(center) Nailah Blackman and the dancers of Riddim Tribe.

Proud of her Bajan roots, Nailah Blackman not only rocked the stage at Valhalla but she embraced Barbadian culture completely sharing the stage with Riddim Tribe dancers, MarzVille and Stiffy. The Trinidadian started her set with the declaration that her great grandfather was Bajan and that’s where her interview with Loop offstage after her performance catapulted from too. “My great grandfather Conrad Blackman, he was Bajan, from Barbados and he came to Trinidad, where he met my grandfather’s mother and he started living in Trinidad. My grandfather was also a Bajan citizen but he was born in Trinidad, so he had two passports and well I mean I grew up in Trinidad all my life, and you know that is just the bloodline that came from here. So the Blackman name actually came from Barbados.” When asked how she feels about the connection, especially since some people believe that there are feuds and hate between islanders, with a big smile on her face she thoughtfully said: “Umm…well I think it is honestly an honour because it just shows how connected we all are and we’re not too different in itself. You know everybody likes to say, ‘Well, Trinidad is this… Barbados is that… Jamaica is this…’ But like it just shows that we are all one, and we’re all family and we’re all connected and together you know?! And I believe in unity.” On the day of her performance, Saturday, June 17, 2017, her new solo track ‘Baila Mami’ on the Parallel Riddim hit 1Million views on YouTube and she was over the moon ecstatic. She said: “That is amazing because I mean ‘Workout’ [featuring Kes] is over 3Million and something, but it took so short a time to get to this point. I mean it’s been six weeks and that is an overwhelming feeling because it just shows that people really love the song. “And with me coming into like a new genre, a new like type of music for me ‘cause I do something a little different to what I do now, to see that people reacting to my experiment like this is just motivating to the more for me.” In terms of experimentation, Nailah who is making her way into the hearts of soca lovers on the wings of ‘Workout’ and her catchy refrain of ‘Give it to me da workout. Give me it to da love,’ is not to be caged in a box. [related node_id='13755f85-30a1-42bc-8f21-685ca5bf1086'] Talking about ‘Baila Mami’, which she created along with producer Anson Pro Soverall, she explained, “I’m a more jazz singer, I call it Caribbean folk. It’s very local Trinidadian, but at the same time it’s very international in the sense that it has a lot of European influence, and when I just add my soca to it and the dancehall flavour, when I wrote the song I was actually now about to go Jamaica so it was a lot of Jamaican influence as well put into that. “So, my thought process was I just wanted a song for people to just lose themselves to and just have so much fun and feel confident about themselves. I am like a power-to-the-ladies kind of person and I feel like we just needed that song to just let free and feel like we can do anything in the world. I’ve always wanted to dance and never felt like I got the opportunity, so I wanted to give myself and other young girls a chance to be like ‘You can dance! Do it!’” That said, Nailah is happy to continue to write for herself as that is how she lets her feelings out, but she is opened to accepting lyrics from other writers once she shares the same sentiments as them. Valhalla was at Bellevue Plantation in St. Michael. On stage, Nailah introduced the dancers of Riddim Tribe who backed her up during her set, and she showed her waistline skills too. Then when MarzVille and Stiffy landed at the venue, she showed more moves while she expressed her love for the Bajan bashment soca.

FILE - John Varley, former Group Chief Executive of Barclays Bank.

