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Trinidad Carnival 2015: Small, medium bands shine at Queen’s Park Savannah + videos

Small, medium bands shine at Queen’s Park Savannah

Shereen Ali – Trinidad Guardian
Published:  Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A jubilant masquerader from Ronnie and Caro’s Ah Come Back Home parades on stage at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain. Photo: Ahdre Alexander

Crack went the whip of the lead whipmaster, furiously pelting lash at the stage. Dressed like a mad bumblebee in red and yellow stripes, satin pantaloons and long sleeves, he was part of the small mas band Whip War presented by The Original Jab Jab, led by Ronald Alfred.
At one point, it seemed all the jab jabs were pelting lash, either at each other in mock battles, or at the audience, and the whole air resounded with a crackling like fire.   Continue reading

Brazil Rio carnival: Beija-Flor wins – see complete parade video

Beija Flor samba parade

Beija-Flor said it received “cultural and artistic support” from Equatorial Guinea

19 February 2015 –  BBC News

Brazil Rio carnival: Beija-Flor wins despite ‘Obiang link’

A Brazilian samba school, which is alleged to have received funding from Equatorial Guinea, has been crowned champion of Rio de Janeiro’s carnival.

Beija-Flor, one of Rio’s top samba-schools, told the story of the African nation in its carnival parade.   Continue reading

St. Stanislaus College Alumni Asso- Toronto – Annual Spring Dance – April 11, 2015

Letter from the St Stanislaus College Alumni Asso.- Toronto  – Help Needed

Saints – We Need Your Help

Spring Dance Flyer 1x page

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Chucky retains Trinidad and Tobago Calypso Monarch title – music videos

Chucky retains Trinidad and Tobago Calypso Monarch title

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RODERICK “CHUCKY” GORDON

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Monday February 16, 2015, CMCRoderick “Chucky” Gordon retained his Calypso Monarch title here on Sunday night joining a list of prominent calypsonians, able to win consecutive titles in Trinidad and Tobago’s premier calypso competition.

His tune “The Rose” took a pot shot at Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissesar and her People’s Partnership government for being able to survive various incidents and a drop in the opinion polls. Continue reading

BBC Travel: Guyana’s path to paradise

Guyana’s path to paradise

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By Sarah Grainger – for BBC Travel

Photo: The spectacular Kaieteur Falls are one of the top attractions of Guyana’s pristine interior. (Sarah Grainger)

Despite its cultural, political and economic credentials as a Caribbean nation, Guyana’s coastline on the northeast edge of South America is nothing to write home about. But on tPhoto: he bright side, the country’s muddy beaches have deterred the kind of development seen elsewhere in the region.

For the most part, the hotels and resorts have stayed away and the interior has been preserved, keeping intact this country’s slice of the Amazon rainforest and turning Guyana into an emerging eco-tourism destination.  Continue reading

Dick Gregory – pioneering black comedian – from “Furious Cool” by David Henry

 Dick Gregory – from Furious Cool by David Henry

Dick Gregory was a brilliant, pioneering black comedian who was among the first to break the color barrier in nightclubs:

“Dick Gregory, along with Nipsey Russell, Bill Cosby, and Godfrey Cambridge, belonged to a new generation of black comedians unencumbered by the deferential buffoonery of vaudeville or minstrelsy. Gregory, especially, did not flinch from skewering white audiences on issues of race: ‘Wouldn’t it be a hell of a thing if this was burnt cork and you people were being tolerant for nothing?’ and ‘Everyone I meet says, “Some of my best friends are colored; even though you know there ain’t that many of us to go around.”
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U.S. rolls out new Cuba rules on trade, travel

U.S. rolls out new Cuba rules on trade, travel

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – The United States rolled out a sweeping set of measures today to significantly ease the half-century-old embargo against Cuba, opening up the country to expanded travel, trade and financial activities.

Defying hardline critics in Congress, President Barack Obama made good on a commitment he made a month ago to begin loosening some U.S. economic sanctions against the communist-ruled island as part of an effort to end decades of hostility.

The Treasury and Commerce Departments issued a package of new rules that will allow U.S. exports of telecommunications, agricultural and construction equipment, permit expanded travel to Cuba and authorize some kinds of banking relations.  Continue reading

Mercedes Formula 1 car to appear at Race of Champions in Barbados

Mercedes Formula 1 car to appear at ROC Barbados
Published on December 11, 2014
mercedes_roc.jpgwehrlein_merc.jpgBUSHY PARK, Barbados — This year’s Formula 1 world constructors’ champions Mercedes will bring their 2012 F1 car to the Race Of Champions at Bushy Park Barbados this weekend…. (December 13-14, 2014)
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Guyana:Travelling between Lethem and Georgetown

Compiled by and is featured in the St. Stanislaus College, Georgetown Blog

Travelling between Lethem and Georgetown

Posted: 07 Dec 2014 11:58 AM PST

Crossing the Essequibo River on the road to Lethem

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“Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd – music videos

David Gilmour – Wish you were here- live unplugged

“Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd

So, so you think you can tell Heaven from Hell,
blue skies from pain.
Can you tell a green field from a cold steel rail?
A smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?

And did they get you to trade your heroes for ghosts?
Hot ashes for trees?
Hot air for a cool breeze?
Cold comfort for change?
And did you exchange a walk on part in the war for a lead role in a cage? Continue reading

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