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Five Caribbean states join pilot for energy efficiency

Trinidad and Tobago: BELMOPAN, Belize, Aug 23, 2013 (IPS) - Every year, the Caribbean’s electric sector burns through approximately 30 million barrels of fuel. Overall, the region imports in excess of 170 million barrels of petroleum products annually. Comment

Caribbean economies battered by storms

Trinidad and Tobago: PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Aug 19 2013 (IPS) - The Caribbean is in danger of becoming “a region of serial defaulters” with respect to international debt obligations, according to one expert, and this may partly be due to its economies suffering frequent shocks from natural disasters. Comment

Clarke says Dr. King’s work yet to be completed

Brooklyn: As America last Wednesday commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke says the slain civil rights leader’s work is yet to be completed. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film (R for profanity) Class war documentary chronicles the birth of the Occupy Movement by following a motley assortment of activists camping out in lower Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park with hopes of creating a utopian alternative to the status quo. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: In a controversial bid to raise a projected $20 million in revenue annually and stamp out the “illegal tobacco trade,” the government is set to implement tough new regulations on manufacturers, vendors and consumers of tobacco products that could see each charged large fines for infractions. Comment

Cuban doctors cure Haitians’ eyesight

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Aug 28 2013 (IPS) – It’s Saturday, and the entrance hall of a police station in front of the busy market in Salomon in the Haitian capital has become an improvised health post. In a few minutes there is a long queue of people waiting to be seen by the Cuban medical brigade. Comment

One million youth to rally in Harlem

Bronx: On the 15th anniversary of The Million Youth March, this year’s event will be billed “Millions for Trayvon” – a tribute to Florida, teenager Trayvon Martin whose death was justified after a five-member, all female jury acquitted his shooter of any wrongdoing. Comment
Arts & Theater: Messiah International is working at a fever pitch, revving up its band to impress the judges at the Labor Day carnival on Eastern Parkway, with Yaa Asantewaa – “I am Woman” - that will delves into the realm of African Mas, said co-band leader Lucericia Messiah. Comment
Arts & Theater: On Fri. Aug. 23, 2013, Church Avenue’s businesses launched a two-week sales period with a tribute to the West Indian American Day Parade and welcomed costumed models proudly showing off their parade outfits. Comment

New York Call’s annual Day of Fun and Fellowship

Music: The New York Call, a coalition of Christian pastors, ministries and congregations from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, celebrated its 10th anniversary Saturday, Aug. 24, with a day of fun and fellowship at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater at Jones Beach State Park in Wantagh, N.Y. Saturday, Aug. 24, with a day of fun and fellowship. Comment

Williams welcomes Council override of mayoral vetoes

Brooklyn: New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams has welcomed the City Council’s votes to override two bills that would rein in the policies of the New York Police Department (NYPD) against Caribbean immigrants, Blacks and other minorities. Comment

There is more to ‘Kaios,’ the growing mas band

Kaios International, the Trinidadian mas band, is moving on up, or at least, it’s really getting much bigger. Last year, Kaios with 150 revelers registered as a small band; this year, it’s expecting 300; it’s in the large band category. Comment

Mas Productions Unlimited portrays ‘Amazonia’

Despite dire financial straits, Mas Productions Unlimited, arguably the leading Vincentian mas band in the United States, is portraying “Amazonia” for this year’s Children’s Carnival, as it celebrates 20 years of competition. Comment

US Open in full swing

Serena Williams hopes to be making her seventh appearance in the finals of the women’s singles tournament of the United States Open Championships. She entered the tourney on Monday as the top seeded female in the field of 128 competitors from all over the world. And she is seeking her 17th Grand Slam title. In fact, she is one of the greatest women’s players of all time. Comment

T&T elections will not be postponed: Kamla

Trinidad and Tobago: When Afro former National Security Minister Austin Jack Warner recently broke away from the governing People’s Partnership (PP) to run as an independent and trounced the government in a traditional Indian stronghold in central Trinidad, the move sent shivers down the political spine of those in the corridors of power. Comment



NEW YORK (AP) — From the earnest explanation of why Gary the Snail is her favorite “SpongeBob SquarePants” character to the name-check of rapper Lil Wayne, Victoria Duval made quite clear she is very much a 17-year-old kid. Comment

WI to play New Zealand

Caribbean: The West Indies will play three Tests, five one-dayers and two Twenty20s during their first visit to New Zealand in five years in December and January. Comment
Brooklyn: Jamaica and St. Lucia won their semifinal games last Sunday and will meet in the local Caribbean Cup final this Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, 4:30 p.m. at Jefferson High School field in Flatlands, Brooklyn. Jamaica survived a 5-4 slugfest against a determined Guyana team in the featured semifinal, after defending champion St. Lucia defeated Haiti, 3-2. The Jamaica-St. Lucia match-up will be a repeat of last year’s semifinal showdown when St. Lucia dethroned the eight-time champion on penalty kicks. Comment
One of the most important rights, that is to vote, is subject to scrutiny as major elections across New York City gear up for the Primary Election on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. Comment
Jamaica: Captain of the Jamaica Tallawahs Chris Gayle and allrounder Andre Russell steadied the Tallawahs batting with a match-winning 62-run partnership from 34 balls. Earlier on, Chris Gayle won the toss and the Guyana Amazon Warriors were elected to bat. After some 10 overs, the Amazon only scored 46 runs and had lost two wickets. Comment
Arts & Theater: Up-and-coming sing-jay Flash Raggedy said he is pleased with the growth of his music career since making his debut. Comments (2)

Belizeans oppose cruise ship tours to southern areas

Belize: Colonialism not only deprives a society of its freedom and its wealth but, of its very character, leaves its people intellectually and morally disoriented.” (Franz Fanon, 1966). Comment

Sun Kulcha

Queens: Children’s Museum: Join us for our annual Back to School Jam taking place right before school starts from 11:00 a.m- 2:00 p.m. Youngsters of all ages are invited to a party in their honor – especially those going to school for the first time! Come celebrate this important milestone with an exciting, hands-on experience complete with crafts, snacks, music, games and more! This celebration helps young children look forward to a new school year and another important phase of learning. Comment
Arts & Theater: Diving into “Freaks Mas” Wet Wednesdays, a weekly costume promotion, perspective masqueraders and spectators alike are bubbled with anticipation for Aquaria pageantry for Eastern Parkway. Submerged in the vibrant colors of the sea adorning the walls of the mas camp, are sections designed by the many mas makers who collborate with Natural Freaks on their voyage from Miami to New York, from Deejaying, to party promoting, to costume making. Comment

That high court nominee chess game again

Viewpoints: Short of stature though she is, and with a voice that’s hardly the full-throated, take-charge type, the spunk that comes with the package that is Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would have prompted many a double-take, for sure. Little wonder, then, that word of alleged restlessness among some liberals who think that at age 80 she should consider resigning her position pretty soon has drawn from her, if not defiance, a resolve not to be pushed where she doesn’t yet care to go. The suggestion that leaving the court early enough to guarantee that her replacement is appointed by President Obama isn’t the kind of political chess game that will figure in her plans for a high court exit, Justice Ginsburg says. Comment

Commit to realize Dr. King’s dream

National: It is hard to believe that 50 years have passed since the fateful March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King seized the hearts and minds of this nation. He laid out his vision for a future not defined […] Comment

Keep Social Security off the table

Viewpoints: President Obama’s proposal to restrict the growth of Social Security by changing annual cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) from the present Consumer Price Index (CPI) to a Chained Consumer Price […] Comment
Fashion: Miss World Guyana Ruqayyah Boyer, spoke eloquently about her ‘queen with a cause’ platform that addresses domestic violence and bulling, during a recent Guyana Tri-State Alliance reception at the Permanent Mission of Guyana to the UN, in New York City. Comment
Arts & Theater: The newly-formed Evolution Mas is taking “Ah Journey Thru De Caribbean,” as it looks to “do something different” for Labor Day. Comment

