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40 Under 40: There was nothing but sheer ecstasy last Thursday night as Caribbean Life, the nation’s most-widely circulated Caribbean newspaper, honored its “40 Under 40” Caribbean achievers at a gala ceremony at Sirico’s in the Dyker Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. Comment

Stop those who would stop Uber

Viewpoints: Imagine coming to a city and doing business without first seeking permission from local authorities? The nerve of these people! Comments (1)

Something new brewing at Red Stripe this Christmas

Jamaicans on the island will be seeing red when they pour a Red Stripe from now until Christmas. Comment

Attorney General to return to Caribbean

Barbados: Eric Holder will soon be resigning from his office as the first African American attorney general of the United States, but he is working to ensure he has one last high-level meeting with Caribbean Community officials before doing so in the coming weeks. Comment

Bishop T.D. Jakes at New York Empowerment Summit 2014

Music: Bishop T.D. Jakes is slated to headline a two day New York Empowerment Summit at Nassau Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum on Long Island, New York on Sunday Nov. 30 and Monday Hosted by Glory of God Christian Center, A Journey Through The Gospel Conference also features a number of Christian heavyweights including Bishop Tudor Bismark, Pastor Donnie McClurkin, Dr. Jackie McCullough, Fred Hammond, Tasha Cobbs, Sonnie Badu, Lucy Reyes, Las Reyes Queens, Christian Cultural Center Youth Choir “C3,” the Music Research Lab and Comedian Michael Jr. Comment

Senior Congressman wants greater U.S. presence in the  Caribbean

New York: A senior member of the United States Congress has called for greater U.S. presence in the Caribbean. Comment

Jamaica wins Caribbean Cup

Trinidad and Tobago: After one of the most scoreless exciting games played in a Caribbean Cup final, the contest went to a penalty kick shootout and the two defensive midfielders and stalwarts for their teams decided the outcome. The scored was tied at 3–3 with only the captains to kick in the fifth round; a player from each team had missed. Jamaican midfielder and captain Rudolph Austin stepped to the ball and placed is shot to the left of Soca Warriors goalkeeper Jan Michael Williams for the 4–3 lead, then Soca Warrior Khaleem Hyland strutted toward the ball to maintain the tie and keep the Soca Warriors chance alive, but his shot flew over the crossbar and the party started. Comment

Two side of Lady Saw revealed

Music: The Queen of the Dancehall’s latest introduces ‘Marion Hall.’ Comment

Hundreds bid farewell to prominent Brooklyn businessman Cal Crichton

St Vincent: Hundreds of mourners jammed the pews of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn in bidding farewell to prominent Vincentian businessman James Calvert “Cal” Crichton. Comments (2)

Ten years of Thanksgiving at Calvary Mission

Food: Calvary Mission food pantry in Jamaica, Queens will provide members of the community with all the trimmings for a turkey dinner during its 10th annual of Thanksgiving sustenance program. Comment
St Vincent: The Brooklyn-based Vincentian American Adventist Association reports its latest mission trip home was a huge success. Comment

Shocker! Marley could become face of weed!

Jamaica: By Vinette K. Pryce Comments (2)

Haiti to open ID office in the Diaspora

Haiti: Haitians living in the Diaspora will no longer have to fly to Haiti to get a national identification card, a critical document to obtain a Haitian passport or the ability to vote in the country’s elections, according to reports. Comment

‘Dumb and Dumber To’ is just plain dumb

Movies: Two decades later, Harry and Lloyd are back, but they should have just stayed away, according to our critic. Comment

Haitian cholera epidemic compared to Ebola

Haiti: Leaders in Haiti fear it will take 40 years to rid country of the disease. Comment

A fair climate treaty or none at all, Jamaica warns

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica, Nov. 10, 2014 (IPS) - As the clock counts down to the last major climate change meeting of the year, before countries must agree on a definitive new treaty in 2015, a senior United Nations official says members of the Alliance of Small Island Developing States (AOSIS) “need to be innovative and think outside the box” if they hope to make progress on key issues. Comment

