Authors of Tears To Triumph Salutes Star Jones, Colette Burnett, Super Wings NY at the Women of Courage Reception

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CaribPR Wire, New York, NY, Thurs. May 11, 2011: National Best selling authors Dawn Marie Daniels and Candace Sandy honored Super Wings NY founder Colette Burnett, and Television Personality and Author Star Jones during the “Dare to Follow Your Dreams,” a Salute to Women of Courage based upon the book Tears To Triumph: Women Learn to Live, Love and Thrive (Souls of My Sisters Books/Kensington Publishing Corp.) at Renaissance Times Square Hotel, in New York City. The event was held in partnership with Terrence Daniels, Ameriprise Financial; She’s Got Papers Custom Stationery, Cheap Chat Pre Paid Calling Cards and ETS Air Shuttle and Transportation.

Recession aside, executive women and entrepreneurs are thriving and it’s because they call on their band of sisters for help. Star Jones, Television Personality and Author of Satan Sisters: A Novel Work of Fiction (Gallery) gave a moving speech sharing with her fellow honorees overcoming open heart surgery and the many adversities and triumphs in her life and stated, “You never know the role that your fellow sister can play in your life and their will come a time that all you can do is turn to one another for support.”   The singing group ACE performed a special arrangement and tribute of Helen Reddys’ I am Woman Hear Me Roar.

Colette who grew up in Chase Village, Trinidad, W.I. before moving to the United States was saluted because of her courage in the face of adversity, and her drive to constantly provide support to fellow entrepreneurs.  After a decade of being a business banker and community leader, Colette Burnett opened Super Wings in Crown Heights just 20 months ago and enjoys New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg; Brooklyn Borough President, Marty Markowitz and Food Network Bobby Flay amongst her biggest fans. Her Union Street eatery located in Brooklyn, NY serves 10 kinds of wings, including Pineapple Jerk, Ginger Buff, and Island BBQ. “When I first shared the idea with my colleagues so many people expressed their dismay and felt I was throwing away my career and even said I was wasting my time,” stated Burnett. Colette continues, “I persevered, because an estimated 90 million pounds of chicken wings are sold in the United States during Super Bowl Sunday alone, and I knew if I infused the various flavors I grew up with, the restaurant would be would be a success,”

Co-Author Candace Sandy who was born and raised in Carapichaima, Trinidad W.I. and Dawn Marie Daniels whose family ancestry is from Antigua and Barbados, wrote Tears to Triumph to share a new framework that will help women move beyond just surviving to thriving and, most importantly, it shows women how to use their own adversities as a blueprint for future success.   Souls of My Sisters also recently launched a Tears To Triumph Blogtalk radio show giving women entrepreneurs 24 hour access to advice and support from top women business owners.  “I am delighted to have received the Tears To Triumph Woman of Courage Award, with the help of my mother, fiancée and an even wider support system of friends I was able to move the fear aside and step out of faith,” stated Colette. 

Later this year Colette will open up a new restaurant in Chaguanas, Trinidad, W.I. and release her new e-cookbook entitled Super Wings E-Cook Book:Transforming Your Cooking Experience. Superwings is located at 1218 Union St., Crown Heights, Brooklyn; (718) 467-8737; www.MySuperWings.com.  For more information on Tears To Triumph Woman of Courage Awards log on to facebook.com/soulsofmysisters or listen to the Tears To Triumph Radio Show hosted by Sky LaRose www.blogtalkradio.com/tears-to-triumph.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Left to Right: Candace Sandy Co-author of Tears To Triumph, Colette Burnett (Super Wings NY), and fellow honorees, Star Jones, Iasha Rivers (Macy’s) and Rachel Braun Scherl, President, Semprae Laboratories Inc. (Zestra) (Photo Credit: Rowena Husbands Blink of an Eye Photography)

Monty Alexander Continues 50th Year Celebration With South Florida Performance

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CaribPR, New York, NY, Fri., April 29, 2011: The heat in South Florida will meet the cool sounds of legendary jazz great Monty Alexander next month, as Jamaica’s Commander of Distinction continues the celebration of his 50th year in the music business.

