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Monday, Oct. 30, 2017

Breast self-exam guidelines

Some experts advise monthly self-exams in order to detect abnormalities as early as possible. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017

Regrow healthy hair after chemo

Certain foods can promote healthy hair regrowth after treatment. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017

Pregancy possible after breast cancer

Know the potential effects that treatment can have on conception ahead of any family planning. Comment

Friday, Oct. 27, 2017

Post-breast cancer exercise problems

Tips for reinstating your workout routine after surgery. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017

Mammogram guide

Preparing for your mammography visit

Tips to help patients get ready for the annual procedure. Comment

How women can make mammograms more comfortable

Steps to make the prevention technique as painless as possible. Comment

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017

Melchoir writes about ‘Life Changing Seeds of Thoughts’

Books: Reverend Dr. Julia Melchoir declares that the universe says, “yes to your spoken words,” and asks “what are you saying” as she writes about positive thinking in her first booklet — “Life Changing Seeds of Thoughts,” an inspirational manual based on one’s thoughts and mind, and the philosophy of thinking. Comment

Lesser-known symptoms of breast cancer

Lumps are not the only sign of the disease. Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017

Unemployment continues to rise in the Caribbean

Caribbean: Two United Nations agencies say that urban unemployment will keep rising in Latin America and the Caribbean and is seen reaching 9.4 percent in 2017. Comment

Headmistress calls for the return of moral values

Guyana: Despite students of the 170-year-old St. Rose’s High School in Georgetown, Guyana continue to excel in their academic pursuits, headmistress of three years, Mrs. Paula Hamilton, said moral values are seriously lacking in the school, and are calling on parents to play a greater role, so that students remain disciplined in the schoolhouse. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Acts of Vengeance (R for violence and profanity) Suspense thriller revolving around an attorney-turned-vigilante who takes a vow to remain silent until he exacts revenge on the murderers of his wife (Cristina Serafini) and young daughter (Lillian Blankenship). With Karl Urban, Paz Vega and Robert Forste. Comment

Understanding inflammatory breast cancer

Patients with this rare form of the disease may experience different symptoms, including rashes, redness, or swelling. Comment

Monday, Oct. 23, 2017

The role of exercise in cancer reduction

Working out is one of the most effective ways to keep the disease at bay. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017

Curtail cocktails to reduce breast cancer risk?

Cutting down on alcohol could reduce your risk of contracting cancer, according to an expert. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua The Antigua and Barbuda government said a Chinese firm has been showing interest in setting up a new town on Barbuda, which was devastated by Hurricane Irma recently. Comments (1)

Judge warns of possible action in DACA issue

Brooklyn: As negotiations drag on over fixing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an Obama-era policy that until last month protected some young, undocumented immigrants from deportation, a federal judge in Brooklyn has warned that he may be forced to intervene. Comment

US withdrawal from UNESCO: Abandonment of principles

Viewpoints: Anuradha Mittal* is the executive director of the Oakland Institute, a leading US policy think tank. OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA, Oct. 18, 2017 (IPS) — A woman shopkeeper is standing on a plastic chair to avoid knee high swirling rainwater mixed with sewage. “I work with a women’s cooperative selling products made by Palestinian women in my shop. The sewage water has gone into the electric wires, so I have no electricity. Everything in the shop is destroyed. The metal door [that was] installed to protect the settlers prevents the water from flowing out into the main drain. . . . This means we suffer every time it rains. They [the settlers] want us to move from here. This is why they make our life hard,” she cries. Comment

Yellow Taxi Industry remains a pathway to success for immigrants

Viewpoints: New York City’s yellow taxi industry has, for generations, played a crucial role in providing good jobs for immigrants in communities across the five boroughs. I should know — I love my job as a taxi driver because it gives me a path to the middle class. Comment

Choose the right cancer care specialist for you

A diagnosis is more manageable when patients have knowledgeable and supportive medical teams on their side. Comment

Friday, Oct. 20, 2017

MURDERS SPIRAL IN JAMAICA

Jamaica: There have been more murders in Jamaica so far this year than for all of 2016, prompting the administration of Prime Minister Andrew Holness to undertake a slew of tough new measures including the imposition of 12-hour curfews in some crime-ridden and gang-dominated neighborhoods in Kingston, the island’s capital this week. Comment

CHIN UP

Brooklyn: She’s a reggae music trailblazer. The purveyor of the Queens-based record store and independent music label VP Records Patricia Chin, has been a forerunner in helping drive reggae and dancehall music into the international scene. Her contributions were recently celebrated at the Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles earlier this month, and by Medgar Evers College, where she was an awardee of their Pinnacle Awards. The 80-year-old music enthusiast shared her gratitude for the recognitions. Comment

Caribbean Life to honor 31 Caribbean-Americans

Brooklyn: Thirty-one Caribbean-American individuals will be honored for their outstanding community work during the annual Caribbean Life Impact Awards on Nov. 16 at the Paradise Catering Hall, 51 Ave. U in Brooklyn. Comment
Manhattan: The LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent are hosting their fifth yearly forum at the Harlem State Office Building on Oct. 20. The annual event gathers people of all faiths who are also part of the LGBT community together, to discuss the most pressing issues that affect them. This year’s subject will take aim at the sociopolitical atmosphere for the community since President Donald Trump took office, and how his policies will affect the LGBT community of color, said the lead organizer. Comment

