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Monday, Sept. 1, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua Antigua and Barbuda is hoping that China will provide US$18 million towards the expansion of the Five Islands Secondary School to the University College Antigua. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: But Always (Unrated) Romance drama about childhood sweethearts (Nicholas Tse and Yuanyuan Gao), raised in Beijing, who go their separate ways only to fall in love all over again a decade later when their paths cross in New York City. With Lam Suet, Qin Hao, Du Haitao and Luo Shi. (In Mandarin with subtitles) Comment

Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

The vanishing children of Nigeria

Books: More than 300 young girls in Nigeria were allegedly kidnapped for sale by Boko Haram, a terrorist organization. First Lady Michelle Obama intervened requesting justice and the safe return of all females, particularly as this mother of two school-age daughters, carried the sign with the statement, “#Bring Back Our Girls.” Comment

Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014

Women-led Carib businesses to be highlighted at Washington summit

Caribbean: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says the catalytic role of women-led small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) in the Caribbean will be highlighted at a major conference in Washington, D.C. next month. Comment

Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

West Indian American Day Carnival kicks off

Music: Tens of thousands of masqueraders and revelers and millions from around the world are expected on Monday to converge on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway for the 47th Annual West Indian American Day Carnival Parade. Comment

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Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

Antigua gets $32.5 million aid from China

Antigua: Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne on Tuesday “successfully negotiated” an assistance package with China to the tune of over 200 million RMB (US$32.5 million), according to an Antigua and Barbuda government statement. Comment

Troubling trend on the Parkway

Music: Carnival mas in Brooklyn has always been colorful and flashy, people come from all over the country and the globe to see it. However, there has been a debate raging over recent years as to whether or not the Brooklyn Caribbean Carnival has been losing its value, sense of tradition and culture to skimpy costumes, vulgarity and violent behavior. Mas camp designers: Marlon Smart and Uncle Percie from “Ramajay Mas Inc.,” Pat Nurse from “Carican Costumes” and Toni Barnette from “D’Midas International” all believe that mas has changed. Comment

‘FLUSHING’ WITH JAZZ

Music: A New York City/Queens gem, Flushing Town Hall bills itself as a venue of “global arts for a global community.” Last Sunday, a summer wrap-up/fall kick-off with the Afri-Garifuna Jazz Ensemble, which fuses jazz and the language and rhythms from traditional Garifuna music, attracted one of the most diverse assemblages seen in a New York audience. Comment

West Indies sweeps Bangladesh 3-0

St Kitts and Nevis: West Indies defeats Bangladesh 3-0 in the just completed One-day International series with West Indies Test captain Denesh Ramdin being named player of the series. West Indies won the first ODI by 3 wickets at the National Stadium in Grenada, then the second at the same venue by 177 runs and finally the third in St. Kitts by 91 runs. Comment

CARIB CUP FINAL

The 2014 Caribbean Cup title will be contested by Team St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Team Jamaica after both teams posted semifinal wins last Sunday at the Jefferson High School Sports Complex. Team St. Vincent and the Grenadines knocked off longtime rival Team Grenada, 2-1, when Anselmo Cox came up with the winner late in the game for the Vincentians, who benefitted from a Grenada own-goal to tie the game after falling behind, 1-0. Kimron Redhead scored for the Grenadians. Comment

Grisly repercussions from wrong-headed policy

National: Occurrences like that ghastly business the other day when the ISIS marauders executed journalist James Foley serve as reminders of the major wrong turn made by George W. Bush and the warmonger crew he assembled in Washington, when they decided that invading Iraq to dethrone Saddam Hussein was a smart foreign policy move. Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

Williams: ‘Neighborly courtesy’ during carnival

Grenada: As New York prepares for the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade on Labor Day, Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams is asking for “neighborly courtesy” during the festivities. Comment

Legends display ‘Rainbow of Colors’

Music: Masqueraders are expected to display a “Rainbow of Colors” as Legends Stars Steel Orchestra bang out Caribbean rhythms in the J’ouvert Competition. Comment

Belize centurion, community advocate honored

Belize: A Belizean-born centurion and a popular community advocate were among honorees during the recently-concluded Harlem Week. The Board of Directors of Harlem Week, Inc. and New York City Senior Citizen’s Committee, Inc. bestowed the honor on Caroline Lightburn, 105, and Verna Arthur, Manhattan Community Outreach Director and Senior Advisory Council Liaison with the New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA). Comments (1)

Brooklyn street co-named after Brooklyn soldier

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Democratic Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, deputy leader and chair of the Council’s Housing and Buildings Committee, on Saturday hosted a ceremony co-naming East 51st Street, between Beverly and Clarendon roads in Brooklyn, as “Private First Class Errol Milliard Way” in honor of the soldier killed in the line of duty. Pvt. Errol “Elijah” Milliard, a Brooklyn native, of Jamaican and Guyanese parentage, was killed in combat in Afghanistan on July 4, 2013. He was 18 years old. Comment

Jamaican dub poet to get heroes’ honor

Jamaica: The annual list of distinctive nationals from Jamaica has been announced and among them is Linton Kwesi Johnson, the London-based poet who has consistently documented the plight of Caribbean nationals and people of color who suffer injustices in Britain and throughout Europe. Comment

