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Panama, secrecy and tax havens

Viewpoints: KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, April 22, 2016 (IPS) - Unlike Wikileaks’ exposes, the recent Panama revelations were quite selective, targeted, edited and carefully managed. Most observers attribute this to the political agendas of its mainly American funders. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 3rd Street Blackout (Unrated) Romantic comedy about a tech-addicted couple (Negin Farsad and Jeremy Redleaf) forced by a Huirricane Sandy power outage to face each other sans electronic devices. With Janeane Garofalo, Devin Ratray and Ed Weeks. Comment

Growing concerns over T&T ISIS fighters

Trinidad and Tobago: The government of Trinidad and Tobago has confirmed that more than 100 men, women and children from that country had traveled to Syria to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) between 2013 and 2015 in addition to Trinidad and Tobago fighters fighting with the militant organization. Comment

Saldana successfully channels Simone in biopic

Movies: Most of the pre-release buzz surrounding this controversial biopic has swirled around the debate about Zoe Saldana’s darkening her skin, donning an afro wig and wearing a prosthetic nose to portray Nina Simone (1933-2003). Comment

Unnoticed, we are close to destruction of our planet

Environment: ROME, Apr 21, 2016 (IPS) - On the 17th of April, Italians were called to vote in a national referendum, on the extension of licenses to extract petrol and gas from the seas. The government, the media and those in the economic circles, all took a position against the referendum, claiming that 2000 jobs were at a stake. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Cuba will host the seventh summit of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) which will take place on June 4, 2016 in the capital, Havana. This was revealed by the organizations’ Secretary General Alfonso Munera who recently paid a working visit to the Communist island. Comment

‘Fire Fire’ video released

Music: Jamaican dancehall queens Kimiko ‘Versatile’ and Keiva ‘D Diva’ bust a move in the opening salvo of the hot new Ska video “Fire Fire” from award winning crooner Richie Stephens & The Ska Nation Band featuring Rankin Lele and Papa Leu (from Sud Sound System crew — the biggest Italian reggae band) on vocals. Comment

Pols troubled by mass voter ‘roll purging’

Brooklyn: As Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump struck up decisive victories in Tuesday’s New York Primaries, a number of area politicians have expressed concern over that they described as mass voter “roll purging.” Comment


Suriname: A few years ago when international prices for oil and gold were high, the economy of Dutch-speaking Suriname was at its healthiest since the 1970s, with Central Bank foreign reserves topping $1B, foreign direct investment in bauxite and the hotel sectors peaked and hope for the future abounded. Comment

Ultimately, a GOP farce in New York

Viewpoints: The New York primaries were being touted as pivotal, and to a large extent they were. But on the GOP side, because of the bizarre plot twists that have dogged their nominee search, what they wound up with in New York was altogether a farce, in which the guy who dominated is probably still seen by the party establishment as its worst nightmare. Problem is, the rival who got beaten is a major horror show as well. Does riding high in a farce really change the dynamic? Comment

Tributes to Jose Rivera, dead at 53

Brooklyn: Scores of residents in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn and co-workers at New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) on Saturday paid their last respects to Jose Rivera, a long-serving employee at DOHMH, who died on April 14. He was 53. Comments (2)


New York Theatre Ballet (NYTB) will perform The Alice-in-Wonderland Follies on May 1, 2016 at 3 pm at the 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Av, NYC. Comment

‘Shred Fest 2016’ helps NY city consumers avoid risk of identity theft

NEW YORK NY - As part of its ongoing efforts to help consumers avoid falling victim to identity theft, AARP New York is joining with New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman to sponsor “Shred Fest 2016” a series of events to provide free shredding ofpersonal financial documents and other sensitive records. Comment

CaribNOG 11 kicks off in Jamaica

Jamaica: MONTEGO BAY—Anyone interested in the development of the Internet in Caribbean may have already heard of CaribNOG, the Caribbean Network Operators Group. Over the past decade, this volunteer-based community of computer engineers has grown into a formidable influencer in the regional technology arena. Today, its twice-yearly regional gatherings are among the most highly anticipated events on the Caribbean’s tech calendar. Comment

