Cemetery excavations reveal complicated Jamaican Jewish past
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This article by Maayan Jaffe appeared in the JNS.org website. Follow the link below for the original report and more photos.
Marina Delfos is on a mission. Working with a group of people who come to Jamaica each year through Caribbean Volunteer Expeditions and a handful of local volunteers, she is helping to take inventory of the area’s Jewish gravestones, trying to make sense of the 360-year-old and oft-forgotten Jamaican Jewish past.
This past March, Delfos struck stone while she was on the Way Back When (Black River Heritage Tour) trip with Allison Morris.
“I knew there had to be a cemetery in [the town of] Black River,”said Delfos, who with Morris, a seventh-generation resident of Black River, began inquiring about where the historic Jewish community would have resided there. She asked one elderly man on a bicycle if he knew where they might have resided, and he took the group into the backyard of a neighboring home a few feet away, where there were three Jewish tombstones.
Delfos had to pull back the brush and shift a heavy bed of leaves to read the tombs’inscriptions. But before leaving the backyard, she had…[Full article HERE]
July 9, 2014

Cemetery excavations reveal complicated Jamaican Jewish past

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This article by Maayan Jaffe appeared in the JNS.org website. Follow the link below for the original report and more photos.

Marina Delfos is on a mission. Working with a group of people who come to Jamaica each year through Caribbean Volunteer Expeditions and a handful of local volunteers, she is helping to take inventory of the area’s Jewish gravestones, trying to make sense of the 360-year-old and oft-forgotten Jamaican Jewish past.

This past March, Delfos struck stone while she was on the Way Back When (Black River Heritage Tour) trip with Allison Morris.

“I knew there had to be a cemetery in [the town of] Black River,”said Delfos, who with Morris, a seventh-generation resident of Black River, began inquiring about where the historic Jewish community would have resided there. She asked one elderly man on a bicycle if he knew where they might have resided, and he took the group into the backyard of a neighboring home a few feet away, where there were three Jewish tombstones.

Delfos had to pull back the brush and shift a heavy bed of leaves to read the tombs’inscriptions. But before leaving the backyard, she had…[Full article HERE]

Marion Bethel presented with 11th Triennial Award For Women‏
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Eleventh CARICOM Triennial Award for Women 2014
Acceptance Speech
At
The 35th Session of The Heads of Government Meeting
CARICOM
Antigua and Barbuda
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
MARION BETHEL
Nassau, Bahamas
Her Excellency Dame Louise Lake-Tack, Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda
Hon. Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda and Chairman of the Caribbean Community
Other Heads of State and Government of the Caribbean Community
Heads of Delegationsof Member States and Associate Members of CARICOM
Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community
Other Heads of Regional and International Organisations
Membersof Parliament of Antigua and Barbuda and other CARICOM Member Countries
Members of the Diplomatic Corps
Distinguished ladies and gentlemen
Members of the Media
And last, but not least, my beloved family who is here to share in this wonderful celebration with me: my husband, Alfred Sears, my daughters, Ife and Nia, my siblings, Justice Rubie Nottage, Dr. Pamela Etuk, Dr. Paulette Bethel, Owen Bethel and my niece, Kenia Nottage.
A good afternoon to everyone.
I commence with a heartfelt recognition of the plight of the young high-school girls of Chibok, Borno State, abducted in April of…[Full article HERE]
July 6, 2014

Marion Bethel presented with 11th Triennial Award For Women‏

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Eleventh CARICOM Triennial Award for Women 2014

Acceptance Speech

At

The 35th Session of The Heads of Government Meeting

CARICOM

Antigua and Barbuda

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

MARION BETHEL

Nassau, Bahamas

Her Excellency Dame Louise Lake-Tack, Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda

Hon. Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda and Chairman of the Caribbean Community

Other Heads of State and Government of the Caribbean Community

Heads of Delegationsof Member States and Associate Members of CARICOM

Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community

Other Heads of Regional and International Organisations

Membersof Parliament of Antigua and Barbuda and other CARICOM Member Countries

Members of the Diplomatic Corps

Distinguished ladies and gentlemen

Members of the Media

And last, but not least, my beloved family who is here to share in this wonderful celebration with me: my husband, Alfred Sears, my daughters, Ife and Nia, my siblings, Justice Rubie Nottage, Dr. Pamela Etuk, Dr. Paulette Bethel, Owen Bethel and my niece, Kenia Nottage.

