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Badree to mentor Australia’s young spinners

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago and West Indies spinner Samuel Badree will mentor Australia’s young spinners as part of Cricket Australia’s spin camp this year. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Eastern Caribbean Bank (ECCB) is boasting that, for the 39th year, the Eastern Caribbean Currency has been pegged to the US dollar at a fixed rate of EC$2.70. Comment

NY’s Cuomo become 1st US governor to visit Cuba post-detente

Cuba: HAVANA (AP) _ Cuban officials and New York business executives are exploring ways for companies to do business on the communist-run island despite the longstanding U.S. embargo that makes most trade and investment illegal, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. Comment


Sports: After struggling at 34 runs for three wickets in the first Test match at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua, the English batsmen stood to anchor their innings with some intelligent batting from the number four batsman, Ian Bill and Joe Root coming in at number five. Their partnership was 177 runs for the fourth wicket before Joe Root fell for 83, bowled by Jerome Taylor. Comment

Cricket debt

Caribbean: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) is hoping to negotiate a deal with the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) to have the controversial US$42 million claim repaid in matches and not cash. Comment

Grace renews support to Jamaican athletes

Jamaica: For Jamaicans who live overseas, Grace Foods is a symbol of authentic and uncompromisingly delicious Jamaican foods, and this year Grace will again throw its support behind the prestigious Penn Relays, with severals initiatives directed at benefiting both athletes and spectators, who are expected to descend on the April 23-25 meet. Comments (1)

Dawkins has slow start

Junior Matthew Dawkins is in his first year of competing on the baseball team at Queens College. Last year he played and did extremely well at Bergen Community College. Comment

Children’s Carnival Costume workshop

Arts & Theater: The West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) will be holding its annual Children’s Carnival Costume Construction & Design Workshops from Saturday May 9 to June 20. Comment

Spring Spectacular boasts alluring NYC attractions

New York: Hats off to the new ‘Spectacular’ currently presented for a limited engagement until May 7 at Radio City Music Hall. With all the seasonable spectacles staged since 1932 when the venue first opened followed by the “Glory of Easter” the following year, the annual ‘Magnificent Christmas Spectacular, this year the New York Spring Spectacular” boasts a live and alluring 21st century salute to the city that never sleeps. Comments (1)

The Colored Museum

Arts & Theater: Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) Theatre Department presents “The Colored Museum” written by George C. Wolfe directed by Alfred Preisser. “The Colored Museum” takes the audience on a journey through the Black American experience. Comment


Arts & Theater: DanceAfrica, the nation’s largest African dance festival, returns to BAM for the 38th year with its traditional Memorial Day weekend extravaganza of dance, music, film, and community events from May 22 - 25. Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: From this week Wednesday, Jamaican police and enforcement officials are not likely to arrest and try to convict or jail anyone for having a mere two ounces of marijuana in their possession because a new ground breaking law passed by both houses of the island’s parliament recently makes such possession legal. Comment

Carrying the baton for justice

Brooklyn: It’ll take nine days at 18-25 miles each day for #march2justice activists to arrive by foot in Washington DC. Organized by the Justice League NYC, the historic march’s intent is to show solidarity with communities impacted by police brutality and those incarcerated and to deliver a Justice Package to Congress. Comment

Moves to bolster reparations movements

St Vincent: Participants at a major reparations summit in New York have agreed to consolidate the growing African global reparations movement and to call on all civil society organizations and governments in countries around the world with Afro-descendant populations to establish national reparations commissions or committees. Comment

Equal Pay Day at City Hall

Equal Pay Day at City Hall

People: New York State Assembly women colleagues with women from New York City Council rallied at City Hall on Equal Pay Day, April 14, to remind the public of the income gap between men and women and the importance of wage equality. Comment

Caribbean program to spotlight Immigrant Heritage Week

Brooklyn: It is unlikely there will be a parade, dancing in the streets or even a ceremonial proclamation presentation to mark the 11th annual weeklong celebration of Immigrant Heritage Week but from April 17 to April 24 New York City will record another milestone anniversary of the historic period the most immigrants crossed Ellis Island. Comment

Officialdom to honor steel band icon

Music: A commendation from Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, a proclamation from the New York City Council and a proclamation from Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams are expected to be among the accolades conferred on legendary steel band pioneer Neville Jules, when tribute is paid to him by the Trinidad & Tobago Folk Arts Institute Sunday evening April 26 at Brooklyn’s Tropical Paradise Ballroom. Comment

Equal Pay Day

Viewpoints: When Doris and Don Fisher opened their small retail store in 1969, they each put up $21,000 in savings and, without even discussing it, paid each other the same salary. That’s how equal partnerships work. Comment

Copycat rogue behavior among the protectors?

