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Students Send Social Message Through Movement

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Dance has long been a potent force among the arts in Jamaica, with pioneering companies such as Rex Nettleford’s National Dance Theatre Company holding a mirror up to society and promoting Caribbean culture. Now students are taking the genre to a whole new level with powerful, socially relevant performances. The island’s top high school, Campion College, is ...

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Climate scientists use forecasting tools to protect Caribbean ways of life

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Since 2013, Jamaica’s Met Office has been using its Climate Predictability Tool (CPT) to forecast ‘below average’ rainfall or drought across the island. The tool has allowed this northern Caribbean island to accurately predict several dry periods and droughts, including its most destructive episode in 2014 when an estimated one billion dollars in agricultural losses were incurred ...

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Canada opens Montreal stadium to Haitian refugees fleeing US

MONTREAL – Reports here say as a surge of asylum-seeking Haitians fleeing the United States amid increasing deportation fears is overwhelming Canadian immigration agencies and has forced the opening of the massive Olympic Stadium in Montreal to temporarily house some of the refugees. PRAIDA, a government-funded immigrant-support program in Quebec, said it received 1,200 new requests from refugees in July, ...

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Usain Bolt loses back-to-back races

LONDON – Usain Bolt lost a race. Then he lost another one. Bolt settled for the bronze medal Saturday in the 100-meter final at the world championships in London, his final competition as a professional track star, according to the athlete himself. It’s the first time in his illustrious career that he’s been beaten in the event’s final at the ...

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CARIFESTA will bring in foreign exchange, Lashley says

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Government is hoping that the Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA) scheduled to be held here from August 17-27 will help take a bite from the crippling foreign exchange deficit. With some 3,000 artistes from 27 countries expected here for the festival, Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley said it was important to recognize that the cultural industries can ...

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Mayor detained following death of student

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti – The Mayor of Port-de-Paix, Josué Alusma, has been detained by authorities as they investigate the circumstances that led to the death of a student who was on a bus on Thursday. Media reports said that the unidentified student was killed after bullets were fired at a bus on which he was a passenger during the ...

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Education Minister buckles, withdraws statement

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Education Minister Ruel Reid has withdrawn statements he made linking a number of schools here to corruption and extortion practices. “I withdraw the reference of extortion and corruption to breach of non-mandatory fees policy,” Reid said in a statement posted on his Twitter account. Reid named at least six schools that he said had been using “creative ...

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LIAT introduces new airport passenger facilitation fee for Guyana

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – The Antigua-regional airline LIAT says it will introduce an airport passenger facilitation fee for international flights departing from the Eugene F. Correia International Airport here from September 1. In a statement, the airline said that its newly appointed chief executive officer, Julie Reifer-Jones, led a delegation here for talks with the Director General of the Guyana Civil ...

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Destra Garcia breaks ankle in stage fall

HAMILTON, Bermuda – Trinidadian soca star Destra Garcia has reportedly broken an ankle after falling from a stage during her performance at a concert here late Wednesday. According to an eyewitness, the 38-year-old performer slipped between the stage and a speaker during the Summer Splash concert ahead of Bermuda’s two-day national Cup Match holiday. While she had earlier placed a foot ...

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Jamaican woman wins $.2 million after detention in Trinidad

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – A Jamaican woman has been awarded more than $200,000 in damages by the courts for unlawful detention by Immigration authorities in Trinidad and Tobago. Her lawyers said it was unlawful for police and Immigration authorities to round up foreigners and detain them at the Immigration Detention Centre, Aripo, where they are denied fundamental human rights. ...

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