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Fire on Necker Island, BVI | Virgin.com


Sir Richard Branson’s home on Necker Island located in the British Virgin Islands caught on fire during what was Tropical Storm Irene as it breezed through the islands. Read his blog entry on Virgin.com below:

Thank you for all your kind messages after the fire on Necker. We’re thankful that everyone is ok. Around 20 people were in the house and they all managed to get out and they are all fine. We had a tropical storm with winds up to 90mph. A big lightning storm came around 4am and hit the house. My son Sam and nephew Jack rushed to the house and helped get everyone out and many thanks to Kate Winslet for helping to carry my 90 year mum out of the main house to safety wondering when a Director was going to shout CUT!

The main house is destroyed and the fire is not yet completely out. My office was based in the house and I have lost thousands of photographs and my note books  which is very sad. But all family and friends are well – which in the end is all that really matters.

It’s very much the Dunkirk spirit here. We will rebuild the house as soon as we can. We have a wonderful staff here and we want them to stay in work. We’ll all stay here. There’s a lot of damage but we’ll create something even more special out of the ruins.

Thanks again for all the kind messages you have sent – they mean a lot.  Currently just huddled up with family and friends in the continuing tropical storm realising what really matters in life. -Richard Branson

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Source: Virgin.com

Wyclef Jean: Honored as an Ambassador in Haiti


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Wyclef Jean, the Haitian American who was prevented from contesting the presidential elections, has been made a Grand Officer of the National Order of Honor and Merit for his work as a roving ambassador for the earthquake ravaged French Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country.

President Michel Martelly presented the award to Wyclef, 41, the former leader of the hip hop group, the Fugees, at a ceremony here on Wednesday at the presidential palace.

Jean was barred from contesting the elections that Martelly won due to residency reasons but played a key role in keeping attention on Haiti after the devastating January 2010 earthquake.

The singer aided projects through his Yele Haiti Foundation and has brought in a steady stream of international stars to keep the desperate plight of Haitians in the media spotlight.

“I have great joy in solemnly honouring a son of this earth who has assumed with force, conviction and humanity, his Haitian quality,” Martelly said, noting that Jean award represents “a sign of the utmost appreciation for his dedication to the promotion of Haiti across the world”.

Martelly praised the singer for his initiatives to help the estimated 1.3 million Haitians made homeless by the earthquake that killed an estimated 300,000 people.

“You are one of the Haitians who make us proud,” Martelly said of Jean, who was made a roving ambassador for Haiti in 2007 to help improve its image abroad.

Martelly himself is struggling to form a government two months after being sworn in with the Senate yet to approve his nominations for Prime Minister. (CMC)

Source: NationNews.com

Caribbean Sea: U.S. Virgin Islands DPNR & the Lionfish


Lionfish

Photo: GotoStCroix.com

The Department of Planning and Natural Resources has been diligently working to manage and control the rapidly growing lionfish population. Now as part of that effort, they’re encouraging residents to put them on the plate and eat them. They also want more fisherman to have incentives for catching the spiny predator, and they hope to get legislative funding to assist the fishermen in that regard.

Source: Virgin Islands CBS News 2

Brand New Series: Da Boom! DJ/Sound System Feature


Our feature Da Boom! is a weekly series that will spotlight the top Caribbean DJs and Sound Systems in the region and abroad. Email us at editor@caribvue.com with the following information and we’ll do the rest:

  1. Name
  2. Picture/Logo
  3. Where? (Radio/Clubs/Concerts)
  4. Contact Information (Phone, Website, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Radio Station, etc.)
  5. Most Memorable Moment
  6. Top 5 Tracks (Right Now)
  7. All -Time Favorite Album or Song
  8. Favorite Artist
  9. Island/Country You Represent
  10. Typical Setting
  11. Must Have Equipment
  12. Musical Genres Played

Style & Vibes Caribbean Blogger Spotlight: CaribVue


Take a look at our featured spotlight on StyleandVibes.com. Thanks again Mikelah Rose!

Hailing from the U.S. Virgin Islands,  Jozette Walker, affectionately know as Joz, created Carib Vue a digital magazine in July of 2010. The blogazine has given her the opportunity to blend her passion for the Caribbean with career development in Communications (which she is studying at Broward College right now).

