Posted by: ivetteromero | January 22, 2014

Dominican Republic Named Billfishery of the Year

Blue Marlin

The Billfish Report is counting down its Top 10 Billfisheries of the Year, and the number one spot is the Dominican Republic. [Billfish are migratory fish with prominent bills; these include marlin, sailfish, and swordfish, which are popular with sports fishermen.]

According to, criteria for its Top 10 include fish numbers, variety of billfish species, average size of fish, length of season and numbers of boats fishing. The website said that 2013 in “the Dominican Republic will go down as one of the finest Blue Marlin seasons the world has ever seen. The waters between La Romana and Punta Cana were absolutely teeming with Blue Marlin”.

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Posted by: lisaparavisini | January 22, 2014

Jamaican Bobsled Team Heading to Sochi, Thanks to Online Donations


Cool Runnings endeared the Jamaican bobsled team to viewers in the early ’90s, but the real team has continued to face trouble, People magazine reports.

Though they qualified for the Winter Olympics this year for the first time since 2002, financial issues threatened to keep them at home. “We have not come close to covering our costs,” Chris Stokes, general secretary of the Jamaican Bobsled Federation, told on Monday.

“We have many outstanding obligations, and we have to pay [for] three more weeks of training. We’ve had very lonely days when we struggled to make ends meet by borrowing equipment. Our guys haven’t had the proper jackets.”

Stokes added that the team will pay for its way to Sochi, and the local organization committee will handle the athletes’ needs once in Russia, but the team still needed $80,000.

Enter Reddit, the rest of the Internet and a whole lot of people who love Cool Runnings.

A collection page was set up on crowd-funding site Crowdtilt, and as of Tuesday morning, it’s raised a staggering $120,330, well over the team’s stated goal of $80,000.

Monday, Crowdtilt CEO James Beshara told ESPN that about 70 percent of contributions have come from U.S.-based credit and debit cards in at least 42 states.

That’s what we call good sportsmanship.

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Posted by: lisaparavisini | January 22, 2014

Plans in Motion for a Pan-Caribbean Soccer League

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The Caribbean Football Trust Limited and Concorde Sports Agency have agreed to collaborate in the creation of a Pan-Caribbean Soccer League. To this end, both organizations have signed an agreement. The proposed league will be called ‘Major League Football,’ and has a planned kickoff date of September 2015.

The Caribbean Football Trust will hold an informational meeting on February 25th in Orlando, Florida with an advisory group of investors, regional government officials and other stakeholders of the league concept.

The Caribbean Football Trust Limited (CFTL Ltd) a Barbados registered company with offices in Orlando, Florida and Toronto, Canada, wishes to establish a new professional soccer league that spans the entire Pan-Caribbean Region. This proposed league will be called Major League Football, or the ‘MLF’. The MLF is envisioned to be a professional soccer league in the Caribbean region seeing twenty (20) teams competing for the league title and over three million ($3,000,000.00) US dollars in prize money with a growth of up to five million ($5,000,000.00) US dollars after the first three (3) years of implementation.

Concorde Sports Agency is a sports marketing firm based in Beverly Hills, California which focuses on domestic and international player representation, player scouting, image rights, branding and related media strategies. Concorde Sports Agency is also involved developing the game of soccer in emerging ‘soccer markets’ to help expand the employment market for professional soccer players. These markets are the American soccer pyramid below the MLS, and football (soccer) leagues in Sub-Saharan African and in the Caribbean region.

The Caribbean Football Trust
Concorde Sports Agency


Lindsay Fendt reports on the murder of Jairo Mora for Tico Times.

Nothing can stop the march of nature, not even an internationally known cold-blooded murder case.

Moín Beach is still recovering from the slaying of sea turtle conservationist Jairo Mora, who was killed by poachers on the northern Caribbean beach last May, but starting in February, endangered leatherback turtles will start flocking to the beach again to lay their eggs.

“So far there is no plan, no security, nothing,” said Vanessa Lizano, a friend and colleague of Mora’s. “When the turtles come all the eggs will be taken by poachers.”

During the last leatherback season, Moín Beach was converted from a tropical turtle haven into a militarized zone. Bands of armed poachers looking to cash in by selling turtle eggs – a believed aphrodisiac – for $1 a pop took over the area. Conservationists were routinely threatened and held at gunpoint for rescuing turtle nests and reburying them out of poachers’ hands.

