Joy, success and benefits from CARIFESTA XIII

Joy, success and benefits from CARIFESTA XIII

By Michael G-A. Lashley The members of the Canadian-Caribbean contingent to the Caribbean Festival of the Arts (CARIFESTA XIII) in Barbados (August 17-27, 2017) found joy, success and professional benefits galore. This was the first contingent of Caribbean Diaspora artists (resident outside of the Caribbean region) ever to be officially invited to participate in CARIFESTA. […]

Barbados Prime Minister to speak at memorial dinner in Toronto

Barbados Prime Minister to speak at memorial dinner in Toronto

Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart will be the keynote speaker at the tenth annual Errol Barrow memorial dinner to be held at The Estate Banquet and Event Centre in Scarborough on Saturday September 23. (Errol ” Dipper” Barrow was the first prime minister of Barbados. He founded the Democratic Labour Party and became its leader […]

Colourful display as CARIFESTA XIII gets underway

Colourful display as CARIFESTA XIII gets underway

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – After having to be rescheduled from Friday due to the passage of Tropical Storm Harvey, the official opening ceremony for CARIFESTA XIII took place on Sunday, with Barbados’ Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley declaring the festival open. The ceremony at  the Kensington Oval  here  was preceded by a colourful parade of participating […]

Refugee claimant held in prison ‘ for no real reason at all ‘

Refugee claimant held in prison ‘ for no real reason at all ‘

By Lincoln DePradine The lawyer for a Barbadian-born refugee claimant, who spent months in jail despite not having any criminal charges or convictions, won’t say if his client’s treatment by Canadian immigration officials had anything to do with his ethnicity. “I don’t have any evidence and I can’t say for sure,’’ Subodh Bharati told The […]

Barbados win Under-15 regional tournament

Barbados win Under-15 regional tournament

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Barbados won the Regional Under-15 tournament when they beat Trinidad and Tobago by 15 runs here on Friday. Needing just a point to clinch their fourth title, Barbados claimed full honours from the contest at North Stars in the rural northern parish of St Lucy, ending on 26.4 points. Leeward Islands, meanwhile, […]

Barbadians stage protest march against tax increase

Barbadians stage protest march against tax increase

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Thousands of Barbadians took to the streets of Bridgetown on Monday to urge Prime Minister Freundel Stuart to reconsider a recent tax increase that has sparked a string of protests by workers. The Barbados Private Sector Association and leading trade unions organized a joint march to demonstrate against the eight-percentage-point hike to […]

Canadian premiere of A Caribbean Dream

Caribbean Tales International Film Festival in association with the Consulate General of Barbados in Toronto will hold its media launch and “Public Festival Reveal” for 2017 and will present the Canadian premiere of A Caribbean Dream at the Royal Cinema, 608 College Street, Toronto, today (Thursday) starting at 6 p.m. A Caribbean Dream which has […]

Muhtadi Drumming Festival at Woodbine Park on the weekend

Muhtadi Drumming Festival  at Woodbine Park on the weekend

The 18th edition of Muhtadi International Drumming Festival (MIDF) will be held at Woodbine Park in Toronto on the weekend. The two-day festival  (June 3-4) is multicultural extravaganza that showcases 30 plus performers/groups playing an eclectic array of drums, music and dance from many nations. One of the themes of this year’s festival  is “Canada […]

Caribbean tourism arrivals growing faster than global average

Caribbean tourism arrivals growing faster than global average

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — Caribbean tourism broke new ground in 2016, surpassing 29 million arrivals for the first time ever, and once again growing faster than the global average. “Despite political, security and economic uncertainties and challenges in our main source markets, tourist arrivals to the Caribbean increased by 4.2 per cent in 2016, better than […]

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