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Pumpkin soup, a Haitian New Year’s tradition

Haiti: As New Year’s Day approaches, Haitians around the world prepare for another time-honored custom, the making of soup joumou, pronounced “joo-moo.” Jan. 1 is not celebrated properly for Haitians unless they partake in their traditional pumpkin soup. The ingredients have long been assembled by the time New Year’s Eve rolls around. That’s when Maryse Jean-Baptiste of Bushwick begins making her soup stock with a beef bone. Comment

Zulu drums tell history

Zulu drums tell history

Arts & Theater: Post-apartheid South Africa era gets a huge four-night salute at Symphony Space when “Africa Umoja: 20 Years Freedom and Democracy” tour arrives here following engagements in several U.S. cities. The musical event is slated for Jan. 6, 7, 8, and 10 at 2537 Broadway (at 95th Street) and begins at 7:00 p.m. Comment


Sports: Big Apple Basketball (BAB) will host the 12th Annual Big Apple Basketball Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 17 and Monday, Jan. 19, 2015 at Baruch College in New York City. The invitational features 17 top high school and prep school teams from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Washington DC, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Ontario, Canada. Comment

New York City in MLS

Sports: New York City’s own MLS franchise, New York City FC makes its league debut on Sunday, March 15, 2015 versus the New England Revolution and after a year of planning and preparation, the semblance of a competitive team is beginning to unfold. Comment
Arts & Theater: The children of Sankofa International Academy in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, held a pre-Kwanzaa celebration for the community on Friday with a ceremony that embodied a true understanding of the Principles of Kwanzaa. Comment

A story of action, honor, and the Wild West

Books: Everybody needs a hero in their life. Somebody to look up to. Somebody to want to be like some day, to follow and admire - perhaps a parent, maybe a grandparent or uncle. A friend or classmate might be your hero, or maybe even someone you don’t know. Comment

Free turkeys for the holidays

Brooklyn: In keeping with its objectives of assisting “those pure and lofty principles, which are in the interest of humanity,” the Brooklyn-based Independent United Order of Mechanics, Friendly Society, Western Hemisphere, Inc. on Saturday provided free turkeys for the holidays to members of the community. Comments (1)

A toast to Karen Aletha Maybank MD, MPH

Brooklyn: Since 2009, Dr. Karen Aletha Maybank led the Brooklyn District Public as assistant commissioner, and has made an indelible mark on the landscape of health across Brooklyn. On a festive evening in early December, representatives from various community organization, as well as government officials came together to raise a toast to honor her for her work and passion in the borough Comment

South Africa declares at 552 for 5

Sports: South Africa scored a massive 552 runs for five wickets against the West Indies at the Centurion ground in South Africa. South Africa captain Hashim Amla scored 208 runs, Abde Devilliers 152 and debutant Stiaan van Zyl 101 not out. West Indies should now be aware of their shortcomings and hopefully the WICB can fill the gaps. Marlon Samuels and Jermaine Blackwood should not be doing much bowling in Test cricket. Comment

Tosh estate to donate ‘Equal Rights’ revenue

Music: The estate of Jamaican reggae icon and Grammy-winning musician Peter Tosh recently announced that 10 percent of all net income collected throughout 2015, from streaming and downloads of the 1977 mega-hit Tosh released called “Equal Rights” will be donated to the families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: Like all prime and national security ministers before her, Trinidad’s Kamla Persad-Bissessar is so frustrated with the number of annual murders in Trinidad that she is now leading a revived and spirited campaign to resume hangings for criminals convicted of cold blooded murders. Comment
Movies: “The Battle of the Five Armies” is the third and closing chapter in “The Hobbit” series based on the classic fantasy novel of the same name by J.R.R. Tolkien. The film also represents the finale in the sextet of Tolkien adaptations directed by Peter Jackson also including The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Comment

Employee, employer benefit from paid family leave

Viewpoints: The holiday season can be a time of great joy. But for many working parents, the holidays are also a stark reminder of how tenuous their employment and benefits are. Comment
Environment: LIMA, Dec. 13, 2014 (IPS) - The digital revolution that is continuing to develop at lightening speed is an exciting new ally in our fight for global food security in the face of climate change. Comment
Brooklyn: Pre-schoolers and kindergarteners, ages three to five years old from PS 305, Community Parent Head Start, and Medgar Evers Day Care met Santa and received holiday gifts and pictures at Interfaith Medical Center’s Winter Wonderland, 1545 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Comment

Special Christmas treat for Vincentian kids

After making most of their income throughout the year during the Christmas season, several Vincentian businesses in New York say it was befitting to give back to the community by hosting an extraordinary treat for children. Comment

Incredible scooter cops in community relations

Brooklyn: “Two Street Savvy Cops Nail ‘em With Words,” was the glaring headline of a New York Daily News article written in 1977. No Bullets, no choking, no abuse and yet, retired NYPD officers Joseph Willins (Scooter Joe) and his partner Kenneth Kaufman were consistently able to take hardened criminals and murderers into their custody during the 70s and 80s, a time when drugs and crime were rampant and police and community worked together. Comment

Phantazia in the community

NPF’s Phantazia String Players is an ensembles that exemplifies NPF’s mission to increase the social mobility of students from some of the most economically disadvantaged neighborhoods in Brooklyn. Comment

High-roller spirals out of control in mob saga

Movies: By day, Jim Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) is an English Literature professor whose questionable teaching method involves berating his blasé students by suggesting that none of them will ever amount to anything. He reserves all his praise for the only person in the class exhibiting any promise as a writer, the brilliant and beautiful, but modest, Amy Phillips (Brie Larson). Comment

Caribbean pols revile killing

Brooklyn: Caribbean legislators in New York have condemned the killing on Saturday afternoon, at point-blank range, of two police officers by a gunman, who, officials said, had traveled to New York from Baltimore vowing to kill officers. Comment


Music: Though she was barely able to walk a week before because of gout, Calypso Rose was still able to woo her audience Sunday afternoon/evening, as Brooklyn paid tribute to the woman who “broke the glass ceiling” in the calypso genre. Comments (2)

