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Thursday, April 17, 2014

CARICOM Prepares Demand Letters

Guyana: Caribbean trade bloc governments, historians and rights groups are preparing for the next big step in the fight to make Europe compensate the region for the TransAtlantic African slave trade by serving up demand letters to several European capitals in the next 10 weeks. Comment.

Miss Guyana World Contestants visit the Big Apple

Fashion: A flurry of excitement and flash bulbs greeted five of the eight contestants vying for the Miss World Guyana 2014 title when they arrived in the Big Apple last week for a soiree to kick-off the upcoming May 26 pageant in Georgetown. The official sashing of the contestants will take place on May 4 in Gergetown. Comment.

Outraged over shooting of Haitian boy

Brooklyn: Several Brooklyn legislators have expressed outrage over the shooting of a 13-year-old Haitian-born boy, who was an innocent bystander, as at least seven shots were fired wildly at the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Beverley Road in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn Monday afternoon. Comment.


Three West Indies cricketers have been named in a World Twenty20 XI. They are Trinidad and Tobago leg-spinner Samuel Badree, captain Darren Sammy and Jamaican Krishmar Santokie, who was named 12th man in the squad. Comment.

Caribbean native stars at Bay Shore

Trinidad and Tobago: The last field event in the Long Island Elite Track and Field Invitational at the indoor facilities of St. Anthony’s High School marked the performance of the triple jump. And what a showing turned in by Bay Shore High School senior Omari Buckmire who recorded a 47’ 2” jump. Comment.

Red Bulls in waiting game

Sports: Last Saturday’s New York Red Bulls-DC United MLS showdown revealed the present tale of the two teams. Both teams, long-time Eastern Conference rivals, clearly are on different paths as a result of each club’s off-season approach to the 2014 season. Host DC United (2-2-1, 7 pts.) won the contest, 1-0, at RFK Stadium on a goal by Davy Arnaud in the fourth minute to register its second win of the young, six-week-old season, while the Red Bulls (0-2-4, 4 pts.) are still searching for its first victory. Comment.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Tips to boost infant and toddler brain development

Health: (StatePoint) When babies are born, their minds are still a work in progress, and their brains will rapidly grow and develop based on their experience. That means the first few years are critical for healthy brain development. Comment.

Doping ban for Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A Jamaican disciplinary panel on Thursday banned former 100-meter world record holder Asafa Powell from athletics for 18 months after the veteran sprinter tested positive for a banned stimulant last June. Comment.

Brooklyn Trade Show attracts thousands

Brooklyn: At least 2,500 New Yorkers, business owners, service providers, those looking for jobs or those who want to expand their businesses, visited Trade Brooklyn–Brooklyn’s business- to-business trade show, earlier this month. Comment.

Standing tall for the cause 50 years ago

Viewpoints: The commemoration last week at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas of the 50th anniversary of passage of the Civil Rights Act was a powerful enough event to warrant the presence of the country’s sitting president, Barack Obama, as well as three of his predecessors – Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush (the only other living former president, George H.W. Bush, was named the three-day event’s honorary chairman). Comment.

Distinguished women receive ‘Women Celebrating Women Award’

Jamaica: Seventeen phenomenal Caribbean and other women on Sunday, Palm Sunday, received the “Women Celebrating Women Award” at a gala ceremony in commemoration of Women’s History Month. Comment.

May Day debut for ‘Taboo Yardies’ docu

Arts & Theater: After years of anticipation, Jamaican filmmaker Selena Blake recently announced the opening of her much talked about documentary about Jamaica’s homosexual community titled “Taboo...Yardies.” Comment.

Jamaica reports big drop in lionfish sightings

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica is reporting a big decline in sightings of lionfish, the voracious invasive species that has been wreaking havoc on regional reefs for years and wolfing down native juvenile fish and crustaceans. Comment.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Going green without sinking into the red

St Kitts and Nevis: CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Apr 7 2014 (IPS) - Most Caribbean countries are famous for their sun, sand and warm sea breezes. Far fewer are known for their wide use of solar, wind and other forms of renewable energy. Comment.