Poly-tricks impede Obama’s plea to fund Zika

National: Zika virus funding will have to wait until after mosquito season ends this summer. So says Republicans in Congress. Comment
Guyana: The Guyana Action Committee (GAC), on April 10 lived up to its name when the non-for-profit put on an action-packed Pre-50th Independence Anniversary Brunch, and carried out its charitable motto by presenting First Lady of the Republic of Guyana, Mrs. Sandra Granger, and Mrs. Sita Nagamootoo, wife of First Vice President, Moses Nagamootoo, with 200 pairs of shoes for Guyana’s underprivileged children, as part of President David Granger’s humanitarian initiative. Comment

Vincy athletes prepare for Penn Relays

St Vincent: James Cordice, the architect behind St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ participation in the illustrious Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pa says preparations are well underway for hosting athletes from the Thomas Saunders Secondary School (TSSS) in next week’s relays carnival. Comment

Mayor cites Caribbean club operator with ‘Larry Gold Day’ proclamation

Music: From now and in perpetuity, April 1, 2016 will be known as Larry Gold Day in New York City. The official proclamation was signed, sealed and delivered by New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio and was celebrated at SOBs where virtually every genre of music has had a showcase. Comment

Moody’s downgrades T&T’s bond rating

Trinidad and Tobago: A major international credit rating agency in New York has downgraded Trinidad and Tobago’s bond ratings to Baa3 from Baa2 and assigned a negative outlook to the twin-island republic’s economic performance. Comment

Bichotte introduces MWBE legislation

Business: Brooklyn Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte has introduced a bundle of legislation that she says will greatly enhance economic opportunities for Minority and Women Owned Enterprises (MWBEs) and subcontractors throughout the state. Comment



Jamaica: NEW YORK (AP) _ Maurice Ashley was 14 when he saw a high school friend playing chess and challenged him to a match. He lost badly, but it sparked a love affair that started him playing nearly non-stop ever since. Comment

Four loyal ‘birds’ stick together

Books: You and your girls are birds of a feather. You flock together, preen together, share your nest when needed and, while you happily sing one another’s praises, you’d never open your beak to spill their secrets. Then again, as in the new book “The Blackbirds” by Eric Jerome Dickey, you’d never crow about all the details of your own life, either. Comment

Sir Viv calls on cricket officials to resign

Antigua: West Indies batting legend Sir Vivian Richards has called for the resignation of those charged with administering cricket at the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) level. Comment

Villanova’s assistant coach has Caribbean roots

Guyana: Kyle Neptune, assistant coach of Villanova Wildcats Men’s Basketball, is still on cloud nine after his team clinched the NCAA title, beating North Carolina to win the national championship recently, giving his Caribbean parents a gift of a lifetime. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says it will be offering technical cooperation to support pilot studies of new mosquito control technologies in the Americas, including the Caribbean, as part of its response to the Zika epidemic. Comment

Bahamas referendum on traditional values

Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie says the proposed referendum to amend the constitution will not allow for same sex marriages to become legal in the Bahamas. Comment

Top Twenty20 wicket taker

Sports: All-rounder Dwayne Bravo became the first bowler to take 300 Twenty20 wickets when his new side Gujarat Lions trounced Kings XI by five wickets in the India Premier League (IPL) which started recently. Comment

Caribbean sees rapid growth in remittances

Caribbean: While remittances to developing countries overall edged up slightly in 2015, the World Bank says, among geographical regions, Latin America and the Caribbean saw the “most rapid” growth rate in remittances last year. Comment

Brain-altered convict chases int’l terrorists

Movies: CIA Agent Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) was in London on assignment to deliver a ransom to a computer hacker called the “The Dutchman” (Michael Pitt) when he was assassinated en route by a terrorist (Jordi Molla) with a vicious gun moll (Antje Traue). This would ordinarily be a big loss for the Agency, given the veteran spy’s talents and abilities. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Compadres (Unrated) Unlikely-buddies action thriller about a disgraced ex-cop (Omar Chaparro) who joins forces with a young hacker (Joey Morgan) to exact revenge on the mobster (Erick Elias) who kidnapped his girlfriend (Aislinn Derbez) and framed him for a crime he didn’t commit. With Kevin Pollak, Eric Roberts and Hector Jimenez. Comment

