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Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015

Dems not blameless in GOP Capitol gains

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

Caribbean agrees to new energy security

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

Trinidad & Tobago wins Nagico Super 50 Final

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

Former Guyanese MP Dr. Faith Harding has died

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

MISS JAMAICA STANDS PROUD

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

Yearlong birthday celebration for Third World superstar

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

Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

Two CAL pilots suspended

Trinidad and Tobago: The two pilots of the Caribbean Airlines Limited (CAL) flight, which almost collided with a JetBlue plane at JFK International Airport in New York last Saturday night, have been taken off duties, pending the outcome of an investigation. Comment.

Fly Jamaica Airways celebrates second year

Jamaica: Consul General of Jamaica to New York, Herman G. LaMont said Guyana and Jamaica have always bonded, and did exceptionally well over many years, while making remarks to celebrate the second anniversary of Fly Jamaica Airways on Jan. 23. Comment.

Grandparents square-off over biracial child

Movies: When Elliot Anderson’s (Kevin Costner) wife Carol (Jennifer Ehle) perishes in a tragic car accident, he suddenly finds himself facing the prospect of raising his seven-year-old granddaughter Eloise (Jillian Estell) alone. After all, the couple had originally assumed custody from the moment their own daughter died giving birth to the little girl, since the baby’s drug-addicted father (Andre Holland) was behind bars and totally unfit to be a parent. Comment.

US works to ease Caribbean dependence on Venezuelan oil

Caribbean: MIAMI (AP) _ A decade-long addiction to oil subsidized by Venezuela may be coming to an end for several Caribbean nations, with a nudge from the United States. Comment.

Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015

Commemorating Haiti’s earthquake, 5 years later

Haiti: In the morning of Jan. 12, 2015, Haitian government officials, foreign ambassadors, and ranking police commemorated the five-year anniversary of the Haitian earthquake at the site where thousands had been buried in a mass grave near Titanyen, miles north of Port-au-Prince. The earthquake killed 230,000 and injured thousands more. Comment.

Commemorating Haiti’s earthquake, 5 years later

Haiti: In the morning of Jan. 12, 2015, Haitian government officials, foreign ambassadors, and ranking police commemorated the five-year anniversary of the Haitian earthquake at the site where thousands had been buried in a mass grave near Titanyen, miles north of Port-au-Prince. The earthquake killed 230,000 and injured thousands more. Comment.

Jamaica official says marijuana reform bill ready

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

Fight to save Haiti’s gingerbread homes

Jamaica: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ It wasn’t until the 2010 earthquake devastated Haiti’s capital that many people even realized that dozens of the city’s grandest old buildings were still standing — its quirky and ornate ”gingerbread houses” with their fancy latticework, turrets and spires. Comment.

Jamaica official says marijuana reform bill ready

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

Fight to save Haiti’s gingerbread homes

Jamaica: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ It wasn’t until the 2010 earthquake devastated Haiti’s capital that many people even realized that dozens of the city’s grandest old buildings were still standing — its quirky and ornate ”gingerbread houses” with their fancy latticework, turrets and spires. Comment.

Monday, Jan. 26, 2015

Caribbean Airlines waives change and cancellation fees

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

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Central Bank of Barbados (CBB) said that the island’s economy is poised to achieve growth of about two percent this year up from 0.3 percent in 2014. Comment.

St. Kitts paves way for general elections

St Kitts and Nevis: Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis Dr. Denzil Douglas on Friday announced he had advised Gov. Gen. Sir Edmund Wickham Lawrence to dissolve Parliament with immediate effect, paying the way for general elections in the twin-island federation. Comment.

Cash Poor Essential College Guidance

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

St. Kitts paves way for general elections

St Kitts and Nevis: Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis Dr. Denzil Douglas on Friday announced he had advised Gov. Gen. Sir Edmund Wickham Lawrence to dissolve Parliament with immediate effect, paying the way for general elections in the twin-island federation. Comment.

Cash Poor Essential College Guidance

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

‘Morgan Heritage’ returns to Jazz Fest

Music: The Royal Family of Reggae “Morgan Heritage” will kick off 2015 by closing down the show at the acclaimed Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival at the Trelawny Stadium, Jamaica on Jan. 31. Comment.

PATTI’S MUSICAL TREAT

For one night only, it will be a Valentine’s weekend to remember as The Lady Of Soul & Grammy winning Artist Patti Labelle makes her long overdue return to Brooklyn alongside fellow R&B Grammy Award Winner Billy Ocean “A Love Need & Want You Concert” Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015 at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music (BAM). Comment.

Fastest One-Day 100

Sports: South Africa’s middle-order batsman AB de Villers plundered the West Indies bowlers, scoring the fastest ever one-day hundred and led three other batsmen in triple figures as South Africa inflicted a severe 148-run drubbing on the regional team in the second One-Day International (ODI) on Sunday in Johannesburg. Comment.

Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Amira & Sam (Unrated) Romantic dramedy about a returning war vet (Martin Starr) who takes a shot at stand-up comedy back in the States while dating the niece (Dina Shihabi) of his former Iraqi translator (Laith Nakli). With Paul Wesley, David Rasche, Ross Marquand and Taylor Wilcox. Comment.

LIU honors new members

Sports: Off to a 6-11 start after the middle of January, the Long Island University Black Birds did not have many pluses about their team during the current season. Two losing streaks, one by as much as six games, and a brief one of three contests definitely hurt the squad. Yes, they went into the season with a young squad but the results were not as expected. Then they started to improve. Comment.

Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015

Candle light vigil for SVG minibus victims

St Vincent: Despite the very frigid and rainy weather, hundreds of nationals in the New York metropolitan area last Saturday night participated in a candle light vigil for the victims of the minibus tragedy in North Windward. Comment.

Candle light vigil for SVG minibus victims

St Vincent: Despite the very frigid and rainy weather, hundreds of nationals in the New York metropolitan area last Saturday night participated in a candle light vigil for the victims of the minibus tragedy in North Windward. Comment.

CANADIAN MAKES MLS HISTORY

History was made at the recent MLS SuperDraft at the Philadelphia Convention Center on Thursday, Jan. 15, when Cyle Larin became the first Canadian drafted in the No.1 spot, as the first pick overall. Comment.

Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

Haiti leader, ruling without parliament, gets new Cabinet

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ A new Haitian Cabinet and other government leaders were sworn in Monday as President Michel Martelly runs the troubled Caribbean country without a parliament. Comment.

Sun Kulcha

Queens: COMEDY: Fashionably Funny Productions (FFP) presents “Fireside Chat” a night of whimsy and humorous tales featuring NYC’s and Westchester County’s best and brightest comics at the Chat American Grill (1 Christie Place) in Scarsdale, N.Y. at 9:30 p.m. Having successfully produced shows at venues in Manhattan, FFP producer / performer Maryssa Smith (The Wendy Williams Show, Westchester Comedy Festival) brings a talented roster of comics for this inaugural Westchester show including: headliner Leighann Lord (Fox News Strategy Room,” ABC-TV’s “The View”); Sydnee Washington (Broadway Comedy Club, The Stand);Tanya Cooper (Gotham Comedy Club, NOMA);Dan Opp (Commuter Comedy, Westchester Comedy Festival);Maryelle Turner (The Comic Strip Live); Regina DeCicco Comedian (Laugh’s on FOX, Westchester Comedy Festival); Jayson Cross (Zanie’s, Nip/Tuck) and Chrissie Mayr (The Wendy Williams Show, Comedy at Stonewall). Seating begins at 9:15 p.m. No cover (suggested donation $5) with a two-item minimum.. The Chat American Grill, which features outstanding food and drinks can be accessed from the Bronx River Parkway and is near the Scarsdale station of the Metro North Railroad’s Harlem line. For directions and reservations (for The Fireplace Room), call (914) 722-4000 or go to: http://chatamericangrill.com/nightlife.htm. Comment.

Lunar New Year Celebration

Arts & Theater: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 60th Anniversary Season, once again partnering with Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company for its second annual Lunar New Year Celebration, on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12.50 for children (ages 12 and under) and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat, 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.). Comment.

Simmons, Blackwood should be in ODI squad

Sports: In order for the West Indies to show any strength in the five-match One-Day series against South Africa, the selectors must bring in Lendl Simmons and Jermaine Blackwood to create some stability in the middle order. Both Simmons and Blackwood have the talent to come in the middle and restore some stability to the batting. Comment.

Caribbean pols remember MLK

Brooklyn: The Caribbean community and elected officials on Monday joined the nation in celebrating the birthday of slain civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Comment.

Keystone Pipeline: Foreign profits, American risk

National: Media coverage of the Keystone XL pipeline is coalescing around a single narrative. It goes like this: environmentalists oppose the pipeline because of climate change concerns, and U.S. construction companies support the pipeline because it creates jobs. Environmentalists warn that tar sands crude oil has three times the global warming potential of conventional crude. Oil industry interests shrug and say Canadian companies will continue to extract tar sands, with or without the pipeline. Pipeline opponents then counter: fewer than 50 permanent jobs will be needed to staff the pipeline, a few thousand temporary construction jobs to build it. But this rendering of the debate misses the larger picture. Comment.

Brooklyn BP, community look forward to Mayor Bill de Blasio

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

Brooklyn BP, community look forward to Mayor Bill de Blasio

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

Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015

Obama urges Congress to lift embargo on Cuba

Cuba: Stating that he believes in a “smarter kind of American leadership,” United States President Barack Obama on Tuesday night called on Congress to lift the half-century-old trade and economic embargo against Cuba. Comment.

GUYANA GETS SET TO VOTE

Guyana: Guyanese will vote for a new government on Monday, May 11, exactly six months after the administration of President Donald Ramotar suspended sittings of parliament to avoid being fired by an opposition no-confidence vote that government appeared very likely to lose. Comment.

Lopsided wealth sharing could get dicey

Viewpoints: As we very well knew it would be, here we go again with the chest-beating and muscle-flexing in Washington. Deliberate leaks about tax reform proposals President Obama would include in his State of the Union address brought from Republicans the response even a casual observer of current-day Washington could telegraph in his sleep: no way, no how, Mr. President! Comment.

King reigns in Kings County

Brooklyn: A full day’s program dedicated to the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. invited guests to “Come Share the Dream” at Brooklyn Academy of Music where film, music, dance and a plethora of speakers paid tribute to his legacy on the holiday named in his honor. Comment.

New day dawns for Bichotte

Brooklyn: Amid the treacherous weather, over a thousand constituents witnessed the community swearing-in ceremony at Brooklyn College on Sunday of newly-elected Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichote. Bichotte, the first Haitian American to be elected to the State Legislature, was sworn in as the representative for the 42nd Assembly District in Brooklyn by Mayor Bill deBlasio, replacing the retired Rhoda Jacobs. Comment.

Harper advocates sports scholarship for Guyanese

Guyana: Former Guyana, and West Indian cricketer Roger Harper, who was nicknamed ‘Juice,’ said one of the things that could stimulate interest in sport in Guyana on a whole, is the availability of sporting scholarships. Comment.
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