Jamaica Reports Drop in Crime
Tribute to a Salsa Singer
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Muralists in the Bronx are honoring the salsa singer Cheo Feliciano, who diedThursday in a car accident in Puerto Rico, The New York Timesreports.
In Hunts Point, the artists known as BG183 and HEF worked on a wooden panel that mimics a full-length subway car, behind the studios of TATS Cru, a Bronx group of artists.
The mural, which the two artists began on Thursday within hours after hearing of Mr. Feliciano’s death, is a short walk from what was once the Hunts Point Palace, where he performed as the vocalist for the Joe Cuba Sextet in the 1960s.
April 20, 2014

Tribute to a Salsa Singer

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Muralists in the Bronx are honoring the salsa singer Cheo Feliciano, who diedThursday in a car accident in Puerto Rico, The New York Timesreports.

In Hunts Point, the artists known as BG183 and HEF worked on a wooden panel that mimics a full-length subway car, behind the studios of TATS Cru, a Bronx group of artists.

The mural, which the two artists began on Thursday within hours after hearing of Mr. Feliciano’s death, is a short walk from what was once the Hunts Point Palace, where he performed as the vocalist for the Joe Cuba Sextet in the 1960s.

All About Attitude
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The new documentary explores the Puerto Rican trans world with amazing wit and grace, Max McCormack writes in this review for Out.com. Here’s an excerpt, with a link to the original report and a film preview below.Gender identity is not something filmmakers Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles struggle with on a daily basis. However, the fight for the right to define oneself despite nature captivated the young artists enough to take them on a three-year journey to shed a much-needed light on the transgender community in Puerto Rico. What came out of this experience was Mala Mala, a documentary film premiering at Tribeca Film Festival this week.
Santini and Sickles met at a party during their days at New York University. One thing led to another and they found…[Full article HERE]
April 19, 2014

All About Attitude

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The new documentary explores the Puerto Rican trans world with amazing wit and grace, Max McCormack writes in this review for Out.com. Here’s an excerpt, with a link to the original report and a film preview below.
Gender identity is not something filmmakers Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles struggle with on a daily basis. However, the fight for the right to define oneself despite nature captivated the young artists enough to take them on a three-year journey to shed a much-needed light on the transgender community in Puerto Rico. What came out of this experience was Mala Mala, a documentary film premiering at Tribeca Film Festival this week.

Santini and Sickles met at a party during their days at New York University. One thing led to another and they found…[Full article HERE]

Jamaicans will soon have to pay tax on bank withdrawals!
April 18, 2014

Vybz Kartel Night of Killing Lizard Video Exposed (RAW)

Armando Peraza, flamboyant Cuban bongo drummer, has died
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A self-taught musician, Armando Peraza performed with jazz artists like Dave Brubeck and George Shearing, and spent two decades with Carlos Santana, David Colker reports in this obituary for The Los Angeles Times. Follow the link below for the original report.
Cuban-born drummer Armando Peraza, a self-taught musician who transformed himself from a homeless orphan in Havana to a world-recognized bongo and conga expert who performed with Carlos Santana for nearly two decades, died Monday in a South San Francisco hospital.
The cause was pneumonia, said his wife, Josephine Peraza. Peraza had also battled diabetes for many years.
Officially, Peraza was 89, but he admitted that he made up a birth date to give to authorities when he came to the…..[Full article HERE]
April 18, 2014

Armando Peraza, flamboyant Cuban bongo drummer, has died

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A self-taught musician, Armando Peraza performed with jazz artists like Dave Brubeck and George Shearing, and spent two decades with Carlos Santana, David Colker reports in this obituary for The Los Angeles Times. Follow the link below for the original report.

Cuban-born drummer Armando Peraza, a self-taught musician who transformed himself from a homeless orphan in Havana to a world-recognized bongo and conga expert who performed with Carlos Santana for nearly two decades, died Monday in a South San Francisco hospital.

The cause was pneumonia, said his wife, Josephine Peraza. Peraza had also battled diabetes for many years.

Officially, Peraza was 89, but he admitted that he made up a birth date to give to authorities when he came to the…..[Full article HERE]

BBC Radio 1Xtra - Robbo meets Alkaline
April 11, 2014

BBC Radio 1Xtra - Robbo meets Alkaline

Vybz Kartel: “I Will Not Be Recording Music In Prison”

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The debate over whether or not Vybz Kartel will be recording new music in prison is over.
Lawyers representing the dancehall star says he has no intentions of recording behind bars after carefully evaluating the proposals.

