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  • Under water volcano off Grenada acting up

    Under water volcano off Grenada acting up

    On Thursday, July 23rd from 1:25am to 3:00am local time, a strong continuous signal was observed on instruments monitoring the Kick ‘em Jenny submarine volcano. Signs of elevated seismicity (earthquakes) began on 11th July and continue to present. For the period since the 11th July a total of more than 200 micro and small earthquakes, [...]

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    | July 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Dangerous British woman flees to Dominica after UK medical probe

    Dangerous British woman flees to Dominica after UK medical probe

    A British woman, who is being investigated in Britain for selling potions containing bleach as a “miracle cure” for cancer and autism over the internet, has reportedly fled to Dominica after authorities began a probe into her activities. It is reported that Amanda Mary Jewell hopes to set up shop for her controversial alternative medicine [...]

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    | July 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Talented Jamaican Teenager Featured on CNN

    Talented Jamaican Teenager Featured on CNN

    At only 18 years of age, this teenager from Jamaica is certainly making all the right moves to ensure that he succeeds in life. Radcliffe Saddler has already been interviewed by CNN, spoken at Harvard, earned an Associate Degree and he starts his new job as an associate analyst for IBM Market Development and Insights today. IBM selected only [...]

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    | July 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Canada revises travel requirements from Barbados

    Canada revises travel requirements from Barbados

    THE GOVERNMENT of Canada has issued a revision to its new entry requirements for all visa-exempt travellers seeking to enter that country by air. Effective March 15, 2016, it will become mandatory for Barbadians travelling to Canada to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA). The application must be submitted online and will be available from August [...]

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    | July 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Gershom Browne of the British West Indian Regiment

    Gershom Browne of the British West Indian Regiment

    Gershom Browne of the British West Indian Regiment and the Great War of 1914-1918 The 28th July 2014 marked one hundred years since the outbreak of the First World War (1914-1918). Because there were many talks and television broadcasts on the subject, I recently asked a group of people in their seventies and also some [...]

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    | July 26, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Reggae Boyz make historic win over USA

    Reggae Boyz make historic win over USA

    The world was stunned (including Jamaicans) on July 22 when the underdogs, Reggae Boyz beat the mighty Americans 2-1 in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. It was a historic win for the Reggae Boyz as this is their first time advancing to the Gold Cup Final. Reggae Boyz upset the natives to the point that they [...]

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    | July 25, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Usain Bolt speaks to CaribDirect at SAG London

    Usain Bolt speaks to CaribDirect at SAG London

    Remarked by an experienced mainstream journalist as ‘the most heavily attended press conference he had ever attended in his 20 year career’, Usain Bolt’s Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games (SAG) Press Conference at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel yesterday 23rd July was standing room only. Caribbean superstar athlete, Jamaican Usain Bolt was the main attraction at the [...]

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    | July 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Featured Videos

Featured Videos
  • VIDEO: Caribbean Food and Drink Expo 2015
    VIDEO: Caribbean Food and Drink Expo 2015

    CaribDirect Multi-Media in association with Fairweather Productions and the Black Cultural Archives present Caribbean Food and Drink Expo 2015.

  • CFDE 2015 Press Conference at SVG High Commission
    CFDE 2015 Press Conference at SVG High Commission

    British Media professionals from both African Caribbean community and mainstream organisations assembled at the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines High Commission in London to witness the formal launch of the Caribbean Food and Drink Conference & Expo 2015. See YouTube video: 

  • Video of Caribbean Knights: CFDE Pre-launch
    Video of Caribbean Knights: CFDE Pre-launch

    Caribbean Knights is the ultimate social event celebrating Caribbean food and drink in London.

African and Caribbean History

Gershom Browne of the British West Indian Regiment

Gershom Browne of the British West Indian Regiment

Gershom Browne of the British West Indian Regiment and the Great War of 1914-1918 The 28th July 2014 marked one hundred years since the outbreak of the First World War (1914-1918). Because there were many talks and television broadcasts on the subject, I recently asked a group of people in their seventies and also some [...]

Mbalantu Women show-off Floor-Length Natural Hair

Mbalantu Women show-off Floor-Length Natural Hair

Cultural news. Near the Southern tips of Angola, reside the Mbalantu tribes of Namibia. Mbalantu women are known for their headdresses. At the age of twelve, young girls in Mbalantu tribes begin preparing their hair for the headdress. They cover their hair with a thick layer of finely ground tree bark of the omutyuula tree. This mixture [...]

