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The non-existent problem of non-citizen voter fraud

National: fraud. And this, in turn, leads to flawed accusations that noncitizens have been voting, when the voters in question have in fact become fully naturalized American citizens.” Comment

Race to prevent cholera spread

Health: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A cholera outbreak that has killed more than 250 people in rural Haiti is stabilizing, health officials said Monday, as aid groups and the government race to prevent it from spreading to the capital’s squalid camps of earthquake survivors. Comment

Cutie pies primer on love relationships

Books: “This book is dedicated to all women who are ready to ask themselves, ‘What could I have done differently to get what I wanted out of the relationship?’ or ‘How do I heal now that I’m out of it?’ Comment

Roadblocks delay help for 1.3 million shanty dewllers

Caribbean: GRAND GOÂVE, Oct. 15, 2010 - Rosie Benjamin is just one of over 1.3 million people living in Haiti’s 1,354 squalid refugee camps. She and 1,200 others are jammed into 300 tents and plastic tarp-shacks on a soccer field in Grand Goâve. Comment

Regulators looking into foreclosure mess

National: WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal banking regulators are examining whether mortgage companies cut corners on their own procedures when they moved to foreclose on people’s homes, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Monday. Comment

Groundbreaking at Starlight Park 

New York: Last week, the Bronx River Alliance celebrated the groundbreaking of Starlight Park at a ceremony organized by New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), which is constructing the 13-acre park. Comment

Hurricane Richard batters tiny Belize

Caribbean: BELIZE CITY (AP) — Hurricane Richard battered the tiny Central American country of Belize with heavy rain and howling winds after making landfall just south its largest city, threatening flimsy wood-and-tin houses and forcing tourists to evacuate outlying islands. Comment

International Performance Conference

Arts & Theater: More than 500 artists, activists, young people, educators, scholars, practitioners and business people from 31 countries, gathered at the All Stars Project headquarters at 543 West 42nd Street for the Performing the World Conference; Can Performance Change the World? from Sept. 30 through Oct. 3. Comment

Grenada defeats St. Kitts & Nevis 2 - 0

Sports: ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, Sunday, Oct. 24 -- Grenada confirmed its passage through to join Guadeloupe, Martinique and defending champions Jamaica in the Digicel Cup Finals in late November with a hard fought win over a dogged St. Kitts and Nevis in Group E. Comment

About self-righteousness in our midst

Viewpoints: Here’s a scenario for you, which I suspect for a lot of us would be an all too familiar one. You go to a funeral or wake to join others in mourning the loss of a fellow Caribbean émigré. Somewhere in the mix there’s a preacher, after a fashion, who has been assigned a role. Whereupon there follows a certain amount of disappointment for those expecting that this person of the cloth would be delivering remarks tailored to fond remembrance of the deceased. The designated preacher, it turns out, is on a whole other kick, practically ignoring the departed and opting instead for aiming fire and brimstone, more than likely a high-decibel variety, at assembled mourners. Comment

Red Bulls clinch Eastern Conference

Sports: Dane Richards, the Jamaican international forward, and the hard-working Estonian midfielder Joel Lindpere scored to lead hosts New York Red Bulls to a 2-0 win over the New England Revolution Thursday night and a first place finish in the MLS Eastern Conference. Comment

Jamaican in Britain pens ‘Wright recipes’ 

Yvonne Pat Wright, an avowed Christian, Jamaican who resides in England believes she knows the main ingredient to a life of fulfillment and purpose. Convinced with her enlightenment, the retired advertising and real estate agent penned a book she entitled “From Spice to Eternity.” Comment


Sports: Hot on the heels of the most successful year in franchise history, the legendary Harlem Globetrotters will celebrate their 85th consecutive season when their dazzling “4 Times the Fun” World Tour brings two games to Newark on Dec. 30, followed by six more games in the NYC area from Feb. 18 to 21, 2011. Comment

Calypso Cup canceled

Sports: The Calypso Cup Cricket tournament scheduled for January has been canceled by the West Indies Cricket Board. Comment

Windies has new captain

Sports: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) selectors have axed Chris Gayle as captain of the West Indies cricket team and have replaced him with allrounder Darren Sammy. Comment

