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The 2017 budget was presented on Friday 30th September 2016, with the known decline in State revenue having the expected impact. As shown in the graph and table, the Estimate of Revenue is now down to $47.4 Billion, which is itself a doubtful figure as I will show, with Estimated Expenditure at $53.475 Billion. That … Continue reading 2017 Budget Review →Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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The 2017 budget is due to be presented on Friday, 30 September 2016 to an anxious nation. Having had to endure the literally unbelievable optimistic economic claims of the previous government prior to the September 2015 general election, we were told by then Central Bank Governor, Jwala Rambaran, in December 2015, that the nation had … Continue reading Property Matters – 2017 Budget Prospects →Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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On Instagram, I use the hashtag #IndieBrandLove to highlight and celebrate the independent brands I’ve tried and can vouch for in terms of product quality. And now I’m sharing that spotlight here on Afrobella.com! Get to know some of my favorite independent fashion, beauty, food and cultural brands and let’s show them a little #IndieBrandLove!... read all The post Indie Brand Love — La’Roux Cosmetics appeared first on Afrobella....
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JCC Immediate Past-President, Afra Raymond, interviewed by TV6’s Kejan Haynes on Morning Edition on Tuesday 20 September 2016 on the ongoing issues at development site at Invader’s Bay and their connection to the larger procurement public policy issues. Video courtesy TV6 Programme Air Date: Tuesday 20 September 2016 Programme Length: 0:20:45 Filed under: Public Procurement … Continue reading VIDEO: INVADERS’ BAY ISSUES on ‘The Morning Edition’ on TV6 – 20 September 2016. →Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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The previous article on the Sandals Tobago proposal ended by pointing to the need for attention to the underlying, commercial arrangements which drive projects of this type. The procurement model is key to understanding how these large-scale, internationally-branded hotels are created and sustained. The two ends of the procurement show different approaches – the T&T … Continue reading Property Matters – Hotel Facts →Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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This post was sponsored by SheaMoisture. I’ll never forget the first time I had to buy my own hair products in America. It was late August, 1998. I had just become a freshman at the University of Miami. I had grown up in Trinidad, surrounded by women with similar hair issues to my own. We... read all The post “What’s Normal?” SheaMoisture Asks Tough Beauty Industry Questions appeared first on Afrobella....
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I previously estimated State debt to the construction industry in the $3.2-3.5 Billion range. I have since been reliably informed that construction industry claims against WASA are estimated to be in the $600M range, which of course would be subject to verification as discussed previously. My revised estimate (see table below) is now in excess … Continue reading Property Matters – Pay Day? Part Two →Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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This post is sponsored by State Farm®.    Bellas, I’ve been behind the ball lately and so much of the reason revolves around health. Right now I’m taking Oprah’s famous advice and listening to the whispers. More and more of my whispers are about self care and wellness as a priority. As you know, I’m... read all The post 9 Tips of Health and Wellness Inspiration, Via the Color Full Lives Podcast appeared first on Afrobella....
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Let there be a full disclosure at the beginning of this post – I love Taraji P. Henson. I’ve BEEN loving Taraji P. Henson, at least since Hustle & Flow. She has been out there in Hollywood, grinding since the late 90’s. Through it all she has remained true to herself, a riot, a force... read all The post Hey Taraji Hey; My Interview at the #MACTaraji Launch! appeared first on Afrobella....
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This post is sponsored by Uncommon Goods.   If there was a part of my body that I consistently feel sorry for, it’d probably be my feet. They are the battered workhorses of my body. My feet are flat, like Flintstone flat. I’ve had issues with plantar fasciitis and cracked heels. I’ve got blisters and... read all The post Selfcare Sessions – Three Ways To Better Foot Care appeared first on Afrobella....