Dynamic Airways returns with seasonal flights to Guyana

Grenada: Guyanese travelers are breathing a sigh of relief from high airfares this holiday season, with the return of North Carolina charter service Dynamic Airway that will recommence flights from JFK to Cheddi Jagan International Airport starting on Nov. 22. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean: Chikunguyana (CHIKV) cases are approaching about one million in the Caribbean. Comment
Music: Trinidad and Tobago Soca star Machel Montano has won America’s Soul Train Award for Best International Performance at the star-studded event at the New Orleans Arena stage in Las Vegas, USA last week. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: All Relative (Unrated) Romantic dramedy, set in NYC, about a couple (Sara Paxton and Jonathan Sadowski) whose budding relationship becomes imperiled by the arrival of her folks for a weekend visit. With Connie Nielsen, Al Thompson, Liz Fye and David Aron Baker. Comment

ICC chides West Indies players

Sports: Cricket’s world governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has chided the West Indies cricketers who abruptly abandoned the recent tour of India and has warned that any such future strikes could result in disciplinary action. Comment

Senators: We’re optimistic Cuba to free contractor

Cuba: HAVANA (AP) _ Two U.S. senators expressed optimism Tuesday that Cuba will free imprisoned American government contractor Alan Gross. Comment

Sharpton’s first lady to receive honorary degree

People: Despite the fact, Kathy Jordan Sharpton has been accomplished pursuing her own career, throughout her 27-year marriage to Al Sharpton, she has remained in the shadows of her own light. Comment

West Indies select full-strength squad for SA tour

Caribbean: ST. JOHN’S, Antigua (AP) _ Less than a month after a pay dispute derailed its tour to India, the West Indies has selected a full-strength squad for a series in South Africa next month. Comment

Williams salutes vets

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane D. Williams has joined elected officials in saluting the nation’s veterans, saying that “we are in debt to their bravery and service, more than lip service.” Comment

Dominica celebrates 36 years of independence

Dominica: Dominica on Monday celebrated its 36 years of political independence from Great Britain with a gala ceremony at the Washington, D.C.-headquartered Organization of American States (OAS). Comment

Jamaican indicted in fraudulent lottery scheme

Jamaica: The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) says a grand jury in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia has returned an indictment charging a Jamaican citizen who was residing in Virginia in connection with the operation of a fraudulent lottery scheme. Comment

‘Last Ship’ Musical

Arts & Theater: Just in time to make the holiday Bucket list of things to do “The Last Ship” sails onto Broadway with spirited songs composed by pop idol Sting. Making his Broadway debut, the 63-year-old former lead Police singer and songwriter can now can add composer to his discography. Comment

Reggae Culture Salute celebrates female singers

Jamaica: Coalition to Preserve Reggae (CPR) in association with UJAA, JAHJAH Foundation and DARC Foundation commemorated the Coronation of Emperor Haile Selassie I and Empress Mennen of Ethiopia with their co-presentation of the 10th Annual Reggae Culture Salute on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Many reggae lovers graced Nazareth Regional High School’s Performance Center in Brooklyn to see and hear the fabulous artists. Comment

ICC: West Indies tour withdrawal ‘unacceptable’

Sports: DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) _ The International Cricket Council called West Indies’ withdrawal from its tour of India “damaging and unacceptable” on Sunday and indicated that such behavior in future would jeopardize players’ participation in lucrative tournaments like the Indian Premier League. Comment


Guyana: Wearing a colorful gown designed with trumpet sleeves and a V-neckline, Miss World Guyana 2014 Rafieya Husain was greeted with flash bulbs and applause when she arrived abroad the Golden Sunshine Yacht in Sheepshead Bay last Saturday. Comment

A stroll down Harlem streets

Books: When the music starts, your feet do, too. Oh, how you love to dance -and if singing is involved, that’s even better. You sing in church, in the choir. If someone mentions it, you dance for the family. It’s a pleasure in front of friends. Heck, you’ve been known to break out in song and do a little shuffle on the stree Comment

Dominica PM sets new election date

Dominica: Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has set Dec. 8 as the new date for general elections. Comment


Sports: The 2014 MLS Conference finalists have been determined and in the Eastern Conference, the New York Red Bulls will make its third appearance in the Conference final and first time since 2008, when it battles the New England Revolution in a home-and-away series starting with the first leg at Red Bull Arena on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 1:30 p.m. Comment

Brooklyn Christians conduct missions in Belize

Belize: Ten pastors and ministers of the New Beginnings International Ministries (NBIM) embarked on a week-long Christian mission from Brooklyn, New York to the village of Camalote, Belize on Tuesday Oct. 28, 2014. Comment

DR quits OAS’s human rights court

Dominican Republic: SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) _ The Dominican Republic withdrew as a member of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on Tuesday, leading rights activists to raise concerns about the welfare of migrants in the Caribbean country. Comment

