US extends temporary protected status for Haiti

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US Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has extended Haiti’s designation for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for an additional 18 months. The extended designation is effective January 23, 2016, through July 22, 2017, Caribbean News Now reports.

Current TPS Haiti beneficiaries seeking to extend their TPS status must re-register during a 60-day period that runs from August 25, 2015, through October 26, 2015. US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) encourages beneficiaries to re-register as soon as possible once the 60-day re-registration period begins. USCIS will not accept applications before August 25, 2015.

The 18-month extension also allows TPS re-registrants to apply for a new employment authorization document (EAD). Eligible TPS Haiti beneficiaries who re-register during the 60-day period and request a new EAD will receive one with an expiration date of July 22, 2017. USCIS recognizes that some re-registrants may not receive their new EADs until after their current EADs…

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Reggae stars Nelly Stharre and Trevy Felix feared dead in house fire: Latest Information from AGSelect

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Our thanks to Ayeola George and AGSelect [] for sending the following update on the developing story of Nelly Shtarre and Trevy Felix’s apparent death in a fire in Dominica.

Though not yet confirmed by police in Dominica, fans and family alike have taken to social media to pay tribute to international reggae stars Nelly Stharre and Trevy Felix (AKA Ras Trevy), feared dead in a fire at the remotely located home which they occupied in the heights of Mahaut, a residential community north of the capital, Roseau.

The gruesome discovery of burnt skeletal remains was made late Wednesday 19th August by Trevy’s brother, Jeffers Felix, who alerted Nelly’s family and a short while later by Nelly’s brother Emile who alerted the authorities. After several unsuccessful attempts to contact the couple by phone they each visited the remotely located residence. Nelly and Trevy had not been seen nor heard…

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Leading Cuban biochemist reaches out to Jamaica to lower medical costs

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According to the Jamaica Observer, a senior Cuban biochemist from Cuba’s largest biotechnology institute has reached out to Jamaica with ideas to save the struggling country millions of dollars and simultaneously improve healthcare for its people.

Leading Cuban biochemist, Dr Manuel Raices Perez-Castaneda, Business Development Executive at Cuba’s Center for Generic Engineering and Biotechnology, said that Jamaica was so near, yet appeared to be far away from engaging Cuba in ways that it can improve health care to hundreds of thousands of Jamaicans who suffer from various ailments.

“For a long time we have had cooperation in health care with Jamaica, and even now we have a permanent medical brigade in your country,” Perez-Castaneda told the Jamaica Observer in an exclusive interview at his organisation’s offices here.

“But cooperation could be better between us. The first thing is for Jamaica, it will be a win-win situation, and personally, I get…

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Catch this fire: Marley sons will be blazing at SummerStage


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The Catch a Fire Tour 2015, starring reggae great Bob Marley’s sons Damian (Junior Gong) Marley, Stephen (Ragga) Marley and the powerful family band Morgan Heritage, will keep the summer concert scene ablaze at SummerStage in Central Park on Aug. 30, and help support the free shows in the concert series, Jared MacCalister reports for the New York Daily News.

Proceeds from the Catch a Fire show help fund more than 100 free performances in parks throughout the five boroughs. Sponsored by Capital One Bank, the SummerStage show will be held in the park’s Rumsey Playfield (Enter the east or west side of the park at 72nd St.). Tickets to the benefit show are $46 per person. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the show begins at 6 p.m

For tickets, visit Tickets to benefit concerts are also available for purchase on-site across from the VIP check-in…

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Usain Bolt defends 100-m title at the IAAF World Championships

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The Jamaica Observer reports that, after stumbling through to the 100m final at the World Championships, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt defended his title in a time of 9.79 seconds (beating the U.S.’s Gatlin) at the IAAF World Championships now under way in Beijing, China.

Bolt’s title-defending run silenced his doubters and critics as he convincingly forced Gatlin to battle his way to a second-place finish in 9.80 seconds. Bolt entered the race as the sixth ranked athlete in the world this year.

America’s Trayvon Bromwell and Canada’s Andre De Grasse will share the bronze medal after they both clocked 9.92 seconds.

Jamaica’s other finalist, Asafa Powell, finished seventh in a time of 10.00s.