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The JCC has become dormant by today’s standards, with only two items posted to its website for 2016. I was therefore very interested in their 27th July 2016 Press Conference to protest the high levels of State debt to its members. At a time of apparent crisis for the construction industry, one would think that … Continue reading Property Matters – Pay Day? →Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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JCC Immediate Past-President, Afra Raymond, interviewed by CTV’s Dike Rostant on Good Morning Trinidad & Tobago on Thursday 11th August 2016 on the State debt to the Construction industry. Video courtesy CNMG Programme Air Date: Thursday 11 August 2016 Programme Length: 0:21:43 Filed under: Property Matters Tagged: construction industryOriginal linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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Tobago Benchmark hosted a symposium on the “Impact of Sandals Resort on Tobago and No Man’s Land” on Thursday 18th August 2016 at the Buccoo Community Center. Afra Raymond was one of the guest speakers, focusing his talk on the “underlying commercial arrangements” which no one likes to talk about. Examples throughout the Caribbean are … Continue reading VIDEO: Afra Raymond at Tobago Benchmark Symposium on 18 Aug 2016 →Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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“…This country should rest comfortably in the knowledge that the Government of Trinidad and Tobago…will do nothing to impede the flow of justice in this or any matter. And we will do everything within its duty and authority to facilitate the holding to account any and all persons who may have been found to have … Continue reading The Colman Report →Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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Bellas, as you may know, I go back with the MAC Cosmetics folks for quite some time now. So when they hit me up to let me know a special collection was soon to be released, and asked me if I’d be interested in checking it out early — of course I said YES. Especially... read all The post #MACTaraji — MAC Cosmetics + Taraji P. Henson = MAGIC. Check Out My Look! appeared first on Afrobella....
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  I can remember exactly what I was doing 10 years ago this week. The memories are so vivid. 10 years ago this week, we were living in a townhouse in Kendall, Florida. I worked as assistant calendar editor for the local alt-weekly. I was bursting with ideas of my own, but always on assignments... read all The post 10 Years of Afrobella! Reflections on My Decade of Beauty and Natural Hair Blogging appeared first on Afrobella....
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The recent official statements about a proposal for a Sandals Resort in Tobago are significant, given both the convulsions in the Tourism portfolio and the urgent need to diversify our economy away from its long-term dependence on energy earnings. This is a preliminary view of some of the relevant considerations, since the sparse details now … Continue reading Property Matters – Sandals Tobago? →Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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Afra Raymond is interviewed by Rennie Bishop on 107.7FM on Sunday 17, July 2016 to discuss the delay of the publication of the Colman Report into the collapse of CL Financial. Filed under: CL Financial Bailout Tagged: 107.7 fm, code of silence, colman commission, final report of colman commission, rennie bOriginal linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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It was my first ever trip to New York City and we were staying with a college friend who lived in Harlem. He lived in a cool little walk-up above a neighborhood bar, on Manhattan Avenue. It was a sunny afternoon, my husband and I explored as much of Harlem as possible. Strolling along the... read all The post Beauty Brand Spotlight — Nubian Heritage appeared first on Afrobella....
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Summer’s here and the time is right for switching up those hair products. I don’t know about you, but my hair has special needs at this time of year. I need deeply penetrating moisture, I need light, creamy styling products to give my hair the nurturing sustenance it craves. Especially because I’m rocking blonde highlights,... read all The post 10 Summer Hair Stylers – Light, Creamy Moisture For Your Natural Hair! appeared first on Afrobella....
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Afra Raymond is interviewed on the ‘The Power Breakfast‘ show on Power 102 FM by Richard Ragoobarsingh, Wendell Stephens and Rhoda Bharath on the publication of the Colman Report into the failure of CL Financial. 13 July 2016. Audio courtesy Power 102 FM Programme Date: Wednesday, 13 July 2016 Programme Length: 33:20 Filed under: CL Financial Bailout Tagged: … Continue reading AUDIO: The Power Breakfast Show interview on 102.1 FM – 13 July 2016 →Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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Afra Raymond is interviewed on Good Morning T&T by host, Dike Rostant on the continuing CL Financial bailout and the pending Colman Commission Report. Video courtesy CNMG Programme Air Date: Wednesday 15 June 2016 Programme Length: 0:22:19 Filed under: CL Financial Bailout, Colman Commission, Corruption, Politics and Public Affairs Tagged: CL Financial bailout, CNMG, videoOriginal linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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Once again, controversial development proposals for Invaders’ Bay are back in the news. Those proposals of the Peoples Partnership government appeared to have stalled after the successful legal action taken by the JCC in 2012, but we are now hearing of substantial proposals from the PNM government. Some serious questions have to be answered so … Continue reading Property Matters – Invaders’ Bay Reboot →Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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Every brand has them – the best sellers, the tried-and-true items, the products they’ve been making for the longest because the people keep coming back for more. In the biz they’re known as hero products, and beauty brands strive to cultivate and maintain them. What makes a product a hero product? Consistency. Quality. It has... read all The post Hero Products – Check Out Clinique’s Best Sellers appeared first on Afrobella....
