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People: Al Sharpton’s National Action Network Convention begins on April 3 and will continue through April 6 at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers with panel discussions focusing on immigration, gun violence, race and the justice system, the Black male, housing, education and politics. According to the founder of the advocacy organization, several high-profiled politicians, legislators and victims of crime are booked to participate in the annual confab. Comment

Chaka Khan celebrates 60 in NYC

People: Chaka Khan might be convinced “Ain’t Nobody Loves Me Better” than New Yorkers. Comment

WIPA congratulates West Indies team

People: The West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) has congratulated the West Indies team over their comprehensive victory over Zimbabwe in each of the three series played, ending with the just concluded secondnd Test in Dominica. Comment

Caribbean Life’s senior writer gets journalism award

St Vincent: A leading Guyanese medical mission group in the United States has conferred on Caribbean Life’s senior writer Nelson A. King its prestigious “Leader in Excellence in Journalism” award. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The European Union (EU) is providing US $8 million to boost agriculture in the Caribbean. The funds are being provided under the tenth European Development Fund (EDF) Intra-African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Agriculture Policy Program for the Caribbean between the European Commission and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA). Comment

African Americans want access to reproductive health care

Viewpoints: By Eleanor Hinton Hoytt Comment

First timers like race course

Sports: The outdoor road racing season has recently and officially begun as more than 3500 entrants jammed Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens. The occasion last Saturday morning marked the fourth annual All State Life Insurance New York 13.1 marathon and the 5K race for athletes who were not trained or did not want to compete in such a long race. The latter race got festivities off at 8:30 a.m. Comment

Minus 50+ Celebration

Brooklyn: By Chudi Chukwudi Comment

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Guyana signs open skies deal with U.S.

Guyana: The United States’ Department of State says that U.S. Ambassador to Guyana Brent D. Hardt and Guyana’s Minister of Public Works Robeson Benn have signed an Open Skies air services agreement, formalizing the “liberalization of the bilateral aviation relationship between both nations.” Comment
Sports: The USA and Mexico renewed their rivalry at the soccer fortress that is Azteca Stadium in Mexico City last Tuesday night. The goalless draw revealed much about the slow shift in power within the CONCACAF region as the final qualifying round for the Brazil 2014 World Cup unfolds. The USA seems to have unshackled the hex of losing south of the border, while Mexico’s CONCACAF powerhouse status may be on the wane as emerging Panama shows that parity is the latest trend in the region. Comment


People: As the United Nations last week honored the memory of an estimated 15 million innocent victims who suffered over four centuries as a result of the transatlantic slave trade, it also underscored the plight of millions more who it said still endure the brutality of modern slavery. Comment
Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — One of Haiti’s biggest shantytowns, a vast expanse of grim cinderblock homes on a mountainside in the nation’s capital, is getting a psychedelic makeover that aims to be part art and part homage. Comment

New stimulus in Barbados

Barbados: The government of Barbados says it intends to invest Bds $600 million (US$300million) as part of a new stimulus to improve the local economy and create at least 1,000 new jobs. Comment



Sports: What a tremendous success for a first time and newly built venue to host a major post season college basketball Division I tournament! And it also marked a Brooklyn product to be competing near his old high school and residence. Comment

More funds for Windies cricket

Caribbean: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has been given a US$3 million financial boost by signing an agreement with the International Cricket Council (ICC) under the Targeted Assistance and Performance Program (TAPP), which is aimed at developing more competitive teams in international cricket. Under its program, the WICB will be awarded US$3 million. Comment
Sports: MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Americans were clinging to a scoreless tie, seconds away from earning a rare point in Mexico, when Angel Reyna’s shot darted perilously close to the goal. Comment

Jamaican lawyer assists needy

Jamaica: For the last six years, Rodney Austin has been giving back to his community by hosting annual children’s event in his village of St. Ann, Jamaica. The immigration attorney felt a sense of pride and accomplishment, and as such felt the need to help, by stocking backpacks with school supplies to share among the less fortunate kids in his neighborhood. Comments (5)

Call for banks to end foreclosure crisis

What costs New York City almost $2 billion and is stiffing our economy out of 15,000 new jobs? The big banks and their refusal to end the foreclosure crisis-- but our next mayor has the power to change it. Comment

Immigration, be legal

Viewpoints: I am happy for anyone to come to the United States. We are truly a great country. I’ve been further convinced of this by visiting other countries. There are some wonderful places but I always feel better when I am on American soil. Our country has issues but nothing like those faced by most other countries. Comment

