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As if proof were needed of what passes for GOP mettle these days, word apparently went out among the troops that there’s to be no pussyfooting about who represents the party in the hot 2012 White House stakes. So that when Gallup did a poll recently of the GOP faithful, none other than the firebrand Texas governor Rick Perry emerged as the party’s new frontrunner. And late entrant though he was, Perry is now being touted as the man to beat as Republican standard bearer. If nothing else, Perry will at least not provoke talk, even among GOP partisans, that unlike Mitt Romney who now has been relegated to second place, he won’t be “boringly” proceeding to the nomination. Comment
Grenada: DAEGU, South Korea (AP) — A memorable meeting — marked by a late surge and a stumble — could be the start of a robust rivalry between Grenada’s Kirani James and American LaShawn Merritt. Comment

Venus Williams rebounds at net

Sports: Is Venus Williams back again in the news? Comment

Guyana Folk Fest in Brooklyn

Guyana: Celebrating its 10th anniversary under the theme “Aal bady waan bady,” the Annual Guyana Folk Festival is inviting all brides and grooms to its Kwe Kew demonstration and ceremony tonight, Friday, Sept. 2. Comment

Lionfish invasion of Caribbean reefs

Food: The Washington-based World Resources Institute (WRI) says the Lionfish, an invasive marine species, have rapidly spread across the waters of the Caribbean, seriously threatening coral reefs. Comment

End tax-dodging for US companies

National: I love America, and have proudly invested in America. I have invested by building successful businesses employing thousands of American workers. And I have invested in our country by paying taxes. Comment

‘All O’ We Is One Family’

Music: On behalf of the West Indian American Day Carnival Association, I would like to bring greetings on this 44th staging of our cultural showcase. This year we have chosen cultural unity as our focus. With the strength and support of the Association, we have chosen as our carnival theme for 2011 – ‘One Caribbean Family’! Comment
Arts & Theater: Share the rhythms, sounds and movements of West African dance from Guinea with Ibrahima “Kolipe” Camara and the Les Ballet d’Afrique dance company on Sept. 10 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Comment



Sports: Jamaican-born Jeff Cunningham became the MLS all-time leading goal scorer when he scored a penalty for Columbus Crew in a 6-2 loss to hosts Seattle Sounders (13-5-9) last Saturday night in Seattle. Comment

Packing healthful school lunches

Health: The rush of getting the kids out the door in the morning can make packing a healthful lunch seem like an impossible burden. Comment

Haitian poetry under the stars

Books: On Saturday, Aug. 20, the St. John’s Place sidewalk in Crown Heights outside of Five Myles Gallery Space became an outdoor theatre. When the folding chairs were filled, culture vultures perched themselves on the cement while others stood behind stretching into the street for an evening entitled “Pwezi Anba Tonel” (Poetry in the Pavilion), An Evening of Haitian Poetry & Music. Comment

Sun Kulcha

New York: Gospel Stage Play Quiet FIREProductions & Soul Harvest Int’l. presents Danny R. Wooten’s “Midnight Cry” featuring N.Y.’s own praise dancers from Antioch Church of Christ & Deliverance Tabernacle Church 30-voice choir, one day only, show times 3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. at the Apollo Theater, 253 West 125 St., N.Y. For information & tickets, call (718) 703-2260. Comment

Backpack safety tips for kids

Health: School may be a figurative pain in the neck for many children, but what about a literal pain in the neck -- and back? Comment

FBI investigates CONCACAF secretary general

Sports: The FBI is investigating CONCACAF secretary general Chuck Blazer concerning payments to accounts controlled by him in the Cayman Islands and the Bahamas. Comment

Caribbean Round-Up

Some communities in Barbados are under siege, claims former Attorney General Dale Marshall. Comment

Disappointing ‘Aroma-Scope’

Movies: “Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4-D” Comment
Music: The Caribbean entertainment industry has been plunged into mourning as one of Trinidad and Tobago’s leading icons in the arts and music, Pat Bishop, 71, died while attending a meeting of the High Level Panel to Guide the Implementation of Arts, Cultural and Entrepreneurial Projects at the Ministry of Planning and the Economy in Port of Spain last week. Comment

