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Phase II Pan Groove takes the top  prize

Trinidad and Tobago: Petrotrin Phase II Pan Groove, led by ace arranger Len “Boogsie” Sharpe playing a wicked “More Love” scored 273 points to top the National Panorama Large Bands category on Sunday, Jan. 27 at the “Big Yard”, Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain, Trinidad. Comments (1)


Jamaica: Dozens of Caribbean Americans in New York braved snow, ice and freezing rain Monday, January 28 to show strident support for a Jamaican community activist, Michael Duncan from Kingston, who is a candidate in the race for council member in upcoming special elections in Queens. The elections are taking place in the 31st Council District just three weeks away, on Tuesday Feb.19. This special election is necessary as the sitting council member James Sanders Jr. was elevated to the state Senate in general elections last November to replace scandal-scarred lawmaker Shirley Huntley who was ousted from office by voters. Comments (3)


Food: Sugar experts from around the Caribbean trade bloc this week embraced a decision by the European Parliament’s agriculture committee to give sugar producers in former colonies five more years of duty free and guaranteed quota access to its market, saying the extra time will give them a chance to be more competitive. Comment

Latin America, Caribbean aim for Unity in Diversity

Trinidad and Tobago: SANTIAGO, Chile, Jan 29 2013 (IPS) - Openly conceding the differences in their ideological, economic and geopolitical views, leaders and high-level representatives of the 33 member countries of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) committed themselves to integration at their first ever summit. Comment

Most Stunning Landings

Travel: By Chudi Chukwudi Comment
Guyana: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — The lushly forested nation of Guyana on Thursday joined a regional pact to protect jaguars, the elusive spotted cat that is the biggest land predator in the Americas but is vulnerable due to expanded agriculture and mining that carves away at their fragmented habitat. Comment

Vincentian Diaspora Committee report

St Vincent: The year 2012 was a good one for the St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) Diaspora Committee of New York, Inc. It embarked on a number of initiatives that have profound meaning for the development of Vincentians at home and abroad. Comment

Branford Marsalis plays in Haiti

Music: “My time in Haiti has been fantastic,” said Branford Marsalis on wrapping up almost one week in Haiti playing the International Jazz Festival of Port-au-Prince 2013. At the official residence of American Ambassador Pamela White, Marsalis and his group played the final performance to lucky invited guests, American embassy staff, local professionals, long-time NGO representatives, and Haitian artists and culture lovers. Comment

Carrying forward King’s legacy with Peace Week

As part of Russell Simon’s “Peace as a Lifestyle” LIFE Camp, Peace Week is centered around Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday week with a similar mission to carry out King’s legacy of non-violence. Comment


Arts & Theater: In celebration of Black History Month, the African Children’s Choir will present an uplifting evening of music and hope at the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Comment
Batsmen Ramneresh Sarwan, Darren Bravo, Kieron Powell and Johnson Charles, as well as wicket-keeper /batsman Devon Thomas would have to show their batting power when the West Indies faces up to Australia on Feb. 1. West Indies batting seems fairly good on paper, but all they would have to do well in order for the team to excel. Wicket-keeper/batsman Devon Thomas and Darren Bravo will be closely monitored regarding their approach towards the Australians. Batting performance will play a pivotal role if the West Indies is to win the one-day series. Kieron Powell, so far, has shown good intentions by keeping his position with Chris Gayle. Comment


Sports: Led by three all-Met candidates-Jamal Olasewere, CJ Garner and Jason Brickman, the Long Island University Blackbirds will host rival St. Francis College of Brooklyn for a noon tip-off on Saturday, Feb. 10. This contest to be played not at the college itself but at nearby Barclays Center is part of a round-robin schedule in the Northeast Conference, which ends in early March with the winner of its post season tournament earning an automatic spot into the NCAA post-season tournament. Comment

Red Bulls hire Petke

Trinidad and Tobago: When the opportunity presented itself, Mike Petke was ready! Former Red Bulls defender and assistant coach Mike Petke was named head coach of the New York Red Bulls, the club announced last Thursday. The 36-year-old Petke from Bohemia (Long Island) was not the club’s first choice, but most importantly, he was its last. Comment

WICB, Sky Sports broker broadcast deal

Caribbean: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has brokered a million dollar agreement with Sky Sports to show England’s next four tours of the West Indies as part of a new eight-year deal. Comment