Letting advocates of trigger-mania call the shots

Viewpoints: The way it now looks, if Congress reaches agreement on gun violence legislation, the sane ones among us should all give thanks for small mercies. Small indeed, because it’s already pretty much a fait accompli that an assault weapons ban will not be included in anything lawmakers pass…if “passing” is in the cards. Despite the valiant efforts of the president and lots of folks who were awakened from a convenient slumber on the gun violence issue by the Newtown, Conn. episode, here we go again, with those championing sensible gun laws back on their heels against a wave of trigger-mania. Comment

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Arts & Theater: SBA Annoucement:The U. S. Small Business Administration has extended the deadline for Hurricane Sandy survivors in New York to return applications for physical damage to March 29, 2013. Additional details on the locations of other Recovery Centers and the loan application process can be obtained by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing). Comment

Charitable Vincentian on mission to aid homeland

St Vincent: A Bronx-based Vincentian man says he is on a mission to aid his homeland by giving back at all costs – medically, educationally and otherwise – for the rest of his life. Comment
Health: (StatePoint) Unfortunately, beautiful flowers and warm weather can also mean itchy, watery eyes, sneezing fits and nasal congestion. Comment
Sports: West Indies selectors must be much more cautious and use much more discretion when selecting the West Indies squad. This is especially important as the head coach serves as master of ceremony in the selection of the final 11. Comment

Happy families have a plan

Books: “The Secrets of Happy Families” by Bruce Feiler Comment

‘25 Influential Black Women’ honored

People: The Network Journal- a black professional and small business magazine – paid tribute to 25 accomplished women at its recent “25 Influential Black Woman in Business” Awards Luncheon, at the New York Marriott Marque. Comment

Radioman Michael Baisden signs off

People: Wednesday was not only hump day but the day nationally syndicated radio personality Michael Baisden announced a hiatus from his radio show. The popular, personality whose daily talk show aired on KISS-FM said he will exit from radio on the last day of March. Comment
Music: A predominant Guyanese crowd recently clamored to see and hear one of Hollywood’s finest but in their midst a world-class musician quietly and patiently waited his turn to shine. Comments (1)

Aretha, Queen of Soul

Music: Known around the world by her first name, the undisputed, reigning “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin is peerless. One of the most influential voices in the history of American music, with a repertoire that spans pop, soul, jazz, rock, blues and gospel, Aretha was named the No.1 Vocalist of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Blancanieves (PG-13 for violence and sexuality) Silent version of a classic fairy tale, set in the 1920’s, reimagines Snow White (Angelina Molina) as a bullfighter being rescued from a wicked stepmother (Maribel Verdu) by a half-dozen, tiny toreadors. Ole, Sneezy! With Pere Ponce, Daniel Gimenez Cacho and Macarena Garcia. (In Spanish with subtitles) Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer is defending the record of the Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Comment

Gonsalves moves to honor Chavez in St. Vincent

Venezuela: Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves is proposing that a facility in St. Vincent and the Grenadines be named in honor of former Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, who died of cancer recently. Comment

Perils of US invasion and occupation

Viewpoints: Americans have forgotten about the Iraq war, which began 10 years ago this week, and the Afghan war, the longest in American history, but the U.S. government is still throwing its weight around in both countries. Comment
Arts & Theater: Dominique Morisseau is a poet, an actress and a playwright. She’s loyal and loving to Detroit, her hometown, artistically she references it some of her spoken word pieces and currently, in her new play “Detroit ‘67” that opened to great fanfare at the Public Theatre, last week. Comment

‘Seawall’ benefit and screening

Movies: The Mason Richards Film Fellowship for students of the University of Guyana will be launched on Saturday, April 6, when Friends & Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Guyana (FROG) present an evening of Fine Art, Music, and a special screening of the awarding-winning 64th Cannes Film Festival selection - “The Seawall.” Comments (2)
Books: CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Near the entrance to Venezuela’s national book fair, an image of the late Hugo Chavez holding a can of paint in one hand and a brush in the other greets visitors. Beside him reads a bright-red message that has also been scrawled on walls all over the country: “I will be present in the struggle.” Comment

Funding for small, export-oriented Carib enterprises

Caribbean: A new US$80 million initiative for direct lending to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Latin America and the Caribbean is in the works. The Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) said, in a recent release, it is launching initiative “to provide loans and technical assistance packages to help export-oriented SMEs meet emerging international best practices in corporate governance. Comment

Caribbean: Whether in the USA or in the Caribbean, the same quality products, low prices, unbeatable warranties and excellent service applies at every Courts store. Comment

