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Tracing the origin of Trinidad’s Carnival to Grenada – by Arley Gill

Carnival

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Tracing the origin of Trinidad’s Carnival to Grenada – by Arley Gill

April 17, 2014 – Caribbean360

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, Thursday April 17, 2014 - How is it that Carnival, a festival that is so strongly influenced by the French, found its nursery on an island that was never colonized by the French?

From the time I read Joachim Mark’s fervent and bold assertion that Grenada gave Carnival to Trinidad, I could not help but agree with him.

Mark, an educator, history buff and a great historical archivist, has since gone to the Great Beyond. I read his assertion as a college student and his thesis has remained with me all those year. And, from time to time in my perusing through carnival history literature, I will come across passing comments on the issue that will strengthen Mark’s argument.  Continue reading

USA Ackee ban remains in effect

USA Ackee ban remains in effect

ackee-tree

By NewsAmericaNow

News Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C., Fri. April 18, 2014:  While many Jamaican nationals may look forward with longing to ackee and saltfish this Easter weekend, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is recommending seizure or import refusal of canned, frozen and other ackee products.

The ackee fruit which is harvested from the ackee tree (Blighia sapida), is native to West Africa, but is also found in Central and South America, many Caribbean countries including Jamaica, and southern Florida.

It contains the toxin hypoglycin A, which drops to negligible levels in the edible portion of the fruit when it is fully ripe,, making them safe to consume . However, the rind and seeds still have high levels of hypoglycin A when the fruit is fully ripe and should not be consumed.  Continue reading

Guyana Ex-Police Association of Canada – Dance in Toronto- May 3, 2014

GEPAC Flyer 2014

            

The Caribbean through the eyes of others – by David Jessop

By David Jessop

News Americas, LONDON, England, Thurs. April 17, 2014:  How others see us is sometimes hard to accept. Despite this, what they say when we are not present, can play a significant role in creating reputation and identity.

It also determines the tone of any response. In the case of nations, especially small states, it contributes to their perceived place in the world and may affect their ability to make progress.

This is not to suggest that image is more important than substance, or that the view of others is always correct, but to try to describe in what follows the much less positive light in which the Caribbean is seen than was the case a decade or more ago.  Continue reading

Guyanese Canadian Cultural Association of BC – Spring Dance – May 24, 2014

SpringDanceflyer-2014

My Multi-Ethnic Friends & Other Stories – by Cyril Dabydeen

An Appreciation of Cyril Dabydeen’s Storytelling

BOOK REVIEW: My Multi-Ethnic Friends & Other Stories

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Steel band music – Andy Narell: Coffee Street – video

Steel band music – Andy Narell: Coffee Street – video

Trinidad invented Steel Bands, and now they are being formed and promoted worldwide.  Here is a good band featuring Andy Narell and the University of North Texas College of Music Steel and Brass Band.

Published on Jan 22, 2013 — Coffee Street, (1998) by Andy Narell

Steel Band – Mark Ford, director;  One O’Clock Lab Band – Steve Weist, director
Recorded Live, October 29, 2012. Winspear Hall, College of Music
University of North Texas.  http://music.unt.edu

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MovieTowne – Streets of the World – in Trinidad – video

MovieTowne – Streets of the World – in Trinidad – video

Published on Mar 24, 2014 - Streets of the World – Uniting cultures from around the world to create the entertainment mecca of the Caribbean.  If this becomes a reality it will aid in the development of tourism and investment in Trinidad and Tobago with the potential of  making it the “Entertainment Capital of the Caribbean”.

View it and make your comments …

“Unsung Hero” – happiness in helping others – video

“Unsung Hero” – He witnesses happiness

 

Guyana Ex-Police Association- Bus Tour – Dinner/Dance – May 2-3, 2014

Download Flyer: Guyana Ex Police Asso of America Bus Tour 

police bus tour

 

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