Important facts about New York’s Marriage Eguality Law

People: On July 24, 2011, New York State celebrated one of the largest advancements in civil rights in the last decade. Under the “Marriage Equality Law,” same sex couples have the freedom to marry legally in the state of New York: however, those married should be aware that the ramifications may be more far reaching than one would expect. Comment
Haiti: MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Irene has strengthened to a major Category 3 storm as it heads toward the East Coast. Comment

The energy kings of soca

Music: The sons of Grenada’s first female calypso monarch, Cynthia Ogiste a.k.a. Lady Cinty, Kellon and Kelson Ogiste, a.k.a. Luni Spark and Electrify, have already established themselves as the energy kings of soca with a Grenadian accent. Comment

Mas Productions presents Seven Deadly Sins

Arts & Theater: After almost two decades in the carnival business, the small masquerade band, Mas Productions Unlimited, hopes to make a larger indentation this Labor Day. Comments (1)
Sports: Last year Marlon Brown captured the 132-pound Open Division title of the fifth annual Long Island Boxing Championships at Gleason’s Gymnasium in downtown Brooklyn. Comment
Arts & Theater: Feet of Rhythm Kids (F.O.R. Kids) will celebrate its 10th year of participation in Brooklyn’s Annual West-Indian Labor Day Junior Parade. Comment

Fashion & fun at Harlem Kids Day

Fashion & fun at Harlem Kids Day

Bronx: It was a great weekend in Harlem celebrating “Harlem Day” on Saturday & Sunday, Aug. 20 & 21, giving everyone an opportunity to witness the best Kids-Park for pretending, playing singing, dancing and performing. Comment

Brooklyn neighborhoods in transition for the annual WesI Indian Carnival

Arts & Theater: In the heat of August in Brooklyn’s Flatbush neighborhood, vacant lots are transforming into panyards and storefronts into mas camps, These overlooked spots take a central role in community life as the Labor Day Carrnival preparations bring people together. Comments (1)

2011 West Indian American Day Carnival Parade of Bands- Juniors

Arts & Theater: Portrayal: Precious Jewels of India Comment

New youth hoops tournament

Sports: Last Sunday, Tropical Limousine Services kicked off its first three-day summer basketball tournament for Brooklyn and Queens residents at the Jacob Joffe playground between Kings Plaza and Canarsie. Comments (5)

Gold prices trigger murder, disorder in Guyana jungle

Guyana: Twenty six murders, numerous armed robberies and increasing incidents of disorderly behavior are proving to be major headaches for law enforcement and other authorities, as record world prices for gold trigger a rush of money, manpower and machines to the jungles of this South American nation that is also headquarters to the 15-nation Caribbean Community. Comment

NYC artists tell their story

Arts & Theater: Twenty New York City artists who have intellectual and/or developmental disabilities are now sharing their art in an exhibition entitled “Our Story: Connecting Families and Communities through Art.” Comment

Sun Kulcha

New York: Kidflix Film Festival MoCADA & AFF presents ‘The Wiz’ starring the late Lena Horne as Glenda the Good Witch & the late Michael Jackson as the Scarecrow as well as the talented Diana Ross in the 1970s adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, 7:00 p.m. at Fulton Park, corner of Utica Ave. & Fulton St. Raindate: Sat., Aug. 27. For information, call (917) 518-6610 or visit Comment



Sports: The New York Red Bulls woes continue, this time the misery took place in Foxboro Stadium last Saturday night, where the Red Bulls (6-6-14, 32pts.) fell behind, 2-0, to the New England Revolution at the half and struggled to tie a match for the 14th time in 26 games so far. Jamaican international Dane Richards came to the rescue with two strikes to salvage a draw. Comment

