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Monday, July 1, 2013

1199SEIU outraged, celebrate Supreme Court decisions

Viewpoints: “Recent Supreme Court decisions have both outraged the members of our union and given us cause for celebration. Regardless, we are committed to take further action. The morally bankrupt decision to strike down key provisions of the Voting Rights Act will allow state and local governments with a history of voter discrimination to change their election laws without federal approval. This is a major step backwards for voting rights and for our nation’s democracy, which still has a long way to go to fully realize the ideal of justice for all. Already, Comment

Big Brother is the story

Viewpoints: “Instead of being adversaries to government power … [the media of Washington, D.C., are] … servants to it and mouthpieces for it.” Comment

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Sun Kulcha

Queens: performing Arts: Study Group on “Revolution, She Wrote” by Clara Fraser. Readings focus on organizing across racial, ethnic and sexuality divides. At Freedom Hall, 113 W. 128th St., Harlem (between Malcolm X Blvd./Lenox Ave. and 7th Ave./ Subways #2 or 3 to 125th St.). Study sessions 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Snacks served at 7:00 p.m. for $5.00 donation. For more information or to buy the book, call 212-222-0633 or email fsp@nyct.net. “Revolution, She Wrote” can also be purchased online at www.socialism.com. Sponsored by Freedom Socialist Party and Radical Women. Comment

Unwanted medical treatment we cannot afford

Health: Imagine your 90-year-old mother has Alzheimer’s disease and is near death. But before she became mentally incompetent, she gave you power of attorney to sign a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order so medical personnel would honor her wishes to die peacefully, without aggressive medical interventions in her final days. Comment

What you need to know about controlling high blood pressure

Health: (Family Features) High blood pressure is sometimes called the ‘silent killer’ because it has no symptoms, except in extreme cases. It’s critical that the millions of people who have high blood pressure learn how to control it, before it’s too late. Comment

Some tips to help you stay fit this summer

Health: (Family Features) Whether you want to get your body ready for swimsuit season or stay fit during the summer months, it’s important to find a fitness routine that you can maintain. These tips will help you get motivated and keep moving for a healthier body. Comment

Friday, June 28, 2013

Trafficking in Persons Report ‘inaccurate’, ‘unfounded’: SVG

St Vincent: The government of Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves in St. Vincent and the Grenadines says while the 2013 United States Trafficking in Persons Report gives a more accurate reflection of the situation in the country, some aspects are “of concern to government officials as being inaccurate or unfounded.” Comment

Quest Recital & Awards Celebration

People: The Quest Recital & Awards Celebration was a huge success! Every Quest participant received an award, picture and a certificate from Borough President Marty Markowitz. In addition, Ade Abney received a laptop to assist him as he begins Morehouse College in the Fall. Comment

Guyanese to head Georgia university

Guyana: Guyanese academic Dr. Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, provost and senior vice president at York College of the City University of New York, will assume a new post as the ninth president of Fort Valley State University on July 22, 2013. Comment

Mini-factories emerging to process fruit in Cuba

Cuba: CEBALLOS, Cuba , June 24, 2013 (IPS) - Homemade machines for pulverising fruit and sealing cans of preserves, created by inventive entrepreneurs, are one of the pillars of a slight rise in mini-industries in different parts of Cuba, where food production is picking up. Comment

Tupac to ‘Holler’ on Broadway; star on Hollywood Walk

Music: An east coast versus west coast hip-hop rivalry may be brewing. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: A Girl and a Gun (Unrated) Constitutional rights documentary exploring 2nd Amendment issues relating to self-defense, power and violence via frank interviews with red-blooded, pistol-packing mamas. Comment

Rev. Sharpton joins fight to save hospital

Bronx: During The Harlem Renaissance of the 1920’s a prominent literary figure, Claude McKay, penned a poem titled, “If We Must Die.” In it he challenged the community to keep fighting injustices, even when their backs are against the wall. With backs against the wall, on Tuesday, June 25, New York State Nurses Association, Local 1199 Union, The Rev. Al Sharpton, politicians and the Bedford-Stuyvesant community joined forces in a rally and Town Hall meeting to save Interfaith Hospital. Comment

Thursday, June 27, 2013

RISING OCEAN LEVELS  

Trinidad and Tobago: KINGSTON, Jun 25 2013 (IPS) - It has taken just eight inches of water for Jamaica to be affected by rising sea levels, with parts of the island nation disappearing completely, threatening people’s livelihoods and much more. Comment

