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April 2011 Blog Posts (25)

So-so dress, so-so wedding, but what a fete after!

Yesterday in Jamaica, thousands of revellers took to the streets to throw beer and paint on each other, to blow whistles, and to jive to the latest Machel and Destra tune. Dear Will and Kate may be forgiven for thinking this was in celebration of their oh-so-royal wedding, bland dress and all. But it wasn’t. It was just Jouvert night – the pre street-fete before Carnival. (There is something to say about why Carnival is such an absolute fraud in Jamaica, and also, why it absolutely isn’t, but… Continue

Added by CShout1 on April 30, 2011 at 9:29am — No Comments

Jamaican musher the focus of author's latest book

Twenty-eight-year-old Newton Marshall became the first Jamaican musher to complete the gruelling Yukon Quest, a 1000-mile international dog sled race between…


Added by CShout1 on April 29, 2011 at 10:11pm — No Comments


Three neuro-typical or normal young Jamaican women haven proven, it pays for the normal to help the less fortunate, read the Autistic and the otherwise disabled.

The three young women in question are Nicole Nation, Javanna Haughton and Shavell Skeel, who made history by becoming the first set of young Jamaicans to earn the title Autism and Disabilities Ambassadors.

The young women were the happy recipients of their prizes, as the winning competitors of the inaugural Autism and… Continue

Added by Maia Chung on April 29, 2011 at 7:49pm — No Comments

Artistes Pay Homage to Beres Hammond

Reggae stars pay homage to Beres Hammond, the godfather of reggae soul, in the ultimate way as they cover his songs in My Favorite Beres Hammond Songs, a double-disc album available from VP Records on April 26, 2011. Spanning over 30 years of recording soulful reggae music in his signature smoky-sweet baritone, Hammond's… Continue

Added by CShout1 on April 25, 2011 at 8:44pm — No Comments

Black in Latin America

Black in Latin America is the 11th documentary from Professor Gates whose previous PBS projects include African American Lives 1 and 2, Oprah's Roots, Looking for Lincoln, and Faces of America, among others

Six Latin American countries are featured in the series: Brazil, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti,… Continue

Added by CShout1 on April 25, 2011 at 8:39pm — No Comments

Alborosie Returns with `2 Times Revolution'

Alberto "Alborosie" D'Ascola is back with 2 Times Revolution, a brand-new collection of hits from the Italian-born, Jamaican-based multi-faceted musician, scheduled for release from VP Records on June 21, 2011. Using music to express his rebel within, Alborosie serves up 16 tracks composed of his favored socially… Continue

Added by CShout1 on April 25, 2011 at 8:34pm — No Comments

REDJet is a go!

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados: All systems are a go for the newest low cost air carrier in the English-speaking Caribbean to start flying from early next month.

An announcement made by Redjet chief executive officer Ian Burns on Monday morning, revealed that…


Added by CShout1 on April 19, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Cuba's youth today are as diverse as the times

HAVANA, Cuba, Wednesday April 13, 2011 (By Dalia Acosta) - Mariana García…


Added by CShout1 on April 19, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Curacao to become part of space tourism race

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao, Thursday April 14, 2011 – The small Dutch-speaking island of Curacao will be catapulted into history when it becomes the launch pad for a Dutch business venture into space. 

A group of Dutch businessmen are to offer space trips for private…


Added by CShout1 on April 19, 2011 at 10:29pm — No Comments

Trinidad Focus - Jewelery made with love

Denise Hendrie did not set out to become a jewelry designer; it was purely accidental. As a jewelry lover she always found it difficult to find accessories at the stores that suited her bold style. To her, everything looked ordinary. But then again, when you meet Hendrie you’ll realise that she is no…


Added by CShout1 on April 19, 2011 at 10:22pm — No Comments

Cuba convenes congress to shape nation's future


Added by CShout1 on April 17, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

18 year old Nicole Nation is the first Overall Autism and Disabilities Ambassador 2011 ! Wins approximately 100-thousand dollars in prizes and awards.