Watson heads for NYC Marathon

Sports: Anthony Watson will compete in the New York City Marathon to be staged on Sunday, Nov. 7. Watson, primarily a distance runner, is a veteran in the sport and is known here in Brooklyn. He will be appearing in his second ever New York City Marathon. Comments (2)
Sports: Captain of the South Shore Vikings football team, Fabian Sue-Ho, led his team to a momentous win breaking a 21 game loosing streak since the football season opened six weeks ago. Comment

Sun Kulcha

New York: Yonkers City Council Majority Leader Patricia D. McDow is hosting the 7th Annual Senior & Grandparent Appreciation Day acknowledging the role seniors & grandparents have to family & community, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Riverfront Library, 1 Larkin Plaza, Conference Room A & B, Yonkers. Comment
Arts & Theater: In a sun-drenched art gallery overlooking railroad tracks on Manhattan’s very far west side, a celebration of Haitian art “Saving Grace” is exhibiting the work of 45 Haitian artists and reflects the history and diversity of Haitian art. Comment


Arts & Theater: A cavernous barn in the Hudson River Valley two hours from New York is the workshop for Haitian artist Didier Civil, the “artist in residence” bringing Haiti to New York and the Halloween parade. Comment

Fifth Element Records celebrate 10th anniversary

Music: Cultural singer Richie Spice and Chuck Fenda, two of the acts who were initially signed to the Fifth Element Records when the label was first established years ago will join Guyanese roots singer Natural Blacks, veteran singer John “1000 Volts” Holt, Ky-enie, Jessie Jendah, Spanner Banner, Tony Curtis, Kristopher and Boom Blast at the 10th anniversary celebration for the label in New York later this month. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Aftershock (Unrated) Historical drama recreating the events surrounding the Tangshan Earthquake which took a quarter-million lives in 1976. Cast includes Yi Lu, Chen Li, Fan Xu, Jingchu Zhang and Daoming Chen.(In Mandarin with subtitles) Comment

Immigrant workers protest deportations

New York: About 1,000 Latino immigrant workers, students and members of Make the Road New York (MRNY) marched over the Brooklyn Bridge and rallied at City Hall Park to call on the city to put an end to the Department of Corrections’ (DOC) collaboration with the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency and cease unjust deportations on Oct. 19. Comment

Hibiscus Day Spa opens wellness center in Bed-Stuy

Health: In order to include the community in the health and wellness program offered by Hibiscus Day Spa, owner Hollis Barclay hosted a health fair to promote the spa’s journey of wellbeing and sensory therapies to nourish the mind, body and spirit. Comment

Winning the debate on climate change

Viewpoints: Disasters from climate change are becoming more frequent and more severe - consider this year alone, with the devastating flooding in Pakistan, the Russian heat wave, an incredible ice chunk calving off of Greenland - and New York’s hottest summer on record. Comment

Rule of law prospers most in Sweden, least in Pakistan

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2010 - The rule of law - a critical element of good governance – thrives best in Sweden, the Netherlands and in several other wealthy nations but is sorely lacking in Pakistan, Kenya, and Liberia, among other poor countries, according to a major new index released here Thursday by the World Justice Project (WPJ). Comment

Stop figuring out; call your doctor

There are three little words that strike fear in the heart of the doctor. Those words are, “So I figured.” How often have patients said, “I felt better “so I figured” I didn’t need the rest of the medicine” or “I was running out of pills “so I figured” I would cut them in half and they would last longer” or “I didn’t see any more blood in the urine “so I figured” it wasn’t important” or “I was very happy with the Viagra “so I figured” I could give some to my friend” or “sure I’ve been taking Coumadin but I caught a cold “so I figured” I would take some of my wife’s big bottle of left over Cipro antibiotic? Comment

Here’s a laugh riot for these tough times

Arts & Theater: With so many people preoccupied with the effects of the enduring downward spiral of the economy, there’s perhaps no better time than the present for laughter to once again prove to be the best medicine, and as a first-rate setting for this, the ninth annual presentation of Kings & Queens of Caribbean Comedy is hard to beat. Comments (1)

Kofi Annan to address PANCAP

Health: Former United Nations Secretary-General Dr. Kofi Annan will address several Caribbean heads of government, high-level government officials, regional and international representatives of the partnership and other specially invited guests at the Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV and AIDS meeting later this month. Comment

Tips for a healthy Halloween

Health: Halloween ghouls may give kids a fright, but the buckets and bags of candy that come home can be equally scary for parents. With the abundance of sweet treats consumed on Halloween, not to mention the Thanksgiving pies and holiday cookies to come, now is the perfect time to teach your kids healthy habits, such as nutritious eating and good oral hygiene. Comment