Alexander, who recently wrapped up a New York performance at the Birdland Jazz Club, is set for the first annual Reggae Jazz Fusion show on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida.

The piano virtuoso will perform at the Special Sunday Night Concert that is being produced by Riddims Marketing.  He will share the stage with Maxi Priest, A.J. Brown and Eugene Gray.

‘Playing this concert in Miami is very special for me as this was the city where I first came from Jamaica and where I began as a professional, playing in many of the clubs there,” commented Alexander of the upcoming show. “It’s hard to believe that was in 1961, just 50 years ago. I look forward to May 22 when I and my brother musicians will stir up the good sounds to make it an uplifting evening for all.”

 Eddy Edwards, producer of the show said Alexander has been welcomed to the line-up since, “We wanted to celebrate his accomplishments over 50 years and expose him to those in the South Florida Caribbean Diaspora who may not know his works.”

 As for the show, Edwards added that he’s simply revisiting the real history of Jamaican music in this show and taking fans of both genres back to an era where ska or a fusion of jazz and reggae, was born.

For more on this event visit: www.JazzBluesFlorida.com. The performance comes on the heels of the release of Uplift, a new album from Alexander and Jazz Legacy Productions that includes such pieces as “Come Fly With Me,” “Sweet Georgia Brown,” “Body and Soul” and “Home.”

The top musician will follow the South Florida performance with a return to New York from June 14th-19th at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Lincoln Center. Alexander and The Harlem Kingston Express will perform two shows there at 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. nightly. For more on this event log on to http://jalc.org/dccc/bydate_fall09_final.asp.

Over his stellar career, the Kingston-born musician has performed with international stars including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Ernest Ranglin, Barbara Hendricks, Bill Cosby, Bobby McFerrin, Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare.

Infact, it was Sinatra and his best friend Jilly Rizzo who hired Alexander after he moved to the United States in 1961 at the age of seventeen.  And it was at Jilly’s famed New York City nightclub that this Jamaican teen caught the ears of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, and Milt “Bags” Jackson.

It was Bags who introduced him to the great bassist Ray Brown, and the rest as they say, is history, including Alexander’s 1976 Montreux (Switzerland) Jazz Festival performance with drummer Jeff Hamilton and bassist John Clayton, which has become one of the most celebrated live recordings in contemporary jazz. 

His extraordinary contribution to jazz globally led to the Jamaican government awarding Alexander the title of Commander in the Order of Distinction for outstanding services to Jamaica as a worldwide music ambassador in 2000. 

For more on the Caribbean’s greatest jazz pianist and his music visit www.montyalexander.com.

Trinidad-Born Author Releases A Charming New Memoir Set In Italy

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CaribPR, Milan, Italy, Tues. April 19, 2011: Debut author, Trinidad national Terry Bhola, has delivered a fascinating expatiatory memoir in which he reveals the joys and pains surrounding his acclimatization into the Italian society as a man of color

Picking up everything and moving to a new place is never an easy task. However, Bhola and his wife (along with their beloved cat) took the challenge to a whole new level. After years of dealing with the hustle and bustle of Brooklyn, New York, Bhola needed a change of scenery and an intra-continental move would not suffice.

With a longstanding inclination towards the picturesque countryside of Italy, there was no question as to where their new residence would be. However, upon arriving in the scenic countryside of Umbria, Terry and his wife soon realized that their transatlantic transition would be accompanied by some unexpected turbulence. Within the pages of “Searching for Wild Asparagus in Umbria,” Bhola vividly and humorously describes the couples’ encounters with the local population, territorial creatures, wild snowstorms, recurring plumbing problems, and other unexpected issues while trying to make their modestly built villetta into a real home – and earn a decent living.

