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Friday, Aug. 26, 2016

WIADCA, CTO partner to expand outreach

Arts & Theater: The West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) and the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) are partnering for a union that will encourage multi-organizational efforts between the two organizations that would benefit the Caribbean region, as well as its people in New York. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016

Presidential qualities missing in today’s politics

Viewpoints: In observing the history of U.S. presidents today, does degrees of separation matter like in times past? It is extremely important for leaders to develop essential leadership skills along with communication skills to be effective in the age of knowledge that we live in today; it is expected in today’s society and we should expect them to live up to this standard of excellence. Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016

Spiritual Baptist pastor receives award

St Vincent: A Spiritual Baptist church in Brooklyn last Friday night bestowed its Lifetime Achievement Award on a Vincentian Spiritual Baptist pastor in Brooklyn at a gala award ceremony at Paradise Manor on Avenue U, also in Brooklyn. Comment

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Williams hails Nelson Mandela International Day

Brooklyn: As the world on Monday celebrated Nelson Mandela International Day, a Grenadian American legislator here has paid tribute to the late South African president whom he said had an “unwavering devotion for human rights, peace and social justice.” Comment

City Council passes Williams’ Use of Force bill

Brooklyn: New York City Council last Thursday passed Council Member Jumaane Williams’ Use of Force bill that requires that the New York Police Department (NYPD) issue quarterly reports on the use of force and their relationship to quality of life offenses. Comments (6)

South Jersey Caribbean fest celebrates 16th anniversary

Music: The South Jersey Caribbean Cultural and Development Organization (SJCCDO) recently celebrated its 16th Annual South Jersey Caribbean Festival at Wiggins Park at the Camden waterfront, across from Philadelphia. Comment

Celebrating Jean-Michel Basquiat’s life and work

Arts & Theater: A non-descript two-story building in NoHo, the area between the East and West Village, is covered with paste and stencil art. An anomaly to a gentrifying East Village, this building at 57 Great Jones Streets, a symbol of a bygone era, was the site where painter, collagist and musician Jean-Michel Basquiat lived and created work for five years until his death in 1988. Comment

Chef Andre talks judging at Jerk Festival and future

Food: The sixth annual Grace Jerk Jamaican Festival transformed Roy Wilkins Park to a feast of jerk flavors last weekend, and aside from all the music and food, a local recognizable face was also at the festival. Comment

Thursday, July 21, 2016

TRADE WAR TRUCE

For years Jamaica and Trinidad have had serious differences over how free trade in the single trading market is supposed to work with Jamaica mostly always accusing Trinidad of unfair trading competition. Comment

‘Harlem Week’ will salute greats

Bronx: Muhammad Ali, Prince and Maurice White, are among the celebrated achievers slated for a series of tributes marking the 2016 “Harlem Week” festivities. Comment

UNITY PICNIC

Music: Thousands of Vincentians from all walks of life on Saturday converged on Brown’s Bay Park in Western Ontario, Canada for the annual Vincy Unity Picnic. Comment

‘True To My Roots’ debuts at #10

Music: Reggae Ambassador, Freddie McGregor, O.D. released his highly anticipated album, “True to My Roots” on his Big Ship Music label on July 1, 2016. Comment

West Indies bowling very weak!

Sports: The West Indies team is set to play India four Test matches and the visitors are touring with a uniquely balanced squad with strong batting and a superb bowling attack with spinners and pace. However, the regional team is going to be without Jerome Taylor and Kemar Roach because they were not selected for this series against India. Comment

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Guyanese surgeon wants to give back at home

Guyana: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Dr. Horace Griffith, is hopeful that with this new Guyana government in place, he would get an opportunity to return to his homeland to made a significant contribution, doing what he is passionate about — performing reconstructive surgery to help patients live a normal life. Comment

Forum on homelessness among Black gay youth

Manhattan: Inclusive religious leaders are hosting a forum to address homelessness among minority gay youth in New York City. The event will take place on July 27 at the Metropolitan Health Center, located at 1901 1st Ave. in Manhattan at 6:30 pm. Comment

Guyanese expats ineligible for old age pension

Guyana: Unless Guyanese living abroad decides to repatriate, they would not be entitled to Old Age Pension under a new measure that the Guyana government has recently put in place. Comment