CaribVue Magazine, spotlights Caribbean entertainment, music, sports, arts, business, travel, culture, lifestyle features, and so much more. As a daily online portal the site offers current events and multimedia content. Featuring a modern, yet laid back Caribbean style, CaribVue’s imagery and overall creative direction mirrors the contemporary look of its viewers.

When did you start blogging & why?

I started blogging almost a year ago in mid-July. The idea of creating CaribVue came to me after losing my office job at a cosmetics company early last year. I was also in college at the time and decided to put my major (Public Relations & Communications) to use. I was born and reared in the Caribbean and I take great pride in my culture, so I decided to fuse this with my love of words. My goal has always been to have a career in the entertainment world and I decided it was time to create my own opportunities. The rest is history, CaribVue was born out of my motivation!

If you could describe your blog in one sentence, what would it be?

CaribVue, the Quintessential Caribbean…Entertainment, Lifestyle and Travel.

What do you hope to accomplish through your blog?

My goal as a blogger is to bring attention to the Caribbean. CaribVue is a fusion of everything uniquely Caribbean – the blog explores entertainment, culture, lifestyle, and travel. My goal is to bring CaribVue to the level of Essence magazine. Currently, we’re a digital blog and multimedia site but I foresee so many opportunities for the CaribVue brand. I hail from a really small island (St. Croix, Virgin Islands) but my goal is to develop the blog into a major platform not only for entertainers, but also businesses in the hospitality and travel industries. I am seeking recognition as a writer and editor, but I’m also an upcoming media consultant and publicist. I am currently in college for Marketing and Communications so the blog helps me to develop not only my skills but also my network. I look forward to CaribVue generating revenue through advertising and opening the doors to new opportunities for me in the marketing and entertainment industries.

What is the most challenging part of being a blogger?

The most challenging part of being a blogger is keeping the content fresh. Since, I am pretty new to the game leads are hard to come by so I am constantly scouring the internet for stories that my readers may find interesting.

How do you keep content on your blog fresh and interesting?

I have found that the easiest way to stay informed when leads are few is to subscribe to RSS feeds. I follow a large number of news, entertainment, travel, culture, and national news sites that offer stories on Caribbean people, places, and things. By keeping track of RSS feeds, Twitter, Facebook, and newsletters it minimizes the time.

Are you a one person show, how do you balance writing, promoting, coverage etc.?

I am the sole operator of the blog but I’m always on the lookout for contributors. I’m not sure how I pull of this balancing act, but I do. Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter are my greatest tools. My blog is linked directly to those two platforms and I also use them to promote my business as well, Twaitter (a Twitter platform) is excellent for my automated promotional tweets. I also have friends throughout the Caribbean, U.S., and Canada that supply me with great leads and media (pictures and videos) when I’m at my home base.

Do you feel Caribbean bloggers are taken as seriously as print publications (why or why not)?

I believe that the Caribbean blogging scene is being developed, there are so many topics to cover but I feel at present Caribbean travel blogs receive most of the attention. The main reason for this is that we are known throughout the world as a “tropical paradise” however when it comes to our music, history, and food these are the lesser known things. There are few Caribbean entertainment/culture magazines that make it out of the region as print publications, so there is definitely a viable market for these types bloggers on the internet. I look forward to a time when Caribbean bloggers will be looked as authoritative figures on topics besides travel.

What advice would give someone who wants to get into blogging?

My advice to potential bloggers is to write about topics that you have a passion for. A reader can read an article and easily relate to you without having ever meeting you. Write in a conversational style to connect with your readers and the writing process will come  effortlessly. In real estate its location, location, location…on the internet it’s social media connect with your readers and connect your blog with the social networks that’s your link to the world!

Who are you Vibin’ to right now (Musically Caribbean or non-Caribbean)?

I am a music connoisseur. I listen to everything but currently you can catch me listening to Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Rock City, Chris Brown, Keri Hilson, and Beyoncé. My favorite genres are R&B, Lover’s Rock, Pop, and Bacahata.

How would you describe your personal style?

I like to describe my style as island chic. I consider myself to be a bit of a diva, I absolutely love my heels and hats. My fashion style is fun and sexy but always elegant. I admire fashion icons such as Beyoncé Knowles and LisaRaye McCoy. White is my favorite color but I’ll throw bits of colors together to keep things fresh. I am an island girl after all!

Twitter: CaribVue | Joz

Source: Style & Vibes