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Sports: The U. S. men’s national team hosts Costa Rica on Friday, March 22, at Dick’s Sport Goods Park in Denver (CO.), then play at Mexico’s Azteca Stadium on Tuesday for a second qualifier in four days. These are crucial matches for the U. S. in this final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil next summer, crucial because the Americans has no points and are coning off a loss in Honduras in the first game of this final round. A loss at home on Friday, makes it doubly tough to win in Mexico, where the U.S. has never won a World Cup qualifier. Comment
Jamaica: Jamaican and West Indies middle-order batsman Marlon Samuels was named 2012 Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) Male Cricketer of the Year, while Stafanie Taylor was voted Female Cricketer of the Year at the JCA’s annual Award Dinner at the UWI Mona Visitor’s Lodge in Kingston recently. Comment

Brazil’s school meals teach good eating habits

Health: RIO DE JANEIRO, Mar 20 2013 (IPS) - Providing school meals for 45 million children is a remarkable achievement for Brazil. But the programme faces specific difficulties, as well as the generic problems plaguing any national plan in this vast country of more than 192 million people. Comment



Sports: Over the years the Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) graduated such players as Brooklyn residents Albert King, Pearl Washington, Connie Hawkns, and Stephon Marbury, Sebastian Telfair and Lance Stephenson eventually into the National Basketball Association. The latter three were all city players at Abraham Lincoln High School, located in Manhattan beach, near one of the hotbeds of Brooklyn-Coney Island. These are only some of the great players who came out of Brooklyn. The first four mentioned are now retired actively from the court. Comment

From Brazil’s family farm to the school lunchroom table

Caribbean: One of the main legal frameworks is law 11,947 of 2009, which stipulates that at least 30 percent of the resources of the National Education Development Fund be devoted to buying food produced on family farms, as well as providing the school meal service to all primary education students, including both children and adults. Comment

Tension rises in Guyana

Guyana: A major row is simmering in Guyana over the hogging of radio broadcast licenses by mostly Indo Guyanese businessmen and politicians, is fueling a growing belief that a small cabal of top officials is slowly executing a long-conceived plan to steal or control all the key resources of Guyana including the lucrative telecommunications sector among other state patrimonies. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

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Trinidad and Tobago: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says Antigua and Barbuda has made “significant progress” towards meeting the goals of its fiscal consolidation program to reduce debt and that it expects the economic recovery to continue in 2013. Comment

CGID blasts mayor’s comment on Kimami Gray killing

Brooklyn: The New York-based Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID) Tuesday blasted New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg for saying the March 9 police killing of 16-year-old Caribbean teen Kimani Gray was justified, because “all evidence shows” that he “had a gun.” Comment

Carib paramount chief remembered in Havana

St Vincent: The name of Paramount Chief Joseph Chatoyer and the courage and resilience of the Garifuna peoples were extolled March 14 in Havana, Cuba as National Heroes’ Day was commemorated. Comment

Venezuela halts communication with U.S. diplomat

Venezuela: CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela has halted communication with a top U.S. diplomat in the wake of President Hugo Chavez’s death. Comment
People: Miss Teen USA, Logan West, brought smiles to the faces of children at the Ryan/Chelsea Clinton Community Health Center in Manhattan, when she stopped in for a special story time. Her visit highlighted the work of Reach Out and Read of Greater New York, an early literacy program that partners with pediatricians to encourage families to read together. Comment

‘SVG economy in shambles’ - Eustace

St Vincent: St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace has painted a very bleak picture of the country’s economy, charging that it is “mismanaged” by the government of Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves and that the nation faces “the worst” economic situation since it obtained political independence from Great Britain in October 1979. Comment

Clearly a story that defies sugar-coating

Viewpoints: The Republican Party used last weekend to bombard the media with tidings of a retooling process its chiefs said the party needed in order to regain ground lost in the 2012 election. One comment from Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus had about it a conspicuously “Good luck with that” vibe. A stepped-up outreach campaign by Republicans, Priebus said, would include a commitment to make more visits to historically Black colleges to tell the story of the GOP. That duly hyperbolic statement of grand intentions immediately begs the question: what version of the Republican story did Priebus and company plan to tell? Comment
Sports: West Indies former opening batsman Devon Smith is leading in runs in the Regional Super 50 competition. He has 203 runs at an average of 67.67. He leads also in the four-day competition so far scoring 456 runs at an average of 76. The 31-year-old Grenadian has so far scored two centuries in the four-day competition. Smith has won two four-Day Man-of-the-Match awards along with one in the Super 50 Tournament. He won the Super 50 trophy against Guyana when he led Windwards to a seven-wicket win with an undefeated century. He has also taken the most catches in the four-day competition, a total of 11. Comment