GOAL DROUGHT

Sports: Team St. Lucia opened week eight of the 2016 New York Caribbean Cup Soccer Tournament with a workman like effort against the U-23 Brooklyn Soca Lions team. Comment

The see-saw journey of Kevin Powell

Books: You never knew what you didn’t have. There were times in your childhood when cereal was supper because there was nothing else. When birthday toys seemed gently pre-loved, hand-me-downs were new to you, and you were none the wiser. Your family didn’t have much and you never realized it then but in the book “The Education of Kevin Powell” by Kevin Powell, getting schooled later was rough. Comment

Vincy track star in high gear for Olympics

St Vincent: Vincentian track star Brandon Valentine-Parris says preparations are in high gear to compete in the Sumer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Comment

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Hundreds pay tribute to Vincentian teacher

St Vincent: Hundreds of Vincentian and other Caribbean nationals last Friday night paid their last respect to Barbara DeFreitas, a militant in the St. Vincent and the Grenadines teachers’ struggles in the mid-to-late 1970s and early 1980s, who died on June 23. She was 69. Comment

Ghost appears only in the dark in horror flick

Movies: When Rebecca (Teresa Palmer) was growing up, she spent many a sleepless night frightened by noises that she only heard after the lights went out. Today, the emancipated 22-year-old has all but forgotten that unfortunate chapter of her childhood. Comment

Vincentian PM chairs cricket committee

St Vincent: St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has been appointed to chair the CARICOM committee to look into the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) issue of governance and reform. Comment

Windies cricketer sues Aussie fast bowler

Sports: West Indies middle-order batsman Marlon Samuels is suing former Australian fast bowler Geoff Lawson for accusing him of being involved with criminal gangs in Jamaica. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Absolutely Fabulous (R for profanity, sexuality and drug use) Adaptation of the British TV sitcom revolving around a couple of flamboyant, aging fashionistas (Jennnifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley) who flee London for the French Riviera after creating a media storm by accidentally knocking now-missing supermodel Kate Moss off a balcony and into the River Thames. With Rebel Wilson, Joanna Lumley, John Hamm and Alexa Chung, with cameos by Jerry Hall and Joan Collins. Comment

Monday, July 18, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Colin Murdoch said that the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has yet to agree on a policy that will enable a skilled national to travel with a spouse, child, or other dependent to the respective territories. Comment

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Jamaicans celebrate country’s independence day with Family Fun Day

Music: The City of New York goes back to basic on the 52nd year of independence for the Caribbean island of Jamaica. JA Jamdown presents ‘The 4th Annual Jamaica Family Fun Day’ on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016 at Thomas Jefferson High School Field located at 125-08 Flatlands Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11208. Comment

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Dr. Mary Umolu Jazzy Jazz Fest pays tribute to Max Roach

Music: Founded in 1996 by the late Dr. Mary Umolu, the Medgar Evers College Jazzy Jazz Festival, sponsored by the Department of Mass Communications, Creative and Performing Arts and Speech, is celebrating its 20th year of free concerts to the Crown Heights and surrounding communities. Comment

Friday, July 15, 2016

GUYANA BANKS BLANKED

Guyana: The Bank of America has formally told three locally-owned commercial banks in Guyana that it will formally stop doing business with them at the beginning of November as part of moves by American financial institutions to eliminate the risk of financial dealings with them and the wider Caribbean officials said this week. Comment

Grenadians set to celebrate Grenada Day 2016

Music: Grenadians and friends of Grenada from throughout the Diaspora, are converging on Brooklyn, ready to celebrate the 8th Annual Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique Day 2016 event on Sunday, July 17 at the Old Boys and Girls High School Field on Rutland Road in Brooklyn, NYC. Comment

Black group defends Black Lives Matter

National: The New York-based Black group, Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) is defending the Black Lives Matter Movement against what it says are false criticisms from right-wing political pundits that the Movement was responsible for the tragic deaths of five Dallas police officers. Comment

NYC Parks, AT&T expand free public Wi-Fi and solar mobile charging

New York: NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FACIP, recently joined AT&T’s New York President Marissa Shorenstein, Bronx Borough President Rueben Diaz, Jr. and community members to announce a deal to extend free public AT&T Wi-Fi in the Parks for an additional five years. Comment

