Congressional Black Caucus to Address What the 2010 U.S. Census Means for Caribbean and African Communities

CaribPR Wire, WASHINGTON, D.C., Thurs. Sept. 24, 2009: The Congressional Back Caucus Annual Legislative Conference will host a forum called, “Comprehensive Immigration Reform:  Census 2010, What’s In It for Us.”  The forum will address issues and questions that those from Caribbean and African nations have faced while residing in the United States.  Topics will include issues such as economic exclusion, and lack of social development opportunities.  The panel also will address how the Census is directly related to community assistance; how nonprofits are funded based on Census numbers; and also how Census numbers affect education, health care and even child-care regulations.  Overall, this panel will discuss areas of interest for moving a common Black agenda in census and immigration.



Since many first-generation immigrants often are leery of governmental assistance, the forum hopes to decrease overall concern and distrust of the government, while also increasing Census participation among Caribbean and African families. 



Dr. Claire Nelson, Founder and President of the Institute of Caribbean Studies, is serving as a National Profile Partner to increase participation among Caribbean communities.  As a Census partner, Nelson communicates how an accurate Census protects the interests of Caribbean-American organizations, public institutions and social service programs that are directly relevant to the survival and growth of these communities. 



ICS is an organization that promotes initiatives that strengthen the Caribbean-American community. 



U.S. Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke of New York’s 11th Congressional District, will chair the forum.  Clarke recently introduced a historic bill that would require that Caribbean nationals have their own origins category on the U.S. Census form.  Clarke is the daughter of Caribbean immigrants.  



WHO: Yvette Clarke, U.S. Congresswoman
          Dr. Claire Nelson, Founder, Institute of Caribbean Studies
         Dr. John Flateau, Medgar Evers College
         Kwasi Afrifa, African Federation, Inc.
         Marlein Bastien, Haitian community activist from Miami
      Melanie Campbell, CEO of National Coalition for Black Civic Participation



WHEN:   Friday, September 25, 2009
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.



WHERE: Room 144A, Washington Convention Center
              801 Mount Vernon Place, N.W.
              Washington, D.C. 20001
              Enter via the Seventh Street entrance



MISC: Dr. Claire Nelson is available for interviews during the Congressional Black Caucus.  Dr. Nelson can answer questions specific to the U.S. Census and the Caribbean audience.



 

Monty Alexander Returns To Lincoln Center

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. Sept. 9, 2009: Catch the `Harlem-Kingston Express` as Jamaica’s internationally acclaimed Jazz piano great, Monty Alexander, C.D. (Commander of Distinction-Jamaica), returns to Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Allen Room for four shows, October 2 and 3 at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. 



Alexander has been broughts back to Jazz at Lincoln Center by popular demand after his 2008 sold out hit program, “Lords of the West Indies.” 



Come and experience Monty revisit his own personal and musical, adventurous, cross cultural JAmerican journey, as he takes you roundtrip from Jamaica to the great world of American Jazz where he performed/recorded with Quincy Jones, Frank Sinatra, Sonny Rollins, Tony Bennett, Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby McFerrin, George Benson, Milt Jackson, Natalie Cole, Clint Eastwood (in the film “Bird”-the life of Charlie Parker), and the greats from Jamaica: Ernest Ranglin, Sly and Robbie, Tony Rebel, Luciano, and more….



Performing with the maestro will be masters of both American Jazz and Jamaican music and heritage. 



WHEN: October 2 & 3, 2009, 7:30 pm & 9:30 pm



WHERE:  The Allen Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center,
on Broadway at 60th St., New York City.



HOW:  Tickets at $55 and $65 are available at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office on Broadway at 60th St., by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500 or via www.jalc.org. Box Office hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 am-6 pm, Sun. 12 pm -6 pm.



Meanwhile, on Saturday, October 3rd ONLY, at 5:30 pm: The Jamaica Tourist Board and Essence magazine, in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center, will present a FREE pre-concert Jamaican Festival for all ticket holders, featuring live music, food and beverage samples, gift bags and more!



See http://www.jazzatlincolncenter.org/concerts/details309a.asp?EventID=2039 for more information.

Choice Hotels International Targets Caribbean’s Best Independent Hotels for New Ascend Collection

SILVER SPRING, Md., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — In the midst of a troubled travel season, many Caribbean hotels can get a helping hand now from global hospitality leader Choice Hotels International. The company is expanding its Ascend Collection hotel membership program (www.ascendcollection.com) to include exceptional independent hotels throughout the Caribbean region. Ascend Collection has an aggressive growth plan of adding approximately two strategically selected Caribbean properties, per Island, to its growing portfolio within the next couple of years.



