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FORTNIGHTLY NEWSLETTER Nicaragua Election Daniel Ortega has been re-elected president of Nicaragua Daniel Ortega has once again been reelected as president of Nicaragua. The former guerrilla socialist leader has drawn huge support for his anti- poverty programme and by all account would have increase his support from the last election. Ortega supporters poured onto the street of Managua in celebration, many were convinced that they had voted for a programme of social upliftment designed to advance the poor and working class people of the country. Despite the huge margin of Ortega’s victory which gave him as much as 60% of the vote, his opponent Gadea refused to accept the results, and accused Ortega of vote fraud, International election observers however, said that voting irregulatteries had not changed the final

outcome, his opponents however said he had bent the rules to win the election, pointing to the ruling by the Sandinista controlled supreme court in 2009 to overturn a ban on consecutive terms. Ortega huge victory is seen as a vindication by many of his supporters, who still remember the long U.S backed Contras war waged against his left wing Sandinista movement during the 70’s, and the economic chaos during his first term as president in the 1980’s. Many observers has pointed to the fact that Ortega has moderated some of his socialist stand, after regaining the presidency five years ago, he has been praised for allowing private businesses to operate freely even as he enacted policies designed to combat poverty.

Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega

Nicaragua Election

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Financial support from the Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez has helped Ortega to invest heavily in health and education programmes, as well as providing loans and other assistance to small businesses, This have won him support even in many circles which would have been previously oppose to his form of socialism. Many Nicaraguans now view the 65 year old Ortega, as a man who looks after the poor, with a slight moderation of his far left wing views, since the time he took power by overthrowing the Somoza family brutal dictatorship in 1979, a situation which lead U.S President Ronald Regan to support the right wing Contras in a long and bitter civil war against his rule, which saw more than 30,000 people killed and the virtual destruction of the country.

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Local Feature New Statue for Grenada’s Underwater Park The Ministry of Tourism in Grenada specially made a replica of the sculpture on the Carenage known as “Christ of the deep” as part of the

Replica of the sculpture “Christ of the deep” Carenage, St. George’s Grenada

regeneration project and to honor the 50th. Anniversary of the sinking of the Bianca C.

Bianca C

tors and residents who are always keen to see the statues. The site has received persistent international publicity as the first of its type in the world and has become an important attraction in its own right within the tourism sector. The statue is in tribute to hospitality, selflessness and “Spice Isle” spirit shown by Grenadians, in the rescue of over 600 passengers and crew of the Bianca C. Chairman of Grenada Underwater Sculpture Management Inc, Howard Clarke said that the “Christ of the deep” is a fantastic addition to the park and they are tremendously grateful to the Grenada Board of Tourism for their passionate support and approval of the regeneration project. The statue was created a local Artist named Troy Lewis in union with the Grenada

Underwater Sculpture Management Inc and was constructed using photographs and measurements taken from the original and then was formed by hand using reinforced concrete and stainless steel.

Underwater Park located on the West coast of Grenada

The “Christ in the deep” statue was blessed in an official ceremony that took place on October 22nd and will be displayed on the Carenage until the end of October. More of the sculptures are planned to occupy the park over the coming months, most of which will be sponsored by the private sector and personal donations.

The new statue will be positioned in the Underwater Park located on the West Coast of Grenada and approximately 2 miles North of St. George’s and has been a favourite among visi-

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Regional feature Haitians launch lawsuit against U.N for Cholera disaster Following the January 2010 devastating earthquake which destroyed much of Haiti and took the lives of more than 300,000 people and left the country in total reins, the world

Aftermath of earthquake devastation in Haiti 2010

recklessness and deliberate indifference" for the health and lives of Haitians.

The Attorneys claims that "Time after time, the response from the United Nations has been to deny the allegations.

rushed to the assistance of the Haitian people. Several countries contributed to the United nations aid effort, and at the height of the relief operation, the country was hit by the worst cholera outbreak ever in which over The claim against the United Nations Amounts to millions of dollars but the claimants are hoping that the evidence to be presented against the United Nations will be so overwhelming, that the U.N will have no choice but to settle the matter. Children and adults affected by the Cholera outbreak in Haiti

450,000 people was affected with more than 6,000 loosing their lives.

