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Windies self-inflicting blow

Caribbean: West Indies batting legend Brian Lara has described as “a self-inflicting” blow, the decision by the Clive Lloyd led selection panel to omit Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo from the region’s side for Cricket World Cup 2015 currently underway in Australia and New Zealand. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: American Airlines is increasing its regional service with a wave of new routes to the Caribbean region, the carrier announced recently. The new flights include a new Caribbean destination: Barranquilla, Colombia, which will receive daily service from Miami beginning June 4. Comment

Is the American business community racist?

Viewpoints: The film “Selma” calls us to consider where we stand today and what we are doing as individuals and communities about racial justice. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: ’71 (R for graphic violence, disturbing images and pervasive profanity) Historical drama, set in Belfast, Northern Ireland, about a British soldier’s (Jack O’Connell) desperate effort to survive after he‘s severely beaten during an IRA riot and separated from his unit. With Richard Dormer, Jack Lowden, Sam Reid and Martin McCann. Comment

What Obama’s executive immigration order will do for you

Immigration: • On Nov. 20, 2014, President Obama announced a series of executive actions to enable undocumented immigrants remain in the United States. According to USCIS, Some important highlights are: Comment

Extradited Jamaican to face fraud charges

Jamaica: The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) says a Jamaican national is the first to be extradited from Jamaica to face charges in the U.S. in an international lottery scheme. Comment


Sports: The New York Red Bulls are in Bradenton (Fl.) readying for the upcoming season with new coach Jesse Marsh, his staff and several new trialists. According to news from the club, among the new faces in the hunt for a roster spot is a very familiar one in Jamaican international and former Red Bull, Dane Richards. Comment

Friends of Haiti support elections in ‘timely manner’

Haiti: The Group of Friends of Haiti at the Organization of American States (OAS) has expressed support for the holding of overdue Senate elections in Haiti in a “timely manner.” Comment

US postpones immigrant plan

National: A day before hundreds of thousands of illegal Caribbean and immigrants were to begin applying for work permits and legal protection, the United States has jettisoned sweeping executive actions on immigration indefinitely. Comment

St. Kitts PM dethroned

St Kitts and Nevis: St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas, whose St. Kitts and Nevis Labor Party (SKNLP) had ruled the twin-island federation for four consecutive five-year terms, was dethroned in Monday’s general elections. Comment

Haitian and Dominicans artists collaborate

Arts & Theater: Twenty-seven artists of Dominican and Haitian-heritage together are collaborating in what seems impossible on the island of Hispaniola itself. Comment

Simmons to ‘bat’ in court

Caribbean: West Indies opening One-Day batsman Lendl Simmons is now faced with a legal battle after he was sued for allegedly sharing intimate photographs of a woman with whom he was involved in a brief romantic relationship. Comment


Arts & Theater: New York mas band “Honest Illusions” is ready to capture the crown in the medium band category when revelers take to the streets of Georgetown to celebrate Guyana’s 45th Republic Anniversary and Mashramani Parade on Feb. 23. Comment

All-star a success

Sports: Basketball on a different caliber and set up recently came to New York City during all-star weekend, culminating with the National Basketball Association all-star game, hosted by Madison Square Garden, home of the New York Knicks, on Sunday night. Basketball buffs were also treated to two previous days festivities, hosted by Barclays Center in Brooklyn home of the Brooklyn Nets. Comment

Fly Jamaica starts non-stop JFK / Geo service Feb. 21

Guyana: Guyanese Jamaican carrier, Fly Jamaica Airways will commence its non-stop flights from John F. Kennedy Airport to Cheddi Jagan Airport beginning on Saturday, Feb. 21. Comment
Guyana: By Nelson A. King The East Flatbush, Brooklyn group Action, Performance, Commitment (APC) Community Services, Inc. on Sunday honored seven members of the community during its annual Black History Month-Valentine’s Day Celebration. Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: The first of three general elections which are expected to produce new governments in the Caribbean Community this year was held in St. Kitts on Monday with the opposition Team Unity Party led by disgruntled former members of the outgoing administration winning a clear majority of the parliamentary seats and unseating a controversial cabinet that had run the country for the past 20 years. Comment

Don’t take Black History Month for granted

Viewpoints: Black History Month is almost over. Why do we celebrate it anyway? Because we must. We owe it to ourselves, regardless of where we fit among the Census Bureau’s categories. Awareness of the contributions of Black men and women to the betterment of civilization should be embedded in every educated person who is sensitive to the world around us. And those who are not as well. Comment

