July 2009 Blog Posts (80)

US plans IPL-style cricket league

There are an estimated 200,000 cricketers in America



There are plans to launch a Twenty20 cricket league in the US similar to the successful Indian Premier League, a top US cricket official says. The chief of the USA Cricket Association, Don Lockerbie, said that potential commercial partners are being sought for the tournament. The matches next year are planned for three venues, including a new cricket stadium that has been built in… Continue

Added by CShout1 on July 31, 2009 at 7:03pm — No Comments

Timeline: US-Cuba relations

Fidel Castro making an impassioned speech. Fidel Castro has outlasted 10 US presidents



The US has long sought the end of President Fidel Castro's regime and has had an economic embargo in place against Cuba since 1960. BBC News tracks the rocky relationship between the two countries.



1898: US declares war on Spain.

1898: US defeats Spain, which gives up all claims to Cuba and cedes it to the US.



1902: Cuba becomes… Continue

Added by CShout1 on July 31, 2009 at 6:42pm — No Comments

Reliving Cuba's revolution

CUBAN REVOLUTION MAPPED



Fidel Castro came to power in Cuba 50 years ago after mounting one of the most successful guerrilla campaigns in history. Operating out of the Sierra Maestra, a densely forested mountain range on the eastern tip of Cuba, his lightly armed rebel fighters defeated a US-equipped standing army complete with aircraft, tanks and artillery. Yet the revolution was almost stillborn. The initial crossing by Fidel and his… Continue

Added by CShout1 on July 31, 2009 at 6:20pm — No Comments

Keeping Cuba on the economic road

Running on ingenuity: Classic cars are still common on Havana's streets.



BBC News, Havana: In many ways, this communist island in the Caribbean has managed to survive despite the odds. Since the revolution which climaxed on 1 January 1959, Cuba has seen the attempted Bay of Pigs invasion, repeated assassination attempts against Fidel Castro, the collapse of its main benefactor the Soviet Union, and a decades-long US trade… Continue

Added by CShout1 on July 30, 2009 at 10:13pm — No Comments

Time to give mediocrity the boot! The view from St. Lucia

If neither Kenny Anthony (R) or Stephenson King suits the bill then who will step up to the plate before it's too late?



Our society has for some time now been in the vortex of Western style consumerism. Put this alongside a poor work ethic and low-skill workforce and you begin to understand the root causes of our moral decadence: dishonesty, greed, violence and general loss of respect for law and order. This is the St Lucian experience that… Continue

Added by CShout1 on July 30, 2009 at 9:36pm — No Comments

Lancers FC Win Castries Council Soccerama



Lancers FC emerged winners of the Castries Football Council (CFC) season opening soccerama on Sunday at the Vigie playing field. Lancers FC executed a clinical 2 goals to nil victory over a youthful but spirited NYAH in the finals. Lancers FC’s goals came courtesy of second half efforts from veteran striker Nigel Springer.



The soccerama marked the opening of the CFC 2009 senior football season. The day started with a march pass which… Continue

Added by CShout1 on July 30, 2009 at 9:27pm — No Comments

'Bermuda is blessed with beautiful women'



A local fashion magazine is offering a chance to be a summer bombshell with just a little make-up in their latest edition. In the current issue of Style Bermuda models Tyka Edness, Rayneisha Bean and Christina Troja show this summer's must-have makeup looks created by Style Bermuda's in-house Makeup artist Alana Dowling.



According to Ms Dowling "From olive girls with gorgeous glows, to honey-dipped caramel cuties, right down to dark… Continue

Added by CShout1 on July 29, 2009 at 9:32pm — No Comments

Hot Styles at Red Eye - Antigua



Carnival is in the air so once again partygoers got the opportunity to show off their best last weekend at yet another pre-Carnival fete. This time it was the annual Red Eye breakfast fete held at the Antigua Recreation Grounds.



Grrrr.They even brought out the stars, the personalities and the fashion hip, who were only too bold to get inventive and creative with even the most ordinary of outfits.



With a face and body… Continue

Added by CShout1 on July 29, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Russia to drill for oil off Cuba

A pump at an oilfield in Cuba. Havana imports most of its oil at a subsidised price from Venezuela



Russia is to begin oil exploration in the Gulf of Mexico, after signing a deal with Cuba, says Cuban state media. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin signed four contracts securing exploration rights in Cuba's economic zone in the Gulf. Havana says there may be some 20bn barrels of oil of its coast but the US puts that estimate at five… Continue

Added by CShout1 on July 29, 2009 at 6:27pm — No Comments

Future of CARICOM states will always be challenged by small size, says Jamaica PM

Prime Minister Bruce Golding listens keenly to some Caricom advice from former Prime Minister PJ Patterson a guest at a reception in celebration of the conferment of the Order of the Caribbean Community.



KINGSTON, Jamaica (OPM) -- Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding says the future of CARICOM states remains, and will always be challenged by our small size. "In this chess game of international politics and diplomacy, we can no longer play… Continue

Added by CShout1 on July 28, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Singapore business delegation visits Jamaica

Minister of Transport and Works, Mike Henry(left), speaking at a meeting at his Ministry, Kingston, with members of a Singaporean team of investors who visited Jamaica last week. Seated beside him from left are: Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr Alwin Hales; Dr Aloysius Tay, Jamaica's Trade Counsel in Singapore; and Veronica Seetho, Head, Human Resource and Finance, Asian Charter, Cargo Consultancy.



KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Minister… Continue

Added by CShout1 on July 26, 2009 at 11:45pm — No Comments

Castro hints at more belt-tightening for Cuba

Cuban President Raul Castro speaks in Holguin, 750 km east of Havana, during the celebrations for the Cuban National Day. AFP PHOTO

By Jeff Franks



HOLGUIN, Cuba (Reuters) -- More belt-tightening may lie ahead for Cuba as President Raul Castro said on Sunday the government will look at making its second "adjustment to expenditures" this year due to the effects of the global financial crisis.

He said Cuba needs to press ahead with… Continue

Added by CShout1 on July 26, 2009 at 11:40pm — No Comments

Bolt and Gay highlight in London, Day 2 - IAAF World Athletics Tour

Usain Bolt in full flow 4x100m relay mode in London (Getty Images)



London, UK - There were world leading performances for Lashinda Demus and Tirunesh Dibaba on the second day of the Aviva London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace today but it was sprinters Usain Bolt and Tyson Gay who again captured the headlines.

The Aviva London Grand Prix is a Super Grand Prix status meeting as part of the IAAF World Athletics Tour 2009.



I… Continue

Added by CShout1 on July 25, 2009 at 8:07pm — No Comments

Against the wind Bolt blasts 9.91

London, UK – A cool, blustery wind put paid to any chance of fast times on the first day of the Aviva London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace this evening, but Usain Bolt still managed to put on a show for his expectant public. Sprinting into a headwind of -1.7m/s, the Jamaican star proved to be a class apart yet again as he drew away from his opponents to win by a yawning 0.2s margin in 9.91. Bolt described his start as an improvement on Paris and hinted… Continue

Added by CShout1 on July 24, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Reggae music, wild parades send 'vibe' through Toronto Caribana

Brightly colored costumes and floats are seen in Caribana in Toronto. AFP PHOTO



TORONTO, Canada (Bloomberg) -- Mention Toronto and steel drums, Carnival and reggae music probably aren’t the first things that come to mind. From July 14 through Aug. 3, however, Canada’s biggest city opens up for Scotiabank Caribana, which promotes itself as North America’s largest celebration of Caribbean culture. Now in its 42nd year, Caribana gives 1.3… Continue

Added by CShout1 on July 23, 2009 at 6:45pm — No Comments

Royal Ballet gives perfect presentation of Manon in Havana

Cuban dancer from the UK's Royal Ballet, Carlos Acosta, performs at Garcia Lorca theater in Havana. AFP PHOTO



HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The Royal Ballet’s perfect performance of Manon, a classic of the 20th century, at the Karl Marx Theater in Havana, was rewarded by a standing ovation from the public. Cuba's leading dancer Carlos Acosta, invited by the prestigious British company, and Spanish Prima Ballerina Tamara Rojo took on the leading… Continue

Added by CShout1 on July 22, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Women Stabs Husband After He Returns Late From United Match

Police have detained a Malaysian woman who allegedly stabbed her husband in the chest for coming home late after watching the pre-season friendly between Manchester United and Malaysia.



The man had promised to come back immediately after the match in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday evening, but his wife was "very angry" when he returned after midnight, the district police chief Abdul Jalil Hassan said.

The woman stabbed him twice in the chest with a kitchen knife and then took him to a… Continue

Added by Troy Porter on July 22, 2009 at 12:56pm — No Comments

Anguilla Celebration in New York

During the recently concluded Caribbean Week in New York, a slice of Anguilla was brought to New York by way of a rooftop celebration at the city’s meat packing district in downtown Manhattan. The Gansevoort Hotel elegant rooftop garden was transformed into Anguilla’s Dune Preserve complete with a stellar performance by the Dune’s creator Anguilla’s own musical treasure Bankie Banx. Officials from the government and Anguilla Tourist Board, along with repre­sentatives of the major resorts, the… Continue

Added by CShout1 on July 21, 2009 at 10:41pm — No Comments

Dominica: OECS Focuses On Global Downturn

ROSEAU, Dominica, CMC - Finance Ministers from the sub-regional Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) meet here last Friday to discuss the impact the global economic crisis is having on their economies.



Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, who is also Finance Minister, will chair the 65th meeting of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank’s (ECCB) Monetary Council taking over from Harold Lovell, Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister of Finance, the Economy and Public… Continue

Added by CShout1 on July 21, 2009 at 10:33pm — No Comments

Jamaican Set To Compete in “World’s Last Great Race”. Yes, The 2010 Iditarod!

Following his recent sign up in Alaska, Jamaican musher Newton Marshall looks set to build on the island’s tradition of excellence in winter adventure sports. Under the guidance of three-time Iditarod, four-time Yukon Quest champion and two-time ESPN/ESPY “Toughest Athlete” nominee Lance Mackey, Marshall will begin preparation to test his skills in the 2010 Iditarod, also called “The Last Great Race”.



Marshall who had his start at Chukka… Continue

Added by CShout1 on July 21, 2009 at 10:30pm — No Comments

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