“Ascend Collection is perfect fit for savvy operators that are looking for a partner. Since the program’s launch, Ascend Collection member hotels have experienced some of the highest guest satisfaction scores in the company with an average of 8.7 out of 10,” said Stacy Ragland, vice president of Ascend Collection operations for Choice Hotels. “Ascend Collection currently boasts a reservation contribution of 33 percent and its current revenue per available room is the highest within the Choice family of brands. With this continued success, we are now looking to expand into Canada and Mexico.”



Launched in late 2008, Ascend Collection includes more than two-dozen upscale properties that are Historic, Boutique or Unique, and provide guests with an authentic travel experience. With this elite collection, Choice Hotels aims to lend marketing and operational support to drive business directly to smaller, one-of-a-kind Caribbean properties.



To add to its list of lodgings that range from historic landmarks to contemporary boutiques in the heart of gateway cities, Ascend Collection seeks properties that offer stellar service and charms within their markets, providing guests with a local flavor they cannot get anywhere else.



“We’re looking for the Caribbean’s hidden gems,” says Jose Salvador Icaza, director Caribbean franchise development for Choice Hotels. “The best of the best properties that provide an intimate atmosphere with character that’s truly special – whether it be a rich cultural history or stylish decor with one-of-a-kind, local flair.”



Backed by Choice Hotels, these best-of-the-region properties gain access to a powerful suite of tools and resources designed to boost occupancy and revenue. They can preserve all their unique appeal, while also benefiting from the marketing strength and support of one of the world’s largest lodging companies. Among Ascend Collection advantages, members enjoy:



. Access to the robust reservations and distribution system of Choice Hotels, which has more than 5,800 hotels worldwide.
. Choice Privileges, the Choice Hotels award-winning rewards program. Membership is free, and guests can earn points towards free nights, airline miles, retail gift certificates and more while staying at any Choice brand hotel throughout the U.S. (including Hawaii), Canada, Europe*, Mexico, the Caribbean and Australasia.
. A commanding online presence through Choicehotels.com, one of the most visited sites in the lodging industry.



With the tools for a stronger market presence, Ascend Collection members have the opportunity to boost visibility among the large number of travelers who prefer unique vacation experiences. More than one out of four leisure travelers are interested in a historic hotel or resort, and nearly one out of five find a boutique hotel with unusual atmosphere and decor appealing, according to the just-released Ypartnership/Yankelovich, Inc. 2009 National Travel MONITOR(SM).



In addition, guests at Ascend Collection properties get the benefit of lodging with a global brand, including easy online booking, affordable rates and participation in the award-winning Choice Privileges program. 



For more information on Caribbean outreach within the Ascend Collection, contact Jose Salvador Icaza at sal_icaza@choicehotels.com or visit ascendcollection.com.



About Ascend Collection
The Ascend Collection launched at the end of 2008 and now has 24 upscale hotels nationwide, including properties in Florida, Hawaii, California, Colorado, Nebraska, New York and Puerto Rico. For more information on this collection of Historic, Unique and Boutique hotels, visit ascendcollection.com.



About Choice Hotels
Choice Hotels International, Inc. franchises more than 5,900 hotels, representing more than 479,000 rooms, in the United States and more than 30 other countries and territories. As of June 30, 2009, more than 800 hotels are under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in the United States, representing more than 64,000 rooms, and an additional 110 hotels, representing approximately 8,700 rooms, are under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in more than 15 other countries and territories. The company’s Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn brands serve guests worldwide. In addition, via its Ascend Collection membership program, travelers in the United States and the Caribbean have upscale lodging options at historic, boutique and unique hotels.



Additional corporate information may be found on the Choice Hotels International, Inc. Web site, which may be accessed at choicehotels.com.



Choice Hotels, Choice Hotels International, Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn and Ascend Collection are proprietary trademarks and service marks of Choice Hotels International.



*Excluding Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden



CONTACT:  Rocco Loverro of Choice Hotels International, Inc., +1-301-592-6719, rocco_loverro@choicehotels.com

Dr. Claire Nelson, Founder And President Of The Institute Of Caribbean Studies, To Serve As A National Profile Partner Of The U.S. Census

U.S. Census reaches out to encourage Caribbean communities to participate in the 2010 count



CaribPR Wire, DETROIT, MI, Mon. Aug. 31, 2009: Dr. Claire Nelson, Founder and President of the Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS), will collaborate with the U.S. Census and serve as a National Profile Partner to increase participation among Caribbean and other immigrant communities.  ICS is an organization that promotes initiatives that strengthen the Caribbean-American community.  Nelson also serves as Chair of the National Caribbean American Complete Count Committee.



