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Music: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts celebrates its 33rd season with a night of unforgettable Doo Wop featuring this timeless music’s leading singers and groups on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. The all-star evening of classic hits will include Kenny Vance And The Planotones (“Looking For An Echo”), Cleveland Still And The Dubs (“Could This Be Magic”), Herb Cox And The Cleftones (“Heart and Soul”), MAURICE Williams And The Zodiacs (“Stay”) and Barbara Harris And The Toys (“A Lover’s Concerto”). Comment

Sense of pride in the Garifuna children

Arts & Theater: It is not an easy task sustaining the YuGaCuRe program from a distance, but where there is a will, there is a way. Comment
Queens: The Commissioner of New York State Department of Labor Peter M. Rivera, Esq. unequivocally told a packed room at York College in Queens, in the presence of Dr. Marcia V. Keizs, Councilmember Leroy Comrie, Assemblywoman Vivian Cook and the Hon. Archie Spigner, that in the workforce, “There are areas he sees moving forward when it comes to communities of color.” Comment

Jones joins Bishop Ford

People: Looking back a number of years ago, Charles Jones was the topic of sports discussions first for the Brooklyn based Bishop Ford High School basketball program and then as a student at Long Island University. His offense paved the way for the successful teams on all the levels he competed on. Comment

Lewis wins 60-meter dash

Bronx: Monroe College’s Christopher Lewis with a 6.7 clocking captured the 60-meter dash, one place ahead of teammate Jaymen Teeemer (6.8) and Kalfani Bernard (6.8) in the Fordham Intercollegiate Track and Field Season Opener at the Lombardi Fieldhouse in the Bronx. Monroe College has branches both in The Bronx and Westchester County. Comment
Venezuela: CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The president of Venezuela’s Supreme Court said Thursday that it could decide whether it’s constitutional to postpone the date of ailing President Hugo Chavez’s swearing-in as he recovers from cancer surgery in Cuba. Comment

Psychiatric drugs and violence

People: The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a mental health watchdog, is calling for a federal investigation into the link between psychiatric drug use, school shootings and other acts of senseless violence, calling the investigation long overdue, and citing the supporting evidence. Comment

First fruits of harvest marks Kwanzaa

A celebration of the First Fruits of the Harvest and recitations of the seven principles of the Nguzo Saba will mark the 34th annual cultural acknowledgement of the African-American holiday known as Kwanzaa. Comment

Grenada mines gold in 2012

Grenada mines gold in 2012

Grenada: Grenada is closing out 2012 with additional golden treasures to add to their Olympic treasure trove harvested in sports and tourism. Comment

Barbados least corrupt CARICOM country

Barbados is being ranked the least corrupt CARICOM country by Transparency International, which should result in the Caribbean territory being a more attractive option for overseas investors. Comment

Celebrating life lived

Brooklyn: On the multiple pillars of Recognition, Respect, Reconciliation and Rally, Caribbean Women Socio-Cultural Association of America (CWUSCA) celebtared its 26th Anniversary by paying repects to its founder, Austin H. Tuitt, at a Elderhood Rite-of-Passage ceremony recently at Grace Deliverance Curch in East New York, Brooklyn. Comment
St Vincent: The Internet-based group, VincyCares, says, despite its embryonic stage, it is making a tremendous difference in the lives of students at home. Comment
Health: (StatePoint) If you’re like many Americans, you may think of methamphetamine, or meth, as just a subject of television dramas. But what you may not realize is that the increasing use of this illegal and highly dangerous drug could be hurting your own community. Comment

Sunshine Awards hail T&T Olympian Keshorn Walcott

The Sunshine Awards hosted by Gil Figaro and Nikki Crosby, dedicated their 24th Annual Awards show held in New York City to the Anniversary of the Independence of Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica. The black tie gala celebrated the rich cultural heritage of the Caribbean, South America, Central America and Africa, and rejoiced over the progress recorded over the last 50 years. Comment

This New Year, resolve to get more sleep

Health: (StatePoint) There are many popular New Year’s resolutions that quickly come and go: eating healthy, losing weight, managing stress and saving money. In 2013, why not focus on one health change you’ll enjoy sticking to... getting more sleep. Comments (1)

