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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Lewis slams record-breaking century

Sports: West Indies opening Twenty20 batsman Evin Lewis slammed a record-break century against India to win the one-off Twenty20 at Sabina Park, Jamaica last Sunday. Comment

In focus: New book chronicles 100 years of filming in Jamaica

Books: A new book documenting the international movie industry filming in Jamaica was released earlier this month and hopes to share the history of Jamaica as a destination for filming. In the book, “Jamaica, the Land of Film,” author Peter Polack chronicles all of the mainstream films from the early 1900’s to present, that used the island nation’s setting as the go-to place to shoot a movie in the Caribbean. Comment

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Fencer (Unrated) Golden Globe-nominated biopic, set behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War, chronicling the life of legendary fencer-turned-political fugitive Endel Nelis (Mart Avandi) who risked his liberty by entering a children’s team in a national tournament being staged in Leningrad. With Kirill Karo, Lembit Ulfsak and Liisa Koppel. (In Estonian, Russian and Armenian with subtitles) Comment

Friday, July 14, 2017

Weekend anxiety in Barbados

Caribbean: An uneasy calm lay over Barbados Friday after a 48-hour ultimatum that trades unions gave government to withdraw a new tax expired without a response and the workers’ representatives kept their next move close to their chests. Comment

MEC professor Frank Riley passes

The Medgar Evers College community in Brooklyn is still mourning the passing of beloved Professor Frank A. Riley, who died on May 22 at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in Brooklyn. He was 69. Comment

Caribbean pledges to end preventable mortality of women, children and adolescents

Health: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says Latin American and Caribbean countries have pledged to work to end the preventable mortality of women, children and adolescents by 2030. Comment

Couple appeal for funds for Uganda water project

Beth Zwecher, who remembers having a dream at the tender age of five to visit Africa, and a voice telling her that she would be safe, realized that dream a second time around, when she traveled with a team of volunteers to drill a well to supply clean drinking water for one hundred families in the village of Kibisi, Uganda, the first well since the 1980’s. Comment

Thursday, July 13, 2017


Caribbean: Some businesses in the city and coastal areas are shutting up shop earlier than usual after police at mid week revised official figures from five to eight as to the number of inmates who broke out from the city’s main maximum security prison on Sunday before setting fire to facility completely destroying it. Comment

New tax brings unease in Barbados

Almost two weeks into a jacked up import tax that threatens to spike the cost of living, trade unions have put the Barbados government under a 48-hour warning to retract the levy or face unspecified action. Comment

Cuomo vows to protect Caribbean immigrants

New York: Amid draconian measures in clamping down on Caribbean and other immigrants in the United States, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo has reaffirmed his commitment to protecting Caribbean and other nationals. Comment

18 receive Legend of Faith Awards

Caribbean Life’s senior writer, Dr. Nelson A. King, was among 18 members of the community who were recently honored with the Legend of Faith Award by the Brooklyn-based Faith Deliverance Pentecostal Church at the church’s inaugural award ceremony at the Sheraton La Guardia Hotel in Flushing, Queens. Comment

Jersey City to light up with carnival parade

Arts & Theater: Founder and President of the Jersey City West Indian Caribbean American Carnival Association Inc., (JCWICACAI), Cheryl DB Murphy said with 1.5 million West Indians in the metro area, the streets of Jersey City will come alive with colorful costumes and revelry when the parade takes to the streets on Saturday, July 22. Comment

Artwork shines at International African Arts Festival

Music & Fashion: Art for all. Thousands of art enthusiasts packed the 46th International African Arts Festival at Commodore Barry Park in Fort Greene on July 3. The annual festival celebrating the music and artistry of the African Diaspora attracts many people, particularly frequent visitors who always attend every year, and come to showcase their work, said one woman. Comment


Arts & Theater: Ready, set, en garde! A Harlem theater company will be playing their adaption of the popular Alexandre Dumas action novel, “The Three Musketeers,” from July 11-30. The Classic Theatre of Harlem is having a free nightly outdoor showing of the classic play at Marcus Garvey Park. And in this revival, the company is not only bringing a favored story back into the spotlight, but is also honoring the literary work of a Caribbean man whose background is typically disregarded, said the artistic director of the company. Comment

‘Enact change through action’ says Sen. Persaud

NYS Sen. Roxanne J. Persaud, called on guests at her recent fundraising brunch, to get involved in their community to affect change. “People should not sit back in their homes and say I can’t affect change, unless they join their block association, community board, or become familiar with their local precinct, urged the lawmaker. Comment

Will the UN ‘Leave No One Behind’ and improve LGBTI health and well-being?

