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Trinidad and Tobago: Bahamas Minister of Financial Services Ryan Pinder said it is time to allow select foreign law firms to operate within the Bahamas’ financial services industry. Comment

Call for CARICOM to intervene in cricket crisis

Caribbean: St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves is urging CARICOM to intervene in the impasse between the West Indies’ players, their union WIPA and the West Indies Cricket Board (WIBC). Comment

Tower Isle, Trans Caribe offer Ebola help for Jamaica

Jamaica: The threat of the deadly disease Ebola is very much on the radar of several Caribbean nations and Jamaica is no exception. Last week, Patrick Jolly, the CEO of Tower Isle Frozen Foods (USA) announced at the Jamaican Consulate General in New York that his company has just purchased 10 Welch Allyn ThermoScan thermometers for use at Jamaican airports, sea ports and hospitals to help boost the island’s preparedness for ebola, in the event that Jamaica has to deal with the crisis. Comment

US sends health official to Cuban Ebola meeting

US sends health official to Cuban Ebola meeting

Cuba: HAVANA (AP) _ U.S. and Cuban health officials sat together in Havana on Wednesday to discuss Latin America’s response to Ebola, the most concrete sign so far of the nations’ desire to cooperate against the epidemic despite decades of tense relations. Comment

Bailey returns to head WIADCA

Arts & Theater: After a leave of absence, Trinidadian Thomas Bailey has returned to his role as president of the Brooklyn-based West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) president. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 21 Years: Richard Linklater (Unrated) Reverential biopic chronicling the first 21 years in the career of indie filmmaker Richard Linklater. The Better Angels (PG for mature themes and brief smoking) Abraham Lincoln Braydon Denney) biopic about how a challenging Indiana childhood marked by traumas and tragedy helped shaped the future president for greatness. With Diane Kruger, Jason Clarke and Brit Marling. Comment


Guyana: In a rather stunning and bizarre development, Guyana’s usually belligerent attorney general has found himself at the center of one of the worst political storms for the year after he told a local newspaper that gunmen will soon storm the newsroom and kill whomever is there if the paper does not back off from its aggressive anti-corruption coverage. Comment

Caribbean faces Cyber flaws

Caribbean: As the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Inter-American Development (IDB) concluded a regional workshop here on cyber security, the OAS says cyber vulnerabilities continue to affect a “wide range of targets” in the Caribbean. Comment
Brooklyn: Joanne Legair rose from her early baby-sitting job, when she first migrated to the United States in 1991, to become the sole honoree last Sunday at the gala Independence Luncheon and Awards Ceremony in Brooklyn, commemorating St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ 35th anniversary of political independence from Great Britain. Comment

Reuniting Haitians

Haiti: Grenadian American Councilman Jumaane D. Williams has joined other Caribbean politicians in the United States in welcoming the reunification of Haitian families in the U.S. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced recently that it will implement the Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) program that allows legal immigration of Haitians, who are eligible and have approved family-based immigrant visa petitions, to enter the U.S. up to two years before their visa priority start date. Comment

World backs Cuba

Cuba: Calling the U.S. blockade against Cuba a violation of both the United Nations Charter and International Law and applauding Cuba’s human development achievements for its people, the region and the world, 188 of 193 member states of the UN General Assembly voted on Oct. 28, for the 23rd consecutive year, to demand that the U.S. lift its blockade against the Caribbean island-nation. Only the U.S. and Israel voted counter to Cuba’s resolution, with three nations abstaining. Comment

SVG PM lauds nationals in nation-building

St Vincent: As Vincentians in New York on Sunday climaxed their celebration of the nation’s 35th year of political independence, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has commended them for their efforts in nation-building. Comment

Walt Frazier’s 30-yr love affair with St. Croix

People: The 2014/2015 NBA season is entering full gear. With an ever expanding fan base and the public’s growing interest in the lavish lifestyles of its superhero athletes, basketball is no stranger to opulence. Once in awhile, there is an individual who stands out as a true testament to style, grace, endurance and yes, even quality of life. If the name Walt Clyde Frazier comes to mind, it just might be due to his on going love affair with basketball, the tranquil island of St. Croix and definitely, his continued dominance in the game of life. Comments (1)


Music: Dennis Bowman, a finalist in the national calypso competition in Vincy Mas 2014, last Saturday morning captured the inaugural New York calypso crown from a field of 11 challengers amid much controversy. Comment

Chilly learns the hard way

Arts & Theater: As clichéd sayings go, you don’t always know what you’ve got till it’s gone covers territory from the commonplace to life-changing events. Rather than spending your time seeking out bigger and better people, objects and desires, focus your energy on making the most out of what you already have. Comment

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Queens: HALLOWEEN FUN: Enjoy light refreshments, Frannie the clown, face painting and trick or treating from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Please RSVP by calling (868) 539-0999. Comment

Learie Joseph comedy

Arts & Theater: The comedic prowess of one of the Caribbean’s most sought-after talents will be on full display when Learie Joseph, in one of his now infrequent New York appearances, takes center stage for an entire evening of guaranteed riotous laughter, Saturday, Nov. 8 at Tropical Paradise Ballroom, kicking off at 8:30 p.m. Comment

Caribbean haunts spotlight in Halloween list

Jamaica: When Bob Marley sang “there’s a natural mystic blowing through the air,” he was not recording a warning about Halloween or making any reference to All Hallows Eve. Comment

Cricket board faces legal troubles

Caribbean: The Board of Control in India (BCCI) says it will initiate legal proceedings against the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) over its players’ decision to suddenly abandon the tour. Comment

Is there even worse D.C. dysfunction ahead?