‘Kaleidoscope of Kolorz’ on Labor Day

Arts & Theater: Though The Set/Circuit United Mas Camp is only three years old, the band is aiming high with “Kaleidoscope of Kolorz” for Labor Day, according to band leader, Arlene “Mrs. Trini” Cumberbatch. Comment
Arts & Theater: Claiming that no mas camp has portrayed India and its culture, the three-year-old Devine Mas says it will be looking “From India with Love” this Labor Day. Comment

The legacy of ‘The Speech’

“The Speech” by Gary Younge Comment

Majestic costume drama of martial arts fighter

Movies: “The Grandmaster” Comment

Radio & records collaborate to aid radio griot

Brooklyn: On the 126th anniversary of the birth of Jamaican national hero Marcus Mosiah Garvey, an impressive community support dominated a day-long, marathon, internet broadcast in Harlem which appealed to charitable donors for aid. Comment

‘Mugabe’ wins: Here & Over There

A dramatic production now staged at the Signature Center challenges audiences to rethink western propaganda, media and the notion of Black leadership in Africa. In “Breakfast With Mugabe […]Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Afternoon Delight (R for profanity, drug use and graphic sexuality) Midlife crisis dramedy set in L.A., about a bored housewife (Kathryn Haghn) who spices up her life by hiring a stripper (Juno Temple) as a live-in nanny. With Jane Lynch, Josh Radnor, Jessica St. Clair and Michaela Watkins. Comment

Caribbean Roundup

Caribbean: More than US$2 billion is spent on the annual food import bill by CARICOM countries, which have a combined population of only six million people. Dr. Richard Cox, capacity building officer of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification. “It is worth noting that CARICOM itself produced the figures to show that our import food bill runs over US$2 billion every year. Comment

Annual Oiutdoor Crusade

Music: NEW YORK, August 12, 2013 – The New York Call, an annual outdoor crusade promoting unity among Christians in the New York tri-state area, will celebrate its 10th year on Saturday, Aug. 24, with a day of fun and fellowship at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater at Jones Beach State Park in Wantagh, N.Y., located on Long Island’s South Shore. The free event will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and is open to the public. Comment

Annual Vincy party on Long Island was a blast

Music: Organizers of the Second Annual Vincy Unity Picnic at Heckscher State Park on Long Island, NY -- though marred by a brief scufle near the end of the event, “was sucfessful.” Comment

New York Jamaicans celebrate a milestone

Jamaica: Jamaicans home and abroad while still reminiscing of last year’s golden jubilee celebrations, reflected on Jamaica’s Fifty-First Year of Independence, August 6, 2013. At the heels of such a milestone Jamaicans in New York, though dichotomously existing, shared their love and aspirations for their nation state Jamaica in a series of events in New York. Comments (1)

Free bone marrow, kidney disease screening

Brooklyn: According to statistics released by the National Kidney Foundation, (NKF) only 29 percent of minorities who need a bone marrow transplant find a match, a great cause for concern in the Caribbean and African-American Communities, noted Dr. Wisley G. Augustin, leader of the Bethany’s SDA Health Ministry. Comment

CARICOM consulates to host inaugural health fair

Brooklyn: New York’s Caribbean Community (CARICOM) consulates, in collaboration with the Caribbean American Nurses Association (CANA) and the Caribbean American Medical and Scientific Association, Inc. (CAMSA), will be hosting an inaugural Caribbean Health Fair on Aug. 24. Comment

Red Bulls lead conference

Sports: The New York Red Bulls (11-8-5, 38 pts.) and the Philadelphia Union (10-7-7, 37pts.), second and third respectively, in the MLS Eastern Conference Standings, put on a ho-hum display of what should have been an exciting soccer game. First-place in the Eastern Conference was at stake and the near sell-out crowd of 25,355, who showed up at Red Bull arena on a lovely Saturday night deserved better than the goalless result. Comment
People: Sri Lankas top batsman Kumar Sangakkara and former captain has joined the Jamaica Tallawahs in the Limacol Caribbean Premier league. He is one of the top batsmen in Test and One-Day International and has scored 33 Test centuries and averages 56:97. Comment

Uneasy Calm at the UWI

Uneasy Calm at the UWI

Jamaica: The University of the West Indies Student Guild is gearing up for a Caribbean-wide campus demonstration against the Barbados government’s decision to impose tuition fees at the university. Comment
Arts & Theater: The reception area of Brooklyn Borough Hall was thrown into a carnival arena on Tuesday, Aug. 20 when the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) kicked off its 46th Carnival Celebration with a carnival mas that gave patrons a sneak-peek of what to expect on Labor Day on Sept. 2. Comment
Music: Award-winning Austin “SuperBlue” Lyons, a musical Caribbean hero, will perform in New York City for the first time in over a decade at the Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree Music Festival on Aug. 31 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Comment

Great show as Carifesta XI opens in Suriname

Suriname: Three hundred and forty Surinamese youth and 10 Chinese Shaolin Monks stole the show at the opening ceremony of CARIFESTA XI in Paramaribo, Suriname on Friday night, Aug. 16. Comment

Five nights of calypso, soca

Music: Brooklyn’s Caribbean Carnival, 2013, comes alive at EVERYBODY’S, the Caribbean-American magazine, annual Calypso-Soca Festival & Tent. The five-nights, calypso-soca concerts popularly called a “Tent,” are Aug. 27-31 at the Tropical Paradise Ballroom, 1367 Utica Ave., Brooklyn, NY. More than 35 artists from Lord Funny to Calypso Rose and across the region are performing. Comment


Music: The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival 2013 kicks off on Friday, Aug. 23 at Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheatre at 7:00 p.m. The legendary tenor saxophone master, Jimmy Heath leads his big band in concert premièring a newly updated version of the 2004 commissioned work, “Bird Is the Word,” Charlie Parker’s historic composition. Heath has long been recognized as a brilliant saxophonist, magnificent composer and arranger. He has performed with almost all of the greats of the last 50 years, including Charlie Parker himself, Howard McGhee, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Wynton Marsalis. He has written more than 125 compositions and was the recipient of the NEA Jazz Master Award in 2003. Comment
Music: Reggae Splash World Music International Festival will take place at Roy Wilkin’s Park on Aug. 25, 2013. Comment

A ‘very sick man’ trawling for votes

Viewpoints: We probably shouldn’t be surprised that the whole rotten business of how New York’s current mayor will have gotten to serve for 12 years seemed neatly tucked away for most of the third term that shouldn’t have been, but has re-surfaced as a hot item again in the highly charged race now on to succeed the incumbent. We’ll see in short order whether City Council Speaker Christine Quinn will pay a big price for conspiring with Mayor Michael Bloomberg to bring about the Council vote that made his third term possible. Quinn’s fellow contenders to be the Democratic candidate come November seem to be sparing no effort to remind voters of her role in the mayor’s blindsiding maneuver that ran roughshod over the city’s term limits provision. Comment

Labor Day Parade previews Primary Election Day

Brooklyn: Although carnival revelry may already be the pervasive topic in some Caribbean circles, for a majority, the Sept. 10 primary is the event to decide key political positions in the city and will be evident on Labor Day when virtually every aspiring candidate walks blocks along Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway to get notice, media attention and endorsement from the millions who will attend the annual WIADCA festivity. Comment

Radio griot appeals for help in fighting son’s blindness

Brooklyn: Radio broadcaster Imhotep Gary Byrd recently issued an appeal for help to caring and considerate individuals who are willing to aid him in his quest to pursue alternative treatment for his son whose sight has been declining. Comment

Milestone with a difference

Grenada: During the evening of Aug. 22, 2013, the Brooklyn Borough Hall would be occupied with activities marking the 28th anniversary of the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc., which was founded by its President and CEO, Dr. Roy A. Hastick (snr.). The scheduled membership and business networking celebration will be hosted by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Deputy Borough President Sandra Chapman and NYC Councilmember Mathieu Eugene. Comment
Arts & Theater: Horns grow from the bejeweled men’s helmets. Brown and aqua feathers-matching the women’s carnival/jungle-adapted attire–sprout from their headpieces. Of three women’s costume styles, the headpieces become more and more elaborate. These are the Vikings and warrior princesses of the Backyard Mas Band. Comment
Movies: It’s very rare indeed for a matinee idol to trash his or her own picture prior to its release, no matter how horrible the film is. Instead, they tend to just bite the bullet and participate in the press junket praising it to high heaven. For that reason, audiences should have considered themselves warned when Jim Carrey decided to distance himself from “Kick-Ass 2,” going so far as to apologize to his fans for the splatterflick’s shocking “level of violence.” Comment