British regulators charged Barclays bank and four former executives, including then-CEO John Varley, with conspiracy to commit fraud when they asked Qatar for a cash infusion to avoid a government bailout at the height of the financial crisis in 2008. The Serious Fraud Office announced the charges Tuesday following an investigation into two rounds of fundraising from Qatar in June and October of 2008. The probe centred on two side agreements under which Barclays paid the Qatari investors 322 million pounds ($406 million) over five years, the bank disclosed in 2013. The question at the heart of the case is whether Barclays hid from authorities and other shareholders the true nature of the fundraising plan with Qatar. The charges are the first in Britain against a bank and former executives for activities during the 2008 financial crisis. They are a blow to current CEO Jes Staley, who is trying to rebuild Barclays' reputation after a series of scandals. The bank is already facing litigation from the U.S. Department of Justice and a Financial Conduct Authority probe of allegations that Staley tried to uncover the identity of a whistleblower. "Skeletons seem to be jumping out of lots of closets at once for Barclays," said Laith Khalaf, senior analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown. "The spectacle of former executives being paraded through court will do nothing to strengthen the credentials of the bank as it continues to try to execute its turnaround plan." Barclays said it is "considering its position" and "awaits further details of the charges from the SFO." The bank's shares fell 1.9 percent in London. Barclays says it disclosed the first advisory service agreement with Qatari investors that was reached in June 2008, but the second agreement and the fees payable under both were not included in public documents, according to a statement released in September 2013, when the bank was selling more shares. The bank and two former executives also face a charge of unlawful financial assistance related to a $3 billion loan facility Barclays made available to Qatar in November 2008. It is alleged Barclays lent money to Qatar with the understanding that the gulf nation could use the money to buy shares in the bank, making its financial position look more positive. The fundraising efforts of 2008 came as banks around the world struggled to keep their doors open. Britain's Northern Rock collapsed early in the financial crisis, while Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group were forced to accept billions of pounds of state aid and the government oversight that came with it. Varley, 61, former investment banking chief Roger Jenkins, 61, Thomas Kalaris, 61, who headed the bank's wealth management division, and Roger Boath, 58, head of the European financial institutions group, were all charged with conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation in relation to the first round of fundraising. Barclays, Varley and Jenkins were charged with another count in regard to the second round, as well as a separate charge of providing unlawful financial assistance. The four are scheduled to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on July 3, together with a representative of the bank.

As of June 15, there will officially be no more extra fees for using an EU handset in another EU country.

Ping! Tweet! Ring! Swoosh! Every command from a mobile phone that European Union holidaymakers or business people made Thursday must have felt like deliverance. As of June 15, there will officially be no more extra fees for using an EU handset in another EU country, the dreaded roaming charges that could add hundreds of euros to a vacation bill. "It was about time! We should have done it from the beginning because there are only benefits," said Malika Schreiber, a teacher from Frankfurt who was chaperoning 45 pupils under the Eiffel Tower during a school trip. Depending on the number of wayward kids calling her, her bill could sometimes swell by 100 euros ($111). Not anymore. "Now I am happy that everyone can reach me every day," Schreiber said. The 28-country EU should be a seamless area for mobile phone use as of now, following years of negotiations to cut often excessive costs to use a handset outside the home EU country. Visitors to the EU with mobile network plans from non-EU countries would still face roaming charges. And there are reports that some mobile operators will try to make some money back by raising the base costs of text messages or calls. But the elimination of extra roaming charges, which had long been used by EU critics to show the bloc was not in reality a union, is a small victory for the EU's executive. With the "roam like at home" program in place, Alexandra Ahlberg, 21, can navigate the Champs Elysees much like she could the Avenyn boulevard in her Swedish home town Gothenburg, at no excessive cost. "You can use for directions, you can search for restaurants, shops and where they are located," she said on the famous Parisian boulevard. "Before, the only option was to use a map. Now you use your phone, which is great." European leaders were rushing to hail their accomplishment of an EU working hard for its citizens. "We have added yet another important building block to the edifice of our single market, to our existence as Europeans," said European Parliament President Antonio Tajani. Some noted, however, that there is still much work to do to ensure a seamless digital network across the EU, with some noting that access to mobile and broadband services can be uneven from one region to the next. "The next essential step must be a framework that ensures investment in digital infrastructure," said BusinessEurope Director General Markus Beyrer.


In this Sunday, April 20, 2014, file photo, Jawara McIntosh, son of legendary Reggae icon, Peter Tosh, sings a song as he stands with a large gathering in front of the New Jersey Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. (PHOTO: AP)