It’s spy vs. spy in labyrinthine espionage thriller

Movies: Director Roger Donaldson is probably most closely associated with “No Way Out,” one of the best espionage thrillers ever made. The accomplished Australian revisits the genre with “The November Man,” though this picture pales in comparison to his ingenious, 1987 classic. Nevertheless, Roger has crafted another labyrinthine, cat-and-mouse caper which miraculously manages to keep you on the edge of your seat despite an often-incoherent plotline, slapdash action sequences, and an inscrutable cast of characters with difficult to discern motivations. Overall, the adventure amounts to a dizzying head-scratcher which takes you on one helluva roller coaster ride, even if it might take a scorecard to keep the profusion of players straight. Comment

Salute to columnist Vinette K. Pryce

Movies: Tip of the hat to Caribbean journalist and Inside Life columnist Miss Vinette K. Pryce for her perceptive and thoughtful review of the award-winning, independent feature-length fiction film, “Garifuna In Peril” headlined “Indigenous Hondurans Unite to Preserve Culture.” (Inside Life Column by Vinette K. Pryce, Caribbean Life Newspaper, May 16 through May 22 2014 issue). By extension, a hearty Seremein (“Thanks” in the Garifuna Language) goes to the Caribbean Life newspaper for publishing her review. Comment

US Open draws neighborhood kids

Queens: Twenty-three kids from the Elm Cor Youth and Adult Center in Corona, New York, known for its basketball activities, were guests of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) five days prior to the first day of action in the main draw. Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014

Kaios International wants ‘Kaios and Orda’

Arts & Theater: Kaios International Mas Band wants nothing but “Kaios and Orda” on the parkway, according to co-bandleaders Mark McLean and Heather Greenidge. Comment

Peace prevails, justice due for Garner

Staten Island: Hurricane Sandy stormed Staten Island a few years ago leaving behind strewn homes, boats and homeless residents but on Aug. 23,-- the 25th anniversary of the murder of Yusuf Hawkins in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn -- thousands flooded the island borough to protest the choke-hold killing of Eric Garner and in the aftermath, peace prevailed. Comment

2014 Mas Bands

Music: Name of Band: T-Vice/Venus Production Comment

Trinidad & Tobago celebrates 52nd Independence Anniversary

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago will celebrate its 52nd political independence from Great Britain on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. This year will be a historic one for the country as Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar is moving to implement constitutional reform for what she said is the People’s Partnership (PP) administration policy agenda for development and progress. Comment

Island States to rally donors at Samoa meet

Antigua: ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Aug 18, 2014 (IPS) - Amid accelerating climate change and other challenges, a major international conference in the South Pacific island nation of Samoa next month represents a key chance for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean to turn the tide. Comment

Saving young ‘Endangered’ Black men

Books: Save the whales! You’ve read a lot of signs like that in your life, online and real-time. Save the whales or the environment, penguins or tigers, fish, trees, or grasses, there’s always something about to disappear, and you know that when it’s gone, it’s gone. But what about people? Aren’t they in trouble, too? In the new book “Endangered” by Jean Love Cush, who’s going to save young Black men? Comment

Protect your eyes from ‘blue light’

Health: (StatePoint) The Information Age has moved society into a 24/7 electronic environment that exposes us to harmful light pollution every day. New research is illuminating the dangers of “blue light,” a high-energy wavelength of light that can disrupt the sleep cycle and cause damage to the eyes over time. Comment

Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014

The Promise and EP Costumes go to ‘Paradise’

Arts & Theater: After showcasing their mas solo for several years, The Promise and EP (Errol Philip) Costumes are going to “Paradise” this year WI their collaboration. Comment

Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Japan is planning to send a mission to three Caribbean countries later this month despite their economic growth making them ineligible for receiving official development assistance (ODA) from Tokyo. Comment

US judge orders release of T&T’s PM e-mail records

Trinidad and Tobago: A United States federal judge has ordered Google to hand over the secret e-mail records belonging to Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and Attorney General Anand Ramlogan so that the Integrity Commission can unravel claims of criminal conspiracy. Comments (1)

Friday, Aug. 22, 2014

UN agency praises Suriname

Suriname: The United Nations refugee agency has hailed a decision by Suriname’s National Assembly that enables mothers to pass on nationality to their children. Comment

National Night Out Against Crime

Queens: National Night Out Against Crime in Cambria Heights, NY had all the trappings of a play land mirroring tranquility. The bitterness of Ukraine or discussions of a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip were replaced by escalated calm and waves of felicity with the benefit of local New York Police Department precincts serving the community in every capacity, as grand host. Comment

Windies focus on youth cricket

People: Newly-appointed West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) chairman of selectors, Clive Lloyd has indicated that youth development will be his primary focus in helping revive West Indies cricket. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

CITIZEN PROGRAM REVAMP

Antigua: As federal authorities in the U.S. and other western countries monitor their moves closely, authorities in Antigua are moving to tighten a controversial program through which people from most countries around the world could become citizens of Antigua and some other Caribbean islands by simply having enough money to pay for documents, buy a new passport and travel with their new nationality virtually anywhere on the globe. Comment

BP Adams marches for religious unity

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams on Tuesday led an interfaith gathering between leaders of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities as a gesture of spiritual solidarity in light of what he describes as recent religiously-motivated assaults on Brooklyn residents. Adams stood Assembly Members Dov Hikind and Karim Camara, Public Advocate Letitia James, Council Members Laurie Cumbo and Mathieu Eugene, and religious leaders in front of 339 Albany Ave. in Crown Heights. Comment