Muslim terror plotter carps from cell

Guyana: A former Guyanese member of parliament, one of four Caribbean nationals jailed more than two years ago for their part in an alleged plot to blow up fuel tanks and pipelines at New York’s JFK Airport in 2007 is now complaining that he was the victim of an American cowboy trial that has left him stripped of his dignity and languishing in a jail cell. Comment

Tips for US citizens heading overseas

People: The U.S. Department of State is stepping up its outreach to educate the Caribbean American traveling public about the services the agency has to offer, and ways in which the community can receive special help before they travel. Comment

Connecting communities

Rural communities often struggle to find new and readily available economic opportunities. In the past decade, however, a new source of employment and revenue has seen fantastic growth. It seems the answer was blowin’ in the wind. Renewable energy, especially wind energy, has proved to be a very successful venture. Investment in wind energy helps rural areas immensely. It provides employment, and various types of revenue can flow into a community from a project. Comment

Not playing it constitutionally straight

Viewpoints: A Georgetown University constitutional law professor, Lewis Michael Seidman, raised some eyebrows when he opined this week on network TV that the U.S. Constitution was an “ancient and outdated document” that didn’t have much relevance for today’s America. One might be tempted to take the charitable view that those who think to manipulate the nation’s founding document every which way on an ongoing basis are simply on board with the professor’s read of the Constitution (including the Bill of Rights Amendments that quickly followed) as having become an anachronism. Better believe it’s a bit more sinister than that. Comment

Sun Kulcha

New York: Cash for guns: Turn in an operable handgun and receive cash. Sponsors: Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes, Council Member Letitia James and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. Church of the Open Door, 201 Gold St. from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Comment
St Vincent: Young female Olympic fencer, Nzingha Prescod, who competed last summer in the women’s foil in fencing at the London Olympic Games received a New York City citation last week from City Councilman Jumaane Williams. Comment

Antigua’s renewable energy project

St Kitts and Nevis: The government said on Jan. 26 that the six-kilowatt photovoltaic power system at the Nelsons Dockyard Shirley Heights Lookout was aided by the Organization of American States (OAS), the European Union, and the governments of the United States of America and Germany. Comment

Civil Rights activist gets Forever Stamp

People: Philatelists will flock to two cities in Michigan next month to witness the first day unveiling of a stamp bearing the image of Rosa Parks, the undisputed first lady of the Civil Rights Movement on the anniversary of her 100th birthday. Comment


People: The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance and the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance joined the Internal Revenue Service, local charity organizations, and thousands of volunteers across the state Friday, Jan 25 to kick-off Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day. 1.6 million New Yorkers receive $940 million annually; benefits can be as high as $7,500 when combined with the federal program. That event is sponsored by Rensselaer Circles of Mercy, the United Way of the Greater Capital Region, and the Internal Revenue Service. Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: As the civil case for justice for the Central Park 5 proceeded in the Federal Court House at 500 Pearl St. in Lower Manhattan on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2012, the heat turned up in the street. Comment
Grenada: Prime Minister Tillman Thomas has assured the Grenada Union of Teachers (GUT) that his government’s “broad goal is to develop Grenada’s human resource as a primary national asset.” Comment

Your age and your finances

People: Managing your finances is a lifelong process. It usually begins with savings—ideally as a child. Once you have a regular income of your own and have started saving on a regular basis, you’ll have to decide how to invest the money you are saving. Comment
Health: (StatePoint) For parents of newborns, those first months can be exciting, challenging and even a little frightening. While your instincts will kick in to guide you through many parenting challenges, when certain issues arise, it’s important to seek help from your best-informed resource: your pediatrician. Comment

Save The Putnam Trail campaign

People: Why would a “conservancy” cut down 400 trees and pave 1 mile of nature with asphalt? Comment
Arts & Theater: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Georges Exantus thought he’d never dance again. He was lucky just to be alive. Comments (1)

Demand for a worker safety code

People: A group of workers, community members and labor organizers, including Brandworkers and the Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center, came together Thursday, January 24 to commemorate the second anniversary of the death of tortilla factory worker Juan Baten. At a candlelight vigil, the group urged the city’s Economic Development Corporation (EDC) to adopt a transparent process in its new subsidized loan program to inform the public on where their tax money is going and ensure that tax dollars support businesses that are creating good jobs. Comment

Mashramani opens Guyana Tourism season

Guyana: The Guyana Ministry of Tourism Industry and Commerce will unveil its 2013 tourism package with the arrival of more than 500 visitors to its Mashramani celebrations, which begins with a steel pan concert on Jan. 28 and continue with a variety of events scheduled all the way to Republic Day on Feb. 23. Comment
Movies: “Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary” Comment