Clarke honors African-American contributions to U.S. Armed Forces

Brooklyn: As part of African-American History Month celebrations, Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has introduced a resolution in the US House of Representatives, with several of her congressional colleagues, honoring the “enormous contributions” of African-Americans in the Armed Forces of the United States. Comment

Leading community figure passes

St Vincent: Selwyn Cumberbatch, a leading Vincentian community figure in New York and a former staff sergeant in the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force, died on Feb. 9. He was 70. Comments (3)

An utterly un-presidential 2016 contender

Viewpoints: The findings of a Rutgers-Eagleton survey on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie released last week showed the governor’s favorability numbers taking a nosedive, 42 percent of NJ voters approving and 52 percent disapproving of his performance in office. A far cry, this, from those salad days when, back in 2013, he was seeking a second term and, he would later admit, was looking to “run up the score” against his opponent as he and his retinue tried to bolster what they saw as presidential credentials in the man. Comment

WICB elections set for March 7

Sports: The West Indies Cricket Board (WIBC) will have its elections on March 7, 2015. President of the WICB Whycliffe Dave Cameron will be running for re-election and his running mate is Emmanuel Nathan. Former West Indies fast bowler Joel Garner will be challenging Cameron for the position. Comment

Kool Jamaican Father of Hip-Hop

Music: On any given day, tourists and curious individuals stop at 1520 Sedgwick Ave. in the Bronx to take selfies and snap photos of the façade of the apartment building. Comments (1)

Small Orlando sandal business attracts big attention

Haiti: ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ In a small concrete-block office in downtown Orlando, Julie Colombino — a former Cirque aerialist turned disaster-relief worker — is trying to change the world through sandals. Comment

People power, the solution to climate inaction

Viewpoints: BRISBANE, Feb. 10, 2015 (IPS) - Nothing is more important to farmers like me than the weather. It affects the growth and quality of our crops and livestock, and has a major impact on global food supply. Comment

Jamaica diaspora urged to nominate honorary citizens

Jamaica: Candidates for awards of Jamaica’s annual national civil honors are urged to submit nomination forms in order to meet the March 13 deadline set by the Jamaica Consulate for appointments to the Order of Merit, the Order of Jamaica, the Order of Distinction – in the rank of commander class (CD) and officer (OD). Comment

Fetish flick fails to match erotic best-seller hype

Movies: “Fifty Shades of Grey” marked the remarkable writing debut of TV executive-turned-romance novelist Erika Mitchell. Publishing under the pen name E.L. James, the British author has enjoyed unparalleled success, selling over 100 million copies worldwide in just a few years. Comment


Music: Machel Montano showed once again he is the boss of soca when he copped the International Power Monarch for the fifth straight year on “Fantastic Friday” night at the Hasley Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, Trinidad, to kick off of the Carnival celebrations in Trinidad and Tobago. Comment

Inequality fuels HIV epidemic in the Caribbean

Antigua: ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Feb. 10, 2015 (IPS) - At 49 years old, Edison Liburd has established himself as one of Antigua and Barbuda’s most recognisable artists. But Liburd was not always in the spotlight. In fact, you could say he was a man in hiding. “I have been infected with the HIV virus for about 24 years. I got my first HIV test done in February of 1993 at the Allen Pavilion Hospital in Manhattan New York,” Liburd told IPS. Comments (2)

Coalition celebrates Garifuna-American heritage Month

Bronx: The Bronx-based Garifuna Coalition, U.S.A., Inc. says it is collaborating with the Garifuna Afro-Latino Entertainment in celebrating the 7th Annual Garifuna-American Heritage Month in New York City. Comments (1)

Manning bows out from T&T politics

Trinidad and Tobago: Former Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Patrick Manning has bowed out of politics after serving as a Member of Parliament (MP) for 43 years. Comment

‘Pirate of the Caribbean’ weds in the Bahamas

Movies: From a choice of all the paradise islands spread throughout the Caribbean and another 700 sprinkled over 100,000 square miles of The Bahamas, actor Johnny Depp found one ideal to say his vows to his new bride Amber Heard. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission is now calling for the removal of roaming fees within its nine-member grouping. Comment