Viewpoints: Is it that we’re in the throes of a contagion of copycat “bad apple” conduct involving some of the players pledged to do the “protect and serve” bit in our communities? Copycat practice so frequently makes it into the conversation on the law enforcement side as a probability in seemingly related instances of anti-social behavior. But the rash of episodes, for some time now, in which guys designated as guardians of the citizenry have acted more like outlaws, gives us pause as to whether the copycat phenomenon is also alive and well on the “good” side of the law-and-order divide. Comment

Church Avenue Street Fair

Brooklyn: It’s that time of year again! The Annual Church Avenue Street Fair will unfurl its magic on Sunday, April 26, 2015 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. on Church Avenue between Coney Island Avenue and Argyle Road. The Street Fair is the place to discover the unique products and services of area organizations, entrepreneurs and artists. Comment

Jamaican queen to serenade ‘Everybody’s Mom’

Music: New Yorkers are in for a mother’s day treat on May 9 when Jamaica’s queen of the universe Kaci Fennell sings, dances and charms audiences at the annual tribute concert slated for Brooklyn Center at Brooklyn College. Comment

Guyanese wear Easter hats for a cause

Guyana: It is now 30 years since the ladies of the Inner Wheel Club of Georgetown began to captivate audiences with creative headwear at its annual Garden Tea Party and Hat Show, to raise funds for outreach programs. Comment

Two winners, one loser at Summit of the Americas

Cuba: MIAMI, April 14, 2015 (IPS) - U.S. President Barack Obama has earned a place in history for taking the first steps towards rectifying a policy that has lasted over half a century without ever achieving its primary goal of ending the Castro regime in Cuba. Comment
Jamaica: On his short visit to the Caribbean last Thursday, United States President Barack Obama launched the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI), aimed at expanding opportunities for emerging entrepreneurs and civil society activists. Comment

Obama, Castro hold historic meeting

Cuba: PANAMA CITY (AP) _ The leaders of the United States and Cuba held their first formal meeting in more than half a century on Saturday, clearing the way for a normalization of relations that had seemed unthinkable to both Cubans and Americans for generations. Comment

Rising share of US Black population Carib-born

Caribbean: A new study has found that a rising share of the United States Black population is Caribbean-born. In an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data, the Pew Research Institute (PRI) finds that a record 3.8 million Black immigrants live in the United States today, more than four times the number in 1980. Comment
Arts & Theater: From far and near, quilt lovers and others who love textile arts immersed themselves in the artistry of The Urban Inspirations Quilt Show 2015. Sponsored by the Empire Quilters Guild, one the many NYC area quilters’ organizations, the two-day show was held at FIT in late March. Comment

In Belize, climate change drives coastal management

Belize: BELIZE CITY, Apr 9 2015 (IPS) - A five-year project launched here in Belize City in March seeks to cement a shift in view of climate change and its impact on Belize’s national development. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Property developers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are offering potential new home owners passports for Antigua and Barbuda, opening up fresh avenues for visa-free travel to a wide array of countries for Emirati citizens, according to reports in the tiny Caribbean island. Comment

Bahamas yet to pass integrity act

Bahamas: The Bahamas should establish a code of ethics for all parliamentarians and sanction mechanisms for violations, according to the report of the Committee of Experts in the Fourth Round of the Mechanism for follow-up on implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC). Comment

Rev. Norman Sr. recognized for 62 years of service

The First Baptist Church of Crown Heights (FBCCH) originally organized in 1953 as the First Baptist Church of Williamsburg, by a small group of Christian workers included a young man eager to preach, but not yet ordained. One of the first acts of this founding church was to duly ordain the Rev. Clarence Norman as pastor. Today as a result of his 62 years of faithful and dedicated service, Rev. Norman ministers to a congregation of more than 2000 persons. Comment

