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Featured Blog Posts – August 2009 Archive (31)

Ziggy Marley Searching for His Duet With Michael Jackson

With Michael Jackson gone, fans are no doubt curious about the unreleased music the King of Pop left behind. At least one of those tracks features the vocals of Ziggy Marley, according to the reggae singer. Jackson called Marley shortly after 9/11, asking him to add guest vocals to a song. Marley obliged, but never heard back, and the song, as far as he knows, was never released. "Michael called me when I was in the studio," Marley tells Spinner, "and… Continue

Added by CShout1 on August 30, 2009 at 9:47pm — No Comments

Cuba: At crossroads of change?

By Michael Voss, BBC News, Havana

Cuba is facing the 50th anniversary of the revolution confronted by an uncertain future. Fidel Castro, who led the revolution and ruled the country for almost half a century, has not been seen in public since undergoing major surgery almost two-and-a-half years ago.

His brother Raul Castro has pushed through some modest but symbolic reforms since taking over the presidency, but has also raised… Continue

Added by CShout1 on August 30, 2009 at 10:41am — No Comments

Tourism banking on recovery

Signs that the international recession may be bottoming out has led to cautious optimism in Caribbean tourism circles that the worst for the industry is over.

In stock markets in Europe this week, for example, many exchanges hit 2009 highs on rising hopes for economic recovery.

"We are confident now that the bottom of this recession seems to be in sight," said Hugh Riley, the newly-confirmed secretary general of the Caribbean Tourism… Continue

Added by CShout1 on August 27, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Usain Bolt makes the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Great honor for the fastest man alive! I wonder how far behind is the Wheaties box! Congratulations Usain, you have made your family, your country and the Caribbean region very proud of you. Keep your feet well grounded except when you are blasting down the track.

Added by CShout1 on August 26, 2009 at 10:06pm — 1 Comment

Dominica's PM Skerrit confirms $35 million loan from China to build state-of-the-art college

Prime Minister Skerrit - Sean Douglas Photo

At the 2009 Orientation Ceremony of the Dominica State College on Monday, Prime Minister Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit confirmed that the Government of China has agreed to provide a concessionary loan of EC$35 million to Dominica to finance the construction of a state-of-the-art Dominica State College.

The Dominican leader also used the opportunity to chronicle the evolution of the Dominica State… Continue

Added by CShout1 on August 26, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

New Veterinary School for Antigua and Barbuda

A new Veterinary School will be established in Antigua and Barbuda through an association between the American University of Antigua and Virginia Tech. An official signing ceremony has already taken place in New York to bring effect to the establishment of the institution.

Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer and Minister of Education, Dr. Jacqui Quinn-Leandro attended the official signing ceremony for the new facility, which will be established… Continue

Added by CShout1 on August 23, 2009 at 9:34pm — No Comments

Cuba: Gardening its way out of crisis

By Christina Conell and Tara Patel

COHA Research Associates

Sunlight brightens the paved streets and historic buildings of Havana, Cuba, bouncing off the tents of vendors and the tin drums of a street band. Once stricken by poverty and inequality, the city has slowly blossomed as a result of the bustling enterprise of urban agriculture. Between buildings and behind street walls, in every green space available, locals have cultivated… Continue

Added by CShout1 on August 23, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

The Caribbean party in Berlin

Jamaica's men's and women's relay teams brought home more gold at the World Athletics Championships on Saturday to wrap up an amazing - and historic - achievement for the country, and the Caribbean. Trinidad and Tobago got the silver medal in the men's 4 x 100 relay on Saturday. Jamaica comes away from the competition with seven gold medals - including three for Usain Bolt - two of which were new world records at 100 and 200 meters.

The… Continue

Added by CShout1 on August 23, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Caribbean Nationals set for Labor Day Parade in New York

Martha Smith of the St Lucia Consulate with Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York last week.

Caribbean residents in New York are gearing up for one of the biggest events in the American cultural calendar—the West Indian American Day Labor Carnival to be held on Monday, September 7, 2009.

At a reception last week at Gracie Mansion—the official residence of New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg—hundreds of Caribbean community… Continue

Added by CShout1 on August 23, 2009 at 5:16pm — No Comments

Bolt The Magnificent again, and again! 19.19 World record in Berlin.

