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 […]

Nine writers in Bocas Prize longlist

Nine writers in Bocas Prize longlist

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – The Bocas Lit Fest has announced books by nine writers for its longlist for this year’s OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature. The Prize recognises books in three categories—poetry, fiction, and literary non-fiction—published by Caribbean authors in 2016. In the poetry category, the judges have named books by three younger […]

Tourism is vital to the Caribbean economy

By David Jessop ‘Tourism is a vital sector to the economies of Member States’. So said CARICOM Heads of Government in the communiqué that followed their recent inter-sessional meeting in Georgetown, Guyana. Taken at face value the statement is unremarkable, even obvious; but the language chosen, its inclusion, and the recommendations made in relation to […]

Barbados health authorities raise concerns about syphillis

  BRIDGETOWN, Barbados— Barbados health authorities are urging residents to educate themselves more about sexually transmitted infections (STI) as the island deals with an outbreak of syphilis. “The Ministry of Health first raised the alarm in July 2013 and commenced a health education campaign to increase awareness about STIs so more people would be tested […]

Jimmy Cliff releases ‘Life’

Jimmy Cliff releases ‘Life’

KINGSTON, Jamaica –  Reggae superstar Jimmy Cliff  released on Friday  his new single, Life, which will be made available to the public through iTunes and other downloadable formats. Written by Jimmy Cliff and produced by Steven ‘Lenky’ Marsden, the song is an affirmation of life, and the awesome beauty of mere existence in a sometimes […]

Online platform to raise awareness on gender-based violence DITORIAL

KINGSTON, JAMAICA – The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has developed a regional online platform – ‘Break the Silence’ – aimed at raising awareness on gender-based violence. A soft launch was held during the International Day Women’s Concert last week  at Emancipation Park, Kingston, under the theme ‘Unite to End Gender-based Violence’. The online platform, […]

Winston ‘Merritone’ Blake to be celebrated annually

Winston ‘Merritone’ Blake to be celebrated annually

KINGSTON, Jamaica  – Winston ‘Merritone’ Blake was one of the awardees at the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) Honour Awards, held  last Sunday at the Courtleigh Auditorium, New Kingston. His was not the only posthumous award, as Alton Ellis was also honoured, with Dr Rita Marley, GT Taylor, Half Pint, and Kevin Downswell among the […]

Toronto masman getting ready for Canada’s 150th birthday

Toronto masman getting ready for Canada’s 150th birthday

After ” high scoring ” successes as designer and builder at Trinidad Carnival 2017, Toronto veteran masman  Marcus Eustace is getting ready to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday and the 50th anniversary of Toronto’s Caribbean carnival. And he is planning to get the celebrations ” on the road in fine style” with his 2017 mas’ presentation […]

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