February 19, 2018

10th RORC Caribbean 600

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History in the making: Record entry for the 10th RORC Caribbean 600 by RORC Press From Sail – World A record entry of 88 yachts has entered the tenth edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 which has grown both in stature and entries since the race was first contested in 2009. For the 10th anniversary, […]

History of Valentine’s Day – in view of different era

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From different data sources about Valentine’s Day combination of both ancient Roman rituals and Christian tradition. Confuse matters, three different saints named Valentine, is recognized by the Roman Catholic Church.Different legends described the history of valentine’s day. One legend says Valentine was a priest in Rome during the third century. Emperor Claudius II decided that […]

Film documents intra-Caribbean immigration

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BY ALEXANDRA SIMON From Caribbean Life The 10th season of the series “AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange” premiered this month on Martin Luther King day. This season is being hosted by actor Nicholas L. Ashe and the series is showing two documentary films by Caribbean filmmakers. One is “Between 2 Shores,” by Guadeloupean filmmaker Mariette […]

A bridge too far? UK’s Boris Johnson suggests span to France

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By ASSOCIATED PRESS From This Is Money UK LONDON (AP) – Britain may be leaving the European Union, but Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson wants to build bridges with the Continent. Literally. Johnson has suggested that the U.K. and France should build a bridge across the English Channel to bolster links between the two nations after […]

How pirates of the Caribbean hijacked America’s metric system

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By Joe Palca From NPR This 1793 grave is an early version of the kilogram. It is possible this object, now owned by the National Institute of Standards and Technology museum, was once pirate treasure. NIST Museum If the United States were more like the rest of the world, a McDonald’s Quarter Pounder might be […]

People still exposed to Chlordecone in the Caribbean

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From Repeating Islands Cécile Thibert (Le Figaro) writes that, for decades, people in the Caribbean have been exposed to chlordecone (also known as kepone). This pesticide, banned since 1993 in the Caribbean, is present in food grown in contaminated areas in Guadeloupe and Martinique. Thibert reports: Until when will the inhabitants of Guadeloupe and Martinique […]

Stunning Moments 3

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50 stunning moments captured by the award-winning Reuters photography team in 2017 Part 3 By Sarah Jacobs From Business Insider This year, 600 award-winning Reuters photojournalists worked across the world to document both major historic moments and the human stories that might otherwise have gone unnoticed. The team won the Pulitzer Prize in the Breaking […]

SUN UK EXCLUSIVE – TERROR IN PARADISE Brit tourists warned over ISIS attacks on Trinidad & Tobago as Caribbean island becomes new breeding ground for jihadis

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By Corey Charlton From The Sun UK The beautiful Caribbean islands – home to just 1.3 million people – have the highest rate of ISIS foreign recruitment in the Western hemisphere. FEARS are growing that the idyllic tourist destination of Trinidad and Tobago could face a new wave of terror attacks from returning ISIS jihadis. […]

We must decolonize the Caribbean

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By Angel “Monxo” Lopez Santiago,  NACLA From Readers Supported News In the wake of Hurricanes Maria and Irma, the Caribbean must escape the trappings of modern-day colonialism and seek out its own kinds of sovereignties. aría and Irma, 2017’s two most destructive hurricanes in the Caribbean basin, have exposed the trappings and inequalities of colonialism […]

Sir Ronald Sanders: Caribbean bowed but far from beaten

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By Sir Ronald Sanders From Anguilla News This week I was asked to provide an answer to a question posed by an influential Washington-based publication regarding the future of tourism in the Caribbean in the wake of the damage wreaked, in quick succession, by two Category 5 hurricanes. The question was disturbing. Its inference was […]