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Trinidad and Tobago: The Guyana government plans to open offices in the country’s interior to cut down gold smuggling and ensure miner’s safety. Comment

DC37 endorses Charles Barron for Congress

People: District Council 37 representatives held a press conference on the steps of City Hall Thursday, May 24 to announce their decision to endorse Charles Barron for Congress. Comment

Fukushima Fallout --- NRC loses top safety advocate

People: Last week was bleak for public health and the environment: Gregory Jaczko, who has presided as Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission since the Fukushima Daiichi reactor disaster began in March 2011, has resigned. Dr. Jaczko, alone among his fellow Commissioners, has insisted no new nuclear power plant should be licensed unless and until the operator has committed to making safety upgrades needed to protect against the risk of severe accidents such as occurred at Fukushima. His resignation throws into question whether the NRC will have the fortitude to complete advances commenced under his leadership. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Bel Ami (R for nudity, graphic sexuality and brief profanity) Romance drama, set in Paris in the 1890s, about an ambitious young politician (Robert Pattinson) who rises to power by seducing the city’s wealthiest and most-influential women. With Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci and Kristin Scott Thomas. Comment
Food: Potatoes are the ultimate comfort food, but a few twists on classic side dishes like mashed potatoes, salads and casseroles can take potatoes to a whole new level. With so many delicious types available year-round, it’s easy to create exciting and nutritious side dishes that can be the highlight of any meal. Comment

One up for smokers’ rights group

Viewpoints: Acknowledging that it acted without regard for an opposing view in rushing through a smoking ban in state parks, pools, beaches and historic sites, the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has suspended the ban it announced in early April, its Associate Counsel Kathleen Martens telling NYC C.L.A.S.H. founder Audrey Silk that now “this season, nonsmoking will be on a voluntary basis.” Comment

GOP needs more than Booker’s blunder

Viewpoints: Let’s face it. Being mayor of Newark is not normally what one would consider a ticket to regular national media exposure, such as the heavy hitters in D.C. routinely enjoy. So the cynical take on Cory Booker’s confoundingly unflattering remarks about the Obama campaign on “Meet the Press” recently well might be that the guy just felt he had to make the most of a network TV opportunity to get his name and profile into the national conversation. So, okay, that defies any and every possible hint of logic. But what then explains this pretty much unprovoked bout of stupefying behavior from the mayor? Comment

Chanderpaul’s feat

Sports: West Indies Players Association (WIPA) has congratulated Shivnarine Chanderpaul on becoming the ninth highest scorer in Test cricket. Comment

Building bridges not walls

People: My home state of South Carolina has imposed a tough new law to address “illegal” immigration. Like many recently enacted state immigration laws - which bear a curious similarity from state to state - South Carolina now requires law enforcement officers to check the backgrounds of those they suspect may be in the country illegally, makes it a crime to harbor or transport illegal immigrants, requires immigrants to carry Federal registration documents at all times and requires employers to verify the legal status of all new employees. South Carolina’s immigration law also, however, provides legal status verification exemptions for agricultural laborers, private residence domestic workers, ministers and fishermen on crews with 10 or more hands. Comment

West Hempstead junior wins event

Caribbean: All eyes are usually on the sprints through distance races in track and field meets whether the latter be in an interscholastic or intercollegiate competition. The same holds true for an invitational or open meet. Comment

Gala supports medical needs in northern Haiti

People: NOAH NY and the Haitian American Alliance held its third gala to raise funds for what will be its sixth medical mission to northern Haiti. Comment

WICB must improve its image

It is important that the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) repairs its image with the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) and the main participants of West Indies cricket, the cricketers themselves. Comment

Thousands celebrate Malcolm’s 87th

Bronx: Thousands honored the legacy of El Hajj Malik Shabazz AKA Malcolm X on the 87th anniversary of his birth. Comment

Haile King Rubie marks birthday, art installation

Manhattan: Haile King Rubie, a Harlem based and Down Syndrome challenged artist celebrated his 22nd birthday on May 20 at the site of the permanent installation of his work “Welcome to Harlem” by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, in association with the Harlem River Park Task Force and Harlem Community Development Corporation. Comment

Sparks of imagination with Skippyjon Jones

Arts & Theater: BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center presents Skippyjon Jones on Sunday, June 3 at 3:00 p.m. A TheatreworksUSA, production, Skippyjon Jones brings all the “cat gone dog” fun into the arts center with wild imagination and canine fighting spirit—a musical thrill for the fantasy-loving child in us all. Comment

Better access to broadband

People: The World Bank said on May 22 that it has approved a US$25 million financial package to support the first phase of the Caribbean Regional Communications Infrastructure Program. Comment

African Fest attracts large crowds

Music: Throngs of fashionistas and families strolled the booth-lined lanes at this year’s African Fest at BAM–its 35th year–in conjunction with DanceAfrica. Comment

Jamaican fraud probe reveals links to politicians

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — David Smith was a large-living and influential figure in Jamaica before courts in two countries knocked him down as a fraud artist. He splurged on luxury cars and mansions, flew in a Learjet and sponsored concerts and athletic events. Now court documents say he also was spreading his Ponzi-scheme wealth to the country’s politicians. Comment

Newark City celebrates Guyana’s 46th Independence Anniversary

Guyana: Deputy Mayor of Newark, New Jersey Margarita Muniz, under the auspices of Mayor Corey Booker - joined Guyanese in singing their National Anthem, before the ‘Golden Arrowhead”– Guyana’s flag - was hoisted above Newark City Hall to commemorate Guyana’s freedom from Great Britain on May 26, 1966. Comment

We can choose our future!

Health: Hardly a day goes by without the announcement of some new technological discovery. It is truly magnificent and mind-boggling to behold. We are lucky to be alive in such an age of advancement. If both the political and religious leaders of our world would think as clearly as its scientists, what a peaceful, happy and fulfilling world we might have. Comment

Haiti begins cash transfer social program

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The Haitian government has launched a program that uses mobile phones to transfer cash credits to mothers who keep their children in school. Comment


Sports: The U.S. men’s national played its best game so far under Jurgen Klinsmann and made one of its best showings in years to defeat Scotland, 5-1, last Saturday night in front of a record crowd of 44, 438 at Everbank Field in Jacksonville (Fl.). Comment

Bomani Jewels a real gem

Brooklyn: From an early age, Tracy Johnson-Bomani had a passion for jewelry and combining accessories to make her outfits look great. As an adult, when she began getting phone calls from friends and family members asking what they should wear and what accessories would look best with the outfits, her husband suggested she make a career of it. Comments (1)
Africa: The First Lady of the West African nation of Niger, Dr. Malika Issoufou Mahamadou, last week visited SUNY Downstate Medical Center and University Hospital, as part of her United States itinerary. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Music: Dancewave Dancewave presents “Spring Celebration 2012” featuring a showcase of modern dance performed by Dancewave’s pre-professional youth dance companies ranging in age from 10-19 years at the Kumble Theater, LIU Brooklyn Campus, One University Plaza, Brooklyn, Friday and Saturday, June 1 and 2, 8:00 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit celebration. Comment

Jamaica 50 calendar launched here

Jamaica: The curiosities of anxious Jamaicans anticipating a banner year for the island’s jubilee celebrations were pacified recently when the consulate released an official calendar listing activities planned for residents here. Comment

Get up and get moving!