Viewpoints: So the 2014 midterm elections are here. Since some bare-faced gerrymandering put control of the House beyond Democrats’ reach a few years ago, only the Senate holds any mystery as far as the post-election breakdown of seats, and has thus commanded most of the attention, including the obscene amount of money poured into campaigns across the country. Comment
Sports: After doing so well over previous years and then slipping last winter, the Long Island University Blackbirds are hoping to bounce back from an under .500 record to post a winning mark and make the Northeast Conference playoff tournament to gain an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. Comment
Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide returned home from exile in 2011 to a jubilant welcome, but lately he has seemed more like a prisoner. Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: The Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Team made a gallant effort to make history as the first Caribbean team to qualify for a FIFA Women’s World Cup, in a third-place game against Mexico in the 2014 CONCACAF championship and qualifying tournament last Sunday afternoon at PPL Park in Chester, PA. Comment

Carib Film Festival spotlights ‘70s

Movies: “WAR” in Guyana; “Debt” in Jamaica; and “Revolution” in Grenada & TT. Revolts in the French and Spanish Caribbean often define protests in the region. Often referenced as the “largest and most successful slave rebellion in the Western Hemisphere,” the Haitian rebellion from 1791 to 1803 ended France’s domination over the Caribbean nation and in the process stopped slavery there. Comment

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Trinidad and Tobago: Seven Caribbean countries have signed on to a hemispheric initiative to end child labor in this part of the world ahead of a global deadline of 2020. Recently Guyana, Bahamas, Dominica Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago endorsed a declaration on the Latin American and Caribbean Free of Child Labor Regional Initiative which follows up from 2013 Brasilia Declaration against Child Labor, signed by 154 countries in Brazil. Comment

Ebola, human rights and poverty – Making the links

Viewpoints: CAMBRIDGE, Massachussetts, Oct 27, 2014 (IPS) - The catastrophic Ebola crisis unfolding in West Africa offers many lessons, not least for global anti-poverty efforts. These will culminate in a set of targets, to be agreed by the United Nations in 2015, known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Comment

Water shutoffs and unintended consequences

Viewpoints: CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, Oct 24 2014 (IPS) - United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation Catarina de Albuquerque and Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing Leilani Farha were in Detroit, Michigan Oct. 17-20. Comment

Belize fights to save a crucial barrier reef

Belize: BELIZE CITY, Oct 20 2014 (IPS) - Home to the second longest barrier reef in the world and the largest in the Western Hemisphere, which provides jobs in fishing, tourism and other industries which feed the lifeblood of the economy, Belize has long been acutely aware of the need to protect its marine resources from both human and natural activities. Comment

Twenty years of spiritual cleansing, herbal healing

Trinidad and Tobago: Menes de Groit and his wife Mama Nyaah proudly stated that over the last 20 years, Cosmic Enterprise - Healing Village has helped to transform parts of the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood from a drug-nest, to what it is today, “Healed, thought cleansing, music, and education.” Comment

Misanthrope rises to role model in character portrait

Movies: Almost nothing is right in Vincent MacKenna’s (Bill Murray) life. The aging, Vietnam War vet is still suffering from PTSD. Plus, he’s fighting a losing battle against booze, cigarettes and gambling, which has left him deeply indebted to a vicious loan shark (Terrence Howard). Comment

Suicide a significant health problem

Health: A new Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) report says about 65,000 people take their own lives in the Americas, including the Caribbean, each year—more than seven per hour. Comment

BCCI may fine WICB $65M

Caribbean: West Indies cricketers pulled out of the tour of India after the fourth One-day International because of their refusal to accept a new payment structure introduced by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). The West Indies had agreed to play five One-day internationals, one Twenty20 and three Tests. Comment

Mexico tops Jamaica, to face US in WCup qualifying

Jamaica: WASHINGTON (AP) _ Mexico advanced in Women’s World Cup qualifying Tuesday night with a 3-1 win over Jamaica, setting up a semifinal match against the United States in similar circumstances to four years ago - when the Americans suffered one of the most stunning losses in program history. Comment

Antigua governor general knighted

Antigua: The government of Antigua and Barbuda says Queen Elizabeth II, on the advice of the government, has conferred orders for the appointment of Gov. Gen. Dr. Rodney Errey Lawrence Williams to the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: ABCs of Death 2 (Unrated) Horror sequel featuring another 26 short comedies by 26 different directors, each titled for a different letter of the alphabet, from A is for Amateur to Z is for Zygote. Cast includes Martina Garcia, Tristan Risk, Beatrice Dalle and Andy Nyman. (In English, Hebrew, Japanese, French and Portuguese) Comment


Health: Some Caribbean governments say they are moving to review travel bans on students and others from Nigeria in the wake of that West African country being declared free of the deadly Ebola virus for now officials said this week even as others say they are racing to become fully prepared for an outbreak. Comment
Brooklyn: In the heart of Brooklyn, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (Restoration) offers numerous family, housing, business, arts and culture services to the community, in addition to operating Restoration Plaza, located at Fulton Street and Marcy. Comment

Jamaican opposition discusses future

Jamaica: Riding on a high from recent polls which put him primed for leadership, Andrew Holness, the youngest leader of a Jamaican government addressed nationals with a forecast to future prosperity. Comment

Guyana’s Queens College to mark 170th anniversary

Guyana: “Faithful and Useful Everywhere” is the motto of the Queen’s College of Guyana Alumni Association and that will be on the minds of members of the New York Chapter, when they join other past students in commemorating the institution’s 170th Anniversary. Comments (1)

Brothers could face each other

Brooklyn: With 19-year-veteran K.G., better known as Kevin Garnett, heading the roster in the front court, and some new players on the 2014-2015 team, the Brooklyn Nets feel confident that they can make a good run during regular season and maybe even go deep into the playoffs. Comment


Sports: The New York Red Bulls (12-10-11, 47 pts.) coach Mike Petke must have some serious concerns about his team after a very lackluster performance in a 3-1 loss to playoff rival, Columbus Crew, last Sunday afternoon at Red Bull Arena. With the playoffs only a game away, the Red Bulls should be picking up steam and see themselves as fortunate to be in the playoffs; instead, the New Yorkers were embarrassingly outplayed and allowed the Columbus to leapfrog into the fourth place playoff spot, while New York dropped to the fifth and final playoff position in the MLS Eastern Conference. Comment

Four Caribbean talents vie for Soul Train Awards

Music: Three Jamaicans and Trinidad & Tobago’s Machel Montano will represent the Caribbean when the 27th annual Soul Train Awards are held next month in Las Vegas. Comment

WIPA, players in dispute

Caribbean: West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) President Wavell Hinds has refuted claims made by members of the West Indies cricket team in India that they were not consulted during the negotiations for the new Memorandum of Understanding with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and insisted that there will be no resignation by members of the current WIPA executive. Comment
Arts & Theater: Actress Vinnie Burrows as Aunt Flora is bringing Drama Desk Award winning playwright J.E. Franklin’s play “Freedom Rider” to life and to memory. The play showcased at the Dwyer Cultural Center, located at 258 St. Nicholas Ave. in Harlem, revisits the 1960s when interracial activists challenged the segregation laws and harsh treatment African Americans had to endure under the harsh Jim Crow Laws of the south. It was a time when young college students and brave individuals who fought for civil rights, boarded buses and traveled south to segregated areas. This became known as the Freedom Rides. Comment