In her role as a National Profile Partner, Nelson will act as a liaison between the U.S. Census and the Caribbean American audience.   Nelson will stress the importance of Caribbean communities participating in the Census, as well as the direct connection between the Census, government representation and support. 



Because of that direct link, Nelson also will communicate how an accurate Census protects the interests of Caribbean-American organizations, public institutions and social service programs that are directly relevant to the survival and growth of these communities. 



“The Caribbean population in America must be represented in full for continued economic and political progress in our community,” said Nelson.  “We must communicate to all Caribbean Americans that participation in the U.S. Census will not adversely affect our communities, but instead will allow them to flourish and be strengthened.  Whether you are immigrant or native born; whether documented or not; whether Barbadian, Haitian, Jamaican, whether African descent of Asian origin, it is important to us and our children that we stand up and be counted.” 



At this time, the Caribbean-American population in the U.S. is estimated at 5 million.  Many African Americans are second-generation Caribbean immigrants.



Since its founding in 1993, ICS has worked to ensure the well-being and future prosperity of Caribbean Americans, by placing Caribbean American interests in the center of U.S. policymakers.   Nelson has been a longstanding pioneer for public policy that affects Caribbean Americans, using ICS as a means to tout the contributions of the Caribbean population to America and serving as Campaign Chair for the Commemoration of June as Caribbean American Heritage Month.  She has also been a forerunner in shaping dialogue processes between immigrants of African descent and the African-American community, and serves on a variety of Boards and advisory groupings such as the Black Leadership Forum, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, and the African Federation.



About Dr. Claire A. Nelson
Claire A. Nelson is the founder and president of the Institute of Caribbean Studies, a non-governmental organization working to promote Caribbean-American collaboration in policy and development issues.   She is also an international development expert with more than 25 years of experience.   Prior to founding ICS, she was artistic director of the Caribbean Heritage Group, a cultural arts organization.  A performance artist, storyteller and writer, Nelson has written, choreographed, directed and produced several plays, musicals, and video documentaries on issues related to social change and history.  She received her Ph.D. in Engineering Management from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.



U.S. Census
The 2010 Census is a count of everyone living in the United States and is mandated by the U.S. Constitution.  Census data are used to distribute congressional seats to states and to allocate more than $300 billion in federal funds to local, state and tribal governments each year. The 2010 Census questionnaire will be one of the shortest in history, consisting of 10 questions and taking about 10 minutes to complete.



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"The King Of The Dancehall" Beenie Man To Headline The Old School New Year’s Eve Bash And Benefit Concert On St. Croix

CaribPR Wire, ST. CROIX, USVI, Tues. Aug. 12, 2009: CIGA Promotions will ensure that partygoers in the US Virgin Islands usher in 2010 well entertained, while supporting a worthy cause, with a massive concert slated for December 31, 2009 at the Randall “Doc” James Racetrack on St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.



Shawn Baptiste, CEO of CIGA Promotions, announced today that Grammy Award winner Beenie Man will headline the Old School- New School, Old Year’s- New Year’s Eve Bash. The King of the Dancehall will be performing favorites like “Who Am I”, “Girls Dem Sugar”, “King of the Dancehall,” “Hmmm,Hmmm” and “Wine Gyal.” Beenie Man came on the scene in 1981 and established himself as one of the most prolific international dancehall artists in the world. He has played an instrumental role in introducing dancehall music to mainstream audiences around the world.



Elephant Man will also be on stage for this exciting concert. Well known for his dancehall anthems, ” Pon De River”, “Jook Gal”, “Willie Bounce” and “Nuh Linga”, the Energy God is very excited about ushering the New Year with the people of the Virgin Islands.



A CIGA Promotions event would not be complete without an Old School icon to please the mature crowd. Back by popular demand is the original dancehall king, Yellowman. A major influence in the dancehall and hip hop world in the 1980’s, Yellowman became the first dancehall artist to be signed to a major American label.  



The best of the Virgin Islands will also be on stage. Army, Mada Nile and the World Famous Xpress Band complete this diverse lineup that will have something for all music aficionados.