A good afternoon to everyone.

I commence with a heartfelt recognition of the plight of the young high-school girls of Chibok, Borno State, abducted in April of…[Full article HERE]

Hillary Clinton and the U.S. Embargo against Cuba

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Everyone has an opinion on recent declarations by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that an end to the U.S. Embargo against Cuba must be dissolved (see previous post Clinton says she urged end to Cuba embargo). Some groups such as “Capitol Hill Cubans” say no way; they insist that Clinton is using the Cuba embargo as an excuse (for what? This is never explained.)  Meanwhile, the media is wondering about the public’s support. The Jersey Journal launched a survey with the question: “Do you agree with Hillary Clinton that US Cuban embargo should end?” They are planning to announce the results on Saturday. [I am wondering whether this may also be a good question for the Marist Poll …]
In an appearance in New York hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations, the former secretary of state said, “I think we should advocate for the end of the embargo. We should advocate for normalizing relations and see what they (Cuban officials) do.”
The economic embargo against Cuba has been in place for more than a half-century. As the Wall Street Journal noted, major presidential candidates have tread carefully in discussing the embargo for fear of alienating voters in the voter-rich swing state of Florida. Clinton, a potential presidential candidate, apparently believes that….[Full article here]
June 18, 2014

Hillary Clinton and the U.S. Embargo against Cuba

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Everyone has an opinion on recent declarations by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that an end to the U.S. Embargo against Cuba must be dissolved (see previous post Clinton says she urged end to Cuba embargo). Some groups such as “Capitol Hill Cubans” say no way; they insist that Clinton is using the Cuba embargo as an excuse (for what? This is never explained.)  Meanwhile, the media is wondering about the public’s support. The Jersey Journal launched a survey with the question: “Do you agree with Hillary Clinton that US Cuban embargo should end?” They are planning to announce the results on Saturday. [I am wondering whether this may also be a good question for the Marist Poll …]

In an appearance in New York hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations, the former secretary of state said, “I think we should advocate for the end of the embargo. We should advocate for normalizing relations and see what they (Cuban officials) do.”

The economic embargo against Cuba has been in place for more than a half-century. As the Wall Street Journal noted, major presidential candidates have tread carefully in discussing the embargo for fear of alienating voters in the voter-rich swing state of Florida. Clinton, a potential presidential candidate, apparently believes that….[Full article here]

Ciro de Quadros, 74, Dies; Leader in Ridding Latin America and the Caribbean of Polio
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Dr. Ciro de Quadros, a Brazilian epidemiologist who navigated war zones and reimagined outmoded public health practices to lead an immunization campaign that eradicated polio in Latin America and the Caribbean, died on Wednesday in Washington. He was 74.
The cause was pancreatic cancer, said a spokesman for the Sabin Vaccine Institute in Washington, where Dr. de Quadros had been vice president emeritus since 2003.
Dr. de Quadros was relatively little known outside the loosely affiliated web of national and international health authorities that track and combat communicable diseases. But as a director of one of those groups, the Pan American Health Organization, he was widely credited with carrying out one of the boldest — and seemingly least likely — projects in modern epidemiological history.
Beginning in 1985, he dispatched teams of health workers in 15 countries to the most remote, underdeveloped and war-torn areas of the region to reach Latin America’s most vulnerable people: unimmunized children under 5.
Mustering support was not easy. The World Health Organization’s director general, Dr. Halfdan Mahler, at first opposed……..[Full article HERE]
June 3, 2014

Ciro de Quadros, 74, Dies; Leader in Ridding Latin America and the Caribbean of Polio

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Dr. Ciro de Quadros, a Brazilian epidemiologist who navigated war zones and reimagined outmoded public health practices to lead an immunization campaign that eradicated polio in Latin America and the Caribbean, died on Wednesday in Washington. He was 74.

