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Grenada’s Oldest Woman Honoured By Queen Elizabeth

6 Aug

Source: Grenada Informer

Written by  Rawle Paterson

A 114-years-old great-great-grandmother from Carriacou is being honored as one of the oldest women in the world.

For the first time in her long life Leonora Noel has received a birthday greeting from Queen Elizabeth – but it arrived late.  The first card sent from Buckingham Palace went missing in the post.  A replacement was dispatched via the office of the Governor General of Grenada and delivered to Carriacou by the Governor General.

Masima, as she is known to friends, is recognized as Grenada’s oldest resident.  She lives modestly in a simple wooden house above the village of L’Esterre, Carriacou.  She spends most days sitting quietly where she can watch her chickens roam around the bushes outside and spot visitors who call to wish her well.  Grandson Gibson George is on hand next door to help the lady who he says was so important to him as he was growing up.

The super-centenarian enjoys a good appetite and takes occasional trips in a neighbor’s car to the local town. Apart from help around her home she looks after herself and says she is strong and in better health than the 83-year-old daughter who lives with her.  She admits her hearing is not as good as it has been but she can happily sing in tune the song she learned as a little girl in school more than a century ago.

This remarkable lady is bright, alert and surprisingly mobile. Recently she climbed up a flight of stone steps to meet her new great-great-grandchild, a baby girl named Sarah.  Her trip is documented in the short video made by a visiting

 

Masima is greatly admired by the Carriacou community which speaks of her many kindnesses to local families over generations.

Masima is obviously thought to have been born before almost anyone still alive today in the British Commonwealth – only one Jamaican woman is older. There are only four more people in the world verified as older – one woman in Italy, another in Spain, and two in Japan.

Masima was born in 1902 in Venezuela. When she was seven years old her mother died there in childbirth. The young girl was brought to Carriacou by her father Sherman, who originated on the island, and she was raised by grand-parents and aunts.

Grenada was a British colony until independence in 1974. Grenada remains part of the British Commonwealth and Masima is a subject of the Queen’s Realm.   Many local people left the islands to seek work in the United Kingdom and scores became nurses and factory workers there.

Brathwaite new Windies T20 captain

6 Aug

Source: Guardian

Written by Vinode Mamchan

World T20 winning captain Darren Sammy has been replaced as captain of the West Indies T20 team by Barbadian Carlos Brathwaite.

The all rounder who smacked four sixes in the final over of the world T20 finals in India against England to lift the title is the man who has been recommended by the West Indies senior selection panel for the top job. The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) is more than likely to approve the choice of Brathwaite.

The right hander will have his first taste of action as leader when the West Indies tackle India in two T20 matches in Florida on August 27 and 28. The WICB and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recently agreed on playing two T20 matches in America at the end of the four-Test series that is taking place in the region currently.

Sammy led the West Indies to the World T20 title but criticised the WICB at the post match conference and this did not go down too well with the WICB.

As a result he has been removed as captain and Brathwaite will now take over the mantle of leadership. The St Lucian Sammy who led the Zouks in at the 2016 CPL T20 can now consider his regional career over.

He made an exit with his team from the CPL on Thursday night as the Trinbago Knight Riders defeated them by five wickets in the play off in St Kitts.

Brathwaite has little or no experience as a leader and the WICB will hope that he can quickly learn the tricks of the trade with the next World T20 carded for 2018 in South Africa.

The West Indies is likely to be without many of the players who played at the World T20 in India for the upcoming two matches in Florida, as Guardian Media understands that the selectors want to build a new team with younger players, as they focus on defending their title in two years time.

 

 

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The Best Outfits And The Biggest Stars At The 2016 Olympic Opening Ceremony

6 Aug

Source: Huffington Post

The Olympics are always mired in controversy, and the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro are no different ― Brazil itself is in complete and utter turmoil, a lot of people are asking how these games are even happening this year.

Some of this controversy has focused on Team USA’s parade uniforms, designed by Polo Ralph Lauren, which total a whopping price tag of $1,512.50). As soon as the U.S. team’s parade uniforms were announced, the internet was quick to point out how parts of it resemble the stripes on the Russian flag.

But no one seemed worried about the controversy at the Opening Ceremony, instead celebrating their respective countries in style as they walked the Parade of Nations. Check out Canada’s blazing maple leaves, Croatia’s bold checkers, and Chile’s … well, bold choice.

See the best of the looks below:

Canada

Canada

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 05: Members of the Canada team take part in the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

 

Chile

Chile

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 05: Erika Olivera of Chile carries the flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Jamaica

Jamaica

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 05: Flag bearer Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica leads her team during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Croatia

Croatia

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 05: Members of Croatia pose for photographs while entering the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

South Africa

South Africa

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 05: Members of the South Africa team take part in the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

 

United States (Michael Phelps)

United States

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 05: Flag bearer Michael Phelps of the United States and Ibtihaj Muhammad lead the U.S. Olympic Team during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Barbados

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Spain (Rafael Nadal)

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 05: Flag bearer Rafael Nadal of Spain leads his team during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Norway

Norway

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 05: Members of the Norway Olympic team take part in the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Great Britain (Andy Murray)

Great Britain

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 05: Andy Murray of Great Britain carries the flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Botswana

Botswana

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 05: Nijel Amos of Botswana carries the flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Colombia

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Yuri Alvear Orjuela carries the flag of Colombia during the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Denmark (Caroline Wozniacki)

Denmark

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 05: Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark carries the flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

 

Australia

Australia

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 05: Members of the Australia team take part in the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Korea

Korea

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 05: Flag bearer Bongil Gu of the Republic of Korea leads his team during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 05: Members of the Puerto Rico Olympic Team take part in the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Sweden

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 05: Members of Sweden participate during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Tuvalu

Tuvalu

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 05: Flag bearer Etimoni Timuani of Tuvalu leads his team during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Malaysia

Malaysia

Team Malaysia arrives during the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

 

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Australia

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 05: Members of the Australia team take part in the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mosquitoes Hate Cuban Coffee

6 Aug

 

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Photography in Focus – Guinell Ollivierre-Hazell

6 Aug
Guinell Ollivierre-Hazell is a native of Paget Farm, Bequia located in the Grenadines. Being fascinated by nature; sunsets, beautiful flora and fauna and birds from an early age, Guinell grew fond of photography which is no wonder that she spends most of her pastime  going to the beach, taking photos and being adventurous.