Gays want the right to move freely within CARICOM

Trinidad and Tobago: Jamaican attorney and gay rights activist Maurice Tomlinson is urging the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) to force the Trinidad and Tobago government and Belize to scrap immigration laws which prevents gay people from entering both countries. Comment

Outrage over shooting death of unarmed Black man

Brooklyn: At least two City legislators have expressed outrage over the shooting death of an unarmed Black man in the back, as he ran away, by a white police officer in North Charleston, S.C. Comment

Garifuna celebrates heritage at Boro Hall

Honduras: From 2010 on, the New York State (NYS) Assembly and later the NYS Senate began to recognize through proclamations the Garifuna community in the metro-New York area. The Bronx and Brooklyn have the greatest concentration of Garifuna outside of Central America (Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, and Nicaragua). Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Alex of Venice (R for profanity, sexual references and drug use) Midlife crisis drama about a workaholic attorney (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) suddenly forced to reorder her priorities after being unceremoniously dumped by her frustrated, stay-at-home husband (Chris Messina). With Don Johnson, Derek Luke and Troy Garity. Comment


Arts & Theater: Ballet Hispanico, recognized as the nation’s leading Latino dance organization since 1970, returns to the Joyce Theater from April 14-26, 2015 with 15 performances featuring five dynamic programs. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ As he wades into a region suffering economic and political stresses, President Barack Obama sought Thursday to reassert U.S. influence in the Caribbean and the Americas with pledges of energy assistance and diplomatic fence mending, a mix of modest steps and high ambition for the U.S.’s southern neighbors. Comment

‘Songbirds’ sing praises

Music: Ask author Heather Augustyn, the name of the world’s first female rappers and you might be surprised at her response. Contrary to popular belief, it is not Queen Latifah. Comment

Emeline Michel loves to share

Music: As a working musician, Haitian-born Emeline Michel is really busy. During two weeks in late March/early April she performed locally in Queens, Manhattan and Brooklyn. Comment

Guyana parties file candidates for general election

Guyana: The streets of Georgetown were amassed with citizens wearing the colors of their chosen party for the General and Regional elections, expected to draw a large turnout at the polls on the May 11, 2015. Comment

Jara needs more mounts

Sports: Let’s turn the clock back to June of 2006. This was the time of the year that neither the Kentucky Derby or Preakness winners were in the Test of Champions for three year olds. Jazil took advantage of the field and emerged victorious. An established Panamanian jockey Fernando Jara rode that horse. Comment
Jamaica: President Barack Obama made the most of his short visit to Jamaica by stopping into the former home of reggae singer Bob Marley, just moments after his arrival to the island. Comment


Sports: HANOVER, N.J. (AP) _ The New York Red Bulls might be one of the biggest surprises in the opening weeks of the Major League Soccer season. Comment

Walker’s human trafficking bills become law

Brooklyn: A series of bills co-sponsored by newly-elected State Assemblywoman Latrice Walker that would help prevent human trafficking, strengthen protections for victims and increase penalties on traffickers have become law. Comment

NBA set for 1st Cuba trip since relations restored

Sports: NEW YORK (AP) _ The NBA is set to become the first U.S. professional sports league to visit Cuba since President Barack Obama ordered diplomatic relations between the countries to be restored. Comment

Welcome to Jamrock! Mr. President

Jamaica: On the day President Barack Obama arrived in Jamaica, most adhered to the 2,500-year-old Chinese code of conduct — see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil. Comment

Vincentian school gets set for Penn Relays

St Vincent: Athletes from the Thomas Saunders Secondary School (TSSS) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines are rearing to hit the tracks and showcase Vincentian pride at the 121st staging of the Penn Relays Carnival, at Franklin Field Stadium, at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Comment

Reminiscent of the ‘states’ rights’ spectre

Viewpoints: The “states’ rights” rally cry recalls names like George Wallace and Lester Maddox, governors respectively of Alabama and Georgia who, along with like-minded souls looking to buck the civil rights push in the ‘60s, invariably invoked states’ rights as their go-to bulwark against racial equality. Thanks to LBJ’s determination and his consummate skills in getting legislation passed by Congress, Wallace, Maddox and their ilk didn’t get their way in those attempts to keep segregation in place. Comment