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Socks and ties and socks and underwear and socks and a nice shirt and maybe a wallet or a belt or some of those whiskey stones — for years I took a very material, literal approach to Father’s Day. My dad could rely on certain gifts every year. It’s always a challenge to think of... read all The post The Perfect Father’s Day (According to the Fathers I Know) appeared first on Afrobella....
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Afra Raymond is interviewed by Rennie Bishop on 107.7FM on Sunday 12, June 2016 to discuss the continuing CL Financial bailout after the intervention of Lawrence Duprey, and the Auditor General’s 2015 report. Filed under: CL Financial Bailout, Corruption, Politics and Public Affairs Tagged: 107.7 fm, auditor general's report, CL Financial bailout, code of silence, … Continue reading VIDEO: Interview on CL Financial bailout and Auditor General’s 2015 report on 107.7 FM →Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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This post is in partnership with Compeed Summertime Chi and the living’s easy. The weather is glorious, there’s a spirit of joy in the city and every weekend from now until September, there will be an outdoor music festival to attend. I LOVE showing off my festival style. This is the time of year I... read all The post Summer of Comfort – Festival Footcare Essentials appeared first on Afrobella....
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Summer weather can throw unexpected curveballs. Here in Chicago, I can expect balmy breezes only to be faced by humid, hot air. Surprise thunderstorms can blow our way at any time – ask anyone who attended Lollapalooza in 2012 and/or 2015. The sky will be perfectly clear and then all of a sudden clouds roll... read all The post Predict Your Pretty – Let The Cast Beauty App Guide Your Look appeared first on Afrobella....
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In Privacy Pros and Cons, I considered the Parliamentary debate around the recent SSA Amendment Bill. Most of that debate seemed to be concerned with the limits on the rights of citizens to privacy, but my concern was that there was precious little comfort being offered in terms of the secret conduct of our public … Continue reading Private State? →Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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Afra Raymond is interviewed on the ‘The Power Breakfast‘ show on Power 102 FM by Rhoda Bharath and Richard Ragoobarsingh discussing about the ongoing CL Financial bailout saga. 1 June 2016. Audio courtesy Power 102 FM Programme Date: Wednesday, 1 June 2015 Programme Length: 35:04 Filed under: CL Financial Bailout Tagged: audio, CL Financial bailout, power 102fm, power […]Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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  In my line of work I interact with entrepreneurs and indie brand creators from around the world, the majority of them are people of color (obviously, this is Afrobella.com!). I’ve heard the complaints from so many corners, about the struggle to get noticed or to stand out as a product producer, or the difficulty... read all The post WeBuyBlack.com – A New Portal to Our Global Community appeared first on Afrobella....
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Trinidad is my land and of it I am proud and glad But I can’t understand why some people does talk it bad But I know all of dem who running dey mouth Don’t know what dey talkin ’bout They will paint here black every day And the right things they would never say — Portrait of Trinidad,... read all The post Touring Trinidad and Tobago — My Adventures With #EDENGoesGlobal appeared first on Afrobella....
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SIDEBAR: Correction on Court Case With apologies to readers, in the previous article, I mistakenly named UTT as the SoE which had sued its Directors over allegations of a negligent 2005 investment, in fact it is eTeck which sued its Board. A lawsuit was launched by UTT on a similar series of allegations, but that […]Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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On Sunday 22nd May 2016, the front-page story in this newspaper was headlined ‘We will pay it back‘. That article featured very interesting quotes from former CL Financial Executive Chairman, Lawrence Duprey as well as the Minister of Finance & the Economy, Colm Imbert, on the prospects for repayment of the huge sums of Public […]Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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I’m still coming slowly down from the cloud that was my trip back to Trinidad with EDEN BodyWorks. It’s been a dream of mine for years to go to my homeland to host or participate in a natural hair event, and it was such a blessing and an honor to have that dream come TRUE... read all The post Inside #EDENGoesGlobal — Trinidad and Tobago! Launching A Beloved Brand in my Homeland appeared first on Afrobella....
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The recent controversy over the dismissal of Dennise Demming as Chair of the Tourism Development Company (TDC) has sparked yet another round of debate on the role and operation of State-owned-Enterprises (SoEs). Some of the issues which have arisen are – What is the purpose of these SoEs? How do the Boards of these SoEs […]Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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To be honest, I was having kind of a rough afternoon. It was all hustle, bustle and stress, dealing with things I didn’t want to deal with. But at the end of the day, there was a bright pink ray of light awaiting me. Betsey Johnson was appearing at Macy’s on State Street (along with her... read all The post Meeting Betsey Johnson appeared first on Afrobella....