The Lawsuit was filed by lawyers acting for the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

which is demanding $100,000 dollars for each death and $50,000 for each person made sick. The group said it is already acting for 5,000 people made sick or families of the dead and has threatened a full court case if the UN does not give compensation.

The institute said the legal petition was sent to the UN headquarters and the UN mission in Haiti, MINUSTAH, last week. According to reports ,UN spokesman

UN spokesman Martin Nesirky

Martin Nesirky confirmed that the demand was received he said."It will be looked at by the relevant parts of the UN system," he told reporters.

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Regional story Poverty or Change: Caribbean political and religious leaders’ disgust over British Prime Minister’s statement Political and religious leaders in the Caribbean are dismayed and concerned about the controversial comments made by the British Prime Minister David Cameron, who said recently that countries receiving British aid should “adhere to proper hu-

described the comments made by Cameron as “immoral” and an act of “terrorism” on small developing states. The fact that Cameron remarks was made during the recently concluded Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit in Australia, was caused for even more concern, because he appeared to be sending a direct message to commonwealth leaders that they should reform their laws as it relates to the issue of homosexuality, and failing to do so will have consequences which can lead to the withholding of British aid. A Jamaican news paper the Gleaner recently reported that “ It is rather surprising that the opinion makers and policy analysts in the Jamaican society appear to have been taken offguard by the strong, threatening and direct statement made to the members of the Commonwealth exclusive club by the prime minister of Great Britain. In this photo: Hamilton Lashley member of parliament Barbados

British Prime Minister David Cameron

man rights” .including the reform of legislation to stop homosexuality. What concerns many leaders, is not the general statement on human rights, but the apparent linkage of aid to the homosexuality issue. In Bar-

bados Government Backbencher and long serving member of Parliament for St. Michael, South East Hamilton Lashley added his voice of disapproval to the issue. He

He has unequivocally told all the world that aid from his country's coffers will be withdrawn from countries which have not removed buggery and other dis-

criminatory laws that violate the human rights of homosexuals from their books.” The Fact that Commonwealth leaders should be taken off guard, is in its self surprising, because the British government had been sending out signals that the British Overseas territories should be Territories should prepare for the extension of all human rights treaties that have been ratified by the mother country, with priority given to the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women at the Perth meeting where it can be said that no form of discrimination is correct, it must also be understood that for many commonwealth countries, the laws under which they still operate are often those handed

down to them by the colonial masters in London. The question then being asked by many observers in the region and the rest of the Commonwealth is? Can it be morally correct that any major power should use the question of the withholding of aid to impose such conditions on the developing world, or should every country be allowed to work through a situation of dialogue, education leading to the democratic change.

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Local story The absence of payment for the 2011 Carriacou and Petite Martinique annual Prelentant carnival festival has resulted in the biggest Causality to date , going into next years celebrations which is a mere three and a half months away. Participants are vexing as they are yet to receive a single cent for this year’s festival which was held in early march. However while the various participants are breathing fire and brimstone over the none payment the reigning Calypso and Soca Monarch champion has decided to put down the mic in 2012. Jermaine “Superstar” Simon said that this annually repeated problem for them having to struggle to get pay is something she cannot deal with for at least another year. Superstar is Jermaine Simon the islands “Superstar” most celebrated artist having won the calypso crown for a record seven times, Soca monarch on three occasions, the queen title once added to having made the national Soca Monarch stage on three occasions plus the melody pappitette Semi finals. This extensive delays she says would reflect negatively on the quality of the Carnival product in 2012.

In recent years calypsonian, Shortpree has been making waves and putting the sister isle of Carriacou and Petite Martinique on the caShortPree lypso and Soca map. The 2010 celebrations saw a recorded number of people including a Jab-Jab band from mainland Grenada. This, according to ShortPree who departed the Country last Saturday for a North American tour, is highly unlikely next year and would result in a major set back to the festival. Calypsonian, Clint John, “superflint”, who made it to the finals of the calypso and Soca monarch competitions is not only fretting over the long delay in payment but has decided to put an attorney of law on standby. He added that they are already late for next year’s festival .

