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JUNE 4, 2022

The late George Lamming, novelist, essayist and poet
Source: Barbados Government Information Service

“Barbados will miss George Lamming — his voice, his pen, and of course, his signature hairstyle — but I pray that the consciousness of who we are that he preached in all that he wrote will never fade from our thoughts.” – Mia Mottley, Prime Minister, Barbados

“At the highest level, [David] Holford was at best a handy batsman and a rather unremarkable leg-spinner. However, he possessed a shrewd cricket brain that was respected by the biggest names of West Indian cricket. Some even go as far as to call him the best captain West Indies never had.” – Arunabha Sengupta, Indian sports writer and novelist (

“Cricket took me all over the world enabling me to see and play in some amazing places. Pakistan is definitely one of these places. A place that always makes me feel at home. It’s such an honor to have received this prestigious award (Sitara-I-Pakistan) from the Government and people of Pakistan. Thank you.” – Daren Sammy, Former West Indies Cricket Captain (Instagram/@darensammy88)

“This resort [Sandals Royal Curaçao] — a true labor of love years in the making with my father and our late founder, Gordon “Butch” Stewart, at the helm — is a testament to the transformative power of tourism via next-generation experiences that not only up the ante on all-inclusive vacations, but celebrate the local people, flavors and terrains every step of the way.” – Adam Stewart, Executive Chairman, Sandals Resorts International 

“The importance of preparedness cannot be reiterated enough. It has proven to be one of the key factors enabling the sector to make swift and solid recoveries following setbacks.” – Neil Walters, Acting Secretary-General, Caribbean Tourism Organization

“We will continue to provide extensive education on insurance, best practices for businesses, communication strategies, cancellation practices, and regional response mechanisms to ensure stakeholders can weather any challenges associated with this year’s [hurricane] season.” – Vanessa Ledesma, Acting CEO and Director General, Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association

“Today, millions of Caribbean Americans strengthen our country through their vibrant cultures, traditions, languages, and values. In recognition of National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, we honor the immeasurable ways Caribbean Americans have added to our American dream.” – Joseph R. Biden Jr., President, United States of America.

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