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Framingham illustrator from Jamaica wins prize

Jamaica: FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — Filling in coloring books as a kid growing up in Jamaica, Michael Talbot never imagined his passion for art would win him a prize in an international illustration contest and a trip to Hollywood. Comment

Putinism vs. The Global Obama

Viewpoints: After the Syrian genocide and Ukrainian crisis, the foreign policy challenges have pitted Obama against Putin, a Cold-War adversary. Two former presidential candidates McCain and Romney have claimed President Obama has looked weak against Putin’s tactics in trying to reconstruct his motherland and a semblance of an emerging Eurasian union. Conservative neocons may want Obama to behave like Putin, display authoritarian leadership, and start another military excursion, Peter Beinart has suggested. Comment

mSurvey changes data collection in the Caribbean

Trinidad and Tobago: ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago. A mobile SMS-based survey service from a Caribbean-based company could change the way data is collected and analysed in the region. Comments (1)

Caribbean cultural group stages ‘Pantomime’

Arts & Theater: Of all the locations to experience authentic theater on the international day named for it, Brooklyn scored cool points by inviting Derek Walcott, the first Caribbean writer to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature to witness his own “Pantomime” acted by one American and one Caribbean. Comment
Brooklyn: With a twinkle in his eye, Garrett Oliver, brewmaster of Brooklyn Brewery, whimsically describes how people frequently have a fixed idea of what a brewmaster looks like: he should be of European descent, short, stout, balding, wire-rim glasses, and wearing a lab coat. Comments (1)

SVG expresses concerns during vote on Ukraine

St Vincent: As the United Nations General Assembly on March 27 reaffirmed Ukraine’s unity and territorial integrity by adopting a measure underscoring that the mid-March referendum in Crimea that led to the peninsula’s annexation by Russia “has no validity,”,St. Vincent and the Grenadines has expressed a long list of concerns for abstaining on the vote. Comment

No more backsliding

Viewpoints: We have had several thought-provoking conversations recently about a new and surprising description of women’s status in America. According to the latest Shriver Report, A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink, a study by journalist Maria Shriver and the Washington think tank Center for American Progress, American women are at risk of “backsliding” from their achievements in rights and opportunities over the past half-century. Comment
People: West Indies veteran middle-order batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul is among the list of top names from world cricket to take their place in a match to mark the bicentenary celebrations of Lords, in England. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 10 Rules for Sleeping Around (R for crude humor, sexuality, nudity, profanity and drug use) Screwball comedy revolving around the attempt by an adventurous couple (Jesse Bradford and Virginia Williams) in an open marriage to keep their sex life fresh and exciting long past the honeymoon. Supporting cast includes Chris Marquette, Bill Bellamy, Michael McKean and Wendi McLendon-Covey. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean Officials in Puerto Rico say the U.S. island territory aims to position itself as a key air transportation center in the Caribbean, taking advantage of growth opportunities in industry that is essential to regional economic development. Comment

Inequality, Inaction and a Damaged Future

Westchester: A recently released report by Los Angeles’ UCLA’s Civil Rights Project finds that public school students in New York continue to be severely segregated. Comment

The Live Healthy program offers free classes

Trinidad and Tobago: Now that winter is behind us, we hope, what could be better than finally embarking upon those new year’s resolutions like “getting healthy and fit”? Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: Having barely completed its fourth year in office, the multi-party People’s Partnership administration in Trinidad &Tobago has had a record 12 ministers who have either been fired or pushed out of the cabinet for reasons ranging from corruption to public misconduct, to poor job performance. Comment
Haiti: UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Haiti’s cholera outbreak is still the worst in the world, the top U.N. envoy there said Monday. Sandra Honore briefed the U.N. Security Council about the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti, crime rates, public health, and the cholera outbreak. Comments (1)

Barbados AG says mandatory death penalty to end

Barbados: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — The Caribbean island of Barbados plans to abolish its mandatory death penalty for murder convictions — a penalty that the government has bypassed for three decades. Comment

Beyond Carnival

Beyond Carnival

As part of Jet Blue’s inaugural flight on Feb. 24, 2014 to Port of Spain, members of the press received a complimentary flight to Piarco Airport for a press conference and to experience the sea, sun and sand of the twin-island, compliments of the Trinidad Tourism Development Company (TDC) and the Tobago House of Assembly Division of Tourism (THA). Comment
People: Bob Marley’s hit title song “I Shot The Sheriff?” might have been the inspiration for a film venture that will star the son of one of the music industry’s most successful musicians. Comment


Music: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College is thrilled to welcome Jamaican jazz virtuoso Monty Alexander to the Walt Whitman Theatre, performing his Grammy-nominated show Harlem-Kingston Express, on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Comment

Expanded ‘Trade Brooklyn’ returns

Brooklyn: Cardinal Trade Group, Inc. (CTG), the producer of the New York region’s top business events, will bring an all new and larger Trade Brooklyn (Brooklyn’s Business Trade Show) to the heart of Brooklyn at the New York Marriott at Brooklyn Bridge, 333 Adams Street. Comment