India wins ICC ODI Champions Trophy

Sports: India captured the ICC One-Day International Championship Trophy for the second time in a row, by winning every game in their group, progressing to the semi-finals at the top of the points table then defeating England in a severely rain-affected match. Comment

Read All About It

Books: A new book on a massive visa-for-sale racket the U.S. State Department busted at its mission in Guyana 13 years ago has hit international newsstands, providing sordid details of how a Chicago-born former junior foreign service officer sold hundreds of visas to Guyanese including convicts and used a renegade police squad led by two government-favored senior police officers to kill or brutalize locals who had tried to expose him. Comments (2)

One Jamaican represents island’s interest in CAL

Jamaica: Jamaican Dennis Lalor will be the voice of accountability, balance and stability when the new board of directors of Caribbean Airlines (CAL) convenes its next meeting. Comment

SAMBA SOCCER

RIVER TO RIVER FEST

Angelique Kidjo is a consummate performer and she did not disappoint on a early summer evening when she sang, danced and engaged fans who packed the lush green grass of Rockefeller Park at the western end of Chambers Street on Tuesday. Comment

HOT SUMMER NIGHTS!

Music: On Stage at Kingsborough announces the 2013 Hot Summer Nights! free outdoor concert series, taking place every Saturday night in July at 8:00 p.m. Comment

Callaloo: A Jazz Folktale

Arts & Theater: After two years of touring her one-woman show, “Girls! Girls? Girls,” Trinidadian-American playwright, Marjuan Canady, premieres her second original play, “Callaloo: A Jazz Folktale” at IATI’s Theater on Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28 at 7:00 p.m. Comment

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

UWI Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

New York: Dr. E. Nigel Harris, vice chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI) told a gathering of UWI alumni at its recent Pelican Awards event at Antun’s in Queens, that UWI graduates are among the top-five list of graduates in the world rankings. Comment

Jamaica church leaders rally for anti-sodomy law

Sports: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Several church pastors in Jamaica led a revival meeting Sunday to oppose efforts to overturn the Caribbean country’s anti-sodomy law and turn back what they see as increasing acceptance of homosexuality. Comment

State limits access to students’ personal info

Staten Island: The New York State Asembly this week announced the passage of legislation that would authorize parents of students to determine who can have access to certain private information that is used to identify their children. In addition, the measure requires SED to develop forms to authorize parents to prohibit the disclosure of their children’s personally identifiable student information. Comment

Costly reconstruction of Haiti slum

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, June 19, 2013 (Haiti Grassroots Watch) - Three years after its star-studded launch by President René Préval, actor Sean Penn and other Haitian and foreign dignitaries, the model “Corail-Cesselesse” camp for Haiti’s 2010 earthquake victims has helped give birth to what might become the country’s most expansive – and most expensive – slum. Comment

Brazil’s social stirrings upsetting the status quo?

Brazil: There’s been some attention paid, media-wise, to what’s been happening in Brazil recently. But bearing in mind these developments could well be the makings of a seismic shift capable of profoundly disrupting Brazil’s social order, should there perhaps be a bigger, sharper lens now trained on Brazil? Comment

USTA tries out ball persons

People: A former tournament player was one of 400 candidates who tried out to work and be part of the United States Open Tennis Tournament in various classifications in Queens later on in the summer. Comment

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Guyana Independence Anniversary gala

St Vincent: “In Unity There Is Strength” - the motto of the Guyana Tri-State Alliance, truly spoke to the togetherness and camaraderie that was evident at Brooklyn Borough Hall last weekend, when a capacity crowd commemorated Guyana’s 47th Independence Anniversary with an Awards Presentation and Cultural Showcase. Comment

Pitt vs. zombies in dire planetary scenario

World War Z” Comment

Sun Kulcha

Queens: Heritage month: In celebration of Caribbean-American Heritage Month invites you to “Its Caribbean Food & Music Festival.” Come enjoy a feast of delicious tastings of Caribbean foods, non-alcholic drinks, dance to reggae and soca music. Tickets: $45 per guest; St. Francis College, 182 Remsen St., Brooklyn, NY. Music by Shockwave and Dj Klitchko. Comment

Marley’s school will be renamed in his honor

Jamaica: Reggae legend Robert Nesta Marley is being hailed in education circles as worthy of being immortalized with honor and on Sept. 1 when students return to his old Stepney Primary and Junior High School, the name of the music icon will be prominent. Comment

Retail is small business

Business: This month marks the 50th annual celebration of National Small Business Week. This year it’s important to make sure we celebrate small retailers for the role they play in strengthening communities, creating jobs and driving economic growth. Comment

