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Carib economies to grow by 1.6 percent

Caribbean: The United Nations’ Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) says Caribbean economies will grow by just 1.6 percent next year. Comment

Trini doctors make medical history

Three Trinidad and Tobago doctors created medical history when they removed an eight-pound tumor from a 52-year-old man at the Southern Medical Clinic, San Fernando recently. Comment

Steven Baboun captures ‘Humans of Haiti’

Arts & Theater: What should a Haitian look like? A Jamaican? These types of questions are only reality due to stereotypical references plastered in mainstream media such as movies or television shows. Comment


Music: Having a great time was the mood at Haiti Cultural Exchange’s recent year-end party that turned its home base Five Myles Gallery into a “Speak Easy.” Comment

New co-sharing office space

Brooklyn: Entrepreneurs rejoice! All those tired of working in their pajamas now have a space to call their office home in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. Comment

Guyana approves US tax evasion bill

Guyana: Guyana’s parliament has approved new legislation allowing authorities to share commercial banking information of Guyanese and American citizens with the U.S. Inland Revenue Service as the Caribbean Community member nation becomes the latest of its regional neighbors to comply with a new U.S. anti tax evasion law designed to trap hidden overseas holdings. Comment

Samuels faces bowling ban

West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels has been banned from bowling for one year by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after undergoing a test for his bowling action. Comment

A new Tree House in Brooklyn

Food: Bedstuy’s newest hangout spot is celebrating the rich cultures inhabiting the neighborhood. Taking you on a tour of Africa, to Asia, and even making stops in the Caribbean, Tree House BK is mashing together flavors they love and representative of their neighborhood. Comments (1)

Just-win Jets top Cowboys 19-16

Sports: ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Ryan Fitzpatrick lacked the efficiency he showed in propelling the New York Jets to three straight wins. Randy Bullock missed an extra point and a field goal. The offense botched a few short-yardage situations. Comment


Sports: The Portland Timbers are a most worthy MLS champion! The five-year-old MLS franchise won its first ever title, MLS Cup, in dramatic fashion, when it defeated host Columbus Crew, 2-1, at MAPFRE Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 6. Comment

Christmas treat for Vincentian kids

St Vincent: Hundreds of Vincentian kids and their parents Sunday evening were treated to a special Christmas treat at the ninth annual party organized by a prominent Vincentian shipping concern, friends and community groups in Brooklyn. Comment

Guyana Mission hosts luncheon for diplomats

Guyana: His Excellency George Talbot said that the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Guyana to the United Nations had a momentous year, and praised staff members for working beyond the call of duty with expectations that were beyond the capacity of the Guyana government. Comment

Grammy 2016 announces Reggae surprises

Music: The anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor was a disaster to many reggae music insiders hoping their names would be among contenders for the 58th annual Grammy awards slated for February. Comment

Coverage overkill of one guy’s campaign

National: Maybe it’s too much to expect that some of the media organizations committed to a 24 / 7 concentration on the buffoonery of the leading GOP presidential contender, would have the fortitude to acknowledge how much they’re responsible for the current “laughing stock” phase that has laid siege to politics in America. Comment

Appy Holidays: Send joy to the world…for free

Business: It is almost the 11th hour to make it to stores and still find bargains. However, last minute shoppers can relax with the comfort of delivering on-time, affordable gifts to friends and family members considered worthy of holiday cheer and it will not cost one penny to invest and deliver. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Trade Ministers from the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) recently attended the l0th Ministerial Conference (MC10) of the World trade Organization (WTO) which was held in Nairobi, Kenya. Comment

Clarke: Justice Scalia’s remarks deeply troubling

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke says she’s “deeply troubled” by remarks made by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia during the oral argument for Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, “which could result in a decision invalidating programs intended to increase diversity at college and universities.” Comment

New book blends calypso and noir

Books: Literary genres go far beyond the simple fiction and nonfiction. Every day, an author is experimenting with new ways to combine themes that on the surface level seem worlds apart. Comment

Folklorist writes about Wordsworth McAndrew

The late Wordsworth McAndrew was an eloquent folklorist, storyteller and poet in the history of Guyana’s cultural life. “Mac” as he was fondly referred to in every corner, evoked the true emotion of Guyanese creole with his stirring “Ol’ Heigue” that became the most performed poem for many years. Comment
Media: Fans of the documentarian won’t want to miss the controversial director’s lively conversation on Community News Group’s Brooklyn Paper Radio at 4:30 pm. Comment

What’s next for the U.S. after the Paris Climate Agreement?

