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Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015

Adams holds counterterrorism security meetings

People: In the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Mali, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams last Friday held the first of what he said will be a series of ongoing counterterrorism security meetings. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) recently launched its first-ever Caribbean Tourism and Hospitality Investment Guide in Puerto Rico to target investors. Comment

France declares state of emergency in its territories

Caribbean: Following terror strikes in Europe and Africa, France extended a state of state of emergency to the Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Mayotte, Reunion Island, and St. Martin and St. Barths. Comment

‘Getting To Zero’ amplifies World Aids Day’s theme

People: Amidst fear, panic and threat of a pandemic in 1987, two action-oriented individuals — James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter – perceived a day to conscientiously focus on HIV / AIDS. Comment

Natasha Chang races on Guyana’s circuit

Jamaica: Racecar driver Natasha Chang may not have captured the top spot at the Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship at South Dakota Circuit, in Guyana. But the 28-year-old Jamaican athlete certainly created a buzz during her first meet on the South American circuit on Nov. 15. Comment

Homesick immigrant adjusts to US life

Movies: Eilis (Saoirse Ronan) and Rose Lacey (Fiona Glascott) have stayed home for the sake of their widowed mom (Jane Brennan) who is still grieving the loss of their late father. Comment

Proud Vincies hail team despite heavy defeat

Despite Vincy Heat’s heavy trouncing recently by the United States in a World Cup qualifier in St. Louis, Mo, Vincentians in the United States are sticking with their national football (soccer) team, saying that the players have made them extremely proud in their special moment in history. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Bolshoi Babylon (Unrated) Russian gone postal documentary deconstructing the 2013 acid attack on Sergei Filin, the artistic director of Moscow’s most-prestigious ballet company, by a disgruntled employee. Comment

Monday, Nov. 23, 2015

Many in Haiti suspect fraud in recent election, poll finds

Haiti: MIAMI (AP) _ A poll by an independent research group has found deep public suspicion of the first round of the presidential election in Haiti, a finding that is likely to fuel calls by opposition parties for a recount of the disputed results. Comment

Progress against undernutrition, but uneven

ROME, Nov. 19, 2015 (IPS) - At the end of 2014, an estimated 795 million people — one in nine people worldwide — were estimated to be chronically hungry. Comment

‘The Jemima Code’: A multi-layered gift

Books: You woke up this morning with a craving. So is breakfast time too early to think about dinner? Is it bad to want to sneak home for lunch, just to make your favorite comfort food? No, because nothing else tastes good when you’re hankering for something specific. Your stomach won’t give up until you’ve satisfied that craving, so you might as well give in a little and read “The Jemima Code” by Toni Tipton-Martin. Comment

Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015

Clarke urges restoration of funds for crime victims

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has announced her effort to restore $1.5 billion from the Crime Victims Fund – about 10 percent of the fund – that was removed in the bipartisan budget agreement passed in Congress to prevent a default on the federal debt and to keep the federal government in operation. Comment

Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015

Rev Run joins AT&T’s Inspired Mobility

Music: Technology is a key component in any person’s daily life. Whether it be a tablet, cell phone, or laptop, often times individuals can be found scanning various apps for updates in the news, family’s lives, and even to be inspired. Comment

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Haitian documentary portrays Brooklyn life in ‘80s

Movies: A recent release of “The Haitian Polo Documentary” that chronicles gritty urban streets, discrimination, and a language barrier young Haitian faced when they arrived in Brooklyn with their parents back in the 1980s and 1990s, received rave reviews from a community audience. Comment

Friday, Nov. 20, 2015

Caribbean Life honors 32 Caribbean Americans

Caribbean Impact Awards: There was a lot of honor and respect in the room. It was an august crowd in November. Very impressive. Thirty-two New Yorkers of Caribbean heritage were celebrated on Thursday evening for their contributions to the community at the 2015 Caribbean Life Impact Awards at the Paradise Catering Hall in Brooklyn. Comment

Medgar Evers hails retired geography professor

Africa: Professors at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn last Wednesday hailed recently retired Geography Prof. Levi Uzozie, Ph.D for his significant contribution to the college and the City University of New York (CUNY) on a whole. Comments (1)

Adams unveils ‘Growing Brooklyn’s future’

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams on Sunday unveiled “Growing Brooklyn’s Future,” an initiative with over $2 million in initial investment from his Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) to create hydroponic classrooms to a dozen schools across Brooklyn. Comment

Carver Bank contributes $50K to Junior Scholars Program

Bronx: Carver Federal Saving Bank President and CEO Michael T. Pugh has awarded a $50,000 gift to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture on behalf of the Carver Scholarship Fund last month. Comment

Narine’s bowling action suspect

Sports: West Indies mystery off-spinner Sunil Narine has again been reported with a suspect bowling action during the third One-Day International (ODI) against Sri Lanka in Pallekele earlier this month. Comment

Jamaica’s aging water systems falter

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica, Nov. 18, 2015 (IPS) - This past summer Jamaicans sweltered through their third consecutive year of reduced rainfall resulting in wild fires, a crop-killing drought and daily water cuts. Comment

Vaughan Toney

Caribbean Impact Awards: Vaughan Toney has been a life long advocate for children. Born in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, he spent his formative years there. Comment

Tiphanie Yanique

Caribbean Impact Awards: Tiphanie Yanique is a daughter of the Caribbean — St. Thomas to be exact — a woman of letters and an assistant professor of writing. Comment