MAS KA KLE

Music: One of Guadeloupe’s large carnival bands, “Mas Ka Kle,” is making its first Labor Day appearance. Joining them will be a sensational new group “Zouk and the Gang.” “Mas Ka Kle” draws on Guadeloupean tradition and its African roots. “Zouk and the Gang” is a collaboration of established musicians who revisit the golden age of Zouk. Prior to Labor Day festivities, the groups will be performing in nightclubs in Harlem and downtown Manhattan. Comment

Three-pointer gives team win

Some exciting games marked closing day’s competition in the ElmCor Summer Basketball League at the ElmCor Youth and Adult Center in Corona. One such game marked a thrilling one and went down to the buzzer. The entire league was conducted indoors and met with tremendous success. Comment

Haitians mark revolution birth

Haiti: Last Sunday, amidst an array of picnickers squeezing out the last weeks of summer family fun, Haitians, Haitian-Americans, folklorists, and other Haitian culture enthusiasts gathered close to the banks of the Prospect Park’s six-acre lake near the Parkside park entrance. As they have for years at this spot, beginning in the afternoon, the community commemorated the ceremony among slaves that sparked the Haitian revolution. Comment

GRENADA, GUYANA REACH CUP SEMIS

Jamaica: The local Caribbean Cup tournament is entering its penultimate round of competition this Sunday, Aug. 24 with the final-four field now complete. Team Grenada and Team Guyana entered the fray to battle Team St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Team Jamaica, respectively, after posting quarterfinal wins last Sunday at the Jefferson High School Sport Complex in Flatlands, Brooklyn. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Queens: ZUMBA: Join us for a dance-fitness class that is friendly and fun from 11:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m. It uses the Zumba formula, with modified moves and pacing for active older people and those just starting their journey to a fit and healthy lifestyle. Be sure to let your doctor know that you will be taking part in an exercise class. RSVP: 1-866-539-0999. Comment

The Hillary pot shots keep on coming

National: Were Hillary Clinton to decide eventually that she won’t be a presidential candidate in 2016 after all, we know this would leave a whole lot of folk quite deflated. True, she looked like a shoo-in for the White House to be back under Clinton control in 2008 too, before history took an altogether different turn. But as of now, she looks hard to beat, both for the Democratic nomination (if there’s any challenge mounted there) and when facing off against the Republican nominee. But if, when the word does come from her, it’s a “no,” there’s good reason to be understanding, even if dispirited about how that could change the complexion of the next presidential race. Comment

Buju Banton granted third plea

Music: The third attempt could be a charm for convicted reggae, deejay Buju Banton. Jailed in Florida since he was twice tried for conspiracy to distribute cocaine, the Jamaican deejay whose real name is Mark Myrie was granted another opportunity to present oral arguments regarding his efforts to obtain a new trial. Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Family and friends learn about Alzheimer’s

Brooklyn: Trinidadian-descent Wendell Greene transformed Aug. 8 into both a commemoration of his mother’s birthday and an opportunity to share information about Alzheimer’s disease. Comment

Vincentians converge on L.I. for Unity Picnic

St Vincent: Thousands of Vincentian nationals in North America last Saturday converged on Heckscher State Park on Long Is. for the third Annual Vincy Unity Picnic. Comment

A life hangs in the balance in flashback flick

Movies: Mia Hall (Chloe Grace Moretz) is a bright 17-year-old full of the bloom of youth. Between playing the cello purely for pleasure and dating the doting boy of her dreams (Jamie Blackley), the happy high school senior considers herself truly blessed. Comment

‘One Destiny’ launches inaugural Guyanese mas

Arts & Theater: In becoming the first Guyanese mas band to hit the Parkway, “One Destiny” says it’s portraying the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member-state’s Coat of Arms in making a difference. Comment

Barbados Tridents are CPL champions 2014

Caribbean: After some exciting cricket in the Limacol Caribbean Premier League 2014 the Barbados Tridents captained by Kieron Pollard won the 2014 tournament by defeating the Guyana Amazon Warriors by 8 runs via Duckworth Lewis method. Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014

Putting the littlest disaster victims on the Caribbean’s climate agenda

St Vincent: CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Aug 12, 2014 (IPS) - Children are often the forgotten ones when policy-makers map out strategies to deal with climate change, even as they are least capable of fending for themselves in times of trouble. According to David Popo, head of the Social Policy Unit at the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). “Very often when we speak about poverty reduction we are not seeing children, children are invisible in terms of development. Comment

A commitment to democracy

Trinidad and Tobago: The debate in the House of Representatives on the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2014 was a landmark event in Trinidad and Tobago’s politics because of both the content of the proposed legislation and how Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar handled it. The most significant part of her strategy was to allow a conscience vote which freed every member of the People’s Partnership from following the guidelines of the whip, ensuring that no one would be penalised for breaching the principle of collective Cabinet responsibility. Comment

No to casino gambling

Grenada: By CDGLH Citizens in Defence of Grenada’s Lands and Heritage has noted with dismay the introduction of legislation in the House of Representatives last Thursday, Aug. 14, to permit casino gaming in hotels with at least 300 rooms. We wish to repeat and to place on record our unequivocal, unapologetic opposition to this measure as a strategy to promote economic development, particularly the tourism sector. We heard that the legislation seeks to facilitate “quality entertainment in a pure environment.” Poor Grenada! Comment

Here comes ‘Bollywood!’