Viewpoints: Well before the final negotiations of the COP21 climate talks in Paris, business was already making a big difference on the ground. Comment
People: NEW YORK (AP) _ A sprawling U.S. bribery prosecution that has scandalized soccer’s governing body took another step forward on Tuesday, with the former president of Honduras and a former FIFA vice president pleading not guilty at their first court appearance and authorities announcing that two other defendants would be extradited to face charges as well. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 45 Years (R for profanity and brief sexuality) Marital crisis drama about a couple (Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay) whose 45th anniversary party plans are jeopardized by the discovery of the corpse of his girlfriend missing more than a half-century. With Geraldine James, Dolly Wells and Hannah Chalmers. Comment


Not many in the 15-nation Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are talking about it but there is mounting disquiet in the region about the very strong possibility that Venezuela’s opposition-controlled Congress may well alter or even pull the plug on the PetroCaribe concession oil deal which has been available to member states for the past decade. Comment

Historic swearing in at Borough Hall

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams on Tuesday helped members of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) swear in 48 new American citizens, hailing from 28 different nations, at the first-ever naturalization ceremony held at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Comments (1)


Music: The temperatures might not be frightful, but the sounds and sights of Christmas have enveloped New York. From the holiday-themed Macy’s windows to the banners streamed across Flatbush Avenue, Christmas is indeed in the air. Comment

Calypso Rose shares Gospel

Music: Organizers have described as very successful a recent gospel concert in Grenada to help raise much-needed funds for the Methodist Church. Comment

Kwanzaa Fest appeals to millennials

Music: Throughout the city, communities are coming together to celebrate the holidays — Christmas tree lightings, Hanukah celebrations, and Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation is ensuring Kwanza is also represented. Comment

Vincy group honors 5 outstanding women

St Vincent: In keeping with this year’s theme, “Women Who Empower Our Nation,” the Internet-based group VincyCares, Inc. on Saturday night honored five outstanding Vincentian women during its 6th Anniversary Dinner / Dance on at the Friends of Crown Heights Center in Brooklyn. Comment

Celebrating Hanukkah, Christmas & Kwanzaa

Arts & Theater: More than any other month, December offers an opportunity to practice three significant rituals that truly display the diversity of this city and the people who drive the annual holiday traditions honoring Hanukah, Christmas and Kwanzaa. Comment

WICB backs Sunil Narine

Sports: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) is throwing its support behind mystery off-spinner Sunil Narine who was banned from bowling in international cricket because of an illegal action. Comment

Carib American joins battle against gun violence

Queens: A first generation Caribbean American is not preoccupied with the Islamist rebels recent or largest attacks. Nor is he directing his attention to the U.S. military failed attempt to capture hostages in Yemen, due to a delayed effort. Comment


Arts & Theater: The gallery Rio III is one of three galleries that are part of Broadway Housing Communities in Washington Heights. These galleries integrate opportunities for cultural activities into community housing. Comment
Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Protesters have streamed into the capital’s streets in recent weeks in sometimes violent rallies to back opposition demands for an independent recount of the first round of Haiti’s presidential vote and immediate changes to an electoral council. Comment

Miss World Guyana wins Talent Competition

Music: The Guyanese community was thrown in a frenzy, when Guyanese contestant Lisa Punch won the talent competition at the Miss World 2015 pageant in Sanya, China, after reaching the top 13 among more than 100 contestants from around the world. Comment