Another T&T minister under investigation

Trinidad and Tobago: The Trinidad and Tobago Police are investigating an allegation against another Cabinet minister in connection with the witness tampering scandal made by fired National Security Minister Gary Griffith in the defamation case brought by former Attorney General Anand Ramlogan against Opposition Leader Dr. Keith Rowley. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Accidental Love (PG-13 for profanity and sexuality) Romantic comedy adapted by David O. Russell from the best-seller “Sammy’s Hill” by Kristin Gore (Al’s daughter). Principal shooting began in 2008, but Russell abandoned the troubled project a couple years later, and subsequently refused to take a directing credit. The plot revolves around a small-town waitress (Jessica Biel) who turns into a nymphomaniac after being shot in the head by a nail gun. With Jake Gyllenhaal, Tracy Morgan, Bill Hader, Kirstie Alley, James Marsden, Catherine Keener and James Brolin. Comment

Caribbean on measles watch

Health: The United Nations says its health agency has called for “stepped-up” surveillance to prevent the spread of measles in the Americas, including the Caribbean. Comment

‘Destructive pests’ from the Caribbean enter US

Environment: The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency says agriculture specialists (CBPAS) at two south Florida ports of entry have intercepted two “destructive pests” from the Caribbean within commercial produce shipments. Comment

Colorful Indian culture celebrated at the UN

Arts & Theater: A colorful spectacle of the rich Indian culture, mesmerized guests on Friday, Feb. 6, at the United Nations in New York City, where music, dance and national fare were celebrated with enjoyment. Comment

Trinidadian expat Morancie succumbs

A pall fell on the city Tuesday, Feb. 4 with news of the death of Horace L. Morancie. The painful reality of the passing of the 85-year-old, Trinidad & Tobago expatriate resonated with nostalgia as Brooklyn residents recalled the relentless effort made by the immigrant who dedicated time and effort to the improvement of housing conditions of less privileged city dwellers. Comment


Jamaica: An official probe into the mid-2010 police and army operation to flush out Jamaica’s most wanted criminal heard on Monday testimony from the man at the helm of government at the time saying he had cut off all ties with the area bad man because he had been officially informed about the extent and depth of a well funded criminal enterprise that he ran. Comment

Tourists spend more in Carib

Travel: SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) _ A record 26.3 million people traveled to the Caribbean last year and spent an unprecedented amount of money in what is considered the world’s most tourism-dependent region, officials said Tuesday. Comment


Sports: It is said that the elephant has exceptional memory, and The Elephants of the Ivory Coast reminded us of this last Sunday in Equatorial Guinea. After winning their last African Nations Cup title against the Black Stars of Ghana 23 years ago, The Elephants conjured the old memory and beat Ghana’s Black Stars again on penalties, this time 9-8, to win the 2015 African Nations Cup Championship, their first since 1992. Comment


Arts & Theater: New York City Center will present “A Bailar: Dance at the Center,” a three-week Latin dance festival featuring three acclaimed dance companies from Cuba, Argentina and Spain, running Feb. 18 – March 7, 2015. Comment

Youth, police, leaders dialogue on police relations

Manhattan: In spite of the cold, snow and ice last week, Alianza Dominica Cultural Center in Washington Heights was filled. There were more than 30 cops including two police chiefs and four commanding officers with five upper Manhattan police precincts being represented. And there were many northern Manhattan young people, too. Comment

Calls for more minority NYPD officers

Brooklyn: City Council Members Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn) and Vanessa L. Gibson (D-Bronx) have called for more minority police officers in the ranks of the New York Police Department (NYPD). Comment

Vaughn College romps easily

Sports: Basketball is a sport followed by all types of athletes whether they be by the young or old. The fans, competitors, and/or the staff personnel whether they reside in the met tri- state area or in various parts of the United States, Caribbean, Canada or even overseas compete in this activity in it on some level. Comment

Narine opts out

Caribbean: West Indies mystery-off spinner Sunil Narine has opted out of the upcoming World Cup in New Zealand and Australia. Comment

US congratulates Grenada on independence anniversary

Grenada: As Grenada celebrates its 41st anniversary of political independence, the United States has congratulated the nation, saying that their common values will continue to unite them in the future. Comment

Benn’s selection a bad choice

Sports: Left-arm spinner, Sulieman Benn should never have been selected for the World Cup in Australia starting this February, instead Jermaine Blackwood should have been in the squad to enhance the batting. Comment

Kudos for Heastie, deBlasio on housing initiative

Brooklyn: As Chair of the City Council’s Housing and Buildings Committee, Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams has applauded State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie for meeting with NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio “to promise that renewing and strengthening the rent regulation laws would be his number one priority.” Comment