Good Reason to Legalize Marijuana

Staten Island: It’s time to recognize that New York City’s misguided war on marijuana has failed. Instead of spending millions on low-level drug prosecutions that disproportionately affect minorities, why not instead legalize, regulate, and tax the City’s $1.65 billion marijuana market? Comment

Sun Kulcha

Queens: living with diabetes: This six-week mind/body/spirit approach to diabetes management was developed by Stanford University and offers research-proven success for those who complete it. Take control, renew your sense of well-being and lead a healthy, fulfilling life. You’ll learn how to: manage symptoms, better understand your condition, reduce stress and boost confidence, problem solve and better manage everyday tasks gain control of your diabetes — and have more energy to devote to feeling healthy, content and nourished.Free and open to the public from 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.. 206-20 Linden Boulevard in Cambria Heights, Queens. RSVP: 1-646-476-1294 (Must pre-register) Comment



Jamaica: MOSCOW (AP) — Yes, Usain Bolt dazzled again. Comment

Former political prisoner in bid for Georgetown mayor

Guyana: Mark Benschop, a onetime political prisoner who was pardoned by former president Bharrat Jagdeo after serving five years for treason, a charge that he bluntly denied, has announced his candidacy for Mayor of Georgetown via Face Book, as the leader of the “Independent Party.” Comment

Touch Radio Kiddies Band goes ‘Under De Sea’

Arts & Theater: Formed just four months ago, Touch Radio Kiddies Band goes ‘Under De Sea’ for Labor Day. Comment

Jones returns to b-ball court

Sports: ElmCor, a youth and adult center located in Queens, is known to develop beginner basketball players under some well-known coaches, and to host various hoop leagues and classics, including its own ElmCor Summer Outdoor circuit at the PS 127 playground with evening and rain out games shifting indoors to its Center. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Drinking Buddies (R for pervasive profanity) Joe Swanberg directs this romantic comedy, set in Chicago, about a couple of flirtatious co-workers (Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson) already in committed relationships who come to question their commitments when they unexpectedly end up alone together for a whole weekend. With Ron Livingston, Ti West and Jake M. Johnson. Comment


Africa: “O Africa awaken!! Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: There will be no hiring of new workers in the central public service or across all statutory entities for the next financial year, unless approved by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart. Comment
Dingolay Mas Camp, located at 1323 Nostrand Avenue (between Lennox and Clarkson) is festooned with spectacular costumes - all in the color blue, to depict its theme: “Blue Savages.” Comment
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) - Dozens of Rastafarians gathered in Jamaica on Wednesday to brainstorm ways of pressuring European countries to pay reparations for slavery and talk about other core beliefs of the homegrown faith. Comment

46 Years of Caribbean Pride & Culture

Music: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and Christopher (MC Wassy) Bowen are the grand marshals for the 2013 West Indian American Day Carnival parade. They will join the renowned West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) as they present New York’s “Greatest Show on Earth” under the theme: Celebrate our Caribbean Pride and Culture for the 46th Annual Caribbean Carnival Festival to be held throughout the Labor Day weekend, Thursday, Aug. 29 – Monday, Sept. 2. Comment

Cocaine found inside okra plants in Guyana

Guyana: GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Authorities in Guyana say smugglers have found yet another way to smuggle cocaine out of the country. Comment
Haiti: WASHINGTON, Aug 14, 2013 (IPS) - Work by the Group of 4 (G4) union of Haitian peasant organisations, along with assistance from the Dessalines Brigade – South American peasant leaders and agroecology experts supported by La Via Campesina - has been singled out for promoting “good farming practices and advocat[ing] for peasant farmers” in Haiti. Comment


Guyana: Guyana’s main opposition party has virtually killed and buried a controversial hydro electric project that government had built up as its infrastructural showpiece but which many in the opposition and professional communities have said is riddled with overpricing and millions in kickbacks for those with power and political connections. Comment

‘We’re in Danger of Losing our Salvation’

Barbados: Making biblical references to slavery, Archbishop of Canterbury, the Right Honourable Justin Welby, has said that the church must own up to past wrongs in the Caribbean. Comments (1)

Ultimate Police & Fire Championships

Ultimate Police & Fire Championships

Trinidad and Tobago: The Caribbean was represented by a delegation from the Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service -- many with Vincentian roots, at the World Police and Fire Games (WPFG) 2013 at King’s Hall in Belfast. Comment

‘East meets West Indian Fusion’

Arts & Theater: After participating in the West Indian American Day Carnival parade for 25 years, D’Midas International New York says its production, “East meets West Indian Fusion,” will make a difference this Labor Day. Comment

Bajan Paradise portrays ‘I Am Soca’

Bajan Paradise is set to storm Eastern Parkway on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2, with a 200-strong mas band depicting “I Am Soca.” Bandleader Paul Griffin is excited about showcasing a kaleidoscope of colorful costumes that he said would truly celebrate the culture and beauty of Barbados. Comment
Internationally-acclaimed Caribbean playwright, Vincentian-born Jerol Huggins-Jackson is bringing his masterpiece “Truth B Told” to Off-Broadway. Comment
Brooklyn: The local Caribbean Cup tournament kicked into high gear last Sunday, Aug. 11, when the playoffs got under way at Jefferson High School Stadium in Flatlands, Brooklyn. Defending champion St. Lucia and Guyana won their quarterfinal games in front of a packed crowd at the Jefferson Stadium to advance to the semifinals on Sunday, Aug. 25. St. Lucia defeated Grenada, 4-3, on penalties after a hard-fought battled that ended goalless; Guyana topped St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 3-0. Comment
Jamaica: MOSCOW (AP) — This U.S.-Jamaican sprint rivalry is turning into a rout at the world championships. Comment

Titles decided

People: Seven titles were determined last week when the ElmCor Summer Basketball League concluded another very successful season. Childs Place sponsored all the action during the summer. Comment

Stop-and-Frisk reeks of racial profiling

Staten Island: United States District Court Judge Shira A. Scheindlin issued a groundbreaking decision declaring that the New York City Police Department (NYPD) implements its controversial stop-and-frisk policy in an unconstitutional manner and violates the rights of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers. Judge Scheindlin ordered sweeping reforms – including an independent monitor to oversee the NYPD – to fix the problems. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Queens: Film Showing -- Eyes on the Prize: The March on Washington. This award-winning documentary excerpt will be screened to mark the 50th anniversary of the historic civil rights mobilization and Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have A Dream” speech at 7:30 p.m. Special commentary by James Wright, former SCLS organizer, Civil Rights historian and D.C. 37 union activist. Program will feature a dramatic reading of SNCC Chairman John Lewis’ censored speech from the 1963 march. Come mobilize for the Anniversary March on Washington on Aug. 24. Comments (1)
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge’s stinging rebuke of the police department’s stop-and-frisk policy as discriminatory could usher in a return to the days of high violent crime rates and end New York’s tenure as “America’s safest big city,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg warned. Comment

Navigating tall challenges in foreign policy

Viewpoints: As if he didn’t already have a full plate and more to contend with from obstructionist congressional Republicans about his domestic agenda, President Obama finds himself, early in this second term, with tall challenges on the national security/foreign policy front that threaten to make the rest of his tenure an obstacle course not for the faint of heart. The thorny issues just keep piling up. Recent brouhahas like the chill in the US-Russia relationship and Edward Snowden’s role in this or rumblings at home over people’s right to privacy being compromised by post-9/11 realities add to longer-standing perplexities like Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan. And what seemed like pretty smooth sailing in the first term, even policy moves that looked to be undeniable pluses, now come in for second guessing. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Although Kelene Chung interned at the White House for almost two months, when President Barack Obama stood in front of her to congratulate her at the end of her summer internship, she was shocked, awed and plain overwhelmed by the occasion. Comment
Arts & Theater: The feathered decorative collars and elaborate headdresses are cobalt blue and ruby red, topping stretchy fabric costumes in the same bright shades. This Mas Band’s theme, the Haitian Flag 1806, chosen “so people will recognize that we represent Haiti,” shouts out: Haitian flag! Comments (1)