Klutch Formal Boutique has Caribbean roots

Queens: Just after being named Small Business Owner of the Year by the 22nd Assembly District during Black History Month, “Elements of Earth” jewelry designer, Earth Rowe, cut the ribbon to officially unveil her second clothing store Klutch Formal Boutique located at 126 Central Ave. in Valley Stream. Comment

Presidential approval is again campaign Topic A

So, we know it’s been crystal clear for a while now that although Barack Obama made history in 2008 as the first person of color elected president, a significant percentage of the population became and has remained highly perturbed over this particular American landmark. Comment
West Indies players must adapt serious undertakings and give West Indies cricket a boost. Apart from what the WICB and the selectors are doing, players have the responsibility to perform to their best. Some players are very talented but fail to perform consistently to give West Indies the needed victories during the big occasions. Comment

Perry wants Shirley Chisholm Scholarship in CUNY

Caribbean: After being instrumental in naming Nov. 30 as Shirley Chisholm Day, Brooklyn Assemblyman Nick Perry now wants a scholarship in all City University of New York (CUNY) colleges to be named in honor of the late Brooklyn congresswoman. Comment
St Vincent: Earlier this month at City Hall, March 11-April 12 was proclaimed Garífuna-American Heritage Month. Members of the Garifuna Coalition and others in the community were on hand for the honors. Heritage Month acnkowledges the great contributions of Garífuna-Americans to the fabric of New York City and New York State. Comment


Guyana: It was a glorious sight to behold! Smiling brown faces painted in a kaleidoscope of colors--red, orange, purple, saffron, yellow and green. Hindu dharmacharyas arrayed in colorful kurtas and dhotis. The appetizing aroma of palowrie, mohan-bug and roti, wafting in the spring breeze. Multi-colored floats transporting entertainers and local elected officials through the streets of Richmond Hill. The pulsating rhythm of tassa drums resonating along the commercial strip in Atlantic Avenue. Hundreds of spectators lining the parade route from the starting point at Liberty Avenue and 133rd Street to the destination in Smokey Park on Atlantic Avenue. Comment

While women progress, men fall behind

Viewpoints: UNITED NATIONS, March 20, 2014 (IPS) - – International Women’s Day and the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) are overlooking a critical trend: while girls and women are making notable gains, boys and men are falling behind. Comment

UN agency in Haiti distributes food amid drought

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Aid workers in Haiti have begun distributing food to help some of the Caribbean nation’s poorest people cope with a severe drought, an official with a United Nations agency said Thursday. Comment

Clarke rips court decision to disenfranchise voters

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has blasted the decision of the U.S. District Court in Wichita, Kansas requiring the federal government to assist Kansas and Arizona in erecting obstacles to voting that would result in voter suppression and the prevention of many women and men of color from voting. Comment
Movies: Born on June 27, 1915, Grace Lee was raised in New York by modest immigrant parents from a humble Chinese background. Her mother couldn’t read or write English, although her business-minded father did save up enough cash by 1924 to open up his own restaurant, Chin Lee’s, on Broadway. Comment

Are you taking the right vitamins and nutrients?

Health: (StatePoint) If you eat a healthful diet, you may think you’re in the clear when it comes to supplying your body with vital nutrients. But some experts say that even the most well-rounded meal plans fall short. Comment

We do not control our lives

People: News stories from around the country focus on blizzards, ice storms, tornadoes, droughts, and other natural disasters. It seems that we live at the mercy of Mother Nature. We do not control our lives; Mother Nature instead controls us. Comment
Barbados: The West Indies Retired Players Foundation was recently launched with the commitment to providing opportunities for former players to be involved in development programs and assisting with welfare where applicable for former players who represented the Caribbean team at the international level. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Boys of Abu Ghraib (R for torture, violence, sexuality and pervasive profanity) Unlikely-buddies drama about an American soldier (Luke Moran) stationed in Iraq who befriends a wrongly-accused, prison detainee (Omid Abtahi). With Sean Astin, Sara Paxton and John Heard. Comment

Jamaica gets help in developing national cyber security strategy

Jamaica: The Organization of American States (OAS) says it is assisting Jamaica in the development of a national cyber security strategy. The Washington-based hemispheric body said its Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE) on March 19 concluded a three-day visit to Kingston, the Jamaican capital, as part of the technical assistance provided to that government for the development of the strategy. Comment


Caribbean: Caribbean The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will focus over the next two years on unveiling the Single Information Communication Technology (ICT) Space as the digital layer of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). Comment

IMF reaches ‘staff-level’ agreement with Grenada

Grenada: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says its staff and Grenadian authorities have reached a “staff-level” agreement on a program that can be supported by a three-year Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement in the amount of about US$21.9 million or 120 percent of Grenada’s quota. Comment

CAFA Film Nights, Guyanese edition

Movies: A trip to Guyana on assignment as a private investigator led New Yorker Margaret Clemons to the country’s culture of violence, and the youth she would later inspire to tell their tale through photography in “Rebecca’s Story,” a short film which premiered to rave reviews at the recent CAFA Film Nights, Guyanese edition, in Brooklyn. Comment
Brooklyn: Amigas Friends of children is a non for profit organization, founded in March 2003. The organization is also a 501-C3. Our Mission is to help less fortunate children that live in shelters or orphanages in Panama and New York. We show them love and let them know that they can become whatever they set out to be. Comment