The conflict ended with Mora’s killing, and the tragedy drew international attention to the growing insecurity in the region. Despite the pressure, poachers still ruled the beach for the rest of turtle-nesting season.

Without Mora to patrol, Lizano continued walking the beach with another volunteer, but threats continued. Last November, Lizano was attacked on the beach in broad daylight while delivering food to a friend. After the attack, Lizano says she will not walk the beach without help from police.

“We don’t have any plans to do that,” said Jacklyn Rivera, the technical assessor for the Environment Ministry’s (MINAE) Vice Ministry of Waters and Oceans, when asked about guarded beach patrols. “We are working on something integrated with MINAE, the coast guard, police and the Education Ministry. This is not just our responsibility, it is everyone’s.”

Though police and the coast guard will sporadically lead operations to sweep the beach, environmentalists believe that a standing patrol of MINAE control and protection agents is the only way to protect turtles and environmentalists.

“Conservationists can’t be putting themselves between criminals and turtles,” said Didiher Chacón, Costa Rica’s director for the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Network. “This problem will not be solved until they send members of the government to protect the turtles.”

Chacón and Lizano have teamed up with a group of other prominent conservationists to push for Moín’s designation as a national park. The proposal would carve out 10,000 hectares of public property along the coast, 80 percent of which would be ocean, for complete environmental protection.

With help from Mario Boza, an early co-founder of Costa Rica’s national park system, the group has drafted a bill for consideration in the Legislative Assembly. If passed, Moín Beach would become a national park financed by a public trust.

“The idea is that people could donate to this trust and that money would be used exclusively for the park,” Boza said. “The park could use that to contract park rangers and protect the park, but it wouldn’t be taken and used in any other part of the government.”

The idea is not new. Almost immediately after Mora’s death, environmentalists called for a new national park to be created there. After several public meetings last year, MINAE officials seemed to favor the idea, but ended up changing their minds.

“A protected area with a high level of restriction will not work in Moín,” Rivera said. “There is a community living there that would need to be removed and that is not our position.”

In Costa Rica, the first 200 meters of coastline are a public maritime zone. Private beaches do not exist, and people without property will sometimes set up homes on these public lands. The Moín community Rivera refers to is a neighborhood of squatters, albeit an entrenched group of squatters.

According to a December social study of the area by the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center, most people living in Moín have been there for at least 10 years and oppose the installation of a protected area.

Though the squatters would have to move, environmentalists argue that a national park would bring jobs and tourism into the zone, empowering the communities.

“Costa Rica learned a long time ago that investing in the environment pays dividends,” said Monica Araya, president of the Regional Center for Competitive Business and Moín National Park proponent. “National parks bring tourism and jobs. Our green image has made us who we are today.”

With the upcoming Feb. 2 presidential and legislative elections in Costa Rica, conservationists say they will not present their bill until at least May, when a new administration takes over. In the meantime, MINAE officials are still conducting studies for the formation of a less-strict protected area, but nothing will be ready for the start of turtle season.

“I’m just devastated,” Lizano said. “At this point it’s the poachers who rule the beach and we can’t do anything until the police or the government try to stop it.”

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From the Conference organizers:

We are pleased to announce that we are currently accepting proposals for paper presentations, workshops or colloquia for the XXXVII Congreso Anual de Temas Hispano-Luso-Brasileños to be held 22-25 of October, 2014 at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pennsylvania,USA.

We welcome proposals from a variety of disciplines and perspectives to contribute to the conference discourse. Proposals may pertain, but are not limited to the following themes:

Theme 1:  Literature
Theme 2:  Film
Theme 3:  Fine Arts
Theme 4:  History/Society
Theme 5:  Pedagogy (limitations apply)
Theme 6:  Narcocultura
Theme 7:  Sexuality/Pornography

We request that you submit your proposals no later than 15 May 2014.
For more information on how to submit a proposal, please refer to the
document attached to this email. Any other questions may be directed
to Drs. Dawn Smith-Sherwood and Liliana Jurewiez at Congreso Anual de Temas Hispanos-Luso-BrasileñosIndiana University of Pennsylvania
Department of Foreign Languages
455 Sutton Hall
Indiana, PA 15705-1087Image: Santiago de Cuba, watercolor by Winslow Homer


A group of 22 writers from 13 Latin American and Caribbean countries began reading sessions today for the 55th edition of the Casa de las Americas Literary Prize, the longest running literary event in the region, Prensa Latina reports.