Thomas Bailey

Caribbean Impact Awards: After some years as an education officer with the Ministry of Education and Culture in Trinidad & Tobago, Thomas Bailey migrated to the United States and found employment with the brokerage firm Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith for a career that lasted 27 years. There he rose to a managerial position, retiring in 1999. Comment

Terence Theophilus LaPierre

Caribbean Impact Awards: Terrence Theophilus LaPierre is a son of Trinidad and Tobago. He came to the United States in 1969, leaving the Trinidad and Tobago Police Force. Comment

Sabrina Clinton

Caribbean Impact Awards: Sabrina Clinton along with Elijah Knight founded Caribbean Gemz in September 2013, an organization which strives to bring new facets to Caribbean culture including fashion, health awareness and beauty care. The two are life and business partners, both of Barbadian heritage, and are referred to in the fashion world as the “power couple.” Comment

Ruby Wood

Caribbean Impact Awards: Ruby Wood (nee Small) hails from St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Forty years ago, she joined her husband, the late Egerton “Creech” Wood. Comment

Roy A. Hastick, Sr.

Caribbean Impact Awards: Born in Grenada, West Indies, Dr. Roy A. Hastick, Sr. migrated to the United States in 1972 and worked for several years as an administrator, community advocate, entrepreneur and newspaper publisher. Comment

Richard David

Caribbean Impact Awards: Richard David was born in a rural village in Guyana, the youngest of three brothers, and came to the United States at the age of 10. He is successful in his professional career while being deeply engaged with his immediate New York community as well as the Indo-Caribbean community. Comment

Ricardo Bryan

Caribbean Impact Awards: Jamaican-born, raised and educated, Ricardo Bryan is an international business executive with GraceKennedy Ltd., the Caribbean’s leading distributor of food and non-food consumer products. He is senior vice president, GraceKennedy, Foods USA. Comment

Nina Rodriguez

Caribbean Impact Awards: Ninoshka Rodriguez is one of Rapid Realty’s brightest stars. She is a top performing franchisee, who has worked with the company since 2007. Comment

Nicole Etienne-Robinson

Caribbean Impact Awards: I was born and raised in Brooklyn but my family is from St. Vincent, W.I.,” says Nicolle Etienne-Robinson whose work is pleasantly unusual, particularly for someone with a B.A. in Political Science and Urban Studies and a law degree. Comment

Lowell F. Hawthorne

Caribbean Impact Awards: Lowell F. Hawthorne is a son of the Jamaican soil who emigrated in 1981 and went on to become president and chief executive officer of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill, the nation’s largest Caribbean franchise chain. Comment

Leanna Archer

Caribbean Impact Awards: Leanna Archer is the 20-year-old CEO of Leanna’s Inc., a hair and body care products company that carries 14 different items. She is the youngest person – she was 13 – to ring the NASDEQ opening bell. Comment

Kwayera Archer-Cunningham

Caribbean Impact Awards: Kwayera Archer-Cunningham is a social venture and non-profit administrator coach, specializing in social transformation and organizational development, philanthropy, and social entrepreneurship. She has 35 years of experience in the arts. Comment

Karisma Jay

Caribbean Impact Awards: Karisma Jay has been dancing and performing since the age of two. Her life is in dance and includes studying at the Dance Theatre of Harlem, the Junior Division of Ailey School, High School of the Performing Arts and study Performing Arts and Pre-Med at NYU. Comment

Judy D. Newton

Caribbean Impact Awards: Judy D. Newton was born in an obscure village called Coach Hill, in Barbados, the fifth of eight children. Her parents separated and as a single parent, her mother built a solid foundation by clothing and educating her eight children. Comment

Juan Reyes

Caribbean Impact Awards: At a young age, Juan Reyes, migrated from the Dominican Republic and like most immigrant families, his parents left their homeland for a better future for their three offspring. Comment

Joan Bakiriddin-Alexander

Caribbean Impact Awards: A resident of the 45th District–East Flatbush, Brooklyn for 30 years, born in Guyana, Joan Alexander-Bakiriddin’s passion is advocacy for her community. Her recent years of tireless involvement reflect this. Comment

James Lovell

Caribbean Impact Awards: James Lovell is a cultural ambassador who preserves traditional Garifuna music, dance and language, sharing it with audiences around the world. He is a passionate educator, activist, a storyteller and a multi-instrumentalist — including percussion, guitars, voice, clarinet, sax and euphonium. Comment

Gordon Berment

Caribbean Impact Awards: Gordon Berment was born in Trinidad, one among seven. He describes himself as the son of Indo / Afro French Creole parents, “I grew up in the midst of varied races, culture and religions.” Comment

Pastor Gilford T. Monrose

Caribbean Impact Awards: Gilford T. Monrose is a native of the U.S. Virgin Islands. He moved to New York to study theology and marry the “love of his life” Dianne Thomas. Comment

Geneive Brown-Metzger

Caribbean Impact Awards: Dr. Geneive Brown-Metzger is an investment / trade and economic development analyst, the “go to” resource for industry leaders and prospective investors in the Caribbean. Comment

Edgar Henry

Caribbean Impact Awards: Guyanese American entrepreneur Edgar Henry has lived in New York for more than 40 years. He had a 12-year association with a Greek shipping company Hellenic Lines Ltd., which served the Red Sea, Middle East, East Africa and Pakistan. Comment