The cause was pancreatic cancer, said a spokesman for the Sabin Vaccine Institute in Washington, where Dr. de Quadros had been vice president emeritus since 2003.

Dr. de Quadros was relatively little known outside the loosely affiliated web of national and international health authorities that track and combat communicable diseases. But as a director of one of those groups, the Pan American Health Organization, he was widely credited with carrying out one of the boldest — and seemingly least likely — projects in modern epidemiological history.

Beginning in 1985, he dispatched teams of health workers in 15 countries to the most remote, underdeveloped and war-torn areas of the region to reach Latin America’s most vulnerable people: unimmunized children under 5.

Mustering support was not easy. The World Health Organization’s director general, Dr. Halfdan Mahler, at first opposed……..[Full article HERE]

Maya Angelou: America’s Miss Lou
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Diane Abbott dedicated her column in Jamaica’s Observer to a celebration of Maya Angelou and her Caribbean roots.
THE death of American writer, performer and activist Maya Angelou at 86, has rightly prompted an outpouring of appreciation of her life and work. I knew her for over 25 years and the praise was well merited.
Angelou was America’s Miss Lou.
She was not necessarily the best poet and writer of her era. But she published seven autobiographies, three books of essays and several books of poetry. She produced innumerable plays, movies and television shows over a 50-year career. Her work encapsulated important truths about her society. And her statuesque presence and engaging performing skills made her an iconic figure.
In the later years of her career she was taken up by US television superstar Oprah Winfrey. This kept Angelou’s public profile high, well into her 80s. Probably the highlight of her career was being invited to perform a poem at the 1983 inauguration of Bill Clinton.
She was the first poet to make an inaugural recitation since Robert Frost at Jack Kennedy’s inauguration. And she was the first black poet to perform at a presidential inaugural ever.
A not so auspicious time in her career was her determined support for Hillary Clinton in the contest with Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination. It was surprising that someone who made so much of her link to important black civil rights figures like Martin Luther King refused initially to support a black man for the presidency.
But Angelou was a creature of her era. She had come to prominence at a time when no black person could succeed without a powerful patron. And the Clintons had been her patrons for so long that she could not tear herself away.
But President Obama gracefully responded to her death by saying: “Over the course of her remarkable life, Maya was many things — an author, poet, civil rights activist, playwright, actress, director, composer, singer and dancer. But above all, she was a storyteller, and her greatest stories were true. A childhood of suffering and abuse actually drove her to stop speaking, but the voice she found helped generations of Americans find their rainbow amidst the clouds, and inspired the rest of us to be our best selves.”
I first met Angelou in London. She was not as famous then as she later became, but she had a small but enthusiastic group of supporters in London. They would gather around her enthralled when she went into one of her long anecdotes.
Over the years I met her on a number of occasions and was privileged to be hosted at her home in Winston Salem in North Carolina. She was everything the eulogies said she was — hugely charismatic and a performer to her fingertips.
What many people do not know about Maya Angelou is that she has deep Caribbean roots. Her grandfather on her mother’s side came from Trinidad and he apparently had a strong Caribbean accent all his life. In an interview with the Trinidad Express in 2010 Angelou said “I learnt a lot about Trinidad’s culture from my mother, particularly the food and the recipes. I learnt to cook the codfish, the ochroes and the greens. And my best friend, the famous writer Paule Marshall, is also West Indian.”
Remarkably, Maya Angelou was vibrant and engaged to the end. We should all hope to lead such a full and long life.
June 2, 2014

Maya Angelou: America’s Miss Lou

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Diane Abbott dedicated her column in Jamaica’s Observer to a celebration of Maya Angelou and her Caribbean roots.

