Jamaican Dancehall artiste Mavado celebrates his island women in the visuals for his hot single, ‘Caribbean Girls’.
The Bahamas gained Independence from Great Britain on July 10th, 1973, after being an English colony for 300 years. Bahamas is not only known for its Deep Sea Fishing and popular Goombay Punch (drink) but also known as one of the leading Caribbean vacation spots. It is about fifty miles off the coast of Florida, and is made up of over 700 islands including the main city Nassau (New Providence Island)/Paradise Island and the Grand Bahama. Only about five percent of these islands are inhabited however.
Some popular celebrites of Bahamian heritage are Recording artiste Lenny Kravitz, Media personality Al Roker, SportsMan Rick Fox, popular model Shakira Ledard, Olympina and track star Debbie Ferguson, Actor Sir Sidney Poitier and writer/Producer Jimmy Curry. Other cool facts:) Top Celebs such as Nicholas, Oprah, Sean Connery, James Bond and Johnny Depp, Bill Gates, Michael Jordan and Shakira all either own property or islands in the Bahamas.
Check out this energetic, patriotic tune by Papa Smurf showing love for The Bahamasss!!
Beenie Man has released a Music Video for his single, ‘Summer is here’ which also features Music Producer Mario C. The video was directed by Director Ras Tingle whch features great Jamaican spots to just chill and have fun…Check it out
by Natalie Monique
The World Bank has partnered with the (IDB) Inter-American Development Bank and the (CDB) Caribbean Development Bank in a new one-year initiative, aimed at strengthening the Caribbean and its policies, to ensure growth in the region. The Caribbean Growth Forum (CGF) will focus on building existing partnerships, with the help of the both the private and public sectors, the Caribbean Diaspora and civil society as a whole. The first meeting of the Advisory Board was hosted in Barbados last Friday.
World Bank Director for the Caribbean, Francoise Clottes said, “The forum aims at ‘facilitating a Caribbean-led transformational dialogue generating fresh thinking on innovation=based growth-oriented policies.” It will draw from practical development initiatives and research to address cross-cutting regional challenges, such as studies on how to enhance the business environment for existing and new investors in the Caribbean, proposals to unleash stronger competition, policy options to reduce public debt and analyses to improve transportation logistics in the region.
Warren Smith, President of the Caribbean Development Bank added that the forum will in general “…offer an innovative platform for networking and open exchange of ideas on constructive ways to address challenges.”
A recent Press Release highlighted that in 2011, the Caribbean experienced low structural growth in the region and most countries experienced a significant economic contraction, due to the 2008 worldwide financial crisis. While latin America grew by 6 %, the Caribbean regions only grew by 2.3%, some countries public debt to GDP rations reaching 100%.
A memorandum between the IDB, World Bank and the CDB will be signed formalizing their collaboration on May 24, 2012, at a conference to be held in the Cayman Islands. The first regional conference of the (CGF) Caribbean Growth Forum will be held, June 18-19 in Jamaica, followed by the Digital Jam 2.0 event, June 28-30, which will focus on youth and jobs in the Information and Communications Technologies sector.
by Natalie Monique
Former West Indies cricketer, Gingerland, Nevis native Runako Shakur Morton (22 July 1978 – 4 March 2012)died at age 33, in a car accident earlier today.
ESPN reports that around 11 pm, Sunday night, Morton was on his way home from a Cricket match, when his vehicle crashed into a utility pole on the Solomon Hochoy Highway in Chase Village in central Trinidad. His team mates have been extremely disheartened by the tragic news.
Former West Indies Captain, Jamaican born Chris Gayle tweeted: We lost a True Warrior W.I Cricketer Runako Morton-May is soul rest in peace! Our memories together Live On!-My Condolences to his Family 🙁
Fellow teammate Wavell Hinds also said, “Gone far too soon brother Runako. I will treasure the great memories for sure. R.I.P. God knows best.” Julian Hunte, President of the West indies Cricket Board told sources, “Runako’s passing, still in the prime of life, leaves us all in shock,” Hunte said. “He will be remembered as a fierce competitor on the field who gave no quarter whether he was playing for West Indies, Leeward Islands, Nevis or Trinidad and Tobago. ” England batsman Kevin Pietersen also expressed his shock, he tweeted, “My thoughts go out to Runako Morton’s family this morning… Such sad news!! What a lovely guy & fierce competitor!! RIP bossman!!!”
Runako played 15 tests and 56 One Day Interntaionals for WI, one of the few players hailing from Nevis, one of the smaller Caribbean islands, who represented the West Indies at the international level in Cricket. He made his international debut in 2002 when he was recalled to the team to replace former WI cricketer Marlon Samuels; this was after being expelled from the team in 2001, due to a number of dicisplinary breaches. During his career, Runako was considered a very jovial, well-loved person and very talented.
Morton is survived by his wife Leiselle Morton and three children, the youngest, aged one year old. RIP Runako… another young brother taking the Caribbean to the world, gone too soon.