Dennis Rahim Watson

Caribbean Impact Awards: As a youngster in Bermuda, Dennis Rahim Watson got kicked out of school 37 times for being insubordinate and disruptive. Those same attributes are the ones, now channeled positively. Dennis speaks about 25 times a month; he’s a motivational speaker and has spoken to hundreds of groups all over the world. Comment

Dennis Hawthorne

Caribbean Impact Awards: Dennis Hawthorne is a native of Jamaica, born in rural Grange Hill, Westmoreland. He migrated to Brooklyn in 1985; his first entrepreneurial and artistic endeavor was a successful photography business. However, Dennis decided to focus his energies on the business of shipping. Comment

Dave Rodney

Caribbean Impact Awards: Multi-lingual, media-marketing consultant, TV host, author and freelance writer, Dave Rodney is co-president of Images LLC, a media marketing company based in New York. Comment

Carl Stuart

Caribbean Impact Awards: One of eight siblings, Carl Stuart II grew up in Guyana. His parents instilled in him discipline, love for God and respect for all men. Comment

Annette M. Hurd-Runcie

Caribbean Impact Awards: Annette M. Hurd-Runchie was born in Kingston, Jamaica in a large family of seven, emigrating with her family at the age of 11. She had an early successful career as a computer system analyst and later plant IT manager at Proctor and Gamble, earned an MBA, has a family with two sons but it was not enough. Comment

Anishka Clarke

Caribbean Impact Awards: Having worked a decade in finance, both in Jamaica and on Wall Street, Anishka Clarke quit finance in early 2006 to pursue her real passion, interior design. She has been listed as a Top 20 African-American Interior Designers for four consecutive years. She has cemented her corner of the design market after eight years in the industry. Comment

Andrea Bullens

Caribbean Impact Awards: It is no easy task to marry business and philanthropy but Andrea Bullens is successful in creating this union. Her passion for promotion started early. As a teen, this British-born Jamaican-raised newcomer to the U.S. started with a partner her first business — a promotion company. Comment

Alton Aimable

Caribbean Impact Awards: Alton Aimable is the founder and president of Tropicalfete Inc., a cultural arts organization. He was born in St. Lucia but feels more a son of the Caribbean, connected to all the islands when it comes to culture. Comments (1)

Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015

T&T GOV’T FACES ISIS DILEMMA

Trinidad and Tobago: Most governments in the 15-nation Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are staying under the radar when it comes to commenting on international terrorism issues, preferring to leave it up to the larger and more powerful western nations, which are now targets of the Islamic State fighters. Comment

Adams condemns terror attacks in France

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams has joined world leaders in condemning the terrorist attacks in France, stating that the borough “mourns the horrific brutality that has shaken Paris, and, indeed, the entire world. Comment

Haitian Hip Hop superstar Black Alex shot dead

Music: Haitian Hip Hop Superstar and rap artist Black Alex has died from gunshot wounds, according to Smith Georges, the artist’s New York-based producer. Comment

Give thanks for good & not so good

People: Every year on Nov. 22, the tragic assassination of John F. Kennedy — the youngest American president ever elected — recalls the somber nostalgia of the 1963 event in Dallas, Texas that left the nation numb from shock. Comment

Back in business: Erasmus offense finds rhythm in playoff win

Sports: This win was vintage Erasmus Hall. Comment

Star-studded Steel Pulse doc to aid Haiti

Music: British reggae supergroup Steel Pulse is now ramping up efforts to complete “Dreadtown” a documentary which chronicles their 40-year odyssey to promoting the Caribbean beat. Comment

Brooklyn Gospel singer releases anti-gun song

Music: Friends of Lady Peachena are giving her an “Amen!” every time she sings her latest recording. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015

Shake-up in Jamaica’s Cabinet

Jamaica: Jamaica Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller has announced a shake-up in her Cabinet effective Nov. 9. Comment

US, Jamaica sign immigration memo

Jamaica: The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) says it has signed a memorandum of cooperation with Jamaica’s Ministry of National Security of Jamaica to enhance their ability to share records containing immigration and criminal histories of Jamaican nationals being repatriated from the United States. Comment

A blame-game farce from T&T Opposition

Trinidad and Tobago: There’s a farce underway among some of the players who, until quite recently, strutted the Trinidad and Tobago landscape not only like they owned the place, but like they would continue to do so till kingdom come. Comment

DIVERSITY ABSENT IN HOLLYWOOD

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Spike Lee told an audience of entertainment luminaries that it’s easier for a black person to become President of the United States than head of a Hollywood studio or network. Comment

US crushes SVG soccer team

St Vincent: The St. Vincent and the Grenadines national football (soccer) team had some glimmer of hope of beating the might United States Friday night in the qualifying stage of their World Cup campaign, but that hope quickly evaporated with a sound thrashing, 6-1, before over 43,000 fans at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Comment

Grenada apiary wins gold award

Grenada: Eden Apiaries, a boutique organic apiary from the Caribbean island of Grenada, won the highly coveted Medal of Ukraine which is awarded to the best honey in the world outside of the British Isles at the 84th National Honey Show held in London from Oct. 29 - Oct. 31. Comment

How to ensure people get end-of-life healthcare they want

Viewpoints: My mom paid a painful price for not completing an advance directive about her preferences for end-of-life medical care. She was an intelligent and organized woman who had everything in her and my dad’s life planned out and written down. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015

