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U.S. Open Track Meet is a success

Sports: Asafa Powell is capable of being a threat in the upcoming qualifying meet and if he makes the Olympic Games this year he could even emerge victorious. His confidence keeps getting higher and higher and he is that fast in his specialty. Comment

Black theater agent produces ‘Porgy & Bess’

Arts & Theater: A new, exciting and probably closer to being culturally-correct revised version of George and Ira Gershwin’s 1935 classic, Black opera “Porgy & Bess” has taken up residency on Broadway. Comment

‘Baby Doc’ continues to evade justice

Haiti: Human Rights Watchdog Amnesty International said on Jan. 16 that former Haitian President Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier continues to evade justice, one year after authorities launched an investigation into crimes against humanity committed under his rule. Comment

Historic verdict in Haiti prison massacre

Haiti: In a country where authorities who abuse their power are almost never held accountable, a judge in the southern Haitian city of Les Cayes on Jan. 19 found guilty seven of 13 Haitian police officials who stood trial for a prison massacre that occurred a week after the massive 2010 earthquake. Comment

Haitians now eligible for US guest worker visas

Haiti: The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said on Jan. 18 that low-skilled Haitian workers can now apply for jobs in the U.S. under a federal guest worker program. Comment

Ariva’s free Tax Preparation Days in The Bronx

Bronx: Ridgewood Savings Bank announced recently that it will again be hosting ARIVA’s free Tax Preparation Days at four convenient Bronx locations. The sessions will be held at the following sites/dates/times. Comment

Unveiling of rare Lincoln document on The Abolition

People: As Black History Month begins and Abraham Lincoln’s birthday approaches, the New-York Historical Society is pleased to add to its displays a rare handwritten copy of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution—the measure that abolished slavery—signed by Lincoln himself. Comment

Haiti goalkeeper hospitalized after collision

Sports: VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Haiti goalkeeper Ednie Limage was hospitalized with a possible spinal injury after colliding with a teammate during an Olympic qualifying game against Canada on Thursday. Comment

Bladder stones, an ancient affliction

Health: Stones in the urinary bladder have been a topic written about for all of recorded history. This painful affliction has plagued mankind since antiquity. Comment

New Year, new body: Tips to getting started

Health: Q: What advice would you give to someone just starting out in the gym? – Jimmy G. Comment

HIV therapy, clean living means long life

Health: Several new studies confirm the benefits and safety of optimized HIV therapy. One study shows that those with HIV who don’t take their HIV medications or who abuse drugs and alcohol are likely to live significantly shorter lives. The research also shows that those with HIV without these risk factors can live as long as those without HIV. Another study shows that over the long-term, HIV antivirals are relatively safe to take. Comment
Brooklyn: Kings County Hospital Center (KCHC) held its annual tribute to Dr. King on Friday, Jan. 13 featuring the world-renowned Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr., minister emeritus of Riverside Church and president of the Healing of the Nations Foundation as then keynotye speaker. Comment

ANC at 100: A lot to preserve

Viewpoints: This month saw some special mileage chalked up, about which there should be no scrimping on the hosannas. Jan. 8 marked the 100th anniversary of the African National Congress (ANC) in South Africa. And a more determined commitment in the struggle for equality and dignity for people of color would be difficult to come by. It seems altogether fitting, one would dare say perhaps providentially so, that Nelson Mandela was able to witness the march past this significant mile-post. Comment

Maya Jazz Festival heats up Mexico

Arts & Theater: When one speaks of Mexico, they describe images of cascading waterfalls flowing into aquamarine colored sea waters abound. Comment

U.S. gives nod to oil drilling off Cuba

Cuba: The United States Coast Guard and environmental safety officials have inspected and approved an offshore oil drilling platform headed to Cuba, under an unusual arrangement designed to allay concerns about a possible spill that could foul the U.S. coastline. Comment

‘Quake: Haiti In Jamaica’ premieres

Jamaica: “Quake: Haiti in Jamaica,” a documentary focusing on the implications on Jamaica should the island experience a similar earthquake as the one which struck Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010 premiered to launch Earthquake Awareness Week in Jamaica. Comment

