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  • First Black Flight attendant honoured in US

    First Black Flight attendant honoured in US

    World news. “I was yelling and screaming and [the other flight attendant] was telling me to calm down,” she recalls, laughing at the memory of the first time she’d experienced soaring amid the clouds in an airplane. “I kept thinking, ‘what if I die?’” Doualla-Bell Smith had no idea that first flight – as terrifying [...]

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    | March 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Simmons named West Indies cricket’s new coach

    Simmons named West Indies cricket’s new coach

    With the Cricket World Cup being over, West Indies Cricket Board is ready to make a fresh beginning. It will be a homecoming for former international Phil Simmons who was named the new head coach of the West Indies days after the team made an exit from World Cup. The 51-year-old signed a three-year deal [...]

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    | March 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Jamaican Man killed his brother in a fight

    Jamaican Man killed his brother in a fight

    Caribbean news. DUANVALE, Trelawny –The Trelawny police have taken a 42-year-old man into custody in connection with the death of his brother who was killed during a domestic dispute at their Duanvale home in the parish yesterday morning. The deceased has been identified as 44-year-old farmer, Lincoln Barrett, also called ‘Big Yellow’ or ‘Silly’. According [...]

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    | March 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • South Africa’s Monument to Cecil Rhodes

    South Africa’s Monument to Cecil Rhodes

    World news. JOHANNESBURG — For two decades, many South Africans assumed that our university campuses had become politically apathetic. But this may be the year that South Africa’s students wake up from a deep sleep, refreshed and determined to demand transformation of their educational institutions. Their activism has been stirred, unexpectedly, by a controversy over [...]

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    | March 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Caribbean Food & Drink Expo Stand Sizes & Costs

    Caribbean Food & Drink Expo Stand Sizes & Costs

    They say in the Caribbean community we leave everything for the last minute. Well the organisers of the Caribbean Food and Drink Conference and Expo 2015 (CaribDirect and Fairweather Productions) urge you to NOT wait till the last minute for exhibition stands if you want to be part of the historic Caribbean Food and Drink [...]

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    | March 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • In Denial Over Racism in Brazil

    In Denial Over Racism in Brazil

    SÃO PAULO, Brazil — One Friday night last month, the electricity was off in the streets of Palmeirinha, a favela in Rio de Janeiro. Three black teenagers were joking around in front of their houses. One of them started to run and the others followed, laughing. At that moment, the police came out shooting. Chauan [...]

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    | March 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Chinese Restaurant in Kenya Africa bans Blacks After 5pm

    Chinese Restaurant in Kenya Africa bans Blacks After 5pm

    World news. A Chinese restaurant in Nairobi Kenya is the talk of town after it became apparent that the management of the upmarket restaurant has enforced a policy barring Black Africans from coming into the facility after 5pm. The reason they claim, it is impossible to tell which Black person is a criminal and who is [...]

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    | March 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

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  • 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

First Black Flight attendant honoured in US

First Black Flight attendant honoured in US

World news. “I was yelling and screaming and [the other flight attendant] was telling me to calm down,” she recalls, laughing at the memory of the first time she’d experienced soaring amid the clouds in an airplane. “I kept thinking, ‘what if I die?’” Doualla-Bell Smith had no idea that first flight – as terrifying [...]

The History and Rituals of Football – Part 3

The History and Rituals of Football – Part 3

Historical commentary. Although football hooliganism has only been recognised since the 1960s, it is not a new phenomenon. Described as the ‘English Disease’, football hooliganism has been evident since the inception of British football when players were routinely kicked and punched by opponents. In addition to personal injury, property was also destroyed in the course [...]

Obama marches across Edmund Pettus Bridge

Obama marches across Edmund Pettus Bridge

World news. President Barack Obama and the First Family led the way across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, on Saturday as they reenacted the iconic march that took place at the same location fifty years ago. A large delegation marched behind in an act commemorating the historic civil rights moment by following in [...]

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Caribbean Food & Drink Expo Stand Sizes & Costs

Caribbean Food & Drink Expo Stand Sizes & Costs

They say in the Caribbean community we leave everything for the last minute. Well the organisers of the Caribbean Food and Drink Conference and Expo 2015 (CaribDirect and Fairweather Productions) urge you to NOT wait till the last minute for exhibition stands if you want to be part of the historic Caribbean Food and Drink [...]

