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  • Tragedy forces quadruplets on mourning dad

    Tragedy forces quadruplets on mourning dad

    World news. It was supposed to be the happiest moment of their lives. Carlos Morales kissed his wife Erica and told her he loved her just minutes before she delivered their quadruplets. Tragically, it would be the last time he would ever see her alive, Morales tells PEOPLE. Pregnant with four babies conceived through IVF, [...]

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    | March 4, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • The History and Rituals of Football Part 2

    The History and Rituals of Football Part 2

      The Ball Ancient British pagan customs used balls to determine the future through divination. This practice was often enacted by children who made balls from cowslips to determine their future husbands and wives. As they tossed the ball back and forth, they chanted the names of their love interest and every time the ball [...]

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    | March 4, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • New strain of HIV found in the Caribbean

    New strain of HIV found in the Caribbean

    Caribbean news. Recent reports have indicated that an aggressive, new strain of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has been identified within the region. As a result local public health authorities are reminding residents to practice safe sex at all times, whether at home or on travel overseas. More than 60 epidemic strains of the HIV-1 virus [...]

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    | March 4, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • NaDMA to participate in international Tsunami exercise

    NaDMA to participate in international Tsunami exercise

    Caribbean news. St. George’s, Grenada – 2nd March, 2015. NaDMA joins the rest of the region for the 2015 CARIBE Wave Lantex Tsunami Exercise, scheduled for Wednesday March 25th, 2015. The one-day activity which incorporates countries of the Caribbean and the Northwestern Atlantic is being used to test the region’s preparedness to effectively respond to [...]

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  • 10 Year old math genius accepted to Open University

    10 Year old math genius accepted to Open University

    World news. She spends her spare time in a similar way to many other ten-year-old girls – playing with Barbie dolls and making loom bands. But the key difference between Esther Okade and other children her age is that she has been accepted to study for a university maths degree – despite not going to [...]

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    | March 3, 2015 | 0 Comments
  • Jamaican drug mule thankful to Barbados police

    Jamaican drug mule thankful to Barbados police

    Caribbean news. A drug mule thanked police who intercepted him at the Grantley Adams International Airport and the doctors who performed surgery on him at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), after a package of marijuana burst inside him. Christopher Lockhortor Ellis was one of two Jamaican men who swallowed packages of marijuana before coming into [...]

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  • Grenada signs VISA Waiver Agreement with China

    Grenada signs VISA Waiver Agreement with China

    Caribbean news. MONTREAL, CANADA – GIS: Grenada nationals and friends of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique braved the inclement weather of minus 19 degrees Celsius, with blowing snow that even caused the closure of some highways and bridges, to attend the celebration Gala event for Grenada’s 41st Anniversary of Independence at Eveagreen Reception Hall, Montreal, [...]

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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

The History and Rituals of Football Part 2

The History and Rituals of Football Part 2

  The Ball Ancient British pagan customs used balls to determine the future through divination. This practice was often enacted by children who made balls from cowslips to determine their future husbands and wives. As they tossed the ball back and forth, they chanted the names of their love interest and every time the ball [...]

The History and Rituals of Football Part 1

The History and Rituals of Football Part 1

Historical Commentary. Football or soccer is the most popular sport in Africa. Wherever you travel on that vast continent, you’ll see young boys kicking a ball and while they are having fun, they are also improving their motor skills. Sometimes, the ball is made from old newspapers, string or plastic bags wrapped around a stone. [...]

The evolution of the Black Cake. Part III

The evolution of the Black Cake. Part III

Historical commentary. The Victorians introduced lots of rituals surrounding the way the pudding had to be stirred and people often stirred it in a circular movement from east to west, which was meant to represent the way the Magi travelled to visit the infant Jesus. Each person in the family had to put in a [...]

Hot Topics

New strain of HIV found in the Caribbean

New strain of HIV found in the Caribbean

Caribbean news. Recent reports have indicated that an aggressive, new strain of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has been identified within the region. As a result local public health authorities are reminding residents to practice safe sex at all times, whether at home or on travel overseas. More than 60 epidemic strains of the HIV-1 virus [...]

10 Year old math genius accepted to Open University

10 Year old math genius accepted to Open University

World news. She spends her spare time in a similar way to many other ten-year-old girls – playing with Barbie dolls and making loom bands. But the key difference between Esther Okade and other children her age is that she has been accepted to study for a university maths degree – despite not going to [...]

Jamaican drug mule thankful to Barbados police

Jamaican drug mule thankful to Barbados police

Caribbean news. A drug mule thanked police who intercepted him at the Grantley Adams International Airport and the doctors who performed surgery on him at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), after a package of marijuana burst inside him. Christopher Lockhortor Ellis was one of two Jamaican men who swallowed packages of marijuana before coming into [...]

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 [...]