Fashion: By living in what is considered to be the heart of the Indo-Trinidadian-Guyanese community in Lefferts/Liberty avenues on the border of Brooklyn and Queens, locally referred to as “Bollywood,” Diane Walkes, the band leader of New Horizon, says it was compelling to name her production after the Indian film industry. Comment

Haiti recaptures kidnapper who escaped prison

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Police recaptured an alleged kidnapper who escaped custody during a mass breakout that authorities believe was staged for him at a prison outside the Haitian capital, officials said Tuesday. Comment

Regular exercise may stem aging effects

Health: (StatePoint) One out of every three adults over 65 years old falls each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And for older adults with dementia, the risk of falling is three times higher than those with no cognitive impairment, according to the AARP Bulletin. Comment

MV Kiddie Town Art Exhibit in Brooklyn

Arts & Theater: MV Kiddie Town Daycare and Summer Camp hosted an art exhibit for parents, friends and public at its location on 982 East 43rd St., Brooklyn on Wednesday Aug. 13, 2014. Comment

Monday, Aug. 18, 2014

T&T House of Representatives passes controversial bill

Trinidad and Tobago: The controversial Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2014 was passed in the House of Representatives during a marathon 15-hour debate which ended in the early hours of the morning on Tuesday, Aug. 12. Comment

Ramajay designers create ‘Zulu’ warriors

Fashion: Trinidadian Marlon Smart, one of eight talented designers of top mas band, “Ramajay” got into mas at eight years old. Smart would help his great uncle, Leroy Smart make traditional Sailor mas costumes when his uncle returned to Trinidad from the United States of America. At the age of 15, he began working with Peter Minshall’s Callaloo Company in Trinidad. Comment

Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014

6 Democrats: Feds should look into chokehold death

Staten Island: NEW YORK (AP) — Several members of New York’s congressional delegation are urging the Department of Justice to investigate the death of a man put in a police chokehold, further complicating first-term Mayor Bill de Blasio’s precarious political balancing act as the case has roiled the nation’s largest city. Comment

Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014

Haiti tense after summons issued for ex-president

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Supporters of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide clashed with U.N. peacekeepers Thursday as the popular former leader faced possible arrest for not providing court-ordered testimony in a criminal investigation. Comment

‘Justice Caravan’ set to roll into Staten Island

Staten Island: Rev. Al Sharpton and the family of Eric Garner are determined to protest the police-killing of 43-year-old Eric Garner despite bureaucratic restrictions forbidding a march over the Verrazano Bridge. He abandoned his plan to march across the structure and is now calling for protesters to “get on the bus” to Staten Island. Comment

Friday, Aug. 15, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) is experiencing major difficulties meeting objectives because member countries are not paying up. Comment

ONE LOVE ONE LIFE

Music: World renowned, ever popular and lovers rocker himself, the legendary Beres Hammond alongside Chaka Demus & Pliers, Harmony House musicians and D.J. Inferno will be performing at two shows on Friday, Aug. 22 in New York City at Bestbuy Theater in Time Square and Saturday, Aug. 23 at NJPAC in New Jersey. Doors open in NYC at 8:00 p.m., show time 9:00 p.m. and in NJ doors at 7:00 p.m., show time 8:0 Comment

Jamaican comedy

Arts & Theater: The newly formed American-Caribbean Theatre Alliance, Inc. (ACTA) will present its inaugural production of “Uncle Joe’s Patty Shop” at the Springfield Gardens Church of Christ (144-04 Farmers Blvd. Springfield Gardens, NY 11434) on Aug. 21, 22, & 23 at 7:00 p.m., and Aug. 24 at 5:00 p.m. All shows are free and open to the public. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 14 Blades (R for graphic violence) Martial arts drama, set during the Ming Dynasty, about a member of the imperial guard (Donnie Yen) on the run from an army of assassins after being betrayed by colleagues. With Wei Zhao, Chun Wu and Kate Tsui. (In Mandarin with subtitles) Comment

Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014

GUYANA REGIME ORDEAL

Guyana: In less than 10 minutes last week, one of Guyana’s two parliamentary opposition parties opened the door to the impending collapse of the administration of President Donald Ramotar formally filing a parliamentary no confidence motion while complaining that it was tired of runaway corruption, breaches of local laws and the constitution and effectively cutting Ramotar’s five-year term by more than two years. Comment

Boro prez calls for mass transit expansion

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams has called for greater mass transit investment in Brooklyn. In testifying before New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions, on the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s (MTA) 2015-2019 Capital Plan, Adams focused on three areas that he felt the MTA and New York City Transit should address in the coming years. Comment

Freaks Mas wants ‘A Taste of Confectionz’

Fashion: The two-year-old Freaks Mas is only asking for “A Taste of Confectionz” as it seduces masqueraders and onlookers this Labor Day, bringing “a fun experience to Eastern Parkway,” according to band leader Ray Bruce. Comment