‘Adam’ spotlights Bimini, Bahamas

Arts & Theater: Few plays ever shine a spotlight on the Caribbean except to marvel at the pristine beaches, eternal sunshine and soulful music that endears carnival and revelry. Comment

The T&T leader’s ‘see-through’ subterfuge

Viewpoints: There’s been no shortage of comment since Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s dramatic action a few days ago, in firing several colleagues, from both within the cabinet and elsewhere in her beleaguered government, in the wake of yet another scandal. Comment

In Jamaica Black History Month AKA Reggae Month

Jamaica: Appreciation of Caribbean achievement is a shared cultural reason to mark Black History Month in February. In Jamaica, the shortest month of the year which is dedicated to celebrating distinctive individuals of African descent is also the one designated Reggae Month. Comment

Antiguan shanty dwellers fear the worse

Antigua: GREEN BAY, Antigua, Jan. 28, 2015 (IPS) - It was early on a Saturday morning and there was no sign of life in the community. The shacks erected on both sides of the old, narrow road that winds through the area are all surrounded by zinc sheets which rise so high, it’s impossible to see what lies on the other side. Comment

Robert Blackburn’s ‘Passages’

Arts & Theater: “We show Black History all the time,” said Corrine Jennings director of Wilmer Jennings Gallery. Through March, selections from the master printmaker “Robert (Bob) Blackburn: Passages” is on exhibition at the Wilmer Jennings Gallery, 219 E. 2nd St., a satellite space of Kenkeleba House. Comment

I hope to God, they preserve it!

Viewpoints: In the midst of this bitter cold February month in Brooklyn, we had some warmth in our hearts to welcome the charming and endearing performing artiste, Diana Ross at the Kings Theatre, last Tuesday evening. Comment

Guyana agrees to Anti-Corruption Mechanism visits

Guyana: The Organization of American States (OAS) says the government of Guyana has joined with several countries in agreeing to receive on-site visits as part of the Fifth Round of the Mechanism for Follow-up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC). Comment

Colin Firth shines as suave spy in nostalgic movie

Movies: Harry Hart (Colin Firth) is such an unassuming, buttoned-downed bloke that no one in his right mind would suspect him to be a highly-skilled secret agent capable of killing at the drop of a derby. But as a Kingsman, he belongs to an exclusive fraternity of nattily-attired spies who abide by the motto “Manners Maketh Man.” Members of this covert organization consider themselves modern-day knights, and they see their suits as body armor. Comment

Griffith tells her story in ‘Demerara Gold’

Arts & Theater: Fresh off a successful performance in Georgetown, Guyana, Ingrid Griffith’s phenomenal one-woman satirical drama - “Demerara Gold” will give an audience a belly-full of laughs when she comes to Brooklyn’s St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church at 331 Hawthorne St., on Feb, 21. Show time is 3:00 p.m. Comment

This is going to hurt me more than it hurts you

Viewpoints: SEATTLE, Washington, Feb 7 2015 (IPS) - “Enhanced interrogation”: the George W. Bush administration bureaucrats who coined the term had perfect pitch. The apparatchiks of Kafka’s Castle would have admired the grayness of the euphemism. But while it sounds like some new kind of focus group, it turns out it was just anodyne branding for good old-fashioned torture. Comment

British Royals test Grenadines’ waters

St Vincent: With much of the northern portion of the world locked in a freeze-frame, Britain’s Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge are enjoying a southern vacation on the Caribbean island of Mustique. Comment
Jamaica: When 13-year-old Deon Byme moved from Jamaica to live here, she aimed high. Her mother told her that if she applied herself, the sky would be limit. Comment

Haiti’s housing crisis needs attention

Haiti: Human rights watchdog Amnesty International says the abject failure to sustainably rehouse tens of thousands of people who lost everything in the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti must be a top priority for the new Prime Minister Evans Paul. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean: The French territories in the in the Caribbean have begun discussions with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on their applications to become associate members of the community. Comment

It is high time for these court hearings to end

Viewpoints: It seems as if Mr. Michael Ashcroft will not stop pursuing the people and Government of Belize for this 33.5 million dollars that he claims he is owed. I have heard our Prime Minister The Right Honorable Dean Barrow said over and over again that in his opinion, the then Prime Minister Said Musa and his Attorney General Francis Fonseca now the Leader of the People’s United Party (PUP), acted illegally by approving the payment of the loan without the approval of the Belize’s National Assembly. Comment

