Nobel laureate Sir Derek Walcott dies at 87

Nobel laureate Sir Derek Walcott dies at 87

  Nobel laureate Sir Derek Alton Walcott, a poet and playwright, died on Friday at his home in his native island of St. Lucia, after a  prolonged illness. He was 87. Sir Derek received the Nobel Prize in literature in 1992 after being shortlisted for the honour for many years. In selecting  him, the Swedish […]

Calypsonian Dick Lochan dies at 68

Calypsonian Dick Lochan dies at 68

By Oscar Walloo              Calypsonian Dick Lochan, popularly known onstage as D’Juiceman, died on Thursday  night at the Princess Margaret hospital in Toronto after a lengthy battle with leukemia. He was 68. The news of Lochan’s death shocked the local calypso fraternity as most were not aware that he had been seriously ill. Lochan […]

Chutney icon dies

Chutney icon dies

Chutney icon Anand Yankarran died at hospital in Trinidad on Monday after suffering a heart attack.Yankarran who had suffered from kidney problems for several years, was on dialysis. He was 51. Yankarran shot to the spotlight in 1989 when he recorded  Zindabad Trinibago, a jingle for a local beer. He would later record the jingle […]

Toronto’s first black police officer dies

Jamaica-born Lawrence Wilberforce  McLarty,  the first black uniformed officer in the Toronto Police service, died  in Oshawa on  Thursday after a lengthy illness He was 87. McLarty who joined the Toronto Police service in 1960, retired in 1992 as a staff sergeant in the Public Complaints’ Bureau. Toronto  Police Chief Mark Saunders said McLarty has […]

ADIOS, FIDEL

ADIOS, FIDEL

Former Cuban President Fidel Alexandro Castro Ruz died on Friday night. He was 90. His death was announced on Cuban state TV by his brother, Raul, who succeeded him ten years ago as the country’s leader. Cause of death was not disclosed but Castro had been in failing health with an intestinal ailment for several […]

Fidel dies at 90

Fidel dies at 90

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro Ruiz died on Friday night. He was 90. Castro had been in poor health with an intestinal ailment for several years. A Jesuit-educated lawyer, Castro led the revolution that ousted the US-backed dictator  Fulgencio Batista on January 1, 1959.He then quickly took control of Cuba and sought to transform it […]

Trinidadian killed in New York J’Ouvert

Two people, one of them a 17-year old boy from Trinidad, were shot dead during J’Ouvert celebrations in Brooklyn, New York along the West Indian Day parade route on Monday. The Trinidad and Tobago national was identified as Tyreke Borel who had been living in New York for the past four years. Borel was reported […]

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