People: We spend more time at work during a typical week than just about anywhere else—and if your office is like mine, that means you’re probably spending that time sitting at a desk, staring at a computer screen. The only exercise most of us get is when we walk to the vending machine! Fact is, all of us are living increasingly sedentary lifestyles. Comment

VNSNY Nurses debunk ‘getting older’ myths

Health: Let’s face it, growing old means lifestyle changes – for better or worse, in sickness and in health. But how we evolve with our bodies and how we manage new age-related changes, issues and diseases, like depression or dementia, is up to us. When you get right down to it, the only person with the power to respond to the physical and mental challenges of aging—is you yourself. And a positive attitude and firm determination to live life to the fullest is an important first step. Comment


Arts & Theater: For the first time ever, a theatrical production direct from Grenada will be staged in the Bronx, N.Y. where the Grenadian and Eastern Caribbean community is very small. Comment

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: More than 300 hospitality consultants, real estate developers and the biggest hotel investors in the Caribbean recently attended a two-day Caribbean Hotel and Resort Investment Summit in downtown Miami. Participants focused on recent tourism trends in the Caribbean, which is rebounding despite the global economic downturn. Demand for new hotel rooms is up, participants said, but they noted that securing financing remains difficult. Currently there are 8,000 hotel rooms in the pipeline and of the five biggest hotel projects currently under construction two are in the Bahamas and two in the Dominican Republic. Comment

This week’s Caribbean Life Newspapers are online

Caribbean Life is proud to present our latest print editions newspapers. Read more…
Music: The Society HAE will take over the Brooklyn Museum’s parking lot to host the ultimate multimedia block party ‘Beats, Blocks & Brooklyn’ on Saturday, June 2 from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Comment

Conference on disabilities for parents, caregivers

People: On Friday, June 1, parents, grandparents and caregivers of children with disabilities will have an opportunity to access resources and information in a free conference to take place at the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University. Comment

Guyana economy gets high marks, prez says

Guyana: Guyana President Donald Ramator said that the International Monetary Fund, (IMF) and the World Bank have given Guyana high marks on its economy, at a time when the U.S. and Europe -- Guyana’s main trading partners, are in serious economic and political trouble. Comments (1)
Movies: Though ostensibly inspired by the Hasbro board game of the same name, Battleship is a special f/x-driven, sci-fi adventure that actually has much more in common with bombastic blockbusters like Armageddon (1998), Transformers (2007) and Independence Day (1996). To its credit, this variation on the theme does devote considerable attention to developing a back story before letting all hell break loose. Comment

Heat’s LeBron James leads NBA all-defensive team

New York: NEW YORK (AP) — NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James was the leading vote-getter for the league’s all-defensive squad Wednesday, while Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler didn’t even crack the first team. Comment



Arts & Theater: The Apollo Theater, one of the nation’s greatest cultural treasures will induct Lionel Richie and the late Etta James into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame during the seventh annual Spring Gala Benefit Concert. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 5 Broken Cameras (Unrated) Middle East documentary chronicling a family of Palestinian farmers’ non-violent protest against the Israeli government’s confiscating land in their tiny, West Bank town for the benefit of profit and politically-motivated, real estate developers. (In Hebrew and Arabic with subtitles) Comment


Music: Fresh from the sold-out revival of their 2011 concert season production, Wheel and Come Again, the New York-based Braata Folk singers, under the artistic direction of Jamaican-born actor and singer Andrew Clarke, are turning their attention to their most prestigious assignment to date: representing Jamaica at the 8th World Choir Games to be held in Cincinnati Ohio from July 4 to 14. Comment

Delta to boost New York-Carib service

New York: Delta Air Lines announced plans on May 21 to launch new or expanded service to 10 destinations in the Caribbean and Bermuda from New York’s LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International (JFK) airports, continuing its program of service expansion in New York. Comment

Carib, Mexico to collaborate for growth

Suriname: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders and their Mexican counterpart, Felipe Calderon, ended their one-day summit in Barbados on May 21, deciding to collaborate on a range of issues, including tourism, transport, trade, investment and national security. Comment

Gabriel’s unique, professional approach

Sports: Trinidad and Tobago right-arm fast bowler Shannon Gabriel performed reasonably well on debut, picking up three wickets for 60 runs against England in the first Test match at Lords. Comment

More uncertainty about Gayle’s future

Sports: More doubts have surfaced that could prevent Jamaican opening batsman Chris Gayle from representing the West Indies on their tour of England. Comment

West Indies Women defeat Sri Lanka

Sports: The West Indies Women team triumphed in the recent Sri Lanka series in the Caribbean with the regional side winning the three-match ODI 2-1 and the five-match Twenty20 by 3-1 with the final match at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain rained out. Comment

‘Write Night’ with talented N.Y. writers

Arts & Theater: Frank’s Cocktail Lounge has been host to some of New York City’s best theatre artists and writers with the “Write Night” series, which marks its third year with the theme “Be A Sport” on June 7 at 7:30 p.m. Comment
Grenada: A large number of Grenadians turned out for a rally on May 20 to “give thanks and to celebrate the government’s defeat of an opposition no-confidence motion in Parliament,” according to a government release. Comment

Waldron leads Beacon to title

Sports: Esmond Waldron played both soccer and tennis in his native land of Trinidad but he did not remain with the former sport when he arrived here in the United States. He stayed primarily with the net sport but would on occasion play soccer. Comment

Jamaican Maroons: New world’s first freedom fighters

Movies: An exclusive preview screening of “Akwantu: the Journey” will be held at the Poet’s Den Theater, located at 309 E. 108th Street, New York, NY 10019 on Sunday, May 27 at 5:00 p.m. Comment



Sports: Dane Richards got the better of his fellow Jamaican when he scored the winner against goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts to help the New York Red Bulls (8-3-1, 25 pts.) beat expansion team and hosts Montreal Impact, 2-1, Saturday night at Olympic Stadium. Comment

Runners prep in Brooklyn for the big NYC Marathon

New York: This is the time of the year when long distance runners are training hard and stepping up their mileage for the upcoming New York City Marathon this November. They are not only running in the streets and in various communities and parks, but they are also entering into numerous races on weekends. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Arts & Theater: Water Safety The USA Swimming Foundation, The Mount Vernon Y and Dept. of Recreation is holding “Make a Splash: Mount Vernon” Street Fair and Pool Activities hosted by Olympic Silver Medalist Maritza Correia focusing on water safety education and available swim programs, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Mount Vernon YMCA. For more information, visit Comment
Arts & Theater: On Saturday, June 9, from 12 noon to sunset, the 23rd Annual Tribute to Our Ancestors of the Middle Passage will be held on the boardwalk at West 16th St. (Ancestors Circle) in Coney Island, Brooklyn, the site where some of the earliest slave ships once docked. Comments (1)

SVG envoy appeals for airport funding

St Vincent: St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ United Nations Ambassador, Camillo Gonsalves, on the night of May 16 appealed to nationals in New York to contribute financially towards completion of the country’s first international airport. Comment

Smokers’ rights group challenges smoking ban

New York: On April 9, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced it was instituting a new policy that bans smoking within state parks, including beaches, playgrounds and pools. Comment
Music: Brooklyn fashion designer Glenroy D’Marsh unveiled a quintessential spring collection to celebrate 10 years of stunning looks on the runway. Comment

Ben Franklin’s new approach to an old problem

Benjamin Franklin, an American icon and one of the most respected of America’s founding fathers was, despite having only two years of formal schooling, a prolific inventor and scientific investigator. His inventions included the lightning rod, the “Franklin stove,” bifocal eyeglasses, the odometer, the “Glass Armonica” and the silk woven catheter. Comment

‘unFramed’ returns to the stage in NYC

Arts & Theater: The play “unFRAMED” returns to Manhattan for five performances in June as part of the solo NOVA Arts Festival at Off-Broadway’s New Ohio Theatre (154 Christopher Street, inside the landmark Archive Building). Performances begin Monday, June 4 and continue through Saturday, June 16. Comment

FilmAfrica will highlight Danceafrica 2012

Movies: Chuck Davis’ DanceAfrica returns to the Brooklyn Academy of Music during the Memorial Day weekend with live dance presentations, a bazaar of African trinkets, cultural marketplace and an expanded lineup featuring relevant films. Comment

U.S. autism rates reach new height - CDC

Health: About one in 88 children in the United States has autism or a related disorder, the highest estimate to date and one that is sure to revive a national argument over how the condition is diagnosed and treated. Comments (1)

First annual salute to Black Broadway

Movies: African-Americans Comments (1)

JPMorgan Lesson: End government bank guarantees

Viewpoints: It’s widely believed that JPMorgan Chase’s recent $2 billion–plus loss proves we need the comprehensive banking regulation called for by the 2010 Dodd-Frank law. Comment

Black Diasporan John-Sandy dies in Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago: Rene John-Sandy, former publisher of Black Diaspora died in his birth-island of Tobago recently. Comments (1)

