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  • Watch your thoughts

    Watch your thoughts

    Spiritual commentary. What do Ralph Waldo Emerson, Lao Tzu, Frank Outlaw, Buddha, and Margaret Thatcher all have in common? They all possessed powerful wisdom and have used the following quote: “Watch your thoughts. They become words. Watch your words. They become deeds. Watch your deeds. They become habits. Watch your habits. They become character. Character [...]

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    | February 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Close deals by ‘walking in stilettos’ this year

    Close deals by ‘walking in stilettos’ this year

    Fashion news. It’s a new year and time to get your high heels on. You’ve been thinking about booking a learn how to walk in high heels class for ages, but still haven’t quite got around to it. You complain about every time  you wear high heels for that special occasion, your feel absolutely kill [...]

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    | January 31, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Exploring the customs that usher in the New Year. Part lll

    Exploring the customs that usher in the New Year. Part lll

    Historical commentary. In Suriname, homes are given an extra special cleaning that must be completed before the New Year begins. This is done so that the spirit of the New Year can enter a clean house. On Old Year’s Night the Surinamese Creole’s (the mixed descendants of West African slaves, Europeans and the other ethnicities [...]

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    | January 31, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Guyana: Second woman jumps off Demerara bridge

    Guyana: Second woman jumps off Demerara bridge

    Caribbean news. Up to press time yesterday, a search was still on to locate the body of a woman who jumped off the Demerara Harbour Bridge on Tuesday afternoon. The incident which follows a similar one less than a month ago raises serious questions about security at the bridge, and citizens have recommended that the [...]

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    | January 30, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell loses Miss Universe title

    Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell loses Miss Universe title

    Caribbean news. Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell may not have obtained the title of Miss Universe. But she certainly won over the hearts of millions during the annual beauty pageant Sunday night in Miami. As soon as the judges awarded the 22-year-old fifth place in the competition, the Twittersphere immediately expressed their shock and disappointment at [...]

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    | January 30, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Football stars heading for Tobago communities

    Football stars heading for Tobago communities

    Sports news. Tournament legacy scheme sees top players helping in areas across the nation Tobago, January 26, 2015:  Local communities will host top former stars from the English Premier League this summer as part of a legacy programme designed to create a lasting local impact from the British Airways Tobago Legends Challenge, which will kick [...]

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    | January 30, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • The unhelpful geopolitics of Energy in the Caribbean

    The unhelpful geopolitics of Energy in the Caribbean

    Caribbean news. US commentators are predicting the death of Petro Caribe, the Venezuelan oil initiative in the Caribbean, and the ascendancy of United States as the dominant player in the region’s geopolitics. Predictions of the death of Petro Caribe may be premature, and the US would have to do a lot of work to regain [...]

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    | January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

Featured Videos

Featured Videos
  • Diversity Matters Seminar trailer
    Diversity Matters Seminar trailer

    Here’s the mini version of the video produced for the African Caribbean Reflections in British Media: Diversity Matters seminar held on 17th December 2014.

  • ‘Diversity Matters’ says influential seminar panel
    ‘Diversity Matters’ says influential seminar panel

    Caribbean news. Consensus was reached at the African Caribbean Reflections in British Media: Diversity Matters seminar last month at the Westminster Kingsway College, London that multicultural work forces do make a positive difference in the quality of output in media organisations. It was also agreed that a special committee should be established by CaribDirect to [...]

  • CEO Invest Saint Lucia addresses CIBN Saint Lucia
    CEO Invest Saint Lucia addresses CIBN Saint Lucia

    Caribbean news, Address by CEO Invest Saint Lucia McHale Andrew for CIBN Saint Lucia event in London on 15th May 2014 at the Saint Lucia High Commission. Video provided by Calabash Television, St Lucia.

African and Caribbean History

Exploring the customs that usher in the New Year. Part lll

Exploring the customs that usher in the New Year. Part lll

Historical commentary. In Suriname, homes are given an extra special cleaning that must be completed before the New Year begins. This is done so that the spirit of the New Year can enter a clean house. On Old Year’s Night the Surinamese Creole’s (the mixed descendants of West African slaves, Europeans and the other ethnicities [...]

Exploring customs that usher in the New Year. Part ll

Exploring customs that usher in the New Year. Part ll

Historical commentary. Many Caribbean customs are heavily influenced by Western cultural practices but there are some that have African cultural retention. Junkanoo is a street parade that takes place in the Bahamas on December 26th and New Year’s Day. Similar parades take part in many other Caribbean countries at different times of the year. Although [...]

