United States as H-2A agricultural workers. Comment

Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is condemning recent violence in Haiti which has delayed the country’s presidential run-off and is calling on all stakeholders to resolve the political crisis. Comment

Jamaica’s tourism on the upswing

Jamaica: Jamaica is fast becoming one of the elite destinations in the Caribbean as over the past two years there were about 3.5 million visitors — two million stopover visitors and 1.5 million from cruise ships annually, more than the population of 2.5 million. Comment

Web TV host to receive award for excellence

Guyana: Conversations With Selwyn (CWS) is an inspiring Web TV program that has taken over the Internet with ingenious narration, and a captive audience that has tuned-in for the last four years. Comment

Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016

Political commitment needed in the Caribbean to fight Zika virus: PAHO

Health: The Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Carissa Etienne has called for political commitment and more resources are urgently fight the spread of Zika in the Americas, including the Caribbean. Comment

Bichotte hails paid family leave bill

New York: Brooklyn Assembly woman Rodneyse Bichotte has hailed the State Assembly’s passage of legislation that would provide a key benefit for New York workers — paid family leave (A.3870A). Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong (Unrated) Romantic comedy revolving around the love which blossoms between an Asian-American (Jamie Chung) visiting Hong Kong for the very first time and the white guy (Bryan Greenberg) giving her a tour of the city. With Sarah Lian, Jaeden Cheng and Richard Ng. Comment

Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016

Haitian artists connect during conference

Music: Home is where the heart is. For first and second generation Caribbean Americans, that “home” they long for — that of their parents or grandparent’s home country — is felt through their celebration of their culture whether through playing mas, enjoying the food, and speaking the language. Comment

The Saudicka Diaram TV show to debut in the USA

People: The Saudicka Diaram Show (SDS), a weekly entertainment and lifestyle talk show in Jamaica has inked a deal with Caribbean International Network (CIN-TV). CIN TV is a television channel in the tri-state area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut) watched by more than half-a-million Caribbean nationals on channels 73 and Verizon Fios 26. The SDS, will premier in the tri-state on Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 1:30 pm and 6 pm. Comment

Malcolm X – Muslim leader, human rights activist

People: Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little on May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska, to a Grenadian-born mother, Louise Norton Little, who was a homemaker occupied with the family’s eight children. Comment

Trinidadian activist Stokely Carmichael

People: Trinidadian-American Black activist, Stokely Carmichael, also known as Kwame Ture, was very active in the 1960s American Civil Rights Movement. Comment

Friday, Feb. 5, 2016

Adams leads coalition for ‘Freedom Ticket’

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams last Friday led a coalition of local elected officials in calling on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) to initiate a pilot program for the proposed “Freedom Ticket.” Comment

Red Force wins Nagico Super 50 title

Sports: The Trinidad and Tobago Red Force cricket team won their second successive Nagico Super 50 title recently when they defeated Barbados Pride by 72 runs at the Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad. Comment

‘Selector A’ loves romance!

Music: “Reggae Loves Romance!” leaves no doubt that it is an Alfa male driven album. From its first track to the last, it is all about male ego honing or reeling in, a prospective or particular woman. Once again Eisaku “Selector A” Yamaguchi has done it. Comments (2)

Julian Bond’s commitment to making waves

People: From a youthful age, there resided in Julian Bond such a burning passion for revolutionary change in the socially unjust climate into which he was born, it was perhaps inevitable that activism, protest and controversy would be readily linked to the Bond persona for all of his adult life. Comment

Brooklyn Libraries boast diverse Black History Month calendar

People: Guess who’s coming to Brooklyn for Black History Month? According to spokespersons for the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), there will be a diverse array of visual artists, novelists, musicians, dancers and scholars headed to the borough and its 60 branches in celebration of Black History Month. Comment

‘The Iron Lady of the Caribbean’

Dominica: Dame Mary Eugenia Charles: May 15, 1919 – Sept. 6, 2005 For championing the United States’ invasion of Grenada after the assassination of its Prime Minister Maurice Bishop, and for her “strongly opinionated, uncompromising leadership style,” Dame Mary Eugenia Charles was called “The Iron Lady of the Caribbean,” according to the Dominica Academy of Arts and Sciences (DAAS), which honored her posthumously in February 2010 Comment