Scalia again looks to reverse progress

Viewpoints: We all know that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is the conservative rock of the court. But he is oftentimes acknowledged to be something of a scholar as well. And to some of us it cannot but register a bit odd that an allegedly scholarly guy, regardless of where he’s anchored ideologically, could get it so uniformly wrong with respect to issues intended to effect darkness-to-light modifications of the country’s social fabric. Comment
West Indies suffered its worst defeat to Australia in 84 years when the team crashed to an embarrassing innings defeat and 212 runs loss inside three days last week. Comment

The struggle of black firefighters in New York

Books: Chestnuts roasting on an open fire seem so cozy. Just humming that tune warms you up, right? Roaring flames on hearth or sand always seem welcoming, even romantic — except when they go out of control. And as for the person who puts out a fire like that, as you’ll see in “Firefight” by Ginger Adams Otis, flames aren’t all they battle. Comment


SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ Christen Press scored three goals after entering the game as a second-half substitute and the United States defeated Trinidad and Tobago 6-0 in an exhibition at the Alamodome on Thursday night. Comment
Food: There’s more to Caribbean cuisine than just rice and peas. St. Lucian born Chef Shorne Benjamin is going against the popular rice grains to prove just that with his modern take on Caribbean-infused dishes. Comment
Guyana: Deputy Consul-General of Guyana to New York, Mrs. Jacquelyn Hamer is calling on Guyanese who have not collected their passports dating back to 2009, to contact the consulate’s 308 W 38th Street New York city location, urgently, during the hours of 9 am to 3 pm, Monday to Friday. Comment

Eddie Redmayne delivers Oscar-quality act

Movies: In 2015, Eddie Redmayne won the Best Actor Oscar for his poignant portrayal of Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything.” While Eddie earned the picture’s only Oscar, he really owed a debt of gratitude to Hawking as well as his nominated co-star Felicity Jones. Comment

Women debased during Vincentian electioneering

St Vincent: A prominent Vincentian community advocate and educator in New York has lamented what she views as the negative image being portrayed of women, saying that they emerged on the “losing side” of recent electioneering in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment

Queens community prepares for a disaster

Queens: To a predominantly Caribbean and African-American packed room at The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York in Queens, N.Y., U.S. Army National Guard Sergeant Teri said emphatically that, “A disaster is going to happen.” Technical, national and man-made disasters were the three forms of catastrophes he highlighted. Comment

Retirement unlikely option for most people

Viewpoints: Dec. 9, 2015 (IPS) - Pensionable retirement ages and government pension programs have been established for men and women in countries around the world. Nevertheless, retirement remains an unlikely option for most people. Comment
GEORGETOWN, GUYANA, Dec. 4, 2015 (IPS) - Mrs. Doodnauth is being interviewed about the fact that the effects of climate change are what led the family to abandon their home and farmlands in the Mahaica Creek and relocate to an area identified by the authorities. She was clear climate change was not the reason.- “And what’s the reason?” Comment
Antigua: ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Dec. 5,2015 (IPS) - Antiguan Veronica Yearwood no longer panics when she hears that the rainfall forecast for the tiny Caribbean island is again lower than average rainfall. Comment

Electoral Mission congratulates St. Vincent on ‘successful elections’

St Vincent: Even as the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) protests the result of Wednesday’s general elections in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the Electoral Observation Mission (EOM) of the Organization of American States (OAS) has congratulated the nation on what it described as “successful elections.” Comment
Suriname: PARIS, France, Dec 9 2015 (IPS) - Suriname’s coastline is eroding so quickly scientists predict the country’s maze of mangroves could disappear in just 30 years unless there is urgent action on climate change. Comment

Permanently support families, not corporate tax giveaways

Viewpoints: Temporary lapses of judgment can be corrected. Permanent mistakes are harder to fix. Congress is poised to offer very costly permanent tax giveaways to powerful corporations. It is also considering renewing more modest tax credits that encourage work and support millions of low-wage workers and their children. Comment

Construction costs and the price of carbon

Environment: As the owner of a construction company, I’m angry that politicians say we can’t do anything about climate change because it would hurt business. From my perspective, not doing enough about climate change is already hurting business — and will do much more damage in the future. Comment