Ousted Leader Accepts Party’s Loss

Bermuda: HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) —Bermuda Premier Paula Cox said she believed the island’s struggling economy led to her party’s downfall, though candidates from her party pledged to alleviate the economic crisis and reduce a 10 percent unemployment rate while touting the government’s health care plans and free daycare. Comment

No confidence in McKeeva Bush

Caribbean: Lawmakers in the Cayman Islands House of Assembly on Dec. 18 ousted embattled Premier McKeeva Bush from office in a no-confidence vote. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Queens: The Snow maiden: Enjoy this magical Christmas tale in which a worthy young girl is transformed by Grandfather Frost (Russian Santa Claus) into the beautiful Snow Maiden. Traditional Russian songs, dances and elaborate costumes create a winter wonderland in this delightful children’s extravaganza. Performed in Russian with English subtitles. Show starts 6:00 p.m.; recommeneded for ages six and up. Tickets: $35-$50 Comment

No more ‘Give it time to blow over’

Who would have thought that hard on the heels of recent lambasting in this space of the NRA/gun lobby’s stranglehold on discourse about gun violence, would come the unimaginable horror of Newtown, CT? Who would have thought that the alarm sounded by NBC’s Bob Costas about firearm proliferation, following the murder-suicide involving a pro football player, could eventually come to be seen as precursor to a citizens’ uprising that turned this issue on its head? Comment

Fascinating 3-D art work

Arts & Theater: Artist Hye Rim Lee is a fascination designer. Her entire repertoire created in 3-D animation is mesmerizing. The Korean-New Zealander citizen is based in New York, but 3-D animation lovers all over the world have viewed her 200 eclectic shows that project images in motion. Comment

Trinidad & Tobago super strong for Caribbean T20

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago has a very strong squad on paper for the Caribbean Twenty20, which includes eight players who represented the West Indies. The Trinidad/Tobago squad is as follows. Comment


Bermuda: Bermuda’s Afro-dominated Progressive Labor Party (PLP) knew that a stagnant economy was its political Achilles Heel, but leaders say they never expected that voters who had helped the party to topple 50 years of white rule would have abandoned it in general elections in Bermuda on Monday ending its three terms and almost 15 years in government. Comment

Delta spearheads lower Carib air fares

Jamaica: Although no “price war” is anticipated between the legacy carriers that service St. Maarten from New York City, the addition of Delta Air Lines to this route could result in lower air fares for travelers. Comment

Atkinson’s move pays dividends

People: Sean Atkinson would like to go out with some outstanding performances, maybe even, some, record breaking ones, during this winter’s track and field season at Fordham University. Comments (1)


Cuba: The New York Red Bulls announced Monday that the club signed former Brazilian World Cup star Juninho for his Brazilian club Vasco da Gama. Juninho previously played for Qatari club Al-Gharafa, where he won player of the year honor as the team won the league title. Comment

Montano guilty, awaits sentencing

Music: Trinidad and Tobago reigning Groovy and Power Soca Monarch, Machel Montano, who was found guilty on a charge of beating four patrons at a popular Port of Spain nightclub some five years ago, will know his fate come Jan. 17 next year. Comment

Affordable Health Care as a one-stop ‘SHOP’

People: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or ACA) signed into law March 23, 2010, has mandated that each state establish a health insurance (or health benefits) exchange. This new law allows states to create a virtual, hybrid market place for individuals, families and small businesses to shop for health insurance coverage. The goal of this initiative is to significantly reduce the cost of health insurance coverage, provide all individuals with a standard essential health benefits plan, and create a “one-stop-shop” marketplace for millions of uninsured consumers to obtain health coverage. Comment

Prepare to meet OMI

Music: OMI (Omar Samuel Pasley) of Clarendon, Jamaica, is an up and coming singer who is now in the process of producing his first CD. Comment
Health: (StatePoint) It’s at the top of many New Year’s resolution lists -- quitting smoking. In fact, 15 million people try to quit smoking cigarettes yearly. Only 5 percent succeed when they use no support or go cold turkey. Moreover, the average smoker will attempt to quit up to nine times before successfully quitting. Comment



Music: Several Caribbean talents – representing Jamaica and Barbados – were nominated for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards slated to be held next year in California. Comment
Cuba: HAVANA (AP) — President Raul Castro declared Thursday that Cuba’s two-year experiment with market reforms is working and has the wind at its back, but said much work remains to breathe life into the sputtering economy. Comment
Cuba: GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — One of the world’s most unusual commutes is coming to an end. Comments (1)

What the Hell Happened?