Skylark a former national road march champion pointed out that this is highly unfair to the artistes who are looking to lift the standard of the festival. In recent years more and more calypso and Soca artistes on the sister isle have been utilizing the local base studios. One such musical outfit in great demand, is “xpert studio’s” in Mt desiree ,where siblings, John and Jason James are the musical arrangers. They stated that it’s important that they collect pay-

ment for their work because of some unfortunate experiences in the past. The 2012 Celebrations will be held on February 20th and 21st. The Carriacou and Petite Martinique carnival festival was revived back in 1987.

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Musical feature Tribute to Roy Cape . A Caribbean Musical Legend Roy Cape is without a doubt one of the most outstanding musician and

to many of the new generation of singers such as Machel Montano who was still a youth Roy can boast of the fact that he is responsible for launching the

Roy Cape

band leader Trinidad and possible the Caribbean has ever known. For over 52 years Roy cape has worked with the best performing artist in Trinidad, including Black Stallion: The undisputed king of Calypso, the

Soca Artiste Machel Montano

career of many of T&T leading performing artist, who first got their brake working with his band on stage, these includes artist such as Dexter John Stewart. Better known as “Blaxx” who joined the Roy Cape All stars in 1999. Another artist helped to stardom

mighty sparrow who previously had an honorary doctorate bestrode on him some years earlier always worked closely with Roy cape. One of the amazing things about Roy Cape is that many of the younger generation of calypasonians has grown up around him, he has continued to be an influencing factor

Destra Garcia

by cape is Destra Garcia, When Nigel and Marvin bust onto the scene with follow the leader, Roy Cape

was behind their success. Roy Cape who was recently awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of the West Indies “UWI” spoke to Smokey Joe, about his award amongst other things recently. Denise Belfon was no exception here she is performing the song Doggie with Roy Cape on the saxophone. After years of working together Roy was with SuDenise Belfon per Blue when he captured the T&T Soca Monarch with Barbra in 1997. And as if working towards another decade Roy Cape was right there with Kurt arling when he captured the Demarchegras crown in Trinidad during Carnival 2010. Rush television pay tribute to Roy Cape a thrilling entertainer, who has contributed so much to the development of Caribbean music. We thank you and all those who have worked and continue to work alongside.

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Musical Feature Tribute to Four Tops on the passing of the two greats: Rountree and Stubbs October saw the passing of two great musical icons with the death of Levi Stubbs, lead singer

Levi Stubbs was featured on dozens of Motown singles including Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch. Condolences have poured in from the every circle in respect to the man who produced excellent renditions such as I Can’t help myself.

Levi Stubbs

of the legendary Motown group the Four Tops who died October 17 and George Rountree the musical director of the same group who died on October 30th; Stubbs was age 72 and Rountree was age 61.

Another Icon of the Motown era Otis William from the temptations said that we have lost one of the greatest voices of the 20th century and with songs such as, “Baby I need your loving” who can deny this.

and seventies called Stubbs the greatest interpreter of songs he have ever heard. The Four Tops were responsible for hits such as Reach Out I’ll be there. In the early years the band sang backing vocals with artist such as Marvin Gay and Diana Ross. The original members of the four tops came together in 1953, and they spent over 44 years performing together without a change in the lineup, and the only changes came because Lawrence Payton one of the founding members died in 1997 with the passing of another original member Renald Obie Benson in 2000. In this Photo Diana Ross

In this Photo Fourtops

In this Photo George Rountree

Barry Gordy Jr. the founder of Motown Records, the label which was responsible for producing so many great stars throughout the sixties

In 1964, the group had a hit with “Baby I Need Your Loving” In 1965 they topped the charts with “I Can’t Help Myself.” And was followed up by “It’s the Same Old Song”, Stubbs also made a lasting impression, with his part in Little Shop of Horrors.

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RUSH TV PROGRAMME Segment 1

Headline News

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From Our Local Reporters

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Local Feature

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Regional News

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Regional update From Our Regional Reporters Regional Feature

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Wayne On The Run

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Inside Sports

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Music and Culture

Local Story Member of parliament for Carriacou and Petite Martinique Elvin Nimrod disapproves NDC

The present administration has been feverishly at work to give the people of the sister isle greater autonomy to Govern their own affairs. They have

gressing with great haste for its implementation.