A tale of forbidden love set in the fifties

Movies: Carol Aird (Cate Blanchett) is a socialite in the midst of a bitter divorce. Her husband, Harge (Kyle Chandler), is making it difficult, since he still loves her and can’t quite understand why she wants out of the marriage. Comment

Strahan’s inspiration to boost your confidence

Books: Every day, you make countless little choices. Get outta bed or go back to sleep? What’s for breakfast? Blue tie or black shirt? Which project first, what’s for lunch, dinner, after dinner, what to watch, read, discuss? Comment

Economic slowdown threatening progress

Viewpoints: ROME, Nov. 11, 2015 (IPS) - Slower economic growth since 2008, and especially with the commodity price collapse since the end of last year, threatens to reverse the exceptional half-decade before the financial crash when growth in the South stayed ahead of the North. From 2002, many developing countries – including some of the poorest– had been growing much faster after a quarter century of stagnation in Africa, for example. Comment

Monday, Nov. 16, 2015

UNC leader faces challenge

Former Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Kamla Persad-Bissessar is facing a strong challenge to retain her post as leader of the United National Congress on Dec. 5 from one of her deputy political leader and a former UNC senator. Comment

New SVG Diaspora sporting, cultural ambassadors elated

St Vincent: The newly-appointed St. Vincent and the Grenadines sports and cultural ambassadors in the United States have expressed elation, saying they are honored to accept the roles bestowed on them by the government. Comment

Garth Fagan celebrates 45 years at the Joyce Theater

The Garth Fagan Dance Company is known for choreography that blends Fagan’s Afro-Caribbean roots, jazz and modern dance’s innovative spirit and ballet’s grace. All were in full effect during the company’s annual visit to New York from it’s upstate home for a winter season at the Joyce Theater, Nov. 3 – 8. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Censored Voices (Unrated) Middle East documentary questioning the supposed heroism of Israeli soldiers who fought in ‘67 war won in just six days. Featuring long-suppressed interviews with veterans recorded by kibbutzniks. (In Hebrew with subtitles) Comment

Scientists map genetic history of humans in the Caribbean

Trinidad and Tobago: In the island chain called the Lesser Antilles, stretching from the Virgin Islands south to Trinidad and Tobago, a team of United States researchers led by Theodore Schurr, an anthropology professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Arts & Sciences, is solving a generations-old mystery: Do indigenous communities still exist in the Caribbean region today? Comments (1)

Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015

Dance pioneer donates archives to Columbia University

Arthur Mitchell, the pioneer ballet dancer, artistic director and choreographer who, in the 1950s, became the first African American principal dancer with the New York City Ballet was celebrated at Columbia University Oct. 27 and 28. Comment

Salute to Reggae pioneers

Music: The Coalition to Preserve Reggae honored three persons during its 11th annual Reggae Culture Salute on Saturday, Nov. 7 at Nazareth Regional High School Performance Center in East Flatbush Brooklyn. The awardees were artistes Warrior King and Ansel Cridland and co-founder of VP Records Pat Chin. Comment

Windies head coach reinstated

Sports: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has reinstated Phil Simmons as head coach of the West Indies cricket team after he was suspended last month. Comment

Baha Men unleashed

Music: Baha Men’s “Who Let The Dogs Out” is a battle cry at athletic events, the perfect song to get the body moving, family friendly for all to enjoy, but is not the sum of the Bahamian band. Comment

Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015

Vincentians go to the polls on Dec. 9

St Vincent: Ending months of speculation about the election date, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves says Vincentians will go to the polls in fresh general elections on Dec. 9. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Venezuela: Two Antiguans, Omarie Banjamin, 27, and Sheba Charles, 27 were arrested on arrival at London’s Gatwick International Airport with cocaine concealed in their luggage. Comment

Guyana Consulate outreach comes to Brooklyn

Guyana: Jacquelyn Hamer, newly appointed deputy consul general of Guyana to New York, said she was pleased with the huge response the diplomatic office received at its first outreach program in Ozone Park, Queens, on Nov. 7. Comment

Democrats still asleep at the wheel

It needs be said again that whoever bears ultimate responsibility for charting the political course of the national Democratic Party is doing an altogether lousy job. Comment

Friday, Nov. 13, 2015

Adams unveils vision for Brooklyn War Memorial

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, and the Cadman Park Conservancy unveiled a vision for a renovated Brooklyn War Memorial and Cadman Plaza Park. Comment

Bahamas fails in UN bid

Bahamas: Bahamas has failed in its attempt to become the first English-speaking Caribbean nation to sit on the United Nations Human Rights Council. Comment

ISIS reaches the Caribbean: Report

Since its emergence in Syria and Iraq, the extremist group of Islamic State (ISIS) has been expanding to reach several countries including Egypt, Libya, Ethiopia, some of the former Soviet republics and recently the Caribbean, according to reports emanating from Istanbul, Turkey. Comment

Crown Heights Lions honor professionals

Melissa Torres, district governor of the Lions Club, told members of the Crown Heights Lions Club, special guests and honorees that the club is dedicated to giving back to the less fortunate, seniors, youth and the visually impaired, while spreading its outreach to every aspect of the community. Comment

