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June 2010 Blog Posts (31)

Trinidad's PM breaks the cultural mould

A devout Hindu, she swore on the Bhagavad Gita - the Hindu holy book - to do her duty to her people.

Barely 24 hours after she was sworn in as the first woman prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Kamla Persad-Bissessar donned a life jacket and waded into the flood waters to tour areas affected by torrential rains sweeping across the Caribbean.

Even as congratulations poured in from around the world, she remained focused on "dealing… Continue

Added by CShout1 on June 29, 2010 at 9:10pm — No Comments

Caribbean Implications of the BP oil spill

In the Gulf of Mexico, oil continues to hemorrhage from a deep sea well nearly a mile beneath the ocean and about forty miles off the US coast. Although estimates vary, the growing consensus among scientists is that even with the cap that has now been placed over the leak, some 35,000 to 60,000 barrels per day of crude oil are continuing to flow into the waters of the Gulf. Latest estimates suggest that some 3m barrels of oil have already entered the… Continue

Added by CShout1 on June 29, 2010 at 9:00pm — No Comments

What if the oil spill reaches the Caribbean?

With the level of dependency on Tourism for revenue in the Caribbean, the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is raising concerns among the region’s leaders. In Thursday’s meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Bridgetown, Barbados, Caribbean officials voiced their anxiety that the largely unspoiled beaches in the region could be compromised by the seemingly unstoppable oil gush. After all, the Caribbean has long marketed… Continue

Added by CShout1 on June 29, 2010 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Autism Chronicles

Autism Chronicles from Jamaica

By Maia Chung…


Added by Maia Chung on June 29, 2010 at 4:23pm — No Comments

Asafa Powell out to beat Usain Bolt's 100m world record

Asafa Powell (left) races Tyson Gay

Powell (left) has not beaten Gay in their last three meetings

Asafa Powell aims to reclaim the 100m world record, which stands at 9.58 seconds from Usain Bolt. Powell will meet American rival Tyson Gay in two races in Britain this summer in his quest to break Bolt's mark. "Myself and Tyson are clearly the two who are going after the world record but I truly believe it's mine to lose at the moment,"… Continue

Added by CShout1 on June 24, 2010 at 9:50pm — No Comments

Government coughs up money for bacchanal

This year there has been more meetings than actual events when it comes to “Looshan Carnival” 2010, leaving more than just a bitter tastes in the mouths of many over the event which supposedly has a tag line “nothing sweeter than that.” Money and the financing of the event have been at the centre of most of those meetings. Carnival over the years has been heavily subsidized by Government and whilst the various shows at Carnival have been major draws… Continue

Added by CShout1 on June 24, 2010 at 9:42pm — No Comments

Breaking News Christopher Dudus Coke now in Police Custody in Jamaica

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Added by Maia Chung on June 22, 2010 at 6:05pm — No Comments

About 7,000 West Indians in pipeline to be deported from U.S. to Caricom states

As many as 7,000 Caribbean immigrants, most of them from Jamaica are in the pipeline to be deported to the Caricom region. Officials of several Caricom consular and diplomatic missions in New York and Washington said that while hundreds, perhaps a thousand of them are now in state and federal prisons across the country, most of the people scheduled to be deported weren’t criminal aliens, meaning they weren’t convicted of serious crimes, but most…

Added by CShout1 on June 21, 2010 at 8:42pm — No Comments

They kick like grannies, proudly - Frail, elderly women in South Africa started playing soccer as a joke!

In a nod to the national team, Bafana Bafana ("boys boys" in Zulu), the grannies called themselves Vakhegula Vakhegula ("grandmothers grandmothers" in Tsonga). (Dominic Barnardt, Getty Images / June 18, 2010)Reporting from Nkowankowa, South Africa — The grandmothers gather on a lumpy piece of grass as the late sun paints a golden light. Their long, demure skirts, bright kerchiefs and flat rubber shoes are like a uniform of old age. Then one peels off her…


Added by CShout1 on June 21, 2010 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

Historic OECS signing in St Lucia!

This evening on the date marking its 29th Anniversary, the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will be taking a historic step in deepening the integration of the region. Heads of Government from the nine OECS Member States are in Castries, St Lucia, to participate in the Fifty-first Meeting of the OECS Authority and to undertake the signing of a revised Treaty which will further enhance the organisation’s core value of regional unity.… Continue

Added by CShout1 on June 21, 2010 at 7:55pm — No Comments

Happy Father's Day

Many fathers would like to see their children grow up to follow in their footsteps. Conversely, many children wish they were not expected to do so. In the case of ministers of religion, cops and teachers, the pressure seems even greater. We have all heard the saying "teacher and parson pickney bad." So much perfection is expected of them and sometimes, as a form of rebellion, they put their parents to shame. In the worlds of business and music, it… Continue

Added by CShout1 on June 20, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Learning Chinese in Mexico: Children prepare for the future - The Caribbean Next?