THE death of American writer, performer and activist Maya Angelou at 86, has rightly prompted an outpouring of appreciation of her life and work. I knew her for over 25 years and the praise was well merited.

Angelou was America’s Miss Lou.

She was not necessarily the best poet and writer of her era. But she published seven autobiographies, three books of essays and several books of poetry. She produced innumerable plays, movies and television shows over a 50-year career. Her work encapsulated important truths about her society. And her statuesque presence and engaging performing skills made her an iconic figure.

In the later years of her career she was taken up by US television superstar Oprah Winfrey. This kept Angelou’s public profile high, well into her 80s. Probably the highlight of her career was being invited to perform a poem at the 1983 inauguration of Bill Clinton.

She was the first poet to make an inaugural recitation since Robert Frost at Jack Kennedy’s inauguration. And she was the first black poet to perform at a presidential inaugural ever.

A not so auspicious time in her career was her determined support for Hillary Clinton in the contest with Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination. It was surprising that someone who made so much of her link to important black civil rights figures like Martin Luther King refused initially to support a black man for the presidency.

But Angelou was a creature of her era. She had come to prominence at a time when no black person could succeed without a powerful patron. And the Clintons had been her patrons for so long that she could not tear herself away.

But President Obama gracefully responded to her death by saying: “Over the course of her remarkable life, Maya was many things — an author, poet, civil rights activist, playwright, actress, director, composer, singer and dancer. But above all, she was a storyteller, and her greatest stories were true. A childhood of suffering and abuse actually drove her to stop speaking, but the voice she found helped generations of Americans find their rainbow amidst the clouds, and inspired the rest of us to be our best selves.”

I first met Angelou in London. She was not as famous then as she later became, but she had a small but enthusiastic group of supporters in London. They would gather around her enthralled when she went into one of her long anecdotes.

Over the years I met her on a number of occasions and was privileged to be hosted at her home in Winston Salem in North Carolina. She was everything the eulogies said she was — hugely charismatic and a performer to her fingertips.

What many people do not know about Maya Angelou is that she has deep Caribbean roots. Her grandfather on her mother’s side came from Trinidad and he apparently had a strong Caribbean accent all his life. In an interview with the Trinidad Express in 2010 Angelou said “I learnt a lot about Trinidad’s culture from my mother, particularly the food and the recipes. I learnt to cook the codfish, the ochroes and the greens. And my best friend, the famous writer Paule Marshall, is also West Indian.”

Remarkably, Maya Angelou was vibrant and engaged to the end. We should all hope to lead such a full and long life.

Jamaica Folding Under Pressure of Powerful Gay-Rights Lobby, Former Prime Minister Says
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The sacking of Prof Brendan Bain illustrates the intimidating power of the gay-rights lobby, as well as external sources of funding on which we have to rely. I am saddened at the treatment, not just to Professor Bain, but to the Caribbean community.
In his affidavit, Professor Bain rendered a professional opinion that the practice of MSM (men who have sex with other men) was harmful and that decriminalizing it would not necessarily lead to a reduction in the rate of HIV infections. Other professionals may offer contrary views, and the litigants in this particular case are entitled to present affidavits in support of those views.
Professor Bain cannot be expected to……….[Full article HERE]
June 2, 2014

Jamaica Folding Under Pressure of Powerful Gay-Rights Lobby, Former Prime Minister Says

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The sacking of Prof Brendan Bain illustrates the intimidating power of the gay-rights lobby, as well as external sources of funding on which we have to rely. I am saddened at the treatment, not just to Professor Bain, but to the Caribbean community.