How to prepare your home’s outdoor space for summer fun

Health: (StatePoint) In the warmer months your home’s outdoor space is just as important as the rooms inside, especially if your family spends a lot of time outside. Comment

Rumors just too juicy to ignore

Books: “Rumor Central” by Reshonda Tate Billingsley Comment

Monday, June 24, 2013

Caribbean RoundUp

Guyana: Former senior government minister Dr. Timothy Harris has described “instability” as the political climate in St. Kitts and Nevis and that opposition politicians will launch a fresh campaign to get the National Assembly to debate a motion of no confidence in Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas. Comment

No passport, no love

LIAT invests in new aircraft

The financially-strapped regional airline LIAT is spending US$100 million in a re-fleeting exercise. Comment

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Antiguan envoy elected president of U.N. General Assembly

Antigua: The United Nations General Assembly has elected by acclamation Amb. John W. Ashe of Antigua and Barbuda as president of its upcoming 68th session. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: A Band Called Death (Unrated) Reverential rockumentary revisiting the rise and fall of Death, the short-lived, African-American trio credited with inventing punk music in 1971 before flaming out without ever releasing an album. Featuring siblings Bobby, David and Dannis Hackney, with appearances by Alice Cooper and Henry Rollins. Comment

Cuba, US try talking, but face many obstacles

HAVANA (AP) — They’ve hardly become allies, but Cuba and the U.S. have taken some baby steps toward rapprochement in recent weeks that have people on this island and in Washington wondering if a breakthrough in relations could be just over the horizon. Comment

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Wade Memorial Award

Bronx: On Thursday, June 20, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. presented the second annual John F. Wade Memorial Award to Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale & Department Store Union (RWDSU), at the third annual Bronx LGBTQ & Allies Award Ceremony. Comment

Passing of two Grenadian-Americans Dr. Gregory Williams (‘Social’) and Alec Telesford

Grenada: For today’s young generation of Grenadians, the name “Social” or Dr. Gregory Williams may not be significant but in the late 1950s and early 1960s Williams was one of Grenada’s finest sport personalities and role model. Comment

Friday, June 21, 2013

Jamaica eyes expatriates as source of investment

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — In a bid to kick start Jamaica’s chronically stagnant economy, the Caribbean country is wooing its citizens living abroad to invest in the island of their birth. Comment

IAAF: Jamaican case appears to be ‘lesser’ offense

Jamaica: LONDON (AP) — The doping case involving Jamaican sprint star Veronica Campbell-Brown appears to involve a “lesser” offense of unintentional use of a banned substance, the sport’s world governing body said Wednesday. Comment

GROOVIN’ IN THE PARK

Music: The award-winning and globally acclaimed British reggae band Steel Pulse has now been added to the lineup of the Groovin’ In The Park concert taking place on Sunday, June 30 at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York City. Comment

Caribbean Book Fest for all ages

Books: Caribbean Cultural Theater promises an amalgam of creative expressions on June 30 when almost 30 talents present their work from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at St. Francis College, 182 Remsen St. (between Clinton & Court streets). Comment

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Decline in sugar output

Guyana: When the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) was in opposition, its activists and supporters burned sugarcane fields, sabotaged factories and called so many strikes that managers lost count all in the name of weakening the administrations of then presidents Forbes Burnham and Desmond Hoyte. Comment

Four Vincentians receive Father’s Day honor

St Vincent: One of the leading Vincentian cultural and educational organizations in the United States has bestowed Father’s Day honor on four outstanding nationals. Comment

WIND & WATER WOES

Trinidad and Tobago: CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Jun 15 2013 (IPS) - The Caribbean has the unenviable reputation as one of the most disaster-prone regions in the world, a situation exacerbated by climate change and vulnerability that experts warn could have significant economic consequences if unaddressed. Comment

Carib Catwalk at NYC 2013 Fashion Show

Fashion: Two young designers of Caribbean Heritage will showcase their collections alongside veterans’ at the ongoing Second Annual Caribbean Catwalk fashion show, which closes the month with a bang on Friday, June 28 at the Hotel Pennsylvania in Manhattan. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Attack (R for profanity, violence and brief sexuality) Middle East drama, set in Tel Aviv, revolving around a celebrated Arab surgeon (Ali Suliman) who discovers a shocking secret about his wife (Reymond Ansallem) in the wake of a terrorist bombing. With Evgenia Dodena (In Arabic and Hebrew with subtitles) Comment

JOZY’S NIGHT

Kweh Kweh play at actors center

Arts & Theater: The Actors Fund Arts Center is an ultra-modern performing space that serves as a resource for Brooklyn-based artists and arts groups, to aid in the development and sharing of their work. Comment

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Caribbean Roundup

Trinidad and Tobago: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Wednesday said Antigua and Barbuda had successfully completed a multi-million dollar Stand By Agreement (SBA) despite “considerable challenges”. The IMF said the Baldwin Spencer government will receive an immediate disbursement of US$25.4 million following the last review of the SBA which expired yesterday. Comment

In High Gear for a 29th Year

Queens: By Lem Peterkin Comment

‘Suicide Epidemic’ ... True or False?