WICB ordered to pay WIPA $2M

Sports: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) will have to dig deep into its coffers to find US$2 million to pay regional cricketers after losing the latest round of arbitration to the West Indies Players Association (WIPA). Comment
Movies: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A publicist says $5 million was raised in Los Angeles for actor Sean Penn’s humanitarian group based in Haiti. Comment

Venezuela sends Miami consulate personnel home

Venezuela: CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela is withdrawing personnel from the country’s consulate in Miami more quickly than planned because the personnel have been threatened by exiles with links to terrorism, the foreign ministry announced on Monday. Comment

Cuba & Jamaica to form youth alliance

Jamaica: Lisa Hanna, Jamaica’s new minister of youth and culture staked a claim for her portfolio by meeting with the Cuban ambassador to the island to discuss possible areas of cooperation between the islands. Comment

Media legends slated for Black History honor

People: African-Americans who have distinguished themselves in journalism will be hailed on Feb. 1 when the Faces of Black History Month Awards ceremony marks the 10th anniversary of recognizing Blacks in media. Comment

Jamaica: Hazard mitigation funds to rescue tourist mecca

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica - In the latest efforts to mitigate the hazards associated with climate change, the Jamaican authorities are turning their attention to Negril, where decades of unplanned development is destroying the local ecosystem and eroding the famous beach. Comment

Debt Fictions vs. Social Wealth

Viewpoints: What we really need, as Nobel Prize-winning economists Paul Krugman and Joseph Stiglitz point out in recent columns, is to get over the current obsession with debt reduction and instead focus on investing in our material and human infrastructure. Comment

A more rounded way to gauge Congress

Viewpoints: I suspect that most members of Congress will want to forget the year that just ended. Comment

Judge dismisses petitions against Dominica PM

Dominica: High Court Judge Gertel Thom on Jan. 10 dismissed election petitions filed by the defeated candidates of the main opposition United Workers Party (UWP) challenging the nomination of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and his Education Minister Petter Saint Jean to contest the 2009 general election. Comment

Joint legislative hearing on NYS budget

New York: Senate Finance Committee Chair John A. DeFrancisco and Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chair Herman D. Farrell, Jr., today announced the Joint Legislative Hearing Schedule on the 2012-2013 Executive Budget proposal. Comment

Pan in the spotlight at Tropicalfete countdown

Music: Steel pan was the focus at the recent Tropicalfete Countdown of the top-100 international Caribbean songs for 2011. Comments (1)

Sun Kulcha

Arts & Theater: The American Museum of Natural History continues its One Step Beyond series where you can dance to the sounds of DJ Dirty Projectors & also enjoy a complimentary screening of of the Hayden Panetarium Space Show Passport to the Universe, a trip through space & time, 9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. Guests should enter through the Weston Pavilion entrance on Columbus Ave. at 79 St. Guests must be 21+ w/valid ID. Beer & wine cash bar available. For information & tickets call (212) 769-5200, Mon. - Fri., 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. or visit Comment

Virgin Islands judge up against the legal establishment

Caribbean: “Oh what a tangled web se weave, Comments (1)

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua and Barbuda will try to buy two parcels of land from a development company owned by jailed Texas financier Allen Stanford, said Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer. Comment

Make 2012 a year of change: Bouterse

Suriname: New CARICOM Chairman Desi Bouterse has called on the region to make 2012 a year of change. Comment

‘Tia’ Iris Donaldson marks 101st birthday

Brooklyn: “Tia” Iris Donaldson as she is affectionately called by family and friends celebrated her 101st birthday in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with family and friends recently. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The City Dark (Unrated) Light pollution expose’ about the deleterious effect on the quality of life exacted by an increasingly bright planet. Comment

Fading star falls for emerging ingenue

Movies: Excellent (4 stars) Comment

GNYCC Black History Month Trailblazer Awards

People: At a holiday networking event on December 1 at the landmark GNYCC building, The Greater New York Commerce held a surprise press conference to announce plans for a Black History Month celebration on February 29. Comment

