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Monday, April 27, 2015

Haiti Film Fest spreads across 3 boroughs

Movies: It is so exciting that the Haiti Film Fest, now in its third edition, is expanding its reach and will be screening a film in Queens, as well as uptown Manhattan (City College and also Maysles Cinema) and downtown, and of course in Brooklyn where the mother ship, Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX) is based. For the full schedule: http://haiticulturalx.org/haitifilmfest. Comment.

Repressed teen vents his carnal urges

Movies: Randy Rousseau (Julian Walker) claims to be straight, even though everybody thinks he’s gay basically because he’s effeminate, sings in the church choir, and is a member of Christian High’s drama club. The repressed 17-year-old has even confessed to his BFFs, Effie (Gary Leroi Gray) and Crystal (Nikki Jane), to waking up “soaked in sin” after nightly wet dreams in which he makes love to other guys. Comment.

Badree to mentor Australia’s young spinners

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago and West Indies spinner Samuel Badree will mentor Australia’s young spinners as part of Cricket Australia’s spin camp this year. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared (R for profanity and violence) Screen adaptation of Jonas Jonasson’s novel of the same name about a frisky geezer (Robert Gustafsson) who celebrates his 100th birthday by making a break from his retirement home to embark on a daring adventure of a lifetime. With Iwar Wiklander, Mia Skaringer and David Wiberg. (In Swedish, Spanish, Russian German, English and French.) Comment.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Bichcotte to chair business subcommittee

Brooklyn: New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has appointed Haitian American Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte as chair of the Oversight of Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) Subcommittee. Comments (1).

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Eastern Caribbean Bank (ECCB) is boasting that, for the 39th year, the Eastern Caribbean Currency has been pegged to the US dollar at a fixed rate of EC$2.70. Comment.

Western Union, GraceKennedy announce 2015 Town Hall Series

Jamaica: Western Union and GraceKennedy will hold their annual town hall series from May 4 to May 8, 2015 in Brooklyn, New York; Toronto Canada and Miramar, Florida under the theme, “The Caribbean Diaspora - Borderless Possibilities.” Comment.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Ballance & Root pick up pace for England, Cook out for 76

Grenada: ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada (AP) _ An aggressive, unbroken partnership of 89 between Gary Ballance and Joe Root put England back on course for a sizeable first-innings lead over the West Indies on day three Thursday of the second test. England was 253-3 at tea, trailing West Indies by 46 runs at the National Stadium. Comment.

When do you become an American?

Books: I am a Boringuen. I am a West Indian. I am a Barbadian. So said poets El David Rodriguez (Puerto Rico) The Art of Word, and Negus Tehuti Adeyemi (US/Barbados) Soularadiance, and novelist Annette Vendryes Leach (US / Panama / Jamaica) Song of the Shaman at the readings and conversation in the Tellin’ Our Story series of the Caribbean Cultural Theatre. Comment.

Friday, April 24, 2015

NY’s Cuomo become 1st US governor to visit Cuba post-detente

Cuba: HAVANA (AP) _ Cuban officials and New York business executives are exploring ways for companies to do business on the communist-run island despite the longstanding U.S. embargo that makes most trade and investment illegal, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. Comment.

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Jamaica university plants first legal marijuana seedling

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ Jamaica’s biggest university has held a ceremony to plant what it touts as the island’s first legal marijuana seedling. Comment.

Adams launches new street safety initiative

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams on Tuesday joined dozens of senior citizens outside the AMICO Senior Citizens Center in Borough Park, along with local elected officials and community advocates, to launch CROSS (Connecting Residents on Safer Streets) Brooklyn, his new initiative to improve street safety for the borough’s vulnerable pedestrians. Comment.

Protestors march against ‘Murder by Police’

New York: On Tuesday, April 14 over a thousand people participated in the “Stop Murder by Police” march and demonstration sponsored by Stop Mass Incarceration Network, co-founded by Carl Dix and Cornel West. There were two feeder marches coming from uptown, which converge at Union Square around 2:30 p.m. Comment.

Spring gala

Music: As Harlem continues to shift into a new era, plans are slated to renovate a local firehouse on 120 East 125th Street to serve as the new home for the historic East Harlem Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI). To celebrate CCCADI’s next chapter in its existence in the community since 1976, the institute will host its First Annual Spring Gala in Harlem’s historic Alhambra Ballroom on April 25, 2015. Comment.

Pressure Republicans on Loretta Lynch: Clarke

Brooklyn: At least two Brooklyn Democratic politicians have appealed to the community to put pressure on the Republican leadership in the United States Senate in confirming the nomination of Loretta Lynch as the next U.S. Attorney General. Comment.

Brooklyn club honors 14 outstanding women

Brooklyn: A major political club in Brooklyn on Sunday conferred special Women’s History Month honors on 14 outstanding women at a gala ceremony in Brooklyn on Sunday, April 19. Comment.

INCOME SOURCE THREAT

St Vincent: Not surprisingly, the Washington D.C-based International Monetary Fund (IMF) has seen it fit to warn Caribbean Community countries, which have developed a ‘dollars for local citizenship scheme’ not to depend too much on it as a reliable income source as the developed world could easily crush these programs if they only feel that they are not properly administered. Comment.

Jazz Day

Music: The genius of trumpeter Miles Davis will be resounded and echoed April 30, when International Jazz Day heralds one of the greatest musicians of the genre. Comment.

Spicy ‘One Night’ is worth two looks

Books: Would you look at that. Actually, probably, you already have. You’re one of the most observant people you know, never missing a thing, always noticing. You make a great witness because you see everything. And in the new book “One Night” by Eric Jerome Dickey, you see two people about to make a mistake. Comment.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Loretta Lynch’s ‘dis’ demands robust response

It’s not that nothing is being said or done about it. It’s just that what’s being done hardly measures up to the type of muscular reaction needed, given the contemptible treatment Senate Republicans are meting out to President Obama’s nominee for attorney general, Loretta Lynch. Various Democratic senators, including Charles Schumer, have spoken out about the outrage – this abominable “how not to govern” bit of theater by the GOP. Comment.