Crime reaches crisis level in Trinidad

Trinidad and Tobago: Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley says crime in Trinidad and Tobago had now become a national crisis as he expressed concern at the brazen and brutal ways criminals have been killing citizens. Comment

Green globe advocates welcome Earth Day

Environment: Climate change proponents of a greener globe are gearing for a celebration that annually hails this planet and all it has to offer. Earth Day will be acknowledged globally on April 22 with conscious and caring emphasis on preserving the environment. The idea of such a day became an initiative 46 years ago when UNESCO officially launched a mode of sustaining the universe. Comment

Eugene campaigns to save summer programs

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene on Tuesday joined with the Campaign for Children, youth advocates and hundreds of young people who previously attended summer camp programs in an effort to “save summer camp programming” for more than 31,000 students throughout New York City. Comment

Caribbean judge appointed to State Commission

St Vincent: Chief Judge of New York State, Janet DeFiore, has appointed Caribbean-born judge in Brooklyn to be a member of the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct. Comment

Vincy attorney speaks to growing marijuana phenomenon

St Vincent: Noting that “a clarion call” for acceptance of the marijuana plant is gaining steam globally, a Boston-based Vincentian attorney, who practices law in Connecticut, is urging his compatriots to fully address “this growing phenomenon.” Comment

No sidelines in fight against climate change

Viewpoints: On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans hit the streets to protest the environmental effects of more than 100 years of uncontrolled fossil-fueled industrial development. It was the first Earth Day. Comment

Jamaicans put a reggae touch to Adele’s ‘Hello’

Jamaican artist Conkarah and Rosie Delmah’s reggae version of British singer Adele’s “Hello” is drawing continuous interest from viewers worldwide. The duet with a female and a male artists is vibrant with a classic reggae beat. Comment


Caribbean: An umbrella aviation body this week asked Caribbean trade group governments to agree to unified laws to regulate drones, calling them the “bird strikes” for airborne aircraft of the future and pointing to the steady growth of them in the community. Comment

Medgar Evers College to host T&T PM

Trinidad and Tobago: The Office of International Education at Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College says the college will on Thursday, May 5 host Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley. Comment

A revolutionary path within the system

Viewpoints: Because the 2016 campaign, thanks to the circus that has been the Republicans’ search for a presidential candidate, has so extensively concentrated on the outrageous, there’s been not nearly enough attention paid to other aspects of the upcoming vote that figure to be quite consequential. Comment

Remembering Shirley Chisholm

Brooklyn: Colleagues, fans, sorority alumnae and a bevy of those she has inspired commemorated trailblazing daughter of Brooklyn, Shirley Chisholm on April 7. The full auditorium at Medgar Evers College crossed generations. Comment

Ex-SVG national soccer captain, coach honored

St Vincent: Elliot “Morey” Millington, who skippered and coached the St. Vincent and the Grenadines national football (soccer) team and led the nation to second place in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) championship in 1979, was Saturday night honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Brooklyn-Friends of Sion Hill. Comment

Windies cricketers selected

Four West Indies cricketers have been included on the ICC teams of the tournament following the Twenty20 World Cup, which recently ended in India. Spinner Samuel Badree and all-rounder Andre Russell are the two West Indians in the male line-up led by India’s Virat Kohli. Comment

West Indies Cricket Board must be re-named

Sports: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) which governs West Indies cricket must be re-named, “Peoples’ Regional Cricket Board, (PRCB). Comment

Caribbean Playreading Series in NY

Arts & Theater: Award winning Jamaican actress and singer Dianne Dixon has joined a stellar lineup of actors from across the Caribbean for the Braata Productions Caribbean Playreading Series to be held at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center (JPAC) in Queens, New York, from April 22 – 24. Comment