Kings County Nostalgia

Brooklyn: Levity replaced nostalgia when Brooklyn Borough President Markowitz commanded attention at the citywide event to honor Dr. Martin Luther King at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Monday, Jan. 21. Comment

Int’l Week of Solidarity with Hugo Chavez

People: From January 22 to January 31, activists in 10 cities across the U.S. will hold various events in solidarity with Venezuela. The week of solidarity was initiated by the International Action Center in response to the health crisis of Venezuela’s President, Hugo Rafael Chavez Frías, to send messages of good wishes to the president as well as to express solidarity with the people of Venezuela and its Bolivarian Revolution. In addition, the Week of solidarity will send a message to President Barack Obama that the progressive movement is on the alert to oppose any possible intervention or destabilization efforts. Comment
Guyana: Sonia Noel is involved in many ventures - she is a fashion designer, Reality TV Show host, Guyana Fashion Weekend’s CEO -but most of all, she is a visionary whose captivating personality and sense of style will be transformed onto the pages of a new magazine. Comment

Historic double header

Historic double header

Brooklyn: At Brooklyn Academy of Music where New Ylrk City’s 27th annual citywde tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. invited visitors to celebrate the legacy of the civil rights martyr, a historic double-header also hailed another prominent African-American who changed the course of America by becoming the first Black president of the United States. Comment

Hints of a no-nonsense style for Part II

Heading toward the end of his first term and right from the very start of his second, President Obama has been signaling that he intends to be more hard-nosed about navigating Washington’s obstacle course to achieve agenda objectives, than back when it was all virgin territory. When he was newly arrived and for much of his tenure in the first go-round, the president was all about doing the reach out drill. Even before he got to be president, in fact, when he intoned, “We’re not blue states and red states, we’re the United States…” Comment
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theate, will embark on a 21-city US tour from Jan. 30 through May 19. Following record-breaking performances in New York City that brought full houses to their feet, Ailey’s second season led by Artistic Director Robert Battle will move audiences in major cities across the country, including: Washington, D.C.; Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; Newark, NJ; Boston, MA and Robert Battle’s hometown Miami, FL, among many others. Comment
Sports: From an initial field of more than 11,000, some 430 top-point scorers will compete in a semi-finals on Saturday, Feb. 2 at Pratt to determine who will face each other at the New Balance Track and Field Center at the Armory in New York City on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, where trophies and educational grants-in-aid from Colgate-Palmolive Company are awarded to top place finishers in each age/grade division. Comment

New York Cosmos may be back

Sports: The New York Cosmos, still hoping to be the first MLS franchise in New York, wants to set up shop at Belmont Park and build a 25,000-seat stadium as part of what is being referred to as an exciting complex on the Queens-Long Island border in Elmont. The $400-million- dollar project to be built on 400 acres is being evaluated for feasibility by New York’s Empire State Development Corporation. Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: Perhaps for people outside of Trinidad and Tobago, the assembly elections held in Tobago on Monday was purely an internal affair but for the near three-year administration of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, it was a referendum of massive proportions on her leadership of the Caribbean trade bloc’s largest economy, just as political parties and analysts are beginning to focus on the 2015 general election and what Tobago portends for that. Comment
People: WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama devoted one word — “deficit” — to the issue that brought Washington to the brink of fiscal crises time and again during his first term. Comment

4 men rescued after being lost at sea

St Vincent: MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says four men were rescued after being lost at sea for six days in the Caribbean. Comment
West Indies selectors have recalled former Guyanese Captain Ramneresh Sarwan to the West Indies squad for the tour of Australia from Jan. 29 to Feb. 13. Comment
Venezuela: CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s top diplomat said Monday that he shared jokes and laughed together with President Hugo Chavez during a meeting in Cuba, where the socialist leader has been recovering after cancer surgery. Comment

Rare earth find in Jamaica’s red mud

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) - Jamaica may be able to benefit from newly found deposits of rare-earth elements that are key ingredients for smartphones, computers and numerous other high-tech goods, the Caribbean island’s top mining official said Tuesday. Comment

