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Mavado For First U.S. Appearance Since Re-securing Visa

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. July 18, 2011: Dancehall singer Mavado is set to perform for the first time on U.S. soil this September, more than a year after his U.S. visa was revoked.

The singer, born David Constantine Brooks, has since re-secured his visa and will make his first appearance on U.S. soil at the inaugural “Reggae Rhythm & Blues” concert, set for Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, NY on Labor Day Sunday, September 4, 2011.

“This performance by Mavado will be extra special, as it will showcase his musical dexterity and the many sides of David Brooks,” said event organizer and CEO of Irie Jam Media, Bobby Clarke explained. “Mavado is a rare talent and one of the best we have seen in recent years. He has many great songs and that’s the side we are hoping to showcase.”

Mavado made his entry in the music business with the critically-acclaimed album Gangsta for Life, which includes hit singles such as “Fathers Prayer,” “Cassava Piece Radio,” “Sadness,” “Gully Side” and “On The Go (Faster Than Bullet).”

In recent months, he has been a staple on reggae charts globally, reeking havoc with “Star Boy,” “Stulla,” “Mad Over” and “Delilah,” which is currently enjoying multiple spins on urban stations in the USA.
He won the 2010 EME award for “Male Singjay of the Year” and is featured alongside some of rap’s biggest stars in the remix of ‘Welcome to My Hood’ by DJ Khaled.

Joining Mavado on stage will be Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, singer Tarrus Riley and soca star Machel Montano. Babyface is of course the successful R&B, pop singer, songwriter, keyboardist, record producer, film producer and entrepreneur who has written and produced songs for some of the biggest names in contemporary music, including Toni Braxton, Boyz II Men, Whitney Houston and TLC.

As a solo artiste, Babyface has recorded some of the genre’s biggest tracks, including “Tender Love,” “Whip Appeal,” “Give U My Heart,” “For the Cool I You,” “When Can I See You,” “Rock Bottom,” “This Is For The Lover In You,” “Every time I Close My Eye,” “Reason For Breathing,” “Grown & Sexy” and many others.

“Reggae Rhythm & Blues represents the best of all genres. We have Mavado representing the best of dancehall, we have Babyface representing the best of R&B, Tarrus Riley representing the best of reggae and Machel Mantano representing the best of soca. This event is a dream come through for Caribbean music lovers in the tri-state area,” Clarke added.

Former Uruguayan President Dead At 83

News Americas, Montevideo, Uruguay, Mon. July 18, 2011: Former Uruguayan President Juan Maria Bordaberry has passed away at the age of 83.

He was under house arrest at the time of his passing after being found guilty in 2010 over four political killings during military rule in the 1970s under his regime. He had been sentenced to 30 years in jail, but because of ill health was placed under house arrest.

Bordaberry was elected in 1971 and dissolved Congress two years later with the backing of the country’s generals. He ruled for three years by decree until he was himself ousted by the military who ruled Uruguay until 1985.

U.S. Women Fall To Japan

News Americas, FRANKFURT, Germany, Mon. July 18, 2011: Japan’s women’s soccer side whipped the U.S. Sunday to claim bragging rights and this year’s Women’s World Cup trophy.

Japan beat the U.S. women on penalty kicks, 3-1 to deny the Americans a third title. The win was Japan’s first against the United States in 26 matches, including three losses earlier this year.

It was also a first Women’s World Cup title for Japan, which had never advanced past the quarter-finals before, and came four months after an earthquake and tsunami killed more than 15,000 in the country.

Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach twice gave the United States the lead, first midway through the second half and again in extra time, only for Japan to equalize in the 80th minute on a goal by Aya Miyama and then via Homare Sawa with three minutes remaining in the second extra period.

Japanese goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori blocked penalty attempts by Shannon Boxx and Tobin Heath, and Carli Lloyd sailed her try over the bar, while Miyama and Mizuho Sakaguchi converted their tries and Saki Kumagai won the match with hers.

The Americans outshot the Japanese 27-14, including hitting the post twice and the crossbar another time, before Morgan put the Americans ahead in the 69th minute, her second goal in as many games.

Megan Rapinoe sent a ball from deep in her own half down the middle over the top to Morgan, who was loitering at the top of the Japanese defensive third. She sprinted inside Saki Kumagai, held her off with her right shoulder and drove a low ball from a step inside the 18 past Kaihori.

But Japan forced extra time by capitalizing on a U.S. defensive scramble in front of its own net.

Sawa crossed a ball into the middle of penalty area to Karima Maruyama, who tangled legs with U.S. defender Rachel Buehler as both went down. Buehler tried to clear it but it hit teammate Ali Krieger, and the ball dropped in front, where Miyama pounced on the loose ball just inside the six.