Challenges, solutions for Caribbean energy security: WB

Movies: The World Bank says while there are many challenges, there are also solutions to Caribbean energy security. The Washington-based financial institution said oil provides more than 90 percent of primary energy needs in the Caribbean, making the region highly vulnerable to price fluctuations. Comments (2)

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Crazy Bitches (Unrated) Horror comedy about seven sorority sisters whose weekend getaway with a gay pal (Andy Gala) to a remote cabin in the woods is ruined by the arrival of a bloodthirsty psychopath who proceeds to pick them off one-by-one. Co-starring Samantha Colburn, Cathy DeBuono, Liz McGeever, Victoria Profeta, Guinevere Turner, Nayo Wallace and Mary Jane Wells. Comment

Trinidad’s cabinet in peril ahead of general elections

Caribbean: Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s cabinet in Trinidad bears several new faces this week following the spectacular sacking of its two of its most high profile and controversial ministers in a witness tampering scandal that has put the government on the political back foot just months before general elections are constitutionally due. Comment

Getting mean-spirited about the weather

Viewpoints: It is the cheapest of cheap shots to dump on public officials who, in full better-safe-than-sorry mode, make decisions about how to respond to predicted adverse weather conditions based on word relayed by forecasters. Politician types, the media and others who jump all over a sequence like we experienced recently in New York City, when blizzard conditions we were prepared for didn’t quite materialize, are flat-out intent only on exploiting the possibilities they see in such situations for ridicule and general bad-mouthing aimed at whoever is on the hot seat. It’s tawdry stuff. Comment

Rikki Jai wins Chutney Soca title

Music: Veteran Chutney singer Rikki Jai captured two crowns at the annual Chutney Soca Monarch finals held last weekend at Skinner Park, San Fernando. Comment

Roger Gary wins Latinista Award

Guyana: Brooklyn-based fashion designer, Roger Gary’s new collection was featured at the august El Museo del Barrio Museum in Spanish Harlem, where the couturier won the Young Designer Award, presented by founder of Latinista Fashion Week Dee Rivera and fashion designer Cesar Galindo. Comment

Garifuna jazz goes to Trinity College

Music: “This is our launching of Black History Month,” said Dr. Dario Euraque, Trinity College history professor. “And, we’re giving it a more international focus.” Comment

Calls to make former Vincy netballer sports ambassador

St Vincent: When St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves announced the 2014 Sports Ambassadors, during the country’s independence anniversary military parade last October, many nationals in the Diaspora expressed consternation that arguably one of the better, if not the best, netballers in the nation’s history was omitted. Comment


Sports: After one year in the wilderness, U.S. national team forward and New Jersey native, Juan Agudelo, is returning to his old team the New England Revolution in MLS. The forward left the Revs after the 2013 season for chance to play in the English Premier League, which turned out to be futile. Comment

Patent examination and legal fictions

Viewpoints: GENEVA, Feb. 3, 2015 (IPS) - Industry’s demands and political pressures exerted by developed countries to expand and strengthen patent protection worldwide have been based on the argument that patents promote innovation and thereby contribute to achieve social, political and economic well-being, independently of the level of development of the country where they are granted and enforced. Comment


Music: Diana Ross probably isn’t used to being the opening act. The soul legend captivated a sold-out crowd at the grand reopening of the Kings Theatre in Flatbush on Tuesday night, but the main attraction was the majestic and painstakingly restored venue. Comment

Garden to host star attraction

People: The last time a basketball all-star game was held at Madison Square Garden was in 1998 when capacity crowds turned out to watch the likes of Kevin Garnett and Michael Jordan. Comment

First Black-owned theater faces uncertain future

Bronx: The first major snowstorm of 2015 may have been a blessing to organizers of a movement dedicated to promoting the Harlem culture. On the date, three feet of snow was predicted to dump on New York City, a group called the Harlem Swing Dance Society planned an information event to “Save The Renny.” Comment

Adams receives special MLK award

Brooklyn: In celebration of Black History Month and to commemorate the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the State of Israel, the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC-NY) and the Jewish National Fund (JNF) honored Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams with the Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Award. Comment
Jamaica: KINGSTON, Feb. 2, 2015 (IPS) - A plan that government says will slow the rate of erosion on Jamaica’s world-famous Negril beach is being opposed by the people whose livelihoods it is meant to protect. Comment