Books: Why does our mate cheat and leave us when we were nothing but good to them?!! The answers are finally here. The book that teaches how to catch people creeping, lying and cheating is here! The author has captured an audience with a wonderful and engaging topic that gets to a hurt that we can all relate to. Comment

Caribbean Roundup

Trinidad and Tobago: Prime Minister Freundel Stuart says Barbados’ high oil importation bill leaves the island with no option but to seek alternative forms of energy to maintain its competitive edge in the Caribbean. Comment
Arts & Theater: The 2012 Stars of New York Dance returns for its third year on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the Kumble Theater in Downtown Brooklyn. Comment
Arts & Theater: Despite misguided belief, there are no over-night successes and far fewer triumphs emerge on Broadway, theater’s main highway to stardom. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: American Empire (Unrated) Eco-documentary indicting the U.S. and the capitalist system for destroying the planet’s natural resources in the name of civilization and progress. Featuring commentary by John Robbins, Tariq Ali and economic hit man John Perkins. Comment

Off-spinner Narine ranks higher

Caribbean: West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine has moved up eight places to third in the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) bowler’s rankings released recently. Comment

The Power of Protest

Trinidad and Tobago: PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Dec. 7, 2012 (IPS/GIN) - For 21 days Wayne Kublalsingh sat in the scorching sun outside the office of Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar. He sat in support of his belief that constructing a highway in southern Trinidad would damage the environment and affect hundreds of lives in the surrounding area. Comment

Carib rum faces growing threat

Caribbean: Saying time is fast running out, Caribbean trade group ministers Wednesday called for an urgent meeting with the U.S. to discuss heavy American subsidies to multinational rum producers as these are distorting the export market and threatening the existence of the Caribbean product. Comment

Annual CACNY Children’s Party

Queens: The Caribbean American Center of New York (CACNY) presents its 14th Annual Holiday celebration for children, ages 1 to 10 in New York City temporary housing and other needy children, in partnership with The Magnolia Tree Earth Center, The American Association of Blacks in Energy and Brooklyn Job Corps, Saturday Dec. 15 at 12:00 noon. The event is free and features Santa, music, refreshments, a magician, games and of course gift bags laden with new toys and clothes. The occasion takes place at 585 DeKalb Ave. at the Job Corps Building. Comment

Another of those against-the-grain brother

Viewpoints: They have reportedly begun a lot of speculation down in South Carolina about who will be chosen by the state’s governor to succeed Republican U.S. Senator James Demint, who resigned last week. And among the names prominently being mentioned in these stakes is the black Republican congressman, Tim Scott, whose formula for winning that House seat in 2010 was to show off his arch-conservative stripes and how qualified he was for the role of Tea Party poster child. There’s even talk of pressure from some quarters for Governor Nikki Haley to give Scott the nod. And how’s that for irony of ironies if she does! Comment

Haiti, Trinidad advance, Jamaica in doubt

Sports: As the 2012 Digicel Caribbean Cup Championship finals hit midpoint on Tuesday in Antigua and Barbuda, Haiti won Group A to advance to the semifinals and qualify for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup; Trinidad and Tobago squeezed into the semifinals and qualified for its first Gold Cup since 2007, as the second place team in the group; but two-time defending champion Jamaica is in dire straits in Group B. The Jamaicans are in danger of being dethroned as Caribbean champion and miss the Gold Cup. Comment
Music: Lambert and the Matadors is, hands down, the preferred choice of orchestral sound wherever in the Caribbean-American community there’s need to add classy entertainment to a social occasion. The New Year’s Eve Ball at Brooklyn’s Tropical Paradise Ballroom is undoubtedly a perfect fit for this outstanding group of musicians, and this year’s gala event to ring in the New Year will be no exception. Comments (1)