Bichotte advocates for minority and women-owned business enterprises

By Nelson A. King Brooklyn Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte has joined her State Legislative colleagues in advocating for minority and women-owned business enterprises. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Agricultural officials are pushing for heightened biosecurity on poultry farms across the region in a bid to prevent avian influenza — better known as bird flu — from wiping out the multimillion poultry industry. Comment

T&T court declares Kareem Ibrahim a terrorist

Trinidad and Tobago: The Trinidad and Tobago High court in a historic ruling has declared Trinidadian Kareem Ibrahim a terrorist. Ibrahim was convicted in the United States and sentenced to life imprisonment in 2012 for plotting to blow up the John F Kennedy Airport in New York. Comment
Movies: Marcus Mosiah Garvey, undeniably the Caribbean’s most acclaimed cultural icon will be celebrated cinematically when his life story is featured on the big-screen next year. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Emperor’s New Clothes (Unrated) Russell Brand stars in this class conscious expose examining the wealth gap between the rich and poor exacerbated by the global financial collapse of 2008. Comment

A Caribbean emergency rescue mission, reported by Prez Carter

Books: In this Caribbean venue of Haiti in 1994, there was an emergency. In Haiti, the elected leader Jean-Bertrand Aristide had been in exile in 1991. General Raoul Cedras was the replacement leader. Three years later, President Clinton wanted Aristide to return to power. Comment

A common-sense deficit about guns

Viewpoints: But for the deadly serious topic he was addressing, it would have been laughable listening to presidential contender Senator Marco Rubio’s convoluted attempt at an explanation of why he and practically the entire Republican Senate caucus voted against the common-sense gun law reform Democrats again sought to get passed right after the San Bernardino massacre. Comment

Deserving Portland is MLS champion

Sports: The Portland Timbers are a most worthy champion! The five year-old franchise won its first ever title, MLS Cup, in dramatic fashion, when it defeated host Columbus Crew, 2-1, at MAPFRE Stadium last Sunday, Dec. 6. Comment

NYC program allows senior citizens to freeze rents

Rising costs and perpetual inflationary increases in living expenses affect almost everyone. However, Americans reliant on a fixed income are often a silent majority quietly struggling to stay above the fray. Comment

Citizens’ Safety Day takes guns off streets

Brooklyn: Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson says two important community-based initiatives on Saturday were successful in helping residents dispose of unwanted guns and get rid of outstanding warrants stemming from summonses for minor offenses. Comment

Vincy group holds successful fundraiser

St Vincent: The Bronx-based St. Matthias Charities Inc. recently held its 4th annual fundraising Prayer Breakfast at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment

Jets’ Revis feeling better

Jets’ Revis feeling better

Sports: NEW YORK (AP) _ Darrelle Revis could be getting closer to a return. The New York Jets cornerback is still in the NFL’s concussion protocol, but coach Todd Bowles says Revis is feeling a lot better’’ after missing his second straight game. Comment

British cash for Caribbean projects

Jamaica: British Prime Minister David Cameron has announced a £5.6 million cash injection to help improve fishing, tourism and shipping in the Caribbean and other countries. Comment
Music: With just a little more than 12 days of Christmas registering with procrastinators that missed out on bargains promoted for shopping on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday and the various cyber seconds and thirds that followed last week, Braata Productions is offering an exciting and colorful taste of a traditional Caribbean Christmas. Comment

Gonsalves retains power in SVG

St Vincent: In a very close general election, the incumbent Unity Labor Party (ULP) of Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves has been returned to power in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: One by one, governments in the 15-nation Caribbean Community are beginning to complain about full blown or creeping economic recession brought on in part by weak international and commodity prices and foreign exchange shortages especially those which are dependent on oil and primary commodities such as bauxite and unrefined gold. Comment


Music: The iconic Caribbean-American folk group, Quake USA Cultural Organization (Quake USA), is comprised mainly of seasoned cultural ambassadors, who have been gracing international stages since the early 1980s, when they began performing as the founding members of Spice Island Youthquake (SIY), a premier cultural institution in the Caribbean, of Grenadian origin. Comment

Showcasing Haiti’s creatives

Music: Artists have the ability to maintain a particularly community’s identity and for Haitian artists, one particular photo documentary series is providing them a platform to be celebrated. Comment