Windies humiliated

Sports: West Indies suffered their heaviest ever defeat in South Africa when they were humiliated by an innings and 220 runs, 70 minutes before lunch on the penultimate day of the opening Test in Centurion, last week. Comment

Typical Cuba noises from usual suspects

Viewpoints: It goes without saying that, considering the number of occasions on which we have robustly condemned in this space how pointless and retrogressive the U.S. stance toward Cuba has been, President Obama’s announcement last week of a major policy re-set was news that got a big thumbs-up here. About the braying from the usual suspects that has come in the wake of his long overdue course correction, we would simply say to the president: “Keep on strutting!” Comment

Tips for families to get healthy this New Year

Health: (StatePoint) New Year’s resolutions often focus on personal improvement. This year experts are encouraging entire families to consider making a pledge to adopt a healthier and more active lifestyle. Comment

Five Carib countries eligible for H-2A, H-2B visa program

Jamaica: Grenada’s ambassador to the Unites States of America, Dr. Angus Friday praised the US for Grenada’s continued inclusion on the list of countries eligible for H-2A and H-2B programs being offered by the USCIS and the Department of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Department of State. Comment

Brooklynite indicted for defrauding immigrants

Brooklyn: Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement New York Special Agent-in-Charge, James T. Hayes Jr., on Thursday announced that a Brooklyn woman who allegedly promised green cards and work permits to undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants has been charged with stealing about US$12,850 from them. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Antigua and Barbuda government says the efforts by the owners of a hotel on the island to have Prime Minister Gaston Browne jailed over an outstanding multimillion dollar debt by the government have failed. Comment

Leave us all alone! We can’t breathe!

Viewpoints: The last words out of the mouth of strangling victim Eric Garner are actually a metaphor for how libertarians feel about the entire welfare-warfare state under which modern-day Americans have been born and raised. Comments (2)
Jamaica: What is good for the goose is not always good for the gander. And in the social media context, ganders often get the notice as the ones to go against the grain. While much has been touted about Jamaica’s alluring assets, voters on social networking website disagreed with popular viewpoint saying that Jamaica is not the paradise promoted as the Caribbean destination to visit. Comment

Woman visionary wins Digicel Entrepreneur award

Haiti: Uzale Remay founded APLADEM, Meyer’s Planters Association for Development, 25 years ago in a region near Jacmel, two hours south of Port-au-Prince. She is the first woman to take the title Digicel Entrepreneur of the Year. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Barbecue (Unrated) French farce revolving around a trim and fit, diet-conscious health nut (Lambert Wilson) who decides to throw caution to the wind after suffering a heart attack on his 50th birthday. Supporting cast includes Franck Dubosc, Florence Foresti and Sophie Duez. (In French with subtitles) Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: Oil and gas-rich Trinidad this week moved to curb decades of runaway corruption in the country even though critics say too late is the cry. Comment

Bahamas explains new immigration policy

Immigration: Amid concern over the Bahamas’ new immigration policy, Foreign Affairs Minister Frederick Mitchell on Tuesday sought to explain his country’s position before the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS). Comment

Authors for young adults talk about their work

Books: When Ibi Zoboi was in high school in Bushwick and reading Edwidge Danticat’s “Breath Eyes and Memory,” she discovered her mother’s hometown in Haiti, Dame Marie, mentioned in the first few pages of the book. “It was then I decided to be a writer,” she said. Comment

CARICOM welcomes Cuba moves

Cuba: GEORGETOWN, Guyana_Caribbean trade bloc governments which had as far back as 1972 defied the United States and had established diplomatic relations with Cuba Wednesday openly welcomed moves by the U.S. to improve relations with the communist-ruled island saying such is long overdue. Comment

Haiti takes more steps to end political standoff

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Haiti was in a state of political flux following the resignation over the weekend of the country’s prime minister because of an ongoing stalemate with opposition lawmakers in the Senate. Comment

A torture debate reduced to semantics

Viewpoints: Senator John McCain had another of those moments last week in which one is tempted to entertain doubts about where he’s really coming from – whether he’s to be lumped in with many of his rabidly right GOP mates or should be given consideration as one of the middle-course and even liberal-leaning Republicans of yesteryear. Comment


Caribbean: The field for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the biennial national tournament to determine the best team in CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football) is pretty much set with the completion of the area’s inter-regional championship tournaments completed. The Gold Cup is played every two years during the month of July in cities across the USA. Comment

HERO medics celebrate 14 yrs of medical missions

Guyana: Guyana’s Health and Education Relief Organization (HERO) brought holiday cheer to St. Stephens Church hall in Brooklyn on Dec. 11, to share and celebrate the group’s medical missions to Guyana during the last 14 years. Comment

Former Vincy coach receives lifetime award

St Vincent: For almost two decades, Rudolph “Rudy” Boucher was renowned as an attacking and stout midfielder on the football (soccer) field and an obdurate St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ national coach. Comments (2)

St. Kitts tourism ends on high note

St Kitts and Nevis: Believe it or not, tourists are going to visit tropical destinations regardless of opinions branded about by alleged expert travelers. And although publicists tend to over-saturate the hype on individual island paradises, many are indisputably the most alluring to visit. Recently, St. Kitts added to its recognitions for excellence by closing out the year on a high note with the receipt of the coveted “Innovative Destination of the Year” award. Comment

Start in the name of love! Diana Ross to reopen Kings Theatre

Music: The queen of Motown is going to let the good times roll at the Loew’s Kings Theatre in Flatbush at its grand reopening. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Queens: COMEDY: Come and see actor / comic Bob Greenberg (“Old Jews Telling Jokes”) comedian/author/ pundit Leighann Lord (“DICT Jokes”) and comedians Dave Lester (TV One’s “Who’s Got Jokes with Bill Bellamy”) & Joe Rocha (Galavisions !”Que Loco !”). Both shows will feature “No Name” house band The Summer Replacements” including Carl (BabyFreak) Fortunato) and Fernando (Dr. Sandman) Morales Gonzalez. At the standard NN@ Ottos start time of 7:00 p.m. No cover, no minimum. Otto’s is located at 538 E 14th St. (Cross streets: Between avenues A and B) “L” subway train to First Avenue. For more information, call (212) 228-2240 or go to: Comment