After day two of the flagship event, Jamaica is in fourth position on the medal table behind Britain, USA and Germany, after also claiming a bronze medal in the Shot Put. Britain has two gold medals, USA has one gold…

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CARIFESTA XII : Haiti is currently the cultural capital of the Caribbean

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CARIFESTA XII brings the spotlight to Haiti. Here’s a report from Haiti Libre.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Evans Paul took part, accompanied among others by the Ministers of Culture, Dithny Joan Raton, of the Tourism and Creative Industries, Stéphanie Balmir Villedrouin, to a cocktail dinner at the Musée du Panthéon National Haïtien (MUPANAH) to honor the various delegations present in Haiti for the 12th edition the Caribbean Festival of arts (Carifesta XII), held from 21 to 30 August.

The head of government addressed in the same sense as the Minister of Culture to recognize that Haiti is currently the cultural capital of the Caribbean. In addition, Prime Minister Paul humbly said that Haiti is only the host of the 12th edition of Carifesta, but we all took part in the planning of the event.

“Your enthusiastic presence here reinforces the conviction to the Haitian people as the attention that your…

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Venezuelan Tall Ship Simón Bolívar to Dock in Nassau Harbour


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What a beauty! The Venezuelan Navy Training Vessel, the tall ship Simón Bolívar, will dock at the Nassau Harbour August 22-26, 2015. The ship will be open to the public for tours from noon until 6:00pm on August 22, and from 9:00am to 6:00pm on August 23-25. A welcoming ceremony for the arrival of the vessel is set for Saturday, August 22 at 11:00am.

Earlier this summer, the vessel stopped in Jamaica, Barbados, Belize and Cuba as part of the first stage of the crew’s 27th Caribbean training cruise, which began in Venezuela.

The visit to The Bahamas is part of the second stage of their training cruise, which began on July 27. This stage includes visits to Honduras, Cuba, and St Lucia.

The Simón Bolívar was built in Bilbao, Spain at Astilleros Celaya and launched in 1979.

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Jamaican Raw Sessions: The Raw Side of Reggae

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Howard Campbell (Jamaica Observer) reports that a French website dedicated to reggae that has been around since 2007——has launched an Internet series featuring Jamaican artists performing in acoustic form under the category “Jamaican Raw Sessions.”

Jamaican Raw Sessions is the title of the project by It showcases a number of performers as well as such as Max Romeo, Kabaka Pyramid, Wild Life and Derajah.

The sessions, done at the homes of artistes recording studios, were recorded in February when a team from were in Jamaica. “The most satisfying thing was to catch very natural and raw performances by talented artistes in their Jamaican yard in a professional, but joyful way. All artistes were really welcoming, accessible and glad to participate,” Monchicourt told the Jamaica Observer.

Most of the 14 ‘performances’ have been posted on the website’s Youtube channel. Co-Founder and CEO of United Reggae Camille…

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Dominican Police Will Not Confirm Nelly Shtarre’s Dead Pending Investigation

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The police have described as “mere speculations” that charred remains found in the heights of Mahaut in a burnt out house belong to that of Reggae artiste Nelly Raffoul, who goes by the stage name “Nelly Stharre,” Dominica News Online reports.

Police PRO, ASP Claude Weekes that it is true Raffoul lives in the area but the police is no position to confirm whether the remains are that of Raffoul.

“We are carrying out investigations into this matter,” he said, adding the investigations are in the early stages.

“Many people are speculating that she has died. We are not in a position to confirm that bearing in mind that we are in the early stages of the investigations,” he noted.

Weekes said the matter has to be scientifically analysed.

“What I can tell you is that there appear to be what is human remains and the police are conducting their…

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Reggae Artiste Nelly Stharre Found Dead in Dominica

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Dominican reggae artiste Nelly Rafoul, who uses the stage name “Nelly Stharre”, was found dead in Mahaut, in the parish of St Paul, Dominica, yesterday evening. She was 41.

Sources have confirmed to Caribbean News Service (CNS) that Stharre’s burnt remains were among two bodies discovered in the heights of Mahaut.

Stharre, a Rastafarian, was married to a Jamaican national with whom she has children.

Stharre has been a fixture on the Jamaican musical landscape for more than 20 years. She lived in Kingston for several years but made frequent sojourns to the Nature Isle “to refresh, reconnect and share with her Jamaican husband and children the Caribbean’s ‘Garden of Eden.”

Some of her notable albums include Rain Jah, Wake Up! and Soul Country.

Here’s an excerpt from a lovely interview by Paul Crask for Caribbean Beat that captures her love from Dominica:

Born in the year of Dominica’s notorious…

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