Hydrogen fuel cell an attractive option

Viewpoints: In the run-up to a solar eclipse on March 20 of this year, European tabloids had a Y2K-style field day. In the middle of a bright, sunny day, European solar panels together produce about as much electricity as 90 large nuclear power plants. Germany, with the largest solar commitment, obtains as much as 50 percent of its electricity from the sun during the sunniest hours. The eclipse was scheduled to arrive in the middle of the day and panic was setting in. Comment.

Prez Carter returns to Guyana to inspire peace

Guyana: If the answer to a television game show Jeopardy question is “former United States President Jimmy Carter” the question must be “who is the busiest president no longer living in the White House.” Comment.

Jefferson does well in meet

Sports: While Ryan Clifford of MacArthur High School in Long Island captured the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Akeem Aaron, a junior at Thomas Jefferson of Brooklyn, finished second in the same event, to start the day’s action off in the Knight-Time Invitational Track and Field meet conducted by Uniondale High School also of Long Island. Comment.

Cricket photo of the year

Caribbean: An image of Trinidad cricketer and former West Indies One-Day International captain Dwayne Bravo taking full-length catch in mid-air has been named the Wisden-MCC Cricket Photograph of the Year 2014. Comment.

Shannon Gabriel must be in the Test squad

Sports: Clive Lloyd and his selection staff must see the importance for an additional fast bowler in the West Indies team against England. Jerome Taylor is bowling fine with some degree of pace, but Kemar Roach is not in the best of form and this continues to affect the team. Roach failed to put on a good showing in South Africa during the 2015 World Cup and also now against England in this Test Series. Comment.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Shades of Romeo, Juliet abound in inner-city saga

Movies: Twins Jackie (Keke Palmer) and Sergio Taylor (Eric D. Hill, Jr.) already had it tough enough growing up in the ghetto before the untimely demise of their dad a few years ago. But then their mother (Macy Gray) stopped functioning and started hitting the bottle. Comment.

MUSICAL TREAT

Music: American, R&B pop princess Fantasia lived up to her top billing at the sold out “Voices In Concert” held recently at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, New York. Comment.

CONCACAF president re-elected unopposed

Sports: NASSAU, Bahamas (Thursday, April 16, 2015) – The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) celebrated today its 30th Ordinary Congress and 21st Extra Ordinary Congress in the Bahamas, confirming President Jeffrey Webb to a second term in office while focusing on continuing reforms that have strengthened the organization. Other members of CONCACAF’s Executive Committee were also elected. Comment.

Clarina Guiliams Foundation gives back to Guyana

Guyana: It was evident that the young men and women of “Joshua House Children Centre” on Thomas Street, Georgetown were inspired by what they heard during a recent visit by retired New York businessman Carl Guilliams, who had breakfast with the youngsters and later spoke to them about his plans to launch football and athletic clubs later this year. Comment.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Slow growth in remittances to the Caribbean

Caribbean: The World Bank says remittances growth in the Caribbean is expected to slow in 2015. The Washington-based international financial institution said in its latest issue of its Migration and Development Brief that growth in global remittances, including those to developing countries, such as the Caribbean, will slow sharply this year due to weak economic growth in Europe, deterioration of the Russian economy and the depreciation of the euro and ruble. Comment.

Grace Kennedy USA strengthens US partnerships

Jamaica: In keeping with Grace Kennedy’s 2020 campaign map to become a global consumer group and to grow exports significantly, the company has acquired the assets of USA food business, La Fe Foods Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary, GraceKennedy Foods (USA) LLC. La Fe Foods Inc. was established in 1968, and currently has revenues of approximately US$80 million. The company will now have distribution operations in Moonachie, New Jersey; Miami, Florida and Forest Park, Georgia for the Grace Foods line and also the La Fe brand, one of the largest brands in the Hispanic frozen foods and grocery markets. Comment.

Johnny Kemp of ‘Just Got Paid’ fame dies

Music: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ Bahamian R&B singer Johnny Kemp, who is best known for the hit song “Just Got Paid,” has died in Jamaica. He was 55. Comment.

NY’s Cuomo to be first gov. to visit Cuba as ties reopen

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is heading to Havana, the first American governor to visit Cuba since the recent thaw in relations with the communist nation. Whether his trade mission generates anything more than headlines, however, remains to be seen. Comment.

NAIL-BITING DRAW

Sports: NORTH SOUND, Antigua (AP) _ An unbeaten 103 by Jason Holder helped West Indies salvage a nail-biting draw against England in the first test Friday, spoiling James Anderson’s celebrations after becoming his country’s record wicket taker. Comment.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: Business leaders from 18 countries and territories of the Caribbean will meet later this month in Miami to discuss the challenges posed by anti-laundering regulation. Comment.

Dynamite Calypso Tent prepares for 2015

Music: The Dynamite Calypso Tent of New York has elected a new executive committee led by President Ainsley Primus during its meeting on Saturday, March 14, 2015. Comment.

Predatory practices against developing countries

Viewpoints: GENEVA, April 6, 2015 (IPS) - The world’s attention turned to the practices of vulture funds after the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed a lower court opinion in the NML Capital vs Argentina case, which forbids the country from making payments on its restructured debt. Comment.

Antigua draws a line in the vanishing sand

Antigua: ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, April 15, 2015 (IPS) - Jabberwock beach, located on the northeastern coast of Antigua, features a mile-long white sand beach and is a favourite with locals and visitors alike. Comment.