Fleurimond Catering celebrates 10 yrs of good eats

Brooklyn: Nadege Fleurimond is celebrating her 10th anniversary in business as a caterer. It’s quite an accomplishment for the Columbia political science major, especially when you find out that Nadege is only 30 years old. Comment

Teaching Gardens Program to help fight obesity

Bronx: Healthfirst and the American Heart Association announce their partnership recently to present the American Heart Association Teaching Gardens Program at PS 55 in the South Bronx, N.Y. The educational initiative teaches children how to plant seeds, nurture growing plants, harvest produce and ultimately understand the value of good eating habits. Comment

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) will host a gathering of culinary enthusiasts and experts as they converge to witness an all-out food and beverage battle between an assortment of chefs and bartenders from the Caribbean. The annual “Taste of the Caribbean” will be held at the Hyatt Regency, Miami from June 20-24 to crown the Caribbean cuisine masters. Comment
St Vincent: The Organization of American States (OAS) and Chile recently signed a Letter of Intent to strengthen capacities in the area of violence against women in the Eastern Caribbean. Comment
Brooklyn: Arts and Culture Fest, a production of The Creative Side, launched on Saturday, April 21, as a one-of-kind artisan market for artists and designers to sell their handmade goods to the Flatbush community. Comment

Vincentian editor to speak at NACAJ plenary

People: Vincentian Kenton Kirby has been tagged to speak at the bi-annual gathering of National Association of Caribbean-American Journalists on June 1 at the headquarters of the New York Times, 620 Eighth Ave. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Cowgirls N’ Angels (PG for mature themes and mild epithets) Uplifting road flick about a rebellious tomboy (Bailee Madison) looking for her long-lost father who finds herself instead adopted by a team of female rodeo trick riders. Cast includes James Cromwell, Alicia Witt and Frankie Faison. Comment
Movies: “Dark Shadows” Comment

Grenada PM survives no confidence vote

Grenada: Grenada Prime Minister Tillman Thomas on Tuesday night, May 15, survived a vote of no confidence during a marathon debate in the House of Representatives. Comment
Bronx: Bronx residents are protesting the current New York City Department of Education (DOE) disciplinary polices that have moved children from school directly into the criminal justice system. Comment
Manhattan: More than 500 Project Sunshine friends and supporters gathered at the Hilton New York for the Ninth Annual Project Sunshine Benefit “Sunshine in the City” honoring Michael J. Dowling, president and CEO, North Shore-LIJ Health System on May 1. Comment

Obama, bin Laden and Mitt Romney

Viewpoints: The partisan squabbling over the killing of Osama bin Laden is a typical election-year distraction, effectively squelching discussion of more important matters one year after the execution of the al-Qaeda chief executive. Comment

IMF policies crippling Jamaican economy

Jamaica: WASHINGTON, May 8, 2012 - Jamaica’s fragile economic recovery would be dangerously hampered by demands by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other donors, according to a new report released here by the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR). Comment
Music: The legendary Salsa group from Colombia, Grupo Niche, will perform at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, May 19 at 8:00 p.m. Comment

Athletes shine at Loucks Games

Sports: The 45th Annual Glenn D. Loucks Memorial Track and Field Meet, the largest in the New York met area, for high school athletes drew entries from all over the Metropolitan area, mostly from New York State with more than 150. But one can not count out the 21 schools from Connecticut, four from Maine, 10 from Massachusetts, six from New Hampshire, five from New Jersey, six from Rhode Island, and 10 from as far north as Canada. Comment

Make a splash at Mount Vernon YMCA

Manhattan: The USA Swimming Foundation, in conjunction with Mayor Ernest D. Davis of Mount Vernon, N.Y., the Mount Vernon YMCA, and the Mount Vernon Department of Recreation, will hold “Make a Splash: Mount Vernon,” on Saturday, May 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Mount Vernon YMCA. Comment

Call for halt to Fed fingerprinting program

New York: On the eve of expansion of a federal immigrant fingerprinting program, New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has urged the federal government to halt expansion of the controversial plan that targets Caribbean and other illegal immigrant suspects. Comment
Sports: The three One-Day Internationals between the West Indies and England from June 16 - 22 in England are expected to be very competitive. Comment

Hold on Jagdeo’s pension bill

Guyana’s major opposition coalition has withdrawn a court case challenging a hefty pension package for Bharrat Jagdeo, to allow the Caribbean Community nation’s parliament the privilege of chopping the former president’s remuneration to a more reasonable sum; but the work of the opposition could be stymied in the long run if Jagdeo’s successor refuses to assent to the bill, making it law as is widely expected. Comment
Antigua: Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer on May 12 received an honorary doctorate degree from Mid-Continent University, Kentucky. Comment

Haiti swears a new government

Haiti: Haiti on May 14 commemorated the end of the first year in office of President Michel Martelly by ushering in a new government. Comment
Music: Two surviving members from a three-piece steel band which appeared in the 1954 Broadway musical House of Flowers will be among the special lineup of individuals being honored at a Tribute to New York Steel Band Pioneers organized by the Trinidad & Tobago Folk Arts Institute, Sunday evening May 20. The gala event will be held at Tropical Paradise Ballroom, Brooklyn from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. Comment

Same-gender partnerships and President Obama’s support

People: The following is LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent’s response to President Barack Obama’s public statement in support of same sex marriage. Comments (2)

Trailblazer awards for movers and shakers

Manhattan: Borough President Scott Stringer presented awards recently at the seventh annual Trailblazers Program and Award Ceremony of Manhattan that recognizes members of the community that have blazed a trail for others to follow. Comment

Our failing education system

Viewpoints: I am a guidance counselor at one of the 24 New York City schools unjustly slated for closure at the end of the school year. We are very frustrated with the censorship on this topic. There is only one perspective being perpetuated in the media on every channel except NY1. Newspaper articles are repeating the facts of the case from the perspective of the DOE. When mentioning the hundreds of thousands in opposition, the commentary stops at just that. “Teachers are upset” or “the UFT is upset” or “Students are protesting”, etc... No one is pointing out the obvious. Comment

Ambassador of Peace Award for Muriel Glasgow

Manhattan: Former United Nations sustainability specialist, humanitarian and author, Muriel Glasgow, will be honored with the Ambassador of Peace Award for her selfless contribution to peace, human rights and development with NGOs and UNICEF. Comment

Concerns about Test cricket in the W.I.

Sports: Test cricket in the West Indies is boring, according to a recent study. Comment

‘Una Noche’ receives awards at Tribeca

Movies: Cuba is a country so close and yet so inaccessible to visit. Director Lucy Mulloy cracks the door quite a bit to give the filmgoer a view of life behind the wall that the U.S. government has erected by restricting travel to that island nation. Comment
Grenada: On May 11, the Omega Chi Chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, a national sorority of registered nurses and nursing students, held its National Nurses Week celebration at Brooklyn’s highly respected Dr. Susan Smith McKinney Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (DSSM). Comment

Sun Kulcha

Music: Artists Studio Tour The 2012 Flatbush Artists Studio Tour will take place on Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20, noon to 6:00 p.m. in Ditmas Park, and will feature artists welcoming visitors into their homes and studios showcasing their works ranging from acrylic and oil paintings, carved sculpture, drawings, mixed media, collages, and more. Victorian Flatbush is located a few blocks south of Prospect Park. For information, visit Comment

Community-based program offers free training for entrepreneurs

Brooklyn: Jessie Lee is the director of Small Business Services, a program of Brooklyn-based CAMBA, a multi-service non-profit agency. The Business program offers free business training and counsel to the community. Comment

Exports from hell

Viewpoints: Anyone who has witnessed the coal extraction process known as mountaintop removal (MTR) has been shocked. The name is perfectly descriptive—tops of mountains are blasted away and bulldozed into valleys to expose underlying coal seams that can be cheaply and efficiently extracted. MTR is violence and destruction on a scale we associate with war, not industrial activity. Comment

Superheroes unite to save the planet

Movies: “The Avengers” is the sixth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise launched in 2008 with “Iron Man,” and followed by “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor” and “Captain America.” What makes this adventure unique is that it’s the first in the series to revolve around a team of comic book superheroes. Comment

Carib court ok’s suit against Barbados

Jamaica: The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has granted special leave to 24-year-old Jamaican, Shanique Myrie, to begin proceedings against the Barbados government after she alleged she was sexually assaulted by a female immigration officer, insulted and then denied entry to Barbados on March 14 last year. Comment

Asthma sufferers: Get informed!