Movies: Paris Jackson, the man outside The Today Show and the recent double suicide of the life coach radio couple…is the U.S. in a suicide epidemic? Comment

Sun Kulcha

Queens: Art: Queens Council on the Arts is the newest kid on the block in the Kaufman Astoria Studio complex. Come join us as we cut the ribbon on our new space at our block party. The QAX Block Party will include family friendly interactive arts activity, live performances, Henna tattoo artist, live music and food carts. QCA is hosting the block party from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. Enjoy art activities, family fun, and food! Rain or Shine. 37th Street between 34th & 35th avenues Astoria, NY 11101. Comment

JAMPACT Gala to honor CIN-TV

Jamaica: Jamaica Impact, Inc. (JAMPACT) has announced that Caribbean International Network (CIN) Television will be the recipient of its prestigious Community Service Award at JAMPACT’s annual C.H.I.C. Benefit Gala. The honor, which recognizes organizations that provide a significant benefit to the Caribbean community, will be bestowed on CIN during the gala on June 29, 2013 at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in Manhattan. Comment

SVG nursing, renal failure groups stage inaugural major health fair

St Vincent: The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Nurses Association of New York (SVGNAN), Inc. is collaborating with the Brooklyn-based Caribbean-American Renal Failure Fund Committee (CARFRF) in staging an inaugural, major health fair on Saturday, June 22, at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment

Caribbean nations to launch aid-trade strategy

Caribbean: GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — A Caribbean trade bloc says it plans to launch a strategy to boost trade through providing aid. Comment

New coach not ‘kidding’

People: With the baseball season in high gear and the disappointing Mets and Yankees making all the noise with roster moves, the basketball season is winding down with the National Basketball Association annual draft next week. However, there was a recent major announcement made, and that was one involving the Brooklyn Nets. Comment

Festival of Cultures to honor Caribbean centenarians

St Lucia: June is Caribbean American Heritage Month and there are numerous events planned throughout the U.S. to celebrate and recognize Caribbean immigrants who have contributed to the growth and development of their communities in the United States. One such celebration happens on Sunday, June 23 at Nazareth High School in Brooklyn from 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., titled “Festival of Cultures in honor of Caribbean Heritage Month” hosted by Dr. Una Clarke and the Brooklyn based Progressive Democratic Political Association (PDPA). Comment

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Rise in migration, drop in jobs hurting

Queens: A new study by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) finds that while migration from the Caribbean and other countries is increasing, rising unemployment is hurting immigrants. Comment

Tyson snags her first ever Tony Award

Arts & Theater: Two namesake champions – Cicely and Mike Tyson – walked into the Radio City Music Hall venue recently in order to share the successes of the Great White Way during the 67th annual Tony Awards but only one left carrying theater’s highest and most coveted honor – the Antoinette Perry Award. Comment

Children rally to save after-school programs

“Save CAMBA. After school has got to stay” read the sign, hand-lettered in many colors on green cardboard. Comment

Monday, June 17, 2013

Caribbean farming gets its roots wet

St Kitts and Nevis: BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, May 21, 2013 (IPS) - As Caribbean communities grapple with the entwined challenges of climate change and food security, modern technologies offer hope that the region’s stagnating agricultural sector can be made more profitable. Comment

Cuba begins cyclone season with ‘good’ & ‘bad’ rains

HAVANA, Jun 10, 2013 (IPS) - The new cyclone season in Cuba is forecast to be highly active, and it announced its arrival with intense rains that caused rivers to burst their banks and flooded extensive areas in the western province of Pinar del Río. Comment

Protect your skin against scrapes, bites and burns

Health: (StatePoint) Afternoons at the pool, family barbecues, outdoor sports and picnics all mean summertime has arrived. With the change in temperature comes additional exposure to the elements and the attendant skin scrapes, bites and burns. Comment

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Apple tax dodging highlights need for reform