Jamaica: The U.S. Secret Service and Jamaican security officials locked down large sections of commercial Kingston, the capital, from Wednesday evening ahead of Thursday’s one-day visit of American President Barack Obama and his third summit meeting with Caribbean trade group leaders since his Trinidad visit in April 2009. Comment

Find your path to success

Books: Where do you go from here? You’ve been looking at your life and everything around you, and that’s the question you’ve been asking: what next? What will you do with the rest of your days? In the new book “Reach,” edited by Ben Jealous and Trabian Shorters, foreword by Russell Simmons, you may find some guidance. Comment

Mercenary-turned-patriot redeems himself

Movies: Up until 1775, cold-blooded assassin William Reynolds (Andrew Cheney) never had a problem with his job as a hit man for the East India Tea Company. But the veteran mercenary finally developed second thoughts about his grisly line of work after being double-crossed by his diabolical boss, the conniving Charles Kemp (John Rhys-Davies). Comment

Kite flying tradition fizzles in Guyana

People: Monday, April 6 was yet another beautiful sunny day for Guyanese to celebrate Easter Monday with the centuries old tradition of kite flying. Comment

GraceKennedy expands reach in US market

Jamaica: GraceKennedy, one of the Caribbean’s larger corporate entities, has announced a new distribution deal in the U.S. with American beverage giant AriZona Beverages, USA, LLC. Comment

Tribute to Danny Glover at writers conference

Brooklyn: The Center for Black Literature, National Black Writers Conference (NBWC) at Medger Evers College, under the direction of Dr. Brenda M. Greene held its Biennial Symposium: Voices of Liberation and Resistance and a Tribute to Danny Glover on Saturday, March 28. The event was well attended and held in Medger Evers Founders Auditorium. Comment

Mayor de Blasio extends rent stabilization law

New York: Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed into law a bill extending the rent stabilization laws in New York City until April 1, 2018. The bill was sponsored by Council Member Corey Johnson (D-Manhattan); Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn), Deputy Leader and Chair of the Council’s Housing and Buildings Committee; Council Member Helen Rosenthal (D-Manhattan), and others. Comment

Challenging the power of the one percent

Viewpoints: SAO PAULO, April 2, 2015 (IPS) - When you are faced with the task of moving an object but find it is too heavy to lift, what is your immediate and most natural response? You ask someone to help you lift it. And it makes all the difference. Comment

Caribbean youth ready to lead on climate issues

Environment: PORT OF SPAIN, Jan. 19, 2015 (IPS) - At 24 years old, Stefan Knights has never been on the side of those who are sceptical about the reality and severity of climate change. Comment

Stark Choices: People’s Budget vs. Republican Plan

Viewpoints: The annual federal budget debate typically doesn’t excite many folks outside the Washington beltway. And with good reason – the Republican budget process is intended to lull the public to sleep by staying short on details and long on damaging provisions that will hurt low-income and middle-class families. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Antigua and Barbuda government says it will resist efforts to shift the base of the financially-strapped regional airline LIAT, to CARICOM neighbor Barbados. Comment

In Jamaica, man hurls ‘suspicious package’ at US Embassy

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ Heavily armed Jamaican soldiers and police took positions around the U.S. Embassy on Wednesday after a man hurled a “suspicious package” over the building’s wall. Comment

CARICOM backs Guyana in border dispute

Venezuela: The 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has come out in full support of Guyana after Venezuela declared that the “Arbitral award of 1899, which definitively settled the boundary between the two countries, is null and void.” Comment

Gayle not ready to retire

Caribbean: Hard-hitting West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle is not retiring from any form of the game, but a recurring back injury will keep him out of the upcoming home series against England. Comment

Trinidad chairs OAS Permanent Council

Trinidad and Tobago: The Organization of American States (OAS) says the Permanent Representative of Trinidad and Tobago, Neil Parsan, has assumed the chair of the Permanent Council of the hemispheric institution. Comment

World leaders lack ambition to tackle climate crisis

Environment: BRUSSELS/MAPUTO, Apr. 1, 2015 (IPS) - World governments expect to agree to a new global treaty to combat climate change in Paris in December. As the catastrophic impacts of climate change become more evident, so too escalates the urgency to act. Comment