Health: If you’re one of the estimated 25 million Americans who suffer from asthma, you know what it’s like to experience symptoms such as coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. To raise awareness and understanding of this serious and growing health problem, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation and Genentech have joined with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) to launch The Asthma Express, an educational awareness program to help bring allergic asthma to the forefront. Comment

Justice for Black farmers

People: The 180-day period for monetary claims by Black farmers against the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) expired on May 11. Comment

Tips for women to prevent common health problems

Health: You may not realize it, but your lifestyle could be putting you at risk for common health problems that afflict women. National Women’s Health Week, observed May 13-19, is a great reminder to brush up on some facts that can help you stay healthy. Comment

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados is poised to create history this month, when it becomes the first Caribbean island to take over the chairmanship of the World Health Organization (WHO). Comment

Foreign investment of $153B flowed into Carib region

Caribbean: The United Nations’ Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) says that the region received US$153.448 billion from foreign direct investment (FDI) last year. Comment

Developing states commit to fossil fuel reduction

People: The United Nations said on May 9 that 20 Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have announced new actions to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and end poverty, as they wrapped up a sustainable energy conference in Barbados, organized by the U.N. and the Barbados government. Comment

NYABJ honors Naylor and Noble

People: The New York Association of Black Journalists paid tribute to the late Gil Noble on May 15 during their 24th annual Scholarship and Awards Banquet at the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center. Comment

Cole Facts showcases Summer Rose Collection

Music: Cold Facts designer Michelle Cole continues to amaze us with her talent and innovative sense of how a lady should look and feel when she puts on a piece of garment. Comment

Calling all young tennis aces!

Sports: For talented local juniors hoping to become the next Roger Federer or Serena Williams, the road could begin at City Parks Foundation’s 26th Annual Reebok Junior Tennis Academy Tryouts on Saturday, May 19 at 3:00 p.m. at the USTA/ Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Park. Comment

This week’s Caribbean Life Newspapers are online

Caribbean Life is proud to present our latest print editions newspapers. Read more…

Time-saving cleaning tips for busy moms

People: It’s no surprise that mothers make compromises every day. A recent survey of 1,000 American moms by Green Works naturally derived cleaners revealed that 57 percent admit to turning down bedroom time with their mate to clean the house. This number soars to 74 percent for new moms. Comment

Dance legends at Cumbe

Arts & Theater: The Center for African and Diaspora Dance (Cumbe) will host two living dance legends on Saturday, May 12. Comment

Carib-American journalists to hold confab in NYC

Trinidad and Tobago: NEW YORK, N.Y.-- The National Association of Caribbean-American Journalists will hold its third bi-annual meeting at The New York Times’ headquarters in New York City on May 31 and June 1, 2012. The theme is “Styling Caribbean Identities: Reclaiming the Past, Building the Future.” Comment



Music: The Sixth Annual Dance Parade and Festival will take to the streets of New York City on Saturday, May 19 at 1:00 p.m. Comment

Stealing their foreign policy thunder

Viewpoints: Imagine for a moment that in this presidential race, the roles had been reversed – that there was a Republican commander-in-chief whose call it had been to order or not order the raid that took […] Comment
Sports: The New York Red Bulls scored a morale-boosting victory Saturday night when it defeated the high-powered offensive team and defending champion Los Angeles Galaxy, 1-0, at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Comment

Carib lizard species facing extinction

Health: Researchers at Pennsylvania State University, commonly referred to as Penn State or PSU, say 24 newly-discovered species of lizards known as skinks in the Caribbean are close to extinction. Comment



Sports: Rajiv Maragh is looking forward for a very successful 2012 thoroughbred racing season as a jockey at the three New York Racing Association tracks — Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga. Comments (1)

Top soca stars, calypso veterans for Mother’s Day

Music: Standouts from the world of new-age soca, such as Blaxx and Nadia Batson are blended with a lineup of seasoned veterans including Black Stalin, Sugar Aloes, Edwin Yearwood and Denyse Plummer for the 36th annual edition of the Mother’s Day show, on Saturday, May 12 at Brooklyn Center for Performing Arts, Brooklyn College, starting at 8:00 p.m. Comment
Sports: West Indies middle-order batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul has regained his No. 1 ranking for Test batsmen after being the leading run-scorer in the recently concluded home series against Australia with 346 runs at an average of 86.50. Comment
Sports: Over the past 10 years, the cricket authority in Trinidad and Tobago has implemented a stringent plan for its cricketers and their development. The many leagues and different teams compete at a high standard. Comment
Music: A Pre-Mother’s Day Musical Experience will be held at Saint Francis College, 182 Remsen Street in Brooklyn from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 12. Comment

Take your mom to BODIES exhibition

Arts & Theater: Premier Exhibitions, Inc. and Continuum Health Partners will offer complimentary blood pressure screenings to exhibition visitors to help combat America’s number one killer of women Comment

Kingston festival attracts visitors and locals alike

Music: The second annual staging of a cultural assembly billed “Kingston Pon Di River” reintroduced an African aspect of Jamaica’s culture previously ignored or shunned at mainstream celebrations and heritage festivals. Comment

Farmworkers move protest to Albany

People: New York State farmworkers and their supporters urge other people of conscience to join them in Albany on May 21 as they keep the pressure on the legislature to change the state’s labor laws that categorically exclude farmworkers from basic worker rights and protections. Comment

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Music: Mother’s Day Concert Join us for an evening of old school Salsa and Soul concert and dance featuring Black Ivory, The Intruders and Zon del Barrio with MC Bob Love of WBLS 107.5 FM at The Louis Armstrong Center, 33-16 108 St., Corona, Queens. Doors open 7:30 p.m. Showtime 8:00 p.m. For information and tickets, call (718) 651-0096 ext. 217 or (718) 565-2170. Parking available. Contributions are tax deductible and benefit Elmcor’s After School and Youth Programs. Comment

CANA to present its new executive

New York: The Caribbean American Netball Association in partnership with LIME will be showcasing its new executive body during a news conference on May 12 at the St. Lucia House at 6:00 p.m. Comment

Eight ways to help make Mother’s Day healthy

Health: Sunday, May 13 is Mother’s Day. Here are some simple steps- compliments of the CDC - to make Mother’s Day a special day of health for mom. Comment

Breast cancer kills more Black women

Health: A new study shows that five urban Black American women die daily from breast cancer due to lack of access to proper care and treatment. The study also reveals an urban Black, white racial death disparity for breast cancer. Comment

From Employee to Entrepreneur

Brooklyn: It has always been your deepest desire to build your dream—own your own business---but you have a job. Maybe it’s not even just a job. Maybe it’s actually a successful career in which you’ve invested many years. However, there’s this gnawing feeling in your soul telling you that you aren’t where you truly really want to be, and you keep dismissing it because you consider yourself lucky to even have a job in today’s economy. Yet, the desire to build your own dream just won’t go away. So, where do you start? How do you transition into building your dream? Should you just walk into work tomorrow, and fire your boss? Comment

“Doctor, Doctor? Answering Patients’ Questions”

People: Many men are familiar with the common annoying symptoms caused by benign prostate enlargement. These symptoms include a slowing stream, urinary frequency, urgency, hesitancy, intermittency, sleep interruption […] Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: A Bag of Hammers (Unrated) Redemption comedy about a couple of con men (Jason Ritter and Jake Sandvig) forced to mature after adopting the orphaned, 12-year-old son (Chandler Canterbury) of a next-door neighbor (Carrie Preston) who has just committed suicide. With Rebecca Hall, Amanda Sefried, Gabriel Macht and Sally Kirkland. Comment
Movies: “Restless City” Comment


People: The United States Coast Guard says that its crews have been “hard at work” disrupting a “rising threat” as drug smugglers use “increasingly sophisticated and evolving methods” to evade authorities in the Caribbean Sea. Comment

