West Indies’ withdrawal from India tour over pay dispute threatens future of cricket in Caribbean
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THE latest impasse between players and officials in West Indian cricket has far-reaching repercussions that threaten the very future of the sport in the Caribbean, Fox Sports reports.
The West Indian players’ decision last Friday to pull out of their tour of India with a one-day international, a Twenty20 match and three Tests still to play because of a pay dispute with their board shocked the cricketing world but highlighted the diminishing power of a once great region.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) immediately replaced the abandoned matches with five ODIs against Sri Lanka next month, but still stands to lose more than $A54.10 million in revenue.
The BCCI is likely….[Full article HERE]
October 19, 2014

West Indies’ withdrawal from India tour over pay dispute threatens future of cricket in Caribbean

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THE latest impasse between players and officials in West Indian cricket has far-reaching repercussions that threaten the very future of the sport in the Caribbean, Fox Sports reports.

The West Indian players’ decision last Friday to pull out of their tour of India with a one-day international, a Twenty20 match and three Tests still to play because of a pay dispute with their board shocked the cricketing world but highlighted the diminishing power of a once great region.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) immediately replaced the abandoned matches with five ODIs against Sri Lanka next month, but still stands to lose more than $A54.10 million in revenue.

The BCCI is likely….[Full article HERE]

October 17, 2014

When Rodigan Met Bunny

Mysterious Hemorrhagic Fever Syndrome in Venezuela’s Caribbean Coast

Medical reports and autopsy data are being gathered by members of the Medical Association of Aragua state, central north Venezuela, where nine people have died in the last few days reportedly from a hemorrhagic fever syndrome. Another person died in Caracas on Sunday from the same condition.
To date, doctors do not know whether the disease is ………[Full Article HERE]
October 16, 2014

Mysterious Hemorrhagic Fever Syndrome in Venezuela’s Caribbean Coast

Medical reports and autopsy data are being gathered by members of the Medical Association of Aragua state, central north Venezuela, where nine people have died in the last few days reportedly from a hemorrhagic fever syndrome. Another person died in Caracas on Sunday from the same condition.

To date, doctors do not know whether the disease is ………[Full Article HERE]

October 4, 2014

NEW JAMAICAN MOVIE

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Finally! not a gangster or crime/music film from Jamaica. DESTINY directed by Jeremy Whittaker is a tale of love, family and music (in small amounts). Set for release in Jamaica on October 15th! SPREAD THE WORD and support (not download) the Jamaican film institution has some catching up to do.

Starring singers Christopher Martin and Karian Sang and Kadeem Wilson. Making cameo appearances in Destiny are Spice, Cathy Levy, Ity (of comedy duo Ity and Fancy Cat), veteran actor Munair Zacca and Kevoy Burton.

 

Launched: “Carnival—Trinidad and Tobago Style—The Blueprint (Draft)”
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Trinidad and Tobago has officially launched the draft model of its “blueprint” of Carnival for use by other countries. (I would love to get my hands on one of these!) The 47-page glossy publication, titled Carnival—Trinidad and Tobago Style—The Blueprint (Draft), was presented to the public yesterday by the ministry of arts and multiculturalism in Port of Spain.
Line minister Dr. Lincoln Douglas, however, noted that the ministry remains mindful that it does not give too much and risk promoting inaction. Douglas in a brief address to the gathering of stakeholders, noted his concern, “I give you a charge, to all those involved in the cultural industry, we have to be careful that while we are providing useful information, we are not at the same time promoting inaction”.
[…] The information gathered for the draft was put together through research and a final report conducted through the ministry, including field work and consultations with both the stakeholders in the industry as well as spectators…..[Full article HERE]
October 4, 2014

Launched: “Carnival—Trinidad and Tobago Style—The Blueprint (Draft)”

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Trinidad and Tobago has officially launched the draft model of its “blueprint” of Carnival for use by other countries. (I would love to get my hands on one of these!) The 47-page glossy publication, titled Carnival—Trinidad and Tobago Style—The Blueprint (Draft), was presented to the public yesterday by the ministry of arts and multiculturalism in Port of Spain.

Line minister Dr. Lincoln Douglas, however, noted that the ministry remains mindful that it does not give too much and risk promoting inaction. Douglas in a brief address to the gathering of stakeholders, noted his concern, “I give you a charge, to all those involved in the cultural industry, we have to be careful that while we are providing useful information, we are not at the same time promoting inaction”.

[…] The information gathered for the draft was put together through research and a final report conducted through the ministry, including field work and consultations with both the stakeholders in the industry as well as spectators…..[Full article HERE]

Advertisement starring Usain Bolt gets banned
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September 20, 2014

Advertisement starring Usain Bolt gets banned

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Do Jamaican Young women love the Beating?
JAMAICA ALERT

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After coming back from Jamaica this story was dominating the news feeds. I even got a health warning card at the airport on arrival…
September 15, 2014

JAMAICA ALERT

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After coming back from Jamaica this story was dominating the news feeds. I even got a health warning card at the airport on arrival…

Famed US Hindu palm reader killed on vacation in Trinidad
Gabriel García Márquez Wax Statue: Nobel Prize Winner Is Immortalized In A Museum In Cuba