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ECCO MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: BOMANI

5 Aug

Source: ECCO Inc.

Written by Christine “Chrycee” Charlemagne from Saint Lucia

 

It all but consumed him. Day and night, sweet melodies replayed in his head. Over and over. Everything he saw, touched, felt and heard, evoked within him the need to craft his thoughts and feelings into beautiful lyrical masterpieces.  His fingers twitched to get it all out on paper. His lips buzzed to sing out loud the songs which radiated from his heart. As his need to create sweet music grew—to a point where it seemed to become even more important than the job he then held, and everything else in his life for that matter!—it became undoubtedly clear to Bomani that music was his true calling.

The Saint Vincent & the Grenadines born songwriter, performer and recording artiste describes himself an optimist and an adventurer who loves life and music to no end. He recalls this his love-affair with music began during his secondary school days, songwriting and singing. Upon his graduation he made a concerted effort to become aligned with musicians, composers and other songwriters in his home island.

Bomani describes his music and sound as “an eclectic Afro Caribbean Calypso/Ragga Soca blend with hints of broader music styles” which have influenced him on his journey. Truly his music reflects the essence of what it’s like to be a Caribbean native.

He draws his inspiration from the wonderful world around him—the universe, God, his environment, friends, family, the stranger he unexpectedly runs into, and even his dreams. Through his music he seeks to share a message of love and happiness for and among people.

Among his numerous music experiences to date, the Vincentian artiste says one of his most amazing moments centered around the release of his very first Album, “Deep” and the subsequent international tour. “Deep,” featured several of his earlier hits which led him to perform the world over. He adds his capturing of the St Vincent & the Grenadines 2004 Road March title and the OECS Soca Monarch title in St Lucia in 2005 as highly memorable accomplishments. A number of Bomani’s songs have also been signed to giant Caribbean music label, VP Records.

 

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He credits his successes to date to his dedication and willingness to work hard, a formidable team and support system and an ability to remain focused on music creation and promotion even in difficult times. And there certainly have been difficult times. As a professional artiste, Bomani notes that one of his biggest challenges in establishing his music career has been a struggle for adequate radio airplay throughout the year in St Vincent. This shortfall, he says, makes it difficult for the general public to become familiar with new material. Related to his challenge is lack of performance platforms for sustainable growth and development.

Yet Bomani and his team refuse to be limited by those challenges; so they are constantly seeking alternative means of music promotion and networking, while exploring performance opportunities regionally and internationally.

With his determined spirit, soulful voice and infectious melodies we have absolutely no doubt that Bomani will achieve his ultimate goal; his music transcending time and generations, touching  people across the world; inspiring aspiring artistes as those before him inspired him.

In fact if you listen to his music releases from over the years it’ll become evident to you that he’s already achieving his mission.

BOMANI Bites

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ECCO: When you’re not doing music, what are you doing?

Bomani: When I’m not doing music you can find me chillin’ with friends and family at home, watching movies, or at the beach, or at any of several of the hangout spots in SVG having a few drinks and eating great food.

 

ECCO: What are your passions besides music?

Bomani: Visual arts, helping with the development of young people and cricket.

 

ECCO: What makes you laugh?

Bomani: Great stand-up comedy and political and social satire make me laugh and good jokes generally.

 

ECCO: Name one thing about yourself that most people won’t know

Bomani: Most people probably won’t know that I’m a picky eater.

 

ECCO: Who are you music mentors? Music influences?

Bomani: There have been several individuals who have mentored me over the years here in SVG, Mr Lennox Bowman, Mr Franklyn Edwards who is also my manager. I’ve had great conversations with legendary Vincentian calypsonians like Winston Soso and Becket that I consider as great council. My musical influences over the years have been wide enough to include artistes from several genres such as Peter Tosh, Berres Hammond, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Gladys Knights, Whitney Houston, Luthor Vandross, Seal, David Rudder, the original Burning Flames, Krossfyah, Winston Soso and Becket.

 

Stay connected with Bomani on his Musical Journey! Follow him on Social Media 

Facebook ……………….  Bomani Charles (www.facebook.com/bomani.charles)

YouTube ………………..  BOMANI SONGS (www.youtube.com/channel/UCT-Fvd0kvluKyVMBi8v0lAg)

Soundcloud ……………  BomaniMusic (www.soundcloud.com/BomaniMusic)

Instagram ……………….  @bomani_live

Twitter …………………..   @bomani300

 

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Snaqqle – traditional snacks with a difference!

5 Aug

 

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The effervescent Sharde Titus  – the owner of Snaqqle (snack-le) holds a degree in Literatures in English with a minor in Theatre and two CVQs in Television and Video production but her business has very little to do with her academics. This bubbly lass lived in both Trinidad and Tobago as well as St. Vincent and the Grenadines and have always had a penchant love for history and culture so for her final year project at UWI she tried to delve into an aspect of culture which eventually led her to these sweet treats.  Continue reading