Winter blues: Beat post-holiday stress

Health: The holiday season is one of the most enjoyable times of the year for many people. For others, however, this can be a very stressful time of year—especially as the holidays wind down and the bills come in. If this is how you feel, understand that you’re not alone. Far more people than you realize—up to 80 percent, according to some polls—say the holidays leave them feeling stressed out. Comment

Black women at greater risk for certain cancers

Health: Researchers have identified a genetic risk factor for two types of breast cancer that largely affects women of African descent. The cancers can carry a worse prognosis than other forms of the disease. However, the discovery could also lead to better screening and treatments for the cancers. Comment
Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitians are marking the second anniversary of the devastating 2010 earthquake with church services throughout the deeply religious country. Comment

Brooklyn rally focuses on police accountability

Brooklyn: The rally for police accountability held at Grand Army Plaza on Saturday was not far from where Councilman Jumanne Williams and Kirsten John Foy were arrested at the end of the West Indian American Day Carnival in September. Comment

Obama Administration’s tips for food satety

Queens: The Obama Administration recently released a progress report on efforts to protect consumers from foodborne illness. Comment
Sports: Among thousands of athletes competing in the nation’s largest women’s track and field series last weekend at the Colgate Women’s Games at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, were some of the youngest competitors who created more than their fair share of excitement. Comment

City council sponors homeowner assistance event

Bronx: Yonkers homeowners who are underwater and facing foreclosure in the wake of the recent recession have an opportunity to improve their situation by attending a one-day Homeowner Assistance Event on Jan. 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 40 S. Broadway, Yonkers, N.Y. 10701. Comment

Trinidadians benefit from scholarships

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidadian college students who recently completed their first semester at Monroe College in New Rochelle, N.Y. are on-track to save thousands of dollars in college tuition costs. Comments (2)

The Corporate Attorneys Full Employment Act

Viewpoints: Congress is considering a proposal that portends to offer commonsense rules to affect how Federal agencies analyze costs and benefits. Instead it will be disastrous to taxpayers, small and mid-sized businesses and the country as a whole. Comment

Backcourt duo enters select company

Sports: No major record was established but a personal achievement was set at the West Quad Center of Brooklyn College. This basketball game lifted Brooklyn College to a 2-0 record in the City University of New York Athletic Conference. Comment

Valdés, Buika at Carnegie Hall

Preeminent Cuban pianist and composer Chucho Valdés will be joined by Spanish Jazz/Flamenco/Neo-Soul singer Buika on the famed Carnegie Hall stage on Jan. 21. Carnegie Hall is located at 881 Seventh Ave, New York. Comment

Destra’ s new musical flavors

Destra Garcia promises fans attending the 2012 Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival - The Art of Music from Jan. 26 - 28 at the Trelawny Multipurpose Stadium some new flavors from her already impressive menu. Comment

US tweaks rule for Carib immigrants

Immigration: The Obama Administration has proposed a fix to a Catch-22 in the nation’s immigration law that could spare hundreds of thousands of Caribbean and other citizens from prolonged separations from their spouses and children. Comment


Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitians still have much to do to recover from the 2010 earthquake, President Michel Martelly said Monday, and he conceded to having made political blunders. Comment

U.S.: Oil rig bound for Cuba meets int’l standards

Cuba: HAVANA (AP) — A U.S. inspection of a Chinese-made oil rig due to begin drilling in waters off Cuba has determined that it meets international safety norms, the American government said Monday. Comment

Guantanamo closure hopes fade as prison turns 10

Cuba: SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Suleiman al-Nahdi waits with dozens of other prisoners in a seemingly permanent state of limbo five years after he was cleared for release from Guantanamo Bay. Comment

Guyana bows to pressure; appoints Black envoys

Guyana: Unable anymore to deny that there was no racial motive behind nearly all of Guyana’s overseas-based diplomats being of East Indian ancestry, Guyana’s Indo-dominated government has bowed to stinging criticism from opposition parties and rights groups and has named two Blacks to senior ambassadorial positions and a third to head up a consulate in Barbados. Comment