Exploring customs that usher in the New Year. Part l

Exploring customs that usher in the New Year. Part l

Historical commentary. New Year celebrations have been celebrated since the third millennium BCE when the ancient Babylonians celebrated it in mid-March. The Babylonians celebrated for twelve days during which prayers were recited, mock battles fought, trees were decorated as well as sacrifices and fertility rites performed. According to The world book Encyclopaedia, January 1st was [...]

Hot Topics

Guyana: Second woman jumps off Demerara bridge

Guyana: Second woman jumps off Demerara bridge

Caribbean news. Up to press time yesterday, a search was still on to locate the body of a woman who jumped off the Demerara Harbour Bridge on Tuesday afternoon. The incident which follows a similar one less than a month ago raises serious questions about security at the bridge, and citizens have recommended that the [...]

Football stars heading for Tobago communities

Football stars heading for Tobago communities

Sports news. Tournament legacy scheme sees top players helping in areas across the nation Tobago, January 26, 2015:  Local communities will host top former stars from the English Premier League this summer as part of a legacy programme designed to create a lasting local impact from the British Airways Tobago Legends Challenge, which will kick [...]

From Pitch to Production: Caribbean Series In Focus

From Pitch to Production: Caribbean Series In Focus

Caribbean news. Bridgetown, Barbados – January 30th 2015 CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution (CTWD), the region’s premier distribution platform for Caribbean film and television content is proud to launch its first Production Support Program, which continues to build on CaribbeanTales’ vision of creating strong, original, sustainable Caribbean film and television content for the international market. The Production [...]

Caines' Commentary Corner

The Poor don’t need to eat Poorly

The Poor don’t need to eat Poorly

Food commentary. In the time that I’ve been doing this article I’ve been acutely aware that income is a major factor in deciding what we eat. Unsuprisingly this situation has been greatly exacerbated by the current economic down-turn. In the UK over the last two years we’ve seen the rise and rise of the discount [...]

Bend the tree while it’s young

Bend the tree while it’s young

Food news. It seems that not a week goes by when there isn’t concern raised about childhood obesity, which is something that I’ve written about and commented on in other articles. This  month has seen President Obama naming September as National Obesity Month and obligating Americans to help children make healthy choices while in the [...]

The benefits of eating to retain muscle mass

The benefits of eating to retain muscle mass

Health news. In all of my reading on the benefits of a good diet there seems to be two recurring themes: (1) regardless of your income level if you aren’t considered in what you eat you’ll end up with a poor diet (2) what you eat on a day to day basis will have a [...]

Entertainment

Guyana: Second woman jumps off Demerara bridge

Guyana: Second woman jumps off Demerara bridge

Caribbean news. Up to press time yesterday, a search was still on to locate the body of a woman who jumped off the Demerara Harbour Bridge on Tuesday afternoon. The incident which follows a similar one less than a month ago raises serious questions about security at the bridge, and citizens have recommended that the [...]

Football stars heading for Tobago communities

Football stars heading for Tobago communities

Sports news. Tournament legacy scheme sees top players helping in areas across the nation Tobago, January 26, 2015:  Local communities will host top former stars from the English Premier League this summer as part of a legacy programme designed to create a lasting local impact from the British Airways Tobago Legends Challenge, which will kick [...]

From Pitch to Production: Caribbean Series In Focus

From Pitch to Production: Caribbean Series In Focus

Caribbean news. Bridgetown, Barbados – January 30th 2015 CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution (CTWD), the region’s premier distribution platform for Caribbean film and television content is proud to launch its first Production Support Program, which continues to build on CaribbeanTales’ vision of creating strong, original, sustainable Caribbean film and television content for the international market. The Production [...]

UK Caribbean Diaspora Business Updates

The unhelpful geopolitics of Energy in the Caribbean

The unhelpful geopolitics of Energy in the Caribbean

Caribbean news. US commentators are predicting the death of Petro Caribe, the Venezuelan oil initiative in the Caribbean, and the ascendancy of United States as the dominant player in the region’s geopolitics. Predictions of the death of Petro Caribe may be premature, and the US would have to do a lot of work to regain [...]

From Pitch to Production: Caribbean Series In Focus

From Pitch to Production: Caribbean Series In Focus

Caribbean news. Bridgetown, Barbados – January 30th 2015 CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution (CTWD), the region’s premier distribution platform for Caribbean film and television content is proud to launch its first Production Support Program, which continues to build on CaribbeanTales’ vision of creating strong, original, sustainable Caribbean film and television content for the international market. The Production [...]

