Monthly Archives: July 2010

Six youngsters recieved training in Orlando,USA

Vincentian born-Adonal Foyle

Six Youngsters are now better equipped with the basics training, aimed at becoming successful basketball players compliments of the All-Stars Student Athletes (ASA), a programme ran by the Kerosene Lamp Foundation, founded by Vincentian –born NBA player, Adonal Foyle.
With the main objectives being turning promising young basketball players into successful student-athletes and provide future opportunities for scholarships to help pave the way to their individual success, the five males and one female travelled from St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) to Orlando, USA for a two- week summer camp.
Leandru Edwards – Calliaqua, and Azizah Stowe – Union Island, Nemiah Alexander – Mayreau, Consolo Adams – Barrouallie, Jemmile France – Bequia, Zanif Sandy –  Canouan  were accompanied by chaperones Michael Penniston of Bequia and Owen Isaacs of Mayreau.
The selection of these youths stemmed from the annual Island summer camps that were held in SVG.
Other than training in basketball, the stint is seen as, a cultural exchange, an academic assessment, as well as exposure to a higher level of Basketball.
The on and off the field programme, also involves, educational field trips to the University of Central Florida and the Kennedy Space Center. Other fun activities include trips to Universal Studios, Cirque du Soleil and Animal Kingdom.
Foyle was also on hand, as he worked with the student-athletes individually, in group settings, in motivational sessions and goal setting.

Following their return, the six basketballers, will be tracked and other support systems are expected to be put in place to ensure their continued success.

The ASA programme follows last year’s launch in SVG, of the Adonal All -Star Achievement (AAA), in collaboration with the Adult and Continuing Education in the Ministry of Education, aimed at motivating out of school persons, mainly aged 15 to 27, to take classes to improve their reading skills.

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Posted by on July 31, 2010 in News-SVG related, Sports


Stephen Gibson one year after

Monday 26th July, will be one year since Stephen Patrick ‘Benny’ Gibson was struck by lightning while playing cricket at Marine Park in Brooklyn NY, USA.
One year after that incident Gibson is still struggling to get his back to normal and according to him its has been a long and difficult road, one that will leave an indelible mark on him.
Gibson who has been at Roosevelt Island in a rehabilitation center, since he left Belle View hospital, last year is counting his blessing that he is alive.
Despite his speech is not as it was before the incident the former Daphine resident, was able to express his feelings.
He sees his recovery as “amazing for the amount of voltage that went through me and I still survive.”
Ironically the 42-year-old Electrican, burns have healed with very few visible scares, but he is still unable to walk and daily has to undergo therapy for his speech and movement.
While Gibson can’t recalled the incident he is able to remember the Saturday prior and events after he regained conciousness at the Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan.
The last of his deceased Mother’s ten children Gibson said that he feels “blessed, but he long to ‘walk,’ however his legs are still weak so he gets around by wheelchair or with the aid of a walker to cover short distances.
Through it all Gibson has a very strong support system in the form of his girlfriend Cleopatra “Cleo’ Richards, who when ever he refers to her he smiles.
Unable to stop from smiling and cuddling Cleo,he said, “she is my heart, without her and God I would have died”
“I know so because she has done everything she can do for me, she is the only person who never leave me,” he said emotionally while he stretched over and hugged Cleo.
Since the incident Cleo has visited Gibson daily whatever the weather, she is taking that commitment even further when this Sunday 25th July, to mark the anniversary, she will bring him for a visit in Brooklyn.

First they will be going to church, at the New Hope Penecostal Church on Lovinia Ave in East NY. Following church Gibson will be at 751 Troy Av  between Linden and Lenox.
Gibson concluded by saying he is “looking forward to being in Brooklyn as he not sure if he can remember how the place is and mostly he want to get out of here (Roosevelt), its boring just sitting here.”

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Posted by on July 27, 2010 in News-SVG related


Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr free concerts 2010


On again New Yorkers are set for the annual MLK free Monday concerts held at Wingate Field located on Brooklyn Ave between Winthrop St and Rutland Rd in Brooklyn, NY.

This year the 28th edition of the event got off to a start on July 12 at 7;30 pm, with George Clinton and others.

The free Monday evening shows will run until August 22.

Last Monday July 19th, Toni Braxton was in concert. Tonight July 26th, Musiq Soulchild and Chrisette Michele will be on stage.

Monday August 2nd, its Old School time with Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty By Nature and Slick Rick.