The Truth About Jamaica and Jamaicans

The Truth About Jamaica and Jamaicans

Caribbean history. Many have no idea of the truth about the origins of the so called birth of Caribbean nation states and the European forces that continually undermine the economic development of the region. The following video is a mind boggling lecture on the conspiracy to keep black people in the Caribbean subjugated.  

Hot Topics

Journey around the Globe

Journey around the Globe

King John Magna  Carta. William Shakespeare’s “Tragedy of King John” is indeed surrounded by enough anniversaries and landmarks to  fill weeks of radio air time, endless TV dramatizations, and a myriad of   historical analyses. In no particular order, the play marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. Speaking in November 2014 the Artistic Director [...]

Caribbean Food and Drink Expo off to great start

Caribbean Food and Drink Expo off to great start

The many months of consultation, preparation and implementation of the Caribbean Food and Drink Expo has not been in vain. The collaboration with Fairweather Productions (famed for staging the Jerk Cook Out in South London) and the Black Cultural Archives has yielded a successful event that has in many ways served to honour the 492 [...]

Soca Road March UK Launch | Sun 19th July | Pop Brixton

Soca Road March UK Launch | Sun 19th July | Pop Brixton

As a warm up to this year’s Notting Hill Carnival, London’s first Soca Road March launch party will be held in the buzzing heart of SW9, Pop Brixton on Sunday 19th July, 5-11pm. A free event for all the family, Soca Road March UK will be an evening of Soca musical entertainment, celebrating the prestigious carnival tradition originating from [...]

Caines' Commentary Corner

Drink to your health

Drink to your health

If like me you were brought up on homemade drinks then this list should mean something to you: Ginger Beer, Mauby, Sorrel, and Guinness Punch. These drinks make me nostalgic for a time when it seemed that there was a wider variety of cold drinks and the business of thirst quenching didn’t begin and end [...]

Eat soup and stay Supa!

Eat soup and stay Supa!

Food commentary. There’s something reassuring in the saying, the more things change, the more they are the same. The aphorism can’t always be taken at face value but it does suggest that life is about the fundamentals. Take soup for instance, well this is a feature on food, no matter how fancy we get with [...]

Eat your fill and leave the pills

Eat your fill and leave the pills

Cooking commentary. If you were to do a count of the prescription pills you’ve taken over the last few years would you (a) be surprised that you’ve been so sickly or (b) justify your consumption by claiming you wouldn’t be here today if you hadn’t taken them? If your answer was b, here’s another question [...]

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Journey around the Globe

Journey around the Globe

King John Magna  Carta. William Shakespeare’s “Tragedy of King John” is indeed surrounded by enough anniversaries and landmarks to  fill weeks of radio air time, endless TV dramatizations, and a myriad of   historical analyses. In no particular order, the play marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. Speaking in November 2014 the Artistic Director [...]

Caribbean Food and Drink Expo off to great start

Caribbean Food and Drink Expo off to great start

The many months of consultation, preparation and implementation of the Caribbean Food and Drink Expo has not been in vain. The collaboration with Fairweather Productions (famed for staging the Jerk Cook Out in South London) and the Black Cultural Archives has yielded a successful event that has in many ways served to honour the 492 [...]

Soca Road March UK Launch | Sun 19th July | Pop Brixton

Soca Road March UK Launch | Sun 19th July | Pop Brixton

As a warm up to this year’s Notting Hill Carnival, London’s first Soca Road March launch party will be held in the buzzing heart of SW9, Pop Brixton on Sunday 19th July, 5-11pm. A free event for all the family, Soca Road March UK will be an evening of Soca musical entertainment, celebrating the prestigious carnival tradition originating from [...]

UK Caribbean Diaspora Business Updates

Canada revises travel requirements from Barbados

Canada revises travel requirements from Barbados

THE GOVERNMENT of Canada has issued a revision to its new entry requirements for all visa-exempt travellers seeking to enter that country by air. Effective March 15, 2016, it will become mandatory for Barbadians travelling to Canada to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA). The application must be submitted online and will be available from August [...]

