November 19, 2019

From dancehall to calypso, a music lover’s guide to the Caribbean

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Written by Falene Nurse The Caribbean conjures up images of crystal clear waters, sunshine, and delicious cuisine. But Caribbean music tends to vary in rhythm and beat from island to island. Made up of over 28 nations, a rich tapestry of African, Indian and Latin influences date back almost four hundred years to create the […]

5 Caribbean mother tongues that developed from West African languages

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By Elizabeth Ofosuah Johnson from Face2Face Africa Africa and the Caribbean share a strong bond through history that has affected both lands. Today, close to 70% of people from the Caribbean trace their roots to Africa with the majority closely linked to West Africa, some parts of Central Africa and a smaller percentage from East […]

West Africa embraces Caribbean islands for mutual development

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BY DANIEL ABUGAH From Face2Face Africa The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States have renewed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed since the year 2000 to foster cooperation and mutual development. The signing of the document was done by the ECOWAS Commission president, Marcel […]

The Gambia ‘missing millions’ after Jammeh flies into exile

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More than $11m (£8.8m) is missing from The Gambia’s state coffers following the departure of long-time leader Yahya Jammeh, an adviser to President Adama Barrow has alleged. Mai Ahmad Fatty said financial experts were trying to evaluate the exact loss. Luxury cars and other items were reportedly loaded on to a Chadian cargo plane as […]

St. Vincent’s Deputy PM critisises Caribbean-EU trade agreement

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By Kenton X. Chance From iWitness News DAKAR, Senegal (CMC) – Senegal on Tuesday urged the African continent to ratify the regionalEconomic Partnership Agreements (EPA) with the European Union,even as one Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country is expressing regret as having done so. Addressing the opening of the 103rd Council of Ministers meeting of the African, […]

Slave traders carried deadly blood parasite from Africa to New World, study finds

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By Tyler MacDonald The Schistosoma mansoni parasite made its way to the New World through the slave trade, according to a new study. The team used genome analysis to pinpoint when two of the Schistosoma parasite’s species split from each other, which overlapped with the beginning of the Century Atlantic Slave Trade. (Photo : Twitter/SarahWardAU) […]

Burkina Faso coup sparks deadly street protests

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From BBC Presidential guard officers in Burkina Faso have seized power in a coup, with reports of more than 10 deaths amid protests in the capital, Ouagadougou. A close ally of former President Blaise Compaore has been named the country’s new leader, state television reports. The US, France and African Union (AU) condemned the coup […]

Deep-sea asphalt mounds found off West African coast

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From Planet Earth Scientists have discovered a large area of the deep seabed strewn with mounds of asphalt off the coast of Angola, hosting rich animal life. This is the first such discovery in the Atlantic proper or in the Southern Hemisphere, and the first time the creatures living around them have been studied in […]

Ebola: Why such Indifference to West Africa?

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By Sir Ronald Sanders From Caribbean360 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday October 9, 2014 – Is the global response to Ebola in West Africa indifference? Whatever it is, the response of governments has been abysmal with the single exception of Cuba whose government has sent medical assistance disproportionately large to its size and resources. While the US […]

AfDB offers $150 million to help West Africa handle Ebola fallout: Le Monde

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From Reuters (Reuters) – The African Development Bank (AfDB) told West African countries hardest hit by an Ebola epidemic they were willing to give $150 million to help balance their public finances, but they must first show they are doing everything possible to improve their health systems. Economic growth in Liberia and Sierra Leone could […]