Monthly Archives: December 2014

Caribbean Magazine Names 25 Most Interesting People in the Region

Repeating Islands


Regional online magazine CaribJournal published on Tuesday its list of the 25 most interesting people in the Caribbean for 2014, a roster that includes Rihanna, Richard Branson and Usain Bolt.

Antigua and Barbuda’s prime minister, Gaston Browne, and Dominica Premier Roosevelt Skerrit, both re-elected in 2014, made the ranks of the most relevant politicians.

Virgin Group founder Branson and Claudine Neisson-Vernant, matriarch of the Neisson rum dynasty in Martinique, were selected as the top business people in the region.

Chefs Nina Compton of St. Lucia and Shawne Bryan of Anguilla are also on the list.

Barbados native Rihanna, Cuban singer Leslie Cartaya and Jamaican reggae artist Lee “Scratch” Perry were selected for their achievements.

The list continues with Haitian artist Edouard Duval, Jamaican writer Marlon James, director and curator of Cayman Islands National Gallery Natalie Urquhart, Dominican actress Dascha Polanco, Jamaican model Jeneil Williams and Trinidadian researcher Joan Latchman.


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Trinidad and Tobago Earmarks $9.7 Million for Carnival “Industry”

Repeating Islands


The government of Trinidad and Tobago announced Tuesday the distribution of $9.7 million to regional Carnival committees with the aim of transforming the country’s famous bash into a year-round generator of tourism revenue, The Latin American Herald Tribune reports.

The National Carnival Commission has distributed the money to the regional committees with the hope that there could be at least one event per month, the minister of Arts and Multiculturalism, Lincoln Douglas, said in a statement.

“Moving from a festival to an industry is what we’re about. We’re putting all the processes in place. The production, the artistry, distribution, copyright and intellectual property rights, so that we can move from not only a festival but into an industry,” Douglas said.

The NCC’s chairperson, Lorraine Pouchet, told representatives of the regional committees that the $9.7 million in intended to “go some distance toward offsetting the costs you incur in making regional…

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A Passing Year – choka – December 31, 2014

Bastet and Sekhmet's Library


A Passing Year (Choka)

the death of another year
what was
what might have been
happy joyous smiles
dark thunderous exchanges
new-born babes
acts of war
moments of peace
new friends made
losing sight of dear loved ones
joys and tragedies
often humdrum boredom

departing year
pasted in a scrapbook
entitled life
sitting in her rocking chair
the old lady remembers

© G.s.k. ‘14

Happy New Year!

Linked to: Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

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Croatian Presidential Elections Set Dead-Heat Conditions For January Run-off

Croatia, the War, and the Future

Photo: Screenshot from Croatian Electoral Commission website accessed 29 Dec 2014 Photo: Screenshot from Croatian
Electoral Commission website
accessed 29 Dec 2014

The Social Democrat and left wing coalition backed incumbent, Ivo Josipovic, and the conservative rival backed by the Croatian Democratic Union/HDZ and its coalition, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, are heading for a showdown in a run-off presidential election on January 11 in Croatia. The latest unofficial results published (1.00 a.m. on 29 December Croatia time) by the Croatian Electoral Commission, with 99.89% votes counted, place Ivo Josipovic at 38.48%, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic at 37.18%, Ivan Sincic at 16.43% and Milan Kujundzic at 6.30% of votes counted. With such close results it seems impossible to predict the winner among the top two candidates at the second round elections on January 11, which must be held given that no candidate passed the 50% mark in first round held on 28 December.

The voter turnout at around 47% or 1,786,670 can be considered as large…

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595. Who loves a garden loves a greenhouse too. ~William Cowper

Sacred Touches

I managed to keep a few square yards on a shelf for staging in a greenhouse, and those few square yards were crowded with bright things from December to Easter. Their brilliance contrasted with winter’s leaden skies; it was like coming into an aviary full of tropical birds and butterflies… ~Excerpt by Vita Sackville-West, edited and adapted


I have a little greenhouse
Here in my backyard,
Where hyacinths and tulips grow
And pansies bloom unmarred.

No matter how the winter’s storms
May rage with ghoulish glee
And beat against my casement there,
It never frightens me.

I watch my flowers from day to day,
I water them with care
And they give back their sweet perfume–
Their fragrance fills the air.

I wonder if in years to come
The greenhouse yet will stand,
When I who tend it now so well
Shall sleep beneath this land?

I wonder if–but who…

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