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Featured Blog Posts – December 2009 Archive (19)

R&B/Soul singers Erykah Badu and Babyface added to Jamaica Jazz & Blues

The line-up of the 14th staging of the JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Festival has been expanded to include the multi-platinum singers Babyface and Erykah Badu. The now weeklong Festival takes place at multiple venues islandwide starting on Sunday, January 24 and culminating at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium.

Babyface charted success with his second solo album, Tender Love in 1986. The multi-platinum release featured four top singles including It's… Continue

Added by CShout1 on December 30, 2009 at 10:01pm — No Comments

OECS establishes economic union

Leaders of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), except Montserrat, have signed a new treaty establishing the OECS Economic Union. The framework for the new free trade area was formalised in the St Kiits capital, Basseterre on Tuesday afternoon 29 December. It marks another historic milestone in the evolution of the sub-regional grouping. However, it may be some months before free trade and the related areas actually come into effect.… Continue

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

Cubans "Get Down on It" with Kool & the Gang

"This is an honourable event for us," said one band member of the free concert



The main road along Havana's seafront, the Malecon, was sealed off on Sunday as thousands of Cubans flocked to a free open air concert by the veteran American funk disco band Kool & the Gang. They were the first US musicians to receive permission to perform on this communist-run island since President Barack Obama came to power.



"We are not… Continue

Added by CShout1 on December 21, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

NY based Saint Lucian releases third book

New York based St Lucian born writer Demedrius Charles has released his third book. The publication is a collection of poems called “Dancing with the Imagination”. Charles says that the book invites readers to get out of their safety zones by exploring and taking risks through their imaginations. The well-written poems in “Dancing with the Imagination”, touch every mood or state of life, be it romance, drama, starting over or… Continue

Added by CShout1 on December 21, 2009 at 7:42pm — No Comments

Will our politicians learn from the banana nightmare?

Spare a thought this Christmas for our banana farmers in Micoud, Babonneau and Dennery, the island’s main banana producing communities. The longest international trade dispute is over: the European Union (EU) is no longer prepared to fight for the preservation of any special treatment for banana imports from African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. The EU has lost every banana trade dispute to Latin American producers at the WTO and is truly… Continue

Added by CShout1 on December 21, 2009 at 7:39pm — No Comments

Deluged in toyland?

By Deborah Netburn.

How do you limit the collection of playthings around the house for your little one? Here are some success stories and one misstep. Popular children's author and illustrator David Shannon put out a book last year that made kids laugh and their parents cry. The book is called "Too Many Toys" and tells the story of a boy named Spencer who floats happily around his house on a cascading river of toys. But when his dad steps on a… Continue

Added by CShout1 on December 19, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

HOPE facelift for St. Lucia's Inner City

Extensive drainage repair works are currently being carried out by the Hope project on two major waterways in Rose Hill.



The Holistic Opportunity for Personal Empowerment (HOPE) project is infusing optimism into the inner-city through several projects to restore the physical surroundings, improve the health of residents and build their confidence, pride and self-reliance.

This is in keeping with HOPE’s mandate to reduce unemployment in… Continue

Added by CShout1 on December 19, 2009 at 2:56pm — No Comments

Not even the rain could put out the Festival of Lights in St. Lucia!

Traditional dancing with a modern twist!

Music rang out from a beach party at Vigie. A get together was well underway opposite the Vigie Playing Field. Nashville Palace was swinging with country lovers. And yet the combined number of participants didn’t beat the crowd that gathered at the Derek Walcott Square on December 12.



St Lucians came out in large numbers, braving the inclement weather, decked out with umbrellas and sweaters to… Continue

Added by CShout1 on December 19, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Orchid farm soon to be tourist attraction!

Butterfly Orchids will soon be the star attraction at a tourism oriented farm in Union, St. Lucia!



What would you say if you were told that St Lucia was home to the largest and the overall best Orchid Centre in the Caribbean? Most people would first question when exactly Orchids became a big deal in St Lucia in the first place, but truth be told, the Taiwanese Embassy has been promoting the high value product for some time… Continue

Added by CShout1 on December 13, 2009 at 8:29pm — 1 Comment

Mas Man, A Film About Trinidadian Peter Minshall, Excites Festival Audiences In Trinidad, London

Sherry-Ann Coelho wins Queen of the Bands, portraying Marilyn Monroe as "Fly, Fly Sweet Life," from the 1982 Peter Minshall Carnival band, "Papillon." Photo Courtesy of Callaloo Co.