Positive economic review for Suriname

Suriname: Two International Monetary Fund (IMF) economists say despite the ongoing global slowdown, Suriname has put in place a strong, homegrown adjustment program that is helping to turn around its economy. Comment
Jamaica: Guyanese businessman and pilot, Captain Paul Ronald Reece who serves as Chairman and CEO of the new upstart Fly Jamaica Airways was on hand at the Jamaica Consulate in New York City on Thursday, January […] Comments (7)

Ford adds Jones to staff

Sports: Looking back a number of years ago, Charlie Jones was the college basketball talk first for the Brooklyn-based Bishop Ford High School teams and then as a student athlete at Long Island University where he again put up number. His offense paved the way for successful teams on all the levels that he competed on. Comment
Published by Victor Hugo in 1862, “Les Miserables” is generally recognized as one of the most important novels of the 19th Century. The socially-conscious, 1900-page opus explored a plethora of themes, particularly power, justice, monarchy and religion. Comment
People: WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring “our journey is not complete,” President Barack Obama took the oath of office for his second term before a crowd of hundreds of thousands Monday, urging the nation to set an unwavering course toward prosperity and freedom for all its citizens and protect the social safety net that has sheltered the poor, elderly and needy. Comment

Nutrition tips for seniors on-the-go

Health: (StatePoint) Today’s seniors are leading active lives, filling their time with travel and new experiences. While staying active is great for one’s general well-being and happiness, continuous travel provides many challenges to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Comment
Manhattan: Harlem and its teeming professionals received huge kudos on the 84th birthday anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during a tribute session that amplified how in 1958 the New York village furthered the cause to Civil Rights. Comment
Health: (StatePoint) One of the simplest things you can do for your health is to get enough sleep, say experts. Unfortunately, many Americans have difficulty sleeping, making this seem like a simple task, but it can be anything but simple. Comment

Move to expand college aid for immigrant youth

People: NY State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver joined with Assemb. Francisco Moya and Higher Education Committee Chair Deborah J. Glick Friday, Jan. 18 to announce the introduction of a comprehensive state Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act to continue New York’s legacy of educational support for immigrant youth. The legislation, for the first time would also allow immigrant students to apply for state financial aid as well as create a DREAM Fund that would provide private scholarships. Comment

Caribbean Roundup

Trinidad and Tobago: National Security Minister Dr. Errol Cort met recently with senior police officials of the Antigua and Barbuda Police Force to deal with an upsurge in criminal activities especially gun-related crimes on the island. Comment

Bumpy road ahead for Carib eonomies

Caribbean: The World Bank has urged Caribbean and other developing countries to safeguard their economic growth, warning that the “road ahead remains bumpy.” Comment

UN focus on global diseases

People: The United Nations health agency says that a new global strategy targets a “raft of neglected tropical diseases” in the Caribbean and elsewhere. Comment

Building a Future for Haiti’s Disabled

Haiti: Global NGO Project HOPE says addressing the long-term medical needs of thousands of Haitians disabled by the 2010 earthquake and other tragedies is crucial to the future stability of many communities in Haiti. Comment


Movies: Happy People: A Year in the Life of the Taiga (Unrated) Aborigine documentary, narrated by co-director Werner Herzog, anthropological examination of the 300 remaining Bakhtia, a Siberian coastal people whose cultural traditions have remained preserved for centuries. (In English and Russian with subtitles) Comment

‘Super Blue’ returns to competition

Music: After an absence from competition for about 12 years, calypsonian Austin “Super Blue” Lyons will be back for the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival season, performing on “Fantastic Friday” night for Soca Monarch 2013. Comments (1)

Venezuela publishes decree with Chavez signature

Venezuela: CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s government has published a decree signed by President Hugo Chavez, while his vice president said Wednesday that the ailing leader also sent a message of gratitude to the military for its loyalty. Comment

Grenada Voters’ List

Grenada: A review of the 2012 Consolidated Voters List indicated the omission of the names of some previously registered voters. The New Democratic Congress is confident that the discrepancies which have been identified in the 2012 Consolidated Voters’ List will be resolved shortly. Comment

Bahamian woman pleads guilty to alien-smuggling

Bahamas: The United States Department of Justice says that a Peruvian national and a Bahamian national have pleaded guilty to smuggling undocumented migrants to the United States for private financial gain. Comment

Disney Treasure Trove comes to Brooklyn

Arts & Theater: Discover endless riches when an extraordinary lineup of stories from the Disney animated film vault comes to life right in your hometown in Disney On Ice presents “Treasure Trove!” Comment