Viewpoints: Talk about taking your business to “the Cloud.” In an ingenious effort to avoid billions of dollars in taxes, Apple, Inc., has been levitating subsidiaries between American and Irish soil, claiming that from a tax-law perspective, they exist in neither country and so are subject to neither country’s taxing authority. And, sadly, the scheme has worked: no taxes have been paid to the U.S., a relatively paltry sum was paid to Ireland. Comment

Friday, June 14, 2013

SVG minister pleased with Caribbean Week

St Vincent: St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Tourism, Culture and Sports Minister Cecil “Ces” McKie says he was very pleased with his country’s promotion during last week’s Caribbean Week in New York. Comment

Wind power finds a toehold in Nevis

St Kitts and Nevis: CHARLESTOWN, Nevis, May 26 2013 (IPS) - When it comes to generating clean energy and reducing costs, the tiny Caribbean island of Nevis considers itself the leader within the nine-member Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). Comment

HAITI HUNGER WOES MOUNT

Haiti: BELLE ANSE, Haiti (AP) — The hardship of hunger abounds amid the stone homes and teepee-like huts in the mountains along Haiti’s southern coast. Comment

HISTORIC RETURN

Arts & Theater: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returned to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts for the first time in 13 years for a seven-performance engagement at the David H. Koch Theater which began on Wednesday, June 12 and ends on June 16, 2013. Comment

Brooklyn Sunday School Union Parade

The 185th celebration of the Brooklyn Sunday School Union Anniversary Day Parade held on June 5, 2013, a non attendance day for all public school children in Brooklyn and Queens, is now a tradition in transition. Some traditions withstand the test of time. Those which survive usually undergo a series of challenges; a period of highs and lows, and their survival is attributed to the solid foundation on which they are built. Comment

Barricaded family fights to survive in horror flick

Movies: “The Purge” Comment

Get your Green Card through marriage to a U.S. citizen

Immigration: A foreign national who is married to a U.S. citizen is eligible to apply immediately for Permanent Residency (Green Card). The processing time is reasonably fast because the application is processed under the immediate relative category and visas are readily available without delay. Comment

JAMAICA SHUTOUT

Jamaica: Jamaica lost its fourth straight CONCACAF final round World Cup qualifier, 2-0, in Honduras Tuesday night and is virtually eliminated from the Brazil 2014 World Cup run. Meanwhile, the U. S. cruised to a 2-0 win over Panama in Seattle for its third straight victory on the same night, when host Mexico played to a goalless draw with Cost Rica. The U. S. is now in first place in the Hexagonal tournament, which qualifies three teams automatically for the World Cup, with the fourth place team to meet New Zealand in a home-and-away series for a final berth. Comment

Thursday, June 13, 2013

T&T EMAIL SCANDAL HEATS UP

Trinidad and Tobago: Investigations into a scandal linked to the recent publication of electronic mails involving the prime minister of Trinidad, the attorney general and the national security adviser allegedly plotting to harm high officials and a newspaper journalist heated up this week with the head of government agreeing to turn over her Blackberry handset, laptop and password to officials probing the allegations. Comment

Grenadian school to benefit from wine tasting event in NJ

Grenada: The Boca Secondary School Alumni Association, New Jersey chapter, will continue its commitment to academic excellence in the St. George Grenada Boca Secondary School, through its fundraising programs that have in the past raised much needed capital to foster education programs and extra curricular activities. Comments (2)

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Two American visitors were robbed at gunpoint outside the Royal Towers, Atlantis Resort and Casino, early recently, Assistant Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson said. Comment

Giving the Gift of Family

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Young Mothers Collective (BYMC) hosted its first annual awards luncheon on Saturday, May 18 at Armando’s Restaurant in Downtown Brooklyn. The event was highlighted by the presentation of a proclamation to Jessamyn W. Rodriguez, BYMC honoree and executive director of Hotbread Kitchen, by Deputy Borough President Sandra Chapman Yeashea Braddock, executive director; Benita Miller, Fatima Silver, Deputy Borough President Sandra Chapman and Megan Hogan, board chairperson., recognizing the work of the organization in providing economic opportunities to women. Comment

National Black Theatre Festival

Kenton Kirby for Guyana’s award

Guyana: Caribbean Life’s own Kenton K. Kirby, editor in chief, will be honored during a ceremony to commemorate Guyana’s 47th Independence Anniversary, set to take place on Friday, June 21, in the Rotunda of Brooklyn Borough Hall. The ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. Comment

Hundreds attend Downstate’s health fair

Brooklyn: The dreary weather did not prevent hundreds of Caribbean and other nationals from attending State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center’s University Hospital of Brooklyn’s 27th annual community health fair at its Central Brooklyn location in East Flatbush. Comment