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A life-size wax statue of Nobel Prize winner, Gabriel García Márquez was unveiled on the same day former Cuban President, Fidel Castro celebrated his 88th birthday; The statue is placed in the Wax Museum of Cuba in the eastern town of Bayamo, Natalie Roterman reports in this article for Latin Times.
The Colombian appears dressed in his very own clothes, which were donated by his family through a foundation that carries the writer’s name. Márquez is represented in a meditative position while sitting down to make the figure appear even more representative of his persona.
The museums data recorded almost a million visitors up to this past July and hope the addition of the prolific Colombian writer will bring many more. Gabo, as he was known by fans and loved ones, joins the presence of José Martí, Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, Rita Montaner, Benny Moré, Fabio Di Celmo, an Italian tourist who died in a 1997 Havana hotel bombing, Compay Segundo, and American novelist, Ernest Hemingway, who is a fellow Nobel Prize winner. Although he joins many celebrated personalities, there was some controversy about the sculpture being placed almost next to former Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez.
It is well known that the Colombian writer had a special place in his heart for Cuba. Not only was he close friends with Fidel Castro, but he resided in the island for several years. García Márquez was also known to act as secret emissary between Castro and former US President Bill Clinton was one of the initiators of the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema, which takes place every year in Havana.
September 5, 2014

Gabriel García Márquez Wax Statue: Nobel Prize Winner Is Immortalized In A Museum In Cuba

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A life-size wax statue of Nobel Prize winner, Gabriel García Márquez was unveiled on the same day former Cuban President, Fidel Castro celebrated his 88th birthday; The statue is placed in the Wax Museum of Cuba in the eastern town of Bayamo, Natalie Roterman reports in this article for Latin Times.

The Colombian appears dressed in his very own clothes, which were donated by his family through a foundation that carries the writer’s name. Márquez is represented in a meditative position while sitting down to make the figure appear even more representative of his persona.

The museums data recorded almost a million visitors up to this past July and hope the addition of the prolific Colombian writer will bring many more. Gabo, as he was known by fans and loved ones, joins the presence of José Martí, Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, Rita Montaner, Benny Moré, Fabio Di Celmo, an Italian tourist who died in a 1997 Havana hotel bombing, Compay Segundo, and American novelist, Ernest Hemingway, who is a fellow Nobel Prize winner. Although he joins many celebrated personalities, there was some controversy about the sculpture being placed almost next to former Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez.

It is well known that the Colombian writer had a special place in his heart for Cuba. Not only was he close friends with Fidel Castro, but he resided in the island for several years. García Márquez was also known to act as secret emissary between Castro and former US President Bill Clinton was one of the initiators of the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema, which takes place every year in Havana.

Bildner Center’s Cuban Film Series Presents “Suite Habana”

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As part of the Bildner Center’s Cuban Film Series focusing on the Special Period, this event features the screening of Fernando Pérez’s Suite Habana (2003) followed by a panel discussion. Discussants will be announced. This event is curated by Professor Jerry Carlson of The City College of New York and Graduate Center. It will take place on Friday, September 12, at 6:30pm, at the Segal Theatre, The Graduate Center (located at 365 Fifth Avenue @ 34th Street, New York, New York).
Description: “Interpreting Suite Habana” (excerpt from Thinking from Cuba—sponsored by the Carter G. Woodson Institute, University of Virginia)
Perhaps no movie lends itself more to the arguments of perspectivism than Suite Habana. Without a single incidence of dialogue between any of the characters in the movie, its director, Fernando Perez, presents the audience with 75 minutes of images and music that can be interpreted in a million different ways by each of the individuals sitting in front of the screen. There is no ultimate meaning behind the movie because it is open for interpretation.
Perez paints a non-verbal (silence) picture of the lives of ten ordinary Cubans in the city of Havana. The only information the director presents of them in brief subtitle is their name, age, and at the end of the movie their stated dreams. They vary in age and occupation, ranging from an old woman selling peanuts on the streets to a mentally challenged boy taken care of by his family and school. Eclectic glimpses into the everyday moments form one cohesive representation of the different types of lives found within the city limits of Havana. Suite Habana reveals both the difficulties and pleasures of living in Cuba. […]
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September 2, 2014

Bildner Center’s Cuban Film Series Presents “Suite Habana”

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As part of the Bildner Center’s Cuban Film Series focusing on the Special Period, this event features the screening of Fernando Pérez’s Suite Habana (2003) followed by a panel discussion. Discussants will be announced. This event is curated by Professor Jerry Carlson of The City College of New York and Graduate Center. It will take place on Friday, September 12, at 6:30pm, at the Segal Theatre, The Graduate Center (located at 365 Fifth Avenue @ 34th Street, New York, New York).

Description: “Interpreting Suite Habana” (excerpt from Thinking from Cuba—sponsored by the Carter G. Woodson Institute, University of Virginia)

Perhaps no movie lends itself more to the arguments of perspectivism than Suite Habana. Without a single incidence of dialogue between any of the characters in the movie, its director, Fernando Perez, presents the audience with 75 minutes of images and music that can be interpreted in a million different ways by each of the individuals sitting in front of the screen. There is no ultimate meaning behind the movie because it is open for interpretation.

Perez paints a non-verbal (silence) picture of the lives of ten ordinary Cubans in the city of Havana. The only information the director presents of them in brief subtitle is their name, age, and at the end of the movie their stated dreams. They vary in age and occupation, ranging from an old woman selling peanuts on the streets to a mentally challenged boy taken care of by his family and school. Eclectic glimpses into the everyday moments form one cohesive representation of the different types of lives found within the city limits of Havana. Suite Habana reveals both the difficulties and pleasures of living in Cuba. […]

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Bahamas government press officer dies after being shot multiple times
August 25, 2014

Hundreds of Thousands attend Notting Hill Carnival in west London

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Hundreds of thousands of people attended the first day of Europe’s biggest street festival, the Notting Hill Carnival, the BBC reports.

The two-day event in west London started with children’s day and featured Caribbean culture, food, music and dance.

Giant floats and dancers wearing colourful costumes made their way along the procession route from 10:00 BST.

About a million people are expected at the two-day event which ends on Monday.

Organisers say this year is part of the build-up to the event’s 50th anniversary.

About 6,000 police officers attended and the Met Police said….[Full article HERE]