The Americans again went ahead in extra time when Morgan took a blocked Megan Rapinoe shot on the left side and sprinted to the byline before driving a shoulder high ball into the goal box. Wambach, who scored an extra time equalizer against Brazil in the quarterfinals and the go-ahead goal against France in the semifinals, was left alone on the six to drive a header past Kaihori.

It was her fourth goal in as many games for Wambach and 13th goal in the World Cup, moving her past Michelle Akers for most by a U.S. player in a World Cup.
Japan equalized a second time in the 117th minute when Sawa outraced Rachel Buehler to the near post and redirected Miyama’s corner kick inside the upright past U.S. keeper Hope Solo.

Jamaican Schoolboys To Renew Rivalry At Charity Soccer Festival

By Aubrey Campbell

News Americas NEW YORK, NY. Monday, July 18, 2011:Wayne “Shorty” Lawson has a tall order ahead of him when the third annual Jamaican schoolboys ‘masters’ soccer festival kicks off at the Jefferson High School Sports Complex at 125-08 Flatlands Avenue, in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn, NY, on Saturday, July 23 at 1 p.m.

In a creative twist to this year’s All-Manning vs All-daCosta Cup AllStars festival, Lawson will wear the captain’s arm band for the all city (Manning Cup) ensemble in their defense of the prized hardware, the Western Union/LEM Accounting Services Challenge trophy that they wrestled from the all rural (daCosta Cup) team in a contentious meeting last year at the Springfield Gardens High School Field, in Queens, NY.

The rural lads won the first staging of the charity soccer festival in 2009, setting the stage for a keenly contested match this year.

In an effort to give the festival a bit more ‘context’ this year, the organizers, CCI – Comets Club International (Montego Bay ‘Comets’ Athletics Club), will select the captains from the winning schools in Jamaica, West Indies. Lawson, who attended Jamaica College, was the unanimous choice, having played in the festival the two previous years under captain Douglas Bell (KC).

“Lawson was the clear favorite as a former JC player and also a strong supporter of the festival,” noted Clennon ‘Elder’ Clarke (Vere), the festival’s Player Liaison Officer.
Clarke said that the captain for the All-daCosta Cup team will come from Ruseas High School, winners of the ‘d-cup’ last year. The player will be named prior to the 5:00 pm kick-off of the feature presentation.

The Manning Cup team will wear the colors of JC (Blue), while the All-daCosta team with be outfitted in the traditional Blue & Gold of Ruseas.

“Choosing the captains and uniforms from the winning schools (in Jamaica), will definitely add more substance and worth to the festival,” noted Bertram Charlton, a sports administrator with the NYC School System and match inspector for the festival. Charlton will decide who gets rewarded for outstanding play during the three matches.

Rosedale Eagles of Queens will get the ball rolling at 1 p.m., when they take on Santos FC ‘Masters’ of the Bronx. The co-feature – second match – between Munro College, the reigning NY area alumni champions and Camperdown High School, will be played in memory of Barrington ‘Cobra’ Gaynor, the C’down/Harbour View and national player who transitioned earlier this year from Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Richard ‘Pro-duck’ Green, who played with Gaynor, said the match will be a fitting tribute for someone who gave so much in such a short time to the sport of soccer. “Memories don’t live like people do. We will miss him dearly,” noted Green who is coordinating the C’down team for the ‘memorial.’

Along with Gaynor – posthumously – CCI will also recognize Norbert ‘Cunnie’ Radjpaul, for his outstanding contribution to the development of soccer in the NYC Caribbean community.

Radjpaul is the manager/mentor of the NY Reggae Boyz, winners of the Digicel New York Caribbean Cup soccer championship for the past seven consecutive years and they are on course for an eighth title.

The festival – which benefits track & field development and a scholarship (stay in school) fund for the Montego Bay ‘Comets’ Athletics Club – will open at high noon, with a coaching clinic for youth 12 years and under, conducted by Edward ‘Johnny Cool’ Dawkins and Leonard ‘Chicken’ Mason, rated among the ‘best ballers from yard.’ Mason was honored at the festival last year.

HBO Earns a Record Number of Primetime Emmy® Awards Nominations

MIAMI, July 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — HBO® has received the most nominations for the upcoming edition of the Primetime Emmy® awards for the eleventh year in a row. The nominees for the 63rd edition of the awards were announced today from Los Angeles.

The HBO original Miniseries, “Mildred Pierce” leads all nominees with 21 nods. The successful series, “Boardwalk Empire,” is close behind with 18, making these the two most recognized series.

The HBO programs that received Emmy nominations this year were:

• “Mildred Pierce” with 21 nominations, including: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie (Kate Winslet), 2 nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie (Guy Pearce and Brian F. O’Byrne), 3 nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie (Evan Rachel Wood, Melissa Leo and Mare Winningham), Outstanding Writing in a Miniseries or a Movie, Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries or a Movie.