Digital Art Gallery brings artists in one space

Arts & Theater: Art is no longer contained to galleries and museums; we can thank social media for that. Artists now put their art for a display that is never taken down through Instagram, personal websites, and other platforms. Comment


Sports: COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ The Portland Timbers had a plan to attack early in their first MLS Cup appearance. They didn’t expect it to work to perfection so quickly. Comment

More than rum, a tale of slavery

Food: Curl up to a tasty rum-based cocktail, feast on classic European bar bites with a Caribbean twist and indulge on a story of resilience and drive at the newly established Solomon & Kuff. Comment

Queens College Alumni Christmas Flounce

Music: The rich, colorful traditions of the masquerade band, folklore and Guyanese food will take center stage when the Queens College of Guyana Alumni Association NY, hosts its annual Christmas soiree on Friday, Dec. 18. Comment

Grenada’s PM slams WICB prez

Grenada: Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has slammed West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) President Dave Cameron saying he has shown an “amazing level of disrespect” not to meet urgently with CARICOM leaders over the Governance Review Panel report. Comment
Brooklyn: Last Sunday, Dec. 5, little Neimier, a family member of slain NYPD Detective, Randolph Holder flipped the switch at the Seddio family 2015 holiday display, illuminating the corner of Flatlands Avenue and E 90th Street in honor of the fallen hero. Comment

Making the case for Caribbean fishers

Environment: PARIS, Dec. 6, 2015 (IPS) - Horace Walters has made the 6,903km journey from his native St. Lucia to Paris to deliver a simple, yet urgent message to the international community. Comment

Banner year for Medgar Evers College

Brooklyn: Officials say Brooklyn’s predominantly Black Medgar Evers College is having a banner year, with more than $12 million received in commitments towards faculty research and sponsored programs — an all-time record for the college. Comment

Tribute to the patron saint of the poor and dying

Mother Teresa (Juliet Stevenson) was born Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu in Kosovo on Aug. 26, 1910. At the age of 12, she already expressed an interest in becoming a nun in order to minister to the poor in Calcutta. Comment

Narine faces another ban

Caribbean: West Indies mystery spin bowler Sunil Narine was banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) from bowling in international cricket because of an illegal action. Comment

BVI receives support to reduce family violence

Caribbean: The government of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) says it is receiving assistance in its efforts to reduce family violence from the United Nations organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women (UN Women). Comment

Ritzy holiday party for 100 lucky guests

Music: Caribbean Life Impact Award recipient Andrea Bullens of Bullizii Marketing is on to her next big project Comment

Hard road ahead as Trinidad faces recession

Trinidadians and Tobagonians will have to tighten their belts as the country is now in a recession. The Governor of the Central Bank Jawala Rambarran announced that T&T is now officially in recession. The last time T&T faced a recession was in 2009. Comment

Climate change will increase damage, losses in coastal communities

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica, Dec. 4 ,2015 (IPS) - Residents of Rocky Point, a sleepy fishing village on Jamaica’s south coast, woke up one July morning this year to flooded streets and yards. The sea had washed some 200 metres inland, flooding drains and leaving knee-deep water on the streets and inside people’s home, a result of high tides and windy conditions. Comment

Brooklyn College to house Haitian Studies Institute

Haiti: The road to establishing a Haitian Studies Institute housed at Brooklyn College is approaching a successful close. Nearly two years in the works, the proposal to establish the academic-focused institute is being finalized. Comment

Book launch of ‘Gypsy in the Moonlight’

Books: “Gypsy in the Moonlight,” a novel set in Trinidad and Tobago during World War II, written by Lawrence Waldron, will be formally launched Tuesday evening Dec. 15 at the Brooklyn Public Library branch at 22 Linden Blvd., Brooklyn. Comment

Sharing can make your holiday brighter

Books: Mama says you’d better share your toys. But you don’t mind; it’s Christmas and as long as other kids are careful, they can play with your new gifts, too. Sharing is one of the best things about the holidays, as you know, and in the new book “Miracle on 133rd Street ” by Sonia Manzano, illustrated by Marjorie Priceman, it could make your holiday brighter. Comment