“Searching for Wild Asparagus in Umbria,” is an intriguing and deliciously candid memoir, unique in its authorial perspective. Terry H. Bhola not only conveys the surprising and often comical experiences that he and his wife encountered while settling into a new country, but also reveals the mood of modern Italy as a nation not known for embracing diversity, contending with immigration. Seasoned with countless comical scenes, “Searching for Wild Asparagus in Umbria,” is an innovative dolce vita tale that will delight readers from cover to cover.

About the Author: Although a native of Trinidad and Tobago, Terry H. Bhola has never been able to settle in one place for too long. This has made him a resident of both Washington D.C. and New York City, where his thriving career in the publishing industry took place. Terry H. Bhola currently lives in Italy with his wife.

For more information go to http://www.terrybhola.com.  You can also find him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Tbhola.

BlackBerry WebWorks SDK 2.0 for Tablet OS and Smartphones, and BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR Now Available

CaribPR Wire, Miami, FL, Tues. April 19, 2011: Today RIM has made two important introductions for developers: the BlackBerry WebWorks SDK 2.0 for Tablet OS and Smartphones, and the final version of its BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR.

 The BlackBerry WebWorks SDK 2.0 for Tablet OS and Smartphones

 With this release, the following changes are introduced:

 * JavaScript APIs are now separated from the OS. This new architecture will allow developers to easily modify and enhance the existing APIs and package them with their BlackBerry WebWorks application. It will also simplify adding new APIs to applications.

 * The BlackBerry WebWorks framework and all of the APIs are open sourced and are available on GitHub! Developers can now contribute and participate in the evolution of the BlackBerry WebWorks project.

 These changes meet developers’ needs for ease of development, flexibility and choice. This important update positively impacts broad categories of developers including new and established developers. They can take advantage of the BlackBerry WebWorks SDK support for web standard technologies (HTML5, CSS3, Java Script) to build rich, well integrated standalone BlackBerry applications. Once developed, these apps can be fully integrated into the BlackBerry ecosystem, and distributed and monetized via BlackBerry App World. Furthermore, there is no need for developers to learn native programming languages to build mobile applications; they can simply use their existing web skills to build amazing BlackBerry apps.

 To streamline development work even further, RIM has aligned the versioning of the two platforms so that developers can easily create and deploy applications on the BlackBerry WebWorks SDK for Tablet OS and Smartphones – making the best of both worlds.

 BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR

 Today RIM has also introduced the final version of its BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR which includes the following changes:

 – Special APIs for the BlackBerry PlayBook Plugins for Adobe Flash Builder

– A BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet Simulator

– A Getting Started Guide

 With this update of the BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR, RIM gives developers the opportunity to leverage a strong competitive advantage, the Adobe AIR technology’s capability to enable developers to share code across multiple platforms, thereby offering them the benefit of a wide choice of development environments.

 These landmark updates from RIM coincide with the BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet’s availability in stores in North America today and they further empower developers to create amazing applications on this device.

 To find out more about these updates and download the latest SDKs go to http://us.blackberry.com/developers/tablet/webworks.jsp for BlackBerry WebWorks SDK for Tablet OS, http://us.blackberry.com/developers/browserdev/widgetsdk.jsp for BlackBerry WebWorks SDK for Smartphones and http://us.blackberry.com/developers/tablet/adobe.jsp for BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR.

Emera Appoints Judy Steele, FCA, as Interim Chief Financial Officer

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, April 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — (TSX: EMA): Chris Huskilson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Emera Inc., is pleased to announce that Judy Steele, FCA, has been appointed interim Chief Financial Officer of Emera, effective May 16, 2011. Ms. Steele is replacing Nancy Tower, FCA, who was recently appointed CEO for Emera Newfoundland and Labrador, and Executive Vice President of Business Development for Emera.

Ms. Steele is presently the Vice President of Finance for Emera Energy Inc., and a member of its Executive Team. Prior to joining Emera Energy, Ms. Steele worked in a variety of capacities across Emera’s business including Investor and External Relations, Strategy Development, and Regulatory Affairs. She is a Chartered Accountant and before joining Emera, worked in the financial services industry for Ernst & Young, in both the accounting and auditing, and consulting practices. In 2005 she was awarded her profession’s highest honour, the designation Fellow Chartered Accountant.