“This is a very special celebration for CIGA Promotions as we celebrate 15 years of outstanding events in the US Virgin Islands.  We are very grateful for the support of the people of the Virgin Islands, BVI and surrounding islands.  We will continue to produce exciting concerts in a safe environment, while supporting organizations in our community like the Queen Louise Home for Children.”



Baptiste continued, “After the Old School Mother’s Day Event featuring Barrington Levy and Yellowman in May 2009, we presented a check to the Queen Louise Home for Children.  Once again, we will be supporting this worthy organization. One dollar ($1) from every ticket sold for the Official New Years Eve Bash will be given to the Queen Louise Home for Children.”



The following sponsors are on board for this exciting benefit concert: Premier Wines and Spirits, The Palms at Pelican Cove, Seaborne Airlines, Budget Rent-A-Car St. Croix, WJKC, WSTX FM 100.3, WVIQ Sunny 99.5, WSVI- Channel 8 and Shantyvibes.com



Early bird tickets for the concert will go on sale for $25.00 for general admission and $35.00 for bleachers from December 7, 2009 until December 17, 2009. Regular ticket prices will be $30 for general admission and $40 for bleachers from December 18, 2009 until New Years Eve. Tickets will be more at the door. Gates open at 8:00pm and show time is 9:00pm.



Tickets can be purchased at the following ticket outlets: Alliance Clothing, Panchos, La Reine Chicken Shack,  Riddims, One Love Service Station, Centerline Bakery and Urban Threadz (St. Croix and St. Thomas)



For additional information contact CIGA Promotions at 340-513-2218 or email: cigapromotionsvi@gmail.com.         



 

Play Offs Begin In Digicel Caribbean Cup New York

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Aug. 14, 2009: WHAT: Digicel Caribbean Cup New York Play Offs featuring East Zone leaders  Barbados taking on St. Lucia and defending champions, Jamaica  facing-off against Trinidad and Tobago.



WHEN: Sunday, August 16th. Match times – 4 and 6 p.m. respectively.



WHERE: Jefferson High School Field, 125-08 Flatlands Avenue, Brooklyn, New York (near Shepherd Ave)



Digicel is the largest mobile operator in the Caribbean and recent entrant to Central America, today announced details of its three-year sponsorship of the Digicel Caribbean Cup New York.



 



The Caribbean Cup New York tournament is in its 17th year and features 12 representative teams from the Caribbean and South America. It is currently entering the playoff stages of the tournament, with Jamaica and St. Vincent leading the build up to the final, which takes place on Sunday, September 6th in Brooklyn, New York. Digicel will provide much-needed funds to the staging of the weekly rounds of the tournament, as well as marketing support and investment in player development.



 

DEFENDING CHAMPIONS JAMAICA AND ST. LUCIA GO THROUGH TO DIGICEL CARIBBEAN CUP SEMIFINALS

Carib PR Wire, Monday, August 17th 2009 – Brooklyn, New York, USA: Defending champions, Jamaica and St. Lucia, went through to the Digicel Caribbean Cup semi-finals on Sunday, when they beat Trinidad & Tobago and Barbados, respectively.



As Digicel banners fluttered in the stands of the Jefferson High School ground in Brooklyn, New York, hundreds of football fans witnessed Jamaica trounce Trinidad & Tobago to a 3-0 win, and St. Lucia upset Barbados 2-1, in the play-offs’ double header.



Jamaica and St. Lucia weren’t the only winners on Sunday. Digicel was on hand to make sure that a fun day of football was had by all with ‘Digicel Kick for Cards’ competitions taking place during half time of each match. Two lucky customers, Alvinus Estephan from St. Lucia, and Eduardo Hemmings from Costa Rica, took part in the competition and walked away with free Digicel calling cards to call their friends and family back home. After winning the ‘Digicel Kick for Cards’ competition, Estephan said he would definitely be back next week to take part in more Digicel competitions.
The Digicel Girls were kept busy during both matches as they invited customers to visit the Digicel booth where they could top up their friends and family back home in the Caribbean and be in with a chance to win free Digicel calling cards at next week’s half-time game.



During the first match of the day, Jamaica demonstrated its dominance in the 17 year old Digicel Caribbean Cup in what was described as a “cake walk” over Trinidad & Tobago.



Damion Williams scored twice for the New York Reggae Boyz, and Ryan Reid converted the other goal.



Jamaica registered all three goals in the first half, with Williams initiating the campaign with a header to the left of Trinidad & Tobago goal keeper, Akil Mitchell, in the 18th minute.
Five minutes later, Reid blasted a right footer 10 yards outside the penalty box which eluded Mitchell.



