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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.

Shocking Suicide – Konshens’ brother takes own life – Delus recorded video of gun to his head moments before he died

24 Jun

Source: Jamaica Star

Dancehall artiste Delus reportedly recorded a video of himself with a gun at his head moments before his death. Delus, 35, the older brother of Konshens, is suspected to have committed suicide at his home in Havendale, St Andrew, last night. Police investigators at the scene told THE STAR that an amateur video was sent proportedly by Delus to his girlfriend, who raced back home to stop him.

Neighbours said that they saw when Delus’ girlfriend drove home at about 7 p.m. and made a mad rush for the house while screaming “No! No! No!”
They surmised that he was already dead by the time she got inside.
Two females, said to be tenants, were at the house when the shooting took place. Delus’ house is located across from Freddie McGregor’s Big Ship studios.
The Constabulary Communications Unit said last night that residents heard an explosion about 7:05 p.m. and summoned the police. Delus was found Continue reading

Martinique named safest Caribbean destination

20 Jun
Fort-de-France waterfront

Fort-de-France waterfront

Source: Dominica News Online

Martinique has been cited once again as the “Safest Destination in the Caribbean,” the designation published in the 2016 Caribbean Tourism Quality Index.

Released during the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) “Caribbean Week” in New York (May 31-June 4, 2016), the Caribbean Tourism Quality Index is an annual study produced by Resonance Consultancy, an international leader in destination development, branding, and marketing headquartered in Vancouver and New York.

The Resonance study measures tourism’s supply-side performance and competitiveness in 28 destinations across the Caribbean. This marks the second time in recent years that Martinique has been recognized as the “Safest Destination in the Caribbean,” the previous designation stemming from a 2011 International Business Times study.

“As flowers are an international symbol of peace, I suppose it’s fitting in a way that The Isle of Flowers should be recognized like this,” said Muriel Wiltord, Director Americas for the Martinique Promotion Bureau. “In reality, though, it is the warmth and welcoming spirit of the Continue reading

24 Year Old St.Kitts-Brit Named Assistant Commissioner of Police in the UK

5 Jun

Ashley Bertie will take on the role of Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner

Source: Times Caribbean

A fresh faced 24-year-old Brit of St.Kitts heritage has been appointed as one of two Assistant Police and Crime Commissioners for the West Midlands in the UK.
Ashley Bertie a former office researcher and management trainee since 2014 was named to the key role.

Crime Commissioner  David Jamieson said Bertie will bring in fresh perspectives and represent his  peers.

David Jamieson and new Crime Board, including Ashley Bertie, sat to his right

David Jamieson and new Crime Board, including Ashley Bertie, sat to his right

“Ashley has previously Continue reading


17 May


Peta Odini Sutherland – Designer

PETA ODINI SUTHERLAND is an island girl with a beckoning reputation for style. She’s the force behind the emerging menswear line, Peta Odini and artistic director for the soca music titan Skinny Fabulous.  In a relatively short career, Odini has excelled at doing what some established names have struggled to achieve: a signature aesthetic with her Peta Odini label. Odini challenges the Caribbean style palette with an unapologetic originality. Her story begins in the picture-perfect and desirable backdrop of the island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines SVG) and is rooted in a world of bold prints and daring colours.


Odini Sutherland, designer by Peta Odini, Photo: Errol Sutherland Photograher

Odini Sutherland|Photo: Errol John Photography

Peta Odini Sutherland is your typical island girl next door with a melodic accent, cascading dreadlocks, cool friends and a love for carnival. She is disarmingly friendly with a sass that is unmistakably “island”. These rudimental characteristics manifest themselves in her points of view, which are fresh with edginess and echo a definitive staying power.

“I used to be a model, which is still funny to me, because I now own no heels and no make up”. Funnier too, because Odini won Continue reading

Exclusive: Earn a college scholarship — from Rihanna

11 May


Work (work, work, work, work) and Rihanna will help you pay for college.

That’s right. The Grammy-winning singer and songwriter has announced Continue reading

LIAT cancels flights to Barbados

24 Mar

Source: Dominica News Online

LIAT wishes to advise that due to industrial action at the Grantley Adams International Airport the following flights into and out of Barbados have been cancelled for Continue reading