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Monday, March 2, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Antigua and Barbuda government says it has made an offer to purchase the property once owned by disgraced financier Allen Stanford who is serving 110 years in a United States jail for operating America’s second-largest Ponzi scheme. Comment.

Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015

Steel Pulse to liven Brooklyn book launch

Music: Reggae fans will be nourished mentally, physically and probably in other ways when they stop into the Brooklyn Public Library on March 4 for a book launch. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Bad Asses on the Bayou (R for violence, profanity, sexuality and nudity) Danny Trejo and Danny Glover reprise their roles in this sequel to “Bad Ass 2” set in Baton Rouge where the aging tough guys take the law into their own hands to rescue a pal’s (John Amos) daughter kidnapped for ransom (Loni Love). Rob Mello, Sammi Rotibi and Jimmy Bennett. Comment.

WINDIES CELEBRATE

Sports: Some excellent all around performances from Andre Russell, who bagged three wickets for 33 runs from eight overs and scored 42 runs from 13 balls which included three fours and four sixes. West Indies scored 310 runs for six wickets off 50 overs after they were sent in to bat. Comment.

US congratulates St. Lucia, Guyana on anniversaries

St Lucia: The United States has extended congratulations to St. Lucia and Guyana on their respective independence anniversary celebrations. Comment.

The British are coming!

Sports: The British are coming! That’s a familiar cry that has been part of American history. In fact, the Brits have always been coming and never really stopped: there were the Pilgrims, the Beatles, then droves of soccer administrators and players, and now here comes Sky Sports. Comment.

Friday, Feb. 27, 2015

CARIB FRESH FEARS

Trinidad and Tobago: CARICOM leaders scheduled to meet for two days in the Bahamas from this Thursday are to bog themselves down with several key issues including a concerted effort to make European nations pay for slavery, work on establishing a marijuana decriminalization commission and put heads together to examine the rise of Islamist extremism in West Africa and the Middle East. Comment.

‘Ancestors’ Benefit to hail Caribbean Orisha choreographer

Brooklyn: It will be a hot time in this town Saturday, Feb. 28 when Michael Manswell of Something Positive accepts accolades for his commitment to the community from the People of the Sun Middle Passage Collective. Comment.

T&T judge of UN Appeals Tribunal sworn in

Trinidad and Tobago: The Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presided over the swearing-in of Judge Deborah Thomas-Felix (Trinidad and Tobago) as a judge of the United Nations Appeals Tribunal in a ceremony held on1 Feb. 17, 2015 at UN Headquarters in New York. Judge Thomas-Felix was elected by the General Assembly as a Judge of the Appeals Tribunal of the United Nations (Appeals Tribunal) in December 2014 to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Judge Jean Courtial (France). Comment.

Brooklyn actor receives Black History Month award

Movies: Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, deputy leader and chair of the City Council’s Housing and Buildings Committee, has presented a New York City Council Proclamation to Brooklyn actor and activist Wendell Pierce (“Selma,” “The Wire,” “Treme”) as part of Black History Month celebrations. Comment.

Williams tops Lions’ scorers

Sports: Sophomore Keith Williams is one of the key holdovers from last year’s Bishop Loughlin’s basketball team that competes in the Diocese of Brooklyn division of the Catholic High Schools Athletic Association. Last year, the Lions just fell short of winning the Intersectional title, and advancing into the State tournament. They lost to a better Christ The King squad in the finals. Comment.

SOULFUL SPIRIT

Music: “Vilnerab” (Vulnerable), the second studio album from Haitian Roots singer/composer/guitar player Paul Beaubrun, was released on Feb. 19, 2015 on Itunes worldwide. “Vilnerab” is steeped in traditional acoustic instruments, yet wrapped in a modern arrangement with a soulful spirit. Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015

Patrick Manning’s long road to redemption

Trinidad and Tobago: Up to quite recently, it looked like former Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Patrick Manning was intent on being a central player again in the country’s politics, after having been reduced by illness to an incidental, sideline role for the better part of the current government’s soon-to-expire term. Comment.

EmblemHealth brings SisterTalk Healthy Lifestyle Program to NY

New York: EmblemHealth, New York’s leading health benefits and wellness company, announced today that it has brought the successful Hartford-based SisterTalk Healthy Lifestyle Program to New York. Comment.

First heritage film fest to hail 3 Carib legends

People: Now that the Academy Awards has bestowed Oscars to the voted-best in the film industry, Caribbean Heritage Organization will honor their own during a Salute to Hollywood & Excellence ceremony hailing three Caribbean thespians. Comment.

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

Hundreds bid farewell to community leader

St Vincent: In what has been described as one of the larger funerals ever in the Vincentian community in New York, over 1,000 people last Sunday afternoon-evening flocked St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Flatbush, Brooklyn for the Home-going Wake and Funeral Service of community advocate Selwyn “Compo” Cumberbatch. Comments (1).

Antigua, Venezuela agree on terms for oil company acquisition

Venezuela: Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne and Foreign Minister of Venezuela Delcy Rodriguez on Saturday “successfully hammered out” an agreement covering the acquisition of the West Indies Oil Company (WIOC), according to an Antigua and Barbuda government statement. Comment.

Towards true Caribbean independence

Grenada: Every generation in every nation, has a few exceptionally talented individuals who go on to exhibit the caring acts and intuitive vision of stalwarts. And as the hand of time would have it, in the generational cohort which gave Grenada, Carriacou & Petite Martinique and the Caribbean, Anthony C. George, there is certainly at least one such person. Comment.

‘1965: The Most Revolutionary Year in Music’

Books: You turned up the volume – again. Surely, the guy in the car next to yours must think you’re weird. There you are, groovin’ to your tunes, seat-dancing, singing along like you were in-concert. Really, is there such a thing as having the music too loud? Comment.

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015

Antigua in solidarity with Venezuela on aborted coup

Venezuela: The government of Prime Minister Gaston Browne in Antigua and Barbuda has expressed solidarity with the people and government of Venezuela “where an attempted military coup was hatched then discovered and defeated.” Comment.

Glenroy March unveils Fall 2016 collection

Brooklyn: Caribbean Life’s 40 under 40 Award recipient, Glenroy March, continues to reinvent himself. The master couturier successfully launched his D’Marsh Couture Signature Men’s Collection, in addition to D’Marsh body gel from his cosmetics line, to celebrate New York Fashion week on Feb. 21. Comment.

Windies self-inflicting blow

Caribbean: West Indies batting legend Brian Lara has described as “a self-inflicting” blow, the decision by the Clive Lloyd led selection panel to omit Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo from the region’s side for Cricket World Cup 2015 currently underway in Australia and New Zealand. Comment.

Windies self-inflicting blow

Caribbean: West Indies batting legend Brian Lara has described as “a self-inflicting” blow, the decision by the Clive Lloyd led selection panel to omit Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo from the region’s side for Cricket World Cup 2015 currently underway in Australia and New Zealand. Comment.

Monday, Feb. 23, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: American Airlines is increasing its regional service with a wave of new routes to the Caribbean region, the carrier announced recently. The new flights include a new Caribbean destination: Barranquilla, Colombia, which will receive daily service from Miami beginning June 4. Comment.
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