Pols fete Clarkes on 80/50 gala birthday bash

Brooklyn: An almost virtual Who’s Who in New York City politics on Dec. 7 feted ex-Councilwoman Dr. Una S.T. Clarke and her daughter, Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, on their gala birthday bash at Dumbo Loft on Water Street, downtown Brooklyn. Comment

FDU athlete captures hurdles

Sports: y Robert Elkin Morquiez Headley came through as expected to lead Fairleigh Dickinson University of New Jersey to a decent performance in the Christmas Classic conducted by the Fordham University Track and Field team at the Lombardi Center Fieldhouse in The Bronx. Comment

Guyanese beauty wins Miss Caribbean title

Guyana: Congratulations are in order for Rafieya Husain, Miss World Guyana who qualified in the final 10 at the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Aloft London Excel on Dec. 14, and earned the title of Miss Caribbean for being the only national from the region to place in the top 10. Comment

Good tidings of comfort & joy & to all good cheer

Arts & Theater: For Caribbean diasporans, home is more than where the heart is. And perhaps more than at any other time of the year, the advent of the Christmas season heartily embraces the Biblical miracle of the birth of Jesus Christ and also unites families in a loving way. Comment

Haiti PM resigns amid political discontent

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe announced early Sunday that he was resigning along with several ministers in the wake of violent anti-government protests and a commission’s call for him to step down. Comment

Annie’ musical provides scenic bragging rights

Arts & Theater: New York City gets a hefty dose of promotion and publicity in the new “Annie” musical slated for a Dec. 19 release. From Harlem to Liberty State Park in New Jersey, the 20/20 view illuminates the Big Apple adding 21st century relevance to the “Little Orphan Annie” comic strip character popularized in newspapers in 1924. Comment

Devon Sheldon Smith is back

Sports: West Indies selectors recalled 33-year-old Devon Sheldon Smith to tour South Africa after Chris Gayle pulled out of the Test series. Smith who was born in Grenada played 33 Tests scoring one century against England at Sabina Park in Jamaica. Smith will be hoping to build on his weak record. It will be testing for Smith returning to Test cricket after his last Test match in 2011 against Pakistan. Comment

I love loosies and the people who sell them

Viewpoints: The cops who ganged up on Eric Garner, got him into a chokehold, and mashed his face into the sidewalk didn’t intend to kill him. They intended only to show him who’s boss on the streets of Staten Island — and show him in a way he would never forget. Comment

Resolve to make your skin more beautiful

Health: (StatePoint) Just by being outside every day, skin suffers from premature aging, an effect known as photo aging. The new year is the perfect time to resolve to keep your skin looking more beautiful. Comment

All I really want for Christmas

Books: “All I Really Want” by Quinn Caldwell Comment

Why I am the way I am

Viewpoints: The day after the Millions March in New York City, I was out having dinner with a nice young lady. I was telling her about the march and the protest and the fight for social equality and justice for the marginalized. I guess the way I was speaking was really passionate (I get like that sometimes) because she asked me an interesting question. She asked, “Why are you like this?” At first I didn’t know what to make of the question, so I asked what she meant. She said, “I’m just interested in what makes the way you are or made you this passionate or militant about this. Did something happen to you?” Comment

Narine named in Windies World Cup squad

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad & Tobago and West Indies mystery spinner Sunil Narine has been included in the West Indies 30-man squad for next year’s World Cup in New Zealand and Australia. Comments (1)

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Ask Me Anything (Unrated) Bittersweet bildungsroman about a high school grad (Britt Robertson) who chronicles all of her adventures in an anonymous blog, when she takes a year off to find herself before starting college. With Justing Long, Martin Sheen, Christian Slater and Robert Patrick. Comment
Environment: LIMA, Dec. 4, 2014 (IPS) - For more than 10 years, Mildred Crawford has been “a voice in the wilderness” crying out on behalf of rural women in agriculture. Comment

Vincentian businesswoman passes

Brooklyn: Just months after fulfilling her life-long dream of opening a bakery in Brooklyn, Cynthia Williams-Bernard passed away. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Fourth Meeting of National Authorities of the Americas on Trafficking in Persons has called on the Caribbean and all member-countries of the Organization of American States (OAS) to redouble efforts to combat the scourge. Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: A race-laced row over the deportations of eleven Ghanians to West Africa this week has sparked a major race controversy in Trinidad just as the ethnically-divided nation is preparing for general elections in the coming months. Comment

Caribbean urged to break corruption chain

Caribbean: As the world on Tuesday marked International Anti-Corruption Day, the United Nations and the Organization of American States (OAS) have called on the Caribbean and other countries in the international community to reaffirm their commitment to the fight against corruption. Comment

Haiti commission seeks new gov’t consensus

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ A commission recently appointed by Haitian President Michel Martelly is calling for his prime minister to resign so a new consensus government can be formed, according to a report obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. Comment

Incumbent Dominica Labor Party retains power

Dominica: The incumbent Dominica Labor Party (DLP) of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit regained power in general elections on Monday, winning 15 of the 21 seats in Parliament. Comment

World AIDS Day in Brooklyn

World AIDS Day in Brooklyn

Brooklyn: In commemorating World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, Lutheran Family Health Centers’ (LFHC) Caribbean-American site, in conjunction with the Caribbean Women’s Health Association (CWHA), gathered for a special march and event to raise HIV/AIDS awareness and to educate the community on prevention. Comment

Grenada economy expected to grow

Grenada: The Grenada economy is expected to grow by 2.6 percent this year, higher than the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) average of 1.4 percent. Comment

Brooklyn group serenades Vincy-style

The United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn (UVCGB) recently brought the “Spirit of Christmas” Vincy-style to supporters and friends in Brooklyn. Comment

‘I Can’t Breathe!’ protest rages on

Staten Island: The last words stifling through the lungs of Eric Garner, has become the mantra of a nationwide call for policing reform in communities of color. Comment