Jamaica to probe case against Guyana police chief

Jamaica: GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Authorities in Guyana say Jamaica is sending a team of detectives to probe rape allegations against the South American country’s police chief. Comment

Exploring Earth’s deepest vent in Caymans

Caribbean: A ship packed with U.S.scientists earlier this week set out for a three-week Caribbean cruise to the Mid-Cayman Rise, described as one of the most extreme and least explored places on Earth. Comment

Attempted take over of G.C.B. is wrong

Sports: The Guyana Cricket Board has been a seperate entity and has the sole legitimate authority for the administration of cricket in Guyana. The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) recognizes the Guyana Cricket Board as the only authority to organize or request the sanctioning of official cricket in Guyana. Comment

Appointments at CFU and CONCACAF

Sports: In the aftermath of the cash-for-votes scandals that rocked the CFU (Caribbean Football Union), changes are afoot. The association has been without a president since Trinidadian Jack Warner was forced to resign last summer as a result of his involvement in the scandal, and by the end of the year, the CFU presidents appointed a nine-man Normalization Committee to steer the association through the first quarter of the 2012 until elections, to be scheduled before May 15, to appoint a new executive. Comment
Movies: Over the course of her illustrious career, Meryl Streep has landed more Academy Award nominations (16 and counting) than any other thespian in history. Blessed not only with an enviable emotional range but a knack for feigning foreign accents and regional dialects, the versatile actress has repeatedly demonstrated an uncanny ability to disappear into whatever role she’s been asked to play. Comment

University helping restore power in Haiti

Haiti: BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — University of Colorado engineers are heading to Haiti to set up renewable energy projects to cope with power outages. Comment
Venezuela: WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is expelling Venezuela’s consul general in Miami after allegations surfaced that she discussed possible cyber-attacks on U.S. soil while she was stationed at her country’s embassy in Mexico. Comment

New PM eyes republican status for Jamaica

Jamaica: Newly-installed Jamaica Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller, the first ever woman to head a government in the largest of the English-speaking Caribbean islands, said she wants to get rid of the British monarch as head-of-state, replacing her with a republican form of government. Comments (4)

Little for LatAm in new US defense strategy

Caribbean: In rolling out its new defense strategy on Jan. 5, the Obama administration said little about Latin America and the Caribbean. Comments (3)

Time to break colonial bonds

Time to break colonial bonds

Jamaica: In a unifying, optimistic and determined inaugural address to the nation, Jamaica’s history-making leader Portia Simpson Miller said although she affectionately embraces HRH Queen Elizabeth II, the time had come for an end to the sovereign rule over the island. Comment

Multiple benefits of Curcumin

Health: Some time ago, I received a letter from a reader inquiring about the use of Turmeric, a spice often used in Asia as a medicinal. Thinking back to the days in the nineteenth century, when charlatans were selling “Snake Oil” for the treatment of every known ailment and some that were not yet known, I advised her that I would check into the matter and let her know if and when further information became available. Comments (1)

Help sought to get more Haitians visas to U.S.

Haiti: MIAMI (AP) — Some members of Florida’s congressional delegation are asking federal officials to help more Haitians get visas to live and work in the U.S. Comment

Get your eyes checked this year

Health: Every seven minutes, someone in America will become blind or visually impaired. The Jewish Guild for the Blind, one of the nation’s foremost not-for-profit health care agencies, is encouraging New Yorkers to make a New Year’s resolution to get their eyes checked. Comment
Health: Q: I’m determined to lose weight in 2012. Can you recommend a diet to help me lose weight quickly? Comment
Cuba: HAVANA (AP) — State media on Wednesday accused the social networking site Twitter of helping spread a rumor that former Cuban leader Fidel Castro had died, and criticized anti-Castro expatriates it dubbed “necrophiliac counterrevolutionaries” for jumping on the story. Comment

