Caribbean Travel – 5 Of The Best Fine Dining Caribbean Restaurants You Should Know

Compiled By NAN Travel Editor

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. April 6, 2018: When it comes to food, the Caribbean is definitely known for its array of unique delicacies. However, the region’s fine dining cuisine offerings is growing. Here are five of the best fine dining restaurants in the Caribbean you should know:

1: Spiga Restaurant
This creative Italian restaurant in Grand Case, St Martin/St Maarten has been voted the best fine dining restaurant in the Caribbean by TripAdvisor travelers. Spiga, which opened in late 2020, became an instant hit and today is one of the most popular restaurants in Grand Case. Spiga has reopened after Hurricane Irma and features dishes like pumpkin ravioli, Osso Buco with risotto and a number of homemade pastas as well as fish, chicken and vegetarian selections. You need dinner reservations which you can make here.


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2: The Lighthouse Restaurant

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At Breakers in Grand Cayman, you will find the second best fine dining restaurant in the Caribbean. This restaurant places an emphasis on local produce, sourcing the finest meat, produce and seafood from the region’s land and sea for its fabulous Italian and other Caribbean cuisine. Try the Lighthouse Signature Dish for two grilled seafood platter that includes a Caribbean Lobster Tail, Two Fillets of fresh Fish of the Day and Jumbo Prawn, with a choice of Linquine Alfredo or veggies and potatoes or the Seafood Curry with Caribbean Lobster, Sea Scallops and Shrimp with Mango Chutney and Papadom with Naan Bread or Basmati Rice. Make reservations here.


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3: Bistrot Caraibes

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Taking the third spot as one of the best fine dining restaurants in the Caribbean is Bistrot Caraibes at 81 Boulevard de Grand Case in Saint Martin. The restaurant has reopened since the hurricane and features a delightful array of sumptuous dishes including delicious Mushroom stuffed chicken breast with creamy mushroom risotto as well as a variety of lobster dishes plucked from the wonderful lobster tank in front of the restaurant. These can all be washed down with the restaurant’s own homemade blend of rum. Book now.


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4: Sheer Rocks

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This Saint Mary’s, Antigua restaurant takes the fourth spot on our Top Five list. Founded in 2010 by Kate Taylor and Alex Grimley, Sheer Rocks chef de cuisine, Simon Christey-French, puts his spin on local produce which results in creations that are nothing short of incredible. Try the tasting menu or simply delve into the main course offerings or choose from the unique starters. Make a booking here.

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5: Extra Virgin Bistro

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Rounding out the top five is Extra Virgin Bistro at Cruz Bay in Saint John, U.S. Virgin Islands. This delightful Italian restaurant has reopened after the hurricanes of 2017 and Chef Tommy is back at work offering up favorites like Herb Crusted Haddock with Roasted Garlic Spinach Risotto, Tournedos Rossini and Seared Foie Gras, Shrimp & Jumbo Lump Crab Pappardelle and other fresh herbs from its garden or fresh fish sourced from local fishermen. Make a reservation here.


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Caribbean Entertainment – Ne-Yo Delves Into Dancehall And Reggae

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. April 6, 2018: Veteran R&B singer Ne-Yo seems to also be going down the dancehall and reggae path so many in the pop world have followed recently. The singer recently released “Push Back,” which sees him delving into the tropical sounds of dancehall and reggae alongside pop disruptor, Bebe Rexha and UK deejay Stefflon Don.

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The song will be part of his new album, Good Man, due out on June 8th from Motown Records and his own Compound Entertainment. It’s riddim and lyrics are designed to inspire people to hit the dancefloor and twist their hips to the music.

“Push back when I jump behind it,” Ne-Yo sings. “Baby, let me know you like it / Tonight, let’s give them something to see.”

Here’s what Ne-Yo tweeted about the song Wednesday:

You ready for the #PushBack music video, featuring the lovely @BebeRexha and @StefflonDon?! Here’s a little taste of what’s to come on @vevo..👀#GoodManSeason https://t.co/MOeANF8OrZ pic.twitter.com/zMZBDXzYSn

— NE-YO (@NeYoCompound) April 4, 2018

Bebe does just that with the second verse. “My booty amazing,” she sings. “Come on, baby, chase it / Back to the floor, give us space.”

