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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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JN Group Expo a hit in Toronto and Montreal

Ity & Fancy Cat and Reggae artistes added to the excitement Contact STAFF Thousands of patrons passed the second annual Jamaica National Group Exposition, which was held at the Pearson Convention Centre in Brampton, ON, Canada on April 28, to access services provided by The Jamaica National Group and its 40 exhibitors, comprised of Government of Jamaica agencies, housing developers and real estate agents. On April 30, the Expo moved to Montreal, where hundreds passed through the Ruby Foo Hotel where it was held. For exhibitors, PICA and RGD, the JN Expo was a success. Their representatives were overwhelmed by …

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Raving about Lincoln’s Restaurant

Jamaican and Caribbean food at its best in LaSalle Contact Staff There’s a lot of excitement over the food that’s coming out of the kitchen at Lincoln’s Cuisine’s and Catering Services in LaSalle. The food rave is caused by the sweet hands of Patricia Dawkins and her mother Victoria Thomas who are bringing a new flavor Jamaican and Caribbean food to the Montreal’s restaurant scene. Patricia describes this way, “ it’s is a family oriented cuisine which is guided by our mom’s strength and determination to make our community and adjoining ones feel the warmth, love and our tasty Caribbean …

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Karlicia Catwell cops the Lieutenant Governor Award

16-year old St. Luc student earns Youth Bronze Medal By: Rosie Awori Karlicia Catwell who is in her final year at Saint Luc High School in NDG was recently honored with the Lieutenant Governor Award in recognition of her impressive academic and her hard work in the community. Sixteen year old Karlicia, received Youth Medal (bronze) at an official ceremony held at Ecole Secondaire Cure Antoine Labelle on April 15. “I was happy and excited when I found out I would be receiving the award,” she said to the Contact in a recent telephone interview. In addition to being a …

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On to Martinique and St. Thomas

The brewing Atlantic storm kept cruisers at bay but the ship still off a lot of fun, entertainment and great food We got back to the ship on time, and as we were getting onto the tenders, the waves were getting bigger and bigger, causing the tender to hit the steps of the ship real hard. A woman screamed, literally cursing at the crew, as she wanted to know if they were trying to get the passengers killed! Other passengers were not listening to the crew at all, trying to jump onto the stairs – one false move and they …

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Martin Albino helps organize monumental moment in T&T steelband

Trinidad All Stars’ Minuet In G at the 1958 Bomb competition Contact Staff Martin Albino’s involvement in the steelpan movement reaches back to well over six and a half decades and still he continues to be relevant and make a difference. This year, the Montreal-based composer, arranger and player extraordinaire celebrated a special milestone in his native Trinidad and Tobago by organizing the 60th Anniversary of Trinidad All Stars performance of Minuet In G for the inaugural Bomb Competition in the 1958 carnival. Needless to say, the ‘tune’ arranged by the legendary Neville Jules, 30 years old at the time, …

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Cruising The Caribbean on The Norwegian Dawn

From New York City to Antigua Back in 2006 we had our first experience driving to the States to pick up a cruise ship (instead of flying to a set destination), and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Not only is it considerably cheaper, as we did not have to pay for a flight, we were able to take our time down to New York to visit with family and get onto the lovely Norwegian Dawn. This year would take us through to Boston where I spent two days with my beloved brother-in-law Maxwell Ayoung and his lovely family. The drive through …

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JN Group Expo in Montreal on April 30

A mass of Montrealers will converge on the Ruby Foo Hotel on April 30, for the 2018 JN Group Expo put on by, The Jamaica National Group and the Lynx Canada Foundation. The event was staged here for the first time and was an outstanding success when it was inaugurated at the Pearson Convention Centre in Toronto last year, as more than 6000 people, Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica gathered invaluable information about, “investment opportunities, real estate ventures and relevant services from representatives of government agencies in Jamaica.” Jamaica’s private sector will be well-represented by a cross section of JN …

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Africa Roundup March 29, 2018

AFRICA A single currency for all of Africa can be the springboard that launches Africa as an economic power block globally. This ideal is what South African President Cyril Ramaphosa firmly believes in, and he strongly backed the proposal of creating a homogeneous currency for African countries in a bid to attract infrastructure investment and ease intra-African trade. Speaking to journalists on March 21st at the African Union Summit in Kigali, Rwanda, where 44 countries signed a deal to establish the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), Ramaphosa said a single African currency was the natural next step. He added …

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REMEMBERING A HERO Dr.Martin Luther King

 Rosie AWORI On April 4, 1968, a chilling shot echoed across Memphis, Tennessee and changed the world forever. A terrorist muzzled the voice that had energized the American civil rights movement. It will soon be 50 years since Martin Luther King was assassinated. Rev. King was in Memphis to support a city sanitation workers strike. The deadly rifle shot was fired at 6:01 pm from the window of a rooming house across the street, striking him on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, just steps outside his room. He died an hour later at a Memphis hospital. His murder set …

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