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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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Three tips for staying healthy over 50

Health: (Family Features) A healthy lifestyle is necessary at any age, but for those over 50, it’s especially important. As you age, your body changes, and your risk for health problems increases. Fortunately, there are three simple things you can do to lead a healthier and happier life. Comment.

US warns Haitians to re-register for TPS by deadline

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has warned eligible nationals of Haiti who currently have Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to re-register for TPS by May 2, 2014. Comment.

A native son’s emotional journey to Tanzania

Movies: After finishing high school, Venance Ndibalema made the most of an opportunity to leave Tanzania to study physics and philosophy at the University of Miami. Now, he’s ready to visit his homeland for the first time in years, a trip likely to prove traumatic, given the changes both he and the country have undergone during the interim. Comment.

Spotlight on Trinidadian panist Caldera Caraballo

Music: One of the most fabled of the Trinidadian steelpan exponents transitioning to the New York scene decades ago, Caldera Caraballo, whose exploits included a stint in Harry Belafonte’s touring troupe, will be the focus of attention at the next collaboration of the Trinidad & Tobago Folk Arts Institute and Medgar Evers College’s School of Professional & Community Development on Friday, May 2. The forum reviewing the often trail-blazing career of Caldera Caraballo will take place in the Mary Pinkett Lecture Hall on the Medgar Evers College campus, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Comment.

In U.S., Black preschool students ‘punished more severely’

National: WASHINGTON, April 19, 2014 (IPS) - In the United States, African American children continue to face more barriers to success than any other race, new research suggests. Comment.

Saving Caribbean tourism from the sea

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, April 16, 2014 (IPS) - Faced with the prospect of losing miles of beautiful white beaches – and the millions in tourist dollars that come with them – from erosion driven by climate change, Barbados is taking steps to protect its coastline as a matter of economic survival. Comment.

Entrepreneurs need a business-first banking mentality

Business: (Family Features) Owning a home-based small business offers undeniable perks – flexible hours, the ability to control your own professional destiny, even the option to work in your jammies if the mood strikes. But many first-time business owners operating out of the home underestimate important aspects of operating your own company – especially when it comes to finances. Comment.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Progress in Venezuela talks, but protests continue

Venezuela: CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Negotiators for the government and the opposition have agreed to broaden membership in a truth commission that is to investigate who is to blame for 41 deaths tied to weeks of political unrest in Venezuela. Comment.

Front-row seat in Pearl Cleage’s life

Books: “Things I Should Have Told My Daughter: Lies, Lessons & Love Affairs” by Pearl Cleage Comment.

Guerre posts double in Knight-Time meet

People: Justin Guerre, a senior at St. Francis Prep High School, located in Fresh Meadows, Queens, posted the only double victory on the track in the 11th annual Knight-Time Invitational track and field meet on a Saturday morning and afternoon at Uniondale High School in Long Island. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Blue Ruin (R for profanity and graphic violence) Macabre thriller about a beach bum (Macon Blair) who returns to his hometown to carry out an act of vengeance only to botch the assassination attempt and end up having to defend his suddenly-imperiled family. With Devin Ratray, Amy Hargeaves and Eve Plumb. Comment.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer recently launched a series of television addresses by ministers of his ruling United Progressive Party (UPP) as he seeks a mandate from voters for a third consecutive term in office. Comment.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Warner cleared in Flying Squad controversy

Trinidad and Tobago: A police investigation into an alleged establishment of a “Flying Squad” two years ago has cleared former Trinidad and Tobago National Security Minister Jack Warner. Comment.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Amigas, Friends of Children, Inc.

Brooklyn: In a society where very few people give emphasis to the importance of children welfare. In this very few, we will find Norma Lewis, an honorable and caring citizen at heart. Comment.

Politians pay tribute to Basil Paterson

Manhattan: Several New York politicians have paid tribute to Basil Paterson, the son of Caribbean immigrants and one of the old-guard Democratic leaders, who for decades dominated politics in Harlem. He died on Wednesday in Manhattan and was 87. Comment.

Clean water is key to business success

Viewpoints: Our company depends on clean water for our success. That’s why we’re pleased that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued new draft rules for enforcement of the Clean Water Act last month. Since the Supreme Court handed down decisions in 2001 and 2006, enforcement of the Clean Water Act’s provisions has become incredibly complex, leaving businesses and consumers without clarity. This action by the EPA will give us the confidence we need to know that our access to clean water will be protected. Comment.

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.
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