For the 13th consecutive year, Cienfuegos, some 250 kilometers south-east of Havana, is hosting the jurors who will decide the awards in six genres, welcoming them at the emblematic Jagua Hotel.
More than 300 works are competing for Casa Awards in short story, theater, artistic-literary essay, Brazilian and Caribbean literatures in English and Creole language, and a special prize dedicated to studies on women, the latter convened for the third time, with the two previous prizes awarded in 1994 and 2004.
The contest pays tribute to two figures linked to the institution in their respective centenaries: Guatemalan playwright Manuel Galich, and Cuban painter Mariano Rodriguez.
This time, Casa de las Americas is using the call of its literary award as a prelude to honor the centenaries in 2014 of a group of intellectuals from the continent, most of them linked to the work of the institution.
These include the Puerto Rican Julia de Burgos (1914-), Argentinians Julio Cortazar (1914-1984) and Adolfo Bioy Casares (1914-1999), Mexicans Octavio (1914-1998), Jose Revueltas (1914-1976) and Efrain Huerta (1914-1982), and Chilean poet Nicanor Parra (1914).
Juries of the 2014 Casa Prize: Short story: Rosa Beltran (Mexico), Alejandra Costamagna (Costa Rica), Angela Hernandez (Dominican Republic), Carlos Wynter (Panama) and Emerio Medina (Cuba). Essay: Juan Gelpi (Puerto Rico), Saul Sosnoswki (Argentina) and Alberto Garrandes (Cuba).
In theater, the jury is made up of Ignacio Apolo (Argentina), Javier Jurado (Colombia), Soledad Lagos (Chile), Gustavo Ott (Venezuela) and Osvaldo Cano (Cuba); while the jury for the women’s studies prize are Anabelle Contreras (Costa Rica), Chiqui Vicioso (Dominican Republic) and Norma Vasallo (Cuba).
The jury for literatures not in the Spanish language includes Brazilians Eric Nepomuceno, Luis Bernardo Pericas and Suely Rolnik, as well as Lasana Selou (San Martin), Pablo Armando Fernandez and Maria Teresa Ortega, from Cuba.

Nouvelles des mondes creoles 2In Nouvelles des mondes créoles (published in December 2013) Raphaël Confiant gathers “emblematic short stories from today’s Creole world, written by some of its most memorable or most promising authors.”

The writers included are Dominique Batraville (Haiti), Mérine Céco (Martinique), Raphaël Confiant (Martinique), Charles-Henri Fargues (Martinique), Dany Laferrière (Haiti), Dominique Lancastre (Guadeloupe), Karen Lauréote (Martinique), Catherine Le Pelletier (Guyane), Jean-François Samlong (Reunion), Anique Sylvestre (Martinique), and Khal Torabully (Maurice).

Description: Martinique, Haiti, Reunion, Guyana, Mauritius, Guadeloupe … Islands or fragments of continents where there arose a new language and culture, called Creole, which were not included in the colonial project. Nothing predisposed these kingdoms of orality to become lands of book culture. A formidable and unpredictable crucible of Amerindian myths, European ballads, African tales, Malagasy legends, and Hindu epics; the Creole imaginary spawned a burgeoning and original literature, in perpetual renewal. The contemporary short story, less common than the novel or poetry, offers a lively and diverse panorama of the imagination. From the Amazon rainforest to the Indian Ocean, this anthology includes unpublished texts by prominent authors, emerging writers, and female voices, which are so many echoes of these “smallest cantons of the universe” [plus petits cantons de l'univers] as Aimé Césaire called them.

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Potent Magazine writes that Colombian singer Shakira unites with Barbados native Rihanna in the uptempo, reggae-tinged single, “Can’t Remember to Forget You.” Public reaction has been very positive worldwide.

Since its hyped release last Monday, the reaction from Shakira and Rihanna fans alike have been positive. It reached No. 1 on iTunes in 39 countries within 24 hours, and is currently No. 1 in 57 countries on iTunes with almost 16 million hits on YouTube. And many are excited for Shakira’s return with her 10th studio album, slated for a March 25th release.

Both singers divulge the heartache of past relationships, expressing the strong “hold” of lovers that they can’t seem to forget…or might not even want to. Although the song has a reggae/ska foundation, especially during the verses, the chorus bursts with layered rock components, reminiscent of Shakira’s fifth studio album and first English-recorded album, Laundry Service (2001).