CHESTER, Pa. (AP) _ Julie Johnston scored two goals, Tobin Heath had a pair of assists and the U.S. women’s soccer team defeated Colombia 3-0 on Sunday. Comment

Antigua, St. Kitts students win LIDC debate

St Kitts and Nevis: Students from community colleges in Antigua and Barbuda and St. Kitts were adjudged winners last Friday in the much-spirited Evening Program debate in the Leeward Island Debating Competition (LIDC) at Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College. Comments (1)

Jamaica to earn $3 billion from tourism in 2017

Jamaica: Jamaica’s newly appointed Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett announced that his country is expected to earn $3 billion from tourism in 2017, up from $2.5B he said the country now earns. Comment

Tackling race issues head on

Books: Anything’s worth a try. Never done it before? Then give it a whirl, you have nothing to lose. You might actually like it. You might grow to love it. And then again – as in the new book “We Love You, Charlie Freeman” by Kaitlyn Greenidge, the experiment might go horribly awry. Comment
Arts & Theater: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Amid a maze of car repair shops in Haiti’s gritty capital, Andre Eugene pitches a shredded tire he found atop a towering sculpture he built out of rusty engine parts, bed springs and other cast-off junk. Comment

Black girls building game apps

Brooklyn: It was over a decade ago when Trinidadian-descent Alisha Finley graduated St. Josephs College majoring in computer science. She was among all the guys. Comment

Jamaican chef to compete in food competition

Food: Twenty-seven-year-old Jamaican-born Chef Andre Fowles who served up a mouth-watering dish of Goat Curry with Chick Pea, Buss Up Shut, and Jasmin rice, to clinch the title of Champion on the Food Network TV reality show, Chopped, will compete in the April 19, championship tournament — Chopped Champions Battle 4 Kitchen Storm — that will be aired on Food Network TV at 10 pm E/T. Comment

The Panama Papers: A global report card

Viewpoints: ROME, April 11, 2016 (IPS) - On Sunday, 3 April, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists released an unprecedented leak of documents exposing the secretive financial dealings of some of the world’s richest and most powerful. Comment

JA eyes radical growth in tourism using ‘5 pillars’

Jamaica: Jamaica has positioned itself to grow its economy using a “five-pillar” formula guaranteed to boost returns from tourism. Eager to follow the lead of the Dominican Republic — the fastest growing economy — Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett predicted a surge next year in the island’s most profitable industry. Comment

Learning from history for progress

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, April 7, 2016 (IPS) - The Chinese character for crisis combines the characters for ‘danger’ and ‘opportunity.’ Comment

Shaken fireman faces moment of truth

Movies: Caleb Abrams (Jensen Atwood) is single today only because his former fiancee, Asia (Michelle D. Ivy), broke off their engagement the night before the wedding. During the year since, the buff Baltimore fireman has rededicated himself to his career while pursuing a love of painting in his spare time. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua Former Dominica attorney general, Barnard Wiltshire is calling for the creation of a political watchdog body for the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). Comment

Treefold increase in Caribbean diabetic patients

People: A new World Health Organization (WHO) report says the number of Caribbean nationals living with diabetes has tripled since 1980, adding that one in 12 inhabitants — some 62 million people — live with diabetes in the Americas, including the Caribbean. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 13 Cameras (Unrated) Psychological thriller about a couple of newlyweds (PJ McCabe and Brianne Moncrief) whose Peeping Tom landlord (Neville Archambault) invades their privacy by secretly installing surveillance cameras all around their new home. With Sarah Baldwin, Sean Carrigan and Jim Cummings. Comment

Grenadian PM to open Indian Diaspora Conference

Grenada: At the end of this month, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell will formally open the International Conference on The Indian Diaspora in Grenada and the Wider Caribbean. Comment

Jamaican lawyer to serve on human rights board

Jamaica: A Jamaican lawyer has been elected to serve on the board of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). Margarette May Macaulay will serve as second vice-chair. Comment