Damaris De Luna Sanchez, right, and a schoolmate study Chinese at Pedro Garcia Rojas elementary in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Students take five hours a week of Mandarin, four hours a week of English. As China swiftly expands its reach across Latin America, a pilot program in Aguascalientes aims to introduce students to the Mandarin language and make them more competitive in the job market.

Reporting from Aguascalientes, Mexico —

Wo jiao Alberto. Wo… Continue

Added by CShout1 on June 19, 2010 at 8:02pm — No Comments

A celebration of many nationalities

A child holds a Brazilian flag in his lap as he watches a World Cup soccer match between Brazil and North Korea from his father's tire repair shop in a low income neighborhood on the outskirts of Brasilia. (Eraldo Peres, Associated Press / June 15, 2010)

Reporting from Buenos Aires, Argentina — Leonardo Munoz, wearing a foot-tall blue-and-white wig, is ready to bare it all for the glory of Argentina. Before the start of the World Cup that is keeping… Continue

Added by CShout1 on June 19, 2010 at 7:54pm — No Comments

Barbados plans major national park

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Friday June 4, 2010 – The Barbados government has announced plans for the establishment of a National Park, stretching from the north to the east of the island, as a priority.

It would run from Archer's Bay in St Lucy to the fishing community of Consett Bay, St John.

Minister of the Environment, Water Resources and Drainage, Dr Denis Lowe, says the National Park would seek to ensure that development activities in… Continue

Added by CShout1 on June 17, 2010 at 9:18pm — No Comments

Canada to advocate for CARICOM at G-20 meeting

Canada has agreed that when the G-20 leaders gather in Toronto later this month, it would outline CARICOM’s position on the crippling effects of the global financial crisis on the region and to support its calls for reform

GEORGETOWN, Guyana: CARICOM is hoping that Canada’s Presidency of the G8 and G20, as of this month, will augur well for the region’s call for a restructuring of the international financial architecture and for special treatment to be… Continue

Added by CShout1 on June 17, 2010 at 9:16pm — No Comments

Relocation considered for endangered species

In cooperation with the government of St Vincent, the Sanctuary maintains a captive breeding population of St Vincent Amazon parrots, one of the rarest parrots on earth with fewer than 600 living in the wild.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Wednesday June 16, 2010 – Environmental and security threats at a nature sanctuary in Barbados may force rare and endangered species to be moved from there. The Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary issued a statement yesterday in… Continue

Added by CShout1 on June 17, 2010 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Tahnee wins Miss St Lucia UK pageant

Twenty year old, Tahnee Hippolyte, of Edmonton, London won the first ever Miss St Lucia/UK Pageant from a bevy of eight other contestants on Friday 4th June at the Radisson BLU hotel in London. The first runner up was Curmiah St Catherine, and second runner up was Tamara Plummer.

Tahnee is the daughter on Keith and Emma Richards Hippolyte of Summersdale, Castries, St Lucia now residing in the United Kingdom. As part of her whirlwind title,… Continue

Added by CShout1 on June 16, 2010 at 9:28pm — No Comments

Students With Autism Learn How To Succeed At Work

Six years ago, Kevin Sargeant's mother would have described him as "a broken child." Now, Kevin is doing an IT internship, and he plans to attend college this fall.

People with autism often have a hard time finding and keeping jobs, so more schools are creating programs to help students with autism get prepared for the workplace. One of those programs helped change the life of Kevin Sargeant.

Just a few years ago, when Kevin was still in… Continue

Added by CShout1 on June 14, 2010 at 9:17pm — No Comments

Jamaica's ambassador defends government's actions

Audrey Marks, Jamaica’s new ambassador to the United States, has hit the ground running – literally. Within days after tendering her diplomatic documents to the U.S. government, she was on the road attending the meeting of the 40th General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Lima, Peru.

Speaking on behalf of the Jamaican government at the meeting on Monday, Ambassador Marks stoutly defended the state of emergency… Continue

Added by CShout1 on June 11, 2010 at 9:31pm — No Comments

Haiti's mango farmers get help growing the industry

A mango seller in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, prepares to leave at the end of the day. She ties up the packaging that was used to transport mangoes to the market. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times Reporting from Saut d'Eau, Haiti — —

A mango trapper muscles his way high up the tree, then stops on a branch. Spotting a hanging fruit, he pushes his homemade picking pole forward, trapping it. He then drops the kidney-shaped Madame…


Added by CShout1 on June 10, 2010 at 10:10pm — No Comments

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