March Madness Inspires Obamacare Sign-ups

Bronx: Bronx, NY -- For the Council Member Andy King, this week’s kick-off of March Madness is another chance to encourage young people — between the ages of 18-25 — to sign up for health care. Comment

Congresswoman honors black women judges

Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke on Saturday honored five outstanding black women judges in Brooklyn, concluding the all-day 3rd Annual Shirley Chisholm Women’s Empowerment Conference at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn. Comment
Health: (StatePoint) Heart health should be a year-round consideration for anybody looking to lead a healthy life. While that may sound like a daunting task, better heart health can be possible with a few steps in the right direction. Comment

Guyana-born radio producer joins the ancestors

Guyana: The lyrics to the popular Marvin Sapp gospel testament – “Never Would Have made It Without You” is being repeated with parallel to Guyana native Joseph D. Livingstone who died at 1:00 p.m. on March 14. Most people knew him as J.D. the go-to intermediary between Rev. Al Sharpton and the NYPD. As crisis manager of the National Action Network for more than a decade and a half, JD fielded phone calls related to police brutality, immigration, housing, education, medical care, Civil Rights etc before relaying concerns to the activist preacher. Comments (3)
Haiti: Braving an arctic blast recently, on one of the coldest nights, young Haitian professionals with many others, filled a hall on Manhattan’s far west side to celebrate Fabrice Armand’s birthday. For the last four years, Fabrice has observed his “bonn fete” with a benefit for Haiti. Comments (1)

No let-up soon in ‘Money is King’ politics

Viewpoints: Senator Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, has on a couple of occasions now taken to the floor of the Senate to hack away at the infamous Koch brothers for the undue influence they think they have a right to exercise in politics in America. It was what one might call unabashed proclamation of a belief that in this country, money is king, that the Koch brothers would in turn issue a statement charging that Reid was being “un-American” for lambasting their having a money trough made available to seemingly anyone whose credentials align with the right-wing ideology playbook. Comment
Movies: Shirin (Nazanin Boniadi) has never really found the courage to pursue her own dreams. For example, after graduating from college and law school, instead of going into practice, she moved back home and began writing book reviews for BH Style, a magazine owned by her domineering mother (Anita Khalatbari). The deferential daughter knows her problems stem from living under the same roof as her very traditional Iranian-American parents. Furthermore, they’re members of a tight-knit community located in a section of L.A. known as Tehrangeles. Comment

Caribbean adopts plan to seek slavery reparations

Trinidad and Tobago: KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent (AP) — Leaders of Caribbean nations on Monday unanimously adopted a broad plan on seeking reparations from European nations for what they say are the lingering ill effects of the Atlantic slave trade on the region. Comment
Caribbean: West Indies cricket team faces an uphill task when they defend their Twenty20 ICC world title in Bangladesh. The wickets in Bangladesh are slow and batsmen are expected to do very well under those conditions. West Indies batsmen are not playing top class cricket and the other teams have embarked on serious cricket. West Indies batsmen have not been consistent and their strategies are failing. World Cup 2014 Twenty20 will be very competitive and the West Indies team is in the same group as Australia and India. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Queens: variety show: Join No Name... & A Bag O’ Chips” comedy for a special Women’s History Month show featuring comedians Carole Montgomery (Nick @ Nite’s Funniest Mom in America), Subhah Agarwal (New York Comedy Festival), singer / songwriter Emily Miele (animated web series “Damaged”) and a few surprises. No Name” house band The Summer Replacements” including Carl (BabyFreak) Fortunato) and Fernando (Dr. Sandman) Morales Gonzalez will be featured. Show begins at 7:00 p.m. No cover, no minimum. Otto’s is located at 538 E 14th St (Cross Street: Between Avenue A and Avenue B). For more information, call (212) 228-2240 or go to: Comment

Obama, Deblasio to attend NAN Convention

Music: President Barack Obama will revisit the annual convention of National Action Network which is slated to be held from April 9-12. Making his second appearance to the confab organized by organization founder and MSNBC commentator Al Sharpton, the leader of the free world heads the long list of prominent speakers invited to the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel. Comment
Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A plan to transform a small Caribbean island off the southern coast of Haiti into a high-end resort will create more than 2,000 jobs and help change the image of this impoverished country, the prime minister said Wednesday. Comment
St Vincent: KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, March 13, 2014 (IPS) - Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, the prime minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, says the promises of money by the “biggest polluters in the world” for small island developing states (SIDS) like his to adapt to climate change are a mostly a “mirage.” Comment

2014 AFUWI Awardees

2014 AFUWI Awardees

Music: Famed international opera star Jessye Norman was awarded this year’s Bob Marley Award at the 17th American Foundation for the University of the West Indies’ AFUWI legacy awards benefit gala held recently in New York. The recipient of the award, sanctioned by the Marley family, is given to an individual who has demonstrated a lifetime of excellence and commitment in vocational, philanthropic and humanitarian pursuits; and whose sphere of influence goes beyond national boundaries impacting the world at large. Comment