Shortcuts for staying healthy

Health: Most Americans aren’t getting proper nutrition. Comment

Bruce Willis heads A-list cast in ‘Red’

Movies: Red” Comment

U.S. to fund regional crime-fighting program

Caribbean: The United States will provide $45 million to the Caribbean region for the year 2010 to fund a crime-fighting program. Comment

Marrow registry drive to help save Lola Barclay

Health: Lola Barclay, a beloved Upper West Side nanny diagnosed with an aggressive type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma during the summer of 2010, is in need of a bone marrow transplant to help save her life. Comment

To grow our prosperity, let my tax cuts expire

National: Congress should do the responsible thing and let tax cuts for high earners expire at the end of this year. Comment

Breast cancer survivor works to stay fit

Food: It is now 10 years since 51-year-old New York City caseworker and breast cancer survivor Sandra Ferguson triumphed over the ... During that time she has kept up a strict regimen of working to improve her health and educating others on how to do the same. Comment

Caribbean Round-Up

Caribbean: Former Barbados Prime Minister Owen Arthur has returned as leader of the Barbados Labor Party (BLP). Comment

St.Vincent and the Grenadines independence anniversary 

New York: Vincentians in New York are preparing to mark their homelands’s 31st anniversary of indpendence by participating in a series of events organized by the Brooklyn-based Council of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Organizations, U.S.A., Inc. (COSAGO) and the New York Consulate General. Comment

Lifestyle Entrepreneurs focus on breast cancer awareness

New York: Soul Purpose Team Elite Success Masters N.Y. will honor local breast cancer survivors at MoCADA, 80 Hanson Pl. in Brooklyn on Oct. 23 from noon to 4:00 p.m. Comment

Fashion Wee, BKstyle

Music: Local designers are designing a consumer show, trade shows, business conference & shopping tour.A group of Brooklyn designers are in the midst offashioning their own economic stimulus. Faced with current retail climate, they have collectively come together to design a customized weeklong Brooklyn Fashion Week event October 24-31, creating a “BKStyle!™” platform as a concentrated, full service option for sourcing, showing, marketing and advertising their independent fashion related products and services! Comment

Host a ghoulish gathering

Food: Scare up a happy Halloween party to celebrate the spookiest season. Bring out the orange and black linens, spiderweb doilies and skull coasters ... so easy and effective! Comment

Pat Ewing tries to follow in dad’s steps

Sports: After a one-year absence from the sport, Patrick Ewing Jr. is expected to be back again with the New York Knicks. This is not the same Pat Ewing, a former all-star center, from several years ago when he made headline after headline and blocked those shots from the center position for the Knicks. Comment

Downside to the Guyana gold rush

Caribbean: The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has asked the international community to take note of skyrocketing prices for gold, contending that the investment rush that has stemmed from this is bound to have a very negative impact on deforestation at a time when the world could least afford such a development. Comment

Tarnishing part of the Williams legacy

Viewpoints: There was respectful observance recently of the 99th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Eric Williams, the scholarly historian and former prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, who died in office in 1981. Plans are afoot to have the 100th anniversary milestone -- which will come up Sept. 25, 2011 -- marked by special commemorative activity. As well it should. Comment

Sun Kulcha Community Events

New York: Thursday, Oct. 21 Comment

Brathwaite displays images of golden yrs.

Arts & Theater: Anyone unfamilar with the diversity of Harlem photographer Kwame Brathwaite would marvel at the vast collection he has amassed throughout the 50 years he has been pointing his lens at politicians,entertainers, athletes, world leaders and other celebrated figures. Comment
New York: An assembly of 250 Central Brooklyn education leaders strongly demanded that stimulus dollars be focused more on the Borough with the greatest number and the poorest students. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films 

Movies: BearCity (Unrated) Homoerotic comedy chronicling the explicit misadventures of a tight-knit group of gay friends who spend an eventful weekend cruising gay clubs in Manhattan. Ensemble cast includes Joe Conti, Gerald McCullouch and Brian Keane. Comment

Concerns over weapons distribution in Haiti 

Caribbean: The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) said on Oct. 12 that it was concerned about reports that arms are being distributed ahead of next month’s elections in Haiti. Comment