Jarrett plays best game

Sports: Jaiquawn Jarrett recently turned in his finest game of the year in a New York Jet uniform. Listed as a safety, the third-year Jet did what he was supposed to do to help his teammates break a long losing streak during this season, this one against Pittsburgh. Comment

Cricket bailout

Caribbean: St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves is rallying support to help the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) settle a US$42 million bill with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Comment


Guyana: In what his critics call a shameless attempt to avoid his government falling, President Donald Ramotar suspended sittings of Guyana’s parliament this week just as the opposition parties in the national assembly were preparing to pass a no confidence vote in his administration that would have forced him to call general elections in three months at the latest. Comment

Brooklyn DA applauds new weed policy

Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson has applauded the new marijuana policy unveiled on Monday by Mayor Bill DeBlasio and New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner William J. Bratton. Comment

Separate fact from fiction on Charter Schools

Viewpoints: Too few of our modern-day state leaders appreciate the absolute role they must play in bringing about substantive change in America’s schools. Even with more than half of states electing reform-minded governors who have either proven to be champions of reforms during their tenure or have run on platforms that don’t shy away from being vocal about putting parents and students first, it’s imperative all leaders come to appreciate good governance and reach across the aisle for the sake of children. After all, it’s how some of the boldest reforms were born, such as charter schools in Minnesota in 1991. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Drug Lord: The Legend of Shorty (Unrated) Ten Most Wanted documentary recounting the international manhunt for the ruthless, Mexican cartel kingpin known as El Chapo. Comment
Jamaica: Many young Jamaicans have ambitions of achieving their dreams and realizing their full potential. Whether becoming young entrepreneurs or entering more traditional fields of medicine, law or engineering, youth have a goal to ‘become something in life.’ The reality is that the fulfilment of these dreams is often times hampered or cut short by harsh financial challenges. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Queens: PERFORMANCE: HCX presents Daniel Bernard Roumain and Dj Jephte Guillaume. Doors open at 6:00 p.m, followed by a conversation and performance with Daniel Bernard Roumain. From 9:00 p.m. - 12:00 midnight. DJ Jephté Guillaume - Tet Kale Records/Spiritual Life Music. $35 in advance / $40 at door Purchase tickets here! Hors d’Oeuvres & Cash Bar The Carlton Hotel 88 Madison Ave, New York NY, 10016. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Queens: PERFORMANCE: HCX presents Daniel Bernard Roumain and Dj Jephte Guillaume. Doors open at 6:00 p.m, followed by a conversation and performance with Daniel Bernard Roumain. From 9:00 p.m. - 12:00 midnight. DJ Jephté Guillaume - Tet Kale Records/Spiritual Life Music. $35 in advance / $40 at door Purchase tickets here! Hors d’Oeuvres & Cash Bar The Carlton Hotel 88 Madison Ave, New York NY, 10016. Comment

Separate economy and the state

Viewpoints: For centuries, governments established, controlled, regulated, and subsidized religious activity. Then some people began asking a revolutionary question: Why not separate religious activity and the state in such a way that the state would be barred from involving itself in any religious activity whatsoever? Comment

Trinidad to step up deportations of migrants

Trinidad and Tobago: PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) _ The government of Trinidad & Tobago says it plans to crack down on the estimated 110,000 migrants living in the twin-island nation illegally — even knocking on doors to track them down. Comment

Severe flooding hits Haiti, Dominican Republic

Haiti: CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti (AP) _ Thousands of families in Haiti and the neighboring Dominican Republic have been displaced by floods from a storm system that drenched the countries for several days, officials said Thursday. Comment

A presidential smart-card named Lynch

Viewpoints: Ever since the announcement was made that Loretta Lynch was President Obama’s nominee to succeed Eric Holder as attorney general, there’s been media speculation about the president having reached beyond his inner circle to make that choice, a far cry from his selection of the departing Holder. Comment

The darkest day for democracy in Guyana

Guyana: To The Editor: A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) is enraged at President Donald Ramotar’s promulgation of a proclamation to prorogue parliament on Monday 10th November 2014. This is the darkest day for democracy in Guyana. Comment

Michael Manley 90 to kick-off Legacy Series

Jamaica: Two days after his actual 90th birthday anniversary, admirers, supporters and comrades of Michael Manley will recall the legacy left by Jamaica’s fourth prime minister during the first forum to launch a legacy series. Comment