UK airport taxes ‘unfair’

Travel: The British Chancellor George Osborne will present his budget on 19 March in a speech to the British Parliament. The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) will be listening carefully to see if the Chancellor is yet prepared to recognise the widespread concern that exists in the Caribbean and among the Caribbean community living in the UK about the damage being done and the lack of fairness in the way in which the UK’s Air Passenger Duty (APD) is applied. Comment

Guyana suspends air traffic controllers for breach

Guyana: GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — The Ministry of Transport in Guyana says it has suspended an air traffic controller who walked off the job and left the tower unattended while a flight was approaching the South American country. Comment
St Vincent: DUMBARTON, St. Vincent, March, 12, 2014 (IPS) - Allan Williams, 32, is an agriculture extension officer in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. But as a trained apiculturist, he has also been involved in beekeeping as a hobby for the past seven years. Comment

Dump fire wafts smoke across Jamaica’s capital

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A fire at a sprawling trash dump in Jamaica is blanked swaths of the island’s seaside capital with foul-smelling gray smoke. Comment
Grenada: GRAND ANSE, Grenada: A series of workshops rolling out across the Caribbean is intended to spark and harness the power of Caribbean innovation as an engine for technology-enabled development and enterprise. Comment
Brooklyn: When Yolonda Watson ’16 signed up for the Entrepreneurship & Innovation course offered by the Center for Entrepreneurship at St. Francis College, she knew she would learn a few things about how to improve her travel business. But what she didn’t know was it would lead to her getting a $2,000 loan that positions her business to really take off. Comment

Jamaican rapper, 3 others convicted of murder

Music: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Popular dancehall reggae star Vybz Kartel and three co-defendants were convicted of murder Thursday in a high-profile trial under heavy security in this Caribbean country’s supreme court. Comments (1)

Ratify Arms Trade Treaty: T&T PM

Trinidad and Tobago: Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has called on CARICOM leaders to ratify the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and support Trinidad and Tobago’s bid to host the Secretariat in Port of Spain. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 50 to 1 (PG-13 for suggestive material and a bar fight) Fact-based drama chronicling the road trip from New Mexico to Kentucky undertaken by a posse of cowboys when their crooked-footed horse miraculously qualifies for the Derby. Starring Skeet Ulrich; William Devane and Christian Kane. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The United States Coast Guard says it has repatriated 38 Caribbean migrants in recently. Comment
People: Metropolitan Museum honored Susan Taylor, Bonnie Wang, and Gale Brewer, last week, in celebrating Women’s History Month. Comment

CARICOM ends ‘very successful’ summit in SVG

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders on Tuesday night said they have conducted a “very successful” two-day inter-sessional summit at Buccament Bay Resort in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment

CARICOM agrees to decriminalize medical marijuana use

Trinidad and Tobago: When Caribbean Community leaders gathered in the Eastern Caribbean Island of St. Vincent this week, two rather new but proverbially sexy items were on the agenda for discussion, one dealing with a plan to make Europe pay the region for enslaving Blacks and the other the mounting pressure leaders are feeling from a plethora of quarters to legalize marijuana at least for medical use. Comment

Michelle Cole wins ‘Designer Of The Year Award’

Michelle Cole, one of the most sought-after fashion designers in the Guyanese American community, certainly earned the honor of “Fashion Designer of the Year” award which was bestowed on her at the Young Gifted and Black (YGB) Entrepreneurial Awards event in celebration of Black History Month. Comment
Music: Jamaica’s Tessanne Chin represented the Caribbean and “Women of Soul” recently when first lady Michelle Obama hosted the annual “In Performance at the White House” series marking Women’s History Month. Comments (1)

Can’t build a strong economy on weak minimum wage

Viewpoints: It didn’t take long after my husband and I opened our first hardware store in 2003 for people to start coming in and asking us to open in their neighborhood, too. Comment

Buju Banton pens letter to ‘warrior’ attorney

Music: Dancehall reggae icon Buju Banton reached past prison bars to issue a belated tribute to his former lead attorney Chokwe Lumumba who died recently at age 66 amid suspicion he did not die of natural cause but could have been murdered. Comment

Frank J. Barone Funeral Home — a key fixture in the Caribbean community

Brooklyn: Frank J. Barone Funeral Home, in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn, has been an important fixture in the Caribbean community for more than 50 years. Comment

Jamaican Alum to be honored by Pratt Institute

Jamaica: Jamaican-born Dr. Goulda Downer an assistant professor at Howard University’s College of Medicine in Washington, DC. is set to receive the 2014 Community Commitment Award as a distinguished alumnus of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. Comments (2)

Ska influences Brown Rice Family band

Brooklyn based music group Brown Rice Family is releasing their new single/music video “Latin Goes Ska” on April 1st, 2014. Brown Rice Family is a multi national band with members hailing from Japan, Jamaica, Haiti, Nigeria, South Africa and Comment

