CaribPress 2010 Flashback of Events

CaribPress is looking back at the most significant developments in 2010 – From Haiti’s earthquake to the World Cup in South Africa.

January 2010: The January 12th, devastating 7.0 earthquake left the Haitian diaspora grieving.  This catastrophic quake left over 200,000 dead and approximately one million homeless.

February 2010: The Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.

February 2010: The ‘Runaway’ Prius.  Toyota announced that its hybrid model, the Prius, had flaws in its braking system.

February 2010: An 8.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Chile. Fatalities were low, with some 750 people killed in the devastation

March 2010: Jamaican reggae legend Jimmy Cliff was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Cliff, known internationally for his work in the 1972 ‘The Harder They Come’ became the second reggae pioneer to join the hall of fame.  Reggae icon Bob Marley was the first to be inducted in 1994.

April 2010: The US Census 2010 – “It’s In Our Hands”.  With one of the shortest questionnaires in history, the 2010 Census asked for name, gender, age, race, ethnicity, relationship, and whether you own or rent your home. It took approximately 10 minutes for the average household to complete.

April 2010: Arizona became the center of the Immigration debate – Due to anger over the federal government’s failure to secure the border, growing anxiety over crime and a Republican governor.

May 2010: Another step forward for Women.  Kamla Persad-Bissessar made history in Trinidad and Tobago when she became the first female prime minister. She crushed opponent Prime Minister Patrick Manning.

May 2010: Diff’rent Strokes’ star Gary Coleman died.  After suffering a brain hemorrhage, Coleman was taken off life support.

June 2010: A First for the US Attorney office of the Central District of California.  Andre Birotte Jr (the son of Haitian immigrants) and the first black U.S. Attorney to the post, was sworn in as the top federal attorney in the Central District of the U.S. Department of Justice.

June 2010: The Los Angeles Lakers won the 2010 NBA Champions – Over 16 championships, 11 in Los Angeles and 5 in Minnesota.

June 2010: The “Dudus” Affair – Alleged drug lord, West Kingston Don, Christopher “Dudus” Coke was captured in Jamaica and sent to New York after being on the run for months.  His capture sparked street violence in Kingston when loyalist to the Don clashed with Police and almost brought the Jamaican government to collapse.

July 2010: Reggae singer Sugar Minott (54 years-old) died on July 10th at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Jamaica’s capital, Kingston.  Minott was known for nurturing young talent with his own Black Roots record label and Youthman Promotion company.  Reggae and dancehall artists such as Junior Reid and Tenor Saw began their careers under his tutelage

July 2010: A Golden Moment for the Spaniards.  Spain defeated the Netherlands 1-nil to win their first World Cup.  FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa, the first African nation to host the World Cup.

August 2010: Celebration of Jamaica 48th Independence in Los Angeles at Rancho Cienega Park in Los Angeles. In the same month, Haitian election officials ruled that Wyclef Jean was ineligible to run for president of the island.

September 2010: Buju Banton’s drug trial the talk of Jamaica.  Banton, a four-time Grammy nominee who rose from the slums of Kingston to success in the 1990s, was arrested on federal drug charges in December.

October 2010: A sad year for Barbados.  Gone Too Soon — Prime Minister The Right Hon. David Thompson died at 48.  The Caribbean diaspora mourned the passing of the Prime Minister. On a brighter note, thirty-three Chilean miners who were trapped nearly a half-mile underground for 69 days after a mine collapse were rescued.

October 2010: Gregory Isaacs, the Jamaican reggae singer whose smooth style earned him the nickname “Cool Ruler,” died (at 59 years-old) on October 25th in his London home. Also in October, singer Alicia Keys gave birth to a baby boy called Egypt Daoude Dean at New York’s St-Luke’s Hospital.

November 2010: Jerry Brown elected as Governor of California again.  Brown was Governor from 1975 to 1983 and re-elected in November 2010.

November 2010: Republicans caught a wave of voter disenchantment with the economy on Nov. 2 and wrested control of the House from the Democrats. They also expanded their minority in the Senate.

November 2010: Kamala Harris is the new Attorney General of California.  A rising Democratic star and daughter of a Jamaican father and a mother from India, she won backing from President Barack Obama.  Harris is the first person of Asian descent to be elected an attorney general of any state and the first African American attorney general west of the Mississippi.  She is also the first woman to be elected attorney general in California.

November 2010: The Colorado Rapids defeated FC Dallas and lifted the Philip Anschutz trophy for the first time, the 2010 Major League Soccer Cup at BMO Field in Toronto, Canada on Sunday, November 21, 2010.

December 2010: Remembering Teena Marie, the “Ivory Queen of Soul”.  Marie died of natural causes on Sunday, December 26, 2010, at home in Pasadena, California and is survived by her only daughter Alia Rose.  A protégée of funk music master Rick James, Mary Christine Brockert, better known by her stage name Teena Marie was the first white artist to be signed to the Motown record label in 1979 where she released her first album, “Wild and Peaceful.”

December 2010: Russia and Qatar to host 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups, respectively.  The contenders for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, other than Russia, were England, a joint bid from Belgium and the Netherlands, and a joint bid from Spain and Portugal. Meanwhile, for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Australia, Japan, Korea Republic and the USA were competing with Qatar.

December 2010: The United States (U.S.) unemployment rate rose to 9.8%, up from the rate of 9.6%, where it had remained steady for several months.  U.S. employers added only 39,000 jobs to their payrolls in November, a very small number compared to the 15 million people currently looking for full-time work.

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