Hundreds pay tribute to Monte Burke

Music: Hundreds of mourners on Jan. 2 paid their last respect to Guyanese-born baritone extraordinaire Monte Burke, who died on Dec. 27 after a brief illness. He was 85. Comment

Let’s have more Cabinet Room diversity, please

Viewpoints: Congressman Charlie Rangel was evidently in no mood for pulling punches the other day when he weighed in on the matter of picks the president had to that point made for his second-term cabinet. It was “embarrassing as hell,” Rangel said. This was the congressman joining in pushback against the white male bias reflected in the choices Obama announced for state, defense, treasury and C.I.A. director. Parrying the mini assault, the president noted that it was early yet in the process of filling his cabinet slots. But, given the first term as precedent, raising a bit of a ruckus over these early indications may not have been all that indelicate or unjustified, albeit coming from Obama partisans. Comment



Sports: USA forward Abby Wambach won the female FIFA World Player of the Year award recently at FIFA’s big annual awards ceremony at its Zurich headquarters in Switzerland. The award capped off a stellar year for the forward who has dominated women’s soccer the past five years. Despite her achievements the past two years in particular, she had been overshadowed by Brazilian Marta, who won the award consecutively from 2006- 2010; last year, after leading the U. S. to the World Cup final, she missed out on the award because captain Homare Sawa led eventual world champion Japan on a miracle run in the tournament, despite Wambach consistency throughout the previous year. Comment

Watershed year

Watershed year

President of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Julian Hunte has described 2012 as “a watershed year in West Indies cricket.” Comment

Nets look to P.J.

People: Just ask two of the present coaches on the high school and college levels if the timing and person was the right decision in naming P.J. Carlesimo as the interim head coach of the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association? Comment


Arts & Theater: Congratulations to Brooklynite - the lovely Mallory Hagan, Miss America 2013, a former resident of Bedford Stuyvesant who tapped her way into the pageant’s history with an exciting performance to James Brown’s hit - “Get Up Off Of That Thing.” Comment

Obama unveils $500 million gun violence package

National: WASHINGTON (AP) — Braced for a fight, President Barack Obama on Wednesday unveiled the most sweeping proposals for curbing gun violence in two decades, pressing a reluctant Congress to pass universal background checks and bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines like the ones used in the Newtown, Conn., school shooting. Comment
New York: ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers agreed to pass the toughest gun control law in the nation and the first since the Newtown, Conn., school shooting, calling for a stricter assault weapons ban and provisions to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill who make threats. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Music: Spirtual Wholeness “ I Have A Voice”: The Tamar Women’s Ministry invites you to attend “Finding My Way” a four-part series on spiritual wholeness between noon - 2:00 p.m. at the Tried Stone Baptist Church, 1591 Boston Rd., Bronx, N.Y. 10460. Comment
Haiti: It was as if the Haitian Diaspora had taken over Brooklyn Borough Hall, at least for the evening of Jan. 10 when at times, those attending one of the two different Haitian events happening simultaneously, co-mingled in the Hall’s staircase-framed marble lobby. Comment

Investing in 21st Century capabilities

People: At year’s end, everyone’s eyes were on what is now known as the “fiscal cliff.” At the eleventh hour, Congress came to a deal on taxes and unemployment, effectively holding off automatic budget cuts until this March. Now we will likely see a showdown on government spending. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Darren Bravo slammed a swashbuckling 82 not out from 51 balls with 8 fours and 4 sixes against Guyana at the Queens Park Oval in Trinidad in the Caribbean Twenty20 match up. Trinidad and Tobago leads the points table as of 1-13-13 with 13 points. Comment

Grenadians go to the polls on Feb. 19

Grenada: Hardly a week after asking Governor Gen. Sir Carlyle Glean to dissolve Parliament, Grenada Prime Minister Tillman Thomas has announced general elections in the “Spice Isle” for Feb. 19. Comment
Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — President Michel Martelly urged Haitians to recall the tens of thousands of people who lost their lives in a devastating earthquake three years ago, marking the disaster’s anniversary Saturday with a simple ceremony. Comment

Archeologist challenges Ponce de León myths

People: St. Augustine, FL - Jan. 14, 2013 -- As Florida celebrates 500 years in 2013, the world’s leading light station and maritime museum, The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum is determined to set the record straight. There are many myths concerning Ponce de León’s discovery of Florida. While some myths are entertaining and fun, some myths can be very confusing and misleading. And the Lighthouse’s Director of Archaeology, Dr. Sam Turner wants to debunk a few of them. Comment