• “Boardwalk Empire” with 18 nominations, including: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Steve Buscemi), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Kelly MacDonald), 3 nominations for Outstanding Cinematography in a Drama Series, 2 nominations for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Visual Effects.

• “Game of Thrones” with 13 nominations, including: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Peter Dinklage), Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, Outstanding Sound Editing, Outstanding Special Effects.

• “Too Big To Fail” with 11 nominations including: Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries (William Hurt), 2 nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie (Paul Giamatti y James Woods), Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or a Movie, Outstanding Miniseries or a Movie, Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Drama Special.

• “Cinema Verite” with 9 nominations including: Outstanding Miniseries, Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie (Diane Lane), Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries.

• “Lady Gaga Presents the Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden” with 5 nominations, including: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special, and Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special.

• “True Blood” with 4 nominations including: Outstanding Guest Supporting Actress (Alfre Woodard) and Outstanding Sound Editing.

• “Gasland” with 4 nominations, including: Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming and Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming.

• “Thurgood” with 3 nominations including: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie (Laurence Fishburne), Outstanding Image Editing for a Special and Outstanding Musical Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or Special.

• “Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway” with 3 nominations, including: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special.

• “If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise” with 2 nominations including: Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming.

• “Carrie Fisher in Wishful Drinking” with 2 nominations, including: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special.

Other HBO programs that were nominated to the Emmys include: “Robert Klein: Unfair & Unbalanced”, “Real Time with Bill Mayer”, “Big Love”, “Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On”, “A Child’s Garden of Poetry”, “Masterclass”, “Colin Quinn: Long Story Short”, “His Way” and “Rick Gervais: Out of England 2- The Stand-Up Special”.

As part of HBO’s programming in Latin America, the following series were recognized: “Mad Men” with 19 nominations, “The Big C” with 3 nominations, and “Carlos” with 2 nominations.

The Emmy Award winners will be announced on September 18th from the NOKIA Theater in Los Angeles.

About HBO Latin America

HBO Latin America is the leader in paid, Premium television network broadcasting in the region, who as well as being recognized for the quality and diversity of its original programming, movies, and documentaries, delivers services of the highest technology in SD and HD formats in over 23 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean through its channels, HBO®, HBO2®, HBO® Plus, HBO® Family, HBO Caribbean®, Cinemax®, Max®, Max HD® and Max Prime(SM) and its SVOD service.

Outgoing CCJ President Calls For Court To Continue To Handle Its Own Budget

By Oscar Ramjeet

News Americas, PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Sat. July 16, 2011: As legal luminaries showered praises on outgoing President of the Caribbean Court of Justice, (CCJ), Michael de la Bastide, the distinguished chief judge warned that the regional Court must continue to handle its own budget and stressed that the CCJ must continue to function at all costs.

Friday’s special sitting of the Court to say farewell to the first President of the CCJ saw scores of attorneys including distinguished jurists, government officials and members of the diplomatic corps gathered in the spacious court room for the occasion.

De la Bastide, who celebrates 50 years at the Bar this year, took Friday’s occasion to highlight the importance of maintaining the present governance structure of the Court and Commission in relation to its funding and its budget.

He said: “I take this opportunity as I end my tenure as President, to warn and avise strongly against any proposal, howeer well intended, which would remove or abridge the Court’s rihts in relation to its own budget in the name of corfrecting an alleged but illusory “flaw” in the governance structure of the Court and Commission.”

THe CCJ President attributed the successes of the Court to among other things “the measures which the CARICOM Heads of Government have to their credit taken to ensure the independence of the Court… to protect the Court from political and other extraneous influence and to give to it every chance of becoming a quality court”

And he added: “It would be nothing short of a tragedy for this region if the CCJ were allowed for whatever reason or by whatever means either to depart the scene altogether or to compromise the standards of excellence which it has set itself and has so far achieved. I do not think that future generations will easily forgive us for such a wanton waste of a unique opportunity.
“I make no apology for saying I am proud of this Court and I am comforted by the knowledge as I take my leave that it is in good hands”

Justice Rolston Nelson, who presided, received submissions from various key speakers including the Chief Justice of Trinidad and Tobago, Ivor Archie, the acting Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago Prakash Ramadhaar, Jamaican Dr. Lloyd Barnett who spoke on behalf of the Rfegional Jjudicial and Legal Services Commission, acting Secretary General of CARICOM, Lolita Applewhaite, Charperson of the Council of Legal Education, Jacqueline Samuels-Brown, Wilfred Abrahams of the Organisation of the Commonwealth Caribbean Bar Associations (OCCBA), Court Executive Officer, Christie-Anne Morris-Allleyne, and Registrar Paula Pierre.