Tropicalfete ready for the road

Fashion: Spectators came out last Saturday in the Lincoln Terrace Park, Brooklyn for a sneak-peek of Tropicalfete Incorporated presentation of their adult and kiddie band “Masquerade Ball West Indian Edition.” Comments (1)

Clive Lloyd appointed West Indies chief of selectors

People: Former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd has been appointed chief of cricket selection panel by the West Indies Cricket Board. Other members on the panel are former West Indies captain and fast bowler Courtney Walsh, former West Indies wicket keeper batsman Courtney Browne, former West Indies fast bowler Eldine Baptiste, head coach Ottis Gibson and the team captain as a non-voting member. Director of Cricket Richard Pybus announced that Clive Lloyd had been contacted for two years to head the panel. Clyde Butts and Robert Haynes were removed from the panel at a meeting on July 12 in Antigua by the directors of the West Indies Cricket Board. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Queens: MEDICARE 101: Emblemhealth invites you to become knowlegeable about medicare from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Learn: What is a donut hole?, What is a copay? and What assistance is available to help with costs? Space is limited, so call to reserve a seat today. A sales person will be present with information and applications. To register for this seminar and for accommodation of persons with special needs at sales meetings, call 1-800-447-9169, seven days a week, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. For those with hearing and speech impairments, call 711, seven days a week, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. HIP Health Plan of New York (HIP) is an HMO plan with a Medicare contract. Group Health Incorporated (GHI) is a PPO plan and a standalone PDP with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in HIP and GHI depends on contract renewal. HIP and GHI are EmblemHealth companies. RSVP: 1-866-539-0999. Comment

Promoting Haiti’s culture to develop the economy

Music: Last month, Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) held an after-work conversation on the intersection of arts and development at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel, part of summer series of Hotel - sponsored soirées – sharing space with those taking a dip in the rooftop pool in Washington DC. Comment

No light stepping after chokehold outrage

Viewpoints: There would be those, certainly, for whom the expression “New York style” doesn’t have about it a ring of specialness. Not so the bulk of us who call the Big Apple home. There is, we know, a certain elan, a certain panache to New York style which is to be in no way construed as being lumped in with the rest of the pack. What most distinguishes true New York style is that it’s cool. Off-color stuff purporting to emanate from a New York source despoils our desired order. Like, upon Obama’s being declared re-elected to the presidency in 2008, we get word that a bozo identified with New York named Donald Trump calls for the citizenry to march on Washington. No less a corruption of true New York style is an African American man meeting his death while being arrested for allegedly selling “loosies” on Staten Island. Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014

Offensive tackle looks to season

Bahamas: D’Brickashaw Ferguson is in his ninth seasonas a member of the New York Jets, which opens their regular National Football League schedule on the first Sunday of September. Comment

CARIB CUP SHOWDOWN

Trinidad and Tobago: East Zone winner Team St. Vincent and the Grenadines and defending champion Team Jamaica are on a collision course on the road to the 2014 Caribbean Cup. Both former Caribbean Cup champions won their quarterfinal games last Sunday at the Jefferson High School Sports Complex in Flatlands, Brooklyn to move to the semifinal stage on Sunday, Aug. 24 and could well meet at the final juncture on Sunday, Aug. 31. Comment

Streep, Bridges co-star in sci-fi adventure

Movies: Despite being born in the same year and enjoying overlapping enduring careers, Oscar-winners Meryl Streep (for Kramer vs. Kramer, Sophie’s Choice and The Iron Lady) and Jeff Bridges (for Crazy Heart) never made a movie together prior to “The Giver.” Such a long overdue collaboration proves well worth the wait in this haunting, sci-fi adventure set in a deceptive dystopia masquerading as heaven on Earth. Comment

Pols, clergy decry suspicious church fire

Brooklyn: Several local elected officials, the clergy and community leaders have decried the suspicious arson of the offices of a popular church in Brooklyn. The Byways and Hedges church is known throughout the community for its efforts in addressing violence prevention, immigration reform, youth empowerment, domestic violence, spiritual care and crisis intervention. Comment

Golden Krust opens franchise on Church Avenue

Food: Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill, the nation’s largest Caribbean franchise chain with more than 120 restaurants located in nine states opened its newest franchise restaurant in Brooklyn, New York, located at 2223 Church Ave. on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. The franchise owners are Stanley and Noveene Dennis. Comment

Jamaica currency depreciates; T&T appreciates

Trinidad and Tobago: Jamaica recorded the seventh highest currency depreciation in the Americas based on its double-digit currency slide, a United Nations (UN) group reported recently. Comment

Tips to make summer slim down simple

Health: (StatePoint) The irony of summer is that for many people, it’s the most important time of year to stay fit, but it can actually be the hardest time of year to stick to one’s diet. Comment

Improving your end-of-life healthcare

Health: The day my father died from prostate cancer -- Jan 11, 2011 -- is the day I decided that no family should ever experience the same pain. That day everything changed for me. I had worked for seven years at an organization whose sole focus is end-of-life care, yet I had not had even one conversation with my father about his end-of-life wishes. It was truly a wake-up call, an eye-opening experience I hope I never have to repeat. Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014

Bringing ‘smart’ building technology to Jamaica

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Aug 5, 2014 (IPS) - Buildings are among the largest consumers of earth’s natural resources. According to the Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative, they use about 40 percent of global energy and 25 percent of global water, while emitting about a third of greenhouse gas emissions. Comment