Ethics probe into CFU officials

World’s football’s governing body FIFA said they have opened ethics proceedings against 16 Caribbean Football Union (CFU) officials, including Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation General Secretary Richard Groden, following an initial probe into cash-for-votes allegations. Comment
Caribbean: Some crucial changes are necessary in West Indies Cricket in order to have progress. The manner in which the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) conducts its business is not only frustrating to the region but to the territorial boards. The multiple problems that the WICB cannot solve are causing a grave effect on the development of youths who are interested in the sport. Comment
Manhattan: On Saturday, Aug. 20, members and supporters of took to the streets on bikes and on foot to call for “Jobs Not Cuts” and to give out copies of their “Contract for the American Dream.” Comment

T&T PM declares state of emergency

Trinidad and Tobago: An escalation of gun violence in Trinidad and Tobago, which has left 11 people dead over the past 48 hours last week has promoted the government to call a limited state of emergency. Comment

Fed pledges millions to prisoner reentry progrm

People: George T. McDonald, founder and president of The Doe Fund – the nationally recognized provider of human services, with an annual operating budget of $50 million – recentlyn announced that the U.S. Department of Labor is funding a massive $5.6 million expansion of the innovative prisoner reentry work pioneered by the organization’s Ready, Willing & Able program. Comment
Manhattan: On a beautiful late Saturday morning in Harlem on August 13, the December 12th Movement led by its leader, Viola Plummer, and other members of the Black Power Movement, including the Nation of Islam, Operation Power, New Black Panther Party, All African People’s Revolution Party, and the Patrice Lumumba Coalition staged a march in Harlem with the theme: Recognize and Celebrate Comment

WABC sets Web page to ailing Gil Noble

WABC the television station Gil Noble has worked for 43 years recently dedicated a page on their web portal in order to accommodate friends of the 79-year-old journalist who suffered a stroke earlier this month. Comments (1)

CACCI to celebrate 26 years of service to the small business community in the US

The Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) has announced plans to celebrate 26 Years of continuous service to the Small Business Community with an Official 26th Anniversary Membership Business Networking Reception, Thursday, August 25, 2011, 5:30 p.m. at Medgar Evers College, CUNY, New Science, Health and Technology Building, 1638 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. Comment

Doctor Doctor

This is a frequently asked question by patients considering undergoing treatment of their symptomatic prostate enlargement with TherMatrx® microwave thermotherapy. As with all medical treatments, […] Comment

Women Gardeners in Queens, Wow!

Have you ever wanted to grow your own vegetables, have a vegetable garden perhaps? Well this dream has become a reality for members of a community in Jamaica, Queens. 20 years ago Gertrude Duncan thought […] Comment

Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill awards 30 college scholarships

Many people know Golden Krust Bakery & Grill for its delicious and popular flaky Jamaican patties jerk chicken, oxtail stew and other authentic island dishes. What many don’t know is the extent to which the nation’s largest Caribbean food franchise is committed to giving back to the community. Exactly two months ago, Golden Krust co-founder and CEO Mr. Lowell Hawthone pledged 70 scholarships this year alone to needy young persons in the United States and Jamaica through the Mavis & Ephraim Hawthorne Golden Krust Foundation. On Thursday, August 4th he awarded thirty (30) of these – to high school students preparing to enter college in the Fall at a ceremony held at the United Church of Jesus Christ in the Bronx. Comment

16th Annual Full Day Tennis & Mujsic Festival kicks off 2011 US Open

The USTA announced today that reigning US Open Champions Rafael Nadal and Kim Clijsters, world #1 ranked Novak Djokovic, former US Open Champion Andy Roddick and the 2010 US Open Wheelchair Champion David […] Comment

Carib, Central America complain about U.S.-Brazil ethanol trade

Business: Caribbean trade bloc and Central American countries are to jointly lobby the U.S. Congress against lifting taxes on cheaper ethanol exports from Brazil, fearing it would quickly wipe out not-so-competitive and already struggling industries. Comment