H.S. grad seeks bonding time with long-estranged dad

Movies: Although Freddy Klein (Devon Bostick) is about to finish high school, he still hasn’t decided whether to attend college in the fall. That’s because he’s considering taking a job as a salesman on his father’s (Christopher Meloni) used car lot. Comment.

Caribbean RoundUp

Venezuela: Prime Minister Perry Christie is welcoming the liberalization of the telecommunication sector on the island saying “Bahamians would for the first time have competition and competition breeds greater levels of efficiency.” Comment.

CARICOM chairman to address reparations forum

St Vincent: Current Caribbean Community (CARICOM) chairman and St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves will present the keynote address this month at an international forum on reparations for slavery in the United States. Comments (2).

Raising NY City’s Minimum Wage – A call to action

Viewpoints: As New York City’s economy recovers from the recession, thousands of working families in all five boroughs face a grim reality: Although one of their members might have a fulltime job, the weekly wages they earn are not nearly enough to make ends meet. There are more than 800,000 of the so-called “working poor” in our City, and they struggle to get by -- fighting a daily battle to put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads. Comment.

Vanessa Williams: Great time ‘After Midnight’

Arts & Theater: Vanessa Williams took time out of her busy schedule to talk to this writer about her role in “After Midnight” which she presently appears in until May 11 with Dule Hill as her leading man. After Midnight is at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, located at 256 West 47th St. (Between 8th Avenue and Broadway) in Manhattan. She replaces Toni Baxton who was featured until recently with Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds. Comment.

Sun Kulcha

Queens: variety show: No Name... & A Bag O’ Chips” comedy / variety show will feature Liam McEneaney (Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend”), alt-folk singer-songwriter Jessica Delfino (“Good Morning America”) and sketch comedy collective Kokomo.(Upright Citizens Brigade). Showtime starts at 7:00 p.m. No cover, no minimum. Otto’s is located at 538 E 14th St. (Between avenues A and B) “L” subway train to First Avenue. For more information, call (212) 228-2240 or go to: www.ottosshrunkenhead.com. Performers subject to change, For more “No Name,” information, contact (347) 885-3466 /NoNameNYC@hotmail.com. Comment.

Letting firms skate on taxes undermines life on Main St

Viewpoints: The Great Recession “officially” ended almost five years ago, but looking at many communities across the country, you wouldn’t believe it. Ten million people are still searching for work, and more than 15 million families have lost their homes to foreclosure. Classrooms are more crowded, roads need repair, and states and cities struggle to meet growing needs as Congress imposes an austerity agenda. Unless you run a wealthy corporation, you are likely experiencing an America in crisis. Comment.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Brooklyn quilters display their artistry

Arts & Theater: Recognizable Brooklyn scenes — the Brooklyn Bridge to the Aquarium, each in fabric square blocks in a quilt, greeted quilters and fans as they entered the downtown Brooklyn exhibit. This weekend, at the NY Marriot, more than 500 attended the “Brooklyn Squared” 2014 Quilt Show that displayed the skilled and loving work of members of The Quilters’ Guild of Brooklyn. Comment.

Caribbean beauties to vie for seniors crown

Trinidad and Tobago: Two gorgeous senior citizens of Caribbean heritage will be the center of attention when they step on stage to be judged at the 29th Annual Ms. New York Senior America 2014 scheduled to take place on Sunday, April 27. Comment.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 13 Sins (R for violence, profanity and bloody images) Remake of Game of Death (2006), a horror flick revolving around a down on his luck salesman (Mark Webber) manipulated to perform a series of increasingly sinister tasks for a promised prize of $6.2 million. With Devon Graye, Rutina Wesley and Ron Perlman. Comment.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Official: Guyana boosts monitoring of forests

Guyana: GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Guyana is boosting surveillance of activities in its remote interior to curb illegal deforestation. Officials say the clearing of lush Amazonian jungles in the South American nation appears to be increasing over the past year due in large part to an ongoing boom in gold mining. Comment.


Suriname: On the face of it, relations between the Caribbean trade bloc’s two largest member states appear to be normal, with booming cross border trade, mutual governmental plans to bridge the border Corentyne River and daily trips by nationals of both countries seeking out friends and relatives. Comment.