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The recent high-level of public concern over the SSA Amendment Bill was of limited concern to me, until I started listening properly. In the event, the proposed law was passed by the Parliament and there is some threat from the Opposition of a lawsuit to test its constitutionality. We will see. Two very interesting stances […]Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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This post is in partnership with Neosporin. To this day I can point to the scars on my knees and remember – this was from riding your bike down that gravel road, this is from when you and Dad fell together on the ten speed, that was from racing on the playing field at school.... read all The post Hello, Healing – Why I’m Obsessed with Neosporin and Take It Everywhere appeared first on Afrobella....
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If you read my previous Beauty Ingredient Breakdown post on charcoal, then you know you can use it for your skin and you can also ingest it for detoxification purposes. But did you know you can also use it to deep clean your hair and scalp? Image source: Shutterstock Apparently so, according to amazing celebrity... read all The post Charcoal for Natural Hair? Here’s How to Deep Clean Your Hair and Scalp! appeared first on Afrobella....
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Last week we learned that Lawrence Duprey and his fellow CL Financial shareholders are victims of a badly-handled bailout. According to the Duprey version, the State must halt all asset disposals and he must regain control of the CL Financial group of companies. In what seemed to be an immediate response, Minister of Finance & […]Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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It was all so different, about a week ago. Then Beyoncé dropped Lemonade and pretty much broke the internet. Let me tell you how it went down at my house. We had just had dinner. My husband was watching the Stanley Cup hockey game. We live in Chicago. His brother lives in St. Louis. This was intense.... read all The post 20 Songs I Think You’ll Love If You LOVE Beyoncé’s Lemonade appeared first on Afrobella....
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“…The first responsibility that devolves upon you is the protection and promotion of your democracy. Democracy means more, much more, than the right to vote and one vote for every man and every woman of the prescribed age…” —Dr Eric Williams, in his first Independence address, on 31st August 1962. We are now at a […]Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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Sometimes a certain beauty ingredient will start getting a ton of buzz. All of a sudden, every product will be infused with this much-heralded extract, oil or essence. Existing products will start advertising that they include this magical ingredient, and new versions of products will pop up to capitalize on all of that ingredient attention.... read all The post Beauty Ingredient Breakdown – Charcoal. Tips, Product Picks & More! appeared first on Afrobella....
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My best friend Lauren texted me at 12:23 pm on April 21st. I thought that was odd, it was in the middle of the work day. I was in the middle of a hectic afternoon myself, and hadn’t been paying attention to social media for much of the morning. “OMG, please tell me it’s not... read all The post 7 Times That Prince Shaped My Life appeared first on Afrobella....
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Afra Raymond is interviewed by Rennnie Bishop on 107.7FM on Sunday 17, April 2016 to discuss Invader’s Bay; the end of the Las Alturas Enquiry; the Panama Papers and the needs for implementation of the best practice procedures to our public administration. Filed under: Corruption Tagged: Accountability, best practices, Invader's Bay court matter, Las Alturas […]Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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On Thursday 17th March 2016, the Office of the Prime Minster confirmed that the appointment of Housing & Urban Development Minister, Marlene McDonald, had been revoked. On Tuesday 22nd March 2016, the Housing Development Corporation (HDC) Board issued a Press Release to confirm that its Managing Director, Jearlean John, had been dismissed. In less than […]Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” Audre Lorde made the declaration in the epilogue to 1988’s A Burst of Light, and today that quote has come to resonate in the online community. You see it shared on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram, but what does it really... read all The post Let’s Go On a GirlTrek! It’s #ActivismApril! appeared first on Afrobella....
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Empire is one of those shows that frequently gets labeled as a “guilty pleasure.” For me, there is no guilt. There is only pleasure. I enjoy Empire for the glamour, the drama, the sizzling intrigue and especially the STYLE. I grew up on a diet of Dynasty, Falcon Crest and Knots Landing; and Empire gives... read all The post Inside Empire – Behind The Scenes With COVERGIRL and Vogue Studio! appeared first on Afrobella....
