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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August 16, 2014

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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

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August 15, 2014

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August 14, 2014

The Great BOB MARLEY

This is a Video Clip of Bob Marley’s Funeral held in Jamaica on May 21,1981.
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Bahamas Carnival Connects with Grand Bahama’s Cultural Community
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In the Bahamas, a large representation of the Junkanoo and cultural community recently attended a forum presented by Team Bahamas Carnival, in an effort to learn more about the scheduled carnival and its events. During the session held at the Office of The Prime Minister, Freeport, the vision and objectives of Bahamas Carnival were emphasized, as well as the economic opportunities that this initiative provides for all those involved.
Furthermore, media houses throughout the second city welcomed Team Bahamas Carnival as key updates were discussed regarding the scheduled events and entrepreneurial opportunities. The radio show tour included, Love 97 northern, ZNS Radio and Mix 102.1FM to cover a diverse demographic. The team comprised of Paul Major, Chairman, Roscoe Dames, CEO BNFC, Fred Munnings, Commissioner, Percy Francis, BNFC Technical Advisor, and Julien Believe, music artist and entertainer.
During the official meeting several attendees signed up for the recent song competition, while others provided their demo songs on the spot.
In response to “Why Carnival?” Paul Major noted, “Junkanoo is a fantastic display of our creative talents in every way. However, it has not created many economic opportunities for those who practice the craft. […] Carnival is a universal word, with a universal following which presents The Bahamas with an opportunity to present our unique and diverse talents on an international stage, and we plan to do that well, and we expect that every year, this will continue to grow,” added Major.
Further speaking to the economic opportunities that Bahamas Carnival brings, Roscoe Dames added, “An interesting statistic happens when you search for the top carnivals in the Caribbean. Trinidad, Crop Over and Grenada are mentioned with Junkanoo included as number four on the list.”
[…] When asked about the musical component of Bahamas Carnival, Fred Munnings replied, “Music is perhaps the most effective way to promote any cultural expression. This is not just about a four day festival, The Bahamas Carnival will primarily benefit Bahamians. In particular, the creative community by stimulating sustainable economic opportunities in all aspects of the entertainment industry.” He further stated, “We believe that the music will be one of the biggest driving forces of The Bahamas Carnival. We want all of our song writers to write, all of our musicians to compose and all of our artists to create,” Munnings passionately added.
Julien “Believe” Thompson added, “I am compelled as a young aspiring Bahamian artist that it is important to embrace and endorse The Bahamas Carnival because we have not been afforded opportunities in the past to showcase our talents on this level.” “This is an opportunity that could change your entire life,” said Thompson.
Percy “Vola” Francis said “The Bahamas Carnival is powered by the engine of Junkanoo. Junkanoos will now be able to stretch their imaginations even further.” He explains “The Bahamas Carnival companies are business based. We will now have the opportunity to utilize the gifts and talents we use in Junkanoo to now prepare costumes for sale.” […] Francis also added, “This Carnival will give us an inclusive environment where anyone from anywhere can come and participate and just jump in the street.”
“Everything about this experience will be a Bahamian experience,” emphasized Munnings. The countdown to Bahamas Carnival is on. Get ready, and get involved.
August 12, 2014

Bahamas Carnival Connects with Grand Bahama’s Cultural Community

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In the Bahamas, a large representation of the Junkanoo and cultural community recently attended a forum presented by Team Bahamas Carnival, in an effort to learn more about the scheduled carnival and its events. During the session held at the Office of The Prime Minister, Freeport, the vision and objectives of Bahamas Carnival were emphasized, as well as the economic opportunities that this initiative provides for all those involved.

Furthermore, media houses throughout the second city welcomed Team Bahamas Carnival as key updates were discussed regarding the scheduled events and entrepreneurial opportunities. The radio show tour included, Love 97 northern, ZNS Radio and Mix 102.1FM to cover a diverse demographic. The team comprised of Paul Major, Chairman, Roscoe Dames, CEO BNFC, Fred Munnings, Commissioner, Percy Francis, BNFC Technical Advisor, and Julien Believe, music artist and entertainer.

During the official meeting several attendees signed up for the recent song competition, while others provided their demo songs on the spot.

In response to “Why Carnival?” Paul Major noted, “Junkanoo is a fantastic display of our creative talents in every way. However, it has not created many economic opportunities for those who practice the craft. […] Carnival is a universal word, with a universal following which presents The Bahamas with an opportunity to present our unique and diverse talents on an international stage, and we plan to do that well, and we expect that every year, this will continue to grow,” added Major.

Further speaking to the economic opportunities that Bahamas Carnival brings, Roscoe Dames added, “An interesting statistic happens when you search for the top carnivals in the Caribbean. Trinidad, Crop Over and Grenada are mentioned with Junkanoo included as number four on the list.”

[…] When asked about the musical component of Bahamas Carnival, Fred Munnings replied, “Music is perhaps the most effective way to promote any cultural expression. This is not just about a four day festival, The Bahamas Carnival will primarily benefit Bahamians. In particular, the creative community by stimulating sustainable economic opportunities in all aspects of the entertainment industry.” He further stated, “We believe that the music will be one of the biggest driving forces of The Bahamas Carnival. We want all of our song writers to write, all of our musicians to compose and all of our artists to create,” Munnings passionately added.

Julien “Believe” Thompson added, “I am compelled as a young aspiring Bahamian artist that it is important to embrace and endorse The Bahamas Carnival because we have not been afforded opportunities in the past to showcase our talents on this level.” “This is an opportunity that could change your entire life,” said Thompson.

Percy “Vola” Francis said “The Bahamas Carnival is powered by the engine of Junkanoo. Junkanoos will now be able to stretch their imaginations even further.” He explains “The Bahamas Carnival companies are business based. We will now have the opportunity to utilize the gifts and talents we use in Junkanoo to now prepare costumes for sale.” […] Francis also added, “This Carnival will give us an inclusive environment where anyone from anywhere can come and participate and just jump in the street.”

“Everything about this experience will be a Bahamian experience,” emphasized Munnings. The countdown to Bahamas Carnival is on. Get ready, and get involved.

Cuba’s mangroves under threat
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Tangled thickets island nation’s first line of defense against rising sea levels, Andrea Rodriguez reports for the Associated Press.
Many people in this hamlet on the southern coast of Cuba remember when the shore lay about 100 metres further out. That was four decades ago.
Since then, rising waters have gradually swallowed up rustic homes, a narrow highway that once paralleled the coast, even an old military tank that people now use to measure the sea’s yearly advance.
"There was a road there," said Jose Manuel Herrera, 42, a fisherman and former charcoal harvester, pointing toward the gentle waves. "You could travel from here all the way to Mayabeque."
Worried by forecasts of rising seas from….Full article HERE
August 11, 2014

Cuba’s mangroves under threat

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Tangled thickets island nation’s first line of defense against rising sea levels, Andrea Rodriguez reports for the Associated Press.

Many people in this hamlet on the southern coast of Cuba remember when the shore lay about 100 metres further out. That was four decades ago.

Since then, rising waters have gradually swallowed up rustic homes, a narrow highway that once paralleled the coast, even an old military tank that people now use to measure the sea’s yearly advance.

"There was a road there," said Jose Manuel Herrera, 42, a fisherman and former charcoal harvester, pointing toward the gentle waves. "You could travel from here all the way to Mayabeque."

Worried by forecasts of rising seas from….Full article HERE