Music: Reggae icon Maxi Priest and soca powerhouse KES The Band unite on stage for the aptly titled Timeless concert, a musical celebration this Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013. Comment

Westchester salutes a county leader

Westchester salutes a county leader

Westchester: As part of the annual Black History & Heritage Month celebration, Westchester legislators on Monday, March 11, saluted New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins. The County Board of Legislators (BOL) honored State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins for her many achievements in elective office and beyond and her recent election as Democratic Conference Leader -- the first woman in New York State history to hold this important political position. Comment

Changing the musical landscape

Music: Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. March 12, 2013--A new lease on the business of entertainment -- that’s the mindset held by one of Trinidad and Tobago’s big names in music production at this time. For the man who founded production company, HolyHouse Productions some time ago, this new lease on the business he enjoys and works hard to deliver his best to, is compounded by a change that saw him connect with his older brother Josh Stewart who is based in Atlanta. Together, they formed Zig Boi Music -- a full-fledged entertainment and media marketing company -- that Mr. Spine believes will change the landscape of Caribbean music marketing; enhancing it for the rest of the world to absorb. Comment

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Arts & Theater: Panel discussion: A presentation and panel discussioon on aligning transportation planning with land use and development in Brooklyn’s “Gateway” District at 10:30 a.m. YWCA of Brooklyn, 30 3rd Ave. (c/o Atlantic Ave.) To RSVP, contact Comment

Hartford investigates truck donation to Jamaica

Jamaica: HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The city of Hartford agreed five years ago to donate a used fire truck to a sister city in Jamaica, Morant Bay, and the truck was sent off to the Caribbean. So some were surprised to learn this year that the small island community said it never arrived and was seeking another truck. Comments (1)
Health: (StatePoint) Everyone has heard about a cosmetic procedure that left a patient unsatisfied or worse. But don’t let those anecdotes scare you. There are plenty of qualified, talented doctors available for every procedure. Comment
Health: (Family Features) Everyone’s vision changes as they age, but some changes could indicate a more serious problem. Age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma are two of the most common eye diseases in older Americans. As many as 11 million people in the United States have some form of macular degeneration, and more than three million have some form of glaucoma, according to the BrightFocus Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving brain and eye health. There may also be an association between untreated poor vision and cognitive impairment, which is another reason to take steps to protect your eyesight. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Dorfman in Love (R for sexuality) Romantic comedy about a frustrated young woman (Sara Rue) trapped at home caring for her unappreciative brother (Jonathan Chase) and widowed father (Elliott Gould) until she gets a new lease on life after volunteering to cat sit for a guy (Johann Urb) she has a secret crush on. Support cast includes Sophie Monk, Scott Wilson and Catherine Hicks. Comment
Movies: As young children, the McCrae sisters, Gail (Deborah Mailman), Julie (Jessica Mauboy) and Cynthia (Miranda Tapsell), formed a promising singing group with their cousin (Shari Sebbens). But the ensemble barely got off the ground before Kay was seized by the authorities while recuperating in a hospital. Comment

MTA Wins National Appy Award

New York: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Weekender app, which helps subway customers avoid headaches caused by weekend track work, has been recognized for excellence in design and functionality in a premier nationwide app competition. The app won an Appy Award for best app in the “Mapping/Navigation” category. Comment

Trinidad Pressured to Drop Mandatory Hanging

Trinidad and Tobago: PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Mar 14 2013 (IPS) - Ruth Dreifuss, the former Swiss president and chancellor of the University for Peace, may never have heard of Dennis Ramjattan, and vice versa, although they occupy opposite sides of a longstanding debate in this twin-island state. Comment

Haiti urged to adopt human rights plan

Haiti: An independent United Nations expert has called on the Haitian government to develop a coordinated plan of action on human rights and a framework on the rule of law. Comment
Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A charity for former U.S. President Bill Clinton awarded more than $700,000 to develop the country’s agriculture sector. Comments (1)

Retracing Haile Selassie – ‘Twilight Revelations’

Movies: A documentary film about Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I is making the rounds and arrived at the Schomburg Center in Harlem recently. Commissioned by South African television for a series spotlighting the legacies of seven great Africans, “Twilight Revelations Episodes in the Life & Times of Emperor” introduces a 58-minute documentary that “explores and analyzes watershed events during the reign of the Ethiopian emperor.” Comment