Local stars compete for scholarship

Arts & Theater: The Stars of New York Dance competition is not your usual competitive dance show. The stars are celebrities you often rub elbows with on the train and the professional dancers may have witnessed your skills in tights once upon a time. Comment

Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015

Veterans deserve our gratitude, support: Bichotte

Brooklyn: As America celebrated Veteran’s Day on Wednesday, Brooklyn Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte says the nation’s veterans deserve more gratitude and support. Comment

GOALS GALORE

Sports: The MLS post-season is living up to its ‘exciting’ billing as the games are giving the fans much excitement. As it should, the level of play in the postseason has been tremendously accelerated with a dose of intensity as all four games last Sunday produced lots of goals Comment

WIND OF CHANGE BLOWING

Trinidad and Tobago: Just in the past three weeks alone, two Caribbean Community nations held general elections, a third is set to hold one in less than a month’s time and once the new year breaks, all bets are off as to which party will form Jamaica’s next government. Comment

Communities collaborate for youth programs

Music: The call for action to save our communities from senseless gun violence has been answered by Monique Waterman, celebrating the official opening of East Flatbush Village center on Nov. 5 on Clarkson Avenue between Nostrand and New York avenues. Comment

Magnificent Martinique warms up the ‘Apple’

Travel: The Martinique Promotion Bureau is making a strong push to attract U.S. travelers this winter by hosting its annual Martinique Magnifique Travel Show in five key markets New York, Boston, Baltimore, Washington, DC, and Miami the end of last month. Comment

Tottenville swamps Erasmus

Sports: The loss that ended Erasmus Hall’s regular season is a microcosm for the team’s struggles this year. Comment

Vincentian group honors three for independence

St Vincent: The Philadelphia-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Organization of Pennsylvania, Inc. (SVGOP) on Saturday night honored two individuals and a group for their exemplary service to the community at a gala banquet marking the nation’s 36th anniversary of political independence. Comment

Buffalo Soldiers keep peace in the West

Books: Your family is filled with people to whom you look up. There’s Grandpa, who served in the war. Grandma, who raised many children with little money. Your uncle, another veteran overseas; and both your parents, who keep you fed and safe. You look up to all of them but imagine how high you’d have to look if they were on horseback, and then read “Buffalo Soldiers: Heroes of the American West” by Brynn Baker. Comment

West Indies need three separate captains

Sports: The unsettled state of West Indies cricket dictates that multiple changes are necessary for their recovery. Apart from the problems within the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the bad selection policy of its selectors, the West Indies players should have performed much better in Sri Lanka in the Test and One-Day International (ODI) games. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015

Eliminating Malaria in the Americas: An opportunity we cannot afford to miss

Viewpoints: UNITED NATIONS, Nov 3 2015 (IPS) - An issue mostly associated with Africa and Asia, malaria may not initially come to mind when we think of the Americas. Comment

Raising minimum wage is smart business and smart politics

Viewpoints: Raising the minimum wage makes good business sense whether you are a Republican, Democrat or Independent. It should not be a partisan issue. Comment

Love blossoms among the homeless

It’s probably a hard-sell when you choose to make any film, let alone a romance, revolving around the homeless. After all, in real life, most of us avoid interacting with them at all costs. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015

Caribbean agriculture looks to cope with climate change

Environment: BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Nov. 6, 2015 (IPS) - Climate change represents a clear and growing threat to food security in the Caribbean with differing rainfall patterns, water scarcity, heat stress and increased climatic variability making it difficult for farmers to meet demand for crops and livestock. Comment

Fusion East offers community new dining option

Food: If long wait times and food chains are your thing, Gateway Mall features endless options for a fine dining experience. To offer a different experience that reflects the community’s tastes, Andrew Walcott – an attorney-at-law and certified public accountant – opened Fusion East, a Caribbean and soul food restaurant, just a short month ago. Comments (3)

Monday, Nov. 9, 2015

Democrats dominate Election Day 2015

People: Queens, state committeewoman Scherie S. Murray has already conceded that while Republicans rule the state, Democrats control the city. The Republican District Leader lost her bid Tuesday, to join upstate legislators in Albany by representing the 29th Assembly District. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Antigua Chairman of the Antigua Hotels and Tourism Association (AHTA), Alex DeBrito, is calling for better monitoring, supervision and more demands on hotel investors to ensure the industry maintains a high standard. Comment

Three-nation cricket tourney

Grenada: The Caribbean will host two of the world’s leading cricket teams — Australia and South Africa — in a three-nation One-Day International tournament in June next year. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: All Rise (Unrated) Legal argument documentary following the fortunes of seven law students from seven different countries (Palestine, Israel, Uganda, Jamaica, Russia, India and Singapore) as they compete in the world’s largest moot court competition staged in Washington, DC . Comment

Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015

First Haitian American elected civil court judge in NY

Haiti: Lawyer Dweynie Esther Paul created history Tuesday night by becoming the first Haitian American to be elected as a New York State civil court judge. Comment

BULLS DEFEAT UNITED

Sports: WASHINGTON (AP) _ New York’s Dax McCarty scored in the 72nd minute to give the Red Bulls a 1-0 win at D.C. United on Sunday in the first leg of their Major League Soccer Eastern Conference semifinal series. Comment

Alandon sees growth in his music

Music: It’s been quite the year for Jamaican native Alandon. The reggae artist has increased his visibility, switched up his musical approach, and is working tirelessly to drop his upcoming album at the top of 2016. Comment

