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            [post_content] => There's this new trend where people from the Caribbean diaspora who lives either in the United States of America, Canada or the United Kingdom, are making videos expressing their frustration and disdain with their family and friends in the Caribbean who constantly asks them for money and other favors. The videos that they have made are starting to go viral.

Some of these videos are hilarious, but they all have an element of truth to them.

These individuals were being serious. And the truth is, for those who hail from the Caribbean and have migrated overseas, or went there temporarily, they would have felt the frustration of being asked for favors or money to some degree. Their relatives or friends back home, are of the impression that living overseas is tantamount to living in a land where money grow on trees and life is a bed of roses.

The truth is, that belief is far from reality. Living overseas, is not as easy as living in the Caribbean. A person has to work hard to survive and you better make sure you pay your rent, especially in the winter months! Landing good jobs aren’t always that easy and there’s virtually nothing free. If you want a mango, you’re going to have to go to the market and buy it. Whilst in the Caribbean you can simply climb a tree and pick a dozen mango if you'd like.

The frustration of foreigners who are from the Caribbean diaspora, is that relatives and friends back home just don’t understand the struggle they face and ask for money and favors unceasingly without remorse. The ones overseas often complain that even when they explain that life is hard overseas, those back home don’t buy it. They also complain that instead of asking for money to start a small business or to go to school to add value to themselves, they are asking for money to buy frivolous things or requesting the latest gadget or cellphones.

Most islanders who have never ventured overseas will not understand the challenge. They don't understand the fact that you have to work harder to keep up with your bills and abide by the laws of the land or suffer the consequences.

In the videos that have been circulating the foreigners suggested that if you’re going to ask for financial assistance from a relative or friend overseas, unless it's an emergency, you should inform them of your ambition of how you plan to take care of yourself in future or your intention to start something rewarding (like a business) with the money you are requesting. Also, it would be nice to call them once in a while, to find out how they are doing without having an ulterior motive of "begging them something".

Living overseas? Share your experience with us, right here at IslandMix. And be sure to walk good.
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Send Me A Money Nuh?

July 19, 2014
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There's this new trend where people from the Caribbean diaspora who lives either in the United States of America, Canada or the United Kingdom, are making videos expressing their f...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => A women's rights group in Antigua lashed out against Jamaica Tallawahs cricket captain Chris Gayle after he was deemed to have made a sexist remark to one of the nation's female journalist. Head of the Women Against Rape (WAR) organization, Alexandrina Wong has also criticized the response of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) with regards to the incident.

Gayle, a former West Indies Test skipper, was asked by the journalist: “How does the pitch feel so far in terms of the training (and) the weather?”, ahead of Thursday’s Caribbean Premier League clash here between Tallawahs and Antigua Hawksbills. The 34-year-old Gayle responded: “Well I haven’t touched yours yet so I don’t know how it feels”, before adding “I like your smile; that’s nice.”

The CPL was quick to dismiss the incident and stated that Gayle was just sharing a "light" moment with the female journalist.  “Chris is excited for the tournament and was having a laugh with a journalist, who had a laugh back; there was no malice intended,” the Antigua Observer quoted a CPL spokesman as saying. “The lady in question had a jovial goodbye chat with him and we don’t believe this was the action of someone who was offended.”

Mrs. Wong has not been so forgiven and has asked the CPL to elicit an apology from the Twenty/Twenty star. “What it’s implying is one person’s power over another in the use of the language and so we can either say it’s sexist and hegemonic,” Wong said, adding that the response from the reporter “indicates that she obviously doesn’t know her right to autonomy.”

“She obviously doesn't know her right when it comes to agency of body so that she can identify certain types of language, how they allude to her biology and what its saying about her as a person,” Wong continued.

“CPL should demand [an apology] from him because as senior officials they ought to know and to behave better when it comes to gender equality.”

 

 
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Chris Gayle Angers Women's Rights Group with "Sexist" Remark

July 19, 2014
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A women's rights group in Antigua lashed out against Jamaica Tallawahs cricket captain Chris Gayle after he was deemed to have made a sexist remark to one of the nation's female jo...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => Frustrated with the Barbados Olympic Association(BOA) inability to  fund his training and preparation. Andrew Hinds, the nation's fastest man withdraws from the Commonwealth Games to be held in Scotland. Hinds, the Central America and Caribbean (CAC) 200 metres bronze medallist has pulled out of the championships after discussions with the BOA secretary general Erskine Simmons failed to guarantee basic requirements.

“The situation is this. I wanted to head over to Europe just after the recent national championships, so I could get prepared for the Commonwealth Games. At this level, you definitely need races because you can’t remain in Barbados just training.

“A meeting was held with the athletes at which it was stated that funds were available to assist us with our preparation. As you know summer is a tough time to travel in terms of bookings so I was just trying to remind Simmons of the urgency.

“It came to a head when I tried to make contact with him, and I was told to stop calling him and it would be better if I spoke to my national federation. I didn’t like the tone and I have to admit that I was very upset. I corresponded with my agent in Germany and when my agent asked what was happening in relation to the proposed funds for training, I don’t have anything to tell him.

“I decided there and then that it was best to withdraw from the Commonwealth Games through to the lacks of funds and preparation. It doesn’t make sense going there and get knocked out in the first round,” he said.

Hinds stated that both the BOA and the Athletics Association of Barbados (AAB) need to be more vigilant in dealing with issues concerning local athletes.

“When you have to deal with the AAB and the BOA, you have to get behind them. If you don’t, they would sit back and don’t make any moves. I am in good shape and I believe if I had gotten to Europe, it would have made a huge difference to my preparation, because this is my best season.

“I have never had such an opening even in the year when I ran 10.03 but I just can’t stay in Barbados and just be training and go to Scotland and compete against guys that are racing every weekend in Europe,” he said.

Barbados will be represented by six athletes at the Commonwealth Games led by 2009 world champion sprint hurdler Ryan Brathwaite.

 
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Barbados Top Sprinter Hinds Withdraws From Commonwealth Games

July 18, 2014
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Frustrated with the Barbados Olympic Association(BOA) inability to fund his training and preparation. Andrew Hinds, the nation's fastest man withdraws from the Commonwealth Games t...Continue reading