Body Detox Sale: £100 off limited time offer

Body Detox Sale: £100 off limited time offer

Health news. Starting new year we all have new goals, new year resolutions.  I am offering one FREE Consultation  and £100 Off my Detox Protocol to you or anyone you know to start those New year Resolutions It could be used as a “thank you” gesture for your clients.

Caribbean Political Insights

St Kitts and Nevis go to the polls next month

St Kitts and Nevis go to the polls next month

Caribbean news. BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS – The people of St. Kitts and Nevis will go to the polls on Monday, February 16th 2015. Nomination Day is Friday, February 6th 2015. In a national broadcast, Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas presented the dates at a political meeting of his governing St. Kitts-Nevis Labour  [...]

Popular Guyanese Politician, Dr Faith Harding died

Popular Guyanese Politician, Dr Faith Harding died

Caribbean news. Longstanding Politician, Dr Faith Harding died on Friday, January 23 at the Mercy Hospital. Information reaching iNews revealed that Dr Harding was hospitalized since January 02 and was being treated for respiratory complications. Her untimely death has left her husband and other family members in a state of shock. Dr Harding was a [...]

President Donald Ramotar Announces Elections Day

President Donald Ramotar Announces Elections Day

My Fellow Guyanese, As you will recall, I prorogued Parliament on November 10, 2014.  In doing so, I indicated that I was opting to preserve rather than end the life of the 10th Parliament.  I was also attempting to avoid further political conflict and seek avenues of political accommodation between my government and the parliamentary opposition [...]

Recent Posts

Barbados ranked most miserable nation in the world

Barbados ranked most miserable nation in the world

| January 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Caribbean news. BARBADOS was the 28th most miserable nation in the world last year, according to new analysis published by the United States-based think tank, Cato Institute. The country was similarly ranked in 2013. The ignominious title for the most miserable English-speaking country in the Caribbean goes again to Jamaica which is ranked ninth. In [...]

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BOOK REVIEW: Who Stole My Cheese? By S Johnson

BOOK REVIEW: Who Stole My Cheese? By S Johnson

| January 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Literary commentary. Simple yet insightful…”Who Moved My Cheese?” is a story about four characters who live in a maze. Their sole purpose is the pursuit and enjoyment of “cheese”. The characters,namely, Haw, Hem, Scurry and Sniff all discovered rich amounts of cheese at Cheese Station C that served for a great while until one day, [...]

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Venezuela helps Dominica inspite of financial woes

Venezuela helps Dominica inspite of financial woes

| January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Caribbean news. Despite being in the throes of an economic crisis, Venezuela will be funding major projects in Dominica, officials say. Ports Minister, Ian Pinard, said a Venezuela-funded project of some US$13.5-million to rehabilitate the two major ports on the island is expected to begin as early as this month. Venezuelan ambassador to Dominica, Hayden [...]

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Aligzander’s fiftysomethings thoughts: Alone but never lonely!

Aligzander’s fiftysomethings thoughts: Alone but never lonely!

| January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

  Caribbean storytelling. Those myriad sounds from these night creatures! They never fail to accompany on my journeys through the nights. There was snoring from my grandson in the other room. Phew! Wait, that was another laugh. Maybe he was dreaming because I have never heard him laugh so loud and then it was done. [...]

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Health partnership to benefit St. Vincent

Health partnership to benefit St. Vincent

| January 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Caribbean news. WEDNESDAY JANUARY 21, 2015; KINGSTOWN, ST. VINCENT AND TE GRENADINES – The lifestyles of the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the other OECS member states are expected to come under the microscope through a proposed Health and Human Performance Programme from the Queensborogh Community College. According to Dr. Tony Monahan, [...]

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God Answers Prayers

God Answers Prayers

| January 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Spiritual commentary. This article is dedicated to anyone who is waiting on God to answer a prayer.   I am a living testimony that God answers prayers.  The articles I write are based from my own life experience, my walk with God, research and  biblical readings. I recently saw the movie “Exodus: Gods and Kings” The [...]

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No appeal in sight for jailed Buju Banton

No appeal in sight for jailed Buju Banton

| January 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Caribbean news. Mark Myrie, universally known as Buju Banton, currently in the lock up for 10 years spanning from late 2009. In said year, Buju was charged with conspiracy to distribute five or more kilogrammes of cocaine. Last August, The US Appeals Court approved a request by Banton’s laywers to give verbal arguments concerning his efforts to secure [...]

