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rousey 300x200News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Jan. 2, 2017: As the debate continues over whether UFC fighter Ronda Rousey should retire or not, one thing is clear – few know that the fighter’s roots actually extend to the Caribbean. While Rousey has announced she would take time to contemplate her future in the sport after Brazilian Amanda Nunes knocked her out in 48 seconds at the December 30th UFC 207 in Las Vegas, little reported is that the 29-year-old’s maternal great-grandparents were both born in Trinidad.

beverly glean 300x219News Americas, LONDON, England, Mon. Jan. 2, 2017:Several Caribbean nationals have made the Queen of England’s annual New Year Honours List for 2017. Among them is Caribbean-born Beverley Glean, founder and artistic director of IRIE! Dance Theatre, who received the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to the Promotion of African and Caribbean Dance. Glean founded the Theatre in 1985. She was trained at LABAN, Jamaica School of Dance and El Conjunto Folklorico Nacional De Cuba.

dominica passport 300x125News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Jan. 2, 2017: The controversial practice in some Caribbean nations of Citizenship By Investment was in the global spotlight Sunday as CBS’ 60 Minutes put the focus on what it called simply: “Passports for Sale.” Steve Kroft along with producers Graham Messick and Evie Salomon, interviewed Lennox Linton, a Member of Parliament in Dominica, who talked the option of getting a passport there for as little as US 100,000.

obama jamaicaNews Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C., Fri. Dec. 16, 2016: With a simple stroke of his pen, U.S. President Barack Obama today, December 16, 2016, made the United States–Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act of 2016 law. The bill was among several the President made law Friday ahead of Donald Trump’s inauguration in January. The United States-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act (H.R. 4939) law, calls for an increase engagement of the US with the governments of the Caribbean region, the Caribbean Diaspora community in the United States and the private sector and civil society in both the United States and the Caribbean.

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