Jamaica’s Octoberfest adds Tosh Festival & Awards to Reggae calendar

Music: Each year, Germans — particularly those in Munich — anticipate this month with the kind of fervor that exudes Oktoberfest, the world’s biggest fair. Comment

Differences between chemotherapy and radiation

A primer on the treatments, which patients should discuss with their doctor in order to determine which may be most effective. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017

Haiti requests 18-month TPS extension

Haiti: Haiti’s government has written to the Trump administration in the United States to formally ask for an 18-month extension of the temporary protected status (TPS) to prevent thousands of Haitians living in the United States from deportation, according to reports. Comment

‘Science is clear’ on hurricane destruction: SVG envoy

St Vincent: Noting the destruction caused by recent Category 5 hurricanes in the Caribbean, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ambassador to the United Nations, I. Rhonda King, stresses that “the science is clear” on climate change. Comments (1)

Travel industry ramps up effort to promote Caribbean tourism

Travel: The travel industry is ramping up efforts to remind consumers that many Caribbean islands were unaffected by hurricanes and that their economies depend on tourism. Comment

Bahamamian film wins award at Trini film fest

Movies: A recognition for a crisis in the Caribbean. The Trinidadian and Tobago Film Festival (TTFF) came to a close last week and the Amnesty International Human Rights Prize went to “Cargo,” a Bahamian film about the Haitian migration crisis. Its filmmaker Kareem Mortimer was thrilled at the honor and said his project speaks to a larger story to tell. Comment

Miss World Guyana 2017 in China for pageant final

Fashion: Beauty is only skin deep and this holds true for 19-year Vena Mookram, Miss World Guyana 2017. However, she is not only beautiful but she is passionate about a cause dear to her heart. She is on a crusade to save as many people as possible from becoming victims of diabetes, a disease that has taken the life of one grandmother and is now affecting another. Comments (1)

Prayer breakfast to aid Vincy athletes

St Vincent: Three Brooklyn-based, Vincentian-born sisters recently collaborated with James Cordice, the architect behind St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ participation in the illustrious Penn Relays in Philadelphia, and the umbrella Vincentian group in the United States in hosting what they described as a very successful fundraising Prayer Breakfast in aid of Vincentian athletes competing in the annual relay carnival. Comments (2)

Novel Twenty10 concept

Sports: West Indies stars in the Twenty20 format may be among the international cricketers set to play in a novel Twenty10 concept which was launched in the United Araba Emirates (UAE) last week. The UAE is set to create history in December through the Twenty10 Cricket League to be held at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Comment
Sports: The West Indies selectors have named an unchanged West Indies squad to Zimbabwe for a two-Test that begins later this month. Comment
Sports: West Indies Twenty20 star Kieron Pollard will lead Bloem City Blazers in South Africa’s Twenty20 Global League which bowls off in the South African country next month. Comment

SOCCER BATTLE

Sports: ZURICH (AP)— Four-time champion Italy will have to beat Sweden in a European playoff to qualify for its 15th straight World Cup. A regular at every World Cup since 1958, the Italians were drawn Tuesday to play in Sweden in the first leg of the playoff on Nov. 10. Comment

‘Colorism’ at work and at play

Books: You debated awhile before you checked the box. The choices were few: Black, white, Latino, Asian, pick one, tick the box, but that’s not the end of the story. Within that little square lies a lot more about who you are and who you feel you are, and in “Same Family, Different Colors” by Lori L. Tharps, you’ll see that perceptions – yours and that of others — matter plenty. Comment

All about implants

Breast implants carry very low risk of causing cancer

Implants remain a generally safe option for those seeking augmentation or reconstruction, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Comment

New type of implant available

A New York City resident was among the first to receive the groundbreaking, no-saline-required implant. Comment

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017

Barbados’ crime laws face human rights test

Barbados: Suppressing and removing an upsurge in crime may prove a very challenging prospect for Barbados as the authority’s announced moves may put it on collision course with the constitution and human rights of citizens. Comments (1)
Puerto Rico: Opening arms for the displaced. New York City Public Advocate Leticia James announced a plan to welcome displaced residents from Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands on Oct. 12, in a show of support for affected victims seeking new housing in the aftermath of the devastating hurricanes Irma and Maria. Comment

Artist uses skill for Puerto Rico relief

Arts & Theater: An art of kindness. A Brooklyn artist is using his talent to raise awareness and funds for Puerto Rico’s post-hurricane relief efforts. Commonly known by his social media handle “Subway Doodle,” Ben Rubin, the artist behind the popular Instagram page, will be donating all funds for his campaign’s artwork titled “Helping Hands.” Comment
Guyana: Over the last week, the Guyana government has welcomed with open arms, more than 55 expatriates, including children, who were evacuated from hurricane-ravished St. Maarten in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, and as recent as Oct. 12 and 13, from Dominica and Antigua and Barbuda. Comment

Jamaican philanthropist to receive Global Spotlight Award

Jamaica: Jamaican Irwine Clare, Sr. OD., philanthropist, immigration advocate and Diaspora power-house will be honored Wednesday with the Global Spotlight Award by the American Chamber of Commerce of Jamaica (AMCHAM) at the group’s annual Business and Civic Leadership Award at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. Comment

Mayor signs construction safety bill into law

New York: Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday signed into law Intro 1447-C, a landmark construction safety bill introduced and advocated for by Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn), deputy leader and chair of the City Council’s Housing and Buildings Committee. Comment
Queens: Prominent author, columnist and educator, Dr. Dhanpaul Narine, was the grand marshall of the annual Diwali motorcade along Liberty Avenue in Richmond Hill, Queens, against the backdrop of colorful costumes, multicolored lights and music during the “Hindu Festival of Lights,” on Saturday, Oct. 14. Comment