This view has been strongly endorsed by, Minister for Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, Senator, George Prime, who says that the document is now in the hands of Mrs Bernadette Sylvester the Attorney General already conducted a se- for final twicking beries of consultations and fore it is taken back to according to, Mrs Ber- the people for the exenadette Sylvester, who cution of the process. is the permanent secretary for Local Government; plans are pro-

However Nimrod says while there is provision in the law for the implementation of Local Government he is confident that it would not be executed under this present Government and gave his reasons. Firstly, the present administration has not been investing a Elvin G. Nimrod great deal of capital towards the implementation of Local Government. But more importantly, according to the former Minister of Legal affairs, the Government has its priority wrong and needs to first address the direct concerns negatively affecting the People of Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Senator George Prime.

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Inside Sports

Kirani James Rising Star Award The International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) held its annual world athlete of the year gala in Monte Carlo, Monaco on Saturday. One of the top awards was, the Rising Star Award which was presented to none other than Grenada’s 400m World Championship Gold Medalist Kirani James, after his bumper season 2010-2011.

Kirani James

James who is unbeaten in his eight races ran this season is said to be looking forward to making another major mark on athletics history at the Olympic Games in London 2012. He has previously won World Youth Championships and World Junior Championship titles respectively and his running times have been steadily improving with every race he runs.

Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt, male athlete of the year.

Another Caribbean athlete Usain Bolt won the prestigious IAAF Male Athlete of the year award for the 3rd time in his athletic career. This was a feat only achieved by Hicham El Guerrouj. The accolades and award was presented to him at the annual World Athlete of the year ceremony in Monte Carlo, Monaco over the weekend. Bolt stated, “I am extremely proud of myself, this means a lot to me and it has motivated me even more to work harder and to enter this coming season with even greater fight.” Bolt fastest time this season was 9.76 sec in the 100m. The Australian athlete…. Was presented the woman athlete of the year award.

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Regional Story Jamaican Fertilizer Company wins Export order to Cuba. The expansion of trade amongst Caribbean and Latin American Countries is slow, and few CARICOM countries can boast of winning any significant export deal, whilst competing against the larger countries, in Europe Asia and North America.

From left Minister of Industry Investment and commerce, Dr. Christopher Tufton examines bag of Newport Fersan fertilizer.

Hence the winning of a multi Million Dollars deal to supply fertilizer to Cuba by the Jamaican sole fertilizer Manufacturer Company Newport Fersan was hailed as a huge success.

sail for Cuba within a week. He said that this is a pure Jamaican Product being exported, which is successfully competing with other suppliers in the region in terms of quality, delivery time and price. Such is the importance attached to the order by the Jamaican government, that the ship loading ceremony at the Newport East, Kingston , plant was attended by the Agriculture Minister, Robert Bobby Montague, and the Minister of Industry investment and commerce, Dr. Christopher Tufton. Mr. Valdez said at the ceremony that “This single operation will represent significant earnings in foreign exchange to the financial sector of Jamaica, as well as additional employ-

The Jamaican Company recently made the first shipment 2,650 metric Tons of fertilizer of what is a total order of 4,950 metric tons, 99,000 bags of the product valued at $3 million Canadian Dollars. Managing Director of Newport Fersan’s , Dennis Valdez said that the remaining fertilizer will set

Dennis Valdez (right) with administrative manager of FERSAN on a company tour.

ment and revenue.

Agriculture Minister Montague, congratulated the

Jamaica Agriculture Minister Robert Montague

company, and stated that the shipment to Cuba provided the country with an opportunity to explore other items for export to Spanish speaking island as well as to other Caribbean states. The Minister also added that Cuba and Jamaica will be doing much more work together as indicated by the twinning of the Si. Mary Chamber of Commerce. The vast majority of Caribbean countries have grown dependant on importations from outside, so it is always good for the region when individual islands are able to find new markets for their products, It is hoped that the lead taken by Jamaica will be followed by others.

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