Mayor hails ‘Women Celebrating Women’

Brooklyn: Mayor Bill deBlasio on Sunday commended the 17 women, including First Lady Chirlane McCray, who were honored at the gala “Women Celebrating Women” award ceremony at Tropical Paradise Ballroom on Utica Avenue in Brooklyn. Comment

Springtime: right time for Universoul Circus

A big top spectacle of global proportions, the 2016 production of UniverSoul Circus takes fans of all ages on an unforgettable journey of light, sound and soul. Comment

Vincies walk in the rain for Penn Relays

St Vincent: It rained heavily for most of Saturday morning, but that did not prevent die-hard supporters from participating in the second Annual Walk-a-ton aimed at raising funds to aid Vincentian athletes at the prestigious Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pa. Comment

Miss Plus Size Universe Women’s Forum

People: On Sunday April 24, 2016 Miss Plus Size Universe will showcase its first Women Conference, which will be held in New York at the JFK Hilton from 9 am to 5 pm. Comment

Samuels fined for offensive language

Sports: West Indies middle order batsman Marlon Samuels was fined 30 percent of his match fee for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during Sunday’s final against England. Comment

Ignore standard good governance prescriptions to accelerate development

Viewpoints: Jomo Kwame Sundaram was UN Assistant Secretary General for Economic Development. Anis Chowdhury held various senior positions in the United Nations Secretariat in New York and Bangkok. ROME, March 31 2016 (IPS) - Many well-meaning people believe that “good governance” is key to inclusive development. But research claiming that “good governance” is essential for rapid growth suffers from serious methodological or conceptual limitations. Existing definitions are extremely broad, suffer from functionalist tautology, or mainly refer to corruption. Comment

Making Community College tuition free

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte has introduced Assembly Bill A9254, originally sponsored by Senator James Sanders (S6597), which provided a waiver of tuition for community college for two years or up to two years of career and technical education. Comment

NYC First Lady headlines women awards

Brooklyn: New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray, who traces her roots to St. Lucia and Barbados, on Sunday headlined the “Women Celebrating Women” gala Award Ceremony at Tropical Paradise Ballroom on Utica Avenue in Brooklyn. Comment

GUYEXPO to mark Guyana’s 50th Independence

Guyana: Expatriates will receive incentives in return for doing business in Guyana, this was stated during two dynamic presentations by Dawn Holder-Alert and Tameca Sukhdeo-Singh of the Ministry of Business who called on nationals last Sunday to participate in the May 12-15 GuyExpo 2016 as part of Guyana’s 50th Independence Anniversary celebrations. Comment


Colombia’s premiere salsa band Grupo Niche returns to Lehman Center for the Performing Arts for a concert celebrating their 35th anniversary on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 8 pm. Comment

Oracabessa Festival

Music: It is now official! Dancehall star David ‘Mavado’ Brooks, who has a special love affair with music fans in the tri-state area, will be one of the headline performers alongside ‘My Dream’ singer Nesbeth, at the 3rd annual Oracabessa Festival that takes place at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens on Memorial Monday, May 30, 2016. Comment
Sports: West Indies defeated England by four wickets to win the ICC Twenty20 World Cup 2016. England battled first and scored 155 runs for 9 wickets in their 20 overs with Joe Root scoring 54 from 36 balls and Jos Butler 36 from 22 balls. Comment
People: Carlsky Belizaire ’15 (Queens College) an alumnus of Macaulay Honors College at The City University of New York has received the Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellowship, awarded to outstanding seniors and college graduates who want to join the Foreign Service. Comment

Regina Carter’s Southern Comfort

Music: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2015-16 season on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 8 pm with Regina Carter’s Southern Comfort. Comment


Sports: The West Indies Twenty20 squad on Sunday defied all odds by beating England by four wickets in a nail-biting finish in the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) grand finale in Kolkata, India. Comment

