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VOL. 6, NO. 13 June 27, 2012
How About A Top Up Mr. President?Guyanas President Donald Ramotar, stopped by Digicels booth during his walkabout at the June 23 Annual Guyana Festival. This years Festival, which was staged at a new venue on the grounds of the Markham Civic Centre, attracted thousands of attendees and scores of sponsor companies including Western Union, Norman Sues Bakery and Caribbean Airlines. The Guyanese President had an enjoyable time during his walkabout, stopping at virtually every booth to pose for photos and chat with the staffers. Digicels event staffer Natalie Campbell was one of the many who attracted the Presidents attention. Digicels participation in this years Guyana Independence Festival, its first time ever, was geared towards promoting the Canadian availability of its Top Up Service to Guyana. The service allows Guyanese residents in Canada to purchase credits for the cell phones of their loved ones back home. Digicels visibly branded booth proved to be one of the most popular of those on display at the June 23 Festival. Thousands of attendees visited the Digicel booth to avail themselves of the companys attractive giveaways which included cell phone holders, flashlight key chains, backpacks and t-shirts. Many hundreds also made use of the opportunity to purchase Digicel cards to Top Up the cell phones of their loved ones in Guyana. The
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cards were available at the Festival in denominations of $6, $20 and $25. Digicels Top Up service from Canada to Guyana, Jamaica, Haiti and other Caribbean countries
is also now available at hundreds of Caribbeanowned community stores across the GTA, including Bramptons ASA Meats, Charlies West Indian and Niceys.
London Olympics To Feature Caribbean TalentRegional talent will come under the spotlight artistes scheduled to take the stage are: Michele during the London 2012 Olympics as the Caribbe- Henderson (Dominica), Belo (Haiti), Hezron Clarke (Jamaica), Claudia Edan Export Development Agency ward (St Lucia), Mr. Dale (Bar(Caribbean Export) hosts Caribbados) and Xiomara Fortuna bean Soul Fusion on August 9 at (Dominican Republic). Grosvenor House in London. Two One of the best identifiers headline acts and six emerging arof the Caribbean Brand and tistes will be featured at the event, its uniqueness is our music. Its which forms part of the Agencys ability to have global appeal is London Engage initiative and will unquestionable. What we are highlight a wide range of Caribseeking to do with Caribbean bean music genres: reggae, soca, Soul Fusion is to showcase that zouk and kompa, Caribbean jazz, authentic Caribbean culture and folk and Afro-Haitian. widen the market appeal for our The concerts headline acts are regional music, said Pamela reggae singer/songwriter ChristoCoke Hamilton, Executive Dipher Martin (Jamaica) and jazz/ rector, Caribbean Export. reggae saxophonist Arturo TapArturo Tappin As such, the artistes that pin (Barbados). The six emerging will be performing will represent the diverse nature of musical genres across the Caribbean. Not only will the entertainment industry benefit from the increased demand for the products on offer, but also performers will have the opportunity to display the export potential of their craft and its appeal to an international audience, she added. Caribbean Soul Fusion will also serve as the closing reception for the 2nd CARIFORUM-EU Business Forum, which is scheduled from August 8 to 9. The CARIFORUM-EU Business Forum is supported under the European Unions (EU) 10th European Development Fund (EDF) Regional Private Sector Development Programme (RPSDP), and in collaboration with CARIFORUM Directorate, the CARICOM Secretariat, and Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
CommunityOver two hundred guests attended the June 22 Evening With Guyanas Cricketing Heroes Gala, that was held at the Markham Hilton Suites Hotel. Unfortunately only two of the five Guyanese and West Indian cricketers that were being honored managed to actually make it to the Gala. Basil Butcher and Lance Gibbs were present, but the other award recipients, Stephen Camacho, Clive Lloyd and Joe Soloman were all unable to attend. A sixth award was presented posthumously to Roy Fredericks, the former Guyanese and West Indies opening batsman. Guyanas President Donald Ramotar took time from his hectic Canadian tour schedule to attend the Gala and present the Awards to Butcher and Gibbs. The awards were presented as tokens of appreciation for the cricketers respective outstanding performances, while representing Guyana and the West Indies. Highlights of the honored cricketers respective careers were presented by Ian McDonald (Clive Lloyd), Tony McWatt (Stephen Camacho and Lance Gibbs), Frank Bettencourt, (Roy Fredericks) and Kenty Khan (Joe Soloman). Longstanding Guyanese Dramatist and storyteller Ken Corsbie had the attendees in constant stitches, with humorous recollections of his boyhood daysgrowing up in Guyana. Canadian-
June 27, 2012
Cricketers Honored At Mercy Hospital Fundraising Gala
Caribbean Graphics Advertisng Manager Lyn Balram is roseended by cricketing Award recipients Basil Butcher and Lance Gibbs.