Black Friday Protest slated for Wall Street

Brooklyn: Three weeks after the day-after Thanksgiving national sale marathon popularly known as Black Friday, a Day of Outrage protest rally will be held at the headquarters of America’s financial district. Comment
Arts & Theater: “Soul Nativity” was born and incubated at The Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) over 14 years. The musical co-writers, Tracy Jack and Alfred Preisser, met at the school in the late 90’s and since have collaborated on over 30 professional and student projects, including productions of Soul Nativity in various incarnations at The Theatre of St. Clements, The Duke on 42nd Street, and multiple versions at The HSA Theatre. A joyous pageant for all ages and perfect for anyone who loves music, dance and the holiday season, Soul Nativity has garnered rave reviews and sold out houses wherever it has been performed. This year’s featured guest choir is Harlem Japanese Gospel Choir. Comment


Music: Rising international music sensation, MonChérie, continues her quest for recognition as one of this generation’s most dynamic young music artists. After her music debut earlier this year, which unleashed the major hit single, “No Santa,” the singer has followed up that effort with her heavily awaited and equally energetic new song, “Billy Billy Boom Boom.” Comment

West Indies face tough task

Sports: West Indies will face some severe competition when they play South Africa in the upcoming series. Cricketers from the Caribbean are not strangers to the ball coming on to the bat, what should be strange is the manner in which South African bowlers will get the ball to swing. Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander are very good at moving the ball around and at great lengths and the technique West Indies batsmen should apply is to learn the wickets quickly. Comment

An awesome dad and person

It is now five years since you transitioned to a higher place and no longer with us physically, and you are greatly missed. Comment

Identity theft alert, what you should do

Books: Your credit card was declined. Comment

MLS Cup, a tale of two owners

Sports: The Los Angeles Galaxy became the first MLS team to win five MLS Cups, five championships, when it defeated the New England Revolution, 2-1, last Sunday at StubHub Center in Carson (CA), home of the Galaxy. The game not only added to a long list of statistics between the teams, but mirrored the opposite fortunes of the franchise owners, both founding members of MLS. Comment

Corbin named co-captain

Sports: Adrian Corbin has been named as co-captain of the varsity basketball team at LaSalle Academy High School, a member of the Catholic High Schools Athletic Association. Comment

Griffith’s solo-show

Arts & Theater: If fine theatre is magic, then “Demerara Gold,” Ingrid Griffith’s solo-show is pure alchemy... the mythical practice of turning ordinary substance into gold. The show will be held at the Starlite Pavilion, Richmond Hill on Sunday, Dec. 21 at 3:00 p.m. Comment

Across the bridge, ‘justice’ frozen in time

Viewpoints: So maybe our scanning mechanism for the city came up short on its reach when we talked last edition about New York’s “cachet” being none too welcoming of cultural traits that just plain reek. In which context we noted the aberrational presence here of two high-flying Republican schmucks who are in no way to be mistaken as representing the classiness we associate with New York chic. Alas, we neglected to consider in the reckoning the most “outer” of the boroughs constituting the New York tapestry, which last week made the loudest discordant noise despoiling of the city’s harmony that we’ve heard in quite a while. Comment
Music: Shaggy, Sean Paul, Sly and Robbie, Ziggy Marley, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, and American band SOJA are nominees for the Best Reggae Album category of the 57th annual Grammy Awards. Shaggy has been nominated for his album (Out of Many, One Music), Sean Paul (Full Frequency), Sly and Robbie (The Reggae Power, featuring Spicy Chocolate), Ziggy Marley (Fly Rasta), and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry (Back on the Controls). Released in April by Tuff Gong, Ziggy Marley’s “Fly Rasta” is the most commercially successful album in the United States by a Jamaican reggae artiste this year, with sales of more than 16,000 copies to date. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Queens: MUSIC: The multi-talented Alex DeSuze returns to the Indian Road Café to host the “No Name Uptown Cabaret Second Monday” monthly singers showcase. DeSuze, will be joined by a guest musical director. Producer Eric Vetter calls the Cabaret an opportunity to enjoy and share your art with your fellow singers, composers and lyricists in a safe and fun place! Indian Road Café, located at 600 West 218th St., offers an excellent wine, beer and coffee selection as well as great food from paninis to lobster mac and cheese, all amidst a warm and casual atmosphere. The next Uptown Cabaret show will start at 7:00 p.m. with sign up beginning at 6:45 p.m. No cover, no minimum and for additional information, call (212) 942-7451. For more “No Name” information, go to Comment

Now is the time for churches to speak up

Viewpoints: “Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, ‘Do not imagine that you in the king’s palace can escape any more than all the Jews. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?’” (Book of Esther 4:13-14). Comment

Workshop on drug treatment courts

Barbados: The Organization of American States (OAS) says it has launched the third and final two-day regional training workshop on the Monitoring and Evaluation of Drug Treatment Courts (DTCs) in the Caribbean. Comment
Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Thousands of anti-government protesters marched Saturday through Haiti’s capital for the second time in two days amid anger over delayed elections and other issues. Comment

Twenty20 cricket – a money maker

Sports: The 2014 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Twenty20 cricket pumped a whopping US$166 million into the region’s economy, a new independent economic study has revealed. Comment


Jamaica: Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson made history in Doha, Qatar by winning the first gold medal ever attained in swimming by a Black woman. She won the women’s 100m breaststroke during the 12th FINA World Swimming there and in the process not only championed a victory for her nation and the Caribbean but for an entire race. With the stellar victory Atkinson also distinguished herself as the first of her race and gender to hold a world short-course record since Enith Brigitha of the Netherlands 40 years ago. Comment
St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves has condemned what he described as the “criminal blockade against Cuba,” and called for “the liberation of the five antiterrorists from U.S. prisons,” according to reports in Havana, the Cuban capital. Comment
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ Jamaican police have often been viewed with suspicion and fear, routinely accused of indiscriminately using their weapons and intentionally killing suspects as the island struggled with soaring violent crime. Comment

Witherspoon stars in adaptation of best-selling memoir

Movies: Cheryl Strayed’s (Reese Witherspoon) life went into a tailspin right after the untimely death of her mother (Laura Dern). The grief-stricken 22-year-old subsequently became emotionally estranged from the people closest to her, including her husband, Paul (Thomas Sadowski), and her brother, Leif (Keene McRae). Comment

