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October 2009 Blog Posts (50)

'Dumb' American criminals attempt robbery with ‘permanent marker pen disguises’

Two hapless robbers in America, Matthew McNelly and Joey Miller, have been arrested with the “worst disguises ever” after trying to hide their faces with permanent marker pen.

McNelly, 23, and Miller, 20 were arrested by armed police in Carroll, Iowa, last Friday after witnesses reported seeing two men trying to break into an apartment with fake beards and "masks" scrawled on their faces.

Police responding to a call about the attempted burglary later pulled over a car… Continue

Added by Troy Porter on October 30, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Jamaica's National Hero, Marcus Garvey Gets Major OAS Recognition

WASHINGTON, DC - Jamaica's first National Hero, The Right Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey, has received major hemispheric recognition with the Organisation of American States (OAS) in Washington D.C. in the USA re-naming its Hall of Culture in his honour. The Marcus Garvey Hall of Culture, located on the first floor of the historic main building of the OAS headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C., is a venue for major cultural events.

Along with the unveiling, an exhibition of books,… Continue

Added by CShout1 on October 29, 2009 at 9:11pm — No Comments

St Lucians embrace Jounen Kwéyòl! International Creole Day

Jounen Kwéyòl Entenasyonal (International Creole Day) is officially October 28. However, Saint Lucians across the island participated in activities leading up to the day this past weekend. Throughout the island the sounds of Creole and folk music filled the air mixed with the aroma of locally prepared dishes.

It was almost three decades ago, (1981 to be exact) that a group of researchers and scientists came together under the heading “Banzil… Continue

Added by CShout1 on October 29, 2009 at 8:56pm — No Comments

Double Dare - Shaggy and Friends host second "I Dare You" concert

"Executive producer for the event, Shaggy, was first up to talk about the new developments and plans for the concert. This year, reminiscent of the diamond-selling artiste, there will be a diamond ticket priced at $30,000. Shaggy commented, "Last year, we did it in eight weeks. This time we have a bit more time to dot the i's and cross the t's.… Continue

Added by Rosey Clayton on October 29, 2009 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Swine flu, round two: Caribbean outlook

The incidence of swine flu in the Caribbean shows little sign of easing overall, neither does fear of the virus. In the past week, authorities in Trinidad and Tobago have closed schools and courthouses due to the spread of the H1N1 virus. In Grenada, the government also shut schools and recalled all health workers from vacation leave as the island reported new suspected cases.

In total, there were 43 confirmed deaths in the Caribbean up to… Continue

Added by CShout1 on October 29, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Driving while black

I am just wondering when will it be possible for my husband(a black man with dreads, driving a nice vehicle) to drive through Virginia/West Virginia or any other state for that matter and not get stopped with some BS reason by the officer. Not all black men sell drugs or play ball...hard work is still a possibility.

Added by Ann-Rose Johnson-Lewis on October 28, 2009 at 9:46pm — No Comments

New Zealand and Australia Ragamuffin Reggae Festival Headline By Shaggy & Wyclef

Hiphop superstar and reggae lover Wyclef Jean along with Shaggy (pictured above) will headline the third Ragamuffin Reggae Festival, which takes place again in New Zealand and Australia in January.

A release from promoter Andrew McManus Presents said the Haiti-born Jean will headline the festival's five shows in the New Zealand capital, Auckland, as well as dates in the Australian cities of Perth, Sydney, Brisbane and… Continue

Added by CShout1 on October 28, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Legends Of Reggae & Soul For Brooklyn Academy Of Music

The appeal of reggae, like soul music, is universal. Both genres have been embraced over the years by music lovers worldwide, especially Jamaicans at home and in the diaspora. New York-based Jammins Entertainment will present the Reggae Legends and Soul Legends Concert Series - billed as a celebration of nostalgia and enduring talent.

The concert series will be held on Thanksgiving weekend at the prestigious, landmark venue, Brooklyn… Continue

Added by CShout1 on October 28, 2009 at 12:54pm — No Comments

Fashion's Night Out: Yendi's Style

Whether she's hosting the popular Rising Stars tv show, or doing the social rounds, she's definitely a fashionista. The beauty queen who thrilled local and international audiences with her looks and personality, continues to turn heads where she goes. This Thursday with Fashion's Night Out being the hottest ticket in town, Yendi Phillips shares her style tips.

For Yendi, her personal style is eclectic chic - simple but fly. She currently is… Continue

Added by CShout1 on October 28, 2009 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

The Original Bad Boys, Inner Circle Rocks California

Inner Circle Bio courtesy of &

Inner Circle is, of course, best known for "Bad Boys," a ubiquitous crossover hit thanks to its use as the theme song for the long-running Fox TV reality series Cops. But the band had a lengthy history prior to its international breakthrough, dating all the way back to the… Continue

Added by CShout1 on October 28, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

IMF adds to tourism gloom

The short-term outlook for Caribbean tourism is not promising, according to the International Monetary Fund. The IMF's latest Regional Economic Outlook said the effects of the financial crisis on the Caribbean will likely persist into 2010 because tourism depends on employment conditions in advanced economies, which typically lag growth recovery.