A free and open internet for an innovative and competitive economy

Viewpoints: If you’re reading this online, thank net neutrality. Net neutrality is the principle that all Internet content must be delivered equally. This article shouldn’t be transmitted more slowly than another one. Your cat video shouldn’t be given priority over a TED Talk. More importantly, your small business’ website shouldn’t be loaded slower than Amazon’s. Put it this way: Net neutrality prevents preferential treatment; it is freedom from interference. Comment
Music: Saint Michael, Barbados-born, Robyn Rihanna Fenty AKA Rihanna is part of a triumvirate billed to take the stage at the Staples Center in California Sunday to perform from her anticipated “Four Five Seconds” CD during the 57th annual Grammy awards. Comment

Fire kills Grenadian mother

Grenada: Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane D. Williams says he’s “deeply saddened” by a fire in his district early Sunday morning that claimed the life of a Grenadian mother and injured many others, including a firefighter, who was there to save those trapped inside a multi-family home by the inferno. Comment

Dr. Matthews writes about Caribbean immigrants

Guyana: Guyanese American author Dr. Lear Matthews gives a clear insight into Caribbean immigrants living in the United States, in his new book entitled “English-Speaking Caribbean Immigrants: Transnational Identities.” Comment

Slain Grenada revolutionary leader Maurice Bishop

Grenada: Maurice Rupert Bishop was the prime minister of Grenada from March 15, 1979 to Oct. 19, 1983, the day when he was executed at Fort Rupert in St. George’s, the Grenada capital. Comment

Irrepressible, super-talented Hazel Scott

Music: A befuddling curiosity it is, how conspicuously absent Hazel Scott’s name and contribution on more than one level have been from the story of African American struggle and survival, in New York City and in the U.S. overall. For an individual who accomplished as much as she did, both as an exceptionally gifted artist and a crusader for equal rights, Scott’s exclusion from, or at best minimalist presence in, the honor roll of outstanding trailblazers of color is a travesty. Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar made some sweeping changes to her government - a few months before the general election. She fired five members of her Cabinet, including the country’s Attorney General Anand Ramlogan and National Security Minister Garry Griffith, Justice Minister Emmanuel George, Sports Minister Rupert Griffith and removed the Speaker of the Senate Timothy Hamel-Smith on Monday night. Comment

‘The Iron Lady of the Caribbean’

Dominica: Dame Mary Eugenia Charles: May 15, 1919 - Sept. 6, 2005. For championing the United States’ invasion of Grenada after the assassination of its Prime Minister, Maurice Bishop, and for her “strongly opinionated, uncompromising leadership style”, Dame Mary Eugenia Charles was called “The Iron Lady of the Caribbean,” according to the Dominica Academy of Arts and Sciences (DAAS), which honored her posthumously in February 2010. Comment

Frank Worrell, difference maker for W.I. cricket

Barbados: There surely would have been some who believed that in 1957 Frank Worrell was a perfect fit for captaincy of the West Indies Test Cricket team for that year’s tour of England. The lords of West Indies cricket at the time were on no such track, though, and added insult to injury by handing the captain’s role to past-his-prime John Goddard of Barbados, in so doing, maintaining the tradition of whites only leading the team. The indignity was repeated for the 1958-59 tour of India, when selectors named a less experienced white Jamaican, Gerry Alexander, team captain. It was 1960-61’s remarkable tour of Australia that would give Worrell the opportunity to make his landmark debut as the first black man selected to lead the West Indies for a tour. Comments (1)

Clarke welcomes Jamaica’s PM to Congress

Jamaica: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke says she has welcomed and celebrated Jamaica Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller for visiting the United States Congress. Comment

Cautionary tale revisits sub-prime mortgage crisis

Movies: It is California in 2007, at the height of the sub-prime mortgage boom. Jason “Jay” Kelley (Beau Martin Williams), a cash-strapped bouncer is offered an alternative line of work in a higher tax bracket by Devin Weiss (Matt Funke), a hotshot real estate broker whose company is in the midst of a hiring blitz. Comment

Jamaican-born heads Military Intelligence Agency

Jamaica: The title and name Lieut. Gen. Vincent R. Stewart may not resound with military familiarity the way US Army General Colin Powell did when the latter decided policy as national security advisor and chairman of joint chief of staff. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is observing its l0th anniversary this year, with Justice Adrian Saunders saying the “CCJ has come a long way over those 10 years.” Comments (1)