Time to change direction on tax extenders

Viewpoints: While the dust is still settling from the mid-term elections and the pundits are trying to figure out what it all means, the American people have made their collective voices heard and delivered a message that they do not like the country’s direction. Exit polling data from Election Day showed clear majorities in against growing corporate influence on the political process and in favor of greater corporate accountability. The message is clear: inversions must stop, corporate tax avoidance must end, and special corporate loopholes must close. Comment

Investing in America

Viewpoints: To The Editor: We are in the middle of an immediate economic crisis!! Fightback for justice and dignity. Only a country that has a strong manufacturing base can be wealthy and have a solid and growing middle class. China is getting richer because they are building their manufacturing base. The United States is in debt because we are letting our manufacturing base disappear; we are pouring money into the financial and military industries, which contribute nothing to our economy. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: British tourists are being warned of the dangers of the chikunguyana virus that is sweeping the Caribbean. Comment

VincyCares to honor 5 at annual gala dinner awards

St Vincent: The popular Internet-based group VincyCares, Inc. will be honoring five members of the community during its 5th anniversary celebrations on Sat., Dec. 13, 2014 at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment

Will rollout of green technologies get a boost at Lima Climate Summit?

Environment: LIMA, Dec. 2, 2014 (IPS) - The road towards a green economy is paved with both reward and risk, and policymakers must seek to balance these out if the transition to low-carbon energy sources is to succeed on the required scale, climate experts say. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: After the Fall (R for violence and some sexuality and profanity) Character study of a desperate family man’s (Wes Bentley) spiraling out of control when he turns to a life of crime after losing his job. With Vinessa Shaw, Haley Bennett, Audrey Walters and Jason Isaacs. Comment

Super simple tips to manage and help prevent diabetes

Health: (StatePoint) Nearly 10 percent of the U.S. population has diabetes and another 37 percent of U.S. adults have prediabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Comment

Caribbean pols outraged over grand jury decision

Brooklyn: Caribbean American legislators in Brooklyn have expressed outrage over a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in Staten Island in the death of a black man who died when the officer used a chokehold to restrain him. Comment

More Caribbean people receiving antiretroviral treatment for HIV

Health: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says antiretroviral treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS is increasing in Latin America and the Caribbean. Comments (1)

Vincentian charity group honors outstanding 5

St Vincent: A major Vincentian charity group in New York has honored four outstanding nationals and a Brooklyn-based physician for their exemplary service to the community and the organization. Comment

Trinidadian-American wins Dancing With The Stars

Trinidad and Tobago: Super star Alfonso Ribeiro who was born to Trinidad and Tobago parents wowed millions of fans when he danced his way to the mirror ball trophy on the 19th season of the ABC TV hit show, Dancing with the Stars. Comment

Bahamas to seek space for hold migrant families

Bahamas: NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) _ The government of the Bahamas is seeking additional space to hold migrant women with children amid complaints about conditions at the main detention center at a time of increased enforcement of residency rules in the island chain. Comment

SVG PM readies to ‘ring election bell

St Vincent: With Vincentians anxiously awaiting the date for the next general elections, St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves has reiterated his readiness to ring the proverbial “bell.” Comments (1)

Violence against women linked to reproductive health problems: PAHO

Caribbean: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says unintended pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections, and miscarriages are more frequent among women in the Caribbean and other places who report having experienced violence at any point in their lives. Comment


With its annual import bill going way beyond the US$1B mark, authorities in Jamaica are scrambling to sign off agreements with international firms to begin a new round of off and onshore drilling for oil and gas, convinced that its geographic location looking north to the Gulf of Mexico should greatly enhance its chances. Comment
Antigua: The Gaston Browne administration in Antigua and Barbuda has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with American film star Robert De Niro for an investment project on Barbuda to the tune of US$250 million. Comment

Hadley Players founder celebrates 100

The founder of the H.A.D.L.E.Y Players, Gertrude Jeannette, who was born Nov. 28, 1914, celebrated her 100th birthday at the Alhambra Ballroom in Harlem on Sunday, Nov. 30 where theater people, friends, press and community folks came out to honor Gertrude and remember her birthday. Comment

LASCO Financial Services wins MoneyGram’s Agent of the Year Award

Jamaica: LASCO Financial Services in Kingston, Jamaica is the recepient of MoneyGram’s 2014 agent of the year award for the company’s Caribbean region. The award, which was presented in Miami on Oct. 29, recognizes the company for outstanding international business development and selfless contribution to the marketing efforts of MoneyGram services. Comment

Spectacular holiday show

Arts & Theater: Undoubtedly, this time of year, the biggest attraction to New York finds tourists mingled with local residents around 50th Street where Radio City Music Hall endears audiences to experience the annual Christmas Spectacular. And although the biggest applause usually lavish kudos to the resident Rockettes, rival contenders for rousing fanfare annually include Santa Claus, a Nativity scene, two riveting organ players, a fantastic orchestra, and a myriad of magical attractions. Comment

Let’s Paint Guyana

Let’s Paint Guyana

Guyana: American born artist Tracey Greene Douglas is using the beauty of painting to inspire and empower children in the rural areas of Guyana. Douglas believes in the power of painting. “When you pick up a brush, whatever fear or anxiety you are feeling, you address it when you paint,” she said. Comment

Lessons from Jamaica’s billion-dollar drought

Jamaica: MORANT BAY, Jamaica, Nov. 24, 2014 (IPS) - As Jamaica struggles under the burden of an ongoing drought, experts say ensuring food security for the most vulnerable groups in society is becoming one of the leading challenges posed by climate change. Comment


Music: Benefactors to the legacy left by Robert Nesta Marley rocked the Apollo Theater in Harlem with a tribute concert commemorating the legend’s 35th anniversary appearance at the landmark showplace. They each performed signature songs and in the end united onstage singing his “One Love” anthem. Comment

Rebel cricketers escape ban

Caribbean: Chairman of the India Premier League (IPL), Ranjib Biswai has said that the “rebel” West Indies cricketers who abandon the India series would not face any ban. Comment

Booters turn to running

New York: From soccer to marathon running! That’s the story of a 39-year-old native of Haiti who now resides in Valley Stream, Long Island. Reggie Hyppolite, who runs unattached, decided to enter into a Turkey Trot of 10K or 6.2 miles in Long Beach, Long Island. The course took the runners from the boardwalk in Long Beach through the city’s streets and finished near the starting line. Hyppolite competed in the event because he had some friends also running the race. Comment