Chikungunya outbreak continues to spread

Health: The Atlanta, GA-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned that the chikungunya outbreak in Caribbean and Central and South American countries continues to spread with no sign of slowing down. Comment

Altruistic astronauts seek alternate for Earth

Movies: Christopher Nolan is one of my favorite directors, and four of his pictures have made my annual Top Ten List, including “Memento,” “The Dark Knight,” “Batman Begins” and “Insomnia.” However, I hard a hard time understanding exactly what was going on in “Inception,” an inscrutable mindbender that I found to be a little too hip for the room. Comment

Former Antiguan PM knighted

Antigua: Former Antigua & Barbuda Prime Minister Lester Bird, was among four nationals who were knighted during the recent Ceremonial Parade to mark the 33rd anniversary of Independence recently. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua-based Caribbean airline LIAT is expected to retrench staff as a result of the airline’s decision to cut its fleet from the current 11 aircraft to nine next year. Comment

DocNYC, films spanning past, present, and future

Movies: The fifth edition of DocNYC opens Nov. 13, running for a week, with screenings in Greenwich Village and Chelsea movie houses. This documentary is a natural outgrowth of Thom Powers’ long-running “Stranger Than Fiction” documentary series that screens weekly at the IFC Center on 6th Ave. in Manhattan. Comment

Soccer great ‘grateful’ for sports ambassadorship

St Vincent: Stanley “Luxie” Morris, a former national football captain and coach and perennial coach of Team St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the Brooklyn-based Caribbean Soccer Cup, has expressed profound gratitude for being named among 15 as the nation’s 2014 Sports and Cultural Ambassadors. Comment

Haitian American scores landslide victory

Brooklyn: After handsomely defeating Jamaican-born economist and accountant Rickie Tullock by 20 percentage points to win the New York State Democratic Primary in the 42nd State Assembly District in Brooklyn in September, Haitian American Rodneyse Bichotte won the general elections on Tuesday night by a massive landslide. Comment


Guyana: Guyanese voters could go to the polls a full two years before general elections are constitutionally due if the combined parliamentary opposition wins a no confidence vote against the government later this month President Donald Ramotar said this week. Comment

St. Vincent takes to heart hard lessons on climate change

St Vincent: PASTURES, St. Vincent, Oct. 29, 2014 (IPS) - Glenda Williams has lived in the Pastures community in eastern St. Vincent all her life. She’s seen the area flooded by storms on multiple occasions. Comment

Supadex cries foul

Music: A week after announcing the results of the inaugural New York Vincy Independence Calypso Competition, the Brooklyn-based Dynamite Calypso Tent has reversed the winners of the first and second runners-up positions. Comment


Arts & Theater: The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company will be participating in the second annual Lunar New Year Celebration organized by the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College as part of its 60th Anniversary Season on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. Comment

Black Violin in concert

Music: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 60th Anniversary Season on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Black Violin. Three-time winners of Amateur Night at the Apollo, this classically trained violin duo inspires young people to get fired up about classical music with their unique fusion of classical, hip-hop, jazz, blues, and R&B. Recommended for ages eight and up. Comment

Grenadian marathoners run for charity

Grenada: It was double success for Grenadians on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014 when runners in both New York and Grenada successfully completed marathons to help raise funds for the charity, reachwithin, which supports vulnerable Grenadian children and their caregivers. Comment
Sports: While most of the attention was focused on the Kenyans and the Ethiopians in the 44th edition of the New York City Marathon, the New York Road Runners staged an event for the school children. Every autumn this organization puts on an annual running spectacular by getting many international runners into New York City and at the same time it tries to build for the future with the youngsters involved. Comment


Sports: After being outplayed badly by the Columbus Crew back on Sunday, Oct. 19, in the penultimate game of the regular season, at Red Bull Arena, there were concerns that the New York Red Bulls’ poor play would lead to an early exit from the playoffs. But the team put together a string of three wins to put itself in a good position to advance to the Eastern Conference finals, with hopes of its first MLS Cup appearance. Comment

WICB must take full responsibility

Sports: The West Indies cricket team pulling out of the tour of India created a bad image for the West Indies Cricket Board, which is responsible for managing West Indies cricket. The West Indies Cricket Board should have stepped in and solve such a problem to escalate causing the players to leave India before the completion of the tour. Comment

U.S. congratulates Antigua, Dominica

Dominica: The United States has congratulated Antigua and Barbuda and Dominica for their 33rd and 36th year, respectively, of political independence from Great Britain. Comment

