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UK: Airline Taxes to the Caribbean will be reduced next year

UK: Airline Taxes to the Caribbean will be reduced next year

(News Americas) LONDON, England, Thurs. Mar. 20, 2014:

British-Airways-Aircraft A tourist flying to the Caribbean from the UK will soon shell out less to get there, thanks to reforms of the controversial Air Passenger Duty (APD)  announced by British Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne Wednesday, March 19,2014.

Right now, flying to the Caribbean costs an additional £83 to £166 in taxes to the British government on an outbound ticket. Little wonder that visitor arrivals to the Caribbean from Britain has been on a decline since 2011.

But all that could change come April 1, 2015. That’s the date Chancellor Osborne announced that all long-haul flights will be moved into ‘Band B,’ meaning customers travelling to the Caribbean will pay the same as if they were travelling to the US.   Continue reading

Tourism: The Caribbean’s ten sexiest bars

The Caribbean’s ten sexiest bars

image< Fisherman’s Pub. Speightstown, Barbados.

NEW YORK, United States, Monday February 17, 2014 – “Cocktails are the champions of the Caribbean and although every island and every beach bar boasts its own boozy claim to fame, a really fine drink can morph a great holiday into a grand one.”

So says Melanie Reffes writing in USA Today in her Sexiest Bars in the Caribbean roundup, adding: “And the right watering hole can keep you lingering long after your thirst is quenched.”

Following is the writer’s list of some of the best boozers under the sun:   Continue reading

BBC: Top Gear Festival Barbados May 17-18, 2014

 BBC: Top Gear Festival Barbados May 17-18, 2014

Top GearFebruary 6, 2014 – Caribbean News Now – Barbados

Top Gear Festival Barbados will host an international round of this year’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship adding to the already impressive line-up of motoring entertainment taking place at the festival on May 17 and 18 this year.

The action-packed weekend, which takes place at the newly renovated Bushy Park Circuit, Barbados, will be the first time both parties have partnered on a live event as well as their first visit to the Caribbean.

The Top Gear Festival Barbados round will be the first event of the 2014 championship and will set the scene for Red Bull GRC’s most exciting year yet. Top Gear Festival Barbados will be the only Red Bull Global Rallycross event taking place outside of the US this year.   Continue reading

Six Caribbean countries eligible for US visa programme

caribbean map

 Petitions for nationals of unlisted countries may be approved if it is determined to be in the interest of the United States.

WASHINGTON D.C., United States, Tuesday January 28, 2014, CMC – The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) says six Caribbean countries are among 63 countries worldwide that are eligible to participate in two visa programmes this year.

The H-2A and H-2A and H-2B petition H-2B Visa programmes allow US employers to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill temporary agricultural and non-agricultural jobs, respectively.   Continue reading

Leaders in self-denial as Caribbean economic crisis worsens

Leaders in self-denial as Caribbean economic crisis worsens

by Sir Ronald Sanders –   published Caribbean360.com

imageSt Lucia’s Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony charged that governments are “engaged in one form or another of self-denial” while the Caribbean is “in the throes of a major crisis like it has never ever experienced before”.

Thursday November 7, 2013 – St Lucia’s Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony says that there is a grave economic crisis gnawing away at Caribbean countries and “governments are busy looking inward – each busy with their own agenda rather than pursuing a Caribbean solution to the economic crisis”. Not for the first time Dr Anthony has dared to tred where many other Caribbean leaders have shied away.    Continue reading

CCJ rules against Barbados in landmark denial of entry case

CCJ rules against Barbados in landmark denial of entry case
Published on October 5, 2013

By Marcia Braveboy – Caribbean News Now Senior Correspondent
Email: marcia@caribbeannewsnow.com Twitter: @mbraveboy

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CCJ) — In a landmark judgment, delivered at the court’s headquarters in Port of Spain, Trinidad, on Friday, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) awarded Jamaican national, Shanique Myrie, Bds$75,000 (US$37,500) damages to be paid by the government of Barbados. The CCJ found that Myrie had been wrongfully denied entry into Barbados, subjected to a humiliating cavity search and unlawfully detained overnight in a cell and expelled from Barbados.

Shanique Myrie

Shanique Myrie (Jamaica Gleaner Photo)

Myrie had instituted proceedings in May 2012, alleging that Barbados had violated her right to free movement within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). She also claimed that she was subjected to discrimination on the ground of her nationality when Barbadian officials refused her entry into Barbados on March 14, 2011. The government of Jamaica joined in the proceedings and at the trial supported Myrie’s claims.

Myrie claimed that in the course of refusing her entry into Barbados she was subjected to a body cavity search and to deplorable detention conditions. She gave evidence, which was corroborated by Jamaican medical practitioners, that the treatment she received continues to cause her post-traumatic stress.      Continue reading

Eddy Grant’s idyllic island home in the Essequibo River + videos

Eddy Grant's home - Essequibo river

Eddy’s home: International singing star Eddy Grant’s idyllic island home in the Essequibo River

Plaisance-born Eddy Grant of Guyana has made his mark as an entertainer around the world.  Now that he has reached 65 he can enjoy his life on his idyllic island in the Essequibo River. However, we know he will not forsake his Ringbang recording studios and plantation house in Barbados.  Enjoy!!!

Electric Avenue was a major hit for Eddy Grant early in is career.  Here is a playlist of some of his recordings.

EDDY GRANT – VIDEO PLAYLIST – 74 VIDEOS AUTOPLAY           

Leap Of Love – By Hubert Williams

Twin-TowersLeap Of Love

By Hubert Williams

On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, like hundreds of millions worldwide, I watched in awe at the dramatic scenes unfolding on the television screen. Our anguish was common. The impact of this incredible disaster was to become more personal. My AA flight scheduled for September 12th, out of Barbados to New York, was cancelled, like so many other flights across America and around the globe; one of my sisters, Mrs. Walterine “Wendy” Sears, was halfway bound to New York from London where she resides when the British Airways flight turned around for its return to Heathrow Airport; and another sister, Mrs. Frances “Jean” Griffith, who held a manager’s position with the huge American Insurance Group (AIG) in a neighbouring skycraper, was among the dust-covered, panicked thousands running wildly from the Manhattan disaster zone towards the relative safety of the Brooklyn Bridge.   But for me, the truly unforgettable scenes that day were those of innocent people trapped up high and jumping from the burning towers.  Continue reading

WHO ARE WE ? – By Hubert Williams

WHO  ARE  WE ? – By Hubert Williams

By de Gaulle’s ire, mere mounds of dust
Molded by coralstone and pyroclastic flows
But these lovely islands of the sun Indies
Should not be judged merely by what is seen
Though tiny objects rebuffing waves
Within and below they link great continents
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From north to south this natural chain extends
Creating a people’s bridge from centuries past
All shades traversed from the globe’s four points
Converging and merging their unique traits
Into vibrant new nations on the world stage
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Hibiscus, croton, oleander, bougainvillea
They gloriously reflect our people’s hues
With no shade superior, and none suborned
Colourful identity, that’s bolstered with pride
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Caribbean Premier League, Barbados Tridents v St Lucia Zouks at Bridgetown, Jul 30, 2013

ESPN Cricinfo Live Scores

Caribbean Premier League,

Barbados Tridents v St Lucia Zouks at Bridgetown, Jul 30, 2013 

Barbados Tridents 169/5 (20/20 ov)  St Lucia Zouks 152 (19.4/20 ov)

Barbados Tridents won by 17 runs

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