Arts & Theater: Ballet Hispanico, recognized as the nation’s leading Latino dance organization since 1970, makes its annual return to the Apollo stage to present the New York Premiere of its first evening-length narrative work, CARMEN.maquia, choreographed by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, in a one-night-only engagement on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Comment

Tips for beating the winter blues

Health: (StatePoint) Sniffles and flu are not the only afflictions of winter. Many people find that the dark and cold days can impact their mood. In fact, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) affects approximately 10 million Americans, and another 10 to 20 percent of the public may have mild SAD, according to Psychology Today. Comment

Vincentians mark country’s anniversary with prayer

St Vincent: Members of the Vincentian clergy in New York last Sunday offered differing prayers at an Ecumenical Service of Thanksgiving marking the nation’s 35th anniversary of political independence. Comment

Paragon of Reggae John Holt  passes

Music: Jamaican reggae singer John Holt was booked to perform in Florida next month. Although rumors of his death had been rampant on social media outlets, since he became ill at the “One Love” Festival on Aug. 16, the reality of an absent 1000-volt entertainer seemed unfathomable. However, on Oct. 19, the 70th birthday anniversary of Peter Tosh and the eve of Jamaica’s National Heroes Day celebrations, the 69-year-old Holt died at the Wellington Hospital in London. Comments (2)

Fantasies of an Obama-style breakthrough

Viewpoints: When we get to the point where mention in the media of the name of Louisiana’s governor, Bobby Jindal, is regularly accompanied by the line that he is a prospective 2016 Republican presidential aspirant, you understand why buzz continues about Mitt Romney being seriously courted within the party to be a third-time seeker of the nomination. Comment

Dinkins stresses need for educated population

Books: Former mayor David Dinkins is quite the raconteur–storyteller. And, he has decades of living behind him to engagingly share. At Medgar Evers College, last week, Honorable David Dinkins meandered through the storyline of his life with Dr. Brenda M. Greene, chair of the Medgar Evers English Department and the executive director of the Center for Black Literature. Comment
Jamaica: Kingston, Jamaica: LASCO Financial Services Ltd. and MoneyGram International’s solid partnership has provided convenient and affordable remittance services to Jamaica for more than 10 years. An expansive branch network and consistent service delivery enables Jamaicans, to care for their families and transact business from remote locations with ease. Comment
Environment: PARAMARIBO, Suriname, Oct 15, 2014 (IPS) - Farmers in the Caribbean are being encouraged to make more use of farm apps and other forms of ICT in an effort to increase the knowledge available for making sound, profitable farming decisions. Comment

Open letter to Vincentians on crime and violence

St Vincent: To The Editor: As our blessed homeland, St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), commemorates its 35th Anniversary of Independence, we acknowledge the strides and gains we have made as a people to secure our sovereignty. Yet we acknowledge that our quest for independence has not always been without social, economic and political challenges, which have at times tested our resolve as a people. Notwithstanding, our resilience has always brought us through and will continue to give us moments for which we can be justly proud. As our anthem asserts, “What e’er the future brings, our faith will see us through.” Comment
St Vincent: When Vincentian Charles Thompson left his homeland in October 1990, he never dreamed he would become the unofficial “mayor” of his block in a section of Brooklyn that is predominantly Hispanic. Comment

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Queens: Bed Aerobics: This powerful workout routine combines deep stretches and muscle-toning calisthenics to improve flexibility, build strength and burn fat — all from bed from 5:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m., 2 Flr. Also included is an invigorating set of facial/eye muscle exercises, concluding with a brief meditation for total body, mind and spirit rejuvenation. Be sure to let your doctor know that you’ll be taking part in an exercise class. Monifa Maat, affectionately known as “The Healthy Motivator,” is a certified personal trainer for Equinox, a nutrition advocate and founder of Healthy Roots Fitness & Nutrition Camp. 215 W 125th St., New York, NY 10027. RSVP: 1-866-469-0999 (Space is limited. Must call to reserve.) Comment

Caribbean infrastructure needs more investment

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) would like regional countries to invest annually 6.2 percent of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – some US$320 billion dollars – to satisfy their infrastructure demands in the period 2012-2020. Comment
Brooklyn: Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 announced that he will move to vacate murder and other charges against David McCallum and the late Willie Stuckey, who were convicted in the 1985 kidnapping and murder of Nathan Blenner. The decision follows a thorough review of the case by the District Attorney’s Conviction Review Unit. Comments (1)

Imbalanced media reports: Ebola vs ChikV

It might be irresponsible to describe the incessant media coverage about the Ebola virus in Shakespearean terms -- much ado about nothing. Comment

Grenadian American teaches dance diversity classes in Grenada

Arts & Theater: Award-winning professional dancer, Shola K. Roberts, is now in Grenada teaching traditional West African dance to emerging dancers on the island. Comment
Arts & Theater: Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights was celebrated with a spectacular motorcade, which lit up the night skies over Richmond Hill. Now in its 11th year, the motorcade adorned with lights, flowers and streamers wound its way along Liberty Avenue to loud cheers from spectators. Comment

Caribbean unemployment expected to drop

Caribbean: Two United Nations agencies say the unfavorable evolution of the economy in Latin America and the Caribbean during the second half of 2014 will not prevent regional urban unemployment from decreasing slightly this year to 6.0 percent or 6.1 percent, from the 6.2 percent recorded in 2013. Comment

Bermuda braces for Category 4 Hurricane Gonzalo

Caribbean: HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) _ People on the tiny British territory of Bermuda rushed Thursday to batten down for Hurricane Gonzalo, which was roaring toward them as a major Category 4 storm just days after a tropical storm damaged homes and knocked down trees and power lines. Comment

Wambach scores, US beats Trinidad and Tobago 1-0

Caribbean: KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) _ Abby Wambach scored in the 54th minute to help the United States beat Trinidad and Tobago 1-0 on Wednesday night in their opening Women’s World Cup qualifying game. Comment

Downey, Duvall square-off courtroom drama

Movies: Hank Palmer (Robert Downey, Jr.) is a very successful, criminal defense attorney with a good reason to hide his humble roots. After all, he was a rebellious kid who frequently landed in trouble with the law while growing up in tiny Carlinville, Indiana. Comment

