Rapper Lil Q wil doorbreken in Afrika

Black Immigrant Daily News

The content originally appeared on: De Ware Tijd Online

door Steven Seedo PARAMARIBO — “De samenwerkingen in Ghana zijn voor mij net zo belangrijk als in elk ander land.


Tempête Fiona: les liaisons maritimes perturbées

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The content originally appeared on: Guadeloupe FranceAntilles

Rédaction web
Jeudi 15 Septembre 2022 – 19h11

Vedette Express des Iles – © Roberto Birhus

L’arrivée de la tempête Fiona perturbe également les liaisons maritimes entre la Guadeloupe, Marie-Galante et la Dominique.

La compagnie maritime l’Express-des-Iles a annoncé sur ses réseaux sociaux de la suspension de ses dessertes en raison de l’approche de la tempête tropicale Fiona.

Pointe-à-Pitre et Marie-Galante

Annulation de l’ensemble des rotations au départ de Pointe-à-Pitre  pour la journée du Vendredi 16 septembre.

Toutes les rotations entre Marie-Galante et Pointe-à-Pitre et inversement sont annulées et reprendront le samedi 17 septembre à 6h00 entre Grand-Bourg et Pointe-à-Pitre, si l’état de la mer le permet.


Le départ de 8h00 de Pointe-à-Pitre vers la Dominique et la Martinique est également annulé ce vendredi 16 septembre.

Seul le tronçon Fort-de-France (Martinique)/Castries (Sainte Lucie) est maintenu.

Le départ de Fort de France est programmé à 13H15.

Le retour à la normale est prévu dès le samedi 17 septembre sur l’ensemble de nos lignes, si l’état de la mer le permet.

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Tempête Fiona: Fermeture des établissements scolaires en Guadeloupe vendredi après midi

Black Immigrant Daily News

The content originally appeared on: Guadeloupe FranceAntilles

Rédaction web
Jeudi 15 Septembre 2022 – 18h57

Ecole fermée – Shutterstock. 

La préfecture a publié un communiqué de presse en concertation avec le rectorat pour informer de la fermeture des établissements scolaires dès midi ce vendredi.

En vigilance orange depuis la fin de journée de ce jeudi, l’archipel se prépare à l’arrivée de la tempête Fiona dans les prochaines heures.

La préfecture a publié un communiqué précisant qu’en concertation avec le rectorat de l’académie de Guadeloupe, les établissements scolaires fermeraient dès midi ce vendredi (16 septembre).

Possible vigilance rouge dès vendredi après midi

Le passage en vigilance rouge “fortes pluies et orages” pourrait être déclenché dans l’après-midi de vendredi, en fonction de l’évolution de la situation météorologique.

Il est fortement recommandé de se tenir informé par les bulletins diffusés par Météo France.

L’amélioration est attendue à partir de dimanche matin, des points de situations seront faits dans les prochaines heures.

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The beauty of the BMW is in the detail, aftersales, more Loop Jamaica

Black Immigrant Daily News

The content originally appeared on: Jamaica News Loop News

During the launch of ATL Automotive’s Sportscar Saturdays, Loop News, scored the process breakdown from ATL Auto’s Aftersales Manager Mpho Spencer Selowa, who talked about support, servicing and all things ‘aftersales’.

Why? You ask? For ATL Automotive clientele, and BMW owners, in particular, the true test of luxury is not just in the state-of-the-art whip, but also in the post-sale customer experience.

“Aftersales basically starts when you purchase the car…the handover is done from the sales team in the presentation of the car to us, who will be maintaining your vehicle throughout the lifespan of the car, and if we do it well enough, up until your next purchase”.

The process includes an introduction to the service advisors, a service advisor supervisor, and on occasion, the aftersales manager.

Like many other checks and balances systems, the BMW Aftersales process is simple; it requires pre-booking, and a detailed complaint from the client, to inform the servicing team.

But, before confirmation, here are some things a client may need to know.

Eight steps to aftersales servicing:

1 Book your car with the bookings clerk on-site or over the phone, who will in turn advise you on the time slot to take in your vehicle, be it a specific issue, or for routine servicing.

2 Prior to showing up for your scheduled appointment, owners are contacted with a reminder on the date and time of the appointment and/or other requirements.

3 On the day, a service advisor receives the client at the dealership, takes additional details, records complaint/s, and, if necessary, assign a team member.

4 Within 24 hours, the vehicle is transported to the workshop. “We attend to it from there…service it, fix it…whatever we need to [do] with regards to the repair order.”

5 The car is then tested by a quality controller to ensure all noted issues are resolved.

6 Vehicle goes to washstand where it’s washed and checked for cleanliness then handed over to the service advisor.

7 The client is contacted on behalf of the aftersales team to schedule a date for pick-up. The client is presented with the vehicle and given a full explanation of what was done and then advised of any parts that may have been put on special order.