All the Chief Justices of the Caribbean Community were invited, but only the Chief Justices of the Eastern Caribbean Hugh Rawlins and Archie of Trinidad and Tobago attended and they sat with the CCJ judges.

Former Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean, Sir Dennis Byron who succeeds La Bastide will be inaugurated in his home country of St. Kitts and Nevis on September 1. Until then Nelson will act as President of the CCJ.

View full video of the ceremony here:

Funeral For Leiby Kletzky

Scenes from the funeral for Leiby Kletzky, the missing Orthodox Jewish boy who was later found dead. (Hayden Roger Celestin images)

South Sudan Flag Raising Ceremony

Caption #1: A South Sudanese delegate dances after the South Sudan flag was raised at a flag raising ceremony at UN Headquarters, in New York, Thursday July 14, 2011, making them the 193rd member of the United Nations. Photo: Hayden Roger Celestin

Caption #2: The Vice President of South Sudan, Reik Machar Teny-Dhurgon, speaks to the press as United Nations Secretary, Ban Ki-moon, (c) and President of 65th UN General Assembly Joseph Deiss, listens during a flag raising ceremony at UN Headquarters, in New York, Thursday July 14, 2011, making them the 193rd member of the United Nations. Photo: Hayden Roger Celestin

Caption #3: President of the 65th General Assembly, Joseph Deiss, (L) United Nations Secretary Ban Ki-moon, (c) and The Vice President of South Sudan, Reik Machar Teny-Dhurgon, stand during a flag raising ceremony at UN Headquarters, in New York, Thursday July 14, 2011, making them the 193rd member of the United Nations. Photo: Hayden Roger Celestin

Caption #4: South Sudanese delegates and guest watch as the national flag of South Sudan was raised at a flag raising ceremony at UN Headquarters, in New York, Thursday July 14, 2011, making them the 193rd member of the United Nations. Photo: Hayden Roger Celestin

Captiion #5: The national flag of South Sudan (c) flies after a flag raising ceremony at UN Headquarters, in New York, Thursday July 14, 2011, making them the 193rd member of the United Nations. Photo: Hayden Roger Celestin

U.S., European Migrant Workers From Americas Are Largely Mexicans

News Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C., Fri. July 15, 2011: Immigrant workers from the Americas who live in the U.S. are largely from Mexico.

That’s according to the first International Migration In The Americas Report from the Organization of American States.

The report’s authors found that of the emigrant workers from the Americas in the United States and Europe, 45 percent are from Mexico. The Caribbean and the Andean Region accounted for close to 15 percent while the rest of Central America stood at 12 percent. The southern Cone of South America was put at 8 percent.

According to research, between 80 and 90 percent of expatriate workers from most Caribbean countries were concentrated in the U.S. while the percentage was even higher for emigrants from Central America and reached fully 99 percent for Mexico.

Emigrant workers from South American countries, on the other hand, were found more often in Europe, with about three quarters or more of those from Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay and Uruguay living and working in Europe.
Of the emigrant labor force born in Latin America and the Caribbean, men compose 60 percent of the total.

In most Caribbean countries, women predominate in the emigrant work force, the exceptions being Antigua and Barbuda, Cuba and Grenada. Conversely, men are in the majority in all Central American countries except Belize and Panama. The emigrant work force from South America tends to be more evenly balanced between men and women.

For over half of the countries in the Americas, the number of expatriates with a tertiary qualification in the labor force of their countries of residence exceeds that of those with less than upper secondary education, for both men and women in 2008-2009. This is especially the case for women expatriate workers from the Caribbean, forty percent or more of whom have a tertiary qualification for most countries of this region. Only for expatriates from Panama, Venezuela, Argentina, Chile, Canada and the United States among other countries does one see emigrant workers with this high level of qualification.

By contrast, relatively few expatriate workers from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Bolivia and Ecuador have tertiary qualifications. These have constituted the bulk of migration for lesser skilled jobs in the United States for the first four countries and in Spain for the latter two.

APNU To Contest Guyana Election

News Americas, GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Fri. July 15, 2011: Guyanese voters are being urged to get ready for A Partnership For National Unity or APNU.

The new group is being touted as not a “party” but “an association of political parties, Guyanese organizations and citizens that share a common desire to ensure a bright future for our country and citizens.” It will be formally announced today at the Convention Centre of the Ocean View International Hotel, Liliendaal, Georgetown.. APNU, according to a statement received by News Americas, will contest the 2011 Presidential and general elections in Guyana, constitutionally due this summer.

APNU says the aim is to establish a government of national unity, headed by David Arthur Granger of the Peoples National Congress Reform. Guyana’s current President, Bharrat Jagdeo will not seek the office again but the ruling People’s Progressive Party/Civic has announced that Donald Ramoutar will be their Presidential candidate going into this election.

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