Vincentian lawyer ‘battered, bruised’ by NYPD

St Vincent: A prominent Vincentian lawyer and former senator in the incumbent Unity Labor Party (ULP) administration of Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves in St. Vincent and the Grenadines has confirmed his arrest by officers of the New York Police Department (NYPD). Comments (1)

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: A 64-year-old United States citizen is recuperating in hospital after he was bitten on the left hand by a Nurse Shark, the police said in a statement recently. The man from Fort Lauderdale, Florida was cleaning fish in Exuma, an area known for Nutse sharks, when the incident occurred recently. Comment
MOSCOW (AP) — Make room, Carl Lewis. You too, Michael Johnson. Comment

MLK III to lead historic 50th Anniversary March in DC

People: Another Martin Luther King Jr. will march to Washington D.C. on Aug. 24. Comment
Guyana: The Brooklyn-based community group, Action, Performance, Commitment (APC) Community Services, Inc. says it has conducted a very successful medical mission to Guyana. Comments (1)
Brooklyn: Way down at the end of the Paerdegat streets and at the end of Seaview Park, lies one of Canarsie’s most prized possessions, a family center tucked into the pocket of Brooklyn. From the sky (Google maps if you can’t afford a space station of your own) you can see the four pools shining like sapphires in PacPlex back yard, but there are more treasures beneath the surface of the sprawling tin roof. Comment

Ghetto Babylon: Coming of age in the South Bronx

Arts & Theater: The three boys are the best of friends in the South Bronx, two cousins and their buddy. They’re all on the little league team the “Warriors”, it’s their last eligible season, and it’s high school, come fall. Now, it’s mid-summer. Comment

Obama’s tax plan a bad bargain for small business

Viewpoints: President Obama is right to address the urgent need to modernize our once grand infrastructure. Unfortunately, the president’s corporate tax reforms would leave us in a deeper hole down the road. Comment

Jamaica’s flag flies high in Brooklyn to mark 51st

Jamaica: Jamaica’s black, green and gold dominated the colorful plaza outside Brooklyn’s Borough Hall on Aug. 6 when the distinctive banner raised above the New York City colors to mark the 51st anniversary of independence. Comment

Finding local consumers for St.Vincent food imports

Food: Vincentians in the United States, particularly in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut areas, could benefit from a new fresh-food initiative organized by the country’s trade minster, Saboto Caesar. Comment

Group: Jamaica must probe transgender teen slaying

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A New York-based human rights group on Thursday called for Jamaican police to conduct a full investigation into the mob killing of a transgender teenager. Comment

Carib oil deal to cost more

The Venezuelan government plans to increase the interest rate it charges to finance oil purchases by Central American and Caribbean countries under the Petrocaribe oil agreement, according to reports. Comment

Independence message by Gov. General, Sir Patrick Allen

My Fellow Jamaicans, at home and in the Diaspora, Comment

U.S applauds Jamaica

Jamaica: On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I extend warm wishes to the people of Jamaica on the occasion of your 51st year of independence this Aug. 6. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (Unrated) Fugitive drama about an outlaw (Casey Affleck) who makes a daring escape from a Texas prison in order to be with his gun moll (Rooney Mara) and the young daughter (Kennadie Smith) he’s never met. With Ben Foster, Keith Carradine and Nate Parker. Comment

Clint Dempsey comes full circle

Sports: The Deuce is loose! Clint ‘Deuce’ Dempsey, the current U.S. national team captain, returned to MLS after a six-year spell in the English Premier League. The 30-year-old Dempsey, who scored 12 goals in 43 games last Premiership season at London’s Tottenham Hotspurs and still at the top of his game, surprised everyone with his move last week to the Seattle Sounders. Comment

Too Tall Foyle’ Launches Children’s Book

Too Tall Foyle’ Launches Children’s Book

Books: Orlando, FL -----Former professional basketball player Adonal Foyle has not let his retirement from his illustrious 13-years career as an NBA player slow him down, in fact he is busier than ever with setting new heights of achievement for himself and his Kerosene Lamp Foundation, an organization that empowers children in the areas of athletics and academics. Comment
Arts & Theater: After a year’s hiatus, New Generation Mas Community Center is portraying ‘Wings Of’…everything this carnival. Comment
Arts & Theater: When Labor Day Carnival comes to mind, the first name to be called is Sesame Flyers International. Known for their large music trucks with more than 1000 beautifully colored masqueraders dancing along Eastern Parkway to the sweet sound of soca and calypso, their masterful steel pan orchestra or their 11 Band of the Year titles, Sesame Flyers has made a name for the Caribbean culture in NYC. Comment
People: Some fascinating cricket is being played in the Limacol Caribbean Premier League Twenty20. Guyana Amazon Warriors seem to be the best team on paper with such players as Captain Ramneresh Sarwan, Lendl Simmons, Martin Guptil, Sunil Narine, Mohammed Hafeez, James Franklin, Narsingh Deonarine, Christopher Barnwell, Denesh Ramdin, Veer Sammy Permaul and Krishma Santokie. The St. Lucia Zouks is comprised of some well-known cricketers as well, including West Indies Test and Twenty20 Captain Darren Sammy, Pakistan Captain Misbah-ul-haq, Tino Best, Devon Smith, Shane Shillingford and the aggressive opening batsman Andre Fletcher. Comment

New Miss World Guyana franchise holder

Newly appointed Miss Guyana World Franchise Holder, Natasha Martindale is excited to engage the Guyanese community in her quest to bring home the coveted title as she readies the new queen, Ruqayyah Boyer to compete in Indonesia this September. Comments (1)
Guyana: Kadecia Baird will compete at the highest level of track and field at International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships in Moscow to cap to her tremendous senior year at Medgar Evers. Comment

Vincy Culture, Hospitality headline Irish festival

St Vincent: Belfast, Northern Ireland -- To commemorate Emancipation Day (August 01), regional integration and the camaraderie of the Caribbean, particularly those of Caribbean decent in Northern Ireland, CaribbeanFest was established. Comment

Leaving larger footprints could become tricky

Viewpoints: The name of Dr. Ben Carson definitely belongs in any listing of highly accomplished African Americans. A neurosurgeon who has been internationally respected for his trail-blazing work in the field during […] Comment
With over 25 years in the carnival business, Trinidadian Kenneth Antoine says he is reviewing the past and examining the present for this year’s West Indian American Day Carnival Parade. Comment
Health: (StatePoint) From high blood pressure to cancer, serious ailments often strike, despite our best efforts to maintain good health. Comment



Arts & Theater: “Flambeaux,” a musical play set during carnival in colonial Trinidad in the 1880’s, makes its world premier in Manhattan’s Theater for the New City. Nandi Keyi-Olungade’s newest work opens the Dream Up Festival Aug. 18. A cast of 25 brings to life the story of Sello (Augustus Wilson), a celebrated young stick fighter who dies after a fight during carnival festivities. His death haunts the community and sparks tensions with colonial authorities. Comment

Barclay’s scream ‘Hey Miss Carter’

Music: King George probably will likely not take the throne of the British kingdom until late in the millennium but the reigning queen of pop in America arrived at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn and was greeted as a home-girl with cheers that echoed “Hey, Miss Carter!” Comment

Jamaica court says commission has power of arrest

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A court ruled Tuesday that a Jamaican commission that investigates allegations of abuse by the island’s security forces has the power to arrest and charge accused police officers. Comment