An outlet for ‘Heart of Haiti’ artisan gifts

New York: Creating on-going sustainable jobs in Haiti is a herculean task and necessary for an economic base so that people can live humane lives. In spite of almost no tourism in the past decade compounded by the devastation of January’s earthquake, more than 240 artisans in Haiti are selling their goods and experiencing a steady income stream. Comment

Underfed children swell ranks of world’s hungry

Food: WASHINGTON, Oct. 11, 2010 -- With the number of hungry people growing to more than a billion last year, the world is “nowhere near” reaching the objectives outlined in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to the latest Global Hunger Index (GHI) released Monday. Comment
Music: Who’d a thunk it: a gospel music festival at a Jewish medical facility. But that’s exactly what happened on Sunday, Oct. 10 at Brooklyn’s Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center – and it was magnificent! Comment

The Jimmy Carter White House Diary

Books: Memoirs of the 39th U.S. president. Comment

New study puts Jamaica Haiti at risk for tsunami

Caribbean: A new study generated during the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti in January says Haiti and Jamaica are at greater risk for destructive tsunami than previously believed. Comment

Canadians seek probe into Jamaican migrant deaths

A Canadian labor union is calling on the Ontario coroner to hold an inquest into the death of two Jamaican migrant workers last month. Comment

Buying local halfway across the globe

Food: As individuals, Americans are generous, often donating in response to crises abroad even while struggling to make ends meet at home. We tend to assume that our government’s foreign aid is similarly altruistic. But is it? Comment

No easy fix for unemployment

National: Despite talk of America’s recovery, unemployment rates remain stagnant. Comment

The urination that never seems to end

Health: The urination that “never seems to end” is the way many men describe one of the most annoying symptoms often caused by benign prostate enlargement. You may not able to judge the strength of your urinary stream but it’s clear that when your flow of urine is reduced to a trickle or a dribble at what you think was the end but the dribble goes on and on despite all attempts to “shake it off.” Comment
Arts & Theater: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2010-2011 Theater Series with a special Halloween presentation of Cirque Le Masque: Carnivale on Sunday, Oct. 31 at 3:00 p.m. Comment

Craven’s fright flick fails to measure up 

Movies: Poor (0 stars) Comment

Caribbean Round-Up

Caribbean: Caribbean Comment

Turn Halloween tricks into treats 

Health: As the weather cools down and children go back to school, store shelves are already lined with plentiful bags of tempting Halloween goodies. Comment

New Yorkers urged to get flu shots

Health: Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg recently joined Health Commissioner Thomas Farley at the Sedgwick Pharmacy in the Bronx to get his flu shot, and urged all New Yorkers to get vaccinated before flu season officially begins in New York City. Comment

Oliver Samuels in ‘Puppy Love’

Arts & Theater: Oliver Samuels’ latest play, “Puppy Love,” will be staged in Hartford, Brooklyn, Washington, D.C.; Queens, N.J. and Bronx from Oct. 22-31 after successful performances across the UK, Canada, Guyana and several Caribbean islands. Comment

Rapper Waka releases ‘Flockaveli’

Music: Atlanta rapper Juaquin “Waka Flocka Flame” Malphurs released his debut album “Flockaveli” on Tuesday, Oct. 5. Comment

Money for prisons, not for social services 

National: NEW YORK, Sept. 16 - Many of those who have lost their jobs and homes in the United States due to the lingering economic recession are ending up in jail, according to a new study released by an independent think tank recently. Comment

Water, sanitation gain traction as basic human rights 

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 7 - When the 47-member Human Rights Council (HRC) affirmed last week that the right to water and sanitation was a basic human right, the consensus resolution was described as a “historic first” for the U.N.’s premier human rights body based in Geneva. Comment
Arts & Theater: With dance audiences declining, engaging existing and new dance audiences in ways that foster a deeper understanding and relevance of the classical ballet art form is a high priority. Dance Theatre of Harlem has developed a distinctive new approach to this challenge. Comment

OAS reviews Haiti’s readiness for elections

Caribbean: Key stakeholders at the Organization of American States (OAS) recently reviewed Haiti’s state of readiness for the Nov. 28, 2010 General Election. Comment

End violence against women in the region

Caribbean: The United Nations Secretary General’s UNITE to End Violence Against Women was recently launched in the Caribbean with the convening of a conference on the theme: “Strengthening Accountability and Changing Culture to End Violence against Women.” Comment