Denesh Ramdin sacked from Windies squad

Sports: Former West Indies Captain Denesh Ramdin has been sacked from the West Indies Team for the upcoming series against India, starting July 21. Ramdin has played 74 Test matches averaging 25.87 and played 136 One-Day Internationals at an average of 24.95. In the Tri-Nation series with South Africa and Australia, he scored 197 runs at an average of 28.14. Comment

Twenty20 for Sir Garfield

Barbados: Several local, regional and international past and present cricketing celebrities will take their place among some of the game’s most prolific players, who will compete in a Twenty20 match at the Kensington Oval, Barbados this month in honor of the world’s greatest cricketer, Sir Garfield Sobers as he approaches another milestone — his 80th birthday. Comment

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Brooklyn political club honors male leaders

Brooklyn: A major political club in Brooklyn on Sunday honored seven male community leaders at a gala ceremony at Tropical Paradise Ballroom on Utica Avenue in Brooklyn as part of its Caribbean American Heritage Month celebrations. Comment

Brooklyn pols condemn upsurge in racism, gun violence

Brooklyn: It was billed as an evening to celebrate exclusively the men who have contributed significantly to the development of the community, but most politicians also used the gala awards ceremony Sunday, at Tropical Paradise Ballroom in Brooklyn, to express outrage over an upsurge in racist attacks and gun violence across the nation. Comment

Calling all Jamaicans from Kingston towns

Jamaica: Much is made of destination Kingston, the Jamaican capital a majority identify to be the hub of all things from the island. However, to many immigrant Kingstonians residing here, the definitive identifier to their roots are the towns they still call home. Comment

Jerk fest promises kid-friendly activities, Rupee

Music: The sixth annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival will kick off Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, on Sunday, July 17. The annual culinary and musical festival boasts of the best jerk dishes and musical performances by leading Caribbean artists. The daylong event starts at noon and will continue until 8 pm. Comment

Brexit – Perceptions, repercussions in the Americas

Viewpoints: MIAMI, June 27 2016 (IPS) - The hopes of many of those who confidently expected the British electorate to vote, by a slender margin, for the country to remain in the EU have been dashed. All that is left to do now is to ponder the causes and background of this regrettable event, and consider its likely consequences, especially for relations with the United States. Comment

Empowering artwork exhibit to run at children’s museum

Arts & Theater: Children come out to play and learn about culture and history too. The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum in Harlem will showcase two exhibits on July 14. The exhibit will display artwork from two artists — work meant to empower and instill pride in children, as an escape from today’s climate that is marred by violence they probably do not understand. Comment

GOALS RAIN

Sports: New York Caribbean Cup soccer games kicked off on Sunday, July 10 under a cloud cover that suggested a rainy afternoon. And while it did drizzle a sparse moment, the only rain that fell was goals. Comment

The anatomy of racism

Viewpoints: Alas! I think I have discovered the cause of original sin. The filthy chancre which disturbs the universe, the very soul and bones of men. Pure original sin. The disease above all disease. The sickness immortal. The pathology so deep! It is not the snake, but the twin-tonsil shaft of the snake buried deep within us all. It is not the apple, but the worm of the apple screwing through the core of us all. What is it? Comment

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

GOSPEL QUEEN

Music: The former Dancehall queen has an upcoming album, and it is not about taking your man or a feud — because the lyrics vastly differ from what many knew her to sing as a Dancehall queen. Comment

Calypso humor showcase in ‘Kaiso Laugh Riot’

Music: Some of the premier names that have laced the calypso art form with crowd-pleasing comedic offerings over the years will be bringing their combined talents to “Kaiso Laugh Riot,” a blockbuster showcase of wall-to-wall calypso humor to be rolled out Sunday evening, July 17 at Brooklyn’s Tropical Paradise Ballroom. Comment

Brownsville’s health fair of the Summer

Brooklyn: The BMS Summerfest will be held at BMS Family Health and Wellness Centers, 592 Rockaway Ave., Brooklyn, NY on Saturday, July 16 from 10 am until 4 pm. Comment

Historical society honors immigrant New Yorkers

Haiti: New York City Councilmember Mathieu Eugene originally from Haiti along with fellow Councilmember Margaret Chin from Hong Kong and two other outstanding immigrant Americans: Rick Rescorla — from Cornwall, UK and Adrian P Flannelly from Ireland were recognized for their contributions to American society on July 3. Comment

