Bahamas government press officer dies after being shot multiple times
Next time you throw water away ask yourself…is it worth it?
August 26, 2014

Next time you throw water away ask yourself…is it worth it?

August 25, 2014

Hundreds of Thousands attend Notting Hill Carnival in west London

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Hundreds of thousands of people attended the first day of Europe’s biggest street festival, the Notting Hill Carnival, the BBC reports.

The two-day event in west London started with children’s day and featured Caribbean culture, food, music and dance.

Giant floats and dancers wearing colourful costumes made their way along the procession route from 10:00 BST.

About a million people are expected at the two-day event which ends on Monday.

Organisers say this year is part of the build-up to the event’s 50th anniversary.

About 6,000 police officers attended and the Met Police said….[Full article HERE]

Dominican Republic Bans Miley Cyrus Concert On ‘Morality Grounds’
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The sensible Dominican Republic government has banned Miley Cyrus concerts from its country based on “morality grounds,” People magazine reports.
Cyrus, who made “twerk” a household verb after her 2013 VMA performance when she grinded up against Robin Thicke and grabbed herself with a foam finger as he sang “Blurred Lines,” had a September concert scheduled in the country, Kaitlan Collins reports for DailyCaller.com. The commission that oversees public performances released a statement Thursday saying Cyrus “undertakes acts that go against morals and customs, which are punishable by Dominican law.”
We can’t exactly blame them.
On her “Bangerz” tour, Cyrus has ridden an inflatable hot dog, had dollar bill confetti fall from the ceiling, and grinded against an Abe Clinton lookalike.
August 25, 2014

Dominican Republic Bans Miley Cyrus Concert On ‘Morality Grounds’

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The sensible Dominican Republic government has banned Miley Cyrus concerts from its country based on “morality grounds,” People magazine reports.

Cyrus, who made “twerk” a household verb after her 2013 VMA performance when she grinded up against Robin Thicke and grabbed herself with a foam finger as he sang “Blurred Lines,” had a September concert scheduled in the country, Kaitlan Collins reports for DailyCaller.com. The commission that oversees public performances released a statement Thursday saying Cyrus “undertakes acts that go against morals and customs, which are punishable by Dominican law.”

We can’t exactly blame them.

On her “Bangerz” tour, Cyrus has ridden an inflatable hot dog, had dollar bill confetti fall from the ceiling, and grinded against an Abe Clinton lookalike.

August 24, 2014

Ludo Colorizes the Caribbean’s Tropical Urban Landscape

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August 23, 2014

Usain Bolt Breaks 100m Indoor WORLD RECORD

August 22, 2014

Dominican Republic drama Cristo Rey to close trinidad+tobago film festival/14

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Cristo Rey, a drama from the Dominican Republic, will close this year’s edition of the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) on Tuesday 30 September.

Written and directed by Leticias Tonos Paniagua, Cristo Rey had its world premiere in September 2013 at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), the only Caribbean film selected for TIFF last year.

Inspired by Romeo and Juliet, Cristo Rey focuses on the status of the Haitian-descended population in the Dominican Republic. It tells the story of Janvier, a young man living in the town of Cristo Rey (Christ the Redeemer) in the Dominican Republic.

The son of a Haitian mother and Dominican father, Janvier, like so many Haitian-Dominicans, is the constant target of casual discrimination and police harassment. After his mother is deported to Haiti, he is desperate to reunite with her in Port-au-Prince. Reluctantly he takes a job with a gang leader, El Bacá, as a bodyguard to Jocelyn, El Bacá’s sister. Soon the youngsters are in the grip of a clandestine love affair. As Janvier becomes more entwined with both Jocelyn and El Bacá, he is forced to make a difficult, dangerous decision.

The film is Paniagua’s second feature. Her first, Love Child, was a selection of the ttff in 2012. That film went on to be the Dominican Republic’s entry to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.

“I’m really looking forward to our film closing the ttff,” said Leticia Tonos Paniagua, who will be present for the screening. Of the film itself she noted, “Haitians and Dominicans have been living side by side for a long time, yet we really don’t know each other. Prejudice and fear come from ignorance. I think art can go where politics has failed to go.”