In an exclusive interview with Vevo News, Shakira reveals what made her reach out to Rihanna for the single and talks about other collaborations on her upcoming album.

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Posted by: ivetteromero | January 21, 2014

caribBEING and the Brooklyn Museum Present Tysme and Ruddy Roye


In celebration of Black History Month, caribBEING has collaborated once again with Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturdays series to present Guadeloupean hip-hop Artist Tysme and Brooklyn-based street-photographer, Ruddy Roye. The evening will explore artistic contributions and influences from the African-Caribbean Diasporas. The event will take place on February 1, 2014, from 5:00-10:00pm at the Brooklyn Museum, located at 200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, New York.

WHO: caribBEING is a Brooklyn based boutique non-profit whose mission is to build community through the lens of Caribbean art, film and culture, with a special focus on programming and events that reflect the diversity and creativity of the Caribbean Diaspora in, and around, the New York metro area. caribBEING is the premiere platform for viewers to watch, discover and engage with classic and contemporary Caribbean culture.

Tysme, also known as Mano D’iShango, is a Creole Hip Hop rapper from Guadeloupe, French West Indies. As a teenager, Tysme was influenced by US Hip Hop, especially groups like A Tribe Called Quest or The Pharcyde, becoming a pioneer in the Kako Movement in his native island. The Kako Movement blends Hip Hop with Caribbean music and traditional Guadeloupean music. Radcliffe “Ruddy” Roye is a Jamaican-born, Brooklyn-based Instagram activist who specializes in editorial and environmental portraits and photojournalism photography. Roye’s work has been featured in the NY Times, New Yorker and was recently named one of Complex Magazine’s 50 Greatest Street Photographers right now.


WHAT: caribBEING in collaboration with the Brooklyn Museum, invites you to enjoy an evening filled with music, art, film, literature and fashion with influences from the African-Caribbean Diaspora. The evening’s lineup is led by a music mash-up of classical soul, R&B, hip-hop and reggae by artist Honey Larochelle, followed by Tysme’s play on hip-hop with a Creole twist. Attendees can also expect performances by Urban Dance Collective in honor of the group’s late African American founder Niles Ford, interactive photography workshop with Instagram activist Rudy Roye, film More than a Month by young African-American documentary filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghma who examines the legitimacy of Black History Month and much more!

WHY: Each month at the Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturdays, thousands of visitors are encouraged to participate in an evening of free art and entertainment. With the theme of “Looking Back to Look Forward,” this month’s Target First Saturday, will honor Black History Month by exploring the diverse artistry of the African-Caribbean Diaspora through dance, music, film, fashion, and literature.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Local News Media; Caribbean Music, Film and Art enthusiasts; Caribbean/African Diaspora Media Outlets; Music + Art Bloggers

Posted by: ivetteromero | January 21, 2014

Call for Submissions: 2014 “Voces Nuevas” Award for Poetry

torre.94_nSince 1982, Ediciones Torremozas has specialized in publishing literature written by women, with special attention to poetry and short story.  With a trajectory of 30 years and over 500 titles, the Publisher has offered invaluable prospects to poets and short story writers in the Spanish-speaking world. Now, the publishers have just announced their call for submissions for the XXVII “New Voices” Award for Poetry (Premio “Voces Nuevas” de Poesía).

This is a great opportunity for poets in the Caribbean and its diaspora who write in Spanish. The deadline for entries is February 28, 2014. See guidelines below:

1. Women poets of any nationality, which have yet to publish in book form, may participate by submitting poems written in Spanish and not previously awarded through any other contest. Participants must become subscribers to “Torremozas Collection” or “La Divina Tula” before February 28, 2014.

2. The poems, with freedom of subject and form, must be unpublished in their entirety. Each contestant will send ten poems.

3. Participants shall submit a single copy of each poem printed single-sided.

4. Poems submitted must be signed by their authors, with an address, telephone number, and a brief biography.

5. The submissions should be sent to Ediciones Torremozas, Apartado 19032, 28080 Madrid, Spain, indicating the award title on the envelope: “Para el Premio Voces Nuevas.” The deadline is February 28, 2014.

6. The selected poems will be published under the title “New Voices” [Voces Nuevas]—a volume of Torremozas Collection.

7. The award decision will be announced during the month of March and will be final.

8. Participation in the “New Voices” contest implies full acceptance of its rules and final decision, which includes the option to not award anyone, at the discretion of the publisher.

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