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SIDEBAR: CORRECTION With apologies to readers, this is to correct my figures in relation to the amount of Public Money which TTMF received in relation to the 2% subsidised mortgage programme. The figures disclosed in TTMF’s Summary Financial Statements are actually liabilities, being the reducing balance on the original allocation of $200M for this programme. […]Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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We live in an age where technology influences and innovates everything around us. It’s a rapidly shifting landscape where everything around is being tweaked and updated to user-friendly perfection. Model 1 of a product is bound to be way more clunky and basic than future iterations. I’ve been trying, testing and reviewing a variety of... read all The post 5 Of My Tried and Tested Favorite Beauty Gadgets appeared first on Afrobella....
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No More Secret Spending! Public Money is Our Money! This is an open call for the Administration of our Parliament to take the lead in publishing all the details of Parliamentarian’s expenses for the past ten years – 1st January 2005 to 31st December 2015. Recent revelations have sparked a national discussion on the use […]Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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AFRA RAYMOND, Immediate Past President of the Joint Consultative Council (JCC), comments briefly on the firing of Jearlean John by the new HDC board, after being on administrative leave for a couple of months. He says we should not be too quick to believe the Marlene McDonald dismissal is a sign of greater accountability to […]Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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This is the ‘On the Couch’ session at the T&T Transparency Institute’s 2016 Anti-Corruption Conference held on Tuesday 8th March 2016. The moderator was Reginald Armour SC, President of the Law Association; Michael Harris, Tapia Member and Express columnist; Mark Regis of Shell Trinidad; and Afra Raymond, managing director of Raymond & Pierre Ltd and […]Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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Although the HDC is the State’s main implementing agency for its housing policy, there are other important elements to be considered. The main one I will examine here is the role of public subsidy in the housing program. Given that we live in a relatively wealthy and very densely-populated small island state which operates a […]Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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I just bought myself a sheet of Maya Angelou stamps. At the same time, I decided to get a sheet of Ray Charles stamps. Some folks might say I’ve purchased my fill of stamps for the year and surely I don’t need to buy anymore. But then I discovered (via The Root) that a Sarah... read all The post I’m Totally Buying the Sarah Vaughan Stamp appeared first on Afrobella....
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The Public Procurement and Disposal of Property (Amendment) Bill was tabled in Parliament on Friday 13th November 2015 and a Joint Select Committee appointed – under the Chairmanship of Finance Minister, Colm Imbert – to invite and consider comments on the changes being proposed. Overall, I took the view that the proposed amendments would likely […]Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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If you know me, you know I’m all about the #indiebrandlove, and that goes for everything from beauty brands to clothing to jewelry. I love independent jewelry designers because they truly capture the essence of self expression. I’m not a cookie cutter jewelry person by nature, so I’m drawn to handcrafted pieces. Here is a... read all The post 20 Indie Jewelers You Should Adorn Yourself In appeared first on Afrobella....
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SIDEBAR We all know of single persons who get new three-bedroom HDC homes, while entire needy families remain trapped on the waiting-list. We have all seen nifty HDC developments and known that ‘That development is way too nice for any poor person to live in there’. The actual distribution of new HDC homes shows the […]Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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Bellas, I’m still basking in the afterglow. Last weekend, Texture on the Runway hit NYC. It was everything we dreamed it would be. The room was packed, the crowd was dressed to the nines, and the people behind the scenes and on the stage were a veritable who’s who of the natural hair world. It... read all The post Texture on the Runway Afterglow appeared first on Afrobella....
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Afra Raymond is interviewed on Sunday 14th February 2016 by Rennie B on the issues relating to the CL Financial bailout and his ongoing litigation with the Minister of Finance & the Economy to ensure publication of the details of that massive payout of $25Bn + in Public Money. Filed under: CL Financial Bailout, Colman […]Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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This is my formal submission on these important proposals, which are intended to give protection to persons reporting wrongdoing in public or private bodies. Most fraud and white-collar crime is reported by ‘tips’, so the effective tool has to be ‘If you see something, say something’. We also need to push for more effective investigations […]Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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Ah, Valentine’s Day. The day where the world celebrates love, with hearts and candy and chocolate and jewelry and fancy dinners and everything’s pink and red. Some of us love it and celebrate wholeheartedly. Many others have really strong anti-Valentine’s day feelings and I can’t say that I blame them. If you’re single, it’s a... read all The post Try This DIY Valentine’s Day Chocolate Coconut Sugar Body Scrub appeared first on Afrobella....