In his affidavit, Professor Bain rendered a professional opinion that the practice of MSM (men who have sex with other men) was harmful and that decriminalizing it would not necessarily lead to a reduction in the rate of HIV infections. Other professionals may offer contrary views, and the litigants in this particular case are entitled to present affidavits in support of those views.

Professor Bain cannot be expected to……….[Full article HERE]

A Hundred Years of Marcus Garvey
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This  article by Runoko Rashidi appeared in The Atlanta Black Star.For me and many others, Marcus Garvey qualifies as the greatest Black man of the past hundred years. Of course, there are many, many others. There is Kwame Nkrumah and Haile Selassie I and Patrice Lumumba and Nelson Mandela from Africa. And Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, the great hero of the Dalits of India, ranks high as well. But for me, Garvey is tops.In fact, Marcus Mosiah Garvey personifies the excellence of African people. As a mass leader, propagandist, organizer and activist, Garvey had no peer. He ranks with the greatest of the great. His motto, “Up! You mighty race. You can accomplish what you will” continues to resonate with us. His influence and long-term impact are…..[Full article HERE]
May 27, 2014

A Hundred Years of Marcus Garvey

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This  article by Runoko Rashidi appeared in The Atlanta Black Star.
For me and many others, Marcus Garvey qualifies as the greatest Black man of the past hundred years. Of course, there are many, many others. There is Kwame Nkrumah and Haile Selassie I and Patrice Lumumba and Nelson Mandela from Africa. And Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, the great hero of the Dalits of India, ranks high as well. But for me, Garvey is tops.
In fact, Marcus Mosiah Garvey personifies the excellence of African people. As a mass leader, propagandist, organizer and activist, Garvey had no peer. He ranks with the greatest of the great. His motto, “Up! You mighty race. You can accomplish what you will” continues to resonate with us. His influence and long-term impact are…..[Full article HERE]

Jamaica’s Romelda Aiken creates history to become the first player to score 3500 goals in the ANZ Championship!
How Rich are the Caribbean Countries if Compared Globally?
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You have to look REALLY HARD to find Jamaica!! The World Bank’s International Comparison Program (ICP) released its data recently, which uses the most thoroughly developed methodology yet to compare the income of 179 countries in 2011. This is the first time the Caribbean countries participate in the exercise. The program constructs GDP from detailed expenditure data for all countries using the so-called purchasing power parity (PPP) exchange rate. This is different from the regular market exchange rate in that it prices all detailed expenditures across countries at the same ‘international’ price. As a simplified example, haircut services, which are generally cheaper in developing countries (because wages are lower and they are not traded), would be priced at the average global international price for haircuts in all countries. Consequently, haircut expenditures in poorer countries would generally tend to be higher if valued at PPP exchange rate than if they were valued at the market (US$) exchange rate…..Full article HERE
May 11, 2014

How Rich are the Caribbean Countries if Compared Globally?

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You have to look REALLY HARD to find Jamaica!! The World Bank’s International Comparison Program (ICP) released its data recently, which uses the most thoroughly developed methodology yet to compare the income of 179 countries in 2011. This is the first time the Caribbean countries participate in the exercise. The program constructs GDP from detailed expenditure data for all countries using the so-called purchasing power parity (PPP) exchange rate. This is different from the regular market exchange rate in that it prices all detailed expenditures across countries at the same ‘international’ price. As a simplified example, haircut services, which are generally cheaper in developing countries (because wages are lower and they are not traded), would be priced at the average global international price for haircuts in all countries. Consequently, haircut expenditures in poorer countries would generally tend to be higher if valued at PPP exchange rate than if they were valued at the market (US$) exchange rate…..Full article HERE

This Day in Black History: May 11, 1981 
Reggae legend Bob Marley died from cancer.
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He was the embodiment of reggae music, Rastafarian culture, peace, love and ganja. Nesta Bob Marley,the man with a charismatic spirit, uncanny stage presence and immaculate musical talent, passed away in Florida — eight months after he was diagnosed with cancer — on May 11, 1981.
It’s hard to believe that Marley was only with us for 36 years, but he devoted more than half of his life to music. Marley was born in rural St. Ann Parish, Jamaica, on Feb. 6, 1945. When he was just nine years old, he met Neville “Bunny” Livingston (later Bunny Wailer) and Peter McIntosh (later Peter Tosh). By the age of 14, he dropped out of school to pursue music full-time, thus laying the foundation for Bob Marley and The Wailers……Full article HERE
May 11, 2014

This Day in Black History: May 11, 1981 

Reggae legend Bob Marley died from cancer.