Meanwhile, Stefflon adds some dancehall flavor, rapping, “Push it back when me jump on the ting.”

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“I love a woman who knows how to move. I love a woman that has her own self, her own heart, and mind. She’s comfortable with her body,” Ne-Yo explains, when describing “Push Back’s” muses. “And when her song comes on, she’s gonna get up and move. She’s gonna show you just how confident and comfortable she is.”

Bebe Rexha has been making a name for herself in the industry for the past few years. Not only has she been featured on hits like G-Eazy’s “Me, Myself & I,” David Guetta’s “Hey Mama;” but she’s been an accomplished songwriter, too. She’s written smashes like Eminem and Rihanna single “The Monster,” as well as other songs for Nick Jonas, Selena Gomez, Tinashe, Iggy Azalea and more.

As for the British-Jamaican queen, Stefflon Don, she’s become a force to be reckoned with from the moment she stepped on the scene. She released her first EP called Hurtin’ Me just back in January. Also, stars like Demi Lovato, French Montana, Big Sean, Jeremih and more have reached out to her to collaborate with them. Future even invited the recording artist to open for him at his during the European leg of his Hndrxx Tour.


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Marijuana News – A Bahamas Named Stock To Watch

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. April 6, 2018: A Bahamas named company, whose subsidiary company, Cannabis Consortium, Inc., has partnered with a group that will own a percentage of a Pre-ICO marijuana dispensary, has seen its new stock jump this week.

The Bahamas Development Corporation (OTCMKTS:BDCI) jumped up to US 39 cents yesterday for the Jackson, Mississippi company that says it provides consulting and business recruiting services that gets manufacturing, agricultural, medical tourism, and other opportunities to the Bahamas.

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Cannabis Consortium is actively pursuing five (5) revenue streams in the cannabis marketplace:

  1. Specialty items
  2. Foodstuffs/Edibles
  3. Beverages
  4. Investment
  5. Research/New Products

The first three revenue streams are comprised of edible products and ancillary items related to the edible marketplace. The 4th stream Invests into other private cannabis operations. The final stream, research, will focus on the medical benefits of CBD oils for the treatment of animals.

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Marijuana News – A Bahamas Named Stock To Watch

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. April 6, 2018: A Bahamas named company, whose subsidiary company, Cannabis Consortium, Inc., has partnered with a group that will own a percentage of a Pre-ICO marijuana dispensary, has seen its new stock jump this week.

The Bahamas Development Corporation (OTCMKTS:BDCI) jumped up to US 39 cents yesterday for the Jackson, Mississippi company that says it provides consulting and business recruiting services that gets manufacturing, agricultural, medical tourism, and other opportunities to the Bahamas.

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Cannabis Consortium is actively pursuing five (5) revenue streams in the cannabis marketplace:

  1. Specialty items
  2. Foodstuffs/Edibles
  3. Beverages
  4. Investment
  5. Research/New Products

The first three revenue streams are comprised of edible products and ancillary items related to the edible marketplace. The 4th stream Invests into other private cannabis operations. The final stream, research, will focus on the medical benefits of CBD oils for the treatment of animals.

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Immigrant Groups Must Sue To Ensure The Citizenship Question Is Dropped From The Next Census

By Felicia J. Persaud

News Americas, MIAMI, FL, Fri. April 6, 2018: It is a known fact that a major concern in every decennial Census is getting immigrants and populations of color across the US to fill out and return the form. In immigrant and black communities, Census officials often spend a lot of time and effort on forming partnerships with community groups to garner trust to ensure immigrants and African-Americans especially understand the importance of the Census and the need for them to respond.

In the 2010 Census, a lot of the messaging surrounded the fact that the information collected had nothing to do with immigration status and would not be shared with any immigration agencies. As someone who worked closely with the 2010 Census, including advocating as founder of CaribID from 2009 to ensure Caribbean immigrants had a way to count on the form through a write in campaign and through an educational media campaign to push many to fill out and return the form, I know firsthand how difficult the task of boosting the response rate is.