Bishops denounce Suriname amnesty

Suriname: More than a month after the parliament in Suriname approved an amnesty barring incumbent President Desi Bouterse and other top officials from being jailed for mass murders and other crimes that were allegedly committed during military rule, critics of his administration are not allowing the issue to rest and are doing everything to keep it in the regional and international consciousness. Comment

Great start for new team  at WIADCA

Music: Plans for producing and staging the 45th Annual Labor Day Carnival Festival & Parade is definitely in the firm hands of the new team at the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA). Comment

Obama, bin Laden, and Mitt

People: The partisan squabbling over the killing of Osama bin Laden is a typical election-year distraction, effectively squelching discussion of more important matters one year after the execution of the al-Qaeda chief executive. Comment

Paralysis of Analysis: A disease among Blacks

Staten Island: It is said of Black communities – by thinkers from these same communities – that we suffer from a phenomenon they aptly characterized as a paralysis of analysis. Of course, Dr. Amos Wilson and Dr. Cornell West and the others who have echoed this sentiment did not refrain from offering a contextualized rendition of what it is they attributed to our obvious lacking in the science and art of organizing, as in creating institutions that would reflect a fighting spirit to not simply reverse what was done to us collectively vis-à-vis laws, but proactively chart a course for the preservation of the best values and practices tested and seen to be ideal for the upliftment and betterment of a people maimed by white hegemonic rule in all spheres of the society. Comment

Call to embrace Caribbean Court of Justice

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago is bound by international law to make the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) its final court of appeal. Comment

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: The Antigua and Barbuda Trade Union Congress (ABTUC) is calling on the Baldwin Spencer administration to delay the implementation of the personal income tax after the Inland Revenue Department said it had began administering the Personnel Income Tax Act in full, including the provision to withhold taxes from qualifying benefits and allowances. Comment
Brooklyn: Assemblywoman Rhoda Jacobs (D-Flatbush) joined Assemblymembers Michelle Schimel, Karim Camara, Brian Kavanagh, community activists and others on Tuesday, April 25 to take a stand against gun violence in New York City. Comment

South Bronx parents create improvement plan for failing school district

A new community-driven District Improvement Plan is being developed for South Bronx. Comment

Breaking barriers at Queens College

Lunch hour at the Queens College cafeteria has changed. It is still a meeting place for students to relax, socialize, and eat lunch with friends. But instead of hanging out with friends of the same ethnic or religious backgrounds, some students are having lunch with others whose perspectives, values and philosophies may be contrary to their own. Comment

Labor’s strategic role to play

Viewpoints: Ronald Reagan came to be the ultimate embodiment of conservative deity for adherents of that movement, so one could safely assume that the union-busting behavior we’ve lately seen has been engaged in with full confidence that it would rate a thumbs up from the Gipper, recalling his famous shootout with air traffic controllers back in the 1980s. Perhaps the most barefaced of these recent confrontations with labor, as we’ve noted here before, is in Wisconsin, where the upstart Republican governor, Scott Walker, stripped state workers of bargaining rights -- a move that has him facing a recall vote in June. Comment
The West Indies team faces off against England in the first Test match starting May 17 at Lords and indications are that the contest would not be easy for the West Indies. Comment
St Vincent: Though they did not win a gold, silver or bronze medal, athletes from the history-making Thomas Saunders Secondary School (TSSS) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines continue to thrill nationals at home and abroad by their remarkable participation for the second successive year in the prestigious Penn Relays Carnival in Philadelphia, PA. Comment

From Criminal Justice to Human Justice

Brooklyn: Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions (CNUS) launched their campaign for a paradigm shift “From Criminal Justice to Human Justice” Friday, April 15, with a formal gala at the 1199 SEIU Penthouse, where the monumental evening featured speeches from Guest of Honor Harry Belafonte, honorary host committee chairs Danny Glover, George Gresham (1199 SEIU president), and Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) along with addresses from civil rights activists Bob Moses and Gus Newport. Comment

Turning Caribbean landfills into energy

Guyana: GEORGETOWN, Guyana, April 20 - The tourist brochure shows pictures of lovely white sandy beaches, tall coconut trees and rolling mountains. Welcome to the Caribbean. Comment

Political turmoil in Grenada; rift within incumbent party

Grenada: Grenada’s opposition New National Party led by Keith Mitchell, the former prime minister -- now leader of the opposition, is taking advantage of internal discord within the ruling party to call for a vote of no-confidence. Comment

Flushing the slush fund in Guyana

Guyana: Less than a week after the two parliamentary opposition parties embarrassed the governing People’s Progressive Party (PPP) by slashing the budget of some of its pet propaganda and corruption arms to a dollar each, authorities have decided to take the issue to their supporters just in case it needs to call fresh elections sometime this year or next year. Comment

Braille’s the new note at East Carib Bank

St Vincent: In an effort to provide EC notes which are easier for blind and visually impaired people to use, the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) has issued a series of notes with braille features. Comment


Caribbean: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says while the economic challenges facing Latin America (LatAM) and the Caribbean differ across countries, they should rebuild policy space and be watchful for downside risks. Comment
Workers, community supporters and elected officials including Council Member Brad Lander have called for paid sick days at Kensington’s Golden Farm grocery store and at businesses across the city. Comments (1)
Music: John Forte has reinvented himself. In his newest album - “From Brooklyn to Russia With Love,” the Grammy nominated musician and former Fugees producer, bears his soul in titles - “I’ll Give you Me,” “Upon Close Examination” and “Let Life Begin.” Comment

Monroe’s Mock Trial team wins national contest

Jamaica: Members of the Monroe College Mock Trial team were winners in the National Mock Trial Undergraduate competition held at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago from April 13-14. Comment

Let’s cut the fat off the Pentagon Budget

Viewpoints: As budget chair for the House of Representatives, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) is “The Man.” President Obama presented his budget, and Ryan has announced his. Dueling budgets. Under the Ryan budget, even if you’re part of the infamous 1 percent, your local services will be cut. That road expansion to bring in more trucks for new businesses? Gone. Federal funds to help expand the local airport for business or tourism – nope. Shoring up collapsing bridges and ruined roads? Wait your turn. And for the 99 percent, it’s slash and burn. Local job training to help those out of work, help to reduce the increased class sizes, and more rental assistance for newly unemployed? Gone. Comment
Arts & Theater: Chin Chih Yang will exhibit his works at the Five Myles Gallery, 558 St. Johns Pl., from May 5 through June 6, 2012. Comment
Caribbean: West Indies middle-order batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul is steadily continuing to make his way back to the top of world cricket. Comment
Food: Over the years, Cinco de Mayo has become a great way to celebrate the fantastic flavors of Mexico. This year, why not host your own Cinco celebration? With easy recipes and fun tips like these from Ortega and Sandra Lee, you can say sÌ with style. Comment
Food: While Trinidadian Colette Burnett was a bank branch manager, she had an urge to do something different. Comment

Lynch places 12th in challenge race

Trinidad and Tobago: Coming off a 35:17.8 time for a five-mile challenge race conducted by the Alley Pond Striders, Collin Lynch will take a short journey to East Meadow, Long Island this weekend. Comment

Monroe’s team has strong class

Bronx: The basketball team at Monroe College performed very well during its past basketball season in a junior college league. The men’s team with branches in The Bronx and in New Rochelle posted a 33-4 record, one of the best records of any hoop squad in the metropolitan area. Comment



New York: There was much irony in the New York Red Bulls 1-0 win over the New England Revolution last Saturday afternoon at Red Bull Arena. As Red Bulls coach Hans Backe said in his postgame comments, his team accomplished probably its best result so far this season with what was his weakest lineup. Comment

Jazz musicians, Village community in tribute to flautist Dave Valentin

Music: On March 3, 2012 Grammy Award-winning flutist Dave Valentin was hospitalized after suffering a stroke during a performance at the Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis. After hospitalization for 10 days following his return to New York City home, Valentin has made remarkable strides on the road to eventual recovering, but is still unable to perform publicly. Comment

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Music: Teddy Bear Clinic Area children are invited to bring their injured and sick teddy bears and other stuffed animals to our Teddy Bear Clinic to learn not to fear the Emergency Room experience and to decrease stress of visiting the ER. The toys will undergo mock triage, medical exams and x-rays by doctors, nurses and other clinical staff, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Montefiore Medical Center, North Hospital, Emergency Department, 600 East 233 St., between Bronx River Pkwy. and White Plains Rd., Bronx. For information, call (718) 920-9000. Comment