Donate Job Board Calendar

Staten Island: Are you looking for the Peer Job Board? Comment

St. Lucia launches Internet Exchange Point

St Lucia: Saint Lucia celebrated its 35th year of independence with a bold step toward improving the quality of Internet services for its citizens. On Feb. 28, the island joined the growing list of CARICOM countries reaping the benefits of a local Internet Exchange Point, or IXP. Comment

Shirley Chisholm Women’s Empowerment Conference

People: A major women’s group in Brooklyn will on Saturday, March 15 hold its Third Annual Shirley Chisholm Women’s Empowerment Conference, saluting the legacy of New York City’s first black Congresswoman, Yvette D. Clarke. Comments (1)

American hawks risk escalating the Ukrainian Crisis

Viewpoints: With Russia and the United States confronting each other over Ukraine, the world is at a dangerous juncture. While the chances of war between the two behemoths seem small — these are, after all, nuclear powers that have avoided war for over 60 years — nothing can be taken for granted. No one wanted the Great War that began in central Europe a century ago this year either, but things can get out of control. Governments are run by human beings who, perhaps more than others, are tainted by arrogance, vainglory, and the fear of humiliation Comment

Sun Kulcha

Queens: Variety Show: Join No Name... & A Bag O’ Chips” for feature comic Mick Diflo (The Huffington Post) sketch comedy collective Kokomo (Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre) and illusionist Lee Alan Barrett. Showtime 7:00 p.m. No cover, no minimum. Otto’s is located at 538 E 14th St (Cross Street: Between Avenue A and Avenue B). For more info, call (212) 228-2240 or go to: Comment

Washington Heights branch library reopens

New York: Haitian-born Michele Garoute Michel eyed the brand new renovated Washington Heights branch of the New York Public Library with beaming approval. She lives just down the street from this five-floor boxy red brick building at St. Nicholas and 160th St. that was a community resource when she was raising her two sons, now grown. Comment

Along with everything else, lacking class

Viewpoints: The conspicuous presence of ultra-right extremist rhetoric and actions has made this a contagion of size and scope on the national political scene that is arguably without precedent. Holders of elective office, screamers with access to print and broadcast media and others of similar ideological bent seem engaged in undeclared battle to determine whose demagogic fervor most effectively serves the cause. Comment

Shark lovers try to save Jaws from Trinidad’s bite

Trinidad and Tobago: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Conservationists said Wednesday they have launched a shark-saving campaign in the Caribbean country of Trinidad & Tobago, trying to stop locals and tourists from eating a popular delicacy: deep-fried shark sandwiches. Comment

The Challenges of Forgiveness

Books: All throughout the world, there are people that find it challenging to let go of difficult situations they have gone through in the past. Unfortunately, they are often unable to recognize how harboring their emotional pain can later materialize into their body’s ‘dis-ease’. This circumstance invites the question: Is it possible for people to improve their physical health by first addressing their emotional turmoil? Comment

What everyone needs to know kidney disease

Health: (StatePoint) March is National Kidney Month, a great time to focus on kidney health and treatment. If you don’t know much about the topic, get informed -- kidney disease is common and can be deadly. Comments (1)

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Anonymous People (Unrated) 12-Step documentary encouraging the 23 million American substance abuserss to think of themselves as in recovery rather than as addicts. With commentary by Kristen Johnston; Laurie Dhue and Patrick Kennedy. Comment

Higher body-count sequel trumps the original

Movies: The bloody epic 300 (2007) chronicled the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C. when a badly outnumbered band of 300 soldiers were sent on a suicide mission to defend Sparta against a horde of over 100,000 Persian invaders. Based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel of the same name, that minimalist, monochromatic adventure was shot almost entirely against blue screens on assorted soundstages. Comment

AG settles probe of racist nursing home

New York: New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman on Tuesday announced the settlement of an investigation by his office against Betsy Ross Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Rome, upstate New York, for discrimination on the basis of race against African-American employees. Betsy Ross is a private, for-profit, 120-bed nursing home facility that provides long-term care, rehabilitative services and other treatment to senior citizens. Comment

Predatory Lionfish decimating Caribbean reefs

Bahamas: NASSAU, The Bahamas, Feb 28, 2014 (IPS) - The lionfish, with its striking russet and white stripes and huge venomous outrigger fins, wasn’t hard to spot under a coral reef in 15 feet of clear water. Nor was it a challenge to spear it. Comments (1)

US extends TPR for Haitians

Haiti: By Nelson A. King Comment

INTERPOL to help combat human trafficking in the Caribbean

Caribbean: The International police organization, INTERPOL, says it has signed an agreement with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to combat human trafficking and migrant smuggling in the Caribbean and other places. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Six Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries have been included in the 2014 World Press Freedom Index that spotlights on freedom of information and its protagonist. Comment
Brooklyn: Recent news has been dominated by reports of the elderly being victims of abuse, the Knock out game, muggings and even vehicular death at crosswalks. Most of these offences are committed by misguided and miseducated youths who demonstrate a total disregard for the wisdom and societal value of seniors. The inter-generational Black History celebration between the seniors of Stuyvesant Heights Neighborhood Center, located at 69 Macdonough St. and 1-8th grade students at Sankofa International Academy in Bed-Stuy on Feb. 25, demonstrated a reciprocal bond fostered by love, respect and value for cultural history. Comment

