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Island XoXo, A New Caribbean Dating Website Launched

islandxoxo-imageBRADES/HOUSTON – Caribbean people still looking for love have a new platform which can help them find the love of their lives.
Island XoXo, a new dating website targeting Caribbean nationals went live on June 8th, 2015.
The site can be accessed at www.islandxoxo.com and is owned and operated by Island XOXO LLC of Houston, Texas.
Developer Sherylene Dyer, who is also a national of Montserrat said Caribbean nationals who register on or before July 7th, 2015 will receive free unlimited access to the site for one year.

Dyer says that “unlike many dating websites, Island XoXo has a strong social platform. The service is not exclusively for romantic hopefuls, but also caters to those interested in meeting and mingling with Caribbean people for either friendship or social gatherings.”

Registered members can personalize their profiles, upload photos and videos, create and join groups, seek and give relationship advice, and create and manage blogs. They can interact with other Caribbean people through a variety of media to include email, instant messaging, and group chats.

Island XoXo also aims to make finding suitable romantic prospects easier. “Singles can browse all members or utilize advanced filters to narrow prospects. Other features include a Flirt Box, chatroom, a variety of privacy settings, and a Shy Tool that allows individuals to blur their faces until they are ready to reveal their facial identity,” the developer explained.

Members can receive gifts from secret admirers or send gifts under the guise of anonymity from the Gift Store. Island XoXo will facilitate the ordering and shipment of all gifts allowing names and contact information to remain private and confidential.

Seasonal competitions, such as Valentine’s Day contests, create avenues for winning prizes and awards will be an added feature.

Dyer added that the launch of Island XoXo represents another thrust towards realizing the dream of a united and integrated Caribbean.

According to the Urban Dictionary XoXo means Kisses and Hugs. X=Kisses and O=Hugs

Contact Island XoXo at info@islandxoxo.com or follow on Facebook.

I’m their Mother, Not their Father

orphans2I’ve been highly annoyed today as I am right before Father’s Day every year. Maybe it’s because I get the inevitable discussions with my children about their absent father, which requires honesty and lots of diplomacy. Maybe it’s mommy guilt for not being able to do all that I want to for them. Mostly its the Happy Father’s Day greetings I get from well-meaning friends who are trying to say that I’m both mother and father to my children.

Truth is. I am their mother and I am not their father. I can never be no matter how many light bulbs I change or soccer games I sit through.

Even if I wanted to say I was both mother and father my children know this is not true. They are very aware that their father is missing. Not just physically but spiritually.

You see fatherhood is much more than the supplying of money or the man in the house. It is a spiritual connection and calling that many men seem to miss. This is why there can be a man in the home and children still feel abandoned.

Thankfully God has promised to be a father to those who have no father. He can teach men who want to be better fathers how to accomplish that. He enables our children, though fatherless, to live complete lives as He fills those spaces which yearn for a father’s spiritual connection.

If fatherhood or motherhood were just physical acts then many of us would fail as we can never measure up or provide everything our children may need in their natural lives. But when we include the spiritual element that we give and is essential for their growth, then it balances out and in fact supersedes the limitations we have in the physical.

God’s promise to my children is that He will be their father. He will father those abandoned or orphaned. He does it in a way that allows us to continue being the best mothers we want to be for our children. It is a full-time job wanting to be a good mother and I have no desire to add to that by trying to be two people instead of one.

So to all the fathers out there Happy Father’s Day.

Churches and community groups must speak and act to stop violence against women

BRADES, Montserrat – The church community on Montserrat must become more vocal and stand up against the increasing levels of violence against women, says author and entrepreneur Nerissa Golden.
Golden was speaking on the eve of International Women’s Day and days after a woman was violently killed by her partner on Montserrat. Continue reading