IDB supports Caribbean women entrepreneurs

Caribbean: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), a member of the IDB Group, say they will provide up to $55 million to help financial intermediaries in Latin America and the Caribbean implement lending models that support growth in women’s businesses. Comments (1)


Arts & Theater: Manhattan Movement and Arts Center presents “Dance Against Cancer” on Monday, May 7, at the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center at 248 W. 60th St., NYC (between Amsterdam and West End avenues) in the Lincoln Center area. Comment


Arts & Theater: Festival Terre de Blues returns to the tranquil Caribbean island Marie-Galante, May 25 - 28. Blues in the music, skies and sea make the island, just off the coast of Guadeloupe a destination for both music lovers and travelers who enjoy getting off the beaten track. Comment

‘The Image Maker’

Arts & Theater: The Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College will present a double bill of two Bruce Saylor operas: “My Kinsman Major Molineux” (in its New York premiere), and “The Image Maker” based on the verse play by James Merrill in its world premiere. Performances are on May 4 through 6 at the Goldstein Theatre at Queens College. Comment

Gangstas carjack college coeds

Movies: Carley (Brittany Snow) is a sheltered college senior who’s torn between roaming around exploring the country after getting her degree and going on to law school primarily to please her parents. She’s caught up in an animated conversation about the future with her best friend, Lena (Christian Serratos), who is, in turn, concerned about her boyfriend and about making a smooth transition from campus to the real world. Comment

10 types of breast cancer discovered

Health: A landmark study has revealed there are at least 10 different types of breast cancer, not four as previously thought – a finding that is expected to have far-reaching implications for treatment of the disease. Comment

Pols introduce campaign finance reform legislation

Westchester: Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Assistant Speaker Rhoda Jacobs (D-Flatbush) announced recently that they have introduced legislation to bring fair elections to New York. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG-13 for profanity and sexuality) Geriatric set comedy about British retirees who move to India to spend their Golden Years in luxurious accommodations only to discover that the place fails to measure up to its billing. A-list cast includes Oscar-winning Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, two-time nominee Tom Wilkinson, along with Bill Nighy and Dev Patel. Comment

Your doctor’s your best guide

Health: Most people have heard of kidney stones and the various methods of dealing with this sometimes very painful problem but are surprised to hear that stones can also be present in the urinary bladder. Comment

Health disparities and the Affordable Care Act

Health: Not all Americans have equal access to health care—or similar health care outcomes. Low-income Americans, racial and ethnic minorities, and other underserved populations often have higher rates of disease, fewer treatment options, and reduced access to care. They are also less likely to have health insurance than the population as a whole. By improving access to quality health care for all Americans, the Affordable Care Act will help reduce these health disparities by making improvements in. Comment

Flatbush Artists’ Studio Tour

Arts & Theater: The 2012 Flatbush Artists’ Studio Tour will take place on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20 from noon to 6:00 p.m. in Ditmas Park, one of New York City’s most architecturally interesting and historic neighborhoods. Comment
Manhattan: Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer has called for reform of NYPD’s stop and frisk policy during a news conference on the steps of City Hall, Tuesday, April 24. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: CARICOM states are expected to benefit from a $130 million in financial assistance from U.S. President Barrack Obama to deal with crime and security in the region. Comment

JA PM makes inaugural visit to New York

Jamaica: Jamaica’s first female Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller made her first visit to New York since her landslide, historic election four months ago and addressed nationals on a myriad of issues. Comment

Unemployment insurance system needs fixing now

Viewpoints: Out of work? Odds are you’re also out of luck as far as unemployment benefits go. With the national unemployment rate expected to remain above eight percent until late next year, millions of workers are applying for unemployment benefits, but most do not qualify. Only about 40 percent of those filing for benefits received them in 2011 and in several states the percentage of recipients was much lower than that. In addition, the federal government in February cut back on the duration of extended benefits and states are reducing benefit amounts and duration as well. This gaping and growing hole in our social safety net inflicts severe hardships on the families of wage earners who have lost jobs. Comment

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: Inter-regional travel could come to a halt if industrial action hits LIAT. The Antigua-based LIAT and the Antigua and Barbuda’s Workers Union (ABWU) are up in arms following its recent announcement that it was terminating employment of 25 airline workers. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, in a historic move announced that Trinidad and Tobago would abolish criminal appeals to the London-based Privy Council. Comment

Democratic right to buy influence

Viewpoints: It doesn’t take long, does it, after some trumpeting of the virtues of democracy, for our attention to get drawn afresh to certain ills that have become integral to this allegedly best of all systems of government so far devised. In the news, just days after President Obama had offered Cuba’s not going democratic as rationale for its being ostracized from the Summit of the Americas, were details of the obscene amount of cash being earmarked by conservative sources to fund Republican campaigns in a full-court press to give the party majority control of the Senate. Unabashed buying of political influence; there’s your democracy in action. Comment

Unexplained miraculous phenomena arrives in New York

Manhattan: A survey from the Pew Forum on Religion in February 2010 showed that a vast majority of Americans, nearly 80 percent, believe in miracles. Such is the driving force behind the sudden popularity of “Braco”, a European figurehead for over 16 years that is becoming an overnight sensation in the U.S. where sellout crowds are gathering to experience his “silent, healing gaze” -- something that thousands claim has miraculously changed their lives for the better; either physically, emotionally or mentally. Comment

N.Y. State farm workers still denied rights

Jamaica: Every time a New Yorker bites into an apple grown in New York State – one of the top three apple growers in the United States – little do they know that the apple they are enjoying was likely picked by a worker from Jamaica or Haiti who is in this country on the Guest Worker Program. Comment

Coalition awards for college, H.S. students

Manhattan: April 9 through April 13, was very busy for 40 New York college and high school students who participated in the New York Coalition of One Hundred Black Women’s Role Model Program. Comment

Guyana mulls floating police to fight jungle crimes

Guyana: Local security authorities in Guyana are to construct floating police stations in Amazonian jungle rivers to help curb a spate of murders, armed robberies and other acts of violence in the nation’s interior where surging world prices for gold have attracted millions in investments and thousands of new miners to bush communities hoping to earn get-rich-quick dollars or die trying. Comment
Sports: West Indies’ batsmen are not performing at their top levels in the test series against Australia, and Head Coach Ottis Gibson needs to push harder for them to implement strategies to get better scores. West Indies’ bowlers, on the other hand, have been doing a fine job, but the batting is disappointing. Comment
Bronx: “The Bronx Push 4 Peace” festival, the first of its kind, will take place on Saturday, April 28, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Hostos Arts Center at Hostos Community College, 500 Grand Concourse, Bronx, N.Y. Comment

St. Lucia tops region in economic freedom

St Lucia: A major United States think tank says that St. Lucia has the most economic freedom in the Caribbean. Comment


Sports: The New York Red Bulls (3-3-1), still suffering from poor defensive play, were clobbered to the tune of 4-1 at DC United on Sunday night. When Thierry Henry lost the ball at midfielder, no one stepped up quickly enough to stop Chris Pontius 30-yard shot in the eighth minute to put DC United ahead, 1-0. New player Victory Palsson was goal-side of the play and just watched, instead of reacting to the loss of possession. Comment
Sports: West Indies leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo was named the “West Indies Man’s Cricketer of the Year,” at the ninth annual West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) Awards last week at the Port of Spain, Trinidad Hyatt Regency Hotel. Comment

David Rudisha to make U.S. debut

Sports: World record-holder David Rudisha, the IAAF Male Athlete of the Year in both 2010 and 2011, will make history at the Adidas Grand Prix on June 9 when he competes in the United States for the first time, organizers announced Wednesday. Comment


Caribbean: The Group of Twenty (G-20) advanced and emerging market economies, along with the broader International Monetary Fund (IMF) membership, agreed on Apr. 20 to boost the IMF’s lending capacity by more than US$430 billion to the Caribbean and other developing countries. Comment