“He has no intention of recording while in custody,” Kartel’s lead attorney Tom Tavares-Finson said after the deejay was sentenced to life imprisonment last Thursday.

Tavares-Finson came to the conclusion after receiving a letter from the judge inquiring about whether or not Kartel should be allowed to make music in prison.

“That is the most ridiculous proposition I have ever heard that he [Kartel] should be given authority to record while in custody,” Tavares-Finson added. “The person was not convicted to do music, he was convicted to do hard labour.”



A rep for the former Portmore Empire head also told Urban Islandz that Kartel says he will not be recording new music in prison given the harsh treatment from the system.

“After the system finish tearing you down then they want to use you, so no Addi [Vybz Kartel] will not be recording new music to make more money for the system to tear down ghetto youths,” the rep told us.

Vybz Kartel, real name Adidja Palmer, Shawn “Storm” Campbell, Andre St John, and Kahira Jones were all given life sentences by a High Court judge on April 3, 2014.
Vybz Kartel will be eligible for parole in 35 years when he is 73 years old.
The four men were convicted of the August 16, 2011 murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams, who cops say was killed over two missing guns belonging to Vybz Kartel.
Williams body has yet to be found.
April 7, 2014

Vybz Kartel: “I Will Not Be Recording Music In Prison”

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The debate over whether or not Vybz Kartel will be recording new music in prison is over.

Lawyers representing the dancehall star says he has no intentions of recording behind bars after carefully evaluating the proposals.

“He has no intention of recording while in custody,” Kartel’s lead attorney Tom Tavares-Finson said after the deejay was sentenced to life imprisonment last Thursday.

Tavares-Finson came to the conclusion after receiving a letter from the judge inquiring about whether or not Kartel should be allowed to make music in prison.

“That is the most ridiculous proposition I have ever heard that he [Kartel] should be given authority to record while in custody,” Tavares-Finson added. “The person was not convicted to do music, he was convicted to do hard labour.”

A rep for the former Portmore Empire head also told Urban Islandz that Kartel says he will not be recording new music in prison given the harsh treatment from the system.

“After the system finish tearing you down then they want to use you, so no Addi [Vybz Kartel] will not be recording new music to make more money for the system to tear down ghetto youths,” the rep told us.

Vybz Kartel, real name Adidja Palmer, Shawn “Storm” Campbell, Andre St John, and Kahira Jones were all given life sentences by a High Court judge on April 3, 2014.

Vybz Kartel will be eligible for parole in 35 years when he is 73 years old.

The four men were convicted of the August 16, 2011 murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams, who cops say was killed over two missing guns belonging to Vybz Kartel.

Williams body has yet to be found.

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April 5, 2014

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Kern Spencer freed in Cuban light-bulb trial - News
Finally, a probe into Rodney’s death
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The Guyana government this week appointed a team of top Caribbean lawyers to probe the 1980 assassination of acclaimed historian Walter Rodney, a top opposition figure and international icon; but the party he helped found has said it hopes the truth will emerge as to who exactly ordered Rodney’s murder, Bert Wilkinson reports in this article for Caribbean Life News.
Dr. Walter Rodney, then 37, died when a bomb exploded in his lap near the main city prison facility in Georgetown on the night of June 13, 1980 as he was leading a spirited challenge against the then governing People’s National Congress (PNC) in the run up the 1980 general elections, which opposition parties had boycotted because of alleged widespread rigging.
Walter Rodney’s Working People’s Alliance (WPA) which today, ironically, is part of the main opposition APNU coalition with the PNC, immediately blamed the PNC for his assassination, contending that Rodney was handed the device by military intelligence agents who had infiltrated his inner circle.
Caribbean and international governments, academics and civil society also pointed fingers at the PNC led then by its founder, Prime Minister Forbes Burnham; charges the PNC has denied, even as it says it welcomes any probe.
Army Chief of Staff Brig. Gen Mark Phillips has promised full cooperation of the military with the commission, after meeting with the commission this week.
Rodney’s brother Donald, who was in the car with him when the explosion rocked the quiet of the city on that fateful Friday night, was injured and hid for several days before emerging, pointing fingers at the military for conspiracy in Walter’s death.
Barbadian Jurist Sir Richard Cheltenham, who incidentally is also part of a regional team investigating a 1990 Muslim-led attempted coup in neighboring Trinidad — will chair the three-person team that also includes Jamaican, Jacqueline Samuels-Brown and Trinidadian, Seenath Jairam.
The three were sworn in on Monday but the WPA Wednesday demanded “to see the terms of reference to determine whether it will enable the entire truth to come out in the public,” spokesman Desmond Trotman said.
Rodney was well known in the Caribbean, Africa and the U.S. for a series of well-acclaimed books he wrote, including: “How Europe Underdeveloped Africa,” a reference text that is widely used in American and other universities.
Cheltenham said the long delay in holding a commission of inquiry should not affect the outcome. At least 100 witnesses, many of them opposition and government politicians and ex-soldiers, are listed to testify. Others will have to be summoned.
He said the commission will likely sit for two-week stretches when work begins at a date to be determined by the readiness of organizers. He also noted that “many of them (witnesses) remembered the events as though they happened yesterday and (there were) several pieces of documentary evidence that allowed us to have no difficulties in finding facts and coming to conclusions. The fact that it happened 30 years or so ago need not be any bar to a full exposure of what took place and for the commission to make some firm conclusions,” he said.
March 23, 2014