Jamaica’s first national hero feted on centennial

Jamaica: History has been kind to the legacy Marcus Mosiah Garvey left behind. Although the Rastafarian movement, songs and reggae attributes have consistently lauded the prophetic messages Garvey imparted to his audiences, for a time he remained elusive to mainstream media. Comment

Stitchie performs for MHHC Health Care Festival

Music: Morris Heights Health Center, a group of health care providers located in the Bronx, NY is hosting an exciting free Health Care Festival and Fun Day on Saturday Aug. 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at its newest Bronx facility at 825 East 233 St. Comment

The U.S. government still tries to subvert Cuba

Cuba: When I saw the headline about the U.S. government and Cuba in my newspaper the other day, I thought I’d awoken in 1961. It was a Twilight Zone moment for sure: “U.S. program aimed to stir dissent in Cuba.” I expected Rod Serling to welcome me to “another dimension.” Comment

Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014

New Generation looks ‘Through Her Eyes’

Music: In honor of the late producer and band leader of New Generation, Trinidadian-born Kathy-Ann Hernandez, the mas band is looking “Through Her Eyes” this Labor Day. Comment

Carnival plans to build cruise port in Haiti

Haiti: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A major Florida-based cruise line has signed a letter of intent to develop a new port on an isolated Haitian barrier island that has long been a major launching spot for smugglers, authorities said Monday. Comment

Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014

Sammy to debut in Big Bash League

West Indies Twenty20 Captain Darren Sammy is to make his debut in Australia’s Big Bash League (BBL) this summer after signing with the Hobart Hurricanes recently. Comment

Friday, Aug. 8, 2014

VOTING REFORM IN T&T

Trinidad and Tobago: General elections are scheduled to be held in Trinidad by the end of May next year but already opposition parties and anti government activists are reading much into several proposals made by government this week to reform electoral rules including term limits for prime ministers and run off contests in constituencies where a candidate fails to win 50 percent of the vote. Comment

APC’s 5th medical mission to Guyana

Guyana: A major non-profit group in Brooklyn has embarked on its 5th medical mission to Guyana, bringing what it describes as “quality medical care” to underserved people in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member-state. Comment

Protest march to demand justice for Garner

Staten Island: Thousands are expected to respond to the call by Rev. Al Sharpton to rally and march across the Verrazano Bridge on Aug. 23 to protest the illegal choke-hold death of Eric Garner in Staten Island by members of the NYPD. Comment

Experience the best of the Caribbean in Brooklyn!

Music: You have to add New York Caribbean Carnival Week to your ‘Must Do’ list this summer. You simply must; after-all you have not experienced the best that Brooklyn has to offer unless you are front and center at this legendary cultural event. It’s truly a fun and memorable experience that will leave you craving more of everything Caribbean. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014

Japan to fund climate change projects

Antigua: The Japanese government is to make available US$15 million to aid eight CARICOM countries in adjusting to climate change. The grant will be executed through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Comment

Love, history and honor of carnival

Arts & Theater: On Saturday July 25, 2014, Johanna “Joan” Pierre along with the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) went around the borough of Brooklyn to inspect several bands before they go “on de road” for the West Indian Day Carnival Parade. Some see WIADCA as the guardians to insure that this happens. One of the ways that they do that is through inspection of every camp to make sure they meet standard and criteria of what it means to be a mas camp band. Comment

‘Music Was My First Love’

Music: A closing event for “Music Was My First Love” will feature a live jazz performance with Jonathan Crayford, pianist, composer, and director, and Jay Rodriguez, Grammy-nominated saxophonist, flautist, clarinetist, film composer, and producer to benefit Time In Children’s Art Initiative and Music Is My First Language. The duo will preform musical works inspired by the artwork of Brooklyn-based artist Robert Saywitz. Comment

Caribbean vibes at Brooklyn Museum

This past Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 was Target First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum. Every first Saturday of the month, the Brooklyn Museum attracts thousands of visitors from all over to free art and entertainment each month. This month in collaboration with caribBeing, they celebrated Brooklyn’s vibrant Caribbean communities through music, film and dance. Comment

MLK TRIBUTE

Music: Brooklyn’s annual tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. prevails in 2014 with five concerts that exemplify the diversity and make-up of the borough. Rhythm and blues, pop, hip-hop, gospel and Caribbean music are slated each Monday in the month when free concerts kick-off at 7:30 p.m. Presented at Wingate Field, Winthrop Street between Brooklyn and Kingston avenues. Across from Kings’County Hospital, entrances at Winthrop St. and Rutland Rd. will accommodate patrons from 6:00 p.m. Comment

Ormsby looks to bright future

Jamaica: Kyle Ormsby, a resident of Queens Village, New York, plays for the Ball Hoggs team in the 12 and under division of the ElmCor Summer Basketball League at the ElmCor Youth and Adult Center now in its playoff stages. Comment

Record crowd for U.S. soccer

Sports: Soccer is fast becoming as American as apple pie! For the past three weeks Americans packed stadiums during a soccer invasion by some of the world’s great clubs. Dubbed the Guinness International Challenge Cup, the second-year tournament not only served as preseason prepping for the Europeans, but the international friendlies, played in the most storied stadiums here, served to further permeate the passion for the game among Americans. Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014