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Bodies of US plane crash victims found off Jamaica coast

Bodies of US plane crash victims found off Jamaica coast

| January 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

World news. The Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority announced Wednesday the recovery of the bodies of the U.S. couple who died four months ago when their small plane crashed in waters northeast of the island. The remains of Larry and Jane Glazer and the wreckage of their plane, a single-engine Socata TBM700, were retrieved by Eclipse [...]

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Antigua and Barbuda defaulting radio stations in trouble

Antigua and Barbuda defaulting radio stations in trouble

| January 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Caribbean news. Antigua and Barbuda Minister responsible for Information and Telecommunications Melford Nicholas has placed the operators of television stations and FM radio stations on notice that if their licences are not paid by the end of March they face closure. During his contribution to the 2015 Budget Debate, Tuesday, I’m putting all media houses [...]

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Does Caribbean Integration have practical value?

Does Caribbean Integration have practical value?

| January 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Caribbean news. Does Caribbean Integration have practical value? Astute reflections of Owen Arthur. There is no doubt about the passion of Owen Arthur, one of the Caribbean’s foremost economists and thinkers, for the economic integration of the Region. As the Prime Minister of Barbados and the member of the Bureau of Heads of Government of [...]

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The Scent of Rain…A Jamaican Story: Part 1

The Scent of Rain…A Jamaican Story: Part 1

| January 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Chapter 1 It finally rained. They said on the news that this is the worst drought we’ve had in a decade. The tank is almost empty. We’ve been recycling water for months. The plants are weak, the grass thirsty and hard. When it showered, they rejoiced except me. Mom and Dad filled anything that had [...]

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Coping with homelessness: Basil Parchment’s story

Coping with homelessness: Basil Parchment’s story

| January 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Social commentary. Whenever others complain about minimal things and whenever I feel that life is unfair, I think about the man who lives on the roadside; the man without an umbrella. I saw Mr. Parchment a few days ago, crouched behind his makeshift bed while the sun scorched; looking as dandy and calm as ever [...]

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30% Gas price reduction announced in Guyana

30% Gas price reduction announced in Guyana

| January 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Caribbean news. Finance Minister, Dr. Ashni Singh on Monday, January 19, announced reductions in prices for gasoline, diesel and kerosene at the Guyana Oil Company (Guyoil) Stations. The reduction is expected to take effect from January 19 at gas stations across the country with prices that are the lowest since early 2009. Gas price will [...]

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Funnyman Richard Blackwood lands role in Eastenders

Funnyman Richard Blackwood lands role in Eastenders

| January 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

Entertainment news. Outspoken and charismatic Richard Blackwood who served as the celebrity panelist at CaribDirect’s African Caribbean Reflections in British Media: Diversity Matters seminar has landed a substantial role in the famed Eastenders soap opera. Richard who made it clear at the CaribDirect media seminar that success only comes from hard graft is certainly reaping [...]

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US reveals drug fighting plans in the Caribbean

US reveals drug fighting plans in the Caribbean

| January 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Caribbean news. WASHINGTON, (CMC) – The United States has unveiled a new plan to fight drug trafficking in the Caribbean. The plan, which includes the US overseas territories of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, comes amid concerns that the flow of cocaine from the Caribbean to the United States has more than doubled [...]

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Plot to kill Vybz Kartel uncovered

Plot to kill Vybz Kartel uncovered

| January 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Social commentary. Hot on the streets : Rumour has it that a scheme has been uncovered to have Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel ‘disposed’ of. According to several blogging sites, RJR news reported that the Correctional Service Department uncovered the diabolical plot. It was also said that the plot included a member [...]

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You Have God’s Favour

You Have God’s Favour

| January 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Spiritual commentary. “Greetings, favoured one! The Lord is with you.” Reads Luke 1:28,  Have you ever wondered how you were able to endure hard times without losing your sanity?  It is because you have God’s Favour. Favour is an act of kindness beyond what is due or usual.  It is an approval, support, or liking [...]

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Prime property on sale in St Vincent and the Grenadines

Prime property on sale in St Vincent and the Grenadines

| January 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Caribbean news. Bequia, St Vincent & The Grenadines (January, 15 2015) – Approximately 14 lots of land are being offered for sale at the Old Fort Estate Development on the beautiful, very special Caribbean island of Bequia, St Vincent and The Grenadines. The lots make up Phase Two of the development which is located in an area [...]

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