As we count-down to the 2020 Census, the Trump administration has dealt a death blow to the future Census count, with the addition of a citizenship question to the digital form.

Dr. Sunshine Hillygus, a professor at Duke University who serves on the Census Scientific Advisory Committee, is absolutely right to respond to this bold face, political move to – wink, wink – ‘Make America Great Again’ – by exclaiming: “What the hell?”

In an immigrant community already existing in an era of heightened fear of being rounded up and deported for minor infractions, including driving under the influence, I know this blatantly racist and political move will definitely impact the 2020 Census tally, leading to redistricting, fewer immigrant representatives, less funding in immigrant communities and a host of other issues that we will only see after the count.

It is why immigrant associations, especially legal ones like the Caribbean Bar Associations, must join the NAACP and attorneys general across the US, in suing the federal government to stop this xenophobic outrage. As the NAACP lawsuit states, our immigrant community groups must also sue to combat the imminent threat that the 2020 Census will substantially undercount immigrant and other people of color in communities throughout the United States.

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Not since before the Civil Rights Act of 1965, has the citizenship question been asked of all respondents; that is not since 1950 to be exact.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, in allowing the new question, claims riotously that it will help enforce the Voting Rights Act, which is supposed to prohibit racial discrimination in voting. He knows very well it will have the opposite effect because it is a clearly orchestrated political move aimed at stymieing the rising black and immigrant voting bloc.

Add to that is the fact that the 2020 census questionnaire will be digital and only available online, which will help boost low response rates as well, leading to incomplete and inaccurate data that could impact congressional districts and the allocation of federal funding, particularly in immigrant populated districts.

We as immigrant community organizations and immigrant elected officials must fight now for all of our futures in this country, because this marks another brazen attempt to roll back our civil rights. It is time to stand up and fight like our futures depended on it – because it does!

felicia-j-persaud-hard-beat-altThe writer is CMO at Hard Beat Communications, Inc. which owns the brands: NewsAmericasNow, CaribPRWire and InvestCaribbeanNow.

 

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Caribbean Entertainment – Here’s How Romain Virgo Is Using His Gift To Help Others

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. April 6, 2018: Saint Ann, Jamaica-born singer, Romain Virgo, has come a long way since winning the 2007 Digicel Rising Stars competition. The singer has since released three albums on the VP label and has seen his cover version of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me,” topped many Caribbean music charts.

But it is Virgo’s decision to use his talent and voice to give back that has him making NAN news.

The 28-year-old singer has decided to help young high school athletes from the Caribbean, who will be participating at the Penn Relays later this month.

Based on an arrangement with VP Records and Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB), the not-for-profit organization that assists Caribbean athletes who travel to Pennsylvania for the Penn Relays, every download of Virgo’s song, ‘Still,’ from his album ‘Lovesick,’ will see part proceeds going to assist athletes at the relay carnival this year.

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“People like a Romaine Virgo embody the imagery that is important to carry forth the brand,” commented TJB Founder, Irwine Clare, Sr., O.D. “He is a young man, and he produces the type of music that resonates well and sells well.”

Clare added that Virgo will be one of TJB’s special ambassadors at the Penn Relays this year from April 26-28 in Philadelphia.

“We hope to have him there with us,” Clare added. “It creates an opportunity for him because he will be exposed to the college campuses, and there are many Caribbean students at various campuses in the north, east. We hope that it becomes a win-win.”

Virgo for his part said he will be performing at an event for TJB also in April at Penn in addition to donating part of the sale of the single to the cause.

Next month, will also be performing at The Best of the Best Concert in Miami and Sierra Nevada World Music Festival and Groovin in the Park in Queens, NY this June.

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Since 1994, Team Jamaica Bickle has played an active role in the development and care of Caribbean athletes through its hospitality initiative. The non-profit raises money annually to provide meals and other refreshments, physical therapy, chiropractic, mentorship and medical services, ground transportation: daily hotel to stadium shuttle and airport transfers for arrival & departure and subsidized hotel rates to runners at the Penn Relays. A stellar crop of athletes have benefited from TJB, including Olympians Veronica Browne-Campbell and Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce.