Brooklyn Boro prez recognizes women in Brooklyn

Brooklyn: “This house is your house,” is the continuing mantra of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. His celebration recognizing women in Brooklyn, wrapped up Women’s History Month, clearly supporting this theme. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Below Dreams (Unrated) Millennial Generation drama highlighting the frustrating job search of three twenty-somethings, an ex-con (Jamaine Johnson), a single-mom (Leanne Miller), and an unemployed college grad (Elliott Ehlers), who are all looking for work in an inhospitable economic climate. Featuring Rebecca Matalon. Comment

US draw with Switzerland

Sports: ZURICH (AP) _ The United States held on for 1-1 draw with Switzerland in an international friendly on Tuesday after veteran forward Jozy Altidore was sent off. Comment


The ICC Cricket World 2014-2015 ODI Tournament ended at the Melbourne Ground in Australia with the Aussies defeating New Zealand by seven wickets. New Zealand won the toss, batted first and they ran into early trouble losing their captain without scoring. Comment

Bolt returns to New York

Jamaica: It would not be long now before professional track and field returns to the met area, and it will be just about when the high school and college season ends for the track buffs and athletes. Now we just need to have good weather, and not a rainy day. Comment

‘Mighty’ explosive

Music: “Who is that”? As the strong vocal cords burst through the silence in the court room at Brooklyn’s Borough Hall, on Thursday, March 26. It was one of the questions asked during the sterling performance of Sheimyrah Mighty. She was singing the American National Anthem and eyes raised and looked across the isles at each other as the slender young woman held everyone’s attention with her strong and beautiful voice singing the anthem. Comment


Suriname: Negotiations for a free trade agreement between Canada and the 15-nation Caribbean trade group appear to have collapsed with the Canadian government telling its regional counterparts in official correspondence that it has done everything to reach a deal with the group to no avail after six years so it is simply walking away. Comment

Obama to visit Jamaica next week

Jamaica: For the second time in Jamaica’s history a sitting president of the United States will visit the island. In 1982, President Ronald Reagan registered first in their history books as a Republican to make a stop to the island while in office. On April. 9, President Barack Obama will make an entry for the Democrats and also imprint a new chapter in Jamaica’s history as the first Black president of the United States and the one to arrive while the first female prime minister leads the country. Comments (1)


Tri-state area music lovers will get the opportunity to see two powerhouse singers perform live - Tessanne Chin, season five winner of The Voice and American Idol winner Fantasia. Both ladies will share stage at an event billed “Voices In Concert” that will be held at the newly renovated Kings Theatre in Brooklyn on Saturday, April 11, 2015. Comment

‘Dancehall Rising’ at Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre

Music: The countdown is on for what promises to be a historical dancehall reggae concert, as some of the Caribbean’s finest award-winning artistes – Mavado, Capleton and Lady Saw -- share the prestigious Kings Theatre stage with America’s finest reggae-dancehall-rapper, Matisyahu. This grand musical encounter, titled “Dancehall Rising”, is scheduled for April 10. Comment

Budget hearing for youth services

New York: Brooklyn Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene, chair of the Committee on Youth Services, said his committee on Friday jointly hosted a preliminary budget hearing with the Committee on Community Development in the Council Chambers at City Hall in lower Manhattan. Comment

Reparations summit to be held in NYC

People: The Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW), a leading research, policy and advocacy group with offices in New York and Baltimore, says it is holding an International Reparations Summit at various sites across New York City from April 9-12, 2015. Comments (3)

Some sick politicking in T&T Parliament

Trinidad and Tobago: Not only Trinidad and Tobago nationals across the diaspora, but subscribers to basic moral standards in the Caribbean and indeed throughout the world, should be keen observers whenever scheduled 2015 general elections take place, to see if the Trinidad and Tobago electorate, in some inexplicable collective stupor, hands any further mandate to the government of Kamla Persad-Bissessar. The prime minister and her partners in crime have become that much of an embarrassment to the country they have ruled with unapologetically reckless abandon since 2010. Comments (1)

Bichotte votes yes on abortion

Haiti: Newly-elected State Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte has voted in favor of a woman’s right to choose, as the New York State Assembly last week passed stand-alone abortion expansion legislation (A.6221 - Glick/S.4432 - Stewart-Cousins) that would require the state to “not deny a woman’s right to obtain abortion.” Comment