The long arm of the Law

Guyana: GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Rape allegations brought by a 34-year-old married woman five months ago have finally forced Police Chief Henry Greene from office, with authorities announcing his widely expected resignation at the weekend saying he will leave office immediately. Comment

Albany touts an affordable housing plan

Staten Island: The New York State Assembly last week introduced a package of bills inended to further expand tenant protections that would ensure everyone has access to decent and affordable housing. Comment

State-of-Art cancer center for Eastern Caribbean

State-of-Art cancer center for Eastern Caribbean

Antigua: Regional health leaders and government officials were expected to gather in Antigua Thursday, April 26, for the official ground-breaking ceremony for the Eastern Caribbean’s first cancer center. Comments (1)

St. Lucians salute their outgoing UN ambassador

St Lucia: The Saint Lucia House Foundation, Brooklyn, the umbrella group of Saint Lucian organizations based in New York City, Connecticut and New Jersey, has thanked Saint Lucia’s outgoing UN Ambassador Dr. Keith St. Aimee for his remarkable stewardship and unflinching support of the organization. Comment

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Music: Scholarship Luncheon The Girls High School Alumnae Assn. is holding their Annual Scholarship Luncheon celebrating 25 years of “Sharing The Legacy” and will award honors and scholarships to graduating seniors, 12 noon - 4:00 p.m. at Bethany Baptist Church, 460 Marcus Garvey Blvd., Brooklyn. For tickets and information, call (718) 789i-3996 or (718) 778-0677. Vendors welcome. Call for information. Comment

One-Day Caribbean Classic

Movies: Leonie Forbes, Jamaica’s first lady of stage and screen is the spotlight and main attraction of a one-day film festival slated to be held on May 5 at Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College. Comment
Haiti: Children of the past generation of Haitian immigrants are firmly planted in American culture with ties and culture also rooted in Haiti. These first-generation Americans are young adults up through their 40s or more. Comment

A conversation with a top Haitian model

Haiti: The gallery in Tribeca was packed to hear Jany Tomba speak at Haiti Cultural Exchange’s monthly salon, Ann Pale (Let’s Speak). Jany Tomba was an early generation top model. And she is Black. Comment

New board in place for New York’s West Indian Carnival 2012

Music: Members of the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) say are pleased to announce the election of its new board of directors and officers who were duly “nominated, voted in and installed” on Wednesday April 11, 2012 Comment
Music: Drawing on the Hispanic and Mayan influences in her country, 18-year-old Belizean fashion designer Rebecca Stirm emerged the winner in a culture-inspired challenge in the second episode of Caribbean fashion designer reality series Mission Catwalk, filmed in Kingston, Jamaica on April 10. Comment
St Vincent: West Indies allrounder Kieron Pollard jumped 17 places to a career best 33rd in the latest ICC One-Day International Batting Rankings following his Man-of-the-Series earning performance in the recent five-match series against Australia. Comment
Music: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts will be experiencing the ultimate dance party on Saturday, April 21 at 8:00 p.m., when singer Gloria Gaynor performs at the venue before a full orchestra. She will also be sharing the stage with the Hitmen and Colonel Abrams. Comment
Sports: NEW YORK (AP) — LaTroy Hawkins has heard the stories from his 87-year-old grandfather, about his days of picking cotton in Mississippi, about the times when there were no black players in big league baseball. Comment
St Vincent: A large number of Vincentians in the United States on March 26 paid their last respects to Stella Dennie, the wife of former St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Education Minister Alphonso Dennie, who died on March 18 after a prolonged illness. She was 82. Comment

Immigrant businesses thrive in New York City

People: A Feb. 17, 2012 landmark report by the Fund for Public Advocacy and ACCION USA released a landmark report on how immigrant-owned businesses are making ends meet in New York City, and the ways City government can help them grow and add jobs. The survey of 625 immigrant-owned firms across the five boroughs found a staggering 92 percent of owners started and sustain their businesses without outside help with financing, counseling, marketing or applying for licenses and permits. Comment

Rome Neal celebrates Jazz Jam

Music: In Numerology, the number nine represents attainment, satisfaction and accomplishment. All words easily attributed to Rome Neal, as he celebrated the ninth anniversary of his popular Banana Puddin’ Jazz series on April 7, 2012. Comment
Staten Island: City Parks Foundation welcomes all New Yorkers, 60 and over, to participate in CityParks Seniors Fitness. The Spring 2012 season of Seniors Fitness programs will begin the week of April 30, 2012, and will offer free tennis lessons, yoga instruction and fitness walking in 14 parks across the city. Comment

Caribbean round-up

Trinidad and Tobago: Travel and tourism stakeholders from the wider Caribbean diaspora recently attended a meeting in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) to discuss the critical importance of regional tourism. Comment

CARICOM faces financial collapse

Caribbean: The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) could collapse by 2017. Comment

More education does not close pay gap

Viewpoints: Talk about being between a rock (the pay gap) and hard place (the cost of more education), the average American woman can not catch a break. And in today’s tough economy that has more and more families in trouble, this situation is putting women and their families in an even more precarious position. Comment

How will I know my stream is slow?

Health: When a man looks down and sees that he’s urinating with two streams instead of one, he struggles to get both streams to go into the toilet bowl without making a mess. He laughs when he tries to […] Comment


Health: The head of the United Nation’s Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) says the forthcoming conference on sustainable development is an opportunity to redefine the vision of future development for the region. Comment

U.S. captures Jamaican fugitive

Jamaica: United States immigration authorities say they have captured a Jamaican fugitive among over 3,100 convicted criminal immigrants and fugitives in a major nationwide operation. Comment

Less storms in Carib forecast

People: Forecasters at Colorado State University have predicted a “below-average probability for major hurricanes” this year. Comment
Sports: During the Regional Four-Day competition in the Caribbean it has been shown that the batsmen in the region have difficulties in achieving a high scoring rate. The competition has shown that the batting falls apart easily and the past high esteem of West Indies batsmen is not being maintained. Comment

It’s a High Court high on politics

Viewpoints: The president has taken some flak for comments he has made about the high court, in wake of the nine justices being asked to rule on the healthcare reform act’s constitutionality. Obama has voiced his consternation about the justices, “unelected” as they are, as he made sure to stress, claiming the power to scuttle legislation passed by the Congress. The president had been all along insisting that the court would let stand the legislation that is generally seen as the pinnacle of his domestic agenda objectives to date. What prompted his barb at the Supreme Court is anybody’s guess. But of course it wasn’t the first time he has ventured there. Comment
Sports: WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Serena Williams is on the U.S. Fed Cup roster for matches against Ukraine on April 21-22, but her sister Venus is not. Comment

WIPA prez resigns, Hinds takes over

Sports: West Indies Players Association (WIPA) President Dinanath Ramnarine has resigned, citing the need to refresh and reinvigorate the organization with new leadership. Comment

‘Preservation Oscars’ for N.Y. landmarks

Queens: Brown Memorial Baptist Church, Central Park Police Precinct, Hamilton Grange National Memorial, Rod Rodgers & Duo Multicultural Arts Center and St. Patrick’s Cathedral Rectory are among the recipients that will be recognized at the April 25 ceremony at the New-York Historical Society. Comment

Caribbean Week celebration at Queens College

Queens: A series of stimulating and free events in recognition of Immigrant Heritage Week, April 17-24, is being hosted, for the first tme by the newly formed Queens College (QC) Immigration Studies Working Group, in a joint effort with the Center for Ethnic, Racial and Religious Understanding and other QC sponsors. Comment

Amnesty as means towards healing

Suriname: It’s been barely a week now since Suriname’s opposition-dominated parliament approved a controversial motion to grant amnesty to former soldiers and their civilian counterparts for a series of fatal missteps during military rule in the 1980s that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of people in the Caribbean trade bloc nation. Comment
People: The Coalition of Latin American Consuls in New York (CLANY) and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer celebrated Latinas in New York City at an awards ceremony and discussion on empowerment and gender equality, recently. Comment

Outgoing OECS chief justice knighted

St Kitts and Nevis: Outgoing Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Hugh Anthony Rawlins has been knighted by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II. Comment