 ”Judy knows Emera’s business thoroughly, and her experience and financial expertise is welcomed during this time,” said Chris Huskilson. “Our search for a permanent CFO is in process, and we expect the transition to be seamless throughout this period.”

 Ms. Steele is a Director of Film Nova Scotia, a Crown Corporation of the Province of Nova Scotia; and a former Director of The Halifax Port Authority, and Chair of its Audit Committee. She is well known for her community leadership, which has included serving as Treasurer of the 2011 Canada Winter Games, and as National Chair of The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (the “Run for the Cure”). In 2003 she received the “CA of the Year Award” in recognition of her outstanding community leadership.

 Forward Looking Information

 This news release contains forward looking information. Actual future results may differ materially. Additional financial and operational information is filed electronically with various securities commissions in Canada through the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR).

 About Emera

 Emera Inc. is a growing energy and services company with $6.3 billion in assets and revenues of $1.6 billion. The company invests in electricity generation, transmission and distribution, as well as gas transmission and utility energy services. Emera’s strategy is focused on the transformation of the electricity industry to cleaner generation and the delivery of that clean energy to market. Emera operates throughout northeastern North America, in three Caribbean countries and in California. More than 80% of the company’s earnings come from regulated investments. Emera common and preferred shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and trade under the symbols EMA and EMA.PR.A respectively. Additional information can be accessed at www.emera.com or www.sedar.com.

 

Blackberry Travel App Is Now Available In Most Caribbean Markets

CaribPR Wire, MIAMI, FL, Weds. April 6, 2011: BlackBerry® Travel™, an application that provides BlackBerry® smartphone users with an all-in-one integrated tool to plan, book, manage and share travel activities quickly and easily, is now available in the major markets of the Caribbean.

The new app was recently announced in February at MWC 2011 in Barcelona and is now ready for download for BlackBerry users in the following markets: Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Barbados, Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Bahamas, Aruba, Cayman Islands, Virgin Islands and US Virgin Islands.

The BlackBerry Travel app offers convenient push notifications and seamless integration of travel itineraries and flight status updates into the familiar BlackBerry Calendar.  When a new booking confirmation or itinerary arrives in the user’s email inbox, the BlackBerry Travel app is automatically updated with the relevant itinerary details, which makes travel planning and management easier than ever. With the BlackBerry push technology, the BlackBerry Travel app can keep users informed and in control of their itineraries by monitoring flight statuses and promptly providing notifications about changes to their flight information. The app can even identify potential omissions or scheduling concerns with their itineraries, such as missing accommodations or timing conflicts, and provide users with suggestions.

The BlackBerry Travel app also brings together tools that travelers need while planning on the go, including:

  • Hotel booking
  • Currency converters
  • Weather forecasts
  • Local search functionality

In addition, BlackBerry smartphone users can share their travel information with colleagues, friends and family over email or through LinkedIn®, directly from the BlackBerry Travel app. The LinkedIn integration allows users to search for people in their network who will be in the same city, send messages to contacts and update their status.

The BlackBerry Travel app also features a web component that allows users to book flights and car rentals, as well as edit and print itineraries, from their computer.

The BlackBerry Travel app was built in collaboration with WorldMate, a leader in mobile travel platforms.  WorldMate and RIM are working together with leaders in the travel industries such as Continental Airlines, Expedia Affiliate Network, Hilton Worldwide, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, United Airlines to provide BlackBerry Travel app users with an amazing mobile experience.

The BlackBerry Travel app will be available as of today from BlackBerry App World™ (www.blackberry.com/appworld). The app is free and works on select BlackBerry smartphones running the BlackBerry® 5 OS (Device Software) or higher.* For more information please visit www.blackberry.com/travel

* BlackBerry Travel is available at launch for the BlackBerry® Bold™, BlackBerry® Curve™, BlackBerry® Storm™ and BlackBerry® Torch™ series of smartphones.