‘Jamaican Mafia’ to stream on web on Black Friday

Movies: Anticipation is growing for the Black Friday release of the action, gangster film “Jamaican Mafia.” Slated to open at Carib 5 Theater in Kingston, the film will simultaneously host a global premiere on the worldwide web on Nov. 27, the day after Thanksgiving when Americans annually swarm into stores in search of bargains. Comment

All-time biggest Caribbean music seller – Dead or alive

Music: MARLEY RANKS 4TH AMONG AFTER-LIFE TOP SELLERS Bob Marley continues to break records. Thirty-four years after his passing, the legendary reggae singer is selling more records than many living. According to Forbes Magazine, the Rastafarian netted $21 million, and is ranked fourth among top money-earners beyond t Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015

SPIKE IN VIOLENT CRIMES

Trinidad and Tobago: Ask most people in Jamaica, Trinidad and Guyana which issue is perhaps uppermost on their minds and the answer could well relate to a visible spike in violent crimes in these key members of the regional trading bloc. Comment

Guyanese wins special election in Canarsie

Guyana: A Guyanese-born legislator has won a special election to fill a Brooklyn seat that was left vacant after Guyanese-American New York State Sen. John L. Sampson was convicted in July of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) in a U.S. federal corruption case. Comments (1)

10 honored for outstanding community service

Brooklyn Assemblyman Nick Perry on Oct. 31 honored 10 community figures for their outstanding contribution, saying that the honor was “very deserving.” Comment

Carson’s GOP misfit status won’t change

Maybe in the normal white heat of conservative chatter he’s regularly contributing in the odious manner we’ve come to expect, but Dick Cheney doesn’t seem to have much of a mainstream presence these days. Comment

TASTE OF HAITIAN CULTURE

Music: Soaking up some of the last bit of good weather, the Haiti Cultural Exchange hosted its first parade showcasing various forms of traditional Haitian performance art. Comment

Calls for vigilance among parents

Brooklyn: Guyanese-born Assemblywoman Roxanne Persaud, who represents the 59th Assembly District in Brooklyn, is calling on parents to keep a watchful eye on their children. “Parents must be vigilant as gun violence grows to epidemic proportions in the New York area,” said the politician. Comment

Rally for Vincy Heat in World Cup campaign

St Vincent: Though many are still yet to render their unflinching support, in one form or the other, Vincentians in the United States are generally rallying around the national football (soccer) team, known as Vincy Heat, as it attempts to beat the mighty U.S. Soccer Team in a FIFA World Cup pre-qualifying match on Friday, Nov. 13. Comment

West Indies must develop ODI strategy

Having quality players in place for the One-Day International does not guarantee winning results. This is so because the West Indies team usually apply a Twenty20 approach to One-Day Cricket and that definitely is the wrong approach. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015

Slain NYPD officer buried in Guyana

The New York police officer who was shot and killed while on duty in the city earlier this month was buried in his native Guyana Saturday in a ceremony attended by dozens of colleague officers, the local city mayor and President David Granger. Comment

Jimmy Jean-Louis, friends supporting education

Haiti: The people who need the most help are the people we don’t see,” says actor Jimmy Jean-Louis (“The Haitian” in Heroes and the lead actor in the film Toussaint Louverture) of the people in the Cadet area in Haiti, deep in the countryside of the Petionville zone. Comment

Ho wins suit against Simmons

Trinidad and Tobago: West Indies cricketer Lendl Simmons who breached the confidentiality of a woman he was having an extra-marital affair by showing sexual photographs to his cricket colleagues was ordered by a High Court judge in Port of Spain, Trinidad to pay her TT$150,000 (US$25,000) in compensation. Comment

Drink Lounge is all about the details

Food: Inside the newest lounge in Crown Heights, it’s all about the details. For dual owners Norman Escoffery and Chadon Charles, their bar creation opened in early June is a reflection of a space they would drink in — equipped with amazing cocktails, great music, and no televisions. Comment

‘Spotlight’ on pedophile priests in Boston

Movies: The Catholic Church has a very checkered past regarding its handling of the rampant molestation of children by the clergy. And Pope Francis recently tarnished that image further by issuing a plenary pardon to any pedophile priests willing to confess their sins. Comment

Ex-Nigerian prez supports P.J.’s open letter on reparations

Former Nigeria President Olusegun Obasanjo has supported an open letter by ex-Jamaica Prime Minister P.J. Patterson denouncing British Prime Minister David Cameron’s failure to apologize for the United Kingdom’s role in the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Comment

Monday, Nov. 2, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Regional carrier LIAT has announced reduced fares between Trinidad and Guyana, along with relaunching its Santo Domingo service. Passengers traveling between Trinidad and Guyana can benefit from a 10 percent discount on return fares ranging from the basic to fully flexible. Comment

WIPA applauds West Indies Women

Sports: The West Indies Players Association (WIPA) has congratulated the West Indies Women’s team on their continued outstanding performances. Comment

Jamaica among most business reform countries

Jamaica: The World Bank says Jamaica and Mexico have recorded the most reforms in Latin America and the Caribbean in the last five years, continuing to make big strides to improve their countries’ business climate Comment

Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015

Jarrett Neal writes about the gay community

Books: Some days, it seems as though you have SuperPowers. That must be the explanation for being unseen. That’s why there are days when nobody looks at you. There’s no acknowledgment that you exist. You’re suddenly Invisible Man, and in the new book “What Color is Your Hoodie? Essays on Black Gay Identity” by Jarrett Neal, the reason is not so transparent. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015