WICB, WIPA must be ready for conflict resolution

Sports: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) must find a professional solution to their many differences which have emerged over the years. WICB and WIPA must not depend on CARICOM to solve their problems. Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: When the New York Red Bulls lost the MLS Eastern Conference two-game finals series to the New England Revolution last Saturday afternoon at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro (MA), it not only marked the end of the season and the gallant effort to play in the 2014 MLS Cup, but the end of a memorable era in the club’s history - the end of Captain Thierry Henry as a Red Bull. Comment

Jonkunnu arrives for Ole Time Grand Market

Jamaica: A traditional Jamaican holiday folk treat is due in Jamaica, Queens. From the hot climes of the Caribbean to the brisk and chilly, urban New York community of Queens, BRAATA education and outreach team promises to deliver an Ole Time Grand Market. Slated for Dec. 13 the event will celebrate the island’s traditional holiday practice and perhaps introduce a new generation of revelers and fans. Comment

Lifestyle tips to reduce chronic inflammation

Health: 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. Comments (1)

Manning mulls over a comeback

Trinidad and Tobago: Former Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister and former leader of the People’s National Movement (PNM) Patrick Manning plans to return for next year’s General Election. Comment

Blacks call for concrete action against ongoing injustices

Viewpoints: The unjustified killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri by a white Police Officer Darren Wilson, is just another added victim to the amount of Blacks who have been killed unlawfully in the United States of America since slavery. When Africans were brought from their native homeland to the Caribbean, Latin America and the United States of America, this was done by Europeans because they were seen as a people unequal to whites Comment

Solve our climate crisis with climate justice

Environment: LIMA, Dec. 1, 2014 (IPS) - In November, the world’s top climate scientists issued their latest warning that the climate crisis is rapidly worsening on a number of fronts, and that we must stop our climate-polluting way of producing energy if we are to stand a chance of avoiding the worst impacts of climate change. Comment

Principal cast reunites for raunchy, saucy sequel

Movies: Timing is everything, when it comes to comedy, and this sequel suffers from an acute case of terrible timing. First of all, with the Bill Cosby rape allegations figuring so prominently in the news nowadays, the last thing anybody wants to laugh at is a premise predicated upon secretly slipping a knockout pill into the drink of an unsuspecting victim. Comment

Ferguson accentuates an already existing negative

Viewpoints: An op-ed piece in The New York Times by sociologist and political commentator Michael Eric Dyson said of the Ferguson grand jury decision and aftermath, that it “illuminates” the racial divide in the country. Which it certainly does. Although Ferguson, and any similar episodes in which people of color have cause to question a systemic unfairness, pale by comparison with what, in recent history, has been the most in-your-face representation of color cleavage in the society. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says its expert missions are supporting Eastern Caribbean countries in preparing for a potential case of the Ebola virus. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Barefoot Artist (Unrated) Poignant portrait of 73-year-old Lily Yeh, the Chinese artist-turned-global humanitarian who, based on a belief that access to art is a fundamental human right, created a foundation which transformed abandoned lots and buildings into parks, gardens, theaters, studios and educational facilities for poor kids in Philadelphia, Rwanda, Kenya, Ecuador and elsewhere around the world. Comment

Daily News marketing guru John Campi, who rescued the Golden Gloves from extinction, dies at 75

Iconic New York Daily News executive John Campi — a marketing genius who enriched “New York’s hometown newspaper” with clever, blue-chip campaigns — died of a heart attack at a New Jersey hospital on Nov. 28. The former vice president and director of promotions was 75. Comment

Report: Nearly 50 percent of jobs held by women in the Caribbean are ‘precarious’

Brooklyn: A new report by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean says that nearly half of the women in Latin America and the Caribbean who have paid work — 47.7 percent —are employed in low-productivity jobs that offer little social protection. Comment

St. V’s prime minister downplays Marshall controversy

St Vincent: St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves on Sunday presented embattled, newly-appointed Deputy New York Consul General Sehon Marshall to his compatriots in the Big Apple even after an initial outcry over his would-be appointment. Comment

New book spotlights Haitian cuisine

Food: Anticipation percolated. On a pre-Thanksgiving, weekday night, they packed Colors Restaurant. It was the awaited launch of “Haiti: Uncovered,” Nadege Fleurimond’s “regional adventure into the art of Haitian cuisine,” part cookbook, part travel book that should reside on your coffee table. Comment

Hunger games leaves viewers starving

Movies: Don’t see this movie. Save your money for the finale next year. Comment

Legendary rapper helps out Laurelton library

Queens: The Laurelton Friends at Queens Library decided not to depend upon a promise to fund employing instructors to teach elementary- to college-age students in the Laurelton Library’s after-school program. Instead of relying upon speculations of public funding to compensate for support staff to enhance the academic needs of students frequenting one of Queens Library’s more than 60 plus active libraries, the Laurelton Friends Board of Directors held a successful fundr-aiser in the public institution’s facility. Comment

Fly Jamaica bucks odds, buys new plane

Travel: Perhaps its Afro owners are crazy or simply know what others in the regional aviation industry don’t. Comment

ICC judge is appointed

Jamaica: Renowned Jamaican and international jurist Patrick Robinson has been appointed to serve as a judge of the International Criminal Court of Justice for nine years starting in February 2015. Comments (1)

Caribbean Roundup

Trinidad and Tobago: Here’s our weekly round-up. Comment

SVG PM honors Brooklyn Day Care executive with ‘Certificate of Appreciation’

St Vincent: If there is one Vincentian in the United States who has stood out over the years in providing a meeting place for myriad organizations, political parties and individuals free of charge, it’s Vaughan Toney. Comment

Kam’s Kaps

Movies: Here’s a list of upcoming films. Comment

Yes you can! Read ‘Firebird’

Books: Misty Copeland’s book a page-turner. Comment

German couple slain in Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago: Police are searching for the killer or killers who hacked to death an aged German couple in Tobago, the Sister Island of Trinidad over the weekend. Comment
Brooklyn: 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. Comments (1)

