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Daily news headlines from Africa and the Caribbean aggregated from various news sources worldwide, and organized by countries and topics.
South Africa: Unidentified stones spark 'diamond rush'
Many of those digging in KwaHlathi village in South Africa believe the stones are precious jewels. www.bbc.co.uk | 6/15/21 10:24 AM
Pro14 becomes United Rugby Championship as South Africa sides join tournament
South Africa's four Super Rugby teams will join the Pro14, with the league renamed the United Rugby Championship. www.bbc.co.uk | 6/15/21 8:29 AM
France to scale down West Africa military operations
French forces have been helping countries in the Sahel region to fight militants. www.bbc.co.uk | 6/10/21 8:02 PM
INTERVIEW Africa’s Business Heroes Awarding $1.5-Million to Africa’s Next Top Tech Entrepreneurs
The worldwide pandemic has spurred digital transformation across the African continent. Tech is booming in Africa, it is all too clear to see. Now more than ever, African entrepreneurs and startup founders are innovating new waves into the ocean of technology. All they need is funding. Enter: The Africa’s Business Heroes (ABH) initiative – Alibaba […] www.itnewsafrica.com | 6/10/21 11:19 AM
Africa desperately short of COVID vaccine
Cape Town, South Africa (AP) -- In the global race to vaccinate people against COVID-19, Africa is tragically at the back of the pack. In fact, it has barely gotten out of the starting blocks. In South Africa, which has the continent's... jamaica-star.com | 6/9/21 3:27 PM
SA, Nigeria & Kenya: Top E-Commerce Drivers in Sub-Saharan Africa
A recent Visa report has shown that the top market contributors to e-commerce in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) over the last 3 years were South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya, with Ghana also showing growth, having replaced Kenya in the top three contributors in 2020. SSA may be one of the smallest regions of e-commerce globally, but […] www.itnewsafrica.com | 6/9/21 7:00 AM
TB Joshua: The Nigerian outsider who became a global televangelist star
TB Joshua, who has died aged 57, was one of Africa's most influential preachers. www.bbc.co.uk | 6/8/21 1:29 AM
TB Joshua: Influential Nigerian preacher dies at 57
TB Joshua was one of Africa's most prominent evangelists, with top politicians among his followers. www.bbc.co.uk | 6/6/21 9:23 AM
How ‘Sea of Thieves’ Brought ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ to Its World in New Expansion (EXCLUSIVE)
Jack Sparrow and Davy Jones are finally coming to “Sea of Thieves.” On Sunday, during Microsoft’s E3 showcase, developer Rare announced that it had officially partnered with Disney for a “Pirates of the Caribbean”-themed expansion, “A Pirate’s Life,” a free update hitting the multiplayer game on June 22. It is, as Rare executive producer Joe […] variety.com | 6/13/21 5:20 PM
Covid: Celebrity Millennium cruise guests test positive for virus
Royal Caribbean restarted cruises in June after they were suspended for more than a year. www.bbc.co.uk | 6/11/21 6:39 PM
Shark Attack Thriller ‘The Wreck’ Sets Malta Shoot, Altitude to Sell at Virtual Cannes Market (EXCLUSIVE)
Altitude Film Sales has boarded high concept survival thriller “The Wreck” and will introduce the project to buyers at the upcoming Cannes virtual market. Based on a screenplay by Nick Saltrese (“Jetski,” “A Prayer Before Dawn”), the film will follow a group of old college friends who reunite on a Caribbean scuba diving trip exploring […] variety.com | 6/11/21 8:22 AM
How ‘In the Heights’ Could Flip the Script on Hollywood’s Sketchy History With Latino Culture
In “Carnaval Del Barrio,” one of the many show-stopping numbers in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “In The Heights,” the alleys of Washington Heights in the northern tip of Manhattan are draped in flags from all the countries its immigrant residents come from as the cast cries out “¡Alza la bandera!” — “Raise the flag!” The flags of Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Dominican Republic and even Jamaica all fly as the characters express their pride not just in their nationalities, but in the community they call home.