Guyana: ROSEAU, Dominica, Dec. 26, 2012 (IPS/GIN) - Imagine Guyana and Dominica without forests and rivers, or Antigua, Barbados and St. Lucia without beaches. Comment

We’re Not Broke

Viewpoints: Last January, when our documentary film, “We’re Not Broke,” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, we were elated. The film’s message about how multinational corporations are […] Comment

Ewart Thomas: Academic icon and math prodigy

Grenada: Happy Birthday, Ewart, on your 70th Birthday Celebration on Dec.25, 2012. 70 runs, not out, and still batting vigorously. Comment

Ewart Thomas: Academic icon and math prodigy

Grenada: Happy Birthday, Ewart, on your 70th Birthday Celebration on Dec.25, 2012. Seventy runs, not out, and still batting vigorously. Comment

Incarceration, Cause and Consequence

Brooklyn: Concerned about the excessive incarceration of minorities in New York City, the Brooklyn grassroots organization, United People’s Inclusive (UPI) -- an offshoot of the 26-year-old Caribbean Women Socio-Cultural Association of America (CWUSCAA), last week launched a community awareness mission beginning with a visit to the Eureka Assembly at 1055 Rogers Ave., Brooklyn, as the UPI institutes a grassroots-up, multifaceted community bloc-by-cloc alliance aimed at right the wrongs of the social imbalance. Comment
Health: (StatePoint) While last year’s cold and flu season was mild, experts say this year could bring you a wallop of sniffles and sneezes. Comment

‘THRIVE’ competition to support immigrant entrepreneurs

New York: The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, Garfield Foundation, and the Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship at Baruch College on Friday, Jan. 11 announced the second annual Competition To Help Reach Immigrant Ventures and Entrepreneurs (THRIVE). Comment

Trinidad to elect new president

Trinidad and Tobago: A new president for Trinidad and Tobago will be elected next month. The Electoral College will meet to elect the new president. Comments (1)
Movies: A document chronicling the life of Jamaican intellectual, dancer and choreographer Ralston Milton Nettleford is set to premiere in February. The film about the dancer and social critic popularly known as Rex will debut at the start of Black History Month and simultaneous to the anniversary of his untimely death on the eve of his 77th birthday. Comment

Taking a Stand on Violence

Brooklyn: In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of non-violence, a coalition of community leaders and notables will come together Monday in Manhattan to launch the fourth annual Peace Week at 11:00 a.m. and hold a news conference in the wake of the recent tragic loss of life in Newtown, CT. Included in the group are activist Erica Ford, Cheryl “Salt” Wray, NYC Council members Leroy Comrie, Ruben Wills, Jumaane D. Williams and Terrie M. Williams. Comment

Caribbean Roundup

Trinidad and Tobago: Morocco will send a technical team this year to the Bahamas to lure investors from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahamas Foreign Minister Frederick Mitchell said. Comment

Sean Penn shines in crime saga about legendary mobster

Movies: “Gangster Squad” Comment

Grenada PM dissolves Parliament

Grenada: Grenada Prime Minister Tillman Thomas has asked Governor General Sir Carlyle Glean to dissolve Parliament, paving the way for general elections in the “Spice Isle” within 90 days. Comment
New York: The West Indian American Day Carnival Association wrapped up its 2012 season recently with an Awards ceremony at Brooklyn Borough Hall. The newly minted president since last April, Thomas Bailey, only the third in the 45-year history of the Association, led the ceremonies. Trinidadian-born Bailey, a retired finance professional, has been involved with WIADCA for over 20 years. The 2011 Award recipients were also recognized at the event. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Music: Saturday, January 12 Comment
Arts & Theater: NEW YORK (AP) — “Mary Poppins” is closing up its big umbrella on Broadway. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Brief Reunion (Unrated) Stalker thriller about an Ivy League grad (Joel de la Fuente) whose perfect life comes apart at the seams when a jealous ex-classmate (Scott Shepherd) crashes his 40th birthday party and starts stalking his wife (Alexie Gilmore). With Francie Swift, Quentin Mare and Kristy Hasen. Comment

Judge bucks NYPD stop ‘n frisk trend

Brooklyn: A federal district court judge in Manhattan, presiding over three significant stop-and-frisk lawsuits that could fundamentally change New York City’s strategy for preventing street crimes, has determined that NYPD officers had systematically crossed the line by routinely stopping people outside the buildings without reasonable suspicion that they were trespassing and ordered the NYPD “to cease performing trespass stops” outside vcertain private buildings in the program, unless officers have reasonable suspicion, a legal standard that requires officers to be acting on more than just a hunch. Comment