Women and Sunshine Week

Viewpoints: As we celebrate Women’s History month, we should pay homage to a resolute group of women who deserve recognition during Sunshine Week, another March event. Sunshine Week calls attention to journalists who courageously brought to light information that governmental and other authorities prefer to keep hidden. Their notable ranks include women who have insisted for nearly two centuries on their right to cover the nation’s capital in spite of prejudice against their gender. Comment

Jamaica’s cultural ambassador: Louise Bennett

Arts & Theater: Long before judges crowned royalty to winners of national pageants naming them Miss World, Miss Universe and queen of territories, Jamaica’s Louise Bennett reigned as the queen of patois and worldwide regarded, Miss Lou. Comment

A Taste of Ireland in the Bronx

Music: St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated this year at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, located at 250 Bedford Park Blvd., West in the Bronx, on Saturday, March 16 at 8:00 p.m., when it invites The Celtic Tenors to perform their eclectic music. The Celtic Tenors comprises Matthew Gilsenan, Daryl Simpson and James Nelson, and includes their musical director and pianist, Colm Rogan. Comment

Red Bulls hosts DC United in home opener

The New York Red Bulls opens it home season on Saturday, March 16, but it’s not a good homecoming for the 2103 version of the home team. Although the host (0-1-1) is without a win after drawing and losing in two games so far in this young season, it is the lack of creativity and excitement and the presence of a drab game that is worrying. Again, as in the past, the inability to maintain a lead has plagued the team. Comment
Sports: Four times the Long Island University-Brooklyn basketball team captured the Northeast Conference tournament and each time automatically advanced into the NCAA tournament. The last time was in March 2012. Comment



Guyana: Guyana’s government Wednesday said it is overwhelmed by the flood of world class companies interesting in drilling for oil and gas in the Guyana Basin and expects to hand out new concessions to two European firms in the coming weeks. Comments (1)

Crafting a Jerk Chicken Franchise

Food: What started in 1999 as an idea to bring great seafood to the Caribbean community, today has emerged as a four-restaurant chain in Brooklyn, with jerk chicken at the center of the offerings. Comments (2)



Music: “I am what you hear,” Nigerian singer Nneka Egbuna says, “I wouldn’t be able to separate my music from me.” Comments (1)

Women leaders support Women’s Equality Agenda

People: It was a cold soggy March 8, International Women’s Day, with an early spring snowstorm bearing down on New York City. At City Hall that morning, the feeling was the quite the opposite. Representatives of dozens of women’s organizations from every ethnic persuasion, organizations protecting domestic violence victims, reproductive health organizations, and organizations working on legal rights or legislative actions joined in joyous solidarity city and federal elected women officials– current and former–calling for action. Comment
Guyana: The Guyanese community salutes Dr. Deborah Persaud, scientist and clinician who was the sole recipient of the 2013 prestigious Elizabeth Glaser Scientist Award presented to her by the Pediatric AIDS Foundation her breakthrough research in pediatric HIV/AIDS. Comment

Inadequate data on violence against women

People: The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Miguel Insulza, says the lack of adequate statistical data on violence against women, its care and punishment, continue to be a “significant obstacle” to understanding of the depth of violence against women. Comment
Music: Recording artiste and songwriter Bugle easily stands out in the very crowded dancehall fraternity. With timeless lyrics and songs that play on the emotions of listeners, Bugle’s catalogue is not one that can be easily dismissed. Comment
Caribbean: West Indies captain Darren Sammy says he wants to see more West Indies victories similar to their 41-run win over Zimbabwe in the final Twenty20 International recently at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua. Comment

Join the challenge

Brooklyn: I run a not-for-profit program piloting at an underserved public school in Crown Heights - Seeds in the Middle. We empower kids to get healthy in the obesity epidemic. Comment

Shark fatally attacks Jamaican fisherman

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) - A large shark fatally attacked a spear fisherman on Tuesday as he dove in waters miles off the coast of southern Jamaica, according to authorities and colleagues of the dead man. Comment

On Chavez: Different strokes from different folks

Venezuela: Hugo Chavez’s death on March 5, after 14 years as Venezuela’s leader, has naturally given Venezuelans pause as to whether there’s anything in the pipeline remotely resembling the singular leadership brand that was Chavez. Some of them obviously hoping there is; others not. And very reflective of that dichotomy in the response of Chavez’s fellow Venezuelans was reaction in different spheres of the international community where, in genuine trailblazer fashion, Chavez stamped an image perhaps like no other who previously sat at the pinnacle of power in his country. Comment
Caribbean: It is a great possibility when the West Indies play on certain wickets head coach Ottis Gibson may be considering to play four fast bowlers. Comment