In Denial Over Racism in Brazil

In Denial Over Racism in Brazil

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — One Friday night last month, the electricity was off in the streets of Palmeirinha, a favela in Rio de Janeiro. Three black teenagers were joking around in front of their houses. One of them started to run and the others followed, laughing. At that moment, the police came out shooting. Chauan [...]

Africa: Victim of ‘The Looting Machine’ by Tom Burgis

Africa: Victim of ‘The Looting Machine’ by Tom Burgis

Africa news. Back in the Mobutu era, I worked as a stringer in Kinshasa, the capital of what was then Zaire. “So, what do they want?” my driver Pierre would ask whenever I exited a Western embassy after a chat with a diplomat. “What’s the plan?” His question captured the sense of powerlessness that pervaded [...]

Caines' Commentary Corner

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 [...]

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 [...]

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Caribbean Food & Drink Expo Stand Sizes & Costs

Caribbean Food & Drink Expo Stand Sizes & Costs

They say in the Caribbean community we leave everything for the last minute. Well the organisers of the Caribbean Food and Drink Conference and Expo 2015 (CaribDirect and Fairweather Productions) urge you to NOT wait till the last minute for exhibition stands if you want to be part of the historic Caribbean Food and Drink [...]

In Denial Over Racism in Brazil

In Denial Over Racism in Brazil

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — One Friday night last month, the electricity was off in the streets of Palmeirinha, a favela in Rio de Janeiro. Three black teenagers were joking around in front of their houses. One of them started to run and the others followed, laughing. At that moment, the police came out shooting. Chauan [...]

Africa: Victim of ‘The Looting Machine’ by Tom Burgis

Africa: Victim of ‘The Looting Machine’ by Tom Burgis

Africa news. Back in the Mobutu era, I worked as a stringer in Kinshasa, the capital of what was then Zaire. “So, what do they want?” my driver Pierre would ask whenever I exited a Western embassy after a chat with a diplomat. “What’s the plan?” His question captured the sense of powerlessness that pervaded [...]

UK Caribbean Diaspora Business Updates

Caribbean Food & Drink Expo Stand Sizes & Costs

Caribbean Food & Drink Expo Stand Sizes & Costs

They say in the Caribbean community we leave everything for the last minute. Well the organisers of the Caribbean Food and Drink Conference and Expo 2015 (CaribDirect and Fairweather Productions) urge you to NOT wait till the last minute for exhibition stands if you want to be part of the historic Caribbean Food and Drink [...]

Caribbean Food and Drink Expo releases stand rates

Caribbean Food and Drink Expo releases stand rates

Good news for those waiting patiently for the cost of exhibition stands at the upcoming Caribbean Food and Drink Expo this summer on Sunday 12th July 2015 in Brixton South London. The organisers of the Expo, CaribDirect Multi-Media and Fairweather Productions have released the stand rates and business categories allowed to participate. The categories allowed [...]

TV Presenters and Producers wanted

TV Presenters and Producers wanted

Are you from a Caribbean background and experienced or interested in presenting on television? If yes, we’d like to speak with you. Call 02078400995 or email editor@caribdirect.com with your CV. Also if you have experience as a TV producer or interested in producing for television we’d like to hear from you. Call 02078400995 or email [...]

Caribbean Political Insights

South Africa’s Monument to Cecil Rhodes

South Africa’s Monument to Cecil Rhodes

World news. JOHANNESBURG — For two decades, many South Africans assumed that our university campuses had become politically apathetic. But this may be the year that South Africa’s students wake up from a deep sleep, refreshed and determined to demand transformation of their educational institutions. Their activism has been stirred, unexpectedly, by a controversy over [...]

Africa: Victim of ‘The Looting Machine’ by Tom Burgis

Africa: Victim of ‘The Looting Machine’ by Tom Burgis

Africa news. Back in the Mobutu era, I worked as a stringer in Kinshasa, the capital of what was then Zaire. “So, what do they want?” my driver Pierre would ask whenever I exited a Western embassy after a chat with a diplomat. “What’s the plan?” His question captured the sense of powerlessness that pervaded [...]

