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Traditional Mas Characters in Trinidad Carnival

Traditional Mas Characters in Trinidad Carnival

Traditional Mas Characters – Negue Jadin

Stickfighters in partial Negue Jadin costume

(photo courtesy Bernard De Peaza, Caribbean Beat Magazine

This now extinct character, owes its origins to pre-emancipation days; a time when Carnival was celebrated exclusively by the plantocracy. While the slaves and free coloureds were confined to their own segregated celebrations, the plantocracy, on the other hand, was free to imitate the dress and customs of their slaves. The Negue Jadin (or field slave) was one such beloved Carnival costume.

Upon the abolition of slavery, former slaves were free to celebrate and adopted the Negue Jadin character in their celebrations, albeit ironically.     Continue reading

Trump Announces NEW JOBS During Meeting with Manufacturing CEOs – video

Trump Announces NEW JOBS During Meeting with Manufacturing CEOs – video

Published on Feb 23, 2017  –  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is meeting at the White House with two dozen manufacturing CEOs. Trump told the executives that his policies will create millions of jobs, though he did not outline specific initiatives to drive that job growth. The president singled out Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson, saying she was working on lowering the costs of F-35 fighter jets. Referencing his campaign rival Hillary Clinton, he asked Hewson if she thought the Democrat would have asked for savings on the contracts.

OPINION: Unskilled and Unable – Why Donald Trump’s Great Jobs Promise is a Lie

OPINION: Unskilled and Unable – Why Donald Trump’s Great Jobs Promise is a Lie

The USA has serious problems with recruiting, training and retaining suitable factory workers. Michael Pascoe explains.

MICHAEL PASCOE | Business DayOpinion - commentary -analysis

For all the turmoil marking the first weeks of President Trump, the big boot is yet to drop. That’s when the angry heartland realises the factory jobs aren’t coming back, no matter what Trump promised.

It will take time for that realisation to dawn on Trump’s followers. Minor events, such as the 700 Carrier jobs, will be well-publicised PR stunts and the overall employment picture will tend to overshadow what’s specifically happening in manufacturing.      Continue reading

Guyana needs clear strategy on spending oil earnings- UK envoy

 Guyana needs clear strategy on spending oil earnings- UK envoy

British High Commissioner to Guyana, Greg Quinn.

Britain says while Guyana appears to be progressing towards commercial oil production, there appears to be no clear indication on how the South American nation will spend some of the revenues.

High Commissioner to Guyana, Greg Quinn said Guyanese stakeholders need to discuss how the money should be spent on the social sectors and infrastructure while putting some of the earnings in a Sovereign Wealth Fund.    Continue reading

Caribbean Life News Update – 22 February 2017

Caribbean Life News Update -22 February 2017 Caribbean Life

Hamilton names office ‘Sanct­uary Senate District’

BY NELSON A. KING | BROOKLYN

In light of Presi­dent Trump’s Execu­tive Order putting in jeopardy the rights of immig­rant popul­ation in New York City and their families Brooklyn Senator Jesse Hamilton has declared his office to be a “Sanct­uary Senate District (SSD)” for the term of Presi­dent Trump’s execu­tive order.

American entrepr­eneurs head to Carib­bean for exchange program

BY NELSON A. KING | NATIONAL

The United States Depar­tment of State says 34 Young Leaders of the Ameri­cans Initi­ative (YLAI) Profes­sional Fello­wship hosts from busin­esses and civil society organiz­ations across the US have been selected to partic­ipate in the Reverse Exchange program, a new compo­nent of YLAI.

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ExxonMobil’s development plans in Guyana – video

ExxonMobil’s development plans in Guyana – video

Published on Feb 22, 2017 

Ever wondered how Hydrocarbons formed? Are you curious about ExxonMobil’s development plans in Guyana? Then check out this video.

Hot Topics in Guyana; Trump the Parking Meters – by Francis Quamina Farrier

Hot Topics in Guyana; Trump the Parking Meters – by Francis Quamina Farrier

demo-on-parking-meter

Parking meter demo

Over the past month, (January/February 2017) I have been accessing what is the most popular talking point by Guyanese here in Guyana. Certainly there is a tie with the actions of the new American President, Donald Trump, in the White House, and the actions of Guyanese who are for and against the recently installed Parking Meters in Georgetown. These two “Hot Topics” are discussed everywhere you go in this beautiful English-speaking country.   Continue reading

Why ‘Hidden Figures’ Is Alarmingly Relevant to the Black experience in present-day USA

Why ‘Hidden Figures’ Is So Alarmingly Relevant

coloredEven though it’s set in the 1960s, ‘Hidden Figures’ represents the Black experience in present-day USA.

 Uri Klein – Haaretz

 “Hidden Figures,” the second feature (after “St. Vincent,” 2014) by Theodore Melfi, is a lesson in American history that’s intended for the whole family. It’s set in the most significant decade of U.S.A. history, in the second half of the 20th century – the 1960s. Other films that take place in that decade deal grimly with the blacks’ struggle for civil rights and equality.

By contrast, “Hidden Figures,” though not omitting any part of the ugly treatment meted out to the “coloured,” as they were then called, presents its true story almost as a fairy tale that inevitably leads to victory.  Continue reading

Guyana – Capitol TV News Videos – 18 February 2017

Capitol TV logoGuyana – Capitol TV News Videos – 18 February 2017

City Hall and Smart City Solutions working to restructure controversial parking meter project

Posted: 18 Feb 2017 01:52 AM PST

Diamond Mineral Water Sports Roundup – Feb 17

Posted: 18 Feb 2017 01:51 AM PST

GWI says it is working with the fire department

Posted: 17 Feb 2017 07:27 PM PST

City Vendors are not happy with City Hall officials

Posted: 17 Feb 2017 07:26 PM PST

Caricom to hire lobbyist firm to tackle it’s concerns of De-risking and Correspondent Banking to the political directorate in the United States says Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister

Posted: 17 Feb 2017 06:53 PM PST

Less skin, more God and no racism: How Brazil’s left and right want to change Carnaval

Less skin, more God and no racism: How Brazil’s left and right want to change Carnaval

Brazil - Carnaval

Brazil – Carnaval

  – February 11, 2017. Washington Post

You’ve seen the images of Brazilian Carnaval. A sea of people in the streets, oiled-up women samba-dancing at lightning speed and packs of trumpets, trombones and drums blasting out singalong songs. But this year, the annual tradition of full-throttle lascivious indulgence is showing signs of change as well.

Brazil’s increasingly powerful evangelical church and its progressive movements are both pushing to refine Carnaval to match their often opposing priorities. As a sign of the times, the Brazilian city of Olinda, famous for its street festival, has two new additions this Carnaval: a “Gospel zone” and an “LGBT zone.”

The changes are perhaps most evident in this year’s controversy over the glitter-coated woman who dances across Brazilian TV screens this time of year.    Continue reading

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