Mayors of NY & Newark will convene here

People: Four days of serious talk will unite an amalgam of inspiring speakers from April 8 to 11 when the National Action Network holds their national convention at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel. Comment

T&T gov’t no-confidence motion flops

Trinidad and Tobago: An unprecedented no-confidence motion brought by the Trinidad and Tobago People’s Partnership (PP) government against Opposition Leader Dr. Keith Rowley flopped as members of the opposition staged a dramatic walk out from the House of Representatives on Wednesday, March 25. Comment

Venezuela slashes Caribbean oil shipments

Caribbean: Reports say Venezuela has cut in half its subsidized shipments of crude oil to Cuba and Petrocaribe member nations to 200,000 barrels per day, down from 400,000 shipped in 2012. Comment

Jamaica diasporans hijack PM’s message

Jamaica: Jamaicans who attended a Manhattan gathering billed as a community forum with Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller were witnesses to a disrupted address from the leader by disgruntled diasporan residents intent on reversing the buggery laws now in place on the Caribbean island. Comments (1)

Vincentian priests mourn ‘caring’ bishop

Long Island: Two Vincentian Anglican priests who were beneficiaries of an American bishop’s goodwill are mourning his passing, saying he was a “great servant of God” and a “caring” shepherd. Comment
New York: March winds blew through the UN Visitors Plaza. Enduring bone-chilling conditions, dignitaries, VIPs and the public alike braved the blustery weather, shivering during the remarks. Comment

Tea-time and fashion for charity

Guyana: Ladies and gents from Brooklyn will step out in their finest Easter hats and ensemble all in the name of charity when the Health & Education Relief Organization for Cancer, (HEROC) committee, hosts its “Second Annual Fascination Tea Party, on April 12. Comment

Shailene Woodley radiates chemistry aplenty

Movies: “Insurgent” is the second in the action-oriented series of screen adaptations based on Veronica Roth’s blockbuster Divergent trilogy. This installment represents a rarity for a cinematic sequel in that it’s actually better than the first episode. Comment

Why should the government deliver mail?

Viewpoints: In a country where people extol the virtues of free enterprise, why is the U.S. government involved in the delivery of mail? After all, it would be difficult to find a better example of a violation of the principles of free enterprise than the U.S. Postal Service. Comment

CACCI honors women history makers

Brooklyn: The Brooklyn-based Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) on Thursday, March 26 honored several leading women during its “2015 Women History Makers” celebration at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Comment

Education as a cornerstone for women’s empowerment

Viewpoints: WASHINGTON, March 25, 2015 (IPS) - Earlier this month, the Barack Obama administration announced a new initiative designed to improve girls’ education around the world. Dubbed “Let Girls Learn,” the programme builds on current progress made, such as ensuring girls are enrolled in primary school at the same rates as boys, and is looking to expand opportunities for girls to complete their education. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Britain has warned travelers to the Caribbean about contracting the Chikungunya virus, based on the dramatic increase in the number of people affected by the disease in the last year. Comment

Gayle to face disciplinary committee

Caribbean: The West Indies disciplinary committee has agreed to complete their hearing on West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle following the conclusion of the ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Comments (1)

Barbados to become a republic

Barbados: Prime Minister Freundel Stuart says Barbados will be moving towards a republican form of government “in the very near future” ending its centuries of old relationship with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth as its head of state. Comment

Jamaica, Suriname consent to anti-corruption on-site visits

Suriname: The Organization of American States (OAS) says the governments of Jamaica and Suriname, as well as Canada, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic, have consented 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

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 5 to 7 (R for sexuality) Romantic romp revolving around an aspiring young writer (Anton Yelchin) and a married, middle-aged socialite (Berenice Marlohe) who rendezvous at the same time every day for a passionate affair at a classy, Midtown Manhattan hotel. Featuring Glenn Close, Olivia Thirlby and Frank Langella. Comment

Trade Brooklyn to highlight regional biz success

Cardinal Trade Group, Inc. (CTG), the producer of the New York region’s top business events, brings to today’s business professionals an even larger Trade Brooklyn, the region’s leading B2B trade show, to the heart of Brooklyn at the New York Marriott at Brooklyn Bridge, 333 Adams St. on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Comment

