|Commentary: The View from Europe: The future is services|
|Published on April 25, 2015 – By David Jessop|
|When in the early 1990s it became apparent that Europe’s preferential regimes for Caribbean bananas and sugar were coming to an end, an impassioned debate began about a transition to other forms of economic activity. For the most part, the language then was about alternative crops, import substitution, manufacturing, exports and financial services, with little said about tourism, as its sustainability was widely regarded as uncertain.
Since then the world has moved on. Tourism has come to dominate most Caribbean economies; offshore financial services, after being encouraged, have come under threat from the same developed countries that had originally recommended them; and agriculture has only begun to genuinely reorient itself where it is low cost, has clear niche opportunities, or there is a recognised need to ensure food security.
Although this diminished role for traditional agriculture is still hard for some in the region to accept, it is clear that the greater part of the economic future for smaller economies is now in services (alongside taking much greater advantage of the Caribbean’s economically strategic location to transship, assemble or manufacture). So much so that in the small island economies it is likely to be the services sector that becomes the significant economic driver in the future.
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|West Indies draw first Test against England – in Antigua|
|Published on April 18, 2015|
NORTH SOUND, Antigua — Jason Holder struck a superb maiden first-class and Test century to guide West Indies to a hard-fought draw in the first Test against England at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground on Friday.
The 23-year-old six-footer played a match-saving innings under great pressure to finish 103 not out off 149 balls with 15 fours in 3 1/2 hours. West Indies got support from a crowd of over 9,000 and batted close to 130 overs in their second innings to close on 350-7 after being set 438 to win.
Holder earned the Man-of-the-Match award and shared a resolute seventh-wicket stand of 105 with captain Denesh Ramdin, who made 57 off 141 balls. Continue reading →
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|In Photos: The US president’s trip to Jamaica|
|Published on April 15, 2015|
WASHINGTON, USA — Last week, US President Barack Obama headed to Kingston, Jamaica, for bilateral meetings with Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller, a town hall meeting with the Young Leaders of the Americas and a summit with heads of government from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).The White House Blog has released a series of photos of the president’s visit:President Barack Obama meets with Rep. Yvette Clarke, D-NY, aboard Air Force One en route to Kingston, Jamaica, April 8, 2015. Rep. Clarke is the child of Jamaican immigrant parents. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
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Romanee Kalicharran is the quintessential ambassador of culture
She has traveled the world sharing her talents in a variety of dance forms. Romanee has bridged cultures and her passion for the arts has made her one of the foremost artists in our community.
Romanee was born in New York and her parents are Ramesh and Judith Kalicharran. What is remarkable about her parents is that both Ramesh and Judith are from a musical tradition. But they stand out in other respects as well. Ramesh is Guyanese while Judith is Puerto Rican. Continue reading →
Where next for LIAT? – the Caribbean’s Regional Airline
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) — It may be hyperbole to suggest that the future of regional airline LIAT is ‘up in the air’ at the moment; however, recent outrage expressed by Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne over an alleged plan to replace LIAT with a new airline in which Barbados would have a leading role, is fuelling speculation about where next for LIAT, the airline that has served the region for more than 50 years.
St Vincent and the Grenadines opposition leader Arnhim Eustace said he is very concerned about the situation because LIAT plays a key role in regional travel and the tourism industry.
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Trevor Noah Live at the Apollo – Comedy video
Known for his charm and commercial savvy, new host of The Daily Show will also need to watch what he tweets, says Rebecca Davis [The Guardian-March 31, 2015]
One of the interesting aspects of You Laugh But It’s True, a so-so 2011 documentary on Trevor Noah’s attempt to make it in comedy, was the sense you got that the young man’s success was deeply resented by some of his fellow South African comedians.
Asked what he thought of Noah, well-known local veteran Mel Miller rasped about how young black comics “mustn’t come bitching about apartheid”. Continue reading →
Download: GCA MARCH 2015 – ON-LINE MAGAZINE
Guyana Cultural Association New York- March 2015 On-line Magazine
IN THIS ISSUE PAGE 3-4: Happy Easter PAGE 5 – 10: Happy Phagwah PAGE 11-14: Burrowes School 40th anniversary PAGE 15-22:Celebrating Guyanese Women PAGE – 23 – 25: Steelband in Guyana PAGE 26- 28: Maestro Fresh Wes PAGE 30 – 31”: Guyana National Sound PAGE 32:: Sigma Alpha tragedy PAGE 33 – 34: Dis Time Nah Lang Time PAGE 37: Cultures Endure Gail A. Nunes. Continue reading →
St. Stanislaus College Alumni -Toronto: Spring Dance – April 11, 2015
Red Plastic Bag (RPB) – here is a Playlist of 200 of his popular tunes
Red Plastic Bag began performing in 1979. He combined the sounds of reggae and soca, and has become one of the most popular performers in Barbados and throughout the Caribbean. His biggest hit, “Ragga Ragga”, has been recorded in seven different languages. Continue reading →
The Jeremy Clarkson story
Jeremy Clarkson will not have his contract at the BBC renewed, in the wake of allegedly punching a producer. But how did he get to where he is now?
“In the competition between fame and fortune, you’d take fortune every day of the week,” Jeremy Clarkson once said. “Fame is almost constant pain.”
But the 54-year-old has made a career from being publicly controversial. The Top Gear host has managed to offend Argentines, Germans, Mexicans, Romanians and a host of others. Known for a fashion-proof love of tight denim, he’s a friend of Prime Minister David Cameron and writes columns for two national newspapers. Continue reading →