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            [post_content] => Triple World Record Holder and Jamaican Sprint King Usain Bolt has revealed that he will no longer contemplate retiring in 2016. Instead he says he will look to do so after the World Championships in 2017 after his sponsors asked him for one last year. The six time Olympic gold medallist initially had the intentions to hang up his boots after the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil but told the media he will be definitely competing for an extra year should everything go well.

"I think I'm going to do another year. My sponsors asked me to do one more year, so I will compete until 2017," said the 27-year-old Jamaican. When asked about coaching after retirement from the track, he was quick to throw the idea out declaring that he would not be enthused to work with someone such as himself. "After seeing what I put my coach through in training, I would never want to go through the same thing with anyone else" said Bolt, with his usual laughter.

He was quick however to remind everyone that he still has an ambition to try football. "I will try football to see if I am any good at it, you never know, until you try, but my interest is there" said Bolt, who revealed that as his current plans for the future.  Bolt's last appearance on the track could see him participate in his sixth World Championships in London, should he be ready for the said competition to be held in Beijing next year, the place where he first set the world a light with his triple world record runs in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m respectively.

 
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Sprint Star Usain Bolt Delays Retirement As Pressure from Sponsors Mount

August 21, 2014
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Triple World Record Holder and Jamaican Sprint King Usain Bolt has revealed that he will no longer contemplate retiring in 2016. Instead he says he will look to do so after the Wor...Continue reading

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            [post_date] => 2014-08-20 10:00:47
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            [post_content] => The National Hurricane Center located in Barbados has titled the latest tropical wave approaching the Caribbean as Invest 96L. According to the latest release by the NHC, Invest 96L is currently located near 10 degrees North and 50.5 degrees West or 800 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and is on a trajectory path west-north-Westwards at 10-15mph.

The rising sea surface temperatures within the area are suitable for the development of Invest 96L as it moves through the Lesser Antilles between Thursday night and Friday morning.

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Dr. Jeff Masters from Weather Under The Blog, has indicated that  “two of our three reliable models for predicting tropical cyclone genesis, the UKMET and GFS models, predicted that 96L would develop into a tropical storm after passing through the Lesser Antilles”.

“If 96L does develop, it would likely be similar to Tropical Storm Bertha of early August while it is in the Caribbean–a weak and disorganized system that struggles against dry air” according to Dr. Masters.
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Strengthening Tropical Wave Approaches The Caribbean

August 20, 2014
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The National Hurricane Center located in Barbados has titled the latest tropical wave approaching the Caribbean as Invest 96L. According to the latest release by the NHC, Invest 96...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => Dance in the Caribbean can easily be labelled and pinpointed as being only associated with whining and grinding, parties, fetes and the dance hall. We all know that dance is a big part of our cultures as we are very much celebratory people, who like to have a good time and unwind. Dancing is great source of enjoyment for us and we can’t get enough of it. Due to the party culture in the Caribbean, ‘titled’ dance moves have often found their claim to fame worldwide through us. Jamaica and the dancehall scene are primarily known for their perpetual release of new dance styles and the songs that go along with them. Though many times quite outrageous yet comical, not all will have an acquired taste for what is being released by dancehall dancer.

The creativity that flows from our communities is something to be proud of as we are very expressive people. My goal here is to show a different side of dance culture in our islands. The type of dance that has a more formal element yet still resonates with our identity.

With popular shows like So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars from North American television it is important to note that we too have just as much if not more talent housed in our own communities. Some have stayed and some have branched out around the world, but it is important to know that though we may not always see our cultures represented in the mainstream, we are there.

The following are some dance companies within the islands that you may or may not have heard of and a few interesting facts from these home grown facilities.

The National Theatre Dance Company of Jamaica

Formed in 1962 by Rex Nettleford and Eddie Thomas, this dance company has been dedicated to maintaining a display of Jamaica’s ancestral roots of dance and culture while incorporating contemporary styles.

Metamorphisis Dance Company of Trinidad and Tobago

Popularily known as The Caribbean School Of Dancing this company too founded quite early in 1957 by a woman named Marcia Moze. This dance company prides itself in raising up many who dance in the professional world and have moved onto to companies such as the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, and the Geneva Ballet in Switzerland to name a few.

National Dance Company of the Bahamas


Founded in 1991 this dance company has brought a flavour and style, grace and culture to the island of the Bahamas. One of its great initiatives is the Revitalizing Youth For Tomorrow program, where disenfranchised youth of Nassau are given the opportunity to learn dance through free instructional classes.

Praise Academy of Dance Barbados

Affiliated with the Praise Academy of Dance that was started in Jamaica by Patricia Noble in 1993, this chapter in Barbados has excelled and grown since its launch in 2004. Now recognized as a Premier Dance Company due to its high standards, Praise Academy of Barbados has over 250 students ranging from age 3 to 50 years old. Their vision as a Christian dance company is to ‘change mindsets through movement’.

The music and dance forms found in our Caribbean are a great part of our identity. There are a lot more dance companies and many other islands to mention, but through this piece I've but just scratched the surface.

**Photo credit: Tony Wong
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The Caribbean Dances

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Dance in the Caribbean can easily be labelled and pinpointed as being only associated with whining and grinding, parties, fetes and the dance hall. We all know that dance is a big ...Continue reading