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Caribbean Business – This Caribbean Bank May Be Coming To The NY Stock Exchange  

 

By NAN Business Editor

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. April 6, 2018: A Caribbean based, Canadian owned bank may soon be listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce has filed paperwork to list its FirstCaribbean International Bank, a Barbados-based lender, on U.S. the stock market.

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The bank reportedly filed a prospectus with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on March 23rd.

The documents also outline the first steps in a road map that could lead CIBC to sell its majority ownership in FirstCaribbean and retreat from Caribbean region, where CIBC has had interests since the early 1920s.

“CIBC intends to divest itself of its controlling interest in us over time, subject to market conditions and other considerations,” the filing says.

CIBC currently owns nearly 92 per cent of FirstCaribbean, which earns most of its revenue in Barbados, the Bahamas and the Cayman Islands, and trades on a trio of Caribbean stock markets. FirstCaribbean had about US$12.4-billion in assets as of Jan. 31st.

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Caribbean Entertainment – Rihanna’s Song Becomes Protest Anthem

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. April 6, 2018: One of Barbadian-born, pop diva, Rihanna’s songs, recently became a protest anthem for Howard University students.

The students recently stormed a building in the premises to call out authorities on the $1 million stolen from the school’s financial aid. They led the demonstration with RiRi’s, “B***h Better Have My Money,” Billboard reported.

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Rihanna retweeted a video from the protest, which showed a massive turnout of students and added a flexing arm and a raising hands emoji to her caption.

Six staff members of the university were found to have embezzled over $1 million, an amount which was intended for low-income students.

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Caribbean Recipes – Jamaican Bammy

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. April 6, 2018: A truly authentic Jamaican dish is bammy or bami. It is essentially a cassava flatbread descended from the simple flatbread eaten by the Arawaks, Jamaica’s original inhabitants. Today, it is produced in many rural communities and sold in stores and by street vendors in Jamaica and abroad. Bammies have been consumed since pre-Columbian times. Here is a recipe from Grace Foods.

Preparation time 50m
Cooking time 10m
Ingredients
For 1 Person(s)

INGREDIENTS

2 pound(s) cassava or Yuca
1 teaspoon(s) salt

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METHOD

  • Peel and grate cassava. Place it in a muslin cloth, wring out and discard the juice.
  • Add salt to the cassava flour and mix together.
  • Heat bammy griddle or fry pan over moderate heat. Place about 1 cup of the mixture in a bammy ring on the heated griddle, if not, place on a greased shallow baking or fry pan. Press down on the mixture to flatten. A regular bammy should be at least (6″) or 15 cm in diameter, or made according to desired size.
  • When the edges shrinks slightly from the side of the pan, turn over and cook the other side. Each bammy should cook in 10 minutes.
  • Repeat the process until all the bammies are made. Bammies may be stored in a cool dry place or freeze until needed.

Note: When bammies are ready to be used, soak them in milk or water for about 10 minutes. Bammies may be fried or baked and served with your favourite protein.

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Can The Caribbean Really Begin To Lead The World On Climate Resiliency?  

News Americas, MIAMI, FL, Weds. April 4, 2018: Can the Caribbean begin to lead the world after Hurricanes Irma and Maria?

Former US President Bill Clinton thinks it can happen on climate resiliency. His comments come as he formally launched his Clinton Global Initiative Post-Disaster Recovery Action Network for the Caribbean at the University of Miami Tuesday.

The initiative, coming just over six months after hurricanes battered many islands in the Caribbean, is aimed at bringing together leaders from across sectors like green energy, agriculture and health services, to confront future disasters and develop new, specific and measurable plans that will advance recovery and promote long-term resiliency.

“The [Caribbean] has many treasures,” Clinton said as he opened the UM event, “but it’s also one of the most vulnerable areas in the world to the ravages of climate change.”