The family of the late reggae icon and ganja activist Peter Tosh is seeking answers after they say his son was left in a coma following an attack in a New Jersey jail, where he was serving a six-month sentence on marijuana possession charges. Jawara McIntosh has been hospitalized since suffering traumatic brain injuries in the attack in February at the Bergen County jail, where he was after pleading guilty to marijuana possession, his family said. McIntosh, of Boston, performed under the stage name Tosh1. His father was a Jamaicanmusician and activist who started the Wailers along with Bob Marley. His 1976 hit "Legalize It" remains a rallying cry for those pushing to make ganja legal. Jawara McIntosh is also a pro-ganja activist and performed the song outside of the New Jersey statehouse in April 2014 during a rally pushing for state and federal lawmakers to legalize or decriminalize ganja. Attorney Jasmine Rand said Thursday the family has filed a notice that it plans to sue the county and also wants the U.S. Justice Department to investigate. McIntosh is hospitalized in Boston and remains unresponsive and in a coma, suffering from brain damage, she said. "My heart cries not knowing what happened to my son," said his mother, Melody Cunningham. "Not being able to talk to him because of the condition that he's in. (I'm) trying to be strong for him, I have to be strong for him." His sister, Niambe McIntosh, said that they haven't been given any solid information about what happened. Rand said the county hasn't been forthcoming about providing evidence about what happened. A spokesman for the Bergen County sheriff's office said he was not immediately able to comment Thursday. McIntosh was arrested in New Jersey in June 2013 after police said they found more than 65 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of his rental car. His family says that he is a Rastafarian like his father and was fighting for marijuana legalization. Tosh was killed in Jamaica in 1987 during a home invasion robbery. "A lot of his music is inspired by the Rastafarian culture, by getting the truth out there. My father was a human rights activist and all of his music was about uplifting and educating people about some of the conditions out there," Niambe McIntosh said. "But also my father was an activist for the legalization of cannabis. That's also another avenue that my brother Jawara kind of walked into and upheld. He was also an advocate for legalization of cannabis." Rastafarians regard cannabis as a sacrament. McIntosh has four children, including an 11-year-old daughter who performed a song she wrote for him at his hospital bedside, Niambe McIntosh said. "When you're faced with such a travesty you have to find strength and hope," she said.

George Flowers

George Flowers, the Jamaican who battled for four years with local authorities to block a request for his extradition to Canada to answer sex-related charges, has been handed over to Canadian authorities. Local law enforcement officials confirmed that Flowers was turned over to Canadian authorities at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on Thursday, and was immediately flown out of the island. The extradition came almost six weeks after the Supreme Court dismissed an application for leave, from Flowers’ attorneys, to seek an order to quash the extradition warrant that was signed by Justice Minister, Delroy Chuck, in February of this year. Flowers is to stand trial in Canada on aggravated assault charges. The allegations against him, based on court documents from Canada, were that Flowers engaged in sexual activities with five complainants while being HIV positive, but failed to disclose his medical status to the complainants.


Rain forces the first ODI between West Indies and India in Trinidad to be abandoned.

The first One-Day International (ODI) between West Indies and India at the Queen's Park Oval in Trinidadwas abandoned on Thursday due to rain. West Indies asked India to bat and the visitors were well placed on 199 for three in 39.2 overs when the rain finally ended play after a few disruptions. The match ended in a no result. Captain Jason Holder, Alzarri Joseph and Devendra Bishoo picked up the wickets to fall after AjinkyaRahane and Shikhar Dhawan put on 132 in 25 overs for the opening partnership. Rahane scored 62 from 78 balls, while Dhawan hit 87 from 92. The batsmen at the crease when the rain ended playwere captain Virat Kohli on32 and MS Dhoni on nine. The second match will be played at this same venue on June 26.

West Indies players at a training session.