Actor Jimmy Jean-Louis’ father succumbs to gunshot wound

Haiti: On April 10, Lephène Jean-Louis, father of actor, Haiti advocate, and philanthropist Jimmy Jean-Louis, succumbed in a Haitian hospital to an injury from a gunshot wound he received four days earlier on Sunday, April 6. Comment.

Caribbean scholar Norman Girvan is dead

Jamaica: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed “deep sadness” at the death of prominent Caribbean academic, Professor Norman Girvan, of Jamaica, who had been his personal representative on the border controversy between Guyana and Venezuela since April 2010. Comment.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Trinidad & Tobago former leader dies

Tributes are pouring in from the Caribbean and other parts of the world for the late former Trinidad and Tobago President and former Prime Minister Arthur Napoleon Robinson, who died on Wednesday after a prolonged illness. Comment.

Farewell to Haiti’s top diplomat

Haiti: The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) on April 9 bid farewell to the Ambassador of Haiti to the hemispheric organization, Duly Brutus, who is leaving the post after 10 years to become Minister of Foreign Affairs of the French-speaking Caribbean country. Comment.

LOVE, Above All Things

Music: By Lem Peterkin Comment.

Nine get Shirley Chisholm Women of Distinction award

Brooklyn: New York City Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, Deputy Leader, and Brooklyn District Leader Rodneyse Bichotte, hosted the first annual Shirley Chisholm Women of Distinction Celebration & Awards at the Brooklyn Public Library on Mar. 28, honoring nine extraordinary women from New York City who are making tremendous strides in their fields. Comment.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Gender pay-gap hurdle

People: WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans blocked a Senate bill Wednesday aimed at narrowing the pay gap between men and women, an election-year ritual that Democrats hope will help spur women to back them in this fall’s congressional elections. Comment.

Jamaican veteran jockey heads South

Jamaica: Rajiv Maragh will be heading once again down to Louisville, in less than a month for another attempt at winning the Kentucky Derby, which he couldn’t do previously. Comment.


Arts & Theater: Much ado about Denzel Washington’s return to Broadway focused on his age and a question as to whether the 60-year-old could convincingly portray 35-year-old Walter Lee Younger, the lead character in Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin In The Sun.” Comment.

Jamelody’s Got a Gun

Music: Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. April 1, 2014 -- Gun -- A word that immediately triggers fear in some but for the youths on the street, the youths in the crime hotspots in Trinidad and Tobago and many other countries across the world, gun talk is real talk. ‘Gun’ is the name of T&T reggae crooner and VP recording artiste, Jamelody’s latest contribution. Comment.

B’klyn Family Inherits Congressional Medal

People: The Congressional Medal of Honor was presented posthumously to the family of the late Tuskegee Airman Leon Nathan Duncan recently at Vanderveer Park United Methodist in Brooklyn, thanks in part to the efforts of Claude B. Govan of Tri State Chapter Tuskegee Airmen, Inc (TAI). Comments (1).

‘Mother Goose’ love reigns

Arts & Theater: Many New York City parents and children are very concerned about children getting a well-rounded education. Some children instead of training in various sports or running home to homework and video games are getting arts education after school. Fortunately, for those who want to follow in the footsteps of off-Broadway and Hollywood actors, actresses, singers, dancers, playwrights and poets in the dramatic theatre arts programming, there are opportunities at the historic Billie Holiday Theatre on 1368 Fulton St. Comment.

T&T ambassador issues call to invest in T&T

Trinidad and Tobago: Dr. Neil Parsan, ambassador of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to the United States of America and Mexico has called on Florida businesspersons to invest in Trinidad and Tobago while delivering the feature address at the Caribbean Trade Center’s ‘Caribbean/Latin America Tourism, Trade, and Investment Conference and Exhibits’ in Doral, Florida, recently. Comment.

Civil Rights pioneer tells her story to children

Brooklyn: Historical events that detail the Black experience are best understood when the teller is giving a first person account. Claudette Colvin , who at 15 years of age found the courage and strength to stand up to Alabama’s segregation Bus laws, was forefront at the United African Movement Forum at 1061 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn on Wednesday, April 2, to describe to a packed house of students and adults, her experience and treatment on that historic day of March 2, 1955. Comment.
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