Black History Medical Synergy

Brooklyn: Six black doctors were honored for their respective contributions to the medical community when the Brooklyn Hospital staged its inaugural “Black History Medical Synergy” awards event on Feb. 27 at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Comment

Women On The March

People: The International Working Women’s Day (IWWD) Coalition 2014 is organizing its annual march and rally on Saturday, March 8 at the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Factory Memorial, 23-29 Washington Place. (Between Greene St. & Washington Sq. East) in Manhattan to celebrate the 104th International Working Women’s Day Anniversary Comment


Guyana: A Caribbean-led commission of inquiry into the June 1980 bomb blast assassination of internationally-acclaimed historian and US Black Power Movement activist Walter Rodney could soon get underway in his native Guyana, but even as preparations are being heightened for the probe, controversy is brewing about the mandate the three-person body has been given to work with. Comment

All eyes on fashion

Fashion: The Brooklyn-based fashion company New York’s Next Top Model will showcase “All Eyes On Me” fashion runway show March 16, 2014 at the Tropical Paradise Ballroom, 1387 Utica Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11203. Comment

American artist finds Oasis in Guyana’s heartland

Fashion: American artist Tracy Douglas says anytime an overseas-based Guyanese ask, ‘why are you living in Guyana’ her reply is always, because you left.” Comments (2)

We need to slow down, and fast

Viewpoints: There is nothing more fundamentally important for this city than the safety of its people. As a 22-year veteran of the New York City Police Department, I have been able to speak to the variety of public safety issues facing the five boroughs, from police-community relations to the protocols protecting our key officials and institutions. As an elected representative of Brooklyn, first as a four-term state senator and now as borough president, I have broadened this dialogue to advocate on addressing the full range of dangers facing New Yorkers, including those on our highways and byways. Comments (5)

Sun Kulcha

Queens: Asthma workout zumba style: Join the dance-fitness class from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. It uses the Zumba formula with modified moves and pacing for active older people and those with wellmanaged asthma. These simple movements are designed to strengthen upper body muscles and support lung functions. Each event is open to the public and is being held at 206-20 Linden Blvd. in Cambria Heights, Queens. RSVP: (646) 476-1294. Comment

West Indies batsmen not showing top class

Sports: West Indies batsmen are not exhibiting top class batting and that has been one of the reasons why the West Indies team in not doing well. Dwayne Smith, Darren Bravo and Kieran Powell should demonstrate a much better batting display. These players are getting too many soft dismissals. Smith and Bravo are experienced batsmen who have played all around the world and to be playing at home not performing on easy pace wickets it may reflect on their batting reputation. Comment

Don’t reward corporations for bad behavior

Viewpoints: With any opportunity that seems too good to be true, there is often a fatal flaw. That is the case with The Partnership to Build America Act, introduced by Representative John Delaney (D-MD) in the House and Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) in the Senate. Comment

West Indies batsmen not showing top class

Sports: West Indies batsmen are not exhibiting top class batting and that has been one of the reasons why the West Indies team in not doing well. Dwayne Smith, Darren Bravo and Kieran Powell should demonstrate a much better batting display. These players are getting too many soft dismissals. Smith and Bravo are experienced batsmen who have played all around the world and to be playing at home not performing on easy pace wickets it may reflect on their batting reputation. Comment
As the 20th MLS season kicks off this Saturday, March 8, there are quite a few new faces directing teams from the sidelines. Among the nine teams in the Western conference, six are led by new coaches. In the Eastern Conference, there are four new coaches among the teams. This may be mainly due to parity and the very tough competition in MLS. Here is a look at the challenges that the new coaches in the Western Conference face. Comment

Cricket legends knighted

Antigua: Three West Indies cricket legends were knighted during the One-Day International between England and the West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards Recreation Ground on Feb. 28. Comment


It’s tournament time! Now is the time of the year when the better teams in their respective leagues try for midnight madness with the selection of the colleges go into the NCAA tournament in different regions throughout the United States. At the beginning of the season, most of the better college teams have one goal in mind-the Final Four, a prestigious event leading to the championship of the NCAA Division I competition. Comment
Movies: At this year’s Academy Awards another envelope opened to reveal a historic Caribbean achievement. With presentation of a gold, Oscar statuette to Steve McQueen for directing the Best Picture – “12 Years a Slave” – the region won kudos for nurturing the very, first Black to win the coveted award. Comment

Smart Reggae producer dies at 53

Music: New Yorkers are grieving the death of Freeport, Long Island music producer Phillip Smart. Beloved by musicians, singers, radio personalities, engineers, technicians and those he encountered, Smart, 53 died on Feb. 25 after battling pancreatic cancer. Since news of his passing went viral, alums, associates, friends and veteran entertainers have been stopping into HC&F Recording Studios to reminisce the gentle giant who toiled to promote reggae music he was passionate to share with the universe. Comment