Sports: Most of the attention was focused on the one-two punch of senior forward Jordan Fuchs and senior guard Jon Severe during the Catholic High Schools Athletic Association basketball season. However, this one – two duo will not return next season as they will be graduating Christ The King High School. Fuchs is headed to the University of Connecticut (UConn) for football. Comments (1)

Army officers sue for Christmas bonus

Guyana: In what is clearly an unprecedented case, a group of local army officers has sued Chief of Staff Commodore Gary Best in civilian court in a bid to force him to pay them government-ordered annual Christmas bonuses approved by cabinet last year. Comment

Grenada open for business: Mitchell

Grenada: In a massive town hall meeting Saturday, March 9 at Brooklyn College, newly-elected Grenada Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell called for unity in re-building the tri-island nation. Mitchell, whose New National Party (NNP) swept the polls at the Feb. 19 general elections, urged all nationals to come on board in addressing the country’s dire economic plight. Comment

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Arts & Theater: Panel discussion: A presentation and panel discussioon on aligning transportation planning with land use and development in Brooklyn’s “Gateway” District at 10:30 a.m. YWCA of Brooklyn, 30 3rd Ave. (c/o Atlantic Ave.) To RSVP, contact Comment
Health: (Family Features) Chances are you’ve been down the weight loss road before. And chances are just as good that you’ve gained it all back. But don’t despair; there are ways to avoid the dreaded yo-yo. Harley Pasternak, best-selling author and the go-to trainer for A-list stars, answers some common questions about how to lose weight – and the tools needed to keep it off. Comments (1)
Health: (StatePoint) Eating right is essential to keeping your body running at its best. But nutrition advice doesn’t always account for people’s varied lifestyles, health needs and tastes. Comment

Baeza loves the Knicks

During a time out in the second quarter of a game between the New York Knickerbockers and the Philadelpha 76ers, a special presentation was made to help celebrate Black History Month for February. Amtrak served as the presenting partner for such an occasion. Comment

Buju’s lawyer seeks mayoral spot in Mississippi

People: Grammy-winning dancehall recorder and convicted Florida inmate Buju Banton may have to yield to his attorney’s busy political campaign schedule when he makes an appeal for a retrial of a case he was convicted of two drug charges and placed him in a Tampa, Florida prison for 10 years. Comment

Invest in America’s small and microbusinesses

National: In his State of the Union speech, President Obama focused on investing to create the, infrastructure, work environment and skills for good jobs and a thriving middle class. Comment
Books: Beverly East launched her third book here during a month-end reception signaling the end of Black History Month and the advent of Women’s History Month. Comment

Historic sextuplets pregnancy

Trinidad and Tobago: History was created in Trinidad and Tobago and the entire Caribbean when a 28-year-old mother gave birth to sextuplets - three boys and three girls - at the Maternity Hospital of the Eric Williams Medical Complex, Mt. Hope, about six miles from the capital, Port of Spain. Comment
Colombia: Experts and delegates attending the United Nations’ Conference on Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean have called for a “more ambitious post-2015 development agenda” in promoting growth, with “greater inclusion, protection, social equality and environmental sustainability.” Comment

New York’s Sandy $$

New York: Disaster assistance to New York survivors of Hurricane Sandy. Comment

Neighbors enter pact to seek retribution

Movies: “Dead Man Down” Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Caribbean Forum, which comprises the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) grouping along with the Dominican Republic, will launch a five-year review of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) it signed with the European Union (EU) in 2008. Comment
People: Former New York City Mayor David N. Dinkins has urged students in Brooklyn to make every effort to fulfill the dreams of slain civil rights leader, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Comment

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Brooklyn chanteuse celebrates her 25th birthday

Music: For her 25th birthday, Brooklyn chanteuse Melanie Charles is celebrating on March 8 at 9:00 p.m., at 269 Stanhope St. in Bushwick where she will launch her new single “Drifting” along with her first music video. All are invited. Comment
Venezuela: Caribbean leaders have been swift in reacting to the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez Tuesday, Feb. 5, expressing profound sadness over the loss of the socialist firebrand, after a long battle with cancer. Comment