Vincentian PM slams WICB leadership

St Vincent: St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has slammed the leadership of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Dave Cameron as “poor” and “embarrassing” and has called for the firing of the Jamaican executive as head of the regional board. Comment
Cuba: Heads of States and Governments attending the Third Summit of the Community of Latin America and Caribbean States (CELAC) have been urged to call on the United States Congress to lift the half-century-old trade and economic blockade imposed on Cuba by the United States. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 3 Nights in the Desert (Unrated) Intriguing romantic romp revolving around the awkward love triangle drama which arises when a musical trio reunites in the desert a decade after the band members went their separate ways. Co-starring Wes Bentley, Amber Tamblyn and Vincent Piazza. Comment
Barbados: A New York State Supreme Court judge on Thursday vacated the conviction of a Barbadian national who had spent 18 months in jail for a crime prosecutors now say never occurred. Comment
Haiti: The bright well-lit showroom of the Artisans Business Network (ABN) is filled with a myriad of artisans’ wares and is located in Port-au-Prince’s pleasant old residential neighborhood of Pacot. Comment

Kings Theatre re-opens in Flatbush

Arts & Theater: Brooklyn Councilman Dr. Mathieu Eugene last week joined top city officials at the re-opening of Kings Theatre in Flatbush, Brooklyn. Comment

Vincentian group spearheads sports association

St Vincent: Despite the inclement winter weather last Saturday evening, the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Diaspora Committee of New York, Inc. says more than 30 nationals “attended and fully participated” in a special meeting of Vincentian sports personalities, sports organizations and sports fans at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment

Una’s a phenomenal woman: JA PM

Jamaica: As members of the Brooklyn-based Progressive Democratic Political Association (PDPA) on Sunday celebrated the 80th birthday of former New York City Councilwoman Dr. Una S. T. Clarke, Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller described the trailblazing Caribbean woman as “phenomenal.” Comment

Two kinds of income inequality

Viewpoints: Income inequality is back in the news, propelled by an Oxfam International report and President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. The question is whether government needs to do something about this — or whether government needs to undo many things Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: At least five general elections are scheduled to be held in the 15-nation Caribbean Community this year including three in the politically volatile Southern Caribbean region but if opinion polls are anything to go by at least three could result in new governments. Comment

Tenza charms Scottish crowds

Music: Over the past few years multi-award winner Tenza from Montego Bay, Jamaica has cultivated a very specific brand identity with her charismatic, prolific and candid lyrics. Comment


Caribbean: Last Saturday, Jan. 24, was a crucial date in the CONCACAF Under-20 men’s soccer tournament in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Group A winner Mexico came up against Group B winner Panama in the 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 championship, while the USA was in a must-win battle against El Salvador for a berth in the FIFA Under-20 Men’s World Cup slated for New Zealand next summer. Mexico and the USA prevailed. Comment

Dacres seeks County final

Sports: Malik Dacres, a senior at Lawrence High School, is thinking about attending Monroe College in Westchester County, because, as he puts it ‘it has a good program.” He also recently said that if he goes there it will be for four years come this fall. Comment

Cuba/US: Catching a glimpse of the possible future

Viewpoints: HAVANA, Jan. 21, 2015 (IPS) - All Cubans, on either side of the Florida Straits, but in places like Spain, France or Greenland – where there must be a couple of Cubans – as well felt it was a historic moment that included each and every one of us, when U.S. President Barack Obama announced on Dec. 17 the normalisation of relations after half a century of hostility. Comment

Dems not blameless in GOP Capitol gains

Viewpoints: Speaker John Boehner was constrained to remark in a TV interview the other day that President Obama, during his recent State of the Union address, was looking out on members from the House and Senate that included 80 more Republicans than the last time he had done his State of the Union routine. Boehner’s beef — that the president’s speech should have reflected in tone and content the new Republican plurality, but didn’t — was of course no excuse for the scowl the speaker wore on his face while sitting in back of the president for the entire hour or so of the address. Comment

Caribbean agrees to new energy security

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean countries have agreed to new energy security with the United States and other international partners. In a joint statement issued at the end of an extraordinary Energy Security Summit, organized by the White House, delegates stated their “commitment to support the Caribbean’s transformation of the energy systems of Caribbean states, to share lessons learned through new and expanded regional information networks, [and] to report progress in relevant fora.” Comment