Brooklyn pols honor American jazz musician

Music: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Brooklyn Councilman Dr. Mathieu Eugene on Feb. 27 honored American jazz, tenor saxophonist and flutist Harold Ousley at a grand celebration marking Black History Month at the Dr. Susan Smith McKinney Nursing & Rehabilitation Center (DSSM) in Central Brooklyn. Comment

When the new gentry get involved

Viewpoints: As one might expect, there was more attention paid, media-wise, to the “expletive-filled rant” about gentrification in remarks Spike Lee made in Brooklyn the other day, than to the meat and potatoes of what had induced the filmmaker’s ire. Revisiting the issue in wake of the viral uproar that followed his comments, Lee said he had no problem with newcomers who were predominantly white moving into areas that were predominantly African American. “My problem,” he said, “is when you move in, have some respect for the history, for the culture.” Forget all the media overkill about what was or wasn’t colorfully expressed. That line from Lee (which was essentially reprising a point made in his earlier remarks) hit the thing squarely on the nose. Comment
Last week, Council Member Jumaane D. Williams and other members of New York City Council honored the 150th Anniversary of the first African-American troops from New York to fight in the Civil War. Williams also introduced a resolution designating the month of February as New York Regiment Colored Troops (USCT) Month. Comment
Music: Trinidad and Tobago Merry Monarch reigned for two days as Carnival dubbed the “Greatest Show on Earth,” kicked off with Fantastic Friday, followed the next day with the crowning of the National Panorama Champion and the Calypso Monarch on Carnival Sunday night Dimanche Gras show at the Queen’s Park, Savannah, Port of Spain. Comment
Movies: Bill Marks’ (Liam Neeson) life went into a tailspin after his young daughter lost her battle with childhood leukemia. The inconsolable police officer has since sought solace in a bottle of alcohol, an addiction which cost him his marriage and career. Comment
Movies: “12 Years a Slave” walked away with big prize, Best Picture at the 86th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday. The historical drama was directed by Steve McQueen and also netted accolades in the Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o) and Adapted Screenplay (John Ridley) categories. Dallas Buyers Club also won a trio of Oscars, although Gravity landed the most overall, at seven. Comment
Health: (StatePoint) If eating right is a challenge, it may be because you are trying things you simply don’t like. The key is finding options that satisfy your taste buds, say experts. Comment

Court Approves $310 Million In Anti-trust Settlements

People: New York consumers can now file claims to recover money due to them from a $310 million fund created as a result of settling litigation brought by New York and several other states against the major manufacturers of Dynamic Random Access Memory (“DRAM”) computer chips. Comment

Children’s show for Vincy storm relief a success

Fashion: Organizers have described as a major success a recent children’s fashion/talent show in Brooklyn aimed at raising funds for the pediatric ward of the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital (MCMH) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines that was affected by the freak Christmas storm last year. Comment

Jamaica wins gold at Adrian Awards

Jamaica: The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) says it was recognized by the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) with a Gold Adrian Award for public relations excellence for its entry in the television category “Revisiting Our Roots.” Comment

‘Prime minister’ of the Black Panther Party

Bronx: Often ignored during the June celebration of Caribbean Heritage Month and also throughout the shortest month of the year when Black History Month affords platitudes to Black achievers, immigrants and their off-springs who demand change by radically forcing their politics are deprived national attention. Comment

Red Bulls gear up for 2014

Sports: It seems that the 2014 New York Red Bulls adopted the theme of ‘defense’ in its effort to improve on a relatively successful season last year. The Red Bulls won the MLS Supporter’s Shield for the first time, the trophy for the best regular season record, and went on to make an appearance in the play-offs. Comment


Jamaica: Rastafarians and reggae singers have been lobbying for the decriminalization of marijuana for decades. Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Peter Tosh recorded perhaps the most known advocacy song he named “Legalize It.” Comment

Finally, a probe into Rodney’s death

Guyana: Guyana’s government this week appointed a team of top Caribbean lawyers to probe the 1980 assassination of the top opposition figure and internationally acclaimed historian, but the party he helped found has said it hopes the truth will emerge as to who exactly ordered his murder. Comment
Jamaica: A change is gonna come to the travel industry. Beginning with plans to integrate volunteerism and tourism, Jamaica seems poised to lead the charge that will probably revolutionize the industry. According to Sandra Scott, the Jamaica Tourist Board’s Deputy Director of Tourism and Marketing, “visitors to the island will soon be able to vacation for one week and volunteer the following week” in the areas of health and education. Comment

Arts program for NYC public schools

Music: The Town Hall (123 W. 43rd St.) and Con Edison recently presented their annual Black History Month celebration for public school children with free performances by percussionist and Grammy® winner Jeff Haynes. Sponsored by Con Edison, the shows were presented to children in grades 3-8 from participating New York City schools as part of their school curriculum to introduce students to the arts. Comment

Youth compete in area archery tournament

Brooklyn: In a recent excitement-filled Saturday, more than 100 enthusiastic local youth competed in the ninth annual Battle of the Boroughs Archery Tournament at the CAMBA Beacon 271 Community Center in Ocean Hill. Comments (2)

