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SUMMER IN THE CITY

Free flow of food, music and cultural activities at Parc Drapeau on July 7 The Best of Everything Jamaican at Jamaica Day Contact Staff Every year, tens of thousands of Montrealers come together to celebrate the best of Jamaica… its cuisine, it’s music and the arts, crafts and cultural nuances that make it one of the most exciting places on earth. This year, Montrealers can look forward to all of those things, together with a great line-up of local performers at the annual Jamaica Day celebrations at Parc Jean Drapeau, on July 7. The festival, which marks its 35th anniversary …

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Freemasons open their doors to public

“A peek to show that Freemasonry is more than just secret handshakes, traditions and famous members.” Egbert Gaye Officers and members of the Prince Hall Freemasons of Montreal are offering the public an opportunity to learn more about an organization that has been long defined as secretive and mysterious. On Saturday, June 30, they’re inviting Montrealers to “meet the men that make those charities work and to discuss these matters and explore your questions about an organization that is rich in history, tradition, and charity.” The Open House, as it is called, is being organized by the officers and members …

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Pan in Danger for 2018

Salah Steelpan Academy in dispute with Cote des Neiges Black Community Association By Egbert Gaye These days, pan man extraordinaire, Salah Wilson is in a foul mood, as his emotions sway from extreme anger to depression. As a devout Muslim, he is not inclined to swear words, but says this situation is testing him as he talks about the impasse between his steel orchestra, Salah Steelpan Academy and the Cote-des-Neiges Black Community Association, which has already forced the cancellation of his annual summertime steelband show and threatens to derail his participation in Pan Alive, the national competition in Toronto. You …

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SocaRama the Kooler Edition Hype Soca with Tallpree and Dev in a nice venue on July 7

Yes! Summer is finally here. Time to gear up for Montreal’s Carifiesta and the longest running after-event, SocaRama. This year, the event is back bigger and better for its 7th year on Saturday, July 7, and will feature our Kooler Fete Edition. Yes, bring your own cooler filled with your favorite drinks, party   with two artistes and a few deejays in a nice and spacious venue. So where does this all go down: Think SocaRama. And we are proud to let all partygoers know about our venue: CDL SPORTIF COTE DE LIESSE” 8305 Chemin De La Cote De Liesse, Qc …

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A warrior for the church

Bishop Donald Lee answered the call 60 years ago: The greatest decision I’ve made in my life Egbert Gaye Looking back at that fateful day in Jamaica in 1957, when he answered the call to devote his life to Christ and to the Church of God of Prophecy (COGOP), Bishop Donald Lee is unequivocal about what it meat to him. “It’s the greatest decision I’ve made in my life,” he says. “I had such a passion in my heart for Christ and for the church that there was nothing else I wanted more than to serve,” he says. Almost six …

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One Year after Freak Accident It’s still a Tasty Treat

Vacuumed sealed jerk chicken packages and breakfast now available   Egbert Gaye When Danny Campbell proclaims that you’ll find Montreal’s best tasting Oxtail platter at his restaurant, it’s not an idle boast. Many Montrealers travel long distances to get to the Caribbean Tasty Treat in the West Island to enjoy this Caribbean delicacy. “We try to make it a special experience for each and every one of our clients who walk through our doors, which means that all of our dishes are of  the top quality, but there’s something about our oxtail that makes  many of our clients  say it’s …

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THE DIASPORA Roundup JUNE 21, 2018

 UGANDA Invents device to detect Malaria Staying true to the adage, necessity is the mother of all invention 24 year old Brian Gitta developed a device that detects signs of malaria after blood tests failed to detect the disease  in his blood. His invention won him the Royal Academy of Engineering Africa Prize. Gitta, a computer science students talked his friends into using their skills to develop the gadget after normal blood test failed to detect the disease in his blood for three consecutive times They named the device, Matabibu which is the Swahili word for medicines. The low-cost, reusable …

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Africa’s twenty-first century children are stepping up

ALWAYS PLAYING CATCH-UP   Are four young Africans on the cusp of a viable 21st century discovery, or will this one be like others I’ve heard about, but which quickly evaporate like steam? So, someone recently sent me a WhatsApp message with a bold message: “Share this! Let’s make them famous because the media won’t.” Below is the notation @BLACKBUSINESS. I consulted Google and a world of Black businesses exploded on the computer screen. Tapping into a few of them, I wasn’t seeing what I wanted. After trying a few other search phrases, a whole lot of phrases germane to …

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Dishonesty: a cultural epidemic

God wants to raise up honorable men and women. These are the days when dishonesty and dishonest people are at their highest peak…its like an epidemic. At every level in society we are seeing, hearing and encountering dishonest people. You can find them on a daily basis. There are so many dishonest people in our community not excluding the churches we attend. It’s about time we confront this terrible spirit that is destroying our generation. God wants to raise up honorable men and women. It’s a Godly character and every human being must desire to live an honest life. There’s …

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You’re So Brave!

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. [Nelson Mandela] What is courage? Courage is taking a chance, taking steps towards your goals and dreams even when you’re afraid and you don’t really know what your next step is going to be. Courage is stepping out in faith even if the task ahead may appear to be impossible. Courage also requires wisdom. It’s doing what you need to do even if you’re scared; it’s pushing past …

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