Kings County raises awareness for depression

Brooklyn: In honor of Depression Awareness Month, Kings County hospital held a free screening to check for symptoms of the mental health illness earlier this month. The initiative was aimed at raising knowledge about depression for their community and teach people how to identify signs of depression. But while it affects various people, it tends to remain a taboo subject in the Caribbean community, leading people to suffer in silence, said a psychiatrist at the medical center. Comment

Bra fitting after mastectomy or reconstruction

A well-fitting bra is essential for those who have undergone certain procedures after breast cancer. Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean A United Nations official say it will cost US$1 billion to repair hurricane-hit Caribbean countries hardest hit by recent hurricanes, including Dominica, Barbuda, Turks and Caicos, the British Virgin Islands and Anguilla. Comment

Caribbean Airlines appoints new CEO

Trinidad and Tobago: The Board of Directors of the Trinidad and Tobago-owned Caribbean Airlines has appointed Garvin Medera as the new chief executive officer, effective Oct. 10, 2017. Comment

Caribbean economies to expand 0.3 percent in 2017

Caribbean: The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has revised its 2017 growth projections for economic activity in the region, foreseeing 0.3 percent expansion for the Caribbean. Comment

Cancer survivor embarks on sharing, giving initiatives

Trinidad and Tobago: When 50-year-old Trinidad and Tobago native Allison Alexis was diagnosed with breast cancer after a routine mammogram in March 2001, she immediately underwent lumpectomy surgery and started chemotherapy — 33 segments of radiation treatment. Comment

UWI launches Reparations Research Center

Jamaica: A center for reparation research became a reality at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica last week when the island’s prime minister and numerous government officials launched the Center for Reparations Research, a CARICOM mandated facility. Comment
Movies: In 1887, 24-year-old Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal) moved from India to England where he found work as a waiter at Queen Victoria’s (Judi Dench) Golden Jubilee. Soon after starting at Windsor Castle, he caught the eye of the lonely monarch. Comment

Breast-cancer treatment

Staying healthy: Bellevue is committed to providing accessible resources for breast health

Bellevue Hospital Center’s workforce of experts is steering the earliest institution of NYC Health + Hospitals — America’s largest public health care system — to new heights. Comment

Breast health services in Bklyn

Experts at the hospital’s Center for Cancer Care and Blood Disorders are at the cutting edge. Comment

Monday, Oct. 16, 2017

Israeli addresses Guyana’s diaspora engagement strategy meeting

Guyana: Chairman of the Center for International Migration and Integration, Israeli national, Arnon Mantver, told a wide cross-section of the Guyanese diaspora on Sept. 23, that education, cultural identity, volunteerism and NGO participation were important in drafting a strategy. Comment

Cancer support in your backyard

Services including online forums and wig providers help patients right here in Brooklyn. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017

Travel: A small return to normalcy. Nearly three weeks since Hurricanes Irma and Maria ravaged the U.S. Virgin Islands and other parts of the Caribbean, many tourist destinations on the territory’s three islands are indefinitely closed until next year. But The Buccaneer Hotel on St. Croix is set to reopen for business as early as next week and will start taking guests, said the jurisdiction’s commissioner of tourism, Beverly Nicholson-Doty. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Aida’s Secrets (Unrated) Inspirational documentary about the reunion in Canada of a Holocaust survivor, raised as an orphan in Israel, with his mother and brother 70 years after they were separated at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. (In English and Hebrew with subtitles) Comment

Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017

Dominica: Three weeks since category five Hurricane Maria ripped through Dominica, the United Nations migration agency says housing is the “most urgent need” for the island, adding that the scope of the damage remains daunting, with Dominicans also in dire need of water, electricity, food and supplies. Comment

Storms give Barbados cruise bonus

Barbados: As hurricane-battered Caribbean islands move to rapidly-reopen sea ports for cruise ships, Barbados is shaping up for a windfall with some of these pleasure vessels redirecting routes while the damaged islands mend. Comment

Jamaican musical premieres in US capital

Arts & Theater: The Jamaican musical ‘Welcome to America’ premieres at the Cramton Auditorium, Howard University in US Capital on Saturday, Oct. 28. Jamaican born, New York based author Karl O’ Brian Williams who has had his own share of immigration issues earlier this year, deals with many of the issues in his new Jamaican musical. Comment

Walking with a purpose: The American Cancer Society’s 15th-annual breast-cancer walk hits Coney Island

They’re making strides towards a world without breast cancer. Comment

New subway campaign raises poverty awareness

Brooklyn: Raising awareness a station at a time. A new subway campaign is shedding light on Brooklyn’s poverty with posters across borough subway platforms. The Brooklyn Community Services project titled “Many Voices, Many Stories,” is aiming to enlighten passersby about the high poverty rate in an effort to create unity, said the campaign creator Sonya Shields. Comment

Friday, Oct. 13, 2017

Why We’re Pink

It’s our annual Pink Paper! Comment
Brooklyn: Councilman Mathieu Eugene (D–Crown Heights) launched his disaster relief effort, “District 40 Cares” in East Flatbush on Oct. 11. The politician is partnering with area schools and medical centers to raise donations for the victims of the devastating earthquake in Mexico and hurricanes in the Caribbean, and he is calling on his community to assist them in getting aid to those in need. Comment
Haiti: A clear sense of mission and overwhelming commitment describes a small, dedicated local organization with a miniscule budget that can point to actual achievements, works accomplished — unlike other organizations with multi-million dollar budgets. NOVA Hope for Haiti is one such organization. Comment