Raising revenues must be central goal of budget talks

Viewpoints: The recent federal budget agreement was a missed opportunity. It is good news that conservative ideologues did not force another government shutdown and that some deep cuts to critical services were avoided. Comment

US congratulates SVG on Independence Anniversary

St Vincent: The United States has extended congratulations to the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines on their 36th year of political independence. Comment

David Hinds, Sister Carol to be feted at Rasta Banquet

Music: Two of reggae music’s most devout proponents will be lauded by Diaspora African Rastafari Congress (DARC) on Nov. 8 when the inaugural Ethiophile banquet hosts a banquet commemorating the crowning of Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I. Comment

Friday, Oct. 30, 2015

NYPD descend on Guyana for funeral

Guyana: More than 100 New York Police Department officials arrived in Guyana late Thursday for the funeral of murdered officer Randolph Holder. Comment

The West vote for a better yesterday

Viewpoints: ROME, Oct. 29, 2015 (IPS) - The recent elections in Switzerland and Poland are good indicators of what will happen elsewhere in Europe, with this irresistible growing wave of refugees. But let us first make some crucial considerations. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Barista (Unrated) Coffee documentary chronicling the competition among entrants in the National Barista Championship to brew the best cup of java. I Comment

Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015

HOLDER’S FINAL FUNERAL RITES

Guyana: Caught off guard by the announcement that slain NYPD officer Randolph Holder would be buried in his native Guyana this Saturday, government and officials at Guyana’s City Hall are scrambling to spruce up Georgetown’s main cemetery in time for Saturday’s internment of the five-year veteran. Comment

NYC ‘Fair Chance’ hiring law takes effect

New York: New Yorkers with conviction histories and their advocates rallied in Brooklyn Tuesday morning to celebrate the Fair Chance Act, a new law that went into effect that day. Comment

Another likely exit from GOP circus

Viewpoints: In this long-running circus that is the Republicans’ search for a 2016 presidential nominee, many things in the process haven’t been breaking right for the party. Not least is the continued presence of a guy whose position at the top in the polling of Republican voters should rightly be an insult to the intelligence of the overall American electorate Comment

Sri Lanka defeats West Indies 2-0

Sports: Some outstanding bowling performances by Sri Lanka’s left arm spinners Milinda Siriwardana and Rangana Herath, created havoc for the West Indies batsmen throughout the two-Test series. Comment

SVG advocates receive NY independence honors

St Vincent: The Brooklyn-based umbrella Vincentian group in the United States, Council of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Organizations, U.S.A., Inc. (COSAGO) on Sunday honored two stalwart community advocates for their exemplary service to the Vincentian community in the Diaspora and at home. Comment

Good Samaritan brings life back to Nazareth

Brooklyn: This is the story of Nazareth Regional High School in Brooklyn, New York. Nazareth has been a part of the East Flatbush community for over fifty years in which they have been actively educating immigrants in the area who started out as Irish and Italians and as time progressed mostly Caribbean and of the Caribbean diaspora. Comment

Restoration raises funds during its gala

Last week, the tony Four Seasons Restaurant was the hub where 400 leaders from New York’s financial, art, theatrical, philanthropic, political, and non-profit worlds came out to support — at $1,000 a ticket — the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. Monies raised from the annual benefit gala help enable the many community-centered programs of the nation’s first community development corporation. Comment

Caribbean Airlines adjust to compete in market

Leisure travel with Caribbean Airlines has become much more attractive to seasoned travel professionals who were promised superior reservations service, state-of-the-art aircraft and an updated frequent flyer miles program — as CAL repositions itself to compete with larger carriers plying the Caribbean route. Comment

Caribbean nationals grieve again

Guyana: Here we go again. Pained, disheartened and grieving, the Caribbean community is once again mourning the loss of a devoted and favorite son. That Randolph Holder migrated from Guyana to live, work and raise a child in New York City is a footnote to his 33 years and the fact he joined the NYPD to serve adds another supplement to the tragic loss of a citizen of worth. Comment

B’klyn cagers lead the way

Two basketball players at Seton Hall University of South Orange, New Jersey have known each other for a long time and have similar back grounds. No, they are not from New Jersey, nor did they play at the same schools. Comment

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015

BOWMAN RETAINS CROWN

Music: With clearly less controversy that had bedeviled the inaugural New York Vincy Independence Calypso Competition last year, Dennis Bowman, perennial finalist in the national calypso competition in Vincy Mas, Friday night re-captured the New York Vincy Independence Calypso crown. Comment

People-powered data set to transform dull statistics

Viewpoints: JOHANNESBURG, Oct 26 2015 (IPS) - You probably didn’t notice it was World Statistics Day last week because, let’s be honest, statistics don’t have the most exciting reputation. Thankfully, I have a feeling this is about to change, big time. Comment

REGGAE CULTURE SALUTE

Music: The Board of Directors of the Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music, Inc., (CPR) has announced the full lineup of artists to perform at the 11th annual Reggae Culture Salute on Saturday, Nov. 7 at Nazareth Regional High School Performance Center, 475 East 57th St., Brooklyn, New York from 8 pm to 1 am. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Armor of Light (PG-13 for mature themes and brief profanity) Pro-life documentary about an anti-abortion Evangelical minister who comes to question the wisdom of his pro-gun stance in the face of the proliferation of Stand Your Ground laws. Comment