Marian Anderson, a voice that broke barriers

People: The flat refusal a young Marian Anderson got from the Philadelphia Music Academy (later becoming University of the Arts) when she tried enrolling there, was presumably not the only time a person of color was rebuffed because the school was segregated. Comment

Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

A time to reflect on our nation’s history

Viewpoints: For over 35 years, February has served as Black History Month. As a nation, we celebrate the accomplishments of influential people of color such as Harriet Tubman, who worked tirelessly leading slaves to freedom using the Underground Railroad, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who fought against racial intolerance and segregation. Comment

Appeals for calm over Haiti’s delayed election

Haiti: Expressing strong concern regarding the indefinite postponement of the final round of elections in Haiti – scheduled for Dec. 27 but postponed, for the second time, to Jan. 24 – the United Nations Security Council has reiterated its condemnation of any attempt to destabilize the electoral process. Comment

2 billion couples and 10 relationship challenges

Viewpoints: Joseph Chamie is an independent consulting demographer and a former director of the United Nations Population Division. NEW YORK, Feb. 3, 2016 (IPS) - The relationship challenges that the world’s 2 billion couples confront vary considerably by circumstances, including age, sex, education, income, marital status, family size, length of relationship, urban-rural residence, customs, religion and region of the world. Nevertheless, 10 major challenges among married and cohabiting couples may be identified across countries. Comment

SUNY offers scholarships in memory of Carey Gabay

People: The name Carey Gabay will not soon be forgotten by qualified students seeking aid in order to gain entry into a State University of New York. Comment

Turkey sets eyes on the Caribbean

Caribbean: Turkey says it wants to broaden its political and trade relationships with Latin America and the Caribbean. Comment

Young activist collects #1000BlackGirlBooks

Books: At 11-years-old, what was your biggest concern in school? Figuring out what was for lunch or perhaps counting the hours of the day until recess and then dismissal? Comment

Ajamu performs in Brooklyn

Music: The approximately 100,000 Grenadian-Americans in New York City and the surrounding tri-state area, would be joined by Grenada’s reigning, most-crowned Calypso Monarch, King Ajamu, along with the reigning Road March King, Synnah and former National and Diaspora crown-holders, Inspector, Val Adams and Zingo, at the 42nd Independence Anniversary Cocktail, Show, Dance and Awards Ceremony, to be held at Tropical Paradise Ballroom, at 8 pm on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. Comment

COSTA RICA GETS THE NOD

Sports: The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) today announced that Costa Rica will host the CONCACAF Futsal Championship 2016, to be played May 8-15 in San Jose. In confirming the site of the Championship, CONCACAF also announced the official draw, scheduled for March 16. Comment

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016

Carson’s gambit, another mission impossible

Viewpoints: Those of us given to extremes of cynicism may well have flirted with the premise that some grand Republican scheme has been behind this freakish recurrence in recent presidential election cycles of an African American presence among the party’s so-called serious contenders for the nomination. Comment

Appeal to aid ailing former SVG soccer star

Sports: Several St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ national sports stars, sporting organizations, friends and supporters in New York are appealing for financial support for ailing former national football (soccer) star Keith “Slick” Clark. Comments (1)

Father and warrior protect baby monster

Movies: Directed by Raman Hui (Shrek the Third), “Monster Hunt” was released across Asia last summer where it became the highest-grossing Chinese film of all time. The version I watched was dubbed into English, which served to turn the martial arts / comedy mash-up into a decidedly campy affair. Comment

Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016

Art in DUMBO features First Thursday Gallery Walk

Arts & Theater: Art in DUMBO has announced DUMBO’s its First Thursday Gallery Walk, scheduled to take place Feb. 4, from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring exhibition openings and other special events. Comment

Carnival, there’s an app for that

Trinidad and Tobago: Revelers, are you ready for carnival? One service is making carnival playing simple, right down to providing links to event tickets and where to find costumes. Comment

Brazil’s Olympic faces Zika V bug challenge

Health: Going forward to May, 3 when the Olympic torch leaves Rio de Janeiro for a nationwide relay race through 26 states in Brazil in promotion of the biggest summer sporting games on the planet, one of the biggest hazards to competition could be the Zika virus. Comment