The Maia Chung Autism and Disabilities Foundation is happy to announce that 18 Nicole Nation is the overall winner of the inaugural Autism and Disabilities Ambassadors competition; of The Maia Chung Autism and Disabilities Foundation (MCADF).

The competition is one of the main efforts of the Foundation to help heighten awareness about Autism and other disabilities, staged between January of this year and culminating during April global Autism month.

Ms Nation won the overall… Continue

Added by Maia Chung on April 14, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Autism Sucks 2k11

By Maia Chung

Autism sucks. It's like kryptonite to your soul. No matter how much you follow the rules, take them (your Autistic children) to therapies;change their diets, take them to right schools- its still a jacked up way to spend your life. How do you cope when your son is on the Autism spectrum and cannot spontaneously speak, and starts to scream in agony and cannot tell you where he is feeling pain. Its the time I come closest I think, in knowing, or thinking I do; how Jesus… Continue

Added by Maia Chung on April 11, 2011 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Reflections From My Latest Journey

You don't look Jamaican is something I have heard in Africa, London,  just this week Haiti. I mean European people straight outta Ukraine say you look American. Bwoy and from me start travel them no ramp fe welcome me back home to the US. I find it unbelievably hilarious, because I look No-thing like an American. To me. I was at the Haitian airport and one of the gentlemen dealing with security and passport checks told me I smelled nice and that I…


Added by Maia Chung on April 11, 2011 at 10:17pm — No Comments

Introducing St. Lucia's Miss Universe elegant eight

By way of introduction pageant director Joan Johnson, founder of Miss Universe St Lucia, said it was with sheer enthusiasm organizers were staging this year’s pageant, not only because of the eight capable and super elegant ladies vying for the crown, but also because of the fact that St…


Added by CShout1 on April 8, 2011 at 3:46pm — No Comments

Autism Chronicles from Jamaica - reused from NLM's Autism Around the Globe

My name is Maia Chung and I am the mother of three sons, Wickham, age 14, Cinquain, age 12, and Quinn, age 10.We live in Jamaica where autism is little understood. If you were to conduct an unofficial survey amongst the affected, you would find that autism is a health issue that is minimally addressed by the Jamaican government. This is scary and disheartening for parents like me who form the client base of the Maia Chung Autism and Disabilities Foundation, which I founded in April 2008 in… Continue

Added by Maia Chung on April 5, 2011 at 11:36pm — No Comments

Haiti: Michel Martelly 'defeats' Mirlande Manigat

Preliminary results in Haiti's presidential election suggest musician Michel "Sweet Micky" Martelly won the runoff vote on 20 March.

He defeated ex-senator and former first lady Mirlande Manigat, officials quoted by news agencies say.



Added by CShout1 on April 4, 2011 at 10:54pm — No Comments

Jamika Pessoa's Fusion of Flavours

If you are Food Network junkie, as is half of this country’s female population, then you would have followed Jamika Pessoa in the 2009 Next Food Network Star right up to her elimination. The self-described island girl who was really born in Alabama, USA, to a Trinidadian mother and a Jamaican…


Added by CShout1 on April 4, 2011 at 7:48pm — No Comments

New magazine celebrates T&T’s cuisine

T&T’s thriving agriculture sector and the seasonality and abundance of fresh local ingredients have inspired a new food magazine. Called Dougla In Season, the quarterly glossy captures the richness and diversity of local food in its 120 full colour pages of recipes, how-to’s and feature articles. The first issue of…


Added by CShout1 on April 4, 2011 at 7:23pm — No Comments

Pedro Plains Jamaica Jerk sauces to be featured on Lifetime TV Network

KINGSTON, Jamaica - Pedro Plains Jamaica Jerk’s exciting range of 100 per cent authentic Jamaican sauces will be featured on Lifetime Television Network’s “The Balancing Act” - the premier one-hour women’s morning show in the United States - on April 7th between 7:00 and 8:00 a.m.… Continue

Added by CShout1 on April 4, 2011 at 7:09pm — No Comments

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