Antiguan Sailor Karl James receives his MBE from HRH Prince Charles

Congratulations to Karl James, MBE who received his award from HRH Prince Charles at the investiture ceremony in Windsor Castle this morning.
Congratulations to Karl James, MBE who received his award from HRH Prince Charles at the investiture ceremony in Windsor Castle this morning.

James, in 2019, made the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List where he was selected to receive the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to sailing and national development.

A two-time Olympian in the Laser Class, James started sailing in Antigua at the age of 12, when the largest yacht in English Harbour was 60 feet long.


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  1. Congratulations, Mr. Karl James M.B.E. Determination to succeed, coupled with hard work and dedication does pay off. Well deserved, Sir.

  2. Congratulations! Shame that you only take care of “the coachable kids”(your own words), and not the talented ones as well…

  3. Big congratulations to Karl. He has touched so many young peoples lives through sailing, a pillar of strength in building a programme from the ground up, and has always been a calm influential voice of wisdom and encouragement. Thank you Karl and we’ll done.

  4. Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! “And Yeshua said to them, “There is no Prophet who is despised except in his city and among his kindred and in his house.” – Aramaic Text!

    Friends, Country WoMen Rastas, that the Gentleman Sailor and Instructor deserves his plaudits cannot be denied! Many say, “he was ambitious; And, sure, he is an honourable man. I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke, But here I am to speak what I do know. …
    O judgment! thou art fled to brutish beasts, And men have lost their reason. Bear with me;” – Shakespeare, Julius Caesar! What follows next is not an attempt to Rain on The Intrepid, Skilled Sailor and Educator’s Parade! He deservers our Respect and Kudos! We on he other hand must be mindful of what such Colonial, Eurocentric, and Imperialist awards, decorations, honours, and medals convey to our present youth and future generations!’

    In this the International Decade for People of African Descent 2015 – 2024, When Oh When will this colonized madness end! After some 387 Years from the arrival of our Enslaved Ancestors! 187 Years from Emancipation! 70 Years from Adult Suffrage! 54 Years from Statehood In Association when Black People assumed responsibility for their Internal Political, Economic, Socio-Cultural, Technological, Legal and Ecological Constructs! 40 Years Of Independence! Why is Britain still holding sway on how Nationals are Honoured in Their own Country when our people continue accepting such awards as Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE)! Oh Gad! If GoAB and The Ecclesiastics cannot move away from this Black dislocation, disorientation, decenteredness, and lack of agency, then surely the People of African Descent collectively and collaboratively aided by the professorship, intelligentsia and educators should be leading the way to articulate and engender a clear cultural value system where the People of African Descent and especially the children see themselves as being the makers of their history and not the objects of British Colonial History! “If you control a man’s thinking, you don’t have to worry about his actions. You do not have to tell him to stand here or go yonder, he will find his proper place. You do not need to send him to the back door, he will go without being told. In fact, if there is no back door, he will cut one for his special benefit.” – Dr. Carter Woodson, “The Miseducation of the Negro”! How many know that the late Dr. Eric Williams failed to get published in Britain, his thesis and master work Capitalism and Slavery 1938 in which he argued that the declining economies of the British West Indies led to the abolition of the slave trade and of slavery as against the the white salve of Humanitarian acts! No major British publisher published the book until forty years after Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr Williams’s death 1982, because it did mot conform to British traditions and values!

    Lest We Remember! Many Commonwealth countries do not use the British honours system and instead use their own, including the likes of Australia, New Zealand and Canada! In Canada, they have removed the Titles of Knighthood (Sir) from their Cultural, Government and Education Institutions! “Come, then, comrades, the (British) game has finally ended; we must find something different. We today can do everything, so long as we do not imitate (Britain), so long as we are not obsessed by the desire to catch up with (Britain). Frantz Fanon, The Wretched Of The Earth!

    40 Years Of Independence! Time to create our own Honour System and abandon the Colonial Imperialist’s Value System! We must cease being Black trophies for Colonial Mental Games! As Brother Bob sang: Until the Philosophy … Is finally and permanently Discredited and abandoned, That Psyops imperial mental game will continue to influence our peoples’ emotions, motives, and objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of governments, organizations, groups, and individuals to further Eurocentric Values and Monopoly Capital! “What would African people do if there were no white people?” In other words, what natural responses would occur in the relationships, attitudes toward the environment, kinship patterns, preferences for colors, type of religion, and historical referent points for African people if there had not been any intervention of colonialism or enslavement? Afrocentricity answers this question by asserting the central role of the African subject within the context of African history, thereby removing Europe from the center of the African reality. In this way, Afrocentricity becomes a revolutionary idea because it studies ideas, concepts, events, personalities, and political and economic processes from a standpoint of black people as subjects and not as objects, basing all knowledge on the authentic interrogation of location.” – Asante!

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