Father’s & Family Day in Harlem

Music: “It’s the biggest Father’s Day celebration in the nation” and Father’s & Family Day in partnership with Catholic Guardians Society & Home Bureau (a New York City Foster Care agency) will be an afternoon of fun, delicious food and entertainment for the entire family. Comment

India’s captain capitalizes on Windies flaws

Caribbean: India’s Captain Mahendra Singh Dhondi is fully aware of the type of cricket that the West Indies play and in addition to that he sees them in the IPL in his team and on the opposite side. What is surprising is that the West Indies head coach Otis Gibson did not come up with a different strategy for India. No team can come up against a power team such as India in this type of cricket. Comment

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Monroe presents tennis awards

People: Earl Monroe, a member of the New York Knicks for about nine years, including a championship season in their glory years, was on hand to present awards to the winning teams and individual finalists and champion of the Mayor’s Cup competition. Thus the almost nine day all scholastic competition in various categories was conducted by New York Junior Tennis & Learning, formerly called the New York Junior Tennis League. Comment

Behind closed doors at a funeral home

Books: “Nine Years Under” by Sheri Booker Comment

Take the sting out of Summer

Health: Summer is a time for enjoying warm weather, but spending time outside also increases the risk of contracting serious conditions like Lyme disease, poison ivy rashes, West Nile virus and allergic reactions to bee stings. Comment

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

From Soca Queen to Promoter

Music: Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. May 27, 2013 -- With plans to become a regional events promoter, Trinidadian diva Denise Belfon is testing the waters with the aim of providing struggling local artistes with an opportunity to make a living at home throughout the year. Comment

Have great looking skin at any age

Health: (StatePoint) One of the customary perks of getting older is growing a little wiser along the way. You’ve most likely come to appreciate your “thicker skin” when dealing with life’s sticky situations. However, when you look in the mirror, all you seem to see is thinning skin -- your epidermis that is, not your ego. Comment

Tips for small business owners to face today’s new challenges

Business: (StatePoint) These days, it can be an uphill battle for small business owners. Even with all the makings of success -- a great product or service, the right location, good equipment and a loyal staff -- gaining customers in today’s world spells new technical challenges and new costs. Comment

Cuba to open public Internet outlets – at 4.50 dollars an hour

Cuba: HAVANA, May 28 2013 (IPS) - Cuba will continue to prioritise public Internet access over connectivity in private homes, as indicated by a government announcement Tuesday that 118 new public cyber salons would open nationwide as of early June. Comment

Monday, June 10, 2013

What you don’t know can hurt you

Viewpoints: Federal investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board and other agencies are still sifting through the debris in West, Texas to determine why a fire in a fertilizer plant ignited an explosion of ammonium nitrate that killed at least 14 people, injured more than 200, and destroyed two schools, a nursing home, and dozens of homes. Comment

Continued losses of open space can adversely affect rural economies

Viewpoints: Each year, an estimated two million acres of America’s farms, ranches, forests, wildlife habitat, and other open spaces are fragmented into smaller parcels or lost to development, according to the President’s Annual Economic Report to Congress. Continued losses of this open space can adversely affect rural economies. These losses reduce opportunities for hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreation and impact wildlife, water, and other resources. Comment

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Rise and flameout of controversial flash in the pan

Movies: “Evocateur: The Morton Downey, Jr. Movie” Comment

‘Sisterhood’ Apollo Concert Bonds

June Is Black Music Month. Comment

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Virgin Islands music publicist to the stars dies

People: The music industry was rocked by news of the sudden death of publicist Diane Oliver Taylor on Memorial Day. Comment

Raul Castro turns 82, with heir-apparent on deck

Cuba: HAVANA (AP) — Cuba’s Raul Castro marked his 82nd birthday on Monday, June 3 in another reminder that time is running out for the aging generation that has led the country since the 1959 revolution. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 20 Feet from Stardom (PG-13 for profanity and sexuality) Backup singers belatedly get their due in this overdue documentary paying tribute to some of the best in the business, including Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Darlene Love, Claudia Lennear, Tata Vega and Lynn Mabry. With appearances by Bette Midler, Mick Jagger and Sheryl Crow. Comment

Friday, June 7, 2013

Gay parents in Cuba demand legal right to adopt

Cuba: HAVANA, June 4 2013 (IPS) - Many lesbians and gays in Cuba find different ways of achieving their dream of becoming mothers and fathers and forming families. But this is complicated in a country where neither civil unions nor adoption by non-heterosexual persons are legally recognised. Comment