Trinidad & Tobago wins Nagico Super 50 Final

Sports: Hard-hitting batsman Jason Mohammed slammed a swashbuckling 117 runs from 132 balls with 11 fours and six sixes for Trinidad & Tobago against Guyana in the Nagico Super 50 final. Trinidad scored 200 for 8 wickets in their 50 overs. Comment

Former Guyanese MP Dr. Faith Harding has died

Guyana: Compatriots are in shock and saddened at the passing of Dr. Faith Harding, a Guyanese treasure and an educator who touched the lives of thousands of citizens in the Republic and around the world. She was 67-years old. Comment



Fashion: “Old pirates, yes they rob I” — Bob Marley. Some Jamaicans are voicing Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” to express their ire about Miss Jamaica’s fourth-runner up position in the recent Miss Universe beauty pageant. Comment

Yearlong birthday celebration for Third World superstar

Music: While many distinguished individuals share Black History Month to commemorate their life’s outstanding work, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., remains the singular achiever afforded a day to mark his iconic deeds. Comment

Two CAL pilots suspended

Trinidad and Tobago: The two pilots of the Caribbean Airlines Limited (CAL) flight, which almost collided with a JetBlue plane at JFK International Airport in New York last Saturday night, have been taken off duties, pending the outcome of an investigation. Comment
Jamaica: Consul General of Jamaica to New York, Herman G. LaMont said Guyana and Jamaica have always bonded, and did exceptionally well over many years, while making remarks to celebrate the second anniversary of Fly Jamaica Airways on Jan. 23. Comment
Movies: When Elliot Anderson’s (Kevin Costner) wife Carol (Jennifer Ehle) perishes in a tragic car accident, he suddenly finds himself facing the prospect of raising his seven-year-old granddaughter Eloise (Jillian Estell) alone. After all, the couple had originally assumed custody from the moment their own daughter died giving birth to the little girl, since the baby’s drug-addicted father (Andre Holland) was behind bars and totally unfit to be a parent. Comment

US works to ease Caribbean dependence on Venezuelan oil

Caribbean: MIAMI (AP) _ A decade-long addiction to oil subsidized by Venezuela may be coming to an end for several Caribbean nations, with a nudge from the United States. Comment
Haiti: In the morning of Jan. 12, 2015, Haitian government officials, foreign ambassadors, and ranking police commemorated the five-year anniversary of the Haitian earthquake at the site where thousands had been buried in a mass grave near Titanyen, miles north of Port-au-Prince. The earthquake killed 230,000 and injured thousands more. Comment
Jamaica: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ It wasn’t until the 2010 earthquake devastated Haiti’s capital that many people even realized that dozens of the city’s grandest old buildings were still standing — its quirky and ornate ”gingerbread houses” with their fancy latticework, turrets and spires. Comment

Jamaica official says marijuana reform bill ready

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ Jamaica’s Cabinet has approved a much-anticipated bill of drug law amendments that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of pot and pave the way for a legal medical marijuana industry on the Caribbean island, the justice minister said Wednesday. Comment

Caribbean Airlines waives change and cancellation fees

Travel: PIARCO, Jan. 26, 2015 - A major blizzard (Winter Storm Juno) is forecast to hit the U.S. Northeast as of noon today and Caribbean Airlines expects the inclement weather to affect the operations at New York’s International Airport (JFK). Therefore, the airline is waiving change/cancellation fees and fare differences for customers travelling on Monday, Jan 26 through Tuesday, Jan. 27 to/from New York. Customers with cancellations or significantly delayed flights may opt for a refund. Original travel must have been booked on or before Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. Comment

Cash Poor Essential College Guidance

Queens: “Cash Poor or College? The Essential Guide to College Admissions,” a free and open-to-the public lecture series at Queens Library at Laurelton, Queens is equipping, a predominantly group of teens and families to navigate the college admissions process. Comment

St. Kitts paves way for general elections

St Kitts and Nevis: Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis Dr. Denzil Douglas on Friday announced he had advised Gov. Gen. Sir Edmund Wickham Lawrence to dissolve Parliament with immediate effect, paying the way for general elections in the twin-island federation. Comment
St Vincent: Despite the very frigid and rainy weather, hundreds of nationals in the New York metropolitan area last Saturday night participated in a candle light vigil for the victims of the minibus tragedy in North Windward. Comment

Brooklyn BP, community look forward to Mayor Bill de Blasio

Brooklyn: There were no backs turned in protest of the appearance of New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio when he appeared in Brooklyn to attend the nation’s largest gathering held annually in tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Comment

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