LONDON (AP) — Usain Bolt returned to the site of his last Olympic triumph, recovering from a slow start to win the 100 meters Friday night in the Anniversary Games in his best time this season. Comment
DEA Agent Robert Trench (Denzel Washington) and Naval Intelligence Officer Michael Stigman (Mark Wahlberg) have both infiltrated a drug syndicate run by Papi Greco (Edward James Olmos), a creep who carries the head of a decapitated adversary around in a bowling bag. Therefore, the imbedded lawmen are careful to make sure their cover isn’t blown while bringing down the ruthless kingpin. Comment

The eagle has landed in St. Vincent

St Vincent: Like an eagle on a cultural mission, once again James Lovell landed in St. Vincent and the Grenadines to conduct the third Garifuna Cultural Retrieval Workshop. As I glanced at my brother and friend getting […] Comment

Watson comes back in shape

Sports: Anthony Watson is back in the news again, but not as much as a runner. A resident of Brooklyn, Watson competed in the New York Road Runners Club team championships as a member of the Prospect Park Track Club, which has more than 700 members and he coaches them as well. Comment

U.S. judge dismisses immigration lawsuit

National: A United States federal district judge in Dallas, TX has dismissed a lawsuit against President Obama’s policy to defer deportation for some young illegal Caribbean and other immigrants. Comment

Ghana honors Rita Marley on Emancipation Day

Music: Rita Marley, the primary, benefactor of Bob Marley’s legacy received honorary status in Ghana on Emancipation Day (Aug. 1) when she was granted the distinction of being honorary citizen for her philanthropic efforts and social contributions throughout Africa but particularly in the Gold Coast where she has resided for almost two decades. Comment
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Aug. 1, 2013 (Haiti Grassroots Watch) - As the government works on preparing “an attractive law that will entice investors”, Haitian popular organisations are mobilising and forming networks to resist mining in their country. Comment

Edwidge Danticat reads at Revolution Books

Books: To a packed audience at Revolution Books in Manhattan last week, Edwidge Danticat read a preview excerpt from her newest book, “Claire of the Sea Light,” which will be released Aug. 27. Comment

Tropicalfete Inc unveils its Labor Day band

Arts & Theater: Tropicalfete Inc. unveils the Abyss “Under The Sea,” their 2013 mas presentation for Labor Day, which is being hosted this year by Optimum Events Pro, a premiere events planning company in Brooklyn, New York. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: I Give It a Year (R for profanity, sexuality and graphic nudity) Romantic comedy examining the toll exacted on a newlywed couple’s (Rose Byrne and Rafe Spall) marriage when the groom starts spending time with his ex-girlfriend (Anna Faris) while the bride finds herself attracted to a business client (Simon Baker). With Alex Macqueen, Minnie Driver and Stephen Merchant. Comment
Though Peter Durrant & Friends International has been formed since 1996 and first participated in carnival a year later, the band wants “Amazing Space” for this Labor Day. Comment
Staten Island: It is dismaying that, in the 21st century, New York still treats 16- and 17-year-olds as adults before the law. For certain serious crimes, our state actually prosecutes children as young as 13 as adults. Comment

Intra-CARICOM trade increase

Caribbean: With intra-regional trade within the Caribbean Community showing an increase inrecent times in the face of exogenous factors, the Intra-regional trade has been “positive”, with significant growth in the early period of the integration movement and with the share of intra-regional to total trade increasing, on average,” a CARICOM report states. Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: A very politically interesting thing happened in Trinidad on Monday night when Afro businessman and former National Security Minister Austin Jack Warner took on the Hindu-dominated, governing People’s Partnership (PP) in an Indian heartland constituency and won, triggering fears about his alleged larger ambitions to either severely weaken the governing coalition or bring it down altogether. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Defense force marines apprehended a Bahamian man they said was transporting 29 bales of suspected marijuana recently. The defense force said in a statement that while concluding a search and rescue exercise, the marines observed a suspicious go-fast vessel in the north – eastern section of Paradise Island, 500 meters off Cabbage Beach. Comment

Caught in the Debate Over Reparations

People: PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Jul 29 2013 (IPS) - As Caribbean countries prepare to observe Emancipation Day on Aug. 1, they are also caught up in an ongoing debate over reparations for slavery. Comments (1)

INTERPOL helps Caribbean detect forged documents

Caribbean: The International Police Organization (INTERPOL) said it has launched a new technology to detect fraudulent travel documents in the Caribbean. Comment

Rebuilding After Hurricane Sandy

People: Wednesday July 31, a procession of New Yorkers, accompanied by music and visuals capturing the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, marched from the Staten Island Ferry Terminal to City Hall to release a plan on post-Sandy rebuilding for the mayoral candidates to adopt. Comment
Caribbean: West Indies Test and Twenty20 team captain Darren Sammy has expressed concern over the inconsistent performances of the squad, in both the Twenty20 and One-Day Internationals. Comment

Warner makes history in T&T politics

Trinidad and Tobago: A new era has dawned in Trinidad and Tobago politics with Afro-Trinidadian Jack warner, erstwhile chairman of the ruling United National Congress and representative of the Chaguanas West constituency breaking the tradition of tribal voting in the predominantly East Indian constituency by winning the by-election to replace him in parliament. Comment


Arts & Theater: From behind a corrugated fence the churning beat of the rhythm section cut through the muggy night air. All one had to do was walk in and be transformed. There, in the yard at 112 Veronica Place in Flatbush, the Pagwah j’ouvert band was celebrating the launch of its 2013 presentation “Blue York.” Comment
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A summer Carnival-like celebration in Haiti has turned violent. Comment

Low minimum wage undermines economy

Viewpoints: As a business owner who runs a manufacturing company with 150 employees, I strongly support increasing the federal minimum wage, which has been stuck at just $7.25 an hour since July 24, 2009. It will provide concrete benefits to businesses and will strengthen our overall economy. Comment
Arts & Theater: Raw Essence says it will portray “Caribbean Gems” this Labor Day, with the hope of capturing the Medium-size Band of the Year title after five years of competing. Comment



The USA won the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup title on Sunday when it defeated a fighting Panama team, 1-0, at Chicago’s Soldier. It was the second time the teams met in a Goal Cup final; the US topped Panama in a penalty shootout, 3-1, when the 2005 final ended in a goalless draw. On Sunday, forward Break Shea tapped in a cross from Alejandro Bedoya in the 69th minute for victory in front of a crowd of 57,920. Comment

Serious concerns about foreclosure practices

Viewpoints: We already know that federal regulators have undermined accountability for the “systemic and widespread” abuses by mortgage servicing companies. In another disturbing development, the Federal Reserve and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) are refusing to turn over information to Members of Congress that could help them prevent such abuses from happening again. Comment

B-ballers play ‘street ball’

Brooklyn: What do the young men and college and high school students do during the off-season from the regular basketball schedule to stay in shape for the next level? Comment
Arts & Theater: Sherzel Productions says it is portraying “Blossom, D’Enchanted Garden” for this year’s carnival in tribute to the people who were severely affected last year by natural disasters in the Caribbean and eastern United States seaboard. Comment
Caribbean: Former West Indies fast bowler Michael holding is more than qualify to be West Indies head coach if he should be interested in the job. It is more than necessary to have some change of tactics and a new implementation of renewed strategies for the wear indies cricket team to overcome their short comings. Holding will bring confidence, experience and comprehensive cricket knowledge to the team. His wealth of experience internationally will be an asset to the players. The West Indies team has been losing too many close games that it should have won. Since the West Indies won the Twenty20 ICC World Cup, the team has achieved anything significantly. Comment

Reggae awards to boycott Florida

Organizers of the oldest Caribbean music awards – International Reggae & World Music Awards (IRAWMA) announced protest of Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law and support of Trayvon Martin by withdrawing a promise to host the honors next year in the Sunshine State. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Queens: Networking: Hempstead Rebirth is calling new, existing and aspiring business owners to its second Meet and Greet Networking Event. Brian Michael Miller, New York Life marketing development director, will share important networking keys and tips. This Networking Event will be great for connecting people and opportunities for business and business relationships. For more information about the “Making the Connection” Meet and Greet Networking Event, log onto and search “Hempstead Rebirth” and register. You can also register at the door. For more information on Hempstead Rebirth CDC, call Hempstead Rebirth at (516) 539-2210 or visit Comment

Warner’s trail of wrongdoing can’t be ignored

Trinidad and Tobago: At one time the buzz surrounding contemptible Jack Warner’s remaining a member of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissesar’s cabinet in Trinidad and Tobago, despite the abundance of unsavory […] Comment

A ‘Flawed’ 9-1-1 System?

