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Graça Machel: so much more than a first lady

Nelson-Mandela-and-Graca--010Shakespeare, in one of Nelson Mandela's favourite lines, now strangely apposite, says that "the valiant never taste of death but once". As the world waits for Mandela to make his final rendezvous with history, one woman – his third wife – who has been at his bedside throughout his illness, and now keeps vigil there, is almost perfectly cast for her role. Graça Machel (pronounced Mah-shell) has, after all, been here before.


Spanish Glass Masters Train Young Workers in Cuba

cuba-catedralcienf-vitralCienfuegos, Cuba, Jun 25 (Prensa Latina) Spanish experts in glassworks train today Cuban young workers, in a workshop on site, as part of the restoration of historic stained-glass windows in the cathedral of this southern city.


JAMAICA -Minister Hanna says culture must play greater role in global trade talks

lisa-hanna12Wednesday, June 12, 2013:  Minister of Youth and Culture, Lisa Hanna, has used a global forum to call for culture to be given a greater focus in international trade negotiations and in the design of multilateral economic policies.


Anti-slavery groups hail court ruling on trafficking

human traffickingAnti-slavery campaigners welcomed Appeal Court judges' guidance today which stated that human trafficking victims should be treated as victims of crimes and not criminals.


PM Simpson Miller affirms CARICOM support for Africa

Portia-Simpson-Miller2013Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has held talks with several leaders of the countries of Africa, while using her attendance at the 50th anniversary celebrations of the African Union (AU) to affirm Jamaica’s commitment to ensuring that strengthening the links between the AU and Caricom would become a priority for her government.


Dutch churches accept guilt for slavery

OLD-DUTCH-CHURCHAMSTERDAM–The call for an apology for slavery from the Dutch authorities got an unprecedented boost last Saturday, when the Council of Churches released a statement in which it acknowledged its involvement in the inhumane practice.


Belizean First Lady, Mrs. Kim Simplis-Barrow Tours YUTE skills training centre.

KimBarrow-and-MarjoryKINGSTON, June 6, 2013: Belizean First Lady, Mrs. Kim Simplis-Barrow on her maiden visit to Jamaica, today, toured YUTE's Whitfield Town Pre-Skills and IWED Vocational Skills Training Centres accompanied by Maureen Webber CEO of Development Options Ltd, the programme managers of YUTE. 


“Groove’’ Is Calypso’s best chance of going international like Reggae

Arley GillSt George's, June 20, 2013: Calypso and its derivatives have made some sporadic forays outside its orbit but, to date, it cannot be said that it is truly international.Only “Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot’’ and “Who Let the Dogs Out’’ – as well as a few other Calypsoes sung decades earlier by Harry Belafonte and Mighty Sparrow – have made it beyond the traditional audience to an international clientele.


Foundation threatens international action to force slavery apology

PARAMARIBO–With just over a month to go before Suriname (and other former Dutch colonies) marks the 150th anniversary of the abolition slaves4of slavery, an Afro-Surinamese foundation has refueled the calls for an apology from the Netherlands. Rudi Bottse, chairman of the Broki (Bridge) Collective said that if the Dutch don’t apologize in 2013, he will lodge a complaint at international organizations against the former colonizer.