Guyana’s president earns more than China’s president

Guyana’s president earns more than China’s president

Caribbean news. How possible is it for the leader of a developing country to rake in an annual income on par with the major world leaders? Well if you are a native of Guyana the answer is very clear although it is not one that can be easily digested. The tenure of President Bharrat Jagdeo [...]

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Caribbean Knights: Dinner, Dance and Comedy

Caribbean Knights: Dinner, Dance and Comedy

| February 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Caribbean Food and Drink 2015 (@CaribbeanTastes) Fairweather Productions, CDM Promotions and CaribDirect  present Caribbean Knights (@CaribbeanKnights) featuring the Freedom Band, comedian Wayne ‘Dibbi’ Rollins  and comedienne Felicity Ethnic  at the newly refurbished Kensington Close Hotel & SPA  on Saturday 11 April 2015. 7pm till 01:00am. DJs in the house Sir Lloyd and Trevor Smith (formerly [...]

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Bali Hai reunion 9 coming in April

Bali Hai reunion 9 coming in April

| February 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Entertainment news. The popular Bali Hai reunion is coming yet again in April. If you missed the excitement last November you don’t want to miss this one. All roads lead to the Hideaway, 2 Empire Mews, Streatham. Prepare for the ninth installment of this highly fun filled event on Saturday 25th April 2015.

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Lee Kuan-Yew’s Caribbean rescue in the Commonwealth

Lee Kuan-Yew’s Caribbean rescue in the Commonwealth

| March 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Caribbean news. Lee Kuan-Yew, who led Singapore for three decades, died on March 23rd.   He was a remarkable man who is best remembered for courageous leadership that converted a tiny island with virtually no natural resources into one of the wealthiest countries in the world. This commentary recalls a particular role that he played on [...]

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Barbados Ceremonial President to replace Queen

Barbados Ceremonial President to replace Queen

| March 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Caribbean news. Freundel Stuart, the prime minister of Barbados, tells colleagues that the island nation will have its own head of state by 50th anniversary of independence in 2016. It has long been independent from Britain, but the eastern Caribbean island of Barbados looks set to sever links with the Queen, drawing up plans to [...]

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Hustler Pastor wants congregation to buy him a jet

Hustler Pastor wants congregation to buy him a jet

| March 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

World news. On the streets of any hood in the United States, Creflo Dollar, the kingpin behind World Changers Church International, would be called a hustler. Behind the pulpit, however, he’s called pastor, and if that’s not a sin, I don’t know what else to call it. Dollar, who made headlines in 2012 for allegedly [...]

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Bajan Fraud Squad arrest airline CEO for fraud

Bajan Fraud Squad arrest airline CEO for fraud

| March 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Caribbean news. THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER of a new airlines company in Barbados was arrested by police yesterday. Reports indicate that Neville Gumbs of Phoenix Airlines, located at Hastings, Christ Church, was arrested by police from the Fraud Squad and was last night assisting with investigations into a financial matter with a bank involving $60 [...]

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Child rape in Jamaica reaches alarming levels

Child rape in Jamaica reaches alarming levels

| March 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Caribbean news. CHILDREN as young as four years old have been treated for gonorrhoea, syphilis, herpes and HIV at the Bustamante Hospital for Children after being raped by close family members including their fathers. So overwhelming is the number of cases seen at the hospital yearly that one doctor is speaking out in the hope [...]

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West Indies dumped out of World Cup

West Indies dumped out of World Cup

| March 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

West Indies Cricket. West Indies displayed all the familiar faults which have plagued them during the cricket World Cup as they were dumped out of the tournament after going down against New Zealand at the Wellington Regional Stadium in Wellington in a quarterfinal clash on Saturday. New Zealand opener Martin Guptill, who scored a tournament [...]

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Grenada MOH gets infrared scanning systems

Grenada MOH gets infrared scanning systems

| March 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Caribbean news. ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, MARCH 19, 2015 – GIS: _ The Ministry of Health has received 41 thousand US dollars worth of advanced health surveillance equipment from Government and People of the Republic of China. Four handheld Advance Infrared Scanning Systems and 2 stationary Advance Infrared Scanning Systems with a built-in state-of-the-art high resolution tracking [...]

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Bahamas pigs swim to tourists to beg for food

Bahamas pigs swim to tourists to beg for food

| March 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Caribbean news. A group of tourists to the Bahamas enjoyed one of the country’s unique attractions when they were greeted on a boat by a herd of swimming pigs looking for a snack. An amusing video shows the pigs leaving the beach and paddling through the crystal clear water as they make their way towards [...]