Legal justice for servicemembers

The U.S. government emphatically states though the website of its Office of Personnel Management that “employees have a responsibility to report waste, fraud and abuse,” and that the American “public is also invited to share such concerns.” Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

The Caribbean in the last 10 years alone has achieved a 61 percent reduction in AIDS-related deaths, according to a report, titled “Focus on Location and Population: Fast track to end AIDS by 2030,” which was released by UNAIDS recently. Dec. 1 marked World Aids Day. Comment

Caribbean hoteliers back CARICOM climate change position

Travel: The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is calling on the global community to support the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) position advocating for a cap on the world’s temperature rise at 1.5 degrees Centigrade as part of their deliberations during the United Nations Climate Change Conference currently taking place in Paris. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: American Hero (Unrated) Sci-fi comedy about a substance-abusing, womanizing underachiever (Stephen Dorff) who reluctantly turns a new leaf when he puts his telekinetic powers to good use as a crime-fighting superhero. Co-starring Eddie Griffin, Bill Billions and Andrea Cohen. Comment

Holiday bazaar makes shopping easy

Food: The holidays are upon us and thanks to the Stuyvesant Independent Art’s Bazaar, gift-giving is now an easy weekend to-do list. Comment

Lions aid eye screening for students

Brooklyn: Students at a Brooklyn school has benefited from an eye screening projected organized collaboratively by the Central Brooklyn Lions Club and District 20 K1. Comment

Guyana’s first lady focuses on youth, elderly, women

Guyana: First Lady of Guyana, Mrs. Sandra Granger, said she would like to convey sincere thanks to Ismay Griffith, and the network of Guyanese women in New York for the financial support that enabled her to conduct elderly training workshops and other initiatives after returning to Guyana in September from her first visit as first lady. Comment

Christmas feeling Vincy style

Music: The Brooklyn-based United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn (UVCGB) last Saturday night brought much nostalgia about Christmas to nationals with the staging of the group’s second annual serenading concert. Comment

Why was this officer on the job?

National: The most baffling thing about the rash of controversial fatalities, where persons of color have met their deaths at the hands of white cops, is that the cycle endures. Comment

Chisholm owns Presidential Medal of Freedom

Barbados: One week before Shirley Chisholm’s 91st birthday, President Barack Obama presented a posthumous award — the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award in her honor. Comment


Music: ‘Twas a night of firsts Nov. 24. VP Records and Caribbean restaurant Milk River partnered to present yet another night of music, unveiling the new Milk River house band, VP’s latest label imprint Dub Rockers, popular reggae band Raging Fyah’s first New York performance, and — while not her first performance in Brooklyn — a powerful set courtesy of vocal powerhouse Ikaya. Comment

Paid family leave is a win-win for New York

Viewpoints: A bill that would provide paid family leave insurance has been gaining momentum in Albany. It’s about time. Comment

Amerijet provides all-cargo service from NY

Business: Amerijet International, Inc. is a full-service all-cargo carrier providing regional and international, scheduled all-cargo service Comment

Brooklyn DA will buy back illegal guns

Brooklyn: Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson is offering $200 deals to anyone who owns a gun and wants to be rid of it. The lawmaker is also offering an assurance that if that weapon is an illegal firearm he will not ask any questions. Comment

‘Mas Man’ film continues awards streak

Movies: A 15th award garnered in October for “Mas Man,” a film about the work of artist / designer Peter Minshall, produced and directed by Dalton Narine, has lent added credence to what has been seen as unusual impact this film has made on the international circuit. Comment

Coconut Baby, a tale of two countries

Food: It takes a little change to reach a new height that may have remained unattainable when stagnant. Opting to move “back home” despite being warned that there may be nothing to do there, New York-born Allison Burnham moved to her parent’s island Barbados two years ago. Comment

The insanity of racism in America

Viewpoints: So, are we really not going to talk about the insanity that is racism in this country? Are we not going to discuss how mentally warped the idea is, that you can hate someone and consider them so subhuman to the point that you can kill them without any remorse whatsoever solely on the basis of pigmentation and melanin? Comment