WICB supports blind team

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has provided full playing kits for the West Indies Blind Cricket Team for their participation in the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup for the Blind in India later this month. Comment
Music: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts will once again present its popular, special holiday event, PARRANDA NAVIDEÑA, a Christmas celebration featuring the unique jíbaro music from the mountains of Puerto Rico with three celebrated masters of the genre, on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. Comment
Sports: While basketball fans are focused on the National Basketball Association, especially with the progress of the Brooklyn Nets, the buffs follow this sport on the college levels, as well, whether it be St. John’s, Brooklyn, CW Post, or Long Island University. Comment
People: Bangladesh won the One-Day International series against the West Indies by convincingly winning the fifth One-Day match by two wickets. Bangladesh won the first, second and fifth games, the West Indies won the third and fourth. Comment


Music: Museum Exhibit: The Louis Armstrong House Museum is offering a special 40-minute, guided interpretive tour. The Historic Holiday House tours began on Dec. 4 and ends on Dec. 30 with regular museum admission. The Historic Holiday House Tour is the only preserved home of a jazz legend in the world, all of the furnishings are original.The Louis Armstrong House Museum is located at 34-56 107th St. in Corona, New York. Admission is $10.00, $7.00 for seniors, students and children and free for LAHM members and children under four. Groups with reservations enjoy a discount on admission. Comment

Ex-premier of Turks and Caicos arrested

People: PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos (AP) — The former jet-setting premier of the Turks and Caicos islands was arrested Friday in Brazil after having disappeared a couple years ago, authorities said. Comment

‘Mas Man’ named Best Caribbean Film 2012

Movies: “Mas Man - The Complete Work,” a reconfigured final cut of “Mas Man,” the short documentary about Trinidad Carnival artist and Olympic artistic director Peter Minshall which won seven prizes as a work in progress, received its 10th award Nov. 25 at an international film festival held in Antigua and Barbuda. Comment

Standing up for principle and justice

People: Politicians elected under a party banner should not be allowed to caucus with the opposing party for their own interests. Comment

St.Kitts Woos Nigerian IT Investors

St.Kitts Woos Nigerian IT Investors

St Kitts and Nevis: Impresed with the level of computer technology in Lagos during a recent visit to Nigeria last week, St.Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Denzil Douglas has issued an invitation to computer manufacturing pioneers Zinox to strike a technology exchange between both countries, in the hope that strong ICT players like Zinox Technologies and a few other Nigerian companies will invest in the people of St. Kitts and Nevis in particular, and in the entire Eastern Caribbean region in the long term. Comment

U.S. extends TPS deadline for Haitians

Haiti: Brooklyn Councilman Dr. Mathieu Eugene says the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has made the decision to exercise its discretion to allow for late Temporary Protected Status (TPS) application filings for Haitians living illegally in the U.S. because of the recent passage of Hurricane Sandy. Comments (1)

Trini: Keishel Williams’ Fall ‘Sneak Peak’ a hit

Music: Just recently, Brooklyn’s BiPolar Lounge on Atlantic Avenue was the scene of a Masquerade Ball. Titled Jlehsiek, fans and fashion elite alike, applauded Keishel “Inanna” Williams’ Fall /Winter 2013 Sneak Peak collection of flirtatious, chic pieces of firm fitting textured slacks, a white mini dress, and a holiday red evening wear. Comment
Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — When English teacher Faith Linton first proposed translating the Bible into Jamaica’s patois tongue in the late 1950s, most people who heard the idea shook their heads. Comment

Dominica backs its investment in LIAT

St Vincent: Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has defended his government’s decision to become a shareholder in the cash-strapped regional airline LIAT, saying the airline is an important contributor to Dominica’s tourism industry. Comment

Defending Internet freedom

Viewpoints: WASHINGTON — For the next few days, the eyes of people who care about the fate of the Internet will be sharply focused on a meeting in Dubai. That’s where representatives of the 193 members of the United Nations have come together to talk about a new treaty on global telecommunications. The previous one dates back to 1988, when fax machines were still cool and cell phones (for those lucky few who had them) were the size of a brick. Comment
Food: (StatePoint) Great food is the centerpiece of any holiday celebration, and practicing safe food handling in the kitchen is an important part of holiday meal preparation. There are certain steps you can take to keep friends and family safe from food poisoning. Comment

Caribbean delights for gift-filled Christmas

It’s that time of year again -- Time for giving and getting gifts. Comment

What to know when choosing health care providers

Health: (StatePoint) Nothing is more important than the health of your family. So when it comes to selecting the right heath care providers, it is vital to do careful research and come up with the right choices for you and your loved ones. Comment