The screening of Cristo Rey takes place on Tuesday 30 September at MovieTowne, Port of Spain, from 6.30pm. Tickets are $30 and available from the MovieTowne box office from Wednesday 17 September.

The ttff/14 runs from September 16–30. For more information, including the lineup of films for this year’s Festival, visit www.ttfilmfestival.com.

Celebrate Notting Hill Carnival With The 5 Best Rum Bars In London
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This guide to rum drinking in London by Valerie Denny appeared in Forbes.
With Notting Hill Carnival just around the corner (Aug. 24 and 25), we’re in the Caribbean spirit. And we’ve decided to get the party started a little early, so we asked a London insider for the best rum bars in London where you can get into the spirit of the islands with the perfect Dark and Stormy.
The Insider: George Frost, founder of The Duppy Share, a premium golden Caribbean rum that just launched last month exclusively at Selfridges. George previously worked as head of new business at Quintessentially, the luxury concierge service.
His Rum Credentials: ”I’m a self-professed Rum Adventurer with a love of all things rum and the Caribbean. This stems from childhood, the moment my brothers and I were able to wield a cricket bat, our parents [editor’s note: his father is the late Sir David Frost] took the family on regular holidays to Barbados and Anguilla. There, I was captivated with the energy, the fun and (as soon as I had reached the legal drinking age), the rum of the islands.”
On Creating The Duppy Share: ”A little while ago I noticed a gap in the rum category for a contemporary premium player that would resonate with a younger audience and represent a taste of the modern Caribbean. Spurred on by my love of the Caribbean, I got a team with of similarly adventurous spirits together and created The Duppy Share.”
What is the duppy share? A duppy is a mischievous spirit in the Caribbean. ‘The angel’s share’ is what some distillers call the alcohol that has evaporated and ‘gone to the angels’ as the alcohol ages. This portion is referred to in some Caribbean countries as ‘the duppy’s share.’
And here are the Rum Adventurer’s favorite bars:
PortSide Parlour – “This is where our story first began, I first heard of the legend of the Duppy Share whilst in this hidden nautical gem in the heart of Shoreditch. An impressive array of 80+ rums and seasonal rum cocktails.” 14 Rivington Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 3DU
The Rum Kitchen – “A rum lover’s paradise on All Saints Road with a new outpost in Kingly Court, Soho. Combines beach shack chic and epic rum cocktails with an impressive Caribbean menu and reggae beats. Ask for Mario.” 6 – 8 All Saints Road, W11 1HH and 1st Floor, Kingly Court, Carnaby, Soho, W1B 5PW
Pelicans & Parrots – “A traditional Caribbean Rum Shop style bar is tucked in the basement of this quirky Dalston treasure trove.” 81 Stoke Newington Road, Dalston, N16 8AD
Trailer Happiness – “This Portobello Road institution combines ‘70s retro decor with Tiki-inspired cocktails. Home of the monthly Rum Club.” 177 Portobello Road, London, W11 2DY
Cottons Rhum Shack – “This London landmark is home of the global rum guru Ian Burrell and his nephew, Andrae. If anyone knows their rum, it’s these guys with 243 rums on offer (at the last count!)” 55 Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8AN
August 21, 2014

Celebrate Notting Hill Carnival With The 5 Best Rum Bars In London

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This guide to rum drinking in London by Valerie Denny appeared in Forbes.

With Notting Hill Carnival just around the corner (Aug. 24 and 25), we’re in the Caribbean spirit. And we’ve decided to get the party started a little early, so we asked a London insider for the best rum bars in London where you can get into the spirit of the islands with the perfect Dark and Stormy.

The Insider: George Frost, founder of The Duppy Share, a premium golden Caribbean rum that just launched last month exclusively at Selfridges. George previously worked as head of new business at Quintessentially, the luxury concierge service.

His Rum Credentials: ”I’m a self-professed Rum Adventurer with a love of all things rum and the Caribbean. This stems from childhood, the moment my brothers and I were able to wield a cricket bat, our parents [editor’s note: his father is the late Sir David Frost] took the family on regular holidays to Barbados and Anguilla. There, I was captivated with the energy, the fun and (as soon as I had reached the legal drinking age), the rum of the islands.”