Spike Lee offers solution for Chicago gang violence

Just when we were ready to give up on Spike Lee, wouldn’t you know he’d reassert his relevance with a decent inner-city drama decrying the gang violence in Chicago? Comment

T&T takes action against JFK bomb plotter

Trinidad and Tobago: The Trinidad and Tobago government is moving to deem a Trinidadian convicted in the United States a terrorist and obtain an order to freeze his assets and any transaction done on his behalf. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Antigua and Barbuda government plans to phase out the current passport and to implement legislation to tighten border security amidst several deadly attacks in several countries recently. Comment

Strong opposition to mega-resort in Barbuda

Antigua: Plans by American movie star Robert De Niro and Australian billionaire James Packer to build a 391-acre mega-resort in Barbuda are stirring controversy in Antigua and Barbuda, where opponents accuse the Gaston Browne-led government of trampling citizens’ rights in a rush to push the project through, according to reports. Comment

Christmas gets a Cuban twist

Music: Traditional Christmas carol favorites receive a Latin facelift courtesy of the Cuban band, Tiempo Libre. The three-time Grammy-nominated music group will have Santa dancing a salsa and the Little Drummer Boy showing off his rumba in their upcoming holiday concert on Dec. 18 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Comment

‘Sweet Micky for President’ hits theaters

Movies: Now, more than ever, pop culture and politics cross paths. Politicians are active on Twitter, paying attention to social trends, and appearing on daytime TV such as Hillary Clinton and proving how in tune they are with presentations of the latest dance moves. Comment

Naughty secrets waiting to be told

Books: You have to tell somebody. There’s a secret inside you, one you’ve been keeping far too long and you’re about to burst. You need to talk about it. You need some advice, some perspective. As in the new novel “Naughtier than Nice” by Eric Jerome Dickey, if you don’t talk about this issue soon, it could be the death of you. Comment

No JA Jazz in January

People: Jazz aficionados who annually combine a mid-winter vacation in Jamaica with family and friendly reunions to nightly variety concert may be disappointed that the 19th staging of the island’s foremost jazz festival is cancelled next year. Comment

Addressing climate change through sustainable development

Environment: ROME, Nov. 29, 2015 (IPS) - Climate change impacts are already upon us. Sea levels are rising, glaciers and ice are melting. People in poor countries are struggling to cope and adapt. Even developed countries are facing adverse consequences, taxing their own adaptive capacities to increased flooding, drought and fires. We cannot afford to wait. Comment

Adams honors over 40 Brooklyn detectives

People: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams on Thursday recognized more than 40 detectives from police precincts across the borough at an awards ceremony in the courtroom of Brooklyn Borough Hall. Comment
Guyana: Warren and Tracey Douglas are the only vintners in Guyana who have served up their naturally blended fruit wines to travelers from around the world for more that four years. Comment

Caribbean hotels unite for Dominica, raises US$51,000

Dominica: The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) and the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association (DHTA) recently spearheaded “Caribbean Hotels Unite for Dominica,” a joint fundraising initiative and online auction, raising US$51,000 in an effort to bring financial aid to the people of Dominica. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Amour Fou (Unrated) Costume drama, set in Berlin in the Romantic Era, about a young poet (Christian Friedel) who enters a suicide pact with a terminally-ill socialite (Schnoeink) after failing to convince his kissing cousin (Sandra Hueller) to do so. Supporting cast includes Stephan Crossmann, Barbara Schnitzler and Marc Bischoff. (In German with subtitles) Comment

S&P: Climate change riskiest for Carib countries

Dominican Republic: A major international credit rating agency has warned that Caribbean and Southeast Asian countries are mostly at risk of climate change affecting their credit ratings. Comment

Kingsborough gets students ready for workforce

Trinidad and Tobago: Returning to school can be a daunting task but with the support of Kingsborough Community College’s continuing education office, the transition can be smoother than anticipated. Comment