Expect go-for-jugular campaign tactics

Viewpoints: The numbers aren’t pointing that way but in the event Bernie Sanders becomes the Democratic presidential nominee, one of the key factors that would determine how he fares would be whether he can ably withstand the assuredly withering onslaught mounted by the other side to highlight the “socialist” and / or “communist” label they would pin on Sanders. Comment

Dem ‘winners’ coming to Brooklyn

Brooklyn: Democratic presidential rival candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders and Secretary Hillary Clinton are already winners in New York but will underscore recent gains during a debate slated for the Duggal Greenhouse, at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on April 14. Comment

Cheadle channels Jazz great in biopic

It’s no secret that Don Cheadle wanted to make a movie about Miles Davis (1926-1991) for over a decade. Well, the wait is finally over for jazz fans eager to see the warts-and-all biopic chronicling some of the highs and lows of the legendary trumpeter’s checkered career. Comment

Dennis M. Walcott now Queens Library’s prez

Queens: The Queens Library Board of Trustees recent selection of Dennis M. Walcott, as the president and CEO of Queens Library has stirred heightened emotions at the independent, public library system based in Queens, NY. Comment

Guyana themed Mother’s Day Show

Fashion: Guyana’s 50th Independence Anniversary will get a big boost on Sunday, May 1 when entrepreneur Pamela McKenzie brings the colors of the Golden Arrowhead flag to her Annual Mother’s Day Fashion Show and dinner. Comment

US welcomes new Provisional Electoral Council in Haiti

Haiti: The United States has welcomed the new Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) in Haiti, saying that it is encouraged by its re-establishment. Comment

Best Health School educates parents on CPR

Brooklyn: Kingsbrook’s Best Health School hosted a CPR class for the parent teacher organization of the East Flatbush Middle school last month. Comment

Best Health School educates parents on CPR

Brooklyn: Kingsbrook’s Best Health School hosted a CPR class for the parent teacher organization of the East Flatbush Middle school last month. Comment

A granddaughter’s tale of a notorious Nazis

Books: You’ve heard the stories. Great-Grandpa made hooch in the basement during Prohibition. Grandma was arrested for protesting back in the ‘60s. Your great-grandma once chased a man off with a gun. Comment

Caribbean urged to work together to end TB

Health: The Washington, D.C.-based Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is calling on the countries of the Americas, including the Caribbean, to work together to end tuberculosis (TB) by 2030. Comment

T&T economy faces ‘major shock’

Trinidad and Tobago: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said the Trinidad and Tobago economy is facing a “major shock” as a result of the sharp fall in energy prices, but was not in a crisis. Comment

WI offspinner back on top

Sports: West Indies off-spinner Samuel Badree has returned to the number-one position in the top Twenty20 rankings after taking six wickets in four matches to date, while India’s Ravichandran Ashwin has dropped from the number one spot to third after managing just four wickets in as many matches. Comment

Bolt quitting after Brazil Olympics

Jamaica: Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt has announced his intention to call it a day on his Olympic Career after the games in Brazil later his year. Comment

US back on track in qualifying with 4-0 win over Guatemala

Sports: COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ The United States got back on track for a berth in the 2018 World Cup, ending four nervous days with a 4-0 win over Guatemala on Tuesday. Comment

New early warning guide for the Caribbean

The heads of the Organization of American States (OAS) and the UN Development Program (UNDP) for Latin America and the Caribbean have launched a new guide for policy makers in the region, saying that improving local and national institutions’ management capacity is crucial to prevent and promote peaceful dispute and conflict resolution. Comment

256 prisoners released for Easter

Jamaica: The Interdenominational Christian ministry, Food for the Poor, said it has been able to secure the release of 256 non-violent prisoners in several Caribbean countries for the Easter season. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Antigua and Barbuda’s new ambassador to Iraq is to make a prepayment for 50 Citizenship by Investment Program (CIP) passports. A release said the government will have approximately US$5 million in its possession with an additional US$10 million advance payment on 50 CIP applications from Ambassador Ahmed Abbas Oleiwi Al-Hassan. Comment

