Local News

Bahamians in South Florida celebrates country’s 44th Independence Anniversary

Bahamians in South Florida celebrates country’s 44th Independence Anniversary

MIAMI – Bahamians in South Florida, persons of Bahamian descent and friends of The Bahamas recently gathered at St. Matthews Missionary Baptist Church, Miami for an Independence Ecumenical Service to celebrate the 44th anniversary of the Independence of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. Among the speakers at the event, His Excellency Mr. Reuben Rahming, The Bahamas/CARICOM […]

Marlon Hill – Immigrant, Miami Fellow, Civic Leader: My Story

Marlon Hill – Immigrant, Miami Fellow, Civic Leader: My Story

MIAMI – Marlon Hill is an attorney and partner with the firm of Hamilton, Miller and Birthisel. He is a Miami Fellows (Class I) alum, inaugural Ruth Shack Leadership Award honoree and a past Foundation trustee. Marlon shared how his Fellows experience shaped his Miami story, and the legacy of civic leadership and engagement he seeks to […]

Florida’s Tax-Free Weekend is Aug. 4-6, 2017

Florida’s Tax-Free Weekend is Aug. 4-6, 2017

SOUTH FLORIDA – It’s that time of year again!  Florida shoppers once again will have a three-day “tax-free holiday” weekend in anticipation of the new school year. This year’s sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 4, 2017, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 6, 2017. Back on the tax-exempt list […]

National News

Child sexual abuse symposium part of Jamaica Diaspora 55 Conference

Child sexual abuse symposium part of Jamaica Diaspora 55 Conference

KINGSTON, Jamaica – On Thursday, July 27th, the Jamaica Diaspora Youth and Female Empowerment Task Force (JDYAFET) formerly the Nuh Guh Deh Diaspora Task Force presents Protect the Children Symposium: Breaking the Chains; a discussion and strategy setting symposium for the prevention of child sexual abuse in Jamaica and its Diaspora. The symposium is part […]

GraceKennedy Jamaican Birthright Interns in for a memorable experience

GraceKennedy Jamaican Birthright Interns in for a memorable experience

KINGSTON, Jamaica – This will be a summer to remember for four overseas-based students participating in the GraceKennedy Jamaican Birthright Programme.  The students received a warm welcome at the head offices of GraceKennedy Limited on July 10, ahead of their month-long cultural and professional internship programme. The four interns are Tianna Thomas of Brock University in […]

Jamaica’s National Dance Theatre Company celebrates its 55th season

Jamaica’s National Dance Theatre Company celebrates its 55th season

The National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) Gala Opens 55th Anniversary Season July 21 KINGSTON, Jamaica – Established at the time of Jamaica’s Independence, The National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC), together with the nation, celebrates its 55th Anniversary this year. As its premier event, the National Dance Theatre Company will host a special gala opening of […]

Entertainment

Reggae Gold 2017 – Out July 21st!

Reggae Gold 2017 – Out July 21st!

MIRAMAR – The Reggae Gold compilation series from VP Records has presented the best of Dancehall, Roots and Lovers Rock Reggae for more than decades. Now in its 24th year, Reggae Gold continues its run as the ultimate reggae music compilation for reggae mavens and those new to the genre. The 2017 edition of Reggae Gold […]

Dancehall & Reggae Star Konshens addresses standards of beauty

Dancehall & Reggae Star Konshens addresses standards of beauty

Kingston, Jamaica – With the recent release of his single “Beautiful“, recording artist Konshens recently defied stereotypical male view points by addressing the issue of conventional standard of beauty that plague women of all ages, races and creeds. From magazines to videos, to the increasing “Social media models” that constantly set an unrealistic and mentally […]

CaribbeanTales International Film Festival, the best of Caribbean Cinema

CaribbeanTales International Film Festival, the best of Caribbean Cinema

Caribbeantales International Film Festival: The Legacy Edition Toronto, Canada –  On July 6, 2017, the CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF) held its media launch and program reveal, co-presented by the Consul General of Barbados at Toronto, with an evening of community and celebration. The packed event featured the Canadian Premiere screening of Barbadian film legend-in-the-making Shakirah Bourne’s […]

Travel

Sandals Grande Antigua to temporarily close for maintenance

Sandals Grande Antigua to temporarily close for maintenance

Sandals Grande Antigua to temporarily close, will reopen December 17 ANTIGUA – Leading Caribbean hospitality company Sandals Resorts International (SRI) confirmed the temporary closure of Sandals Grande Antigua beginning September 20 for important maintenance projects. A letter of intention to close was shared with government officials late last week.  Original estimates suggested that the work would […]

Jade Mountain In St. Lucia Named #25 Hotel In The World, #2 In Caribbean

Jade Mountain In St. Lucia Named #25 Hotel In The World, #2 In Caribbean

SAINT LUCIA – Readers of influential travel magazine Travel + Leisure gave the famed St. Lucian hotel, Jade Mountain the 25th spot in the world and number two in the Caribbean, Bermuda and the Bahamas category in its annual survey. Jade Mountain’s sister resort, Anse Chastanet, was not far behind, placing number six among hotels in […]