Arms Coalition pleads with Obama

People: WASHINGTON, May 31 2013 (IPS) - Advocacy groups here are stepping up a campaign to pressure President Barack Obama to quickly sign on to a new United Nations treaty aimed at regulating, for the first time, the international small-arms trade. Comment

ARMS TRADE TREATY

Caribbean: Ten Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries this week at the United Nations signed the first ever international treaty to regulate the trade of conventional weapons. Comment

Jamaica accepting proposals to develop casinos

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica is accepting proposals to develop casinos on the island for the first time as it looks to boost its tourism industry. Comment

Haiti hosts 1st conference on mining efforts

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti brought in mining experts from around the world Monday in hopes of developing precious metals in one of the world’s poorest countries. Comment

The ‘Divas & Heroes’ in artist Bob Tomlinson’s life

Arts & Theater: Members of the public still have some time to visit the work of painter Bob Tomlinson at Viridian Gallery, 548 W. 28th St. in Chelsea. Exhibiting 22 oil and collage figurative paintings, entitled: “Divas & Heroes,” the artist’s fifth solo show at Viridian Gallery runs until June 8. Comment

Vincy calypsonians impress in sweltering heat

The sweltering heat last Saturday night did not prevent 17 calypsonians from impressing a boisterous crowd – and, perhaps, the judges – during the first preliminary round of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ National Calypso Competition at Café Omar in Brooklyn. Comment

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Dr. Walter Rodney

Guyana: On Thursday June 13, it would have been 33 years since an improvised device exploded in the lap of one of the world’s leading academic thinkers, killing Dr. Walter Rodney, seriously injuring his brother and perhaps robbing the country of a political revolution that might have gone a long way in healing the lingering racial divide in Rodney’s native Guyana. Comment

Vision Festival 18

Music: Vision Festival 18 opens on Wednesday, June 12 and runs thru Sunday, June 16. This year the Vision Festival will be held at Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave. (corner of Atlantic and 3rd Avenue), Brooklyn. Comment

Kerry eyes better ties with Venezuela

Venezuela: ANTIGUA, Guatemala (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, on his first trip to Latin America since taking office, gauged prospects Wednesday for improving badly strained ties between the United States and Venezuela that have steadily deteriorated over the past decade. Comment

Grenadian NBC reporter passes

Grenada: Emmy Award-winning, NBC journalist, John Noel lost his battle with brain cancer Thursday. The Grenadian native had been fighting the disease for approximately one year and throughout maintained his will to live and work but early that morning news surfaced that he was gone. Comment

JAMAICA, U.S. CLASH

Jamaica: Jamaica and the U.S men’s national teams renew their fierce rivalry tonight (Friday, June 7) in a CONCACAF final-round World Cup qualifying showdown at the National Stadium in Kingston. The teams, though, are going into the game, coming off different results: Jamaica, on Tuesday, three days earlier, lost to Mexico, 1-0, at the National Stadium in what was the fourth qualifying game for each, while the USA is coming off a 4-3 win over a weaken German national team. Comment

Coaches selected for Caribbean Premier League

Jamaica: Former West Indies Head Coach Roger Harper and former West Indies fast bowler Curtly Ambrose are taking up coaching assignments for the Guyana franchise. Harper will be the head coach and Ambrose the assistant. Sunil Narine is the franchise player for Guyana and Mohammed Hafeez is the international star. The Caribbean Premier League is scheduled to start in July. Comment

Junior Tourney in full swing

Queens: It won’t be long before the United States Open Tennis Tournament in various categories makes its annual stop at Flushing Meadow Corona Park in Queens. This will be the time of the year when the crowds gather in this venue and walking around could be tough. Comment

Vincentians support major scholarship fundraiser

St Vincent: Despite the unusually cold weather, several Vincentians on May 25 supported an annual fundraiser in Brooklyn to assist elementary and secondary schools in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Belizeans and their Citizenship rights

Belize: When Belize became an independent country on Sept. 21, 1981 all citizens of the country not living at home lost their citizenship. Opposition leader, the late Philip Goldson, was angry over it and vowed that if his party: the opposition United Democratic Party became the new government, he would do everything in his power to restore their citizenship. Comments (1)

Runaway teens struggle to survive in the woods

Movies: Freshman year of high school has just ended for Patrick (Gabriel Basso) who isn’t looking forward to spending the summer under the same roof as his helicopter parents (Megan Mullally and Marc Evan Jackson), given their monitoring his every move and their merciless teasing about his raging hormones. The situation’s even worse for Joe (Nick Robinson) whose widowed father’s (Nick Offerman) way of grieving involves belittling and grounding him at the drop of a hat. Comment