Caribbean’s Origin-Linked Products in focus

Caribbean’s Origin-Linked Products in focus

Building Geographical Indications for the Caribbean’s Origin-Linked Products Bridgetown, BARBADOS, July 22, 2015. The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) opened the two-day sub-regional workshop on branding and the use of geographical indications in the development of management strategies for origin-linked products at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingstown, Jamaica on July 21st.  With the [...]

VIDEO: Caribbean Food and Drink Expo 2015

VIDEO: Caribbean Food and Drink Expo 2015

CaribDirect Multi-Media in association with Fairweather Productions and the Black Cultural Archives present Caribbean Food and Drink Expo 2015.

Caribbean Political Insights

Is Harper pegged for Venezuela Ambassador role?

Is Harper pegged for Venezuela Ambassador role?

Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge was Monday tight-lipped about whether former Prime Ministerial candidate for the main opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC), Elisabeth Harper was being considered for an ambassadorial post. Greenidge acknowledged that he recently had discussions with Harper. “I, myself, spoke to Ambassador Harper a few weeks ago on a variety of [...]

The IMF vision of debt and Obama’s boldness with Iran

The IMF vision of debt and Obama’s boldness with Iran

The debt crisis in Greece and the historic accord to limit Iran’s nuclear capability thus lifting crippling sanctions will have global repercussions. US President Barack Obama has shown strong and courageous leadership on the Iran issue.  In doing so, he has fulfilled promises on another of two prickly problems that he inherited.  The first, of course, was [...]

Antiguan politician criticizes attitude of foreign investors

Antiguan politician criticizes attitude of foreign investors

In her first public address as chairman of the United Progressive Party (UPP) D Gisele Isaac has criticised remarks made by one of the country’s foreign investors. Speaking at a UPP rally Thursday night, Isaac said Antiguans and Barbudans must not blindly accept the disrespect meted out to them by foreign investors and the sitting [...]

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Climate change: Time for talking is over

Climate change: Time for talking is over

| July 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Imagine if on the anniversary of its independence the friendliest message your nation gets is that if your country sinks underwater, a nearby island is willing to give your people refuge.   That means picking up whatever you might salvage and leaving behind your homeland, your possessions and your entire heritage.   It also entails the suffering [...]

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Oil Magnate to speak at Ugandan UK Convention

Oil Magnate to speak at Ugandan UK Convention

| July 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

London, 22 June 2015: It is my absolute pleasure and delight to welcome His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Chris Baywood Ibe, a businessman, philanthropist and social activist, who will be joining us from Nigeria at the 5th Uganda-UK investment Convention in his bid to promote sustainable growth through improved intra-African trade. Emperor Chris Baywood Ibe is [...]

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1st award for female entrepreneurship in Caribbean

1st award for female entrepreneurship in Caribbean

| July 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

The network « The Pioneers » , present in 15 regions in Europe, Africa and the Americas, work together with female entrepreneurs to help them create and develop innovative and sustainable businesses. MARTINIQUE PIONNIERES, incorporated in 2012, has, since its inception, supported over 60 projects, contributed to the creation of some 20 companies and more than 50 [...]

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Darby ‘Commodore’ Etienne celebrates 50th in style

Darby ‘Commodore’ Etienne celebrates 50th in style

| July 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

For many age 50 is the new 40. No better example of that was demonstrated than at the 50th birthday party of community stalwart and friend of CaribDirect, Darby Etienne. As is typical with Darby he had to do it BIG! He was determined to pull out all the stops to treat his long time [...]

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Malcolm Marshall Sports & Cultural day returns to Birmingham

Malcolm Marshall Sports & Cultural day returns to Birmingham

| July 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

West Indies Cricket news. It’s back the ever popular Malcolm Marshall Sports & Cultural day. Organised by the multitalented Sports promoter, Sted Wallen a.k.a widely known as one of the nicest men in cricket, the Malcolm Marshall Sports & Cultural day is expected to attract thousands of cricket enthusiasts from around the Midlands and elsewhere. [...]

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Likkle but We Still Lost…Jamaican Tallawahs vs. Amazons from Guyana

Likkle but We Still Lost…Jamaican Tallawahs vs. Amazons from Guyana

| July 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

It was a perfect day for cricket. CaribDirect arrived on scene one hour before match time on July 12th to watch the Jamaican Tallawahs face the Guyanese Amazons, held at their final home Hero Caribbean Premier League game here at Sabina Park, on Sunday. The area was packed with excitement, noisemakers, Jamaican flags and fans [...]