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This week has absolutely flown by and it’s about to go into overdrive. Today is my day to pack and prepare. I’m so excited to head back to NYC, just in time for Fashion Week to begin! In case you forgot, I’ll tell you again – I’m heading to NYC to co-emcee Texture on the... read all The post On My Way To Texture on the Runway! appeared first on Afrobella....
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This winter, Chicago temperatures have been all over the place. One recent weekend got down into the negatives — a bone chilling, skin burning, utterly disrespectful kind of dangerous cold. Then there was substantial snow. But as I write this today, temperatures are edging towards 40 degrees, the sun is shining and the last of the... read all The post Bold, Not Cold — My Winter Style in Simply Be appeared first on Afrobella....
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The previous column outlined the provisions of the current housing policy and some of the implications arising from those. I provided data on housing distribution by tenure and also stated a preliminary view, dismissing the major allegations made against Marlene McDonald – the current Housing & Urban Development Minister. To understand just how a supposedly-redistributive […]Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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One of sour, two of sweet; three of strong and four of weak. That’s the traditional guideline for making a classic Caribbean rum punch. I enjoy a classic Caribbean rum punch, I do. But sometimes I want something a little less sour and a little more sweet. I like the kind of rum punch that... read all The post Afrobella’s Sailor Jerry Trini Rum Punch Recipe Remix appeared first on Afrobella....
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Afra Raymond is interviewed on the ‘The Breakfast Round Table‘ show on Sky 99.5 FM by Eddisson Carr and Jessie May Ventour in light of the fact that he spoke at “Corruption Perceptions Index 2015: Facts and Findings”, the seminar hosted by the Trinidad and Tobago Transparency Institute, in collaboration with the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber […]Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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Bellas, I’m happy to kick off 2016 (and my 10th year of Afrobella) with some big, awesome news. I’m going to New York for Fashion Week, to emcee TextureMedia’s Texture On the Runway event! I’m so super excited for so many reasons. I attended Texture on the Runway in 2012 (click here to see the... read all The post Afrobella’s Hair Trend Forecast 2016 – Predictions, Product Picks and A Big Announcement! appeared first on Afrobella....
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It just so happens to be National Pie Day (according to the American Pie Council, yes this is a thing), and bellas, we’re in luck! My friend Maya-Camille Broussard, AKA The MCB Project, AKA creator of Justice of the Pies, blessed me with this incredible-sounding Raspberry Hazelnut Pie recipe.  I told her that I love... read all The post It’s National Pie Day! Make Justice of the Pies Raspberry Hazelnut Pie Recipe! appeared first on Afrobella....
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I must confess, I didn’t grow up eating a lot of salad. My dad has a traditional salad he likes to make with dinner — tomatoes, cucumbers, garlic, maybe an onion sliced up with salt, pepper and a little vinaigrette. It’s a good addition to every meal, but time and repetition led me to take... read all The post All About Dinner Salads – Ingredients, Recipes, and Inspiration! appeared first on Afrobella....
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The ongoing and serious allegations against Housing & Urban Development Minister, Marlene McDonald, and UDECOTT Chairman, Noel Garcia, are obvious distractions launched for plainly political reasons. That is not to dismiss the details of those serious allegations, since at this early stage it is impossible to make any real judgment as to guilt or blame. […]Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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I grew up as a Flintstones Kid (ten million strong and growing! Remember those ads?) – my childhood was all about chewing up little vitamins shaped like Fred and Barney. Grape was my favorite! In retrospect, that didn’t begin a healthy relationship or understanding of vitamins. Now that I’m a grown woman (and can do whatever... read all The post Vitamins For The Win – What Supplements You Should Be Taking, When And Why appeared first on Afrobella....
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On 5 January 2016 the Business page of the Trinidad Express newspaper carried an article titled ‘Millions to be saved from rent‘ in which the UDeCOTT Chairman, Noel Garcia, advised on the progress in completing the State-owned offices in Port of Spain. That was also the topic of last week’s Property Matters column, so this week […]Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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I think the first time I noticed them and thought “I want those” was when I saw Coming to America. If my memory serves me correctly — the beautiful, glamorous ladies of Zamunda wore these elegant, ornate hoop earrings. What were those and where could I get some? Ever since then, I’ve had a yearning... read all The post Beautiful, Historic Fulani Earrings – Fulaba Jewelry Keeps The Tradition Alive appeared first on Afrobella....