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He was the embodiment of reggae music, Rastafarian culture, peace, love and ganja. Nesta Bob Marley,the man with a charismatic spirit, uncanny stage presence and immaculate musical talent, passed away in Florida — eight months after he was diagnosed with cancer — on May 11, 1981.

It’s hard to believe that Marley was only with us for 36 years, but he devoted more than half of his life to music. Marley was born in rural St. Ann Parish, Jamaica, on Feb. 6, 1945. When he was just nine years old, he met Neville “Bunny” Livingston (later Bunny Wailer) and Peter McIntosh (later Peter Tosh). By the age of 14, he dropped out of school to pursue music full-time, thus laying the foundation for Bob Marley and The Wailers……Full article HERE

UK Has No Role in Caribbean Marijuana Debate
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The visiting British High Commissioner to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean says the United Kingdom does not have any role to play in the ongoing marijuana debate in the Caribbean.
“It’s not a debate that we have a role to play in, although I know that it is raging wildly around the region,” High Commissioner Victoria Dean told reporters here. Dean said she understood that there are different arguments at stake, with some people believing that marijuana can make an important contribution to the region. However she said it’s an issue that needs to “run its course” in the Caribbean with “the right local players.”
Asked whether the final decision could affect the UK’s continuing contribution to helping to fight crime and effecting judicial reform in the region, Dean said whatever course is decided upon is one that the UK will have to respond to as it continues to work with the Caribbean in tackling crime, counter-narcotics and issues of a judicial nature.
“We are absolutely in tandem with the governments of the region so this isn’t something we do on our own because it has a direct impact on countries in the region and a direct impact on the UK shores as well, so we would like to work along with the governments on any decision that they make,” the British diplomat disclosed.
Last month, Caribbean Community (Caricom) leaders announced that they were creating a regional commission to analyse the possibility of legalizing marijuana.
April 28, 2014

UK Has No Role in Caribbean Marijuana Debate

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The visiting British High Commissioner to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean says the United Kingdom does not have any role to play in the ongoing marijuana debate in the Caribbean.

“It’s not a debate that we have a role to play in, although I know that it is raging wildly around the region,” High Commissioner Victoria Dean told reporters here. Dean said she understood that there are different arguments at stake, with some people believing that marijuana can make an important contribution to the region. However she said it’s an issue that needs to “run its course” in the Caribbean with “the right local players.”

Asked whether the final decision could affect the UK’s continuing contribution to helping to fight crime and effecting judicial reform in the region, Dean said whatever course is decided upon is one that the UK will have to respond to as it continues to work with the Caribbean in tackling crime, counter-narcotics and issues of a judicial nature.

“We are absolutely in tandem with the governments of the region so this isn’t something we do on our own because it has a direct impact on countries in the region and a direct impact on the UK shores as well, so we would like to work along with the governments on any decision that they make,” the British diplomat disclosed.

Last month, Caribbean Community (Caricom) leaders announced that they were creating a regional commission to analyse the possibility of legalizing marijuana.

