Daily Archives: 04/18/2014

Tracing the origin of Trinidad’s Carnival to Grenada – by Arley Gill

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(Credit: grenadagrenadines.com)

Tracing the origin of Trinidad’s Carnival to Grenada – by Arley Gill

April 17, 2014 – Caribbean360

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, Thursday April 17, 2014 – How is it that Carnival, a festival that is so strongly influenced by the French, found its nursery on an island that was never colonized by the French?

From the time I read Joachim Mark’s fervent and bold assertion that Grenada gave Carnival to Trinidad, I could not help but agree with him.

Mark, an educator, history buff and a great historical archivist, has since gone to the Great Beyond. I read his assertion as a college student and his thesis has remained with me all those year. And, from time to time in my perusing through carnival history literature, I will come across passing comments on the issue that will strengthen Mark’s argument.  Continue reading

Space Station Commander Provides Tour of Orbital Laboratory

Space Station Commander Provides Tour of Orbital Laboratory

THIS IS AMAZING— Some have no idea as to what the Space Station interior looks like. This is very impressive.  Something worthwhile watching.

Published on Nov 19, 2012 – In her final days as Commander of the International Space Station, Sunita Williams of NASA recorded an extensive tour of the orbital laboratory and downlinked the video on Nov. 18, 2012.  Continue reading

USA Ackee ban remains in effect

USA Ackee ban remains in effect

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By NewsAmericaNow

News Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C., Fri. April 18, 2014:  While many Jamaican nationals may look forward with longing to ackee and saltfish this Easter weekend, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is recommending seizure or import refusal of canned, frozen and other ackee products.

The ackee fruit which is harvested from the ackee tree (Blighia sapida), is native to West Africa, but is also found in Central and South America, many Caribbean countries including Jamaica, and southern Florida.

It contains the toxin hypoglycin A, which drops to negligible levels in the edible portion of the fruit when it is fully ripe,, making them safe to consume . However, the rind and seeds still have high levels of hypoglycin A when the fruit is fully ripe and should not be consumed.  Continue reading

Guyana: Old Georgetown, British Guiana – pictures

OLD GEORGETOWN, British Guiana

Note: These pictures were submitted by a subscriber. We do not know who wrote the comments… they know old cars. Must bring back memories for the “old folks”.

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  • I observe the cars of the day- Morris Minor, Austin Cambridge, Morris Oxford, Hillman Minx.
  • I note the Bookers Sports Dept Store to the left and opposite it…….Bettencourt’s. Stabroek Market’s clock tower in the background.
  • To the left as well seems to be a cyclist dressed in the uniform of a then Bookers Store guard Continue reading