On Creating The Duppy Share: ”A little while ago I noticed a gap in the rum category for a contemporary premium player that would resonate with a younger audience and represent a taste of the modern Caribbean. Spurred on by my love of the Caribbean, I got a team with of similarly adventurous spirits together and created The Duppy Share.”

What is the duppy share? A duppy is a mischievous spirit in the Caribbean. ‘The angel’s share’ is what some distillers call the alcohol that has evaporated and ‘gone to the angels’ as the alcohol ages. This portion is referred to in some Caribbean countries as ‘the duppy’s share.’

And here are the Rum Adventurer’s favorite bars:

PortSide Parlour – “This is where our story first began, I first heard of the legend of the Duppy Share whilst in this hidden nautical gem in the heart of Shoreditch. An impressive array of 80+ rums and seasonal rum cocktails.” 14 Rivington Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 3DU

The Rum Kitchen – “A rum lover’s paradise on All Saints Road with a new outpost in Kingly Court, Soho. Combines beach shack chic and epic rum cocktails with an impressive Caribbean menu and reggae beats. Ask for Mario.” 6 – 8 All Saints Road, W11 1HH and 1st Floor, Kingly Court, Carnaby, Soho, W1B 5PW

Pelicans & Parrots – “A traditional Caribbean Rum Shop style bar is tucked in the basement of this quirky Dalston treasure trove.” 81 Stoke Newington Road, Dalston, N16 8AD

Trailer Happiness – “This Portobello Road institution combines ‘70s retro decor with Tiki-inspired cocktails. Home of the monthly Rum Club.” 177 Portobello Road, London, W11 2DY

Cottons Rhum Shack – “This London landmark is home of the global rum guru Ian Burrell and his nephew, Andrae. If anyone knows their rum, it’s these guys with 243 rums on offer (at the last count!)” 55 Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8AN

A Hundred Years Old, the Panama Canal Is About to Get a Lot Bigger
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Even after a century of constant use and the passage of more than a million ships, the great steel gates of the Miraflores locks, at the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal, still swing open with the precision of a Swiss watch.
So exquisitely fitted and balanced are they that each of the 672-ton leaves can be moved by a pair of 25-horsepower motors. The same can be said for the massive Gatun locks on the Caribbean side. Engineered in the days of Teddy Roosevelt, their doors cast in good Pittsburgh steel, the locks—like the canal itself—were designed to handle with ease ships the size of the Titanic.
And so they can still—as long as the ships come that small.
Nowadays many don’t. Of the roughly 14,000 ships that ….[Full article HERE]
August 21, 2014

A Hundred Years Old, the Panama Canal Is About to Get a Lot Bigger

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Even after a century of constant use and the passage of more than a million ships, the great steel gates of the Miraflores locks, at the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal, still swing open with the precision of a Swiss watch.

So exquisitely fitted and balanced are they that each of the 672-ton leaves can be moved by a pair of 25-horsepower motors. The same can be said for the massive Gatun locks on the Caribbean side. Engineered in the days of Teddy Roosevelt, their doors cast in good Pittsburgh steel, the locks—like the canal itself—were designed to handle with ease ships the size of the Titanic.

And so they can still—as long as the ships come that small.

Nowadays many don’t. Of the roughly 14,000 ships that ….[Full article HERE]

‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5′ Gets 2017 Release Date
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It has been confirmed that “Pirates of the Caribbean 5” is set to premiere on July 7, 2017. The follow-up to “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” will see the return of Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow. The film is reportedly titled “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.”
The film is rumored to feature another A-list star, Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz, who will supposedly play the role of Captain Brand. Geoffrey Rush, Jack Davenport, and Keith Richards are also rumored to reprise their roles for the fifth movie.
A female supporting character for the movie has not yet been announced, though there are rumors that Penelope Cruz could be back for the fifth installment of the “Pirates” movie.
Disney was initially eyeing a summer 2016 release for the latest installment of the franchise, but the decision to push back the movie was made when the producers apparently saw that it wasn’t worth rushing until the script was right. Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg are attached to direct the film, with Jerry Bruckheimer on board to produce it, according to Deadline.
The first four “Pirates” film grossed $3.7 billion, and the last film, “On Stranger Tides,” crossed the $1 billion mark. “Dead Men Tell No Tales” is set for some stiff competition by July 2017, as the “Fantastic Four” reboot will be released on July 14 that year, and “Despicable Me 3” on June 30.
There’s no word yet as to whether this will be the last adventure for Jack Sparrow. But if Disney decides to end the franchise with “Dead Men Tell No Tales,” Hollywood Life is reporting that characters such as Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Kiera Knightley) could appear in the film.
August 21, 2014

‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5′ Gets 2017 Release Date

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It has been confirmed that “Pirates of the Caribbean 5” is set to premiere on July 7, 2017. The follow-up to “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” will see the return of Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow. The film is reportedly titled “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.”

The film is rumored to feature another A-list star, Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz, who will supposedly play the role of Captain Brand. Geoffrey Rush, Jack Davenport, and Keith Richards are also rumored to reprise their roles for the fifth movie.

A female supporting character for the movie has not yet been announced, though there are rumors that Penelope Cruz could be back for the fifth installment of the “Pirates” movie.

Disney was initially eyeing a summer 2016 release for the latest installment of the franchise, but the decision to push back the movie was made when the producers apparently saw that it wasn’t worth rushing until the script was right. Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg are attached to direct the film, with Jerry Bruckheimer on board to produce it, according to Deadline.

The first four “Pirates” film grossed $3.7 billion, and the last film, “On Stranger Tides,” crossed the $1 billion mark. “Dead Men Tell No Tales” is set for some stiff competition by July 2017, as the “Fantastic Four” reboot will be released on July 14 that year, and “Despicable Me 3” on June 30.

There’s no word yet as to whether this will be the last adventure for Jack Sparrow. But if Disney decides to end the franchise with “Dead Men Tell No Tales,” Hollywood Life is reporting that characters such as Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Kiera Knightley) could appear in the film.

August 19, 2014

Arsenal’s Giroud Is Jamaican 

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August 16, 2014

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY BBC RADIO 1XTRA BORN Aug 16th 2002
August 16, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BBC RADIO 1XTRA BORN Aug 16th 2002

CARNIVAL iPlayer

August 15, 2014

BBC Notting Hill Carnival SHORT FILMS ON THE iPlayer

(4 x short films for BBC iPlayer. TX: August 19th 2014)

With the 50th Notting Hill Carnival fast-approaching, BBC iPlayer marks this unique annual landmark in the nation’s cultural calendar with four celebratory films…

Notting Hill Carnival: Who Started It?

Wyn Baptiste grew up in Notting Hill believing his dad Selwyn, a Trinidadian steel pan player who arrived in Britain in 1960, was the man responsible “for putting a million people on the streets.” But the truth isn’t quite that simple. Wyn embarks on a journey to discover who started Notting Hill Carnival and when, as well as the role his dad actually played.

Directed by Wyn Baptiste and Dom Asbridge. Produced by Shanthy Sooriasegaram

Notting Hill Carnival: Hard Food

Why hasn’t the food obsessed Great British public caught on to curry goat or ackee and salt fish like it has korma, pizza and kebab? Rodney P, the Godfather of UK Rap, embarks on a mission to get to the bottom of this multicultural mystery with a hard look at hard food

Presented by Rodney P. Directed by Vanessa Van-Yeboah, AP Louis Melvin

Notting Hill Carnival: Sound Systems 

Sound Systems came to Britain from Jamaica but it took the catalyst of the British/West Indian fusion to turn them into a force to be reckoned with. Sound boys old and young, male and female, celebrate the extraordinary cultural heritage of the sound systems

Directed by Vanessa Van-Yeboah, AP Louis Melvin

Notting Hill Carnival: Carnival’s Biggest Tunes

Nothing quite beats the unique feeling of raving on the street in the blazing sunshine to the heavyweight bass of a massive tune! Contributors including Miss Dynamite, Shola Ama, Toddla T, and Dennis Bovell select their top musical moments from Carnival over the years

Directed by Vanessa Van-Yeboah, AP Louis Melvin

GARNET SILK
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We don’t need an excuse to remember greatness.
August 15, 2014

GARNET SILK

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We don’t need an excuse to remember greatness.