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Remembering VS Naipaul

Trinidadian novelist may have been the most formidable writer of the English language Contact Staff For many, Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul was the greatest writer of the English language. For evidence, check the 30 books that he has written, most of which are described as masterpieces, and see the repertoire of prestigious awards that adorned his achievements, including the Nobel Prize for Literature handed to him in 2001, and his Knighthood with Trinidad and Tobago’s Trinity Cross in 1990, and the Booker Prize in 1971. The man that the world knows as VS Naipaul, celebrated son of Trinidad and Tobago, …

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The Diaspora Roundup Aug 2, 2018

Human trafficking in Guyana Between January 5 and July 3, a total of 77 alleged victims of human trafficking have been rescued in Georgetown, Guyana. Amina Ally, the Minister of Social Protection said 60 of the 77 victims have been placed in protective care, while others are being assisted with jobs and educational opportunities. In one raid, 8 of 16 young ladies—14 Venezuelans, one Cuban, and one from the Dominican Republic—were rescued during a raid executed by the Guyana Police Force. Ally maintained that the protection of human rights and dignity of all the citizens of Guyana is an essential …

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The Diaspora Roundup July 19, 2018

Obama visits Kenya and South Africa Former U.S. President, Barack Obama visited Kenya, his father’s native country, on Sunday 15th July. It was his first visit to Africa since leaving office. His two-day visit was to support the launch of a sports and recreational community center pioneered by his half-sister, Dr. Auma Obama, under her foundation Sauti Kuu (Raised Voice in Swahili) at his father’s ancestral home, K’Ogelo. Mr. Obama praised his sister’s efforts in changing the narrative of the African story from asking for handouts, but moving towards empowerment and emancipation. He also made courtesy visits to President Uhuru …

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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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