Usain Bolt of Jamaica with the clock showing the new 200m World Record in the Berlin Olympic Stadium (Getty Images)

20 August 2009 - Berlin, Germany - Just when you thought Usain Bolt could not surprise any more, he only goes and runs another World record - this time over 200m. Bolt's winning time - 19.19* - looks more like a grandparent's year of birth than a time for the 200m, but although it may take a while to digest, those are the new World… Continue

Added by CShout1 on August 20, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Foster-Hylton’s test of time – from the brink of retirement to World champion

Berlin, Germany - Brigitte Foster-Hylton came to the final of the women’s 100m Hurdles last night as the oldest athlete in the line-up, without a win all season on the international circuit, and with history weighing heavily against a Jamaican victory. Had it been left to her, Foster-Hylton would have retired at the end of last season, frustrated at her third and latest failed attempt to win an Olympic medal. Then, with the World Championships… Continue

Added by CShout1 on August 20, 2009 at 7:00am — No Comments

The Harder They Come - The Musical

Playing at the Adrienne Arsht Center - Miami

A hard-driving, irresistible musical celebration! Young singer Ivan Martin heads to Kingston with dreams of becoming a reggae star, but a corrupt and drug-fueled music industry drives him into a fast and furious life as Jamaica's most-wanted outlaw and most-celebrated underground star.

Accompanied by a killer band of outstanding reggae musicians, the cast performs all the classic songs… Continue

Added by CShout1 on August 19, 2009 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Shelley-Ann The Great!

Shelley-Ann Fraser of Jamaica crosses the line to celebrates winning the women's 100m gold medal in the women's at the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics (Getty Images)

Berlin, Germany - The Jamaican sprint success story continued on Day Three of the 12th World Championships in Athletics. Shelley-Ann Fraser confirmed her Olympic title winning form by adding the world 100m gold in a faster time than Beijing, 10.73sec. That equals the… Continue

Added by CShout1 on August 17, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Foreigners investing $350,000 to become permanent residents?

New direct flights from the US and UK to St Lucia combined with the country’s tax friendly regime could potential boost demand for property in St Lucia to both buy and rent.

In the UK, British Airways are increasing their direct flights to St Lucia from three to five times per week from October 2009. There is also a new service from Frankfurt, operated by Condor from 1 November of this year.

In the US, Jet Blue has… Continue

Added by CShout1 on August 16, 2009 at 9:25pm — No Comments

Bolt again! 9.58 World record in Berlin!

16 August 2009 - Berlin, Germany – With a performance that defies imagination, Usain Bolt set a new 100m World record of 9.58 on the second evening of the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin.

The 22-year-old Jamaican knocked a mind-numbing 0.11 second from the 9.69 record he set at the Olympic Games in Beijing exactly one year ago today.

Defending champion Tyson Gay of the USA was… Continue

Added by CShout1 on August 16, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

After long ban, some Cubans sample tourism luxury

A Cuban woman walks along the shore past a hotel in Varadero beach, 130 km east of Havana. AFP PHOTO

By Esteban Israel

VARADERO, Cuba (Reuters) -- Floating, cocktail drink in hand, in the pool of a five-star hotel in Cuba, Alexis basks in a holiday experience that for years was out of reach for him in his own homeland. The pastel-colored hotel buildings, the well-ordered gardens, the turquoise waters and the perpetually smiling waiters… Continue

Added by CShout1 on August 14, 2009 at 12:37pm — No Comments

Bahamian fashion designers showcased at Miss Universe

Miss Bahamas dazzles the crowd with her natural flair. (BIS photo/Derek Smith)

NASSAU, Bahamas (BIS) -- The creations of three prominent Bahamian fashion designers were showcased when Miss Universe contestants took to the catwalk on Wednesday in Nassau. The 84 contestants were participating in a fashion show featuring the designs of Rachel Turnquest-Garcia of Rachel’s Boutique, Basheva Eve of La Maison de Besh, and Sabrina Francis of SE’B… Continue

Added by CShout1 on August 14, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Agriculture, tourism lead Jamaica economy

Among crops grown for export, citrus and cocoa (pictured above) were estimated to have grown by 92.6 per cent and 65.4 per cent respectively.

KINGSTON, Jamaica, August 13, 2009 - Agriculture and tourism continue to be the strongest performers in the Jamaican economy, according to the Bank of Jamaica's (BoJ) Quarterly Economic Report for April-June, released yesterday. The report said that agriculture continues to be one of the few sectors… Continue

Added by CShout1 on August 13, 2009 at 9:03pm — No Comments

Latin America and Caribbean remittances to drop 11 per cent

"The crisis is clearly limiting migrants' capacity to send money home," said IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno. (Photo:

WASHINGTON, United States, August 13, 2009 - Latin America and the Caribbean will receive about US$62 billion in remittances from its expatriates in 2009, a decline of about 11 per cent from last year, according to the Inter-American Development Bank's Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF).

The… Continue

Added by CShout1 on August 13, 2009 at 8:41pm — No Comments

Andy Narell Calypso Giant Relator Team Up

`The University of Calypso’ on Heads Up International, a division of the Concorde Music Group, is the CD just released that celebrates the marriage of steel pan and calypso in a major way. Andy Narell is the musician who has spent more than a quarter century exploring the complexities of steel pan and steering it into a jazz idiom. He is known as one of the few steel pan players in the world who are playing jazz, to create the new music for the pan in… Continue

Added by CShout1 on August 11, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

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