Teclesha Blanchard

Teclesha Blanchard

Interview-Miss Caribbean Houston

ICM: What is the essence of a Caribbean Woman? What constitutes Her true beauty?

Teclesha: The essence of a Caribbean woman encompasses many attributes, yet her passion, pride and perseverance speak of her strength and ability to overcome. Her true beauty is defined by her willingness to give to others so that they too can reach their full potential.

ICM: What is your philosophy or value that you hold dearest in life?

Teclesha: The philosophy in which I live by and hold dearest to me is a quote my high school track coach would have us recite after every track practice “My attitude determines the altitude of my performance.” This reiterated my mother’s message that I could do and be anything I desired.

ICM: Who is the most influential person in your life?

Teclesha: The most influential person in my life is my grandmother, Christine Blanchard. Her story is so inspiring and encouraging not many can imagine being a young girl and growing up without a mother, or facing many of the other trails that write the pages of her novel, yet still, she developed a resilient nature and conquered life’s obstacles. She nurtures her family in a manner that allows us to believe and trust in God and strive for greatness. My granny is my angel and I am blessed to have such an amazing woman to call on for advice, home remedies, prayer, laughter, and love.

ICM: What do you think is the greatest environmental problem in the Caribbean today?

Teclesha: I believe climate change and the increase of natural disaster is one of the greatest environmental issues faced today within the Caribbean. Most recently Martinique, Dominica, Saint Lucia and Haiti, have been devastated by tropical storms, flooding, and hurricanes; the lack of preparedness and resources of some of our native countries contribute to the effects felt by Caribbean people, both home and abroad.

ICM: How or where do you see yourself fifteen years from now?

Teclesha: In fifteen years I anticipate being a successful attorney advocating for social justice and civil rights, having a foundation that services youth with an emphasis on young ladies. Hopefully gearing towards retirement to enjoy the fruits of my labor, and ultimately in a position of leadership whether that be in a political office, as a judge, or even in administration in a school district. I plan to have traveled and made my mark in the world by this time and to have a legacy in which my children can surpass and take pride in.

ICM: If God would grant you one wish what would it be?

Teclesha: If God could grant me one wish it would be that we would all live forever and never feel the pain and sorrow that death brings.

ICM: What skills do you have that can help our Caribbean People?

Teclesha: I believe I possess a skill that we all have and that can aid not only Caribbean people but all people in general, and that very simply is the experience. Each of us has a story and a circumstance that may encourage someone else. My drive comes from what I have been through, and by teaching others to learn from my lessons is where I find passion.

ICM: What defines success for you?

Teclesha: Success for me is defined by accomplishing what I set out to do. Success for me is when what was once a challenge for my students becomes a testimony of prevailing.Success for me is raising a conscious, God fearing, confident, intelligent little girl. Success for me is finding my purpose and maximizing my potential. Success for me is being the best Teclesha I can be.

ICM: If you can do anything to change the world what would it be?

Teclesha: If I could do anything to change the world it would be to rid of hatred and jealousy. It breeds so many other negative qualities and actions that plague our world, that we miss the beauty in others behind stupidity and ignorance.

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Economic Development In The Caribbean

Economic Development In The Caribbean

On the back of difficulties in the global economy, The Caribbean economy experienced a difficult year in 2015. Caribbean countries being small open economies, were not immune from these effects. The commodity-producing countries saw sharp falls in growth. On the other hand, for those economies reliant on tourism, it was a relatively good year. A well as heavy reliance on overseas markets, 2015 demonstrated other characteristics of the region, such as vulnerability. Natural disasters in Dominica and the Bahamas caused significant damage and set back economic growth. Weather events particularly drought also affected agricultural production.

The reliance of the Region on Correspondent Banking Relationships (CBRs) with overseas banks was brought into focus, as the number of CBRs fell, threatening some financial systems and real economies.  Thus far in 2016 (Jamaica and the Bahamas) are ranked higher in economic growth while Jamaica and St. Lucia are in the top half of 182 countries assessed. Significantly, Trinidad and Tobago grew by just 0.2%.

The main reason was declined in output of the petroleum industry, where falling oil prices caused a cutback in some exploratory activities; some oil and gas fields matured, and there were prolonged periods of maintenance activity. In Haiti, drought caused a decline in agricultural production. Manufacturing, especially apparel, grew strongly; but construction growth slowed following a decline in donor support for post-earthquake reconstruction and an increase in civil unrest. In Belize, crop production and livestock farming increased, while wood output and shrimp production fell. Continue reading “Economic Development In The Caribbean”

Indigneous Caribbean Tribes

Indigneous Caribbean Tribes

Indians, Caribs or Arawaks?

The Indians are powerful symbols of the Caribbean and national identity on many Caribbean islands. The lineage of one’s ancestry for many can be traced before Columbus’s voyage. On nearly every island, the modern inhabitants relate to the environment in ways they learned from the Indians. The outset and dimensions and nature of indigenous cultural continuity are complex and multi-layered: any search for groups which have retained pre-contact ways of life remains untouched by the historical processes of the last 500 years.

Although it is the painful truth that the Native people’s of the Caribbean were almost destroyed by the processes of conquest initiated by Columbus’s voyages, it is also true that indigenous people still play a significant role in the Caribbean today. The indigenous people ceased to exist in the tragic years of conquest, they play no part in the modern Caribbean. Rather, the indigenous people of the Caribbean have played a crucial role in the historical processes that produced the modern Caribbean. Had the archipelago been uninhabited in 1492, the modern Caribbean would be radically different in language, economy, political organization, and social consciousness. Continue reading “Indigneous Caribbean Tribes”

Dian LeBrin

Dian LeBrin

Dian LeBrin was born in St. Croix, United States Virgin Island. She was born to the parents of George G. LeBrin and Maggie E. James. Dian is the sixth child of nine siblings. She is the proud parent of three children; Anthony who is serving in the United States Navy, Elton works in the hospitality industry, and Diamond who is a graduate of a Nationally Accredited University. Continue reading Dian LeBrin