Saint Lucia’s consulate launches toy drive

Brooklyn: It’s a good deed for the kids. The Consulate General of Saint Lucia in New York recently launched a toy drive for young children. The Vice Consul Jeremiah Hyacinth and other officials celebrated the introduction of “One Toy Equals One Smile,” at the Saint Lucia House in Brooklyn last week, which will provide various toys for children in need for the holidays. Comment

‘Little Caribbean’ should stay and be expanded

Brooklyn: I have to say that I am quite disgusted with the way Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte and others are acting and how Jumaane Williams is playing the fence for what seems like a ploy to just gain votes from the Haitian community so that he could be re-elected. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017

Trump ‘a direct threat’ to Carib community: Clarke

Brooklyn: As the Trump administration in the United States heightens its draconian immigration policies, a Caribbean American legislator has warned that the president is “a direct threat” to the Caribbean American community in the United States. Comment

UPTICK IN GUN CRIME

Barbados: Of the 15 nations in the Caribbean trade bloc, Barbados is certainly not the richest or most prosperous but has for decades widely held the title of being one of the most peaceful, tranquil and organized countries in the hemisphere. Comment

Barbados workers demand part of tax money

Barbados: Following reports of added money in the treasury of the Barbados government, trades unions and politicians have joined in a chorus calling on the Prime Minister Freundel Stuart administration to put some of that cash into workers’ pockets. Comment

Caribbean ministers to attend planning meetings

Caribbean: Caribbean ministers, deputy ministers and senior authorities involved in development planning and public administration, along with representatives of civil society and United Nations bodies, will this week gather in Peru for the 15th Conference of Ministers and Heads of Planning of Latin America and the Caribbean and the 16th Meeting of the Regional Council for Planning, which will take place from Oct. 11-13 in Lima, Peru. Comment

Vincentian group honors three at annual gala

St Vincent: A popular Vincentian group in Brooklyn on Sunday, Oct. 8 honored three outstanding community personalities at its 34th Anniversary Luncheon at El Caribe Country Club in the Mill Basin, Brooklyn. Comment
Brooklyn: Panama querida! Thousands descended on Franklin Avenue in Crown Heights to celebrate the 22nd annual Panamanian Independence parade on Oct. 7. The yearly festival commemorates the country’s sovereignty, and honors their traditions with a show of Panamanian culture. For many frequenters, the parade consistently grows by the numbers and gets better every year, said one participant. Comment

Stop using America’s children as pawns!

Viewpoints: “I received a letter just before I left office from a man. I don’t know why he chose to write it, but I’m glad he did. He wrote that you can go to live in France, but you can’t become a Frenchman. You can go to live in Germany or Italy, but you can’t become a German, an Italian. He went through Turkey, Greece, Japan and other countries. But he said anyone, from any corner of the world, can come to live in the United States and become an American.” -President Ronald Reagan Comment

NEIGHBORING FUSION

Music: It’s a bilingual Caribbean music fusion. The musical styles of Jamaica and Cuba come alive in “Havana Meets Kingston,” the first ever full compilation album combining the sounds and rhythms of these two island nations. The creator — Australian dancehall deejay Mista Savona, was inspired to assemble a project after a 2013 trip to Cuba and hearing sounds that peaked his curiosity. That experience would light a bulb. Comment

SWEET REVENGE

Trinidad and Tobago: Revenge! This is how the Trinidad and Tobago Soca Warriors described the shocking 21-1 victory against the United States of America (USA) in the World Cup qualifier at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Central Trinidad on Tuesday night ending their hopes of gaining a place in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Comment
Haiti: YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Shinji Kagawa scored an injury-time equalizer Tuesday to give Japan a 3-3 draw with Haiti in a friendly. Kagawa redirected a shot from Gotoku Sakai into the net two minutes into stoppage time. Comment

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017

A multi-use natural blend for you

Brooklyn: It’s a single solution for skin and hair. Last month, Brooklyn-based entrepreneur Melissa Lamarre won the grand prize at the annual PowerUp Kreyol Business Plan Competition for Mel’s Butter Blends — her all natural body care business. The pro-green enthusiast was thrilled to reap a reward for her commitment, and now focuses on expanding her line, she said. Comment
Environment: António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations UNITED NATIONS, Oct 4 2017 (IPS) - As you know, we are coming off a jam-packed high-level week and opening of the General Assembly. Some of the most important speeches during that period came from leaders of Caribbean nations reeling from back-to-back hurricanes. Comment

Garvey among celebrants to honor Jamaican heroes

Jamaica: Dr. Julius Garvey is front and center to a week-long celebration of Jamaica’s heritage and culture. Comment

Pols push to extend Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act

National: Three Florida legislators in Congress have tabled legislation extending the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA), which is set to expire in 2020. Comment

West Indies Women to play Sri Lanka

Sports: West Indies Women will begin their bid for direct qualification to the ICC Women’s World Cup 2021, when they host Sri Lanka for a series of three One-day Internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20 internationals in Trinidad and Antigua. Comment

BACK ON TRACK

Sports: ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ Christian Pulisic burst up the field, scoring with a brilliant touch to complete an 11-second, breakneck, field-length attack just eight minutes in. Comment