40 Under 40

Natasha Andrews: Key advisor to many musical artistes

40 Under 40: Trinidadian-born Natasha Andrews moved to New York in 1995, where she pursued a modeling career and a degree in digital media arts. Comment

Shorne Benzamin: Serves a taste of the Caribbean

40 Under 40: From his grandmother’s kitchen in his native St. Lucia to some of New York City’s most celebrated restaurants, chef and culinary ambassador Shorne Benjamin has had plenty of experience with the traditional, and not-so-traditional, techniques and bright flavors of island cuisine. Comment

Tamika Bent: A lawyer with a passion for public service

40 Under 40: Tamika Bent was born in Kingston, Jamaica. After migrating to the U.S., the proverbial land of opportunity, she planted her roots in the Bronx and has been a resident of New York since then. Comment

Mateo Bijoux: Passionate jewelry and fashion designer

40 Under 40: Mateo Bijoux, the son of a seamstress, grew up in the tropical paradise of Montego Bay, Jamaica. Comment

Ruschelle Boone: A dedicated journalist with an eye for details

40 Under 40: Ruschell Boone is the Queens Reporter for NY1 News and an award winning journalist. She joined the news channel in 2002. She also works as a fill-in anchor and talk show host. Comment

Gilbert Bramwell: Dedicated to uplifting his culture

40 Under 40: Gilbert Bramwell is a Jamaican small business owner. He is currently studying for his B.S in small business and entrepreneurship at Devry University of New York. Comment

Reeshemah Brightley: Shares her passion for youth

40 Under 40: Reeshemah Brightley is an entrepreneur, consultant and educator. She recently joined the team at ZenoRadio as the Caribbean regional content administrator. In her role, she is responsible for the English-speaking Caribbean region and the Caribbean Diaspora in the United States and the United Kingdom. This position allows her to connect radio broadcasters in the Caribbean and the U.S. who focus on the Caribbean market. Comment

Donald Brown: Keeps the stock exchange abuzz

40 Under 40: Donald Brown currently holds the title of managing director of System Operations at the New York Stock Exchange, a 222-year-old stock trading institution. Comment

Cynthia Carrion: Community and youth development advocate

40 Under 40: For over a decade Cynthia Carrion’s career has focused on advancing human rights and community empowerment on the local, national and international levels. Since 2000, Carrion has been involved in community and youth development as an administrator, educator, advocate, filmmaker and organizer. Comment

Keisha L. Clarke Gray: Loves performing and teaching dance

40 Under 40: Keisha Laren Clarke Gray is proud to be one of the blessed 40 Under 40 honored this year. She was born and raised in Brooklyn to two lovely Jamaican parents, Lance and Jennifer Clarke. Comment

Samantha Clyne: Extends a helping hand when needed

40 Under 40: When Samantha Clyne’s parents got divorced during her sophomore year at in high school, her biggest worry was how her twin sister — who was just entering intermediate school — was going to adjust to the dramatic change in their lives. Comment

Geoff K. Cooper: A conduit for good news & positive energy

40 Under 40: Trinidadian-born Geoff K. Cooper is a change agent on a mission to move millions to a higher level of living. Comment

Nadege Fleurimond: Whets your appetite with every taste

40 Under 40: Nadege Fleurimond is the owner of Fleurimond Catering Inc. Utilizing her Haitian culinary background, Fleurimond pulls in world flavors from Asian, Latin American and European cuisines. Comment

Trisha Ocona Francis: Your dedicated real estate expert

40 Under 40: Trisha Ocona has an intense dedication and commitment to her community, which has her often looked at as the trusted and respected go-to person for when many are in need of real estate and housing questions and honest direction. Comments (1)

VJ and AJ Ghaness: Twin titans in the insurance biz

40 Under 40: The first written insurance policy appeared in 1750 BC on a Babylonian obelisk monument carved with the code of King Hammurabi, assuring debtors they didn’t have to repay their loans if catastrophe struck. Comments (1)

Rev. Richard Griffiths: Passionate about music and youth

40 Under 40: The Rev. Richard Griffiths was born in Jamaica in 1981. He and his family migrated to the United States in 1985. Comment

Omar Hawthorne: Loves giving to the community

40 Under 40: Omar Hawthorne joined the Golden Krust Franchise Department in 2007. Since that time, he has served the Real Estate and Marketing departments and now holds the position of director of Franchise Development & Community Affairs. Comment

Chasen Hollancid: Promoting Caribbean events in the tri-state area

40 Under 40: Originally from St. Lucia, Chasen Hollancid’s commitment to success stems from his desire to help others. Comment

Kevin Howell: Trainer and business development consultant

40 Under 40: Howell possesses strong international business, financial management, business strategy development and analytical expertise. He has combined these skills with his passion to help businesses grow to form Anchor Strategy Group. Anchor’s mandate is to help private businesses and governments to develop and navigate the nuances of changing and competitive global market places. Comment

Jeremiah Hyacinth: Champions the cause of needy students

40 Under 40: Jeremiah Hyacinth is a Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) alumnus from St. Lucia. Comment

Anika Hylton: Answers the call to teach

40 Under 40: Anika Hylton carries her entire name for formal and resume occasions because she said here publications are linked to her maiden name. Comment

Alexis James: Special educator and dance enthusiast

40 Under 40: Alexis James was born on Sept. 17, 1989 in Mount Vernon, New York. she is the first generation born in America as both of his parents were born in Jamaica. Comment

Katleen Jeanty: An entrepreneur dedicated to helping Haitians

40 Under 40: Katleen Jeanty is the founder and chief executive officer of Madan BelFwi Fruit Mixes (BelFwi), Haiti’s first all-natural fruit, juice and smoothie bar. The bar is renowned for selling tasty, refreshingly-cold and yummy concoctions, made with fresh local fruits. Comment

Natasha Lightfoot: An historian who stays close to her roots

40 Under 40: Natasha Lightfoot was born on June 21, 1978 to Jocelyn and the late William Lightfoot, both born in Antigua and Barbuda. Comment

Glenroy March: Freelance stylist and fashion designer

40 Under 40: House of D’Marsh had its genesis in Spring 2003 when designer Glenroy March launched his Spring collection during Caribbean Fashion Week in Jamaica’s capital city, Kingston. Comment