Caribbean Roundup

Trinidad and Tobago: One of two British women, who are convinced the man accused of raping them in Barbados is innocent, has stated in court. Comment

Parting words from a former G’da consul

Grenada: In his farewell message last week to Grenadians in New York, former Consul General Derek James said he embraces his departure as “a new beginning, strongly rooted in his commitment to service,” and added that he will “remain a community activist and a voice and an advocate for the disadvantaged.” Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Any Day Now (Unrated) Courtroom drama, set in the Seventies, about the custody battle waged between the state and a gay couple (Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt) trying to adopt a boy with Down syndrome (Isaac Leyva) abandoned by his mother. Cast includes Frances Fisher, Gregg Henry and Don Franklin. Comment

Antigua PM receives UN Visionary Leadership Award

Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer on Monday received the South-South and Triangular Visionary Leadership Award in a ceremony held at the headquarters of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Vienna, Austria. Comment

Kwanzaa precedes Christmas at Medgar Evers College

Music: The People of the Sun Middle Passage Collective will hold its annual Kwanzaa celebration and feed the needy and homeless during a cultural celebration slated for Medgar Evers College on Dec. 22. Comment

$8.2 million grant for ‘Project Hope’

New York: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Nov. 19 announced an $8.2 million grant from FEMA to provide a Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program called ‘Project Hope’ for New Yorkers in the hardest hit areas of Hurricane Sandy. The State Office of Mental Health (OMH) applied for the grant which will provide outreach, crisis counseling and educational services to individuals in New York City, Long Island and the Lower Hudson Valley. As the state continues to recover from the storm, the program will receive additional funding to expand. Comment

Jamaicans in Dubai need votes to win hot contest

A Jamaican couple living in Dubai would like Jamaicans worldwide to help them win a contest they are currently competing and in second place. Comment

‘Elza’ opens in a new Harlem theater

Movies: For director Mariette Monpierre, the current two weeks of screenings at MIST Harlem is particularly sweet. Not only is this a theatrical run for her debut feature film in an Oscar-qualifying theater, but the Elza screening is also helping launch a fantastic new cultural hub at 40 West 116th St, in Harlem. (And, it’s on the same block as the African Mart.) Elza is now playing daily at MIST Harlem until Dec. 14. Comment

Miss Guyana Universe set for pageant in Las Vegas

Guyana: Proudly wearing the sash of the reigning Miss Guyana Universe, 22-year-old Ruqayyah Boyer, took New York by storm, making her way up to Harlem, before stopping by the Guyana Consulate on Seventh Avenue, to be celebrated. Comments (4)

A corporate tax structure in need of urgent reform

National: There’s been a lot of talk about what we can’t afford as a nation and who is getting what “gift” or which free ride. When President Obama recently met with CEOs and chatted with Jamie Dimon, we should hope he issued a stern warning that legal tax avoidance games played by banks and multinational corporations are on the chopping block. After all, free enterprise isn’t free. Comment

Not So Sunnyside in Queens, NY

Queens: The Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC), along with Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP (ECBA), announced the filing of a lawsuit today in federal district court against a New York landlord and the superintendent at a large building with over 100 rental apartments located in Sunnyside, Queens for racial discrimination against three African Americans who inquired about rental apartments in the defendants’ building. Comments (1)

Stepping over the gun violence issue…yet again

Viewpoints: It is a somewhat noteworthy sequence that soon after some big players in the power-and-influence game got their comeuppance at the polls, there’s been attention drawn to another of the self-assured “untouchables” of power wielding, albeit via a tragic circumstance in the world of sports. The unfortunate murder-suicide involving pro footballer Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend brought in its wake the gun violence issue, which bubbles up whenever there’s a headline-making incident to remind us, fleetingly for sure, that the gun ownership matter is still there, still unaddressed, thanks to those high-rolling influence traders. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Music: Christmas Caroling: Bronx Terminal Market is kicking off the holiday season with an exciting celebration for the entire family. Join caroling by The Bronx Opera. There will be free hot chocolate courtesy of Applebee’s, Home Depot’s Kids Workshop, Coca-Cola beverages, samples and raffle giveaways! Also pick up Bronx Terminal Market’s Official Holiday Shopping Guide for a list of the hotttest gifts of the season and tons of promotions and offerings exclusively available at Bronx Terminal Market stores and restaurants. Located at 610 Exterior St., Bronx, N.Y. Comment
Caribbean: Bangladesh won the first and second One-Day International matches in a convincing manner outplaying the West Indies in every category. Bangladesh emerged in the One-Day International series looking fully prepared and equipped after losing the Test series 2-0. Comment