August 9th, is a much anticipated show for many as its Aretha Franklin’s night.

Gospel night is August 19th, when BeBe and CeCe Winans along with Fred Hammond will be performing.

The curtain comes down on the 2010 concerts on Monday August 23, with the Caribean night. Slated to perform that night are The King of Calypso- The Might Sparrow out of Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) and Jamaican dancehall star Sean Paul.

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Posted by on July 26, 2010 in International News


23-year-old Jamaican lights up BCL

Andre Mc Carthy

Last weekend matches in the Brooklyn  Cricket League (BCL) saw an addition show of stardom with some excellent batting from 23-year-old Andre Mc Carthy.

Mc Carthy who hails from Jamaica in the Eastern Caribbean was playing for the Queensbury team.

The former under 19 Jamaica and West Indies batsman took the bowlers from the two teams he played against to task.

On Saturday July 17th, playing against Diplomats Queensbury was  set a target of 218.

Queensbury team was 78 for 9. Batting at number 3, McCarthy took Queensbury to 208 before he was caught  for 166 runs. A  magnificent innings filled  with spectacular shots, Mc Carthy stroked the ball all over  the field, playing drives, cuts and sweep. 22 fours and 2 sixes came off his bat. McCarthy  also took a turn with the ball he bowled 7 overs, and got one wicket for 28 runs.

Despite his team losing by 10 runs, his contribution was indeed notable.

On Sunday his fine form continued and surpassed the previous day, when Queensbury faced Middlesex.

Set 269 runs in 40 overs, Queenbury, made 266 for 9, three runs shy of  Middlesex score. 194 of these runs belong to Mc Carthy. His glorious innings of ball being hit all over the park, consisted of  13 fours 9 sixes .

Mc Carthy has also represented Jamaica in the Stanford 20/20 and plays for  Melbourne.

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Posted by on July 23, 2010 in Sports


Ricky T takes the OECS Soca Monarch

Ricky ‘Ricky-T’ Joseph with his ‘They can’t stop it”, took the 2010 OECS Soca Monarch title in the St Lucia Carnival festivities on Sunday night at the Mindoo Phillips Park.

Ricky T captured the crown from seven other compeditors, in second place was another St Lucian, the 2009 Monarch, Andra ‘DJ HP’ Henry with his ‘Pa Melee’.

Grenadian Hollis ‘Mr Killa’ Mapp with ‘De Fence’ was adjudged third.

The other participants were, Wayne ‘Benji’ Benjamin of Dominica, Orlando ‘Bonesman’ Johashen of Guyana, Brain ‘Icultural’ Charles of Montserrat, Tabia “Tabia’ Matthews and Gamal ‘Skinny Fabulous’ Doyle ofSt Vincent and The Grenadines.

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Posted by on July 19, 2010 in Carnival


Two Vincy in OECS Soca Monarch

2010 Vincy Soca Monarch Gamal ‘Skinny Fabulous’ Doyle along with Tabia ‘Tabia’ Matthews will represent St Vincent and the Grenadines ‘SVG’, in the OECS Soca Monarch set to take place in St Lucia, on Sunday 18th July, as part of that’s country Carnival celebrations.

The two vincies as expected to compete against eight other artistes from seven other nations enclosing host country St Lucia.

Countries expected to be part of the Soca Monarch competition are Anguilla, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Montserrat, SVG, T&T and host St Lucia.

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Posted by on July 19, 2010 in Carnival


OECS Soca Monarch 2010 compeditors

The following is the final list of participants in the 2010 Caribbean Soca Monarch Competition.

Anguilla: Tyrone “Latest” Brooks (Signal)

Dominica:  Wayne “Benji” Benjamin (Souse)

Grenada: Hollis “Mr Killa” Mapp   (De Fence)

Guyana: Orlando “Bonesman” Johashen (Soca Madness)

Montserrat: Brian “ICultural” Charles (Drama)

St. Lucia: AndraDJ HP” Henry (Pa Melee)

Ricky “Ricky T” Joseph (They Can’t Stop It)

St. Vincent:  Gamal “Skinny Fabulous” Doyle   (Charge Up)

St Vincent: Tabia “Tabia” Matthews (Boom Boom Boom)

Trinidad & Tobago: Jason Williams & Ancil Isaac Jr “JW & Blaze” (Palance)

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Posted by on July 19, 2010 in Carnival

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