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Caribbean Graphic Final , April 2013

Caribbean Graphic Final , April 2013

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VOL. 7, NO. 07 • April 3, 2013618 Strouds Lane, Pickering, ON L1V 4S9 • Tel: 905.831-4402 • Fax: 416.292.2943 • Email: caribbeangraphic@rogers.com
T JOHN’S, Antigua, VereBird Jr, the elder brotherof former prime ministerLester Bird, has died. He was 76.Bird, the first son of the island’sfirst prime minister Vere Corn-wall Bird, died of an apparentheart attack at the Joey John’sclinic on March 31.Bird, an attorney, entered poli-tics in 1981 and served as minis-ter of agriculture, as well as min-ister of aviation, information andpublic service. He also served aschairman of the Antigua LabourParty (ALP).As Public Works and Commu-nications he oversaw the recon-struction of the V C Bird Inter-national Airport, which was thesubject of controversy after it wasdiscovered that he had granted acontract for the con-struction of a new run-way to a company inwhich he was a share-holder.He was later fired af-ter a scandal in whichIsraeli weapons soldto Antigua and Barbu-da, were found in thehands of the Medellincartel, Colombian drugsmugglers, and a reportby Sir Louis Blom-Cooper recommendedthat he be prohibitedfrom holding public office again.But despite that report, Birdreturned to government in 1996serving as minister of science,technology and communica-tions and after the 1999 generalelection he served as minister of trade, industry, agriculture, landsand fisheries.The ALP lost the general elec-tion in 2004, and five years laterBird, along with six other seniorALP members including hisbrother, was arrested for partici-pating in an unauthorised MayDay rally. The seven politicianswere found guilty of public or-der offences, although the trialwas delayed following a seizuresuffered by Bird. He sufferedtwo more seizures in 2010, afterthe completion of the trial.
oca Legends David Rudderand Denyse Plummer, alongwith Pan Maestro Ken “Pro-fessor” Philmore, will be the mainattractions of the Drupati’s Rotisponsored May 5th Ultimate Moth-er’s Day Show. The brand new andluxurious Scarborough ConventionCentre will be the venue for theshow which will also feature per-formances by Cane Fire, the Con-nector-Joanne Davis connectionand steel pannist Mark Mosca.Popular Caribbean communityDeejays, Soca Vibes, D’Bandit andBad Lad will also be on site to en-tertain members of the very largeaudience the top class cast Show isexpected to attract. SKF and Emanwill alternate as Show hosts.Ticketshave been priced at $40 early bird,$45 regular advance and $50 forspecial reserved seating.Rudder is considered to be one of the most successful calypsoniansof all time. Having started 1977 asa lead vocalist for Charlie’s Roots,one of Trinidad and Tobago topbands, he came to prominence in1986 with his album The Hammer,which produced two big hits: “TheHammer” (a tribute to the late pan-nist Rudolph Charles) and “BahiaGirl”. This was followed in 1987with “Calypso Music”, a brilliantencapsulation of the history of ca-lypso. In 1988 Rudder released whatis widely considered his best albumto date, Haiti, which included thetitle track, a tribute to the glory andsuffering of Haiti; “Engine Room”,which captured the energy of thesteel band; and “Rally ‘Round theWest Indies”, which subsequentlybecame adopted as the anthem of West Indies cricket.Denyse Plummer was enlistedby Phase II Pan Groove steel-band arranger Len “Boogsie”Sharpe in 1986 to sing his band’sPanorama entry. It was thenthat Plummer started making aname for herself as a calypso-nian. In 1988, with yet anotherLen “Boogsie” Sharpe pan tune,“Woman Is Boss,” she arrived atthe National Calypso Monarchyfinals and also won the CalypsoQueen crown. Since then she hastaken the Calypso Queen crowna total of four times and has wonthe World Calypso Crown threetimes.Considered one of the world’stop steel-pan soloists, Ken “ Pro-fessor” Philmore has performedand recorded with numerous illus-trious international artistes, includ-ing Ella Fitzgerald, Tito Puente,Nancy Wilson, Tina Turner, AndyNarrell, Ralph McDonald, LionelHampton and the Duke Elling-ton Orchestra. He was honouredin 1989, by Pan Trinbago, as thecountry’s most outstanding musi-cal arranger.
Heart Attack Claims Vere Bird