Then Williams handed Jamaica its third goal in the 35th minute by touching past Mitchell.
Trinidad desperately tried to find the back of the Jamaican net in the second half, but the four-time Digicel Caribbean Cup New York champions held Trinidad at bay and maintained its 3-0 margin.
 
An unusually large St. Lucian crowd witnessed their “home boys” upset Barbados, winners of the preliminary round’s East Zone, in Sunday’s final match.



Levi Gilbert (25th minute) and Nyhime Gilbert (65th minute) converted for St. Lucia, while Barbados’ lone goal came in the 27th minute off the boots of Jeffrey Williams, 10 yards outside the penalty box.



“I’m just shocked – lost for words,” said Alvin Brathwaite, Barbados’ head coach.



His opposite number, Ernest James, said it was important that St. Lucia win the match: “We had to show them that we were not pushovers,” he said. “Our goal is to win the Digicel Caribbean Cup.”



Football fans at the match were also invited to learn about the different products and services that Digicel has to offer the Diaspora community such as; online top up – where customers can log on to any Digicel website and top up or send minutes to people back home; retail top up – where customers can go into any one of over 100,000 retail stores in the UK, Canada, the Caribbean and the USA and purchase Digicel top up or send Digicel minutes to friends and relatives in their home country; and Digicel calling cards – where customers calling friends and family in Haiti and Jamaica can call home at competitive rates using minutes stored on the calling card. 



The Digicel Caribbean Cup continues this Sunday, August 23rd, with the second round play-offs featuring Antigua & Barbuda taking on five-time champions St. Vincent & the Grenadines in the first game, with Grenada challenging last season’s runners-up St. Kitts & Nevis in the final match.
For more information, please log on to www.digicelfootball.com



ABOUT DIGICEL GROUP
Since its launch in 2001, Digicel has become renowned for competitive rates, unbeatable coverage, superior customer care, a wide variety of products and services and state-of-the-art handsets. By offering innovative wireless services and community support, Digicel has become a leading brand across its 31 markets worldwide.



Digicel is incorporated in Bermuda. Its Caribbean and Central American markets comprise Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Panama, St Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago and Turks & Caicos. The Caribbean company also has coverage in St. Martin and St. Barths. Digicel Pacific comprises Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu.



Digicel is the lead sponsor of Caribbean, Central American and South Pacific sports teams, including the West Indies Cricket Team, Special Olympics teams throughout the region and national rugby teams in the South Pacific. Digicel is also title sponsor of the Digicel Caribbean Championships and the Copa de Naciones Digicel, which are the Caribbean and Central American qualifiers to the CONCACAF Gold Cup.



For more information, log on to www.digicelgroup.com



 

SUPER LOTTO PRESS RELEASE – Something BIG is coming!!!

CaribPR Wire, Bridgetown, Barbados, (17/08/2009) – What would you do with $5.346 Million dollars and that’s only the start!



On Thursday, August 20th, 2009, The Caribbean Lottery will introduce the biggest



jackpot game to ever grace our shores. Introducing.Super Lotto, a jackpot game with two sets of numbers carrying a whopping starting jackpot of $5.346 Million dollars!



Tickets are $6 each and will be available from all Caribbean Lottery retailers Islandwide.



As part of the Lottery product improvement strategy, Super Lotto replaces Caribbean Lotto which has been part of the Lottery portfolio from inception. The decision to retire Caribbean Lotto was made to allow for the introduction of a larger and more appealing jackpot while incorporating a larger consumer base.



Super Lotto will also be offered in Anguilla, Antigua, Barbados, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Maarten, Jamaica and Dominican Republic.



The final Caribbean Lotto draw took place on Saturday, August 15, 2009. There were no jackpot winners, however, the jackpot has been divided among the match 5/6, 4/6 and 3/6 divisions.



The new and exciting Super Lotto game offers players several more chances to win than previous jackpot games.  It’s very easy to win with Super Lotto. Just match 5 white numbers which are numbered from 1 – 35 and 1 of the blue Super Ball numbers, which are also numbered from 1 – 35 and you could be our first Super Millionaire. To assist players with understanding and playing the new Super Lotto game, “How To Play”  brochures are available from your conveniently located Caribbean Lottery agent.



Super Lotto will draw twice a week on Tuesday and Friday, and the first draw will take place on Friday, August 28th, 2009.