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua businessmen have been warned against scammers who are re-directing payments from customers to other bank accounts. Comment

Local organization to host forum on gentrification

Brooklyn: The Flatbush Tenant Coalition will host a forum for residents of East Flatbush and local politicians on July 17. The forum plans to address tenant rights, gentrification, and the deliberate pricing out of tenants from once affordable homes in the area. Comments (1)

CARICOM ambassadors briefed on global health security

Health: Caribbean ambassadors in Washington have been briefed on the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) during a meeting hosted at the Embassy of the Bahamas on June 27, 2016. Comment

Tiny but an efficient place to call home

Brooklyn: With climate change and energy conservation seen as major aspects of most global summits, it is no surprise then to have a “state of the art” energy efficient “Tiny Lab House” launched out on the lawn of the historic Wyckoff House Museum on Clarendon Road and Ralph Avenue in Brooklyn. Comment

Cranston plays crafty undercover agent

Movies: Pablo Escobar (1949-1993) was an infamous mobster who ran Colombia’s Medellin drug cartel with an iron fist. During his reign, Escobar controlled about 80% of the global cocaine market, and raked in about $70 million / day. Comment

Monday, July 11, 2016

Guyanese boxer seeks help for brain surgery

Guyana: Guyanese boxing champion Clive “The Punisher” Atwell said he needs life saving brain surgery, and is asking Guyanese in the Diaspora to help him raise $25,000 needed to travel to Trinidad and Tobago for a procedure to put a metal plate in his head to cover his exposed brain. Comment

Local Olympian wants gold for Haiti

Haiti: A local Olympian is heading to Rio with his eyes set on gold. Crown Heights teen Richardson ‘Africa’ Hitchins, will represent Haiti at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil next month. Comment

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Tale of two Charlestons but forgiveness reigns

Books: The Word is what you crave. It’s where you find your comfort, strength, the peace you need to get through the day. Reading it is like hearing God’s voice; studying it is feeling His power, and in the new book “We Are Charleston” by Herb Frazier, Bernard Edward Powers Jr., PhD, and Marjory Wentworth, knowing it could mean offering forgiveness. Comment

Dingolay Mas fired up to revel on Parkway

Arts & Theater: Costume designer Rachel Hall said she created her themed “Green” — one-color costume collection of costumes in just one month to dress-up an expected 300 revelers when Dingolay Mas parades on Eastern Parkway on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5. Comment

Saturday, July 9, 2016

CARICOM leaders pay tribute to Manning

Caribbean leaders have hailed former Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Patrick Manning, who died recently as a “true champion of CARICOM,” saying that he had advanced the regional integration movement. Comment

Vincentian centurion passes

St Vincent: Inez Elise Young, née Dougan, who was born on Oct. 30, 1912 to one Mr. Dougan and Wilhelmina Birkette, of Old Montrose, Kingstown, the Vincentian capital, died on June 18, in Brooklyn. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: C Street (R for sexuality and drug use) Freewheeling farce about a U.S. Senate intern (Evan Hall) who pimps out his crib to sex-starved politicians only to catch his boss (Dylan Walsh) in bed with the object of his affection (Shaun Licata). Cast includes Bruce Altman, Carey Lowell and Don Stark. Comment

Friday, July 8, 2016

Black Girls Code opens first office in New York

Manhattan: Black girls can code in New York City — in the same building as one of the leading technology companies in the world. The Oakland-based technology organization, Black Girls Code, celebrated the opening of their New York City office at Google’s headquarters on June 29 in Manhattan. Comment

Councilman Richards continues combatting gun violence

Queens: Neither the U.S. Supreme Court decision to forego hearing a challenge to New York’s SAFE Act nor Omar Mateen’s killing of 49 people (and injuring of 53) at The Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, has altered the position of the Senate on tightening gun control. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: At the Fork (Unrated) Agri-business documentary examining the mechanization of the processes involved in the raising and harvesting of farm animals for human consumption. Comment

Alexander Skarsgard stars as King of the Jungle

Movies: “The Legend of Tarzan” Comment

Windies captain hails team’s progress

Sports: West Indies Captain Jason Holder has hailed the progress of the regional team in the just concluded Tri-Nation Series, saying the lowly ranked side had defied the expectations of many. Comment