West Indies to play Zimbabwe

Sports: West Indies will play two Tests in Zimbabwe later this month. Zimbabwe cricket officials confirmed it will host West Indies for a short tour comprising two Tests, which will be played in Bulawayo from Oct. 21-25. Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017

Eugene to announce launch of ‘District 40 Cares’

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Mathieu Eugene says he will be joined by elected officials, school administrators, and clergy members on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 10 am, outside his District Office (900 Rogers Ave.) for the launch of “District 40 Cares.” Comment

Caribbean American Center helps raise $14k in relief

Brooklyn: Raised and ready to go. The Caribbean American Center of New York (CACNY) helped fund-raised thousands of dollars and hundreds of personal-use goods and clothing for the Caribbean hurricane relief effort. Last month a benefit concert organized by CACNY was headlined by artists, Lyrikal and Kerwin DuBois, and raised $14,000, said the center’s executive director. Comment

Scandalous private life of Wonder Woman creator

Movies: William Moulton Marston (Luke Evans) was a Renaissance man with an impressive array of talents. After earning his B.A., Ph.D. and law degrees, the Harvard grad was hired to teach psychology at Radcliffe, his alma mater’s sister school. Despite a demanding academic career, this jack-of-all-trades, inter alia, found time to write self-help books and to invent the precursor of the lie detector. Comment
Environment: If anything good has emerged from alphabets of devastating hurricanes that surged throughout the English, Spanish, Dutch and French Caribbean in 2017 it is that a flurry of solutions proliferate and a few might even provide tangible responses to help alleviate the annual scare. Comment

Guyanese author unveils ‘The Guyana Contract’ at home

Books: Journalist and author, Rosaline Kilkenny McClymont, chose her homeland of Guyana, on Oct. 4, to launch her latest book “The Guyana Contract” a suspense / international thriller, set against the backdrop of power, influence, greed and a developing country’s economic plight, where people clash while discovering their true selves, and some find love. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 78/52 (Unrated) Cinematography documentary dissecting director Alfred Hitchcock’s weeklong shoot of the iconic shower scene in Psycho involving 78 camera angles and 52 edits. Featuring commentary by Peter Bogdanovich, Jamie Lee Curtis and Guillermo del Toro. Comment

Monday, Oct. 9, 2017

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean The Caribbean islands of Antigua, Barbados, St. Lucia and Palm Island in the Grenadines are open for business and normal tourism activities have resumed. Reports are that services to these islands have returned to normal operation and are accepting flights from all gateways. Comment
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, told a panel headed by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, that a “Joint Select Committee” of parliament is currently reviewing four important pieces of legislation which address violence against women, children and other vulnerable groups, including the Sexual Offence Act and the Domestic Act. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017

Guyanese artist show works in Times Square Port Authority

Arts & Theater: Guyanese-born artist, Carl F. Anderson stood proudly to be photographed by Spencer Richards, in front of his 25-piece collection of contemporary paintings, now on display at the Port Authority building in Times Square, New York City, until Oct. 31, 2017. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017

Barbados’ financial rating worsens

Barbados: Barbados’ credit rating on the local market has suffered another downgrade and while the foreign currency ranking retains its position, the island’s overall financial outlook is regarded as negative. Comment

University embarks on longevity research

Jamaica: Researchers at the University of the West Indies (UWI) will be trying to discover the secret of longevity from Jamaica’s late oldest citizen. The body of supercentenarian Violet Moss Brown has been donated to University of the West Indies for scientific research. Comment

Caribbean gets help in improving digital security

Caribbean: The Organization of American States (OAS) says it will collaborate with Amazon Web Services, a subsidiary of the United States company Amazon, to support the countries of the Americas, including the Caribbean, strengthen their cyber response capacity and improve their regulatory frameworks on issues related to digital security. Comment

Cricketers play for hurricane relief

Sports: Cricketers from the West Indies will come together to play in a charity event in the form of a Cricket Hurricane Relief Twenty20 at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. Comment

Friday, Oct. 6, 2017

Culture forward

Viewpoints: Last Thursday the red carpet was rolled out for the designation of “Little Caribbean” and the dissent was swift, as if planned; if only the planning was forged in Caribbean unity as opposed to dissention. Comments (1)

Guyana crisis and humanitarian assistance

Guyana: Dear Excellency Granger, Your Excellency, first let me thank you for your humanitarian suggestion to invite to Guyana our Caribbean brothers and sisters from Dominica who have suffered from hurricane Maria. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017

Trinidad and Tobago: St. Vincent and the Grenadines New York Consul General Howie Prince has described as “commendable” and “encouraging” combined efforts to date by the New York Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Consular Corps and the Brooklyn-based Council of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Organizations, U.S.A., Inc. (COSAGO) in gathering relief supplies for Caribbean countries ravaged by recent hurricanes. Comment

BUDGET PUSH BACK

Trinidad and Tobago: Well aware that the country has not been enjoying the best of economic times in recent years, Trinidadians nevertheless baulked at this week’s presentation of the 2017 budget measures with some key sectors like gambling and car dealers complaining that new measures could well ruin them. Comment
Brooklyn: Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (D–Flatbush) indicated her support for big corporations moving into Brooklyn but only if locals can benefit, she said during a roundtable on gentrification on Sept. 29. Amidst the possibility of Amazon considering a second main base in Sunset Park, the politician said she can get behind it with the promise of local gains. Comment
Antigua: The Gaston Browne administration in Antigua and Barbuda says China has donated US$2.5 million to support the Antigua and Barbuda government’s efforts to rebuild Barbuda, which was decimated by Hurricane Irma a few weeks ago. Comment

Barbados gov’t bonanza from spiked tax

Barbados: While Barbados business owners mull over passing on a fresh tax burden to customers by raising prices or to retrench staff and lower overhead costs, government has been bragging about the large haul from the new levy. Comment

CRUCIAL QUALIFIERS

Sports: CHICAGO (AP) — Jozy Altidore, DeAndre Yedlin and Geoff Cameron returned from injuries and are on the U.S. roster for crucial World Cup qualifiers against Panama, and Trinidad and Tobago. Comment

Panamania!