‘X Factor’ winner still has dreams of nursing

Music: NEW YORK (AP) — She’s got a $5 million recording contract, but Melanie Amaro still sees herself as a nurse someday. Comment

Caribbean Round-Up

Venezuela: An analysis by the Economic Commission for Latin American and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has shown that economic growth has slowed throughout the Caribbean region, with decreased private sector activity creating an environment for meager growth in output, employment and income despite eased monetary policy by central banks. Service-based economies like the Bahamas, St. Lucia and Jamaica are performing worse than goods-producing economies like Belize, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. In a recent presentation at ECLAC’s offices in Port of Spain, Trinidad, entitled “The Caribbean in the World Economy-Context and Insights,” recently, Professor Dillo Alleyne, of ECLAC’s sub-regional headquarters for the Caribbean, said the issues faced by Caribbean economies were only emphasized by the current global economic crisis and will persist even when the crisis is over unless fiscal policies are put in place to deal with them. He said there were two important phenomena impacting the Caribbean even if the world economy were to right itself; an emerging fiscal crisis due to rising debt, deficit and reduced capacity by governments to undertake countercyclical policy and provide social protection and intense reliance on primary commodities and intense reliance on primary commodities, with all the fluctuations for demand and volatility of prices. Comment
St Vincent: Former Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Lester Bird has rejected the suggestion by St. Vincent and the Grenadines leader Dr. Ralph Gonsalves for regional airline LIAT to be scrapped and replaced with a new airline. Comments (1)

Carib sex workers willing to pay taxes

Jamaica: Head of the Caribbean Association of Sex Workers Miriam Edwards says sex workers throughout the region are willing to pay taxes if respective governments would start recognizing what they do as a job. Comments (1)

West Indian Day Carnival prez resigns

Arts & Theater: After being president for 10 years of the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA), organizers of the annual parade on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway, the Trinidadian-born president Yolanda Lezama-Clarke says she is resigning. Comment

Reggae Boyz tops CFU rankings

Grenada: Reigning Caribbean champions Jamaica finished last year at the top of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) rankings. Comment

Jamaicans say political scandal doomed the JLP

Jamaica: Jamaicans at home and abroad say the political scandal over reputed drug lord Christopher “Dudus” Coke doomed the Jamaica Labor Party (JLP), according to a media report here. Comment

Granby goes into record books

Sports: Not many high school coaches attain a career 700 victories. Comment

Five Grenadian police officers charged with manslaughter

Grenada: Five Grenadian police officers have been charged with manslaughter in the death of 39-year-old Canadian Oscar Bartholomew, and the man’s family plans to file a civil lawsuit against the state, the family’s lawyer says. Comment

Nuclear power: The real risk to American taxpayers

Viewpoints: The bankruptcy of Solyndra, a solar company that received a federal loan guarantee, has made the front page because of charges of cronyism. But among the biggest risks to taxpayers, who underwrite federal loan guarantees, isn’t renewable energy. It is nuclear power. Comments (1)

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Albatross (Unrated) Coming-of-age drama, set on the Isle of Man, about an aspiring writer (Jessica Brown Findlay) who takes a job as a maid at a seaside hotel where she proceeds to have an affair with her boss’ (Julia Ormond) husband (Sebastian Koch) while befriending the couple’s teenage daughter (Felicity Jones). With Peter Vaughan, Angus Barnett and Kenneth Collard. Comment


Jamaica: The swearing-in yesterday of Portia Simpson-Miller as Jamaica’s new prime minister was expected to usher in a new era of politics on the Caribbean island. Comment

Suspense over Guyana speakership deadlock

Guyana: Guyana’s two major opposition parties appear unable to decide which one of them should supply the nominee to become the new parliamentary speaker. Several rounds of negotiations between them to settle the impasse ended in a stalemate last weekend. Comment