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Brunch at 107.7 with Rennie Bishop on Sunday 27th December 2015 featuring; Dr. Winford James, Lecturer at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Industry Higher Education Sunity Maharaj, media consultant and managing director of the Lloyd Best Institute of the West Indies. Afra Raymond Chartered Surveyor, Past President: Joint Consultative Council for the […]Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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The PM’s address to the nation on the evening of 29 December 2015 was an official announcement as to the need for shared sacrifice and reduced State expenditure to tackle the decline in our collective fortunes. I also took particular note of the statement by new Central Bank Governor, Dr Alvin Hillaire, during his first […]Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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  My hair was relaxed religiously from age six until age 23, and in that time I was brought up using certain brands of hair products. Now that my hair is natural, I realize that I don’t usually use hair products that still have that relaxer footprint — even if I loved and regularly used... read all The post Beauty Business — Strength of Nature Acquires Motions, TCB and More! appeared first on Afrobella....
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I used to celebrate New Year’s Eve in a raucous way. Lots of drinking, lots of noise, lots of people around to toast with and kiss at the stroke of midnight. Party like a rockstar and recover all day January 1. I’ve got some great memories from those years. And honestly, I’ve also had some... read all The post Making Your Own New Year’s Traditions For Luck, Love and Resolutions appeared first on Afrobella....
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Gwen Jimmere is the kind of woman that people admiringly refer to as a “go-getter.” Gwen is the creator of Naturalicious, a genius system of natural hair products. You may recognize her face and name from all of the articles being written about her lately – Gwen is the first African American woman to own a PATENT... read all The post Totally Naturalicious –Gwen Jimmere Is Pure Inspiration AND Her Products ROCK! appeared first on Afrobella....
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The Whistleblower Protection Bill 2015 was submitted to Parliament on Friday 13th November 2015. Those proposals will create legal protections for persons making reports of wrongdoing in both public and private bodies. A Joint Select Committee has been established to examine these proposals and report back to the Parliament no later than 22nd January 2016, […]Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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Bellas, as you know by now, I love a beauty brand with a heritage. If a brand has been around for longer than 20 years, believe me they’ve figured something out. 50 years, they’re popular for good reason. And if a brand has lasted more than 100 years, that is a true testimony to its... read all The post So Fresh and So Clean – Why I Use Noxzema In Summer AND Winter appeared first on Afrobella....
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Like most little girls, I totally grew up playing with Barbie. For the most part, these were Barbies that didn’t look like me. They were Barbies with lives I couldn’t relate to, who couldn’t be more opposite than me. With my brown skin, sturdy frame and Trinidadian identity, there was nothing for me to identify... read all The post Let Me Tell You Why The Ava DuVernay Barbie Means Everything appeared first on Afrobella....
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Last week was kind of a whirlwind. I was just coming back to Chicago after a funeral. My husband was spending some extra time with his family so I was flying solo. I got back home and didn’t yet have my bearings before I had to head across town to the Ravenswood Event Center for... read all The post So I Met Anthony Bourdain Last Week appeared first on Afrobella....
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When I close my eyes and visualize a holiday jewelry collection, I see images of candy canes and Santa Claus – super cute items for the season, but not necessarily things I’d wear. My personal style is edgy and bold, but classic. I wouldn’t describe myself as trendy. I appreciate things that are timeless, and... read all The post Star Light, Star Bright — Check Out My PANDORA Jewelry Holiday Looks! appeared first on Afrobella....
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Christmas is right around the corner and I am NOT READY! I know I’m not alone. Bellas, I’m here to help you make your Christmas list, OR find the perfect gift for the beauty lover in your life. Here are my tried and tested favorites in makeup products that are gift-ready. I’m talking beautiful packaging and presentation... read all The post The Afrobella Holiday Gift Guide – Beauty Presents You’ll Love appeared first on Afrobella....