Saint Lucia named on top Caribbean Islands list

Saint Lucia named on top Caribbean Islands list

SAINT LUCIA – Travel + Leisure, a leading US travel publication, has named Saint Lucia as one of the best Caribbean islands to visit. The magazine has just released the results of its 2017 World’s Best Awards Survey and Saint Lucia emerged as one of its leading Caribbean vacation destinations. Every year, Travel + Leisure asks […]

Business

Miami Under 40 Summer Networking Series kicks off

Miami Under 40 Summer Networking Series kicks off

A Young Professional and a Miami Summer MIAMI – Miami Under 40 (MU40) kicks off summer with an engaging series of networking events designed for young professionals. The events focus on empowering South Florida’s young professionals while connecting them with growing local businesses. The events will be held in Brickell, Downtown, and South Beach. “We’re adding a summer […]

Jamaica’s Tourism Minister pushes for more technology in tourism

Jamaica’s Tourism Minister pushes for more technology in tourism

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica – Jamaica’s Ministry of Tourism, through its Linkages Network, is encouraging the tourism sector to make greater use of technology to enhance guest experience. A ground-breaking move in that direction was made on Thursday (July 13) when the Knowledge Network of the Tourism Linkages Network partnered with Digicel Business to host “Smart Destination Jamaica:  A […]

Jamaican reggae band Raging Fyah to enter cannabis industry

Jamaican reggae band Raging Fyah to enter cannabis industry

Denver, Colorado – Grammy nominees Raging Fyah, Jamaica’s first band to enter multi-billion cannabis industry with own strain. To most of the world, Jamaica has always been synonymous with reggae music or marijuana. Although both have deep roots planted in the beautiful island, until recently the reality of consuming and cultivating cannabis in Jamaica was a criminal […]

Sports

Queen’s Park Cricket Club, the Caribbean Nucleus of Cricket

Queen’s Park Cricket Club, the Caribbean Nucleus of Cricket

By Prof. Ravi Chaturvedi PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – As my fingers were ready on my laptop to pen down my nostalgia of the Queen’s Park Cricket Club (QPCC), a quote of Amy Bloom, a American writer and psychotherapist’s novel ‘Away’ came rushing to my mind, “The past is a candle at great distance: too close […]

Mayor of Lauderhill ready for Cricket’s Big Event: Hero CPL 2017

Mayor of Lauderhill ready for Cricket’s Big Event: Hero CPL 2017

LAUDERHILL – The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will be back in Lauderhill, Florida, for the second successive year, and the city’s Mayor, Richard Kaplan, has spoken about what it means for Lauderhill to host the tournament for four matches on August 5 and 6. “It means carrying out our mission of bringing cricket to […]

Jamaican teen, Justin Sirgany to compete at Mobil 1 Sports Car Grand Prix

Jamaican teen, Justin Sirgany to compete at Mobil 1 Sports Car Grand Prix

F4 U.S. driver Justin Sirgany visits Canadian Tire Motorsport Park INDIANAPOLIS – More than 30 drivers, including Jamaican Justin Sirgany, are slated to compete at the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix July 8-9. Less than a month after competing at historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda will travel across […]

More News

City of Miami Gardens aim to help residents live healthy lives

City of Miami Gardens aim to help residents live healthy lives

MIAMI GARDENS – The City of Miami Gardens invites residents to participate in the inaugural “Live Healthy Miami Gardens” (LHMG) Week which begins Saturday, August 5th and concludes on August 12th. Patrons will enjoy a dynamic week focused on promoting health, wellness annual check-ups, tobacco prevention and more. They can also meet community partners, local […]

Maria Alonso named President & CEO at United Way of Miami-Dade

Maria Alonso named President & CEO at United Way of Miami-Dade

MIAMI-DADE – The United Way of Miami-Dade announced the appointment of Maria C. Alonso as its new president and chief executive officer. Alonso, a banking professional and respected civic leader, will start her new position in August, overseeing one of the region’s most robust non-profit organizations. “Maria has proven herself a tireless champion for all […]

PBS to air special program on U.S. – Cuba relations

PBS to air special program on U.S. – Cuba relations

MIAMI – As a result of the merger of WPBT2 and WXEL, which formed South Florida PBS, both public stations have been able to offer more viewing choices and localized programming which serves the needs and interests of the South Florida communities it reaches. This has resulted in increased ratings for both stations, which signals […]

Shaggy & Friends, Bustamante continue partnership

Shaggy & Friends, Bustamante continue partnership

Shaggy & Friends foundation donates US$500,000 in medical equipment KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Shaggy Make A Difference Foundation (SMADF) handed over much needed medical equipment to the Bustamante Hospital For Children on Wednesday, July 12th. It is the first of a two-part handover of equipment, furniture, parts and accessories with a combined value of more than US$529,000. Rebecca […]

Heinz Simonitsch first recipient of prestigious ‘Icon Of Hospitality’ award

Heinz Simonitsch first recipient of prestigious ‘Icon Of Hospitality’ award

MIAMI  – Legendary Caribbean hotelier Heinz Simonitsch, who defined luxury hospitality and environmental sustainability, will receive the first Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) Icon of Hospitality Award. Simonitsch of Jamaica’s famed Half Moon resort in Montego Bay was conferred the high honor today, his 90th birthday, for his tireless and innovative contributions to the […]

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