Non-stop action at Gardiner Memorial Basketball Classic

Movies: The Bronx was host to some of the best street ball on the East Coast this past weekend at the 6th Annual Gardiner Memorial Basketball Classic Tournament, held in St. James Park and run by The Gardiner Foundation. Comment

UK riot dampens J’a Independence celebration

Jamaica: area said the dead men aged 20 to 31 were members of Birmingham’s South Asian communities who had been patrolling their neighborhood to keep it safe from looters. Comment

PNC boycotts Guyana telecom debate

Guyana: A bill to liberalize Guyana’s telecommunications sector and to break a decades old monopoly held by an American company has been sent to a special committee of parliament, even as opposition legislators boycotted the sitting. Comment

Teen assassin Malvo wants new identity

People: Lee Boyd Malvo, the 17-year-old teenager who was convicted of arbitrarily shooting 10 people in the Washington D.C. area, now wants to change his name. Now 26 years-old, the triggerman claims his name has made him a target for assaults by his fellow inmates. According to reports, the notorious shooter filed a motion to change his name to Joseph Lee Ostrierre. Reportedly, that request was rejected by Wise County Circuit Court Judge Tammy Mc Elyea who said he had not had any incidents of assault in seven years therefore his claim was unmerited. Comment

Effort to tackle disparities between Blacks and Latino males and their peers

People: New Amereica Alliance, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is at the forefront of an effort to tackle the broad disparities slowing the advancement of Black and Latino young men. Comment

Pitch for Haiti, UNICEF Africa at Remy Martin party

Arts & Theater: It was not only about the glitz and glamor or alcohol at the national launch of Rémy Martin V -- the brand’s first clear spirit. Grammy Award-Winning singer, Robin Thicke, celebrity disc-jockey DJ KISS, actress and “Gossip Girl” star, Tika Sumpter, male supermodel, Tyson Beckford, model, Jessica White, the new face of Ralph Lauren, Chris Collins, actors Laz Alonzo, Valence Thomas and many more were at LAVO NYC. Comment

Vincy nurse heads successful medical outreach to Guyana

Vincy nurse head successful medical outreach to GuyanaA Vincentian nurse in the Bronx recently headed what has been described as a very successful medical outreach to Guyana. Comment

Promptly to Libya; Slow to a Famine

Two instances of national upheaval on the African continent present starkly different options to the West in terms of interventionist designs. On the one hand there is the unfolding drama of large-scale […] Comment

Glitz and Glamour for a new generation

After capturing the Junior Band of the Year title for five successive years, the Brooklyn-based New Generation says it’s time to turn to the Adult’s Band of the Year title. Comment

Boxing comes to Brooklyn

More than 150 competitors registered for the sixth annual Long Island Amateur Boxing Championships to be held on two straight weekends - Saturday evening and Sunday, August 13 and August 14, late afternoon and evening and again on August 20 and August 21 at the same times. The site will be once again at Gleason’s Gym in downtown Brooklyn. Finals are set for the last date. Comment

Cribbean Crossword Clues

ACROSS Comment

Barbados has a new Calypso Monarch

First-timer David (Popsicle) Hall created history when he walked away with the Pic-O-De-Crop crown Saturday Morning. Comment

Airport Fix-Up Dilemma

Travel: The crash of that Caribbean Airlines flight in Guyana last week triggered a raging debate about everything from the airport’s ability to quickly respond to an emergency, the need to extend one of the region’s shortest international runways and now a rush to remove squatter and other houses located just yards from where the Boeing 737-800 aircraft finally stopped. Comment

Cuba plans to ease travel restrictions

Cuba: Cuban president Raúl Castro says he is working to relax Cuba’s migration policies, referring to Cubans abroad who want to travel back to the island and to those at home who want to travel abroad. Comment

Sherzelle’s Dazzle Me; Dazzle You

Music: Sherzel Productions Mas Camp at 504 Flatbush Ave. is stacked with a dazzling array of children’s carnival costumes. Comments (1)


Music: The historic “Reggae Revolution Tour” featuring reggae crooner Gramps Morgan and Ky-mani Marley which concluded recently at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angles, California was an overwhelming success, promoters say. Comment