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Guyana APNU to investigate extra-judicial murders

Guyana APNU to investigate extra-judicial murders

| March 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Caribbean news. –A Partnership For National Unity (APNU) says that if it is elected to government along with the Alliance For Change (AFC) post May 11, will investigate the circumstances surrounding the assassination of former Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) Agriculture Minister Satyadeo Sawh and slain political activist Courtney Crum-Ewing. On April 22, 2006 Sawh, his [...]

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Scholarship Course in IMPACT EVALUATION

Scholarship Course in IMPACT EVALUATION

| March 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Caribbean news. Caribbean Evaluators International teams up with The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) to provide full and part scholarships to an upcoming Impact Evaluation Course. M & E practitioners, researchers, other professionals with roles related to monitoring, evaluation and communication in the areas: of policy, program and project management, corporate strategy planning, [...]

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TV Series ‘Empire’ a must watch

TV Series ‘Empire’ a must watch

| March 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

My new obsession- Empire! Normally I don’t rave about series. I prefer to keep it all to myself but this time I want to share this new series with the world. Well, it’s fairly new. The episode premiered in January and yes I’m a bit late but oh well… I’ve started Season 1 of Empire [...]

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See it – Feel it – Live it: Look out for Afro Hair & Beauty 2015

See it – Feel it – Live it: Look out for Afro Hair & Beauty 2015

| March 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

Fashion news. This May brings you Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE, Europe’s biggest hair, beauty and lifestyle exhibition for young black women. A two day event bringing you the ultimate hair, beauty and well-being experience, will be held on May 24th and 25th at the Business Design Centre, Islington. Afro Hair and Beauty LIVE is [...]

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First Black-Japanese to win Miss Universe Japan

First Black-Japanese to win Miss Universe Japan

| March 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

World news. The stunning Miss Nagasaki, Ariana Miyamoto, is the first multiracial contestant ever to be crowned Miss Universe Japan and will represent Japan in the 2015 Miss Universe pageant. Born in Japan to a Japanese mother and African American father, Miyamoto is a Japanese citizen, grew up in Japan, and identifies as Japanese. Described [...]

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Vanuatu and Tuvalu – inadequate response to human suffering

Vanuatu and Tuvalu – inadequate response to human suffering

| March 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

People on the East Coast of the United States of America (US) and the Caribbean should consider how best they might lend a helping hand to the people of the islands of Tuvalu and Vanuatu in the Pacific whose lives have been shattered by Cyclone Pam that struck them on the night of March 13. [...]

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St Kitts Former PM Denzil Douglas Diplomatic Visa revoked

St Kitts Former PM Denzil Douglas Diplomatic Visa revoked

| March 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

Caribbean news. BASSETERRE, St Kitts — Contrary to denials by the former prime minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Denzil Douglas, that his United States diplomatic visa had been revoked prior to last month’s general elections, US officials have reportedly confirmed that the revocation was part of a gradual process, although not done deliberately [...]

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Faithful Jamaican Granny celebrates her 100th Birthday

Faithful Jamaican Granny celebrates her 100th Birthday

| March 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

Caribbean news. A great-great-great grandmother from Stonebridge celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by six generations of her family. More than 150 people attended the party held in honour of Sylvia Green, from Knatchbull Road, on Wednesday. Due to a chest infection Mrs Green was unable to attend the bash at nearby St Michael’s Hall, so [...]

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Innocent man shot mercilessly by Barbados police

Innocent man shot mercilessly by Barbados police

| March 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

“How I see it is that I just accept that my old man gone for nothing because it could have been done different than that . . .,” he said. It all started when Knight’s father shouted to inform him that their house had just been broken into and the burglar, who was wearing a [...]

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ICOMS:19 years and still going strong

ICOMS:19 years and still going strong

| March 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Caribbean news. In Celebration of My Sisters kicked off with a bang at Fairfield Halls last Sunday 15th March. This calendered Mother’s Day event was hosted by BBC TV’s  Brenda Emmanus and St Lucian TV host Delia Dolor. The audience was yet again packed to capacity showing the incredible popularity of an event concept that lasted 19 years. [...]

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