Entertainment

New strain of HIV found in the Caribbean

New strain of HIV found in the Caribbean

Caribbean news. Recent reports have indicated that an aggressive, new strain of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has been identified within the region. As a result local public health authorities are reminding residents to practice safe sex at all times, whether at home or on travel overseas. More than 60 epidemic strains of the HIV-1 virus [...]

10 Year old math genius accepted to Open University

10 Year old math genius accepted to Open University

World news. She spends her spare time in a similar way to many other ten-year-old girls – playing with Barbie dolls and making loom bands. But the key difference between Esther Okade and other children her age is that she has been accepted to study for a university maths degree – despite not going to [...]

Jamaican drug mule thankful to Barbados police

Jamaican drug mule thankful to Barbados police

Caribbean news. A drug mule thanked police who intercepted him at the Grantley Adams International Airport and the doctors who performed surgery on him at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), after a package of marijuana burst inside him. Christopher Lockhortor Ellis was one of two Jamaican men who swallowed packages of marijuana before coming into [...]

UK Caribbean Diaspora Business Updates

Jamaican drug mule thankful to Barbados police

Jamaican drug mule thankful to Barbados police

Caribbean news. A drug mule thanked police who intercepted him at the Grantley Adams International Airport and the doctors who performed surgery on him at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), after a package of marijuana burst inside him. Christopher Lockhortor Ellis was one of two Jamaican men who swallowed packages of marijuana before coming into [...]

St Lucia’s Delia Dolor comes to London for ICOMS show

St Lucia’s Delia Dolor comes to London for ICOMS show

Entertainment news. In preparation for the annual In Celebration Of My Sisters show the producers in association with one of St Lucia’s premier resorts invites to to participate in a fun raffle. So if you’d like to win a holiday at Paradise Ridge at Ladera resort in Saint Lucia, you MUST view this!!!

Caribbean Knights: Dinner, Dance and Comedy

Caribbean Knights: Dinner, Dance and Comedy

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 [...]

Caribbean Political Insights

Cari-go-round: A Perspective on CARICOM

Cari-go-round: A Perspective on CARICOM

Caribbean news. In the beginning there were three. Then there were two. Now it’s three again. Caricom is like West Indies cricket: you never know when or if it’s coming or going. The region increasingly needs a raft of dedicated and experienced psychologists. This time I’m speaking about candidates for the post of Common­wealth Secretary-General. [...]

Timothy Harris sworn in as St Kitts Prime Minister

Timothy Harris sworn in as St Kitts Prime Minister

Caribbean news. Basseterre, St. Kitts, February 18, 2015 (SKNIS): The Honourable Dr. Timothy Harris has been sworn in as the third Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis. The event took place today (Wednesday, February 18) at a ceremony held at Government House. The Oath of Allegiance, Office and the Oath of Secrecy were administered [...]

St Kitts and Nevis swear in new Prime Minister today

St Kitts and Nevis swear in new Prime Minister today

Caribbean news. CHARLESTOWN, Nevis, Weds. Feb. 18, 2015: After hours of waiting for official election results, confusion in some quarters and a concession from 20-year head of state, Dr. Denzil Douglas, St. Kitts/Nevis will see a new prime minister today. Newly-elected Prime Minister of the Federation of St. Kitts/Nevis, Dr. Timothy Harris of the People’ [...]

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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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Cuban trained Guyanese neurosurgeon saving lives

Cuban trained Guyanese neurosurgeon saving lives

| March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Caribbean news. Though still in its initial setup stage, the newly specialised Neurosurgical Department at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), complemented with its first local neurosurgeon, has already recorded many successes. Neurosurgeon, Dr. Amarnauth Dukhi, who was recently placed at the GPHC, told the Government Information Agency (GINA) that the department has already made [...]

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Career Show targeted at Ethnic Minority Community

Career Show targeted at Ethnic Minority Community

| March 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Business news. Career Nuggets is a weekday business and career discussion programme that specialises in the analysis and often robust cross-examination of the current issues surrounding employment and business development in the UK. The programme delves into the issues and challenges people (mostly BAME) face when seeking employment or trying to climb the ladder to excel [...]

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Unsung but not forgotten St Lucian heroes

Unsung but not forgotten St Lucian heroes

| February 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Caribbean news. The Unity of UK St Lucian Associations in association with Robeson Productions present ‘Unsung but not Forgotten Heroes. An interactive and pictorial Lecture Talk presentation first delivered in the British House of Commons on October 7th 2014 by JD Douglas and introduced by Joseph Marcell.

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St Lucia’s Soufriere town tourism is relatively untapped

St Lucia’s Soufriere town tourism is relatively untapped

| February 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Caribbean news. Soufriere is not a new player in global tourism; however its challenge is to retain profitability while holding onto a relevant share of visitors who travel near and far to visit a gem nestled in the heart of the Caribbean. As we know, Soufriere has world renowned landmarks, local products and success stories [...]