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Venezuela: Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne has “unequivocally” condemned what he characterized as “the brutal assassination” of a political figure in Venezuela and the intensification of political violence in that country. Browne was reacting to the assassination in Caracas, the Venezuelan capital, of Robert Serra, a Member of Parliament from the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), earlier this month. Comment

Caribbean countries implement travel ban

St Vincent: St. Vincent and the Grenadines has placed a ban on nationals from Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Guinea from entering the island, as Caribbean countries continue to put in place measures to prevent a possible outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the region. Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said that the measure was taken given the lack of infrastructure on the island to deal with the Ebola virus for there is no known cure. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 23 Blast (PG-13 for underage alcohol consumption) Fact-based, overcoming-the-odds drama about a high school football star (Mark Hapka) who didn’t let sudden blindness due to a sinus infection derail his dream of gridiron greatness. With Bram Hoover, Stephen Lang and Max Adler. Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: Security officials in Trinidad are to decide on a policy regarding locals who had traveled to the Middle East to fight with the Islamic State being allowed to return to the island, resettle and live a normal life. Comment

Preparing for Ebola in the Caribbean

Health: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) wants healthcare workers throughout the Americas, including the Caribbean, to be trained in the use of personal protective equipment and early identification of suspected cases of the Ebola virus disease (EVD). Comment
People: Family, friends and spiritual leaders throughout the tri-state area came together to honor Pastor Renee Francis Washington Gardner who celebrates her 10th Pastoral Anniversary as Senior Pastor of Memorial Baptist church in Harlem on Saturday, Oct. 11. Comment


Sports: The New York Red Bulls are in the MLS playoffs and occupying the fourth-place spot, after their 3-1 victory over Toronto FC at Red Bull Arena last Saturday night. The home team has two regular season games to play, including its last home game on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 3:00 p.m. versus the Columbus Crew, which is in fifth and final spot and most likely will make the playoffs. The Crew defeated Philadelphia Union, 3-2, last Saturday, and the Houston Dynamo suffered a 3-1 loss to Eastern Conference leader D.C. United, also on Saturday. Those losses ensured playoff berths for New York and Columbus. Comment

Lost Boys tell ‘The Good Lie’

Some of the most interesting and engaging films are often ignored by critics and commercial media. Historical documentaries among the majority overlooked, many focusing on Africa seem to be the most shafted. “The Good Lie,” a recent release about victims of war in South Sudan stands out as one of note that should linger longer in our mids Comment
Jamaica: The warm greetings that were exchanged by nationals at the First Annual Fundraising Dinner and Dance of the Guyana Jamaica Friendship Association Inc. (New York), was a clear indication that benefactors were committed to working together with the board for the betterment of students back home. Comments (7)

Tips for getting healthy protein in your diet

Health: (StatePoint) At a time when over a third of American adults are obese and childhood obesity rates are rising exponentially, more Americans are looking for meat alternatives in their dining choices. Comment

Bed-Stuy race a great success

Sports: A 64-year-old athlete wound up among the top 10 finishers in the 33rd annual Bed-Stuy Restoration Corp. run through the streets of Bedford Stuyvesant on a sunny, cool, and delightful Sunday morning to highlight some of the action in the event. Originally from Guyana, Ranville Gravesande turned in a decent performance in winning his 60–64 age group division and finished 10th overall in a time of 39:23. Comment
Grenada: Grenadians Jerry Bascombe, Dennis Mason and Anderson Simon, will have the experience of a lifetime when they take part in the TCS New York Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. They will navigate the 26.2-mile run, through five boroughs and over five bridges, to raise funds for the charity, reachwithin (formerly known as Reach Grenada), which supports vulnerable Grenadian children and their caregivers. Comment

US charity donates 50,000 breadfruit trees

Jamaica: A United States charity says it has donated and planted 50,000 food-bearing trees in Haiti and Jamaica to help combat hunger. The Northfield, Illinois-based Trees That Feed Foundation (TIFF) said that the 50,000th tree donated by TTFF is a breadfruit tree planted by students as part of a school garden project in St. Michel de l’ Attalaye, Haiti. Comment

Fighting again for rights already secured

Viewpoints: The disturbing irony we’ve already noted here, of Barack Obama’s elevation to president signaling to a sizeable segment of this society the need for rolling back, not advancing, certain hard-fought, long denied privileges of democracy to some citizens, has nowhere been more starkly manifested than in what’s been done across the country with the voting process. Which, let’s be clear, really refers to the voting process as it pertains to people of color and others in the overall demographic of minority voters. The Republican/Tea Party collective came on like gangbusters to “fix” things when the first-term Obama off-year election was approaching in 2010. And, having in the interim secured appropriate tools of mischief, they’re ready again this year to make sure that stamp of regression remains ever more firmly affixed. Comment

Vincy Gospel diva sings for a cause

Music: Award-winning, Vincentian-born, Caribbean gospel diva, Evangelist Bridget Blucher, two Saturdays ago brought the House of the Lord down in a major gospel concert drive aimed at installing an air conditioning system at one of the larger United Methodist churches in Brooklyn. For the second year, Blucher flew from her residence in Port St. Lucie, Florida to render her mellifluous, enthralling voice to a worthy cause, at St. Marks United Methodist Church, in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn. Comment
Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Hundreds of people attended the funeral of former dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc’’ Duvalier on Saturday, displaying lingering respect for a man who was widely reviled for repression and corruption during his 15 years in power. Mourners paused to pay their respects in front of Duvalier’s coffin draped with Haiti’s red-and-blue flag as they greeted his partner Veronique Roy, his ex-wife Michele Bennett and their two children. Comment


The first African-American actress to portray “Cinderella” in the fairytale story is now starring with a wicked, step-mother of the same race at the Broadway Theater, 1681 Broadway. For a limited engagement only, Keke Palmer helms the title role by transforming the pitiful character known to readers as the step-child who labors long and hard to appease the woman her father married. Comment

India ties series with an emphatic victory

People: India and the West Indies are now in a tie following the defeat of the West Indies during the second one-day match of the five-match series by 48 runs. India scored a modest 263 runs for 7 wickets in their innings off 50 overs. Suresh Raina 62 from 60 balls, Virat Kohli 62 from 78 balls and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni 51 not out from 40 balls. For the West Indies, Jerome Taylor picked up three wickets for 54 runs from 10 overs. Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy, Ravi Rampaul and Sulieman Benn all took one wicket each. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Algorithms (Unrated) Inspirational documentary highlighting exploring India’s little-known world of competitive chess for the blind. America the Beautiful 3 (Unrated) Latest installment in Darryl Roberts’s series of incendiary documentaries indicts pop culture’s sexualization of today’s youth. Comment