Finally, a probe into Rodney’s death

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The Guyana government this week appointed a team of top Caribbean lawyers to probe the 1980 assassination of acclaimed historian Walter Rodney, a top opposition figure and international icon; but the party he helped found has said it hopes the truth will emerge as to who exactly ordered Rodney’s murder, Bert Wilkinson reports in this article for Caribbean Life News.

Dr. Walter Rodney, then 37, died when a bomb exploded in his lap near the main city prison facility in Georgetown on the night of June 13, 1980 as he was leading a spirited challenge against the then governing People’s National Congress (PNC) in the run up the 1980 general elections, which opposition parties had boycotted because of alleged widespread rigging.

Walter Rodney’s Working People’s Alliance (WPA) which today, ironically, is part of the main opposition APNU coalition with the PNC, immediately blamed the PNC for his assassination, contending that Rodney was handed the device by military intelligence agents who had infiltrated his inner circle.

Caribbean and international governments, academics and civil society also pointed fingers at the PNC led then by its founder, Prime Minister Forbes Burnham; charges the PNC has denied, even as it says it welcomes any probe.

Army Chief of Staff Brig. Gen Mark Phillips has promised full cooperation of the military with the commission, after meeting with the commission this week.

Rodney’s brother Donald, who was in the car with him when the explosion rocked the quiet of the city on that fateful Friday night, was injured and hid for several days before emerging, pointing fingers at the military for conspiracy in Walter’s death.

Barbadian Jurist Sir Richard Cheltenham, who incidentally is also part of a regional team investigating a 1990 Muslim-led attempted coup in neighboring Trinidad — will chair the three-person team that also includes Jamaican, Jacqueline Samuels-Brown and Trinidadian, Seenath Jairam.

The three were sworn in on Monday but the WPA Wednesday demanded “to see the terms of reference to determine whether it will enable the entire truth to come out in the public,” spokesman Desmond Trotman said.

Rodney was well known in the Caribbean, Africa and the U.S. for a series of well-acclaimed books he wrote, including: “How Europe Underdeveloped Africa,” a reference text that is widely used in American and other universities.

Cheltenham said the long delay in holding a commission of inquiry should not affect the outcome. At least 100 witnesses, many of them opposition and government politicians and ex-soldiers, are listed to testify. Others will have to be summoned.

He said the commission will likely sit for two-week stretches when work begins at a date to be determined by the readiness of organizers. He also noted that “many of them (witnesses) remembered the events as though they happened yesterday and (there were) several pieces of documentary evidence that allowed us to have no difficulties in finding facts and coming to conclusions. The fact that it happened 30 years or so ago need not be any bar to a full exposure of what took place and for the commission to make some firm conclusions,” he said.

