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Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014

Caribbean’s most disappointing tourist destination

Jamaica: What is good for the goose is not always good for the gander. And in the social media context, ganders often get the notice as the ones to go against the grain. While much has been touted about Jamaica’s alluring assets, voters on social networking website Reddit.com disagreed with popular viewpoint saying that Jamaica is not the paradise promoted as the Caribbean destination to visit. Comment.

Woman visionary wins Digicel Entrepreneur award

Haiti: Uzale Remay founded APLADEM, Meyer’s Planters Association for Development, 25 years ago in a region near Jacmel, two hours south of Port-au-Prince. She is the first woman to take the title Digicel Entrepreneur of the Year. Comment.

Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Barbecue (Unrated) French farce revolving around a trim and fit, diet-conscious health nut (Lambert Wilson) who decides to throw caution to the wind after suffering a heart attack on his 50th birthday. Supporting cast includes Franck Dubosc, Florence Foresti and Sophie Duez. (In French with subtitles) Comment.

Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

SLEAZE ATTACK IN T&T

Trinidad and Tobago: Oil and gas-rich Trinidad this week moved to curb decades of runaway corruption in the country even though critics say too late is the cry. Comment.

Bahamas explains new immigration policy

Immigration: Amid concern over the Bahamas’ new immigration policy, Foreign Affairs Minister Frederick Mitchell on Tuesday sought to explain his country’s position before the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS). Comment.

Authors for young adults talk about their work

Books: When Ibi Zoboi was in high school in Bushwick and reading Edwidge Danticat’s “Breath Eyes and Memory,” she discovered her mother’s hometown in Haiti, Dame Marie, mentioned in the first few pages of the book. “It was then I decided to be a writer,” she said. Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

CARICOM welcomes Cuba moves

Cuba: GEORGETOWN, Guyana_Caribbean trade bloc governments which had as far back as 1972 defied the United States and had established diplomatic relations with Cuba Wednesday openly welcomed moves by the U.S. to improve relations with the communist-ruled island saying such is long overdue. Comment.

Haiti takes more steps to end political standoff

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Haiti was in a state of political flux following the resignation over the weekend of the country’s prime minister because of an ongoing stalemate with opposition lawmakers in the Senate. Comment.

A torture debate reduced to semantics

Viewpoints: Senator John McCain had another of those moments last week in which one is tempted to entertain doubts about where he’s really coming from – whether he’s to be lumped in with many of his rabidly right GOP mates or should be given consideration as one of the middle-course and even liberal-leaning Republicans of yesteryear. Comment.

GOLD CUP FIELD SET

Caribbean: The field for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the biennial national tournament to determine the best team in CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football) is pretty much set with the completion of the area’s inter-regional championship tournaments completed. The Gold Cup is played every two years during the month of July in cities across the USA. Comment.

HERO medics celebrate 14 yrs of medical missions

Guyana: Guyana’s Health and Education Relief Organization (HERO) brought holiday cheer to St. Stephens Church hall in Brooklyn on Dec. 11, to share and celebrate the group’s medical missions to Guyana during the last 14 years. Comment.

St. Kitts tourism ends on high note

St Kitts and Nevis: Believe it or not, tourists are going to visit tropical destinations regardless of opinions branded about by alleged expert travelers. And although publicists tend to over-saturate the hype on individual island paradises, many are indisputably the most alluring to visit. Recently, St. Kitts added to its recognitions for excellence by closing out the year on a high note with the receipt of the coveted “Innovative Destination of the Year” award. Comment.

Former Vincy coach receives lifetime award

St Vincent: For almost two decades, Rudolph “Rudy” Boucher was renowned as an attacking and stout midfielder on the football (soccer) field and an obdurate St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ national coach. Comments (1).

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

Start in the name of love! Diana Ross to reopen Kings Theatre

Music: The queen of Motown is going to let the good times roll at the Loew’s Kings Theatre in Flatbush at its grand reopening. Comment.

Pols fete Clarkes on 80/50 gala birthday bash

Brooklyn: An almost virtual Who’s Who in New York City politics on Dec. 7 feted ex-Councilwoman Dr. Una S.T. Clarke and her daughter, Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, on their gala birthday bash at Dumbo Loft on Water Street, downtown Brooklyn. Comment.

