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Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

Grisly repercussions from wrong-headed policy

National: Occurrences like that ghastly business the other day when the ISIS marauders executed journalist James Foley serve as reminders of the major wrong turn made by George W. Bush and the warmonger crew he assembled in Washington, when they decided that invading Iraq to dethrone Saddam Hussein was a smart foreign policy move. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

It’s spy vs. spy in labyrinthine espionage thriller

Movies: Director Roger Donaldson is probably most closely associated with “No Way Out,” one of the best espionage thrillers ever made. The accomplished Australian revisits the genre with “The November Man,” though this picture pales in comparison to his ingenious, 1987 classic. Nevertheless, Roger has crafted another labyrinthine, cat-and-mouse caper which miraculously manages to keep you on the edge of your seat despite an often-incoherent plotline, slapdash action sequences, and an inscrutable cast of characters with difficult to discern motivations. Overall, the adventure amounts to a dizzying head-scratcher which takes you on one helluva roller coaster ride, even if it might take a scorecard to keep the profusion of players straight. Comment.

US Open draws neighborhood kids

Queens: Twenty-three kids from the Elm Cor Youth and Adult Center in Corona, New York, known for its basketball activities, were guests of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) five days prior to the first day of action in the main draw. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

The Hillary pot shots keep on coming

National: Were Hillary Clinton to decide eventually that she won’t be a presidential candidate in 2016 after all, we know this would leave a whole lot of folk quite deflated. True, she looked like a shoo-in for the White House to be back under Clinton control in 2008 too, before history took an altogether different turn. But as of now, she looks hard to beat, both for the Democratic nomination (if there’s any challenge mounted there) and when facing off against the Republican nominee. But if, when the word does come from her, it’s a “no,” there’s good reason to be understanding, even if dispirited about how that could change the complexion of the next presidential race. Comment.

Buju Banton granted third plea

Music: The third attempt could be a charm for convicted reggae, deejay Buju Banton. Jailed in Florida since he was twice tried for conspiracy to distribute cocaine, the Jamaican deejay whose real name is Mark Myrie was granted another opportunity to present oral arguments regarding his efforts to obtain a new trial. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014

CARIB CUP SHOWDOWN

Trinidad and Tobago: East Zone winner Team St. Vincent and the Grenadines and defending champion Team Jamaica are on a collision course on the road to the 2014 Caribbean Cup. Both former Caribbean Cup champions won their quarterfinal games last Sunday at the Jefferson High School Sports Complex in Flatlands, Brooklyn to move to the semifinal stage on Sunday, Aug. 24 and could well meet at the final juncture on Sunday, Aug. 31. Comment.

Streep, Bridges co-star in sci-fi adventure

Movies: Despite being born in the same year and enjoying overlapping enduring careers, Oscar-winners Meryl Streep (for Kramer vs. Kramer, Sophie’s Choice and The Iron Lady) and Jeff Bridges (for Crazy Heart) never made a movie together prior to “The Giver.” Such a long overdue collaboration proves well worth the wait in this haunting, sci-fi adventure set in a deceptive dystopia masquerading as heaven on Earth. Comment.

Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014

The U.S. government still tries to subvert Cuba

Cuba: When I saw the headline about the U.S. government and Cuba in my newspaper the other day, I thought I’d awoken in 1961. It was a Twilight Zone moment for sure: “U.S. program aimed to stir dissent in Cuba.” I expected Rod Serling to welcome me to “another dimension.” Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014

Where ‘good governance’ means a big joke

Trinidad and Tobago: Chances are if Speaker John Boehner were asked, he would insist that the obstructionist, do-nothing course he and his Republican/Tea Party confederates have pursued in Congress is “good governance.” No doubt even the noxious upstart Ted Cruz would respond likewise, about his flamethrower tactics not only in the Senate, but as we’ve seen recently, in moves to also be a point man of influence for fellow extremist kooks in the House. Comment.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

End ‘hypocrisy’ in fighting HIV/AIDS: UN AIDS chief

People: The head of the United Nations agency dealing with HIV and AIDS, Michel Sidibé, has called on world leaders to end the “hypocrisy on sex” and make treatment and reproductive health education universally available. Comment.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Paid leave can help fix our imperfect marketplace

National: As a business person, there is one economics lesson I learn over and over again: The marketplace is essential but not perfect. It is not perfect in a variety of ways, but a big one is that not everyone can be a winner. I don’t mean winner in the sense of Bill Gates or Warren Buffett. Rather, a winner in the sense of middle class—with access to some discretionary income. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Cannibal (Unrated) Romantic thriller about a serial killer (Antonio de la Torre) who feels no remorse about devouring his victims until he falls in love with the sister (Olimpia Melinte) of his last meal. With Maria Alfonsa Rosso, Florin Fildan and Manolo Solo. (In Romanian and Spanish with subtitles) Comment.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Obama’s quick fix won’t solve the regional refugee crisis

National: SAN FRANCISCO, July 9, 2014 (IPS) - In recent months, an unprecedented surge of refugee women and children has been traveling alone to the United States to seek protection at our southern border. Comment.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Hurdlers set fast times in Paris

Jamaica: PARIS (AP) — Dawn Harper-Nelson of the United States ran a year-leading 12.44 seconds to win the 100-meter hurdles at the Paris Diamond League meeting on Saturday while Hansle Parchment of Jamaica set the fastest time in the 110 hurdles this season. Comment.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

US Navy appoints first female four-star admiral

People: Top ranking is how some Jamaicans might rank the first female four-star admiral ever appointed in the 236-year history of the U.S. Navy. Admiral Michelle Howard made history on July 1 when she was promoted at Arlington National Cemetery. The high ranking appointment named her the number one female admiral in the military. Comment.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Executive action to aid immigrants

National: President Barack Obama says he will use his executive power to make significant changes to the nation’s immigration system without Congressional approval, blaming Republicans for the collapse of legislative efforts. Comments (4).

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Ending the Taxpayer Subsidy for exorbitant executive bonuses

National: There is an outrage in our tax code and it’s costing you money. Federal law currently gives publicly–held corporations a special tax deduction when they pay their executives huge “performance-based” bonuses. The deduction can be worth millions of dollars. The more they shower their executives with such pay, the less publicly-held corporations pay in federal taxes. Comment.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Inexperience US at World Cup

People: USA men’s World Cup soccer manager Jurgen Klinsmann, like any coach, will live or die by his decisions and the prognosis isn’t good. The German-born Klinsmann, in an attempt to create ‘his’ team, discarded proven World Cuppers and selected a very inexperienced squad to compete at the highest level of the game at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, which started yesterday. Comment.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

U.S. education system not helping immigrant parents

National: WASHINGTON, June 5, 2014 (IPS) - Immigrant parents in the United States face serious challenges accessing early elementary programmes for their children, advocates here are warning. Comment.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Caribbean Heritage Month Salute

People: Not enough can ever be said of the long list of names from French, Dutch, Spanish and the English Caribbean nations who have left indelible imprints on the continents and nations they settled. Comment.

National Caribbean-American Heritage Month

National: Stating that the United States is expanding cooperation with its Caribbean partners, as it promotes social justice and “grow prosperity throughout the Americas, U.S. President Barack Obama has proclaimed June as National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, 2014. Comment.