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First Black World Champion Gymnast suffers racist jibe

First Black World Champion Gymnast suffers racist jibe

| February 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

World news. An Italian gymnast has provoked outrage after claiming the sport’s first black world champion only won because of her skin colour. American Simone Biles, 16, made gymnastic history when she became the new all-round world champion on Friday. But moments after Carlotta Ferlito finished fifth, she told a journalist that she had joked [...]

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Shooting in Barbados like Wild West

Shooting in Barbados like Wild West

| February 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Social commentary. Known primarily for its thriving tourism industry, plenty of sun, great food and soca music, Barbados has had it’s fair share of gun related criminal activity. Recently a local expressed her deep concern about rampant shootings in broad day light, one of which nearly killed her. See video below… Post by Soka Kartel.

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The Life of a Jamaican Shoemaker

The Life of a Jamaican Shoemaker

| February 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Community news. He started working from age 13 with his mother and brother; their trade making footwear. Cyril didn’t like shoe – making but he knew no other trade and had no alternatives. It was family tradition so Cyril had to do it. Auto Mechanics was Cyril’s true passion but the family trade was his [...]

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Jamaican Admiral Bailey arrested on fraud charges

Jamaican Admiral Bailey arrested on fraud charges

| February 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Caribbean news. Revered veteran Jamaican entertainer, Glendon Bailey, more popularly known as Admiral Bailey, has been slapped with several fraud-related charges after allegedly using false identity in an attempt to renew his passport. Reports Monday say that at around 10:30 a.m., the musician attended the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) offices, attempting to renew his passport under the name [...]

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Gayle storm revisits world cricket

Gayle storm revisits world cricket

| February 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

West Indies Cricket. It was a day millions of cricket lovers all over the world were waiting for. West Indies opener Chris Gayle has always been loved for the way he goes about his slaughtering job in a casual way on the ground. But the opener seemed to have lost that Midas touch as runs [...]

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Miss Barbados UK: Who’s your favourite? You Decide

Miss Barbados UK: Who’s your favourite? You Decide

| February 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Pageant news. The Miss Barbados UK delegates, revealed last month leave their fate in your hands. The stunning beauty shots of the delegates have been revealed and the People’s Choice voting has commenced. The voting system is taking place via Facebook, where your vote will only be counted once you have liked the Miss Barbados [...]

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Nigerian pastor releases video on acceptable sexual positions

Nigerian pastor releases video on acceptable sexual positions

| February 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

World news. A UK-based Nigerian pastor has released a YouTube video in which he goes into graphic details about sexual practices forbidden to Christians. In a startling frank presentation, Pastor Olugbenga Oladejo of the Complete in Christ Church in Peterborough recounts a ‘vision’ he saw of the torments of hell, which people suffered because their [...]

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Articulate KKK Head defends White Separatism

Articulate KKK Head defends White Separatism

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

For many years the Ku Klux Klan, essentially a white ‘supremist’ organisation of Southern United States were the main proponents of segregation and the dismantling of the Civil Rights Movement. Responsible for thousands of murders on Black people, many by the most horrific methods including lynching in public places; burning people alive; and dragging people [...]

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Antiguan Gynecologist Dr Frances Kelsick found dead

Antiguan Gynecologist Dr Frances Kelsick found dead

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Caribbean news. Police sources say suicide is suspected in the death of well-known gynecologist Dr Frances Kelsick. The well-placed sources say there were no visible external injuries on the doctor’s body, but at least two notes suggesting suicide were found at the scene. Dr. Kelsick’s body was found early Monday morning at her Cedar Grove [...]

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Trinidadian Nicki Minaj’s tour manager killed in US

Trinidadian Nicki Minaj’s tour manager killed in US

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Entertainment news. Philadelphia police say they have one man in custody and are searching for two others in connection with the stabbing death of a member of rapper Nicki Minaj’s touring group earlier this week outside an East Mount Airy bar. Captain James Clark tells us, “We’ve identified all the participants on both sides, and [...]

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Ms Trinidad and Tobago UK National Queen

Ms Trinidad and Tobago UK National Queen

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Pageant news. Miss Trinidad and Tobago UK pageant after 12yrs of successful productions, has been rebranded into an event with a more Global, holistic view of beauty the Ms Trinidad and Tobago UK National Queen enabling both married and single women with or without children to participate. To be eligible to participate in this event, [...]

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Aligzander’s fiftysomethings thoughts: Alone but never lonely! 4

Aligzander’s fiftysomethings thoughts: Alone but never lonely! 4

| February 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Caribbean storytelling. I looked long into the dark night. I could almost see those windows – those elongated window panes that I used to press myself against as I watched my Leah teach her heart out. I used to sit at the same spot during lunch time, as the cool midday breeze licked at my [...]

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Negotiate, Demonstrate, Resist

Negotiate, Demonstrate, Resist

| February 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Spiritual commentary. There are times when our heavenly father asks us to do something that takes us out of our comfort zone.  As Christians we may not understand why or how we are going to do what God called us to do but, “We walk by faith and not by sight” 2 Corinthians 5:7. We [...]

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