St. Kitts to hosts CPL finals

Trinidad and Tobago: St. Kitts will host the finals of this year’s Caribbean Premier League (CPL). CEO of CPLT20 Damien O’Donohoe announced that it was unlikely that the finals would be played in Trinidad after negotiations failed with the Trinidad and Tobago government. Comment

Celebrating seven years of Classic Flavors

Music: The Saturday, July 9, “Classic Flavors,” all white celebration is expected to be the “Party of The Year.” The date boasts a star-studded list of artists such as Jeff Redd doing his new release “Dance, Dance Dance,” Will Traxx performing his smash hit “Footwork,” and Taana Gardner singing her unforgettable tune “Heartbeat” and special spins from DJ Chuck Chillout. Comment

Thursday, July 7, 2016

NEW COMERS HAVE RIGHTS

Guyana: Foreigners who obtain local citizenship and travel documents through the controversial passport for dollar investment scheme will have full rights to travel and live anywhere in the 15-nation group of countries a regional leader said Wednesday. Comment

A cleaner community!

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Mathieu Eugene last week joined the Department of Sanitation, students from MS 246 Walt Whitman, and community members to unveil new additional trash cans in the 40th City Council District. Comment

Chris Gayle blasts 108 not out off 54 balls

Trinidad and Tobago: The Jamaica Tallawahs started off their Caribbean Premier League in fine style defeating the Trinbago Knightriders by 7 wickets at The Queens Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Comment

CARIB CUP

Sports: Under hazy skies, Team Guyana and Team St. Kitts and Nevis celebrated the Independence weekend with New York Caribbean Cup wins at the Thomas Jefferson High School Field, 12508 Flatlands Ave., Brooklyn. Comment

Selebrasyon! concludes with Haitian flavors

Haiti: It’s a wrap! Two months of Haitian culture — a book signing at the Queens Museum, dance performances in Harlem, poetry readings in the East Village, a film screening at BAM, music at BRIC, and a Haitian Flag Day observance — entertained and informed those who attended 2016 Selebrasyon! organized by the seven-year-old Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX). Comments (1)

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Congresswoman opens new office with fanfare

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, Democratic representative for the 9th Congressional District, on Friday opened her new office to better serve constituents. Comment

Former Trinidadian pm to be buried on Saturday

Trinidad and Tobago: Former Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Patrick Mervyn Augustus Manning, who died on Sunday morning, will be given a state funeral. Comment

Hundreds pay tribute to Barbadian entertainer

Barbados: Hundreds of Barbadian and other Caribbean nationals on Friday paid their last respect to Alvin Headley, described as the “consummate entertainer, the life of the event,” at a funeral at Fenimore Street United Methodist Church in Brooklyn. Comment

Britain’s divorce a sign of sovereign insecurity

It’s interesting to see how one of Europe’s architects of colonization recently trod a similar path some of their colonized possessions maneuvered when in the last century they voted to be independent. Comment

A presidential treat for all

You’re not the only kid in the world who likes ice cream. Lots of kids do; everybody loves a good treat. Other people like biking, puppies, candy, and video games, too. You’re unique, but you have a lot in common with a lot of people and in the new book “Lincoln and Kennedy: A Pair to Compare” by Gene Barretta, you’ll see how two great men were alike, a century apart. Comment

Time to declare our independence from corporate tax dodging

Viewpoints: Marchers in this year’s 4th of July parades in small towns across America will pass a variety of Main Street businesses: barber shops, restaurants, computer repair services. What all these small businesses have in common is that none of them use unpatriotic offshore tax dodges to avoid paying their fair share of U.S. taxes. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for America’s multinational corporations. Comment

Monday, July 4, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: CARICOM leaders were expected to sign an agreement to officially launch the Caribbean Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE) during the Heads of Government Meeting in Guyana. Comment

Travel app hopes to encourage tourism to Grenada

Grenada: Next stop — Grenada! Comment

Montano’s Triniwood adds Masala to ‘Bazoodee’ musical

Movies: When it comes to captivating an audience, Trinidad & Tobago soca singer Machel Montano is no slouch. He sings, dances and totally delivers an energizing, fully-loaded infusion of revelry every time he takes the stage. Comment

Sunday, July 3, 2016

All-round Guyanese student makes big difference

Guyana: In a society often permeated with negative influences and behavior, one elementary school student in Queens is already making a huge difference, as he makes his Guyanese-born parents and others very proud of his spectacular curricular and extra-curricular achievements. Comments (1)