Staten Island: The union representing 9-1-1 operators and EMS dispatchers urges the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security to investigate the emergency system, calling recent failures a “threat to public safety.” Comment
Books: The first time he laid eyes on her, your father thought your mother was the most beautiful girl in the world. Comment

Usain Bolt says he’s ‘clean,’ latest drug cases are setback for track

Jamaica: LONDON — Six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt said he’s a “clean” athlete, while adding that recent drug cases including some of his Jamaican national teammates are a setback for the sport. Comment
Movies: Over the course of a hundred days in 1994, the East African nation of Rwanda experienced an ethnic cleansing which consumed the lives of nearly a fifth of the population. The mass slaughter came as a consequence of a revolt by the majority tribe, the Hutus, against the Tutsis, a minority which, with the help of the country’s European colonizers, had enjoyed a higher social and economic status for centuries. Comment

WHO urges Caribbean to act on hepatitis threat

Health: On World Hepatitis Day, on Sunday, the World Health Organization (WHO) is urging Caribbean and other governments to act against the five hepatitis viruses that can cause severe liver infections and lead to 1.4 million deaths every year. Comment

Who is Claudia Gordon?

Jamaica: VKP: Growing up, who were your role models? Comment

What rural voters want

National: Most rural Americans believe the small-town way of life is worth fighting for and support government action to strengthen rural communities. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Artist and the Model (Unrated) Romantic dramedy, set in Occupied France during the summer of 1943, about an elderly sculptor (Jean Rochefort) whose zest for life is reignited by the attractive refugee (Aida Folch) who agrees to pose naked for him. With Claudia Cardinale, Chus Lampreave and Gotz Otto. (In French, Spanish and Catalan with subtitles) Comment

A requiem for Maurice ‘Mo’ Braithwaite

Brooklyn: Scores of mourners celebrated the life, and bid farewell to Maurice “Mo” Braithwaite, a fascinating, brilliant, and humbled soul who departed this earth on July 20. Braithwaite died at age 72, after a valiant fight with cancer. Comment
Jamaica: Dawn Skeete arrived in New York in 1971 from Jamaica; she was 10 years old and came of age here. Thoroughly American, she is still deeply embedded in Jamaican culture. Comments (1)
People: West Indies Test and Twenty20 captain, Darren Sammy, has etched his name into the history books by becoming the first West Indian sports personality to be named a brand ambassador for German automobile giant, BMW. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: A 73-year-old Italian national charged with murdering his 72-year-old ex-wife is to re-appear in court here this month. Police said that Umberto Schenato, who appeared before Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh, stabbed his estranged wife, Edda Schenato to death in the parking lot of a supermarket recently. Comment

Caribbean nations seeking compensation for slavery

MIAMI (AP) - Leaders of more than a dozen Caribbean countries are launching a united effort to seek compensation from three European nations for what they say is the lingering legacy of the Atlantic slave trade. Comments (1)

New director at Bed-Stuy BID

New director at Bed-Stuy BID

Jamaica: On May 20, 2013, the board of directors of the Bed-Stuy Gateway Business Improvement District (BID) announced the hiring of Michael Lambert as its executive director. Comments (2)

Bronx Welcome for DR Visitors

Dominican Republic: On Tuesday, July 23, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. welcomed a delegation of elected officials and other leaders from the Dominican Republic to The Bronx. The day’s events included a tour of the borough aboard the Bronx Trolley. Comment

Haitian women still waiting for a seat at the table

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, July 18, 2013 (IPS) - More than two years ago, Haiti’s parliament approved a landmark amendment to the country’s 1987 constitution to ensure that women fill at least 30 percent of elected and appointed positions at the national level. Comment

WOW! It’s Carnival Time

WOW! It’s Carnival Time

Arts & Theater: Immediately after Gizelle Fritz’ third-prize finish overall at last year’s Labor Day Carnival Parade with “What a Dream”, she and her sister, Dawn, took a critical look at their successes and challenges and “tried to find ways of mastering future presentations,” she told Caribbean Life. Comment
Platinum international reggae star Shaggy was the headliner for the 12th Annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York, on July 21. Comments (12)
Caribbean: After some attempts have been made at the management level of the West Indies Cricket Board to enhance West Indies cricket, much more must be done at the cricket level with coaches, captains, selectors and how players go about their duties. Some awful decisions are being made at the cricket level and this leads into a crisis. Captaincy and decision making are critical to a team’s success. West Indies cricket team seem to have found the negative end in their performances. West Indies batting has fallen apart and what is disturbing is the top ranking batsmen have been inconsistent. Comment


After a hugely successful Part 1, Jammins Entertainment presents “Singers In Action - Part II.” This year’s much anticipated concert is scheduled for two days at two venues across two states. Comment



People: In New York City and in 99 other cities in the USA, the recurring message during the Justice for Trayvon Martin rallies demonstrated diversity and dissent but mostly issued a plea for peace and justice for the teenager who was gunned down in Florida -- by amplifying the “dream” of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Washington D.C. next month. Comment

Who talks to whom in national conversations?

Viewpoints: Whether he came to it by way of routine political strategizing or he was personally moved to respond to some overwhelming spiritual or moral urging, President Obama’s remarks on the miscarriage of justice in Trayvon Martin’s death figure to be regarded, in historical perspective, as one of the highlights of his presidency. One senses that the president’s off-the-cuff talk in the White House briefing room the other day would have come off, for many if not most Americans, as a welcome enhancement to all the post-verdict dialogue and the understandable agitation among people of color. Not surprisingly, naturally, there have been, as well, the naysayer elements and worse. Comment

Ramajay gets sexy and modern

Ramajay gets sexy and modern

Arts & Theater: Sexy and modern will meet the storied past when Carnival band Ramajay takes to the road Labor Day. Ramajay founders and sisters Reisha Holder and Reishelle Maynard-Richards have never lacked vision, they began five years ago with the goal to bring the all inclusive mas experience to Brooklyn: “We noticed a void on the parkway. a lot of people were playing mas in Trinidad or Miami but not here” Reisha explains. Comments (1)
Highlighting its theme ‘In Service to the Community” President of the Guyana Action Committee (GAC) Errol Lewis, challenged members and patrons to give back, and used the words of former president, John F Kennedy - “ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country” as a call to action. Comment



The 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament completed quarterfinal games last weekend and the four teams left standing are Honduras in a match-up with the USA in one semifinal at 7:00 p.m. and Panama in a rematch with Mexico in the other at 10:00 p.m.; both semifinals were scheduled to be played on Wednesday, July 24, at Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The final is set for Sunday, July 28, 4:00 p.m. at Soldier’s Field in Chicago, IL. All the games are on Fox Soccer Channel. Comment

Seasonal tips for kids with Type 1 Diabetes

Health: (StatePoint) Attending sleep-away camps and sleepovers can be formative experiences for children. Yet the parents of a child with type 1 diabetes may have special concerns about their child’s well-being while away from home. If you have a child with type 1 diabetes, advice for sending your child to camp or a sleepover is now as close as a computer, tablet or smart phone. Comment

Brooklyn hot with basketball

Brooklyn: While the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicker bockers are continuing to make news with changes in their personnel to improve themselves for next season, summer basketball is continuing to gain more and more popular in New York City with the various leagues in operation. Comment