Prisoners of abuse need special consideration

National: NEW YORK, Sept. 21 - Sharon White remembers the breaking point vividly. She was 21 years old and had been married to Andre for a little over a year. Looking back, she describes their life together as “a nightmare. Every day was a fight.” Comment

Bermuda eyes third female premier

Caribbean: Caribbean trade bloc associate member Bermuda could have its third female premier later this month when the outspoken leader of the governing Progressive Labor Party (PLP) steps down as promised, before his current term ends. Comment

Quick wholesome and delicious meals

Food: Putting wholesome food on the table that your family will enjoy doesn’t have to take hours to prepare. Registered dietitian and author, Felicia Stoler, offers some simple recipes and tips on how to add more flavor and nutrition into your meals, making meal prep stress-free and fun for the family. Comment

Threat to Haiti funding

Caribbean: – from the November ballot is “undemocratic and unconstitutional.” Comment

St. Maarten, Curacao celebrate increased autonomy

Caribbean: PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (AP) — Several thousand revelers gathered in the capitals of tiny St. Maarten and Curacao on Sunday to celebrate greater autonomy within the Dutch kingdom as a result of the breakup of the Netherlands Antilles. Comment

Now showing: All that soft White support

Viewpoints: After Barack Obama concluded his magical run for the presidency in triumph in November 2008, assorted pundits and self-styled gurus wasted no time chiming in with what America had just experienced. A favorite theory, it seemed, focused on the country’s unspoken desire to feel good about itself after years of reprehensible behavior toward Black folk. Subliminally, Obama’s elevation to the presidency allowed America finally to exhale. Comment

Tendulkar is ICC Cricketer Of The Year

Sports: India’s Sachin Tendulkar won the International Cricket Council’s Cricketer Of The Year award thus being rewarded the Sir Garfield Sobers trophy 2010 award. the ceremony was held in Bangalore India. Comment

U. S., Poland play to an exciting draw

Sports: The U. S. men’s national team played to a 2-2 draw with Poland on Saturday night at Chicago’s Soldier Field. The game marked the start of Bob Bradley’s second four-year reign as coach of the national side and kick-started the rebuilding process that hopefully would lead to a place in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Comment

Jamaica Diaspora Northeast USA Conference 2010

Caribbean: Scores of Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica, residing in the Northeast USA, will converge on Hartford, Connecticut, from Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 28-31, for the Jamaica Diaspora Northeast USA Regional Conference. Comment

Joseph attempts another double

Sports: Last October Kirt Joseph, once a tremendous runner at Grady High School in Brooklyn, put in an exhibition by competing in two road races in a close span. Comment
New York: Astor Services for Children & Families celebrated the opening of its new Astor Children’s Mental Health Center, “Astor at Highbridge,” with a dedication and ribbon cutting recently at 1419 Shakespeare Ave., Bronx, N.Y. Comment
New York: Epsilon Pi Omega, a chapter of 100-year-old Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. in southeast Queens, certainly embodies their motto “service to mankind.” Comments (5)

Attorney: Gitmo plea deal pledge broken

Caribbean: SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The attorney for a former al-Qaida cook said Monday that the government did not deliver on a promise that led him to plead guilty to supporting terrorism, and she said that could discourage other inmates at Guantanamo from reaching deals with prosecutors. Comment
New York: The new EMT Training Academy of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps (BSVAC) is now in full operation, and busy training heroes in Brooklyn. Comment
New York: Just as many public schools are on the brink of closing, Renee Collymore, who runs the Parliament Democratic Club in Brooklyn, is fast at work beginning reform within the public school system. Comment
Movies: Mahadeo Shivraj is no stranger to dramatics. His series “Laff Till Yuh Belly Buss” - an Indo-Guyanese Satire series - has been a total success, with sidesplitting comedy and sold-out crowds for the last seven years. So it was no surprise, when the audience erupted with laughter many times during the recent screening of his first movie “Till I Find A Place.” Comment

Political conversations are now on steroids

Health: NEW YORK, Sep. 20, 2010 - Andrew Rasiej hurriedly gets off the phone, explaining that he was talking to Arianna Huffington, founder of uber-website The Huffington Post. She just published a new book, and Rasiej was providing ideas on how to use social media to promote it. Comment

CARICOM in Suriname to brief Bouterse

Caribbean: The Caribbean trade bloc this week sent a high level delegation to Paramaribo, Suriname to explain to former dictator-turned-elected-President Desi Bouterse how the regional integration movement works and the country’s responsibilities in the European-styled single trading market, officials said. Comment