FROM HONOREBEL TO HONORABLE

Trinidad and Tobago: By Vinette K. Pryce Comment

Sun Kulcha

Queens: Health fair: Healthfirst is participating in the NATIONAL PUERTO RICAN DAY PARADE MUSIC FESTIVAL AND HEALTH FAIR AT ROBERTO CLEMENTE PARK at 301 W Tremont Ave., Bronx, NY 10453 from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The Healthfirst booth will offer health education materials and free face painting for children. The festival is part of Healthfirst’s sponsorship of the 56th Annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City, scheduled for Sunday, June 9. Led by this year’s Grand Marshall, actress Chita Rivera, the procession will march down Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue starting at 11:00 a.m. This year’s parade theme is “Celebrating Your Health.” Comment

Politics as usual, even when disaster strikes

Viewpoints: Some years ago, during the Clinton administration, the nightly news on PBS did a recurring round-table featuring journalists from around the country. Every so often there was a member of the Oklahoma press included, and it didn’t take much exposure to this sorry excuse for journalistic objectivity to wonder why on earth did the program producers think it necessary to invite this guy. In contrast to the diverse views of other contributors, from the Oklahoma rep., particularly on Clinton administration policy matters, there was routinely an uncompromising thumbs down. One couldn’t help re-threading this Oklahoma profile snippet in light of what has propelled the state into a major news highlight in recent days. Comment

The truth about inner-city fatherhood

Books: “Doing the Best I Can. Comment

Laparkan Shipping opens Stanley Avenue office

Trinidad and Tobago: Mega shipping company Larparkan, on Saturday, June 1, welcomed the community to its new 416-428 Stanley Ave., Brooklyn office, with a lavish celebration that included a cultural presentation, messages of praise from members of the Diplomat Corps, and testimonials from longtime customers. Comment

Unbought and Unbossed

Barbados: Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm was born on Nov. 30, 1924 and died on Jan. 1, 2005, Comment

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Caribbean Roundup

Trinidad and Tobago: Police say they are questioning five persons after two men were shot and killed and three others hospitalized in serious condition, on Monday. Comment

Bravo wins IPL Purple Cap

Caribbean: Bravo will lead the Caribbean side in the Champions Trophy beginning next week in the United Kingdom and was in top form grabbing a staggering 32 wickets this season. Comment

France blacklists Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago: France has banned the use of banks in the countries on the list, from helping in distributing development funds, international news agencies reported on Monday. Comment

Brooklyn celebrates Weusi

Brooklyn: Brooklyn celebrated the life of Jitu Weusi and his decades of service at the Boys and Girls High School, 1700 Fulton Street, on June 1. The event preceded a one-hour viewing on Monday followed by funeral service at Brown Memorial Church, 484 Washington Avenue. The community empowerment advocate died May 22. Best known for his advocacy of quality education in the Black community the acclaimed warrior transpired after fighting a valiant battle against cancer of the kidney. Comment

Bridging the Digital Literacy Divide

Staten Island: It’s hard to believe that in the year 2013 nearly one quarter of the households in New York City don’t have a computer or access to the Internet. In Brooklyn more than 24 percent of the households still don’t have a computer. Comment

‘For Straight People Only’

Free Anancy Festival in Queens

Books: New York is included among the eight cities earmarked to be treated to this year’s free Anancy Festival. On June 15, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p. m. the Caribbean’s most-beloved, trickster will demonstrate his appeal to children when his folk tales are revealed at the Langston Hughes Branch, Queens Public Library at 10001 Northern Blvd. in Flushing. Admission is free. Comment

Happiness could be key to good health

Health: (StatePoint) Everyone knows that proper diet, regular exercise and avoidance of bad habits like smoking are crucial to great health. But some experts say that a truly positive outlook on life can be just as powerful a factor in improving overall wellness. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Dirty Wars (Unrated) Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill narrates this expose uncovering the hidden truth behind America’s neverending covert War on Terror being conducted all over the world by a secret army that supposedly doesn’t exist. Includes commentary by Matthew Hoh, Andrew Exum and Abdul Ghafoor. Comment

A better diet can improve your looks

Health: (StatePoint) There may be some credence to the old saying that “beauty comes from within.” Scientific research shows that the appearance of your largest, most visible organ -- your skin -- can be directly affected by the vitamins, nutrients and minerals you feed your body. Comment

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