Moderate quake rattles Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic: SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — A moderate 5.3-magnitude earthquake rattled the southern coast of the Dominican Republic just before dawn Thursday, resulting in cracks in several buildings but no injuries or evacuations. Comments (2)
Guyana: Leader of Guyana’s parliamentary majority, David Granger, has called for the end of 50 years of one-party politics in the South American country. The possibility that a single party can rule the deeply divided country has been completely exhausted, he added. Comments (2)
Arts & Theater: A huge hit at The Joyce Theater in 2010, Camille A. Brown & Dancers return to The Joyce Theater from Jan. 27-29 with “The Groove To Nobody’s Business” and “Been There, Done That,” a duet filled with “Brown’s considerable and effortless humor (The Boston Globe),” among other works. Comment

States’ overreach also big in 2012

Viewpoints: Apart from deciding how the power lines will form in Washington, 2012 holds interest at the state level, not least for the overreach we have seen in some places. Wisconsin’s upstart governor, an […] Comment

Oleta Adams to sing for Haïti

Music: Acclaimed recording artist Oleta Adams remembers seeing commercials for Ajax laundry detergent as a child in which a knight on a white horse sweeps into the homes of apron-clad but iron-fisted women to help them with their household chores. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago and West Indies batsman Darren Bravo has already shown the cricket world that he has the potential for big innings, bringing in lots of runs for the West Indies. The left-hander took a while before he scored his first Test century but after he stroked the three figures, he followed that up with other huge innings and he has ben very consistent in Test and One-day internationals. Comment

Early childhood learning: States lead the way

Viewpoints: Democrats and Republicans don’t agree on much these days. But there is one thing on which they do see eye to eye: the value of early childhood education. Comment
Music: The spirit of the holidays stretched a few days more for residents of Caton Park Nursing Home on Jan. 2 when students of nearby Maa Sa-Akhi Performing Arts Academy honored these elders with a musical recital. Comment


Jamaica: Newly-elected Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller has urged nationals to put aside their political difference and join her People’s National Party (PNP) in a building a new Jamaica. Comment
Suriname: Suriname’s multiparty coalition government is preparing to do what federal officials in the U.S. and counterparts in Europe can’t accomplish by moving to enlist youngsters in the military through conscription. Comment

‘Share The Dream’ of Dr. MLK

Movies: An open invitation has been extended by the Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Medgar Evers College and the Brooklyn Academy of Music to “Come Share the Dream” of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 16. Comment
Sports: U.S. men’s national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann came under attack recently for his selection policies. An American, 23-year-old midfielder Preston Zimmerman, who plays for German Third Division club Darmstadt, accused Klinsmann on Twitter of using “fake Americans.” Comment



Sports: An Elementary B Divison High jump record, held in a three-way tie at 4 feet 7 inches by competitors from 1982, 1992, and 1995, was broken Saturday, Dec. 31 when Brooklyn’s Mykhiyah Williams of Ocean Hill Collegiate Charter School, cleared 4 feet 8 inches at the second preliminary meet of the Colgate Women’s Games. Comment

Greenwood has bright future

Sports: Jonathan Greenwood turned in a decent sophomore season on the track and field team at Freeport High School. The nephew of Marlon Greenwood, who played in the National Football League, started his junior year off on a very successful note with a victory in the 300-meter run of the Conference I, 3 and 6 Crossover Nassau County meet. Comment

Dean Barrow and Belize’s economic challenges

Belize: When Belize opposition leader Dean Barrow and his United Democratic Party (UDP) took over the government in February of 2008 after 10 years of People’s United Party (PUP) rule, the country was broke and indebted to several international financial institutions to the tune of billions of dollars. Comments (3)

Grenada cops detained in visitor’s death

Grenada: Two Grenadian police officers have been detained in the death of a Toronto man, while the government turns down his family’s call for an outside official to investigate the case. Comment

Maroons mark 274th anniversary

Jamaica: Jamaicans voted change in government recently but on, Jan. 6, Maroons on the island will reflect on the 274 years since their leader Captain Cudjoe signed a peace treaty with the English colonial powers. Comment