based Guyanese-born calypsonian The Crooner also entertained the audience with renditions of his self written calypsos. Music for dancing was provided by the Bing Serrao led Ramblers.
Proceeds from the $125 plate Gala were in aid of the Guyana Mercy Hospital Rebuilding Fund. The hospital was severely damaged by fire in 2010.
Letter from Clive Lloyd
June 27, 2012
Jerry Ramlochan Memorial Gold TournamentOn Saturday June 16, 2012 the Ramlochan family in conjunction with the OB Limers Soccer Club held the Third Annual Jerry Ramlochan Memorial Golf Tournament. The event was a resounding success with fantastic weather and well over 100 guests who attended the dinner, which followed golf. The event was held at the Royal Ontario Golf Course. Owner Mr. Iggy Kanneff was present and full of praise for the events Caribbean flavour. The events attendees included attractive Xpats models in their finest Carnival costumes. The day saw patrons drinking Carib beer and wining rum sponsored by Angostura. Other sponsors of the event included Bianca Aziz - Scotiabank, the Naparima Alumni Association of Toronto, International Telephone Products, Oumarally, Baboolal Legal as well as Caribbean Graphic. Also in attendance was a representative of the Big Brothers and Sisters of Peel, the Charity recipient of the events part proceeds. Great fun was had by all.
Melanie:Lovely Melanie is a talented individual who is very much involved in the Caribbean community. She has been involved in making mas and modeling costumes for Caribana since she was 14. This year marks her debut as a Section Leader with Blues Carnival Fusion.
Bollywood: Lights, Camera, Action!Bollywood: Lights, Camera, Action! That is this years theme for the Toronto Revellers; a band in the Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival led by Toronto Raptors Jamaal Magloire. Every year the Toronto Revellers depict a different theme and the inspiration behind this particular one came from a friend of Jamaal Magloires during a discussion over dinner. He said Jamaal, why dont you play Bollywood? Once he said that, it stuck in my head and I said you know what, thats a great theme and I want to do that hence the reason why were here now. said Magloire. Historically speaking, the Caribbean Carnival focuses on the uniqueness of Caribbean culture; however, having a theme of Bollywood allows the festival to highlight other cultures and showcase the diversity of the Toronto community. I wanted to embrace a different culture other than our own. Too often than not, the Toronto Caribbean Carnival is only about West Indian/Caribbean people and I wanted to embrace the Indian culture and let them know that we can embrace other cultures other than our own. I wanted a chance to do something different and embrace something that were not normally used to and encourage other people to embrace it as well. I want everybody to Christine participate. It doesnt matter what nationality or where youre from. Embrace the Toronto Caribbean Carnival and embrace what the Toronto Revellers are trying to do and enjoy an experience of a lifetime. explained Magloire. The Toronto Revellers is a cultural non-profit organization that aims to contribute to the multicultural landscape of Canada by promoting, celebrating and exploring the rich cultural diversities and traditions of the Caribbean. From the time when they entered the Carabana (now known as Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival) competition in 2005, the Toronto Revellers have become the premiere masquerade band. For two consecutive years, 2007 and 2008, they were awarded the Band of the Year titles. Presently, their band involvement has surpassed 2000 participants. Toronto carnival historian and one of the original founders of Caribana, Tony Ishmael has been supporting the Revellers for years now. Based on the quality of the costumes, the dedication and professionalism of all the Revellers, tapping into his wealth of experience has definitely paid off. Look out for Jamaal Magloire and the Revellers at Carnival time!
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June 27, 2012
Caribbean PerspectiveURGENT NEED TO RESTORE CREDITIBILITY TO CARICOMCaribbean Community Heads of Government at their annual summit in St. Lucia early next month need to move forward with recommendations to address the weakened nerve c