Brooklyn church hosts ‘Go Red’ health fair

Brooklyn: A major Brooklyn church recently hosted a “Go Red” health fair, underscoring that one in three women die of heart disease every year. Several area churches, hospitals and health agencies participated in the annual event at God’s Battalion of Prayer, an evangelical church at the corner of Linden Boulevard and Lenox Road in Brooklyn. Comment
Five West Indies players including Twenty20 and Test captain Darren Sammy are to play in the 2014 Indian Premier League (IPL). Barbadian Dwayne Smith commanded US$750,000 to move to Chennai Super Kings from Mumbai Indians, while Sammy was bought for US$533,000 and returned to Sunrise Hyderabad. Comments (1)

West Indies cricket continues to crumble

West Indies cricket continues to decline and it is evident that there is no proper structure in place to move in forward drafting new officials in to the management level has earned little success at the lower level but the senior team is still struggling for consistency. Comment

Al Johnson’s new solo exhibition

Arts & Theater: Acclaimed visual artist Al Johnson recently opened his latest exhibition of mixed media paintings “The Room Of Wonders” at La Maison d’Art Gallery (259 W. 132nd Street) in Manhattan. Comment
Arts & Theater: Ailey II, the youthful and gifted second company of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, returns to its home, the Ailey Citigroup Theater, from April 2 - 13 for a highly anticipated 40th anniversary season – the second led by Artistic Director Troy Powell. For two weeks, audiences will experience 14 performances featuring two dynamic programs, which come on the heels of a successful North American tour to more than 30 cities and an array of critically acclaimed performances in Germany and France. Comment

Leadership Workshop for Diaspora Vincentians

St Vincent: Over 25 Vincentian expatriates participated in diaspora leadership workshops at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn on Feb. 22, the first in a series hosted by the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Diaspora Committee of New York, first in a series whose objectives are. Comment
Brooklyn: On the heels of the Obama administration agreeing to let New York reinvest $8 billion in Medicaid savings into its health care system, elected officials and community activists rallied on Monday, Feb. 24 at Interfaith Medical Center in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, to call on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to keep his commitment and use the money to keep Interfaith open and serving the community. Comment

Play & Stay Tennis in Jamaica schools

Jamaica: is extremely proud of its partnership with the Early Childhood Commission (ECC) to introduce Play and Stay Tennis in Basic Schools across Jamaica. Comment

CARCIP calls for greater Caribbean innovation

Trinidad and Tobago: Three Eastern Caribbean countries are benefitting from an infrastructure development thrust that could usher in a new era of technology-based innovation and entrepreneurship for the region. Comment
People: The one-two punch of seniors Khadeen Carrington and Michael Williams on the Bishop Loughlin basketball team will be graduating in June and headed separate ways but both in New Jersey. They certainly will be missed by the Loughlin fans, student body, faculty and the staff of the Catholic High Schools Athletic Association. Comment
JONAS ROAD, Antigua , Feb 17 2014 (IPS) - Antigua is one of the most drought-prone countries in the Caribbean. So whenever it rains, the inhabitants generally regard the weather as “showers of blessing.” Comment

‘Baby Doc’s’ fate uncertain

Haiti: A Haitian appeals court has ruled that one of the French-speaking Caribbean country’s most brutal dictators could be charged with crimes against humanity. Comments (1)



KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Decorated Jamaican sprinter Veronica Campbell-Brown says she has been cleared to return to the track by the world sports court some 10 months after returning a positive test at an island meet. Comment
Movies: “The Bag Man” Comment

Bombshell secrets waiting to be uncorked

Books: “The Truth is in The Wine” by Curtis Bunn Comment
(StatePoint) Heartburn is one of the most common reasons people visit their doctors. If you suffer from a burning feeling in your chest or throat, experts recommend preparing for your next doctor’s appointment by learning more about heartburn and what you can do to manage the condition. Comment
Jamaica: OLD HARBOR, Jamaica (AP) — This hardscrabble harbor town on Jamaica’s southern coast seems an unlikely contender in an emerging regional competition over the shipping routes that carry global trade. Comment

Sparrow to receive T&T’s highest award

Trinidad and Tobago: Calypsonian the Mighty Sparrow (Slinger Francisco) will be awarded the Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the nation’s highest award. Comment

Jamaica lauded for early childhood plan

Jamaica: The World Bank has lauded Jamaica’s National Strategic Plan on Early Childhood Development, noting that it is “the first of its kind in the region.” Comment

Communities of color and the environment

Viewpoints: This month marks the 10th anniversary of Campaign for Communities, which created a coalition of Latino, African American, low-income and environmental organizations working to educate, register and turn out voters using environmental issues as motivation. During the 2004 and 2008 election cycles, we registered hundreds of thousands of voters and turned out more -- all of whom were educated as to how their health was at risk from environmental issues and how to analyze candidates’ records. Most recently, we conducted an on-the-ground Latino voter education/registration/turnout on California’s Prop. 39, which passed handily and with no small credit going to Latinos, African Americans and other minorities who voted in higher numbers than whites. Comment

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