Jamaican world record holder Usain Bolt will head to Rio de Janeiro following the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow 2014 to run in a special 100m event on Copacabana beach.
July 21, 2014

Jamaican world record holder Usain Bolt will head to Rio de Janeiro following the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow 2014 to run in a special 100m event on Copacabana beach.

You'll be Shocked to Hear Why Minister Louis Farrakhan Says African-Americans Don't Care About Other Blacks From Around The World - Atlanta Blackstar
The Economist recently published “Crime in the Caribbean: Policing for Profit” (by M.W.), an article on private security groups, whose guards may outnumber the police on several islands (by three to one in Jamaica, for example).
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In May the Guardsman private-security group opened a new command centre in Jamaica’s capital, Kingston. Snipping the ribbon was the prime minister, Portia Simpson Miller. Looking on were her long-serving predecessor, PJ Patterson; the opposition security spokesman; and Jamaica’s then police commissioner.
Private security is a serious business across Latin America. According to a 2013 report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), there are more private security guards than police officers in the region. The Caribbean is particularly fertile ground. […] Fear of violence and property crime is rife; so is distrust of the police. A UNDP seven-country survey published two years ago found less than a quarter of respondents believed their under-resourced police force could control robberies and burglaries; in Trinidad and Tobago, barely one-tenth thought so.
Numbers are fuzzy, but private security guards probably outnumber police by three to one in Jamaica. In Trinidad and Tobago they make up perhaps 8% of the entire workforce. Big companies have international connections, train their staff and deploy technology: Guardsman alone has 75 armoured trucks and 7,000 staff in four countries. Small outfits employ perhaps a dozen untrained guards. Businesses are the main clients. […]
Regulation is patchy on some islands, non-existent in others: the risk of using rogue firms and staff exists. But contracting tasks to reputable operators could free up resources for intelligence-led policing of serious and organized crime. Daily duty in a single low-level courtroom may tie up a dozen or more police, for example. At the more rarefied level, too, the private sector can help. Trinidad’s national security ministry last month announced a partnership with a British security……[Full article HERE]  
July 20, 2014

The Economist recently published “Crime in the Caribbean: Policing for Profit” (by M.W.), an article on private security groups, whose guards may outnumber the police on several islands (by three to one in Jamaica, for example).

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In May the Guardsman private-security group opened a new command centre in Jamaica’s capital, Kingston. Snipping the ribbon was the prime minister, Portia Simpson Miller. Looking on were her long-serving predecessor, PJ Patterson; the opposition security spokesman; and Jamaica’s then police commissioner.

Private security is a serious business across Latin America. According to a 2013 report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), there are more private security guards than police officers in the region. The Caribbean is particularly fertile ground. […] Fear of violence and property crime is rife; so is distrust of the police. A UNDP seven-country survey published two years ago found less than a quarter of respondents believed their under-resourced police force could control robberies and burglaries; in Trinidad and Tobago, barely one-tenth thought so.

Numbers are fuzzy, but private security guards probably outnumber police by three to one in Jamaica. In Trinidad and Tobago they make up perhaps 8% of the entire workforce. Big companies have international connections, train their staff and deploy technology: Guardsman alone has 75 armoured trucks and 7,000 staff in four countries. Small outfits employ perhaps a dozen untrained guards. Businesses are the main clients. […]

Regulation is patchy on some islands, non-existent in others: the risk of using rogue firms and staff exists. But contracting tasks to reputable operators could free up resources for intelligence-led policing of serious and organized crime. Daily duty in a single low-level courtroom may tie up a dozen or more police, for example. At the more rarefied level, too, the private sector can help. Trinidad’s national security ministry last month announced a partnership with a British security……[Full article HERE]  

READ A BOOK: ‘Til the Well Runs Dry
First-time novelist Lauren Francis-Sharma delivers an extremely solid debut novel with “‘Til the Well Runs Dry,” a book that tracks the sorrowful milestones in the decades long relationship between two young Trinidadians — Marcia Garcia, a mixed-heritage seamstress, and Farouk Karam, an Indian policeman.The couple’s journey starts promisingly enough in the first chapters of the book and marriage follows quickly, but the arc of their relationship falls apart shortly after they say, “I do.”
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Racism, socio-economic gaps, family secrets and a belief in the dark arts work together to keep the two apart for the long-term despite their shared children and emotional devotion to one another.As the story moves from the middle of World War II to the early 1960s, Marcia’s needs begin to change, and she starts to take bigger risks in her life, including leaving the Caribbean for America in an attempt to earn enough money to…[Full article review HERE]
July 7, 2014

READ A BOOK: ‘Til the Well Runs Dry

First-time novelist Lauren Francis-Sharma delivers an extremely solid debut novel with “‘Til the Well Runs Dry,” a book that tracks the sorrowful milestones in the decades long relationship between two young Trinidadians — Marcia Garcia, a mixed-heritage seamstress, and Farouk Karam, an Indian policeman.
The couple’s journey starts promisingly enough in the first chapters of the book and marriage follows quickly, but the arc of their relationship falls apart shortly after they say, “I do.”

