JAMAICAN BRINGS ISLAND CUISINE TO BERLIN—09/27/14
Kirk Henry, a Jamaican living in Berlin, Germany, has made his mark on the culinary world. He joined with his friend Troy Lopez who learned about cooking from his grandmother Rosa. Henry grew up in Jamaica and learned to cook from his grandmother Caleta. They formed the restaurant partnership RosaCaleta, which is currently the only fine-dining Jamaican restaurant in Berlin. It is currently ranked the 50th best eating establishing in the city, which has more than 5,800 restaurants.
POLICE IN TRINIDAD DENY KILLING JAMAICAN—09/28/14
Stephen Williams, the acting police commissioner in Port of Spain, Trinidad, is denying that police officers were involved with the deaths of three individuals, including one Jamaican man, in Laventille. The community has experienced unrest since the killings, and police are calling for the government to declare a state of emergency in the area. The incident began when a group of men, reportedly heavily armed, started shooting at the Besson Street Police State, following the death of alleged gang leader Dillon “Bandy” Skeete. The other two people killed in the incident were Jamaican Tremin Thomas, and Joel Tash.
SERBIA HOLDS PROMISE FOR JAMAICA, SAYS HONORARY CONSUL—09/29/14
Mirko Miljus, Jamaica’s Honorary Consul in Serbia, believes that Jamaican products like rum, coffee, and condiments, along with the island’s tourism industry, have significant potential for trade with the Eastern European nation. Miljus has been Jamaica’s representative in Serbia for two years and highlighted local island products at the yearly Afro Festival, which features the culture of Africa and the African Diaspora in Europe. Jamaica is the first country in the African Diaspora to participate in this festival.
OPPOSITION LEADER HOLNESS IN UK—09/30/14
Andrew Holness, Jamaica’s Opposition leader in the Jamaica Labor Party (JLP) is paying a visit to the United Kingdom. He will visit Jamaican communities in England and attend the yearly conference of the British Conservative Party. Holness is expected to attend the keynote speech at the event, which will be given by David Cameron, the British Prime Minister.
LONDON FESTIVAL SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 25-26, 2014—10/01/14
The event entitled “London Is the Place for Me 2014” will celebrate the vibrant Caribbean culture and its impact on London. The event is sponsored by Renaissance One and Tilt with Carnival Village and other partners. Curated by Melanie Abrahams, Ray Funk and Alexander D. Great, the cultural exchange between London and the Caribbean will be showcased via music, film, family workshops, food, drink, and debate.
CARIBE TV TO BRING CARIBBEAN CULTURE TO TELEVISION IN UNITED KINGDOM—10/02/14
A new television station aims to bring programming directly to the United Kingdom from the Caribbean. CaribBe TV began operation at the end of September 2014 and represents a multi-media platform that provides viewers with a variety of television channels from the islands. The station will broadcast news, sports, current affairs, special events, family and lifestyle programming, cooking, educational, fashion, and cultural programs. The station offers its subscribers unrestricted access to programming from the Caribbean region.
JAMAICAN ARTISTS, LOCALLY AND IN THE DIASPORA, CALLED TO JAMAICA BIENNIAL—10/03/14
There has been a change in the dates for the 2014 Jamaica Biennial. The National Gallery of Jamaica is calling for artists in Jamaica and those of Jamaican descent in the Diaspora to submit works for the exhibition, now scheduled to open December 7, 2014. The deadline for artists to submit their works is October 17, 2014. In addition to Jamaican and Jamaican Diaspora artists, this year’s exhibition will include a selected group of invited Caribbean and other international artists.
JAMAICAN AUTHOR CALLS FOR GREATER RECOGNITION OF “COLON MAN”—10/03/14
Olive Senior, noted Jamaican author, believes it is important to recognize the men and women from the West Indies who were involved with working on the Panama Canal. These individuals made valuable contributions to the development of nations in the region and should be given the recognition they deserve, says Senior. She particularly wants to debunk the stereotype of the “Colon Man” in the Panama Canal experience. Workers on the canal experienced considerable tribulations but also had their triumphs during the construction period.