Chon Noriega, professor at the UCLA School of Film, Television and Theater and former director of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, said that “In The Heights” is a welcome counter to Hollywood’s decades-long tendency to not only stereotype Latinos as maids, gang-bangers and sex symbols but also to homogenize the various cultures of Latin America even in films that show that culture in a positive light.
But even this came with Hollywood discrimination, as many of those Puerto Rican characters were played by non-Latino actors like Natalie Wood and George Chakiris, all of whom wore heavy makeup to darken their skin. Even Rita Moreno, arguably Puerto Rico’s most famous actor, had to darken her skin in what would become an Oscar-winning performance.
Noriega said he found it ironic that “In The Heights” and “West Side Story” are both getting film adaptations this year as he sees Miranda’s musical as a response to the story between the Jets and the Sharks and other stories that base their depiction of Latino communities around their relationship to the larger white community in America.
6/11/21 12:26 AM
Young Devyn Turns Up At Her ‘Baby Goat’ EP Private Dinner
New York rapper Young Devyn is feeling the love from her label. The 19-year-old rap artist lights up Instagram Story with clips of herself looking at a themed private dinner at Brooklyn’s famous Kokomo Caribbean restaurant. There’s an intimate look at...
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PAHO urges Caribbean to prepare for 'dual threat' of hurricane season and COVID
Washington, United States (CMC) -- The director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr Carissa F Etienne has called on the authorities in the Caribbean to be fully prepared for the 2021 hurricane season. Dr Etienne warned that the... jamaica-star.com | 6/9/21 3:34 PM
Report: Armie Hammer Checks Into Rehab
Armie Hammer has reportedly checked into rehab in Florida as he faces rape allegations in Los Angeles.
Hammer has forcefully denied the accusations, and had been living in the Caribbean where his estranged wife Elizabeth Chambers and two children are quarantining.
According to Vanity Fair, Hammer left the Cayman Islands late last month to seek treatment at an “in-patient facility for drug, alcohol, and sex issues” in Orlando.
The magazine says Armie reached out to Chambers in May asking for help, and that she and the family are supportive of him getting treatment.
Hammer and Chambers’ lawyers declined to comment for the article, but a Hammer family friend said the star “is committed to getting healthy and having custody of his kids,” adding, “This is a clear sign that he is taking back control [of] his life and knows that this [is] a step towards his overall well being.”
Back in March, a woman named Effie stepped forward with serious allegations of mental, emotional, and sexual abuse against Hammer.
Variety reported Effie, who reportedly had a four-year relationship with Hammer, spoke out at a press conference with her lawyer Gloria Allred, saying of the incident, “I thought he was going to kill me.”
“On April 24, 2017, Armie Hammer violently raped me for over four hours in Los Angeles,” she alleged. “During which he repeatedly slapped my head against a wall, bruising my face. He also committed other acts of violence against me to which I did not consent.”
Effie, 24, claims that Armie also beat her feet during the rape “so they would hurt” when she walked. She said he “wouldn’t let me” get away.
Hammer’s attorney Andrew Brettler, of Lavely & Singer, denied the rape allegation to Variety, stating, “From day one, Mr. Hammer has maintained that all of his interactions with [Effie] — and every other sexual partner of his for that matter — have been completely consensual, discussed and agreed upon in advance, and mutually participatory.”
Effie said she met Hammer via Facebook and “fell in love with him instantly.” As their relationship continued, she said she now sees he used “clear manipulation tactics.”
“He would often test my devotion to him,” Effie stated, adding, “He abused me mentally, emotionally, and sexually.”
Allred would not disclose whether Effie is the same woman who made accusations against Hammer on an Instagram account called House of Effie.
Meanwhile, the L.A. Times reported the Los Angeles Police Department is currently investigating Hammer after a woman accused him of sexual assault.
A source told the paper the woman who filed the report on February 3 was Effie.feedproxy.google.com | 6/9/21 1:29 AM
Antigua's PM calls for tax cuts in airline ticket prices in the region
ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, CMC - Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister, Gaston Browne, says the coronavirus (COVID019) pandemic has provided the Caribbean governments with the opportunity to implement tax cuts for airline tickets across the... jamaica-star.com | 6/7/21 5:16 PM