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Queens: FREE SHREDDING:This program makes it easy and convenient for residents to shred their confidential financial documents, an important step in preventing identity theft. The bank will also provide helpful information on other ways to enhance security awareness and avoid becoming a victim of fraud. Documents can be brought to the Jerome Avenue branch from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (reservations not required); there is a two-carton per household limit. USA Shred will shred the documents, compliments of Ridgewood Savings Bank. Ridgewood Savings Bank will be providing a “Protect Privacy” booklet. Jerome Avenue branch, 3445 Jerome Ave., Bronx, N.Y.; (718) 881-3430 Comment

Leaders of Tomorrow will ‘Do The Right Thing’ at Barclays

Before the name Eric Garner registered associations to chokehold death, protest rallies and New York City Police Departments, Arthur Miller represented the very same troubling controversy. The Brooklyn native was a community activist who suffered the same fate as Garner when NYPD restrained him using the arresting technique. Comment

Acid oceans could devastate fishing-dependent nations

Grenada: PYEONGCHANG, Republic of Korea, Oct 9, 2014 (IPS) - Scientists here are warning Caribbean countries, where the fisheries sector is an important source of livelihoods and sustenance, that they should pay close attention to a new international report released Wednesday on ocean acidification. Comment

Not the route to take

Trinidad and Tobago: When Dr. Wayne Kublalsingh announced his second hunger strike I, like most people, began to wonder whether he would surpass his previous 21-day record. For most Trinidadians the thought of 21 days without food or water is almost unthinkable. Comment

Trinidad’s new IXP is key to its Internet economy growth

Trinidad and Tobago: The recent establishment of an Internet exchange point (IXP) in T&T is a necessary step in strengthening the country’s local Internet economy. But it is not enough, says Bevil Wooding, Internet strategist with Packet Clearing House (PCH). Comment
Movies: The academics are tough enough at Winchester University, a mythical Ivy League institution. It’s too bad that black students there also have to worry about making themselves comfortable socially. Comment

CARICOM nationals short-listed for ACP post

Caribbean: Three candidates from Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica have been short-listed for the post of secretary of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) grouping. Comments (1)

Trinidad monitors suspect ISIS fighters

Trinidad and Tobago: The Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of National Security is investigating reports that at least 50 Trinidadians have flown to Syria within the past few months to join the terrorist organization Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Comment

Lloyd stands up for young Windies cricketers

Caribbean: Former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd believes the time has come to fight for West Indies players and ensure their careers are not ended prematurely by the politics of the game. Comment

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

New York: Council Members, volunteers, staff of advocacy organizations and survivors wore purple shirts, scarves and ties in solidarity for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, outside of City Hall, Oct. 6. They were drawing attention to the epidemic proportion of domestic violence episodes and their support of initiatives to fight domestic violence and women who suffer from or survive from it. Comment

Hotter Caribbean poses threats to livestock farmers

Environment: PARAMARIBO, Suriname, Oct 8, 2014 (IPS) - Livestock farmers in the Caribbean are finding it increasingly difficult and expensive to rear healthy animals because of climate change, a situation that poses a significant threat to a region that is already too dependent on imports to feed its population. Comment

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Trinidad and Tobago: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says ministers of health and other high-level delegates from countries in the Americas, have agreed on a series of actions to advance toward universal health coverage. Comment

Mass migration fears if Ebola spreads: US general

Health: The head of the Miami-based United States Southern Military Command, otherwise known as SOUTHCOM, warned that an Ebola outbreak in Central America or the Caribbean could trigger a mass migration to the U.S. of people fleeing the disease. Comment

Forgiveness may hold key to health, youthfulness

Viewpoints: Generally, people believe that as they get older their beauty, health, and youthfulness diminish with age. For this reason, many lean toward plastic surgery, strenuous exercise, and harsh diet. However, this is not true for this writer, Minister Janet Lovell, 55, looking better today than I did in my thirties. My miraculous transformation was done without medical science or the above mentioned. My life changing health and wellbeing I attribute to the act of forgiveness. Comment


People: Until the beginning of October, discussion points in Trinidad would have centered more on preparations for general elections expected in mid to late 2015, but persistent media reports that local Muslims are flocking to the Middle East to fight with the Islamic State group have not only changed this but has promoted an official state investigation into the developments. Comment

Remittances expected to grow

Caribbean: Remittances by international migrants from the Caribbean and other developing countries are on course for strong growth this year, while at the same time forced migration due to violence and conflict has reached unprecedented levels, according to the World Bank’s latest issue of Migration and Development Brief. Comment

Caribbean discusses future of energy

St Lucia: The Organization of American States (OAS) says its Assistant Secretary General, Albert Ramdin, on Monday joined ministers and high-level authorities on energy in the Caribbean to address energy and climate challenges in preparation for a meeting of ministers in 2015 under the umbrella of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA). Comment

CaribBEING celebrates fall

Arts & Theater: ¡Viva Brooklyn! caribBEING held its fourth partnership event with leading cultural institution, Brooklyn Museum on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 from 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. The organization was excited about kicking off the fall, celebrating and highlighting the cultural contributions of communities from Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. The event was filled with a vibrant collection of music, dance, interactive performances and films throughout the museum. Comment

Haitian group honors nationals

Haiti: It certainly is celebratory when a once fledgling social service agency celebrates its 39th year! Entering its 40th year serving the community, Haitian Americans United for Progress (HAUP) celebrated with an anniversary fundraising gala in Queens Village, last weekend. Comment


Music: Etana releases her new album “I Rise,” which will be available from Oct. 28, 2014 on VP Records. The beautifully-orchestrated set is helmed by the legendary Jamaican multi-instrumentalist and producer Clive Hunt, whose credits include Byron Lee & The Dragonaires, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Peter Tosh, Rolling Stones, The Wailers, Grace Jones, Jimmy Cliff and many more. Comment

Windies drop Narine

Caribbean: West Indies’ chances in the upcoming one-day series against India have been dealt a severe blow, with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) opting to pull champion off-spinner Sunil Narine from the 14-man squad. Comment

Fraser-Pryce appointed ambassador

Jamaica: The Jamaican government has appointed two-time Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce as an Ambassador Special Envoy to the world. Comment

Nazareth hoops prepare for season

People: It would not be long before the balls are bouncing all over the courts in elementary, intermediate and senior schools. The colleges, both four- and two-year will also be playing their games. However, the professionals-Knicks and Nets are already in action with exhibition or pre-season games. Comment