Some hollow condemnation for talking straight

Viewpoints: Even if Louisiana’s Democratic senator, Mary Landrieu, ultimately loses her re-election bid, one would hope that some principled forthrightness on her part, relative to the 2014 campaign — standing firm on reiterating a well established socio-political reality about the South — would be an enduring source of pride for the senator. Comment
Brooklyn: Brooklyn Assemblyman Nick Perry on Friday night bestowed special honor on 11 outstanding community figures at a gala Awards Ceremony at Tropical Paradise Ballroom on Utica Avenue, Brooklyn. Comment

Outrage over Chief Banks resignation

Grenada: Not everyone is convinced that NYPD Chief of Department Philip Banks III — the top Black crime fighter in the police department — willingly decided to retire after three decades of stellar service and a recent promotion. Comment

The Pentagon comes up short on climate

Viewpoints: The Pentagon recently released a new report sounding the alarm on the national security threats posed by climate change. Like previous reports on the subject, this one makes clear that Department of Defence (DoD) planners believe that global warming will seriously challenge our nation’s military forces. Comment

Carey billed to headline Jazz & Blues Fest in JA

Music: For the very first time in her storied musical career, pop superstar Mariah Carey will travel south to perform in the Caribbean. The date has been set, the destination agreed and the best-selling female artist of all time will be making her first-ever appearance in the Caribbean on the island of Jamaica. Comment

Caribbean economies reform business setting

Caribbean: A new World Bank Group report finds that over the past year, 50 percent of economies in the Caribbean implemented at least one reform, making it easier for local entrepreneurs to do business. Comment

Resignation of NYPD Chief Banks leaves PD wanting

Viewpoints: The resignation of Chief Philip Banks, the highest ranking African-American official, of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) is an unfortunate circumstance that should be troubling for Mayor Bill deBlasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, as it is for the entire City. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Queens: film: In celebration of The Andy Warhol Museum’s 20th anniversary, this multimedia performance event comprises 15 never-before-seen films captured by Andy Warhol between 1963 and 1966 with his original 16mm camera. Five songwriter-composers representing a musical trajectory from the 1970s until today perform scores to these rare Warhol selections — a combination of portraits and actualités (non-fiction films using footage from real life, but without a documentary’s narrative arc). Comment

UWI plans 4th International Reggae Conference

Music: University of the West Indies in Jamaica recently announced plans for the fourth International Reggae Conference. Formerly known as the Global Reggae Conference, the four-day focus on one of the Caribbean’s most popular home-grown music will celebrate the genre as well as reflect on some of the pitfalls that has kept it a niche market commodity. Comment

DR accused of disregarding international law

Haiti: The London-based international human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, says the Dominican Republic’s reaction to a court ruling over the rights of Dominicans of Haitian descent shows a “shocking disregard” for international law and the country’s legal responsibilities. Comment

Gyllenhaal makes, covers grisly side of news

Movies: Petty thief Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) was eking out a living selling stolen scrap metal to junkyards until the day he stumbled upon a legitimate line of work when he pulled over to assist a driver trapped in a fiery car crash. There, he was surprised to find ghoulish freelance journalists flocking to the scene with the hope of shooting graphic video footage to sell to network television stations. Comment

Peter Phillips’ principle for ‘prosperity’

Jamaica: While visiting here on a three-day visit Peter David Phillips, Jamaica’s finance and planning minister became the 10th speaker to keynote the 10th anniversary Caribbean International Network (CIN) Lecture Series and for the significant milestone achievement, the parliamentarian talked about “Jamaica’s Path To Prosperity.” Comment

Lifestyle tips to reduce chronic inflammation

Health: (Statepoint) Millions of Americans endure the pain of chronic inflammation, and even when pain is not apparent, millions more run the risk of serious diseases triggered by chronic inflammation. Comment

Abolish the Income Tax and IRS

For some time now we’ve lived with the scourge of civil asset forfeiture, under which the police can seize a person’s property on the mere suspicion it was used in a crime and without having to charge the owner with an offense. Since the authorities have no burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, the burden of proving innocence falls on the hapless citizen who wishes to recover his property. Amazingly, people describe as free a society that features this outrage. Comment

Nations in Americas join in battle against Ebola

Health: HAVANA (AP) _ Representatives of countries from around the Americas, including the United States, have agreed to work together in their response to Ebola, adopting similar procedures in such things as the establishment of epidemiological monitoring centers and coordinating the transport of biological samples. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

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

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