Climate change worries

Antigua: CODRINGTON, Barbuda (IPS/GIN) -- Local scientists are warning the tiny 62-square-mile island of Barbuda is becoming one of the most vulnerable spots on earth to the consequences of climate change. Comment

New Mexican Image

People: Ahead even of his Saturday swearing in, last week, Mexican President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto met in Washington on Tuesday with President Barack Obama to lay out a vision for a new bilateral relationship based more on economics and less on security issues. Comment

Independence double celebration for NY Bajans

Barbados: Barbadians in New York City commemorated their country’s 46th anniversary of independence in grand style, starting with a double celebration on Dec. 1&2. Comment

US teacher helps build school in Dominican Republic

Haiti: The (Allentown) Morning Call Comment

Venezuela chocolate king thrives despite controls

Venezuela: CANO RICO, Venezuela (AP) - Cacao pods ripen to colors from bright yellow to crimson in the forest-shaded plantations of Venezuela, where some of the world’s finest chocolate is born. Comment

Classical guitar quartet at Lehman

Arts & Theater: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts celebrates its 32nd holiday season with the heralded classical guitar quartet - The Romeros – on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. Comment

Ask the expert: How to get a good night’s sleep

Health: (StatePoint) According to the National Sleep Foundation, if you have trouble staying and falling asleep at night, or you wake up feeling unrefreshed in the morning, you may be suffering from insomnia. Comment

Stagnation or growth in the Rasta movement

Jamaica: Eighty years after a segment of Jamaica’s African population mobilized to peacefully protest colonial oppression and distinguish themselves separately as Rastafarians, allegedly, the lifestyle is gaining traction and may have recruited many more followers in the 21st century. Comments (1)


People: Last season, all eyes were focused on St. John’s University freshmen D’Angelo Harrison and Mo Harkless. The latter decided that he was ready for the pro-game and entered into the National Basketball Association draft. Thus Harkless departed the college scene and left behind him three years of college eligibility. Some basketball experts felt that he should have at least stayed in college for his sophomore season. Comment


Music: A quartet of internationally acclaimed, male, reggae recording artists will launch a presence of Caribbean music at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Dec. 12 and kick-off the inaugural staging of concerts that represent the region. Comment
Sports: The confetti rained on the Home Depot Center last Saturday afternoon and made it a very colorful sight; watching the fireworks, you could almost smell the smoke; and then there were the signs that hung around the field, “Thank You Beckham,” “We Love You Beckham.” This all topped off a fitting MLS farewell to Los Angeles Galaxy star, David Beckham, who moments before in his last MLS game led his team to a second straight MLS Cup and its fourth overall. The Galaxy had defeated the Houston Dynamo, 3-1, to win the 2012 MLS championship. Comment

Luciano energizes Culture Salute crowd

Music: This year’s Reggae Culture Salute presented by the Coalition to Preserve Reggae (CPR) proved to be as gratifying as it had in prior years. Luciano”s highly-energized performance conveyed a clear message that he was back. Comment


Haiti: Continuing Hed Caricom’s Euro Aid Stream May Dry Up Comment
People: Raglan George, executive director of DC 1707, which represents Childcare Local 205/95, can be seen every Monday outside of City Hall, a one-man picket. Supporters frequently join him. Comment
Music: The board of directors of the Bronx-based Garifuna Coalition U.S.A., Inc. says that it was “pleased” with the recent consultation meeting the proposed St. Vincent and the Grenadines Policy Framework and Development Strategies for the Cultural and Creative Industry. Comment
Movies: “Universal Soldier 4: Day of Reckoning” Comment
Jamaica: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) states on Nov. 29 voted overwhelmingly with the rest of the world to grant Palestine Non-Member Observer State status at the United Nations. Comment

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