British Freerunners Take on Jamaican Sprinter Yohan Blake
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Britain’s best freerunners have flipped and dived their way aroundJamaica and even taken on sprinter Yohan Blake in a special film (Dream Runners) created to celebrate Thomson Cruises’ new sailings from the Caribbean island. Here are excerpts; to read complete article and view film, see link below.
The world’s second-fastest sprinter may outrun 3RUN - the British group who have worked on Hollywood blockbusters like Casino Royale and World War Z - but the team certainly get their revenge as they flip over the Jamaican as he sets off from the starting blocks.
The stunt professionals met the sprinter while filming a freerunning video to showcase the best of Jamaica and even managed to convince him to strike his famous pose for the cameras.
The film sees the group - who are currently working on the latest Avengers film - taking in the island’s most famous sights, but not in the traditional way.
They scale Dunn’s River Falls, flip over market stalls in Ocho Rios and dive from the cliffs in Negril, before vaulting onto jet skis to chase Thomson Dream and scale its sides, James Bond style.
The video is a follow-up to one they created last year to mark the multi-million pound makeover of Thomson Dream. It was the first time freerunning took to the high seas.
This year the action movie - titled Dream Runners - celebrates Thomson’s presence in the Caribbean for the 2014/15 season, sailing from Jamaica to destinations including Costa Rica, Panama, Cuba, Honduras, Belize and Mexico.
Speaking at the launch of the video, freerunner Sam Parham told TravelMail that working with Blake was one of the highlights of the trip. ‘Yohan was the coolest guy, it felt like he was just one of our mates, now we talk on Twitter.’
Having never been to Jamaica before, the 3RUN team managed to squeeze the best of the island into 10 days’ filming to create the two-minute video……HERE
March 22, 2014

British Freerunners Take on Jamaican Sprinter Yohan Blake

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Britain’s best freerunners have flipped and dived their way aroundJamaica and even taken on sprinter Yohan Blake in a special film (Dream Runners) created to celebrate Thomson Cruises’ new sailings from the Caribbean island. Here are excerpts; to read complete article and view film, see link below.

The world’s second-fastest sprinter may outrun 3RUN - the British group who have worked on Hollywood blockbusters like Casino Royale and World War Z - but the team certainly get their revenge as they flip over the Jamaican as he sets off from the starting blocks.

The stunt professionals met the sprinter while filming a freerunning video to showcase the best of Jamaica and even managed to convince him to strike his famous pose for the cameras.

The film sees the group - who are currently working on the latest Avengers film - taking in the island’s most famous sights, but not in the traditional way.

They scale Dunn’s River Falls, flip over market stalls in Ocho Rios and dive from the cliffs in Negril, before vaulting onto jet skis to chase Thomson Dream and scale its sides, James Bond style.

The video is a follow-up to one they created last year to mark the multi-million pound makeover of Thomson Dream. It was the first time freerunning took to the high seas.

This year the action movie - titled Dream Runners - celebrates Thomson’s presence in the Caribbean for the 2014/15 season, sailing from Jamaica to destinations including Costa Rica, Panama, Cuba, Honduras, Belize and Mexico.

Speaking at the launch of the video, freerunner Sam Parham told TravelMail that working with Blake was one of the highlights of the trip. ‘Yohan was the coolest guy, it felt like he was just one of our mates, now we talk on Twitter.’

Having never been to Jamaica before, the 3RUN team managed to squeeze the best of the island into 10 days’ filming to create the two-minute video……HERE

Jamaica’s PM Portia Simpson Miller Emphasizes Climate Change
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Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller emphasized the importance of climate change when speaking of the key issues coming out of the 25th Inter-sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM, which was held in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has expressed satisfaction with the increased focus that the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has placed on the issue of climate change, which is critical for the future sustainability of the region. She said climate change, which has been gaining prominence globally, is of great significance for small island states, especially in light of the freak storm last year, which devastated the three sister islands of Saint Lucia, Dominica, and St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Simpson Miller was speaking….Full article HERE
March 21, 2014

Jamaica’s PM Portia Simpson Miller Emphasizes Climate Change

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Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller emphasized the importance of climate change when speaking of the key issues coming out of the 25th Inter-sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM, which was held in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has expressed satisfaction with the increased focus that the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has placed on the issue of climate change, which is critical for the future sustainability of the region. She said climate change, which has been gaining prominence globally, is of great significance for small island states, especially in light of the freak storm last year, which devastated the three sister islands of Saint Lucia, Dominica, and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Simpson Miller was speaking….Full article HERE

