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Featured Blog Posts – January 2010 Archive (19)

A chance for Haiti to be great again by Wyclef Jean


The morning after the earthquake in Haiti, I arrived in my mother country and I walked into Armageddon. I want to tell you that story, but that is not the story I want to tell you first. The earthquake is Haiti’s present, and I want to talk about Haiti’s past, because in that past lies the hope for my native island’s future.

That may surprise some of you. When you think of the history of Haiti, it is probably the… Continue

Added by CShout1 on January 30, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Jamaican Skier gets ready for 2010 Winter Olympics

Jamaica's Consul General to Toronto, Mr. George Ramocan (right), with Jamaican skier, Mr. Errol Kerr (centre) and his coach, Mr. Eric Holmer; after Mr. Kerr qualified for a World Cup event.

TORONTO, Canada - Twenty-three year-old freestyle skier, Mr. Errol Kerr, who is representing Jamaica at the 2010 Winter Olympics, has given Canadians a little of what he intends to do on the slopes of Vancouver, British Columbia, in February.

Mr.… Continue

Added by CShout1 on January 26, 2010 at 10:41pm — No Comments

ECFH continues to push adult literacy in St. Lucia

Adults head back to school to as part of literacy programme.

The month of January is back to school for hundreds of primary, secondary and tertiary students. But it’s also back to school for another group of students whom we sometimes overlook but should not due to their courage and discipline—our adult learners. Recently, the East Caribbean Financial Holding Company (ECFH), made its annual donation of $10,000 to the National Enrichment Learning… Continue

Added by CShout1 on January 26, 2010 at 10:35pm — No Comments

Pineapples have potential!

Close to a dozen pineapple farmers responded to an invitation from the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the Banana Industry Trust (BIT), to be apprised of the findings of a rapid assessment of the Pineapple sector. Conducted by Mr Steve Maximay and Mr Colin Paul and commissioned by IICA and BIT, the report is intended to assess the current situation in respect of pineapple production, marketing and distribution. Based… Continue

Added by CShout1 on January 26, 2010 at 10:31pm — No Comments

Wyclef to Oprah: "Haiti Don't Need No More Photo Ops"

Where Wyclef Jean goes, awareness of and aid for Haiti's earthquake- (and now aftershock-) wrought devastation, follows.

This morning, the erstwhile Fugee and briefly scandal-plagued Yelé Haiti founder appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was specially dedicated to the plight of the nation, and he wasted no time getting to the heart of the matter.

"The Haitian people told me specifically when I was coming on your show to tell… Continue

Added by CShout1 on January 24, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Britain Hails Jamaica for Response to Haiti Crisis

BRITAIN'S new high commissioner to Jamaica, Howard Drake, yesterday praised Jamaica for its quick and positive response to the Haitian earthquake crisis.

Drake, during his courtesy call on Prime Minister Bruce Golding at Jamaica House, said Britain was committed to playing its part in providing much-needed medical services to the Haitian people.

Golding, meanwhile, updated Drake on the Haitian rescue, relief and reconstruction… Continue

Added by CShout1 on January 24, 2010 at 2:52pm — No Comments

St. Lucia pan players off to Panorama in Trinidad

The St Lucia contingent for T&T Panorama get set to compete.

A contingent of fifteen pan players from St Lucia are off to Trinidad to take part in Panorama 2010. The group, which leaves the island this week, comprises twelve pan players from Leverage North Stars, two members of Diamond Steel and one member of Pantime. Contrary to popular belief, this demonstrates that there is some level of collaboration between local steel bands. This augurs… Continue

Added by CShout1 on January 14, 2010 at 8:07pm — No Comments

Bird Book for Caribbean Schools to be launched

The green throated Carib.

The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in collaboration with the government of Saint Lucia will be launching a Bird Book of Saint Lucia for Caribbean Schools (including two DVDs) Wednesday 13th January 2010 at the Advanced Orchid Greenhouse, Union. The Prime Minister, Speaker of the House of Assembly, President of the Senate, Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliament, Senators, School principals, District education… Continue

Added by CShout1 on January 14, 2010 at 8:04pm — No Comments

Caricom mercy mission heading to Haiti

What's being described as a Caricom mercy mission is to make a first-hand assessment of the earthquake devastation in Haiti. Caribbean leaders offered their sympathies to the people of Haiti and said they were making immediate relief and financial assistance available to help with the largest natural disaster to hit the country in 200 years.

Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana have pledged US$1million each to Haiti to help with immediate relief… Continue

Added by CShout1 on January 14, 2010 at 7:59pm — No Comments

Wyclef Jean lends voice to Haiti earthquake cause

Haitian-born rap star Wyclef Jean has urged fans to donate to relief efforts in the wake of the huge earthquake that struck the Caribbean state on Tuesday. "Your money will help with relief efforts," he wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter. "They need our help - please help if you can." The former Fugees star has since said he is now on his way to the Caribbean state, via the Dominican Republic. "Pray for the people of Haiti [and] me please," he… Continue

Added by CShout1 on January 13, 2010 at 7:01pm — No Comments

Haiti Earthquake Disaster

The Caribbean reacted swiftly to news of the earthquake with initial responses coming from Haiti's immediate neighbours - the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic. The airport outside the Dominican Republic capital, Santo Domingo, became the scene of major activity as planes and helicopters which sent in medical supplies and search and rescue response team.

Speaking to BBC Caribbean earlier the new Chairman of the Caribbean Community (Caricom),… Continue

Added by CShout1 on January 13, 2010 at 6:58pm — No Comments

Martinique rejects more autonomy

Two French overseas territories in the Caribbean have confirmed what some residents say is a reluctance to remove themselves from Paris. Both Martinique and French Guiana have rejected plans for increased autonomy.

Full independence wasn't even on the cards in Sunday's referendums. With a 48% turnout, 69.8% in French Guiana voted against the proposal on Sunday. In Martinique, the margin was greater: 80% voted against, with a 55% turnout. The… Continue

Added by CShout1 on January 12, 2010 at 7:37pm — No Comments

Consuelo wins title for St Lucia!

Consuelo Dupal, St Lucian winner of the Digicel Haynes Smith Caribbean Talented Teen Pageant.

Consuelo Dupal was late. The 18-year-old caramel skinned beauty made her way to the STAR in a real hurry wearing jeans, a flirty ruffled black halter top and skyscraper patent black heels. Her mother had accompanied her for the photo shoot and though Consuelo said she’d been extremely busy over the last few weeks and was wiped out, she looked as… Continue

Added by CShout1 on January 11, 2010 at 10:26pm — No Comments

The Maldives: Paradise threatened?

Reporting from Malé, Maldives

Here's what happens when you travel to the Maldives with someone who followed an Indian guru for 20 years: You find yourself convinced that the dazzling liquid topaz ocean surrounding you is energizing your chakras and healing your inner turmoil. You may not have been aware of any inner turmoil, but apparently most of us suffer it, and isolated tropical islands such as the Maldives are just the sort of place to… Continue

Added by CShout1 on January 10, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

China in the Caribbean: The New Big Brother

Prime Minister Stephenson King (St. Lucia) calls on President Ma Ying-jeou in Taiwan as locally based ambassador Tom Chou looks on.

When Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Wu Banggou arrived in the Bahamas in early September 2009 on the second leg of his Americas tour, it quickly became clear that he was not on vacation. As China’s top legislator and the highest-ranking member of the Chinese… Continue

Added by CShout1 on January 8, 2010 at 7:16pm — No Comments

Getting the best of the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI)

Port of Miami

From the American perspective, the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) remains a vital element in US economic relations with Central America and the Caribbean. The Office of the United States Trade Representative says the CBI is intended to facilitate the economic development and export diversification of Caribbean Basin economies. But it has had another impact as well.

The United States duty-free trade programme continues… Continue

Added by CShout1 on January 6, 2010 at 8:03pm — No Comments

Shaggy and Friends 2010 a Hit- Minus a Few Glitches

Shaggy made the call for charity and Jamaica responded... again. This year's Shaggy and Friends concert, held on Saturday night on the lawns of Jamaica House, was a sold-out affair, with host Shaggy declaring that "every ticket has been sold". According to him, even up until midnight, persons were going to the Jamaica Pegasus ticket office looking for tickets.

Another well-choreographed event, the organisers, much as they did last year, totally… Continue

Added by CShout1 on January 4, 2010 at 9:33pm — No Comments

Skincare Tips for Women of Color

We all know that color really matters, so why don't you keep your skin healthy. There's one step a woman can take to look and feel her best and that's to practice good skin regimen everyday. However, you can really get back your youthful appearance no matter how old you are to just quickly and easily fight off signs of aging without surgery.

We all know that fine lines and wrinkles happen to all women, often starting as early as age of 30 because… Continue

Added by CShout1 on January 3, 2010 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Melanie Fiona - A star in the making

By Zandile Blay

Melanie Fiona. The Canadian born R&B singer is at that brief stage in an artists career where she's not instantly recognizable but vaguely familiar. Her debut album, The Bridge, which is already racking up rave reviews is about to change that - soon. Born to Guyanese parents in Toronto, the 26 year old, found her way from Canada's inner city to Kanye Wests tour - where she led as his opening act all summer. Since then, Fiona's… Continue

Added by CShout1 on January 3, 2010 at 2:47pm — No Comments

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