House of D’Marsh for NY Fashion Week

Fashion: Jamaican-born fashion designer Glenroy Marsh of The House of D’Marsh is adding the finishing touches to his elegant La Vie du Noir Fall 2016 collection for New York Fashion Week in Manhattan. Comment

Adams celebrates success of Brooklyn students

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams on Wednesday, Jan. 27 celebrated the victory of local district school students in his Hour of Code challenge with Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Comment

‘The Family Tree’ exposes dark secrets

Books: The skeletons in your closet don’t rattle around much anymore. Most of your family has long forgotten the secrets those skeletons represented, while the ones who haven’t forgotten have made sure they’re not discussed. Comment

Free NYC fitness program keeps locals in shape

People: First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray and New York City Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver announced a record expansion of Shape Up NYC programs to 370 weekly free fitness classes at 225 locations throughout New York City. Comment

Monday, Feb. 1, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne has announced that effective April 1, 2016 personal income tax will be abolished in its entirety. Comment

Zika outbreak reaches Caribbean

Puerto Rico: The sweet call of vacation, sun, and crystal blue water beaches is hard to ignore as New York is covered in snow with matching frigid temperatures. Before logging into your favorite cheap flight website, be sure to check on whether your particular destination is battling the Zika virus. Comment

Nevis has a date with geothermal energy

St Kitts and Nevis: CHARLESTOWN, St. Kitts and Nevis, Jan. 25, 2016 (IPS) - Legislators on the tiny volcanic island of Nevis in the northern region of the Lesser Antilles say they are on a path to going completely green and have now set a date when they will replace diesel-fired electrical generation with 100 per cent renewable energy. Comment

Darren Sammy to captain T20 team

Sports: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) selectors have retained Darren Sammy as captain for the upcoming International Cricket Council (ICC) Twenty20 (T20) tournament in India. Comment

Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016

Caribbean creatives among Outsider artists

Arts & Theater: New Yorkers who hadn’t hunkered down last weekend trudged through the storm to the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea, Manhattan where booths of unusual art in the warmest of atmospheres welcomed hardy art lovers to the 24th edition of the Outsider Art Show. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 4th Man Out (Unrated) Out-of-the-closet dramedy, set in upstate New York, about a small-town auto mechanic (Evan Todd) who surprises his straight buddies by announcing he’s gay on his 24th birthday. With Parker Young, Chord Overstreet and Jon Gabrus. Comment

Friday, Jan. 29, 2016

JAMAICA READIES TO VOTE

Jamaica: The first general elections in the Caribbean Community for 2016 will most likely be held in Jamaica, perhaps sooner than most people think. Comment

SVG’s UN voting rights snafu

St Vincent: St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ambassador to the United Nations, I. Rhonda King, has attributed her country’s inability to vote in the UN General Assembly to a case of clerical error. Comment

Obama administration loosens Cuba embargo with new measures

Cuba: HAVANA (AP) _ The Obama administration is loosening the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba with a new round of regulations allowing American companies to sell to Cuba on credit and export a potentially wide range of products to the Cuban government for the first time, officials said Tuesday. Comment

Fund established for injured Bajan doctor

Honduras: A fund has been established to aid a Barbadian-American medical doctor who was severely injured in a recent fatal bus accident in Honduras. Comment

SVG PM commends top Vincy restaurant owner

St Vincent: It is not unusual for St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves to hail, in a very special way, Vincentians at home and abroad who are doing well generally. Comment

Team India must modify its selection choices

Sports: India has the cricketers to participate meaningfully and gain success internationally but the selectors have to first select the best team for each respective format. Comment

Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016

Scrambling the picture, Bloomberg style

Viewpoints: So the scuttlebutt is, New York City’s former mega-bucks mayor, Michael Bloomberg, is eyeing a 2016 presidential run and is already indicating, the reports say, that he’s prepared to plunk one billion dollars into the effort. Comment

Vincy track star sets meet record

St Vincent: Vincentian track star Brandon Valentine-Parris ran 21.48 sec. in the 200 meters in setting the meet record Sunday at the Emory Crossplex Invitational in Birmingham, Ala., according to Claflin University. Comment