Contestants At Havana Cigar Festival Try To Make Longest Ash

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Pungent smoke filled the room, obscuring the lights and leaving clothing and skin reeking. There were applause, shouts and laughter, and above all plenty of H. Upmann Sir Winstons — formidable 7-inch Cuban cigars.
More than 450 stogie aficionados took part in an unusual contest Thursday at Havana’s annual marquee Cigar Festival: competing to see who could create the longest unbroken ash, the Associated Press reports.
"I love it," Argentine sommelier Flavio Lanfredi said good-naturedly despite falling out of contention early on. "For me this is like going to Mecca, or a kid entering a toy store and they tell you to grab whatever you want, it’s yours. It’s really exciting."
In a cavernous room in Havana’s Palace of Conventions, contestants exhaled clouds of smoke and handled their cigars gingerly to keep the gray ash intact as long as possible. They lolled on luxurious leather chairs set amid tables holding dozens of ashtrays, lighters, chocolate-flavored hard candy and snifters of aged Cuban rum.
Many, like Lanfredi, lost their ashes before smoking even halfway through. Others managed to keep going until their cigars were little more than tiny stubs.
"It was a little bit stressful, and I’m somewhat dizzy," said Cuban restaurateur Andres Espinosa, one of the better finishers with a 6.2-inch ash.
Just over a half-hour in, only a handful of finalists remained. Judges milled about the room handing out rulers to measure the results.
The winner was to be announced Friday.
It would be hard to top Olivia Terri, also from Cuba, who smoked her Sir Winston down to a stub with an ash that grew to 6.6 inches before it crumbled.
The Sir Winston is a chubby cigar with a rich brown color and a hint of toasted gold. It’s hand-rolled with a selection of tobacco leaves from the western province of Pinar del Rio, the cradle of Cuba’s tobacco country.
The event was both a light-hearted competition and also an exhibition calculated to show off Cuba’s premium tobacco, which is among the most coveted in the world. Some 1,500 smokers from 80 countries are attending the weeklong festival.
"This (contest) in particular is aimed at people being able to appreciate the quality of our product," said Ana Lopez, marketing director for Habanos SA, a Cuban-British joint company that produces and distributes Cuban cigars exclusively. "Only products of magnificent quality can make the ash take on a permanent consistency for a long time."
March 19, 2014

Contestants At Havana Cigar Festival Try To Make Longest Ash

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Pungent smoke filled the room, obscuring the lights and leaving clothing and skin reeking. There were applause, shouts and laughter, and above all plenty of H. Upmann Sir Winstons — formidable 7-inch Cuban cigars.

More than 450 stogie aficionados took part in an unusual contest Thursday at Havana’s annual marquee Cigar Festival: competing to see who could create the longest unbroken ash, the Associated Press reports.

"I love it," Argentine sommelier Flavio Lanfredi said good-naturedly despite falling out of contention early on. "For me this is like going to Mecca, or a kid entering a toy store and they tell you to grab whatever you want, it’s yours. It’s really exciting."

In a cavernous room in Havana’s Palace of Conventions, contestants exhaled clouds of smoke and handled their cigars gingerly to keep the gray ash intact as long as possible. They lolled on luxurious leather chairs set amid tables holding dozens of ashtrays, lighters, chocolate-flavored hard candy and snifters of aged Cuban rum.

Many, like Lanfredi, lost their ashes before smoking even halfway through. Others managed to keep going until their cigars were little more than tiny stubs.

"It was a little bit stressful, and I’m somewhat dizzy," said Cuban restaurateur Andres Espinosa, one of the better finishers with a 6.2-inch ash.

Just over a half-hour in, only a handful of finalists remained. Judges milled about the room handing out rulers to measure the results.

The winner was to be announced Friday.

It would be hard to top Olivia Terri, also from Cuba, who smoked her Sir Winston down to a stub with an ash that grew to 6.6 inches before it crumbled.

The Sir Winston is a chubby cigar with a rich brown color and a hint of toasted gold. It’s hand-rolled with a selection of tobacco leaves from the western province of Pinar del Rio, the cradle of Cuba’s tobacco country.

The event was both a light-hearted competition and also an exhibition calculated to show off Cuba’s premium tobacco, which is among the most coveted in the world. Some 1,500 smokers from 80 countries are attending the weeklong festival.

"This (contest) in particular is aimed at people being able to appreciate the quality of our product," said Ana Lopez, marketing director for Habanos SA, a Cuban-British joint company that produces and distributes Cuban cigars exclusively. "Only products of magnificent quality can make the ash take on a permanent consistency for a long time."