Sports: NEW DELHI (AP) — The pool water is clean, but the toilets in the aquatics center are blocked. Ticket sales are on the rise but venues still seem mostly empty. There was a “major communications blunder” at the athletics track. Comment

Gayle fails to sign retainer contract

Sports: West Indies Captain Chris Gayle, Vice-Captain Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard have turned down central retainer contracts from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). Comment

Guyana gains valuable exposure

Caribbean: WestIndies Cricket Board (WICB) president Julian Hunte believes that Guyana have gained valuable experience from their campaign in the Champions League Twenty20 despite going winless in the lucrative tournament in South Africa. Comment
Arts & Theater: The base piece fabricated by artist Christian Marche for the ceramic sculpture entitled “Sleeping Beauty,” supported by the New York City Department of Transportation in partnership with the West Harlem Fund, by artist Kenjiro Kitade exemplifies Marche’s creative skills as a draftsman and welder. Comments (1)

Lara in World Test XI line-up

Caribbean: West Indies batting legend Brian Lara is among 88 players in the all-time World Test XI for the leading Test countries. Comment

Mad at life insurance

Business: Would you leave your children alone with a stranger? I ask that because I recently left a message with a wife who was annoyed that I was calling. Calling to follow up on a conversation I had with her husband about getting life insurance. The troubling part is that the husband had no life insurance and five children. I was calling to reschedule a meeting we had to postpone. Comment
Arts & Theater: Haitian-American Ka Nu Dance Theatre will perform as part of “Haitian Dance: Front and Center” at the BlakTin@ Performance Series on Friday, Oct. 15, 8:00 p.m. at Bronx Academy of Arts And Dance (BAAD), 841 Barretto Street, Bronx, N.Y. in Hunts Point. Comment

Caribbean jurist for Supreme Court

New York: A Caribbean-born civil court judge in Brooklyn has made history by being nominated by both the Kings County Democratic and Republican parties’ committees for a seat on the bench at the county’s Supreme Court. Comment

Explosive overcrowding at Guyana prisons

Caribbean: The head of a police abuse complaints authority and former chief justice has criticized overzealous magistrates for ramming the prison system with inmates facing trivial charges, saying that the level of overcrowding at the main country facility has reached “explosive” levels. Comment

EU easing trade rules for poor countries 

By Isolda Agazzi Comment
New York: The Medgar Evers College opened its $247 million Academic Building I, which will house the School of Science, Health and Technology, on Monday, Oct. 4, at 1638 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn. Comment

Groups condemn immigration, criminal justice merger 

National: NEW YORK, Oct. 4, 2010 - As two Democratic senators introduced yet another version of immigration reform legislation - and two Republican senators immediately condemned it - more than 500 not-for-profit organisations called on President Barack Obama to end what they called “the merger of immigration enforcement with criminal justice.” Comment
New York: Jules McNeice is the champion speller and the winner of an all-expense paid trip to Jamaica. The queen bee spelled her way to victory at the grand finale of the Macy’s Fifth Annual Spelling Bee held on Sept. 26 at Macy’s Department Store in Manhattan. Comment
Music: Power couple Mariel Hemingway and Bobby Williams co-hosted “Unity in Style,” a charity fashion show and live auction that benefited The Giving Planet on Saturday, Oct. 2. Comment
Music: The Caribbean Cultural Theatre will kick-off their fifth annual “Poets & Passion” monthly series on Oct. 15 with celebration of the work of two acclaimed Caribbean writers, Marlon James and Tiphanie Yanique. Comment
New York: Sometimes the old fashioned, sidewalk pounding, hand-shaking and grassroots- based politicking works, as it did for upstart Rodneyse Bichotte, who recently won the primary for Democratic State Committee Female Leader of the 42nd Assembly District. Comment
Arts & Theater: Artist Jonathan Bauch’s work will be exhibited at The Carter Burden Center for the Aging’s Gallery 307, 307 Seventh Ave., Suite 1401 in Mahattan from Oct. 21 to Nov. 18. Comment

Pimpin’ or getting pimped

Movies: “GhettoPhysics” Comment

Independent & Foreign Films 

Movies: Bitter Feast (Unrated) Culinary horror comedy about a celebrity chef (James LeGros) quest for revenge on the internet restaurant critic (Joshua Leonard) who sabotaged his TV career by trashing his cooking on a blog. Cast includes Mario Batali, Paula El Sherif, Graham Reznick and Owen and Tobias Campbell. Comment