Regional Marketing Manager, Karen Mahy said the entire Lottery team is excited and thrilled to bring such an impressive game to the Caribbean. “For many years, players have been enquiring about bigger jackpots, especially after they travel and are exposed to mega-sized jackpots. We are happy that we can answer that call by providing a  massive starting jackpot while also providing them with increased chances to win.”



Mahy added that the response from Lottery retailers has been awesome. “We predict an equally overwhelming response from the public when the game is launched in a few days.”



 



 

Play Offs Continue In Digicel Caribbean Cup New York

WHAT: The Digicel Caribbean Cup continues this Sunday, August 23rd, with the second round play-offs featuring Antigua & Barbuda taking on five-time champions St. Vincent & the Grenadines in the first game and Grenada challenging last season`s runners-up St. Kitts & Nevis in the final match.



WHEN: Sunday, August 23rd. Match times – 4 and 6 p.m. respectively.



WHERE: Jefferson High School Field, 125-08 Flatlands Avenue, Brooklyn, New York (near Shepherd Ave)



 



Digicel is the largest mobile operator in the Caribbean and recent entrant to Central America and recently announced its title sponsorship of the Caribbean Soccer Cup.




The Caribbean Cup New York tournament is in its 17th year and features 12 representative teams from the Caribbean and South America. It is currently entering the playoff stages of the tournament, with Jamaica and St. Vincent leading the build up to the final, which takes place on Sunday, September 6th in Brooklyn, New York. Digicel will provide much-needed funds to the staging of the weekly rounds of the tournament, as well as marketing support and investment in player development.



 



For more information, log on to www.digicelfootball.com.



 

PRESS CONTACT: Felicia Persaud, 718-310-7478.

GRENADA AND ST. VINCENT THROUGH TO DIGICEL CARIBBEAN CUP NEW YORK SEMI FINALS

CaribPR Wire, Monday, August 24th, 2009 – Brooklyn, New York, USA: Grenada and St. Vincent & the Grenadines grabbed the second semi final spot in the Digicel Caribbean Cup New York yesterday, to join St. Lucia and Jamaica in what is sure to be an exciting semi-final at the Jefferson High School in Brooklyn, New York, next Sunday, August 30th.



Digicel was on hand at the match on Sunday with some exciting competitions and giveaways. Two lucky football fans – Christopher Poleon from St. Lucia and Sheldon Dale from Jamaica – took part in the Digicel Kick for Cards competition and walked away with Digicel calling cards to call their friends and family back home.



Poleon was delighted with his win and said: “Watching St. Lucia in action and winning a Digicel calling card to call my family at home was a great way to spend a Sunday.”



During yesterday’s first quarter final match, five-time champions St. Vincent & the Grenadines survived a determined challenge from Antigua & Barbuda, walking away with a 1-0 advantage in front of a full house of supporters armed with Digicel horns and drums.



In the second quarter final, former Digicel Caribbean Cup New York champions, Grenada, scored twice against St. Kitts & Nevis – although one was subsequently disallowed – and held on to win 1-0.



Grenada now faces defending Digicel Caribbean Cup New York champions, Jamaica, on  Sunday August 30th in what can best be described as a ‘grudge’ match. Grenada, with five CONCACAF Gold Cup players in its team, was thrashed 3-0 by Jamaica in a regular season conference match last month.



The semi-finals take place on Sunday August 30th at 3:30 pm.
For more information, please log on to www.digicelfootball.com
ABOUT DIGICEL GROUP



Since its launch in 2001, Digicel has become the largest wireless telecommunications operator in the Caribbean with more than six million customers.  After seven years, Digicel is renowned for competitive rates, unbeatable coverage, superior customer care, a wide variety of products and services and state-of-the-art handsets. By offering innovative wireless services and community support, Digicel has become a leading brand in the Caribbean and has placed the region at the cutting-edge of wireless communications – the company is also a new entrant to the Central American market.



Digicel is incorporated in Bermuda and now has operations in 31 markets world-wide. Its Caribbean and Central American markets comprise Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Panama, St Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago and Turks & Caicos. The Caribbean company also has coverage in St. Martin and St. Barths. Digicel Pacific comprises Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu.



Digicel is the lead sponsor of Caribbean and Central American sports teams, including the West Indies Cricket Team and Special Olympics teams throughout the region. Digicel is also title sponsor of the Digicel Caribbean Championships and the Copa de Naciones Digicel, which are the Caribbean and Central American qualifiers to the CONCACAF Gold Cup.



Visit www.digicelgroup.com  for more information on Digicel.