Three jailed for targeting immigrants in Green Card scam

Brooklyn: Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson announced on Wednesday that three defendants have been sentenced in connection with a scheme in which they stole more than $8,000 from two victims by falsely promising to help them obtain green cards and other government documents. Comments (1)

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Hardcore Henry (R for pervasive profanity, incessant mayhem and graphic violence, sexuality, nudity and drug use) Revenge thriller, set in Moscow, about a vigilante’s attempt to rescue his wife (Haley Bennett) who’s been kidnapped by a Russian warlord (Danila Kozlovsky) with an army of assassins. Cast includes Sharlto Copley, Tim Roth and Will Stewart. (In English and Russian with subtitles) Comment

Kaieteur Restaurant 2 serves spicy Caribbean fare

Guyana: When Guyanese-born entrepreneur Rick Chetram wanted to open a new branch of his famous Guyanese West Indian eatery, he chose a 4000 sq. ft. space at the #2 subway Nereid Avenue stop in the East Bronx, where a large enclave of West Indian nationals reside. Comment
Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Mathieu Eugene on Wednesday joined the Campaign for Children, his colleagues in the City Council and other youth advocates to fight for the restoration of funding for summer programs that he says more than 31,000 children rely on. Comments (1)


Jamaica: The first woman to head a major political party and become prime minister of Jamaica is preparing for a major leadership challenge after steering the organization to a narrow but painful defeat in general elections held recently. Comment

Freelancers Union launches ‘World’s Longest Invoice’

New York: As part of its campaign to protect independent workers from deadbeat companies, Freelancers Union launched on Monday “The World’s Longest Invoice” — an online counter where independent workers can share stories and add the amount they have been stiffed to a running national total. Comment

Recipe Rescue cooking champs

Food: Two ninth-grade students who are members of NYU Lutheran Family Health Centers Project Reach Youth (PRY) Track program at the John Jay High School Campus came out top winners on March 12 in the 2016 Recipe Rescue cooking competition hosted by the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD). Taking first place in the final round for high school students was Evelyn Corona Ramirez, 14, and in fourth place was Cheyenne Washington, 15. Comment

A decalogue to understand terrorism and its consequences

Viewpoints: Roberto Savio, is founder and president emeritus of the Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency and publisher of Other News ROME, March 28, 2016 (IPS) - The recent Brussels massacre has created a short term reaction, which ignores a long term projection. All the debate is now about security, police reinforcement, new military strategies, as if terrorism can be solved just as a matter of public order. Comment


Sports: The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is seeking legal advice in its ongoing battle with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to have the controversial recommendations of its Governance Review report implemented. Comment
Guyana: Basketball coach Lugard Mohan says he does not turn away any child who shows up at his basketball clinic on Saturdays at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in Georgetown, Guyana, despite over crowding and insufficient balls for training. Comment

Housing discrimination ban now law

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday signed two pieces of essential legislation into law, both sponsored by Brooklyn Council Member and Deputy Leader of the City Council Jumaane D. Williams. Comment

Court-sanctioned trampling on voting rights

People: In the strange run-up to the presidential election that the 2016 version is proving to be, one primary contest recently, in Arizona, gave us a dramatic sampling of the legacy of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia — a reminder of the kind of backward-looking action for which Scalia and his conservative-bloc court brethren were responsible. Comment



Fashion: The Brooklyn Transition Lions Club brought the best out of some patrons on Saturday when they were asked to strut their stuff before an appreciative audience at the club’s inaugural Easter Fashion Show Luncheon extravaganza at St. Gabriel’s Golden Hall on Hawthorne Street in Brooklyn. Comments (1)

Una Clarke calls for a ‘hand up’ for the poor

Jamaica: Former NYC Council Member Una S. T. Clarke speaking on crime and violence says society needs “to find a way to provide for the poor and uneducated by giving them not a handout, but a hand up.” Comment

Outrage over Brooklyn DA’s plea for convicted cop

Brooklyn: A honeymoon with Ken Thompson, Brooklyn’s first Black district attorney seems to be over. Comment