More funds pledged in global AIDS fight

Health: Pledges amounting to US$11.5 billion in new funding over the next three years have been made by international donors to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in developing countries, including the Caribbean, the U.N. has announced. Comment

CARICOM, Russia to explore mutual interests

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Russian Federation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Oct. 1 at the U.N. aimed at establishing a mechanism for political dialogue and cooperation. Comment
Music: Music World Gospelrecording artist, Brian Courtney Wilson began his 25-city tour on Oct. 5 to promote the re-release of his debut break-through and award-winning project “Just Love Deluxe Edition.” Comment

T&T PM calls for tough action against illict drug trade

Caribbean: Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has called for tough action against the illicit drugs and firearms trade, in her recent address to the 65th meeting of United Nations General Assembly in New York. Comment

Empty promises, empty votes 

Caribbean: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Sept. 29 - “We are not going to the election in tents. We want housing before elections.” Comment
New York: Gov. David A. Paterson announced on Oct. 4 that the New York State office building at 55 Hanson Place, downtown Brooklyn, has been renamed the Shirley A. Chisholm State Office Building in honor of the late, pioneering Brooklyn Congresswoman with Caribbean roots. Comment
Caribbean: Nine months after the earthquake, more than a million Haitians live on the streets between piles of rubble because the government is yet to receive the $1.15 billion the U.S. promised for rebuilding. Comment

Catholic bishops plan rebirth for Haiti’s church

National: Catholic leaders in Southern Florida have unveiled long-term plans to help rebuild the Catholic Church and its shattered infrastructure in Haiti after the powerful institution was severely destroyed in the Jan. 12 earthquake. Comment

Problems with the ICE detainer draft

National: The American Immigration Council has joined a number of organizations in formally commenting on a proposed detainer policy issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Detainers are requests from ICE to local law enforcement agencies (LEAs) to hold people - whom they suspect may be in the country illegally or who may be deportable for other reasons - so they can be transferred into ICE’s custody. There has been much criticism about how ICE uses detainers, and the use of detainers has expanded over time with enforcement programs like 287(g), Secure Communities, and the Criminal Alien Program. To address the criticisms, ICE developed new draft guidelines on the issuance of detainers. Comment

G20 summit cracks open door to five non-members 

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 30 - The G20, a group of powerful political and economic decision-makers criticized for its exclusivity, has invited five non- members to its next summit meeting in South Korea in November. Comment

Belize needs a maximum security prison

Caribbean: Since the main prison in the country of Belize was moved from Belize City years ago and taken to Hattieville, several infractions have been committed by prison wardens, prisoners and people who visit their relatives who are incarcerated. Most of the infractions that are occurring, are in violation of Belize’s criminal laws and the Prison Ordinance. Comment

AAADT’s nine premieres and new productions

Arts & Theater: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to New York City Center, 131 West 55th St., between 6th Ave. and 7th Ave. from Dec.1, 2010 – Jan. 2, 2011 with exciting performances that have become a joyous holiday tradition. Comment

Annoying problem of nocturia

Health: When asked how frequently they urinate, many patients, both men and women explain that during the day, they have no problem but at night, their sleep is repeatedly interrupted by the need to relieve themselves of the urgency of a full bladder. This condition is so common it even has a name, “nocturia” the medical term for getting up from sleep to urinate. There are three distinct types of conditions that can lead to this annoying problem. Comment
Food: From PB&Js to pitas, muffalettas to melts — any way you slice them, sandwiches are one of America’s favorite foods. In fact, it is estimated that Americans consume 300 million sandwiches each day. Comment

Decline in child lead poisonings in N.Y.

Health: The number of children with lead poisoning dropped by 12 percent in New York City last year, the Health Department announced on Sept. 30 in its annual report to the City Council. Comment

Decline in child lead poisonings in N.Y.