Church Avenue BID hosts Marketing Resource Fair

Business: Almost 60 business owners and entrepreneurs and 11 providers of business and marketing services gathered at El Acuario Restaurant on Church Avenue for the “Your Business. Your Brand,” breakfast workshop on Wednesday March 18, 2015. Attendees enjoyed breakfast while networking, discussing upcoming projects, and brainstorming potential collaborations. Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: There are very few officers in Trinidad’s police system who could try to convince locals that a country-wide system of coordinated roadblocks the force sprung upon citizens during rush hour on Monday morning was not an act of spite or vindictiveness designed to pressure authorities to meet demands for increased salaries. Comment

Shirley Chisholm’s Women of Distinction

People: The assembled in the Brooklyn Library’s Dweck Auditorium were raucous, at times. They are the supporters of the honorees for the Shirley Chisholm Women of Distinction awards, women all excelling in their fields–community leadership, communication or entrepreneurship. Comment

Trini film to debut at BAM

Movies: The Caribbean Film Academy that has been entertaining moviegoers with stirring films by gifted filmmakers from the region since 2012 is proud to debut its series at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Rose Cinemas, beginning on Tuesday, April 7. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Comment

CACNY, Jamaican group work on special youth program

Jamaica: The Brooklyn-based Caribbean American Center of New York (CACNY) says it will again be partnering with Giving Tree Jamaica, West Indies, in presenting “another special and much-needed seven-day program” for the youth in the rural parish of St. Elizabeth. Comment

Take 6 takes center stage

Music: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 60th Anniversary Season with a concert by Grammy-winning a cappella jazz group Take 6 on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. Heralded by Quincy Jones as the “baddest vocal cats on the planet,” the most awarded vocal group in history (10 Grammy Awards, 10 Dove Awards, a Soul Train Award, and more) celebrates their 25th Anniversary in a soulful concert that fuses gospel, jazz, R&B, and pop. Comment


Arts & Theater: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, beloved as one of the world’s most popular dance companies, will return to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts for a two-week 15-performance engagement at the David H. Koch Theater June 10 – 21, 2015. Comment

Terriers win season title

Sports: The Terriers, as they are nicknamed, who list only four seniors on their roster, won their first Northeast Conferene title since the winter of 2003. They were able to rest their standout players a little bit for the league tournament which determines who gets that automatic bid into the NCAA tourney. Comment
Guyana: Guyana presidential candidate David Granger promised compatriots that they would enjoy the same good life they have in America if they return to their homeland, Comment


Sports: HARRISON, N.J. (AP) _ Bradley Wright-Phillips scored a goal and set up another as the New York Red Bulls defeated D.C. United 2-0 on Sunday in a home opener that was marked by disgruntled fans chanting support for former coach Mike Petke who was fired after last season. Comment

Public sentiment ignored in ‘the law’

Viewpoints: Every so often we have reason to recall the classic Dickens line uttered by his Mr. Bumble character in Oliver Twist: “If the law supposes that, the law is a ass.” We think Mr. Bumble’s cogent, albeit ungrammatical observation was borne out once more by the judge who recently issued his denial ruling in response to several petitioners who requested release of the grand jury minutes in the case of senselessly killed Eric Garner in Staten Island last July. Comment

Do a better job on gender equality

Viewpoints: LONDON, March 21, 2015 (IPS) - Undoubtedly, we are at a crucial time in the advancement of gender equality. As we move towards consensus on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we must ensure the rights of women and girls are firmly embedded in the post-2015 development framework. Comment

Whistleblowers and the prosecution loophole

Viewpoints: When facing the prospect of criminal prosecution for leaking highly classified material to his mistress and later lying about it to the FBI, General David Petraeus found unlikely allies on Capitol Hill. Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsay Graham (R-SC), and Diane Feinstein (D-CA) have all spoken out against criminally prosecuting the four-star general, in part because they feel he has “suffered enough.” Comment

Politicians honored at women’s conference

Brooklyn: Several elected officials were recognized with congressional citations at the 4th Annual Shirley Chisholm Women’s Empowerment Conference at Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Comments (1)

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