Sun Kulcha

Queens: COMEDY: Come and see actor / comic Bob Greenberg (“Old Jews Telling Jokes”) comedian/author/ pundit Leighann Lord (“DICT Jokes”) and comedians Dave Lester (TV One’s “Who’s Got Jokes with Bill Bellamy”) & Joe Rocha (Galavisions !”Que Loco !”). Both shows will feature “No Name” house band The Summer Replacements” including Carl (BabyFreak) Fortunato) and Fernando (Dr. Sandman) Morales Gonzalez. At the standard NN@ Ottos start time of 7:00 p.m. No cover, no minimum. Otto’s is located at 538 E 14th St. (Cross streets: Between avenues A and B) “L” subway train to First Avenue. For more information, call (212) 228-2240 or go to: www.ottosshrunkenhead.com/. Comment.

FDU athlete captures hurdles

Sports: y Robert Elkin Morquiez Headley came through as expected to lead Fairleigh Dickinson University of New Jersey to a decent performance in the Christmas Classic conducted by the Fordham University Track and Field team at the Lombardi Center Fieldhouse in The Bronx. Comment.

Guyanese beauty wins Miss Caribbean title

Guyana: Congratulations are in order for Rafieya Husain, Miss World Guyana who qualified in the final 10 at the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Aloft London Excel on Dec. 14, and earned the title of Miss Caribbean for being the only national from the region to place in the top 10. Comment.

Good tidings of comfort & joy & to all good cheer

Arts & Theater: For Caribbean diasporans, home is more than where the heart is. And perhaps more than at any other time of the year, the advent of the Christmas season heartily embraces the Biblical miracle of the birth of Jesus Christ and also unites families in a loving way. Comment.

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014

Haiti PM resigns amid political discontent

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe announced early Sunday that he was resigning along with several ministers in the wake of violent anti-government protests and a commission’s call for him to step down. Comment.

Annie’ musical provides scenic bragging rights

Arts & Theater: New York City gets a hefty dose of promotion and publicity in the new “Annie” musical slated for a Dec. 19 release. From Harlem to Liberty State Park in New Jersey, the 20/20 view illuminates the Big Apple adding 21st century relevance to the “Little Orphan Annie” comic strip character popularized in newspapers in 1924. Comment.

Devon Sheldon Smith is back

Sports: West Indies selectors recalled 33-year-old Devon Sheldon Smith to tour South Africa after Chris Gayle pulled out of the Test series. Smith who was born in Grenada played 33 Tests scoring one century against England at Sabina Park in Jamaica. Smith will be hoping to build on his weak record. It will be testing for Smith returning to Test cricket after his last Test match in 2011 against Pakistan. Comment.

I love loosies and the people who sell them

Viewpoints: The cops who ganged up on Eric Garner, got him into a chokehold, and mashed his face into the sidewalk didn’t intend to kill him. They intended only to show him who’s boss on the streets of Staten Island — and show him in a way he would never forget. Comment.

High-roller spirals out of control in mob saga

Movies: By day, Jim Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) is an English Literature professor whose questionable teaching method involves berating his blasé students by suggesting that none of them will ever amount to anything. He reserves all his praise for the only person in the class exhibiting any promise as a writer, the brilliant and beautiful, but modest, Amy Phillips (Brie Larson). Comment.

Resolve to make your skin more beautiful

Health: (StatePoint) Just by being outside every day, skin suffers from premature aging, an effect known as photo aging. The new year is the perfect time to resolve to keep your skin looking more beautiful. Comment.

All I really want for Christmas

Books: “All I Really Want” by Quinn Caldwell Comment.

Why I am the way I am

Viewpoints: The day after the Millions March in New York City, I was out having dinner with a nice young lady. I was telling her about the march and the protest and the fight for social equality and justice for the marginalized. I guess the way I was speaking was really passionate (I get like that sometimes) because she asked me an interesting question. She asked, “Why are you like this?” At first I didn’t know what to make of the question, so I asked what she meant. She said, “I’m just interested in what makes the way you are or made you this passionate or militant about this. Did something happen to you?” Comment.

Monday, Dec. 15, 2014

Narine named in Windies World Cup squad

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad & Tobago and West Indies mystery spinner Sunil Narine has been included in the West Indies 30-man squad for next year’s World Cup in New Zealand and Australia. Comments (1).

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Ask Me Anything (Unrated) Bittersweet bildungsroman about a high school grad (Britt Robertson) who chronicles all of her adventures in an anonymous blog, when she takes a year off to find herself before starting college. With Justing Long, Martin Sheen, Christian Slater and Robert Patrick. Comment.

Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014

Climate finance flowing, but for many, the well remains dry

Environment: LIMA, Dec. 4, 2014 (IPS) - For more than 10 years, Mildred Crawford has been “a voice in the wilderness” crying out on behalf of rural women in agriculture. Comment.

Vincentian businesswoman passes

Brooklyn: Just months after fulfilling her life-long dream of opening a bakery in Brooklyn, Cynthia Williams-Bernard passed away. Comment.
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