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Richards calls for support to Test cricket

Richards calls for support to Test cricket

| July 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Many think he could have been world’s most successful batsman in the shortest format of the game like the Twenty20 version of the game, but West Indies great Viv Richards remains an ardent follower of Test cricket even now. “Test cricket is the ultimate examination for any cricketer. I believe ICC in collaboration with various [...]

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Press freedom at great risk in St Lucia

Press freedom at great risk in St Lucia

| July 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

Aggressive affectation for the rule of law is how I would have liked to encapsulate an advisory from the office of the director of public prosecutions via the high command of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) with regard to local media exercising caution in interviewing and displaying the images of potential witnesses and [...]

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Is Your Boyfriend Bi-Sexual? A question for Jamaicans

Is Your Boyfriend Bi-Sexual? A question for Jamaicans

| July 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

There’s been a lot of controversy in this ‘likkle’ island ever since same sex marriages have been approved in 50 states of the United States of America. Religious folks have been voicing their opinions like never before and the reactions have all been a bit spicy and even shocking, for instance, one comment read “that [...]

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Polish woman calls a black man a slave on London tube

Polish woman calls a black man a slave on London tube

| July 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

A racist Polish woman calls a black man on London Underground tube a slave. Other passengers clearly offended by her irresponsible outburst verbally attack her, pointing out her prejudice and ignorance.

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BFUWI inspires young law enthusiasts with powerful workshop

BFUWI inspires young law enthusiasts with powerful workshop

| July 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

This year the second  educational venture of the British Foundation of the University of the West Indies ‘BFUWI’  had a legal theme.    BFUWI was  set up to raise funds for the University of the West Indies and to work towards the cause of raising educational attainment for diaspora students in the UK. Last year the [...]

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Win a trip to Rotterdam Carnival 2015 at CFDE 2015

Win a trip to Rotterdam Carnival 2015 at CFDE 2015

| July 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Caribbean Food and Drink Expo in London is in its 1st year. The event will bring a taste of the Caribbean to Brixton’s  Windrush Square Brixton, SW2 1JF. This will be the beginning of a series of summer tributes to the beautiful islands of the Caribbean and Guyana here in the UK. We hope [...]

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Changing the International Perception of the Caribbean from Tourism

Changing the International Perception of the Caribbean from Tourism

| July 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

Bridgetown, BARBADOS, July 6, 2015.  “One of the challenges we face in the region is how to change the perception of the Caribbean as being that of a destination solely for vacation tourism”.  This was the view from President of the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA), McHale Andrew, of Invest Saint Lucia last [...]

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The Commonwealth’s future – Part 2

The Commonwealth’s future – Part 2

| July 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

In 2009, recognising the dangers to the grouping, Commonwealth Heads of Government at their meeting in Trinidad and Tobago instructed that an Eminent Persons Group (EPG) be established to inquire into the association and provide a report to their 2011 meeting in Australia.  I was a member of the Group and its rapporteur.  Chaired by [...]

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Usain Bolt injured

Usain Bolt injured

| July 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Rumours that the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, withdrawing from Diamond league in Paris has a few supporters a bit shaky. Usain’s current season is not as good as the world has become accustomed to. Running a best time of 10.12 seconds over 100m and 20.13 secs for 200m, while his rivals Justin Gatlin and [...]

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Guyanese girl hailed as youngest US author

Guyanese girl hailed as youngest US author

| July 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

World news. At the young age of 8, Anaya Lee Willabus will go down in US history as the  youngest published female author of a chapter book.  She was born in Brooklyn, NY to Guyanese parents, Rajmatie and Winston Willabus of Georgetown.  Anaya’s book, The Day Mohan Found His Confidence, tells the story of a young boy named [...]

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Is Jamaica ready for a public gay parade?

Is Jamaica ready for a public gay parade?

| July 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

Caribbean news. Just a few days after gay marriages was legalized in all 50 states in the USA, the Loop reported that the Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) has announced that the Jamaican gays and lesbians will be staging its first Pride celebration in August, under the theme, The Pride of a [...]

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How safe are Londoners from terrorists?

How safe are Londoners from terrorists?

| July 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

World news. We tried to make it as real as we possibly can.” People lay dying in the street as terrorists sprayed bullets outside a London tube station. After a furious gunfight with police the gunmen tried to escape on to the underground. This was a training exercise – held in central London to test [...]

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