Dr Felicity Daly is the Global Research Coordinator for OutRight Action International NEW YORK, July 10, 2017 (IPS) — While there has been progress in researching the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people and responding to certain emerging health threats in high-income countries – elsewhere in the world such research is inadequate and incomplete. Comment

Promoting sustainable population growth, key to raising human rights standards

Dr. Hanif Hassan Al Qassim, is Chairman of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue GENEVA, Switzerland, July 11, 2017 (IPS) — The world population has witnessed a remarkable growth during the recent decades. In 1965, it stood at 3.3 billion people. In 2017 — 52 years later— the global population reached a staggering 7.5 billion people corresponding to more than a doubling of the Earth’s residents over the last half-century. Comment

Caribbean, New Orleans explore cultural links

Music & Fashion: The New Orleans Center for the Gulf South helped highlight the links between the Caribbean and New Orleans during the annual US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Southern Regional Research Center’s Caribbean Cultural Heritage Month in June, according to Tulane University. Comment

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

City Council approves Shirley Chisholm Community Center in Brooklyn

Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane Williams, deputy leader of the City Council, said the Council voted to approve a $85.2 billion budget, which included funding for a new community center in East Flatbush, named after the legendary Shirley A. Chisholm, of Barbadian and Guyanese parentage. Comment

Summer Youth Employment Program begins in N.Y. City

New York: Summer employment is one of the exciting things college and high school students look forward to each year. The 2017 summer is no exception, and last week, Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio along with the New York City Commissioner for the Division of Youth and Community Development, Bill Chong announced the start of the 2017 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). Comment

Simmons bids for coaching job

Sports: Former West Indies coach Phil Simmons is among several contenders for the post of India’s coach. Comment

Double blow for West Indies

Sports: It was a double blow for West Indies cricket teams as both the senior West Indies men were humbled by India in the five-match One-Day Internationals losing 3-1. At Sabina Park, Jamaica, while in the ICC Women’s World Cup in England, the women slumped to their fourth straight defeat by the same margin to end their interest in their tournament. Comment

Let’s talk: Local pols and residents talk community, election

New York: Returning with their election cycle meeting, the Flatbush Tenant Coalition is hosting its annual candidate forum at Erasmus High School on July 15. Area residents, representative elected officials, and challenging candidates, are going to discuss community concerns about the state of their districts. Comment


Sports: The great thing about the CONCACAF Gold Cup biennial tournaments is the showcasing of live, quality soccer throughout the USA, which means firsthand exposure of the excitement and vigor of the game to millions of soccer lovers across the country, including the millions of expatiates from countries around the world, and in this situation, particularly fans from Central America and the Caribbean, who will see their national teams on display. Also, very importantly, it gives the U. S. professional league, MLS, a preview for expansion viability. Comment

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Battle Scars (Unrated) Post war drama about a veteran’s (Zane Holtz) attempt to readjust to civilian life after suffering devastating physical and psychic wounds during a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Featuring Ryan Eggold, Jamal Woolard and Heather McComb. Comment

Richard David promises to fight for City Council District 28 residents in Queens

After months of making his presence felt in the community to galvanize votes, Guyanese-born Richard David cut the ribbon on Saturday, June 10 to officially open his campaign headquarters to ramp-up his bid for the coveted seat in Council District 28, in Queens. Voters go to the polls on Sept. 12, 2017. Comment

First International Reggae Day in London

Music & Fashion: Following the successful launch of the very first celebration of International Reggae Day in London, an amalgam of Black music devotees claim they are fully committed to making July 1 a hallmark event on the annual, British cultural calendar. Comment

Monday, July 10, 2017

Chaos as prisoners break out, flatten city’s main jailhouse

GEORGETOWN, Guyana — For the second time in 17 months, inmates at Guyana’s main prison facility took control of the system, this time facilitating the escape of five of their number and burning all but one of the jail blocks and an officer’s staff club to the groundon Sunday, July 9. Comment

International Center for Democracy launches in Queens

A group comprising mainly Indo-Guyanese nationals in Richmond Hill, Queens on Friday night officially launched the International Center for Democracy (ICD) at an elaborate ceremony at Russo on the Bay in Howard Beach. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean: Antigua The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court has handed down a judgement in favor of the former head of Antigua and Barbuda Financial Services Regulatory Commission (FRSC), Leroy King, granting him leave to appeal an earlier High Court rejecting an application for judicial review of the 2012 decision by the government to approve his extradition to the United States. Comment

Caribbean seeks to climate-proof tourism industry

Caribbean: BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, June 30, 2017 (IPS) — The tourism industry is the key economic driver and largest provider of jobs in the Caribbean after the public sector. Caribbean tourism broke new ground in 2016, surpassing 29 million arrivals for the first time and once again growing faster than the global average. Comment

Guyana death-row inmate escapes during jailhouse fire

Less than one year after prisoners perished in a fire in the Guyana prison on Camp Street in the capital, Georgetown, the fire service was on Sunday, July 9 called to a raging blaze that gutted the wooden structure, from where mastermind, and death-row inmate Mark Royden Durant Williams, also known as “Smillie,” was jailed for murdering citizens in the villages of Lusignan and Bartica. Comment

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Guyanese fugitive suspect nabbed in Queens

Law enforcement officials in New York say that a man wanted for murder in Guyana has been arrested in Queens. Comment

Students unveil Brooklyn’s history mural

Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn), Deputy Leader, Sen. Kevin S. Parker and Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte last week joined Groundswell and Midwood High School in celebrating the completion of a new mural that depicts the history of Brooklyn over the course of hundreds of years and the various communities that have called the borough home. Comments (2)

‘One Love’ Rasta excursion explores Jamaican culture

Any fan of reggae music or those familiar with Bob Marley are likely to have already sung, hummed and probably danced to one of its most profound messages of unity, “One Love.” Comment

A great summer escape with ‘The Boss’

Books: Somebody needs to call the shots. Leading by committee may seem equal, right? Everybody should have a voice, but there has to be a head honcho in the mix somewhere. Somebody has to make decisions and stand up, to lead with a big heart, a cool head, an open mind and, in “The Boss” by Aya de León, a solid backbone. Comment