Wall Street’s First Black Millionaire

Books: “Prince of Darkness: The Untold Story of Jeremiah Hamilton, Wall Street’s First Black Millionaire” by Shane White Comment

Media consultants embark on dirty tricks in Bolivia

Movies: In 2002, Gonzalo “Goni” Sanchez de Lozada, a candidate for the presidency of Bolivia, found himself floundering in the polls with just a few months to go to election day. Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015

Haitians vote in tense presidential election

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Haitian voters faced a ballot featuring more than 50 presidential candidates on Sunday as they selected a leader they hope might be able to lift the nation out of poverty and turbulence. Comment

Eugene denounces anti-Haitian job posting

Haiti: Brooklyn Councilmember Dr. Mathieu Eugene has strongly denounced what he regards as “a hateful job posting” in a New York publication that specifically excludes individuals who are Haitian. Comment

Williams hosts co-naming of streets

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane D. Williams last Saturday was joined by State Assemblyman N. Nick Perry, Catherine McAuley High School alumni and more than 100 community members during a ceremony to co-name East 37th Street and Foster Avenue in Brooklyn “Catherine McAuley High School Way.” Comment

CRICKET ICONS AT PLAY

Sports: NEW YORK CITY (Oct. 6, 2015) – Global cricket icons Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne will headline a star-studded lineup of renowned cricket players from around the world in the inaugural “Cricket All-Stars,” a three-game series in New York City, Houston and Los Angeles. The historic tour marks the first time these legends have played in the U.S., and also renews the famous rivalry between “Master Blaster” Tendulkar and “King of Spin” Warne. Comment

Vrinda Jagan finds her own niche

Guyana: The name ‘Jagan’ is synonymous with a long legacy of politics in Guyana and even though the epithet opened doors for Vrinda S. Jagan, Esq, a general practitioner, she is confident that clients now seek her services because of the trust she has built up in the Guyanese and Caribbean community. Comment

Caribbean Airlines win travel award

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago state-owned Caribbean Airlines Limited (CAL) has won the “Caribbean’s Leading Airline” for the fifth time at the recent annual World Travel Awards held at Sandals Emerald Bay Golf, Tennis & Spa Resort Great Exuma, Bahamas. Comment

Samuels’ bowling still suspect

Sports: West Indies off-spinner Marlon Samuels has been reported for the third time in seven years for a suspected bowling action. Comment

Healthy plant based food for the community

Food: How many plants find their way onto your dinner plate? We all love a balanced dish of rice and peas, macaroni pie, and some sort of chicken but what about that daily dose of vegetable packed with the nutrients to keep our bodies healthy? Comment

Monday, Oct. 26, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Venezuela: Venezuela’s state-owned oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA will buy a 25 percent stake in Antigua and Barbuda West Indies Oil Company as the first of many “joint investments” between both countries. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015

Williams chairs hearing on bicycles in NYC buildings

Brooklyn: New York City Council’s Committee on Housing and Buildings, chaired by Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane D. Williams last held a hearing to consider three pieces of legislation on bicycles in office buildings and elevator violations. Comment

Hakka Chinese Hail Lee — Jamaica’s Dragon

Reportedly, there are 800 million Hakka-Chinese descendants from China residing all over the world. But until last Friday, there has not been a single Hakka Caribbean national to receive the coveted Walking Buddha Achievement Award. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015

US visa scam busted

Lester Smith, the technical director of the Grenada Football Association (GFA) was charged with five counts of forgery, four counts of possession of forged documents and one count of conspiracy to forge. Comment

Guerilla ‘Nanny’ developed art of war

Movies: “Queen Nanny – Legendary Maroon Chieftainess,” the 59-minute document which premiered at the United Nations on Jamaica’s National Heroes Day on Oct. 19, furthered the quest for definitive history about Nanny, a fighter, leader and soldier who led an all-male army through inhospitable terrain in Jamaica and in the end beat the British at their best to emerge the only female among seven heroes of Jamaica. Comment

Toast of Brooklyn in its seventh year

Food: The annual Toast of Brooklyn Food and Wine festival slated for Nov. 6 & 7 will for the first time include a farmer’s market, approved by the New York Department of Agriculture that would allow vintners to sell their products at the event. Comment

New author pens book on karma

Books: There is a popular saying, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” and many children are taught the value of practicing kindness, especially to those who are weaker than they are. Comment

Chef Thomas’ unconventional approach to food

Food: Through food, we have the ability to travel to various countries and sample their cultures without ever boarding a plane. Chef Cindy Thomas welcomes cultures to clash through inventive recipes such as Asian inspired spring rolls filled ackee and saltfish. Comment

Friday, Oct. 23, 2015

Adams, Williams mourn death of Guyanese NYPD officer

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams have joined residents of Brooklyn and all of New York City in mourning the death of Guyanese-born New York Police Department (NYPD) Officer Randolph Holder, who was fatally shot in the line of duty Tuesday night. Comment

Free steelpan classes offered in Brooklyn

Music: The eagerness on the faces of young pan enthusiast was evident, as the children of Caribbean nationals practiced under the watchful eye of 24-year-old instructor Ashley Murray, an arranger and former captain of her Tobago High School Steel Pan group. Comments (1)

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