US BEAT IRELAND

Sports: SAN DIEGO (AP) _ There was some old and a new for the United States women soccer team in its win over Ireland. Carli Lloyd scored three goals to help the U.S. defeat Ireland 5-0 in an international friendly on Saturday at Qualcomm Stadium. It was the Americans’ final match before next month’s CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament for the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. Comment

West Indies face tough matchup

Sports: The West Indies team is in a tough Group 1 match in the upcoming World Twenty20, which starts on March 3, 2016 in India. Comment

Bob Marley’s birthday fetes Reggae for all ages

Music: For many music lovers, Black History Month begins with the Feb. 6 celebration of the birth of reggae icon Robert Nesta Marley. Comment

Diamond, Morgan release ‘Conqueror’

Music: Juno Award nominee Kirk Diamond has teamed up with legendary reggae icon Derrick Morgan on “Conqueror,” the lead single from Kirk’s upcoming 2016 untitled EP. Comment

Byngham releases ‘Let Me Love You’

Music: Ricardo Riquey Anthony Bingham Sr., known mononymously as Byngham (previously known as Riquey Bingham) has recently released the lead single “Let Me Love You” off his debut EP “Soul ‘N’ Harmony,” which is slated to be released May 20, 2016. Comment

Caribbean Airlines 10% discount sale

Travel: Caribbean Airlines has introduced a special 10 percent discount on all BW markets except domestic market between Piarco, Trinidad and Crown Point, Tobago. Comment

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

Dem’s lead candidate echoes Manley’s vision

Jamaica: When Jamaica’s Michael Manley declared in 1974 that the independent nation’s political philosophy would pattern the dictates ascribed as Democratic Socialism, he was maligned and ostracized by US operatives who said the Caribbean leader planned to introduce communism to the English-speaking region. Comment

Inequality in location of chemical facilities

Viewpoints: WASHINGTON, DC— A new report and interactive map just released by the Center for Effective Government finds that people of color and poor residents are significantly more likely to live near dangerous chemical facilities than white and non-poor residents in the United States. Comment

Sen Leroy Comrie saves lives beyond the elderly

Queens: Although former New York City Councilman Leroy has not returned to public service as the borough president of Queens, as once anticipated by his southeast constituents, he abounds in his new position as state senator. Comment

Poem chosen for Guyana’s Golden Jubilee

Arts & Theater: James Richmond’s poem “The Golden Jubilee – One People One Nation One Destiny” was chosen by the Georgetown-based Golden Jubilee Anniversary Committee to a signature poem to honor the yearlong festivities leading up to May 26, the day Guyana became independent in 1966. Comment

‘REGGAE MEKYAH’

Music: Jamaicans on the island have already shifted into high gear with the staging of the ninth annual Reggae Month celebrations. With one extra day to regale the island’s best-known asset, leap year February promises a month-long array of educational and entertaining programs. Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016

International community appeals for dialogue, calm in Haiti

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ The international community appealed for dialogue and calm in Haiti on Saturday after a presidential and legislative runoff was put on hold indefinitely. Comment

Ex-SVG teachers group honors popular doctor

The Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ex-Teachers Association of New York on Sunday honored popular Vincentian doctor Clifford Young at a sell-out gala luncheon at Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn. Comment

How to get out from your rut

Books: For far too long, you’ve been holding back. Opportunities have presented themselves, and you’ve passed on them. Chances have leaped in front of you and you skipped them, but you’re not sure why. Some days, you feel like you’re in a ten-foot-deep rut; in the book “Year of Yes” by Shonda Rhimes, you’ll see how to get out. Comment

Ending sexism in nationality laws

Viewpoints: NEW YORK, Jan .25, 2016 (IPS) - Everyone has the right to be born with a nationality – safe, fearless and free – and secure in their human right to equally transfer, acquire, change or retain it. Comment

Seafaring saga reenacts daring Coast Guard rescue

On Feb. 18, 1952, one of the worst nor’easters in history hit New England. In fact, the roiling waters off Cape Cod were so severe that a couple of oil tankers totally split in half. Comment

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

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

Tuesday, May 10, 2011