Clarke welcomes plans to aid Caribbean immigrants

Jamaica: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has welcomed a plan by New York City to aid undocumented Caribbean immigrants. Comment
Books: “Sister: An African American Life in Search of Justice” by Sylvia Bell White & Jody LePage Comment
Arts & Theater: Trinidad born actor Michael Rogers will be the focus of attention when he takes the stage and assumes the role of an African strongman in a play entitled “Breakfast With Mugabe.” Comment
Caribbean: Middle-order batsman, Jamaican, Marlon Samuels has been named West Indies Cricketer of the Year at the inaugural awards ceremony, which was jointly hosted by the country’s cricket board (WICB) and the West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Port of Spain recently. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: A meeting of parliamentarians from around the region in Antigua & Barbuda later this month will see real examples of threats to Caribbean democracy ventilated. That’s according to Speaker of the House D Gisele Isaac, who said, “I proposed to the broader executive, instead of dealing with theoretical subjects as we tend to do, let’s look at the actual issues facing the Caribbean countries.” Comment

Tribute to US Founding Father

St Kitts and Nevis: Prime Minister Denzil Douglas could not join nationals for the 209th year anniversary ceremony at Trinity Church in downtown Manhattan in order to opine on the merits of his twin-island U.S. hero but did not miss the opportunity of adding his voice to the celebrated list who offered reflections and kudos on the many contributions of Alexander Hamilton, America’s first treasury secretary. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Blue Jasmine (PG-13 for profanity, sexuality and mature themes) Cate Blanchett stars in the title role of this dysfunctional family drama, directed by Woody Allen, about a neurotic, New York City socialite prompted by a life crisis to travel from New York to San Francisco to reconnect with her long-estranged sister (Sally Hawkins). Ensemble cast includes Alec Baldwin, Andrew Dice Clay, Louis C.K., Peter Sarsgaard and Bobby Cannavale. Comment

Steel Pulse urges ‘Put Your Hoodies On’

As protest rallies prevail throughout the nation, British, reggae, band Steel Pulse released a musical tribute to Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old Florida resident whose death and recent trial has sparked renewed racial tensions. Comment
Cuba: HAVANA (AP) — Cuban track and field legend Javier Sotomayor has launched a sports bar named for the height of his world record high jump. An Olympic volleyball champion has opened a swanky new Italian restaurant, and salsa star Hugo Morejon has a first-rate automotive repair shop. Comment

Haitian ‘witness’ Jeantel offered free college education

Haiti: Much-maligned Haitian national Rachel Jeantel was recently offered free scholarship and an opportunity to attend a Historically Black College after graduating from high school. Comment
Bronx: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare’s popular story of illusive and abiding love, opened Saturday to cheers and a robust crowd at Harlem’s Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park. The show, produced by the Classical Theatre of Harlem (CTH) (Producing Artistic Director, Ty Jones), is directed by CTH Artistic Associate and Oberlin College Professor of Theater and Africana Studies Justin Emeka and runs Tuesdays through Sundays at 7:30 p.m. through July 30. The show is made possible by the Ford Foundation. Comment
People: The Bedford Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corp. (BSVAC) has served the people of the Bedford Stuyvesant community for the past 25 years and to mark this milestone a fleet of various emergency vehicles cruised through the community on Saturday, July 13, in an exhibition of pride and strength. Comment
Music: Award winning reggae singer Richie Stephens and German singjay Gentleman are doing it big in Europe, tearing up the first leg of their 2013 European tour. With many hit songs, big stages, flashy lights, and strong performances, the two reggae stars are putting on one heezy of a show that has attracted thousands of reggae lovers in Koln, Germany; Voss, Norway and Saarbrucken Germany. Comment

Great support at major SVG fundraiser

St Vincent: Hundreds of Vincentians and other Caribbean nationals on June 22 supported a major fundraising dinner aimed at helping St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment

OECS eye improved maritime transportation

St Kitts and Nevis: Eastern Caribbean public- and private-sector institutions are in agreement about creating a more coherent maritime transportation system that would provide a reliable and affordable high-integrity service for intra-regional movement of cargo and passengers. Comment
People: On Tuesday, as members of New York City congressional delegation called on the U.S. Department of Justice to conduct a “thorough” investigation and possible prosecution of Florida neighborhood watch volunteer Robert Zimmerman in the killing of Treyvon Martin, Attorney General Eric Holder says he is “concerned” about the case. Comment


The day was Caribbean hot in downtown Brooklyn and the pre-Carnival kick-off last week began with youth. Young people modeled glittery-feathered carnival costumes in bright shades of orange, purple, gold, peacock blue and lime green. They were from the mas camps, Sesame Flyers, New Generation, Ramajay, and Flanks New York. Comment

Experts: Cuba arms shipment explanation troubling

Experts: Cuba arms shipment explanation troubling

Cuba: HAVANA (AP) — North Korea on Wednesday repeated Cuba’s assertion that the antiquated weapons systems found on a cargo ship in Panama were headed to the Asian county for repair. But while the explanation is potentially credible, it leaves troubling questions unresolved, international arms experts say. Comment

Some 2016 bashing, ignoring the boomerang effect

Viewpoints: One would hardly think it to be by design, but it’s uncanny how much the hoof-in-mouth malady tends to afflict assorted frontline players in the GOP, leaving us to wonder whether sounding off on […] Comment
Shelia E and Bombino come to the BAM R&B Festival at MetroTech Commons in Brooklyn. Bombino performs on Thursday, July 25 and Sheila E on Thursday, Aug. 1. This is the 19th year of the BAM R&B Festival at MetroTech. Each summer for the past 19 years audiences have been entertained by great bands on MetroTech Commons at lunch time, from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. starting in June and concluding in August. The concerts are free, open to the public and performed on a stage in the grass on the MetroTech Commons. Comment



Trinidad and Tobago: The 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament is in its quarterfinal stage and among the eight teams that progressed are Caribbean champion Cuba and runners-up Trinidad and Tobago, and this seems fitting based on their results in the Caribbean tournament, but, hold on, not in this tournament. These results remind us of the old adage, that soccer is a game of glorious uncertainties, and that so many other factors, beyond team performance, determine success. Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago were not the best Caribbean performers in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup that honor goes to Haiti and Martinique. Comment
Ramnaresh Sarwan was named as one of the six captains of the Limacol Caribbean Premier League franchises yesterday, and the experienced West Indies batsman is “honored” by his selection. Sarwan will lead the Guyana Amazon Warriors into battle in the CPL, which bowls off on July 30, with the first match pitting Barbados Tridents against St. Lucia Zouks. Comment

All-star 5k road race

All-star 5k road race

All-star week marked not only a major league baseball attraction among the best from the American League against their counterparts from the National. It also marked the bringing to New York people who not only viewed the game at Citi Field on Tuesday night, but also the best and even beginner athletes who can run. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: LIAT has implemented a security surcharge on tickets in response to rising security demands and spiraling security costs. The new security surcharge of US$1.25 per one-way trip applies to all passengers, including children and infants, on all LIAT flights, the airline said in a statement recently. Comment

The backbone of health care

Health: The United States has about 5,000 hospitals, 900,000 doctors and 3 million nurses. But the backbone of the health care system is the millions of family caregivers, treating loved ones during an illness. Comment

Not the end of the American dream

Immigration: America is a country of immigrants. Many strive to come into the United States so as to get a “better life”. Sometimes, aliens or permanent residents are placed in removal proceedings. Very often this can cause a lot emotional trauma and disillusionment. Comment
Health: (StatePoint) Everyone knows it’s important to make sure children have breakfast before school, but college students and busy parents also need a dose of morning nutrition. Comment
Africa: Former President Bill Clinton has already sent a letter of endorsement of the July 18 celebration of Nelson Mandela International Day. The date marks the 95th birthday anniversary of Nelson Rolihlala Mandela, South Africa’s first elected Black leader and also the fourth anniversary of a day named for his contribution and sacrifice. Affectionately known in his homeland as Madiba, his legacy has been hailed by world leaders including the Dalai Lama and Virgin Airlines founder Richard Branson who sent supportive endorsements for events that will transpire on the date. Comment
BLUEFIELDS BAY, Jamaica (AP) — Young fish leap in the wake of a warden’s patrol boat as it motors through waters off Jamaica’s southwest coast that are a brilliant palette of blues. Beneath the surface, reefs bristle with spiny lobsters, and rainbow-colored parrotfish graze on algae and seaweed. Comment
Tyson Gay felt healthy for the first time in years and was aiming high: He planned to step on the track at world championships and push Usain Bolt. Comment