MIAMI - It won Best Documentary Award at the Trinidad and Tobago International Film Festival in October and received critical acclaim in London in November. On Sunday, Dec 13, and Tuesday, Dec. 15, Mas Man, the new film by Dalton Narine about Peter Minshall,… Continue

Added by CShout1 on December 11, 2009 at 7:06pm — No Comments

Explore Jamaica With The Caribbean’s First GPS Navigation System

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Exploring Jamaica just got easier with the creation of the Caribbean’s first GPS Navigation map data known as JAMNAV. The Mona GeoInformatics Institute of the University of the West Indies in Jamaica has developed and released JAMNAV, offering turn by turn, voice assisted navigation across Jamaica.



The technology includes over 9,300 miles of roads and 15,000 points of interest including petrol stations, hotels,… Continue

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

Jamaican Reggae Legend Willie Stewart Jams With Students At Broward Center

Students from Winston Park Elementary and Parkway Middle School participated in the Arts Inspire... workshop.



FORT LAUDERDALE – The Broward Center for the Performing Arts, designated as the county’s first international cultural embassy by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, has given students a passport to other cultures through its interactive “Arts Inspires…” annual workshop, which has featured artists such as Romero Britto… Continue

Added by CShout1 on December 10, 2009 at 10:02pm — No Comments

Rihanna would 'love to play Glastonbury'

Rihanna will play a UK arena tour in 2010. Rihanna has said she's returning to the UK next summer to play gigs and would "love to" play Glastonbury. The Barbadian singer, who yesterday announced details of a UK arena tour for May 2010, described the Somerset festival as "a great festival and a great platform for me to be a part of."



Speaking at a press conference held at London's Westfield shopping centre she added: "I would love to be… Continue

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

Living Colour: Keeping The Music Alive

For Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid (far left), if the music isn't the centerpiece, everything falls away.

One of the most recognizable guitar riffs recorded in America belongs to Living Colour. The band's 1988 hit "Cult of Personality" regularly makes "100 Greatest Songs Ever Written" lists and won the group Grammy Awards. But what made Living Colour unique was that all of its members were black in a genre — hard rock — dominated by white… Continue

Added by CShout1 on December 6, 2009 at 7:14pm — No Comments

Island novel crackles into life

Gilbert, Queenie, Bernard and Hortense are at the centre of Small Island

War, prejudice, loss and identity.



These are just some of sweeping themes in the novel Small Island, which is making the leap to the small screen. Andrea Levy's award-winning best-seller is set in Britain and the Caribbean around World War II, and dramatises how the lives of different people collide for the first time.



Actor David Oyelowo plays Gilbert,… Continue

Added by CShout1 on December 6, 2009 at 4:49pm — No Comments

Caribbean's climate concerns

As Caribbean peoples criss-cross their countries in the hustle and bustle of work, study and leisure, they appear to worry little about the effects of climate change until it hits them hard.



Such was the case of unusually intense and prolonged rainfall in 2005 in Guyana, that caused the worst devastating floods in the country's history. Fortunately for the region, this year's hurricane season was unlike those of 2004 and 2008 when violent… Continue

Added by CShout1 on December 6, 2009 at 4:36pm — No Comments

Lauryn Hill To Headline New Zealand Festival

Lauryn Hill is scheduled to perform at the Raggamuffin Festival held in Rotorua, New Zealand next month. It'll be her first show since canceling a string of scheduled performances this past summer. The show's other high profile headliner is former Fugees bandmate Wyclef Jean. It's always a thrill to hear Ms. Hill is back on stage, but the days of hoping for a Fugees reunion are over, don't you… Continue

Added by CShout1 on December 5, 2009 at 7:24pm — No Comments

Cubans Hope, And Wait, For Flood Of U.S. Tourists

Tourists ride along Havana's Malecon in April 2009

Cuba is the only country the U.S. government restricts Americans from visiting. A new bill in Congress is trying to change that. Opponents to the legislation say U.S. tourism dollars would help the Castro government hold on even longer.



But many ordinary Cubans and dissidents, too, say that's not a reason to keep the nearly 50-year-old travel ban in place.

Tourism industry… Continue

Added by CShout1 on December 4, 2009 at 9:39am — No Comments

Soufriere captures under-16 schools netball title

How sweet it is! The Soufriere Secondary School Under-16 Netball team celebrating their finals victory over Micoud Secondary on Friday at the Vigie Multi-Purpose Complex.



Winning definitely means Soufriere is very capable. Like we said from the beginning although sometimes we are treated unfairly in all areas of sports, however we proved to them today that the junior team is number one on the island.”

The opening remarks came from team… Continue

Added by CShout1 on December 3, 2009 at 10:59pm — No Comments

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