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Carnival has been called the largest physical manifestation of Caribbean culture worldwide. There are two marquee carnivals - in Brazil and Trinidad and Tobago - but most seem to follow the direction of T&T’s, with cultural connections in music, pageantry, costumes, floats and food influenced by the twin island republic.

South Florida’s Miami Broward One Carnival is among the world’s biggest, the third largest in North America behind Toronto’s Caribana and New York’s West Indian Labor Day Parade. This year it will be held Oct. 7 at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens.

Bolt_Usain Bolt won the 200 meters in 19.32 seconds Thursday night to become the first man with two Olympic titles at that distance.

Bolt beat his countrymen Yohan Blake by .12 seconds, and Warren Weir took third to make it a 1-2-3 sweep for Jamaica.

moneyA new report says the wealthiest people in the world have exploited loopholes in international tax rules, evading the taxman and sheltering $21 trillion or more in offshore accounts in the Caribbean and other places.

The report, released here by the economic transparency group Tax Justice Network, titled “The Price of Offshore Revisited”, noted that between $21 trillion and $32 trillion could be hidden in tax havens in countries like Switzerland and the Cayman Islands.

j-carrollShe may be facing some personal challenges, but Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll is focused on building business-to-business relationships between Florida and her native home Trinidad & Tobago.

As Trinidad & Tobago celebrates its 50th anniversary of independence this month, Carroll leads about thirty small and medium-sized businesses on a trade mission to the twin island republic. The week-long business tour of the country’s oil & gas, manufacturing, and service industries will hopefully lead to partnerships and fruitful investment for the resource-rich island and the state of Florida.