8 The client receives the vehicle. Thereafter, a follow-up call is made by a customer advocate to gauge the client’s experience for quality control purposes.

BMW Head of Business Sloane Jackson introduces the MINI 3-Door Cooper SE, an all-electric vehicle at Atl Autobahn, Kingston, in May. (Photo: File)

Most unusual request… a customer who insisted on sitting in on the servicing. “The customer actually took a chair, [chuckles] pull up with a newspaper, and sat next to the [technician] to watch them work”.

Selowa noted that in this case, you may find a technician “not taking too kindly to it – you know, feeling like he’s under a microscope”.

But, Selowa urges his team members to comply. “If the request is not unreasonable, then by all means, the customer can look at [their] car as it’s worked on”.

In other words, “the customer is king…the customer puts food on our table”.

If the team is unable to service your vehicle…

“As with everything in the department, there are levels of escalation, we now have a master-tech/supervisor in the workshop who oversees the technicians and their work, and gets involved in the repair where necessary”.

If the master tech is unable to resolve the issue, a technical case is flagged and notified by the regional manufacturer in Brazil.

In the event that the technicians in Brazil are unable to address the issue, the buck stops at Munich, Bavaria, Germany – the home of the BMW.


Jamaica Chamber of Commerce cites serious ‘congestion issues’ at ports Loop Jamaica

Black Immigrant Daily News

The content originally appeared on: Jamaica News Loop News

The Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) has indicated that its members within the import community are now experiencing delays in the arrival and clearing of raw materials and finished goods, citing that some cargo ships are being held offshore for lengthy periods before being able to offload containers.

The JCCI, in a release, said in some cases too, the vessels have opted to go to other ports to unload their Jamaica-bound cargo, relying on feeder ships to move the cargo back to Jamaica.

The chamber said as a consequence, clearance time in some instances has moved from approximately six days to 12 or more days.

This situation, JCC President Ian Neita noted in remarks during Thursday morning’s meeting of its Executive Committee, is causing some concern, given the fact that the Christmas sales period is imminent, and retailers are still feeling the effects of significantly reduced revenues due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Commenting on the issue, Neita said while some of the world’s major production centres are coming back online, it is undeniable that international business is still experiencing the knock-on effects of pandemic-induced lockdowns and supply chain disruptions. He highlighted the fact that in some cases, distributors and retailers are holding higher levels of inventory as a buffer against future disruption.

He said the JCC has been in discussions with a number of port operators to look at measures that may mitigate the situation. One such, he advised, is to work more closely with cargo lines to ensure that container vessels are stacked in a manner that segregates domestic and transhipment cargo at the point of loading. Neita said to the extent that this is possible, it could result in reduced offloading time at the docks.

Another measure, he shared, is for Jamaican importers to have their containers cleared as quickly as possible after arrival, as a number of ports are experiencing a backlog of un-cleared cargo which also contributes to the delay in offloading vessels.

Neita expressed the JCC’s support for the proposals, even as he noted that there are instances, due to financing issues, or due to the lack of space to hold inventory at their warehouses, where the importers may not be in a position to move their products as quickly as they would wish.

Neita concluded by thanking the port operators for their understanding of the challenges of the importers and their expressed willingness to work with the business community to find solutions.


Children among 7 shot at Sangre Grande wake

Black Immigrant Daily News

The content originally appeared on: Trinidad and Tobago Newsday


A lighted flambeau is placed on bloodstains in the yard of a house in Sangre Grande where seven people were shot and wounded while attending a wake on Wednesday night. PHOTO BY SUREASH CHOLAI –

TWO children, aged three and six, were among seven people shot and wounded on Wednesday night as they were attending the wake in Sangre Grande, for a man who was killed by police last week.

Relatives of a man who was killed last week, were lamenting on Thursday that they could not even meet and grieve in peace.

Police said the relatives and friends of Ronnel Alexander were at the family’s home at Blake Avenue, Damarie Hill, at around 10.30 pm, when a car drove up to the house.

Police said a man wearing a hoodie got out of the car with an assault rifle and shot at the mourners who were sitting in the gallery.

The two boys and five adults were shot in the attack. Investigators said one of the adults was 60. Passers-by took the wounded to hospital, where they remained up to Thursday afternoon.

On Thursday, Newsday visited the house where the shooting happened and spoke with several people who said they were part of the group of mourners attending the wake. They said they were still shaken by the violence.

RIDDLED: A man points the bullet holes in a car which was shot as a gunman fired on mourners at a wake in Sangre Grande on Wednesday night. PHOTO BY SUREASH CHOLAI –

A man, who asked not to to be named, likened the gun attack to a horror movie as he said the shooting happened without warning. He questioned why a gunman would want to target people at wake.

“These were innocent people who came to visit, lime and reminisce. Children were at the wake and just so bullets started to fly.

