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Monday, March 30, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Britain has warned travelers to the Caribbean about contracting the Chikungunya virus, based on the dramatic increase in the number of people affected by the disease in the last year. Comment.

Gayle to face disciplinary committee

Caribbean: The West Indies disciplinary committee has agreed to complete their hearing on West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle following the conclusion of the ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Comment.

Barbados to become a republic

Barbados: Prime Minister Freundel Stuart says Barbados will be moving towards a republican form of government “in the very near future” ending its centuries of old relationship with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth as its head of state. Comment.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Jamaica, Suriname consent to anti-corruption on-site visits

Suriname: The Organization of American States (OAS) says the governments of Jamaica and Suriname, as well as Canada, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic, have consented to receive on-site visits as part of the Fifth Round of the Mechanism for Follow-up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC). Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 5 to 7 (R for sexuality) Romantic romp revolving around an aspiring young writer (Anton Yelchin) and a married, middle-aged socialite (Berenice Marlohe) who rendezvous at the same time every day for a passionate affair at a classy, Midtown Manhattan hotel. Featuring Glenn Close, Olivia Thirlby and Frank Langella. Comment.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Trade Brooklyn to highlight regional biz success

Cardinal Trade Group, Inc. (CTG), the producer of the New York region’s top business events, brings to today’s business professionals an even larger Trade Brooklyn, the region’s leading B2B trade show, to the heart of Brooklyn at the New York Marriott at Brooklyn Bridge, 333 Adams St. on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Comment.

Church Avenue BID hosts Marketing Resource Fair

Business: Almost 60 business owners and entrepreneurs and 11 providers of business and marketing services gathered at El Acuario Restaurant on Church Avenue for the “Your Business. Your Brand,” breakfast workshop on Wednesday March 18, 2015. Attendees enjoyed breakfast while networking, discussing upcoming projects, and brainstorming potential collaborations. Comment.

Friday, March 27, 2015

POLICE CAUSE CHAOS

Trinidad and Tobago: There are very few officers in Trinidad’s police system who could try to convince locals that a country-wide system of coordinated roadblocks the force sprung upon citizens during rush hour on Monday morning was not an act of spite or vindictiveness designed to pressure authorities to meet demands for increased salaries. Comment.

Shirley Chisholm’s Women of Distinction

People: The assembled in the Brooklyn Library’s Dweck Auditorium were raucous, at times. They are the supporters of the honorees for the Shirley Chisholm Women of Distinction awards, women all excelling in their fields–community leadership, communication or entrepreneurship. Comment.

Trini film to debut at BAM

Movies: The Caribbean Film Academy that has been entertaining moviegoers with stirring films by gifted filmmakers from the region since 2012 is proud to debut its series at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Rose Cinemas, beginning on Tuesday, April 7. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Comment.

CACNY, Jamaican group work on special youth program

Jamaica: The Brooklyn-based Caribbean American Center of New York (CACNY) says it will again be partnering with Giving Tree Jamaica, West Indies, in presenting “another special and much-needed seven-day program” for the youth in the rural parish of St. Elizabeth. Comment.

Take 6 takes center stage

Music: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 60th Anniversary Season with a concert by Grammy-winning a cappella jazz group Take 6 on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. Heralded by Quincy Jones as the “baddest vocal cats on the planet,” the most awarded vocal group in history (10 Grammy Awards, 10 Dove Awards, a Soul Train Award, and more) celebrates their 25th Anniversary in a soulful concert that fuses gospel, jazz, R&B, and pop. Comment.

AILEY RETURNS TO LINCOLN

Arts & Theater: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, beloved as one of the world’s most popular dance companies, will return to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts for a two-week 15-performance engagement at the David H. Koch Theater June 10 – 21, 2015. Comment.

Terriers win season title

Sports: The Terriers, as they are nicknamed, who list only four seniors on their roster, won their first Northeast Conferene title since the winter of 2003. They were able to rest their standout players a little bit for the league tournament which determines who gets that automatic bid into the NCAA tourney. Comment.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Coalition promises a united Guyana

Guyana: Guyana presidential candidate David Granger promised compatriots that they would enjoy the same good life they have in America if they return to their homeland, Comment.

RED BULLS BEAT DC

Sports: HARRISON, N.J. (AP) _ Bradley Wright-Phillips scored a goal and set up another as the New York Red Bulls defeated D.C. United 2-0 on Sunday in a home opener that was marked by disgruntled fans chanting support for former coach Mike Petke who was fired after last season. Comment.

Public sentiment ignored in ‘the law’

Viewpoints: Every so often we have reason to recall the classic Dickens line uttered by his Mr. Bumble character in Oliver Twist: “If the law supposes that, the law is a ass.” We think Mr. Bumble’s cogent, albeit ungrammatical observation was borne out once more by the judge who recently issued his denial ruling in response to several petitioners who requested release of the grand jury minutes in the case of senselessly killed Eric Garner in Staten Island last July. Comment.

Do a better job on gender equality

Viewpoints: LONDON, March 21, 2015 (IPS) - Undoubtedly, we are at a crucial time in the advancement of gender equality. As we move towards consensus on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we must ensure the rights of women and girls are firmly embedded in the post-2015 development framework. Comment.