Loni Love speaks bluntly about love

Loni Love speaks bluntly about love

“Love Him or Leave Him But Don’t Get Stuck with the Tab” by Loni Love Comment
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, July, 8 2013 (IPS) - When James Husbands, a 24-year-old Barbadian businessman, began weighing the possibility of manufacturing solar water heaters, there was already a prototype on the island that had been designed and installed by an Anglican priest living there in the early 1970s. Comment

Wailers’ trusteee pens ‘On The Road With Marley’

Music: “On the Road With Bob Marley” by Mark Miller is a personal account and one man’s reflections on the three years he spent with the Caribbean’s first superstar. Through an easy read of chapters, Miller relates how as stage manager to reggae’s finest he found his way with Bob Marley & The Wailers through Europe, the USA and Africa. Although he cites the opinions of some of the closest and longest collaborators with the iconic reggae figure, Miller wanted to add his voice to the many already speaking volumes on a myriad of remembrances and as many fictional accounts claimed to be facts. Perhaps, the latter was his reason for sharing his unpretentious seemingly honest and humble story with readers. Comment

A classic battle between God and the devil

Movies: ‘‘The Conjuring” Comment
Music: Jamaica’s Shaggy will add spice to the third annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival on July 21 at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens. Comment

Big Brother Is Watching Over Us

Viewpoints: PARIS, July 12 2013 (IPS) - We were afraid this would happen. We had been warned by books (George Orwell’s “1984″) and films (Steven Spielberg’s “Minority Report”) that with the progress being made in communication technology, we would all end up under surveillance. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Act of Killing (Unrated) Macabre musical documentary in which Indonesian death squad leaders reenact real-life mass executions in a manner mimicking the classic Hollywood films they so admire. (In English and Indonesian with subtitles) Comment

Back to school check-ups: What to ask the pediatrician

Health: (StatePoint) Between buying new school supplies and meeting your children’s teachers, back to school season is a busy time. But parents should not forget to prep for the school year by considering health and wellness. Comment
Former United National Congress (UNC) MP Jack Warner last Friday night announced the formation of a new political party - The Independent Liberal Party (IPL). Comment

Praises for Caricom from UN chief

People: The United Nations says the Caribbean region is at an “important turning point” in its history. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean Community leaders who ended their main annual summit in Trinidad last weekend, took some key decisions including plans to make Britain and other European nations pay for the horrors of the slave trade, making it easier for people to travel in the bloc and are now inching their way towards allowing the Dominican Republic to join the trade bloc in the near future. Comments (1)
Jamaica: PARIS (AP) — Forget for a moment the laid-back, fun-loving Usain Bolt. Even when he’s winning the six-time Olympic champion is finding fault with his running these days. Comment

The annual International African Arts Festival

Music: Culture and customs are two significant aspects of a people’s history. They define who we are. Therefore, it is only by knowing our history that we can know who we are. The preservation of these antiquities helps maintain one’s place in the world from generation to generation. Comment



Last week on July 5 in Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park, Buyu Ambroise and the Blues in Red Band kicked off Summerfest, Jazzmobile’s free mobile concert series. It’s Ambroise’s third year performing with Jazzmobile to a very receptive crowd. Comment

Protecting your lungs for easy breathing

Health: If you have asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or any other chronic respiratory condition, sticking to your treatment plan is essential to reduce symptoms and maintain as much lung function as possible. Comment


Venezuela: PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, July, 8 2013 (IPS) - The Dominican Republic first expressed interest in joining the 15-member Caribbean integration grouping CARICOM in 1989. Now, 14 years later, the Spanish-speaking country with a population of nearly 10 million may finally get its wish. Comment
Pakistan and West Indies will play the first of two One-Day Internationals (ODI) at the Guyana National Stadium starting Sunday, July 14. Comment



Trinidad and Tobago: The Haiti-Honduras game, the nightcap of a double header involving Trinidad and Tobago versus El Salvador at sold-out Red Bull Arena in Harrison (NJ) when Group B began play in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, had everything soccer purists crave - including the unexpected as the best playing team in the entire tournament so far, Haiti, lost 2-0. Comment
The immigrant community in Queens created their own colorful fireworks in the form of a multicultural presentation at the first July 4th Independence Day Celebration to thank America for what it has done for them and acknowledge their contribution to their new homeland. Comment

Master Comic Learie Joseph in concert

Arts & Theater: Funnyman Learie Joseph, whose reputation as one of the Caribbean’s premier exponents of sketch comedy continues to hold firm, will make his first New York appearance in four years when he is featured in concert at Brooklyn’s Tropical Paradise Ballroom Saturday evening July 13 for one performance only. The show starts at 8:30 p.m.; doors open at 7:00 p.m. Comment

A win against smoking

Jamaica: On the heels of a successful debate in the Jamaican Parliament for a Smoking Ban Bill, Health Minister Dr. Fenton Ferguson stopped over in New York for some rest and relaxation and to accept an award from his expatriate countrymen at the Adria Hotel in Queens. Comment

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Queens: Performing arts: Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre announces a performance and installation at the home of architects Marcia Previti and Peter Gumpel in East Hampton, NY. The evening begins at 4:30 p.m. with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and several outdoor sitting rooms featuring performance installations. A more formal performance will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by a reception. Green Afternoon takes place at 230 Old Stone Hwy, East Hampton, NY 11937. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at Comment

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Queens: Homeowner Resource Forum Series: Rebuilding After Sandy Mortgage problems? Free Mortgage Check-ups and Review. Also: Free Homeowner Insurance Information session. Free information on Home Improvement options, Home Repair Courses and the NYC Build-It-Back program. When: Saturday, July 20, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Where: Capital One Bank, 1425 Rockaway Parkway(corner of Glenwood Rd.) Brooklyn, NY 11236. To register, please call 718.469.4679 or email Lunch provided. Sponsored by Neighborhood Housing Services, Capital One and CNYCN. NHS is a not for profit housing organization. Comment

A public forgiveness line forms in NYC

Viewpoints: It should be interesting, when historians get to assessing the presidency of Bill Clinton, to see how much of any down side of Clinton’s time in office is ascribed to the Monica Lewinsky affair. We keep hearing now of the strong favorability rating Clinton registers – that he has had a ranking as the country’s most popular political figure. From which one might deduce that, if historical review comes to reflect these relatively early post-presidential Clinton years, the Lewinsky bit won’t count for a whole lot. So, who knows, maybe such plot resolution has something to do with some of the steamier episodes contributing to political theater in the city these days. Comment

What the Immigration Bill overlooks

Viewpoints: In passing the monstrosity known as immigration “reform,” the Senate overlooked a few things of importance. This is unsurprising. A bill on immigration that is backed by leading Republicans and Democrats, big business, and government-co-opted unions is bound to have missed some things. Comment

Brooklynite preserves Haitian traditional music

Squeezing in four hours a day after his full time job and 20 hours on weekends, here is a man with a mission. Georges Vilson, also known as Mou Mous, a nickname that has stuck with Vilson since his Port-au-Prince childhood, was driven. His mission: to preserve traditional Haitian songs. Comments (1)
Movies: When an undersea earthquake ripped a massive fissure along a fault line beneath the Pacific Ocean, it left a crevice wide enough for a race of subterranean sea monsters to escape and rise to the surface. Dubbed Kaiju, these Godzilla-looking creatures quickly launched a series of assaults on cities all across the planet. Comment

Trio place high in race

People: About 700 athletes stormed the flat course of the four-mile annual road race conducted by the Bellmore Striders Running Club, a highlight of the summer road-racing season in New York. Some of the runners used this event as a training run toward the New York City Marathon. Comment

Caught in the DA Sting

Arts & Theater: Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes on Wednesday announced the arrest of two men for allegedly running a Caribbean pirate radio station. The defendants did not have a FCC (Federal Communications Commission) license for radio transmission, yet were on radio station FM, he added. Comment

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