Jamaican female boxer reclaims world title

Jamaica: Jamaican born Alicia “Slick” Ashley is the current Super Bantam Weight Boxing Champion of the world. She has to date held five world championships and at 48 years of age, has been entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for the oldest boxing champion ever. Comment

Trinidad and Tobago to resume hanging

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago wants to resume hanging. This is according to new Attorney General Faris al Rawi who said he intends to apply the death penalty and to this end he has set up a “tracking committee” to deal with the systemic clogs to ensure the effectiveness of enforcing it. Comment

Guyana graduates urged to be daring

Guyana: Newly appointed Chancellor of the University of Guyana, Professor Eon Nigel Harris delivered an inspiring speech to the graduating class of 2015, stating that initiative, passion and persistence are ingredients necessary for advancement in whatever field one has chosen. Comment


Music: Young Devyn might be 13 years old, but this young star is wise beyond her years. With a mature and articulate disposition, Young Devyn — born Devyn Tyson — could lead you to believe that you are talking to a seasoned performer who is at least 20 years old. Comment

‘Sunshine’ at Radio City

People: The 2015 edition of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular opened recently to the annual fanfare and pageantry families anticipate all year long and particular each time the Rockettes execute the high-kicking dance steps they are internationally acclaimed. Comment

First Lady Michelle Obama: A phenomenal woman

Books: Those from the Caribbean, United States and the African continent came to celebrate the accomplished life work of First Lady Michelle Obama at the Laurelton Literary Society at Queens Library in Laurelton, N.Y., recently. Comment

Risks? What Risks?

Viewpoints: MIAMI, Florida, Nov. 17, 2015 (IPS) - We humans are acutely aware of risks. From our earliest times, the risks we faced were from hunger, predatory animals, extreme environmental conditions and, as our numbers grew, from other human tribes. Comment



People: While the Caribbean trading group nation of Suriname celebrated its 40th independence anniversary from The Netherlands on Wednesday, Nov. 25 there are fears of political disquiet in the country after authorities quietly devalued the local dollar. Comment

Sounds of Reggae

Music: After a roaring encore, Sounds of Reggae returns for Part 2 “Shaggy & Friends” on Sunday, Dec. 13. Live in concert at Kings Theatre, Brooklyn, N.Y. will be Grammy Award Winner Shaggy aka Mr. Bombastic, legendary reggae ambassadors Third World, Ky-Mani Marley and special guest Amber Lee. Comments (1)

Adams distributes turkeys to needy Brooklynites

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams distributed more than 1,500 turkeys and 7,000 pounds of trimmings, including fresh apples, collard greens, potatoes and yams, to more than 100 churches and community-based organizations that are serving Brooklynites in need this Thanksgiving. Comment

Indiscriminate Muslim bashing fits GOP brand

Viewpoints: So we begin with the premise that no one with all faculties intact would disagree that those abnormal life forms stoutly affirming a commitment to the mindless slaughter of innocent victims, such as we recently saw in Paris, forfeit the right to share our civilized space Comment

Pope Francis receives Antigua’s GG

Antigua: The Holy Father, Pope Francis, on Monday received Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda, Sir Rodney Williams, at the Vatican, according to an Antigua and Barbuda government statement issued in New York. Comment
Fashion: Art is alive and with the holidays approaching, unique gifts are available via pop up shops happening all over New York City. Providing a platform for New York’s innovators to connect with like-minded artists — no matter their artistic avenue — and promote their brands is Brooklyn transplant Trisha Bell. Comment



Sports: PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ The Portland Timbers aim for aggressiveness against FC Dallas, just not to the point of recklessness. The Timbers host Dallas on Sunday in the first of a two-legged playoff for the Western Conference championship. The New York Red Bulls visit the Columbus Crew in the early game Sunday for the Eastern title. Comment

Carib countries eligible to participate in visa programs

Jamaica: The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with the Department of State, have added five Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries among others worldwide that are eligible to participate in visa programs. Comment

WICB to be renamed

Sports: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) will soon be renamed “Cricket West Indies” as the organization looks to restructure its operations and create a distinct commercial arm. 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

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

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
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
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
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

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

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
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

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