West Indies will be hoping for a good start in the home series against India as the two sides face off on Friday in the opening One-Day International (ODI) of the five-match series at Queen's Park Oval in Trinidad. The match is scheduled to bowl off at 9:00 am. India enter the series with internal problems as head coach Anil Kumble, who oversaw India’s recent ICC Champion’s Trophy campaign when they reached the final before losing to Pakistan, dramatically stepped aside this week citing an untenable relationship with captain Virat Kohli. West Indies arenot concern about India's internal problems as they have their own issues to deal with. Successes have been scarce - they have won two of nine ODIs this year, and slumped to ninth on the ICC ODI rankings. Both teams' mindset off the field must be rather similar. Except, they aren't. West Indies captain Jason Holder said his side would be focussing on its execution and not on India’s internal problems. “That’s no concern for me. At the end of the day, we’ve still got to play cricket. We’ve got to focus on West Indies and what’s best for us,” Holder told the media at a press conference on Thursday. “India will deal with their own problems. We’ve just got to face them and play them.” He added: “Once we do the right things and execute our plans, we have a good chance of beating India. But we have to play cricket on the day. “We set out our plans – batting, bowling and also in the field. I think once we hit those targets, more often than not we will end up on the winning side. “In the past we let ourselves down in the field – our batting hasn’t been the most consistent and those are obviously areas we need to address.” West Indies have kept the same 13 from the recent Afghanistan series but will be hoping for a diametrically opposite performance to the one that saw them struggle to a 1-1 draw in the three-match series in St Lucia. The hosts crashed to a shocking 63-run defeat in the opener and then struggled to overhaul a modest target of 136 in the second ODI before winning in the 40thover. Once again, the Windies batting lay at fault. Not a single batsman scored a half-century and for the exception of Shai Hope, very few displayed any enterprise against the then ICC Associate side. Holder said a lack of experience in batting had led to their recent woes and contended that once the young team found their footing, performances would improve. “Experience counts a lot for it. The more we play together as a unit, the more guys will understand the international circuit and how the one-day game has transitioned,” the all-rounder explained. “If you look at our team, most of the guys are now budding, looking to make their mark on the international circuit so I believe if we stay together and we start to get some performances, have a solid foundation, hit some targets in terms of minimum standards – and once we hit them consistently then we can improve.” West Indies enter the game on backs of a poor run, without a win in their last five series and having won just three of their last 16 ODIs. The record has seen them lose pace in the race for automatic qualfiication for the 2019 Cricket World Cup, where they need to be in the top eight in the ICC rankings by September 30. West Indiesneed a positive result in the series against India to gain valuable rankings points. SQUADS: WEST INDIES– Jason Holder (captain), Devendra Bishoo, Jonathan Carter, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Kieran Powell, Rovman Powell, Kesrick Williams. INDIA– Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Umesh Yadav.


Prisoners lie in a newly renovated cell in Aden Central Prison, known as Mansoura, in this May 9, 2017 photo in Aden, Yemen. Another, closed section of the prison is part of a network of secret detention facilities run by the United Arab Emirates and its Yemeni allies, into which hundreds arrested on suspicion of al-Qaida links have disappeared. Some have been flown to an Emirati base in the nearby Horn of Africa, and some have been interrogated by American officials, witnesses said.