A funeral, and a swearing in, for Venezuela

A funeral, and a swearing in, for Venezuela

Venezuela: CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — With leaders from five continents on hand, Venezuela began a day of distinctly different ceremonies on Friday — first the formal state funeral of Hugo Chavez, then the swearing-in of his anointed interim successor, which the opposition vowed to boycott on charges it was unconstitutional. Comment


Venezuela: The death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez from cancer in Caracas on Tuesday and the political uncertainty as to whether his revolutionary party will be able to hold on to power in fresh elections in a month, have sparked justified fears in the Caribbean as to whether a key concessional oil facility with Venezuela will continue or whether governments will have to return to the world market if the opposition takes power. Comment

New Grenada Cabinet named

Grenada: Two weeks after his New National Party (NNP) defeated the incumbent National Democratic Congress (NDC) in a landslide, historic vote on Feb. 19, Grenada Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has named an 11–member cabinet. Comment

Even after death, Chavez gets choice of successor

Venezuela: CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelans stripped of their larger-than-life leader awoke to an uncertain future on Wednesday, with jittery throngs flocking to supermarkets and gas stations to stock up, and anti-American vitriol infusing official statements and the chants of the street. Comment

In A Di Jungle

Music: Fresh from the release last month of her hard-hitting, socially conscious “In A Di Jungle” single on the “RasVibe Records” label, Canadian recording Reggae artiste “Tasha T” prepares for a New York run in early May after the release of “Real Talk” her highly-anticipated album, currently in the final stages of production. Comment

Expanding Carib renewable energy

Caribbean: The World Bank on Mar. 5 called for a major international effort to expand renewable power generation in the Caribbean and other developing countries by tapping “an underutilized resource,” geothermal energy. Comment

Protect young eyes in the technology age

Health: (Family Features) Whether it’s a tablet with an educational purpose or a big screen displaying the latest video game, the use of electronic technology is skyrocketing among kids. In fact, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, children ages eight to 18 spend more than seven and a half hours with electronics every day. Comment
Caribbean: West Indies bowlers must be on top of their game as they face off against team Zimbabwe in the upcoming Test matches and also for the Champion’s Trophy later this year. First, the selectors have to select a challenging group of bowlers with strong appetites for taking wickets in order to bring forth victories. Top-ranking teams have been scoring too high off the West Indies bowling, particularly in Test cricket. Head coach Ottis Gibson must introduce strategies to have the West Indies bowlers do the job. Comment

Turning 40 and still going strong

Music: The New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark was the venue for Sweet Honey in the Rock’s stunning performance tribute to Miriam Makeba, Odetta, Nina Simone and Abbey Lincoln on Saturday, March 2. The African American a cappella female ensemble performed a number of their tribute songs with three highly-talented Black male musicians (a pianist, drummer and guitar player) known as the Honey Men. Comment

Chavez hit by new, severe infection

Chavez hit by new, severe infection

Venezuela: CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A severe new respiratory infection has hit cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez and his condition is “very delicate,” Venezuela’s government says. Comment
St Vincent: One would hardly think that a registered nurse, with over 40 years of experience, would engage in the bakery business, but Cynthia Williams-Bernard has done just that, fulfilling her life-long dream. Comment



Sports: Major League soccer completed the first weekend of games in its 18th season and it’s a good bet that the person most talked about is not a player. How about the name Timbers Joey! He cuts slabs of timber for each Portland Timbers player who scores in a home game. Timbers Joey was hard at work last Sunday night cutting three heavy slabs. His fame may be on the rise because of a cast of Timbers players who young, exciting and skillful, and with debutant coach Caleb Porter, who looks as young as his players, they seem on their way to carving an exciting, goal-filled season. Comment

Johnson Charles scores high

Caribbean: Opening batsman Johnson Charles has achieved the biggest gain for West Indian batsmen in the latest Reliance ICC ODI rankings released last week. Comment

Jenkins returns

Jenkins returns

Sports: Charles Jenkins recently came closer to home and it came in mid-February. Comment

Let’s Keep Our Freedom

People: Our forefathers risked everything to establish this land of freedom. People have worked, prayed and died so that we might enjoy the freedom we have today. Comment

Common sense, comprehensive immigration reform will boost economy

Business: Since last November, there has been a lot of talk about how passing immigration reform this year will be “smart politics” given the role Latino voters played in the recent election. As a small business owner, I’ll leave the political forecasting to the pundits, but I can say this: failing to pass immigration reform, whatever the politics, would be downright knuckle-headed economics. Comment

Bash The Trash to perform ‘Tales Of Anansi’

