CaribNews Round Up

Star power spice up culinary pavilion at Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival, DC

The most delicious place to be in the Metro DC area on Sunday, June 18 is the Festival Grounds at RFK stadium (Parking lot 6) where families, friends, celebrities, chefs and jerk lovers will gather for the second staging of the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival.

Managing partner and cook-off organiser, June Minto, is excited about activities in the Culinary Pavilion, featuring an awesome line-up of chefs for the cooking demonstrations and the exciting, must-see cooking competitions planned. This is where amateur and professional chefs, celebrity chefs and personalities go head to head to see who emerges with the best jerk dishes.

Two-time Food Network’s Chopped Champion Chef, Andre Fowles, of the famous Miss Lily’s in New York, will be showing his cooking chops with a demonstration at the event. Patrons will also have a chance to watch cooking demos with DC’s own Master Chef Giovanni Merle, who has been featured in several media outlets including FOX, MyTV, Voice of America, The Washington Post and more…

Other highlights of the event include traditional folk presentations as well as spoken word, singing and dancing on the cultural stage, a bustling Kidz Zone as well as a sizzling concert with performances by reggae sensations Tarrus Riley, Romain Virgo and Queen Ifrica along with Soca’s royal couple Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons…

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True Caribbean icon and statesman

Regional football leaders salute Captain Burrell for his visionary leadership

Captain Horace Burrell’s work across the football landscape away from Jamaica’s shores, has clearly made its mark.With news of his passing making the global rounds, the flamboyant president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) was saluted by his colleagues in the Caribbean as the consumate statesman, dedicated family man, football visionary, and mentor.

Burrell, who was 67, died in the USA on Tuesday afternoon where he was being treated for prostate cancer at Johns Hopkins Cancer Treatment Center in Baltimore, Maryland, for over a year.

His death has triggered a wave of shock and disbelief in and outside of football circles, and with that came an outpouring of tributes from home and abroad.

Burrell — the suave sport administrator and savvy businessman whose signature achievement in football came with the historic France 1998 World Cup qualification of the Reggae Boyz — is survived by daughter Dr Tiphani Burrell-Piggott and sons Romario and Jaeden.

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No Cash Plus payday – Gov’t trustee says still no end in sight; losses now stand at $19 billion

Two weeks after former Cash Plus boss Carlos Hill was freed of fraud charges, the state agency handling the liquidation of his failed unregulated investment scheme has signalled that depositors should not expect a full refund anytime soon.

The Office of the Government Trustee revealed yesterday that the losses to Cash Plus depositors have been calculated at just over $19 billion, almost doubling the initial reports.

The figure is based on the 35,000 claims the trustee’s office says it received from approxi-mately 21,000 depositors for $J17.5 billion, US$23.3 million, UK£413,500, and CDN$93,000.

However, the office reports that since the start of the liquidation process in July 2008, it has collected a total of J$827.5 million and US$1.16 million, mainly through debt collection as well as the sale and rental of properties owned by the Cash Plus entities.

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