Day of Friendship highlights Brooklyn’s diversity

Brooklyn: The hugely-diverse culture of Brooklyn came together on Sunday at Brooklyn Borough Hall for the inaugural International Day of Friendship, celebrating the borough’s rich heritage. Comment

Celebration of Jamaica’s home-grown music

Music: It’s been 20 years since JAH (Jamaica Arts Holding) launched an official date to celebrate reggae music. On the anniversary, a global collective marked July 1 by initiating a multiplicity of events, activities and acknowledgements of Jamaica’s home-grown music. Comment

Where ‘good governance’ means a big joke

Trinidad and Tobago: Chances are if Speaker John Boehner were asked, he would insist that the obstructionist, do-nothing course he and his Republican/Tea Party confederates have pursued in Congress is “good governance.” No doubt even the noxious upstart Ted Cruz would respond likewise, about his flamethrower tactics not only in the Senate, but as we’ve seen recently, in moves to also be a point man of influence for fellow extremist kooks in the House. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Queens: AUDITION:Co-choreographer of Fiyah Productions Dancehall Theater, Yaminah Legohn is looking for dancers for her company Art of Legohn. Yaminah is seeking both male and female dancers, age 18 and over with experience in Dancehall, Hip-hop, West African and other speacialty dance styles to add to her company roster for local bookings and industry gigs. The two-hour auditions will start at 5:30 p.m. at PMT Dance Studios, located at 69 W 14th St., 3rd Floor NY, NY 10011. For advanced registration to the Art of Legohn audition, e-mail yaminahL@artoflegn.com. Comment

Tribute to Sir Howard Cooke

Jamaica: I may have been fortunate in the first place. On top of my perch as a full tenured professor of one of the world’s prominent universities for an extended period of time, I had a unique window through which a multiplicity of events could be viewed. The City University of New York (CUNY) attracts students from more than 200 countries, representing all the corners of the earth. It also boasts a commensurate quantity and quality of some of the finest faculty and administrators in academia. Comment

The ‘global’ land rush

Viewpoints: OAKLAND, United States, Aug. 4, 2014 (IPS) - The first years of the twenty-first century will be remembered for a global land rush of nearly unprecedented scale. Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

St Vincent: The U.S. Coast Guard seized more than 3,500 pounds of marijuana estimated at US$3.5 million and detained five suspects during a drug interdiction exercise in the Caribbean Sea, south west of Caba Rojo, Puerto Rico. Comment

New cycles of flooding, drought in the Caribbean

St Lucia: CASTRIES, St. Lucia, July 18, 2014 (IPS) - As unpredictable weather patterns impact water availability and quality in St. Lucia, the Caribbean island is moving to build resilience to climate-related stresses in its water sector. Comment

Trinidad sports minister resigns

Trinidad and Tobago: Sports Minister Anil Roberts has tendered his resignation from the People’s Partnership Government in Trinidad and Tobago following an audit into his TT$400 million Life Sport Program, which has revealed allegations of massive corruption. Comment

Bolt adds 1st Commonwealth gold to 6 Olympic wins

Jamaica: GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — On a wet track following torrential rain, Usain Bolt gave the Commonwealth Games a display of showmanship and speed as he anchored Jamaica’s 4x100-meter relay team to gold and glory on Saturday. Comment

Barbados celebrates Irving Burgie’s 90th birthday

Music: Award-winning artist, and playwright, Irving Burgie whose songs Day’O, Island In the Sun, and Jamaica Farewell- hits by superstar Harry Belafonte, was greeted with loud applause when he arrived at the Barbados Consulate in New York City to celebrate 90 on his exact birth date, July 28. Comment

Chadwick’s nostalgic jukebox musical

Movies: Just last year, Chadwick Boseman successfully channeled the spirit of Jackie Robinson in 42, a powerful biopic about the Hall of Fame great who made history when he integrated Major League Baseball in 1947. In “Get on Up,” the gifted young actor is already impersonating another legendary African-American, the Godfather of Soul, James Brown (1933-2006). Comment

Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: About Alex (R for profanity and drug use) Jason Ritter stars as the title character of this nostalgic drama about a group of college friends’ eventful reunion to care for a suicidal pal over the course of a three-day weekend. Cast includes Aubrey Plaza, Maggie Grace, Max Minghella and Nate Parker. Comment

Friday, Aug. 1, 2014

Trinidad’s Life Sport Program terminated

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissesar has called in the police to investigate allegations of massive corruption involving millions of dollars in the controversial Life Sport Program, which targeted young, unemployed youths to move away from a life of crime. Comment

Caribbean gets renewable energy boost

Trinidad and Tobago: Committed to jointly supporting the Eastern Caribbean to expand renewable energy and energy efficiency, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) have signed a memorandum of cooperation (MOC) in this regard. Comment

Sen. Malcolm Smith touts his accomplishments

Queens: Caribbean legislator Malcolm A. Smith is not allowing either his recent mistrial or his short delay from operating in Albany, NY, as a New York state senator, to interrupt his plans for constituents in Queens, N.Y. Comment

Thursday, July 31, 2014

CARICOM JAPAN SUMMIT

Trinidad and Tobago: Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, says that space exists to develop trade and Japanese investment in the services industries in the Caribbean. Comment