Arts & Theater: Anansi, one of the most important characters in West African and Caribbean folklore is coming to New York and will settle in Brooklyn on April 13. The trickster character will make a one-time only appearance when a storytelling concert performed by the environmental friendly group Bash the Trash introduces “Tales of Anansi.” Comment

First Black nurses – Caribbean & USA

Jamaica: Florence Nightingale is perhaps the most known woman to be credited for serving as a pioneering professional in the field of nursing. Throughout the world she is acclaimed, the founder of modern nursing. Popularly referred to as “The Lady With The Lamp” -- due to her habit of tending to the sick at night -- the rich, well-travelled, upper-class, British legend was actually born near Florence, Italy, May 12, 1820. Comments (1)

Sun Kulcha

Arts & Theater: tax prep: Ridgewood Savings Bank announced recently that it will again be hosting ARIVA’s free Tax Preparation Days at four convenient Bronx locations. Tax Prep will be held at Soundview branch – 1626 Bruckner Boulevard; (718) 589-1323 from 9:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Bronx residents are eligible for free tax filing if they are single with no dependents and earn less than $25,000 or file with dependents and earn less than $50,000. Since space is limited, qualifying taxpayers must call the branch that is hosting the session in advance to schedule an appointment. Comment
Magistrate Maureen Baboolal-Gafoor, presiding in the Port of Spain, Trinidad, Magistrate Court on Tuesday (March 25) rejected a plea for Montano and songwriter Kernal Roberts, who was also convicted on two assault charges, to serve community service for the offenses. Comment
(StatePoint) Cooking from the garden is not like cooking from the store. There’s nothing more tasty, nutritious and satisfying than fresh, homemade meals made from the fruits, vegetables and herbs you grew yourself. Comment
Music: Twenty-three junior musicians from Brooklyn’s NPF Youth Orchestra will perform with acclaimed musicians from Julliard, N.Y.U. and Manhattan School of Music in the 2nd Annual Collaborative Concert on March 22, 2013 at the St. Ann & The Holy Trinity, 157 Montague St., Brooklyn, NY 11201 from 7:00 p.m. Comment

Caribbean Roundup

Trinidad and Tobago: The Antigua and Barbuda government is moving to implement the death penalty following the daylight brazen murder of a Guyanese mother of five at her workplace in the capital recently. Comment

Musical documentary celebrates festive folksong

“Hava Nagila: The Movie” Comment
Music: Haitian singer Emeline Michel celebrates the release of her latest CD, Quintessence, which has been five years in the making, with a glorious display of Creole soul March 8 and 9 at Harlem Stage. Two Haitian writers of note featured on the new recording will perform alongside Michel: novelist Edwidge Danticat and legendary storyteller Jean-Claude Martineau will read their poetry and recite stories about the power of their nation’s spirit, backed by a 12-piece band. Classically-trained Haitian tenor James Germain also shares the spotlight, displaying fresh and unexpected aspects of Haiti’s diverse culture. Comment

Passport Day cancelled because of sequestration

New York: The Department of State is blaming sequestration as the reason for cancelling Passport Day that was scheduled for Saturday, March 9 at its Hudson Street, NYC location. Comment

Humbled by accolades, Cassi eyes New York

Trinidad and Tobago: PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad. Feb. 22, 2013 -- On stage at Machel Monday, rising Soca star, Cassiano Sylvester- known best as simply Cassi, was referred to as the artiste who had delivered Montano’s favourite song for the 2013 Carnival season. Cassi says those words uttered by Machel himself, uplifted him in a way no one would ever understand. Comment

Crime takes toll on Jamaican economy

Jamaica: Jamaica’s Minister of National Security, Peter Bunting, says that his country has paid a high cost for crime, stating that the economy would have been between three and 10 times its current size had it not been for the “exceptionally high levels of crime” in the last four decades. Comment
Guyana: A leading Guyanese-born academician has been promoted to a top position at a major university in the United States. Comments (3)


New York: After a multi-year campaign, the Street Vendor Project of the Urban Justice Center (SVP) and dozens of vendors gathered Wednesday in Manhattan to celebrate the City Council vote to lower the maximum fines for street vendors and change the way vending fines escalate. Street vendors have routinely received fines of as much as $1,000 for minor infractions unrelated to health and safety, such as being inches too close to a doorway or having a vending license in their pocket instead of around their necks. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The ABCs of Death (Unrated) A to Z horror flick, shot by 26 directors, with each one’s segment titled by a different letter of the alphabet and illustrating a unique way to die. Starring Dallas Malloy, Lee Hardcastle and Lucy Clements. Comment

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