Books4Kids Jamaica now reaching more kids across island

According to the Books4Kids Jamaica mission statement, its primary aim is to help increase literacy and promote a positive educational experience by providing books and early educational materials to four-year-olds (K1) and five-year-olds (K2) in pre-schools across Jamaica.

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The Palmyra Foundation has as a primary goal to inspire and encourage children at the basic school level to get excited about reading and writing through the non-profit organization’s Books4Kids Jamaica program. Their slogan is: “The future is bright, when you can read and write!” (Read more in the link below.)

It’s only been three weeks into the 2015 book distribution and Books4Kids Jamaica teams have visited 5,508 children at 54 schools. This achievement, in part, is due to the support given by the 50 sponsors and volunteers who have participated in the event so far.

“We go out and solicit donations and various people and organisations, such as the Spanish Court Hotel and Terra Nova Hotel, will give us a donation in the form of a three or four night stay at the hotel,” member Frank Perolli told the Jamaica Observer. Support from the hotels along with other…

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Music lessons from our Caribbean neighbours

…“This applies to music—because essentially music is sacred. Whether it is religious or dancehall, what is music? It is a celebration and exploration of life. Many have lost that concept of music..”

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This article by Shereen Ali appeared in Trinidad and Tobago’s Guardian.

One of the most moving aspects of Caribbean culture is its music. And this music is richly diverse, with Cuba and Haiti being especially vibrant in music genres and styles.

Santeria drumming, rumba, son, salsa, mambo, Afro-Cuban jazz and classical music rub shoulders with contemporary hip hop-salsa-rock fusions and many other eclectic contemporary mixes in Cuba; Haiti has its carnival rara music, compas dance music, voudoun music, rap, ragga, hip hop kewyol, and many more; you can find merengue and bachata in the Dominican Republic; dance to calypso, soca, rapso, tassa, pan and chutney music in Trinidad; and enjoy  kumina, ska, reggae, ragga, and dancehall in Jamaica. And that’s just grazing the surface. So amidst this musical feast, what music industry lessons can we learn from our Caribbean neighbours?

Taking tourism—and our        cultural products—seriously

Singer/songwriter and…

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Granma: Outstanding revolutionary combatant Jorge Risquet dies

Jorge Risquet Valdés-Saldaña, PRESENTE!!

…After the triumph of the Revolution he took on the roles of head of the Policy and Operations departments of the Revolutionary Armed Forces in the former province of Oriente; the United Party of the Cuban Socialist Revolution’s provincial secretary, playing a leading role in the founding of the PCC; head of the Patricio Lumumba Internationalist Battalion in Congo Brazzaville; Labor Minister; Director of the Cuban Internationalist Civil Mission in the People’s Republic of Angola between 1975 and 1979.

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At the time of his death Jorge Risquet held the position of founder of the Communist Party of Cuba. He received various decorations and distinctions for services rendered, Cuba’s newspaper Granma reports.

On the morning of September 28, outstanding revolutionary combatant Jorge Risquet Valdés-Saldaña died in Havana, victim of a prolonged and serious illness.

He was born on May 6, 1930, in Havana. He joined the revolutionary youth movement in 1943, where he took on various roles in the Socialist Youth and Popular Socialist Party, including Director of the newspaper “Mella,” Organization Secretary and General-Secretary of the National Committee of Socialist Youth, an organization to which he belonged for 15 years. He was arrested and prosecuted on various occasions by the government of the time due to his revolutionary actions.

Jorge Risquet was Cuba’s representative and Director for Latin America in the World Federation of Democratic Youth and completed an…

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