Paola Mathé: Uniting young Haitians everywhere

40 Under 40: Paola Mathé was born and raised in Petion-Ville, Haiti, where she completed her elementary and middle school studies. Comment

Medjine Philis-Volcy: Shares her love with children

40 Under 40: Medjine Philis-Volcy was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Aug. 1, 1977, and raised and grew up there. Comment

Nickay Piper: A social media marketing guru

40 Under 40: Speaker, instructor and president of New York City-based digital marketing agency, Market Grub Media LLC, Nickay Piper has wowed companies small and large with her already paramount accomplishments and impressive know-how within the social media marketing arenas. Comment

Paul Pryce: An award winning Trinidadian actor

40 Under 40: It was in “Twelfth Night” that Shakespeare once wrote “Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.” Comment

Mekalia Reid: Provides legal services to those in need

40 Under 40: Mekalia Reid was born in Clarendon, Jamaica and migrated to the United States at an early age. She was raised primarily in Newark, New Jersey and attended an elite private boarding high school in Massachusetts. Comment

Nellone Eze Reid: Actively fund-raises for non-profit groups

40 Under 40: Born in Georgetown, Guyana to Neville and Orla Reid on Feb. 28, 1986, Nellone Eze Reid migrated with his family to Brooklyn in December of 1988. Comment

Shola K. Roberts: A dancer who gives back to her community

40 Under 40: Shola K. Roberts is a professional dancer, fitness instructor and model based in Brooklyn, New York. Comment

Régine M. Roumain: An advocate for the Haitian-American community

40 Under 40: Régine M. Roumain is the co-founder and executive director of Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX). Comment

Kerri-Ann M. Smith: Born to teach and influence people

40 Under 40: “Our young people deserve a future and I consider it the mandate of my ancestors to be part of the struggle to ensure that they have one.” This statement by Assata Shakur is the foundation of Dr. Kerri-Ann M. Smith’s commitment to serving the youth of the African and Caribbean Diaspora. Comment

Curtis Stephen: An award-winning journalist

40 Under 40: Curtis Stephen is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in The Daily Beast, Newsday, Newsweek, Am New York and City Limits. Comment

Kimeta Straker: Takes care of at risk students

40 Under 40: Kimeta Straker is the current assistant director of advising in the Academic Center for Exploratory Students at the University of Connecticut, Storrs Campus, where she has been employed for the past 15 years. Comment

Monique Waterman: Takes her civic duties seriously

40 Under 40: Waterman is the founder and director of the East Flatbush Village, Inc. She has resided in East Flatbush, Brooklyn for 32 years. Comment

Germane Williams: Walks in his father’s footsteps

40 Under 40: Germane Williams was born in New York City; both of his parents are from Jamaica. His mother is from the parish of St. Catherine, and his father is from Mandeville. Comment

Rev. Karian Wright: Dedicated to increasing diversity in academia

40 Under 40: The Rev. Karian Wright, who was born in Jamaica, is a minister in the Church of God and currently a program manager in the Center for Inclusive Education (CIE) within the Graduate School at Stony Brook University. Comment

Make this new day count

Viewpoints: Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell, Trayvon Martin, James Bird, Troy Davis, so many others and now Michael Brown. I’m a young black man but I’ve lived long enough to see how this situation plays out. The reactions have often been the same; public outcries for a couple of months at best and then it subsides, meanwhile very few people change their own behavior which is detrimental to the community. Comment
Arts & Theater: On Nov. 15, KaNu Dance Theater’s “Malgré Tout” was presented at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center (JCAL), the 1858 Dutch Reformed Church in Jamaica, Queens. The title means “Despite all, Haiti’s Still Standing.” Comment
Health: You don’t have to put on pounds this winter. Comment

Human rights group reacts to O’s immigration plan

New York: A major human rights group in the United States has described as “laudable but incomplete” President Obama’s executive actions to fix the United States’ “broken immigration system” by halting deportations of certain undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants. Comment
New York: Last Sunday’s New York Red Bulls–New England Revolution match-up at Red Bull Arena had all the trappings of a first-leg game in the MLS Eastern Conference finals series: it was a very tense, physical, but well-played game in front of an enthusiastic sellout crowd of 25,000 on a sunny Sunday afternoon. The highly technical game lived up to its billing on the field — all was perfect in New York except one thing, the main thing, the win, which was stolen from New York by New England, 2–1. Comment

Grenada’s cabinet is shuffled

Grenada: Grenada’s Prime Minister last week shuffled his cabinet, making former General Secretary of Grenada’s opposition National Democratic Congress Peter David a senator. Comment

Executive order the only move for Obama

National: Our columnists says the president has earned teh right to use his executive order power on immigration. Comment

Showtime! Apollo street named for James Brown

Going forward, anyone entering or exiting the Apollo Theater from the rear will have to walk along “James Brown Way.” Comment

West Indies women whitewashed

Caribbean: West Indies Women cricket team suffered a series white-wash at the hands of Australia in the four-match One Day International in Australia last week. Comment

A commercial revolution is happening in Bedford-Stuyvesant

Business is booming in Bedford-Stuyvesant, its commercial heart beating along Fulton Street on a retail sprawl the size of eight football fields. Comments (1)

Local baker sweetens the revival

Good lookin’ Bedford-Stuyvesant is cookin’ up an economic storm, thanks to innovative entrepreneurs such as boutique baker Myriam Nicolas. Comment

Florist makes Bed-Stuy bloom

Florist Marcia Melendez has reinvented herself almost as much as Bedford-Stuyvesant. Comment

Griffith looks to repeat

New York: One of the top scorers and playmakers in the nation, and highly ranked on its basketball team, Kodebe Griffith, is trying to impress professional scouts. This backcourt player’s specialist is setting up for his John Jay College teammates. He did this part of his game in his junior season at John Jay. Comment

Cosby’s Bahamas show earns standing ovation

Bahamas: Amidst mounting allegations from more than a dozen women, comedian and actor Bill Cosby traveled south last weekend and might be rethinking the alluring tourism commercial which boasts that “It’s better in the Bahamas.” 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


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

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