Denise ‘Saucy Wow’ Belfon is making it known that should she walk away victorious at the February 8, 2013 staging of the International Soca Monarch competition. Comment

Civility’s ogres, they cast Sandy’s victims adrift

Viewpoints: The Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, ran into quite a firestorm recently when he opted to delay a vote on Hurricane Sandy relief funds that had already been acted on by the Senate. […] Comment

Understand NYC’s Workforce Development Field

People: Workforce Professionals Training Institute (WPTI) invites guests to the New York Times building for a breakfast event about results from a survey of over 180 front line workforce development staff. This staff is often overlooked in the nonprofit arena, but the services they provide are key to helping thousands of NYC jobseekers find gainful employment and a pathway out of poverty. The survey of front line staff and additional interviews/focus groups with their managers were conducted by WPTI with the assistance of the Fiscal Policy Institute (FPI), and the results are outlined in a report entitled Deep in the Trenches that will ignite an important conversation about implications for the future of the workforce development field and set the stage for WPTI’s n Comment

Klinsmann, U. S. look to qualifiers

Sports: U. S. men’s national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann is readying for what probably is the biggest challenge of this life – to qualify the U.S. for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The national coach, on Jan. 7, opened the team’s first intensive camp this year at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California with 25 players, most from the MLS with many still with less than 10 international games. The team will train in California until Jan. 27, then travel to Houston, Texas for the only international friendly, versus Canada on Jan. 29, before the opening game of the final qualifying round at San Pedro Sula, Honduras on Feb. 6. Comment

Nevisians vote Jan. 22

St Kitts and Nevis: Premier Joseph Parry says Nevisians will go to the polls on Jan. 22 to elect a new Nevis Island Administration (NIA). He also named Jan. 14, as Nomination Day. Comment

National Celebration of Garifuna Pride

St Vincent: Members of the Garifuna-American community of the U.S. Gulf Coast region in the city of Houston, Tx. joined fellow Garifunas across the country in the observance of National Garifuna Settlement, Education & Awareness Month, to celebrate Garifuna culture, history values and identity with events that included parades, forums and concerts. Comments (2)
Cuba: HAVANA (AP) — Cuba is eliminating longstanding restrictions on health care professionals’ overseas travel as part of a broader migration reform that takes effect next week, an island doctor told The Associated Press on Monday. Comment

Put EPP back into the bids now!

People: If Bloomberg and company really care about busing our children properly in the short term and in the long term, they can legally place EPP back into the bids. In fact, the only reason EPP is not yet required in all school bus contracts is that they had Cuomo veto a bill that passed the State Assembly and Senate in 2011. Comment


Arts & Theater: Gabourey Sidibe steps into a new role this winter as host of AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange, an innovative documentary series highlighting contemporary life, art and pop culture in the African Diaspora. Best known for her Oscar- and Golden Globe-nominated depiction of “Precious” in the Lee Daniels film Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, Sidibe also made waves with her hilarious performance in Tower Heist opposite Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy. The fifth season of AfroPoP, produced by Black Public Media, will premiere at 7:00pm ET (6:00pm CT, 4:00 p.m. PT) on public television’s WORLD channel, on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, continuing on Tuesdays weekly through February 5, 2013. The series will release to public television stations Comment

Rebirth of the Garifuna culture in St.Vincent and the Grenadines

St Vincent: Some of of St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ most versatile performers will showcase the country’s rich culture and heritage at a concert to benefit retrieval efforts in the historic homeland of the Garifuna people. The concert also includes a special live performance by James Lovell and the Afri-Garifuna Youth Ensemble. Comment

Haiti’s president is chairman of CARICOM

Trinidad and Tobago: Haiti’s President Michel Martelly has taken over the Chairmanship of the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) from St. Lucia’s Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony. He will serve for six months from Jan. 1 to July 1. Comments (1)

Final rule on U.S. visas for immigrants’ relatives abroad

People: A final ruling has been established by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security regarding the length of time it should take to process visas allowing U.S. citizens separated from their immediate relatives abroad (spouse, children and parents) to unify in the United States. Comment

Grenada signs economic agreement with China

Grenada: The government of Grenada and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) have signed an economic and technical agreement valued at US$4.8 million. Comment

