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Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

CARICOM welcomes Cuba moves

Cuba: GEORGETOWN, Guyana_Caribbean trade bloc governments which had as far back as 1972 defied the United States and had established diplomatic relations with Cuba Wednesday openly welcomed moves by the U.S. to improve relations with the communist-ruled island saying such is long overdue. Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014

Identity theft alert, what you should do

Books: Your credit card was declined. Comment.

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014

Witherspoon stars in adaptation of best-selling memoir

Movies: Cheryl Strayed’s (Reese Witherspoon) life went into a tailspin right after the untimely death of her mother (Laura Dern). The grief-stricken 22-year-old subsequently became emotionally estranged from the people closest to her, including her husband, Paul (Thomas Sadowski), and her brother, Leif (Keene McRae). Comment.

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Barefoot Artist (Unrated) Poignant portrait of 73-year-old Lily Yeh, the Chinese artist-turned-global humanitarian who, based on a belief that access to art is a fundamental human right, created a foundation which transformed abandoned lots and buildings into parks, gardens, theaters, studios and educational facilities for poor kids in Philadelphia, Rwanda, Kenya, Ecuador and elsewhere around the world. Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

Executive order the only move for Obama

National: Our columnists says the president has earned teh right to use his executive order power on immigration. Comment.

Monday, Nov. 24, 2014

Cosby’s Bahamas show earns standing ovation

Bahamas: Amidst mounting allegations from more than a dozen women, comedian and actor Bill Cosby traveled south last weekend and might be rethinking the alluring tourism commercial which boasts that “It’s better in the Bahamas.” Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Haiti to open ID office in the Diaspora

Haiti: Haitians living in the Diaspora will no longer have to fly to Haiti to get a national identification card, a critical document to obtain a Haitian passport or the ability to vote in the country’s elections, according to reports. Comment.

‘Dumb and Dumber To’ is just plain dumb

Movies: Two decades later, Harry and Lloyd are back, but they should have just stayed away, according to our critic. Comment.

Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014

Senators: We’re optimistic Cuba to free contractor

Cuba: HAVANA (AP) _ Two U.S. senators expressed optimism Tuesday that Cuba will free imprisoned American government contractor Alan Gross. Comment.

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Drug Lord: The Legend of Shorty (Unrated) Ten Most Wanted documentary recounting the international manhunt for the ruthless, Mexican cartel kingpin known as El Chapo. Comment.

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014

U.S. congratulates Antigua, Dominica

Dominica: The United States has congratulated Antigua and Barbuda and Dominica for their 33rd and 36th year, respectively, of political independence from Great Britain. Comment.

Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014

US sends health official to Cuban Ebola meeting

Cuba: HAVANA (AP) _ U.S. and Cuban health officials sat together in Havana on Wednesday to discuss Latin America’s response to Ebola, the most concrete sign so far of the nations’ desire to cooperate against the epidemic despite decades of tense relations. Comment.

US sends health official to Cuban Ebola meeting

Cuba: HAVANA (AP) _ U.S. and Cuban health officials sat together in Havana on Wednesday to discuss Latin America’s response to Ebola, the most concrete sign so far of the nations’ desire to cooperate against the epidemic despite decades of tense relations. Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

Reuniting Haitians

Haiti: Grenadian American Councilman Jumaane D. Williams has joined other Caribbean politicians in the United States in welcoming the reunification of Haitian families in the U.S. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced recently that it will implement the Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) program that allows legal immigration of Haitians, who are eligible and have approved family-based immigrant visa petitions, to enter the U.S. up to two years before their visa priority start date. Comment.

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014

Misanthrope rises to role model in character portrait

Movies: Almost nothing is right in Vincent MacKenna’s (Bill Murray) life. The aging, Vietnam War vet is still suffering from PTSD. Plus, he’s fighting a losing battle against booze, cigarettes and gambling, which has left him deeply indebted to a vicious loan shark (Terrence Howard). Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Brothers could face each other

Brooklyn: With 19-year-veteran K.G., better known as Kevin Garnett, heading the roster in the front court, and some new players on the 2014-2015 team, the Brooklyn Nets feel confident that they can make a good run during regular season and maybe even go deep into the playoffs. Comment.

Friday, Oct. 17, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 23 Blast (PG-13 for underage alcohol consumption) Fact-based, overcoming-the-odds drama about a high school football star (Mark Hapka) who didn’t let sudden blindness due to a sinus infection derail his dream of gridiron greatness. With Bram Hoover, Stephen Lang and Max Adler. Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Algorithms (Unrated) Inspirational documentary highlighting exploring India’s little-known world of competitive chess for the blind. America the Beautiful 3 (Unrated) Latest installment in Darryl Roberts’s series of incendiary documentaries indicts pop culture’s sexualization of today’s youth. Comment.

Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014

CARIBBEAN ISIS LINK UNCOVERED

People: Until the beginning of October, discussion points in Trinidad would have centered more on preparations for general elections expected in mid to late 2015, but persistent media reports that local Muslims are flocking to the Middle East to fight with the Islamic State group have not only changed this but has promoted an official state investigation into the developments. Comment.

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014

Jamaica’s mangoes headed for US market

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ U.S. agriculture officials have cleared the way for the export of Jamaican mangoes to the United States. Derek Kellier is Jamaica’s acting agriculture minister. He said Monday that the ministry will do everything in its power to ensure that mango farmers and exports’’ meet requirements for continental U.S. shipments to begin starting Oct. 20. Comment.

Monday, Oct. 6, 2014

Will American Ground Troops Be Sent to Fight ISIS?

National: With the United States dropping bombs on yet another Muslim country, we might benefit from a close look at President Obama’s anti–Islamic State strategy. Obama and his spokespeople are always quick to make two points: first, that no American ground forces will be sent into combat against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and second, that the United States will merely be part, albeit a leading part, of a broad coalition of Arab and NATO countries. The Obama administration’s emphasis on these points strongly suggests that Americans would not support a war against ISIS fought solely by the United States with American ground troops as part of the effort. Comment.

Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (R for profanity, sexual references, graphic violence and pervasive gore) Horror sequel finds Norway invaded by another battalion of nasty Nazi zombies. Co-starring Vegar Hoel, Orjan Gamst, Ingrid Haas, Jocelyn DeBoer and Martin Starr. (In Norwegian, English and German with subtitles) Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014

Antigua, US discuss trade dispute

Antigua: One day after Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne addressed the United Nations General Assembly during which he called on the United States government to settle the outstanding World Trade Organization (WTO) Gaming issue with Antigua and Barbuda, the prime minister held bilateral talks with senior U.S. officials designed to resolve the issue. Comment.

Monday, Sept. 29, 2014

Antigua to U.S.: Settle long-standing trade judgment

Antigua: Antigua and Barbuda has reiterated its call on the United States to settle its long, outstanding trade judgment “fairly and expeditiously.” In his maiden address to the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, Prime Minister Gaston Browne noted that it has been “10 long years” since Antigua and Barbuda secured a favorable decision by the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body in a complaint against the U.S. on online gambling. Comment.
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