Whistleblowers and the prosecution loophole

Viewpoints: When facing the prospect of criminal prosecution for leaking highly classified material to his mistress and later lying about it to the FBI, General David Petraeus found unlikely allies on Capitol Hill. Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsay Graham (R-SC), and Diane Feinstein (D-CA) have all spoken out against criminally prosecuting the four-star general, in part because they feel he has “suffered enough.” Comment.

Whistleblowers and the prosecution loophole

Viewpoints: When facing the prospect of criminal prosecution for leaking highly classified material to his mistress and later lying about it to the FBI, General David Petraeus found unlikely allies on Capitol Hill. Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsay Graham (R-SC), and Diane Feinstein (D-CA) have all spoken out against criminally prosecuting the four-star general, in part because they feel he has “suffered enough.” Comment.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Politicians honored at women’s conference

Brooklyn: Several elected officials were recognized with congressional citations at the 4th Annual Shirley Chisholm Women’s Empowerment Conference at Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Comment.

African-Caribbean Egyptologist Dr. Ben has died

Bronx: The short list of Afrocentric historians and scholars was shortened March 19 with the passing of Dr. Yosef Alfredo Antonio ben-Jochannan. Respected, beloved and acclaimed throughout the Black community, Dr. Ben died at age 96. Comments (2).

WI appoints Phil Simmons as head coach

Sports: Former West Indies and Trinidad Tobago cricketer Phil Simmons, 51 years old, has received a three-year contract from the West Indies Cricket Board as head coach. He played 26 Test matches and 143 One-Day Internationals, between 1987 and 1998. He also coached ICC Associate Team Ireland. Simmons said, “West Indies have tremendous history and prestige in the game and I am honored to have been given this opportunity to be head coach.” Comment.

Ferrell, Hart co-star in unlikely-buddies comedy

Movies: Thanks to a flourishing career as a hedge fund manager, James King (Will Ferrell) is living in the lap of luxury in a sprawling, Bel Air mansion. Furthermore, the pampered multimillionaire’s stock seems about to skyrocket, given his promotion to partner and his impending marriage to the boss’ (Craig T. Nelson) daughter, Alissa (Alison Brie). Comment.

OECS concern about US, Venezuela tension

Venezuela: The sub-regional Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) has expressed “grave concern” about the increasing tension in relations between the United States and Venezuela. Comment.

Jamaica PM to address nationals, UN

Two weeks before meeting with President Barack Obama, Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller will address the Jamaican community here. The announcement was made by Consular General Herman G. Lamont in conjunction with the island’s ministry of foreign affairs arranged March 26 for the 6:30 p.m. start of the special meeting at St George’s Episcopal Church, 209 East 16th St. in Manhattan. Comment.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Haiti wants ‘pause’ in UN peacekeeping cuts; elections loom

Haiti: UNITED NATIONS (AP) _ Haiti is demanding a “pause” in a U.N. plan to nearly cut in half a peacekeeping force just as the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere is poised to enter a tense election period. Comment.

Belize envoy new OAS assistant secretary general

The General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) on Wednesday elected the Permanent Representative of Belize, Ambassador Nestor Mendez, as the next assistant secretary general of the hemispheric institution. Comment.

Greatest one-day cricketer

Caribbean: Sir Vivian Richards has been crowned the greatest one-day cricketer ever by a jury of 50 eminent players, commentators and writers assembled by the Cricket Monthly recently. Comment.

An oddball’s life after high school

Books: There is life after high school. And were you ever happy to learn that! You couldn’t imagine spending the rest of your days feeling like you did at 13, or enduring a not-cool lifetime of zits, hormones, self-consciousness, bad hair, and Mean Girls. You were only able to endure it then by remembering that you weren’t alone. And in “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” by Issa Rae, life got better. Comment.

Neville Jules, steel band icon, to be honored

Music: One of the revered and legendary names of steel band history in Trinidad and Tobago, Neville Jules, the former longtime leader of the popular Trinidad All Stars band, will be honored by the Trinidad & Tobago Folk Arts Institute for his singular devotion to and impact upon steel band culture, at a gala celebration on Sunday evening, April 26 at Brooklyn’s Tropical Paradise Ballroom. Comment.

Carib court hears suit against anti-gay laws

Trinidad and Tobago: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ A Caribbean court on Wednesday heard a challenge from a gay rights activist who argued that immigration laws ostensibly barring homosexuals from entering two countries in the region are discriminatory and must be repealed. Comment.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Venezuela: Antigua and Barbuda’s tourism industry could receive a major boost following a recent visit by ministry officials. Minister of Tourism Asot Michael completed his inaugural visit to Berlin, Germany during which he attended three conferences to seek new hotel investment and forge closer relationships with German tour operators and airline partners. Comment.

Envoy says Haiti making ‘measurable gains’ towards 2015 elections

Haiti: The top United Nations official in Haiti says the government of President Michel Martelly has made “measurable gains” towards the holding of elections critical for the French-speaking Caribbean country’s stability and development. Comment.

Caribbean Community climate-smarting fisheries, but slowly

Environment: KINGSTON, March 17, 2015 (IPS) - Caribbean nations have begun work on a plan to ‘climate smart’ the region’s fisheries as part of overall efforts to secure food supplies. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Apartment Troubles (Unrated) American Dream dramedy about a couple of Bohemian artist roommates (Jess Weixler and Jennifer Prediger) on the verge of eviction who relocate from Greenwich Village to L.A. to take a shot at fame and fortune. With Megan Mullally, Will Forte, Jeffrey Tambor and Lance Bass. Comment.