Baseball’s Connie Marrero Dies at 102; Starred in Cuba and Majors
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Associated Press reports that Connie Marrero, “a chunky right-hander from Cuba with a windmill delivery and a wicked curveball, was nearly 39 years old when he reached the major leagues with the 1950 Washington Senators.” He died today in Havana at age 102, two days short of his 103rd birthday; Marrero was the oldest former major leaguer. According to Richard Goldstein, his time with the Senators was only one chapter of a long career in which he became a cherished figure in Cuban baseball. Here are a few excerpts with a link to the full article below:
[…] Marrero was one of Cuba’s leading pitchers in both the amateur and professional ranks. After pitching for the Senators, he tutored many young players in Cuba, having remained there after Fidel Castro took power in 1959. In the late 1980s he was a part-time pitching coach for the Cuban League team in Granma Province, on the southeastern end of the island.
When the Baltimore Orioles played exhibitions against the Cuban national team in Havana in 1999, Marrero was selected to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. He was so enthusiastic that he could not stop. After he hurled several pitches, with the Orioles’ Brady Anderson standing at….[Full article HERE]
April 24, 2014

Baseball’s Connie Marrero Dies at 102; Starred in Cuba and Majors

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Associated Press reports that Connie Marrero, “a chunky right-hander from Cuba with a windmill delivery and a wicked curveball, was nearly 39 years old when he reached the major leagues with the 1950 Washington Senators.” He died today in Havana at age 102, two days short of his 103rd birthday; Marrero was the oldest former major leaguer. According to Richard Goldstein, his time with the Senators was only one chapter of a long career in which he became a cherished figure in Cuban baseball. Here are a few excerpts with a link to the full article below:

[…] Marrero was one of Cuba’s leading pitchers in both the amateur and professional ranks. After pitching for the Senators, he tutored many young players in Cuba, having remained there after Fidel Castro took power in 1959. In the late 1980s he was a part-time pitching coach for the Cuban League team in Granma Province, on the southeastern end of the island.

When the Baltimore Orioles played exhibitions against the Cuban national team in Havana in 1999, Marrero was selected to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. He was so enthusiastic that he could not stop. After he hurled several pitches, with the Orioles’ Brady Anderson standing at….[Full article HERE]

On This Day..
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Haile Selassie visited Jamaica on April 21, 1966, and approximately one hundred thousand Rastafari from all over Jamaica descended on Palisadoes Airport in Kingston, having heard that the man whom they considered to be their Messiah was coming to visit them. Spliffs and chalices were openly smoked, causing “a haze of ganja smoke” to drift through the air. Haile Selassie arrived at the airport but was unable to come down the mobile steps of the airplane, as the crowd rushed the tarmac. He then returned into the plane, disappearing for several more minutes. Finally, Jamaican authorities were obliged to request Ras Mortimer Planno, a well-known Rasta leader, to climb the steps, enter the plane, and negotiate the Emperor’s descent. Planno re-emerged and announced to the crowd: “The Emperor has instructed me to tell you to be calm. Step back and let the Emperor land”. This day is widely held by scholars to be a major turning point for the movement,and it is still commemorated by Rastafarians as Grounation Day, the anniversary of which is celebrated as the second holiest holiday after 2 November, the Emperor’s Coronation Day.
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From then on, as a result of Planno’s actions, the Jamaican authorities were asked to ensure that Rastafarian representatives were present at all state functions attended by His Majesty,and Rastafarian elders also ensured that they obtained a private audience with the Emperor,where he reportedly told them that they should not emigrate to Ethiopia until they had first liberated the people of Jamaica. This dictum came to be known as “liberation before repatriation”.
Haile Selassie defied expectations of the Jamaican authorities,[and never rebuked the Rastafari for their belief in him as the returned Jesus. Instead, he presented the movement’s faithful elders with gold medallions – the only recipients of such an honor on this visit. During PNP leader (later Jamaican Prime Minister) Michael Manley’s visit to Ethiopia in October 1969, the Emperor allegedly still recalled his 1966 reception with amazement, and stated that he felt that he had to be respectful of their beliefs. This was the visit when Manley received the Rod of Correction or Rod of Joshua as a present from the Emperor, which is thought to have helped him to win the 1972 election in Jamaica.
April 21, 2014

On This Day..