Panamania!

Event: A man, a plan, a parade! Panama! Brooklyn’s 20th annual Panamanian Independence Parade will march through Crown Heights on Oct. 7, attracting thousands to celebrate the country’s culture and its sovereignty. The annual gathering attracts thousands to Franklin Avenue, and this year’s event will focus on the country’s second independence, said one of its organizers. Comment

Hair Tales

Arts & Theater: It’s more than just hair. At the inaugural Hair Nation Expo in Queens on Oct. 9, Connecticut-based playwright Alicia Thompson will be debuting her play surrounding stories about black women and their hair at the Black Spectrum Theatre. In her one-woman play “I Am My Hair,” a counter spin to the popular song by soul artist India Arie, Thompson reflects on how several girls and women perceive their hair and overall themselves, while examining the environments they live in and the reasonings behind their choices, said Thompson. Comment

Pakistan tour in limbo

Sports: Despite the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirming a three-match Twenty20 series against West Indies in Lahore in November, WIPA President Wavell Hinds said he could not confirm if the series will take place since he has yet to be notified of the tour. Comment

Any route to World Cup

Sports: West Indies captain Jason Holder does not believe in his side having to play in a qualifying tournament to reach the 2019 World Cup in England, is an embarrassment for the Caribbean team. Comment

West Indies loses series against England

Sports: West Indies lost the five-match One-Day International 50-over series (3-0) against England despite a fighting knock by opener Evin Lewis career-best of 108 not out, giving the hosts a difficult target of 357 runs for victory at the Oval in London on Wednesday, Sept.27, 2017. Comment

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017

St Kitts and Nevis: It’s a care package for the Caribbean. Brooklynites seeking to assist those recovering from hurricanes that devastated the region’s islands last month can now donate supplies locally as part of an initiative debuted by a Kings County state senator on Tuesday. Several community groups united to launch the Caribbean Relief Project, which includes drop-off sites where residents can bring material in order to get them to people struggling in the storms’ aftermath, according to the politician. Comment

Antigua not letting US ‘off the hook’ in WTO case

Antigua: The Antigua and Barbuda government has told the World Trade Organization (WTO) that it would not let the United States “off the hook” for its internationally-binding obligation to allow internet gaming into the country until fair compensation is paid for the 14 years of damage done to the Antigua and Barbuda economy. Comment

Grenadian-American engineer awarded energy manager

People: He received a high and green honor. The World Energy Engineering Congress awarded a Cambria Heights engineer with the title of Energy Manager of the Year for the Entire U.S. Northeast in Atlanta on Sept. 26. Cyril Toussaint, the director of energy management and sustainability at New York City Health and Hospitals, received the award for his revolutionary leadership in changing the scope of the energy usage in city hospitals. He was more than thrilled with the recognition, and thankful of the team that assisted him. Comment

How to look primo despite your chemo

Books: Oh, that’s not good. There’s more hair on your shower drain than there is on your head. Not good at all, but thanks, Chemo, for that and for dry skin, no eyebrows, weight fluctuations, and brittle nails. You’re trying to get better; looking better shouldn’t be so impossible. With “Pretty Sick” by Caitlin M. Kiernan, though, you’ll look primo despite chemo. Comment
Music: A Brooklyn-based Vincentian group recently honored former National Calypso Monarch D Man Age for 41 years of calypso and social commentary. Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017

Guyana: North Carolina-based Dynamic International Airways has once again left Guyanese passengers stranded, this time, abruptly pulling out, after a troublesome four-year charter service to the South American country. Comment
Brooklyn: An honor from a legend. Former football player and hall of famer Joe Namath honored medical heroes at the Brooklyn Hospital Foundation Founders Ball in Brooklyn Heights on Sept. 27. The sports legend attended the annual fund-raiser to celebrate Charles Modica and Patrick Adams, the founders of St. George’s University of Medicine in Grenada. Comment
Environment: The British Virgin Islands (BVI) government says plans are being made to review and upgrade the Territory’s building codes following the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma. Comment
St Kitts and Nevis: St. Kitts and Nevis Independence Day will now be celebrated on Oct. 7. The announcement was made by Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris who said the twin-island federation will officially hold its Independence Day activities on Oct. 7, 2017. Comment

Son of Barbados honored by Harlem street name

Barbados: The very next time you venture to the southwest corner of 125th St. & Adam Clayton Blvd. in Harlem, look up at the street sign confirming your exact location. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Architects of Denial (Unrated) Ethnic cleansing is the subject of this documentary chronicling the systematic slaughter of almost two million Christians by the Ottoman Empire at the outbreak of World War I. Featuring commentary by George Clooney, Julian Assange and President Barack Obama. (In Armenian, English and Turkish) Comment
Movies: Brad Sloan (Ben Stiller) feels inadequate despite his happy marriage and a thriving business that enables his family to live comfortably in suburban Sacramento. He gets depressed, nevertheless, because he compares himself to his relatively-successful college buddies instead of the Average Joe. Comment