Health: The number of children with lead poisoning dropped by 12 percent in New York City last year, the Health Department announced on Sept. 30 in its annual report to the City Council. Comment

Parents fail to recognize overweight kids

Health: A new study from the Health Department suggests that many parents are failing to recognize weight problems in New York City’s children. Comment

Turks and Caicos demand self-rule

isters, the Guyana-based CARICOM headquarters said in a statement last weekend that leaders are extremely concerned about the continuing disenfranchisement of islanders by “the imposition of direct rule” from London, as they demanded a return to self-rule and democracy. Comment

Healer with products inspired by faith

Caribbean: Allison D. Mahon, RN established her Alloma Care Spa Products and Wellness Inc. seven months ago but the vision for her company has been in the works for at least 10 years. Comments (4)

Consider renter’s insurance

Business: My friend’s apartment was hit by the tornado. Now I am hearing about renter’s insurance. Is this something I should consider? Comment

Legacy gift for outgoing Canadian governor general 

Canada Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Oct. 1 recognized the contributions made by outgoing Haitian-born Governor General Michaëlle Jean during her tenure as the country’s 27th head of state. Comment
Sports: NEW DELHI (AP) — Small crowds, minor glitches and the prospect of contracting dengue fever were still a concern for organizers as the spotlight finally turned to sports at the Commonwealth Games. Comment
Sports: The West Indies Cricket Board’s Regional 50-over Tournament will start Oct. 14 in Jamaica with eight teams participating. Comment
Sports: The opening match of the Digicel Caribbean Cup between St. Martin and Cayman Islands at the Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium, Puerto Rico on Oct. 2 ended in a 1-1 draw. Comment

Richards, Coundoul lead Red Bulls into playoffs

Sports: The New York Red Bulls, led by a Dane Richards goal in the sixth minute and goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul’s 12-saves performance, defeated Kansas City Wizards 1-0 on Saturday night at Red Bull Arena in Harrison (NJ). Comment

Coming to grips with Tea Party reality

Viewpoints: The Tea Party movement, which has been positioning itself as a wielder of measurable influence in American politics, certainly for the current election cycle, elicited some provocative comment from Tom Friedman of The New York Times in a recent piece. Opting to re-designate the phenomenon the “Tea Kettle movement,” because “all it’s doing is letting off steam,” Friedman dismissed it not as a cause without validity but because it had so far failed to advance any serious policy direction for addressing those(favorite-whipping-boy) issues like expansive government and deficit spending that have provided the Tea Partiers with their battle cry of choice. Comment

The benefits of massage therapy 

National: (NAPSI)-- A massage can do more than relax and revitalize you. A growing body of research recognizes the recuperative value of massage as part of a wellness routine-and the ability of massage to improve overall well-being, especially when experiencing a serious health condition such as breast cancer. Comment

Help Find A Cure: Think Pink, Bake Pink, Eat Pink

National: (NAPSI)-What began as pink ribbons to highlight the importance of finding the cures for breast cancer has resulted in people seeing pink everywhere-from pink mixers and blenders to delicious pink confections-to promote the search. Comment

Get a mammogram this October

New York: As October 2010 gets started people all over the world are bringing awareness to a disease that claims the lives of thousands of women each year – breast cancer. October is National Breast Cancer Month and this year over 192,370 new cases will be diagnosed in the United States. Comment

World Creole Music Festival

World Creole Music Festival

Music: Organizers of this year’s World Creole Music Festival (WCMF) in Dominica, Oct. 29 to 31, will follow the pattern of past festivals by offering a mix of the Caribbean’s best known acts: Haitian Kompas stars T Vice, Nu Look, and Kreyola, Jah Cure and Luciano from Jamaica, and soca from Edwin Yearwood and Krosfyah from Barbados, alongside several generations of local musicians. Past masters to have appeared include Tabou Combo, Kassav, and La Perfecta. Comment



Sports: Playing under .500 ball, the girl’s varsity young soccer team at Bishop Ford High School has one goal in mind; that is, to improve as the season progresses, be competitive, hopefully battle back from a slow beginning and challenge for a contending spot in the Catholic High Schools Athletic Association. Comment

Ailing Barbados PM re-shuffles cabinet

Caribbean: Ailing Barbados’ Prime Minister David Thompson announced on Sept. 30 that he will reshuffle his cabinet, effective Oct. 4, as he battles pancreatic cancer. Comment

Sun Kulcha Community Events

New York: Thursday, Oct. 14 Comment

Floods ravage Jamaica; cyclone hits Sav-La-Mar

Heavy rains from tropical storm Nicole left five confirmed dead and at least 14 more residents missing in Jamaica. Many more are homeless and some are without electricity. The storm which blew in on Wednesday Sept. 29 ravaged private homes as well as public buildings, uprooted trees and electrical wirings forcing schools to close throughout the island. Comment

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