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Haile Selassie visited Jamaica on April 21, 1966, and approximately one hundred thousand Rastafari from all over Jamaica descended on Palisadoes Airport in Kingston, having heard that the man whom they considered to be their Messiah was coming to visit them. Spliffs and chalices were openly smoked, causing “a haze of ganja smoke” to drift through the air. Haile Selassie arrived at the airport but was unable to come down the mobile steps of the airplane, as the crowd rushed the tarmac. He then returned into the plane, disappearing for several more minutes. Finally, Jamaican authorities were obliged to request Ras Mortimer Planno, a well-known Rasta leader, to climb the steps, enter the plane, and negotiate the Emperor’s descent. Planno re-emerged and announced to the crowd: “The Emperor has instructed me to tell you to be calm. Step back and let the Emperor land”. This day is widely held by scholars to be a major turning point for the movement,and it is still commemorated by Rastafarians as Grounation Day, the anniversary of which is celebrated as the second holiest holiday after 2 November, the Emperor’s Coronation Day.

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From then on, as a result of Planno’s actions, the Jamaican authorities were asked to ensure that Rastafarian representatives were present at all state functions attended by His Majesty,and Rastafarian elders also ensured that they obtained a private audience with the Emperor,where he reportedly told them that they should not emigrate to Ethiopia until they had first liberated the people of Jamaica. This dictum came to be known as “liberation before repatriation”.

Haile Selassie defied expectations of the Jamaican authorities,[and never rebuked the Rastafari for their belief in him as the returned Jesus. Instead, he presented the movement’s faithful elders with gold medallions – the only recipients of such an honor on this visit. During PNP leader (later Jamaican Prime Minister) Michael Manley’s visit to Ethiopia in October 1969, the Emperor allegedly still recalled his 1966 reception with amazement, and stated that he felt that he had to be respectful of their beliefs. This was the visit when Manley received the Rod of Correction or Rod of Joshua as a present from the Emperor, which is thought to have helped him to win the 1972 election in Jamaica.

Row over Bob Marley’s Music (again).
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According to Barbados’ Nation News and the Jamaica Observer, two music companies are preparing for a legal battle over Bob Marley’s songs. Chris Blackwell’s Blue Mountain Music is set to defend their alleged misattribution, and diversion of income, among other things, in an attempt to retrieve “No Woman, No Cry” and other songs against plaintiff Cayman Music. The landmark trial date is set for May 12, 2014.
Cayman Music is the original, long-standing publisher for Bob Marley, one of the most successful reggae artistes of all time. They represented his catalogue from 1967 to late 1976. The defendants are the publishing arm of Island Records and sometime publisher of Bob Marley titles, from the mid-1970s to his death in May 1981.
Both publishers retain some of Marley’s work. Plaintiff Cayman Music was the publisher at the time the song was written but it was attributed to Vincent Ford, in an alleged “misattribution”. The move denied…[Full article HERE]
April 21, 2014

Row over Bob Marley’s Music (again).

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According to Barbados’ Nation News and the Jamaica Observer, two music companies are preparing for a legal battle over Bob Marley’s songs. Chris Blackwell’s Blue Mountain Music is set to defend their alleged misattribution, and diversion of income, among other things, in an attempt to retrieve “No Woman, No Cry” and other songs against plaintiff Cayman Music. The landmark trial date is set for May 12, 2014.

Cayman Music is the original, long-standing publisher for Bob Marley, one of the most successful reggae artistes of all time. They represented his catalogue from 1967 to late 1976. The defendants are the publishing arm of Island Records and sometime publisher of Bob Marley titles, from the mid-1970s to his death in May 1981.

Both publishers retain some of Marley’s work. Plaintiff Cayman Music was the publisher at the time the song was written but it was attributed to Vincent Ford, in an alleged “misattribution”. The move denied…[Full article HERE]