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aribbean born CBC News AnchorDwight Drummond has becomea source of community pride, aswell as a symbol of the rewards that hardwork and self belief can oftentimes gen-erate. A native of Montego Bay, Jamaica,Drummond came to Canada in 1976 andgrew up in a housing project. In gradeschool, teachers praised the way he readPA announcements. Raised in Toronto’sJane and Finch neighbourhood, he attend-ed high school at Runnymede CollegiateInstitute. An Ontario Scholar he latersuccessfully completed studies graduat-ing from Ryerson University’s Radio andTelevision Arts programDrummond first assumed public mediaprominence as Citytv’s crime special-ist. He started out at Citytv as a securityguard on Electric Circus in 1989, workingsubsequently as a teleprompter operator,floor director, studio cameraman, deputychief of assignment, anchor of CityNewsStreetbeat, and videographer for Cit-yNews. Willingly doing”just about every job there is to do in a newsroom” as heworked his way up through the industry.He also appeared in the Maestro Fresh-Wes music video “Let Your BackboneSlide” as the cameraman at the beginningsequences.Having previously anchored CityNewsat Noon, he was later made anchor for an-other newscast, CityNews at Five. Due tothe Citytv layoffs in January 2010, Drum-mond lost his anchoring job, but continued
DRUMMonD SeRving AS ASoURce of coMMUniTy PRiDe
to work as the station’s crime specialist.He left the station September 6, 2010. OnOctober 12, 2010, he joined Anne-MarieMediwake as co-anchor for supper hournewscasts on CBC News Toronto, co-host-ing CBC News Toronto at 5, 5:30 and 6p.m. weeknights on CBC Television.Known for his exclusives, he’s brokenlocal stories that have gone national andhas reported from the U.S., Caribbeanand Africa. He had the lead story on Cit-yNews’ Gemini win for best newscast, anda top story for City’s Edward R. Murrowwin for best newscast.Dwight has also received a numberawards for his police reporting andawards and commendations for his com-munity work. He was honoured with theMen of Excellence Award, the Distin-guished Men of Honour Award and theAfrican Canadian Achievement Awardfor excellence in media. Dwight is asought after motivational speaker andMC.Often compared to the late Ed Bradley,Drummond has cited the late, legendary60 Minutes correspondent as his inspira-tion for becoming a newsman.“I’ve always been very interested inwhat’s going on in my city, my countryand the world,” Drummond says. “This job allows me to both learn and share in-formation.”A Toronto city resident Drummondshares his home with wife Janice anddaughters Kayla and Jolie.
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Having recently graduated from YorkUniversity with an Honours Busi-ness degree with a specializationin Human Resource Management,Allysha is currently studying Frenchand Spanish with the aspiration of working abroad in the InternationalHuman Resource Managementfield. She enjoys cooking, travel-ing and spending time withfamily and friends inher spare time. Onsome weekends sheeven tends bar atLeela’s TropicalNights Restau-rant, owned as itis by her Momand Dad!
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The five students will receive their schol-arships on Tuesday April 2 in Markham,as part of Seneca College’s CommunityAward Ceremony. This year’s scholarshiprecipients are:Dinero DavisTemitope OwolabiJoy UhunmhansebhorIrina Masner,Adam MurraThe scholarships are fully fundedby the Festival Management Commit-tee (Scotiabank Caribbean CarnivalToronto) in partnership with SenecaCollege. Tuition assistance is givento those Scarborough high school stu-dents who are active in building on thestrengths of the community, (e.g., peertutoring or coaching in after schoolprograms, such as breakfast club; se-niors and families; and organizedteam sports.) This year the studentswill be sharing scholarships totaling$3,000.00The students were honoured at theSeneca College Award Ceremony thatwas held at the Markham Campus.Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival To-ronto is an exciting three-week culturalexplosion of Caribbean music, cuisine,revelry as well as visual and perform-ing arts. The Carnival begins July 9thwith the official free launch at Toron-to’s City Hall, with events continuingthroughout the month. The Grand Pa-rade will be held Saturday August 3rdalong the city’s Lakeshore Blvd. TheFestival ends August 4thwith Beyondde Lime. Scotiabank, GMC, the City of Toronto, the Province of Ontario, theToronto Star, CTV and CP24 sponsorthe 2013 Festival.
Toronto’s Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival’s Festival Manage-ment Committee’s Scholarship Committee has announced thatfive scholarships have been awarded to high school studentsselected from Wards 7, 8 and 9 to pursue their post-secondaryeducation at Seneca College beginning this fall. The scholar-ships are part one of the methods in which the Scotiabank To-ronto Caribbean Carnival festival engages the community.

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