CapraCare brings health services to rural Haiti

Haiti: The underserved rural community of 20,000 in southern Haiti, Fonfrede (45-minute drive from Les Cayes), is now receiving some essential community health services from CapraCare, an organization started in 2009 by Jean Pierre-Louis, a son of Haiti and Brooklyn. Comments (5)

Bailey-Cole wins Commonwealth 100 meters title

Jamaica: GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — In Usain Bolt’s absence, training partner Kemar Bailey-Cole collected the first individual gold of his career by winning the 100 meters at the Commonwealth Games on Monday. Comment

Lespierre readies for boxing match

Queens: The time is drawing near for Mikkel Lespierre’s sixth boxing appearance as a professional fighter. It’s going to be Friday night, Aug. 1 at the Amazura Concert Hall at 91-12 144th St. in Jamaica, N.Y. Comment

Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel on top

Caribbean: The Limacol Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 tournament took an interesting turn as Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel took the top honors by leading the points table. The T&T Red Steel has 10 points, they played six games and lost only one when they were defeated by the Guyana Amazon Warriors. The T&T Red Steel has three more games to play, the St. Lucia Zouks, Antigua Hawksbills and the Barbados Tridents. Comment

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

DRJ Vision In Motion presents ‘Mandela’

Arts & Theater: Trinidad and Tobago born costume designer Donna Bridgeman will introduce a new concept in playing mas on Eastern Parkway with a tribute to one of the greatest individuals that ever lived — former South African President Nelson Mandela. Comments (1)

‘Controversial Carnival Festival’ for Belmont Kids

Arts & Theater: Belmont Kids Connection is hoping to win the Small Bands category for children for the third successive year with a “Controversial Carnival Festival,” according to associate band leader Wendell Jack. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Queens: SUMMER WORKOUT Join EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care for a cardio workout that can enhance your overall health and improve circulation and endurance from 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. We’ll also work on building muscle with strength training. Please let your doctor know that you will be taking part in an exercise class. This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by calling (866) 539-0999. 206-20 Linden Blvd., Cambria Heights, NY 11411. Comment

No coming of age happened in 2008

Viewpoints: With due apologies, I will say again, how paradoxical it is that the very event — Barack Obama’s election as president — that many a pundit characterized as America’s true coming of age, has in fact turned out to be affirmation of the country’s racist core being nowhere near declining as one of its defining markers. Comment

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Antigua weighs high cost of fossil fuels

Venezuela: ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, July 28, 2014 (IPS) - Caught between its quest to grow the economy, create jobs and cut electricity costs, and the negative impacts associated with building an oil refinery, the Antigua and Barbuda government is looking to a mix of clean energy and fossil fuels to address its energy needs. Comment

Jamaicans usher 52nd waving national flag

Many Jamaicans believe the month of August should be dedicated in honor of the Caribbean island that led the region in winning independent status from Britain. Comment

JPL celebrates 78 years with service

Jamaica: Jamaicans in New York rallied with purposeful prayers to give thanks for their island’s 52 years of independence and also for the longevity of one of its oldest organization in the United States. Comment

CACCI honors 11 on 29th anniversary

Brooklyn: The Brooklyn-based Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) on Sunday evening honored 11 individuals and businesses at a gala celebration marking the organization’s 29th anniversary. Comments (13)

Monday, July 28, 2014

Vengeful parishioner threatens Irish priest

Movies: While hearing confessions in church one day, Father James Lavelle (Brendan Gleeson) gets the shock of his life. First, a disturbed man recounts in lurid detail how, as a child, he’d been raped by a priest every other day for five years. Then, the anonymous confessor announces that since the pedophile who ruined his life is already deceased, he’s decided to even the score by murdering Father James, and in exactly one week. Comment

Sunday, July 27, 2014

End ‘hypocrisy’ in fighting HIV/AIDS: UN AIDS chief

People: The head of the United Nations agency dealing with HIV and AIDS, Michel Sidibé, has called on world leaders to end the “hypocrisy on sex” and make treatment and reproductive health education universally available. Comments (1)

Guyana faces possible blacklisting

Guyana: Guyana is at risk of being placed on an international money laundering black list after the government failed to pass relevant legislation, even as organized crime in the South American country is on the increase. The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global financial crime watchdog, is currently reviewing Guyana’s situation to determine whether to blacklist the country internationally. Comment

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Food lovers feast on Jamaican jerk fare

Food: This year VP records and Grace Foods drew a multi-cultural group of food lovers from beyond the tri–state to as far as Florida to its annual Jerk Festival. With more than 15,000 patrons in attendance, the attraction of food done the old fashioned way were savoring for food lovers. The lines at jerk stations were long as patrons waited to taste their favorite Jerk Pork or Jerk Chicken followed by jerk sea food of fish and lobster. Comment

Friday, July 25, 2014

Jamaica police arrest 41 suspected scammers

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — More than three dozen Jamaicans have been arrested as suspected lottery scammers, police on the Caribbean island said Wednesday. Comment

Official says Jamaica’s drought is intensifying

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A severe drought is intensifying in Jamaica with water supply systems already well below normal, the Caribbean country’s environment minister said Sunday night In a national address, Robert Pickersgill told Jamaicans the government is trucking water to hard-hit farming districts where parched conditions have withered crops. Many Jamaican small farms lack irrigation systems and depend entirely on rainwater. Comment

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