UWI Scholarship Recipients to Benefit from $300,000 Raised

The University of the West Indies’ second annual benefit gala in Toronto a huge success

 TORONTO, April 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The University of the West Indies (UWI) raised approximately $300,000 at its second annual benefit gala in Toronto on March 26th. The gala honoured notable individuals who have made significant contributions to UWI and the Caribbean and Canadian communities.  Outstanding individuals who were honoured include: Donovan Bailey; Michael Lee-Chin; The Right Honourable Michaelle Jean; The Honourable Justice Dr. Irving Andre;  Former Deputy Chief of Toronto police Keith L. Forde; Kamala-Jean Gopie; Dr. Karl Massiah and Dr. John Stewart.  Two organizations were also honoured including Ryerson University for its contribution to the advancement of Caribbean people through its joint programs with UWI, and GAP Adventures for its role in pushing the boundaries of sustainable travel.

The benefit was under the patronage of Dr. G. Raymond Chang, immediate past Chair of CI Financial, Chancellor of Ryerson University and himself, an honorary graduate of UWI.  Proceeds from the Toronto gala will benefit students through the UWI Scholarship Fund and the UWI Haitian Initiative.

“The University is once again touched by the outpouring of support it received from the Canadian private and public sectors and the Caribbean Canadian community,” said Elizabeth Buchanan-Hind, Executive Director, Institutional Advancement Division, The University of the West Indies.  “We are thankful for the scholarships that the University will now be able to award to students from the proceeds of the event.”

 Masters of Ceremonies Hamlin Grange and Valerie Pringle welcomed over 500 guests to a sold out event at the Four Seasons Hotel for an evening of celebrating excellence; connecting and reconnecting; music and live and silent auctions.  The gala was filled with contagious spirit and overwhelming generosity.

 ”Through this gala we are all now united as one UWI family,” stated Gala Patron, Dr. G. Raymond Chang.

 Find additional gala details at www.uwitorontogala.com.

 UWI would like to thank its sponsors, donors, volunteers and guests for making the UWI Benefit Gala Toronto 2011 a huge success. 

 About The University of the West Indies Benefit Gala, Toronto

 Building off the success of its inaugural benefit gala last year, and with such a strong Caribbean community in Canada, UWI is striving to develop a successful event that will continue to strengthen the relationship between Canada and the Caribbean for years to come.

 The 2010 benefit gala was sold out with 460 attendees.  Approximately $230,000 was raised, resulting in 17 scholarships being awarded to students in need, and helping to support Haitian students whose university was devastated after the earthquake.  

 Those honoured at the inaugural event included: Dr. the Honourable Harry Belafonte, The Honourable Mayann E. Francis, The Honourable Jean Augustine, Professor Dionne Brand, Mr. Austin Clarke, Ms. Maud Fuller, Dr. Herbert Ho Ping Kong, Dr. Robert Moore, Mr. David Rudder, Project Advancement Childhood Education (P.A.C.E), Royal Bank of Canada and Scotiabank.

 About The University of the West Indies Scholarship Fund and Haitian Initiative

 The UWI Regional Endowment Fund (UWIREF) scholarships and bursaries are offered to outstanding students in the Caribbean region who have difficulty financing their university education. The scholarships and bursaries are based on academic excellence and financial need. The University of the West Indies has accepted numerous Haitian students to complete their degrees at the Mona Campus in Jamaica and St. Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago. 

About The University of the West Indies

 The University of the West Indies (UWI) was established in 1948 as a college of the University of London.  It achieved full university status in 1962 and today, is the only pan-Caribbean tertiary level institution offering a wide array of diverse and accredited programs to 40,000 students throughout the region, with campuses in Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and the Eastern Caribbean.

 

RIM Q4FY11 – Summary

CaribPR Wire, MIAMI, Fl, Fri. Mar. 25, 2011: RIM completed the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 with record smartphone shipments and financial performance.