Bronx Assemblyman wants to see Garifuna history in schools

St Vincent: A Bronx Assemblyman has proposed an amendment to New York State Education Law to include the history of the Garifuna people. Comment

Lions Club bestows Easter honors

Brooklyn Transition Lions Club on Saturday bestowed surprised honors on four community figures at its inaugural Fashion Easter Luncheon at St. Gabriel’s Golden Hall on Hawthorne Street in Brooklyn. Comment

Free writing workshops in Queens

Queens: Queens Central Library in Jamaica is offering a free Creative Writers’ Workshop for those with an “itch to write” led by writer and performer Jennifer Celestin. The series of eight guided workshops to “get you writing” will be held on Sundays from April 3 – May 22 at 1 pm in the main floor conference room. Comment

Man of Steel against the Caped Crusader

Movies: Let’s face it, Christian Bale’s Batman was going to be a hard act for any actor to follow, especially Ben Affleck who had already proved underwhelming as a superhero when he played Daredevil back in 2003. And the departure from the franchise of Chris Nolan, the legendary director of the critically-acclaimed Dark Knight trilogy, only served to lower expectations even further. Comment

Phagwah brings Spring to Richmond Hill, Queens

Music: The vivid colors of spring were everywhere on the streets of Richmond Hill, Queens last Saturday, when Caribbean nationals celebrated the festival of Phagwah, to welcome the dawn of spring, a season of joy and love, and signifies good over evil. Comment

Trinidadian now US ambassador

Trinidad and Tobago: A Trinidadian, who migrated to the USA at the age of 14 years, has returned to his former homeland as the United States Ambassador. John Learie Estrada, his wife and twin daughters arrived earlier this week to take up his post. Comment

Making prisons more productive

Books: You do the crime, you do the time. If you’re willing, in other words, to misbehave or break the law, you need to be willing to face consequences. But what if the crime doesn’t match the punishment? What if your sentence doesn’t have a period at the end? Or what if, as you’ll see in “Incarceration Nations” by Baz Dreisinger, you didn’t commit a crime at all? Comment

‘Bacchanal’ re-launches original Jamaica Carnival

Music: Calypso and soca music lovers in Jamaica will go back to the future on April 3 with the re-launching of Jamaica Carnival. Missing from the cultural calendar since Byron Lee, its founder died at age 73 in 2008, it seemed as if his brainchild died with him. Not so said his daughter Julianne Lee. Comment

CACCI expects greater community resource with new project

Brooklyn: Since 2001, the Brooklyn-based Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) says the Flatbush-Caton Market has served as a “vibrant home to local businesses and micro-entrepreneurs.” Comment

In Cuba, Obama calls for burying ‘last remnant’ of Cold War

HAVANA (AP) _ Capping his remarkable visit to Cuba, President Barack Obama on Tuesday declared an end to the “last remnant of the Cold War in the Americas” and openly urged the Cuban people to pursue a more democratic future for this communist nation 90 miles from the Florida coast. Comment

Guyana prez to headline Jubilee State Dinner in NY

Guyana: Guyana’s President David Granger will deliver the keynote address at a State Dinner in his honor at the Sheraton New York Time Square Hotel & Towers, on June 11, 2016, organizers in New York say. Comment

Windies cricketer makes history

Trinidad and Tobago: West Indies and Trinidad off-spinner Anisa Mohammed became the first bowler (male or female) in history to take 100 wickets in Twenty20 International as she spearheaded a superb bowling effort, to help beat Pakistan by four runs in a close Women’s Twenty20 World Cup opening match recently. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Bahamas: Four Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries have been chosen to conduct social marketing training and technical assistance to reduce daily salt intake. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Catching the Sun (Unrated) Green economy documentary extolling the efforts of entrepreneurs in the U.S. and China to capitalize on the race to solar energy Comment

Steamfitter encourages workers to join union

Jamaica: Working with the strength of a team will always have its benefits. For first generation Jamaican American, Jefferson Williams, this “team” comes in the form of the New York City Steamfitter Local 638. Comment

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