Caribbean has blueprint for illegal drugs

Immigration: A prominent Washington-based think tank says the Caribbean is a “blueprint” for illicit drug trafficking at a time when it is being “heavily influenced” by organized Latin American criminal groups. Comment
Jamaica: Jamaicans voted their first female leader by electing Portia Simpson-Miller, the new prime minister of the island. Comment

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: Two men were sentenced to life in prison recently for killing a Welsh couple while they celebrated their honeymoon in Antigua. Comment

Trinidad judge elected to ICC

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago High Court Judge Anthony Carmona has been elected a judge of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Hague. Comment
Movies: The short list of 15 documentaries in Academy Award competition for Best Documentary will be winnowed down to five and announced on Jan. 24. Many are by accomplished directors Win Wenders “Pina” and Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky’s “Paradise Lost 3” and “Project Nima” by Oscar winner James Marsh (“Man on the Wire”). Comment

Dangerous undercover mission in Russia

Movies: “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” Comment

Mickey & Minnie’s Magical Journey

Arts & Theater: Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as they travel to four magical destinations all in one fun-filled ice production! Disney On Ice presents Mickey & Minnie’s Magical Journey will take audiences on a sightseeing tour of the imagination. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Beneath the Darkness (R for violence and profanity) Suspense thriller about four teenagers (Tony Oller, Aimee Teegarden, Stephen Lunsford and Devon Werkheiser) whose grim discovery at the local funeral home makes them the target of a sadistic mortician (Dennis Quaid) who will stop at nothing to keep his secret buried. With Brett Cullen, Dahlia Waingort and Wilbur Penn. Comment

HIV ‘Treatment as Prevention’

Health: The finding that HIV treatment with antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) can actually prevent transmission of the virus from an infected person to his or her uninfected partner has been named “Breakthrough of the Year” for 2011 by the journal Science. Comment

How to tell if your stream is too weak or too frequent

Health: These days, when a man hears about frequent urination and a weak stream he wonders if those warnings on radio and TV apply to him. How is a guy to know if his urinary stream is too weak or too frequent? In a public toilet, he can’t make a comparative study of how he stacks up with the gentleman in the next cubicle without getting in a whole lot of trouble. Comment

Harlem Business Alliance honors six

Bronx: The Harlem Business Alliance is “Leading the Way through Partnership” literally. This mantra is not just a slogan but HBA’s core philosophy. For 31 years, HBA has served as a strong and tireless advocate for the business community in Harlem. Comment

Curing the elusive back pain

Health: Nearly 55 billion dollars a year is spent on back pain in the United States each year, and yet it remains one of the most misunderstood and mis-diagnosed conditions a person can face. At this very moment 131.5 million people are actively searching online for alternative means to help them relieve their back pain. Comments (1)

Big business tax holidays are bad for small business, bad for America

Viewpoints: If small business owners decided to stop paying our fair share of taxes, we’d be sent to jail. Big business tax dodgers want Congress to reward them with a tax holiday. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Music: Grand Opening Cumbe: Center for African & Diaspora Dance Studio located at 558 Fulton St., near Flatbush Ave., 2nd Fl., Fort Greene, Brooklyn, is having a free Grand Opening weekend event on Sat. & Sun., Jan. 7 & 8 & will be offering free dance & drumming classes for children & adults, 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., as well as a family friendly live concert by Brown Rice Family Band, on Sat., Jan. 7 only, at 8:00 p.m. For scheduling information, call (718) 935-9700 or visit Comment

Coast Guard intercepts $billions in Carib drug trade

People: A U.S. Coast Guard unit that uses armed helicopters to go after maritime drug runners in the Caribbean said on Dec. 29 that, working with other federal partners, it has intercepted more than US$10 billion in illegal drugs and related assets since it was commissioned in 1998. Comment

Jamaica’s opposition wins elections in a landslide

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — On Jamaica’s rutted streets, the complaints have been chronic — home ownership is out of reach for most wage earners, the cost of electricity has skyrocketed, water service regularly fizzles out and decent jobs are scarce. Comment
A festive party calls for a lively variety of delectable edibles. These recipes give you some sweet and savory choices that will help spread the holiday cheer. Comment

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