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The Diaspora Roundup July 5, 2018

An all Africa exit at FIFA World Cup 2018 For the first time since 1982, there will be  no African team in  the knockout round of the FIFA World Cup Finals. All the big names from the continent including Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Nigeria, and Senegal have all been eliminated. With matches filled with close calls and near misses the five teams kept soccer fans at the edge of their seats with  some commendable performances EGYPT The hope of Egypt’s Pharaohs lay in their talisman, Liverpool forward, Mohammed Salah who scored  two of the 10 goals that assisted them to qualify. …

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MIA MOTTLEY at the Vanguard of new era as BARBADOS’ FIRST FEMALE PRIME MINISTER

Names country’s largest Cabinet and stays with the CCJ By Rosie Awori On Thursday May 24th, Barbados ushered in a new era, as voters were overwhelming in their decision to elect Mia Mottley as the country’s first female prime minister. Mottley led her Barbados Labour Party (BLP) to a decisive victory over the Democratic Labour Party (DLP), grabbing all 30 parliamentary seats and delivering the first ever landslide victory in the history of the legislature. The DLP had previously held a slim majority with 16 seats. Mottley now joins a handful of Caribbean women who have had the privilege to …

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MIA MOTTLEY at the Vanguard of new era as BARBADOS’ FIRST FEMALE PRIME MINISTER

Names country’s largest Cabinet and stays with the CCJ   By Rosie Awori   On Thursday May 24th, Barbados ushered in a new era, as voters were overwhelming in their decision to elect Mia Mottley as the country’s first female prime minister. Mottley led her Barbados Labour Party (BLP) to a decisive victory over the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) grabbing all 30 parliamentary seats and delivering the first ever landslide victory in the history of the legislature. The DLP had previously held a slim majority with 16 seats. Mottley now joins a handful of Caribbean women who have had the …

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Paula Mae Weekes becomes Trinidad and Tobago’s first female president

Contact Staff History was made in Trinidad and Tobago when on Friday, February 1 it named Paula-Mae Weekes to be its sixth president and the first woman to hold the position. Weekes, who earned the distinction as a well-respected jurist for well over two decades, will replace Anthony Carmona, who demits the office of the presidency in March. She served as a judge of the High Court and in the Court of Appeal of Trinidad and Tobago between 1996 and 2016 before she retired in 2016. Then in February 2017, she was sworn in for a three-year term as a …

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The sad state of Puerto Rico after Maria

Weeks after the hurricane no food, no water, no electricity, no medication, lots of BS from the president Egbert Gaye Two weeks after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, the island remains in a bad state. Thirty-four people confirmed dead as a direct or indirect result of the category 4 Hurricane that struck on September 20. And experts agree that after clearing up the rubble and taking stock,   the number of dead will rise considerably, maybe into the hundreds. More than half of the population of 3.6 million remain without safe drinking water and 95% are without electricity, including almost all …

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One container off to Antigua-Barbuda. More help needed

Still collecting donations to help hurricane-ravaged islands Contact staff Montrealers have responded like champions to the call to assist Barbuda, which was devastated by Hurricane Irma, a category 5 storm, that destroyed almost every standing structure on the island. Immediately after the catastrophe, members of the local Antigua and Barbuda Association kicked into action with their Hurricane Relief plan and began collecting supplies to ship home to assist the 1800 people who lost everything they owned. Organization president Juleen Barrington and executive member Erene Anthony, together with their team, were tireless in collecting stuff from Montreal at various points across …

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Montrealers are being asked to help Hurricane relief effort

On September 6, Barbuda was devastated by Hurricane Irma Contact Staff Members of the Antigua-Barbuda Association of Montreal are mobilizing the community and other Montrealers to assist in the relief and recovery efforts underway following Hurricane Irma’s devastation on September 6. Almost everything on the small island of Barbuda was destroyed when the 378 –miles-wide category 5 Hurricane with winds of 225 miles per hour slowly made it’s way across the length of the island, (which is only 62 square miles,) blowing engulfing anything in it’s path including hospital, schools and the airport. Such was the extent of the destruction …

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Jamaica’s Gold medal goes to T&T

Jamaican sprinter tested positive for banned substance. Bolt’s triple-triple record in jeopardy Emotions across Trinidad and Tobago are bittersweet as the country celebrated its third Olympic gold medal, which came at the expense of Jamaica in the 4×100 relay at the Beijing games after one of their sprinters, Nesta Carter, was disqualified for using a banned substance. On Tuesday, January 24, the International Olympic Committee revealed that a reanalysis of the Jamaican’s sample showed the presence of the banned stimulant methylhexanamine, which has been on the prohibited list since 2004. Although it was reclassified in 2011, its use still carries …

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Remembering Former T&T PM Patrick Manning

Trinidad and Tobago is mourning of the death of former Prime Minister Patrick Augustus Mervyn Manning who died on 2 July 2016 at the age of 69. Mr. Manning had the distinction of serving two terms as Prime Minister of the twin island Republic, from December 17, 1991 to November 9 1995 and from December 24, 2001 to May 26 2010, and was the longest-serving member of the country’s House of Representatives. He was the leader of People’s National Movement (PNM) from 1987 to 2010. During his tenure as Prime Minister, Manning created a strong economic and energy infrastructure and …

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Guyana: 50 years a proud nation

Egbert Gaye Throughout the month of May and well into June, friends and supporters in a jubilee celebration at home and in the Diaspora will join Guyanese as the nation marks it 50th Anniversary of Independence. Today, the Caribbean country of 750,000 a founding member (2008) of Union of South American Nations and a cornerstone of the Caribbean Community Common Market (CARICOM), whose headquarters is based in its capital city, Georgetown, distinguishes itself as the only English speaking nation on the South American land mass. As such, in the 50 years since it acquired its Independence from the United Kingdom, …

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