In fiscal 2011 BlackBerry smartphone shipments grew 43%, revenue grew 33% and earnings per share grew 47% over the prior year.  The adoption of BlackBerry smartphones in international markets continues to expand and BlackBerry was named the number one selling smartphone brand for 2010 in several markets including the United States, Canada, Latin America and the United Kingdom. 

 BlackBerry PlayBook

Earlier this week, RIM announced that the BlackBerry PlayBook would go on sale in the US and Canada on April 19th and early reactions from customers indicate that the BlackBerry PlayBook will be well received.  The BlackBerry PlayBook will be available for purchase in over 20,000 retail outlets in the U.S. and Canada and will come in three models, featuring 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of storage with an MSRP of $499, $599 and $699 respectively. 

 Expanded Application Ecosystem for the BlackBerry PlayBook Announced

 RIM also made a number of exciting BlackBerry PlayBook platform announcements that will significantly expand the application ecosystem for PlayBook.  RIM announced plans for the BlackBerry PlayBook to support both BlackBerry Java apps and Android apps, as well as native C/C++, HTML5, Flash and AIR apps.

 RIM also confirmed that it is working with leading gaming and application development technology providers such as Ideaworks Labs and Unity Technologies to implement their native engines and application development platforms.

 Support for BlackBerry Java and Android apps on PlayBook is expected to be available from BlackBerry App World this summer. The full press release can be found at: http://press.rim.com/release.jsp?id=4935

 Revenue for Q4FY11

 Revenue for Q4 FY11 was $5.6 billion, up 36% from $4.1 billion in the same quarter of last year. RIM’s revenue for fiscal 2010 grew 33% to $19.9 billion from $15 billion last year.

 Units Shipped during Q4FY11

 During Q4, RIM shipped approximately 14.9 million BlackBerry smartphones for a total of 52.3 million smartphones in fiscal 2011.

 Guidance for Q1 FY12

Revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 ending May 28, 2011 is expected to be in the range of $5.2 – $5.6 billion and shipments are expected to be 13.5 – 14.5 million smartphones. PlayBook shipments will be broken out when RIM reports next quarter. Earnings per share for the first quarter are expected to be in the range of $1.47- $1.55 per share diluted.  During the conference call RIM said that it currently expects to grow fully diluted earnings to over $7.50 per share in FY2012.

Jazz Great Marks Half-Century In Music

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CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. Dec. 21, 2010: It’s been half a century already since Jamaican-born jazz great, Monty Alexander, has been performing professionally.

The piano virtuoso will kick-off his 50th anniversary celebration next month with a special five-night performance at the Birdland Jazz Club – 315 West 44th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues in New York City.

Alexander, declared one of the greatest jazz piano players of all time in Hal Leonard’s 2005 book, and with a whopping 60 albums under his belt, is set to thrill fans from Tuesday April 5th to Saturday April 9th with two nightly shows at 8:30 p.m. and 11 p.m., respectively.

“This engagement is the first in a series of concerts in celebration of my 50th year in music,” commented Alexander. “It gives me a special opportunity to look back musically to 1961 and my first jobs in Kingston, Jamaica, with my first group, Monty and the Cyclones and the recordings I did for Coxsone Dodd and Duke Reed. I also look forward to reflecting musically on adventures I had through the years with, among others, Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie, Milt Jackson, Quincy Jones, Ray Brown and other legends of Jazz.”

The performance comes on the heels of the release of Uplift, a new album from Alexander and Jazz Legacy Productions that includes such pieces as “Come Fly With Me,” “Sweet Georgia Brown,” “Body and Soul” and “Home.”

Over his stellar career, the Kingston-born musician has performed with international stars including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Ernest Ranglin, Barbara Hendricks, Bill Cosby, Bobby McFerrin, Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare.

Infact, it was Sinatra and his best friend Jilly Rizzo who hired Alexander after he moved to the United States in 1961 at the age of seventeen.  And it was at Jilly’s famed New York City nightclub that this Jamaican teen caught the ears of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, and Milt “Bags” Jackson.