New U.S. coach pulls some surprises with his first squad

Caribbean: U.S. men’s new national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann seems to have pulled off some surprises among the list of players called up for his first game as U.S. coach on Wednesday, Aug. 10 against Mexico at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field. Comment

Creating a new visa for investors with capital

National: The Obama Administration announced recently that it would promote several tools, all available under existing immigration laws, designed to attract immigrant entrepreneurs seeking to build new businesses in the United States. These efforts are a first step towards the broader, permanent immigration reforms proposed by the Partnership for a New American Economy – a bipartisan group of mayors and business leaders from across the country. Comment

How Immigration works (or doesn’t) in real  life

Bahamas: The presence of illegal immigrants in the United States continues to generate ineffectual political initiatives, from employment verification mandates to referendums against in-state tuition access. Comment

ESPN Caribbean weekly progran highlights

Caribbean: 2011 PGA Championship. Comment

Job training opportunities at your neighnborhood candy store

People: Lantern Group, a non-profit developer of New York City affordable housing announces the opening of Little Things candy store at 1322 Coney Island Ave. in Brooklyn, a new retail establishment that will further Lantern’s commitment to assisting their special-needs residents in overcoming employment barriers. Comment

Caribbean Heritage Night at Citifield

People: Wednesday night Aug. 10 will mark special festivities before the New York Mets take on San Diego at Citi Field. The Mets aren’t honoring any of the past or present players,, nor is anyone making any major announcements Comment

Ramajay Mas camp launches kids’, adult sections

Arts & Theater: The little ones showed off eye-popping costumes at Ramajay Mas camp at 950 East 92nd St., in Brooklyn, during the recent launch of the kiddies section that will represent the camp Saturday, Sept. 3 at the Children’s Carnival competition. Comment

CACNY Activities Year-round

People: CACNY Events Comment

Derrie Davis readies for NYC Marathon

New York: Originally from Jamaica, West Indies, Derrie Davis is gearing up for his first ever New York City Marathon. He probably won’t be a contender to come out victorious in the 26.2 mile grind. Comment

Just think ... It could have been worse

People: It could have been worse. Imagine that the debt-ceiling issue had come up when, alongside this particular Republican-controlled House of Representatives, there was a Republican-majority Senate as well as a Republican president in office. One can only shudder at the thought of what would likely have been shoved down the nation’s throat. Comment

In full swing for Panorama

Music: As the West Indian American Carnival in New York looms, preparations for the the much-anticipated steelband Panorama competition are going full steam ahead. Pan tuners, arrangers and players have been gearing for the big night on the grounds of the Brooklyn Museum. Comment

Annette St.John lights up SMOKE Club’s Sunday afternoon music and brunch

Music: Singer Annette St. John is presently appearing at the Smoke club in NYC every Sunday. Comment

Love Within the Music tour

Music: Lovers rock king Beres Hammond is coming to New York for a special performance at Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan. Comment

Coalition welcomes Sulma Arzu-Brown on board

St Vincent: New York-based Garifuna Coalition, U.S.A., Inc, has appointed Sulma Arzu-Brown as its new managing director. Comment

Bronx youth enjoy safe, fun environment thanks to PAL

A recent ribbon-cutting ceremony in the Bronx at I.S. 229 -- the Bro Roland Patterson School at 275 Harlem River Park Bridge marked the opening of the new Police Athletics League (PAL) Summer Play Sreet site, which runs through Aug.10. Comment

Microwave heat therapy can relieve urgent urination

Health: Periodically, we all get the feeling that it’s time to urinate. It’s not ordinarily a painful sensation; just an awareness that the time to relieve oneself is approaching. This is a normal desire to pass urine without urgency. Comment
Arts & Theater: Award winning Barbadian filmmaker Menelik Shabazz, debuted his movie, Lovers Rock, during a July 30, screening of Caribbean Films at The Music of the World Film, and the African Diaspora International Film Summer Film series. Comment

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