Pressure mounted on the U.S. Defense Department Friday after multiple U.S. senators called for investigations into reports that U.S. military interrogators worked with forces from the United Arab Emirates who are accused of torturing detainees in Yemen. John McCain, Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and the ranking Democrat, Jack Reed, called the reports "deeply disturbing." The reports were revealed in an investigationby The Associated Press published Thursday. That same day, McCain and Reed wrote a letter to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis asking him to conduct an immediate review of the reported abuse and what U.S. forces knew. "Even the suggestion that the United States tolerates torture by our foreign partners compromises our national security mission by undermining the moral principle that distinguishes us from our enemies— our belief that all people possess basic human rights,"the senators wrote Mattis. "We are confident that you find these allegations as extremely troubling as we do." Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy, Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, also called for an investigation and noted that support for the UAE forces could violate a law he wrote that forbids funding to known human rights violators. "Reports of acts of torture by agents of a government that is supported by the United States, and the possibility that U.S. military personnel may have been aware of it, should ring alarm bells at the Department of Defense," Leahy said in a statement to the AP. The AP's report detailed a network of secret prisons across southern Yemen where hundreds are detained in the hunt for al-Qaida militants and held without charges. American defense officials confirmed to the AP that U.S. forces have interrogated some detainees in Yemen but denied any participation in, or knowledge of, human rights abuses. Defense officials told the AP that the department had looked into reports of torture and concluded that its personnel were not involved or aware of any abuse. The American officials confirmed that the U.S. provides questions to the Emiratis and receives transcripts of their interrogations. The officials said the U.S. also provides information to the UAE on suspected al-Qaida militants that the U.S. believes should be picked up or questioned. Yemeni Brig. Gen. Farag Salem al-Bahsani, commander of the Mukalla-based 2nd Military District, told the AP that many of those men were later arrested. "I'm troubled by the Pentagon's legalistic responses to these reports that U.S. officials worked in facilities where torture was widespread," Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden said in a statement. "U.S. allies have an obligation not to torture and the bar for the U.S. is higher than 'torture is OK if we don't see it.'" The American Civil Liberties Union also said Friday that it had filed a Freedom of Information Act request for U.S. records related to the interrogations. The 18 lock-ups are run by the UAE and by Yemeni forces it created, according to accounts from former detainees, families of prisoners, civil rights lawyers and Yemeni military officials. At the Riyan airport in the southern Yemeni city of Mukalla, former inmates described shipping containers smeared with feces and crammed with blindfolded detainees. They said they were beaten, roasted alive on a spit and sexually assaulted, among other abuse. One witness, who is a member of a Yemeni security force, said American forces were at times only yards (meters) away. The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement Friday that the allegations are "completely untrue" and a "political game" by Yemeni militias to discredit a Saudi-led coalition that includes the UAE. It says it does not run or oversee any prisons in Yemen, and that any such facilities are under "the jurisdiction of the Yemeni legitimate authorities." Most of the clandestine sites are run by either the Hadramawt Elite or Security Belt, Yemeni forces that were created, trained and financed by the UAE. Officially, they are under the authority of Yemen's internationally recognized government, but multiple Yemeni government officials told the AP they have no control over them and they answer to the Emiratis. At least three of the prisons, however, are directly run by the Emirates, along with a fourth prison housing Yemenis at an Emirati base in Eritrea, according to four senior Yemeni government and military officials, former detainees and families of prisoners. At Riyan Airport prison in the southern Yemeni city of Mukalla, six former detainees described hundreds of prisoners held in shipping containers and gave extensive accounts of abuses, saying the officers in charge and those conducting interrogations were Emiratis. Families held frequent protests outside Riyan seeking news about loved ones imprisoned there. Several relatives of prisoners told the AP that they spoke repeatedly with the Emirati officer in charge of the site, who identified himself only by a pseudonym, Abu Ahmed, trying to secure their relatives' release. The former detainees and the relatives of prisoners spoke on condition of anonymity fearing retaliation against themselves or their loved ones. "We request that you direct an immediate review of the facts and circumstances related to these alleged abuses, including U.S. support to the Emirati and Yemeni partner forces that were purportedly involved," the lawmakers wrote. McCain, a Navy pilot during the Vietnam War, was captured after his plane was shot down in 1967. He was imprisoned for more than five and half years and tortured repeatedly before he was released in 1973. In the Senate, McCain has criticized harsh treatment of terror suspects by the CIA at "black site" prisons and was a key sponsor of the 2005 Detainee Treatment Act prohibiting inhumane treatment of prisoners.

Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., during a press conference where he announced he will vote no on the proposed GOP healthcare bill at the Grant Sawyer State Office Building on Friday, June 23, 2017 in Las Vegas.