Sports: Amid recent rumors of the New York Red Bulls being offered for sale and the non-renewal of Frenchman Thierry Henry’s contract for next season, the former French international rose to the occasion and scored his 10th goal of the season to give the New York Red Bulls a 1-0 win over the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night at Red Bull Arena. Comment

Flatbush spa lifts area, improves your wellness

Trinidad and Tobago: Flatbush is buzzing with economic revitalization. From the construction of the Best Western Hotel, the refurbishing of the Kings Theatre and the construction and projected opening of a Gap Outlet along Flatbush Avenue and the construction of the IHop and Retro Fitness on Church Avenue along with retailers already there, Stop and Shop, Petco and Radio Shack, it is vividly clear that this area is quickly becoming a true contender for business growth and economic opportunities in Brooklyn. Comment

Narine’s bowling action suspect

Caribbean: Umpires at the recently concluded Champions League Twenty20 in India have reported West Indies mystery off-spinner Sunil Narine for having a suspected bowling action. Comment

Jamaican opposition leader to headline NYC, Toronto JN forums

Jamaica: Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition in Jamaica and former Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, will headline the 11th series of the “Outlook for the Future” meetings, to be held in New York, in the United States of America; and Toronto, Canada on Oct. 21 and 23, respectively. Comment

Africa Now! celebrates at Carnegie Hall

It was 1994 that South Africans decided a new path for their nation. The democratic process elected Nelson Mandela the very first Black leader of the richest African nation and also outlawed an antiquated system that categorized citizens according to their race. That same process afforded a privileged few to benefit while enslaving the masses that occupied the vast and beautiful most southern land mass on the continent. Apartheid flourished under the Dutch, Afrikaaners but was rebuked by a majority of governments, and organizations which banned the nation from participation in international competitions — beauty pageants, World Cup Soccer and a myriad of other important events. Comment

Youth need to be encouraged: Crew

Brooklyn: “All they (young people) need is an encouraging word,” said Educator Dr. Rudolph Crew who shared these simple, yet impactful words during Brooklyn Community Church’s (BCC) Annual Education Sunday Celebration on Sept. 28, 2014. Comment

Those coalition partners of ‘pipsqueak’ status

Viewpoints: For the second time since entering the 2000’s, we’re deep in “coalition” talk, thanks this time to the strange breed calling themselves ISIS. President Obama, despite his reassurances to the contrary, may well have to commit U.S. ground troops to the effort to rout this collection of maniacs, because of revolting behavior they not only practice but seem to have a sick fetish for advertising. Given today’s cause, getting member states of the UN aboard in the attempt to assemble a coalition has been nothing like the side show when George W. Bush and his bloodthirsty phalanx tried doing the same for their Iraq misadventure. Back then the coalition-building process extended even to offering enticements for joining. But a shared feature of both undertakings was the presence of power hitters as well as partners of markedly lesser consequence. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Barbados Chamber of Industry and Commerce (BCIC) said it had urged the Frendeul Stuart government to consider entering into a standby agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as the island grapples to turn around the ailing economy. Comment

Ousted Haitian dictator, Jean-Claude Duvalier dies

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Jean-Claude Duvalier, who presided over what was widely acknowledged as a corrupt and brutal regime as the self-proclaimed “president for life” of Haiti until a popular uprising sent him into a 25-year exile, has died. He was 63. Duvalier died Saturday from a heart attack at the home of a friend in Port-au-Prince where he had been staying, said his lawyer, Reynold Georges, and several officials in the impoverished nation. Comment

Regular exercise can help kids do better in school

Health: (StatePoint) Physical activity may not be the first thing parents or teachers think about when they want to boost a child’s academic performance, but evidence supports the notion that a bit of exercise for the body is beneficial to the brain as well. Comment

Geoffrey Holder, multitalented artist, dies at 84

Arts & Theater: Geoffrey Holder, the dancer, choreographer, actor, composer, designer and painter who used his manifold talents to infuse the arts with the flavor of his native West Indies and to put a singular stamp on the American cultural scene, not least with his outsize personality, died on Sunday in Manhattan. He was 84. Comment

True tale of an intrepid investigative journalist

In August of 1996, the San Jose Mercury News published an eye-opening expose’ detailing exactly how the Central Intelligence Agency had orchestrated the importation of crack cocaine from Nicaragua as well as its distribution in the black community of South Central Los Angeles. Entitled “Dark Alliance,” the 20,000-word series was written by Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner), an investigative journalist who’d risked life and limb to release the incendiary information. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Queens: COMEDY Haitian-American comedian/actor/writer Mackenson Louis kicks off a monthly comedy. Louis - the creator and executive producer of the “Comedy Joy Ride” sketch/standup comedy tour and television pilot will appear at the Kinanm Lounge (856 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn). He will be joined by performers whose credits include television appearances on network and cable stations including NBC-TV, BET and Comedy Central. Admission is $10 in advance by calling (646) 397-5721; $20 at the door with a two-drink minimum. Pre-show at 7:30 p.m. with showtime at 8:00 p.m. Comment

Caribbean Film Academy-Anansi Studios unveil website

Movies: Fans of Caribbean film will have a new option to view the innovative works of moviemakers in the region, on a new website that was launched recently in Brooklyn, by the Caribbean Film Academy (CaFA), and Anansi Studios, headed by Guyanese-American Romola O. Lucas. Comment

Antigua faces climate risks with ambitious renewables target

Antigua: HODGES BAY, Antigua, Oct 6, 2014 (IPS) - Ruth Spencer is a pioneer in the field of solar energy. She promotes renewable technologies to communities throughout her homeland of Antigua and Barbuda, playing a small but important part in helping the country achieve its goal of a 20-percent reduction in the use of fossil fuels by 2020. Comment

Planet racing towards catastrophe and politics just looking on

Viewpoints: ROME, Oct 6, 2014 (IPS) - If ever there was a need to prove that we are faced with a total lack of global governance, the U.N. Climate Summit, extraordinarily called by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sep. 23, makes a very good case. Comment

Boyers’ bees in Brooklyn

Food: In a Ditmas Park front yard, under a towering evergreen, a lot of buzzing is going on. That’s where the Boyers’ two beehives reside, soaking up morning sun. In the hot afternoon, the pine shades them. Comment

Jamaica’s mangoes headed for US market

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ U.S. agriculture officials have cleared the way for the export of Jamaican mangoes to the United States. Derek Kellier is Jamaica’s acting agriculture minister. He said Monday that the ministry will do everything in its power to ensure that mango farmers and exports’’ meet requirements for continental U.S. shipments to begin starting Oct. 20. Comment

Will American Ground Troops Be Sent to Fight ISIS?