Jamaica takes action against yellow fever virus

Jamaica: Jamaica is taking steps to prevent the importation of the yellow fever virus into the country where the disease does not occur but where the mosquito vector and human hosts are present. Comment

Mayor begins ‘productive conversation’ with Caribbean community

Brooklyn: With his eyes set on his re-election next year, Mayor Bill deBlasio has wasted no time in starting a “productive conversation” with Caribbean community leaders, small business owners and others in Brooklyn. Comment

Designer Roger Gary for 8th Summer Sizzle in BVI

Fashion: The eclectic swimwear collection by Brooklyn-based Roger Gary has garnered standing ovation over 30 years, since the couturier began his career in Guyana, cutting from colorful fabrics to complete stunning male and female ensembles. Comment

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Class of 2016 includes several new leaders

Trinidad and Tobago: When a veteran observer of regional politics glances towards the stage with Caribbean leaders next Monday, he or she would not be able to avoid noticing that a fairly large number of heads participating in the opening ceremony would have been in office for less than or just over a year. Comment

St. Lucia’s gov’t to review its diplomatic appointments

St Lucia: St. Lucia’s new Prime Minister Allan Chastanet says his government intends to review the appointments of diplomats by the former Dr. Kenny Anthony administration. Comment

Friday, July 1, 2016

CARICOM UNDER SCRUTINY

Jamaica: Caribbean Community leaders meeting in Guyana from Monday are to have an extensive discussion on the implications of Britain’s impending exit from the European Union but even as they do so, one of their own has made it clear that just like the Brits, the time has come for it to review its own relations with the regional family. Comment

Rent Justice Coalition, pols hail rent freeze

New York: The Rent Justice Coalition, a group of legal services, organizing, advocacy and tenants, as well as elected officials, have hailed Monday night’s vote by the city’s Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) to freeze rents this year. Comment

New trauma center for East Flatbush

Brooklyn: Members of the East Flatbush community celebrated the grand opening of the Haitian Community Council’s (HCC) new trauma location with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Church Avenue on June 24. Comment

Kings County recognised for its stroke care

Brooklyn: When Purchia Spencer noticed the left side of her body becoming paralyzed she knew something was seriously wrong. As a licensed practical nurse, Purchia was familiar with the signs of stroke and knew she had a limited window of time to get care. She was rushed to NYC Health + Hospitals / Kings County where she was treated by a dedicated stroke team led by Dr. Susan W. Law, director of the hospital’s Stroke Center. Comment

ROCK STEADY MUSIC

Music: July 1 marks the 22nd anniversary year of a global celebration of Jamaica’s reggae music. Dubbed International Reggae Day by Andrea Davis — its founder and annual orchestrator — in conjunction with Jamaica Arts Holdings (JAH) the date also hails the Caribbean island’s early music forms — mento, ska and rock steady while fully focusing on the most popular and most exported genre. Comment

Brooklyn Boro Prez Coalition hosts first Int. Food & Wine Tasting

Food: The Brooklyn Borough President Nightlife and Restaurant Coalition (BNRC) hosted some of the biggest superstar Caribbean eateries in the community, like Suede Restaurant, Silver Crust, The Hills Restaurant, and many others, to celebrate its first International Food and Wine Tasting event on June 22 at the Tropical Paradise ballroom in Brooklyn. Comment

Team Australia wins Tri-Nation Series

Sports: Some fine all around performances from Australian cricketers caused them to defeat the West Indies by 58 runs and win the Tri-Nation Series. Australia batted first and scored 270 runs for 9 wickets. Captain Steve Smith scored 46, Matthew Wade 57 (not out) from 52 balls and Mitchell Marsh 32 for the West Indies. Comment

Crowds come out for local food festival

Food: Hundreds of people packed a backyard for the second annual Ground Provisions and Curry Queue Festival in Flatlands on June 25. Comment

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Political club celebrates male community leaders

St Vincent: Seven community leaders will be honored at Tropical Paradise Ballroom on Utica Avenue in Brooklyn by the Progressive Democratic Political Association (PDPA), headed by former New York Council Member Dr. Una S.T. Clarke. The ceremony will be held on July 10 starting promptly at 4 pm. Comment

