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TASSA THUNDER: Folk Music from India to the Caribbean – video

TASSA THUNDER : Folk Music from India to the Caribbean – YouTube

Published on Mar 25, 2014    – Vibert Cambridge shared this link.

This 53-minute video documentary explores Indo-Caribbean music culture through focusing on a set of neo-traditional music genres, relating them to sources and counterparts in North India’s Bhojpuri region and Indian communities in Fiji. Topics covered include chutney, chowtal, birha, nagara drumming, Ahir dance, the dantal, the Alha-Udal epic, and most extensively, tassa drumming. Tassa music is explored in reference to its rhythmic structures, its performance contexts of weddings, competitions, and Muharram (Hosay), and the construction of its drums. The film combines unique performance footage and interviews taken between 1990 and 2010 in India, Trinidad, Guyana, Suriname, New York, and Fijian communities in California. It conveys how Indo-Caribbean music culture comprises a unique and dynamic combination of both resilient marginal survivals as well as innovative forms.

Caribbean countries expanding share in global seafood market

Caribbean countries expanding share in global seafood market

CARIBBEAN360 – MAY 31, 2016

Rainforest seafood Products - Jamaica

Rainforest seafood Products – Jamaica

BELIZE CITY, Belize, Friday, May 31, 2016 – Caribbean economies are poised to benefit from a region-wide initiative to expand seafood market share, through the implementation of food safety measures to enable countries to get a bigger piece of the global pie, worth an estimated US$130 billion annually.

Caribbean countries, including the Bahamas, Belize, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago, are now capitalizing on a coordinated approach to broaden the gateway to the growing market. CARIFORUM (CARICOM and the Dominican Republic) now exports about US$400 million worth of fish and seafood annually, according to the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM).

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Suriname Lands $478M IMF Loan To Boost Economic Reform Plan

Suriname Lands $478M IMF Loan To Boost Economic Reform Plan

Suriname mapMay 28, 2016 – Caribbean News Service.

PARAMARIBO, Suriname, May 28 2016 – Suriname has landed a $478 million loan from the International Monetary Fund to boost an economic reform programme amid a drop in commodity prices, becoming the second South American country to seek such a bailout in nearly a decade.

The IMF said it will immediately disburse $81 million as part of a two-year deal announced Friday that has been met with protests.   Continue reading

The 10 Most Corrupt Nations In the Americas

The 10 Most Corrupt Nations In the Americas

Venezuela is dubbed the most corrupt nation in the Americas. Guyana is fifth.

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Dec. 18, 2015: On the heels of the International Anti-Corruption Day and as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) urged governments to jointly tackle the issue of corruption by changing their attitudes towards the problem, News Americas Now decided to look at some of the most corrupt countries in the Americas – both the Caribbean and Latin America.

Here are the Top 10 as complied by News Americas Now based on the public perception of corruption among public and private sector officials, with 1 being the most corrupt according to data compiled from the latest Transparency International Corruption Index and the Heritage Foundations’ 2015 Index of Economic Freedom.  Continue reading

Venezuela’s Changing Relationship With CARICOM – By David Jessop

Venezuela’s Changing Relationship With CARICOM – By David Jessop

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News Americas, LONDON, England, Tues. Nov. 10, 2015: As with so much in politics it is often what is not seen, said or fully understood that drives events. This is particularly so in the case of Venezuela’s changing relationship with the countries of CARICOM.

In recent months Caracas has been deepening its sub-regional relations and has escalated its border dispute with Guyana. It has also encouraged CARICOM to be less than emphatic in its support for Georgetown’s position.

At the same time, it has been moving rapidly to consolidate its relationship with, in particular, the OECS, Trinidad and Suriname by offering increased levels of support or investments, largely through its concessional PetroCaribe oil and development assistance programs.  Continue reading

Maduro or Guyana? Caricom’s choice – By Mark Wilson – commentary

Maduro or Guyana? Caricom’s choice

By Mark Wilson  – Trinidad Guardian – Published: – Sunday, October 25, 2015

“Could be a second Angola,” an ExxonMobil source last week told Upstream magazine. That’s Guyana’s offshore oil discovery. Angola produces close to two million barrels a day, around the same as Nigeria. 

In August, T&T was producing 75,000 barrels.

ExxonMobil announced its Liza-1 oil find in May. Then they moved fast.

They’re talking a 2018 start-up with 60,000 barrels, ramping up quickly to three times that amount. They will use a floating production storage and offloading vessel, with no time-consuming onshore infrastructure.

ExxonMobil plans four wells offshore Guyana next year. That will cost perhaps US$800 million.   Continue reading

GUY$42 billion worth of gold smuggled in four months; several visas revoked – updates added

GUY$42 billion worth of gold smuggled in four months; several visas revoked

Wednesday, 26 August 2015. Demerara Waves

Guyanese and United States (US) authorities have uncovered a money laundering and gold smuggling racket that has so far fleeced the country of more than US$200 million (GUY$42 billion) worth of the precious metal over a four-month period.

Top officials of the Guyana government said a number of Guyanese gold exporters have been smuggling out huge quantities of gold  from Guyana and on arriving in the US have been declaring them as “scrap gold” which do not attract duties in that country.
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ISIS – A moment for Caribbean Reflection – By David Jessop

ISIS – A moment for Caribbean Reflection

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By David Jessop

 News Americas, LONG ISLAND, NY, Tues. Oct. 21, 2014:  Four weeks ago, this column urged the Caribbean to begin to think the unthinkable. It suggested that there are some individuals whose values are not those of the vast majority and who mean harm to those who live in the region or who visit.

That column pointed out that the world is now entering a new and dangerous phase in which fanatics are prepared to act across borders in any way that might damage those they believe they are at war with, or against those who do not believe their extreme interpretation of a religion that encourages selfless and peaceful universal values.  Continue reading

United States slams Guyana’s efforts to curb human trafficking

United States slams Guyana’s efforts to curb human trafficking

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Monday June 23, 2014, CMC – The United States government has again listed Guyana among countries not doing enough to curb trafficking in persons, and suggested it was an unwilling partner in the effort.

“Guyana is a source and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor. Guyanese and foreign women and girls—including from Venezuela, Suriname, and Brazil—are subjected to prostitution in Guyana,” the June 2014 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report said.

This latest report, again labeling Guyana a human trafficking nation, was released Friday (June 20) and so far there has been no comment from Government. Continue reading

Gold smuggling…Industry calls for tighter border checks

Gold smuggling…Industry calls for tighter border checks

JUNE 12, 2014 | BY  | – dealer buys the most, declares the least

Stakeholders of the gold industry are calling for tighter border controls amidst claims of smuggling to Suriname.

Stakeholders of the gold industry are calling for tighter border controls amidst claims of smuggling to Suriname.

Stakeholders in the gold mining sector yesterday called on Government to tighten security at the country’s borders, including those with neighbouring Suriname, amidst shocking reports of a large-scale smuggling operation.

At the centre of the allegations is a dealer from the North Georgetown area who is being accused of buying hundreds of millions of dollars in gold from miners and instead of declaring it to authorities, which would attract a mandatory seven per cent tax and royalty charge, reportedly opted to sell it in Suriname.

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