Midnight in Havana (Havana)

Cuba: HAVANA — Just outside the Virgin of Regla temple, here in Havana, a fortune-teller throws shells for passersby in exchange for money. Every day she gets the same questions: Will they find love? Will they be able to buy a home? Will they be able to travel in the near future? And above all, when will “this” end? Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean is projecting a 3.8 percent economic growth for the Caribbean in 2013. Comment

Windies, Sri Lanka set for June duel

Caribbean: West Indies and Sri Lanka will renew rivalry when they face each other in a limited overs Tri-Nation Series next year, that also involves powerhouse. Comment

Bahamas prepares two-part gambling referendum

Bahamas: NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — The government of the Bahamas says it has prepared a two-part referendum that could legalize certain forms of gambling on the islands. Comment

3 U.S. women die in traffic collision in Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Police in Jamaica say three tourists from the U.S. have died in a traffic collision on the island’s north coast. Comment

Getting ready for a real gun show in D.C.

People: As one would expect, Mayor Michael Bloomberg summarily dismissed a proposal reportedly being advanced by some Staten Island folk who apparently identify with the NRA’s approach for combating deadly gun violence in schools, to wit, putting armed “good guys” in the schools. After maintaining silence for a while following the horrific business that unfolded in Newtown, Conn., the NRA, when they surfaced, stuck to a script that did their brand proud. It’s fair to assume that not a whole lot of us on the common sense side of the gun divide would have been surprised. Comment

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Guyana: Saying the service badly needs overhauling, government announced a New Year’s Eve overhaul of the police service saying it will join Jamaica, Trinidad and other Caribbean trade bloc nations in hiring foreign police officers, local and civilian specialists to support a major restructuring effort beginning in earnest this year. Comment

Enthusiastic high school students mail their own college applications

Brooklyn: Waving university pendants, seventy graduating seniors from Kurt Hahn Expeditionary Learning School’s class of 2013 paraded from the steps of their school to a waiting postal truck at the corner of Tilden and E. 57th in East Flatbush. There, they mailed applications to the college or university of their choice. The 285-student school, grades 9-12, is one of three high schools housed on the Tilden High School campus. Comment

Plea for Peltier Release

Plea for Peltier Release

Music: Recently, at the Beacon Theatre in Manhattan packed with long-time progressives, singer Harry Belafonte, at age 85, hosted an evening along with fellow singer Pete Seeger, age 93, and actor Peter Coyote, friend of Leonard Peltier. The message for the concert: Bring Leonard Peltier home, this year. Comment

US issues Haiti travel warning

Haiti: The United States Department of State has issued a new travel warning for American citizens traveling to or living in Haiti over the current security situation. Comment

Delightful Christmas for needy kids

Long Island: Philanthropist-actress-reality show star Dhonna Goodale helped ensure that homeless and foster children in Riverhead and surrounding areas had a delightful Christmas. The Flanders resident and her family headed up a Christmas Eve shopping excursion to Kmart in Riverhead on Monday, where they outfitted 22 Riverhead-area children from head to toe and purchased toys of their choice. Comment

York’s Hoopsters Look Ahead

Sports: The York College basketball team got off to a slow start but after two months or their first 11 games of competition is playing about .500 ball. The Cardinals compete in the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) with the likes of Staten Island, Brooklyn, Baruch, John Jay, City, Hunter Medgar Evers and Lehman. Comment


New York: The current off-season may be down time for soccer fans but certainly not for MLS executives, who see the off-season as the most important time of the year. It’s the time when deals are made to re-build and strengthen their squads and coaching staffs, so, with the dawn of the New Year upon us, MLS executives are hard at work at staffing their teams. Comment

Resources for business affected by Sandy

Manhattan: Getting local businesses back up and running is a key part of a community’s recovery after a disaster. Several of FEMA’s federal, state, local and private sector partners have programs in place to support New York businesses after Hurricane Sandy. Comment

Christmas in the Rockaways

Food: Roots reggae singer Horace Andy who garnered international fame with hit singles “Government Land,” “Angel,” “Five Man Army” and his cover of “Ain’t No Sunshine” joined veteran reggae singer Johnny Osbourne and Brooklyn based singer, producer, songwriter Ed Robinson as headliner performers at “Christmas In The Rockaways” at Far Rockaway High School (821 Bay 25 Street in Far Rockaway) on Saturday Dec. from 9 AM to 5 PM. Comment

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