National: With the United States dropping bombs on yet another Muslim country, we might benefit from a close look at President Obama’s anti–Islamic State strategy. Obama and his spokespeople are always quick to make two points: first, that no American ground forces will be sent into combat against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and second, that the United States will merely be part, albeit a leading part, of a broad coalition of Arab and NATO countries. The Obama administration’s emphasis on these points strongly suggests that Americans would not support a war against ISIS fought solely by the United States with American ground troops as part of the effort. Comment

New collective bargaining agreement for cricket board

Barbados: Last week, The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) have signed a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Barbados. President of the WICB Dave Cameron signed on behalf of the regional body, while Wavell Hinds, president of WIPA signed on behalf of the players’ association. Comment

Pot decriminalization bill drafted in Jamaica

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ Jamaica’s justice minister said Tuesday that legislation has been drafted to decriminalize marijuana on the Caribbean island where the drug has been pervasive but prohibited for a century. Comments (1)

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (R for profanity, sexual references, graphic violence and pervasive gore) Horror sequel finds Norway invaded by another battalion of nasty Nazi zombies. Co-starring Vegar Hoel, Orjan Gamst, Ingrid Haas, Jocelyn DeBoer and Martin Starr. (In Norwegian, English and German with subtitles) Comment
St Vincent: The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Relief Steering Committee of New York last Saturday evening handed over a check amounting to US$20,000 to Foreign Affairs Minister Camillo Gonsalves to be delivered to the National Emergency Management Organization (NE Comment

This month: CNG goes pink!

You may notice something different about our newspapers and our websites this month — they are pink! Our new President, Jennifer Goodstein, explains why. Comment

Newspaper publisher faces fraud charges

Guyana: In a clear case in which the government and its senior functionaries are abusing their state power, customs and revenue authorities have slapped six fraud and tax evasion charges against the owner and publisher of the Guyana’s leading daily newspaper in the midst of a simmering row over the paper’s unrelenting expose of alleged corrupt activities involving government officials and Asian investors, Chinese in particular. Comment

Hamid focuses on running

Guyana: While David Rothman defended his title in the 23rd annual race conducted by the South Nassau Communities Hospital through the streets of Oceanside, Philip Hamid placed 19th in a time of 22:10. Comment


Sports: The New York Red Bulls are barely holding onto the fifth and last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference after a devastating 4-0 loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy at StubHub Center in Carson (CA) last Sunday night. The Red Bulls (10-9-11, 41 pts.) are in a very tight playoff race with five games to play and three teams just behind New York and still in the hunt for a playoff berth. New York is only a point ahead of Toronto F C (40 pts.), three points past the Philadelphia Union (38) and five points above the Houston Dynamo (36), and all three still in the playoff race. Comment
Jamaica: Rajiv Maragh, who has been turning in a decent fall campaign as a veteran jockey at Belmont Park, was on his way to the Breeders’ Cup to be held later this month. However, he is not expected to be on the track for a while because of his recent injuries. Comment

Antigua, US discuss trade dispute

Antigua: One day after Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne addressed the United Nations General Assembly during which he called on the United States government to settle the outstanding World Trade Organization (WTO) Gaming issue with Antigua and Barbuda, the prime minister held bilateral talks with senior U.S. officials designed to resolve the issue. Comment

Tackling the proliferation of patents to avoid limitations to competition

Viewpoints: GENEVA, Sept., 29 2014 (IPS) - The steady increase in patent applications and grants that is taking place in developed and some developing countries (notably in China) is sometimes hailed as evidence of the strength of global innovation and of the role of the patent system in encouraging it. Comment

Holder, a fearless social justice warrior

Viewpoints: It’s been our expressed view here that one unfortunate hiccup of the Obama tenure has been his apparent diffidence about the “black president” perception in the wider society, perhaps most notably dramatized in both first and second-term cabinets including but a solitary African American presence. Announcement of Eric Holder’s intention to resign as attorney general pointed up again the lone-wolf status he has had among the administration’s frontliners. Be that as it may, and even as speculation kicked off regarding his replacement, it needs be said that if President Obama saw fit to be served by only one cabinet-level person of color, we would just as soon have had Eric Holder be that choice. Comment

End-of-life nightmare lesson for all

Viewpoints: The tragic legal battle between legendary radio host Casey Kasem’s family members over his end-of-life care before he died in June is a teachable moment for millions of Americans. It illustrates the challenges and importance of end-of-life planning. It also demonstrates the urgency to reform the system so millions of baby boomers and their aging parents do not experience a similar nightmare. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Queens: CLOTHING DRIVE: The North Carolina Ministry of the First Baptist Church of Crown Heights will host a community clothing event to offer free clothing to those in need from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. For more information, contact Sis. Sandra Black (646) 637-8037. Comment

Apollo slates One Love! Bob Marley Tribute Concert

Music: One year before the untimely May 11, 1981 passing of reggae superstar Bob Marley, on Sept. 19, 1980 the Rastafarian musician opened for the first of a two-night concert with rhythm & blues legends The Commodores at Madison Square Garden and many of his fans have not stopped talking about what transpired that evening. Comment

Vegas launches ‘Reggae Euphoria’

Music: Not everything that happens with Vegas stays with Vegas. Unlike the west coast gambling capital, with the dancehall, reggae deejay -- whose moniker introduced him as Mr. Vegas -- everything he writes, produces, rhymes or releases should be blazed in neon lights for all to see and hear. Comment
Food: Lorna’s Lip Smacking Pepper Sauce — Guyanese style received rave reviews from customers who lined her kiosk at the recent Guyana Folk Festival in Brooklyn, to purchase the delicacy. “The relish is a must have, on cook-up rice, or any dish from back home,” said entrepreneur, Lorna Welshman-Neblett who is excited about her cottage industry. Comment
Antigua: Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne has announced that Dr. Walton Alfonso “Aubrey” Webson has been appointed as the country’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: PORT OF SPAIN, Sep 25 2014 (IPS) - Ruth Osman is attractive and well-groomed in tailored slacks and a patterned blouse, topped by a soft jacket worn open. Her demeanour and polished accent belie the stereotypical view that most Caribbean nationals have of Guyanese migrants. Comment

