Caribbean Region

Coronations continue for Jamaica 55.  As we continue to celebrate Jamaica 55, the build up to the National Coronation of the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition has stepped in high gear in during the month of May. St. Mary and St. Thomas were the first two parishes to crown their Festival Queens in separate coronations on Saturday, May 6. Ava-Gail Lindsay is Miss St. Mary Festival Queen 2017, while Annastacia Goulbourne now wears the 2017 Miss St. Thomas Festival Queen Crown.
News Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C., Tues. May 9, 2017: A female former cop in Puerto Rico could spend the next ten years of her life in prison. Shylene Lopez is facing the maximum decade behind bars after pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to violating the civil rights of a juvenile arrestee.
News Americas, NASSAU, Bahamas, Thurs. May 11, 2017: The opposition Free National Movement (FNM) led by Dr. Hubert Minnis are the unofficial winners of the 2017 Bahamas election. The FNM crushed the ruling Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) and Prime Minister Perry Christie last night in an election that saw the Bahamas following the trend that’s occurred at polls in the English-speaking Caribbean recently where voters have ousted the incumbents in Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, Guyana, Montserrat and nearby Turks and Caicos.
A Caribbean national can now claim to be the world’s oldest person. Jamaican Violet Brown, 117, was born Mar. 10, 1900. She may have inherited the title following the death of Emma Morano, an Italian who died last month at age 117 years and 137 days.
Parish Queens to be Crowned in May.  The journey towards crowning the 2017 Miss Jamaica Festival Queen heats up with parish level coronations, which will be held throughout the month of May. A signature programme of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), an agency of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen parish coronations will see intelligent, culturally-aware, poised and empowered women who are seeking a platform to make their contributions to nation building, compete to represent their parish at the national coronation in August.
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