Calypso Rose receives Trinidad’s highest honor

Trinidad and Tobago: Mc Cartha Lewis better known as Calypso Rose has been awarded Trinidad and Tobago’s highest national award — the Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (ORTT) - in culture. Comment

Monday, Oct. 2, 2017

Crowning a cultural enclave

Brooklyn: It may be little, but it’s a big deal. Members of the Caribbean community cheered local officials as they formally designated the borough’s cultural district in honor of the region at a Thursday ceremony at Flatbush and Nostrand avenues. Little Caribbean, which spans parts of Flatbush, East Flatbush, and Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, is the first enclave of its kind in the world, thrilling many residents who hope it will encourage deeper camaraderie among Kings County’s Caribbean Diaspora. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017

Trump’s threat of total destruction is unlawful & extremely dangerous

NEW YORK, Sept. 25, 2017 (IPS) - President Trump’s threat of total destruction of North Korea is utterly unacceptable. Also deplorable is the response of North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on Sept. 23 at the United Nations. Comment

Friday, Sept. 29, 2017

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has joined the international community in mourning the tragic loss of life wrought by September 19 earthquake in Mexico City. Comment

CARICOM TAKES A STAND

Caribbean: Several Caribbean Community leaders are scheduled to head to Washington for a series of meetings next month so the chairman of the 15-nation bloc has said that the time has come to fight agencies such as the World Bank which no longer give concessional loans to a region that is battered by powerful hurricanes and other natural disaster frequently. Comments (1)
New York: In solidarity with Colin Kaepernick and National Football League (NFL) players as well as coaches and owners, 16 members of New York City Council “took a knee” in front of City Hall, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017 at noon. Comment

Judge: ‘Heartless’ DACA deadline

Brooklyn: A federal judge in Brooklyn has ripped as “heartless” the Donald J. Trump administration’s refusal to extend its deadline for young, undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants to apply to stay in the United States under a program by former President Barack Obama that Trump recently announced that he was rescinding. Comments (1)

Innovate to handle storms: Simpson Miller

Jamaica: Caribbean governments are cash-strapped, and in the face of continuous hurricane destruction they should be innovative and capitalize on the presence of transnational companies in the region to build capacity to resist and cope with storms. Comment

Center for Economic and Leadership Development honors Guyana’s first lady

Guyana: First Lady of Guyana Sandra Granger received the Global Female Leadership Impact Award, from the Center for Economic and Leadership Development (CELD) for her sustainable development initiatives in her country, during the International Conference on Gender and Sustainability and International Summit on African Leadership luncheon, at the New York Hilton Midtown on Sept. 21. Comment
Guyana: The enchanting artistry of dance, acrobatic demonstrations, songs of Peace and Love, smiles and friendliness displayed by members of the Federation of World Love and Peace, (FOWL) were all for the Guyana Consul General of Guyana, Barbara Atherly, who was honored during a lavish celebration at the Wyndham Hotel Ballroom in Manhattan. Comments (5)
Movies: The women’s festival reached a milestone! The Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary next month on Oct. 21–22. The annual film festival has been a platform for the works of women of color, who are writers and filmmakers for more than two decades. In celebration of this achievement, organizers have planned a series of five events throughout Brooklyn and Harlem ahead of the festival, said festival founder. Comment
Music: A generous concert for home. Several Caribbean artists performed at a hurricane relief benefit concert in Queens on Sept. 17. Headlining the show were soca artists Lyrikal and Kerwin Du Bois, and there were also appearances by other singers and performers. The concert was organized by the Caribbean American Center of New York (CACNY) and the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) to gather well-known entertainers from the region to for an effective fundraiser, said the executive director of CACNY. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017

Dominica: Declaring that he has come “straight from the front line of the war on climate change,” Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 called for urgent action in addressing the issue, as his country reels from the devastation caused earlier this week by Hurricane Maria. Comment

Nasty Barbados elections looms

Barbados: Elections in Barbados are less than one year away from the constitutionally due time, and though no date has been set political broadsides have begun with the ruling party warning of a dirty campaign. Comments (1)

Comptroller Stringer advocates TPS for hurricane hit Caribbean

New York: City Comptroller Scott Stringer is calling on President Donald Trump and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to designate Caribbean countries hit by the recent waves of powerful hurricanes in the region, eligible for Temporary Protective Status (TPS). In a letter addressed to the President, the city’s finance boss said the destruction many of these countries suffered makes them qualified for the short-term permit. Comment

Celebrating community

Music: It’s a community award show! The red carpet will roll out for the fifth annual Image Entertainment Distinction (IED) awards show is slated for Sept. 30. This year the ceremony will be held at Kings Theatre in East Flatbush. The show is aimed at celebrating notable members within and outside of the Caribbean community and the work they have done, from leaders to entertainers, said its founder and CEO. Comment

UN forms tourism disaster recovery group

Travel: The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has formed a disaster recovery working group for the affected states in the Caribbean. Comment

LIAT expects loses as a result of recent hurricanes

Travel: Regional airline LIAT is expecting losses close to EC$10 million as a result of the two hurricanes which affected some of its key destinations in Eastern Caribbean countries. Comment

Soca Warriors fail to qualify

Caribbean: Trinidad and Tobago’s bid to reach the 2018 World Cup Soccer in Russia ended when they crashed to a 3-0 defeat to Panama at the Estadio Rommel Fernandes Stadium in Panama recently. Comment

