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ANDRE BAGOO Saturday, October 9 2010 click on pic to zoom in UNITED STATES President Barack Obama has committed to a multi-year partnership to fund a crime-fighting programme which will see the US provide $283 million (US $45 million) to the Caribbean region for the year 2010 and request from the US Congress, a further $496.9 million (US$79 million) for 2011. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Julissa Reynoso yesterday said while the control of Congress is up for grabs in pending mid-term elections, the issue of regional security is cross-party and cross-border. “This is not only a question of doing things for our neighbour,” she said at a briefing at the US Embassy’s Information Resource Centre on Marli Street, Port-of-Spain. Reynoso spoke after meeting with officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of National Security on a range of issues. US Ambassador Beatrice Wilkinson Welters said the funds – which can be used to support hardware purchases such as offshore patrol vessels – will be available to Caribbean States and the mechanism for access to the funds is being worked out. Although she did not give details at yesterday’s briefing, Wilkinson Welters said Trinidad and Tobago “is…
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MEMOIRS OF SOCA 9th ANNIVERSARYWhen: Sat Nov 13, 2010 Where:Solarium - Toronto Category: Memoirs of Soca Description It's been a while...I know, I hear it almost every other week. "It's time for another Memoirs of Soca...that's my favourite party!" Well for YOU the mature and sexy Memoirs of Soca returns Saturday November 13th. Same vibe, another FREE Memoirs of Soca CD, great people and great vibe...DON'T MISS THIS, cause I'm sure you realize this great FETE comes few and far apart! It's the 9th year anniversary fete of a Toronto Classic Fete, SEE YOU THERE!
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Tribute to Machel in Miami Published: 4 Oct 2010 Machel Montano will be celebrated duringMiami Broward One Carnival in MiamiGardens, Florida, on Sunday. Machel Montano and the late Arrow will be celebrated during Miami Broward One Carnival, America’s number one carnival parade, Steelbands and Concert in the Park, at the Sunlife Stadium, (home of the Miami Dolphins), Miami Gardens, Florida, on Sunday. Montano is to be the Grand Marshall at the parade and would also receive the Cultural Achievement Award. Recognition would also be paid to Vanessa James, who has been appointed Cultural Ambassador. Arrow (Alphonsus Cassell MBE), the internationally-acclaimed musical icon who was responsible for soca’s biggest hit of all time would be honoured by Sir Oungku, former Burning Flames lead singer. Sir Oungku is among the stellar cast of Caribbean artistes scheduled to perform during the carnival. These include Traffik, JW & Blaze, Shal Marshal, Oscar B, Rikki Jai, Rebels Band, Red Hot Flames and T&TEC Gayatones among others. This year’s carnival parade features 25 costumed bands and six steelbands of participants in costume, with each band’s masqueraders wearing exotic and often extravagant costumes. It also includes large individual costumes, Kings and Queens of each band and a…
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Apology to the organisers of Passa Passa Sunday, October 03, 2010 ON Sunday, August 30, 2009 we published an article captioned 'Attorney denies 'Dudus' snatched by US authorities' in which we stated "Coke is also a record producer and the promoter of the weekly dance Passa Passa...." Also, on Sunday, August 8, 2010 we published an article captioned 'Dudus': Sharing the Blame in which we stated, "Hardly anybody's surprised there's a don called 'Dudus' .... We knew he ran Passa Passa ..." The Observer wishes to advise its readers that Christopher 'Dudus' Coke is not the promoter of the Passa Passa street dance and the organisers of Passa Passa have confirmed that Christopher 'Dudus' Coke does not have any involvement with the event. We made these assertions without verifying the information and recognise that this may have led to an unfavourable association by our readership between Christopher 'Dudus' Coke and Passa Passa. The Observer has since ascertained and recognises that: The "Passa Passa" name is a business name, registered in Jamaica on the 14th day of April, 2007 and operated by George Wentworth Miles and O'Neil Miles. Prodigal Entertainment Limited is a company incorporated under the laws of Jamaica on…
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BC’s B’dos – Babylon by bus IN LAST WEEK’S COLUMN Shoot-by Driving, I considered (tongue in cheek) the widespread Bajan habit of driving far too fast on all minor roads, but declining to overtake on the highway. You often, as I said (and anyone living here knows), encounter a line of cars crawling behind one slow-moving vehicle all the way fromWarrens to Farley Hill. I stand by what I wrote – especially after sitting behind several examples of the phenomenon yesterday morning – but I do recognise last week’s column contained a hamartia. For the less literary-minded, a hamartia is not a cholesterol-laden rasher of bacon, but a “tragic flaw”, the sort of weakness that, in Greek tragedies, precipitated the downfall of the hero. The Achilles’ heel (to keep the simile within the geography) of last week’s column was its overlooking the one class of Bajan driver who will overtake police vehicles on blind corners, overtake lines of cars at pedestrian crossings with children in wheelchairs actually on the zebra stripes, over- or under-take while actually going around roundabouts, overtake any time, anywhere, and regardless of oncoming traffic: Transport Board bus drivers. (ZR drivers are a different matter altogether.) Barbados…