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Afra Raymond is interviewed on the ‘Showdown‘ show on i95.5FM by Jennifer Baptiste-Primus and Ralph Maraj on the former PP government’s ‘Land for the Landless’ policy and bill. 7 June 2015. Audio courtesy i95.5FM Programme Date: Sunday, 7 June 2015 Programme Length: 1:13:27 Filed under: Politics and Public Affairs, Property Matters Tagged: land for the […]Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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In this provocative talk, Afra Raymond takes a deeper look at race and racism. He successfully uses the talk to place a new perspective on how we think about race and its role in corruption. TEDxPortofSpain. 14 October 2015.Filed under: Corruption Tagged: corruption, financial failure, racism, TEDxPortofSpainOriginal linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans,” as John Lennon sang in his ode to his son Sean, Beautiful Boy. If you saw me a month ago and asked about my Thanksgiving plans, I would’ve started gushing about recipes and table setting ideas. I was planning a fabulous Thanksgiving for... read all The post Lessons From A Very Different Thanksgiving for Two appeared first on Afrobella....
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Last year I wrote an extensive list of 101 Independent Black Owned Businesses to support for Blackout Friday. It proved to be amongst the most popular posts I’ve ever written. In 2014, I wrote that post in response to the Blackout Friday movement that arose from protests in Ferguson, Missouri. This year I had already planned to... read all The post 350+ Independent Black Owned Businesses to Support This Holiday Season and BEYOND appeared first on Afrobella....
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I grew up in Trinidad and lived in Miami for more than a decade. I’ll admit, I didn’t know much about humidifiers when I lived in the tropics. There it’s unimaginable that you might need a little device in your home that adds humidity to the air. Now that I live in Chicago, I think... read all The post You Deserve — The Dyson Humidifier appeared first on Afrobella....
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On 10 August 2015, the then Minister of Finance and the Economy appealed the High Court’s 22 July 2015 judgment which ordered the release of the details on the CL Financial bailout. My protest at this action was published in this space as ‘Studied Disdain‘. Since then, the General Election of 7 September 2015 brought […]Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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This year, unfortunately I was out of town and wasn’t available to attend The Makeup Show Chicago. I knew it was going to be wonderful and the focus of at least one major panel was on diversity in beauty. I was sad to miss the show experience, but I found the most amazing person to... read all The post 5 Amazing Discoveries From The Makeup Show Chicago appeared first on Afrobella....
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Bellas, for the past several months I’ve been sharing information about Allstate Foundation Purple Purse – a campaign aimed at creating long-term safety and security for domestic violence survivors through financial empowerment. Financial abuse is happening to more women than we realize.   When most of us think of domestic violence, we think of physical... read all The post Make Your Purse A Symbol To End Domestic Violence and Financial Abuse appeared first on Afrobella....
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Winged liner has been a thing for decades now, but it’s absolutely had a resurgence in popularity in 2015. Every celebrity, every young woman you see on the street practically (at least here in Chicago) is rocking thick eyeliner as part of their everyday look. I absolutely love a bold, fierce winged liner and have... read all The post Winged Eyeliner, Tightlining And More! Sick Eyeliner Tips From A Pro appeared first on Afrobella....
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The PNM’s successful election campaign placed strong emphasis on the critical need to restore proper standards of Accountability, Transparency and Good Governance. That was a commendable and necessary stance in the face of widespread public disgust at the falling standards of morality in public affairs as experienced with successive political administrations. The new PNM government […]Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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Afra Raymond is interviewed on the ‘The Power Breakfast‘ show along with Peter Permell on Power 102 FM by Richard Ragoobarsingh talking about the ongoing CL Financial bailout saga now that there is a new government. 14 October 2015. Audio courtesy Power 102 FM Programme Date: Wednesday, 14 October 2015 Programme Length: 29:42 Filed under: […]Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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Let it be known far and wide that James Vincent is one of my favorite people in the beauty industry. I’m not the only one who would proclaim that anywhere. He’s one of the most accomplished MUA’s I know, but if you know James, if you’ve met James, then you know that he is warmth... read all The post Professional Makeup Artist Tips, Tricks and Advice From The Makeup Show’s James Vincent appeared first on Afrobella....
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The 2016 budget statement was made on Monday 5 October 2015 by newly-appointed Minister of Finance & the Economy, Colm Imbert MP. Imbert is a professional engineer, so the fact that he lacked any formal certification in the financial field sparked much debate. The budget proposals have been made, so we are well past that […]Original linkOriginal author: AfraRaymond...
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In retrospect, I realize my personal, hands-on history with cake making is limited and somewhat problematic. All of my memories entail crowded kitchens and being aware of my lack of skills. Every Christmas in Trinidad, we would gather in the kitchen to make the traditional Trinidadian black cake. The cake is rich and dark with... read all The post You Deserve – the Grandbaby Cakes Recipe Book appeared first on Afrobella....
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