Women’s Management team fired

Sports: Cricket West Indies (CWI) has fired the West Indies Women’s Management team, which oversaw the regional side’s despicable campaign at the recent Women’s World Cup in England. Comment

ANOTHER DEFEAT

ANOTHER DEFEAT

Sports: West Indies faced another humiliating defeat when they crashed to 124-runs against England in the third One-Day International (ODI) at the Gloucestershire Cricket Ground, England on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. Comment

Windies to play Pakistan

Sports: West Indies will play a three-match Twenty20 series against Pakistan set for Lahore in November this year. Comment

Republic Day races net $1.6 million

Trinidad and Tobago: Punters in Trinidad invested $1.6 million on Republic Day races. Despite the inclement weather, race fans turned out for the Republic Day event at the Santa Rosa Park, Arima to witness the 10-race card on Monday, Sept. 25. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua A 27-year-old Jamaican chef who admitted to importing about three pounds of marijuana into Antigua has been jailed for a total of two years after he failed to pay fines totaling EC$47,000. Comment

Jamaican firm to train Guyana’s food analysts

Jamaica: To avoid any mishaps in its export deals on processed food with the United States, the Guyanese government (Guyana Analysts — Food and Drug Department — GA-FDD) has contracted a Jamaican food technology firm to undertake and manage its training program in the preparation of its processed food for export. Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017

CCRIF a light in disaster darkness

Barbados: Amid despair brought on with lives lost and property destruction caused by hurricanes sweeping the Caribbean, a beacon of good news is that the disaster relief fund designed to help in these circumstances is working. Comment
Arts & Theater: Seeing the other side of criminal justice. A former correctional facility mentor is performing her one-woman show analyzing the lives of the incarcerated at the National Black Theatre now through Oct. 1. Playwright Liza Jessie Peterson takes on several characters in “The Peculiar Patriot,” to explore conversations close friends and relatives have with imprisoned people they care about. Having worked at Rikers Island for more than 20 years with adolescents, she draws from her own experience and observations from New York’s prison system, said Peterson. Comment
Jamaica: “Those Once You Go You Know” promos enticing television viewers to vacation in Jamaica may well be a thing of the past. Like the attention-getting commercials that features Bob Marley’s “One Love” signature reggae title, visual TV sales-pitch and full-page newspaper and magazine spreads they may soon be irrelevant. Comment
National: The United States said on Wednesday that it “stands in solidarity with the people of Dominica and all those across the Caribbean region” affected by the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Gerald’s Game (Unrated) Adaptation of the Stephen King best seller of the same name about a lawyer’s (Bruce Greenwood) wife’s (Carla Gugino) struggle to survive when he suddenly dies right after tying her to a bed during kinky sex play. Supporting cast includes Henry Thomas, Kate Siegel and Chiara Aurelia. Comment

Monday, Sept. 25, 2017

Belizeans still feel insecure about their future

Viewpoints: Thirty six years ago the British government granted our nation Belize its independence on Sept. 21, 1981 with the Guatemalan claim to our country unresolved. Britain’s Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was determine to rid her people and government from all its colonial territories. She saw them as a burden to the people and government of Great Britain. Ignoring the exploitation their country was engaged for centuries in all these colonies including ours prior to their independence. Comment
Health: The Washington, D.C.-based Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says that the Region of the Americas, including the Caribbean, has eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT), a disease that was responsible for the deaths of more than 10,000 newborns every year in the Americas. Comment

Brit, Yankee spies join forces to fight drug queenpin

Movies: Kingsman: The Secret Service was a surprise hit which probably wouldn’t have been released in the dead of winter of 2015, if Fox had realized exactly what it had on its hands. After all, most movie studios see the season as a dumping ground for pictures with low expectations, given the attention paid Oscar hopefuls, the risk of bad weather hurting attendance, and that many folks have less discretionary income due to Christmas season spending. Comment

Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017

NYC sends personnel to help Caribbean with Hurricane Maria recovery

New York: With the devastation caused by a series of hurricanes in the Caribbean, New York City is lending a helping hand to the victims of Hurricane Maria. Comment
St Vincent: The Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Diaspora Committee of New York, Inc. Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 honored veteran Vincentian broadcaster and journalist Don Bobb with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Comment

Friday, Sept. 22, 2017

Cruise lines aid Caribbean recovery

Environment: Reports say Caribbean cruise lines are sending ships and cash to aid Caribbean countries in their recovery efforts in the wake of the passage of Hurricane Irma. Comment

Antigua stands ready to assist Dominica

Antigua: Antigua, whose sister isle, Barbuda, was devastated by Hurricane Irma, his pledged its support for Dominica which was ravaged by Hurricane Maria during the early hours on Tuesday. Comment
Guyana: In his address to the 72nd United Nations General Assembly, David A. Granger, president of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, called for peace in the world. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017

Mayor proclaims Aug. 29, 2017 Cicely Tyson Day

New York: Mayor of the City of New York, Bill de Blasio, proclaimed Aug. 29, 2017 Cicely Tyson Day, and bestowed a Proclamation on the iconic actress, on the same day the politician hosted a lavish reception at Gracie Mansion to honor West Indian and Caribbean American Heritage, and kick-off WIADCA 50th carnival parade on Eastern Parkway. Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017

Mayor signs into law tenant harassment package

New York: Mayor Bill de Blasio on Aug. 25 signed two packages of bills that seek to curb tenant harassment. Comment

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