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Featured Blog Posts – September 2009 Archive (21)

Cherine Anderson Charts on Billboard!!!

Cherine performing in Los Angeles, CA 09/23/2009

Cherine Anderson may be the first Jamaican female artist in recent times to hit not one but five Billboard charts simultaneously. The feat brings about another first in Anderson’s short career, as she might also be the first Jamaican female singer to register a song on the Billboard Rock Charts.

The Dancehall Soulstress is featured with Michael Franti & Spearhead on the Sly… Continue

Added by CShout1 on September 28, 2009 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Caricom pays tribute to Caribbbean literary icons

Trevor Rhone.

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Caribbean Community (Caricom) governments have paid tribute to three internationally renowned literary figures who died earlier this month. In a statement, the Guyana-based Caricom Secretariat said the region had lost Jamaica’s Trevor Rhone, Suriname’s Henk Tjon and Trinidad and Tobago’s Wayne Brown during a one week period.

It described Rhone and Tjon as multi-talented, internationally acclaimed… Continue

Added by CShout1 on September 28, 2009 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Offshore centres hit back

Offshore jurisdictions in the Caribbean have hit back at what they called a 'witch hunt' against them, even as they sought to be removed from an international list of non-compliant tax havens. Financial centres in the region and elsewhere have been told that they face sanctions if they fail to comply with international tax regulations.

The warning from French President Nicholas Sarkozy, came as G20 leaders met in the US city of Pittsburgh… Continue

Added by CShout1 on September 28, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Colombia seeks eco-tourism boost

By Henry Mance

Residents of the town of La Macarena frequently toss a phrase into conversation: "Cuando estaba la guerrilla..." - "When the guerrillas were here..." It is an understated way of describing the region's past troubles. Between 1998 and 2001, La Macarena, together with four other municipalities, formed part of the demilitarised zone created by the Colombian government during peace talks with the country's biggest rebel group, the… Continue

Added by CShout1 on September 28, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

The Fashion Industry - Ambassadors of the Jamaica brand? The view from Australia

Recently, I came across a series of fascinating articles on the Australian Fashion industry and how it was being positioned to service the Australia brand internationally. Indeed Austrade’s (Australian Trade Commission) National Manager, Rob Sutton commented that:

‘The Australian Fashion industry isn’t just about fabrics, frocks and fanfare, but one of the key cultural ambassador industries. Fashion is one of Australia’s key creative and design industries and we know that there are… Continue

Added by Hume Johnson PhD on September 26, 2009 at 5:39am — No Comments

Australian Writer Goes Gaga Over Reggae (Sample Lymie Murray songs she heard inside)

Jamaican Reggae singer, Lymie Murray

Tara Gething is not a big fan of reggae; never was. “My genre is metal”, she says with a wide grin, knowing fully well that this would freak out the average person. So I freaked out. Not at the thought of the outlandish musical taste of this well-adjusted middle class Australian girl but at the idea that someone exists on the planet who is not a big fan of Jamaican Reggae.

So I challenged her… Continue

Added by Hume Johnson PhD on September 25, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Raul Castro pushes Cubans to rethink socialism

By Marc Frank

HAVANA, Cuba (Reuters) -- Cubans began taking a hard look this week at entrenched customs like food rationing, pilfering on the job, cradle-to-grave subsidies and black market trading in a national debate called by President Raul Castro.

Authorities have circulated a ten-point agenda for thousands of open-ended meetings over the next month at work places, universities and community organizations to rethink Cuban socialism, focused on the economic themes… Continue

Added by CShout1 on September 23, 2009 at 9:25pm — No Comments

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The Pirate's Daughter

Set in Port Antonio, Jamaica, winner of the Essence Fiction Award 2008, A UK Bestseller.

In 1946, Hollywood’s most famous swashbuckler, Errol Flynn, arrived in Jamaica in a storm-ravaged boat. After a long… Continue

Added by Margaret Cezair Thompson on September 22, 2009 at 1:31pm — No Comments

Getting US attention

By Sir Ronald Sanders Business analyst and former Caribbean diplomat

During this month, I was invited to deliver a lecture to 85 high-ranking military officers from Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle-East on the subject of US relations with its Central American and Caribbean neighbours.

In preparing the lecture, a comment on the Caribbean’s weakness and lack of capacity to command international… Continue

Added by CShout1 on September 21, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Bahamas outlook clouds for Haitians

Thousands of Haitians see the Bahamas as a land of promise.

By Nick Davis - BBC News, The Bahamas

Row after row of taxis are lined up along the street, their drivers milling about as tourists stream off the latest cruise ship to have docked in Nassau, capital of the Bahamas. A tour guide approaches a group of American visitors asking if they want a ride in his horse and carriage - they decline.

"Things are slow, people just… Continue

Added by CShout1 on September 21, 2009 at 7:08pm — No Comments

Volunteers pick up several thousand pounds of trash and recyclables from Hellshire public beach.