Climate change an ‘existential threat’ for the Caribbean

St Vincent: KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Sept. 22, 2014 (IPS) - When it comes to climate change, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves doesn’t mince words: he will tell you that it is a matter of life and death for Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Comment

Interfaith uses art, medicine to promote healing

Brooklyn: Interfaith Medical Center on Atlantic Avenue in Crown Heights, which was created in 1983 through the merging of St. John’s Episcopal Hospital and Jewish Hospital Medical Center, had a period of pulling and swaying between those who advocated for closure and those with staying power. Its foundation, at times, was shaken to the core by never ending dim forecast. Comment
Movies: We live in a culture which unfortunately equates beauty with youth. Why else are so many women to make a joke of their own faces so long as the skin remains as tight as a 10-year old’s? As the late Joan Rivers, a big fan of cosmetic surgery, might ask: Can we talk? Comment

Antigua to U.S.: Settle long-standing trade judgment

Antigua: Antigua and Barbuda has reiterated its call on the United States to settle its long, outstanding trade judgment “fairly and expeditiously.” In his maiden address to the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, Prime Minister Gaston Browne noted that it has been “10 long years” since Antigua and Barbuda secured a favorable decision by the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body in a complaint against the U.S. on online gambling. Comment

Jamaica aims to double renewable energy capacity

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ Sun-splashed, wind-swept Jamaica positioned itself Thursday to nearly double the amount of electricity it generates from renewable sources. Comment

Jamaica police probe senior cop’s poisoning death

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ Jamaican detectives are investigating the poisoning death of a police commander. A coroner’s jury inquest ruled this week that Dayton Henry was “systematically” poisoned. The former head of the Clarendon police division died at a hospital in May 2012. Local media say a poison used to exterminate rats was found in his system. Comment

West Indies names One-day squad

Caribbean: The West Indies selectors have named a 15-man squad for the five-match One-Day series against India next month. Included in the squad are fast bowler Jerome Taylor and batsmen Dwayne Smith and Marlon Samuels. Chris Gayle, who is yet to completely recover from a hamstring injury, has missed the list alongside Kirk Edwards and off-spinner Nikita Miller. Comment

Brownsville on its way to a Healthy Village

Brooklyn: The Van Dyke Community Center located on Blake Avenue in Brownsville, Brooklyn was transformed into an information center on Saturday Sept. 20, where elected officials, community residents and organizations collaborated for the creation of a Healthy Village. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Economy-class passengers traveling to the Caribbean, the U.S., Mexico and within Canada, will now have to pay CAN$25 for luggage. According to Air Canada, those traveling on Flex and Latitude Economy Class fares, or Altitude Prestige, Elite and Super Elite members will not be affected. Comment
Guyana: President of Guyana, Donald Ramotar told compatriots at a town hall meeting in Brooklyn, that the Republic has an exceptional relationship with the Unites States administration in Guyana’s fight against crime. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Bang Bang! (Unrated) Bollywood remake of Knight and Day (2010), the Tom Cruise/Cameron Diaz action comedy about a woman (Katrina Kaif) headed to a wedding who ends up on the run from a team of assassins after unwittingly befriending the handsome spy (Hrithik Roshan) she meets at the airport. Support cast includes Danny Denzongpa, Jaaved Jaffrey and Jimmy Shergill. (In Hindi with subtitles) Comment

Grenada PM wants more help for developing countries

Grenada: Grenada Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has appealed to the developed world to do more to help developing countries. In addressing the special session of the U.N. General Assembly on the follow-up to the Program of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Beyond 2014 on Monday, Mitchell said while he shared “the urgency of the findings of the review,” which show that, despite significant gains in poverty reduction and economic growth since the International Conference on Population and Development, “many have been left behind.” Comment

East Flatbush church gets more than the blues

Music: Patrons at the basket ball court-turned-auditorium at Vanderveer Park United Methodist Church (VPUMC) in East Flatbush, Brooklyn got more than the blues on Saturday night at the staging of the seventh annual production, “Evening in Blue.” Comment

Caribbean businesses seek to expand operations

Brooklyn: Several Caribbean businesses converged at the Brooklyn Restoration Plaza for GO-CARIBBEAN!’s first inaugural International Business and Investment Expo from Sept. 22 - 23. Comment

Marley’s Musical

Music: Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley died in 1981 at age 36 but every decade since his passing, his music gets bigger, louder, and for the 70th anniversary of his birth a musical based on his life could be headed to Broadway. Comments (1)



Arts & Theater: If ever one word in the Americas typifies genocide, it’s the Spanish word for parsley: perejil, with its trilled “r”. Seventy-seven years ago, Dominican soldiers carried out a massacre of Haitians at the northern border of the Dominican Republic and Haiti under the orders of President Trujillo. Comment
Arts & Theater: Oliver Samuels latest play, Dolly House, starring Oliver Samuels, Audrey Reid, Dennis Titus and Ruth Ho Shing will be presented at Wingate Campus, Brooklyn on Saturday, Oct. 4 beginning at 7:30 p.m. and York College, Queens, Sunday, Oct. 5 at 4:00 p.m. Comment
Guyana: A skillfully crafted replica of Guyana’s national flag - the Golden Arrowhead, now hangs on the wall of the Guyana Consulate of New York, thanks to the generosity of Jonathan Locke, a son of the soil. Comment

Charles M. Blow tells his tale of growing up

Books: Take a deep breath. Sometimes, nothing is sweeter: a newborn’s first lungful of air. The headiness of roses, new-mown grass, or familiar perfume. A gasp at the surface of water. The sigh that accompanies a good hug. Comment
St Vincent: PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Sep 21, 2014 (IPS) - When floods overwhelmed the Eastern Caribbean in December last year, St. Vincent’s new smart hospital, completed just a few months earlier, stood the test of “remaining functional during and immediately after a natural disast Comment

Trinidad says it will not halt highway project

Trinidad and Tobago: PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) _ Trinidad & Tobago’s government says it will not halt a highway extension project to prevent an environmental activist from resuming a hunger strike. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Queens: Free CREDIT SCORE AND ANALYSIS PROGRAMS: Ridgewood Savings Bank is deeply committed to the Bronx community’s financial health and security and is hosting a free credit score program from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. This program provides information which is critical in planning a successful financial future, including possible home ownership and business investment. 3824 White Plains Road, Bronx, NY. Please RSVP by calling (718) 882-0440. Comment

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