Clinton also praised Dominica Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit’s $600 million plan to make his hard-hit island the world’s first climate-resilient nation. The Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica has committed to work with its development partners to create and launch the Climate Resilience Agency of Dominica (CREAD), which will dedicate $600 million to new resiliency projects.

CREAD is an independent agency that will fund, design, procure, implement, and coordinate climate resilient projects with the objective of making Dominica the first climate resilient nation in the world. CREAD will feature an innovative financing incentive for private sector partners: for every $10 million pledged, Dominica will offer the right to use a total of 1 million tons of carbon sequestered by its rainforests and marine environments as a carbon offset over the course of 20 years. Through CREAD, Dominica will rebuild and repair major roads, rebuild approximately 20 schools and 27 health facilities, and provide support for 8,500 farmers across the island. Funds raised through the carbon offset program will be dedicated to the provision of 4,000 climate resilient homes for those most in need.

“If this can be done,” Clinton said, then the Caribbean can really begin to lead the world in a totally different direction.”

Following the devastating hurricanes that tore through the Caribbean region in September 2017, local leaders of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Dominica, and Antigua and Barbuda approached Clinton to help them build back better.

The Action Network formally launched with a day-long invitation only event on April 3rd and saw participation from more than 350 leaders, including high-level representatives like Skerrit and Governor Kenneth Mapp of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Participants announced eight Commitments to Action – solutions that are new, specific, and measurable – focusing on a wide range of issues, including training for 5,000 mental health workers in Puerto Rico; deploying nurses to the U.S. Virgin Islands to conduct vision, hearing, and dental screenings for 9,000 schoolchildren; a comprehensive reforestation and habitat program that will plant 750,000 trees; a new agency in Dominica providing funding for resiliency projects; and solarizing 12 primary health clinics in Puerto Rico.

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The American Federation of Teachers has partnered with Airlink and the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands to bring nurses to conduct vision, hearing, and dental screenings for all 9,000 schoolchildren on the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Afya Foundation has committed to addressing the urgent medical needs of the elder population in Puerto Rico, by shipping immediate medical supplies and equipment to Acción Social’s 22 Elder Care centers, while providing training and capacity building to Acción Social staff.

Para la Naturaleza (PLN) has committed to launch Habitat, a comprehensive reforestation and habitat restoration program in Puerto Rico that aims to plant 750,000 native and endemic trees that are more resilient to natural phenomena such as hurricanes, and provide assessment and maintenance of newly planted areas.

Americares has committed to address mental health challenges in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria by providing training for 5,000 health workers, emergency responders, and social service providers across the island.

International Medical Corps has committed to support primary healthcare for school-aged children in Puerto Rico by procuring an additional Mobile Medical unit for Med Centro, allowing them to reach an additional five elementary and middle schools with comprehensive preventive health screenings, and providing training and capacity building to all Med Centro staff.

Digicel has committed to repair or rebuild seven schools and 360 homes in Dominica that were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Maria, while also training 100 community members in building techniques and provide community workshops on risk mitigation and disaster preparedness.

Direct Relief, the Hispanic Federation, The Solar Foundation, and New Energy PR have committed to install solar or solar + storage systems at 12 primary care clinics in Puerto Rico, meeting critical energy needs at each site.

Clinton also announced a Commitment to Action in development, issuing a challenge to members of the Action Network to pre-position relief supplies for the upcoming hurricane season.

Dominica was battered by Hurricane Maria on September 18 while the U.S. Virgin Islands were battered by both Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The hurricanes across the Caribbean cost over $150 billion in damage last Fall. Some communities are still struggling to recover. In Puerto Rico, more than 150,000 are without power and many lack access to clean drinking water.

“If we do not address the fundamental issues contributing to climate change, we’re going to see a greater intensity of disasters like Hurricane Maria and Irma,” said PM Skerrit. “If the world continues to fail to address climate change, we must not only build back better, but we must improve the national resiliency of our islands. This meeting of the Clinton Foundation is helping to ensure that our efforts to become the first climate resilient nation in the world are system-wide, integrated and coordinated.”

One of the biggest challenges for recovery has been the lack of an emergency communications system as the next hurricane season quickly approaches.

 

 

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