It was Bags who introduced him to the great bassist Ray Brown, and the rest as they say, is history, including Alexander’s 1976 Montreux (Switzerland) Jazz Festival performance with drummer Jeff Hamilton and bassist John Clayton, which has become one of the most celebrated live recordings in contemporary jazz. 

His extraordinary contribution to jazz globally led tothe Jamaican government awarding Alexander the title of Commander in the Order of Distinction for outstanding services to Jamaica as a worldwide music ambassador in 2000. 

Tickets for the April 5-9th shows can be purchased by logging on http://www.birdlandjazz.com/calendar/ and clicking on the date of the performance you’d like to purchase tickets for the Alexander celebratory concerts.

And for more on the Caribbean’s greatest jazz pianist and his music visit www.montyalexander.com.

Calling Caribbean Artisans to Come & Connect to the Global Marketplace – Updated

CaribPR Wire, Barbados, March 2, 2011: Artisans from the Caribbean region are invited to exhibit their products at the region’s foremost trade show, Design Caribbean, which offers unique access to important regional, international and diaspora buyers.

From September 1-4, 2011 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Design Caribbean will unite a passion for design with the soul of the Caribbean. All products are vetted for excellence so only the best of the region will be on show. Alongside the main trade fair, there will be many related events including a major musical event, a film programme, spa and wellness and a fashion show. Participating artisans will also attend a number of product and market development workshops on hot topics such as copyright, growing a business and accessing foreign markets.

Design Caribbean will attract buyers from North America, Europe and the Caribbean region. This year promises to be a notable event that no artisan should miss. If you want your products to reach a global marketplace, please register your interest immediately as places are limited.

Artisan Sign-up Details

All artisans engaged in design in the Caribbean region are eligible to participate in the Design Caribbean trade show. We are seeking products from diverse creative specialties including but not limited to ceramics, jewellery, fashion accessories, home furnishings, spa and wellness items and leather goods. In addition, there will a number of cash awards and incentives for winning various design categories.  For participation criteria and sign up details, please email  info@designcaribbean.com.

Sharing the Caribbean Experience

“Design Caribbean is an opportunity for exhibitors and visitors to experience the Caribbean, where all cultures collide to create something beautiful,” says Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Executive Director of the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), organisers of the event. Participants will leave the show inspired and invigorated by the creative splendor of the Caribbean and new business insight.

Ms. Coke Hamilton believes that Caribbean Design operates within a unique environment where “every race, culture and creed has been able to create a truly genuine melting pot of racial, religious and ethnic blending, which has now become the foundation of the Caribbean identity and culture. This region is the only one where anyone can land and immediately fit in without fear of exclusion or isolation. We merge all the varying aspects of our differing ethnic backgrounds to create a spirit, which is uniquely and quintessentially Caribbean. This spirit is captured and reflected in the originality, boldness and inherent creativity that mirror the experience of those who landed on our shores from disparate parts of the globe. The Caribbean soul is, without apology, dynamic, vibrant and intrinsically beautiful. This is Design Caribbean.”

About Design Caribbean
Inspired by the passion and talent of both distinguished and aspiring artists, Design Caribbean brings the region’s finest handmade designs and innovative products onto the world stage.

Encapsulating the spirit of design to celebrate the ‘beautiful,’ our event takes place in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic from Sept. 1-4, 2011. Showcasing a broad product range of handmade quality products, it will connect artists to buyers, and design enthusiasts from the Caribbean region, North America and Europe.  Design Caribbean visitors will come away with a true sense of the diversity and splendor that breathes vibrancy into the Caribbean region.

Design Caribbean is organized by Caribbean Export, a trade and promotion organization with 15 member regions, whose mandate is to “take Caribbean excellence to the world.”

For media inquiries or to contact a spokesperson for an interview, please contact:                                     

Quentin T. Baldwin
Email: qbaldwin@designcaribbean.com       
Phone:   1 246 436 0578  (Barbados)

Caribbean Export Head Office
Mutual Building, Hastings Main Road
Christ Church, BB15154
BARBADOS