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Racism, socio-economic gaps, family secrets and a belief in the dark arts work together to keep the two apart for the long-term despite their shared children and emotional devotion to one another.
As the story moves from the middle of World War II to the early 1960s, Marcia’s needs begin to change, and she starts to take bigger risks in her life, including leaving the Caribbean for America in an attempt to earn enough money to…[Full article review 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]

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We never forget we do not post without your love… The video has been removed. Not because it shows Jamaica in a bad light, because that would be censorship and in order to be true we should report share good and bad to make things better. But until we get it certified it was filmed in our country it would be wrong to showcase such scenes. It’s a reminder to us that we must be robust in all we do. Bless
July 5, 2014

THANKS TO ALL OUR FOLLOWERS:

We never forget we do not post without your love… The video has been removed. Not because it shows Jamaica in a bad light, because that would be censorship and in order to be true we should report share good and bad to make things better. But until we get it certified it was filmed in our country it would be wrong to showcase such scenes. It’s a reminder to us that we must be robust in all we do. Bless

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June 24, 2014

I’m Black and I’m Cute

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No matter what you think about this guy you cannot deny he is happy, proud and brightens your day. When you love yourself it does not matter what haters think. Dress and be what YOU want to be…. (whenever you feel down just watch this)

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]

June 15, 2014

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY

June 13, 2014

Jamaican tennis star Dustin Brown beats world No 1 Rafael Nadal! (Video Highlights)

WHY IS THIS NOT A BIG THING!!!?

Man gang-raped by armed men in St. Andrew!
Family of Legendary Reggae icon wants singer to stop claiming he is son of Bob Marley!
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A singer who goes by the name Fabian Marley may have to stop stating he is the son of the legendary Reggae singer Bob Marley until he can substantiate his claim.
According to a report by the Observer,  the singer Fabian Marley who goes by the moniker ‘Gong Kid’ gives his birth date as July 27, 1968.
He claims to be the result of a liaison between his mother Raphie Munroe and Bob Marley.
He says all his official documents, including his birth certificate, have the Marley surname.
According to the singer, six months after submitting his DNA results to the Marley family, he still hasn’t received a response.
He told the Jamaica Observer that he took the DNA test after receiving a “cease and desist” order from the family’s attorneys, Michael Hylton & Associates.
The document warned him to refrain from using the Marley name and claiming to be the son of reggae legend Bob Marley, unless he supplied concrete evidence.
June 3, 2014

Family of Legendary Reggae icon wants singer to stop claiming he is son of Bob Marley!

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A singer who goes by the name Fabian Marley may have to stop stating he is the son of the legendary Reggae singer Bob Marley until he can substantiate his claim.

According to a report by the Observer,  the singer Fabian Marley who goes by the moniker ‘Gong Kid’ gives his birth date as July 27, 1968.

He claims to be the result of a liaison between his mother Raphie Munroe and Bob Marley.

He says all his official documents, including his birth certificate, have the Marley surname.

According to the singer, six months after submitting his DNA results to the Marley family, he still hasn’t received a response.

He told the Jamaica Observer that he took the DNA test after receiving a “cease and desist” order from the family’s attorneys, Michael Hylton & Associates.

The document warned him to refrain from using the Marley name and claiming to be the son of reggae legend Bob Marley, unless he supplied concrete evidence.

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]

‘Like Everything Is Coming Apart’: Painful Virus Spreading in Caribbean
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They suffer searing headaches, a burning fever and so much pain in their joints they can barely walk or use their hands. It’s like having a terrible flu combined with an abrupt case of arthritis.
Hospitals and clinics throughout the Caribbean are seeing thousands of people with the same symptoms, victims of a virus with a long and unfamiliar name that has been spread rapidly by mosquitoes across the islands after the first locally transmitted case was confirmed in December.
“You feel it in your bones, your fingers and your hands. It’s like everything is coming apart,” said 34-year-old Sahira Francisco as she and her daughter waited for treatment at a hospital in San Cristobal, a town in the southern Dominican Republic that has seen a surge of the cases in recent days.
The virus is chikungunya, derived from an African…[Full article HERE]
June 3, 2014

‘Like Everything Is Coming Apart’: Painful Virus Spreading in Caribbean

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They suffer searing headaches, a burning fever and so much pain in their joints they can barely walk or use their hands. It’s like having a terrible flu combined with an abrupt case of arthritis.

Hospitals and clinics throughout the Caribbean are seeing thousands of people with the same symptoms, victims of a virus with a long and unfamiliar name that has been spread rapidly by mosquitoes across the islands after the first locally transmitted case was confirmed in December.

“You feel it in your bones, your fingers and your hands. It’s like everything is coming apart,” said 34-year-old Sahira Francisco as she and her daughter waited for treatment at a hospital in San Cristobal, a town in the southern Dominican Republic that has seen a surge of the cases in recent days.

The virus is chikungunya, derived from an African…[Full article HERE]