By Delroy A. Whyte-Hall

Freelance Writer/Blogger

On Saturday, September 19th, from 8:00am till 12 noon, over 500 volunteers from Kingston and St. Catherine took action to rid the Half Moon Public Beach at Hellshire in St. Catherine of unsightly and harmful debris.

Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) is an international event with over 60 countries around the world participating, making it one of the largest volunteer efforts on the planet!…


Added by Delroy A. Whyte-Hall on September 20, 2009 at 5:04pm — No Comments

Bermuda Triangle plane mystery 'solved'

Two of the so-called Bermuda Triangle's most mysterious disappearances in the late 1940s may have been solved. Scores of ships and planes are said to have vanished without trace over the decades in a vast triangular area of ocean with imaginary points in Bermuda, Florida and Puerto Rico. But journalist Tom Mangold's new examination for the BBC provides plausible explanations for the disappearance of two British commercial planes in the area,… Continue

Added by CShout1 on September 19, 2009 at 12:07am — 2 Comments

Six quit Bermuda's opposition; plan to form new party

HAMILTON, Bermuda, September 14, 2009 - Six members of the opposition United Bermuda Party (UBP) - including three parliamentarians, one Senator, the party's chairman and former deputy chair - have severed ties with the party and are planning to form one of their own next year.

Parliamentarians Shawn Crockwell,(pictured above) Donte Hunt and Mark Pettingill, Senator Michael Fahy, Sean Pitcher and Wayne Scott, tendered their resignations to UBP… Continue

Added by CShout1 on September 14, 2009 at 7:26pm — No Comments

Possible 'beginning of the end' to Montserrat volcano eruptions

BRADES, Montserrat: The volcano has had a quiet six months since the last report and there was no extrusion of new lava and no explosions in that period. Surface activity was restricted to rockfalls and occasional small pyroclastic flows from the dome, together with mudflows.

The eruptions at Montserrat's Soufrière Hills volcano could be coming to an end. The Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) - a group of expert volcanologists that… Continue

Added by CShout1 on September 14, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

St Vincent ponders change to republic

Ralph Gonsalves wants a 'home-grown' constitution

Guyana, Dominica and Trinidad and Tobago among Commonwealth Caribbean nations have done it. Now St Vincent and the Grenadines is being asked to follow suit and ditch Queen Elizabeth of Britain as the country's head of state. The people of the a multi-island State comprising inhabited and uninhabited islands, islets and cays, will vote in a referendum in November to change the constitution… Continue

Added by CShout1 on September 11, 2009 at 9:47pm — No Comments

Caribbean improves business climate

Two reports this week cast a light on the climate for doing business in the Caribbean and the evidence suggests an improving picture. Both the World Bank and the World Economic Forum both issued their assessments of how countries around the world are doing when it comes to business competitiveness.

The Bank published its "Doing Business 2010: Reforming through Difficult Times" through its private business arm, the International Finance… Continue

Added by CShout1 on September 11, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

UWI campus planned for Grenada

Grenada government is aiming to have a University of the West Indies (UWI) campus on the island within another three years.

That was one of the plans outlined for education by Prime Minister Tillman Thomas in an address to the nation last night. He said the government needed to provide more tertiary level education for citizens.

"We are moving expeditiously with plans to develop a UWI Open Campus Facility here in Grenada that would… Continue

Added by CShout1 on September 11, 2009 at 7:30am — No Comments

Reggae Conference to Celebrate Marley's 65th Birthday

The Institute of Caribbean Studies and the Reggae Studies Unit at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona will play host to the International Reggae Conference (formerly Global Reggae Conference). This year's theme will be labeled 'Current and Future Trends in Popular Music'. The event will be taking place February 17-20, at the UWI. GLEANER A press release announcing the conference stated: "The conference and associated events will… Continue

Added by CShout1 on September 7, 2009 at 11:02pm — No Comments

Paula- Ann Porter Jones - The Lady Behind That Sultry Voice

As far as Jamaican radio goes, Paula Anne Porter Jones has one of the smoothest and most easily distinguished voices.

Her trademark cool demeanor, the ease with which she speaks, and the outstanding command of the language have been some of the notable features that have landed her in the hearts of many Jamaicans for the 15 years she has been involved with broadcasting.

She is the familiar voice on the Cable and Wireless’ voicemail… Continue

Added by CShout1 on September 4, 2009 at 10:42pm — No Comments

Caribbean region aims for broadband revolution

A 2009 World Bank report has said that access to affordable high-speed Internet and mobile phone service is key to economic growth and job creation in developing countries. And the Bank has offered to help the Caribbean improve information and telecommunications infrastructure. The Bank supports information and communications technology (ICT) projects in more than 100 countries with a portfolio of more than $3billion.

Telecoms… Continue

Added by CShout1 on September 2, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

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