Nevada Republican Dean Heller became the fifth GOP senator to declare his opposition to the party's banner legislation to scuttle much of Barack Obama's health care overhaul on Friday, more than enough to sink the measure and deliver a stinging rebuke to President Donald Trump unless some of them can be brought aboard. Echoing the other four, Heller said he opposes the measure "in this form" but does not rule out backing a version that is changed to his liking. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said he's willing to alter the measure to attract support, and next week promises plenty of back-room bargaining as he tries pushing a final package through his chamber. Nonetheless, Heller's announcement underscores the scant margin of error Republican leaders must deal with. Facing unanimous Democratic opposition, McConnell can afford to lose just two of the 52 GOP senators and still prevail. Besides the five who've announced outright opposition, several other GOP senators — conservatives and moderates — have declined to commit to the new overhaul. The measure resembles legislation the House approved last month that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said would mean 23 million additional uninsured people within a decade and that recent polling shows is viewed favorably by only around 1 in 4 Americans. Heller, facing a competitive re-election battle next year, said he was opposing the legislation because of the cuts it would make in Medicaid. The federal-state program provides health care to the poor, disabled and many nursing home patients. The Senate bill would also erase the tax penalties Obama's 2010 law imposes on people who don't purchase insurance. It would allow insurers to cover fewer benefits and repeal tax boosts on wealthier people that help finance the statute's expanded coverage. The Senate legislation would phase out extra federal money Nevada and 30 other states receive for expanding Medicaid to additional low earners. It would also slap annual spending caps on the overall Medicaid program, which since its inception in 1965 has provided states with unlimited money to cover eligible costs. "I cannot support a piece of legislation that takes insurance away from tens of millions of Americans and tens of thousands of Nevadans," Heller said. Trump has spoken favorably about both the House-passed bill and the Senate version unveiled this week, though he declared several times as he ramped up his campaign for the presidency that he would not cut Medicaid. Heller said that to win his vote, GOP leaders would have to "protect Medicaid expansion states" from the bill's current cuts. "It's going to be very difficult to get me to a yes," he said, noting that conservative Republican senators would likely be reluctant to add spending back to the measure. Heller spoke at a news conference in Las Vegas with Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, a Republican who has also assailed the House and Senate health care bills for cutting Medicaid. The state has added 200,000 more people to its program under the Obama overhaul. Sandoval said the Senate bill "is something that needs to change." It would be politically difficult for Heller to take a different stance on the measure from the popular Sandoval. Heller got an opponent for next year when first-year Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen announced this week she would seek his Senate seat. Just hours after McConnell released the 142-page legislation on Thursday, four conservatives said they opposed it. They were Sens. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Lee of Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas. Underscoring the sensitivity of the bill, Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, who has not suggested she opposes the measure, declined to comment on its components when asked at a news conference Friday. "It was just released yesterday. So, we have 142 pages to go through," she said. Asked about the bill's impact on Medicaid insurance coverage for lower-income Iowans, Ernst said, "I wouldn't say they are losing it." Iowa opted to expand, and has added more than 150,000 people to its rolls since 2014.


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July 17, 2017

Saint Lucia Carnival 2017

Pumping rhythms, sexy costumes and the people dancing under the warm Caribbean sun; welcome to Saint Lucia Carnival! Almost on the heels of the annual Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival, Saint Lucia’s cultural landscape morphs into a flurry of chrome plated steel drums, feathers, and beads. No matter where you are or who you are, Saint Lucia Carnival is something to behold.

In the months, weeks and hours leading up to Saint Lucia Carnival, there are numerous events that are a must see, whether you’re a Carnival veteran, or Carnival newbie. Some of the staple events - the Calypso Tents, Calypso Monarch, Party Monarch, and Carnival Parade are the deep-rooted cultural aspects of Saint Lucia Carnival. But it won’t be Carnival without the ‘wining’ and jumping and non-stop partying.

Here’s a great tip for first-time Carnival revellers - ‘wining’, is a local Caribbean-wide term used to describe the rotational movement of the hips either to the left or to the right, whichever way your waistline can go really. Before you brave any Saint Lucia Carnival event, don’t be afraid to perfect your ‘wining’ motions. You can bet on someone asking pretty ladies to “take ah wine.” Either way, master the move so that you keep up with the locals and really party like a Saint Lucian.

By the time Carnival Monday rolls around, your dancing skills will help burn off all the yummy calories you’ll be consuming – let’s face it; Saint Lucia’s Carnival food scene is just as fabulous! The ultimate Carnival experience is when one joins a “band.” Competing band members flock together at predetermined locations near the staging area, for the beginning of what will be a hyperactive dance session through the city’s streets. With speakers the size of warehouse refrigerators, the vibrations and sounds begin with only the trance of soca leading you throughout the streets of Saint Lucia.

If you’re still alive at the end of Carnival Monday, many band members will go off to enjoy official band parties or you can opt to go home to revitalize yourself – don’t worry, you can comfort yourself by the fact that the next day is Carnival Tuesday…

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August 24, 2017

Food & Rum Festival 2017

This is the revival of a festival that first took place in 2006, a gastronomic event to attract the best chefs, wine connoisseurs, rum fanatics and food critiques from the Caribbean and internationally. Inspired in part by the outstanding achievements of Chefs Nina Compton and Doran Payne, this unique event promotes Saint Lucian and other Caribbean rums, restaurants, chefs, and regionally manufactured food and drink products to a regional and international audience, with food demonstrations, rum tasting, wine tasting, gastronomic dinners and community culinary experiences, all accompanied by musical and other artistic performances by young artists from Saint Lucia.