Jamaica’s Jacobs plans for future

Sports: Winthrop Jacobs is thinking about competing in back-to-back road races next week. First, the race on Long Beach Boardwalk and then on the following day or Sunday, April 22 the race in Alley Pond Park in Queens Village. At the same time, the two races could be a little too much for him. Comment
Manhattan: Thirteen-year-old Christy, who was diagnosed with a cardiac condition at age 12 and is currently listed for a heart transplant, was treated like a queen at Mount Sinai Hospital, 1184 Fifth Avenue and 99th Street in Manhattan, thanks to the nonprofit Project Sunshine’s “Star for a Day” program on April 2. Comment

Barbados plots a greener future

Barbados: BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Apr. 2 - When it comes to developing a “green economy,” Barbados is leading its English-speaking Caribbean neighbours. Comment

Jamaica’s food security challenges

Jamaica: KINGSTON, March 26 - Like its Caribbean neighbors, Jamaica is looking for outcomes that will address its food security challenges when world leaders meet in Rio de Janeiro for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development June 20 to 22. Comment

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Music: Girls Empowerment A Cause A Concern A Solution Network Inc. presents their fifth Annual Girls Empowerment Conference featuring continental breakfast, luncheon, workshops, giveaways, guest speakers, resource circle, session on bullying and special workshops for parents along with information on resources for college career choices, self empowerment leadership opportunities, living healthy & more, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at York College, 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Jamaica, Queens. Girls ages 12 - 21 years, come out and be a member of ACACAS. Visit or register at Comment

Media coverage of evangelical Christians ignores Blacks and Latinos

Viewpoints: With state and national Republicans emphasizing religious wedge issues, such as health coverage for contraception and separation of church and state, the media have frequently reported on the demographic most aroused by these issues - evangelical voters. But have the media accurately portrayed these evangelical Christians? Comment

‘2+2’ Art Show

‘2+2’ Art Show

Arts & Theater: On Sunday, March 25 the Dorsey Art Gallery of 553 Rogers Ave. held its opening reception for their art show entitled “2+2” featuring two female and two male artists: Ramona Candy, Mary Chang, Joseph Bell-Bey and Dudley Vaccianna. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Bad Ass (R for violence, torture, sexuality, nudity and pervasive profanity) Vigilante drama about a Vietnam vet (Danny Trejo) who decides to take the law into his own hands after the cops show no interest in solving the murder of his best friend (Harrison Page). With Charles S. Dutton, Ron Perlman, Joyful Drake and Winter Ave Zoli. Comment

Gayle signs brokered deal with WICB

Caribbean: West Indies hard-hitting opening batsman Chris Gayle has signed a CARICOM-brokered agreement with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), but with a ‘side-letter’ whose contents are yet to be disclosed. Comment

Snow White saves prince in refreshing classic remake

Movies: Everybody knows that the story of “Snow White” is about an expiring damsel-in distress who’s ultimately revived by a handsome Prince’s kiss on the lips. But the world has changed considerably since the Grimm Brothers first published the fairytale in 1812, so why not tweak it a tad to reflect 21st Century sensibilities? Comment

Brownsville to Broadway

Music: On April 19, Council Member Darlene Mealy - 41st Council District, Brooklyn, in collaboration with Circuit Productions Inc./Susan Goldbetter, producer - will present “Brownsville to Broadway.” Comment



Arts & Theater: Ailey II, the youthful and gifted second company of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, will return to its home, The Ailey Citigroup Theater, from April 18-29 for a highly anticipated two-week season – the last led by 38-year Artistic Director Sylvia Waters. Comment

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: Bahamas The United States Embassy in the Bahamas is warning Americans living in and traveling to New Providence, to be aware of recent reports of robberies tied to staged vehicle accidents in the capital. Comment

Dominica looks to CCJ as final appeal court

Dominica: The Commonwealth of Dominica is moving to join the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Appeal (CCJ) as its final court of appeal. Comment

Conference on domestic violence

New York: Domestic violence in the Caribbean and America will be fought vigorously by the Caribbean American Domestic Violence Awareness (CADVA) - new Florida-based advocacy group that will team up with Operation Dreamcatcher NYU chapter, for an empowerment session on April 9. Comment

‘Pon Di River’ to celebrate Kingston’s 140th milestone

Music: Jamaicans are jubilant that the island is celebrating 50 years of independence from Britain. However, Kingstonians should be particularly elated that the capital city is also marking a milestone anniversary and 140 years since obtaining the status. Comment

A better approach to school discipline

Viewpoints: On March 6, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released data from a national survey of more than 72,000 schools, covering a range of issues that included school discipline. The data revealed startling racial disparities in suspensions, expulsions and arrests in districts and states. Comment

The rotten Apple in the tax barrel

Viewpoints: Apple has gone on a very public tax strike. Months after reporting the second highest quarterly profits in U.S. history, America’s favorite company is refusing to bring home more than $60 billion of offshore funds in protest of the taxes it would have to pay. Comment

Yearly microwave thermotherapy

Health: When a patient approaches the conclusion that Microwave Thermotherapy is the best choice to relieve his symptoms, very often, one of the first questions he asks is “How many treatments will I need and how often will I need them?” He is usually happy to hear that this treatment is never done more than once a year. Comment
Health: Most parents know that one of the most important steps they can take to protect their children is to vaccinate them against dangerous diseases. But knowing what to vaccinate against and when to do so can be a complicated process. Comment

Natural ways to keep your skin healthy

Health: Our modern lifestyles can take a toll on our skin. Lack of sleep, pollutants, and stress are all contributing factors to signs of aging, dryness, irritation and blotchiness. Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: Carib-US Trade Grows Continuing hed US-Caricom trade spiral By Bert Wilkinson Comment

‘No’ vote urged on immigrant detention bill

St Vincent: A leading human rights group in the United States has urged the Canadian Parliament on vote no on a bill that would require mandatory detention for some migrants, including Vincentian and other Caribbean immigrants. Comment

Carib private sector lag on  EU trade

Trinidad and Tobago: BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Mar. 30, 2012 (IPS/GIN) - When Europe signed an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the Caribbean Forum countries in 2008, the intention was to boost trade and services between the two regions. Comment

Row over arrest of UN envoy

St Vincent: The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) diplomatic corps at the United Nations has described as “uncivilized” last week’s arrest of St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Ambassador to the U.N., Camillo Gonsalves, by the New York Police Department (NYPD). Comment

Please put a muzzle on this guy

Viewpoints: The largely basketball shop-talk interview President Obama had with Clark Kellogg, the NCAA Final Four commentator on CBS, was the second time (that we know of) recently that the president was heard to make public reference, unwittingly or otherwise, to a presumed second term in office. Earlier, his open-mike tete a tete with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev about disarmament issues also referenced second-term action, drawing a predictably hyperbolical response from Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney. All of which might be interpreted as cockiness on Obama’s part. Or maybe it’s just the president, political savant that he is, eye-gaming the 2012 landscape and concluding, like many others, that Republicans have lots to be concerned about. Comment

Two Jamaicans on Time’s people’s list

Jamaica: By Vinette K. Pryce Comment

Ten more culinary medals for Monroe

Food: Winning medals at ACF (American Culinary Federation) competitions for the Monroe College culinary teams is almost like picking up chocolates and popping them into your mouth. After 10 more were earned at the New York State Championships held at SUNY Delhi on March 17, the Monroe total for the academic year (which is not over yet!) is nearing 100. Comment

Tremendous start to Poets and Passion 2012

Arts & Theater: Organizers of the 2012 Poets&Passion literary series, say they are encouraged by the response to the three readings held during the program’s first week. Comment

ICC boosts regional women cricket

Sports: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has commended the International Cricket Council (ICC) for their work done in developing the sport among women in the region. Comment
Arts & Theater: “Evolutions 2” will feature the art of 86-year-old artist Sal Romano. The solo show at gallery 307 will showcase black and white and color pen and ink drawings inspired by some of Romano’s larger sculptures, in addition to some of his recent smaller sculptures using copper and brass. Comment

Annual N.Y. showcase of Caribbean Tourism

Music: A celebration of the sights, sounds, color and culture of the Caribbean will be on display in New York June 3-9 as the Caribbean Tourism Organization stages yet another annual showcase aimed at promoting tourism to the region. Comment

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