“I still surprised this didn’t end up being a multiple murder. People were screaming and diving for cover to protect their children. It was like a horror movie,” the man said.

The man said when the shooting started, he thought it was fireworks being set off.

A woman who said she too was at the wake, said a bullet struck close to where she was sitting. The woman knocked criminals for not having any regard even for children as she added that the gunman fired indiscriminately at the mourners.

Newsday was told that following the shooting incident, Alexander’s family are considering a quick burial instead of a funeral service at a Church, as they are fearing that service could also be targeted by gunmen.

“I don’t feel safe here. I’m just feeling to sell (my property) and move out of this area. I’m frightened to even keep a funeral now because you don’t know if they will come to the funeral and shoot it up too,” said a relative of Alexander.

“I have to get somewhere to go, I can’t stay here, my mother is shaken, she is elderly and she has a heart problem next thing they come to do something again.”

Newsday was told that one of the boys wounded in the shooting, underwent emergency surgery on Thursday because bullets has shattered the bone in his leg in two places.

One of the mourners, who was grazed by a bullet, said while he does not live in Sangre Grande, he too is concerned for his safety and may not return to the area.

Eastern Division police said while no one suffered life-threatening injuries in the shooting, they vowed to thoroughly investigate and follow all possible leads.

“We intend to communicate with the family and see how best we can introduce more patrols in and around the area to prevent further bloodshed. It’s not something we are going to take lightly,” a senior police source said.

Sangre Grande CID officers are continuing enquiries.


US Embassy resumes non-immigrant visa services Loop Barbados

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The content originally appeared on: Barbados News

From this month, the US Embassy in Bridgetown has resumed the processing of routine in-person appointments for non-immigrant visas categories.

A media release from the embassy states that the Department of State has authorised consular officers to waive the in-person interview requirement for certain categories of non-immigrant visa applicants through December 31.

This new authorization applies to travellers applying for F, H-1, H-3, H-4, non-blanket L, M, O, P, Q, and academic J visas who were previously issued any type of visa, if they are applying for a visa in their country of nationality or residence. This authorization does not apply to applicants who have a previous refusal that was not subsequently waived or overcome. Adjudicating consular officers may request an in-person interview if additional information is required from applicants.

Applicants renewing any visa within 48 months of expiration also continue to be eligible for an interview waiver. Due to reduced staffing and numerous pandemic-related disruptions to our operations since March 2020, demand is high for B1/B2 tourism and business visas and wait times may be lengthy for appointments in this category.

To schedule an appointment, please visit bb.usembassy.gov/visas.

For more information see: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas.html


Latto Salutes Mariah Carey Ignore Nicki Minaj Beef: ‘Mariah Really Changed My Life’

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The content originally appeared on: Urban Islandz

Latto ignores her rumored beef with Nicki Minaj and instead showered Mariah Carey with praise.

Latto is one of the few lucky artists to land a collaboration with Mariah Carey. On Thursday, the artist shared her gratitude to Mariah for being able to collaborate with her and for the many welcomed changes it has made in her life. The artist shared her reflection in a tweet.

“Just sitting here thinking how @MariahCarey really changed my life. Everything has been up since you embraced me Queen,” she began. “I’m so thankful to have worked with you!!! Hope you’re having a good day,” she wrote.

It’s been a good year for the 24-year-old Atlanta artist who won Best New Artist at the BET awards back in June. This is her first career award despite a few nominations in the past. Back in March this year, things began looking up for Latto, who already had a top 10 hit with “Big Energy,” but a remix of the song featuring Mariah Carey and DJ Khaled gave Latto her first No. 1 single.

The song hit No. 1 on the United States iTunes chart within 24 hours after it was released on March 28. The song, which sampled Tom Tom Club’s 1981 single, “Genius Of Love,” was previously sampled by Mariah Carey in her song “Fantasy.”

Before her remix, “Big Energy” had peaked at No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 in September 2021, which was the highest-charting song of her career.

She previously spoke about the song’s content and why a lot of her fans related to it, where she attributed the idea to the trendy “big d*** energy” quote that started on Twitter. Latto wanted to remove the idea that the quote can only be used in a masculine context, which is why as a female rapper, she opted to create an uplifting banger purely on just that idea.

Latto recently released her album 777 and has a new song, “It’s Giving,” out on streaming services.

The Atlanta rapper’s name was recently mentioned in a rumored beef with Nicki Minaj. Latto opted to ignore those chatters and instead used her platform to homage Mariah Carey, who perhaps gave her her biggest hit to date.

Talks of a feud between Latto and Nicki Minaj arose following the Trini rapper’s recent Queen Radio, where she spoke about new female rappers trying to categorize themselves among rappers like herself who have been in the game for two decades. While she didn’t mention Latto’s name during her statement, her fans pounced on it and singled out the “Big Energy” rapper among the shortlist.