UWI undertakes global movement

Trinidad and Tobago: At the hallmark of the Caribbean is the University of the West Indies (UWI). With a strong show of support for this iconic institution to strengthen its base, continue its work and to reposition itself in the 21st century, new steps are being taken by the university to be a standard bearer in this millennium. Comment

CHILE WINS COPA

Sports: EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ Lionel Messi put his penalty kick over the crossbar, grabbed his shirt, clenched his teeth and covered his face with both hands. Comment

England to tour West Indies

Sports: West Indies will host England in a three-match One-Day International series early next year. Comment
WICB

Ambrose not fired

People: Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Michael Muirhead has denied claims that former fast bowling consultant to the senior men’s team, Sir Curtly Ambrose, was fired as previously reported by the media. Comment

Brexit — Perceptions and repercussions in the Americas

Viewpoints: MIAMI, June 27, 2016 (IPS) - The hopes of many of those who confidently expected the British electorate to vote, by a slender margin, for the country to remain in the EU have been dashed Comment

Stopping the cycle of poverty in the Caribbean

Caribbean: UNITED NATIONS, June 22, 2016 (IPS) - Latin America and the Caribbean countries have experienced historic economic and social transformation in recent years Comment

Omega Chi Nursing Sorority celebrates Nurses’ Week

Brooklyn: Omega Chi Nursing Sorority celebrated Nurses’ Week with the theme “Culture of Safety: It starts with You.” Comment

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Politicians must make change in gun laws

National: Often politicians join community activists in standing up for issues that impact their community. However, not since the Civil Rights era have top elected officials sat down in solidarity with Americans demanding swift change in legislation. Comment

Advance directives: A first step — but not enough

Viewpoints: My grandmother died feeling betrayed, frightened and utterly powerless in a bleak hospital room. She’d completed an advance directive about her end-of-life goals, preferences and values, including a do not resuscitate order (DNR). Comment

City Council passes resolutions for Haitian Day

Haiti: New York City Council has unanimously passed resolutions tabled by Haitian-born Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene calling on New York State and the United States to recognize the contributions Haitians have made in the U.S. by establishing a Haitian Day. Comment

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

UN mourns death of former Antigua envoy

Antigua: United Nations General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft has expressed sincere condolences to the widow, friends and colleagues of former Assembly President and ex-Antigua and Barbuda Ambassador to the UN Dr. John Ashe, who died on Wednesday, June 22. He was 61. Comment

Mixer encourages island pride in Flatbush locals

Music: Caribbean creatives networked at a mixer event to celebrate their pride and heritage in East Flatbush on June 17. Comment

Soca, rock artists among acts at music festival

Music: Do you hear the sounds – that’s New York making music. The Make Music New York festival was back for its annual free music festival on June 21 at Ronald McNair park, for a day-long festival of performances from various different artists from all over the world. Guests got to expose themselves to different sounds, and even some of the performers had some fun on the action. Comment

It’s surfer vs. shark in harrowing tale of survival

Movies: Nancy Adams (Blake Lively) was so shaken by her mother’s (Janelle Bailey) untimely death that she’s dropped out of med school. In order to feel closer to her dearly departed mom, she’s decided to vacation at the same exotic Mexican retreat where she was reportedly conceived back in 1991. Comment

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Hitting us with their best shot! CNG honors Carib healthcare workers!

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: CNG’s awards gala at Paradise Caterers hailed some of the best and brightest Caribbean-American healthcare workers for helping make our city chipper. Comment

Friday, June 24, 2016

Art and social justice on Broadway

Arts & Theater: On a recent Monday when Broadway theaters are “dark,” the Ambassador Theatre at Times Square was packed with lovers of the written and spoken word and social justice activists to hear a conversation between Sonia Sanchez and two other renown writers. Comment

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Film screening highlights black women’s struggles as doctors

Movies: Award-winning filmmaker and author Crystal R. Emery preview-screened her documentary film, “Black Women in Medicine” at the Yale Club in Manhattan on Wednesday, June 8. Comment

Friday, June 3, 2016

Caribbean Maritime students get foundation support

The New York offices of the international law firm, Milbank, hosted the inaugural board meeting of the American Caribbean Maritime Foundation (ACMF) on May 19, 2016. The ACMF’s mission is to improve and increase opportunities for Caribbean students to study and work in the maritime and logistics fields. Comment