In the 2001 recession, for example, declines in tourist arrivals to Mexico and the Caribbean… Continue

Added by CShout1 on October 27, 2009 at 10:13pm — No Comments

Bahamas welcomes new US ambassador

The Bahamas welcomed the 13th Ambassador of the United States of America, on Thursday, October 22, 2009 in a ceremony at Government House. Pictured left iNicole Avant, Ambassador of the United States to The Bahamas. At right is Arthur Hanna, Governor General of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. The ceremony was witnessed by officials from The Bahamas and the United States

Embassy in Nassau. (BIS Photo/Derek Smith)

By Lindsay… Continue

Added by CShout1 on October 27, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Who cares about Kwéyòl, (Creole) anyway? The language debate continues in St. Lucia

Have we been using our unique Creole culture to our advantage or have we spent too much time running away from it?

Who cares about Kwéyòl? Why does it persist in spite of the greater necessity of English? Why does it survive when it has been insulted, derided and hated by the very people who perpetuate its existence? Who needs it anyway?

The Kwéyòl Language Committee of the Folk Research Centre already knows what it thinks the answers… Continue

Added by CShout1 on October 24, 2009 at 3:07pm — No Comments

Have some confidence in the CCJ! ‘Caribbean should be proud of our judges’

Judges of the Caribbean Court of Justice: Standing: Justice Jacob Wit, Justice Desiree Bernard, Justice Adrian Saunders, Justice David Hayton, Justice Rolston Nelson, Justice Michael de la Bastide TC, Justice Duke EE Pollard. (By: Denys Barrow SC)

It may well be true that Caribbean people lack confidence in our domestic legal system and yearn more for justice than they yearn for being able to boast of having their own final appellate court,… Continue

Added by CShout1 on October 24, 2009 at 2:57pm — No Comments

Budding chefs get Sandals support!

The winners and the runners-up in the Sandals Schools Culinary program (Written By: Kayra Williams)

Fourteen students who had been taken under the Sandals’ wing for an intensive culinary training program this week got the chance to prove to their instructors that time spent tutoring them was not spent in vain. Students spent 12 weeks at various Sandals Resorts on the island engaged in personalized and group training sessions from exclusive… Continue

Added by CShout1 on October 24, 2009 at 2:53pm — No Comments

Go from ‘survive’ to ‘thrive’ at work

With a wide-spread recession and high jobless rates, it would be no surprise to find that many employed Americans are in “survivor mode” – doing what they can to make the most of the jobs and resources they have at hand. Yet, a 2009 World of Work study by recruitment agency Randstad found a workforce that is ready to step up and regain control of its own and its companies’ destinies. In fact, the study revealed that only one in four employees is… Continue

Added by CShout1 on October 24, 2009 at 11:36am — No Comments

Bleak tourism winter forecast

The Caribbean could see a considerable drop in holiday bookings from the UK alone for the upcoming peak winter season. The Association of British Travel Agents says holiday bookings from the UK to the Caribbean, are down by 19 per cent compared to the same period last year.

The association feels that while those figures should improve in the coming months, the long-term outlook isn't very rosy. The 19 percent drop for the all-important… Continue

Added by CShout1 on October 24, 2009 at 9:57am — No Comments

Single Ladies Stay away from these cities if you are looking for a mate

Top 4 cities with the ugliest guys: Rank 1-4: El Paso, Tx, Hagertown, MD, Miami, FL,?? AND in 4th place Greensboro, NC..1 1/2 hours from Charlotte no surprise there. Source Channel 9 WABC News, Charlotte, NC. Thanks for the tip Erica.

Added by Ann-Rose Johnson-Lewis on October 21, 2009 at 11:28pm — No Comments

Time to learn Creole! The view from St. Lucia

Creole Girls: Creole is more than just Madras and food but do our people know that?

When the opportunity to learn Creole came my way I literally jumped at the chance. I got the details from my editor and from what she said it seemed I might be the youngest person there or the only one. It seems everyone was not as eager as I to learn the language.

No matter, I thought. The point was learning the native lingo that I’ve been… Continue

Added by CShout1 on October 21, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

United States Justice Dept. okays use of medical marijuana

The federal government, through the Department of Justice, announced on Monday that the use of marijuana (ganja) for medicinal purposes is permissible in some U.S. states. In a policy memo issued by the Justice Department federal prosecutors were informed that people who smoke (or otherwise use) marijuana for medical reasons should not be targeted for federal prosecution in states that allow medical marijuana.

For years a fervent… Continue

Added by CShout1 on October 21, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

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